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LN’s own design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD and his business partner, MARIA CLIFFORD, were among a privileged few who recently attended the highly anticipated auction of socialite LILLY PULITZER’s estate in West Palm Beach. Brainerd and Clifford, co-owners of Great Estates, were able to secure seats in the second row of the packed auction house for the sale of items from the fashion icon’s Palm Beach compound. Among Brainerd’s acquisitions for the day: three LILIAN MACKENDRICK watercolors and a charming, lidded cabbage box to add to his majolica collection. For her part, Clifford secured Chinese Chippendale cocktail and side tables for her living room.
It’s official: I am completely submerged in the teenage years. Due to a family-planning strategy that revolved around white wine and Cardinal home games, Cranky, Whiny, and Punch are now 16, 15 and 13, respectively. And there's lots of fun stuff happening: We have a licensed driver, a permit driver and a 13-year-old who likes to back my car out of our driveway ‘for practice.’ I have to say it’s strange imagining the little girl who once dove—yes, dove—off the top of a slide ("because it was faster") behind the wheel of a car.
Make plans for Beauty Buzz, a spring beauty party to benefit THE PRESS CLUB OF METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS. This year’s event will feature light bites, giveaways and six beauty bars staffed with experts from Chanel, Christian Dior, Bobbi Brown, Sisley, ReVive and others. Co-chaired by KSDK Newschannel 5’s LEISA ZIGMAN and her daughter, MICAILA EDLIN, the event will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Neiman Marcus. Proceeds will benefit media scholarships for area students. For tickets, visit stlpressclub.org.
In 2014, Epworth Children and Family Services celebrates 150 years of helping kids find their strengths and of serving the community with its lineup of programs to help children build a brighter future. To commemorate the milestone and honor longtime supporters Noemi and Michael Neidorff, Epworth will host its Pillar of Strength Award event Feb. 15. “Considering we’re celebrating 250 years since St. Louis’ founding, 150 years as a nonprofit is pretty extraordinary,” notes Donna Wilkinson, the event’s honorary chair. “Epworth certainly has stood the test of time and has been really great for the community.”
We’ve all been to a wedding where we are met by an usher who hands us a program for the ceremony. These programs provide a guide to the marriage ceremony; and some guests wish to keep these as a keepsake of the wedding. The program is especially useful if there are guests who are not of your faith. It will allow them to understand the sacred elements of your particular wedding service.
One month to the day after Elaine Beck’s father passed away, she went out to a bar with her friends. Across the room, Mike Reinberg, who had heard of Elaine through mutual friends, made eye contact.
Whether you’re looking for traditional classics or modern music to be played by a string quartet or a full orchestra, some of St. Louis' best musical minds offer the perfect pieces for your wedding ceremony and reception.
It’s everyone’s New Year’s resolution to either get in shape or to step-up their current fitness routine. And as we know, there is zero reason to look like a slob when you work out. St. Louisans love their activewear and has welcomed three new boutiques to satisfy our love of all things stretchy and sporty. So, there’s no more excuses for not being perfectly styled at the gym this year!
With an open floor plan and ample room for privacy, the 20-year-old manse has more than 5,000-square-feet of living space. The 2-story entry hall looks through the great room, with a wood-burning fireplace, huge windows and built-in bookcases.
Luxurious new guest cottages, a lavish outdoor pavilion and sweeping vineyard are coming to The Gardens at Malmaison and The Studio Inn. The $1.35-million expansion is set to be completed by next summer on the adjacent event venues in the serene setting of St. Albans. “We are eager to see this dream come to fruition and look forward to welcoming guests next year,” notes owner Datra Herzog, who says the upscale project has been years in the making.
The joy of the season cannot be contained into one holiday event at The Gatesworth, where residents and guests celebrate throughout a variety of festive dinners and gatherings.
Happy Birthday, Ol’ Blue Eyes. The Four Seasons Winery, located within the Four Seasons Country Club in Chesterfield, will be celebrating FRANK SINATRA’s birthday with a special five-course dinner on Thursday, Dec. 12. Entertainment will be provided by local favorite TONY VIVIANO and his band. Admission to dinner, dancing and the tribute show is $35 person (includes tax and gratuity), and a cash bar will be available. The evening will also give diners an opportunity to preview the planned full-scale launch of Four Seasons as a wine and fine-dining venue. Proprietor Mehdi Rouhani, of the popular Candicci’s and Talayna’s restaurants, says he plans an official launch of the expanded facility early next year. For reservations, call 956-6266.
In the midst of all the shopping and the planning, it’s easy to forget that the holidays are really all about making time to be with family and friends. We asked local experts for tips to make this year’s seasonal gathering the most memorable one yet.
Are visions of sugarplums dancing in your head? Are they dancing into your mouth? Before you throw up your hands and land face-down in a pile of mashed potatoes, take control of your holiday diet with some healthy alternatives and strategies.
Pull out the stepladder, line up the clips and unroll the coils of light—it is time to put that annual magic into the night air! A yearly ritual for many families, hanging the holiday lights marks a seasonal celebration of exuberance.
Choosing music for your wedding should be one of the planning stage’s more enjoyable decisions, and it should be done together as a couple. While selecting music to celebrate your big day can be overwhelming (like everything else about the wedding), it can be simplified if you separate the decisions into ‘categories.’ There is appropriate music for religious ceremonies, as well as secular and ethnic weddings.
Deanie Reis and Tom Spannring weren’t distracted by superfluous details when planning their wedding. They knew what mattered most: celebrating their holy matrimony with family and friends.
It seems Oscar is taking a nap this week, so it might be a good time to hit the couch with a good download. Here are the new releases and top rentals:
A 4-bedroom, 4-full and 3-half bath ranch in Town and Country is listed for 1.885 million
Every year at about this time, I am plagued by the same dilemma: the perfect Halloween costume. It’s not that I’m going to a party or even dressing up. I just want to think of it--that perfect outfit that makes everyone say, That. Is. Awesome. I nailed it in 2009 when I got Whiny and his friends to go as the Chilean miners; but since then, I haven’t really, you know, hit it out of the park. I will say this, though: I may not always know what costume to wear on Halloween, but I can definitely tell you what not to wear.
The kids have returned to school and the weather has started to turn cooler. But that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck at home. What better time of year for a drive through the Missouri countryside?
For kids, the evening of dress up, candy, and ghosts and goblins is a major cause for excitement. We asked the fourth-graders in Gregg Thompson’s class at Glenridge Elementary School in Clayton about their plans:
A particular crispness is, or will soon be, in the air—it is almost autumn. Before the chaos of Thanksgiving and the winter holiday season begin, why not throw an at-home party? From planning the get-together to primping the party space, these pros haves ideas and tips to make your next soirée superb.
It seems everyone is becoming a foodie, notes Butler’s Pantry owner Richard Nix Jr. And while a room full of people with similar interests could make for great conversation, a house filled with food experts might leave a host or hostess anxious. To fix this problem, and many others, Nix recommends allowing the professionals to assist you during your hours of entertaining guests.
Jennifer Reiss and Jerred Killoren