March 28, 2011

Spring and Summer Pallet: Color

I'm really enjoying the color block silks of spring and summer. And in this dreary cold weather I just can't wait to pull them out and shine a little light on this boring, dreary and persistent winter.

Some of my favorite inspirations from the past:
• Michelle Pfeiffer's red leather jacket in INTO THE NIGHT, and her off the shoulder grey dress with one shoulder pad decorated with beads.
• The 80's glasses that Susan Sarandon and her co-worker are wearing in THE HUNGER.
• Catherine Deneuve with her Cat Eye sunglasses and the military cap.
• Making Mr. Right. Not out on DVD yet, but when you get a chance.. it's a real laugh starring John Malkovich and Ann Magnuson. She wears these great bright outfits.

And of course.. Vintage Halston: 

Some things I'd love to own:

March 27, 2011

The ED Diet: The Plan

I've done the Elimination Diet, by Dr. Alejandro Junger before. In fact not that long ago.  But I breezed through it, didn't read the book until after, and felt like I just wanted to do it again.  Mainly I love the power it gave me.  The way it made me feel in control of myself.   I stopped mindlessly putting things in my mouth (you know what I mean) and started thinking about how every single bite affected the way I would feel after.   And while I stuck true to the eating guidelines, I didn't follow a lot of the other suggestions to help with the process of removing the toxins from you body.  

You might wonder why I chose to do this to begin with.  Pretty simply put, my body has not always done well with food. And while I love the "taste" of food, I find the fact that I have to eat to live annoying, because so much of the time I have "issues".  Oh, so this is the place where I should say, if your squeemish or don't like to talk about poop, diarrea and vomit, then you probably should not be reading this.   This journal of my life with food and drink, is not going to be edited for the PG crowd.

So as I was saying, my "issues" with food (allergies, intolerance & choice: diary intolerance, tree/nut allergy, soy allergy, vegetarian who eats fish) makes it hard to find good healthy choices at times.   Even with all those eliminations, I sometimes find my stomach to be weak and pathetic.

Another reason I'm doing it again is to make it more of a life-style change.  The first time over I did feel immense differences. And I do eat less bread now.  But I'd like to make sure I really focus on all the aspects of continued heath.   So another new introduction to this time around is my relationship to my Wellness Coach.   We  met through friends, and slowly started a friendship.  And when I was doing my cleanse the first time around, she slyly mentioned she was a nutritionist.   Well that's fantastic.  But it wasn't till after wards, and we kept talking about nutrition and she kept giving me helpful advice, that i thought.. Hey, why don't you be my Wellness Coach while I go through this again, and further more, help me as I transition off of it, so that I can continue on and carry on.   She will help me with better choices, and help me learn more of what I'm just getting a taste of now.

So here I am.  Ready to embark again on this great adventure.  This time, doing it right.  And most importantly journaling my process.  That was highly recommended, but I didn't do it. But what better way for a blogger to handle this task.. but by journaling it in a blog!

So I hope you find this interesting.   Stop in read and learn. And by all means, join me in my quest for a healthier way of living.

Here's the Plan...

The Clean Program: Renew
Shake, Meal, Shake, Light Meal.

The ED Diet: Daily Do's

The Essentials: Do These Daily

Do the following items Daily. They are Essential to the success of your Clean Program.

  • Plan and prepare your three meals either as needed or in advance so you don’t go hungry.
    Two liquid meals; breakfast and dinner, and one solid meal for lunch. Supplements go with each meal and a probiotic is taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

  • Follow the Elimination Diet guidelines for all your meals and snacks during the 21 days.

  • Leave a 12 hour window between the last liquid meal of the day and the first liquid meal of the next.

  • Try not to snack on solid food in between, but liquids are fine (herbal tea, lemon juice and water, fresh juices, water, coconut water, nut milks, plain water).

  • Make sure you have at least one bowel movement each day or whatever amount means you’re not constipated, as it’s different for every person. If you’re having difficulty due to an increase in fiber consumption, use herbal laxatives, magnesium supplements, castor oil, and the other suggestions given in the FAQ section.
  • Drink enough pure water so that you urinate at least every hour. If you aren’t going that much, drink more water!
  • Move. Sweating releases toxins so if you can work up a sweat, that’s great! Walk, dance, jump, hike, yoga, bike, swim. .. Whatever gets the lymph flowing, even if it’s gentle movement. The more movement and the more often you can incorporate it will greatly enhance your experience. Park your car two blocks away from your destination, get off the subway or bus several blocks away from where you need to be and walk the rest of the way. Get up and walk around your office often, and thake the long way to everything. These seemingly small choices are very beneficial to your cleanse.
  • Rest. Get enough sleep (it may be more than you normally need) and take time every day to simply be still and quiet.
  • Breathe. Deeply. All day long.

The follow are 13 Optional Daily Activities you can do to enhance your Clean Program experience.

  1. Exercise. In addition to your increased daily motion, more deliberate exercise practices will pay off big time. Start slowly and increase gradually as the days go by.
  2. Five-minute meditation exercise. Clean your mind and emotions as you clean your body.
  3. Colonics. Daily bowel movements will do the work. Colonics will accelerate the process.
  4. Skin brushing. Spend a few minutes removing dead skin cells before your shower.
  5. Hot-Cold treatments. Once in the shower, use this to power up circulation and detoxification.
  6. Infrared Sauna. Sweat profusely as often as you can.
  7. Massage. Schedule a massage each week if your time and budget permits.
  8. Laugh. Try to do something every day that makes you laugh out loud. It changes the body chemistry for the better and releases stress.
  9. Lubricate. Drink two tablespoons of olive oil every night before you go to bed.
  10. Write. Keep a daily log of what you eat, what your incessant thoughts are about, how you are feeling and how you slept the night before.
  11. Eat a clove of garlic every day. Have it alone or thinly sliced and sandwiched between two thin apple slices.
  12. Read a book related to health and wellbeing, about the food system, or about the environment. Take this opportunity to educate yourself about what is going on today. Understanding will make it more likely that you will want to maintain the results after you complete the program.
  13. Express your artistic side. Dance, sing, play your instrument, paint, sculpt. Whatever it is that wets your whistle. This will activate your right brain and more strongly imprint this whole experience in that part of the brain that is more involved with instincts. Far in the future, even if the thoughts of living Clean vanish, your instincts will be stronger than your thinking brain and will guide you to making the right choices for health.

All information from:  www.cleanprogram.com. support@www.cleanprogram.com

The ED Diet: My Shopping List

Here is the recommended Shopping list. Note, I have eliminated things, I don't like (or am allergic to).

Note: Dried fruits are okay in moderation, but please use very sparingly as they are still high in concentrated sugars and even though they’re natural sugars and better than a candy bar, they still spike blood sugar levels, keep us relying on sweeteners to boost us up, and also be constipating for many people. You can reconstitute them by soaking in warm water until they plump back up which will cut down their constipating effects. Avoid dried bananas and raisins entirely, since grapes (and bananas) are not allowed on the program.

Bamboo shoots
Beet & beet greens
Bok Choy
Celery root (celeriac)
Dandelion greens
Mushrooms: all
Pak choi
Red leaf
Sea vegetables/seaweed:
kelp, dulse, hijiki, arame,
Snow peas
Sprouts: all
Squash: winter & summer
Swiss chard

Lentils: brown, red, green,
yellow, French
Split peas
All beans, except soy

Non-Gluten Grains
Quinoa: red & white
Rice: brown, red, black
(forbidden rice), wild

Cereals & Pasta
Puffed brown rice
Puffed millet
Brown rice pasta
100% Buckwheat noodles
Kelp noodles
Rice crackers

Bread & Baking
Arrowroot powder
Baking soda
Baking powder (non-aluminum)
Rice bran
Gluten & yeast-free breads
Quinoa flakes
Flours: brown rice, teff, millet,
tapioca, amaranth, garbanzo
bean, coconut, chestnut,

Flesh Foods
Free-range chicken, turkey,
Wild game:venison, quail,
pheasant, rabbit
Cold water ocean fish: wild
pacific salmon, ocean char,
cod, halibut, haddock, sole,
pollack, tuna, stripped bass
Water-packed canned tuna
(without added soy protein)

Flax seed
Coconut (best for cooking
at high temperatures)
Safflower Sesame
Note: Please make sure oils are unrefined, extra virgin, non-gmo, organic, cold-pressed, etc.

Apple cider BalsamicRed wine RiceTarragon Ume plum

Nuts & Seeds
Flax seeds,
Hazelnuts (filberts),
Poppy seeds,
Pumpkin seeds,
Sesame seeds
Sunflower seeds,
Hemp seeds
Note: All of the above can be consumed as butters and spreads (tahini, almond butter, etc). Nuts and seeds are best consumed raw (not roasted) and unsalted.

Dairy substitutes
Almond milk (unsweetened) Hemp milk (unsweetened) Hazelnut milk (unsweetened)Coconut milk or water Rice (whole grain, brown rice) *rice milk is the most processedof the dairy substitutes and often sweetened. Other dairy substitutes preferred.
Teas: herbal, white,
rooibos, green,
yerba mate Kombucha
Mineral waterFresh squeezed fruit and
vegetable juice*
made with only
Clean-approved fruits and vegetables

Herbs, Spices & Extracts
Allspice, Anise, Basil, Bay leaf, Caraway seeds, Cardamom, Celery seeds, Cinnamon, Clove, Coriander, Cumin, Dandelion, Dill, Dry mustard, Fennel, Garlic, Ginger,
Mint, Nutmeg, Oregano, Parsley, Saffron, Sage, Salt-free herbal blends, Savory Sea salt, Tarragon, Thyme, Turmeric, Vanilla extract (pure), Raw cacao, Carob (unsweetened)

Note: Small amounts of chili and cayenne powders are acceptable if you know you aren’t allergic to nightshades

Mustard (made with apple cider vinegar)
Nutritional yeast
Wheat free tamari*
Nama shoyu*
*These have small amounts on fermented soy - avoid if you know you are sensitive to soy

Whole fruit sweeteners (dates),
Brown rice syrup
Stevia, Xylitol,
Agave (definitely not the preferred choice, but okay in moderation)

Note: The sweet taste in general is meant for us to consume in small amounts. Natural fructose in whole fruits are available seasonally and come “packaged” with beneficial fiber, vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to having them readily available whenever we want. We consume too many empty calories and this has detrimental effects on our bodies and emotions.

We do suggest agave as an alternative to refined sugar, but we highly recommend that any processed sweetener always be used in moderation, especially during a cleansing program where the detoxification organs are working extra hard. Our preferred sugar replacement is stevia, an herb that does not affect blood sugar and contains zero calories. It comes in liquid, powder and whole leaf form and can be used in any recipe or in your shakes.

Raw and organic honey is another less processed alternative to refined sugar, as it contains beneficial enzymes and aids digestion but it’s best to use it sparingly only after the 21 day program as it’s still a concentrated sugar.

A cleanse such as this one will help to identify our emotional and physical triggers, habits and eating behaviors. When we eliminate toxins, encourage healthy microflora growth in our digestive tracts, and begin introducing more greens (especially in the form of fresh juices), quite often sugar cravings begin to disappear, and our bodies find a healthy balance.

All information from:  www.cleanprogram.com. support@www.cleanprogram.com

The ED Diet: Tips and Ideas

Tips for eating from the ELIMINATION DIET:
  1. Remove processed and minimize packaged foods that often contains unhealthy additives and preservatives. If you do eat pre-made foods – check the ingredient list and avoid anything that contains ingredients from the exclude list.
  2. Reduce potential allergens. There are several foods in the standard American diet that often create food sensitivities. Some of these include gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, shellfish, certain nuts and nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants).
  3. Reduce acidic and mucus forming foods such as red meat, milk products and wheat.
  4. Remove foods that create an inflammatory effect on the body – processed and refined grains, sugars and damaged fats – anything hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated. These are very toxic.
  5. Remove caffeine that taxes the adrenal glands 
  6. Remove foods containing molds (such as peanuts) and any foods that feed yeast such as sugar, alcohol and dairy products.
  7. Remove foods that suppress certain aspects of liver detoxification such as grapefruits and oranges.
  8. Remove all foods containing pesticides, artificial growth hormones and any genetically modified foods. The most important thing to spend money on are organic animal products, because toxins accumulate as they go up the food chain. Look for organic, hormone-free chicken and meat, and choose wild fish over farmed fish if possible.
What can I eat: included/excluded foods

Breakfast ideas
  • Smoothie made with frozen fruit, nut butter, nut or hemp milk and brown rice protein
  • Hot cereal made with a gluten-free grain, fruit, nuts and cinnamon
  • Left over fish, chicken or vegetables from your previous night’s dinner

Coffee/caffeine.  Coffee is has an acidifying effect on the body and caffeine is very taxing on your adrenal glands. Some alternatives:
  • Green tea and yerba mate. The ideal scenario is to have no caffeine over the 21 days. However moderate use of green tea and yerba mate is allowed. Their health benefits balance the caffeine and for heavy coffee drinkers it is a good compromise between no caffeine and coffee.
  • Green juice. This is the best thing to remineralize and hydrate the body and give you a slight kick in the morning. Try 8-16 oz of fresh green vegetable juice daily made at home or from your local juice bar. This is a base of cucumber and celery with greens (Kale, parsley, romaine, etc.) and a little apple or carrot for sweetness, and some ginger and lemon.
  • Raw cacao powder (raw chocolate). Add 1 tablespoon to warm water, a little nut milk, and some stevia (or sweetener of your choice).

Sugar. The sweet taste in general, is meant for us to consume in small amounts. Natural fructose in whole fruits and honey are available seasonally and come “packaged” with beneficial fiber, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
Unfortunately, we’ve grown accustomed to having sweets readily available whenever we want. We consume too many empty calories and this has detrimental effects on our bodies and emotions.
Some alternatives:
  • Stevia
  • Agave
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Small amount of local, raw honey
Bread. Processed flours have become a huge part of the standard American diet resulting in a lot of ill health effects. While it is best to eat things as close to the way the are found in nature as possible (whole grains vs grains that have been processed into flour) there are some good gluten, sugar and yeast-free bread products in many health food stores as well as recipes. If buying premade, again make sure to check the ingredient list for any exclude ingredients.
Some options:
  • Brown rice (or other gluten-free flour) bread or biscuit
  • Brown rice tortillas
  • Rice crackers
Snacks. Wanting something crunchy, salty, sweet? Snacking between meals when truly hungry (and not for psychological or emotional reasons) is allowed on the Clean program.
Here are some elimination diet friendly options:
  • Hummus or guacamole with vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Raw nuts or seeds
  • Roasted chickpeas (on a cookie sheet roast for 20-30 minutes or until crunchy at 400F. Toss with favorite seasoning and olive oil. Yum!) 

All information from:  www.cleanprogram.com. support@www.cleanprogram.com

    March 17, 2011

    Going to Bed with Viktor & Rolf

    Well, at least that what the collection from 2005 looks like. A real romp in the hay! Silky puffy clothing, with tongue and cheek pillows worn as capes.

    with background ambiance by Tori Amos...

    And the master of the boudoir line themselves...

    celebs who love the look.

    From Natalie Portman...

    to Lady Gaga.

    March 16, 2011

    The bats have left the bell tower...

    Hello. I've been a little behind on the amount of postings that I've wanted to do.   So much is swirling around in my life at the minute, and it's all good.  But finding time to post sometimes gets pushed to the back.  I'm reluctant to just post nonsense, but if you prefer more posts, I will. Otherwise, you have to wait for something decent.

    With all the fanfare about Twilight, and even in the glory days of the anne rice novels, a film that gets over looked often, is The Hunger.   I love this film so much for so many reasons, and the main one is the amazing cast: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. 
    The three of them are so sexy in The Hunger and David Bowie plays the part of the aging, and pushed aside lover so well.  There are appearances by Anne Magnusum and William Dafoe as well, and of course the opening act, the Bauhaus.  Peter Murphy never looked so delicious.

    It is one of the more visual, and stylish vampire movies made.   And to me, it floats along like a dream.  I just re-rented and am planning to do a screening any day now.  I get the pleasure of showing it to my friend for the first time.  Don't you love first times!
    The Opening of Hunger:

    March 10, 2011

    Liebling, Will you light my Zigarette?

    There is a very "Berlin 1930's" moment going 
    on at some of the fashion shows this year.

    Louis Vuitton - Fall Winter 2011/2012 Fashion Show‬
    March Jacobs, has created the most spectacular, creative and theatrical show I've ever seen. With Models riding up in one of 4 elevators, and walking around what looks like the lobby of a Hotel, they ebony Charlotte Rampling of Night Porter and look prepared for a Helmut Newton shoot. And with a spectacular ending, the retired runway walker Kate Mosses closes the show in sexy boy shorts with a jacket accented with Mongolian fur sleeves. I love the dark hunter greens, browns purples and black… with that delicious blood red accent.

    photos borrowed from IMAXtree.com and Matteo Volta


    John Galliano - Fall Winter 2011/2012  Fashion Show
    I think the clothing in the John Galliano show is just amazing. It is with sadness that I look upon this recent show and not have my head unfiltered with thoughts of his recent behavior.  But the show should not be overlooked, even though it seemed like it wasn't complete. 

    There are pieces in it, that reminded me of the same 30's Berlin lady, I see in the Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton show.  And that leads to more unfiltered thoughts… thankfully which stay in my head.

    No matter though. One of my favorite individual pieces is that fluid blouse that seems to tie around the waist leaving the back exposed.

    But to quote from a comment left off of the video stream:
    I think we can all agree that what Galliano said was wrong, but at the same time it's a reminder that hateful words and racism continues in society today- even in the fantasized world of fashion. At the same time, Galliano acknowledged his mistake and apologized- Gaultier and von Furstenberg, his peers even stated Galliano may have been wrongfully provoked. Whatever anyone may believe, you CANNOT ignore over a decade of his work and pushing the identity of fashion into the 21st century.

    I hope that this is not the last we see of his work.

    photos borrowed from Style.com

    Oh Darlings,  on a final note, have you seen the Menswears Fall Winter 2011-2012?
    It is CRAZY!!! Really, really mad Doctor Zhivago! I would love to have seen this.  I mean, this is a show!

    March 8, 2011

    You can dance right through your life...

    Jennifer Beals with Sunny Johnson. Suddenly I've justified my big bag again!

    I have this old play list that I've added and deleted from back before I had an iPod.. back when I used to have this clunky MP3 player that I would sync to my computer.  I had it back in '99, and have updated it all the way through upgrades and new devices.   This play list was and is titled 80's new wave. It's not  80's punk music, but my 80's new wave and pop music nostalgia tunes.  Most recently I added Gloria by Laura Branigan, Fame and What a Feeling by Irene Cara. It's the music that I listed to in high-school, right between the transition from classic rock and punk rock. It was my brightly colored shoulder pad phase before my dark and spiky ripped up phase. And oddly right now, I'm enjoying a bit of a revival period of these clothes.

    Most recently I raided my mom's closet. I've raided it before, but I look for different things each time. The last time I wouldn't have dared touch her silk shirts with shoulder pads. But now, they are oddly cool and funky. Even the odd sparkly mock turtlenecks.  Enough to make someone vomit and another person croon with envy.

    As I listen to the Flashdance soundtrack, it brings back all those memories, so I had to look up the movie again. I really did the ripped sweat shirt and the leggings. But honestly, I did the leggings before the movie. All dancers did. I took 4 years of ballet, tap and jazz, so I was definitely sporting that look. Anyhow, who doesn't just love looking at Jennifer Beals!

    This ripped T-shirt was going strong before the movie. It's important to remember, 
    most of the time, movies/media copy street looks. Then movies/media reach out to 
    a broader audience, so kids in... oh, Oklahoma start dressing urban as well.

    The movie poster.  I remember seeing this film in the theater with my boyfriend. 
    Not too long after I bought a pair of red pumps.

    This is just a great example of her style from tom boy to dancer.  
    Baggy clothes, to tightly fitted tights.

    When I was in Junior High (long before the movie came about) I swiped several army jackets 
    from my Uncle. And then again in High School, I frequented the Army Navy store.   
    I have this horrendous picture of me in a wool army jacket, high waisted pants, and wearing 
    my green glitter leggings.  Truly inspirational!

    This was such a fun moment in the film.  She really seemed provocative and unpredictable.
    This is wear all those "under the table footsie fantasies originate".

    March 6, 2011

    Wouldn't You Love an Autographed Rolling Stones Guitar!?

    I'm just dying to share with you something really fun and exciting my sons' school, PS261 of Brooklyn New York is hosting.

    We are having an Online and Silent Auction Bash to support and help fund some really important and necessary actives, supplies, programs, etc... at our school.  The budget for public schools has been cut so severely, that basic needs like toilet paper in the kids bathrooms are often left unfilled.  

    But I don't want to get into the depressing stuff, I just want to let you know, that you can help us by bidding on some very aweseome items, and in return your money will go directly to the school!  

    Come check out the link below, and see some of the fabulous items we have available: vacation homes, clothing and accessories, gift certificates for restaurants, classes, spas, personal trainers, wine, pets, hair and beauty, teachers for a day,  and even a signed ROLLING STONES GUITAR!!!! 

    So get on it!!  The bidding starts March 7th so spread the word!!

    Happy Bidding!!!!


    March 3, 2011

    La la lu lu loubouitin!

    Have you seen the  Christian Louboutin website?  It's a beatuiful, magical website.  This is one of the best fashion flash sites I've ever seen.  I just love it!

    Enough of my opinion, go play! christianlouboutin.com

    March 2, 2011

    Dear Mom, You gave me your smile, now let me give it back.

    I know it's a ways from Mother's Day, but I just feel like celebrating my mother right now. I was never one to call every week, like my EX used to do religiously every Sunday morning. He'd call long distance to Germany to speak to Mutter, and while I should have thought it endearing (and no I did not even consider the momma's boy thing) somehow hearing german spoken while I was trying to sleep did not sooth me. And don't get me wrong, I used to thing a German accent was sexy. So maybe the call to mom killed the mood.

    But as I was saying, when I voiced this once to a friend, that "I don't need to call my mom every week, she knows I love her, we talk maybe 2 times a month, and sometimes less in college" my friend said, well, I talk to my mom every other day. Oops. Ok, so maybe I'm the odd one out. But the reality is, I am my mother's daughter. Two stubborn, and strongly independent woman, who both never felt the need to call up mommy to check in regularly. We call when we want. When we have something to tell each other. Her life was as busy as mine. In fact when I went off to college, she went off to Germany (completely unrelated to my EX, and a different part of the country).

    Over the years, mom and I have had some changes in our relationship, but I guess that's to be expected. We argued. We cried. We laughed. Over the last few years, I've grown worried for her, and frustrated that she doesn't take the best care of herself. She is always looking out for everyone else, and doesn't think she's worth it! This past week, I took my two boys down to Virginia and we spent the holiday with her. And on this trip, with just a few testy moments, we really hit it off. And I think the main reason was that I let her know in no uncertain terms, that she was and is just as important as everyone else in her life; her daughter, her son and her grandkids. That she is worth it!

    She joked that she might have only a few years left in her, but that's really absurd. If you look at the history of the Bonnett clan, you'll see these people live well into their 90's. My grandma didn't, but that's because she worked in a Enamel factory as a girl, and smoked Pall Mall non-filtered cigarettes since she was– like 15.

    Now if mom will just quit smoking, and get walking, I think she just might start smiling soon! It's about time.

    The above are some of my favorite Mom photos. Listed from top, by row:

    • Mom the cheerleader (far left)
    • Gorgeous in her one shouldered dress circa early 60's.
    • As a blonde. Now you know where I get my penchant for changing my hair color.
    • A trip on a train, late 60's early 70's.
    • That's me up front, but in this photo, when I look at mom, it's like looking in a mirror.
    • I just love this goofy smile on her face, holding my brother.
    • This is a photo when I'm about 7 or 8, and we are camping.  I look like my son, and she looks like me here!  
    • I think this last one is from her honeymoon.  Gorgeous, happy, and before the disillusioned marriage.

    March 1, 2011

    I'm having an affair with my New MacAir

    Before there was a sore shoulder, a loud humming sound, and frequent frustration.

    Now there is light, lite, and lightness.

    These were the Valentines Woopie Cookies I made on Valentines Day.