Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Listening Now: Can't Remember to Forget You

I've been listening to a lot of Latin music lately, including a lot of latin pop. One of my newest favorites is this one featuring Shakira + Rihanna


P.S. Shakira fans, her new album is out March 25th!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Weigh In and Brunching at Cleveland Museum of Art

So when I first posted my weight loss strategies, little did I know that dry January would be the hardest of all. Not surprising I guess, when one is invited to a FABULOUS Blogger Brunch at Provenance at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and such brunch features a heaping table of french pastries and lump crab quiche. Did I mention mimosas?

Lump Crab quiche

Brunch temptations not withstanding, this week I weighed in at 148.6 lbs, finally past the 150 lb barrier!!

Getting back to the brunch: a bunch of my friends (who also happen to be fellow bloggers) were invited to a spend a lovely afternoon at the Cleveland Museum of Art-- brunch was followed by a screening of Mademoiselle C, the oh-so-chic documentary featuring Carine Roitfeld and her foray into publishing her very own CR Fashion Book

If you're not familiar with Ms. Roitfeld, she is the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, known for her oh-so-casually-perfect-smoky-eye, and unique "burgeois-slut" styling (P.S. I called dibs on using burgeois slut in my recap). Its a fascinating documentary-- a behind the scenes look at what it means to be one of the most respected women in fashion, similar to The September Issue, but different, because, well, Anna Wintour and Carine Roitfeld are very unique people! 

You can watch the first 5 minutes here….

 Documentary insights aside, it was also the first time I had watched a movie at the Cleveland Museum of Art; in fact, until yesterday, I had no idea that the Museum offers regular screenings of some very unique films! You may view the schedule of upcoming films here.  Spring is still a little while away, and an afternoon at the Museum really is the perfect prescription to the winter blues!! Hope I see you there!!!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Listening Now: Clean Bandit

I'm traveling today, but I didn't want to leave you without a new tune this week! This group is expected to explode in 2014, and judging by this song, I can see why!


Wednesday, January 8, 2014


These super cold temps have had me hibernating. Although I have to say, I've used my hibernation wisely to catch up on must-see TV. As I mentioned in late November Nick and I had been watching Luther. Since then I've watched the following:

Orange is the New Black

Ripper Street

Da Vinci's Demons

And of course we re-watched Sherlock in preparation for his return on PBS on January 19th!!

So what have you been doing during this crazy cold spell?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Listening Now: Jessie J

That Jessie J. Its hard not to love her. Last year, she shaved her head for charity, and has been rocking her new hair in such a feminine bad-ass manner! Not only that, but she has really catchy songs, including this new-ish one here.

Its not quite available on iTunes yet, but I remain hopeful….


Monday, January 6, 2014

The first "official' Weigh-In of 2014

Oh hey!! How was your holiday? I had a great holiday season after a rough December work-wise. The holidays were SO great that my weight-loss plan totally fell off the wagon. In early December, I had gotten down to 150.4 lbs, just 0.4 lbs from my first 5 lbs. As of January 1st, I was back up to 153.8 lbs. Not terrible, but not great either.

As of this morning, I am down to 152.4 lbs! Not too shabby, but its time to kick things into high gear. Why? Because this morning, I signed up for this challenge to lose 10 lbs by February 4, 2014. My strategy for achieving this is quite simple:
1. Hit 10,000 steps/day. I am using my fitbit to measure my steps. If you have one, find me under Shibani Faehnle
2. No alcohol. Bye bye wine.
3. Starches (potato/bread/rice/pasta etc) only one meal a day
4. 1 cup of veggies with lunch and dinner, which I eat first.
5. 72 oz of water/day

Here we go….