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38 SUITE DREAMERS 40 LIVING IN ST. LOUIS 44 HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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This stunning diamond and South Seas pearl necklace, designed by Mary Pillsbury, has 142 ideal cut diamonds in color D. The clarity is internally flawless for a total weight of 17.04 carats of diamonds. This extraordinary 18-inch necklace is designed in 18 karat white gold and features 13 millimeter South Seas pearls. The matching clip/post diamond earrings are flawless clarity D color with 282 diamonds totaling 11.04 carats and are set in 18 karat white gold. The prices of the necklace and the earrings are available upon request. Patent pending.

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know that most of you are busy with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but I hope that you’ll cozy up by a wood-burning fire, sip a glass of wine and leisurely browse through all of the mustread articles in Uptown Magazine’s Holiday 2013 issue. ““Rings With Bling” brings you a preview of the holiday season’s gorgeous gemstone rings from our favorite jewelers. “Six Most-Wanted Watches” gives you a glimpse of the holiday season’s most sought-after luxury watches. The “Luxe List” will impress you with luxurious holiday gift ideas such as a red Ferrari, a magnificent diamond necklace, a prestigious Patek Philippe timepiece and a chic chinchilla jacket. “All Dressed Up “ will inspire you with glamorous designer dresses from BCBG Max Azria, Aidan Mattox and Shoshanna. “Designer Shoes & Handbags” highlights the holiday season’s must-have designer shoes and handbags from Valentino, Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer and Milly New York. Our must-read article, “Elegant & Edgy”, previews trendsetting designer fashion that’s elegant and edgy. “Don’t Ride My Coat Tails”, our article for style-conscious men, previews the newest designer tuxedo styles for formal black tie events. Do you want to look and feel beautiful? We’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest holiday beauty trends in our must-see article, “Holiday Beauty Essentials”. Are you looking for unique Christmas gifts? Our “Holiday Gift Guide” has great gift ideas that are certain to please everyone on your holiday gift list. Are you in the mood to entertain? “Home For The Holidays” gives you imaginative ideas for entertaining at home for the holidays. “Suite Dreamers” profiles three distinctive bedrooms created by the design experts at The Great Cover Up, The Curtain Exchange and Décor Interiors. In this issue, “Avoid Post Holiday Bulge” will teach you how to avoid gaining weight during the holidays. Best Dining profiles our favorite go-to restaurants. Top chef, Vicki Bensinger, shares her delicious holiday recipe for homemade pumpkin mini pies. Are you a connoisseur of fine wine and gourmet food? Then you’ll enjoy reading our article, “Holiday Wine And Food Pairings”. We’ll also take you on a photographic tour of an exceptional luxury home in Clayton. We’ve profiled two successful St. Louis business owners, Joe Fredlich of Décor Jewelry & Interiors and John Hanlon of The Fur & Leather Centre, as well as a personal profile of Jazz singer DeniseThimes. If you enjoy exploring great cities, a must-read is our travel article, which takes you on a virtual tour of America’s most vibrant and dynamic city, New York. You can preview Uptown’s Holiday 2013 issue on our website www.uptownstl.com I hope that your holiday celebrations are filled with great joy, happiness and good cheer! Susan Ashton


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s an exquisite statement ring on your holiday wish list? We’re certain that you’ll be overwhelmed by the awe-inspiring beauty of this must-have collection of designer rings. The intense colors of these precious gems are simply amazing and ­elegant—green emeralds, pretty pink tourmalines, blue tanzanite with a hint of purple, rich red garnets, fancy yellow diamonds and brilliant white diamonds.

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Curt Parker Jewelers will inspire you with this spectacular 8.66 carat solitaire diamond pear-shaped ring set in platinum. The brilliance and sparkle of this exceptional white diamond ring has everlasting beauty. Novak Jewelers’ deep pink tourmaline and diamond ring, set in yellow and white gold, is a glamorous gem that you’ll always treasure. This pretty pink gemstone ring will look simply amazing with your holiday party attire. Timekeepers’ extravagant emerald ring is embellished with brilliant white diamonds. We’re certain that this exceptional emerald ring will become one of your most prized possessions. Mary Pillsbury Jewelry, the go-to jeweler for fine diamonds, is where you’ll find this fabulous diamond and white gold ring. This romantic ring from Mary Pillsbury Jewelry is designed in 18 karat white gold with 33 Princesscut invisibly set diamonds. The ring has 24 tapered diamond baguettes that are channel set with 64 diamond brilliants that are pave prong set. Albarre’s stunning white and yellow diamond status ring set in rose gold is destined to make you the center of attention. Wear this elaborate diamond ring with your most sophisticated designer dresses for a dressed-up evening look. Wear this glamorous Single Stone oval diamond cobblestone ring set in 18 karat yellow gold for a chic fashion look that sparkles and shines. The Single Stone jewelry collection is available at Ylang Ylang. Décor’s fabulous tanzanite ring, deep blue with a subtle hint of purple, is embellished with white and yellow diamonds that make a bold fashion statement. Paramount Jewelers’ glorious garnet gemstone ring is embellished with brilliant white diamonds. Wear this unique garnet and diamond designer ring with a vivid red designer dress for a touch of holiday glamour. Every woman deserves to own one of these extraordinary gemstone rings that will shine brightly for the holidays. UT

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It is astounding that fashion designers are able to create dresses that appeal to the fashion sensibility of so many women. Whether your style is classic, romantic, bohemian, edgy, or another of so many described fashion styles, it is certain that you will find a dress to make you look your best while you chat and dance the night away. Traditional party dresses have been described as statement dresses because they fall in one or more of the following classifications: sequined, metallic, embroidered, bold of color, multi-print, color-blocked. The pressure is, and has always been, on women to look our best during special occasions; therefore, the pressure associated with making the right dress choice is completely understandable. Most of us, unlike actresses and female musicians, don’t have stylists to help us with the process. It can be easy, as a consequence, to feel overwhelmed while shopping at your favorite department store or boutique; however, I hope to make the shopping venture easier for you by providing you with a few tips for finding your ideal party dress for the holiday season Graphic print, multi-pattern and mixed print dresses are extremely popular this season; however, many of these dresses are for individuals whom have a preference for fashion-forward garments. Consider whether this describes your style. If your preference is for a bold-colored classic style dress, you can’t go wrong with a red dress like the stunning scarlet showstoppers from Shoshanna and other illustrious designers. You can also make your grand entrance in a blue dress. Designers, AIDAN MATTOX such as BCBG Max Azria, have demonstrated LACE NECKLINE their ardor for blue this season by creating dresses JACQUARD SHEATH DRESS; PHOTO in a myriad of blue shades. An emerald dress, COURTESY OF from a designer such as Aidan Mattox, will also NORDSTROM, INC. ensure you are a vision of loveliness. After all, emerald was selected as the color of the year by renowned color authority, Pantone. There are also many versions available this season of one of the most basic wardrobe staples, a little black dress. Fashion visionaries such as Miss Wu can consistently be depended upon to enthrall us again and again with their version of the little black dress. You can add a touch of edge, no matter which color saturates your dress, by pairing your dress with unexpected elements like a knuckle clutch, graphic print shoes or embellished booties. There are additional factors, of course, that must be considered when you select the dress that is best for you this forthcoming holiday season. Just remember the basics to find that perfect party dress. You are already acquainted with your best figure features, you know your style preference and now you know MISS WU BLACK FEATHER DRESS, which party dresses are popular A NORDSTROM this season; therefore, you are now EXCLUSIVE; PHOTO well prepared to go forth and COURTESY OF NORDSTROM, INC. find the dress which is your perfect match. UT UPTOWN MAGAZINE

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MILLY NEW YORK BLACK LEATHER CLUTCH WITH METAL STUDS. WWW.MILLYNY.COM

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KATE SPADE RED AND MAGENTA LEATHER CLUTCH TRIMMED WITH A BOW WWW.KATESPADE.COM

SHOSHANNA BLACK LACE DRESS WWW.SHOSHANNA.COM

MARCHESA MULTI-COLORED CRYSTAL CLUTCH WITH CRYSTAL CLASP FROM NEIMAN MARCUS WWW.NEIMANMARCUS.COM

There is a special relationship between a woman and her handbags. Bring a picture of the dress you plan to wear during the holiday season with you during your shopping excursion. A visual comparison of your dress, with the bag you are drawn to while out shopping, will give you the confidence you need to select the perfect bag. Whether you select a metallic, sequined or jewelencrusted bag to pair with your party dress this season I am sure you will be well armed. 16

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LILLY PULITZER GOLD METALLIC LEATHER SHOULDER BAG FROM PINK MAGNOLIA.


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VALENTINO BLUE PATENT LEATHER T-STRAP PARTY PUMPS FROM NORDSTROM WWW.NORDSTROM IMAGE COURTESY OF NORDSTROM, INC.

TIBI GOLD METALLIC LEATHER ANKLE-STRAP SANDAL HEELS WWW.TIBI.COM

KATE SPADE MULTICOLORED GLITTER PARTY PUMPS WWW.KATESPADE.COM

LILLY PULITZER GOLD METALLIC LEATHER PARTY PUMPS FROM PINK MAGNOLIA

KATE SPADE GREEN SUEDE PARTY PUMPS WITH FAUX JEWEL TRIM WWW.KATESPADE.COM

SHOSHANNA SILVER LACE DRESS WWW.SHOSHANNA.COM

TIBI VIBRANT RED LEATHER PARTY PUMPS WWW.TIBI.COM

Do you want your party slippers to sparkle and twinkle? Every woman has a list of preferences when it comes to selecting the perfect pair of party shoes. Take with you a picture of the dress you plan to wear to holiday parties, if possible, while shopping for shoes. It is extremely important to ensure your shoes contrast well with your dress and bag since shoes can make or break a party outfit. It is a certainty that you will find the perfect sole mates to pair with your dress this holiday season as a result of the multitude of available shoe styles this season. UPTOWN MAGAZINE

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he debut of the tuxedo, the most debonair suit in the fashion realm, is credited to Great Britain. The story of the creation of this dapper suit has become as legendary as the suit itself. Sole credit must be given, however, to the Prince of Wales whom entrusted in 1865 that the preeminent men’s tailor shop in the land, Harry Poole and Co., would create at his directive the most comfortable and, at the time, most fashionforward dinner jacket ever imagined. The Prince of Wales sincere intent was to be rid of the annoyance that coat tails presented when attempting to sit and dance comfortably; however, in the process he also initiated a dress code violation that was one of the most talked about scandals of its time. The scandal which erupted was quite epic but, as with the launch of many fashion trends, the tuxedo soon became commonplace attire for formal events. JOSEPH ABBOUD CLASSIC FIT TUXEDO; PHOTO COURTESY OF NORDSTROM, INC.


BEN SILVER CLASSIC TUXEDO FROM KIM KUEHNER MEN'S STORE

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Today, the tuxedo is just as popular as it ultimately became many years ago. Traditional tuxedo attire consists of a black jacket with satin embellishment, a white shirt, black pants and a black bowtie. This conventional tuxedo look has become quite familiar within our culture; however, men have access to a variety of classic as well as fashionforward styles today. Vests or waistcoats are often paired with tuxedos; however, depending upon the formality of the event you are attending and your preference, you may opt to partner your tuxedo with a decorative cummerbund in a shade complementary to your tuxedo and bowtie. Vineyard Vines has a large selection of stylish bowtie and cummerbund sets. Remember to add cufflinks to the equation if your attire includes a shirt with French cuffs. If you routinely follow menswear trends and pride yourself on keeping abreast of the latest creations by fashion designers you are in luck. Prestigious fashion designers will be debuting tuxedo collections in 2014. While you wait for the launch of new tuxedo lines, however, there are plenty of tuxedo options available to you for the holiday season. While black tuxedos are most often worn during cold weather months, grey tuxedos have rapidly risen in popularity. Blue and purple accessories, should your preference lean towards a grey tuxedo, pair well with grey. Midnight blue tuxedos are also gaining in favor amongst gentlemen based on retail data. Midnight blue has also increasingly become the tuxedo color of choice for several men in the entertainment industry. When selecting a tuxedo base your choice on your body type. Great tailoring will also assist in creating a fitted, streamlined look. The selection of a tuxedo can be an effortless experience. The key is in the fit and the proportions. UT

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ELEGANT AND BY ROBYN WALKER

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NORDSTROM GREY COAT BY DRIES VAN NOTEN GREY COATS FROM NORDSTROM WWW.NORDSTROM. COM IMAGE COURTESY OF NORDSTROM, INC.

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IVORY COAT BY HARLOW AND GRAHAM FROM NORDSTROM WWW.NORDSTROM.COM IMAGE COURTESY OF NORDSTROM, INC.


TIBI QUILTED MOTO JACKET WWW.TIBI.COM

Create a chic wardrobe with elegant, edgy designer fashion. The must-wear coat is Nordstrom’s luxurious grey wool and flannel creation, designed by Dries Van Noten. Embellished with fanciful feathers and sparkling Swarovski crystals, this elaborate designer coat will add a touch of glamour and glitter. Nordstrom’s wear-with-everything ivory overcoat, designed by Harlow And Graham, is perfect for day or night. Tibi’s bright white quilted paneled mini skirt is a trendsetting look paired with Tibi’s white crewneck sweater and Tibi’s thighlength black leather boots. Trending now is Tibi’s bonded quilted color block moto zip jacket in olive and black. This versatile fitted jacket with exposed zip pockets is perfectly paired with Tibi’s versatile black turtleneck top and sleek black wool pants Tibi’s casual black leather ankle boots and trendy thigh-length black leather boots can be paired with skirts MILLY NEW YORK BLACK LEATHER CLUTCH and dresses for a stylish WWW.MILLYNY.COM daytime look. For evening, you’ll prefer Tibi’s dressy ankle-strap sandal heels designed in glamorous gold and black leather. Milly New York’s luxe black leather clutch handbag, decorated with studs, is a fashion essential. These elegant and edgy designer fashion looks make a bold fashion statement and they’ll set you apart from the crowd. UT

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he establishment is called Décor Interiors and Jewelry and after a simple stroll through the 20,000 foot showroom, one can’t help but feel somewhat awestruck by the precise, aesthetically pleasing use of color, lighting, accessories and perfect design. The beautifully illuminated jewelry cases complement each exquisite gem, bracelet, ring or earring. Each piece sparkles at every angle. This is more than a store. It is an artful display of the staff ’s expertise, passion and dedication as well as a reflection of the 86 year history in the furniture business. The team is led by President Joe Fredlich, descendant of the founder of Décor. Décor was founded in 1927, then known as White Front Furniture, on what is now Martin Luther King Drive (Easton Avenue). In the 1950s, it was taken over by

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Harry, Morris, and Nate Fredlich who not only took over the company but also changed the name to Décor and the location to University City. Like his father, Nate Fredlich was an innovator and a pioneer with a sharp eye on the future. In 1966 when Chesterfield was still farm land, Nate used his intuition and decided to move his store to its present location at 13476 Olive Boulevard at North Woods Mill Road realizing the population would grow to the west. How did jewelry come into the picture? The story is that Nate would go to estate sales to buy furniture and at times


the only way he could get the items he wanted, he would have to buy the whole lot which included jewelry. He would sell furniture at his store and show his bag of jewelry that he had accumulated then ask his customers if they would be interested in purchasing of the collection. It was in 1982 that young Joe Fredlich, Nate’s son, started a jewelry case in the back of the building. Within five years, the jewelry business was a grand success and brought in more profits than the furniture portion of the store! Amongst the luxurious dazzling diamonds and carefully crafted custom made settings, stones and pearls, the fine estate jewelry is proudly displayed.to this day. Joe is truly dedicated to his business. After college, Joe received his Colored Stone and Diamond Grading Certificates from the G.I.A (Gemological Institute of America). He is happy with his work, friendly and extremely proud to be a part of the family legacy. Of the sixteen employees, seven have been there over 15 years, a testament to Décor. Joe will be the first to tip his cap to his staff: “They’re talented, professional and loyal. My staff are like family to me”. He has continued creating a pleasant work environment. Employees are more than happy to tell you that working in the family owned environment makes working

at Décor very comfortable, intimate and warm. Customers immediately walk into a friendly welcoming environment. Another great aspect of working at Décor is that the inventory is always changing. With one of the largest selections of loose diamonds in the Midwest and literally hundreds of mountings as well as designer fashion jewelry, the inventory is constantly changing which keeps customers coming back to Décor to see what’s new. Walking through the furniture department is a fascinating journey through unique contemporary, sleek, elegant pieces. Sofas, tables, ottomans, all elegant and tastefully accented with vases, urns, glassware, complimentary statues, paintings and accessories which you won't find anywhere else. The presentation is amazing and inspirational. In fact, it may lead you to consult with the three interior designers on staff who are more than happy to answer your questions, offer suggestions, work with you on your budget and assist you with your designing needs. Their knowledge can help you select the right carpet, perfect wallpaper and draperies and will expand your vision with the many possibilities. Another pleasant surprise is their exotic assortment of gift items in the newly expanded gift gallery. Featuring designer wine and martini accessories, holiday gift items, fabulous picture frames, sparkling luggage tags, vibrantly colored scarves, cutting knives from France and many “one-of-a-kind” gifts at prices you won’t believe! The transition from the furniture department to the jewelry is fluid, well done and makes perfect sense. A pair of white backed ultramodern chairs with a beautiful diamond shaped stainless steel framed mirror towering above is the perfect entrance to the jewelry section of the store. The truly amazing fact about Décor is that the store has something for everyone. Prices actually go as low as $5 in the gift section, where you can buy the perfect unique gift. Whether you would like to enhance your home or your fingers, neckline or wrists, Discover Décor! UT

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long with Mink, Sable, Chinchilla, Fox, Raccoon, and Rabbit. Whether it is the quintessential classic full length Mink you are after, or if you desire something a bit more modern and edgy, The Fur and Leather Centre is the place to go. From formal, full- length styles featured in an extensive variety of pelts, to leather moto-style jackets, The Fur and Leather Centre's new showroom, conveniently located in the heart of Clayton, has it all.

Just in time for cooler weather, The Fur and Leather Center has a selection of vests, boleros, jackets, wraps, scarves, hats, handbags, and, of course, traditional full-length coats. Whether you are looking to invest in a lusty Mink or Sable, on a mission to find a high-quality and affordable Rabbit vest or jacket, The Fur and Leather Centre offers haute, high-quality styles to appeal to every age, budget, and occasion. John Hanlon, owner of The Fur and Leather Centre, is beyond seasoned in providing the highest quality products and customer service to consumers. Before working in the 30

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fur business, Hanlon, a Detroit native, graduated from the University of Michigan and worked for the Ford Motor Company. When Hanlon decided to change careers, he reconnected with longtime friend, Lenny Tax. Tax suggested that Hanlon go into the fur business with him, and imparted him with years of wisdom and experience. Eventually, Tax retired and turned his business over to Hanlon. Lenny Tax continues to be an invaluable source of advice and information for Hanlon. Hanlon works only with experts in the fur business. The sales team at each of The Fur and Leather Centre's


showroom locations receives training by master furriers. Hanlon provides ongoing support and opportunities to the sales team to ensure that each member has the most upto-date knowledge regarding the fur industry. In addition to the St. Louis showroom, Hanlon has Fur and Leather Centre showrooms in Dallas TX, Boston MA, Washington D.C., Warwick RI, and Scottsdale AZ. Hanlon extensively explores the global marketplace to bring furs from Hong Kong, Italy, Greece, Montreal, and New York to each of The Fur and Leather Centre's showroom locations, including the St. Louis showroom. Keeping climate change and fluctuating temperatures in mind, Hanlon keeps his showrooms stocked with a vast selection of lighter-weight styles, in addition to heavier winter coats. If you are looking to reinvest in an heirloom fur, or protect your investment, The Fur and Leather Center can provide storage in a vault that is light, humidity, and temperature controlled. The Fur and Leather Centre also specializes in restoration, cleaning, conditioning, and restyling of your fine furs. Want to turn an outdated mink coat into a fashion forward vest or cropped jacket? Wish to add a touch of fur to your favorite jacket or vest? Thinking about trading in a gently used, highquality fur towards the purchase of a new fur or leather jacket or

accessory? It's all possible at The Fur and Leather Center. Rest assured that your fur will be treated with the utmost care and impeccable attention to detail, since Hanlon and his team of fur experts consult Wendi Ricci in all restoration projects. Ricci is a fur restoration expert, who teaches fur design classes at the highly esteemed Ryerson Institute in Toronto. Hanlon strives to make each experience at The Fur and Leather Centre personalized, friendly, informative, and hassle-free. Whether you are looking to indulge a loved one this holiday season, or luxuriously treating yourself, be sure to visit The Fur and Leather Centre's new showroom at 7901 Clayton Road. Browsing or buying, you will not leave disappointed. UT

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ooking your beautiful best for the holidays is easy with a little bit of professional pampering—from head to toe. If you follow our holiday beauty routine, you’ll make the most of your natural beauty and also add a touch of holiday glamour to your good looks.

REJUVENATE YOUR SKIN WITH A SALON FACIAL. Most beauty salons and spas offer high-performance anti-aging facial that are formulated especially for your skin type. We recommend that you consult with your beauty specialist about what kind of facial is just right for you. The best part of a professional facial is the luxurious way that it soothes and softens your skin. Facials also exfoliate dry, aging skin which restores your skin to a youthful, more radiant appearance. Our favorite salons for facials are Samantha’s Other Place and Tymm’s Salon

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CHOOSE A VIBRANT LIP COLOR THAT POPS. For shiny, lustrous lips that are luscious and alluring, rely on Estee Lauder’s Pure Color High Inensity Lip Lacquer in Electric Wine, a contemporary new shade of burgundy that flatters just about every skin tone. When you’re dressing up for the holidays, wear this moisture-rich vivid lip lacquer for a touch of instant glamour. www.esteelauder.com


HAVE YOUR EYEBROWS SHAPED AND WAXED. Did you know that your eyebrows frame your eyes as well as your face? To make the most of your eyebrows, have them waxed when you’re at a beauty salon or spa to help define and shape your brows. Also have your legs, arms and any unwanted facial hair eliminated with professional waxing. The beauty of waxing is that hair regrowth is slow and minimal. Best of all, professional waxing will leave your skin silky smooth and radiant. Samantha’s Other Place has eyebrow waxing.

COLOR YOUR HAIR. For holiday glamour, have your hair colored by a professional hair coloring expert. If your hair is a dark or medium brown, honey-colored or auburn-colored low lights for fall and winter will frame your face with a pretty halo and give you a more youthful, natural-looking appearance. Some things to consider when choosing color for your hair is the natural tone of your skin and your natural hair color. Our salon favorite hair color experts are at Samantha’s Other Place and Tymm’s Salon.

TREAT YOUR FEET AND HANDS TO A MANICURE AND PEDICURE. A professional manicure and pedicure is a beauty essential for the holidays. One of fall’s newest nail lacquer colors is burgundy, so we suggest Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Enchanted Apple. www.esteelauder.com

WEAR A FABULOUS FRAGRANCE. Pamper yourself with a deliciously-scented designer fragrance. A must-have designer fragrance for the holidays is Modern Muse by Estee Lauder—a lush floral woody scent for sophisticated, fashion-conscious women. Available at www.esteelauder.com. UT

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njoy everything in moderation, including moderation. Easier said than done when the season of excess is upon us. All of this excessive spending and socializing around the holidays tends to leave our wallets looking thinner, and our waistlines looking thicker come January 2nd, the day many of us are forced to slow down and notice that we've spent beyond our means and those killer skinny jeans that turned heads back in early November will no longer button.

You can't even blame it on the dryer, because you know you've barely had time to do laundry. The year is brand new, but many of us are left feeling worn out, tired, bloated, and depressed. But how is one expected to spend nearly two months taunted by endless quantities of rich, calorie-laden food and drink and not give in? How does one find time to go to the gym, when you barely have time to sleep between the demands of work, holiday shopping, visiting relatives, and a jam-packed social calendar? Surely it will all be ok because you plan to turn over a new leaf in the New Year. Sure, you vow to go to the gym every morning at 5:30, cut out all alcohol, dairy, and sugar and live on water, lean proteins and vegetables come January 2nd. That all sounds great...until Superbowl Sunday presents a whole new minefield of calorie bombs to navigate through. Old habits die hard, even in a new year. Now is the best time to arm yourself with a plan, 34

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so maybe for once you won't have to resolve to lose the extra pounds that you gained over the holidays. Here are a few tips to help you maintain your weight through the holidays, so that you can begin the New Year looking and feeling just as fabulous as you did prior to Thanksgiving. 1. SET REALISTIC LIMITS Though it may seem daunting, it is not impossible to enjoy the holidays and keep your health in check at the same time, but doing so requires a proactive approach. Set realistic limits on what you will allow yourself to eat and drink prior to the party. If you know you won't be able to resist having at least a few bite-sized deserts, go ahead and plan to indulge, but just don't go overboard and shave a few calories dense off of your other meals to balance out your caloric intake, or try to squeeze in a workout at some point during the day of the event.


2. NEVER GO TO A PARTY ON AN EMPTY STOMACH. If you do, you will inevitably end up overindulging. Eat foods that are high in protein before you go. This can be as effortless as eating a protein bar or drinking a protein shake in your car on the way to a party or, if you have time to prepare a lean protein and some vegetables, go for it. 3. JUST SAY NO TO EGGNOG Contrary to popular belief, calories in alcohol do count. If you know you will end up drinking, limit yourself to two cocktails and stick to vodka or other clear liquors mixed with club soda or water and a twist of lemon or

lime. Stay away from Tonic, juices, and other sugary mixers, all of which will up the calorie count. If this sounds unpleasant, toss a small bottle of zerocalorie flavor enhancements into your purse. Add a few drops to your drink for instant fruity refreshment for only a fraction of the calories. I can almost guarantee that you won't be the only one who does it. You can also stick to 12 ounces of light beer or an 8-ounce glass of wine. A slice of orange or wedge of lime can add that wow factor to any light beer. Best of all these recommended drinks weigh in at 160 or fewer calories. 4. THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT Sign up for My Fitness Pal on your smartphone or tablet. It's a food journal that you keep right at your fingertips, with calorie counts and nutritional information for tens of thousands of foods and drinks. The app also allows you to set calorie goals based on factors such as your height, weight, and activity level. Enjoy the holidays and what they have to offer, and still slip right into those skinny jeans on January 2nd. UT

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re you wondering how to make this holiday season the most spectacular, wonderful memory ever? How about going to the most spectacular, wonderful city? According to legend, “Twas the Night Before Christmas' was inspired by Clement Clarke Moore on a snowy winter’s day during a shopping trip in downtown Manhattan in 1823. 36

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The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, surrounded with families and lovers bundled in scarves, gloves and sweaters skating gracefully holding hands is a equal to a Norman Rockwell painting. The Big Apple has its own Currier and Ives scenic beauty and offers experiences unique only to this ”City of Dreams”. This vibrant, giant metropolis offers a list longer than Santa’s, full of festive, magical activities and places to visit that will appeal to the entire family. To start off your holiday season, you can celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukah on Thanksgiving Day! For the first time since 1888, the first candle of Hanukkah is lit on the night before Thanksgiving Day! Experience your own miracle on 34th Street at Macy’s by seeing the parade and follow up with Macy’s fabulous window displays! You can blend the adventure of discovering New York’s beautiful Christmas trees with browsing in some of the finest establishments. Visit the Park Avenue Memorial Trees which line the streets for two and one half miles. Honoring our fallen soldiers since the end of World War I, these trees remind us of Christmases past and PHOTO © JOE BUGLEWICZ/NYC & COMPANY our quest for peace. As you appreciate the beauty and brilliance, you can window shop along Park Avenue. Now is the time to walk Fifth Avenue! Work your way down from 57th and see Bergdorf Goodman, Van Cleef, Tiffany’s and Cartiers. Travel on down PHOTO ©MALCOM BROWN/NYC & COMPANY to 50th Street while

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stopping in Saks Fifth Avenue, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Build-A-Bear and American Girl. If you are with children or if you are simply a child at heart, go to FAO Schwarz in Midtown Manhattan and live the dream! It's crowded and crazy but you will see magnificent toy displays, demonstrations, elves, and the giant piano keys in the movie "Big". Lord and Taylor’s is by the New York Public Library on 42nd Street where you can visit the Empires State Building’s indoor lobby display, then head back over to Herald Square and Macy’s. No trip to New York is complete without seeing Radio City Music Hall’s famous dancing Rockettes. This year’s production celebrates the Rockettes’ 85th anniversary of performing in NYC by paying homage to the show’s costumes over the decades. Performances run through Dec 30th. Ticket prices are $46-250. Another great show for the family is Broadway’s “A Christmas Story, The Musical” appearing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. Watch the New York City Ballet do The NutCracker at the David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) complete with a dynamic snowstorm blizzard and a one ton Christmas tree that grows from 12 to 40 feet! The American Ballet Theatre also has a wonderful version of the Nutcracker at the BAMHoward Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn.. Visit the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens. This amazing display features historic model trains traveling through New York landmarks with buildings actually made of plant parts. You can see the original Penn Station and Yankee Stadium, Radio City Music Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral, The New York Public Library on 42nd Street and the Brooklyn Bridge, all made of materials such as nuts, bark, leaves. twigs, stems, fruits, seeds, and pine cones.. Enjoy the hands-on exhibits and, yes, you can do some unique holiday shopping too. Wear comfortable shoes, buy an unlimited metro card which is good on buses and subways or even get a one-day pass for about $8.25. Take the opportunity to walk in hotel lobbies, churches, theaters, stores and, museums to see incredible holiday displays and take advantage of the many special events which occur during the most festive time of the year. New York City is a magnificent, multicultural mecca, full of sights and sounds during the holidays that are truly spectacular. Robert DiNiro said “There’s no place like New York. It’s the most exciting city in the world”. Imagine, New York City during the holidays! UT UPTOWN MAGAZINE

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dreamers BY SHEILA FRAYNE RHOADES

h, the bedroom ...not always on display, and somewhat neglected. Shouldn’t your private retreat be just as inviting as the rest of your home? Uptown asked three interior designers to show their favorite boudoir ensembles. Each chosen suite demonstrated imaginative ways to bring a bedroom from blah to beautiful.

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“Some people associate elegant with stuffy, so we wanted to demonstrate how an elegant bedroom set can be stylish as well as comfortable."


WENDY VITALE - DÉCOR INTERIORS & JEWELRY Décor clients can customize bedding to make their dream bedroom a place of serenity and relaxation. Vitale said, “The bedding style should be chosen to show off your personality and taste, as well as bringing in the decorative theme of the room. Once a style has been chosen, the rest of the process can begin to take shape.” For her example, Vitale chose a glam modern styled bedroom that’s both sleek and contemporary. Vitale added, “Some people associate elegant with stuffy, so we wanted to demonstrate how an elegant bedroom set can be stylish as well as comfortable. Padded headboards are very popular right now. The bed’s crystal studded headboard is trendy yet sophisticated.” The room is a swirl of colors – creams, browns, and light green. “I used

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green as my pop of color, giving it a fresh contemporary feel.” The unique circular mirrors and night stands are from Michael Amini’s Hollywood Swank Collection. The bedding is from JLA Home. Everything in this gorgeous setting can be purchased at Décor. ELLEN ROSS - THE CURTAIN EXCHANGE Ross said, “Custom bedding has become very important in design as clients love to create an entire room which is very peaceful and tranquil.” Ross chose a bedroom in rich hues suitable for the Holiday Season. The bed displays Italian-inspired patterns from Peacock Alley’s collection called Baroque Gold. Its damask design implies old-world heritage. Ross said, “Everything in this beautiful collection is comfortable. I especially love the attention to detail in the coverlets, duvets, bed scarves, shams and boudoir pillows. This bedroom displays an elegant blend of timeless tapestry prints with a clean, contemporary setting.” The bed is shown wrapped in the Gold collection paired with a textured matelasse coverlet and ginger colored linen shams. TEDDY KARL - THE GREAT COVER UP Karl's love for traditional classic design is reflected in his personal space. To create a peaceful mood, Karl used his favorite theme - blue and white. “I'm always inspired by color, pattern and textures. I love detail and enjoy layering fabrics and textures for a well put-together collected look.” Karl built his theme upon a toile design by Pepe' Penalver called Bucolica from Savel. The walls were papered with tone-on-tone, vined Thibaut wallpaper, showcasing his English plate collection to perfection. "I've been collecting Staffordshire pieces for quite a while now. It's a constantly changing collection." The pillows, drapes and custom upholstered headboard all picked up the toile design. The coverlet is a matelasse from Jane Wilner with a custom 12 inch monogram. Karl said, "My dream bedroom is a cozy and comfortable space. It has beautiful Chinese lamps and collectibles, all grounded by an antique Persian rug." To further personalize the setting, Karl needlepointed the bed’s feature pillow. UT UPTOWN MAGAZINE

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A YULETIDE TRADITIONAL HOME

in St. Louis

BY LINDA SPALL

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. ~Margaret Thatcher

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he Christmas holidays bring memories of days long gone and of decorated trees, dinners, gift exchanges and precious time spent with family. Our experiences vary. Perhaps, your past holidays were spent at a flat in the city, an apartment, or house in the suburbs, on a ranch or by the sea. For many of us, the ideal Christmas would be spent in a picturesque, British-type manor with huge stone fireplaces, beautifully lit Christmas trees and room to celebrate with family and friends. Tom and Trish Zupon celebrate their traditions and love of family in a home exactly like this dream.

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Even before you enter the house, the new and old classic English style front door, encased in solid brick and stucco and enveloped with contrasting, striking heavy dark timber gives promise to a cozy, cottage atmosphere inside. The outside is breathtaking and beautiful. Somehow, this mammoth sized structure still manages to emanate the feeling of a charming, quaint lodge in the Cotswold. In fact, the architectural style of the house is appropriately called “Cotswold Tudor”, with the unique features of steep arch gables and rounded arched doorways, brick, stone, or stucco outside walls and often with many small and irregularly shaped rooms. The Pennsylvanian slate roof is perfect befitting the design of the house. The couple bought the house in 2007 and researched the history. Woodson Kidder Woods, (b.1871 d. 1954) began

working for Ralston Purina in 1895 and by 1910 was a vice president and treasurer of the company. At the time, his family lived in Webster Groves where he attended the Presbyterian Church. It was circa 1914 when the house was built. His son, Woodson K Woods, Jr. was instrumental in organizing and opening the Presbyterian Church in Ladue in 1943. When moving into the house, the duo had plenty of work ahead of them. The house was in disarray. They took out the old radiators, had to make walls flush, replace the lighting and did the floors in Italian tile. One can only imagine the work involved as the house is 6,000 square feet, has 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, not mention the other rooms such as the butler’s pantry, kitchen, sitting room, multi-media room and living room. The fruits of their labors are glorious. Each inch of the house is stunning and retains the original elegance. The use of color, texture, shapes, woodwork and art creates an impressive fluid flow when walking from one room and on into the next. The eclectic furniture throughout the house is carefully placed with the perfect accents and accessories. Trish has an innate instinct when choosing art or furniture or design which is both elegant and welcoming. The love and passion for tradition is evident everywhere, especially at Christmas. The extraordinary circular entrance hall is absolutely amazing. Introducing the theme of the house, the overwhelming sense of family surrounds you on all sides as photographs of a growing family adorn the luxurious creamy walls. The architecture is fascinating. The use of

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circles is ingenious. The floor has a large checkerboard patterned mosaic circle, a feature which acknowledges Woodson Kidder Woods connection to Ralston Purina. In the center of the ceiling holds a luminescent chandelier and at the holidays, additional clear tear drops in the shape of ornaments and Christmas trees in soft amber and violet hues hang. Directly underneath, stands a circular table atop a circular rug. A three tiered dessert stand is loaded with bakery goods and sweets and if one looks closely, the top tier holds cookies that say “Happy Birthday Jesus” which remind visitors of the reason for their celebration. Surrounding the table in various directions are several doors, a stairway and opposite the front door entrance stands a magnificent Tudor style multi-paned rear door. Discovering where each door leads is an adventure and full of surprises! A closed door almost underneath the stairwell is a small restroom with the ceiling contoured to accommodate the spiral staircase above! The door to this room is black, heavy and thick and is made of many pieces of wood in order to fit the curving in the wall and in keeping with the flow. Behind another door is a fully stocked Prohibition Closet! Another room off the entrance hall is the dining room. This room also keeps the circular theme. A circular mirror looms over the table which is set with circular plates on gold 42

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circular placemats. Red and gold tubular napkin rings match the red and gold English crackers that lay by the plate settings. These crackers are another one of the family traditions. A Christmas cracker is a paper tube, usually covered in Christmas wrapping that is twisted at both ends, similar to the way a Jolly Roger candy wrapping is shaped. When you twist the cracker (usually pulled by two people one on each end) a “bang” resounds and from inside the cracker spills a paper crown made of tissue, a small gift and a joke or message. One is expected to wear the crown throughout the dinner. Off the dining room is Trish’s favorite room where she can sit, relax and read with plenty of light from the windows which overlook the backyard area and pool. The entire room is bright with the book cases and furniture in white and the walls which are patterned with Roman lettering, bringing out the Italian side of family. Also connected to the dining room is the Butler’s Pantry


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which leads into the spacious kitchen. Trish pointed out her truly delightfully enchanting tea pot collection. For seven years, au pairs from seven different countries stayed with the family. Gifts followed from Japan, Germany, Bali including tea pots. Trish has quite the collection. Her most recent purchase? Appropriately, her current favorite, a snowman teapot with a cardinal on the lid as a tribute to this year’s National League Champions! Also, a remarkable piece is the artistic, colorful mosaic round table. During the holidays, the most important room is the Living

Room. It is here that the main Christmas tree stands where the family gathers and the traditions are honored. On Christmas Eve, someone is Santa, a talent show is performed by the children, carols are sung on the piano and the scrolls are given. The children’s grandfather would draw on parchment, decorate it with drawings and cartoons, sometimes of family members, roll them into scrolls and give them to his family. The family member would read the scroll aloud and thus would find out what gift they were to receive by the writings on the scroll. The end of the Christmas Eve celebration was a visit to midnight mass. Christmas Day is celebrated all day long with a brunch and dinner and a birthday cake with angels on it decorated and made for the birthday of Jesus. Outside, the two old style lanterns are lit on each side of the front door and the Christmas wreath peaks through the glass panes from inside. This beautiful, traditional, wonderful house truly reflects the love of Christmas traditions and the holiday spirit within. UT UPTOWN MAGAZINE

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rods and an ornate designer wall covering. The spacious room, which Karl decorated, is the perfect setting for gracious holiday entertaining. Karl prefers the simplicity of brown and white Woodland china by Spode, enhanced with gleaming gold charger plates. This classic Spode china pattern is available in five-piece place settings from The Great Cover Up. Brown linen napkins held with pinecone napkin rings give a warm and cozy ambiance to the table. Guests receive a spiced cider-scented candle favor to take home as a thoughtful gift from their host. These fragrant candles, perfect as holiday gifts, are available at The Great Cover Up.

s your front door decorated with a festive holiday wreath? Are garlands of fresh greenery arranged on your fireplace mantel? Have you trimmed a freshly-cut pine tree with shiny ornaments and twinkling white lights? If so, these are all sure signs that you’re in the Christmas spirit and you’ll soon be welcoming guests into your home for holiday celebrations. Teddy Karl, Principal Designer of The Great Cover Up, celebrates the Thanksgiving holiday with a formal sit down dinner in his well-appointed dining room. Karl’s inviting dining room is decorated with tasteful furnishings, a shimmering crystal chandelier, luxe silk curtains on gold

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Karl sets his dining table with Oneida silverware designed in a classic shell pattern. To add a festive touch, Karl sets his holiday dinner table with his favorite sparkling antique cut crystal goblets and wine glasses. The dining table’s holiday centerpiece is a nature-inspired arrangement of a green wreath covered with red berries and artichokes. In the center of the table, a cranberry-colored candle in a crystal candle holder gives a warm, golden glow to the room. “I scatter candy corn and fall-colored miniature candy bars on the table for color and to keep the guests busy,” says Karl. The must-visit store for TABLE SETTING FROM F.O.B. SAINT LOUIS festive holiday décor is F.O.B. Saint Louis, a charming Country European-style home furnishings store that offers an extensive selection of unique home furnishings, accessories, florals and greenery including seasonal wreaths. Kay Wallace, the owner of F.O.B. Saint Louis, decorates for the holidays using a traditional yuletide theme. Shiny mercury glass votive lights give a magical glow to Kay’s fanciful holiday table setting. A custom-designed Christmas tree is the focal point of the holiday table. The enchanting Christmas tree, elevated with a gleaming silver plateau, is embellished with holly, greenery, twigs and berries, and highlighted with silver birds’ nests, birds and finials. Distressed charger plates give an understated, antiqued look to the holiday table décor. Whimsical green candle holders decorated with bunnies are wonderful accessories for the holidays. Kay decorates CountryEuropean style white chairs with festive bows, red berries, twigs, flowers and holiday greenery for an added touch of holiday cheer. Byron Cade, well known for more than TABLE SETTING FROM BYRON CADE fifty years as a premier retailer of fine gifts and home accents, has created a splendid table setting for in glistening champagne flutes created by William Yeoward the holiday season with a superb selection of fine holiday and Waterford. china, sterling silver and sparkling crystal. A traditional red A beautiful holiday centerpiece and the golden glow tablecloth graces this festive table. The red and green holiday of candlelight are essential for gracious entertaining. We china,Winter Festival by Pickard, creates a festive mood. The especially like this fresh floral mix of deep red roses, fragrant Herend charger plates, designed in a soft shade of green, are holiday greenery and green hydrangeas. Whimsical candles a gracious touch. Gold-rimmed Lady Hamilton glassware that resemble pinecones add a touch of light-hearted fun to by Moser lends an elegant look to this holiday table. Sir the holiday table decor. Richard’s ornate sterling silver by Wallace, adds grace and a We’re certain that these decorative ideas will inspire you silvery shine to the dinner table. When you’re entertaining to entertain graciously at home for the holidays. Celebrate at home for the holidays, make a lasting impression on your the season! UT dinner guests with well-chilled French champagne served UPTOWN MAGAZINE

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he holidays bring family and friends together for celebrations with great food and libations. For many hosts, choosing the right wines to go with what foods can be confusing. Forget that old rule, red goes with dark meat and white with white. Today's wine selections offer a variety of whites and reds to complement every flavor from savory to sweet. Uptown asked some local wine merchants for advice on what they’d serve with what. Thanksgiving means turkey and by itself it’s easy to serve a good wine. It’s all those side dishes that challenge the taste buds. Stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, roasted veggies, and rich sauces have to be considered when deciding on wine pairings. For starters, sparkling wines and champagne go with just about everything. Their acidity serves as a palate-cleanser between spicy flavors. Sparklers can begin the meal with a toast, and later pair well with sweeter style side dishes. Danny Fafoglia of The Wine Merchant, Ltd suggested sparkling wines that go with the whole meal: NV Segura Viudas Brut Cava $7.99, NV Segura Viudas Brut Rose $9.99, NV Clavelin Brut - Comte Cremant du Jura Chardonnay Tete de Cuvee Le Vernois, France $18.99, and NV Aubry Champagne Brut Premier cru Jouy-Les-Reims, France $39.99. Paul Hayden of The Wine and Cheese Place, suggested NV Mumm Napa Cuvee $16.99 or NV Joel Falmet “Grower” Champagne $39.99. As for the dinner wines in general, Hayden said, “Chardonnay or Pinot Gris go with white meat turkey, vegetables, and mashed potatoes.” Hayden’s picks were 2012 Ponzi Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley Oregon $16.99, and 2011 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay $27.99. Hayden added, “Southern Rhone Blend or Pinot Noir are great with stuffing, dark meat turkey and gravy.” More good wines to try are 2011 Cambria Pinot Noir Julia’s Vineyard $17.99, and 2011 Domaine Giraud “Premices” Chateauneuf du Pape $33.99. Fafoglia provided a list of universal reds and whites. “They pair well with everything.” He suggested the following: 2012 McManis Viognier California $8.99, 2012 McManis Pinot Noir California $8.99, 2010 Laird Cold Creek Chardonnay Carneros $25.99, 2011 Haden fig Pinot Noir Willamette Oregon $23.99, and 2011 Green & Red Zinfandel Napa Valley $25.99. For a perfect dessert wine, Fafoglia chose Chateau La Riviere Sauterne (half bottle/ 375 ml) $19.99. Turkey may make an encore appearance, but at Christmas,

ham and prime rib compete for center stage. Ham needs wine with a dash of sweet. Tom Bush of Balaban’s Wine Cellar suggested 2012 Long Shadow's Poets Leap Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA - $22 and 2012 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling, Alsace France - $25 or Pinot Noir like 2008 Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir "La Bauge Au-dessus." Hayden liked Pinot Noir, 2012 Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $19.99, and 2011 Cherry Pie Stanley Rach Pinot Noir $47.99. Prime rib needs heartier reds. Hayden suggested California Cabernet, 2010 The Rule Cabernet $19.99 or 2009 Rombauer Cabernet $35.99. Fafoglia’s favorites include: 2012 Reserve de la Saurine Rose (100 greneche noir) France $7.99, 2012 Honoro Vera Garnacha Calatayud Spain $6.99, 2012 Comoloco Monastrell Jumilla Spain $9.99, 2009 Rombauer Cabernet $34.99, and 2011 Bertrand Ambroise Bourgogne Rouge Vin de Bourgogne $25.99. Bush preferred 2010 Kenwood Merlot, Jack London Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain, CA $20, 2009 Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley $28, 2009 Chateau Monbousquet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru $58.00, 2009 Domaine du Terme Cotes Du Rhone Villages "Sablet" $16, and 2009 Domaine de la Solitude Chateauneuf du Pape, Southern Rhone France $42. Bush added a Bordeaux: 2009 Chateau Monbousquet, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru - $58.00. As for party appetizers, Bush said, “I would stay with Sparkling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.” Fafoglia listed 2012 Protocolo Blanco Spain (Airen & Macabeo Blend) $7.99, 2011 Protocolo Tinto Spain (100% Tempranillo) $7.99, 2012 Avancia Cuvee De O Godello Valdeorras Spain $15.99, and 2011 Cogno Dolcetto D'Alba DOC Alba Italy $22.99. “These are especially wonderful with all types of tapas or finger foods.” Hayden said, “I like to stick with lighter wines at parties.” He listed: 2012 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet $9.99, 2010 La Colliere Cotes du Rhone $13.99, 2011 Alfredo Rocca Malbec-Merlot $9.99, 2012 Joseph Drouhin Macon Villages $11.99, 2012 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc $13.99, and NV Miquel Pons Cava, Spain $9.99. Thanks to the experts at The Wine Merchant Ltd, Clayton, The Wine And Cheese Place, Clayton and Balaban’s Wine Cellar, Chesterfield. UT UPTOWN MAGAZINE

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Uptown’s picks for the best dining in St. Louis. From casual to elegant, international to American cuisine, seafood and steaks... they have it all!

BEST RESTAURANT TO CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS: THE GRILL The Grill invites you to enjoy festive celebrations and cherished traditions. Whether for extraordinary Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and Day dining experiences, or celebrating New Year’s Eve in style, this renowned restaurant offers an enticing array of holiday celebrations for each occasion. Starting at $89 per adult, enjoy a gourmet four-course holiday meal created by Norman Hunt, The Grill's acclaimed Chef Tournant, which includes choice of appetizer, soup or salad, entrée selection and dessert. (Exception: New Year’s Eve Dinner is $149/adult and includes a champagne toast plus six-course dinner.) Reservations are required; please call (314) 719-1433. 100 Carondelet Plaza at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis 314.863.6300 | www.ritzcarlton.com/stlouis

BEST ITALIAN: NAPOLI 2 These family owned and operated restaurants were founded by Tony Pietoso. Café Napoli in Clayton opened in 1989. Café Napoli has an outstanding reputation for outstanding food service and hospitality. Their award winning Italian Cuisine is prepared fresh daily for Power Lunches and Evening Dining. Napoli 2 opened in 2008 in West County. Napoli 2 takes great pride in their daily preparation of unique appetizers “hand rolled” pasta, savory entrees and delicious desserts. Both restaurants have Wine Sommeliers to present our extensive wine list. Napoli Reserva located in Clayton part of Bar Napoli was created to host holiday parties, large family reunions, wedding receptions, business functions and social events. Café Napoli: 7754 Forsyth Blvd. in heart of Clayton 314.863.5731 | www.cafenapoli.com Napoli 2: 1054 Town & Country Crossing 636.256.9998 | www.info@napoli2.com

BEST MEDITERRANEAN: BISTRO 1130 Experience Bistro 1130, located in Town and Country Crossing at Clayton and Woodsmill roads. Bistro 1130 has a relaxing atmosphere inside. It’s the perfect spot to unwind. Enjoy a relaxing dinner with a bottle of wine from Bistro 1130’s extensive array of vintages from around the world. Fresh seasonal cuisine drives Bistro 1130. A fantastic sustainable fish program brings in the freshest seafood available, and selections change daily. Chef Kevin Taylor Jr. hails from a long prestigious line of American Culinary competitors based out of Saint Louis Country Club. Kevin has also traveled to Las Vegas to work at world-renowned Thomas Keller restaurant Bouchon as well as Wolfgang Puck’s Brasserie. 1130 Town & Country Crossing 636.394.1130 | www.bistro1130.com

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MOST ROMANTIC: PEPPE’S APT. 2 This historic Victorian House also known as Peppe’s Apt. 2, is inspired by the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. European and charming are the best words to describe this trendy little restaurant. From the building’s black and white striped awning , lion headed door knocker, to its rose scented garden- everything about this place beckons’ come in – welcome. Open for lunch and dinner and in warm weather, the restaurant will offer outdoor dining as well. Peppe’s Apt 2 is also available for holiday parties, private events, bridal showers, baby showers, special birthdays, etc. 800 S. Geyer Rd. , Kirkwood | Reservations: 314.909.1375 Private Events: 314.740.2539 Open for lunch Tuesday-Friday 11a.m. to 2p.m. And dinner Tuesday-Saturday 5p.m.to 11p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday

BEST COMFORT FOOD: MATHEW’S KITCHEN Mathew’s Kitchen is proud to be a family-owned neighborhood restaurant that puts an upscale twist on traditional comfort foods like the Shrimp & Grits pictured to the left…our Bacon-wrapped Meatloaf served with boursin mashed potatoes…Crispy Fried Walleye or Grandma Unger’s Beef Stroganoff. All dishes are made from scratch daily and given an extra Mathew’s twist to make them truly memorable. Two party rooms are available upstairs for private parties…just perfect for Holiday get-togethers. Gift certificates are available on the website or in-store. Try Mathew’s Kitchen and experience for yourself comfort food at its very best. 5625 Hampton | St. Louis, MO 314.351.1700 | www.mathewskitchenstl.com

BEST TRATTORIA: TRATTORIA BRANICA Trattoria Branica, Frontenac’s premier gourmet Italian restaurant, has an award-winning menu that includes pan-fried veal and a fantastic fettucine entrée made with shrimp, scallops, asparagus and tomatoes. Trattoria Branica’s well-stocked wine cellar features wine selections from around the world. If you’re having a private party, Trattoria Branica is the perfect destination for a memorable meal. Trattoria Branica is located behind Hilton Frontenac in the Le Chateau Village. Starting Nov. 5th every Tuesday of every week join us for "Taste of Sicily" 8 course meal with 5 featured wine samples for $69.99 ( reservations only, no coupons ). Thanksgiving Day Brunch- a traditional buffet 11-3pm $27.95 call for reservations. 10411 Clayton Road, Frontenac, MO 314.432.8585 | www.trattoriabranica.com

BEST IRISH: MOLLY DARCY'S Molly Darcys’ Pub, located in the historic Seven Gables Inn in the heart of downtown Clayton, reflects the rich Celtic heritage of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. This delightful Irish Pub is a perfect place for you to enjoy your favorite pint with friends. Come in and sample one of their many beers on tap or check out there many offerings of Irish whiskey, single malt Scotch, and American bourbons. The food is all made in house and features soups, salads, sandwiches, and some traditional Irish fare. Molly Darcys’ also features an amazing courtyard area, front patio, and private dinning areas, so no matter the occasion make Molly Darcys’ Irish Pub your go-to place. 26 North Meramec | Clayton Missouri 63105 314-863-8400 | www.mollydarcyspub.com

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BEST CREPES: CITY COFFEEHOUSE & CRÊPERIE Ooh, la, la! It's all about traditional French Crepes, whether savory or sweet. These very thin pancakes come stuffed with enticingly fresh combinations for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dessert. Over forty different crepes are offered, from French style to St. Louis inspired delights. Customers to this Parisian inspired café can actually watch their choices being prepared. Crepes come filled with eggs, bacon or ham and gruyere at breakfast time. For lunch, try them with honey ham, fresh asparagus spears, fresh spinach and havarti cheese with hollandaise sauce. For dessert, enjoy them filled with delicious Nutella chocolate and fresh strawberries, bananas and pecans. Italian made espresso machines keep coffee cups filled with aromatic brews. Come enjoy a taste of the Holidays at St. Louis' original French crêperie. C'est si bon! 36 N. Brentwood Blvd., Clayton 314.862.2489 | www.citycoffeeandcreperie.com

BEST TAPAS: GUIDO'S PIZZERIA & TAPAS Located in the heart of "The Hill", Guido's Pizzeria and Tapas offers the best of Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy Spanish casera (Home Style) Paella and tapas as well as the best Sangria in the Midwest. Our Italian cuisine also offers a variety to choose from, from one of Saint Louis' best pizzas to our delicious pastas. Located on "The Hill" at 5046 Shaw Ave. 314.771.4900 | www.guidosstl.com | Open 7 days

BEST PIZZA: IMO'S PIZZA For over 47 years Imo's has been serving St. Louis its famous thin crust pizza with fresh ingredients and home made sauce. Now the great taste of Imo's Pizza is available at its location in the Heart of Clayton. Just across the street from City Hall, Imo's is an easy walk from anywhere in Clayton. Imo's has it all - Pizza, Pasta, Salads and Sandwiches, plus fast delivery within Clayton, Richmond Heights, University City, Brentwood and parts of Ladue. Hungry pizza fanatics can select from a variety of Specialty Pizzas; Imo's Deluxe Pizza, Meat Lovers, Veggie, BBQ Chicken or pick your favorite toppings and build your own. Remember Imo's provides catering for any size event. Give Imo's a call and plan your Holiday Party now or request a Catering Menu. Dine-In • Carry-Out • Delivery • Catering • Convenient On Site Parking 23 N. Bemiston., Clayton | 314.862.4667 • www.claytonimos.com

BEST DINER: TIFFANY'S ORIGINAL DINER A 50 year old original diner located in the heart of Maplewood. Serving the best breakfast in town, Eggs, Omelets, French Toast, Slingers (shown here), Biscuits and Gravy and their Famous Homemade Hash Browns. Breakfast is available 24 hours a day. Full lunch menu available , don't leave without trying our pie. THE ANYTIME PLACE. New to Tiffany’s Diner now serving alcohol and beer til 1:30 am. Free Wi Fi and Internet- ATM on site 7402 Manchester Rd. at Sutton | Maplewood, MO 314.644.0929

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BEST SPORTS BAR: THE WHEELHOUSE The Wheelhouse is the premier destination in Clayton. This high energy sports restaurant and bar boasts 36 TVs, enabling every guest a clear view of sports games. “We’re the game day headquarters for college and NFL football, Cardinals baseball and Blues hockey,” said owner Stephen Savage. But much more than a sports bar, it’s the great menu and food that brings in the crowds. Savage added, “Our food is not your stereotypical sports bar food, because it’s made from scratch.” Included are specialties like ground in-house burgers, hand cut fries, homemade dressings, and using different techniques such as smoking and brining. The Wheelhouse can accommodate private parties, large groups, happy hour events, and watch parties. Come join the fun crowd for fantastic food and drink. 15 N. Central Ave. | Clayton, Mo. 63105 (314) 726-7955 | www.wheelhousestl.com

BEST PASTA: CANDICCI'S For 33 years Candicci's has been serving up authentic Italian cuisine, going back to its original restaurant in Clayton. Now in Ballwin Candicci's continues to offer the fine Italian cuisine of St. Louis " Big Hill" and welcome old and new friends alike. Executive Chef Rodney Leadbetter uses organic produce in all his recipes, and includes many varieties of lettuce and vegetables. The sauces are sure to be fresh and savory. Some specialties are Eggplant Parmigiano, Shrimp Gorgonzola, Hand tossed pizza and where pasta is king, no matter which dish selected. Candicci's offers a full catering service, private parties, rehearsal dinners and weddings. Now open for Sunday breakfast 9am2pm...Best in the West! 100 Holloway Rd. | Ballwin, MO 636-220-8989 | www.candiccis.net | Open 7 days

BEST DELI: PROTZEL'S DELI Three generations of the Protzel family have served the finest in traditional Jewish deli for over 58 years. Known for "The Finest Corned Beef - Anywhere", prepared fresh daily from their secret recipe, Protzel's Delicatessen also features fresh roasted turkey, beef and succulent pastrami among many other meats and freshly prepared soups and salads. Additionally, you will find fresh hand cut lox and other smoked fishes along with bagels and Jewish rye bread. Other delicacies include legendary homemade chicken soup with matzo balls, a variety of savory knishes, kreplach, kishke and more. All items are prepared for dine-in or take-out and catering is available. Voted RFT Best Deli 2011. 7608 Wydown Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 314.721.4445 | www.protzelsdeli.com

BEST MEXICAN: LA CANTINA LA CANTINA, SISTER TO AMIGOS CANTINA is anything but your typical Mexican Restaurant. Home to Kirkwood’s very own Robert Trevino, Chef Trevino gathers inspiration from his roots in Monte Morelos Mexico & San Antonio , Texas. La Cantina located in Old Webster Groves next to the railroad tracks, offers same home style food as Amigos in Kirkwood, with a few new dishes and tapas. Combined with the #1 rated Traditional Mexican Margarita in St. Louis, you’ve got a recipe for a unique Mexican dinning experience. Perfect place to meet your friends for happy hour 3 to 6 or for any family celebration or get together. Amigos Cantina:120 W. Jefferson Ave. Kirkwood 314-821-0877 | www.amigoskirkwood.com La Cantina: 35 N. Gore in Old Webster Groves 314-968-3256 | www.lacantina webstergroves.com

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Whoopie

MAKE SOME THIS HOLIDAY SEASON at home with Mini

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

VickiBensinger

Makes 20 (2-inch) cookies

INGREDIENTS: In-Home Culinary Classes

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VickiBensinger In-Home Culinary Classes

COOKIES: 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 cup tightly packed dark brown sugar 1/2 cup canola oil 1 cup pumpkin puree 2 large eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

FILLING: 3 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS: The holidays are upon us with what feels like one continuous party and eat fest from Halloween through New Year’s. In fact, months prior I gear up, watching my intake so when the time arrives, I can savor the smorgasbord of culinary delights. Heaven forbid I turn something down – yet I must, to avoid waistband strangulation! During this time I cook up a storm, and bake goodies to gift and share with everyone. Of my favorites are Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies. These cake-like sandwich cookies are filled with a luscious, velvety, cream cheese filling – they’re like gourmet Oreo’s, only Pumpkin flavored. You might enjoy separating the sandwich and eating the filling, but I prefer licking the cream that oozes out the sides, then proceed to devour every morsel of this mini sandwiched orb. Ooh it’s so good! Try these for the upcoming holidays; I’m certain they’ll be adored by all! 52

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1.Cookies: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. 2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Set aside. 3. In another bowl using an electric mixer, whisk brown sugar, and oil until combined. Add and incorporate pumpkin puree, eggs and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients until blended. Do not over mix. 4. Using a mini ice cream scoop or heaping teaspoon, drop pumpkin batter onto parchment lined baking sheets, 1-inch apart. Bake approximately 10-13 minutes or until cookies start to crack on top, and are springy to the touch. Let cool completely on pan. 5. Filling: In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Scrape down sides then add pieces of butter, blending until smooth. On low speed add powdered sugar, ½ cup at a time, beating until light and fluffy. (Filling can be made a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate; let stand at room temperature to soften before using.) 6. Assembling the Whoopie Pies: Transfer cream cheese filling to a disposable pastry bag or Ziploc Baggie. Push filling towards one end, releasing air from bag, twist and snip one corner. Once cookies have cooled completely, pipe, by squeezing a large dollop of filling on the flat side of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing gently so filling spreads to the edges. Transfer to prepared platter and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate cookies 30 minutes prior to serving or up to 3 days.

CONTACT VICKI AT: 314.799.1633 |VICKI@VICKIBENSINGER.COM | WWW.VICKIBENSINGER.COM


ST. LO U IS ’ TOP E NTE RTAINE R S

DeniseThimes J A Z Z

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azz vocalist Denise Thimes wows worldwide audiences with her talent, style and poised stage presence. St. Louis is lucky to call her our own. She’s a force to behold, able to fill up any venue with her smooth as silk voice. Thimes has often been compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, Dianne Reeves, and Carmen McCrae.

Thimes has been singing as long as she remembers. She studied music at Meramec Community College, was a voice major at Spelman College, and is an honorary member of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.. “I always wanted to be a singer. But I never thought I’d be a jazz singer,” said Thimes. She began her professional career in 1986. “After college graduation, I started doing clubs like Walter Mitty's and Dantes Down the Hatch in Atlanta.” Her career took off, as she performed all over the world. . Whether headlining at New York’s historic Blue Note Jazz Club, conquering the national jazz festival scene, or sharing the stage with legendary singers, Thimes always steals the show. In June 2007, Thimes opened for Tony Bennett at the Chase Park Plaza’s Khorassan Room. An accomplished actress as well, Thimes has toured with critically acclaimed productions including several August Wilson plays and musicals like Eubie and The Wiz. She is an eight time recipient of the St. Louis Black Repertory Woodie Award for both musicals and drama. In 2011, The Black Rep showcased her in Black Pearl Sings!. Thimes lists her biggest influences as Marlena Shaw, Carmen McCrae, and above all, her parents - the late Mildred Thimes and St. Louis radio legend Lou "Fatha" Thimes. “My brother, Lou Thimes Jr. followed in my father's footsteps on radio." Today Thimes remains an inspirational and admired artist. When Queen Elizabeth II made her U.S. visit in May 2007, she personally selected Thimes as the entertainment for her dinner gala at the White House. Thimes recalled the event, “I was conversing with Judge Clarence Thomas. Little

did I know that we were in the receiving line. I thought we were simply waiting to be seated when suddenly, there they were - the Queen, Prince Philip, President Bush and Laura Bush. I was a little shocked, and had to pull it all together immediately. The Queen was very personable, very excited to meet me and even mentioned that she had heard my CD. The Queen then requested that I sing ‘Route 66’ that evening. What an honor.” Thimes produces two St. Louis concerts each year, “In 2014 we’ll be celebrating our 18th annual Mother's Day concert at The Sheldon featuring me and musicians recruited from all over the globe.” The second concert is more personal; named for her mother who died from pancreatic cancer. The Mildred Thimes Foundation 9th Annual Benefit Concert for Pancreatic Cancer will be held at The Sheldon on November 7, presenting A Musical Tribute to Phyllis Hyman. Thimes donates her talent to other charitable organizations like Beyond Housing which fosters home ownership and bettering communities. Its recent fundraiser, Divas for a Cause at The Sheldon, featured Thimes with Erin Bode and Dianne Reeves. Let’s Start is a non-profit that supports recovery of formerly incarcerated women and their children. Thimes will sing with the American Chamber Chorale for two performances next March, benefitting Let’s Start. Thimes is also involved in fund raising for Shalom House which helps homeless women. “These three charities are my passion and very close to my heart. I want to help women, children and the elderly as much as I can.” Look for Denise Thimes at Jazz at the Bistro. denisethimes.com UT UPTOWN MAGAZINE

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hat to give, what to give. Stumped? Well, have I got the answer for you!

For the person who has everything, or who simply doesn’t want anything here is the perfect solution. Easy to give, affordable, will outsurvive you, and provide years of health and happiness for generations to come - it’s The Gift of Trees. Forest ReLeaf of Missouri (314-533-5323, moreleaf.org) is a small nonprofit (with an A+ Better Business Bureau rating) that has been providing free trees, over 100,000 to date, throughout our state for the past 20 years. Through their Gift of Trees program they will plant a tree in honor of your special someone and create a personalized, beautiful certificate for you to wrap up for your honoree. Perfect for the holidays, customer appreciation, anniversaries, birthdays and more it’s the ideal way to honor someone with a gift that creates a legacy. For more information and gift giving levels, call them or visit their website and click on the very last bullet point - Gift of Trees. It’s said the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the next best time is today. If you’re looking for something slightly more tangible, that also has a long-lasting quality to it check out 2020 -The Hill House (314-757-6108, 2020thehillhouse.com). This historic house at 2020 Marconi has been completely renovated and is open to schedule private events. Perfect for a dinner party, wine tasting, poker night, girls’ night out, or just for fun, it can accommodate up to 50 people. The house has an open floor concept, a full working kitchen and a large dining table. The beer garden lights in the backyard give you the full Hill experience. Located within stumbling distance of Amighetti’s, Dominic’s and Di Gregorio’s your dining or catering options are endless. Just turn on some Italian music or Sinatra or Dino and the party vibe is there! Full day, half day and overnight scheduling is available. Breathe in 54

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deeply and you may still be able to smell Grandma Leonarda’s fresh baked bread and pot of sauce. After all, she lived there until she was 104! If you’re still stuck maybe the way to go is get the family out of your house and let someone else do the work. Several new fabulous restaurants have opened recently adding more flavors to the ever-expanding St. Louis restuarant scene. The Libertine (7927 Forsythe, Clayton, 314-862-2999, thelibertinestl.com) combines food and drink artistry with a neighborhood sensibility. Cocktails are made completely from scratch and bear intriguing names like “Elvis Costello Lost in Missouri”. If that’s not tantalizing enough come in for the golden tomato sorbet, crispy pig tails, or octopus steamed buns. Or maybe you just want a buger or fried chicken - they have that too. For a couple other dining options try Treehouse Vegetarian Restaurant (3177 S. Grand Blvd, in Tower Grove 314-696-2100, treehousestl.com) which is getting rave reviews, or Table (1821 Cherokee Street, 314-4491888, tablestl.com). Table comes to you from the people who brought you Home Wine Kitchen. They combine a communal dining experiences with a menu so broad - from rosemary parmeson popcorn to country fried chicken livers - you have to check it out for yourself. There’s truly something for everyone here so you can’t go wrong. Hope my little finds makes your life easier for this season of merriment. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Family, friends, food, simplicity, and a good tree to sit beneath, to climb, or to hitch your star to and make a wish for the coming year. UT


nov/dec2013 CAL ENDAR OF EV EN T S H I GH LI GH T S

HOLIDAYS: VETERAN'S DAY - Nov. 11 | CHANUKAH - Nov. 27 | THANKSGIVING - Nov. 28 PEARL HARBOR DAY - Dec. 7 | CHRISTMAS - Dec. 25 | NEW YEAR'S EVE - Dec. 31

AROUND TOWN MARY PILLSBURY'S CHAMPAGNE CHRISTMAS SHOW Tuesday, Dec. 3, 11 - 7pm 18k yellow gold Fleur De Lis earrings custom designed by Mary Pillsbury shown here. Le Chateau Village- 10411 Clayton Rd. in Frontenac 314-569-1200 www.pillsburydiamonds.com

HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNE STROLL Sunday, November 24 Clayton Rd. from Brentwood Blvd. to Hanley Rd. FREE. Guest can expect warm holiday greetings, refreshments and special activities as they stroll this charming holiday setting. For date and more info call 314-721-4224 SKATE WITH FROSTY & ALL THAT GLITTERS Dec. 6th 217 S. Brentwood Blvd. Kickoff winter in style with Frosty the Snowman! Shaw Park Ice Rink will be open to the public with FREE admission, skate rental, and hot chocolate! For date and more info visit www.claytonmo.gov WINTER WONDERLAND AT TILLES PARK Christmas Light Display and Carriage Rides opens Wed. Nov. 27th Closes Jan 1, 2014 Closed Christmas and New Years. www.stlouisco.com FIRST NIGHT ST. LOUIS December 31, The Grand Center District - A "Fanta-sea" of the arts transforms Grand Center's streets and stages for this year's First Night 2011 celebration. For more info visit www.grandcenter.org

SPORTS RAMS HOME GAMES Nov. 3 vs. Titans Nov. 24 vs. Bears Dec. 15 vs. Saints Dec. 22 vs. Buccaneers BLUES HOME GAMES Nov. 7 vs. Flames Nov. 9 vs. Penguins Nov. 12 vs. Coyotes Nov. 14 vs. Avalanche Nov. 16 vs. Hurricanes Nov. 23 vs. Stars Nov. 25 vs. Wild Dec. 5 vs. Islanders Dec. 7 vs. Ducks Dec. 12 vs. Mapleleafs Dec. 17 vs. Sharks Dec. 19 vs. Canadiens Dec. 28 vs. Blackhawks

THEATRE/MUSIC/ART THE FABULOUS FOX Nov. 1 - 3: Beauty and the Beast Nov. 8 - 9: Alabama Nov. 14: Hunter Hayes Nov. 19 - Dec 1: Sister Act Dec. 5 - 8: A Christmas Carol Dec. 15: Straight No Chaser Dec. 17 - 29: Elf PEABODY OPERA HOUSE Nov. 15 - 17: Godspell

WEBSITES FOR MORE EVENT INFO: www.ticketmaster.com www.metrotix.com www.stltoday.com/entertainment www.ImThere.com www.explorestlouis.com www.pageant.com www.thecwe.org

THEATRE/MUSIC/ART THE REPERTORY THEATRE Oct. 10 - Nov. 10: Fly Dec. 4 - 29: The Mousetrap SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY Nov. 1 - 3: Fantasia Nov. 8 - 9: Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 Nov. 10: A Tribute to the Music of Elvis Nov. 16: Peter Grimes Nov. 17: SymphonySLAM Nov. 19: Pulitzer Concert Nov. 29 - Dec. 1: Joshua Bell Returns Dec. 6 - 7: Bach Christmas Oratorio Dec. 12 - 13: A Gospel Messiah Dec. 14 - 15: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Dec. 20 - 22: Holiday Celebration Dec. 27 - 29: Music of John Williams Dec. 31: BMO Private Bank NYE Celebration SCOTTRADE CENTER Nov. 11: Pink Nov. 19: Justin Timberlake Dec. 14: Beyonce Dec. 18: Donny & Marie Osmond SHELDON CONCERT HALL Nov. 2: Peter Martin Music Nov. 5: Java Jive Nov. 8: Rickie Lee Jones Nov. 11: Chamber Music Society of St. Louis Nov. 15: Audra McDonald Nov. 19 - 20: St. Louis Ragtimers Nov. 19: Mark Holland/Autumn's Child Nov. 22: Iris DeMent Dec. 3: Team Stages Dec. 6 - 7: A Conversation with Edith Head Dec. 10 - 11: Charles Glenn Holiday Concert Dec. 10: Mitzi MacDonald and Keltic Reign TOUHILL PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Nov. 8: Arianna String Quartet Nov. 8 - 9: Shanghai Ballet Nov. 9: Sachiyo Ito and Company Nov. 15 - 17: MADCO Nov. 16: Ask the Sky and the Earth Dec. 1: Hellenic 5 Dec. 4: Jim Brickman Dec. 5: UMSL Classic Holiday Concert Dec. 7: The Screwtape Letters Dec. 8: Jazz for the Holidays Dec. 11: The Improv Shop Dec. 12 - 15: Ambassadors of Harmony Dec. 20 - 29: The Nutcracker

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