Gramercy Park, This is an Emergency! Our Ellie is gone…

Where are you sweet Ellie?!!!!   You left without saying goodbye!!   What the heck?! This is not the way it was supposed to be!!  You fought so hard, for so long, you kept your cool and kicked ALS’s arse so many times that I thought you were going to be THE ONE, the freaking one to beat it! … You deserved it, You earned it !  What the bloody hell! …. YOU DID!  You know what I mean?!

I was waiting for your next stories… you said you had so much to tell us… you promised! …or did you?  I thought you did…  Your last post was so beautiful!  It took my breath away! “The Journey Home” … what a gift you gave us!  -perhaps you knew?  I’m sure you knew it wasn’t this home you were talking about, that’s why you had to come back so desperately… –  The post was magnificent,  just like you my dear, witty, naughty, irreverent you, incomparable and unique YOU, dearest Ellie…  THANK YOU!    God Bless you!!!-   I’m so glad you got to do that, I’m so glad you left France on a high note and I’m so glad you had that magic opportunity to reconciled with your beloved Provence… It couldn’t have been any other way!  You were able to have everything you always loved and enjoyed so passionately and fiercely, in one magic place for one last time … I’m grateful you made it home to your precious Santa Barbara, I’m grateful you made it to “Merica”, that’s all you wanted!

Are you running in Gramercy Park now Ellie?  Are you finally carefree, blissful, unafraid?!  Are you jumping up and down, and skipping over the cracks of the sidewalk, peering into the bottom windows of the brownstones you wanted so bad to be able to afford?  Are you doing all that like you said you would?!   Tell me you are spinning around in circles, hair floating, arms stretched as far as possible, head in the clouds like you always had, face lifted towards the sky staring into heaven with eyes wide open … Please… let us know you are!

I wonder….  If we were really careful, and would pay really close attention, and would keep really quiet … I wonder if we would we be able to hear your laughter mixed with the wind blowing through the treetops and among the roses…

I think you are in Gramercy Park right now…I can almost see you…now you don’t need to bargain with God for five more minutes of freedom anymore my dearest and bravest Ellie, YOU GOT IT … you are finally free, unbounded and limitless…You are finally Home.

Here is one of my favorite post of yours, “Don’t Mind if I Do, Gramercy Park” one that moved and touched every fiber of my soul. I want people to read it and get to know you, I want everybody to have that joy….

What are “We”, your “imaginary friends”  -like Gracie used to call us-   going to do without you?!   It seems like we were part of something special and magic that others won’t be able to understand…  I’m going to miss people I don’t even know!  I’ll especially miss   Penelope Bianchi,  Stephen Andrew,  Heather of Lost in Arles, La Contessa , Hollie of The silver Pen , so very dearly, and others I got to know over there in your brilliant, hysterical, smart, emotional, profound, refreshing, and freakingly honest BLOG  Have Some Decorum

I guess is time to say goodbye … but it seems I’m not able to do that just yet … I’m not ready…it’ll only have to be  à bientôt for now…   I LOVE YOU sweet Ellie O’Connell, and I’ll be seeing you in my dreams.

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And here you are, for those of you who don’t know you, with your husband David, the French guy.   Ashtonishingly  beautiful !

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And here You are with Gracie, Amazing Grace, like you liked to called her!

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…. and here you are with mom… “Look, I can walk!” That’s what you said about this picture!! You blew my mind !  You really never lost it….  you were the coolest chick in town, and still are,  your spirit keeps going on for ever ….

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Don’t mind if I do, Gramercy Park…

 

In Manhattan, New York there is a very special park called Gramercy Park. This park is so special that it’s private and can be only accessed by those #LuckyDucks who live on Gramercy Park. And they get a key. The golden key to Gramercy Park. Be jealous, be very jealous.

But, guess what? As part of an old New York charitable holiday tradition, the gates to Gramercy Park are open to us losers on Christmas Eve! The Gramercy Park church, Parish of Calvary St.George, will also be having carolers starting at 6 PM in the park. This is absolutely not to be missed!

You may be wondering why I am so excited about this. Well, it’s hard to even write this without crying, but Gramercy Park happens to be the last place I was before, minutes before, I was diagnosed with ALS. I thought that I would let you guys in on a chapter of my book about it. I should have my book finished by March but I thought you guys would like a preview of the Gramercy Park chapter.

Here it is…

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Gramercy Park on the lower East side of Manhattan has always held a special place in my heart. The name alone just sounds cool. Then there is the Gramercy Park Hotel designed in part by one of my favorite artists, Julian Schnabel, with its amazing color scheme of rosy reds, Fire King green and sapphire blues. Then there is the architecture of the brownstones around the park. A little village within a big city. And then there is the garden. The secret private garden to which only a lucky few hold the keys.

I always feel like a little part of me is still in Gramercy Park. Like a little bit of me is still wandering around the park… The part of me that doesn’t have ALS.

As I walked out of the offices of 1stdibs on my lunch break casually walking to the neurologist office for what I thought would be a quick appointment, I never imagined that this would be my last carefree walk. Physically it was not a carefree walk because I had a strange limp and I was worried that every crack in the sidewalk would cause me to fall flat on my face. Mentally, all I was thinking about was the beautiful park.

I walked past the church at the corner of the park and I remember saying to myself, “On my way back from the neurologist appointment, I need to stop at the church and check out their little thrift shop.” I was thinking that I needed to come back to the Gramercy Park Hotel for cocktails later that week with my girlfriends. I was thinking, “God, I wish I could afford one of these brownstones around the park.” My mind floated around thinking how beautiful and lush the little garden was and if the residents who held the coveted key to the garden could grow tomatoes in there.

What I was thinking about was just… Nothing. Now all I think about is… Everything. That five-minute walk in Gramercy Park was the last trace of who I used to be. That girl was like you… She had worries but they were just regular worries. Can I pay my rent this month? Is Gracie getting good grades in school? Does David love me more than his ex-wife? Why are my friends such bitches? Will I ever forgive my father? You know, regular worries. My days were normal…wake up, deal, go to bed. I walked around Gramercy Park that day with my head in the clouds and what I would give to go back to that day.

Sometimes I close my eyes and try to remember that moment in Gramercy Park before I walked into the doctor’s office. I can see it, feel it, smell it and almost taste it. I want to remind myself of who I was before and what it felt like to be carefree. I haven’t been carefree since that day. I want to cherish those few moments and have them emblazoned in my soul so I don’t ever forget what it was like… Before.

Sometimes I beg God to just let me have those few moments of liberty back. Let me just walk around the park again without knowing my fate. Let me be ignorant, let me be blissful, let me be unafraid. If I could just have back a few moments… I would run around that park smelling every flower letting myself get pricked by a rose thorn. I would pop into the hotel and grab a cappuccino. I would peer into the bottom windows of the brownstones. I would skip over the cracks of the sidewalk. I would walk down the tiny broken steps of the church thrift store and pick things up and put them down at my leisure. Hell, I might even stretch out my arms, lift my head to the clouds, start spinning around in circles and sing a little song. At the end of my allotted time, I imagine I would try to renege on my deal with God and I would ask for more time. Don’t make me go forward to my life with ALS. Let me just stay in this park without ALS. Just give me another few minutes… This time I will cherish it, I promise.

So I encourage all of you to get over to Gramercy Park on Christmas Eve…

 

Ellie xoxo

Empty Spaces… Good Bye Elie Wiesel

You closed those eyes that saw too much, and took with you the sorrow in them,
that hunting look, the searing pain, of someone who once was broken, stolen, betrayed, by infamy and hate.

You picked up your own pieces, in a horror nightmare like Guernica, and put yourself back together,
and those empty spaces, where the parts of you were missing,
gone in the burning hell of Auchwitz forever,
you replaced them with light and filled them with hope,
and you walked away from evil,
you left it behind,
and your wounded soul, spilled its light around the world, through the million little cracks left open and sore…

Who would fill those empty spaces, left by you now that you are gone, dear Elie Wiesel?

Rest in peace and  shine from above… Now your family is finally back together!  ….

… But the world surely feels darker without you.

There are victories of the soul and spirit,  sometimes, even if you lose, you win.

Elie Wiesel 

Spring and Summer Wedding Inspiration 

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves”Walt Whitman

For the love of Love, Spring and pretty pictures

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“Keep your face always towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you” – Walt Whitman
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“You are so much sunshine in every square inch” – Walt Whitman
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“To me every hour of the day is an unspeakably  perfect miracle” – Walt Whitman
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“We were together, I forget the rest” – Walt Whitman

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“Happiness, not in another place, but this place…not for another hour, but for this hour” – Walt Whitman

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“I can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of light” – Plato

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“What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the print I have read in my life” – Walt Whitman

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If nothing saves us from death, may love at least save us from life – Pablo Neruda

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“Little you know the subtle electric fire that for your sake is playing within me” – Walt Whitman

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“I swear to you, there are divine things more beautiful than words can tell”  – Walt Whitman
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“I know nothing else but miracles”  – Walt Whitman
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“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves”  – Walt Whitman

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage” –  Lao Tzu

 

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“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets” – Haruki Murakami

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“How do you spell ‘love’? – Piglet  “You don’t spell it, you feel it” – Pooh
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“Will you come travel with me?  Shall we stick by each other as long as we live? – Walt Whitman
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Mindy Weiss

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In one kiss, you’ll know, all I haven’t said – Pablo Neruda

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Melanie Bennett Photography

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But I love your feet only because they walked upon the earth and upon the wind and upon the waters, until they found me  – Pablo Neruda

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We’re stronger in the places where that we’ve been broken – Ernest Hemingway

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“Simplicity is the glory of expression” – Walt Whitman

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We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together, with the windows open and the stars bright”  – Ernest Hemingway

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“Love is composed by a single soul inhabited by two bodies” Aristotle

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Mindy Weiss

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Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoyed it! xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grey is Beautiful … or is it?

I know why this is considered beautiful all over the world…. I feel the same way, hands down!   -Gorgeous, attractive, interesting, magnetic, enigmatic, … and so many positive adjectives more.

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And who could argue about this man’s beauty and sex appeal?!   Nobody, I know.  Not me.  I really feel like I am dreaming looking at him…. ok, not really, but you get the point.  (Model: Aiden Shaw)
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This man probably never had to considered a nose job to feel attractive, captivating, gorgeous and confident. He never had to fight to attain an impossible stereotype of what beauty is or should be.  His wrinkles only added to his natural rugged beauty, his nose gave him character, made him more interesting.  All his irregularities made him even better, manly, unattainable, unique.  Absolutely. I agree.   (In the picture: Andrew Lucchesi.)
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We loved them even more when they started wearing pink!   -How daring, masculine, confident, awesome they looked… – It takes a real man to wear pink! That is what we all said…
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But….. What happens when it comes to WOMEN?   Why is there such a difference between men and women regarding age and beauty?    To me is all a matter of habit and perception.  A very bad habit due to the crap we have been fed forever.  We are so used to have men portrayed as handsome and interesting regardless of their age, grey hair or wrinkles. What I call, natural wear and tear, and that is fine, the way it should be. We are what we are inside, it reflects on the outside.  A leather sofa or jacket for instance, they become more beautiful and valuable with time, when they start looking aged and weathered. It gives them character like it happens with men.
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Yasmina Rossi

Women, on the other hand, we have always been portrayed as beautiful only when we are really, REALLY young and with almost ridiculous standards of beauty, so hard to attain and maintain. We  have a very short expiration date!   We are expected to look like plastic. The less pores and lines we have, the better… Is this a joke?  Really, have we gone insane? I see more and more women going for extreme treatments to make any lines or blemishes disappear. Their faces look like plastic and unreal. Expressionless. All this while, mostly men collect their money for the services they perform on them…

Lauren Hutton at 70 years old. She loves her lines and expressions and so do I.
Lauren Hutton at 70 years old. She loves her expression lines and so do I.

Even worse, the sickness of some designers and most of the media turned teenagers and pre-teens, with an androgenic look, -which is perfectly normal and natural for their age and the changes they are going through-  into an ideal of beauty. They wanted to turn them into sex symbols and objects of desire. They wanted to perpetuate the look forever, they tried to force us to feel guilty for not looking like a malnourished teenager. Women started taking pills, even their kids pills, like adderall – another crazy subject- to stop being hungry.  How sick and disgusting is that?!  And our children bought into that. MEN bought into that.  WOMEN bought into that.  Who is and was so afraid of women, that wanted to perform a media lobotomy on us?!     – In the picture: Model Lauren Hutton, Gorgeous, vibrant, interesting, fascinating, intelligent, challenging.

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It is not that easy to attract the interest and keep the attention of these accomplished, attractive and independent women, a total challenge. It is very hard to control somebody who knows her value and own strengths.  (In the picture: Linda Fargo)

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Who could argue her beauty, even more so with grey hair?   There is nothing more attractive than self confidence and self worth, knowing who you are and of course your talent.   (In the picture: Writer Annika Von Holdt.)
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I think he is extremely attractive and 30 years ago I would had felt the same way.
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Elle MacPherson, 51 years old. I know she is a supermodel and stuff but this is what 51 is looking like, more and more, now that we women stopped believing the crap we were fed before!
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Lauren Ezersky. What a gorgeous woman! When you have the power inside, you can wear and do whatever you want, the way you want it. Grey is not only beautiful but awesome, so gorgeous!
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Aiden Shaw, I love his style, those shoes are to die for! Love the grey everywhere, people love grey … only not on women’s heads.
Why? ! Many people start going grey even early in their 30's. How can that be perceived as old age when we are suppose to live more than 80 years?!!!! Does it make any sense?
Why? ! Many people start turning grey even early in their 30’s. How can that be perceived as old age when we are suppose to live more than 80 years?!!!! Does it make any sense? It would be like believing High School was the best and most important part of your life!
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Gorgeous! Come on people!  Could she had looked any better if she had dyed her hair?!  I have nothing against colouring your hair, my two sisters colour their hair, my mother colours her hair, most of my friends colour their hair. They look great.  What I am against is the perception of grey being ugly in women, the perception of grey meaning you are old, done and approaching your grave.   And only for women! What the bloody hell.
Damn he looks amazing! One I met my husband, one of the things that attracted me most was his hair, he had dark hair with grey, almost white above the ears. So elegant and distinguish... do you think he would have felt the same about me if I had the same thing going one? Hahaha! I know the answer to that....
Dang he looks amazing!   -When I met my husband, one of the things I found myself more attracted to,  was his hair, very dark and with some brushes of white and grey above the ears.  So elegant and distinguished … That was my perception! …do you think he would have felt the same way about me if I had the same thing going on!? Hahaha!   We all know too well the answer to that….
Sarah Harris, authenticity and style.
Sarah Harris, authenticity and style.

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She is really cool.

Elle MAcPherson, the new 50s
Elle MacPherson, the new 50s.  She is fantastic. Perfect is an expression I use probably too often.  But she is. Healthy, strong and confident. I don’t care if she colors her hair or not. That is not the point. The point is that she can do whatever she wants and still look young and sexy, she has the option.  Nothing to do with the models Karl Lagerfeld, a disturbed excuse of a man, uses in his work.   There is something so creepy about him. He gives me the chills, he says he hates ugly people and I am like… Hello! Look in the freaking mirror without your stupid glasses!  I don’t know how he can be Channel’s and Fendi’s head designer…
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This is criminal in my opinion. Wait, this is plain criminal. Not just in my opinion.  I don’t think for a second Coco Chanel would had agreed with his insanity and sickness. He must hate women. That’s why he wants them to look like that.
How could he ever compete with this ?
How could he ever compete with this? Natural, fresh beauty of Cindy Crawford.
How can we even compare the madness...
With this?!!!   How can we even compare the madness…  Karl Lagerfeld’s girls….
Gianni Versace's Girls.
Gianni Versace’s Girls…. look at the smiles
This is beauty, the world has since gone insane.
This is beauty, the world has since gone insane.
Mario's Girls! Beauty and class.
Mario’s Girls! Beauty and class.

And now, back to Grey!

Sarah Harris started going grey in her early teens and decided to keep her natural colour. It takes personality and guts to dare to go against the current, specially in the world of fashion where she spends her life as the fashion director for Vogue Magazine UK. She is a fashion icon now.
Sarah Harris started going grey in her early teens and decided to keep her natural colour. It takes personality and guts to dare going against the current, specially in the world of fashion where she spends her life as the fashion director for Vogue Magazine UK. She is a fashion icon now.
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Curly, natural, grey hair.  So pretty!
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Richard Gere, he made us dream as an officer and a gentleman and continue to do so now. That hair of his… don’t you want to run your fingers through it? 😉
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Statuesque beauty, her hair makes her look even more gorgeous.
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: Sarah Harris is seen wearing a jacket from Lilly e Violetta and jeans from Paige on the Streets of Manhattan on February 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)
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The one and only Miranda
The one and only Meryl Streep ! She can make any hair color work, because it is she who is the star, everything else follows.
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George, famous for being handsome. Pretty much.  I still love him. Again it comes to self confidence, he carries himself with such ease and charm that most of us melt. He looks even more handsome since he turned grey.
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Many women start turning grey at 30, that means they “have” to colour their hair for the next 50 or 60 years.?! … If you want to do so, that is great, but not because we are so used to the images of grey haired women we’ve been fed forever.  Those images of old ladies ready to kick the bucket, retired, bored, sad, waiting for nothing and hopeless. That is a lie. It is not the way it is. This can be and often is, the best time of our lives, when we know who we are, we know what we want and we have the time and the means to do it, to start a new path in life.  Now I am going through a phase.  I can’t wait for my hair to be all grey, white or whatever it is going to be. It doesn’t mean I won’t color it at some point in the future if I feel like it, it means it is what I want NOW.  I find it so attractive and interesting, I feel excited about it  like if I was a teenager again.
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Oh my gosh …. you see, this is my point exactly. They don’t feel old at all. They didn’t stop taking care of themselves and dressing like they were in the prime of their lives because they got grey. I believe they have never felt this confident and attractive in their lives.  And THAT is what I want us WOMEN to understand and to have. Regardless of the hair colour we choose to keep or to get. It goes well beyond that.
Sting!!!
Sting!!! He’s definitely gotten better with age. If that is possible. It is possible, we see the proof over and over again. I’m surprised he allowed the photographer to photoshop him. Where are his awesome expression lines?
Yasmina Rossi
Yasmina Rossi, no comments necessary. Fifty Nine years old.
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This is 59 years old, grandmother and model, Yasmina Rossi. Could she be more stunning?
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Greys are the natural highlights God gave us to look more radiant!
Sir Sean Connery!
Sir Sean Connery! I want to scream at him: Stop it already!  not fair being so good looking for so long! I’ve been needing to give you a hug since I was a little girl….
Yasmina!
Yasmina!
Linda Fargo
Linda Fargo
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Another young and gorgeous woman rocking her silver locks!
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Any length, any age, any type.
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So attractive and grey. The shoes are the perfect touch of colour.
Andie McDowell
Andie McDowell
Carmen Dell'Oriffice
Carmen Dell’Orefice.  Iconic beauty. Too made up to my taste, but who cares?! 😉
Pia Gronning
Pia Gronning, that is the way I would like to look as I get older.
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You are so welcome!

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and so is he!    (Aiden Shaw)
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Wow! Amazing. Lovely hair, gorgeous eyes, perfect outfit.
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Pia Gronning, class act.
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Omg! I’m running out of comments already!  Love the man, love the fashion, thank you God. That’s it.
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Do you see any “old” and “dated” here?  Should she go home and knit?…. I think most people are afraid of women in their prime.  We are a force to be reckon with.
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Danish writer, Annika Von Holdt.
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Cindy Joseph.
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Silver on silver
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She looks classy and sexy at the same time.
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Her freckles look even cuter with silver hair.
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Classy and sexy lady
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Yes please, I’ll take one.
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The right amount of color.
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I’m very happy that in Europe they don’t have people older than 30 doing only viagra or insurance commercials. They are actually the ones who can afford most of the things they advertise and the ones who look best on them.
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Love everything.
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59 year old lawyer Jenny Hirschowitz. Spectacular!
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All these exquisite women exude confidence, intelligence and poise.
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I wish I knew who she is…. flawless beauty and style
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Naturally gorgeous
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Jasmina,  what a photography of strength and beauty!
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What can I say in the face of reality?!
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I think I don’t need to argue my point anymore. The pictures talk by themselves.
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Sigrid Rothe
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Richard Gere
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Helen Mirren
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What a cool guy!
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Since I have some Elle Macpherson pictures in this post, I found only fair to include this guy as well!
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Aiden Shaw
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Jodee Anello, 54
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I love her.
Beautiful Yasmina
Beautiful Yasmina
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Wow! those eyes and that hair!
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The beautiful Pia Gronning
The beautiful Pia Gronning
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Mr Clooney.
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Grandma Yasmina Rossi.
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Beauty at it’s best.
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This is life.
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Carmen Dell’Orefice. Unbelievable!  84 years old….
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Kate Winslet.
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Love it!

And last, but not least,  last pictures and a question about insanity.

When did this become better ...
You sicko!  Who are you catering to?  Child predators?  Are you trying to make her look like she is a baby and about to be baptised?  How old is she?  Is this legal?   When did this become better …
Than this again?!
Than this again?!  Never.

This long labour day weekend, I hope you have fun, enjoy life and accept yourself the way you are. I am sure you are more than beautiful for many people around you, now be beautiful for yourself!  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Behold your own.

And this would be me, trying to find my own! It's in the process and so far I am the only one who loves it in the family! We will see. xx
And this would be me, trying to find my own!  It’s in the process, it’s going to be a year since I started growing it. The picture is a month and a half old, and so far I am the only one who loves it in the family!    Oh well, we’ll see!  
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IN MEMORIAM ~ MEMORIAL DAY

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Amazing Grace…
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How sweet the sound…
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…that saved a wretch like me…
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I once was lost, but now I’m found… was blind, but now I see.
When 2nd Lt. James Cathey's body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine's casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process:
When 2nd Lt. James Cathey’s body arrived at the Reno Airport, Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine’s casket last year at Denver International Airport, Major Steve Beck described the scene as one of the most powerful in the process: “See the people in the windows? They’ll sit right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what’s going through their minds, knowing that they’re on the plane that brought him home,” he said. “They’re going to remember being on that
plane for the rest of their lives. They’re going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.”
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‘Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear, and Grace my fears relieved; 
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How precious did that Grace appeared, the hour I first believed.
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Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come
Brittany Jacobs kisses her son Chris near the grave site of her late husband, Christopher Jacobs, at Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
‘Tis Grace hath brought me safe thus far, and Grace will lead me home. 
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The Lord has promised good to me, His Word my hope secure; he will my Shield and Portion be, as long as life endures.
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Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease…
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I shall possess within the veil, a life of joy and peace…
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The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, the sun forebear to shine…
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But God who called me here below, will be forever mine.
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 26:  William McKeen sits at the grave of his best friend Kevin Lucas in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery May 26, 2008 in Arlington, Virginia. Section 60 is where many of those who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been buried. Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the US, commemorates members of America's military that died while in service to their country. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include casualties of any war or military action.  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun
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We’ve no less days to sing God’s Praise, than when we’d first began.
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Amazing Grace…
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GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE THAN THIS, THAN ONE, LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS…. John 15:13
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I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd gives his life for the sheep … John 10:11
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I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid  of those who kill the body and after that can do no more… Luke 12:4
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Who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty…
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I will say of The Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust. Psalm 91

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Dog tags signifying each soldier killed in action that has passed through School of Infantry East, are displayed on a memorial in the entrance of Ivy Hall - the headquarters of the school - at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Thursday, September 30, 2010. (Sheila Vemmer/staff)
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You won't see this on the news
You won’t see this on the news
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Noah Galloway
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Legends of the Fall

FITZGERALD SCOTT

AUTUMN …. What a magical season!  Everything feels calmer, kinder and softer.  There is a quiet feeling of reflexion and introspection in the air and in our souls. Despite the crispiness in the air, there is a warmth inside of us that grows every day with anticipation…  The leaves are falling, sign that all is going to be made anew again… what a promise!

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PUMPKINS AND MUMS…

WARM CLOTHES AND WALKS IN THE PARK WITH YOUR FAVORITE PERSON
WARM CLOTHES AND WALKS IN THE PARK WITH YOUR FAVORITE PERSON

Home becomes once more the center of our lives, we grow closer to our families, we  reconnect with our friends …. We feel more than ever the need of meaning and purpose in our lives … a nesting feeling comes back stronger than ever…. Books and blankets, boots, sweaters and scarves, go together perfectly with apple cider, hot cocoa, hearty soups and warm apple pies ….

There is a stillness in the air that reminds us of a time, when priorities were quite different and life made more sense!

SEEING THE WORLD IN AMAZEMENT
SEEING THE WORLD IN AMAZEMENT THROUGH A CHILD’S EYES…

We borrow nature’s colors to cover ourselves, inspired by the ever changing leaves of the Fall … we fill our homes with the intensity of Autumn and it’s jeweled and earthy palette and with the quietness and muted tones of golden fields of wheat or greyish heavy skies that often look like they are about to cry… we just don’t know why… Is it from sadness or joy?… or just to wash away our worries and doubts … I wonder… 

Hoping to inspire you to fill your homes with the glow that these Legends of the Fall will cast into our homes and into our lives!  After all change is always good, right? Change makes us grow because it challenges us.

MAGICAL MOMENTS FOREVER IN YOUR HEART...
MAGICAL MOMENTS FOREVER IN YOUR HEART…
THE RED DOOR...
THE RED DOOR…

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SWEATERS AND MITTENS, CHICKENS AND KITTENS…

Soft leather riding boots!
SOFT LEATHER BOOTS!
How something so small can be this beautiful?
HOW SOMETHING SO SMALL CAN BE THIS BEAUTIFUL?!

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HUNTER BOOTS!

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LONG WALKS WITH YOUR BEST FOUR LEGGED FRIEND, PRICELESS!

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PENDLETON BLANKETS!

A VIEW FROM THE TOP
A VIEW FROM THE TOP

 

COMFORT FOODS…

Pumpkin Soup with Sage and Bacon
serves 4

2 T butter

1 onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

1 lb. floury white potatoes
2  1/4c of pumpkin flesh, diced
2  3/4c vegetable soup
1c cream, not low fat
2 t freshly grated ginger
1/2 t lemon juice
1 pinch grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground pepper
4 sliced bacon, diced
5 fresh sage leaves
1 T extra virgin olive oil
-Heat the butter in a large saucepan and fry the onion and garlic
-Add the potatoes and pumpkin, cook for a few minutes, stirring
-Stir in the vegetable stock and cook for 25 minutes until the vegetables are soft
-Puree all in a blender, return to pan and add the cream
-Add a bit more stock if desired
-Add the ginger, season with lemon juice, salt, pepper and nutmeg
-Fry the bacon in  small pan in the butter until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towel
-Add the sage to the pan and fry for 30 seconds
-Add the bacon and sage to the soup, drizzle with the olive oil and season with fresh pepper
FOUNDED THIS IN 5TH AND STATE BY DEBRA PHILLIPS, I still can’t figure it out how to link to other people’s websites or blogs. Sorry!

http://5thandstate.blogspot.com  I hope this works!

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VELLUTATA DI ZUCCA E SPECK  La ricetta saporita

Deliziosa, dolce, gustosa, la vellutata di zucca è un ottimo primo piatto, ricco di vitamine e sapore. Questa portata si può facilmente personalizzare, a seconda dei gusti di ognuno, impreziosendola con dei Porcini, o ancora con formaggi come il Taleggio o il Pecorino, oppure optando per preparazioni più leggere e delicate con i porri, le patate, o lo zenzero. Oggi scopriamo una versione saporita: la vellutata di zucca e speck.

Gli ingredienti

200 g di polpa di zucca

un porro

150 g di speck a dadini

uno scalogno

500 ml do brodo vegetale naturale

sale marino integrale, pepe bianco

olio extravergine di oliva

20 ml di panna fresca

rosmarino & timo, q.b.

A piacere formaggio a scaglie

FOUNDED AT:   http://blog24x7.altervista.org   -postato in cucina

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HOMEMADE COOKIES AND MILK

I actually found the recipe a year later here:

Pumpkin Cookies- Hey, it’s fall!    

GLAZED PUMPKIN COOKIES

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar (make sure this is all white sugar)
  • 1 small can pumpkin (15 oz)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups oat flour (blend oatmeal in a blender)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups crushed pecans (the original recipe called for 3c chocolate chips, but I thought it was too sweet with the glaze and I love pecans, so there you go.)

Mix wet ingredients, then add the dry ingredients; mix well.

Bake at 375 for 8-9 minutes.  While baking, make glaze:

 Glaze
  • 2 c powdered sugar
  • 4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 Tbsp. milk

Mix well and immediately frost warm cookies.  (If this seems thicker than a glaze, just add a little more milk- I can’t attest to the consistency if you’re somewhere drier than Dominica)

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– SHAKESPEARE COULD HAVE WRITTEN A NOBEL ABOUT HER BEAUTY! THOSE LOVELY COLORS! SKY AND FIRE…

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FAMILY PICNICS! LOTS OF BLANKETS, HOT CHOCOLATE, CRUSTY LOAVES OF  BREAD!

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CARAMEL APPLES!

LAVENDER, WHEAT AND PUMPKINGS
LAVENDER, WHEAT AND PUMPKINS

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FIRST FROST OF THE FALL….BREATHTAKING

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ROADS ON FIRE !

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PUMPKIN CINNAMON ANYTHING!

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HOT FREAKING CHOCOLATE!!!

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APPLE TARTS…

Gatherings around
Gatherings around the table, outside, enjoying this magic season

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GOLDEN BUNDLES OF WHEAT AND FIELD FLOWERS

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THERE IS A SEASON FOR EVERYTHING… TIME FOR CONTEMPLATION, TIME FOR INTROSPECTION..

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A PERFECT MOMENT FROZEN IN TIME..

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PRINCETON’S IVY

Mums on fire
GORGEOUS URNS WITH MUMS ON FIRE
SIMPLICITY, BACK TO BASICS
SIMPLICITY, BACK TO BASICS
WORN OUT MEMORIES
WORN OUT MEMORIES
ENCHANTED PARADISE..
ENCHANTED PARADISE..
A NEW SEASON, A BRIDGE TO A NEW LIFE.
A NEW SEASON, A BRIDGE TO A NEW LIFE.
CHILDHOOD REVISITED..
CHILDHOOD REVISITED..
BLESSINGS AND BOUNTY
BLESSINGS AND BOUNTY

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– THE NOTEBOOK

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A DEAR JOHN LETTER … THIS TIME WITH A TWIST…  I DO LOVE YOU!

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– THERE IS SOMETHING SO ENCHANTING ABOUT PENCILS AND PAPER…

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Beautiful Inspiration

SOMETIMES A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS, SOMETIMES A FEW WORDS ARE WORTH A THOUSAND PICTURES…

HAVE AN INSPIRED AND GREAT WEEKEND!

Gratitud changes EVERYTHING
Gratitud changes EVERYTHING

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You are a LIVING magnet...
You are a LIVING magnet…

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Be happy for THIS moment..
Be happy for THIS moment..

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The creative adult is the child who SURVIVED!
The creative adult is the child who SURVIVED!

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I AM more than what you SEE..
I AM more than what you SEE..

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Tough times don't last; Tough people DO
Tough times don’t last; Tough people DO

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Imagination encircles the world….

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You
You have more to do than be weighed down by pretty or beautiful….
You
You 
you are
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The earth has music..
The earth has music..
Don't
Henri Cartier-Bresson 
Just three things...
Just three things…
There are
There is only one happiness in life…
There is only one
There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.

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She turned her can't
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She turned her can'ts...
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