We Go Big We Go Bold

Last year Chico's reached out to me for a little social media love and since then it's been an exciting experience filled with love. In February, Chico's invited a group of influencers to NYC to meet and chat about being a woman, being bold and what that means. We celebrated how it's not about growing old, it's about growing bold and really enjoying this journey of living our life without rules that have been placed upon us. These meetings have led to beautiful relationships and lots of fun! Not only is the Chico's team of women wonderful, smart and supportive, they're open and ready to blow the doors open to Living Your Best Life. It's not all about clothes, it's the message. Below are a few fun photos of their Spring Launch, How Bold Are You Campaign at Joe's Pub along with speeches from influential women including Former Editor in Chief of More Magazine, Lesley Jane Seymour and award winning actress, Tracee Ellis Ross and a special performance by actress and singer, Molly Ringwald. 


Tracee Ellis Ross - Breaking down another societal taboo, Chico’s emboldens women to embrace their age by sharing how bold they are. Chico’s discovered that most of the women interviewed don’t feel middle-aged at all nor do they define themselves by their age. They enjoy expressing themselves through fashion and living life on their terms. Check out the video.

Photos: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Chico’s


Yes, that's Molly Ringwald from Sixteen Candles who recently turned 50. Molly performed with her band on stage here at Joe's Pub


NYC MARCH 12: Lesley Jane Seymour speaks onstage at Chico’s #HowBoldAreYou "Our goal is to inspire women everywhere to join together in the next necessary movement: The fight against ageism."


NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 12: Bloggers (L-R) Tonya ParkerJamie LewingerLisa Hale and Susan Kanoff


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Chico’s celebrates every moment in a woman’s life and encourages her to grow bolder rather than older. 


Chico’s President, Diane Ellis:  “We are a company for women, run by women, celebrating women. Our stated mission is to support fabulous, fun, and fearless women in all that they do. We are uniquely positioned to speak authentically on aging with positivity."


Thank you Chico's for bringing us all together. Getting to know you and all these beautiful women has been a gift and a daily dose of inspiration. #wegobigwegobold

Photos: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Chico’s)


This Olie face oil has brought a welcomed rosy glow to my skin and is giving back to those in need. Olie Biologique is launching its first collaborative product, RoseGlow Drops Daily Radiance Face Oil, with LA-based lifestyle blogger and one of my favorite influencers Melissa Meyers.


 RoseGlow Drops Daily Radiance Face Oil features a blend of rosehip, sea buckthorn, pomegranate, raspberry, camellia, pumpkin and carrot seed oils, which are known to improve skin’s radiance and texture. This oil has been formulated for use on all skin types, and has deep moisturizing properties that are perfect for dry or aging skin. As with all of Olie Biologique products, the oil is organic, paraben-free and has zero synthetics, toxins or chemical irritants. 


The new facial oil combines an antioxidant-rich blend of organic fruit seed and plant botanicals to deeply hydrate skin, reduce inflammation, and brighten complexion.. The oil also combines ylang-ylang, palmarosa, and frankincense essential oils with mood-boosting properties perfect for any time of day.


Linda Thompson, founder of Olie Biologique, is a pioneer in face oils of all types, and says of this launch, “We think everyone should have access to our line of face oils, the modern moisturizer, but the reality is that beauty and skincare products are a luxury to many, especially to those for whom fresh produce is out of reach. RoseGlow Drops deliver much-needed nourishment to the skin and also to those in need: one bottle sold means one week of fresh fruits and vegetables via Project Angel Food.”

 Linda Thompson - Founder  Olie Biologique / Richard Ayoub - Executive Director / Project Angel Food / Melissa Meyers - Founder - The Glow Girl

Linda Thompson - Founder  Olie Biologique / Richard Ayoub - Executive Director / Project Angel Food / Melissa Meyers - Founder - The Glow Girl

Melissa and Linda shared a desire to create a product that would give back. Five dollars from the sale of every bottle of RoseGlow Drops will go towards Project Angel Food to provide a week’s worth of fresh fruits and vegetables to those battling serious illnesses.


The campaign surrounding RoseGlow Drops promotes their mission by encouraging fans to share their photos with the hashtags #theglowthatgivesback, #unselfishselfcare and #selfcareforgood. I'm so proud of Melissa and her partnership with Olie and the fact that every bottle gives back to Project Angel Food.


I use to be apprehensive about applying oil to my face, I would just imagine the possible breakouts. Now, these RoseGlow drops are a welcomed part of my daily routine. When I travel I apply over my face a neck. Not only does it feel fantastic, but the fragrance is beautiful. During the day just pat a little onto your skin and you're good to Glow! 

Olìe Biologique is a complete brand of bespoke, organic, oil-based and nourishing skin rejuvenators for men and women – and are even safe enough for babies. Olìe oils are finely handcrafted and harmonious in design with devotion to clean, non-competing ingredients.  With minimal packaging and maximum benefits, our certified organic skincare oils are harvested without taking advantage of the earth. 100% pure and equally luxurious, Olìe Biologique products contain the best botanical ingredients proven effective throughout time. 

I wish Melissa & Linda much success with the RoseGlow Drops and their partnership with Project Angel Food. #justkeepglowing

xo Janet


Valentine's Day Countdown. I've put together a few gift ideas for Cupid's day to treat your man, your mom, your bestie, or yourself. Have fun spreading a little LOVE on Valentine's Day and every day.


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Stunning rose arrangement from J'Adore Les Fleurs

  Bedhead  - Wild thing 

Bedhead - Wild thing 

Bring out the "Wild thing" in you this Valentine's Day

 All you need is LOVE...  Sydney Evans Jewelry - 

All you need is LOVE... Sydney Evans Jewelry - 

  Queen Bitter  - $70. 18 1/2 inches

Queen Bitter - $70. 18 1/2 inches

Each test tube is handmade fresh when you order and individually hand poured with high-end organic ingredients which will evoke the holistic aspect of the mind, body and spirit connection. What a loving way to treat yourself. Great Gift!!


 Love this message!   AHA Life: Shaving Kit Bag

Love this message! AHA Life: Shaving Kit Bag

 Ok.... I laughed out loud when  I saw this!

Ok.... I laughed out loud when I saw this!


If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. ~ Winnie the Pooh



Albright Fashion Library is a favorite stop for the fashionistas. Albright is visited daily by stylist, editors, and designers. The collection is quite impressive, it covers about 5,000 - square feet and houses collections that span all different time periods and all different kinds of designers, literally thousands of statement pieces. You'll find classic pieces from Chanel Suits to Dior Gowns, Gucci, Manolo Blahnik and even some of the most exciting young designers of today. 

 I'm wearing Philosophy By; Di Lorenzo Serafini

I'm wearing Philosophy By; Di Lorenzo Serafini

The minute you open the door it feels like you've fallen down a rabbit hole and landed in the largest closet on the planet.


Who is Albright - Irene Albright envisioned a one-stop shop so that costume designers wouldn't have to run around to various designer showrooms for items, which still is standard practice. Irene worked for years as a stylist and consultant to some of the fashion world's most prominent magazines and photographers. Opening shop in NYC in 1990 she used her created eye to curate a library that will take your breath away. Albright Fashion Library receives the upcoming season's looks before they hit the stores. Irene and her daughter Marina have amassed a one-of-a-kind assemblage of high fashion that is among the largest privately held collections in the nation

 Yes, I still love playing dress up!

Yes, I still love playing dress up!

 Irene Albright and her daughter Marina have accumulated a one-of-a-kind collection of high fashion that is among the largest privately held collections in the nation. Who doesn't remember Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and The City... costume designer Patricia Field dressed Sarah Jessica Parker in several Albright pieces.

 I'm having flashbacks of my favorite show "Sex In The City"

I'm having flashbacks of my favorite show "Sex In The City"

From NYC to the heart of Beverly Hills, located at 608 North Alpine Dr. Beverly Hills, CA. 90210  (310) 274-3510 Email: to schedule your appointment.


It's always nice to have a little boost for that special occasion!


Everything is very neatly organized and color coordinated. This is "closet heaven" as you wander from room to room and shelf to shelf.


Most importantly your experience will be fun! The Albright Team want you to feel great in whatever you choose. Sherry Ferrari - The Style Maven ( to my right) is a stylist here in Los Angeles and virtual. She was hands-on for every detail and even pushed me out of my comfort zone. I had an event along with a photoshoot for a perfume ad and this Philosophy dress was perfect for both. Sherry is also available for on-set video and photo shoots. It was challenging to decide, there are so many wonderful pieces. It really just depends on the story you want to tell.


There are fabulous bags, shoes, and accessories to choose from. The New York Collection is located in a 7,000-square-foot loft at 62 Cooper Square in New York, the showroom holds 15,000 dresses and 10,000 evening gowns.

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There's nothing better than feeling beautiful and stylish when you're headed to that special event. Albright makes sure when you leave you'll feel entirely put together and enjoy your "red-carpet" moment, wherever or whatever that might be.

The cost is $1000+tax - This includes a personal styling consultation with a creative director, wardrobe, shoes, bag, and accessories. 

You have 5 days to return your items in the same condition they were received.

They accept all major credit cards, checks & cash. 

Their doors are also opened for location shoots, and events, creating the first all-in-one wardrobe and location site. 

608 N Alpine Dr,

Beverly Hills, CA, 90210


New year, new parfum?! Oui, Oui!  The start of every new year inevitably brings with it freshness and change. One change we can certainly look forward to? 2018 will undoubtedly be a year to celebrate women. I'll proudly saluté to that! 


Enter Alyse Parfum. This luxurious, layered line is a studied blend of traditional French perfumery techniques with a light, modern sensibility that donates a portion of all sales to women in need. Founder Kendra Alyse specifically designed her scents to be "a study in womanhood... Alyse Parfum explores many aspects of the feminine spirit--charm, and mystery--to modern strength."


Recognizing the desires of her clients to seek out perfumes that are both unique and versatile, Kendra Alyse says her signature smell, Coquette, has you covered. "Our perfumes warm with the heat of the body and blend with your personal scent to create a custom fragrance that evolves with you." This line really does stay with you--people stop me and tell me I smell lovely every time I wear it!


A portion of each sale goes directly to assisting those in need. It's all part of Alyse's goal to uplift and empower women of all backgrounds. She says, "Wearing a fragrance is a small way to honor ourselves and all our many emotions and desires. As a mother of a young daughter, I have a strong passion to affect change and realize the importance of uplifting women... in their pursuit of happiness and wholeness." 


If you're ready to start the new year off with a fresh take on celebrating yourself and others, Alyse Parfum is the perfect way to begin. Smell wonderful and feel confident while helping those in need. A study in what it means to be feminine in 2018? I'll toast to that! the palm of your hand.

Celebrating You in 2018!  

xoxo Janet

 This post is sponsored by Alyse Parfum.  Dress: Courtesy of Albright Fashion House Photography: Betsy Newman  Stylist: Sherry Farrahi

This post is sponsored by Alyse Parfum.  Dress: Courtesy of Albright Fashion House Photography: Betsy Newman  Stylist: Sherry Farrahi

"A woman's perfume tells more about her than her handwriting." Christian Dior




What do you look for in an influencer? Meet six women who are loving, dynamic and fearless and want to connect with you.

 Clothing: Courtesy of: Milk Boutique Photo: Betsy Newman Makeup: Melissa Mitchell

Clothing: Courtesy of: Milk Boutique Photo: Betsy Newman Makeup: Melissa Mitchell

Today we seem to find most of our information in the palm of our hand. No matter what you're searching for, whether you're on Facebook or Instagram you'll most likely find whatever you need. Social media marketing is gaining more popularity and it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. In fact, P.R. companies are now depending on influencers to get the authentic word out and in some cases, they outperform traditional marketing channels. The fun part is finding the influencers that you connect with, whether is fashion, nutrition, inspiration, travel, or our beloved pets. I'd like you to meet six of my favorite ageless influencers who've I've had the joy of working with over the last two years. These women have brought so much knowledge and fun to my journey and we're all very excited about future projects in 2018. 

 Meet Shalini Vadhera

Shalini has traveled the world in search of women's unique beauty secrets and strives to empower women of all ages. She is a global beauty expert with incredible knowledge in beauty and spirit. Her website is loaded with exciting content along with her YouTube channel documenting her journies and how-tos. Shalini was the first influencer I met after launching The Grateful Gardenia. We were seated across from one another at a dinner party, my husband sat beside her and right away he said, "Janet, you gotta meet Shalini" Shalini and her husband were off to Europe on the red-eye that evening, and we chatted about technology and building a brand until she and her husband left. Shalini's conversation was such an ah-ha moment for me, she unleashed a mountain of ideas, in fact, it's because of Shalini I do my walking meditation every single day, and why I regularly talk to the moon. Shalini lives here in Los Angeles with her husband and stepdaughter .

Meet Melissa Meyers

Melissa is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to beauty products, treatments and great places for working out. Not only can you read about what she's currently testing but you can watch her in action, check her Insta stories on her Instagram page and you'll experience first hand what's taking place. She offers incredible discount codes for style and wellness with detailed information on the latest spas & products. Melissa is a dedicated journalist, she's a New Yorker who began her career in the city, and moved with her husband and two kids to L.A. six years ago. When it comes to product details you can be sure you will get the facts when you read her blog and newsletter.  Melissa's all about glowing from the inside, I highly encourage you to sign up for her weekly newsletter for updates, discount codes and sales!  Melissa and I met after being seated at a luncheon for Project Angel Food. Our mutual friend purposely seated us next to one another (thank you Robert) I asked if we could meet and if she had time to educate me on how the blogging world all works. We met, and thanks to Melissa sharing her valuable information I learned how to monetize my content, and I'm still learning. Melissa and I have been working together for the last year and it's been one exciting journey. Speaking of journeys, we're excited about our first travel collaboration at the end of January. Melissa and I are also the Brand Ambassadors for Instytutum a skincare line from Switzerland, and she just launched her own organic face oil.  Olie X Melissa Meyers Rose Glow drops, in partnership with Project Angel Food

Meet Elissa Goodman

Sign up now!!  I always get so excited when I speak to anyone about Elissa. She is my go-to for nutrition and inspiration. I have learned so much from reading her newsletter and reading her book Cancer Hacks. Elissa will motivate you to take charge of your health. She is a cancer survivor and you can read about her journey and her husband who lost his battle with cancer. Elissa's story is one of courage and healing and you will learn why it's so important to listen to your gut and educate yourself on food and listen to your body. She also has a segment on Focus TV and interviews women who focus on health and who are at the top of their game. After reading her book, you will get motivated to change at least one thing in your daily life. Elissa walks the talk, and she's a woman who understands how important it is for us women to take care of ourselves!!  Following her Instagram will give you great ideas for delicious and healthy meals! Changing one thing can change your life for the better. Elissa is a mother of two daughters.

Meet Luz Avilla Kyncl

I met Luz several years back, we spent a beautiful New Year's Eve together with our families in Sun Valley with mutual friends. I didn't know much about Luz, I watched her in the kitchen prepare a fabulous meal. Little did I know the love and knowledge involved in the preparation. Luz is an author, a nutrition coach, and a wellness counselor with experience in family nutrition, weight management, and stress relief. Luz offers educational workshops to improve health in schools and organizations. In her private practice, she helps individuals and families with weight problems and self-esteem. But what Luz really is...Fearless, loving, giving and a believer. I highly recommend reading her book, it is a story of courage and change beyond belief. In November I interviewed Luz on my Focus TV Segment Fearless Females and I'm in awe of her courage. When I read stories of women like Luz, she makes me want to be connected more to the possibilities of what happens when we support others and believe in ourselves, she gives me hope on a different level.  Her book has recently been translated from Spanish into English and is available on Amazon.  Her Instagram saludconluz has beautiful reminders for daily inspiration and reminding us all our past is not our prison. Luz's book is a terrific gift!

Meet Michelle Day Gilette

 Michelle's Instagram

Michelle's Instagram

Michelle is a ray of sunshine!  She's a motivating life coach who focuses on women. Her practice Thrive & Fly will help gain you clarity, no matter what phase of life you're in. Michelle is all about identifying what's not right so you can weed that out of your life and begin to live the one you're meant to live. Michelle was my first interview for my Fearless Female Segment on Focus TV. Andy Waldman, of Focus Magazine / TV - a wonderful male influencer... who would chuckle when he reads this...suggested I meet Michelle and that she be my first guest. He said, "you'll love Michelle, just trust me"...Well, Andy was spot on, she's wonderful and full of ideas and she means business!  Michelle can be found on Focus TV with her Spotlight Series where she interviews women and men who share valuable information about life, beauty, and mental health issues. Her Instagram is heartfelt and full of reminders to LOVE. Yes...she's as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. She lives here in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.

Meet Clara Lee

I met Clara several months ago, I fell in love with her eagerness and desire to open a new door in her life. Clara is a dentist by profession, has a passion for fashion and strongly believes you're never too late or too old to follow your passion. Originally from Korea Clara moved to Los Angeles from Chicago with her husband and three kids. Clara sold her two successful dental practices in Chicago and continues to practice a few days a week here in Los Angeles. Ready for a new adventure in her life Clara launched her Instagram Claraleestyle and found her renewed love for fashion and beauty after posting her OOTD (outfit of the day) pictures. She's loved the creative process and the fact she's connected with a group of women here in Los Angeles to begin collaborating with. If you're looking for great tips on style for work or pleasure, you'll enjoy following the fashion journey of Clara Lee.


In the last few years of blogging and becoming a part-time paid influencer, I have expanded my happiness ten-fold. It's not only that I'm actually doing what I love, it's the connection I have with these women you see here and many more. You become this "team of doers" you ask "how can I help"  "what do you need" There's not a day I don't feel supported in work and friendship with these women, I have been blessed to work with all of them and they're giving it their all every single day!

My message to you, if there's something you want to do or you need a little inspiration then start following these women, you'll find goodness, happiness, and health in their content. We're all on our second and third...and fourth act. It's never too late, you're never too old to build your team of amazing women and friends. Just ask, "How can I help"  We all come to this earth with incredible gifts, yours could be seated right next to you... Just show up you never know...

Thank you to these amazing women, you've inspired me in the most graceful ways and made the journey so lovely.

xoxo Janet

Email any of us with questions you might have, we want to connect with you!



Happy Holidays! 


The year has been an incredible experience and full of excitement. Because of your support, I continue to learn so much every day. I am beyond Grateful for your following and kind comments. Thank you for your messages, your questions, and suggestions. You have helped me grow in the most exciting ways, and I appreciate your voice. May the new year bring endless possibilities and exciting beginnings.  Lets continue this inspirational journey together. Thank you for shining your light...                          Truly Grateful   Janet xoxo


Who doesn't love a love a low maintenance hairstyles? This is my personal favorite and takes very little time. It might be the easiest DIY style to create a sexy and modern look. Even if your hair is long, you can have the appearance of a shorter fun look and it works for any occasion. 


What You'll Need:

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My Favorite Styling Tool / T3 Styling Curling Iron (wand attachments are also available) There are so many wands to choose from. Check out their website to see all the different products, flat irons & tutorials.

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Volaire Texturizing Spray & Voluminizing Spray / Emi-Jay Hair Ties ( Multi-Colors)     I use the Voluminizing Spray on wet hair before my blow-dry. 

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Organized Bobby Pins

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Roll Brush - Instantly adds volume

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STEP 1 - Wash hair  (Volaire also makes a shampoo and conditioner)

STEP 2 - Spray in Voluminizing Spray on wet hair

STEP 3 - Dry hair using roll brush 

* I use the heat on level 3. This wand gets hot! It does come with a glove if you need. I roll four pieces towards the back and four pieces to the front on each side. I don't take the Iron to the top of the head, you can see in the above photo where I begin the curl.

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STEP 4 - Spray in the Volumnizing Texturizing Spray after you curl the hair, this helps with holding in place.  

STEP 5 - Separate the curls with your fingers.      

STEP 6 - Pull into a low ponytail and inch the tie almost to the end.

STEP 7 -  Take what's left of your hair and tuck in underneath, (depending on the length of your hair) securing with pins. Slowly pull the hair out so you create a fullness. 

STEP 8 - Pull out pieces in the front to frame your face.


I recently cut 4 inches off and I'm enjoying the length. I have thin hair but a lot of it. I am enjoying my shoulder length hair, it's low maintenance and takes very little time to style, and I love that. What's your favorite DIY hairstyle, I'd love to know!

               Happy Holidays and Happy Styling


Holiday party season is in full swing so let's get ready to glow. After regular use of Nurse Jamie's Beauty Triangle and Instytutum's Flawless Pads, I'm happy to say I have glowing results. Here's a look at my favorite go-to products for bringing back that radiant glow.


When Nurse Jamie asked if I would be interested in trying out her new Beauty Triangle Tool I was thrilled! For over a month now I've regularly used this beauty tool and I am so happy with the results. The Beauty Triangle is a unique sonic face massager that helps to restore glow and firmness to the face when used with a high-performance serum, oil or moisturizer... and fits in the palm of your hand. 


So easy to use, simply charge your beauty tool and put it to work. Great for travel & a great gift!


The Beauty Triangle works best when used with moisturizer, serums & toner. My favorite is Instytutum.


The first area I work on is under the eyes. Depending on what I ate or how much sleep I didn't get... after regular use in the morning I see an improvement in dark circles and puffiness under my eyes. Also se the beauty tool over the top of my brow and right underneath the brow help give it a little lift. Do one side first for about 3-4 minutes and compare the difference. 


This tool has two specialized massaging modes: Normal or Heated. Don't leave out your neck.


Targeting the most problematic areas, Chin, cheeks, brows, liplines too. After using, and applying your makeup, you will notice radiance in your skin.

Introducing Instytutum's FLAWLESS PADS - Ready for complexion perfection and a Cyber Week Promotion! By using discount code SKIN30 you'll receive 30% off + Free Alive Water + Free Shiping! Now that's worth a holiday cheer. Boy do I love these pads!


These pre-soaked pads are so easy to use. They are formulated with glycolic, lactic, citric, hyaluronic and salicylic acids, plus provitamin B5 and vitamin PP that reduces pore size, those fine lines, wrinkles and your overall skin tone improves leaving you glowing! They also promote collagen production and cell turnover, while improving hyperpigmentation and boosting moisture. Your skin will feel smooth, firm and renewed in one quick step. If you use reguraly (morning and night) You'll see visible results in 10 days.


Super easy to use; Wipe over clean, dry skin on face, and this is great for all skin types. These Flawless pads will boost the results of your other products, these pads sluff off the dry skin and make way for the new. Dry skin is aging skin, so we want to resurface that dry-dead skin and let these powerful products work their magic. Use in the morning and before bed  (Discontinue use immediately if irritation occurs and consult a doctor.)

 *Make sure to avoid the eye area with the Flawless Pads - *No need to rinse after using. Follow up with your toner & serum.

*Make sure to avoid the eye area with the Flawless Pads - *No need to rinse after using. Follow up with your toner & serum.

Another way to improve your overall complexion, use Instytutum Toner after the Flawless Pads.


After using The Beauty Triangle along with Instytutum's Flawless Pads and Serum you'll be the one shining bright this holiday season! I am a proud Brand Ambassador for Instytutum, and my results have been so rewarding!  Finding products that work is always exciting if you have any questions feel free to email me or Instytutum Save Now by using discount code SKIN30. Happy Holidays!

xoxo janet

 Join Me SocialButterflies! Let's fly and have some fun... Jacket created  @Socialbutterfliesla

Join Me SocialButterflies! Let's fly and have some fun... Jacket created @Socialbutterfliesla

Resilience and Reinvention - Coping with Early Onset Alzheimer's

Meet my designer friend, my fearless female and passionate soul, Franne Golde.  Read how Franne and her husband Paul Fox are bringing hope and awareness to Alzheimer's. We still have a few days left in the month of November to make a difference by shopping Franne's website, and for those of you who already have ordered, we are so very grateful for your purchase(s) and thank you for your support. Use my discount code GG35 until tonight Monday November 27th @ midnight. Happy & Grateful Shopping.

 Franne & Paul Fox

Franne & Paul Fox

My name is Franne Golde. I'm a mother, wife, songwriter, clothing designer, author, advocate, caregiver, and founder of

I came to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1978 to pursue my career as a singer/songwriter. Within a couple of months, I wrote a song that was recorded by Diana Ross. It would turn out to be my first worldwide hit.

Since then, my songs have appeared on records that have sold over 100-million copies. I've worked with such superstars as Pat Benatar, Heart, The Pussycat Dolls, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Selena, Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Jody Watley and The Commodores. My song “Even If My Heart Would Break” was included on The Bodyguard, the biggest selling soundtrack of all time. 

The music business as I knew it started to change in the late ‘90s when people began downloading music for free. My earning power went down the tubes and my husband Paul, a successful record producer, was also feeling the heat. We tried to go with the flow and hoped for the best! I wrote a #1 Billboard Hit and Grammy Nominated song in 2005 for the Pussycat Dolls, but that would be my last.

At that time, my son’s school asked for my help with an upcoming fundraiser. In that and subsequent years, I contributed memorabilia from Sheryl Crow, Ringo Starr, and others, along with various concert tickets.

By my son’s senior year, I’d run out of favors, so for the annual fundraiser, I invested a thousand dollars to create a mini boutique in the school gym. I’d always loved fashion and people frequently asked me where I’d gotten my clothes. Often they were pieces I’d modified with scissors, needle, thread, ripping and knotting. I loved interacting with and styling all the moms and neighborhood drop-ins. By day’s end I had sold out.

Then I started selling clothing to friends out of my house, often designing what I couldn't find. I wasn’t trying to create a business, but I was having a blast and learning the ins and outs of finding fabric, patternmaking, samples, tweaking, cutters, sewers, marking, grading, and production. It was a whole new world and turning into an expensive hobby!

By 2011, the music business was hitting new lows and even successful songwriters were going broke. No one knew what the future held. Paul was having a difficult time finding projects as well. He wasn’t prone to depression, but he seemed anxious, forgetful, and sometimes confused, although he always had an explanation for everything. I attributed it all to the radical change in the music business and the attendant financial stress.

By late 2012 I knew something was seriously wrong with Paul. I never expected to hear what would take months to find out. In his mid-fifties, Paul was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

We have been through so much over the past five years - shock, fear, sadness, and endless tears leavened with a healthy mix of denial and hopefulness. We’ve been in support groups, visited our state capital and walked the halls of Capitol Hill, lobbying for increased research funding and improved access to care and support. We’ve done walks to raise money and awareness, served on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Association and currently sit on the Board of Music Mends Minds, a fantastic organization that brings meaning and pleasure to anyone with cognitive issues through the awesome power of music.

Paul has been able to accept this new normal with a glass-half-full mindset and hope. His yoga and spiritual practice is his salvation. He sees the beauty in everything and everyone and is a constant reminder of what’s right in the world. He has far fewer filters than ever and doesn't judge or complain. He is grateful and lives in the moment.

I struggle with tremendous grief when I allow myself to think that my future, with my best friend and the man I love, might not be as I once imagined. But mostly I follow Paul’s lead.

I knew I could no longer make a living writing music and it was hard to imagine doing anything else. It had been my life for over 35 years. Yet I had to take care of my family.

My only option was to sell my songs, the one thing that was all mine and that I’d worked so hard to nurture and protect. It was one the hardest things I’ve ever done.

The sale brought some cash, but I needed to get back to work. I couldn't just go out and get a nine-to-five job. It wouldn't begin to cover our expenses or satisfy my passion. 

I needed to reinvent myself and in a moment of revelation, I realized that I’d

already started doing just that. I had lots of samples of clothing, more significant, I had been working on what I considered to be, the perfect black pant. I made close to 100 samples till I got exactly what I was looking for.

Working became my therapy and I poured myself into it.

I launched in August 2016 and was thrilled when the orders started coming in. A couple of months later I got an email that O, the Oprah Magazine expressed interest in seeing my pants. I couldn’t believe it, it was just like 1978 all over again, when Diana Ross gave me my first hit with, “Getting Ready For Love.”

My black pants were featured in the January 2017 issue of O and dubbed the “Magic Pant” by Adam Glassman, Oprah’s fashion guru and Creative Director of O magazine. This was followed by a feature on the Oprah segment of View Your Deal, on ABC. More orders poured in and my team and I were off and running.

As my business continues to grow, I still fight my grief and sadness every day -- and some days grief wins. But I know first-hand that there are silver linings. I feel them and see them regularly.

I'm grateful every day that I still have my husband and he is still able to do so many things. We treasure our time together, and though there are frustrations, we give each other unconditional love and support. I have my wonderful son, my family, and friends and I'm grateful to continue to be creative and find joy, every day. That’s really all you can ask for.

In support of Alzheimer’s Awareness month and in honor of my husband and my parents I’m donating a portion of the proceeds of my business to Music Mends Minds. While we wait for a cure…