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 Seven Chakras Gyroscope Necklace from the Chakra Collection in 18K Yellow or Rose Gold set with 160 diamonds (1.9 carat), 90 cm in length. Designed to represent all of the chakras, so that the elements revolve with a gyroscope effect. The necklaces in the collection also includes Sahasrara, Muladhara, Swadhistana, Manipura, Anahata, Vishuddha, and Ajna designs individually, 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). An aventurine symbolising the cosmos is set at the back of the ring. Cleverly designed to conceal a secret compartment that contains the bijas of the 6 lotus petals, engraved in Sanskrit. A stunning and unique piece. One of twelve artfully embellished rings in the collection, each radiates extraordinary.

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.


DRAM Apothecary Woodlands Tea, An arboraceous blend of invigorating plants found in the Colorado woodlands including Pine, Fir and Spruce Needles. With notes of floral Earth and warming Pine, its go-to Fall + Winter magic in a tin box! To add a bit of the wild Forest to your seasonal tea 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.


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!


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.

Spirit In Everywoman

November 5, 2014 Comments Off


In this upcoming women’s retreat “A Woman’s Weekend with Artemis” Novemebr 14-16, 2014, at Esalen Institute Big Sur,California, storytelling and archetypal meaning will come together when Jungian analyst and author Jean Shinoda Bolen brings her latest book Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman to life. Artemis the goddess of the hunt and moon and Atalanta the mortal, tell us about nature as healer, about love and loss and loving again, about achievement of excellence, about solitude and the sacred feminine. These archetypal connections to be encountered in story and ourselves. The experiential elements in this workshop include guided meditation, inner reflection and participation in a circle with a sacred center.

This weekend retreat precedes Bolen’s 5-day workshop “Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman: Archetypes in Depth Psychology and Soul Work” November 16-21, 2014, that provides a foundation for understanding archetypes within us, in relationships, and in clinical psychology. In this workshop, Bolen will introduce selected myths from her colossal best seller -published in over thirty foreign translations, Goddesses in Everywoman, and expand upon their meaning through in-depth storytelling and discussion. Emphasis will be on the relationship of these archetypes to the Self, to individuation, to living one’s personal myth and seeing life as a soul journey.


Jean Shinoda Bolen M.D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and an internationally known author and speaker. She is the author of The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, and Like a Tree. She is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a former clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco, and an Analyst-member of the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and the International Association for Analytical Psychology.

Bolen brings an emphasis on the question for meaning and the need for a spiritual dimension in life to all aspects of her work, while also taking into account the powerful effects of archetypes within us and family and culture upon us. Her books are used as college and university texts in gender studies, women’s psychology, mythology, spirituality, east-west philosophy, and psychology courses. She has been an advocate for women, women’s issues, and ethics in psychiatry.

Artemis_BookArtemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., Hardcover, 272 pgs, Conari Press, September, 2014, Bolen invites women and girls to discover the tenacity and courage of the Artemis archetype and how it can be tapped to live authentically.To tell the story, Bolen delves deeply into the myth of Atalanta, the famous hunter and runner in ancient Greek mythology, a mortal woman who is identified with Artemis the Greek Goddess of the Hunt and Moon. Atalanta began life abandoned and left to die because she was born a girl. She faced the Calydon Boar and drew first blood; she was the runner who would demand to be beaten in a footrace by the man who could claim her as his bride. She exemplifies the indomitable spirit in competent, courageous girls and in the women they become. This is grit, the passion and persistence to go the distance, to survive, and to succeed, through a holistic model of human potential.

She includes many real-life stories as well as mythological and fictional examples of women who are similar to Atalanta, including among others Princess Merida from the animated film Brave and Katniss from The Hunger Games. Artemis and Atalanta are the means through which readers can navigate their own personal exploration to become their authentic selves. Bolen dedicates this book to women and girls who embody the archetype of Artemis, who discover her uncrushable spirit in themselves or others.

Goddesses_BookGoddesses in Everywoman, by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., 20th Anniversary Edition, 368 pgs, Harper Collins Publishers, September, 2004, A classic work of female psychology that uses archetypal goddesses as a way of describing behavior patterns and personality traits is being introduced to the next generation of readers with a new introduction by the author. First published in the early 1980’s, Bolen’s radical idea was that just as women used to be unconscious of the powerful effects that cultural stereotypes had on them, they were also unconscious of powerful archetypal forces within them that influence what they do and how they feel.

Dr. Bolen believes that an understanding of these inner patterns and their interrelationships offers reassuring, true-to-life alternatives that take women far beyond such restrictive dichotomies as masculine/feminine, mother/lover, careerist/housewife. And she demonstrates in this book how understanding them can provide the key to self–knowledge and wholeness. Bolen introduced these patterns in the guise of seven archetypal goddesses, or personality types, with whom all women could identify, from the autonomous Artemis and the cool Athena to the nurturing Demeter and the creative Aphrodite, and explains how to decide which to cultivate and which to overcome, and how to tap the power of these enduring archetypes to become a better ‘heroine’ in one’s own life story.

Circles Of Compassion

October 29, 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.

Anarchy & Beauty

October 27, 2014 Comments Off

“I determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and blessed, and the work goes on.”
~William Morris, The Well At The World’s End: Volume I


William Morris

On view now through 11 January, 2015, at the National Portrait Gallery in London is the exhibition ‘Anarchy & Beauty’ which explores the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris. Through portraits, personal items and fascinating objects on public display for the first time, this major exhibition illustrates Morris’s concept of ‘art for the people’ and highlights the achievements of those that he inspired. Curated by acclaimed author and biographer Fiona MacCarthy, the display features original furniture and textiles designed and owned by Morris as well as the work of his contemporaries including Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones. Showcased alongside remarkable books, jewelry, ceramics and clothing by craftspeople such as Eric Gill, Bernard Leach and Terence Conran, demonstrating how Morris’s legacy continued into the twentieth century, influencing radical politics, the Garden City movement and the Festival of Britain in 1951.

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William Morris, Bird, Woven Textile Design, 1878. The fabric proved both popular with the general public as it did with Morris himself, who used the fabric on the walls of his drawing-room at Kelmscott House from its original release date until his death in 1896.


William Morris was the greatest artist-craftsman of his period, well-known for his wallpapers and textiles. He was an extraordinarily creative designer of pattern. Morris ran a successful decorating and manufacturing business as well as a high-profile London shop in Oxford Street. But this was only one of his activities. In his time, he was even better known as a poet, equal to Tennyson and Browning. He was a passionate social reformer, an early environmentalist, and an important political theorist. His Utopian novel News from Nowhere had a profound national and international influence. Uniting all these activities was Morris’s belief in the power of beauty to transform human lives. In propounding this belief through his lecturing and writing, his energy was formidable in demonstrating and campaigning for the socialist cause.


Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris and His Legacy, 1860–1960, Cloth, 184 pgs, by Fiona MacCarthy, Published by Yale University Press in Association with the National Portrait Gallery, London, November 2014, As an artist, craftsman, designer, poet, polymath, and visionary thinker, well-known for advocating that objects of beauty be accessible to all, Morris had a tremendous impact on the British Socialist movement, the Arts and Crafts movement, the Garden City movement, as well as on successive generations of artists and thinkers in Britain and beyond. In this fascinating book, Fiona MacCarthy examines Morris’s vision of a society in which art could flourish, and how this idea resonated over the ensuing century.

Anarchy and Beauty takes the reader through Morris’s fascinating career, from the establishment of his decorative arts shop, to his radical sexual politics and libertarianism, and the publication in 1890 of his novel News from Nowhere, which envisions a utopian socialist society. MacCarthy then looks at the numerous artists and movements that bear the influence of Morris’s ideas: Arts and Crafts and the Garden City, which took hold in both Europe and the United States; artists’ communities that sprung up during the interwar years; and the 1951 Festival of Britain, whose mission was to bring the highest standards of design within the reach of everyone.

Morris_BookWilliam Morris: A Life For Our Time, by Fiona MacCarthy, Paperback, 780 pgs, 1995, In MacCarthy’s scholarly tome on Morris, insightful details are bought to light from the life of one the giants of design, a man significant not just for the legacy of his design work but also for his writing, influence on literature, and his political activism. Here, MacCarthy does seem to possess a deep respect and admiration for her subject as this is a biography that moves beyond the sensationalism of tabloid history and attempts to illuminate all the complexities of one of the great men of his age.

The narrative follows the chronology of his life giving insight into his work and his complex and enigmatic personality. MacCarthy exposes his early interests and influences, his admiration for the natural world and organic forms, his political activism and his centrality to British socialism, his tendency towards obsessive pursuit of an interest or idea and the evolution of Morris the poet, artist, designer and environmentalist. Supplemented with liberal illustrations throughout bringing depth and intimacy to the narrative. An epic read for the Morris aficionado.

Butternut Squash Chips

October 26, 2014 Comments Off

Now is the time to take advantage of butternut squash, everyone’s favorite Fall vegetable, thanks to its smooth surface, rich flavor & versatility. This is a recipe for when you just want to slow down, enjoy the process, and end up with an enjoyable unique treat. These crispy baked butternut squash chips are a crunchy, delicious snack that is both savory and naturally sweet.


Butternut Squash Chips, Choose a butternut squash from the market with a long thin neck for making these chips.The sweetness of the butternut squash pairs beautifully with fragrant rosemary, sage, thyme, or oregano and a little sprinkle of sea salt & freshly cracked pepper. The end result is a healthy chip you can feel good about snacking on. Irresistibly Good!

  • 1 small skinny butternut squash
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped (or herbs of choice)
  • sea salt & fresh cracked pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Cut the neck of squash off the base & peel. Using a sharp knife or mandoline, slice squash into thin slices, about 1/8 th of an inch thick. Save the rest of squash, including the seeds, for baking & roasting later.
  3. Drop the slices into the boiling water and boil for 2 minutes (this allows the squash to become crispy when baked). After 2 minutes, carefully drain and rinse the slices until they are cool to the touch. Pat the slices dry with a towel to remove excess water.
  4. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper and place the slices on top, taking care that the slices do not touch. Brush the slices with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt & pepper, and herbs of choice.
  5. Bake the chips until crispy, about 15-20 minutes. Watch carefully and remove the chips once they turn brown and crispy -the timing for your oven may be shorter or longer. You may need to remove the chips in intervals, depending on the evenness of the slice thickness and oven heat.
  6. Once cooled, store the chips in an airtight container for up to one week.


Butternut squash have a hard, light-tan rind and a golden orange flesh. They range in size from 6 to 12 inches long and weigh between 2 and 5 pounds; choose one that feels heavy for its size. The skin should be smooth and uniform in color with a matte surface.This hardy squash can be kept for up to three months in a cool, dry place. Do not refrigerate.

Using a mandoline for this recipe to cut thin slices really speeds up the process, but a sharp knife will do just fine. Either way, be careful!

Like That Décor

October 24, 2014 Comments Off

There’s a new interior design app for your next decorating project that addresses the conundrum every décor lover knows well: After a long search, you finally spot the perfect love seat, lamp, armoire, or artisan textile, but it’s in your favorite museum, inn, restaurant, or boutique, or on Tumblr with no details -the all too common occurrence. What to do? Enter LikeThat Décor -a new tool from visual technology company Superfish, that enables you to search for décor with images, rather than words, to quickly realize your design aspirations. 


Steampunk Office Design, Point your camera at an object and within seconds the app will source the actual piece or dozens of comparable items from its broad list of retailers. It’s as simple as Snap it, Explore it, Find it. Visual search, as opposed to text driven -consumer’s primary method of locating specific images by typing keywords, is an entirely new way of exploring our world and expressing ourselves. An empowering new tool that has the potential to align the tastes and search behaviors of image-focused consumers -think active global users on Pinterest and Instagram, as well as artists and designers alike.

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LikeThat Décor App, The app also allows users to search categorically from a gallery of images, or upload images from favorite social sharing & design sites like Houzz -with over 4 million interior design photos. When you find a piece of furniture you like you can simply snap a photo and the app pulls up the actual image and or a variety of complementary pieces you may have never even thought of. The app’s database includes numerous products from top furniture brands to choose from. You can click on the image in the details section, providing product specifications and information on where to get the items, and then buy directly from the merchant.

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LikeThat Décor App, Expect to find familiar retailers like Restoration Hardware, Allmodern, West Elm, Wayfair, and Gilt, as well as lesser known indie retailers and up-and-comers; there are over a thousand merchants in the network. And if you’re just daydreaming about a project that’s not quite happening yet, the app lets you save your searches -so that perfect idea or statement piece will be waiting for you when you need it. The LikeThat Décor app is available free from iTunes.

A Buddhist Brunch

October 19, 2014 Comments Off

When you feel like your body is craving something nutritious and comforting, slow cooking a healthy pot of dal is ideal. A little goes a long way, best to prepare dal ahead of time, and keep it stored for lunches, or a satisfying Buddhist Brunch.


A healthy dish of digestion-promoting dal possesses a high amount of anti-inflammatory and natural antioxidant properties with ingredients like garlic & ginger to help reduce muscle soreness, chili powder to increase your metabolic rate, turmeric embodying anti-cancer properties, and fenugreek, which is said to have the ability to regulate our blood-sugar response, and ‘Masoor dal’ in particular, is very good for improving blood circulation in the body. Sweet, nutty flavor and plenty of spice and texture to savor. Nutritious & delicious!


Chop a cucumber, some red onion and coriander or mint very finely and toss together with a few squeezes of lemon and a dash of salt and pepper, for a quick Cucumber Salsa -the perfect cool accompaniment to the heat of the dal. Serve your Bangla Dal and Seeni Sambol with a micro-green salad, the cucumber salsa, gluten-free millet flat bread and wedges of fresh limes. Absolute comfort food!



  • 1 cup masoor dal, washed & drained
  • 5 cups of hot water
  • 1 heaped Tbsp of tamarind pulp, chopped
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or 2 Tbsp each vegetable oil & mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced onions
  • 1/2 tsp sea or pink salt
  • Lime wedges
  • 1/2 cup coriander sprigs (optional)


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the dal and water and bring to a boil. Skim off the foam for the first few minutes of boiling, then lower the heat to medium and simmer for twenty minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the tamarind pulp in a small bowl. Scoop out about 1/4 cup of the water from the pan of dal. Add it to the tamarind pulp, and stir well; then set aside for several minutes to soak.
  3. Place a fine strainer over a small bowl and press the tamarind through the strainer. Discard the pulp; set the tamarind liquid aside.
  4. Partially cover the dal and lower the heat to medium-low. Cook until its completely soft and soupy, 10 to 15 minutes. Keep warm over a low heat.
  5. Heat the oil in a wok or heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the coriander, cumin and cayenne and stir-fry for until fragrant (about 15 seconds) and then add turmeric, garlic, and onions and stir-fry until the onions are very soft and tender. Add the reserved tamarind liquid to the dal, add the onion mixture and stir well. Add salt to taste.


Masoor dal is an important part of the diet in many parts of the world, especially in the Indian Subcontinent, which has a large vegetarian population. It is basically split lentil without skin and is red in colour. It does not need soaking prior to cooking as it is a soft dal and cooks quickly. When cooked, Masoor dal turns a soft golden colour and has a pleasant earthy flavour. With 26 percent protein, these lentils have the third-highest level of protein, by weight, of any plant-based food after soybeans and hemp.



  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 3 cups of thinly sliced red onions or shallots
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp of minced ginger
  • 8 fresh curry leaves
  • 4 to 8 dried red chilies, stemmed & broken into pieces
  • 1 tsp of Maldive fish or bonito flakes, ground (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp of ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup fresh organic coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp of organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of sea or pink salt
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice, or to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When it’s hot add the onions or shallots, the garlic and ginger, and cook, stirring until golden brown.
  2. Lower the heat, add the curry leaves, dried chilies, bonito flakes, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and coconut milk. Bring to simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to make sure the sambol is not sticking.
  3. Remove from heat, add sugar, salt and lime juice, and stir well. Transfer to a food processor and process to a smooth puree.
  4. Transfer to a jar and let cool. Seal lid tightly and store in the refrigerator. It will keep for a month or more if kept refrigerated.


This recipe makes a relatively large quantity; store it in a glass jar in the refrigerator and bring it out as condiment with any meal. Put it out in a small bowl with a serving spoon so guests can dollop a little on the side of their plates.

Recipe adapted from one of my favourite culinary books: Mangoes and Curry Leaves, by Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid.

Mangoes_Curry_BookMangoes and Curry Leaves: Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent, by Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid, Hardcover, 416 pgs, 2005.

Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid travel west from Southeast Asia to that vast landmass the colonial British called the Indian Subcontinent. It includes not just India, but extends north to Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nepal and as far south as Sri Lanka, the island nation so devastated by the recent tsunami. For people who love food and cooking, this vast region is a source of infinite variety and eye-opening flavors. Home cooks discover the Tibetan-influenced food of Nepal, the Southeast Asian tastes of Sri Lanka, the central Asian clay-oven breads of the northwest frontier, the vegetarian cooking of the Hindus of southern India and of the Jain people of Gujarat.

It was just twenty years ago that cooks began to understand the relationships between the multifaceted cuisines of the Mediterranean; now we can begin to do the same with the foods of the Subcontinent. Their stories, along with their breathtakingly diverse photographs of places, people and food, allow us to experience with them one of the most visually stunning places on earth. Their recipes are tailored for the North American home cook to experience authenticity, for every occasion.

Design Path

October 17, 2014 Comments Off

“Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator.Philippe Starck

 Designers Philippe Starck + Riko realize first prototype of their custom eco-prefab house, that in Starck’s mind, represents the modern living ideal. The house fits the philosophy and the ethic of the designer,”But it is not an architectural work. It’s completely understated from my side. It’s very humble and just made with the best engineering and the best technology ”says Starck -the French designer who has become widely known since the start of his career in the 1980’s for his interior, product, industrial and architectural design work.


Starck + Riko prototype for PATH (Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes) which sits on the outskirts of Paris, doubles as the designer’s own home. With its façade of glass and aluminium, the 350 sq m two-storey home reveals no sacrifice of form to function, with fluted cornice that conceals the ‘green factory’ rooftop. Designed to integrate seamlessly high eco-technology systems -solar, thermal, solar photovoltaic & wind turbines.

First launched in 2013 after years of technological development and collaboration, French designer Philippe Starck and Slovenian wooden prefab building company Riko released their customizable Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes (PATH) to the global market just this month. Combining Starck’s signature timeless design and Riko’s high expertise with state-of-the-art insulation and energy production technology, PATH houses usher in a new area of positive energy housing. The first PATH prototype (above) was recently realized in Montfort, France, and features rooftop energy-producing technologies, co-developed by French companies DualSun and IRFTS, consisting of 58 photovoltaic thermal hybrid solar panels, wind turbines, rainwater recovery and heating pumps. As France works towards its 2020 thermal regulation goal to have all new buildings possess positive energy status, Starck + Riko’s prefab homes are packed with theses high eco-technological systems to allow the homes to produce more energy than they consume.


 Starck + Riko prototype for PATH (Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes) Interior, Monfort, France. The all-over spruce interior panelling, which Riko claims produces 40 percent less waste during manufacturing, has the appeal of a Starck-style lodge.

Perhaps the most interesting, if not highly marketable, feature of these prefab homes is the variety of mix-and-match design options that cater to homeowners’ individual needs and aesthetic preferences. For starters, PATH includes 4 models: two single-story residential homes, one double-story house, and a family of supplementary units intended as a garage or garden studio. While this is the deluxe option, each PATH energy system will be determined by need; the entire concept, in fact, is highly adaptable with myriad customisable features such as combinations of glass and/or wooden structures along with several styles of roofs, 34 different floor plans with 1 to 8 bedrooms, and  interior finishes and fixtures can also be customized. Another point that Starck + Riko highlight with PATH is the accessibility and affordability of their homes. Prices range from €2,500 to €4,500 per square meter depending on the client’s choices. Once a house is ordered, the designers state it will take less than 6 months to deliver the turnkey house to the owners.


Philippe Starck has a mission and a vision: creation, whatever shape it takes, must make life better for the largest number of people possible. His anticipatory concern for environmental implications, his profound comprehension of contemporary mutations, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his devotion to a positive reduction, his love of ideas, and his desire to defend the intelligence of usefulness, have accompanied one iconic creation after the other. From everyday products such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega-yachts, micro wind turbines, electric cars, and hotels that aspire to be vibrant places, Starck never ceases to push the boundaries and criteria of contemporary design. 

Art Of Man

October 14, 2014 Comments Off

“We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Animation by artist Steve Cutts created in Flash and After Effects looking at man’s relationship with the natural world. Steve Cutts is an illustrator and animator working in London, whose thought-provoking work lends an important message about our interaction with, and exploitation of, the environment. Showing the impact of humanity’s misguided anthropocentric perspective, resulting in unreasonable growth and progress that is destroying the ecological foundations of life on Earth. Good planets are hard to come by, don’t blow it!

World Of Interiors

October 9, 2014 Comments Off


The New York home décor of Vogue international editor at large, Hamish Bowles, is featured in the November 2014 issue of World of Interiors. Bowles, world-renowned for his keen aesthetic and vast personal collections -from antiques to couture he’s amassed over the decades trawling the globe, is the European Editor for Vogue and one of the most respected authorities on the worlds of fashion and interior design. He writes feature and fashion stories for all parts of the magazine as well as overseeing the lifestyle and interior design features, and acts as Vogues’ liaison to the European fashion markets.


In the library of Hamish Bowles’ Manhattan apartment, decorated by friends Roberto Peregalli and Laura Sartori Rimini, protégés of the Italian design master Lorenzo Mongiardinothe, the marmalade Sister Parish tufted sofa, after a design by Syrie Maugham, and the amethyst William IV settee -found at Christie’s New York, are both upholstered in silk velvet, custom-dyed by Studio Peregalli -the masters of making interiors look brilliantly timeworn, buttato lì. Photography by Simon Upton. Covered with pediment-topped bookcases crammed with works carefully organized into biographies, fashion and decorating. “We were going for something Proustian,” says Hamish. It has a wonderfully collected look, as most pieces were lovingly acquired during Hamish’s travels, each antique with its own back story, plays an integral part in the creation of timelessness throughout the interiors. Assolutamente meraviglioso!


Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People Hardcover, 12.9 x 9.8 x 1.8 in, by Hamish Bowles (Introduction), Calvin Klein (Foreword), October 30, 2007.

Like Studio Peregalli interiors, some books are classics and never go out of style. Two such examples are The Invention of the Past: Interior Design and Architecture of Studio Peregalli, and Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People by Hamish Bowles. Lavishly illustrated in full color, Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People is a voyage through style-makers’ private realms around the world. A book that takes you into exquisite rooms and gorgeous gardens from 36 unique homes, captured by such celebrated photographers as Miles Aldridge, Cecil Beaton, Jonathan Becker, Eric Boman, Oberto Gili, François Halard, Horst P. Horst, Annie Leibovitz, Sheila Metzner, Mario Testino, Tim Walker, and Bruce Weber, among many others. Bringing to life interiors and exteriors, modern and classical, that are both inspiring and transporting. Writers Hamish Bowles, Joan Juliet Buck, Dodie Kazanjian, Eve MacSweeney, Julia Reed, Marina Rust, and Vicki Woods take us behind the scenes to give us an intimate view of the owners and how they live, at all points of the décor spectrum.


The Invention of the Past: Interior Design and Architecture of Studio Peregalli Hardcover, 9-3/4 x 12 in, by Laura Sartori Rimini (Author), Roberto Peregalli (Author), Hamish Bowles (Foreword) October 11, 2011.

The Milan-based interior design and architectural firm Studio Peregalli presents their breathtaking environments that capture the classic elegance of the past. Partners Laura Sartori Rimini and Roberto Peregalli have a distinctive ability to work in virtually every historical style-from Renaissance to Victorian-to create interiors that are atmospheric and magical, conjuring up a real or imagined past.
The Invention of the Past profiles the firm’s domestic and public projects, including residences for such leading families as the Etros and the Zegnas. Organized by house elements-facades, libraries, dining rooms, bedrooms, and other spaces-the book focuses on their opulent and whimsical furnishings and old-world craftsmanship. Studio Peregalli juxtaposes authentic works of a particular period with replicated pieces to create an illusion that becomes something real and evocative. The book features beautiful color photographs of their oeuvre, along with reproductions of drawings, maquettes & plaster models.

Apple Cranberry Crisp

October 5, 2014 Comments Off


I am sure everyone has their own favorite Apple Crisp recipe or memory. I first tried this one, in similar variations, courtesy of Alfalfa’s Market cafe in Boulder Colorado -while I was in grad school. Love at first taste. A perennial favorite then, with crisp apples and a mix of seasonal berries or rhubarb. Now I really enjoy the flavor combination of tart fresh cranberry with apple. Suits the season. Such a simple, wholesome dessert to create, and so delicious to eat.


Vegan Apple Cranberry Crisp, Using fresh Fall ingredients, this is a great October treat to bake when the apples are ready to pick, and the weather gets a little cooler outside. I love how the whole house fills with the sweet aromas of apple, vanilla, and spice. Warms the soul. Using this season’s organic apples, hand-picked from the orchard, just makes the whole thing that much sweeter.


For the filling:

  • 3-4 lbs. organic apples
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or water
  • 1 Tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice

For the topping:

  • 1 cup organic rolled oats
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup maple sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nut oil
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • pinch of sea salt


Preheat oven to 350. Peel, core, and slice apples into 3/4 inch chunks. Dissolve arrowroot in apple cider or water, set aside. Place apples and cranberries in a mixing bowl. Add spices and mix. Pour into a baking dish. Pour arrowroot mixture over the apples. To prepare the topping, mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add macadamia nut oil, coconut milk, and vanilla. Mix well until the consistency is crumbly. Crumble topping over the apples, and bake for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Serve alone or with your choice of yogurt or coconut cream.

Mind & Life Symposium

October 4, 2014 Comments Off


The International Symposium for Contemplative Studies will take place 30 October – 2 November, 2014, in Boston, MA. This gathering is convened by the Mind & Life Institute and will be the second biennial symposium. The interdisciplinary meeting will examine new ideas in overlapping fields of contemplative study with the goal of advancing our understanding of the human mind, and how mental training through contemplative practices can lead to reduced suffering, enhanced health and cognitive-emotional functioning, greater happiness, and increased social harmony. Keynote Speakers include: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Richard Davidson, David Germano, Arianna Huffington, Amishi Jha, Tania Singer, and Diana Chapman Walsh. With Master Lectures, Contemplative Teachers & Artists including: Richard Freeman, Roshi Joan Halifax, Jon Kabit-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, and Greg Dunn, including more than 175 sessions covering groundbreaking research. Neuroscience, clinical science, philosophy, the humanities, contemplative education, economics, medicine, and much more -all under one roof. Great minds, great ideas, great research!


For the past 30 years, the Mind & Life Institute has pioneered the field of contemplative science. In pairing the oldest wisdom traditions with cutting-edge scientific research, contemplative science uncovers groundbreaking and holistic insights into the human mind and condition. Mind and Life’s work operates in an array of rigorous fields -neuroscience, psychology, education, medicine, ethics, religion, the humanities, and is always guided by the Institute’s larger mandate to alleviate suffering, cultivate kindness and compassion, and advance human flourishing. The Institute has affiliates including notable scientists, and Buddhist practitioners, the most distinguished of which is Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama.

Emptiness The Sky

October 1, 2014 Comments Off

“Knock on the sky and listen to the sound.” ~Zen Saying

A collection of new work titled ‘Kisetsu’ (Seasons) from Japanese/Russian/American metalsmith Miya Ando, will be on view in a solo exhibition in New York 16 October – 15 November, 2014, at Sundaram Tagore Gallery. A space devoted to examining the exchange of ideas between Western and non-Western cultures, encouraging spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues.


Miya AndoKu (Emptiness/The Sky) Faint Pink, 48 x 48 in, Pigment & Lacquer on Aluminum, 2014, Courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery © Miya Ando.

 Ando, a descendant of Bizen sword makers, was raised among Buddhist priests in a temple in Okayama, Japan. Combining traditional techniques of her ancestry with modern industrial technology, she skillfully transforms sheets of metal into ephemeral, abstract paintings infused with color and spirit. The foundation of Miya Ando’s practice is the transformation of surfaces -a luminous, artful alchemy. She applies heat, sandpaper, grinders, acids, patinas and dyes to metal canvases, altering the material’s chemical properties to produce refined, light-reflective gradations of color and texture. Ando’s goal is to create a relationship between her industrial materials and the natural world. “I’m interested in elemental and material transformations, so I look to materials that can show a duality. Hard metal becomes ethereal and reflects light differently throughout the day, or becomes something that captures changing light, as in the sky,” she says. “The paintings are about finding harmony and balance.”


Miya AndoSabi (Rust) 48 x 48 in, Patina & Pigment on Steel, 2013, Courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery © Miya Ando.

For her pieces, Ando uses subtle gradations of form and color that capture moments in time -to explore impermanence. For example hundreds of cascading Bodhi leaves change from green to yellow to orange and finally brown, alluding to ‘momiji-gari,’ the Japanese tradition of traveling to scenic areas to view Autumn leaves. Although it’s considered a secular event, there’s a spiritual element, as viewers are reminded that all things are transitory and it’s these transformations, cyclical and otherwise, that mark time. “I love the idea that these paintings are forever -that they will continue to absorb and emit light for eternity” she says. Using her signature visual vocabulary, the resulting works subtly evoke transcendent, minimalist landscapes, offering a quiet space for contemplation.


Miya Ando has a BA in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and attended Yale University to study Buddhist iconography and imagery. She apprenticed with the master metalsmith Hattori Studio in Japan, followed by a residency at Northern California’s Public Art Academy in 2009. She is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2012, and her work has been included in recent shows at the Guggenheim Museum and the Queens Museum, New York. Ando has produced numerous public commissions, most notably a thirty-foot-tall commemorative sculpture in London built from World Trade Center steel to mark the anniversary of 9/11. She lives and works in New York.

Seasonal Beauty

September 28, 2014 Comments Off

As the season transitions from the warmth of Summer to the splendor of Fall and the onset of cooler temperatures, your Summer beauty essentials are no longer relevant, and it’s time to prepare for the necessary adjustment -the inevitable moisture loss skin & hair will suffer due to changes in weather and interior environments. These are a few essentials from my tried-and-true Fall skincare routine to help make the transition, beautifully. The best in eco beauty care that will protect & nourish, and keep you feeling & looking your best throughout the season.


PRATIMA Vata Herbal Cleanser, Vata Essential Oil, Vata Rejuvenating Body Oil, Rejuvenating Pearl Cream, Age Delay Serum & Saffron Eye Ghee. A contradictory complexion is par for the course, says Dr. Pratima Raichur, an expert chemist, botanist and Ayurvedic physician and owner of PRATIMA Spa in New York -who transforms the ancient properties of Ayurveda into modern prescriptions for skin. It’s Vata season. The Ayurvedic calendar says October through February is a time when our bodies, thus skin, are plagued by imbalances and change, says Raichur. ‘Vata’ is both a season, and one of three Ayurvedic constitutions called doshas that apply to people. Vata-dominant people will typically have dry skin and hair, be prone to premature wrinkles, and lack skin luster, and this time of year, it can worsen. Even if Vata is not your primary dosha, all of us are prone to these conditions now. Her recommendation is to treat with oil combined with herbs. Since oil is what the skin produces -and ultimately loses, this is exactly what it needs for genuine and lasting replenishment. The Ayurvedic PRATIMA line brings together the wisdom of nature and the intelligence intrinsically embedded in every ingredient to deliver organic formulas -synergistically and conscientiously blended to promote balance and improve skin immunity, to profoundly restore and visibly transform.


Tata Harper Daily Bliss Natural Aromatherapy Travel Kit, This three-piece travel-size collection of 100% natural aromatherapy treatments is your ticket to inner bliss through seasonal transitions! An exclusive collection of natural essential oil blends, each formulated to deliver immediate relaxation and restorative benefits to the mind, body and spirit. Choose from Stress, Irritability and Bedtime to address various concerns that may arise daily, and enjoy the balancing and healing benefits each treatment offers. Tip: Apply aromatherapy to pulse points on wrists & rub some in the center of palms, then rub hands together to heat up the aromatic molecules, and cup hands over nose & mouth and take 5-8 deep breathes to really fill the lungs. Changes everything! Tata Harper luxury skincare is 100% non-toxic, natural, and made from the most intelligent nutrients sourced from around the world -ensuring high-performance results that don’t compromise individual health. Every step of this organic process -from the creation of innovative formulas to the production of recyclable packaging, takes place on the 1,200-acre Tata Harper farm in Vermont where many of the ingredients are grown. The result is a line of eco-friendly products that promote natural beauty that is committed to safety, honesty, and sustainability.


Davines MOMO Moisturizing Revitalizing Creme Conditioner, A hair mask with essential extracts that work in synergy maximizing their hydrating, protecting and shine-enhancing action to revitalize dry, dehydrated hair. Milk Thistle Oil, Panthenol and Jojoba Oil moisturize, protect and soften while adding shine without weighing hair down. A seasonal must-have! Tip: Make a ritual of starting with MOMO Moisturizing Shampoo followed by MOMO Moisturizing Conditioner, then wrap hair in a warm towel and leave on for 30 mins, once a week for truly amazing results. Davines founded by the Bollati family in Parma Italy, began as a research lab for high-end hair and skin care before moving into the salon industry. The Davines hair care philosophy and focus has always been on crafting quality products that are scientifically engineered to express the Italian ideals of beauty and harmony that are both contemporary and timeless -that beauty lies in nature and the beauty of the human spirit. In creating beauty products to benefit more than just your hair, incorporating high-grade natural ingredients, and sustainable packaging made from renewable energy sources.


Caudalie Divine Oil, This luxurious dry oil moisturizes, nourishes and enhances the body and hair, thanks to its unique formula made with exceptional blend of oils -Grape, Hibiscus, Sesame & Argan, combined with Caudalie’s patented anti-oxidant polyphenols. It envelops the skin with a subtle, floral fragrance with woody notes. Truly Divine! A unique, scented alchemy of four extremely fine and evanescent vegetable oils is ideal for skin, hair and nails, and makes baths and massages positively exquisite. Caudalie is a France-based husband and wife skincare team that developed the world’s first luxury vinotherapy skin care line to use stabilized grape seed polyphenols. Caudalie prides itself on using every aspect of the grape, from the seeds to the vine, to create products that heal, refresh, and renew skin. Support the Coeur de Fôret Association by getting hooked on Divine Oil. Caudalie is committed to planting one tree for every bottle sold. Since 2012, Caudalie has planted over 350,000 trees. Love The Trees!