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Let's Go . . .

Posted on: 4.26.2017


There’s nothing quite like a sexy, new, workout outfit to motivate you to get your booty in shape. Many of you know I love #yoga, #barre, and #running, so this @miraraeactive set is perfect for breaking a sweat 💦. I’m hoping to take my fitness level into a new zone, and I’m also in the mood to mix it up, so I’d love to hear from some of you about your favorite workout routines and programs. 💪🏽 Running out the door to yoga . . . hope to hear back from you soon!

Rings from the Get Rocked Shop.  Handmade by Inverness and Crane.

Peace, Love, & Good Chocolate
PARIS 

PONDICHÉRIE

Posted on: 4.24.2017



I was thrilled to discover Pondichérie,  a beautiful, ethically produced clothing line based in New York.  It’s refreshing to know that your purchase is supporting traditional craftswomen and artisans abroad with fair-trade practices, while also supporting United States commerce where these luxurious fabrics are ultimately constructed into the final creations.  The line is comfortable, easy to wear, and simply gorgeous!  More and more, we must become wise consumers.  At the end of the day, the power we collectively hold to create the world we wish to see, lies in the decisions we make as consumers.  We are, after all, interdependent, on all of life around us.  Taking care of the earth, and each other, just feels good.  

Shop the Pondichérie.   

Peace, Love, & Good Chocolate
PARIS 


Sheer Madness

Posted on: 4.21.2017



Spring is finally here . . .  I want to be waltzing, carefree, through the woods, but instead, too often, I find myself dodging the traffic of my mind.  I’m trying to slow down, and realize I can’t let my struggles become my identity.  I recently returned from a spiritual retreat in India with Mooji baba.  He shared some amazing, words of wisdom that are helping me re-examine my life.  He says, "Life flows by itself. How arrogant to think it is you who makes it flow. Stop interfering and enjoy the ride of impersonal witnessing.”  How empowering, to realize that this person, caught up in this very personal story, is not who I am.  All of the ego distractions, beliefs, and cultural conditioning, are merely thoughts.  I wish for this spring to be a time of letting go, a time of softening into the heart space, a time of remembering who we truly are.  

Peace, Love, & Good Chocolate
PARIS 

Shop this Warriors of the Divine hand embroiderd dress here.

Miranda Hope earrings from the Get Rocked Shop.

Pot Head

Posted on: 9.28.2016







Seasons are changing, and autumn always seems to insist on a life reflection ...
The leaves ripen to their full sweetness, then begin falling, a perfect metaphor to remember to let go of things that are no longer serving your life.  What is no longer working, and what can you release in order to make room for something fresh and new?

I’m trying to move into the mentality of quality over quantity.  I’ve moved a few times this year, and it’s becoming clear that most often, less is more.  I’d rather have a closet with a few favorite items to relish, than a bunch of things that I don’t really enjoy wearing — and most likely won’t.  Lately, I ask myself these questions before I buy something:  Do I need it?  Would I want slip it on right now?  If the answer is yes, then I might buy it. 

Every girl I know loves a good bag, so I am happy to share a favorite, fall bag by Mechaly.  This vegan leather tote has been an amazing purchase.  How great that it’s cruelty free, and I love that it offers ample space to hold all of my things - my laptop even fits in it!  And, the best part is the front pocket.  It’s like a little miracle, because I never have to search for my keys or cell phone anymore.  

If you’re anything like me, comfort is key. That’s my favorite thing about my new, “Pot Head” tee from Coco + Pine.  Court, is a darling girl who lives in South Florida, and actually uses her own two hands to screen print ingenious sayings onto her shirts.  Also, don’t miss these crystal earrings, handmade in Barcelona, Spain by The Silver Elements.  They have no “collection” or “line”, since all of the pieces are totally, one of a kind. You can be sure you own a very unique piece, which was, somehow made, especially for you.  Designer Natalia Mart describes her company like this, “I believe,  jewelry is kind of like the cherry on the top of the cake.  It turns a look from, just ok, to something irresistible.”  As you can see, I love wearing things that are handmade.  When the artist’s hands and heart become part of the process, a soulful and magical fusion ensues.
Happy Fall. 

Peace, Love, & Good Chocolate
PARIS 


Sunrise to Sunset

Posted on: 8.08.2016



           
Lately, I've been roaming around the island wearing this summer Tiki dress and White Kimono from Keliki. I love dresses -- they make life feel so much easier… & this kimono is a must have, because it doubles as a swimsuit coverup.  This darling brand is"an instant go-to for bikini babes everywhere, Keliki features day-to-night, beach-to-bonfire style essentials in colorful custom prints. Inspired by the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, Keliki is the style wave you can ride from sunrise to sunset."

Peace, Love, & Good Chocolate
PARIS 

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suhm-er-tahym

Posted on: 6.30.2016










Hello Darlings . . . Summer is in full swing.  June’s roses have faded, and July’s wild, sunflowers are now in full bloom. When the heat is on, I love staying cool in this UO Ecote off the shoulder romper.  It’s just . . . well . . . downright sexy.  
One thing in life you can count on. . . things change. Sometimes, I struggle with this reality. Oh, how we long to hold onto what is beautiful; we want to keep forever, the people and things that we love.  But, change is inevitable.  Nature is the biggest example of this.  Our time is precious. Fleelting and emphermal. Seasons come and go.  All things come and go.  I’m not sure what the next few months will have in store for me.  I feel like the Universe is asking me to step up. rise to a new day. set sail. jump ship. stop acting small or out of fear.  My mantra today is, “hang on, it gets easier, and then it gets okay, and then it feels like freedom.” 

The Summer Day

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
—Mary Oliver
Peace, Love, & Good Chocolate
PARIS 

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