Subtle yet powerful. Refined but wild. Dynamic yet pure. These are words that come to mind when I think of Stacey Moss from Moss Botanicals, an aromatherapy line based out of Ojai. There is so much reverence for the land and for her native american ancestry, both of which inspire her to create.
During this time, it’s easy to look around and see how much work we have to do and skills we must relearn in order to become more sustainable inhabitants of this planet. There are some individuals who are really making strides and examples of living in accordance & harmony with nature. Vicky Salcido-Cobbe is one of them.
Leaders and supporters of the clean beauty, health and wellness world, the Love Beauty + Wellness Festival is an event that is not to be missed. On Saturday, we gather together in downtown Los Angeles, at the Hudson Loft, to learn, shop & celebrate conscious creators who are trailblazing new paths for how to run ethical business in the new age.
So I have taken a pretty significant break since my last post in early June. I have missed this site so much, and while I was away I took some much needed time for myself. I traveled to festivals, yoga centers, retreats, went camping & hiking in some of the most beautiful places in the Western part of the United States. I will be sharing many images & stories up on the site very soon.
Sometimes you meet magical witches of the north, like Julie Clark from Province Apothecary, located in Canada. I first caught sight of this goddess at the Indie beauty Expo in Los Angeles, where I had a moment when looking at her products. I felt this high vibration coming from them — they almost seemed to levitate off the table and into my hands. I didn’t buy any products from her that day except for this little golden incense holder that was so simple, beautiful yet felt very spiritual & activating.
You can never stop learning. That is what I have realized. All herbalists, health coaches, nutritionists & chefs all have wisdom to share. Right when I got in touch with the Great Kosmic Kitchen, their book beamed with this energy I was searching for and I knew that I had to connect with them about their sacred herbal rituals about eating and living.
Some products instantly become an staple in my life. Bottega Organica’s Sea Salt & Peppermint Scrub is one of them. It is so important for us (especially those who live in cities) to detoxify our body, scrub off all of the dirt and leave all those dead skin cells behind. However, many ‘healthy” scrubs and soaps contain ingredients that are chemical-ladden and could end up causing more harm long term than good. This is why I love Bottega, their ingredients are some of the most pure, organic & potent I have ever seen. Read those labels, you may be surprised what you find! You know what they say, “if you couldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your body”.
Is it possible to have a crush on a store? Help Your Self, a wellness boutique located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is quite possibly my biggest crush yet. Set all in white, I walked in and felt immediately cleansed & calm. During my recent trip to New York, I had the opportunity to meet owner and founder, Catherine Foley. She is sweet, loving & so caring. So much that she even talks to the herbs in her store and thanks them for working with her.
"In this world, where life is fast and furious and sometimes tough, there’s nothing more important than intimate and authentic connections with a loving community of sisters. This monthly Q&A series is all about sharing some of my favorite women in wellness and how they shape, shift and uplift others to live life more fully. This month’s feature is the lovely Alexa Gray of Super Food Super Life. Alexa is a connector in the wellness world, she brings amazing businesses together and co-creates incredible interviews, events and programs. A trained fine art photographer based in L.A., she loves behind the scenes interviews with natural product pioneers, which inspire her readers with informative stories from the front lines of the healthy lifestyle movement. This beauty also joins us in Malibu at the IWR Retreat each year to photograph the magic that happens at our oceanside retreat. Thrilled to welcome Alexa…!"
"IT ONLY COMES once a year, and when it does it seems all of LA’s wellness-minded community members flock to one place: Expo West, the mother of all natural product conventions. Last week, health coach and wellness educator, Alexa Gray of Super Food, Super Life, hit the show to navigate the endless array of natural products. She reported back with these ten interesting finds…"
The full moon is under way. Can you feel it? The energy feels peaceful yet profound. What has manifested for you this past lunar cycle? What do you need to let go of? Could one of your releases be your toxic beauty products? If so, I am highly recommending all my friends try this incredible, holistic and all-natural hair care line, Under Luna (for adults and kids). I have used both the shampoo and conditioner twice already on my hair and it works wonders. It’s hydrating, smells lovely & is made with organic botanicals. Most natural shampoos and conditioners are either too expensive or can be very drying, Under Luna is neither.
I am getting asked much more frequently if it’s ok to eat eggs, and if so, what kind of eggs? Yes! It’s ok to eat eggs, and when possible, pasture-raised organic is the way to go. I eat eggs every single week.
Big eggs, small eggs, brown eggs, white eggs, cage-free eggs, organic eggs? I haven’t always given them much thought. I just grabbed whatever eggs were at hand. Then we moved across the country to southern California. I quickly discovered that not all eggs are created equal. Once I got over my childhood memory to not eat too many eggs (too much cholesterol, or so I was told then, by non-doctor well-meaning family members), I had to get serious about what eggs to purchase. I love eggs; I love them scrambled, in omelets, hard-boiled and soft-boiled (oh I could rhapsodize about the egg cups alone for a while). Given a choice, I want brown eggs. They seem more real to me, more authentic. I want cage-free, organic brown eggs.
Understanding the balance between alkalinity and acidity is an essential tool for anyone looking to upgrade their health. Today, over at The Chalkboard Mag , Kristin Dahl & I share tips for daily alkalinity.
Every single feature on this blog has been about someone or something that has caught my eye, uplifted my spirit or stolen my heart. Recently, it happened all over again with Sarah & Summer, the duo behind The Great Kosmic Kitchen. These two herbalists teach us all how we can creatively incorporate the herbs into our food and why we benefit from all that plant magic.
I want to share one of the first chocolate artisans that I met on the path, Justin Polgar of Yes Cacao. Justin’s chocolate is infused with so many beautiful superfoods and herbs, and is marked all over by the word …YES! I have been working with that word a lot recently, to just say YES to my dreams & wishes. It’s made such a difference in my spirit and approach to life. Just say Yes to the situation and say Yes to Love. That is where the magic really happens. For YES cacao, Justin’s wish is that every time you take a bite, you do the same.
This Ancient healing recipe is a balanced and wholesome meal. It’s the perfect option for a 3-day cleanse or whenever your system needs a reset. Kitchari is comforting and offers endless spice variations. You can use a variety of vegetables and spices to make it unique to your taste.
Recently, on a road trip up to Santa Cruz, I came across some gems, the Honey Mama super food fudge bars. It’s a bar made from sprouted almonds, organic honey, coconut oil, Himalayan salt, and then different dark cacaos from around the world (she also has a no-nut, which is equally as delicious). That’s it! It’s an organic treat that you can eat for breakfast or a snack, and feel totally satisfied.
The new moon has arrived in the sign of Capricorn, and what a strong energy it is. This morning in yoga class, my teacher Guru Jagat, owner of the Ra Ma Yoga Institute, said “this strong father like energy is asking us what is true value? What are your values? How do you express your values in your everyday life? These are important times to get clear on our answers and to share our gifts with the world around us.
We can use the rituals of the new moon as expressed in the new moon journal, created by Paula Mallis and Danielle Beinstein, to slow down, go inward, and actually find out the answers to these types of question and then ask the universe accordingly for what we want.