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The Cult of the Machine

Italian Futurism, Fascism, post-war, post-war expats, metalworks, earthworks, workers – Industrial Italy Inspiration in fashion, literature, art, and travel. Guided by the Manifesto words of the founder of the Futurist movement, Filippo Tommaso...
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Stilettos Click Here

Roger Vivier invented the stiletto. While the pointy heel was around prior, the addition of the metal within the heel allowed us to prance to new heights. He also designed other iconic shoe shapes, such as the comma heel and the pilgrim...
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Brush it Off

Brush your teeth, brush your hair, brush it off… Brush your skin? Yup. Every morning, before coffee. I promise, you’ll become addicted. Dry skin brushing is practiced in Ayurvedic healing as well as Japanese, Korean, American Indian, and...
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Hapsburg at Home

Coffee, a glass of water (to alter the coffee's strength, I recently discovered), cream pitcher, sugar cubes, and petite spoon, all on a silver tray, with a fruit streusel: beyond a perfect breakfast, a traditional Viennese coffeehouse evokes so...
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A Fabled Face

When was the last time you heard a fable? Childhood? Not even? However, the idea that a story is the best way to share a message is pervasive, even without a fable. ...
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Smell Me a Story

  It’s easy to hate perfume when you’ve elevated the experience to create scents that “tell stories and capture exact experiences.” I Hate Perfume creates ready-to-wear perfumes such as At the Beach 1966, 7 Billion Hearts, Walking...
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Classic Parcel

Good tea comes in good packaging. I should write about a glamorous search for the finest quality tea leaves from a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, all wide-brimmed hat and white linen – and maybe someday I will–but for me, I honestly derive more...
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The Nose of Hermès

When you think of your favorite perfume, you don't think of the person who created it. You may attach it to the brand, but not an individual artist. When I think of Hermès' Un Jardin sur le Toit, one of my favorite perfumes, memories of rooftop...
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The Gift of Good

Girls love gifts. Good gifts remind us of a special event or were given to us by a special person. The great ones are both. And the best ones come in multiples. ...
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SoCal Sweden

Salsa and lingonberries, same thing, right? Elin Kling’s new line, Totême – recently released in the U.S. – was described in the WSJ. article where I first saw the line as “European preppy.” If what they meant was precise but unfussy tailoring…

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