January 6, 2015

How to Squash a Cold

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I sincerely hope you enjoyed a peaceful and restful Holiday season.

I returned to my studio yesterday filled with some great memories of time spent with people I love and cherish, rejuvenated, refreshed, revitalized. Minus a little tickle in the back of my throat and very dull pain in my head which sometimes signifies a migraine waiting to happen, I felt good walking into my office to begin the week. But when I got messages from two team members that they would have to join our weekly team meeting via phone because they were sick with the cold and flu, I decided revisit my own symptoms. I returned home after the call and wrote this post from my bed.

Here's the thing: I'll be back on my game in less than 2 days. Why? Because, in my opinion, the key to squashing a cold is to not ignore the very early messages your body gives you when its been invaded by the nasty bugs. Those sneezes, achiness and itchy eyes could be signs that a cold is about to settle in. Last summer I began studying Ayurveda and learned the effects of aromatherapy on healing. The National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) considers the practice as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. I find it a pleasing, non-invasive way to feel good.

Here is my 3-step aromatherapy plan (along with nourishing foods, proper hydration and a Dr's advice if necessary) that will help you get back to your best in no time:

Eucalyptus Spearmint Body Wash & Foam Bath - Aromatherapy - Bath & Body Works

1. Take a very warm shower or bath with Bath & Bodyworks Aromatherapy Body Wash and Foam Bath in Eucalyptus Spearmint. Not only will the fragrance help to open your stuffed nasal passages, this gel is super moisturizing and soothing to the skin. BTW, the entire Aromatherapy line is something special.


2.  Drinking fluids and maintaining a proper level of hydration is important to your comeback so why not enjoy something that is aromatic and flavorful. I love Yogi Teas and the Green Tea Lemon Ginger is all about yummy goodness. The green tea is just plain good for you and the tag team of lemon and ginger is energizing and soothing.

Holistic Silk

3.  Rest is a major component of healing and it's clear that a lot of us have demanding lives and sacrifice it for the sake of getting things done. Do yourself a favor: Turn on the Do Not Disturb on all technology and put the sign on the door. Get lots of sleep. It works. But before you shut it all down, slide on this luxurious, calming lavender scented eye mask from UK company, Holistic Silk. I bought a few of these to give away as gifts from the natural and organic skincare boutique in California, NuboNau.

Repeat as often as necessary. What are your best remedies for getting through cold and flu season?

*I am a consumer who purchases the products mentioned above. I nor my company have received any type of compensation from the makers of the items listed in this post.

September 29, 2014

Movie Magic Madness

Poster Images: (top left, clockwise) Kill the Messenger (opens Oct 10), The Equalizer (opened Sept 26),
Gone Girl (opens Oct 3), The Judge (opens Oct 10), Low Down (opens Oct 24), The Book of Life (opens Oct 17)
I love movies but because of my unpredictable schedule, away vacations and family responsibilities, I often can't find a free moment to get to the theater in the Spring and Summer but when Fall rolls around, an all-out cinema blitz begins in earnest for me and The Man. Friday date night takes on new meaning and is often comprised of a lovely dinner and a newly released movie. And there are some fascinating flicks on the horizon that I'm excited about. Be sure to check out my viewing list with links to early reviews above. 

**If you're in the Philadelphia, PA area, enjoy a luxe movie theater experience at the AMC Cinema Suites in West Chester or in New York City at their location on Broadway at 84th Street.

I try to keep my date night look comfy and stylish. A great shirt, skinny pants and high heeled booties are my typical uniform but I try to make it extra special by adding great jewelry like the Herringbone Cuff Bracelet and Bohemian Drop Earrings from our Gemmy Jewels Collection. (check out the Love The Look style board below) A fab handbag to carry the essentials, a spritz of a beloved scent (an anniversary gift from The Man - now my signature fragrance) and I'm ready for an evening of movie magic! 

Love the Look Style Board: (top left, clockwise) AmericanEagle Outfitters Factory Chambray Shirt

September 2, 2014

The Fab Five - September 2014

With Fall just around the corner, I'm embracing all the upcoming season has to offer. Granted, I had a wonderful Summer and will lament its departure but only briefly because this month is stacking up to be just as amazing. Here are 5 fab things that will help to make September a great one:

1.  Our Private Trunk Show season begins and we're crisscrossing the country to bring my Fall 2014 Handmade Jewelry Collection exclusively to our Insiders. Join us!

2.  Since Kale is THE veggie of the year, I'm looking forward to sharing my culinary expertise (home cooking at it's finest) by using it in more creative recipes.

3.  If you are decorating a new home or just looking for items that will update or freshen the one you've already lived in, you'll love the sublimely curated housewares and furniture collections on this beautiful site.

4. It's #NYFW New York Fashion Week time! The march of fine design begins September 4th. Watch here for our fave designers' hot runway looks for Spring 2015! 

5.  After a few team members spoke highly of this not-so-common book about living consciously and walking through your life while being fully aware of its utter beauty by a thoroughly engaging author, I had to Kindle it for this month's reading list.

August 18, 2014

Fall Into Denim

While watching some of the live streams of the Fall 2014 Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week runway shows, I didn't see much in the way of denim. (insert sad face emoji here) Has the durable material shown most commonly in its traditional blue hue lost its fashion favor? I think not! Denim will always be "in". I know some do have a love-hate relationship with this tricky fabric (i.e. Can I REALLY wear jeans to work or is this jacket special enough for evening?)  Dressed up or down, when it's worn right and of the best quality your money can buy, it can be an incredibly versatile and luxurious wardrobe staple. 

Think beyond jeans. Pencil skirts, tailored jackets, fierce shoes and handbags are all fashionable players in the denim game. And don't be afraid to do double denim (top & bottom). Just mix the washes like this or kick it up a notch with non-traditional colors. Add an interesting bangle bracelet for day or statement earrings for an extra special nighttime touch!

left, Gemmy Jewels Pyramid Bracelet; right, JulRe Designs Gilded Pepper Earrings

Style Board Images: (top left, clockwise) Gianvito Rossi Denim Pump, Philip Lim Capsule Collection, Everlane Denim Shirt, Distressed Jeans at Paris Fashion Week, Madewell Wide Leg Denim Pant

August 11, 2014

Color Craze: Rainbow Bright

My obsession with vivid, punch-you-in-the-face color continues. The fashion trend cycle always returns to timeless bright, rainbow color combinations associated with festive times but I've never been one to wait for trends. Since I seem to naturally gravitate toward vivid hues, my handmade jewelry collections have often included bright primary and eye-popping neon colors for all seasons. This Pinterest board is my vibrant homage to the many radiant inspirations I've discovered over time.

Do you dare wear bright for day or night? Fear not, these thrilling colors can be worn by anyone. The "less is more" rule definitely applies but you can be creative. While it takes an adventurous soul to wear this trend head to toe, feel free to liven a neutral look with accessories like rainbow sunglasses, a vivid pair of heels or a dash of brightly colored jewelry like the earrings from my classic collection shown on the style board below and available here. Be bold in brights!


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