Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dolce Dreams Angels

Recently I have received some of the most beautiful
pictures of the angels that I create for
loving my work...

And they just make me so happy!



Many thanks to the Moms who took the time
to send these to me!

Have an angelic day,
xo,
Nathalie

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day Beauty

A day to celebrate Mother Earth..
These double exposure portraits by
Portland based photographer
Sara K.Byrne
are so beautiful and fit the
day perfectly!






I spent an hour in my garden this morning, forgetting that it was Earth Day, but am grateful every day to have a garden, and the joy that it brings to eat fresh food from there and enjoy fresh cut roses all over my home.
I hope you enjoy some of the beauty of the outdoors today! 

Have a wonderful week,
xo,
Nathalie

pictures via this is colossal

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Small Deeds


This morning at Church Bethany Hamilton was speaking...
If you are not familiar with her, she is the competitive surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack, and then overcame all odds to jump right back into the water and become a champion again.

I am amazed at her courage, and outlook on life.
She had started "Friends of Bethany" to help others that have lost a limb...and this week they are in Boston, to help the victims that lost limbs. If you would like to contribute, here is her site:
http://www.friendsofbethany.com/

One small way to help make a difference.

You can read more about this inspirational young woman here.

It is the small deed done with great love that can move mountains.

xo,
Nathalie



picture via www.bethanyhamilton.com


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Raising Money for Alzheimers


For the past 4 or 5 years I have been fortunate to attend the "Power of Love" Gala Event that raises huge amounts of money for The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. It is an over the top Event that I worry about what to wear months in advance! Last year honored Muhammed Ali, and every top boxer alive was there to party with him. This year, the celebration was for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine's 80th Birthdays. The entertainment is unbelievable, as are the Silent and Live Auctions, food (this year by Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsay), and the wines to accompany (Dom Perignon flows freely). Rough estimates are tabulating the money raised that night at anywhere from 16 to 20 million dollars...What a night!

So I thought I would share a few of my favorite performances...
Bono doing Sinatra (above) was my personal favorite...

Hearing Jennifer Hudson Live gave goosebumps!
Snoop is never one to bore...
And the Grand Finale was a rendition by all present of "We Are The World", that Quincy Jones produced oh so many years ago.

And that was a Vegas night out that I have to share with you! I live here but these nights are rare for me, I far prefer to be at home with my family these days...

The Alzheimers fact that I didn't want to hear...

50% of us over 80 will get Alzheimers...

Let's keep raising $$$ to help fund the research fighting it!


xo,
Nathalie

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Art As A Photo ~ Picasso

Photographer Eugenio Recuenco's photographic
interpretation of some of Picasso's women is
quite spellbinding...




Do you think he has captured these women?

Have a wonderful weekend,
xo,
Nathalie

Friday, April 5, 2013

Northern Cal

Happy Friday!
It is hard to believe that I've been back from our trip to Northern California for a week...catching up and getting back into the groove was rough. Especially since my eldest, who hasn't been sick for two years, was hit hard with a bug that lasted the entire trip . It really stunk because he felt the worst on his birthday. Luckily, we managed to get some great photos, that make it all look good!

We were blessed with a magnificent sunny day our first day...this is my hometown, and I can tell you from experience that a sunny day like we had is something to celebrate!

I lived blocks from the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina growing up, and it is always one of my favourite places to visit.

The view from Fisherman's Wharf


The difference a day can make...the view from Sausalito,in Marin, where I also lived for many years. Now this would be the normal foggy view (how lucky we were the day before!)

Santa Cruz is my husband's home town. I was slightly peeved that the boys seemed to like it there more. Maybe it was the beach and the roller coaster on the pier? Another marvelous sunny day!




One of my favourite Santa Cruz locals that we came across, typing poetry on an old typewriter...classic!

And again, the difference a day can make!

It was wonderful to get away, and show the boys where we grew up (quite a bit different than the desert here in Las Vegas)...
But there is nothing like home....
(especially with a sick boy).

I'm looking forward to a weekend of gardening and watching and waiting for our pool to heat up. The boys have already jumped in, but at 70 it will take at least another 10 to 15 degrees for me!

A belated Happy Easter to you,

Enjoy your weekend,
xo,
Nathalie