I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist by Betty Halbreich

If you’ve ever seen Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf Goodman, then you’ve met the unstoppable Director of Solutions Betty Halbreich. Halbreich barely, if ever, refers to herself as “Director of Solutions”—to simply refer to Halbreich’s position as “senior stylist” or “personal shopper” doesn’t do her work justice, either. In so many words, think of Halbreich […]

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My Paris Dream by Kate Betts

If you’re a Francophile and you keep a mini-collection of contemporary books on Parisian journeys, add My Paris Dream to the shelf. Betts, an award-winning magazine editor and author, shares her coming-of-age story of living and working in Paris, France shortly after graduating from college. Her anecdotes finding her own way through the city and […]

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The Widow Clicquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo

The story of the name behind one of the most famous bottles of bubbly, Veuve Clicquot. Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Clicquot, whose curved signature graces the brand’s yellow labels, is responsible for the champagne’s legacy today. After the death of her husband Francois Clicquot, Barbe-Nicole managed to overcome the endless obstacles posed by droughts, family misfortune and, […]

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Gilded: How Newport Became America’s Richest Resort

If you’re looking for a gateway book to gain an interest in Newport, Rhode Island’s history, Deborah Davis’s Gilded is a great place to start. Davis artfully weaves facts and nostalgia to illustrate the complex facade of Newport’s elite. She breathes life back into the Vanderbilts, Astors, Oelrichs and other prominent families whose legacies survive in their […]

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Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and The Power of Style by Kate Betts

Considering that everyone’s attention is turned to the 2016 Presidential Election, I thought it would be fun to take a step back and read something else for different perspective.  I went to the library with the sole intention of finding Betts’ latest novel, My Paris Dream, but as I walked past the shelves, I spotted […]

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2015 Summer Reading List

It’s time to write down my strategic plan for summer reading. I still have several books sitting on the shelf that need to be read—Eiffel’s Tower, Teri Agins’ Hijacking the Runway and my newest signed book, Inside the O’Briens—but I also want to try to make time to read a few other books… Several peers […]

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How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are

I was already living by this book before I even read it… I haven’t been feeling well for almost a week now and it’s been rough sitting at home doing nothing. I picked up How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are when I took a trip to Island Books a few weeks ago and I […]

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Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

After finishing reading Lena Dunham’s book, I’m still deciding how I feel about it.  I did enjoy reading it… I think.  As a millennial, reading this book requires a self-reflection. There were several times where I felt frustrated with Dunham’s vignettes, the same way I had grown accustomed being annoyed with Hannah’s character on Girls, […]

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Author of Eiffel’s Tower to Speak at Rosecliff

It’s been one year since I studied abroad in Paris. I miss it–a lot–and it’s gotten to the point where I am searching every online calendar to find out about any event related to French culture. Thankfully, in Newport, events for Francophiles are fairly easy to come across–I suppose that’s what happens when you live […]

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Considering the last book I read was Paris by Edward Rutherfurd last summer, I’ve been in dire need of more time and a lighter read. My brother Dylan passed Yes Please onto me after he finished it–he told me it was funny and easy to read. Just what I was looking for. The book did not […]

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