Dear wanderer,

Perhaps you grew up dreaming of receiving your Hogwarts letter, or stumbling upon Narnia. Perhaps you long to visit Pemberley, to Defy Gravity, or to go to the ball. I will write you that letter, and build you that wardrobe. [A metaphorical wardrobe, that is.] Here you will find step-by-step lesson plans with takeaway homework assignments that show you how to embody fictional heroines in the everyday. This means chasing your dreams and making the impossible happen with your own inner magic.

For the full experience, you can Own Your Story, or enroll in Leading Lady summer camp.

You have the potential. Heroine Training provides the tools.

Welcome to our headquarters, where dreams meet reality, where fiction is cherished, where magic is real.

Sincerely, your guide on this journey,

P.S. Read more about Heroine Training

The Cupcake Report: Treat Cupcake Bar

^ the creamsicle and needham cream pie, two of treat cupcake bar‘s selection

as i have explained, one of my life missions is to discover the best cupcakes in the world. today i found treat cupcake bar in needham, mass., and would like to create a special honorable mention category just for them. their cupcakes hit my main targets: not too sweet, excellent balance of frosting and cake, and beautiful decorations (i mean just look at that presentation!). they are not up to par with my other favorites, but are unique. their cakes are more like muffins, and are quite large. the shop is perfect for kids parties (they have a “make-a-treat” option for personal decorating), and the cake – light and fluffy – tastes like childhood (you know, those grocery store sheet cakes with frosting flowers. but much tastier and more fresh!). see the complete updated list here  

my musical idol charlene kaye

^ the retro-cool illuminated letter sign atop the gramercy at charlene‘s concert last week

charlene kaye’s music is dominating my itunes right now. animal love is one of those songs that i always feel like listening to, even if i just finished listening to it a moment ago. her albums are the authentic, capturing-life kind of music that i can listen to on shuffle and repeat all day. my favorite kind of lyrics – the kind that blend into the song perfectly, but on the twentieth listen-through a phrase will strike for the first time and realization hits: this is not just fun to listen to but so true. in concert charlene is just as energetic as her recordings suggest (except it’s a controlled, directed, quiet energy. it’s cool.). she wears all white and so does her band (they’re such a team) but it’s with the edge of a fringe jacket. and she performs barefoot.  

charge and go the decluttering hero

^ before: connecting cords for my iphone, camera, and kindle. after: charge and go.

cords are messy and tangly and take up space. my new charge and go (by dci, the masterminds behind the tea duck and pop quiz clock), from urban outfitters, is not only adorable and pink, but also allows me to part with the above trio of wiry things. it is advertised as a “multi-use usb phone charger” but i am pleased to be using all three ports, as the micro and mini usbs connect to my kindle and camera. (and the iphone plug charges my…iphone.). i charge everything i can through my computer (especially because i have a uk adaptor for my laptop charger, so i don’t have to deal with messy conversions), so this makes doing so that much easier.