Monthly Archives: September 2014

coffee talk

September 30, 2014

coffee_jaluneCoffee is synonymous with conversation and since we cannot not have a cup together in person, I figured here is the next best thing. I want to hear about what is going on with you as well as tell you what has been on my mind lately.

 

I cannot believe that it is October 1st tomorrow, time is flying! I am not ready for the holidays yet, but I have to already start planning a long overdue trip back east where I grew up to see the fam. I guess even though it feels too early to plan it, it is nice to have something to look forward to! Do you have any holiday travel in the works yet? When is the best time to buy tickets?

 

I have just started yoga teacher training – unsure if I should add it to my plate along with freelance design jobs and trying to start a business – but I am loving it! I have been doing yoga for a while now and wanted to go a little further into the practice. Even though I don’t know whether I will become a teacher, it has been so nice to be learning (and have homework!) again. Have you started any new classes this fall?

 

As I said above, taking on the teacher training means no real ‘weekend’, but it has forced me to become more organized – which was desperately needed. Does this happen to anyone else when you have a lot going on? That is not to say I have not been having the time to watch my favorite fall shows that have returned. Do you watch the Mindy Project? I love her, but not so sure about the Mindy-in-a-relationship. Thoughts? And of course, Parenthood is my guilty pleasure (okay, more like guilty cry – it gets me every time!). This is the last season of the series, so I know they are setting up for some major drama and extra cry-inducing moments – please tell me it’s not just me that gets over emotion about that show!

 

What else is going on with you? Do you have any great fall recipes you can share? We are in a food rut over here! Have you started planning any Halloween costumes? I am loving this one, and cannot believe this exists, it did give me a good laugh though.

 

Have a lovely Tuesday!

xx.Hillary

 

 

Five for Friday

September 26, 2014

tumblr_mu7uivwAGT1sv3065o1_500Happy Friday! Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I am planning on a low key weekend, heading to a favorite yoga class on Saturday and then getting outside to hike on Sunday. I have been on a baking kick lately with the weather turning cooler, so I hope to find some time to make another treat since the spiced pumpkin bread didn’t last long! Have a fun weekend and here are some favorites from the web this week…

 

A look at the rare creature that is Anna Wintour.

 

These photographs will have you doing a double take.

 

A great article about sorting what’s true and what’s myth around the decision to have kids or not.

 

I could imagine sleeping thru the day in this bedroom.

 

Basically the pie filling without the crust, yum.

 

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Spiced Pumpkin Bread

September 25, 2014

spiced_pumpkin_bread_5Yes, yet another pumpkin-based recipe is hitting the internet universe. I love having a piece of warm pumpkin bread with a little bit of butter and a creamy cup of hot coffee – it screams all things fall. I am willing to admit, I am basic. But this pumpkin bread recipe is slightly different, using almond flour as a base to make it higher in protein and naturally gluten free. I love using almond flour for baking as it tends to be naturally moist and hearty, while giving you a more nutrient dense bread as a result. This pumpkin bread recipe could easily be turned into to muffins as well.spiced_pumpkin_bread

Ingredients:

 

Dry:

1 cup almond flour/meal

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

Wet:

2/3 cup pumpkin puree

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons maple syrup

3 eggs

 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350º.

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix well.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until smooth and clump-free.

Pour batter into a well-greased* bread pan.

Bake for 35-45 minutes.

Let cool for 30 minutes**

Enjoy!

*I like to grease the pan with coconut oil, though butter or a non-stick spray will work as well.

**30 minutes is ideal, but I am know to sneak a piece after 10 minutes!

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IN YOUR DREAMS // WATER

September 24, 2014

In this recurring feature, we are going to exploring the meaning of dreams and their symbolism. Are there any symbols you would like to know about?dreams_water

Dreams about water can manifest in many different variations. You could be swimming or underwater. Some people dream of cities and houses, daily sights – all underwater. You could be looking at a vast body of water or reflecting in a clear puddle. Perhaps you are on a boat or even walking on water!

 

Such a common theme, water is a symbol of inner self and your emotion. Calm water can symbolize inner peace and ease while murky or choppy ocean water can suggest instability or anxiety.

 

Dreaming about being underwater suggests you are perhaps overcome with emotion and struggling to control your life currently. Drowning is a symbol of being overwhelmed and struggling with your emotions. If you don’t survive the drowning, it can still be positive – this symbolizes rebirth.

 

Waterfalls can suggest letting go or being refreshed and renewed. Running water suggests reflection and mediation – cleansing your thoughts.

 
The ocean in your dream is your emotional state, so if it rough you are currently dealing with something you need to overcome. Sailing across the ocean with ease, shows your control and general positive outlook on life.

 

Women Before 10am // Inspiring Modern Women – Maegan L.

September 23, 2014

In this series we are speaking to inspiring modern women and having them share their morning rituals and secrets with us. Meet Maegan, environmentalist, maker, foodie, and dog lover, and see how she stays inspired to balance it all. 

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Tell us about yourself.

 

I’m Canadian and I live and work in Edmonton, Alberta. My day job involves sustainability management and environmental policy and program development, which I truly love. I’m a certified Environmental Professional with Eco Canada, specializing in Environmental Sustainability, and I sit on the Board of Directors for the Recycling Council of Alberta. So…yeah…environmentalism is my jam. I’m also a food enthusiast and third generation maker, subsequently my free time is spent writing my Hand-Meyd blog. It probably sounds a bit tedious to people on the outside looking in, but juggling a full-time career and a part-time blog is what keeps me balanced!

 

What time do you wake up in the morning?

 

I typically start my work day around 7:00 am by taking my dog Juniper for a walk. Although we both would rather stay in bed, it’s surprisingly easy to get motivated when you live right on the ravine and can literally step out your door into the thick of nature. After we get home, I put some water on the stove to boil and then Juniper and I race back to bed to cuddle as intensely as possible until the kettle screams. It’s my favorite time of the morning; there’s something so therapeutic and meditative about sharing affection with my dog.  To be honest, I’m sure it’s her favorite time of the morning simply because she’s allowed on the bed! I make myself a cup of tea to accompany me as I get dressed and ready for the day and finally head out for work.

 

What’s your coffee / coffee drink of choice?


I’m actually not a big coffee drinker in the morning; I’m all about earl grey tea. London fog lattes, specifically.  When I do make coffee, it’s a bit more of a production. I prefer the more time consuming methods of preparing a good cup of coffee and that’s probably why it’s not part of my typical weekday morning! My parents gave me a fancy-schmancy espresso machine for Christmas one year, so I like to pull out all the stops whenever I make a cup. I also love to infuse milk with honey, dried lavender or cinnamon bark and use it to lighten my espresso or steam up a cappuccino. It puts an interesting spin on the traditional cream and sugar routine.

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What’s been a favorite or coveted place of yours to enjoy a cup of coffee?

 

My absolute favorite place to enjoy a cup of coffee is swaddled up in blankets in front of a wood burning fireplace, while everything outside is covered in about four feet of snow…or more. I’m actually ready for winter just thinking about it!

 

What’s the last thing that inspired you?

 

I’m a sucker for Kinfolk, both the website and the magazines are a regular source of inspiration for me. They have this wonderful collection of short films and I recently watched the one about campfire twisted bread; needless to say I’m pretty excited to try it out before summer comes to a close. I’m also a little obsessed right now with the work of Aleksandra Zee; I follow her religiously on Instagram. She creates incredible geometric, handcrafted works of art by re-purposing salvaged wood. So creative and inspirational, I would love to catch one of her shows someday.

 

What’s a favorite morning beauty, food, or get moving tip you may have?


My go-to beauty tip and way to buy myself some extra time in the morning, is to twist my hair into a loose bun and secure it at the base of my neck before I go to sleep. In the morning I let my hair down and out comes natural volume and big body waves that last all day, without using any heated styling tools. I literally run a brush through my hair, give the ends a spritz with shine spray, tousle and I’m out the door having spent less than 5 minutes on my hair.Juniper_maegan_3

How do you relax/take time for yourself daily?

 

I take time for myself by riding my bike. I love my bike and I love to ride around the University of Alberta campus. I earned my degree over eight years ago and I still miss being there every day. Not only do I get a bit of exercise, but the scenery is beautiful and so are the memories… I always come home relaxed and fully unwound. When the weather doesn’t cooperate, having a bubble bath with a big glass of Riesling and a side of bacon works pretty well too! I’m serious about the side of bacon, you should try it.

 

What does your ideal day of rest look like?

 

My ideal day of rest is one where I have little to no access to all my electronic devices. When you lead a busy life, things tend to get busier and it’s often too convenient to keep tabs on everything because it’s all at your fingertips. Then again, maybe convenience is also a convenient excuse! I love being in the mountains locked away in a cabin or in a canoe in the middle of a lake, anywhere that wifi and cell reception are nonexistent, so I can actually disconnect from daily life and reconnect with nature.

 

 

Five Ways to Welcome the Fall Equinox

September 22, 2014

fall_equinoxIt is official – go get a pumpkin, order that pumpkin latte, and buy the Martha Stewart Halloween Issue, the first day of fall officially starts today. More specifically, the equinox begins tonight at 7:29pm MST. The Equinox, latin for ‘equal night’, is based on the position of the earth in relation to the sun, when the sun passes over the celestial equator traveling from north to south – a long winded way to say the day and night are just about equal in length. For me, the change of seasons is always a great time to take a second to reflect on how the things are going and what is coming up. Here are five ways – beyond the basic pumpkin-spice-everything – to welcome fall. Is there anything you would add to this list?

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1. It is traditionally middle of the harvest when fall hits, which may mean you are still receiving at a great bounty coming from your garden, or if you have a black thumb like me, it can be a time to reflect on other areas of bounty in your life. Give gratitude for what you have, write it down or share with a close friend over said pumpkin latte.

 

2. Fall can be a busy time for a lot of us and therefore the perfect time to come back finding balance for ourselves. The equinox is all about balance between day and night, light and dark. Reflect what is happening in your life right now, whether it is in your relationships or an overloaded schedule, and recommit to bringing more balance.

 

3. Being the harvest, fall also means that a whole new array of fruits and vegetables are in season. Take the time to see what is new at your farmer’s market and try out new recipes that use these foods. Root vegetables, specifically, are in season and are known to be a warming food that gets the body ready for the colder weather.

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4. With cooler temperatures, fall is a great time to get out in nature before the cold sets in. Go for a hike, take a weekend road trip out of the city, and make it a point to notice the change in your surroundings. Take some time to be present and disconnect out in nature can help bring more peace when we are feeling overwhelmed, too busy, or looking ahead to the impending holiday season (seriously, how is it almost that time of year again!).

 

5. Fall marks the time when colder months coming, and if it doesn’t get full on cold where you live (lucky!), it also brings darker months. Do a ‘fall cleaning’ in preparation for more time inevitably spent indoors. Clean out unwanted clutter and give way items that don’t serve you. As the days get darker as well, see where you can add light with candles or lamps. That is a free pass to buy that pumpkin spice candle!

 

Five for Friday

September 19, 2014

824da9b941b29f7077652d73421c8dc2Happy weekend, friends! How are you spending this weekend? I am looking forward to having a low key pizza and wine night which has fast become our Friday ritual. I am also dying to see the new Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader movie The Skeleton Twinshave any of you seen it yet? Have a realxing weekend and here are some posts from around the web…

 

Definitely wish I had read this 10 years ago as a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed 20 something starting a career.

 

Going a little deeper than the typical instagram foodie pics, an amazing journey following food around the world.

 

This makes me feel old – and want to hop on a plan to NYC for the most nostalgic cup of coffee.

 

Why does everything taste better when it is mini? Must try these.

 

Meet Jimmy Choo, more than man’s best friend, his artistic muse too.

 

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WANDER + EXPLORE // Joshua Tree, California

September 18, 2014

There is nothing more refreshing and fun than a trip somewhere! Whether traveling solo, with girlfriends, or your boo – close to home or far – a getaway is sometimes just what you need to recharge your soul and be inspired.

In this series, we pick a spot that is special to us or special to someone special we know and get the inside scoop on where to spend your time while visiting. joshua_tree

THE PLACE:

 

Joshua Tree, CA is approximately 3 hours from Los Angeles yet feels worlds apart! A magical place that has all sorts of cultural treats mixed with natural scenery that looks out of this world. Being from the East Coast, the first time I saw this landscape I felt like I was on Mars, it was so strange and fascinating, nothing like the green forests and coastal views I was used to. Joshua Tree is where the Mojave desert and the Colorado desert meet, creating a landscape that ranges from the yucca trees, Joshua trees, to large round boulders smoothed by water over thousands of years ago. Packed with hiking, climbing, and some of the best views of the milky way in the northern hemisphere, it is the perfect place to a long week just to wander and explore.

 

WHERE TO GET A CUP OF COFFEE:

 

Ma Rouge is this cute local coffee shop has organic and alternative offerings. I end up here often two times a day! Also of note, Crossroads has great brunch.

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WHERE TO SLEEP:

 

Kate’s Lazy Desert is a super groovy ‘hotel’ where you stay in vintage airstream trailers! Fun fact – Kate is actually Kate Pierson of the B-52’s fame.

 

If airstreams aren’t your thing, check out the famous Joshua Tree Inn, a small inn with a B&B feel seeped with music history and charm.

 

Lots of AirBnB properties are also popping up around the area or camp in Joshua Tree National Park.

 

WHERE TO GET LOST:

 

Joshua Tree National Park, is a spectacular 800,000 acre park. Hike around here and enjoy surreal landscapes with desert cactuses, joshua trees (of course), giant boulders and small critters. A drive through the park to catch the sunset here never disappoints.

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Stars – You can see the best view in North America with the naked eye of the Milky Way n the Joshua Tree area! Be sure to stargaze and take in the magic of the western desert.

 

Sound Bath Meditation – Built in the late 50s, this strange structure is large wood dome all wood dome was designed to be an electrostatic generator for the purpose of rejuvenation and time travel. The Sound Bath is a meditation session in the dome while crystal bowls are played with the intent to relax.

 

Drinks, BBQ & Live Music – Pappy & Harriets is a full-on road house with bar, BBQ pit, and live music every night. Grab a cold one and enjoy a local (usually alt-country) band or check the calendar as many major artists don’t miss a chance to play this special venue.

 

Shopping – The Vintage Shopping along Highway 62 between Yucca Valley & Joshua Tree proper is great, stop at the various local shops on this main drag.

 

If you are in town on Saturday or Sunday there is also a great Flea Marketjoshua_tree_sunset_2joshua_tree_sunset

 

Crystal Readings // Citrine

September 17, 2014

We have always been fascinated by crystals and their strong associations with healing and their presence throughout history. As we have started our own crystal collection, we thought it would be fun to share their meanings in a series here on the blog.citrine_jalune_2citrine_crystalThe citrine stone is the yellow variety of quartz, coming from the French word citron, meaning lemon. Citrine is known for its qualities for stimulating manifestations, imagination. WIth the power of sun, it is energizing and life giving, and awakens creativity giving life to dreams and manifestation into reality. it is said to be the ‘success stone’ with its energy promote good luck and abundance. Citrine is the solar plexus chakra that aids to increase personal power and clear out negative energy. Removing the negative energy, citrine is essentially the ‘happy stone’, being able to bring out positivity in a person’s life.

 

To use citrine for manifesting dreams during sleep, place under your pillow, or wear the stone for daily benefits of creating and manifesting. It is also cleansing to have in your home by creating a positive energy flow and clearing out any negative energy.

 

Are there any other crystals you would like to know what their meanings are? Let us know!

 

Falling for Ali // Lounge Style Icon – Ali MacGraw

September 16, 2014

ali_macgraw_style_1Ali MacGraw was the ultimate American college girl – gaining her stardom in film starring opposite Ryan O’Neal in Love Story as a preppy pretty student. She is the girl next door, with her approachable beauty and that style that is both intellectual and a bit bohemian. Her timeless classic fashion sense, both on screen and off is embedded in our culture. As a fashion photo assistant at Harper’s Bazaar to the incredible legendary Diana Vreeland as well as a yoga devotee in her later years – Ali has had an amazing life!

 
Revisiting her original collegiate look from the seventies during the height of her stardom as autumn begins has us longing for a simple turtleneck. Even though there is currently a ridiculous heatwave in Los Angeles, we can at least daydream of sweaters, jeans, falling leaves, and making out on campus!

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