Dr. Bita Bagheri – Orange County Dermatologist

There’s a funny thing in life called fate. I met Bita during our college days at Penn. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I lived in a house with 4 other women in West Philly, Bita being one of them. Bita is an enigma. Photographic memory. Terrible driver. Very much like […]

Sitting Down with Amy Ruth Finegold of amy-ruths.com

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Amy Ruth Finegold [Penn ‘02] to learn more about her personal and professional journey through the nutrition jungle. I first met Amy Ruth at the November 2015 Trustee’s Council of Penn Women conference where she was sitting next to me at the opening lunch. When you […]

Katlyn Grasso, 23 year old Founder of GenHERation

You know those people who walk into a room and you just feel their energy? So that happened to me the other day in a doughnut shop while my kids had their faces happily pressed up against the glass eagerly spying their impending sugary, delightful breakfast. I felt a strong presence enter the tiny shop….and I turned […]

Using chalk paint to get a drift wood look

i’ve been using chalk paint for the better part of 6 years and am continually surprised by the various looks i can get. the giant frames below were made for a client. these measured 6′ x 8′ and eventually had beautiful sea scape canvases placed atop. i find painting to be so relaxing and meditative. […]

Lynn Jerath, President & Founder Citrine Investment Group

Hey gang! I’m thrilled to feature my brilliant and sweet friend, Lynn Jerath. We’re involved with the Trustees Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania, which is an incredible group of women that goes above and beyond for the university. TCPW exists to promote women-related programming across the schools, from faculty, students, alumnae around the world, […]

Rising Broadway Star :: Rodney Ingram

settle in friends. this is a long one… do you remember when Disney’s Aladdin hit theaters? i do. i was 12 and it was my junior year at Penn…yes, i was a prodigy… 🙂 (j/k) my Dad had a recording studio in the house. so i waited in earnest to buy the CD when it […]

a salute to the US Armed Forces

my husband and i had an experience of a lifetime over Mother’s Day weekend. it’s apropos that i post this on Veteran’s Day. we were invited as Distinguished Visitors for a weekend on the US Navy’s USS Vinson, one of 7 aircraft carriers that travel around the world to protect and provide assistance in times of need. i […]

beach house vintage windows + vinyl lettering

i’m surprised i haven’t seen more of these on the internets.  don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of old windows and vinyl lettering with cute quotes… but none that are inspired from the subway posters that pay tribute to a city or town’s points of interest. so i’ll claim this as an original as i […]

yummy summer garden party by Heidi Ristau

  my friend Heidi Ristau is a woman of many talents.  she’s a high-powered and hard-charging product manager during the day, and caters for high end events on the weekends. her food is an inspiration as i aspire to create such tasty and wonderful dishes for my get togethers! Heidi’s use of fresh, local and […]

Mi Ola Surf :: sexy bikinis that stay on

as my hubby and i are coming up on our anniversary, i got to thinking back to our honeymoon.  where i thought i was a tough guy.  and went out into 8′-10′ surf.  and had to get saved by a young, strapping 25 y.o. lifeguard. in fiji. and i had a bikini malfunction. of the […]

got sleep? 6 tips to getting more of it.

My friend Nancy Rothstein wrote a book called My Daddy Snores and is known as The Sleep Ambassador®. I’m pretty sure she wrote this book about me, though. Perhaps she wrote it about my entire brood.  We all snore. Even this guy. It’s like a really bad rendition of dueling chainsaws. What to do, what to […]

14-year-old Tony Zeng photographer extraordinaire. wow!

In a world of tiger mom stories, here’s a warm and fuzzy story about self-motivated 14-year-old Tony Zeng who created a charming commercial to encourage people to adopt shelter pets.  When I saw the video, I thought, there’s no way a kid made this! If you’ve got 60 seconds, check it out: Tony’s entered it […]

Ali Cudby :: America’s #1 Bra Coach

Ali and I have known each other since my freshman year of college when I was going through sorority rush at the U Penn.  She’s an expert on a topic that women discuss often…our boobs!   Did you know that it’s very likely that your bra isn’t the right size for you?  Now you tell […]

boys and their surfboards

this happened yesterday and i started crying…. daddy had a new surfboard shaped by his good friend Cordell Miller….and it was time to put the new fins on… when i saw this on the couch, i just had a warm fuzzy feeling inside. this is what i’ve always dreamt of for my life…..boys growing up […]

An interview with John Mulhall, author of Geddy’s Moon

Facebook is a funny thing.  I’ve got a love / hate relationship with it.  Some days I get all annoyed about its non-privacy policies, while on other days I’m thrilled to stay in touch with old friends. Johnny Mulhall is an old buddy from junior high.  We were in the same classes, including student government […]