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Monday, October 14, 2013

tranquility du jour #289: finding your ooh la la

Welcome to the 289th edition of Tranquility du Jour. Today's show features Jamie Cat Callan on finding your Ooh La La.

Workshops + Retreats: Join moi for a tranquilologie experience. Immerse yourself in the study of tranquility with scents of lavender, lots of love, and dollops of sparkles thrown in. Below are a few options.
Tranquil Space Lifestyle E-course

* Fall Seasonal Podcast released Friday, October 4
Tranquility Tour September 14-November 16 across North America: grab your in-person or in-spirit ticket and join us on the adventure
* Yoga + Writing workshop at Tranquil Space in DC November 22
* Mindfulness: Tranquility Within workshop at Tranquil Space in DC November  24
* Hip Hop Holiday Yoga at Tranquil Space in DC December 6
* Holiday Art Journaling at Tranquil Space in DC December 11

Art + Yoga in West Virgina April 25-27
* Art, Yoga + Writing in Paris July 1-5 (7 spots left)

Tranquility Tour

We’re packing up our four-legged furry sons and crisscrossing the continent September 14-November 16, 2013 while sprinkling tranquility along the way. Join us on this adventure in person, online, or in spirit. More at

Recent Releases:
Tranquilologie: A DIY Guide to Everyday Tranquility: This formerly released e-course has been enhanced, revised, and turned into a hardcover 200-page full-color artsy limited edition book to serve up even more inspiration. Only 1000 copies printed and each will be signed and numbered with love (and a pink pen). This do-it-yourself field guide takes you from January through December with doses of inspiration covering eight topics–mindfulness, self-care, nesting, do-gooding, work, style, creativity, dreams–in a nouveau way each month. Browse now.

“This delightful guide is the recipe book for your best year ever, repeatable annually to give you a just about perfect life. It’s a treat to read and a glorious adventure to put into practice.”–Victoria Moran, author of Creating a Charmed Life

“What a tranquil reminder of how to create a beautiful life that is true to your soul. Kimberly covers it all with panache and deep love.” –Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer

 “Kimberly Wilson is like a seriously stylish good fairy who not only encourages you to live your best life but more importantly shows you how. Her enthusiasm for all facets of self-care is utterly infectious and every page of this book holds beautifully simple ideas every woman can incorporate into her daily life. I’m already planning my next Bed Day!” –Susannah Conway, author of This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart

Tranquility du Jour Daybook: Long for a colorful, inspiring, art-filled planner focused on staying in touch with your week's most important tasks and your life's most important dreams? Well, after months of enhancing based on your input and updating the tools shared in Tranquilologie: A DIY Guide to Everyday Tranquility, I’m over the moon to announce the enhanced version of your customized Tranquility du Jour Daybook shipping early December.

Now this 1-inch larger {8.5 x 8.5} hardcover beauty has double wire metal spiral binding plus subtle shifts and adds such as journal prompts, checklists on aligned pages, 20 inspiration pages for your creative efforts, dates and data to remember spreads, a mindfulness practice log, and more. Ooh la la, it’s a pink planner, lifestyle organizer, and wellness guide all in one. Use in collaboration with Tranquilologie while sipping tea and listening to French cafĂ© tunes. Browse now.

Featured Tranquilista:  Jamie Cat Callan is the author of Ooh La La!, Bonjour, Happiness! and the wildly popular French Women Don't Sleep Alone which has been translated into sixteen different languages and is in its seventh edition.  Most recently, French Women Don’t Sleep Alone was featured in the July issue of Vanity Fair in an article by James Wolcott. Jamie’s work has appeared in hundreds of venues including The New York Times Sunday Styles Modern Love column, where she tells the story of how she met her husband.

Jamie has received many awards for her writing, most recently a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts to write in the little village of Auvillar, France and a Massachusetts Council on the Arts Grant in fiction.  Jamie taught creative writing for many years and is the inventor of The Writers Toolbox (Chronicle Books).

She grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, wrote beauty and fashion copy for the cosmetic company, Estee Lauder and went on to receive an MFA in screenwriting from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).  She then worked in script development at Paramount Pictures for the actress, Meg Ryan.

Today, Jamie lives on Cape Cod with her husband, a Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist, and frequently travels to France.

Jamie an unabashed romantic, an enthusiastic champion of women and has inspired thousands of women (and men) to find their own joie de vivre and ooh la la!

Savvy Sources:
Books: Bonjour, Happiness; French Women Don't Sleep Alone; Ooh La La
Seasonal online book club pick: Bonjour, Happiness
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Signature Style: 
TranquiliT is a line of layers in rayon made from organic bamboo and designed by moi with input by YOU. We sew locally and plant 150 trees monthly while also donating a portion of proceeds to Tranquil Space Foundation and Farm Sanctuary. We also offer vintage and reclaimed goodies because it doesn't get more eco than reusing. Peruse our fall collection lookbook.

my fave new piece: the 5 button dress

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Sallie Ann said...

Loved listening to Jamie. Reminded me of my own grandmother; her lacquered red nails, her Joy perfume, and the way she always listened much more than she spoke. Elegance seemed effortless to her. Lovely podcast!

kimberly wilson said...

sallie ann: so happy you enjoyed this. she's a delightful soul and i love her sweet messaging. thanks for listening! x