Purple Love

Last week I officially launched my memoir, “The Day It Snowed In April” on my life and time with rock star Prince. It was my way of paying tribute to his unique style and music legacy with a purple theme party in Beverly Hills. The event was held at the home of Brad and Tina Hillstrom, who are natives from Minneapolis. I wanted purple carpet instead of red and for everything to be colored purple in honor of Prince. I even dressed little Prince up in a custom outfit so that he could live up to his namesake for photos.

We had so much rain in the days leading up to the event, I wasn’t sure if the weather would clear up? But it seemed like Prince was surely smiling down on us that day as the sun started to shine! Many long time friends enjoyed listening to Stereo Mike Creamer spin some of Prince’s music that he made during my time with him.

Purple love was in the air and even though it was “Fashion Week” and Grammy week, the purple unicorn singer, Justine Skye stopped by looking fabulous, along with America’s favorite letter turner, Vanna White and classic rock singer, Al Stewart.

Guest enjoyed vegan appetizers by Deliteful meals and chef Karen and purple cupcakes from Swirls. We had a purple punch compliments of Purple Haze and Blackhorn imports. A big thank you to publicist Tiffany Ladner and Anolan for all the organization that went into creating such a memorable afternoon. I gave autographed copies of my book in giftbags along with sponsored gifts from ThinEssence, Delightful meals, Parfaire, Green Leaf, and Expert Insight Publishing.  My gorgeous purse was compliments of Grace Nowak and my hair and makeup was done by Emily and the Four Season’s Salon in Westlake, compliments of Yamaguchi. My hair had a shade of purple in it compliments of Louise at Urban Dyebar and I was driven in style to the party in a Rolls Royce compliments of Royal Exotic cars. Special thanks to William Kidston for all the lovely photos and to my Playmate sisters, Deborah Driggs, Barbara Moore and Sandra Taylor for all the love and support!

Half of the proceeds from my book will go to benefit Prince’s charity, #YesWeCode. This is my way of paying it forward and keeping his desire for children’s education in the forefront of his legacy. I thought it was fitting to officially launch “The Day It Snowed In April” in February, the month of love because of the pure love that I know we all shared for Prince and all the amazing music he gave us. You can get “The Day It Snowed In April” now on Amazon and Barnes and Noble in Hardcover, Paperback and Kindle and the Audio version will be out soon! If you enjoyed the book, share the purple love and give it as gift and please don’t forget to give me a review on Amazon

2016: A Year Most Will Never Forget!!!

As I watch the rain trickle into the powered covered snow decks of our cabin here in Lake Arrowhead, I felt like writing my thoughts and feelings down surrounding this past year. I’m sure most of you are in total agreement with me in saying, 2016 sucked the big one!! I personally cannot wait to welcome in 2017, after viewing or experiencing one tragedy after another this past year.

It was awful to start 2016 off with the deaths of our beloved David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Prince! And to end it just as badly with the deaths of our beloved Princess Lea, Carrie Fisher, her mother, Debbie Reynolds one day behind her and George Michael who shared the same birthday month and year as me! Maybe it’s the age of most of the baby boomers and the fact that there are so many of us that can relate strongly to these losses. They were staples of our youth that has passed by way too quickly. We grew up together with their music, movies and images ingrained in our minds forever. They represented how fast and fleeting life truly is to have died so young and/or tragic.

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2016 will also mark how divided and split we are as Americans with our political views. And how much change is happening in our world that is right there in your face with social media on a daily basis. It’s hard to ignore the status of our world as a whole and the struggles we are facing as humanity hangs by a thread. If we can survive 2016 and venture into 2017 with any kind of positive optimism for whatever is we have to be grateful for, I believe we may have a chance to take a turn for a much better future. Life is truly a gift that we must cherish each and every day. I’m choosing to remain optimistic about 2017 and wish everyone a blessed New Year, one that is filled with love and great success. We must all dream as big as possible about each year being better than the last because that is what we will ultimately create for ourselves.

I think 2016 is a turning point for mankind to reflect and remember, as we move forward in the great unknown future that is the gift of this life; we are living right here and now. So a toast to 2017, may you shed light on the darkness so many have faced and give us all hope for a brighter tomorrow!

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