“Hi, my name is Julie Anne, and I am a recovering baby clothes addict.” My daughter, Tatjana carries a gene from both of her parents that predisposes her to an obsession with fashion…

Tatjana modeling Vivienne Westwood

… therefore it is not entirely her fault that she has been known to abuse her credit cards from time to time. She comes by it naturally.

Tatjana wearing Yves Saint Laurent with my sister, Patty
My ex husband got a call from his accountant warning “some people are alcoholics, some are gamblers, your wife has a $500.00 a day baby clothes addiction. Tell her to stop!” Is there such a thing as baby clothes anonymous?
Doesn’t this look like mini Romeo Gigli?
Nick, of course went ballistic. “But … but, I haven’t lost all my pregnancy weight yet, so I didn’t want to waste money on clothes I’d only wear for a short while, and look how cute these clothes are!”
What girl doesn’t need a little black dress?
“Besides, they are things I’d wear shrunken down to baby size” came the convoluted reasoning behind my defense. Being an infamous fashion junkie himself, Nick could hardly argue anyhow.
After all, fashion is wearable art!

Jean Paul Gaultier is perfect for concerts,

and everyone knows pop star babes need their shades for the paparazzi glare.
The shades may be daddy, but the pose is pure mommy. Tatjana was my human Barbie doll. I changed her outfit two or three times a day, and she still never wore half of the clothes I bought her.

An evening on the town with mum and dad
She is most bemused that I do not buy her those labels now (trust me, I miss them too), but she does have a killer sense of style she can apply to the high street shops. Perhaps my excesses had something to do with it?

Clubbing with friends last July
Tatjana is not a huge fan of fish, but no one likes a heavy dinner before going out dancing, so here’s one of the first meals I’ve made since finishing the cleanse. It is actually still cleanse friendly if you are in the second or third weeks, and choose not to remain vegan.
Poached Salmon with Sauteed Pea Shoots, and Aztec Rice

Keeping you light on your feet, but substantial enough to give you the energy for tearing up the dance floor – this light flaky salmon pairs so well with the fresh, delicate pea shoots, and woodsy Aztec rice.

Poached Salmon: Just click on the link for the recipe on my website, but omit the dill sauce.
For the Sauteed Pea Shoots:

Serves: 4

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 cups pea shoots
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • juice of one lemon, if desired
1). Heat olive oil in a medium size saute pan over medium heat. Saute crushed garlic for 30 seconds.
2). Add pea shoots and lemon zest, season to taste, and cook 3-4 minutes, tossing occasionally. Serve over salmon with the juice of the lemon squeezed over the top if desired.

For the Aztec Rice:
Aztec rice is a combination of amaranth (a super grain containing seven of the eight essential amino acids), Colusari red rice, long grain brown rice, plus yellow and green split peas. There is plenty of protein from the split peas, so this could also be eaten as a vegan dish on it’s own (I used the left over portions for lunches this way).
Serves: 4

  • 1 cup Aztec rice blend
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons of unfiltered olive oil (or substitute good quality extra-virgin olive oil)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
1). Bring vegetable broth to boil. Add rice blend, bring back to boil, cover and lower heat to simmer for 40 minutes.

2). Stir in unfiltered olive oil and season to taste.

Variations: I’ve only just found this grain blend, and I was in a hurry. I look forward to experimenting with more Mexican flavors like jalapenos, lime, cumin, and black beans for a different twist.

Here I added shredded carrot, mushrooms, beet greens, and pecans for an extremely healthy, filling lunch with roasted beets and parsnips. What experimenting with fashion and/or food have you done lately?
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