With the start of a new year comes reflection and promises. As children we’re taught to make resolutions or intentions that alter our behavior in some way, and we continue to focus on oftentimes difficult change as adults. The thoughtful and perceptive Desirée Pais has a different approach to this transitional period, however. To her, […]
Mind & Body
Yesterday I shared a delicious Coconut Yogurt Bowl recipe centered around the well-rounded fruit-nut hybrid, and today I want to turn attention to the book where I found it, Coconut Kitchen: Cooking With Nature’s Most Beautifying Superfood. It was written by raw food chef Meredith Baird, a South Carolina native who now calls Venice home—more with her […]
Living in Los Angeles means I’m exposed to a constant stream of fashionable hot spots, whether it’s a gorgeous new vegan restaurant or unique coffee shop. But I can’t remember the last time an opening garnered as much well-deserved attention as The Now, a truly chic and serene new spa dedicated to affordable but luxurious massages. […]
As a year draws to an end, we often find ourselves reflecting on what has been, and what we hope will be in the one that lies ahead. That said, manifesting those intentions into our lives can often be a challenge. I’ve shared my love for Desirée Pais in these pages before – her thoughts […]
The practice of taking a step back, of looking at our lives with clarity and objectivity, isn’t always one that comes easily. Somehow, though, the lovely and insightful Desirée Pais has a gift of making it feel not only possible, but exciting. On a mission to spread the wisdom of the mind-body connection, she is the natural beauty […]
As I shared yesterday, the moment I was introduced to Desirée Pais, the natural beauty alchemist behind Benshen, I loved everything about her, and what she was doing. On a mission to spread the wisdom of the mind-body connection, she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, is a passionate student […]
Just as important as the fruits and vegetables that I grow in my gardens are the herbs that I grow alongside them. With so many uses and so much that they can add to a meal, a beverage, or even products for home, they are a big part of my everyday routine. And when it comes […]
In 2010, Vogue alumna Claiborne Swanson Frank began her first body of work as a photographer – a collection of portraits of the women in her life. This collection would in time serve as inspiration for her debut book, American Beauty, a compilation that pays tribute to the modern American woman, and a work that I’m humbled […]
Sometimes the most beautiful things can be found in the most unexpected of places. Such was the case when we had the opportunity to visit the garden of urban culinary farmer Courtney Guerra, a green oasis nestled in the center of Venice. The herbs and produce that her garden yields: harvested five days a week […]
A while back, I shared one of my favorites for Southern charm and entertaining, The Mason Cocktail Shaker from W&P Design. Needless to say, when I got my hands on their new book, chock full of recipes and tips for inspired imbibing, I was thrilled – and had to have it in store. Shake – […]
The recipes for scores of arrangements both modern and fresh, straight from San Francisco’s famed Studio Choo.
A look at the ancient process of dry brushing, and all its beautiful benefits.
With all of the beautiful baking that’s been going on around here, I’d be remiss if I didn’t highlight some of the healthful alternatives that are out there. A great resource for this and all things healthy and delicious: the always-amazing Pamela Salzman.
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a bit of a baking kick lately. This gorgeous cookbook from sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen of Brooklyn’s renowned Four & Twenty Blackbirds will likely keep that kick going. Filled with pie recipes both uncommon and delicious – think Black Currant Lemon Chiffon and Salty Honey, to name […]
One of my very favorite mommy blogs (and resources for motherhood both balanced and stylish), The Glow is an online destination unlike any other. Co-founded by editor Violet Gaynor and photographer Kelly Stuart, it has now been compiled into a breathtakingly beautiful book and extension of the site, The Glow: An Inspiring Guide to Stylish Motherhood.