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Lululand’s Tabletop Mandalas

April 17, 2014

Setting the table with eclectic vintage glassware amps up the appeal of any sit-down occasion, and while I usually cruise Pinterest for inspiration before such an affair, I think I’ve found at least a year’s worth of inspiration in Lula Aldunate’s tabletop mandala series.

Lula Aldunate, aka Lulaland, is the artist behind this beautiful series of mandalas, arranged with coasters, plates, and small bowls on vibrant printed fabrics. Her photo styling skills are out of control, but you might also draw a deeper meaning from this project. Everyday objects like the table settings we sit in front of, when viewed just so, can reflect the spiritual realm of the universe, much like a mandala.

It just goes to show that when you really look for magic, you will find it.

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See the full series at Honestly WTF.

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I love when common things become stunning art, simply with some smart arranging and a chance in perspective. If these were from an Etsy shop, imagine how wildly popular they would be!

Now that vintage china has found its footing in the spiritual and sentimental realm (I jest, kind of!), I’ll be sure to view it in a different light next time I’m scouring the shelves of Junk

Spring Florals & Boho Chain Fringe

April 14, 2014

There’s nothing like statement jewelry to spice up your seasonal wardrobe. As a rule, I work at least one item that draws the eye into my look on a daily basis… and yes, sometimes more than one. Dressing festively with textures, prints, and colors is one of the ways I make my daily life more fun, and a recent favorite piece in my repertoire is a one of a kind chain fringe buckle necklace from Charlotte Reichman of Norbu Designs.

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spring floral print boho festival style gold necklace

Norbu Designs handcrafts each of their statement pieces with antiques and precious materials, including Tahitian pearls and Swarovsky crystals. While the piece I selected isn’t dripping in sparkle, it is dripping in gorgeous gold chain fringe. I paired it with my sheer floral cardigan and my D-ID jeans this past weekend.

Various styles range from $30-$300, so there is something on the menu for every budget. If you’re thinking of investing in some epic jewelry this month to reflect your personal style, I’d recommend checking out this super creative, independent brand before you hit the boutiques and shop major labels.

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spring floral print boho festival style gold necklace

spring floral print boho festival style gold necklace

I’m so happy to report that this week we have transitioned into bare leg weather (FINALLY) and there is no turning back. Until next fall, anyway.

Happy Monday!

Wood Faeries & Pink Champagne

April 9, 2014

Spring is still playing hide-and-seek in New York, but New Yorkers aren’t good at waiting, so spring living is in full swing! Plans to picnic have given way to ventures into the woods, and though there’s not a whole lot of green in sight, being outdoors is still a perfect way to pass the afternoon. Floral dresses, fringe kimono jackets, and little touches of nature are alive and well in my wardrobe, and one recent favorite piece to don is my Koa wood ring by Altin Place.

I wore the koa wood ring while picnicking in the woods this past weekend with my sister-in-law Becca, an amazing jewelry designer and artist (who happens to have the most amazing aqua hair). We packed up some vintage glasses and a bottle of pink champagne with some colorful fabric to sit on, and headed into the woods near my parent’s house in the Hudson Valley. We found the perfect spot alongside an in-progress tree house.

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spring picnic floral prints wood ring jewelry

spring picnic floral prints wood ring jewelry

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What’s special about the Koa wood ring? Ancient Hawaiians used Koa wood to build canoes, spears and paddles, so it’s not only durable, but it has a gorgeous hue and grain. Mine goes perfectly with whatever I’m wearing, but I especially love to pair it with floral prints.

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spring picnic floral prints wood ring jewelry

spring picnic floral prints wood ring jewelry

Aside from reminding myself how much I love drinking pink champagne with like-minded, amazing friends I also realized something: even dressing up like the weather is perfect brings that sunny spring feeling to your day. Highly recommended!

And who knows, maybe we’ll come back and finish that tree house in the summer…

 

Rangeen ~ Freida Pinto for Free People

April 8, 2014

Freida Pinto traveled to Rajasthan, India to shoot the Free People‘s latest catalogue where her character preps for a friend’s wedding and celebrates Holi—the amazing spring holiday where everyone flings colored powder at one another until entire cities are matted in brilliant hues. In the romantic, narrative video, there is a discussion of whether or not “love” is just an illusion, ironically on a backdrop so beautiful that it practically is love manifested into physical space.

Email subscribers, click here to see the video.

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From Free People:

“When it comes to love, there are always barriers that try to stand in our way.They may be large, they may be small… but it’s never easy. One of the most magical feelings is when you lock eyes with someone, and in that moment a connection is formed. The challenge comes when you need to fight for that connection — whether it is something external or internal that you are battling.

Our latest short film depicts this connection between two souls, played by Freida Pinto and Thomas Bull. As they find themselves amidst an explosion of color during Holi, the rain begins to come down, washing away any doubts, fears, or uncertainties. Lose yourself in the magic of our latest short film, Rangeen.”

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Free People continues to release video lookbooks that tell more in depth stories about human emotion—a refreshing departure from the classic “fashion film”, if you ask me.

What do you think?

Featured on the Boho Daily Blog!

April 7, 2014

So honored and excited to have been featured with an interview on Boho Daily—a source of non-stop inspiration and beauty. I was asked to discuss the ways I try to inspire my community and live a life of intention, which resulted in a pretty open look into my world.

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An excerpt:

We had the chance to chat with native New Yorker, writer and yogi, Michelle about her experiences with gemstones, writing and how she gets inspired. Here is what this uber boho goddess had to share with us!

What do you do to inspire your community?

Through my blog, Hey Mishka, I explore the various ways life can be illuminated with creativity and aesthetics. I’m a big believer in the little things: moments where the universe funnels beauty right down in front of you. I believe this is translated physically into things like beautiful design, songs that make you want to cry (or dance), a chance meeting on the subway with a soul mate…

I often refer to this as “festivity”, which I feel is an undervalued term many of us associate with dollar store holiday décor and birthday cakes.  Really, festivity is a way of life. It’s about gratitude and infusing love into everything you touch. Life is a holiday, isn’t it?

Who and what inspires you?

 As an overtly romantic Libra, I’m inspired by emotions and dreams and little moments that feel special. It might be a performance I’m watching, an incredible conversation, or sitting front row at NYFW (I freelance as a fashion writer). Life is constantly giving us gifts in the form of inspiration.

Immediately my recent trip to Peru comes to mind. I traveled between three cities and I honestly felt like I was going to short circuit from all the beauty.

How do you set intentions in your life?

 I dig deep!  When an idea sets my soul on fire or scares the crap out of me, I know I’m onto something. As an aesthetic person who falls for the “idea” of things pretty often, I have to do some investigating inside my heart to stay true. I’ll be browsing Instagram, see a pretty photo, and restructure my whole life in my mind. Then I’m like, “Woah, slow down, tiger.”

What advice do you have for all the boho yogis out there?

 Life is a DIY project! None of us are ever “complete”. We keep collaging, keep adjusting, keep adding layers and taking them off again. Accepting evolution on both physical and spiritual levels is a must for staying sane and letting your creativity shine.

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Read my interview here!

Featured! IFB’s Links à la Mode

April 7, 2014

My 5 Things I Learned From Garance Doré post was featured in this week’s IFB Links à la Mode! Check out some of the other awesome blogs featured this week below, as well as an intro from Jennine Jacob, IFB’s founder:

“This week has had all kinds of lessons for me. I’ve relaunched an old blog, and realizing more than ever that things are different. Really different. There are so many things I wish I knew, perhaps that’s what I was thinking in selecting these links. Revealing secrets, sharing tales of lessons learned, fashion heroes made, these links all have a bit of wisdom in them, even if it is about a trend… because you know, trends are just the spirit of the time.”

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Links à la Mode: April 3rd

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It’s The Little Things That Count…

April 6, 2014

Last year around this time, I was recovering from an emotionally difficult moment in my life. Working from home, I spent an excessive amount of time alone, and just as much time dwelling in my own head (which can be emotionally counterproductive when life has gone awry). One afternoon as spring just began blowing its first kisses over Brooklyn, I was walking aimlessly, replaying this turmoil in my mind, wondering if my life would ever be lighthearted and joyous again.

Of course, my life did become lighthearted and joyous again, and if you’re going through dark times right now, rest assured yours will too, even if you find it nearly impossible to believe at the moment.

Anyway, my train of self-defeating thought was interrupted at the sight of a small Tibetan shop, its window exploding with embroidered tapestries, beaded curtains, harem pants, jewelry, and sequined knickknacks. I’m a Libra, ever romanced by the world around me after all, so I wandered in with sparkling eyes and my nose was met with the comforting smell of incense. I knew at once this detour on my route was meant to sooth me.

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Once inside, I found myself browsing beaded gemstone bracelets, in awe of their colors and texture. Below each variation of gem there was a piece of paper stating the special property of that bead. Some inspired fertility, others good health. I instinctively picked up three and tried them on my wrist: a clear quartz (which opens the heart to higher guidance), a black onyx (which inspires self discipline), and a turquoise (protection against evil).

Was I magically enlightened, invincible, or pure by handing over my cash and calling these beauties my own? Of course not. But the moment I chose these three little pieces of magic, I declared my intentions to the universe. I do believe gems have “magic” properties, and while there’s no smoke and glittery POOF, there certainly is the enigmatic power of manifestation and intention.

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I wore these bracelets in a certain order, daily. In the morning, I pulled them over my hand onto my wrist and felt peace wash over me. I couldn’t leave the house without them. It was all at once a reminder of the emotional journey I was facing, and the actual changes I wanted to put into motion in my life. Without uttering a sound, they kept me aware of my personal truth throughout the day. It was a powerful feeling, because I had intentionally chosen to adorn myself in symbols of change.

I’m telling you this story today because it was an important turning point in my life, but also because it was a stepping stone in my spiritual evolution and belief in manifestation. You don’t need anything physical to manifest good in your life, but aesthetically beautiful reminders help. For this reason, I want to share one of my personal favorite brands with you: Tiny Devotions.

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Tiny Devotions is a beautiful company that exudes positivity and pure boho-bliss. They offer a wide range of stylized mala beads (prayer beads originally used by Buddhist monks, but worn around the world for thousands of years) with variations of gemstones, tassels, and materials. The beads are intended to bring specific energies into the life of the user, from beads that bring sweet dreams or improved communication to relaxation and serenity.

I immediately identified with this brand due to their beautiful mission. Their manifesto features inspired phrases and words that called to the very center of my being (“take the ocean with you, rule the world in your moccasins, floral prints and boyfriend blazers”), and I think after reading my story above, you know why.

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If his gives you happy-chills, we’re on the same page:

“We are the chai drinkers, the adventurers who worship the sun, play in the ocean, wear their hair in beach waves (even if they live in the city) and set intentions every step of the way.

The Tiny Devotions girl is free spirited and connected but is also driven to leave her mark on the world while turning heads as she does it. Her ballerina bun in place (maybe a few stray hairs) she creates her own path, sets daring goals, always follows her intuition and does not sweat the small things.” ( )

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On Tiny Devotions you’ll be encouraged to set intentions for your life: to live mindfully, spiritually, gratefully, and in such a way that you never forget you’re alive.

So much of our modern existential dilemma is that we spend our waking hours obsessing over tasks and to-do lists, and we forget how crucial it is to connect to ourselves on a spiritual level. Mala beads may look like pretty jewelry, but they are a physical reminder of this basic human need as well.

Inspired to develop or receive unconditional love? Rose quartz is the stone for you. It carries the energy of intimacy, peace, and love. Craving or anticipating a new beginning? There are mala beads dedicated to break-ups, creation, and centering. Mom-to-be (or want to be?) Check out mala beads dedicated to motherhood energy. If your intention is prayer, shop 108 mala beads. Traditional mala beads come in strands of 108, used for keeping count while reciting mantras and prayers.

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To learn more the mission behind this beautiful company, watch their video here. Once you’ve set your intentions, you can shop a huge variety of mala beads at Tiny Devotions. I hope something calls to you the same way my beaded gem bracelets did in the Tibetan shop last March.

Let’s live vibrantly, violets! Thank you for letting me share my story with you.

All my love…

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