seeing as bella Bella

Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar ~ Theodor W. Adorno

although she is bella, and she responds to bella as her name, her name is not bella.  her given name is laura marie louise.  bella is my 4 year old godchild, and the youngest of a family of eight.  she is a particular and observant child, but then again perhaps all children are.  just the other day, she jumped on me with a tight hug to greet me.  as i placed her down, she looked at my shoes and told me to stay put, and ran away.  she returned, pointed at her change of shoes, and told me, “similar”.  in an instant she had looked me over, quickly identifying a ‘similarity’.  she saw the similar rather than the dissimilar between us.  seeing as bella Bella.  seeing as a child sees.  i am reminded to see similarity.  bella Bella similarities are for thebestdressup now!

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a love package


saint valentine’s day is the day of love and friendship, and it is celebrated in many countries around the world on the 14th of february.  the heart is one of the symbols of this day.  it is said that the heart is fragile, and so much more the love it holds.  together they make a package of love.  a fragile package.  if you receive a love package, on this luvFAB  valentine’s day, handle it with care.  a love package is an extraordinary gift.  this is the package i am sending straightaway.  it holds my heart.  it’s fragile and must be handled with care; do remember that it contains the most precious force on earth.  this is a package filled with love.  sending a love package on valentine’s day is for thebestdressup now!

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pasta & tiramisù

Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead. Hans Christian Andersen 

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it. ~ Rita Mae Brown 

yesterday, three dear friends had their birthdays.  three friends on the 7th is a charm.  i made a luvFAB wish for them.  i wished that their star shines bright on them.  i wanted to feast all three, but geographically challenged, i could only enjoy the moment with two.  i feasted them with pasta and tiramisù.  there was also laughter, champagne, and wine in between.  it was enjoyable.  stars were shining bright.  life is a birthday.  it’s just the best to celebrate the people you love.  enjoying life is a luvMUST.  a night to enjoy friends and life is for thebestdressup now!

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i caught woody allen and the eddy davis new orleans jazz band at the cafe carlyle last week in new york.  the room is small and the performance is quite intimate.  woody keeps his eyes shut through most all of  the performance.  i am not a huge fan of big band music but there was an exciting vibe and i fell for it.  to see this academy award, and golden globe winning director, screenwriter and actor playing his clarinet for pure pleasure, as he says that that is why he plays, was just a treat for me.  he has been playing the clarinet since the age of 15, and says he is not that good but that he is carried by the band.  it is an extreme joy and powerful feeling to do anything for pure pleasure.  that’s what it’s about. pure pleasure is a wonderful feeling.  i can still hear the clarinet and the band playing…pure pleasure.  seeing woody, at almost 80, performing for pure pleasure and sharing his passion, was as well just pure pleasure for thebestdressup now!


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today will be zuma’s grand opening in the city.  there is no city like new york city and, being in new york city, makes this restaurant’s presence global.  zuma has arrived in new york city, and before opening it’s doors, zuma ny has generated a high degree of excitement.  i am not a huge fan of restaurant franchises, or any establishment for that matter making a global presence.  but globalization has become the way of the world.  the concept of a unique establishment in it’s origin city/place is an endangered idea.  the idea is to duplicate in as many places as the market will support.  globalization.  globalization serves a purpose by producing the familiar everywhere so that anywhere becomes just like ‘home’.  anywhere feels like somewhere.  global presence offers the comfort of the familiar.  welcome globalization, if just or the sake of the comfort of the familiar. although uniqueness has innumerable merits, the familiar can be comforting for thebestdressup now!

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luvFAB recipe

mela-melo salad

seves 4-6


  • 1 green apple, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pomegranate-seeds only
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shaved pecorino cheese
  • 3 cups lightly packed mix of arugula (rocket) and spinach
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. sherry vinegar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • maldon salt and freshly ground black pepper

in a bowl, combine lemon juice with apples.

whisk sherry vinegar and extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl, add maldon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, and dress arugula (rocket) and spinach.

divide dressed greens in cups, top each cup with cubed green apples, pecorino cheese shavings, chopped walnuts and pomegranate seeds.

my dear wilma was visiting from paris last month and i was so delighted to have her over for dinner.  she is an absolute luvFAB cook and she has taught me much about cooking. as i wanted to make her a memorable dinner, i asked her what she would enjoy.  she said she had only one request–make it light.  i served several dishes, all light, and the mela-melo salad was a favourite.  ‘make it light’ turned out to be the best request for thebestdressup now!

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just the best

i will agree that just the absolute best is having health and love.  i tend to not want to accept any absolutes, but health and love are absolutes.  and other than these ‘absolute’ best, i find that there is ‘just’ the best.  just the best is a relative concept that tends to vary at different times and points.  just the best can be a smile, a stroll, a caress and a scent.  it could be the view from your window or the feast to be shared.  a trip to a favourite destination or a discovery journey.  it can be beholding art or a view that posses you, creating a dish or enjoying a coffee.  on and on, just the best is your choice.  you make it just the best.  and why just the best?  the alternative lacks enthusiasm.  an enthusiastic 2015 is what it’s about.  whatever is just the best to you, in 2015,  enjoy it with utmost enthusiasm.  an enthusiastic 2015 is just the best for thebestdressup now!



The Turkey (1961) private collection – Roy Lichtenstein

gobble, gobble…not a good idea.  best to savour.  as you are savoring; give thanks.  and not just for the luvSTUFF.  it’s thanksgiving in the usa.  it’s a day to give ‘thanks’ that dates back to 1621.  just the best to give thanks today.  and a reminder that giving ‘thanks’ is a luvFAB option for everyday.  anywhere/everywhere.  savour ‘thanks’ and thanksgiving.  you are welcome is the luvFIND.  thanksgiving is a luvMUST for thebestdressup now!

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a mad lust season


Or maybe spring is the season of love and fall the season of mad lust. Spring for flirting but fall for the untamed delicious wild thing. ~ Elizabeth Cohen

“In Heaven, it is always Autumn. ~ John Donne 

autumn in the city is intoxicating in its unparalleled beauty.  this season brings a much more interesting perspective to the city than any other season.  autumn surrounds the urban concrete with an enchanting tapestry of varied colours and hues.  this season is a delicious wild thing.  it is a lover with a burning fever.  bursting colours and hues.  mad lust.  be taken.  its presence brief.  a gelid chill is soon to come.  but for the moment, the burst of autumn’s colours is heaven on earth for thebestdressup now!

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no regrets

My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne. ~ Robert Noecker

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right. ~ Mark Twain 

last month, on a stunning morning jog in london, it felt just right to find the discarded stacks of empty bottles on my way.  i was not at that party.  i had been at another celebration the night before, and had a bit, as it is not ever too much, of my favourite, favourite champagne.  seeing the remains of that party on the morning after, made me smile.  i thought of all the bottles popped everywhere on that night.  i was wearing a luvFAB bracelet that my bff, janine, had offered me, from a fantastic site, Trend On Line.  i looked at my wrist, the bracelet has an inscription that reads, ‘make it pop like pink champagne’.  it felt just right.  make it pop just how it suits you…before it is all discarded.  no regrets.  discard all regrets.  pop it when you can. regrets are not for thebestdressup now!

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