BEAUTY AT EVERY AGE




Great words to live by: "I know we live in a youth-focused, anti-ageing culture but, let’s get real: we ARE ageing. I don’t care about looking younger, I care about looking beautiful as I age."

I recently read this quote which really says how I feel...we can become so focused on age and comparing ourselves to how we were in our 20s, 30s and on it goes...let's just be the best of ourselves now and enjoy our lives.  We have to eat well, exercise and take care of ourselves and the biggest thing to care for...our minds...if we continually feed it negativity that is what we become, if we continually rush and hurry around it saps the body's vigour...when we are calm, we glow with strength and beauty whatever our age.







FRIDAY FABULOUSNESS

Isabella Rossellini
Photo: Frances Giacobetti


I haven't posted a little  'friday fabulousness' for awhile and thought it was time for us to enjoy a bit of glamour for the weekend!  A productive week...I can't wait to share with you my new website and blog, all very exciting...this time of year is perfect for a little 'tweaking' here and there.

Enjoy the friday style with a touch of fabulous glamour...

Giorgio Armani

Holly Fulton

Chanel

Georges Hobeika


Valentino


Alberta Ferretti


HAPPY WEEKEND!






MAKING TIME FOR WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD



Photo: Elizabeth Messina


You know when life just gets in the way of doing what you need to do...and what I need to do, more than anything, is to always find time for my yoga practice and my beloved mat...it grounds, calms and nourishes me...this week for one reason or another it's been difficult.  Being a yogi is of course, a discipline on and off the mat, it is a way of being... but I do so miss it, when I'm unable to practice daily... it feeds my soul.

Making time for what makes you feel good is not a luxury but a necessity and perhaps most of all a discipline.  I love this old zen adage...

"You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day - unless you're too busy;
then you should sit for an hour."


Namaste





SUMMER CHANGES


Back from a wonderful holiday in Croatia and now working with designers on a new blog and website...hopefully, all up and running in the Summer.  You have to continually mix things up, change designs and keep working on creating and keeping the interest of your readers and my customers...I know I've said it before but I am so enjoying this time of my life...and there's no better time than the Summer to make the all essential changes.


New colours and designs arriving for the autumn...I'm in a world of cashmere...and loving every minute of it!



HAPPY MONDAY




DEPARTURE: DUBROVNIK


It's time to feel a little sand between my toes...glorious sunshine...pure, crystal clear sea, 
a sun lounger, good books...I have my usual stack... fabulous food and wine and my gorgeous husband...bliss!



HAPPY HOLIDAYS





AUDREY AT HOME BY LUCA DOTTI



"All my life, what I wanted to earn money for was to have a house of
my own.  I dreamed of having a house in the country
with a garden and fruit trees."
-Audrey Hepburn-

I am delighted to have been asked by Harpers Collins to review a new book out in the UK on July 16th entitled...AUDREY at Home...Memories of my Mother's kitchen...with recipes, photographs and personal stories, by Luca Dotti

As a huge Audrey Hepburn fan this latest book is a wonderful addition to my collection.  Luca Dotti, Audrey's younger son with her second husband, Dr Andreas Dotti talks of his memories of his Mother, both tenderly and lovingly...he says:

"The day Mum told me that I wouldn't be able to read her story in a book,
I asked her why.  She gracefully replied, 'I would have to tell the whole truth,
Luchino, I could not speak only about the beautiful things. And I do not
want to speak ill of others.'
The idea for this book, what I think of as a 'kitchen table biography',
emerged from the discovery of a frayed notebook.
I was in my kitchen with my friend Alessia when she spotted a dusty binder.
She took it off the shelf and a few pages fell out, some densely handwritten, with
clippings and notes.  Many described impressive and ambitious dishes, with
complicated instructions, but these never made there way to our dining table.
For, in the kitchen, as in life, my mother gradually freed herself from
everything that was superfluous, to keep only what truly mattered to her."


Luca says that his mother had a serious addiction...'she couldn't do without pasta.' I love this story
he recounts in the book...
"Audrey Hepburn had left the world of cinema to be a mother. She shrugged off
the world of high society and would invite over only friends, and then only
true friends.  Spaghetti al pomodoro was also a way of saying,
'here, this is my house, this is how I am, don't expect me to be otherwise.'
And she ate a lot of pasta." 

"I remember one of our last trips together.  We had just arrived in Jamaica
and Robert picked up her suitcases to take them to the room.
The large one, which held her clothing and things for the beach, was light.
The other one was small but heavy. 'What did you put in here, bricks?' he asked.
'Spaghetti', Mum answered with a satisfied smile.  She hadn't forgotten the
olive oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano either."


Her close friend Doris Brynner said this of her dear friend...
"She was happiest not wearing make up and at home with the dogs
and the flowers and giggling away or going to the movies, not being a 
movie star at all, not being this idol for millions 
of people all over the world."


"Let's face it.  A nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for people.
It does for me."
-Audrey Hepburn-

"Mum was crazy abut chocolate, which she always kept within reach in
a chest of drawers in the living room.
Chocolate helped 'banish sadness'. The day a Dutch soldier gave her
seven candy bars, interrupting a painful period when Mum, like so  many
others, suffered from hunger, she devoured the chocolate, along with a meal
based on condensed milk...then she felt ill.  Her stomach had been
empty for too long.  That moment remained the most vivid memory of the
joy of liberation."

"Chocolate had a special place in her kitchen.  If this book could offer only a
couple of recipes, they would be for pasta with tomato sauce and chocolate cake."

Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother's Kitchen 
by Luca Dotti (Harper Design, £20) is out on July 16th in the UK
pre-order...


"This is one of my favourite photos of her."
-Luca Dotti-








SIMPLICITY: THE ESSENCE OF HAPPINESS

Photo: Driu & Tiago

I read a lot...I always have a pile of books at my bedside, in my study and dotted around the house...I've even taken to carrying one around with me... The Miracle of Mindfulness by the Buddhist monk and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh...it is a beautifully written book...a classic guide to meditation.

Over the last few months my meditation practice, after all these years, has become more important to me than my asana practice...it's taken awhile but I am beginning to gain the huge benefits that meditation brings...I decided I really could make a difference in my life if I started meditating...learning mindfulness and simplicity and living in the here and now is the essence of happiness.

Live your life with what it brings you. It is enough.






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