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Image result for grace kelly

Image result for grace kelly

Prince Albert ll of Monaco, Princess Caroline and Princess Stéphanie posed together at a celebration on the eve of what would have been their mother’s 88th birthday. The siblings gathered in front of the Theatre Princess Grace as the Princess Grace Foundation-USA celebrated the 35th anniversary of the foundation that honors her legacy.

The event featured a screening of The Country Girl, for which Princess Grace won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1955.

It’s been 35 years since Princess Grace — who wed Prince Rainier of Monaco in 1956 — died tragically after suffering a stroke while driving back to Monaco from the royal family’s country home on Sept. 13, 1982. She lost control of the car and drove off of a steep mountainside. When paramedics arrived, she was in critical condition.

She and her then-17-year-old daughter, Stéphanie, were transported to the hospital, where Grace later succumbed to her injuries. Stéphanie suffered a concussion and fractured vertebra.

Prince Albert and his mother, Princess Grace, in 1974

Prince Albert and his mother, Princess Grace, in 1974

Recalling the tragic day in a recent interview with Graham Bensinger, Albert said he was having breakfast when his father came in to tell him about the crash.

“Basically, he said that we had to go down to the hospital because mom and Stéphanie had an accident,” Albert said. “And so I didn’t think twice about it and went down with him and [sister] Caroline as well.

He continued, “It was a very shocking moment, you’re not quite sure what to think, and of course, you think that things are going to improve and it’s not as bad an accident as you thought it was. And so those few hours there were very tense and very emotional.”

Grace Kelly’s children have gathered together for a rare, new family photo


Albert also spoke out about Stéphanie’s recovery and how she came to terms with her mother’s death.

“It took a very long time for her to recover from this, and it was a very painful recollection for her,” Albert said. “It took a number of years for her to come to terms with that — the pain of being in that car with our mother and not being able to pull her out or to have a different outcome.

He added, “It was a traumatic experience and would be for everybody.”

As for their father, “He was deeply affected and he wasn’t quite the same man as he was before the accident.”

Princess Grace introduces Prince Albert, with her husband and eldest daughter Caroline
 Princess Grace introduces Prince Albert, with her husband and eldest daughter Caroline
Albert told PEOPLE over the summer that Stéphanie now “takes great care” of two rescue elephants, Baby and Nepal, who live in her brother’s backyard on a mountaintop above the Principality of Monaco.

Baby and Nepal have also found fans in Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, Albert’s 2-year-old twins with Princess Charlene, who “visit across the road regularly and know what elephants are now.” The siblings are animals lovers themselves: Their own farmhouse menagerie includes dogs, chickens, cows and llamas.

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Prince Albert also recently gushed to PEOPLE of his other sister, Princess Caroline, calling her “quite a remarkable woman.”

“What’s she’s done over the years, helping Monaco in various ways, on the cultural and charitable sides — she’s always there. She’s often the first person on board.”

Hugh Jackman

By Jonalyn Cueto

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

Celebrity dads and their connection to their children is special the same way normal dads share a bond with their kids too. Here are some quotes from top celebrity fathers to give you a understanding of how they also cherish their children the same way dads do.

Brad Pitt: “That’s the emotional bond and responsibility that sweeps over you when you have a family to look after. I care about them more than I care about myself, which I think is the real definition of love. You see past yourself and become more generous and giving, and wanting only the best for your family.”

Matthew McConaughey: “Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn…You know what’s important. I definitely got more selfish. And at the same time, I think I got more compassionate.”

Hugh Jackman: “When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.”

David Beckham: “My greatest achievement is my family. What matters is being a good father and a good husband – just being connected to family as much as possible. Being a dad is more important than football, more important than anything. I adore children. I love the fact our children are part of both of us. It’s one of the most amazing things ever.”

Jay Z (through his song “Glory”): “The most amazing feeling I feel / Words can’t describe the feeling, for real / Baby, I’ll paint the sky blue / My greatest creation was you.”


By: Michelle-Marie Heinemann

CEO and Publisher of Old Fashioned Mom Magazine and Show

Sailing through Venice, Italy aboard the Crystal Serenity. Photo courtesy Crystal Cruises.


Lupins bloom above the ancient Inca ruins of Choquequirao in the Andes, Peru. Photo: Adriana Von Hagen

Lupins bloom above the ancient Inca ruins of Choquequirao in the Andes, Peru. Photo: Adriana Von Hagen

Where to go in April? That’s easy: Flowers in full bloom, festive celebrations, and mild temperatures make this early spring month a lovely time to visit many parts of the globe. The best deals usually appear starting one week after Easter (April 1 this year).


Washington, D.C.

National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C. Photo: National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C. Photo: National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington, D.C., is great in the spring before Memorial Day, when you can avoid the high season while taking advantage of the balmy weather. Several fun events take place in April this year: the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Petalpalooza Parade (April 15); the Home Opener Day for the Washington Nationals (April 5); the Smithsonian Craft Show (April 27–30); and the Wine and Food Fest just down the Potomac River in National Harbor, Maryland (April 28–29).



There’s nothing more romantic than a view of the Eiffel Tower. Photo: Paris Perfect

There’s nothing more romantic than a view of the Eiffel Tower. Photo: Paris Perfect

Discover the first hints of spring in Paris while strolling through the Tuileries or pausing a moment under the blossoming trees by Notre Dame Cathedral; in April, the weather is usually mild and the city is bedecked in blossoms. You’ll beat the tourist crowds before they arrive later in the spring and catch some excellent art exhibits, too: a long-awaited retrospective of Mary Cassatt at the Musée Jacquemart-André, a celebration of the 80th anniversary of the creation of Guernica at the Musée Picasso, and an exhibition illustrating the beginning of modernity at the Centre Pompidou, to name a few.


Riviera Maya, Mexico

Tulum, Riviera Maya. Courtesy Journey Mexico

Tulum, Riviera Maya. Courtesy Journey Mexico

Starting a week after Easter Sunday and running through May, rates are low, resorts aren’t too crowded, and the weather is pleasant (mid to high 80s) with little rain.



Makena, Maui. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

Makena, Maui. Photo: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

April means an optimal combination of great weather and relatively low prices in the islands. (Just make sure to avoid the crush of visitors and higher rates that Spring Break brings.)



Lupins bloom above the ancient Inca ruins of Choquequirao in the Andes, Peru. Photo: Adriana Von Hagen

Lupins bloom above the ancient Inca ruins of Choquequirao in the Andes, Peru. Photo: Adriana Von Hagen

April sees the best mix of weather both inland and on Peru’s coast; it’s sunny and warm in Lima, and dry and temperate in the Andes. Since the rainy season has just ended, the air is clear, and the fields are green and lush, dotted with the yellow, pink, and mauve hues of quinoa, amaranth, lupins, and potatoes ready to harvest.


Seville and Andalusia

Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain

Spain is always at its best when people are celebrating something—such as Feria, Seville’s April Fair (it always take place two weeks after Easter, so occasionally falls during May). If you visit then, we can get you into a private casita belonging to a respected family, not a corporation—a huge deal. April is also a lovely time to relax in the sun on the Costa del Sol, before it gets crowded with summer visitors. 



Spring is tulip time in the Netherlands. Photo: Keukenhof Gardens

Spring is tulip time in the Netherlands. Photo: Keukenhof Gardens

April is bright and pleasant, and it’s prime time for Tulipmania, when the Keukenhof (one of the world’s largest flower gardens) is full of blooms. King’s Day, on April 27, is the biggest street party of the year in Amsterdam; it’s very busy, but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Dutch joie de vivre (you can also enjoy the parades and festivities in a more rural setting). There’s also the Spring Beer Festival in the Posthoornkerk, a beautiful old basilica, on April 22. By traveling in April, you’ll also miss the public holidays in May that bring out large crowds.


Mediterranean Cruises

Sailing through Venice, Italy aboard the Crystal Serenity. Photo courtesy Crystal Cruises.

Sailing through Venice, Italy aboard the Crystal Serenity. Photo courtesy Crystal Cruises.

April is the perfect month to enjoy the brilliant blue skies in the Mediterranean, when the sunny days start to outnumber the cold and cloudy ones of winter. Cruise ships have just re-positioned to the region, so you can explore iconic ports such as Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, and Venice without the crowds and heat of summertime. And fares are lower, since this is considered the off-season.



Istanbul, Turkey. Photo courtesy Crystal Cruises.

Istanbul, Turkey. Photo courtesy Crystal Cruises.

During the annual tulip festival in April, the city is awash in millions (literally) of colorful blooms. The weather is temperate, perfect for visiting the outdoor ancient sites that can be scorching in summer—and the tourist hordes have not yet arrived. Since it’s shoulder season, there are deals to be had at hotels.


Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic. Photo: Joseph Pisani

Prague, Czech Republic. Photo: Joseph Pisani

April means mild weather, springtime flowers, and no bus-tour crowds in Eastern Europe. This year Easter is April 1 and there are charming holiday markets and festivals in Vienna leading up to the holiday. In Budapest, the Spring Fair runs all month long with folk music, dancing, and concerts. In Prague, popular Easter Markets are running through April 8. Crowded summertime destinations, such as Lake Balaton in Hungary and the Wachau Valley in Austria, are relatively tranquil. In the Czech Republic, all the countryside castles are just reopening from their winter dormancy.



The island of Spinalonga, Crete, Greece. Photo: Blue Palace Resort and Spa

The island of Spinalonga, Crete, Greece. Photo: Blue Palace Resort and Spa

Renowned for its rich local culture, Crete is a wonderful place to visit in April when Greek Orthodox Easter falls during that month, as it does this year (on the 8th). Experience renowned Cretan hospitality throughout the festive celebrations, which are distinctive to Greece’s most southern (and thus warmest) island. There are also beautiful wildflowers in April, fewer crowds, and lower hotel rates than you’ll find later in spring.



Huvafen Fushi, Maldives. Photo: Huvafen Fush

Huvafen Fushi, Maldives. Photo: Huvafen Fush

European vacationers drive up prices from Christmas through Easter, but for the few weeks after this period, you’ll find a sweet spot of lower hotel rates and ideal weather: Temperatures are consistently in the high 80s year-round, but in late April there is almost no rain or wind, so the water is calm for snorkeling and diving.


Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea. Photo: Pixabay/freesally

Papua New Guinea. Photo: Pixabay/freesally

In April the rainy season is just ending, so prices are better than in the high months of May, June, and July.


Luang Prabang, Laos

Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos. Photo: Flickr/jayarc

Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos. Photo: Flickr/jayarc

Songkran, the Lao New Year, is celebrated in mid-April with a whole week of parades, street markets, and concerts. Tradition holds that revelers douse one another with water in order to wash away the past year’s sins; unlike in Thailand, where you might well be ambushed outside your hotel in the morning, in Laos the locals usually ask before splashing you.


England: Castles,

Germany: Bavaria

Greece: Athens


Israel: Jerusalem

Italy: Lake Como villas

ItalMexico City




New Zealand

New Zealand: Bay of Islands

New Zealand: Queenstown hiking and cycling


Peru: Machu Picchu

River Rafting in the American West

Russia: Moscow

Russia: St. Petersburg

Scotland: wildflowers and deals


South Africa: Cape Town and Vietnam: north and Central region

Where to Go in February: The Best Places to Travel

The depths of winter make for the heights of sightseeing in many destinations that are usually overcrowded. Here are the best places to travel in February.

Where to Go in December: The Best Places to Travel


While the last 10 days of December spell crowds and exorbitant prices, the first two-thirds of the month can be a serene time to travel.

Travel Tips

Save yourself time, money, headaches—and make your travels extraordinary.


Airline Miles and Points: How to Get the Best Award Flights in 2018


By: Michelle-Marie Heinemann
CEO and Publisher of Old Fashioned Mom Magazine and Show



Last month, New York City had its first cryptocurrency real estate closing. The next week, an owner of the Plaza floated the idea of selling a “Plaza Token” to a group of foreign investors. Now, hedge fund founder and tech investor Claudio Guazzoni de Zanett, the owner of the landmarked townhouse at 10 East 76th Street, is asking one price in US dollars and a higher value in digital currencies due to their volatility. He is willing to accept bitcoin, Ethereum or Ripple. “I’m a true believer in these networks, but it’s very volatile,” Zanett told the Wall Street Journal. “They could be down 60% in two weeks.”




Mr. de Zanett, the owner of the hedge fund Zanett Asset Management, was a Blockchain seed and angel investor. He purchased the six-story Beaux-Arts townhouse back in 1994. For 24 years, the mansion served as a “family compound” for Mr. Zanett’s family, which allowed for extended family and close friends to live together under the same roof and yet, living separately with a certain amount of privacy.

Zanett and his wife Julia were fined $8,000 last March for listing rooms in the home online as rental units. The couple has listed as many as five units at a time on property websites, such as HomeAway and VRBO, for short-term stays starting at about $500. New York State law forbids short-term rentals in multiple-unit buildings for fewer than 30 days unless the owner is also living in the rented unit.


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The limestone mansion boasts 12,380 interior square feet, 2,500 exterior square feet, and 13-foot majestic ceilings. The home was built in 1904 by architects Schwartz and Gross, renowned for building The Mark and The Surrey hotels. Today, it’s zoned for residential or residential with professional space on the garden floor. Beyond the reception gallery, through a private door, leads to what was formerly three professional offices.

There are 12 working wood-burning fireplaces, including two outdoor fireplaces located on the sixth floor, and roof terraces that have 360-degree views of Manhattan’s skyline.

The expansive Lower Level is built-out the full length and width of the building lot and has a laundry facility, staff room quarters, storage, mechanical storage and a vast vault under the sidewalk that partially extends underneath East 76th Street.

As 6sqft recently explained, “The digital nature of cryptocurrencies makes [real estate] transactions much faster. It can be completed in minutes or hours.” Let’s see how long this property stays on the market…


[Listing: 10 East 76th Street by Carrie Chiang of the Corcoran Group]

[Listing: 10 East 76th Street by Valerie Lettan of Douglas Elliman]


By: Michelle-Marie Heinemann

CEO and Publisher of Old Fashioned Mom Magazine and Show
Michelle-Marie Heinemann & Ray Bouderau attend The Ice Man Cometh by Eugene O’Neill at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Michelle-Marie Heinemann and Ray Bouderau

Michelle-Marie Heinemann and Ray Bouderau

The Iceman Cometh



Two-time Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theatre in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, for 14 weeks only. Washington, fresh off his extraordinary sell-out runs in both Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, comes back to the Main Stem in this seminal work by a seminal playwright. Five-time Tony winner George C. Wolfe directs this strictly limited engagement.

SYNOPSIS: Set in the summer of 1912 at Harry Hope’s saloon on New York’s lower west side, this is O’Neill’s classic story of a freespending, boisterous salesman who compels his fellow barflies to confront their pipe dreams.


April 9 – 15 – Monday @7pm, Tuesday @7pm, Wednesday @7pm, Thursday @7pm, Friday @7pm, Saturday @2pm

April 16 – 22 – Tuesday @7pm, Wednesday @7pm, Thursday @7pm, Friday @7pm, Saturday @2pm, Sunday @2pm

April 23 – 29 – Tuesday @7pm, Wednesday @7pm, Thursday OPENING, Friday @7pm, Saturday @2pm, Sunday @2pm

*Information is subject to change prior to opening night.

Michelle-Marie Heinemann & Ray Bouderau attend The Ice Man Cometh by Eugene O’Neill at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

Michelle-Marie Heinemann & Ray Bouderau attend The Ice Man Cometh by                            Eugene O’Neill at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre


Old Fashioned Mom Rating: 4.5


Warmest Regards,

Michelle-Marie Heinemann

CEO and Publisher of Old Fashioned Mom Magazine and Show
Apple Pie Cruffin ~ Chunky Apple Caramel Pie filling and Cinnamon Creme
Patissiere, topped with pie crust crumble, white chocolate cream bulb, pie
Filling and gold leaf.
Apple Pie Cruffin ~ Chunky Apple Caramel Pie filling and Cinnamon Creme Patissiere, topped with pie crust crumble, white chocolate cream bulb, pie Filling and gold leaf.

Apple Pie Cruffin ~ Chunky Apple Caramel Pie filling and Cinnamon Creme Patissiere, topped with pie crust crumble, white chocolate cream bulb, pie filling and gold leaf.

Dear Mr. Cruffin,

Why are you so completely divine? I loved you at first sight and can not take my
Eyes ( and mouth ) off you. You spoil me with sugary glances that unfold into sweet nectar….heavy sigh, parting is such sweet sorrow.

Forever yours,

It’s no secret I adore sweets, in fact I could truly live off them….and aside from my guesstimated hair falling out and IQ dipping I probably would. However…I still indulge far more than I should….this leads me to Supermoon Bakehouse.
Everything made at this bakery is a work of art. Breathtakingly gorgeous and delicious beyond words.
It’s located on the Lower East Side ( take a little drive, my uptown sisters ) and the signatures include Cruffins, …a croissant muffin with different fillings and toppings, beautiful pastries and a gorgeous pink terrazzo counter and iridescent to-go bags and boxes. Love the theme!

 Co-founder Ry Stephen puts finishing touches on Lychee-Berry Jelly Bi-Color Croissants at Supermoon Bakehouse on Rivington St. in Manhattan.

Artist at Work.


Caramelized Sous Vide Whole Bananas, Banana Caramel Sauce, Creme Patissiere, Chocolate Almond Creme, Topped with Chocolate Fudge, Banana Caramel, Dehydrated banana, Gold Leaf and Torched Meringue.

Caramelized Sous Vide Whole Bananas, Banana Caramel Sauce, Creme Patissiere,
Chocolate Almond Creme, Topped with Chocolate Fudge, Banana Caramel,
Dehydrated banana, Gold Leaf and Torched Meringue.


My Favorite! Lox, Cream Cheese, Capers, Rolled and Baked Into An Everything Spice Covered Croissant.

My Favorite! Lox, Cream Cheese, Capers, Rolled and Baked Into An Everything
Spice Covered Croissant.


The fabulous table displaying all the deliciously decadent pastries.

The fabulous table displaying all the deliciously decadent pastries.


Chocolate Croissant ~ Creamy Dark Chocolate Ganache Filled Bi-Colored Croissant With Cacao Nib Nougatine.

Chocolate Croissant ~ Creamy Dark Chocolate Ganache Filled Bi-Colored
Croissant With Cacao Nib Nougatine.

120 Rivington Street

New York, New York 10002

By Michelle-Marie Heinemann





Red Sneakers for Oakley~

“How much do you really know?”

I am not a “peanut-allergy-mom” says Tatiana Platt and until recently she didn’t even know that such a term existed. Unlike the many parents who help their children navigate the world of living with a food allergy, Tatiana does not have children with food allergies. Yet 1 in 13 children in the U.S. have a food allergy. 15 million people have a food allergy in the U.S. alone.

This staggering fact was evidenced to Tatiana in a very tragic way late last year. She received a text telling her that the son of a friend was in critical condition in the hospital. She didn’t know why, but promised to say a prayer and hoped for the best. A day later, she got the news. 11 year old Oakley had died in the hospital. The cause: Anaphylaxis. A severe reaction caused by accidental exposure to nuts, to which Oakley was allergic. How could this be? What? Death? What happened?

As she describes it, Tatiana would soon come to find out that severe reactions to food allergies are some parents’ biggest nightmare. With children going to school every day, being invited to playdates, eating out in restaurants, living a “normal” life, accidental exposure to an allergen can happen all too easily. And that doesn’t include the dangers posed by troublesome food allergy bullying that takes place even in schools with well-intentioned policies and practices. The parents, the children, their teachers, their family, might be prepared with their “Allergy Emergency Action Plan”  and be sure to always have an epipen in the event of a severe reaction. But what happens when you aren’t sure whether your child is having a severe allergic reaction?


Oakley was visiting family in Maine and was having a great time playing with his cousins and his twin sister, Olivia. On his way through the kitchen, he saw a pound cake on the counter and grabbed a piece. He ate it. But it tasted funny. It tasted like nuts. Oakley went to tell his mom. She tasted it. Yes, it sure did taste like nuts, but there was no label of ingredients. Oakley started to get a blister on his lips. So his mom gave him Benadryl. That always worked. And it did the trick this time too. Oakley ran off to happily play with his cousins again.

Problem was, deep down in Oakley’s body, an anaphylactic reaction had begun, but there were no immediate outward signs. It wasn’t until an hour later when Oakley felt nauseous and vomited that he showed a sign of anything else. And then he experienced difficulty breathing. By the time Oakley’s family realized something was very wrong and gave him the epipen, it was too late.


Oakley’s family, friends and everyone in the community where he lived entered a state of shock from the tragedy. Oakley’s mom and dad felt betrayed by their doctors for not having been better informed about their son’s allergy. They were devastated that they had not known to give the epipen when it was sitting there in the house the whole time. They bemoaned the likelihood that another parent might have to be in their shoes. They had to do something.

Red sneakers were Oakley’s favorite shoes. In the days following Oakley’s death, somewhere deep inside, Oakley’s mom and dad found the strength to create an idea – let’s start a movement for food allergy awareness and call it “Red Sneakers for Oakley”. Oakley’s aunt set up a Facebook page and people started posting photos of red sneakers.


That’s when Tatiana took over. She told Merrill and Bobby, “let me handle this”, and took on the effort to coordinate the social media and PR outreach for Red Sneakers for Oakley. They knew what they were doing was important, but neither she nor the Debbs had a real sense of how huge the movement they were creating was going to become.

Red Sneakers for Oakley’s presence on social media platforms has gone on to galvanize an online movement that did not exist before. The dangers of food allergies are known to the parents of children who have them, but many people overlook the severity of accidentally ingesting an allergen. The red sneaker symbol has become a unique identifier in today’s social media environment, and is resonating with millennials and Gen X’ers alike. To date, they have received thousands of messages and posts from people all over the world. Their Facebook page has attained close to 8,000 followers in a little over 3 months. They are also active on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, with a growing audience of a combined 100,000+.

Due to the powerful message of Red Sneakers for Oakley, they receive almost daily testimonials of parents who might otherwise have suffered a tragic incident with their own children had they not been made aware of Oakley’s experience. They are dedicated to making sure that no other parent, family or community has to suffer the same loss and is empowered to take the necessary steps to recognize and treat a severe reaction to a food allergy.


But they still have a long road ahead of them to get their message out to the millions of people who know someone with a food allergy. To that end, Tatiana came up with the idea to launch a “20 for Oakley” fundraising campaign in honor of Oakley. The 20 for Oakley campaign calls on supporters to make a donation of $20 in tribute to Oakley’s soccer jersey number, and to enlist others to do the same by submitting photos online on social media.

Tatiana is donating her time and efforts to Red Sneakers for Oakley because she knows they can make a difference. It tugs at her heart every time she thinks of the pain that the Debbs are going through. Yet somehow they are managing to be strong and focus on turning Oakley’s death into a message that prevents further deaths. And to change people’s perspective on food allergies. The next time an airline attendant announces that peanuts will not be served during a flight’s beverage service because there is someone on board who has nut allergies, take a minute to wonder what else you can do to be mindful of a person with food allergies.



To participate in the 20 for Oakley campaign, you can support Red Sneakers for Oakley by posting online a photo of red sneakers, ideally with a $20 bill. Here is a suggested caption:

I am proud to support the #20forOakley campaign to raise awareness for food allergies. I am donating $20 to @redsneakersforoakley to continue to spread the message about the dangers of food allergies and anaphylaxis. Please join me in supporting #redsneakersforoakley {@friend1} {@friend2}. Let’s make a difference for the millions of people living with food allergies. #livlikeoaks Donate at REDSNEAKERS.ORG

(1) follow @redsneakersforoakley
(2) use the hashtags #20foroakley #redsneakersforoakley #livlikeoaks
(3) tag 2 friends in your post and ask them to support the campaign
(4) make a $20 donation online at REDSNEAKERS.ORG.

For more information or if you have any questions, feel free to email

Written By: Tatiana Platt




Klaus Baer, Michelle-Marie Heinemann, David Yarrow

I recently traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I spent time with the Iconic Wildlife Photographer David Yarrow. His work is currently on display at The WRJ Design Showroom, and will be featured there Feb. 20th thru March 4th.


David Yarrow

I love people with passion, who are passionate about what they do and who they are. David has a great abundance of this and the photographs he takes are a direct reflection of this inner quality and strength.


David Yarrow

David was born in Glasgow, Scotland….and extremely open, without airs, and fun!! It is quite appealing, the combination of artist and possessing the ability to address key environmental and geopolitical issues through his work…..of which involves a high degree of patience as waiting for the exact photographs in extreme conditions could take…..well, as long as it takes, and David is committed to this relationship.


The “Amazing View” Exhibition will feature 17 exquisitely large-scale framed photographs, set in a style I call serene mountain opulence, a signature style created by Rush Jenkins and Klaus Baer, the visionaries and creators of WRJ Design.


Rush Jenkins, Michelle-Marie Heinemann

The opening reception for the Exhibition was wonderfully attended and the highlight included some of Davids first ever images of Americas West. The photographs are saturated with detail and the crystal clear clarity makes one feel as if the animals will jump off the wall. A true sensory experience.


David Yarrow, Michelle-Marie Heinemann, Peter Soros






David Yarrow signing his book, “Wild Encounters.”

Guests were treated to the beautiful hard cover book that was just released by Rizzoli Publishing featuring his work from seven continents with images of some of Earths most endangered species.


David Yarrow and Guests


David Yarrow discussing his slide presentation.

David is an exciting story teller as he gives purpose and meaning to the adventures and risks he takes to capture his photographs. Earlier in the day as the showroom was setting up, I enjoyed listening to the many details David shared, mostly humorous and great fun.


Michelle-Marie Heinemann and David Yarrow


David Yarrow Photography


David Yarrow Photography


Michelle-Marie Heinemann and the Polar Bear

Much earlier in the day I suggested a sleigh ride to the National Elk Refuge, a sanctuary for one of the largest Elk Herd on Earth. It was lovely to see portions of the herd up close, and the weather was divine. Jackson Hole truly is beautiful and there is an immediate peace that lingers in the air.


National Elk Refuge, Jackson Hole~Wyoming


David Yarrow and Michelle-Marie Heinemann~National Elk Refuge-Jackson Hole

The night before, David hosted a lovely dinner party in town celebrating the upcoming Exhibition and speaking about his journeys.


Dinner Party


Slide Presentation


David Yarrow is a very talented photographer, there are many wildlife photographers in the World, but few, if any….that capture the emotion and soul of the animal. This is what sets him apart, putting him in his own league.

While I love all the photographs, I do have a favorite. It is called Red Crowned Cranes and was taken recently in Hokkaido, Japan. It is among the rarest cranes in the world and is a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity. The birds are regal and walk with a majestic grace….so beautiful.


Additional photos of Guests, Fun, and Adventure….yes, the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, is an Adventure!



Emily Arbegust, David Yarrow, Michelle-Marie Heinemann


David Yarrow-Million Dollar Cowboy Bar


Klaus Baer~David Yarrow Dinner Party


Peter Soros and Michelle-Marie Heinemann


Alex Ames~Million Dollar Cowboy Bar


David Yarrow and Alex Ames


Michelle-Marie Heinemann





Bill Gates, Father of three adorable children shares his love of books. Reading is crucial and the backbone to everything we do in life….here are some of his favorites.


~My Favorite Books~
By Bill Gates

Never before have I felt so empowered to learn as I do today. When I was young, there were few options to learn on my own. My parents had a set of World Book Encyclopedias, which I read through in alphabetical order. But there were no online courses, video lectures, or podcasts to introduce me to new ideas and thinkers as we have today.
Still, reading books is my favorite way to learn about a new topic. I’ve been reading about a book a week on average since I was a kid. Even when my schedule is out of control, I carve out a lot of time for reading.

If you’re looking for a book to enjoy, here are some of my favorites from this year. They cover an eclectic mix of topics—from tennis to tennis shoes, genomics to great leadership. They’re all very well written, and they all dropped me down a rabbit hole of unexpected insights and pleasures.



String Theory, by David Foster Wallace. This book has nothing to do with physics, but its title will make you look super smart if you’re reading it on a train or plane. String Theory is a collection of five of Wallace’s best essays on tennis, a sport I gave up in my Microsoft days and am once again pursuing with a passion. You don’t have to play or even watch tennis to love this book. The late author wielded a pen as skillfully as Roger Federer wields a tennis racket. Here, as in his other brilliant works, Wallace found mind-blowing ways of bending language like a metal spoon.

Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight. This memoir, by the co-founder of Nike, is a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like: messy, precarious, and riddled with mistakes. I’ve met Knight a few times over the years. He’s super nice, but he’s also quiet and difficult to get to know. Here Knight opens up in a way few CEOs are willing to do. I don’t think Knight sets out to teach the reader anything. Instead, he accomplishes something better. He tells his story as honestly as he can. It’s an amazing tale.

The Gene, by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Doctors are deemed a “triple threat” when they take care of patients, teach medical students, and conduct research. Mukherjee, who does all of these things at Columbia University, is a “quadruple threat,” because he’s also a Pulitzer Prize– winning author. In his latest book, Mukherjee guides us through the past, present, and future of genome science, with a special focus on huge ethical questions that the latest and greatest genome technologies provoke. Mukherjee wrote this book for a lay audience, because he knows that the new genome technologies are at the cusp of affecting us all in profound ways.

The Myth of the Strong Leader, by Archie Brown. This year’s fierce election battle prompted me to pick up this 2014 book, by an Oxford University scholar who has studied political leadership—good, bad, and ugly—for more than 50 years. Brown shows that the leaders who make the biggest contributions to history and humanity generally are not the ones we perceive to be “strong leaders.” Instead, they tend to be the ones who collaborate, delegate, and negotiate—and recognize that no one person can or should have all the answers. Brown could not have predicted how resonant his book would become in 2016.

Honorable mention: The Grid, by Gretchen Bakke. This book, about our aging electrical grid, fits in one of my favorite genres: “Books About Mundane Stuff That Are Actually Fascinating.” Part of the reason I find this topic fascinating is because my first job, in high school, was writing software for the entity that controls the power grid in the Northwest. But even if you have never given a moment’s thought to how electricity reaches your outlets, I think this book would convince you that the electrical grid is one of the greatest engineering wonders of the modern world. I think you would also come to see why modernizing the grid is so complex and so critical for building our clean-energy future.



Old Fashioned Mom Magazine hosted a VIP Soiree at The Skylark.


This intimate gathering included, Sabrina Baldieri, Lauren Lawrence, Alessandra Emanuel, Joy Marks, Elizabeth Washer, Laura Bounin and Michelle-Marie Heinemann.

The Septet celebrated the OFM lifestyle brand at The Skylark which provided the most fantastic views of the City.


Set thirty stories up in the heart of Times Square South, The Skylark delivers a classically-styled cocktail lounge with expansive panoramic views of the Hudson River, Hudson Yards, Times Square, The Empire State Building, and the best of Midtown Manhattan.

With its multi-level indoor spaces, open-air rooftop terrace and warm furnishings — designed by Meyer Davis Studio — The Skylark is a truly all-season destination. In cooler months, guests can enjoy breathtaking city views from the main lounge’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Warmer days deliver an experience that flows naturally between the indoor and outdoor spaces.

Drinks and food at The Skylark are as distinctive as the space itself. The exclusive mixologist’s cocktail menu is based on classic inspirations that are rendered using only the freshest ingredients. The light fare options include a variety of small plates – perfect for an after-work or evening bite.


I throughly enjoyed several of these Harvest Cobbler’s handcrafted by master mixologist Johnny Swet. It includes; Titos Vodka, Marilde Pear Liquor, Pear and Rosemary.




The Skylark was developed by hospitality veteran David Rabin together with Jim Kirsch and Alison Awerbuch of Abigail Kirsch.

…..until the next OFM Soirée!



~The Skylark~


200 West 39th Street

30th Floor