• I found hope in Hope thanks to nature and my nieces.
  • Reminder: There is always light at the end of the tunnel(s).
  • Possibilities.
  • "After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains." Happy 200th birthday, Walt Whitman
  • Spring is always the most alive after the darkest and rainiest of winters. #hyggehouse
  • "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C. S. Lewis. Or, as the Secret Sisters sang, "Tomorrow will be kinder."
  • "It was here in Big Sur where I first learned to say amen." Henry Miller

Friday afternoon I decided to take a last-minute trip up the coast. Every time I've driven it, I've  always had some place to be and up against time.

But not this trip.

Friday I spent time in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.

Saturday I spent time in Steinbeck country (of Mice and Men is one of my favourite books) and finally drove the G16 across to Carmel before heading up for a quick stop to see of my friends who I would literally drive 8hrs for only to spend 2 hours with.

Today I got up super early and got a super big coffee so I could drive down highway 1, through Big Sur and hopefully beat the crowds.

Henry Miller is the author of some of my other favourite books so as I drove though Big Sur I thought of him and Steinbeck and how they wrote about what they knew, what they loved, and what they questioned. I've had this idea in my head for a new project and community that I know will resonate and mean something but just unsure how to begin.

So I made sure today to stop when I wanted to. Linger when I needed. Drive wherever for however long.

And, after all the times driving through Big Sur, I finally stopped at a beach. I spent two hours here practically alone and just was.

People say it but there is something magic about Big Sur and today was the first time I felt it. I felt the shift, the inspiration, the hunger. And I felt wet sand between my toes. 
I'm ready.

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  • Last week I drove through the area of Malibu that was most hard hit from the fires. It was completely devastated only last December but now, life is blooming again in a way I've never seen it before. The scars are there and it will take 20yeara to get back to where it was but life is back. That's the amazing, heartbreaking and beautiful thing about life. #malibustrong #earthday


Everyday Hygge

Marie Antoinette

November 1, 2008
Marie Antoinette Film Scenes

When Emira came to stay with me we ended up confessing a deep, dark secret each of us carried; we loved the movie Marie Antoinette. Not liked, not thought was just nice, but loved. We even shared a favourite scene (the birthday at the lake at sunrise when they’re all just sitting there).

We both loved how human this movie was which you don’t often see in a period piece nor in an autobiography such an infamous person. We both were in amazement at how perfect Kirsten Dunst, an American, was for this role and could picture no one else in it. The story told resonated with us deeply. This movie was the only thing that had me interested in finally visiting Versailles after dozens and dozens of trips to Paris and had Emira put in on her places to go.

However, what really made us swoon was the beauty, the frivolity of the set, and the clothing. The song, “I want Candy” is so perfect for one scene in particular because this movie was eye candy. Regardless of how you feel about the story line (it seems to be either a hit or miss with people), the one thing you can’t get away from is how beautiful, exciting and over-the-top inspiring it is to watch.

As times are challenging for so many of us and practicality seems to win over frivolity, it’s nice to escape into a movie that can transport one into a different place and inspire a little decadence. Everyone can use a little of that – I know I can.

This lead me to take cue from Emira who told me that when she watches the movie, she buys a little bottle of champagne, pours it into a beautiful glass and sits and watches the movie in a completely in-love state. So last night, I did the same, breaking out my never used crystal champagne flutes, poured some lovely sweet dessert wine, put on my best dress, lit my favourite candle and popped in the CD. Decadence without fortune. Simple pleasures without effort. Joy without guilt.

It reminded me that although one might not live in Versailles, have Manolo’s or pink macaroons at her constant disposal, there are ways to feel luxurious no matter what the times or the bank account says.

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    CathyNo Gravatar
    November 11, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Delurking to say that I love this movie too. Such a beautiful movie. I love how they blended modern things into it as well- watch for the scene where you can see a pair of Converse shoes.

    You might like the book that this movie was based on- Marie Antoinette The Journey, by Antonia Fraser.

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    Tracy D.No Gravatar
    November 13, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    This is one of those polarizing movies – you either love it or don’t get it. I loved it. I still listen to the soundtrack all. the. time.

    I love the scenes in the Hamlet with the little girl. So quiet and beautiful. When I went to visit the Hamlet it rained… but it was still gorgeous!

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    stacyNo Gravatar
    November 21, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Since you loved the movie, you must read (if you get a chance) Abundance, a novel of Marie Antoinette…its a large book but I did not put it down for three days. It won’t disappoint!

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    AndreaNo Gravatar
    November 25, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    I love the movie too – and next time I watch it I will definitely be sipping champagne in a crystal flute!

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