Love of beauty is taste.  The creation of beauty is art. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. ~ Maya Angelou 

i did not have breakfast at tiffany’s, but i did have a rare afternoon treat.  while in new york city for the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book gala event, i had the pleasure to visit the Tiffany & Co. workshop atop the flagship store on fifth avenue.  there, above the selling floors, the tiffany craftsman are creating jewel pieces for art’s sake.  flawless and extraordinary one of a kind jewelry designs is what’s being created in this workshop.  charles lewis tiffany and john b. young, founded the company in 1837, but not until 1853 was precious jewels the focus of the company.  today, the company is a multinational business that has brought its founder’s vision well into fruition.  the labour and detail involved to craft the tiffany Blue Book pieces is quite extraordinary.  these exceptional pieces, some requiring years to complete, make the blue book fabulous creations.  i was delighted to learn that tiffany employs responsible and ethical sourcing of metals and gemstones to preserve the environment.  these exquisite pieces are works of art, exceptional in the inside as the outside.  observing the tiffany master craftsman at work was a rare treat.  true artistry is a rare treat.  a rare afternoon treat is for thebestdressup now!

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The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell. ~  Zora Neale Hurston 

walking on madison avenue, i caught sight of a big egg in the window of a shop.  further down, a few blocks thereafter, i spotted another egg.  these eggs were a luvFIND.  i was to discover that the eggs on display were part of  an egg hunt.  The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, a charity initiative, which will raise funds for ‘elephant family’, that supports asia’s endangered elephants, and ‘studio in a school’, that supports children in New York City.  over 250 eggs created by renowned artists, fashion designers and architects are currently displayed in the 5 boroughs of the city waiting to be hunted.  discovering these egg creations is a prize in itself, but this 100% charitable egg hunt has prizes as well.  i so like this egg hunt.  i so like the future inside these eggs.  i am hunting.  this big egg hunt is for thebestdressup now! 

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a kiss from above

Miami, kiss, the best dress up

Louis Armstrong said a kiss is just a kiss, but when a kiss appeared above, it was not just a kiss.  i was taken.  i saw this to be an expression of affection from the universe.  it was a reminder that the universe regards you.  affection does come when and where you least expect it.  when it appears, embrace this luvFIND.  a kiss from above is more than just a kiss.  this kiss takes me.  a kiss from above is for thebestdressup now!

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soho beach house, miami beach, the best dress up

the beach was clearing and a delicious breeze enveloped the few that remained.  the evening sky was mimicking the stripes below and close to the shore a glass of wine caught my eye.  who would leave it behind, sitting on the sand, half empty?  this appeared to be so south beach and of the moment.  truth was lingering in my thoughts, and this glass of wine brought Ode on a Grecian Urn (John Keats) to mind.  this poem reminds that ‘beauty is truth, truth is beauty’ and its arguable interpretation.  truth in my thoughts.  ‘in vino veritas-in wine there is truth’.  was truth the message in the glass?  i will not know; the glass remained sitting on the sand close to shore.  an untold truth awaits to be told. and this may be the message in that glass.  a luvFIND on the beach, just like the ‘grecian urn’, is left to interpretation.  interpreting truth.  interpretation is for thebestdressup now!

soho beach house, miami beach, the best dress up

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a beam of light

light, key biscayne, florida, the best dress up Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and then we’ll need no other light. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

there is light and darkness.  the earth is in light and in darkness at any given time. yesterday, i felt that duality.  i saw the sky aglow and felt a connection to a beam of light. we are part of the light…this light is in you.  find your inner beam of light, and  don’t let anyone or anything dim or obstruct your light.  this luvFAB beam of light is yours.  but above all, don’t keep it to yourself, reflect it unto others.  it beams back at you.  a beam of light is for thebestdressup now!



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bloom in love

May my soul bloom in love for all existence. ~ Rudolf Steiner 

the mosaic blooms take the light and seem to spring forth.  at Thea‘s, spring came to mind.  the exquisite mural inside this venue reminds me of its eminence.  spring brings growth and its wondrous blooms.  do we come to full bloom as well?  perhaps.  in our own time.  this spring bloom in love.  keep love and friendship in constant full bloom. that mural is a constant bloom.  constantly blooming in love is for thebestdressup now!

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John Turturro, last night at the Miami International Film Festival was honoured with a ‘career achievement tribute’ award for his outstanding work in film.  he was there as well to present his new film, Fading Gigolo, in which he not only stars, but directed and wrote.  starring Woody Allen, this is a comedy with depth and sentiment, that will leave you thinking and smiling about the various forms of love.  this luvFAB film is a luvFIND, and the various forms of love explored in the film are to be considered.  love does have so many expressions.   love, in any expression is for thebestdressup now!

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let us be grateful

new york, the best dress  up

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust 

there are givers and there are takers.  thoughtful acts are extensions of kindness.  the giver, gives.  the taker?  unlike a debt which is repaid with currency, an act of kindness can only be repaid with gratitude.  sincere gratitude is the currency.  i was once told that i was a giver, and i responded that i was grateful to have that gift.  there are givers and there are takers.  but takers, as well, can appreciate.  takers can be grateful.  it’s all about gratitude.  let us be grateful.  infinite gratitude is the sublime expression for thebestdressup now!  

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luvFAB recipe

panna cotta, dessert, the best dress uopanna cotta

seves 4-6


  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated gelatin
  • 200 gr. /8 ounces dark chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons milk


soften gelatin in 2 tablespoons of chilled water.

combine cream, milk, sugar and vanilla bean in a saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes.

remove from heat and remove vanilla bean from cream mix, and scrape seeds into cream mixture.

whisk dissolved gelatin in warm cream mixture.

pour cream mixture in cups.

refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

before serving: melt chocolate with 4 tablespoons of milk over med heat or 1 min in micro wave and stir well.

pour chocolate sauce in container.

serve panna cotta cups with chocolate sauce.

when i am pressed for time to make a dessert, well, panna cotta is my choice.  just the best quick recipe.  as i make it in mini cups, it is light and yes, delicious.  in warm days, i serve it with mixed berries and a strawberry coulis.  it’s a versatile recipe, and can be made with a variety of flavours.  coffee, orange zest or grappa are favourites.  this is a luvMUST recipe for quick entertaining.  yum…a quick recipe is for thebestdressup now!

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Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity'elBulli was an experience.  a true experience for all the senses.  some years ago, near rosas, spain, at Ferran Adrià ‘s experimental restaurant, i enjoyed an ultra sensorial experience.  not to dramatise, but to this day, it is difficult to speak clearly about this experience.  it was not just about eating.  it could best, perhaps, be described as dreamlike.  all senses were indulged.  and yes, the food itself was like no other.  keep in mind that this now closed restaurant, was the most famous restaurant in the world, and had 1, ooo,ooo reservations requested per year.  less than 10% of those requests were to be had.  food and art were one.  in new york, at The Drawing Center, this creativity is being exhibited in a museum setting for the first time ever, and will have an international tour that runs through 2016.   ‘Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity’ is a luvMUST exhibit.  it will impress anyone who is interested in food, as well as art for art’s sake.  the details involved that ferran adrià undertook, to amaze and challenge the senses at el bulli, do defy a wide range of artistic possibilities.  ‘Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity’ is an exhibit displaying pure creative and original discipline.  this intense attention to detail will dazzle.  this exhibit is dazzling creativity for thebestdressup now!


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