Fortune Chambers


These recommended resources are evergreen.
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Warning – once you start watching her instructional videos on how to apply make up, it’s hard to stop. She’s real, she’s knowledgable, and she’s generous. I love all of her videos. But three favorites are worth mentioning –  the no make up make up look; make up therapy for meeting up with the ex after a break up (she addresses what to do if you’ve been crying lot. This works to look and feel better for whatever reason you’ve been crying); and finally this one on her regimen for when she’s on a long haul flight is terrific. When I have a day home sick in bed, I’ll pretend I’m on a long haul flight and do some of what she suggests!

Pratima Raichur with Marian Cohn

I love this book which has been a resource for me since 2002. I’ve given it to many friends as her explanations of Ayurveda are very accessible.The information is incredibly broad and deep. She shows how our emotions are connected to our skin, the largest organ of the nervous system.  I especially love her face massage.

Peggy Wynne Borgman

Published in 2000, this book offers a variety of beauty practices for the seasons of the year. Wynne Borgam includes food recipes as well as recipes for the bath. She outlines how to build a temple to joy and how to cultivate a laughter ritual. I love the variety and how her suggestions are married to the time of year.

Stepanie Tourels

This book is an oldie and goodie too and includes lots of ideas for homemade skin and body care recipes. Tourels focuses on a natural approach to creating beautiful skin, hair and nails. She sets forth 7 key steps to promote inner beauty and then offers a myriad of formulas for various concerns. Essential oils are an integral resource throughout.  

Deepak Chopra, M.D. & Kimberly Snyder, C.N.

Published in January 2018, this reference is a new one on my shelf. It’s bursting with great, actionable tips and tricks to support wellness and beauty. They outline 6 pillars: Internal Nourishment (food and digestion); External Nourishment (skin care and natural ingredients); Peak Beauty Sleep (rhythms and routines); Primal Beauty (nature and cycles); Beautiful Movement (breath and play); and Spiritual Beauty (awakening and opening). Ayurvedic and yoga techniques inform many of the recommendations. It’s also a great resource if you’re interested in reducing toxic chemicals and pollution in your body, products and life.

Nadine Artemis

Another relatively new addition to my beauty bookshelf, Renegade Beauty covers aspects of the body I’ve never encountered before (such as the dentinal lymph system or terpenes). Throughout the books are excerpts from the poetry of Mary Oliver, Rumi, Kahlil Gibran, Oscar Wilde, Saint Hildegard of Bingen as well as other poets. I love her findings on Forest Bathing, which I’ve written about here. Artemis is very knowledgeable about essential oils and their various uses, and her information is extensively footnoted. Her renegade approach is a rethinking of beauty – “the art of doing less and allowing the elements and the life force of nature to revive the body.” When you’re ill and do not have a lot of energy or monetary resources to devote to beauty, that’s idea that appeals and her book delivers.


Garance is Corsican. I love her eye (her photography is incredible and I love her Weekend Inspirations) and her voice – which is real and witty. She has none of the pretension that usually goes along with fashion, so I enjoy checking her blog regularly.

I love the ethos of this site. The art of being a woman is their motto and the articles are substantive, and the site just looks great. It’s a wonderful place to hang out and explore their essays on being a dreamer, hostess, confidant, stylist, explorer, beautician, intellectual, and achiever.

Founded by Cassandra Grey (married to CEO of Paramount Brad Grey) and named for Elizabeth Taylor’s violet eyes, this site is fun to delve into for glamour and make up advice. They have a store too, but their editorial, the Violet Files, is pretty informative as well. The site is lovely to peruse, and they have great things to tweet from there. I especially liked their #noordinarywoman campaign.


It took years after I got sick to shift my wardrobe from suits to loungewear. In a way, doing so was a stage of acceptance.  When I wish to invest in quality pieces that feel good, Hanro is my favorite because of the way the fabric feels. My hypersensitivity is such that I’m like the Princess and the Pea! Their cotton feels amazing. And I love the simplistic design. I have enough chaos in my life, so my clothing aesthetic shifted to minimalism too.

If you are looking for a care package to send to a chronically ill friend, I recommend this box of love. It’s a box designed for new moms, but the items are just as thoughtful and lovely for someone who because of their illness spends a lot of time in bed. The box includes panties, socks, gown and robe.


I do not or can not wear jewelry every day and since doing so is more of a special occasion, I love when my jewelry has meaning.  Jewelry that makes me think of supportive messages whether that’s a Ganesh to remind me that I can sidestep obstacles or a petals of potential ring.

I first encountered this line of jewelry at the NYC Yoga Journal conference in 2011, and the few pieces I invested in are among my favorites. They feature sacred geometry and the energy of gemstones to promote health and harmony. Their abundance ring is elegant and modern.

Kimberly Snyder

Kimberly Snyder’s books are great and she’s known for her GGS (Glowing Green Smoothie), but I love her podcast best where she discusses health, beauty, nutrition, yoga, spirituality and fitness. With nearly 260 episodes, her back library is extensive. She interviews many of top writers and thinkers in the wellness space, and I’ve learned a lot.

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