Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ECO FASHION | STYLE: Bubby and Bean Rock-n-Rolls in Beau Monde Organics and More with Boho, Gypsy, Vintage Accessories

Big thanks today to
eco fashion lifestyle stylist/designer/blogger,
Melissa Baswell Williams.
This post is via Bubby and Bean blog.
She's featured Beau Monde Organics' 
Jubilance-Sunset Stripe scarf
as the focal point of a fabulous
boho/rock-and-roll gypsy styled look.
(it was perfect for the party she was going to!)

Read the full post here >
Yes, this is the same Melissa of
 
Mountains of the Moon,
and her designs offer a full range
of gorgeous ethical eco apparel.
think this one is right in line with
Melissa's work as a
music industry fashion stylist

Have you worn this style or any of
the accessories Melissa's included? 
 Let me know!

till next time...
live beautifully,
stephanie- 
 
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY: Soothe Your Soul With These Good Thoughts For Inner Peace and Serenity

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



 "Set peace of mind as your highest goal,
and organize your life around it."
~Brian Tracy 



In every walk with nature,
one receives far more than he seeks."
~
John Muir



Serenity
is not freedom from the storm,
but peace amid the storm.


live beautifully,
stephanie-







LIFESTYLE | TRAVEL: Trip Tips for the Savvy Traveler | How To Indulge Your Wanderlust in Mindful Style

(photo via Lux & Eco / True Luxury Life)

After delays this week, I'm playing catch-up.
But things work out:
I've found posts
on one of our favorite things...
traveling! 

I've got two sweet posts for you. 
Each includes helpful tips
to keep in mind while traveling,
to get the most enjoyment from your trip, 
and to look and feel your best
while indulging your wanderlust.


Lianna inside the Uffizzi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Join
Lianna Shen of Fairejour,
as she and her traveling companion
explore Italy and Switzerland's famous musuems.
She shares their savvy trip tips with you.
Join them on their travels >

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Ever wished you could come home
from vacation and not have to 
deal with losing the extra pounds
you gained while away?
(...or am I the only one??)


 
 Sarah Anne Stewart, out and about...
 
Meet Holistic Health Practitioner (AADP) and Writer Sarah Anne Stewart,
who wrote the recent travel post at True Luxury Life blog.
 
She offers you some simple, mindful, yet effective, tips on
how to you can stay slim and sexy, no matter where you roam!
Take heed, and you'll return home relaxed, svelt and sexy.
 Be smart like Lianna; don't forget to pack your scarf!

Most especially, as Lianna says,
enjoy yourself
and have safe journeys!

live (and travel) beautifully,
  stephanie-
 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | SIMPLE PLEASURES: Greatest Minds Offer Lines On The Love Of Wine

 'In vino, veritas"
(In wine, truth)
~Pliny The Elder


  “his lips drink water
but his heart drinks wine”
~E.E. Cummings


  "A bottle of wine contains
more philisophy 
than all the books in the world."
~Louis Pasteur


 "Give me books, French wine, 
fruit, fine weather and a
little music played out of doors."
~John Keats


"Wine is sunlight,
held together by water."
~Galileo Gallilei


cheers!
stephanie-

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

BODY AND SPIRIT: Drop Stress, Drop Weight and Get Healthy and Happy - 5 Reasons To Get Up, Get Out and Get Walking!

 
More and more Americans are obese, over 1/3 of all adults, 
according to the CDC. And by now, whether we are doing 
something about it or not, we all know that being
overweight and not getting enough 
exercise is damaging to our health and our quality of life.

There is a simple solution: walking!
Our bodies are meant to move,
and walking is our most natural movement.
Along with an improved diet, if you start a walking regime,
you'll feel the beautiful benefits in a very short time.

Here's my list of 5 reasons to walk,
and the benefits you'll experience when you do:

 
1. Walking - Your Free Instant Mood Elevator
Walking can help alleviate stress and boost your mood
in as little as 20 minutes. Take your walk outside,
(even in a virtual natural setting) and the benefits increase.
You can use walking time as a 'walking meditation'
which will help lower your blood pressure, elevate your mood
and improve your attitude and ability to cope with daily issues that arise
.
Make 'Walking Time' your personal 'Happy Hour"!
2. Walking Aids Your Digestion and Blood Sugar Levels
Walking after a meal can a. help stop you from going for those
second helpings you don't need to eat, b. works to get your
digestive system going at an optimal level, and
c.
walking after eating can help reduce blood-sugar spike after eating.
(seeThe New York Times article)


Use proper form when walking to
avoid strain or injury and increase the body benefits

3. Walking Builds Your Bones

You may know that regular walking (no strolling!)
at a good pace (outside, in place or on a treadmill)
strengthens and stretches your legs and core muscles,
but did you know it also strengthens your bones - 
better than biking, swimming or elliptical training?
It also causes much less damage to your
knees, spine and ankles than running or jumping.
4. Walking  Is Therapeutic and Recuperative
Walking's low-impact and stretching movements
make it the perfect movement for
for workout
warm-ups,
recuperation from intense or strenuous workouts
and for cool downs.
Going for a walk strengthens your
feet, back, knees and hips. Long, brisk walks can help
boost your endurance. And a good up-tempo
walk is perfect to recover from being upset,
from stress episodes in your life, and again,
the benefits increase if you walk outside in nature or a park,

and/or walk in the company of friends or family.

5. Walking Can Help You Lose Extra Weight
If you have extra pounds you want to lose, look to walking,
for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, up to 1 hour.
The cardio, stress-relieving, stretching, meditative
and rhythmic movements of walking are a wonderful way
to 'de-tox' both mentally and physically,
and bring enough calorie-burning oomph to
your system to give it the signal to burn some fat. 
So who wouldn't want that? 

Now... who's up for a walk? ;-)

 till next time...
live beautifully,
stephanie- 

by Stephanie Gale (based an article by Zack Zeigler for BeachBody)
nowned celebrity trainer, Kristin McGee,
Renowned celebrity trainer, Kristin McGee,

Friday, July 4, 2014

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | JULY 4th EDITION: America The Beautiful Nation Of Immigrants: Still A Beacon Of Hope and Strength

 
"Everywhere, immigrants
have enriched and strengthened

the fabric of American life."
~ John F. Kennedy 





 
"I like to see a man proud
of the place in which he lives.
  I like to see a man live
so that his place will be proud of him."
~Abraham Lincoln 


Whether your family was one of the
founding families of the United States,
or they had the Statue Of Liberty greet
their entrance to Ellis Island,
or if you're a much more recent Citizen - 
we are a grand 'nation of immigrants',
all come together within a country that
finds such strength in its diversity that,
remarkably, in all of history,
there has never been anything quite like it.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

Happy 4th Of July!

May you have many more.


stephanie-

(with due respect and acknowledgement
to the Native Peoples of this continent & country)








Friday, June 27, 2014

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY: Our Majestic American Wilderness Told Through Ansel Adams' Awe-Inspired Photographs

Mount Williamson in Winter, Sierra Nevadas -
By Ansel Adams, via The Getty Center

"In the wisdom gathered over time, 
I have found that every experience
is a form of exploration."
~Ansel Adams



Jeffery Pine, Sentinel Dome By Ansel Adams "So the Darkness 
shall be the Light,
and the Stillness
the Dancing."

~T. S. Eliot



"It is horrifying to me that we have to
fight our own government
to save the environment."
~Ansel Adams


"Once destroyed, Nature's beauty
cannot be repurchased at any price."

 ~Ansel Adams 


 Thanks to Ansel for his amazing photographs 
and for his tireless efforts 
to make known the value of 
our National Treasures; 
the beautiful American Wildnerness areas.

Learn more about Ansel Adams


live beautifully!

stephanie-

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Is Your Face Cleanser Killing Wildlife and Clogging Waterways? Time To Turn To Eco-Biodegradable Exfoliants, Not Petroleum Plastic MicroBeads

 
Exfoliation is a necessary step in a well-balanced skincare routine; 
removing dead skin cells keeps skin glowing and soft,
by revealing the newer skin cells underneath. It also helps keep
pores clean and unclogged, which reduces blemishes and breakouts.

However, many exfoliants on the market contain tiny plastic beads
 called 'microbeads' that wash down the sink and into the rivers, lakes 
and oceans, clogging and polluting all waterways and endangering
all marine life and birds. 

These plastic beads are made of polyethylene a petroleum-based plastic 
polymers, and are NOT degradable. They are also too small to be filtered
out at water treatment plants, and have now become a serious ecological
threat, and a toxic incidental part of the food chain for marine life. Being the
same size range as sand grains and plankton organisms, it is indistinguishable
as inedible to a wide range of marine and avian creatures.
 
The problem is so bad, that the Illinois actually 
got industry cooperation in banning the beads. 
(Read the HuffPostGreen story)
That will be an ongoing issue that will take years. 
 
But let's not wait years - 
get rid of any and all microbead cleansers now!
Don't 'finish them up', don't wash them down the drain, 
but throw them into the trash - or better yet, 
if the package has a recycling symbol,
 toss them into the recycling bin. 
Do it today.
 
But we wouldn't want to leave you with just a washcloth
(although that works perfectly well!)
To keep your skin beautifully smooth, soft and polished,
 here's a list of some of the many natural, biodegradable
and effective options for scrubbing your skin to polished perfection:
 
 Food-based Skin Scrubs:
Ground Almonds*,  Oatmeal*, Coffee Grounds*, 
Cornmeal* Sugar, Salt, Baking Soda.
Visit Pinterest to try the many DIY recipes!
 (or just Google or Bing your favorite)
(*make sure they're finely ground or they'll clog your home drains!

Food-based Enzyme 'Peels':
Pineapple,
Pumpkin, Kiwi, Orange,  Yogurt, Tomato, Papaya, 


And when you're done scrubbing, you can use 
Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar to control break-outs 
and regulate skin pH with this
Vinegar Toner: mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts water and 
use a cotton ball to lightly blot the skin with it.
Let air dry, then apply your organic moisturizer.

There you go... glowing skin, 
minus the polluting microbeads!
yay!

Get your glow on, 
 and always...

live beautifully,

stephanie- 


Friday, June 20, 2014

FAV QUOTE FRIDAY | CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE: How To Let Go and Get Happy

  "Being angry and unhappy is much easier
than being happy."
Make the effort to put your mind
to a happy thought or memory 
and let yourself smile.


 
"being happy isn't about getting 
the best of everything, 
but making the best of everything."
(via notsalmon)


“If you let go a little, 
you will have a little peace. 
If you let go a lot, 
you will have a lot of peace.”
 ~Ajahn Chah 
(via tinybuddha)


for more ways to let go and be happy,
check out this list of
"20 Things to Let Go Of"
(via MindBodyGreen)


 happy Friday!

 live beautifully,

stephanie-


Saturday, June 14, 2014

MINDFUL LIVING: 7 Steps To Mindfulness Meditation via GoodLife ZEN

 
Mindfulness meditation is a simple and effective way to meditate.
Whether you want to become calmer, be more present,
or simply become grounded,
mindfulness meditation will help you.


By Mary Jaksch, Zen Master

If this is your first experience of meditation, just meditate for short periods
of time, maybe 5 to 10 minutes. As you get more experienced, you can
lengthen the time you spend meditating to 25 or 30 minutes.

Here are seven simple tips that will enhance your experience:

#1 Sit upright
Upright posture helps the mind to come to rest. You can either sit on the ground with a firm cushion to elevate your back side, or sit on a straight-backed chair. The main thing is to keep your spine upright but relaxed. It’s much easier to keep your mind focused if you’re upright.

#2 Pay tender regard to your body
It’s helpful to connect with your body in order to settle into meditation. Start at your feet and slowly scan the body with your mind. What do your feet feel like? What do you legs feel like? Let the soft light of your attention move slowly through your whole body.

#3 Be still
When you first start to meditate, you may feel fidgety and may want to adjust your posture constantly. It’s really important to be still physically during meditation. Every time you move, your mind responds with random thoughts. So stay steady and still.




#4 Be silent
Outer silence helps you to become silent within. In our Western culture, silence has become rare. In order to become still within, make sure that you are in a quiet environment. It’s only when you are still that we can become aware of your mind.

#5 Focus on your breath
Pay tender regard to your breath flowing in and out. Your breath is a doorway to stillness. Notice what your breath feels like in your nose, chest, and belly.

#6 Let go of inner chatter
Mindfulness meditation means becoming aware of the present moment, without judgment.Notice your thoughts coming and going. When you notice that you are caught up in an inner dialogue, gently let the story go.

# 7 Bring your attention back when it wanders.
Gently bring your mind back to your breath whenever it strays into the past or the future. Our mind tends to wander. That’s a natural condition. If you train yourself to gently return your soft attention to the breath, your mind will become steadier. And you will be able to immerse yourself in the present moment.
 

Meditation is a practice. It takes time to learn it.
-When you first start out, mindfulness meditation will feel strange. And it may be quite a shock to become aware of how often the mind spends time in the past or future – instead of in the present moment.
--Set yourself a regular schedule, but make sure this schedule is ‘too easy’, and ‘too short’. If you want to create a habit of daily meditation, you’re much more likely to be successful if you treat yourself with kindness and don’t demand the impossible.
-When you learn to immerse yourself in the present moment – whatever it is like – you will experience a deep joy and peacefulness. As well, meditation has immense health benefits: it strengthens the immune system, lowers your blood pressure and pulse rate, and lifts your mood.

Meditation is a wonderful gift to yourself! Want to learn more?
Get Mary's
Goodlife ZEN Meditation Guide with book, podcast and video

 ~
live beautifully, 
stephanie-



FAV QUOTE FRIDAY: Clear Your Mind Of "Can't" and Other Good Thoughts To Get You Through

Always keep your mind 
as bright and clear
as the vast sky and 
the great ocean and 
the highest peak,
and fill yourself with 
the power of wisdom and
enlightenment.
(via TheThingsWeSay)

“My dear friend, clear your mind of can't." 
~Samuel Johnson
(image via Conscious Magazine)

 On particularly rough days
when I'm sure
I can't possibly endure,
I like to remind myself
that my track record for getting through 
bad days, so far, is 100%...
(via TheThingsWeSay)

stay positive, 
live beautifully, 

stephanie-



Saturday, June 7, 2014

ORGANIC LIFESTYLE: Welcome Summer & Your Guests In Style; 10 Summertime Celebration Cocktails | via Bubbyand Bean.com

Blood Orange Margherita

We took a visit to our friends at Bubby and Bean blog, 
and found that they were also eager for Summer to start.
 Seems they have it all planned out... 
 or at least the important parts!

Do yourself a favor - click through to
Otherwise, you'll miss out on seeing all 10 
of these beautifully photgraphed delights,
and most especially, ...
  
Citrus Sangria
you'd miss out on getting the links to the
recipes on how to put them together!

GO ORGANIC TIP: From the fresh fruits to
the bottled liquors, any portion, or even the entire
ingredient list for these fun drinks can be made
using certified organic ingredients!
And almost all of these can easily 
be made into Virgin Cocktails, so you can
offer
delicious options without the alcohol. 
Something to keep in mind when doing 
your celebratory party shopping...


 May you have many an inspired, and very happy,
 summertime get-togethers!
Enjoy (responsibly!) 


And, as always,
live beautifully!

stephanie-