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SOCIETY

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CRAFT ALLIANCE

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DANCE ST. LOUIS

VARIETY CRISIS NURSERY

CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM TODAY AND TOMORROW FOUNDATION

WEDDINGS

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SANDWEG & ROYALL

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OATHOUT & CASTELLANO

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BOLDT & VALITUTTO

GREENHALL & MCROSKEY

DAVIS & WOUK WALSH & GRAS

LIVING

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FASHION: HERE COMES THE SUN THE MAGIC OF MIZRAHI

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PORTLAND PLACE ON PARADE THE GARDENER’S GARDEN Q&A WITH HUTTON WILKINSON

DIVERSIONS

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“You get more for your money here than the other places I looked at. At first I thought The Gatesworth was too fancy for me, but after visiting I saw it with different eyes. It is such a pleasure to live here.” ~ Resident Kathryn Stinson

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T. LOUIS IS IN THE MIDST OF A YEARLONG CELEbration in honor of the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding. One of the most delightful reminders of this milestone is the community-wide stl250 Cakeway to the West display. Each and every one of these 4-foot-tall centerpieces gives tribute to St. Louis’ rich history, as well as offers a glimpse into what’s ahead for our fair city and its citizens. One of my favorite stl250 cakes is the one greeting visitors at the Missouri Botanical Garden. The centerpiece epitomizes what the Garden means to so many St. Louisans, from the iconic Climatron to the serene water lily pads and the beloved koi. The Garden not only is a local treasure, but it also has established itself as a worldwide leader in education, conservation and stewardship.

And, the beauty! There are no words to express the joy one feels upon being welcomed by a rainbow of azaleas, walking among the noble blooms in the Iris Garden, or strolling through the tranquility of the Japanese Garden. In the pages of this Elegant Living edition, we present Garden lovers with a gift: a look inside the private garden of Peter Wyse Jackson, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden. PWJ, who has established himself as one of the world’s foremost and bestknown botanists and plant conservationists, was appointed Garden president in 2010. He also is the author of several books, including the newly released Ireland’s Generous Nature: The Past and Present Uses of Wild Plants in Ireland. PWJ was gracious enough to allow us into his home and share his own reflections about what makes his garden grow. Our feature begins on p. 66.

ABOUT THE COVER This season’s Elegant Living cover was created by watercolor artist Kyle Lucks. For inspiration, he drew from a picture of Missouri Botanical Garden president Peter Wyse Jackson’s garden, as photographed by Michael Jacob during Ladue News’ exclusive tour. (For full coverage, visit page 66.) A Clayton-based artist, Lucks received his first commission at the age of 10, when a drawing he created was featured in a national sports magazine. His work ranges from portraits to landscapes and cityscapes. “I love how the water and pigment can have a mind of their own, creating effects I wouldn’t be able to achieve by putting the brush to the paper,” he says of working with watercolors. Lucks is a graduate of Parkway South High School and Arizona State University. For more information, visit kylelucks.com.

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Craft Alliance

ARTRAGEOUS GOLD BALL BY BRYAN SCHRAIER

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RAFT ALLIANCE IS LOOKING good at 50! Guests gathered recently at Palladium Saint Louis to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary gala, with a gold-themed event that featured live and silent auctions, live performances, as well as a big surprise: the unveiling of a name change and new logo. Craft Alliance is now Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design, to reflect the new vision for the future of the organization. Proceeds from the event support free community, education and exhibition programs. David Diener and Phyllis Langsdorf served as event co-chairs.

David Diener, Phyllis Langsdorf

Richelle and Michael Weisbrod

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Barbara Goodman, Philip Slein

Dorte Probstein, Kelly Hamilton, Sarah Bruno

Paula Reed, Susan Barrett, Stephanie Tussey, Amy Soper

Jean-Paul and Isabelle Montupet

Mont Levy, Cathy Barancik, Steve Novik

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Betty Kagan, Martin Wice, Helen Seeherman

Cherie Fister, Rene Michel-Trapaga

Gayle and Michael Eastman

John Hewitt, Mary Walsh

Mark Botterman, Roseann Weiss, Harper Barnes

Sharon and Rob Norman

Melissa Schmidt, Gary Clark

Kathy Peace, Dave Benitez

Christy Beckmann, Jim Vykopal

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SOCIETY

Variety The Children’s Charity

DINNER WITH THE STARS

BY DIANE ANDERSON

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A R I E T Y T H E C H I L D R E N ’S Charity of St. Louis celebrated more than 80 years of helping local kids with disabilities. Dinner with the Stars, its signature black-tie gala, was held at Peabody Opera House with headliner Harry Connick Jr. Also, for the third year, the entire cost was underwritten by World Wide Technology and the Steward Family Foundation, meaning all the money raised from the evening will directly benefit the kids—a total of $2.554 million! Chairman for the evening was Greg Boyce, with Marilyn Fox as dinner chair. Lelia Farr was honored as Woman of the Year; Tom Voss, Man of the Year. Ken Page served as the evening’s host.

Tom and Carol Voss

Selah, Harry Connick Jr., Kaci, Graci

Jim and Stacey Weddle, Thelma and David Steward

Ray and Diane Barrett

Donna Wilkinson, Nancy Lester, Peter Kinder, Henry and Belma Givens

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Lelia and David Farr

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Nancy and Craig Schnuck

Warner and Cindy Baxter


Fred and Gail Palmer

Marsha and Bill Rusnack

Jan Albus, Marilyn Fox

Jerry and Peggy Ritter

David Diener, Ann Wells

Maria and Gene Dobbs Bradford

Richard and Kathie Winter

Mark and Vivian Darrell, Melissa and Richard Mark

Sarah Edwards, Michael McMillan, Ida Woolfolk

Ken Page

Peter, Monica, Michael and Noemi Neidorff

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SOCIETY

Saint Louis Crisis Nursery

RAZZLE DAZZLE BALL BY DIANE ANDERSON

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AINT LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY’S annual Razzle Dazzle Ball was the bee’s knees: It featured glitz, glamour and goodies, Great Gatsby-style. Guests dressed in their favorite roaring ’20s-inspired glad rags during the elegant evening at Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet. The event featured cocktails, dinner, live music and dancing, netting $300,000 for the nonprofit. Auction chair was Charlotte McClure, creative co-chairs were Scott De Broux and Penny Rogers, and Champagne and Diamond Extravaganza chairs were Don and Gretchen Gerber.

State Sen. Tom Dempsey, Bruce Sowatsky

DiAnne Mueller, Don and Gretchen Gerber

Ted and Mary Beth Engler, Karen and David Hughes

Millie Cain, Joe Schultz, Jen and Mike Hill

Dr. Amod Paranjpe, Tammy Hartz, Nancy Vencill, Shy Patel

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Lindsay and James Pearson

Mary Ellen Cotsworth, Bill Siedhoff


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Dance St. Louis

ALVIN AILEY VIP RECEPTION BY BRYAN SCHRAIER

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OLLOWING THE SECOND OF TWO spectacular performances at The Fabulous Fox, members of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater were the honored guests during a private gathering at the Ladue home of Dan and Sue Luedke, longtime supporters of Dance St. Louis. The dancers, including Alvin Ailey principal and St. Louis native Antonio Douthit-Boyd, were joined in celebration that evening by other supporters and special guests of Dance St. Louis.

Sue and Dan Luedke, Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Flor and Michael Uthoff, Bev Strohmeyer

Sally Bliss, Jim Connett, Rachael McLaren

James and Susan Buford, Jill and Dan McGuire

Jen and Steve Davis

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Dave Tobin and Trish Muyco-Tobin

Kris Lewis, Ellie Gilstrap, Serena Lewis, Chris Lewis

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Carol and Tom Voss

Vernard Gilmore, Sara Rakov

Elaine and Lemont Curry


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Contemporary Art Museum

SPACE FOR POSSIBILITY BY DIANE ANDERSON

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HE CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM St. Louis (CAM) commemorated the 10th anniversary of its building with the Space for Possibility gala. The unforgettable celebration of architecture for art highlighted the importance of the Museum’s physical space to its mission. CAM partnered with Sotheby’s to participate in the Sotheby’s Contemporary Auction in New York featuring the works of major artists. Alexis Cosse and Dorte Probstein served as gala co-chairs. Honorary chairs were Terry Good, Donna Moog, Emily Pulitzer and Susan Sherman.

Hazel and Arnold Donald

Mary Ann and Andy Srenco

Retta Leritz, Sam Foxman, Katherine and Marc Lazar

Phyllis Langsdorf, Jordan Gaunce, Lisa Melandri

Tom and Ulrike Schlafly

Jan and Rand Goldstein

Jim and Dorte Probstein, Philip Slein

Bunny and Charles Burson

David and Tricia Schlafly

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Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation

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HE FIFTH ANNUAL ARCHBISHOP’S Gala for the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation took place recently at the Missouri Athletic Club. A special appetizer and cocktail hour was held for guests as they arrived, with mistress of ceremonies Debbie Monterrey providing the welcoming remarks. During dinner, the annual report was provided by Foundation chair Kevin Short. The 2014 Sr. Mary Ann Eckhoff Leadership Award was the presented to George Henry for his outstanding work as superintendent of the Archdiocese and Catholic Elementary Schools. Co-Chairs of the event include Short, Laura George and Sharon Gerken.

Dr. Annie Koenen, Archbishop Robert Carlson, Jerry Sommer

Rosalie and George Henry

Thomas and Patricia Etter, Monica and Dennis Golden

Sharon Gerken, Kevin Short, Cathy Whitlock

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Leon Henderson, Fr. Michael Lydon, Michael McMillan

Pat and Len Dino, Ellen Ross, Greg Browne

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HE WEDDING CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION OF Anne Sandweg and Philippe Royall were fit for a king and queen. Anne and Philippe met when they were both randomly placed on the same volleyball league team four years ago. After dating for a year and a half, the couple retraced their first date with a hike to the tallest bluff at Castlewood State Park. At the top, Philippe asked Anne to be his bride. Finding a theme for the wedding was easy, Anne says. Playing off the groom’s surname, Royall, the couple decided on purpleraspberry as the main color. The ceremony was held at the bride’s family parish, Our Lady of the Pillar. The reception, held at the ballroom at the Saint Louis Club, also complemented the royal theme. Paying homage to Philippe’s French heritage, guests dined on hors d’oeuvres, asparagus vichyssoise, dauphine potatoes with filet of beef, and a spring vegetable medley. The couple enjoyed

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BY BLAISE HART-SCHMIDT their first dance to Imagine Dragons’ On Top of the World; and as guests hit the dance floor, they donned masks decorated with peacock feathers to take the royal theme even further. At the end of the reception, guests waved wands that were loaded with a small charge, bathing them in a sea of confetti as they departed. Waiting for them in the lobby bar of The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis were friends and family, ready to relax and enjoy the night for several more hours. Jetting off for a 10-day honeymoon in Costa Rica, Anne and Philippe hiked, snorkeled, swam with dolphins, went whitewater-rafting, and zip-lined through the rainforest. While the newlyweds look back fondly at their special day, they know they have even more happiness ahead. “One of the things that I said to my dad throughout the process was that while I’m super-excited about the wedding, all the days after that are more important,” Anne says. “That’s what I was excited for. It’s more about what it means than what goes on.”


THE DETAILS THE DATE June 15, 2013

THE FLORIST Ken Miesner’s Flowers

THE BRIDE Anne Helen Sandweg

THE CAKE Encore Baking Company

THE GROOM Philippe Michel Royall

THE BAND Arvell and Company

THE BRIDE’S PARENTS Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Kenneth Sandweg

THE PHOTOGRAPHER Robert George

THE GROOM’S PARENTS Mr. and Mrs. Michel Royall THE CEREMONY Our Lady of the Pillar THE RECEPTION Saint Louis Club THE WEDDING DRESS Augusta Jones, Town and Country Bridal

THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Town and Country Bridal THE INVITATIONS Crane, The Service Bureau THE WEDDING PLANNER Barbara Hoover

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WEDDINGS

RACHEL GREENHALL & MATTHEW McROSKEY

No Place Like Home

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HEN PLANNING HER WEDDING TO Matthew McRoskey, bride Rachel Greenhall knew: There’s no place like home. Rachel and Matthew met while living in the same dorm during their freshman year of college at Santa Clara University. They started dating their sophomore year; and for their graduation in 2008, Rachel gave Matthew a scrapbook she had made filled with their memories together. Years later, when the pair was getting ready to make their annual winter trip to Hawaii, Matthew knew the scrapbook would play a role in asking Rachel to marry him. “I filled in the blanks from the year we graduated Santa Clara up until then, with all these other memories of the second part of our relationship,” he says. “In Hawaii, I gave it to Rachel… I told her, ‘There’s one more memory that we’re having right now, but there’s no picture for it.’” On the last page of the scrapbook, Matthew asked Rachel to marry him. The couple wasn’t immediately sure where to have the wedding, deciding between St. Louis and California—where they live, and where Matthew’s family is from. Eventually they chose St. Louis, and opted for a spirit of St. Louis theme. Choosing a location for the ceremony was much easier. “I had never been

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to the Cathedral Basilica [of Saint Louis],” Matthew says. “It sounded so special I wanted to be surprised, and I didn’t see it until the wedding day. I walked in and was completely taken aback because it’s so magnificent.” Wanting a winter wedding, the couple reached out to the Saint Louis Club to set a date. It was completely booked, except for one date—Friday the 13th, the bride’s birthday. They jumped at the chance. The St. Louis theme extended throughout the wedding. Guests staying at The Ritz-Carlton received gift bags with local items, including gooey butter cake, Schlafly beer and Billy Goat chips. While Rachel and her bridesmaids got ready at her mom’s house, Matthew, his groomsmen and his godfather dined on burgers and ribs at Annie Gunn’s. The couple flew in their priest, Monsignor Lloyd Torgerson, from their parish in Santa Monica, California; and put their dancing skills on display in their first dance, to Ray Charles’ Hallelujah, I Love Her So. Later in the evening, Fredbird brought in a birthday cake for the bride. “Surrounded by all your best friends and family, it’s overwhelming the support and love you feel,” Matthew says. “It was the best way to start our lives together as a married couple.” The newlyweds spent a blissful honeymoon relaxing and exploring Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.


THE DETAILS THE DATE December 13, 2013

THE RINGS Kazanjian Brothers, Inc.

THE BRIDE Rachel Eva Greenhall

THE FLORIST Ken Miesner’s Flowers

THE GROOM Matthew Coffey McRoskey

THE CAKE Saint Louis Club

THE BRIDE’S PARENTS Mr. Richard Greenhall and Mrs. Jessica Dowell Greenhall

THE BAND Arvell and Company

THE GROOM’S PARENTS Mr. and Mrs. Michael McRoskey THE CEREMONY Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis THE RECEPTION Saint Louis Club THE WEDDING DRESS Val Stefani

THE PHOTOGRAPHER Stephen Seebeck THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Amsale, Town and Country Bridal THE INVITATIONS The Service Bureau THE WEDDING PLANNER Jenny Kehm

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WEDDINGS

KATHLEEN BOLDT & JOHN VALITUTTO THE DETAILS THE DATE November 9, 2013 THE BRIDE Kathleen Conway Boldt THE GROOM John Royce Valitutto THE BRIDE’S PARENTS Mr. and Mrs. John Boldt THE GROOM’S PARENTS Mr. and Mrs. Richard Valitutto

THE FLORIST: Ken Miesner’s Flowers THE CAKE Encore Baking Company THE BAND J-Rob Band THE PHOTOGRAPHER Robert George

THE CEREMONY The Church of the Annunziata

THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Town and Country Bridal

THE RECEPTION Saint Louis Club

THE INVITATIONS Barbara Hoover and Susan Rabbitt

THE WEDDING DRESS Lea-Ann Belter, Town and Country Bridal

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THE RINGS Summa Jewelers (groom’s ring)

THE WEDDING PLANNER Barbara Hoover

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WEDDINGS

SARAH OATHOUT & PETER CASTELLANO THE DETAILS THE DATE January 4, 2014 THE BRIDE Sarah Hannan Oathout THE GROOM Peter Joseph Castellano THE BRIDE’S PARENTS Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Oathout

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THE PHOTOGRAPHER Cary Klein and Stephanie Sadlo

THE CEREMONY St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church

THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Lulu‌s, twobirds Bridesmaid

THE RECEPTION Peabody Opera House

THE TUX Savvi Formalwear

THE WEDDING DRESS Casablanca, Blossoms Bridal

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HEN ALEX DAVIS AND ISAAC WOUK describe how they met, how they became engaged, and how they got married, one thing is prevalent: laughter. The two joke and tease and smile at each other in a way that only those experiencing true love can. Alex and Isaac met at Bar Louie in the Central West End, where they were both out with friends. The chemistry, Alex says, was immediate. “He came up to me at the bar, where I was drinking wine, and he asked if he could buy me a pin-ot grig-e-oh,” she laughs. “I thought he was funny, and we got to talking.” “And by talking, she means she interviewed me for, like, 10 minutes,” Isaac adds. “She grilled me, hard!” The two hit it off, and spoke on the phone for a few weeks before Alex finally consented to a date. They dated for three years, before one Thursday night, when Isaac tied an engagement ring to the collar of their cat, Rancho. “She came home and I was sitting on the couch holding the cat, trying to get her to notice the ring on her collar,” he says. “I was practically pushing the cat in her face. She finally noticed and started freaking out.” Isaac got on one knee

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BY BLAISE HART-SCHMIDT and officially proposed, before suggesting the pair go to Bar Louie for a glass of pin-ot grig-e-oh. To Alex’s surprise, waiting for them at the bar were all of the couple’s family and friends, including Alex’s brother, whom Isaac had flown in from Chicago. The couple tied the knot a year later at Westwood Country Club. Alex says she wanted the black-tie affair to be clean and classic, but also incorporate Isaac’s Texan roots: “Modern but comfortable, with Southern charm.” Right after Isaac broke the glass at the end of the ceremony, guests celebrated with Alex’s favorite, Champagne, as well as Isaac’s home-state brew, Shiner Bock. Attendees enjoyed sushi appetizers, a surf-and-turf entrée and midnight breakfast tacos; and danced to the Downtown Band, a cover band the couple brought in from Nashville. The couple’s dog, Jolly, even stopped by for some quick photos. On their way out, guests received Nenekas, the bride’s grandmother’s famous chocolate chip cookies. To unwind after the wedding festivities, the newlyweds took a week-long ‘mini-moon’ to the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. That August, they traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, and Santorini and Athens, Greece, where they explored historic sights, swam and relaxed.


THE DETAILS THE DATE June 29, 2013

THE FLORIST Artistry Florist

THE BRIDE Alex Davis

THE CAKE The Cakery, Hank’s Cheesecakes

THE GROOM Isaac Wouk THE BRIDE’S PARENTS Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brin THE GROOM’S PARENTS Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Wouk, and Mr. and Mrs. Micheal Rodriguez THE CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Westwood Country Club THE WEDDING DRESS Carolina Herrera, Berrybridge THE RINGS Bartel’s Jewelers

THE BAND The Downtown Band, Nashville, Tennessee THE PHOTOGRAPHER L Photographie THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES LulaKate, Bella Bridesmaid THE TUX Tommy Hilfiger THE INVITATIONS M. Haley Design THE WEDDING PLANNER Simcha Lourie

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ALLISON WALSH & MICHAEL GRAS THE DETAILS THE DATE September 28, 2013

THE FLORIST Walter Knoll Florist

THE BRIDE Dr. Allison Nicole Walsh

THE CAKE Bebe Liz — Gourmet Desserts

THE GROOM Michael John Gras THE BRIDE’S PARENTS Drs. Kevin and Barbara Walsh THE GROOM’S PARENTS Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gras THE CEREMONY St. Francis Xavier College Church THE RECEPTION Kemoll’s Top of the Met THE WEDDING DRESS Victor Harper Couture, Beau Monde Bridal

THE BAND Charles Glenn Group THE PHOTOGRAPHER Stephen Seebeck THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Belsoie THE TUX Stallone’s Formal Wear THE INVITATIONS Crane and Co., The Service Bureau THE WEDDING PLANNER Sarah Grus

THE RINGS Saettele Jewelers

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Lilly Pulitzer, $88, Pink Magnolia

Valentino, $895, Neiman Marcus

Tory Burch, $250, Nordstrom

Chanel, $695, Saks Fifth Avenue

T-strap

Sandals The sandal of the moment, this style is casual, while still looking special. The perfect day-to-night shoe.

Sam Edelman, $65, Nordstrom

Kate Spade, $238, Kate Spade Michael Kors, $295, Saks Fifth Avenue

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Stuart Weitzman, $345, Saks Fifth Avenue


SunHats

Lilly Pulitzer, $50, Pink Magnolia

Big brims are key for keeping the sun’s rays away from the face. Don’t be afraid to try a bright color or stripe!

Eugenia Kim, $365, Neiman Marcus

Four Buttons, $42, Nordstrom

$38, Nordstrom

$32.50, J.Crew

Eric Javitz, $125, Marmi

Kate Spade, $78, Kate Spade

Eugenia Kim, $390, Neiman Marcus

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Beach Bags

Tory Burch, $295, Neiman Marcus

Totes don’t have to sacrifice style for function. These carry-alls will hold all your beach essentials, while looking great on your arm.

Rachel Roy, $98, Nordstrom

$120, Ivy Hill

$268, Kate Spade

Eric Javitz, $355, Neiman Marcus

$55, J.Crew

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Rebecca Minkoff, $245, Nordstrom


Diane von Furstenberg, $485, Neiman Marcus

Roberto Cavalli, $1,595, Neiman Marcus

Tory Burch, $275, Neiman Marcus

Escapada, $72.50, Crescent Coast

Cover-ups Don’t you dare think you can throw on a tank and shorts over your suit! The coverup is the No. 1 way to make your fashion statement at the beach.

Taj, $407, Vie

Gypsy05, $120, Cha Boutique

Alexis, $351, Vie

$98, J.Crew

Calypso, $395, Crescent Coast

Lilly Pulitzer, $98, Pink Magnolia

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Lilly Pulitzer, $136, Pink Magnolia

Swimsuits

La Blanca, $130, Nordstrom

The 2014 swim market has provided a suit for every body type. Bikinis, strapless, halters, skirts, tankinis...the options are endless!

Trina Turk, $138, Splash

La Blanca, $109, Nordstrom

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Tigerlily, $242, Splash

Robin Piccone, $138, Nordstrom

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What is your vision for the upcoming Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) production of The Magic Flute? I think of Hollywood and the movies I grew up watching, and I think of this kind of perfect conveyance of fantasy and music. I thought of this place—where like a rock, a tree, a magical bird— anything could appear at any moment. I think of a sound stage, and I kept thinking about that; and the other thing that I kept thinking about was how awful the show is in its approach to the character of the Queen of Night. I always feel she gets the really short end of the stick in this deal. She’s merely protective of her daughter, and I thought of this wonderful idea that she ‘haunts’ the sound stage, like this old film star ghost. I’m trying, in a way, to rationalize what I think is almost misogyny; it feels a little misogynistic the way women are referred to constantly as silly creatures who can’t be trusted. I’m telling it from their perspective. It sounds much more politically charged than it actually is; I just would like it to be less misogynistic. How does this experience differ from your previous work with OTSL? In A Little Night Music, it was much more coherent, much more cohesive, it was easy to see the development and go from one thing to the next. This is much more fantastic and funny—and very irreverent. How do you do your research in preparation for a performance such as this? With The Magic Flute, there’s a lot of research you can do…I read [the show’s conductor] Jane [Glover]’s book about Mozart…and I tried to immerse myself in Mozart’s world. At some point, you have to let go of all of that, because it becomes a chain around your neck. You have to have the confidence to just become the

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OTSL FITTING PHOTOS BY SARAH CROWDER

IMPLY PUT, HE IS MORE THAN A brand: Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi has claimed his spot as a household name— and like any figure so well-known, his endeavors continue to expand. From home products to edibles, television to film, Mizrahi’s name can be found with much more than dresses these days; and now, it will be seen on the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis program for the upcoming production of The Magic Flute, which he directs, in addition to serving as set designer and costume designer. Mizrahi made his opera directorial debut with the same company’s rendition of A Little Night Music in 2010. Now, he is back in the Gateway City to use his legendary charm and talent to bring the ‘magic’ to this beloved Mozart opera, which runs through June 28. Before Mizrahi ventured to St. Louis, LN spoke with him about his ideas, his preparation and his expansive career.


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idea. I remember saying to David Burke, who is the costume associate, [when] were picking a color red, Oh, damn it, just pretend I’m Helen Rose; from now on, I just want the brightest damn red you can find! At some point, it’s more like I’m designing a Hollywood musical than I am doing a Mozart opera. Is there a stand-out, or personal favorite, costume in The Magic Flute that viewers should keep an eye out for? I will say I love the Queen of Night’s costume, especially in her first entrance. And I’m not going to give you any more, because it’s the most fabulous costume—I hope!

Your career in design has included not just attire, but items people may not think of as being ‘fashion-forward,’ such as tissue boxes and cheesecakes. What’s the most surprising project you’ve worked on? For me, it’s no surprise—I really believe it’s all design. I don’t really think it’s such a surprise to say that I’d do cheesecakes… It was one product that they spoke about on QVC when I first launched, and it was just this funny idea that I had to make plaid ones to go with some of the plaid clothes. It was no easy task, let me tell you, getting them to execute a plaid cheesecake. It was a good seller—people loved those cheesecakes! This is my philosophy: If you fill your life with these products that are happy and pretty and wonderful and full of better energy, your life is just going to be happier and prettier and full of better energy. If you have dull, horrible things around you, you’ll have a dull, horrible life.

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You’ve worked in movies, on television, on the runway, on the stage…What type of creative endeavor should we look for next? I’m focusing a lot on writing right now—people don’t understand that I’ve been writing and writing and writing my entire life. I keep a journal, I’ve written screenplays…I wrote a one-man show…I’m starting to work on a memoir, which is a very fun, crazy, involved project that’s probably going to come out in 2016. I’m also working on a television series, a kind of mock-umentary. You have some experience in acting. Will we see you on the stage anytime soon? On stage, I don’t know… But you know, I love to act in movies and on TV. Editor’s Note: The photographs of Mr. Mizrahi working on costumes for The Magic Flute were taken during a fitting at Opera Theatre earlier this month. For more behind-the-scenes photographs, visit laduenews.com.

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You’ve dressed so many well-known people throughout your career. Who is one of your favorites? I have to say, I love dressing Mrs. Clinton; she’s a doll and she’s so appreciative—I love everything about her.


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WELCOME TO ELEGANT LIVING’S EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF THE 2014 CENTRAL WEST END ASSOCIATION HOUSE & Garden Tour, now celebrating its 44th year. Slated for May 31 and June 1, this year’s event features the mansions of Portland Place, which, along with neighboring Westmoreland Place, is one of the few remaining World’s Fair-era private streets in the city. Portland Place was designed in 1888 by noted St. Louis private place surveyor Julius Pitzman for wealthy St. Louisans who wished to escape the densely populated city core. The wide boulevard, lush green median and stone mansions made Portland Place a popular draw for the titans of St. Louis banking, commerce and industry, whose magnificent homes have hosted local, national and international dignitaries throughout the past century. It is not an overstatement to say that Portland Place boasts a social, cultural and architectural heritage unparalleled in St. Louis and beyond.

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O. 32 PORTLAND PLACE WAS DESIGNED in the Beaux Arts style by Weber & Groves in 1898. The graceful front portico is distinguished by four sets of stately columns, while the elegant limestone façade is adorned with exquisite garlands and swags, and provides a wonderful example of the stonecutter’s art at the turn of the century. Stepping into the home from a small but beautifully decorated vestibule, one enters the grand foyer. Originally decorated in a heavy, dark Victorian style, the foyer today retains its original black-andwhite marble floor; but is lighter and brighter, thanks to an impressive crystal chandelier, soft yellow walls and crisp white woodwork. As lovely as the foyer is, the morning room on the western side of the house is breathtaking. Designed by Arlene Lilie, the room is a symphony of soft blues and yellows, and filled with clean-lined modern furnishings that are the perfect foil to the ornate white plaster work on the ceiling and walls. A counterpoint to the airy morning room is the library across the hall, distinguished by masculine, dark-wood paneling. At the rear of the house is a new gourmet kitchen, family room and dining area. A generous expanse of windows overlooks a large covered porch, in-ground pool and large pergola, all of which are new additions, but look as if they have always been there—a true sign of design success.

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No. 38 Portland Place

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ITUATED ON A CORNER LOT, NO. 38 Portland Place was designed in 1905 by Theodore Link in a generalized Elizabethan style with high-pitched gables at each end, stepped buttresses and tall chimneys. A renovation of the home resulted in the enclosure of a central loggia in the front of the house, and the creation of a large entry hall with a carved-wood staircase typical of Elizabethanstyle architecture. The renovation also led to the creation of a large living room by combining the former parlor, library and music room. Unifying the space is a coffered and ornately painted ceiling. The current owners have wisely chosen not to compete with the strong art and architecture of the room, relying on understated rugs and furnishings in a quiet, neutral palette. A recently renovated trio of rooms on the second floor, which the current owner refers to as her ‘apartment,’ provides a beautiful private refuge for the lady of the house. The style is light, airy and feminine, in contrast to the heavy masculine character of the first floor. A small bedroom, sitting room and study, the latter filled with elegantly spare French furnishings, are enveloped in luxurious fabrics and paint in a French blue and cream palette.

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No. 39 Portland Place

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HE REGAL QUEEN ANNE-STYLE MANSION at 39 Portland Place has graced the street since 1891, earning the distinction of being the oldest on the boulevard. A very popular architectural style at the time, the Queen Anne design provided a convenient floor plan that exchanged a long, dark corridor for a spacious center hall with a variety of smaller rooms nestled around it. In turn, these intimate rooms were each outfitted with a fireplace, making the home a cozy place for both family living and entertaining. At one time, this 9,000-square-foot home had 11 working fireplaces. The Victorian-era home also is noteworthy for the amount of natural light that illuminates the interior hall, thanks to a very large arched window with stained-glass details overlooking a broad staircase. No. 30 Portland Place has seen dramatically different levels of stewardship in its long and illustrious history. At one point, the ceiling in the formal parlor was lowered and finished with acoustical tile, while the wood floors were painted with black and white stripes. Fortunately, the home has been restored in meticulous fashion, including the rejuvenation of the parlor’s original ceiling fresco featuring plump cupids that were so popular in the late 19th century.

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O. 42 PORTLAND PLACE IS A JOY TO behold — a feast for the eyes and the senses, and bearing the hallmarks of a home that has been lovingly cared for by the various families who have resided there over the past century. Designed by the Mariner & LaBeaume in 1908, the three-story manse retains most of the original architectural features that made it a noteworthy residence when it was built, yet it feels remarkably fresh and new. Every surface in this home is in perfect repair, reflecting the meticulous attention of its current owners, California transplants who have imbued the interior with their unique personal style and placed the historic structure firmly in the present day. One enters the house via an attractive foyer, where a built-in, floor-to-ceiling mirror commands attention. Nearby, a sensuously curved staircase appears to float as it winds its way to the second level. Overlooking the stairs are two large, west-facing windows that bathe the room in natural light. The finish on the original wood floors, which glow with a spit shine, is a customized ebony hue. The walls and woodwork in both the foyer and living room are swathed in a Farrow and Ball paint color called Pointing, a rich, warm white. It’s the perfect backdrop for an eclectic collection of streamlined modern furnishings and artwork, which look completely at home in this turn-of-the-century manse.

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The Gardener’s GARDEN BY LISA WATSON • PHOTOS BY MICHAEL JACOB

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O YOU EVER WONDER ABOUT HOW FASHION designers dress when they’re at the grocery store? Or how an interior designer decorates her own home? Strolling through the tranquil landscape of the Missouri Botanical Garden, the question is bound to come up eventually: What does the Garden president’s own backyard escape look like? LN got an exclusive tour, and these pages share the beauty of Peter Wyse Jackson’s personal garden. Wyse Jackson’s home is situated atop a hill, and the backyard terrace overlooks the grounds—highlights of which include a diverse variety of trees, shrubs and flowers with informal paths winding through the greenery, as well as a small creek and pond, all inhabited by a healthy smattering of wildlife. “I certainly enjoy sitting on the terrace,” Wyse Jackson says when asked where he spends his rare moments of peace and quiet. “I feel it’s a great privilege to sit under two surviving American elms—because there aren’t many left.” As you would expect of a botanist, Wyse Jackson has been putting his own stamp on his home garden since he moved to St. Louis some three years ago. “I have a great interest in fruit trees, so we have planted quite a lot of new fruit trees,” he says. “Some of them are unusual like quince and medlar, but there also are more typical ones like apple trees, peach trees, gooseberries, black currants and white currants, and so on.” Most of them haven’t reached maturity to start producing much fruit, but when

they do, Wyse Jackson already has plans: “I like to collect the fruit and use them for my modest culinary experiments.” The fruit trees line the hill leading down from the terrace. At its base, a bald cypress arches over a pond, with characteristic Cypress knees (structures that look like roots) jutting out from its edges. “When people ask me what they’re for, I say, I don’t know—in fact, nobody knows,” Wyse Jackson says. “They may

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play some role in helping to mitigate the problems from the tree growing in water-logged conditions. They also may help in keeping the tree upright. There’s also the possibility that they were important at some time in the evolution of the tree.” Whatever their use, the end result is a dramatic visual effect. Wyse Jackson says one of his favorite aspects of his garden is that there’s something new around every corner. “I enjoy that it has a great diversity of trees and shrubs. There are lots of treasures. I go into the shrubbery and look around, and say, I didn’t know we had one of those!” As in the Missouri Botanical Garden itself, each season brings its own delights. “In the spring, it just looks glorious; but I do enjoy it in the winter when you can see its structure, with the leaves off the trees and the snow on the ground. It’s picturesque.

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I could pass on some of the really hot days in August, though,” he jokes. “Being an Irishman, I’m not used to the St. Louis heat in August—even now—so the garden doesn’t get as much of my attention then.” If not the summer heat, one thing about St. Louis that Wyse Jackson has really come to love is the wildlife. He recalls a mother goose and her mate who made his pond their home this spring. “I do regard it that we share the garden with the wildlife,” he says. “Just a few weeks ago, I was in London, and I stepped into the garden of the house we were in early in the morning, and there was complete silence. At first, I thought something was wrong, and I realized I’ve got used to St. Louis, where there’s a cacophony of songbirds and wildlife. It’s such a treasure—and something I deeply enjoy—that we often take for granted in St. Louis.”


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admiration of Tony Duquette, had you ever given thought to any other career path? I was always supposed to be an architect. I grew up in my grandfather’s and father’s architectural offices, where the draftsmen called me “the little architect.” I loved to go through their library of architectural books. There was a moment when I thought I might like to be a costume designer, but that lasted about a week. I was forever playing with my mother’s jewelry, trying to wire it all together into something more substantial. Anyway, I didn’t have the mathematical skills for architecture; and as a teenager, I realized that the decorators were the ones driving the Rolls-Royces and getting all the attention in the magazines. So, I made my choice at about 17 years old to be a decorator, and that was that.

PHOTOS BY TIM STREET-PORTER

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UTTON WILKINSON, PROBABLY BEST KNOWN as the head of Tony Duquette, Inc., started out as the legendary designer’s protégé before going on to gain fame on his own as a decorator to the privileged class. He’ll be appearing as featured guest speaker for a June 19 luncheon at Saks Fifth Avenue to benefit the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. I recently had an exclusive interview with Wilkinson, who, of course, tells his story best.

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Being part of Tony Duquette’s world must have been overwhelming to a certain extent for a young, impressionable gentleman. It wasn’t for me, at all. I grew up in a proper home, filled with wonderful things; and although we were not rich, my parents entertained all the time and dressed beautifully. I always thought we were rich, and more importantly, privileged. It was only as an adult that I realized we didn’t have a dime. Being with Tony and Elizabeth Duquette was just like being at home—only better. We had the same aesthetic, but unlike my parents, the Duquettes had the means to satisfy the needs of their imaginations. My parents and their friends drove Cadillacs and Lincolns; bought their clothes at the French room at Bullocks Wilshire; wore tiny, perfect emeralds and diamonds, had their houses decorated by Cannell & Chaffin; and lived in Hancock Park or Pasadena. Tony’s friends drove Rolls-Royces, Mercedes and Jaguars; bought their clothes in Europe; wore enormous cabochon stones set by David Webb, Seaman Schepps or Tony Duquette himself; had their houses decorated by the likes of Bill Haines and Jimmy Pendleton; and lived in Bel Air, Beverly Hills or Holmby Hills. Like you, I began my career as an independent interior designer at age 21. Do you think that it is possible for a young person to do that today? Yes, but I’m afraid it will be an uphill climb! The problem today is that we have so many choices in materials and decorations. I am talking about Crate & Barrel, Restoration Hardware and Ralph Lauren Home, for example. The question is, how do you make it your own or individualize it to express your client’s aesthetic? This is the battle of the creative individual wanting to enter the design field today. First, you have to figure out that it is a luxury business. Leave the Crate & Barrels to the do-it-yourselfers. If someone is going to hire you to do an interior, it needs to be custom. And if you can offer this to your clientele, then you have something that others cannot copy or put a price on. My jewelry, for example, is the perfect example of a luxury item: hand-made of precious and semi-precious stones and all set in 18k gold. But more important, each piece is one of a kind.

Garden Room at Dawnridge, Wilkinson’s private home

You have worked with the wealthiest and perhaps the most demanding of clients. As New Monkey Room you have often said, money does not always at Dawnridge relate to taste. In your design process, do you show them detailed room renderings of the final plan or do you simply say, Trust me, it will be fabulous. I’m the luckiest guy in was what I call a ‘professional client’: She knew what she wanted the world; I’ve attracted the best clients anyone could ever want. and she knew how much she wanted to pay for it. It doesn’t And, for the most part, they have hired me because they want matter how rich or poor a client is, they all have a budget. When what I have to offer—and they trust me. Each client is individual, someone says to you, Price doesn’t matter, you know they aren’t and each one also has their own collections of things or favorite being honest. You have to have some boundaries; otherwise it paintings that need to be considered, or a hated color. One client would be an impossible task. I once asked Tony Duquette why his hated blue and would not allow one drop of blue in her house. She clients hired him and not someone else. He answered, “My clients

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a dream come true; and being able to use the house any time over the next 10 years that my client (Dodie Rosekrans) had it before her death was also unbelievable.

If you could do the interior design work for any structure in the world, what would it be and why? I would Much like parents, many designers like to do a Frank Lloyd Wright house would say they love all their clients because I think his interiors are so hideous and I know just what to do and their projects equally. However, did you have a favorite project that about them. I would like someone to you worked on either on your own offer me a job decorating one of the or with Mr. Duquette? I’ve had so apartments in the Enright House, many, but the Palazzo Brandolini in the building designed by Howard Palazzo Brandolini Venice had to be the best. Tony and I Roark in Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead. I took the job, but Tony was not at all would love to do an amazing gingerwell. In fact, he died shortly after the bread, bird-cage, Victorian house palazzo was finished. I really had to do the job on my own, for like the one in Meet Me in St. Louis...(Heck), I’d like to do a the most part. Living in Venice off and on for eight months was house in St. Louis!

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could have anything in the world, but they wanted me because I could make them something that they couldn’t find anywhere else.” That summed it up: The rich want what other people can’t have—it’s the last luxury anyone has left, to have something made just for you.


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the fresh smells and vibrant colors that greeted us. Bloom-laden arches marked the entrance to the Rose Garden, where more than 3,000 rose bushes displayed 250-plus different varieties. Next up was Seattle, where we enjoyed hot clam chowder at Pike Place Chowder, located next to the fish-throwers in Pike’s Market. This touristy gem lived up to its reputation as having the ‘best chowder in America,’ with its seven different savory soups. We visited the 520-foothigh Space Needle, and took in the comprehensive collection of Northwest artist Dale Chihuly’s stunning glass sculptures. Perched above the mouth of the Columbia River and framed by the Cascade Mountains is the picturesque and historic town of Astoria, Oregon, named after financier John Jacob Astor. The oldest American settlement west of the Rockies, it is home of The Astoria Column, a concrete tower 125 feet high featuring 14 murals Butchart Gardens that celebrate the earliest moments of Northwest history. We hopped on a trolley, and as it clickety-clicked along the Astoria riverfront, we witnessed the pure where we enjoyed bites of the freshest crab salad imaginable. charm of the town. We traveled by wine trolley from Monterey to the Carmel San Francisco, home of the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and Valley Wine Country to taste exceptional limited-edition the city where Tony Bennett left his heart, was our next port of wines from nine vineyards. Spectacular views and charming call. Traveling on the top deck of the ‘Hop On Hop Off’ Bus, we tasting rooms at the Carmel Valley Village made this a highvisited the laid-back, Bohemian district of Haight-Ashbury; the light of our trip. Castro, home of the largest gay community in the U.S.; Nob Hill, A few hours north of our final destination of San Diego, we where many of the city’s upper-class families reside; the Presidio; visited Catalina Island, a beautiful spot where tourists can enjoy and Chinatown, the largest of its kind outside of Asia. Across the kayaking, ocean-rafting, parasailing, zip-lining, miniature golf or a glass bottom boat tour on a semi-submersible submarine. bay, we had lunch in the tiny bayside community of Sausalito,

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Astoria Riverfront Trolley in Oregon

Dale Chihuly’s glass sculptures

San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district

Pike’s Market

Because automobiles are scarce, we toured the island on one of the ubiquitous Catalina golf carts, taking in the stunning views of the deep canyons, quiet ocean coves and the sailboat-filled harbor. The ‘Island of Romance’ did not disappoint with the many delightful cafes, bars and shops in Avalon, the island’s only city and bustling port of entry. Our final port of call was San Diego, where we stopped by one of the city’s must-see attractions: the Spanish Village Art Centers in Balboa Park. Built in 1935 for the California Pacific International Exposition, the courtyards and quaint buildings

depict a charming, old Spanish barrio. There, you can visit 37 working artists’ studios, galleries and art guilds hosting local artisans. Two days at The Pantai Inn, an intimate boutique hotel, reminiscent of the tranquil retreats of the Indonesian island of Bali, was the end to a perfect vacation. Set in a gorgeous seaside location overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the hotel was just steps away from the charming village of La Jolla, known for its fabulous shopping and world-class dining. To satisfy our appetites, we dined at The Hake, an outstanding kitchen and wine bar on Prospect Street. The Pacific Parade Cruise is the perfect way to visit North America’s beautiful West Coast without experiencing any language difficulties. After 11 days, as our Celebrity Cruise came to an end, we were armed with bottles of wine and Jan De Luz extra virgin olive oil from the Carmel Valley, and tasty gifts from Coombs’ in British Columbia. We look forward to savoring our special treats with friends and sharing our exciting experiences of our most recent voyage, not too far from home.

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Fountain on Locust

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HO DOESN’T LOVE ICE CREAM? NOT only does ice cream make for a great dessert on its own, it can be the basis for quality drinks, as well—with or without the addition of spirits. There are several local establishments that are using ice cream in their libations, with predictably delicious results. Here are a few that are taking this idea to inspired heights.

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The Fountain on Locust This Art Deco gem in Midtown has long been on the forefront of making ice cream-based cocktails. Its Signature Ice Cream Martini menu is rife with all manner of boozy, frosty creations. Two of the most refreshing—not to mention colorful—are the traditional Grasshopper, made with green creme de menthe, creme de cocoa and vanilla ice cream; and the Orange Dreamsicle Martini, which combines vanilla vodka, triple sec, orange sherbert and vanilla ice cream for a sweet, creamy and citrus-forward flavor experience. Being able to enjoy them in the ‘most-photographed restaurant in St. Louis’ is just a bonus. fountainonlocust.com

Taha’a Twisted Tiki Just recently opened in The Grove, this beach bum bar has quickly become known for its list of tropically inspired cocktail concoctions, featuring plenty of rum-based drinks. But the folks here also have delved into dessert drinks with great results. The newest creations on the Taha’a drinks menu are: the Hibiscus and Mango Float, with hibiscus syrup, sugar, water, cream, milk, eggs and mango; and the Lime and Coconut Float, made with lime, lemon, sugar, vanilla, coconut and coconut milk, plus cream and eggs. Both are perfect coolers for summertime sipping on the Taha’a patio. Spirits fans need not worry, as we’re told rum can be added upon request! tahaatiki.com

Layla

Layla On the other end of The Grove, Layla recently introduced four new spirited shakes to its drinks list, all featuring locally made ice cream. Alexander The Great, a bit of a riff on the venerable Brandy Alexander, incorporates pistachio ice cream that’s accented with brandy and pomegranate liqueur; the Boozy Shake #1 melds together vanilla ice cream, Larceny bourbon, Gran Marnier and a house-made date syrup; the Island In The Grove starts with a base of coconut ice cream then adds Goslings Black Seal rum, pineapple and lime juice for a cool taste of the tropics; while The Remedy, another vanilla ice cream libation, highlights the chocolate flavor of creme de cacao, as well as orange curacao and that infamous amaro Fernet Branca. laylastl.com

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LEMONADE

Nothing says summertime like a frosty glass of lemonade. It’s the very essence of delicious simplicity—just lemon, water, sugar and some ice. While the original formula is fine all on its own, it also provides a base for some flavorful experimentation.

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ERE ARE A FEW DIFFERENT RIFFS ON THIS CLASSIC WARM-WEATHER refresher. These drinks are based on equal parts of water, lemon juice and syrup (1:1:1), but feel free to adjust the ratios to your individual taste. You can stir all the ingredients together in a glass or pitcher, or shake them with ice in a cocktail shaker to add a bit of sparkle and to cool the liquid down quickly. All it takes is a few minutes’ work in the kitchen, and you’ll be swinging in your hammock, quaffing an icy cold custom creation of your own making in no time. ‌‌While all of these drinks are completely non-alcoholic, spirits can easily be added. We recommend trying a vodka or a crisp London Dry gin with the mint and berry versions, and a dark rum or a bourbon with the mango.‌‌

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MINT LEMONADE

Mint and lemon play extremely well together, so combining them is a flavor no-brainer. Substituting club soda for water in this drink gives it an effervescence that really makes the mint flavor ‘pop.’ However, if you’re shaking your lemonade, don’t put the soda in the shaker—add it later.

Mint Syrup 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 cup packed mint leaves Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan and heat until boiling. Reduce heat and let simmer for two minutes. Strain out mint leaves and let cool. Bottle and refrigerate.

RASPBERRY LEMONADE Berries of all types are classic summer flavors. For this drink, we used raspberries, but anything from blackberries to strawberries will work just as well.

Raspberry Syrup 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 cup fresh raspberries (about one 6-ounce package) Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil until berries begin to break down, about five minutes. Remove from heat and strain out berries. Let cool, then bottle and refrigerate.

MANGO LEMONADE For a quasi-tropical take on traditional lemonade, try this version, which brings together rich, dark Turbinado sugar and juicy mango for a subtly complex taste.

Mango Syrup 1 cup Turbinado sugar 1 cup water 1 whole mango Peel mango, then chop in a blender or food processor. Combine with remaining ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Simmer on low heat for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and strain out mango pieces. Let cool, then bottle and refrigerate.

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