Saturday, July 26, 2008

Will anybody actually want this?

A London department store, Selfridges & Co, is launching a limited edition teddy bear. Now, I love teddy bears, and the thought of a limited edition one completely blinged out with emeralds (my birthstone) and surrounded by diamonds for eyes and 24 karat solid gold nose and the fur entwined with gold leaf and accompanied by a Mont Blanc pen with an ink pot filled with liquid gold began to make me giddy. Obviously I would never even think to spend £43,000 for a teddy bear, but the thought might cross my mind if I ever came upon a ridiculous amount of money. The thought might have crossed my mind, that is, until I got a look at the bear...

Now, seriously. For £43,000, couldn't they have made the little guy a bit more adorable? The emerald eyes was a good idea, if it didn't make the bear appear so...stoned.

[Image source: Telegraph]

Friday, July 25, 2008

Thank You Randy Pausch

In loving memory of Randy Pausch, who passed away today at the age of 47. Thank you for the gift you gave to the world. We are all better for it. God bless.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams," Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. For more, visit

[Source: Youtube]

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fish Pedicure?

I almost hesitate to post this because these pictures just turn my stomach. It's one of those things that bother you, but you just can't seem to look away. If you want to try it yourself, apparently the one and only spa that offers it in the US is at the Yvonne Hair and Nails salon in Alexandria, VA.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Hell on earth would be
meeting the person
you could have been."
~Keith Cunningham

The Bentley of all Laptops - Literally

Ego for Lifestyle has created these awesome laptops, which are currently being launched at the British Motor Show.
Here's the lowdown on what you get for approximately $20K later this summer:
A hand built laptop with authentic Bentley cross-over hand-stitching. The colors being offered match that of its automobile counterparts, while the leather wrapped exterior is taken right from the seats. The metal handle is modeled on the car's door handle as well. Tech specs include Microsoft Vista, a 64 bit processor and a 160GB hard drive, with 12 direct access keys for getting to functions quickly.

I don't know about clunking down the bucks for this one, but they sure are pretty!

[Source: T3]

Monday, July 21, 2008

This book is really a great read for anyone, but in particular those who are going through any kind of transition in their lives. This author does what a lot of us think about doing...take a year off and go do what she wants where she wants. If you've read the book, then you know that the "Eat" refers to eating her way through Italy and learing Italian just for the sake of doing it. The "Pray" refers to the months that she spent in an Ashram in India, discovering meditation and her soul in the process. The "Love" part of the book, the last in her journey of self discovery, is what we all hope for in the end.

For me personally, I'm right in between the "Eat" and "Pray" portions of the journey. The difference is that I've been stuck here for the last couple of years and haven't been able to progress through them. I don't think my body can withstand much more of the eating portion of the program. Actually, it's more like my mind cannot wrap itself around the image that's become my body in the last few years. No one in my life currently (with the exception of my mother) knows me in any other body except for the one I have now, and that's just depressing. They don't know the girl with the hot body that was there during high school and the beginning of college.

Quote of the Day

"I've learned that people
will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how
you made them feel."
~Maya Angelou

My Favorite Things

I wanted to make sure I post about things, places, people, etc. that I love to keep it all in one place. Here's the first of many entries...Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to:

THE most yummy body cream on the planet! Jaqua's Buttercream Frosting Sinfully Rich Body Butter to be exact. So yummy that there is a warning label on the packaging requesting that although the cream smells good enough to eat, you really shouldn't do so. When you open up the tub, it almost looks like fluffy buttercream frosting too! I went to a retreat where a liquid fast was part of the experience, and I slathered this stuff on after my showers. Not only was my skin smooth to the touch, but I totally smelled yummy! So much so that when I went to meet up with my fellow retreaters after a midday shower, they all complained that I was torturing them by walking around smelling like cupcakes and frosting.

I came across the product line when I was getting a pedicure at a nail spa in Santa Barbara - where the company is based, and I had to have the entire line and now I have it shipped to me.

For the Man Who has EVERYTHING....

Does he have cufflinks in the likeness of....himself? When diamonds, gold and platinum just don't quite have enough bling power for your guy, there's nothing like having your own head (or half of it anyway) on each sleeve so he can remind himself how pretty he is. Seriously...

[Source: Eleven Forty Co. ]

Peony In Love

I was raised with certain of the Chinese traditions throughout my childhood and into my adult life, but with no real explanation as to why things were done, what the meaning was behind the actions that many would call "superstitious." Until I read Peony In Love by Lisa See, which I finished this morning, I never had the insight and understanding that I do now - nor did I have much appreciation for it. Quite honestly, it all seemed like nonsense, practicing traditions like offerings to the ancestors, eating certain foods for certain results, etc. based on what? Faith? If the living haven't yet crossed over into death, then how the heck do we know what we need to do, how to make the transition between life and death better or easier for our departed loved ones? How did we come to this knowledge?

It wasn't until my own father died that I started paying attention to these traditions, and asking questions into the meaning...especially when events occurred that I had absolutely no explanation for. Where things happened in my dream that carried over into my waking moments, physical sensations that didn't evaporate the second my eyes opened, and my mind became conscious....and more questions, when I no longer had those dreams, like "why?"

Reading Peony In Love answered some of those questions, and yet raised new ones at the same time. The most troubling is the one that I continue to question. What do I believe about death? What affect do the living have on those that have died? I do know that once we decide what we believe then we tend to easily identify circumstances, events, situations, things, etc. to confirm those beliefs and more easily dismiss those things that contradict them.

Regardless of what I was raised to believe of the Chinese traditions (which of course conflicted with my father's Midwestern Christian faith), this book was one of the most moving love stories that I have read in a long time. Beautiful!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

The Most Expensive Mansion in the World

As beautiful as this mansion is, does anyone else find it kind of creepy besides me?

Goal - The Dream Begins

Okay - so I love movies - especially the ones that actually move me. Now these types of movies may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those that really get it's not about the subject matter of the movie (in this case soccer - or football), then this is a beautiful movie for you. Moved me in the same way that Akeelah and the Bee did...and if you haven't seen that yet either, what are you waiting for?
Here's the link to the trailer: Goal - The Dream Begins

Caught in the In Between - A Beautiful Disaster

So my life outside my job has been my own personal development in the form of Tony Robbins events and volunteering for the last couple of years. Those that are involved with his programs will get what I mean. While I've made tremendous strides in my personal and professional growth, in those moments where I allow my the inner most layers of my soul bubble up that haven't yet healed or haven't even been allowed to rise to the surface, the song below so beautifully and painfully describes what lies beneath. I guess I know how deep I must travel for complete transformation...

Beautiful Disaster

music and lyrics by Jamie Houston and Jon McLaughlin
performed by Jon McLaughlin

She loves her mama's lemonade,
Hates the sounds that goodbyes make.
She prays one day she'll find someone to need her.
She swears that there's no difference,
Between the lies and complements.
It's all the same if everybody leaves her.

And every magazine tells her she's not good enough,
The pictures that she sees make her cry.

And she would change everything, everything just ask her.
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster,
And she needs someone to take her home.

She's giving boys what they want, tries to act so nonchalant,
Afraid they'll see that she's lost her direction.
She never stays the same for long,
Assuming that she'll get it wrong.
Perfect only in her imperfection.

She's not a drama queen,
She doesn't want to feel this way, only seventeen but tired

She would change everything for happy ever after.
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster,
But she just needs someone to take her home.
Cuz she's just the way she is, but no ones told her that's ok.

And she would change everything, everything just ask her.
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster,
And she would change everything for happy ever after.
Caught in the in between of beautiful disaster,

But she just needs someone to take her home
And just needs someone to take her home.

Quote of the Day

"Treat people as if
they were what they ought to be,
and you help them become what
they are capable of being."
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Which One Are You?

FYI - I"m a Taurus, and it's pretty dead on....

VIRGO - The Perfectionist Dominant in relationships. Conservative. Always wants the last word. Argumentative. Worries. Very smart. Dislikes noise and chaos. Eager. Hardworking. Loyal. Beautiful. Easy to talk to. Hard to please. Harsh. Practical and very fussy. Often shy. Pessimistic.

SCORPIO - The Intense One Very energetic. Intelligent. Can be jealous and/or possessive. Hardworking. Great kisser. Can become obsessive or secretive. Holds grudges. Attractive. Determined. Loves being in long relationships. Talkative. Romantic. Can be self-centered at times. Passionate and Emotional.

LIBRA - The Harmonizer Nice to everyone they meet. Can ' t make up their mind. Have own unique appeal. Creative, energetic, and very social. Hates to be alone. Peaceful, generous. Very loving and beautiful. Flirtatious. Give in too easily. Procrastinators. Very gullible.

ARIES – TheDaredevil Energetic. Adventurous and spontaneous. Confident and enthusiastic. Fun. Loves a challenge. EXTREMELY impatient. Sometimes selfish. Short fuse. (easily angered.) Lively, passionate, and sharp wit. Outgoing. Lose interest quickly - easily bored. Egotistical. Courageous and assertive. Tends to be physical and athletic.

AQUARIUS - The Sweetheart Optimistic and honest. Sweet personality. Very independent. Inventive and intelligent. Friendly and loyal. Can seem unemotional. Can be a bit rebellious. Very stubborn, but original and unique. Attractive on the inside and out. Eccentric personality.

GEMINI - The Chatterbox Smart and witty. Outgoing, very chatty. Lively, energetic. Adaptable but needs to express themselves. Argumentative and outspoken. Likes change. Versatile. Busy, sometimes nervous and tense. Gossips. May seem superficial or inconsistent, But is only changeable. Beautiful physically and mentally.

LEO - The Boss Very organized. Need order in their lives - like being in control. Like boundaries. Tend to take over everything. Bossy. Like to help others. Social and outgoing. Extroverted. Generous, warm-hearted. Sensitive. Creative energy. Full of themselves. Loving. D oing the right thing is important to Leos. Attractive.

CANCER - The Protector Moody, emotional. May be shy. Very loving and caring. Pretty/handsome. Excellent partners for life. Protective. Inventive and imaginative. Cautious. Touchy-feely kind of person. Needs love from others. Easily hurt, but sympathetic. PISCES - The Dreamer Generous, kind, and thoughtful. Very creative and imaginative. May become secretive and vague. Sensitive. Don ' t like details. Dreamy and unrealistic. Sympathetic and loving. Kind. Unselfish. Good kisser. Beautiful.

CAPRICORN - The Go-Getter Patient and wise. Practical and rigid. Ambitious. Tends to be good-looking. Humorous and funny. Can be a bit shy and reserved. Often pessimists. Capricorns tend to act before they think and can be unfriendl y at times. Hold grudges. Like competition. Get what they want.

TAURUS - The Enduring One Charming but aggressive. Can come off as boring, but they are not. Hard workers. Warm-hearted. Strong, has endurance. Solid beings who are stable and secure in their ways. Not looking for shortcuts. Take pride in their beauty. Patient and reliable. Make great friends and give good advice. Loving and kind. Loves hard - passionate. Express themselves emotionally. Prone to ferocious temper-tantrums. Determined. Indulge themselves often. Very generous.

SAGITTARIUS - The Happy-Go-Lucky One Good-natured optimist. Doesn ' t want to grow up (Peter Pan Syndrome). Indulges self. Boastful. Likes luxuries and gambling. Social and outgoing. Doesn ' t like responsibilities. Often fantasizes. Impatient. Fun to be around. Having lots of friends. Flirtatious. Doesn ' t like rules. Sometimes hypocritical. Dislikes being confined - tight spaces or even tight clothes. Doesn ' t like being doubted. Beautiful inside and out.

The Importance of Peers

I never fully appreciated how important the decision is of choosing who your peer group is - who you choose to spend your time with. Last weekend was UPW LA Live - Unleash the Power Within in Los Angeles Live with Tony Robbins. I was part of the event crew, and the second I walked into the crew room, it felt like I could breathe again for the first time in months. I didn't realize how much I missed being among a group of people who are on the same path to living outstanding lives, to challenge themselves to be the best humans we can possibly be, to strive to find a way to support one another and others who may not necessarily be on the same path. It's truly the most amazing support system to be a part of. I had not recognized that I really had been like the lone soldier out there trying to move mountains, trying to be the example among people who are really frightened to give up their stories, their reasons on why their lives can't be better. I've been giving and giving, and I've not been replenishing my own spirit, asking for my own support. No matter how "together" you are (and let's face it, there is no one that's always "together," even Tony - that's the beauty of being human), it is soooo important to choose your peer group wisely and support one another as you live your life. It is impossible to be truly outstanding without it.

Quote of the Day

I learned that courage
was not the absence of fear,
but the triumph over it.
The brave man is not he
who does not feel afraid, but he
who conquers that fear.

~Nelson Mandela

Friday, July 18, 2008

Quote of the Day

"Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off."
~Colin Powell

When I grow up...

I want to be Helen Mirren when I grow up!

This is the model of a true goddess. One of grace, beauty, and poise. You rock, woman!

I'm finally up and running!

Okay, so I know there's not much here yet, but I'm always running across some interesting tech stuff geared towards women, weird news, celebrity gossip or just have an opinion that I have no problem sharing - so stay tuned!

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