October 25, 2010
by Joel Stein
I Feel Pretty. More men are buying foundation, concealer and eye gel—as long as they don't have to call it makeup.
The first piece of journalistic advice I received from the man who is now the editor of this magazine was, "Always take the makeup." So everytime I go on TV and the producers offer makeup, I tell them to spackle it on thick. But I never thought about wearing the stuff off camera. Which, apparently, was stupid. Men spent twice as much on grooming products last year as they did back in prerecession 1997, and in that time, skincare products for guys—a category that includes not only aftershave but also eye gels and wrinkle erasers—went from a $40.9 million to a $217 million industry.
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January 28, 2010
By John H. Palmer
It's been said that if you give to others, it will come back to you one way or another. That's the idea behind a new business networking group that has taken root in Darien.
The Darien Dynamos, a new local chapter of Business Network International, is meant to provide a referral service for trusted members of the group who can vouch for the quality of services provided.
"Referrals and word of mouth is a very effective advertising strategy," said Makenna Flagg, a Darien financial advisor and founder of the Darien Dynamos.
January 15, 2010
Area residents will have a chance to savor South Africa
What Norwalker Yvette De Vries enjoys the most about going back to South Africa, where she grew up, and what she thinks people don't anticipate when they think of all the high-adrenaline kinds of things the country offers, like seeing animals on a safari, is the night sky.
"That is just something you can't imagine if you have never seen it. And the sounds. They aren't something you necessarily dream of when you plan to go, yet people always comment on how they come away with memories of the sounds and that overwhelming night sky," she said during a recent visit to Greenwich-based African Portfolio, a boutique travel company specializing in custom-designed safaris where she has worked as a senior consultant for 12 years.
December 19, 2009
SWS Builders of Stamford was honored with the 2008 HOBI award for the Best Antique Home Restoration for its restoration of a historic 1856 Gothic Victorian home in Darien. This is SWS’s second HOBI Award for outstanding residential construction and project management.
The year-long restoration project entailed attention to detail to preserve the authenticity of the Victorian period, including locating resources for unusual windows, moldings and plaster trims. Every aspect of the project had to appear original to the mid-19th century structure, while all mechanicals had to be upgraded for modern living and technology. All 11 rooms in the 7,100 square foot house were affected by the restoration.
Among the obstacles encountered by the SWS team was the discovery of two abandoned brick drywells 9 feet in diameter and 8 feet deep during excavation — right where footings were to go. The house had major rot, and the post and beam construction made snaking wires and running pipes as well as retrofitting two HVAC systems a challenge. Compounding the complexity of the project, the young family of five lived in the home during the entire construction phase.
December 01, 2009
[Darien, CT, December 2009] The Darien Dynamos, a new Darien-based BNI group, is off to an incredibly strong start. The group received its charter this past September after reaching the required 25 membership level in record time; the BNI group was started just a few months earlier in May by Makenna Flagg, a Financial Planner located in Darien. While most towns in the area support one to three BNI groups, the Darien Dynamos is Darien’s first BNI chapter and has become the fastest growing BNI Group in Fairfield County. To date, the Darien Dynamos has 32 members comprised of small business and professionals from Darien and neighboring towns in New Canaan, Norwalk, Greenwich and Stamford.
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