Archive for beauty
When you attend amazing events like this (which is where I spent the weekend), it’s a given that you’ll meet beautiful, open-hearted, spiritually aware, talented women.
One such woman is Karen Field – Karen is an artist who hand-paints glass bottles. I couldn’t help but pick up a couple of her creations, knowing that using beautiful utensils (especially for the containment of that which nourishes or hydrates us) helps lift our vibration.
I especially loved the above pink and green bottle, because it features the main colours of Rich Radiant Real! Karen even grabbed her pens and added my business name to the back of the bottle:
The other bottle that I purchased, which is equally striking, features empowering words:
Aren’t they just gorgeous? Imagine using such life-affirming bottles every day, infusing your water with love…
If you’d like to see other bottles that Karen has decorated with her beautiful painting and handwriting (each design is unique), head here to check out her Facebook page. One of these beauties can be winging its way to you in no time.
Just another way to lift our vibe, live with love, and help attract more of ‘the good stuff’ of life!
Looking Good, Feeling Good
You’ve probably heard me say this before, but when you feel good, the ‘good stuff’ of life is attracted to you.
And while feeling good is an inside job (with the thoughts you think and with the nutrition you put into your body temple), looking good on the outside helps boosts those inner feel-good vibes.
If you’re ready to look good, and feel good, and therefore ramp up your attracting power, you’ll love the Little Black Dress makeover event, which starts tomorrow.
You’ll be guided through three teleclasses with my friend Shakaya Leone, of Earth Empress, who will reveal her seven-day, high-raw ‘Beauty Diet’, as well as a host of tips on how to look stunning for a special occasion.
She has generously shared one of the recipes that will feature in the makeover event – Marshmallow Mango Parfait (that’s it in the pic below). Is your mouth watering yet?! Shakaya really knows how to make sensuous, sumptuous food that tastes amazing and is beautiful for your body and soul.
There’s a crazy-low introductory investment in this event, but expect to pay more to join, once the event has started. It begins tomorrow, so click on over and sign up, if this Little Black Dress Makeover event resonates with you.
If you have a special occasion coming up, or you just want to look and feel your very best every day, then you will LOVE this program!
PS I’m a special guest on the second call, and will be helping you to organise your fridge and kitchen – and I’ve provided a wardrobe-decluttering workbook as a bonus when you join the program!
PPS The lady in the black dress in the picture above is Shakaya herself. Yes, this lady walks her talk…
Made with Love
It’s only two days until the ‘day of lurve’, and if you’d like to give some really pretty Valentine’s cards this year, head here to download some free printable Valentines.
Aren’t they sweet? I already have a cute card for my hubster, but my girls will love these…
A Love Letter to Yourself
My loves, that special day is just around the corner.
You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout.
St Valentine’s Day! Woohooooo!
Many of us could do with loving OURSELVES more deeply, and treating ourselves with the utmost care. Do you treat yourself like a queen, or like a goddess?
One way of loving ourselves is by focusing on supreme self-care, lavishing attention on enhancing our natural beauty. (What a way to raise your vibration!)
Another amazing colleague of mine, Karen Knowler of The Raw Food Coach, will be co-hosting the call, so you can bet that you’ll receive many, many pearls of inspirational wisdom.
And the best part? This call is a real gift – it’s free!
You’ll discover how to:
- Have hair that looks ‘expensive’
- Whiten your teeth safely and naturally
- Enhance your speaking voice
- Have the softest SKIN ever in MINUTES
- Get an instant FACELIFT (Cleopatra used this – it works like magic!)
- Clear up sudden breakouts and minimise really red ones in the meantime
- Uplift and Elevate your MOOD instantly
So, how about it? Why not give yourself a gift this Valentine’s Day, receiving supermodel secrets that will enhance your own, unique beauty?
Head here to register for this phenomenal call. Honestly, you’ll LOVE yourself for it.
Beautiful High Vibrations
You may well know by now that I’m BIG into ‘choosing natural’.
It’s my belief that a high vibration (which attracts ‘the good stuff of life’) comes from putting good food in and ON your body, as well as by exercising, resting… and all the other ways that I reveal in my freebie e-booklet called 7 Ways to Recharge Your Vibration & Attract the Riches of Life.
I’ve been searching high and low for a ‘natural’ nail polish that would NOT be full of toxic ingredients. (Anything we put on our nails eventually makes its way into our bloodstream, and we breathe in the fumes as we apply it, too…) Finally, I’ve found a range that comes close to achieving this.
The SpaRitual range is vegan, and contains no formaldehyde, toleune or dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and uses recycled materials in its packaging. Isn’t that fab? It may not be COMPLETELY natural, but at least it’s better than the current conventional nail varnishes out there on the market. If you’d like to read more about the harmful nail varnish chemicals you’d want to avoid, check out this FAQ page.
Understandably, this range is not a low price when compared with your usual mainstream, ‘drugstore’ nail varnishes, but it’s competitively priced when compared with higher-end varnishes. I’d highly recommend that you check it out. In Australia head here (they’ll send them out to you in the mail) and in the US head here.
A colleague of mine is currently doing R&D to create a completely natural range of water-based nail varnishes, to complement the rest of her natural skin-care, make-up and haircare range, so when they’re available I’ll test them and will let you know where you can get your (beautifully manicured) hands on those!
Isn’t it great that ‘living naturally’ means we can now add splashes of shine and colour with innovative products like these?
Lessons from French Women
I’ve always LOVED France. French people always seem to enjoy themselves, indulging in leisure and beauty every day. And then there’s the sumptuous French accent… j’adore!
A Facebook friend of mine recently posted a link to an article revealing the difference between we goal-oriented, Protestant work ethic countries and the vacation-loving French. There’s so much to learn from the French approach to life (even if you’re not a lover of all things French) – and we don’t need to give up our goals, dreams and successes in order to enjoy our lives to the max.
I approached the author of this beautifully written blog post, Tonya Leigh, and asked her if I could share her wisdom and observations with you. She agreed! (Thank you, Tonya.) So here’s the article. Be sure to let me, or Tonya, know YOUR approach to life. May this give you food for thought.
French Feminine Secret #6: Work to Live
“People who know how to employ themselves always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry.”
– Marie Jeanne Roland
I just e-mailed a friend of mine who lives in the South of France, and here is the automated response I received:
Bonjour, je suis en vacances du 28/7 au 26/8.
(Hello, I will be on vacation from July 28 through August 26.)
We can call the French lazy and lacking ambition and drive. However, while we are cranking out 60+ hour weeks, shuttling our kids to the moon and back, stressing our bodies to the max and spiraling into states of depression, they are probably sitting on the beach of Ibiza sipping a Pina Colada (scratch that; the French are not Pina Colada drinkers), and laughing at how we Anglo-Saxons just don’t get it.
French life is centered around quality and pleasure. Excessive work is not pleasurable to the average French woman. So, while the average Anglo-Saxon seems to always be in pursuit of The Next Big Thing, our French sister is likely to be basking in the Big Thing of Now – her morning café, 3-course lunches and, of course, frequent holidays and vacations.
The French woman certainly doesn’t have an arsenal of productivity tools and her time management system seems to nothing more than being present wherever she is. In fact, to the outsider looking in, she seems to have time on her side. Just like us, she has a job, maybe a husband and kids and a home to run. However, you’ll find her reading a book during lunch (that is, if she’s not indulging in a multi-course dejeuner), stopping off at her favorite market on the way home to pick up a fresh baguette and sitting down with her family for dinner.
The French woman doesn’t forget that her life is not her career, just a means to offer her what she’s really after: a life of play and pleasure.
This reminds me of a story I once heard:
A group of French people were working for an American businessman. Every day, they would leave at lunch and wouldn’t return for two hours. The American businessman was frustrated. “We need to be more productive, and your 2 hour lunch breaks are interfering, so tomorrow bring your lunches with you. You’ll be eating on the job.”
The following day, the American businessman was looking forward to increasing his production. At noon, the French workers, having agreed to eating on the job, went to the back of a truck, brought out tables and chairs and covered them with beautiful linen. They placed vases of fresh flowers on each one and set up each place setting. For le menu, they grilled steaks, roasted potatoes and cooked haricot verts. Of course, no French lunch would be complete without a glass of red wine and cheese.
Two hours later, the French finished their lunch and went back to work.
The French woman can thank her country, which has made her seemingly tranquil lifestyle possible. The government has certain laws in place that takes the fear out of job security. The 35-hour work week leaves plenty of time for love and passionate pursuits. And, everyone, from the banker to the plumber, receives 5 weeks of paid vacation, which you’ll never hear a French person say they’re too busy to take. This makes it very easy for the French girl to relax in her life.
Across the ocean, we’ve been raised very differently and afforded opportunities that the average French woman doesn’t have (and for which I’m extremely grateful). We live in a country that allows us to go after our dreams and do work that we love. Not every French woman gets to pursue her passion in the workplace, so thank goodness she has the time off to do it outside of the office.
On the other hand, with our protestant work ethic, we seem to always be in pursuit of something – more happiness, health and wealth – making it extremely difficult to slow down and savor life.
As an entrepreneurial female, I love my work and can get lost in whatever project I’m working on. I adore our clients, so spending time with them is a great pleasure. And, I love the freedom that running my own company affords me, so it doesn’t seem to be a problem.
However, deep down, I know it can be. I can’t fool life, and neither can you. Spending hours on the computer, neglecting our families and home, and most importantly, abandoning ourselves, we forget one key principle: our work is simply a means to live a beautiful life.
After speaking with many of my French girlfriends, I realize that most French people aren’t spending hours on Facebook, perusing books on how to make their life better or pressuring themselves to be, do and have more. Perhaps, it’s because they live in a society where they can’t or maybe they just don’t want to. As my French friend, Catherine, once said, “Life is too short for so much self-induced pressure.”
During my first visit to France, I remember feeling like life suddenly made sense – the way people dined, walked, presented themselves to the world, loved, lived. Beauty and leisure were sought out each day, not when you reached some non-existent finish line. Like the French, time felt like it was on my side. I bottled that feeling and set the intention to recreating that French essence back at home in the States.
Il était difficile pour moi. Being an ambitious and driven woman, I kept getting sucked back into the vortex of working madness. However, over time, I’ve learned to live in my own world where pleasure and play are a priority. I let go of feeling that I was behind when everyone around me seemed to be so far ahead. I stopped caring about what others are doing in their businesses, and focused on what works for me and my life. I even take sabbaticals like the French to renew and revive.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I want to create, grow and inspire. I have desires that I absolutely love seeing come to fruition. However, I do not want to be that girl who never enjoyed what she had because she was always in hot pursuit of the next thing.
Anglo-Saxons have perfected making a living, but the French girl has perfected creating a life!
I want to do both!
In all honesty, I’m still learning what that looks like for me. However, I’ve noticed when everyone is stressed and talking about how busy they are, I pour myself a glass of wine, take a deep breath and remind myself that there is no hurry. Right now is pretty damn good!
What about you?
As always, I want to hear from you. Which side do you air on? Are you more of a Frenchie when it comes to your work life? Or are you the driven, ambitious American woman who’s always striving for the next big thing? Or, maybe you’re a bit of both.
Leave your comments below, or at Tonya’s blog.
Master Life Coach Tonya Leigh has a simple credo: French Kiss Life. Cherish The World. And The Rest Will Follow. With chic travel retreats, solo & group coaching, and her infectious blend of joie de vivre & practical mind-play techniques, Tonya helps dynamic & driven women turn the world into their own personal playgrounds. She’s changing the way her clients think about power, seduction, and luxurious living—and challenging women to live their own self-made romances, one fearless choice at a time.
OK, OK, so it’s not actually summer here… but I know it is for some of you!
I’m craving the feeling of the summer sun on my skin, and today I did this vicariously by (finally) taking half an hour to flick through the fabulous June edition of the online Matchbook magazine.
Sunshine fairly burst from its pages, and I soaked it all up! Aaah…
Here are a few of the things I loved from this edition:
- an article called ‘10 Things You Didn’t Know About John Lennon’ (I can’t believe he was only 40 when he died – that’s my age! Oh, that fact isn’t one of the ’10 Things’, BTW!);
- an article about the legendary Rita Hayworth (and how you can create a little ‘Rita’ style in your life);
- an article called ‘How to… Pack a Summer Picnic’, which includes the accoutrements you’ll need for a Classic Picnic, Rustic Picnic, Romantic Picnic or Modern Picnic (plus recipes and a list of famous picnics on film – cute!); and
- an interview with New York–based designer Cynthia Rowley – she certainly lives a vivid life!
If you’re needing a boost, my advice is to take some time today to revel in beauty. Reading a magazine like Matchbox might be just one way to do it!
Simple Pleasures Are Often the Best!
I was recently looking for a particular book, when I instead stumbled across a book I’d purchased as a wee gift for myself just after Christmas, from the delightful Mary Ryan bookstore in Toowoomba.
This book, called A Book of Simple Pleasures (by author Leigh Crandall), is balm for a frazzled soul. Or even a not-so-frazzled soul.
The words are beautiful, but it’s the photography that makes me swoon.
Rich, luminous photos of glass bowls of flowers, close-ups of cosy soft furnishings, and panoramas of beautiful settings in nature. Many of the photos focus on the details of domestic pleasures, and invite us to relaaax and sink into sensory pleasure.
Have a look around your home. Is it set up, in a way that’s personal and true to you, to make you feel good?
Is there beauty in your midst?
Do you actively make time to connect with yourself and with others, to create rich experiences?
If you haven’t already read this book, I’d highly recommend it. It’s full of pithy quotes, ideas for easy entertaining or for lifting your mood, and personal anecdotes from contributors.
The ethos of this beautiful book is summed up by one of its contributor’s quotes (Amelia Barr):
It is always the simple that produces the marvellous.
So pare back, and focus on what matters to you and what brings you joy!
You know how I was telling you about the fabulous WISH Summit that’s on at the moment? The one where you get to listen to and learn from 40 phenomenal luminaries in the personal development realm, over the course of 40 days? For free?
Well, you can keep the WISH spirit with you everywhere you go when you wear the exclusively blended WISH Mist perfume!
I actually treated myself to a bottle of this perfume a little while ago, and it arrived on my doorstop this week – only 10 days in the post, all the way from Canada (or the US?). I didn’t expect it to arrive so quickly, given that mail between us (in Australia) and the US or Canada can take SO long… so it was a lovely surprise!
I love that it’s made by the team at Living Libations, and is completely natural. The fragrances used are jasmine sambac, lemon, lime, vanilla, seabuckthorn berries (mmm, can you just imagine it?), and it’s all in a spring water base. It comes in a cute glass bottle, and you shake the oil and water combo before spritzing it on. I wore this out to an event the day that it arrived, and I’m just in LOVE with it!
You know how I go on about living naturally – because this increases your vibration and helps you attract ‘the good stuff’ of life – well, wearing a luscious perfume like this (without all those toxic fragrances associated with traditional perfumes) is one way that you can boost your vibration. It’s natural, so your body loves it, and it lifts your mood into the stratosphere.
If you’d love to give yourself a treat, and carry with you an aromatic reminder of the fact that you really can create a life and a world that you love, then grab yourself a bottle’o'love.
Head here to order (just click on the ‘Shop’ button on this page – and if you haven’t already signed up for the free WISH summit, make sure you do!).
A Beautiful Tribute to a Beautiful Person
I just wanted to share this moving tribute with you – given such short notice, Jennifer Hudson did an amazing job with this song.
When someone moves into the next realm it’s always sad for those of us left behind, but when someone leaves as amazing a legacy as did Whitney Houston – affecting millions with the power of her beautiful voice – the sadness around the world is palpable.
Thank you for using and sharing your gifts, Whitney. And thank you, Jennifer, for yours. Both of you remind us to do the same with our own gifts, to make this world an even better place.