The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

I have been an on and off member of Audible and I have recently rejoined this fall to catch up on some much needed reading. As I have mentioned before, social media is a ‘brain snack’ and a book is a ‘brain meal’.  And I know my brain was hungry!

If you are fans of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, you will be familiar with the name Shonda Rhimes. She is the creative force behind these shows and her writing style is so distinctly hers, you will recognize it quickly.

It is always interesting to get a closer look at the creator, author and writer’s mind – complicated and always opinionated.  I personally loved the chapter about her dramatic health kick/weigh loss. It was truly inspiring :)

The mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away With Murder chronicles how saying YES for one year changed her life―and how it can change yours, too.

With three hit shows on television and three children at home, the uber-talented Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say NO when an unexpected invitation arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.

And there was the side-benefit of saying No for an introvert like Shonda: nothing new to fear.

Then Shonda’s sister laid down a challenge: just for one year, try to say YES to the unexpected invitations that come your way. Shonda reluctantly agreed―and the result was nothing short of transformative. In Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes chronicles the powerful impact saying yes had on every aspect of her life―and how we can all change our lives with one little word. Yes.


DOVE® Sorbet – Girls Lovers


Mars Chocolate North America introduces the latest in tasty frozen novelty treats: DOVE® Sorbet Bars. Juicy sorbet is dipped in silky-smooth DOVE® Chocolate for a refreshing and delicious treat. With two fruity varieties to choose from and 150 calories per bar, new DOVE® Sorbet Bars are the perfect option for a light afternoon treat or refreshing dessert.

DOVE® Sorbet Bars come in two amazing flavors: DOVE® Strawberry Sorbet with Milk Chocolate and DOVE® Raspberry Sorbet with Dark Chocolate.




$4.95 for a 6-bar box in Raspberry and Strawberry


Product available starting in Spring 2016: grocery & mass


14.40 oz. box that contains 6 refreshing bars

Note: Strawberry is 14.4oz while Raspberry is 12.6oz

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About DOVE:

CREATED WITH LOVE by Greek-American founder Leo Stefanos, DOVE® Chocolate has been a rich family tradition since the 1950s. Witnessing his son racing down the street after an ice cream truck, the Chicago candy store owner developed the DOVEBAR® out of concern for his children’s safety. Hand-dipping ice cream in premium chocolate, Leo took months to refine the recipe, naming the new treat after his south side candy shop, a moniker chosen for its “peaceful” quality. Those first rich, creamy DOVEBAR® were an instant success, but it wasn’t until Leo’s son grew up and followed in his father’s footsteps that DOVE® Chocolate became known from coast to coast. By the late ’70s over one million DOVEBAR® were sold in a single year by street vendors to eager children and adults. The DOVEBAR® popularity soon caught the attention of another family of expert chocolatiers. M&M/Mars acquired DOVE® in 1986 as the crown jewel of their company, and refined DOVE® Chocolate’s purity and taste before introducing milk and dark chocolate bars in the ’90s.

Because DOVE® Chocolate creates chocolate indulgences and only chocolate indulgences, careful attention is paid to quality, ensuring a silky, smooth texture and delicious, lingering taste.

From DOVE® PROMISES® Chocolate to the now iconic DOVEBAR® Ice Cream; all of DOVE® Chocolate treats are made to savor. And every DOVE® Chocolate product is made with the same pride and care as it was by Leo Stefanos over 50 years ago.

For more information on DOVE® Sorbet, please visit or


Mark Ryden’s Yuletide Celebration at PK Shop

This Thursday night  joined Paul Kasmin Gallery in celebrating the launch of Mark Ryden (one of my favorite illustrators)’s special Yuletide themed shop, in anticipation of the upcoming festive season and DODECAHEDRON exhibition!


PK Gallery shared to us the following new editions by Mark Ryden, which would be housed alongside Collector’s Editions publications and previously released editions within a wintry installation at PK Shop New York flagship. 


Mark Ryden was born in Medford, Oregon and received his BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1987. His solo debut show entitled “The Meat Show” in Pasadena, California in 1998 featured works such as The Birth of Venus and The Pumpkin President. Recent exhibitions include a mid-career retrospective “Wondertoonel” at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle and the Pasadena Museum of California Art (2004 – 2005); “The Gay 90’s: Old Tme Art Show” at Paul Kasmin Gallery (Spring 2010) and “The Gay 90’s West” at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles (2014).


Mark Ryden
Lover’s Eye Brooch, 2015
Mineral crystal dome and solid metal back
2 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 5/8 inches
Open edition


Mark Ryden
20 x 16 inches
Open edition

More information please check Paul Kasmin shop’s website:


6 Skin Care Tips Dermatologists Swear By

We all know that come winter, our skin takes a turn for the worse. Dry, cracked and soreness is fast approaching! While we should be taking care of our skin all year around, once the cold weather arrives, good care becomes even more important.

Of course, knowing all the best ways to take care of our skin isn’t easy, especially with such much different advice around. The person we need to speak to for all the best tips is, of course, a dermatologist. Let’s be honest about it, how many of us know a dermatologist in person or have the time to make an appointment to see one?

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To save you the hassle of speaking to a dermatologist, I thought I would share six crucial skin care tips that the experts swear by. Hopefully, these will help you to keep your face happier and healthier.

  1. Protect your skin from the sun

Yes, you heard right, you should be protecting yourself from the sun every single day. Dermatologists know that the sun’s rays are the leading cause of premature aging, which is why protecting your skin is so important.

Don’t make the mistake of only wearing sun protection on sunny days, as the sun’s rays can cause damage no matter what the weather. Experts recommend protecting yourself by wearing a moisturizer with added SPF protection daily. Stuck for ideas – try out Benefit B Right Dream Screen – it’s fantastic.  

  1. Spray throughout the day

As well as applying a moisturizer with added SPF in the morning, throughout the day, use a moisturizer spray to keep your skin hydrated. If you work in a place where the air con is constantly on, your skin will dry out more easily.

To prevent this from happening, keep a handy spray moisturizer in your bag. Use this to spritz your face throughout the day. If you wear makeup, opt for a spray like L’Occitane’s Perfecting Mist, that sets makeup, as well as moisturizes.

  1. Go natural

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One thing that all experts agree on is how important going natural with your skin care is. According to the experts, the chemicals in many products are the primary cause of various skin conditions. This includes acne and general soreness, as these chemicals can cause irritation to occur.

While natural products can be more expensive, they don’t have to be. Shop the sales, buy online from discount stores, or consider making products yourself. Believe it or not, making your own beauty products is actually, much easier than you would think. Plus, you know exactly, what goes into them.

  1. Buff your skin

Have you heard of microdermabrasion? This is the process of using tiny granules to buff the skin, removing dead and dry cells. As well as acting as a fantastic exfoliator, microdermabrasion also has many other uses. It can help to prevent breakouts and redness, get rid of blackheads and erase fine lines.

While it is considered a cosmetic treatment, the best thing about microdermabrasion is that you can treat yourself at home. There are plenty of professional level systems that you can buy and use yourself, to take care of your skin. Here, Beyond Talk compares the top microdermabrasion machines – have a read of this before you buy.

  1. Steer clear of face wipes

For ease, many of us choose to use cleansing wipes instead of traditional cleanser. However, this isn’t a good idea. Look at it like this, makeup wipes are like takeaway; easy and fuss free, but not exactly the healthiest option.

You see, most makeup wipes are covered in chemicals, to make removing your makeup quick and easy. While when using a traditional cleanser, you can opt for a natural product. Plus, many face wipes contain alcohol that can cause your skin to become sore and dry. Whereas, most cleansers are alcohol-free.

  1. Buy for your skin type

Again and again dermatologists say this, and yet, very few of us listen. There’s a reason that beauty brands make products for different skin types. That’s simply because each type requires different care. Instead of opting for products for normal skin, take the time to choose the perfect option for you.

There are five main skin types; oily, dry, normal, sensitive and combination. Each of these requires different products to keep it healthy. So when choosing your beauty items, make sure to bare this in mind.

When it comes to keeping your skin happy, if there’s one person you should listen to it’s a dermatologist. So heed this advice, and soon enough, you’ll see an improvement in the health of your face.

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