When I first adopted a ketogenic (low carb) way of eating, I began by following the Phase 1 program of the Atkins diet which consisted of 7 days of prescribed meal plans (Click here for the 7-day meal plan and a recipe for “Oopsie Rolls“). The intent of this program is to detox your body of sugar and carbs and allow your body to begin burning fat (ketone bodies). One of the items listed on Day 1 is the 1-minute muffin. Now, I’m not a big bread eater anyway (which helps when you are a low-carber), but I liked the occasional English muffin for breakfast once in awhile. I purged my pantry of sugar, flour, rice, potatoes, oats, corn, etc. (basically all sugar and grains) and restocked with almond flour, pork rinds, coconut oil, etc. Click here for a keto shopping list.
I had my first taste of coffee at age 12 the week before summer camp began. My grandfather would make the drive from Brooklyn, New York to pick me up from my home in Atlanta, Georgia to make the trek back to New York to the beautiful Catskill Mountains. My grandmother worked as the bookkeeper for Camp Ranger so I was fortunate enough to spend the week prior to the start of camp hanging with the adults. One morning we had breakfast on the front lawn (my aunts were the culinary directors) and when Grandpa passed me the coffee, with no parents to admonish me, I didn’t hesitate to fill my cup. And so it began — I was hooked. That love of the mysterious elixir only grew into my adulthood, experimenting with a variety of preparation methods. Last year I discovered butter coffee, also known as “Bulletproof Coffee” or “Keto Coffee” or “BPC.” Superb! It may sound like an odd combination, but don’t knock it until you try it.
Wow Alli, it took you long enough to come back to blogging. What happened?
Well, I made some life changes. I am still as passionate as ever about my career path — graphic artistry and Alli’s Studio is continuing to thrive. Design drives me and feeds my soul and I count my blessings each day that I have found a niche that keeps those fires stoked.
Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year
I jumped with joy over Pantone’s 2014 color of the year – Radiant Orchid! Why? Because it is the perfect blend of reds and blues and is so versatile. It simply is “radiant”! And who doesn’t love orchids. They are intricate, delicate, and stunning in every way.
Over the moon excited was my reaction when up and coming author, J.D. Shaw contacted me about designing the book cover for his new novel, Easy Bake Coven, the first in a series of novels from the Vivienne Finch Magical Mysteries. Once I saw some samples of other covers that was in keeping with his vision, I knew it was kismet, especially when he stated he wanted the background to be a “rich deep purple.”
Ever since I was a young girl, fairies and their woodland kin (sprites, devas, elves, gnomes, angels…) have delighted me. One of my goals when I started my Etsy shop was to offer clients the ability to customize a fairy for that someone special. After a few months of working on profiles, hair styles, and all the custom elements (hair color, eye color, lip color, etc.), I am ready to unveil the Personalized Fairy.
Ombre, French for “shaded,” is a beautiful way to convey your wedding schematic. Select the focal color and play with its varying shades to bring an elegant, romantic yet modern and fresh look to your day.
The nice thing about incorporating varietal shades of color is you don’t get hung up on matchy-matchy, and can explore a wide possibilities of color across many decorative items. It’s playful yet makes a visual impact.
Whether you describe that sacred of all colors as amethyst, eggplant, indigo, lavender, lilac, mulberry, orchid, plum, pomegranate, puce, royal, thistle, violet or wine — purple is magical. The opposites of hot red and cool blue combine to create this intriguing color.
A mysterious color, purple is associated with both nobility and spirituality. Purple is considered the color of good judgment and for those seeking spiritual fulfillment (violet represents the Crown chakra). It is said if you surround yourself with purple you will have peace of mind. And peace of mind sums it up for my most magical wedding.
I’m so excited about the developments of late…the launch of my design business, Alli’s Studio.
The design for the home page for Alli’s Studio’s web site
And in this wonderful format — a blog, I would like to share with you some of my joy…the joy of creativity, the joy of inspiration, the joy of whimsy. I wholeheartedly live by my mantra “To Create Is Divine,” and I hope you will find some divine joy in the passages and images I will share with you during my creative journey.
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