March 31, 2012

Weekend Wisdom...

Use Your Voice...Earth Hour 2012

Tonight marks the sixth year of Earth Hour the worlwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to remind us that, we can all make a difference to help the environment. Earth Hour was conceived by WWF and The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007, when 2.2 million residents of Sydney participated by turning off all non-essential lights. Following Sydney's lead at 8:30 pm on the last March of the year millions of people in more than 131 countries have banded together in solidarity for Mother Nature and turned off the lights. I have done it each year since and encourage you tonight to turn off the lights, put a few candles on for an hour. In small ways we are all capable of big things, and it is also a nice way to really disconnect for an evening and just be and connect to something bigger than ourselves.

March 30, 2012

For Today...



...because it is all around you, wherever you look there is something that is beautiful. Find it, the beauty...in every face you meet, place you go and thought you have. Open your eyes because this moment will never ever happen again.

Deposit For The Style Files...


...deposit these photographs from Lovecat Magazine right in the Style Files. An homage to the ever cool Anita Pallenberg, Italian actress and one time love of Keith Richards. For the days when freedom is the vibe and rocker chic is the undertone.

images via lovecat magazine

Matthew Mayfield...This one playin' on repeat

...this one is called ease your mind and, something about it does just that. Somehow we find the time to do everything but, we never really take the time to just let go and give our mind a break from all the thinking and the rethinking.  Let go and ease your mind...


March 29, 2012

Accidental Brilliance In The Beauty Bag...




...and the all natural beauty product quest continues with a few new favs and old fav re-introduced into the mix. I have been looking for an oil facial wash and this one is pretty fantastic, some Egyptian Magic cream that certainly lives up to it's name and my old favorite sunscreen now that the sun has made it's glorious return.

get the goods...Nude products available here, Egyptian Magic available here, Kate Somerville here

March 28, 2012

Accidental Brilliance Picks...


...so there is no denying I love a good pair of white jeans (Hudson my long standing favorite) but white just always seems the best way to usher in Spring and the best way to run right into Summer. I never tire of a little crisp white inspiration.

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Accidental Brilliance Wednesday Wisdom...



Train...Tunes for a Tuesday

...for the way this song brings back memories, good memories of a favorite summer and despite the fact that not all things go as you planned, they do go as they are meant to go. And in everything there is much goodness, much to appreciate and much to hold onto forever.


March 27, 2012

The Girl Has Got It Goin' On...




...a good pair of shoes, a few dresses, a great coat and cool pair of pants and you got em saying The Girl Has Got It Goin' On...and looks like you might just have yourself the contents of a little suitcase to take you wherever your heart wants to go. So go and get lost...see what you find.

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Benefits of Relora...Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series



There is no doubt that when it comes to stress, we all have way too much of it and not nearly enough ways to get rid of it. There is just no way around it, it is dangerous for the mind, body and spirit.  Most of us know that when you’re under stress, your body releases the hormone cortisol. Cortisol unfortunately makes your body store fat not to mention that stress also does a number on our ability to sleep and think straight so anytime I hear of a natural option that might help I always take a minute to check it out. Recently heard about a supplement called Relora which is made from the extracts of two plants used for thousands of years by Chinese herbalists to promote relaxation. Clinical studies have shown that Relora can help relieve feelings of anxiety. I say if it helps on the road to relaxation this might be worth looking a little further into for sure.

Michelle Williams...Accidental Brilliance Monday Muse



...maybe it's the Mad Men premiere the other night that inspired me but the lady like glamour and pixie hair of Michelle Williams has muse worthy written all over it.

March 25, 2012

Weekend Distractions...


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Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + Somethin' from Washed Out


...and that is the key, walk the path, keep walking the path. And although it might not always be straight and narrow, it will be the unexpected twists and turns that will make it more than you expected, make you more than you were. Keep going because there is so much more for you to do, to see and to be...


Weekend Wisdom...



March 23, 2012

Accidental Brilliance At The Moment Favorites...


Get the goods...Lemlem hooded top here, Sandals at Zara or here, Society 6 iPhone case here, Juniper Ridge soaps here


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For Today...



...because there are things that you can not change.Yes there are things that you wish you had done differently but believe that you did the best you could at the time and when you knew better you did better, will do better.  Just let it go because holding onto it is not worth it. Remember to be gentle to yourself, with yourself. Just let it be because one way or another it will all be okay, that I know.

Love what she is wearing...



...thoughts of flirty florals and free spirited vibes floating through my mind lately. Spring is just about here and it is finally time to break out the color, flowers and laid back vibe of sunny days.

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The Sundays. This one playin' on repeat...

...hope I'll never wake when i'm thinking about you, somehow that line always stuck with me as did the song.  This one playin' on repeat today, the album was titled Static and Silence, and I suppose life could in many instances be simplified down to static and silence, you decide which.


Destinations. Panchoran Retreat, Bali


Perhaps because as of late I am feeling super exhausted and there is nothing that sounds better than finding a place to just chill, really chill and disconnect, The Panchoran Retreat sounds just about right, right about now. Situated next to the cultural center of Bali it is a perfect little oasis where your own private villa becomes your own bit of zen. There are seven villas on the grounds and one large meeting house with an enormous country kitchen where everyone meets to eat the amazing local, organic food of the region. With little else to do but nap, have massages, practice yoga, read, relax or swim in your private pool late night, the only question is,  how long are we staying and how many bathing suits should we pack...


...for more information on this little gem click on over here.

March 22, 2012

Can't take my eyes off...The Photograhy of Andre De Freitas



Can't take my eyes off the beautiful double exposure photography of Andre De Freitas...it so honestly speaks to the complexity of being human, the duality of who we truly are vs what the world sees and the places in between.





...to see more of his work click on over here.

March 21, 2012

Accidental Brilliance Picks...Hand Candy


...lately loving some hand candy interest. Usually I am all about arm candy piled on but these days been inspired by piles of rings, silver in particular seems to be on my mind.

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Accidental Brilliance Wednesday Wisdom...

Bob Dylan...Tunes For A Tuesday

...because at different times and for different reasons this song has fit into the spaces in my heart, filling the places that were left open by missed chances, or people that had turned out differently than I had imagined or opportunities that didn't quite fit. I have listened to it so many times and a few years back on a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California it played loudly and  I realized that although life leaves you with spaces or tiny holes in your heart, it is part of the journey. That afternoon the lyrics meant something different and because  I suppose the journey won't always be easy I realized surrounded by the beauty of the drive that yes the journey and the tiny holes are worthwhile.  All we need to do is  have faith that all the chances we are supposed to have, the people we are meant to meet and the opportunities we are meant to have will all show up in their own time and right on time.

March 20, 2012

The GIrl Has Got It Goin' On...



...simple blouses, a few pieces that are outside the box like an amazing pair of overalls, a favorite pair of worn in  jeans and a few mix and match patterns and a Spring wardrobe begins to take shape and gets em' saying...The Girl Has Got It Goin' On.

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Benefits of MSM Powder...Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series



So if you've been around here awhile you know that I believe in eating healthy and taking vitamins and supplements to get the most out of your body, skin, hair and spirit. Lately I have been busy and slacking a little on a few of my regular vitamins and supplements and running low on a few others.  Running out wasn't such a big deal because I got to see what not taking certain ones did or didn't do for me. I usually take a dose of MSM powder daily and not having it has made a difference. MSM is an organic sulfur compound that detoxifies the body.  It also helps on the road to maintaining healthy hair and skin. There are so many other amazing benefits to this supplement from enabling cells to release toxins to increasing the bodies ability to metabolize carbohydrates. It is also great for building collagen and supple wrinkle free skin by improving the skins structure. I have written about it before but after running out of it I realized just how important it has become in my daily regime. You can find it at most health food stores and it is so simple to take just  dissolve a dose of this wonder powder into water and drink to good health.

March 19, 2012

Style Heroine...Accidental Brilliance Monday Muse


...plenty of muse worthy inspiration from Style Heroine blogger Evangelie. She does good things with accessories piled up high, denim rolled up and killer shoes and bags. Add her to your blog roll if she isn't already there.

Weekend Distractions...



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March 11, 2012

Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + Somethin' from David Gray...



...and in the pursuit of true happiness it is our job to get out of our own way, to quiet the doubts and fears that occupy the spaces in our mind...the places that can be filled with all the things we have not yet tried, all the people we have not met and things we have not done. It's a concious decision to allow life to unfold as it was meant to, to move out of the way of what could be.


Weekend Wisdom...

Accidental Brilliance At The Moment Favorites...

Get the goods...Fringe bag available here, beautiful beaded earring available here, favorite hat company here, little flirty top available here

March 9, 2012

For Today...



...because there is so much you can do, so much you will do. Begin anywhere because you have nothing to be afraid of, everything will work out how it is meant to work out. And if you never begin, you will never be able to see what is meant to be yours and you deserve it, the best of everything. So, begin...begin anywhere.


image via quotablecards.com

March 8, 2012

Ben Gibbard...This one playin' on repeat

Late last night when sleep would not come this like a lullaby softly played as did the many conversations I had had over the day. In pieces and flashes they all came back separately but when strung together they made a certain bit of sense. " Do you think you have been here before, was the most important question someone asked me and I want to come back to be with you again was the most important thought someone shared with me ". Of course I have been here before and yes I really hope we meet again as well.



March 7, 2012

Accidental Brilliance Picks...DIY Concert T-Shirts

...always love a good old school concert t-shirt, a little bit distressed but perfectly worn in. I haven't found enough of them around so why not create your own right ? And I got you covered with some   super easy instructions ! Turn up the music and start cranking em' out.


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Accidental Brilliance Wednesday Wisdom...

March 6, 2012

The Staves...Tunes For A Tuesday

...and on a night like tonight this feels good, like a warm hug or the reminder that we are all connected and even if we are not with someone we are always with them.

The Girl Has Got It Goin' On...



...sorta feeling the idea of long, loose feminine dresses and skirts with little leather coats to transition from season to season and leave em' saying The Girl Has Got It Goin' On.

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March 5, 2012

Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series...Homemade Skin Masks



When it comes to superfoods, cooking with them and eating them is not the only way to reap the benefits. Been traveling a lot lately and I feel like my skin is suffering because of it, it needed a little extra care so I pulled out two of my favorite, super duper simple at home skin masks that guarantee exfoliated and hydrated skin. The best part is, you probably have most of the ingredients in the kitchen already. If you are looking to exfoliate, the oatmeal gets rid of dead skin cells and lemon acts as a natural toner. If its hydration your after, the essential fatty acids of the avocado will do the trick, and the honey is one of my most favorite ingredients in the pursuit of soft skin. If you don't have time to do a full mask, my super quick trick is to smooth a teaspoon of honey preferably raw on your face and leave it on for a few minutes, then just wash off with warm water. Super skin is just a few simple ingredients away.

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Perfectly Messy Hair...Accidental Brilliance Monday Muse



...although usually I fall partial to long straight hair there is something about letting the natural wave go to get that perfectly messy look. Doesn't matter if I wear it straight or with a bit of wave there are a few favorite tricks that help keep hair shiny and healthy. Massage a few drops of jojoba oil on the scalp and ends right before bed or work a bit of coconut oil on the ends (be sure to rinse with shampoo twice) and get a good pair of scissors and snip the dead ends every few weeks. Once in awhile letting it go a little wild feels sorta freeing and totally muse worthy.


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March 4, 2012

Weekend Distractions...



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Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + Somethin' from Tycho...

 ...and know that although you may find yourself at times unsure of your footing,  if you keep moving in the direction that is the future and towards what is next you will get there right on time. There is wisdom in each step you take even in the missteps. Take it slow but hurry up, your life is patiently waiting for you...


March 3, 2012

Weekend Wisdom...




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Accidental Brilliance At The Moment Favorites




Get the Goods...Koch blouse available here, Cool Baby Cool bracelet here, Matt Bernson sandals here, LUX Naturals cream available at Whole Foods

For Today...




HOPE...that you are making an impact and that the direction you are moving is bringing you closer to where it is you are meant to be, who it is you are destined to become and how it is you want be living. Be hopeful that you will meet the people who will shape you and make you better than even you imagined you could be. Know that you are beautiful and brave and HOPE that you always remember to be kind to yourself, always.

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Deposit For The Style Files...



...loved Michelle Williams in the little black Louis Vuitton short suit she recently wore. Pulled out a few of my favorite little black jacket stylin' ideas as I await the first hint of Spring and the days where heavy coats and hats can be put away in the back of the closet, way far back. Doesn't matter how old or young you are, day or night- the little black jacket just works on anyone. And for those who can rock the little black short suit- do it ! Sorta unexpected, super sexy and somehow sweet all at once. And come to think of it that just might be the perfect way to be described...so get out there and be unexpected, be sexy and be sweet !

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