WWB’s Monday Morning Pow-Wow Inspires Self-Enlightenment…

Sep 28, 2015 by


Good Morning World Wise Beauty!

Did you hear the Pope speak the last couple of days? Every Public presentation he made was infused with simple life wisdom. No matter what your religious beliefs are, the compassionate values Pope Francis shared are so universal and can be practiced by anyone.

I think the biggest message the Pope had for all of us, is we are not defined by our work, education or socio-economic status. We all have intrinsic value and something to contribute to the world, and it should be our personal mission to find out what that is. At World Wise Beauty we call this being a Passioneer!


9/28/15 Passioneer’s Pow-Wow Wisdom: Work does not define who you are …

Anna Quindlen’s quote featured for our Pow-Wow, came from a school commencement address she made many years ago, and then it went viral via e-mail before ‘viral’ was a social marketing term. The speech was so well received, it inspired her to write a non-fiction book entitled ‘A Short Guide to a Happy Life’.  In this treasure of a book, the bestselling novelist and columnist, reflects on what it takes to “get a life”—to live deeply every day and from your own unique self, rather than merely to exist through your days. It is still one of my favorite little books to give anyone contemplating meaning in their lives and one I love to read over and over. Make no mistake, it’s not just for graduates.


For more inspiration from Anna, you can read her recent memoir ‘Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake’ which is sure to inspire you to be comfortable in your own skin, and craft your own spirit. She is a true iconic World Wise Beauty!  Hope to have her join us for a WWB chat one day soon…



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WWB’s Monday Morning Pow-Wow Reminds Us What Being a Passioneer Is…

Sep 21, 2015 by


Good Morning World Wise Beauty,

How is that dream of yours going? At WWB’s Passioneer department you’ll find, experts, gurus, and creative visionaries who will make you feel good about the world, and get you thinking about what YOU are passionate about. In the meantime, Monday mornings aren’t the time to click-through to all kinds of articles you don’t have time to read. So, I thought a little Monday Morning Pow-Wow would be just the right cup of ‘motivational & inspirational fuel’ you need to jump-start the week!

Join me for a ‘cup that kicks’ with wisdom, and subscribe to World Wise Beauty to receive your ‘Pow-Wow’ every Monday morning. Feel free to share with friends and family using the ‘share this’ buttons below, because everyone needs a little  inspirational ‘kick’ on Mondays!

9/21/15 Passioneer’s Pow-Wow Wisdom: Passion isn’t a part time effort!

For Inspiration: Check out our most recent Passioneer’ , author and guru Jolene Hart who has conceptualized a very healthy approach to beauty and shares all her secrets in her book ‘Eat Pretty’. She left the glamorous world of writing for beauty magazines and created a world of holistic beauty so we can all be comfortable in our own skin. You know you’re curious! ;-)




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WWB’s Weekly Wisdom Wrap: Entertainment & Wisdom–Korean Romantic Comedy ‘The Beauty Inside’ Tackles the Big Questions About Beauty, Love and the Soul

Sep 19, 2015 by


Beauty from the inside out is a topic we are always exploring and celebrating at World Wise Beauty, so this foreign film ‘The Beauty Inside’ from Korea caught my attention when it was released just last week. My mission is to encourage women to be comfortable in their own skin by exploring beauty, health wellness ideas and cultivate their own personal wellness lifestyle wisely. But I can’t say it enough, there is no one-way to wellness or becoming comfortable in your own skin, there is only your way. At World Wise Beauty, you can enjoy a worldly, savvy approach to beauty, health and wellness and glean wisdom from many cultural perspectives.

I’m here to present a cornucopia of options and inspiration! My Weekly Wisdom Wrap is a way for you to keep your finger on the pulse of wellness culture, which can include many forms of edutainment.  This week I found this charming film from Korea that wrestles with the question–where does beauty really reside and do we fall in love with someone’s appearance or who they are on the inside? This seems like a shallow question at first, but this film is digging deeper into the spirituality of love and explores the ‘pure essence’ of the self. And yes this is a romantic comedy! Sometimes to go deep, we must be light, and ‘The Beauty Inside’ does ‘play’ with the conceptual idea that love & beauty has many faces…



‘Beauty Inside’ is a 2015 South Korean high-concept film based on the 2012 American social film The Beauty Inside, about a man who wakes up everyday in a different body.  See the Wiki overview below, and check out the social project circa 2012 on youtube too.

PLOT: Furniture designer Woo-jin wakes up in a different body everyday, regardless of age, gender and nationality. Sometimes he’s a man, a woman, old, young, or even a foreigner. He’s the same person on the inside, but on the outside he’s always someone new. Looking at a different face in the mirror every morning is hard for him to get used to. The only constant in his life is the girl he loves, Yi-soo, who knows his secret and loves him anyway. Each time he transforms, Woo-jin must figure out how to reunite with Yi-soo.


There’s an excellent review of the movie by Katie Walsh at the LA Times and she sums up the value of the movie and why I think it’s a movie pick worth your while.

“With the luminous Han as the leading lady and a host of actors portraying Woo-Jin, this winning romantic comedy-drama explores deeply philosophical issues, including the ephemerality of body versus the intangible longevity of soul. ” ~Katie Walsh


Sounds like pretty deep content, but isn’t it wonderful when creative artists find a way to present big ideas in fun and entertaining formats! I am open to all kinds of storytelling that share wisdom and remind me of the important things in life that really matter. Check out the trailer below, and I hope if you haven’t been a lover of foreign-films, that this one is your light entrée into a ‘world’ of storytelling and wisdom…






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World Wise Beauty’s Monday Morning Pow-Wow is Just the KICK You Need…

Sep 14, 2015 by


Good Morning World Wise Beauty,

How is that dream of yours going? Here at the Passioneer department you will meet fellow passioneers who will inspire you. Right here you’ll find, experts, gurus, and creative visionaries who will make you feel good about the world, and get you thinking about what YOU are passionate about. In the meantime, Monday mornings aren’t the time to click-through to all kinds of articles you don’t have time to read. So, I thought a little Monday Morning Pow-Wow would be just the right cup of ‘motivational & inspirational fuel’ you need to jump-start the week!

Join me for a ‘cup that kicks’ with wisdom, and subscribe to World Wise Beauty to receive your ‘Pow-Wow’ every Monday morning. Feel free to share with friends and family using the ‘share this’ buttons below, because everyone needs a little  inspirational ‘kick’ on Mondays!

Passioneer’s Pow-Wow Wisdom: Create & Do Today


P.S  One click won’t hurt and you can bookmark it for later! Check out our most recent ‘Passioneer’ , author and guru Wallace J. Nichols who is creating conversation around all things ‘blue’ and changing the world one marble at a time! You know you’re curious! 😉


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World Wise Beauty Announces the ‘Book Wise’ Fall Pick and Chats With Nina George– International Best Selling Author of ‘The Little Paris Bookshop’

Sep 10, 2015 by



BOOK WISE FALL PICK: The Little Paris BookShop

GENRE: Fiction

AUTHOR: Nina George is a prize-winning and bestselling author from Germany (“Das Lavendelzimmer” – “The Little Paris Bookshop”) and freelance journalist since 1992, who has published 26 books (novels, mysteries and non-fiction) as well as over hundred short stories and more than 600 columns. George has worked as a cop reporter, columnist and managing editor for a wide range of German publications, including Hamburger Abendblatt, Die Welt, Der Hamburger, “politik und kultur” as well as TV Movie and Federwelt. Georges writes also under three pen-names, producing Provence-based mystery novels.

In 2012 and 2013 she won the DeLiA and the Glauser-Prize. In 2013 she had her first bestselling book ‘The Little Paris BookShop‘, translated into 30 languages and sold more than 800.000 copies.

WWB “Book Wise’ Pow-Wow: Wednesday, November 18, 2016





Lauroly Introduction & Review: I am so thrilled and honored to be able to talk to Nina George about her book “The Little Paris Bookshop’.  ‘Book Wise’ is a new Book Club with a modest following,  and it is exciting to have an International Best Selling author join us for a personal interview! I of course found her book to be absolutely perfect! I just had to select it for WWB’s  ‘Book Wise’ Fall Pick. It is perfect because it speaks to everything World Wise Beauty cares about. Books, wisdom, travel and culture. But more importantly it speaks to WWB’s main interest–wellness culture. The Little Paris Bookshop is after all, a book about healing and the power of books to help us heal. How many of us have stumbled upon a book that seemed to offer just the right words to help you ‘feel’ and process a difficult time in our life.

I will say, this book was a serendipitous and healing gift to me. My Mom is in the late stage of cancer, and with hospice care I have been watching her die slowly right in my home. There are no words to really describe this experience and I know there are so many people in the world that have cared for their sick parents too. Yet I feel alone in this experience,  and almost like I am locked away in a glass chamber, and no-one on the outside can understand. But this book, cut through the glass and has helped me ‘live’ with the scary feelings I am experiencing. Isn’t that amazing? In life we sometimes feel like we are the only one who is going through a difficult time or feeling uncomfortable feelings. We open a book and suddenly we are no longer behind the invisible glass we have created for ourselves. Books really are a gateway to the world and truly can reach the innerscape of our souls. I am thankful for finding this book because it touched me emotionally and also enchanted me with its ‘sense of place’ ( France). I hope everyone enjoys reading this book as much as I did. ‘The Little Paris Bookshop’ is a treat and the words ‘Literary Apothecary’ will be your new wellness prescription! As a teaser, here is a review from Nina’s Press Page, I thought really captured the essence of this book:

“Simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming, Nina George’s impressionistic prose takes the reader on a journey not just through the glories of France and the wonders of books, but through the encyclopedic panoply of human emotions. The Little Paris Bookshop is a book whose palette, textures, and aromas will draw you in and cradle you in the redemptive power of love.” 
Charlie Lovett, author of The Bookman’s Tale 


Welcome Nina: I must say, it was interesting to research you and learn more about your background. I discovered that you have been a professional writer for over 20 years, and have been writing under a pen name ‘Anne West’ about issues of love, sexuality, and eroticism. Intriguing! You also have written detective stories with your husband. How interesting and curious to create a completely different kind of novel, and it become an International best-seller! I couldn’t help but think of Louisa May Alcott and her ‘Jo March’ character and draw a comparison. Alcott wrote many books but it was her semi-autobiographical book ‘Little Women’ that became her best seller, because she literally wrote from her heart. Let’s get the readers up to speed, so they know what I am referring to…

Lauroly Q- On your Wiki page, it says you wrote this book right after your father’s death. It is amazing how grief and especially the death of a parent opens us up in ways we could never imagine. How did your grief inform your writing of this book? It must be hard to share this story with the world. Thank you for sharing with us a very personal experience…

© Photo Maurice Kohl © Nina George


Nina George: Three things happened at once just as I was about to begin researching my story in Provence. My father died. He was my best friend and a mirror of myself. I lost a disc in my neck; the pain in my nape, my back and my arm was so piercing that it nearly drove me nuts. And Jean Perdu the piano tuner vanished for a year – and reappeared as a bookseller. When, after a year of pain and mourning, I finally dared look inside myself to see what was left of the writer I’d been and of myself, I found someone who wanted to write about something important to her, something important to me. I immortalized my father as Jean Perdu’s father. The book took me two and a half years to think up, but only thirty-one days to write. And then twenty more to go through the edited version.

I’m a person who reacts strongly, but less so to words than to landscapes, the feel of a room, a town, a cemetery or a shop. I get to know a person better if I may sense them out in silence than if I just read or listen to them. It’s taken me twenty-two years of writing to understand that I need to write stories so I don’t overflow with all the sensations I absorb in passing. I am filled with the feelings of other people, unknown houses and distant lands. It’s as if I were a catalyst that converts the world into stories, and transforms into stories the emotions people can’t understand or see in themselves. And I write to hear what I feel, to see what I think and to explore the meaning of my life – and the meaning of why we humans are as we are. I am a translator of the soul.


Lauroly Q- It sounds like grief was your catalyst. It is so heart-wrenching to lose a parent and especially when we are close. Perhaps in writing this book, you excavated deep within you, something that needed to be expressed, and most importantly understood for yourself. What books were life-changing for you? You give us a wonderful treat at the end of the book. It’s a real ‘Literary Pharmacy’ from your main character in the book. Is there one book you would read over and over?

Nina George: Books are the most important thing in the world. For it is from books that humans learn to be human. They learn courage, love and compassion, and about other cultures. They learn to get angry, to behave themselves and to fight; they learn to think for themselves. Readers are the saviours of the world; they make it warm, loving, understanding, tolerant and complex.Books heal. The Elegance of the Hedgehog healed me I was finally able to weep. Harold Fry and Smithy Ide healed me. Anna Gavalda and Jon Stefansson healed me. I’ve lived in books ever since I was a baby. It was only in their presence that I could find peace. I could read before I went to school, and books are my friends, my family, my exile and my love. I think that books are about more than fame, popularity and power. And as I began to write about those things, I suddenly saw a path leading straight to myself and to the story of Jean Perdu.

Lauroly Q-  I can see that this book was very cathartic for you. You are German but you wrote a book which is really a lovely homage to France. It was so wonderful to travel through France with your character Monsieur Perdu. What inspired you to tell this story through a French character and lens?



Photo Credit: Provencetoujours



Nina George: During my research I naturally went to Provence. Many of the places and a handful of the characters are real, for example in Bonnieux or Sanary-sur-Mer. I raced back and forth through the mountains of Provence at great speed, 1,000 miles, looking for places where I would feel “it”. Writing’s not just about craft; there’s also a semi-magical grey zone when the story tells me what it wants to write where, and not the other way around. I had the feeling that I’d hit exactly the right spot in Bonnieux and Sanary-sur-Mer. Coincidentally, my husband and I came up with the initial idea for our joint crime series on that trip, in Mazan, and we invented a new detective duo of a cat and a Marseille-based narcotics agent called Jean Bagnol. So I “found” two books on that one trip – it was unplanned, and all the more thrilling for it.

Rue Montagnard doesn’t exist: I named it after a French smear-ripened cheese. I came up with the idea of a ship full of books as I was sailing to New York on the Queen Mary II. It has the world’s largest floating library containing 8,000 books. That’s how many Jean Perdu has on board his floating Literary Apothecary, the pharmacie littéraire. Like Perdu, it was in Bonnieux that I first realized that life never ends, that we remain in everything we love. One day, after my death, I will live on in books, maybe as a full stop or a page.

Lauroly Closing: What a beautiful muse you had in Provence. French smeared cheese! I love it! I can’t wait for your next book. Thank you so much for joining me here Nina and for sharing your ‘joie de vivre’ and wisdom with us. I will be throwing a Book Wise Pow-Wow in November so readers can come together to discuss your book.  Maybe you can join me again for a LIVE-CHAT with the readers? I know you are probably busy doing book tours but it would be lovely to have you join us for a chat in late November. We can wish!  😉






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