5 Things February 2014

5 Things I'm Smitten With
1

The Conversation

I don’t know about you but if you’re at all like me, one of my favorite things to do is to gather together my girlfriends and well, talk. That’s exactly the idea creator, Amanda de Cadenet had when she developed The Conversation. Imagine a place where we can come to recognize that although we are all a little different (different shapes and sizes, ethnicities and backgrounds) we are at the heart gloriously the same. A virtual spot where women all over the globe can come and listen in a judge-free zone, where they won’t be interrupted by ads trying to sell them face cream and tampons. Star studded, executive producer Demi Moore and de Cadenet have wrangled some of the biggest names like Lady Gaga, Jane Fonda, Arianna Huffington, Gwyenth Paltrow, and Chelsea Handler to name a few. Watch one and feel part of something bigger, then just try and stop yourself from watching two, three, or more!

2

ByBoe Earrings

One of my chicest clients is always her most stylish-self, when she shows up for her Pilates sessions. Lisa (the same one who told me about these fashion-forward footwear), constantly has the BEST earrings. In perfect classic fashion, she dons charming little studs so as not to interfere with her work in the studio. I too have adopted the polish of minimalist earrings that still pack a punch. As holiday goodies, lovely Lisa gifted me two pairs of ByBoe studs. Designer Annika Inez hails originally from Sweden, but now calls NYC her home. She draws inspiration from unique materials and incorporates vintage components. My little ornaments were fashioned from antique buttons, but she also made these simple leather bows very popular. Definitely within most budgets get a couple pairs of ByBoe earrings and you’ll be set to go from Pilates to parties without fuss.

3

Blackfish

I grew up in Southern California and have two aunts that live in the San Diego area. As far back as I can remember, we spent time at the zoo and of course, Sea World. It was Shamu himself that inspired me to become a dancing marine biologist (no, there aren’t any of those, but I was gonna be the first)! Everything about being under the sea was magical, but it was the whales that really moved me. I started a save the whales club, studied them incessantly, and vowed to make a difference in these caring beings. Because the Shamu show and stuffed animals all seemed hunky dory, I never thought deeper about the killer whale’s existence. I’m ashamed to say, that it was very “American” or naive of me to believe that wild animals could be happy in a cage working for their supper. So when I first heard about the documentary Blackfish, the profiles of the lives of these Orca whales in captivity, I was curious. Admittedly, I was nervous about bloody scenes or unforgettable violence, but what it had instead was a sobering effect on me. Why had I never thought about this? Like any good documentary, Blackfish starts a discussion that needs to be had. SeaWorld still denying their part makes this an even more important watch. Smiley Shamu will never be the same, but probably for the better.

4

Homemade Almond Milk

Not officially lactose intolerant, I abhor all the nasty chemicals and hormones that make it into today’s milk cartons. Not to mention the poor cows that have to supply us with this endless reserve of creamy white stuff that are chained to one spot serving the church of milk their entire life. Whether you are in favor of more humane animal conditions or just get a tummy ache after a milkshake- Almond Milk is for you. Turns out though that commercial made Almond Milk can have preservatives that are not as fabulous as the milk itself. Never fear! Almond Milk is stupid easy to make and WAAY better than the version you can get at your supermarket. Below are two ways I make my “milk”. Enjoy!

 Almond Milk From Scratch
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Instant Almond Milk
click here to see the cheater’s method, almost as good as the scratch version;)
5

FaceTime

My boyfriend recently flew off for a four month stint in Germany with his theater company, Parallel Exit. While good jobs in the theater are nothing to sneeze at I was secretly stressed about how I was going to keep the communication and closeness when he’s 3,000 miles away. Enter Apple’s FaceTime. Now, I’m no stranger to Apple products – I own a laptop, desktop, iPhone, and iPad, but had never really had the need for FaceTime. I’m an only child and my parents aren’t exactly what one would call “tech-savvy”. So, when my man was saying, “don’t worry, we’ll just FaceTime” I wasn’t soothed. I was so wrong. For those of you living in a cave, FaceTime allows you to do face-to-face phone calls with live video from anywhere. In Germany he uses the WiFi but I can FaceTime right off the NYC streets. There’s something about being able to see the person you miss, their reactions and expressions, in real time that makes the distance fade away. It has REALLY helped with the distance, and is one of the most amazing inventions of our time. Remember when we thought a video phone was something only the Jetson’s could have? Well, Steve Jobs has made it a reality and a relationship saver at that. This is what technology is good for.

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