Sunday, July 29, 2012


I think one of the best things you can do for your health and beauty is to eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  I understand a lot of people have a hard time making such a quota, so juicing is such a wonderful way to get those nutrients and vitamins in.

I do not own a juicer, nor do I wish to go through the hassle of buying one.  We really do not have the counter space here in our West Hollywood apartment.  One day last week I was walking down Santa Monica Blvd and I noticed a new business, and it caught my curiosity.  I asked the girl what it was, and she brought me in and showed me around.  It is a little market called FRUITS PRODUCE BAR.  Fruits produce bar is the brainchild of Jonathan Killy who is originally from France.  It is located at 8729 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA. 90069.

When you walk in you are greeted with a genuine smile, and then they give you a little mesh bag for you to pick your own fresh fruits and vegetables, and they juice them for you right there. You can also get your fruits and vegetables blended into a smoothie with fat free, sugar free Greek yogurt. They also have a menu if you are unsure what juice combination you prefer, with juices to help with issues and ailments. After you receive your juice you have the option to add all natural flavors and sweeteners to your liquid gold. There is also complimentary fresh water infused with different fruits which I absolutely loved.

The staff is truly exceptional and they will be happy answer any of your questions and help you in your quest to find the perfect juice for you and your personal needs and preferences. The service is amazing, and they treat you like a friend and will remember your name when you return. They plan on expanding on their menu, with healthy food options so it can be a one stop shop for food and juice. Special thanks to Manager Drew and his wonderful staff.  Micah, Joice, Ben (pictured). I would also like to thank all the other staff members for making my experience such a lovely one. Maya, Jessica, and Eva.

So if you wish to have a natural health and beauty elixir, come visit Fruits Produce Bar in West Hollywood CA. It is such a quick and convenient way to get your vitamins paired with a true California experience. If  you prefer you can also sit outside and soak in some of the suns amazing vitamin D in their lovely outdoor seating, or sit inside in their eclectic market and read one of the many health books they have on display.

As we say in Yoga, Namaste' Love and light. Keep on juicing, your mind, body, and your complexion will thank you for it. 

Friday, July 27, 2012


It seems not a day goes by when I do not see a posting from someone

saying that they are a princess and deserve to be treated as such.

Women, mostly American women are fascinated with princesses. They grew

up with them in Disney films and fairy tales. They preach to their

boyfriends of their "princess status," exclaiming how they wish to be

treated. Their children grow up with princess expectations.

In my opinion if one wishes to live the life of a princess one should

look beyond the glamour and gold and see how true life royalty live

their daily lives. I am not denying they are a privileged jet set

portion of society. In fact, they are probably the most privileged

people in the world, but there is more to their existence then tiaras.

Royalty in England is service to the people. Look at all the good

deeds Princess Diana did in her lifetime. She visited Aids hospice

patients and fought to assist the victims of landmines. Queen

Elizabeth spends her days serving her people, and she is now the ripe

old age of  86 and has no interest in slowing down due to her

advancing years.

Even the new generations of royalty are involved with charities and

giving back. Prince William is a rescue pilot and has saved many

lives. Yes, they have the designer clothes and the pomp and

circumstance statuses. They could sit around drinking tea and

eating crumpets all day and ignore the less fortunate.They choose to use

their titles and platforms for the good of mankind.

Pick and choose your role models carefully and if you decide you

wish to like to live like a princess, practice compassion and

graciousness.  Remember the one quality in common all Disney

Princesses possessed, they were kind to all creatures of the universe.

They practiced giving and they were never narcissistic. In fact, I think

it was always the evil witches or wicked stepsisters that displayed 
selfish and demanding tendencies.

If you want to emulate a princess, go ahead and volunteer with the

less fortunate.Treat others as you wish to be treated. Give back to

society by helping the community around you. Visit a nursing home or a

children's hospital. Volunteer walking the dogs at a shelter. Find

where your passions lie and in return you may find people treating you

with the highest esteem. Not only will you earn good karma, you will

have officially earned the crown jewels of compassion.

(c) Rose Bruno Bailey

Thursday, July 5, 2012


I feel very strongly that growing up somewhat underprivileged had its advantages. I never look back at the past with regret. I believe everyone holds their fate within the palm of their own hand, whether it is smooth or calloused. When  I look back on my childhood days, a hand me down sky blue dress for my eighth grade graduation was a gift and not an embarrassment; I had food, I had shelter, I had love. My Mother recently apologized for that moment, as if she did something wrong. I tried to thank her for not only being a wonderful Mother, but for raising me to be humble with compassion. Those gifts are worth more to me now than a sparking new dress for school would have been then.

I am a poet, and I started thinking I should delve into the past to write some new old poems. That made me think of Dolly Parton and her coat of many colors. The song brings tears to my eyes. First of all I can only imagine what it was like to live in that kind of poverty in those times. I read a quote recently by Dolly Parton which put a lot of things into perspective. They were so poor they did not always have toilet paper.

“My aunt in Knoxville would bring newspapers up, which we used for toilet paper. Before we used it, we'd look at the pictures.” Dolly Parton


Dolly Parton may have been lacking in material needs, but she was rich in love, spirit, talent, and humor. She has never forgotten where she came from; she learned from it, created from it, but has  never let it shape her identity.  I would love to meet her one day, she is such a positive inspiration. I had the same gifts, my Mother was a survivor and I am proud of my modest yet treasured upbringing. So if you find yourself wallowing the shallow waters of the past, remember sometimes blessings are found in down to earth disguises.
Always, love and light.

 Coat of Many Colors
Lyrics by Dolly Parton

Back through the years
I go wonderin once again
Back to the seasons of my youth
I recall a box of rags that someone gave us
And how my momma put the rags to use
There were rags of many colors
Every piece was small
And I didn't have a coat
And it was way down in the fall
Momma sewed the rags together
Sewin every piece with love
She made my coat of many colors
That I was so proud of
As she sewed, she told a story
From the bible, she had read
About a coat of many colors
Joseph wore and then she said
Perhaps this coat will bring you
Good luck and happiness
And I just couldnt wait to wear it
And momma blessed it with a kiss

My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

So with patches on my britches
Holes in both my shoes
In my coat of many colors
I hurried off to school
Just to find the others laughing
And making fun of me
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me

And oh I couldnt understand it
For I felt I was rich
And I told them of the love
My momma sewed in every stitch
And I told em all the story
Momma told me while she sewed
And how my coat of many colors
Was worth more than all their clothes

But they didn't understand it
And I tried to make them see
That one is only poor
Only if they choose to be
Now I know we had no money
But I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me
Made just for me
(c) Dolly Parton