HIS & HER VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

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.

FOR HER

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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!!

FOR HIM

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!

US

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

XXOO JANET
 

ALBRIGHT LA - CLOTHING RENTAL FOR SPECIAL EVENTS

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. 

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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.

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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: showroom@albrightla.com to schedule your appointment.

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

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

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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.

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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

424-274-3510showroom@albrightla.com

COQUETTE - BY ALYSE PARFUM - NEW YEAR NEW YOU

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! 

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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."

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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!

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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." 

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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!  Generosity..in 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
 

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@faceforwardla  

INSPIRATIONAL FEMALE INFLUENCERS

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.

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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!

 

THANK YOU!

Happy Holidays! 

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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

HOLIDAY HAIRSTYLE DIY

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. 

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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.

Finished!  

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

SHINE BRIGHT THIS SEASON WITH THE BEAUTY TRIANGLE & INSTYTUTUM

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.

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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. 

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

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

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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. 

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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 frannegolde.com.

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 frannegolde.com 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…

YAPPY HOUR - THE NEW HAPPY HOUR

I'd like to introduce you to a new twist on "Happy Hour."  Meet the five happiest dog parents and the five coolest four-legged kids in town. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday I thought it would be a real treat to introduce you to our yappiness happiness. Buster & I never thought life could be so happy when Yappy Hour rolls around. 

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There is no doubt when the ten of us are together,  no matter what's going on with us or the world, we truly realize how blessed we are that our 4-legged children have brought us together. As you read below you'll see how much we've shared together, our age ranges from 53 to 94 so there's a lot of wisdom and life experience between us all. One thing we have in common for sure besides our pooches... we love to travel, eat great food, drink fine wine, get a fine education on scotch and enjoy a perfect margarita that only Doreen can serve up. Meet our Yappy Hour Gang.

 Our happy place is Doreen and Joe's home, their door is always open, so much so we just suggest "why don't we go to Doreen and Joe's"  Occasionally we'll jaunt up to Shorty's house for a beautiful sunset, cocktails and discuss our "pawsitive" attitudes. Almost every day we meet at the same time, and like clockwork, when we begin to chime in with our texting, the kids are ready to go. Literally, if we're not out the door the stare-down begins, the toys are dropped at our feet and an occasional whine begins.

        Meet five reasons why you might want to begin your own Yappy Hour

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No leash needed, these kids have no interest in leaving each other's side. We do have rules, stop at all corners and No Street! 

Let's meet the gang

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Tony Williams & Shorty

When Janet asked me to jot down a few thoughts on our puppy playgroup I recalled the words of Stanley Coren, the famed chronicler, and author of many canine books. He writes: "In the thousands of years since humans first domesticated dogs we have genetically manipulated them to socialize easily and to show friendliness almost indiscriminately.”

How true these words are about our four-legged friends, yet that same willingness to "show friendliness almost indiscriminately" cannot be said of us, the two-legged human beings. Deep and meaningful friendships and true compassion for others sometimes get lost in today’s hustle and bustle… Yet somehow, some time ago (I think 6 years now!) our little group of dog lovers managed to find each other in a small park on the edge of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Our dogs linked us. Sweet Sadie, abundantly generous with her affection. Beguiling Bizou, deceivingly seductive and loving. Classy Collette, extraordinarily exquisite and elegant. And Beautiful Buster, a living teddy bear full of wisdom and passion. 

Each day with a wag of a tail or bark from the mouth, our dogs express their gratitude for their afternoon play time. This blog allows me to express my gratitude for our magical, loving and supportive group of friends - all connected initially through our dogs, yet now linked inextricably for life. In this season of gratitude, we all have a long list of items for which we must give thanks… but know that my Yappy Hour friends sit at the top of my list.

Hugs and licks to you each… and my best wishes for an amazing season of Gratitude to one and all!!!!

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Meet Keith Cox & Sadie

YAPPY HOUR!  What a concept, right? When I took a risk to take my beloved four-legged Spiritual Offspring, Sadie, to the unofficial park at the corner of Doheny Drive and Santa Monica, I never expected my life to be changed, enhanced, blessed, and enriched. The risk was because it is not unusual for the dogs to run and play off leash there. This “park” is adjacent to a very busy and congested intersection. The reward has been the familial relationship that has been created for both me and Sadie. What has now been dubbed “The Yappy Hour Crew” is, in fact, a coming together of 5 individuals (and occasional spouses) that share a deep bond? When we converge, (which we attempt most days) at what is HAPPY HOUR in most social settings, we are indeed happy. Yes, there is the occasional traditional concoction of an adult beverage, but the emotion of happiness transcends that. It is a result of our open and honest sharing, our mutual love of food, drink, and social activities. It is the result of our unconditional love for our canine family members, and it is because we are conscious, transparent, honest, loving, and even sometimes dysfunctional with each other. Familial, in other words. We have shared many highs and lows with each other. There have been birthdays, holiday, and even memorial celebrations of both humans and canines, moments of sitting vigil as a loved one is passing on, countless hours of discussion on food and drink, and great enjoyment of the attempt to perfect the margarita. And the consensus is that Doreen (or The Lady Doreen, as I call her) has the winning recipe. From a spiritual sense, the Universe brought us together at the perfect time and in the perfect setting. From a human sense, we have tended to the healthy nurturing of this familial bond and I believe we are all the better for it. Many have said it is the hardest club in Beverly Hills to get in… and that is true! Not because we are snobbish and exclusive, but because of the reverence for the beauty, love, connection, and sacredness we share as this little YAPPY HOUR family! 

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Meet Harvey Slosburg & Bisoux

For so many years I've had the privilege and the joy of spending time with my Yappy hour friends. Our friendships developed so organically over the years while sharing common interests, not just our dogs (kids), but so much of our lives. It seems we are all grateful for each other and the time we have together. When we are all together it makes this big city feel like a small town.  While walking together or throwing the ball, we share our daily lives, our joys, challenges, health, family, politics, and of course the “must try” new restaurants or cocktails. It seems what we share the most is gratitude for our friendships and the unique way we found each other. 

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Meet Doreen, Joe & Colette Wallach

We are 5 people that met accidentally at a small park that we made into an unofficial dog park. All of us came from different backgrounds, different religions, different sexual orientations, the only thing we had in common was that each of us had a friendly dog. Yet, we combined perfectly. Each of us brings a different outlook, wisdom, and sensitivity to our daily discussions.For example, just yesterday, our discussion started with:  How do you like to eat your corn on the cob? On the cob, roasted, cut off the cob, mixed with mayo and parmesan, how about combining corn with sun-dried tomatoes? Then the discussion continued to Astronomy, and how huge the universe is. Did we know that a Black Hole is a dense material that nothing can pass through? Our sun is 93 million miles away. The light from our star (the Sun) reaches us in 8 minutes. Light from the nearest star in the sky takes 4 years to reach us. How we are not even a grain of sand when compared with the size of the universe. And on to religion...

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We love to eat, drink and laugh and share our Netflix favorites.  We spend hours chatting about the newest restaurants, the coziest bar scene, are we staying in or going out for dinner. These discussions continue while our dogs are chasing the ball, eating mud, digging in the sand, eating bees, or just relaxing. 

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We love being together and making dinner, or just cocktail parties. For example, one member made a birthday party for his four-legged son and featured different food courses named after each of our pets. Colletuce cups (minced chicken lettuce cups) for my daughter, Colette. Split Bizoup (pea soup) for Bizou, Frozen Ice Cream Sadie-witches, and finally Chilled Buster Custard. Not all of our gatherings are for fun.  When my mother was passing, everyone came over to my home (my mom lived with me) not just to help me but also to help my mother pass to the other side.  We chanted by candle-light, and our metaphysical minister guided her through her passing. This was a  magical experience. Then we all had drinks and dinner. We laughed and cried. We had the best time.  My mother did not die that night as the doctors had predicted, (we all felt she enjoyed the party too much didn’t want to leave).  She held on for another couple of days. After my sweet Sophia passed (almost 18years old)  immediately we celebrated her life with tears and champagne. We are just there for each other. I really can not express how I feel except to say that I love each and every member of our Yappy Hour Family. Every single day is better because of you.

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Thank you, my dear friends, for your generous hearts and taking friendship & family to another level. The world's a better place because of you. Here's to more walks, more talks and a lot of Yappyiness! 

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  Happy Thanksgiving, I'm so grateful these spiritual pooches formed our tribe. In some way, on some level, I think they all knew they had a job to do with forming our "gang".  May we continue to grow young at heart and wiser together. Happy Thanksgiving, with gratitude...xoxo  Buster & Janet

 

Dig a little deeper

Dig a little deeper

Got a dog?  Why not put a group together, and create your own Yappy Hour. Getting outside walking and enjoying the company of your 4-legged best friend and making new friends can change your life. Pets create joy and bring people together, they can build communities, break down barriers between people and pave a way to a friendship you could have never imagined. 

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Here's to you Sophia Wallach, We love you!

LEOPARD FAUX-FUR JACKET

Are you looking for a fun leopard faux-fur jacket? I found one for you! Here's my new favorite faux fur jacket with a cool boxy fit. Thank goodness leopard print never goes out of style. No matter how old you are it just feels fashionable and fun..and a bit edgy.

Everyday offers something new the minute we step outside.

Everyday offers something new the minute we step outside.

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If you invest in a great pair of leather leggings or pants those too will be the gift that keeps on giving. Here I'm wearing Helmut Lang. 

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If you can't find a camisole that's the best length for you, try buying a slip on the longer side take a little elastic around the waist then pull the extra material over the thin elastic band. Stuart Weitzman is still one of my favorite go-to's for boots.

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This holiday season have fun, It's so important for us to enjoy life!  Do the math... that'll get you dancing!  If you were an animal who would you be?

              “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.” 
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Location; Courtesy of my friend Tony Williams in Beverly Hills, CA.

THE FRANNE GOLDE COLLECTION

Oops! You caught me in my "Magic Pants" Are you familiar with Franne Golde Designs?  Franne Golde is fairly new on the scene and so far she's been a hit! In fact, Adam Glassman; O Magazine's Creative Director, officially dubbed them as "the magic pant, because everyone needs go-to black pants." Here you'll see a few of my favorite pieces for style, comfort, and the right price. On-the-go, traveling or everyday life, Franne's got you covered for all season's and it's made with love right here in Los Angeles.

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You will find that everything Franne makes is well thought out. Her clothes are seasonless and timeless. They are pieces you can wear as a foundation for bolder, statement pieces or as classics on their own. Nothing is clingy, boxy or baggy—just figure flattering!  Use my code GG15 for your 15% discount. In support of Alzheimer's Awareness month, a portion of sales will be donated to Music Mends Minds. Franne's husband music producer Paul Fox was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's and in 2016 she launched her brand Franne Golde. Join me and let's support Franne and others in finding a cure together.

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Cozy up in style with this Camel Swing Coat.

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I will say this Jetsetter Wrap is a must! Not only is it lightweight and so soft, it's also reversible. 

Necklace by: Encircle NYC / Luggage by: Calpak / Boots:Alias Mae

Necklace by: Encircle NYC / Luggage by: Calpak / Boots:Alias Mae

Are you searching for the perfect travel wrap? Here it is!  Feel perfectly put together and cozied up in The Jetsetter. I'm wearing the Classic Crop magic pant in black / Katharine Buttondown.

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Holiday travel coming up? Pack your Magic Pants & your Jetsetter Wrap!

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I'm literally living in these Cropped Black Pants and my Katharine Buttondown. Everything about this pant works in your favor. Franne wants you to feel fabulous when you walk out the door, you'll find these simple designs will take you anywhere and you can easily mix them with your other personal favorites.

Wonderful Gift for you or someone you love. 

Wonderful Gift for you or someone you love. 

FRANNE GOLDE -"It all started with the pants. After years of looking for the perfect black pant, I grew exhausted. If only I could combine all my favorites into one. Coming from several decades of being an award-winning songwriter and always relying on my ability to create from nothing, I decided to make them myself" You can also follow Franne on Facebook for updates on new inventories, and share your story of your favorite piece!  You can read Franne and Paul's story on her website