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Memo Pad: Swapping Seats... Staffing Up... Back Again...

Another staffer is leaving Joanne Lipman right before the latest Portfolio is ready to hit newsstands.

"I had no interest in going back into media," said Asmodeo-Giglio, who had taken time off and was consulting for some luxury hotel companies. But when she met with Louise MacBain, the controversial head of LTB Media, she changed her mind. "I fell in love with Louise's vision," Asmodeo-Giglio said, adding she missed the entrepreneurial spirit of her early days at Travel + Leisure. She spent 17 years at the company.

Early last month, Tim Robson, whose title by the end of a round of executive upheaval was head of corporate sales and publisher of Culture & Travel and Museums magazines, left to serve as managing director of the Fine and Decorative Arts Division at the Heritage Galleries. The October issue of Culture & Travel, with a redesigned logo, has just begun to be mailed to subscribers. Food writer Melissa Clark has been added as a contributing editor, as well as Travel + Leisure veteran Heather Smith MacIsaac. — I.C.

THE FASHIONABLE FEW: Us Weekly celebrated "the 25 most stylish New Yorkers" Monday night at Arena and, while it wasn't a surprise to see Elle editor in chief Robbie Myers, Tracy Reese and Charlotte Ronson at the party, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's inclusion on the list raised a few eyebrows — especially since he's admitted he's fashion-challenged. "Is that really Bloomberg? Why is he here?" one attendee wondered.

Meanwhile, Natalie Morales, a national correspondent on the "Today" show, told WWD that she doesn't have a stylist and always wears her own clothes. She added she hasn't been able to make too many fashion week events, since she's been busy planning for the new fourth hour of "Today," which began Monday.

Dylan Lauren, wearing Ralph Lauren in black and white "for a change," said she's about to take on a third floor at Dylan's Candy Bar (tentatively set to open in April). She said it will include a cafe, fondue bar and spa section. — Amy Wicks
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