Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016


Well, another year is coming to an end and it has me in a reflective mood. There have been highs and lows in addition to the middle that holds together day-to-day life. In the end, it's all good :)

A year ago on this very day, I wasn't very well at all, so I'm extremely grateful in this moment to be able to sit here and type these words. I wasn't at death's door or anything, but I was confined to bed. So it's a blessing to be upright!

I have always loved this day...December 31st. I really feel it. It's like teetering on the edge of a cliff and waiting to leap over an invisible line into the next chapter. Forgive me if I'm rambling or if I lose you here, but this day always makes me feel like I'm truly a part of  "Time". I feel a connection with the past and the future at the same time. It also makes me think of my mom. This was the last day that I spent with her in 2005. It's bittersweet, but I relish the fun that we had and I'll carry that with me for the rest of my life :)

Tonight along with everyone else, I'll say goodbye to 2016. I know it's a bit of an understatement, but it's been a helluva year! So many beloved people in our collective popular culture have left us along with those who we may have personally known and loved. I'll tell you something. It's all made me cherish life even more than I did already and it's reminded me to love even more.

Even though I'm no slouch...lol....I'm gonna do my very best to go just a bit harder on top of what's normal for me, in pursuit of what I want in my life. It can't hurt, huh? :) It's not a resolution...I've just gotta do better.

Thank you for visiting me here in 2016. I have more photos, thoughts, updates on my book and things to share, so I hope that you'll come back to see me in 2017!

I wish health, happiness, love, and the best of everything for everyone in 2017!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Product Spotlight: Misfit Cosmetics



I received these great products from Misfit Cosmetics a couple of days ago and since then I've been giving them a whirl to see what they're like. I thoroughly enjoyed trying each product out and I look forward to using every last drop of all three of them! :) They're three very distinct products that all do something different, but pull together nicely to give a great overall experience.

The Shine Natural Teeth Whitening powder is great. It's a natural teeth whitener containing activated carbon which helps take away stains and gives a whiter smile. I enjoyed this and look forward to using it more.

The Edit London's Blackhead Extraction Paste is a peel-off mask made with bamboo charcoal which polishes the skin while cleansing pores deeply. I must say, I really enjoyed using this product because it left my skin feeling refreshed immediately. It's like I could just feel all of the yucky stuff being lifted from my pores. 

The last product is the Slumber Natural Sleep Oil. This lovely oil uses lavender oil to help you relax and ease into a good nights sleep. It only takes a few drops to set a calming mood. I dropped a few drops on the underside of my pillow and it was so nice to have the calming fragrance as I drifted off to sleep. It was relaxing and not overpowering. You can also put a few drops into your bath for a relaxing soak. This was a lovely treat!

All three products offer great ways to take good care of yourself and that's especially a wonderful idea as we go forward through Christmas and these last days of the year.

These are fabulous to give to someone as a gift or for a little treat for yourself!

To find out about Misfit Cosmetics, visit them HERE

Disclosure: I received these product free in exchange for a review.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Around Bath

Over the weekend, hubby and I went to Bath. Instead of going to do our errands in our usual town centre, we decided that Saturday errands could be done just as easily in a lovely place like Bath. It's not too far away and the view during the drive is absolutely stunning. Plus, this was the last weekend of the Christmas Market so we thought that we'd go and soak up the atmosphere. It definitely gets me into the spirit of the holidays! Here are some of the photos that I took of the decorations that we saw as we walked around. I hope you enjoy them!

The big tree outside Bath Abbey
Part of the Christmas Market and there's even a yellow house nearby to go along with the name of this blog. I didn't intend to catch the yellow house in the shot, but I guess it was meant to be ;-)

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Book Spotlight: Revisiting 'The Rose Within'


Back in April, I shared my review of the wonderful book The Rose Within by Sana Pirzada. It's a lovely gothic romance and I think it's a great book to curl up with during these cold winter days and nights. I really enjoyed the novel. If you'd like to read my review, you can find it here.

Today I'd like to share something else special about this lovely book. The author, Sana Pirzada, has now created a beautiful music video as a companion to the novel. The talented writer is also a wonderful musician and the director of this elegant video. Please take a look:

 
Vocals by Tara Louise
Featuring Georgina Hayes
Music and Filming: Sana Pirzada
 
 
I think that the video has such an ethereal beauty to it. 
 
 
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone back home and to all who celebrate the holiday! :)

I hope that you have a wonderful day with your family and friends.

I am thankful for everyone who comes here to read my blog...you are appreciated :)

By the way, this is my 800th post! Wow! That's a lot of posts. Here's to the next hundred and even the next 800! I hope that you'll come back and visit me again.

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Hopeful Bench


I took this photo over the weekend while I was in the passenger seat, as hubby and I were out and about doing our Saturday errands. As I've mentioned before, I love trees...whether they have leaves of green or various colors or even when the leaves have fallen off or been blown away by the wind. Every since I was a little girl, they've always given me comfort. I'm not ashamed to say that when I was a little girl, I even talked to them. They listened to me. I know it may sound crazy, but I don't care...those talks got me through a lot as a kid. It was sort of like having an early diary and the trees were taking dictation  :)

These are trying times in our world, but I know that we will get through them. We always do somehow. So when I saw these beautiful trees on that steely grey Saturday morning, I had this thought and these are the words that I shared with this picture on Instagram.

"The leaves are gone for now, but the beauty still remains." 
- Me

The world is still a beautiful place despite the crap that happens daily. I'm not naive by any stretch of the imagination, but I always try to be hopeful with a side order of skepticism. So that's where you'll find me...over here on the hopeful bench ;-)

Have a wonderful day wherever you are!

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Forward


The election is over and I'm glad about that, but it's an understatement to say that I'm not happy about the outcome. I have no words of wisdom. All I can say is that I think of my parents and ancestors in moments like this and I think of what they would do. And with that in mind, I know that I must get up and get on with this day and do my best to make things right in my own way. I'm ready.

So on that note, I'm just gonna share this picture that I took over the weekend. Sharing a bit of beautiful on this rainy day seems right to me.

Now we go forward...

Film Spotlight: Revolution: New Art for a New World


On November 10th, there is a wonderful film being released called Revolution: New Art for a New World, from director Margy Kinmonth. This is an incredible documentary that shines a light upon a very significant period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Saturday Evening


I'm enjoying taking in the slower vibe of this weekend. As I mentioned on Friday, I'm working on getting back to some things that I love. I got a new can of chai so....yay!!!! :) And I've been working on my book. 

While I'm having my chilled out weekend, I've also been soaking up the good things and for me that often means a bit of nature. I took this picture yesterday evening as the sun was going down. I love the mellow vibe and I love that gorgeous color in the sky. Saturday evenings are my favorite.

I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend wherever you are :)

Friday, November 04, 2016

Weekend Drinks and Writing

Happy Weekend!

It's a rainy day here in Wiltshire, but I don't mind so much as long as the rain doesn't last all weekend ;-)  The rain is just gently dripping off the trees, so it gives things a bit of atmosphere. It's perfect weather for writing which is what I plan to do today and most of the weekend. I'm kind of unofficially participating in Nanowrimo...kinda sorta :) I've participated before and I must admit that I didn't get very far, but my writerly mind is in a better place than in years past, so I'm gonna see what I can do. It's hilarious to me though that I didn't officially sign up. I'm not chicken, I just need a nap :) So I thought that perhaps I'd just be unofficial this year and under the radar a bit and see what blooms or doesn't. I'll keep you posted :)

Yeah, I think that that's what I'll be doing this weekend....visiting my characters who have been left in limbo for too long lately. It'll be great to be surrounded by these "people" that I like :)

One other thing that I'm gonna have a bit of this weekend is this (see below).



I absolutely love this Drink Me Chai. It's got just the right hint of spiciness...I love my spices ;-) I had my last bit of it today, so I'll have to pick up another can tomorrow when I do my grocery shopping. It's delicious and fits in very well with my favorite season...fall! I wasn't paid to say this, it's just one of my favorite things ;-)

What are your plans for the weekend? Whatever you do, I hope that it's lots of fun!

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

All of the Yellowness


So the last time I posted, I mentioned that the leaves around here hadn't changed very much, well ask and you shall receive. It seems that a couple of days after I wrote those words, nature decided to ask...

What you talkin' about Dori?


LOL!!! 

I took these pictures a couple of days ago and lemme tell you, the tree across the street just went crazy all of a sudden. It's like the trees got together and said, "Let's show her what we can do!"

 Wow, have they been doing it :) Everything is just beautiful! I thought about how perfect it is that the tree right across the street decides to really give us all of the amazing yellowness...I mean after all, this is the Yellow House ;-)

I've never seen it so beautifully yellow and I love it!

Happy weekend!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bits of Fall


Happy Friday!

I thought that I'd share this photo that I took a couple of years ago. As I've mentioned many times before, I love fall...it's my favorite season. This beautiful tree with its yellow leaves gets me into an autumn frame of mind. I loved taking that walk that day  :)

The trees still haven't changed around here a whole lot, but when they do I'm hoping to get some pictures to share.

Have a great weekend! :)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Book Spotlight: The Foot of the Volcano (Extract)


Recently I've been given the opportunity to read The Foot of the Volcano, a lovely debut novel by Deiana Denise Sutherland. This is a work of romantic fiction which explores loyalty, friendship, family, parenthood, and the enduring nature of true love. It's an intriguing story of a young girl named Natalie, who comes of age in the beautiful Caribbean, alongside her best friend Tommy. Her journey takes her through many twists and turns as she grows up, just like real life does for us all. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Sunday Walks


Hubby and I took a nice walk yesterday morning and we really enjoyed it to say the least. You may be surprised to know that we had to walk along and across a very busy road in order to get to this spot, but it was worth it. Once we had safely crossed the road and walked through the gate, the speeding traffic melted into the background as we walked along this path. We couldn't really hear it after a bit and as we walked further we didn't hear it at all.

The view was stunning! I'd never walked there before, but hubby visited this spot when he was seven, so it was a happy return for him :) This is now one of my favorite places to walk. We walked up the hill that you can see in the distance. It wasn't that steep, just a little bit, and before we knew it we were at the top. It was a good physical workout, but for me personally, it was good for the soul also. It did its job of renewal. I couldn't be surrounded by all of that beautiful nature and not feel it down deep.  :)

I hope that you had a great weekend. Have a wonderful new week!

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The Changing Leaves


Today I thought that I'd share one of my favorite photos. I took this a couple of years ago and I've shared it here before, but I thought that I'd share it again. It puts me into a good mood...an autumny mood :) Fall is my favorite season and whenever I see this picture I think of the leaves changing colors, warm drinks, and lovely layered clothes and boots.

The leaves are still very green here, but I know that soon the leaves will start putting on their colorful show. I'll do my best to try to capture some of it and share it here.

Are the leaves changing where you are? Leave a comment and let me know  :)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The NMAAHC

Happy Tuesday! :)

I'm a little bit late, but I wanted to acknowledge something wonderful that happened at the end of September. On September 24th, The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) officially opened in Washington, D.C. I had been reading about it for some time and following the building's progress. I was so excited to see it come to fruition. 

Courtesy NMAAHC

'The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts.'

- From the NMAAHC

As I watched the dedication ceremony online on September 24th, I was incredibly proud and moved. I thought of my parents and grandparents who are no longer here and I thought of all of my ancestors who laid the path for me. All of the speakers were wonderful and I especially loved hearing President Obama and Congressman John Lewis speak. I have always admired the many, many sacrifices that Congressman Lewis has made in order to seek racial justice and I felt especially full of emotion in watching him. He has worked so hard and I'm so grateful that he was there to see this day. And having President Obama there to open the museum at this moment in history was amazing!

Courtesy NMAAHC

This museum is a great addition to the National Mall and even though it is The National Museum of African American History and Culture, it is a gift to all Americans. African American history is American history. And I hope that people from all walks of life in our country and from all over the world go to visit, because we all need to try to understand each other's cultures much better and how humanity is woven together strongly by the many contributions of all. There is so much venom and bigotry and misunderstanding that seems to swirl around the world daily, so I think that we really need places like this museum. We have to SEE each other for what makes us unique and beautiful and also see what we have in common as human beings. This isn't about division, it's about celebration of a culture, a beautifully rich culture.

I can't wait to go and visit. I want to see it and I feel deep down like I'll be there to witness it for my parents and ancestors who are no longer here. I've seen glimpses of the exhibitions from social media and I have such recognition of many things. When I finally get to visit, I imagine it'll be like a homecoming of sorts, especially since I'm living abroad right now. I can't wait :)

I particularly love this piece here about the museum's design. It's a beautiful building on top of being such a great place of knowledge.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Interview: Tom Church of LatestDeals.co.uk


It's always fun to find a good deal and when I find one, I love telling everyone all about it. I'm definitely not alone in this it seems. Every day I see more and more coverage in the press and online about saving money and finding ways to make money stretch a bit further.

Recently I've joined LatestDeals.co.uk, which is a great money-saving site where people find and share the best deals and discounts in the UK. Users can share deals, save, and add their own deals if they are signed up with the site. LatestDeals.co.uk is a great deal sharing community where you can find coupons, discounts, voucher codes, competitions and money-saving news all in one place. What could be better?

LatestDeals.co.uk has three co-founders: Deepak Tailor, Tom Kelsey, and Tom Church. It started in 2016 and is the UK’s fastest growing site of its kind.


Recently I had the pleasure of interviewing Tom Church. He tells us about LatestDeals.co.uk, but he also shares a bit about himself. It was fun to find out more about Tom. Please take a look!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Spotlight: A Fish in Foreign Waters

As someone who has experienced moving to another country, I know quite a bit about having to get used to new surroundings. It's a thrilling experience, but it can also be challenging. For children especially, I can imagine that it's quite an adjustment in addition to being exciting.


The new children's book A Fish in Foreign Waters by Laura Caputo-Wickham, is a truly charming story about a fish named Rosie Ray, who struggles to fit into her new surroundings. Her father gets a new job and the family moves from sunny Green Bay to the cool foreign waters of Indigo Bay. Rosie Ray has to learn a new language and also makes new friends. There is a lot of change for her, but she learns a lot in the process.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Work In Progress



Hello :)

Sorry that it's taken me almost two weeks to get back here. I appreciate everyone who visits me here. I've been doing a bit of repositioning over these last couple of weeks. As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm working on switching over a bit from my obsessive job search to a more balanced way of being. It's easier said than done, but I'm stepping along the way slowly but surely.

It's been like waking up from a very detailed dream and you have to gather yourself a bit to remember how you were before. I've had my lists out...I love making lists :) I've been thinking and asking myself....

"What did I used to do?"

"How do I get back there, but with some balance?"

I still need to look for a job, but I need the other part of my life too. I refuse to go on spinning and chasing my tail and letting it make me crazy. The job will come and I'll keep looking for it, but I have to be ready when it does come. So this past two weeks I've been working on finding my footing again and thankfully finding my writing again. Yay! :)

One important part of writing is getting back to this blog that I love, but haven't been giving enough time to. This place...this Yellow House...is a part of that balance too. After all, my Yellow House...this Yellow House...is a state of mind...a place of light (at least that's where I'm aiming). So here I am and I hope that you'll keep visiting me. I have photos and thoughts and my book progress and just things that I want to share. The world is so chaotic sometimes, so I want to share some (I hope) good things. Please join me if you can :)

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

A New Season

It feels like back-to-school time even though I'm not in school now. I guess that some things never leave you and it is "back-to-school" time of a sort. Most people have gone or are going back to school and work after the summer break and life heads into all things fall. Labor Day was this past Monday back home and we had a bank holiday here on the Monday before, so now my mind has clicked over into this new season.

My summer was good. This year we finally got quite a few hot days, so I soaked it up. Nothing huge happened, but the nice simplicity of warm summer days was welcome. I spent quite a bit of my time job hunting to no avail, but hopefully something will turn up soon. It is what it is.

Hey, if there's anyone out there who'd like to hire me or who knows of a job, let me know! Drop me an email :)

I didn't spend much time at all on my book this summer, mostly because of my job hunt. As many of you know, job hunting takes up a lot of time.

Now that we're moving into this new season on the calendar, I've decided to move into a new season personally too. I'm going to do more of what I love. I've missed writing and I find that it's at the core of who I am. The absence of it during the summer reminded me so well. I'll be getting back to my writing a lot more and finally finish my book and also I'm going to read more. Words have always given me solace, so that is where I will turn as I go through this rough patch in my life.

I'm going to return to that which has given me joy all of my life...creating, writing, and reading. Therefore, I'm making room for more of these in my life...


And I'm going to drop back into the world that I'm creating in my book, so there'll be more of this...


I'll still be job hunting and I'll stay ready for when the job comes, but I need a bit of balance. Both sides of my life...the job hunt....and my creativity need me to give them my time. This will serve me well because I'll be happier and more productive.

So it's "back-to-school time" for me and that means a new season in my life, after the beautiful summer :)

Have a great day and new season wherever you are!

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Happy September


Hello September! :)

A new month has arrived and like a lot of people that I talk to, I can't believe that it's already September. Where does the time go? I guess that it's all about perspective though...we just have to enjoy every moment no matter how quickly it seems to pass. I'm all for that.

I took the above photo the other day and I was struck at how blue the sky was. It was glorious! If you look very closely, or click on this pic to enlarge it, you can see the faintest bit of the moon near the center of the picture. This photo makes me happy for a few reasons:

1) I love the color blue as I've mentioned many times before, and the lamp post matches perfectly. 
2) I love the moon. It's so mysterious and I've always been really drawn to it.
3) I'm reminded of that wonderfully beautiful day!

Simple pleasures...

Happy September wherever you are! :)


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Film Spotlight: Conversation Piece



This month, Eureka Entertainment released Luchino Visconti’s 1974 film Conversation Piece, a heartfelt tale of loneliness and intimacy starring legendary actor Burt Lancaster, along with a superb international ensemble cast. The ensemble cast features Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano and Stefano Patrizi (with uncredited cameos by Claudia Cardinale and Dominique Sanda).This release is part of their Masters of Cinema Series.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Spotlight: Behind Closed Doors


Detective Inspector Beatrice Stubbs is the central character in a series of novels by author JJ Marsh. I was recently given the opportunity to read the first in the series, Behind Closed Doors.

We are introduced to DI Stubbs as she is asked to travel to Zurich to head up a multinational team of detectives investigating a number of suspicious deaths across the continent of Europe. Over a period of years, several seemingly successful and wealthy businessmen have been driven to take their own lives. Or have they? Could this, in fact, be the work of a serial killer?

Under pressure from her bosses, and motivated by a desire to put her own troubled past behind her, Beatrice Stubbs has little time to mould her pan-European squad into a team that will work effectively together. Dealing with an apparently unfathomable case, at least one hostile colleague, as well as the alien world of international finance, this investigation promises to be make or break for the Scotland Yard detective.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this well-paced and believable book. Despite the horrors of the case involved, there is always a dash of humor throughout the story, with credible characters and dialogue. Whilst Beatrice is the central character, there is a great ensemble cast of personalities that I felt brought this novel vividly to life. More than once I found myself giggling along at the team members' interactions as they worked and socialized together. As the investigation proceeds, the palpable tension is slowly ratcheted up and there is an ominous sense of danger as the list of deaths may not yet be quite complete.

Behind Closed Doors is a great summer read, and I will certainly be seeking out the rest of the DI Beatrice Stubbs series before the sixth and final book is released in the autumn!

This novel is available here and at all good bookshops.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Friday, August 19, 2016

World Photo Day


Happy Friday!

Since it's World Photo Day, I thought that I'd share a photo. I took this back in 2013. I like the way that the tree branches scatter across the path as they simultaneously reach to the sky.

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Wonderful World of Festival Food

Summer is a glorious season. It's a time to spend outside with family and friends in a variety of ways, like going to the beach, going on a picnic, or going to a festival. There's so much to see and do. I love all of these activities and plenty of others, but one of my absolute favourite pastimes is going to festivals, especially music festivals.

I've gone to a quite a few music festivals over the years and I always love the laidback vibe. Everyone's there to enjoy themselves and make some fun memories. When I go to a music festival, I'm there of course to see the musicians, but the food and drinks are always inviting.

When I walk through those gates at the festival, the first things that hit my senses are the sounds and the delicious food smells. This makes me so happy. The music draws me in like I'm following the Pied Piper and the cooking aromas draw me in even more. I know that somewhere a musician is firing up his bass guitar and the cooks are firing up their diesel generators in order to make festival food culinary magic.



I've had a variety of festival foods ranging from burgers, fries and spicy chicken wraps to fish & chips. There's usually a bit of everything you can think of and some things that you haven't thought of,  but would love to try. There's a variety of foods to discover as you dance and sing your way through the day and night. It's always a fun time!

*collaborative post

Monday, August 15, 2016

Morning Sunshine



I shared this picture on Instagram this morning and I thought that I may as well share it here too. I took this early this morning as the sun was rising and flooding diagonally into the kitchen window. The sunlight made the roses glow. These are from our backyard and are probably the last few for this year, so they're even more precious to me.

Have a great day and week wherever you are!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Spotlight: Learning to Fly by Jane Lambert


I'm very excited to share a great book with you today, by the talented debut novelist Jane Lambert. Learning to Fly follows the story of forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth. She has a wonderful, jet-set lifestyle and a handsome husband-in-waiting boyfriend to top off what seems to be the perfect life. Then one day it all comes crashing down as her dashing pilot boyfriend leaves her to 'find himself', or so he says. Emily takes stock of her life in the aftermath and decides to follow her dreams.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Book Spotlight: We All Have Our Moments

Day-to-day life has its ups and downs and we all have to deal with things in the best way that we can. We experience moments of laughter, despair, anger, and a variety of other emotions throughout our lives. It's all just part of  being human.


In the witty new book, We All Have Our Moments, by Liz Cowley, readers are given a wonderful collection of poetry that covers many key moments in life. The author shines a light upon family, career, marriage, love, regret, joy, sadness and so much more. Her observations of day-to-day life experiences such as standing in a supermarket queue behind a slow shopper are hilarious and so relatable. Liz Cowley does a masterful job of weaving life's greatest joys in with life's moments of sadness in a way that is bittersweet and yet satisfying for the reader.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The universal themes really appealed to me. I nodded in agreement several times as I read. This collection is a quick read and can be read in one sitting, but it's definitely the kind of book that readers will want to revisit to over and over again.

We All Have Our Moments can be purchased here.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Happy August


It's a bit rainy today, here in my corner of Wiltshire. It feels more like early autumn right now, instead of the first day of August, but I'm okay with it. I have no choice, right? ;-) Usually by this time of the year I'm wearing a sweater and wishing that we'd have had at least a bit of warm during the earlier days of summer. Well this year has been different. We actually had some really warm...downright hot weather during July, so I'm satisfied...a bit of proper summer like my hubby would say :) So it's all good.

I took the photo above this morning. I love how the spiderwebs in the trees hold the raindrops and they're suspended in the act of dropping from the sky. I love nature's gentle, simple beauty.

Have a wonderful day wherever you are!
Happy August!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Book Spotlight: My Elizabeth

Elizabeth Taylor lived an extraordinary life. We've all seen her in films and television shows and on magazines for decades. Her beauty is legendary. Her photographs have always been glimpses into the life of a true movie star.


In the new book, My Elizabeth by Firooz Zahedi © 2016, the photographer captures the beautiful Elizabeth in some of her private moments and it's a treat for her fans or anyone who loves photography. Firooz Zahedi met the star as a promising young photographer and a great friendship blossomed that lasted for many years.

This elegant book documents an era of Elizabeth Taylor's life from 44 to the end of her life, in photographs that show her in ways that many of us have never seen. Many of the photographs have never been published until now. There is a preface by Liz Smith, who is known as the "grand dame of dish" and also an essay by writer Bob Colacello.

From My Elizabeth by Firooz Zahedi copyright © 2016,
published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Hot Summer Day


Today is the hottest day of the year so far here in the UK and I'm REJOICING!!!!

Listen, okay...it's causing me to sweat a lot, but I'm so HAPPY because this is such a rarity where I live here in the UK :)  I come from a place where hot summer days are a sure thing and often you're usually chasing a cool spot. Lol. It can be hot as heck back home!!! The summers are hot and yes there are cold winters there too. However, I'm a summer person so I love the warmth even when it's really hot, because my bones don't hurt so much when it's sunny and anyway that's what they make popsicles and fans for ;-)

Coming from a hot place, I must admit that I took the warmth for granted. But after over a decade on this side of the pond, I truly appreciate a hot summer day like I never thought that I would :)

So today as I sweat it out a bit, get my water intake up, and see my skin glisten, I'll be rejoicing about all of this warmth and sunshine and these beautiful blue skies!!!

Warm summer weather looks good on you UK!! :)


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Balance


Just a little view from my world...

This was the blue sky that I looked out upon this morning. It was a beautiful sight. If you've visited me before, you know that I love all things blue.

Even though we've just had a bit of rain this afternoon, I still remember how the day began. I know that above the clouds there's a blue sky still up there somewhere, so I'm cool with that. We need both the sunshine and the rain. It's all about balance, in weather and in life :)

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Keeping Grounded


Happy Sunday :)

I thought that I'd post this picture again that I took last summer. Of course the sun hasn't changed much since I last shared this picture and that's what grounds me right now. It is timeless.

Last week was a terribly hard week. The news from back home left me not knowing what to say and so I prayed. Over this last week I've heard some people say that prayer does nothing...well I don't believe that. Prayer works in a variety of ways. I know that everyone is different and everyone deals with things in their own way. I totally respect that. Whatever anyone's beliefs are, they are theirs to hold. I am a live and let live person. For me though, prayer helps me hold myself together so that I can go on and look clearly at what is and at what I can contribute. The problems are immense, but we have to work towards better.

When I see this picture that I took of the sun setting over Wiltshire last summer, I see something concrete during these turbulent times. It's the sun that my ancestors saw rise and set every day of their lives and they somehow persevered. So I will too. They went forward and we must also...to something way better.

Sending love and light wherever you are in the world...

Friday, July 01, 2016

Happy July

Happy new month and halfway mark of the year to all...time really flies. I can't believe that we're at the midpoint of the year already, but it's here :)

I always like this point in the year because it gives me a chance to look back on the first half of the year and look forward to the remaining six months. If I haven't done a whole lot of what I intended in the first six months, I'll usually take stock and think of how hopefully I can finish the year better. We shall see :)

I hope that your July 1st is great wherever you are. Happy weekend!!!

Book Spotlight: The Hamptons: The Snaps Series

I've heard about the beauty of the Hamptons for as long as I can remember. I've grown up seeing it depicted in films, television shows, and the pages of magazines. It's always looked like a beautiful place with so much natural beauty to see. I hope to visit someday, but until then I'll be able to enjoy seeing bits of it in a wonderful new book.
In The Hamptons: The Snaps Series, by Michael Clinton, © 2016, the talented photographer gives readers a wide-ranging view of some of the most beautiful locations as seen through his gifted way of transforming everyday moments into inspiring images. The book is a truly stunning collection. Clinton captures the heart of the Hamptons and beautifully showcases the loveliness of beachfront life. He celebrates all of the simple details and yet the magical qualities of day-to-day life.

From The Hamptons: The Snaps Series by Michael Clinton, © 2016, published by Glitterati Incorporated, www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

From The Hamptons: The Snaps Series by Michael Clinton, © 2016, published by Glitterati Incorporated, www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

The collection captures Long Island's stunning east end: Shinnecock, Southampton, North Sea, Water Mill, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, Shelter Island, Sagaponack, East Hampton, Amagansett, and Montauk.

"Life always seems better in the Hamptons, whether you are a local, a weekender or a day tripper. There is always plenty to see and do, or you can just spend time doing nothing. Just keep it simple and take in all that it has to offer."
                                                               - Michael Clinton

 (From The Hamptons: The Snaps Series by Michael Clinton, © 2016, published by Glitterati Incorporated, www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com )



From The Hamptons: The Snaps Series by Michael Clinton, © 2016, published by Glitterati Incorporated, www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com

All of the gorgeous pictures bring thoughts of past summers at the beach to mind. Even if you've never visited the Hamptons like myself, I think you'll find that Clinton does an excellent job of making readers feel a familiarity in recalling past trips to the shore everywhere. This book is definitely a celebration of the Hamptons though and the character of the place truly comes through. The Hamptons: The Snaps Series is great for anyone who loves art, photography, or indeed the Hamptons.

About the Author:
Michael Clinton is President, Marketing and Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines.  His responsibilities include oversight of 21 publications, including Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah magazine, Elle D├ęcor, and Esquire. Clinton also serves on the Board of the Hearst Corporation and is the former Chairman of the Magazine Publishers of America. Clinton is also a Trustee of the International Center of Photography and is the Founder and President of the non-profit organization, Circle of Generosity. A well-known photographer and global traveler, he makes his home in New York City, and Water Mill, the Hamptons.



The Hamptons: The Snaps Series by Michael Clinton, © 2016, published by Glitterati Incorporated www.GlitteratiIncorporated.com is available here .
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.