Star Gazing
Books, Scents, Jewelry And Handbags!
By Rose Quintiliano
Dec 1, 2012 - 1:17:42 PM

HOLLYWOOD—The holidays are upon us, which means that most of us will gorge in glorious desserts. Don't let the food police intimidate you. It's the holidays and the majority of people just love desserts. Why? Desserts make people smile and they taste so good. There were a lot of happy smiles going on October 26, when I bumped into Buddy Valastro of TLC's "Cake Boss." Buddy is promoting his book titled "Cooking Italian with the Cake Boss," Buddy is a very down-to-earth celebrity baker and chef. In his new book, he shares 100 delicious Italian-American recipes, from his grandmother's secret dishes to his very own personal favorites.


The recipes are easy to follow and the book is highly recommended. Buddy is the author of several books including bestsellers" Cake Boss," and "Baking with the Cake Boss." He stars in the hit TLC series "Cake Boss," and "Next Great Baker," which incidentally had its season premiere on October 26. In the new season of "Next Great Baker," TV celebrity and host Mario Lopez appears to ask contestants to bake a cake for his wedding.

Buddy is always personable and very humble; he's always on the go. Later that night, he told us he was headed to the Count Bassie Theatre for his touring show. He is the proprietor of the famous "Carlos Bakery," of Hoboken, New Jersey. His fans come from all over the country to eat some of his tasty pastries and to get a glimpse of this master baker who does cakes from Dylan Lauren to Oprah Winfrey. He is waiting patiently for the opportunity to bake a cake for President Obama. I'm quite sure that baking a cake for President Obama would be the best Christmas gift for Buddy.

If you enjoy watching "Cake Boss," or "Next Great Baker," you'll love the book. You'll see first-hand how Buddy rose to bakery royalty and now whips up some spaghetti marinara. His mouth-watering recipes include: "Stuffed Artichokes," "Fried Calamari," "Auntie Anna's Manicotti," and my favorite "Seafood Salad." As Buddy says, nothing brings family together like food. The recipes alone are worth the price of the book and they may come in handy for the holidays. The book is once again a reflection of Buddy's family life and humble beginnings, and with all his proclaimed fame, he's just as sweet as pie. It's a perfect holiday gift to give, as well.

When it comes to buying this holiday season for women, men usually wait until the last minute and end up buying something that is returned the day after Christmas. Fragrances are personal and not everyone loves jasmine and strong patchouli. With that said, you can't go wrong with the classics, such as Calvin Klein, Chanel, Prada, Lancome, Gucci and Dior. Celebrities as well have ventured out into the estimated $4.2 billion dollar fragrance business. Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Paris Hilton are big sellers this season along with Juicy Couture, Mark Jacobs and Beckham Signature for Her.

Classic jewelry is a great gift if it's in your budget. Chocolate diamonds and pink sapphires are very popular. Tiffany and De Beers jewels are simply beautiful and enchanting. Semi-precious stones like turquoise are in, along with topaz which are becoming rare since there are hardly any topaz mines. Watches are great gifts, especially Michael Kors. These over-sized faces and large straps are being called the "boyfriend watch."

Handbags styles change so often that it is hard to keep up. Handbags are a must-have in every woman's wardrobe, especially designer bags. The classics are the Louis Vuitton, Coach, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade.

Rose's Scoop: The book that contains everything you need to know about changing fashion and style is "Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style." Its attention to detail about the history of fashion is informative and full of clarity.

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