'Sarah Palin's Alaska' set a ratings record for TLC on Sunday night, notching 5 million viewers for the premiere, a number Gawker calls "huge for cable." The show, part reality TV, part documentary travel series, is an eight-parter following the omnipresent Republican showing off her native state.
"Some are calling the series a 2012 campaign ad," notes The Hollywood Reporter, "while producer Mark Burnett [of 'Survivor' fame] has defended the show as 'completely non political.' " Although TLC has recorded higher viewer counts -- hi, 10 million fans of 'Jon & Kate Plus Eight'! -- 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' wins the biggest premiere award by a mile."
I read Sarah Palin's book Going Rogue: An American Life last summer, and I was fascinated by her love for her native land, and the discriptions of the Alascan wilde.
I now look forward to my after Christmas read, America by Heart : Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag
Go Sarah, go!
She is one of the most glamorous women I have ever seen. Statuesque and royal, she commanded every party and graced the pages of Tatler. She has inherited her mother's good looks and her father's authority. Cosima Pavoncelli is married to Count Riccardo Pavoncelli since 1996 and together they have three children, Nicolas, Marina Gaetana and Antonia Carolina. She carries the name of Cosima von Bulow nee Liszt, wife to German composer Richard Wagner, (although they are not related) and is the daughter of Virginia beauty Martha "Sunny" Crawford and Claus von Bulow.
Cosima von Bulow's home via Town and Country.
A rose among roses
Plum Sykes is also an accomplished fiction writer. I loved Bergdorf Blondes. A fun, well written, yet thoughtful account of life in Ms.Sykes' social circles in New York.
She graduated in modern history from Oxford, I graduated in Ancient from London.
Her mother, Valerie Goad, a dress designer, separated from Sykes' father Mark while Plum was at Oxford. My mother was a dressmaker and she also separated from my father.
Her grandfather, Christopher Sykes (1907–1986), was a friend and official biographer (1975) of the novelist Evelyn Waugh and son of the diplomat Sir Mark Sykes, sixth baronet (1869–1919), associated with the so-called Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916, by which Britain and France provided for the partition of the Ottoman empire after the end of the First World War.
My grandfather was also a man of letters and friend of some of Greece's most provocative and brilliant writers. Hip-hip to Ms. Sykes' ancestor for spliting the bloody Ottoman Empire, too.
In 1993 Plum Sykes became a fashion assistant at British Vogue. I was offered an internship at a Greek fashion magazin in 1990.
Plum Sykes is also a mom and wife as I am, married to British entrepreneur Toby Rowland, son of businessman "Tiny" Rowland, whom she wedded at Sledmere House, her family's ancestral home (1751) in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Sykes and Rowland had their first child, Ursula, in October 2006 and their second child, Tess, in June 2010. Felicitations, Madame!
I do agree with Ms. Sykes that "when you hit 30 you lose your edge". Hard to admit, but true.That's what fashion, cosmetics and blogs are here for.
What I now have to do is write my own piece of "chic lit" and sell a quarter of a million copies worldwide.
I just discovered that the website of Roger Vivier has a feature called :Les petits carnets d' Ines: where i can see mon egerie, Ines de la Frssange, moving and talking, showing ME HER favorite shops and hang outs. Can you imagine how thrilled I am? If only, dear Roger Vivier people, you could turn this into an i-phone ap, i could have ma chere with me on every possible opportunity!
P.S I just finished reading a lovely book, no, make it the loveliest book, highly recommended for summer reading, romantic souls and un-put-downable moments of pleasure. it's called Wild Designs.
next on my list: The Rose Revived
Perhaps Marie-Chantal's best collection yet. Apart from the last one that was too cute not to include, I could live in those clothes myself! Well done!
I always knew I was in a "in-between" state of mind. It just gets confirmed over time! Head to mywardrobe to take the quiz -and purchase if you can. Meanwhile, this is who the test says I am:
Outfit #3 is quite me, especially the combination of preppy with the huge bag and the long pendant. Outfit #1 is me two years ago, only with wide leg pants (I love Katharine Hepburn) minus the neck piece. My mom would approve the shoes in #1. One day, when I grow up...
#1 is my overall favorite and the overall me in terms of how I dress in real life. I love the boutonnière, the golden shoes, the bag, the way Carrie is holding the cardigan.