Jammin’ with Nature & Rich Red Hues of July

I must admit. I have been stuck not knowing in which direction to take this blog post. June has come and gone. Being in transition confuses me. Am I writing from who I want to be and where I’d like to take my life?  Am I expressing what I feel and think in the present? I realize I ought to begin somewhere and  am certain you all have been there in some form or another. Just do it. Don’t over think it. What ever it is. Easier said than done. My nature overthinks. Not sure what I expect to accomplish, but with courage and motivation, one foot in front of another, we move ahead. Often, when listening to the silence, a sign, an omen, a guiding light appears. Cloud formations for instance. I’m certain there are distant messages within those cloud formations and they are telling us something.

This summer has been filled with a variety of temperatures, beautiful sunshine, weather drama including micro bursts of rain,  balancing  the heat of the day into the nights.  The word balance, I use here, due to my fear of another fire driven summer as the one in 2016. I am grateful that it is not. I love this one. Hark! Loving clouds and rain. I took a FaceBook quiz just the other day to determine where I should reside based on their questions.  I got Seattle! I’ve never visited, but it is definitely on the list. At present, I am enjoying my escapes to the beach, soaking up the sun, and grounding myself in the refreshing salt water on the North Shore. Somehow, I’ve always gravitated North and not towards the Cape. Ever.  The frigid water is always a challenge, numbing the feet and ankles, seemingly not to warm up until well into August-just in time for the disappearance of the greenhead flies. Back on land away from the roaring ocean waves, we see a tinge of the beginning of Autumn preparation.

JULY’S RUBY REDS

So for the moment I will share what I am loving: libations and food. Instead of the blood orange mimosas I have been craving, a seasonal substitution was called for, because blood oranges are not in season. I used a splash of pomegranate/blueberry juice with Veuve Clicquot. Festive and tasting delicious, with just the right amount of twist on a classic glass of champagne, the drink satisfied my passion of the moment. The hollow flutes look so statuesque with the bubbles dancing and rising within.

Accompanying these beautiful drinks, I created two different salads with  a dinner of Middle Eastern inspired marinade over chicken wings.  The first one below, was  from a photo I had seen, so I HAD to try it.  You just have to remember not to slice all the way through the tomato, otherwise you’ll ruin the concept. So simple to create.

Slice a juicy red, orange or your choice heirloom tomato nearly to the bottom. Insert pre-sliced mozzarella rounds, fresh basil leaves, small dollops of pesto, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle black pepper all over, then drizzle a very small amount of rich balsamic on the dish. Let stand and serve at room temperature. Delectable. Try it!  The other red base dish I’ve made recently is another sort of salad which actually worked well with the dish below. This time chick peas and roasted grape tomatoes are the main characters.

I slow-roasted an entire pint or maybe it was two of grape tomatoes. Add olive oil, crushed garlic and a little salt. Set oven at 200 degrees. Roasted them for nearly two hours and no, they did not burn to a crisp – shocking! They caramelized by themselves and basically tasted like candy when done. I realize there is a slight redundancy in the ingredients, but in all honesty, it doesn’t seem like it when you are actually enjoying it. Here we have a red wine vinaigrette which melds the fresh flavors of this hearty salad. One can of chick peas drained and rinsed, half of an English cucumber, quartered, half of an avocado, cubed, lots of fresh basil, black pepper, little French sea salt, and of course those roasted little red tomato critters. Mix together and add the vinaigrette. Done.

WHY EAT RED?

Such a great question. When you are eating vivid or saturated colors, it truly feels like it is so good for the body! Obviously I’ve combined a fair amount of greens in the mix too.  It is a known fact, however, that red foods are the new Power House of nutrition. There is a true cornucopia of red foods, such as strawberries, cherries, raspberries, beets, tomatoes, radicchio, apples and cranberries. The list goes on. Red fruits and vegetables are loaded with powerful and healthy antioxidants, such as lycopene and anthocyanins, which fight heart disease and prostate cancer while decreasing the risk for stroke and macular degeneration (the leading cause of blindness in people 60 +).  Tomatoes are loaded with potassium and vitamin C which also protects the heart.  Beets are rich in folate. They are all so positive for the body and the mind. The deeper and more saturated in color the better!

WHY WEAR RED?

July is filled with red. Beyond the scope of food, of course, is the month’s classic birthstone is the Ruby. I have never met a soul who doesn’t favor this stone and this color. The color resonates well with everyone and looks good on everyone. The color is stimulating and fun to look at. Imagine wearing it! Before I continue on the traditional July Birthstone, I wanted to share this newly discovered interest- July Birthstone alternative – Opals! I had no idea the Zodiac shares this stone with other birth months such as October, Libra; November, Scorpio; March, Pisces. I never gravitated towards opals until I found the ones pictured below. Seems like each stone tells a story. Certainly each one is unique. The varying degrees of greens here remind me of my cooking. Whenever there is red food, I find green, too! The two are opposite one another on the color wheel.  Just look at how happy this necklace is!  I named her Calliope. The description and price: https://www.nymphjewels.com/listing/546145435/calliope-triple-strand-necklace-of-opals

And seriously, why wear red?  Red is associated with power, love, nobility and the new one is – (scientists claim) attention to detail. Red is typically known as a sexy color. Red is also the color of energy, passion, action, ambition and determination. Of course, Rubies will vary in tones carrying a little blue hue within them.  Red signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities. It is confidence inducing, helping ban the characteristic of being shy.  This is the color of physical movement, awakening our physical life force. As with gemstones, color can certainly have an effect on us. The color in either apparel or in gemstones can stimulate deeper passions in us such as with love and sex on the positive side.  In China, Red is the color of good luck. In the Indian culture, red symbolizes purity and is often used in wedding gowns.  Red boosts our physical energy levels, increases our heart rate and blood pressure and prompts the release of adrenalin. This color is fast moving, promoting a need for movement and action. Red relates to physical desire in all forms; sexual, appetite and cravings. This intense color means a passionate belief in any issue or undertaking which can include passion for love or for hate.  That said, I present my new collection of rich red hues of July: RUBIES.  Now aren’t they a feast for the eyes! All of the descriptions and pricing information can be found on my site  https://www.nymphjewels.com/shop   I love piling the stones and see how they fall together and how they fall is how they play. The vibe is a very happy one. Don’t you agree?

And for anyone making a trip to New York City next month, I will be exhibiting at N Y Now -Accent on Design Show at the Jacob Javits center with as much jewelry as I can fit in our Pop Up Booth. The invite is below. Would love to hear from you and seeing you would be even a better treat!

Enjoy this glorious summer weather, eat your greens and reds, while wearing them. Watch your moods alter towards a more positive day when you do. Your heart will sing!  It has been my pleasure in sharing everything with you. I hope you had fun too.

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

 

Awakening the Senses

No doubt, Spring has arrived. Ready or not.  Slightly resistant of the notion, personally, since as I’ve gotten more mature I embrace fall and winter. But it’s the time to embrace and not hold back. Make way for what wants to enter. Clear the space. Spring is here!  And here we have Wisteria, Italian style.  The color is simply divine. The species is rather invasive. I wanted to begin my post with nature, as always, and thought this was a great way to sum up Spring’s arrival via a shot I took in Italy. Welcome to this journey.

Below we see the unusual cypress trees indicative of the Italian countryside. I love them! When I shoot photos, I just go with my instincts and what captures my eye.

Easter has come and gone, but I spent my time in bed with a flu that I never saw coming. The trip to Italy this month I pretended to be my end-all, be-all. The trip with answers. My salvation.  Enlightenment. Or so I thought. I am on the up from being so far down, hallucinations during the night and all in a numb yet feverish state for more than three nights in a row. In retrospect, I think it was a mind altering drug. Not. I now realize my body shut down. Had no choice but to embrace hiding from the 80+degree days Easter Sunday and Marathon Monday. Simply hiding. Tossing and turning within my deep charcoal linen sheets enveloping me in within this tumultuous turmoil of fever. Thank God for grapefruit juice and blinds. This too, shall pass. I digress.

The Church. It’s Palm Sunday. I am in Florence. For the second trip from our home base of Montecatini- Tuscany. The highlight of my trip to Italy, in all honesty was the serendipitous discovery through the scent. Incense smoke from the cobblestone back streets in Florence, not far from the Santa Maria Train Station, leading my sister and I towards this elegant antique structure. The the overpowering fluid scent moving with intoxicating lure through the air – beckoning a surprise discovery. Here comes the mystery…..Embarking on this beauty and spirituality in this environment.

Palm Sunday 2017 Florence. Love. Heart opening.  The scent of Frankincense filled the Church’s entirety. Oh Bless.

We took part in Palm Sunday Mass, in Latin, like eras gone by in the US. The experience and the authenticity of  church, the nuns, looking like a painting, the architecture. I  was transported to another century. The history was soul grounding. Aren’t the ladies gorgeous?  Their graceful voices filled with melody envelop the entire church. The scene below I captured with my phone  during mass. A no no. But look at them! This scene looks like a painting. Their cloaks so majestic! This Latin mass set the tone of the day trip to Florence for me.

As we left this beautiful scene behind us, we ventured out by foot into the tourist driven scenes around the city of Florence. I placed my eyes and camera to work, seeking new discoveries and nuances along the beaten path. No stone left unturned. Taking nothing for granted. The history and age depicted below from a simple shot of these weathered shutter doors spoke to me of their years of wear and oh, what a beautiful patina tones.

OH the architecture with effortless beauty and stature. I recognized various tones of Ochre sprinkled throughout the country as its signature color. The rustic buildings and terrain lend themselves to these earthy tones.

I never tired of seeing these colors everywhere. The building below is a bit more elaborate than those above, regardless the natural age and beauty took breath away.

Food, Glorious Food

I wish I had a bevy of photos portraying the amazing food we had, but much to my dismay, the food was not that at all. It seems to me that there are more Italian restaurants with better ambiance here in the United States. And you can be sure you will not have to listen to the likes of Joe Cocker or Elton John while dining, as we did there in these very brightly lit rooms. WHAT THE HELL? I say. And no, we were not in tourist areas. We found little places family run, speaking next to no English. No candlelight. Just artificial flowers and ghastly lighting! Crazy!

The pasta was light, certainly delicious, but what’s with the lack of vegetables on every single menu? This  dish below was the best one on the entire trip. Succulent. Fresh wide pasta tubes crawling with seafood. Simply delicious! Not to mention the Tuscan wine we had to accompany our meal. Just a delight!  So wrapping up my trip, I will say that I missed having vegetable options, and am perplexed as to the void of them. Upon my return home, I hightailed it to Russo’s market in Watertown. I was immediately elevated back to a level of sophistication, in-depth produce offerings and fresh pastas unlike I’d ever seen. Alas it IS Spring.

I am totally perplexed as to the absence of all vegetables in Italy. Not in the street, on the menus, no where in sight! Perhaps it was the region we visited. I am not certain, but I do know this – here, they prominently thrive and exist.  I am very grateful and blessed to be a part of this earth here in New England. You serve us well! Spring represents many things, but in the realm of food, as the soil becomes richer and richer in nutrients, the spring bounty awakens. Artichokes and asparagus are the most obvious foods that represent Spring to me. Stuffing artichokes is a ritual I grew up with. It was our holiday food. I celebrate many different holidays with this beautiful vegetable. Slightly complex, but worth every moment. The Romans and Greeks advocated the medicinal and health benefiting  qualities of this thistle.  The high fiber content not to missed either.  The antioxidants and vitamins also offer vitamin C, vitamin K, rich in the B complex not to mention high in potassium. They need some time to prepare, but worth the effort. I love to sautée them after they have been cut in quarters and trimmed, with shallots, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. They are delicious one leaf at a time. The stems are especially hearty and fibrous.

Mushrooms on the other hand are plentiful at Russo’s market. They have so many varieties, and in all honesty- slightly scary to me since I am unfamiliar with many of them. The concept of foraging mushrooms turns me on, but that is not my calling. I’ll leave that to the pros. Radicchio, baby lettuce and fresh asparagus below in major abundance. The bitter deep red leaves of radicchio just taste so good raw, or grilled. Have you ever tried to grill them? They take on a very nutty flavor. Drizzle a little olive oil, salt, pepper and just a dash of balsamic before they hit the heat. I’ll show you a salad I conjured up in celebration of my return from Italy below, using escarole, radicchio, clementine slices and black Moroccan olives.

This salad was so refreshing, especially after the absence of raw vegetables. The colors, textures and  the taste was spot on, balanced and divine. Oh did I mention shaved fennel? I’ve posted the dressing recipe in the past, I believe. Please for pardon the repeat. 4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 2tsp dijon country style mustard, 2 minced cloves garlic, 2/3 cup olive oil drizzled into the mix. Add a small amount of cracked pepper. Voila. Done.

Marilyn Sang ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’

There you have it! Spring has sprung. April. The month of Diamonds. The birthstone for April. Clarity. Purity. Diamonds glistening in the sun, catching the light with grace. The healing properties of this magnificent stone are abundant. Diamonds truly are the symbol of purity. Their white light can help you bring your life into a cohesive whole. They bond relationships bringing love and clarity into a partnership. This stone has been the symbol of wealth for centuries. It is a stone of manifestation, attracting abundance. Diamonds are also well known to impart fearlessness, invincibility and fortitude. Diamonds clear emotional and mental pain, reducing fear and bring about new beginnings. This is a highly creative stone stimulating imagination and inventiveness. Happy Birthday you April babies!  One of my new pieces, AMODINI,  shown below looks like a relic from the Victorian era.  The multi strands of hand cut amethyst stones are wire wrapped making the connection. I’ve attached a locket as the pendant, swinging from a diamond bale which is held by all 5 strands. A halo of diamonds surround the enclosed locket. The circle measures 1.25″ and the necklace is 17″ in length.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! They simply make you feel good and rich when wearing them. Anywhere on the body!  For some reason, I’m favoring the circular shape, so here are a pair of diamond disc earrings, PRAMA, suspended on 18k gold earwires. These babies are 15mm and ready to order. I have 11mm in stock. Aren’t these dangle and drop earrings gorgeous?

And let me introduce to you a brand new piece featuring a circular Sunburst with a dangling tourmaline in the center. The piece is suspended from black onyx, spinel, lava and olive wood. The only color visible here is the subtle blue tourmaline. It was shot in early morning light against my zinc desk. Soon enough the weather will break and allow me to shoot outdoors once again.

This Diamond Sunburst makes me think about the sun growing higher in the sky, as the season sets in. Summer will be here before we know it. It’s time to embrace the warmth and all of the newly sprouted plants. Our souls are also sprouting. Remember that. We are living creatures with awakening senses. Time to celebrate our renewal!

I hope you enjoyed this blog journey.

Yours in joy,

Dava

 

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!

PASTELS

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 Cornucopia of Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours in joy and style,

Dava

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


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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!

Screen shot 2012-12-03 at 7.34.38 AM This photograph looks and feels like a complete delight, as the imagery taps into a very bright place for me, inside the soul. The mixture of colored lights as they seem, form the shape of hearts. The imagery reminds me of confetti. Happy times.  

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.

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

Season Greetings,

In joy,

 

Dava