October 06, 2014

Eating like the French.

The French have the lowest obesity rate in Europe despite the rising trend of fast food, on the run or as an afternoon treat; the French are still obnoxiously slender. So why?  French food has been known for its rich sauces, predominately meat dishes, dessert at every meal, multiple courses, and, as Julia Child so elegantly and passionately pointed out, their love of BUTTER.

The French eat better and therefore live better.

Already they live an active lifestyle where sports are in a high value and walking is frequent because most people use public transports.

The French sleep better because of their evening meals. They are therefore in better health and shape and can burn calories and fats more efficiently and then there society is centralised around good eats, something that facilitates healthy meals. 


 From reading, I have derived some basic rules that are key to how the French stay skinny but seem to eat so much. Here goes...

They do not obsess over food:  Even when on diets, they are not as insane as western women about food. They do not keep track of points, or calories, count proteins or fibers, or stress that they have to eat this as opposed to that. They allow themselves treats and do not panic if one day they go totally nuts on an ice cream, they allow their bodies the things it craves and therefore do not get depressed or discouraged.

The French eat what is in season. Yes we live in a world where we can buy strawberries in January but the French make it a point to always serve veggies that are growing at that time period. For one thing; France is still an agricultural state and takes pride in consuming its own produce grown on its own soil and so there is a stronger interest in seasonal products.

Meals are long. I recently read in a French fashion magazine that sitting down for a sandwich should be a 20 minute ordeal. 20 MINUTES! That is what the French consider to be a fast meal? But there is a reason for this, which is not that the French would avoid getting back to work in any way they can. Nope. Food is easier to digest when you are sitting down, chew every bite entirely, and enjoy yourself. The most important thing to the French is to ENJOY the food.



September 20, 2014

Crushing on: Diane Von Furstenberg | Spring Summer 2014



Hello Sweeties, I have been catching up on my fashion shows from the new York fashion week and I must say I have so much respect for Diane Von Frurstenberg. When she first came into the business the critics were negative and nasty. Now look at her, she has proved she has staying power. I love her home decor line  very much and I will posting about that at a later date, but for now, I leave you with her full fashion show of her Spring/Summer collection.

Love you All.




September 19, 2014

happy weekend and chicken avocado soup.



Hello everyone, I am back as promised to end the week off, with a great recipe for a fantastic soup I found on Mama Miss's blog. So if you love avocado and chicken and warm soups, this one is a keeper.


September 17, 2014

new york fashion week recap


Hello my Sweeties, I couldn't resist posting some of the dreamy iconic fashion that was seen at the New York city Fashion week. I am thinking of going next year, I so want to be there, it's like a bucket list thing, so wish me luck. Its good to dream is it not. Well I do owe you all an apology for the absence, as I was dealing with family stuff, I won't get into it now but at a later date. Here is my recap of the insanely glorious Fashion Week, hope you re crushing on some of the same things I love.




Images via  The Citizens of Fashion.



Take Care Sweeties, I'll be back soon I promise.









August 24, 2014

art & conversation

 Mixed Media Oil + Collage


What do see as when you look at a painting? Pictures evoke memories, emotions and take us to a place that is all our very own. The work of Paula Rubinstein is no different with her bold, vibrant strokes that would brighten any day. Her paintings are like beams of sunshine and each reminds me of a happy place and time. I love to wake up to one of her pieces hanging in my breakfast nook, where the first ray of sunlight appears. I adore her Matisse-like approach to her compositions that are both whimsical and dreamy.

"Three Chairs"


For Rubinstein it's all about the color, the brushstrokes and texture.  Coming from a colorful life myself in more ways than one, I can relate to the bright tones of oranges, blues, reds and her whites. The Caribbean where I am from has the same vibrant life in it's culture, scenery and people and, so I am drawn automatically to her warm canvases. The below painting is entitled 
" Yellow Vase on Blue Table". Now how cool is that?






Hugs Lisa x







August 22, 2014

happy friday and what I'm lovin

Happy Friday Everyone. Here I am posting about some of the things I'm loving at the moment and not in any particular order. So here's to a great weekend my lovelies.


 Up first is this lovely nail polish by Burberry called Ink Blue, it's a little pricier than most, but totally worth it. I would say it's a great color for the Fall. What do you think?


August 19, 2014

summer's end with a white party


Hello my Lovelies, just got wind one of my Besties is planning a white party. What an amazing idea and I can't wait. So it got me thinking (what will I wear???) of compiling some great looks, for the party to 
end this years summertime. 
First up is this black and white number. I would love to step away from the frilly/romantic, to look this edgy with the right amount of femininity. (Can I wear black and white to an all white party though...Hmmph! or a hint of color??)
kentbrew on Pinterest.