Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Accessorize With A Belt

An easy way to update and change a look is with a belt.  Different size belts offer a variety of looks for the same fashion pieces.

Click here to view our selection of belts

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Today In BEATLES History

On November 29, 2001, George Harrison, the "Quiet Beatle" passed away.  In honor of his memory, his song,  "My Sweet Lord".

Monday, November 28, 2011


Cyber Monday is here, Caramia's Collection has been adding new treasures daily.  Today we are highlighting a gorgeous Novita Knishau SKINART Snakeskin bag -- perfect for the holiday season!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Coco Chanel Quote of the Day

"Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions." — Coco Chanel

Christmas Spirit

With Thanksgiving now a memory, it's time to get into the holiday spirit.  Here's a song that always puts a smile on my face when I hear it, "Driving Home For Christmas" sung by the super talented Ed Rambeau and accompanied by a fabulous video that he put together.  Enjoy!  Happy Holidays from Caramia's Collection!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful for Cara Mia

Every now and then I like to share the inspiration for my eBay store's name Caramia's Collection.  Here is Jay Black singing my favorite song, Cara Mia. 


Caramia's Collection sends warmest wishes to all for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011


I saw this recipe being prepared by the chef of  New York City restaurant -- it looks great, can't wait to try it for Thanksgiving.

Brussels Sprouts

6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds Brussels sprouts-ends trimmed, cut in half lengthwise
¼ cup minced onion
4 cloves garlic-peeled and chopped
1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons butter

Cook the Brussels sprouts in 2 batches. Heat a large skillet or dutch oven on high heat. Add 3 tablespoons of the oil, when just about to smoke, add half of the Brussels sprouts, stir to coat and brown the sprouts, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan, into a shallow bowl, sprinkle with salt and repeat with 3 more tablespoons of the oil, this time over medium-high heat.
When then sprouts are cooked, return the pan to high heat, add remaining oil and when hot, add the garlic and onion. Cook to brown, about 1-2 minutes. Add sprouts, stock and a pinch of salt, and over high heat cook for 3 minutes.
Then add the butter and cook until the butter had melted and the stock has become somewhat glazed. Adjust seasoning with salt

Friday, November 18, 2011

REGIS PHILBIN Gets Key to New York City

I've spent a good portion of my adult life watching and not watching Regis Philbin on morning television.  Usually, I keep the TV on as background noise.  I've always found him to be entertaining, his co-hosts, not so much.  My feeling has been when his co-hosts get real comfortable, they seem to get a little full of themselves, whereas Regis, in my eyes has always remained a humble man, kind of wondering himself how he got to be "Reege" and so beloved.  So, today, I tuned in to watch his send off and was drawn in.  Regis is an averge New Yorker who shot for the stars and made it!  Good for him!!  Today, he looked truly honored when New York's Mayor Bloomberg presented him with the key to the city.  I think mornings will be a little less fun without "Reege" and as one who has followed his career, I wish him the best in whatever he does.  As for watching the show, post Regis, I don't think so.  How about you?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

FLY AWAY by Ed Rambeau

How many times in one's life do we get to meet someone whose talent we admire from afar?  I fell in love with a song called "Concrete & Clay" back in the '60's.  Who knew years later I would become friends with the very talented man who sang that song!  Ed Rambeau, known as Eddie Rambeau back then not only has written songs for himself, but for others over the years.  He is a talented artist, photographer and author as well and has mastered putting together beautiful videos to watch as you listen to his music.  Here is a favorite song of mine, originally sung by Peter Allen.  I love Ed's version, hope you do too.

Virtual Online Learning & Me

Well, I am not the group type, don't like participating or joining anything, but my membership in Virtual Online Learning has brought out a side of me I didn't know existed.  Not only is it a fabulous site for learning at my own pace, it is also a wonderful place to meet other people with similar interests and yes, I do participate!  I have surprised myself with my membership and I can only sing praises of this wonderful site and encourage online sellers to join, join, join -- you will not be sorry!!

How To Wear Scarves

With the cooler weather approaching and scarves being one of the hottest fashion accessories, here's a great "how to" video showing inventive ways to tie and wear your scarf collection.  Scarves are a quick and inexpensive wardrobe update.

Click here to view scarves in my eBay store

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Help Find BeeBop the Missing Cat!

Re-posting a plea from the owners of BeeBop, especially to Brooklyn residents, but anyone willing to help is welcome!

"At this time with the cold weather quickly approaching, Team BeeBop is going to send out an official plea! Could everybody who has been following this page (and there are quite a bit of you!) please take the time out to drop a friendly note to the Editor of the free Brooklyn Paper. You will see it is listed under our "Likes." This paper comes out once a week in print and it is hard to miss in all... of Brooklyn. We have been trying to get a story in about BeeBop for the last month. I have already spoken with the reporter, as well as friends and rescue personnel who also spoke with her. The Editor's email is: The kind reporter is and she LOVES animals! Thanks everybody and thank you Jack."

Flight 587, My Memories

Today is the 10th anniversary of the second deadliest U.S. aviation disaster, the crash of Flight 587 in Belle Harbor, NY.
I will never forget that day, just two months after 9/11, I heard a horrible noise, my house shook and the electricity went out.  My mind raced wondering what had happened -- could a power cable have exploded?  A few minutes later, my father called me from Florida, he had seen on the local news that a plane crashed a short distance from my home!  Not really comprehending the magnitude of what he was saying, I got in my car with my daughter to check on her friend who lived closer to the crash site and we could not get near it.  I turned on the radio thinking I would hear that a propeller plane had gone down, only to learn that it was an American Airlines Airbus.  My daughter and I parked the car and walked to the scene in this very small close knit community we live in.  For hours, we did not know the fate of her friend or his family, we only knew that everyone on the plane had perished and that more than likely so did people on the ground.  We watched the scene in total disbelief -- it looked like a scene from a disaster movie, this could not be happening!
But it was happening, five people on the ground died as well.  My daughter's friend and his family were safe.  Every year since, there is a ceremony here to remember the victims.  A permanent memorial has been erected and homes that were destroyed have been rebuilt.
I will never forget that day and send my deepest condolences out to the surviving family members and friends of those who were lost on this tragic day.

Friday, November 11, 2011

National Corduroy Appreciation Day

November 11, 2011 aka 11/11/11 has been proclaimed "National Corduroy Appreciation Day" by the National Corduroy Appreciation Club.  Various festivities have been planned all over the country to celebrate the fabric and its interesting relation to today's date 11/11/11.


Caramia's Collection is extending our sincerest thank you to our veterans for their service to our country.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Where is BeeBop? -- Update

As of today, November 9th, BeeBop is still missing.  This is information posted by his owners -- they are not giving up hope and there is still a reward for his return.  Brooklyn Heights residents, please keep your eyes open for this beloved pet:

Team BeeBop is still on the prowl and on the hunt for BeeBop. Despite our obtacles, we will never give up. We view today's disappointment as a blessing because it confirms what we've thought all along and what the seers say...BeeBop is most likely being cared for by somebody else very close to where he went missing. We will stay strong despite this and feel comfort that he is being fed and kept... warm. We will just keep reposting on-line and reposting outside until we reach our next level.....thank you Jack! Team BeeBop could probably use a really good stiff drink tonight but instead we will try to go bed very early....Goodnight everybody and thanks for your kind comments and continued prayers. As PP says, Paws to the Sky.

Monday, November 7, 2011

RIP Jack

It is time for airlines to revamp their rules for how baggage is handled.  The airline industry has not only being ripping off their customers by demanding ridiculous fees for "real" luggage but the way that traveling pets are treated is disgraceful.  The recent disaster created by American Airlines in the treatment of Jack the Cat should be a huge wake up call to the industry!  Animals are living beings, they are not baggage!  If an airline cannot provide a safe travel environment for a pet, they should stop thinking about the mighty dollar and honestly tell a potential passenger the truth.  Traveling with a pet that gets put in cargo is inhumane!  Rest in peace Jack and may no other animal experience the horror of what you endured in the last two months of your life.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

JACK The Cat & The Rainbow Bridge

After following the story of Jack the Cat and what appeared to be a happy ending when Jack was found alive, it is with great sadness that I have just read that Jack has passed away.  Rest in peace Jack and sincerest condolences to his family, friends and the "army" of supporters who did not give up hope that he would be found alive.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

CHANEL Shade Parade

When my kids were small I had a trick to get their mind off visits to the doctor.  I would put Barbie shoes on my fingers and do a "dance" which would usually make them laugh and put them in a different frame of mind.
I recently saw this new Chanel nail polish campaign and could not help remember the days I spent "dancing" with Barbie shoes!  Not only did this commercial bring back great memories, it is also entertaining and as far as I see, brilliant!  Kudos to Chanel's advertising agency on a job well done!  Take a look and see for yourself......

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Jay Black!

I've told the story before but for those who don't know, my eBay store is named Caramia's Collection after one of my favorite "oldies" songs sung by Jay Black.  Today is his birthday and here is a classic clip of him performing "Cara Mia".  Happy Birthday Jay!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Caramia's Collection TUESDAY TREASURE

We've been able to get pieces from the sold out Missoni For Target Collection -- this elegant black and white classic cardigan was listed today. 


Okay, so who didn't expect this?  Better yet, who really believed this was a marriage and not a huge publicity stunt? 

Help Find BeeBop the Missing Cat!

A friend of BeeBop's family put this video together.  I am sharing it on their behalf in the hope that someone will recognize BeeBop and help reunite him with his family.  They really miss him and if you have been kind and taken BeeBop in thinking he is a stray, please contact his family, no questions asked and let him return home.