Clarify Your Mind, Body & Soul

As we all know, January marks the first month in the  year.  How many of you have created intentions to manifest what you have put off or procrastinated this past year? This is the perfect month for new beginnings, excercise, reading that book you have been dying to read, going to a class or workship of some sort that was  challenging in the past or learning to cook something above and beyond your normal scope of recipes. These are inspiring ideas to do. They will help you grow into an even better you! What a great opportunity, this time of year also, to clean out your closet. Edit your wardrobe. Purge. Change your hairstyle, alter your make up techniques! I can help you.  I don’t hold a crystal ball,  although I own plenty, but when you look into crystal quartz, it’s as though your can imagine your new life right in front of your eyes! I have the resources, experience  and all that it takes to help you make this shift. You owe it to your soul, and your heart. Not to mention how this liberating experience will trickle into your life delivering smiles to yourown heart, family and friends once they  both of you experience this liberating shift. A little meditation goes a very long way, so if you’re not certain which aspect of life you wish to shift. Sit quietly. Close your eyes.  Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 10.27.18 AM

As we celebrate this new year, many toasts have been made with more to go. Most importantly, please remember to acknowledge yourself. I think it’s easier for most people to self judge and criticize. Sadly. The results are never positive. Please raise a glass to yourselves! You deserve it. January avails itself for clearing of all sorts. What better time to begin? Now! Let’s make a toast before going on! Im using this stunning stemware collection as a celebratory image of the new year. The CAVA stemware collection is mouth blown,  available in a variety of shapes. We import them exclusively from Japan. They are mouth blown, and available through MATSU. Screen Shot 2016-01-16 at 4.51.05 PMcava_imgcava_imgcava_img

Lifting blockages that prevent you from moving ahead, takes a conscious effort. Once you make up your mind, I can help along all of the rest. Promise!  All you need to do is call me, and I’ll be there to assist you in this wonderful transition. I am committed to helping you be the best YOU. The crystals below simply reflect all aspects of the world around you. Staring into them will inspire many things. They may transcend you to another country, into a dream, or even a peaceful state leading up to a refreshing meditation session.

Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 2.31.18 PMAs I embark upon my life’s journey, I can’t help but notice  the nuances which have brought me to this point. I recognize that what once worked in the past no longer suits today’s desires. The retail climate as I knew it no longer exists, consequently, I strive to deepen my spiritual practice. Yoga, Soul Cycle, designing and working with gemstones certainly are up on top of my list for 2016. The word healing also comes to mind, as I start to submerge myself in different aspects of this, my soul grows richer.  I am studying now for my upcoming exam on the PRIMUS ACTIVATION HEALING TECHNIQUE. Once I complete the exam, I will then be certified to practice this wonderful mind, heart and life altering experience. It has shifted my way of thinking, responding rather than reacting, and a subtle sense of inner peace now softly hums inside my soul.  The Primus Activation Healing modality is a way to return to this natural state of wellness at the same time that it activates our physical and spiritual bodies for the next phase of human evolution that we now are entering. This is based on a series of meditative and hands on techniques that cause the electromagnetic field of the body (the aura) to resonate with specific energy frequencies that create measurable physical effects and powerful spiritual awakening. Resonance with these frequencies used to be a natural state for human beings, but recent shifts in energetics and lifestyle have caused a crisis of misalignment with these energies. Sounds very scientific… that’s what I thought in my class, but having practiced and been practiced on, last weekend, I was hooked. As I mentioned before, my state seems to seriously have shifted as a result of entering into this newly learned paradigm. My goal is to begin practice once I become certified. The next step will be using crystals and gemstones to accompany this modality. This particular healing modality is created by Naisha Ahsian. A photo of her meditation CD is below. Quite powerful, to say the least.Screen Shot 2016-01-18 at 10.31.15 AM

The photo below was taken in Sea Girt, New Jersey last weekend during my Primus healing workshop. The monochromatic tones of this beach scene are so close in contrast, and soothing to the eye. Nothing like visiting the beach in the heart of winter. An unexpectedly mild day for January was the experience at 63 degrees; simply beautiful and peaceful. The sky has stories to tell, and triggers my imagination.IMG_0803The month of January historically is the coldest  month of the year. Snow falls heavily as a rule, and frankly I look forward to that feeling of hibernation, being house bound, lighting candles and that wonderful sound of nothingness as the snow hits the ground. Especially if it falls overnight into dawn. There is nothing more comforting than the lack of noise, as the snow gracefully hits Earth. I love not worrying about the ice,  so far this year we have been lucky in this respect. January is also the month of Garnet, as I widely wrote about in my January 2015 post. I decided to take a different approach this year. January is the time, as I mentioned in the beginning of this post to set intentions and goals for the new year. New beginnings. Several gemstones represent this notion. These live creatures from earth also have background information they bring to earth. Why not begin with new intentions on any day? Not necessary to wait for the new year, after all.  Clear crystal quartz is one stone that reflects and shines. These supreme gifts from Mother Earth will help facilitate dreams, trigger forgotten memories into regained knowledge, promote wisdom and higher realms of perception, aid the higher chakras in emanating white light and revitalize the mind/body/spirit connection.  These crystals are known to strengthen and enhance the aura, stimulate the immune system and balance the physical body into a greater state of health. Clear crystals are so easy to wear. They work with everything, from day to-night. See my collection below.IMG_1029Top left: 30″ necklace with Herkimer Diamond, Top right: Herkimer Diamond earrings with 18k gold ear wires, Bottom left: a cluster of Herkimer diamonds prior to design, Bottom right is a lariat with 3 huge Herkimers and a garnet.  Happy New Year! All for sale on my ETSY site.

I leave you now with some insight, new information and hopefully you read this and become inspired to shake something up for yourself! If it’s not your closet, then I am sure there is some little nugget you can take away here in this blog post. Otherwise, I look forward to helping you with your image, your health and or style!

Yours in joy and style,

Dava

The Cornucopia of Life

Late Autumn is here; nearly over. The golden, brick and brown hues of the leaves fallen to the ground and crisp sounds of the dried leaves underfoot, triggers childhood memories. The distinct scent of autumn satiate my senses as I stroll outdoors soaking up the invigorating air, enjoying my environment. Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 9.30.31 PM

The focus this month are appreciation and gratitude as we prepare for our Thanksgiving Holiday.           The word, humble stirs within. This is one of the most reflective holidays, planning our time with family and friends. Gathering, cooking, eating and playing, the day is filled with bounty. This is the true Cornucopia of life. This beautiful word is derived from Greek Mythology. It is the goat that suckled Zeus, and broke off becoming filled with fruit. Eventually, folklore wise, this horn would be filled with what ever the owner wished. The other term it came into being known as is a Horn of Plenty.Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 1.19.55 PM

I rarely have the pleasure of actually seeing a Cornucopia any more. The art of this centerpiece can easily be created, with little imagination, time and treats of the season. A bevy of seasonal food pouring out from the horn. A feast for the eyes, heart and stomach.

The two foods I find essential for creating a unique meal, with depth and meaning are figs and olives. The two were discovered in ancient times, with much presence and symbolism. Olives
Image-2  are regarded as a symbol of peace and wisdom. The olive is associated in spiritual workings with bringing happiness, purity and harmony. Olive trees provide food, nutrition, timber and  medicine since ancient times. Moses referred to it as “the tree of life”. Italians have been known to hang an olive branch over the doors of their homes to ward off evil spirits.

Olives are rich in Omega 9 monounsaturated fats, minerals, such as potassium, calcium, zinc and phosphorous. They are also rich in vitamins E,D & K.  I’ve been enjoying cooking with them in combination with both African spices as well as Italian herbs. Chicken dishes are the best with them as an added pop of surprise. By adding them to dishes, they create another dimension to the food, and my absolute favorite this time of year is bringing fresh figs into the mix.  Figs. Aren’t they beautiful? Design by nature.

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Figs are a symbol of peace, plenty, and prosperity. They are an ancient fruit, cultivated for centuries and celebrated for their intense nourishment. Full of fiber, copper, vitamin B6 and potassium, they are  regarded as a sacred symbol. Allow me to dissect. The seeds are delicate, edible and abundant. Fig seeds signify universal understanding, unity and truth. Just think about those tiny little jewel toned specks unified in their purpose of creating more life. The tear drop shape body of the fruit itself, fills the hand with softness and subtle sensuality. The photos below reflect before and after. They are in their natural state, then I’ve sliced them drizzling olive oil and cracked pepper. They now can roast for about 20 minutes at 350. Wonderful accompaniment to salads, the deep pot chicken I referenced above along with the olives. Just luscious!Image-3The season brings us joy, and appreciation. It is the beginning of gift giving season. I am so happy to present some new products in MATSU now. More to enjoy, and enhance your meals. A great alternative to gift giving. Aged for 10 years, Balsamic Vinegar imported from Italy. $36. I suggest putting it to the creative test by chopping shallots and placing them in olive oil, heating until they pop. Add several tablespoons of Balsamic to it, with some herbs and whip as the heated olive oil mixture combines with the vinegar. Makes a great marinade and vinaigrette.
Limited Selection of delectable Olive Oil:Limited Selection Olive Oil imported from Italy $46.Use for dipping as is, or to enhance any meal.
Butcher Salt, with herbs laced through the heft grains of French Salt.Flavor packed Butcher Salt $24.Use on meats, fish, vegetables. Roasted or saute’. This salt is packaged in an industrial wood and metal 4″box. Included with the sea salt are rosemary, thyme, sage and marjoram.  These items are true enhancements to any meal, as well, as for your health.
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Apropos to Thanksgiving week, and prelude to the Holiday Season, allow me to introduce a few pieces from the Cornucopia Nymph Collection! Here I’ve used pearls with delicate brass strands, citrine chunks and Tahitian pearls, knotted Tahitian pearls, green garnet, Tahitian pearls and garnet accents, lastly a Medieval Diamond Sphere on 30″ chain, again garnet accent. All rich with healing properties, and characteristics determined to adorn not only your body, but your soul and spirit.Image-7

In addition to the jewelry above, I have embarked upon a new form of designing, using natural gemstones right from Earth. These are naturally terminated – meaning uncut, not dyed, appearing in their natural state. Organic beauty. These are pendants, worn on a short or long chain. The yellow stone up front is Apatite, the fireball sphere is Hessionite Garnet, the Peacock colored stone is fluorite, and the other two which look like ruby, are in fact, raspberry Garnets.                      Cornucopia at its best!IMG_0376

News Break: TRUNK SHOW at Exhale Spa, 28 Arlington St. Boston will be held Friday, December 4, Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6!.  I am thrilled to revist. It was an unfortunate set of uncontrollable circumstances due to severe flooding this past weekend that they had to shut down the entire facility. Stay Tuned for emailed invitation. And so until then, I will hold a Trunk Show at MATSU. Can’t wait to see you in either or both locations.

Wishing you all a Cornucopia of happiness, joy, peace and appreciation for this holiday season and into the new year!

Yours in joy and style,

Dava

The Treasures of Autumn

The light of day has altered considerably this month. I see darkness dip into the evening earlier and earlier. The true onset of autumn, begins, exposing what the following months will portray.IMG_0088 Crisper days approach, as we begin to notice the vivid reds, oranges, and golds of autumn and how they naturally paint the lingering trees. The leaves begin to fall on the ground, leaving trails of intense colors behind. The sounds of walking through the leaves is so reminiscent of child hood, sparking a sense of freedom from within.  Having the privilege of enjoying these nuances the treasures found and discovered during this season  can be inspiring and invigorating. These are places where creativity has the opportunity to emerge. The photo above and below are a real place, taken as the sun begins to set. The little white shape barely visible beneath is a swan. Her white feathers creating such a graceful contrast to the vivid tones in nature.IMG_0107Color is always around us. It has many psychological effects on our moods, emotions, attitude and behavior. Two main  categories of how this works is simple. Warm and cool colors.  The tones you see in the photo above can spark emotions ranging from warmth and passion, to possible hostility and anger. These warm tones of oranges, reds, yellows and gold are stimulating colors.IMG_0094 These colors are often associated with food and have the ability to enhance your appetite. The colors of fall, as intense as they can be, are so welcoming as the temperatures drop. Wearing these tones also help us to mentally stay warm despite waking to 41 degree temperatures in the morning. Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 12.05.50 PMAs I mentioned wearing these colors, the similarity in nature and my necklace are obvious!  I created this multi strand necklace using  hessionite garnet strands  and contrasted it with rich olive wood. Sort of like the bark from the trees and the leaves dangling gracefully as they await their turn to drop to the ground, covering what previously lies there. See the combination below. Earthy, with a touch of glamour and warmth.IMG_7152Triple strand necklace with 2 Hessionite Garnet strands, ranging from deep brick, to  golden-yellow tones. The olive wood off sets the gemstones by adding density, earth and grounding to this piece. Sterling silver vintage beads are dispersed throughout the deep rich wood. This marvelous oval pendant culminates all of the tones in this necklace. Measuring about 2″ in length, the healing properties of this Pietersite stone pendant connects you to your own internal guidance system, aiding in life’s changes.IMG_7149Pietersite. Tempest stone holding the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven by linking the spiritual realm with everyday living, dispelling illusion and assisting in the recognition of the beauty of the soul. Pietersite offers a mixture of both warm as well as cooler tones within the stone, and this one above is clearly the warmer version, keeping on trend with the subject in this blog journey; Autumnal tones. The necklace is  available at my shop, MATSU. Come on in and try it on!

Transitioning into my next topic, please allow me to  present another autumnal vision. Starshaped moss as the bed, with  vivid leaves lying on top of a natural state of beauty. Those brightly colored leaves are dancing on the moss.

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Yes, you wanted me to replicate my perfume, but instead, after a 4.5 month study, research and experimenting, I am proud and pleased to present:  ‘d a v a ‘.  the Candle.  See the freshly poured production in the photo directly below. Next step: packaging. Can not wait to share the end product with you!IMG_0915This project has been one  major creative feat. From the unusual mixture,  balancing the layers of these components,  deciding on the color of the end product, and the packaging. Distributed through Eastern Accent, available in fine boutiques and salons throughout the United States, available for shipping to you directly from MATSU. $58.00 each, 60 hour burn time. Pure soy candle. They will be in store in time for late Autumn and the Holidays. Just another treasure in the day of the life of beauty.

I will be hosting a special Tarot Event next Sunday, October 18. See invite below. This is a unique opportunity which I am happy to share, and yes it too is an Autumnal treasure.Please contact me with any questions, or Diane Fraser to set up an appointment.     Matsu.TarotCardReading2Matsu.TarotCardReading2

It’s the little treasures in life that keep sparks in our heart, and vigor in our step.Please enjoy this  colorful season as nature offers her warm palette of  hues and scents.

Lastly,  are you feeling like you have nothing to wear? Closet filled with items but nothing seems to feel good on, or goes with anything else?Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 2.59.05 PM

The best way to really prepare yourself and your  wardrobe for this and the upcoming season is by having your wardrobe and closet edited. Yes, it’s confronting. Yes it’s tedious. Yes it is necessary. Yes, it is liberating. Once you decide, you won’t understand why you waited so long! Best money invested ever. I guarantee it. No job is too big. Please contact me for further information. My cell is 617.510.6369. or simply email me. dava@davamuramatsu.com

Enjoy this colorful season while nature performs.

Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you at MATSU soon.

Yours in warmth & joy,

Dava

Harvesting the Senses

Hello everyone! As summer winds down, the time is right to observe a slight chill approaching, shorter days and lots of bounty in the food arena. This time of year gives us the opportunity to squeeze in outdoor activities, as we enjoy the lazy hazy hot sizzling summer days dwindle. We have had a glorious Summer, weather wise, certainly no shortage of Vitamin D! These past few days, however, have delivered an edge, with the skies opening right up. The over due down pour is so refreshing. I was able to capture the rain drops on my windshield yesterday, delighted with the results. Not exactly sure what it is that allows concentration to come easier when 
IMG_9535the sky reveals clouds, mist, fog and rain rather than the relentless blaring sun. But it does. The time will be here again soon enough, so for now we celebrate the harvest abound. I start with something I can’t recall ever seeing until this trip to Russo’s in Watertown. Such fun! The rich colors are so inviting. What I did withIMG_9531these orange plum tomatoes, is slice and saute’ in olive oil, several cloves of chopped garlic, fresh basil, salt and pepper. It made a wonderful rustic “sauce” served over fresh pasta. Simple. The next recipe I’ve been making several times a week just because tomatoes are addicting this time of year. IMG_5871The photo above reflects a baby heirloom tomato medley, chopped English cucumber, small amount of chopped celery for more texture, capers, lime, cilantro. The “dressing” is nothing but 1/4 cup of olive oil heated with chopped garlic, and my new twist is adding shallot also. It gives the dish a rounder flavor. Squeeze the lime on the vegetables while the heated oil does its thing; run outside to my herb garden, and slice a big bunch of cilantro with scissors; slice it all over the bright contents in the bowl. By now,the
 chopped shallots and garlic  pop from the heat in the oil. Let it sit for a few minutes. Add crushed salt and pepper, then pour the oil mixture over the contents in the bowl.. Using salad servers, mix it well. refrigerate. Then pull out at meal time, and snip some fresh chives over it. Delicious!

Late summer boasts Harvesting, and appropriately named, I have concluded my latest collection of jewelry from Nymph. Allow me to introduce HARVEST.ImageThe Moody Blues sang “as the reds, browns, golds of Autumn lie in the gutter dead”; I add greens to this mixture. This collection is not shy of bold color nor pendants. They all feel like talisman to me. Your body will find comfort in these shapes and tones as the energy  speaks to the heart and  root chakras. Above you can see how much I enjoy shooting the gemstones on natural elements usually found in the woods behind my place of dwelling. Some of the pendants are adorned further using the halo treatment of diamonds surrounding the large gemstones.  Above, you’ll see aventurine, hessionite garnet in a couple of pieces ( very autumnal ), tanzanite mixed with citrine, african turquoise mixed with olive wood, holding a very large faceted topaz drop, triple strands of 31″ long brass and sterling silver giving way to the most magnificent rutilated quartz ever and in the center bottom row, is a newly learned stone for me Pietersite- it’s held with hessionite garnet and olive wood. Pietersite is known as the stone of vision. It is also a stone that resembles a thunderstorm bringing cleansing energy to aid one to create change.  Pietersite is known to help make an energetic connection to one’s deeper spiritual inner self. All of the pieces above and any of them from my collection speaks messages, sings tunes, and enlightens the mind and heart. Once you touch – you’ll see exactly what I mean. All are on display now for you to play with at MATSU, 92 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, Ma. 01776. Just call for an appointment. My hours will be back to normal after this coming weekend. Everyone is somewhere, other than here. Traffic differs so much to that of Newbury St back when!

 I’d like to complete my post this month with two “events”. The first is by introducing something I’ve been asked to replicate now for years… I did it. In the form of a Candle.! My signature scent will now be available in the form of a soy base candle, poured here in the US., hand packaged in Sudbury, and brought into your life.  60 hour burn time. $58. Available late September. DAVA.Candle1‘d a v a ‘ as appropriately named, you’ll discover once you smell this amazing scent. As described on the box; Hints of sandalwood, exotic spice and fresh air collide to create a rich and earthy fragrance conjuring a sensual and meditative state of mind.  

On September 20th, I’ll be holding my first event this Autumn. BOOK SIGNING< READING & SPIRITED DISCUSSION at Matsu, among all of the new merchandise in for fall! If you’d like to read this Memoir written by Diane Fraser, I’ll have it in store for purchase or you can go to Amazon. Growing Up Super Heroes. You will never take anything for granted in your life again. This book is very powerful, and I promise Sunday, September 20th will also be insightful. 11-4. 92 Boston Post Road.

 

Thank you for joining me on this journey. I look forward to seeing you in store and at this event very soon.

Yours in joy and style,

Dava

Summer Jubilee in July

Upon the start of  writing this blog post, I heard the soft pitter- patter  of  Summer’s rain, as it hit  the nearby ground and roof surfaces. It’s always a refreshing sense to hear, feel and see amidst the perpetual heat. Nature needs the water, as do our own bodies. As a result of rain, Earth is replenished, blooms flourish. I welcome the grey skies, it gives me permission to relax indoors and go about my chores what ever the bucket list of them is at that time. Sort of like an abbreviated snow day, during this wonderful sunny summer. Still, I feel the calm the rain brings, and simply love it among the misty skies of grey.  On this rainy day,I accidentally happened to have created this design with a water bottle. The little nuances nature provides. Serendipity.FullSizeRenderHad I not been fully present, I would have yanked the Poland Spring bubbly bottle off the counter of slate, placed it back into the fridge and missed this beauty. Note the clear reflections in the distinct shapes of water.

I honestly don’t know what it is about water that  soothes so much. Gentle  harmony, perhaps?

The sounds of a waterfall, the beauty of the brook babbling over small and large rocks, the resonating tone of the ocean waves crashing down upon one another.  We are surrounded by these innate sounds and acts of nature.. which I  especially  notice not living in the city, any more. I find respite from these natural performances. I am not really sure how it is possible,  having type A personality, I can decompress so very quickly at the beach. It never fails to disappoint. Ever!

I share a photo from one of my several excursions this summer on the Plum. Plum Island, that is. It’s a smaller beach than the vast beauty at Crane, in Ipswich, but I rather fancy the intimacy here. The sand is darker and coarser. I leave completely rejuvenated. Always.IMG_8923It is unfortunate, however that the glory of the summer months on the North Shore is rather abbreviated from mid July to nearly mid August. Why?  Beasts of the North East. That’s why. What am I referring to? Greenheads. That’s what.  The ground of salt marsh is springy, sort of like walking on a lumpy trampoline. Water oozes through the tufts of matted grass. Apart from an occasional deer, assorted birds, turtles maybe an otter, the Greenheads dominate this territory. They are very hungry, and their main source of desire is the blood from humans. Not a pleasant situation. They are so determined and can make your vacation a nightmare. Nothing can keep them away. Deet which is one of the primary ingredients in bug spray won’t do the trick either. The stuff is bad enough for your skin, but honestly? It won’t work.Screenshot 2015-07-13 13.47.35Despite the beautiful intense emerald-green head stay away!  Time to head to the beaches on the South Shore. You have been warned.

On a delicious note: Look at the yummy treat I had the privilege of trying this weekend. Small  delectable chunks of parmesan and romano cheeses. Drizzled with honey, and sprinkled with fresh black pepper. Creating this dish is so easy, The longer it sits at room temperature, the more flavor with each bite. Serve with olives, and crusty Italian or French bread. Perhaps even a strawberry.IMG_9012It is such a joy experimenting with the flavors this season has to offer. Colorful berries are bursting with flavor. They just are ready to be picked and served. They really do want to “show off” their magnificent vividness right now. A very dear friend mentioned  of blackberries, and peaches. I took it upon myself to experiment with this colorful contrast and created a salad. I added baby arugula, mozzarella balls and fresh chives. Look at this beautiful bounty. I substituted white balsamic for red wine vinegar. IMG_9027A lovely, light, yet provocative vinaigrette.  Using Country Style Dijon, salt, pepper, and 1/3 cup olive oil that I had sautéed with fresh chopped shallots. These little devils simply swam in the olive oil on high, the moment they began to burst, I removed from the heat. In the mixer, goes the mustard, about 5 tablespoons of vinegar, salt, pepper, a dash of oregano. Then whisk in the olive oil permeated with shallots.IMG_9022 Doesn’t the golden color look inviting?  This salad dressing is light and can be used on a bevy of summer dishes.

The next photo reflects a tomato dish that I created last summer, and each time I make it, there is another revision. Cooking to me is rather like painting. It’s all about how I feel at that given moment, for what will predominate the dish. This one has oodles of chopped in half Cherub tomatoes in red and golden-yellow, chopped celery, chopped English cucumber, chopped fresh chives, capers, ground lemon rind from the whole lemon. The “dressing” is nothing but olive oil, once again with chopped garlic this time. I heat about 1/4 cup of olive oil, chop about 5 garlic cloves finely, and then heat it all. Once again, as the garlic begins to dance with the heat, in the pan, I pull from the burner. The results, I have discovered, are best when refrigerating upon finish, then pulling out about 30 minutes before you are ready to serve. Gorgeous!IMG_9033As we meander through mid summer, which I’d rather not end, find myself having to tolerate the sounds of the low humming compressor from all air conditioners everywhere I go. I don’t like them, use them or need it. I do look forward to air peace. The constant drone of the noise drives me utterly crazy. It fills my head with noise, and causes irritability. I  regretfully  admit.  Yes, perhaps that noise and the Greenheads are my biggest complaint about the summer months.  Hark! I peer outside my window in the evening, then run outdoors briefly to join the Fireflies. Any temporary discomfort I tune into,  fade as I dance amidst their magnificent symphonic light.  Mid Summer’s Night Dream: Fire Flies in July.Screenshot 2015-07-13 21.34.40

I do look forward to crisp air.  In my industry, July is the last of relaxation, in a sense, since it’s the precursor to Autumn.  Several capsule collections will be in store by end of August, beginning September. I truly am excited about this. Woman can not survive on gems alone. They certainly help, however in more ways than just one. A verbal tease of what’s to come; Rich Edwardian Velvet from Lilith, Sexy embellished bags from Jamin Puech, architectural taffeta from Matthildur, deep jewel tones from Majestic, frivolity from Lunn, to name a few. The photo below represents a piece from Icelandic designer, Matthildur. Just love her wearable taffeta fabrics! Her designs and fabrics really are movement inspiring.Screenshot 2015-07-13 15.13.44

I’ve been busy designing jewelry this summer. In my past blog journey posts, I usually discuss the stone of the month, this one being Ruby; July’s birthstone. However, we all know how in love with rubies I am, but I felt the urge to share something new. Upon several personal requests from clients, I am pleased to announce an edition to Nymph: Herkimer Diamond earrings. See description below.Herkimer Diamond EarringsIMG_6718These earrings are suspended on an 18k gold ear wire. They measure approximately 1/2″. As stated above, no two are alike, but I have calibrated the pair to become one in harmony with each other.
Herkimer Diamonds are actually crystal quartz, but their facets unique. They imbue the sense of diamonds. These raw quartz crystals are mined exclusively in Herkimer County, NY. They are believed to be nearly 500 million years old, each stone has naturally formed with eighteen facets, six sides, and two points (double terminated). While they are not actually diamonds, they earned this nickname for their diamond-like shapes. The diverse crystals come with a number of mystical inclusions, which add to their value and character. Each stone is uniquely formed.  Herkimer Diamonds are ascension stones; they will take you to the highest spiritual vibration possible while still being in your physical body. This stone energizes, enlivens and promotes creativity. They enhance telepathy, and memory. Herkimer Diamond is a detoxification stone. If you click on the link above the photo, it will take you directly to the site to purchase. You can also find them at my shop, MATSU. Check Facebook for summer hour revisions. IMG_8828

The little lace frock shown above is a wonderful accessory to wear over just about anything. It’s cropped swing shape is flattering. I truly look forward to sharing the Capsule Collections I have on order, which will begin to appear late August. From Lilith, I fell in love with this Edwardian Blue Velvet series, Matthildur has  ( Icelandic designer formerly ELM )designed a charming collection of wearable clothing offering ease and elegance in taffeta, and jerseys. Fresh from France, Jamin Puech never comes short in their signature embellishment styles in handbags, Majestic brought back bordeaux, which thrills me. Just to name a few  designers  I can’t wait for you all to experience these lush fabrics and unique designs in person, in MATSU coming this Autumn.

Please feel free to call for a private showing. I am also happy to offer hosting a party for you and your intimate friends at the shop. We can create something unique. I will be offering events, this fall. Stay tuned.

Enjoy this beautiful weather.

I hope you have enjoyed this journey, designed for you!

Yours in joy,

Dava


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May Emeralds, June Pearls and Spiritual Antioxidants

The month of May is a whirlwind in contrast to the ever slow pace of  Winter months left behind. Seems like history now.

Entering late spring, the momentum and energy of the season, sparks our souls and anything stagnantly left over from where we were in the past.   Now sizzling with excitement and potential, in contrast, we can see how our minds glazed over during our long hibernation period. It’s easy to forget how greenery can be so inspiring, fresh and uplifting.  The flowering trees are icing on the cake. Such a wondrous contrast having cohabited with nature’s stark, naked branches as the result of the season’s natural full swing course. Welcoming the bounty, blooming in all varieties. Flowering trees such as the one below, are warmly welcomed as they create a canopy over the St. Botolph Street area. This intoxicating sight can transport you right off the city street.

IMG_4028In more rural areas, the color green is most prominent. All different values and tones of this earthy refreshing hue are apparent. Green is the color of renewal and rebirth. Representing harmony, balance and nature. Green symbolizes good luck and health. It has a calming influence, and promotes health and healing. People who love green tend to be loving and nurturing.

IMG_8595_2May’s birthstone is Emerald. Gem of Venus. The deeper and more vivid the color green, the more valuable,the stone. Known as the “stone of succesful love”, Emerald opens and nurtures the heart chakra. This stone is also known to release inner negativity you may be holding on to. Within nature, this wonderful hue exudes its color and energy of the green ray.  Emerald celebrates May.  Appearing in later Spring, everything is lush, especially after rain. The Nymph necklace below personifies the variations of colors within the stones, creating definition and dimension within this piece.IMG_4534Emerald enhances unconditional love, unity and promotes friendship. Serenity, intuition, intelligence, clear vision, truth and communication are all traits induced when wearing Emerald. The double strand Emerald necklace below reflects a slightly different cut than the smooth  graduated stones above. You can see a tremendous variation within the stones here, partially due to their cut facets. This piece has a focal pendant of pave diamonds in the shape of an Angel’s wing, encouraging new beginnings and freedom.

Available now, at MATSU.IMG_4492Continue to enjoy this Spring’s bevy of greens in nature, when walking in the woods, or driving your car. Don’t take it for granted! As the months glide by, late Spring into Summer, and the days become much brighter longer, we come upon June.The month of the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year; June 21. This event is a couple of weeks away, but honestly, once the fire flies hit, it seems like time simply whizzes by! I am combining 2 months in this one blog post, because just that…. the month of June is already upon us. It’s magnificent birthstone is the Pearl. Spiritual Antioxidants! Look at the lustre, and the tonal variation of these Tahitian babies… just beautiful. Pearls have healing qualities associated with lunar energy, and is the gemstone of the planet MOON.Screenshot 2015-06-03 14.00.02

Coming in all sizes, colors and shapes, this classic stone is a sure fit as an addition into everyone’s wardrobe of clothing, or jewel collection. This stone is indeed an organic gem, created by living creatures. The only gemstone made by living animals, in fact. Harvesting Pearls from mollusks does not kill the animal. Saltwater pearls come from oysters and freshwater pearls come from the mussel.Screenshot 2015-06-03 14.18.45

One who wears or possesses a pearl enjoys the good fortune and is blessed by the goddess Lakshimi ( goddess of prosperity), lives long and acquires vitality and intelligence. Pearl signifies faith, charity and innocence. It enhances personal integrity and helps to provide a focus to ones attention. Interestingly, Pearl inhibits boisterous behavior. Purity, Honesty, Innocence, Integrity, Focus, Concentration, Wisdom…are traits of the mysterious Pearl.IMG_4854

The photo above is Tahitian pearl, with a couple of ruby accents sitting nearby, suspended from elliptical shape faceted green amethyst necklace. This piece is 22″ long. I love the combination of the stones, and the pearl. The deep colored pearl adds  natural serenity. Also available at MATSU, now.

The month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno- wife of Jupiter and queen of the gods. Joyous June. Winter is gone. Summer is approaching, and so is the abundance of food, as we seek a lighter nutritional diet, and so may I present to you 6 Foods that taste better in June than any other time of the year. And so I begin.

Beets: available in different colors, high in fiber, having an earthy taste and a tinge of sweetness. Holding a high amount of antioxidants, as well as vitamin C.

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Asparagus:  quite versatile. Baked, roasted, saute’d, or grilled.  High in Vitamins A,C E and K. Terrific in salads too. High source of folate and fiber. From the Lily family!Screenshot 2015-06-03 15.10.08

Garlic:  rather pungent when raw, but almost nutty if roasted, or grilled. High source of antioxidants, and a natural stress reducer. Boosts the immune system.Screenshot 2015-06-03 15.13.01

Peas: prevents colon cancer, osteoporosis, strengthens the immune system, prevents aging high in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6. eating them raw, is best! they are like candy, only better.Screenshot 2015-06-03 15.10.41

Peaches: high in vitamins C and A, promotes healthy skin, reduces hair loss, prevents heart disease and obesity related diabetes, calms an upset stomach.Screenshot 2015-06-03 15.11.54

Strawberries: nutrient rich, packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C, immune system booster, fights bad cholesterol, wrinkle prevention, promotes eye health, reduces inflammation.Screenshot 2015-06-03 15.11.22So there you have it! A very edited version of something I am very passionate about. The topic includes nutritional qualities, color, nature, health and beauty. I hope you find the information helpful. Sharing this with you brings me pleasure. I ask that you do the same for yourself by sharing with your friends and loved ones.

Until we meet again, I thank you for reading my blog and invite your feedback. I also invite you to visit me at Matsu. Come on in with a question, or concern you may have in your life, feeling stuck, or trying to remove any other obstacles in order for you to become the best you can be. Gemstones do not lie. I am here to assist, and they are my tools. Their energy awaits. Color therapy, retail therapy. We can always experiment. Can’t wait to see you soon.

I’d also like very much, to thank all of you who came to support me, and my shop, the Astrologer and Tarot Reader on May 17th, at my Opening Celebration.  Your willingness to learn and explore makes me very happy. Keep curious. It’s healthy.

Stay tuned for the next gathering.

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

The Sparkle & Splendor of April

April flutters into the wings of change. With it, spring arrives, along with a bevy of other natural things we anxiously await. Such as flooding daylight, flowers, birds chirping, bees buzzing and bugs singing. Nature awakes, and so do our souls.  Did you know that the word April means to open or bud,in Latin? This month we all re awaken from our long deep sleep. Here comes my photo of the Pussy Willow. A sure sign of hope and optimism of all the nature to come.

IMG_7241_2April is tricky. It’s warm, then we feel like we have reverted back to hibernation as the rain sets in, but it is indeed a slow positive climb upward! Drops of rain bring a meditative state of mind, cleansing of the inner spirit, and overall relaxed feeling to embrace what is.

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 9.19.06 PMThose born in April can celebrate not only their birthdays, but their birthstone! Everyone wants one. Everyone would love to receive one. What are they?  Diamonds. Their optical properties are simple. It’s all about the 4 Cs.. the carat, cut, color, and clarity. But I am not selling diamonds here, exactly. I am here to share the healing properties, and some of the pave ( paved) diamond jewels from Nymph.  I love this abstract photo directly below.

Screenshot 2015-04-14 18.51.59This April birthstone, the Diamond, is a symbol of purity. It bonds relationships bringing love and clarity into partnership. We can talk about the husband and wife bonding over this stone, and the longevity of relationship and it being the sign of commitment, that is, on the traditional level and it is so.  Diamond has been a symbol of wealth for thousands of years and is one of the stones creating manifestation, and attracting abundance. Traditionally, the photo below personifies this cut of the magical Diamond.

Screenshot 2015-04-14 18.58.03There is no doubt, that diamonds have been a wealth symbol for thousands of years. Like it or not. It is an amplifier of energy, and one of the very few stones that doesn’t need  recharging. It increases the energy of what ever it comes into contact with. Diamonds clear emotional and mental pain. It reduces fear, and brings about new beginnings. May I simply circle back to what APRIL is all about. New beginnings! Like it or not. Letting go of what’s not working in your life. Don’t fear. Letting go allows for the New to enter what ever that may be. It’s the unknown that freezes us most of the time, I kid you not.

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Starburst? Sunburst? Pave (paved) diamonds rule this triple strand Green Tourmaline adornment. The symbol recognizes its glory and shows it off here, in a splendid form.  It is rich, regal and stately. The Diamonds show off the wonderful celestial shape, as the earthy green tourmalines  imbue their hues and tones in the light.

Below are 12mm pave diamond discs, delightfully dangling from 18k gold ear wires. These splendid stones shine in the dark, dazzle the eye and will make all women happy to be alive, if given as a gift.

IMG_3976One more unique show and tell here with the following photograph. I LOVE these!  Just another variety of the coveted diamond.. Diamond Slices!

IMG_2926 Natural diamonds slices offer a very clear view of their inclusions, telling a “story” about each one. Associated with romance and love, these little stones reflect white light and are highly clearing. Dear April born people! You are so lucky to have diamonds as your birthstone! Nymph now resides full-time at MATSU. I invite you to come in and feed your eyes on the beauty that resonates here. Anytime, call me for an appointment if the hours don’t merge with yours. I would love to hear from you. Our Opening Celebration will be on Sunday, May 17, from 11-5, with lite bites and bubbly offered. You may also schedule an appointment with Master Astrologer-Psychic, Jill Jardine or Master Tarot Reader, Diane Fraser. Sign up is simple. Please watch your inbox for another invitation.

IMG_7919_2I now depart from this blog session asking you for one small thing! Please visit my IndiGoGo Crowd Funding campaign. Simply click the link below to see what it’s all about, and to help me meet my goal! I am 30% there. Funding will help further my healing knowledge with Gemstones, to better help you and any obstacles that may have risen in your life, or any other barriers. Together we can make a difference. Just by wearing precious and semi precious stones on the body will help heal the soul!  Thank you in advance.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gemstones-adornment-and-beyond/x/10187321

Happy Spring!

Yours in joy,

Dava

March Teases, Tickles and Tantalizes

The long-awaited thaw has arrived! Looking up into the sky early this morning, I saw a stunning sliver of the waning moon.Meansing, the moon is decreasing in size, moving away from the Full Moon towards the New Moon; a time for spells that banish, release and reverse; a time to break old habits or bad habits that no longer serve, including unhealthy relationships. This is the perfect time of deep intuition and a time for divination, a period lasting about 2 weeks. Taking advantage of this will create space for the next new thing wishing to enter your life but can only do this when a clearing is available.  The time for positive celestial influences  The time to reap the benefit of its state, and a time renewal. A time to review endeavors, correcting mistakes. Settle disputes and make amends. It might be challenging, but by taking things apart that no longer serve your soul; unnecessary negativity begins to dissipate, obstacles preventing you from moving forward become a force for this clearing/cleaning of the soul. Spring cleaning, if you will.  In shifting your mind from feeling loss, once you begin to feel the lightness in removing these obstacles, you will notice this sense of true rich gain!

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At this time, in keeping with the heavens above, I would like to  formally introduce to you our Celestial Candle Collection. Some of you may have already experienced these delectable scents. The elements have been  conceptually coordinated to their purpose in the sky. The collection exists of Stars, Sun, Full Moon & Crescent Moon. Individually hand boxed and painted; each box includes a RUMI poem. These soy based candles are $30 each, with a burn time of 60 hours.FullSizeRender

Stars; are the stuff we are made of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen atoms. The universe is inside us and outside. We are in it, and of it we belong to the skies. Scent: Siberian Cyprus, Moss and Cyclamen.

Sun: is benevolent, sustaining all life. Sunlight provides energy, clarity, confidence and fuel to grow, dispelling darkness both inside and out. Scent: Poppy

Crescent Moon: A time for planting seeds, for taking stock, letting go of old patterns that no longer serve, initiating the new. Scent: Olive, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Hyacinth.

Full Moon: When things come into fruition and emotions are the fullest. The full moon amplifies  these emotions and unveil what is hidden within ourselves, by providing the light for us all to see.  Scent: Cassis, Citrus Peel and Fir.

These candles are all available now at MATSU. Please come in and experience them!

Many feel January through March unnecessary, however, each month has its purpose. This one being the last of the Zodiac cycle; harmonizing all characteristics of the months prior. This one slowly burning a bright light, lasting longer day by day. This one holding a glimpse of optimistic hope as we anxiously await the first Robin sighting and long-awaited excitement at the thought of the first burst of life emerging from the frozen, snow-covered ground. Screenshot 2015-03-18 08.18.36

March is known for its swinging moods with varying degrees of temperature.

Gemstone of the month Aquamarine!

Aqua is the stone of courage. It soothes, calms and helps to alleviate fears. It is a natural form of anxiety release and also combats depression.It harmonizes its surrounding and protects against pollutants. In ancient times it was believed to contract the forces of darkness and acquire favor from the spirits of light. It was a talisman carried by sailors to protect against drowning. This stone gives support and encouragement to anyone overwhelmed by responsibility. It clears blocked communication as it promotes self-expression. Spiritually, Aquamarine sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance.

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The birthstone of this mutable water sign is Aquamarine. Derived from the Latin word seawater. ( Aqua marina) Aqua is a combination of blue with a little yellow in it. It radiates peace, calm and tranquility. This is a color that recharges our spirits during times of mental stress. The color Aqua calms the nervous system and builds confidence. It increases the levels of creativity and sensitivity. Aqua heightens our ability to open the door to spiritual growth. How convenient, that this time of year, as much of a tease at it is, is truly the awakening of our spirits which have been rather dormant and introspective during this long ,long winter we now are just beginning to emerge from.

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This Spring is slow to come, but it is finally beginning to reveal itself. We are awakening our inner selves, and beginning to broaden our food and nutrition intake with more variety of what is available as the Spring arrives.  Asparagus, Brussel Sprouts, Fiddleheads and Okra are coming into abundance, but my absolute favorite are Artichokes! One of my Italian family traditions. I just stuffed them this week. Here is a photo of them, prior to prep.  From the Mediterranean and the thistle family,  they are loaded with fiber, niacin, Vitamin B6, Iron and Phosphorus. Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Floate, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

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They will accompany the Artichoke body in the deep pan to cook. All you need for 6 artichokes are the following:   1.3/4 lbs 93% lean ground beef, 2 cups of grated parmesan, 3 cups unflavored bread crumbs, fresh flat parsley, salt, pepper, garlic cloves, basil, oregano.

Brown the ground beef along with the  thinly sliced garlic. I use about 6 cloves. Then combine the remaining ingredients in a stainless bowl, or large deep pan and mix with your hands. Squeezing the ingredients together. The more you handle it all, the better they are mixed. You then will open each leaf and stuff this wonderful “stuffing” inside. Once completed, drizzle olive oil on the bottom of the pan, place as many artichokes as possible in the pan ( I use 2 large pans, 3 artichokes in each) then place the stems, at the bottom of the pan. You can also add tiny potatoes, mahogany carrots, or celery. These vegetables will round out the meal, but also take on the wonderful flavor of this terrific vegetable. Be sure to add water to the bottom of the pan and keep the flame low. The slower they cook, the better! Do not let the water evaporate. Keep adding as needed. They will be done in about 45 minutes. IMG_2172

 

Happy Spring everyone! Please let me know if you try my recipe actually, my Grandmother’s. I look forward to hearing from you, and also now that the snow is allowing us to open up our lives little by little from the dormant winter, I also invite you to visit me at MATSU located at 92 Boston Post Road in Sudbury. I am working on our Opening Celebration, which will be loaded with spirits, treats and soul tapping! Sunday, May 17th!

See you there, if not before!

I hope you enjoyed this blog on our journey into Spring!

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

Potently Purple

And here we are in the hearty midst of a wintery February. The weather has been more severe and intense than in years past,creating a good time to go within, hibernate and have fun with the laziness of it all.  Using  this time to wake up and smell the snow., really see what is around us, and in my case, I nearly missed its beauty. The mighty Cardinal.  Announcing its masculinity via color, presence and pride. Sorry about the fuzzy photo, taken through the window.IMG_7424

This blog post is really about the intensity and the message through the color purple. I now introduce to you, an exotic bird, that I would love to have seen amidst the newly fallen snow, knowning they exist, but simply not in these parts! Feast your eyes on this one!Screenshot 2015-02-17 19.44.02

PURPLE has many personalities. It is the combination of blue and red. With a sense of mystic and royal qualities, purple is often popular and well liked by creative or eccentric types. This is the color of spirituality and imagination. Purple is an introspective color, allowing us to get in touch with our deeper thoughts. A perfect time of year for this, especially in the hibernating mode we are in this winter. Purple promotes harmony of the mind and the emotions, contributing to mental balance and stability and peace of mind. Purple does have power, and creates a very strong statement, in a room, or on the body.Screenshot 2015-02-18 08.59.46These powerful brushstrokes, while inspiring, command strong attention to their movement. The color evokes creativity. The stately bathroom below adds just the right amount pigment altering the importance of this wonderful room. It becomes more than just a place to bathe. Following below this room of grandeur, you’ll see how this magnificent color transforms and add pizazz to any room, especially when combined with neutrals.Screenshot 2015-02-18 09.00.21 In this case, tones of charcoal and white. Purple commands attention, but at the same time it can inspire the creative soul within. Simply a delight to be surrounded by. This room peronsifies a very modern look, but the color works well in a vintage or antique setting as well.

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The month of February is all about purple. It’s birthstone is Amethyst. Stone of transformation. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed Amethyst would ward off the intoxicating powers of Bacchus, and keep the wearer clear headed and quick witted. I have also learned that Amethyst has been found in ancient Egyptian tombs as an aid for one’s journey to the afterlife. Wow. This stone also helps the wearer release stress, grief, depression and emotional repair. If you feel that your mind body and spirit are not aligned, this is the stone for you! We all go through it at one point or another.

February’s Birthstone:

Below is an intoxifying single strand, hand knotted Amethyst necklace with a Tahitian pearl and citrine accent. Predominently purple stones boast this 24″ piece.  This stone is known to promote love and the divine, giving insights into its true nature, encouraging selflessness and spiritual wisdom.

IMG_4153The necklace below is a clear crystal quartz “chain” in sterling silver with bold amethyst clusters. Worn on the nape of the neck, or twisted to the side to encompass both Purple stones. Hence, the little trio and  the singular faceted irregular shaped stone, highlighted by diamonds. Offering a halo effect of brilliance surrounding this beautiful stone. This piece is approximately 32″ in length.

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Egyptian inspiration below, are thick slivers of smooth amethyst “chards” separated by sterling silver beads. Very organic. This hugs the neck as a Cleopatra piece. It lies gracefully, and will dance on the skin as you move. All 3 of these pieces are available at MATSU.  I guarantee, once you handle one of these pieces, they will sing on your skin and enlighten your heart.

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Purple Nutrition:

The power of purple food; regal in color, purple-hued foods truly deliver royal health benefits. This group includes vegetables like red onions and eggplant, fruits such as blackberries, Concord grapes, currants, and plums. Purple indicates the presence of anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that protect blood vessels and preserve healthy skin. You can also find vitamin A and flavonoids in purple vegetables like radicchio, purple cabbage, purple potatoes, and purple carrots. Powerul, lucsious and healthy.picstitch-4

The Eggplant:

Aubergine is up next showing off a before and after image. Including a “loose” recipe. I don’t measure. I just go by instinct. The ingredients vary depending on what I have on hand, and whether or not to add fennel, grape tomatoes, mushrooms, or what ever I feel like. The basis is always the same, and no, I do not soak eggplant with salt. I find it becomes too salty, even after giving it a good rinse, so I have omitted this step all together. Using these spices, I discovered the soaking step isn’t needed.

Ingredient list: Olive oil, crushed black pepper, crushed salt, minced shallot, 1 large one, about 6 cloves of garlic also minced, oregano, basil, perhaps some rosemary. Bake at 350. Done!  Feel free to eat the rainbow, they all have benefits. Becoming concious of nutrients via color, you are guaranteed to have your body absorb exactly what it needs. Happy Cooking!

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That was fun. I hope you enjoyed it. I now would like to invite you to attend my very first event at MATSU 92 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, on February 28,  from 11-5 for a special Tarot reading hosted by me, given by 2 renown powerful Tarot readers. Bring your questions and relax! Sign up info below.Screenshot 2015-02-19 09.25.13

You may sign up on the MATSU FB Page, if you haven’t received the invite in your inbox. It was sent out yesterday at 2:00pm. This event will warm your heart, stimulate your soul, and enlighten your mind.  Remember, incorporating Purple in your life will inspire your creativity, balance your body and stimulate your soul. See you soon!

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

 

 

 

Glory of the Garnet & Beauty of the Beet

Here we are, January 2015! How did this happen? Filled with new ideas, new goals and bucket lists of wishes we’d be thrilled to accomplish in order to move ourselves ahead in a positive direction. New recipes, perhaps, joining a new gym or yoga studio, maybe travel is in the cards. The fleeting envy is sometimes tough to shake, when I see my friends and acquaintances in photos in far away places with nothing but aqua waters and blue skies as a backdrop.  I realize it’s not the time for me to have this escape from the bitter cold. Not yet anyway. Resultingly, I redirect my energy to generate and create a haven within my home, boutique and life  as I prepare a positive spin for the year ahead.

Candles and their warm moving glow are my recipe for love and life. They soothe and calm the psyche. The candle’s radiance and flames can transform the ambience in any room. These mercury crown votives are one example of lighting up your life. $27.00 for the set.IMG_6989

Another notion and concept in lighting up your life, is with our Celestial Candles. 60 hour burn time, soy base and delectible to the nose! Sun, Star, Full Moon, and Crescent Moon.

These beauties are hand poured, packaged and include a beautiful Rumi poem in each box. The candles are $30 each, available at MATSU.

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It’s no mistake that the appropriate birthstone of the month, Garnet, basks in its own glory of deep warm hues of red. This powerful, reinvigorating and regenerating stone cleanses and reenergizes the Chakras. Isn’t that really what January is about?  Replenishing our  inner well? Garnet revitalizes, purifies and balances energy, bringing serenity and passion. Yes, Garnet inspires devotion and love. It balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. Red Garnet indeed aids sexual potency. This stone brings courage, creative energy, vitality, abundance,flow and awareness. Below you will see a bevy of gemstones from my NYMPH collection, portraying different colors of the Garnet. Ranging from the color of a pomegranate seed, to a rich glass of bordeaux. These necklaces are available now at MATSU.

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I love integrating colors through lifestyle. Gemstones are alive. Little jewels from Earth, each with a story of their own. Foods also hold the power to heal and prevent negative things from entering the body. A compliment to the sassy garnets, are beets. One of the richest red foods that exist. The deeper the color of food, the stronger the antioxidants they  hold.  Beets cleanse the body, are high in many vitamins such as A, B & C. Beets are a high source of energy. They are the highest sugar source after cane sugar. In this case, the sugar is released into the system gradually, as opposed to chocolate. Beets help your mental health state. Betaine is a substance that beets hold, used in treating certain treatments in depression. Beets can lower blood pressure. This is my favorite- I have just learned in researching for this post that Beets are nature’s Viagra! The ancient Romans used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. Beets contain a high amount of Boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones. What a discovery! Wait till you see the pictures.. Oh, and by the way, do not ignore the beet’s rich green tops. Eat them too.

IMG_0792The photos above reflect several different ways beets can be prepared. The top left photo is beet infused pasta, the photo below with recipe to follow; beet bloody marys, under that are roasted beets, then chilled into a sald of pistachios and arugula with a light vinagarette. Top, beets basking in their glory, and the lower right photo is of roasted beets with orange zest. Here lies the recipe from http://www.cocokelley.com

Turn Up the Beet Bloody Mary // serves 2
4 oz chilled Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
1 ½ cups spicy tomato juice
½ cup pure beet juice
1 tbsp pepperoncini juice
½ small lemon (squeezed for juice)
1½ tsp freshly ground pepper
½ tsp horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon ground garlic
your preference for hot sauce (to taste)
Bacon salt and smoked paprika for rim
Your choice of garnish (we went with pickled asparagus, kosher pickles, rosemary, celery, peppered bacon, small beets, pimento olives and pepperoncini)

These colors leave me jazzed and rejuvinated, just looking at them. I am wearing a scarf today from Italy exactly the same color as the vegetable I speak of above. Very invigorating.

I wish you all a very happy, healthy new year 2015! Feel free to connect with me and share your views and comments!I look forward to seeing you at MATSU very soon.

Yours in joy & style,

Dava