It’s Gingerbread Art Time of Year Again!

Tatjana and I are still so busy shopping and enjoying our time together while she is home that I ran out of time to get a new blog post written today. Instead, I thought I’d rerun a little fun we had baking up some holiday cheer a… Keep Reading »

Olympic Gold Medal Shopping

My daughter is an Olympic gold medalist shopper. She comes by it naturally. Both her maternal grandmother and her father could quite easily compete with her for the title. I remember shopping with my mom with as a
Julie and Johnnie Friedman in the shopping days
child. It… Keep Reading »

Eat Your Vegetables!

I was a model child when it came to drinking my milk, but vegetables? Not so much. This plea appeared recently on my blog, and I’m sure applies to many of us…

Model child Jewels
“My mother never made me eat vegetables so I never developed… Keep Reading »

Food, and the Next Best Thing to a “Real” Husband (my gay husband of 18 years)

A six year old Tatjana watched Brad do my make-up, and insisted on doing his.

Brad Boles was actually my gay husband before Real Housewives of New York, Jill Zarin’s. In fact I don’t recall ever divorcing him, which makes him a bigamist in the nicest… Keep Reading »

Happy Anniversary “Jewels” from TRS!

One year ago today I published my first blog. A couple weeks ago I asked you which blogs were your favorites? Here is a look back at the ones you chose.
My Upstairs, Downstairslife has taught me so much about respecting others, setting boundaries and carrying… Keep Reading »

Painting by Vegetable

Julie Anne and Tatjana Rhodes by Johnnie Friedman
Television has been advocating “eat your vegetables” for decades. From cartoons like Popeye squashing a can of spinach into his mouth for the strength to save Olive Oil, to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. What will it take to… Keep Reading »

The Traditional English Sunday Lunch

Julie Anne & Nick Rhodes by Rex
I do get homesick for England. One of the things I miss most (apart from my daughter and friends) is the traditional Sunday roast lunch. This is not the kind of meal you cook for one.

The Swan in Notting… Keep Reading »

Oops! Bouncing Back

Traveling with Mom as a kid

I have been traveling since I was 8 weeks old. Never, not even during all of the years modeling or touring with Duran Duran have I ever missed a plane…until yesterday. I guess I subconsciously wanted to stay (it is… Keep Reading »


Tatjana & Julie Anne Rhodes at Gil’s

Evening 1 of our highly anticipated vacation kicked off with a magnificent meal in Dubrovnik. The modern decor of Gil’s came as a suprizing contrast to the harbor and mideval walled town our table overlooked. The hip young crowd… Keep Reading »


“Mommy, Mommy…you’ll never guess what color Daddy’s hair is now!” my 7 year old daughter excitedly reported over the telephone one day (while she was on tour with Duran Duran.)

Tatjana in the South of France

“What color Tatjana?” I replied a bit blase…after all, how many… Keep Reading »