Month: March 2017

Money is the True Third Rail of Literature

When I first read “Bonfire of the Vanities” in the late 1980’s, the book’s protagonist, the bond trading Master of the Universe Sherman McCoy, struck me as very wealthy, a huge Wall Street success.  I recently dipped back in to “Bonfire of the Vanities” as I was curious to measure Sherman’s financial success, circa 1987, against our current 2017 standards of what it means to be rich––our age of the TV show “Billions”, the Kardashians and the Trumps, and multi-million dollar birthday parties.

Stunning Orchid Show Highlights the Best of Thailand

The vibrant annual Orchid Show at New York’s Botanical Garden, now in its 15th year, is one of the many harbingers of spring in the city. This year’s theme is Thailand, and the exhibition doesn’t disappoint: it’s a riot of color, with rare and extraordinary specimens on display in an extensive greenhouse tour through the various climates in which orchids can thrive.

Is Off the New On? The Most Provocative Fashion Trend Now

Are you a bit confused about the spring ready-to-wear trends for women and what they’re telling us about the times we’re currently living in? If so, you’re not alone. Here at Dandelion Chandelier, we’ve been reading the fashion press, prowling the sales floors of the great luxury stores of Manhattan, and surfing online. And we have a confession to make. We don’t get it. Or maybe we do get it, and we just don’t like it.

Best Luxurious Restaurants for a First Date in the US

You’ve met someone interesting. You’ve worked up the courage to invite them out for a proper, grown-up dinner date. Now you face the hardest part of the entire process: selecting the right restaurant. No pressure, but a bad choice here could make the odds of a continued conversation with the object of your affection a lot longer (we actually believe that if it’s meant to be, one bad date is not going to wreck you, but why roll the dice on that? You could laugh about it later, or just get it right the first time.)