Just a touch of what I experienced at this event!!

 Yesterday was so much fun!  I covered the Fashion & Passion Women’s Weekend in San Antonio and I have tons of posts just from this one day….there is so much to share with all of you!!  But, I am going to begin with my favorite story from the entire day!

Full Disclosure: I have never watched The Young and The Restless. But yesterday, for the first time I turned on the SOAP Network to check it out after I returned home.

Actress Jeanne Cooper took extra time for
every fan.


Why? Because, I just might be Jeanne Cooper’s biggest new fan. Most of the ladies there knew Jeanne as her television character, Katherine Chancellor…after all, she has played this role for 38 years. Some of the women waiting to speak with her had literally grown up with her. I was surrounded by plot lines! Why did Cain die?… Well, you know they have never found the body?…Why did they make Jana crazy? Oh, he obviously loves Sharon! While they shared their passion for the soap, I watched Jeanne. She is unlike any celebrity I have seen in a long time….a gorgeous, full-of-life eighty-three-year-old who was spending time with her best friends. She gave every woman, every child her complete love and attention and was in no hurry to move anyone through the line quickly.  When an 85 year old fan confessed to seeing every single show, Jeanne took her own watch from her arm and gave it to this stunned woman!

Woman who received Jeanne’s watch!


In front of me was a beautiful young woman as striking as the necklace she modeled. Nadia Baughman is from McAllen, TX and wanted to get a picture with a woman she had known since she was a child. Jeanne loved on her as she had others before us, but was taken with Nadia’s necklace. That is when Jeanne discovered that Nadia was a jewelry designer of an infant line she sells in San Juan and Colorado, and had a booth at the show. She fixated on the piece and said, “Your necklace is fantastic!” Then, Jeanne called her personal assistant over to go to the booth and find her a similar look.

Nadia and her “fantastic” creation!


I followed all of them to Nadia’s booth and was struck with the beauty and unique feel of this line of jewelry and the talent of a young South Texas woman. After discussing what Jeanne would like and learning she wanted to wear it in the actual television production, Nadia pulled out her supplies and went right to work creating a look just for Katherine Chancellor, one of her childhood idols. Nadia’s dream is to sell her line in a major department store and I am certain that a Hollywood endorsement will only help.

Look for her beautiful designs at www.nadiascreations.com

For readers of this blog, I asked Jeanne how she stayed looking so young.  She replied, “I live in the moment. I rise and ask God every day what He desires and I follow Him.”  She wanted middle aged women to know, “You are in the best time of your life to find out who you really are.  Above all, learn to love yourself.”


But, for me the true blessing was when a famous television actress took time to touch and encourage a bright young designer. Jeanne Cooper is one class act and I will probably start watching The Young and The Restless!

Remember, you will see Nadia’s creations on network television soon!

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