Zoë Zellers

Simon Says…it’s time to sparkle

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Simon Teakle began his career in the fine jewelry business working for major auction houses at age 25 in London and hasn’t looked back. Recently, he’s changed direction by opening his own business in a coveted retail nook just off Greenwich Avenue. The charming shop, with its large-scale black-and-white photographs and salon-style seating, is an essential stop for holiday shopping, whether you’re looking to spend $250 or $250,000 (or much more).

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Red, white and (Swedish) blue

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Stars, stripes and Swedish simplicity? That’s the M.O. at Lexington Co., the Stockholm-based lifestyle brand that opened its doors last month on Greenwich Avenue. Check out the retailer’s home designs for red, white and blue-themed holiday decorating ideas and gifts for loved ones.

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FALLING FOR AUTUMN

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Romantic November enters with falling leaves and exits with falling snow, so keep transitional fall fashion all about luxe comfort. (After all, it’s the last month stylish New Englanders cherish before we start to look like we’re all wearing the same oversized black sleeping bag jacket).

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TRÉS GRAY IS TRÉS CHIC

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Silver has never been sexier.
From Anderson Cooper, Bill Clinton, George Clooney, and Richard Gere – whose 50 shades of gray have progressed from “premature” to “distinguished” – to such sterling leading ladies as Jamie Lee Curtis, Judi Dench, Emmylou Harris, Helen Mirren, model Cindy Joseph and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, silver may just be the new blond.

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FOOD FOR YOUR FACE

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Get ready to winterize and personalize your skin-care regiment with natural, handmade beauty offerings from Lush Cosmetics. As the U.K.-based Lush continues to celebrate its store opening in The Westchester, here are some favorite, tested products that are worth the trip:

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Commuter’s paradise

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Headed by executive chef Sandy Ingber, the Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant prepares for its 100th birthday. The not-your-average-seafood-joint is a superb answer to the bustling commuter’s grumbling tummy and an ideal destination for groups of after-work professionals, while its raw bar makes it onto the must-do list of many domestic and international tourists. Sandy tells us what oysters we should be eating now.

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Down in Dumbo

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One of the most expensive neighborhoods in New York City, Brooklyn’s Dumbo is a synergistic place where stylish artists, actors, designers, musicians and filmmakers can showcase their works in understated galleries like SmackMellon and performance spaces like St. Ann’s Warehouse. Bars and cafés coexist peacefully with luxurious new condos housing celebrities, families and young executives in an intimate space between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges that extends east into Vinegar Hill.

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Hello, Brooklyn!

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Sports meets culture meets fashion meets neighborhood rivalry meets celebrity support. It may not get juicier than the New York Knicks versus Brooklyn Nets competition, which will debut in the season opener on Nov. 1 at the Barclays Center. The battle was made for TV and the confrontational blogosphere. Let the games begin.

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Painting the town

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Watercolorist and fashion illustrator Anne Watkins paints what she sees in ordinary and extraordinary New York. She records fabulous celebrations, weddings, people and places using the “surprisingly muscular medium” of watercolor with stylish, impressionistic flair.

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Still The Vicious Circle

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“Why don’t you get out of that wet coat and into a dry Martini?” Such was the suggestion Robert Benchley gave Ginger Rogers in the 1942 film “The Major and the Minor.” Today, the quip is printed on cocktail napkins lining the elegant oak bar in the Blue Bar at New York’s The Algonquin Hotel, a historic hub of witty words and liquid lunches.

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