Orange You Glad It’s Almost Summer…?

Sofa Party 2009 cropped

Knock, knock… It’s divaD! Yes it’s me and I’m back in the kitchen cookin’ up a dinner Italian style for ‘Noosh and the Tiger! What better way than to thank two super, terrific friends for helping move my new sofa from L.A. to the O.C.? And though it’s not quite summer, the weather that day had us happy it almost was. I know summer is fast approaching when I go to the closet and pull out one of many favourite Façonnable shirts in various shades of orange. The colour is so warm and sunny it instantly makes one feel pool or beach ready. But to help you feel like it’s summer all year ’round, try some of the following divaD favourites:

Acqua di Parma Arancia di Capri...Summer bodies never smelled so sweet!

Acqua di Parma Arancia di Capri... Summer bodies never smelled so sweet!

Jo Malone Amber and Sweet Orange Candle

Jo Malone Amber and Sweet Orange Scented Candle... Your summer home never smelled so good!

And for the perfect refresher on a hot summer afternoon, try my favourite drink for the summer. Instead of the traditional Mimosa, substitute Champagne with Brachetto d’Acqui. This ‘Bloody Mimosa’ will keep you cool all summer long!

divaD 😉

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Published in: on June 18, 2009 at 7:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Expect the Unexpected

Arizona Paradise

Ahhhh, the thrill of getting more than one bargained for can be a welcome surprise. Such was the case on a recent visit to Arizona. A lovely friend extended an invitation to stay for a long weekend. Not having had a vacation in over two years — such is the life of a retail employee — I leaped at the opportunity.

I expected a quiet, relaxing time coupled with the occasional outing for shopping or lunch. What I got was treatment better than any resort or hotel! Just to give you an idea of how utterly fabulous the trip was, take a look at the picture above; a shot of the  view from the pool. And yes, divaD did go for a swim as bronzer can easily be re-applied. For three days I worked on my tan, lunched at The Phoenician, dined at BLT and enjoyed mojitos (the best are made with Persian lime) poolside at various times from noon to midnight.

Once home in sunny, but cooler, Orange County there was a rejuvenating feeling. It was thrilling to get more than expected out of such a small trip. But just as the unexpected can yield a beautiful surprise, it can also bring forth challenges and difficulties. My father always said, “Expect the best but plan for the worst.” I keep this motto in mind as much as possible, especially when horseback riding. During a recent lesson, while fantasizing of the next trip to Arizona, I kept getting the feeling the horse underneath was nervous and tense. A few times I felt him wanting to buck or break. As we turned a relatively quiet corner, he reared up and took off as if being shot from a cannon. My heart racing, I quickly reigned him in and quieted him down. Definitely NOT what I expected.

In life, the unexpected can bring glorious surprises but also challenges and difficulties. I very well could have fallen or been thrown from that horse. But instead, I held on and rode through a difficult time. Such is the case for so many right now. The unexpected seems to be presenting more difficultes than not. But sometimes the most bumpy of rides can lead to a more calm and stable understanding of the present and future. And who knows, you may even end up in paradise. Or at least Paradise Valley, Arizona!

Holla!

divaD 😉

Published in: on June 2, 2009 at 8:15 pm  Leave a Comment