The Next It Girl?

Where is Rose Kennedy Schlossberg? By all accounts, she should be everywhere by now. I have been waiting for it to happen and am now thinking that her parents have paid off the paparazzi to leave her alone. She is young, beautiful, a Harvard student, a Kennedy and Jackie O’s granddaughter..you would think the photographers would be following her all around and we would be sick of her already. Unbelievably, if you look online, there are only a scarce amount of pictures of her out there.


At her christening.


Rose and her sister with Grand Jackie before her death.

Then except for background shots taken during the craziness of her famous Uncle’s disappearance and later funeral..she kept seriously under wraps.

At Arlington Cemetary for the 40th Anniversary of JFK’s death.


This is the one of the prettiest pictures of her..2003 (she looks like Katie Holmes here)

Rose and her Mom at Harvard for a ceremony honoring Senator Ted Kennedy. (2008)

With her Mom and sister at the Democratic National Convention 2008


Rose and fellow Harvard student, Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger. (2009)


Rose and her family greeting mourners of Senator Ted Kennedy at
the Kennedy Library in Boston.


Leaving Ted Kennedy’s funeral

Vacationing on St. Barth Christmas 2009

The only time she has really been written about in the press was when a photo of her with some questionable paraphanelia was posted on a friend’s Facebook page. It was reported and then re-reported that it was a hookah pipe and nothing more

..she also got some press during her uncle’s funeral last year when she ceremoniously shot a bird at a reporter.

..and blowing smoke circles in a friend’s dorm room.

Maybe she is just going to stay under the radar. She is graduating this year so things might change. Or..maybe it will be the middle child Tatiana that will be the real star…..

Make a Wish at Phillipe

Last night Amy and I went to a cocktail party at Phillipe in the Gansevoort Hotel to benefit Make A Wish. Our good friend Jamie and his brother Robby were the hosts and there was barely room to walk around when we got there..and we weren’t even late! So many fun people and even a tennis celebrity with the initials VW showed up. We talked to her but did not snap any pictures..I chickened out…


Jamie and Robby Elias


Asha, me and my sweet friend Joey


Lori, Ricky, me and Amy..Ricky is always the life of the party!

We had so much fun. What an amazing organization to support. As a huge sponsor at work, we get tons of thank you letters from Make A Wish children who have gone on cruises with their families. It is the sweetest mail to get, such happy stories and pictures. Check out their website www.wish.org

She’s A Show Stealer

In sixth grade at St. Thomas Episcopal School, we spent a good part of the year rehearsing for our big school play. It changed each year and our wonderful Mrs. Gilmore had written ours, a delightful story called “The Greening of Cherry Grove.” My brother who was three years ahead of me had a tiny part in the same play his year and I got the fun role of Leila..along with a lengthy monologue that gave me jitters like I have never known. It really didn’t matter because the shining star of our show was our very talented friend Katie Finneran and the show most certainly belonged to her.
Me and Katie

Fast forward to college..we all took a trip to the local movie theater to see our dear friend Katie starring in the remake of “Night of the Living Dead”. We were so proud!


In our 20’s, Katie went straight to New York and hit the theater running. On various girls trips to NYC, I had a chance to see her in lots of different plays and even as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. She has had TV and movie parts in Sex in the City, Wonderfalls and Frasier and was even Maureen the lesbian nanny in You’ve Got Mail!

Katie in Iceman Cometh starring Kevin Spacey (1999)

One big role in 2001 on Broadway, “Noises Off” earned her a coveted Tony Award and all the accolades that go along with that amazing honor.

Katie in Beyond Therapy (2008)

Katie in Hedda Gabbler (2009)

She has played so many parts in movies that I never know where she might turn up. In January, while visiting my friend Laura, her kids were watching a cute movie “Firehouse Dog”..sure enough Katie pops onto the screen playing a reporter..the movie was adorable.


She has kept super busy since then and now is stealing the show in a new revival of Promises, Promises by Neil Simon in the Broadway Theater. The stars of the show are Kristin Chenowith and Sean Hayes and Katie is getting rave reviews for her hilarious turn as Marge MacDougall in this funny show based on the screenplay “The Apartment”.

If you live in NYC or happen to be planning a visit soon, check this show out..you won’t be disappointed.


Katie and Sean Hayes at the opening night party at The Plaza Hotel.

To read Katie’s review in the New York Times, click here

Mother’s Day and Teacher Gifts

It’s that time of year when the shows start up for Mother’s Day and Teacher Gifts. I have one this Thursday at a school and a big one next Tuesday at Camille’s house and then one more on the 11th of May…so I have been busy making jewels. Here are some of my favorite offerings:

Earrings starting at $22

Amazing Hen & Barley Press Initial Notesheet set $22


Monogrammed Desk Calendar from Dabney Lee..unbelievable at $25


Adorable floating Swarovski Crystal necklaces $35


Favorite Dabney Lee Super Notepads for $45


New leaf earrings $45


Swarovski Crystal Disk Bracelets for $50


Chunky Freshwater Pearls on gold-filled chain $85


White or grey shell pearls strung with a pave crystal clasp $95


Triple strand pearl starfish necklace $125


Or..my really fabulous double strand pearl and crystal necklace $165

Email me if you have any questions or if you are local and want to attend one of my upcoming shows. Good luck shopping!!!! xo

Dinner in the Sky

Every six to eight weeks I get a coveted email or text from my fabulous friends Hoby and Christina inviting me to one of their dinner parties. They both love food, champagne and entertaining. They recently left a sweet little house right on the water in Miami Beach for a penthouse apartment right downtown. The enormous loft apartment comes with two extremely large terraces overlooking the city.

There is a rotunda on the top of the apartment that is like a two story cylinder made of bricks..they set up dinner in there. You have to climb up a scary ladder to get there, so serving an entire meal was quite a feat.


They served drinks in Hoby’s fancy silver monogrammed cups…love these.

My favorite dessert..chocolate chip cookie cups with vanilla ice cream. It was delicious.

The next morning, I ventured to Fairchild Tropical Garden to see Christina do her cooking demonstration in the children’s area. It was so cute. She is starting a new business and has become “Tina the Dining Diva”.


She did a great job..you can check out Christina’s blog here.

Next up..Polo on South Beach. It was really amazing. The people watching was super fun and the horses right on the beach were unbelievable.


We ended the afternoon with a late lunch at Smith & Wollensky right on the water watching the cruise ships go by. What a fantastic place. Busy but fun weekend!

Girl Crush on Gwyneth

I am stalking my mailbox for my new Bazaar with Gwyneth on the cover. She looks beautiful in the pictures, as always. I find myself always scoping out pictures of her..she really is my favorite movie star.

The subscriber cover

The regular cover

I guess the first time I saw her was as Wendy in Hook, although she had such a tiny part, I don’t really remember her..

Then as the slacker student Paula in Malice..things didn’t go so well for her character..

I knew she started dating Brad Pitt, but at the time, he was such a big star, she was kind of pretty arm candy..

I decided that I really liked her in Emma, one of my all-time favorite movies…

But then loved her in Shakespeare in Love..

These are some of my all-time favorite pictures of her:

Glowing on Oprah after having Apple.

So, I am a little obsessed. I know there are a lot of haters out there..please don’t email me and tell me how much you don’t like her. I just won’t read them! xo

Honest Scrap Blog Award

Thank you so much to Vynuss Vision for bestowing upon me the Honest Scrap Blog Award today!! I think these awards are so fun and a great way to get some background info on the girls who are writing the blogs I read everyday.

The rules are simple..write 10 things about yourself and then pass it on…

1. I am exhausted..I have too much on my plate and don’t feel like I ever really accomplish anything. I should lock myself in my apartment until I finish my website and then after a week on the go, lock myself in again until it is perfectly straight and organized. You might never see me again!

2. I want to play the piano all the time. I used to play and memorized several amazing songs. When I was in Thomasville in January, I sat down and I couldn’t remember how to play most of them! My Grandmother was a concert pianist, so the genes are there..I just need a piano to practice on.

3. One of the most fun things I have ever done was hop on a plane at the last minute to the Bahamas to sell jewelry on the set of “After the Sunset”. The actors and crew were stuck there right before Christmas and I sold every piece of jewelry I brought. Not only did I get to hang out with Pierce Brosnan, Selma Hayek, Brett Ratner and Woody Harrelson, I left there with so much cash, I stuffed it in my bra at the airport, so scared that I would get caught. Thanks Joey!

4. I have a need for a to-go drink all the time. I don’t know why but I love a good plastic cup with clear ice and a diet coke. I know that all the diet coke makes you thirsty, then you need another..I am aware of this but keep drinking them. (please don’t email me how bad diet coke is for you…)

5. I spend a ridiculous amount of money on books. In my apartment, there are a few hundred on my shelves and I have read 95% of them. If I lend them out (rare), I keep the book jacket with a sticky note to remind me who I lent it to. I am always amazed when people buy hardback books and then pass them on to whoever wants to read them.

6. I sometimes wonder who is reading all these posts I write. I just spent the weekend with really old friends and more than one asked why I wrote a blog and who on earth would read it?

7. I was always an average student, could not retain information and was a horrible test taker but could tell you the list of movies that Gwyneth Paltrow has been in and almost anything about her from memory.

8. I am living alone for the first time in my life since last year. It is nice and peaceful but I miss living in my parent’s guest house..it was so beautiful!

9. I love making jewelry. I don’t have enough time to make all the things I have thought of in my head. I get notes and emails all the time from people who have received an item of mine and they want to tell me how much they love it. Those notes and emails are amazing and let me know I am on the right path.

10. Hair…I am completely obsessed with my hair and making it straight. Many years ago, I was a hair model for a salon just receiving the Yuko System, so I got the treatment for free. I left that salon with possibly the straightest hair of my life. I was speechless. I have had that treatment 6 or 7 times since..my next appointment is June 1st in Boston. I am counting the days…

Gosh, I could keep going and going..but enought about me! I will pass this award on to a few friends, I feel like most of them have already received it!

The Company She Keeps

The Pink Tutu

cSd Art & Illustration

Annechovie

Monogram Momma

Staalstrom

My Coke Rewards

My wallet is full of cards from various establishments with stamps on them hoping to get something for free down the road. What happens is, I end up leaving the cards from one wallet to another that I just get a new card, so I could have several going at the same time for the same place.


Last year, I heard about the My Coke Rewards program and didn’t really get it until a couple of months ago. I go through so many 12-packs of diet coke and now I keep the rip off tab with the code stamped in it. Each 12-pack is worth 10 points. You can log in 120 points a week so it might take a while, but since February, I have redeemed points for Oprah Magazine and Entertainment Weekly. It’s all about the magazines for me.


Recently, I posted about G.I.V.E. Day, a corporate volunteer day that Royal Caribbean employees participate in. We had tons of Coca Cola products donated and guess who was scurrying through the recycle garbage scooping up bottle caps? That’s right, me..each cap is worth 3 points. I check our recycle bins at work every afternoon when everyone is gone. I know the cafeteria people think I am C-R-A-Z-Y, but I don’t care.


Check out http://www.mycokerewards.com for more information. There are tons of items to choose from besides the magazines…it’s worth a look!

Sex and the Single Girl (1964)


About 10 years ago I became slightly obsessed with Natalie Wood, so beautiful and such a great actress. One of her funniest movies was Sex and the Single Girl, based on the novel of the same name written by Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine. Set in San Diego in the 60’s, Natalie plays Dr. Helen Brown, a 23 year old psychologist and author of a new book that becomes a national bestseller.


Bob Weston, played hilariously by Tony Curtis, is the publisher of a tabloid magazine called Dirt, who is dying to interview the Doctor but she won’t consent to an interview. He gets sneaky and comes to her as his neighbor Frank Broderick, a hosiery manufacturer, needing some marriage counseling. You can only guess that after a few sessions, he starts to fall in love. It is so funny and very entertaining.

The clothes in the movie are to die for. Natalie always looks fantastic. Lauren Bacall plays Mrs. Broderick and when she gets a surprise visit from Dr. Brown, all hell breaks loose.

The movie concludes with a crazy car chase and a happy ending for most of the characters. I love this movie and have seen it so many times. The first time I did, I picked up Natalie Wood’s habit of taking her finger and sweeping her hair away from her face. That lasted for about a week..I thought she was pretty fabulous!

One Tired Bridesmaid

Wow, what a fabulous weekend I just had, but I am exhausted! Friday morning, one quick trip to the bridesmaid dress store for a try on (there is a past post on procrastinating…) and then off to the Bridesmaids Luncheon. Our lunch was fun and delicious..some girls a still a little tired from our crazy party the night before. Cynthia gave us all jewels to wear at the wedding and then we had a couple of hours before we had to be at the rehearsal.

We met back at the beautiful St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church for the rehearsal. After a few run throughs, we got the thumbs up and were back on the road to the rehearsal dinner.

The dinner was at Ana Capri in the Gables and was a lot of fun. Jorge Estevez, bff of the bride, was the master of ceremonies and introduced all the people making toasts. One was better than the next..I went third so I wouldn’t chicken out. The rest of our friends made into town for the dinner, so it was a true reunion.


Our class from St. Thomas

The morning of the wedding, I had to pick up my dress, which was finally perfect, got my hair blown out and then picked up some girls and headed to the bride’s house. She wanted everyone to get ready together and ride with her to the church. It was fun and there were many pictures by the photographer, but I didn’t get too many.



On to the Ritz Carlton for the reception. Everything looked so pretty and all of our friends were already there partying. We caught up quickly!



The room was set up amazingly. Cynthia had them make a long table for the entire bridal party. It looked fantastic.


The beautiful cake, which was delicious

After the bridal party all came in and Cynthia and Matt had their first dance, the band really turned the music up and the dance floor was packed. It was so much fun and then after the first yummy course, Cynthia and her Dad had their dance. Their whole family is very musical and everyone is always singing..so their dance was a little short and then her Dad grabbed the microphone and sang the rest of the song to her. It was so cute. No one is shy in their family!


After dinner was served, a little Greek dancing…


And more fun..



I think this picture sums up the night!

Sunday morning, the brunch. Everyone was TIRED but in such good spirits. Some of the friends in from out of town are my friends since 4th grade! We all make such an effort to stay in touch, but it great to have weekends like this to catch up.


All in all, a fabulous weekend..congratulations to Cynthia & Matt!!!!!