"I never expect anything. I just feel things in my gut and I do them. If something sounds exciting and interesting, I do it-and then I worry about it later. Doing new things takes a lot of energy and strength. It's very tiring to make things happen, to learn how to master a skill, to push fears aside. Most people would rather just go with the flow; it's much easier. But it's not very interesting.
And as I always say, you have to be interested to be interesting."

Iris Apfel

THE TEN Best Thanksgiving Toasts

Here's to starting off tomorrow's feast in the true spirit of the day with our top ten favourite Thanksgiving toasts!

“For each new morning with its light. For rest and shelter of the night. For health and food, for love and friends. For everything Thy goodness sends.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough."
Meister Eckhart

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Marcel Proust

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
William Arthur Ward

“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.”
Edward Sandford Martin

“Keep your eyes open to your mercies. The man who forgets to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

“Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!”
Henry Ward Beecher

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in our lives.”
Terry Lynn Taylor


"Love is all very well but money is better"

Did you know...

1. Alice Frederica Edmonstone was born on 29 April 1868 in Woolwich Dockyard, Kent, England .

2. Her father was the 4th Baronet Edmonstone and she grew up at Duntreath Castle, which had been her paternal family's home since the 14th century.

3. At the age of 23, she married British soldier the Honourable George Keppel, son of the 7th Earl of Albemarle on June 1, 1891. The Keppels had what would be considered an 'open' marriage with Alice carrying on numerous affairs with rich men that her husband was aware of, so that their family could afford the lifestyle that was beyond their means due to her husband's lack of money. Alice desired to be rich and the only way she could achieve her financial goal was to use her rumoured unquenchable sexual appetite in her favor and sleep with wealthy men who would in turn, fund her family's lifestyle. Her husband was once quoted as saying "I do not mind what she does as long as she comes back to me in the end." She became one of the richest women in Europe and is considered the most famous courtesan of the time. It is rumoured by family members that both of the Keppels daughters, Violet and Sonia were not the biological daughters of George Keppel.

4. In 1898, she met met Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII and the current Queen Elizabeth's great-grandfather) and shortly after, began an affair with him that would last until the King's death in 1910. After the King's passing, the Keppels left Britain under the pretense of educating their daughters but in actuality with the King's death, the family's circumstances in England changed for the worse. The King's widow, Queen Alexandra, who was aware of Alice's relationship with her husband and initially fond of her, made it known that their presence was not welcomed in royal circles anymore.

5. Her daughter Sonia, who went on to marry Roland Cubitt, 3rd Baron Ashcombe, was the grandmother of the former Camilla Parker Bowles. Like great-grandmother, like great-granddaughter, Camilla also had an infamous affair with a Prince of Wales. Camilla, with the knowledge of her husband,  carried on a decades-long affair with Prince Charles before, during and after his marriage to Diana, Princess of Wales. Upon her marriage to Prince Charles, Camilla became the Duchess of Cornwall and will become the Queen consort when Prince Charles becomes King. It is rumoured that upon first meeting the Prince of Wales, Camilla engaged his attention by saying "My great-grandmother was the mistress of your great-great-grandfather — so how about it?"

To learn more about the remarkable life and times of Alice Keppel, we recommend reading 'Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter' by Diana Souhami

SOCIAL Q's What Should I Call My Future In-Laws?

Dear Lily,
I recently got engaged and now I'm not really sure what I should be calling my fiance's parents? I feel pretty close to my father-in-law but my mother-in-law is a different story. I just don't get the 'vibe' that she would be cool with me calling her mom. So far I have just avoided calling both of them anything. Is it rude to just call her by her first name?

Dear Leesha,
Congratulations on your engagement! The months leading up to a wedding are full of anxiety-inducing questions like this one that seem overwhelming at the time but stay calm, there is no right or wrong answer here, only what feels right for you.
While it is certainly not rude to call your in-laws by their first name, my suggestion is to continue calling them exactly what you have been calling them (or not calling them 😃)  until they suggest otherwise.

Sometime during the engagement period, most parents will usually suggest to their future son-in-law/daughter-in-law to refer to them in a more personal manner; some will suggest their first name or some might go the traditional route and ask you to call them mom/dad. If you are so inclined, do your future in-laws the honour and call them mom and dad if that is their wish, unless it goes against ever fiber of your being to call anyone but your own parents ma and pa (and it sure does for some of us. I have a friend who just couldn't bring herself to call her mother-in-law anything even closely related to mom for the length of her 17 year marriage. She would mumble or gloss over it when she had to greet her or get her attention and her mother-in-law seemed to never catch on so neither of them ever broached the subject)
If they have asked you to call them mom and/or dad, and you just can't bring yourself to do it, kindly explain that to them. Tell them you are truly honoured but that at this time, you just don't feel comfortable calling someone mom/dad other than your parents and then let life do it's thing; allow the passing of time to nurture your relationship and then let your heart tell you what's comfortable and what's not.
If your wedding comes and goes and the topic still hasn't come up, take the initiative while you are in the post-wedding mellow mode and ask them yourself what they would like to be called.


THE MODERN MUSE Kiernan Shipka

Kiernan Shipka

Award-winning actress, undercover foodie and quite possibly the most stylish teenager you will ever meet!

Born in Chicago, she is currently splits her time between home in Los Angeles (her family moved there when she was 6 to pursue her career) and work in Vancouver where she is currently starring in the much buzzed about series 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'

We've been obsessed with Kiernan Shipka ever since Sally Draper became a household name during her run as Don Draper's precocious young daughter turned rebellious and occasional envelope-pushing teenager. It might have been her on-set ease at skillfully mastering some pretty heavy material that first caught everyone's attention but it was her performances in the style department that cemented her as a promising chic starlet to watch on and off the set.
 Her style equation is simple; fierce + fanciful = absolutely fabulous! Kiki will give you a serious case of the fashion envies with her timeless style that can run the gamut from the teen uniform of jeans and a t-shirt to mad fabulous frocks that were made for you to day-dream about. Google her name and I dare you to find even one instance of a style misstep (you won't). She's mastered the perfect balance between remaining age-appropriate (she was only 6 when she started on Mad Men!) and taking her rightful place amongst the fiercest of fashionistas twice her age.
I challenge you to take her in and not be as obsessed as I am with the young Miss Kiernan Shipka!

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