Feel-good Friday: It’s here!

SUMMER has officially arrived in all its sunny glory.  Here is how I celebrated the very first day.

Not exactly diving into the first day but still enjoying the pool and wondering where have all the ducks gone?

A girly get together for another birthday celebration. L-R Sylvain, Louise #2, Rosa, Louise #1 (birthday girl), hostess Colleen (in her stunning  garden).

Rosa & Jia Jia.  I’m so relieved he didn’t jump fall into the pool like he once did in Las Vegas.

Louise, Colleen, mango cake & local strawberries

 Shady Lady Selfie (RAEN, LA Durante Sunglasses from Summer Box of Style; yeah! – gotta get my plug in)

How did you celebrate?

Photos: d. king

 

Style: get a Grip

With all the different options of bags on the market the grip handle bag has always been a ladylike choice.

Grace Kelly with the Hermès bag named after her – still in demand.

There are pros & cons to carrying one.

It’s a no-brainer because you just grab ‘n go, it doesn’t mess up your outfit and always looks sharp for a more polished look.

Even though they’ve never really gone out of style (think Lady Dior or the Vuitton Speedy handbags – both best sellers) they lost their appeal for a while.

But they seem to be making a modern comeback.

Gucci – found on “Real Real” website

Harper’s Bazaar

On the other hand if you’re out walking the dog (leash in one hand, phone in the other) it’s just another thing to hang onto. An over the shoulder, backpack or cross body bag is much more convenient in this case.

But when it comes to the beach, most straw bags are hand held.  It would look awkward throwing one of those over your shoulder.

Bag, Staud.  Photo: Atelier Dore.  See below for where to buy.

Bag, General Store.  See where to buy below.

The larger purses that come two-fold (with grip and a strap to fit over your shoulder) are convenient but many of them don’t always look so nice. I prefer those where you can remove the larger strap. Which brings me back to getting a grip on it; as shown in these photos.

Audrey Hepburn from “Breakfast at Tiffanys”

Bag, Staud  (Moreau Bucket Bag)

Bag, General Store (handwoven by fair trade Ghanian artists from elephant grass)

Which kind of bag do you prefer to carry on a daily basis?

 

Monday Mood Board #6

I’d never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.” – Woody Allen.

Caramel Curves Bike Club.  Photo: Akasha Rabut for Insider

This seems like a pretty cool club though...if only they’d accept me!

Caramel Curves is an all-female motorcycle club that rules the streets of New Orleans. They’re local celebrities who use their fame for fundraising and community building projects.

With their matching outfits, sky-high stilettos, and dazzling motorbikes that emit puffs of pink smoke, Caramel Curves is a photographer’s dream.

Founded in 2005, the all-female motorcycle club meets every Sunday to cruise through the streets of New Orleans and share in the sisterhood of partaking in what is often a male-dominated arena. Photographer Akasha Rabut spent three years riding with them and documenting these divas in action. She beat me to it!  There are 28 of them.  Can we make it 29??

Wanna know how to make these exotic fruit tartlets using dragon fruit, guava, and everything in between?

Here’s the link:

http://ispydiy.com/2016/03/31/diy-eats-exotic-fruit-tartlet/

Nothing says summer more than ICE CREAM

I found this on goop.com.  To kick off summer, they developed three easy, refreshing, and slightly healthy recipes—one with a classic custard base, one made from coconut milk, and one dairy-free chocolate sorbet that tastes a lot like frozen brownie mix. And if you don’t have an ice cream maker, these recipes all happen to make excellent popsicles, too…

http://goop.com/recipes/chocolate-sorbetto/

http://goop.com/recipes/coconut-milk-coffee-ice-cream/

http://goop.com/recipes/matcha-ice-cream/

Ice cream will do that

Self-Care: Body Electric

Sometimes the simplest things work the best

If you have cancer or know someone who is fighting cancer you should READ THIS.

My husband is fighting kidney cancer and I recently found out about this healthy disease fighting protocol that’s been around since before I was born. It’s called the Budwig Diet (but it’s not really a diet per se). My brother Brad King (a nutritional researcher, best selling author & keynote speaker) first told us about this. After reading up and learning more about it I decided to add it to his morning health ritual and mine too, as a preventative.  After all, it comes from an excellent source and is backed by scientific research.

I’m not very good with science or chemistry however this makes sense even to me.  It made perfect sense to my husband who has a natural knack for both chemistry and science.  It’s worth trying out.  And it costs very little.

You’ll need two kitchen essentials: a coffee grinder + an immersion blender (the electric hand-held kind).  You’ll need three food items: organic cottage cheese (the best you can find with bacterial culture) or; you can substitute organic goat kefir for those who have a problem with cottage cheese, organic unrefined flax seed oil (I use Flora) and organic whole brown flaxseeds (I use 365 whole foods brand).  Whatever kind you buy make sure they do not contain added lignans).  Brown flaxseeds are cheaper than golden and better  for you because they have the husk and contain less lignans.

First off, who the hell is Dr. Budwig?

Dr. Johanna Budwig was a seven-time Nobel Prize nominee. She was a top European cancer research scientist, biochemist, blood specialist, pharmacologist, and physicist.

Dr. Budwig was born in Germany in 1908. She passed away in 2003 at the age of 95.

In Germany in 1952, she was the central government’s senior expert for fats and pharmaceutical drugs. She’s considered one of the world’s leading authorities on fats and oils. Her research has shown the tremendous effects that commercially processed fats and oils have in destroying cell membranes and lowering the voltage in the cells of our bodies, which then result in chronic and terminal disease. What we have forgotten is that we are body electric.

Our Bodies & Our Brain

Most people do not realize that the dry weight of the human brain is sixty percent fat.  Many of these fats are of the unsaturated variety and this protocol is what helps the brain function optimally.

This process requires the highly unsaturated, particularly electron-rich fatty acids found in a type of omega-3 fat called ALA (ALPHALINOLENIC ACID) of which flax seed oil is one of the highest sources of.

The Budwig diet appears to allow cancer cells to start breathing again.

This has to be one of the greatest discoveries ever made as this combination promotes healing in the body of chronic and terminal diseases. In her book, Dr. Budwig states “Various highly trained and educated individuals are dismayed and irritated by the fact that serious medical conditions can be cured by cottage cheese and flaxseed oil.”

The mixing of the oil and cottage cheese allows for the chemical reaction to take place between the sulfur protein in the cottage cheese and the oil, which makes the oil water soluble for easy absorption into your cells.

The cells of our body fire electrically. They have a nucleus in the center of the cell which is positively charged, and the cell membrane, which is the outer lining of the cell, is negatively charged. We are all aware of how fats clog up our veins and arteries and are the leading cause of heart attacks, but we never looked beyond the end of our noses to see how these very dangerous fats and oils are affecting the overall health of our minds and bodies at the cellular level.

Dr. Budwig discovered that when unsaturated fats have been chemically treated, their unsaturated qualities are destroyed and the field of electrons removed. This commercial processing of fats destroys the field of electrons that the cell membranes (60-75 trillion cells) in our bodies must have to fire properly (i.e. function properly).

The fats’ ability to associate with protein and thereby to achieve water solubility in the fluids of the living body—all this is destroyed. As Dr. Budwig put it, “the battery is dead because the electrons in these fats and oils recharge it.” When the electrons are destroyed the fats are no longer active and cannot flow into the capillaries and through the fine capillary networks. This is when circulation problems arise.

Without the proper metabolism of fats in our bodies, every vital function and every organ is affected. This includes the generation of new life and new cells. Our bodies produce over 500 million new cells daily. Dr. Budwig points out that in growing new cells, there is a polarity between the electrically positive nucleus and the electrically negative cell membrane with its high unsaturated fatty acids. During cell division, the cell, and new daughter cell must contain enough electron-rich fatty acids in the cell’s surface area to divide off completely from the old cell. When this process is interrupted the body begins to die. In essence, these commercially processed fats and oils are shutting down the electrical field of the cells allowing chronic and terminal diseases to take hold of our bodies.

A very good example would be tumors. Dr. Budwig noted that “The formation of tumors usually happens as follows. In those body areas which normally host many growth processes, such as in the skin and membranes, the glandular organs, for example, the liver and pancreas or the glands in the stomach and intestinal tract—it is here that the growth processes are brought to a stand still. Because the polarity is missing, due to the lack of electron rich highly unsaturated fat, the course of growth is disturbed—the surface-active fats are not present; the substance becomes inactive before the maturing and shedding process of the cells ever takes place, which results in the formation of tumors.”

She pointed out that this can be reversed by providing the simple foods, cottage cheese, and flax seed oil, which revises the stagnated growth processes. This naturally causes the tumor or tumors present to dissolve and the whole range of symptoms which indicate a “dead battery are cured.” Dr. Budwig did not believe in the use of growth-inhibiting treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation. She was quoted as saying “I flat declare that the usual hospital treatments today, in a case of tumorous growth, most certainly leads to worsening of the disease or a speedier death, and in healthy people, quickly causes cancer.”

Dr. Budwig discovered that when she combined flaxseed oil, with its powerful healing nature of essential electron rich unsaturated fats, and cottage cheese, which is rich in sulfur protein, the chemical reaction produced makes the oil water soluble and easily absorbed into the cell membrane.

The Budwig Protocol

The mixing ratio is two tablespoons of cottage cheese to one tablespoon of oil. Mix only the amount you are consuming at one time so it is mixed fresh each and every time. One example would be to mix (4) tablespoons of cottage cheese to (2) tablespoons of flax oil, consumed twice daily or more depending on the severity of the health condition, one is attempting to address. One should probably start slowly with the oil, maybe just once a day and work their way up letting the body adjust to the protocol. The oil and the cottage cheese must be thoroughly mixed at a low speed, using an Immersion Blender, blending until a creamy texture with no standing oil is achieved.

The mixture should then be immediately consumed.

Do not add anything to the mixture until after it is mixed.

Then you mix in by hand two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseed over the top of the freshly mixed flax oil and cottage cheese mixture. This supercharges the protocol. Do not buy pre-ground flax seed as the flax seed goes rancid 15 minutes after grinding. You may grind up the fresh flax seed with a small coffee grinder.

Then place in bowl, mix fresh berries over top (raspberries, blueberries + blackberries are best), chopped walnuts and/or brazil nuts (brazil nuts contain selenium), a little cinnamon and a bit of organic raw honey if you feel you need to sweeten it slightly.

You can mix it up a bit.  I’ve tried probiotic goat milk Kefir instead of the cottage cheese and I’ve also tried mixing half cottage cheese & half Kefir so the consistency is not so thick.  Also a bit of turmeric, cinnamon…

Also here is a very good YouTube video which actually shows how to make the flax oil and cottage cheese mixture correctly. When starting the protocol you would not want to make such a large amount at first, as shown in the video.

ALSO CHECK OUT:

The BEYOND BUDWIG PROTOCOL with Dr. Axe: https://draxe.com/budwig-diet-protocol-cancer/  (scroll down and watch the short video).

Source: cancertutor.com + Brad King, MS, MFS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

beauty: beauty counter

These two products are summer beauty essentials.

They were sent to me in my summer Box of Style which by the way, I always look forward to receiving every season.  Because it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

THE MULTI-TASKER

Formulated without harmful ingredients, this hibiscus-hued blush is indispensable for the sultry season. Sweep it on your cheeks and lips for a pretty pick-me-up day or night. The color is flattering for all skin tones.

Beautycounter Cream Blusher, Retail Value: $37

THE JETSETTER

This one was timely because I just finished my sunscreen stick that I carry around in my purse.  Never leave home without a sleek sunscreen stick. This one is made with organic coconut oil and acai fruit oil, it offers water-resistant sun protection that goes on sheer—so your skin will love it.

Beautycounter Protect Stick Sunscreen, Retail Value: $18

http://www.beautycounter.com/

Source: the Zoe Report for Box of Style

Style: Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn

Real Style can now be bought…but we know who wore it best!

Oh, how I’d love to own a piece of clothing that Audrey Hepburn had worn.

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer in 1956.  Photo: Paramount / Kobal / REX / Shutterstockon

If only I could afford to…if only I could fit into something – two major factors.  Or maybe I could just frame the dress from Breakfast at Tiffanys!

For fans it will be possible to purchase something special with Christie’s upcoming sale of the Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn.  A sneak peek:

A behind-the-scenes glimpse of Christie’s upcoming sale The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn. Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2017

‘It is with great joy that we seek to share her spirit, through this sale, and its related previews’ — Luca Dotti and Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Audrey Hepburn’s sons.

Among this precious cache are many pieces from Hepburn’s personal wardrobe, including a cocktail dress from her friend and favorite fashion collaborator Hubert de Givenchy, a classic Burberry trench, and a rainbow-hued selection of ballet flats.

Photographs, Hepburn’s annotated scripts, and more will also be offered for sale in London on September 27; if the Internet breaks that day, you’ll know why. Decades after her passing, Hepburn’s popularity only continues to grow.

Hepburn’s style is sure to have drawn many to her. “People have always talked about her grace, [and wondered], What was the secret of her elegance? What was her system? What was her style?,” says her son Sean Ferrer who, with his 20-year-old daughter, is writing a fashion book, slated for 2018, that will tackle these questions, though he believes that some answers will emerge at the Christie’s preview, “when people see not just iconic pieces of clothing, but also more intimate things, things that she wore on her off time or at home.”

Audrey Hepburn’s colorful ballet flats (estimates from $1,900). Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2017

If the sale will offer fans a more complete picture of Hepburn, it sounds like it will free the family to move forward with their charitable efforts on their mother’s behalf. Things, Ferrer says, are static.  “As far as moving into the future, I don’t think things will help us, therefore it’s only fair that those who would like to have a keepsake of her can do so.”

It would make for a fabulous keepsake from one of the most loved actresses of all time.

Source for story: Laird Borrelli-Persson / Vogue Runway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food: Sustainable Sablefish in Asian Marinade

Sablefish in this marinade

is truly one of my all time favourite dishes.

With its rich and buttery flavour, Sablefish is considered a delicacy by chefs across the country.  This recipe takes barely no time to prepare, ready in minutes and then disappears almost instantly.

Sablefish has a high oil content which allows it to be cooked at high temperatures. It also makes this fish an ideal source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which many health experts suggest reduces the risk of heart disease.  AND the taste is unbeatable.

You can alter this made up recipe depending on how many people you’re serving.  This is for two:

In a small dish mix equal amounts (1 tsp. each) of sesame oil, low sodium soy sauce, fresh grated ginger & sake (the alcohol burns off when cooking but you can omit this).  To the bowl add a little less amount of chili oil + yuzu hot sauce (a vinegar/citrus japanese sauce).  Mix together.  Pour over two equal size pieces of Sablefish and let sit in fridge for several hours.

When ready to *cook, pat the fish dry and bake in pyrex plate (350F) until done – about 10 minutes or until a fork inserted in the middle comes out easily. Top with sesame seeds (optional; I used “everything but the bagel” seasoning which also has sea salt, garlic + onion and gives fish an extra tasty crunch).  This one is available at Trader Joe’s.

With the added sesame seeds. Sides: buttered acorn squash, steamed local asparagus + vegetable casserole.

*This time I did not bake the fish.  I used my (almost untouched) George Foreman Grill on highest heat sprayed with a little coconut oil (and did not pat the fish too dry so it would not stick).  Left for a couple minutes, it was seared perfectly on both sides and came out intact and it tasted amazing.  Just in case you happen to have forgotten about the GFG, it can still work magic (and not just for grilled cheese sandwiches).

Sometimes we play with these things for a little while, put them away and then forget about them.  Now I’m re-imagining useful ways to use my older cookware like the grill, the slow cooker and clay pot.  It’s fun.

Photos + Recipe: d. king

 

 

Monday Mood Board #5

For the love of hats & personal style (and things I like)

Variety from Lesley’s Girls Vintage Lifestyle

Sole Society Straw Panama Hat from summer box of STYLE

pajama dressing for daytime – zoe report.

I don’t know who makes these but they look like an interesting conversation pair of slightly uncomfortable shoes.

And finally, the woman who set so many trends that are still HOT

Nicknamed ‘Coco’ after a brief spell as a cabaret dancer, Coco Chanel was inspired by the bourgeois class of Paris to start creating hats. … Coco Chanel became a licensed modiste in 1910 and opened her first millinery boutique ‘Chanel Modes’ at 21 rue Cambon. 

Oh; something else you should know

 There’s plenty more to follow 

Self care Sunday: Golden Milk

If you like Chai Tea Lattes like me, you’ll love this full-of-goodness relaxing concoction.

PHOTO BY CHELSEA KYLE, FOOD STYLING BY KATHERINE SACKS

I thought I knew everything.  Apparently this is a thing.  You might have already heard about it. Golden Milk not only tastes good, it also comes with a long list of health benefits (look it up).  My friend Margeaux swears by it and so she made it for us while we were visiting her resort-style home in the Kooteneys because she said it’s the best before-bedtime drink to help promote a peaceful deep sleep. She was right.  I slept like a baby.

I’ve been using up the paste she made for us nightly and when I run out (soon) I’ll be making my own.  Here’s the recipe (which of course, you can modify to suit your taste).

This lightly spiced drink (which is similar in flavor to chai) is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, thanks to a dose of peppery turmeric. A touch of honey adds just the right amount of sweetness, while the ginger and black pepper add a little heat.

Margeaux starting to prepare the paste & the aroma is exotically enticing

The paste is thickening

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, preferably coconut milk beverage or almond milk
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1 (1-inch) piece *turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • Ground cinnamon (for serving).  Margeaux went one step further and gave us whole cinnamon sticks to use for swirling – a nice added touch.
  • Cardamon (optional)

PREPARATION

Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded, about 10 minutes and paste begins to thicken. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve.

To drink (per person): to one cup of non dairy beverage, add 1/4 tsp. of turmeric paste & 1 tsp. virgin coconut oil. Warm over medium heat before bedtime for best results. Do not overheat. Pour into a mug. Sprinkle with cinnamon or serve with cinnamon stick.

Do Ahead

Golden milk can be made 5 days ahead. Store in an airtight container and chill. Warm before serving.

Cooks’ Note

Using fresh turmeric adds a clean, bright flavor to this drink, but dried turmeric can be substituted when fresh is not available. Keep in mind that dried turmeric will settle to the bottom of the mug, so stir well before drinking.

Makes 2 cups

*I have used fresh turmeric (which resembles fresh ginger – bought at South China Seas Trading Company, Granville Island) but I have to tell you that every time the skin around my nails turn bright yellow for a little while.  If you don’t want that you’ll have to wear latex gloves.  The powder in my opinion is your best bet.  It is still potent.

Source for Recipe: epicurious.com