A Day in the Life of Central Park

Central Park

A few weeks back I had dinner with Shannon Ables, founder of The Simply Luxurious Life blog, along with our mutual editor, Pat Fogarty. Shannon lives on the West coast and was spending the week in New York City. During our meal together Shannon asked, “What’s your favorite part of living in the city?” Simultaneously, Pat and I answered, “Central Park!”

That night, I had a hard time articulating just what it is about Central Park that I love so much. There’s no argument that in a city the size of Manhattan, the park serves as a refuge from the manic pace and hustle of New York. But that’s not enough said. Central Park is a dichotomy of enchantment and disillusion—and always promises the unexpected.

I walk my dogs every morning in the park, and like them, each day I see, hear and smell something different, even though we take the same familiar route. The children’s zoo is part of our daily outing; we move past the seal pool and then the musical clock, and on through a tunnel passage where every day, without fail, a musician plays the saxophone. The echo of the tunnel broadens every note, and I never tire of the repertoire. Today, I noticed a man heading toward the black, velvet-lined music case placed open on the ground in front of the saxophonist. Digging into his pocket, the man pulled out a few coins and dropped them into the case. It was then that I recognized him as a homeless man from our neighborhood. Lugging a Duane Reade shopping bag—filled with what I can only assume [...]

By |August 26th, 2014|Blog|5 Comments|

A Hair Love Affair in NYC











I’ve been seeing Mr. Good Enough for a couple of years now.

He doesn’t have the best personality; he’s downright moody, egocentric and perpetually late—but he’s never seriously messed up my hair.  There have been times it’s a bit darker than I might like, but I’ve reasoned that it’s probably fixable with a few extra shampoos.  Plus, he’s been able to manage my ‘baby-boomer’ red highlights—a trademark of my former salon.  Even though Mr. Good Enough isn’t exactly Mr. Right, I stick it out with him cause breaking up with your hairdresser, is so very hard to do.

Until you find another man.  In my case, an extremely handsome—one could even say pretty—Frenchman.  Was it love at first sight?  You bet.

I first met Julien Farel for coffee with my friend, Costa.  Costa had warned me that Julien was a sight to behold, but still, I was a bit taken aback. Julien is dreamy—a man who looks you in the eye, hangs on your every word, all while responding thoughtfully in a demure French accent.  I was so captivated that I forgot to be self-conscious about whether or not he approved of my hair.

Julien FarelJulien Farel, regarded as one of the top hairstylists in the world, offered me a tour of his new 10,000 square foot anti-aging beauty destination, Restore Salon & Spa on Park Avenue at 61st Street.  As we entered the destination, occupying the entire second floor of The Loews Regency, I picked up the buzz of energy within the refined space.  Hmm…most salons and businesses are quiet in the summer months [...]

By |August 5th, 2014|Blog|4 Comments|

The Ultimate Key to Loving the Self You’re In


“The way out is in. The path to freedom from dieting, or anything that weighs you down, is to return to your source- to love the self you’re already in.”

—from The French Twist

In dieting we resist our true nature—our tastes and preferences, right alongside the food we are craving. We become as frightened of food as we are of our dark thoughts and emotions. That’s why we spend most of our time distracting ourselves with addictions like shopping, eating, working, social media and dieting. We are afraid that our hunger is bottomless, that we’re unworthy of love, a healthy body and a happy life. And even if we do summon the courage to take a look, that door is slammed shut. We have lost the key and just don’t know how to get inside. There’s no reason to live behind closed doors anymore. It’s not working anyway, is it?

The way in is as easy as knowing how to pick the lock. With a little practice and some patience you’ll crack the bolt and ease the door open. Gradually and softly you’ll take a look inside. Instead of binge eating you’ll be breathing. Meditation—this is the path to freedom and self-love I’m talking about.

Meditation! It’s a scary thought, and doing it is really hard, you’ve heard. You have to be Hindu or something to grasp it. Plus, there are rules. Sit straight for twenty minutes, legs crossed, head high and breathe through one nostril at a time. Learn a mantra, sit in front of an alter, follow a light, and don’t think. It’s foreign, that’s for sure. And uncomfortable.

That’s what I thought [...]

By |July 27th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

Rough Night? Foods to Ease a Hangover


The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after, is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But after Fat Tuesday, that’s easier said than done!

If you still wind up with a celebratory hangover, you may be tempted to try the hair of the dog that bit you. But you’ll be better off feeding your way back to happiness with these foods that give your body what it desperately needs.


  • Asparagus eaten just before you drink or with your meal may prevent a hangover. It’s enzymes help to break down alcohol.
  • Honey has antioxidants and concentrated fructose that flush out alcohol.
  • Salty soup will help replace salt stores lost in the frequent urination that comes with drinking too much.
  • A banana can improve potassium levels caused by excessive drinking.
  • Eggs are my secret hangover cure. They provide energy and contain cysteine—the substance that breaks down a hangover-causing toxin, acetaldehyde, into the liver’s depleted glutathione.
  • Quinoa has amino acids that are depleted through alcohol.
  • Water. Your body needs to replenish and rehydrate.

Get your copy of Carol Cottrill’s The French Twist on Amazon.com. 

By |March 5th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

It’s a New Year! Ready-Set-Go!

Ready Set GoMeet my nutritionist, Lisa Corrado.  Why do I, a practicing nutritionist, need a nutritionist?

When I first met Lisa I was thrilled to learn that we were of like-mind—neither of us subscribe to gimmicks or diet schemes.  Lisa is a smart, real world, solid practitioner. My first thought upon meeting her was that if I needed a nutritionist, it would be Lisa.

A few months ago, I did. I wasn’t feeling well after a run in with an antibiotic I took for a simple bacterial infection.  Finally after a few weeks of misery—wondering what the antidote to this toxicity could be, I asked myself what advice and help I would offer a client struggling with the same problem.  The thing is, when you’re not feeling well it’s hard to think clearly and make good decisions.  I thought about Lisa- knowing that I would be meeting with her within a few days provided me comfort…she would understand.  She would have the answers that just weren’t available to me in my weakened state.

Plus, after publishing my book, The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Weight Management I found my schedule filled with book signings and PR events, leaving a lot less time to actually see clients and practice nutrition.  I’d been searching to find just the right person to refer to those seeking my help. Since Lisa is my go-to nutritionist, the answer was clear.

I want you to know what makes Lisa so special—we sat down for a few hours together over a cappuccino and talked, comparing notes and sharing ideas friend-to-friend, colleague-to-colleague.  Here’s a little bit of what we talked about that day.  I [...]

By |December 27th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments|

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