Smile Inducing Spring

As the month of March quietly passes through, we experience cooler temperatures again, powerful winds, and even an unexpected snow storm! We’ve endured four seasons within this one month. Life is not boring in this climate. As the weather acts up and dances through the month, signs of the awakening from the dormancy of Winter begin to poke through the ground. Plants eager to sprout, baby animals coming out of hibernation, and birds of all kinds, including the Robin, which I have seen have returned to their New England roost. We welcome longer and brighter days with open arms.

The month of March is the link between winter and spring. We think about fluffy little chicks, delicate pale colored tulips and how about after dinner mints! We begin shopping for lighter tones, in contrast to the Fall and Winter months when we gravitate towards deeper saturated ones, as well as jewel tones. These darker colors seem to provide a blanket of protection on our bodies. Spring, on the other hand, presents all sorts of colors that resemble the spring awakening of Earth. The newly sprouted fresh greens, baby birds hatching out from their shells. A Pastel palette begins to shed soft tones as we welcome the arrival of Spring.  Pale mint, pinks, yellows and greens are all examples of these tones.  The palette is soft, feminine and pleasant to the eye, opening our hearts for the new season embarking upon with the promise of warmer days ahead.

Color is light, and light is energy.  Color can stimulate, and excite us. It can also have a tranquil, calming peaceful effect.  The softer hues of pastels bring forth freshness and emerging energy from earth. These colors combined with neutrals create a feeling of sophistication and earthiness. You can’t help but feel happy. This is the time of the year for rebirth, renewal and rejuvenation.  There is also something very child inducing to these beautiful tones. Pick up a piece of chalk, and feel the sensation in your fingers. The results of playing with pastels either on textured paper or even a random sidewalk is freeing.  In allowing your fingers to move effortless, you are tapping  into your inner child. The sensations provoked are worth the experiment!

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Updating your wardrobe once Spring hints can be a daunting task. Never mind the cost of replacing your fall-winter attire for lighter fabrics, there is this sudden urge to don lighter tones as well. All is not lost. Don’t fret! Introducing shots of pastels into your palette is easy. It can be done via scarves, clothing and even jewelry. Developing a collection within your wardrobe can create a fascinating and updated look. Majestic Filatures is a great label that offers just that. As the brand Ambassador in shop at Bloomingdale’s, I thought a descriptive was in order.  The Majestic  linens and lighter weight fabrics are offered in a bevy of tones that can easily be incorporated into your existing wardrobe for day and night. I can show you how. I am in Bloomingdale’s 4 days a week. My contact information is always available to you. The new Spring collection is scheduled to arrive this coming week. Take a peek below. You can see some neutrals, gentle brush stroke stripes and pops of color. This is a perfect example of how to incorporate these softer tones into your wardrobe now.  I suggest that you consciously begin to allow the ever so popular and over worn “color” black to fade from your daily wardrobe. Yes it is easy, but it’s not only boring if not worn with textures to create interest. Black also absorbs all sorts of energies you come in contact with. The feeling may be subtle or you may hardly notice, but hark… it’s there and can be draining from your own entire energy source. Hence, wearing pastels with other tones can begin to alter your seasonal wardrobe.  If you’re still uncertain how, I invite you to come into Bloomingdales, and I can help. Alternatively, we can set up a one-on-one private session. It is liberating and a very sensible investment. Working with your existing wardrobe first is a great place to start! No time like NOW.

HEALING GEMSTONES

If you wish to experience the energy of pastels, another option is through gemstones. I’ve just completed a unique one of a kind Talisman necklace using a fairly large Rose Quartz druzy stone, surrounded by a halo of diamonds, all of which are suspended from a hefty rustic looking sterling silver cable link chain.

An instant click will bring you to the page with complete descriptions, pricing and ordering ability. This could the moment I announce Aquamarine, the birthstone of March, instead however, I prefer to share with you another new piece of jewelry which reminds me of tiny fluffy chicks. Although I am referring to a brilliant yet subtle colored stone, this Rutilated Quartz necklace is perfect for Spring as an accent for your wardrobe. This piece is versatile enough to wear all year round, but exudes freshness to me.  The brilliant accent stones muted in the back ground remind me of Easter eggs. Love this piece!

Before I embark on food, I wanted to share another piece that I simply love. The Baroque pearl is upfront, and the whispering tourmalines are but an echo lying quietly in the background. How utterly romantic! Take a look below.  Pure, demure and shy. Pearls are wonderful to bring about new beginnings, as are diamonds. Spring exudes exactly this! As nature begins to sprout, color becomes more important in our lives. The dormancy of winter is dissipating, as the pastels begin to shoot up. You’ve heard me time and time again discuss the life that stones carry from earth. This is why they are healing when worn or held. The outcome can be profound. I love creating these pieces of healing art adornments for the body.

PASTEL FOODS

In keeping this blog post on the lighter side, here are a few creative concepts in which one can ingest pastel foods.  These foods are whimsical, enchanting and fun! First up in keeping with the season..

Easter Eggs:

Mint Ice Cream:


Subtle Seduction- French Macarrons:

Cotton Candy Classic: 

Oreo Cookie Finale:

How can you not smile? Hence, my smile inducing and joy inspiring blog post for March. It was fun. I hope you enjoyed it too. The longer and lighter days have just begun. As nature awakens, I hope it will inspire you to listen to your heart and soul. There is a bounty about to Spring out there. What will you do to celebrate?

Thank you for taking this journey with me. You all inspire me to write. That alone, is enough for me to be grateful for.

Thank you!

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

January 2017 Anew

Celebration brings happiness, glee and joy. Welcoming the New Year, 2017, with open hearts reflecting its very feeling. The prospect of fresh ideas and possibilities which lie ahead provide positive attitude and hope. The new moon brings about new beginnings. We open our souls to what can be. We open our minds to alternative thoughts which we may not ever consider. Living in possibility means that we can approach life from a different perspective than what we may be in the habit of, or accustomed to. The Moon has several phases. Some people are sensitive to the point of actually feeling them. We are in the First Quarter at this time. Or at least we were, when I began this post. This month is flying by – despite the frigid weather we are experiencing.  I have fallen in love with this notion, surprisingly, as I’ve grown older.

The blanket of snow that fell the other night was like an angel appearing from the skies above. The peace and quiet that resulted in the weather was such a gift. Listening to the quiet drop like a feather blanket in the dark on Saturday night brought delight to my soul. The message was loud and clear, if given the chance to really quiet the mind and absorb the messages from above. Such peace and possibility. I now realize why I love the four seasons; winter brings a strong message to me.  At mid-month, the Full Wolf Moon appeared on January 12, at 6:38 am EST. All Full Moons culminate all things new, as we build our dreams and goals for the year 2017. Mesmerizing. Especially to wake up to the moon, as the sun creeps rising from the opposite side of earth.

I saw this poignant message today. It resonated. January is a wonderful month to begin this little exercize. Don’t be scared. It will help you learn more about yourself, calm your inner soul as well as stimulate the untapped within. 

For me, 2017 means discovering the pleasures and nuances of spending time alone.

Living with Red in January

Let’s talk about January’s birthstone. Garnet. Derived from their Latin name granatum… meaning “seed of the pomegranite”, garnet obviously references the color of this fruit. Garnet inspires love and devotion. It balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. Deep red garnet stimulates the controlled rise of kundalini energy and aids sexual potency. Garnet clears negative Chakra energy and is very useful to wear in times of crises. It activates and strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope to bleak situations. My pic stitch above reflects four different pieces of healing gemstones from Nymph. http://www.nymphjewels.com/shop and here is the link to the entire collection I’ve uploaded thus far. The deep rich tones of these garnet stones are captivating.  Below are “lentil” garnets, slightly faceted combined with the rarely seen Tanzanite ( periwinkle) and a huge Herkimer Diamond.  Another gem using garnet.

I’ve paired translucent rutilated quartz with garnets because of the contrast between the two stones. It allows your mind to rest from the juxtapositioning of the deep hues and light. It also represents clarity which I wrote about at length last January. (http://davamuramatsu.com/clarify-your-mind-body-soul/)

Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love. It is emotionally a very intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate and raises blood pressure. Enthusiasm enhancement. Red is the color for the base or root chakra. This chakra is located at the base of the spine and allows us to be grounded and connect to the universal energies. Groundedness, trust, and belonging lessen feelings of mistrust. Gemstones that will aid the Root chakra include lodestone, ruby, garnet, smokey quartz, obsidian, hematite and onyx.  Red is described as warm, vibrant and intense. It is an exciting and daring color, but also evokes the feelings of love and comfort. Grab your attention red – the reason it is used in traffic signage and for fire trucks.

Drinking this color with your eyes, is very stimulating. Drinking red wines are a healthy way to get the antioxidants in the body. Eating red foods, same thing. Regardless of the intake, it embues the sense of heightened awareness and of importance.  Digesting red foods – the new powerhouse of nutrition. Strawberries, beets, rasperries, the list is emense. Eating by color. Red foods are packed with a variety of pwoerful antioxidants. They have been shown to help fight cancer and heart disease. Peppers, cranberries, pomegranante, cherries, and red skinned potatoes are some of the red foods to try. Let’s not forget tomatoes. I made a salad just the other day using both strawberries and tomatoes. At first I thought it was odd to mix strawberries and the tomatoes, but with the baby romaine, and the tuna salad with ample celery, and my home made dressing, it was deliciously balanced.

January is the month to begin your new regime. What do YOU want for yourself in 2017?  It all begins with YOU. We have heard this so many times. It’s time to SHOW UP fully. How would you like the world around you to perceive you? Your image is frontal. It’s what people see upon their first glance. I don’t care if it’s a lazy Saturday morning, and you need to run out of the house for milk. SHOW UP. Take an extra measure for your hair, makeup – even just a touch. You never know who you will meet! I often tell clients that change can happen as often from the outside in, as from the inside out. Don’t deprive yourself of the elements you need to create an impression, which gives you a presence – especially for yourself!

So don’t wait to buy the scarf you love or the earrings or the purse if that color is speaking to you. Your soul is begging you to have it. If you deprive yourself of that notion, scarcity sets in and you will spiral downward into a place where you stop caring. If you don’t care, no one else will care. You’ll be sending a negative message to all those you meet, and yourself, about your lack of self-worth.

 

2017: Live Fully. Live with Intention. Live Joyfully. When your heart soars as a result, your contagious energy will spread all over. Watch for the perpetual energy you’ve created!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this journey. Please share yours with me! I’d love to hear from you.

Always in joy and style,

The Culmination of Summer

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reach a climax or point of highest development:
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Having a birthday in September has taught me many things this year. I didn’t understand why I was so intensely effected by what most felt to have been a tremendous Summer. That it was. The sun shone on a daily basis, with its joyous rays peering down upon us all.  However, if I wasn’t on

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or near beach, I found myself unusually frustrated and irritable. You name it. I loved the misty grey mornings as they arrived at the crack of dawn, many days offering a beautiful gloomy overcast. Grey skies. Neutral, quiet, calm. Then poof. Gone. The relentless rays of the sun begin to poke through the muted skies of grey. Next thing I saw were the crisp cerulean blue skies peaking through and then, voila… She (the Sun) appeared stronger, vivid and even more majestic  than the days prior. When will this change?  June, July, August and now here we are in September, nothing’s changed! Barely even a tinge of chill in the air.  The relentless Sun lit up the skies daily, allowing  the long distance between my respite of darkness. Dusk to dawn. How dare she!  Vitamin D is very important in our daily intake of vitamins granted, but I decided at this point in the intense heat of the summer, I’ll drink it. I’ll eat oranges daily. Just leave me alone!  Not an option this time around. The sun has created havoc on my soul. There was no water.

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No balance.  The concept of water falling from the sky  ( rain) became as valuable as a pot of gold. A figment of my imagination. Easy to imagine since it’s what kept my hopes up, but yet- Mother Nature…  How could you be depriving us so? Hark! Born in September. Earth sign. Balance required. TOO MUCH FIRE!  My soul is burning to a crisp!

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This is what I’ve learned this season from my solar birth month.  I am so happy to be born again this month. Yes. We all go through this, depending on your own birth month. Mine happens to have been bloody sick of the summer! First time for everything and shocking that I state this here, in my blog journey. I now realize why I love Morticia Adams and her whole entire family right about now. I am all set to move into that house of theirs and live happily ever after. Dark, musty interesting like a haunted museum. Now we’re talking!

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I’ll come out for that stray ray of sun  or a  down pour and thunderstorm. Hopefully soon, a blanket of calming snow will cover the ground and bring us all peace. At least me. But for now, the sunsets  I can catch nightly, from my dwelling will help calm my soul.

img_3210Once upon a time, putting my focus on the weather aside, I simultaneously am planning to open my “atelier” to clients, friends, customers. On September 25, we celebrate the gradual ending of Summer, and my birthday, here in Weston. I will have my gemstones on display, have a guest visitor: my sister, Celeste here, along with her own jewelry collection. Providing some of my vendors ship on time, I’ll be offering some Autumn apparel also. Diane Fraser will be reading insights for you privately. See the invitation embedded here. Let’s celebrate this wonderful season together. RSVP requested, please.

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I took a break from writing last month. The dry weather just wasn’t inspiring me. I hope you enjoyed this short journey, and my messages within it.

Yours in joy,

Dava

The Whisper of Spring

“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. “~Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!” ~Robin Williams

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ~ Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg

And here we are. Enjoying these moments of seeing the happy daffodils and crocus peering up through the newly fallen snow. Such a happy site. The past and present culminating at once.

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Energetically, I personally don’t feel as wiped out from the hibernation we never really got due to the unusual winter season we endured. The days seemed longer, the climate certainly milder, the fear of slipping on black ice nearly non existent. I guess it’s a great time to be in New England. Embracing it, and letting go of my own expectations for that dramatic snow storm never experienced. Time to move on! Smell the flowers, embrace the buds sprouting on all of the bushes and trees. What a sight!

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Spring time is also a time of year when we begin to feel stale from the colder months we have just endured. Color is the perfect antidote. Perhaps giving a room a new fresh coat of color can help, a new scarf, a rather juicy piece of new healing gemstone jewelry from Nymph. These are all ideas that will help elevate your soul, not to mention your look and mood. The piece above reflects one of my new Lariat Style Necklaces. I created this for versatility, ease, uniqueness, color and for the healing properties included in each little piece. These are all natural stones. Uncut, not tumbled, just their organic pure selves.

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And there they are. Dancing with delight on their sterling silver chains. They are light, airy, colorful, healing and decorative while creating a statement. The blues are all Fluorite, the Autumnal tones are all various Garnets, and the clear facets are Herkimer Diamonds, the clear ascension stone. All of the above offer healing properties. You may check my Etsy site for details. Also please note. I am working on my own site, and hope to have it up and running soon. But I will share, building a web site is no picnic! It’s tedious and time consuming. I think the rewards will be worth it. I’ll have the ability to offer more than what Etsy limits me to sell. I just need to maintain patience through this along with the daily goals it takes to continue to roll out this site. Stay tuned.

I’d like to thank all that came to support Matsu during the LILITH Trunk Show last weekend. I realize many of you were dying to see this wonderful designer once again, and hadn’t since the Newbury Street location closed a few years back. Ironically, I was approached by another new designer that I discovered while at Coterie, scouting new ideas for fall. We will be holding a SHOSH NEW YORK Pop Up Shot at Matsu in April for 10 days only! Watch for details.  Spring stock  available to purchase.

IMG_2333The look is a bit more relaxed, looser, feminine with a little boy twist, silks, linen, cotton.

I am excited to share this collection with you and hope you can make it down Route 20 into Sudbury for a couple hours or a couple of minutes! Flexible hours enabling you to visit.

Happy Spring 2016! Until we meet again,

I remain yours in joy & style,

Dava

A Trio of Inspiring Journeys

What winter? This season has definitely made it easy for us to move around  in an uninhibited fashion. This rare weather has cooperated with us resulting in less fear around falling icicles or black ice, just to name a few. As a result of this mild winter I’ve been fortunate to experience the ease in traveling. No storms brewing to delay flights etc. The first journey, begins with the New York Gift Show Accent on Design, held in early February. People shop and scout replenishing their empty stores as a result of the Holiday mayhem. They are creating while re inventing their look for the season upcoming. The same holds true for those with e-commerce sites. It’s always a thrill to help these buyers and possibly inspire them to purchase items they may not have known existed before! This is a very creative period for us.

For this season,  we went with a malachite effect on the walls.  The deep green hues were applied in a way that gave the walls an authentic gemstone like effect.  This could  very well become our new signature color. We basically created a 4 day Pop Up shop. Then the tear down. The complete process is a lot of work, but very fun, stimulating  and inspiring – especially seeing  the buyer’s positive feedback. Our wares include hand-made brass table top utensils, seen below, several candle collections, skillfully crafted make up brushes, porcelain cell plates as seen on the top shelf in the rear of the booth, to name a few. I begin to wind down, and travel back to the Boston area once the show is over. Then the processing order time frame begins.
IMG_3587Three days later, I wind up in a place I have promised myself for years to attend. This year I did.

I found myself in 87 degree dry heat amidst the mystical gems of the Tucson Gem Show. The vibration and frequency from this show continues to resonate within me.  I think the crystals were performing their magic! I know I felt it! How could one not?

The single terminated crystal quartz  display below is one of millions shown. These are the most common type of crystal, with a single six-sided point at one end. They are used to charge the chakras or to disperse negative energy. Crystals remain extremely popular for their beauty and therapeutic healing properties. Clear quartz crystals hold the vibration of White Light. As we open our higher chakras we become receptive to that Light and to the crystals that embody it.

IMG_1130On my journey, the next discovery was such an unexpected find. As many of you may know, I have been incorporating Herkimer Diamonds into my collection of Nymph. They are diamond like, due to their natural facets and their clarity. How do they grow? I wondered. What does it look like?

IMG_1077Here, above you can see a large chunk of Earth. The Herkimers have lodged themselves into the crevices of this mass. They are discreetly suspended within the crevice. I have an example of this at MATSU so you can actually see it with your own eyes. Herkimer Diamonds are raw quartz crystals mined in Herkimer, New York. Believed to be nearly 500 million years old, each stone naturally formed with eighteen facets, six sides and two points. The diverse crystal appears with a number of mystical inclusions, adding to their value and character. These stones are ascension stones. They can take you to the highest spiritual vibration possible while still being in your physical body. This stone energizes, enlivens and promotes creativity. Below I show a finished piece of jewelry as an example. From Earth to  body adornment. These beauties swing from 18k gold ear wires. They catch the light with every movement. These are available with many more styles on their way. If interested please contact me!

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The grand finale for me was my acquaintance with this enormous gemstone. Cool to the touch, feeling a sense of security and magic all at the same time, as I hugged this beautiful rock.

IMG_1187Time to go. Heading North by car, it was impossible not to gain sight of the terrain. So different from the East Coast. Dryness, cacti and arid vegetation all over and forever it appeared.  I had the sense that John Wayne or Clint Eastwood were about to gallop out in front of my car on a horse being chased.  To my disappointment, this did not occur. Instead I feasted my eyes on all of the  new scenery and simply enveloped the vegetation. I knew Sedona was near, but it wasn’t until the car seriously approached these majestic mountains that I was completely awestruck. Looking like an oil painting, I had to pinch myself into reality. And, yes it was indeed real. This trip was so inspiring on many fronts. So much beauty, right here in the USA. Before I take you back to

IMG_1332           East Coast reality, please allow me to share this unique dining experience in Sedona. Driving by, my eye caught this amazing rustic structure. It sits high up on a mountain and if that isn’t enough.. the spectacular views from the veranda and dining room makes a creative canvass for the unusual them and menu. MARIPOSA;  A Latin inspired grill captivating nature surrounding the grounds as it also entices the stomach. It was truly a delicious experience. I strongly suggest you visit this or any of Lisa Dahl’s other dining establishments when in Sedona. You may click on the link http://mariposasedona.com for additional information. The food, views, service and hospitality was spectacular. I grew very fond of JB Mariposa’s Maître d’ rather quickly. His gracious demeanor and charm was just enough to inspire me to share this with you. Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 7.58.24 AM

And the view from the veranda.. Simply breathtaking!

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Next up: Fashion Coterie. Market for Autumn/Winter 2017. Back to East Coast fun.

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With arrivals beginning in late July, I chose the hues, shapes, textures and styles for the next season. Ordering 6 months out. I was so excited about the tones I saw. It’s been a while that deep midnight blue has appeared  in fashion. I was delighted to see it in the collections done  by most of the designers I was attracted to. You can expect seeing that tone again at MATSU, in combination with Ochre, Deep Green, Bordeaux, some bright shots of deep Pinks, and finally harmonizing all the tones a deep Charcoal Grey appears. Harmony! Look at the bevy of color below. These scarves are all designed in Paris, made in India. They each tell their own story.ImageOn the Nymph front, I would love to share one of my newest pieces. It’s a locket filled with diamonds! I’ve paired it on a simple sterling silver oxidized chain. The choices are 18 or 32″. A small garnet briolette is the “garnish” accent for this piece. It’s brand new, as I’ve just turned out another collection. Most of it is complete, just waiting for the weather to break so I can shoot outdoors. Do you like it ? It’s royal, rich and brings creativity and enhancing the new directions your goals are to take you.

IMG_8670What would my blog posts be if I didn’t add some nutrition? I made this last night. Salmon in Parchment. The flavors simply melded inside the parchment. Cooked at 375 for about 45 minutes. The original recipe from Martha called for leeks. I thinly sliced leeks, tiny red tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, added fresh tarragon, black Moroccan olives, salt, pepper , olive oil, drizzled white wine, sealed the paper with – staples, and voila! Delicious. All the flavors permeated together and the end result was simply amazing! Served with sautéed okra with garlic and shallots accompanied by wild rice. Yum!

IMG_1609 I started out with a shorter concept, but it kept growing. How can I leave anything out ? I can’t! My goal was to share my experiences with you, and I hope you enjoyed them. I look forward to hearing from you all!

Can’t wait to see you again in my shop once my abbreviated hours are revised. Until then feel free always to give me a call. I am happy to meet you at 92 Boston Post Road, in Sudbury. Here is my number. 617.510.6369

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

Frenzy, Fun and Frolic

 Why not? I decided today should be a that we could simply be. Play. Laugh. Cook. Dance. Listen to your favorite music. What ever it takes to go inside and just find that inner child and let her/him out. Don't be afraid. Play!

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As the Holiday season embarks upon us. It brings many emotions with it. Some sad, some introspective, some happy. It is easy when we think back upon our child hoods and recall the times of family gatherings, holiday lights and the celebrations abound. We concern ourselves with gift giving, and move about our lives this time of year with hussle and bustle. In actuality, this should be a time of peace, love and joy. No expectations. Just celebrations. This photo reminds me of the beauty that lies in Winter, as well as the magic a single Cardinal can inspire.
Screen shot 2012-12-04 at 10.18.12 PM No snow here yet, but with the thoughts and sense of Winter months, we hibernate and light more candles inside, more fires and become much more inward. The introspective moods this time of year is a way to nurture ourselves. Lighting a fire accompanies this.

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At the beginning message for this post, the weather shed warmer degrees. It is now freezing rain outdoors. Not conduscive to running out to a 6 am power yoga class as intended for  this morning- everthing is ice. I realize the fear in my body around the notion of leaving in the dark. Therefore, I accept, and write. With the tragedies occuring in the world- and in our own back yard, the Connecticut massacre. Horrific. Stunned the lives of many, all over the world. Guns are certainly an issue, but I think the mental state is far worse. They don't reside well together, for sure. The lives are lost, and those surrounding it will never be the same. For this we pray. For happiness, joy and peace in the world. In our own lives and 1 state away, a rural little Connecticut town. 

These times, healing is very crucial. There are endless ways to approach this. Escaping comes to mind..However, upon the return, there you are. Facing the tragedy, dealing with the mourn, especially at this fragile time of year- anyway- triggering many emotions inside of us all, in one way or another. Traditionally, families and friends unite, but for those lacking, it can be a very down time of the year. My heart goes out to those suffering, and to those who have lost loved ones recently or years ago. The pain dulls in time, but in reality, it still exists. 

Color, retail therapy, a cocktail in a social setting, music, excercize are a few ways to handle the healing process. When I mention color, immediately, my association goes to my passion. Gemstones. These, crystals and minerals all have healing properties as well as other properties to benefit our life. Through astrology, the science of this healing technique allows our minds to soak up the knowlege with ease.
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My attraction to stones began in elementary school. My fascination with science was limited to the gemstones. The colors, textures and discoveries had me captivated. Little did I know way back then, that I would actually invite them into my life, now as an adult , designing with these stones. I will describe more about the direct connection between the Astrological aspect and the gemstones themselves as time goes on, but for the moment, when you visit my website http://www.etsy.com/shop/NymphJewels , as you click on any piece of jewelry, you will learn something! The stones speak. They all have "personalities" that delight, heal, feel good and look wonderful to the eye, on the body and just beautiful to hold.  The Etsy site has been a work in progress. Like building a house. Little by little. Step by step, every inch of the way. I didn't realize the time it takes to build, and the substantial resolutions once completed. But layering and building the "store" is different than having a brick and mortar structure I was so accustom to. The challenges here are very different, but in shooting the jewels, I hope you can all" feel" them with your eyes.
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  I provide a simple visual of 3 gemstones here. This is one of the newest additions to the Etsy site.https://www.etsy.com/listing/118293846/energy-cluster-stone-necklace 

I love the playful jewel tones in this delicate yet powerful piece. When visiting the pieces on the site, you will find descriptions, healing tips and benefits in wearing anything from a Diamond, to an Amethyst.

I love sharing this with you, and hope that you will visit the Shop. Nymph Jewels.  I will be adding more information all about my new journey through the stones as it enters my life.

For those of you wishing to continue receiving my blog – I am thrilled. For those who do not, I invite you to unsubscribe at any time.

I would love hearing from you, so feel free to contact me through my blog at anytime.. or on Etsy.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and hope the magic carries you throughout the new year!

Season Greetings,

In joy,

 

Dava

 

Why Blog?

Since the beginning, my blog has been a documented journey of life's surprises, experiences and observations.  I also use it to express. excitement, inspirations and  things that sadden me in daily life. 

 SInce the historical start of my blog, my alterier motive was to drive business into my oasis of a store. This lure was an innocent approach to sharing life, design, style, color and what's new. I am sure many were tantalized, many unsubscribed and many hung on to many words that I executed from my inner soul, and still do. I thank you all for this.

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Times are different, and although I miss Matsu- my time and life structure is all together more different than I ever could imagine. I tried to keep up with the Blog style that you may have come to know me by, yet I have hesitated in the past few months to express and to share. This Blog entry will be posted to my various email lists, and I DO wish to hear from you whether you want to hear from me or not. I am not requesting direction, although feel free if you should so desire, but since all of our lives take turns of many kinds, my focus is also different now.  Please know, I love the seasons, food, fashion, and life and will continue writing about them all.IMG_3229

There are so many fashion bloggers. How to tie scarves, how to accessorize, how to have a make over- Clear out the cobwebs in your closet, and your mind becomes clear. I can go on and on.. this is what I do. I am crafty at it, and I must say rather seasoned.  I am not a fan of talking about it unless I am in front of you, however..-in  person! I say this because I will continue writing.. for ME; and  for those that wish to read, for those that care or those that wonder. Many people live vicariously through others hence, reading books, going to museums, traveling etc. There are many ways to explore, and I for one have been very fortunate to have lived through these experiences . I simply love to write about what jazzes me. Hope you enjoy it too.

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I am very peaceful right now and am enjoying the quiet time I carved out for myself today. I decided this would be an opportune time to reconnect with my blog, my purpose and with my readers. I will say, that there may not be a theme; expect the unexpected- that is one thing I can promise to be consistent about. I just needed to put my foot in the door again, and write. Here I am.

The day after the monster storm the North East endured. Such a catastrophy. I am in Florida where these things are expected to happen. On the Gulf Coast. For me to have experienced the storm from afar is practically surreal. The photo above is of Siesta Beach. The winds were soaring at 25mph.  If you look closely, you will see the angry deep green waves off in the distance. Very difficult to relax and soak up the sun that was very prominent in the sky- masked, however by the wind. Just like a Halloween mask placed on a face.  The notion of Halloween season being here is also a bit odd while staring at the sand, but a reality, nonetheless!  I find the face and my sister carved this gorgeous pumpkin. After all, it is the season.


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 The richness of Autumn brings warm feelings inside, as we prepare ourselves for the time change this weekend. The evenings will seem earlier and the mornings coming too fast. The leaves on the trees are falling ever second of the day and with the storm we had, they have all had a lot more help- more than we care to acknowlege, because it means the Autumnal season is one step closer to the dark Winter that lies ahead. I share below a scene created by children celebrating this wonderful season, and the " Hallow Scare Crows" as I  refer to them , are so charming only a child could have possibly been naive and innocent enough to create these marvelous little  character crows. Keeping the Scare Crow in mind, please look.
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 I will keep this entry on the short side, as I complete my thoughts and wish you all a very happy, safe and haunted Halloween!

 

Yours in joy,

Dava