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Nasty in Nantucket

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 9:54 AM

Nasty in Nantucket

Far be it for me to be a champion of deference or timidity, but a scene I witnessed in the Nantucket airport this week caused me to consider, ahem, good manners. Let me begin with a disclaimer. I am hardly a model of punctilious manners. While I...

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Millicent Rogers and Her Memorable Thanksgiving in Taos

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 9:36 AM

I've been traveling around the country in recent weeks talking about my book "Searching for Beauty -- The Life of Millicent Rogers" and the subject of Thanksgiving has invariably come up with women friends. Who's coming and who's not, and, in several cases, will the new kitchen cabinets or other...

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Daphne Guinness -- Fashion Style or Stunt?

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 11:20 AM


I have just spent four years writing about a woman of true style and elegance, Millicent Rogers. She was someone who reportedly swept into a room and brought conversation to a halt with her grace, stature and presence. She was noticed and admired. That was the effect she...

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Stepmotherhood Never Ends

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 5:32 PM

Twenty-five years ago I wrote a book about being a stepmother. I was a stepmother, and a sympathetic interviewer, but the book was based more on the experiences of 50 women I interviewed and the prescriptive advice of step family experts than on my own experience. Since that time I've...

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Inspiration for Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 2:20 PM

What triggers making a fresh start in life? Sometimes something as simple as a beautiful fall day or a scenic panorama can make one aware of life's possibilities. Millicent Rogers was at an age when many women thought not much lay ahead of them in life when she first arrived...

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Fashion arbiters who think for themselves and dress like grownups

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 10:08 AM

There once was a woman in Nantucket who had cards printed to hand out to women she considered inappropriately dressed. "Your attire is not appropriate for Nantucket," the recipients were advised. Such meddlesomeness would not be acceptable today, but it might be fun to be so sure of oneself. The...

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What's a Fashion Muse?

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2011 | 7:58 PM

I used to think that a muse was a fairy sprite that whispered in your ear, but apparently I was wrong. A muse, I see now that Fashion Week is upon us, is a skinny gorgeous woman with a pouty face who looks fabulous in clothes. That's the impression I...

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Life After Millicent -- Road Trips

(1) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 4:24 PM

Once you've written a biography about someone, immersed yourself in their life for some years, it's hard to shake them. They keep knocking around in your head. Millicent Rogers, my subject, led a life very different from mine, yet everything I do now, from shopping for a dress to taking...

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Hype or Hurricane?

(98) Comments | Posted August 26, 2011 | 12:58 PM

Seventy-three years ago the Great Hurricane of 1938 (GH38) ripped through New England killing 700 people in four hours. The East Coast is now bracing for a storm that may be of equal magnitude. Yet newscasters keep talking about how "unprecedented" the coming threat may be. This is total nonsense....

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What Makes a Fashion Icon?

(5) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 2:18 PM

What makes a fashion icon? The determining factors have changed since the 30s and 40s when Millicent Rogers was a wealthy beauty with a sense of style that left an enduring mark on the fashion world. Millicent Rogers was a beautiful Standard Oil heiress, so while her access to couturier...

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