Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014

Fashion Week is always one of my favorite times of the year. I went to FIT so I am always eager to see what designers are bringing to their new collections. It's also a great time to catch up with friends!

And We're off!

Started off Fashion Week with Montgomery Frazier who styled me for Mark and Estel

 

Sitting next to my dear friend "THE Image Guru" Montgomery Frazier who dressed me for some of my shows, and Orange is the New Black stars Laura Gomez & Danielle Brooks. Of course my intern is front row as well! Oh the places we go!

With my friend Mindy Cohn of Facts of Life!

Nicolas Brochet and I attending Zang Toi's fashion show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center

With Phillip Bloch the stylist to the stars

Camille Grammer & I

Backstage with Zang Toi, Ramona, & Jill after his amazing fashion show!

Malan Breton Show! Wearing Mark & Estel top, Girogio Armani pants, & a Ramiro Encizo clutch! Style by THE Image Guru Montgomery Frazier

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Sonja in the City takes it to Canyon Ranch Spa & Resort

When you first arrive at the Majestic Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires this is what you see. With the first view you immediately relax because you feel the history. It takes you back in time to another era before the Internet, social media, and the craziness we live in today. When I arrived to my room there is a beautiful fruit basket, fabulous healthy snacks and just look at the view from my room! First thing I want to do is get some rest and leave my windows open for fresh air. I'm back home in the Berkshires! The next morning I headed to spin class and I passed by the tennis courts. I think if I come back here with my guy he can't complain because he can play tennis while I do my girly workouts, but believe me, there's kayaking, hiking, biking and more activities. Look at the schedule, it is all included and they have additional things you can sign up for for a small fee. I ran into these roller things and I have had tightness in my shoulder for the last year, acupuncture healers gave some relief but I have never had the release I needed until I rolled out my IT bands in my thighs like I did with these things. After my workout I like to sit by the pool or by this fabulous water fountain and of course no cell phones are allowed. Even I find that difficult but it's just what the doctor ordered. Then I'm off to see Billy Baudreau who is my favorite most animated chef in the world. He has a captivated audience at Canyon Ranch every lunch and dinner where he shares recipes as well. Here in this picture you see the Canyon Ranch dietitian Crissy Garner and his fabulous assistant Slav. Bowl of Billy's famous quinoa salad. He shows you how to use all your "leftovers" because anyone who knows me knows nothing is a leftover. I cook extra in advance so that I have leftovers. Billy and I are on the same page when it comes to cooking in the toaster oven, he has two convection ovens. As do I! (Not counting the ones in the basement) He and I both agree it's not about being the fanciest chef with the most difficult unattainable recipes, it's about making sure everything is there for your guests and that they feel comfortable and that you have more time for them. Enough about that, I could go on about Billy and our cooking tips forever but you have to meet him yourself when you go to Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires. Before and after dinner I like to spend my time in the library. It reminds me of the Morgan Library in New York City. It's authentic and original and I feel at home. The fireplace is amazing and the mocktails are so delicious. They also serve tea time in that room.   Here I am in the hammock waiting for them to call me for my car to the Amtrak train station in Albany right to Penn station and then I'm a taxi ride from home. As you can see I don't have a care in the world about my hair or my make up, I'm just like buuuutter as Barbra Streisand would say!

Spring Holiday Floral Arrangement

“Cheap and Cheerful” This is one of my favorite floral arrangements. It rings in the hope of spring and warmer weather with its wonderful colorful theme. At the same time it is so easy, fast and inexpensive to throw together.
Use any vase you want, but be sure you can fit another glass container inside. Sometimes I use common household items like a sugar bowl or oil/vinegar server.
Pour candies between the vase and the inside container. You can use jellybeans, or for Valentine’s Day I use the heart candies with sayings on them. Fill the inside container with water leaving room for the flowers to displace the water and not overflow onto the candies. If the water gets on the candies it makes a sticky mess over time.
I then add tulips, or daffodils. Tulips last longer, but both are about 7 to 10 dollars a bunch from your local supermarket or NYC deli, and can cheer up a whole room.
If you want to be extravagant go with white roses, and use red hots for that special someone in your life! If they really deserve it, throw in cashmere socks or a throw. Enjoy!

Winter White Cashmere Shawl

“I love Luxury, and Luxury Loves Me back in this Winter White Cashmere Shawl!”
White signifies luxury. Winter white is perfect for holidays and for traveling year round. From Colorado to Florida or Overseas this plush shawl will keep you warm and looking great. It will have you standing out with the best of them! If you are traveling home for the holidays by train or plane this shawl can also be used as a pillow or blanket. My trick to keeping it looking brand new is to de-fuzz it every year. You can also use Nature’s Miracle to remove stains by hand. I have been doing that with my daughter’s favorite cashmere hat since she was 5 years old and she is now 10 years old. Remember maintaining white is where the luxury comes in. If cashmere is not in your budget invest in the best wool, or wool/cashmere blend you can afford. I got my Cashmere shawl over 20 years ago at Christian Dior with a gift certificate from a restaurant client. I have collected other colors from Loro Piana, Hermes and Giorgio Armani over the years, which I have found on sale or at outlets. I have also received some as gifts, which are life long items to have and cherish. Check out the following ways to enjoy wearing it.
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