Forties, Fun, Fearless and Fashionably Fabulous – Part 3

I am at my best by the ocean, in pink, and under the sunset!

In my goddess dictionary, an “F” word has nothing to do with profanity. For me, the “F word” stands not only for FREEDOM, but also for a variety of other words which perfectly describe the modern day goddess. As a lover of languages and beautiful speech, here are my 6 favorite “F” words which perfectly depict where I am in my life and how powerful and confident I feel. 

1.       Free – My 4th decade of life moved me suddenly into total confidence to express myself fully without doubt, without worry of others’ opinions, and without constraints. Most importantly, free from guilt, shame and blame! I have never felt so powerful, so honest and so open with my inner truth, and so beautiful in my own light.

2.       Fearless – As I grow older and wiser, I am more brave.  I honestly fear nothing and care very little about what others think of me. I love challenges even more and face adversity as lessons that I have to go through and deal with in order to grow and to learn. After all, life is a journey of learning, living, and loving with all your heart and soul without fear, don’t you think?

3.       Fun –  When I was younger, no one told me that the forties stage was going to be the best decade ever! Now that I am experiencing this wonderful time, I cannot wait to get to the next decade! That just means I am ready for more knowledge, more experiences, more fun, and more wisdom! Because of my total respect for my own freedom and my time, I can guiltlessly choose to do only what I love and be with only those I love who make my life fun and full of surprises. For example, if I feel like hopping on a plane and traveling to a deserted island for some solitude to recharge, I can do so because I choose to and it makes me happy, just like playing volleyball in the park with my favorite goddess and titan at midnight if it so pleases me.

4.       Fabulous – How fabulous is it to be in my forties? I have so much intense inner strength and divine power inside that I naturally attract wonderful and fabulous people and energy everywhere I go without much effort. 

5.       Fashionable – As a fashion designer, taste maker, and lover of sensuality, my own style and how I express myself have changed. How I dress today really defines how I feel deep down inside: Feminine, free, sensual, confident, and spiritually awakened. Fashion is not about expensive clothes and designer labels or even overdoing it. It simply is about celebrating your own personal style and natural beauty while keeping it timeless, unique, feminine, and with understated sex appeal. And less is always more in my “tu-anh LOVE” dictionary.  When it comes to fashion, a goddess should keep it feminine and tasteful and wear natural fabrics that allow the body to breathe and be free to move with ease. When we look good and feel good, we bring joy to those around us and that is oh so fashionably forties and fab!

Boating fun with my fashionista goddess fans on the Potomac.

And Lastly, Feminine is #6 on my list of favorite “F” words. In my teenage years, my body grew up much faster than I did. For a period of time, I always felt shy about my “Marilyn Monroe” figure and used to conceal my voluptuousness with loose-fitting clothes. Flash forward to my twenties, thirties, and now forties, I have learned to embrace my femininity and accept my womanly figure that is not so typical of an Asian female. Femininity is a part of who I am and how God has created me. This is the goddess essence that has emerged powerfully in my forties that I hope to inspire all modern day women to own and embrace regardless of their age.

I love how animals are naturally drawn to me, especially island cats!

I certainly have not experienced my 50’s and 60’s yet. But all I can say is “WOW” to my forties decade. Life can’t get better than this! I know who I am, what I want, and that includes what I do not want. I no longer make my life’s decisions based on needs, but instead, they are based on what I choose and what I desire.  How about you? What is a favorite decade of your life?

I do not need someone to buy me flowers and make me happy.

 

 

Let’s Eat in Old Town Alexandria

I love this wine that I drink with my dinner at Taverna Cretekou. I can finish a bottle on my own. 🙂

What are you hungry for?  Because chances are, Old Town Alexandria has something to suit your taste!

The best thing that has happened for my work is moving my business here. I love to cook but also love to experience new and different tastes. That is why I love that I have so many options to choose from when I do not feel like cooking or don’t have the time to prepare my goddess meals. Just steps and minutes from my sanctuary, there is French, there is American, there is Asian Fusion, Italian, Lebanese, Mexican, Spanish, Irish, medieval, and southern flare, and within their menu options, there is always something healthy for me.

While there are many choices, some of my regular places to eat include Taverna CretekouSociety Fair, The Pita House, Cafe Banh Mi, Asian Bistro, Le Pain Quotidien, located practically next door to my goddess boutique, and the Brabo Tasting Room at the Lorien Hotel and Spa, where I go regularly for my massages and to use their eucalyptus steam room.

Don’t forget the Old Town Farmers’ Market. Held year-round in Market Square on Saturdays, the market is the oldest in the country, and in fact originally featured produce sent by George Washington from Mount Vernon.

And if that’s not enough, Alexandria was named “Best Downtown in America” last year by Livability.com!  One thing they highlighted was the restaurant scene, saying “restaurants in Alexandria are themselves worth flying across the country to try and draw thousands of food connoisseurs from the Washington D.C. area. Residents here take full advantage of their city’s thriving food scene, eating out nearly twice as much as the average American.”  I can personally attest that statistic is correct. 🙂

I am happy and proud to be living and working in such a cute little city. Just wanted to share with you in case you would like to give Old Town Alexandria a visit. What about you? Any food suggestions for me that you would like to share?

A salad composed of fresh ingredients I got from the farmers market.

The famous Irish bread from Society Fair and my homemade tuna salad with greens from the Saturday farmers’ market.

Want something sweet after your meal? Try these chocolates hand crafted with love…