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The School of Flaunt

Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

Blog Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®

The Grammys

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Published: Monday, February 13, 2017

Grammy Awards as always sensational for knock out performances and please kill us now for outlandish dressing. Or in some cases just plain ugly! So let us begin on our critique of the 2017 Grammy winners for dressing and more often than not offenders on how not to. We will start with something positive.

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Trust Fund Babies!

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Published: Sunday, February 12, 2017

Yes, we do recommend this in the School of Flaunt Handbook, a Trust fund for your four legged babies. Oh, so much information to give to our students of flaunt and so little time, but then we digress.

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Stop the Holiday Madness

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Published: Friday, December 16, 2016

Stop the Holiday Madness Ah, the smell of fresh greens, mulled wine and homemade cookies is in the air. But wait … there is also the smell of too many cinnamon flavored candles, women wearing to much perfume and yes Grandmother’s favorite Holiday sauerkraut recipe slowly cooking for hours on the stove top. STOP THE MADNESS, yes you can overdo for the holidays. Heed our advice below and your holiday season should not turn into a nightmare.

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A Reflection on Muhammad Ali, The Greatest One.

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Published: Saturday, June 11, 2016

Reflection on Muhammad Ali, The Greatest One. Manners ... remember to always be minding them. Author ... Alexandra Smythe Many, many years ago he was one of my passengers on a flight. I made it a rule to never ask for autographs since I felt it was an intrusion on their privacy and just not respectful. But in this case I decided to throw caution to the wind. A very good friend of mine had been in Nairobi during the Rumble in the Jungle. The next day after the fight, the newspaper in Nairobi published a full page picture of Muhammad Ali with a title above it in two inch letters saying, ALI is KING! My friend purchased five copies of the newspaper. And this was not an easy task since they were flying off of the racks. Why did he purchase that many?

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The Met Gala 2016 is Flaunt at it's Best!

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Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Met Gala 2016 is Flaunt at it's Best! The Met Gala 2016 is one for the books. Often referred to as “the party of the year” and “the Oscars of the East Coast,” A-listers like Taylor Swift and the fashion elite converge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for the annual black-tie benefit for the Costume Institute. Controlled guest list by Anna Wintour and sparkling celebs make this Red Carpet amazing. This year's theme was Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology and it did not disappoint. How much does it cost to attend? If you have to ask, you can't afford it. Free for top celebs, $30K for us regulars and $275K per table. They raised $12.5 Million in one Save the Ball Gown evening. Staggering.

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Valentine's Day or Love the Easy Way!

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Published: Saturday, January 30, 2016

Valentine's Day or Love the Easy Way! It's almost February and there are signs of pink and red hearts everywhere. The PREASURE is on. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here at The School of Flaunt, we subscribe to a gentler, easier, dare we say, CHEAPER, Valentine's Day? Can’t believe we are saying this but then we digress. Here are a few simple suggestions: 1. Do “not” go out to dinner on the 14th. You will pay too much and probably get poor service; plus the restaurants are mobbed. ICK! Go out on the 13th or 15th. There, so much nicer. But what do you do on the 14th? Read on.

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Votre Maison All Gated Communities are not Created Equal! Does Margaret Russell know where you live? She certainly should. Why? Because she is the editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, the most prestigious interiors magazine in the United States. Keep Up Students! This leads us to choosing an Interior Designer. Needless to say their job is usually easier when you have a view but basically their most important work is to introduce you to the elegance and taste of a truly unique home. Remember we said, elegance and taste

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Cate and the Hit Man! A True Story!

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Published: Sunday, January 5, 2014

Cate and the Hit Man! A True Story! It was a quiet evening and my husband and I were watching PBS. Miss Marple was at it again. Always love her. Anyway, a new program came on. David Foster and his discovered talent!! Mr. Clarke wandered off, but I was glued to the screen!! There were all my faves: Josh Groban, Donna Summer, Jackie Evancho, a young talent, Cherie, the list goes on…including SEAL!

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Regift?

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Published: Monday, December 23, 2013

Regift From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Regifting or regiving is the act of taking a gift that has been received and giving it to somebody else, sometimes in the guise of a new gift. This was first made popular with the NBC Seinfeld episode, The Label Maker

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Art Basel Part Two

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Published: Friday, December 20, 2013

Art Basel Part Two Waking in Sunny Florida is different than California. Cannot explain, just is. After a lovely cup of tea, I went back to Art Basel to shop a bit! I was Hugely Successful and so pleased with myself. Lovely piece purchased for my home in NYC. Note: Everyone is still in black, very chic, however for so early in the morning!

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Baptism of Prince George

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Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Royal Baptism Today is a special day for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, their first born is having his baptism. Here is a small snippet from The School of Flaunt Handbook, Lesson Seventeen: SOF Womb to Tomb. WHEN YOUR CHILDREN enter this world, if you are of a religious faith, a Baptism or Welcoming Party is a must! Not only are you announcing to the world a probably President of the United States, or that the next CEO of Microsoft has arrived, or a future King, but it is just soooo socially irresistible not to have a party for the little darling afterwards!

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Trash the Dress NOT!

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Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013

Trash the Dress, NOT! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Trash the dress, also known as fearless bridal or rock the frock, is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place. It is generally shot in the style of fashion or glamour photography. Such photography often takes place on a beach, but other locations include city streets, rooftops, garbage dumps, fields, and abandoned buildings. The woman often wears a ball gown, prom dress or wedding dress, and may effectively ruin the dress in the process by getting it wet, dirty, or, in extreme circumstances, tearing or destroying the garment.

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The Dress

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Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013

THE DRESS - AS IN WEDDING DRESS! The day has been planned perfectly. Or at least you hope that your wedding planner has done the job that you have paid them handsomely for. The church is decorated, the flowers are fresh and beautiful, and the bridesmaids have been checked to make sure there are no new tattoos that need to be covered by makeup! We are cringing at that thought. And so would Anna Wintour! She is on your guest list we hope! We can see her now rolling her eyes under those every present sunglasses and mumbling, “Oh my, tacky, tacky, tacky, so non SOF!” (SOF for the uninformed is School of Flaunt) But we digress.

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Life is One Big Canvas!

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Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint you can at it. Danny Kaye Well, we at the School of Flaunt would beg to differ when it comes to Makeup! We know you have seen it, spatula makeup, replete with huge black eyes now known as the Smoky Eye, and large garish eyebrows screaming across the forehead! Or just as bad those eyebrows that have been over tweezed so they are little skinny lines above your eyes! Puhleese, all of these can be scary!

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Whale Tale NO Whale Tail

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Published: Friday, July 12, 2013

WHALE TALE – NO WHALE TAIL! For those of you who are not familiar with the term Whale Tail it is the Y-shaped waistband of a thong or g-string that is visible above the waistline of low-rise jeans or other clothing. We only wish that this look had gone the way of grunge but sadly it still seems to be rearing its ugly little “common” look occasionally! Common such a wonderful word. It can mean ordinary, vulgar and coarse. Some might say, “Falling below ordinary standards or lacking refinement.”

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North by North West???

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Published: Sunday, June 23, 2013

North by North West??? Really? Kanye and Kim and named their baby daughter, North? Is it North By? North Anne? North Marie? NO, just plain ole North.

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Namaste & Chardonnay

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Published: Sunday, April 7, 2013

FLAUNT FABULOUS WEEKEND WITH SOME OF THE FLAUNT FORTY! YOGA AND PILATES ANYONE? A few weeks ago I got an invitation from one of the Flaunt Forty (my posse that I hang with) to come to a party. Well, one would think cocktails with husbands in tow but NO this was different! Oh do I highly recommend this party as a flaunt must do! It was a girl’s weekend for 14 of us! But not just any weekend!

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Caddy Shack!

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Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Caddy Shack! Or “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” The phone rings about 10AM on Valentine’s Day and it was LB. She was sounding very perky having just received her five pound box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day and knew more things would be coming throughout the day too. She is high upkeep!

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Oscars 2013!

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Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Oscars 2013! Musings from Alexandra and Cate Alexandra Smythe: I sat down with my champagne, smoked salmon, selection of cheeses and toasted pecans for the four hours of Oscars! Surprisingly my husband joined me for the entire show. Probably the champagne was really why he was there.

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Jerry Buss

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Published: Monday, February 18, 2013

“Jerry Buss” Reminiscing When the Pan Am TV series was on I would reminisce about my years of being a flight attendant since that show gave me numerous flash backs to those days. But it doesn’t take a TV show to do this. It was just announced that Jerry Buss, owner of the Lakers, has been hospitalized with cancer and I had a flash back to a particular flight.

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A Valentine's Day Gift

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Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Valentine’s Day Gift Many of you are waiting until the last moment to walk into a card store, the local supermarket, or Costco and pick up something for your Sweetie. Picture us frowning now! Well, a card is really a MUST so go get one before all of the good ones are gone!! Now what do you give with that card?

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What Color today?

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Published: Friday, January 11, 2013

Nail Polish What color today? As many of you know one of my best friends is LB. She is one of these women who like to dress up. And yes I mean dress up even it is only a pair of jeans she will find a way to make them look great. High heels, jewelry, a cute hat, something to set her apart. In other words she works at being flaunt fabulous! Small aside: After you read The School of Flaunt Handbook and start putting together that flaunt fabulous closet this will all be second nature to you. But I digress.

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The Family is Coming For Dinner

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Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Family is Coming For Dinner Or How not to need a Valium!! It is that time of year when we all start to think about entertaining, gift giving, who to invite to our parties and all of those pesky little details. We lay awake at night; at least some of you do, and think about those relatives who we have to invite to the holiday meal or family party. You know the ones! They show up in clothes that look like they should be doing yard work. And for whatever reason they think this is chic!

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Oh Tannenbaum

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Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Oh Tannenbaum Or How much longer will it take to decorate this tree? It has become a tradition in our home that the Christmas tree will go up Thanksgiving weekend. Why? Well, it all started because I would add up the number of days that we might be able to enjoy it, if it went up mid December, and it was just pitiful. Therefore a number of years ago I decided to take the plunge and purchase my first “artificial” tree. It was gorgeous, 6 feet high, full around, and was flocked. I loved that tree and I put lots of red and gold on it and it was a show stopper. But as any artificial flocked tree eventually does, the flocking started to go. So much to my dismay my tree went to the trash man.

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At Art Basel Miami Beach, the stars line up to be seen – and be shocked America's hippest art fair has a reputation for pool parties and hedonism, but sales this year are expected to top £1.5bn by David Batty in Miami

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DeeDee Arrives!! With Sassy!! Part V

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Published: Friday, October 12, 2012

DeeDee Arrives!! With Sassy!!! Part V We are close to my going in for my Co2 treatment when the phone rings one day. Who is it? The infamous Miss DeeDee from New Orleans. My BFF’s husband was not at home and without thinking I answered the phone. Big mistake because of course she recognizes my voice almost immediately! (She doesn’t have that many Yankees for friends.) And everyone knows DeeDee’s voice! Rather low and raspy

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Part IV What Did the Doctor Say to Moi?

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Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012

More on my BFF! BUT What did the Doctor say to me? Part IV The beginning of week number two has arrived and I was going to take my BFF over to the Doctor’s office for her second check up after surgery. I also had called ahead and asked if I could speak with the Doctor for a few minutes about my face after he saw my BFF. The receptionist said, “Oh, yes I’ll set it up for you.” Isn’t it nice when your BFF is personal friends with the Doctor! No waiting! And I might add that he had called us every day in the evening to see how she was doing that first week. Anyway, we arrive and one of things they do for their patients who have had surgery is let them in through the back door. None of this sitting out in the waiting room with your head covered in bandages while everyone is staring at you!! You then go through a back hallway and are escorted into a private room. I was most impressed!!

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D-Day, What Next?

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Published: Friday, September 28, 2012

Safely in Alabama What next? D-Day!!! Part III I hadn’t seen my friends in a few years and they had built a lovely new home. So I was very excited to see it. Well, it did not disappoint! Beautiful dark wood flooring throughout, Viking kitchen, and the home was decorated with all of their beautiful things collected from their travels around the world. But this wasn’t like a museum. Some people have the knack to make their homes very sophisticated without being stuffy. And of course they have their copy of The School of Flaunt Handbook sitting on top of three other books on an end table. I giggled when I saw that.

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I’m Off to Sweet Alabama!

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Published: Friday, September 21, 2012

“I’m Off to Sweet Alabama” The Adventure Begins!! Part II My tickets arrive by e-mail and yes she did book me in first class. What to bring? Well, it will be hotter than the blue blazes and humid so think casual! Sandals, light skirts and slacks, sort sleeve blouses and yes, jeans. Little did I know how many times I would be in jeans and my bathrobe!

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August , A Month to Remember!

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Published: Saturday, September 15, 2012

August A month to remember! Where to begin? A few months ago a dear friend of mine was talking about getting some plastic surgery. Yes, going under the knife! I hadn’t seen her or her husband for a few years because they live in Alabama. Nothing against Alabama, I have been there twice previously and always enjoyed the southern hospitality but it has to be a planned trip since it requires flying there. (Small aside, love all of that fried food! Yummy!!)

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Zumba Anyone?

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Published: Monday, September 10, 2012

Zumba, Anyone??? I wandered into my Club, not paying much attention, and found myself in a Zumba Class! This class was replete with a J-Lo type instructor, surround sound and say…9 Zumbanistas! I wasn’t the oldest, or the youngest, but I totally knew nothing about Zumba dancing. A small aside: remember my brother-in-law who is the coupon clipper is also into Zumba. He would

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Kettle Bells?

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Published: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Kettle Bells? My brother-in-law has a new love, no not another woman, but Kettle Bells. Huh? These said Bells are weights with a lovely handle that you whip this way and that. All this supposedly peels the pounds and inches off very quickly. I am picturing Cattle Bells, but what do I know?

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Swifty's Upper East Side Flaunt Favorite!

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Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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The Highbrow Eyebrow

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Published: Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Highbrow Eyebrow Or The Epitome of a Flaunt Party for Your Girl friends! What an unusual invitation, Drinks and Dinner and what? Brow Shaping? No I would not kid you! All this sounded so interesting that I promptly RSVP’d Yes, Yes! First the location, perfect, a tony Woman’s Club in a large Metropolitan City, Check! Then the Venue, an Open Bar and Program by none other than, Anastasia of Beverly Hills! If you do not know who Anastasia is, read on students. The Queen of Eyebrows had come to my town and I was there to pay homage!

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AB FAB LADIES FLAUNT THE TORCH!

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Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012

AB FAB LADIES FLAUNT THE TORCH! The Torch was then carried through Parliament Square and will reach Buckingham Palace later today where it will be greeted by Prince William and Kate. It comes after another star-studded day where Joanna Lumley and Absolutely Fabulous co-star Jennifer Saunders divided torch-carrying duties as it passed through Sloane Square, on a day when the flame was paraded in front of a number of London's most iconic landmarks.

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SHE HAD WHAT AROUND HER NECK? A RATTLESNAKE!

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Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012

SHE HAD WHAT AROUND HER NECK? A RATTLESNAKE!!! LB calls me the other day and says, “You must come over and see what we have done on the property. Wear something comfortable and we’ll take a little hike too.” Gheez wear something comfortable and we’ll take a little hike too! Not one of my favorite things to do. Hiking is much better around a pool with a glass of white wine, just saying. But LB obviously wanted to show off something so I would humor her.

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DIAMOND JUBILEE WEEKEND - WHAT'S ON

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Published: Thursday, May 31, 2012

DIAMOND JUBILEE WEEKEND - WHAT'S ON Saturday June 2 Epsom Derby The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will attend from 1pm Hyde Park Jubilee Family Festival Family orientated celebrations with five zones, including a Disney zone. Traditional British food and entertainment will be on offer including the Queen’s cavalry, Pearly Kings and Queen and singing tea ladies.

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Lemonade

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Published: Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lemonade And Charity!! Today I attended a Charity Committee meeting at a gorgeous coop of a friend. As I noted the women in the room, all were so impressive. This group raises funds for Cancer Research at a Major University. In this room, the Chair pointed out that 11 former “Ball Chairs” were in attendance. Wow, the millions made in one evening held each year at the Four Seasons. Not unnoticed, was the fact that five of these women had successfully beaten cancer and only one of us was still in treatment, but she looked amazing.

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The Emperor Wears No Clothes!

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Published: Monday, May 14, 2012

The Emperor Wears No Clothes!! or Deconstructed furniture? I know you all have heard the term “deconstructed” food. But for those of you who are still confused here is a description of what it is: deconstructed dishes may take the foods that are normally combined in the dish, change their forms, and then plate them together in a different way. It's not just about taking the dish apart, but putting its elements back together.

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Dearest Smythe and Cadbury-Clarke, London is lovely as always. A wee bit of rain broken up by the most pleasant human beings on the planet; one can’t complain without feeling that you’ve insulted a nation! I’ve just finished luncheon with Charles and Bunny Broughton. They send their very best and insist you call when you’re next in town. Their new townhouse is a charmer;

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Clunkers or What Are You Wearing?

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Published: Thursday, May 3, 2012

Clunkers Or What are you wearing? I recently posted a beautiful dress on my Fb page. As many of you know I love fashion and beautiful things. Oh just had a flash back, I had a hand writing expert on flight years ago and she said after analyzing my hand writing that I loved things and beauty. Ha- who knew? But that is another blog about that woman. She was veeery interesting! PhD in Psychology and taught at the college level.

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Please Pray For Roberto!

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Published: Monday, April 30, 2012

Please Pray For Roberto This morning Roberto is undergoing open heart surgery in New Orleans. Please pray for his quick recovery and return to good health. Much love to Roberto and his wife, Christiana. See Divas' Diaries on New Orleans for more on Roberto and Christiana.

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HIGH FLYING TO DUBAI!

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Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

HIGH FLYING TO DUBAI! UAE Airlines Emirates® now offers enhanced private suites in First Class on selected aircraft. The new private suite is fully equipped with individual storage, a coat closet, vanity desk and personal mini bar. The extra-large seat reclines to become a fully flat bed, and the 23 wide-screen LCD screen features over 600 channels of ice entertainment. Award-winning, multilingual cabin crew provide an unprecedented level of personal service, including a la carte gourmet cuisine and an extensive wine list.

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Safety for Women Travelers

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Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012

Safety for Women Travelers Below is some research I have done for Alexandra and myself while traveling to Dubai. If you recall, we are keeping check on Mummy and her BFF, Evelyn who think they can skip willy nilly all over the United Emirates! My father is footing the bill for us to keep Mother out of trouble. With her Boodle’s, life could get interesting??? Read on.

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“Are you Behaving Badly?” Not Diana!

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Published: Friday, April 13, 2012

Lesson Six SOF Attitude, Manners and Etiquette “Are you Behaving Badly?” As many of you already know Cate Clarke and I were flight attendants when flying was still fun and glamorous. Yes my dears, there was actually a time when the rich and famous, movie stars and politicians were all flying our carrier. We were the carrier of choice!

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Roberto Goes to Surgery!

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Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Roberto Goes to Surgery! A late night message from Christiana to our group has let us know that Roberto needs heart surgery!! If you recall, they were recently married and we viewed Roberto getting down on his knees to ask for Christiana’s hand. There wasn’t a dry eye in the Villa!

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Rimmel, Boxed Wine and Hildie High Hair?

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Published: Sunday, April 1, 2012

Rimmel, Boxed Wine and Hildie High Hair? Earlier in the week I got a phone call from my BFF, LB. She had recently had some eye surgery, no not what you are thinking! But she is toying with the idea of maybe some plastic down the road but that is another topic of discussion.

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Mimsy Loves Lucy, Well Not So Much!

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Published: Sunday, March 25, 2012

Mimsy Loves Lucy, Well Not So Much! Flying back in the day, one of the perks was the constant stream of Celebrities on our flights to and from Los Angeles or New York. One of the most surprising was about the late Lucille Ball. Mimsy is the sweetest girl around. Cute, smart and soooo nice. No one could ever be rude to Mimsy, right? Wrong. Here is the tale:

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The War of My Neighbors

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Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The War between my Neighbors Or Makes War of the Roses look tame!! Well this weekend I was outside doing a lot of work on the acreage, yes fifteen acres to deal with! Cate calls me Eva Gabor from Green Acres but she hasn’t seen me with my pruners going nuts, Rattlesnake protectors on my legs and stained baseball cap. Totally none SOF! But I digress.

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The Highbrow Eyebrow

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Published: Monday, March 12, 2012

The Highbrow Eyebrow Or The Epitome of a Flaunt Party for Your Girl friends! What an unusual invitation, Drinks and Dinner and what? Brow Shaping? No I would not kid you! All this sounded so interesting that I promptly RSVP’d Yes, Yes! First the location, perfect, a tony Woman’s Club in a large Metropolitan City, Check!

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OSCARS BORING!

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Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2012

OSCARS BORING! LET’S TALK JEWELRY I was going to write a long blog about the Oscars but frankly I felt they were rather boring. So here is a quick summary and then we’ll get down to talking accessories!

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Patsy and the Pope!

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Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Patsy and the Pope! Everyone loved Pope John Paul. He was charismatic and kind in every situation. He loved to reach out to his flock and made several major trips to America. It was just one of these trips that brings me to my memories of Patsy and the Pope. Patsy and I were working in First Class on a transcontinental flight to JFK. Who might be among our passengers but the two biggest honchos with the airline our CEO and CFO. And yes they were very nice gentlemen.

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The Bloom is off the Rose?

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Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Bloom is Off the Rose? I recently got together for lunch with some of my posse; you know the Flaunt Fab Forty group. The conversation seemed to be revolving around the many uses for Coconut oil. Some were using it because they had dry hair and claimed it made a fantastic conditioner, others were frying their eggs in it and lastly some of us were just smearing it on our hands and face at night before we went to bed because it is suppose to be great for your skin.

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She Slept With Him!

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Published: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

She Slept With Him Or Pan Am gave me a Flash back! My darling friend and former flying partner, CeCe, was never one to disappoint. She always has a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye! So let me tell you a great story about this lovely Lady!

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Cate goes to the Big Easy Part 2!

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Published: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cate goes to the Big Easy Part Two! Well, the weather could not be better, Sunny and Warm! We made our way to Emeril’s restaurant replete with our tiaras where we were seated immediately and the FEAST began! Note: Only in the Big Easy can one wear a Tiara to lunch and no one seems to notice. Mummy would love this! Any reason to wear a tiara and the woman is there!!

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Cate Goes to the Big Easy

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Published: Monday, February 6, 2012

Cate Goes to The Big Easy or Laissez les bons temps rouler! I cannot believe that I have never before been to New Orleans!! Well, now was my chance. An annual Girl’s Trip of old friends was descending on the Big Easy to visit one of our own, Christiana, who is a local. Now you might think we will be swilling Hurricanes and eating beignets, which of course we will. But one of the main reasons for the trip was we were really going to meet her new Italian Lover, ROBERTO!!

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Super Bowl Partee!

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Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Super Bowl Partee! I was on the phone today with LB and the Super Bowl weekend came up. I asked her if she was going to give a Super Bowl party.

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SOF Womb to Tomb

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Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012

“SOF” Womb to Tomb Or Lesson Seventeen Students of Flaunt in Lesson Seventeen in our book we go into details about milestones in your life. The all important occasions such as Baptisms, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Debutante Balls, Weddings and alas Funeral arrangements.

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Fines for Oak Pruning

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Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fines for Oak Pruning Or What did she do? I was reading an article the other day and it was about how a man was being fined for having a pruning service cut back his trees. The city only allowed for 25% and they claimed he had cut back his trees by 30 to 70%. Plus he hadn’t applied for a permit! Why do I see law suits coming?

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Starting 2012, Vitamix Blender!

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Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Starting 2012 or Vitamix Blender Well, you know we all start out with resolutions for the New Year. Admit it! You made a few whether you told anyone or not. I can see that guilty look on your face now. Yes, you who are now turning slightly red because you know you have been caught.

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THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS

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Published: Saturday, December 31, 2011

THE MONTH BEFORE CHRISTMAS Or Poem from Tex The day before Xmas my phone rang and it was one of my neighbors. She said she had something for me and if I had a few minutes she would like to bring it over. “Of course!” I said. Now she is a good cook and I thought it would be cookies or something like that. Well, cookies it was but she also had written a poem from her horse to me.

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Santa and Her Laughing Box!

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Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011

“Xmas Past” or Santa and Her Laughing Box! I saw a video recently that gave me a flash back to my first year of flying. Why did this video make me think of this? Well, the video is attached so that you can see it and here is my flash back! It was my first year of flying and I was so junior that of course I would have to work on Xmas eve and

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Shootings, Designers and Villa Blanca

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Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shootings, Designers and Villa Blanca Or Just another day for my Flaunt Fab Posse! It was a beautiful day for our outing! Oh and did we look flaunt fab too since we were off to Beverly Hills for the 2011 Maison de Luxe Designer Show House. Yes, it was the usual cast of characters: myself, LB, Jo, KL and KC. We all met at the prescribed time at my home and then proceeded to take KC’s big roomy Suburban out for our road trip. Just in case we needed room for some purchases the Suburban seemed to be the best choice. Planning ahead is always a good idea! And Rodeo Drive would be close by!

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You did WHAT with the Coffee Grounds?

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Published: Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Coffee Grounds Or You did what with coffee grounds? It was a few days after Thanksgiving and I was admiring my holiday decorations and doing some of that last minute fluffing of bows when the phone rang. It was LB and she was on a roll!

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Black Friday Cyber Shopping!

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Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Black Friday Cyber Shopping! I was just looking mind you. Just a peek at what was on SALE and there it was!! The new gas range I had been looking at! Savings: $650!! Oh yes this was going to finish off my kitchen nicely. You see I have been replacing everything including the kitchen sink. Well, not the granite counter tops mind you that would be silly and frankly I’m not tired of them yet. Maybe next year? But we won’t tell Mr. Clarke that, will we?

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She's Back! The Houseguest from Hell!

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Published: Monday, November 28, 2011

“SHE’S BACK” Yes, the House Guest From Hell! Many of you who have been reading Divas Diaries from the beginning might remember the blog that I wrote about my house guest from Hell. Well, for those of you who are new to Divas Diaries I can’t go into all of the details again but as Mr. Smythe described her, “She is totally self absorbed!”

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Pan Am Flashback - I'm Going to Die in Entebbe!

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Published: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

“Pan Am Flash Back” Or I’m going to die in Entebbe! Well, Sunday evening arrived and I sat back with my glass of red wine wondering what memories would be stirred up with the latest Pan Am program. The crew had to make an emergency landing for a passenger that was having a heart attack. Yes, I had the flash back “episodes” immediately to an epileptic seizure, insulin shock, miscarriage, hyper ventilation, people fainting and many more. As Cate would say, “Good times.”

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Pan Am Flashback Or Relying on the Kindness of Strangers

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Camping or Surely You Jest?

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Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

CAMPING Or Surely You Jest? Ring Ring Ring There goes the phone. Caller ID, it is LB. Moi: “Hi, what’s up?” LB: “OMG the four of us are going to go camping!” Moi: “The four of us; as in you, me and our husbands?” LB: “Yes it is going to be so much fun!”

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Pan Am Flash Back Or Do you know what she is driving? The Pan Am show opened with a woman in the cockpit talking about racing and later on in the show you saw her in her red Jag. FLASH BACK– How funny I had a little red sports car too when I first started flying. Unfortunately I demolished it in an accident. Yes, no fun times there. I knocked out a tooth, had to have seven stitches on my lower lip, four on my chin, a sprained jaw, two black eyes and bruises all over my body. The good news was I had on my seat belt or I probably would have been killed! Yes, being a flight attendant, this was just the first thing you always remembered to do, put on your seat belt! But my second red car seems to be the one that got me into trouble too! This is not my current Miss

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More Adventures with Mummy!

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Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2011

More Adventures with Mummy! Or She met who? We are on the Island of Mustique. The entire Cadbury-Clarke family. Hope the Villa can take the strain. Here are the main characters: Mummy Daddy, yes he left his country under protest Fiona, my lovely daughter Reggie, Fiona’s Fancy-Schmancy boyfriend from Oxford Mr. Clarke Moi, who needs a vacation badly!!! So we are all assembled at the most exclusive, wonderful resort that you can imagine!

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Why I took up Karate!

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Published: Thursday, October 20, 2011

Why I took up Karate! Well, I watched Pan Am on Sunday and had many flash backs. Fortunately I never had any fights between cockpit members. But I did have a flash back to a particular flight.

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Cate's Deal of the Day!

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Published: Monday, October 17, 2011

Cate’s Deal of the Day! “You deserve to be pampered with today’s deal! You can do just that without breaking the bank. Pick your choice of luxurious spa services from the destination that knows a thing or two about pampering at the Most Trendy Salon and Spa in the area.” (Would they say anything else?)

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Vivid Memories

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Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vivid Memories Or Politicians who would rather talk with me! Well, this week on Pan Am, one of the “stews” was shown running out to a plane with a box of cigars to give to President Kennedy. I had no need to run, for one of our soon to be Presidents was on my flight and we had our own private conversation. Oh yes we did! But then who would not want to talk with Moi. Stop laughing, I know you would!

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What Happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, maybe?

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Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Vegas Or What Happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, maybe? My phone rings and it is LB, she is back from Vegas. The first words out of her mouth are, “I got your message about doing Joel twice while I was gone. The Donald, (LB’s husband), heard your message and wants to know who is Joel?” I told him, “Well Alexandra does him on odd days I do him on even

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Pan Am or She Stabbed Him!

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Published: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pan Am Or She Stabbed Him! Well, I saw the first signs of women standing up for themselves on this week’s episode of Pan Am. One of the characters stabbed a man when he tried to grab her in the galley. But it wasn’t the stabbing part that caught my attention, not that I’m condoning stabbing. No it was when the “stew” (Flight Attendant) said to the pilot, “Why did you not say anything to him but just offer him another drink and apologize. Now he will think he can get away with that all of the time.” (I am paraphrasing.)

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PBS, Joel Harper and Coconut Water!

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Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

PBS, Joel Harper and Coconut Water! Recently I was watching PBS and one of the shows that came on was called Joel Harper’s Firming After 50. I was too lazy and totally relaxed on the couch at 9PM to bother to get the clicker to change stations, so I started to watch this program. Of course it was a fund raiser for PBS too.

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Pan Am

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Published: Wednesday, September 28, 2011

“PAN AM” Or A true story! O.K., O.K., O.K., I promised that I would give you my thoughts about the new TV show Pan Am. So here goes. I prop myself up with my pillows on the couch and a glass of wine in hand. Settling back to see what this show would really be about. Well, some of it was realistic but then other parts not so much!

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Even the Flaunt Group Needs SOF Help

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Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lunch with the Flaunt Fab Forty! Or “Even the Flaunt Group Needs SOF Help” We all hadn’t met in a number of months, so a Road Trip was planned for a day out. Road trip where?

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Melanoma

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Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Melanoma Many of you read my crazy story of the recovery room last week. I did ask for Dr. House! What you don’t know is that I had a surgical procedure on a rogue mole and that was diagnosed with Melanoma! In addition I had my lymph nodes checked for cancerous cells.

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“Shoes” or What are you thinking?

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Published: Tuesday, September 13, 2011

“Shoes” or What are you thinking? Cate and I were having a discussion recently about style and the topic of shoes came up. Ten years from now we are all going to look back on this era of over the top shoes and laugh ourselves silly.

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Lizards!

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Published: Monday, September 12, 2011

LIZARDS! This seems to be the summer of the invasion of the LIZARDS! The first one got stuck between the screen and the sliding door and was crushed. By the time anyone noticed he was a crispy little critter.

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Cate’s Recovery After Surgery

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Published: Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Cate’s Recovery After Surgery” Or Where is House? Today I am much better. I had a minor surgery yesterday. What followed was interesting. I felt like I was a patient on the TV show House, as all the brainiacs ran around the hospital recovery room trying to figure out my low O2 levels

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Shoes!

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Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Shoes! Or “Lorelei” The phone rings and I see on my caller ID that it is LB calling. Moi: “Good Morning. No excuse me; it is afternoon, isn’t it? Yes it is 12:40. Anyway, how are you?” LB: “Well, it has to be breakfast, brunch or lunch somewhere? I’m still in my Leopard print nightgown.” Moi: Laughing “And why pray tell are you still in your night gown at 12:40 in the afternoon?” LB: “Well, you aren’t going to believe this but I’ve been cleaning out my closet.” Moi: “Which leads me to my next question? Why?” LB: “Well, I took off my sleep mask this morning, got out of bed and went into my closet to get a pair of slippers to wear and I couldn’t decide on what pair.” Moi: “Oh, poor baby!” LB: “Now don’t be catty.” Moi: “I wasn’t being catty, I just had to give you a little bit of a hard time. How many pairs of slippers can one person have?” LB: “Well, you have a lot of room to talk. And how many pairs of shoes do you have in your closet?” Moi: “We aren’t talking about my closet now. Don’t try to change the topic. How many pairs of slippers do you have?”

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Madonna makes us all fall in love with Mrs Simpson

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Published: Thursday, September 1, 2011

Madonna makes us all fall in love with Mrs Simpson By Baz Bamigboye W.E. (directed by Madonna) Madonna's film about the celebrated romance between King Edward VIII and the twice divorced Mrs. Wallis Simpson, and the grave constitutional crisis it caused, is exquisitely done — but it’s going prove divisive.

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“Reminiscing”

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Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Birthdays Past As my birthday month, yes you read right, (why do one day when you can do a month), comes to a close I started to think about some of my birthdays in the past.

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No Royal Yacht? Take Mine!

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Published: Thursday, August 25, 2011

No Royal Yacht? You'd better borrow mine for Jubilee year, Your Majesty, says car parking tycoon By EMILY HILL and GILL MARTIN The Queen has only once shed tears in public – when her Royal Yacht, Britannia, was taken away in 1997.

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Wild Life or Caddy Shack!

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Published: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

“Wild Life or is it Caddy Shack?” And we aren’t talking Partying! Every time I turn around it seems that there is a battle of wills between humans and Mother Nature at my home. In fact we could make another movie like Caddie Shack here! Where to begin?

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FIRE!!!!

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Published: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FIRE!!!! Ah the peaceful weekend, in our getaway retreat, with nothing much to do but admire the garden and sip coffee on the veranda!! Or so I thought when I brought home Crème Brule for my birthday boy, Mr. Clarke. He was thrilled as this is his “flaunt favorite!”

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140 Million Pound Home Sold!

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Published: Monday, August 15, 2011

Britain's most expensive home once owned by George II's son sold for 140 million pounds to Russian buyer The Daily Mail The most expensive home in Britain is believed to have been sold to a wealthy Russian for an estimated 140 million.

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Cate and the Hit Man! A True Story!

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Published: Monday, August 8, 2011

Cate and the Hit Man! A True Story! It was a quiet evening and my husband and I were watching PBS. Miss Marple was at it again. Always love her. Anyway, a new program came on. David Foster and his discovered talent!! Mr. Clarke wandered off, but I was glued to the screen!!

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Cattle Car or Interviewing at Wal Mart!

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Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Cattle Car Or Interviewing for Wal Mart! Well, I told you I would continue with the saga of our trip to the studio for the taping. Remember we were all acting as if we had never been out of the house before. Chattering like 16 year olds and waving at Bentley Boy. But after about 30 minutes in the car we started to calm down and now the banter was about checking out face lifts, if the lips had been enhanced, what kind of shoes would be worn by the stars and how thin were they really. Little did we know what awaited us!

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Announcement: In Honor Of

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Published: Saturday, July 30, 2011

Announcement “IN HONOR OF” We are thrilled to announce that our School of Flaunt Handbook is now being proofed and readied for publishing. We would also like to announce that Joel Woodard, famed artist and designer, has graciously offered his talents for our book’s illustrations. And may we add they are flaunt fabulous!

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Not your average two-bed cottage

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Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Royal couple last week moved into Nottingham Cottage or Nott Cott as insiders call it, in Kensington Palace. It is the sort of starter home any newlywed couple might move into - a cozy two-bedroom cottage with a couple of snug reception rooms and small yard.

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A Chance Encounter

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Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chance Encounter It was a busy day at a major airport and I had three hours to kill, sound familiar? Where are all the nonstops? Anyway, after perusing the Book Store and assorted Mall shops, I wandered to the Airport Lounge.

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Bentley Boy

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Published: Monday, July 25, 2011

Bentley Boy Or Flaunt Fab Take on TV Audience! Now I have to explain something before I start this blog. I’m sure that most of you think this is a group of dilatants who do not work. Oh no my darlings. We have architects, designers, landscape designers, high end realtors and low end too (everyone needs to make a buck,) a caterer, attorney

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'The people who caused me most trouble were Wallis Simpson and Hitler': How the Queen Mother always saw Duke and Duchess of Windsor as outcasts By HUGO VICKERS

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The only way is Wessex: Sophie

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Published: Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The only way is Wessex: How stylish Sophie has transformed into a real jewel in the crown By SARAH STACEY Kate isn’t the first middle-class jewel in the royal family’s crown: since joining ‘the Firm’ 12 years ago, Sophie Wessex has become a favourite of both the Queen and the many causes she champions. And as Sarah Stacey explains, she has also quietly undergone a soigné transformation.

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Will and Kate Love Downton Abbey!

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Published: Monday, July 18, 2011

Will and Kate are 'huge Downton Abbey fans and can't wait for second series' Royal couple tell actress they watched the hit ITV show

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4th of July, it has gotten out of hand!

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Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011

July 4th! It has gotten out of hand! The week before the 4th of July I had my usual house guests arrive. Now for them this is a vacation, “fun, fun, fun” but for me it is a “working” vacation. Working vacation you say?

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Cowboy Beef Brisket

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Published: Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cowboy's Beef Brisket Ingredients: 4 lb First Cut Brisket Of Beef 1 1/2 tb Bacon Fat 3 ea Cloves Garlic, Slivered 1 c Strong Black Coffee 3 ea Cloves Garlic, Crushed

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If Pippa Middleton is sporting a style, is it safe to say it’s sanctioned? Not exactly. The world’s most famous younger sister was recently spotted stepping out in (gasp!) nude pantyhose in the fashion capital – Paris. Pippa’s stockings caused a mild Internet uproar, with Jezebel.com claiming the young Brit had committed the “ultimate pantyhose sin.” (Is there a hosiery bible we’re unaware of?) While tights have made a comeback in recent seasons, they've

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We Don’t Want to Do the Dishes!

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Published: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

We Don’t Want to Do the Dishes! You are going to love this! One of the Flaunt Fab Forty called me the other day and told me how she got her children to quit complaining and do the dishes.

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Back to RL in Chicago

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Published: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Back to RL in Chicago I dashed for a quick visit to Chicago to view the latest MCA show featuring Mark Bradford. So there was no excuse not to have a great meal at RL, Ralph Lauren’s great restaurant on the Mag Mile!

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Rattlesnake Season

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Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Rattlesnake Season Or Red tries to kill Snake! Those darn Rattlesnakes are out now! It is back to leg protectors and watching where you tread! I walked out into the garage the other day, hit the door opener and proceeded to walk over to Red (my Porsche who is like a sister to me, you’ve read about her before).

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My Scathingly Brilliant Idea! Glee!

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Published: Monday, June 27, 2011

My Scathingly Brilliant Idea! Glee! I just love sighting celebs in NYC or LA., anywhere, really. Well, I have just come up with a wonderful way to meet my favorites!! Catering, DO NOT TELL MY MOTHER.

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Robbed, abused, sedated, alone, the desperate last days of the Duchess of Windsor By HUGO VICKERS The Duchess of Windsor was permanently confined to her powder blue bedroom overlooking the lawns of her house in Paris. It was September 1977, five years after the death of her husband, the man who had been briefly, and scandalously, King Edward VIII - and she was in poor health.

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Ooh-la-la, despite the huge real estate tailspin-

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Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ooh-la-la, despite the huge real estate tailspin we are in, could this be the year of humongous real estate deals? In March, Russian investor Yuri Milner paid $100 million for a French chateau-style mansion in Silicon Valley and today, the Wall Street Journal is reporting the massive “Spelling Manor” has been sold to Petra Ecclestone (photo, left), a 22-year-old British woman who is heiress to the Formula One auto racing empire.

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Green Acres is the place to be!

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Published: Monday, June 20, 2011

Eva Gabor or Alexandra Smythe GREEN ACRES IS THE PLACE TO BE! Yes, it is true. Cate did tell me I was like Eva Gabor on Green Acres that TV show from the 60’s.

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Get Ready! Here Come the Royals!

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Published: Thursday, June 16, 2011

The royal couple's official US itinerary has just been released, and LA is rolling out the red carpet while pre-emptively clamping down on the paparazzi. For Will and Kate's part, they seem to be educating themselves about LA before visiting.

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The Tony Awards

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Published: Monday, June 13, 2011

The Tony Awards They aren’t reality TV! What a pleasure to watch the Tony awards. An award show that is not about the clothes, hair, celebs or the Red Carpet. Pure entertainment! With truly talented actors, singers, writers and directors being honored for entertaining the public for 8 shows per week, month after month. They are the best of the best, it is called Broadway.

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Sexting: We are not talking pen pals here!

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Published: Friday, June 10, 2011

Cyberspace Rules! Dear Students of Flaunt: We aren’t talking old fashion Pen Pals here! Corresponding has taken on a totally new meaning; Facebook, e-mail and phone sex are so over. Now we have sexting! We would love to say it is not true but it is rampant especially with the under 50 crowd.

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Take Out from Swifty's

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Published: Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mummy wants take out from Swifty's? It has barely been a week since our wild night at Mummy’s New York Hospital! Most of you will remember that I got a late night call declaring Mummy as “missing”! Turns out she was in NYC to have some “work done” before the Royal Wedding. She was caught with Boodles smuggled in by her BFF, Evelyn.

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Do We Shuttle?

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Published: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Do we Shuttle? Or “Nightmare at the Stadium!” I was talking with my friend LB and she was telling me that she had recently attended a high school graduation. She couldn’t believe what she saw there! Can I fill you in on some of the worst behavior and taste in the world?

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Fads Come and Go!

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Published: Monday, June 6, 2011

Some of the Flaunt Fab Forty decided to see the movie Bridesmaids recently and then follow it up with dinner. We arrive at the theater to purchase our tickets and what do we immediately see but two women that were at the very “minimum” 50 pounds each over weight.

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The Final Curtain, are your trusts in order?

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Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Stingy Tycoon After reading the story on the Stingy Tycoon, we at The School of Flaunt, felt that we should publish a portion of our Lesson 17, Womb to Tomb. Read on. The Final Curtain, are your trusts in order?

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Cate Goes to Costco!

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Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cate Goes to Costco!! Well, it had to happen sometime. Mon famille has discovered Costco. Picture this: three Brits gawking at the wide Costco Entrance. “Mesmerizing,” was the term my husband remarked!

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Gardening, it never ends!

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Published: Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I love my Disneyland Roses! Ah yes, just when you think the yard is under control, then there is a late frost, the bugs start to come out on your roses, a tornado rolls through or moles start chewing on the roots of your plants. Oh you silly little fool to think that your yard is ever under control. Gardening is never and I repeat never finished. I’m feeling like I need a break right now and a few Advil just thinking about all of this!

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Due to some hidieous plastic surgery results we have recently viewed, we felt the need to repost a small portion of The School of Flaunt Handbook that addresses such. Read on.

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NO Husbands!

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Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

“NO HUSBANDS” Well, the husbands like to go out and play golf together, try some sport fishing, race their sail boats or play tennis with one another. Then there are the court side seats at the Lakers games that they just have to go to with their pals. All known as male bonding.

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On the Road with Red!

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Published: Monday, May 9, 2011

On the Road with Red! Who is Red? Well, she is an older woman who requires expensive upkeep but someone you want to be seen with! Or I shall rephrase that, you want to be seen in. Red is my Porsche who comes out only on good weather days. That is why a Lady of her age still looks so good.

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Who WERE Those Nuns?

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Published: Thursday, May 5, 2011

Who Were Those Nuns? With two billion people around the world watching, it was two nuns who took pride of place next to the newly married bride and groom. As William and Kate sang prayers from the specially designed hymn sheets, the two sisters looked on unassumingly.

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The Wedding of the Century by Alexandra Smythe

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Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I think we can all say that Kate Middleton was the epitome of style, grace under pressure and certainly looked the part of a “fairy tale princess” who would be Queen! The soon to be Duchess radiated sophistication and warmth during her nuptials and afterwards.

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The Royal Wedding by Cate Clarke

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Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Royal Wedding by Cate Clarke The frenzy of the Wedding Week was palpable. We were staying with my Aunt Emily in London to be near the festivities. With dinners out and parties all week, Mummy thought Indian Takeaway would be wonderful for a bite Thursday evening. That was it! We stayed in and enjoyed some Chicken Tikka Masala, Shrimp Briyani, Saag Paneer with Basmati Rice.

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Royal Wedding Guest List Revealed!

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Published: Thursday, April 28, 2011

Royal Wedding Guest List Revealed!

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Your very own Wills and Kate wedding planner!

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Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Where to watch and where to party: Your very own Wills and Kate wedding planner! With an estimated 1.5 million Royal Wedding watchers expected to converge on London on Friday, not everyone will be able to find a space along the route.

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Kate Goes Shopping!

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Published: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Enjoying her last days of freedom: Kate Middleton skips along the King's Road like any normal 29-year-old.

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Wedding Prep Packing

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Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011

Wedding Prep Packing I have a checklist for the Wedding of the Century, it involves the following: Suit for Abbey Wedding Ceremony, arms must be covered. Shoes for said suit Fascinator for Wedding Ceremony Small bag

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'The people who caused me most trouble were Wallis Simpson and Hitler': How the Queen Mother always saw Duke and Duchess of Windsor as outcasts By HUGO VICKERS

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WINNING!!

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Published: Monday, April 11, 2011

WINNING!! Winning! Yes, with Tiger blood coursing through my veins I decided that “retail therapy” was needed. Ummm, do you think that might help Charlie Sheen? Probably not! But I digress. I

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SOF Can Make You a Princess Too!

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Published: Thursday, April 7, 2011

SOF Can Make You a Princess Too! Pint Size Boot Camp for Future Princesses LONDON (AP) - With Britain's royal wedding around the corner, wannabe princesses gathered Saturday at a posh London hotel for a crash course on how to curtsy, what to say to the queen and how keep pesky crumbs off their lips when eating finger sandwiches.

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Prince Harry emerges as cool, fun face of monarchy. LONDON - He's been filmed trekking through the Arctic, gives a smoldering look from the cover of a men's magazine and is being targeted by legions of young women who only a few years ago would have been lusting after his older brother. With all the attention being paid to Prince Harry, you might forget that Prince William's the one getting married.

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Harrods eyes Shanghai to cash in on China's new wealth. Owners want to cash in on the niche Harrods has carved out in Britain, selling must-haves for the oligarch class It’s a long way from Stepney to Shanghai, but 176 years after Charles Henry Harrod opened a grocery shop in London's East End the retailer which has become a global byword for extravagant consumption is considering opening a second vast emporium in China

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Kate's a Lovely Girl!

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Published: Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kate's a lovely girl - we're very lucky,' says step-mother-in-law-to-be Camilla According to The Daily Mail. Growing close: The Duchess of Cornwall and Kate Middleton have been getting closer as she acts as an adviser to the princess-to-be 'Kate's a lovely girl' according to the Duchess of Cornwall who has spoken publicly about the soon-to-be Princess for the first time.

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Why do I have to be a Mechanical Engineer?

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Published: Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Why do I have to be a Mechanical Engineer? Have you bought a new appliance lately? So exciting to open that box and start removing the packing papers and plastic wrap. I know you can see it right now? Bright and shiny. It has never been used. Oh so nice! Yes, at first that is your mood and then quickly it starts to abate. Why? You get out the instructions.

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Lovely Evening in the City?

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Published: Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lovely evening in the City? My wonderful husband, Mr. Clarke and I went out for some light supper, a small, but lovely French favorite. We valeted the car and entered the dark paneled rooms and there they were: our best friends with several couples celebrating a birthday. We had wanted a quiet dinner, but we were asked to join them and now we had a huge group and we were immediately separated and sitting next to strangers, or almost strangers. Has this happened to you at a dinner party?

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Smarter Than a Smart Phone!

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Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011

Smarter Than a Smart Phone? I have joined in the nonsense of The Smart Phone. I received a lovely Blackberry for Christmas. I have got all my numbers and emails coming in nicely. Even a ring tone from “24”. (If only Chloe would answer?)

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Shopping with LB: Lingerie anyone?

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Published: Monday, March 14, 2011

Shopping with LB: Lingerie anyone? The phone rang and it was LB? “What are you doing?” she said and continued on without bothering to wait for an answer. “I’ve got a discount coupon for 30% and Blah, Blah, Blah, store is having a lingerie sale on top of that. Are you in?”

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Kate and Camilla have Lunch!

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Published: Monday, March 7, 2011

Kate and Camilla Have Lunch! It's a stressful job planning a wedding. Especially when your husband-to-be is the future King of England. But Kate Middleton was given some invaluable advice this week – from the woman who will soon be her step-mother-in-law.

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TO SPIN OR NOT TO SPIN?

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Published: Thursday, March 3, 2011

TO SPIN OR NOT TO SPIN? That is the Question. Well, now I’m sure you all think I’m talking about spinning classes at your local exercise club. Oh no, my dear students of flaunt. This is about those small white balls called ping pong balls! What you want us to play “ping pong,” how plebian. Wait just a minute before you dismiss this idea.

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Kate Middleton Wears a Royal Fascinator, How Fascinating? Leave it to Kate Middleton to make her accessories as talked about as she is. The hat-loving future princess wore another distinctive topper to her Anglesey appearance on Thursday, and this one was made especially for her.

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A Stylist or No Stylist? That is the Question.

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Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Stylist or No Stylist? That is the Question. As we breathe a collective sigh of relief that another Oscar show is over, we ponder the almighty question of, “Did they use a stylist?” This surely opens the door for many thoughts.

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Update on the House Guest from Hell!

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Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011

Update on the House Guest from Hell! Some of you may remember my trials and tribulations with the unappreciative house guest and my shopping trip with her. Then I gave you an update on her newest affair of the heart and how he is a long distance relationship. May I add here, not for long if she has anything to do about it!

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Kate's Wedding Party Hotel, The Goring

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Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Looks like princess-to-be Kate Middleton is thinking about spending her last night as a free lady at The Goring. Bachlorette party! We wonder if the royal stripper will pay her a visit on the evening before the big day.

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FLAUNT FLASH NEWS! TOM FORD DOES IT AGAIN!

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Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

FLAUNT FLASH NEWS! TOM FORD DOES IT AGAIN! Tom Ford is opening a new store on Rodeo Drive this Thursday! Rumor has it that a few of his famous friends will there too. Would it be any other way? For Tom is dressing two people for the Oscars and we think they might be attendance also.

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I'm In! Wedding Invitation has arrived!

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Published: Monday, February 21, 2011

The wedding invitation, which is dated for April 29, says: The Lord Chamberlain is commanded by the Queen to invite Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clarke to the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales, K.G. with Miss Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey on Friday, 29th April, 2011 at 11.00 a.m.

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The Royal Wedding Party is Announced!

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Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011

This just in from Associated Press! Bridesmaids and page boys at the royal wedding! Here is a list of the best man, maid of honor, bridesmaids and page boys named for the April 29 royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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What do you get a woman who has everything?

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Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

What do you get a woman who has everything? Well, Cate and I have been back from Hong Kong long enough to have recuperated from our adventures with her Mother. As most of you know Mummy was picking up the major tab for our vacation; even though I made sure, at every opportunity that I paid for our meals, it still seemed like such a small gesture.

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Happy 4709! Winging our Way Home from Hong Kong!

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Published: Friday, February 4, 2011

Happpy 4709! The Year of the Rabbit! Winging our Way Home from Hong Kong!

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WE ARE OFF TO MACAU!

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Published: Thursday, February 3, 2011

WE ARE OFF TO MACAU! A trip to Hong Kong would not be complete without going to Macau according to Mummy. She had booked us on the helicopter and needless to say there was a slight and I use that term loosely, baggage fee charge since we were over the fifteen pounds allotted each passenger. But that being said, Mummy did not want to travel by Turbo Jet Catamaran. As Clarissa said, “I’m too old for that; it was great fun when Cleland and I were younger but now time is of the essence.”

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“Sha Tin and Jimmy’s”

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Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

“Sha Tin and Jimmy’s” “Sha Tin Girls?” Mummy asks. Well, she really wasn’t asking but who were we to tell her that we didn’t want to go to the racetrack? As you know she does love anything that has to do with horses and possibly a bet or two.

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Our High Tea at the Peninsula!

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Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Our High Tea at the Peninsula! A true MUST in Hong Kong is Tea at the Peninsula. If you are a resident of the hotel, no problem with seating, but be forewarned, the crowds and queues are daunting for non patrons.

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The Art of Fine Dining!

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Published: Monday, January 31, 2011

The Art of Fine Dining! Wonderful old school restaurants that ex pats, tourists and locals frequent abound in Hong Kong but there are a few that Mummy loved from her past visits. Seeing that I was the Guest it was imperative that I do something for my hostess! Needless to say I couldn’t begin to repay her generosity but at the very least I wanted to indulge her culinary desires. American Express card get ready!

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Day 1 Report from the Hong Kong Peninsula!

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Published: Friday, January 28, 2011

The Peninsula Hotel! Lady Alexandra and I have arrived in Hong Kong and were whisked off in style to the Peninsula in a Rolls Royce extended wheelbase Phantom! Mummy is already ensconced in her suite. She took the Peninsula Helicopter to the heliopad! That is just so “Mummy”!

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Our Flight to Hong Kong!

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Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011

Our Flight to Hong Kong! Yes, our Hong Kong adventure is starting! We have to admit that we are giddy with excitement. You would think we had never traveled before but you all know that isn’t true! But really who wouldn’t be excited since Alexandra and I are meeting Mummy at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong for a Girl’s Week! My Mom is a doll! She has booked us on Singapore Airlines in those fantastic Sleeper Suites. Our “beyond’ First Class trip started at the door of the airport!

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We are Winging our Way to Hong Kong!

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Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011

We are Winging our way to Hong Kong! Stay tuned for our adventures! Cate & Alexandra

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“Mummy is taking us to Hong Kong!”

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Published: Monday, January 24, 2011

“Mummy is taking us to Hong Kong!” Yes, Cate’s Mother has invited me to join her and Cate in Hong Kong. “Girls week out,” as she said! Evidently she read an article about the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rabbit and said to herself, “I must go back for one last visit.”

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The House Guest From Hell

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Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The House Guest From Hell As some of you might remember I wrote about the house guest from Hell a number of weeks ago. I still stay in contact with her but by phone only! Remember students, once you have seen someone’s bad manners in your own home don’t have them back.

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Where were the Globes?

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Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Where were the Globes? Did you watch the Golden Globes, students? Well we tell you it was on at our homes and we were flabbergasted! The stars and starlets were lovely, classically coifed and little or no globes in site! Yes, cleavage was doable and appropriate.

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Alexandra's New Year's Eve Menu

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Published: Friday, January 14, 2011

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The Snake Pit

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Published: Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Snake Pit We have all felt the uncomfortable looks. We have all wondered if we were UP to the status of shopping in certain stores. You know the type. Highly glossy top line designer establishments that employ the cruelest staff in the city. This is how my daughter came to call the Make-up department on the lower level of Barney’s, The Snake Pit.

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Xmas Day and the Grand Buffet!

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Published: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Xmas Day and the Grand Buffet! After all of the phone calls to relatives hither, thither and yon to wish them a Merry Xmas and of course a quick call to jolly old England to Cate, my day could start now. I might add here that Cate told me about the Xmas tree debacle. Something tells me it was Mummy’s cat Cleo. One might describe the little Princess as totally doted on and spoiled. Playing in the Xmas tree, batting around ornaments would be just the thing for that cat to do! Oh well, hard to discipline a cat and I don’t see her name on the list for excommunication from the house. After all she does wear a personalized collar with a Swarovski crystal encrusted bell. She is Mummy’s favorite!

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Children Bully buying Our Cars?

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Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Children Bully Buying Our Cars? I have just witnessed my first Bullying Commercial. A cute kid is challenging all kids to have “cool cars” that they will be proud to enter at School pickup. Really? There is one poor child who does not want to acknowledge his loving father because his station wagon is “tacky.” (For lack of another word.) The poor child is hiding and the Dad does not understand. This is a sleazy bit of advertising at best.

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Holiday Reservations – Yes I would like to make some. Thank You! The guests arrived with many suitcases in tow. I can hear you laughing now! Ah, yes they were ready for any occasion and trust me there were “many” that we were going to attend. Boredom would not be a problem!

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The Proper Way to Shop

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Published: Friday, January 7, 2011

The Proper Way to Shop Dear Students of the School of Flaunt. It has come to our attention that many of you are misbehaving at the after holiday shopping extravaganzas being held across the country. People are pushing and shoving to get the best “deal” on everything from cashmere to candy. There is bruising being done students! And this is not the SOF way to behave.

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Alexandra's Holiday Adventures

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Published: Thursday, January 6, 2011

Holiday Adventures December started out with me organizing the Flaunt Fab Forty for their Holiday luncheon. I gave you a little history about that in an earlier post. The Flaunt Fab Forty turned into the Flaunt Fab Fifty Five but that was fine. This would be their last hurrah together in 2010 before they scattered to points around the world for family visits and vacations. But I still had my plans for the rest of the month to deal with!

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Holiday Season 2010

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Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Holiday Season 2010 We have had a wonderful time this year in the Cotswold’s. All the family has gathered for Christmas, Boxing Day and the Holiday Hunt. It was a beautiful “white” Christmas. The Halls were decked and decorated like never before.

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Have a Wonderful Christmas!

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Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dear Students: This will be my last post for 2010. With the Holiday season picking up, a cocktail party for the Fab Flaunt Forty to prepare for, more house guests, New Year’s out of town and a college bowl game to go to I will have lots of news to tell you about in Jan. 2011.

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Have a Wonderful Christmas!

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Published: Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dear Students: This will be my last post for 2010. With the Holiday season picking up, a cocktail party for the Fab Flaunt Forty to prepare for, more house guests, New Year’s out of town and a college bowl game to go to I will have lots of news to tell you about in Jan. 2011.

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Cate's Emergency Landing!

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Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Off to England for the Holidays! The private jet terminal was a bevy of activity. Larger private jets all bursting with passengers, lucky passengers and their packages leaving for the Holidays to Islands and Mountains alike. One could tell if there was a load of skis or a load of beach bags. So interesting to try to pick where these flights were headed.

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“It’s beginning to look a Lot like Xmas at Alexandra’s” Normally I have my tree up over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend but with my parents and what seemed like one of my former 747 crews here that was an impossibility. Why so early? Because when it takes three days to decorate it and I’m out and about so much I need the extra time to enjoy it!

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Cate's Vegan Cooking Class?

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Published: Friday, December 10, 2010

Piece de Resistance! I just love those words. They sound so very French and they belong to a lovely store as well. A really Flaunt Fabulous store with cooking classes, tastings, and the very best of everything for the kitchen. So you can understand when my daughter wanted to take some “Vegan Cooking Classes” how excited I was to join in.

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Flaunt Fab Forty Becomes Fifty Five!

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Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010

I survived Thanksgiving to promptly roll into December with the Flaunt Fab Forty luncheon. Each December we meet for lunch at the beginning of the month before everyone starts to book up for the holidays and scatter all over the world.

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Mother and LB Do Black Friday!

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Published: Monday, December 6, 2010

Mother and LB Do Black Friday! As I said in my last diary post I would tell you about Black Friday. Remember I was not able to walk a lot because of my foot and possible self medication too! LOL! But this was not going to deter my Mother. I could see her perusing all of the ads in the newspapers and she hasn’t started shopping on the internet yet. Look out stores! Plus she had her cohort and new best friend LB to shop with. There is a God, thank you LB!

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Alexandra's Thanksgiving Tales

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Published: Thursday, December 2, 2010

My mother and father arrived safely and without incidents so I was grateful that the Thanksgiving holiday would start out this well. Of course she brought a steamer trunk so that she would have an outfit for any occasion that might arise. My personal opinion was that she wanted a large suitcase to carry home her booty from Black Friday! Why carry it? That is a ridiculous question, because she didn’t want to wait for shipping!

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Cate Goes to Costco!

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Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Well, it had to happen sometime. Mon famille has discovered Costco. Picture this: Three Brits gawking at the wide Costco Entrance. Mesmerizing, was the term my husband remarked!

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Alexandra's Modern Family?

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Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Alexandra’s Modern Family? Reminisces about Thanksgiving 2010: Holidays as we all know can be an adventure. Mine started the day before Thanksgiving as mother and father would be arriving then. I had almost begged them to come two days before Thanksgiving because flying commercial is an absolute nightmare now, even if you are going first class.

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Cate's Online Shopping Extravaganza!

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Published: Monday, November 29, 2010

Cate’s Online Shopping Extravaganza! The days after Thanksgiving have been laden with bargains ads, bargain ads and oh yes, the bargain ads! What is the worth of a new: Flat Screen? Bosch Dishwasher? Cashmere Sweater? Are they all tumbling values like our US Real Estate?

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Published: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cate called and was rattling on about Thanksgiving and how Mummy is now coming. She wants to have a turkey with all of proper side dishes for her soiree.

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Alexandra's House Guest From Hell

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Published: Friday, November 19, 2010

Oh my dear students. I just went through three days of Hell. Yes, BJ arrived on her broom in a flurry as usual. Yes you read right I said, on her broom and you will understand why later. Now I know what I'm dealing with here so shame on me but I always think it might be different. BJ was a neighbor who divorced after a long marriage.

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Wills and Kate Set the Date

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Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010

Prince William and Kate Middleton are now engaged! We are so thrilled. Mummy has already called the Queen and Kate’s parents to congratulate. A royal wedding pumps us up as they say! The shops have to already be ordering the obligatory tea towels, as well as the mugs and plates for the tourists!

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The Flaunt Fab Forty's Grande Dame

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Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yes, dear Students of Flaunt, I said I would tell you more about the Grande Dame of the Flaunt Fab Forty who were at my home for the charity auction. so many different personalities!

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Alexandra, Friends and Charity

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Published: Monday, November 15, 2010

Where to begin? Last week I had 40 women descend upon my home. Why? We decided amongst ourselves to do a little fund raising for a very special school. This school is for children that come from homes where they unfortunately have had physical or emotional abuse. They either reside on campus or come by bus from foster homes.

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Alexandra & The Duchess

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Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I just got a call from LB or as some might prefer to call her “The Duchess.” We have a love hate relationship.

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From Flaunt Fabulous to Flaunt Failure

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Published: Monday, November 8, 2010

The weekend has flown by. Dinner with Ozzie and Harriet, just kidding but they could be? This was a casual evening for all. Our hostess in a simple linen blouse and Capri pants and flats but always with the ever present long strand of pearls. As I said she does remind you of a 21st century Harriet.

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Alexandra's Musings

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Published: Saturday, November 6, 2010

Alexandra Smythe: I met the Ladies for lunch on Friday. We try to catch up with a monthly chat over salads and a glass of champagne. Jo was a real SOF head turner,

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Alexandra's Musings on Lunch

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Published: Saturday, November 6, 2010

Alexandra Smythe: I met the Ladies for lunch on Friday. We try to catch up with a monthly chat over salads and a glass of champagne. Jo was a real SOF head turner,

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Alexandra's Musings

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Published: Saturday, November 6, 2010

Alexandra Smythe: I met the Ladies for lunch on Friday. We try to catch up with a monthly chat over salads and a glass of champagne. Jo was a real SOF head turner,

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Collection Mania: Christopher Radko

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Published: Friday, October 8, 2010

We recently became Facebook Friends with Christopher Radko otherwise known as the “Czar of Christmas” by the NY Times. For over a quarter of a century people with discerning taste have been collecting his ornaments. Christopher brought back the art of fine European glass ornaments and the tradition of collecting them. Private collections have been started by celebrities from Elton John, Barbra Steisand, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Affleck, Heidi Klum, Rosie O’Donnell to Giselle Bundchen. These beautiful ornaments have also graced the Xmas trees of the White House, the Governor’s mansion in Connecticut to Gracie Mansion in NYC. We might add here that your “divas” of good taste, Alexandra and Cate also have their Xmas trees covered in Radko ornaments. With all of these recommendations why would you not start collecting them?

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James Swan: 101 Things I Hate About Your House

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Published: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dearest Smythe and Cadbury-Clarke, London is lovely as always. A wee bit of rain broken up by the most pleasant human beings on the planet; one can’t complain without feeling that you’ve insulted a nation! I’ve just finished luncheon with Charles and Bunny Broughton. They send their very best and insist you call when you’re next in town. Their new townhouse is a charmer; I’m sure you’ve had the “tour” so I’ll save my “Oh’s” and “Ah’s” till we’re face to face, cocktails in hand. But maybe just a snippet of a comment on Bunnies insistence on populating those glorious rooms with her sad collection of world weary potted plants. Honestly, you’d think the woman actually had a green thumb from the number of these sad specimens!

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James Swan: 101 Things I Hate About Your House

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Published: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dearest Smythe and Cadbury-Clarke, London is lovely as always. A wee bit of rain broken up by the most pleasant human beings on the planet; one can’t complain without feeling that you’ve insulted a nation! I’ve just finished luncheon with Charles and Bunny Broughton. They send their very best and insist you call when you’re next in town. Their new townhouse is a charmer; I’m sure you’ve had the “tour” so I’ll save my “Oh’s” and “Ah’s” till we’re face to face, cocktails in hand. But maybe just a snippet of a comment on Bunnies insistence on populating those glorious rooms with her sad collection of world weary potted plants. Honestly, you’d think the woman actually had a green thumb from the number of these sad specimens!

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