Julie Anne Rhodes for Elizabeth Emmanuel

Being the vain creature I am, I was naturally very concerned about the scar that surgery would leave emblazoned across my chest. Weeks were wasted fretting that it might read like a neon sign screaming “past her sell by date!” Then my clever and thoughtful friend, Alison Hay, suggested the obvious… Jewels will just have to don “bosom bling,” and live up to her nickname!

Hosts Amos Pizzey and wife Lisa I’Anson

The actual truth of the matter is now that I have passed my 50,000 mile check-up with flying colors, I consider the scar to be both a badge of honor, and confirmation that I have plenty of high flying years left ahead of me. In fact, I felt like a 25 year old again dancing the night away at Soho House last night to celebrate Amos Pizzey’s birthday.

Maya Fiennes and Julie Anne Rhodes
Lisa always has me in stitches with her razor sharp wit, and Amos is an old school gentleman who also happens to be the consummate host. I knew his birthday party would be the perfect “coming out” party, and I was dying to check out the hottest new (members only) club in town. Both surpassed my expectations. The club has a comfy, relaxing vibe about it, filled with beautiful people who actually make the effort to dress (not the norm for jeans obsessed LA) great friendly service, breathtaking views of the city, and the DJ Jeremy Healy was on fire… no one could sit for long.

Anthony and Lorenza
Amos’s wife Lisa, is a longtime treasured friend. She outdid herself organizing a brilliantly diverse group of guests. All my favorite Angeleno’s were there along with many of my English friends… including John Taylor’s ex, Amanda Kyme. How befitting… Giovanna kept me company the night before surgery, and Amanda was on the scene my first big night out after.

Amanda Kyme and Julie Anne Rhodes
What a blast catching up with all my dear friends. Nothing but smiles and warmth all around.

Anthony, Meagan Mullen, Julie Anne Rhodes, Karen Cumming Palmer, and June Sarpong
And people mingled rather than networked! Socializing is a completely different beast to networking. I find networking dreadfully hard work and boring. How refreshing to meet so many new and interesting people that had more to discuss than just their own credits…

Julie Anne, Ray, and Anthony
… and you know I loved being in the company of such handsome men as well. Yes, a little concealer, some powder, and the bosom bling for camouflage did the trick. I was back on top of my naturally flirtatious game.
Now from bosom bling to breasts you want to savor… here is a client favorite you might like to try from the original Silver Palate cookbook. Perfect for feeding guests at your next party. It is equally good served at room temperature, as it is piping hot from the oven.

Silver Palate Chicken Marbella

Servings: 12

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup prunes, pitted
  • 1/2 cup Spanish green olives. pitted
  • 1/2 cup capers with a bit of juice
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 1 head of garlic, peeled and finely pureed
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • coarse salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 -2 1/2 pound chickens, quartered (I just use breasts)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 fresh Italian (flat leaf) parsley or fresh cilantro finely chopped
Directions:

1). Combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, prunes, olives, capers, and juice, bay leaves, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.

2). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

3). Arrange chicken in a single layer in one or two large, shallow, baking pans and spoon marinade over it evenly. Sprinkle chicken pieces with brown sugar and pour the white wine around them.

4). Bake, basting frequently with the pan juices, until the thigh pieces yield a clear yellow (rather than pink) juice when pricked with a fork, 50 minutes to 1 hour.

5). With a slotted spoon, transfer chicken, prunes, olives, and capers to a serving platter. Moisten with a few spoonfuls of the pan juices and sprinkle generously with the parsley or cilantro. Pass the remaining juices in a sauceboat.

Note: To serve chicken Marbella cold, cool to room temperature in the cooking juices before transferring to a serving platter. If the chicken has been covered and refrigerated, reheat it in the juices, then allow it to come to room temperature before serving. Spoon some of the reserved juice over the chicken.
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  • March 21, 2010
    4:29 pm

    Fantastic!

  • March 21, 2010
    6:42 pm

    Love those photos! You look STUNNING! (never any doubt!!♥ )Sara Myron

  • March 21, 2010
    6:43 pm

    You looked and are beautiful, still and always.Alison Hay

  • March 21, 2010
    6:44 pm

    YOU looked FABULOUS ….glad you were out and about!! :)Mary hunter

  • March 21, 2010
    6:46 pm

    o glad to hear you are up and out again.Katla Billdt

  • March 21, 2010
    6:47 pm

    Such briliante & entertaining writing..I am so happy for you going out & lookink that faboulous…Yvonne Wiesengrund

  • March 21, 2010
    6:47 pm

    Wow Julie… Fantastic!!! =)Martina D' Epifanio

  • March 22, 2010
    1:38 am

    She is gorgeous, but most of her beauty comes from the heart.Good to see you are out gallivanting around town.Luis Barerra

  • March 22, 2010
    1:58 am

    I was just flipping through some of my favorite foodie blogs and someone suggested I give yours a read.Imagine the suprise for this former fanatical (circa 82-84)Duran fan?Wow, you look more spectacular today than you did over twenty years ago. Great blog and WONDERFUL food.

  • March 22, 2010
    3:36 am

    Hey Dufmanno… hope you will keep coming back for more! And as for the rest of you, thank you for such kind words! Luis… from my heart to yours. xo

  • March 22, 2010
    3:59 am

    I have also had heart surgery, I have had 5. My first was when I was 22 hours old, my last was when I was 12! I'll be 34 in August. Growing up, I absolutely hated my scar, I wouldn't wear anything too revealing. Knowing that it was there is what bothered me. As I became older, I embraced my scar and accepted it was a part of me. You looked Fab! Best wishes always.Dorah Caulfield

  • March 22, 2010
    4:00 am

    Dorah you were one BRAVE little girl. I'm not sure I would have the courage to go through this more than once. I'm in awe of your courage. And "embrace" is the perfect word… I'm so glad we both found our way there. xo

  • March 22, 2010
    6:43 am

    You look phenomenal and so full of health and energy! Glad you had a wonderful time!…totally in envy of the Emmanuel dress BTW. I love having huge spectacular gowns to just sit around the house occasionally and take tea in. At 31 I am in intense training to one day become the local crazy old lady. ;)

  • March 22, 2010
    6:14 pm

    I am also in the running for some open heart surgery in the future, and I can't believe that it's the post-op scar that I am dreading the most. Vanity is no bueno. Thanks for the tip. I will start collecting "bosom bling" post haste!Amanda Pants

  • March 22, 2010
    6:16 pm

    Amanda…I researched surgeons for months. My problem was a rare birth defect, so I needed someone with experience in doing that particular procedure, but I also wanted one that was highly experienced at minimally invasive. I don't know what kind of surgery you are facing, but some procedures can be done robotically, so they don't have to cut any bone, the scars are much smaller, and located in a much less visible place (through your ribs on the side). I can't recommend doing your homework highly enough, but my scar is no where near as scary as I thought it would be. Less than 8 weeks post op it is just a thin, 4 inch line… give it six months to a year, and it will barely be noticeable as the redness fades with time.Until then bosom bling and learning to embrace it works for me! And guess what? Some guys find scars sexy… who knew?!

  • March 22, 2010
    6:30 pm

    Premierludwig… I adore and value eccentricity in my friends, so train away (although I suspect you are already a master of the art). I wish the Liz Emmanuel dress were mine… when she first started designing period costumes for film… she asked me to do a short film wearing them. Sooooooo much fun to do, but I also learned I am very happy we do not have wear corsets like that every day of our lives today… I had bruises from being winched in so tight. I did like having a 20 inch waste though!

  • March 22, 2010
    7:23 pm

    i love me some soho house. let me know next time you go!Susan Michals

  • March 22, 2010
    7:36 pm

    I personally have always found scars sexy on both men and women. They're like an inkless tattoo with a great story. :)Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • March 22, 2010
    7:36 pm

    I LOVE that Kim… sexy, inkless tatoo.

  • March 22, 2010
    7:45 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful time.Nnow, with that said, can I have the necklace. ;)Michele Mymuse

  • March 22, 2010
    7:46 pm

    I know Michele… I haven't had a new piece of jewelry in forever, and I love this one. Friends of my parents sent me some "mad money" as a get well gift, so I splurged.

  • March 22, 2010
    11:15 pm

    I've heard the "sexy scar" thing from men, too. What a relief–I sometimes feel like the poster child :-)Jewels, you look amazing in your photos from the weekend! So glad you were able to get out with friends and have a great time! And the boobie-bling? Fabulous!Amanda, definitely look into who is offering robotic surgery. It is an option for certain heart procedures, the recovery is faster, and the scars are approx 1/4 ". Best wishes to you.PS: The corned beef recipe rocked! So good that my hubby didn't even mind I used his last Guinness to make it!Cynthia Zeman Godwin

  • March 23, 2010
    11:01 am

    Hi Julie Anne,Love the bosom bling, it looks fantastic.You on the other hand looked absolutely stunning. Looking radiant and full of life which is wonderful to see…it's amazing! Great to see you getting out and enjoying life with friends.You are an inspiration.Aussie MumP.S. Great shot of you and Amanda Kyme.

  • March 23, 2010
    3:24 pm

    I used to make that Chicken for clients! It's divine. You look terrific! Looking forward to seeing you one of these days!!!

  • March 23, 2010
    5:11 pm

    You and Allen can compare. He's all marked up from numerous things that have happened to him! Kim stole the words out of my mouth, you have a wonderful story of survival behind that scar! The older you are, the less we care about such superficial imperfections.Laura Dodd-Hodges

  • March 25, 2010
    12:39 am

    Rock that scar, be proud of it! I have a scar on my chest from a port-a-cath I had 10 years ago when going through chemo. I was concerned about it "marring" my body, but in the end, I embrace it. It's part of who I am, and a sign that I am a survivor (in many ways, not just of cancer). Plus, as we ladies know, we do get better as we get older and scars, wrinkles, and grays all point to a well-lived, interesting life. And you certainly have that. Glad you are doing well – I really enjoy your blog.

  • March 25, 2010
    8:21 pm

    You always look wonderful, don't worry about the scar, it's just a ghost of a memory. I have a scar on my throat, a trach scar from meningitis I had years ago and spent over three months in the hospital. That is all a ghost of a memory, but unfortunately, the scar is still very noticeable as the surgery was done in haste, I had already flat lined. But, I made it, so I try to hide the scar, but unfortunately, there are now other issues that I cannot hide. I'm not able to really walk much or far and now I have to hide the transdermal pain patches from showing along with my stash of medications. I thought the 50's were supposed to be fun, but, I'm truly happy that you are well and able to move on and forward with your life.

  • March 28, 2010
    2:26 am

    You look good Anne! Don't worry about the scar and keep enjoying life!

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