The lights dimmed. The crowd settled. The room fell silent with anticipation. It may have been day one of ESSENCE Festival, but this audience of young men and women were not here for Usher or Kendrick or Mary.
Beginning in 1988 in Paris, the first Dîner en Blanc was hosted by François Pasquier as a get together among friends to celebrate and to enjoy an adventurous dining experience.
Our travel days coincided with not one but two prospective industrial actions, and, as usual, it was difficult to get reliable and useful updates from news media -- or indeed from railroad employees, at least one of whom was a positive volcano of misinformation.
I've heard that with age comes wisdom; I'm more apt to say awareness. My appreciation for the good things that have come my way has grown. My understanding of the part I've played in some of the bad things has deepened.
Take in the California coast by horse. Saddle up on Santa Barbara Beach Horseback Ride's relaxing excursion along Butterfly Beach or view the ocean from on high on their Mountains and Bluffs ride.
The award for summer's most popular fruit? Watermelon -- by a landslide. The trick to ingesting more watermelon all season long? Spike, scoop and juice it into blush-pink cocktails.
Our Costco shopping list typically looks a little like this. Toothpaste. Check. Enough toilet paper to last us the year. Check. Cheez-Its. Double-check. But, it's also making its way up the ranks to becoming our new budget-beauty destination.
Recently, at the 2015 Sustainable Brands Conference, I was struck by something Harvard Business Review contributor and the author of "What Great Brands Do," Denise Yohn, showcased on the main stage. Her visual read: "A BRAND IS WHAT YOU DO, AND HOW YOU DO IT."
For the past several years the term pop-up has been, well, popping up more and more when it comes to dining. Traditional sit-down restaurants will never go out of style, but we're seeing more and more inventive ways to serve food in unexpected environments for limited chunks of time.
Rainbow Fashion Week recently returned to NYC, kicking off Manhattan's Pride events with eight days of queer style. RFW founder, E. Jaguar Beckford (aka Jag), was intentional about producing a style event that was inclusive and representative of the LGBTQ community's values.
I'd forgotten that frittatine were on my post-vacation to-cook list. What reminded me to try making this Neapolitan snack staple -- which amounts to fried macaroni and cheese -- was a post on Twitter that depicted a macaroni pie, something that is evidently highly prized in Scotland and is an object of good-humored derision in many other places. (To me it sounds as if it might be addictive; I'll try one some time.)
This June, InterAction held its 31st annual Forum. More than 1,000 attendees from over 350 organizations participated in the three-day event.
On the heels of Art Basel, we sat down for a Q&A with Tatyana Franck, the newly appointed director of Lausanne's photography museum, the Musée de l'Élysée. A dynamic, multi-cultural leader, she arrived at the museum after serving as the Director of the Archives Claude Picasso.
Want to be overwhelmed? Want to be blown away by thousands upon thousands of pieces of over-the-top gorgeous glass art? Then stop by the Glasmuseum Passau the next time you are in Bavaria.
It was during a visit to São Paulo that a budding acquaintance with Denise Milan was spawned. I was drawn to her work and a world of discovery that she presented to me through her stone constructs and the multilayered tableaus that resonated throughout her installations.
While summer is upon us, it's never too early to start thinking about September and the start of the new school year. That means fresh blank notebooks, shiny new pens, colorful folders, bright yellow highlighters and a huge dent in your wallet.