Today is the last say of the trip and I am exhausted.
I really blew a gasket. While the ride in was truly awe inspiring, a day of
touring was not looking exciting. But we did it! The morning
tour was an overview of Budapest. It is a glorious city and lear...
I woke up this morning as excited as a little kid
before the circus. We woke up at 7 and caught a cab to the train station in
Melk at 8am. As we left the boat the towering abby in Melk loomed grandly and
gilded above us. It was almost exciting not to visit ...
Friday we had a lovely day in Regensburg, Germany. We were on the bus at 830 am to head to the Danube Gorge. There we boarded a boat and cruised down the beautiful gorge for about twenty minutes until we came upon Weltenburg Monastery , the world's oldest m...
Will we ever get to the God Damn Danube? Our last day in Prague was lovely and surprising. We took a walking tour from 830-12 around the old city. We crossed the Charles Bridge again but this time we had a guide so we learned about many of the statues, the ...
It seems odd to me that both my
paternal grandmother and maternal (step) grandfather are both still alive yet
we have divvied up all of their possessions. I guess it shows the era we are
living in, where people just live, live live and their existence gets ...
I can't recall the first time I opened this divine little leather bound book, but I can tell you it has been in my bedside table at my parents house for years and I have flipped through it's pages after many a cocktail party, dreaming of Belle Epoque Paris....
After the anticipation of yesterday, today was more
relaxed but I still overexerted myself. We started off with a bus tour of the
city. We stopped on the main shopping drag and I found one of the shops I had
heard about, Knize. Sadly, like the reviews I re...
We docked in the idyllic town of Passau where three rivers connect. It's yet another fairy tale town with a majestic castle high on a hill and baroque onion domes church spires reaching up to it from the town below. But we would not be seeing any of the pl...
Yay we are on the boat! And it is moving! And yes, here I am writing whilst cruising... On Thursday we had a great tour of Nurnberg. We opted out of seeing the former Nazi rally grounds and instead took a walking tour of the quaint town known for gingerbrea...
Today was uber busy. Sensory overload! Flat Paul in Melnik! While mama took the morning off i jumped on a tour of Melnik, a town thirty minutes away. The castle is where widows to the king we...
- www.TheManual.comEIC, 2012 - present
Growing up in the South Cator began traveling at an early age. He learned to parlez la langue française in Paris, to flamenco in Madrid, to dress in London and found his inner F. Scott in India. Amidst this divine debauchery, Cator attended the College of Charleston for two years and wrote for the Cougar Pause, which doubled its readership when Cator's quill hit the pad.
Cator gave Paris a shot for a semester and all was a fiasco save his nights at La Palace's VIP room or at the scandalous Follies Pigalle. The next stop on Cator's grand tour of life was London. Cator morphed from a rave 'til dawn club kid to the gentleman his mother dreamed he would become. During his metamorphosis, Cator learned the art of Fashion Journalism and how to write freely and express himself in a whole new genre. He was truly in his element.
Upon his arrival back in Atlanta, Cator began to wilt, so he bid Atlanta adieu. 1999 was a pivotal year; His boss at the time the divine Jeffrey Kalinsky offered him a job at his new pioneering store in the blood stained Meatpacking District. Cator knew this was his golden ticket.
Moving up to NYC with Jeffrey was a real eye opening experience. August 29, 1999, Jeffrey opened and the neighborhood began to morph.
Cator left the retail world after six months and began his PR career in the offices of Kevin Krier and Associates and later Fournier Communications and BPMW. After a magical trip to India where he met his mentor and realized his dream of being a journalist would only be realized if he took the first step. Upon return he went part time, started pitching and, thanks to all the editors he met through his PR career, his freelance career began.
Currently Mr. Sparks is the EIC of TheManual.com, and has written for 1stdibs.com, Elle Décor, The New York Times, Acne Paper, Details,Style.com and VanityFair.com. He also has a column on The Huffington Post.
Cator has no problem tackling a good fashion story or event since he is out and about nearly every night whether it be the Frick Ball uptown or a Visionaire party downtown. Cator has been featured for his own dandified style in Ike Ude’s Style File, The Daily Telegraph, Stylelikeu.com and in Bill Cunningham’s section of The New York Times, Evening Hours.
Cator lives in a townhouse in Harlem where he has been Block President for five years running. Recently Cator was commissioned a Colonel of Kentucky by Governor Steven L. Beshear and has requested all friends and family call him ‘Colonel Cator’ from now on.
- Riverwood High SchoolMagnet Program for International Studies, 1990 - 1994
- College of CharlestonParty, 1994 - 1996
- American InterContinental UniversityFashion Marketing, 1997 - 1998