Don’t ask what I was doing perusing the Kid’s bookstore recently but I think it was the princess paraphernalia in the store window that drew me inside. Since I don’t have kids of my own I’ve been out of touch with the recent crop of book titles. Wow…how times have changed! But then when you think about it “Green Eggs and Ham” didn’t really make much sense either. Which brings me to the realization that we might be missing something in the imagination department as we get older. Have a look at some of these intriguing titles:
I think I could write kids books – anything goes.
A Perfect Mask, a Flyaway Tamer & Making Waves.
Oils: (angelica, lavender, geranium, ylang ylang & sweet orange) formulated with a natural vegetable complex particularly recommended for color and chemically treated hair. You only need to leave it on for five minutes. Your hair will love you for it.
Who doesn’t need to touch up flyaways every now and always?
John Frieda has come up with a Full Repair touch-up flyaway tamer that comes in a mascara like casing and works pretty much the same way but on your hair – specifically on the little buggers that won’t stay put! You just brush the wand over dried hair to smooth flyaways. It really works. Especially great for when you wear your hair up or off your face.
Then when you’re ready for that beachy wavy vibe you can turn to “Not Your Mother’s” BEACH BABE Texturizing Sea Salt Spray infused with Dead Sea Salt & Sea Kelp. You just need to spray it onto clean, damp or dry hair, comb through & style. You’ll get sexy, tousled waves and fool everyone into thinking you just left the beach. Now everyday can be a day at the beach!
Have any other recommendations?
By personalizing coveted items.
We’re all aware that we can monogram our initials on our plush Egyptian cotton bathrobes and even customize sneakers online but customizing luxury Italian leather goods? – not so common.
To commemorate the 35th anniversary of its famed “Vara skimmers” Ferragamo is introducing L’Icona, a digital DIY experience.
For 35 years, Vara has been worn by style setters around the globe (the go-to classic for style icons like Princess Diana to Alexa Chung
to me),and has become an icon in the fashion realm. It is one of the most famously recognized shoes from the House of Ferragamo. I’ve always loved this type of shoe – so versatile and classic.
It’s a way for customers to reflect their personalities and so they will be able to e-cobble with choice of hue, ribbon, and plate. Choose from 22 shades of patent leather, 21 colors of grosgrain ribbon, 3 metal options for the bow’s ornament plate and 2 heel heights. You can even have 3 letters monogrammed on the bottom of the shoe. Your perfect pair will arrive in five weeks – flat. FerraGLAMo! (photo)
Trivia: Do you remember the TV series “Laverne & Shirley?” Laverne always had her initials sewn into her tops.
Making SCENTS with Ralph Lauren’s CUSTOMIZED perfume bottles.
Buy one of Ralph Lauren Big Pony women’s or men’s fragrances online, and you can personalize it with a name, monogram, or message of up to 10 characters. Perfect for detailing a signature scent, giving as a gift, or oh-so-elegantly marking your territory.
as seen in InStyle Magazine
This delightfully tangy rich recipe is inspired by chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s (of “Marketplace” at the Shangrila) recipe for vinegar chicken. He suggests seasoning the chicken with salt a day in advance. Serves six.
3-4 lbs. bone-in chicken pieces, preferably dark meat (like thighs).
2 ½ tsp. kosher salt, divided
½ tsp. fresh ground pepper
1 ½ Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup finely chopped shallots
1 ½ cups red wine vinegar (I substituted about half the vinegar amount for *red wine used for cooking purposes).
1 cup chicken broth
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 cup canned whole peeled plum tomatoes, drained and quartered
6 cloves of garlic
4 sprigs of thyme
3 bay leaves
2 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 300. Season chicken with 2 tsp. salt and pepper. Heat oil in a 5-to-6 quart Dutch oven or wide, ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken by arranging half the chicken in pot in a single layer and cook, turning once, until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining chicken
Add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar and cook until much of the acrid aroma has dissipated, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth and ½ cup water, bring to a vigorous simmer, and cook until slightly reduced, 3 to 5 minutes
Whisk in tomato paste and remaining ½ tsp. salt. Add tomatoes, then arrange chicken in pot, skin side up, pouring over any accumulated juices from plate. Tuck garlic, thyme, and bay leaves in liquid. Cover pot snugly with foil, then lid, and transfer to oven. Cook 1 hour and 15 minutes, until chicken is very tender.
Let rest 30 minutes; discard thyme and bay leaves. Scatter parsley and serve.
*I always keep a vacumized bottle of wine aside for cooking purposes. Usually it’s one I’m not so crazy about drinking so it comes in handy for recipes such as this one or in a hearty Bolognese sauce or Beef Bourgignon. More recipes with wine to follow. Of course I always drink a glass while cooking.
Happy vs Unhappy
Excerpts from “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle Unhappiness – what is a negative emotion? An emotion that is toxic to the body and interferes with its balance and harmonious functioning. Fear, anxiety, anger, bearing a grudge, sadness, hatred or intense dislike, jealousy, envy – all disrupt the energy flow through the body, affect the heart, the immune system, digestion, production of hormones, and so on. Even mainstream medicine, although it knows very little about how the ego operates yet, is beginning to recognize the connection between negative emotional states and physical disease. An emotion that does harm to the body also infects the people you come into contact with and indirectly, through a process of chain reaction, countless others you never meet. There is a generic term for all negative emotions: unhappiness.
The Secret of Happiness – How to be at peace now? By making peace with the present moment. The present moment is the field on which the game of life happens. It cannot happen anywhere else. Once you have made peace with the present moment, see what happens, what you can do or choose to do, or rather what life does through you. There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One With Life. Being one with life is being one with NOW. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer, and you are the dance.
ENERGIZE yourself with PROTEIN POWER. You deserve to know what goes into a “perfect” protein powder. One made with 100% pure plant protein.
THERE’S NO BETTER end to a good workout like drinking a perfectly healthy protein shake. It will bring your energy level right back and help to build muscle. But with all the varieties out there in the marketplace how do we know WHICH PROTEIN POWDER TO CHOOSE? Don’t be fooled! You want the ULTIMATE PROTEIN POWDER – one that will deliver. You want *Brad King’s Ultimate Vegan “TRUE RAW” Energy Protein *Organic Sprouted & fermented Brown Rice Protein – (that’s a real mouthful, literally). Here’s what you need to know:
*Brad King is a highly sought after authority on nutrition, obesity, longevity and one’s health and has been touted as one of the most influential health mentors of our time. Brad is also a Best Selling Author (having written several books including “Beer Belly Blues”), Keynote Speaker and Award Winning Nutritional Formulator.
The ULTIMATE VEGAN ENERGY PROEIN is comprised of organic sprouted brown rice protein – the Cadillac of plant-based proteins because it is a non-GMO sprouted whole grain complete protein that is made from the whole rice grain (including the bran, germ, and endosperm). It is processed using low-temperatures (never heated past 90oF) without any chemical additives like hexane. This creates a superior raw plant-based protein with pure amino acids in their most bioavailable forms, which greatly enhances the quality, digestion-rating and bioavailability of the protein as well as ensuring high levels of naturally-occuring vitamins (especially B vitamins), minerals, antioxidants – tocopherols and tocotrienols – and other essential nutrients.
What to expect:
- Made from fermented raw sprouted organic brown rice protein
- Complete hypoallergenic plant protein
- 3 grams of 100% organic maca per serving
- No Sweeteners
- Natural flavors
- Easily digested
- Produced with low temperatures and natural enzymes
- No chemicals and processed without acid hydrolysis
*Organic sprouted brown rice protein is the highest quality protein among all cereal grains, containing all essential and non-essential amino acids and a good ratio of the extremely important branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), which are necessary for cellular repair.
Watch your “Peas” & “Q’s”: the next paragraph will make you Question your current formula:
IMPORTANT Note: Many vegan protein supplements on the market cut their products with inexpensive proteins like pea (usually the first ingredient in the formulas, to save cost and increase profits), which causes digestive complaints and gas in numerous individuals.
Ultimate Vegan Energy Protein contains the added benefit of a full 3-gram serving (per dose) of the highest quality organic gelatinized maca available today (Ultimate Maca EnergyTM) to ensure maximum energy enhancement, hormonal support and stress adaptation. No other plant protein formula has this quantity and quality of maca in their product.
Suggested Use – Mix 2 scoops (50g) with 250 – 350mL of water or juice in a shaker cup or blender. You can use it just on its own or add fresh or frozen blueberries, organic yogurt and a banana for more of a smoothie.
More ULTIMATE products and information can be found at – http://www.ultimatevegan.com/
To know more about Brad King please visit http://transforminghealthinc.com/about-brad-king
Also **Don’t miss listening to “Transforming Health” with host Brad King for the most evocative and informative up-to-the-minute interviews with leading health professionals – Live every Wednesday @ 12PM-PST/3PM-EST on VoiceAmerica.com – #1 internet radio station in North America.
Here’s the link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1686/transforming-health
Oh; did I mention he’s also my brother? Having said that I must say that I am totally unbiased when it comes to what he knows and the integrity of his products. You can find out for yourself. What I know to be true (I sound like Oprah now) is that Brad takes these products himself. I figure if they’re good enough for him then I better take them too. I’ll strive to be my Ultimate self.