What a way to start 2011! Cupcake from Fashion Tarts nominated “Jewels” from The Roving Stove for the Stylish Blogger Award, so I’m tooting my own horn shamelessly again.

There is a catch (sly Cupcake that she is), I have to reveal seven things about myself you don’t already know. Since my blog is already an open book – that is a tricky one, but here goes:
1). I haven’t had a cigarette this century.
Not so pretty in pink with the cigarette
2). Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s restaurant in London), once named a drink after me on their menu called the Julie Anne Rhodes Pink Passion Fizz.
3). I’m enthralled with the divine order of life – how our paths cross, and even the briefest encounter can drastically change the trajectory of our journey.
Simon LeBon – a master multi-tasker
4). It was lovely to get a Happy New Year Tweet from Simon LeBon yesterday.
5). When I get homesick for London I watch Eastenders (blush, my English friends will goad me for ages over that one).
Jewels
6). I dream of traveling to the arctic to see the polar bears.
7). I’d rather be known for feeding the homeless than feeding celebrities.
Thank you so much Cupcake you yummy Fashion Tart(s)! Now I get to pass this honor on by nominating seven of my favorite Stylish Bloggers:
In New York Paris Tomorrow because she’s been my fashion guru for decades.
Wendy Brandes because Jewels loves her jewels.
Design Mom because she must be superwoman in disguise (raising six kids and still stylish)!
Joy The Baker because she makes baked goods look so beautiful and effortless.
Habitually Chic because she’s the definition of style.
A Cup of Jo because I dig her style and open book scribbles on life
Focus on Style because Sharon and Brad’s “impromptu madness” webisodes are so amusing.
PS. Please don’t forget to vote in the poll at the top right of the blog for your favorite hors d’oeuvres. The top five will win Gardein gift certificates to start their 2011 Meatless Monday’s off on the right foot! Winners will be announced January 14th.
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  • January 2, 2011
    12:32 pm

    Julia Anne that was one cool read! #2 v. cool, #3 profound and true, and #7 why I like you so much (big hearted woman)! Am voting now…Cupcakexo

  • January 2, 2011
    3:41 pm

    Congratulations Jewels! Its no surprise though, everything you do is stylish right down to your food. I LOVE Eastenders! My friends sit in amazement at how I can understand what the characters are saying. LOL I've only been to England twice but I think because I watch so many English programs that I just pick it up. Anyway, congratulations again and here's to many more awards and accolades for you in 2011!Cheers,Dawn

  • January 2, 2011
    6:25 pm

    …And I'd like to thank Cupcake since without her this award would not be possible without her, and Dawn because she watches Eastenders, yeah!

  • January 2, 2011
    6:25 pm

    Now that's a great start to the year, congratulations Julie !!!!!!!! :))))Gina Heisser

  • January 2, 2011
    6:26 pm

    Thanks hon – 2011 is going to rock!

  • January 2, 2011
    6:27 pm

    Happy new year beautiful Julie anne ..so lovely spending time with you in 2010 look forward to seeing alot more of you this year …well done you beautiful ray of sunshine xxxDee Murren

  • January 2, 2011
    6:28 pm

    Dee- that weekend with you and Maisy ranks #1 in 2010 – lots more in 2011 please. How is the adorable imp?

  • January 2, 2011
    6:42 pm

    Hi Auntie Julie anne happy new year i hope you had a wonderful christmas love maisy xxx

  • January 2, 2011
    6:42 pm

    i got a computer for christmas so i have my own skype maisy xx we can skype xxx

  • January 2, 2011
    6:42 pm

    I did, and my New Year just got started right hearing from you lit

  • January 2, 2011
    6:43 pm

    how about you come and see us love maisy xxx

  • January 2, 2011
    6:43 pm

    Yes, of course, but I have to learn how – so happy you got your own computer. Start writing some of your wonderful stories!

  • January 2, 2011
    6:43 pm

    I'll be there sometime this year – I promise. I miss London almost as much as I miss you and mummy.

  • January 2, 2011
    6:44 pm

    b ye i am going to dance with michael jacson on my wiii xxxxx

  • January 2, 2011
    6:44 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR DEAR JULIE ANNE!!!!!Alfredo Lemos Suarez

  • January 2, 2011
    6:51 pm

    Awesome Jewels!!!Sharon McConnell Worster

  • January 2, 2011
    7:01 pm

    Happy new Year! Congratulations on the award! I say go for 3# and #7 this year! While I have never had them, the spicy deep fried pickles sound great.

  • January 2, 2011
    7:36 pm

    Isn't it funny one once upon a time we thought it made us look COOL? I only started smoking (when I was 14) be cause my favorite band (who shall remain nameless) did. I quit about 20 years ago too.Denise Lingbeck Crawford

  • January 2, 2011
    7:37 pm

    HARDEST thing I ever did (quitting), I'd rather go through childbirth than go through that again. I have to remind myself how hard it was, because I STILL crave cigarettes from time to time.

  • January 2, 2011
    8:24 pm

    From time to time it's not that bad…you have a lot of courage! It's not easy to stop smoking…Giuliana

  • January 2, 2011
    8:30 pm

    This will be the first of many wonderful things for you in this decade! I know that so many more wonderful things are just waiting to happen, you just have to really believe in yourself. As for being stylish, we all know that you set the standard. Only you could make a walking boot for your broken ankle look designer made.

  • January 2, 2011
    9:10 pm

    ROCK ON w/ the not smoking that is the HARDEST vice to let go of…I start…I stop…I start….UGH~ but good for you sweetie~ xoxoxxoAnitra DeLorenzo

  • January 2, 2011
    9:10 pm

    Darn! I've tried to post twice on the blog but I keep getting errors. We're having net issues today – it isn't you.I just wanted to comment on your #3 – I find this fascinating as well, and you know you are a part of that for me.Congratulations on the award – you deserve every accolade that comes your way! xMorgan Raymond

  • January 2, 2011
    9:12 pm

    Am I evil for laughing out loud over the huge run in the hose of the girl sittung next to you in this pic? :)Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • January 2, 2011
    9:12 pm

    I haven't smoked in 14 years and I still dream I am smoking…..Pam Hodges-Schock

  • January 2, 2011
    9:17 pm

    Excellent eye sight Kim – I never noticed, and I'm just glad it wasn't me with the run – big sigh of relief!Thank you everyone, cigarettes are THE most addictive, difficult vice to kick (and I've kicked a few). Incredible to still have cravings after all these years isn't it Pam?

  • January 2, 2011
    10:00 pm

    Thanks for the love!And I dig the name of your drink!

  • January 3, 2011
    2:54 am

    Happy New Year 2011 will be amazing an will rock hard core ! Ive learned so much from you an the amazing In New York Paris Tomorrow. That I feel like I can make Pop Trash Beauty into the blog that it should be. I am ready to go out of the box an challenge myself. Sorry for going on. Lots of love an thanks to you .Tracey xo

  • January 3, 2011
    3:45 am

    Dearest Jewels, Thank you!!! I really have under the weather and seizing it as a time to cat nap, dream and Cupcake dragged me back. So exited to pass this on with pageantry and love and you've done me. I love you.http://innewyorkparistomorrow.blogspot.com/2011/01/stylish-blogger-award-they-like-me-they.htm

  • January 3, 2011
    10:11 am

    Hi Julie Anne,I love numbers 3 & 7. Number 6 is certainly my husband's dream. He absolutely loves polar bears.Congrats on the nomination and also for kicking the cigarettes so long ago. HAPPY NEW YEAR AGAIN! Aussie Mum :)

  • January 3, 2011
    5:56 pm

    It is! & when your husband smokes it makes it that much harder. I think food has some how taken the place of nicotene.Pam Hodges-Schock

  • January 3, 2011
    5:57 pm

    Talk him into quitting together. If your breathing in his smoke inside the house anyway – it's not doing you much good.

  • January 3, 2011
    5:58 pm

    LOL … Good choice in champers . . . LOLJustine Owls

  • January 3, 2011
    5:58 pm

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!! Is an amazing picture!!!!! hahaha thank you Julie!!!!Denisse LeBon Taylor Brown

  • January 3, 2011
    5:59 pm

    what on earth is he doing?Nancy Wardle

  • January 3, 2011
    5:59 pm

    LOL at Simon in that pic!Isabel Ortiz Bernad

  • January 3, 2011
    6:00 pm

    What year, Julie Anne??Justine Owls

  • January 3, 2011
    6:00 pm

    That man has always been dangerous to my health! Good lord!Devoted Duranie

  • January 3, 2011
    6:01 pm

    Are those the shadows of Andy, Nick & John in the background? So darling…Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • January 3, 2011
    6:01 pm

    That was in Montserrat 1983 (John's birthday actually – not New Years if I'm totally honest), he's blowing up a balloon while opening Champagne, and everybody was there, but not sure whose silhouettes your seeing – I think your seeing Andy, George (the chef at the studio), technician Ian, and producer Alex Sadkin.

  • January 3, 2011
    6:01 pm

    Wow! Good memory! Or good guess, but still!Devoted Duranie

  • January 3, 2011
    6:02 pm

    What a nice guy and multi tasker!Stacy Tillman

  • January 3, 2011
    6:02 pm

    good that you're still in connection,the tweet was nice,and also the memories.MariFer Cruz Ortega

  • January 3, 2011
    6:03 pm

    Lol thanks for sharing. XoShannon Marie Moyer

  • January 3, 2011
    6:03 pm

    Ahhh, Im looking via my cell. Not the easiest. Thanks for sharing! Love it…Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • January 3, 2011
    6:04 pm

    what a beautiful picture Simon is adorable as usual …Thanks Julie!!! What year is it?Nives Serra

  • January 3, 2011
    6:04 pm

    John's birthday in Montserrat? was it when he had the idea for the bass line of "The Reflex"?Thanks for sharing your memories, Mrs R.Vanessa Giulieri

  • January 3, 2011
    6:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing your memories with us!Giuliana Iannotta

  • January 3, 2011
    9:16 pm

    I saw some in the Berlin's zoo! They are so sweets!Giuliana Iannotta

  • January 3, 2011
    9:18 pm

    There were some adorable polar bear cubs at the Denver zoo about 12 years ago (they're still there, but grown) that I feel in love with. I think it is always much more exciting to see animals in their natural habitat though. I must be getting old, because I'd much rather watch animals in the wilds all day, then BE wild in the city.

  • January 3, 2011
    10:28 pm

    I remember them playing with chindren, behind the big glass that spilts them from people. I put my hand on the glass and one of them came near it as if he wanted me to caress him! I was surprised, really.Giuliana Iannotta

  • January 4, 2011
    6:11 pm

    Jewels, that is a WONDERFUL statement to read.Rhonda Davis Crombie

  • January 4, 2011
    6:12 pm

    beautiful statement, beautiful pic!Kerri Bittenbender Bordelon

  • January 4, 2011
    8:16 pm

    Lovely thought for a lovely lady.Feliciana Trujillo

  • January 4, 2011
    8:17 pm

    Que linda.Scar Lette

  • January 4, 2011
    8:17 pm

    And that is just a SMALL part of what makes you a very special lady.Justine Owls

  • January 4, 2011
    8:18 pm

    I agree!Giuliana Iannotta

  • January 5, 2011
    12:40 am

    One of the gazillion things I am working on for the new year is a program to help the hungry.

  • January 5, 2011
    1:35 am

    Go ahead and good luck! ;)Jezabel Jagh