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Panemmies ~ 72nd Emmys®

Panemmies ~ 72nd Emmys®

Panemmies is the truth to the 72nd Emmys®. The Emmys® host Jimmy Kimmel made is a memorable night while enduring the pandemic. The nominees were at home with casual wear options for the night. There was no red carpet or after parties planned from the Television Academy due to COVID-19.

The nominees’ videoed in with masks, social distancing from their small personal gathering, and many great pokes about pandemic life. This production too a lot of lighting, cameras, masks, and social distancing. Red carpet hostesses Giuliana Rancic and Vivica A. Fox tested positive for COVID-19 shortly fore the evening.

Tatiana Maslany has been busy this pandemic she states, ” I have been making wine in my bathroom toilet.” Kimmel and Jennifer Aniston sterilize the envelopes and visit with the “audience” of lifelike cut out actors.

Panemmies Evening

The nigh was missing the tradition high-end glamour of fashion and styling. Many continued with the tradition. Other casual wear with messages about the current time in America. Uzo Aduba, Emmy® winner for supporting actress in Mrs. America, a Limited Series/Movie, wearing a t-shirt supporting Breonna Taylor.

The best part of the evening was the essential workers announcing the nominees and winners. The comedy Emmys® of the night belonged to Schitts’ Creek. They swept the comedy category with 7 Emmys®. This is their final season on Netflix. Rupaul Charles took home his 5th in a row Emmy® for Drag Race for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. The remainder of Emmy® Recipients listed below.

72nd EMMY AWARDS

Comedy
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
    • CATHERINE O’HARA as Moira Rose Schitt’s Creek
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
    • EUGENE LEVY as Johnny Rose Schitt’s Creek
  • OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
    • DANIEL LEVY, Written by Schitt’s Creek Happy Ending
  • OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES
    • ANDREW CIVIDINO, Directed by DANIEL LEVY Schitt’s Creek Happy Ending
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
    • ANNIE MURPHY as Alexis Rose Schitt’s Creek
  • OUTSTANDING COMEDY SERIES
    • Schitt’s Creek Netflix
Variety Talk Series
  • OUTSTANDING VARIETY TALK SERIES
    • LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER HBO
Limited Series or Movie
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
    • REGINA KING as Angela Abar / Sister Night Watchmen
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
    • MARK RUFFALO as Dominick Birdsey/Thomas Birdsey I Know This Much Is True
  • OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
    • Watchmen This Extraordinary Being HBO
  • OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMATIC SPECIAL
    • Unorthodox
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
    • YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II as Cal Abar / Dr. Manhattan Watchmen
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Limited Series
  • OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
    • WATCHMEN HBO
Competition Program
Drama Series
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
    • JEREMY STRONG as Kendall Roy Succession
  • OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
    • ZENDAYA (youngest Emmy® recipient) as Rue
    • The first look of the evening she is wearing Luxury Law, Christopher John Rogers, and Bulari.
    • The second look of the evening she is wearing Giorgio Armani gown (gorgeous), Luxury Law, and Bulgari.
  • OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
    • JESSE ARMSTRONG, Succession This Is Not For Tears HBO
  • OUTSTANDING DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES
    • ANDRIJ PA R n EKH Succession Hunting
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
  • OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
    • JULIA GARNER as Ruth Langmore Ozark
  • OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES
    • SUCCESSION HBO
Emmys® ~ The Show Will Go On

Emmys® ~ The Show Will Go On

The Emmys® nominations will go on this year. The drama and comedy is a source of sanity, entertainment, and human connection with social distancing. Laverne Cox, Josh Gad, and Leslie Jones present the Emmys® nominees with a live virtual event.

The Show Will Go On ~ Emmys® 4chion LIfestyle Noms
Leslie Jones Hosting the 2020 Emmys® Noms

“Television has played an integral role in navigating these unprecedented times and has brought us together as we remain apart,” said Frank Scherma, Television Academy chairman and CEO. The Emmys® nominations went on without a hitch.

Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Dead to Me
  • The Good Place
  • Insecure
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (20 nominations)
  • Schitt’s Creek (15 nominations)
  • What We Do in the Shadows
Outstanding Drama Series
  • Better Call Saul
  • The Crown (13 nominations)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (10 nominations)
  • Killing Eve
  • The Mandalorian (15 nominations)
  • Ozark (18 nominations)
  • Stranger Things (Netflix has the most nominations with 160)
  • Succession (18 nominations)
Outstanding Variety/Sketch Series
  • A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • Drunk History
  • Saturday Night Live (15 nominations)
Outstanding Reality-Competition
  • The Masked Singer
  • Nailed It!
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Top Chef
  • The Voice
Outstanding Variety/Talk Series
  • The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
  • Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Outstanding Limited Series
  • Little Fires Everywhere
  • Mrs. America
  • Unbelievable
  • Unorthodox
  • Watchmen (26 nominations)
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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Steve Carell, The Morning Show
  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
  • Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
  • Olivia Colman, The Crown
  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Laura Linney, Ozark
  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
  • Zendaya, Euphoria (1st nomination)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
  • Jeremy Irons, Watchmen
  • Hugh Jackman, Bad Education
  • Paul Mescal, Normal People
  • Jeremy Pope, Hollywood (1st nomination)
  • Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
  • Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America (1st nomination)
  • Shira Haas, Unorthodox
  • Regina King, Watchmen
  • Octavia Spencer, Self Made (1st nomination)
  • Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Anthony Anderson, black-ish
  • Don Cheadle, Black Monday
  • Ted Danson, The Good Place
  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
  • Ramy Youssef, Ramy (1st nomination)
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Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me
  • Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
  • Issa Rae, Insecure
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Mahershala Ali, Ramy
  • Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live
  • Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
  • William Jackson Harper, The Good Place
  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
  • Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Betty Gilpin, GLOW
  • Yvonne Orji, Insecure
  • Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
  • Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live
  • Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
  • D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
  • Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
  • Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul
  • Nicholas Braun, Succession
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession
  • Matthew Macfadyen, Succession
  • Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
  • Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
  • Jeffrey Wright, Westworld
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  • Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
  • Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
  • Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve
  • Julia Garner, Ozark
  • Sarah Snook, Succession
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
  • Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Thandie Newton, Westworld
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Fred Willard, Modern Family
  • Dev Patel, Modern Love
  • Brad Pitt, Saturday Night Live
  • Adam Driver, Saturday Night Live
  • Eddie Murphy, Saturday Night Live
  • Luke Kirby, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Saturday Night Live
  • Maya Rudolph, The Good Place
  • Wanda Sykes, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Angela Bassett, A Black Lady Sketch Show
  • Bette Midler, The Politician
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
  • Andrew Scott, Black Mirror
  • James Cromwell, Succession
  • Giancarlo Esposito, The Mandalorian
  • Martin Short, The Morning Show
  • Jason Bateman, The Outsider
  • Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
  • Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder
  • Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black
  • Cherry Jones, Succession
  • Harriet Walter, Succession
  • Alexis Bledel, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Phylicia Rashad, This Is Us
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
  • Dylan McDermott, Hollywood
  • Jim Parsons, Hollywood
  • Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen
  • Jovan Adepo, Watchmen
  • Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie
  • Holland Taylor, Hollywood
  • Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America
  • Margo Martindale, Mrs. America
  • Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America
  • Toni Collette, Unbelievable
  • Jean Smart, Watchmen
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program
  • Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Making It
  • Nicole Byer, Nailed It!
  • Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye
  • RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank
  • Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, Top Chef

The 72nd Emmys® Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel—who also joins Guy Carrington, Reginald Hudlin, David Jammy. and Ian Stewart as an executive producer of the program. The show will be broadcast Sunday, September 20 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/5:00-8:00 p.m. PDT) on ABC.

Making Cinnamon Rolls ~ Foodie Ellie

Making Cinnamon Rolls ~ Foodie Ellie

Making cinnamon rolls Food Ellie is excited to create grammy’s cinnamon rolls. Ellie’s favorite treat from grammy is cinnamon rolls.

Ellie comes for a summer visit to celebrate the Juneteenth and swim for the weekend with grammy. She made her first pie crust for a sweet potato pie for the family Juneteenth dinner.

Ellie’s advice is to always check the bowl for eggshells and wash up the dishes when done. She was determined to do this herself. She measured each cup of flour to be one cup ( I usually use my senses to measure for bread). It was a wonderful day baking with her. Sharing the tradition I learned from my own grandmother.

Cinnamon Roll Tradition

My grandmothers on my mother’s side were known for their outstanding baking skills. They always used all-purpose flour, white sugar, and no eggs to make cinnamon rolls. Family recipes are fun to create.

I prefer Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Baking Flour (12-15% protein). This pastry flour is perfect for creating great yeast-raised products. Today we only had Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White Fine Pastry Flour (8-9% protein). Getting the right flour has been a difficult product to find during the COVID-19 pandemic. This flour worked out well.

I remember reading my great-great grandmother’s story gathering sego lilies and grinding them into flour to bake bread, cinnamon rolls, and creating pies. They did this after settling in Idaho from the Mid-West and food was scare. It is a make it work moment.

Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Bread Dough

6 – 8 cups of Flour

2 pkg. active dry yeast

2 cups whole milk

1/2 cup butter

1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

Filling

3/4 cup butter

Cinnamon and sugar

You can raisins or chopped nuts if you like.

Icing Recipe

2 cups powder sugar

4 tbsp softened butter

2 tsp vanilla

Milk, enough to get icing spreading consistancy

In a large bowl or Kitchen Aid, mixing bowl with the bread hook attachment. Add 2 cups of the flour and both yeast pkg. on top of the flour.

In a large pot on the stove on low add whole milk, butter, salt, and sugar heat warm to the touch.

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Foodie Ellie Warming Milk

Pour the warm to touch mixture over the flour and yeast. Mix well on low if using Kitchen Aid. When mixed well add

2 eggs blending after adding each egg.

Slowly add the remaining flour (this will vary each time how much) 1 cup at a time. Mix well after each addition. Increase speed on the Kitchen Aid as needed. The dough should be firm and start to pull away from the sides of the bowl when enough flour is added. Knead by hand for 12-14 minutes (stretch and pull using palms of your hands). In the Kitchen Aid mix for two minutes on setting 8. This is equivalent to 12-14 minutes needing by hand.

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Food Ellie Measuring out the Flour
Raising Cinnamon Rolls

Butter the sides of a large bowl. Place dough in a buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap. My grandmothers used a clean dish towel. This does create a slight crust on the dough as it rises. Let dough rise until double size about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down, let rest 10 min.

Next, roll the cinnamon roll dough into a circle, dust with flour if sticking, roll about 1/4″ thick. Brush the melted butter on the rolled out dough. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and then sugar till well covered. You are welcome to mix the butter, cinnamon, and sugar together then spread on the dough with a butter knife. Roll the dough each roll please pull towards you. Then cut in 2-inch rolls with a sharp knife (children can use a butter knife it will be a change the shape of the cinnamon roll some but good experience for them).

Finishing Cinnamon Rolls

Place cinnamon rolls in grease baking pan 9×13″. Let rise he cinnamon rolls rise until the are touching each other for about 20 minutes. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350° f until golden brown. Mix up the icing using a hand mixer. Cool cinnamon rolls until warm to the touch. Frost the cinnamon rolls. This is great to make ahead for a family Sunday brunch or holiday breakfast. Store in an airtight container.

Cinnamon Roll 4 Genteration Family Baking Tradition
Me, Great Grandma Lucy, Grandma Ruth, and Mother Eileen
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Teaching family recipes are so important in keeping the traditions and flavors alive. Taking time to recreate and creating new alterations make a life long memory that can last for generations. We enjoyed homemade pizza with the extra dough.

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The Light in KA Products

The Light in KA Products


KA Products are becoming more visible as many are seeking out the Tomboy Wicked line at LAFW. This year the products are featured at the MASH Gallery Fashion E-Motion. Kelly Anne and Parris Harris collaborate for this exceptional night of branding, art, and fashion. 

Kelly Anne and Parris Harris

Kelly Anne, the product developer, with producer Parris Harris, Los Angeles Fashion Coordinator/Fashion Producer, join forces for this amazing show. He has seen the light in her brand and moved her in for couture hair and more branding of the hair care line. 

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Kelly Anne

Her way to make it a great day it starts with, “sage and a few minutes of meditation. Then 1 hour of online marketing. That never fails but I must admit some mornings I have to push myself.” This is a great way to start a day some meditation and social connection. 

Kelly Anne creates a world that is full of beauty and fun. Her talents and insight bring a line of beauty products for your hair care that is unique for your best hairstyle. She is the official beauty consultant for California plus American Beauty Pageant.

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Parris Harris
Parris Harris

You are probably guaranteed to find Parris rockin’ along with a smile on his face laughing, even if its 4 AM and he is searching through a shag carpet for the needle so he can sew something that is needed at 8 AM.

This passion leads Parris to create A PASSION PHASHION production. This passion flows thru the body of Parris Harris and spills out and over every one involved in the production or who comes in contact with it! This fashionista has coordinated countless shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, and on the East Coast.

Kelly Anne at MASH Gallery Fashion E-Motion

MASH Gallery is a contemporary art gallery featuring Maison H fashion boutique. Haleh Mashian, owner of Mash Gallery, is an expressionist painter who works in a variety of mediums. Opens her gallery for the closing night of LAFW.

The night includes a full runway show featuring 5 fashion designers, a frozen catwalk model movement, and makeup and hair demonstrations.

This is a beautiful location and event for KA Branding. Kelly Anne provides the styling for the models. She has 24 years of cosmetology experience. She creates a modern styling with vibrant blue lipstick. The blue is the Wicked Tomboy Branding color.

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Marc, Queen, Winnie, Celeste, and Mikki

Kelly Anne Update

What has Kelly Ann been up to, you ask. With summer here her product line, Tomboy Wicked is in demand. She has finally shot one of her ad campaigns with the music man, Esquire, at Nirvana Studios Hollywood. Per her fashionable self added the exclusive couture styles of a fashion empire. Pol Attue of Beverly Hills. His image and designs can be currently seen on Gown & Out in Beverly Hills with husband Patrik Simpson, on Amazon Prime. This season The Real House Wives of Orange County

She brought in models from California and Seattle Washington for this one.  The Models wore Pol’s new season collections. This is an exclusive couture fashion. This is available at his store in Beverly Hills.  The Male Models dashed across the scene with a line of suits sold here in Los Angeles from Ron Tomson, from Turkey, celebrities like JayZ, Nicholas Cage, and others purchase these amazing high-end suits.  Kelly Anne says she is finally prepping for her launch and this shoot was apart of it. 

She will be participating in the Canna ESPY gifting suite this coming week with founder Tamara Anderson and NBA Host Matt Barnes. She is joining Patrik Simpson as one of his directors at one of the world’s biggest talent events, Ipop.  There is something to be said for a brand ambassador that keeps moving forward with many avenues and bigger stages to promote her line. 

Kelly Anne always says, “we as humans can go so much further faster if we love, laugh and work together.”  So far this is true. She will release her ad during the day of our launch. Stay tuned and hope to see you there! Until then please follow me on all her social media and you can make purchases here.

Female Models:  Lexi Basch, KiAnna Lewis, Queen, and Cassidy Polk Male Models: Josh Polk, LeVonte Littlejohn, Roger Mance, and Jeremy Ruple

Kelly Anne Brands

The unique qualities of the KA beauty line are clean and natural. The product pays attention to the scalp. Scalp care is the important for healthy hair. Each product in the hair care line focuses on refreshing and moisturizing the scalp. “LOVE these holistic hair products! I rub it on my temples for stress headaches and migraines! And my neck, after a hard days work! My scalp feels invigorated after using the spray. I recommend trying both.” (RB customer)

Tom Boy Wicked

The development provides a unisex product that is great for men and women. Tom Boy Wicked encourages men that it is ok to groom. There is a moisturizer, hair gel, boday cream, and body splash. The body splash is refreshing and alluring.

Tomboy Wicked and the KA Holistic lines are becoming such a popular brand amongst the LA scene, Hollywood stars, and athletes. Many are sharing the brands on social media. Veterans find that using her KA Holistic line is helpful because of it’s natural stimulants for the hair follicle and the body’s desire for natural soothing pain agents.

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 KA Holistic

This hair product line, K A Holistic Hemp-Notic, infused with CBD and hemp. This is full of Omega 3s. Omega 3s are fabulous for:

  • Hair loss prevention
  • Stops breakage
  • Healthy lush hair
  • Inflammation reduction
  • Encourages hair growth

Kelly Anne Business

How does she stay in business with many brick and mortars shutting down? I host fashion shoots and cross promote. This brings in more buzz and attention that is causing the lines to continued to grow.

The product line and Kelly Anne have cameos in two-featured film. The films are

The KA Brand is the best hair care product for your scalp, hair, and wellness. It is a product created with Shea butter. This is a product that is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea tree. It is a moisturizer, relieves inflammation as well as dry itchy skin. You can purchase the products online, at events in LA area, featured at the LaFemme Film Festival, and 9400 Brighton Way Beverly Hills.

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Sunscreen Hair Care ~ Beauty Tip

Sunscreen Hair Care ~ Beauty Tip

Sunscreen is a must during the hot summer days at the beach, pool, and outside activities. Sunscreen is great for skin protection from burns, blisters, and skin cancers. Sunscreen is just as important to care for your hair during the harsh summer conditions.

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Hair Care Sunscreen

Sunscreen is important for your scalp, this is covered by skin. Your hair needs this same protections as well. Wearing hats is always a good option in the summer for protection of your scalp and hair. Purchasing hats with a wide brim and sun protection is an exceptional protection.

Hair sunscreen is very important to protect hair. The wind, sun, chlorine, loss of moisture, and heat damage hair. This damage causes brittle, dry, and lackluster hair. There are many products and remedies you can use to protect your hair during your summer fun.

Hair Care Recipe

Some of the recommendations are:

Homemade Hair Care Mask

1 cup olive oil or Coconut Oil slightly melted (the oils provide SPF 8)

Please use only one of the oils.

1 tablespoon of honey

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Mix ingredients to a paste. Massage into hair and wrap in plastic shower cap, sack, or wrap. Leave on hair 15-20 min. Wash with warm water and gentle shampoo. Style as usual.

Hair Sunscreen Products

Maily O’Neil, owner at Mai Salon  in Palm Desert CA, states at Style Fashion Week, “Remember the sunscreen for you hair. Lots of love for your hair.” Share your favorite summer beauty tips in the comment section. Have a great summer.

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Memory Road Trip Heading West

Memory Road Trip Heading West

Heading west on a great road trip with my father. This is a dream journey with my father. He took me all over the west on road trips each summer. We begin in Champaign Illinois heading west on Interstate 80.

Molina Illinois

Lagomarino’s Soda and Candy Store The Best Chocolates and Ice Cream

The City of Moline sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. We stop at Lagomarino’s Soda and Candy Store. This candy shop opened in 1908 by Angelo Lagomarino, a Northern Italy immigrant. The store is the fourth generation. They have handcrafted chocolates with the finest ingredients. The store has an old-fashioned soda fountain. The soda menu includes the Green River (A Chicago drink named after the Chicago River that is dyed green for St. Patrick’s day).

Taking my father here was such a treat. He recalls the stories of going to the soda shop his uncle owned as a child. He talked about IronPort soda, a Utah tradition. It is a cross between root beer and Caribbean spices. He went for the hot fudge sundae (a surprise at the bottom was more fudge). I enjoyed a variety of hand-dipped chocolates during our road trip back west. This is a perfect place to stop and enjoy. They are the recipients of a James Beard Award.

Activities and Fun in Molina Illinois

This city is situated near the Iowa state border and sits on the mighty Mississippi River. This town is rich in history with being a part of the Underground Railroad and the home of industrialist John Deere (In 1848, he built his first Moline plow factory). There are many fun things to do here.

  • Washington Square Charles Deere built an upscale three-story five unit Italianate row house in 1890. His brother-in-law, Merton Cady, is the architect. The initial name for the complex was Deere Row and renters were said to be employees of the Deere factories.
  • Downtown murals love the Midwest and the vast varieties of murals. Molina’s downtown murals provide a view of Moline’s waterfront, as it would have looked in the early 1850s.
  • Rock Island played a large part of The Underground Railroad in Molina. This was the first stop for many slaves seeking freedom. The first state near several water sources provided transportation undercover. There is also a set of channels and tunnels underground that provide another escape route.

Leaving the mid-west I recall the experiences and beautiful people I meet. They have made a lasting impression on my life. This area of the United States provides history from slavery to the industrial age. The loss of jobs and industries is present everyday. The areas are gorgeous to visit and see. You feel the hardworking middle class that drove America into the modern world.

Iowa Road Trip

Sitting in a car all day with your father is a wonderful way to collect stories about his life. The first thing I learned is he loves to collect maps. Iowa is a great location for this collection.

Iowas Road Stops

Iowa has the best rest stops in history. You pull up to find a store, information about the area, books, and free maps. The first stop in Iowa my father returns with a collection of Iowa maps. He opens them up as we drive out of the rest stop.

Road Trip Memories

We enjoyed a day of talking about the years as a child I traveled the western US with my two brothers and parents. The summer trips to Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Wyoming, and Southern Utah. My dad would hitch the camping trailer to a yellow rambler and off we would go. We saw so many natural beauties. The adventures from my childhood are endless. The time my mother lost the car keys in the sand dunes. My father lost his new fishing pole the first time he cast out at Strawberry Reservoir. This results in our fishing trip looking for the fishing pole. This is never seen again.

My father is a military retiree. He spent decades as a medic in the Air Force. He would bring back great dolls, toys, and white lunch boxes they would feed the crew. He tells his stories of going to the Philippines, Japan, Korea, and Europe. The time he spent counting hours on the cargo plane counting the hours to coming home to see the three of us fight over the white lunch box.

Smokey D’s BBQ

Lunch is at Smokey D’s BBQ in Des Moines, Iowa. The year of BBQ adventures and the history of each region is fun. My dad enjoys a half rack of ribs; I go for a lighter side with a veggie wrap. The menu includes great home comfort foods. The fries are crispy and seasoned. The ribs feel right off the bone. The BBQ meat and sauce are award-winning. The BBQ founded by Darren and Sherry Warth in a trailer in their driveway.

Nebraska Adventures

The time in Nebraska is spent traveling through various rest stops and counting up more water towers. This is a tradition my sister and I started on the way out to the Midwest in spring. Many times this is the tallest thing on the horizon. We see a total of 177 water towers on I-80 through the Great Plains.

The Great Plains is seen as little value to many traveling west in the mid-1800s. Soon many ranchers release that the Verdant Platte is of great value. Today the highway runs along this geography changing areas.

Winter Quarters, Nebraska

This location is a gathering location of the member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A stop my father looked forward to seeing. Many members of our family stayed here as they prepared to travel west to a new home.

There is a history of death, birth, and husbands leaving to fight the Mexican American War. They crossed the frozen Mississippi River in 1846. This gave them time to gather much needed supplies to make the journey across the Plains and over the Rocky Mountains.

Some of our relatives made this journey without basic needs including shoes. Some pushed their own carts. A few did find themselves in the middle of a winter storm needing rescuing to survive. This is a free museum.

We ventured across the street to the modern temple. This is a location that is used seal families together in family forever. Off the temple grounds is a cemetery. We were able to find a few of our relatives’ gravesites.

Kearney, Nebraska

We stay for the evening in Kearney, Nebraska. It was fun arriving late in the evening and walking around to stretch the legs and enjoy a few McDonald’s French-fries.

The food for the morning is oatmeal, nuts, dried fruit, and yogurt from Aldi’s, a wonderful grocery finds in Champaign Illinois (this is a store located worldwide).

Kearney has a beautiful museum, The Archway, that stretches over the I-80. This museum is a celebration, “For over 200 years, the path along the Platte River through Nebraska, once called the Great Platte River Road, has been a road to adventure.  From the Oregon Trail era through today, the Archway’s family-friendly historical exhibit tells the story of those who followed the Great Platte River Road and helped to build America.”

Cheyenne, Wyoming

The last stop before returning to Orem, Utah is Cheyenne, Wyoming. This western town is full of fun and explorations.

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

We find an authentic Mexican restaurant, Guadalajara, locally owned and operated. The ambience of Mexico is felt from the decor to the menu. The food is regional as well as traditional American Mexican.

I enjoy Camarones Al Mojo De Ajo. Rincon de Guayabitos in the estate of Sinaloa. This is a beautiful community that is a beach resort. It is known for fresh red snapper and other seafood including large shrimp.

This was a great dish with large shrimp, mushrooms, and a beautiful garlic sauce. It is served on a bed of iceberg lettuce with a slice of orange. The heat and cold with a touch of sweet tang from the orange inside a warm tortilla is perfect after a long day of driving.

My father enjoys an Enchiladas De Mole with shredded chicken. The mole is flavorful with a nice hint of heat. Mole is a sauce containing up to 20 ingredients. The sauce usually contains fruit, chili pepper, nut, and such spices as black pepper, cinnamon, cumin, and chocolate.

Exploring Cheyenne, Wyoming

The first thing you notice is the town is filled with large cowboy boots. This is a fun scavenger hunt for the family through town. Local artist paints each boot. We enjoy searching for these boots.

The town is the capital of Wyoming. There is a great museum near the capital that had maps for free. We leave with a stack of Wyoming maps.

The best stop here is the National Guard base that has F-84F And C-130 Aircraft (a favorite plane of my father). My father spent 35 years in the Air Force reserves as a medic. He worked a civilian at Hill Air Force base.

This was a fun day exploring Cheyenne and all the history in this town. This town goes from dinosaurs to the frontier days, and 19th century covered wagons. There are great museums including

  • Cheyenne Depot Museum
  • Cheyenne Botanical Garden
  • Wyoming State Museum
  • Cowgirls of the West Museum

This is a wonderful town to really see the migration west and the history of settling the American west.

This was a fun day exploring Cheyenne and all the history in this town. This town goes from dinosaurs, frontier days, and 19th century covered wagons to the railway travel.

This was a great journey with my father. It was great sharing memories from his childhood, my own childhood, and creating new memories. The remander of the journey back to Arizona is my dog Hyde and I.

Kanab, Utah

Kanab is the location of all road trippers on 89. It is the center of many national parks, great river rafting, and tons of fun.

The town has a great old western movie museum, Frontier Movie Town. This is a fun look at old film sets long before green screen and animation. This is a free museum behind the gift shop in the cottonwood trees. There are so many adventures near Kanab they include

  • Hiking
    • Cottonwood Wash Narrows
    • Slot Canyon
    • Paria Canyon
    • Wire Pass
    • Elusive Wave
    • Zion’s National Park
  • Drives
    • Glen Canyon Damn
    • Lake Powel
    • North Rim Grand Canyon
    • Kodachrome Basin State Park
  • Explore
    • Coral Pink Sand Dunes
    • Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
    • Moqui Cave
    • Green River Whitewater Rafting

Lunchtime is at Big Al’s Burgers at the Junction Drive-in (Thank you Cherie for the suggestion). Must have a traditional Utah meal. I worked at a local diner Provo as a teenager. The best meal is milkshake, hamburger, and fries with a Utah tradition of fry sauce (mayo and ketchup dip). This was a lot of fun, good food, and super busy. What a great location for fun.

This is a wonderful time to explore and travel the US. It was great meeting so many wonderful people and tremendous adventures. What is your favorite vacation? Post your response with #4chionstyle on social media.

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Best Picture Green Book Oscars®

Best Picture Green Book Oscars®

Best Picture

The Best Picture at the 91st Oscars® is Green Book. This story brings forward the fact that we need to sit down and discuss racism in a safe environment.

Green Book Producers

Jim Burke is a producer and actor, known for Green Book (2018), The Descendants(2011) and Election (1999). This film took many puns and knocks during production. Burke responds to this time, “I’ll just say, yes, it was discouraging; but we always went back to the film.  And when we had a bad day, we’d pop in the movie, and we were reminded that we’re all really proud of this film, all of us and all of the over 500 people who helped make it.”

Peter Farrell is a producer and writer, known for Green Book (2018), There’s Something About Mary (1998) and Dumb and Dumber (1994). Farrell talks about his approach to winning, “It’s like if I watch a football game and I need my team to score, I just leave the room, and they will.  If I’m watching them, they won’t.  So I just kind of thought about everything but winning this thing, and it worked.”

Charles B. Wessler is known for his work on There’s Something About Mary (1998), Dumb and Dumber (1994) and It’s Pat: The Movie (1994). Wessler talks about the moment Julia Roberts (he did forget her name) announced Green Book for Best Picture, “I just want to say one thing.  These guys may or may not agree with me, but when I’m forgetting the name of the actress who gave us the award.  I don’t know why.”
Burke states, “Julia Roberts.”
Wessler continues, “Julia Roberts. She opened up thank you.  She opened up the thing, and I’m not kidding, I started to talk to my friend sitting next to me; and she said GREEN BOOK, and I so just to let you know, were we thinking we could win?  I kind of forgot that we could, and, you know.” 

Film Synopsis

The title and subject matter are a reference to “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” also known as “The Negro Travelers’ Green Book.” Published from 1936-1966, the guide helped African-American travelers find lodging, restaurants, and other businesses that would serve them. It eventually covered most of North America, plus Bermuda and the Caribbean. (IMDB)

Film Fun Facts

The real Tony Lip is best known for playing Carmine Lupertazzi on The Sopranos.

The film is dedicated to “Larry the Crow,” a bird that hung around the shooting location. Viggo Mortensen cared for the animal after it was hit by a car.

The film is about “Tony Lip” Viggo Mortensen and Dr. Don Shirley’s relationship and how they changed each other in a time when it was crazy, obviously.

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Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar® Sound Mixing

Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar® Sound Mixing

Paul Massy, John Casali, and Tim Cavagin bring an Oscar® sound mixing winning performance. This film is an honor to Queen’s Freddy Mercury.

Sound Mixing

Paul Massey

Paul Massey work includes Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), The Greatest Showman (2017) and Deadpool (2016). He took the time to say, “Thank you so much for your music and for your collaboration and your support. This is a project of a lifetime. We had great resources, we had great collaboration from all of the Queen production team and our producers, and it was a wonderful project. And actually, I think we all wished it hadn’t finished. ” 

John Casali


John Casali work includes Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Into the Woods (2014), and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He says,  “All of my team, and for this, really, for Chris Murphy, my boom operator, that’s put up with me for 14 years. Thanks, mate. When we shot those sequences making Bohemian Rhapsody, all the things that we shot came from Brian May.”

Tim Cavagin

Tim Cavagin work includes Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), Baby Driver (2017),  and The Others (2001). He thanks, “The team Twickenham, everyone else who worked on the sound of this incredible movie.”

Film Synopsis

This film’s story is the legendary rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, leading up to their famous performance at Live Aid (1985). (IMDb)

Film Facts

Ben Whishaw was linked in the media to playing Freddie Mercury before casting Remi Malek.

Queen engineers gave the sound team full access to their archives of music, all their live material and studio material.

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Regina King Supporting Actress

Regina King Supporting Actress

This film is a celebration of love and a reminder of the struggles facing many African American women in this country. Regina King envelopes this struggle and love to win the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress.

Actress in a Supporting Role

Regina King brings her mother to the Oscars®. She says about her mother being there, “I feel like kind of like one of those full circle moments because so much of the character Sharon Rivers was mapped or inspired by my mother and my grandmother.” She gets teary-eyed as she reflects and says thanks to these women.

She goes on to say, ” James Baldwin birthed this baby and Barry, you nurtured her, you surrounded her with so much love and support, so it’s appropriate for me to be standing here because I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone.” That is truly was. She is wearing an Oscar® winning Oscar De La Renta white gown.

This film is important in the narrative that there remains a divide in this country. We have moved forward and backward throughout the 400 years since the first slave being brought to this country. King states about winning, “But it’s just a reminder of when Hattie McDaniel won.  She didn’t win just because black people voted for her.  She won because she gave an amazing performance.”

King did present a strong woman fighting for her family and her dreams. Kings said about working on the film, “When you have men and women working together, pretty amazing things happen.”

She continues with, “I feel like I’ve had so many women that have paved the way, are paving the way, and I feel like I walk in their light, and I also am creating my own light.”

Film Synopsis

A woman in Harlem embraces her pregnancy while she and her family struggle to prove her fiancé innocent of a crime. (IMdB)

Film Facts

The film’s release date was the novelist James Baldwin’s 94th birthday.

Beale Street is in Memphis not New Orleans.

The author is director’s Barry Jenkins favorite.

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Right Side of History Adapted Screenplay Oscars®

Right Side of History Adapted Screenplay Oscars®

Best Adapted Screenplay

BlacKkKlansman wins for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 91st Oscars. The screenplay is adapted from Ron Stallworth’s book BlacKkKlansman.

Film synopsis

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events. (IMdB)

Writers

Spike Lee is truly thrilled to win this first Oscar® for Best Adapted Screenplay. He states, “My grandma who saved 50 years of Social Security checks to put her first grandchild – she called me Spikie Poo – she put me through Morehouse College and NYU Grad Film. NYU!” This is a long time in coming for Spike Lee. The screenplay writers include David Rabinowitz, Charles Wachtel, and Kevin Willmott.

Willmott states, at Northern Arizona University, “Telling a character’s story you have to fictionalize the stories. Often as a writer, you do that with your own life experiences.” The story does reflect some personal experiences in his life.

Lee concludes the acceptance speech saying, “Let’s all be on the right side of history. Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing! You know I had to get that in there!”

BlacKkKlansman Fun Facts

The film is one of only four US films to win the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival. The film receive a standing ovation at Cannes Film Festival.

John David Washington did not audition for the role. He was offered the role from Spike Lee.

The final scene is edited using hundreds of cell phone camera footage taken in Virginia.

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