Wednesday, August 4, 2010


 Beautiful Sleep/Beautiful Romance

In ancient times in some  middle eastern cultures, 
women would perfume their beds for sleep and romance.
Scents can play a delightful role in beautiful sleep and beautiful romance (wink). This simple recipe can be used to scent your bed linens and your room.

4 oz of distilled water
Few Drops of Anise (you can find it at the grocery store)
or  the essential oil that gets you in the "mood" (Wink, Wink)
4 oz Spray bottle

Spray generously on your bed linens and in your bedroom.

Two of the best beauty treatments is a night of
peaceful sleep or a beautiful night of Romance (Wink Wink)



Cream together 3 sticks of butter and one box of powdered sugar.

Add 6 eggs one at a time.

1/2 teaspoons salt

Box (sugar)of sifted flour

1 teaspoons vanilla

1 teaspoons lemon extract

Bake in a tube pan 1 1/4 hours at 325 degrees



Prepare and serve in 10 oz glass

Fill 1/2 full shaved ice. Place sliced red and green cherries alternately around inside of blass.

Add juice of 1/2 lime or 1/4 lemon

1 jigger Distilled Dry Gin

Fill balance of glass with shaved ice.

Add 1/2 jigger Cherry Liqueur

Add dash of Benai Liqueur

Garnich with slice of Torange, Cherry, and peel of cubumber

Serve with straws. Do not stir, or shake.

Di'Vicon (Diva Icon) of the Month


Were you shocked when Madonna pushed the envelope in the 90's? Jospehine did it on the 20's! Does Lady Ga Ga's eclectic ways make you do a double take? Josephine tuned heads first. Angelina Jolie adopting kids of other races from a round the world? Josephine did it 60 years ago! A woman ahead of her time  she was an unforgettable icon.

She was born Freda Josephine McDonald in St. Louis Missouri.Having to fend for herself at a young age, she was abused by the women she worked for, rather than continue to allow herself to be abused,Baker dropped out of school at the age of 12 and lived an orphan in the slums of St. Louis, sleeping in cardboard shelters and scavenging for food in garbage cans She performed on street corners and eventually attracted attention and she was recruited for the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville show at 15. She then headed to New York City during the Harlem Renaissance,to perform at the Plantation Club and in the chorus of the popular Broadway revues Shuffle Along (1921) and The Chocolate Dandies (1924) her comedic antics lead to her becoming the highest paid chorus girl in the show.

Josephine decided to try her luck in Paris,and France was never the same, in her first show, she performed completely nude except for a single feather. Her stage act made Madonna's cone bra's  look like nun attire. Her performances made her the toast of Paris; Ernest Hemingway called her "… the most sensational woman anyone ever saw. She never failed to keep her audience on their toes. Her pet cheetah, Chiquita clad in a diamond collar often accompanied her on stage and often escaped into the orchestra pit scaring her band half to death and the audience as well.

Wind of her success reached her home country America and Flo Zigfield of the Zigfield Follies asked her  to join his show. The still present staunch racism however made Josephine's return to the United States a bitter one. Her time in the follies was short lived and she decided to return to the place where she was celebrated and not tolerated; France. She became a citizen, married and used her celebrity to help France during WWII. A little known fact about Josephine was that she was the one that promoted Haute Couture in War impoverished France after WWII reviving the industry and saved the house of Dior from financial ruin? Not bad for a woman who made a living wearing a skirt made of bananas!

Read the the whole article:

In 1951, Baker made charges of racism against Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club in New York, where she had been refused service. Actress Grace Kelly, who was at the club at the time, rushed over to Baker, took her by the arm and stormed out with her entire party, vowing to never return (and she never did). The two women became close friends after the incident. Testament to this was made evident when Baker was near bankruptcy and was offered a villa and financial assistance by Kelly (who by then was princess consort of Rainier III of Monaco).

Still fighting the sting of racism, she  had adopted 12 children of different races who she affectionately called her "rainbow tribe" to prove to the world that people of all races can live in harmony and love. Josephine continued to perfrom until her death in 1975. So greatly loved by her adopted country, her funeral received the honors usually reserved for heads of state. Burlesque star Dita Von Teese considers Jospehine one of her inspirations proving that even 35 years later, she is still an inspiration and my Di'Vicon of the month.

Josephine, you go girl!!

Mr Hubba Hubba of the Month


Ok this month I am moving into the 70's;JUST for a minute, the very thought of polyester gives me hives, next month back to the classic guys, but I could not resist, I have always had a thing  for guys who bucked the establishment so to speak and no one did it better than Steve "double hubba hubba" McQueen.My favorite movie? Bullit (did you have to ask?)

A man with his good looks and talent did not breeze through life without challenges;abandoned by his father and later by his mother for a season;  he also had dyslexia and  was partially deaf due to an ear infection in childhood. After a stint in the military (during which he saved the lives of 5 of his fellow soldiers) he pursued a career in acting. After  a series of good breaks, including a role that put him in the company of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., Steve began to really get noticed for his acting talent and was soon acquiring meatier parts which included his breakout role in "The Great Escape" in 1963 and his Oscar nominated role in Bullitt a few years later.

He was an avid racer of both motorcycles and cars; a passion he had since childhood. In the early days of his acting career, he supported himself partly by competing in weekend motorcycle races and bought his first motorcycle with his winnings. He remembered for performing many of his own stunts, especially the majority of the stunt driving during the high-speed chase scene in Bullitt. McQueen also designed and patented a bucket seat and trans brake for race cars. So not only was he handsome as the day is long, he was talented, a military hero, and a brain (Hubba to the third degree! squeak!)

Sadly we lost him too soon, following complications from an operation, Steve passed away November 7, 1980; he was only 50 years old. It was rumored that he spent time with Minister Billy Graham before his passing about his faith which gives me hope he got his wings and makes me even  more happy to celebrate him as my August Mr. Hubba Hubba of the month.