August 30, 2012

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

...when it comes to doing the body + the mind good there is nothing better than a piping hot cup of tea.  Although I tend to stick to my usual lemongrass green tea blend in the morning,  I try to switch it up in the afternoon because there are so many other amazing blends that have incredible medicinal + health benefits. Kinda cool to think with  just a cup a day you have the potential to calm the mind, fight allergies, lower blood pressure + cure pretty much whatever ails you.

August 29, 2012

Accidental Brilliance Monday Muse...


...because on certain days that just got out of bed head hair gets the job done. Something about the devil may care sexy attitude about it fits the mood + the muse worthy bill just right.


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Distractions...


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August 26, 2012

Sunday Simple Wisdom Of Buddha + Somethin' from Steve Reynolds...



Smile , breathe + go slowly...perhaps there never was such simple advice but few actually live by it. Smile because there is so much in the world that is beautiful, kind + right, breathe because everything it going to be ok + go slowly so that you don't miss anything.



Weekend Wisdom...


August 24, 2012

Use Your Voice...

 
I am always on the hunt to find charities + organizations that are easy to get involved with, benefit a great cause + can ensure that the money, supplies or time you give are going straight to the cause. When I find one that benefits the well-being of kids I am usually all in. With back-to-school season upon us, there are unfortunately so many students who will have to go without necessary supplies due to school budget cuts + families unable to afford the costs.  Donors Choose is a really smart organization that aims to get the public back into the public school system  Here's how it works- public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests here. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. The best part is that you can get involved with just a few dollar donation. You can choose the project you would like to see make it's way into a classroom + give any amount to the one that inspires you or the one that you remember from your own childhood.  Once a project reaches its funding goal, they deliver the materials to the school. The cool part is that the money really goes to where you allocate it, you even get photos of your project being worked on, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $50, you'll also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students. I truly believe in their vision to create a nation where children in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education, it truly is the foundation to creating inspired, confident + passionate little beings who will eventually do big things.
 
* click on the links above to donate the items listed or click on over here to see how you can get involved.

Love What She Is Wearing...



...before you know it the Summer sun will be settin' but that doesn't mean you can't carry the bright light of the sun into the Fall. Love the way these ladies look all patterned up.  Something about a good pattern always seems to suit my mood over a solid any day.

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August 19, 2012

For Today...



...there is no simpler advice, don't think just do. Get out of your own way and get out there. Life is about momentum, all you need to do is take the first step + the staircase will appear, the door will open.

Accidental Brilliance At The Moment Favorites...


Get the goods...smell sweet with this line of perfumes available here, figure out how to get a pair of these awesome little boots here, treat yourself to a delicious cup of tea here, and pack up for a long weekend drive with this knapsack here.

Mumford + Sons...This One Playin' On Repeat

...today it rained heavier than it had in quite a long time, accompanied  by the crashing of thunder the sky seemed to open up and the notion of letting it all go washed over me. We sometimes walk around unaware that we are carrying so much that is preventing us from walking as tall as we should. Let it go...the fear, the uncertainties, the things that did not work out (because they were not meant to), the things you wish you had done better, the things you are not yet sure how to accomplish. Let it all wash away and instead know that you are exactly where you need to be. 


August 17, 2012

Deposit For The Style Files...


...so if there is one look that I love + never see enough people rockin' it's the headband. It taps into that free-spirited vibe that somehow always feels just right to me.

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August 16, 2012

Accidental Brilliance Picks...



...somehow despite the shining Summer sun I find myself caught in thoughts of Fall- the notion of change + the sweet expectation of things to come.

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August 15, 2012

Accidental Brilliance Wednesday Wisdom...

Don Henley...Tunes For A Tuesday

...it's interesting to think back to being a child when life was simpler + the idea of happily ever after meant something so different than it does as you get older. I suppose because at the heart of it, we are always the same despite the years that pass. We venture on to new places, meet new people with the innocence of a child + the expectation that good things will happen. There is something to the saying that, no matter how old you get, you must never lose the wonder of being a child. Someone I am just getting to know said it's about the journey...and although it is filled with twists + turns, it truly is. It's about the new places, the people + experiences that make up what happily ever after means. And although that may change as you change...that's ok in fact, that's the beautiful part of the flexibility of life. Once you let go of what you thought it would all look like well,  that's when it begins to truly take shape.

August 14, 2012

The Girl Has Got It Goin' On...



...and in the back of her mind he would sit until there was a time that made more sense. From it she would take,  the way her hand fit in his, the way her breath slowed when she was beside him, the way he knew how she drank her tea + how even when she wasn't sure, he knew for sure. Tucked away in the back of her mind he would sit until perhaps the time was right, until she knew for sure.

August 13, 2012

Daily Meditation...




Although is is important to eat healthy + workout , unless you are actively working on quieting the mind + focusing on evolving your life to where you want it to go,  you are not really doing all you can be doing for yourself.   It feels like sometimes we are all caught up in the race of life, to have more, to do more + to be more. But, it is sorta inspiring to know that in just 5 minutes a day set aside to medidtate the changes that you can manifest are pretty crazy. If you meditate you know this to be true + if you are hesistant there are so many simple approaches which can bring many amazing things into your daily life. The following meditation  is relaxing, energizing, and healthy and is quite possibly the most effective way to create anything you wish.  I try to practice this every morning before I get out of bed.

Just sit or lie comfortably. Take a few deep cleansing breaths – even take a few minutes to breathe deeply, if you get into it. Deep breathing is one of the best possible things we can do for our minds, bodies, and spirits.

Close your eyes, take a deep breath and affirm, silently to yourself as you exhale, ‘My body is now relaxing’. Take another breath and affirm, as you exhale, ‘My mind is now relaxing.’ Take one last deep breath and affirm, as you exhale, ‘I am now letting everything go.’

Then choose any affirmation – or any instruction you want to give your body and mind, anything you wish to create. See it happening here and now as you say your affirmations. If excitement and enthusiasm arises to support the affirmation, all the better – the stronger the feeling, the sooner the reality you wish to create manifests.Say each one repeatedly, until it feels good to you. Try these, and see how they feel

‘I am deeply relaxed…..
‘I am strong and healthy….
‘I am open, I am free….’

Feel yourself being relaxed. See yourself strong and healthy. Feel yourself open and free. Choose any other affirmations you wish to work on, and repeat them, many times, until you feel sure that your subconscious has unquestionably gotten the message.

Picture yourself as having completely fulfilled the affirmation. Take a final, deep breath at the end of your meditative affirmations, and affirm:

‘This, or something better, is now manifesting, for the highest good of all! So be it! So it is!’

Now return to your waking day, fully relaxed and refreshed, able to effortlessly accomplish whatever you want. The more energy you put into your affirmations, the sooner you will experience results. Imagine yourself easily and effortlessly becoming what you are affirming. Don’t worry if you can’t ‘visualize’ it in your mind’s eye – just feel it, imagine it. By doing so, you are creating that reality in your thoughts, and in your emotions. Soon a vast, deep reservoir of power in you- the power of your subconscious mind, your connection with the infinite – will bring about in physical reality what you are affirming. It just takes 5 minutes to clear the path + ground yourself for the day + for the life you want.

Tabitha Simmons...Accidental Brilliance Monday Muse


...classic, clean with just a little attitude makes designer Tabitha Simmons the perfect unfussy muse. With an envious line of amazing shoes , the easy appeal of no makeup, shiny hair + a striped shirt she achieves a simplicity that translates to easy + chic.

August 12, 2012

Weekend Distractions...


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Sunday Simple Wisdom of Buddha + Somethin' from Ellie Goulding


...and because sometimes we take for granted how hard we can push ourselves we need the gentle reminder to rest, to replenish. Your mind + body will tell you what it needs + all you have to do is listen. Be good to yourself so that your mind can quiet long enough to find the calm + balance that you deserve...because once you find it, the world opens up + there ain't nothin' you can't do.

August 11, 2012

Weekend Wisdom...

For Today...



Please be brave, please ask for what you want + please go out + find it. Don't settle for anything less than everything that you deserve. Please believe in yourself + the visions in your head of all the things you can, be , see + do. Please be brave today + always.

Deposit For The Style Files...


...and this right here is what it is all about. Keith Richards + Patti Hansen have what it takes to be no doubt the coolest couple around. This layout shot by Bruce Weber for this month's Vogue spells out all the things that make up a good life in my book...laid back ease, love worn clearly on the sleeve, close family + friends, good music, sand between the toes + a little sunshine.

All but gone...


...and there will be things, people, experiences + places that when you go back will all be but gone. And because there is a certain sense of beauty in the fact that there is something exciting about starting anew, there is still the loss for what was unfinished + left behind. Perhaps it is because that is the way it is meant to be or perhaps, at the time you did not quite know how to finish or appreciate it.  And with that, the reminder to embrace the moment in the moment slips in.  Try your hardest to live like this is all there is + appreciate it...all of it because, when you go back sometimes it is gone...know that something fills its place + is even sometimes better, but be sure that when you turn your back on something you have thought it through. Life changes...people + places change. So don't let anything slip away that you are not ready to lose.


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August 3, 2012

Pearl Jam...This One Playin' On Repeat

...and on repeat this played loudly early this morning over and again, on a bike ride where the air was warm + my thoughts wandered to recent conversations.  Amazing how a lyric can fit right into the spaces in your mind, the places that a conversation has left open.  Turned up so loudly that suddenly my thoughts were drowned out + then suddenly became crystal clear. " Survive and your amongst the fittest. Riding high amongst the waves I feel like I have a soul that has been saved ".


Accidental Brilliance Picks...


...and somewhere beneath the layers we are all a  bit of a bad-ass. Summon that spirit when you need it, the confidence that allows you to believe that it is all possible...everything is there for the taking + you truly have nothing to lose. Live like this is all there is, because it is. Don't look back...summon the spirit that allows you to get out there + get what should be yours...what will be yours.

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August 1, 2012

Accidental Brilliance Wednesday WIsdom...

Blind Faith...Tunes For A Tuesday

For the days when you can't seem to find your way home, when things aren't making the sense you seek, keep searching, keep pushing on. You are so close + all you need to do is have the blind faith that it is right around the corner...

The Girl Has Got It Goin' On...



...what made her different was that she knew it, the moment she met someone she knew what they were made of + in that instant she knew what they would mean to her. For the ones that meant the most she was like no other, sometimes that was too much + yet sometimes it was just enough.

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