Coming Soon: Old Money Style

It hasn’t been all coffee, croissants, cognac, and chocolates here in The City of Light. A little bit of work has transpired. In the coming weeks, the latest installment of the Old Money series will be available online and in bookstores: Old Money Style: Secrets To Dressing Well For Less – The Gentleman’s Edition. The … More Coming Soon: Old Money Style

Motive and Opportunity

I don’t talk about myself much, to others in conversation, or on this blog in writing. I’m happy to talk about Old Money values, or discuss culture, history, philosophy, or current events. I have a keen interest in style–I would not call it fashion–and a passion for public policy–which I would not call politics. As … More Motive and Opportunity

Old Money: In Their Own Words

The moment one enters a dining establishment is the moment the person dining there accepts that he or she will always be ‘wrong’ that evening. What do I mean by this? I mean that you, as the customer, are going to accept responsibility for any misunderstandings that occur with the restaurant staff that evening.  The … More Old Money: In Their Own Words

Your Wristwatch: Telling More Than Just The Time

I’ve written before about appropriate, tasteful, and reasonably priced wristwatches, singling out the stainless steel Rolex and the Cartier tank watch as perennial favorites of mine. Preowned models in good condition can be purchased from reputable dealers in the range of 2000 to 6000 dollars. Not inexpensive, but not ridiculous for a lifetime investment. As … More Your Wristwatch: Telling More Than Just The Time

Telling It Like It Is…Wisely

I received an email the other day. Basically, the issue was this: how do I tell people about my accomplishments without coming across as arrogant, but also without selling myself short? It’s a great question, and a tricky balance, especially for women in the workplace who need to present themselves as qualified and competent, without … More Telling It Like It Is…Wisely

Parisian Profile: Bernard-Henri Levy

I’m not sure America really has an equivalent to Bernard-Henri Levy, the French philosopher, intellectual, author and all-round media personality. I’ve asked Parisians about him: none are lukewarm in their opinions. It’s love him or hate him for BHL. He writes books, opines on almost anything relevant in French or world politics, takes controversial positions … More Parisian Profile: Bernard-Henri Levy

How To Look Nice Without Really Trying

Whether you’re traveling to another country or simply walking to the grocery store down the street, it’s an easy and, some would say, courteous gesture to look presentable. By ‘presentable’ I mean this: if you by chance ran into someone who you wanted to date, get a referral or job from, or generally make a … More How To Look Nice Without Really Trying