More than 15 years ago, while serving in the Air Force, Chris Burnette decided he needed a hobby. Would fishing, woodworking or learning how to play the guitar work? Not for Burnette. “I was curious about how to make moonshine,” he remembers with a laugh. “So I called my grandma."
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, croons the golden voice of the late Andy Williams on radios and store sound systems every holiday season. Yet you may feel more like writing your own song: It’s the most crazy, busy, stressful time of the year.
Local artist Theresa Disney recently opened The Funhouse Gallery, which will display her work. The first exhibit, The Art of the Circus, features Disney’s circus-themed work, including painted furniture, paintings and 3-D sculptures. Guests at the recent grand opening enjoyed circus-themed drinks and food, as well as a performance by Clownvis Presley.
This year’s Dancing with the St. Louis Stars, to take place Jan. 24 at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, will feature a cocktail hour, dinner and a short program before the main event: dance performances by Mark Trudeau, Benjamin Akande, Norma McGehee, Tishaura Jones and Tim Jacobs.
As we surround ourselves with family and friends this holiday season, we also take the time to enhance our homes with beautiful touches to make these cherished moments even more memorable.
The holidays are a romantic time—who would argue that? After all, the season’s gatherings are filled with good cheer, a few drinks and a healthy dose of mistletoe. But whether you’re planning your office holiday party—or just planning to attend—it’s worth a reminder that real life is not like Love Actually or When Harry Met Sally. Local attorneys shared with LN their advice for avoiding the pitfalls of too much holiday magic in the workplace.
Since the fear of public speaking is one of the main fears people have, facing it is the first step in lessening it. But we really don’t want to eliminate it completely! Toastmasters tells us to take the “butterflies in our stomach and teach them to fly in formation.” A Toastmasters club is the perfect setting for this. It is a nurturing environment where many have been in your shoes and can easily relate to the courage you’re demonstrating.
Looking for the perfect something for all the special people in your life? From gifts for grandma to surprises for your sweetheart, we scouted out beautiful items for everyone on your list!
Imagine traveling back to a time when pristine French furniture and decadent Danish dinnerware filled stunning Scandinavian castles. With Davidson Scandinavian Antiques, the dream of owning these rare pieces for your own home can become a reality.
Nail polish is all about the color, right? Well, it turns out there’s a little more to it than that. For some insight on getting great manicures, we turned to industry veteran Deborah Lippmann. As luck would have it, her company is now celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Congratulations!
St. Louis’ fashion forerunners gathered at the Ladue home of gala chairs Anjali and Atul Kamra for a Gala Kickoff Cocktail Party in support of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. “We wanted to share information about the fashion incubator we are trying to launch to support designers, and bring the business of fashion back to St. Louis,” says Rungolee designer Anjali Karma, a Fashion Fund board member who is co-chairing the inaugural gala with her husband. The evening also focused on celebrating the gala's honorees: Derek Blasberg and Karlie Kloss. Some 80 guests were in attendance at the late-summer soirée.
Toastmasters is an international organization with more than 313,000 members in 126 countries. It is a world leader in communication and leadership development.
When he arrived in St. Louis from Italy 50 years ago, Giovanni Gabriele had one dime left in his pocket. He saved that dime, just in case he needed it for a pay phone. As it turns out, he never really needed it in the first place.
To date, the Ebola virus has infected approximately 9,000 people and killed at least 4,500 in several West African countries. The numbers continue to rise exponentially. The Centers for Disease Control says in a worst-case scenario, the infected numbers could balloon to 1.4 million by mid-January.
Story: Otto Frank, a German-Jewish businessman, moves his family to Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1933 following Adolf Hitler’s ascendance to power in Germany. Otto, his wife Edith and daughters Margot and Anne remain there after the Nazis take control of most of Europe.
With the arrival of fall, so come all the cravings of the season: squash of all varieties—including and especially pumpkin—apples, caramel (or apples dipped in caramel), and bacon and chocolate. (OK, those last two can apply to any season.)
If you haven’t been to a gym recently, you might be surprised at how things have changed in the last few years. Technology has entered the workout world, and some gyms now integrate high-tech instruction and feedback into the fitness experience.
Now in its ninth year, the St. Luke’s Hospital Healthy Woman Award honors local women who not only embody a healthy lifestyle, but also inspire others in the community to follow their lead. This year’s four honorees, who were feted at the recent St. Luke’s Hospital Spirit Girls’ Night Out, include: Mary Pat Henehan of Olivette, Jan Paul of Webster Groves, Susan Richmond of Eureka, and Jennifer Riegel of O’Fallon, Missouri.
At Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, teachers work closely with students during learning experiences inside and outside the classroom to create globally-minded citizens. “Our teachers get to know the kids, their abilities and their potential," says head of school Elizabeth Miller. "It’s more than knowing the teacher-student ratio. It’s about the relationships they build with the child—that’s what is meaningful.”
You don’t have to own your home to make a personal statement with its interior spaces. Peek inside this Central West End rental; with commanding views of the Forest Park and the city beyond, the apartment evokes a sense of sophisticated urban living.
Some people are blessed to work in a field they love for their entire lives, while others find that their calling changes as they advance in their professional life. And still there are those who find fulfillment in their hobbies, which can take center stage once the responsibilities of work have given way to retirement. We spoke with two women who found their calling only after many successful years in another profession.