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In the cards


I’m one of those old-fashioned people who simply love to send cards.

Paper cards. Cards you can actually hold… in other words, I’m not a fan of the e-card.

I’ve tried to make my own cards over the years — sometimes it works, sometimes not

And when I buy cards, I look for ones that are different.

That’s why I was excited to meet La-Mar Lynch last night. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Mary Shustack on Friday, January 30th, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
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Bobbi Brown — in person


If you love your makeup, then you know the name Bobbi Brown.

And the famed cosmetics expert is coming to Westchester next week.

She’ll be signing her new book “Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual,” from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at Lord & Taylor in Eastchester.

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Posted by Mary Shustack on Thursday, January 29th, 2009 at 10:19 am |
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Save the dates


On days like today when it’s just so snowy, all you want to do is stay inside.

And when you’re at home for extended periods, even if you’re busy, you tend to notice your surroundings a bit more… at least I do.

Those are the times when I start thinking about how I’d fix things up. Some ideas are just daydreaming (an indoor pool for exercise). Others are more practical, like revamping the catch-all closet.

The 2009 Suburban Home Show, which will be held Feb. 6 through 8 at Rockland Community College in Suffern is a going to be a place filled with ideas about sprucing up your surroundings. Read more of this entry »

Posted by Mary Shustack on Wednesday, January 28th, 2009 at 9:29 am |
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Memorable moments


I’m just back from an interview with Robert Brissette, who creates framed works through his company, The Keepsake Collage.

It was a kick to walk through his Larchmont living room and see a photograph featuring Ronnie Wood out of the corner of my eye.

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Posted by Mary Shustack on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
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Where I want to shop


Yesterday, while I was looking at the Target flier and seeing bathing suits, I was reminded of something one of my sisters said recently.

She had just come back from another frustrating trip to the mall to buy a few more long-sleeved T-shirts from a place she had gotten them not so long ago.

The only colors left – in the style she wanted – were bright green (think Kermit) and beyond-turquoise blue.

And she had to make her way to the sorry little display through all the spring/summer clothing already filling the sales floor.

Her solution?

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Posted by Mary Shustack on Monday, January 26th, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
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A gala set for tonight


If you want a sneak peek at the Designer Show House on the Hudson, which officially opens its doors tomorrow, there’s a gala preview party planned for tonight.

The event, which features some 10 regional interior designers decorating the rooms of a $3.2 million Upper Grandview chateau, is serving as a benefit for Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland.

Not only is it a great place to get decorating ideas, all of what you see will also be for sale — you can buy everything from art work to tables, vases to chairs.

If you remember, I wrote about the show house last Friday when I got the chance to tour the place myself.

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Posted by Mary Shustack on Friday, January 23rd, 2009 at 10:54 am |
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The show of shows


If you’re serious about antiques, then you already know that today’s opening day of The Winter Antiques Show in Manhattan.

Maybe you even attended last night’s glittering preview party of this 55th edition?

If so, I’m jealous.

I had the chance to go last year — and it was amazing.

And once again, I hear there’s a local presence among the 75 exhibitors gathering for the show.

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Posted by Mary Shustack on Friday, January 23rd, 2009 at 10:16 am |
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Style in the city


I bought my first pair of Joli earrings at the old gift shop of the New York Public Library.

I certainly had no idea back then that some 10 years later I’d be sitting down with their designer for a story on her — and her connections to Putnam County.

Let me give you a bit of the history — Read more of this entry »

Posted by Mary Shustack on Thursday, January 22nd, 2009 at 10:58 am |
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If I ruled the (shopping) world…


Haven’t you, at least once, said to yourself “If this were my shop, I’d feature…”

Well, Debbie Zapakin and Lori Weil of Wishes in Yorktown Heights are kind of giving you that opportunity.

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Posted by Mary Shustack on Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
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Double duty


So, you want to take advantage of the Winter Clearance Sale at Maria Louisa in Nyack but don’t want to miss any of the Inauguration Day happenings?

Don’t worry — Maria Luisa Whittingham has taken care of that.

While you’re free to shop the sale, which features all winter clothing and boots, she’ll be streaming in “inauguration happenings” all day today.

So, stop by, find some bargains, have some hot cocoa (also featured at the satellite ML Gifts and Accessories) and watch history in the making.

Maria Louisa is at 14 S. Broadway (845-353-4122), while ML Gifts and Accessories is a few blocks away at 75 S. Broadway (845-358-1293).

Posted by Mary Shustack on Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 at 10:29 am |
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Mary Shustack has been living — and shopping — in this region her whole life. This blog will follow her never-ending search for beautiful things, from home-decorating accents to funky tote bags to quirky collectibles. Come along as she browses through the shops, boutiques, markets and fairs of the Lower Hudson Valley.


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