Make Your Life Better, Volume 2

I loved the first version of this post....

It was fun being so bossy.

So I'm doing it again...
and you're gonna like it!

Here are my recommendations 
(some might say, "commands")
to a better life... at least for today.

Kidding aside-
these are things that are making my days a bit brighter
as the weather is getting cooler.

The slow food movement is a rebellion against fast food...
NPR can tell you all about it.

(also written for Italy & England)
offers places you can go and stay in France
that offer food that is locally sourced
and prepared well...

{I think of it as an "agroturismo" on steroids.}

I'm dreaming of an entire trip traveling from different places
in France and England 
staying and tasting these places...
maybe you should come with me.

I was sent a bottle of Chanel's Black Pearl Nail Polish
by the lovely Anna Pettus...
and I am totally digging it.

It makes me feel like a rebellious debutante.

It's 14 days into September and you haven't made Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls?

What is wrong with you?

Don't convert how much butter is in the recipe. 
Just do a trust fall into the yumminess.

If you like Sophie Kinsella,
(the mastermind of the Shopaholic Series)
her old books are slowly getting republished
under her real name, Madeleine Wickham.

Swimming Pool Sunday & The Tennis Party
  came out (again) recently here in the UK
and I've added them to my suitcase.

(I'm headed to Dublin in one hour. Yikes!)

missoni pillow | tyler candle, high maintenance | j crew cardigan | bottega veneta flats

These things?
Well, they are all the things
 I wish I could have
to make my own life better.

If you get any of them,
I'll be insanely proud... and jealous.

There you have them...
simple steps, people.

Now go on.

And if not for me, 
do it for the children.


  1. that was so awesome! slow food is super cool and i adore the polish! i'm afraid to eat the cinnamon rolls though....well...maybe one. :)

  2. I always feel better when I visit. You make me want to hurry up and slow down and make or buy or read something that I really need. The want suddenly becomes a need.

  3. obsessed with those slow food books. now if only i was staying here looooonger.

    oh and i will do what you say bossy pants. i think it really will make my life better.

    enjoy dublin!

  4. Love this, your post is as tongue in cheek as mine today!

  5. loved this post! Thanks for the fab suggestions :)
    Lilac and Grey

  6. I think I'm going to have to make those cinnamon rolls. You've single-handedly just added 5 pounds to my thighs.

  7. Fun post. These kinds of orders I don't mind being given!
    Beautiful suggestions but I am still salivating over those cinnamon rolls.....seriously?
    Great post!!

  8. each of these suggestions are so worth taking!

  9. Haha! Do it for the children. Awesome.

    You need to boss me around more often. This post was wonderful.

  10. OK - so I have Butter London in Chimney Sweep, made Pillsbury Grands Cinnabon roll over the weekend and by the time I got to our local Target, all the Missoni had sold out... I guess I may try to Go Slow and perhaps put down Candace Bushnell for a Sophie Kinsella and I'll be good to go.

  11. Oh, those cinnamon rolls look so delicious. I may have to try it. Great suggestions! :)

  12. I love Sophia Kinsella and i had no clue she had some old books. Thanks for the tip. I will be looking into getting them here in the states. love you friend!

  13. Are you ordering me to buy those shoes? haha, can that be my excuse?

    I think we all need a little bossiness from Aspiring Kennedy!

  14. It would indeed be for the children now that my girls poach from my closet!!

  15. You are just adorable. I like the bossy side of you... tee hee. No one has to tell me twice to eat a cinnamon roll!! xo

  16. Your wish is my command. Starting my batch of cinnamon buns . . . NOW.


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