the space between

Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom.~ Viktor Frankl 

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unto the next best journey

on a crisp and cloudy spring morning, as i was leaving paris on my way to zurich, the next journey came to mind.  spring was struggling to move in, and some days were radiant and blossoming with nature’s bounty, and others with an overcast, and sudden outbursts of rainfall.  this reminded me that every journey is as unpredictable as springtime in paris. from the moment we open our eyes, to the moment we close them to rest, regardless of the season, we are unto our next journey.  and we all are in an unpredictable journey. taking the best of each season is just the next best journey for thebestdressup now!

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a vintage degustation

six generations later, with jean-marc lallier-deutz.  a luvFAB vintage degustation at deutz champagne in ay, france.  this is a degustation for thebedressup now!

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and yes, to reconnect is a luvMUST for thebestdressup now!

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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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