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Finding Your Muse To Overcome Writer’s Block: Awakening the Creative Spirit Within

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People sometimes ask me if I ever get writer’s block. I guess they think it’s romantic. They imagine a tortured author sitting at the keyboard, head in hands, trying to summon the muse.  I wish I did have a muse, to be honest. It would make my life a whole lot easier. How exactly does a muse work?  Would she sit on my shoulder?  Would I hear creative whisperings in my ear? Or a stirring in my stomach? Can there be male muses? How did this muse thing get started anyway? With a hot love affair and a myth. The original muses were the product of a nine-day fling between Zeus and the Goddess of memory, Mnemosyne. Each night of…

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Getting a Taste of Summer From Audrey Hepburn’s Kitchen

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Audrey Hepburn was a girl after my own heart – or perhaps in this case, my stomach. She was not without her vices in the kitchen – Hepburn’s favorites included pasta, chocolate, vanilla ice cream with fudge sauce, wine and of course, an after dinner cigarette. Her son Luca remembers her propensity for eating generous helpings of pasta and gaining no weight (a trait that Ms. Hepburn and I do not share!) Luca also provides us with a heartwarming look her classic dishes in Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen by Luca Dotta with Luigi Spinola (Harper Design, June 16, 2015). Each page is filled with photographs, handwritten recipes, cooking tips and notes written to friends. Her beloved…

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Look marvelous on beach and boardwalk thanks to vintage vacation style

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July is upon us, which means it’s officially vacation season! Time to go sit on a beach in an adorable swimsuit, drink cocktails, and maybe invest in a floppy hat. Need some fashion inspiration this year? No one does beachwear like classic movies, especially vacation films. You know the ones – where Cary Grant is gallivanting around Europe with a perfectly-dressed starlet, or Gidget is on a beach somewhere rocking a retro two-piece while she pretends to balance on a surfboard. Here are four modern outfits inspired by classic vacation movies: Roman Holiday This movie is a classic for a reason – mostly because of Audrey Hepburn’s impeccable fashion. She looks so fresh, tailored and feminine in every scene, making…

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The star wore Prada: How great fashion can save a lackluster film

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Any book lover has had the unique experience of watching one of your favorite novels come to life on the big screen. It’s a moment filled with fear that the story will be butchered, forever tainting your view of the book, and awe that you’re finally seeing something you’ve only ever pictured in your mind. I’ve watched some truly awful adaptations of my favorite books (I’m looking at you, The Time Traveler’s Wife) and some truly amazing ones (hello, Princess Bride). But sometimes the beauty of a movie can triumph regardless of what’s happening in the story. A character will put on a certain dress or suit and make a scene pop in a way that didn’t seem possible in…

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