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      Summer Soup

      Summer Soup

      Wanted to share a delicious summer soup I’ve been making. I hope you enjoy it as much as i do. Low cal and soooo delish!

      1 lg. or 2 small onions 
      1 bunch Celery tops
      2 bunches of carrots
      2 cans - 32oz. Organic Bone Broth
      Fresh thyme, dill and parsley
      Kosher Salt & Pepper

      You can also add potato or cauliflower if you like, that said it’s pretty thick as is!

      I start by adding a TBLS. of butter and 2 TBLS. of EVOO to my pot with the onion

      I add my celery and carrots and let them sauté for 15 - 20 minutes. 

      I add two 32oz. Organic Bone Broth - I like the chicken, but you can use veggie.

      Add fresh thyme, dill, parsley, Kosher salt & pepper to taste.

      Bring to a rolling boil, turn down the flame and let it cook for a couple of hours or more.

      I like my soup puréed, but chunky.

      I puree till I see small chunks and then stop.

      I received a purée tool in a set of kitchen tools, as a wedding gift, 32 years ago. I’ve never used anything, but this purée tool. 


      Happy Father’s Day

      Happy Father’s Day

      Being Shelly Golde’s daughter has been one of the greatest gifts of my life.

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      March is women’s history month and I’d like to honor a special woman in my life ~

      March is women’s history month and I’d like to honor a special woman in my life ~

      Almost everyone has a woman in their history who has made a difference in their life. I have many, but the one who comes to mind is my teacher,
      Mrs. Hildegarde Ruben, a kindergarten teacher for forty years.

      Mrs. Ruben was larger than life and touched so many. A warm, magical woman with a dark olive complexion, big brown eyes and long, black, shiny hair that she wore in a chignon. She dressed in colorful bohemian attire and hoop earrings and I thought she looked like a Flamenco dancer. 

      Not only was Mrs. Ruben a superior teacher, but an accomplished pianist and magnificent painter, water colors being her favorite. She had a deep passion for all the arts. She read us books, poems and nursery rhymes and taught us how to draw and paint. We’d sing and dance and accompany her with maracas, bells, triangles and tambourines while she played the piano. She encouraged us to express ourselves with no limitations.

      Once a week each of us got to spend private time with Mrs. Ruben. When it was my turn I'd run up and slide onto the wooden chair that was snug against the right side of her desk. I treasured these private moments with her. She was an amazing portrait artist and during the time we'd talk, she'd work on a pastel drawing of each child in the class.

      “You did such a nice job accompanying me on the piano the other day. Your dad said you like playing the piano.”
      “I do!” I said.
      “How are things at home?”
      “I talked to your dad the other day when he dropped you off. I showed him your art work and told him what a wonderful singer you are. He’s very proud of you.”
      I smiled at her while she blended the pastels on the paper.
      She gently put her hand on mine.
      “This is coming along nicely,” she said. “And so are you.”

      It was a warm June day when we graduated from kindergarten. My dad came to the little ceremony in Mrs. Ruben’s classroom. She greeted all of our proud parents. We sang a few songs, had some snacks, and then Mrs. Ruben spoke.

      "You’ve grown up so much, and this is only the beginning. You have so much to look forward too and I'm so proud of the hard work you've done this year. I’ll be seeing you in the hallways, and when I do, I hope you’ll give me a little wave now and then and come visit. Now I have something for each of you, and have a great summer!”

      I stood in line with my dad, and when we reached the front of the line Mrs. Ruben hugged me and handed me my finished pastel portrait, with her unforgettable signature, all black, all caps, on an upward slant: “ Hildegarde.”

      I stared at the portrait. I looked into my eyes and felt a burn in my throat. All the background noise in the room became quiet for a moment. Mrs. Ruben had captured something in me that I’d never seen before, the girl I’d come to know and love.

      Thank you Mrs. Ruben!

      P.S. This years theme is Valiant Women Of The Vote, women who have fought for woman’s right to vote in the United States to ensure voting rights for all. No matter who you support in the 2020 election it is so important to vote. So many women before us have fought for our right to do so.

      It’s all about the Pants!

      It’s all about the Pants!

      When I was writing songs, I never imagined I’d be designing clothes and have an online brand.

      It all started with the pants.

      Plato was right when he said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  I could never find the perfect black pants, so I decided to make them on my own. 

      I wanted a long, lean-looking pant that came to my waist, had no zipper, was cut higher in the back, so when I sat down I didn’t feel like they were slipping; no side seams, so they would be smooth throughout the hip and thigh;  would hug my body, move with my body and be comfortably snug, i.e. super figure-flattering and hold me in all the right places! Kind of like shapewear that was outerwear! A tall order, but those are the most fun!

      I love a challenge and became obsessed with finding the right fabric.  That took almost 3 years!  After dozens of samples I was convinced we were on the way to making my dream pant come true. I took a deep breath, swallowed hard, ordered the minimum amount (a thousand yards!!) of fabric and crossed my fingers.   Several weeks later two men with a truckload of fabric arrived at my front door.  I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed, but excited!

      My friend and I placed blankets on my off-white carpet and roll after roll was laid on top of each other until there was a huge pyramid of fabric in my house!  Who knew what a thousand yards of fabric looked like?  Yikes! 

      Now that I had the fabric, I began the numerous tweaks with several patternmakers, cutters, and sewers until the pants were exactly as I’d envisioned them. 

      I took the nine hundred plus yards of fabric, that was left, and placed my initial order with my manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles.  At the time, I had no idea who was going to buy all those pants, but as Kerry Washington says, “Hope is leaving room for magic bigger than you.”

      A couple of months later Adam Glassman, from O, The Oprah Magazine, dubbed them “Magic”!

      SPRING/SUMMER 2020

      SPRING/SUMMER 2020

      I’m super excited about what we’ve created for Spring/Summer 2020!

      It’s a little bit of everything: great basics, classic go-tos, drama, elegance, and of course FUN…all made right here in Los Angeles, California.

      I’ve added ivory to our new best-selling Urban Twill Cigarette pant and a gorgeous deep navy in our classic Audrey Crop. I’ve also added a beautiful, rich coral and a delicate snake print to our best-selling Westwood duster.

      Our all new Air-Flow Collection features a soft, light, crinkle fabric with a bit of structure, in luminous ivory and rich black that is classic, easy and elegant.

      My amazing team and I are always working to perfect our basics and are thrilled to have found a beautiful knit jersey to add to our signature collection, which is featured in our new ivory Classic Tank 2.0.

      Being crazy busy myself I know how hard it is to find time to shop and discover those perfect pieces to make getting dressed the easiest part of your day. That’s why my team of women and I spend so much time designing, perfecting and manufacturing the best basics possible.

      Besides our collection, I love finding special pieces in my travels that I know you’ll love. These become Franne’s Picks – I’m really thrilled with our goodies this coming season. #goodgirlfriendssharegoodthings

      I was watching an interview with Oscar-winning singer, rapper, actor, producer and writer, Common. He ended by saying, “I love love. It’s the greatest thing we have on this planet.”

      I couldn’t agree more and I’m sending all of mine to all of you.