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Act I.  After you straighten your hair and put on your travel suit & glasses, swing aside the domed top and ease into your vessel with a casual grace.

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Act II.  Once secure within the ship, send out your message of love.

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Act III.  In due time, and blue-green light, don your disco best and watch how you sparkle and shine.

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We hope your weekend was chock full of loveliness!  Here is a little look into how we spent our time:

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Lauren – Bridgehampton, NY

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Grey skies can’t stop this autumnal glory.

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Had an incredibly fortuitous visit to the Dia Art Foundation’s Dan Flavin Art Institute and left with instruction to spend the next six months viewing art, being in the present and manifesting through gratitude. Sold!

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Post-yoga, Sunday night blogging.

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Farrell – Los Angeles, CA

Started off the weekend celebrating one of my best friend's 30th birthdays!

Started off the weekend celebrating one of my best friend’s 30th birthdays!

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Spent time with friends and family around a fire, dirinking wine and watching Zombie Blood Chaos.

Spent time with friends and family around a fire, drinking wine and watching “Zombie Blood Chaos.”

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Getting ready for some killer shimp with the Cook gang.

Getting ready for some killer shrimp with the Cook gang.

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A Comfortable Corner (The Blue Kimono), William Merritt Chase, oil on canvas ca. 1888

F:  How was your birthday?  What did you do?

L:  My birthday was so nice!  I woke up in Bridgehampton, NY to so many texts and Facebook wishes.  After a lazy morning, I went to the the Parrish Art Museum and then out for this all American lunch, which seemed like a great idea until I arrived in a super intense yoga class and spent the next 45mins to an hour really regretful for either having eaten all of that or showing up to yoga afterwards, not entirely sure which.  After yoga my friend Maggie cooked me such a delicious dinner of fresh scallops and sauteed microgreens straight from a local farm, with a chocolate chia seed pudding for dessert.  Can’t really ask for a more pleasant way to spend a day!

F:  Do you have any goals going into this next year of life?

L:  My sense is that this year is going to be about simplifying my life and applying myself to completely new projects and ventures.  I’m looking forward to slowing down, enhancing my quality of life, removing negativity/toxicity, staying open to connect with the people I encounter and nurturing the relationships I am fortunate enough to have.

F:  What was the last thing you ate?

L:  See above about that amazing scallop dinner!

F:  Have you been meditating?

L:  I was doing the Oprah/Deepak 21-day meditation but then fell behind for a few days.  I picked it back up this morning though, which was nice, but it bothers me that I am off-sequence and there’s nothing I can do about it. Just when I think I’m all chilled out…

F:  How do you feel about the holiday season?

L:  It’s too soon!  Seeing Christmas decorations and inventory in stores already literally grosses me out.  I like Thanksgiving and Christmas when they’re actually happening but the anticipation of them never feels very good to me.  The association with the weather getting colder doesn’t help either.  Wouldn’t life be different if our holiday season was in the summertime?!

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REMEMBERING things that Suz said to me and her favorite things about the holidays.

READING Albert’s new screenplay and loving it!

WATCHING Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Netflix and realizing just how little we know.

 

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EASING into the day after an early morning flight from Cleveland back to NYC.

CHERISHING the outpouring of love, friendship and memories shared at a beautiful memorial service over the weekend for our friend Bethany Cocco.

HYDRATING after a couple of rounds of cocktails last night at the newly opened Spotted Owl, in Tremont, with one of my oldest friends.  The bar was once a bible factory!

I had a conversation last week with a woman who studies feng shui.  We were waiting together at a bus stop and struck up a conversation that started as small talk, then moved on to all sorts of deeper topics.  While we were talking about her study of feng shui, she said something that has really stuck with me.  She said that there needs to be some element of imperfection in a space, otherwise a ‘perfect’ energy will just continue to flow without disruption, thereby becoming boring or stagnant. That was the jist of it anyway, and it makes so much sense to me.  The most compelling art and music always has at least one element that breaks the rules, and the most interesting people and relationships are never completely perfect.  We wouldn’t want them to be.  It isn’t a matter of attaining perfection but rather of creating harmony.

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1)  Look At This: This Is Color (via NPR)  A super cool site with little-known color facts, including a word that actually rhymes with orange! -Lauren

2) “The best thing for being sad…” (via tumblr.austinkleon.com)  On learning as the only thing the mind can “never fear or distrust.”  -Lauren

3) The most overlooked characteristic in a mate (via familyshare.com) This article was sent to me by a co-worker and inspired some nice thoughts amongst friends about life and love.  -Farrell

4) Six stretches for people that sit in desks all day (via joannagoddard.com)  Are you sitting in a desk?  If so, check this out and take some time to move your body. -Farrell

5) Your Heart (via rachelbrathen.com)  Powerful words about why we suffer heartbreak.  This woman is amazing.  I only know her via Instagram but one time I saw her on the street in NYC and was so overcome I asked if I could give her a hug.  The next day she posted about all the people in NYC who did the same!  -Lauren

6) Clean Beauty (via GOOP) This site put together such a wonderful and extensive piece on clean beauty products and what that means. -Farrell

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After spending the weekend back in NYC, I returned to Bridgehampton, NY on Sunday. I am renting a friend’s room here through the end of November (though I’ll also be in NYC and Cleveland for portions of the month). It is beautiful and quiet here. Yesterday I went on a late afternoon walk on the beach and the day seemed to grow exponentially more beautiful every minute I was there.

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[posted by Lauren]

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