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

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,'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


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 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,

From The Hamptons: The Snaps Series by Michael Clinton, © 2016, published by Glitterati Incorporated,

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, )

From The Hamptons: The Snaps Series by Michael Clinton, © 2016, published by Glitterati Incorporated,

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 Décor, 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 is available here .
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.