Paris is always a good idea… (Part 1)

A friend recently asked me about my recommendations for his first trip to Paris, and so I spent a day remembering all of the things I love about the City of Light, and looking through all of the restaurant cards I have collected from my many stays there… Here were my recommendations: 1. This city…

On the importance of teatime…

“A cup of tea would restore my normality.” Douglas Adams It is somewhat of a running joke in my family that my father drinks espresso exclusively, yet embraces the importance of teatime like no other Italian. He praises the English for this most civilized ritual of stopping everything at a certain hour during the day,…

'Tis the season – for holiday parties…

Holiday parties. Love them. Can’t not go to them. This time of year, they are both pleasurable and inevitable. I have to admit that one of the highlights of my holiday season is the holiday party I throw. It started out as a Georgetown McDonough School of Business party – for those in our class…

BeautyView: Maria Smith, Master Aesthetician

My history with Maria goes back to more years than I care to remember. We have worked together as aesthetician / skin care vendor; as spa director  skin care vendor; and she is key to the hands-on training I am able to provide to many spa partners who carry Alchimie. We also work together on…

'Tis the season for a goal setting retreat…

I like to-do lists. I like plans. I like goals. And one of my favorite things about the month of December is the ability to think ahead to the New Year, and to New Year's goals and resolutions. This year, instead of coming up with a traditional list of goals by myself, I took part…