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Snark Attack!!

14 Aug

snark-warningMost of the time I haven’t minded being somewhat known.  I’ve been lucky enough to have had a modeling career that gets me noticed every once in a while and gave me steady work without compromising my privacy or personal life that models in the true spotlight have to endure.  And, every once in a while I’ll get an email from a girl asking how to get into modeling or about fashion which I’m always happy to answer.

Then every once in a while, like yesterday, I’ll get a really snarky email either putting down the modeling work I have done or simply telling me they don’t like my fashion column or writing and that I know nothing about fashion or just some a**wipe with a serious mental problem that can’t let things from the past go as was the case yesterday.

It seems an old acquaintance of mine has been cyber stalking me for a while now, and, I received an email of berating me telling me that I wasn’t a true friend and that I let all of this go to my head, and, that I really think I’m hot stuff.

Interesting take on things.  Let me refresh your memory old acquaintance.  YOU more or less accused me of lying when I told everyone at home that I was offered a modeling job.  YOU and your family including YOUR KIDS made snide remarks to my face and behind my back about being disillusion  and that I should “get a job”.   Any of this sound familiar yet old acquaintance?

YOU always touted yourself as smarter than me, yet, I’m the one that actually finished college.  YOU always thought you were going to be famous and in the spotlight.  It was always the furthest thing from my mind.  YOU always thought your family was “better” than my family.  Whatever.  YOU always said that you wanted to move to New York City.  Again, it was the furthest thing on my mind.

And YOU old acquaintance ignored the emails I sent trying to keep our friendship alive.  So, why now, years later, are you wasting your time on me?  Obliviously YOU and YOUR life are so superior to me that you shouldn’t waste your time seeing what I am doing.  So old acquaintance I will simply say thanks for stopping by but, I have no room for a super star such as yourself in my humble, nothing life.  And, don’t let the door hit you on the rump on the way out!!



Observation: Maybe it IS you

17 Dec

Having been in the public eye for a while now, and, having had the experience of being a model, now being a business woman and a writer — I’ve been studying (rather unintentionally) humans and what draws people to some and not to others, and, why some people have staying power and others are merely a flash in the pan.  The answer seems to be rather simple — the more self-involved you are — the less interesting you are to those around you.

Maybe it IS you

Maybe it IS you

Think about it.  How many times a day do you go on Twitter or Facebook or other social media to let everyone know what “you” are doing.  “I went to the grocery store” or “I can’t stand the guy in the next cubical at work” or “Why isn’t anyone paying attention to me” or “My kids are wonderful” or “My husband is working late.”  Sound familiar?

Case in point.  Two people I know. Well known.  In the public eye.  One only writes about what she is doing.  What is going on in her life. Posts photos of herself.  And it’s all about her.

The other person is more rounded.  She talks about what is happening in her life but she also tells about other things happening around her.  It isn’t all about her.

The moral of the story?  The person who is less self centered, who doesn’t just post her own photos and what is happening with her, and, shares her concerns of people and things around her and how they are affecting us is by far the more interesting read.

The proof?  The person who is self centered has a small following and it is dwindling.  The other has a large following and more people follow her every day.

Just a thought for the day!  And, no I am not writing about myself! 😀


Shake Shack NYC

20 Nov

If there is one thing I love most about not modeling anymore is not having to watch every single bit of food that goes into my mouth.  Enter my place of guilty pleasureShake Shack!!   Now in my modeling days,  I dare not even look at food here – just looking at it will put on five pounds in a blink of an eye.  (This a a place where even veggie burgers carry a whopping 490 calories – you don’t know want to know what the calorie count is in “real” burgers here! :D)

shake shack

And, today… I treated myself to my favor burger, hand cut fries, and, my guiltiest of guilty pleasures – a root beer float. HEAVEN!!  And, no I didn’t eat all the food in the photo by myself… Gary (my husband) joined me in this greasy, calorie heavy but OH SO GOOD lunch treat!!


I love Paris…

7 Sep

After a long day of attending (instead of being in) fashion shows at Lincoln Center the past few days — yes it IS Fashion Week.  I came home to find Gary (my wonderful, thoughtful husband) had ordered Chinese food in and all I had to do is plop down and eat last night.  Over dinner we discussed how we have both turned into workaholics, and, we agreed we would plan a much needed vacation.

A cruise?  No, we’ve done those and are a bit burnt out on the idea of a cruise.  Disney? Cute but not a romantic destination.  Vegas???  Good for about three days before one loses one’s mind and/or one’s money.  Then almost simultaneously we both said “Paris“.


Perfect!  Romantic, lots to see and do, and, a destination that I haven’t been to in ta while.  Last time I was in Paris, I was modeling…  Which has led me to contact my friend – travel writer and publisher T.R. “Tina” Threston.  Unfortunately, Tina is out of town due to a death in the family, but, I am patiently waiting for her reply for recommendations for hotels and possible places to visit that off the beaten path.

In the meantime, I am doing some research on my own, and, thinking about a hathaway and tuccigreat line from “The Devil Wears Prada” — towards the end of the movie when Stanley Tucci‘s character of “Nigel” tells Anne Hathaway‘s character of “Andy” that he is going to “get to go to Paris and actually see Paris.”  And boy does that sum it up nicely for me.  I’ve been to Paris many times, but, to be able to visit and see things from a non-working perspective sounds like the perfect vacation for us.

I can’t wait!!

How YOU doin’?

23 Sep

Today Gary and I had a wonderful brunch with his parents, and, as we talked about this and that we all got a laugh out of the famous New York accent.  I’m a Chicago suburbs girl, I don’t think I’ll ever learn the art of a New York accent so I won’t insult your intelligence by trying to attempt one!

But, you have to admit, a New York accent is one of the most distinct anywhere in the world.  You can be in a crowded foreign city, and, without failure you’ll hear someone saying loudly “How YOU doin?”  LOL  And, when you turn to see who is speaking, don’t you always look for the guy that looks like Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino?  I admit it — I do!!


Yes, yes, I know — this is stereo-typing at its best but like it or not we all do it.  Come on, yes you do!

Speaking of “The Situation” — thank God someone finally wised up and pulled “Jersey Shore” off the air.  Do you REALLY know anyone that watched a full episode?  Sure, we all tuned in — for about five minutes to see what the fuss was about but, it didn’t take long to figure out it was a bunch of uneducated idiots who happened to have a camera on them.

It actually boggles my mind that I know who “Snooki” and “JWoww” are… Shouldn’t I be using my brain power for something far more intelligent?  And, why should anyone know these people outside of their families and friends?

ESSSH – it’s too scarey to give it much thought!  (Says the bubble headed, former model blonde LOL)

Anyhow, I just thought I’d share this passing moment with you.  And, I apologize for putting those images in your mind now.  I just hope you can sleep tonight and if not — feel free to blame me! 🙂

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>

Totally unrelated thoughts….

29 Nov

Did you ever have a day when just about everything goes wrong?  Today was one of those days for me… Nothing major went wrong, but, just a bunch of small stuff that added up to one big headache…

I had my parents and brothers visiting over Thanksgiving weekend, and, of course, my Mom accidentally left her glasses “somewhere” at my house.   I’ve been looking since Sunday morning, and, finally this morning I found them… In the freezer.  I’m not going to ask — but, as of right now, they are on their way back to Chicago to their rightful owner.   It doesn’t sound so bad, but, when you realize I spent 1.5 just trying to get the darn things sent out at the post office, you can understand my frustration — especially after you learn that I was sent to the back of the line because I didn’t have the zip code on my return receipt.  (You know the one you get to keep for your records and doesn’t mean anything to anyone else.)  Well the a$$ that waited on me couldn’t hand me a pen to fill it in – nope I was banished to back of the line.   I won’t tell you what I called the guy under my breathe but I would have made any sailor proud!

After that little aggravation, I went on a couple of “go-sees” (which is modeling lingo for going to see people about various jobs for photo shoots or runway jobs.)  One person was 30 minutes late.  One person never showed up at all – without so much as a call to my agency to either cancel or reschedule the casting.

I get home only to find out that my fiancee has to add a few more people to our already complicated seating chart for our wedding in the Spring…

And, then I get the brilliant idea of going on Facebook to escape the world for a while.  That was a mistake… I found one rather rude post from someone with nothing better to do than attack me, so, this person has been banned and removed from my Facebook life.  But, it’s just annoying to think that people “hide” behind a computer and write mean, cruel things they never would have the guts to tell you in person.

To cap off the day, I received a phone call from my travel agent to let me know that the hotel we wanted for our honeymoon is going to be undergoing renovations, and, now we have to decide if we want to put up with renovations at our top choice hotel and location or go with something else.

Granted — there is nothing tragic here.  No one died, no one was hurt or fell ill, and, separately these are all problems that could be easily handled…  However, when you put it all together – – it adds up to one aggravating day.

Well enough of my moaning and groaning…

I do want to put some positive Karma in the air, and, try to end the day on a more positive note.  If you are a horse lover and have the means to spare a few extra dollars, a Facebook friend, Jacqueline Collen Tarrolly, is desperately trying to save her equine family from being torn apart.   If you can help please visit her website and take part in The Great Toadstool Farm Raffle or the Adopt a Toadstool Farm Horse program.

Good luck Jacq!

Time for new Halloween decorations

4 Oct

Well here it is Tuesday, and, I find myself with a rare day and a half off — no go sees, no fittings, no photo shoots, no casting — just 1.5 days to myself to do as I wish.  So, what do I decide to do?  Well, ok, write in my blog was the oblivious answer…  But, the real answer is I did my Fall cleaning.  (Some people do Spring cleaning, I do it twice a year and do a Fall AND Spring cleaning.)

But, I digress… I was doing my Fall cleaning, and, stumble upon some old photos, and, I put a few on my Facebook page, I sorted through clothes and made a pile of clothes I no longer wanted for Goodwill and for Dress for Success.  And, then I found my boxes of Holiday stuff — everything from Halloween to Christmas to Valentine’s Day and beyond… I swear I could open my own party store I have so much junk!

Anyhow, my Halloween decorations are looking a bit sad.  And, I figure that is how I will spend part of my day off – shopping for Halloween decorations.  I guess I’m just a big kid at heart, but, I happen to love Halloween.

Oh sure, I could get into the whole discussion about the Pagan roots of Halloween or perhaps discuss the Salem witch trials, but, I won’t…

First of all, I don’t feel like thinking that hard today, and, secondly, and, more importantly — when I get on topics that really excite me, I tend to get wordy and I get too deep into philosophical and psychological thought patterns that would probably bore the skin off the typical reader so I will spare you…

And with that I am off to get my new decorations 🙂

Ok…  Who’s going to message me first to have a discussion on this topic?!?  I have a few guesses… Let’s see if I am right!

Rainy Sunday

15 Aug

Yes, I’m here and I’m alive and kicking.  It’s a rainy day on Sunday, August 14, 2011 and I do mean raining!  Some places on Long Island had over 10 inches of rain… Just imagine if it was snow…..

Check out a photo that I took today, this should give you an idea of how wet it is out there…

Rainy Sunday in NYC

Anyhow, lots going on —

I’ve been working non-stop… Modeling that is…

Doing my best to keep up writing for — are you following my column?

I’m half-way to my goal which is to raise $500 by the end of the year.  I think we’re going to hit that goal way ahead of schedule.  Join my Kiva Team here:

And, of course, getting ready for that little thing known as my wedding to Gary in May, 2012.

Like I said, I’ve been kind of busy, but, I will do my best to blog more regularly again.

Until next time…



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