Where will you be in January?


Do you know where you will be in January?  Where you will be living?  What your job will be?  I don’t.  I don’t know if I’ll be in Paris or somewhere else.  I don’t know if I will be employed or not.  Or if I will be taking classes or not.  I don’t know.  I’d like to say that this is liberating but in truth it’s terrifying.  I want to find a job I love in a city I love.  I want so much.  What if I can’t find it?  What if I find nothing or have to compromise too much?  Some days it’s enough to make me want to hide under the covers all day.  But I can’t.  So I go to classes.  I apply to jobs.  I hope and dream and pray.  I try to embrace this uncertainty and to let go of control.  I try to have faith.  But damn is it hard sometimes!  Any advice?  How do you deal with uncertainty?

Profile of a Healthy Food Blogger, Emma Galloway from My Darling Lemon Thyme

I absolutely adore Emma’s blog, My Darling Lemon Thyme.  She features super-healthy, delicious recipes and her photos are stunning.  I want to make everything on her site!  I am super excited to feature her on my blog today.  Read on for her tips for healthy eating and links to a few of her favorite recipes.

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Name: Emma Galloway

Occupation: Former chef, soon-to-be author and full time mum

Location: Perth, Western Australia


You feature healthy (and delicious!) recipes on your blog.  What started you down this path? 

I grew up in a Vegetarian family where healthy food was all we knew. Now it is my turn to provide the same for my little family, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Profile of a Healthy Foodie and Blogger, Carolina Crespi

I met Carolina six years ago when we were both living in China and we became good friends.  Since then, I have visited her in Barcelona and she visited me in San Francisco.  When she came to visit, she told me about  some changes that she had made to how she eats after seeing a holistic nutritionist.  Her new diet had filled her with energy and had some very positive changes in her life.  She also runs a healthy food blog called Apples & Carrots.  I am very happy to share her story as well as her recipe for {almost} ceviche.

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Name: Carolina Crespi
Occupation: Fashion Merchandiser and Part-time Blogger
Location: Barcelona
A couple of years ago you really changed the way that you eat.  What changes did you make and what drove you to make those changes?  What results did you experience after making these changes? 
Yes! I was feeling heavy and tired.  I started to think that I could have an intolerance to some type of food. I always care about eating healthy but it was when I visited a holistic nutritionist that I started a complete new diet and I realized that I wasn’t eating as healthy as I thought.  The biggest change I made was eating cleaner and less combinations.  Too many ingredients complicate the digestion.  It is harder for your body to get the best out of what your eating because the digestion is consuming too much energy.  The diet is based on veggies and whole foods mostly.  During the 3 first months I skipped completely all types of dairy products, alcohol, sugar and refined products. When I followed this I was full of energy, I slept better, my skin was glowing and I was happier!  Beside that, I lost weight immediately!

Profile of a Paris Blogger, Photographer and Journalist, Carin

I discovered Carin’s blog Paris in Four Months just before moving here.  The photos on her site are beautiful, vivid and perfectly capture so much of what I love about Paris.  They reminded me of why I decided to move here.  I am thrilled to share her story today, a few of her beautiful photos, and her guide to all things Paris.  I personally can’t wait to try all the places on her list!

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Name: Carin

Occupation: Freelance photographer and journalist

Location: Paris, France


-You originally moved to Paris for four months.  Why did you decide to do this?

I had dreamed about moving to Paris for quite sometime. I also wanted to try something new and totally different. I wasn’t completely satisfied with my life back in Stockholm, Sweden, so I decided that it was time to follow my dream and move to Paris!

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Profile of a Stylist and One of the Most Fashionable Women I Know, Annie Guercini

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Annie Guercini

I was awed by Annie’s style the first time I met her.  She always, and I mean ALWAYS, looks amazing.  She is the type of woman who inspires you by the way she puts her clothes together.  Whether it is H&M or designer, she makes it look fresh and  elegant.  It comes as no surprise that she ended up working as a stylist.  Here are a few photos of Annie.  Read on for her fashion tips and her picks of the best looks for Spring.

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Profile of a Dairy-Free Cook and Mama Extraordinaire, Suzanne Kirklin

Suzanne is my oldest friend.  I’ve known her for over twenty-five years.  In addition to being an extraordinary mama, friend and person, she is a really good cook.  She recently discovered that she is allergic to dairy and had to make some dramatic changes in her diet and the way that she cooks.  Read on for her story and for a delicious recipe for Dairy-Free, Whole-Grain Banana Nut Muffins.

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Name:  Suzanne Kirklin

Occupation:  Mama, Diving Coach

Location:  Chicago, IL



How did you discover that you were allergic to dairy?

I’ve never really liked milk and I thought that I might be lactose intolerant.  I also never thought you could be allergic to milk.  Then, when my daughter was born, I thought that she might be allergic to milk so I began researching milk allergies.  I realized that I had the symptoms (more about this below).  I experimented by cutting dairy out of my diet for a week to see how I would feel and all the symptoms disappeared.  I then tried adding in different kinds of dairy, one at a time, to see what would happen.  I ate a grilled cheese and had a sinus headache, watery eyes and runny nose immediately.

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Profile of a Wine Connoisseur, Beth Niles

My friend Beth has over 500 bottles of wine.  Yes, you read that right – 500.  She works wine competitions and is paid in wine.  Not a bad trade if you ask me.  Wine is something I really enjoy tasting and I am fascinated by how pairing food with a bottle can make or break a meal depending on how well you picked the wine.  As a cook and a wine-enthusiast, I thought it would be fun to ask Beth some questions about wine.  I hope you find what she has to say as educational as I did.

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Beth Niles

Name: Beth Niles

Occupation: Sales Director

Location: San Rafael, CA

When and how did you first become interested in wine?

After graduating from theatre school in the early ’80’s, I moved back to the States from the UK and straight out to California. I became aware of wine and eventually married someone who made wine in our garage in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco where we lived. We would go pick second crop (small and late ripening clusters left on the vine after harvest) at a very prestigious winery in Stags Leap in the Napa Valley. We would assemble our friends along with their kids and dogs and caravan up and pick a quarter ton and high tail it back to the city where we would crush in our driveway. We had a lot of fun making some pretty terrible wine. But we didn’t care. We were garagistes! Then in my mid 20s I was invited to my first Bordeaux tasting. It was a stuffy affair in a restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf with a lot of middle-aged men. I had never done anything like that before and I had no experience tasting or describing wine. I distinctly remember noticing that one wine smelled like low tide on a clam flat and said as much. Of course what I was noticing was sulphur, which, if you just give the wine some time to open up will often blow off. My next descriptor was ” hot dog”. That sealed my fate as a rank amateur but it taught me to commit to at least one word that describes your own impressions of the wine.

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