Archive | November, 2010

World AIDS Day 2010 – December 1st

29 Nov

World Aids Day is December 1st.  There are many ways to make a difference, as an individual, at a university, at a school or at work.   By helping to fundraise you can show your support for World AIDS Day and NAT!  Many of our celebrities are being silent on this day, to raise money!

How are they doing it?  By being silent, Multi-platinum recording artist Alicia Keyes has persuaded several of her celebrity friends to refrain from any Twitter feed updates or Facebook posting; until her charity – Keep A Child Alive has raised one million dollars!

If you can’t help in the fundraising, do show your support by wearing a red ribbon!  🙂

For more information on World Aids Day 2010, please go to

Be Well – Letia

Sconce, Scone – It’s Not the Same Thing!

23 Nov

I’m listening to two of the sweetest elderly ladies here in the doctor’s waiting room this afternoon, I am completely in stitches. For about 20 minutes they went on about the Royal Wedding which is to happen next year.

“I wonder whether they are going to have sconces with their tea?  Sconces are so very good; if you make them right! I have a recipe.” I’d dared not correct them, I’m minding my manners!

A sconce is a type of light fixture affixed to a wall in such a way that it uses only the wall for support, and the light is usually directed upwards. It does not have a base on the ground.

A scone is a small British quick bread (or cake if recipe includes sugar) of In Scottish language the verb scon means to crush flat.

Just had to tell you this one!  The letter ‘c’ is not needed <giggle>.

Letia 🙂

Different Wine Glasses for Thanksgiving Dinner??

21 Nov
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Maggie from Richmond, VA had a great question! 

 “I am confused about wine glasses, what’s the difference?  Thanksgiving is only a few days a way and my mother-in-law says, do I have the right glasses!  And floral or solid tablecloth, I have two… my napkins are solid?”    

In a few days, you will be greeting your guests for Thanksgiving dinner and you want to know what type of wine glasses should be on the table.   Is there a difference?   The answer is yes!   Red wine should be poured in a specific glass, which is different from white wine.   It’s all in the way the wine breathes and enhances the taste.    I don’t know what types of wine you’ll be having, but don’t get so crazy; you can quickly go to Target® or Bed Bath & Beyond and buy a couple of sets or how many you may need <usually comes in 4>.   

A wine connoisseur could go on and on about the specifics; where the glasses may become pricey!  You just need the basics!

  1. When looking at wine glasses,  you should have at least two for your collection. The Bordeaux glass, which is designed for full-bodied red wines such as Cabernets and Merlots; for the wine to breathe and brings out the aromas.   The glass allows the wine to touch the back of the mouth allowing for a great flavor. 
  2. Next is the Burgundy glass to use for other type of full-bodied wines such as a Pinot Noir.  It’s a bit larger, not as tall at the Bordeaux.   This glass allows the wine to dispense to the tip of the tongue; which makes its easier to taste the sweetness of the wine.
  3. Now white wine glasses are smaller to help keep wine cool.  These glasses allow the wine to dispense at the tip and sides of the tongue to better enjoy the wine’s sweetness.

As for the table setting,  you already have your china, so a solid tablecloth will do fine, as for napkins….go to the nearest Marshall’s, TJ Maxx to save money on buying extra cloth napkins.  When your there you can see whether you can pick up those last items;  but from your e-mail; you’ve got everything covered!

Good Luck, Maggie and Happy Thanksgiving!

Letia 🙂

Romona Keveza Yes, She Does!

19 Nov

Yesterday evening, my inbox was flooded with comments on my post about It’s Your Wedding! Even a Short Dress Can Make a Statement, where some of you were questioning whether Romona Keveza keeps the average woman’s body type in mind! 

Well, she does!  So ladies, here are just a few pictures, which show her designs do look well for all body types!

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Now for Samantha’s question!  “Do I have a favorite?”   The answer is yes, here it is….one day Samantha, one day!   I’ve included her 2009 Fashion Show held in Toronto!


It’s Your Wedding! Even a Short Dress Can Make a Statement!

18 Nov

If you heard me once, you’ve heard me many times stating that your wedding is your wedding!  It’s your day and you can make it however you want it! 

Well, for this bride’s wedding she did just that!   For her wedding she did the opposite, fell in love with a dress and said this is what I’m wearing on my wedding day.   Asia said she was quite adamant about it!

Asia’s wedding dress is gorgeous with a snap of fabulous!   There are brides who want traditional weddings and there are brides who say there are no rules to follow!  Whatever you decide, it’s what you decide; period!  

Your wedding is going to be one of the most important moments in your life!  So……be happy and plan how YOU want it! 

Canadian-born bridal designer Romona Keveza designs have such a flair of elegance…..Asia’s beautiful look on her wedding day! 


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Photos by Chris Jorrian Photography via Essence ®

Dress by Romona Keveza or

Be well – Letia 😉

We’ll All Be invited to a Royal Wedding!

17 Nov

Just in case you didn’t know I have family in the London, U.K.   Speaking with my Aunt Vadney and cousin Barbara; they are so delighted about the upcoming royal wedding!  

“It’s just simply splendid”! <in a British accent> 

 Although a date has not been set, it’s one of the top stories here in the States and around the world.


Prince William  had given Kate his mother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring as a way of making Diana part of his special day.  I was very touched, for I remember how lovely Princess Diana was.   

Off the top, there will be 400 guests invited, dictionaries from around the world – representing their good will in the marriage of  Prince WIlliam and Kate Middleton.

We won’t be left out, we’ll all be invited!  Ladies will get see another wedding dress and our gentlemen will be bored to their wit’s end, but dare not to say anything for it will be on every channel! 

Congratulations to them both, they have dated on/off for about 8 years and you can tell they are friends; which is so important for all the hoopla ahead!

Splendid, isn’t it?   Congratulations to Prince William and Kate!   

 I guess Harry will be next! 🙂

You Can’t Say…Without Your Kids?

10 Nov

This has nothing to do with decorating, or getting the next best thing !  It’s about the question, I received from Tamara (name changed) this evening! 

“How do I tell my friends not to bring their children,  I want to have a dinner party the day before Thanksgiving?  I never get the chance to enjoy my friends; without disruptions and to see what’s going on.  I want to have them over, to relax and have a great time…without their kids”

Well my left eyebrow rose; <this is not a formal affair> while reading the question and immediately my first thought was that, she doesn’t like kids, but she does have children!  Here’s my reply to Tamara, after reading her entire e-mail fully:

Tamara,  it sounds like you may be needing the break more so than your friends, I may be wrong.  However, if you are looking for a dinner with your friends, with NO interruptions, your planning could not ever be so wrong. <Wrong!

The day before Thanksgiving is the wrong time, wrong month, wrong everything!.   What you are looking for is to engage with your friends in a setting which is relaxing for you and for them.  This sounds like a spa day, a luncheon or perhaps fun outing with just friends.

Everyone is on the go and trying to make everything happen yesterday and if you have children… you just sometimes can’t go out without them.   I have a girlfriend who has two small children.  Between the softball games, piano practices, karate classes, play dates, library visits and making sure the family pet is fed; there’s no time to have a dinner away from home for 2 hours, let alone feel comfortable in leaving tasks undone while she’s out having “fun”. 

So I do understand that not having the children around, is not an option for her at this time; but I always give my support when I can and do see her with them (which is usually in McDonald’s or during mall errands).

So, I suggest you contact your friends and start a conversation with “I need a break, don’t you need a break?”.  From there you can suggest perhaps you all plan to spend a whole day together; giving them a heads up that babysitters will be needed, a look at their schedules and allow them to plan, plan, plan! 

Once you have gotten a consensus, you can start looking at events in town or spas, as I mentioned early, but do it locally!  Just in case, only 1 -2 hours is all that can be spared.

You will have fun planning, but it definitely should be after the  holidays, perhaps in early February.  The months are moving fast and be sure to look at specials.  If you see one, book it with an early deposit.  You know what to do, you will feel happy doing it, because it’s not the regular day-to-day stuff.  You never know, it might become a monthly tradition. 

I do a similar get together, every 2 months or so with my friends; which is wonderful.   So, please never say to someone, “don’t bring your kids”; they will be very, very offended.   What you mean to say is let’s have a break together!  🙂  

I am so glad you contacted me; your friends would have talked about YOU; your intentions to you may have been good, but for them it may not have come across to well, you would  have left them really wondering about you!   

Now,  if you are still going to have a dinner, the day before Thanksgiving; do Enjoy!  It’s a time to spend time with family, friends <who have children>and be full off of all the great food!  Enjoy!!!!!!!!

Be well – Letia

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