currently obsessed with: boots, warm wool and porter magazine

Well first of all… I have found myself TWO sensible pairs of boots! Ok, somewhat reasonable… I probably won’t be trudging through the snow in them, but they don’t involve 5+ inch heels or suede, so they are sensible in my books… plus I have this cozy wool scarf to keep me warm.

Sam Edelman “Petty”ankle boots in Saddle Leather
ALDO “Korin” leather Chelsea boots in Black
Danier 100% wool “Rome”scarf in Light Grey
[$35 (on sale),]

I’m also really into Porter Magazine right now. This new fashion publication from Net-A-Porter is on it’s fifth issue and it just keeps getting better. I picked up the Winter 2014 edition last week ($9.99 at news stands), and promptly subscribed. For $25/year you get six issues… which is incredible for such a stunning magazine. It brings a lot to the table that is lacking in other fashion publications. The photography is stunning, the articles are inspirational and thought provoking; I really, really love it. One of my favourite features in every issue is the “Life Lessons”page. This issue they have interviewed Melinda Gates. The following are her 10 Golden Rules

1) Trust yourself. This is the most important thing. Everybody has an inner truth, and if you learn how to listen to it, you’ll be happier in everything you do.

2) Make time for quiet self reflection. There are distractions everywhere, and you need to connect with nature and quiet truths to live a meaningful, balanced life.

3) Cultivate great friends and keep them close. Tell them what you’re learning and what you’re excited about, and they’ll do the same for you.

4) Be a lifelong learner. Learn new topics. Take up new hobbies. Revisit a subject you thought you learned in school. You will be amazed at what you don’t know and what the world holds in store.

5) Broaden your world view. I didn’t know anything about half of the world until I was in my early thirties. I’ve spent the last 20 years filling in that gap, and it’s one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.

6) Connect deeply with others. Our humanity is the one thing we all have in common.

7) Get a good night’s sleep! I’m talking about eight hours. And while you’re at it, exercise. Your mind and body need it.

8) Laugh out loud as often as possible. Laugh with others. Laugh at yourself. However you laugh, do it with abandon.

9) Teach your children your values – don’t just teach them how to tie their shoes and do multiplication tables. Teach them how to think about the important things in life.

10) Read books with your friends and family and talk about them. You learn and grow more when you do it within a community.

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