a sunny beach day

forte dei marmi, italy, the best dress upit’s a sunny beach day.  it’s summer, and a day at the beach, is a luvMUST.  and yes, the sun shines everywhere, not just above the beach.  but at the beach, when it shines in the morning hour, it embraces you.  i feel the rays caresses.  a languid stroll, sunshine, sand and water.  find a beach.  a beach day to feel the sun shine on and in you.  a sunny beach day is for thebestdressup now!

    

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the kiss

the kiss, gustav klimt, vienna, austria, the best dress up

yes, i saw the kiss.  i felt the kiss…in vienna, austria, at the belvedere museum.  i had seen the kiss, but not the actual kiss.  i had seen so many photos.  and this is a kiss that must be seen.  the actual kiss.  Gustav Klimt‘s painting explodes with passion and sensuality. the kiss unites the lovers.  ahhh, the kiss is a luvMUST.  i so like this unity.  this is the kiss is for thebestdressup now!

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teamwork

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Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. ~ Helen Keller

i arrived in gstaad, switzerland, just in time to watch the semi final world cup.  this game emphasized what teamwork is all about.  although one team won, both teams gave their all to their group.  the selfless act to work in unision for a goal, is success in itself.  every team player knows that.  personal ambition has its merits, but as a team, we can accomplish so much more.  teamwork works.  i so like the results of selfless collaborations.  teamwork is for thebestdressup now!

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make a goal

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the world cup creates such excitement.  even those that have never heard or cared about football (soccer), suddenly become interested.  the adrenaline that flows in the game, creates a contagious energy.  when your fave team is defeated and bitten, you feel the pain, but then you root for the next fave team.  even hard core fans find the next team to support. you want to connect to that energy.  it’s that excitement that we yearn.  the adrenaline is at a high when that goal is scored.  this goal is ours.  this moment is ours.  go for the goal. make a goal.  making a goal is for thebestdressup now!

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turn up

miami, the best dress uoI think the most romantic thing you can do is just turn up. Turn up when it’s difficult for you. Travel halfway around the world or just up the road. Whatever it is, just be there. ~ James McAvoy

turning up can be difficult and complicated.  too much to sort to make it there.  but if you are not there, you will be missed or worst yet, you will miss being there.  there is an element of excitement, not to be missed, by being there.  as you are here now, make the effort to be there.  don’t miss being there.  turn up is a luvMUST.  being there is for thebestdressup now!

 

 

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forever young

paloma, miami, the best dress uptoday, as i left the funeral services, Jay-Z ‘s ‘forever young’ played softly.  outside the church, the lyrics continued to play in my head.  what exactly is forever young?  is 9,172 days forever young?  those were the days of paloma’s life.  about a week ago, just a month after her 25th birthday, paloma de mazieres was killed in a boating accident. forever and ever, she will be forever young.  she was love and loved.  everyone who spoke at her service affirmed paloma’s zest for life.  paloma lived to the fullest, she embraced life, and she seized every moment.  she lived life.  everyone repeated the unconditional love she gave to all who knew her, and her capacity to forgive anyone who hurt her. paloma was forever young, but wise beyond her years.  i will be reminded, forever in my years, what was said about paloma.  she has touched my life in a most peculiar way…the lyrics play on and she is forever young for thebestdressup now!

 

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luvFAB recipe

 

summer strawberry salad

serves 6-8

ingredients

  • 5 oz./ 142 gr. baby spinach and arugula (rocket)
  • 3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1  tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 16 oz./454 gr. strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • maldon salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 lbs. (125 gr.) french feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup marcona almonds, toasted and chopped

directions

whisk lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil in a small bowl and add freshly ground pepper to taste.

put sliced strawberries in a bowl and toss with balsamic vinegar.

in a separate bowl, dress baby spinach and arugula (rocket), with the extra virgin olive oil and lemon mix and season with maldon salt to taste.

divide dressed greens on serving plates, top each plate with marinated strawberries, feta cheese, almonds and lemon zest.

this is simply a simple grand salad.  salads are a daily luvMUST, and spinach and arugula are all time favourite lettuces.  simple ingredients.  but it’s the strawberries, at a delicious peak now, that make this recipe just grand.  at this time of year, i actually crave this salad.  i enjoy my salads at the end of the meal and this salad makes a grand finale.  a grand finale is simply for thebestdressup now!

 

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friendship

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. ~Epicurus

the possession of friendship is indeed a great gift.  that spontaneous bond grows our spirit and brings us happiness.  how fortunate can we be to possess friendship.  that genuine extension finds its place in your soul…as a  sunset in the horizon.  friendship.  a happy moment.  a luvFAB happy moment shared with friends.  friendship is for thebestdressup now!

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cotton candy moment

cotton candy, new york, the four seasons restaurant the best dress upcotton candy ends the moment at the luvFAB The Four Seasons Restaurant in new york.  but endings have beginnings.  cotton candy brings back sweet, sweet moments.  as a child, cotton candy was a festive treat that i enjoyed at many celebrations.  the other day, as i took small bites of  the cotton candy served at The Four Seasons Restaurant, i thought life’s ‘sweet’ moments were like cotton candy.  those sugar threads are savoured in a moment and then disappear.  one bite so sweet and then you crave another.  a huge plate of cotton candy for all four seasons is for thebestdressup now!

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open and close

the drawbridge opens allowing what does not fit, to pass through, and quickly closes to allow passage for what must connect to its other end.  as if it just knows when to open and close.  i so like that.  that’s my ‘end’.  so if the end is to connect, then more important, knowing when to open and close!   i like to connect.  knowing when to open and close is for thebestdressup now!

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