I had the pleasure to meet Lulu a few years ago on the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brooklyn, NY. Everywhere she goes, she lights a path of happiness, smiles, and good energy. Did I mention that she is an awesome dancer, too?
She celebrated a milestone birthday this year and was telling me about her grand surprise entrance that she was planning to her party. It was a beach theme and she wanted to enter as a Mermaid! I was unable to attend, but truly wanted to give Lulu a gift that would celebrate her glittery and fabulous personality. It all starts with a few pictures….
Now that I have an idea of her costume, off to Michael’s I go! Time to start the Real Life Design Board!
A few hours later, a few glue sticks later, and lots of happy designing renders this…..
I am so happy because I know this is going to look ahhhhmazing on her! Here is the Grand Entrance!!!!
And the Beautiful Lulu as she starts her party. Happy Birthday Sweetheart!!!!!
The Summer Solstice, officially the first day of Summer and longest day of the year, coincides with the Strawberry Moon. The Strawberry moon was given its name (according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac), by the Algonquin Tribe because it occurs at the height of strawberry harvest. This is Once – in- a- Generation event! The last one occurred in June 1967, The Summer of Love.
I had the opportunity to photograph the sun set and the moon rise from my rooftop in Queens. It was a very moving and beautiful experience. I hope that you enjoy the photos! Happy Solstice!
A friend of mine asked me how I got the name Dawn. My reply was “After the Dawn Dolls of the 70’s, of course”! He had no idea what I was talking about, so I Google Imaged a few pics of Dawn and he Wikipediad some info on her. WOW, the correlations that we unearthed between the doll and myself! It was startling and hysterical at the same time! Did my Mom have any idea how my life would emulate that of a spin off of Barbie?
Dawn was a smaller and more affordable version of Barbie produced by Topper Toys. She came with varying themes, “Dancing Dawn” and “Flower Fantasy Dawn” to name a few. She was obsessed with her friends, fashion, and Disco dancing. Being quite progressive for her time, she had a wide range of flamboyant and colorful friends. They had a runway that you could purchase for Dawn’s Beauty Pageant. When Dawn and Friends were bored with The Runway, they had a Dawn’s Beauty Parlor! After the Beauty Parlor, they could all pile into Dawn’s Action Car, a blue convertible. Off into the night they would speed to Dawn’s Revolving Dance Floor Disco Set! All of her fabulous trendy friends would dance the night away. She even had a super cool dance partner named Kevin, who was tall and blond!
Sadly, Topper Toys went out of business in 1973. A few attempts were given at bringing Dawn Dolls back, but it didn’t seem to take off. However; Dawn Dolls are quite the collector’s item!
I can’t help but smile really big when I think about my life emulating Dawn’s! My love of my dear friends, fashion, and Disco…… what’s in a name??? Ask my Mom, she’ll tell you!
What better way to celebrate a night of friendship, food, and wine than to make a pan of Moqueca, a Brazilian fish stew of coconut peppery goodness! This dish hails from the Bahia region of Brazil and is guaranteed to make your guests happy.It is all about finding the freshest of seafood and seasoning your sauce with flavor and love!
2 pounds of Cod fish
1 pound of shrimp
2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
4 minced garlic cloves
salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 red pepper cut into large strips
1 yellow pepper cut into large strips
1 orange pepper cut into large strips
2-3 jalapeno, seeded and stemmed, cut into large strips
2 medium onions, cut into wedges
1 bunch of scallions, thinly sliced
3 diced tomatoes
3 cups of seafood stock
2 cans of coconut milk
1 cup cilantro chopped
Season seafood in a glass baking dish with garlic and lime juice, marinate for 30-60 mins.
Heat olive oil (2 tablespoons) in a large pan.
Add peppers and onion saute for 6-8 minutes, do not brown.
Add diced tomatoes and simmer for 2 mins. Stir in the seafood stock and coconut milk. Let mixture simmer for 20 minutes so that flavors can blend.
Add more lime juice and chopped cilantro.
Gently add the fish and shrimp on the diced vegetables and spoon the broth around it so that seafood is cooked,3-5 minutes.
Serve over a bed of white rice. Tostones and garlic mojo make for a nice accompaniment finished with a salad of palmitos and avocados! Viva Brazil!