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

Shopping when the windows are worth it

Over the weekend, I was out walking in The Hague, and passed the higher end specialty store Maison de Bonneterie, which is located in the heart of The Hague's centrum area, just a few blocks from where I live. It was one of those times I'm sure you are familiar with, when … Continue reading

Last year, when I was at the Emmys….

Sorry, I 've been wanting to use that line for so long, and with the 63rd Annual Emmy Award  ceremony coming up in the not-too-distant-future (September 18th to be exact), I knew my window of opportunity was getting short. What reminded me of it was this video on YouTube, I came across … 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