Why you should read 50 books this year.

After I read this article from Fast Company about how the most influential people in the world read at least 50 books a year I decided to count and make a list of the books I’ve read since I moved to Miami 16 months ago. Here it goes:


Carrie by Stephen King

Misery by Stephen King

The Shining by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

Return to Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

Where’d You Go Bernardette by Maria Semple

Adultery by Paolo Coehlo

Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Swans of 5th Avenue by Melanie Benjamin

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote

Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson

This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets

The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling


The Elements of Story: Field Notes on Non-Fiction Writing by Francis Flaherty

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell by Tucker Max

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind The Veil In Saudi Arabia by Jean Sassoon

Princess Sultana’s Circle by Jean Sassoon

Princess Sultana’s Daughter’s by Jean Sassoon

Princess: More Tears To Cry by Jean Sassoon

Visionary Creativity: How New Worlds Are Born by John Lobell

Ernest Hemingway on Writing by Larry W. Phillips

El Narco by Ioan Grillo

Gangster Warlords: The New Politics of Latin America by Ioan Grillo

Stephen King on Writing: A Memoir On The Craft by Stephen King

Life In Motion by Misty Copeland

The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

The Handbook of Magazine Writing by Michelle Ruberg

Mother Can You Not by Kate Siegel

I Had a Nice Time… & Other Lies by The Betches

Wellth, How I Learned To Build a Life and Not a Resume by Jason Wachob

The Elements of Blogging by Mark Leccese and Jerry Lanson

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Lost and Found by Geneen Roth

Zero to 100 by Shannon Hudson

Plato and Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein

A New Earth: Awakening Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Eastern Body, Western Mind by Anodea Judith

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins

Underground in Berlin: A Young Woman’s Extraordinary Tale of Survival in Nazi Germany by Marie Jalowicz Simon

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Healing Myths, Healing Magic by Donald Epstein 

The Psychology of Eating: From Normal to Disordered Behavior by Jane Ogden

Nourishing Wisdom: A Mind-Body Approach to Nutrition and Wellbeing  by Marc David

The Drama of the Gifted Child by Alice Miller

The Gift of Our Compulsions by Mary O’Malley


Los Secretos de Sascha Fitness

Cronica de una Muerte Anunciada by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Jugosa y Fit by Claudia Molina

Los Senores del Narco by Anabel Hernandez

El Tiempo Entre Costuras by Maria Duenas

Abzurdah by Cielo Latini

El Amante Japones by Isabel Allende

Liubliana by Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles

Transylvania Unplugged by Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles


La Bible De L’humour Juif by Marc-Alain Ouaknin and Dory Rotnemer

Pour Vous Servir by Veronique Mougin

Top Body Challenge by Sonia Tlev

Top Body Nutrition by Sonia Tlev

Health and Fitness:

David Kirsch’s Ultimate Family Wellness by David Kirsch

Ballet Beautiful by Mary Helen Bowers

Cassey Ho’s Hot Body Year Round by Cassey Ho

Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines

Bikini Body Nutrition by Kayla Itsines

Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life by Judith Hanson Lasater

Fit Girl’s Guide 28 day Jumpstart

#TrainlikeanAngel is the only resolution we’re making this year.

A little less than a moth ago we got to witness what was an hour-long infomercial of lingerie, perfect physiques and Taylor Swift (drool) in the 2014 Victoria’s Secret fashion show. And while you my feel like these angels are the only girls on this planet capable of achieving a flawless look, it turns out that their appearance goes way beyond just winning the genetic lottery. These angels train for the show the same way an athlete trains for the Olympics, and prepare for this occasion months in advance.

 If the Victoria’s Secret fashion show left you feeling like you need to skip the cupcakes step your fitness game up, then fear not. Here at Foreign Concept we have created a roundup of the Angel’s workouts of choice, and the fitness gurus behind these perfectly sculpted bodies. And with resolution season just around the corner, instead of making the clichéd “I need to lose weight” resolution (come on! We are all guilty of that one) which seems vague and difficult to attain because its so unspecific, we should all aspire to #trainlikeanangel in 2015.

So here is what it takes to obtain an Angel-status body:

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Ballet Training: Ever since she trained Natalie Portman for Black Swan, Mary Helen Bowers has gained a cult like following among Victoria’s Secret Angels. Her ballet inspired moves help create the long and lean muscles and those enviable abs. Among her Angel following we can find: Miranda Kerr, Doutzen Kroes, Romee Strijd, Isabeli Fontana and Lily Aldridge.


 Boxing: It may sound like an oxymoron that the world’s most delicate Angels can beat pretty much anyone in a street fight, but boxing is the sport of choice for Angels like Adriana Lima who has been boxing with trainer Michael Olajide Jr. for the past 10 years. Other model boxers include: Gigi Hadid, Sara Sampaio, Cara Delevingne, Elsa Hosk, Maryna Linchuk and Constance Jablonski. Their boxing gyms of choice include: Aerospace High Performance Center, Mendez Boxing and the Insta-famous Gotham Gym.


Soul-Cycle: There are many brands of indoor cycling studios, but none with the model following that Soul-Cycle has. On any given day you may bump into Angels like Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldrigde in their peaceful yet heart-pumping classes. Because we all feel a little more motivated to turn up the resistance in our bikes when we have an Angel pedaling next to us.

Justin Gelband

Body-Sculpting: Those incredibly toned limbs and Victoria’s Secret abs are due to resistance training and body sculpting exercises with weights. While there are many personal trainers out there who can whip your body into shape, the Angel’s secret weapon is trainer Justin Gelband. What’s even more awesome is that he recently opened a studio in the Bowery where commoners like us can go and benefit from the Angel whisperer’s techniques. His model following includes: Karlie Kloss who constantly instagrams pictures of herself in Gelband’s studio, Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanpoel, Behati Prinsloo and Lily Aldridge.


Running: It may sound like the most over simplified way of training but the Angels attribute their tiny frames to running since it is the highest calorie-burning workout and doesn’t create bulk. Among the angel runners we can find: Gigi Hadid, Izabel Goulart (well she practices pretty much every discipline under the sun) Mirand Kerr and Heidi Klum. The best part about running is that the only fancy equipment you’ll need is running shoes and a good attitude and the second one is generally free.

In case you need some extra motivation to start training like an Angel, here is a slideshow of your favorite girls breaking a sweat.

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Spend For The Cause.

Original article written by me for Manhattan Magazine

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Several of your favorite retailers, salons and restaurants have teamed up to bring you a month of giving back during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Don’t forget to wear pink!

French Connection’s Shop For The Cause Event
In case you needed another reason to shop at French Connection, the brand wants to give you three: fun, fashion and philanthropy. At their Oct. 26 shopping event, 20 percent of all the sales will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation. This event will also include cocktails, a fashion show and raffles. DETAILSRSVP at RSVPevents@frenchconnection-usa.com, French Connection, 435 West Broadway

“Take a Bite” Out of Breast Cancer at Carnegie Deli
On Oct. 29, head to Carnegie Deli to enjoy mini versions of their classic fare, pink ribbon cheesecake, pink-themed desserts, goodie bags and much more. This soiree will benefit the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, which promotes awareness for early detection. DETAILS Carnegie Deli, 854 Seventh Avenue, eventbee.com

Salon Sck’s Fight For The Cure
During the month of October, Salon Sck will partner with Kerastase and Shu Uemura to raise money for breast cancer awareness. One hundred percent of their proceeds from this month will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. There has never been a better excuse to get your hair done. DETAILS Salon SCK, 1845 Broadway, 2nd Floor, 212.265.1700

Pink Extensions by Ted Gibson Salon
Pink is the new blonde at Ted Gibson Salon. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month the salon offers Hairdreams pink extensions throughout October. All funds raised the promotion, which starts from $25 per extension, will benefit Komen Greater NYC. DETAILS Ted Gibson Salon, 184 Fifth Avenue, #2, 212.633.6333,tedgibsonbeauty.com

Brides Against Breast Cancer Charity Wedding Gown Sale
Join Brides Against Breast Cancer in Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse for their charity wedding gown sale. If you’re getting married, this event is the perfect opportunity to save some money while supporting those affected by breast cancer. DETAILS Nov. 13, Loeb Boathouse, East 72nd St. and Park Drive North