Monday, May 28, 2012


Today, the United States celebrates Memorial Day.  It is considered a federal holiday and marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season.
In the fashion world, Memorial Day marks the time of year fashionistas can technically start wearing white, though this is really an old "rule".
In New York, we celebrate Fleet Week and if you are lucky enough to be in our great city, you get to see the fleets of ships along the Hudson River and sailors and other service people walking our streets.  If you're a native to New York or a visitor and bump into a service man or woman, please make sure to thank them for their service.
Since today is a holiday, here is one of my favorite songs celebrating holidays, "Holiday" sung by the Bee Gees.
Thank you to all our service men and women.
Rest in peace Robin and Maurice Gibb.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Another May and New Yorkers  and visitors to our great city get to experience FLEET WEEK which began today.  Fleet Week is a celebration of Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard teams who protect our shores.  New Yorkers get to meet and greet the service men and women and New York City becomes a sea of people in uniform.  If you are lucky enough to be in New York during Fleet Week, take a moment to say "thank you" if you see a one of these special people!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Rest In Peace Robin Gibb

News has just broken of the death of Bee Gee Robin Gibb.  As a lifelong fan of the Bee Gees, my heart is broken to hear this news and wish comfort and my deepest condolences to his family and friends.  I had the pleasure of seeing the Bee Gees perform more times than I can count and never was disappointed.  They had a unique sound and managed to stay current through many decades.  Robin will live on in his beautiful music.  Rest in peace Robin Gibb.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Rest In Peace Donna Summer

This has been a difficult few months for music lovers, with the latest loss being the "Queen of Disco", the elegant, amazingly talented Donna Summer.  Thank you for the amazing memories of the fabulous and crazy disco era, Ms, Summer.  Rest in peace.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all moms and wishing comfort to those of us who have lost our moms.
John Lennon struggled with his relationship and ultimate loss of his mother Julia at an early age and wrote a touching tribute to her, "Mother" that I am sharing with all.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Fibromyalgia is an illness many have and suffer with in silence.  It causes chronic, constant pain, cannot be cured only hopefully managed and goes hand and hand with other similar diseases.  A very sad part of Fibromyalgia is that it "doesn't show".  While that's great for the sufferer as they don't "look sick", it also sometimes gets them forgotten and misunderstood.  They're thought of a "hypochondriacs" many times because they "look too good to be sick".
Today, May 12th is National Fibromyalgia Awareness day and this is written in support of those of us who suffer from this horrible illness silently.  It is written in hopes that it will bring some understanding to those who are lucky not to have it and ask that they have empathy for those afflicted.  This is also written to bring awareness to the medical community because better medications are desperately needed and even more importantly a cure needs to be found.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Missing Belleek

Selling online has its ups and downs and thankfully more ups than downs.
At Caramia's Collection, I recently had a lovely piece of Belleek listed wondering if it was going to find a new home and it did on April 3rd, it was going to California!
The mystery began the day after it was dropped at my local post office for shipment -- the package was scanned and then virtually disappeared.
Despite numerous calls to the USPS customer service number and conversations with my local postal reps, this lovely piece could not be located and yet it did have a tracking number and that number just seemed to stop with no reason or explanation available.
In my mind, I figured this package was surely missing but my buyer wanted it and was willing to wait it out.  I called and bothered the postal employees on a daily basis and never got a definitive answer.
And then, on May 2nd, the package reappeared and was safely delivered.  Who knows where it stopped on the way, why the package "went missing", why it is so hard to get a straight answer -- what I do know is that I have a happy buyer and that's what Caramia's Collection is all about!

Blogger has a new look

Getting used to the new blogger has been challenging. This video helped me understand it a bit better and wanted to share as it may help you too:

Friday, May 4, 2012

Happy Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) is celebrated nationwide in the United States and regionally in Mexico, not notably in Puebla.  In the U.S., the date is observed as a celebration of Mexican heritage while in Puebla it commemorates the Mexican army's victory over French forces.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fabulous Tequila Sunrise!


  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger tequila
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ice cubes
  • 1/2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger grenadine syrup
  • 1 slice orange, for garnish
  • 1 maraschino cherry for garnish


  1. Stir or shake together tequila and orange juice. Fill a chilled 12 ounce glass with ice cubes; pour in orange juice mixture. Slowly pour in the grenadine, and allow it to settle to the bottom of the glass (be patient). Garnish with a slice of orange, and a maraschino cherry.