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It’s the end of the year? ALREADY?!?

19 Dec

Geez, I hate to sound like an 80 year old, but, where did the time go?  This year absolutely flew by — I can’t believe Christmas is this weekend!!  Fortunately, I’m done shopping, my family is flying to NYC to see and my future hubby, and, the only thing I have to do is get the apartment  “Mom Inspection” clean, and, of course, start cooking for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

I’m also thrilled that my KIVA team is just $50 of hitting our 2011 goal.  Ok, sure I did aim low this year because I formed the team so late in the year — it was almost July, nonetheless, at least we’re going to make the goal that I set so that is  wonderful all in itself.  It also makes the holiday season matter that much more — for the first time in my life I feel like I’m actually doing something real to help others who just need a helping hand up.  (And, KIVA allows people do just that – it’s a wonderful organization, and, I am proud to be part of it!)  If the giving mood happens to strike you while you’re reading this take a moment to join my team and donate to my team’s goal.  Here is the link:  and hey that’s kind of neat… I just saw that I have 57 “recommends” for Facebook on my Kiva page — thanks for your support guys!!

As far as wedding news…  Well, I had a bit of a heartbreak today… No, no, it isn’t what you’re probably thinking.  Gary and I are still very much “on”.  No, this heartache is all due a wedding venue that I didn’t know was available until today…

It seems that Cunard is now offering weddings at sea… My heart dropped when I read this article this morning:

If I had only known sooner…

And, so with that my dear friends, family, fans and readers, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and wonderful holiday season, and, may all your dreams come true for you in 2012.  I thank each and everyone of you for being in my life – I love you all!

Happy Holidays!



Springing ahead

13 Mar

Ok, yes, my “blondness” was at its best this weekend, like many others out there I forgot to set my clock ahead last night, and, again this morning.  Personally, while I prefer the Spring and Summer months, I could do without this losing one hour of sleep.

It’s been a busy month, and, my schedule is getting even more jam packed between work, Elena’s wedding, and, of course my own.  That isn’t to say Gary and I still don’t make a true effort to have “date night” at least once per week.  For example, this weekend we went to The Monkey Bar (an NYC institution — you know — one of those places to see and be seen in…) and then we headed to Broadway to catch “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” staring Daniel Radcliffe and John Larroquette.

Loved the show, and, thought the cast was great, but, I kept waiting for Daniel to morph into Harry Potter.  I guess it will be a while before most people take him for anything beyond Harry Potter, and, truthfully, after I let the whole Harry Potter and Hogwarts thing go… I was pleasantly surprised.  Radcliffe can REALLY act – so yes, I do highly recommend the show to just about anyone.

So that’s all I have to say at the moment, I’m off to chat with my bridesmaids about various wedding things.  And, of course, Elena and Paul’s wedding in Australia comes closer with every week, and, there is so much I need to do before gearing up for that trip.

Until next time, all the best to you and yours…


Two weeks until my Christmas cruise

3 Dec

This year has been a blur, but, a very good blur, and, as I get ready for a much needed and well deserved vacation with my family, I’m taking this time to reflect.  In 2010, I moved to NYC to begin my modeling career.  I made some new absolutely terrific friends who I know will be my friends for a lifetime.  I met and am dating a great guy.  Yep, 2010 has been a very good year!

For those (very) few of you who actual bother to read this blog, and, wait for my next post.  I thank you for your loyalty and your readership.  I’d also like to give a shout out to some friends – some are true friends and others are online friends.  If I miss you, it isn’t intentional – and note I am not using your last names to protect your privacy.  So here we go…

From Facebook

I’d like to give shouts out to:

  • Vernon, Thanks for being so supportive and watching over me!
  • Tom, Thank you for being so nice to me!
  • David, Thanks for messaging me.  I’ve enjoyed our email chats about films and the entertainment industry!

From Travel Writers Association

  • Tina, Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Board of Directors.  I wish you the best in 2011, I know 2010 has been a very bad year for you.  You have my continued prayers for your Father’s health.  I am eager to work together in 2011 including our clothing drive for Dress for Success.

From LinkedIn

  • Bruce, Thanks for asking me to join your group!  You’re awesome!

From the modeling world

  • Valerie, Thank you for pursuing me and convincing me to give modeling a try! (Not mention getting me to move to NYC!!)
  • Susan, Thank you for being my mentor!  I value everything you’ve taught me and I hope we remain friends for a lifetime.
  • Marilyn, Thank you for helping show me the ropes of the modeling world!
  • Jacqueline, Thank you for your kind help!

To my friends:

  • Jill, Thanks for reconnecting,  I’ve missed all of you and I’m so glad to have you back in my life.
  • Elena, Thank you for becoming my first true friend in NYC and for introducing me to Gary!
  • Carrie, Thank you for being so nice and easy going.  You’re terrific and I know one day soon, Mr. Right is going to enter your life.
  • Paul, Thank you for inviting me to Australia for yours and Elena’s wedding.  I can’t wait!

To my special someone

  • You know who you are and you know why I love you.  I won’t go into details because this is neither the time or place for it, but, I did have to let the world know I have one terrific guy and I am so grateful to have you in my life!

And to everyone else thank  you for your readership, thank you for helping my modeling career take off, thank you for reading my column and thank you for your loyalty.

The new two weeks are going to be a bit crazy for me as I wrap up the year, but, I will try to post one or two more times before I leave on vacation.  If I am not able to post – I wish each of you reading this post a very happy and healthy holiday season and I wish the very best for each and everyone one of you in 2011.

Happy Holidays!

Back in NYC

28 Nov

Rockefeller Center


It’s amazing how fast a week can go!  I’m back in NYC after spending a wonderful week with my family and old friends.  Not that my new friends in NYC aren’t special, but, I get to see them pretty much when ever I wish.

Unfortunately, I was surrounded by people with colds all week, and, then on my flight home yesterday, I was stuck next to someone with a horrible cold.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed I don’t get sick because I REALLY want to go to the Rockefeller Center tree lighting on Tuesday!  And, of course, due to my luck – there is forecast for rain on Tuesday.   GGGRRRRR!!!

Anyhow, I have some announcements to make in the coming weeks – ranging from how I’ve connected to Bruce Springsteen (yes THAT Bruce Springsteen) to my trip to London in April to my upcoming holiday cruise with my family.  And, so my new found barely celebrity life is beginning to take off.

The funny thing is that my entire family and all my friends were so worried that I had changed during my several months of living in NYC.  I think they were all happy to see that I’m still the same silly goofball I’ve always been.

As for the romance department, I couldn’t be happier.  My boyfriend is the one nearly every girl dreams about having come into her life.  He’s kind, he is sincere, he is loyal, he is a romantic to the core, and, we share many of the same interests, ideas, backgrounds and hopes for the future.  We’re truly a good match for each other.

And, yes, sorry guys – we have begun to talk about getting married.  We both agree it’s way too soon to get serious about it, but, ultimately that is the goal for both of us.  However, a wedding will not be taking place until 2012 at the earliest!

I’m not sure if I mentioned this yet, so, if I am repeating myself, forgive me… I’m now writing a column for, I am the Manhattan Fashion Examiner, and, while the pay is terrible, I’m really enjoying writing and getting those skills back up to snuff.  I’d like to write my memoirs one day or maybe even get a writing job after I’m done with modeling, but, I digress – I’d appreciate followers so please feel free to subscribe to my column:

So that’s all from this end of the planet.  I hope your Thanksgiving was equally as nice or better than mine.  And, as always, I am thankful that you took a few moments of your time to read my blog.  I appreciate it – thank you!

Cruising for the holidays

25 Oct

In a few short weeks I’ll be heading on a Holiday cruise with my family.  This is nothing new for us – my family has been addicted to cruising since I was a baby.  And, the best thing about cruising – at least for me – I never get tired of it.

I’ve been on cruises in Europe, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Bermuda, and, my parents average three cruises per year.  It’s a great way to see the world, and, gives you a taste for different locations to see if you want to come back and explore some more on your own.

One of the most interesting ports of call I’ve been to is Reykjavik, Iceland, and, while I still haven’t returned (yet), it’s certainly some place I want to learn about and explore better.  In fact, one of my goals in the next 2 or 3 years is to return to Iceland, and, I would very much like to experience the Blue Lagoon Spa.


Blue Lagoon Spa in Reykjavik, Iceland - doesn't it look cool?

I’d also very much want to experience riding an Icelandic pony.  These adorable horses have two extra gaits that most other horses do not have the ability to do.  The first is called a Tölt which is a four-beat gait where the sequence of foot falls is the same as in walk.  This means that at least one foot is on the ground at any time – it’s just faster.  This is suppose to offer a “no bounce” alternative to trotting, and, if you ever ridden a horse, and, did not know how to correctly post the trot, then you’ll know about bouncing during a trot!

The other gait unique to the Icelandic breed is called the Flying Pace.  However, not all Icelandic horses can perform this fifth gait.  It is a lateral gait in which the legs on the same side move together that is done at racing speed.

So, now you know why this is a goal when I return to Iceland.


Icelandic Pony - aren't they adorable?

But, I digress, back to the topic at hand – our annual (well semi-annual) Christmas cruise.  This year we’re heading on Cunard aboard Queen Mary 2.  Two factors led to us selecting QM2 for the holidays in 2010.  First, since I’m living in NYC now and I want to take my parents, brothers and their wives to Radio City this makes life easier than flying to NYC and then down to Florida or Puerto Rico.  The second reason was we obtained some really good rates (not much higher than Royal Caribbean) so that’s how we ended up on QM2 for the holidays this year.


Queen Mary 2

Well enough blogging for today.   I’m off to an appointment and then running errands on the way home.

Thanks for reading!


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