Changes

I love Autumn. 

It is probably my favourite season.

I love the colours, the crunchy leaves and the cosy nights.

And it reminds me of this great quote by the wonderful C.S. Lewis:

“ISN’T IT FUNNY HOW DAY BY DAY NOTHING CHANGES, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK BACK, EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT?”

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Some ‘it’ food for thought.

Happy Thanksgiving to my ‘Eh?’ followers!

Photograph via ME.

LOVE IT: The Cookbook Stand

I love a great find.

Enter Exhibit A: The Bamboo Panda Cookbook Stand from HABITAT.

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Every great cook needs a great kitchen.  And every great kitchen needs a great…cookbook stand. Would you agree Ms. naokoEats?

Think of it as a little piece of practical-design heaven on the counter.  Not only is it great to look at {display your favourite cookbook as subliminal inspiration}, but it is also so clever {no more flipping through your cookbook with cookie-dough fingers on the floured counter!}.

Although there are many different ones on the market, this particular one from HABITAT ticks all the boxes for me: practical, great design, affordable {£15}.

Throw in Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, Notes From My Kitchen Table  {sold as My Father’s Daughter in North America}, and this duo is my go-to present for special friends {A, you love it, no?}.

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{The front view}

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{The side view}

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{I wonder if Ms. Paltrow has one of these?}

So for turning ‘recipe reading’ into ‘recipease reading’,  I give this one a very spot-on ‘it’.  Just LOVE IT.

Here are some other examples from: John Lewis and Williams Sonoma.

All images via Me, Myself and I

The Sartorialist: A Meeting

So you all know how much I love The Sartorialist, right?  (In case you don’t, this will explain it).  Well, on an autumn day in mid-September, I happened to be browsing ‘the’ blog and found out that Scott Schuman, its founder, was doing a book signing for his new book CLOSER, at Harrods, that same evening.

After a quick change of plans (I was originally on my way to the opening of a certain artist’s exhibition, but I decided to go to it, post ‘a meeting’), I got in the queue alongside London’s well-dressed of the style/blog scene.  I chatted with some very interesting people, before finally meeting the man behind the lense himself, along with his ‘lady’,  Garance Dore, the recently-hired VOGUE Paris columnist.

Both were very warm and gracious and I was surprised that after my introduction, he in fact did remember my submitted comments which had triggered a re-post of one of his entries in response to them.

The very handsome Mr. Schuman

Funky London blogger in the queue

Spotted waiting by Harrrods’ Door 9 entrance, with CLOSER in hand

Schuman and Dore, signing away

And…the wait was worth it

The one-and-only Harrods, where it all took place

I love full-circle moments.  And by meeting the man himself and going from The Sartorialist: A Dialogue to The Sartorialist: A Meeting, this one felt like a very ‘it’ one.

All photographs via Me

A Sexy Kind of Crazy

I first heard about Kris Carr on an episode of Oprah to do with death and dying.  Despite the theme of the show, it was one of the most inspirational hours I had ever watched on television (watch the amazing clip here).

My new copy of her latest book

In her early 30s, Kris was diagnosed with a rare and untreatable form of stage 4 cancer. Her future was not promising.  After her ‘wtf’ meltdown, she decided that she would face it head on, completely overhauling her diet and lifestyle, leading to her healing journey.  

She catalogued this journey in an inspiring documetary and  book called Crazy Sexy Cancer, which started an international revolution.  Along the way, she gained many followers and fans, including Sheryl Crow, Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra.  Almost a decade on, although she still technically has the tumours, she is healthier than ever before.  One ‘can be healed without being cured’.

Kris believes that we should all ‘aim’ for prevention over early detection (hear it here in her own words).  Thus, her latest book:  Crazy Sexy Diet (foreward by Dr. Dean Ornish, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California – San Francisco). 

In it, she discusses the vital role the foods we eat play on our level of health.  Although most of us ‘know’ this, her very captivating and refreshing writing style raises our awareness to a whole new level.  Only she can compare our ‘acidic’ fixes to the rebell boyfriend; the one who is always fun and exciting in the short term, but never returns calls and is unreliable in the long term.

Pages 20-21, pHabulous indeed

She explains the  important role of having a slightly alkaline pH Balance, ideally 7, on one’s overall wellbeing.  An acidic environment, which is the result of a western diet, is a breeding ground for cancer cells and other illnesses.  Sugar (and that includes alcohol) is one of the BIG culprits, and actually ain’t that sweet!  One simple way of increasing pH balance is by juicing green drinks.  Green is the new white.  Mooooo anyone? No thanks! (that is a whole other blog entry!)

Pages 104-105, Invest in a great juicer

A home pH balance testing kit

(It’s easy to get your own pH Balance testing kit.  I ordered mine from Amazon.co.uk  or (Amazon.com))

Pages 40-41, What we think 'boosts' us, actually 'hurts' us

Kris Carr, is a true example of what can happen if we turn our circumstances into our defining moments.  For all that, and for having taken her life sentence and turned it into a Crazy Sexy Life instead, her new diet book is actually the ‘it’ life book.

All Photographs via Me

To Read or Not to Read?

The British Library.  The Clinton Library.  The corner bookstore.  None as fashionably stylish and intellectually inspiring as the pop-up Library spotted at Selfridges .  Clever, witty, different.  Just because one can appreciate Manolos on the feet, does not mean one cannot appreciate Sartre on the eyes.  12 January until 1 March, 2012.  A must on the ‘it’ list of places to visit.

A Wallpaper of Books

The Entrance to Words Words Words, the 'Pop-Up' Library

Fashion's IT Female Photographer

It's a Small World - A Fellow Victoria College Alumna

Feels Like Home

Wall of Books

Love These Artistic Covers

Tea at Dolly's

All Photographs via Me