Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In vino veritas

"In vino veritas, in aqua sanitas". In wine there is truth, in water there is health. I agree.  And want lots of both.

Lately I have been trying to figure out my ideal lifestyle. Being from Vancouver I love the outdoors, yoga, comfy sandals, down-to-earth and laid-back people. But I find the Lululemon culture, which is synonymous with the Vancouver-health-nut-lifestyle, feels great physically, and makes me feel safe, positive and grounded, but the routine turns into no-fun-city pretty fast.

This is why I have a love affair with European metropolitan city life. I fled to London a couple years ago and dove head first into London life. It felt like a whole new world. It's a place that doesn't stop moving, shocking and impressing me and it feels like anything is possible there. Similar things are said about New York, that anything can happen and that you can be whoever you want to be there. There are a lot of people out there "faking it until they make it" but not in a negative way....they are living a different life than they could anywhere else.  It makes for some very interesting characters.

So being back in Vancouver has put everything back into perspective for me again. But now I know I need a piece of both lifestyles in my life.

I've decided that the two lifestyles are not mutually exclusive, and I can drink both my water and my wine. My latest idea is to create a health conscious, grounded world in Paris, France where they have a healthy attitude towards food and drink, appreciate the joy of living, and has the sophistication that only a grown up city can have. Yoga, learning, beautiful design, holistic practices, real ingredients, positive energy and people...

Images from top: Tadao Ando Museum, Venice with paintings by Rudolf Stigel; Aesop store; Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2010.