Tuesday, November 22, 2011

5 Things I'm Thankful For: Featuring The Peak of Tres Chic

Today we have a girl that I so wish lived in California. It is the awesome Sam from The Peak of Tres Chic. I have loved getting to know her, and hope one day we can be "real" life friends!


Happy Thanksgiving Week, friends!  I am so honored to be here guest posting for L.A. In the Bay.  Lauren is one cool chick, and I must say I have enjoyed finding all the things we share in common.  When she asked if I would post about 5 things I am thankful for this year, I thought it would be a great exercise to reflect and remind myself that no matter what the circumstances we are in, there are always blessings if we look hard enough.  Of course I am most thankful for the relationships in my life- my family, close friends, God, and most importantly my beautiful Great Dane, Graycie.  But I wouldn't be myself if I didn't get a little creative with my choices.  Therefore, without further ado, I present to you 5 things I am thankful for, in no particular order of course.

1.)  Freedom of Wardrobe Choice

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Living in America means enjoying freedom of choice.  I can choose to worship who or what I want, I can choose where I will work, but most importantly, I can choose to WEAR anything I want! (Unless, of course, I choose to go out on the town naked).  And often, my choices are anything but conventional.  It's true that I almost never wear pants.  It's also true that I can often be seen wearing platform shoes 4" thick with embroidered tights.
Fashion blogs like The Man Repeller remind me how much fun dressing solely for myself is,  with little to no regard for others' opinions.  And again, this all comes back to freedom of choice- which I am eternally grateful for.

2.)  Vegetarian Cook Books

Okay, the cat's outta the bag.  I'm one of those weirdos that doesn't eat meat.  For the most part, I don't miss it.   Thankfully, our world is becoming more and more health-conscious and with this movement comes a plethora of delicious reading materials.   Here are my favorites:
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The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone~ it's a whole movement!  Check it out here.
My most favorite Vegetarian cookbook is actually a website - Fashionably Bombed!  Every reciepe they post is vegetarian-friendly.  
This is my favorite-  it's called the Strawberry Pie Daiquiri!  Find out how to make it here.

3.)  World Diversity

I am so thankful for cultural diversity.  Can you imagine how BORING it would be if we all thought the same, talked the same, lived in the same manner?  Perhaps it's because I am a Sagittarius, but I simply LOVE exploring other countries, continents, and ethnic groups, and learning how they live.  I am blessed to have seen a lot of the world- it has broadened my perspective and opened my mind. 
Visiting a village in Malawi, Africa to build a water well.  The women loved to show their babies off to the camera!

4.)  Kelly Wearstler 

Need I say more?  All images via Kelly's website.

5.)  Yummy-Smelling Candles

I truly believe there is nothing more romantic, more relaxing, more indulgent than a yummy-smelling candle.  I know many people say there is nothing that can't be solved with chocolate.  I disagree.  I believe a bubble bath with candles can quite possibly solve the worst of days.  My favorite candle this season is the Yuletide Homage Candle in Warm Gingerbread.  I literally died when I walked into Anthropologie and got a strong whiff of this baby.  I followed my nose to the check-out counter with 4 of them.  My mom did always say, "When you find something you love, stock up!"
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Yuletide Homage Candle in Warm Gingerbread via Anthropologie
Cheers to what I sincerely hope is a beautiful Thanksgiving for you! 
~Sam from The Peak of Tres Chic


Thank you so much Sam for sharing, and I couldn't agree more about the fashion and the world diversity!
Also, today I am sharing over at Coral Cafe, my must-have winter beauty products!

Head back tomorrow to see what Katie is thankful for...


  1. Loved your post Sam! I'm a vegetarian too! I don't eat fish or poultry either. Thanks so much for sharing those recipe books, and I'm checking out that website for sure!
    Traveling opens ones horizon so much, it's incredible how open minded you can become for visiting different cultures ;) Africa? would love to see more pictures, what a great experience!

  2. What a fantastic roundup! Especially "Fashion blogs like The Man Repeller remind me how much fun dressing solely for myself is, with little to no regard for others' opinions." - That is so true, and something that I totally take for granted!

  3. Thanks for having me Lauren! This was such a fun post and a great exercise for me! XO!

  4. I love all of these, those shoes are fabulous!! Great post!

  5. I love how specific your choices are and that they aren't the typical friends, family, etc. Thanks for sharing! And Lauren, thanks for rounding up all these bloggers to share with us!

  6. Very inspirational ;)



  7. I LOVE this list, Sam! Love it! I recently turned vegetarian as well so I'm excited to check out these books/sites. And, world diversity...that's just fabulous! Excited to check out your blog. Thanks for the intro Lauren!

  8. we are so blessed! so great the things that Sam is thankful for!!



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