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Tea Anyone?

I’m a coffee drinker. Actually, in some ways I am a bit of a coffee snob. At home, I’ve switched from my beloved Peet’s coffee (which I have brewed every morning for at least 15 years) to my new favorite, Lavazza Classico medium roast. It’s not quite as strong as Peet’s, yet very rich-bodied. But occasionally, especially in the evenings, I like to have a cup of tea. Especially when I am cold. I’m pretty boring with the tea—Lipton’s black tea and hot water. But last week, while visiting a tea-drinking friend, I was introduced to a much more sophisticated form of the home tea experience. Enter the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker. You can watch a four-minute YouTube Continue Reading

Being Authentic

It all started when I gave a speech last month to a group of local women entrepreneurs. Whenever I speak to an all-female group, I feel comfortable sharing one of my “secret weapons,” as women seem super-interested and open to it. And that is my color palette. I’ve written before about how I have been working with a colorist since the early 1980s. Jennifer Butler’s expertise is in helping people look their best by wearing the colors, patterns, and textures that make that person look their best. In her studio in Los … Continue reading

Lunar Eclipse + Solar Eclipse + Mercury = Oh My!

OK, we’ve all read about the solar eclipse coming up on Monday, August 21. It will be the first time in 26 years that a total solar eclipse has been visible from the United States. Many people are flocking to Portland, Jackson Hole, and St. Louis to experience the moments of daytime darkness in person. For me, I know I can view it online, and that will suffice. What’s really on my mind is to share some insight I’ve gotten into why so many people, including some heads of state … Continue reading

Bone Broth at Breakfast?

Last month I visited some dear friends on Bainbridge Island in Washington. Each morning, my friend Liliana would make us breakfast. Before breakfast, we would sip our coffee, sitting around in our bathrobes and chat about the day. But I noticed that before she had her cup of coffee, she sipped on a mug full of something else. I was curious, so I asked her about that practice. She told me she drinks a cup full of hot bone broth every other day, first thing in the morning. Bone broth? … Continue reading

When Ugly is Beautiful

I’ve noticed a lot of companies are updating the look of their packaging. Sometimes it’s the sign of a company truly trying to better resonate with consumers. Other times, I wonder if they got a new marketing agency that said, “It’s time for a brand refresh,” but it didn’t make a discernible difference. Or an already successful brand has new features and benefits to highlight. And other times, some old-school brands say, “What the heck, we’re staying with what we have.” Which I respect. So when I saw the trade … Continue reading