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Posh Seven Magazine Decadence Issue 2016
WOMEN BLAZING THE BEER BREWING TRAIL
THANKSGIVING DINING OUT GUIDE
CALORIE-WORTHY TREATS : Patisseries, Bake Shops & Confectioneries
DISCOVER THE BEST OF FOOD PODCASTS : Food Podcasts Aren’t JUST For Foodies
WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT FALL FASHION : Posh Seven’s 2016 Fall Fashion Edit
SALAMANDER RESORT & SPA
Dear Posh Moms,
I’m experiencing a period of decadence and abundance. Often, I catch myself on auto-pilot, living life and completing tasks without evaluating where my heart or my desires are in the process of getting stuff done. I rush through grocery shopping getting from point A to B, getting my butt to the gym, putting one foot in front of the other: trying to keep my head above water. I had a revelation recently that I have been doing all of this wrong. I have said this before in my letters to you. Stop and smell the roses. Hug your babies a little longer. Take care of you. This time, it’s different.
Recently, in an attempt to support local moms who opened a yoga studio near my office, I threw myself on a yoga mat and tried a vinyasa class. It was an advanced 75-minute class (yeah, I didn’t know this). In my attempt to even understand what the instructor was saying, I lost myself. Literally, I lost my existence in space and time. When it was over, I didn’t know what happened to me. Did I even inhale once? Did someone beat me up? What happened? I went back the next day. Very sore, mind you, but I had the same overwhelming experience. I went back again, and then again. Why did I suddenly love yoga? It took a minute, but I think I know why I love it so much and can’t wait to get back on the mat. I am not even very good at it, but I don’t care. It is the one hour in my day where I completely indulge in “me.” I breathe in and out and think of nothing but what I’m doing.
I shared with everyone that this was my hour. This is time for me. I indulge in yoga as if it were a decadent dessert. After some reflection, I realized that I’m not in love with my one hour of yoga but rather with the state of mind it puts me in. When I’m not on the mat, I’m more aware of my breath. Did you know that people hold their breath unconsciously? Your life source! To breathe means we are alive. Simply being aware of your breath can make you shift your thought process.
I am so grateful for everything—both the good and the bad. I indulge in every minute of my life. It is my decadence time, and I hope it is not a fleeting one. I’m in love with the luxury of having life and breath. In this state of mind, I ask you to read this great issue and learn about all the beautiful and decadent things you also can enjoy for yourself.
The months of October and November are the starting point for the long holiday season ahead. For many, it’s all about the preparation and the spirit of the celebration. Contributor Patricia L. Hall has it all wrapped up for you in her article, Thanksgiving Dining Out Guide. Her guide offers tips on where to dine out, cater, or carry out for the holidays. There’s something for everyone!
October also marks Breast Cancer Awareness month. This disease has touched the lives of many of my friends and maybe some of yours too. Learning how to talk to a friend with breast cancer is a delicate balance of care and support. Contributor Aimee Taylor writes about the importance of supporting friends through this most difficult time, as well as offering 8 Tips for how to reach out to a friend in her time of need.
Fall weekends are made for al fresco dining and drinking. Did you know that Reston, Virginia is home to one of the only female owned breweries in the country? Yes, right here in Virginia, Melissa Romano and her husband are owners of the Lake Anne Brewhouse—a nano-brewery with the best tasting beers and an outdoor patio. Since we’re on the topic of food and drink, one of my recent obsessions is food podcasts. I highly recommend checking them out, because listening to food-inspired radio is audible decadence! I curated a few of my favorites for you to sample in my article, Discover the Best of Food Podcasts.
Prepping for the holidays can beget both joy and stress. Once you’re feeling that tinge of angst, you know it’s time to stop and make some time for yourself. Practicing yoga can help you become more centered and clear. We’re lucky to include two of the top yoginis in the nation in this Posh issue. Kathryn Budig and Tara Stiles embody the best of yoga practice and philosophy. In Colleen McHale’s interviews with these talented young women, she asks important questions about their style of yoga and ideology.
This month, I also had the opportunity to visit the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, VA. It was truly a treat for the senses, and I hope you’ll take a look at the review and pages of gorgeous photos.
Enjoy this issue and please stay in touch with me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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