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Project Runway EPISODE 03 Don’t Stop Believing (in Unicorns)

2 Aug

Was it me or did you feel like the wrong person was sent home on Project Runway in Episode Three?  As strange as Timothy Westbrook often came off on the show, he had some unique view points, and, with a bit more time and guidance, it’s my personal belief he will turn out to be a fantastic designer.  Yes, ok, he went off about Miranda Levy in front of the judges and how she trashed him in front of the other designers, but, clearly Timothy was the better designer.

Miranda, I don’t get or understand her point of view, and, the fact she was so nasty — those things need to be taken into consideration.  I know they aren’t for the purposes of Project Runway, but, in the real world — if you don’t get along with your fellow designers and work-mates.  You’ll be “out” faster than Heidi Klum can change her facial expressions.

And my personal opinion about who to watch?  I think Helen Castillo is the one to beat.  Am I right?  We’ll just have to wait and see!


Sunday in the City

28 Jul

Yes, I know I have been a bad girl and that I haven’t blogged in ages, and, I am taking advantage of the first Sunday in months that didn’t have me or Gary committed to doing something, and, I’m spending the day just doing things I’ve neglected.  For example, this morning, I want through my closet and purged it of items that I no longer use, have never used, or have simply done it’s job.   And, don’t worry, I don’t sell my old clothing on Ebay — I give it to charity and hopefully some one out there can benefit from it.

And, now I am catching up on correspondence.  Emails, my blog, and, I have to come up with a few fresh ideas for my column.  I hadn’t realized I have fallen into a deep slump of writing about Project Runway and nothing else. Shame on me!

I’m also using today to do some shopping online.  Yes, I realize this sounds comical to many since I live in the shopping capital of the world or at least the United States (NYC) but even in NYC you don’t always find what you are seeking.   And tradiocityhe last thing I’m doing with my free time today is lining up theater and other events that Gary and I enjoy doing together for the Fall, and, that includes ordering tickets for Radio City for the Christmas show for Thanksgiving weekend.  My family is coming here from Chicago so it will make Thanksgiving weekend that much more special.


So that’s a glimpse of my “super exciting” life (as a friend from Chicago once said to me about my life in NYC.)  After getting past the glitz and glam it really is just like living anywhere.  You work during the week, do your errands and chores and weekend, and, then on occasion, you get to do something fun or cultural like to go a museum or the theater.

And, yes, I agree.  I wouldn’t trade living here for anything.  Not even my sweet home Chicago.  There is only one NYC and I am thrilled to be part of it!

Good news is the word of the day

27 Sep

Good news is the word of the day!  SFD Couture (which I co-own) made its first significant sale yesterday which means we now have capital coming in to keep ourselves afloat and now we concentrate on really developing and expanding the brand.  I cannot tell you how happy I am because we literally put our hearts and souls, not to mention all our money into this dream; and, to get a sale is like getting an endorsement that yes we ARE good and yes we DO know what we are doing!  It’s a great feeling!

I’d also like to give a shout out to a fellow writer on  TR Threston has been nominated to several Who’s Who companies by none other than Donna McFarland — a well known and respected editor.  TR Threston also broke into the top 100 influential New Yorkers on  It is my understanding she also has job offers from two major news companies, and, her KIVA team has met and is now exceeding its 2012 goals.  You go girl!

I’d also like to give a shout out to social media guru Jeff Cotrupe.  Thanks for following me Jeff and please keep in touch!  You find out more about Jeff on his website:

Finally, I’d like to give a shout out to my BFF Elena and her husband Paul.  Both have been under the weather with terrible colds the past few days.  Hope you’re feeling better guys!

Yes, it is a good news day 🙂

In The Name of Love…

26 Sep

Those who know me well know that I am a HUGE U-2 fan, and, today more than other days I really needed a U2 fix for music, so, I grabbed a bunch of CDs as I was heading out the door to work.  And, I must have played the same track “In The Name of Love/Pride” no less than 10 times already.

Now I have moved on to “City of Blinding Lights“.  And, yes, I realize I’m driving everyone crazy.  Sorry guys!

Anyhow,  the big news of the day is it looks like SFD Couture is about to take off. Susan is out making a presentation as I write this and I guess it is nerves more than anything that have me in a hyper state.  If we get this sale, then we are officially on our way.

SDF is a clothing label that I co-own, and, we’ve been hanging on by a wing a prayer for the past several months.  And, how amazing will this be if we actually get to launch our clothing line?

The whole past 4 or 5 years has been one amazing experience after another.  I am so grateful for the lucky breaks that have been placed in my path, and, I do not take it for granted one minute!  I know I’ve been extremely fortunate, and, I am eternally grateful for the opportunities that have presented themselves.

Stay tuned for updates!!  And, I hope to bring good news from my end!

Almost wedding time… almost

29 Mar

For those of you who think I’ve fallen off the planet, sorry to disappoint you, but, I’m still very much alive and kicking.   I know it’s been months – since December, 2011 to be exact — since I’ve take a few minutes to blog, and, I do ask for your forgiveness if you’ve been a regular reader.   So far most of 2012 has consisted of me stopping modeling and undertaking a new work endeavor (more to be revealed later in the year), and, of course, my all-free-time-consuming wedding.  So that’s where I’ve been.

Don’t be sad about me not modeling anymore, I LOVED every minute of my time being a model and there are so many aspects of modeling that I am going to miss, but, it was time to move on.  My age is beginning to work against me in this ultra youth oriented business, and, I had a wonderful opportunity open up to me in another area of fashion that I just couldn’t let pass me by.

I’m still writing for, as a matter of fact, I just started writing for them again this past week.  I was asked back, so, I must have done something right!  Here’s my page if you’d like to subscribe:  But, I have to admit, it is great to be back writing at

I’ve made another new writing friend, T.R. Threston, and, if you’re into travel then you should subscribe to her column too, she does a wonderful job and has lots of great travel tips:

Now, let’s talk about my all consuming wedding.

It’s funny.  Gary and I started off that we wanted a small wedding — really small.  Close friends and family only.  Well, then it started…

Family members had hurt feelings they weren’t going to be invited and that upped the guest list, then the co-workers started asking about their invitations and the guest list went up again.  Then friends from college, high school, even grade school began coming out of the wood work!  The amazing part is that very few were deterred that the wedding is taking place in New York City and not in Chicago.  Go figure.

So our “small” wedding is now several hundred people — I’m doing my best to keep this from turning into a three ring circus.  I just want the wedding over and my life with Gary to begin.  I know it sounds unromantic, but, for me its about the life after the wedding, and, not just the wedding.

Finally we are at the point that everything is done.  My gown and bridesmaids dresses were ordered and fittings and final fittings are now taking place.  Gary and our groomsmen have all been fitted for tuxedos and they are on order and should be here shortly.  We have our church book, our musicians selected, our receptions venue under deposit with final payment coming up rapidly.  We are ready to walk down the aisle and say I do.

The big day?  Memorial Day Weekend.  Stay tuned for frantic updates from the bride (me).  Because with my luck… Who knows what will go wrong <Grin>

Why I love Fall in NYC

19 Oct
New York City - Rockefeller Center

Image by myoldpostcards via Flickr

Ok, granted, I haven’t lived in NYC longto really proclaim this statement, but, I do love being in NYC in the Fall.  I can’t explain the mood, but, perhaps “pre-holiday happiness” would be the best way to describe it.

People are a bit friendlier (yes really!)  The leaves are beginning to fall and change, the tourists are really begin to fill the city streets — and believe it or not the department stores are beginning to show the first signs of the holidays to come — the holiday shops are beginning to pop up.

Add in the fact that Rockefeller Center Ice Rink has officially opened (well, ok, they didn’t open as planned due to the weather), but, still it is another sign that the holidays are approaching… (Happy sigh)

That means some of my favorite things will be coming up shortly… Like the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.  And, of course, shopping!!

Most people are shocked to learn that I enjoy shopping for friends and family more than I enjoy shopping for myself.  I can’t explain it… There is just something VERY satisfying about finding the “perfect gift” for my loved ones.  It’s a high that I get the day I shop for it, and, then again when I wrap it, and, then finally the day it is given and opened.

And, then there are the things that really count… Like my Kiva team – we’re already 80% to our set fund raising goal for 2011.  This is a feeling of satisfaction that is actually very selfish — even though what we do is raise mirco-loans for others…  It feels soooo good when we help someone to help themselves… Knowing that we helped changed a life…  It’s just a feeling that is so positive and wonderful — it’s selfish 🙂   I’d like to double or even triple our fund raising goals with my Kiva Team in 2012 –  care to join us?  Here’s the link:


Well, off I go… in the rain (and I’m smiling…)


My predicitions for Project Runway season 9

1 Oct

I want to preface this by stating that everything written in this entry is pure speculation on my part.  I do not have any “insider” information.  It is based on my opinions and that is it.

And so with that disclaimer out of the way, here is how I see Season 9 drawing a close to the final three and fashion week

The remaining cast members are Anya, Bert, Joshua, Kimberly, Laura and Viktor.  Few would argue that Viktor is really begin to pull way from the pack and into the lead, although Anya and Joshua are keeping him on his toes!

Judge Nina Garcia has already stated that she doesn’t care for Laura’s taste level, and, unless another cast member really messes up – big time – I believe Laura will be the next person cut.  At this point, I have to agree based on two reasons:  Laura’s taste level (as evidenced by her work on episode 10), and, the other reason (and this is my personal reason) is her attitude towards Bert.  Bert has worked for major fashion houses for a long time, and, she along with Joshua (who is far worse to Bert than Laura) put him down and mock nearly everything the man makes.  Their time would be used by worrying about making the best garments they can produce rather than what Bert is or is not doing right.

The next elimination will be the toughest, and, I forecast it to be between Kimberly and Bert.  While Bert is coming on strong in the end, I’m not sure his has what it takes to compete with the likes of Anya, Joshua, and, Viktor.  On the other hand, Kimberly makes excellent trousers, but, is hit and miss with other garments.  And, thus, I believe it will be Kimberly who is eliminated next with Bert being cut the following week.

And so my prediction is that we will see Anya, Joshua and Viktor at Fashion Week.  I believe we will see a fantastic show from all three designers, but, it is my opinion Joshua will be eliminated based on his past garments and even more so his self-center and sometimes backstabbing attitude.  Joshua’s attitude has been a topic for the judges in the past, and, this is why I believe he will be the first cut from the Fashion Week finale.

This leaves us with two truly outstanding designers – Anya, who I had predicted early on would make it to fashion week, and, Viktor.  I believe the judges will take into consideration the fact that Anya taught herself to sew (only 4 months prior to being cast on Project Runway), and, of course, the fact she has produced some amazing garments — even in the face of adversity such as losing her money to purchase her material and items in episode 10.

However, in the end, I do believe Season 9 winner will be Viktor.  Viktor has been meticulous with his work, and, has been producing some really “wow” factor garments, especially in the last few episodes.  He is confident without being overly cocky, and, he knows how to work in team as well as by himself, and, this is why I have selected him to be the winner of Season 9.

Do you agree or disagree with me?  Tell me, I’d love to know!

Give a man a fish…

28 Sep

I’ve been feeling pretty good all day, but, I’m now I’m feeling GREAT!  I just signed into my Team and found out we’re 65% to achieving our fund raising for the year!

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

It’s all very cool!  If you’d like to join my team simply click the following link:

Well… back to work for me…

It’s been a busy summer and fall looks just as busy

24 Sep

I know…

I’ve been a very bad girl and haven’t kept up with my blogging, but, I do have a pretty good excuse, I’ve been very busy!  Let’s see, where do I begin?

Fashion Week 2011

Fashion Week, I guess… If you’ve never been involved in Fashion Week there is no way to describe the absolute chaos that surrounds it — of course, I mean this in a positive way, but, nonetheless, it would make even the calmest person’s head spin!  You have fittings, more fittings, hair styling, and, lots of time waiting around waiting to walk down a runway for a total of roughly 40 seconds.  The upside to Fashion Week madness?  One of the designers (although I am not allowed to tell who — just someone from a major fashion house) allowed me to keep one of the garments that I wore on the runway!  And, I absolutely love this piece!  I know a lot of people assume that the models get to keep the clothing, but, in reality, it is rare, and, that is why this is such a big deal.  Especially since the retail price of this garment is in the $4500 range!

Then add in my regular modeling work, fortunately, it has been based in New York during fashion week, but, it means hours of clothes fittings, makeup, hair, and, lots of time in front of a camera getting that “perfect” shot.

The Plaza Hotel -- the location of our wedding reception

Now let’s add in my own wedding which has been tons of little headaches… One of my bridesmaid dresses was ordered in the wrong size, and, it had to be reordered.  We have a few out of town guests who would like “cheaper” accommodations, but, don’t want to stay outside of Manhattan!  Fortunately, I am working with a wonderful, extremely patient and professional travel agent who is helping me out, but, the guidelines set have made it more than challenging to find a hotel for these specific guests!  Now I know why my BFF in NYC, Elena, had such a small wedding in Australia!

Speaking of Elena, I’d like to give some shout outs…

Shout Outs

Congratulations to Elena and Paul who are now officially married in the eyes of the United States!

Congratulations to Jacqueline Collen Tarrolly on officially opening her new business (Toadstool Farm Vintage) – complete with ribbon cutting ceremony!  Very cool!

Congratulations to Tina for getting her copyright for her new book “Tharston Manor“.  I can’t wait to read it!

And, then getting back to my schedule and life… Well, then there is the matter of Gary, I make it a point to spend as much time with him as possible each day, and, we have “date” night at least once a week.

Matter of fact, we went to see “Moneyball” last night, and, I absolutely LOVED it.  I mean, I’m a baseball fan, but, I certainly don’t live for the sport, but, this is such a feel good movie, everyone — regardless if you like baseball or not — should go see it.

And, Gary’s Aunt and Uncle are coming in today for the week from California, and, we’re going to see “Anything Goes” tonight on Broadway.  I’m looking forward to it!

So that’s why I’ve been up to in a nutshell, and, that is why I’ve been such a bad girl about not blogging for so long.

Oh and one last thing — for future fashion designers….  Please be sure to follow my column on this coming week… I’ll be featuring a scholarship opportunity via Project Runway!

Ok… I think that’s really it this time, I promise I’ll try to blog a bit more regularly, but, if I don’t you can always catch up with me via my Fashion Column: or on Facebook:

Thanks for reading!

Is it me or is Project Runway boring this season?

26 Aug

I’m not sure if I’m the only one who feels this way, but, I’m finding it very hard to watch Project Runway this season.  There really isn’t anyone interesting or overly talented.  Last year we had lots going on — like, dare I say it, Gretchen and her backstabbing…  And, rooting for Mondo and Michael C.

And, I’m tired of Heidi having the designers come up with products for her line of clothing.  I swear everything item (or nearly every item) I saw on last night’s episode looked like something Gretchen would have made — and if you don’t know by now… I’m no Gretchen Jones fan!

This season, I don’t know, I just can’t get into the show…  There are only two people who (I feel) deserve to be there… Anya Ayoung-Chee and Bert Kerrter — but what do I know 🙂  And, knowing that Heidi always seems to have her own agenda instead of truly looking for the best designers, it wouldn’t surprise me if both of these worthy contestants are eventually eliminated.  However, we shall see…

As for me, Fashion Week is around the corner, and, I’m waiting for a fitting as I right this… And, I better finish this up because they are almost ready for me.

Sending best wishes and prayers to my fellow New Yorkers and East Coasters that Hurricane Irene doesn’t hurt any of us too badly!  And God’s Speed to those in harm’s way.


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