even outside of italy

it was ferragosto, even outside of italy.  ferragosto is an italian holiday that takes place on the 15th of august, and it celebrates the summer vacation.  it also coincides with the religious day of the assumption.  on this day, cities in italy quiet down, and the countryside and seaside resorts are filled to capacity.  to enjoy ferragosto, friends and family gather to share the moment.  but as traditions live in us, even outside of italy, we can celebrate ferragosto.  those who share their traditions, keep them well and alive even outside of italy.  it was a luvFAB grand ferragosto even outside of italy.  sharing last night, kept ferragosto inside thebestdressup now!


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it’s all about the bosphorus

i was quite perplexed by its intricate overall beauty.  last month in istanbul, i kept telling myself that there was something most appealing and attractive about this city, but i could not with exactitude pin down what it was.  and then it became apparent that for me, it’s all about the bosphorus.  istanbul, between two continents, is rich in history, yet i find the historical and geographic significance of the bosphorus so utterly fascinating.  the bosphorus joins the sea of marmara with the black sea and divides turkey between asia and europe.  it’s all about that spectacular bosphorus.  istanbul is.  and yet, it’s all about the bosphorus for thebestressup now!

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a luvFAB wine prescription

in the swiss alps, there is a lovely venue, le grand chalet-this place is a luvFIND.  i found a breath taking view with a breeze and a luvFAB wine prescription in this charming setting.  the breeze was an added bonus as the heat in europe is reaching feverish temperatures.  an added reason to follow the wine prescription.  cheers!  toasting the heat and any ailment with wine could be just the cure.  this wine prescription is the remedy for thebestdressup now!

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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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