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Say It With Socks

December 5, 2018

Crazy socks. Wear them. Gift them. 

 

This year, let’s replace that tired holiday party tradition of the Ugly Christmas Sweater with a playful tribute to 41.

Literacy socks worn by George H. W. Bush (Photo by: Jim McGrath via Twitter) Literacy socks worn by George H. W. Bush

 

What better way to remind your friends and loved ones of war hero, public servant, national leader, gentle man and crazy sock collector, George Herbert Walker Bush?

 

In a nod to his wife’s passionate cause of literacy, at Barbara Bush’s funeral, President George H. W. Bush wore black socks decorated with a stack of multi-colored books. The Library Socks for Literacy are charity socks with 100% from each pair donated to the Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation. 

 

He wore socks with the face of Bill Clinton during a visit with his friend and former president. This, after admiring and being gifted with a pair of western cactus-themed socks.

President Bill Clinton with President Bush wearing cactus-themed socks (Photo by: Bill Clinton via Twitter) President Bill Clinton with President Bush wearing cactus-themed socks

 

Earlier this year, he wore a brightly colored pair of “Down Syndrome Super Hero” socks sent to him by John Cronin. Cronin’s mother, Carol felt the connection was meant to be when her son learned that it was Bush who signed the Americans with Disabilities Act banning workplace discrimination of people with disabilities and requiring improved access to public places and transportation.

 

Longtime Bush spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted a photo of the custom socks featuring jets flying in formation that the former president will be buried in, a tribute to the years he spent as a naval aviator in WWII.

 

The passing of this man reminds me that America is great because of those who choose to devote their lives to preserve, protect and defend our freedoms, with gentility and kindness ta boot. And wear crazy socks for fun.

RIP, Mr. President.


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'Don't Dance With Crazies'

November 12, 2018

"Still waters run deep, especially on the banks of the Potomac River in Washington DC, the most sexually-frustrated uptight town in the United States, that produced the most sexually avant-garde children of the 60's: Warren Beatty, Shirley MacLaine, Goldie Hawn, Jim Morrison, and myself." 

Elizabeth Taylor and Vicky Tiel (Photo by: Vicky Tiel) Elizabeth Taylor and Vicky Tiel

Designer-turned author Vicky Tiel was at Cafe Milano Monday to talk about her latest book, The Absolute Woman: It's All About Feminine Power.

When this Chevy Chase, Maryland native left for college in 1961, she moved to Greenwich Village where her first job was passing the hat for her boyfriend Steve DeNaut, a folksinger at the Cafe Wah? who nicknamed her 'Peaches LaTour.' "Singers waiting to be discovered in those days weren't paid a salary," explains Tiel.  She also passed the hat for a shy unknown named Bobby Zimmerman. Later in his career, Bob Dylan thanked the 'pass the hat girl' for helping him survive those lean early years.

Jill Biden in (Photo by: Vicky Tiel) Jill Biden in "Pretty Woman" dress

Half a century later, Tiel is still in the business of lending support, "All I want to do is help women .... until the next book when I want to help men,"  she says with a grin.

Absolute Women is equal parts romp through the swinging sixties, a dizzying cross-Atlantic ride with 'it girl' and fashion designer to the stars, and a how-to-book on finding love and success.

Designing clothes and making her own money since she was 12,  Tiel landed in Paris after graduating from Parsons School of Design, promptly met Elizabeth Taylor, and married her make-up artist. Friends for life with Taylor and married for 20 some years to Ron Berkeley (until she found out he cheated on her). Part of the Taylor-Burton entourage, Tiel partied around the globe and grew her fashion empire through the 70's.

Vicky Tiel at Cafe Milano (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Vicky Tiel at Cafe Milano

Her sexy hot pants and miniskirts were used by Woody Allen in his first movie, What’s New, Pussycat? and her red dress for Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman has been reproduced, sold (at Neiman-Marcus continually for 35 years) and worn by celebrities ever since. 

Mentor Coco Chanel inspired her to develop a perfume. When the retail market migrated to the web, Tiel pivoted from haute couture to Home Shopping Network, selling her perfumes (20 to date), lingerie, sheets and books since 2011. 

Gifted with confidence ('born that way' paraphrasing Lady Gaga), the author is eager in her 'Life, Part Two,' to share her secrets for a happy life. From healthy eating ("If God didn't make it, don't eat it.") to staying away from negative people ("Don't dance with crazies.") to making your own money and always buying your own shoes.

Happily married for 31 years to Mike Hamilton, a fisherman 13 years her junior, Tiel spends her time between Paris and the couple's 40-acre riverfront farm in Florida. "Marry the man who really, really loves you," she says.

 

 

 

 


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Josh and Lisa Bernstein Host Georgetowners in the Spirit of Betsy Cooley

November 8, 2018

"This evening is in honor of Betsy Cooley. She would have loved to be here tonight," said Jennifer Romm. Executive Director of the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) for 13 years and an accomplished artist, Betsy died earlier this year. 

Jennifer Romm and Leslie Maysak (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer Romm and Leslie Maysak

The very special evening in the spirit of Betsy, was graciously hosted by Josh and Lisa Bernstein in their spectacular Georgetown home.

Guests mingle in the the column-framed living room (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Guests mingle in the the column-framed living room

The four-story 'Renovation on Cox's Row' by architect Robert Gurney of their Federal-style brick home was originally built in the early 1800's by Colonel John Cox, who later served as Georgetown's mayor. 

Andy of Pelonkey events (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Andy of Pelonkey events

"The house was actually in good shape," Josh explained. Pointing to the Ionic columns gracing the entrance to the living room, "They were here. We would have opened the space even more but they belonged here." The house was updated to showcase the owners' extensive, world-class collection of modern art.

Josef Albers' (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Josef Albers' "Study for Homage to the Square" and Lee Ufan's "Dialogue" on the walls of the living room

Intimate and oh so elegant, in lieu of the annual CAG Gala, this year's fund-raiser was quintessential Georgetown. 

Evan and Tina Nadler (left) (Photo by: Jusith Beermann) Evan and Tina Nadler (left)

One hundred guests enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres as they perused the Bernstein's private gallery. Piano accompaniment delightfully provided by Andy of Pelonkey events.

Constance Chatfield-Taylor in the courtyard (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Constance Chatfield-Taylor in the courtyard
Betsy Emes,Chair- CAG/Trees for Georgetown, Greg Love and Ruth Jacobsen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Betsy Emes,Chair- CAG/Trees for Georgetown, Greg Love and Ruth Jacobsen
(Photo by: Judith Beermann)
Jennifer Romm, Leslie Maysak, Simon Jacobsen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer Romm, Leslie Maysak, Simon Jacobsen
(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Guests mingle in the the column-framed living room (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Guests mingle in the the column-framed living room


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