When one receives a beautifully addressed invitation by mail, an anticipatory excitement is sparked. Immediately, the guest begins to conjure up visions of chic revelers floating about in a candlelit glow, cocktails in hand. Consummate hostess and elegant tastemaker Stephanie Booth Shafran harnesses that very feeling in her debut volume, You’re Invited.
The art of reinvention is a delicate dance, often spurred by the need to maneuver away from the formula that has always worked. For painter Georgia O’Keeffe, the loss of her eye sight at the age of eighty-five paralyzed any ability to take brush to canvas. Outside inspiration from an unlikely source and a new medium set the stage for her renaissance as an artist, recognized by Sotheby’s at an upcoming auction titled Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Juan Hamilton: Passage. Art history buffs and decorative arts collectors alike will be delighted with the sale’s offerings.
I am often asked if I make dinner every evening—the short answer is absolutely not. Who has time for that? While I do cook very often, we are not sitting down to a homemade meal seven nights a week at Chez Muffy. I have a repertoire of recipes that suit our palates and enjoy trying new dishes quite a bit too. I whip up about four to five dinners a week when my husband is in town and if it’s just us gals, Louisa and I love an easy salad and pasta spread or cocktail party food such as cheese, olives, and a fresh baguette. She’s her mother’s daughter!