Curated picks for a stylish beauty & beyond soulful Summer. Favorites with flare, from artisan wares to shamanic-healing to sensational stones to Chamomile cures to Goddess hair care & more. Summer Artful Living Blog style that will take you effortlessly through this season and into the next.
Pippa Small Fair Trade Gold Leaf Bracelet from the Bolivian Collection, Inspired by the jungles of the Yungus, on the slopes of the Andes where the Cotopata mine is situated, the Bolivian Ethical Gold Collection features twisting tendrils, exotic flowers and leaves, birds and bells that echo the joyful sound of tropical rain falling on large, wet wide leaves. Pippa Small is a couture jewelery designer and anthropologist residing in the U.K whose work is embedded in different cultures from all over the world -such as the San Bushman of the Kalahari, the Batwa Pygmies of Rwanda, and the Kuna in Panama, helping them to research their traditional designs to generate self-sufficiency and income, create a re-found respect for traditional materials & pride in their creations. She is well-known for designs that encapsulate a hand-made organic feel -featuring precious and semi precious stones, as she is for her social consciousness. Small believes the art of jewelery making can enhance life and help alleviate poverty and protect precious traditions, helping to grow the confidence of craftspeople around the world & reverse the tradition of exploitation associated with the gem industry over the centuries.
Pippa Small Large Chryoprase Earrings, At 1 1/2″ x 3/8″ these earrings have a bold, earthy sophistication and bohemian allure. With their saturated and vibrant shade of Green, they add refreshing color to any collection. The smooth, long rounded rectangles of Chrysoprase are framed by a thin band of 18K Gold and dangle from Gold ear wires to create a pair of earrings with a Summery, eclectic, organic -in the true sense of the word, and talismanic feel. Work of art! Chrysoprase is believed to help clarify problems, making conscious what was unconscious. It also strengthens the workings of insight and improves the subconscious.
Massimo Alba Olive Carol Linen Tunic Dress, Massimo Alba had been artfully designing clothes since the mid-1980’s before founding his eponymous brand in 2006. Based in Milan, Massimo Alba creates collections that are characterised by casual Italian elegance. The go-to label for understated pieces cut from sumptuously soft fabrics and dyed with natural, chemical-free pigments that are hypoallergenic. Each garment is hand-made in Italian workshops to the finest specifications. The collections include beautifully crafted cashmere knits given a vintage patina through overdyeing techniques, polos and popovers are made from easygoing linens and cotton blends, and tailoring and outerwear has a loose, unstructured feel that belies the fine-tuned craftsmanship. “There is a lot of construction inside, a lot of little details,” Alba explains of his slightly unkempt aesthetic. “I want there to be something special, but not too perfect.” An effortless Summer linen ensemble -adding a skinny belt, scarf, and sandals, that will take you effortlessly through this season and into the next.
Mario Badescu Chamomile Cleansing Lotion, If you like a homemade, garden fresh cleanser, you’ll love this extremely mild and gentle toner, which cleans, hydrates, refreshes, helps control sensitive skin, reduces inflammation, and restores healthy balance to skin thanks to its soothing two ingredients -Chamomile and water. Perfect synergy. Less is definitely more. Perennial Summer and all time favorite! Beauty Tip: For soothing irritated eyes, you can make a relaxing compress with cold Chamomile Cleansing Lotion. Soak cotton pads or a cloth in chilled toner and place over eyelids for 10-15 minutes. Chamomile Love! Romanian-born Mario Badescu founded his Manhattan skincare salon in 1967, and used his vast knowledge of Eastern European skincare techniques to build a loyal following. Sold all over the world, the company’s products are still formulated with the philosophy that skincare should be simple, gentle and effective.
PRATIMA Brahmi Nourishing Hair Oil, This excellent deep conditioning treatment is great for Season specific-dry hair or parched treated hair. You only need a small amount to nourish the hair and strengthen follicles -in a formulation free of artificial scents, colors, and GMOs. Brahmi and anti-oxidant rich Amla along with organic essentials oils of Jasmine and Lavender help reduce dryness of the scalp, while restoring shine and manageability. Handmade by an Ayurvedic physician, botanist, and chemist, PRATIMA skincare transforms the ancient properties of Ayurveda into modern prescriptions for skin. Organic, cruelty-free ingredients are blended according to tridosha theory, a belief that the body is made up of three doshas: dry Vata skin, combination Pitta skin, and oily Kapha skin. These potent blends, alongside offerings suitable for any complexion, deliver specialized formulas that visibly improve skin immunity and balance. From performing healing mantras during the creation of each formula, guaranteeing only sattvic ingredients, and packaging her blends in 100% recyclable glass, Dr. Pratima Raichur values Ayurvedic traditions in every detail.
Jiva-Apoha Atman Spirit Oil, For calming, grounding, purifying, and Summer soulfulness, this Sesame & Sunflower, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Tulsi (Holy Basil), Palo Santo (Holy Wood) & Neroli Oils blend partner powerfully. Five precious essences comprise Atman, culminating in the scent of profound stillness. Fresh, deeply verdant and woody with a delicate hint of Anise, Atman restores equilibrium while healing & softening the skin. Perfect to enjoy while mentally preparing for the day ahead, or for a few minutes of peaceful respite before bedtime. This is your secret place in the forest, hand-crafted and bottled just for you. Jiva-Apoha is Sanskrit for Soul-Healing. It’s where India meets Native American Wisdom and Ancient Medicine Man meets Modern Day Souls. From its signature oils to one-on-one sessions, Brooklyn based Jiva-Apoha is the first to combine the powerful healing practices of Ayurveda and Shamanism. Both of which have been around, relied upon & healing people for thousands of years.