Spring Cleaning Part 1: The Editing Process

¿Cómo andan estos días mis queridos readers? A mi como que me han dado ganas de un R&R “renew & refresh” a few aspects in my life, starting with my wardrobe.

Since it is Spring and it seems the weather will kind of finally decide to cooperate and give us warmer days (esperemos) now is the time to sacar todas esas cosas que nomas me estan haciendo bulto en el closet and give myself a little space for the makeover I want.

All the articles, books and tips I’ve read mention the first part is the EDIT. Start with the stuff you no longer use and either throw it, sell it or donate it.

Pues with that in mind, ya me hice de una little bag and bulks of stuff that are going to Goodwill, y otro little pile that will be part of my Garage Sale. Hey, a lo mejor sale algo de cash suficiente para ir a todos los summer concerts on my list.

Recently, la Gwyneth Paltrow, mi ídolo/object of envy affections (or bff slash frenemy) hizo su propio Spring Cleaning from her closet and it kind of inspired me. Of course, I don’t have old Stella McCartney blazers ni designer booties just sitting there and taking up precious space, but you have to hand it to her for being honest about what she can do without. She also has good rules of thumb to follow when doing this purging of cosas inecesarias en la vida that you just don’t need to hang on any longer. Si la Gwyneth puede, ‘pos yo también! (Click here to see that blog post from goop.com)

So I have begun this process and I just keep repeating to myself: edit edit edit! Here’s a sneak peak at what I’m “re-purposing” and letting go. Mis cosas no son de designer (J.Crew is about as designer as I get) but of course some of them have more sentimental value. Although I have to admit, most of my old clothes have seen their better days, so I’m excited about making room for new things I can wear this year. 

Asi que, se va, se va, se fue! Goodwill Centers, here I come. 

adidasjacket ropagoodwill beanietights vintagecoach

 

 

The runner in me is BACK.

Start up the “Chariots of Fire” soundtrack, people…. I am running again!

After a few years of hiatus and silly excuses (my back pain, no time to do it, la flojera– who are we kidding!) it feels good to know I am putting the effort into it. The progress has been slow, extremely slow, pero ahi la llevo. I guess you can say I can’t run a mile yet without huffing and puffing. I can swim a mile or two, but I can’t run it. How ironic is that?

You wouldn’t know it if you saw me, but there was a time when I ran on a daily basis. I finished two marathons, Honolulu and New York. I had a subscription to Runner’s World Magazine….Then one day about 3 years ago I stopped running. My back was hurt from an earlier incident and a doctor advised me to switch to walking. And then it became a habit NOT to run. Every time I started going again, it was hard, it was torture, it was not what it used to be. So I gave in to my laziness and idleness, and I’m sorry to say, my body has paid for it.

This year however, I had an an AHA! Moment and realized: MY (40 year old) BODY WANTS TO RUN AGAIN. Not to do any marathons, not to race anybody, I just want to experience the “Runner’s High” that makes me feel so good.

One of my favorite paintings by my favorite painter, Abel Quezada. “Corredor Solitario del Cental Park”. 1978. Vi este cuadro el año pasado en la exhibición “Código AQ” en el DF. Click here to see the images.

My homage to AQ, a version of the Solitary Runner of Central Park, a totally random photo that popped up from my NY photos, sin querer queriendo! I took this photo on Feb. 18 this year.

So it has been going pretty well so far. Then the universe conspires, you know how that goes, and this morning I heard a story on NPR which scientifically explains why human beings are  basically “born to run” (nod to a great Bruce Springsteen song) and all the benefits you get out of it, including the “runner’s high.” You can check the link here: “Wired to Run”

To make it official, this weekend I invested in a new pair of running shoes. My sister told me of this great store called “Road Runner Sports” where they test your running style and make customized insoles for your feet. It sounded like something I needed and frankly my old Nike’s had seen their better days. Time for new shoes.

After a video test and cushion molding at the store, I came out with a running shoe profile and a new pair of insoles that make all the difference for my high arch and medium flexibility.  They even took a video of my feet running on the treadmill which proves something my Mom has told me all my life: that I run/walk with my feet pointing out…basically that I run like a duck! (Las Mamás siempre tienen razón. Listen to your Mother!)

Sorry Nike. For the first time in my life I will not be running in Nike’s or Asics. I purchased the Brooks Ravenna which feel amazing! Who knew? Next to them are my state of the art customized running insoles, which support my arch and back. So far so good.

So the shoes are broken in and I am planning on adding on the mileage to these babies. One step at a time.

For inspiration, I have a few of my friends’ blogs on file, which I have been reading (and secretly envying, pero envidia de la buena ok…) and which help me get off my butt! Here are their links, you may want to check them out. Son excelentes escritores y los admiro mucho.

Iron Kai (Go Karime!)

Sosaku Runner (Dale Gonzalo!)

Araiz Corre (Vamos Araiz!)

My Sophie era la más excited con mis nuevos running shoes. She LOVED them, and the fact we can now run a little bit longer.

Lo más interesting de la semana: Dinner @ the Alibi

What a week! TGIF.

But before it’s over, I have to give a shout out to my dear friend Olivia who remembered I had been wanting to try the famous Kogi Truck Korean Tacos and invited me to go this week.

The original plan was to follow the taco truck according to their twitter feed, but we discovered they were on the other part of town that night. So she thought of taking me to the Alibi in Culver City instead. Great idea!

The Alibi in Culver City. Really cool bar serving Kogi tacos.

She recommended we have the short rib tacos and let me tell you, they are perfection. It’s all in the fusion: an homage to tacos and spices with a sweet and sour twist. Yo no se qué les ponen, pero están buenisimos! See a better photo on their website. I had them with an ice cold Carta Blanca, one of the best Mexican beers, and it made for a wonderful meal with my friend. Thanks O for a lovely evening in the westside.

Short rib taquitos (3) y una Carta Blanca por favor. YUM.

By the way, she’s a blogger too. Check it out here and learn something new. It’s about your money, honey.

 

Dear Oprah..¿Y ahora quien podrá ayudarnos?

Now that she’s announced that she’s ending her show in 2011, la Oprah Winfrey will be missed! She’s been a permanent fixture in my tv schedule, desde que estaba como en el 8th grade, y además she’s been my therapist, life coach, stylist, diet buddy and best friend on tv. Sure, we’ve had our moments and falling outs, pero she’s always been there for me. So I am still in withdrawal/denial about this news and trying to deal with it.

Here’s a clip I found on a blog I usually read: jezebel.com. They did a very funny mash (un mix) of the somewhat annoying, but very original way que tiene de presentar a los celebrities en su show. Click on the link below. Check it out and enjoy the flashback. Look at all those hairstyles!

Oprah: 25 years of screaming celebrity names. http://jezebel.com/5409713/oprah-25-years-of-screaming-celebrities-names

La Gwyneth ya ‘bloggea’ en español

Tengo una extraña relación amor-odio (mejor digámosle admiración-envidia) con la Gwyneth Paltrow. Confieso que puedo ser bastante superificial y que a veces creo que ella es la fresa que yo quisiera ser…pero es otra historia. Entre las múltiples cosas que le admiro (envidio) a GP es que tiene de marido a Chris Martin y le toca escuchar todas las canciones de Coldplay firsthand. Para mi ese es motivo suficiente.

En fin, uno de sus proyectos más recientes, por el cual la han criticado mucho por cierto, es su blog GOOP.com en donde nos ayuda a todas a  “cultivar tu aspecto interno.” Todos los jueves llega a mi inbox su mensaje semanal para mejorar mi lifestyle y recomendarme cosas que hacer, libros por leer, restaurantes en donde comer, recetas gourmet para cocinar, en donde quedarme cuando vaya a Barcelona o a Londres y a donde ir de shopping…todo con el apoyo de sus amiguitos Madonna, Batali, Guy Oseary, etc etc. Definitivamente te enseña a cultivar tu aspecto íntimo, pero íntimamente SNOB (o “esnob”…como decimos) y creo que eso es lo que molesta a veces. Pero seguimos leyendo nevertheless.

Ahora, GP sacó su versión en español o en castellano, como ella dice. Supongo que hay que felicitarla por querer compartirnos sus tips a sus Spanish speaking amiguitos, aunque creo que va dirigido más para sus amigos de España, en donde practicamente la adoran.

“Os recomiendo que visiteis su página” aunque sea para aventarte un viajecito virtual.

http://www.goop.com/?lan=es