How did it ever become a rule that no one should wear white after labor day?! If you ask me, white is the perfect color to wear after labor day.Read More
Getting ourselves closer to the earth is a simple way to feel more grounded and relaxed. We are made up of 60% water which makes us great for conducting electricity. The earth has a negative ionic charge and when we go barefoot are bodies are able to ground that charge. Negative ions are proven to detoxify, calm, reduce inflammation, and even synchronise our internal clocks, hormonal cycles, and physiological rhythms. Next time you are outside take off your shoes and embrace nature!Read More
Something as simple as an apple, orange, or pear can be absolutely stunning!Read More
I love this picture of the socialite/gypsy/free spirited Mignot sisters in Mexico. It completely captures the essence of laid back yet stunning summer style!Read More
The weather is getting warmer and we all have the urge to frolic in nature but those darn allergies are kicking up! What causes seasonal allergies?
Well, it's a response from your immune system that mistakenly identifies airborne substances like pollen as harmful. The body then goes into action and produces antibodies to combat it.Read More
I think everyone needs a great sun hat. I could seriously find 101 reasons to rock this hat! Like strolling through the farmers market, reading a book outside, going casual in jeans and a tank, or even strolling incognito in the grocery store. Want to know the coolest part about this hat?! it's both fashionable and protects me from the sun.Read More
We all have hangups about our own appearance but how are you interpreting them? Are you nice to yourself? Do you focus on how amazing and beautiful you are....or hung up on that little imperfection that drives you crazy?Read More
Lately, I can't get enough of my propolis facial spray! Propolis is seriously my new secret to glowing skin. So what it is? ...Propolis is a strong resinous substance from plants, used by bees for sealing hives. You can find sources of Propolis in various regions including Brazil, Australia, Europe, the United States and China.
My personal favorite is the Brazilian Green Propolis, collected from Brazil Minas Gerais. This region is home to a unique plant species (Baccharis dracunculifolia) which produces the best grade of propolis with the highest level of flavonoids and Arterpillin-C. The Green Propolis extract is special and the most desirable type because it contains over 70 compounds and about 30 of them have been already patented to be used in medicine for health benefits!
Propolis is very soothing when applied to the skin and has been shown to reduce inflammation, purify the skin, encourage tissue repair & regeneration, and fight acne.
These yellow and black buzzers have a huge job to do in our eco system and they certainly don’t get the appreciation they deserve. Beans, tomatoes, onions, carrots, and hundreds of other fruits and vegetables depend upon these hard workers for pollination. Not to mention that I haven’t even begun to talk about how they help us too!
Bee Pollen: this is made from honeybees and is actually the food of a young bee. It is a very nourishing food for humans too and it contains protein, amino acids, B vitamins and folic acid. Let’s not forget that just one teaspoon of pollen takes one bee who works 8 hours a day an entire month to collect! The pollen has been shown to increase energy, boost the immune system, reduce histamine levels, and treats infertility.
Royal Jelly: this is made from a secretion of the honey bees that is used to deliver nutrition to larvae and adult queen bees. This jelly has been shown to increase collagen production, treat Graves disease, improve fertility, lower cholesterol, and even fight bacteria.
Honey: this sweet snack naturally contains 18 amino acids, plus small amounts of many vitamins and minerals. It is a great alternative to sugar since it has been shown to increase athletic performance, decrease allergies, moisturizes skin, and has antibacterial properties!
Spring in such a lovely season and the green is emerging everywhere!
Okay, so the first part of this hike gets a little vertical but the scenery is amazing... you go through forest, meadows full of wild flowers, and hike up a waterfall to reach the observation post.
- Roundtrip: 8 miles
- Elevation Gain 3800ft
- Highest Point 5629
- Location: Snoqualmie Pass
It's an easy hike but it's absolutely gorgeous! I always hike this one during the week days because the weekends get a little crowded. This is a great hike to have a good conversation and catch up with old friends.
- Roundtrip 5.5 miles
- Elevation Gain 1200ft
- Highest Point 1500ft
- Location: Gold Bar
The moss, the forest, the river... absolutely stunning! A very Loooong drive so be prepared to spend the night.
- Roundtrip 10.6 miles
- Elevation Gain 300ft
- Highest Point 800ft
- Location: Olympic National Park
Scenic route on part of the Pacific Crest Trail... and the katwalk is the perfect place for a picnic.
- Roundtrip 11 miles
- Elevation Gain 2700 ft
- Highest Point 2500ft
- Location: Snoqualmie Pass
This hike is located on the less traveled side of Mt. Rainier and isn't too far away from Seattle. The first 5 miles are relatively flat since it was a road back in 2006 then you come across an enchanting waterfall, cross a beautiful river full of glacier water, and cross a suspension bridge!
- Roundtrip 16.5 miles
- Elevation Gain 1000ft
- Highest Point 3400ft
- Location: Mt. Rainer
Ever wonder why all of the fruits and veggies are at the entrance while all the processed foods are in the middle of the grocery store? The layouts of grocery stores are carefully planned out to maximize spending and entice your desires!
Tips to stay on track:
The truth is we have a little bit of every goddess within us! Each female archetype represents powerful cultural stereotypes and unconscious forces that can influence our lives.
The goddess archetypes can offer insights into what is motivating us
They help us to look deeper into how our life choices are affected by our culture
It explores our relationship with sexuality
without blame or judgement
Looking at roles, motivational forces, and modes of consciousness
The archetype theory comes from Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen who is a very passionate female activist, author and psychiatrist.
I think that it is absolutely fascinating how much cultural norms can affect our life, goals, and choices. It is so important to take a step back and really look at what motivates you. Is it because everyone around you is doing it? Is it because you are a certain age? Is it because of how you look?
The book called 'The Goddess In Every Woman' teaches us to be more in tune with our bodies, our beliefs, and our motivations. It's a must read in my book!
Taking a break from technology is a great way to detox the mind.
Think about it.... when was the last time you turned off your cell phone, put away your laptop and stayed away from the internet for 24 hours? Honestly, it's been far too long for me!
Tips for the busy fashionista
Put your computer away 2 hours before bed. Staying away from that bright computer screen for a couple of hours before bed can be very beneficial for sleep. The artificial computer light can reduce the levels of melatonin in the body which is an important hormone in your body responsible for sleep (and many other activities).
Meet up with a friend (in person). A recent study has shown a possible negative correlation between the amount of time a person is online the feeling of wellbeing. Just a simple reminder that nothing replaces the energy and love felt with direct communication.
Get out in nature! Nature provides countless benefits to the mind and body. A study found that people exposed to natural environments vs. urban environments had better directed focus afterward. Hmmm, maybe taking an extra 5 minutes to breathe the fresh air outside is easier to justify.
Photograph by Jared Duhon of J. Duhon Photography
Create a customized botanical oil infusion!
I'm constantly amazed at the beauty of nature and how it offers up a plant for every aliment. Botanicals can address any skin issue you can imagine from oily acne prone skin to dry or aging skin.
Find out which botanical combination is right for your skin type:
The Possibilities are endless!
1. Choose your favorite oil... I like either Argon oil or Jojoba oil.
2. Mix a combination of your favorite herbs
3. Transfer herbal mixture into a glass jar and fill about 1/5th full.
4. Pour oils into glass jar filling it the rest of the way and seal jar.
5. Place jar next to a window and infuse for 3 weeks.
6. Strain herbs out of jar and enjoy!
My favorite online store to purchase high quality herbs (and yummy tinctures!) is Blessed Herbs
Warming herbs are perfect to add to a cup of tea this time of year to increase circulation and stimulate the body.
My Top 5 Warming Herbs are...
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens)
Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia)
Garlic (Allium sativum)
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Try the Teavana Queen of Babylon Herbal Tea which has cranberry, sweet papaya and ripe pineapple, exquisitely balanced with soft vanilla, creamy almond and aromatic cinnamon.
Ever since I fell in love with the Chanel rutilated quartz and diamond Cristaux Glaces ring circa 2005, I simply can't get enough rutilated quartz. I love the combination of a raw element combined with something refined. Quartz is also an extremely powerful stone because it enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying, balancing, focusing, and transmitting it. So we all know that thoughts are a form of energy therefore quartz can enhance thoughts too! Meaning that rocking (no pun intended) this gorgeous stone can be both stylish and very beneficial for manifesting our dreams!
Here are some of my current craves
Fermented foods are a great source of natural probiotics! Adding fermented foods to your diet can help maintain healthy gut flora. Your gut has good and bad forms of bacteria that can proliferate and cause an imbalance in your gut health (click here to read my post on good bacteria!). It’s important to have more good than bad to maintain optimal health.
Here are some great food sources of probiotics:
Make Your Own Kimchee
- 2 large Chinese Cabbages, 230g (8 oz.)
- rock salt
- 10 Tb fish sauce
- 10 Tb of red pepper powder
- 1 onion
- 4-5 cloves of garlic
- 1 oriental pear
- 1 Tb of salt
- ½ Tb of sugar
- small touch of ginger
- 4 spring onion
- Cut cabbages into chunks and soak in plenty of water with 180g (6 oz.) of salt
- Soak for 4-5 hours
- To make the sauce, place all ingredients in a blender except the spring onions
- Blend until fine and slice onions into chunks and add to the mixture
- Drain cabbage and mix with sauce until mixed together
- This should be reasonably salty, but all more salt if needed
- Put kimchee into large jars and leave in fridge for a week, then it will be ready to enjoy
- You can store kimchee in fridge for 6-12 months or longer
For more information click on the book below!
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Going back to the basics is the best way to get in touch with the healing power of nature! Salt is essential for life and balances many physiologic functions within the body. The Greeks, Egyptians, Arabs, and the Germans have used salt topically for skin conditions and also internally for digestive problems for centuries.
Bathing in salt helps the skin to regenerate while reducing inflammation, pain, supporting detoxification, and soothing sore muscles. It has been shown to treat psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, eczema, and dandruff.
Try a salt scrub: a salt scrub gives you a beautiful glow because it exfoliates the skin while pulling impurities out of it.
- Add 4 cups of unrefined Sea Salt to a large bowel (optional: for added detoxification add 1 cup of baking soda)
- Add 1 cup of coconut oil with the salts into the bowel
- Add 10-20 drops of calendula or lavender essential oil and mix until it becomes a paste.
- Step into the shower and begin to apply a small amount of the paste to your feet and move up your body (similar to your lymphatic flow).
Try a salt bath: Pour 2 cups of unrefined salt into the bath and soak for 30 minutes.
Read the Healing Nature of Salt to learn more about the history & its many uses
100% Pure Dead Sea Salt from Israel which contains 21 minerals including magnesium, potassium, calcium, and bromide.