The Hague Retail Scene

It's always sad to say goodbye to a fashion boutique here in The Hague, especially if it has been around longer than a season (that is to say, a lot of shops come and go quickly here, sometimes in a single season). Whether it be brand-owned stores, such as Pringle of Scotland … Continue reading

Fashion’s Role in The Great Gatsby

Suffice it to say that designers have as much a starring role as the actors in Hollywood's newly released film remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, The Great Gatsby. Helmed by Australian director Baz Lurhmann (Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom, Australia), and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Macguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla … Continue reading

Summer 2012 Sunglasses: Making a Statement

For years I refused to buy designer sunglasses. My habit of losing or breaking them just did not support making any larger of an investment in these accessories. But over the years, I developed not only an appreciation of designer sunglasses, but an understanding of the sophistication and glamor they … Continue reading

Madonna: a new CD, fragrance and tour

Following an extended period out of the Hollywood limelight and off the press' radar, during which time she was writing and directing her first film, Madonna is back with a vengeance in 2012.  At the beginning of February, Madonna performed at the Super Bowl during halftime. Reuters reported that the … Continue reading

Ladies and gentleman… the baristas have arrived!

  It has been just about two years since I arrived in Holland. And during that time, one of the things I have missed most has been Starbucks.  Yes, believe it or not, there are still countries where Starbucks is not nearly as penetrated in the market, or sometimes even … Continue reading