9.15.2016

Intuitive Stretching




Back when I was living in Philly, I used to attend a type of yoga class like no other, taught by a woman who I look to as one of my most precious spiritual teachers, among a million other things. It was through her that I learned the true importance of listening intently and intuitively to the information my body is sharing with me. And that's exactly what I do. Every day, to some extent, I stretch and move my body in ways I feel it's calling me to. Usually at home. On my bed... in the kitchen... and now on this beautiful yoga mat by La Vie Boheme Yoga.

It's really really important to me that every single item in my home feels like it belongs. With an apartment filled with plants, this beauty was a no brainer. I step right on, and suddenly I'm in a magical jungle. It's perfect.

If you've never tried moving your body intuitively, I really suggest you try it. It can be an incredible experience -- eye-opening, even. I find this to be most magical to do at night, when all of your tasks are done for the day. Find a clear, quiet spot, and roll out your mat. Light some candles, incense, palo santo. Turn on some vibey music, whatever that may be for you. Don't think, just move. Feel. Notice what parts of your body are calling out to you. Listen to what they're saying, and respond with your own unique movement.

8.14.2016

Curating









Every day I curate. The decorations in my apartment.. the products in my beauty cabinet.. the 
photos on my 'gram. There's something about creating entire mini-worlds that feels so good to me.

I was introduced to Tictail last fall, and now I'm hooked. It's overflowing with chic independent brands and shopowners. Tons of gorgeous products to add to my oh-so-carefully-curated feed. But the part I ~really~ love is turning that feed into real life. I've already bought a handful of the items I added to my feed. It gets addicting to be honest. I just love knowing that I'm supporting these rad brands -- many of which are in Europe. I get kinda giddy when I'm paying for something in Swedish Krona. (Thx Paypal.) There is some realllly high-qual sh*t on here. This bag? These shoes? Bought 'em both. This hat? This jacket? Yup. Next on my list is this coat for fall...

NEway. Y'all should get on the Tictail app because I think you might love it. Follow my profile on there as I curate some more!! Hehe.

6.30.2016

Jackson Hole





















Just over 5 years ago, when those beautiful, beautiful people at STA Travel selected me as one of their two World Traveler Interns for the summer of 2011, I knew my life would change. I knew I was about to be taken through an unforgettable set of experiences. I knew I would come back with a string of memories that would stay a part of me for life. But I had not a clue to what extent.

Dutch was a complete stranger to me at the time. We literally met face to face for the very first time in Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. He flew in from Colorado. I, from New York. To be totally honest, I was nervous. It terrified me to envision spending so much time with this person. Three and a half months enduring the highs, lows, and in-betweens of travel with a guy I knew hardly anything about. What if we had nothing in common? What if we got sick of one another? Or worse... What if he didn't get my humor?!

Five and a half years later I can confidently tell you, with tears welling up in my eyes as I type this, that I would not give up this friendship for anything. Not a thing.

I don't know how they did it, but somehow, those nice folks at STA Travel paired me up with one of the greatest humans I've ever come to know. 

There's nothing I could ever do for them that would measure up to how much they changed my life that summer. All I can do is express my gratitude... and put a little spotlight on them so that you may think of them when you start to plan a future trip. 

Dutch and I went on a bunch of different group tours as part of the internship -- y'all can meet so many awesome people that way. Maybe you wanna do a lil tour through Costa Rica? Peru? Thailand?? We did Southeast Asia and it was raaaaaad. Whatever you book, you should use their airfare deposit program which will save you lots of $$$. ;)

I want to give a huge gigantic ridiculous thank you to my STA Travel peeps for hooking it up on the trip I just took to see Dutch in Wyoming. I totes recommend booking with them on your next big thang. They might just change your life, too.

Ps. Dutch... ILY forever. Bye.
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5.17.2016

Crystals in My Water




I like my water vibin' high. Charged up by the precious stones of Mama Earth.

I first heard about VitaJuwel and their ViA gemwater bottles from my yogi sister. As soon as I did, I needed one for myself.

What is gemwater, you ask? The most beautiful kind of water you can get.

Purified water that has been charged up by crystals becomes purified even further. The gems raise the vibration of the water to heavenly levels. They bring it back to its natural, wonderful, nourishing, healing state -- the way nature intended. The pH levels become more balanced, harmful substances are neutralized, and you become revitalized.

You just fill up the gorgeous glass bottle with purified water (I use ZeroWater to filter mine) and let it sit for 7-10 minutes while it works its magic. The water can pick up on the energy of the crystals through the glass pod that encases them. One sip and you'll notice a difference for sure.

I have the ViA Wellness, and I just adore it. There are a ton of other gempods you can get, too. You can switch out the pod depending on which one feels right for you at that moment.

I could go on and on about this bottle but, really, you should just get one for yourself. Well, maybe watch my little video first. Then go get yours.

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5.16.2016

Ten Things



1. Last week, I had my tarot cards read. The most notable takeaways were that love will be entering my life within the next few weeks, and in 3 months time it will "become clear that it's a soulmate." O0oh lala. I'll keep you guys posted, obviously.
2. At the tarot card reader's recommendation, I've been listening to this when I fall asleep. It's fuckin' powerful, man. I'll put on a playlist of a few of these videos so that they continue while I sleep. I'm really into it... even if I end up waking up in the middle of the night like, "Alright. ENOUGH," and have to turn it off.
3. I always prefer not to wear a bra. Whenever I can, I go braless. It feels freeing and playful and even a little bit bad ass. Of course, I am part of the IBTC, so it doesn't really make a big difference either way.
4. Today, like many days in my life. I ate a full bag of chips. How long will this continue? Time will tell.
5. In ten days time I'll be in LA with this babe visiting this babe. Can not freaking wait. Is there anything we need to do or see?? Let me know!
6. For almost a year I've been mostly nail-polish-free. (On my hands, at least.) I love how easy it is to not worry about chips and smudges and repainting every 3 days. But... there's something so feminine and subtly sexy about a hand of painted nails. So for now, I'm switching back.
7. Just realized I've only had a quarter of the amount of water I normally drink by this time of the day. Shit.
8. I've been making it a top priority to get my arse to the gym as often as possible, and I'm really excited about it. I'm starting to feel really strong, and I can even see some baby abs poking through -- even if my lil potbelly is covering them. Refer to #3.
9. Kombucha has been my jam for a while. But lavender kombucha, you guys. That's that new shit I'm on.
10. Yesterday, my grandma said something so simple yet very profound: "Good things take a lot more time than bad things." Patience, my friends. The good is coming.

Photo by Jana Kirn.

4.11.2016

Skin Bliss: Jurlique





I cherish my beauty rituals. To me, they’re my time to indulge the sense of sight, touch, smell, and even sound all at once. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been infatuated with trying out new beauty products — and here I am, no different at 28 years old. Well, maybe a little different; different in my concern with quality of ingredients. 

I was introduced to natural skincare brand Jurlique by my wonderful healer Dr. Alicia Armitstead. This woman is next level. Truly something else. I hold all of her recommendations to the highest regard. So when I saw she was backing this skincare brand, I knew I’d be in for a treat.

Fragrant, potent, and powerful, yet gentle, their products are top tier. No exaggeration. 

Their Beautiful Rituals face care set is a rose-based trio made up of their Rosewater Balancing Mist, Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cream Mask, and Skin Balancing Face Oil. 

I’m in love.

Rose is wonderful for hydration and balance, topped off with its beautiful, feminine scent.

After washing my face, I close my eyes and spritz some mist, massage in a few drops of the face oil, and finish it off with a couple dabs of the moisturizing mask. The mask is really meant to be a once-a-week treatment, but my skin needs some extra love, so I use a little bit of it on the daily. Then, a few times a week I'll apply a generous amount when I’m hanging out around my apartment, and let my pores slowly drink it in.

I think that skincare is one thing in which we should allow ourselves to indulge. If you have the means, I recommend you try one of Jurlique’s magical potions for yourself.

Ps. I'm well aware that the flowers pictured about are not roses, hehe. But they look beautiful alongside the products, right?!