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Remembering Peter Langoné…

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I first met world renowned photographer Peter Langoné when I was a young reporter in my early 20s. I was working for City Link magazine for Michael Farver, Jake Cline and Dan Sweeney. W. Kelley Lucas was the art director of our publication and he brought me along on several photo shoots for the magazine to Peter’s house on Las Olas Boulevard to dress the models and help style the shoots. It was something I always looked forward to. I enjoyed the energy of watching Peter and Lucas together. And I was in awe of Peter from the first time I met him. He had the coolest living space filled with books, Buddhas and thousands of photographs he had taken over the years. Everyone from Matt Damon, Paul Sorvino, Donald Trump and Jane Lynch to Derek Jeter, Venus Williams and Beau Bridges had gone before his lens for portraits. Peter was a legend on both the local and international art scene. His photos truly revealed the souls of his subjects. He was able to capture a raw, beauty and grace through his work that set him apart from others in his field.

I never met another photographer like Peter and I doubt I ever will. I loved to watch him work. He did everything with purpose yet he always maintained an ease about himself through it all.

I received the ultimate honor in 2014 when I was fortunate enough to have Peter photograph me in his new home photography studio. He had launched a new company with Lucas called Pretty Pretty Photography Studio. Their concept was about giving every woman a chance to have a true modeling experience and receive access to a professional makeup artist, hair styling session, wardrobe and art direction. Peter was behind the camera to capture it all.

This is the cherished image he captured of me that day.

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This was taken a few months after giving birth to my son and I will never forget how special Peter and his team made me feel. #RIP dear Peter and know that you will never be forgotten. Thank you for all the beautiful contributions you left behind. You will be eternally missed.

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Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal deliver a solid performance and memorable reunion with Love Letters

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Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw first demonstrated their onscreen chemistry in the iconic ’70’s film, Love Story. The pair has reunited now for a national stage tour of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters. The captivating production involves O’Neal, who plays the studious and sensible Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and MacGraw, who shines as poor little rich girl, Melissa Gardner. The duo’s turbulent relationship unfolds over the course of 50 years beginning as children and then carrying them toward the much later days of their lives.

The play is ultimately an homage to two lost art forms that once dominated our society—listening and the art of letter writing. As Andrew and Melissa look back into the crevices of their hearts and memories, it’s painfully depressing to realize that love stories today can be deleted in an instant and exist only on invisible, intangible clouds.

As a writer, the play made me yearn for the comforting feel of quality cardstock and the graceful, indelible strokes of a fine fountain pen. Love Letters is a must-see show for fans of Love Story but especially the 20 and 30-something generation that has traded love letters for texting and is more likely to snap selfies than listen.

Love Letters runs through July 26 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 S.W. Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale, FL, 33312.

Tickets start at $41.30.
To purchase tickets, visit Browardcenter.org or call 954-462-0222. To check out shows in additional cities, please visit Lovelettersontour.com.
To read interviews with O’Neal and MacGraw, don’t miss these fabulous pieces written by my friends Rod Hagwood and Linda Marx.
 

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It was a dream meeting I’ll See You In My Dreams star Sam Elliott

IMG_8382 IMG_8379About a month ago, I got an email about the opportunity to interview legendary actor Sam Elliott and brilliant, young director Brett Haley regarding their new film, “I’ll See You In My Dreams.” They were coming to 1 Hotel Miami, which was formerly The Gansevoort. I always thought it would be cool to sit down and talk with Elliott. It was something I never thought I’d actually get the chance to do since Elliott splits his time between residences in California and Oregon and rarely comes to Miami.

Elliott and Haley were truly great men to sit down and have a club soda with. I have so much respect for Elliott and I will never forget him in “Mask” and “Roadhouse.” His latest film, “I’ll See You In My Dreams” offers a vibrant look at the often forgotten third act of life.

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Bid on a private lunch with Venus Williams in Miami and meetings with many other powerful business leaders for a good cause

lot_pageVenus Williams and Adrienne Bosh along with 10 other Miami business gurus are auctioning their time for a good cause this month. These philanthropic locals are lending their time to benefit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, an organization that brings entrepreneurial training to high school students, especially those from low-income communities.  
To bid on the auction, click on Charitybuzz.com.

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The Yummiest afternoon with The Real Housewives of New York City’s Heather Thomson

IMG_4946IMG_4921When I was recently asked to co-host a fashion event with Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City’s Heather Thomson, I was elated. Thomson came to Bloomingdale’s in Aventura March 14 to share her active wear, intimates and denim collection with local women. A portion of proceeds from Yummie By Heather Thomson items sold that day were donated to the Kellner Family Pediatric Liver Disease Foundation. Here are some fun photos from the event that day shot by the fabulous Kari Barnett.

This season, Yummie By Heather Thomson offers tons of options for the woman on the go. Everyone from Beyonce to Jennifer Lopez has embraced the line of flattering tank tops, jeans and shapewear that comes in sizes extra small to 3XL. Thomson is pleased to have something for everyone. Once working with Adriano Goldschmied of AG Jeans, Thomson truly understands the details that must go into denim. Her jeans offer a mid-rise and a shorter zipper to create the illusion of a low-rise jean and disguise a muffin top. The pockets in the back are higher to create a lifted booty look without losing months of your life at the gym and the denim has stretch to it but doesn’t stretch out for that unwanted baggy look. One of the main fashion factors I love about the line is that you can wear so many of the pieces from day to night. There are a variety of stylish leggings and shaping camis for new moms and many of the pieces can be mixed and matched. The reality is, most women will go straight from the gym and then to work or to run errands. Running home to change isn’t always an options so it’s nice to have pieces that can evolve for your needs throughout the day. The line also offers plenty of comfy clothes to travel in. 

The line is available locally at Bloomingdale’s in Aventura Mall. Visit Yummielife.com for details. 

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Thalia Sodi’s new fashion line launches in Miami

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Thalia Sodi’s new clothing, shoes and accessories collection will debut at Macy’s at International Mall in Miami at 2 p.m. on Saturday March 14! There will be music, fashion and complimentary shoe engraving with the purchase of any Thalia shoes.



WHERE:         Macy’s International Mall
                Thalía Department, 1st Floor
                1245 NW 107th Avenue
                Miami, FL 33172 
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Feeling at “Home” with Jim Parsons

IMG_5805There are some days I want to rip my hair out working as a journalist. Jan. 30 was not one of them. Jim Parsons provides the voice for the lovable alien  “Oh” in the new Dreamworks Film, Home. I screened the film Jan. 29 and I was so  pleased to see a children’s film where the heroine is not only a girl, but a multicultural girl as well. The film, which hits theaters March 27, centers on The Boov, an alien race who invades planets running from their enemy, which is another alien race. Rihanna provides the voice for the film’s star Gratuity Tucci [I just love saying that name]. And like Rihanna in real life, Tucci is from Barbados. J. Lo provides the voice for her mother and the hilarious Steve Martin shines as the voice propelling Captain Smek, the inept leader of the Boov race.

There are so many wonderful metaphors in this film regarding cultural acceptance and the importance of not judging people purely on what you see or assume on the outside.

The scene at The Mandarin Oriental in Miami Jan. 30 was buzzing with a variety of Latin market journalists and the usual entertainment writing suspects. I was thrilled to have enough time to grab a pretzel and a seat on the balcony to collect my thoughts in the media suite before heading to the interview in the next room.

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When I had mentioned to my family earlier in the week I would be interviewing Jim Parsons, their faces lit up with wonderment. “I love him! You’re meeting Sheldon?” they all gushed. “Oh, you’re so lucky!”

After participating in a roundtable interview him, I did indeed feel very lucky. He’s a delightful human being with a true star presence and an intelligent, quirky and quick personality. He was kind enough to pose for photos with all the journalists there. My interview with Parsons will publish next month for South Florida Parenting magazine and I cannot wait to share his thoughts on this film that is going to have an impact on audiences of all ages.

 

 

 

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Nicky Hilton’s bringing 365 Style to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., Saturday Nov. 8

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Nicky Hilton has long been my favorite member of the Hilton clan. She’s smart, sophisticated and always ahead of the trends. Hilton will host a book signing 4:30 p.m.-6p.m. on Saturday Nov. 8 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Fans will get a chance to meet Hilton and get a signed copy of her new fashion guide, 365 Style. The book was released Sept. 2 and offers easy to apply fashion tips and wardrobe suggestions from Hilton, who has been gracing red carpets and sitting front row at Fashion Week for the majority of her life. Books can be purchased on site for $21.95. The event is free to attend and the first 10 guests will score a complimentary copy of the book. Contact 954-327-7625 for further details. 

The event will take place at The Center Bar inside Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It’s located at 1 Seminole Way, in Hollywood, Fla.

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Petra Nemcova launches Be The Light candle line in Aventura

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Supermodel and Sports Illustrated swimsuit legend Petra Nemcova made miraculous headlines in 2004 after surviving the horrific Thailand tsunami that tragically took more than 230,000 lives. A year later, Nemcova launched her Happy Hearts Fund to rebuild schools and restore the lives of children after natural disasters. Her travels around the world for photo shoots and philanthropy have now inspired a line of candles she has cleverly called “Be The Light New York” that’s available on Bloomingdales.com and at Bloomingdale’s in Aventura. The luxury candle line retails for $98 a candle and includes six scents modeled after six different countries and the hidden treasures they offer.

“Be The Light is all about bringing light, love and laughter,” Nemcova said at the May 3 launch of her line at Bloomingdale’s in Aventura.

Christian Hosford, co-founder of the Be The Light New York collection was also on hand to explain the passion behind the brand and what the duo hopes to achieve with this line. “Every candle in the line is special and has its own signature scent,” Hosford said. “The American Bluebell Bliss candle was inspired by the Bluebell fields in America and represents gratitude. The candle has a wonderful cedarwood, eucalyptus and jasmine scent.”

Other candles in the line include: Indonesian Patchouli Peace, which represents peacefulness; Czech Holiday cookies which represents family togetherness and is a nod to Nemcova’s childhood holidays in the Czech Republic; Spanish Saffron Heat, which represents passion; Mexico Cacao Mystique, which symbolizes a celebration of life and Haitian Hibiscus Breeze, which evokes beauty and strength. Each candle offers three wicks, more than 60 hours of burn time and comes with a box of matches.

“This line is very special too because of the hand-drawn maps on each candle representing the country it’s paying tribute to,” Hosford said. “When you line the candles up side by side, the map connects.”

Although Nemcova enjoys all the scents in her line, she does have two favorites. “I really love the American Bluebell Bliss because I’m all about gratitude and the Czech Holiday Cookie candle because it reminds of being with my family.”

For more information on the line, visit Bethelightny.com.

(originally published in  East Side Living; Forum Publishing Group). 

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RIP Paul Walker

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Paul Walker was a beautiful person inside and out. I had the honor of interviewing him at The Forge, the swanky Miami Beach eatery, about 10 years ago. He was filming 2 Fast 2 Furious and promoting the Christmas film Noel, which he starred in with Susan Sarandon and Penelope Cruz. Walker was standing in the middle of the back bar area of The Forge, which back then had a totally different design. There were no security guards around him and he was chatting with media and fans. What I remember most about Walker was his piercing blue eyes and down to earth demeanor. He was a humble celebrity–a rare combination of talent and human kindness. When he tragically passed away Nov. 30 in that horrific car accident with friend Roger Rodas, he was leaving a charity event for his foundation, Reach Out Worldwide, which was raising money that day to help victims of the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan. This is a perfect example of the legacy Walker leaves behind. Even in his final moments, he was giving back. That’s something to truly admire and emulate. While it’s cool to remember Walker as the badass racer Brian O’Conner, it’s even more essential to remember the real life warrior behind that role–Walker the gentle philanthropist. I’ll be purchasing Fast & Furious 6 tomorrow when it hits stores and I encourage you to do the same. Give it as a gift this year. Part of the proceeds will go to Walker’s foundation. I think it’s a great way to show your support for this actor and the incredible work he did in the short time he was here. #RIPPAULWALKER

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