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You will want to remember this one… by lipstickblogger
June 15, 2009, 8:11 pm
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Being the girly girl that I am I love to shop. Shoes, clothes, makeup, handbags, accessories, you name it – I love to shop. I find that as my life has evolved I have less and less time to spend shopping the old fashioned way, but thank goodness for the internet and the iphone where you can now purchase a dress and a pair of shoes with just a few clicks. Ahhhh, you gotta love the 21st century!

Loving to shop the way I do, I fell in love with the entire Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. While I can’t relate to Rebecca Brandon’s level of financial irresponsibility, I did love watching her indulge. When I love an author, as I do Kinsella, I can’t wait to read their subsequent novels, so I was delighted to read Kinsella’s most recent novel, “Remember Me?”

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Lexi Smart finds herself waking up in a hospital bed only to realize that three years of her life have past. Stunned by the thought of losing three years of her life is slightly offset by seeing her shiny and sleek hair, perfect teeth, and amazing figure, however how Lexi is determined to figure out how she got this way. The last memory Lexi has was getting drunk with her best friends after losing out on a company bonus and being stood up by her loser boyfriend the night before her Dad’s funeral. Lexi begins to piece together the fragments of her life and comes to find out how she became, at age 28, a senior executive of her company, married to a handsome & successful man (who she has no recollection of whatsoever), and at home in a posh loft apartment with furniture and possessions she could never dream of affording.

Although her life appears perfect in the beginning, she discovers her former friends want nothing to do with her, her husband’s right-hand man tells her they are having an affair, and her little sister is constantly up to no good. I found myself unable to put this book down as Lexi sorts out her past and what happened in the missing three years. Both laughing and shaking my head in disbelief at how Lexi sorts out what happened.

The story can be a bit far-fetched at times, but as far as pure entertainment goes, this is a winner. Kinsella has a way of creating heroines in her book that are endearing, charming, and funny. I found myself rooting for Lexi and I think you just might be feeling the same way. “Remember Me?” is an awesome beach read that will not disappoint.

All the best,
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A Junkie… by lipstickblogger
June 3, 2009, 9:07 pm
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I admit it, I am completely addicted to trashy reality television shows.  I watch them all – Millionaire Matchmaker, Dancing With the Stars, Celebrity Apprentice, Project Runway, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Hills, The City, and my favorite of all The Real Housewives series on Bravo.  For those of you unfamiliar with this franchise, there is the Real Housewives of the OC, New York, Atlanta and coming soon, New Jersey.  Several “housewives” are filmed and it basically shows the more dramatic aspects of their life. 

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The Real Housewives of New York has just finished their second season and one of the stars of this show, Bethenny Frankel is the mastermind behind my most recent read entitled, “Naturally Thin.”  Frankel, a natural foods chef who graduated from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts in New York offers frank advice on how she maintains her perfect shape.  She has ten rules that are outlined in her book.  They include:

1.    Your diet is a bank account: It’s all about balancing your calories for the day.
2.    You can have it all, just not all at once: Keep the bulk of your food light and 
       simple to make room for 
       something you really want.
3.    Taste everything, eat nothing: Mooch a bite off your friends; don’t order the 
       whole enchilada.
4.    Pay attention: No mindless eating.
5.    Downsize now: Shrink the size of your plates, bowls and cups and remember 
       portion control.
6.    Cancel your membership in the Clean-Plate Club: Doggie bag it or share; you 
       don’t have to clean your plate.
7.    Check yourself before you wreck yourself: Be in the moment and stop binge 
       eating.
8.    Know thyself: Customize your eating to who you are.
9.    Get real: The more unprocessed, whole, local foods, the better.
10.  Good for you: Be good to yourself and let your choices come from a place of love
       for yourself.

For those of you familiar with the Bravo series that Bethenny stars on, you are accustomed to her frank advice and candor.  This book is written in the same way.  I liked that she didn’t tell you what to eat, when to eat it and most importantly she didn’t tell you what you can’t eat.  She did offer suggestions on how she manages her diet and how she sneaks in the indulgent food.  Throughout the book there are sections entitled, “Naturally Thin Thoughts” where she offers advice on how to live as a naturally thin person and advice on how she handled certain situations with regards to food.

I liked her frank advice and her honesty.  Perhaps it is my own insecurities, but I like hearing about other peoples struggles.  She covers some of her own past issues with bulimia and a less than perfect childhood, which humanizes Bethenny even more.

A fun read, from a fun girl, that just may inspire you to be a little more healthy.

All the best!

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