Celebrating Life after Loss

If you haven’t been here, it is inevitable that at some point you will be. I never thought my Mother would actually leave this plane called living. I had her my whole life. She was tired and her life journey was nearing the end. I felt it when she would take verbal inventory with me in conversations prior to her death about her mother creating beautiful frocks as a child with imported fabrics from Italy. All hand made. The best dressed child in her era. She grew up to be a very spicy lady with grace, elegance and style. It wasn’t until the 70’s that she began to paint. Her medium of choice was oils and acrylics. I now am the proud owner of many of her paintings. Her spirit lives on. I feel closer to her now than when she was dimly fading in this life as we know it. Below is one of her creations. She called it Pompeii. Having taken her talent rather for granted back in the 70’s, I can tell you, now I cherish it. This piece hangs in my home now.

Manifesting reality from a dream

My Mother’s death instilled a form of inner courage and confidence within me I didn’t realize I was capable of. One fine evening in July, three weeks before she passed –  I reverted back to a musician’s voice I discovered on a Claude Challe CD in 2008. I was still producing fashion shows at this point for Matsu. Little did I know how powerfully this man’s breathy, angelic voice would later influence me. I must have been the one to raise the views on You Tube by hundreds as I watched it on multiple occasions. In watching and listening to Jehro, I began to question, why? What was it about this music that brought me into my self? It triggered all of my-selves: my childhood self, my teenage-music major self, and my artiste adult self. I simply felt magical at the sound of his voice. So much so, I Googled his place of performance the following morning and made the discovery that I could take this mental fantasy that spoke so strongly to my heart and turn it into a reality. My desire to be in his presence-creative energy-was stronger than that of the fear of the unknown or doing nothing about it at all. Mom’s passing shone a new light on my life.

Fast forward. I woke up the following morning with a strong will to locate where Jehro was going to perform next. Voila! After some research, I found him on the program to perform on November 24 at Cabaret Sauvage.

I got tickets (with the assist of my fluent speaking French friend) since the ordering was all in French online. Bingo. Scored. Next, I contacted him through Messenger. I completely put myself out there. I shared with him my “vision” to fly to Paris to hear him. He responded and welcomed me. I was momentarily star struck just from receiving a response. A lovely one at that. He was flattered. I was shy and beginning to realize just what this push meant. It will be uncomfortable. I will be attempting to accomplish something very foreign and clearly beyond my own comfort zone. I had no choice but to push through. The initial contact was made in July. This is what you call serious planning!

Paris et moi

Within the very French “bordello style” musical venue and the dimly lit room, the stage comes alive with his talent, voice, guitars and drums. I was finally in the place I dreamed of since last summer. Meeting him backstage after the show was one of the most exciting moments I’ve experienced in my life. Submerged into another culture with all strangers in one small room, where he was the center of attention-having just completed a stellar concert. The Cabaret has many years of history. The decor was slightly raw but reminiscent of a dinner club.  The smoke filled circular room added ambience as the lighting changed colors throughout the evening. If you’d like to hear this magnificent magical voice click here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpZJ59CtlSc

And here we are. Back stage. I’m starstruck, and I think he’s over-the-top flattered. We continued on for the night along with his  bandmates into Bastille, sipping Bordeaux and Chartreuse until 4 am in the morning. This adventure will never be forgotten.

The original focus of my trip to Paris was to heighten all of my senses. Prior to meeting Jehro, I filled my afternoon with another sensory distraction: the art of creating perfume. The notes and composition of the scents are not unlike those of writing music or playing an instrument. The correlation was intense.

The Art of  Creating Scents

There were only 3 of us in this workshop, to my delight. I wound up creating a scent unlike my trademark woodsy patchouli, sandalwood and fig candle. I will always embrace the mood this aroma captures. This makes a wonderful holiday gift — for yourself or someone else! Below is a very accurate description from my press release:

Laced with the lush combination of wood, spice and fruit to create a sultry and rich, earthy aroma that will transport you to a mysterious and intoxicating faraway land. Awaken the allure within through this sultry flame… The power of scent has been used to relax the mind and clarify thoughts for hundreds of years. The soft, warm, smooth, and creamy arboreal scent of these oils evoke the warmth of the earth which grounds us and asks us to stay in the present, allowing other cares beyond our control to slip away. The heart and crown chakras expand and the root and sacral chakras align with the heart to release obsessions, insecurities and jealousies so we may live a fuller life.

This scent has become an internal part of my DNA.  Yet I felt compelled to try another approach to my repertoire, as I approached the table in this very Parisian Parfum Studio.

What I chose from the  plethora of offerings was to go towards a more feminine scent. Hence, Pink Pepper became the star note, with a slightly more feminine note of rose, combined with incense. The interesting thing for me was experimenting with the ratios of these oils in order to fulfill the “vision” of my nose. The surrounding environment was held in the director’s perfume studio. Essentially it was beautiful apartment/flat with wonderful floral drapery grazing the ground over floor to ceiling windows. The ambience was inspiring and perhaps was what led me to the idea of adding rose into my mix; perhaps a bit unexpectedly, but with delight!

The interpretation of the art of the scent is extremely personal. The basis for a perfume or oil consists of a top, middle and base note. The art of the composition is also personal. Molecules are formed through nature and the combination of the chosen scents, have endless possibilities. The elements are composed of several categories such as: citrus, floral, fruity, green, oceanic, oriental, spicy and woody. If you know me, my tendency is towards the woods; deep, dark and mysterious.

This trip was beyond nurturing. I was completely in my element being exposed to such high style everywhere. I was also struck by the history and architecture, from the beautiful skyline to the cobblestone streets. Experiencing Paris at night is one of the most romantic and engaging scenes ever.  From this view I saw it all! This was truly a self-indulging affair which I can thank my Mother for. She gave me life and taught me how to live it to the fullest. In doing so, I learned to nurture myself, and those around me will deeply benefit.

The Nurturing Pearl

Shame on me! I admit. I stereotyped the majestic pearl. I thought they were preppy. I thought they were boring. I often thought they lacked complexity in healing properties offered.  It wasn’t until I cleaned out my Mom’s jewelry box along, with my sister, that I realized how healing these creatures from the Oyster are! My Mother had tons of pearls. Some costume, some real. Regardless, as I handled them in organizing the array that lay before us, they continued to ask to be fondled. Their round spherical smooth shapes were conducive to having a tranquil effect on my hands, then grew into my heart. After all, I had just lost my Mom 1.5 weeks prior to when I arrived down South to sift through her home. We started within her drawers and as I mentioned, her massive jewelry collections. This opportunity re-introduced me to the wisdom and beauty of the pearl.

Since I returned from Florida after this challenging yet necessary feat, I began visualizing pearls in my head- to the point that I am compelled to find some beauties and drill them, and create earrings first, so they would be on me at all times. I then somehow stumbled upon a collection of primitive looking baroque pearls ranging in colors, sizes and shapes. I made several long single strand necklaces to be worn as a talisman and an elegant accessory on the body. I even placed stacking roll-on bracelets into my collection with 18k gold bead accents on them as pictured below. The photos below depict several different pieces available in my Atelier and also in my online shop Nymph Jewels.

I have not been able to remove the sensual pearl earrings from my ears in months. There is indeed something beautiful about their simplicity and understated elegance that works with each and every other piece I wear. As far as the wardrobe goes, this too is a wonderful backdrop for any pearl necklace I decide to wear on any given day.

The mystery of the pearl runs deep. In Chinese culture, it is said that pearls fall to earth when dragons fight in the clouds. Dragons are often seen with a pearl in their mouth or claws- which is a symbol of immortality, luck and magic. Western lore, on the other hand, holds the pearl as the stone of Diana, the Roman goddess of the moon and wild magic. Worldwide, the magnificent pearl has been said to have the kind of legendary, mystical, restorative and healing powers that have fired imaginations for centuries. Pearls have been associated with the Moon and femininity, along with the fact they are grown underwater symbolizing emotions. Pearl energy represents innocence, purity and integrity. Due to their natural beauty, wearing the pearl is a natural attraction for bonding friendships and for love. From another standpoint, wearing the Pearl instills the bearer in accepting love, self love and nurturing. It’s no wonder they simply feel good to the eye and actual touch. There is no such thing as wearing too many pearls. They love one another and will love you for having chosen them to become part of your life.

Pearls will always now bring my spirit and soul close to my Mom’s spirit. This is most likely why I have worn mine daily, and have been encompassing the pearls into the Nymph Collection. Never a trend, always in style. They are the true form of classic elegance. Thank you Mom! I love you and miss you. I know you are up there watching me. You’ve inspired me in this lifetime. I promise not to ignore any inner signs from the universe, or the cloud formation because I’ll instinctively know it is you.

Yours in joy,

Hello Mother. Hello Child. Hello Lavish Earth of Green.

May is whizzing by. Mother’s Day has come and gone, but to me, May is the month of Motherhood. I was born from my Mother. I grew into a woman and now am a Mother. I am my daughter’s Mother. Sounds so weird putting it into words, but I look at my life and sometimes wonder…  how did I get here?  Just like David Burn’s words from Talking Heads. He nailed a very powerful thought in those 4 words!  Truth is, I still feel like a child. My parents were ultra strict with me. First born.  I couldn’t wait to depart from the family nest. My relationship with my Mom was hot and cold. I began rebelling at the age of 17, shortly before graduating high school.  I honestly thought I was done with it upon graduation, but little did I realize, it came with me once I entered the “art school” environment. In my glory. Free at last. Until I missed her food. I missed family meals. I missed the luxury of the washing machine and dryer at my finger tips.  At that time, my Mom wasn’t sure how to handle me. I had left the roost and was proud of it. Probably could have been a bit more humble, but I wear my emotions and thoughts on my sleeve. I’m still trying to hone in on that one. My daughter, on the other hand, wise beyond her years.

Born in another era. I always thought she was born at the age of 5. Needless to say, wiser than I growing up. I find myself consulting her at times due to her astute common sense. This I have now, but lacked  growing up due to feeling so much restraint. This is the notion of the child becoming the parent. So bizarre when you think of it, but it definitely happens. I am aware of falling into this trap, which will burden her prematurely. Being an only child, I can only imagine the scenarios she creates in her imagination about her Dad and I aging.  Goodness, Dava, keep it in perspective, I tell myself. But the fact remains, we become our parents. Then our children become us. They later become our caretakers, with a new sense of responsibility. This is called the circle of life. The seasons turn and evolve like clockwork as life goes on. Never once to forget how fragile. Because at the drop of a hat it can disappear. It’s crucial to remind yourself daily to appreciate what we have.

We are deeply emerged in the spring evolution and the buoyancy of how refreshing it is. I observe  the sun graze through the sky during the day, teasing its colorful light through the leaves. Each night as it sets, offering a bevy of colors such as a watermelon, cherry, paprika, mandarin, and  periwinkle if we’re lucky. Gazing off into the sunset — with the delicate silhouette of the branches of the  trees  casting  themselves against the colorful sky; such an inspiring feeling. It brings me deep within my soul and reminds me that the child resides within. She wants to play in this weather, but sometimes needs to be enticed to escape from her safe place. I want to dance naked in the rain and play. No space for any inhibitions here!

Pluviophile

The beauty of the mist warrants such frivolity. It is very freeing and primal. No conditions. Letting go. Something about the rain, lately, that I find soothing.  I’ve referenced my love of rain in recent blog posts, and anyone in my life knows this to be a fact. As odd as it may seem. What I learned in creating this particular blog journey, is that I am a Pluviophile. Lover of rain; one who finds joy and peace of  mind during rainy and misty days and evenings. If we can practice this through meditation, or what ever spiritual practice what have you, the inner child will coddle you. Nurture you. This is where your true spirit lives. Getting in touch with her/him daily will unlock all sorts of pent-up, repressed thoughts and notions that can prevent you from growing and pursuing your life  purpose.  Naturally, the rain does this also. The rain is no longer a melancholy message to me. It induces inner peace and in that, enables me the freedom to weave my life into any form imaginable. All I have to do is stay out of my own way! Can you relate?

As the month of May progresses, the peak of spring is so easily recognizable. The grounds are saturated in luxuriant abundance of natural color, grateful to Mother Earth’s gift of rain, moisture and mist. The terrain is fresh and rich with lush, invigorating green hues. This is contagious. Nature produces fresh nutrients this time of the year. Asparagus and fiddleheads will pop into your mind immediately. However, when I was in Chicago for Mother’s Day, Aya and I ordered this amazing, yet simple appetizer at Ema. It features a Mediterranean inspired menu. We had Avocado & Sweet Pea, with jalapeno, lime, cilantro and mint. It felt like spring in each and every bite. Watermelon radish, an endive spear and sweet butter lettuce off set this dish of Spring. The combination, was unique yet simple and delicious.  I highly recommend this restaurant if you visit this great city.

The Greens of May

It’s no mystery why green is the color of the month of May, consequently offering its birthstone in a variety of new green tones. Traditionally it was Emerald. What I have since learned, is that there are more gemstones used for May birthstone now, more than ever.  A modern list of May birthstones have been assigned by gemology associations. My favorite is Chrysoprase. I’ve used these brilliant stones in the past, but not for a while. Ironically upon attending the latest Gem Show a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the brilliancy and aliveness of these stones. I scooped them up. I should say, they invited me to take them home. That’s the uniqueness of live creatures from earth. Yes. Gemstones are alive, hence the reason they hold many healing powers, and to some, magical ones. That’s what it can really feel like when you’ve met your match. Or when your Gemstone Match finds you!  The elements below are entering production.  They consist of 14mm faceted Chrysoprase rondelles, and 4mm faceted Peridot gemstones.  This brilliant stone appears to glow, in the dark and in the light of day.

Chrysoprase is said by the ancients to promote love and truth.  It also inspires hope to allow personal insights. It stimulates creativity and encourages fidelity in business and personal relationships. This stone attracts live, abundance and prosperity. It can aid in coping with depression and anxiety. Chrysoprase encourages deep meditative states, is calming and creates an open mind to new situations. It is a non-egotistical stone, casting the bearer to trust in life and what life offers.

The photo teaser directly above is in production now. The disc is Chalcedony base, tonal similar to Chrysoprase. The Diamond design sets on top with a pave ring surrounding the near 2″ disc. This brilliant piece will be available for purchase soon.

For immediate gratification, however the two necklaces above are currently in stock. They reflect a bit of earth combined with the brightly colored Chrysoprase gemstones. The choker has an 18k gold OM pendant and clasp. The other piece is a single 32″ strand consisting of Chrysoprase briolettes, Pyrite and Sandalwood. They wear beautifully together in harmony or alone.

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Here we are in this beautiful season. I hope I’ve tantalized you into discovering your purpose, opening your eyes and heart to the beauty of nature we are surrounded by, and inspired you to appreciate all of your loved ones, near and far.

Thank you for reading, until we meet again.

I remain, 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 Season of Vibrancy and the Great Pumpkin

Summer, I’m so sorry to see you leave! Actually, I lied. I am thrilled to see you fade. Your presence, these past several months, conjured way too much havoc on my soul. Too much heat. Too much fire. Not enough water. “Completely out of balance,” said my soul. I love you Summer, but am happy you’ve disappeared. For now. Sun, you are beautiful, especially during your sunrises and sets. You offer such pleasantries morning, noon and night.  The sunset below was on  the Fourth of July glowing over the Boston skyline.

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Autumn, you are more than welcome!  Nothing stagnant about you. You are feisty as you move and change. You’re air brings a sense of crispness and finite freshness every day. You’re offering of such radiant colors  appear to be overflowing from a cornucopia.  The Autumnal palette is  captivating and  visually addicting. Everywhere you look this time of year, there is a promise of vibrancy and intesity. A visionary or artist’s most desired dream.img_3486

I am in love with you, Autumn. You offer so many different elements which enamour me. You are easy to embrace. You’re knack for titillating the senses, despite the time of day inspires me. Early morning- crack of dawn beauty the most subtly obvious. With it, comes  Dew. Fog. Clouds. Haze. Mist. The photo of the candles below portray our newest addition to our candle series. This collection is entitled VAPOR.  They are $30 each. 60 hour burn time. Beautifully packaged, and poured here in the US. These soy candles have a cotton wick, offered in 4 different scents.  Each one more delicious than the next. Here are the titles, their tag line and scents.

Dew- Glimmers of Promise- olive, lavender, eucalyptus, hayacinth

Fog- The Mystery of what’s Hidden – cassis, citrus peel, fir

Cloud- a hint from the Sky- lavender

Haze- Before Clarity Comes- cedar, jasmine, fig

Mist- A light kiss at Dusk – A light kiss at Dawn- cucumber, watercress, mint

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In keeping with this season’s tricks are not only the great Pumpkin, but also some beautiful specimens of Squash. And so the story begins. Pumpkins and Squash are a fruit. They are nutritious, and versatile. They offer seeds, flesh and flowers all of which are edible and rich in vitamins. The notion of carving pumpkins into jack o’ lanterns  originated in Ireland hundreds of years ago. Back then, potatoes and turnips were used to carve them. When the Irish immigrants arrived in America and discovered pumpkins, the Halloween ritual was born. The photo below shows all sorts of squash and pumpkins. All are edible.

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Pumpkins and squash are low in fat and sodium, high in fiber. They are good sources of Vitamin A, B, iron, protein and potassium. The varieties of these fruits seem to have increased in recent years. Each year, they seem to become more and more elaborate. Who knew?  Cinderella Pumpkins, Cinderella Squash, Blue Doll Pumpkins, Fairytale Squash to name a few. All unique in character.

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The tonal offerings during this wonderful season never cease to amaze. Down below are what is known as Porcelain Blue Doll pumpkins. These exotic, eye-catching beauties are a haunting shade of blue with deep-set crevices distinguishing their personality.

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My favorite recipe is roasting these fruits. Either butternut squash, or pumpkin diced small, piled onto a foil lined cookie sheet. Add diced eggplant, sliced fennel, mushroom medley, tomatoes, garlic and shallots minced. Sprinkle a generous amount of olive oil over the mixture, along with basil, oregano and parsley, French salt, black pepper.  Roast at 350 degrees. The flavors will meld together. While they are all roasting, be sure to turn gingerly with a very large spatula in order for the flavors to become dispersed evenly. Voila. I made this the other night, and a few days later added cooked long grain wild rice to the vegetables. The texture took on a new presence, and the flavors got sent into another dimension. Absolutely delicious!  Try it! The photo below shows butternut squash medley mixed with wild rice, boasting flavor and texture.

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OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE… You lucky Librans! You get to choose between the traditional Opal and the alternate Tourmaline. Opals are beautiful because each gemstone is adorned with a one-of-a kind color combinations. Tourmaline is one of the most radiant gems in the market. It is a bit more contemporary with out the old lore as many other gemstones carry. Tourmaline is known as the peace stone. It is known to dispel fear and create a calmness for the wearer. It promotes inspiration, happiness and builds confidence. Available in a myriad of colors and various tones of greens, brown, aqua, deep teal, and rose-pink, red, violet, orange yellow and black.

img_0538 Fresh off the press, may I introduce you to Delilah.  18k gold, tourmaline briolettes and a large rutilated quartz creates this beauty. This Nymph piece will delight your eyes and adorn your neckline. The various tones of these faceted  gemstones dance around and in between each golden bead. The clasp in the back is also 18k gold. There is something so magnetic about this necklace. It is 16″long, and has the fluidity of a knotted strand of pearls. https://www.etsy.com/shop/nymphjewelry

img_0564I leave you with the following thought. Thank you, Mr. Rumi for your inner kindness and wisdom.

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Yours in joy,

Dava,

The Culmination of Summer

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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 Vibrancy of June

And so it is. Awakening each morning for yoga class to the hints of sizzling sunshine, longer days, refreshing evenings, and even an early cricket or more! I’ve heard them and thought – something must be off. Not really sure, I’m thinking it might be a figment of my imagination. The month of June is a bright month. Associated words can be Summer Solstice, BBQ, weddings, graduations, reunions, heat, sizzle, oh, let’s not foget about the birthstone of the month; pearls. You know I wouldn’t leave those out!  My brain is ruled by color and gemstones. The piece below is a very summery necklace boasting tiny natural turquoise stones, and a Baroque pearl focal pendant. The golden tone in the back is – of course- Citrine, brings to you,  energy from the sun, abundance and warmth… an accent to the cool watery turquoise, and the volutptuous pearl.

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Allow me to speak of the myth and folklore accompanying the cricket. So I’ve heard, that if a cricket decides to visit you inside your abode, with it comes good luck. DO not kill it. This would be a bad thing. It’s been known to bring ill fortune to those that rid of a cricket. This sprite insect has connections to happiness and good cheer, protecting you from bad spirits. The crickets found in North America are generally black in color, and mostly a nocturnal insect. This connects them to the dreamtime, intuition and psychic abilities. Their long antennas give them a heightened sense reminding us to trust our intuition, higher knowlege and guidance. Trusting what you have always believed is just a reminder that this creature and create. When you hear the Cricket’s song, it is a reminder of hapiness in relationships. … excerpt from Universal Sky.  And as skies go, last night’s was no exception.  The Summer Solstice, June 20, 2016 just so happened to have had an additionalScreen Shot 2016-06-08 at 7.12.44 PM

Solar treat last night, for the first time in 70 years. The Full Moon blessed us with her powerful beauty and energy on the Solstice.  This time is an opportunity to tune into your intentions, and what you’d like to manifest in the upcoming months. Emotions may rise to the surface. Physical pain may be heightened. Regardless, this is the perfect time to create more harmony and unity in various areas of life. This excerpt taken from Jill Jardine’s  Full Moon Summer Solstice newsletter It’s loaded with all things solar and astrological. .http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Happy-Full-Moon-Summer-Solstice–Summer-Sun-Sign-Forecast.html?soid=1102157698296&aid=zoOt9jLaC

Screen Shot 2016-06-21 at 6.38.34 PMI’m not sure how many of you feel the aftermath of this potent full moon, but must say, I have. Something provoked me to begin wearing black pearls, and I have never worn them. My intuition led me to placing them on my ears. I love the smooth deep lustre of them. Very mysterious and sensual.       The lore of the pearl. June’s Birthstone.

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These glorious dark pearls are grown in the woarm, clear waters of French Polynesia, by large black lip oysters. Few oysters survive to reproduce a single fine peral. Tahitian pearls are still considered rare, and the most valuable cutlrued pearls in the world.  Interestingly, the Greeks believed the pearls were raindrops that had fallen into an oyster. When Venus or Aphrodite, the goddess of love was born from the sea on an oyster shell, drops of water that dripped off the goddess became pearls. The beauty below is one shot of a multi strand hand strung brass necklace with several Tahitan pearls dancing through out the brass beads. It is secured with a sterling clasp, and accented with a ruby.

 

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The sultry dark tones of these pearls vary. Pearls are associated with purity, innocence and love. They are wonderful organic matter that are connected to the Godess with in, and to connect women with their inner feminity. For more on the pearl, or gemstones and healing jewlery, please visit my website on ETSY. https://www.etsy.com/shop/nymphjewelry    The piece below demonstrates a unique mix, using the Tahitian pearl as a focal point accompanied by the use of garnets, a ruby cluster suspended from oxidized sterling silver wire wrap with oval faceted prasiolite (green amethyst) stones.

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Happy Summer, everyone! Enjoy the long days, replenish your souls with all of the sunlight. Eat your vegetables, and please take advantage of the outdoors. It is a short lived season, and it’s been a beauty thus far!

Yours, in splendid summer joy,

Dava Muramatsu

PS.  Please come to visit me at Majestic Filatures in Bloomingdales. Floor II. I look forward to showing you around, and having you view the vast collection offered. Styles and sizes for everyone.

 

May Shows Off Green’s Calming Bliss

May is one of the most lavish months in the year, its birthstone is emerald; gem of Venus.         Calming, balancing, and nourishing, emerald helps ease emotional upsets. Emerald is useful during transitional times in your life. It assists understanding changes and new directions taken. It can also be used as a cleanser to rid yourself of any lingering negative energies.IMG_8182

This stone is known as the stone of successful love. It brings loyalty and provides for domestic bliss. Enhancing unconditional love and unity, while promoting friendship. Emerald stimulates the heart chakra. This stone focuses intention and raises consciousness. Emerald inspires positive actions, eliminating negativity while enhancing the ability to enjoy life to the fullest. The triple strand necklace (shown below and available for sale) holds a beautiful pave diamond angel wing, signifying new beginnings.

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Green is the predominant color for the month of May. It is the color of renewal and rebirth. This is what Spring is all about. Rain nurtures earth. The grasses, shrubs, and trees become alive and rich showing off their various green hues. The list of green tones are practically endless, however I’d like to name several because I find the subject stimulating, creative and fun. Starting with nature; olives, apples, fir, leaves, fern, lime, mint, moss, peas, pine, sage, and sap. Green is life. Abundant in nature, green signifies growth and movement. Asparagus, broccoli, artichokes, escarole, dandelion greens, the list is vast.

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 10.36.34 PMDifferent elements in nature can calm the soul, inspire the mind, and unleash  hidden thoughts. Early morning dew on the blades of grass below appear as sparkly diamonds on the blades of grass.

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Nature appears in many forms. Gemstones are another one of my favorite categories portraying shades of green. The photo below is a pile of polished and tumbled green tourmaline. I find it hypnotic, calming, and soothing to the eyes. Gemstones tell stories, have healing properties, coming straight from Earth. They cleanse, purify, and transform dense energy into a lighter vibration. This brilliant green gemstone grounds spiritual energy, clears and balance Chakras as they form a protective shield around the body. This stone is good for awareness, creativity, and inspiration. See? Other than the natural healing qualities of this beautiful stone, the correlation with nature is obvious to the psychology of the color green.

Screen Shot 2016-05-01 at 12.06.44 PMA Nymph creation in the photo below are various stones in Jade, vintage silver with ruby accent. Jade is a symbol of purity and serenity. It signifies wisdom gathered in tranquility. Jade is associated with the heart chakra and increases love and nurturing. It is a protective stone, keeping the wearer from harm, offering harmony. It is believed to attract good luck and friendship. Jade stabilizes the personality as it integrates mind and body. It also releases negative thoughts and soothes the mind. https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/NymphJewels/tools/listings/page:2/235854082

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It’s been said that people who love green tend to be loving and nurturing. Truth be told.  Just realized the color combination above, will resonate once again in the interior photo below. Adding just a touch of the “opposite” tone to the mix of greens can be the most welcoming and stimulating combination ever!

Bringing the energy of green into the home is a wonderful way to create an in-home retreat. Using this color in the environment can depict tones reflecting the outdoors. It’s clear that the contrast in the month of May is rather vivid by comparison to the doldrums of the winter months, as nature  becomes alive, it spurns the same within our own lives.

An in-home treat can serve you, and be a natural relaxer and haven where you find yourselves refresh and renew. The designer that created  the room below was fearless in portraying a variety of different tones of greens, including olive, chartreuse, a muted bluish-green patina on the walls, and added magenta into the mix, for additional interest. It works.

Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 9.21.35 AM Green is the color of money, prosperity, and nature. Green can also have negative connotations such as a green monster, or green with envy.  Its color is more positive than negative.  I choose to  find it restful, inspirational, calming, and stimulating. Olive velvet is so rich. The color is wonderful to live with, on the walls, or in the form of clothing. It is nearly a “neutral” evoking pure nature.

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The woman standing in the haunting green light below might provoke a sense of fright, mystery or beauty, depending on how the color effects you. The magic of the color green!

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Back to nature, which I love and can not imagine living apart from, is a photo of moss. Serenity, calm, rich, and lush earth. Imagine walking through the moss field in bare feet, allowing the energy of earth to soak through the roots of your body, as it noursihes the soul. I envision it feeling cool and refreshing underfoot.

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The woman in the photo below appears to be completely content with emerald silk covering her body. The color is so profound, yet calming at the same time. I never tire of looking at this color- doesn’t matter which tone, or shade of green. This is because I always feel renewed and restored when I wear it or gaze at it. It nurtures my heart, uplifts a low mood, soothes, and calms my mind and heart. Green is nature’s medicine.

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I’d love to continue uploading photos portraying the many shades of green and allow myself to get carried away with the never ending calm the color exudes, however- I have a very important message for you- two, actually.

I listened very carefully to the subtle whispers inside my head. As life has revealed a few new adventures and opportunities to me, MATSU is in the process of morphing  into another form. The creation of my tiny little “jewel box” of a sanctuary served me well for 16 months. I provided a nurturing space for clients to come in, shop and learn a bit about themselves through the power of gemstones and jewelry. This will not change. As I guide the business along, it organically morphs into another form, moving to Weston. The Sudbury location was an easy commute, easy parking and on a main road, but unfortunately the area did not support it. I thank all of those who did come out and visit- it’s not really that far, but for some a definite destination. I needed to make it easier for you and more stimulating for me.  As of June 1, I’ll be able to receive you at my in home boutique by appointment. Just 12 miles west of  Boston,  Exit 26 off of 128. The rest is easy! I will be holding events, readings, astrological lessons, and of course pop up trunk shows. Fall apparel will be on display among other finds waiting to be discovered later in the summer, pre-fall. Why? Simultaneous to this realization and  discovery  of feeling the move would be positive, I was hired by MAJESTIC FILATURES. Yes, that wonderful Canadian manufacturer- made in France, luxurious basics and other pieces now added into their collection. I have been a promoter of this merchandise since early 2006, and now have the opportunity to grow the business and run their in store boutique in Bloomingdales, Chestnut Hill.  You will find me here weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. I will be sending out a formal announcement by June 1. Here is a shot of the boutique after I finished merchandising it last week.

The color Green is all about growth and go. Moving forward and springing ahead, with harmony and balance. Everyone, this is now my direction, and having the opportunity to work with a product I’ve loved and supported for many years, along with housing my treasures back in Weston, I do believe I have manifested the balance and harmony within the many facets of my life.

I look forward to seeing you very soon. Questions? Comments? Feel free to contact me! I would love very much to hear from you.

Yours in joy and style,

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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.
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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

Clarify Your Mind, Body & Soul

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours in joy and style,

Dava