October 13, 2018

Another year has flown by and I am now starting year three of NENASNOTES.  I must admit I haven’t been consistent of late, computer issues, other obligations, etc.  I plan to continue my same schedule with more tweaks.  I am asking the people I have profiled over the last two years to do a guest post on whatever subject they like.  I think their thoughts will be of interest to all of us.  I do like my Tuesdays posts, BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS, and will continue them and probably expand to an additional day.  This has led to the formation of NENASNOTES The Fashion Book Club a monthly gathering to discuss all manner of fashion books, featuring fascinating authors and a throughly engaged audience, I will do monthly posts on these books as well.  More recipes, more decor, more fashion….yes, all of those along with interesting personality profiles.  If you have something you would like me to discuss please let me know.  By now, if you follow me, you know I have a wide range of interests that I like to share with my readers.  I now also do two monthly posts for the Randolph Street Market blog, one on collection trends and one on fashion trends these are totally different from my NENASNOTES posts.  Do follow me there, on Instagram, (I’m having a blast there!) and Pinterest.  I am in the process of launching a sponsorship program with unique incentives based on level of funding.  So lots to look forward to…I do hope you will continue to join me in my ventures and do recommend NENASNOTES to your friends and please make comments, they are invaluable.  Here we go….welcome Year Three!



October 13, 2017

Here is what I wrote one year ago today when I launched NENASNOTES, as I begin my second year, my goals remain the same.  I have tweaked the daily themes a bit but the concept hasn’t changed. I will be adding new features and ask that you watch for an upcoming announcement of how you can supoort me and what incentives you can expect.  I hope you are enjoying my thoughts on the variety of lifestyle things that interest me…so I say, Happy Birthday NENASNOTES and I hope you, my followers, will continue to join me on a regular basis and invite your friends to have their morning coffee with us as well.

October 13, 2016

Well, here we go….I have been waiting to start my blog NENASNOTES for what seems like ages, actually, it has been ages!

I, therefore, feel it is necessary to give you my thoughts on what you can expect on what will become daily postings.

It began with the current trend of focusing on people reinventing themselves, through career and/or lifestyle changes.  I realized that there are so many of my friends and acquaintances whose diverse lives now are totally different from how they started.  First up were my many former models who were superstars in the myriad shows I produced during my lengthy career as Fashion and Special Director at Saks Fifth Avenue, Chicago.  Most, if not all, have totally changed careers and become successful with their new life choices.  You will learn their stories, reminiscences and photos from then and now.


I thought why not carry this further to my other friends and people I know who had fascinating stories to tell and was I correct in that assumption!  I began this process with a handful of people, which soon became many more, by doing an in person hour long taped conversational interview and Proust-like questionnaire.  Again, I asked for photos and this time a favorite recipe. I hope you will enjoy these posts as much as I am enjoying gathering them.  They are riveting.

These two groups of conversations will be my Monday posts, here is what I have planned for Tuesday through Friday:

Tuesday….Books, books, books.  I’m afraid I have a book fetish, especially fashion books. It seems to be my goal in life to own every fashion book printed!!! So we will start there.  I do read a lot, particularly historical fiction, I love fiction about “real” people, we will go that route as well.  Nothing like a good English mystery but don’t mind a “Cozy” once in awhile and can never miss Louis Penny’s newest (who doesn’t love Armand!).  So much to read so little time.29100F02-D395-45F5-8790-EB78839B8F4E



Wednesday….Miscellany day could be a great recipe, restaurant, movie, play….whatever strikes my fancy that week.



Thursday….Homes and Gardens, again tapping my friends and their eclectic styles, mostly self-decorated homes and brilliant gardens.  A glimpse at my tiny space as well.



Friday….Fashion Flashback.  I’ve worked with over 150 designers and fashion personalities through the years and want to share some of these experiences with you.  I’m sure those of you who know me thought the blog would be all about the “glamorous” fashion shows I produced, yes, there is that but the nitty gritty as well and only one day a week.

Nena, Pauline Trigere, Bill Blass
Nena, Pauline Trigere, Bill Blass

Here we go….I hope you will join me on my on reinvention.

10 thoughts on “BEGINNING YEAR THREE…….

  1. Alberta Dean October 13, 2018 / 12:47 pm

    I so enjoy reading you blog and look forward to the next year of Nena Notes, Happy Anniversary 🎊

    • nenasnotes October 13, 2018 / 1:22 pm

      Thank you so much Alberta. I so appreciate yiu supporting nenasnotes.

  2. Rana October 13, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    Congratulations Nena on all your special milestones!

    • nenasnotes October 13, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      Thanks Rana…I have no idea where two years have gone…lots more to talk about in year 3!!

  3. Elenor Hawley October 13, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Congrats on beginning your third year, Nena. I look forward to your articles and all the lovely pictures.

    • nenasnotes October 13, 2018 / 1:25 pm

      I so appreciate your support Elenor. I’ll look forward to getting at least one Holiday recipe from you to share on nenasnotes. Hope to see you soon.

  4. Sally Brody October 13, 2018 / 6:09 pm

    Nena, your blog is one of the few I consider to be enriching and essential so keep it up!! Also our audience loves your dedicated blog posts, your research on topics that appeal to our customers is is thorough and impeccable – we love to educate and your contribution to our community discourse is invaluable!! THANK YOU and here’s to many more Nena’s Notes ❤️❤️❤️

    • nenasnotes October 13, 2018 / 6:20 pm

      Sally, you are beyond kind. Thank you so much for your overwhelming comments and support.

  5. Karen R Ryan January 5, 2019 / 3:58 pm

    Can’t believe I’m just now commenting … busy with grandkids, as you know! Great post! It’s been a fun three years reading your blog. xoxox Karen

    • nenasnotes January 5, 2019 / 7:42 pm

      Thanks Karen…I hope you are enjoying “your” book reviews!!!!!!

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