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Emmy’s Schmemmy’s!

As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about…..more Emmy Award’s! I am absolutely in love with the fantasy of going to the movies, which is why my favorite show of the entire year is the Oscar’s. However, what sustains me throughout our ordinary daily lives is…..television.


The Emmy’s is like a gigantic kick-off to the fall season. However, before we celebrate this past year of entertainment (and look forward to the coming weeks. Yay!), we must acknowledge those who have been here for us, supporting us, for the past 90 days; our friends at Bravo! A great big hat’s off to Bravo for making our summer bearable. While ABC, NBC and CBS have been showing ho-hum, boring reruns, Bravo has had the decency to entertain us with new programming. Housewives after Housewives, Millionaire Matchmaker, Top Chef, reunion shows with cutie pie Andy Cohen (Mazel!) and my all time favorite human being on television; Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out. I love him because he is a total ball buster who happens to have a big heart and exquisite taste.


This year, the Emmy’s were hosted by the fabulous Jane Lynch, otherwise known as both Sue Sylvester on Glee and Charlie Sheen’s therapist on 2 ½ Men. She’s amazing, and while I love, love, love, her, she just wasn’t as funny as Jimmy Fallon last year (whom I also love, love, love and isn’t as funny as Craig Ferguson. Maybe Craig Ferguson should host the Emmy’s!).


We are such total Modern Family maniacs at our house that I refuse to allow anyone to erase the second season we have recorded on our DVR until someone buys me the DVD compilation for Christmas. With all the awesome new TV coming in the next 24 hours, it’s a good thing we have 2 DVR’s. Julie Bowen, Claire on Modern Family is very, very good, but I wonder how she edged out Jane Lynch? I really thought that she and Gloria (Sofia Vergara) would have cancelled each other out. Ty Burrell was fabulous this season as the fumbling Phil Dunphy. Thankfully the Emmy voters got that one right.


Unfortunately, this Emmy show was a complete dud! It was about as boring as the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway and James Franco. The first funny moment happened 45 minutes into the telecast when Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara introduced the nominees for Lead Actress in a Comedy. Amy Poehler was a riot! When her name was announced as a nominee, she sauntered up to the stage as if she were the winner. The other nominees; Melissa McCarthy, Martha Plimpton, Eddie Falco (who was rockin a hard body like she was Madonna), Tina Fey and Laura Linney, all followed suit. They held hands on stage like they were contestants in a beauty pageant, just waiting for Miss America to be announced. Melissa McCarthy won for Mike & Molly and she was crowned with a tiara and awarded with a beautiful spray of roses. She’s from Plainfield, you know.


As insane as Charlie Sheen had been when he fell off the deep end in the spring, I was kind of hoping for a little tiger blood fighting warrior, but he must have been on his meds, darn it. He wasn’t humorous in the least as he announced Jim Parsons, from the Big Bang Theory, as Lead Actor in a Comedy. Clearly I am not smart enough to get it; how did he beat both Steve Carell and the amazing Alec Baldwin?


After another 30 interminably boring minutes, was the second amusing moment of the evening; the “epic” musical event starring Andy Samberg and Michael Bolton. Apparently Michael Bolton hadn’t been embarrassed enough with his dismal performance on Dancing with the Stars, because now he agreed to dress up as a singing Captain Jack Sparrow. I must admit, we did get a little chuckle when Ed Helms, John Stamos and Maya Rudolph dressed up as Justin Timberlake, Andy Samberg and Lady Gaga, singing, “It’s not gay if it’s in a three way,” (the SNL rerun episode aired last night).


Margo Martindale won for Supporting Actress in a Drama in Justified (I’d never even heard of that show). Peter Dinklage was your Supporting Actor Drama for Game of Thrones (clearly too high brow for me). Julianna Margulies (who will always be Nurse Hathaway on ER ) was Best Actress in a Drama for The Good Wife. Since she is married to Mr. Big, I might consider checking that one out. Kyle Chandler was the Best Actor for Friday Night Lights. I haven’t seen the TV show, but the movie was excellent! Apparently, we don’t do dramas.


While they looked amazing, the boys from Entourage were as boring as their final season, though they kicked off the awards for the best in mini series; Supporting Actress, Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall of Harry Potter fame), Supporting Actor, Guy Pearce (?), Lead Actor, Barry Pepper (he was awesome as Roger Maris in *61 and Saving Private Ryan), and of course, Lead Actress, the beautiful Kate Winslet.


The show was so uneventful that it couldn’t end soon enough, but not before awarding Modern Family and Mad Men as tops in Comedy and Drama.


With all that celebrating behind us, we have an entire season of our favorite television to look forward to. Hip, hip, hooray for the idiot box!


 More beloved television shows, more favorite characters, more time laughing together as a family……


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My Favorite Things About Vanity Fair Magazine….


As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about……more Vanity Fair magazine! While I am a total slave to shelter magazines like Traditional Home, House Beautiful and Better Homes & Gardens, my absolute all time favorite magazine is Vanity Fair. Each issue is chock full fabulous information; politics (too complicated and boring for me to really, truly follow), business (tantalizing and often scandalous!), culture (art, music, literature, very sophisticated), society (London, New York, LA and world jet setter’s….fun to see how the other half lives), style (for the Fashionista in all of us) and the very best part Hurray for HOLLYWOOD!

Years and years ago, when I was first introduced to Vanity Fair, I fell in love with columnist Dominick Dunne (father of Griffin Dunne of Who’s That Girl Fame…you know, the movie with Madonna). The moment I found the latest issue in my mail box, I frantically flipped around until I found Mr. Dunne’s latest juicy offering. Amongst other things, he was an amazing investigative journalist, who hob-knobbed with the rich and famous. In the words of Alice Roosevelt Longworth (Teddy Roosevelt is my all time favorite president), “If you can’t say something nice, come sit by me.”

I love getting a little glimpse into the lives of the fabulous, which is why the “My Stuff” feature is always a must see. A mover and shaker is profiled, where they divulge intimate details about their favorite everyday products.

I’ve always wanted to be profiled, so I thought it would be fun to compare the answers of the ultra-chic and fantastic with ordinary mom (which would be me).


Where do you live?


Western Suburbs of Chicago

Favorite Art?

Frances Bacon

Kevin Bacon





World-Traveler Trunks

Vera Bradley

Coffee Maker?

Cuisinart 12-cup

Starbucks Drive-thru hot chocolate



Office Max

Favorite record?

Karen Elson’s The Ghost Who Walks

K-tel Hits (I especially like my “album” with Eric Clapton singing I Shot the Sheriff)

Favorite Gadget?


I-Pod (with my nearly 5,000 songs, because more of everything is ALWAYS better)



Rag and Bone

Eddie Bauer, Tall (thanks you Eddie Bauer….long inseams are hard to fit)



Nike Shox

Day Bag?

Chanel chain bag or Dolce and Gabbana Miss Sicily

Raspberry Cole Haan, on clearance at TJ Maxx


James Perse

Old Navy


Dolce and Gabbana Scarlett

Bath and Body lip gloss in Warm Vanilla



Chanel, and Sonia Kashuk for Target (slightly more reasonably priced)



Crest (duh)




More high society, more exclusivity, more middle America, more normal everything…..

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Off the Cuff…

As the More is More Mom®, I am all about……more cuffs and bangles! Flipping through the pages of fashion magazines, perusing the jewelry counters of my favorite shops and boutiques, watching the “E” channel, I am noticing a trend: the statement bracelet…

I am an equal opportunity hoarder. I see the potential in everything. What I love about jewelry, costume in particular, is its transformative quality. The perfect piece can elevate a casual ensemble just as easily as it can nudge a flight of fancy over the edge. It can happen with an unbelievable necklace, fantastic earrings or the most perfect, and amazing bracelet.

Drooling all over the fun pieces of the season inspired me to revisit some of my own collection. Some people associate life experiences solely by the people that accompanied them, where it all occurred, even by what they ate. But me? I remember everything in relationship to what I was wearing (frequently by what you were wearing too. Is that strange?). I wish I had other talents like having a photographic memory, knowing state capitols and being able to do fractions. Instead, I see wardrobe and accessories. At least I don’t see dead people.


These are a few of the fun pieces that I have collected over the years. I have a thing for texture, so I am always partial to anything bamboo inspired. I love the turquoise, yellow and cream enameled bangles, but no more than I adore the gold, bamboo sculpted bracelets. Evenings are made for a little drama and sparkly sophistication, which is why I am enamored with the large link, amber sparkler and my chunky, slide on bracelet, with rows of silver set rhinestones. Both are equally great with an evening gown or denim. What other accessories are as versatile?

You’ll be surprised when I let you in on a little secret. Pictured, there is a fantastic gold cuff with very large blue and green gemstones that I bought for under $20 from…..Target! Style doesn’t have to cost a fortune. 

My three favorite cuffs, however, have a certain sensibility that will link them together for life. I can’t ever go to the French Market without buying jewels (even though they sell baked goods, fresh produce and beautiful flowers). Once upon a time I stumbled upon this gold, crinkled cuff, with a bejeweled bumble bee flanked by two gold floral medallions. Simply gorgeous! Then, I have a hot pink (hot pink!) enameled cuff, embellished with a gold leaf, classic, Napoleonic bee. My favorite though would have to be the burnished gold hammered cuff, a birthday gift from my girlfriend Judy, with the large jewel encrusted, happy flower. Beautiful!

As you are assessing your own jewelry wardrobe, keep in mind that thinner bracelets can certainly be stacked, ala Madonna, but a cuff is meant to stand on its own, unless you want to look like Wonder Woman (and are willing to wear a leotard while fighting crime). If you are on the prowl for fabulous new cuffs, I’ve spotted some pretty good selections;


Francesca’s (they are a cute little chain, so you are likely to find them at a mall near you) was chock full of cuffs and bangles; embossed silver, turquoise flowers, silver sparkles, stones, baubles, honed tortoise, all sorts of organic textures.


I’m an Ann Taylor kind of gal. This season they are the master of the Art Deco, rhinestone studded, bejeweled and bedazzled bracelet.


While White House Black Market has introduced a fabulous new line that showcase not only black and white, but also….red. I was in love with a thick pearl cuff that had a little jingle jangle quality (and I LOVE jingle jangle!)

The beast part of a season featuring statement jewelry is more reasons for more jewelry, more fashion, more style, more personality and more choices!


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