Summer Dreamin'

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning
— Gloria Steinem
                                                                                    Dress & Sandals from  SwimOutlet

                                                                               Dress & Sandals from SwimOutlet

I love the start of summer, smelling the sweet botanicals, hearing the birds come out, and the excitement of what the new season will bring!

                                                                                 Dress & Sandals from  SwimOutlet

                                                                                Dress & Sandals from SwimOutlet

What is your dream for the summer?

Rejuvenating Resveratrol


Get my look: Vintage purple dress, Jimmy choo for Hunter rain boots (similar here)

Resveratrol is believed to be responsible for "French Paradox" (how the french are able to smoke, drink, and eat red meat yet have a lower cardiovascular rate than the US). It is found in the skin of red grapes, grape juice peanuts, and some berries including blueberries, billberries, and cranberries.  Resveratrol is actually in the same plant compound group as polyphenols which are potent antioxidants.  It is thought that this antioxidant is linked to longevity, decreased inflammation, and anti-aging.

Check here to watch a Dr. Oz animation video on the benefits on the body.

Resveratrol Benefits:

  • Anti-aging
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Anti-cancer
  • Protects cells from free-radical damage



Photography by Jared Duhon of J. Duhon Photography

Hues Of The Harvest: A Chic Outdoor Feast

It wouldn't be a proper celebration if I didn't include my sister, jewelry & fashion designer Rachel Burklund in this photo shoot.

Michele Burklund
Michele Burklund
Michele Burklund

Get my look: Vintage white lace dress (similar here and here), Frye riding boots, Rachel Burklund jewelry


Having a stylish feast means preparing meals with in-season fruits and vegetables.  Here are some of my favorite:


Pomegranate: a potent antioxidant and high in fiber


Eggplant: rich in iron, calcium, and vitamin K


Fennel: great for digestive health along with respiratory infections


Carrots: rich in carotenoids which are strong antioxidants


Squash: rich source of vitamin A and C, magnesium, fiber, folate, riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium and vitamin B6. In addition, it is high in manganese, a mineral which helps the body process fats, carbohydrates, and glucose.


Pumpkin: contains vitamin A, flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as leutin, xanthin, and carotenes in abundance.


Grapes: the fleshy part of grapes as well as the extract of its seeds contains proanthocyanidins and resveratrol which are powerful antioxidants


Brussel Sprouts: A host of antioxidant ingredients  including vitamins C, E, and A, as well as the mineral manganese. Also, flavonoid antioxidants like isorhamnetin, quercitin, and kaempferol also serve well to protect against oxidative stress on the body's cells.


Broccoli: rich in vitamin A, iron, vitamin K, B-complex vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and phyto-nutrients

Check out some of the gorgeous pieces used in this photo shoot from the Rachel Burklund!

Photography by Jared Duhon of J. Duhon Photography

Magical Mud: detoxification benefits

Michele Burklund
Michele Burklund

Get my look: Oscar de la Renta dress (here and here), Isabel Marant Boots, and Black Leather Jacket


Mud & peat baths offer many therapeutic benefits from detoxification to immune stimulation. Found from bogs all around the world that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and  extracts from a multitude of plants that reflect the environment and not its present day pollution.

Taking a bath with peat supports the body in several ways because the peat itself retains the temperature of the water which aids the body to sweat and further release toxins from the deep within the tissues.  The warm bath, in addition to the properties of the peat, support the body by decreasing inflammation and pain while increasing circulation and sweat.

For a true naturopathic peat bath experience the duration of the bath is approximately 20 minutes (depends on your comfort), followed by wrapping up in a wool blanket for an additional 20 to 30 minutes while lying down.  This enables the body to further sweat out any toxins and aid the body in stimulating it’s own healing powers from within.  Make sure to drink plenty of water!!!

Photography by Jared Duhon of J. Duhon Photography