Archive for January, 2008

01/1/2008

A Royal Wedding

“Life is imperfect,” declares Dolly Jacobs. That’s why she wasn’t too thrown when her long-awaited wedding to Pedro Reis, co-founder with her of Circus Sarasota, was dampened by rain. Or when Pedro’s three sisters arrived from South Africa without their luggage (it was found in time for the wedding itself). Or even when the priest […]

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01/1/2008

A Capitol Life

These days, most senators and congressman spend their weekdays in Washington and return to their home districts over the weekend. That’s true for Vern Buchanan, the freshman representative from Sarasota’s Congressional 13th District. But unlike some of his fellow politicians, who batch it in rented quarters or even share places, Vern and his wife, Sandy, […]

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01/1/2008

The Social Detective

Don’t you just love awards? I once got a Raven Award for worst suspense book cover of the year, even though I had nothing to do with it. It took me hours to recover. Of course, it wasn’t as bad as getting a most dysfunctional actress or worst-dressed celebrity award on national TV. One might […]

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01/1/2008

Fashion Statement

What are you wearing? Prada boots with side-buckle detail, Roberto Cavalli “painted canvas” jeans, a long tie-at-the-neck shirt with a peacoat-inspired sweater, both by Banana Republic. You were obviously a model. What agency? Ford, but I traveled a lot and it got too much once I had two children [with husband, State Rep. Doug Holder]. […]

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01/1/2008

Mr. Chatterbox

Who could turn down a lunch date with Kathy Hilton? Certainly not me. Her place in popular culture, as mother of Paris and Nicky (and of two teenaged boys, Barron and Conrad, who still live at home with her), as the wife of Hilton hotel heir Rick, as sometime actress and purveyor of her own […]

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01/1/2008

Shopping—San Marco Plaza

A seven-story clock tower conjures images of the campanile dominating Italy’s Saint Mark’s Square. Winding arcades and galleries recall the boutiques and artisan shops for which Venice is renowned. But this elegant shopping forum is at the corner of Town Center Parkway and Nature’s Way in Lakewood Ranch, a jewel of a mall with fashion, […]

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