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Slow Food

26 May

Eating well and eating right is an art and should be approached with the same awareness, care, and patience as cultivating personal style. Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures and all my best memories feature distinct tastes- rosemary in Potrero, limoncello in Florence, beer at Coors Field.

My relationship with food is full of love and adoration- we were not destined to be star-crossed lovers! There are certain tastes I love unequivocally- Amaretto Gelato, Pain au Chocolates, Red Wine, Shellfish, Avocados.

But after a long winter full of unfettered indulgences, I find myself in the company of a…plushness (I’m very diplomatic!) that my ever compassionate and forgiving knits (bless them!) have heretofore been charged with the lofty burden of hiding (pr geniuses!). But with the coming of the warm weather, their tour of service is complete and I must reluctantly discharge them.

So what’s a girl- especially one who loves food with such ardor- to do? Turn to the French! Bien sûr!

Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 show (show stopper!) starring the gorgeous Laetitia Casta already has me feeling better!


…So does reading French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano, who provides a blissful alternative to burying one’s weight woes in bon bons and brioche:

“You have to be ready to embrace pleasure and individual happiness as your goals…discover and cultivate your pleasures…pay attention to yourself-to what delights you” and gradually find balance. Sounds wonderful! Let’s begin!

Over the next week, I will eat only fruits, vegetables, brown rice, and lean meats, and drink water, pure cranberry juice, and green tea. Ideally, this will cleanse my palette so that I’ll no longer be seduced by the foods that neither delight me nor do me any good, but nevertheless feature prominently in my diet.

Recipe Ideas:

  • A hearty vegetable soup chock full of celery, green peppers, spring onions, carrots, and cabbage and seasoned to perfection with sea salt, ground pepper, and fresh parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme from the herb garden
  • Braised Belgium endive
  • Vine-ripe tomatoes lightly drizzled in olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, and garlic
  • Sauteed bok choy with garlic and soy sauce
  • Strawberry and mango smoothies

I think I’m going to enjoy this! Do you have any recipe ideas?

P.S. I can’t recommend Born to Run enough! And check out my post on Natural Remedies for Asthma.


Slow Style

13 May

Having moved around a lot, I’m wary of amassing more than can fit neatly into a suitcase. I have always been a minimalist and love the freedom it affords. I don’t mean to paint myself some barefoot ascetic who has shunned the material world- far from it! I just don’t like to have anything extraneous in my life that I don’t absolutely adore.

I think the key to achieving a carefully curated, uncluttered life is to seek beauty in everything and to truly know your personal style and aesthetic. Invest in yourself and what you love, slowly and patiently with care and attention to detail. As the venerable Yves Saint Laurent said: “Fashion fades, style is eternal.”

I try to build my wardrobe around essentials, classic luxe basics the exemplify the highest quality and workmanship. My eternally graceful grandmother, who never left the house without lipstick, believed that a girl in possession of a great haircut, coat, and pair of shoes is unstoppable! Here are my Top 10 Essentials:

  1. Cashmere Sweater
  2. Slim Trouser
  3. Blazer
  4. Black Leather Bag
  5. Little Black Dress
  6. Black Kohl Eyeliner
  7. Trench Coat
  8. Watch
  9. Boots
  10. Flats

What are your top 10 wardrobe essentials?

Southern Inspired

28 Apr
Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina
Photo: Charleston CVB

It is a true testament to Southern hospitality that this reluctant Northern transplant, inextricably wed to her somber Yankee black and broad Yankee A’s, grew to love the South. I spent a couple of my formative years in South Carolina, attending Heathwood Hall, a private Episcopal school full of seersucker and paisley and Roman Numerals and the nicest people on earth. Reading South of Broad, Pat Conroy’s latest novel, has me waxing nostalgic for those bygone days of Friday night football games and trips to the state fair and getaways to Charleston and Huntington Beach.

Hastings Racecourse, Vancouver

Embracing my adopted Southern roots, my honey and I headed off for Opening Day at the horse races. I love the thrill of hearing The Call to the Post, seeing the horses burst forth from the starting gate, and turning in a winning ticket! And drinking mint juleps all the while…

I know little about the intricate play of pedigree and privilege that pervades Southern Society like the Spanish moss on oak trees. But I know much about the luxuries The South affords to those who allow themselves to be seduced by its genteel charm. Luxuries like Mint Juleps for starters!

Currently Reading: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

1 Apr
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Born to Run may very well turn this asthmatic aesthete into an athlete. That is, if I can resist the urge to pair my iskiate and huaraches with Patron and Prada.

Born to run is a Ret favorite. My brother- a high-on-life ultramarathoner (read: crushes mere marathons in the arch of his foot)- will be running the Leadville 100 this August and bringing home that oh so enticing gold and silver buckle!

Currently Reading: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

19 Feb

From the back cover: This #1 International Bestseller gently offers answers to life’s biggest questions as well as a practical process to help you create prosperity, vitality, happiness, and inner peace…[it] will give you unforgettable insight into what’s most important and move you to live a life you will be proud of in the end.

This is another KT recommendation.

Currently Reading: The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

29 Jan

From the back cover: The Celestine Prophecy contains secrets that are currently changing our world. Drawing on ancient wisdom, it tells you how to make connections among the events happening in your own life right now…and lets you see what is going to happen to you in years to come!…The story it tells is a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life…and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.

This is a KT recommendation, which are always excellent!

Stay tuned for the review!

Currently Reading: The Hidden Messages in Water

27 Jan

From the back cover: The Hidden Messages in Water introduces the revolutionary work of the internationally renowned Japanese scientist Masaru Emoro, who has discovered that molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words, and feelings. Since humans and the earth are composed mostly of water, his message is one of personal health, global environmental renewal, and a practical plan for peace that starts with each one of us.

I believe that water is the most important issue facing us today- environmental, social, and political. Water is our most precious resource, more and more as this basic human right becomes commodified and privatized.

Former VP of the World Bank, Ismael Serageldin said in 1995: “If the wars of [the 20th century] were fought over oil, the wars of [the 21st century] will be fought over water.” Why, with this insight, the World Bank has encouraged developing countries to sell their water rights to private companies in order to pay down their debts is an issue for another day.

Stay tuned- my review to come post haste!