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      Last Minute Hostess Gifts!

      Last Minute Hostess Gifts!

      I’m always looking for great, easy gifts to bring to parties over the holidays!
      I get tired of bringing the hosts wine and having it be one of a dozen other bottles sitting on someone’s kitchen counter.
      I’ve discovered that bringing people a gift they rarely get for themselves is not only appreciated, but always remembered.
      Here’s some ideas:
       
      Grab a few kitchen goodies and put them in an oven mitt or wrap them in craft paper or don’t wrap them at all and just tie a pretty bow around a few things, like a kitchen towel or two, a couple wooden spoons and a sponge.
      Another great gift is Bath soap, liquid or bar. I always save gift bags and boxes and recycle them, as they come in handy for just these kinds of occasions!
      Another fun wrapping tip is to wrap like the Japanese, in cloth. Whether a kitchen towel or actual fabric, it’s a fun way to wrap it up!
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      Have a wonderful holiday!
       
      Love,
      Franne
       

      I Love My Egg Slicer

      I Love My Egg Slicer

       

      I never used to eat breakfast in my 20’s, 30’s and even my early 40’s, but now I never miss it. My weight has stabilized, I feel better, have more energy and if I’m working all day and don’t have time for lunch, no problem. A light snack and I’m good till dinner. I eat the same breakfast almost every day:

       

      -2 hard boiled eggs – sliced with my egg slicer

      -I eat the yolks twice a week and the rest just the whites

      -2 slices of Ezekiel Raisin Toast with (okay here’s my weakness)

      -A thin spread of Whipped Philadelphia Cream Cheese

      -A thin layer of Four Fruit Jam!

       

       

      I always have fruit too. In the summer, I love Sugar Kiss Melon and some berries - a mix of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and an apple, pear or citrus the rest of the year.

      Every so often I change it up and have a spinach and mushroom omelet or some oatmeal. My egg slicer comes in handy for those too!

       

      Using my egg slicer got me thinking. I love making things look beautiful, even if I’m the only one eating, so I started slicing my strawberries, kiwi, cheese, mushrooms, butter etc….

       

      Here are some examples of what you can do:

      Butter– this is perfect for entertaining because you can have uniform looking pats of butter all ready to go! Don’t forget to refrigerate before and after slicing to maintain squares.

      Softer cheeses - like fresh mozzarella and cheddar – Once again, a great way to have cheese slices for last minute guests or yourself.

      Olives– These are perfect to sprinkle over a salad!

      Strawberries– I love to use this trick for company.

      Mushrooms– So quick and easy to slice up mushrooms for salad, pasta or one of my faves, sautéed mushrooms, baby pearl onions and peas!

      Avocado– I love avocado, but it is high in calories. It looks so pretty when thinly sliced and I eat less of it!

      And banana slices look and taste great!

      One more thing....This is a great way to get kids to eat fruits and veggies!

      Please write and tell us if you have any great ideas to share.

      November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

      November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

      Unfortunately there are still millions of people living with this incurable and devastating disease and thousands being diagnosed every day.

      In honor of my father, my mother and my husband I am always trying to raise awareness by sharing my story.  I want people who are going through similar circumstances to know they are not alone.

      This month we are donating a percentage of your purchase to support Music Mends Minds, a non-profit organization for those living with Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Dementia, PTSD and any cognitive disabilities. It’s a place where people play music together, create friendships and feel joy, RIGHT NOW, while we wait for a cure!

      Music is powerful medicine!

      Please feel free to share my story and thank you for your love and support.


      Coping With Early Onset Alzheimer’s:

      Resilience and Reinvention

      My name is Franne Golde. I'm a mother, wife, songwriter, clothing designer, author, advocate, caregiver and founder of frannegolde.com.

      I came to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1978 to pursue my career as a singer/songwriter. Within a couple of months I wrote a song that was recorded by Diana Ross. It would turn out to be my first worldwide hit.

      Since then, my songs have appeared on records that have sold over 100-million copies. I've worked with such superstars as Pat Benatar, Heart, The Pussycat Dolls, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Selena, Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Jody Watley and The Commodores. My song “Even If My Heart Would Break” was included on The Bodyguard, the biggest selling soundtrack of all time. 

      The music business as I knew it started to change in the late ‘90s, when people began downloading music for free. My earning power went down the tubes and my husband Paul, a successful record producer, was also feeling the heat. We tried to go with the flow and hoped for the best! I wrote a #1 Billboard Hit and Grammy Nominated song in 2005 for the Pussycat Dolls, but that would be my last.

      At that time, my son’s school asked for my help with an upcoming fundraiser. In that and subsequent years, I contributed memorabilia from Sheryl Crow, Ringo Starr, and others, along with various concert tickets.

      By my son’s senior year, I’d run out of favors, so for the annual fundraiser I invested a thousand dollars to create a mini boutique in the school gym. I’d always loved fashion and people frequently asked me where I’d gotten my clothes. Often they were pieces I’d modified with scissors, needle, thread, ripping and knotting. I loved interacting with and styling all the moms and neighborhood drop-ins. By day’s end I had sold out.

      Then I started selling clothing to friends out of my house, often designing what I couldn't find. I wasn’t trying to create a business, but I was having a blast and learning the ins and outs of finding fabric, patternmaking, samples, tweaking, cutters, sewers, marking, grading and production. It was a whole new world and turning into an expensive hobby!

      By 2011, the music business was hitting new lows and even successful songwriters were going broke. No one knew what the future held. Paul was having a difficult time finding projects as well. He wasn’t prone to depression, but he seemed anxious, forgetful, and sometimes confused, although he always had an explanation for everything. I attributed it all to the radical change in the music business and the attendant financial stress.

      By late 2012 I knew something was seriously wrong with Paul. I never expected to hear what would take months to find out. In his mid-fifties, Paul was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

      We have been through so much over the past five years - shock, fear, sadness, and endless tears leavened with a healthy mix of denial and hopefulness. We’ve been in support groups, visited our state capital and walked the halls of Capitol Hill, lobbying for increased research funding and improved access to care and support. We’ve done walks to raise money and awareness, served on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Association and currently sit on the Board of Music Mends Minds, a fantastic organization that brings meaning and pleasure to anyone with cognitive issues through the awesome power of music.

      Paul has been able to accept this new normal with a glass-half-full mindset and hope. His yoga and spiritual practice is his salvation. He sees the beauty in everything and everyone and is a constant reminder of what’s right in the world. He has far fewer filters than ever and doesn't judge or complain. He is grateful and lives in the moment.

      I struggle with tremendous grief when I allow myself to think that my future, with my best friend and the man I love, might not be as I once imagined. But mostly I follow Paul’s lead.

      I knew I could no longer make a living writing music and it was hard to imagine doing anything else. It had been my life for over 35 years. Yet I had to take care of my family.

      My only option was to sell my songs, the one thing that was all mine and that I’d worked so hard to nurture and protect. It was one the hardest things I’ve ever done.

      The sale brought some cash, but I needed to get back to work. I couldn't just go out and get a nine-to-five job. It wouldn't begin to cover our expenses or satisfy my passion. 

      I needed to reinvent myself and in a moment of revelation I realized that I’d already started doing just that. I had lots of samples of clothing, more significant, I had been working on what I considered to be, the perfect black pant. I made close to 100 samples till I got exactly what I was looking for.

      Working became my therapy and I poured myself into it.

      I launched frannegolde.com in August, 2016 and was thrilled when the orders started coming in. A couple of months later I got an email that O, the Oprah Magazine expressed interest in seeing my pants. I couldn’t believe it, it was just like 1978 all over again, when Diana Ross gave me my first hit with, “Getting Ready For Love.”

      My black pants were featured in the January 2017 issue of O and dubbed the “Magic Pant” by Adam Glassman, Oprah’s fashion guru and Creative Director of O magazine. This was followed by a feature on the Oprah segment of View Your Deal, on ABC. More orders poured in and my team and I were off and running.

      As my business continues to grow, I still fight my grief and sadness every day -- and some days grief wins. But I know first-hand that there are silver linings. I feel them and see them regularly.

      I'm grateful every day that I still have my husband and he is still able to do so many things. We treasure our time together, and though there are frustrations, we give each other unconditional love and support. I have my wonderful son, my family and friends and I'm still able to be creative and find joy, every day. That’s really all you can ask for.