Book of the Week – Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

From New York Times Book Review

Week of February 14, 2011

Synopsis:  BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER by Amy Chua (Penguin Press $25.95) Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.  Chua, Amy (Author) “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” is an awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards–and the costs–of raising her daughters the Chinese way.

Need Interior Design Help? – Candice Olson to the Rescue

In search of decorating ideas?  Distressed homeowners have no fear.  Candice Olson, Canada’s Top Interior Designer and Star of HGTV’s Divine Design can turn any room into a showplace!

When Candice answers a call for help, she listens with an intuitive ear to what kind of space her clients wish to create.  Then, like a magician, she whips out her pens, paints, fabric swatches and samples to draw a detailed guide for her band of merry helpers to follow.  Next, “The Team” (Chico, The Electrician, Sewing Specialist, Edmond, Paul, The Carpenter and Andrew, The Painter) lead by Candice proceed to have a rollicking good time bringing that vision to life.

Her drawings are legendary and an Art Form onto themselves.  They are usually presented to the client at the end of the show.  As an interior design “Weekend Warrior” myself, it is a delight to watch her transform “Drab and Dreary” into “Inviting & Fabulous”, plus it is always entertaining to see the big “Reveal” at the end of the show.  Wouldn’t you feel at home in one of these rooms?  I know I would.  Catch an episode of Divine Design for yourself and let us know what you think.  Sweet Dreams!

Click Here for more information about Candice Olson, her TV Show and her new Furniture Collection, Fabric Collection and Design Gallery.

The Golden Globes: Women, Men & Couples Hit The Red Carpet

Absolutely everyone looked FABULOUS at this year’s Golden Globe Awards held Sunday, January 15, 2012, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.  Some stars took to the Red Carpet solo, while some of Hollywood’s Power Couples posed together. It must be a lot of pressure to have to look so good knowing there is Paparazzi everywhere, but these Stars make it look like a walk in the Park.

The gowns worn by the women ranged in style and color with perhaps the most notable statement being made by Maria Menounos in a body-hugging bright yellow sequined gown. Lea Michele was another one to watch in a sophisticated and sexy shimmery grey number. The Men, well what can I say, they all wore the basic black suit & tie well (with a variation here and there – Gervais).

The Globes, hosted this year by Ricky Gervais (reason alone to tune in) treated fans and Celebs alike to a night of fun and humor.  The Golden Globe, awarded by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which honors achievement in both Film and Television has a rich history and is well respected by those in Hollywood since its inception in 1943.

Notable stars present included a special appearance by Johnny Depp and music icon Madonna (who won Best Original Song in A Motion Picture). George Clooney won Best Performance by an Actor for his performance in “The Descendants”, Christopher Plummer won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in “Beginners” and “The Descendants” took home Best Motion Picture.  This year’s winner for a Lifetime of Achievement (The Cecil B. DeMille Award) was presented to actor Morgan Freeman. For a complete list of all Nominees and Winners click here for The Official Golden Globe Website.


Make-Up Trend: All That Glitters











The “Natural Look” is OUT and Bold/Gold is IN this Spring/Summer according to make-up experts at British Vogue (BV).   Metallics, even Gold Leaf is what you will see at your make-up counter this year.  Everyone is doing it from MAC to Dsquared2, so don’t be the last one on your block caught without it!  As seen on the runway,  BV shows 12 examples of this hot new trend in make-up.  Another notable trend in make-up this year appears to be the “invisible brow”!  What do you think?  Love it.  Hate it.  We’d love to hear from you.

Cruise Does It Again in “Mission Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol”

Tom Cruise is back as Agent Ethan Hunt in “Mission Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol”, which hit theaters in worldwide release on December 21, 2011.  In “MI:IV” Cruise is joined by Jeremy Renner (Hurt Locker, The Town), Simon Pegg (MI:III, Star Trek) and Paula Patton (Precious, Hitch) as the team attempts to clear the IMF as a suspect in the bombing of the Kremlin.

Known for his outrageous stunt work, Cruise holds nothing back in the franchise’s latest installment.  Scaling the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world’s tallest building, is just one of the trilling sequences Cruise treats us to in this action-packed triller.  Shot in IMAX and directed by Academy Award Winner, Brad Bird (RatatouilleThe Incredibles), “MI:IV” has struck box office gold, bringing in $324.9 million worldwide as of Jan 1, 2012.

As we have grown to expect, watching a Mission Impossible movie is like taking a virtual trip around the world.  Locations for “MI:IV” include Seattle, India (Vancouver), Russia (Prague) and Dubai.

Special Effects are another reason the Mission Impossible films never disappoint.  Industrial Light & Magic Director, John Knoll and a team of 20 special effect artists are responsible for making signature scenes like the “Sand Storm” a reality.

Like “MI:I”,”MI:II” and “MI:III” before it, “MI:IV” seems to have what it takes to entertain and please audiences of all ages.  Put it all together and “MI:IV” is a definite “Must See” for anyone, with a pulse!

For more trailers and other “MI:IV” details visit the Official Ghost Protocol Website: 

Movie Preview – Twilight Breaking Dawn (Part 1)

Edward and Bella make it official in the latest Twilight movie “Breaking Dawn – Part 1”, which opens in theaters on November 18th. The Cullen-Swan nupuals spell change for both Team Edward and Team Jacob.  As Bella says “I do” to an eternity with Edward, she leaves behind the life she has know as a common mortal and enters the the world of the Volturi.  Is Bella really ready for the life she has chosen?  Marriage to Edward  means that life will never be the same for her or for anyone she loves.  Has Bella chosen wisely, or has love blinded her to the truth?Watch for yourself and decide.  What would you do with a new vampire husband and a half-breed baby?  And what about Jacob?  Will Bella’s transition to life as a vampire ruin their special friendship?  Join the discussion.  Tell us what you think.  After November 18th Bella’s world will never by the same – nor will ours.

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We Love You Oprah!!!

Oprah Winfrey said “good-bye” to millions of viewers this week after 25 years on the air.

Oprah, started her meteoric rise to the top of Daytime TV in September 1985, when in less that a year she turned AM Chicago, a “faltering half-hour morning program on WLS-TV into the hottest show in town”.  The result, The Oprah Winfrey Show was born.  The rest is as they say “history”.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in Steven Spielberg’s film The Color Purple, creator of “Oprah’s Book Club” known for propelling authors to the top of the bestseller’s lists, co-founder of Oxygen Media, a company dedicated to producing programming for women, publisher of O: The Oprah Magazine, inventor of Oprah’s Angel Network, responsible for raising more than $51,000,000 for charitable programs including founder of The Leadership Academy for Girls and owner of Harpo Productions and The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Ms. Winfrey according to Forbes Magazine is “the richest African American of the 20th Century and the world’s only Black billionaire for three years running.”  Additionally in 2005, Business Week named her “the greatest Black philanthropist in American history.”  (See Oprah’s Biography)

It is a fact that Oprah has touched us all with her warm encouragement to “Live Your Best LIfe,” and on May 17, 2011, approximately 13,000 people packed Chicago’s United Center to say “Thank you.”  “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular”, a star-studded farewell party for the Queen of Daytime TV featured guests and performances by many of today’s biggest names.  Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise started off the festivities, followed by The Black Eyed Peas, The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Halle Berry, Madonna, Beyonce, Queen Latifah, Usher, Michael Jordan, Diane Sawyer, Maria Shriver, Josh Grobin, Stevie Wonder, Jaime Foxx, Racal Flatts, Simon Cowell, Rosie O’Donald and of course, BFF Gail King (just to name a few).

Since her humble beginnings, Oprah’s accomplishments have enabled her to join an elite group of Americans inducted into the Academy of Achievement.  She has also been the recipient of numerous other awards, including the NAACP Image Award, The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award and was a 2010 Kennedy Center Honors Recipient.

Tom Hanks welcomed Oprah to her surprise party by telling her “Today you are surrounded by nothing but love.”  Oprah responded “I feel the love.”  Once again, I think she spoke for us all.