I have yet to be enlightened by the new Julia Roberts film based on the bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I'm still smack dab in the middle of the Pray part of the book and it's serving as a guide on my quest to find the perfect pasta, prayer and partner slash-love-of-my-life. I won't see it before I finish reading because 1) I am stubborn. 2) I enjoy being able to determine whether the book was better or vice versa by the end of the final credits.
As Julia travels across Italy, India and Indonesia in pursuit of worldly pleasures and spiritual devotion, I can only afford to travel online for moderate retail pleasures. Here are a few things that I am eating, praying for and loving until I can make my own pilgrimage overseas.
Eat - Lou Malnati's Tastes of Chicago. It ain't from the heart of Italy but it is from the heart of Chicago and they'll give you free standard shipping on your entire order. Plus, the name Malnati is molto Italiano, is it not? Order the Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie/Deep Dish Pizza combo and tell them Sammy sent you. Bravissimo.
Pray - I've been going through some major life changes lately, and I'm looking for a new mantra/prayer that is a touch more spiritual than my routine Now I lay me down to sleep (or Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer). Whether you're in an Ashram far, far away, the yoga studio across the street or sitting on the floor of your own living room, the Marketplace Handwork of India will help you find your inner Om with an assortment of Indian inspired clothing and home decor from kaftans to cushion covers. 10% off your order with code CCOM at checkout.
Love - I love scarves. I wear them with everything, during all four seasons. I would even venture to say that I love scarves more than I heart handbags and shoes, especially when they are custom designed from the House of Moksha. Get your passport stamped at Moksha Fine Wovens for an international collection of scarves, shawls and capes that you'll fall in love with, especially at 25% off with code MFW3025DIS.
"I think I deserve something beautiful."
-Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love)