Tuesday, February 27, 2018

THE LOVELY ONES Elizabeth Taylor

“You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and God damn it, you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about the business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.”

Did you know...

1. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London, England
2. She was granted dual British-American citizenship at birth since her parents were both Americans from Arkansas City, Kansas who had moved to London to open an art gallery before she was born. The Taylor family moved back to the United States in the spring of 1939 due to the tense political situation in Europe before World War 1
3. She was known for her stunning 'violet' coloured eyes, which were actually a very intense blue, made even more dramatic by her eyes being rimmed with dark double eyelashes, caused by a genetic mutation called Distichia.
4. Elizabeth Taylor Hilton Wilding Todd Fisher Burton Burton Warner Fortensky was married 8 times, twice to the same man, Richard Burton. Taylor's personal life, and especially her eight marriages, drew a lot of media attention and public disapproval at the height of her career, especially after she married Eddie Fisher, the friend who comforted her after her third husband Mike Todd died in a plane crash in 1953. Eddie Fisher was still married to America's sweetheart Debbie Reynolds at the time of their affair which led to Taylor being branded a 'homewrecker'. Through her many marriages, Elizabeth Taylor was 'related' to half of Hollywood, most notably Paris Hilton, Carrie Fisher, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jack Palance, Virginia Baker, Joan Blondell, Billie Lourd, Dick Powell, June Allyson, Joely Fisher and distantly related to the high society families of Bunny Mellon and John Paul Getty Jr.
5. She once saved the life of actor Montgomery Clift's when he had a near fatal car crash after leaving a party at her home. She entered the car through the back door, crawled to the front seat and removed the two front teeth from Clift's throat that threatened to choke him.

To learn more about Elizabeth Taylor and her extraordinary life, check out Elizabeth Taylor: A Private Life for Public Consumption

Monday, February 26, 2018

SOCIAL STUDIES How To Get The Attention Of Your Waiter

Catch the attention of your server by making eye contact or if he/she is not in your immediate area, you can raise your hand to about head level and wait to make eye contact so that they are aware that you need service. Waiters do not have eyes all over their heads so if they are looking elsewhere and not taking an order at another table, you can also softly call out 'Waiter' or Sir/Miss?'
If they are taking an order at another table, do not interrupt them or the other customer while they are placing their order. Your request is no more important than any other customer in a restaurant. Snapping your fingers or waving your hand furiously is just disrespectful, a waiter is not your personal servant (and if you are lucky enough to have one of those, you shouldn't do that to them either)

Lane Crawford

Friday, February 23, 2018

Best Dressed for February 17-23, 2018

Who is your pick for best dressed this week?
Scroll down to vote!

In Miu Miu
At the Goldene Kamera in Hamburg, Germany

In Carolina Herrera
At the Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, California

In Erdem
At The Commonwealth Fashion Exchange reception, held at Buckingham Palace in London, England

In Carolina Herrera
At the A24 and DirecTV's "The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall" premiere in Hollywood, California

At the 2018 BRIT Awards 2018 in London, England

In Valentino
At the 'Unsane' premiere during the 68th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin in Berlin, Germany

( 'Connie' sandals by Tabitha Simmons, jewellery by Repossi)
At the 2018 BRIT Awards in London, England

In Dolce & Gabbana
At the Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, California

In Giamba
At the Runway To Red Carpet event, hosted by Council of Fashion Designers of America, Variety and WWD in Los Angeles, California

In Christian Dior
At the 2018 BAFTA Awards in London, England

Who is your Best Dressed for February 17-23, 2018?

Naomi Watts in Miu Miu
Sarah Hyland in Carolina Herrera
The Duchess of Cambridge in Erdem
Michelle Monaghan in Carolina Herrera
Alesha Dixon in Jacquemus
Claire Foy in Valentino
Millie Bobby Brown in Rodarte
Kerry Washington in Dolce & Gabbana
Alison Brie in Giamba
Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A READERS ASKS What Should My Child Call His Teacher?

Dear Lily,
     my son just started junior kindergarten. Since he is the youngest of four that have gone to the same school, I am very familiar with most of the teachers there, including his teacher who has taught one of my other children as well. My son has heard me refer to his teacher by her first name and now has gotten into the habit of calling her by her first name too. I didn't think it was a big deal, I mean he is just a little kid but his teacher has brought it up a few times to me. She said that she wasn't comfortable with him calling her by her first name as opposed to Mrs.____ and that a couple of the other children have heard him and now call her by her first name as well. I haven't talked to my son about it because like I said, I didn't think it was a big deal but now I am not sure what to do. Is she being silly about this or am I the one in the wrong?


Dear Caryne,
     children are such lovely little sponges, aren't they? They pick up everything they see and hear from adults, especially their parents. While you didn't really do anything criminal with calling an acquaintance, like the teacher by her first name, if you choose to address her that way in public, it is your responsibility to clarify to your son the different expectation you should have of him. There should be a distinction of respect between a child and an adult, especially one who is an authority figure in your child's life, like his teacher. Allowing your children to address adults informally sets a confusing pattern for them, blurring the lines of respect and authority (a major issue these days) which they will take with them as they grow and mature from a little one into a not-so-little one.
Generally, so as not to confuse the young child who is already trying to adjust to the new routine of school, I suggest refraining from calling teachers by their first names. Since this pattern has been initially set, explain to your son that children do not call teachers by their first names and tell him why that is in a manner he will be able to grasp and understand. We, as parents and caregivers, must show our children what is appropriate social behaviour and as harmless as you might think it is, it is not acceptable for a child to call a teacher by their first name if the teacher does not appreciate it.

Yours Truly,

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

THE LOVELY ONES Cindy Crawford

 "The secret is that there's no secret. Do all the stuff we know: Don't smoke, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, find what makes you happy"

Did you know...

1. Cynthia Ann Crawford was born February 20, 1966 in DeKalb, Illinois.

2. At the age of 16, she was noticed by a newspaper photographer, during her summer job as a corn detasseler, who took a picture of her that ended up being the beginning of her modelling career.

3. She graduated from DeKalb High School in 1984 as valedictorian and earned an academic scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University. She attended for only one semester and then dropped out in order to pursue a full-time modeling career.

4. She is one of the five original 'SuperModels' of the 1990s. The others are Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista.

5. In 1996, when Prince William was just 13 and said he had a crush on Cindy Crawford, his mother the late Princess Diana, invited Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell
to Buckingham Palace to surprise her son. As he returned home from school, the supermodels were waiting for him at the top of the stairs, leaving the young Prince red-faced and embarrassed.

To learn more, check out Becoming by Cindy Crawford and Katherine O'Leary

Sunday, February 18, 2018

How to Eat Oysters

During a spirited round of 'what would you' at the dinner table this week, I was asked how I would spend my last day on earth and particularly, what I would eat (we play this game a lot at home since we've banned gadgets at the dinner table and one must entertain the diners or else my kiddos wolf down their dinner and try to make a mad dash for their phones, lest they miss something terribly important). I had to think long and hard about my last days schedule but the meal part came easy, a little bit of all my favourites and a whole lot of oysters.
I LOVE oysters and I recommend that they be tried at least once, even if it's only on a dare. You'd be surprised that most people with a preconceived notion that oysters are not for them, usually turn out to be the most ardent fans but they can be tricky to handle, especially if it's your first time. Good oysters should look full in the shell and have an opaque consistency. If they smell bad, it's probably because they are, so take a pass on that one and move on to the next. If you are having oysters in a casual setting, go at them anyway you like (it adds to the fun) but in a more formal setting, there's a better way to handle yourself around the oyster bar.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How To Exit A Car (Without Exposing Yourself)

I'm not sure when flashing you private bits while getting out of a car became a thing but these 'accidental' wardrobe malfunctions have had their 15 minutes of infamy and it's time to pull up our big girl panties. Celebrities do have it harder trying to navigate their exits when they have a million camera flashes going off but I've seen my share of 'regular' people flashing their junk when getting out of a vehicle, most recently at my local Starbucks last week (what's with going commando in the middle of the winter??!!) Getting out of a car with a little grace takes practice, your movements should look smooth and effortless but unless you were brought up riding a horse and buggy in Amish country, it's something you've been doing your entire life so you should have mastered it by now. For those of us who need a little refresher on the ins and outs of getting in and out, here you go! 😊

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

A Dog Walkers Duty... and Doody!

To the early morning dog walker.
We sure did step in it this morning!
And by 'we' I actually meant my children and I.
We stepped into your dog's fresh poop but I'm sure you figured that out.
We saw you looking over at us, I guess it was kind of hard not to notice my son who was in full meltdown mode, screaming "I just stepped in dog pooh!" at the top of his lungs. I know it was a little loud for 8am so I will beg your pardon for the disturbance but I had to prioritize between reminding him to keep his voice down or wiping all the poop from his boot so that he could make it across the schoolyard without being late AND without dragging fresh dog doo-doo into the school.
Remember the little pile that your dog left behind and you skillfully kicked a little snow over to cover?
Yes, that poop. 😢
Don't get me wrong, although I do not own a dog myself, I am a dog lover. My issue is not with your cute little pooch but with you, the two-legged, enlightened human being who most certainly understands the responsibilities of caring for a pet in a mindful and courteous manner.
And since we are speaking of dogs and 'manners', here are a few that I know all dog owners are well versed in but just in case...

Sunday, February 4, 2018

How To Open A Champagne Bottle

It's just one of those things.
Everyone needs to know how to properly open a champagne bottle.
Champagne moments tend to be a pretty big deal and who wants to feel extra nervous and uneasy when there is a potential for exploding corks and a shower of champers that is not as glam as one might think. But before we even get to the mechanics of the opening, there are a couple of things to take note of that are key to the smooth moment.
Champagne is much like a beautiful French girl with a secret, neither should ever be agitated. Make sure the bottle has not recently been rattled during transit or that it hasn't been shaken by the self-titled 'funny guy' in your party. Ideally your bottle should have rested for at least 30 minutes before trying to open it. An agitated champagne bottle will never, ever be your friend, trust on that one.
Your champagne should also be chilled (room temperature bubbly should never be an option).