4 New Books On My Shopping List

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1. The Kitchn Cookbook – Apartment Therapy
Apartment Therapy’s cooking site, The Kitchn, has been the go-to site for foodies since 2005. Being a serious home cook myself, I’m looking forward to adding this to my growing cookbook collection. The book features 150 recipes, plus tips and techniques for the kitchen.

2. Elements of Style – Erin Gates
If you’re an interiors junkie like me, then you’re probably very familiar with Erin’s blog, Elements of Style. Her book is an extension of her blog and offers advice, inspiration, ideas, and lessons on decorating a home that reflects your personality. I’ve heard great things so far and I’m looking forward to grabbing my copy this weekend. Something unique about this book is that she includes a personal essay in each section. I love that! It’s like blogging in print.

3. Cologne’s Got Style – Lena Terlutter & Henriette Frädrich
I’ve been following Lena Terlutter on Instagram for quite some time now. She can easily pair a Chanel handbag with a mini skirt and white Addidas and look effortlessly chic. Her book is available starting November 2nd. I’m not sure when it will be available in the States, but I’m hoping very soon.

4. The New Bohemians – Justina Blakeney
I’m really looking forward to Justina’s new book. I’ve a huge fan of her blog and her expertise in bohemian style is unmatched. I know it’s going to be visually stunning, how could it not with blogger/photographer DABITO behind the lens? 12 DIY projects created by Justina and insight into achieving this aesthetic will be included. Unfortunately, we have to wait a little bit longer for this one. The release date is April 2015, but you can pre-order it now on Amazon.

Hooray for bloggers! It’s so refreshing and inspiring to see so many bloggers becoming authors.

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Home Tour: Designer Damien Bàsh

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Damien Bàsh describes his Dallas residence as his sanctuary. The minimalist style with clean, white walls and warm, gray wood floors offers a serene escape from the busy downtown streets.

It’s carefully curated to display his collections and art, blending them so that no one object overpowers the next. “I respect art very much,” he says. “When I place artwork I examine the placement until it feels right and respectful.”

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There’s a wonderful balance existing in his space where a modern Andree Putman Lune floor lamp and Victorian era antique horns can co-exist. “If you choose a good design it does not matter what period it was created,” says Bàsh. “Somehow the elements will speak to each other.”

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A two month renovation, which included a complete demo of the kitchen and bathroom, transformed an outdated interior into a space that reflects his amazing style. The attention to detail and the intention in the placement of each piece is breathtaking.

Photos courtesy of Damien Bàsh

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How I Ruined My Health and Almost Killed My Creativity

Hi guys! I know, I know, it’s been TEN months since my last blog. How did that happen??! You sent emails, and left comments asking where I’ve been and when am I going to start blogging again? Well, let me explain. A lot has been going on.

By the end of last year I found myself overworked, exhausted and in poor health. While balancing a full time job, graphic design clients, photography shoots, blogging, family and friends, I completely forgot to take care of myself. I was on insulin battling type II diabetes, high cholesterol meds and worst of all, I didn’t recognize the person in the mirror anymore. I was in bad shape, and not just physically but mentally too. I let all of these ‘responsibilities’ take over my life and didn’t make myself the priority. I was drained and becoming completely uninterested in blogging, design or anything else.

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I think as women, we sometimes feel like we’re being selfish if we focus on ourselves. We have so many obligations that it’s easy to just give, give, give. Well I’m telling you right now that it’s okay to be selfish! Focusing on being the best you and taking care of yourself is going to improve your relationships, increase your productivity and fuel your creativity. Trust me!

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Once I’d decided to get my life back on track, I realized I had to purge. Here are a few of the items on my list that had to go!

1. Workload – remove all the extra activities until I’m able to balance
2. Social life – this was hard, but had to remove the temptation of happy hours and dining out
3. Bad Habits – eating junk, not cooking, staying up late
4. Weight – time to start working out and get educated on nutrition
5. Home – declutter and throw away
6. The inability to say ‘No” – I realized I was stretching myself thin with trying to please everyone.

and what I added…

1. Meditation and Prayer
2. Eating Whole, Juicing and Meal Prepping – Check out my Pinterest for recipes
3. A macronutrient calculator – I use MyFitnessPal
3. 2-3 days of running and 3 days of Bootcamp training
4. 8 hours of sleep (this just kind of happens after an hour of squats and burpees :-) )
5. Regular Doctor’s visits for guidance and blood work

I’m not going to say that this journey has been easy. It takes a lot of discipline and courage, but just know that you can do it. If I can do it, you can do it! In just 10 months, I’ve now dropped 4 dress sizes and diabetes is one pill away from being my past medical history. I feel balanced, healthy, organized and ready to conquer the world!

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Please ladies (and gents) make yourself a priority and take care of your mind and body. Use me as an example. You don’t want to let your health go because the rest of your life will suffer. If you have questions or need extra motivation, feel free to comment here or send me a message. Let’s all get fit together!

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Soooo, back to business. I can’t wait to talk about interiors, design, fashion and all that good stuff. Plus, I’m going to start sharing some of my healthy meals. Who knew that eating healthy could taste so good, right?! Also, look out for more posts on my fitness journey as it continues. I do hope that sharing my journey will encourage others to start theirs.

FYI, my blog name is in the process of changing to blog.angelaflournoy.co. Please update the link in your blog reader apps. Glad to be back guys! =) hugs n’ kisses!!

*Please note, I’m not a professional. These are just a few things that worked for me that I hope will encourage you. 

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