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How To Appreciate Talent

I have made friends all over the city of Las Vegas. This is my friend, Whitney, a classic pianist at the beautiful Bellagio.

I have made friends all over the city of Las Vegas. This is my friend, Whitney, a classical pianist at the beautiful Bellagio.

The fact is, Las Vegas is the only city in the world that abounds with so much talent in one place…from musicians, to dancers to acrobatics, comedians and, of course, top-rated, rock bands and celebrity entertainers…think Imagine Dragon, Celine Dion, J Lo, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Bob Anderson (who does an impression of Frank Sinatra you will never forget).

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Here I stand with the indomitable Bob Anderson, Frank Sinatra show, who got every mannerism spot-on, then he schmoozed with the VIPs for a sec. LOVED IT.

How do you let them know how much you appreciate their talent? Introduce yourself. Tell them how much you enjoyed their show. You don’t have to be a Lady to stand out to them. You just need to let them know just how much you appreciate their talent. Just do it.

Your friend,


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How to Get the Best Table



The “Top of the World” restaurant sits high above the Las Vegas Strip and is one of the few revolving restaurants in the world. It is a MUST experience if you only have one fancy dinner planned for your trip. Dinner for two, including one glass of wine each, a salad (shared) and a side vegetable (shared) to accompany your entre. $160, plus tip.

When a gentleman makes a reservation at a fine restaurant he is likely doing it with the intention of making the evening special for his date, whether it’s his wife, his first date with a new girl, or a special occasion. He is also making reservations with many, many other men who have the same goal in mind, so how is he to stand out so he receives exactly what he wants?

Rule #1 – Regardless of your age, never make the reservation or present yourself to the Hostess using your first name. That’s right. Present yourself as, for example, “Mr. Davis”, and state your preference…”I would like an intimate table for two on the window at 8 tonight”.  You have, in this way, differentiated yourself as a gentleman of stature who wants the very best.

Rule #2 – What is “Mr. Davis” to do when he is escorted by the Hostess to a non-window seat with a bright (not intimate) light glaring down on his table? Simply turn around and tell the Hostess “This won’t do. We’ll wait for _________” (fill in the blank).  Though there may be a slew of others standing in wait for their reservation to be fulfilled, stand properly and wait. Standing in her face will NOT assure that the very next table will be presented to you.

Assuming you are spending a great deal of your hard-earned money on this special dinner, don’t compromise.

By following this rule, two things happen:

  1. you demonstrate that you expect only the best service (and you will get it), and
  2. you make your date know that it is only her for whom you are demanding the best so that she can have the romantic dinner she deserves and desires

…translated…score big points.

Exampled, the above situation with him not following those two rules. Dinner at the Top of the World, atop the Stratosphere in Las Vegas. He uses his first name, which never seems appropriate for a man in his sixties. Reservation under the name “Gary” (that will get him a lot of respect). When escorted to the table he proceeds to sit down, whereupon she says she doesn’t like the table and would rather wait. He follows the Hostess out and she hands him a small “table is ready” buzzer and he goes to sit down. What if they had taken the assigned table? She would have missed the whole reason they’re there…the view…he would have lost his romantic edge…and she would have looked harsh in the bright light.

And, how long do you imagine he sat there in his very unimpressive, passive position? Forty-two minutes.

You get the point.

Your friend,





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Yolanda Foster on the Perfect Dinner Party

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We thought you’d enjoy this post written by Yolanda Foster on her blog.  Though it may be hard to believe given our current weather conditions, spring is just around the corner and our summer entertaining is about to go full-swing, so read Yolanda’s post. We think you’ll enjoy it.  Of course, we’re all about entertaining and living a luxury lifestyle. As a professional in the bespoke tabletop business, I couldn’t have said this better.


Here’s her post.

And, in case you missed Yolanda’s Master Cleanse, which I have now done, here’s my post and the recipe

Incidentally, if you haven’t been to my Facebook page, I truly try to bring you things and places of exquisite beauty.  Though few can live the luxury lifestyle, it’s so nice to be taken to places that evoke beauty and serenity.  That’s what I so wish to share with you there.

Enjoy the article on Hosting the perfect dinner party.  May your dinner table and guest list be a perfect picture of beauty and joy!

p.s. Yolanda does the Birkin well.

p.s. Yolanda does the Birkin well.

Your friend,



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Bethenny Frankel Does #Birkin Well.

With her television show canceled, the break-out star of The Real Housewives of New York, and founder of the Skinny Girl line of cocktails, is grateful. She now has real time to focus on her writing, her yoga, her little doll, Bryn, and life, which are the things she should be focusing on.

We think of all the celebs, Bethenny makes wearing the big Hermes Birkin handbag look easy, which is what it’s supposed to look like.  Not a “trophy” to sport around like a prize won, but a useful tool for the girl who carries her life in her handbag.

Bethenny Frankel and husband Jason Hoppy are spotted doing a bit of shopping together in Miami

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Bethenny Frankel leaving Trump Soho Hotel after lunch meeting in NYC

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Bethenny Frankel Arrives Back At Her NYC Apartment


In our opinion, nobody does the Birkin this well except for, of course, Jane Birkin herself.


You can find the fake Birkin at hermessales.com.  In visiting this site you may soon find that you’ll need one in every colour, too! (though we haven’t any personal experience with this site it garners very good reviews).

Your friend,



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Cate Blanchett’s Hermes Birkin Bag…the Other Blue Jasmine Star

When the movie Blue Jasmine first came out, we just loved the costuming, especially Cate Blanchett’s character for which she just won the  Academy Award for Best Actress, as Jasmine.  Not only did we think it was a brilliant movie, but Jasmine was dressed so exquisitely, from the camel Hermes Birkin bag, to the Chanel jacket and necklace, Cate pulled it all off so well.

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In nearly every scene her Birkin played a role and the popularity of the camel Hermes Birkin bag has soared as a result.

We have written numerous posts about our celebrity friends who carry their Birkin’s well, including Jane Birkin, herself. Look at Jane!


and some who haven’t done such a good job, like Kim Kardashian’s new Birkin baby bag which we think was taken a little too far.

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We love the Hermes Birkin bag.  We’ve just added a new category called “Birkin” in the blog so you can see who you know that’s carrying a Birkin around town.

We saw this tee-shirt and thought “hmmmm…that’s one way to attract a monied man”…right?


Perhaps not.

Actually, we think if a brand new Hermes Birkin bag isn’t in the budget, the second-hand market for Birkins is an excellent way to go. Birkin bags hold their value, but be careful…you want to buy a used Birkin from a reliable and knowledgeable source.  We have heard that JaneFinds is the best place to go to score a gently-used Birkin that some woman likely sold to gather cash. Her loss, you gain? That’s where I’d go first.

Your friend,



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The #KARDASIANS Do Birkin Well

The Kardashians make their living by looking good and the mother-to-be, Kim, and her mother, Kris Jenner, are looking pretty good carrying their Hermes Birkin bags on their way to church.

The Birkin bag is not just a Real Housewives favourite, it’s a celebrty favourite and for good reason…it’s casual, it looks good in nearly every circumstance and it doesn’t flaunt “I’ve got lots of money” to the average viewer.

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…the Birkin, with all its variations, almost always looks good and we real housewives love the Birkin bag.

Your friend,




#RHOBH Yolanda Foster Does Birkin Well


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Yolanda Foster recently left her treatment for Lyme Disease in Florida to meet up with her beautiful model daughter, Gigi Hadid, in New York City.  The mother/daughter team are scouting and touring college options for her daughter in the city as she will be able to pursue her college career whilst also working in the New York model scene.

Of course, we love the pic of Yolanda and Gigi, but we wanted to share this picture with you in our continuing effort to share the Birkin bag and the love affair we women have with the Birkin, especially those of us who refuse to carry “logoed” bags.  It’s range of colours and it’s large size make it the perfect handbag for daytime use and, when coupled with the Baginizer, (available from our friend @janefinds at baginizer.com), it’s the perfect choice for every woman.

Your friend,