SFLuxe: Gorgeous and Green in Living Color

Gorgeous & Green at the Bently Reserve

Gorgeous & Green, Global Green’s annual gala here in San Francisco, has been the most stylish proof of a sustainable lifestyle being easily compatible with high fashion and fine living.  In its 7th year, it once again drew San Francisco’s eco jet set to the gorgeous LEED-certified Bently Reserve for a “Moulin Rouge” themed evening aimed at raising funds for Global Green’s program in collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District to incorporate green building features in their new construction projects. Continue reading

It is the Year of the Dragon

Installation of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs in the Pulitzer fountain in New York by Ai Weiwei from May 4th to July 15th, 2011 (Photo: courtesy of This Week in New York)

I am so excited that finally the “Year of the Dragon” is here!  It is considered the luckiest year of the Chinese Zodiac.  The dragon is the 5th sign and the only animal that is legendary.  It is associated with good fortune and intense power, and it relates to the Western sign of the Aries.  So it should be a good year for lucky me, having been born on the last day of Aries.  To be more precise 2012 is the year of the water dragon.  According to Chinese astrology water has a calming effect on the dragon’s fierce temperament and makes him more receptive to others. Continue reading

Inspirations from Downton Abbey

Highclere Castle

I admit it, I missed the first season of the Masterpiece Classics series  “Downton Abbey” on PBS, and I watched it in its entirety in one weekend, just in time for the second season premiere.  Just like so many I have also succumbed to its magic.  I think I would watch it for the dowager countess’ one-liners alone.  Maggie Smith is divine!  The writing is captivating indeed, but the visuals have everyone talking.   British Vogue devoted a fashion spread to the ladies of Downton Abbey in last year’s August issue. The Washington Post was drawing comparisons between the period costumes and current runway fashion.  Town & Country covered Highclere Castle in Berkshire, where the series is being filmed, and its real owners the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnavon who have had their own struggles in maintaining such a grand estate.  Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and his wife Anna hosted a screening of the second season’s premiere, whose well-heeled international guests also included members of the cast.  Julie Bosman of the New York Times talked about how publishers have been increasing printing of period novels as a result of the series’ popularity.  The Daily Mail reported that Downton Abbey has been pushing up prices for stately homes and is sparking a new craze for corsets, cloche hats and cravats. Continue reading