Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary

Posted by: on Mar 4, 2011 | 3 Comments

Well, we made it!  One year ago I launched Simply Refined, with absolutely no idea where it would take me.  I’m happy to say it has been a great year, and I want to thank everyone who made that possible.

Weekend Read – Ian Fleming

Weekend Read – Ian Fleming

Posted by: on Feb 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

While most of this weekend was spent working on my thesis – due tomorrow – I did find some time to relax and decompress.  I wrote last week about kicking up your heels and recharging, and so I decided that if I’m going to follow anyone’s advice, why not my own?

Neue Wave Art

Neue Wave Art

Posted by: on Feb 25, 2011 | No Comments

A friend of mine sent me this article from Thursday’s New York Times, entitled “Fin-de-Siècle Hothouse, Plush and Neurotic.”  It’s about a new exhibition at the Neue Galerie in New York City, “Vienna 1900: Style and Identity,” focusing on turn-of-the-century Viennese art and design (big surprise, right?). 

Re-Watching Metropolitan

Re-Watching Metropolitan

Posted by: on Feb 14, 2011 | No Comments

I’ve seen Whit Stillman’s masterpiece-of-manners a few times, but I rewatched it this weekend and particularly enjoyed it.  If you haven’t seen it, do so as soon as you can.  I promise you won’t regret it.  It’s on Netflix instant queue if you have it.

Mid-Week Movie – Kind Hearts and Coronets

Mid-Week Movie – Kind Hearts and Coronets

Posted by: on Feb 9, 2011 | One Comment

This week has been busy, and as a break I treated myself to a glass of port and 1949′s Kind Hearts and Coronets.  Alec Guiness plays about 90% of the characters, and to great avail.  The film has a Wildean wit, with an Edwardian flair.  Needless to say, I enjoyed it.