Year: 2014

Cold Weather Cure: How To Make A (Damn Good) Hot Toddy

If you’re lucky enough to be reading this on the sands of some gloriously hot island, do skip right over this post and get back to working on your tan lines (and hi, bottle up the Vitamin D and send my way?). Everyone else out there braving freezing rain, nipping winds, and oh, I don’t know, seventeen strains of strep and eighteen holiday get-togethers, my Scotch-Irish forefathers have a little elixir of wellness to share with you. Known as a hot toddy in Scotland and a hot whiskey in Ireland, my very favorite winter drink is a triple threat to the cold weather ick – honey soothes the throat, warm whiskey and pepper clear congestion, and lemon adds a nice shot of Vitamin C and bioflavinoids (but by all means, if one of those seventeen strains has really caught up with you, trade out the whiskey for ginger tea). For a bonafide toddy you’ll need: 1 tablespoon of honey (go local if you can) Dash of cayenne pepper 3/4 mug of water Half a lemon …

Uncommon Gifts For Gentlemen On The Go

This weekend I’m sharing twenty seven gifts for all kinds of chaps – the outdoorsman, the epicure, the entrepreneur, the jet setter. Read on if you’re looking for ideas for a certain beau this month – or if you’re just curious to see what’s in my Netflix queue. 27 IDEAS: FESTIVE GIFTS FOR THE MAN IN YOUR LIFE Via BodhiLuxe Magazine: Sorry chaps – and yes, we’re generalising here! – but on the whole you’re infinitely harder to shop for than the ladies in our lives. But don’t you worry, you’re sure to find something you truly want under the tree this year, thanks to Jess Hunt’s super shopping skills (and we’ll also be sure to forward on all your thank you cards…)! From the wet bar to the bath tub, Jess offers up twenty seven ideas to treat your beau this holiday season, whether he’s the mountain trailblazer, a serial entrepreneur, always on the road with a coffee in hand, or a big fan of Old Fashioneds and the slow food movement. The Great …

Winter Apothecary: Oille Natural + MCMC Fragrances

No mind to how I plan it, the holiday season always turns out manically busy! Careful to eat well and load up on vitamins as the mercury drops, I’ve found that sticking to a good morning ritual completes my routine for a calm and content body and mind. And ever on the mark, Lou & Grey has curated a band of eco-minded American beauty makers who brew up the stuff of my beauty bag daydreams. Here are my favorites, bookended by a little holiday cheer I’d like to share with you. Find the ingredients label on any Oille Natural bottle and you’ll know why adore this company. Evening primrose. Roman chamomile. Safflower oil. Lavender. Patchouli! Every serum mixed up by clinical aromatherapist and SCAD fine arts grad Kirsten King is built from organic ingredients, and each one makes my skin feel and smell brand spanking new. Morning and night, Oille Nautral’s nourishing face serum and body serum are keeping my skin soft and super clear. Oille Natural ℅: Available in Lou & Grey stores, and …

Autumn in New England: Burlington, Vermont + New York City

When in Burlington, Vermont: Breakfast of gingerbread banana pancakes, hot granola and fruit, and biscuits and herbed vegetarian gravy at Penny Cluse Cafe / champagne truffles at Lake Champlain Chocolates / lakeside walk at Battery Park / vintage shopping at Dirt Chic, Old Gold, Downtown Threads / lunch at The Farmhouse – try the Vermont cheddar soup, roasted root salad, and a pumpkin ale / stop by the place where Phish found their start, Nectar’s Lounge / window shopping along historic Church Street / freshly pressed juice at The Vermont Juice Company / dinner at Trattoria Delia – Verdure Stufati, Maltagliati, Pollo alla Diavola; and of course, affogato / nightcap tasting at Vermont Brewery / cozy up by a fire with a good book (or, watercolors and a mission to DIY wedding invitations). Heading south, drop by Windsor, Vermont: Wonderful concoctions and conversation at Harpoon Brewery – Boston Irish Stout black and tan, gingerbread ale, pumpkin cider, PB&J brew, and Grateful Dead – a mix of a cranberry harvest ale and Leviathan IPA / Brattleboro, …

Recently Read: 5 Books For Rainy Days

We’re off to New York and Vermont for a few days, but you can still catch up with R&F via BodhiLuxe Magazine this week, where I’m sharing favorite books for a life well-lived. Check them out: RECENTLY READ: A DIFFERENT KIND OF LUXURY Via BodhiLuxe: The second in our ‘Recently read‘ series sees Jess Hunt share some life-changing books for your shelf. With talk of sustainable and minimalist lifestyles, true wealth, and the art of dying well, expect to be seriously inspired… The book: A Different Kind of Luxury: Japanese Lessons in Simple Living and Inner Abundance by Andy Couturier Much like drawing a hot bath on a rainy day, curling up with this book is a warm, calming, simple luxury in itself. A Different Kind of Luxury tells the story of eleven men and women who have transitioned to sustainable and intentional living in rural Japan. Farmers and artists, philosophers and musicians, their stories highlight a diversity of paths that have led to more deliberate and fulfilling livelihoods, pastimes, and daily habits. Nurturing mind …

Autumn Wellness Rituals

There’s something so wonderful about the cool air that comes with the first weeks of fall. Like clockwork, those crisp mornings signal some primal rhythm in me. Hunt, gather, slow down. I start to crave citrus, warm tea, hot baths, and five more minutes under the covers. Autumn also has a way of welcoming inspiration and ideas into my life. This year it means a new little series for Rose & Fig: Wellness Rituals. Each post I’ll highlight the routines that help me to be well, stay stylish, and live verdantly. First up, autumn wellness rituals! 1. Super Tea: Bee Pollen, Spicy Honey, Ginger, Citrus // Steep these in a mug of hot water for a one-two punch against colds, congestion, and fall allergies. 1-2 tbsp bee pollen 1 tbsp spicy honey (or regular honey with a dash of vinegar and cayenne pepper) 2 tbsp shaved ginger Juice from 1/2 lemon or lime Containing every essential amino acid, bee pollen is one of nature’s most nourishing superfoods – and when I buy locally, both pollen and …

A Year Without Retail Fashion: The Nothing New Challenge

September marks three-quarters through my Nothing New project! This week I’m talking shop with BodhiLuxe Magazine about how I’ve nearly gone a year away from retail fashion, along with some tips to jump start your own shopping fast: NOTHING NEW: A YEAR AWAY FROM FASHION RETAIL Via BodhiLuxe: Could you go a full year without buying brand new clothes? Queen of dressing Jess Hunt set herself this very challenge at the start of the year. Read on to find out what sparked the idea, how she’s getting on, and how to get started if you want to give it a go yourself! The ‘nothing new’ idea sprang up this April when I realised I’d already gone since New Year’s Eve without making a single retail clothing purchase… It was tax season, and my finances illustrated just how much of of my annual budget I’d spent on clothes the year before. I’d also been editing my wardrobe and defining my personal style, and I noticed a lot of newer purchases ended up in a donation bin because I was buying …