12 September 2013, 10:11
First things first: today is Chocolate Milkshake Day, and of course I would be remiss if I failed to mention this extremely important day of honour. I don’t know about you, but I plan on celebrating with a scrumptious vegan version. Sounds about perfect!
Phew. It feels weird to be back in my office, working. I could have happily remained in Greece, splashing around in the pool and being a lady of leisure for much longer!
No matter where you live, it’s so great to leave your street, your neighbourhood, your city, your state, or your country. Get out of your usual groove and see what else is out there.
So many of our blogcadettes told me that our trip to the Greek Islands looked amazing, and I always replied that it was, and mostly because it was just so different to everything we’d ever experienced.
In London, after four days of teaching class back-to-back — a pretty massive triumph for us — I looked across the dinner table at Shauna and Kat, and was filled with an overwhelming sense of love, appreciation and adoration. I am crazy about them, and I am so thankful to have them in my life in this way. I don’t say this to brag or boast, but simply to show you — in case you doubt it — that this kind of friendship exists, is real, and is possible. Begin to expect the best for yourself and you will inevitably get it!
My insane crop top is from Topshop, my ears are the Liberace from the Crown and Glory x Rock N Roll Bride collaboration, and my skirt is Tibi.
J’adore… Getting to sleep in a little bit on Monday morning! Dancing around with bunny masks (a gift from adorable blogcadette Fifi Scarlett) Crazed late-night shopping missions which result in white sequin motorcycle jackets and discoball tank tops Discovering Itsu in Shoreditch (so amazing!) Climbing up a ricketty ladder to take photos on a precarious rooftop Blogcadette paparazzi! Sophie and Gareth from Crown And Glory who saved our collective tooshes a million times over — THANK YOU SO MUCH! Sleeping like a log The inimitable Shell De Mar who documented our Grecian adventures (and made us look so gorgeous!) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (still funny, even on the third viewing) Major brainstorming sessions with Shauna Running into Molly Crabapple at Heathrow Inhaling helium and talking in a silly voice Birthday boots! Pod toilets and rainbow ceilings at Sketch The way Shauna eats hard-boiled eggs Magical light streaming through windows Celebrating the end of class with party poppers Lip-synching to Club Tropicana New music Flat Out Fabulous matte lipstick by MAC (hello, winter lip!) Tom Ford’s fragrances (but oh, the expense!!!) Wearing false eyelashes every day Cotton candy pink skies from airplane windows Selfridges’ candy department Sesame Chicken wraps at Pret-A-Manger… Can we also bring those to the USA?! Seeing my aunt and cousin for coffee and howling with laughter Already researching for our next grand trip… New York City: today, tomorrow, forever
We love party poppers! This was the perfect way to end our Thursday/Friday class. (My dress is by Awear.)
Your gratitude prompt: A few people have sung, “You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” What’s something you have greater appreciation for today than you did this time last year?
I love you,
5 September 2013, 10:03
It feels beyond surreal to be back in the United Kingdom after a sublime week in the Greek Islands. I have been banging on about how I wanted to visit them for years, and now that I’ve finally been, I know I’m going to be recommending the Cyclades to everyone I meet.
Shauna, Kat and I keep looking at each other and asking, “How can we possibly top this?” But you know us: we love a challenge. I’m sure that whatever we come up with in 2014 will be bigger and better!
Mykonos was a definite change of pace from Santorini. Most people go to Mykonos to party and dance on beaches. Not us. We ventured into Mykonos town, and wandered along the beach, but mostly we spent the time relaxing intently. We stayed at the Hotel Grace, and they spoiled us rotten. We drank champagne in the swimming pool at 3am, lounged under umbrellas, luxuriated with olive oil massages, and slept for 12 hours at a stretch. We definitely needed the rest. It has been a big year — and it’s not over yet!
Today we kick off the first of our London Blogcademy classes, and we teach all the way through to Sunday night. Shauna and I return to the USA on Tuesday, just in time for both of our birthdays. Virgo power!
J’adore… Caprice (best snack of all time!) Blue doors Friendly neighbourhood dogs Mastika Generous bartenders Colonel Mustard Handsome innkeepers Christina, best hostess in Mykonos Poolside lounging Inappropriate dancing at all times Matching swimsuits Watching stupid home videos over and over and over again Club Tropicana drinks are freeeeeeeeeeeee Boat-rides from hell Mr Pelekanos Vasillus, the strongest porter in Santorini Bougainvillea Ping-pong players in neon Speedos The PhotoWonder app (very funny and very evil) Cute puppies Mermen Olive oil massages Sleeping for 12 hours at a time Coconut body lotion Sea bass for dinner Hotel Grace Mykonos “When shipwrecked John Galliano invites you to sit at the bar, you sit at the bar!” “Should we sit by the pool and drink free champagne, or go upstairs and browse ASOS?” Boomshakalaka Shauna: “I hate when photographers post crooked pictures, they have no attention to detail.” Kat: “Or a wooden leg.” “Alcohol and swimming, that sounds like a good idea.” Annoying the entire world with our greecetopia hashtag Discussing cannibals at length Sleeping three to a bed
Your gratitude prompt: What aspect of your personality are you most proud of? Is it your resilience, optimism, or daydreaming ability? Is it your chameleonesque nature, the way you make other people feel at ease, or your peace-making skills? Jot it down in your Radical Self Love Bible!
Much love from this tanned gal,
29 August 2013, 10:35
We have only been in Santorini for two nights and already we feel irrevocably changed. It’s all about whitewashed everything, cobblestone streets, eternal staircases and the bluest oceans we’ve ever seen. I have wanted to come to the Greek Islands for such a long time and it is absolutely everything I thought it’d be… And then some. Photos can’t even come close to capturing the intense beauty of this island. It is absolutely incredible.
Of course, it helps to be visiting with two of my best friends ever. This trip has already been unbelievably different to our usual pitstops: with extremely spotty internet access, we’ve been forced to let go of the reins of social media and actually exist. God, it is so great.
Mostly, we’ve been spending a lot of time on our terrace, lurking under umbrellas and stopping for gelato at every possible moment. Bottled water has become a hot commodity, we’ve been wearing white every day and making plans to go on boat trips. We’ve eaten our weight in feta cheese, and my legs are practically made of cucumber and tomato at this point. What could be better than that?
In a couple of days, we head to Mykonos for a change of pace. We can’t wait to splash in turquoise pools, lounge on beaches and rock sequin kaftans!
...By the way, you can follow along with our antics at #greecetopia!
J’adore… Brainstorming sessions on airplanes Maltesers Slumber parties at Kat’s parents’ house Awkward mid-air yoga poses Reminiscing about nu metal (and crowd-surfing) The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Day-glo yellow travelling ensembles Really heavy sequinned kaftans Lolita’s gelato Neverending flights of stairs Daytime naps Our favourite porter, Vassilis Air-conditioning Wifi glee Trying on sunglasses “Rent A Cat, 5 Euros” Incredible sunsets George Michael lookalikes around every corner Record-breaking tans Fashion TV Cold showers Wandering cats and dogs Having nothing to do, and nowhere to go… Perfection!
Your gratitude prompt: What’s the best holiday you’ve ever had? Tell me on Facebook!
22 August 2013, 10:05
Phew! I’m sitting in my office, staring out at a thunderstorm. I just unpacked my suitcase… And am starting to fill it up again!
I came back from Austin on Tuesday and, as always, had a great time. In addition to teaching The Blogcademy to 30 enthusiastic babes, there was also green juice excursions, my very first Hobby Lobby experience (extreme!), and a trip to a vegan ice-cream parlour being usurped by John Mueller giving me an entire brisket to take home in my suitcase! (Let’s just say, I am wife of the year.)
Here are five things I noticed during my time in Austin…
1. Everyone in this city is obsessed with food, and everyone has their favourite restaurant that you simply must visit.
2. There are no plastic bags allowed! If you don’t bring your own with you, you’ll have to pay extra for a paper bag. Amazing!
3. After a week, you will start to surprise yourself by saying things like “Howdy”.
4. IT’S REALLY HOT.
5. Just say no to queso!
Haha. But I had a fantastic time, and I’m already getting ready to hit the road again. I fly to Europe on Monday!
While I was sitting at JFK waiting for Kat to arrive and drinking some tea, I was suddenly overwhelmed with excitement as I thought about meeting 30 brand spankin’ new blogcadettes to put through the Blogcademy wringer! I feel so blessed to be teaching regularly… After six years of relative isolation, sitting in my office tap-tapping away at my keyboard, being thrust into a teeming social environment full of like-minded and excitable babes is so salubrious!
It’s vital to give thanks for the blessings in your life: that’s what this column is about, after all. I think people assume I am exaggerating when I say that gratitude can literally transform your existence… But I’m not. It is the fastest way I know to nip stinkin’ thinkin’ (shoutout to Kris Carr for that choice phrase!) in the bud. It is always worth a try, at the very least.
J’adore… Australia’s Next Top Model... I think my top 3 are Dajana, Ashley and Melissa. So good! Turkey burgers Glitter gradation manicures #sweatdroplets Spilling juice on planes Tarot card readings mid-flight I came, I saw, I taco’d Waking up at 5am Really amazing juice from Juicebox & Soup Peddler Air conditioning Neon orange short-shorts Reunited, and it feels so good Visiting the Hobby Lobby and being completely overwhelmed (donut Christmas ornaments for the win!) Finding perfect presents for Mike Putting a brisket and an ice-pack into a cake carrier in my suitcase! Psychic energy tune-ups after class So much Mexican food Passing out in my own bed Coming up with terrible hashtags that will never see the light of the internet Kate Spade outlet stores! Going on an iTunes spree and finding so much great new music Pink sequinned kaftans (just you wait) ...And the overwhelming anticipation of going to the Greek Islands! This time next week, I’ll be all up in it… Divine.
Your gratitude prompt: What’s your favourite part of the day? Click through to Facebook to tell me... And read my answer!
1 August 2013, 10:03
It has been an action-packed summer, to say the least, and the last two weeks have been totally over-the-top. Daytripping with my husband to Bear Mountain, secret rendez-vous with Veronica Varlow in a hidden restaurant, Saturday morning interviews with a new friend, co-hosting Hay House Radio with Gabrielle Bernstein, lazy park dates with Loulou Androlia and Jayne Rusby, private Pilates tutelage, a haircut, meditating in the mornings, interviewing with Srini for Blogcast FM, dinner dates with Sarah Wilson, oh, and did I mention it was our two year wedding anniversary on Monday?!
...Can you say p-h-e-w?!
I’m writing thousands of words every day. I have a tan (some real, some fake) and newly-blackened tresses. I’ve been trying to get to bed before midnight so I can wake up at 6am every morning. And by the end of each day, I am utterly spent.
Of course, I wouldn’t trade it for anything…
For me, this summer is a strict split of work and play. Travel, then work, then get back on a plane again. Right now, it’s two weeks ‘til Austin, and then another two ‘til the Greek Islands and London. I’m so excited to wake up in a new place, but I have so much to do before then! Head down, tail up…
It’s funny to think about the fact that what is challenging for some people is a walk in the park for others. For example, last Tuesday I debuted my thighs in a pair of preeeetty short shorts. I see dozens of women doing this exact thing every day in NYC, but it was not easy for me. In fact, halfway down the street I felt so goddamn uncomfortable that I wished I had a cloaking device, or that the street would swallow me whole. But I did it, and even though I was thrilled to change out of them later, I was proud of myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone.
It’s always valuable to challenge your own status quo. I encourage you to mess with your own ideas about your body. It will be difficult, but it’s a step in the right direction.
When I tweeted about the experience, @alieechan told me, “This year is my first time wearing shorts in public since grade school. I call my outings ‘thigh parties’.”
YES! I was thigh partying all OVER this joint!
J’adore… Caravan Palace (Sashiko recommended them on Facebook and I can’t get enough!) The fact that the longer you’re in NYC, the more friends you see in the street (I love that!) Quitting coffee — yes indeed — and becoming obsessed with yerba mate Pilates: so difficult but so damn good! Burning incense (Nag Champa, the perennial favourite) Filling my office with pink roses Full moons Getting our itinerary from Tourism Queensland… So excited! The Unearthen x The Wild Unknown tarot collection. Dribble! Absolutely perfect weather Watching Orange Is The New Black with Mike and getting really obsessed Kat’s new sparkly headwear collaboration with Crown And Glory! Humans Of New York (whenever I click into it, I get lost and read for hours) Magical Fashionista !!! Visible obliques! Stacks of books Waiting for the rain… Scoring big at Buffalo Exchange! Getting back into Gossip Girl (I swear, it will take me until the end of my life to finish this show) My mother sending us a tin of googly eyes!
What are the little things you’re thankful for this week? You don’t have to write them down if that’s not your style; just make a mental note to look around with fresh eyes, and to appreciate the little things you see, smell, do and experience.
Your gratitude prompt: As a tribute to Tuesday’s thigh party, what part of your body are you most grateful for? And what part of your body could you develop more appreciation for? Fill me in!
Love and cups of tea,
Photos by Chellise Michael.
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