July 28, 2016

Magrino Agency Holiday Preview and a Special #ThrowbackThursday

A holiday party in July!

Last week, I attended the “First Look” Holiday Preview at the Magrino Agency, the public relations firm co-founded by my publicist and dear friend, Susan Magrino. The annual two-week long event showcases the company’s client offerings to the media as they plan their holiday coverage.

Susan and her hard-working team manage a very impressive list of clients. I have worked with Susan and the Magrino Agency since the beginning of my entrepreneurial career, and I certainly appreciate all that they’ve done for me over the years.

“First Look” kicked off with a festive cocktail reception hosted by Susan and her sister, co-founder and President, Allyn Magrino. Past, present and future clients, members of the media, and business innovators gathered together at the Magrino offices in New York City - it was a very fun and informative affair. Here are some photos, followed by a great #ThrowbackThursday I know you'll enjoy.

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July 27, 2016

Attending the 25th Anniversary Gala at LongHouse Reserve

If you are near East Hampton, New York this summer, I encourage you to visit the magical LongHouse Reserve, a not-for-profit art museum, sculpture garden, and art education organization founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, the internationally known textile designer, collector and author, whose works are displayed in museum collections around the world.

Last weekend, I attended the 25th annual summer Gala at LongHouse to present the LongHouse Art Leadership Award to Molly Chappellet and Luanne Wells. Molly is the co-founder of the world-class Chappellet Vineyard and Winery in Napa, California. Her sister, Luanne Wells, is the President of the Wells Family Charitable Foundation and serves as a trustee of the California Institute of the Arts. Over the years, both have contributed so much to education and the arts, the environment, and to humanity.

More than 400-guests attended the event to honor Molly and Luanne, pay tribute to founder Jack Lenor Larsen, and to celebrate the future of LongHouse. It was a spectacular evening - enjoy these photos.

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July 26, 2016

A Guest Blog from the Galápagos

On my recent trip to the Galápagos Islands with my family, we were joined by our friends, Jayne Hinds Bidaut and her eight-year old son, Max. Here, Max shares some of his own photos, videos and thoughts from our amazing journey.

The trip was amazing. We went to over nine-Islands and made many naturalists hikes seeing endemic species of animals and plants. We also explored the very special volcanic landscapes we were walking through. We snorkeled in unique areas with beautiful fish, sea stars, rays, sea turtles, sea lions, sharks, penguins and more. We kayaked, had many panga boat rides and visited The Charles Darwin Research Center. We slept on the boat and traveled to the different islands during the night.

The Galapagos Islands are a group of volcanic islands 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador in South America. They lie along the equator and the oldest island is a little over four-million years old. They are the Islands made famous by Charles Darwin’s visit in 1835 during his five-year voyage on the ship the HMS Beagle. There he collected animals and plants, and his observations of the endemic animals and plants, as well as the land, helped lead him to his theories on evolution and the origin of species.
Have fun looking and please ask me questions!

On Sombrero Chino Island (Chinese Hat), we got to crawl through a Lava Tunnel. We loved it. It is a playground made by nature. As molten lava flows, an outer layer of the flow hardens, which insulates the still moving melted rock inside. This helps to keep the lava hot and moving along until all the lava has passed through and just a tube is left.
Our guide had an accent and I thought she said “Lava Tooth Tunnel”, but she said “Tube” - oops.

I swam with a Green Sea Turtle for over 15-minutes while he fed on algae! I would have stayed longer, but it was time to leave the island. We are in shallow water with waves rocking us, so I am trying hard not to touch him. He knows I am there as Sea Turtles have better hearing than dogs do and extremely good eye sight!


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