Archive for 2013

Tis The Season

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Ho Ho Ho — it looks like Santa is bringing some amazing new team members to Forty Weeks – what a gift! Stay tuned to see how we are expanding in the New Year!

and brrrrr…..

Monday, November 25th, 2013

So much to do on this Monday of a short Thanksgiving week…first allow me to stop and say “brrrr” – oh it is that cold!

When Frozen, Find Friends!

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Oh thank goodness for a Sunday night of keeping warm in Toronto town…

An Observation from a Corner Table at Bucca

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Ten years of partnership creates a powerful friendship….grateful for the work and the play!

All Kinds of Excitement

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

We have a winner….Embrace Space here we come!

Monday, Monday!

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Fifteen Finds – The Year That Was 2013

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The year that was 2013 – it was a wild, winding and wonderful adventure. Thank you to all of my remarkable family and friends – without you this particular ship cannot sail. So in taking inventory and feeling grateful, I had to stop and think about what really did float my boat (yes, I kept the metaphor alive folks). And thus I got to my 15 finds…

This list runs the range – people, places, philanthropy and – of course delicacies…

Judge me not, this is my lens, ya’ll -

If you prefer another view, take a pass!


1. Greenhook Gin – Why yes, I know I am being forced to choose sides here – I will take the Brooklyn side (sorry Green Cat people)…maybe it was the passion with which August served it to me at Union Square Cafe, maybe it was just my mood the first time I sipped this amazingly herbaceous elixir – bottom line – I am in!

Greenhook Gin

2. Chinatown Coffee, Washington DC – You had me at a shot of seltzer with my cortado – you love me, you really love me!

3. coque iphone x Le Marquis de Riscal – Again, I know that timing is everything – and my arrival at this remarkable Starwood property in the luscious Rijoa region of Spain was about as needed and as well timed as they come. Did I mention the wine? The Caudlie spa? The super –swank accommodations (than you Badr)? The neighboring town La Guardia where you can Tapas out while watching the whole of the small, remote town do the same after their Sunday morning in church – yes that was good!

4. NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names – Lyrical, powerful and compact – the way I like my books. coque iphone x She tells a stunning narrative of the immigrant story – colorful and complex in Zimbabwe perhaps more muted and dark in Detroit. coque iphone x Still, I was rapt! What an impressive debut novel – impossible to put down – to be savored not guzzled. Looking forward to what comes next from this talented literary find.

5. Bedford Cheese Shop – My Cheesemonger has my heart – I cannot stray. A remarkable and well-edited shop, Bedford is ideal for both novice and seasoned cheesy people alike. I am a fan for life of Charlotte’s descriptions (think down dirty, clever and no holds barred), her great eye for hiring (really there is a contagious a passion and a vibe in the shop like no other) and the sum of every exchange we share!

6. RMHC – As the year progressed I spent more and more time visiting Ronald McDonald Houses around the US (with another favorite and one of the few people who can really move me off my mark, Rachel Mennell) and affiliated hospital NICUs. I attended their bi-annual conference in July and yes- took a big gulp of the Kool-Aide. What a remarkable, caring approach for whole family care. Now, to help them grow…off we go…

7. The Dry Bar – Yes we took it up a notch this year – you joined me in Bethesda in addition to our usual meeting spot in the Flatiron. I credit you for making my life as easy and as beautiful as I ever could imagine, at least in the hair department!

The Dry Bar


8. The Moth – It is true – I am diehard on this one. And this year I spent more live time with the Moth only adding to my addiction and conviction. Don’t tell me you listen to their podcast but never donate – we will have a problem.

9. Red Hen –Oh this is my kind of place. It is from the Gramercy Tavern (front room) school of “welcome home” dining out. coque iphone We have been cozy and never disappointed. I adore the simple brilliance of the kitchen, the clever wine list and the mood, baby, the mood…

Red Hen – Washington, DC

10. Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask – I am not sure full body coverage is really an option – if it were, I would take it! This is the good stuff, at once rich and emollient, luxurious and decadent. It is about as great a weapon against winter’s dry, mean cold as I have tried. coque iphone solde And have I mentioned the amazing scent of this miracle mask? Thank you Fresh for another wonderful addition to my favorite line.

11. 100 Proof Treatment Oil by The Dry Bar – Related to my love of The Dry Bar – this is the one product that gets me through the week and from blow to blow – I consider it to be a most critical product, especially when I am on the road.

100 Proof Treatment Oil


12. New Yorker Magazine Digital Copy – Bring on the short stories for travel – just the perfect stockpile of fiction for my time OTR or cozy at home!

13. Scandal – Yes I am a cliché – but as a fixer how can I NOT bow to the high priestess of fixers?

14. Bon Appetit – Not only did you reinvent both the print and digital copies – you amused me and ticked my fancy with your spine mosaic. I still smile thinking about my finally seeing the picture!


Painting the Picture with TMI

Monday, July 29th, 2013

I was just having a very passionate paint moment….really, I was. coque iphone 6 Corine Ingrassia was begging (in her adorable way) for help with the palate for her biggest project to date, her new home. I jumped up as fast as I could and said “pick me, pick me” – and really, coque iphone 8 I was not kidding. And really, coque iphone I was armed with all my Benjamin Moore loyalty and tools — ready to roll (paint roll that is).

That got me thinking — how many other brands had me at hello? Who has made my super-short list of brands that get my signature swoon and preferential passion? I drafted the list. coque iphone 8 And then I started wondering, coque iphone pas cher what exactly does this say about me? Let’s see:


Benjamin Moore

The Moth

Bedford Cheese Shop

Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask

The Dry Bar

Starwood Hotels (all about the W,

Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll

Monday, July 29th, 2013


I met Kristin Swenson through two women with whom I have shared a great deal of history, philanthropy and laughs. coque iphone en ligne When Jill Seiman and Nicole Feliciano made the introduction via their super fashionable Monday Mingle I felt lucky to have met Kristin. She struck me as chic and capable (juggling content creation, parenting and sharing her POV like a pro). But more than that, Kristin was all about the heart of the matter and super committed to all that she valued. The more I got to know Kristin the more I understood what moved, motivated and had meaning to her – and the more I knew, the more I adored her. vente de coque iphone She’s got range but more than that Kristin has integrity that wraps the whole package up with a stunning bow! I have seen her step up over and again — never holding back when there was a way to contribute. Kristin, a beautiful mother of two is all that and more — philanthropic, fashionable and full of love — meet my friend, Kristin Swenson!

Kristin Swenson

BonBon Rose Girls


What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

Thanks to my mother, who has been an active volunteer her whole life, I’ve been exposed to community service since I was a child and have volunteered, myself, for various organizations over the years including March of Dimes, the Humane Society and local shelters.

What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?

From a very early age, my mother stressed how important it is to give back. coque iphone 7 I remember joining her at March of Dimes walkathons as a youngster and having so much fun!


Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My mother and sister are incredibly inspirational to me. coque iphone I can’t remember a year in the last couple decades when they weren’t involved with at least one philanthropic effort. coque iphone They’ve organized many drives including holiday card collections for deployed troops, bedding collections for the Joshua House, a home for abused children, and coat collections for local residents in need. coque iphone x In fact, after having a very difficult pregnancy and now running around after two kiddos, I haven’t volunteered regularly and it’s my family who has inspired me to push past that mama exhaustion of mine and get back out there!

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

I feel that my most important job is to raise children who will leave the world a better place and exposing them to the joys of philanthropy makes me proud. This past Christmas I took my four year old to pick out toys to donate and seeing him really get how amazing helping others can feel was so special!

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

My children are my legacy and I hope that I’ll be remembered for raising kind and giving people.

What would your kids say about all of this?

They’re still quite small, but I hope that someday they’ll say they’re proud of their mama.


Monday, July 29th, 2013

Is there a legal limit to the number of Lentil and Avocado salads I can have in a week? Le Pain,