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I’m using my lifeline: Poker

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This is a story about opening up your hearts and minds. It’s a true story. And it’s also a story about poker, and life. My life in particular.  What do you do when you have had a particularly bad day? How do you cope with it? And what would you do if one day you […]

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Not just another Breast Cancer Awareness List

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The unfortunate fact is that someone you know is likely going to be diagnosed with breast cancer in your lifetime. I am a survivor of stage 2 lobular invasive breast cancer. I underwent a modified radical mastectomy, radiation and take long term hormone suppressor drugs. I am 18 months since diagnosis and 6 months since […]

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The Essential Luxury Tote by Strathberry

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I feel like such a lady carrying my red tote from Strathberry. Their products are handcrafted in Spain, taking up to 20 hours of workmanship for each bag. Strathberry is known for their clean lines and signature bar closure with their beautiful products ranging in shapes and sizes. From totes to the MC series based […]

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The Real Housewives & I get Real about Invisible Illnesses

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“Your sole mission is to articulate your suffering so that it emancipates you and empowers other women”   I wish I authored that quote. I didn’t. This quote is by Carole Radziwill from the #RHONY on the 5/11/16 episode . And for those of you who do not admit to occasionally watching Bravo, #RHONY = […]

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LA Costume Designer Danielle King talks Fashion

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I am happy to introduce my first guest contributor to PdubXO: LA Costume Designer & Stylist Danielle King.  Danielle’s work has included editorial styling for major magazines, personal styling for the LA celebrity community, and a long resume of costume design in the film & TV industry. Her Costume Design work earned her a 2013 Emmy […]

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Barely Surviving Breast Cancer

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I think all of my cancer is gone. At least I hope so. I check in with one of my 5 cancer team doctors on average once a month. But even with being 8 months after my surgery, and 5 months after completing my radiation treatments, I am still, I have to be honest, miserable. I […]

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Rebecca Ryan asks me ‘How was your support’? An After the Cancer Q&A

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When I was first diagnosed with Cancer, my friend Rebecca Ryan immediately came to me and offered to be my support group ‘Project Manager’. It was such a gift from her, offering her time to do this. Knowing I wouldn’t have the energy or time to organize support, mass communicate, or plan logistics, Rebecca came […]

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I Won a Poker Tournament and the Guys said ‘She’s Just Lucky’

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A funny thing happened after I won the PPC Mid-West Poker Classic. I received a ton of congratulations and well wishes for a great win, particularly given my health. However I also received a resounding number of semi-praises. From men. To my face, and on social media, many men offered their congratulations, but dozens more […]

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Day 2 PPC Poker Tour…unbelievable

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I can barely believe it myself. I won! I won the entire tournament. 21 hours playing poker, 333 players, and ended up winning with $18,000 and a $5,000 Aruba package. I feel like my luck is turning around If you like poker you can read details about the event and the win in this ‘All […]

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My first weekend out…Ho-Chunk Casino? Day 1

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It is my very first outing since my breast cancer treatments, and my husband is taking me to the Ho-Chunk Casino in the Wisconsin Dells.   I took this particularly bad photo at a distance yesterday morning for a dramatic effect. Now before we get all judgey and think what a terrible husband I have, […]

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Why I am closing iona…

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Many have been wondering why I am closing iona. In early March, upon returning from New York Fall Markets, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. At that time, my husband Monty & I decided no matter what the treatment path, we would close the store. I already have an underlying rare disease called GBS (Guillain Barre […]

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How do I Pick Brands?

One of the questions I am asked most often is “How do you pick your brands?” There are hundreds, probably thousands of designer/brand names. They are made by different designers, and creative directors, often moving around each year. So with all these brand names and emerging designers how do I make my choices? Before I Opened Iona I opened the doors to […]

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