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Beatles Craze and 60′s Inspiration

Beatles Craze and 60's Inspiration

The fruit in our back garden at the castle are each taking their turn. The concord grapes are at the end of their season and the Japanese persimmon and pomegranate trees are ripening. Elena and I are still enjoying some warm days, but the cooler evenings are starting to nag at our appetites for soups, polenta, and a [...]

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Back in Italy and Loving Fall Fashion… Jil Sander, Gucci, & Dior!

Back in Italy and Loving Fall Fashion... Jil Sander, Gucci, & Dior!

Jill Sander I’m back at the castle after a nearly 3-month stay in Michigan.  It’s been a hectic last couple of weeks, (of which I will spare you the boring details) but Elena and I made it home. Walking up the castle steps and smelling the scent of my childhood at my doorstep was nothing [...]

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Hat Craze! Love those Hats!

Hat Craze! Love those Hats!

COCO CHANEL hats hats PHILIP TRAECY hats MARC JACOBS BALENCIAGA  hats DIOR hats JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

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NYC, August 2012- The Mondrian, Century 21, Mr. Chow, and more..

NYC, August 2012- The Mondrian, Century 21, Mr. Chow, and more..

MONDRIAN HOTEL SOHO, NYC AUGUST 2012 AvantChic AvantChic Four days in the “Big Apple” was nothing short of delicious. And my stay at the Mondrian enhanced my experience all that much more. Although the purpose of my trip was primarily business, my stay felt more like a vacation (always a plus). “Meetings” seemed more like social events [...]

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Grand Fun At The Grand Hotel

Grand Fun At The Grand Hotel

I’ve been back in Michigan since June visiting my family and friends while working like mad  finishing up Yacht Club De Monaco’s 120 piece collection. Luckily, I got away from it all for a three days by going to see my father‘s, Giuseppe Delena, performance at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in the upper peninsula of Michigan. It is [...]

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MARCH PASSION: SHOPPING BLUE MISSONI, PRADA, GUCCI…..

MARCH PASSION: SHOPPING BLUE MISSONI, PRADA, GUCCI.....

The spring weather has enhanced the beauty of the Moncalieri’s countryside.  Cherry blossoms, rosebushes, and chirping birds has us feeling satisfied with our new home. Living in an environment so rich with lush greenery, rolling landscapes, old buildings, and simple ways is very fulfilling. In the hills, there are very tight roads that were made [...]

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Chapter II: The Medieval Castle

Chapter II: The Medieval Castle

My daughter and I are currently living in an 1100 year-old medieval castle overlooking the city of Turin in the hills in a medieval town called Moncalieri. I had lived here as a child with my family. I had always hoped for the opportunity to return someday and give my daughter the same magical experience that [...]

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A WEDNESDAY EVENING… MILA SCHON, ARISTS, AND DESIGNERS

A WEDNESDAY EVENING... MILA SCHON, ARISTS, AND DESIGNERS

Milano Wed. December 14th A lovely day indeed! The best moments in life always happen unexpectedly. I had assumed that I would be living a typical day of ambitious work behind my laptop, but it turned out to be anything but that. At around 10:30 a.m. a gracious acquaintance of mine, Paolo DeGregori, called me [...]

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“MIDNIGHT IN PARIS”~ RICH, BEAUTIFUL AND THOUGHT PROVOKING…

I’m now visiting Torino this week and I have the good fortune of staying at the “Galleria Subalpina” in Piazza Castello, which was the home of Italy’s king at one time. The architecture is incredibly rich. Each store and café is heavily adorned with beautiful ornamentation, and the “Palazzo Reale,” translated as the “Royal Palace” [...]

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Passions Reborn in Florence for SportMax

Passions Reborn in Florence for SportMax

I just arrived back from a short business trip in Florence. I had the fortune to not be stuck in the city the entire time. Although I’m a huge fan of Florence itself, it is the rolling hills and magical landscapes I love most about that area of Italy.  If you ever have the opportunity [...]

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