Whether you agree with the author's choice to chuck it all for a year of self exploration (indulgence?) or not, it has created some style influences in both fashion and home decor. I for one loved the book (read it twice). First, who hasn't thought about just leaving everything behind, just for a little while, to find ourselves, rejuvenate, explore someplace new and eat lots of good food? Sign me up! Italy for sure...India, I would probably pick somplace else but Bali, oh yeah.
Secondly, I love that she was honest about the questions she has about life, God and love. Thirdly, I learned something from reading this book. Her descriptions of her time in Italy, where she lived, the food she ate and the origin of the italian language took me there. Her time in the ashram, the principals behind yoga and meditation, "the Yogis believe a human life is a very special opportunity, because only in human form and only with a human mind can God-realization ever occur. The turnips, the bedbugs, the coral--they never get a chance to find out who they really are. But we do have that chance." In Bali, we learn that it was once not always paradise and that it has a history of slave trading and wasn't until the 1960's that the government decided to reinvent it for tourism.
If you haven't read the book or won't see the movie, you can still see evidence of it's influence on style for our homes and fashion being marketed at places like World Market, HSN, Target and others.
|Yoga Mat with Carrying Bag|
Your own little budha
|Add a touch of exotic with pillows|
|Baskets are always perfect!|