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

 

 

We Three Kings …

 “…of orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar. Field and fountain, Moor and mountain, Follow yonder star.

Frankincense to offer have I, Incense owns a deity nigh. prayer and praising, all men raising Worship Him, God most high. Star of wonder, star of night, star of royal beauty bright. Westward leading still proceeding, lead us to the perfect light.”

Myrrh is mine, it’s bitter perfume breathes a life of gathering gloom. Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding dying, sealed in the stone cold tomb.

O star of wonder, star of night. Star of royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding. Guide us to thy perfect light.”

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 7.32.29 PM The holiday season brings both, the best and the worse out in all of us. The best can be experienced through laughter, gift giving, and wondrous excuses to indulge freely. On the flip side, it can trigger loneliness, depression and the secret desire to simply run away and hide from shopping mayhem, holiday advertising campaigns and never ending holiday classics on the radio. There are many ways to save your soul during this hyped up, yet beautiful time of year. It’s all about your perspective, after all. This is the onset of the dark winter months that lie ahead. Winter is the coldest season, but on the subtle level it’s a time of rest, peace, inner focus, stillness and reflection. Life is rich with possibilities; learning how to utilize them during this chilly season is the key to a tranquil season.

I love the rituals and traditions the season brings. The Feast of the Seven Fishes, for example, a typical Southern Italian cultural meal prepared on Christmas eve. I actually do love Christmas music, and first one that comes to mind is what I began this blog journey on-  The Three Magi!  We Three Kings of Orient are; as lore has it,  traveled from Persia bearing Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh to baby Jesus. Despite your faith, these essential oils become more prominent this time of year. It’s already understood that Gold is given as a precious gift all year round but actually the value of frankincense and myrrh out weigh that of gold and certainly extends far beyond biblical lore. These essences are derived from plants, which are very healing on an emotional, physical and spiritual level giving meaning beyond the season.

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Frankincense and myrrh are from the same plant family and grow as small shrub-like trees in dry climates such as India, Oman, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia. The resin of the plants is used medicinally and for spiritual practices for over 5,000 years. Both resins have a multitude of health benefits other than clearing negativity from a room via burning the actual incense, which by the way is even more powerful than using sage for this same reason. These resins are anti-septics, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-viral, improving circulation, and as a body tonic. The list goes on.  As you smell the warm rich, sweet-woody scents you will understand the specialty these plant resins offer. They are calming, soothing and relaxing to the mind, soul and body.

Gold on the other hand, is an excellent all purpose high leel gem amplifier and electrical conductor. It helps strengthen never system,digestion and the meridian channels. Attracts prosperity, stores and amplifies thoughts/emotions/energies. It is truly a regenerator, helping to renew nerves. Gold symbolizes sthe purity of spirit.  So, as the story is told, these 3 kings traveled afar and delivered these gifts to baby Jesus. What a magical visit that would have been.

These resins remind me of church as a little girl. I cherish my faith and experience of church. As time goes on, I recognize that when I am feeling low, or zapped by negativity, I simply light a stick of Frankincence alone, or mixed with Myrrh. My mood immediately elevates. I kid you not. The scent can alter the energy in the room.

This season is indeed hectic, but I try to cherish the beauty – decorating with lights, the fresh invigorating smell of pine, and enjoying the crisp air nature has to offer this time of year. This religious and spiritual holiday brings back lots of childhood memories. As 2014 winds down, I find this to be good time to reflect and embrace appreciation for what we have, and how supportive our families and friends have been during the course of the year. 

There are a lot of December birthdays, I’ve noted. We are also approaching the Winter Solstice – the shortest day of light in the whole year! We are about to approach Capricorn, as  Sagittarius wans. Either way, the birthstone of December is primarily Turquoise. We think of summer, naturally, when looking at this magical stone, but the truth is that it is indeed a winter month stone! It’s about brightening up your wardrobe energetically with this captivating color. The stones right below happen to be very earthy but the overall hue is indeed turquoise. This December stone is a purification stone. It dispels negative energy- much like frankincense and also myrrh. It can be worn to protect outside influences or pollutants in the atmosphere. Turquoise balances and aligns all the chakras, stablizes mood swings and instills inner calm. It is excellent for exhaustion and depression. This stone promotes creativity and problem solving. It is a symbol of friendship, and stimulates romantic love. The natural energy of this stone helps one to communicate truth.

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Turquoise aids in the absorption of nutrients, enhances the immune system, stimulates the regeneration of tissue, and heals the whole body. It contains anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects. The photos below reflect a variety of Turquoise stones. The turquoise used in my pieces are primarily from Afghanistan and the deep green, from Tibet.

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The past 11 months I have written about colors, gems and the correlation of foods, nutrients and maybe even a recipe or 3. This month, however- I have exciting news to share- and for those who may have missed the announcement. Here it is!MATSU.Announcement1

Upon coming full circle, I realize that something had been missing. I have had wonderful experiences, as I mentioned in November’s blog, and continue to be grateful for all of them, but when I drove by this little gem of a spot in November, I made a quick u-turn in the middle of Boston Post Road in order to lay my eyes a bit closer on the building. Yes, it was vacant, all right! It sat so still and empty, but I could envision the potential beauty within the space once I began to nurture it ” Matsu Style.” My stimulating challenge has arrived.

I’ve been open one week. MATSU offers the excitement of the urban experience with the comfort of home. You’ll feel it and see it once you enter this new sanctuary I’m creating. I’ve included some teaser before and after photos for you to see. I am genuinely excited. It feels like home. (Ironically, as it is very close to home.) Come visit! Like MATSU on Facebook. I thank you all in advance for the warm welcome I have received and for those that haven’t had the opportunity yet to visit, I look forward to seeing you soon.

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Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and reflective Holiday Season!

Yours in joy & style,

Dava

 

Beyond the Diminishing Hues of Autumnal Bliss

Yes, it’s really here!  Turning back the clocks early in the month was the first hint of the last days of Autumn. Pumpkin pies, Thanksgiving and visitors from afar all flocking to be with family and friends. This time of year is peaceful and unpretentious. I personally feel few expectations through Thanksgiving. As long as I don’t strive for utter perfection, the season can be very tranquil and calm. It is a rich season, visually and nutritionally. The days are also as simple as November’s birthstones: Citrine and Topaz. Both are very warm colors, just like the foods we cook, serve and eat for ourselves and loved ones.

There are so many places we can see richness in our lives – foods being several of them. As the seasons turn, the gourd family become much more available and popular. Below we see a lovely pumpkin pie. Other mouth watering options are pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin risotto, and pumpkin bread. This humble vegetable is an excellent source of carotenes, vitamins A, C and E. They also offer minerals, antioxidants and plenty of potassium.

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One of my favorite seasonal foods is butternut squash. I love it roasted with garlic, herbs, and shallots. I’m a fan of savory flavors, rather than sweet. You can change the whole flavor by adding cumin, turmeric, and other Middle Eastern spices as well.  Look at these cute little cubed pieces of fruit. Yes, butternut squash is from the family of fruit. Rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants this “fruit” is so easy to prepare – especially when you can purchase them already cubed. Great time saver. Incorporating butternut squash into your diet can reduce inflammation-related disorders such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 11.55.17 AM

November is the last month we see of earthy colors, with the last of the golden brown leaves still attached to the bark on the trees before finally letting go. This fall was very rich, and I see a fair amount of these deeply hued leaves still hanging on. They don’t want autumn to end. We know what comes next. But not quite yet! This tree clearly is hanging on. I don’t blame her! She’s gorgeous. IMG_3219

As I’ve said, it is a rich season, visually and nutritionally. May I introduce to you the birthstones of November: Citrine and Topaz. Both very warm, golden colors, just like the foods of the season. I’ve used this stone of abundance in various fashions as you can see, below. I love it in contrast to rubies, love it with the warmth of olive wood and brass, and I cherish the unpolished deep honey hue stones when mixed with pyrite, sandalwood and Kali, the goddess of love.picstitch-2Citrine is a joyful stone with energy so bright lighting up many aspects of life for those who wear it. It’s unexpected luck can appear in your life. Citrine is known as a prosperity and success stone. It is said to promote and manifest success and abundance in all areas. Citrine combats negative energy, and brings positivity to the beholder. It can relieve depression, self doubt, anger and irrational mood swings. Who needs a pill? You can see these pieces on my Etsy Nymph Jewels site, for pricing, to purchase or for additional information.picstitch-4

Many have come to know the stone for the month of November called many things. Golden topaz, Madiera citrine and  Spanish topaz. The photos above reflect these tones. The top left photo is an adujustable necklace with huge honey tones citrine nuggets, along with a tiny cluster of Madiera citrines for contrast. The lower left photo are very lemony toned faceted citrines that are wire wrapped and have  black diamond accent bead. The necklace on the right is a combination of a large faceted topaz drop and a bevy of lighter toned citrines. I’ve added copper and a chizled emerald for more flavor. I elaborated on the nature and healing properties of citrine, because it’s one of my favorite stones to create with and to wear.

The key word that comes to my mind in November is gratitude. It’s an inward feeling of kindness received and an outward attitude of giving.IMG_4212

Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express this feeling. I try to remind myself to express this to all of those around me that have supported me. Beginning with my Mom and Dad who gave me this life. What I do with it is entirely up to me. The more conscious I am, the better quality of life I can live, and the more appreciated those surrounding me feel. Below, my 88 year old mother, a true creative inspiration, myself and my sister, whose patience in life is a lesson for me to strive for. I don’t like leaving out my other sibling, but have no photos of him- oh wait, I found one! He’s in he infant stage and I am not very far beyond it in this black and white family photo. I am very proud of his art, as a seasoned saxophonist, and dancer. Yes. We received these traits from my parents. Blessed, we are. Sometimes they are hidden and not so obvious, but grateful none-the-less, as the smallest of them are reason enough to be cherished.IMG_6798

I am so fortunate to have had a successful business on Newbury St for over 30 years. I am so fortunate to have had the experience in learning beyond what a boutique can teach you, which I acquired during my “reign” at Neiman Marcus. This was truly a full, head-on learning experience. I never knew how little knowledge I had within the corporate realm. I am truly grateful, for their patience and faith in me. I lived, learned and listened to my soul tell me it was time to move on down the road.

I then shifted gears towards what I thought would be more in line with what I knew and moved over to a smaller boutique in Newton, as many of you may know, Gilda’s. Although it resulted in my leaving after a very short period of time, I am very proud to have given it everything I had. In doing so, I learned more about me. My vision was very clear. It was not Gilda’s vision. My strengths appeared quietly but could not be applied in this environment. At first I was disappointed, but then realized this was a very clear sign that I was in the wrong place, as it was not serving my inner spirit. I am, however, very grateful for having been given the opportunity to shine there, but my light was unseen.  I move ahead, not looking back. IMG_6794

I am blessed, grateful and appreciative to all of those who believe in me and have supported me. What’s next? Listen very carefully.

I am relaunching MATSU. Yes, it’s true.

Details to follow.

Until then, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

 

 

Oddly October

No so odd, really but as my awareness becomes keen with crisp air abound, I embrace the vivid hues dominating the season. These brilliant colors are seen everywhere. In nature, foods, spirit and in fashion.

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 9.35.29 AMOrange is a combination of passionate red, and cheery yellow. It is an uplifting, optimistic and rejuvenating color. It exudes enthusiasm and is in my opinion, under used. Orange is an extroverted color and brings smiles to all ages. The color is warm and inviting. It inspires fulfilling conversation and stimulates social situations. On a spiritual level, this color is seen in varying hues throughout Eastern culture and religion.

Screen shot 2013-02-11 at 6.03.53 PMI’ve always questioned the color worn by monks. What I discovered that there really wasn’t a spiritual answer, but a practical one. In the early days of the Buddhist movement, the robes were made from found rags, dyed the least expensive way possible. Saffron was one spice used in dying. It saturated the fabrics intensely. Tumeric was another. Both produced an orange hue. Contrary to using inexpensive dying methods-Saffron was hand picked from the center of the crocus flowers. Consequently gingerly used through out, it became the signature color worn by monks. Its presence exuded the spirituality we now know.

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Autumn is the season for beginning to nest, hibernate and prepare for the winter months ahead: lighting fires, dimming lights and bringing warmth into the home. These actions all account for creating a cozy environment, radiating happiness from within. As we slowly creep into the darker months, we share more time indoors with friends and family. This inspires new recipes, and cooking styles. As we leave the abundance from late summer behind, the taste of heirloom tomatoes and their sweetness lingers. Time to invite the newly harvested foods of the season.

We all know eating rich colored fruits and vegetables fills your diet with antioxidants and other wonderful nutrients. Vitamins A and C are the most popular nutrients in these brightly hued foods, such as oranges, butternut squash, carrots, orange peppers, pumpkin, peaches, papaya, persimmon, and mangoes to name a few .

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Orange foods help release the toxins and stress from the body by encouraging the system to become more efficient in the natural elimination process. This aids in relaxation and the release of unwanted waste products. Orange foods contain nutrients that support and maintain the reproductive systems. Lack of orange foods can be very obvious in physical constipation and other areas of stagnation. Writers block, joint and muscle stiffness being a few examples.

picstitchThe photos above all reflect tastes of the season. The top photo offers three stages of carrots. Raw, roasted and in soup. The same goes for the photo directly above starting with the pumpin still on the vine. Vitamin C and zinc in raw carrots provide an excellent combination to helap the body detoxify. Splendid! Eat your colors, everyone!

Opals represent the birthstone of the month. Available in varying colors, such as white, pink, black, blue and the 3 colors beneath. They appear both clear or milky.

I happen to love fire opals most. Fire opals enhance personal power, awakening inner fire and protects against danger. They symbolize hope, amplifies traits and brings characteristics to the surface for transformation. Enhancing self-worth, and helps one understand their full potential. Opals encourage creativity and interests in the arts. This stone has always been associated with love and passion, desire and eroticism. It is a seductive stone, that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. These loose opals show the intensity of the tones.  Opals treat Parkinson’s disease, infections and fevers. They also help strengthen memory. The colors are vivid, the stone is powerful.

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There are several gemstones in this orangey range, such as carnelian, and Madeira citrine. All hold the energy of the sun.IMG_9074

Carnelian grounds and anchors you into the present reality. A stabilizing stone with high energy, restoring vitality and motivation.  This stone stimulates creativity, and is used for dramatic pursuits. This stone influences the female reproductive organs and will increase fertility.  A wonderful healing stone, clearing perception and strengthening the lower back.

October’s rich hues cover the earth, as the leaves fall and morph pre winter state. Before everything turns brown, and gold predictably, as they do in late autumn, it is time to embrace nature’s beauty once again. Don’t take it for granted because before we know it, the ground will be covered in white and even the faint tones of late autumn will fade.

October is a feisty month offering tricks and treats. I love Halloween-there’s no pretense, little expectation, and just plain fun. It’s when we can hide behind a mask and pretend. No questions asked. That’s when the inner child can come out and play without any hesitation! BOO!picstitch-2Enjoy the flavors, tricks, treats and colors of the season. Take nothing for granted and celebrate the life you were born to live everyday. It is precious and short. Let yourself radiate with the warm hues of October and please Save the Date ~ Sunday, November 16th, 1-5 PM, for my next Salon Event. Bring a friend, forward to a friend. If you are not on my email list, please sign up!

Happy autumn!

Yours in joy,

Dava

The Blues of September

And here I thought I would be writing about the harvest and the bounty of late summer offerings. The colors of Autumnal hues. Until I  checked September Birthstone information-not that I didn’t know it-being the September baby that I  am, but have always wished my birthstone was something else other than Blue Sapphire. It’s not.

The regal hue of Blue Sapphire offers tranquility and is said to represent purity of the soul.

 

Sapphires were once believed to be protection against snakes. It was said that if poisonous reptiles and spiders were placed in a jar containing the stone, the creatures would immediately die. The French of the 13th century believed that sapphire transformed stupidity to wisdom, and irritability to good temper. Another stone with deep blue intensity is Lapis Lazuli. Mediterranean lore; it’s know to protect and ward off evil spirits. Below you will see two very different variations of Lapis Lazuli; Both Nymph pieces found on my Etsy site-you can enjoy a more uniform smooth rice like effect with diamond accents, and the top version a bit chunkier and more tonal variations creating rustic character. The colors are as deep as the sea. Truly exquisite in a rather Etruscan sort of way.IMG_2041

Lapis opens the third eye and balances the throat chakra. It enhances dreams and stimulates personal power. This stone is a natural stress releaser. Lapis Lazuli loves to encourage awareness and self expression without having any compromises. It helps with confronting the truth, bonds relationships and dissolves emotional bondage.

As I mentioned earlier, I am taken by the fact I am discussing BLUE. Not harvest colors, but I honestly feel that this is a clearing for the Autumnal months we are about to embark upon. Think of it as blog post creating a sanctuary for the soul! Blue being one of the most universally appealing colors of all time. Blue is a natural tranquilizer, reducing stress, drug free. Blue is the color of the sea and sky.

You can always anticipate a sense of calm when lying on your back gazing up at the sky above. As your eyes soak up Mother Nature’s Sky, rest assured your mind will quiet as breathing becomes easier and less taxed.IMG_6075The water offers another sense of calm, as does the sky above, but with emotions having the opportunity to ride themselves just like a wave.

Just what is it about the sea the provokes a state of hypnosis? One can stare for ever! Perfect opportunity to contemplate your doubts, or dreams or desires. I suggest having either paints, or pencils with you while sitting at the beach or wherever you are as you capture what mentally surfaces. Staring peacefully can transcend into a meditative state. Totally therapeutic and also decompressing! The photo below was taken on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida, where I spend not enough time. That’s what happens while working full time. Maybe its time for another change. Reinventing one’s self at this stage of life is challenging with many lessons to learn. Peace found in nature truly helps.

IMG_9758Yes, Blue is soothing. It nourishes the soul and the eyes. Unfortunately, foods in this color family are few and far between. Of course there are Blueberries, rich in antioxidants, and Blue Chips, rich in fiber. But not really enough to show the images. Alternatively, I decided to inspire you with photos that seriously sooth my soul each time I lay eyes on them. The first one, India. Rich in color, triggering the imagination.Screen Shot 2014-09-13 at 5.28.01 PMLastly, something a bit more style oriented- a blue palet offering tones  for this Autumn season. Dare to dream, and capture your inner thoughts conjured during a meditative state, induced by this beautiful color Blue! Happy September everyone! Happy Birthday to all you Virgos out there!

Enjoy this gorgeous month!

Yours in joy,

Dava

The Glory of Greens

The latter part of summer inspires even more appreciation for this very short season.  As the harvests begin to trickle in, the fruits and vegetables of the season are at their heartiest, freshest and nutrient packed. The fireflies have faded, and the crickets now are on the horizon. As I hear them relentlessly chirping in the dewy evenings of late, it reminds me of a symphony in the woods. Their sounds are welcoming the next season upon us.

August roars with boldness, and those born in this month bask in the characteristics of Leo. This sun sign boasts brightness and demonstrative personalities that are generally not shy, as their natural ray of sunshine is innate as they enter a room. They all share the beautiful birthstone of Peridot.

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Unlike most gemstones, peridot is formed deep within the earth. Also unlike any other stone, peridot comes in only one color. Peridot is sometimes referred to as the poor man’s emerald. Gem quality peridot is actually rather rare. The photo above shows not only peridot as seen in the lower right photo, but also various jades in the left photo, and opulent faceted chrysophrase in the upper right. Diamonds also deliver their presence with the pure reflection of royalty. This blog journey, just to remind you, is all about the Glory of Greens. To wear, to eat. The stones below are just an example of what nature creates. Again, August is the birthmonth carrying peridot as her stone, but since green is a fresh neutral to me, somehow when I scout new stones I wind up being very drawn to all sorts of green tones and stones.  Green is the color of nature, fertility and life. It is the color of Spring, renewal and rebirth. It is the color of balance, growth, and harmony. This is why I design with greens, paint walls in greens, wear greens and eat so many greens.

Before I brief you all on nutrition, I will share another cluster of gemstones available on Etsy from Nymph Jewels– that’s me. Malachite-Triple strand neck piece on the upper left, personifies the deep healing green of nature and represents the innate beauty of flowers, trees, roots and plants. Transformational stone, it assists one in changing  situations and provides aid in spiritual growth.  Right side photo is a single strand of Emeralds. “All the green of nature is concentrated within the Emerald.” Emeralds opens and nurtures the heart. It’s soothing energy provides healing to all levels, brining freshness and vitality to the spirit. It is a stone of inspiration and infinite patience – ahh! no wonder I never remove it, nor get tired of gazing into it’s magnificent color! The bottom photo of this little menagerie of greens are tourmalines. This triple strand necklace has a pave diamond starburst hanging in the center, but since I am focused on nature and greens, the triple strands reflect the varying tones that tourmalines can hold. In this piece, you can see it perfectly.

Tourmaline is a gateway stone to the devic realm and provides beneficial influence to all things that live and grow. Used in meditation to commune with Nature spirits, it is rejuvenating.  Again, you may see all of these pieces on Etsy. Nutritious to the body, from a spiritual standpoint.Wearing any of these green stones will heal, enhance and protect.  Green gemstones are used to attract money, prosperity and wealth. Wearing these are not only nourishing the soul, but they look and feel wonderful.

get-attachment.aspxNo different from adorning the outside of the body with these hues, simply ingesting greens is a way to enhance health.  As we have all been told by mom: “eat your green vegetables!” I share with you some of my absolute favorites: artichokes, broccolini, asparagus, and leafy greens. All hold antioxidants. They say eating raw is the best, but not my favorite. Too quick. I feel like I am providing a ritual in cooking. Generally, I roast everything. Setting the oven at 350, I am content always in the outcome. Simplicity acheived when adding olive oil, French sea salt, cracked pepper, shallots and garlic – staples for nearly all vegetables. The first photo is a leafy lettuce, grilled asparagus and broccolini. Yum.  Leafy greens are fresh and add hydration to the body. Asparagus is anti -inflammatory and provides a wide range of antioxiant nutrients, including bitamin C, beta- carotene and vitamin E. Asparagus is the sign of Spring, but these days are readily available nearly year round.  Broccolini is sweeter than broccoli, and in my opinion more interesting. Broccolini is a powerful source of vitamins A, C & K; and a strong source of  antioxidants and anti inflammatory and detoxifying qualities. Also a very strong cancer fighting food.

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I love shooting greens, be it jewels, gemstones, or food. I am not a scientist, but can tell you that with my cooking experiences, the foods feed the soul, and when eating properly, greens do nothing but enhance your life. I am not going to get into each vegetable here in my blog, but will provide 2 more photo pic stitches – just because I love them all! I hope you do too. I mean, come on… nature’s design by creation. Fiddleheads, artichokes and avocados… All crazy shapes and wonderful additions to your meal and life. Fiddleheads are baby fern. They taste like earth. I add garlic and shallots, and definitely salt. These little spring babies really need salt. As for the big Artichoke, I am certain that I will be photographing them stuffed, sautee’d and who knows what else.

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My message here is all about August, living with greens in your home, in your body and on it as well.

I hope you enjoyed this green journey! See you in the meadows, being a Nymph…you might find me under a waterfall, or perhaps under a fig tree…or maybe a moss garden! Or how about a field with a rainbow above? Flowers & Nature 010

Yes, magic happens when you believe. Please eat your greens. Better, too, is to wear them! We all look great in the color and ingesting them is so good for us all!

See you in September.

Yours in joy,

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Jump into July with a Rainbow of Reds!

Been away from the drawing board, so to speak – dealing with curve balls of life. I also see how much time has lapsed since my last post. Dava, don’t judge! Yes. Patience is golden, and the older I get, the more I realize how important and challenging both are. That is, not to judge and to be patient. I’ve missed writing and sharing. Learning to accept the natural rhythm of life, here I am writing once again. I cherish the nuances life brings to me and am grateful of my awareness, but it still takes practice. After all, life isn’t a destination – it’s a journey!  I am about to take you on this month’s journey;  A Rainbow of Reds.  My challenge here is to link wearing reds in the form of rubies, and then eating red foods as you will see below. Why? Because both are so good for you! This isn’t about fashion, but I introduce at least one cool fashion shot. Reflecting the topic- RED. Passion, courage, and effortless style. Wearing red in clothing, jewels and eating leads to one happy soul.Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 9.32.38 PM Happy July and Happy Birthday to all of you Cancers out there! I love this month, and the sensitive wonderful beings born in it. I grew up with two my whole life. I am also very partial to July’s birthstone, Ruby. Love the color, love the healing properties and the energy. Below, in the first photo you see a cluster of smooth Ruby nuggets. The color is intoxicating. Ruby is healing, as are all gemstones, and offers so much good to the mind, body and soul. The photos below this one are necklaces and a bracelet created by me for Nymph, holding diamond charms and the other with a black Tahitian pearl. The deeper red translucent stones are “pomegranate” garnets; rather unique due to their size and the depth of color. Garnets are the stone of January; resting behind the menagerie of rubies, in peace. IMG_0528 Ruby improves motivation and setting of realistic goals. It is the heart chakra’s stimulating stone. It promotes positive dreams, and positive leadership. This deep red stone detoxifies the body, blood and lymph-similar to the foods I will describe in a bit. Ruby brings about positive and courageous state of mind. Under it’s influence, the mind is sharp with heightened awareness and acute concentration. It is a motivational stone, imparting vigor to life. It heightens passion and improves setting realistic goals. A natural heart balancer, and promoter of positive dreams. Mentally, Ruby brings about a courageous state of mind, and also influences heightened awareness and concentration. This sociable stone attracts sexual activity and fires enthusiasm! Cool, right? The color is rich and divine, and wearing rubies simply brings vigor to your day.  Please visit Nymph Jewels on Etsy to purchase and for more information.

IMG_0357 Below you’ll see a Pic Stitch created from photos reflecting different types of rubies. Some polished, some faceted, some simply raw and organic.  I invite you to scout around on my Etsy page for more Nymph Jewels.get-attachment.aspx The month of July evokes swimming, fun, frolic, festivities, food and of course, July 4th celebrations. These activities inspire great cooking indoors and out. The nutritional portion of this blog post has now arrived. Let’s celebrate the Rainbow of Reds! Red peppers, radishes, radiccio, beets, red onions, tomatoes, watermelon, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, red apples, red plums, blood red oranges, ruby red grapefruit. The list can be carried out until August, when most likely I will talk about Peridot and green foods, but for now I share the benefits of these luscious foods with their passionate colors. These foods are among many,  rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Antioxidants are cancer fighting agents offering protection from breast, colon, esophagus, prostate and skin cancer. Antioxidants soak up damaging free radicals. I am not a scientist, by any means – but  the words lycopene and anthocyanins are words that spell out ANTIOXIDANT. Interestingly, Cranberries, for example have been shown to cause the death of cancer cells in lab studies. They also can stop bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract walls. Cranberries are rich in vitamin C.  I am using Cranberries as an example of the food groups in red and their benefits. My  goal is to build awareness and emphasize the importance in digesting intesnsely colored foods and why; awareness about the RED family of foods and  how contagious and beneficial devouring this color can be. I am not a scientist, as I said, but truly a lover of foods, passionate about colors and how they can influence a more positive balanced life. get-attachment-1.aspx Wearing rubies, garnets or coral stones all in the family of reds, or ingesting many of the red foods available to us, our hearts, bodies, minds and souls will be thoroughly nourished from the inside out. I leave you with one final image; serious reflections in focus within this bountiful glass of Italian Barolo, and its sidekick carafe; taken in Los Angeles while dining with Aya. Our red wine glasses are loaded with Antioxidants – those delicious little cancer fighting agents once more. Healthy, tasty and very nutritious. Beautiful way to wind down the day on my final night visiting my one and only little girl. Bringing balance to a wonderful Italian meal!

IMG_5142Having serious passion for color, I am also a lover of life, lover of food. I find these red fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious offerings, along with gemstones, one more way to enhance the life you live with fun and balance! Happy July, everyone. Enjoy each waking moment outdoors as much as you can, storing up on the Sun’s natural Vitamin D while Mother Earth is offering it. Glorious summer. Bask in it and the nutrients  offered at this time of the season!  Incidentally, I find it rather ironic that the Astrological sign for July is Cancer, and the red food offerings have been proven to fight diseases such as cancer.

PS. BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING IN AUGUST

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

March; my heart connection. Pisces Sun, Pisces Moon

To me, March will always be special. I gave birth to Aya on the 7th of this wintery – spring like month back in 1991. A little Piscean child was born into this world. The intuition of the Pisces born is highly evolved. I always thought she was born at the age of 5, or considered that she was simply born with a mature soul. No coincidence. Selfless, fluid, easy going.  Pisces born alternate between yin and yang and are  mutable, compassionate and introspective. This is Aya to a T. My heart connection.  Such a peaceful baby. I was so lucky. She has taught me patience and calm. And here I reflect the many stages of happiness, tears and joy that we have endured with her. Through photos I share a visual.

photo-3Many people feel January and March are unnecessary, but you see every month has a 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 ground. A Crocus perhaps.

March is known for it’s swinging moods with  varying degrees of temperature and weather itself.”Beware the Ides of March”also comes to mind, a slight flashback to my history class. Poor Caesar. Too bad he wasn’t wearing Aquamarine. He could have been better protected! 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 heightens the levels of creativity and sensitivity as well. Aqua heightens our ability to open the door to spiritual growth. Below you will see some of the rarest stones of Aquamarine. The gemstones below; courtesy Nymph Jewels on Etsy. The photo of the sea; courtesy of Siesta Key’s famous beach in Sarasota. The necklaces are for sale and available for immediate ship.

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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.

Wearing these stones, or living with the colors and tones on your walls, either way; presents a happy, friendly atmosphere and ease in communicating thoughts. It is wonderful to wear, soothing to stare at as in the ocean.  Nymph Jewlery and the gemstones simply heal and feel good.  You can see varying tones of the stones in the photos I shot and am providing here. The loose stones in the upper right are watery. The necklace directly below it is deep in color with a bit of variation and has vintage silver charms. The last necklace is matte aquamarine glowing in the sunlight. To the left, is a little humor, but for those that know me- know how much I love wearing tu tus of all lengths, and in many many colors. Some of them are straight from a Parisian Ballet Shoppe, others are vintage that I found here in the US, many of them are designed by Lilith, and the rest remain a mystery since I have been collecting them for many many years. Those who have never had one on seriously wonder; dare they ask me why?  They are liberating, enchanting, bringing out the inner child that never had one at the age of 3, I act out now! Yes, to work or anywhere. They allow the body to move so freely. I happen to have fun getting dressed, but more importantly,with confidence, I have an opportunity to self express through dress.

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I would like to take this moment to encourage you all to find your own inner TuTu! Believe me, your heart will sing, and you will become filled with glee when you discover what ever your version of one shall be. For now, I leave you with these wonderfully dreamy colors and invite you to send me feedback anytime.

On another note, I am planning another Nymph Cosmos Party at my salon. April 22nd. Earth Day. Save the date. RSVP a must. Invite will be posted soon. Space and times are limited. Would love to see you! Don’t forget to visit my Etsy Site also!

Springing for Joy,

Dava

 

 

 

 

Trending Pink through Amethyst


I love to write about my journeys in life. My commitment is to deliver an insightful  message through my blog. Sometimes philosophical, this time, from a more whimsical approach. After all, we have been hibernating since early December due to our acute weather conditions, this season. I thought using color to brighten thoughts, and daily life would be a great idea.  Purple is the color of imagination and spirituality. February’s Birthstone is Amethyst. This stone inspires the healing of all organs and brings about mental peace and a state of relaxation. Amethyst can ward off nightmares and insomnia. This stone is said to aid in the development of your psychic awareness. Bringing feelings of happiness,  Amethyst is a stone of pure love. It is beautiful and spiritual. There are several necklaces pictured below in Amethyst showing a variety of ways I have incorporated the stone into Nymph. You will also see a hand knotted bracelet of matte amethyst spheres. Very wizard like. Click here for more on Etsy.

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Purple is evident in nature, stones, food, and of course, clothing.

I began conjuring up a couple Pic Stitches with photos I have taken, or discovered. They personify the glory of the dead of winter, but through energy and color. The purple is so juicy and royal.

In writing, I  realized how closely related these two colors are and decided to include them both in this post.  They share the color of passion; red.  Both colors have positive and negative psychological effects. Too much purple can cause moodiness, yet boosts the imagination.  Amethyst increases creativity, promotes love of the divine, balances highs and lows promoting emotional centering. It is calming, nurturing and grounding. From the stand point of clothing and fashion, purple was strong this winter as a jewel tone in fashion.  It pairs well with all skin tones and with all hair colors. It can be worn with chocolate brown, black,  bordeaux, add red to the mix and you have a wonderful combination.   So majestic!  Nature is also a terrific resource to invite purples into your lifestyle. As the Nymph jewelry designer,  I find the offerings vast in healing properties. The energies within the body are also influenced when wearing these stones. Below you will see a couple. For more choices, please click on the Nymph Etsy tab on my site.

Purple is associated with royalty, wealth, extravagance, creativity and wisdom. It combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. Shown below are petunias showing off several tones, a triple strand of faceted chunks amethyst necklace,  rare matte amethyst sphere bracelet, and a pile of deep rich eggplant, deliciously nutritious.

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I got carried away with purples in photos that I have shot and discovered, therefore will insert another collection of them here. I hope you enjoy the sights. Nymph necklaces, an opulent gown, delicious desert and a bevy of deep purple roses.
As I began this blog post my mind was on the trends of  Spring 2014. There are many trends of the season, but my favorite is  PINK. Lovers of beauty favor pink. Pink is the color of universal love. It is feminine, calming and peaceful. Tapping intuition and insight, this color is also playful and flirty. Pink. The hot new color of the season. It is  a focus in interiors, fashion, and lipstick; this being the hottest color for the lips!  Flowers are a natural offering, that we often times pass by without thought. Flowers, plants and fruits exude beauty, scent and flavor naturally.

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The color Pink is inspires warm comforting feelings. Psychologically it calms our emotional energies and has an underlying sign of hope. This color represents compassion, nurturing and love. It relates to unconditional love and understanding. The photos above echo a variety of Pinks. Rose quartz as pictured in the lower left, is the stone of love. This stone aids in dealing of feeling of both love and grief. This stone deals with the heart. It aids in relationship issues and brings harmony to discord. Also known as the calming stone. Rose quartz is a soft pink gemstone regularly used to preserve beauty, and rejuvenate the skin. 

I could elaborate more on the psychology of both colors, purple and pink, but feel the photos help to amp up the messages that lie within this blog post. I hope you enjoyed the journey!

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

In joy,

Dava