“In this era when girls are made to think it’s better to be a princess than a person, Diane von Furstenberg’s The Woman I Wanted to Be is just the reverse. I thank her for honesty, spirit, encouragement to be one’s own self in public and professional life, and a memoir that covers more human experience than most novels. Pick it up — you won’t put it down.” Gloria Steinem
“Diane von Furstenberg’s life combines the hallmarks of a fairy tale with the more sober reality of a career woman—and single mother—who longs to have it all. . . . The book is as charming and erratic as von Furstenberg herself . . . the early pages paint a vivid picture . . . her account of those first years is colorful and poignant.” Financial Times
I got a jump start on the memoir over my trip to Mexico and so far I'm completely captivated. DVF does not shy away from heavy subject matter. From her formative years to her contemporary life she is brutally honest and it's those trials and tribulations that make her the woman she is today.
As always you'll have two full months to read The Woman I Wanted to Be, then we'll discuss on April 30th. Use the hashtag #bloggerbookclub if you're reading along.
I'm back from my friends epic destination wedding in Oaxaca, Mexico and ready to dish. You know when you need a vacation from your vacation? This was one of those trips in the very best of ways. My friends, Emily and Nick, had a group of 60 of the coolest, most talented, funny, and clever friends and family present for their nuptials. It was also one of those experiences where you bond quickly with your fellow travel mates because you're together day in and day out for a week.
To make a sweeping statement about the region, Oaxaca is know for their mole, mezcal, embroidery and black pottery. But honestly that is just the tip of the iceberg. The cultural is so rich and vibrant. I'm already plotting my next trip back.
The highlights of the trip, beyond the wedding, were the sights and experiences we had inside the city proper and in the outlaying villages. Which I'll delve into soon.
Oh and there was also a celeb spotting in Oaxaca. Not by me unfortunately, because that was the one time I decided to call it an early night. But the rest of the group bumped into Adrian Grenier at a dive bar. Apparently he was in town tasting mezcal.
So this was just a taste of Oaxaca, I'll circle back around and talk specifically about the food and detailed adventures next time. Also, make sure you follow me on Instagram, @HissAndTell, for more pics from Oaxaca.
Marisa and I have been friends since our early twenties. Which was just a few years ago, obviously. The way we met is quite an interesting tale, but best saved for another time. Marisa is one of those people who make you jealous by their layers of talent. She's a brilliant artist, designer, turtle rescuer, and also a musician.
Collects old books on fairy tales among many other things!
Admires Squirrels. The way they can keep adapting to the crazy stuff humans do out there.. it's pretty amazing.
Daydreams Ah… living in a little stone cottage, with a view of a darling little garden, with a cozy fireplace, a library room for all my books, and in the bathroom a large claw foot tub - preferably with Colin O'Donoghue soaking in it.
Guilty Pleasures pizza & pie - my stomach is a bottomless pit for both
Weekend Pursuits I don't really have weekends; everyday is just a day. But, on days I pull back, I do enjoy discovering a new town or falling down the rabbit hole of a new book.
Libation of Choice Jameson with seltzer
Coffee or Tea coffee, coffee, coffee!
Blooms of Choice lilacs, lilly of the valley, monks hood and fox glove
Favorite Book oh this is a toughie! For now I am going to name two "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain and "Peter Pan in Kensington Garden"s by J.M. Barrie… but really who can pick just one?!?!
Where I’d Rather Be in that bathroom with the large occupied claw foot tub - hey, whoa, what now!
Lipstick or Gloss of the Moment Tarte's "Amazonian butter lipstick" in Plummy Rose
Nail Polish Du Jour "Cerulean Rock" by Mineral fusion. It's a really pretty blue/green water nymphy color
Signature Scent when I remember to I wear a cream perfume called "Forest"
Style Icon Chuck from Pushing Daisies
Can’t Leave the House Without tissues, lipstick, a book, and a mug of coffee (I run errands with an actual mug - not a thermos or travelers type cup - of coffee)
Come March 5th, and the series finale of Downton Abbey, I'll likely be in a puddle of tears. But last Sunday's episode made me want to throw confetti and pop a bottle of champagne when Lady Edith finally put Mary in her place.
This might be difficult to fathom, but I may be more thrilled with scoring tickets to see Dita Von Teese than Beyoncé. The truth is I've been more entranced by the burlesque styling of Dita far longer than I've been smitten with Beyoncé. Plus, there's nothing like a smaller venue to build the fervor. It will be a spring of epic performances, with Dita in April and Beyoncé and May.