The Edit…

  Marie Kondo, at 34, has become a media darling, first with the success of her 4 books on "how to organize your home" and now has a popular series on Netflix.     Using her method of organizing called KonMari, Kondo asks her readers/clients to keep only the objects that "spark" joy.  She suggests… Continue reading The Edit…

Love Story

As we move along on our journey, we realize, like the dictionary meaning, that love comes in many different forms. Our personal love story is a reflection of our life experiences...starting with the unconditional love parents and their children share,  moving along to the first, intense brush with young love, (that emotional roller coaster), to the… Continue reading Love Story

Revisiting the French Pharmacie…

The winter months in a cold, dry climate can be a challenge for mature, sensitive skin.  I have fair skin, prone to redness (rosacea) and although I'm far from being an adolescent, I can have a breakout at the most inopportune time.  I haven't had cosmetic surgery (however, not ruling that out in future) but… Continue reading Revisiting the French Pharmacie…

Forging Beauty…

    My first trip to Paris in 1988 put me into a state of sensory overload!   That taxi ride from the airport into the core of the city left me in awe.  The architecture was so exceedingly beautiful and foreign to anything I had ever seen, the trees towering over the expansive boulevards and… Continue reading Forging Beauty…

Painting the month away…

  As I was putting away the Christmas decorations, I spied the paint cans and brushes on an adjacent shelf and thought, "No time like the present."  I started off in the front hallway by painting the interior side of my front door and the front hall closet.  Before the doors were an almost "black"… Continue reading Painting the month away…

It’s Hollywood…

The HOLLYWOOD sign...with a life of its own, a symbol of the Hollywood film industry representing The Golden Age of Hollywood...has stood on the side of Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills, since 1923.  Originally intended as an advertisement for a real estate developer, the sign read HOLLYWOODLAND,  and was to stay up for only… Continue reading It’s Hollywood…

Celebrate A New Beginning…

  Turning the page on the past year often leaves me in a melancholy mood...why I'm not so sure... In years past, New Year's Eve was marked by a sparkly, elaborate party with good friends, an occasion to bring out your best party dress (that hopefully still fit after all the Christmas indulgences) and your… Continue reading Celebrate A New Beginning…

Joyeux Noel…

        I'm sure most of you are running on high (caffeine or whatever other vices you may indulge in!) just to get all the last minute preparations done ... the gift shopping, wrapping and, the worst of all,  the grocery run.  The lineups, the scramble for a parking spot and that nagging… Continue reading Joyeux Noel…

The Winter Garden…at Christmas

This garden is definitely a Winter Wonderland.    I can only imagine how many miles of lights that have been used in this garden. The hedges in my front garden are topped with (many) mini lights casting a soft, warm glow.  I'm not sure what I will do when these old-fashioned clear mini lights are no… Continue reading The Winter Garden…at Christmas