Cherry On Top

I‘m obsessed with cherries. Our wedding invitation had a cherry blossom belly band. Our daughter’s middle name is Ruby, which is about as cherry-flavored as you can get without naming her “Cherry” or “Luden”. Maybe it’s because I have “red” hair, even though it’s really orange. This month especially, I can’t get enough.

Here’s the thing. When I’m not obsessing over food, that energy needs to go somewhere. Do you know where it goes? It goes toward mainly 3 things: Tea, Perfume, and Candles. Sometimes makeup or watercolors, too. Though the cherries below I drew with magic markers.

I can deconstruct a meal like it’s a job–it once was, back when I was a food critic, both at Columbia University and also while working at Zagat, where I was a food-critic in training. “There’s definitely too much tarragon in the lobster pot pie.” Oh, is that what I’m tasting? “Yes. You’re welcome.” Now I use those olfactory skills with tea, perfume and candles.

Sour Cherry Tea Image Map

I tried Victor & Rolf’s Dancing Roses ($190), and I’m cherry-smacked. I love it, but. But you can douse yourself in the stuff and no one will notice. It doesn’t project. Which is a waste, and I have to keep smelling my wrists to get in on the cherry action an hour after application. Still, instead of buying a full bottle, I’ll purchase the $30 travel spray. Compromise. And, I might also get the Givenchy featured above because it’s cherry and almonds, which is basically a walking bakery. In all honesty, this is probably the way I’m gonna go. The Givenchy plus the Dancing Roses travel spray. I can’t wait.

I’m now on the hunt for a good sour cherry tea. That’s the key here. It has to smell and taste like a good-quality cherry pie, a bit tart, with bite. Kinda makes you want to bite your lower lip in desire. A slosh of cream to represent.

Granted, I really look exhausted in this photo, but it’s the only one I have of me going full on cherry. Tired, with a cherry on top.

I want the Lolita of fragrances. From what I’ve read, Tom Ford has released Lost Cherry–a fun name for sure–which supposedly smells like cherry pie. If money were no object, I’d buy it in a hot second. But again, I worry it doesn’t project worth a damn, and for that price ($320) it better send your neighbors a welcome basket. Ok, my sweet cherry pie and I are off to go write and drink coffee and distract myself from all things cherry… for about an hour.

Okay, 2 minutes later, and all I have to say is this: Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette. Makes me want to jump up and smack (or kiss) someone’s mama.

Pretty please, with a cherry on top, let me get back to work.


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  1. Hi Stefanie
    I am a long time follower, avid supporter and fellow KETO’er? (well lazy Keto or dirty Keto)
    I started KETO March 2018, and have lost 55 lbs. Was 225 and now 169. I’m 52. I still have, maybe another 15 lbs to go but am starting to think of how I will eat once my goal has been reached. My question is are you constantly in a state of Ketosis? Do you carb cycle? Are you on a maintenance plan at all? I have watched tons of Dr. Berg and other videos but really have no idea what my plan will be. Any insight would be great!
    Thanks so much.

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      I think we all need to get in touch with the wisdom of our body. If I’m honest, I don’t feel good when I do Intermittent Fasting (IF) where I don’t eat dinner because I always awake with a headache. Maybe I don’t drink enough water. I’m engaging with that error to see how I can learn from it. I think any eating protocol works for us so long as we follow it. The problem with extreme eating is “going off” or giving yourself “cheat days.” At this time in my life, I’m most concerned with health and how I feel. I don’t feel good after I eat a full two cups of berries. The next day I don’t feel good after eating a double bacon cheeseburger without a bun. So I’m still learning what foods work for me and my energy levels. I’d still like to release another 7 lbs., but I’m not psycho about it. Just in trail and error learning stage here.

  2. Is this webiste/blog now finished?

    I keep checking but no updates for months.

    If I have missed an announcement then apologies!

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