Eliza J Designer, Dana Greechan, gives us an inside look at dress design

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

There’s nothing quite like putting on the perfect dress. Aside from making you want to belt out, “I Feel Pretty” louder than Maria from West Side Story, a well-fitting dress can make a woman feel feminine, fabulous, and fearless. For Associate Designer of Eliza J, Dana Greechan, the “dress-rush” is even more pronounced. Not only does Greechan get to spend her days designing beautiful Eliza J Dresses that are sold to the likes of Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, and Von Maur, but she also gets to experience others wearing her designs. And for a woman who admits that she’s “been obsessed with fashion since [she] can remember,” seeing a chic woman wearing her dress designs on the street of NYC is overwhelming. more

The Liberty Belle Extravaganza at Hudson Terrace

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How Sarah and Steve Gifford turned their love for New England into a family business

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

The post college years can be a daunting time for young professionals, but brother and sister team, Sarah and Stephen Gifford were able to dodge the drudgery by taking matters into their own hands – or shall we say heads. more

A Taste of Mexican Culture in New York City

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

267 Elizabeth Street, NY, NY 10012

(917) 727-0179

http://tacombi.com

This week’s “Plate to Date” comes from a restaurant brand suffused with authentic Mexican culture and, of course, cuisine.  more

 Urban Agenda NYC selected our top fashion picks to keep you stylish all summer long

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

 

 

Friday, June 26

5 p.m.: Sunset Fridays at Hudson Terrace, located at 621 West 46th Street. 2 for 1 margaritas and 2 for 1 specialty cocktails. RSVP by calling 212.315.9400 for a free round of drinks! For table reservations email info@hudsonterracenyc.com.  more

Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith

Home Furnishings by Missoni Home

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See how the talented perfumer, Sarah McCartney is making magic with her homemade fragrances

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

If you were to have asked a young Sarah McCartney what she wanted to be when she grew up, she wouldn’t have said teacher, doctor, or lawyer. Instead, Sarah would’ve told you that she wanted to do magic when she grew up, and not just tricks, real magic. more

With a flavor-packed, handmade patty and a cocktails featuring bacon, Umami’s Plate to Date will have your taste buds watering.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

http://www.umamiburger.com

Amidst the entertainment and dining options galore in NYC’s Greenwich Village, you’ll find the always-delicious Umami Burger. One of its three New York City locations, Umami Burger is named for the fifth flavor we can sense on our taste buds. With incredibly tasty burgers made from the freshest cuts of beef coarsely grinded by hand, Umami certainly lives up to its name. more

Assouline Publishing uncaps the 100-year history of the Coca-Cola bottle in their limited edition book.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

To celebrate the iconic Coke bottle’s centennial, Coca-Cola has launched a yearlong campaign featuring art exhibitions, song releases, and the Assouline Publishing book, Kiss The Past Hello: 100 Years of The Coca-Cola Bottle. This limited edition tome uncovers the rich history of the quintessential American drink through a compilation of photographs and paintings inspired by or featuring the famous bottle.  more

Experience the magnificent “Linden Court”

Location: Khakum Wood Association, Greenwich, CT, United States

Listing Price: $15,000,000

Realtor: Sotheby’s International Realty

Agent: Leslie McElwreath

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By Taylor Smith

Photos Courtesy of Holly Fowler

It was at Saint Martins that Holly began modeling and succumbed to the influence of fashion. “Everyday there would be toiles and fittings outside the painting studios,” Fowler remembers. “The school was so small! It was like an old house on Charing Cross Lane that I couldn’t help but be influenced by all of the student clothes and art around me.” more

By Linda Arntzenius

Photography by Nic Lehoux

The Whitney Museum of American Art’s move from the Upper East Side to the once gritty meatpacking district constitutes a seismic shift in Manhattan’s cultural scene and further confirms the city as a safe, family- and tourist-friendly place to visit. The first large-scale museum to take up residence downtown, the Whitney’s new $422 million nine-story building by architect Renzo Piano opened May 1. What the Upper East Side was in the mid-sixties, when the Whitney opened its Marcel Breuer-designed building on 75th Street and Madison Avenue, is now to be found south and west of Chelsea and the West Village. more

Alice at 150

By Ellen Gilbert

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s (a.k.a. Oxford mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and there are many opportunities to celebrate the work, which along with its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, is quoted (and misquoted) almost as frequently as Shakespeare. The celebrations will be world-wide; here are some that will take place close to home. more

By Anne Levin

A century ago, touring impressive homes and gardens was a popular warm weather pastime. Just read up on Edith Wharton or Henry James, both of whom were known to spend weeks, if not months, being driven from one Gilded Age estate to another—perhaps gathering details for their novels. more

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Images Courtesy of Glamping Hub

With adventure tourism on the rise, travelers are swapping their “sun and sand” vacation packages for zip lining, canopy tours, and the newly popular, glamping. A term that combines “glamour” and “camping,” glamping allows for the ultimate authentic camping experience. more

By Greta Cuyler

At the mouth of Barnegat Bay lies a quaint Victorian village with a family atmosphere that appears relatively untouched by time. Bay Head Borough is located on the Jersey Shore’s barrier island, nestled between Point Pleasant to the north and Mantoloking to the south. more

By Anne Levin

Sixteen years ago, Bill and Hillary Clinton bought a house on a quiet cul de sac in Chappaqua, New York. The political power couple was putting down post-White-House roots so that Hillary could run, and win, the election to become United States senator from New York. The ink on the real estate deal was barely dry before the media was staking out this leafy town in the middle of Westchester County. more

By Stuart Mitchner

In his introduction to the 1946 Scribner’s edition of Henry James’s The American Scene, W.H. Auden observes that while travel is the “easiest subject for the journalist” who requires only “a flair for being on the spot where interesting events happen,” it is the most difficult for the artist, “who is deprived of the freedom to invent, free only to select and never to modify or add, which calls for imagination of a very high order.” more

Saturday, June 20

5 p.m.: The Annual Summer Solstice Celebration at Storm King Art Center, the Hudson Valley’s premiere summer event. The evening includes a cocktail reception, a gourmet farm-to-table dinner, private tours of the grounds, current exhibitions, and a special live music performance by Pete Francis. All proceeds benefit Storm King’s exhibitions and programs. http://www.stormking.org more

Ippolita Sample Sale

Up to 65% off retail prices on Ippolita bangles, earrings, necklaces and rings in 18K gold, Ippolita rose and sterling silver. Credit cards only. Strollers and children under 12 not admitted.

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The stunning Further Lane Farm compound awaits you

Location: East Hampton, NY, United States

Listing Price: $29,900,000

Realtor: Sotheby’s

Agent: Edward R. Petrie

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Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith

Fashion and Home Designs by Piero Fornasetti

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See how makeup professional and Internet sensation, Tal Peleg transforms her eyelids into stunning works of art

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

You could say that young Israeli makeup professional and social phenom, Tal Peleg was born with an eye for art. In fact, she’s transformed her eyes into art by creating miniature masterpieces on her eyelids using eye shadow, eyeliner, and small appliques.  more