Atoms of Gratitude: Enduring Beauty

Mural by Jackson Pollock
I stole a couple hours with my “Aunt” (close family friend) Mary Pappajohn to tour the Des Moines Art Center while I was home last week. As we ate lunch, I looked out over the building I took art lessons in as a child from...
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I May Not Be A Doll, but Happy Mother’s Day

I think mom was expecting a living, breathing doll that she could dress up, and I’d do exactly as told. I do share my birthday with Barbie – maybe the stork got confused? Instead, she gave birth to a stubborn, defiant, free-spirited daughter. I’m sorry the… Keep Reading »


Prince Still Rules My World

Tatjana and I are beyond bereft with the news. We have all have just lost another of the all-time great geniuses, and my personal favorite. 2016 seems to be the year of the grim reaper, but my lord what a jam is happening in heaven… Keep Reading »

Josh Duhamel with Julie Anne & Tatjana Rhodes

A Red Tie Affair for the American Red Cross

It has been a while since I’ve walked a red carpet quite as glamorous as the Red Tie Affair at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in support of the American Red Cross Santa Monica Chapter last Saturday.

Julie Anne Rhodes at a Royal Film Premier

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Be Happy!

First, let me congratulate Jerry Hall on her nuptials this past week, and then I have to say “haters stop hating (it’s such unbecoming behavior). Just be happy!”
Simon Manley, Antony Price, Jerry Hall, Julie Anne and Nick Rhodes, Jade and Karis Jagger in Mustique by Dean… Keep Reading »

David Bowie Exhibition at the V&A London

The Life & Times of David Bowie: Act II

I’m still so sad over the loss of David Bowie, both as an avid fan and an old friend. Thank you so much for the sheer pleasure your incredible body of work brought us all, and the warmth of your friendship. I hold so many… Keep Reading »

Julie Anne Rhodes


Vicissitudes: successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs.
Julie Anne Rhodes: A new chapter
It is a New Year, and time for a new chapter in my life. There are BIG changes afoot in the Rhodes residence. New partners, new website, new clients, new home. The view will be quite different a year from… Keep Reading »

Tatjana and Mom shopping 2 decades ago

A First for the First Dinner of the Decade

 When Nick rang to wish Tatjana a Happy New Year, he let it slip that Tatjana is actually a really good cook. I have no doubt this is a skill she was hiding from me deliberately because she loves for me to make all her old… Keep Reading »

Julie Anne Rhodes

#1 New Years Resolution

According to Wikipedia, the definition of a “New Year’s resolution is a commitment that an individual makes to a project or the reforming of a habit, often a lifestyle change that is generally interpreted as advantageous. The name comes from the fact that these commitments… Keep Reading »

A Culture Club kind of Christmas

Orange You Glad it’s the Holidays

Jewels: Meet my twin sister born into a ‘rival’ band by mistake, Alison Hay, who describes the relationship between Culture Club and Duran Duran back in the day as “enemy camps.” We met in passing a few times (most likely powdering our noses in the loo),… Keep Reading »

Apricot-Pecan Stuffed Roast Pork Loin with Apricot Sauce

Special Occasions & Party Accomplished

There are no shortages of special occasions that might require a more elegant menu this time of year. Since I’ve been asked to tape another guest chef appearance next month, and they requested I make a holiday and/or special occasion recipe, I thought I’d come up… Keep Reading »

Perfecting your timing while cooking multiple meals at once

Friday Food Tip: Timing Tips

When I asked about what the biggest challenges you face in the kitchen are on the Personal Chef Approach page recently, Jan Rogers Salsky mentioned “not timing things properly.” As you might imagine, timing is everything when you cook, and even more so when cooking multiple meals… Keep Reading »


The Sado-Masochistic Food Syndrome

A photo of an incredibly dashing couple on my friend Amanda Eliasch’s Facebook wall caught my eye. The depth behind their gaze intrigued me. A few weeks later I met Inesa and Barrington De La Roche with Amanda over cocktails in London, and I was… Keep Reading »