Who wants a healthy summer glow? I know I do, don’t you? Each of the following finds—some of my favorite inspirations, especially appropriate for summer—takes a different path to reach just that: a more radiant and centered self. Here’s to following your beckons of sanctuary this summer. Bask in the glow.
LOVEthirteen These spiritual glamour bracelets by Heather Wells thrill me with a serious case of romancing the stone. Ever since Heather did a trunk show for our team at the office, I’ve been head cheerleader for her jewelry. Its concept of harnessing energy and promoting healing and grace—well, you know how I feel about that! What I’m especially excited about is the Sanctuary LOVEstack she created for me and my fellow seekers of sanctuary (you!). The idea of the three inventively designed Lovethirteen crystal bracelets is to facilitate inner happiness, prosperity and health. To be the physical manifestation of an endless reserve of internal love. The bracelets are a reminder to let your unique Divine light and beauty shine for all the world to see. Just imagine the wake of beauty and love you’ll leave behind everywhere you go.
Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton Are you someone who thinks of architecture as overly cerebral and emotionally remote? Well, let me introduce you to Alain de Botton. As his book reveals, he’s devoted his life to imbuing human qualities to inanimate spaces. He brings his environments to life. The Architecture of Happiness recounts his journey exploring how our architecture and our identities relate. He makes it clear that the quality of the environment—the kinds of walls, buildings, finishes and fabrics we live with—influences how we feel. And it can pivot either way—toward happiness or misery. He starts with the idea that where we are influences who we are, and he builds an air-tight case for architecture as a portal to reaching our full potential. You’ll find yourself daydreaming of ways to impart more humanity to your own home and office.
Spicy Coco Sauce Eating healthy every day is a covenant I’ve made with myself and for my family. To that end, Philip and I celebrate Meatless Mondays. In summer, we don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen concocting elaborate vegetarian feasts. Having a go-to recipe like Spicy Coco Sauce from The Plan Cookbook: More than 150 Recipes for Vibrant Health and Weight Loss by Lyn-GenetRecita makes Mondays fun and easy. Did I mention delicious? The yummy sauce is packed with anti-inflammatory properties from its ingredients of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, onion, curry, brown sugar, salt and coco milk. We love it on veggies and grains, but it’s just as good on meats. Knowing the goodie list of healthful ingredients brings the joy of mindfulness to our Monday meal.
Johnny Was I’m a little bit boho, but without sacrificing my personal standard for sophistication. Is it any wonder Johnny Was is my favorite fashion designer? Since introducing his women’s brand in 1987, he’s become known for a style that is flowy and free-spirited, but with a sophisticated aesthetic informed by world cultures, the arts and historic sartorial techniques. His beautiful colors and patterns and attention to detail help me feel my best. And for a hot Florida summer day, there’s nothing cooler than a Johnny Was kimono.
Dandelion Twinkle Even the name of this highlighting powder by Benefit Cosmetics tickles me. The name also perfectly characterizes the kind of rosy glow and fresh brightness the powder brings to your face. No worries about skin types—it’s one of those quintessential, whisper-light products that’s equally beautiful on everyone. Special baked technology creates a sheer texture in a radiant nude-pink shade. I wear it alone when I’m in a hurry on weekends. Or over my blush for the max girly glow. What’s the secret to your special summer glow? Is it a place, person, philosophy or product? Please share—I’d love to know.
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