My heart sank as I stepped onto the scale. After nearly a month of trying to lose weight for my week-long trip to the Gulf Coast, I was up another three pounds. My clothes were snug and getting snugger. If I ate everything I wanted on my vacation, I’d be flying home naked, and I… Read More Low-Carb (Sort Of) Along the Gulf
I was so looking forward to the days when I could spend my time alternating between travelling and writing at home, free from all the petty annoyances that get in the way. dress: Banana Republic; earrings: Simon Sebbag; necklace: Simon Sebbag; bracelet: Rearden Metal I’ve dedicated the better part of the last two years to… Read More Living the Dream in the Real World
I love snow days. I hate snow, but I love snow days. They’re one of the only socially sanctioned times to step back, slow down, savor silence and solitude. I spent the long weekend of Blizzard Jonas holed up in my Virginia apartment and loved every second of it. The time was like a good… Read More Snow Days!
“What is luxury?” is an exhibit that opens today at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and a question I’ve pondered more and more during the years when I’ve had to rebuild a life. I think there are a few sine qua nons of luxury: quality materials, precise craftsmanship, aesthetic and sensual appeal, impeccable service, and… Read More What is luxury?
Colonial Williamsburg is lovely by day, but the 18th century springs to Brigadoon-esque life at night. In the dim light provided by lanterns, the moon, and the reflection of the opalescent shells used for gravel, it’s harder to see all the visitors’ 21st-century garb. And the other senses are heightened. The shells crackle under foot;… Read More Colonial Christmastide at Night