—Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind by Tara Cottrell & Dan Zigmond
Last week I was tuning into the latest episode of The Splendid Table and discovered that the co-author of Buddha’s Diet was a guest. One of the major premises of the book is to give yourself a nine-hour window within which you eat. So for example, eight in the morning to five in the evening. Now this doesn’t include tea, water or coffee, but it does include alcohol. While I am not someone who ascribes to the American definition of diet, I always find it interesting to learn new approaches to eating mindfully. And with simple ideas that allow the eater to enjoy the food they are eating and not deprive themselves, this book may be something to at least read, consider and then tweak as necessary.
—Storm in a Teacup: The Physicas of Everyday Life by Helen Czerski
Helen Czerski’s new book Storm in a Teacup caught my eye when I read an excerpt shared in one of my Sunday newspapers. Sharing “A Week in the Life of a Physicist“, her voice was fresh, honest and piqued my interest. Released just last week, Czerski’s interests for the world and how it functions, as well as life and its simple pleasures made me want to learn more. After all, I am by no means a physicist, but I do love living well, and if she can make physics fun, count me in!
Personalized stationery. Quality paper with our name engraved upon the top. Whenever I receive a note from a dear friend on personalized stationery, the extra touch always makes me feel a bit special. I am not sure why, and maybe it’s just me, but there is something about taking the time to invest in personal notes that just seems, well . . . for lack of a better term, simply luxurious. Smythson offers a variety of quality stationery, all of which can be personalized (or not). I must admit, I gravitate toward the Bond Street blue and cannot wait to place my order.
Statement earrings that are just large enough to finish an outfit but not too large as to overwhelm.
This dress. If soft pink is your color and you are looking for an investment dress that slips over your curves without hugging them too tight, this bias cut dress is one to take a look at. Just added to The Outnet, Jason Wu’s draped charmeuse midi dress is exquisite.
An essential item I have on hand is a silk camisole, and more than just a few. In a variety of different colors, I love to pair them with my Theory blazer, skinny jeans and heels. However, a camisole that has a touch of personality by the way of textures and/or tailoring is a smart idea as well. RTA’s gray silk camisole is unique without being too much and finished with one simple piece of jewelry will look great for work or play.
La Ligne’s classic navy and cream knit top is for the Francophile reading this post. With 3/4 length sleeves and a mock turtleneck, stay warm in a classic top that will pair well for winter or for summer evenings.
~recipe for Iced Lemon Pound Cake~
Let the adventure begin. Let us all be curious, active and willing to ask the necessary questions and take the reins when it comes to living the life that is dancing in our minds. The image of Linda Evangelista above caught my eye and what immediately comes to mind is the analogy of being courageous enough to ask for help as well as being courageous enough to strike out on your own or do something that is new and unknown. This can come in the form of travel or it can come in the form of how you live your life and move forward in the world.
Historically, here in the United States the reins of power are being transferred, and it has given me reason to pause for more than just a few moments. How do I want to move forward? How can I best be the citizen I want to be and support the ideals and values I hold dear? Each of us will answer those questions differently, but I think for me, having clear answers to each will help me navigate my path as I move forward as an informed, curious, independent woman in this country. One thing I do know for sure is I want to walk toward inclusion and understanding rather than division and derision. However you spend the inaugural weekend, whether you live here in the states or abroad, I do hope you have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for taking the time to stop by TSLL. Below are more than a few articles you might enjoy: a little light reading for Francophiles, those in or wistfully contemplating a relationship, a significant dose of humor and much more. Until Monday, bonne journeé!
~The one reason every successful relationship is successful – what could it be??? Click here to find out.
~You know you’re curious . . . The History of the Croissant
~The Wrong Way to Speak to Children – who knew?
~And last, but not least. Something to make you laugh, love and relax. Click to watch the first episode of Season 9’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, hosted by Jerry Seinfeld.