Winter Sunshine

December 14, 2014 Comments Off

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. ~John Burroughs, “Winter Sunshine”


Enchanted Forest

December 10, 2014 Comments Off


Woodland Perfume, This homemade blend truly smells like you just walked into the Forest. Uplifting, grounding, meditative, and comforting. Woodland Perfume is for you if you love the fresh Forest aroma and the great outdoors. Perfume you make yourself is free from synthetic chemicals and is fully customized to your personal taste. The possibilities and combinations are endless. Creating your own essential oils signature seasonal scent is a powerful way to express your individuality. Beautiful & Beneficial.


4 drops wildharvasted Spruce essential oil
2 drops organic Fir Needle essential oil
2 drops organic Cedarwood essential oil
1 drop organic Vetiver essential oil
1 drop organic Bergamot essential oil
1 tsp (100 drops) organic Jojoba Oil


  1. Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle of your choice & snap on the roller -I prefer a clear roller ball bottle for practical & aesthetic purposes.
  2. Roll between palms to evenly mix the oils. Add Jojoba oil, and roll again.
  3. Create an artful label to further personalize the perfume for yourself and or for seasonal gifting. Share it! Enjoy!


Use essential oils that are 100% pure aromatic distillates, certified organic, sourced from reputable distillers.

As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. If you have sensitive skin or any serious medical condition, do not use essential oils unless advised by a physician or medical professional that it is safe.

Winter Wish List

December 7, 2014 Comments Off


Jennifer Meyer Emerald Leaf Earrings, 18K Gold featuring Meyer’s classic leaf motif with pave set Emeralds, and french hook closure. Organic, graceful, and a beautiful way to honor your love of nature, and emeralds! Jennifer Meyer designs delicate, minimalist gold jewelry to wear every day and everywhere. Sold at Barney’s New York and made by hand in Los Angeles, Meyer’s jewelry collections exemplify wearability and strike the perfect balance of understated elegance and beautifully hand-crafted.


Melissa Joy Manning Green Oval Uvarovite Druzy Ring, From the Bali Collection, Limited Edition, Recycled 14K Gold Bezel Setting, A true a gift from nature! Green is the color of birth and renewal. Born of nature and refined by the craftsman’s hand, the Bali Collection pays tribute to this spirit of regeneration through the alchemy of metal and stone. Jewelry artisan Melissa Joy Manning is committed to both social and environmental sustainability. Each piece is handmade in her Berkeley California Green certified studio using timeless metalsmithing techniques. Manning purchases her materials from suppliers worldwide that share her commitment to ethical sourcing. Her designs link the modern with the traditional, influenced by her passion for travel, art, and culture.


Terrain Fresh Tabletop Lodgepole Pine, Found between 2500 and 7000’ in select areas of the Rocky Mountains, Lodgepole Pines grow in stands and can reach up to 200 years in age. Terrain’s Lodgepole Pines are sustainably wild-harvested in Colorado during annual thinning for fire prevention, and never sourced from clear-cut harvests. Each tabletop tree arrives ready for display with a stand and galvanized bucket. From Terrain -a Home & Garden Design store that combines the resources of a specialty nursery with the design-savvy furnishings and relaxed shopping experience of its sister store, Anthropologie. The Westport Connecticut Terrain also has a Garden Cafe that follows a natural, sustainable farm-to-table path and an organic menu that reflects the cycle of the seasons and the local community, with considerable élan.


PANATĒA Matcha Green Tea Ceremonial Grade Set, ‘Matcha’ is a premium green tea powder and the ultimate superfood. Given that it’s ground from 100-percent pure tea leaf, the full nutritional benefits of the entire leaf are consumed, not just what’s left over from steeping it. The set includes: a ceremonial grade matcha green tea tin, 100-prong bamboo whisk, double wall glass bowl and custom measuring scoop, to bring the ancient luxury of matcha to modern life. New York based PANATĒA is a health and lifestyle matcha green tea company that traveled throughout Japan with an experienced tea master to find and bring back the most exquisite ceremonial grade matcha out there.


QUITOKEETO Olive Blossom Raw Honey 40 Ounce Jar, A polyfloral honey harvested from a single unsprayed Olive orchard from Northern California. The bees feed on the pollen and nectar of Manzanillo and Mission Olive trees along with blossoming Lupine, Gilia, Poppy, and Helianthella plants which dot the grove. Resulting is a dense honey with a pronounced warm sweetness, and hints of Cedar, Almonds, and Olivey richness. Winter culinary essential! I also like to cleanse my face with raw honey during the season, that’s right, just a bit of honey and a few drops of water = magical results! Ideal for sensitive skin, honey, with natural antibacterial, probiotic, nurturing and balancing properties, gently removes impurities without stripping the skin of natural oils. San Francisco-based QUITOKEETO is an online purveyor of items worth owning -a short list of new, found, and collaborative items thoughtfully crafted.


Elemental Herbology Botanical Body Repair Limited Edition Gold Shimmer, A botanical body oil combining rich Argan, Rosa Mosqueta, Sacha Inchi, Buriti and Sweet Almond Oils with the delicate scents of Frangipani, Jasmine and Mandarin to leave the skin silky and radiant. Nutrition for your skin with a little sparkle! London-based Elemental Herbology was created by a specialist in holistic medicine, acupuncture, and nutritional medicine, utilizing the Traditional Chinese Medicine Five Element philosophy, to provide high-performing, premium-grade nutritious skincare with zero additives, which meets your skin’s needs as the seasons change.


Lotus Wei Infinite Love Perfume, Developed by Flower Alchemist Katie Hess in 2000, the word ‘wei’ has two meanings, the first is ‘transformative action’ and the second is ‘benefit for all’. Lotus Wei Infinite Love Perfume is based on flower alchemy that transforms your mood and mind. Experience unconditional love for yourself & others, affection, enhanced magnetism, attractiveness, and charisma with a beautiful soft aroma of Red Rose, Red Mandarin, & Beeswax Absolute. Includes certified organic Hong Kong Orchid, Wild Fireweed, Pink Magnolia, Orange Hawkweed, and Pink Lotus flowers, and Pink Tourmaline gemstone. Also available in Joy Juice, Pure Energy, Inspired Action, Quiet Mind and Inner Peace.


From the Road Vayu Cashmere Scarf in Army, Aptly named ‘Vayu’ which means air in Sanskrit, each Vayu Cashmere Scarf is hand-woven to order in Nepal with over 2,000 cashmere strands sourced from Inner Mongolia. Once finished, each piece is individually hand tinted with either vegetable or environmentally friendly conventional dyes. The overall process is slow and exacting and involves four master artisans that use indigenous techniques that results in an impossibly light cashmere accessory. From the Road from New York offers Limited Edition bespoke treasures crafted with artisans from around the globe. The story of the items, the people who make them and the place they are made in is just as important as the final product.


Chilote House Shoe, Cozy and classic-looking, this multiple award-winning design is hand knitted in thick raw sheep wool and outfitted with an up-cycled salmon leather sole, both sourced and crafted locally in Patagonia through an innovative socially inclusive production ecosystem. Each Chilote House Shoe is geo-tagged with a QR code that leads to the geographical and production details of the individuals that hand-crafted each unique piece. The result is not just a useful, noble & beautiful product and user experience but most importantly, a completely scalable ecosystem of responsible production and conscious consumption.


The North Face Winter Boots, With faux fur inner lining, suede body, criss cross lace up closure & reinforced traction bottom sole. Waterproof and insulated, comfort, warmth and style. A New England Winter weather excursion must-have! Originating in San Francisco over 40 years ago, The North Face is a globally recognized American brand with a fundamental mission to build the best gear for the outdoors, support the preservation of wild places, and inspire a global movement of outdoor exploration.


Ghurka Pontoon IV No. 256 Chestnut Leather Rolling Luggage, For global nomads and seasoned travelers who demand elevated style awareness in every time zone, Ghurka’s Chestnut Leather Bags will meet all of your needs. Wrapped in supple, calfskin leather and designed in a heritage style, even the smallest of details carries a touch of class. Designed for curious sorts who exude “quiet confidence and adventurous spirit,” each Ghurka product features the company’s official embossed logo to ensure its authenticity. Ghurka -sought after by those of discerning taste, is one of the last American-made luxury labels. Thanks to their vegetable-dyed, ultra-durable leather, meticulous craftsmanship and trend-proof design, Ghurka bags aren’t mere purchases, they’re investments.


Hasselblad Stellar Camera in Olive Wood Grip, Known as the world’s first luxury compact camera, the Hasselblad Stellar redefines quality with its elegantly designed aluminum body and metal operation controls. Here Hasselblad -the iconic Swedish manufacturer of medium-format cameras and photographic equipment, uses Olive Wood to craft the ergonomic handgrip, making it a beautiful and powerful, pocket-sized camera. Grip available in Walnut, Zebra, Padouk, Wenge, Olive, Mahogany or Carbon Fiber. Features include a one-inch, 20.2 megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens and, for a fashionable touch, an Italian leather wrist strap. Shoulder strap and camera case included. Essential for the Winter Wonderland photo journey and beyond!


Assouline The Impossible Collection of Watches: The 100 Most Important Timepieces of the Twentieth Century, 144 pages | 100 illustrations, 11 x 17, This hand-bound, oversize luxury edition boasts hand-tipped images and is presented in a linen clamshell case. A must-have for any serious horologically inclined bibliophile! In this stellar addition to the Assouline Impossible Collection series, British historian Nicholas Foulkes has selected the 100 breakthrough timepieces of the twentieth century, weighing the virtues of rarity, price, innovative functions, historical importance, grand provenance and pleasing design. Featuring illustrious names such as Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Tag Heuer.


Draftsman’s Industrial Loft Wood Iron Desk, This desk is perfect for the writer, artist or architect. Its gorgeous combination of rustic wood and brassy metal make it a timeless beauty, worthy to be handed down from one creative generation to another. The extra storage drawer in the base conceals writing or sketching tools, and the hand crank allows this table to be flat or angled, depending on the need or inspiration. Fabulous form meets function piece for the office loft space. Manufactured by Kathy Kuo Home -New York boutique offering the highest quality Modern, Rustic, Urban Loft, Industrial Loft, French Provincial, and French Country Furniture.


Singer Porsche 911 Brooklyn, California-based Singer Vehicle Design is dedicated to the passionate study and preservation of the world’s most respected high performance vehicles through modern techniques and fresh perspectives. Their primary focus since inception has been the development of a meticulously restored and optimized air-cooled Porsche 911, in their view the most important sports car on the planet and worthy of such celebration for its iconic status. By performing restoration and state of the art modifications to clients’ vehicles to update performance, aesthetics and modern-day usability, Singer Vehicle Design attempts to optimize the strengths while preserving and perhaps enhancing the essence and magic of this incredible machine. Yes please, in Green! A girl can dream!

The Belonging

December 6, 2014 Comments Off

“Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.”
~ John Muir


Brad Kunkle Solo Exhibition “The Belonging” 11 December – 31 December, 2014 at Arcadia Contemporary New York.

Born in rural Pennsylvania, New York-based artist Brad Kunkle spent his younger years exploring and romanticizing the beauty of the sparse countryside and the deep forests around him. From an early age he was drawn to the worlds of Maxfield Parrish and the Pre-Raphaelites, worlds, he says, “where a subtle, supernatural beauty seems to be hiding under the breath of women, worlds where something beyond our natural perception is waiting to be found.”


Brad Kunkle, Seer, 17 x 18 in, Oil and Gold Leaf Paint on Linen, 2012, In Private Collection, Courtesy and © Brad Kunkle.

Known for his gorgeous brushwork that is at once dream-like and photorealistic, and his truly romantic, luminous landscapes brought to life with a wonderful use of gold leaf paint. An evocative and organic painterly style which draws the viewer in, creating narrative by the way the leaf absorbs and reflects the light. In discussing some of the ideological challenges of working with gold  “That’s the beauty and tragedy of this element,” he says. “It’s the most controversial element in the history of mankind. It also implies love and spirituality. The spiritual implication comes from its use in organized religion. But if we look at gold outside this context, we can see why it has been used to inspire our spiritual senses, which for me is the way it reflects light.”


Brad Kunkle, Sixth Sleep, 47 x 31 in, Oil and Gold & Silver Leaf on Linen, 2011, In Private Collection, Courtesy and © Brad Kunkle.

His minimal palette is inspired by the grisailles of early European masters and the haunting quality of antique photographs and daguerreotypes. “Grisaille has a mysterious quality to it, and that mysterious quality is also at times carried into the way I will treat an object or a dress. Sometimes I like to give just enough information for the viewer to finish the details of what they are seeing.”

Color Of The Year

December 4, 2014 Comments Off


Marsala Pantone Color of the Year 2015

The earthy red kissed wine hue will replace Radiant Orchid as fashion and design’s “it” color in the new year and is expected to “make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors,” color experts at Pantone say. The shade is complex but grounding -a brown-red with blue undertones for a dark blush effect. “It’s a color that you can mix with what you already own,” You can add just a touch of it. That’s the intent and purpose. It is not the color that swallows the world.” A universally confident and calm color.


Bobbi Brown Iconic Lipsticks from the cult-following classic ‘Marsala’ color palette.

Pantone’s yearly picks can herald a marked presence of a color in fashion, beauty, housewares, home design and consumer packaging, though some years the influence is stronger than others. For example, as they did with Radiant Orchid last year, and Emerald the year before, the cosmetics giant Sephora plans a limited-edition collection of beauty products based on Pantone and its latest pick. ‘Marsala’ has been widely used in lipstick -think Bobbi Brown, and hair color for years. Emanating natural, sophisticated earthiness and appeal.

Blake Illuminated

December 3, 2014 Comments Off


A major exhibition that will focus on the extraordinary life and work of William Blake, the visionary artist -painter and printmaker, and revolutionary poet of the prophetic books, opens 4 December 2014, and runs through 1 March 2015, at the Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, England. The Apprentice and Master exhibition examines three key phases in the life and work of William Blake (1757-1827) under the themes of ‘Education’, ‘Innovation’, and ‘Inspiration’.

Engravings, etchings and illuminated books are the focus of this exhibition, whose centrepiece is a recreation in exact dimensions and details of Blake’s Lambeth studio. It will examine his formation as an artist, including his apprenticeship as an engraver, and his maturity during the 1790’s when he was at the height of his powers as both an artist and revolutionary poet -Songs of InnocenceThe Marriage of Heaven and Hell, and Europe: a Prophecy are all on display. The exhibition will also explore his influence on the young artist-printmakers who gathered around him in the last years of his life, including Samuel Palmer, George Richmond and Edward Calvert.


William Blake, The Temptation and Fall of Eve, Illustration to Milton’s Paradise Lost, Pen & Watercolor on Paper, 1808, Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The serpent entwines Eve as she cradles it within her arm in a surprisingly friendly fashion, while being offered fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. While Adam stares out, as if deep in questioning thought. The fall of man, the serpent, Adam and Eve are central to Blake’s vision. In Paradise Lost, dualism is expressed through the symbol of ‘the state of human knowledge before and after eating the forbidden fruit’. The difference between an innocent knowledge of the world, in harmony with God (Universal Will), and the more complex and troubled knowledge that comes with the individual’s awareness of itself, which leads to conflict and the need for redemption. The post-lapsarian man and woman in Paradise Lost are transcendent with new knowledge, but also flawed with all that consciousness brings.

One of the most popular English artists, William Blake is still one of the least understood. His radical politics were reflected in his extraordinary technical innovations, especially in the field of printmaking and the illuminated book. This exhibition brings together more than 90 of Blake’s most celebrated works and offers new insights into his remarkable originality and influence. Opening with his apprenticeship, aged 14, to engraver James Basire, who sent him to study London’s Gothic churches, to his employment with publisher Joseph Johnson who supported Blake’s “Illuminated Printing”-innovative, fluid monotype techniques involving hand-finished watercolour, and closing with the late series of engravings for The Book of Job.

At The Crossroads

December 1, 2014 § 1 Comment


Marc Riboud, China, Palace during Winter, 1957, Silver Gelatin Print, Courtesy Rubin Museum of Art, © Marc Ribound.

On view now through 23 March, 2015, at the Rubin Museum of Art is the exhibition “Witness at a Crossroads” which chronicles French photographer Marc Riboud’s journeys across Asia during the mid-1950’s and 1960’s, a period of great cultural and political transition in the region. More than one hundred remarkable photographs offer glimpses into everyday life in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, China, and Japan, illuminating tensions between tradition and post-war modernity.


Marc Riboud, Washington, DC, March for Peace in Vietnam, 1967. An American girl, Jan Rose Kasmir, con­fronts the Amer­i­can National Guard out­side the Pen­ta­gon dur­ing the 1967 anti-Vietnam march, Silver Gelatin print, Courtesy Rubin Museum of Art, © Marc Ribound.

From a camel market in Rajasthan to music hall dancers in Tokyo to an extraordinary meeting between the Dalai Lama, Zhou Enlai, Indira Gandhi, and Jawaharlal Nehru, Riboud’s photographs capture moments of humanity, humor, and intimacy. Also on display is correspondence between Riboud and his mentor Henri Cartier-Bresson, press cards, contact sheets, maps, and personal items such as the photographer’s passport and camera.


Photographer Marc Riboud has been witness to the atrocities of war -photographing from both the Vietnam and the American sides of the Vietnam War, and the apparent degradation of a culture repressed from within -China during the years of Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution. Best known for his extensive reports on the East: The Three Banners of China, Face of North Vietnam, Visions of China, and In China. In contrast, he has captured the graces of daily life, set in sun-drenched facets of the globe -Fès, Angkor, Acapulco, Niger, Bénarès, Shaanxi, and the lyricism of child’s play in everyday Paris. A man of the world with the eye of a poet, Riboud’s photographs are a vignette of the lives of many, brushing against the souls of culture.

Riboud’s photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, including Life, Géo, National Geographic, Paris Match, and Stern, and major retrospective exhibitions at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the International Center of Photography in New York.

Cornbread & Pumpkin Butter

November 23, 2014 Comments Off

Don’t let the ‘vegan’ part of this recipe scare you. This is Goldilocks cornbread. It’s a little sweet, but not too sweet; a little salty, but not overly so. Using fine cornmeal or corn flour in the recipe, creates a texture that isn’t too rich or dense, and not quite cakey either. Everything about this cornbread is a delightful compromise. Its just right!


Vegan Cornbread, The perfect balance of savory & sweet, rich & light. A batch of cornbread is great to keep around this time of year, especially as an accompaniment for a seasonal soup or served warm for an afternoon snack. Quick & comforting. This pairs beautifully with homemade Pumpkin Butter for a special occasion or holiday treat!


  • tsp apple cider vinegar (or fresh squeezed lemon juice)
  • cups organic soy or almond milk (room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups organic (non-GMO) finely ground white or yellow cornmeal
  • cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink or sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut oil (melted/liquid)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Whisk the apple cider vinegar and milk together vigorously and set it aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, salt, and maple syrup.
  4. Add the oil to the milk mixture and then add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, mixing until they are totally incorporated.
  5. Use a spoon or spatula to transfer the mixture into an 8 x 8-inch square baking dish and bake for 35 minutes, or until the  top of the cornbread is firm and the edges are turning golden. Allow the bread to cool before serving.


Connecticut Farm Pumpkins, Did you know that pumpkin is actually a berry? And there are more than 800 different kinds of pumpkins! Pumpkins belong to the oldest cultivated plants on earth. Both the seeds and the flesh contain compounds that are incredibly healthy and good for you. Dark-orange colored Winter pumpkins are loaded with carotenoids, especially beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a potent antioxidant that prevents free radicals from causing havoc in the body!


Pumpkin Butter’s festive taste and intoxicating aroma make it a Fall classic. The name is a little deceiving because there’s actually no butter in the recipe, but you use it like a spread or jam. It tastes like delicious pumpkin pie -sweet, rich, and full of flavor. The taste of Fall! It’s also vegan and gluten-free. Plus, it’s fun and easy to prepare!


Pumpkin Butter, As you might expect, this packs well and makes a handsome gift. Just don’t forget to make a batch for yourself! It also keeps in the fridge for a few weeks and freezes well so you can make it now to share, and to have on hand to be enjoyed all season long.


  • 1 cup of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup organic almond milk
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • pinch of sea salt


  1. Put all the ingredients into a saucepan and mix thoroughly.
  2. Simmer the mixture on a low heat until it thickens ensuring to stir it constantly to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. It should take approx 20-30 minutes to thicken.
  3. Meanwhile, sterilize a canning jar by washing it in very hot soapy water, rinse thoroughly and dry in a low oven for about 15 minutes. In the last 5 minutes put the lid in the oven.
  4. When the butter has sufficiently thickened transfer to the jar and screw the lid on immediately.
  5. Decorate with burlap twine and or label & tag for gifting.

Chakra Collection

November 19, 2014 Comments Off


Chakras ~Human Energy Centers 

The beautiful Chakra Collection jewelry by Caspita, created by Arlène Bonnant -a Switzerland based designer and contemporary art expert, takes shape around the seven main chakras. Stemming from Indian spirituality and designating seven centres of energy in the shape of symbolic lotus flowers, visualized through their own unique colour. Representing a world in itself, a sensibility, an emotion, and a deity. All of the Capista artisan jewels are crafted in the finest Gold, Enamel, Diamonds & precious stones.


Caspita Anahata Micro Chakra Ring from the Chakra Collection in 18K Yellow Gold with 0.2 carat Tsavorite -a young and rare type of Grossular Green Garnet gemstone with a very long geological history. One of seven designs, this delicate ring represents Anahata, meaning ‘whole’ in Sanskrit. This chakra, the heart chakra, lies at the centre of the chakras, the life force, hence forming the centre of one’s humanity and empathy for others.

‘Caspita’ the name chosen by Bonnant to launch her line of fine jewelry, expresses admiration, joy, surprise -literally “my goodness” in Italian. This spirited word came to the designer while reminiscing about her grandfather, who often used this expression of surprise in her presence. The word created a bond between them, in much the same way as a jewel can unite two people. For Bonnant, her creations are designed to develop a certain spiritual balance -a harmony and beauty nourishing every level of being, from its inner strength to its exterior radiance.


Caspita Swadhistana Silhoutte Necklace from the Chakra Collection in 18K Yellow Gold studded with Diamonds (1 carat) on one side, and orange enamel on the other, represents Swadhistana, meaning “one’s own abode” in Sanskrit. Swadhisthana is the chakra of creativity, pure attention and pure knowledge. It is the second chakra which connects us to the inner source of inspiration, and enables us to experience the beauty around us. The necklaces in the collection includes Sahasrara, Swadhistana, MuladharaManipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, and Ajna chakra designs, ranging from the simple to the ornate.

Chakras are centres of energy and awareness in the human body. The word ‘chakra’ comes from Sanskrit, the sacred language of Ancient India, and literally means ‘wheel’ or ‘disk’. As they revolve continuously, chakras absorb energies from without and assimilate them, hence promoting harmony between one’s inner and outer worlds.


Caspita Secrète Chakra Swadhistana Ring from the Chakra Collection in 18K Yellow Gold set with 57 Orange Sapphires (5.5 carat), 80 Blue Sapphires (0.2 carat), and 73 Diamonds (0.3 carat). Cleverly designed to conceal a secret compartment that contains the bijas of the 6 lotus petals, engraved in Sanskrit. One of twelve artfully embellished rings in the collection, each radiates extraordinary.


Caspita Secrète Chakra Swadhistana Ring from the Chakra Collection in 18K Yellow Gold with an Aventurine symbolising the cosmos set at the back of the ring. Blue Aventurine is a variety of Quartz characterized by bright inclusions of Mica and Dumortierite that give a shimmering or glistening effect to the stone. Its name is derived from the Italian a ventura or all’avventura, meaning “by chance.” A stunning inclusion, making this a stellar piece!

There are seven principal chakras or energy centres situated along the spinal cord, each linked to a specific gland and associated with a particular shape, colour, sound, deity and meaning. Each Chakra has a very precise physical and emotional function. Chakras are traditionally represented in the shape of a lotus flower, each with a specific number of petals. The lotus flower is a powerful emblem in India -the plant springs in darkness at the bottom of lakes and grows towards the surface in order to flower in brightness into the purest flower.

Scents & Sensibilities

November 9, 2014 Comments Off

Scent is enchanting in all of its many guises. There’s something about the way scents evoke emotions, feelings, memories. One of my favorite times of year in terms of scent, is Fall + Winter. Whether it’s a forest scented candle, fragrant pinecones in a dish or Eucalyptus & Sage branches hanging from above, the holidays are a time of evocative aromas. Bringing the outdoors inside is a powerful way to connect to your sense of smell, and to make a space inside four walls feel cozy, inviting, special. And scent is an ingenious way to cultivate that ambience. In celebration of everything seasonal, I’ve put together a few of my favorite indulgences for making your home fragrant and festive. Ideal for gifting. These products are all naturally scentsational, seasonably appropriate, and will add a level of warmth and groundedness to the rapidly approaching holiday season. Enjoy!


Truly Aesthetic Assorted Bath Affirmations, Let a fantastic brew from the holistic eco-luxe bath and body care concept Truly Aesthetic pamper the body and awaken the senses. Bath Affirmations are crafted with mineral rich Dead Sea Salt, aromatic Flowers, soothing Herbs, skin nourishing fruit and pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Each bath salt test tube is accompanied by a hand selected positive affirmation scroll which will set the mood for your bath as well as prepare your mind for a divine holistic spa experience -before stepping in, take a deep breath, clear your mind and read one of the enclosed affirmations to evoke the mind, body and spirit connection. Also included are reusable unbleached muslin tea bags which can serve as an option to enclose the contents and create your own bath tea. Available in Enliven, Fortify, Harmonize, Repose, Thrive, Cherish & Bestow. Made in the USA.


Farmhouse Pottery Vermont Fir Wood Candle, Hand poured & made from American farmed soy wax, essential oils & reclaimed vintage glass. Everything about this candle, from the recycled letter pressed package to the robust Pine scent, echoes the rural beauty of Vermont. The Vermont Wood collection is inspired by Vermont’s rural landscape, preserved natural beauty and seasonal change -a fragrance that evokes that warm Winter feeling that we want to fill our house through the season. New England native and Farmhouse Pottery founder Zoe Zilian has a mission rooted in a modern farm aesthetic that represents farm-to-table values infused in traditionally crafted designs. She’s determined to sustain the next generation of local makers and farmers by bringing authentic gifts with a deeper meaning and useful purpose to market. Each piece in the 100 % New England made pottery studio is designed to be functional, artful, and covetable!


Creekside Farms Cedar & Eucalyptus Holiday Wreath, Cedar, mixed Eucalyptus, Tallow Berries, and a burlap ribbon, Let your decor pull double duty this Fall & Winter with the beauty of dried Cedar & Eucalyptus, and bring a bit of scentful aesthetic magic to your door or wall. Hand-crafted on Creekside’s California farm, this artisanal Cedar and Eucalyptus Wreath is a natural alternative to classic holiday wreaths- makes a perfect gift or way to welcome the season. A fragrance that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped into a snow-covered wonderland. Ideal to hang inside over a fireplace or somewhere else where one could see, smell, and appreciate it daily. Simply lovely! Drawing inspiration from surrounding flora, Creekside Farms handcrafts seasonal wreaths using a unique blend of fresh and dried materials, for many exclusive companies worldwide.


Juniper Ridge Trail & Crew Soaps, Campfire Incense & Cabin Sprays, Great scents to experience the pure, untouched beauty of the West coast’s backcountry from the comfort of your own home. The company’s incenses, soaps and room fresheners -all of which are made using sustainable ingredients from in and around the Pacific Northwest, capture the essences of those areas with such accuracy, that they’re basically the next best thing to being there. Featuring small-batch essential oils extracted using pre-industrial perfume techniques including juice presses, old whiskey stills, and copper pipes, every scent is sustainably wildcrafted by wild fragrance experts and avid hikers who are obsessed with natural aromatics. Juniper Ridge -the world’s only Wilderness Fragrance Distillery, extracts scents from real plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and tree trimmings found hiking the backcountry -products are named for the spot where ingredients were gathered in the mountains and deserts of the West. A hundred years ago, all perfumes were made this way. Today they’re the only ones who handle every step of the process themselves, from beginning to end!


Dr.Hauschka Spruce Warming Bath Essence, Hauschka’s Limited Edition Essence featuring Norway Spruce essential oil is an invaluable Fall + Winter aid. The resinous Norway Spruce fragrance has a grounding, calming effect and lets you breathe freely while Jojoba Oil gently moisturises your skin. A blissful bathing product for cooler months and in times of stress or exhaustion, offering intensive, long-lasting warmth for your body -both inside and out. Perennial favorite! Tip: Add a few drops to a small bowl of water to bring a fresh, deep Forest scent to any room. Dr.Hauschka is a premium certified organic German skin care line formulated using a holistic approach that keeps the big picture in mind, creating products designed to be used as part of a healthy lifestyle to reconnect us with our natural, seasonal rhythms.


FIG + YARROW Juniper + Sage Atmosphere Mist, A healthy home fragrance for Fall into Winter packed full of organic goodness, Bring on the good vibes and cleanse your space with handcrafted room spray, bursting with natural essential oils. Infused with notes of Juniper berries and Sage, a staple in every holiday kitchen. The savvy artisan behind the cult Colorado brand FIG+YARROW has crafted a delightfully fresh, Woodsy Atmosphere Mist out of these two Fall scents. Keep a bottle in the living room, kitchen, bedroom -the scent is both soothing and uplifting and helps purify the air. Fig + Yarrow is a nature-honouring line of organic artisan apothecary products born of a love affair with botanicals and earth elements. All products are crafted in small batches, mindfully formulated for efficacy and pleasure, artfully synthesising traditional wisdom and contemporary science. Marrying wildcrafted and organically grown herbs and botanical essences to create a healthfully indulgent experience!


DRAM Apothecary Pine Syrup, A deliciously unusual, bottled taste of the Rocky Mountains. DRAM’s Pine Syrup has been so popular in their tasting room that they are now selling it! Imagine the wonderful aroma of a Christmas tree, with notes of Woody spice and warming fresh Pine flavor, its go-to Fall + Winter magic! To add a bit of the wild Forest to your seasonal culinary ritual. With a collegiate background in Food Science, Ecological Agriculture and Botany, Herbal Alchemist and founder Shae Whitney forages Colorado’s White River National Forest for Wild Sage, Rose Hips, Pine Needles & Juniper Berries, and takes them back to her small town shop to transform them into the DRAM Apothecary line of bitters, teas, and herbal syrups in flavors like Pine. All of DRAM’s products are designed to offer the healing benefits of various plants while still tasting wonderful enough for use in the kitchen. A specialty hand-crafted line of goods made from organic and wild harvested herbs -thus free of synthetic dyes, flavorings, preservatives or flavor oils.


L’Artisan La Boule d’Ambre, These beautiful Terracotta spheres radiate deep Amber scentfulness throughout the home and simply look gorgeous. They are, to me, the ultimate artisanal design object meets ambient perfume for the home. Intricately carved and handmade by a mother-and-daughter team in the Picardie region of France and filled with a solid version of the warm, golden Amber fragrance -carried by currents of air and magnified by heat in the room, elegantly packaged for artful aromatic gift-giving. Amber is an emblematic fragrance of  L’Artisan Parfumeur -one of the most unique fragrance houses in the world. Founded in Paris in 1976, by perfumer-chemist Jean Laporte, it was one of the first in a movement toward exclusive niche fragrance houses inspired by nature and a desire to do things a little differently.


If you’re more of a do-it-yourselfer, here are some excellent ideas for how to create your own home fragrance. An always simple and natural alternative is to do what your grandmother did: simmer a pot of spices on the stove! Adding everyday ingredients like cinnamon sticks, apple peels, vanilla, nutmeg and more will have the home smelling festive in no time! Instructions: Fill a small saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the ingredients from your favorite recipe, continue to boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat down to simmer. Add water as needed, usually every 30 minutes or so. Recipe #1: Cinnamon Sticks, Apple Peels, Orange Rinds, Whole Cloves, Anise Stars, Recipe #2: Peel from 1 Lemon, Peel from 1 Orange, 2 Bay Leaves, 3 Cinnamon Sticks, 2 Tbsp Whole Cloves, Recipe #3: 5 Bay Leaves, 1 Tbsp Whole Cloves, 2 Cinnamon Sticks, Cranberries.

Circles Of Compassion

November 5, 2014 Comments Off

Few living vegans are as influential and as compelling as Dr. Will Tuttle. His book ‘The World Peace Diet’ has been called one of the most important books of the 21st century, and many vegans and activists credit Tuttle with sparking their initial or eventual shift to veganism. Will and his wife, artist Madeleine Tuttle, travel the world giving lectures, workshops, and trainings based on the World Peace Diet, including veganism, spirituality, effective activism, and personal development -with upcoming events scheduled through 2015.


Tuttle is a former Zen monk with a Master’s Degree in Humanities and a PhD in Philosophy of Education, and his work is embedded with these twin threads of spiritual consciousness and intellectual examination. Now, he has assembled the works of 28 internationally recognized authors and activists for ‘Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice’ due to be released this Fall from the innovative new company Vegan Publishers. The book consists of a series of essays edited by Tuttle, that focus on how the seemingly disparate issues of human, animal, and environmental rights are indeed connected. The authors share their insights into the cultural, spiritual, emotional, and physical transformations they have experienced through their research and their work. While all the authors are vegan, their perspective is outward and engaged with the larger social order, to inspire the greater social matrix through the power of the vegan worldview to effectively create a peaceful and just world for all.

World_Peace_Diet_BookThe World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony, by Will Tuttle, Paperback, 350 pgs, 2005. Incorporating systems theory, teachings from mythology and religions, and the human sciences, The World Peace Diet presents the outlines of a more empowering understanding of our world, based on a comprehension of the far-reaching implications of our food choices and the worldview those choices reflect and mandate. The author offers a set of universal principles for all people of conscience, from any religious tradition, that they can follow to reconnect with what we are eating, what was required to get it on our plate, and the aftermath of lasting effects. A powerful, courageous argument, one that many who are already vegetarians or vegans will read and find themselves nodding their heads over, and those new to these ideas, will be profoundly moved, and forever changed.


Vegan Publishers was formed in 2013 in Boston Massachusetts with a mission to publish a range of books that promote social consciousness and awareness related to veganism. With an interest in publishing books for children and adults that focus on positive themes emphasizing respect for all living beings. Vegan Publishers hopes to be at the forefront of the growing societal trend towards vegan living, spreading positive messages about veganism including but not limited to food, emphasizing kindness, respect, compassion, and healthy living.