Feel-good Friday: no guarantees

What you risk reveals what you value

Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.
Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

Gambling is not a vice, it is an expression of our humanness. We gamble. Some do it at the gaming table, some do not. You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play. – Jeanette Winterson, The Passion

“I have a theory that every time you make an important choice, the part of you left behind continues the other life you could have had.” Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

The curious are always in some danger. If you are curious you might never come home.

So be it.  I’ll take my chances!

Photo: Oprah Magazine – “Live Your Best Life”  Okay Oprah, whatever you say!



Words: a glimpse

good2The following was taken from a chapter from the best selling “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle.  The book is so amazing in making you awaken to your purpose in life. I read it a few years ago but just happened to pick it up again and it fell open to exactly this page so I decided to post it.good1

At some point in their lives, most people become aware that there is not only birth, growth, success, good health, pleasure and winning, but also loss, failure, sickness, old age, decay, pain and death.  Conventionally these are labelled “good” and “bad”, order and disorder.  The “meaning” of people’s lives is usually associated with what they term the “good”, but the good is continually threatened by collapse, breakdown, disorder, threatened by meaningless and the “bad”, when explanations fail and life ceases to make sense.  Sooner or later disorder will erupt into everyone’s life no matter how many insurance policies he or she has.  However, the eruption of disorder into a person’s life, and the resultant collapse of a mentally defined meaning, can become the opening into a higher order.

This is illustrated in the story of a wise man who won an expensive car in a lottery.

His family and friends were very happy for him and came to celebrate.  “Isn’t it great!” they said.  “You are so lucky.”  The man smiled and said, “Maybe.”  For a few weeks he enjoyed driving the car.  Then one day a drunken driver crashed into his new car at an intersection and he ended up in the hospital, with multiple injuries.  His family and friends came to see him and said, “That was really unfortunate.”  Again the man smiled and said, “Maybe.”  While he was still in the hospital, one night there was a landslide and his house fell into the sea.  Again his friends came the next day and said, “Weren’t you lucky to have been here in hospital.”  Again he said, “Maybe.”

The wise man’s “maybe” signifies a refusal to judge anything that happens.  Instead of judging what is, he accepts it and so enters into conscious alignment for the mind to understand what place or purpose a seemingly random event has in the tapestry of the whole.  But there are no random events, nor are there events or things that exist by and for themselves, in isolation.  The atoms that make up your body were once forged inside stars, and the causes of even the smallest event are virtually infinite and connected with the whole in incomprehensible ways.  If you wanted to trace back the cause of any event, you would have to go back all the way to the beginning of creation.  The cosmos is not chaotic.  The very word cosmos means order.  But this is not an order the human mind can ever comprehend, although it can sometimes glimpse it.

Makes sense?  Who am I to judge!

Words…sometimes cannot express

what pictures can.  So here are a few of my favourite souvenir books from travels past:

I like to collect cook books from places where the food has been exceptionally good. I do use them on occasion and it helps to re-create special memories.


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only 999 more places to go!  A great guide if you have the time and $$$
only 999 more places to go! A great guide if you have the time and $$$


 As they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”


“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer” – Ansel Adams


“I don’t like food that’s too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I’d buy a painting” – Andy Rooney


Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



personally……this is the best souvenir

Leafing through the pages of this gorgeous book brings home the diversity  of Vancouver and makes me appreciate it more.

Whether you live in Vancouver or are here just visiting, this stunningly photographed coffee table book by Claude Duke will remind you of all the good things that Vancouver has to offer.  eventElioMasci3event2

Of course there’s the natural scenic beauty but the book also showcases the talent of local fashion designers and our multi-cultural foodies.  It even comes with 24 detachable postcards.  It would make a great gift.

Claude’s event (he is originally from Chile) was held at the Art Institute of Vancouver on Wednesday evening and it was totally multi-cultural and absolutely Fabulous.  A generous number of consulates (Canada, U.S., Chile, Equador) were there to take part in the festivities.

Sexy Samba Dancers
Sexy Samba Dancers
Cuban band Brisas Palmar with Flamenco Dancer/Singer
Cuban band Brisas Palmar with Flamenco Dancer/Singer
Indoor/Outdoor event at Arts Institute
Indoor/Outdoor event at *The Art Institute

There was an abundance of food, wine, entertainment, fashion show and of course….books!

Claude Duke & me
The man – Claude Duke & me

*The Art Institute of Vancouver is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 45 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing education in design, media arts, event management, fashion and culinary arts.

JQi & Katelen (visiting from São Paulo)
JQi & Katelen (visiting from São Paulo)
Individual Ceviches with mango.
Individual Ceviches with mango.
marvelous macaroons
marvelous macaroons

to purchase: http://www.claudeduke.com/

Delicious desserts
Delicious desserts

Books make great memories. Whenever I travel I always bring home a book whether it be something culinary from the specific area or on design, etc.

How about you – do you do the same?



Personally speaking – nothing is impossible…

…and everything “Just Fabulous”The impossible collection of CARS - CopyThe Impossible collection of Fashion - CopyThe impossible collection of Motorcycles - CopyThe impossible Collection - Copy

Featuring MoMA Books & Gifts, the Jonathan Adler Collection & Assouline (the famous French publishing house based in Paris).

515 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, Calif.


check out our book folder in PINterest at: http://www.pinterest.com/intrigueimports/under-the-covers-attention-grabbing-books/

photos: debbie king

B Well – with bread, champagne, chocolate and romance

shhh - Copyà la française – the TOP 5 Beauty Secrets of French Womenshopper - Copy

fatfrenchMireille Guilliano, author of “French Women Don’t Get Fat” has another book: “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: Ageing with Attitude.

This book covers everything from skincare secrets and fashion tips to the role of relationships and the importance of relaxation.  The path to ageing elegantly lies in lifestyle choices and attitude adjustments rather than botox and collagen fillers.  After all, while American, Brazilian and Chinese woman lead global cosmetics surgery figures, French women don’t even make the Top Ten.facelift2

Her book, French Women Don’t Get Fat: The Secret of Eating for Pleasure, in which she recommends bread, champagne, chocolate and romance as key ingredients to a balanced diet and lifestyle, captured the imagination of an overweight world tired of yo-yo diets and became a runaway best seller around the world, hitting the top of the best seller charts in many countries, including the USA, where it was number 1 on The New York Times Bestseller list. It has been translated into 37 languages. She followed it up with another best-seller, French Women for all Seasons: A Year of Secrets, Recipes and Pleasure.

Many of my friends were astonished that I disclosed the coveted gastronomy and lifestyle secrets of French women in my books. They’d probably be stunned to find out that I’m willing to share our beauty secrets as well! But here they are—the five beauty secrets that French women swear by:

Secret #1: French women know that hydration is the key to good skin and good hair. I strongly recommend drinking a glass of water before going to bed and first thing in the morning. Water is the French women’s secret weapon—for skin and beauty, for health (flushing toxins) and for weight control (don’t snack when you think you are hungry, your body is really thirsty).

Secret #2: French women appreciate that good circulation makes one glow. French women are not afraid of using cold water in the shower to get one’s circulation going. It is certainly part of my routine. The opening then closing of the pores with hot then cold water, the shock to the nervous system and wake-up call to the brain of a cold shower, and the rigorous towel wiping after a cold finish to a shower bring blood and color to one’s skin.

Secret #3: French women are taught and know grandma’s beauty rituals work. My Mother taught me, for example, to clean my face thoroughly every night before going to bed and to apply a mask periodically (her fifteen minute version included cucumber slices over the eyes and a crushed strawberry-honey mix for the face); and she taught me to rinse my hair with cold water with an added tablespoon or vinegar or lemon juice for added shine before moisturizing.

Secret #4: French women navigate the health benefits and risks of the sun
Apart from a Riviera-bronze fixation in the 1960s and 1970s, French women are not sun-worshipping lizards. *(see link for my self tanner recommendation below). Today they are much more likely to apply their tan from a tube or bottle than from a month at St. Tropez. They are careful to wear sunscreens and look for appropriate SPF in their beauty emollients. And while they are likely to sit in the shade to protect their skin, they are equally likely to be out and about in the sun, enjoying its light and benefits, by walking or doing some light sports or movement as part of their weekly routine.

Secret #5: French women know one can go far with a great haircut, a bottle of champagne and a divine perfume. Nothing more needs to be said about this one!

Internationally best-selling author Mireille Guiliano (Meer-ray Julie-ano) was a long time spokesperson for Champagne Veuve Clicquot and former President and CEO of Clicquot, Inc. (LVMH). Recognized as “an ambassador of France and its art of living,” by the French daily Le Figaro, USA Today further dubbed her “the high priestess of French lady wisdom.”

(my product review on St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse): https://intrigueimports.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/the-art-of-faking-it/

We North American women are not totally outdone by the French.  We have some tricks up our sleeves too.  Check out…..

From last week:  If you missed Brad King’s interview with Kathy Hartford, the author of Fit, Fun and Fabulous at Any Age here’s the link on “Transforming Health” at Voice America.com:

fitfunClick:  http://www.livinggorgeous.com/


AWay with Words – on reading

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”— Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”TheCatIntheHatBook-300x300

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!”— A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943

Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.”- — Marilyn Jager Adams

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”-  Jacqueline Kennedy

“You may have tangible wealth untold. / Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. / Richer than I you can never be – / I had a mother who read to me.” — Strickland Gillilan

“When I was a kid they didn’t call it dyslexia. They called it you know, you were slow, or you were retarded, or whatever. What you can never change is the effect that the words ‘dumb’ and ‘stupid’ have on young people. I knew I wasn’t stupid, and I knew I wasn’t dumb. My mother told me that. If you read to me, I could tell you everything that you read. They didn’t know what it was. They knew I wasn’t lazy, but what was it?” — Whoopi Goldberg

A favorite
A favorite

There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.”— Walt Disney

Style and Substance – with BOOKS

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No small feat to chic.  I didn’t say it would be easy.
This goes to prove the best body and the best wardrobe is unattainable
This goes to prove the best body and the best wardrobe is unattainable
J'Adore DIOR!
J’Adore DIOR

   I love books, I love coffee, I love  tables, I love style, I love books about style on coffee tables while drinking a cup.

Faking French can de done...with a little lots of help & a cigarette.
Faking French can be done…with lots of a little help & a cigarette.
Gotta love the Nerve!
Gotta love the Nerve!
Well at least I can read
Well at least I can read.  How will I manage to pull off this look with a Sheltie who walks with his nose to the ground?
Muses learn to develop style.  They are INspirations after all.  Think Kate Moss.
Muses learn to develop style. They are INspirations after all.  Think Kate Moss.

P.S. – Some books I really like.

Books are some of my favorite things.

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More and more people are using a kindle but there’s nothing

I should have written this one.
This should be mine.  Glamping by Debbie King

like turning the pages of a book. I’ve always fantasized about having a library.  My friend Natalia has built an enviable floor to ceiling library in her house in L.A. – if only I had the space.  I go into stages of reading and not reading and have many books to catch up on.  My friend Louise recently gave me the book “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle which I’ve wanted to read for the longest time.  I must be the last person on the planet to be reading it. Here are a few coffee table types that recently caught my eye – from and about Palm Springs.books 2books 3

Considered the Cadillac of Campers.  I wouldn't mind one of these.  Always loved the Airstream rounded aluminum bodies.
Considered the Cadillac of Campers.  I wouldn’t mind one of these.  Always admired the rounded aluminum body of an Airstream.
Of course our visitors would have their own guest house.
Of course our visitors would have their own trashy guest trailer.

aWay with Words – colorful quotes and words of wisdom

Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

From one of my favorite authors – Columbian born GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ.

warning: this post is longer than usual but totally worth the time.

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez

aka Love in the time of cholera

All human beings have three lives: public, private, and secret.”     Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, a Life

Injections are the best thing ever invented for feeding doctors – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love” – Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

excerpts from some of his most famous books:

“The world must be all fucked up,” he said then, “when men travel first class and literature goes as freight.”― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

“The adolescents of my generation, greedy for life, forgot in body and soul about their hopes for the future until reality taught them that tomorrow was not what they had dreamed, and they discovered nostalgia.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores

 “In all the houses keys to memorizing objects and feelings had been written. But the system demanded so much vigilance and moral strength that many succumbed to the spell of an imaginary reality, one invented by themselves, which was less practical for them but more comforting.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

 “Although some men who were easy with their words said that it was worth sacrificing one’s life for a night of love with such an arousing woman, the truth was that no one made any effort to do so. Perhaps, not only to attain her but also to conjure away her dangers, all that was needed was a feeling as primitive and as simple as that of love, but that was the only thing that did not occur to anyone.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

“Tell me something, old friend: why are you fighting?”
What other reason could there be?” Colonel Gerineldo Marquez answered. “For the great Liberal party.”
You’re lucky because you know why,” he answered. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve come to realize only just now that I’m fighting because of pride.”
That’s bad,” Colonel Gerineldo Marquez said.
Colonel Aureliano Buendia was amused at his alarm. “Naturally,” he said. “But in any case, it’s better than not knowing why you’re fighting.” He looked him in the eyes and added with a smile:
Or fighting, like you, for something that doesn’t have any meaning for anyone.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

There is good reason why his books have been translated into almost every language.

 “لا ينتسب الإنسان إلى أرض لا موتى له تحت ترابها”
غابرييل غارثيا ماركيز, One Hundred Years of Solitude

 “El secreto de una buena vejez no es mas que un pacto honrado con la soledad.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

 “but he only found her in the image that saturated his private and terrible solitude.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

“Tell him yes. Even if you are dying of fear, even if you are sorry later, because whatever you do, you will be sorry all the rest of your life if you say no.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

 “Amputees suffer pains, cramps, itches in the leg that is no longer there. That is how she felt without him, feeling his presence where he no longer was.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

 “He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

 “To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.”
Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

– The magic and wisdom of words –