A few weeks back, spending the day getting in and out of my car on CUE
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In that spirit, I'd like to take this opportunity to say a few words of thanks as well. First of all, I have to thank Romney Caruso, the photographer who shot the cover of last month's CUE a man who responded with unquestioning forgiveness when I called to tell him that, in our rush to go to press, we'd neglected to give him credit for the photo. So thank you, Romney, for our lovely April cover. And for this issue's cover and fashion shoot, I want to thank Ellen Johnson and Ronnie Swartz for affording us such a beautiful vista. Thank you Bridget (page 29), our young and professional-beyond-her-years model from ABOUTFACES MTM. You were a joy to work with.
A big thank you to the lovely Calais Coulon (page 21) for letting us take her photo at nine months pregnant. (And congratulations in advance on your new baby, who is scheduled to arrive any day now.) To interior designers Michelle Verdigets and Curtis Herring, thank you for taking a small step back from your tastes for the finer things to show us that it is possible to achieve a great look at a fair price for our budget decorating project (page 11). And last but not least, Peggy. Thank you for making great strides for your gender by becoming the first female Shop Dog (page 54), and for not being a diva at your photo shoot.