2013 Met Gala: Who’s Who

Jennifer Lopez (Reuters)

Jennifer Lopez (Reuters)

Madonna (Reuters)

Madonna (Reuters)

Miley Cyrus (Reuters)

Miley Cyrus (Reuters)

Sarah Jessica Parker (Reuters)

Sarah Jessica Parker (Reuters)

Beyonce (Reuters)

Beyonce (Reuters)

Anne Hathaway (Reuters)

Anne Hathaway (Reuters)

Katie Holmes (Reuters)

Katie Holmes (Reuters)

This year’s Met Gala featured Punk: Chaos to Couture on their red carpet as they opened the new fashion exhibit. Their unique theme explains some of the avant-garde fashion choices. Take a peak with us at some of the celebrity guests including everyone from Tiger Woods and his girl to the Kanye-Kardashian duo. What do you think?

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HAPPINESS

Social networks strongly support happiness. They mean a few people (or several hundred in some cases if you’re very popular on Facebook:) ) know how you’re doing and vise versa. They can help drive purpose and accountability in our lives.

If you recently moved to a new neighborhood or just want to broaden your network, consider volunteering in something that interests you or is just convenient. That’s how I got involved in our local fashion show.

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From Shel Silverstein to Emily Dickinson

Everyone was at my Mom’s Annual Poetry Slam in honor of National Poetry Month (April) including W.B. Yeats, Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes. We travelled through time to the seventeenth century and also learned why tall fences make good neighbors.

Listen to the verse...

Listen to the verse…

Our Master of Ceremonies

Our Master of Ceremonies

Fun for all!

Fun for all!

Poem about children

Poem about children

Haiku

Haiku

Singing

Singing

Poets of every age

Poets of every age

Job well done!

Job well done!

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Anything Goes

Play Review

We saw the playful and light Broadway musical Anything Goes at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago on Wednesday night. It’s set in the 1930’s (post-Depression) aboard a cruise ship to London.

Anything goes

Anything goes

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Postpartum Uniform

Prego Parents

We learn from an early age to take care in how we dress and have pride in our appearance – clean face and clothes, brushed hair… We want our little ones to look their best when they greet the world. And so society reinforces the idea of dressing for success. I remember my sixth grade teacher lecturing our class about personal grooming and dressing neatly. I am in favor of all of the above, but it does not often translate well for Moms with little ones.

Love my boys and this hoody - thx Meg

Love my boys and this hoody!

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Forever Young

My Grandma

My Grandma

1935

1935

The secret to aging gracefully is acceptance, which helps nurture your most positive self. That allows you to focus on peace of mind, spirit, and body. My Mom’s Mom embodied that well being until she passed away in her late eighties. Even then she had perfect posture, applied her Oil of Olay daily and lined her lips every morning. She embraced who she was. She did not try to get rid of her smile lines, crows feet or talk about extra pounds. They represented her laughter, meals with loved ones, trips she shared, and struggles she overcame when a vacation was not in the budget. She was rich with loving family and friends.

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Retro Spring Fashion

It’s hard to miss the eye-catching bright iridescent and pastel motorcycle jackets in fashion magazines and a recent New York Times’ Styles. They’re a fun way to add a pop of color to otherwise muted outfits this spring. Their price tags seem steep so I’m on the look-out for that same iridescent look, but in costume jewelry such as big bangles. Speaking of expensive price tags, I just found a Burberry metallic trench coat option! I love the retro look of loud floral prints available at most store this season. They are a bold way to make  a statement and remind me of a pair I wore circa 1986. I wish I had a photo of those… Softer floral prints are also a great way and sometimes safe way to dress for the season.

Marc Jacobs Metallic Gold Biker Jacket

Marc Jacobs Metallic Gold Biker Jacket

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