Flower Moon

Fall Under The Spell Of The Full Flower Moon May 5th 2017. Now we enter the magical month of May. Named after the Greek Goddess Maia, a Goddess of Spring’s growth, warmth and passion, Goddess of both Earth & Sky.

This month’s Moon is called the Flower Moon due to the abundance of flowers of all kinds that bloom at this time of year. Many of these blooms will become fruit and grain for the harvest and many will bask you in their beauty and scent for a short time and then wilt and fade, not to reappear until next year. This is especially true for wildflowers and a suggested activity for this month would be to go on a wildflower foraging hike. Bring a camera or sketchbook and a plant almanac, and see how many plants you can identify, and those you cannot you can later research and see what folklore, medicinal or magickal uses they have. The Artful Blog advises against taking any of these plants home with you unless there is an abundance and unless you can positively identify them. Instead leave them for others to enjoy, and allow the blooms to become seeds for next year’s blossoming.

The Full Moon in May brings with it the holiest day in Buddhism, Wesak or Vesak commemorates not only the birth of Siddhārtha Gautama, but his enlightenment or Buddhahood, and his death at the age of eighty. The festival is celebrated in many ways throughout different countries, each country adding its local customs and flair. Another idea for bringing the magic of the season into your life by tapping into the energy of flowers, is to create botanical treats for a tasty Spring Ritual. Many flowers we grow are edible and quite delicious, they also add a touch of novelty and beauty to a dish. You can simply add a teaspoon of dried Lavender flowers to a batch of shortbread or sugar cookies, add Rosepetals and Violets to a cake, or Pansy, Nasturtium, Chamomile or Chive flowers to a Green salad. And remember to spend some time away from the distractions and noise of the modern, material world to sit in quiet contemplation, meditation, and awe.

For more fun with flowers see previous posts: Lilac Love, Flower Style, Sunflower Sunshine, Flower Power Beauty, Chive Blossoms, Rose TrufflesWildflower Wonder, Power Of Roses, Culinary Aromatherapy, Rosepetal Jam, Edible Bouquet, Flower Lovers & Mindful Mandala.

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Sensational Spring Salad Ingredients.

Nothing tastes better than the first few springtime meals. With the amazing produce Spring brings, one of the best ways to enjoy it is in a fresh, colorful and flavorful salad. Copenhagen-based holistic nutrition blogger extraordinaire Sarah Britton of My New Roots and her gorgeous cookbooks Naturally Nourished and the eponymously titled My New Roots, immediately come to mind as great resources for inspired plant-based healthy recipes that come together quickly. Using everyday nutritious plus delicious ingredients, these two Artful Blog favorites deserve a spot on your cookbook shelf, and will no doubt become your go-to food bibles for Spring and Summer.

Coconut-Quinoa Coleslaw With Minty Tahini Dressing From My New Roots New Cookbook: Naturally Nourished. A creative culinary recipe that spins coleslaw into a praise-worthy direction with synergistic ingredients like quinoa and coconut, and mint and tahini, for fresh & fabulous fare results.

Ingredients

Quinoa

  • ½ cup quinoa, soaked if possible
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt

Minty Tahini Dressing

  • ½ cup tahini
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ¾ cup water
  • Pinch of sea salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 packed cup fresh mint leaves

Vegetables

  • 2 packed cups shredded red cabbage
  • 2 packed cups shredded green cabbage
  • 2 packed cups shredded kale
  • 3 medium carrots, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper (stem, seeds, and ribs removed), julienned
  • ¼ cup  freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp cold-pressed olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut

Directions

1. Make the quinoa: Rinse the quinoa well. In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa, water, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and cook, covered, until all the water has been absorbed and the quinoa grains are tender, about 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

2. Meanwhile, make the dressing: In a blender, combine the tahini, lime juice, olive oil, maple syrup, water, salt, and mint leaves; blend on high until smooth and creamy. Season with more salt as needed. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, combine the cabbages, kale, carrots, and bell pepper.

4. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, olive oil, and salt together and pour over the vegetables. Toss well and lightly massage the liquid into the kale and cabbage , then let marinate for 5 to 10 minutes.

5. Preheat a dry skillet over medium heat. When hot, toast the coconut, stirring often, until golden brown and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Immediately remove the pan from the heat and set it aside.

6. Finish the salad: Add the quinoa and coconut to the vegetable bowl. Toss well to combine. When ready to serve, dish out portions and allow guests to pour the dressing on their salads.

My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes For Every Season by Sarah Britton, 2015.

Sarah Britton, called the “queen bee of the health blogs” by Bon Appétit, reveals 100 gorgeous, plant-based recipes in her debut cookbook, inspired by her wildly popular blog. Every month, half a million readers -vegetarians, vegans, paleo followers, and gluten-free gourmets alike, flock to Sarah’s adaptable and accessible recipes that make powerfully healthy ingredients simply irresistible. My New Roots is the ultimate guide to revitalizing one’s health and palate, one delicious recipe at a time: no fad diets or gimmicks here. Whether readers are newcomers to natural foods or are already devotees, they will discover how easy it is to eat healthfully and happily when whole foods and plants are at the center of every plate.

Naturally Nourished: Healthy, Delicious Meals Made With Everyday Ingredients by Sarah Britton, 2017.

Simplify whole foods cooking for weeknights with 100 inspired vegetarian recipes made with supermarket ingredients. Sarah Britton streamlines vegetarian cooking by bringing her signature bright photography and fantastic flavors to an accessible cookbook fit for any budget, any day of the week. Her mains, sides, soups, salads, and snacks all call for easy cooking techniques and ingredients found in any grocery store. With callouts to vegan and gluten-free options and ideas for substitutions, this beautiful cookbook shows readers how to cook smart, not hard.

Season Favorites

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It’s October’s end and a feeling of lasting crispness is in the air and that means pumpkin spice and all things Fall-friendly and nice. Sharing The Artful Blog’s Fall Favorites, everything from Naturopathic Fortified Honey to artful artisanal decor to a quintessential Vermont country Inn escape. Echoing Autumn leaves and earthy Amber hues of the natural world, inviting a sense of warmth and wonder and comfort to enhance your seasonal outlook, in tempting Artful Blog style.

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Chantecaille Lion Guardian Collection

Chantecaille Protect The Lions Collection was created to bring awareness to the groundbreaking work of the Lion Guardians -a conservation group based in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park that uses a solutions-based model, whereby people who were once Lion killers are transformed into lion protectors. The Lion Collection makeup was inspired by the colors of the beautiful coats of Lion cubs and the African landscape. A mesmerizing set that enhances all eye and skin colors, each limited-edition case is embossed with a Lion, a symbol of strength and pride. A key interest for Chantecaille is to be a company with a platform to draw attention to important issues of global sustainability, and to fund a foundation that supports related initiatives. Educating a broad audience and engaging people in bringing about positive change. Past and present causes and collections include: Elephants, Sea Turtles, Tigers, High Sea Whales, Wild Horses, Monarch Butterflies and Honey Bees. #powertomakeadiffernece

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Susanne Kaufmann Organic Treats

Susanne Kaufmann’s eponymous, holistic skincare range is hand-finished in Austria’s Bregenz Forest Mountains -a unique valley in the Alps where the knowledge of the healing powers of nature are passed down from generation to generation, using the intensive effect of the Alpine plant world in a modern manner for beauty, health and comfort. Working from her spa in Hotel Post Bezau -a special place with a long, dynamic history now run by the fifth generation of Kaufmanns, each Suzzanne Kaufmann skincare product is produced with the greatest care, formulated for targeted results, and packed with organic, energy-rich oils and locally sourced active plant ingredients -including Chamomile, Sage and St. John’s Wort, recognized for their nourishing, regenerative effects. #alpineluxury

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Sundance Catalog Picks

Favorites from the season’s Sundance Catalog founded by Robert Redford. Clothing with character, distinctive and handmade artisan wares, finely crafted and curated in the spirit of heritage: Legends of the Forest Coat, Flower Spirit Boots and the Morgan Backpack. Pretty, practical, and timeless, with all the feels of Fall. The Sundance Catalog -The Artful Blog’s favorite place to shop for the last two decades, having recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, is a company rooted in the American West, with a strong historical commitment to the artisan community, that creates a unique environment for artists and craftspeople to reach a broad audience of enthusiasts. Now with plans to continue its retail growth with stores targeted across various locations nationwide, from a small operation run out of the attic of the old Sundance Village Firehouse, Sundance Catalog has grown to become one of America’s preeminent lifestyle retailers. Offering a thoughtfully curated mix of unique examples of authentic American heritage, embracing the spirit of creativity and fostering individuality and independent expression, in a classic style. #heritagespirit

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Farmhouse Pottery Yellowware Collection

A modern take on an American classic, each decorative white band is hand painted by master potters at Farmhouse Pottery on their new Yellowware Collection. Bowls and pitchers perfect for serving, baking or as decoration, beautiful and functional as they are timeless. Farmhouse Pottery handmade pieces are household essentials that bring pleasure to everyday utility. Wares tastefully crafted in a neutral palette that appeals to The Artful Blog aesthetic, so that food and flowers are the center of attention, with no distraction. Handmade in Vermont by New England natives and Farmhouse Pottery founders Zoe and James Zilian, who have created a welcoming home pottery studio, workshop, and store with a modern farm aesthetic that represents farm-to-table values infused in traditionally crafted designs with authenticity and character. #classiccraft

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Naturopathica Soothing Balance Fortified Honey

Naturopathica’s Wildflower Honey -a staple of the 19th century herbal medicine chest, is infused with Passionflower, Chamomile, Lavender and Rose Blossoms, ancient medicinal herbs prized for their ability to relax and soothe symptoms of anxiety, calm the nerves and rebalance the mind. Enjoy a spoonful daily right out of the bottle or add to beverage or drizzle over oatmeal or toast to nourish the body. From Naturopathica‘s new Herbal Remedies Collection, using the restorative powers of plants to bring wellness full circle, working with the body’s natural processes to promote skin radiance, relieve stress, restore sore muscles and enhance vitality. Crafted by Naturopathica founder Barbara Close, wellness innovator, author, educator, and lifelong practitioner of the healing arts with a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Herbalism. The lovely Naturopathica East Hampton Healing Arts Center & Spa was founded in 1995, where Close began developing products and rituals that empower well-being, establishing Naturopathica as a trusted resource and leader in the 21st century wellness industry. #wellnesswisdom

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Big Picture Farm Goat Milk Caramels

Started in 2010 by Louisa Conrad and Lucas Farrell, Big Picture Farm is a small hillside Goat dairy and farmstead confectionery and creamery located in southern Vermont. Their award-winning Goat Milk Caramels and farmstead cheeses are made with fresh, raw, creamy Goat’s milk from their herd of 40 healthy and happy, free-ranging companions. An Animal-Welfare-Approved farm, the health and happiness of their animals is the center around which the farm and farm products revolve. Their mission is also to integrate agriculture and narrative in a fresh way that properly evokes the place, animals, and work in order to bring to life the exciting and unpredictable evolution of their products, farm, and lives. The goal is spelled out in their name: to provide customers with the rich context surrounding their products “the big picture.” Louisa Conrad remains simultaneously entrenched in a parallel career as a photographer and illustrator, marrying art chores with daily farm chores in an effort to generate a living archive of the farm over the course of its life. #fabulousfarmlife

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Coral & Tusk Table Linens & Decor

Founded in 2007 by Stephanie Housley together with her husband Chris Lacinak, Coral & Tusk designs –The Artful Blog’s favorite textiles, are inspired by a love of animals, travel and adventure. First enchanted by the natural world during childhood trips to the Eastern seaboard, Stephanie’s frequent travels now span the globe. Magical experiences everywhere from Wyoming to Nepal inform the imagery and humor behind Coral & Tusk’s designs. A RISD-trained textile designer, she first creates her cheeky scenes and irreverent characters as original pencil drawings before she painstakingly redraws them stitch by stitch using special computer software. Finished by hand in Coral and Tusk’s Brooklyn loft, every machine-embroidered pillow, table linen, and artwork retains the story-telling spirit and hand-drawn allure of the original illustration. A mix of smart design, magic and mischief is at the heart of every Coral & Tusk embroidery. #naturalworldwhimsy

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The Wreath Recipe Book

The Wreath Recipe Book: Year-Round Wreaths, Swags, and Other Decorations to Make with Seasonal Branches by Alethea Harampolis & Jill Rizzo. From the women behind San Francisco’s beautiful boutique flower shop Studio Choo and authors of the widely popular Flower Recipe Book, and in the same successful format, The Wreath Recipe Book provides 100 “recipes” to make with flowering and leafy branches. The book is organized seasonally, with dozens of projects to make throughout the year. In the Fall, wreaths are created with magnolias, rosemary, and pears, and gourds are used to create an unexpected garland. Winter highlights cedar, pine, and juniper, yielding unexpected table settings and unique wreath shapes. There are detailed ingredient lists and hundreds of step-by-step photos as well as chapters covering basic techniques, sourcing, and care information. #artofhandmade

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Pitcher Inn Warren Vermont

The Pitcher Inn, a Relais & Châteaux member since 1997, is about as country chic as it can get full Fall foliage in all its glory. This luxurious gem is the sister property to Winvian Farm in Litchfield County Connecticut. The Pitcher Inn sits in a beautiful spot, offering relaxed refinement in the heart of a romantic Vermont village, surrounded by the Green Mountain National Forest and the Mad River Valley. A delightfully elegant hotel in which each room has a Vermont theme yet designed and decorated to be distinctly different. Intellectual curiosity is celebrated here, as is culinary excellence, with a delicious menu influenced by French and Italian cuisine. Set in the framing of a magical rustic barn, the eight rooms and two suites decorated by 14 different designers, feature everything from vintage resort signs to antique skis, which helps to bring Pitcher Inn history to life, in New England style. #countrychic

Farm Sanctuary Gala

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On The Farm “Meet Your Friends at Farm Sanctuary” Print

One of the artful prints featuring Farm Sanctuary residents, custom designed for Tracey Stewart’s book Do Unto Animals by illustrator Lisel Ashlock, and available exclusively from Farm Sanctuary’s online shop, which carries everything from Plant Powered Active Wear to Youth Apparel to Home Goods to Edibles and Advocacy Materials. Farm Sanctuary, a place of healing, love, and happiness for both residents and guests, where precious animals like these reveal how their strengths and personalities triumph over their pasts, and become wonderful ambassadors for transforming hearts and minds about farm animals just like them. #fortheloveofanimals

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Gene Baur & Friends At Farm Sanctuary

The Artful Blog’s favorite animal welfare organization, Farm Sanctuary, with co-chairs Tracey Stewart and Emily Deschanel, will host their Annual Gala at the renowned Beverly Wilshire Hotel on 12 November 2016 to celebrate 30 years of rescue, education and advocacy for farm animals, the largest population of abused animals on the planet. Farm Sanctuary, with a 26-acre Los Angeles-area shelter and sanctuaries in Orland California and Watkins Glen New York, works to educate people nationwide about farm animal abuse and the adverse effects of factory farming on our health and environment. Jon and Tracey Stewart will also be opening a location at their New Jersey farm in Spring 2017. #celebrateprogress

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Gene Baur & Original VW Westphalia Serving Vegan Hot Dogs

Honorees Kat Von D and Crossroads Kitchen will be celebrated for the contributions they have made to improving the lives of farm animals -and helping others to live a more compassionate lifestyle. With Kevin Nealon serving as host, the evening will feature a 100% plant-based dinner, live entertainment, and a farmer’s market-style gift station. Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, who was recently selected by Oprah Winfrey to be a part of her SuperSoul 100 and who TIME magazine calls “the conscience of the food movement,” is a native Angeleno, hailing from the Hollywood Hills. As a nod to his days traveling across the country selling veggie dogs at Grateful Dead concerts, Baur’s original VW Westphalia van will be serving vegan hot dogs at the 30th Gala. #oldschoolstyle

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Sign At The Entrance Of Farm Sanctuary Watkins Glen New York

Tickets now available. Can’t attend? Consider sponsoring the event or contributing to this wonderful organization by creating a Legacy Gift. Join Farm Sanctuary to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living. #bethechangeyouwanttosee

 The Artful Blog recommends picking up Baur & Stewart’s wonderful new books for yourself & gifting too!

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Living The farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day by Gene Baur (Author), Gene Stone (Author), Published 2015. Winner of a Books for a Better Life award! Gene Baur, the cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, knows that the key to happiness lies in aligning your beliefs with your actions. In this definitive vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle guide, he and Gene Stone, author of Forks Over Knives, explore the deeply transformative experience of visiting the sanctuary and its profound effects on people’s lives. The book covers the basic tenets of Farm Sanctuary life -such as eating in harmony with your values, connecting with nature wherever you are, and reducing stress, and offers readers simple ways to incorporate these principles into their lives.

Living the Farm Sanctuary Life also teaches readers how to cook and eat the Farm Sanctuary way, with 100 extraordinarily delicious recipes selected by some of the organization’s greatest fans -chefs and celebrities such as Chef AJ, Chloe Coscarelli, Emily Deschanel, and Moby. Coupled with heartwarming stories of the animals that Farm Sanctuary has saved over the years, as well as advice and ideas from some of the organization’s biggest supporters, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life is an inspiring, practical book for readers looking to improve their whole lives and the lives of those around them, both two-and four-legged.

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Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better by Tracey Stewart (Author), Lisel Ashlock (Illustrator), 2015. The more we know about the animals in our world and the better we care for them, the better our lives will be. Former veterinary technician and animal advocate Tracey Stewart understands this better than most -and she’s on a mission to change how we interact with animals. Through hundreds of charming illustrations, a few homemade projects, and her humorous, knowledgeable voice, Stewart provides insight into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live with and alongside them. At home, she shows readers how to speak “dog-ese” and “cat-ese” and how to “virtually adopt” an animal. In the backyard, we learn about building bee houses, dealing nicely with pesky moles, and creative ways to bird-watch. And on the farm, Stewart teaches us what we can do to help all farm animals lead a better life. Part practical guide, part memoir of her life with animals, and part testament to the power of giving back, Do Unto Animals is a gift for animal lovers of all stripes.

French Beauty

CaudalieThe French Beauty Solution: Time-Tested Secrets to Look and Feel Beautiful Inside and Out, by Mathilde Thomas, Hardcover, 2015.

Mathilde Thomas, cofounder of the French skincare company Caudalie -at the heart of a vineyard in france, shares simple, natural, time-tested beauty secrets that she learned growing up in France. Any woman can use these tips & techniques to look younger, healthier, and more radiant without harsh products or drastic procedures. When Mathilde Thomas moved from her native France to the United States to expand Caudalíe, she wanted to find out what American women wanted from their beauty routines. Thomas interviewed thousands of women and was struck by how different the French and American approaches to beauty were. American women are all about the quick fix -the elusive product or procedure that will instantly solve a nagging beauty problem, even if it hurts, is wildly expensive, or is damaging in the long-term. The French, by contrast, approach beauty as an essential and pleasurable part of the day, a lifelong and active investment that makes you look and feel good.

Drawing upon twenty years of scientific skincare expertise backed by the research of doctors and dermatologists, as well as the natural beauty secrets she learned growing up in France,The French Beauty Solution covers everything from how to use natural ingredients such as oil and honey to wash your face; what foods to eat for healthier hair, skin, and nails; and the amazing properties of grapes and grapeseed oil. She also introduces an easy three-day grape cleanse that European aristocrats have been using to detox for hundreds of years. Blending stories, science, DIY recipes, and tons of savoir faire, The French Beauty Solution is the last beauty regimen you’ll ever need.

Valentine Style Guide

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Some believe Valentine’s Day can be pretty cliché -champagne and strawberries, sweet nothings and big romantic gestures. Whether or not you choose to view Valentine’s Day as a holiday designed to sell cards and candy, fact is, it’s the one holiday solely designed to honor and express gratitude for the special individuals in your life. Why not indulge whole-heartedly in celebrating love? Still not sure what to get your significant other for Valentine’s Day? Find a way to express your sentiment of affection with The Artful Blog’s well thought out and stylish Valentine Gift Guide for him and for her. From the heartfelt and handmade, to the traditional and tasteful. #sharethelove ❤

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Dogeared Karma Necklace, 18K Gold Dipped, one of Dogeared’s best-selling and most loved pieces, the Karma Necklace is a simple reminder to keep your own circle peaceful and loving. A beautifully delicate yet powerful necklace and message to gift your beloved, for daily wear. Founder Marcia Maizel-Clarke believed jewelry could be both beautiful and meaningful, and her idea that jewels should speak sparked the creative journey now known as Dogeared. Dogeared jewels are simple, modern, and versatile, inspired by California’s free spirited, natural beauty. Subtle, affordable classics, designed in the spirit of love, kindness, and consciousness, handcrafted to order in their Southern California Studio. Dogeared lives by their philosophy that what goes around comes around by handcrafting everything locally, respecting the planet, and partnering with nonprofit organizations that share their vision of a better world. #simplysaid

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Adel Chefridi Rings, Chefridi’s 18K brushed Gold & Diamond, Mezzouna Ring, Stepping Stone Band, Foret Ring, Memories, and Shimmer Band, accentuated by delicate etchings. Born in Tunisia and now settled in Woodstock New York, Adel Chefridi creates unique jewels that cross cultures and time, and draw upon ancient and intricate motifs found in the art and architecture of his native land. Using natural gemstones, solid precious metals, and stone setting techniques ranging from bead work to microsetting, masterfully. If your plan is to pop the question or to married this Valentine’s, Chefridi offers exquisite designs of stunning beauty that emphasize simplicity, wearability, durability, and openness to light and movement. In sure to be future heirloom style. Available in a variety of bespoke designs for him and for her, at Adel Chefridi Studio Woodstock. #artofthejewel

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Shamballa Jewels Lock Cufflinks, In 18K Yellow Gold with Diamonds. Ancient scriptures tell us of a mythical kingdom hidden in a valley in the Himalayas. A harmonious place populated by enlightened and compassionate people, the Kingdom of Shamballa when translated from Sanskrit means ‘a place of peace and tranquillity.’ Evocative of spiritual icons and symbols used since the dawn of time, Shamballa jewelry encourages you to find your inner Shamballa, and connect to your inner compassion and wisdom. The thunderbolt is a symbol for irresistible force across many ancient cultures. The double thunderbolt represents pure consciousness, a state that cannot be destroyed or corrupted and has no beginning or end. The Star of Shamballa -two intercrossed thunderbolts, represents the force created when creativity springs in a pure, conscious mind. Available from Shamballa Jewels in White or Yellow Gold. #omegaofstyle.

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Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watch, Crafted with a 36mm case, this White Gold and Stainless Steel, circa 1972, Women’s Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watch features a custom-colored Salmon Rose dial, White Gold fluted bezel and Jubilee bracelet band. Made in Switzerland. The aesthetics of the Oyster Perpetual models set them apart as symbols of universal and classic style. They embody timeless form and function, firmly rooted in the pioneering origins of Rolex. The simplicity of an original. Nothing says ‘our love has, or will, stand the test of time’ like a tastefully crafted, classic timepiece. The pinnacle of cool and clever gifting on Valentine’s Day, literally and metaphorically. Available at Barneys New York. #timelessclassic

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Tulku Aham Brahmasmi Amulet, In Sanskrit, ‘Aham Brahmasmi’ means, ‘I am God.’ Or as Deepak Chopra puts it, “The core of my being is the ultimate reality, the root and ground of the universe, the source of all that exists.” The reverse side of the amulet is the Tibetan Mirror. Tibetan Dzogchen masters teach that ones true, ‘Buddha’ nature is like a mirror. It symbolizes emptiness and the perfect clarity of the essential Self, which is pure and unaffected by the reflections of the world. The three circles represent purity of heart, openness of mind, and integrity of action. Representative of Water and used for divination or to look into the divine side of the Self. Available in Silver, Gold or Copper, on waxed cotton cord for men. Each Tulka Jewels amulet is carved in repousse by master artist Rajendra Bajracharya -a 17th generation Buddhist priest, then blessed by a Nepalese holy woman known as Mata. These amulets are imbued with the power inherent in traditions where there is no separation between pure spirituality and the act of creation, thus in wearing, the power of the mantra will support, inspire, and protect your man on his particular path in life. #artoftransformation

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Byredo Parfums Mister Marvelous Eau De Parfum, Wonderful, exquisite, and astonishing, with a bit of strangeness as well -for a marvelous thing must be strange in that it must be like nothing else. Byredo’s founder, Ben Gorham, crafted this effervescent scent, rich in Neroli, Green Lavender and Bamboo, with a nod to the marvelous, world-renowned hair stylist Christiaan Houtenbos who currently embodies his idea of this fragrance. Based in Stockholm Sweden, Byredo was founded by painter-turned-creative-director Ben Gorham. Partnering with perfumers Olivia Giacobetti and Jerome Epinette, Gorham’s scents are inspired by distinct places (such as Palermo Italy), moments in time (think 1920’s excess and avant-gardism), and works of art (for example, a photograph taken by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin), as well as memories and personal experiences. #fantasticman

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Roseshire Legendary Roses, Gentlemen, take note: 24 is the new dozen. With roots tracing all the way back to 16th century, the Rose is considered to be one of the most romantic flowers, a popular representation of affection -especially on February 14th. The Rose is a symbol of love and beauty, so when presented it must be fresh and nourished. Nasim Pakmanesh, the CEO of San Francisco floral brand Roseshire believes that it’s the company’s premium duty to guarantee that every box of long-stemmed beauties comes perfectly packaged to protect and preserve each individual flower en route. The roses are sourced from sustainable growers and presented in a sleek trademark box, black or white, that allows them to be arranged in a way that showcases each bloom. Roseshire offers three different kinds of arrangements of 1-4 dozen, available in Torch Red, Oyster White, and Fairy Tale Pink, with nationwide, overnight shipping. #royalromance

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Handwritten Love Letter, One of the best Valentine’s Day gifts you can ever give someone doesn’t have to cost you a dime -except the paper it’s written on. And few things will last as long, nor be as meaningful. A Handwritten Love Letter. If you’ve ever been lucky enough to receive one, you know what a treasure it can be. You don’t have to be a poet to write a great one, either. Just write what you feel. Think heartfelt Johnny Cash and Richard Burton old school style love letters. See Love Letters of Great Men -an iconic anthology of romantic love letters written by leading male historical figures. Tips: Write your letter on quality stationery or handmade paper, or artistically crafted ephemera from a vintage letterpress such as Atelier Austin Press. This is not the occasion for email or for the love of Cupid, a text message! Send it in a fun way. Mail it to him or her. Put it in a mason jar filled with Red M&M’s. Roll it up and tie it with a red ribbon and slip it under their pillow before bed. #straightfromtheheart

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Paris Review Gift Set, The Paris Review has curated a special Valentine’s Day Box Set to assist with your endeavors in gifting a literary minded love. It includes two vintage issues from the archive, a one-year subscription, a copy of their latest anthology, and their classic Paris Review T-shirt. What’s more, you can fine-tune your literary love letter by choosing from a selection of issues -with Ernest Hemingway, Italo Calvino, T. S. Eliot, and Adrienne Rich among the contributors. The Paris Review founded in Paris in the 1950’s, and based in New York since the 70’s, is a quarterly English language literary magazine featuring original writing, art, and in-depth interviews with famous writers. Decade after decade, the review has introduced the important writers of the day -with an impressive archive to prove it. Their “Writers at Work” series includes interviews with Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Elizabeth Bishop, and Vladimir Nabokov, among many hundreds of others. The series has been called “one of the single most persistent acts of cultural conservation in the history of the world.” #literarylove

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Fine & Raw Chocolate, Take a step up from the classic Red box of chocolates and chose these super-stylish and deliciously crafted sweets. Show your sweetheart that you really care, and that you know your food, with this silky smooth, raw cacao bar from Brooklyn-based chocolatier. Fine & Raw crafts artisan confections in Williamsburg Brooklyn using conscious ingredients and innovative low heat techniques to keep the chocolate’s raw vitality and flavor. Raw chocolate = the quintessential chocolate experience. All of their ingredients are organic, the packaging is recycled and the inks they use are non-toxic and vegetable based. They want the planet to be strong so it can grow more chocolate. Yum! Available from Fine & Raw in several unique varieties, individually and as boxed gift sets. #rawlicious

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Glass Heart Bowl, There are two sides to being in love. There’s the whirl of feelings that pulse in your chest, and then there’s the vulnerable sensation of placing your heart in someone else’s hands. Artist Jim Loewer captures both ends of this spectrum in his artful, glass Heart Bowl. Handmade in Philadelphia, Loewer uses an ancient technique called lampworking to form the rim into an open heart. In lampworking the heart’s true form is created as the raw material is warmed over a flame, becoming soft to the touch. A treasured memento of enduring love in all its varieties. Available from UncommonGoods -an online marketplace that connects makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods. Products that express individuality and creativity, while also making a positive impact on people and the planet. #heartofglass

Rover

Abercrombie & Kent Range Rover Road Trip, Range Rover and Abercrombie & Kent have teamed up for what looks an unforgettable road trip. The Abercrombie & Kent Range Rover Road Trip (itinerary) sees travelers touching down in five different continents, eight countries, and nine of the best hotels in the world. And your coach for the voyage is none other than the 2016 SVAutobiography -designed and engineered by Special Vehicle Operations, the Range Rover SVAutobiography is the ultimate variant of the British manufacturer’s luxury model line. This trip has a little bit of everything, from a drive through the Dolomite Mountains, to a personalised fragrance making class in the Lavender-scented hills of Provence, to a stay in a 16th century hunting lodge after a helicopter trip for a picnic on a glacier. A 21 day excursion meant to redefine luxury travel the same way the new SVAutobiography is attempting to redefine luxury automobiles. If you have the time and the means, this is the ultimate off the beaten track Valentine journey for the adventurous at heart -branded the most luxurious road trip on Earth! #theopenroad

Cabin_BookCabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Somewhere, by Zach Klien, Get inspired to build your love nest or retreat with a collection of beautifully designed, handmade homes in the world’s most idyllic natural settings, from the creators of the wildly popular tumblr Cabin Porn. Created by a group of friends who preserve 55 acres of hidden forest in Upstate New York, Cabin Porn began as a scrapbook to collect inspiration for their building projects. As the collection grew, the site attracted a following, which is now a huge audience. The site features photos of the most remarkable handmade homes in the backcountry of America and all over the world. Now Zach Klein, the creator of the site (and a co-founder of Vimeo) goes further into the most alluring images from the site and new getaways, including more interior photography and how-to advice for setting up a quiet place somewhere. With their picturesque settings, unique architecture and cozy interiors, the Cabin Porn photographs, are an invitation to slow down, take a deep breath, and feel the beauty and serenity that nature and simple construction can create. #lovenest

RumiLove Is My Savior: The Arabic Poems Of Rumi by Rumi (Author), Nesreen Akhtarkhavari (Translator), Anthony A. Lee (Translator), This new volume of Rumi’s works, the first-ever English translation of his Arabic poems, takes the reader on a journey of spiritual exploration, ecstatic union, cruel rejection, and mystic reconciliation. Rumi reveals his soul and welcomes everyone to his spiritual feast. This dual-language volume opens a treasury of Rumi’s mystic thought and startling poetry of desire and longing, mixed with sensuality and ecstatic celebration. Rumi found in his mystic poetry a vehicle for the expression of the endless spiritual bounties of love. He placed love at the center of his faith and doctrine, and he pronounced it to be the goal of his life and the only form of true worship. This collection is beautifully rendered by an award-winning poet and a distinguished translator of Arabic poetry. #sublimelydevotional

Harvest Time

Harvest

Apple Orchard Harvest Time, Each Autumn I look forward to crisp days filled with a kaleidoscopic of colored leaves and the richness of harvest time, especially the coming of Apple season. Apples have always been a favorite fruit of mine to enjoy with delicious seasonal recipes. Nothing beats perennial favorites like a mug of Spiced Cider on a chilly day or a bowl of freshly made Cinnamon Applesauce. Apples (Malus species) are a member of the lovely Rose family along with other Autumn fruits such as Pears, Quince, and Rose Hips, and are chock full of tasty nutrition, which makes them a wonderful Autumn food for boosting immunity.

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Raw Caramel Apples, Eating fresh raw Apples is ideal as you benefit from all the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients they offer, because cooking Apples can destroy some of the nutrients, particularly the polyphenols. Here is a real treat and a special nutritious way to eat freshly harvested Apples. This raw, healthy Caramel Apples Recipe is the perfect way to get your Caramel Apple fix without all the sugar and artificial ingredients. Rawsome Apple inspiration for the upcoming holiday!

Ingredients

6 apples, organic
2 cups of dates
1 cup water
2 Tbsp of raw tahini
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 small pinch of sea salt
2 cups of finely chopped walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts

Directions

  1. Soak the dates in the water until soft.
  2. Place dates, water, tahini, vanilla, and salt in a food processor and blend until smooth, this is your healthy, raw caramel!
  3. Stick a chopstick through each of the apples.
  4. Carefully coat each apple with the caramel.
  5. Place the nuts in a bowl.
  6. Roll the apples in the nuts and refrigerate to harden. Enjoy!

Fall Into Beauty

The beginning of the end of Summer is upon us as we fade into Fall. To me, Fall feels more like a time of renewal and rebirth than any other season. It means crisp air, Nature’s palette at her best, fresh wardrobe, new pens and notebooks, and a haircut. It means starting new routines, refreshing beauty rituals, and adding to interiors, and although I haven’t been formally in school for a long time, I still look forward to all the new subjects I want to learn about, the books I hope to cozy up to and the focused writing sessions for the blog and elsewhere. It’s a time to get spruced up, embrace your inner nerd, and turn over a new leaf. Here are some fabulous finds with Autumnal hues, artistry and romance, to Fall Into Beauty Love.

Maiyet

Maiyet Dress, The Maiyet Pre-Fall 2015 Collection celebrates Emilie Floge captured through the lens of Malike SibideEmilie Floge, best known as the muse of Gustav Klimt, was a fashion designer and business woman. She also had one of the largest textile and embroidery collections of her time. You can see her creative mix of print, pattern and texture in both Klimt’s paintings and photographs of her from the early 20th century. Malike Sibide is a Malian photographer known for his black and white photography in the 60’s and 70’s. Thrown together in this collection, you get the contemporary attitude of Malike’s subjects combined with the soft yet eclectic print, pattern and embroidery expression of Emilie Floge. Maiyet is an inspired design driven brand that celebrates rare artisanal skills, and revives ancient techniques to elevate the next generation of master craftsmen from places such as India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, and Peru. #globaldesign

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J.Crew Rhodes Blazar, It’s sad but true, Summer is almost over. If you aren’t quite ready to quit flowy dresses and other summertime wardrobe loves, pull together your look with a blazer. Slim and tailored, J. Crew’s newest blazer is made from wrinkle-resistant wool from Comero, a family-owned mill in Italy. Finished with Gold buttons, patch pockets and a contrast felt collar that looks even better popped. Genius. Dressed up or down Fall wardrobe essential. The cult of J.Crew has blossomed since the Jenna Lyons coronation as Creative Head in 2008, the company once known for its preppy Nantucket ancestry has become a force in fashion, with the unconventional Lyons at the center of its evolution. She has created a high-low look that reflects her own boy-girl style -androgyny with some sequins and a dash of nerdy glasses. J. Crew always gets casually chic and perennially classic color right. #sartorialstar

 Lotuff

Lotuff Leather Slingback, In hand-selected, tumbled, vegetable-tanned leather, this beautiful, versatile bag is more than just a backpack. It’s also a tote and a shoulder bag. The two back straps can be pulled upwards through the top to transform the bag into a tote with an 8″ handle drop, perfect for in-hand or on-shoulder carry. Bring the straps back down and the bag is a backpack once again, ready for hands-free travel. The unlined interior provides ample room, and the bag can be compacted and brought close to the body by adjusting the collar buttons on the interior straps. Crafted in New England. For Lotuff the ‘Made in America’ label is an end that dictates the means. It is what happens before it is embossed on that matters -the process of empowering people to be thoughtful, careful and invested in the creation of a fine item. The ethos of American craftsmanship stays with Lotuff at every point during production. #artisanamerican

Fromtheroad

From The Road Sama Color Block Scarf, From changing leaves to couture runways, the color Red is everywhere this season. Its rich variety of tones and shades create a bold and powerful palette, perfect for the heavier knits, sumptuous textures, and ornate accent pieces that signify the arrival of Fall fashion. In the spirit of embracing the trend, the beautiful color blocking design in this FROM THE ROAD scarf recalls the vivid flicker of a burning flame, an apt complement to the welcome warmth of its cozy cashmere and merino wool blend. FROM THE ROAD founder Susan Easton, who trained as a graphic designer, regularly travels to far-flung corners of the world in search of sublime artistry -all in service of her mission to safeguard and promote heritage traditions that could otherwise be lost to time. From the Road selection represents the best of those discoveries, eclectic jewelry rooted in local aesthetics, soulful knitwear, and a collection of naturally dyed and hand-woven scarves from the Nepalese Himalayas. #craftingheirlooms

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Apple Watch Hermès Collection, At Apple’s big event in San Francisco this week, the company announced a partnership with the French luxury-goods company Hermès to provide three new leather straps for the Apple Watch. Imaginatively, Apple is calling it the “Apple Watch Hermès Collection.” It consists of a stainless-steel Apple Watch, in two sizes, paired with one of three signature Hermès leather straps, as well as some special watch dials that match the Hermès aesthetic. Anyone familiar with Hermès will recognize this now-legendary honey-colored ‘Double-Tour’ strap, first introduced in the late 1990’s when the Belgian designer Martin Margiela was working for the French fashion house. It came as a package with the Cape Cod watch and it’s still available. A style that remains today fresh and loose, without sacrificing class. Old World luxury meets Modern Day innovation. #distinctivetime

Repossi

Repossi White Noise Ring, Gaia Repossi sculptural designs defy the conventions of classic fine jewelry. Exquisitely crafted in Paris from 18K polished Rose Gold from her new collection suggesting the spectral picture of ‘White Noise,’  this wide-band work of art sparkles with pavé Diamonds. Gaia is the third generation to helm her family’s Italian fine jewelry house, Repossi where “we still use the same ateliers as my grandfather and father in northern Italy,” she explains. “The head of the atelier is the same person who worked with my father for 30 years.” Since becoming Creative Director of Repossi in 2007, Gaia has been credited with reviving the storied jewelry house. Marked as a trendsetter within the industry, her references come from her passion for contemporary art and the effects of metal within modern sculpture and architecture. She takes inspiration from the works of Alexander Calder, Cy Twombly, Franz West, Richard Serra and Le Corbusier, as well as the Brutalist, Minimalist and Bauhaus movements. Blending and pushing the boundaries between architecture and traditional high jewelry techniques, Gaia’s designs are characterized by modern, minimalist motifs and the innovative use of complex patterns. #artofthejewel

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Strange Invisible Fair Verona Perfume, Fair Verona is inspired by William Shakespeare’s ‘Juliet.’ Well-suited for the season, it contains notes of Citruses, Pink Grapefruit, Jasmine, Cardamom, Green Myrtle, Mimosa and Sandalwood, making it a clean, charming, and somewhat curious fragrance that I happen to love. It morphs into something even more beautiful on the wearer over time, and dare I say into the strange invisible realm, which alludes to an elusive, almost indefinable quality that is more readily experienced than articulated. Formulated by botanical perfumer Alexandra Balahoutis in Venice California, all Strange Invisible bespoke scents are created with certified organic, wildcrafted, biodynamic, and hydro-distilled essences, that have been carefully extracted to preserve their found-in-nature freshness. Skillfully bringing the romance of Old World perfumery into an entirely modern context. A must-have for the true fragrance connoisseur. #thoughtfulchicnarratives

Shamanuti

Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser, Seaweed Toner & Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, My favorite Shamanuti products for Summer into Fall skin maintenance. The dynamic duo, Activated Charcoal Cleanser and Seaweed Toner are a stellar paring. A unique cleanser that utilizes the properties of Activated Charcoal to neutralize acidity and absorb impurities as well as to gently exfoliate the skin with maple extract. Versatile and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive. The power-packed toner contains Atlantic kelp, Dead Sea Salt, Tea Tree Oil and freshwater Blue-Green Microalgae. Aside from being refreshing, the toner adjusts pH and refines pores. I love the strong Bergamot and Neroli presence, which has a positive effect on the nervous system being anti-inflammatory, and beneficial vitamins in seaweed help to protect skin against free radicals and restore the body’s natural chemical balance. A weekly Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is just Autumnal beauty ritual icing on the cake. Shamanuti is a tightly curated Cambridge Massachusetts natural skincare line designed to treat and harmonize skin without disturbing the all-important pH balance. Formulated to be simple skincare that works to keep complications to a minimum by using the tools nature has provided for millennia to keep us clear and balanced. #integritybeauty

Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Amazing Grace Lipstick, Inspired by Grace Kelly, this vintage Tea Rose Charlotte Tilbury shade creates an irresistibly classic look for Fall. Enriched with new generation 3-D glowing pigments, for lips that look lit from within. Exclusively enriched with Lipstick Tree extract which protects lips and is a natural anti-oxidant, and Orchid Extract which soothes and hydrates for a soft, buildable cashmere finish. Available in 10 modern-matte shades for all skin tones. London-based makeup artist extraordinaire Charlotte Tilbury launched her highly anticipated revolutionary beauty line in America last year channeling her twenty plus years in the industry, and people have not stopped raving about the luxurious products with glamorous vintage-inspired packaging. Each product includes expert tips for effortless application and transformative results. #prettypolishedperfection

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Lucy B Frangipani Bronzing Shimmer Oil, Ideal for late Summer early Fall travelscapes, Frangipani-scented Shimmer Oil hydrates and illuminates skin and hair so you can keep your seasonal glow on. With a fresh light scent and sheer feminine shimmer, gorgeous on all skin tones. Made with organic Coconut, Jojoba and Sunflower Oils, and infused with Lucy B’s signature confidence enhancing Australian Flower Essences -including the magical Boab Tree, Sturt Desert Rose, Southern Cross & Dog Rose. Now available at Anthropologie. Inspired by Australia’s natural beauty and tradition, celebrity makeup artist Lucy Baldock Sacchi and her husband, photographer Marco Sacchi, established Lucy B with a belief that it takes a holistic lifestyle on every level to ultimately transform each person. By including Australian Bush Flower Essences and pure aroma-therapeutic extracts in every product, they have harnessed the power and magic of the Australian botanical apothecary to bring you benefits that go way beyond beauty. The result is a range that helps transform the body, mind and soul. #transcendentbeauty

EOV

Essence of Vali Sleep, Sleep is EOV’s most popular blend as it eases people into a peaceful sleep and comforts them during times of stress. Ideal for seasonal transitions. Drift into a relaxing sleep the natural way with soothing and deeply aromatic essences of Lavender Flowers, Cedarwood, Marjoram Leaves and Ylang-Ylang Petals. This comforting and calming concentrate is the most potent of the Sleep Collection. A drop is all it takes. For a bedtime ritual to promote sleep, tip bottle to release a drop onto the corner of the pillowcase. During stressful times, you can put a drop on a tissue and inhale the relaxing aroma. Essence of Vali is a line of 100% natural products for health and wellness that uses the healing energy of plants, crafted in New York by aromatherapist and healing synergist Valerie Bennis. #sweetdreams

Sundance

Sundance Catalog Saffron Diamond Kantha Quilt, Handprinted fabrics are stitched together by female craftspeople in the traditional kantha technique to create this unique lightweight cotton voile quilt. The ‘Kantha’ stitch is a type of embroidery, and mastering this skill is a tradition of the women in small localities in India. These quilts and shams are made by women artisans who have come to Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India, after the war between India and Pakistan in 1971. Kantha is important to their lives, as it offers employment and income independent of the husband which is critical in these drought-affected areas. The art and tradition of Kantha embroidery is clearly evident in their culture, as they make this type of throw for their homes or for gifts. The Kantha embroidered throw is also prepared as a present crafted by mothers to give to their daughters at the time of their marriage. The women labor over the fabric for a number of years, sometimes even starting from birth, and the giving of the throw is treated as a symbolic gesture with great meaning and sentiment. From Sundance Catalog founded by Robert Redford. Clothing with character. Distinctive furniture. Unexpected home décor. Handmade artisan jewelry. #spiritofheritage

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MixedMade Trees Knees Spicy Syrup, Sugar and spice and everything nice. This rich, organic Maple Syrup from a family farm in the Catskills, is infused by hand with a special combination of chili peppers in the Brooklyn kitchens of MixedMade in New York. A great way to tantalize the seasonal taste buds, this Spicy Syrup pairs beautifully with breakfast to dessert, from dust till dawn. MixedMade was founded on the belief that food can taste extraordinary in its simplicity. Every batch is handmade with lots of love and spice, starting with beautiful ingredients sourced from the Hudson Valley, the Catskill Mountains, and the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, then infused, mixed, bottled and shipped from their Brooklyn kitchen. #bitoftheunexpected

JourneyThe Journey: The Fine Art of Traveling By Train, by Sven Ehmann (Editor), Robert Klanten (Editor), Michelle Galindo (Editor), Hardcover, 2015. Trains have always been a cultivated way to travel. The slower rhythm from departure to arrival, the relaxed glide through the landscape, and the shift between city and country fill passengers with great joy and are pleasures waiting to be discovered by the uninitiated. The new book The Journey presents a varied selection of extraordinary travel opportunities by train from around the world. Featuring historic luxury wagons, spectacular panoramic railways, and timeless itineraries, it takes you for a ride through breathtaking canyons and romantic scenery. Striking images, informative geographical material, and personal experiences bring these train adventures, which range from the quick three-hour trip to the transcontinental journey lasting several days, to life. Train travel is without a doubt one of the best ways to decelerate from our fast-paced daily lives. After all, the journey is also a destination.