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Sunday, 30 August 2015

#theretreatireland, day one: powerscourt, avoca and the irish countryside

Powerscourt Hotel view from patio

If ever a trip seemed custom made for me — and probably you — it’s the one I’m on right now.

Led by acclaimed interior designer (and just plain wonderful person) Grania Murray, The Retreat Ireland is an amazing week-long luxury tour of Ireland that’s all about shopping, eating and spa-ing. Best of all, Grania takes you into the studios of some of the country’s best clothing and home designers and gives you experiences you’d never be able to have on your own.

On this debut press trip, Grania is hosting five writers, and after just the first day, we’re all ready to sign up for the official launch — which, by the way, is in November if you’re interested. And, trust me, you will be. read full story »

Thursday, 20 August 2015

join me (virtually!) on “the retreat” in dublin!

Powerscourt Spa

This weekend, I leave on The Retreat, a trip I’ve been drooling over for weeks. When you check out the website, you’ll see exactly why.

Led by acclaimed interior designer Grania Murray, whose clients include Pierce Brosnan, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, this is a total luxury trip to Ireland. Seriously, I’ll give you another minute to check out the website.

See what I mean? read full story »

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

buick offers 24 hours of happiness :)

Buick 24 Hours of Happiness

I love when companies come up with a really well-thought out idea that has the potential to be a game-changer, and Buick has just introduced one designed to bring down drivers’ stress level, promote better health and prevent road rage.

Americans spend an average of 38,000 hours — 38,000 hours! — in their cars over the course of a lifetime so anything that can be done to make that experience a more pleasant one has a huge impact.

As a Buick blogger, I got to attend the media launch of this amazing program in Los Angeles, and I was blown away by its smart and practical components. It’s called “24 Hours of Happiness,” and I’m still smiling about it weeks later. read full story »

“the age of adaline” movie review and giveaway!

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The Age of Adaline

You may have seen the ads for The Age of Adaline and simply dismissed the movie as being geared toward a younger audience because it stars twentysomething Blake Lively in the title role.

But Adaline has a secret. She’s been 29 years old for almost eight decades, thanks to a freak accident which left her unable to age.

So, really, this is the perfect movie for baby boomers since we are often accused of not wanting to grow up. Trust me, any desire you have to be immortal is likely to disappear the minute you hear Ellen Burstyn call Blake Lively “mama.” read full story »

road tripping in the mitsubishi outlander sport

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Mitsubishi Outlander Arizona

Because the last time I reviewed the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport in 2013, I stayed close to home, I decided this time I needed to take it on a real road trip. After all, the definition of “outlander” is “a foreigner, a stranger.” It seemed like the perfect car for Sara and me to drive on our mother/daughter spa week in Arizona — a state only an hour and a half flight away yet, in so many ways, the equivalent of another planet.

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off to indiana for travel media showcase 2015!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Indiana logo

After a relaxing spa week in Arizona with my daughter, I’m rested up and heading off to Indiana for Travel Media Showcase 2015. read full story »

mitsubishi mirage

Friday, 7 August 2015

Mitsubishi Mirage

As I get older, I realize more and more that substance always trumps style.

Although there’s something to be said for being cute and small, I’ve learned that it’s more important to be solid, dependable and trustworthy.

Which brings me to the Mitsubishi Mirage. read full story »

“on the record with mick rock” – and my own mick rock playlist

Monday, 3 August 2015

On the Record with Mick Rock

Thank you, Ovation TV, for sponsoring this post!

As you know, I am a music fanatic.

My iPod is my favorite possession, and I love making playlists.

So when I heard about the new Ovation TV show, On The Record With Mick Rock, I was immediately inspired to create a new playlist. After all, so many songs that make up the soundtrack of my life are somehow related to the famed British photographer. read full story »

emma slater, “dancing with the stars” and me by jillian walsh

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Emma Slater with fan Jillian

One of the best parts of Dancing With the Stars Live! was seeing the pure joy on so many fans’ faces as they got to finally see their favorite dancers in person.

One of those fans was Jillian Walsh, a sweet and bubbly 13-year-old from San Diego, who Sara and I talked to at the Meet and Greet, where she was hoping to present a gift to pro Emma Slater. We felt terrible when security told her she wouldn’t be able to give it to her, and were thrilled when we saw her quietly pass it to Emma on stage during the show.

“It wasn’t really the ideal time,” Jillian admits, “but I saw it as my last chance.”

I totally admire a girl with such passion and determination, and wanted to see what it was about Emma that made her such a role model for Jillian. Here’s what she had to say: read full story »

dancing with the stars live!

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Dancing with the Stars group

Watching Dancing With the Stars has been my guilty pleasure for years.

I never thought I’d be interested in anything having to do with ballroom dancing but, like millions of viewers, I find the show irresistible. Plus, I’m enamored with Val Chmerkovskiy. read full story »

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