I love the idea that, without that there would not be this. It makes sense of the past and the things you did not understand as they were happening. If you had not had that experience, met that person, taken that risk, you would not have this.. the present. It's interesting to think about how one thing inspires the next, how one person brings you to the next. There is brilliance in it, look closely because in everything you do and everyone you meet- there is the chance to inspire something else, something new. From that comes this...
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February 29, 2012
...as you know around here it's all about natural cosmetics, soaps, creams and scents. I feel so strongly that there is no need to use any product that is full of harmful, hormone altering ingredients when the market is full of amazing all natural options. Here is the latest round-up making it into my beauty bag to keep skin soft, smooth, tanned and smelling sweet.
February 15, 2012
...because her voice gets me every single time and on a flight early this morning I remembered I had forgotten about her. Strange isn't it the things you remember you had forgotten...
...simple lines, candy color combinations and pops of pattern make the ladies on the DVF runway ready for a night out where everyone will be sayin' The Girl Has Got It Goin' On.
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So what if I told you that chocolate is really, truly and seriously madly good for you...well raw chocolate that is. I have written about the benefits of raw chocolate but it's worth a repeat mention especially with Valentines day upon us. Although it is not very mainstream it is worth seeking it out. Raw chocolate or cacao beans in their unprocessed state possess amazing health benefits and get this, it contains 1200 valuable nutrients, vitamins and minerals...I know pretty crazy right ? It is sweet and rich and really decadent yet it is super good for you. Did you know cacao beans have the highest anti-oxidant concentration of any food and significant amounts of magnesium which supports heart health and increases brain activity. And best of all, it contains a little something called anandamide or " the bliss chemical". Anandamide is a type of oil which when released, induces feelings of well-being and happiness. So here's to happiness and your health and a sweet, sweet Valentine's Day.
There are lots of raw chocolate bars and truffles making their way to the market, Gnosis Chocolates is my favorite check out their website here, not only does it taste great and come in delicious flavors, but they donate 10% of their profits to The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and support dozens of local and international causes
February 13, 2012
...so much muse worthy action struttin' down the runway at Tracy Reese for Fall 2012. To see the rest of what she has up her sleeve for the season click on over here.
February 12, 2012
...and I suppose at times the path will be harder than you expected and you might have to summon more courage than you thought you had. After hearing the news that Whitney Houston had passed on I went to listen to some of her music and with one of the most beautiful voices of our time she sang, " I hope life treats you kind and I hope you have all you dream of...I wish you joy and happiness but above all this, I wish you love " . So tonight no matter where you are on your path and wherever the path takes you, I wish you all that and more...
February 11, 2012
...everything will be alright. Just breathe because no matter what, it is never to late to do the things you want to do and be the person you want to be. Just breathe and let it all go and be on your way to where it is you are meant to be.
...absolutely in love with what Duru Olowu sent down the runway. Free spirit meets proper lady glamour and pure inspiration ensues.
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Can't take my off the colors in the artwork of Diana Delgado. In a very deliberate way she captures a very pure spirit of abandon. The idea of freedom and the reminder to not worry what other people think beautifully seem to crash on the canvas...
...to see more of her work click on over here
...to see more of her work click on over here
February 10, 2012
...can't seem to ever get enough of a little good arm candy and piled on goodness,
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February 8, 2012
....you only need one cool piece or pop of color to make a statement and make em' do a double take.
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Blueberries are definitely one of my favorite fruits and since this time of year they are not always a great price or particularly tasty I recently bought a bag of frozen wild blueberries and was pleasantly surprised how delicious they were. Other than the ridiculous blue they turned my entire mouth and teeth I am hooked on them right out of the freezer almost like a sorbet as a dessert option. Did you know that of all the berries wild blueberries are the leader in the antioxidant department ? In fact they have the highest antioxidant capacity per serving, compared with more than 20 other fruits. And since antioxidants are what help our bodies protect against disease and age-related health risks, I say we should be eating these berries by the bowl full. Every day, our cells wage a battle against free radicals - unstable oxygen molecules associated with cancer, heart disease and the effects of aging, why not add these into your diet right? And who can't use a hand in the fight against inflammation which we know is a leading factor in brain aging, Alzheimer’s disease and other diseases of aging. The amazing doses of antioxidants are highly concentrated in their deep-blue pigments and they are without a doubt one of the most powerful foods you can eat to help combat disease and promote healthy aging. The many potential health benefits of wild blueberries include ongoing brain research that shows that blueberries may improve motor skills and actually reverse the short-term memory loss that comes with aging, making blueberries a natural “brain food". Research shows that blueberry compounds may inhibit all stages of cancer. Research indicates that blueberries may protect against heart disease and damage from stroke. Like cranberries, blueberries may help prevent urinary tract infections. Studies around the world have indicated that they may improve night vision and prevent tired eyes. I mean how can you go wrong, I can't wait to find some at the farmers market in the summer but until them you can find me in the freezer aisle buying these babies by the bags full.
February 7, 2012
...these looks from Rabens Saloner are kinda all about what I am feeling lately. Bits of lace, soft layers and worn in denim filed in the muse worthy thoughts that are floating around in my mind.
...because I suppose it is all inside you, everything you need to truly be fulfilled. Even if things don't work out or something ends, know you will be just fine. Love yourself and, if you find yourself alone know you are enough. That is the truth.
...go out and believe that your gut instinct in right, that you do know what is best for you. What you have nobody else does, what you can bring, nobody else can. There will never be another today and what will happen today will never happen tomorrow. Go Forth...
Ask and it is Given...seems obvious and yet often we forget to do just that, remaining in situations, relationships and friendships without getting from them what we need, what we deserve. This book is so full of amazing inspiration about manifesting what you deeply desire. It is full of reminders that " you are supposed to thrive and feel good...that well-being is constantly flowing to you and if you allow it, it will manifest in all ways in your experience. " It insists that your thoughts are what bring you closer to the reality you desire. And gently reminds that the only thoughts you can focus on and put out into the world are positive ones because all we think about does manifest and the universe brings you back what you put out there. I have read this book so many times over and again, and each time I find something new to bring along on the road to finding the most genuine existence.
There is no denying that a good pattern can do wonders for your mood and on certain days the brighter the better. These go right into the Style Files for inspiration for the days when pattern is the new black !
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February 6, 2012
...and on repeat in my thoughts the one line " you can't take it with you" resonates. Because you can't, take all the possessions you collected, the love you never shared, the words you never said, the efforts you meant to make or the fact that you have to live each day as if it were the last because you can't, you can't take it with you...
February 2, 2012
...no doubt the beautiful leather pieces of Dea Rosa are an instant pick but, I think it's the idea of packing just a few things, a passport and a bit of wanderlust that's get the real pick.
To see the rest of the Dea Rosa collection click on over here.
So interesting the way certain people make you feel...I told someone today that life is about how you handle situations and how you treat people. And I suppose, life is also about how you make people feel when you are around them. There is something really beautiful when you are present enough in a moment to realize how you have effected someone, to realize when you have truly connected to someone...
...best part of personal style is that it's more about who you are and how you carry yourself than what you are actually wearing. Even in an worn in sweater, with perfectly messy hair, glasses and a hat there is no doubt you can still get em' to say...The Girl Has Got It Goin' On.
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