Archive | December, 2011

Baby, it’s cold outside!

13 Dec

I have gotten so spoiled by the warm weather here in Southern California that my body thinks it’s “freezing” at 55 degrees.  Yeah, it’s rough.  The weather has been strangely wet and cold here in Lala lately.  There was even ice on the sidewalk this morning.  What the whah? :  VIDEO-Henry-DiCarlo-Monday-Weather-Report  Better put on my parka! (If I had one)

Those of you in the colder areas of the nation, how are you keeping warm this winter?  Here are a few things that help me out when the weather gets cold.  Cold as in, like, 50 degrees or so.  Haha:

I'm not a big coffee drinker but I do like Starbucks's Skinny Vanilla Latte and their special holiday Peppermint Mocha.


I am loving faux fur this season! I found lots of affordable options at Forever 21. I pair my faux fur stole with a casual cardigan or a formal dress. Ooo, la la!


I LOVE this lotion for the winter time. The Lactic Acid smooths and exfoliates dry winter skin. It's also great for Keratosis Pilaris (those red bumps on the back of arms) that can flare up in cold weather. You can buy it at your local pharmacy.


What better way to stay warm than a funny movie?  Elf is a great example for the holidays:


Tell me, how do you keep warm?


Top 5 Life Regrets by those about to die

8 Dec

I thought this was so interesting and beneficial to everyone.  My friend posted this article about a book written by Bronnie Ware.  Bronnie is a palliative care worker who has worked with a countless number of patients who are sadly seeing their last days on earth. When Bronnie had questioned the patients about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

The Top 5 Regrets

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people have had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honor at least some of your dreams along the way.

From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard – This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship.

Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings – Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends – Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier
This is a surprisingly common one.

Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice.

They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.
When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Check out Bronnie Ware’s full–length book of The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying here.  Something to think about for 2012.  Happiness is an active choice.  It’s never too late if you’re still alive.  DO IT.  🙂

Gaga on Vanity Fair

6 Dec

This is one of my favorite pictures I've seen of Gaga. You can actually see her natural beauty!

Gaga is on the front of my favorite magazine, Vanity Fair.  I love Gaga and I love these shots by Annie Leibovitz!  Gaga may be strange and even too much for some but I find her so inspiring.  I appreciate that she loves over-the-top theatricality even though she doesn’t need it.  Her musical talent speaks for itself.  Good ol’ Gaga inspires me to constantly find ways to be creative in my own way.

Gaga’s Vanity Fair is on stands now!  I’m gonna get my copy today at my local Rite Aide, oh yeah.

Watch the behind the scenes video of Gaga wearing spectacular clothing at some iconic NYC spots.  Here are some more shots from the spread:

Lady in Red

Gaga looking like a Fair Lady on the Staten Island Ferry.

I wear a mismatched top and bottom on laundry day. Not Gaga!