Month: November 2014

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 …