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AUGUst 2011

Fashion

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sUmmer dreAminG Ethereal, enchanting frocks

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BUiLt in stYLe

Top off your roof with copper detailing.

Home FeAtUre

Minimalist design in the French Quarter

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Winged accessories let your look take flight.

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From tHe editor What’s in a letter?

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hen I was 11 years old, an English assignment provoked my first case of writer’s block. The finished product did not come out well. My mom said the problem was that I hadn’t written what I knew. She gave me some blank notebook paper and a copy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, with instructions to read it and start over from scratch. I still prime the creative pump by reading examples of the literary genre I’m tackling. Lately, I’ve been reading Lady Gaga’s columns for V Magazine. They’ve been criticized for sounding pretentious, arrogant, defensive and weird: “If you were to ask me to remove my Philip Treacy hat at a party, in truth it is the emotional and physical equivalent of requesting I remove my liver,” she writes. The letters are a little of all these things, but they’re also sincere, and to write honestly about an industry characterized by artifice takes guts. While literary and art criticism are academic institutions, very little attention is devoted to fashion criticism. I can guess why — not because fashion is a lesser art, but because it hits too close to home. It protects our bodies

and projects our identities, so taking it too seriously makes most people squeamish. Few want to take that hard a look at themselves. And when you analyze a society’s fashion, its aesthetic of beauty, the price of clothing and its means of production, this is precisely what you must do.

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erhaps you’ve noticed it atop homes and businesses: copper details like trims, chimney caps, finials and awnings gleaming in the sun. Besides adding an impressive visual component, roof details made of copper boast more longevity than their galvanized metal or aluminum counterparts. And although it looks posh and is a staple on many higher-end homes, copper is low-maintenance and surprisingly affordable. “A lot of the time, I can make a decorative copper awning for as cheap as the canvas awning,” says coppersmith Thomas Dudoussat, who owns Copper by Tom (22176 MCH Road, Mandeville, 985-892-9945; www.copperbytom.com). “A lot of people are surprised by that.” Emile Juneau, vice president of Crescent City Copper (1109 Dealers Ave., Harahan,

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BUILT IN STYLE 877-251-5327; http://crescentcitycopper.com) says many of his clients appreciate the antiqued aesthetic copper details bring. “I see it more on older homes,” he says. “It brings back a little nostalgia.” Also, copper details boast practicality and prettiness in equal measures. Copper awnings, for example, can protect doors and windows from rain. “The most common complaint is French doors in the back leak and eventually rot,” Dudoussat says. “A small awning is a good feature for protecting doors from rain and the weather.” Likewise, Juneau’s customers often ask to replace their lead plumbing stacks with copper versions, which are less prone to damage by gnawing squirrels. “Squirrels sharpen their teeth on the lead and grind holes on it and you have leaks,” he says. “We replace lead with copper and the squirrels don’t touch it. (Copper) hurts their teeth.” Depending on the item, size and style, prices for copper roof accessories by Dudoussat can range from $210 to $1,900. Requiring little to no maintenance, copper may be a smart investment. “Chimney caps and finials are maintenance free,” Dudoussat says. “You put it up and it’s a one-time deal.” Although copper is a softer metal that could be damaged by debris or falling trees in the event of hurricane-force winds, Juneau says he has never had one of his accessories blow off. “It all depends on installation,” Juneau says. Dudoussat echoes the importance of proper installation, which directly affects the lifespan of copper pieces. He advises buyers to be diligent when asking about installation techniques. “Ask them, ‘Do you have any pictures of your work?’” says Dudoussat, who was trained at Delgado Community College and has 50 years of experience working with sheet metal. “Believe me, that helps out.” When properly installed, copper accessories stay on perma-

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COPPER ROOF ACCESSORIES, LIKE THIS CHIMNEY CAP HANDMADE BY COPPER BY TOM, REQUIRE NO MAINTENANCE.

nently. Over time, the copper ages from the hue of newly minted penny to auburn, then to a variation of green. For those who want to expedite the patina process, Dudoussat recommends spraying the copper with a water mist. In a few days, it will darken. “With regular spraying, usually within about three to six months, it will turn a dark bronze color,” Dudoussat says. “It takes normally about 10 to 12 years to turn a chalky green.” This patina serves as a protective coat to preserve the copper. “People will ask how to clean the green,” Dudoussat says. “But if you clean it and take it off, you remove the life of the copper.” To many copper lovers, the aging process Mother Nature brings to copper is part of its charm. “I love the patina process,” Juneau says. “When it starts turning green, I think that is very nice.”

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t night, when the interior of Reynaldo Gonzalez’s French Quarter apartment is illuminated like a jewel box of minimal, modernist design, passersby frequently wave and give enthusiastic signs of approval. “I get lots of thumbs-up as people walk by,” he says. “At night, it’s particularly fun because everyone is out having a good time and people tend to be more expressive.” Hip and urbane yet warm and soothing, Gonzalez’s home is a prime example of his design style, which has won over New York socialites and local cognoscenti alike. “It doesn’t matter if you’re designing an airport terminal or a tiny apartment,” he says. “It’s what you do with the space and how it functions that matters.”

The leaTher headboard was made To fiT The bedroom’s TighT scale. The phoTographs are of reynaldo’s family in cuba circa 1957. The pillows are covered wiTh faux fur. a nelson bubble lamp hangs from The ceiling, and vases of coco lashings dress The manTel. The panTon chairs are from design wiThin reach (dwr).


Gonzalez’s appreciation of historic architecture comes from his heritage. His family lived a well-to-do life as livestock ranchers in Cuba before immigrating to New Orleans in 1964. Though he was only 4 years old when he left Cuba, he wasn’t surprised to learn the 220-year-old Creole townhouse where he resides is architecturally similar to many buildings in his mother country. Raised in New Orleans, Gonzalez moved to New York at 23, spent a decade working for an international airline and dabbled in design on the side by helping friends with their homes. “I always loved design, but I didn’t really know what it meant,” he says. “I grew up loving fashion and architecture. My parents tell a story about how one of my first Christmases here I put aside all my presents and started building houses with the boxes. The actual [process of] building was what fascinated me.” At 37, he decided to turn his hobby into a career, enrolling in the rigorous interior design program at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, where he began to develop a design philosophy. “I didn’t want to be influenced by anyone or anything,” he says. “I wanted my work

ABOVE: A BALANCE OF COOL AND WARM TONES AND CIRCULAR AND SQUARE SHAPES PROVIDES VISUAL INTEREST IN THE LIVING ROOM. GONZALEZ DESIGNED THE MIRROR, COFFEE TABLE, MANTEL, VASES AND BUTTERFLY PHOTOGRAPH. THE EAMES CHAIR AND OTTOMAN ARE FROM DWR; THE VINTAGE SWIVEL BUCKET CHAIRS FROM RENAISSANCE INTERIORS WERE REUPHOLSTERED WITH STRIE VELVET; THE FLOOR LAMP WAS FOUND AT A YARD SALE IN MANHATTAN. RIGHT: ALINE MIRROR BY REYNALDO GONZALEZ, AVAILABLE AT REYNALDOGONZALEZDESIGN.COM. PAGE 19

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“I love pure geometry. Almost everything was about circles and squares and the balance between the two.” -REYNALdO GONzALEz to be about just the purity of design. I wanted to develop something that was very me.” Now in his 10th year of business, Gonzalez spends most of his time working in New York and New Orleans. Select pieces from his mirror collection are also available at www.vivre.com, the website of fashion, jewelry and home decor curated by international style icon Eva Jeanbart Lorenzotti. His very first Manhattan job, a bigbudget renovation that combined a one-bedroom apartment and a studio overlooking the Hudson River, gave Gonzalez the opportunity to collaborate with renowned designer Vladimir Kagan. The two cities where Gonzalez has spent most of his life — the Big Easy and the Big Apple — are interwoven in his work, which marries the high-ceilinged elegance of old New Orleans parlors with the clean, pareddown styling found in SoHo lofts. Working in New York, where limited space often demands made-to-fit furnishings, provided a training ground for his custom designs, the part of his metier he enjoys most. “I shop each project freshly,” says Gonzalez, whose custom home accessories line includes mirrors, tables and giant, hand-cut and mounted photographs of butterflies and moths. “But I think it’s more fun to design something than to look for it.” The designer’s 1,000-square-foot New Orleans abode serves as a laboratory for his artistry. The coffee table, mantel, nightstand, built-ins, bamboo wall sculptures, bed and mirrored vases will be introduced in his next collection. “You can’t experiment on a client’s apartment, but if it’s your own space, you can take risks and try new things,” he says. A self-described “essentialist” (“having what is needed but not having a lot of excess”), he keeps the apartment sleek and spare. Gonzalez lives, works and entertains there, so to avoid clutter he stores current projects on his laptop or in a binder, both of which are hidden inside a rectangular wall-mounted unit. He pays close attention to details of scale, proportion, color and geometry, customizing pieces to fit the rooms’ dimensions, working with a palette of complementary

right: the kitchen’s indoor/outdoor table and Panton chairs are from dWr. the 1940s-style floral WallPaPer Provides a focal Point for the small room, Which lacks architectural detail. the light fixture is from lamPs Plus. A U G U S T. 2 0 1 1 < < <

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cool and warm tones (cool, violet-based blues and warm orange-yellow-based browns and beiges) and balancing simple shapes and solid colors. “I love pure geometry,” Gonzalez says. “Almost everything was about circles and squares and the balance between the two.” Gonzalez chose versatile, durable materials; every surface in the living room (paint, nylon, leather, Ultrasuede, granite and even the art made of molded bamboo pulp tiles) is washable. Trademark touches include cut-out, scallop-edged mirrors and butterflies in shadow boxes to add color and pattern much like throw pillows. Reactions to the interior have been positive, and business is better than ever. With a growing client base at home, Gonzalez looks forward to maintaining a strong presence in both New Orleans and New York and is continuing to grow his line. “Designers get better with time,” he says. “When you’re visual, you’re always examining and evaluating your surroundings. I think I’m becoming better at the craft every year.”

ABOVE: DESIGNER REYNALDO GONZALEZ IN THE COURTYARD OUTSIDE HIS FRENCH QUARTER APARTMENT. CUT-OUT BUTTERFLY PHOTOGRAPHS MOUNTED IN SHADOW BOXES (RIGHT) AND A GRANITE COFFEETABLE (BELOW) ARE DESIGNED BY GONZALEZ. THEY ARE AVAILABLE AT WWW. REYNALDOGONZALEZDESIGN.COM.

“I think it’s more fun to design something than to look for it.”

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On Kim (left): CrOCheted tOp, $39, and gray tanK tOp, $20, bOth at DillarD’s; lavender tribal-print shOrts, $68 at Hemline. On misty: silK CrOp tOp, $52, and tiered gray ChiffOn sKirt, $28, bOth at GaeTana’s; feathered hairpieCe, $22 at Hemline.

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ON MISTY (LEFT): TAUPE HARLEQUIN TOP BY ALICIA ZENOBIA, $240 AT HEMLINE; TIERED LEATHER MINI-SKIRT, $595 AT T. ON KIM: STRIPED MIDRIFF TOP WITH TULLE DETAIL BY ALICIA ZENOBIA, $240, NAVY SILK SHORTS BY LORETTA JANE, $157.95, BOTH AT HEMLINE.

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This organic cotton bib is water- and soil-resistant thanks to a nontoxic acrylic coating, $14.95 at Zuka Baby (2124 Magazine St., 596-6540; www.zukababy.com).

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Zutano Billy Goat Kimono & Mini Stripe Pants offer easy, organic attire for newborns. Kimono $24, pants $15 at Pippen Lane (2929 Magazine St., 269-0106; www.pippenlane.com).

Filled with corn fibers, this organic cotton frog rattle is $10 at Auraluz (4408 Shores Drive, Metairie, 888-3313; www.auraluzlinensgifts.com).

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Chauchas booties are crafted from recycled automobile leather and pigmented with allergenfree vegetable dyes, $36 at Zuka Baby (2124 Magazine St., 596-6540; www.zukababy.com).

The Coyuchi Organic Jingo Crib Blanket features colorful hand-embroidered illustrations, $107 at Spruce Eco-Studio (2043 Magazine St., 265-0946; www.sprucenola.com).

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hen Nikki McCoy gets dressed for work each morning, she picks out a dress, accessories and a hairpiece. “I have my (hairpieces) up on a wall,” says McCoy, a makeup artist at Fifi Mahony’s (934 Royal St., 525-4343; www.fifimahonys.com) who alternates between fake buns, ponytails, falls and three-quarter wigs. “I just choose what hair I want that day.” McCoy says more and more women are opting for hairpieces, influenced by celebrities who don’t leave home without some sort of enhancement to their strands. “If you see a celebrity with gorgeous hair, almost 100 percent of the time, they’re wearing a fall,” she says. You don’t need a celebrity’s budget or top-notch

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stylists to get great (fake) hair. Part of the appeal of hairpieces is they’re cheap (prices start at $5 for a single clip-in highlight at Fifi Mahony’s) and easy to install. “It’s a fun way to try a different look,” says Brenda McField, owner and hairstylist for Mariposa Salon & Spa (3700 Orleans Ave., Suite D, 484-0440; www. mariposasalonandspa.com). McField received lots of compliments when she wore a clip-in bun to a wedding last spring. “Wigs are not just for people without hair any more,” she says. Women typically have two main concerns when donning hairpieces: Will it look natural, and will it stay in? To get the most natural look, make sure the hairpiece’s color and texture matches or blends with your hair, and enlist the help of a professional. Many wig stores,

including Fifi Mahony’s, offer free fittings and share tips and tricks with customers. McField suggests dusting synthetic hairpieces with a tiny amount of baby powder to tone down their glossy sheen. She also razors the ends to give them a more natural, textured appearance. Customers can bring hairpieces or extensions in to Mariposa Salon & Spa to have them styled or trimmed. To maintain hairpieces, comb them out and store them properly when not in use. Every four to six wearings, wash them by hand with cool water and wig shampoo, and do not use heat on synthetic pieces. Finally, a properly installed hairpiece shouldn’t be painful to wear. “Make sure it feels comfortable,” says Fifi Mahony’s stylist Jamie Gandy. “It’s not in right if it’s hurting your head.”


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TH REE -QUARTER W IG What it is: A partial wig that covers the back of the head and leaves the natural hairline exposed while adding length and volume How to install: Part your hair from ear to ear, bringing all the hair behind the ears into a low bun and combing the rest forward. Pull the wig behind the ears, about where a headband rests, and clip it into place. For extra security, use a few long bobby pins behind the ears. Style your hair so its texture matches the wig’s: If the wig is curly, curl your hair; if it’s straight, use a flat iron. Finally, blend your hair with the wig by brushing some strands over the demarcation line where the wig is clipped in place. Three-quarter wig, $36 at Fifi Mahony’s.

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What it is: A hairpiece that gives the appearance of bangs

What it is: Synthetic hair attached to three flexible wires that can be twisted and shaped into styles ranging from messy buns to disheveled ponytails.

How to install: Part your hair in the center and tease a small section at the crown, where you will clip the bangs. Teasing the hair gives the clip a base to grip onto for added security. Bobby-pin your natural bangs out of the way, so they don’t come loose. Clip the hairpiece on top of your head and at the hairline, using its attached combs. If necessary, trim the bangs to your desired length. Headbands can conceal the line between the hairpiece and your natural hair, if it looks obvious. Clip-in bangs by Jessica Simpson, $36 at Fifi Mahony’s.

How to install: Pull hair into a high ponytail. Extend all three hair wires to their full length and install the comb right above the ponytail so its teeth are situated behind the elastic. Wrap your hair around the wires, and bend them until they have the appearance you desire. For a dramatic, multi-colored look, wear two hair wires at once and entwine their wires. Secure the ends in place with bobby pins or leave them loose. Hair wires, $20 each (two shown) at Fifi Mahony’s. A U G U S T. 2 0 1 1 < < <

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LIGHTEN UP I

t’s not only wrinkles that make your skin look older — it’s also the uneven pigment caused by sun damage. Fortunately, a new generation of lightening creams can make your skin glow. At 39, Jennifer Poulin began seeing the signs of sun damage. “I’m very fair skinned, and I’ve had a lot of sun damage over the years,” says Poulin, who began using tanning beds in her early 20s. After spending money on treatments at a dermatologist’s office and on over-the-counter and prescription bleaching products, she discovered an easier, gentler approach in cosmeceutical brightening creams, which include brands like Perle, Elure and Lumixyl. The brands are available in doctors’ offices or online at sites like Amazon.com. “I’ve been using the Perle for about nine weeks now, and it really has taken those spots down to a minimum,” Poulin says. “Now that I don’t even notice them, I will go out without makeup on.” For years doctors have used prescription levels of hydroquinone to lighten and even out skin pigmentation, but that treatment can be too harsh for some people and can’t be used continuously. “There are people who cannot use hydroquinone. … What people are excited about is these (cosmeceuticals) are so well tolerated,” says dermatologist Dr. Mary Lupo. These skin-lightening products can be used with prescription retinoids, a preferred means of erasing wrinkles. But some people don’t like retinoids because they can cause flaking. When retinoids are used in conjunction with brighteners, however, skin is less likely to become dry. “Your skin gets a dewiness and a luminosity and an overall rejuvenation,” Lupo says. “People have been coming up to me recently and asking me, ‘What’s that foundation?’ or ‘What’s that base?’” Poulin says. “It’s really the same makeup that I’ve been wearing for years.” People who have been diligent about wearing sunscreen and hats can benefit from brightening creams, even if they don’t have sun spots. “(The creams) seem to help texture and … other aspects of photo-aging,” Lupo says. “The overall luminosity of the skin improves and the patient reports brighter skin and a softer, smoother texture.” Facial pigmentation can come from sun damage, or it can be a result of inflammatory conditions like acne, says Dr. Patricia Farris, a Metairie dermatologist and spokeswoman for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Unfortunately, cosmeceuticals won’t help melasma, a hormonal and hereditary form of pigmentation. “It’s a much more severe form of pigmentation and requires very aggressive, vigilant treatment that has to be maintained for a number of years,” Lupo says.

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For Poulin and her friend Nikki Aucoin, who also uses Perle, sun exposure and tanning beds caused their skin to change. “All you have to do is look at an area that you never expose to the sun.… That skin is smoother and more uniform in color and without age spots or sun spots,” Lupo says. “Age has nothing to do with it. It’s only age in the sense that you’ve had cumulative sun damage over the years. I have seen age spots, which are really sun spots, in 25-year-olds and I have seen 65-year-olds with not a sun spot to be had. So it really depends on the amount of cumulative sun exposure you get.” Poulin has taken this knowledge to heart. “I started going outside with the 70 (SPF) sunscreen on and a big hat, and I don’t sunbathe any more,” Poulin says. “Now I am … a big fan of spray tans,” Aucoin says. Dr. Patricia is no relation to medical reporter Meg Farris. Look for Meg Farris’ Medical Watch reports, including Weight Loss Wednesday and Wrinkle Free Friday, weeknights on WWL-TV Channel 4 — and any time on wwltv.com.


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wo years ago, when Camille Chiarella started The DinnerBelle (830-0100; www.thedinner-belle.com), which delivers freshcooked meals for four to customers’ doors, her primary goal was to feed her own family. “I started Dinnerbelle after too many hectic nights picking up fast food, spending way too much on takeout and not having time to sit down for a well-rounded meal with my family,” Chiarella says. “I longed for that time with my family and knew others did as well.” The premise is simple: Each week, a different menu appears on the website. A meal for four ranges from $35 to $40 and includes options like lemon

chicken with coconut rice and sesame green beans, or crawfish enchiladas. Prices include tax and delivery. “Mom comes home, sticks it in the oven and 30 minutes later, you sit down to dinner,” Chiarella says. “We make it to feed four adults, so if you have small children, you’ll have more food. Most people have leftovers.” Chiarella cooks all the food herself in the kitchen of Riccobono’s Peppermill Restaurant, which her grandparents opened 35 years ago. She starts at 6 a.m. and cooks until about 3 p.m., when the meals are delivered. “I’m a one-woman show at this point,” she says. “I love to cook. Food is definitely in my blood.” — Missy Wilkinson

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eed a trim? On Thursday, Aug. 18, get a haircut and help an animal when Witchita, Kan.-based hairstylist Patrick Lomantini hits Kenneth’s Studio for Hair (2100 St. Charles Ave., 528-8585; www.kennethsstudio.com) as part of his 50 Haircuts in 50 States in 50 Days tour. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Lomantini will provide haircuts for a minimum donation of $20, all of which will go to the LA/SPCA animal shelter. “His idea was to spend one day cutting hair and to donate all the proceeds to a humane society,” says Katherine LeBlanc, LA SPCA’s communications director. “It was so successful, he decided to take it on tour.” New Orleans is the 18th stop on the tour, which kicks off Aug. 1 in Augusta, Maine. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. — Lindsey Darnell

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t the Gris Gris Lab (2245 Brainard St., 872-0577; www.grisgrislab.com) customers can embrace their creative potential, says founder and director Gia Hamilton. Hamilton, who created the store of art, fashion, spiritual products and herbs to uplift her community. “The Lab is a creative space where many [groups and individuals can] change their perspective of themselves … and their own creative impetus,” says Hamilton, an herbalist, midwife and cultural anthropologist. Offering a lifestyle design service, Gris Gris Lab utilizes art, urban agriculture, healing modalities and consulting — what Hamilton refers to as “social magic” — to affect change. “Social magic is this process we use to foster creativity and heal ourselves using various tools,” Hamilton says. The Lab provides patrons the inspiration and guidance to be the best versions of themselves through programs like Food Justice, an urban farming class, and the Fashion Lab, which encourages confident self-expression through clothing. “Creativity is a real factor when talking about healing,” Hamilton says. “We’re tapping into people’s authentic selves. We help people to reinvent themselves in the most fun and authentic way through our healing lab, creativity lab and education lab. It’s OK to find your niche, and that’s what we’re doing — helping people find their niche in the world.” — Darnell

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maintains a trim waistline by following a strict diet of corn-based pig food and the occasional healthy treats, like strawberries and blueberries. Her talents include standing on her hind legs, sitting on command and jumping from the floor to the bed. “We say she flies,” Muro says. The daughter of a film and television producer who was also a skilled cook and espresso maker, Muro grew up visiting the sets of films like The Graduate and TV shows like The Beverly Hillbillies. She worked as a hairdresser on films including Dances With Wolves and JFK. She began cultivating her culinary skills at age 12. Her husband James (professionally known as J. Michael Muro) is an award-winning cinematographer with more than 70 films to his credit, and their three children, Noah, Dillon and Bella, demonstrate an aptitude for the arts as well. It’s not surprising that Esmeralda is something of a ham and soaks up attention. When she’s at the shop, smiles break out, passing drivers roll down their windows for a better view, and kids line up to pet her. For a pick-me-up, few things are more effective than a cup of artisanal coffee, a gourmet teacake and a little pork belly (rub). A U G U S T. 2 0 1 1 < < <

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