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MORE CAKE, BALLOONS AND CONTINUED CELEBRATING!

The Music Center Foundation celebrated 50 spectacular years of doing good, providing excellent service to LA's cultural community, and supporting The Music Center and its four Resident Companies! The gourmet Sunday brunch was held at Hillcrest Country Club. Thank you,...

ART, MUSIC AND SO MUCH MORE!

Demonstrating Brush painting for art groups is one of my very favorite things, and the South Bay Watercolor Society is one of the best! A world of thanks, dear Jody Wiggins, for inviting me and for being so very gracious. It was so much fun painting and telling...

WHERE WAS I?

Well, we got through the deluge, but not without some major interior rain! After a big Oh well, it was time for a delightful lunch at San Laurel with two spectacular women, Debra & Terri... Photo, please... Debra is a hat person, for sure! Soooo cute...I wish I...

TIME TO CELEBRATE VERONICA!

And we were off to Santa Barbara for the Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel for a big birthday bash! Checking in with Kita the Akita was no easy task. Amazing Carol Soucek King had delightful birthday balloons waiting for Veronica and a beautiful birthday note! The Miramar...

AND THEN WHAT HAPPENED?

Well, it was time to go gift shopping, and Santa Maria Novella is the perfect spot to find treasures from a company that is more than 800 years old. I know, fabulous....right! I couldn't resist this limited edition doggie bowl for Kita the Akita! Fill er up! Lovely...

AUGUST BEGAN WITH AN OVERLOAD OF PINK…

That's right...it's Barbie Time, and you'll either love it or hate it...the jury is still out! Either way one must get with the program! I may not be pink enough but I did my best! Super-size me please and yes, I got the free refill! Margot Robbie is the perfect...

NOW WHERE WAS I?

Oh yes, we went to pick up Awesome Tania and see her new, amazing digs. Here are some of her botanicals, just outside her door. Downsizing from her beautiful Hancock Park estate was no small thing, especially for such a collector as Tania. I do know the Getty is...

REMEMBERING PRECIOUS KC CAMP

It hardly seems possible that a year has passed since we lost our Precious, Lustrous Kc Camp. She was such a joy...a beautiful light in the Brush painting class, and everyone adored her. Today, we had a gathering in the studio for those who knew her best...missing...

THE NAN RAE GALLERY AT WOODBURY UNIVERSITY

It was a great joy today to see Woodbury University's annual Graphic Design Exhibit, and I fondly remember my mom was able to be at the dedication of the gallery during Founders Week on the 6th of January, 2011. My stylish mom sitting next to my architect, Monique...

SETTLING DOWN…A BIT!

It's hard to come down after the high of the 4th of July, but we must. Well, maybe just a little. Here's Mena, our new intern in the Nan Rae Studio, and she's smart as can be. And she has two Shiba Inus... Now we have a tagged black bear! Great fun at dear Izabela and...
CELEBRATING!

CELEBRATING!

I love, love, love the 4th of July! It's the most fun holiday, and Marine and Aram start it off on the 1st with a bash for 150 of their closest friends! Marine, you're fantabulous!!! This is the cutest... There was a burger station.... My favorite was the crepes!...

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JUMP FOR JOY

JUMP FOR JOY

It's always so much fun to watch a rehearsal at the Music Center, and 'Complexions Contemporary Ballet' was the best! I'm in awe at the way dancers were tossed about and caught, performing feats of sheer magic. Thank you, Sweet Debra! Time for dinner with the always...

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JUNE JOY

JUNE JOY

What better way to begin the month than with a birthday treat! After a lot of different choices, Laurie Pie finally settled on a birthday treat for me, beginning with delicious Rubens at Urth Caffé on Melrose. Awwwww......... I have never been to the 'Groundlings,' so...

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CONTINUING MAY JOY

CONTINUING MAY JOY

I must say I was really surprised when the venue for my birthday bash was changed to the Valley Hunt Club from Nick's in Pasadena as a surprise! Veronica witnessed my stubborn side for the very first time when she asked me to change my attire. Come on... I'm fine for...

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IT’S MAY…PARTY TIME!

IT’S MAY…PARTY TIME!

Continuing the birthday fun, a world of thanks, dear Debra, for celebrating Terri & me at Chef José Andrés' Agua Viva at The Conrad. Love the terrace there! And special thanks for the lovely Hydrangea that is now planted for years of enjoyment! Well, May was the...

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THE JOYS OF MAY

THE JOYS OF MAY

Thank you, Wondrous Carol Soucek King, for telling us about brilliant artist Matt Locke's exhibit at the Knoll House, organized by Public Relations expert Carolyn Kamii. Matt is delightful, as evidenced by this photo! So wonderful to see Dr. Thomas Backer, a...

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DAY

The most beautiful day was also the most inspiring, being at the Music Center's '44 Annual Very Special Arts Festival!' And the most fun! Seeing the children with such special needs being applauded and celebrated and having so many delightful events planned around...

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THE JOY OF EASTER

THE JOY OF EASTER

It began with an inspiring Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life hosted by Wondrous Carol Soucek King, with this month's guest speaker being Brilliant Satinder Dhiman, Ph.D., EdD, Associate Dean, Chair, and Director of the MBA Program and Professor of Management at...

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A MAGICAL DAY

A MAGICAL DAY

Special thanks to Sensei Michael Belzer, President of the 'Friends of Shoseian,' a non-profit founded to maintain and preserve the beauty and serenity of the Shoseian Teahouse and the Japanese Friendship Garden, for again asking me to participate in the 'Cherry...

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AFTER THE RAIN,RAINBOWS!

AFTER THE RAIN,RAINBOWS!

There's always the promise of a better day, and a rainbow is meant to tell us that! You'll see one further down, but for now, I will share delights along the way. Awesome Sherry Dewane shepherds the 'Play Review' group and gets the most amazing speakers for the...

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