When we reframe the idea of gratitude as something more akin to contentment and acceptance, It puts us in a better place to truly accept the blessings we have in our life with pragmatism, self-love, and wisdom.Read More
Walking is a gentle and accessible form of exercise that is as good for the body as it is nourishing for the spirit. Here are a handful of tips you can use to make your own walks a restorative time of presence and gratitude.Read More
The way many people make resolutions is why so many of them never survive past the first six months of the year. Below is a list of the pitfalls of resolution making, and how you can avoid them. This year, vow to make better resolutions so that you can actually work on keeping them.Read More
Juniper Ridge is an independent fragrance company that's been defying the formulaic approach to making fragrance since 1998. In addition to being a fanatical group of perfumers, these guys are also naturalist experts, trail explorers, environmental stewards, kick-ass product developers, clever marketers, and just all-around rad dudes who know a thing or two about what makes a for a good fragrance as well as what makes for a good hike .Read More
After six seasons of developing cycling product strictly for men, Spring 2015 saw the first capsule collection of Commuter product designed specifically for gals. This fall, the line for women has since expanded. Not only are the woven button-up workshirts both more bike-friendly and exceedingly feminine, but the collection now includes stand-out items like a wool trucker jacket blended with techinical fleece as well as a handsome waxed cotton parka with reflective 3M details.Read More
It's here. The Topo Designs 22" Duffle. Bigger than the ultra-portable baguette-sized 18-incher, yet not quite as obtrusive as the larger-than-life 24-inch model. Good for three-day weekend getaways and last-minute jaunts up north. Four color ways in 100d Cordura Nylon with veg-tanned leather handles and lash tabs. Nice.Read More
It's important to find that place where one can sit down and just -- write. A room, or a table, or a certain chair, or a sunny spot by some window where the mind can unclench, the body can relax, and the subconscious can get to work. Sometimes this space is found through habit or creation. For me, it's the little room outside my kitchen.Read More
Officially launched not even three months ago, Blue Henn is the brainchild of Julia Brosz and Kari Madore, two gals who first met at the UofM while studying interior design. The two quickly bonded over their love of artisan cocktails and a shared passion for all manner of well-made ephemera. Crafted with care here in Minnesota, Blue Henn tonic syrup is made with pure cane sugar, aromatic lavender, and natural citrus oils. Rounded out with a sticky-sweet texture and an herbal, medicinal scent, the syrup's sap-like viscosity can be attributed to the use of naturally-harvested and slowly-steeped Cinchona bark. This slow and natural quinine-extraction process gives the tonic it's signature green-herbal taste that is nothing if not sophisticated.Read More
Two weeks ago my neighborhood was a chilly hinterland of rusty trucks, piled-up snow, and ice-slicked roads. This weekend, however, it was beautiful --sixty-two and sunny with a slight breeze and patchy fog. I slept with the windows open, and in the afternoon padded around the creaky floorboards of my top-floor apartment in bare feet and a t-shirt, a summertime Shiner in hand. Saturdays -- the one day of the week that is unquestionably YOURS, unencumbered by the schedules and demands of others.Read More
Until the day I get in my Mercury and head out west; long underwear will continue to be a part of my wintertime wardrobe de rigeur. Poler Stuff's partnership with Airblaster has resulted in a full body, thermally regulating suit I've been donning underneath my 501's nearly everyday since the first of November.Read More
It is not surprising then that my favorite perfumes are handmade by a young couple who came to their craft honestly and unexpectedly. David Seth Moltz and Kavi Moltz started their small-batch perfume company, DS & Durga; from their Brooklyn apartment. The sophistication of their scents is the same as those cooked up by the most veteran of perfumers. Between them, their vast and varied experiences make for a line that is all the more inventive and impressive.Read More
Can we talk about how genius the Poler Stuff x Airblaster Ninja Suit is? I don't know if it's the fabulous red color, the full-body silhouette that's somewhat elfin in flavor, or the reindeer-games worthy front chest patch but --everything about this item is screaming 'holiday at home' loungewear-worthy.
Designed for optimal performance while camping, cross-country skiiing, or -- I don't know -- snow-shoeing, the suit also looks equally rad when worn on Christmas morning while unwrapping gifts and stuffing ones face with Belgian waffles.Read More
Driving south from El Paso on Wednesday in the afternoon, down highway I-10 and finally onto US-90, I'll set up camp for the first night at the Tumble-In -- or perhaps at Apache Pines -- still haven't decided my RV park of choice. All I know is both will offer a cold shower under the stars for fifteen dollars a night. Wednesday and Thursday will offer plenty of time to explore Marfa in the late afternoon and evening. (Hello Judd and Mystery Lights.) Thursday through Saturday will be spent at El Cosmico. Days will be busy, but solitary -- on my own taking photos, hiking, or just driving-- anywhere, really.Read More
When my dad would drop me off at school in the morning the last thing he said before I closed the door and he drove away was 'Now, Choose to make it a good day.'
it was the same mantra in grade school and middle school, it was the same in high school, it was the same when I would call home from college, and if he was around now he would be saying it to me still.
Dad was on to something. For as soon as I even begin to think of his phrase, and the way his gap-toothed smile grinned at me from outside the passenger window, any lingering clouds of malaise begin to slowly dissipate. I don't need to try to be happy. Instead, happiness becomes a definitive choice. An intention that eventually grows into it's own expression.Read More
A grooming routine should be simple. Wash, comb, moisturize, brush, gloss, go. Products never replace what sleep and sun can accomplish on their own, so I find it best to wear little. The best products are plain -- almost boring, sort of decidedly un-glamourous, and definitely of the drugstore-aisle variety.Read More
all a person can do in this life is gather about her integrity, her imagination, and her individuality, and with these ever with her, out in front and in sharp focus, leap into the dance of experience. "
tom robbins, even cowgirls get the bluesRead More
After the essential-oil scalp massage that really does nothing for my sense of well-being or relaxation, but which I always let her do anyways because I don't have the heart to say otherwise, comes the imminent consultation session, in which my stylist will ask what I'm looking to have 'done' that day. My answer is always different with each new visit, and consistently vague.Read More