Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Playing With Polyvore - End of Summer Style

It's hard for me to believe that Labor Day coming up this weekend and we are at the end of Summer.
Summer, like my two week vacation,  flew by.
Not quite ready to get back to business here at Beladora
I've put together this pink and green polyvore ensemble, with antique pink sapphire and ruby jewelry, to remind me of day along the shore of  Lac Lehman in Montreux.

Sizzling Summer Color on Lake Geneva

18k ring

Ted baker eyewear

Origami shirt

Flower brooch

Teardrop earrings

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Tale of Two Armstrongs

We are as we are remembered

 RIP Neil Armstrong 1930-2012

A hero of my youth, Neil Armstrong, who passed away this week, will be remembered for taking a giant leap for mankind.
From Armstrong:
 “The single observation I would offer for your consideration is that some things are beyond your control. You can lose your health to illness or accident. You can lose your wealth to all manner of unpredictable sources. What are not easily stolen from you without your cooperation are your principles and your values. They are your most important possessions and, if carefully selected and nurtured, will well serve you and your fellow man. Society’s future will depend on a continuous improvement program for the human character.”

From the Register:
Armstrong was a humble man. He was bemused by the fame that came with his achievement, proclaimed himself no more than a "nerdy engineer" and shunned the spotlight. He even declined to attend some Apollo anniversary events, and insisted he didn't deserve personal praise.

And from one commenter on another website:
Do you know they were almost lost? There was 30 sec of fuels remaining when their Eagle couldn’t find a place to land. They turned on their inflight radar, which overwhelmed their computer. Armstrong had to manipulate the vehicle manually and eyeballed the landing site, eventually landed with 15 sec of fuels left.
Then circuit breaker was broken. Buzz Aldrin had to push down the control with the tip of his ball point pen to leave the moon.
The power of their computer in Mission Control has as much power as a PC. The computer on Apollo has the power of an HP calculator, the Lander has even less power.
There was a system failure warning from the mission control computer before the Lander was separated from the Command Module. They could have turned back to Earth. But the 24 years old computer wiz who monitored the computer decided it was a “go”.
The nerves they had in those days.

A hero of my adulthood, Lance Armstrong, who happily is still with us, will be remembered for his amazing dedication, hard work and skill...and his denial of doping.
From the NY Times:

He said again and again that he had never tested positive — though he did test positive at the 1999 Tour for a corticosteroid, for which he produced a backdated doctor’s prescription.
Armstrong also said the case against him was flimsy without that physical evidence.
“Regardless of what Travis Tygart says, there is zero physical evidence to support his outlandish and heinous claims,” Armstrong said. “The only physical evidence here is the hundreds of controls I have passed with flying colors.”

But even without a positive test, the antidoping agency appeared set to move forward with arbitration. It claimed to have more than 10 eyewitnesses who would testify that Armstrong used banned blood transfusions, the blood booster EPO, testosterone and other drugs to win the Tour. Some of Armstrong’s closest teammates, including George Hincapie — one of the most respected American riders — were also expected to testify against him.

I don't have an opinion on the doping but I will always admire Lance Armstrong for his amazing achievements and for creating Live Strong which promotes healthy living. 
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Friday, August 24, 2012

BHB on the Road - Dublin

Here are a few photos of Dublin, taken by my daughter two weeks ago on our trip two weeks ago.
Yes, they look a little dreary
and that may just be because Ireland was having its rainiest summer in past 100 years.
But, despite the drizzle, we thought that  Dublin was fun.

This huge obelisk in Phoenix Park was built to commemorate the great Arthur Wellesley,
aka the Duke of Wellington.
Who doesn't love a great obelisk, I know that I do.

And here's the Gothic interior of Christ Church Cathedral...looking...well rather Goth in black and white.

Looking a little less Goth in natural light, Christ Church was really beautiful.

 And here are some old stone buildings situated across from the elegant Euston train station.
Euston Station

Next week I will post more photos of Ireland and some my impressions of Ireland.
But I will say that while the city of Dublin became the hot place to open a business a decade or so ago
especially in tech, banking etc.
it still maintains the look of an 18th Century city.
And, if you are interested in architecture, as I am, it is a great city to visit.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

BHB Road Trip - So Sunny in Switzerland

After disconnecting myself from the internet for the last couple of weeks, I'm very happy to be home from my holiday.

 Next to the lake in Montreux

The highlight of the trip was Switzerland
which was not only lovely and clean, as always it always is, it was warm and sunny too.

In fact, I think that the summer weather in Switzerland was even warmer than it was in Beverly Hills last week! It was so warm on the shores of Lake Geneva that there were plenty of people outstanding thing when you consider that you can look up from the lake and see snow on the top of the nearby Alps.
 View of Mont Blanc from Nyon

More about my trip to follow soon.
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Friday, August 3, 2012

Around Town - Moncler Comes To Rodeo Drive

Summer has finally arrived in Beverly Hills
but with a new neighbor like this next door
I feel as though I should be expecting arctic temperatures

 Moncler makes magnificent winter wear

but it is so strange to see such heavy parkas here in Beverly Hills in high summer

But Autumn is in the air at Beladora
and at ELLE and InStyle magazines

 I love this blue and green enamel flower brooch on this Mod patterned suit in this month's ELLE


and these antique diamond rings from Beladora 2
on Jessica Biel on the cover of this month's InStyle

Finally, I will have certainly Fall weather to deal with next week when I arrive in Dublin
Here is the weather forecast
Yikes...or rather Brrrrrr!
 Next summer I will plan my vacation in a country whose latitude isn't the same as southern Alaska.

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