George W. Bush And Martha Stewart: The Artist And The Model

The artist,  xlarge-3known as 43,  paints puppies and nude Barneyself-portraits of his G-rated bodyBush_stonechurch.jpg.CROP.article568-large Bush_bath.jpg.CROP.article250-medium Bush_shower.jpg.CROP.article250-medium parts (shoulders, knees, toes) in the shower. The shower scenes are from hacked Bush family emails but the portrait of his late dog Barney was released by the painter.

Before she was a brand,  Nutley N.J. student Martha Helen Kostyra was a model, multi-tasking before the camera to supplement her partial scholarship to Barnard College. stewart-had-a-college-scholarship-to-barnard-but-living-in-new-york-is-expensive-so-she-modeled here-she-poses-in-a-bathing-suit-and-shows-off-her-fantastic-figure most-of-these-photos-were-taken-in-the-early-1960s stewart-learned-how-to-cook-garden-and-decorate-from-her-parents stewart-was-a-student-at-barnard-college-for-most-of-her-modeling-career stewart-walked-in-many-fashion-shows-during-her-career


Shrimpton Abbey: Jean Shrimpton’s Cotswold’s Hotel


Highly rated and dog friendly, Shrimpton’s Hotel Abbey is somewhat of a cheap-thrill for travelers and dog-friendly.

Quoting Heidi Klum, “In fashion, one day you’re in, the next day you’re out”. In her early 30’s, the face of the 1960’s and one of the most beautiful women 3d887cba6d3999a35a3dfe8c205e91f6ever to grace a Vogue cover, opted out. Jean Shrimpton’s disappearing Garbo act took her North of London to Penzance where she has owned and run The Abbeyjean-shrimpton-007-1 Penzance6 shapeimage_3-1 shapeimage_22 Hotel for over 30 years.


Shrimpton shocked the world by appearing at a racing event in Australia without gloves, hat and in the first mini-skirt photographed on a celeb. It was 1965 and the dress seems so ladylike and modest now.

“Fashion is full of dark, troubled people,” she said in an interview with The Guardian. “It’s a high-pressured environment that takes its toll and burns people out. Only the shrewd survive – Andy Warhol, for example, and David Bailey.” We are talking about British fashion designer John Galliano, who was sacked by Dior last month after allegedly making antisemitic comments. Shrimpton, dressedShrimpton+3 Shrimpton+5 Shrimpton+7 in a simple, unostentatious black dress – more bohemian than haute couture – is quick to lament the fashion world’s excesses. “No one can condone what he said – it’s reprehensible. But it’s hypocritical to pretend that fashion is normal, that people in it are role models. And it’s stupid to deny that people behave badly.”

We have heard little of “The Shrimp” since she vanished from swinging London19c4ec57924f8bd5d4200f065ae8a5b0 938d14c2cf4f5a1c2d704308dac2b60c and took off to the West Country. She recently popped up in Channel 4’s Country House Rescue, and in 1990 a ghostwritten autobiography appeared, but Shrimpton makes no bones about why she played ball. “I needed some money to renovate the roof of the hotel,” she says, her blue eyes flashing, arms firmly folded. She adds, curtly: “I didn’t want the book to appear. I’ve hated publicity all my life. I didn’t even like it when I was a model.”

Jean and former flame David Bailey who she left for Terrance Stamp

Jean and former flame David Bailey who she left for Terrance Stamp

Shrimpton & Stamp

Shrimpton & Stamp

Landlordrocknyc Cheap Thrills: 50% to 70% Off Ralph Lauren For The New York Dog

Even vets 52354414389591025_kKBotmCB_c 207236020325019755_MZlJ4FNK_c 160651911677208058_NvxcfPC9_c 240661173807141112_xsRacBoc_c sleepingdogbelieve in sweaters and coats for their dogs this time of  the year.  Here, the Ralph Lauren  pooch collection of  coats and sweaters (including cashmere), at cheap thrill, post Xmas prices  (from $20.30–$76.30) reduced in time for all those reluctant wintery walks still to come.

60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Who loves ‘ya, baby? Your in-laws, your dog or your landlord?

Question, July 2012 Issue of Vanity Fair:

“In general, which of the following is the most likely to have your best interests at heart?”

Your In-laws  29%

Your Pet  27%

Your Employer  5%

Your Government 5%

Your Landlord  1%

None Of The Above 32%

William Wegman Photograph

William Wegman Photograph

Canine Grief Counselors: 8 Golden Retriever Comfort Dogs Fly 800 Miles to Newtown

In the midst of the horror and the grief, there is this:  the comfort and unconditional love of a dog. Eight golden retrievers, a breed known for its kindness, were flown to Newtown this weekend by an Illinois-based goldenscharity.

The Lutheran group started the comfort dog program in 2008 after a shooting at Northern Illinois University that left five students dead. The dogs were able to provide a healthy distraction to those students who were overcome with grief. The comfort dog program started with a handful of dogs and now has 60 caring canine grief counselors.

Bo In The Snow And The White House Christmas Card Paintings of Jackie Kennedy


.Des Moines artist Larissa  Kabel added a white scarf and a wintery  White House wonderland to her painting of Bo for the winning White House 2012 Christmas Card entry.  First Lady Jacquline  Kennedy  painted two White House Christmas cards in 1963 that were reproduced by Hallmark and sold to benefit what is now the Kennedy Center.


Two additional White House Christmas cards were produced in 1963 by Hallmark. The designs were painted by Jacqueline Kennedy, herself, and the proceeds from their sale went to build the present day Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. One of the designs, entitled Journey of the Magi, depicted the three wise men on their way to Bethlehem. The other design, entitled Glad Tidings, depicted a golden-haired angel announcing the birth of Christ. –

Via Yahoo…” Larassa Kabel never expected to be chosen when she submitted her painting to be considered for the White House holiday card this September.

The Des Moines, Iowa, artist said “it was a very surreal moment,” when she got the call from the White House secretary’s office while cooking pizza for her family one night, hearing that first lady Michelle Obama had chosen her piece.

The dog in the portrait is sporting a scarf, something Kabel says was an addition she made to the photo the White House sent out for her as part of the competition.

Jackie Kennedy's Painting Of The White House Christmas Tree, 1961

Jackie Kennedy’s Painting Of The White House Christmas Tree, 1961

“They asked us to do an interpretation of the photo, and I did need to change a couple of things,” Kabel said. “Black animals are difficult to

Jackie Kennedy For Hallmark, White House Christmas Card Painting, Journey Of The Magi

Jackie Kennedy For Hallmark, White House Christmas Card Painting, Journey Of The Magi, 1963

represent and have them read as three-dimensional.”

To make the snow look realistic, Kabel used a tool most people have inside their bathrooms: a toothbrush.

“It splatters so it looks like snow,” Kabel said.

The White House


The Last Kennedy Christmas Card, 1963
Never Sent

won’t be paying Kabel for her portrait of Bo (“I’m living on glory,” she said when asked about compensation), but she and her husband will attend the White House holiday party on Dec. 18 “–Via Yahoo

The Way They Were: Bardot and Harley Davidson In The 1960s

Asked what the best day of her life was, she answered, “It was a night”.

I have stilll not forgiven PETA for rejecting BB’s offer to pose nude (in 1994, at age 60) for their “I’d rather go naked than wear fur” advocacy ad campaign. “Ageist” and “sexist” are not strong enough words for that call
or the snarky comments  all over the net because Bardot’s  been brave enough to age naturally–wrinkles, weight gain and all! So here’s to Brigitte,
sex symbol, style icon

Bardot And Jane Birken

and animal activist before it was cool:

Bardot & Harley Davidson (1968) (VIDEO):


Bardot and Sacha Distel

“I have always adored beautiful young men.
Just because I grow older, my taste doesn`t change.
So if I can still have them, why not?”
`I gave my beauty and youth to men, and now I am giving my wisdom and experience, the best of me, to animals.“