Kids… It’s The Start of the Holidays! We are visiting……

25 Nov

It’s that time of the year again!  Time to visit, have dinner, share gifts and catching up!   This is when YOUR children are told to be on their best behavior!  This is where you try to get out of your mind; that you know your kids are absolutely crazy and how dare you let them out of their world; into the crazy world of having Thanksgiving dinner with other people!  The ones that don’t live with you, but they have asked throughout the year – “How’s things going?”

The truth is it’s chaotic!  Your busy with the day to day stuff; that you can’t do everything – even though you think you are Super Mom or Super Dad!  So the Thanksgiving Holiday is finally here and you now have keep your  word on the dish you said you’ll bring and start prepping…your children!   “Guys lets set some guidelines for dinner!”

“Be respectful, say PLEASE and say that little thing like Thank You…..a lot! And no fighting!!!”  You are hoping by the time you reach your destination, that your military tactic of running the guidelines will some how stick!  Only to remind yourself that these are little people and it’s probably going to be a bust within 20 minutes of your arrival; maybe 10 minutes!

Then you also decide perhaps to give yourself a mental pep talk! Yes, you will be saying “Sorry” more than often that not, demand time outs throughout the entire day and hope your little prayers are answered for that favorite inappropriate word that you giggle about at home………… isn’t said! :)

Nevertheless, you are going to have a good time and it’s about family, friends, family and all the food you like!  For those next visits…….I have a little help for you!Delia Ephron, Author

You remember the book “The Sisters of Travelling Pants”, written by the beautiful Delia Ephron?

Well here’s another great book she has written called “Do I Have to Say Hello?  Aunt Delia’s Manners Quiz for Kids and Their Grown Ups”  

It has a quiz for you and your children, just to see what things to brush up on when venturing out amongst the world!

This delightful book shares her encounters with her nephew shown with funny illustration depictions by the famous Edward Koren; cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine.

The book doves into many scenarios; such as bubble gum, a bathroom wait, the playground and how to handle that horrible thing on a dinner plate!

The book is so much fun and can be easily shared with children.  It’s doesn’t feel like a lesson; giving you a resource to have some really good results! You may find this may also be good for some grownups as well <you probably are thinking of a few people, right now!>.

Well I have to head back to the kitchen! Wishing everyone the best during the holidays!  Happy Thanksgiving!! Enjoy!!!!

Table Manners Copyrighted Material (c)

Table Manners Copyrighted Material (c)

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Delia Ephron the daughter of screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron. Her movies include You’ve Got Mail (starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Hanging Up (based on her novel), and Michael. She has written novels for adults (Hanging Up and the recent The Lion Is In) and teenagers (Frannie in Pieces and The Girl with the Mermaid Hair), books of humor, (How to Eat Like a Child), and essays. Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, O the Oprah Magazine, Vogue and More, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. In 2011 Ephron won an Athena Film Festival award for creativity and panache as a screenwriter.

Edward Koren has lifetime freelance relationship between Koren and The New Yorker. The magazine has published thousands of his cartoons and illustrations, including dozens of full-color drawings published on the magazine’s cover. He has also contributed to many other publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, GQ, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Fortune, Vanity Fair, The Nation and The Boston Globe.

All illustrations copyrighted Material  / Copyright © 2015 Delia Ephron. All rights reserved.  Incredibles Dinner scene All rights belong to Pixar and Disney.

Votre Dans Mes Prieres Paris

13 Nov

When you hurt, we hurt!  I’m so heartbroken! Love to all Parisians at this time! 


“Faced with terror, France has to be strong, she has to be grand. We also need to call everyone to be responsible. If these terrorists want to make us afraid, to fill us with fear. But while we are facing fear we are a nation that knows how to defend itself. We have not finished these operations. At this very moment the special forces have launched their attack on a place in Paris”.

Letia ❤️

Adele! A Smart “Hello”!

7 Nov

Adele transcends everything.  4 years waiting to hear from her and she gives a wonderful sneak peak of what’s in store, by releasing the first single off of her Adele 25 project!

“Hello” has become the first song to sell one million tracks in a week, the power of download. The beautiful, heart-wrenching ballad also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart., where in a few weeks it will be available on Nov. 20.

YouTube is already filled with videos of fans singing the songs and a few artists already doing covers! 

The Nov. 20 date has even caused some artists to change their album release dates, for the anticipated sales are going to go through the roof.  30 million sold from her last project, so the question is which way is Adele and her management going to go? 

Allow the “25” album stream online or the old fashion way; releasing the CD? Anyway you look at it, she is going to win!  By releasing the single without any heads up; was genius!!  A smart young woman she is!

Adele also looks so amazing in the “Hello” in the monochrome video, I’d analyzed each of the scenes, the set design and how wonderfully I will from now on admire wind blowing!   The vocals are amazing and the chorus is so heart felt, relatable.

25 is about knowing who I’ve become, without realizing it! I’m sorry it took so long, but you know life happened.

Fashionably, women will be looking for a faux fur coat, a simple plaid shirt and the longest eyelashes to put on!  For this beautiful gal makes you want to just try! 

So you know, Adele will be live in NYC on Nov. 17 and a TV debut of her smash hit “Hello” will air as part of an hour-long BBC special on Nov. 20. But a teaser from the taped performance is now out — and it’s worth a viewing.

The 27-year-old British songstress both sounds and looks stunning in the snippet, released Friday by BBC Music.  It marks her first TV appearance since performing “Skyfall” during the 2013 Oscar ceremony.


Adele performing Hello

Adele, I will be waiting anxiously to hear your album and looking forward to travel where you are to here you live; like the last time in London! 🇬🇧

Can you tell I’m a lovely fan! 😉.  Ladies and Gentleman….ADELE


HGTV’s Flea Market Flip with Lara Spencer!

1 Nov

flea_market_flipCatching up with Lara Spencer!  Not only seeing her daily on ABC’s Good Morning America @LaraSpencer; she’s has her passion for design!  Since 2012, HGTV’s  Flea Market Flip has been putting teams to the test.  The test is to see their potential in a flea market find and refurbish to flip in order sell; based on their design visual! lara spencerpene


A flea market search takes a bit of skill and you have to have a knack to haggle; but politely and you have to be willing to know your choice is doable for a flip on this show.

Teams of two perform a playful and strategic battle to win all the profits earned that day, the true winner will be the viewer at home, who will have a variety of exciting ideas to inspire them as they begin their next project around their own home!

Whether you are shabby chic, eclectic, retro, traditional or punk…your ideas for a flip are welcomed.  The show is fun and gives you great ideas!  Check your TV listings on HGTV to watch Flea Market Flip, visit your local flea market and have some fun; you never know what you might find! :)

Here’s more information on the Brooklyn Flea Market in NYC:  BrooklynFlea.

Lara Spencer shared her other wise tips for a successful day at the sales:

1. Always carry a notebook with ideas, dimensions and inspirational photos. Spencer says, “Finding you style is like putting puzzle pieces together.”

2. Have an open mind.

3. Get there early.

4. Go to the last row first and make your way back. (OK, this one may be superstitious!)

5. Go through the entire market twice — you’ll catch things you missed the first time.

6. Don’t hesitate to buy something you love. You snooze, you lose.

7. Cash is king. It’s much harder to negotiate for a good price when you paying with a credit card.

8. Kill ’em with kindness. This one’s from Spencer’s mother — don’t ever insult a seller’s goods or prices.

9. No idea where to start? Spencer suggested first going to high-end antique shops first so when you’re hunting for bargains at the markets you’ll know when you’ve found a deal.

My tip: Is if the seller has a lot of big items, wait to closing and you will probably get a deal on the item you had your eyes on!  There’s nothing worse than organizing to load up the truck when you don’t want to take it back!

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I’d had the pleasure of meeting the beautiful Lara Spencer at a few Housing Works and Design On A Dime charitable events held in NYC.  Lara has so many hats, a Mom, Producer and Director!  She also is a writer, who parlayed a love of flea-market shopping into several books, the latest being “Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures,” released last year. She hosted “Antiques Roadshow” and ­created “Flea Market Flip” on HGTV and Great American Country and “I Brake for Yard Sales” on HGTV.  Lara was named a co-host at “GMA” in April after serving as a lifestyle anchor for the popular morning show since 2011.

Flea Market Flip logos and photos registered to HGTV® 

Happy Halloween! 

30 Oct

Have a fa-boo-Lou’s time! 

Letia 🎃

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Breast 1 on 1 Tips

13 Oct

Breast cancer is an illness!  It should not be used to define a woman’s body and spirit!! The two words are absolutely terrifying to hear!

Some woman are so afraid to talk about it and because of this fear; October has been designated as Breast Cancer Awareness month to make it easier, educate, support and take care of ourselves better! There is nothing more beautiful, than being a breast cancer survivor!

To begin a conversation with a family member or friend, here are a few Breast 1 on 1 tips:

  • Get properly fitted for a bra, every six months.  The right cup size is important.
  • Your breast should have supple skin.  Any area that swollen, thickened or inflamed – please see your doctor for a breast examination.
  • Self breast examinations should be performed a week after your period ends.
  • Schedule your appointments to see a your gynecologist and internal medicine physician, six months apart.  This will allow a clinical breast exam every six months.  Remember a breast examination should be performed, if not.. ask for it!
  • Obesity amongst woman is high and the risks of breast cancer are increased, due to the tumors may be harder to feel.  So this an incentive to begin shedding some pounds and scheduling annual mammograms to be more proactive.
  • Don’t skip your mammogram this year! Yes.. self breast examinations should be performed, DO NOT STOP.  A mammogram should be scheduled every year.
  • When performing your monthly self breast examination, if you feel something different; don’t ignore it.  Yes, fear sets in, push back the panic and get checked out!  It may be benign, fibrocystic due to hormonal changes – a professional exam should be scheduled because every lump should be evaluated.
  • If you have a bloody, pink or brown discharge from the breast, see your doctor immediately.
  • If you are called back for a second mammogram, GO! It may be a scar tissue or a calcification which showed on the film!
  • If a lump is detected, know your options.  Women often automatically opt for a mastectomy.  A less invasive surgery or avoid surgery altogether if a cancerous tumor shrinks presurgery via chemotherapy called the neoadjuvant treatment.  It’s possible to change a mastectomy to lumpectomy if the treatment is successful.
  • Breast reconstruction is an option too, don’t assume that is only for the rich and famous, a luxury item beyond budget.  It is not considered cosmetic surgery, it’s restoration of a woman as close to her precancerous as possible; not just to remove the cancer.  There are health insurance benefits who will cover, a check with your provider to ask these important questions, including the percentage that will be covered for the surgery.
  • Remember…You always have the option to push for a second opinions or discuss reconstruction options when initially diagnosed.
  • Often a breast cancer patient refuses to let family members or close friends know they have cancer.  It is very important that support is provided and with all the visits, treatments and psychological emotions which will occur, the patient should not go through it alone.

For additional information on Breast Cancer Awareness and a slew of information, please click the icon to be brought to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® site!  

Letia :)

Information provided by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® 

London Fashion Week! 

19 Sep

Julie N. MacDonald

After New York Fashion Week, it’s London’s turn!  🇬🇧

More info LFW SS16

 Letia 😊

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