A Few Things I’m Loving Right Now

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This latest installment of A Few Things I’m Loving Right Now is making me quite happy.  Here are three items that are rocking my world as we speak.

First of all, the cookbook from Hemsley and Hemsley, sisters Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley, who are London-based nutritionists and food consultants to high-profile clients (including many in the fashion, beauty, and wellness industries).  They focus on making delicious food from whole, organic, and nutrient-filled ingredients which are “free of grain, gluten, high starch and refined sugar.”  After reading rave reviews of the sisters and their cookbook, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  I made my first recipe from it tonight (more…)

Military Influence

isabel marant coat white jeans

isabel marant coat white jeans celine bag

I love the effect olive green has on bright colors– it seems to make them pop even brighter.  So white jeans and red shoes stand out even more in its presence.  It’s a perfect neutral in that way.  It blends in and stands out.

And, of course, Isabel Marant’s rendering of olive is one of my favorites.  Her military coat is different than the many others I own and wear all the time.  It’s got a bit more (more…)

In My Mind

Eiffel Tower

Paris Hotel

In his mind, James Taylor sings he’s “gone to Carolina.”  In mine, I’m still in Paris.  Sure, my body boarded a plane and returned to San Francisco three weeks ago.  But much of the rest of me gets pulled back to the City of Lights many times a day.

I adored my time in Paris.  I wouldn’t have changed a thing about it.  But, it’s funny; I’m enjoying my trip even more with the benefit of some hindsight.  Our days there were so full– both physically and emotionally.  I spent the first day or two in complete disbelief that (more…)

Funny Ladies

Tina Fey's book 2

I recently bought my third copy of Tina Fey’s book Bossypants.  I couldn’t find the other two copies; I’ve probably lent them out to friends, because I rave about the book all the time.  I’ve read it twice and both times laughed until I cried.  Tina Fey is simply hilarious.  She cuts through all aspects of life with an intelligence, self-deprecation, and wit that are completely disarming (and which make her seem like the perfect celebrity addition to my roster of friends).  I have a feeling I’ll be (more…)

Perfect Palette

Nars Perfect Palette

Nars has a perfect makeup palette out, and I am completely smitten with it.  It’s limited edition, released for the holidays.  It includes a bronzer, two peach blushes, a pink blush, and a highlighter (which can also be used as an eyeshadow).  Each of the colors is (more…)

Taste the Valentino Rainbow

Valentino Rainbow

Valentino’s resort collection is made of sunshine and rainbows– well, definitely rainbows.  Many of the pieces are festooned with a rainbow pattern that is basically irresistible.  I have a feeling they are going to be huge hits this Spring.  They are currently available for pre-order at Saks and Bergdorf Goodman.  I have my eyes on this bag and these shoes, but frankly, I’d take pretty much anything covered in rainbows, so making a decision is going to be a bit of a challenge.  At least it’s a fanciful one!

How to Quit Diet Coke in Three Easy Steps

How to Quit Diet Coke

We all have habits that we wouldn’t mind changing, don’t we?  For me, my downfall has been diet soda.  In fact, for most of my adult life, I have traveled with a Diet Coke in my hands at almost all times.  I was fiercely, severely addicted.  I loved it soooooo much.  I gave it up for Lent a few times, but gradually fell off the wagon after those 40 days had ended (even though it tasted pretty gross the first time after going so long without drinking it).

I knew in the back of my head that I wanted to let it go (as the song goes), but it seemed like an insurmountable goal to actually give it up for good.  Turns out it’s not that hard at all.  I am so thrilled to have put diet soda behind me.  It’s now been months since I had one, and I never crave them.  So, if you need any help dropping diet soda like the bad habit it is, read on.  It’s easier than (more…)