If You Could Go Anywhere, Where Would You Go?

It's become a tradition (if two years in a row counts as a tradition) that I opt to travel during Thanksgiving instead of doing the whole stuffing-my-face-with-family thing. Last year, I was lucky enough to go on a 10-day roadtrip through Northern California + the Southwest the week of Thanksgiving. It was beyond magical and I'm already yearning for more of that terrain. This year, however, I had Europe on my mind. Living in New York and having a pretty flexible schedule allows for a fresh batch of spontaneity to infuse my destinations options. Between 2009 and now, I've visited 15 countries in the EU, but I had yet to venture to the westernmost one: Portugal! I'm just now realizing the repeated theme of "traveling west" that both trips have in common, despite actually traveling east to make this one happen. ANYWAY, you may have seen a couple photos I posted on social media of my trip, but in case you didn't, here are some more.

I've written a more detailed post about the lifestyle, feel and overall experience of my trip to Lisbon over at With Love Tutti, which is where I post all the other things I'm passionate about beside boudoir: travel, wellness, yoga, beauty tips and community events! I'd love to have you subscribe to that blog as well so we can be connected in more ways.

Before I leave you, I'd love to ask for your advice. I'm about done clipping inspiration pieces for my 2017 vision board, and there's a lot of travel going on. What I'd  like to know though is: what is YOUR favorite place and why? I'm much more of an experience type of traveler rather than a sightseeing one, for the most part, so I'd love your anecdotes and insight!

Looking forward to sharing my vision board with you very soon.

Lots of love,

Tutti 

Wellness Starts Within

TRAVEL + ADVENTURE ALERT!

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I found myself admitting last night how badly I need a break. Time has a way of getting away from the grip of my hands as swiftly as the ticking of a clock. Before I knew it, it was time to switch my closet wardrobe to account for the changing of the weather and it felt as if I barely had time to enjoy the Summer. WHERE DID THE TIME GO?!

It seems so easy to allow each day to pass with very little awareness of what's happening. The comings-and-goings of life seem almost natural, when the only natural thing should be to be cognizant of every second that passes. 

As I was listening to a podcast this morning, an interesting idea flourished: instead of feeling bad about the things I haven't done that were meant to be done by now, I can wipe the slate clean by forgiving myself and trying again.  Simple as that. 

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Forgive and move on.

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With the many tasks I have set for myself and the numerous self-assigned to-do's, today was a refreshing day in which I consciously forgave myself for x,y and z and sketched out how I would tackle the next coming months in an intelligent way that will plant fruitful seeds for my business.

That's where the travel and adventure topic comes in. There's nothing more renewing to my creative inspiration and motivation than traveling. I find the random experiences and encounters truly refreshing (and ironically, not random at all). I've planned a bucket-list roadtrip for the week of Thanksgiving starting in Los Angeles and ending in Tucson - hitting up places I've always dreamed of visiting - Big Sur, Sequoia National Park, Death Valley, Grand Canyon and Sedona. I've made it my goal to let go of "work" while I'm on the road and instead be open to on-the-spot inspiration in the form of imagery, writing, dancing, experiencing, feeling, sharing, yoga-ing, moving, etc. 

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Self care is not self indulgence

Self care is self-respect.

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This is exactly what my body and soul is asking for: connecting with nature and connecting with others. 

I can't wait to share my 10-day journey with you.

What's on your bucket list and what can you do today to work toward it? Please share. I'd love to start a conversation about this!

With love,

Tutti

 

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LIVING SEXY IS... Going Through Life With a Killer Attitude

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BADA BOOM BADA BING.

That's how easy it is for Kristina Steward, businesswoman extraordinaire, to charm your pants off. She's about as woman as woman gets. A banter here and witty remark there slips from her tongue within the first two sentences she'll speak to you and before you know it, she's officially bewitched you. 

Much like Cleopatra was known for her expert seduction skills, making slobbering children out of powerful men, Kristina's most effortless talent is her ability to lock you in with a simple look. 

As a Taurus and two-year New Yorker, I don't like waiting around for people. So when Kristina tried to postpone this interview for the third time, I texted her a simple, all-caps, "YOU GAVE ME YOUR WORD," and immediately knew I'd hooked her right where I wanted.

Who's the expert seducer now?! Just kidding. It was a tricky card to play with Kristina, as she doesn't take bullshit from anyone either but, alas, it worked.

LOOK AT THIS WOMAN.

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No matter what she does, people are drawn to her. She oozes sexiness just like Fette Sau oozes comfort. And if you don't know what Fette Sau is, just imagine warm, succulent barbecue sauce mixed with finger-licking yummy meat on delicious bones. There I go again, getting distracted with food. This might as well be called Living Slobbery since the very thought of food makes my mouth water.

OK, back to Kristina and her effortless beauty.

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Sexiness is within. - Kristina

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"But what's the secret?" I ask. 

A KILLER ATTITUDE, says Kristina. We both agree that each of us has a light within that's begging to shine through. A sexy light, if you will, that can be tapped into by getting to know yourself at your core. The more you discover who you are, the more you'll be able to live confidently in your own skin, allowing you to live a truly sexy life.

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There is real sexiness and real strength in femininity.

-Kristina

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During our conversation, which you can listen to using the player above, Kristina and I talked a bit about how sexiness, femininity and strength are sometimes used in the same context, but often in a jumbled and skewed way. I think we've confused what it means to live a sexy life, especially as it relates to the work environment and being perceived as a #GirlBOSS.

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I'd love to hear your thoughts about this as it genuinely interests me, but I DO think one thing has nothing to do with the other. A woman can be tough and still be feminine, a woman can be feminine and still be sexy, a woman can be sexy and still be tough, and all other combinations of those words hold true as well - in my book. 

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I chose Kristina for this feature because she has mastered the mix of femininity, sexiness and strength. I've experienced her killer attitude in the work environment (fact: she was my boss for a year), her effortless femininity no matter what she's doing and an undeniable sexiness that shines from within. It all supports my theory that we all have a unique recipe for being sexy, beautiful creatures.

I'd love to hear what's yours - and hopefully photograph it one day!

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K, thank you so much for being a part of this. I'm beyond grateful for the time you shared with me to do this interview + shoot. Lastly, thank you for keeping your word ;)

With love,

Tutti

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