Aging Gracefully?…

    I love this quotation. Age is just a matter of perception...right? And I love those sayings like 60 is the new 40, 50 is the new 30 etc. In reality, though, aging gracefully is not for the faint of heart...especially when others have opinions about how you should approach the passing of years.… Continue reading Aging Gracefully?…

The French Beret…

      Like champagne, baguette, and macaron,  the beret is an iconic symbol synonymous with France. Berets were originally worn by French shepherds centuries ago.  They believed (correctly) that if wool could keep sheep cool in summer, dry in inclement weather, and warm in winter, the same principle should work for them. Their crude, wool… Continue reading The French Beret…

The Warm Glow of Beeswax Candles…

  About 10 years ago, I started selling beeswax candles in my store.  A friend, who ran the general store in Colinton, (a small town in northern Alberta), would stop by for a visit and shop at CC when she came to the city to pick up supplies.  She supported the farmers in her community… Continue reading The Warm Glow of Beeswax Candles…

Simple Pleasures…

If the past two months have taught us anything, I hope we now realize that we shouldn't put off doing the things we've talked about doing or more importantly dreamed about.  We've never really known what may be around the corner, but this situation is teaching us not to wait around to find out. By… Continue reading Simple Pleasures…

The New Year’s Concert…

  The PBS broadcast of the New Year's Concert at the Musikverein in Vienna is the icing on the holiday celebrations. The Vienna Philharmonic performance of the New Year's Concert has been a musical tradition since December 31, 1939. My love of classical music began when I took a university music history course. I naively… Continue reading The New Year’s Concert…

Is Red the New Nude…

  It's party season...a time to dress up!  Along with the little black dress (LBD), red lipstick completes the look for any festive occasion. Red lipstick has been in and out of favour for thousands of years. Cleopatra was one of the first to wear a red lip but all through the centuries, society has… Continue reading Is Red the New Nude…

What’s on your vanity…

The Egyptians started wearing makeup  7,000 years ago.  Over the years, women have been creative in finding ways to enhance their beauty, from using burnt match sticks to rim their eyes, berries to stain their lips and even the urine of young boys to fade freckles and other dark spots. Today the beauty industry is… Continue reading What’s on your vanity…

A “Reset” at Sea Level…

  I'm in California this week, at the La Jolla Shores Beach.  Although my life is not particularly stressful or hectic anymore, sometimes it takes a walk on the beach to clear my head and wake (shake) me up.  Meditating has never come easy for me (I lack the discipline required!) but breathing in the… Continue reading A “Reset” at Sea Level…

I Adore (J’Dore) Dior…

    In 2017, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs of Paris, hosted a 6-month exhibition to celebrate 70 years of Dior.  Since that time many cities around the world have held similar exhibits honouring "Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams". I was fortunate to see the exhibit at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary with my daughter.… Continue reading I Adore (J’Dore) Dior…