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

 

February’s Muse

Without Winter, there is no Spring. True winter showed up late this season. Current status. My long awaited snow storm finally arrived  in full mode.  Somehow, as I’ve grown more mature in my skin and environment, I look forward to the peaceful nuances that accompany this season.  We have a choice to move away from it, or to embrace it. I choose to embrace it. I’m inspired by many opportunities and effects from the weather. It calms, soothes and relaxes our over stimulated minds. To embrace the cold is courageous. Discovering nuances within it is an alternative mode in thinking. We experienced a Full Snow Moon Eclipse this week. See photo below with description taken from the web.


THE INFLUENCE OF THE COLOR SPECTRUM & THE IMPORTANCE OF CHAKRAS

Now we shift the topic to other aspects of February, such as the month’s Birthstone – Amethyst, and the color purple – the creative stone. Need a spark? This is the stone. Feeling a void in your life?  Are you experiencing  stagnancy? The rich hues and the energy of Amethyst are stimulating, and can enhance your inner visions.  I love color and purple is among my favorites. Check out my purple board on Pinterest. I’ve written extensively about purple in past blog posts.

There are many approaches to color and how they can effect you emotionally, physically and mentally. Yes, we feel color. Color indeed stimulates the brain. The warm side of the spectrum inspires passion, fire, assertiveness and stimulation.  The cooler side, such as blues, greens and purples can calm and provide a sense of serenity.

Have you ever realized that you’ve been drawn directly to a specific color? This is one way color affects our emotions. Some colors simply feel good. Others do not. It’s a personal preference. The influence of color dates back to ancient Egypt, India and Greece.

Chakras are centers of energy found in everyone, and these centers receive, transform and distribute that energy throughout the body. Chakras play an important part in our physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Although purple and Amethyst are associated with February, so is red because of Valentine’s Day, hearts and candy. In Ayurvedic medicine, the color red is a grounding hue representing passion, danger, power, determination, desire and love. Red is the Root Chakra, at the base of the spine.  Yellow is a color for power and ego, associated with the Solar Plexus, or navel are below the chest. Orange is the combination of sultry red and joyful yellow. Orange is associated with sunshine, the tropics and spirituality. Worn by Buddhist monks  for many centuries, it was an easy color to achieve when dyeing fabrics. The tradition stuck and now the color orange is the choice for Theravada Buddhist followers in Southeast Asia, while maroon is the color for Tibetan monks. The robes themselves symbolize simplicity and detachment of materialism. The orange chakra is associated with the Sacrum and genitals.

Green is the color of balance and growth. The smooth tumbled green Tourmaline below reflect the fresh richness of the color. Harmonious Tourmaline aids in creating synergy with earth, and in relationships. It is used as an energy cleanser, and promotes self confidence as it diminishes fear. Bringing this color into the home evokes the fresh air feeling of bringing nature indoors. The color green is associated with the heart chakra.

Blue improves concentration and mental clarity.  It is the color of the sky and sea. Both linked to soothing serenity. It is a good color to aid in meditation and relaxation. It is known as a color of trust, peace. Blue is associated with the Throat Chakra. Wearing stones of blue such as Lapis Lazuli or Kyanite assist in opening the channels for freedom of expression. The provocative photo below taken from the web, portrays a very fine example of blue and pink. Masculine. Feminine. Blue. Pink.

Pink represents unconditional love and nurturing. It triggers giddiness and femininity.  The stones below are Rose Quartz. The stone for inducing self love, respect and nurturing. They are soothing and calming when held or worn. Rose Quartz is a wonderful meditation stone. As you can see by soaking up the visual, the softly hued pink color calms the mind, mood and environment, if living in it. I recently chose this tone for a room to add soft warmth and a glow. Painting a room can create a calming space in which to dwell. Like a glow. Just like a Pink Himalayan Sea Salt light.

Pink Himalayan salt benefits include a detoxification to the body or relaxing cramped muscles if used in a bath.  This natural crystal salt has gained much popularity in most recent time here in our country. There are 83 trace minerals found in Himalayan salt which are extremely rare to find in food. The salts are mined from 200 hundred-year-old sea beds completely free of heavy metals and other toxins which appear in sea salts harvests from the oceans of today.  Do not confuse your mind with traditional salt. Himalayan sea salt has very strong healing qualities not found in the latter. Drinking it with water will actually assist in keeping your adrenal glands intact, and prevents dysfunction. I’ve lived it. This was an amazing antidote, but what I recently discovered was even a more powerful experience!

SALTANA CAVE

The Saltana Himalayan Salt Cave Spa in Ridgefield, Connecticut blew me completely away. Entering the space (white socks only), one becomes submerged in this glowing room radiating with energy unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.  http://saltanacave.com   You will be audio guided with an introduction. Three inches of deep loosely poured salt on to the floor, as you lie in a gravity-less lounge chair. You can submerge yourself into this cotton candy like room, and will want to go back again for more. I felt like went into another zone. You can read all about the true experience by clicking the link above. Saltana Salt Cave imported tons and tons of Pink Himalayan Sea salt and created a healing haven. Euphoric is how I felt upon leaving this unique space.

THE MAJESTY OF PURPLE

February’s Muse. Purple. The color of imagination and all things creative. Ruler of the Crown Chakra. Purple combines stimulating red with the calming stability of blue. The color purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, creativity, mystery, independence and magic – all wrapped up into one beautiful, majestic color.  Amethyst is the gemstone and the birthstone of the month of February. It is a very powerful and protective stone with an unusually high vibration. It guards against psychic attack-transmuting that energy into love. This stone is a natural tranquilizer and blocks negative energies.

Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers, enhancing spiritual awareness. This stone is one of my favorites. I’ve used them in many different Nymph designs, and enjoy watching the beauty of the stone find its rightful new owners. The stone has dual properties. It can stimulate a stagnant mind or calm an overactive one, whichever is called for.  The magnificent geode below is shown against two 18k gold necklaces with multi-colored Tourmaline stones. As you can see, the color purple below is a vision of intense beauty. Amethyst exudes a sense of royalty placed near the richness of the gold beads.

The color purple was worn by the Roman magistrate, and became the imperial color worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, then later worn by Catholic bishops. In Japan, the color is traditionally associated with the Emperor.

This luxurious color is associated with royalty, magic and mystery. When combined with pink, the color purple is associated with eroticism, femininity and seduction. Don’t you need some Amethyst in your life? We all can use a boost from purple and Amethyst. Visit Nymph Jewels and check out this month’s regal gemstone. Don’t see anything you like? I will design a custom piece for you.

Wishing you a splendid rest of the winter season. I’d love to hear from you and your feedback on this blog post.

Yours in joy & style,

 

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 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.

 

Clarify Your Mind, Body & Soul

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours in joy and style,

Dava

The Cornucopia of Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yours in joy and style,

Dava

The Treasures of Autumn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy this colorful season while nature performs.

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

Yours in warmth & joy,

Dava

Harvesting the Senses

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

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

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

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

 

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

Yours in joy and style,

Dava

May Emeralds, June Pearls and Spiritual Antioxidants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stay tuned for the next gathering.

Yours in joy,

Dava