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By Joy A. Kennelly

I'm still working on a blog about the recent Grand Opening of Rock & Brews PCH featuring Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, but in the meantime, wanted to share some fun stuff I've been collecting which I thought you might enjoy as well.

First off, if you have a bikini ready body like Volleyball players, Michelle Lafigliola and the entire MCHS champion volleyball team, then check out the new styles from Breathe Bikinis  showcased here.

Recognize Olympic Volleyball player, Eric Fonoimoana? He's the only guy in case you don't know.:)

178 188 182Now if you're looking for some good summer reads while you hit the beach, here's a few famous female memoirs I recently finished which I recommend:

9780062280619_p0_v2_s260x420If you've always wondered what it would be like to be married to a famous rocker from the Rolling Stones, then wonder no longer. Her book will tell you all about it.

Lots of drugs, food, and music. Oh, and sex. Don't forget the sex. Oh, and even more drugs. Have to admit, that got a little tedious, but there is a happy ending to that section so keep reading.

All that said, I enjoyed hearing how Jo Wood pulled herself together after her husband's affair with a teenager (is 19 still a teenager? It's been so long I forget.) and created a whole new life for herself.

I also enjoyed learning about her organic business and how that came to be. She's definitely had an interesting life and this sneak peek behind-the-scenes is factual, funny, poignant and entertaining. Now I know why I am drawn to musicians so often.:)

ImagesOn the flip side, Reba Merrill's book about creating an amazing career launched as an Arizona housewife and building a whole new genre of publicity - video interviews, was extremely interesting, especially as I launch my own video show. She spoke at a recent women's event I attended and was so inspiring I bought her book.

And I never buy books at book signings. Ever.


Her down-to-earth style of sharing about her amazing life interviewing celebrities over the past 20 years was such an easy read I finished it in two days. She dealt with sexism back in the 70's which I wished more young girls would read about to know how far we've come baby. She also dealt with sexual harrassment - promised her show would air if she performed sexual favors three days a week on some studio pig. She also has faced ageism and shared how that influenced her style and offerings. Very interesting book and if you're in the industry especially, you will enjoy her life story. 

Realbookcrop_t607One of my favorite Real Housewives of New Jersey has also penned a memoir, the fiery redhead, Caroline Manzo, and if you're a fan of the show you will really enjoy this book. Just know the font size is extremely small for some reason making it hard to read at night if you're tired. However, it's very enjoyable and she doles out wisdom, advice, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, Italian recipes, and other information on the show which isn't gossipy, just sharing it like it is.:)

710edUldArLIf you're a fan of Carol Burnett, or in the mood for a heartwarming story about the love of a child and their mother, then you must pick up Carol Burnettt's book (seen above) about her relationship with her wild child daughter, Carrie.

Reminded me of a friend of mine's child there was so much creativity and life in her story. It's broken into two parts and tells of Carrie's career aspirations and accomplishments, Carol's life as her mother and famous person, and is poignant, lovely and very easy to read. 

However, it does break your heart, but then in Part Two, it lifts you back up by turning into the fictional story Carrie had been writing with Carol before she died.

I really, really, really enjoyed this story on many levels.

First, as a huge fan of the humor and career of Carol Burnett, then as a fan of her relationship with her daughter and lastly, as a fan of good writing. Very thoughtful, lovely story.

Paul_rightNow it can't be all about women, now can it?

In light of the fast approaching Father's Day, here's some fun suggestions on where to take Dad and what to possibly buy him, if he's a sporting kinda Dad, old sport. (Sorry, couldn't resist. The Great Gatsby has GROUND that word into my brain permanently. It's a fantastic film however.:)

Now if you haven’t made your plans for Father’s Day, then consider joining Firefly Bistro for some down-home southern music, fantastic beer and delicious BBQ at the 10th Annual Father’s Day Blues Barbeque at Firefly Bistro!

Here's Chef Paul Rosenbluh, executive chef and founder of Firefly Bistro, who was named Best Chef of America (in the ultimate guide of Chefs.) Now, if that's not an endorsement of driving out to Pasadena for some good 'ole Southern cooking with dear old Dad, I don't know what is!

Let Chef Paul take care of all your Father’s Day needs with Firefly’s homey ambience, southern charm and hearty cuisine perfect for the special BBQ menu.

Can you spell delicious? I knew you could.:)


Now to make sure Dad is looking fine, here's Cash Warren (Jessica Alba's house husband) sporting the Lacoste Corbon suede boat shoe – perfect for all family outings and a great gift for under $100 for dad in time for this Sunday!

Image001 Pick up a pair today at


And lastly, don't forget to watch Dexter's summer premiere on June 30th. We won't forget after enjoying this special ice cream treat delivered to the office!:)

2013-06-12 15.51.07 2013-06-12 15.52.37Kinda creepy, eh?:) And that's all for now. Enjoy!


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