Archive for February, 2011

02/1/2011

Unisex Scents

1 Unisex best-seller CK One ($49/3.4 oz.) was revolutionary in 1994, though society viewed fragrance as gender-neutral until the 19th century. Bonnell’s, 317B W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 480-0011.  2 Androgyny rules at Bond No. 9, a fragrance line that celebrates New York hotspots from Montauk to Washington Square ($230 for 3.3 oz.). Saks Fifth […]

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02/1/2011

L.A. Confidential

Liz Murray cut her styling teeth in L.A. assisting with fashion shows for Lauren Conrad, Tull, Cloth Logic and Saks Fifth Avenue. Now she and sister Sam Murray take personal shopping to the max at INfluence, a boutique created for fashionistas of all ages. “Our customer is younger, but we also have older women who […]

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02/1/2011

Restaurant Row

Taste of Rosemary Arthur Lopes (both formerly of Zoria) opened the hip new Pomona. Pair their special cheese plate ($10) with Ryan’s pick, a sweet white Recioto di Soave. Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar, 481 N. Orange Ave., (941) 706-1677. Down the street, chef Blake Ellis (above), a Culinary Institute of America grad, serves up […]

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02/1/2011

Shop

Sarasota’s Rosemary District is home to some of the hippest eateries, shops and galleries in town. Explore vintage treasures at neighborhood mainstays, Everything But the Girl and Architectural Salvage, or find modern treasures at iconic home emporiums Sarasota Collection and Home Resource. Join the Longboat Key crowd lining up for ballroom dancing with world-class champion […]

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02/1/2011

Arts Capital

Too Close For Comfort? Even the most congenial neighbors can get on each other’s nerves, and apparently that’s been happening to the Asolo Rep and the Sarasota Ballet. The two institutions, tenants in the FSU Center for the Performing Arts for 14 years, have recently sparred over scheduling and other issues. The latest flashpoint was the […]

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02/1/2011

Hot Dish

Chef/partner Charlie Flint has come up with the perfect start to dinner at Fleming’s. His roasted mushroom ravioli with Portobello and shiitake mushrooms is earthy and rich—but still leaves room for steak. Tender pillows of light pasta sheets are filled with fresh, exotic mushrooms that add a meaty texture to the pastry. Make sure you […]

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02/1/2011

Top Tickets

Big Top Action This year, Circus Sarasota goes out on “The Edge,” with ringmaster-daredevil Joseph Bauer Jr., a 15th-generation member of one of Switzerland’s oldest circus families, who leads the show and dares the terrifying Wheel of Death as well. Also on tap: clowns, a tightrope, hand balancers and more. Performances Feb. 3-21; call 355-9805 […]

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02/1/2011

Insider: People

Our Indiana Jones   Bruce Holst, Selby Gardens’ director of research and collections, has journeyed to the famed Lost World region of Venezuela—often being helicoptered in to remote mountaintops—more times than he can count. He calls the region’s plant life "the most botanically diverse—and vulnerable—in the world." Now Holst, 53, has partnered with ecologists studying […]

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02/1/2011

From The Editor

Tall, with a country-fried Tennessee accent, Tricia Lewis has eyes that glimmer with mischief, and a way of making everyone around her, even at the swankiest party, feel as real and relaxed as she is. When Chip Willis, who’s now chief operating officer of the Ringling Museum, met Tricia eight years ago in Tallahassee, where […]

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02/1/2011

In Recovery

On my birthday in 1999, a year and a half after my divorce from the man I had adored and fought in equal measures since I was 22, my daughter, Lindsey, phoned me from college in Baltimore. She was in trouble and called the one person she thought could help her—the mother she’d been battling […]

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02/1/2011

10 Best

Get Gorgeous 1. Before the aestheticians at Mandala Med-Spa treat your skin, they use VISIA Complexion Analysis to evaluate it. According to spa director Dr. Marguerite Barnett, this data creates a personalized skincare regimen without guesswork. “VISIA allows us to identify skin types, pinpoint problems, and track improvements in an objective way,” she says. 1715 […]

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02/1/2011

Fit City

Check your laces—sneakers snug? Now take a deep breath in the pre-dawn air, dense and salty. It’s still too dark to see much, but you can hear Sarasota Bay lapping against the downtown marina seawall. Above the waves, there’s another sound, too—voices. This is not a lonely morning stroll. This is our city’s daily pilgrimage, […]

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