Sunday, August 2, 2020

“Tackle What You Are Avoiding” is the title of Chapter 4 of my book. At any given time, I think each one of us is avoiding something! I like doing a “check in” with myself from time to time to help me identify what I’m dodging in life. I had to laugh the other day when my best friend commented on the very first photo I posted on my Instagram account. It is a picture of me swimming in Croatia. I love this photo because it reminds me of how calm and free I felt in that moment (vacation state of mind). My friend noted that I looked so graceful, until she remembered that under the water I was doing the dog-paddle! Yes, I am a dog-paddle champion.  Although I’ve lived near the water most of my life, I can barely swim. Since the water here is freezing and I hate public pools, I’ve never felt that motivated to do anything about it. I’m actually still not motivated (avoiding?). The only time this becomes an issue is when I travel. Our family was in Guadeloupe this winter and my husband and the boys were having so much fun snorkeling. I am usually the one on the beach, guarding the bags and wallets and reading. I take little dips, but I avoid anything beyond that. I knew I was missing out! This time I finally bought myself a snorkelling vest and ventured out to the reef with them. Certainly, when it comes to water, throwing your fears aside recklessly and diving in over your head is not the solution. With my safety net in place though, I was able to enjoy myself and finally participate. I’m not sure why I waited so long to do this, but I’m glad I finally did. Do you have a list of things you are avoiding? 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Blue and white is a color combination I will never tire of.  It is one of the defining characteristics of my personal style, from my wardrobe to my home décor.  Since I live by the ocean, I think my color preferences are influenced by my environment.  I’ve been wearing these little high-waisted denim shorts a ton lately.  It’s hard to tell from the photo, but they have a cute scalloped detail around the pocket. They are nice and cool and allow me to move freely when doing chores or chasing after my mischievous little puppy. Today I tried paring them with this cotton shirt I’ve had for ages (tied at the waist) and I really liked the simple, classic combination. The red shoes were the cherry on top (or I guess on the bottom in this case).  Do you have a consistent color palette in your summer wardrobe, or do you like to mix it up?

Monday, July 27, 2020

This is me at age 4. I’m pretty sure I vomited shortly after this photo was snapped. I had spent the day alternating between my post on that fence and the nearby snowbank. It was “sugaring” day at our cottage, and I was indulging in the unlimited supply of maple taffy on hand. Our affinity for sugar is definitely innate, but surely there is a “nurture” aspect to it. To this day, I have a weakness for maple syrup. At one point in my life it could have been considered one of my major food groups! The more sugar I eat, the more I want and crave it. Chapter 4 of my book is titled “Say No to Nibbling”. I talk about a few strategies I’ve developed over the years to keep my nutrition goals on track while still finding pleasure and indulging in treats. What’s your weakness? 

Friday, July 24, 2020

Since self-publishing my book, I’ve had a number of people comment to me that they have always dreamed of writing a book of their own. The first thing I want to say is, “Just go for it!”  There is nothing stopping you from opening a Word document this instant and drafting the first chapter of your very own book.  We all have life experiences and personal perspectives to share.  Maybe you have a juicy fiction novel bubbling inside you!  The scariest part of the whole experience has been putting myself out there and sharing my private thoughts with others.  I am an introvert and a private person, so I’ve really pushed myself outside of my comfort zone!  In return, however, I’m connecting with like-minded people and furthering the discussion on living well.  If you are serious about wanting to write a book, I recommend you read “The Chic Author” by @fionaferrisnz. Not only will she will walk you through all the steps required to self-publish a book, she will inspire you with her words of encouragement.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Do you wear nail polish? I like the look of a polished nail, but I’m also a fan of clean, bare and buffed nails. When I do wear polish on my fingernails, I always use a light, neutral shade. I think it has an understated, elegant effect. Chips show up a lot more with darker colors, so a nude polish seems to last a bit longer. I always opt for red on my toes (changing the shade with the season). I guess this is as daring as I get. Polish lasts so much longer on our feet, so it’s easier to go with a darker shade. I recently treated myself to a bottle of Chanel’s Le Vernis. I was previously using the bubble bath shade from OPI. The Chanel polish is a lot more expensive, but so far it has been worth the price. I can’t believe how long the polish is lasting. I’ve got my hands in and out of dishwater all day long. It’s been five days and there is a not a chip in sight. Anyone else have highly durable brands to share?

Monday, July 20, 2020

Most of us are sticking close to home this summer for obvious reasons. If you could Star Trek beam yourself to an exotic location right now, where would it be? You would find me in the Provence region of the South of France! Chapter 3 of my book encourages you to “Create Your Life’s Movie Soundtrack”. Music has the ability to elevate your mood and transport you to a different time and place. I’m currently listening to the soundtrack for the documentary “Van Gogh – Of Wheat Fields and Clouded Skies”. I imagine myself sitting in a quaint Provençal café, sipping my sparkling water and typing away on my latest book for the afternoon. Instead I am sitting at my computer desk with headphones on while my nacho-eating kids are watching YouTube loudly on the couch next to me. On this morning’s run I plugged into my “Ode to Bon Jovi” playlist. (Yes, I had a love affair with Jon Bon Jovi in junior high.) If you were a rocker chick who was “Wanted Dead or Alive” wouldn’t you run a little faster? I know it all sounds kind of frivolous and silly, but it is fun to tap into different moods with music. What’s on your playlist today? I just publicly admitted to listening to “Livin’ on a Prayer", so please don't be shy to share!

Friday, July 17, 2020

Do you have a favorite stylish celebrity that you look up to for inspiration? I have many, but one of my style idols is Sofia Coppola. One aspect of her personal style that she is famous for is her love of navy. We definitely have this in common! I adore the combination of navy and black and incorporate it into my outfits almost daily (particularly in the cooler months). I think it is unexpected yet classic and oh so chic. My husband can’t get his head around it as it seems to contradict color combination lessons from the past. I am always reminding him that he can certainly pair his black pants and his navy sweater and no one is going out laugh him out of the office! Do you enjoy combining black and navy? What is your all- time favorite color combination?