November 30, 2010

I Will Not Be Decorating This Christmas

. . well, I will be.

But just a little.

Not like before.

Ususally, my home is fully decorated the day after Thanksgiving.

But there has been nothing usual about this year.

After losing my brother in April, I am just not in the mood. I will try to be for my nieces. But it will not be like before.

Nothing will.

So, no Christmas cards going out this year. No Christmas tree. No flashing lights.

Just. Simple.

November 29, 2010

Anthropologie at Rockefeller Center

Continuing along on my jaunt to Manhattan, I stopped by the Anthropologie store at Rockefeller Center. The store is in a great location - right across from the Christmas tree (which was still in scaffolding awaiting its big reveal) and ice rink.Considering the size and beauty of this particular Anthropologie store, I was disappointed with its Christmas windows. Boring.
Basically, all of their products were displayed in wooden boxes.
Here is the inside of this two-level store.
Ornaments. Rather expensive ornaments.
Gorgeous drawer pulls. I was in drawer pull heaven!
Feather Christmas trees seem to be all the rage this season. I will be making my own after seeing the price tags. Michaels, here I come. Monogrammed mugs.
Stay tuned for more from my little jaunt.

"Oh, for the good old days
when people would stop Christmas shopping
when they ran out of money."
- Author Unknown

November 24, 2010


"He who thanks but with the lips
Thanks but in part;
The full, the true Thanksgiving
Comes from the heart."
- J.A. Shedd

November 23, 2010

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, Macy's Windows and The Good Wife

While in the city (Manhattan) to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (post to follow), I passed by Macy's to see how their windows were decorated for Christmas.

This was a great time to see the windows. Once the Christmas season is in full effect, it will be impossible to see the windows through the throngs of people.

Preparations were under way for the parade. The theme of this year's windows is
And the other theme is Now, none of these photos do the windows justice. There is movement and sound and music and all that good stuff that you can't enjoy from a still photo. But, I hope you can get a taste.

Around the corner, I passed a film crew filming a scene from The Good Wife. Love this show!

I didn't stick around to see who was being filmed but I noticed they had Mr. Big's face on one of the windows of the building. I just had to take a picture.

Hope you enjoyed this short trip to Manhattan.

Will be posting more soon.

November 22, 2010

Pilgrim Finger Puppets and a Tee Pee

Every Thanksgiving, I pull out some decorations made by my older niece when she was a wee bitty thing. Pilgrim finger puppets and a tee pee.

These simple decorations are my favorite. My niece thought enough about her aunt that she made me these. She is now 18 and in her first year of college.

Time is so fleeting and so precious.

"For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

November 15, 2010

Darren Criss Sings Teenage Dream on Glee

Over the weekend, I caught up with the last episode of Glee.

Almost busted the 'ol DVR replaying "Teenage Dream" sung by new cast addition, Blaine. Darren Criss is the artist and I hope he comes back to sing again and again.

I am in need of some sunshine this week so, here is the video. Enjoy!

I may be playing it again and again!

November 12, 2010

Ladies Who Launch Review - Day Two - Martha Beck, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, Letarte Swimwear and Elizabeth Lesser

I was excited to start Day Two of the Ladies Who Launch Dream It! Launch It! Live It! Global Conference for Women Entrepreneurs at 82 Mercer.

The reason for the excitement was for the first speaker, Martha Beck.
Every month, I look forward to reading Martha's monthly column in O, The Oprah Magazine. During her interview with Victoria Colligan (on the left), I found Martha to be funny, sassy and smart. She led us in some exercises to gauge whether a path is appropriate for us by listening to our bodies. It is all about pleasure, passion and purpose.

Next up was Anne Beiler of Auntie Anne's Pretzels pictured on the right in this photo.She started out selling pretzels at a farmer's market and a few years ago, sold her company which consists of over 1000 locations worldwide. For Anne, it is about purpose, product and people. Also, happiness can be bought. Joy cannot.

The body is nowhere near bikini-wearing season, but I was looking forward to the next speaker, Michelle Letarte Ross of Letarte Swimwear.

She brought along some beautiful bikinis and tunics. Letarte started with an idea by her and her windsurfing championship sister in Maui. She has two retail stores and the rest of her business is wholesale.

Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of The Omega Institute was next.I understand her book, Broken Open is amazing and will definitely be picking it up soon. I got a lot out of her talk. I can "be bitter or be reborn."

I left this two-day conference inspired. Inspired by all of the great women I met and of all of the intelligence and creativity and drive in that room.

I only have one life and I need to stop procrastinating, get off my ass and live the best life I can.

"Man cannot remake himself without suffering,
for he is both the marble and the sculptor."
- Dr. Alexis Carrel

November 10, 2010

Ladies Who Launch Review - Day One - Lisa Price, Lolly Daskal, Lisa Oz and Joan Lunden

What do you get when you put 400 women entrepreneurs in one room for two days?

I N S P I R A T I O N !!


How can one not be inspired by women who are living the life of their dreams?

I am in major need of inspiration and that fire-under-my-ass. This was the perfect remedy.

I have set aside my dreams of a career due to fear - fear of not only failure but of success.

But the major reason I have not gone after my passions is because by now, I thought I would be married with kids and therefore didn't have to worry about it.

I have had to painfully (!) let go of that dream and realize that I need to create a new dream for myself.

Just because one dream didn't work out doesn't mean I can't dream a new dream.

The Dream it! Launch it! Live it! Global Conference for Women Entrepreneurs took place on November 8 and 9 at a beautiful loft space in SoHo, 82 Mercer.

At breakfast, I met a wonderful woman, Joan from Cleveland. We became partners in crime during the two-day event. We also vowed to be each other's accountability partners, keeping each other in check as we move along on the path toward living the life of our dreams.

Day One started out with a video titled the "Girl Effect."

If you educate a girl, you can save the world!

The founder of Ladies who Launch (LWL), Victoria Colligan shared with us that women own 40% of businesses in the US but this only represents less than 4% of total revenue.


The first speaker of the day was Lisa Price, founder of Carol's Daughter, Inc.

Interviewed by Stella Grizont of the NYC/NJ LWL, Lisa, pictured on the right was open and honest about her life and how she turned a hobby into a multi-million dollar business. She also told us to "applaud the good days and forgive others."

Next up was Lolly Daskal. I have to be honest with you. I had never heard of Lolly. She was named by Huffington Post as one of the top bloggers to read and I was completely moved by her story. Touching. Smart. Captivating.

One problem though. The event organizers did not give her nearly enough time to speak. I could have listened to her forever. I approached her during a break and shared with her that I felt like a "fraud" because I was at an event for entrepreneurs but yet hadn't a clear path to become one of them.

She grabbed my hands, pulled me over to some chairs and sat down with me to chat. I felt so moved by this gesture that I have vowed to never again call myself a "fraud." Major hearts and hugs to you Lolly!

Lisa Oz, was next.Lisa, seen here on the right is stunningly beautiful! She is the one who got her hubby on TV. Behind every man is a great woman and Lisa is that woman!

One of the many things that stood out to me during her chat with Victoria Colligan, was weakening a negative belief's power by seeing where it is not true; cite examples of the opposite. I will definitely use this the next time I think I am a "fraud."

Joan Lunden was funny, smart and a tireless business woman and mom of seven. She faced her fear of public speaking and after leaving television, has started several businesses. She advised us to say yes to everything. That opportunities are rarely labeled and courage is a muscle strengthened by use.

Interspersed with these various speakers were mini workshops aimed at assisting us with living our dreams.

It was wonderful being around so many smart, creative women!

Check back soon for my review of Day Two

"The only courage that matters is
the kind that gets you from one moment to the next."
- Mignon McLaughlin

November 5, 2010


This is where I will be on Monday and Tuesday. Hanging out with Ladies who Launch .

My gal pal Julia told me about this organization over a year ago. Victoria Colligan, Founder and CEO of Ladies Who Launch states, "Our mission is to make Entrepreneurship accessible to every woman."

Can't wait to network in SOHO with inspiring women.

I am most looking forward to hearing Martha Beck speak.She has a great sassy and straightforward monthly column in O Magazine and has also appeared on her show.

Dr. Oz's wife and Joan Lunden will also be there along with many other speakers.

I need a kick in the pants so I am thrilled to be going.

I will share all about it next week.

"Courage is the power to let go of the familiar."
- Raymond Lindquist

November 2, 2010


Did you vote today?

I did. I always do. Including absentee ballots when I was away for college.

However, this year was a bit odd for voting.

First off, my state switched to paper ballots. You fill in the circle with a black marker and then run it through an electronic gadget.

I thought we were trying to save trees. What gives with the paper?

Secondly, the governor's race in New York State has left me less-than-thrilled. So it was a conundrum.

I do like Andrew Cuomo's girlfriend though - Sandra Lee of the Food Network.

I almost voted for the "RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH" candidate. What do you think? Should I have?

"Politicians are like diapers.
They both need changing regularly and for the same reason."
- Author Unknown

November 1, 2010

My Favorite Makeup Products Right Now

I received so many thoughtful comments and emails about my Makeup Organization post.

The crazy thing is that I was slightly jealous of those of you who wrote how your makeup can fit in a small case. Sometimes, the array of makeup I have is too much. Too many choices. But, I am glad that I have choices.

Here are some of my favorites from what I have shown you.
I use the Smashbox primer which is so silky smooth followed by BareEscentuals Tinted Mineral Veil and Faux Tan as my bronzer.

Next up, cheeks.
I love this Laura Geller blush. And Glee from BareEscentuals, purchased before the show ever existed but fun to have now that I am a fan :) They are both nice and pink and a little goes a long way. The Bonne Bell product for lashes is used as an eyebrow shaper.

Let's talk eyes -
I love the smoky gray/purple of Black Pearl, the shimmery silver of 2000 and a simple base in Soul. The MAC Paint Pot in Fresco Rose I use alone for a sweep of color or as a base for other colors.

Also, when I am jonesing for a bit of green, I go with MAC's Greensmoke. The Revlon Wild Orchids is a creamy grouping of purples.

One of the best makeup products I ever purchased was MAC's Carbon. With MAC brush #22, I line my upper eye lids with this. It is UH-MAZING.

For eyes, I also love the following - BeneFit's BAD gal is a thick black eye pencil. Definitely BAD gal. Also, Sephora's #503 is a fun purple eye crayon and the mascara I use at the moment is Define-a-Lash. I have Falsie's ready to go when this runs out.

These are my face and eye favorites and soon, I will be posting about lipsticks and lipglosses. That is a 12-Step Program waiting to happen!

What are some of your favorites?

"The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion
but cosmetics are easier to buy."
- Yves Saint Laurent
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