Thursday, April 12, 2018

Another Side of Paradise/Sally Koslow

In 1937 Hollywood, gossip columnist Sheila Graham's star was on the rise, while literary wonder boy F.Scott Fitzgerald's career was slowly drowning in booze.
A match made in heaven you say?
This is a great story, told in the first person and written in a way that brings you back to the late 30's early 40's Hollywood...with plenty of name dropping.
Graham, who had quite a life history of her own, falls in love with Fitzgerald while he is still married to his institutionalized wife Zelda, and lives with him until his death.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read and I think you will, too.
Published by HarperCollins for release in May 2018
Author: www.SallyKoslow.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Kerabotanica Shore to Please Beach Girl Hair Mist

Designed with natural UV protection from red raspberry seed, infuses your hair with the refreshing scent of wintergreen leaf, cinnamon, bamboo for hydration and softness. Perfect addition to your beach bag to protect and refresh your hair on those summer days at the beach.
I keep one in my work bag, too. Great mid day refresher, or for after hours if I'm not going home to freshen up before dinner out.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

More Jeffrey James Botanicals

Two more Jeffrey James products that I can rave about! First, THE SERUM.
I just love this serum. Loaded with hyaluronic acid, it absorbs right into my skin. I use it at night, and I know I have done the best I can for my skin. Hyaluronic Acid makes up fifty percent of this high quality formulation. Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water and drawing moisture out of the environment and onto the surface of your skin, there is not a more effective moisturizing agent on the world market today. Non-comedogenic, penetrates deeply, and activates collagen production for a fresher, younger, firmer, brighter and more radiant complexion.

Next is THE EXFOLIANT. Love the feeling of my skin after I exfoliate, so glossy and smooth. Twice a week, is all it takes to get your skin ready for either THE GIFT day cream or at night, THE SERUM.
Great skin begins with a five minute luxurious facial. Acai berries and bamboo heal and tone the skin while organic aloe vera, essential oils and raspberries draw toxins out. High in antioxidants and bioflavenoids, this scrub nourishes and protects the skin while gently exfoliating for accelerated cell turnover.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Jeffrey James Botonicals-THE GIFT

So...this day face cream is named THE GIFT...and I absolutely swear this is exactly how I feel about this product. It is THE BEST face cream I have EVER used. My skin has done a complete turn around in about 10 days...I am giddy. My skin is smooth, no overnight break looks and feels soooo good.
So this is what's in it:

Alpine Rose Stem Cell
  • Promote the vitality and longevity of your skin stem cells. It strengthens the skin barrier, providing anti-aging benefits of increased hydration and better protection to the skin against the daily environmental stresses of UV, dryness, and cold temperatures.  Protecting vital skin stem cells delays skin aging for stunning clarity and a more youthful appearance.
Amino Acids
  • The building blocks of life, amino acids supply nutrients and strengthen connective tissues improving skin elasticity.
Botanical Hyaluronic Acid (Cassis Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide)
  • Hyaluronic acid cold pressed from the seed of the flower, hydrates and nourishes your skin.  Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve the texture of your skin.
Glycolic Acid
  • Beautifully derived from simple sugars in fruits, glycolic acid gently promotes skin cell turnover so your fresh healthy skin cells can emerge.  Appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced, your radiant youthful glow revealed.
Vitamin B5
  • Powerful antioxidant which provides skin softness and a smoother appearance.  Promotes healing and fights free radicals.
Please do yourself a favor. Start the year off right. Look your absolute best in 2016. Go to the website: and order this face cream and look at the other products. I am very anxious to try the exfoliant!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Mendicino Fire by Elizabeth Tallent

Just reading "No One You Know", tells me author Tallent knows us all very well. The story of a hidden affair and divorce, and then the moving on... but not quite...
Very well written short stories about relationships of all kinds. It's time to make a winter reading list, and you can start with this one:)

Read what the publisher, Harper Collins, has to say...

The long-awaited return of a writer of rare emotional wisdom.
The son of an aging fisherman becomes ensnared in a violent incident that forces him to confront his broken relationship with his father. A woman travels halfway across the country to look for her ex-husband, only to find her attention drawn in a surprising direction. A millworker gives safe harbor to his son's pregnant girlfriend, until an ambiguous gesture upsets their uneasy equilibrium. These and other stories—of yearning, loss, and tentative new connections—come together in Mendocino Fire, the first new collection in two decades from the widely admired Elizabeth Tallent.
Diverse in character and setting, rendered in an exhilarating, exacting prose, these stories confirm Tallent's enduring gift for capturing relationships in moments of transformation: marriages breaking apart, people haunted by memories of old love and reaching haltingly toward new futures. The result is a book that reminds us how our lives are shaped by moments of fracture and fragmentation, by expectations met and thwarted, and by our never-ending quest to be genuinely seen.

Monday, November 2, 2015

the Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

I have always thought my life would make a great book, and I am even more sure that I could write it  after reading Mary Karr's Memoir. She's an inspiring teacher.

Harper Collins says :

Credited with sparking the current memoir explosion, Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club spent more than a year at the top of the New York Times list. She followed with two other smash bestsellers: Cherry and Lit, which were critical hits as well.
For thirty years Karr has also taught the form, winning teaching prizes at Syracuse.  (The writing program there produced such acclaimed authors as Cheryl Strayed, Keith Gessen, and Koren Zailckas.) In The Art of Memoir, she synthesizes her expertise as professor and therapy patient, writer and spiritual seeker, recovered alcoholic and “black belt sinner,” providing a unique window into the mechanics and art of the form that is as irreverent, insightful, and entertaining as her own work in the genre.
Anchored by excerpts from her favorite memoirs and anecdotes from fellow writers’ experience, The Art of Memoir lays bare Karr’s own process. (Plus all those inside stories about how she dealt with family and friends get told— and the dark spaces in her own skull probed in depth.) As she breaks down the key elements of great literary memoir, she breaks open our concepts of memory and identity, and illuminates the cathartic power of reflecting on the past; anybody with an inner life or complicated history, whether writer or reader, will relate.
Joining such classics as Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, The Art of Memoir is an elegant and accessible exploration of one of today’s most popular literary forms—a tour de force from an accomplished master pulling back the curtain on her craft.