I awaken from an unexpected nap on the Sun Deck of the S.S. Catherine cruise ship. We are docked in southern France, on the Rhône River, just outside the Medieval walls of Avignon. A tarp over my lounge chair shades the sun and a gentle breeze from the dormant mistral, the famous wind of Provence, whisks away the heat. I had been replaying the morning sightseeing through groves of sunflowers and perfect picturesque villages graced with startlingly blue sky and lavender-scented air. Perhaps the dreamy glory of the moment and memory lulled me to sleep—-or maybe it was the rosé served at lunch.
Amid the French-inspired, tri-level Saint Louis Club, perched atop the Pierre Laclede Center in downtown Clayton, more than 600 prominent business, civic and community leaders, as well as guests from St. Louis and around the globe, recently celebrated its golden year.
In the classic fairytale Cinderella, an indentured girl who talks to mice and mops floors on her hands and knees receives a fairy godmother who turns a pumpkin into a carriage. There is sparkly glitter and some Bibbidi-bobbidies, and the whole scene is just swell. In real life, I—a regular girl who rarely touches a mop—get a quick lesson from a glass-blowing aficionado who shows me how to turn a big blob of clear glass into an adorable pumpkin. There are warnings not to burn myself, quite a bit of sweating and brightly colored bits of glass. Put quite simply, it is enchanting.
*Spoiler Alert* It's not really a spoiler—I should say: premise alert. Either way, I feel obligated to tell you that the catalyst for most of the action in this movie is the killing of a puppy. I don't know what it is about puppies...We can watch dozens of humans get gunned down, blown up or tortured, but one sweet animal is a deal-breaker. It's definitely worth getting past it, though; because trust me, no one is more upset about it than our hero, John Wick.
Donna Heckler interviewed for a fantastic job and felt great about her prospects. Later that day, the St. Louis woman learned she had breast cancer. “The question became, Do I stay home and focus on fighting the cancer? Or do I go out, work at a job with considerable travel, and live my life? I chose to work. I chose to live my life. I tried to live like a lady every step of the way,” she writes in the introduction to her book, Living Like a Lady When You Have Cancer.
Since stepping into the executive chef role, Melissa Lee has been slowly putting her mark on the various eateries at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The latest to benefit from her expertise is The Grill, which has transformed into a creative dining destination.
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!
Whether it’s clean and organized or over-the-top opulent, we all have ideas of our dream bathroom. Unsure of what you're looking for? Borrow ideas from these local bathroom projects.
No matter how full the belly, how cleared the plates, or how long that belt has been unbuckled, one thing is true: there always is room for pumpkin pie. Some like it homemade; some like it store-bought. Some like it spicy; others, sweet. Almost everyone likes it topped with a small mountain of whipped cream. Whatever your pleasure, LN has you covered: Here, local chefs and readers share their spin on the classic dessert, meaning this year, there might just be room for two slices.
It’s cold and flu season. Are you sick yet? If you’re lucky enough to have avoided sniffling, sneezing and congestion so far, local doctors have some tips to help make sure you stay healthy.
Everyone has a ‘dream house.’ What’s inside differs from person of person—a professional kitchen, cozy reading nooks, palatial pool or entertaining space to make the Joneses jealous. But real estate agents also are in on the fantasy. Here, area agents share their dream listings that are on the market now.
We're pleased to report several new openings: The new Strange Donuts location is now up and running at 107 East Argonne Drive in Kirkwood. The debut comes on the heels of the first anniversary of the opening of the flagship Maplewood store earlier this month.
There’s no better word to describe Lusso than its Italian-slang translation: luxury, good stuff or sparkly things.
For the final event (of eight) to celebrate their marriage, Afnan Tariq planned an evening of family, music, elegance and cultural traditions for his new wife, Ayesha Ahmed.
His skills are far beyond your wildest imagination: By day, he dons a black T-shirt and shorts as a personal trainer; by night, he can be found in wigs, tights, capes, feathers and mirrors. Meet Leo Stoff, one of the most versatile performance artists in St Louis, who excels in trick-roping, stilt-walking, aerial silks and Japanese Taiko drumming.
We Climb Because They Climbed—that’s the tagline for the recent Clayton 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, which invites participants to climb 110 flights of stairs (the same number as in the World Trade Center Buildings) to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This year’s climb raised more than $55,000.
The Muny's 97th season lineup has been announced, and it includes three Muny premieres. Season tickets will be available beginning March 7; single tickets go on sale May 30. The 2015 season begins with...
For the fourth time in a row, Kyle Lucks—local artist, independent travel director and frequent Ladue News contributor—has created an awe-inspiring watercolor to grace the cover of Elegant Living.
The 2014 Ladue News Show House sits on a sweeping 1-acre lot that was sorely in need of landscape design. Beyond routine maintenance, precious little had been done to the grounds by way of gardening or landscaping for some time.
The architecture of the Colonial property at 34 Briarcliff in Ladue reflects its formal Mid-Century design roots with notable features such as a stately columned portico, floor-to-ceiling windows and a classic double-door entry. Just inside, a compact and rather plain central foyer and staircase leads to a second-floor hallway. It was interior designer Tamsin Mascetti’s job to bring both of these areas into the 21st century, while respecting the essence of a well-loved and lived-in family home.
When Teddy Karl and his team first saw the great room, they were favorably impressed by its generous size, open feel, and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in an abundance of natural light. The room also had a wood floor original to the house, as well as a fireplace with pickled-wood mantel that they chose to keep intact. The subtle pink undertones “struck me as very Palm Beach, circa 1960s or even early '70s,” Karl says. “I’m sure in its heyday, the room was very sharp.”
Tucked away in the back of the home at 34 Briarcliff is a classic 1950s-era den, complete with a vintage built-in wet bar, brick fireplace, pine paneling, parquet flooring, and picture windows providing an unobstructed view of the expansive grounds beyond.
The guest bedroom in this year’s Show House is, well, simply irresistible. True to form, the designers at Diane Breckenridge Interiors didn’t skimp on a thing, resulting in beautiful sleeping quarters that envelop the lucky inhabitant in layers of softness and comfort.
At first glance, the original space reminded the June Roesslein team of an old-time ice-cream parlor, according to Smith, who, along with McGovern, designed what's being labeled the 'bonus room' in this year's Show House. The trim, chair rail and shutters had been painted bright red, and the walls were covered with red-and-tan-striped wallpaper. Café curtains had the unfortunate effect of preventing most of the available natural light from entering the small room. Additionally, the chair rail visually cut the walls in half and made the ceiling feel lower than its actual 8-foot height. On the upside, the room featured a fireplace with a pretty dark wood mantel, a vintage wood floor and attractive millwork that could be transformed into an architectural asset, albeit after many coats of paint.