Falling Forward

The Artful Living Blog Fall Into Winterland Worthy Wish List. When it comes to dressing the part for New England weather and preparing for the upcoming season, as the first snowflakes hit the ground, there’s some element of advance planning that’s required. Fall into Winter in style with these wish list worthy wares. This minimalist guide will ensure you’re 100% ready with realistic, really enjoyable trends to try out. The infusion of traditionally tried-and-true, tasteful textures, cushy comfort, plus beautiful and beneficial Winter-strength protection, is something to take pleasure in.

The Old Farmer’s AlmanacAmerica’s oldest continuously published periodical! Always timely, topical, and distinctively useful, with a pleasant degree of humor, the Almanac has been beloved for centuries by people from all walks of life. As the nation’s iconic calendar, each year’s edition will mark the days, months, and seasons; preview astronomical events; and cover a range of related topics: weather forecasts, trends, gardening, anniversaries, recipes, home remedies, pets, folklore, amusement, contests, fishing, and more, all in the inimitable way it has done since 1792.

Easily pull together your seasonal look with a blazer. Slim and tailored, J. Crew’s newest blazer is made from wrinkle-resistant wool from a family-owned mill in Italy. Brilliant layer with a white shirt and jeans, dressed up or down, a warm Fall wardrobe essential. The cult of J.Crew once known for its preppy Nantucket ancestry has become a force in fashion, with its blossoming boy-girl style-androgyny with a dash of sequins and nerdy glasses. Accessorize with these must-have leather gloves lined in cashmere and tipped with touchscreen technology -because texting a friend to meet up for cocoa shouldn’t involve frostbite. Each season J. Crew gets casually chic and on trend classics right.

Keep warm dry and stylishly seasonal with these rural landscape classic wares. Best-in-class Bar Harbor Boots from L.L. Bean, the quintessential American company based in Maine known for its iconic boots and catalog, plus clothes and gear designed for getting out there, with cutting-edge technology for staying safe and warm. Whose motto is the outside is inside everything they make. Complete the theme with an equal parts rugged and refined unisex Bleecker Backpack from Coach. The traditional American company considered a global leader in luxury handbags, that continues to innovate each season, while also retaining their coveted vintage styles. Every Winter, Coach Bags and Bean Boots top many a New Englander’s Christmas wish list.

For swoon-worthy skin, look no farther than Living Libations Sea Buckthorn Best Skin Ever, an all-in-one cleanser and moisturizer that can be used to grace the face, tempt the nose, and make skin sing from head to toe! No brand bottles natural botanical beauty better than Living Libations. Their best-selling elixir is just brimming with omegas, antioxidants, fatty acids, vitamins, lipids, and hundreds of bioactive compounds to restore skin to its natural state of luminous, sparkling wonder. A beneficial facial and body moisturizer that doubles as soothing facial cleanser that’s Winter wish list worthy. Pay special attention to your lips as well and complete your replenishing self-care reverie with this sea buckhorn and evening primrose Lip Mask treatment from the luxurious and indispensable eco lip beauty brand, Henné Organics.

A blend of glossy, Green and Golden leaves makes this fresh, hand-crafted Magnolia Wreath a stylish selection for Fall into Winter decorating. From Terrain, an Artful Living Blog favorite and renowned garden, home, and lifestyle brand with a fresh approach to living with nature. An approach that bridges the gap between home and garden, the indoors and the outdoors, and embraces decorating with plants to invite the garden into living spaces. Fresh and rustic door decor epitomizes New England farmhouse style and charm.

New England Soup Factory Cookbook, By Chef Majorie Druker.

The New England Soup Factory Cookbook contains 100 of Boston’s best-tasting traditional and creative soup recipes accompanied by fun stories and beautiful full-color photography. Chef Marjorie’s commitment to sourcing only the best ingredients the local markets have to offer has allowed her to joyfully simmer soup from scratch, capturing seasonal flavors at their peak and creating wholesome, satisfying meals in a bowl.

The cookbook is a savory collection of customer favorites. You’ll find recipes for Soup Factory classics like Spicy Chickpea and Butternut Squash Soup. The recipes have easy-to-find ingredients, simple instructions and plenty of beautiful photos to showcase how to present each soup. It’s the perfect gift for soup-lovers, out-of-town friends and your own cookbook collection.

Shamanic Oracle

Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards, by Alberto Villoldo (Author), Colette Baron-Reid (Author), Marcela Lobos (Contributor), 2018. Deluxe-packaged oracle deck based on the wisdom & beauty of the shamanic world.

Legends say that before there was time, before there was language, there were the sacred symbols. The Medicine Wheel, the Curse, the Eagle, the Jaguar, and others spoke to us intimately. In their countless manifestations, they offered hope, expressed caution, illuminated opportunity, inspired creation, courted power, and shared knowledge. The sacred symbols belong to the realm of archetypes and the collective unconscious, the spiritual common ground shared by peoples modern and ancient.

Details Of  The Journey, The Medicine Wheel & The Sacrifice Mystical Shaman Oracle Cards.

Now, three master teachers and healers –Alberto Villoldo, Colette Baron-Reid, and Marcela Lobos, have brought their wisdom and talents together to offer a doorway into the realm of the sacred symbols with the Mystical Shaman Oracle. When you consult the oracle, you summon power and insight that can help you understand the present, heal the past, and influence the course of your future.We can become our own prophets and visionaries. We can converse directly with Spirit, dialogue with the forces of nature, speak with the great archetypes, the ancient gods, without intermediaries. No one needs to stand between the Creator and you, or between you and the great powers of nature.

The Owl Mystical Shaman Oracle Card.

Every card is a dynamic snapshot of a situation or a moment, and shows you how the moment can transform from one condition to another. The symbols present the forces and influences at play and the direction that the energy is moving toward. After you meditate on the image and the power that it holds, consult the text in this guidebook. Each card has three important messages: The Essence. The Invitation. The Medicine.

Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D. has trained as a psychologist and medical anthropologist, and has practiced yoga for more than 25 years. He has traveled to the source of India’s holy rivers in the Himalayas to rediscover the wisdom of the Sadhu, India’s ancient shamans. Villoldo directs The Four Winds Society where he trains others in the practice of shamanic energy medicine. His best-selling books include: One Spirit Medicine; Shaman, Healer, Sage and Power Up Your Brain.

Terrain Style

Terrain Garden Center & Home Goods Store + Garden Cafe In Westport CT, A Charming Artful Living Blog Favorite That Celebrates The Cycle Of The Seasons & The Bounty Of The Land.

Founded in a historic nursery in southeast Pennsylvania, Terrain is a nationally renowned garden, home, and lifestyle brand with an entirely fresh approach to living with nature. It’s an approach that bridges the gap between home and garden, the indoors and the outdoors, and embraces decorating with plants to invite the garden into living spaces.

From Terrain’s Autumn Teak Tables & Seating Collection, Designed To Weather The Elements, A Protected Teak Table Offers Timeless All-Season Outdoor Dinning. In Addition To Gardening Supplies, Terrain Also Stocks Vintage & Handcrafted Furniture.

In the 10 years since opening the first Terrain store, hundreds of unexpected ideas for decorating the garden and home have been collected -many of which are shared to enjoy each season on The Blog at Terrain, but now, for the first time, they have gathered the very best of those ideas and tips into one place. Edited by creative director Greg Lehmkuhl and their community of garden and design experts who have been with them since those early days in the nursery, Terrain the book, is a seasonal guide focusing on the art of styling the spaces in and around the home with nature.

Terrain: Ideas & Inspiration for Decorating the Home & Garden, By Greg Lehmkuhl (Author), Hardcover, 400 pgs., Artisan Workman Publishing, Forthcoming October 2018.

Spanning all four seasons with ideas and inspiration geared towards each distinct time of year and organized by décor statement -container plantings, wildcrafted wreaths, and arrangements, the book starts each section with a design philosophy and hardworking guide to materials and plants, followed by gorgeous examples of the design principles in practice.

Terrain + Garden Cafe Westport CT, Autumn Inspired Garden & Gastronomy Events & Workshops October 2018.

The book not only captures the brand’s unique and appealing sensibility in over 450 beautiful photographs but also shows, in project after project, tip after tip, how to live with nature at home. Here are ideas for flower arranging beyond the expected bouquet, using branches and wild blooms, seed heads and bulbs, colorful container gardens inspired by painterly palettes, and dozens of ideas for making wreaths out of vines, stems, evergreens, fresh leaves and ferns, and decorating with heirloom fruits and flowers, and more involved projects, including taking inspiration from Scandinavia & Britain to create a truly natural Christmas. With insight for every season, Terrain blurs the indoors and out to bring the subtle and surprising joys of nature into our lives every day.

Beloved By The Artful Living Blog, Westport CT Anthropologie, Complete With One-Of-A-Kind Décor, Boasts Everything From Exclusive Apparel Collections To Insider Beauty Finds, Custom Furniture To Handcrafted Ceramics, Designer Bridal Gowns To Work-Of-Art Shoes.

Greg Lehmkuhl is the creative director of Terrain garden, home, and outdoor lifestyle brand from the team behind Anthropologie. Founded in 2008 on the site of a 100-year-old nursery in Glen Mills, PA, Terrain now has a second store in Westport, CT -both stores feature an on-site nursery, home store, and café, as well as shops within two California Anthropologie locations, and will soon open five more stores across the country. Terrain has been featured in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Martha Stewart LivingElle Décor, and InStyle.

Goodreads & Playlists

The Artful Living Blog Now Creates Carefully Curated Goodreads & Playlists Each Season For Your Reading & Listening Pleasure.

Admirable Autumn goodreads & a perennially powerful playlist. Inspired by The Artful Living Blog’s favorite season. #informedandinspired

From Autumn Playlist, The Legendary Robert Plant Of Led Zeppelin With The Sensational Space Shifters Performing “Carry Fire,” The Title Track To His New Album, Live In Manchester.

Very enchanting. Infused with ancient myth & modern music magic. Carry Fire is an artful, atmospheric gem of an album. #groovesandmoods

Observer’s Notebook: Trees, Princeton Architectural Press, Hardcover, 160 pgs.

Curated pick from Admirable Autumn Goodreads. This foliage season, whether you want to make a tree map of your yard, identify a tree by its leaves and bark, or create your own naturalist’s notebook, the Observer’s Notebook: Trees is the perfect resource. Filled with useful and charming charts of shapes, leaves, stems, and fruit to help you name a tree, this beautifully designed notebook from Princeton Architectural Press, also features ruled pages and blank maps to create your own tree census or simply reflect on the beauty of the planet’s longest-living, grandest organisms. #fortheloveoftrees

Ideal Bookshelf

Beloved artist Jane Mount, founder of Ideal Bookshelf brings literary people, places, and things to life in her new treasure trove of a book Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, which comes out September 11th -available now for pre-order. A gorgeous, artfully illustrated volume filled with literary trivia, book recommendations, lists, and quizzes, any book lover would appreciate. Tour the world’s most beautiful bookstores, find your next great read in Jane’s lovingly curated stacks of books, peek inside the workspaces of favorite authors, and meet an adorable array of bookstore cats & much more! In celebration of all things new bookish goodness, events with special creative guests kick off at Books Are Magic in Brooklyn NY and continue throughout September at truly indie bookstores across the country. #fortheloveofbooks

Feminine Wisdom

Feminine Wisdom In Leadership: Dakini Teachings From The Tibetan Tradition. An Evening With Judith Simmer-Brown, ABC Home NYC, September 27th 2018.

Tibetan Buddhism offers a paradigm for leadership inspired by the sacred feminine that flourishes in the face of change and fosters community through dialogue. This presentation draws from the dakini tradition of Tibet as well as cutting ­edge organizational development literature to suggest fresh approaches to authentic leadership.

Judith Simmer-Brown, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative & Religious Studies at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught since 1978. As Buddhist practitioner since the early 1970’s and student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, her senior teaching specialties include meditation practice, Buddhist philosophy, tantric Buddhism, and contemplative higher education. Her book, Dakini’s Warm Breath, explores the feminine principle as it reveals itself in meditation practice and everyday life for women and men.

About

The Naropa + ABC Home partnership, co-presented with Garrison Institute & Tricycle Magazine, offers a New York City audience the rare opportunity to experience the practices and pedagogies that lie at the heart of Naropa University in Boulder, CO. Through quarterly presentations, performances and workshops featuring Naropa faculty, they endeavor to integrate a contemplative view into society in order to foster the next generation of enlightened leaders.

Dakini’s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism by Judith Simmer-Brown, Shambhala, 2001.

The primary emblem of the feminine in Tibetan Buddhism is the dakini, or “sky-dancer,” a semi-wrathful spirit-woman who manifests in visions, dreams, and meditation experiences. Western scholars and interpreters of the dakini, influenced by Jungian psychology and feminist goddess theology, have shaped a contemporary critique of Tibetan Buddhism in which the dakini is seen as a psychological “shadow,” a feminine savior, or an objectified product of patriarchal fantasy. According to Judith Simmer-Brown -who writes from the point of view of an experienced practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, such interpretations are inadequate.

In the spiritual journey of the meditator, Simmer-Brown demonstrates, the dakini symbolizes levels of personal realization: the sacredness of the body, both female and male; the profound meeting point of body and mind in meditation; the visionary realm of ritual practice; and the spacious qualities of mind itself. Grounded in the author’s personal encounter with the dakini, this unique study will appeal to both male and female spiritual seekers interested in goddess worship, women’s spirituality, and the tantric tradition.