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Friday, September 17, 2010

Nature's Beauty. Kale

I have to thank my daughter for turning me on to kale a few years ago. I used to always overlook it at the produce section. It's a member of the cabbage family and in the market often placed to next and confused with collard greens. It has 7 times more beta carotene than broccoli from what I've learned. Kale is vitamin rich in A, C and K as well as calcium and iron. The robust leafy green vegetable is also high in fiber. Other dietary benefits include helping to lower cholesterol and lowering risks for cancer and cataracts a benefit of the lutein properties. If you shop whole foods or local farmer's markets you'll find a greater variety of it as well.

Sautee it with olive oil and other favorite vegetables or on it's own with a bit of shaved garlic and a splash of sea salt, steam it, or throw it into your next pot of greens or soup. It's delicious and healthy!

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Beauty. NARS Pure Matte Lips

NARS Pure Matte lip colors are available in a range of colors from soft pinks to dramatic reds. The divine burgandy Volga was a part of looks coming down the runway for Marc Jacobs at New York's recent Fashion Week. The formula for NARS Pure Matte includes Mango Butter to keep the lips hydrated while providing the non glossy look.
Red's are tricky the older you get, don't be afraid to try new shades. If you wore bright reds in you 20's it may not work for you now just as finding the right 'nude' mouth can also take a bit of effort. Experiment!
NARS is a bit pricey, but I love his products.

Shoe Game. Louis Vuitton Vs. Yves St. Laurent Fall 2010

For the high end shoe lover in you or your guy:

Louis Vuitton woven black leather 'Tower' design also comes in a low top.

The Yves St. Laurent is a cool blend of pony, suede and patent leather and also comes in a navy with black patent trim.

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The Senior Watchdog had her own watchwords: "Show me a completely smooth operation and I'll show you someone who's covering mistakes. Real boats rock." - Herbert Frank


Thursday, September 16, 2010

J. Crew Mens. Fashionably Knitted Fall 2010

The J. Crew Mariner's sweater is another wonderful option for a substantial stylish fall look in heavy knit wear without breaking the bank.

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Y-3 Menswear. Heavy Knits Fall 2010

If it's possible for a sweater to be polished and funky I'd say Y-3 nailed the combination. With it's double breasted peacoat design, the heavy knit sweater comes in black and navy. I'd say a guy couldn't go wrong either way.

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"Sometimes, she reflected, she dressed for courage, sometimes for success, and sometimes for the consolation of knowing that whatever else went wrong, at least she liked her clothes." - War For The Oaks, Emma Bull

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nature's Beauty. Tomatoes

My favorites are cherry tomatoes. They're great to keep around as a snack on their own, even when you don't feel like a salad. With so many cases of cancer it seems wise to include whole foods which may decrease the risks and improve colon and prostate health.

Tomatoes add flavor to many dishes beyond pasta when cooking and are naturally full of anti-oxidants and Vitamins A and C.

Sauteed chicken prepared with this healthy vegetable along with kalamata olives, garlic, olive oil and other seasonings are delicious in my kitchen for a wonderful Mediterranean inspired dish.

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Favorite Looks. Diane Von Furstenberg Spring Ready To Wear 2011

We haven't even gotten into fall but New York's Fashion Week has the style conscious looking at the next season already.
These are some of my favorite looks from Diane Von Furstenberg's 2011 Spring Ready To Wear Collection. The drama of the softly draped purple hooded dress reminds me of vintage Grace Jones when she wore lots of Azzedine Alaia. These are casual but very grand looks. I like it.

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"It’s about how you’re like a lighthouse, always searching far into the distance. But the thing you’re looking for is usually close to you and always has been. That’s why you have to look within yourself to find answers instead of searching beyond." - Waiting For You, Susane Colasanti

Monday, September 13, 2010

Notes. 3 Things On Your Weekly List of Goals

I think it's good to write down the things you'd like to achieve or accomplish, small and large. Often the larger goals can seem overwhelming and we overlook the smaller achievements we can make in the meantime.

With the start of a new week think about it and write down 3 things you'd like to accomplish by week's end. It could be as simple as working out at least once, calling a parent, having a meatless day or clearing out a small stack of paper clutter, etc.

When you write it down and have the short list in plain view it makes the goals more real.

You can do it and I can too. Let's Go!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Daily Bliss.

Doing something you love regardless of the odds that may be stacked against you.

Pictured: Lizzie "Memphis Minnie" Douglas (1897-1973). Blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who blazed a trail. She was the only female blues artist matching her male contemporaries as an instrumentalist.

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Beauty. New Dior 5 Colour Eyeshadow Palettes

The new Dior 5 Colour Eye Palette would be a nice addition to any fall beauty list. Though the soft colors in the "Nude Pink" are subtle it's totally possible to create a bit of drama with the deeper tone. The fact that this combination comes with the cream liner makes it an added bonus and perfect for travel. The 'Pink Design' comes with matte black liner.

Guy Ritchie Directs Dior Homme Short Film