La Bella Vita Radio Show Back on Air October 16. 2013
La Bella Vita Show Info - We are on Hiatus!!

Ciao, La Bella Vita Show Fans -

So I have had some emails about where I have been and why I haven't had any new shows in the last

few weeks. Well, I decided to take the rest of the summer off and the La Bella Vita Show, will be

on hiatus until September 4, 2013. However, never a dull moment in my life - I'm still keeping busy

with my business and also in the middle of remodeling and redecorating my house. I also have family coming

to visit and will be enjoying a little travel as well. I will be kicking off the fall season with some great VIP

guests and I will be announcing the line up soon! I am so excited about the upcoming shows and I know

you will be too! So enjoy the rest of your summer - pour yourself a glass of wine, enjoy some great food, enjoy your

family time and keep living La Bella Vita. My love to all of you!


Your Hostess with the Mostest,

Dawn Catherine

La Bella Vita Show

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Italian Beach Resorts & Christmas in Italy La Bella Vita Show 6-26-13
La Bella Vita Show -June 5, 2013 Latest Trends from Premiere Hair Show - Orlando

On the next La Bella Vita Show -Dawn Catherine,
Shares the latest trends from:
Premiere Hair & Day Spa Show in Orlando, Florida.
Her weekend started at the VIP Day Spa Business Forum
with Lydia Serafati, founder of Repechage, Terry Lester of
Universal Companies and Jen Blackmon of Ritz-Carlton.
Who all spoke about the latest trends in the Spa Industry and some great new services being offered.
Then it was off to watch a qualifying round for the show "Battle of the Strands" with Kim Vo.

Her pick for "Best of Show" - it is absolutely revolutionary if you
curl your hair!
 She also spent some time talking with beauty industry icons, Martin
Parsons, Beth Minardi (Minardi Luxury Color), Michael O'Rourke (RockYour Hair),
Nick Arrojo (Arrojo) and Martino Cartier (Keratin Complex).
Wednesday  at 8 pm eastern.

 

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SUMMER VACATION 2013 - Dawn Catherine tells you all the latest on the upcoming summer travel season! Hot Destinations, Heavenly Spa & Salons from Around the World, must have travel apps, crazy suites, and the queitest places on the earth!
5-1-13 Dr. Diana Kirschner

Tonight on the La Bella Vita Show - Dr. Diana Kirschner, author of the book now out on Kindle - Find Your Soulmate Online in Six Simple Steps. She also penned the best seller Love in 90 Days. Tonight at 8 pm eastern!

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4-17-13 La Bella Vita Show - Encore of Winn Claybaugh Dean of Paul Mitchell Schools

 

Stay Strong BOSTON!

The La Bella Vita Show will be back next week - with fellow Togi Host

Julianna Lyddon of Connecting with Julianna. Coming up in the next few weeks we have Dr.

Diana Kirschner, who will be discussing her new book Find Your Soul Mate Online in Six Simple

Steps (The Love Mentor's Guide) Also, on May 8th we have Dr. Tina Tessina on who will talk about the launch of

 www.lovefilter.com 

 

 

 

 

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La Bella Vita Show 4-10-13 Beauty & Fashion and A Lovely Tour of Le Marche!

On the April 10 2013 episode of La Bella Vita Show, Dawn Catherine took us on a tour of the beautiful Le Marche area of Italy. From lovely seaside towns on the lovely Adriatic Coast to the beautiful interior town hugging the Appenine's.

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Italy Facts & Places / Delicious Recipes !

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show, host, Dawn Catherine talks about Italy's little known facts and places! Some are even thought to be haunted!! Also, she is going to be sharing some of her favorite recipes with one ingredient that is in each one of them!! Want to know what it is? Find out at 8pm eastern & 5 pm pacific!!

 

We had some tech problems with our podcast - so please go to my blog to find all the recipes I share on the show !! You can find them there!  www.labellavitacosmetico.wordpress.com

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Viva il Papa! All eyes are on Rome as a new Pope is elected!

On tonight's La Bella Vita show we head to Rome, where the Papal Conclave has just elected it's new Pope Francis I - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina! Join host Dawn Catherine as she talks about the history of the conclave, and how this is going to impact tourism to Roma in the coming years! Tonight at 8 pm eastern & 5 pm pacific!

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Tonight's La Bella Vita Show - The World's Most Expensive List - Beauty Products & Treatments, Travel, Food & Wine and much more!

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show, host, Dawn Catherine talks about the Most Expensive Things in the World  from Top Destinations, Food & Wine, Cars, Houses & Zip Codes, Shoes and much more! Tune in at 8 pm eastern and 5 pm pacific! 

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Puglia's Antonello Losito & Rocco Cartia of Southern Visions Cultural Vacations

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show, Dawn Catherine, welcomes Antonello

Losito & Rocco Cartia of Southern Visions Active & Cultural Vacations in

Puglia, Italy. Live from Palazzo Bellucci in New York City. Antonello & Rocco

will tell us all about their vacations and their beloved Puglia. 

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Tonight's La Bella Vita Show - Valentine's Day Tradition's around the World!

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show, Host, Dawn Catherine share with

you Valentine's Day's traditions from all around the world & luxury

Valentine's trips from around the world you could take your loved one on! Tonight at

8pm eastern/ 5pm pacific 

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La Bella Vita Show - Biggest Little State in The Union Rhode Island!

On the Jan 30th La Bella Vita show, Dawn Catherine took a tour of her home state of Rhode Island! Listen in to hear about the amazing history of this tiny state with a lot to offer! Great beaches, history and food! 

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Tonight's La Bella Vita Show -Dawn Catherine's Holiday Luxury Gift Picks 2012

Join Dawn Catherine on tonight's La Bella Vita Show tonight at 8pm

eastern/5pm pacific for her second Luxury Holiday Gift Show. If you are looking for gift ideas for anyone on your list you will find something on this show that features beauty products, jewelry, fragrances, travel and so much more !

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Favorite Christmas Destinations Around The World!

Looking for a change of tradition for Christmas? Tonight on the La Bella Vita Show, Dawn Catherine explores some of the best places to travel for the Christmas Holiday! Listen in as she takes us on a magical Christmas adventure around the world! Tonight at 8 eastern/ 5 pacific. 

 

 


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It's Harvest Time In Tuscany!

 On tonight's La Bella Vita Show, with host Dawn Catherine, at midnight eastern and 9 pm

pacific - it's all about GrapeHarvest time in Tuscany! 

 


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On tonight's La Bella Vita Show -Wine of Southern Italy and the Islands-Fashion Weeks &Fall Beauty Tips! 10/3/12

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show at midnight eastern & 9 pm pacific! It's all about the wine from Southern Italy & the Islands. It's also fashion show season in Europe - and some great fall & winter beauty tips!  

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Tonight's La Bella Vita Show 9/12/12 - We're talking about Fall Fashion & Beauty Trends!

 

On Tonight's La Bella Vita Show, Dawn Catherine talks about Fall

Fashion and Beauty Trends. She also is going to answer some Beauty

questions submitted by the listeners of the La Bella Vita Show! Tune

in at 12am eastern and 9 pm pacific. 

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Italy's Tuscan Wine Country

Tonight on the La Bella Vita Radio Show, Host Dawn Catherine, will take you on a journey through the beautiful Tuscan towns and explore the various types of wines and the grapes they use to make some of the best wines in Italy! Tonight at 12 am eastern - 9 pm pacific! 

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On tonight's La Bella Vita Show -Best Italian Food in USA

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show , host Dawn Catherine will explore some the USA's top Italian Resturants. She will take you on a Italian culinary trip through NYC, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. From some of the countries top chefs to some small mom and pop places! Tune in at 12 am eastern/9 pm pacific and see if your favorite place made her list and where you should dine should you be traveling to those cities anytime soon! 

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Tonight on The La Bella Vita Show - Italy's Unesco Sites

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show, we explore Italy's UNESCO sites. Did you know that Italy has

more site in its country than any other? Come as we explore these cultural sites that are part[ of this

organization and how you can help to let future generations enjoy these historical sites. Join host Dawn

Catherine as she explores these cities and sites tonight at 12am eastern - 9 pm pacific!

 

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On tonight's La Bella Vita Show - We are going to Italy's Lake Region!

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show - Host, Dawn Catherine, explores the Italian Lakes

region. We will explore Lake Como, Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore. Each lake has it's

own charm and treasures! So grab a glass of wine and let expore this beautiful area.

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On tonight's show it's all about VINO!

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show - it's all about VINO ! Host Dawn Catherine is going to talking about wine, her wine infused skin care line Bella Vino! All that and more at midnight eastern / 9 pacific!

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Tonights La Bella Vita Show - Tina Cassidy, Author of Jackie After O

Tonight our special guest is Author, Tina Cassidy, who spent her fromative years as an award-winning journalist writing about everything from business to politics to fashion. In 2005 she left her editing post at the Boston Globe to publish her first book, the internationally acclaimed Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born. Her second book, Jackie Adter O: One Remarkable Year When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassiss Defied Expectations and Rediscovered Her Dreams, routs out Tina's interest the various stages of a woman's life -from motherhood to empty-nester and beyond. You can contact Tina at AuthorTinaCassidy@gmail.com

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We are traveling to Sicily on tonight's La Bella Vita Show!

On tonight's La Bella Vita show we are traveling to the island of Sicily! I share all my favorite sites, hotels and the wonders of Sicilian cooking! Tonight at 12 am eastern/ 9 pm pacific!

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Tonight on La Bella Vita Show - Beauty Trends

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show, it's all about beauty. If you want to know what's hot and the latest and greatest in beauty. I share with you all the upcoming trends and my personal beauty picks from the Premier Hair Show in Orlando one of the biggest beauty shows in the USA. Hair, nails, makeup, skin care and more. Tune in tonight at 12 am Eastern / 9 pm Pacifiic.

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Show Info 5-23-12 Julianna Lynddon - Certified Life Coach and Spiritual Advisor

Tonight I welcome back Julianna Lynddon to the show as we talk about her work as a Spiritual Advisor and her latest project The Intuition Project! 

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5-9-12 Show Info! Summer Beauty & Travel Tips!!

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show, Dawn Catherine will be sharing her favorite summer beauty and travel tips! It's also Q & A time, Dawn will be answering questions from La Bella Vita listeners!!!! Tune in at midnight eastern/9pm pacific! 

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Show Info 4.25.12 Julianna Lyddon Certifed Life Coach, Author & Spiritual Advisor! Listen live midnight eastern/ 9 pacific

 

( Ok, I didn't know how to make my pic smaller ...lol....but Julianna & I are total hair twins!)

My guest tonight is Julianna Lyddon, MC is a Certified Life Coach with a master’s degree in marriage, family, and child counseling. She is also an author, teacher, counselor, and spiritual advisor and host of Connect with Julianna right here on Toginet!

Julianna earned her bachelor degree at the University of Kansas and her master degree at the University of Phoenix. This formal training provided her with the education, background, and skills to work as a professional counselor, but she knew there were many other ways to help individuals enhance their quality of life. In 2000, with this vision in mind, she founded her company, Connect With Julianna. She began offering additional services to her clients and branched out into teaching, intuitive readings and spiritual counseling, facilitating seminars and workshops, and guest speaking. A wider audience was reached with the debut of her weekly radio program. Julianna eventually expanded her education to become a Certified Life Coach.

As technology advances, new opportunities open up that allow Julianna to reach more and more people every day. For example, Skype cleared the path for Julianna to have face to face contact with clients without the need to travel and the expanding social media world has made it possible for thousands to benefit from daily inspirations and messages. Connect With Julianna continues to evolve and grow, but through it all Julianna’s mission has remained steadfast. She is passionately devoted to educating her clients, guiding them on their unique paths to unlock their hidden potential, and raising their level of consciousness.

Julianna was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. She lives in Paradise Valley, AZ with her husband Jim Lyddon. They are parents to three adult children

 

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Mangia , Mangia !!! La Bella Vita Radio Show, Dawn Catherine's favorite Italian Recipes!

On the La Bella Vita Radio Show, Host, Dawn Catherine, shares her favorite

Italian recipes! Tune into this show that will leave you hungry and inspired

to get into the Cucina, have a glass a wine and create some great

authentic recipes! Mangia, Mangia! Here is the link for the recipes I shared

on the show http://wp.me/Zfsj   

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Info Tonight's La Bella Vita Show 4-11-2012

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show Dawn will sharing summer beauty tips & about her her recent trip down to Naples in South Florida!

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Tonight's La Bella Vita Show 3-28-12 Pyschic Silvia Rossi will be taking your questions!

On tonights La Bella Vita Show - We have psychic-Medium and former Radio show Host of Make Contact with Silvia Rossi, Silvia Rossi, has been sharing her gift professionally for the last 17 years. During those years, she has taught others how to understand their connection to the spirit world. She appeared on the Sally Jessy Rafael Show and been a guest and co- host on the radio show Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski. She has worked with the police, helping them solve cold cases and murder cases. Silvia had the difficult task and honor of working with families and support groups of the victims of September 11th. Ms Rossi met John Edward at a workshop he conducted in 2003. He was thoroughly impressed with her after she relayed a message from the spirit world to an audience member at his event. Throughout her life Silvia experienced communications from the spirit side. In her childhood and through her teens she had numerous encounters with apparitions of the deceased. These profound experiences made Silvia acutely aware that this life was only one phase in the eternal journey of the soul. Ms. Rossi has made it her mission to help individuals and families understand their eternal connection to loved ones that have passed on; bringing relief and comfort to the countless who have been touched by her gift. She has had the privilege of working with many psychologists in the tri-state area who continue to refer their patients to her when conventional methods have failed. She conducts her practice out of offices in New York City and New Jersey. Currently, Silvia lives with her family in New Jersey and enjoys lecturing, teaching, and when not working you may find her performing at local venues singing and playing her guitar.

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It's Beauty Q & A with Dawn Catherine

It's Beauty Q & A with your host Dawn Catherine! Dawn will be answering all your beauty questions - if you have one join the togi chat room on toginet.com and she will answer it live on the air! Bellissima!

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Show Info 3/14/14 Let's Travel Down the Amalfi Coast!

Show Info :

The Amalfi Coast, or Costiera Amalfitana in Italian, is a stretch of coastline on thesouthern side of the Sorrentine Peninsula of Italy in the Province of Salerno, extending from Positano in the west to Vietri sul Mare in the east. Amalfi is of course, as the name suggests, the main town of the coast and today an important tourist destination together with other towns such as Ravello and Positano.

The Amalfi Coast is made of thirteen towns along the road that goes from the Gulf of Salerno to that of Naples. It is characterized by creeks, coves and cliffs on the sea, a variegated and breathtaking landscape enchanting all the visitors coming to visit all its towns, Praiano, Positano, Vietri sul Mare - ceramic-art wherever you turn; Cetara - a fishing town; Maiori and Minori -elegant towns with popular beach areas; Atrani - amazing cliffs and cays; Amalfi - a friendly little town with a gloriou past; Praiano - a small fishing town; Positano - a picturesque perfect coastline town; Ravello - the home of the famous music festivals; Scala - a town with a majestic view; Tramonti - the town between the mountains, and many others.

Each of these towns has its own traditions, and natural and artitsic treasures made of villas, gardens, sea, beaches, lemons yards, flavours and scents. Amalfi Coast is chosen by tourists from all over the world. Amalfi Coast is a very good choice thanks to its facilities: hotels, residences, B&B, villas. Managers and owners of all these facilities are very friendly and the tourist feels at ease, at home.

 

 

Naples, Napoli in Italian, is the third most-populated city in Italy and the biggest city in Southern Italy. Its name comes from the Greek Neapolis meaning new city. Its close proximity to many interesting sites, such as Pompeii and the Bay of Naples, makes it a good base for exploring the area. Naples is a lively and vibrant city, full of wonderful historical and artistic treasures and narrow, winding streets with small shops, making it worth at least a few days visit.

Naples is in the region of Campania in Southern Italy, about 2-hours south of Rome. It sits on the coast on the northern edge of the Bay of Naples, one of the most beautiful bays in Italy. Its harbor is the most important port in Southern Italy.

Naples Food Specialties:Pizza, one of Italy's most famous foods, originated in Naples and pizza is taken very seriously here. You'll find lots of great pizza places but be sure you look for one with a wood-burning oven such as Da Michele (mick caylee) only serves marinara & margarita ! Eggplant Parmesan originated in Naples and spaghetti also became popular in Naples, try it with clams or mussels. Seafood is abundant and very good in Naples. Check out my favorite Da Michele http://damichele.net/?lang=en


Naples Festivals: Naples has one of the best New Year's Eve fireworks displays in Italy. During Christmas, hundreds of Creches or nativity scenes decorate the city and the street Via San Gregorio Armeno ) in central Naples is filled with displays and stalls selling Nativity scenes. On Easter, there are many decorations and a big parade. Two huge religious festivals are held in September, the Festa di Piedigrotta on the 7th and San Gennaro on the 19th. During the summer, there are music festivals, too.

·         The National Archaeological Museum of Naples has one of the world's best collections of Greek and Roman antiquities, including mosaics, sculptures, gems, glass and silver, and a collection of Roman erotica from Pompeii. Many of the objects come from excavations at Pompeii and other nearby archaeological sites.

Sanservo Chapel - http://www.museosansevero.it/inglese/cappellasansevero/cristovelato.html

     

The Veiled Christ: the statue
Giuseppe Sanmartino, 1753

Placed at the centre of the nave of the Sansevero Chapel, the Veiled Christ is one of the most famous and impressive works of art in the world. It was the Prince’s wish that the statue be made by Antonio Corradini, who had already done Modesty for him. However, Corradini died in 1752 and only managed to make a terracotta scale model of the Christ, which is now preserved in the Museo di San Martino.

So Raimondo di Sangro appointed a young Neapolitan artist, Giuseppe Sanmartino, to make “a life-sized marble statue, representing Our Lord Jesus Christ dead, and covered in a transparent shroud carved from the same block as the statue”.

Sanmartino paid little heed to the previous scale model made by the Venetian sculptor. Both in Modesty, and in the Veiled Christ, the original stylistic message is in the veil, but Sanmartino’s late baroque feeling and sentiment permeate the shroud with a movement and a meaning far removed from Corradini’s rules. The modern sensitivity of the artist sculpts and divests the lifeless body of its flesh, which the soft shroud mercifully covers, on which the tormented, writhing rhythms of the folds of the veil engrave deep suffering, almost as if the compassionate covering made the poor limbs still more naked and exposed, and the lines of the tortured body even more inexorable and precise.

The swollen vein still pulsating on the forehead, the wounds of the nails on the feet and on the thin hands, and the sunken side finally relaxed in the freedom of death are a sign of an intense search which has no time for preciosity or scholastic canons, even when the sculptor meticulously “embroiders” the edges of the shroud or focuses on the instruments of the Passion placed at the feet of Christ. Sanmartino’s art here becomes a dramatic evocation, that turns the suffering of Christ into the symbol of the destiny and redemption of all humanity.

 is the center of modern Naples. San Francesco di Paola, on the piazza, is a huge domed church. Palazzo Reale, the Royal Palace, is across the square (closed Wednesdays). Inside you can visit the restored rooms and royal apartments and visit the roof garden where there are good views of the bay.

·         Spaccanapoli, or Via San Biagio, is the main street that divides Naples and is the heart of the historic center. Teeming with people, the street holds many interesting churches, shops, and other buildings. Originally the heart of the Greek and Roman city, the Spaccanapoli district is a string of narrow, winding streets and is mainly a pedestrian zone so its a fun place to wander around. 

·         Via San Gregorio Armeno, off Via San Biagio, is famous for its nativity workshops and stores. Via dei Tribunali, another street in old Naples, has arcades dating back more than 1000 years.

·         Santa Chiara Church is part of a large complex that includes a monastery with beautiful cloisters decorated with majolica tiles and frescoes and an interesting archaeological museum. 

·         The Duomo is a 13th century Gothic cathedral dedicated to Naple's patron saint, San Gennaro. A huge festival is held when a vial of his blood is taken out of its storage place in hopes that it will liquefy. On one side of the duomo is the 4th century Basilica Santa Restituta (the oldest church in Naples) with columns believed to be from the Temple of Apollo, good ceiling frescoes, and archaeological remains from the Greeks to the middle ages. The 5th century baptistery has good 14th century Byzantine-style mosaics. 

·         San Lorenzo Maggiore is a 13th century medieval church with extensive Greek and Roman remains underneath (closed Mondays). 

·         Piazza del Mercato has probably been a market square since Roman times.

·         Via Toledo, a pedestrian street, is one of the main business and shopping streets.

·         Castel dell'Ovo, the oldest castle in Naples, sits in a prominent position on the harbor and is used for exhibitions and concerts.

·         Castel Nuovo, a huge castle erected in 1279-1282, houses the Civic Museum (closed Sundays). Inside are 14th-15th century frescoes and paintings, silver, and bronzes from the 15th century to present.

·         Teatro San Carlo, known for its perfect acoustics, is the best place to hear opera in southern Italy. Opened in 1737, it's the world's oldest surviving opera house although it was rebuilt in 1816 after a fire.

·         The Capodimonte Museum and Park, built as King Charles III's hunting lodge, houses one of Italy's richest museums with a great picture gallery and collection of majolica and porcelain. You can wander around the royal apartments and the surrounding park, too.

·         Museum and Monastery of San Martino, on the Vomero Hill, has a famous display of Neopolitan nativity scenes, beautiful cloisters and gardens, frescoes and mosaics, artwork, and fantastic views.

·         Funiculare, inclined railways, take you up the hill to the Vomero district where you'll find fabulous views, Castel Sant'Elmo, and Certosa and Museum of San Martino. Funiculare Centrale, one of the longest in the world, leaves from Via Toledo by Galleria Umberto. The other two are Funiculare di Chiaia and Funiculare di Montesanto.

·   The Orto Botanico, botanical garden, is one of the best in Italy.

·   Naples University, founded in 1224, is one of Europe's oldest universities.

 

 

·  ...Pompei....

·  Imagine, at dawn on August 25, 79 A.D., a violent explosion of toxic gases and burning cinders from an eruption that had started a day earlier caused time to come to a stop at Pompeii. People were covered in ash doing whatever they could to survive. Frescoes were left undone, the paints still in their pots. The ash and cinders covered and preserved the scene exactly as it was at that moment. As tragic as it was, the information preserved beneath the rubble was as pristine as it gets for a 2000 year old site.

·         Excavations at Pompei -Excavations were begun all the way back in 1748 by Carlo Borbone. Seeking fame, he dug at random for treasures, much like a "clandestino" might do today. (A clandestino is one who does the work clandestinely for his own gain, like a grave robber and It wasn't until the appointment of Guiseppe Fiorelli in 1861 that a systematic excavation was undertaken. Fiorelli was responsible for pioneering the technique of making plaster casts of the victims of the eruption of the type you'll see around the site if you go.

·         Pompeii was a haven for many wealthy Romans, and so the rich remains hold a certain fascination for us today. Many of the frescos still seem fresh, and the restored mosaic floors are spectacular. It's hard to believe, as we extrapolate backwards from the technology explosion we've experienced over the short period of our lifetimes, that over two millennia ago people were living in houses and apartments of a type that we wouldn't mind living in today. (Well, as long as you don't mind the lack of private flush toilets I mean.)

·         Le Lune di Pompeii, the moons of Pompeii, is a special sound and light night tour given on weekends from May through October. The visit starts at the amphitheater gate and lasts about 70 minutes. 

·         Excavations continue to this day.

The excavations at Pompeii are pretty extensive. You may not see everything in a day.

 

·  Sorrento is great home base for touring naples & the amalfi coast  

From Sorrento you can visit other towns along the Amalfi Coast on the narrow but very scenic Amalfi Drive. Take a bus or taxi. Or take a boat ride along the coast if you prefer to travel by water. It's also easy to visit Pompeii, Vesuvius, and other Bay of Naples attractions by train from Sorrento

 Shopping: Pictures in inlaid wood is a centuries old local craft and you'll find them in many shops. Limoncello, the popular lemon liqueur is produced and sold here. ( My company La Bella Vita Cosmetico has a bath & body product lined called Limoncello di Sorrento coming out soon! If you love Limoncello you will love it!)

 Sorrento Hotels: Sorrento has more hotels than the other Amalfi Coast towns

 My Suggestion: Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittorio

http://www.exvitt.it/sorrento-hotel.html

The Romans, with their unfailing eye for beauty, were among the first to appreciate the spectacular scenery and temperate climate of Surrentum, perched on the cliffs of the Sorrento Peninsula in an area that also lies along the famous coast road known as the "Amalfitana".One of Italy’s leading Grand Hotels, the EXCELSIOR VITTORIA is located in Sorrento, the place where it is said that the Roman Emperor Augustus had a beautiful villa with magnificent views of Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.The Hotel dates back to 1834, a time when Italy was not yet a unified country. From the day it opened the establishment has been owned and run by the Fiorentino family, one of the few founding hotelier families remaining in Italy today.
The long history of the EXCELSIOR VITTORIA is reflected in the unique fin-de-siècle style of the building, which still retains its period of splendour. The interiors are tastefully decorated and contain original antique furniture including beautiful pieces, crafted locally, with inlaid decoration.
The Hotel and its terraces, famous for their breathtaking views over the Bay of Naples, have played host to many celebrities and discerning travellers including Kings and Queens, Artists (Richard Wagner, Enrico Caruso, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren) and other notable personalities attracted to Sorrento and the surrounding area.
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Five acres of private garden with citrus and olive trees also contribute to make the EXCELSIOR VITTORIA a unique hotel. There is a large swimming pool in the grounds, with an orange grove nearby, where guests can bathe and relax in the Mediterranean sun.

From the main terrace, a private lift descends directly to the pier in the harbour below, where sight-seers can easily hire a motor boat for an excursion along the beautiful coastline of the peninsula, or take a trip to Capri, Naples and Ischia on one of the many jet boat and hydrofoil services, which operate daily.

 

 

 

 

 

What Do in Sorrento:

Via San Cesareo is the main street of the old town. Here's where to go for the lively evening passegiata. Wander around the narrow streets of the old town.

Sedile Dominova is one of the most impressive buildings. Built in 1349, it has a 16th century trompe l'oeil cupola.

·         Church of San Francesco, in piazza San Francesco, is next to a 14th century arched cloister. In summer there are free art exhibits and occassional concerts.

·         Public gardens, along the clifftops, offer great views of the sea and Vesuvius in the distance. From the gardens you can take a lift down to the seaside.

·         Stabilimenti, piers, along the sea have beach and lounge chairs for rent. There are no real beaches so this is as close as you'll get. There are several lifts from town that take you down to the sea or back up.

·         Museo Bottega della Tarsialignea, the woodcarving museum and workshop, is open in the mornings.

 

La Tonnerella Restaurant - Sorrento
The renewed restaurant has got one big dining-room and a wide terrace on the sea that you can use to relish the refined and typical sirene land's dish as: Scialatielli with Lobsters, Risotto with lobster's and finocchietti, Orata with Sorrento's citrus fruits, shrimps in lemon leaf, calamari au gratin, lemon cake. The taste of the sea and the citruses mixed to the scent of the flowers that color rooms, the terraces and the garden

The Museum Caruso Restaurant, placed in the historical center of Sorrento, over that to be known for its refined and delicious kitchen, it distinguishes for its prerogative to be a small "museum/temple" devoted to the great tenor Enrico Caruso. The owner Paolo Esposito, his great estimator, thanks to the help of the historian Guido D'Onofrio, another carusiano DOC, has picked up numerous and interesting elements that recall the best of the life and the career of the great tenor. These objects together with the music of the famous tenor that spreads for the rooms, creates a very suggestive and particular scenery. Has 1700 labels in its wine collection.

 

Positano – 

Positano is at the center of the famous Amalfi Coast . Just across from the town are Le Galli islands, three islets believed to be the residence of the mythical Sirens from Homer's Odyssey. The best way to get around is by foot as most of the town is a pedestrian zone. Winding stairs, called the Thousand Steps, and the main street lead down through town to the beach. There's a bus along the one main street that you can take up or down the hill.

Where to stay : The Style of Le Sirenuse hotel is very unique. The Sersale family lives and entertains in the hotel and keeps it very much still as it were their private home. The architecture is Moorish baroque, typical of the area, with white washed walls, arched and vaulted ceilings and hand made tiles on the floors. Old paintings and prints are hanging on the walls and antiques and period furniture are decorating the many living rooms and all the rooms. Has a spa and restaurant on site and has an amazing infinity pool overlooking the beautiful ocean. If you go to the hotels website you can link on to their webcam and see the beautiful positano village. http://www.sirenuse.it/en/76/webcam.aspx 

Restuarants:

La Sponda restaurant in Le Sirenuse is lit, at dinner, by four hundred candles that create an unforgettable atmosphere. The cuisine is based on local, fresh ingredients and is inspired by the Mediterranean tradition.

Restaurant and B&B "La Tagliata" in Montepertuso – Positano http://www.latagliata.com/  

The new property has been built on 3 terraces respecting the environment in it is situated.On terrace are organic vegetable gardens allowing our guests to see and pick our home produce that is also used in the restaurants kitchen.

The first terrace is named: Punta Belvedere. This terrace can be used for private use. On arrival our guests can enjoy a "welcome" drink and hor d'oevres served to them whilst enjoying the panoramic view of Positano, the Galli isles and Capri below.

Either using the lift / elevator or the scenic pathway down to the next to the second terrace: L'Ulivella / Bougainville both terraces have spectacular view where the clients can dine outdoors. Both terraces can be reserved for private use only.

The third terrace: A Cas e Luigg c'a fatic. This terrace has both indoor and outdoor dining areas and is where the kitchen, bar and stock room are situated. From the terrace our guests can see the vineyards, organic vegetable garden below them and breathtaking view in front of them. Live music is also provided on selected evenings.

The lift / elevator on the third terrace opens up into La Cantina (the cellar). The cellar still retaining the exposed rock in which it was constructed.

Positano Shopping: Positano has many high-end fashion boutiques and Moda Positano is a recognized fashion label. It's also a great place to buy sandals and footwear. Shoemakers can make shoes on request while you wait. Limoncello, a lemon alcoholic drink, is popular all over the Amalfi Coast. As there are many lemon trees on the Amalfi Coast, you'll find lots of things with lemons, including pottery decorated with lemons.

Positano Attractions: Swimming in the crystal clear waters and catching some sun on the beaches, both pebble and sand, are tops on the Positano to do list. - By the seaside, you can shop or have a fantastic seafood meal along the Spiaggia Grande.- Stroll along Via Cristoforo Colombo and enjoy the shops, luxury hotels, cafes, and fantastic views. The Scalinatella connects Punta Reginella on the shore with the highest part of Positano. The Grotta la Porta cave where prehistoric remains were found is near Positano. there are good hiking opportunities from Positano, both along the coast and inland.

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta has a beautiful majolica dome, visible from many places. Inside is an icon of the Black Madonna, painted in the 13th century in Byzantine style. Positano has many beautiful villas and palatial buildings and eight defense towers built in the 16th century.

 

AMALFI 

Amalfi is a charming, peaceful resort town on the scenic Amalfi Coast of Italy. It was once one of the four powerful Maritime Republics and has much historic interest. Narrow alleyways wind through the town up the slopes between the sea and mountains. Excellent examples of medieval architecture with Moorish influence include its ninth century cathedral, Duomo di Sant' Andrea and the Cloister of Paradise, Chiostro del Paradiso. Besides history and beauty, the town is noted for its good beaches and bathing establishments, historic resorts and hotels, lemons, and handmade paper.

Hotel:Hotel Santa Caternia  http://www.hotelsantacaterina.it/ late 19th century liberty style villa immersed in the beautiful scenery of the Amalfi Coast, an elegant seaside residence surrounded by the perennial blue of the Mediterranean sea and sky, by luscious bougainvillea and by lovingly cultivated olive groves and fruit orchards. This is Hotel Santa Caterina of Amalfi, a special place to experience the finest of Italian hospitality and lasting sensations of wellbeing .

Shopping : NOCINO is another of the region's typical liqueurs, which is certain to bring a smile to the faces of your friends and relations. And why not take them a bag of excellent walnuts, which are plentiful in these parts. As well as these gastronomical specialties, in Amalfi handmade silver jewelry, and embroidered cameos and tablecloths.

Restaurant:  Recipient of a string of prestigious culinary awards and listed in all of the most authoritative restaurant guides: the fame of Restaurant Santa Caterina's Mediterranean cuisine has spread far beyond national boundaries. A wine list featuring all of the most prestigious labels and an elegant dining room add further to the appeal of Hotel Santa Caterina's main restaurant.

·         Beaches - Amalfi's beaches are some of the best on the coast and there are several top rate bathing establishments that rent beach chairs, umbrellas, and changing rooms. The water is crystal clear and great for swimming, scuba diving, or boating.

·         Duomo di Sant' Andrea and Cloister of Paradise - The duomo is reached by an impressive staircase of 62 steep steps leading up from the main piazza. Mosaics decorate the exterior of the church. It has impressive bronze doors made in 1066. Inside, the ninth century basilica has romanesque columns and frescoes but the duomo itself is mainly an 18th century baroque restoration although you can still see a lot of Arab-Norman influence. The duomo houses the richly decorated Crypt of St. Andrew. There's also a diocesan museum. The Cloister of Paradise, Chiostro del Paradiso, built in 1266, is a treasure of medieval architecture.

·         Palazzo Morelli - Inside the palazzo is the Civic Museum. The Tavola Amalfitana, a book of maritime lawas that was adopted around the Mediterranean, was written in Amalfi in the tenth century and is housed in the museum.

·         Paper Museum - At the top of town is the Paper Museum highlighting the history of paper making.

·         Valley of the Mills - near the Paper Museum, the valley is set along a stream bed between the cliffs. There are mills that brought water to the paper workshops and some are still in operation. Continuing beyond the town, walks in the steep wooded hills take in waterfalls, springs, and occassional sea views.

·         Shopping - Limoncello di Amalfi, a lemon liquor, is one of Amalfi's top products and can be found in local stores. High quality handmade paper from Amalfi has been famous for centuries and is even used in the Vatican. Amatruda is the oldest paper manufacturer in Europe. Handmade paper can be found in shops here.

·         Festivals - Every four years the Regatta of the Ancient Maritime Republics with historic vessels is held in Amalfi. The next time will be in June, 2012. Amalfi is also a good place for Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations.

 

 

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Beauty, Fashion & Style Milano Italy Stylle!

On tonight's La Bella Vita Radio Show it's all about Milano Fashion Week - Dawn Catherine will cover the various runway shows and also give some insight on visiting Milan! 

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Show Info 2-15-12 Author Patricia Rossi - Everyday Etiquette: How to Navigate 101 Common & Uncommon Social Situations!

Author Patricia Rossi is our guest on 2-15-12 ! Patricia is the author of Everyday Etiquette: How to Navigate 101 Common & Uncommon Social Situations. Patricia will be discussing business success actions that can take you from the BBQ to the Boardroom! Patricia Rossi, has taught thousands of professionals how to feel at ease in any social situation. www.patriciarossi.com  www.twitter.com/patriciarossi

 

 

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Show Info 2-8-2012 Top 10 Luxury Resorts & Spas

Tonight we are talking about my favorite luxury resorts and spa from around the world! Soak up the luxury in these five star resort destinations and lavish yourself in the ultimate pampering of these world famous Spas!

 

Top 10 Luxury Resorts & Spas

1) Alpen Royal Grand Hotel Gourmet & Spa - Dolomites, Italy

2) Hotel President Wilson - Geneva, Switzerland

3) The Mansion Resort Hotel & Spa - Bali, Indonesia

4) Rumors Luxury Villas & Spa - Cook Islands, South Pacific

5) EastThorpe Hall - West Yorkshire, England

6) Calistoga Ranch - Napa Valley, California

7) Divani Apollon Palace & Spa - Athens, Greece

8) Hotel Caruso Belvedere, Amalfi Coast -Ravello, Italy

9)Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa - Prague, C.R.

10) The Setai - South Beach, Miami

 

 

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1-25-12 Show Info - La Bella Vita

Tonight we have Tina B. Tessina, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist in S. California, with over 30 years' experience in counseling individuals and couples and author of 13 books in 17 languages, including The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again (Wiley), Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting About the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage (Adams Media) and The Commuter Marriage (Adams Media). She publishes “Happiness Tips from Tina”, an e-mail newsletter, and the “Dr. Romance Blog”.

Online, she is “Dr. Romance” with columns at ThirdAge.com, Divorce360.com, Healthapalooza.com, and Yahoo!Personals, as well as a Redbook Love Network expert. Dr. Tessina guests frequently on radio, and such TV shows as “Oprah”, “Larry King Live” and ABC news. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook . Her newest book, just out, is
Lovestyles: How to Celebrate Your Differences.

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Show Info 1/18/2012 ! It's Glam time with Golden Globe Fashion & FIrenze Italia!

Golden Globes Fashion and my favorite spots to see in Firenze, Italy! Join Dawn Catherine tonight and get your glamour, fashion and travel on !!!!

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It's Q &A 2012 Beauty Questions answered from your host Dawn Catherine

It's 2012 and it's a New Year - and just the right time to get into a new beauty routine. Dawn will be answering questions from show listeners & will be giving some great advice! Have a question call into the show!

1-877-864-4869 Dawn will also be talking about "Beauty Branding" - as abeauty coach she has taught professionals around the world. She knows exactly what the right look for your hair & makeup and wardrobe - in today's competitive job market you had to have an edge. Make sure your look is
brilliantly executed - and Dawn can help you achieve that!

Entrepreneurs, take note. Is your beauty branding in competition with your actual brand? How can you make sure your complete look enhances your brand and business and doesn't compete with it!

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Info for 12-14-11 Show ! Christmas 2011 Wish List

Info for our show tonight! 2011 Christmas List must haves and my Incantato's

 

Incantato's - What has me spellbound ?

Style Icon - Diane Kruger at the 2011 Unicef Ball in a sheer black Pucci dress with red pumps - now I will say wasn't a fan of the red pumps should have been black or nude but the dress was so amazing I had to give it to her!

Wine Pic of the Week - Sangioveto di Toscano Colti Buono - Sangiovese amazing wine hints of black currants, raspberries, tabacco and spices find it www.chianticlassico.com/coltibuono


Favorite Thing of the Week - Matthew & Michael's video response to Rick Perry's Presidential Commercial ! I love these two - so freaking cute! "Glitter is what made American sparkle and Glitter can make us sparkle again"! Check out the video -by way they are coming on the La Bella Vita show soon!

http://youtu.be/HtMYVi8PA-s

 

Liquid Palisade - Perfect for the woman who wants the perfect manicure and also achieve amazing nail art ! Liquid palisade allows you to polish your nails to perfection without the mess on your cuticles. Simply apply liquid palisade on your cuticles - polish- peel of the liquid palisade and presto you have a pefect manicure! www.liquidpalisade.com

Vanity Pillow - Prevents sleep wrinkles by supporting your head while you sleep and eliminating facial compression. Made with 100% organic cotton. www.plumdesignnyc.com

Bella Vino - Vino Therapy skin care - infused with the by-products of the wine making process. Provides age-defying treatment for your skin. www.labellavitacosmetico.com

Create a travel book with your photos at www.mixbook.com or www.shutterfly.com 

Mixbook.com allows you to create your very own coffee table sized photobook! I can't wait to start mine today!

Adopt - A - Vine in Italy - For that hard to find gift person give the gift of virtual winemaking with Adopt-A-Vine in Italy you will get a certificate of adoption, 24k Gold grape leaf commemorative ornament, pics and updates on your vine and culminates with three bottles of wine! www.labellavitacosmetico.com

Speak Language Center - Give the gift of speech with Speak Language Center's full immersion language & cultural course in Todi, Italy. www.speaklanguagecenter.com

Cookbook - The Basic Art of Italian Cooking - Da Vinci style at www.marialiberati.com

Divina Cucina - Judy Francini offers cooking course in Florence Italy. Featured by National Geographic as one of Italy's tops Cooking Schools! Give the gift of authentic Italian cooking with www.divinacucina.com

Italian Gift Baskets - www.dibruno.com offers a great assortment of Italian baskets of gourmet food! Cheese, wine and pasta etc.! 

Panerai watches famous for it Luminor series of Luxury watches founded in Florence,Italy  www.panerai.com

Damiani Jewelers  www.damiani.com Exquisite jewelry with expert craftmanship! Love the white gold diamond and sapphire ring!

Bulgari - www.bulgari.com Quintessential itlalian design - my favorite is the 18 K gold Zero 1 ring with pave diamonds!

Those are the picks! Hope that you love them and send someone you love the gift of Italian Luxury! Oh and don't forget to send me a present too! xoxox

 

 

 

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12-14-11 - It's Q & A part duo (2) & Italian Christmas Traditions with Dawn Catherine!

Tonight the show is all about Italian Christmas Traditions and then it's part duo (2) of Q & A's ! 

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Show Info 12-7-11 ! It's Luxury Lifestlye Q & A's with your host Dawn Catherine!
Tonight's show! November 30 2011 - Soap Opera Star and Author Sean Kanan -


Tonight, I am joined by Soap Opera Star & Author Sean Kanan who wrote the book "The Modern Gentleman: Cooking and Entertaining with Sean Kanan. Sean who always plays bad boy Deacon Sharpe on the Young and The Restless-The sam role he originated on the Bold and The Beautiful. Currently, Sean is a reccuring guest panelist on Fox's "Red Eye" and HLN"S "ShowbizTonight." Sean appeared on the Italian version of Dancing with The Stars and has lived in Italy and is fluent in Italian.Sean is very involved with the Anti-Defamation League and recently traveled to Washington, DC to lobby a memeber of congress on issues of bullying. Sean is engaged to his girlfriend, Michelle Vega.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Show Info 11/16/11 Dr. Tina Tessina Author of Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting abut the The Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show it's all about relationships -  We have Dr. Tina Tessina! Author of twelve books, her latest Money, Sex and Kids: Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage! Here is what Redbook  & Ivillage.com had to say about Dr. Tessina.

“With a Ph.D., 11 books, and 30 years of counseling experience under her belt…Tina Tessina has a lot to say about the everydays of life and love.” —Redbook, ivillage.com

Ask any married couple what issues raise turmoil in the marriage and all will agree: money, sex, and kids. These three universal conflicts—that over time can erode even the strongest unions—are cornerstone issues. A prescriptive, practical guide, MONEY, SEX, and Kids: Stop Fighting about the Three Things That Can Ruin Your Marriage (January; Trade Paper Original; Adams Media) by popular author and therapist Dr. Tina B. Tessina shows couples how to deal with their differences surrounding these divisive issues and resolve them before divorce court is the only option. Breaking down proper etiquette for marital debate, as well as offering creative approaches to issue-specific problem-solving, MONEY, SEX, and KIDS provides readers with: • Sample scripts to properly handle arguments • Guidelines and exercises to deal with marital conflict • Cases of other couples who have tackled the money, sex, kids conflict triangle With 40 percent of all first marriages and 50 percent of all second marriages ending in divorce, America’s 56 million married couples need help. Dr. Tessina offers struggling couples a much-needed fresh look at what is mean to be married—and what it takes to stay that way. Tina Tessina, PhD, MFT www.tinatessina.com  has been a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in California since 1978. She is the author of 12 books, including The 10 Smartest Decisions a Woman Can Make Before 40 and The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again. Her most recent books are It Ends with You: Grow Up and Out of Dysfunction, How to Be a Couple and Still Be Free, and The Real 13th Step. Her practice includes individual and couple counseling. She’s been happily married for twenty five years.

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11/2/11 Show! It's all about my favorite things in Italy! I will be joined by the VP of Sales of LBVC Karen Hirasaki!

On tonight's show - It's all about my Favorite Italian Memories, Things &

Places! I will be joined tonight by Karen Hirasaki - V.P. of Sales at La Bella

Vita Cosmetico! Join as we share our stories of traveling to the old country

Italia on business for my company. The amazing places we have stayed

and seen along the way! It is sure to be informative and hilarious! 


 

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Show Info 10/26 Christina Ball of Speak! Language Center

This show was dedicated to my friend Diana Eros Duncanson. She fought a long battle with breast cancer but was taken way from those she loved too soon. She was a loving mother to her two beautiful children Andrew & Kathleen and wife of Don. Diana had a great sense of humor and was one the sweetest people I knew. Rest in Peace Diana! To my female listeners of the show - PLEASE don't forget to get your yearly mammogram.

 

My picks of the week: Style Icon of Week - The very hot Mr. Johnny Depp! He was looking hot at the premier of the The Rum Diary! in NYC --- Wine pick of the week - Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nouva 2006 from Casanova di Neri an amazing Sangiovese! www.casanovadineri.it

 

 

Last night we talked about the language of love! Italiano style! We had 

Christina Ball of Speak! Language Center located in Charlottesville, Va.

A Yale professor turned entrepreneur she started her language school in

2004 then known then as Ecco Italia and now Speak! Language

Center! She started with only Italian classes but has now expanded to

multiple language courses. You can find information about the language

center at www.speaklanguagecenter.com She also has several Italy trips

so you can immerse yourself in the language of amore and culture. If

your passion is opera she has a trip designed to combine your love of

Opera and learning the italian language and takes place at

www.seregoalighieri.it right outside the beautiful city of Verona. If

creative writing is your passion - she has you covered with a creative

writers "spa" in Umbria at www.roccofiore.it

This beautiful agriturismo has a spa on site ....it doesn't get much better

than that! Beautiful Umbria, lovely agriturismo with a spa & immersing

yourself in your passion and the culture of Italy! 


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Maria Liberati Recipe

Recipe from Maria Liberati from her cookbook "The Basic Art of Italian

Cooking - Da Vinci Style" - it sounds delicious! Let me know what you

think of this classic Italian dish!

 

 

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 copyright art of living, PrimaMedia,Inc ( Used with permission by Maria Liberati)

 

 

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe (Spaghetti with cheese and pepper)

 

1 lb (300 gr) spaghetti

8 tablespoons (120 gr) freshly grated pecorino cheese

pinch of salt

freshly grated black pepper to taste

 

Grate Pecorino cheese and set aside. Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions till al dente.  When  pasta is finished cooking, drain, however keep about ½ cup of cooking water in pot  and set aside.

Place spaghetti in large bowl, place in 2 tablespoons of cooking water and 4 tablespoons of grated Pecorino cheese, stir till mixture becomes  creamy, Add in fresh black pepper, stir. Add in remainder of cheese ,another few tablespoons of water till mixture is creamy, not watery.  Serve very hot.

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October 19 2011 Show! Maria Liberati - Author of The Basic Art of Italian Cooking - Da Vinci Style

Join my guest Award winning cookbook author and Celebrity Chef - Maria

Liberati! We will discuss her newest cookbook; "The Basic Art of Italian

Cooking: Da Vinci Style." and everything else Italiano!

 

www.marialiberati.com

 

 

 

As a former international supermodel, Maria Liberati never dreamed that she would go from being a fashion diva to a domestic diva. Ironically, while jet setting off to modeling assignments around the world, Maria became closer to the simplicity of life and food in the country setting of her family’s vineyard in the mountains of central Italy. She began to experience the real tastes of food that she knew from her childhood.


maria2 An Award Winning cookbook author and Celebrity Chef -her passion with food began at the early age of 4, when she would accompany ‘nonno’ (grandfather) on his early morning Saturday trips to the Italian Market in Philadelphia to pick out all the fresh ingredients for the Sunday family meal.



Years later, Maria was spotted by international artist Sergio Terzi (known as Nerone) and was asked to sit for a portrait at his studio in the Emilio-Romagna region of Italy. While sitting for this portrait, the months lingered on and Maria found herself spending more and more time at Nerone’s family farm nearby. During her time there, she studied the art of making the famed Parmigiana-Reggiano cheese. When the painting was finished, it was exhibited all throughout the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art where the painting and the artist were honored at a special ceremony for the contributions of Italians to the World.

maria4 Today, Maria is considered one of the foremost experts on Italian Cuisine and culture,has been called the Italian ’Martha Stewart’ (Celebrity Society magazine 06/06) and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and national media features. She is frequently called upon to be spokesperson for many food and kitchen related companies to bring across their message of artisan, fresh local products to her audience. She also serves as food consultant for new products. Maria is frequently found cooking center stage at many consumer and trade show events as guest Celebrity Chef and designs corporate teambuiliding programs for Fortune 500 companies. As a professional speaker, Maria is asked to speak at many events on her success. The rest, as they say, is history. She divides her time between her office and residence in the USA and Italy where she writes her books and hosts specialty culianryadn wine programs at some of Italy’s most magnificent castles and vineyards.

Maria’s philosophy is to create recipes that simply transform the freshest ingredients without changing their essential flavors…”that is an art and cooking is an art..a basic art”. For more tips on cooking, foods, style and decorating, visit Maria’s blog where food meets art, travel and life!

 

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October 12 2011 Rich Christiansen -Author of "The Zig Zag Principle"

My Guest this week is Rich Christiansen - Author of the Zig Zag

Principle.

 

Rich describes himself as “a perfectly good business executive, turned entrepreneur.”

Before becoming an entrepreneur, he was a skilled executive and market innovator in the corporate world.  He was General Manager at both Mitsubishi Electric and About.com. After 20 years in the technology industry, he discovered that his true passion and talent is in launching start-up companies.

Rich has founded or co-founded 32 businesses. These ventures were bootstrapped with just $5,000 to $10,000 of starting capital. Eleven of those businesses were miserable failures, but eleven have became wildly successful multi-million dollar businesses. Rich has identified The Zig Zag Principle as his secret formula for optimizing success while minimizing failure.  It is also his methodology for setting goals and living a happy, healthy life.

Using this principle, Rich is having a blast building, managing, and selling his own compilation of start-up companies. He states, “I am not sure it should be legal for one individual to have this much fun.” 

The Zig Zag Principle is a part of every facet of Rich’s life—including his personal, professional and family life. He even teaches and empowers his own children to apply the principles to build their own successful businesses.

 

When the family’s not starting a new venture, the Christiansens enjoy cruises, travelling the world, and spending time outdoors. They recently returned from Nepal after trekking in the Himalayas together. Rich is committed to his beautiful wife, five wonderful sons, and Nepalese daughter.  They live in the spectacular mountains of Utah.

 

Rich received both his Bachelors in Electronic Engineering Technology and an MBA from Brigham Young University.  He is passionate about educating youth in third-world countries.  He has set the personal goal to help educate 1,000 young men and women before he turns 50.

 

The Zig Zag Principle: The Road to Success is Never a Straight Line

The Goal-setting Strategy that Will Revolutionize Your Business and Your Life

 

Rich Christiansen

Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Release Date: October 4, 2011

www.zigzagprinciple.com

 

Have you ever set your sights on the top of a mountain and then started your ascent by heading straight through the trees and up the sheer cliffs?  Or jumped in your car and headed to the other side of town—as the crow flies?  Of course not! Because you instinctively know, just as a mighty river has to wend its way around obstacles and obstructions, that the best route from where you are to where you want to be is never actually a straight line!

 

In The Zig Zag Principle, Rich Christiansen applies a foundational law of nature to business management, entrepreneurship, goal-setting, and life in general as he explores why zigzagging toward our intended outcomes is far more effective than trying to bulldoze our way through whatever stands between us and our objectives.

 

Everything you need to know to get on the right path is here in The Zig Zag Principle:

 

  • How to identify your destination: Where do you want to go? How will you get there?
  • Why does Mental Capital plus Relationship Capital equal Financial Capital?
  • Why having a defined set of values will be key as your business finds its way?
  • How to add resources and hire smart – as you to turn the cash you have into fuel for more.

·         Replicating your successes to bring your product to the masses.

·         Protecting your resources, your family, and your sanity.

The simplicity of a straight line can be seductive. But it’s not a realistic way to go about achieving your goals because you will always come upon unexpected obstacles in the road. Zigzagging requires you to be nimble and flexible, to “bootstrap,” and to be able to take advantage of multiple opportunities. What it delivers is success—in business and in life—far beyond your initial plans and dreams.

 

Use The Zig Zag Principle to assess your resources, use them to their fullest, and keep yourself and your team motivated—all while living a life of balance.

 

 

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Show Info October 5 2011 Giulio Veglio - Author of

Giulio Veglio was our amazing guest this week! Giulio is the author of “Slap on The Back of The Head", owner of 10 Paul Mitchell Schools, Salon owner (Lunatic Fringe) and Visionary Freak!

Giulio was born in the old country (Italy) and came to the states when he was just 5 years old. Giulio said it was his mom who persuaded him to go into the beauty industry. A decision that would change his life - working with the best of best in the hair world he excelled in the industry. Not only an amazing hair stylist and industry mentor - he is a great entrepreneur teaming up with John Paul De Joria and Winn Claybaugh owning multiple Paul Mitchell Schools!

It wasn't all talk about hair and business - we talked about some of our favorite places in Italy too & of course wine – old school style made in the cellars up in the north east!

He also picked our wine pick of the week Stag Leap Merlot! Listen in to the podcast to hear the sweet story as to why Giulio picked that wine!

You can get a copy of Giulio's book at his web site! It's a great read!

www.visionaryfreak.com

 

 

 

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Sept. 28th Show Info - We have Steve Roddy of ThePageantPlanet.com will talk about all things glam and glitz in the world of pageants!

 

Tonight it's all about the glitz and glam of the Pageant world. My guest is Steve Roddy

founder of www.PageantPlanet.com and we will be talking about all things pageants and

about the controversy surrounding TLC's Toddlers & Tiara show are the child glitz pageants

to much to soon for these kids?!


Former model and television host, Steven Roddy, at the age of 23 was the youngest owner

of a professional football team. Following the football team Roddy, formed an Internet

Marketing and Website Design firm called,The Marketing Model. Steven has consulted for

Desert Wind Films, Sherwin Williams, 2 New York Times best selling authors, Success

Magazine, and various other clients from Canada to Hawaii.
In conjunction with The

Marketing Model, Roddy created The Pageant Planet.com. The Pageant

Planet.com serves as an online pageant coach that instructs more than 80,000 girls

monthly how to successfully compete in pageantry. 

 

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Show Info from Sept 21 Shamini Dhana of www.dhana.com

Last week we had the wonderful Shamini Dhana as our guest who is the

founder of Dhana™ eco apparel is for savvy, socially-conscious kids who

celebrate nature, global cultures and a green way of life. Wearing Dhana™

is about Wearin' the World™. You can find this great "tween" line at

www.dhana.com and read her blog www.wearintheworldru.com 

 

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September 21 Show Info! Shamini Dhana owner of the eco-friendly clothing line! Dhana

So we took an unexpected break last week! I will be telling you about why I wasn't

 

able to tape my show last week! We will talk about all things beauty at the Emmy's!

 

 

 

Tonight we have a great guest Shamini Dhana who is owner of Dhana - A Lifestyle

 

Brand of Kids Apparel Celebrating Nature, People and Cultures inspired by Artists,

 

One Season at a Time! Sustainable Fashion for People & Planet. Organic. Fair Trade.

 

Wearable Art. 

 

 

 

 

 

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La Bella Vita Show Info ~ April Reno of Apil Reno Jewelry/Associate Editor at BellaSugar.com Lacey Gattis/Celebrity Stylist & Makeup Artist Val Angelino

On tonight's show, I will be talking to April Reno of April Reno Jewelry! Her luxury jewelry is Bellissima! April will tell us about her collections and what inspires her luxurious signature pieces. We also have celebrity hair stylist and makeup artist Val Angelino! Val has worked with A-list celebs Britney, Nsync, Back Street Boys, Josh Groban, Dwight Howard just to name a few! I am lucky enough that she works her magic on me too and is the Creative Beauty Director for my company La Bella Vita Cosmetico! Val is going to talk about working on the A list celebs and what are hottest celebrity hair styles & trend right now!

About our guest: April Reno www.aprilreno.com

Founded in 2010, April Reno jewelry is a fashion-forward jewelry line that re-invents timeless style. April’s work is a material manifestation of her creative vision and daring character, and can be worn as an expression of artistic style and fashion fervor. She uses mixed metals, including rhodium, oxidized silver, gold and gunmetal, and Swarovski crystals, cut glass, and semi-precious stones to combine statement style with a classic approach.

 

About Val Angelino:

You can find celeb hair stylist and make up artist working her magic between Florida and New York City!!

 

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August 31 Show Info

On this weeks La Bella Vita Show we talked to Madeline Jhawar of Italy Beyond The Obvious!

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August 31st Show Info! Madeline Jhawar is back to talk about off the beaten path activities & tours in Italia!

We are excited to have Madeline Jhawar back on the show! Tonight we

are going to talk about all the exciting activities that you can do while

vacationing in Italy! Off the beaten path bike tours, hiking tours,

national parks, hot air ballon rides and more! So pour a glass of wine

and join us as we talk about taking your next Italian vacation off the

beaten path!

 

Madeline owns www.italybeyondtheobvious.com a travel planning

company. She can organize a trip for the first time italian traveler to the

italophile who has been more times than they can count!

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August 24, 2011 Show Info

Our wine  pick of the week! Briziarelli Montefalco 

 www.cantinebriziarelli.it

Take a look at the vineyard   http://youtu.be/ZpBCRufaRoo

 

The Briziarelli family is one of the largest producers of italian terracotta

roof tiles www.briziarelli.com

 

To reach Johanna Jacobson about planning your international destination

wedding and wedding/honeymoon photography contact her at

www.ambientimage.com

 

Information regarding Sommelier courses to become a Certified Master

Sommelier!

 

Court of Master Sommeliers

http://www.mastersommeliers.org/

 

Wine and Spirit Education Trust

http://www.wsetglobal.com/

 

Union de la Sommelerie Francaise

http://www.sommelier-france.org/

 

 

We also talked about Kim Kardashian's beautiful wedding! My fellow

entreprenuer Julie Goldman of Original Runners created the beautiful

aisle runner for Kim's wedding.To see Kim's aisle runner and all

of Julie's beautiful custom runners go to her site at

www.originalrunners.com

 

 

 

 

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August 24th Show Johanna Jacobson International Destination Wedding Expert & Italian Sommelier www.ambientimage.com

On Wednesday August 24th's La Bella Vita Radio Show, we have Johanna

Jacobson coming to us live from Italy! Johanna is an italiophile and

a woman of many talents! She works as an international destination

wedding planner, photographer, and is a Certified Italian Sommelier! We

will be talking about planning a luxurious destination wedding in Italy,

travel & honeymoon photography and what it takes to become a

Certified Italian Sommelier! Grab a glass of wine (Italian of course) and

join Johanna and me on the La Bella Vita Show!

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Tonights Show Aug 17, 2011 Julie Knapp Steelman-Sales Guru & Author

Our guest tonight is the amazing Julie Steelman author of "The Effortless

Yes: Get the Sales You Want and Make All You'll Ever Need".

 

Getting to the Effortless Yes

A new book presents strategies, secrets, and tips that make selling both enjoyable and profitable.

 

Many entrepreneurs, women in particular, are allergic to selling. They think of it as insincere, undignified, or scary. Other entrepreneurs take the wrong approach to selling—they pester, try to charm, or don’t listen to their customers. The problem is, businesses depend on making sales—and making them consistently.

 

Now imagine a new way to sell that's pleasurable and easy because it gives you an opportunity to help or serve your customer. What if the act of selling were heartfelt and natural, and it became easy to win customers over with your enthusiasm and passion?

 

That’s the idea behind a new book by internationally known selling guru Julie Steelman, called The Effortless Yes: Get the Sales You Want and Make All You’ll Ever Need (Franklin-Green Publishing, 2011). Steelman has distilled three decades of successful selling secrets into a seven-step approach that helps sales-averse entrepreneurs strike a balance between making money and helping customers satisfy their needs and wants.

 

This invaluable workbook features dozens of tips, exercises, templates, and tools designed to help you:

 

      Overcome your aversion to selling—and cultivate courage and confidence.

 

     Find your selling sweet spot—the thing that makes you unique, valuable, and sought-after

 

      Craft an irresistible pitch—and learn the key to compelling conversational techniques.

 

     Use social media tools effectively—and discover how to influence new customers while engaging old ones

.

     Reach out to potential buyers in a fresh way—and nix the dreaded cold call forever.

 

      Discover your signature selling archetype—and “try it on” until it fits you like a glove.

 

     Perfect your natural “ask”—and learn to anticipate and overcome each and every customer objection.

 

If you've hated selling in the past, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Using Steelman's approach, selling becomes an act of giving--which makes it fun, natural, and normal, and neutralizes any associated fear or distastefulness that have kept you from reaching new heights of success.

 

About the Author

 

Julie Steelman is an internationally esteemed sales trainer and motivator, and the author of The Effortless Yes: Get the Sales You Want and Make All You’ll Ever Need (Franklin Green Publishing, 2011). 

 

Steelman generated more than $100 million in sales during her 30-year selling career, working with industry behemoths such as Apple, Microsoft, Toyota, CBS, Sony Studios, and Universal Pictures.

 

Recognizing that the selling relationship starts with understanding a buyer’s pain points, Steelman earned a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

 

After retiring from sales and now living debt-free in her personal paradise of Hawaii, she became the go-to guru for entrepreneurial business owners who want to master the art of heart-centered selling, kick-start new profit growth, and become affluent. Known as The Entrepreneur’s Selling Mentor, Steelman developed the easy-to-master Effortless YES! Selling System™, which helps business owners overcome their aversion to selling in an honest, transformational, and interactive style. Her ability to see the possibility for life-long prosperity in her client’s businesses has made her a highly sought after expert in her field.

 

 

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Show Info August 11 ~ Madeline Jhawar of www.italybeyondtheobvious.com

We had a great show ....I talked about my driving experience in London

and my new found love for designer Clive Christian. www.clive.com 

 

Then it was all things Italian with Madeline Jhawar.

 

Madeline own the travel planning company

 www.italybeyondtheobvious.com

She can organize a trip for the first time italian travel to the italophile

who has been more times than they can count! Here are some of the

 italian festivals that we talked about on the show.

 

Venice Carnival

http://www.carnivalofvenice.com/?lang=en

Acireale Carnival

http://www.carnevaleacireale.com/en/

 

Siena Palio

http://www.ilpalio.org/palioenglish.htm

 

Asciano Palio (donkey palio) I was able to find a link that tell the date and where it is held!

 

http://www.san-bernardino.it/altri_eventi-ENG.html

 

Here is a list of all the palios in Italy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palio

 

the Verona opera

http://www.arena.it/en-US/HOMEen.html

 

The Rome - Venice Orient express ...we never got a chance to talk about this but Madeline will be coming on again in a few weeks and we will talk to her about it!

 

http://www.orient-express.com/web/vsoe/journeys/4_121978.jsp

 

Madeline will be joining us again in the next few weeks and we will talk

a little more about different events and destinations where you may not

see the typical tourist visit, but gives you a true authentic Italian

 experience. Arriverderchi!

 

 

 

 



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August 4th Show Info Kelly Teegarden!

Our August 4th show featured my friend, Kelly Teegarden of KTO Organics. A cancer survivor who created a line of chemical free organic skin care products. Kelly tell us her story of being diagnosed with thyroid cancer and what led her to the discovery that it was most like caused from the personal body care products she was using. Thus, KTO Organics was born. Kelly speaks on the importance of eating organic, and the damage chemicals in products cause to our health.

Kelly has offered all of our listners a 20% discount of any of her KTO Organic products. Use the code 1818 to recieve your discount at www.kellyteegardenorganics.com

 

 

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July 2Oth Show Encore Winn Claybaugh

This weeks show we are playing an encore of last weeks interview with

Winn Claybaugh! Why?? Because Winn freaking rocks & La Bella Vita is

headed for London!!

 

Next weeks show will be coming Live from London! So tune in...I am

going to find all things Italian in the UK! As our theme songs says

"We flying the first class ..Up in the sky...Poppin' champagne...Livin' the

life...In the fast line...And I won't change...by the glamourous...oh the

flossy flossy! See you next week from the other side of the pond!

 

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July 14th Show Info Winn Claybaugh-Motivational Speaker, Author & Dean of Paul Mitchell Schools

 So excited to have Winn on the July 14th Show! If you have any questions for Winn Claybaugh, please call the studio at 1-877-864-4869

 

Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!) and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King, who wrote the foreword for the book. A business owner for over 27 years with over 12,000 people in his organization, Winn is the founder and co-owner of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division, with more than 90 locations throughout the United States. The young company was ranked three years in a row (2006–2008) in the top 10 of Franchise Times magazine’s Fast 55, a ranking of the fastest growing young franchises, and has repeatedly ranked in the Top 50 and earned Best in Category in the Franchise Business Review’s Franchisee Satisfaction Awards.

 

Since 1989, Winn has traveled extensively around the country, working as an educator and consultant with audiences ranging from housewives and college students to CEOs. He has been the National Motivational Expert for Paul Mitchell and has helped thousands of businesses build their brands and create successful working cultures. His clients include Southwest Airlines, the Irvine Company, Fuddruckers, Vidal Sassoon, Entertainment Tonight, Mattel, For Rent magazine, Structure/Limited/Express, and many other businesses from hospitals to apartment communities.

 

A popular speaker having facilitated thousands of seminars, Winn is a frequent guest on national radio and a regular contributor to online publications that reach millions of subscribers, including Dr Laura.com, Beliefnet.com, HealthNewsDigest.com, BrandNewDad.com, Wellness.com, and SheKnows.com. He also hosts the MASTERS Audio Club, a popular beauty industry audio series with subscribers in over ten countries receiving Winn’s monthly CD and MP3 interviews.

 

In 2004, the North American Hairdressing Awards (NAHA) recognized Winn’s outstanding contributions to the hair and beauty industry by making him the youngest person ever named to their Hall of Leaders. From 2004 to 20010, Winn and the Paul Mitchell Schools raised $4.6 million for multiple charitable organizations, including the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, Fran Drescher’s Cancer Schmancer Movement, Habitat for Humanity, Food 4 Africa, hurricane relief, AIDS causes, breast cancer causes, City of Hope, the American Cancer Society, and more. In 2011, behindthechair.com honored Winn with the Hairdressers Unlocking Hope award, given to individuals in the professional beauty industry who serve as exemplary models of philanthropy, giving back to their communities and to the world with generosity and spirit.

 

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July 6 Show Info !! Jacqueline Smith, inventor of Liquid Palisades

So on July 6th's show we had a PARTY! Well at least I did ...it was my

my birthday afterall and we were broadcasting live from Providence

RI !!

It was a pretty exciting week leading up to my birthday! I was in NYC

to accept an award on behalf of my company La Bella Vita Cosmetico!

We were reconized by ICMAD (Idependent Cosmetic Manufacturers

and Distributors) with a City Award for "Most Innovative Professional

Skin Care Line of 2011"! I also was a finalist for "Cosmetic Innovator

of the Year 2011" I was so honored to be considered and thrilled

that my skin care line Bella Vino took the top honors! Congrats to all

the nominees & winners!

 

So we had on the awesome Jaqueline Smith ...ok...not the

Charlies Angel one but one who is going to be angel to all you pretty

nails & pedicure loving ladies! Jacqueline's company Kiesque created

patent pending product Liquid Palisades. I am telling you this product

going to revolutionize the nail industry! So what is it????

Liquid palisade is a brilliant new way to apply nail polish…flawlessly for traditional manicures, flawless frenchies or fashionable nail art,
liquid palisade is the beauty product that allows you to create a gorgeous custom manicure or pedicure every time you polish simply apply liquid palisade wherever you don’t want polish!!Liquid Palisade (the hottest new must-have item for your beauty routine) is offered exclusively by Kiesque.

Go check out her websites and be the first of your friends to try this amazing revolutionary product!! Love it !

www.liquidpalisade.com

www.kiesque.com

 

So my Incantato's/What has me Spellbound this week???!!!!

Style Icon:

Brooke Shields~ Saw her after her performance in the Addams

Family! She is so stunningly beautiful ...another tall model with

legs for days! Ok, I know I keep talking about long legs ...it's only

because I am totally jealous that I am on 5'6 and wish I was 5'10!

City of the Week: 

Boston:

It was a blast growing up 45 minutes from the history of the

Pilgrims who came to this country! When I studied about the Boston

 Tea Party, Plymouth Rock, Paul Revere's House, The Old North 

 Church in grade school we got to really go see it! Boston is a cool city

 and if you ever get to visit I highly recommend it! The 4th of July

celebration is a blast nothing like a concert with the Boston Pops &

Fireworks over the Charles River to make you feel Patriotic!!!

I also mentioned that I went to eat my birthday dinner at

Hemenway's in Providence! You will find Hemenway's a stones throw

from Brown University and RISD. Amazing seafood, service and the

magnificient view of the Providence Skyline! It just doesn't get any

better than Hemenways! www.hemenways.com

I also ate at Marchetti's Italian restaurant located at1463 Park Ave

 Cranston 02920 401-943-7649 My family and I have been eating

there for years. Bring your appetite they serve at least a pound of

 pasta with your entree! Two brothers own the place and one of

them for all you Soprano fans out there looks like he could be Silvio

Dante's twin brother!  www.marchettis.com

(I better get a free dinner next time I am there for giving you a

 shout out!)

On next weeks show we have Winn Claybaugh on the show for the

entire hour! Winn is Dean of Paul Mitchell Schools and author of Be

Nice or Else!! He is going to rock the casa!

Well until next week ....Keep Living La Bella Vita!!!

 


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Info on June 22 Wine Show!

On our show we had wine maker and expert Kj Howe on as our special guest. We

 talked about the wine process and what it takes to make a bottle of wine. If you

 missed the show catch the podcast on iTunes.  Next week I will be doing the show

 live from NYC!

 

Here is the info about the featured items on this weeks show!

 

Grape Expectations is located at

1971 Whitney Mesa Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
(702) 806-3383

Next time your in Vegas, go take a look at the great winemaking going on at Grape Expectations!  Once you learn about the exciting process to make the wine...your next trip to Vegas won't just be for a trip to the slot machines! You'll be back to make your very own wine! For more information about Grape Expectations go to their website www.grapeexpectationslasvegas.com

 

Beauty Pick of the week:

The Vanity Pillow by Plum Design

  • Helps prevent permanent wrinkles carved out by hours of pressure on facial tissue during sleep.
  • Relieves pressure on existing wrinkles on your cheeks, under the eyes and on your forehead.
  • Helps prevent chest wrinkles.
  • Allows night creams to penetrate the skin longer without rubbing off on the pillow.
  • Prevents breakouts caused by facial contact with oils, dirt and bacteria build-up on pillowcases from the hair and skin.
  • Extends the life span of lash extensions by preventing friction with your pillow.
  • Provides support for healing post-surgery.
  • Helps prevent compression of the sinuses.
  • Everyone will wonder what your secret is!

I absolutely love this pillow! To learn more about the Vanity Pillow and its benefits visit www.plumdesignnyc.com

 

 

Wine Pick of the Week:

Insoglio 2006 ~ A Super Tuscan blend of Syrah, Cab Franc, Merlot & Petit Verdot

 

Icon of the Week: George Clooney! Why? He's George freaking Clooney and he just broke up with his girlfriend! He is hot as hell and just gets more handsome the older he gets ....love him .....George call me!

 

 

 

See you next week!

 

Please remember to visit www.sandamianofoundation.org and support their amazing work!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tonights Show ...It's all about the VINO/WINE! We talk to Kj Howe of Grape Expectations in Las Vegas

Happy Wines-day!!

 

Tonight on the La Bella Vita Show, it is all about the VINO! We have

expert wine connoisseur and winemaker Kj Howe on the show. If you

ever wanted to know more about the actual winemaking process and

what it takes to make that bottle of wine you opened at dinner? Kj

will take you through the step by step process, from the vine to the

bottle! Tune into tonights show at 12 am on the left coast and 9 pm on

West Coast !!

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Show Info for June 15 2011

On last nights show I had a great talk with author Dr. Carole

Lieberman discussing her book Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them &

How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets! Her book is the winner of

the Best Beach Book Festival & New York Book Festival.

 

To get Dr. Carole's offer for the "Bad Girls" or "Sitting

Duck" tests please go to her website www.badgirlsbook.com and

put your email in and she will send the test right out to you.

 

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy of the Bad Girls

book or the copy of Kate Middleton's dress go to the website

www.badgirlsbook.com/store

 

 So my "Incantato" / "Spellbound" for the week:

 

 Style Icon of the Week: Mrs. Tom Brady A.K.A. Gisele Bundchen

 She wore a beautiful silver low cut, backless Oscar De La Renta

with a pink bow to the AFI Awards this past week! Her hair pulled back in a pony and very

 simple makeup she look a-mazing! Is it really fair that she get's those 6 foot long legs and

 gets to go home to Tom Brady?

 

Yeah, not so much so freaking unfair!

 

My Wine Pick of the Week: Honeydew Moon by Four Chimney's

 

Four Chimney's Honeydew Moon! So yummy on hot summer nights! Four Chimneys Winery

 is America's first Organic Winery! Located in the  upstate Finger Lakes region in Nimrod,

 NewYork. They have been farming their vineyard ecologically in conformance with historic

 and international practices of organic agriculture. To order Honeydew Moon or to check

 out any of their other wines go to www.fourchimneysorganicwines.com or call them at

 607-243-7502 to go visit for a wine tasting address is Four Chimneys  211 Hall Rd. Himrod,

 NY 18472

Last night I celebrated the WIN of the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Championship! First

Stanley Cup since 1972! Congratulations and THANK YOU for bringing another

championship to New England! Loved this ad that the Patriots ran in todays Boston paper!

Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins all World Championship winners in the last decade!

 Wicked, wicked exciting Boston rocks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tonight's La Bella Vita Show! Dr. Carole Leiberman

On tonight's La Bella Vita Show! We welcome Dr. Carole Leiberman M.D.,

international renowned "media psychiatrist" and best selling author of Bad Girls

Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets!

 

Dr. Carole will share with us how Kate Middleton the quintessential "Good Girl"

used "Bad Girl" secrets to catch her Prince! Here is a hint ....it all started with a very

revealing dress!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Info on tonights show .....San Damiano Foundation & Prosecco Berry Sangria & Strawberries & Rasperries in Ice Prosecco Recipe's from June 8 2011 Show

                                                  Show Information

For more information on my guest Steve McIntire and the San Damiano Foundation and their charitable works through the power of films or to make a donation, please visit www.sandamianofoundation.org

 

 

 

                                Strawberries & Raspberries in Iced Prosecco

                                               1 Basket of Strawberries

                                               1 Basket of Raspberries

                                                4 - 6 Mint Sprigs

                                                1 Bottle of Prosecco

 

( I recommend  Perle Di Piera  Blue Pearl Prosecco from  Piera Martellozzo Vineyards in Piedmont Italy)

 

1) Chill 4- 6 desert bowls. Clean the berries by brushing them with paper towels or a pastry brush. Do not wash the berries unless you are unable to get them clean.

2) Cut Strawberries vertically and arrange berries & mint sprigs in the chilled cups just before serving.

3) Bring desert bowls to the table with very cold bottle of Prosecco. Pour a small amount of Prosecco over the berries & serve the remaining Prosecco in Champagne flutes!

 

This is a very easy and delicious desert! Very fresh & light ! Cin Cin !!

 

 

                                             Prosecco Berry Sangria

                                                 1 cup of blueberries

                                                 2 cups of raspberries

                                                 1 cup strawberries

                                                 1/2 cup of Chambord  (Raspberry Liquer)

                                                 1 Bottle of Prosecco ( I recommend the Blue Pearl from

                                                  Piera Martellozzo Vineyards)

 

1) Mix blueberries, raspberries, strawberries in the Chambord. Chill in fridge for at least one hour prior to serving. It is even that much better if you prepare and put it in to chill overnight!


2) When you are ready to serve the Sangria put the fruit in a punch bowl and add prosecco and serve. You can also make individual glasses ...put fruit mix in bottom of individual glasses pour the prosecco on top!  Salute!!!!!

 

It's just that easy and simple! It's light, fresh and will tickle your nose when you drink it. Stay cool in the heat wave everyone ...but please drink responsibly and please have a designated driver!!

 

 

 

                                             "Incantato" ~ "Spellbound"

                                       What has me under a spell this week!

Fashion Icon : Emma Watson  @ MTV Movie Awards

Short white dress with with a beaded and fringed neckline by Marchesa worn with shiny "Maniac" pumps by Brain Atwood!

She looked so amazing!!!!!!!

Then if that Marchesa wasn't enough she slipped into another one for the Awards After Party! A lime chiffon low cut ruffled neckline Marchesa with a pair of gold Salvatore Ferragamo shoes! Seriously to die for! I want it in a blackberry color so if any Marchesa people are out there ....send one my way!!!!

 

 

Beauty "Incantato"

Twiddle Stiks by Doll ....You heard it here FIRST!!! This product is going to revolutionize the way people curl their hair! Twiddle Stiks create soft waves without the damage from the heat of the iron because the stik actually absorbs the heat so no need for thermal protection or hair spray products! Leaves you with a cold curl that does not come out until you wash it! Simply amazing new technology!

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No explanation needed with this "Incantato" Captain Jack Sparrow leaves me spellbound everytime! Love, love love  him....It's his birthday today! Buon Compleanno ....is it possible that I seriously love Johnny Depp and Captain Jack Sparrow equally as much! Ummm yeah...Till next week ....

Arriverderchi!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today's Show June 8 2011: La Bella Vita Welcomes Steve McIntire of San Damiano Foundation which “Put's the Power of Film at the Service of the Poor”

Tonight we welcome Steve McIntire, CEO& President of The San Damiano Foundation. The San Damiano Foundation focuses on creating films for non-profit organizations that need help raising funds and creating greater awareness of their work. By creating a film and video package tailored to each organization by a professional producer and crew.

In addition, they advise their “Partners” in promoting their ministries through social media which holds the most potential for creating a worldwide “buzz” about each Partner and the San Damiano Foundation. By using YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, their Partners have the potential to reach out and touch millions of lives by creating greater awareness of extreme poverty and the organizations that are working hard trying to end it.

They will produce at least one full-length feature documentary per year about a person or subject related to extreme poverty.This film is different from the fundraising film packages in that it is a broader and more in-depth story of an extraordinary person, group, or subject who exemplifies the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, who were known for their work with the poor.

 

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