Bath Time

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I’ve always been a bath girl. When I lived at home in Wales, I don’t think I ever took a shower. Even if I just needed to quickly rinse off or wash my hair. Even in the mornings before school. Even now, before a flight back to NYC. In fact, I used to demand a bath as soon as I got off the plane — I was convinced it was the only way to battle jet lag (turns out: coffee). Today, in New York, I am still a bath girl. I do take showers all the time — probably more than baths — the speed of the city and whatnot. But during the winter, I’m apt to take a 10 minute warm up bath. And when I’m feeling super tired, I’ll take an Epsom Salt bath instead of a nap. And when I’m sad or have an evening to myself or need a break or feel weary, the bath is the first place I go.

There are many a healing property to a long soak. Epsom salts, essential oils, bubble bath, candles, music and a glass of wine are all lovely additions, but absolutely unnecessary. A long, hot bath sans fancy accoutrements is just as soothing as the most indulgent soak. (But I will say that a fluffy white bathrobe will make the end of any bath that much sweeter!) The tub is a place to unwind. To take space from the hustle and bustle. To be away from technology. To be alone. To be still. 

It’s one of our favorite ways to spend a long, rainy evening (fingers crossed all these April showers will lead to May flowers!). And some of our favorite bath time treats? Take a look below!

Fig and Yarrow‘s Oat Milk Bath Tea, Floral Milk Bath and Mustard Soak.

Herbivore Botanical‘s  Dead Sea Salts and Coconut Milk Bath Soak

A drop of Aesop’s Breathless Oil or Kniepp’s Deep Sleep Oil with Valerian and Hops.

 

 

New Moon in Taurus + Solar Eclipse

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Tuesday the 29th marks the beginning of the Taurus lunar month and it is also a solar eclipse!

With the Moon and the Sun in the grounded, sensual sign of Taurus for the month, it is time for tangible growth and earthly enjoyments. What are some doable steps that can help bring you closer to your goals? How can you bring more sensual pleasure into your life? More baths? Treating yourself to a foot rub? A delicious piece of chocolate cake? (you can see where my head is at!) 

And lastly, what are some ways that you can positively influence your immediate environment? Perhaps buying locally at your farmers market? If you see some trash on the street why not pick it up and throw it away?  It is the small right actions that will lead us all into a better world.  And Taurus, an earth sign, and the archetypal Mother Earth is very pleased with such demonstrations!

Happy New Moon!

To Be Alive

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Try to learn to breathe deeply, really taste the food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough. 

— Ernest Hemingway

GIRL | Erin Boyle

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In each interview we host, we ask the women we’re speaking with about their relationship to New York. There’s an energy here unlike anywhere else and we’re curious about who it draws, why, and for how long. So when we met Erin Boyle, of Reading My Tea Leaves and Gardenista, and found her to be a New York City lover to the upmost degree, we sort of fell in love with her response.

Each person’s relationship to the city is different, but Erin’s was truly special. Although we touched on many topics, from blogging as a career to first-time pregnancies, we were most inspired by Erin’s love and respect for history, spaces and places. And how this love has enriched and informed her life on every level.

We walked away from our afternoon together, with a fresh perspective on what home means, and how we can deepen our understanding of the present by embracing our individual and collective past. Check out the video below!

A Beautiful Weekend

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Time named their 100 Most Influential People this week. There were some incredible ladies on the list including Alice Waters, Amy Adams, Hillary Clinton, Megan Ellison, Malala Yousafzai and of course, the cover woman herself, Beyonce.

A beautiful blog.

A beautiful magazine

A beautiful woman

We’re especially excited to attend Judy Chicago’s A Butterfly for Brooklyn this weekend. The site-specific, pyrotechnic performance comes courtesy of iconic female artist, Judy Chicago.

Brooklyn Museum says:

Reengaging with a series she began in the late 1960s, Chicago uses pyrotechnics to transform imagery used in her iconic installation, The Dinner Party, into a fusion of color and dazzling visual effects.”

Live Everything

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“…have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

Rainer Maria Rilke, 1903
in Letters to a Young Poet

 

GIRL | Molly Guy

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There’s something magnetic about Molly Guy. An honesty, intensity and frankness that you just can’t help but be drawn to. We touched on a lot of topics during our chat with her last month: motherhood, daughterhood, career, control…But what struck us the most was Molly’s journey to becoming who she is today.

We all have ideas about where our life is going to go — what we want, who we want to be, how we want to live. We imagine that success requires a drive and a clarity, a relentlessness. Work, work, work, push, push, push and you will achieve your dream. But Molly’s story is really one of letting go. 

Instead of doggedly pursuing a dream we built a million moments ago, what if we just listened to the now?  Who could we be if we got out of our own way? If we listened to our instincts and not our judgements? If we simply said yes? Molly’s experiences inspired us to ask ourselves these questions and many more. Check out the interview below!