Monday, January 31, 2011

SAG Awards 2011 RED CARPET

As a lover of fashion, I watched the SAG Awards to see the clothes even more so than to see who the winners were in talent areas.  I have to say that after the awful gown January Jones wore to the Golden Globes, she redeemed herself with a gorgeous, classy gown by Carolina Herrera-- what do you think?  Who was a hit, who was a miss for you?

Visit my eBay store for a great Vanity Fair RED CARPET book.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Congratulations to JULIANNA MARGULIES

One of my favorite TV shows is The Good Wife.  Though it itakes place in Chicago it is filmed in NY and as a native New Yorker I have noticed many NY locations while watching the show.  Julianna Margulies just won for Best Actress in a TV drama at the SAG Awards and gave a beautiful acceptance speech -- wow, thanking her in-laws for her husband!  What a special thing to say!  Congratulations Julianna Margulies -- a great actress and a true lady!


It's finally a sunny morning in NYC -- not a cloud in the sky!  Weather forecast is for more snow mid week but today is a day to smile.  This song brings me back to another era -- hope you love it as much as I do.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

JEANS According To Yves St. Laurent

I know I can never have enough jeans and that I will always have my one favorite pair.  How about you?

Yves St. Laurent:
"I wish I had invented blue jeans.  They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity - all I hope for in my clothes."

Coco CHANEL On Fashion

I came across this great quote from the iconic designer Coco Chanel:

"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening".

Shop my eBay store to make your own fashion statement!

Entertain Your Cat With An APP

This is just too cute.  It seems there really is an APP for everything!!

Celebrate Another Weekend With Barry Manilow

Saturday again -- in New York, we've been snowed in again and again but happy to see the sun shining this morning.

Friday, January 28, 2011

This Magic Moment

Just took a look outside and it is evening in New York and SNOWING AGAIN!  We need a Magic Moment when the snow finally stops.  Here's This Magic Moment performed by "The Voice" Jay Black.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snowiest January On Record In New York

Okay, so I have really had enough of the snow -- I can't look at it another minute.  So instead of looking out my window, I searched for signs of spring on the internet.  Here's a fabulous song by the spectacular Ed Rambeau with a beautiful video to go along with his special voice.

Visit my eBay store for Ed Rambeau cds.

How To Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Have you cleaned your make-up brushes lately?  This video offers some good tips and more cost effective than buying specially prepared brush cleaners.  Hope you find this informative, I did.

Nineteen Inches of SNOW in Central Park

Good Morning, Good Morning!  Well, the weather forecasts were a little off last night and we woke up to the official count of 19 inches of snow in New York's Central Park.  But the sun is now shining -- hooray!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Today is Australia Day!  Here's a fabulous tribute from one of Australia's finest performers, Peter Allen.  It's called "I Still Call Australia Home".


It's snowing hard in New York.  As I start to shovel, I will be dreaming of a wonderful sleigh ride!  Here's a great song by Ed Rambeau.

Visit my eBay store for more Ed Rambeau music.

Baby It's Cold Outside

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it is once again snowing in New York!  So to cheer myself up, I found this great duet to listen to before I go out to shovel!  Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

When In Doubt Wear Red

I love reading quotes by famous fashion designers.  Here's one from the iconic Bill Blass.
"When in doubt, wear red."
I just listed this adorable Forever 21 red dress in my eBay store.


I have always been attracted to the arts -- all kinds, music, painting, writing and find creative people so interesting.  If you've been following my blog, you've probably read about Ed Rambeau, a singer/songwriter who had a huge hit in the '60s with the song "Concrete & Clay".  He is multi-talented and has always been in the music industry at all levels.  Ed is a talented painter and photographer.  Most recently, Ed has been dabbling in writing and I've had the unique pleasure of reading his work.  He has just had his novel "Forbidden Steps" published as an e-book for Amazon Kindle readers.  If you have a Kindle and would like to read a great story filled with intrigue, twists and turns, treat yourself to Ed Rambeau's novel "Forbidden Steps" at

Visit Amazon for a copy of Forbidden Steps.
Visit my eBay store for Ed Rambeau cds.


Some people come in and out of our lives at times for a reason. Some are always there even though we don't realize they are, offering help and support when you least expect it. I am saluting friends, especially one of mine who has lately gone above and beyond! Thank a friend today!


Well, in New York, here we go again.  As I look out my window getting ready to shove yet another time, I took a look at this video and it brought a huge smile to my face.  Enjoy!!

Monday, January 24, 2011


I came across this quote and want to share it:

"A friend is someone who sees through you and still enjoys the view." -- Wilma Askinas

Today I would like to thank my friend Stacey for being my friend, she knows why.  Thank a friend today!

EBay Power Listing Challenge

Members of Virtual Online Learning (VOL for short) have been challenged to spend a day filling their eBay stores -- no prizes involved, just the satisfaction of knowing we've gotten a lot of work done.  I am participating and listing and listing as I have just received a lot more inventory for my eBay store, Caramia's Collection!  I am also spending time marking down and changing some of my "buy it now" listings to "make an offer".  I am inviting everyone to visit my store to view my new merchandise and my newly marked down items -- if you see something you like, "make an offer"!

Visit my eBay store for new items and great bargains!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cara Mia Revisited

To any of my new followers, I'd like to introduce you to the story of my eBay store's name Caramia's Collection.  My store was named after my all time favorite "oldies" song by the One & Only Jay Black formerly of Jay & The Americans.  In a time when everything was rock and roll (which I also loved and love), Cara Mia warmed my heart -- it was so unique in its era and Jay's voice is incomparable to this day!  At 72 years old Jay still performs as Jay Black and his voice and talent is a strong today as in the '60's.  Treat yourself to a ticket when he comes to your town, you won't be disappointed!

Friday, January 21, 2011


If you haven't seen this your are in for a treat.  Whether or not you are a cat lover, you can't help but smile at this!

Happy Weekend!

Want to wish everyone a happy weekend! Let's do some online shopping!!

Love Your Mom

I saw this post and love it so much -- I need to share it:

‎3yrs old: "Mommy, I love you". 10 yrs old: "Mom whatever!" 16 yrs old: "My mom is so annoying"! 18 yrs old: "I wanna leave this house". 25 yrs old:"Mom, you were right". 30 yrs old: "I wanna go back to my Mom's house". 50 yrs old: "I don't wanna lose my Mom". 70 yrs old: "I would ...give up EVERYTHING for my Mom to be... here with me". You only have 1 Mom.  If you are lucky enough to still have your mom, treasure her.  I miss mine every day.

The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun

All I can say is "YAY" -- only a 3-5 inch "dusting " of snow this time around.  We are actually seeing the sun in New York -- let's hope the snow melts before the next blast comes as predicted mid week.  This has been a crazy winter here.  Beatles music always makes me smile and this song is a great celebration of the SUN.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

American Idol Returns

Well, I am one of those who is totally "addicted" to American Idol -- watching it now.  Ho, hum  is all I can say, I miss the original three judges!  How about you?

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Oprah Goes To Australia

I would love to visit Australia someday.  I've met many Australians through my eBay store.  I also had the pleasure of meeting one of Australia's top exports Hugh Jackman when he performed on Broadway in The Boy From Oz.  In honor of Oprah's visit to and celebration of Australia I am sharing a wonderful and powerful song from the show.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do each time I listen to the soundtrack.

Blog Challenge

Virtual Online Learning

Another perk of meeting my virtual guru Danna aka has been joining her webinar group -- VOL for short.  Danna and other experts offer a wealth of information to their members.  The sessions can be watched live but are also archived for those of us who aren't available at their scheduled times.  I have had the opportunity to view archived webinars and have had private webinar sessions with Danna.  Her expertise is invaluable to anyone selling online or thinking of doing so.

Blog Challenge

Cost Of Cotton Rising

A recent news article I read pointed out that cotton prices are on the upswing and that we are going to feel it in the cost of our clothing.  Cotton is now 80% more expensive than it was at the start of 2010 and many manufacturers feel they have no choice but to pass these costs on to us, the consumers!!  There is an easy solution and that is to reuse and recyle clothing.
Three examples of recyling clothing is to buy on eBay, frequent your local thrift store and organize a clothing swap party.  We all need to pitch in to help our wallets and our environment! 
As a seller on eBay, I am always looking for bargains to pass onto my buyers and have lots of cotton and cotton blend items for sale at great prices.

Shop my eBay store for cotton bargains!

Blog Challenge

Amazing Grace

I just saw this little girl on the Nate Berkus show (one of my guilty pleasures).  She learned to sing from her mother who passed away.  When speaking to the show host she said singing makes her feel close to her mom.  She sings like an angel.

Blog Challenge

Rainy Days and Monday

It is so ugly in New York today.  We've had snow, sleet, ice and now it is pouring, the perfect day for online shopping!

Visit my eBay store for some rainy day shopping.

Blog Challenge

Powerselling Mom ROCKS eBay

EBay is a great place to meet people.  As an eBay seller, I am always trying to better my selling skills and be the best at what I do.  There is a wonderful woman I have met on eBay who has become my instructor, tutor, mentor, guru -- any label works because she is truly the best.

Danna has helped me refine my eBay store, create my blog and create my FaceBook Fan Page.  She is someone who is kind and nuturing who knows how to work with the most skilled people to those of us who are lacking in computer skills.

I have worked with her and will continue to do so in the future.  If you have an eBay business or other type of business,  I highly recommend a consultation with Danna.  She is also very generous in spirit and her philosophy is "there is plenty of eBay for all of us to be blessed and prosper".  What is wonderful is she truly believes this and wants us all to succeed.

I wholeheartedly recommend

Visit her eBay store at: banner swap

Blog Challenge

Monday, January 17, 2011

How To Hang Wall Art

Accessorizing is not just a fashion term.  A fun way to accessorize our homes is with wall art. Pick a few pieces you love and make your own home fashion statement.

Visit my eBay store for fun wall art.

A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

Many of us are enjoying a three day weekend.  Those of us who are not at work or in school today, as well as the rest of the world, need to remember that this day was set aside to commemorate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King.

GOLDEN GLOBES 2011 Red Carpet

The Golden Globes has always been known as the less "stuffy" version of the Academy Awards.  It's been likened to prom night for adults!  Who do you think rocked the Red Carpet?

Visit my eBay store for a fabulous autographed Red Carpet book

How Do You Feel About Texting vs. Speaking?

If ever there was a testament to how texting has taken over our lives, this is it!  I am all for communication in any way possible, but there comes a time when we need to pay attention to the world around us.  Is every text we send really necessary?  Would love to hear your thoughts.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Did You Get What You Want For Christmas?

Well, the holidays are over with Valentine's Day right around the corner.  Did you get what you put on Santa's list?  Were you wishing for your two front teeth like this little girl -- how cute is she?!  If you are still looking for something special, there are new markdowns at my eBay store Caramia's Collection, I'd love for you to stop by.

Visit my eBay store for new markdowns!!

Beautiful Sunday To Everyone

How is your Sunday so far?  Hope you are having a great day!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

How To Tie Your Winter Scarf

Scarves are great to add a pop of color to an outfit.  In the winter, they are just about a necessity to help keep us warm.  Here are some interesting tips to create new looks with basic scarves.

Visit my eBay store for a great selection of scarves.

Celebrate Saturday with Saturday Night Fever

The ultimate celebration of Saturday nights in the '70's was the great movie Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta.

Saturday In The Park -- Chicago

It's Saturday -- where are you today?  It is so cold here in New York, busy inside listing items in my eBay store.

Wear Shorts In Winter

Shorts are no longer just for the warm weather.  They have been all over the runways and magazines as a fashion staple for four season wear.  Here are a few tips on taking your summer shorts into the cooler weather.

Visit my eBay store for shorts and accessories.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Recession Shopping Tips

It is still possible to be fashionable in this economy if we shop smart.  Many cities have a wealth of thrift and consigment stores.  But, if you live in an area lacking in consignment and thrift stores, there is always eBay.

Become a recessionista at my eBay store!

Sunday And Me by Jay Black

A fabulous song in celebration of the upcoming weekend.  Hope you enjoy it and it becomes one of your favs.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Tribute To John Lennon Imagine

Growing up with the Beatles had a huge impact on my life and I love them today even more than when I was a young girl.  A Facebook friend just shared this video with me and I would like to share it with all of you.  If you love John Lennon, this is very special.  Imagine....................

The Perfect Eyebrow

Eyebrows act as a picture frame for our face.  Here are some tips on how to create the perfect eyebrow.  Eyebrow stencil kits are available for help creating perfect brows too.

Visit my eBay store for eyebrow stencil kits.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Everything Old Is New Again

Everything Old Is New Again -- a fabulous song by Peter Allen and a wonderful concept for going green.  Re-use, recycle and buy pre-owned and vintage!

Go green -- shop my eBay store!

How To Pick The Right Jeans For Your Body

Do you know your body type?  Did you know that the right jeans can play down or accentuate areas of your body?  Here's a how-to to get you started on picking the right jeans for your body type.

Visit my eBay store for a selection of jeans.

Ed Rambeau Look For The Rainbow

On a frigid snowy day like we're having in New York, it is always nice to Look For The Rainbow.  Here's a great song by Ed Rambeau.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Add polish to any outfit and give it a new twist with a belt.  Belts come in all price ranges, endless fabrications and styles.  There are belts for any and all figure types.  Here are some ideas on how to bring belts into your wardrobe.

 Shop my eBay store for a selection of belts.

Hugh Jackman Sings I GO TO RIO

Sitting and watching the snow falling makes me think of someplace warm like Rio.  Since I won't be going there any time soon in real life, I decided to check out the next best thing and am sharing it with my blog followers.  Here's Hugh Jackman singing the Peter Allen hit I Go To Rio, the finale of the Broadway show The Boy From OZ.  Enjoy!!

Snowed In At Caramia's Collection

Well, we're getting ready in New York for yet another big snowstorm.  I'll be spending the day putting new items in my eBay store.  Did I hear anyone say Spring is just around the corner?

Jay Black and The Americans What Will My Mary Say

Since you my blog friends probably know that I am a huge fan of Jay Black and his former group The Americans, I love sharing his music.  This is a fabulous song made even more special by Jay's powerful vocals.  I hope you enjoy it, it always makes me smile.

Update Your Wardrobe With Accessories

I love basic clothing pieces and am always looking for fun ways to make them look different.  I've been teased about wearing a "uniform".  I even buy duplicates of clothing pieces I love.  Since I love accessories, I am always looking for fun and interesting ways to intergrate pieces into my daily life.  I love new and vintage and pieces they don't have to be expensive to make a statement.  Here's some great basic ideas.

Visit my eBay store for great accessories.

Accessorize With A Vest

Vests have always been a staple in a man's wardrobe, but they are equally as popular for a woman.  An easy way to update any wardrobe is with a vest.  A classic shape will always be in style, but new shapes and fabrications contantly flood the market.  Vests can be used as layering pieces but can also be worn alone -- your imagination is the limit.  It is even easy to stay fashionably warm with the right vest!  Here are some ideas for wearing vests.

Visit my eBay store for a selection of vests

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hugh Jackman in The Boy From OZ Broadway

Living in New York has some perks, one of which is Broadway.  One of my favorite Broadway shows was The Boy From OZ which starred Hugh Jackman as singer/songwriter Peter Allen.  My girls and I had the pleasure of getting to go backstage after a performance and meeting Mr. Jackman, a memory we will never forget.  Here's one of the songs from The Boy From OZ, hope you love it as much as we do.

Ed Rambeau Sings New York New York

As a native New Yorker, I have always been a fan the song New York New York.  I love this rendition by Ed Rambeau.

Visit my eBay store for Ed Rambeau cds

Find The Perfect Boots

Boots are functional as well as fun to wear.  With the right fashion pieces and accessories, you can wear your boots any time of year, not just in the cooler weather.

Visit my eBay store for a selection of boots!

Safe Shoveling Tips

As the East Coast gears up for yet another blast of winter snow I thought I'd share some tips for safe shoveling.  Keep warm, spring is just around the corner!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

'60's Mad Men Art on EBay

I have become mesmerized by the art hanging in the homes and office sets of the AMC series Mad Men.  I am a huge fan of anything '60's and recently rediscovered my own childhood while browsing '60's era art on eBay.  I came across a piece I just had to have as an identical piece hung in my home as a child!  I did an eBay "buy it now" and my childhood is being revisited in my home now.  The art I have rediscovered is called Gravel Art.  These were kits in the '60's that people bought, similar to paint by number.  They were artsy, do-it-yourself projects.  I remember my mother doing one just like the piece I recently found on eBay.  The photo on the top is the original piece hanging in my Brooklyn, NY home.  The photo on the bottom is the piece I bought on eBay.  Enjoy!!

Morning Coffee

Thought I would share the gift I bought for myself over the holidays.  I don't love coffee but need my one cup morning jolt.  Since I only use it for one cup a day, it took me a while to decide to finally take the plunge and buy a Keurig.  I couldn't be happier with my gift to myself.  The coffee comes out hot and you can adjust the strength of your cup.  It's fast, neat and easy to use (another issue that kept me on the fence).  The best part is that you can also make tea, hot chocolate and hot apple cider (my favorite) with the machine.  (I am not a paid spokesperson in any way, just want to pass on a great product to my blog friends.)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Accessorizing With Fashion Jewelry

One of the best ways to update your wardrobe is to add a new piece of jewelry.  Here's a wonderful how-to video filled with ideas.  Fashion jewelry is available in all price ranges, there's something for everyone.

Visit my eBay store for fashion jewelry

Happy Birthday Elvis Presley

Today, January 8th is Elvis Presley's birthday.  Here's a recording of him singing Happy Birthday Baby many years ago.  I hope you enjoy it!  Happy Birthday Elvis.

The Perfect Manicure by Deborah Lippmann

Caramia's Collection has been busy listing new nail polishes, some discontinued and hard to find shades. Please stop by and remember, combined shipping is always offered.

Visit my eBay store for a great selection of nail polish.

Come A Little Bit Closer

This is a fun video of another great song from the '60's by Jay Black & The Americans. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.