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Terry Lynn Ellis: The Best "Bestie" Ever
As a successful actress, devoted mother of four and wife of former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson Peete's life is far from slow and steady. Through it all, however, one thing has remained constant: her relationship with her best friend, Terry Lynn Ellis.
Holly Robinson Peete and Terry Lynn Ellis
Photo: Darryl Schiff
Everybody should have a "Terry Lynn Ellis."

My best friend forever has been such a solid and consistent source of strength for me since we first met and "fell in love" in 1992 on the set of my sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. I recorded the show's theme song along with Terry's famous singing group, En Vogue. The other girls in the group always told her we looked alike, but we didn't see it. But there was an undeniable spark between us. So we exchanged numbers, connected, went on a first date, and it's been on and poppin' ever since!

Now, I've known a lot of great women in my life over my 45 years, but what sets Terry apart from being a "good friend" is her disarming authentic spirit. I just feel so okay about who I am around her. We allow each other to just be . She never judges, and she is my own personal "vault," meaning I know there is nothing I could say to her that anyone else would ever hear from her lips. It's the most comforting feeling ever, and I don't have it with anybody else.

My Terry is a simple southern gal from Texas. Just as "country" as she can be. What you see is what you get. We are both Virgos—she September 5 and me September 18. We always celebrate our birthdays with a scenic drive/getaway. Our favorite thing to do is blast '70s R&B music in the car and make up harmonies and dated dance moves. The music possesses us and makes us so silly and drunk with giggles that my husband swears we are two kooks that need to be committed! But when I ask Rodney to describe Terry he says one word: "True." Outta' the mouths of husbands…

Speaking of which, one of my favorite Terry moments was when we appeared on The Oprah Show in 1996 for the episode Who Knows You Better? Your Best Friend or Your Man? Gayle King and Terry competed against Stedman and Rodney for who knew Oprah and me better. The BFFs wiped the floor with the guys. It was hilarious.

Being blessed with Terry's friendship

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Lifestyle Expert Colin Cowie
The Peetes
When Holly and Rodney got married in 1995, they called on party planner extraordinaire Colin Cowie, who they say orchestrated the wedding celebration of their dreams and became a dear friend in the process. Now that Colin has authored his seventh book, Colin Cowie Chic: The Guide to Life as It Should Be , the Peetes invite him to share some of his expert secrets to living life to the fullest.

In Colin Cowie Chic , Colin reveals all about how he lives, entertains, works, travels and more. For Colin, order and aesthetic beauty can be found in all areas of his life, from the lavish parties he hosts right down to his immaculately organized underwear drawer. "It just makes me feel more comfortable," he says. "I get a kind of sense of security out of it from an emotional point of view and a practical point of view."

When it comes to cooking, Colin says less is more. "My whole approach to food is no more than five ingredients … because I think the moment you start adding more than that, it becomes an effort, it becomes a production," he says. Simple yet delicious dishes are Colin's trademark, like his Raw Brussels Sprout Salad with Almonds and Parmesan , a favorite of the Peete family. "I've been making it almost once a week," Holly says. "My children are lapping it up!"

As for the source of this lifestyle guru's inspiration, Colin says it comes from everything he sees, hears, smells and touches. "My brain is kind of like a sponge that tends to drink up all of these things," he says. In writing Colin Cowie Chic , Colin says he hopes to inspire others to up the ante in their own lives. "I wanted to share my lifestyle with others because it brings me so much joy and it brings so much joy to other people that interact with me," he says.
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