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      Live Your Dream

      Live Your Dream

       

      When I had a spark of an idea ten years ago, I never dreamed I'd be where I am today. I’m so grateful to all my early believers and friends who encouraged and supported me in my leap of faith, my reinvention.

      My dream was to make a "Magic Pant" for everyone! So when my dear friend of almost thirty years, Janet Gunn, The Grateful Gardenia, approached me last year about doing a Petite Capsule Collection, I didn’t skip a beat. I loved the idea and had been getting lots of requests to make a petite pant. I took it as a sign and in June 2018 we presented our collaboration.

      Anyone who follows Janet knows her incredible style, exquisite taste and boundless creativity, so in addition to her capsule collection and in keeping with our motto, good girlfriends share good things, we are ecstatic to present a special collection, curated by the one and only Grateful Gardenia herself, Janet Gunn.

      Watch as her collection grows and unfolds. I can’t wait to see what fabulous pieces Janet finds for us! 

      Live your dream -

      XO
      Franne

      Summer Salads

      Summer Salads

      I always look forward to end of June when the summer fruits start showing up at the farmers market. I immediately start making my summer salads. Not only are they colorful and beautiful to look at, but are exploding with vitamins, minerals and fiber.

      Healthy and delicious, what could be bad?

      Here are two for you to enjoy over the holiday and all summer long!

      Each serves two or three, but add more lettuce and goodies for more people.

      Red White and Blueberry Salad

      2 handfuls of Mesclun
      1 handful baby Spinach
      1 large Beefsteak Tomato sliced
      1 large White Peach sliced
      1 cup Gaviota Strawberries
      ½ cup Blueberries
      ½ cup Raw Trail Mix
      3 tablespoons EVOO or whatever you prefer
      1 tablespoon Balsamic, White Wine or Wine Vinegar
      Pinch of Salt
      Pinch of fresh Ground Pepper

      Sweet Summer Delight

      Handful of Radicchio
      Handful of Baby Romaine
      Handful of Arugula
      2 Persian Cucumbers sliced
      1 medium Beefsteak Tomato sliced
      2 - 3 small Apricots sliced
      1 cup of Gaviota Strawberries sliced
      3 tablespoons EVOO or whatever you prefer
      1 tablespoon Balsamic, White Wine or Wine Vinegar
      Pinch of Salt
      Pinch of fresh Ground Pepper

      I get the BIG white bowls at Ikea! I love them!!

      

      June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

      June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

      As some of you know, I’m passionate when it comes to spreading awareness about Alzheimer’s.

      My family has been seriously impacted by this devastating disease and I know I’m not alone.

      Both my mother and father suffered from late onset dementia and my husband was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in his mid-fifties.

      I’ve made it my mission to create awareness and tell my story to as many people as possible.

      You can read my story here:
      https://www.frannegolde.com/blogs/news/coping-with-early-onset-alzheimer-sresilience-and-reinvention

      It’s so important to those suffering and their caregivers to know they’re not forgotten. 

      I feel fortunate to have such amazing friends and family.

      I’m also fortunate, and grateful, that I have help to take care of my husband, and yet I know there are millions of people who don’t have access to help. They are isolated, stressed out, lonely and get no break.

      We take for granted the simplest things, like brushing our teeth, taking a shower, using our mobile phone, making a sandwich, knowing left from right, speaking without pause.

      Alzheimer’s robs its victims of everything, including, in the end stages, remembering their loved ones.

      I continue to hope that the many brilliant scientists working on finding a cure, will.

      In the meantime, here are some important tips to keeping your brain healthy. You may have heard them before, but they bear repeating: 

      Sleep - Eight hours is ideal, but even seven will work. It helps with memory retention. It’s hard for me to stay asleep for a solid eight hours, but I’m trying.

      Brush Your Teeth – Yes! It has been determined that gum disease can play a decisive role in whether a person develops Alzheimer’s or not.

      Nutrition - Eat more salmon, almonds and any and all berries. They contain lots of nutrients that protect brain function.

      Exercise - Even brisk walking 20 minutes a day will help decrease brain amyloid.

      Emotional Wellbeing - Hang out with family and friends, take a class, do yoga, practice meditation, go to movies, musical or theatrical performances. Any of these can help decrease the risk of dementia.

      Mental Fitness - Reading is great for keeping the mind active. Our phones, iPads and computers have become our brains. They do it all with a click of a mouse. Next time you need to add, subtract, multiply or divide, try doing it in your head. As they say, use it or lose it. Also, brain games are a fun way to exercise your brain. I just read about Brain HQ, one of the top-rated brain game Apps. You can sample it online at brainhq.com

      Starting in the month of June we will be giving a percentage of your purchase to a caregiver in need of some respite.

      Our mission is to help those in need, one caregiver at a time.

      If you know a caregiver who could use a break or a new outfit, please let us know so we may keep them in mind.

      I LOVE Denim!

      I LOVE Denim!

      I used to wear jeans almost every day, until they started to be uncomfortable. They were cut to fit low on the hips and very tight. Zipping them up was another issue, -- depending on the brand, they could make the fingers sore and, in some cases, required laying down to zip up. After a meal I always felt like unzipping them; sometimes on the way home I did. I’m sure some of you can relate!
       
      More recently, lots of stretch jeans have come to market, but, as Bono might say, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” 

      I don’t want to wear Jeggings, I don’t want low rise, and I don’t want something that looks like denim. 
       
      As was the case with my “Magic” pants, necessity is once again the mother of invention. I wanted real denim, something that came up to my waist, no zipper, stretchy, structured, no side seams, smoothed the hips and thighs, super comfy, no bagging out, soft, washed beautifully and a jean I could wear casual or a bit dressy. And last but not least, super figure flattering, which I promise you these are!
       
      If you’re like me and haven’t worn jeans in the last decade…welcome back!
       
      Introducing FG Denim! Made In America, in Los Angeles, CA.
       
      p.s. The sample pair I’ve been wearing has been washed at least twenty times. They hold their shape, feel amazing and everyone tells me I look like I’ve lost ten pounds. Well, maybe five…
      

      Mother's Day 2019

      Me and my Son, 2004

      When you think about it, everyone is a Mother in his or her own way. Whether it’s mothering your child, a significant other, a sibling, yourself, a friend, a family member or an aging parent, we all need love.

      It’s such a good feeling to give the gift of love and kindness to someone. 

      And it comes back in so many wonderful ways.

      Today and every day we celebrate you –

      Happy Mother’s Day!

      Photo(above): My son and I, 2004

      Photo: My mom and I, 2000