Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Bedroom Behavior


I have a zero tolerance policy for electronics in the bedroom. Here's some science to back up that "my way or the highway" philosophy.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Paris Match



The Dec 14/Jan 15 issue of Lucky features a tour of makeup artist Violette's Paris abode. Her taste is eclectic and she has a thing for wiry light fixtures, but otherwise I dig her decor. Three design elements that jumped at me from the feature's pages:

Friday, December 19, 2014

Take Back Your Shower Time


Do you watch 60 Minutes? My husband, whose TV diet of Antiques Roadshow, Charlie Rose, etc. could easily be confused with that of your 85-year-old Grandpa's, got me hooked.

On December 14th, 60 Minutes featured a segment on mindfulness. "Anderson Cooper report[ed] on what it's like to try to achieve 'mindfulness,' a self-awareness scientists say is very healthy, but rarely achieved in today's world of digital distractions."

Cooper participated in a mindfulness retreat led by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Kabat-Zinn is an MIT-trained scientist who's been practicing mindfulness for 47 years. Cooper and Kabat-Zinn sat down and discussed what mindfulness is all about: essentially, being present. For example, Kabat-Zinn said, "When your alarm goes off and you jump out of bed, what is the nature of the mind in that moment? Are you already like, 'oh my God,' your calendar pops into your mind and you're driven already, or can you take a moment and just lie in bed and just feel your body breathing. And remember, 'oh yeah, brand new day and I'm still alive.' So, I get out of bed with awareness, brush my teeth with awareness. When you're in the shower next time check and see if you're in the shower."

Cooper responded like many of us would: "what does it mean to check and see if you're in the shower?"

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Is Coming


The weather has been cold and dreary for weeks here in NYC, but winter doesn't officially begin until Sunday 12/21. Also known as "Winter Solstice," Sunday will be the shortest day of the year. The silver lining in all of this: perfect weather for snuggling up with a good book! Here are my winter reading picks:

Monday, December 1, 2014

How to Win In-Laws and Influence People


When my husband and I were just dating, I went on a family vacation to Turks and Caicos with his parents and siblings. Afterwards I was determined to send the perfect 'thank you' gift to show my appreciation and win over my beau's rents. I thought long and hard about what to send. I asked around, I waffled over different options. Finally I settled on a gift basket: the ultimate "there's something for everyone" catch-all gift. When done right, a gift basket can be the best thank you for any occasion. But that begs the question: how do you pick the perfect gift basket?
 

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