Monthly Archives: December 2013


December 31st, 2013 (No Comments)

Good Bye 2013. Tonight we will celebrate the New Year quietly at home. No galas or soirees just the two of us. 2014 will be the year of simplicity, savoring simple moments and embracing life… I know all to well that tomorrow is not promised. Celebrate with your loved ones. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Xoxo, Gigi […]

NYE EVE… And what I learned from the Italians

December 30th, 2013 (1 Comment)

On this “NYE” eve, like most of us I can’t help but to reflect on the past year. There were highs; my son’s acceptance to SYA Italy, our family trip to Thailand, my annual girls ski trip to Colorado, my launch of 54 Couture Portraiture, and my collaboration with a fellow artist forming PS Couture. […]

Christmas and Thereafter

December 27th, 2013 (No Comments)

  The days are going by so fast and blending into each other. We have been in Italy just enough time to start adjusting to the time only to have to start packing for our trip home. A lot of bonding goes on when you are in a country where little english is spoken and […]

MECCA-Outlet Shopping in Florence

December 25th, 2013 (No Comments)

December 23rd Monday Today our daughter Amani arrived, my son did not know she was coming, we kept it a secret. Initially she was not going to be able to join us and then everything worked out-so we were able to spend Christmas together. After a late breakfast we ventured out to “Space” the Prada […]


December 22nd, 2013 (1 Comment)

  Today after another strong cafe to start the day we walked around Viterbo for a bit, my son needed to pick up a few more gifts for his host family. I love the colors of the buildings, faded ocher, rose, and creamy whites so beautiful, the patina is spectacular. Everything has a history, and […]

Ciao Bella…

December 21st, 2013 (1 Comment)

  Well we arrived in Italy, rented a car a drove a couple of hours to Viterbo, the little town that has been my son’s home for the past few months. His host family greeted us and served a delicious vegetarian dinner – fresh pasta, with mushrooms, and an assortment of other goodies. They live […]


December 16th, 2013 (No Comments)

At my age, it’s not baubles and glittery trinkets I desire anymore, nor the bags, well maybe a pair of louboutins occasionally, I crave longevity, well-being, peace and the ability to sprinkle joy wherever I go, leaving a trail of happiness. This past year presented a few health challenges for my loved ones. I quickly […]

Nelson Mandela

December 6th, 2013 (No Comments)

The world loss a great man yesterday. When my family and I traveled to South Africa summer of 2012, we visited Robben Island, the prison where Mandela spent 27 years. I will never forget the chilling account of what life was like, that was told to us by the guides that had been prisoners at […]


December 5th, 2013 (No Comments)

In my 54 plus years on the planet, my life has been enriched with a plethora of friends that have had a profound impact on my life. One I have know since 5th grade, one I have met in the past year and others that I have met throughout my adult life. I am the […]


December 2nd, 2013 (No Comments)

The holidays have a way of bringing up all kinds of feelings. So when I stumbled upon this quote, I could not help but to think about how these principles are magnified at this time of year. “How much you loved”, this one should be simple, but for many it is complicated. Love starts with […]


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