So every Instagram you follow says to be grain-free, dairy-free or sugar-free (sometimes even ours), and your mentally committed to the cause, but your heart & stomach are still at odds with the whole concept (or worse, your family secretly hates you for it!).

Some of us have also attempted going dairy & gluten-free ~  only to end up leaving Whole Foods with an assortment of artisanal cheeses and crackers… If you can relate, this post is for you!

I’ve collected the best alternatives to replace those totally “free” diets.  (References after the article) 


As Prince famously said, “We’re all excited. But we don’t know why. Maybe it’s cuz. We’re all gonna die.” It’s probably the one thing we know about life that is certain.

Regardless, whenever I hear of a talented artist passing away in a tragic way from health circumstances (or anyone else for the matter), I always go to the thought:

Could holistic/functional medicine have saved them? Let’s see… 


I have stuff. And, like a lot of Americans, I have a lot of stuff. As a lover of beautiful things, I bring them home sometimes. This manifests in many forms: I am not afraid of thrift stores, I will stop by the side of the road if something looks interesting* (and maybe bring it home) + I have a shoe problem. Luckily, I’ve always had (almost) enough space and an understanding partner.

Enter baby.


So most people think they know who Joan Rivers was….They think she was a fashion critic, that she had a lot of plastic surgery and said the “unthinkable” (even though most people were probably thinking it). But Joan Rivers was much more dynamic than that (and a whole heck of a lot more hysterical and historical). That “mean” lady you saw on the post-award show was a persona ~ someone she created later in life to (as Dick Van Dyck would say) “keep moving”.


WATCH: I fell in love with this great piece on Buster Keaton titled “The Art of the Gag”. The short video describes Buster’s style of filmmaking and his incredible influence as a director, actor, producer, writer and even HARD CORE STUNTMAN!  Yes stuntman! Do you love Wes Anderson and Jackie Chan? Well those guys took a few cues from Buster. The video, created by Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting, is just great…  I love Tony’s subdued narrative and his overall perspective. The inner very, very  outer film lover in me is smiling.


For this weekend roundup, we’re focusing on all that snaps and pops … Have a wonderful 4th of July ~ we hope you get some good photos this holiday weekend… 

Watch:  “Bill Cunningham  New York”. ← Netflix might crash this weekend due to everyone ordering the  ‘Bill Cunningham New York’  DVD. I might not have got dressed for Bill, as Anna Wintour famously said she (and others) did, but his weekly columns in the New York Times certainly enlightened and entertained me each Sunday. The Style section won’t be the same without him.   PS: The film isn’t  available on Netflix streaming , but you can get it on Hulu, iTunes or even Amazon Prime Streaming

Do: Make this Potato Salad. ←Nothing says 4th of July like a barbecue, right? This holiday weekend, I’m hanging with my best vegan gal and her fam, so there will be no hot dogs for me (a small part of me is crying inside)… I plan on bringing this yummy vegan, potato salad.  Not only is it pretty to look at, but it uses pickle juice for a flavor kick! The pickle lover in me is smiling…

Love: This Candle from Root Legacy.← The scent is so relaxing and beautiful. I also appreciate that it’s made in the USA and uses essential oils in place of artificial fragrances…

Know: How to Keep Your Pet Safe on the 4th of July.←  Our pets can be extra sensitive to the sound of fireworks & may unexpectedly run away. Even if they weren’t spooked in the past, it’s best practice to keep all pets locked safely inside your home  ~ideally in a room not privy to wandering guests. Extra tip: Play soothing music! 

Be: In a Constant State of Amazement←. This sparkly weekend and next…

Care: David Gilkey’s Memorial Service is July 8th, 2016.←  Speaking of amazing photographers, David Gilkey was a dedicated and impactful NPR photojournalist  who died on assignment for NPR in Afghanistan. His interpreter Zabihullah “Zabi” Tamanna died as well.  His photos were influential & beautiful…


PS: “Bill Cunningham Quotes That Show Why He Was Such An Important Fashion Icon”


Featured image via “Bicycle Habit” of Flickr ~  “A Bill Cunningham Sighting”  

Do you know Fats Domino? He and his band were said to be the birth of rock n’ roll.

Fats was known as the “boogie woogie” from New Orleans…He sold over 60 million records between 1949 & 1962.  Antoine “Fats” Domino Jr was an inspiration to Elvis and was at one time only rivaled by Elvis…  In fact, when Elvis was called the King of Rock N’Roll at a press conference in 1969, he famously rejected the title and called attention to his friend, Fats Domino, who was with him that day…

My sweet daddy’s first ever concert was  Fats Domino… This song and the lyrics remind me of him & maybe I’ll ask him to dance with me tomorrow for Father’s Day.

How great is Fats on the piano? He’s still alive by the way…

PS:  Fats Domino & The Birth of Rock N’ Roll on PBS

PPS: The Big Beat – The Story of Fats Domino & His Band

Confession: I secretly want to be an astronaut! The loudspeaker countdown. The floating like a bad a** unicorn in an oversized, oxygenated helmet all in the name of mankind’s expansion. The moons, stars and black holes. It’s just so up my David Bowie alley…

And imagine seeing that view of the world as one, pulsing entity. There’s just something so magical about space & what its exploration means for us all.  These posters were originally commissioned by NASA for display as an exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Complex in 2009 & now they are available to everyone online. Check out the full collection here and download them for free. 



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