Monday, March 19, 2018

WHAT HE SAID Steve Maraboli

“Get Off The Scale!
You are beautiful. Your beauty, just like your capacity for life, happiness, success, immeasurable day after day, countless people across the globe get on a scale in search of validation, of beauty and social acceptance.
Get off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.

It’s true, the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure beauty, talent, purpose, life force, possibility, strength, or love. Don’t give the scale more power than it has earned. Take note of the number, then get off the scale and live your life. You are beautiful!”

Steve Maraboli
from 'Life, the Truth, and Being Free'

Jack Rogers

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

THE LOVELY ONES Elizabeth Taylor

“You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.”

Did you know...

1. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London, England
2. She was granted dual British-American citizenship at birth since her parents were both Americans from Arkansas City, Kansas who had moved to London to open an art gallery before she was born. The Taylor family moved back to the United States in the spring of 1939 due to the tense political situation in Europe before World War 1
3. She was known for her stunning 'violet' coloured eyes, which were actually a very intense blue, made even more dramatic by her eyes being rimmed with dark double eyelashes, caused by a genetic mutation called Distichia.
4. Elizabeth Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner Fortensky was married 8 times, twice to the same man, Richard Burton. Taylor's personal life, and especially her eight marriages, drew a lot of media attention and public disapproval at the height of her career, especially after she married Eddie Fisher, the friend who comforted her after her third husband Mike Todd died in a plane crash in 1953. Eddie Fisher was still married to America's sweetheart Debbie Reynolds at the time of their affair which led to Taylor being branded a 'homewrecker'. Through her many marriages, Elizabeth Taylor was 'related' to half of Hollywood, most notably Paris Hilton, Carrie Fisher, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jack Palance, Virginia Baker, Joan Blondell, Billie Lourd, Dick Powell, June Allyson, Joely Fisher and distantly related to the high society families of Bunny Mellon and John Paul Getty Jr.
5. She once saved the life of actor Montgomery Clift's when he had a near fatal car crash after leaving a party at her home. She entered the car through the back door, crawled to the front seat and removed the two front teeth from Clift's throat that threatened to choke him.

To learn more about Elizabeth Taylor and her extraordinary life, check out Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption

Monday, February 26, 2018

How To Get The Attention Of Your Waiter

Catch the attention of your server by making eye contact or if he/she is not in your immediate area, you can raise your hand to about head level and wait to make eye contact so that they are aware that you need service. Waiters do not have eyes all over their heads so if they are looking elsewhere and not taking an order at another table, you can also softly call out 'Waiter' or Sir/Miss?'
If they are taking an order at another table, do not interrupt them or the other customer while they are placing their order. Your request is no more important than any other customer in a restaurant. Snapping your fingers or waving your hand furiously is just disrespectful, a waiter is not your personal servant (and if you are lucky enough to have one of those, you shouldn't do that to them either)

Lane Crawford

Friday, February 23, 2018

CHIC THIS WEEK Best Dressed for February 17-23, 2018

Who is your pick for best dressed this week?
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In Miu Miu
At the Goldene Kamera in Hamburg, Germany

In Carolina Herrera
At the Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, California

In Erdem
At The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange reception, held at Buckingham Palace in London, England

In Carolina Herrera
At the A24 and DirecTV's "The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall" premiere in Hollywood, California

At the 2018 BRIT Awards 2018 in London, England

In Valentino
At the 'Unsane' premiere during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin in Berlin, Germany

( 'Connie' sandals by Tabitha Simmons, jewellery by Repossi)
At the 2018 BRIT Awards in London, England

In Dolce & Gabbana
At the Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, California

In Giamba
At the Runway To Red Carpet event, hosted by Council of Fashion Designers of America, Variety and WWD in Los Angeles, California

In Christian Dior
At the 2018 BAFTA Awards in London, England

Who is your Best Dressed for February 17-23, 2018?

Naomi Watts in Miu Miu
Sarah Hyland in Carolina Herrera
The Duchess of Cambridge in Erdem
Michelle Monaghan in Carolina Herrera
Alesha Dixon in Jacquemus
Claire Foy in Valentino
Millie Bobby Brown in Rodarte
Kerry Washington in Dolce & Gabbana
Alison Brie in Giamba
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A READERS ASKS What Should My Child Call His Teacher?

Dear Lily,
     my son just started junior kindergarten. Since he is the youngest of four that have gone to the same school, I am very familiar with most of the teachers there, including his teacher who has taught one of my other children as well. My son has heard me refer to his teacher by her first name and now has gotten into the habit of calling her by her first name too. I didn't think it was a big deal, I mean he is just a little kid but his teacher has brought it up a few times to me. She said that she wasn't comfortable with him calling her by her first name as opposed to Mrs.____ and that a couple of the other children have heard him and now call her by her first name as well. I haven't talked to my son about it because like I said, I didn't think it was a big deal but now I am not sure what to do. Is she being silly about this or am I the one in the wrong?


Dear Caryne,
     children are such lovely little sponges, aren't they? They pick up everything they see and hear from adults, especially their parents. While you didn't really do anything criminal with calling an acquaintance, like the teacher by her first name, if you choose to address her that way in public, it is your responsibility to clarify to your son the different expectation you should have of him. There should be a distinction of respect between a child and an adult, especially one who is an authority figure in your child's life, like his teacher. Allowing your children to address adults informally sets a confusing pattern for them, blurring the lines of respect and authority (a major issue these days) which they will take with them as they grow and mature from a little one into a not-so-little one.
Generally, so as not to confuse the young child who is already trying to adjust to the new routine of school, I suggest refraining from calling teachers by their first names. Since this pattern has been initially set, explain to your son that children do not call teachers by their first names and tell him why that is in a manner he will be able to grasp and understand. We, as parents and caregivers, must show our children what is appropriate social behaviour and as harmless as you might think it is, it is not acceptable for a child to call a teacher by their first name if the teacher does not appreciate it.

Yours Truly,

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

THE LOVELY ONES Cindy Crawford

 "The secret is that there's no secret. Do all the stuff we know: Don't smoke, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, find what makes you happy"

Did you know...

1. Cynthia Ann Crawford was born February 20, 1966 in DeKalb, Illinois.

2. At the age of 16, she was noticed by a newspaper photographer, during her summer job as a corn detasseler, who took a picture of her that ended up being the beginning of her modelling career.

3. She graduated from DeKalb High School in 1984 as valedictorian and earned an academic scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University. She attended for only one semester and then dropped out in order to pursue a full-time modeling career.

4. She is one of the five original 'SuperModels' of the 1990s. The others are Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista.

5. In 1996, when Prince William was just 13 and said he had a crush on Cindy Crawford, his mother the late Princess Diana, invited Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell
to Buckingham Palace to surprise her son. As he returned home from school, the supermodels were waiting for him at the top of the stairs, leaving the young Prince red-faced and embarrassed.

To learn more, check out Becoming by Cindy Crawford and Katherine O'Leary

Sunday, February 18, 2018

How to Eat Oysters

During a spirited round of 'what would you' at the dinner table this week, I was asked how I would spend my last day on earth and particularly, what I would eat (we play this game a lot at home since we've banned gadgets at the dinner table and one must entertain the diners or else my kiddos wolf down their dinner and try to make a mad dash for their phones, lest they miss something terribly important). I had to think long and hard about my last days schedule but the meal part came easy, a little bit of all my favourites and a whole lot of oysters.
I LOVE oysters and I recommend that they be tried at least once, even if it's only on a dare. You'd be surprised that most people with a preconceived notion that oysters are not for them, usually turn out to be the most ardent fans but they can be tricky to handle, especially if it's your first time. Good oysters should look full in the shell and have an opaque consistency. If they smell bad, it's probably because they are, so take a pass on that one and move on to the next. If you are having oysters in a casual setting, go at them anyway you like (it adds to the fun) but in a more formal setting, there's a better way to handle yourself around the oyster bar.