There’s just something about classic black and white images and the golden era of Hollywood before everything was a bombastic “Who are you wearing..”. I remember staying up late to watch black and white classic movies as a child and still enjoy them today. It may sound old fashioned, but they really don’t make them like they used to. I really like this photo gallery from LIFE.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou
Photo: (via) American VOGUE. View article here http://www.vogue.com/magazine/
Photography: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
A native of Louisiana, Van Roy and I have worked together for years and are dear friends. Both of us share a fondness for morning run/walks and always have enlightening conversations about life and surviving in a tough and unpredictable business.
I’ve been toying with the idea of featuring real people, recipes and other stories as a tool for inspiration for others who may be struggling with something be it weight loss, or just getting by day to day.
Van sent me this note a couple days ago and I asked if I could share – especially for those that have a weakness for potatoes.
Van has committed to losing weight and despite the occasional and normal setbacks – has lost 27 lbs in the past year, with an eye on 50 more to go. He has found that sticking to a morning routine is helpful (meditation, a nutritious breakfast, robust walk, etc) is key to keeping him on target for his goal. If you, like Van, are looking for healthy options and have a weakness for mashed potatoes – this might be a wonderful replacement or option.
“I have recently become a huge fan of cauliflower! I’ve been steaming it slightly, then mashing it as one would do potatoes… I swear it tastes liked mashed potatoes – comforting without all the carbs and starch… just a little olive oil and salt and pepper…”
Learn more about nutritional and anti-oxidant benefits of cauliflower: Here
As it turns out, Whitney also possessed one of the greatest voices of all time. She wasn’t simply a power singer, what I appreciated was the nuance. Whitney was never heavy-handed in her performances. She could give you power and strength but knew when to sound sweet, vulnerable and regal. Whitney Houston had a big girl’s voice (by traditional standards) that came out of a model’s body and face to match, a great smile and natural star quality.
I had the great fortune to be on the charts with a great like Whitney Houston, in categories together at awards shows in addition to sharing the pages of magazines. She was one of my music peers. There’s something especially jarring to know she is gone, though her music will live on.
As a mom, I can’t help but think of her daughter Bobbi Kristina as well as Cissy Houston – Whitney’s mom during this devastating time. She was a human being first and foremost.The Houston family continue to remain in my prayers.
Rest in peace Whitney Houston.