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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ego shine

Everybody wants to shine a little bit, even a wallflower. ~ Phyllis Smith

what shines the most in london is not necessarily the sun.  but then, you must know that london is not known for its sunshine.  yet, i found shine everywhere.  though mostly it was not sunshine, it was ego shine.  so how far does one go to make the ego shine?  in london, i found an array of displays that took the spotlight.  and the spotlight is precisely what it takes to allow the ego to shine.  it struck me that perhaps dim lit days provokes the need for ego shine.  actually, we all want to shine, just a bit, at any time.  and at the risk of indulging your ego without brutal harm to anyone, do your best to shine a little bit.  perhaps a bit of restrain should be observed when you spotlight your luvSTUFF.  do shine a little bit.  a little bit of ego shine is for thebestdressup now!

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the gift that remains

The way i see it, you should live every day like its your birthday. ~  Paris Hilton

we celebrate birthdays on a yearly basis, although we have a rebirth upon every awakening.  we ought to celebrate our daily moments, and so enthusiastically well, so that the moment leaves a lasting memory.  daily or yearly, live your moment well.  it actually is our birthday every day of our life.  give yourself a birthday gift.  give yourself a luvFAB gift of  memories of your choice.  the gift is the memory of the moment, that is the gift that remains.  madrid was just the best memory.  the gift that remains is just the best birthday gift for thebestdressup now!

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the language of a rose

roses, the best dress up“But he who dares not grasp the thorn

Should never crave the rose.”

Anne Brontë 

why do you send roses?  not just flowers, but roses in particular.  to send love is an answer.  and when sent for no specific reason, other than to send love to the recipient, sends a powerful message of love.  a most unexpected and lovely bouquet of roses was set outside my door yesterday.  i could not anticipate who the unusual suspect was that sent this bouquet.  no card was included.  but the roses spoke.  i felt the love.  this  rose bouquet reminded me of the very first time roses were ever sent.  a precious rose picked to express love.  how original to have nature deliver this powerful expression.  send a rose for no apparent reason.  the languge of a rose is love spoken naturally.  sending roses is an expression of love for thebestdressup now!

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a unique treasure

My friends are my estate. ~ Emily Dickinson

memorial rose garden, allentown, pa, the best dress up

allentown, pennsylvania was not on my radar.  friendship is.  my bff ashley and selim moved there, and sent the signal that got me to detect this luvFIND.  last week, on my way to new york, i made a two day detour.  i was welcomed at newark airport and in less than 2 quick hours, arrived at their luvFAB home.  a warm reception was extended, and we shared with their foodie neighbours and a ny chef friend, a farm to table exquisite dinner.  the next day the weather was just the best for a  stroll in the neighborhood park.   Allentown Rose Garden park is a scenic delight, filled with a variety of flowers and sculptures that relax the senses.  passing by the little lehigh creek in the park, i felt the flow of friendship.  this little creek flows into the delaware river and into the immense and vast atlantic ocean.  just as an introduction starts the acquaintance, and as it becomes friendship, it tells a unique narrative.  a unique story of friendship.  friendship that flows can be written in allentown, miami, new york, paris or rome.  friendship that flows anywhere/everywhere is a unique luvFAB treasure for thebestdressup now!

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 



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ciao! ciao is hello or goodbye; a salutation on greeting or parting in italian.  it embraces a beginning and an end in a most informal way.  leave it to the italian language to offer this  ‘2 in one’ word.  a duality of sorts.  as ‘parting is such sweet sorrow’, perhaps ‘ciao’ proposes that we are not parting when we say ‘ciao’ as we depart.  we are simply ascertaining that we will greet again.  so, as it is in the greeting that we delight, is this not just the best word?  and with such enthusiasm we should greet every aspect of our life. when ‘ciao’ is used on departure, it reminds that an enthusiastic greeting awaits.  ciao! what a luvFAB word.  this is the salutation for thebestdressup now!

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blue sky ferragosto

Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. ~ LFrank Baum 

i became accustomed to anticipate that ferragosto would be a blue sky day.  with the unpredictability of todays climate, it is more often than not everything but a blue sky day. well it is ferragosto, and a blue sky ferragosto should be dreamed.  simply because if your sky is cloudy and rain, hail, or snow is pouring down, remember that above all that the sky is blue.  so dream it if your sky is not blue.  dreams come true, just as a luvFAB blue sky ferragosto does.  i wish everyone a blue sky ferragosto.  a blue sky ferragosto is for thebestdressup now!


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as i walked in Cantina La Veinte Miami, i had doubts of my whereabouts.  although i was a bit jet lagged, i was conscious, and i knew that i was in miami and not in mexico.  the night was to be a pleasant surprise.  i felt a warmth not related to the scorching summer temperatures.  it was from the warm reception.  cantina la veinte is a new mexican restaurant in miami; like no other here.  or for that matter in other places.  miami is close to mexico,  but does not have a great selection of mexican restaurants.  i am not a huge fan of the mexican cuisine abroad.  i was skeptical about the dinner, but the company was wonderful, and i was up for the surprise.  surprised i was.  cantina la veinte is a bar, market, and restaurant that offers a warm atmosphere in an indoor and outdoor setting.  this is not your typical mexican venue though.  an interesting mix of contemporary and ethnic decor makes up for great ambiance.  this is a luvMUST venue to frequent, and the outstanding quality served here is what will keep me coming back again and again.  no wonder i felt as if i was in mexico; last night i felt the warmth of the mexicans and its cuisine.  it’s just the best to be surprised.  viva la veinte.  la veinte is for thebestdressup now!


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