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Step back in time inside this charming store nestled in townhouse heaven on New York's Upper East Side.   The place is legendary!  If they don't have the button you need in the 1000's they have .. it might not exist!  A must see..

 



 

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Tuesday
Sep152009

LITTLE HOUSE : WALNUT GROVE TO BROADWAY

Everyone's favorite pioneer family - the Ingalls, will be roaring back into the mainstream media via a new Broadway bound show starring Melissa Gilbert herself.  Gilbert played Laura Ingals, a character based on the real life author of the Little House series.    No longer a "half pint" as Pa always called her with a wink and a smile, Melissa comes full circle and returns to Walnut Grove as "Ma" Ingalls.  MELISSA GILBERT Melissa Gilbert is a cultural icon that a generation grew up with in the United States and throughout the world.   Little House was one of the most distributed network programs during its heyday and was broadcast all over Europe.  Even France that has strict rules to protect French culture in programming had a large fan base.  

We all learned life lessons along with Laura and her pigtails via  tough love from a family who were always trying to make ends meet.  Like Loretta Lynn sang in the song "Coal Miners Daughter", They were poor and they had love, but most of all they had each other!   Somehow, Michael Landon's portrayal of Pa with his strong hand and kind heart made you understand why he had to punish the kids.   You even felt his pain as he whipped them when they crossed the line.  LAURA INGALLS - 1974 Clearly, times have changed.  Nowadays kids are screaming at their mothers from designer strollers about the Starbucks hot chocolate they NEED!  ( I actually saw that scene played out here in NYC one day)SET PROPS KEEPING IT REAL

Just like the pioneer family that the show was written about ( a true story by the way),  the musical will get to Broadway the hard way.   The group will tour the country for up to a year before it finds it's way back to NYC.

The show made its debut in Minneapolis at the Guthrie Theater in August 2008.  Despite mixed reviews, the show broke box office records and was extended for a total of 16 weeks.  As happens so often in Hollywood and on Broadway, once producers saw the reaction and potential of a Broadway Little House - the decision to re-write the entire show was made.  LITTLE HOUSE CAST  So for the last year, there have been rewrites, cuts, and additions.   By the time the show officially opens at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn,New Jersey this weekend - it could be called Little House on Steroids - or Walnut Grove 2.0- the return of Nellie Olsen!MELISSA GILBERT & JASON JOBSON

I was honored to be invited to a performance for the press earlier this month.   The show hits all the notes that American's who buy tickets want to hear.   You have big musical numbers, dancing, and old fashioned family values.   No glossed over sweetness here - remember even the television show dealt with difficult subject matters from the novels - such as oldest daughter Mary losing her eyesight to Scarlet Fever.   That is an important development in the show as Laura (Kara Lindsay) sings to Mary (Alessa Neeck) -"I'll be your eyes" to help her adjust to her loss.

The show is "Americana" at it's core.   It tells us -Work hard, and when you think you can't work any more - hang on for another tough winter!   The pioneers were not drive-thru using, big gulp slurping whimps.   These people broke their backs to raise a family and forge ahead and build the towns of the Western United States.    This show is a great way to introduce a conversation about  family values and work ethics to your little ones.    There are so many concepts within the story that could be a learning tool for teachers to work into the curriculum.   Little House on the Prairie is a perfect candidate for class field trips for children of all school ages.

All you New Yorkers or those close to the tri-state area can see this version now, and then again when it comes to Broadway.   It is a rare and unique opportunity to see the show this way - as it will inevitably go through even more tweaks and rewrites on the road.   That is a common practice and producers can't resist  treating regional theaters as a testing ground and a way to get great feedback before a "perfect" show hits Broadway.BIG WAGON NUMBER

I had a chance to speak with Melissa Gilbert after the rehearsal and she was really charming and very excited to see the show come to fruition.  The corsets, petticoats, and ankle boots are surely not something most actresses have in their closet.   When I told Ms. Gilbert I was covering the show for the fashion angle - she didn't miss a beat and said " Of course, after all we do have a Ralph Lauren Vibe!".   Mr. Lauren can you hear us?   I think RL should outfit the entire cast when it comes to Broadway.   In fact, I can see a limited addition Polo shirt with Walnut Grove on the chest.  Maybe a line drawing of Mrs. Olsen?    Charles Ingalls would have rocked a fitted polo!

Revisit your childhood and buy a ticket to Little House on the Prairie.    Directed by Francesca Zambello, I know you won't be disappointed.   The show is a feel good evening with one of America's favorite families.  Visit the official website of Little House - and don't miss the store! 

After 5 weeks at the Papermill, the show will visit 23 additional cities including Little Rock, St. Paul, & Nashville to name a few.  To find out if the show is coming to your town, visit -Little House The Musical.  

Thursday
Jul232009

BEAUTIFUL GIRLS...

Who's hotter than....Courtney McCann & AnnaMaria Mostrom

I met these girls when I was hosting an event at Salvatore Ferragamo in Beverly Hills.   Courtney & AnnaMaria are both with L.A. Models.   The ladies were knockouts in the latest collection from the Italian Fashion House.    Courtney is a gorgeous brunette and AnnaMaria is super chic with her platinum short cut.

Any event you have would be more beautiful with these girls.   Call L.A. Models now to book them for your fashion event - or commercial casting.   L.A. Models 323-436-7700

Tuesday
Jun022009

OVANDO - HOW TO PLAN YOUR WEDDING

The chicest florist is New York is hosting a special event.   The masters behind some of the most innovative and creative arrangements in the floral industry are hosting an event to help you plan your wedding.

This is a must for all you do-it-yourself brides or for any brides overwhelmed by the planning process!   Also - great idea for anyone thinking of a career change - learn from the masters how to launch your own consulting career.

To reserve your space click here - OVANDO WEDDING PLANNER  *enter promo code Ovando for a 10%

Sunday June 14th, 2009**

** DATE CHANGE** Due to an overwhelming response - the date has been moved to Sunday, September 13th!

3:00 - 5:00 PM
The Plaza Hotel
Sip mimosas, nibble on pastries and receive live tips & tools on how to plan your wedding from the experts!  Leading NYC wedding professionals in Beauty, Catering, Floral, Music, Photo and Video share tips on creating a budget and timeline, vendor management, contracts, floor plans, stress management and more..  (if you haven't seen the Plaza since the 250 million dollar renovation in 2008 - now is the perfect time - Spring has sprung in Central Park!).

In addition to floral arrangements- the studio offers so much more..
Not only do they provide floral decor for weddings, events, leading NYC hotels, fashion houses, etc, Ovando also provides custom terrace design, rooftop plantings, gardens and more!  The studio's work is currently on display at all of Manhattan's W Hotels, The Modern restaurant at The MoMA, Hotel Gansevoort and now Four Seasons New York.   

Call the Ovando design team at 212.924.7848 x 107 to schedule an on-site appointment.
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Tuesday
Apr212009

MADONNA RIDES AGAIN

MADONNA FOR LOUIS VUITTONRumor has it that Madonna will return for a second round of Ads for Louis Vuitton.   The first series was well received - although I thought the bags themselves were the weakest LV has done in a long time.   I think Marc Jacobs took handi-crafts one step too far - as the bags looked like something children make during an arts and crafts session at camp. 

Regardless, Madonna will be back.   Lets hope that M's latest fall from a horse in Bridgehampton won't hamper her ability to be at her best for the photo shoot - or the extension of her Sticky & Sweet tour. MADONNA ALA GAULTIER  The tour is set to re-start in July.  Madonna was reportedly at the home of photographer Steven Klein.   He is the man responsible for those beautiful images of Madonna with horses from W magazine a few years back.  Actually, he is responsible for so much of the strongest imagery that makes up recent pop-culture.  (Brad Pitt fans - you MUST click on Klein's web link above).   There is speculation about whether or not a paparazzi jumped from the bushes - upsetting Madonna's horse and prompting the fall.   I know - maybe one of Steven Klein's hair extensions fell out and spooked the horse!  That makes much more sense!  If you have ever seen Steven in person - lets just say - he firmly believes more is more when it comes to personal .. um.. grooming.STEVEN KLEIN WITH MADONNA

Madonna should be working with the house of Hermes - then the grand-daddy of all saddle makers could give her a proper set of riding gear!   Maybe the universe is telling Madonna to switch her advertising partners.   After all, that would mean a reunion with Jean Paul Gaultier - the man responsible for one of Madonna's most iconic images - the cone bra.   Gaultier is the creative director for the House of Hermes.  Something to think about!

 

Tuesday
Apr142009

LINDT CHOCOLATE -EASTER BUNNY SOURCE!

LINDT DARK CHOCOLATE BUNNY

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making chocolate since 1845

HAPPY EASTER!!

A LIFE OF STYLE

Monday
Apr132009

OCTOMOM - EARTH TO NADYA

EARTH TO NADYA

Nadya Suleman shocked the world with her insane decision to give birth to 8 babies at the same time.   The single mother was already raising 6 children in a 3 bedroom house with her parents.   Amazingly, she is on food stamps - but CAN afford collagen injections and the plastic surgery that has transformed her face.  
The women is tacky, tasteless, and really an embarrassment.  Having a litter is okay for dogs - not people!

Note to mainstream media - please don't compare this Franken baby machine to Angelina Jolie!!

Sunday
Apr052009

TIDE GIVES BACK- ONE LOAD AT A TIME

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In an effort to help friends in need in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, the Tide company has continously sent mobile washing centers to New Orleans to give free laundry service.   Tide knows that having clean laundry can lift someones spirits and give them a fresh start.  Purchase one of these cool vintage T's from Tide and the purchase price of $15 will go to help those who need a fresh start.

Sunday
Mar222009

PROGRESSIVE DIRECT GIRL - STEPHANIE COURTNEY

Stephanie Courtney

You don't know the name - but you know the face - trust me.   That is unless you don't own a tv, but I'm assuming most of you do.  Stephanie Courtney is an actress that has been keeping her nose to the grind in LA for over 10 years.   She is a member of the famous Groundlings comedy group in Los Angeles.  While Stephanie has had guest appearances on many shows from Mad Men to Kath & Kim, but her most memorable role to date is the now in heavy rotation commercials for Progressive  insurance.   That's right, Stephanie is the quirky salesgirl / host / spokesperson "FLO" with the "big, tricked out name tag" in those hysterical commercials.   Her offbeat sense of humor steals the show in every ad.   Keep an eye out for her on the big screen sometime soon.  

Full disclosure - I grew up with Stephanie and witnessed her first forays into acting in middle school.   It was obvious from those days that Stephanie was headed somewhere special!