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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!!


Call Me Weird…

19 May

Every once in a while I love a good rainy weekend.  It’s a good excuse to stay home and do absolutely nothing or go see a movie or two, and, that’s what Gary (my husband) and I did this weekend.  We went to the movies.

What did we see?  The new Star Trek movie.  Call me weird, but, I just can’t get into chris pinethis new version of the younger “original” crew.  Oh sure, I admit it that Chris Pine is one nice piece of eye candy, and, he certainly makes the movie go by faster, but, there is just something about him playing Captain Kirk.  To me, Captain Kirk will always be William Shatner, and,  I know I don’t stand alone in this opinion.

That aside, Star Trek Into Darkness, is absolutely worth your time and money.  Go see it.  Even if you’re not a huge Star Trek fan (like me) this movie is still very worth while.  It’s action packed and a few good quips in the movie make it very enjoyable.

Gary and I also saw The Great Gatsby this weekend with my friend Elena and gatsbyher husband Paul.  Unfortunately this movie wasn’t good.  It was boring and I am a big Leo DiCaprio fan.  The book is far better and the movie does not do the book or the cast justice.  So my advice to you — if you’re debating betweeen these two movies and which to go see – hands down – go see Star Trek

And, I can almost hear my brother cackling with delight that I am actually recommending a Star Trek movie.  And, I concede in the particular instance he’d have every right 🙂


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!

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!

Rose’s top 10 favorite movies (and why)

27 Oct

Well, since you now know my favorite actors and actresses, it only makes sense to now tell you my favorite movies and the reasoning behind it.  Here we go…

10. The Gods Must Be Crazy ( A Norwegian film. Truly ingenious. The plot is very simple. A tribesman finds a Coke bottle and takes it back to his village where it is put to many uses. However, there is only one bottle to go around and it causes jealousy, envy, anger, hatred, and, even violence in the village. This movie is funny, it’s deep, and, it is a “must see” movie.

The Gods Must Be Crazy

9. The Devil Wears Prada ( Now hold your boos and hisses, yes, I know this is a VERY commercial film, and, I probably do have it on the list because it is such a great insight to the fashion world. Without naming names this movie is based on a real life “Miranda Priestly“. This film is not for everyone, and, there is a lot of inside industry humor, but, that’s why it’s on my list.

The Devil Wears Prada

8. Breakfast at Tiffany’s ( This is the movie most associated with Audrey Hepburn. Based on the Truman Capote novel, the story centers around Holly Golightly and cafe society. Holly has her fun by coaxing dollars from rich, older gentlemen, but, in the end doesn’t realize what she has until she throws it away. (I particularly like the symbolism of the cat in the movie.)

Breakfast at Tiffany's

7. Roman Holiday ( A fantastic cast including Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert and Gregory Peck. It’s the story of a Princess who decides to take a break from it all (think “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off“). It’s just a fun light-hearted movie that won Audrey Hepburn an Academy Award for Best Actress.

Roman Holiday

6. Schindler’s List ( A heart wrenching movie that is extremely compelling. The basic plot is about a German businessman who saved the lives of more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees during the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. It is a movie everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.

Schindler's List

5. Pride & Prejudice 2005 version ( The movie is based upon Jane Austen novel of the same name. The story centers around the Bennett family and in particular Jane and Elizabeth Bennett and their trials and tribulations of finding love. A true chick flick, but, one I love as much as I love the book.

Pride and Prejudice

4. Amadeus ( The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as told by Antonio Salieri (an Italian classical composer, conductor and teacher). There is a reason this movie won 8 Academy Awards. Just watch it and see for yourself.


3. Hotel Rwanda ( The incredible true story about a a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda. By the end of 1994 more than a million people died in the genocide. It’s an unbelievable story.

Hotel Rwanda

2. Goodfellas ( This mob-hit (pun intended) is not only based on a true life story, but, the acting, directing and every other aspect of this film is top notch. Every time you watch, you can see something new. A very worthwhile film that can be watched over and over again.


1. La Dolce Vita ( Yep the Federico Fellini classic wins my vote for best film. It’s gritty. It’s real. And, it makes you ponder your own life and choices.

La Dolce Vita

And so many more could be added to this list, but, this is my personal top 10 favorite movie list.  I suggest all of them to nearly anyone, but, especially lovers of good film!

Happy Hump Day!

Rose’s favorite actors and actresses and why

26 Oct

I have  a few moments to kill while I’m waiting to start work, and, what better place to express myself than my blog.  I made a new friend online, and, we’re having some rather interesting conversations.  Today I was posed “who are my favorite actors” and so here is my top 6 (three women and three men):

1. Audrey Hepburn. Yes, she is true old school, but, what made her great was charm and ability to really take on the character in a roll. She also carefully selected her roles, and, instead of actors of today who go for quantity, she went for quality. You’d be amazed how many people under 30 don’t even know who she is – and if I mention “Rome Holiday” or “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” as some of my favorite films, I often get confused looks as though I’m speaking Chinese and it’s almost always followed by the question “Who is Audrey Hepburn?” Followed by blank stares because (as already stated) most under 30 just don’t know her.

Is there any movie that says Audrey Hepburn more than "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - well maybe "Roman Holiday".

2. Cher. Surprised? Don’t be – there is a reason she won an Oscar for “Moonstruck”, she is an outstanding actress. Cher has the ability to change and morph with the times. Again, she is an actress that selects her roles carefully. One of her best movies (beyond “Moonstruck”) was in a film that received very little attention – “Tea with Mussolini“. Not only was it an outstanding cast, Cher once again showed her range as an actress.

Cher in character as "Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan" in the wonderful (highly under rated) film "Tea with Mussolini"

3. Vanessa Williams. True, she may not be the best actress nor the prettiest woman out there, but, she is good. What I like about Vanessa Williams is her ability to take something bad and turn the situation around into a positive. How many other people could have been a disqualified Miss America, and, manage to overcome her negative public image and develop a singing and acting career that has now withstood the test of time. Pretty impressive in my book.

How many other people could have been a disqualified Miss America, and, manage to overcome her negative public image and develop a singing and acting career that has now withstood the test of time. That's why Vanessa Williams is pretty impressive in my book.

4. Gene Hackman. Perhaps one of Hollywood’s best, but, under rated actors. Think about his range of rolls from “The Birdcage” to “The French Connection” – the man has range! He can do it all from drama to comedy.

From "The Birdcage" to "The French Connection" - Gene Hackman has range! He can do it all from drama to comedy.

5. Keanu Reeves. Surprised? Yes, you probably are, but, there is a reason he has been acting so long. He’s good and he’s more than just the dude from “The Matrix” series. From silly (nearly moronic) movies such as “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” to a nearly unknown film called “A Walk in the Clouds” – he also demonstrates range. Sure he’s commercial, but, he also can act. Can’t beat that combination!

Keanu Reeves - he's more than just the dude from "The Matrix" series

6. Cary Grant. Again, another old school Hollywood actor who had both looks as well as talent. Talk about classic films – “North by Northwest” is a Cary Grant classic, and, yet few people under 30 know him or the movie. Or one of my favorites (especially since Audrey Hepburn co-stars with him) “Charade” .  The problem is that most people under 30 think “Charade” is a game you play at parties, and, don’t even realize it’s a classic movie.

Cary Grant. Again, another old school Hollywood actor who had both looks as well as talent.

So that’s my top 6 list.  I hope you enjoyed reading it and why I think believe these actors and actresses deserve the top spots on my list.

Wishing everyone a pleasant Tuesday!

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