Archive for October, 2012

10/1/2012

First Person: The Invisible Campaign

Far from the pundits and polls, the sweaty, unsung field organizers are the real epicenter of a presidential race. Take it from me—I was one. When I signed up to work for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, standing in the parking lot of the North Trail Winn-Dixie pestering shoppers like a sweaty, deranged street preacher with […]

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10/1/2012

Fashion I.Q.: Genuis looks and loot

Genius looks and loot from our style blogger. Spanish model Inez Estes created the chicly feminine Xirena loungerie, which translates to stylish unmentionables that double as a bikini. Wear them under your maxi-dress while cruising the Gulf or poolside at Sarasota Yacht Club. Top $70, bottom $40, Bohemian Bliss Boutique. We often forget that our […]

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10/1/2012

Freeze Frame: Braden River Antiques

Dealer’s Choice Young Jess Sturtevant has amassed a rare collection at Braden River Antiques. The son of antique dealers, Jess Sturtevant was seven when he started selling his own finds in an antique mall on Manatee Avenue. At 10, he paid $20 for two paintings. One was a Highwayman—one of those now wildly coveted Florida […]

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10/1/2012

Hip to Be Square

Guy Peterson transforms a series of cubes into a cool Casey Key getaway. You wouldn’t be insulting architect Guy Peterson if you tossed off adjectives like “square” to describe the Gulf-to-bay residence he recently completed for an Alabama businesswoman and her children. A series of sophisticated, bright-white cubes is just what he had in mind when […]

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10/1/2012

Living Sculptures

Super-easy succulent gardens offer landscape drama without the work. For Steve Tetreault, it all started with a cactus—a little round orb of green flesh and hundreds of spines. It was a gift from his father when Tetreault bought a house on Siesta Key in the mid 1980s. A fitting gift, as the cactus had a […]

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10/1/2012

Health Report: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month What I’ve Learned Sarasota Memorial’s Marie Borsellino helps women navigate breast cancer. I’ve been an oncology nurse for 25 years; prior to this role as breast health navigator, I worked with all cancers and helped patients who were uninsured and underinsured get hooked up with resources. In 2008 the […]

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10/1/2012

Hot Dish: Café Italia’s Veal Parmesan

Tucked in between the Target store and Firehouse Subs on Fruitville Road lives Café Italia, a little Italian café that serves the best veal Parmesan. And you know how seriously we take our veal Parmesan. The tangy, slightly acidic tomato sauce—part of what I consider a perfect dish—is what I classify as a true red […]

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10/1/2012

Mr. Chatterbox: Quirky Bradenton Homes

This month: The quirky appeal of some old Bradenton homes. Bradenton is known for many things—orange juice, Southern charm—but not necessarily its architecture. But look around. Hidden among the concrete block ranches and the paired villas, you’ll find some wonderful old houses tucked away here and there. Let’s take a look at my favorites. Each […]

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10/1/2012

Only In Sarasota: Siesta Key View

Illustrator and graphic designer John Pirman moved from New York to Siesta Key five years ago, but he’s been enamored of Florida and its visual style for as long as he can remember. Pirman’s clients include national magazines and companies, and he says the environment here has inspired his work for them, “in color and […]

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10/1/2012

My World: Loretta Bestpitch

Loretta Bestpitch, curator of Mable Ringling’s rose garden at the Ringling Museum, on stopping and smelling the roses. What is the garden’s history? The rose garden was the first thing on the property, placed so that when they built the house Mable Ringling could look out her window and see it. She founded the Sarasota […]

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10/1/2012

Insider: Imagining Riverwalk

When the first visitors stroll the mile-and-a-quarter length of Bradenton’s beautiful new Riverwalk on Oct. 18, it will be a proud day for lead designers James Pankonin and Bill Waddill of consulting firm Kimley-Horn and Associates. The duo started work on the master plan for the waterfront public space 2 ½ years ago, with input […]

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10/1/2012

A Splash of Wine

1 The Royal Collection by Designer’s Guild includes Clarence (on sofa), inspired by the lacy ferns in the Savill Garden at Windsor, and damask (drapery fabric) from one of Queen Victoria’s tablecloths. Order at The Wallpaper Store, 7368 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 924-3640. 2 Saks is ahead of the trend with lace fashions from […]

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10/1/2012

Art Stars

An important art collection shines in an opulent Art Deco setting. When a passion for art imbues your client’s life, the interior design mandate is clear: Color and pattern exist purely to enhance the beauty and importance of a blue-chip collection. That was the principle Anne Folsom Smith of Anne Folsom Smith Interior Design followed […]

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10/1/2012

Shopping: The Super Naturals

We’ve been trend-spotting at two of the most important home furnishings trade shows in the world: The International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and High Point Market in North Carolina. Everywhere we saw a new reverence for nature: for tree limbs, leaves, insects, and furniture shaped like flower petals. Rustic chic is the new […]

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10/1/2012

Food & Wine: Cheese, Please

Downtown Sarasota’s Artisan Cheese Company wants to be your neighborhood cheese shop. With a love for all kinds of cheese—from the mild to the stinky—Parker and Louise Converse offer shoppers hand-cut, to-order artisanal fromage from all over the United States and Europe in their Artisan Cheese Company on Main Street. The shop, which opened a […]

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10/1/2012

The Look of Now

From aqua hues to mid-sized modern, the top new trends in town.   Trend: Color it Aqua From fashion runways to designer homes, aqua is one of the “it” colors of 2013. But for Sarasota’s own Laurie Jenkins, the textile chemist and designer behind the Laurie Bell brand of outdoor fabrics, aqua is much more […]

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10/1/2012

What I’m Drinking: The brews of Darwin’s on 4th

Can’t make it to Munich for Oktoberfest this year? No problem. Just head over to Darwin’s on 4th, where brewmaster Jared Barnes is turning out beers and ales of considerable interest year-round. You certainly can construct a full dinner with beer pairings, but if you’d rather just nibble a few, a great way to go […]

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