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Jen’s Pick: The Kind Life

Sure, Alicia Silverstone broke into the Hollywood A-list playing a ditzy, spoiled teen in 1995’s box office hit Clueless, but her most important role has been as an advocate for environment protection and healthy living.

And while the 2009 release of  her book The Kind Diet ultimately cemented Alicia’s leadership  in both the healthy living and animal cruelty movements, nothing speaks to her commitment to these causes more than her amazing blog called The Kind Life. The blog offers tips and advice on ways to live greener, healthier and cruelty-free lives.

I personally love The Kind Life. It has an amazing following with a ton of interaction. Alicia does a lot of research on the topics she discusses and posts photos featuring people’s success stories in changing their lives and living green. After looking over the blog, I went straight to Amazon and purchased her book. As you know, green living is very important to me and I jump at any opportunity to incorporate new tips or advice into my daily life.

This is my shout out to Alicia Silverstone, a true Green Queen!

How are you fighting to care for our Earth and help diminish your carbon footprint?

 

 

 

“Confessions of a “Glamorous” Author — and A Chance to Win an Autographed Book!”

A few years ago, just after my second novel came out, I agreed to meet with an aspiring writer who wanted to pick my brain. I walked inside the restaurant to find her regarding me with a puzzled expression.

“Was that you that just pulled up?” she asked, glancing outside at my car.

“Um, yes,” I replied.

“But . . . what is that?”

“My car? A Toyota Corolla.”

She looked positively baffled. “But why are you driving it?” she asked after a pause. “Aren’t you, like, a millionaire?”

Er . . . no.

Yes, I have six novels out. Yes, they’ve been translated into numerous languages. And yes, I do okay.

But the truth is, I count myself lucky just to be able to make a living by writing. Like most novelists, my bank account doesn’t quite resemble that of J.K. Rowling or Dan Brown!

People assume that being an author is a glamorous job too – and often it is. I’ve been to Super Bowls, appeared on numerous national TV shows and have hung with many celebs. On the other hand, my “office” is my tiny kitchen nook, where I watch Law & Order reruns while emailing. Not so glam!

I’m also a normal girl on a budget – which is a weird predicament to be in when I’m preparing for a national TV appearance, without the funds to hire a professional makeup artist.

That’s why I’m so thankful for Tarte. Everything in the natural line is simple to use and looks great. It has saved me time and time again!

Kristin on The Daily Buzz–wearing all tarte makeup!

For a chance to win an autographed copy of one of my novels, visit www.KristinHarmel.com, then leave a comment on this blog telling me which book you think you’d like best, and why. Contest ends at midnight EST on 3/17.

xo,

Kristin

Summer Beach Reads!

My ultimate relaxation is lounging by the ocean with a morning cup of java in one hand and a ‘can’t put it down’ page-turner in the other! This summer snag these best sellers and totally engulf yourself in their stories— just don’t forget to re-apply your SPF while you’re at it!

    • Queen Takes King by Gigi Levangie Grazer—In Manhattan’s concrete jungle this is the tale of a society divorce & all the juicy drama!

 

  • Best Friends Forever by Jennifer Weiner—If you haven’t yet read anything from this best-selling, chick-lit author, then it’s the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon. This is an adventure of betrayal and loyalty of lifelong sometimes-friends.

 

 

  • The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman— Elle Mag’s June pick! Follow Claire, Meg, and Elv into troubled adulthood and to their grandmother in Paris, where old burdens fade and tragic new truths emerge.

 

 

  • Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single by Heather McElhatton—Jennifer’s an off-beat, single gal in search of Mr.Right (sound familiar?) This will definitely give you more than a few laughs!

 

 

  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult—Read the book before it hits the big screen on June 26th! One of my personal favorites (I sobbed through it); this tells the emotional tale of illness on a family. I promise you won’t put it down!

 

Happy reading!

Xo,
Kristin

Book Recommendation

07/17/07
~I was wandering in Barnes & Nobel this past weekend looking for a great book to read this summer. I ended up getting “I Know This Much is True” by Wally Lamb, its a book I’ve been meaning to read forever but I never seem to get to. Now I can’t put it down, I was up until 3am this morning reading! I loved Wally Lamb’s other book “She’s Come Undone”, so I should have realized I’d be quickly addicted to this book. I need to hurry up and finish before this Saturday when “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows” comes out! I have a busy summer of reading and relaxing… -erica

july 2006

07/20/06

~I know I’m probably late to read this, but I just finished The Kite Runner. It was beautifully written and just such a compelling story. I’ll admit I cried a few times throughout the book—just so sad. After finishing such a good book it’s tough to figure out the next read. I stopped in McNally Robinson bookstore to browse and just couldn’t decide—I’m debating on “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” “The Secret Life of Bees,” or “My Sister’s Keeper.” If anyone has read a great non-fiction book or a sappy love story (I’m a sucker for those), please send recommendations!!! Thanks! -candace

07/17/06

~I am so excited, my favorite show Project Runway is back! Although I’m kind of nervous too…because can anything really stack up against Santino & Andrae? I’m hoping this season is just as good as last…but if not, thanks to the good people of YouTube, I can always go back and revisit my favorites! -alexis

 
07/11/06

~Sunday was completely insane, in a good way! It was the World Cup final, Italy v France and Italy won! Every Italian neighborhood in the area exploded – streets were shut down, impromptu parades broke out – literally every car, building, street pole, parking meter…EVERYTHING was red, white and green. Someone even painted their dog, which was kinda sad but still really cute and funny. There was screaming, chanting and blaring horns from the second the last penalty kick was scored to midnight. It was a great celebration, definitely one I will never forget and will always be thankful that I got to be a part of. Forza Azzurri! -maria

December 2005

12/21/05

~I just finished reading
Memoirs of a Geisha and I can’t wait to see the movie. If you haven’t read the book I really highly recommend it before seeing the movie-the story is somewhat sad, but the story telling is so artistically written and really very vivid…it’s almost hard to believe it was written by a man!-maria

12/20/05

~So now that this whole Sudoku craze has swept the nation, I’m surprised to find myself strangely addicted to it. At first I saw all the numbers, thought it was some sort of math thing, and immediately dismissed it as sooo not my style (I’m a word-puzzle nerd, not a math-puzzle nerd). But it’s actually a logic puzzle and totally addictive. I’ve even gotten Heather into it. If anyone is listening….stocking stuffer.-alexis

~So I seriously just finished one of the best books I’ve ever read, hands down. It’s the follow up book to James Frey’s
A Million Little Pieces and is called My Friend Leonard . I highly recommend everyone read it…so inspiring and just awesome! Now, what to read next?? Suggestions?-lallie

12/15/05

~I can’t wait to get into the holiday spirit this weekend! On Friday night Larry and I are going to Nobu for dinner to get into the festive mood. Then we have two holiday parties on Saturday, one at my friend Liz’s and one at Dayna’s. I love this time of year when I get to see all of my friends!-nicole
12/12/05


~Erica is always making fun of me because all the candy I love best is very Grandma-like…Jordan almonds, spice drops, weird hard candies…if it seems like it would be in a dish at your grandma’s house, I’d probably love it. Anyway, she redeemed herself for mocking me by bringing me this yummy
croccante from a bakery on Arthur Ave in the Bronx. It’s basically almond brittle sprinkled with non-pareils with a few Jordan almonds stuck in for good measure. Super Italian and super old lady. What a good Monday breakfast.-alexis

12/9/05

~Today New York got hit with some serious snow. I can’t believe it’s actually snowing this hard! I really wished I live in California because I’m more of a beach and palm tree girl, not a snow and insanely freezing rain kind of girl. But, it is nice to lay and bed, snuggle, and watch Law & Order reruns with Larry! Maybe that will be my Friday night!-nicole

~So I probably should have written about this yesterday because it would have been more relevant but QVC had a special one hour John Lennon jewelry show on Wednesday/Thursday AM and since I was soundly sleeping I missed it-but, alas, QVC’s website has the entire collection! I’ve been on the phone with my mom (the original QVC queen) all morning trying to decide Christmas gifts. I love QVC!-lallie

12/8/05

~After nine long, intense months of steady practice and studying I’m finally a CERTIFIED YOGA INSTRUCTOR!! I graduated this past weekend. I didn’t realize it until Sunday at graduation how amazing it felt to have accomplished this. I’ll start teaching as soon as I get my insurance and few other small details. I’m so excited!-lallie

12/7/05

~Addendum to last Friday’s message about how I was soooooooo excited to go skating: NEVER. AGAIN. We did go, and it was lots of fun, but I never got my post-skating hot cocoa because I broke my wrist!!! I swerved to avoid someone, tilted back and broke the fall with my left hand. You see the result— note the unattractive swollen fingers!! Typing, as you can imagine, is a real joy. Oh well—glad it’s not my right!-alexis

~My family has finally started decorating for Christmas, most of the decorations are up around the house and we even have our tree. My dad and I are going to try and finish decorating it tonight, so we can surprise my mom when she comes back from her business trip.I love the way the house feels during Christmas. It’s so warm and comfortable, especially by the fireplace!-erica

12/1/05

~I woke up with a terrible sinus headache this AM–so annoying–and I am now mainlining coffee & Dayquil Sinus to try and keep it at bay. Mostly because tonight I am supposed to go ice skating with my friends–including my best friend’s sister, who is in from Chicago and I love her! So I’ve gotta feel good enough to impress everyone with my triple sowcow. (Heh–just kidding–I’ll be lucky if I can stay up.)-alexis