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A Few Profiles I’ve Worked On Lately, and Other News

Posted on October 5, 2021

Do you see this guy? You feed him, you let him out, you give him water, and you pet him. It’s never enough. And so it’s amazing I can get anything done around here, what with COVID exposures in my kid’s high school (she’s fine, but I’m tired of it), and all this MLS soccer to be seen. Yet, somehow, and I don’t know how, I have been freelancing a lot, and working on a new book proposal that is almost finished.

Or at least almost ready to be edited, and edited again and again.

A couple of stories I’ve done:

There’s this profile of Faith Connexion CEO Maria Buccellati for Aventura Magazine. The former Dolce & Gabbana muse is forging a new life for herself in the Miami area, and treating her Instagram followers to vignettes of her absolutely fabulous life. Come for a peek inside her amazing Palm Island home. Stay for the photo shoot of her in some super-cool new Faith Connexion. And okay, the story too.

For Fort Lauderdale Illustrated, I spoke with Florida State Senator Lauren Book, who survived childhood sexual abuse to become a fierce advocate for women and children. This didn’t make it into the final version, but one of her hobbies is making mosaics, which, of course, entails taking broken pieces and putting them together into something new and beautiful. It’s a metaphor for her entire life and career to date, and I’m curious to see what she’s got in store for us next. As I write in the piece, “Underestimate her at your own peril.”

So those are a couple of things I’ve been working on lately.

On the book front, David Montague and I will appear at the Six Bridges Book Festival on October 30 at 6:30 p.m CST. This is a Zoom event, so please be sure to register for it here. It’s free, and for those of you who have already seen me and David talk about his mother and Overnight Code you know we put on a show. We have made people laugh, cry, and want to be Wonder Twins with us. So we hope you’ll join us. But also be sure to check out some of the other amazing authors that will be appearing, like Andrea Bartz, whose thriller We Were Never Here was a Reese’s Book Club pick right when it came out. The entire lineup is here. Be sure to check it out!

That’s it for now. I hope all of you are having a wonderful fall and finding time to read all of the good books that are coming out. Be well, stay healthy, and stay in touch.

XO,

Paige

 

Yogalosophy

Posted on November 13, 2013

Photo: Seal Press

Photo: Seal Press

My yoga practice has fallen apart over the past couple of months, in part because of various work projects that have kept me busy, but also because of a back injury that has been flaring up off and on during this time. With the holidays right around the corner, there is no time like now to get back on the mat (once I can move painlessly), because the breathing, twists, turns and stretches have a way of helping anyone (not just me) stay calm and focused when things get hectic.

ModernWomanThat’s my Yogalosophy, but in the recent issue of USA Today’s Modern Woman, I talked to celebrity yoga and fitness expert Mandy Ingber about hers. Ingber, a former actress, believes we already have the perfect body. It just may be hiding behind layers of fat, or (in my case) compressed spinal discs. What you have to do is love the body you have in order to get the body you want.

Ingber speaks from experience. After being “all over the map” with her own body, she overcame her own eating disorders and body image issues through the self-love she preaches. “I started making better choices as a result of loving myself,” she told me in an interview. “I used to think that if I did something wrong (like gain weight) that I ruined everything. Now I don’t have that black-and-white thinking about myself anymore.”

Now she’s known as the yoga and fitness guru behind some of Hollywood’s hottest bodies, among them, the actresses Jennifer Aniston and Helen Hunt. Her latest book, Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover provides readers with an easy-to-use wellness overhaul that includes traditional yoga poses, toning and cardio exercises, recipes, music playlists, journal exercises and other action items that support physical and mental wellness throughout the day.

“This is really a ‘Start where you are, take what you like and leave the rest’ type of book,” she says. And it’s one I’ll have to reacquaint myself with very soon.

If you practice yoga, what is your favorite type of class to take and why? Or, if you’ve read Ingber’s book, what did you think of it and what sort of results did you get from following her program? And finally, what sort of fitness or wellness ideas do you have for making it through the holidays? What is your holiday-related health or wellness downfall? Please leave your insights in the comments section below.

“Retirement”

Posted on November 26, 2011

valentino
One of the more ill-considered first questions I’ve asked in an interview: “You’ve been working nonstop for five decades. What is it like for you to be a retiree?”
It was 2008 and my interview subject was fashion designer Valentino Garavani, famous worldwide for dressing some of the world’s most fashionable women (i.e. not me) in ladylike suits and gowns.
His response to my question was testy and telling:
“I am not some old man retiring. I moved in a new direction. I didn’t want to work the schedule of fashion, one that is hectic and heavy. And I have the right to do what I want.”
Yes.
Yes you do.
Please don’t hang up on me.
Part of Garavani’s new direction has been an acknowledgement of the old. A year after opening design archives at his Paris-area chateau, he will launch a virtual museum on December 5.
According to New York Magazine’s “The Cut” blog, the site:
will include 300 iconic dresses from over 50 years of Valentino’s career as a designer, including Julia Roberts’s 2001 Oscars look and Jacqueline Kennedy’s couture wedding dress, among others, all showcased in 3-D, animated galleries alongside sketches and design notes. The museum will also include an extensive media library of the fashion house’s illustrations, ad campaigns, editorials, red carpet images, and 95 fashion show videos. Should the contents be physically displayed somewhere, 107,500 square feet of space would be needed.
Valentino told New York Magazine that he sees the web site as part of his legacy. It is “important to remember things of the past, to review the fashion that has shaped our lives.”

One of the more ill-considered first questions I’ve asked in an interview: “You’ve been working nonstop for five decades. What is it like for you to be a retiree?”

It was 2008 and my interview subject was fashion designer Valentino Garavani, famous worldwide for dressing some of the world’s most fashionable women (i.e. not me) in ladylike suits and gowns.

His response to my question was testy and telling:

“I am not some old man retiring. I moved in a new direction. I didn’t want to work the schedule of fashion, one that is hectic and heavy. And I have the right to do what I want.”

Yes.

Yes you do.

Please don’t hang up on me.

Part of Garavani’s new direction has been an acknowledgement of the old. A year after opening design archives at his Paris-area chateau, he will launch a virtual museum on December 5.

According to New York Magazine’s “The Cut” blogthe site:

will include 300 iconic dresses from over 50 years of Valentino’s career as a designer, including Julia Roberts’s 2001 Oscars look and Jacqueline Kennedy’s couture wedding dress, among others, all showcased in 3-D, animated galleries alongside sketches and design notes. The museum will also include an extensive media library of the fashion house’s illustrations, ad campaigns, editorials, red carpet images, and 95 fashion show videos. Should the contents be physically displayed somewhere, 107,500 square feet of space would be needed.

Valentino told New York that he sees the web site as part of his legacy. It is “important to remember things of the past,” he said, “to review the fashion that has shaped our lives. I would call it ‘Future Memory.'”