Friday, April 11, 2014

Fav Quote Friday: Breaking Free and Going Forward, With Gratitude As Your Fuel

 
You simply will not be the same person
two months from now - after consciously
giving thanks each day for the
abundance that exists in your life.
And you will have set in motion an ancient
spiritual law: the more you have and
are grateful for, the more will be given to you.

~Sarah Ban Breathnach

A grateful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues." 
~Cicero

"From this hour I ordain myself loosed of
limits and imaginary lines."
~Walt Whitman


You know you are on the right track
when you become uninterested in looking back.




"Break the monotony, do something extravagant!"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson




do all things with kindness. 
...always.


Practice gratitude and kindness each day, 
you too, might find yourself doing 
 things "strange and extravagant"
and feeling "
loosed of limits and imaginary lines." 
...lucky you.


live beautifully,

stephanie-


Lifestyle: Entertaining With A Wine and Cheese Tasting Party - via Camille Styles


 Get your friends together,
go shopping for some select
wines,
 a variety of beautiful cheeses, breads and other treats, 
and get ready for a wonderful 
wine and cheese tasting experience. 
(You know I'd recommend as many
organic selections as possible!)


Camille Styles pulls together a selection
of wines from
La Crema, 
sets a beautiful table, and invites a group
of her beautifully dressed friends to enjoy a
wonderful end-of summer party. 

I think it would be a great way to
celebrate Springtime, too.


With helpful tips on how to set up
your party, styling a lovely table that's 
convenient for a tasting, wine and cheese selections 
and advice on how to properly taste wines and
pair them with cheeses at such an event.



This delightful post was documented in a
series of photographs.
  
See the entire set here
Enjoy a trip through all of them. 

Then go have your own party.

 live beautifully!
 stephanie-



 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

It's Spring, It's Spring, It's Finally Springtime! A Refreshing Celebration In Florals and Quotes

No matter how long the winter, the spring is sure to follow.



"You can cut all the flowers 
but you cannot keep spring from coming."
~Pablo Neruda

 "Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking."
  -Miranda Priestly, Devil Wears Prada




"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
~William Shakespeare


 
"Can words describe the fragrance 
of the very breath of spring?"
~Neltje Blanchan





 "Every spring is the only spring,
a perpetual astonishment."
~Ellis Pet
ers



hope you enjoyed my flowery post!
Happy Springtime!
stephanie-

(from a Collection of Quotes About Springtime from EcoSalon)
 
 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

How To Get More From Your Workout Time: 4 Workout Types with Multiple Mind-Body Benefits


your lifestyle becomes your bodystyle

Many of us are pressed for time when it comes to workouts, which
can make it tempting to skip it. (I know I've done that!)
One thing you can do to is to make time spent on a
workout as efficient as possible.

I've compiled 4 kinds of exercising that packs the most punch
for your time. Each group offers exercises that work multiple body areas,
act as aerobic, cardio, toning, lengthening
and strengthening workouts, are disciplined; combine mental
concentration with a mind-body benefit, simultaneously, and all from one workout.
Most of them can also be done either on your own, or in a guided group class.
My given examples are only the most popular -
you may find some others that become your passion. 

Click the links for more on each type. Pick one, or try them all. 
( I've done that too!) Many are great at any age, as long as you
start slowly at first. I love exercise styles from each of these
groups, as I'm sure you might also.
(My favorites are horseback-riding, swimming, Tai Chi and ballet,
with Qi Gong as my fav activity for light physical movement
and stretching for de-stressing.)


1. Controlled Movement Strength/Endurance Training
(Yoga, Ballet, Pilates, Qi Gong, Cardio Barre)
Benefits: mental health and mood improvement, mind-body connection,
mild aerobic, stretching, flexibility, stress reduction, strengthening,
endurance, balance, heart health.
(more)



2. Martial Arts
(Kick-Boxing, Capoeira, Kendo, Tai Kwan Do, Tai Chi)

Benefits: strength, agility, mental discipline, cardio, aerobic,
agility, stress-release. There are many types of Martial Arts to
choose from; see them here
Learn more about why they're good for you here




3. Full Body Outdoor Aerobic Activities
(Outdoor Hiking, Vigorous Walking, Swimming, Cross-Country Skiing)


Benefits: mental health, balance, weight loss, Vitamin D source,
connection to nature, mood enhancement. (more)



4. Horseback Riding/Equestrian Activities
(Hunt Seat, Dressage, Western, Trail Riding, Ring Exercises, Barrel Racing)


Benefits: cardio, stress relief, self-discipline, muscle-toning, spritual connection
to an animal, coordination, concentration, balance. 
Learn about wy this is a fantastic exercise activity here


Which are your favorites, and why?
What haven't you done that you'd like to try?
I'd love to hear from you!

In mind, body and spirit...
live beautifully,

stephanie-


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Living Beautifully: Coming Into 'The 'Now'; How To Calm and Clear Your Mind


 "Drink your tea slowly and reverently, 
as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves...

 
...slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future... 



 ...Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life."
~Thich Nhat Hanh



"Coming into 'the now' ". 

A phrase of 'mindful' thinking and awareness.
 I hope you will consider this and remember to do it often.
This mindful excercise is especially helpful 
when you are stressed, 
or when planning a project. 

It centers, calms and clears your mind. 
It reduces stress reactions in the body, 
and makes your activities 
more pleasant and joy-filled.
  ~
For more simple, yet effective, tips and methods 
you can use to help keep a calm, 
peaceful mind and a strong, healthy body:
Read this from Tiny Buddha
Read this from Chopra Center

may you find much peace & beauty today!
 live beautifully,

stephanie- 


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fav Quote Friday: "I embrace you with all my heart" - Honoring Albert Camus, And His Teacher

 
 "There is scarcely any passion without struggle." ~Camus


  "I recognize only one duty and that is to love." ~Camus



 
  "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me,
an invincible summer."
~Camus



"Dear Monsieur Germain, 
I let the commotion around me these days subside a bit
before speaking to you from the bottom of my heart.
I have just been given far too great an honour,
one I neither sought nor solicited.

But when I heard the news, my first thought,
after my mother, was of you.
Without you, without the affectionate hand you extended to
the small poor child that I was,
without your teaching and example,
none of all this would have happened.

I don't make too much of this sort of honour.
But at least it gives me the opportunity to tell you
what you have been and still are for me, and to assure you
that your efforts, your work, and the generous heart you
put into it still live in one of your little schoolboys who,
despite the years, has never stopped being your grateful pupil.

I embrace you with all my heart.

Albert Camus"

Note written to Albert's teacher, subsequent to the occasion of 
Camus being awarded the Nobel Prize For Literature, 1957.
(read this story and others at 'Letters Of Note' blog)

 Read more on this 'ever-relevant writer, moralist and humanist'
in the November 2013 article celebrating the
centennial of Albert Camus  in the
Los Angeles Times article.

Enjoy!
stephanie-

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Body and Spirit: Cultivate Kindness, Watch Harmony and Beauty Grow

  No kindness is ever wasted.
~Aesop



 be good-hearted.




 cultivate harmony.


 
 
 let your kindness shine.


s-


Simple Pleasures: Celebrating Spring In Style - Enjoying Time With Friends

Cafe Casual

It's one of my favorite things to do...
to go out with a friend and catch up over a cup
of coffee (or tea, ...whatev!) 
perhaps with some
delightful little pastries 
(like the macarons I've included in my set!)

Titled 'Cafe Casual' as a reminder that 
even though you're going out comfy and casual,
that's no excuse not to go out in fabulous style!


I've used lovely mint and aqua
with rich turquoise tones,
for a wonderfully light and fresh look.

So grab your bestie, find a local cafe 
and Welcome Spring while 
getting in a good dose of Girl Talk!

Enjoy and live beautifully,
stephanie-








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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Simple Pleasures: Friends, Music and Chocolate Cupcakes


 
 Friday was my birthday.

In the evening, I went out to meet friends 
(existing and new) at a popular LA cafe,
and was treated to a giant 
chocolate/chocolate/chocolate cupcake...
 
 ahh-mmmmazing!

funny how such a simple things
can make you so happy.

And a Mixtape of 
Throwback selections
showed up that day too,
courtesy of GalaDarling
I'm sharing that with you, too.


hoping you enjoy this,
and any other simple, little things
 that bring you moments of joy.


thanks for being with me, 

stephanie-



Monday, March 3, 2014

Eco Fashion: 10 More Ways To Tie Your | Beau Monde | Scarf For a Fashionable Spring!

(if you have trouble seeing all 3 styles across, view on YouTube here.)

Spring is coming! 
To help you get ready and look your 
eco-stylish best, I'm sharing this fun, helpful video 
from fashion stylist and blogger
Evelina Barrie (of Evelinas FashionCafe)

Try these different ways to wrap, tie and 
style your beautiful Beau Monde organic scarves!
(or any other scarves you have!)
 
Take 3 minutes to learn some new, easy and
sweet styles, and start scarfing up
your own fashionable Spring look!


live beautifully!

stephanie-

 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Fav Quote Friday: On Gardening and Mindful Living

 "Your mind is not a cage, it is a garden. 
And it needs cultivating."
~Libba Bray


...do you have a friend like that?


GARDENING: Cheaper than therapy.
(and you get tomatoes!)


"I prefer to plant, to sow and to be free." 
~Voltaire


happy gardening!
stephanie-




Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lifestyle: The Audrey Hepburn You Didn't Know; Dedicated To Compassion, Giving Back and Helping Others


 "People, even more than things,
have to be restored, renewed, revived,
recalimed and redeemed. 
Never throw out anyone."
~Audrey Hepburn

We all know and loved Audrey Hepburn, 
for her graceful beauty, her fabulous
fashion sensibilities and her delicious roles.



you may enjoy to take a look at the fashionable
side of Audrey in 'Fashion and Style Guru's 

 

 Say 'Audrey Hepburn' and images of her
as Eliza Dolittle (My Fair Lady), 
Jo Stockton (Funny Face),
Holly Golightly, (Breakfast At Tiffany's)
or her favorite role as a princess (Roman Holiday)
most likely pop into your head.

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others,
for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness,
and for poise, walk with the knowledge
that you are never alone."
~Audrey Hepburn

But did you know that she was also a great Ambassador 
for giving back and creating positive change?  
Did you realize her 5 year role in the last years of her life
was the one she thought of as the most important she ever had? 

 "The best thing in life to hold onto is each other."
~Audrey Hepburn

Audrey became the International Representative for UNICEF,
approaching them with the sole purpose of helping
to better the lives of those who were suffering.
This was the way Audrey filled the last years of her life - 

leaving a legacy of caring, giving back and of creating hope.
Audrey considered her work as a UNICEF International
Goodwill Ambassador the greatest role of her life. 



It thought perhaps it might be good to be reminded
of her outlook on life and share a bit of her her caring spirit.

 "As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands;
one for helping yourself, and another for helping others."
~Audrey Hepburn

Read more about the humanitarian work 
she did throughout the world, here, 


 and the woman behind the stardom - 
the 'real' Audrey Hepburn - here.

Enjoy the day, think of others
and 
...live beautifully!

stephanie-



Friday, February 21, 2014

Fav Quote Friday | Body and Spirit: Embracing the Universe, From Your Heart

"...embrace the whole universe,
and everything and everybody in it."
~Adyashanti


"Whenever you are creating beauty around you, 
you are restoring your own soul."



"There is as much in that little space within the heart
as there is in the whole world outside.
Heaven, earth, fire, wind, sun, 
moon, lightning, stars;
whatever is and whatever is not;
everything is there."
~The Chandogya Upanishads


live beautifully, my friends...
 
stephanie-