LIVING / WELLNESS

The Reluctant Yogi

04.05.18

I recently received an email from Love Yoga in Venice, celebrating my one year anniversary as a student. It made me smile because I don’t quite remember life before Love Yoga. For years Myka told me to give yoga a try, but I always thought my body needs strenuous physical activity to be challenged – i.e. tennis, running, etc. What I didn’t realize, and know now, is that yoga is the most challenging, and the most healing. In what has been a year of major ups and downs, Love Yoga is my dependable safe place to get my mind and body back on track.

The icing on the cake is that I now call both owners, Kyle Miller and Sian Gordon, both dear friends and clients, and they both have really fun hair to paint. I paint their hair in my living room in Venice, or sometimes outside on my patio, weather permitting. It was a friendship gifted to me by another client that I hold very dear, who gave me a nudge in the right direction to start taking better care of my body and mind.

These women- we protect each other, we LOVE each other. That’s as good as it gets, and that’s what it’s all about.

All hair color by Kadi, using non-toxic products and techniques.

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BEAUTY / WELLNESS

Natural Deodorants. What works?

02.26.18

As you guys know I am fierce in my commitment to all things natural. From food, to skincare to interiors, I work to keep everything that surrounds my body or goes in or on it as natural and as simple as possible.

Over the years I’ve tried all different types of natural deodorants from crystals to homemade concoctions. Some of them worked; some didn’t. I’ve found that keeping a small collection of different ones works for me. I find that if I use any one for an extended period of time my body becomes used to it and so I switch it up.

 

1. Weleda Citrus Spray

This one is of my favorites. So much so that I ditched my old standby the deodorant stone for this one for a few months this summer. Made by Weleda, a Swedish company started in 1921, it’s certified by Natura, the European agency for natural products, and we ALL know that when it comes to banning toxic chemicals in beauty products Europe is light years ahead of us. I love the spray, the light citrusy smell and the fact that even on a hot, humid Atlanta day I still smelled fresh at the end. Buy it here.

2. AgentNatur

This coconut oil based formula is easy to apply and worked well for me for a while. However I found that after a prolonged period of use my underarms became dry and irritated.

I attribute that to the fact that the formula contains baking soda which, when used consistently over time, can disrupt the acid mantle of the skin making it irritated and dry. For this reason I will only use this for a few days at time. I must be the only one who has that reaction because everyone in the fashion world seems to be obsessed with this product and I thought there was something I was missing.  Then I remember that most magazines try something once or twice, while I prefer to use products for at least 2 months or more before I give my opinion. We used to sell it at WAX years ago and I got a similar report from some clients, but everyone’s skin is different and just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean it won’t be great for you. I definitely appreciate the ease of application and the nice packaging.

Buy it here.

3. Natural Salt Crystal

This is an old school favorite and was my first introduction into natural deodorants back in the early nineties. An actual stone, it’s a mineral salt containing potassium allum which is a natural source of aluminum and kills the bacteria which results in odor.

Overall my favorite is still the natural crystal. I mean you can’t get more basic than rubbing a rock under your arms and at a cost of $8 and lasting for a year it’s basically free. Add the fact that it looks pretty and fits in with my decor is a win.

I bought mine at an independent natural foods store while traveling, but you can find a similar one here.

Do you guys have any favorite natural deodorants? If so let me know!

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Hurry Up and Wait

08.11.17

 

It’s been 3 1/2 years since Kadi and I began working on a physical space for Highbrow Hippie (HBH). I literally got pregnant and had a baby (now a toddler) in less time than it’s taken for us to start construction. And we still haven’t started. Most of the time we spend hurrying up and waiting.

When we started this endeavor we thought it would take half the time and cost half the money. Being that it’s not the first time I’ve built out a physical space to house a brand, I was well prepared for the inevitable delays, but working in Los Angeles and specifically Venice has proven to be a unique experience. We were blessed to find an amazing space in an area that feels most like home for us and subsequently Highbrow Hippie. Seeing as how HBH is such a reflection of our mindsets, our ideas and thoughts and really speaks to the way we see the world, it only made sense for us to launch in what we consider to the be Highbrow Hippie epicenter of the world – Venice, CA on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. This is our building. Right next to what is now Tom’s shoes.

Long a neighborhood of hippies and surfers, the new Venice is staking it’s Highbrow flag proudly. Sometimes a little too so. Small boutique businesses have closed, making way for their shinier competitors with better merchandising. Some we miss, some we don’t, but the ever changing landscape signifies growth and when you are opening a business that’s what you bet on.

With all this change and disruption, one would think that the addition of a local, independent, minority female owned business would be welcomed. Keep it local! Shop small! Support independent business! We’ve all heard those cries when it comes to development and rising real estate pushing independent business out the door. Those cries evidently don’t reach the ears of the various governmental agencies responsible for issuing permits and approving plans. They can’t hear our grumbles when faced with another requirement, or neighbor appeal (this alone deserves it’s own post), or removing 25% of the square footage of our building to provide parking even though it will likely rarely get used.

In the meantime, we hurry up and wait. Submit drawings, make changes to things that have never been mentioned before, submit again. Wait.

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Ch-ch-ch-ch changes….

02.28.17

Even though it’s only February it’s 77 degrees and it feels like Spring in Atlanta. The trees are blooming, the pollen is abundant and in true Atlanta fashion, it will drop to 33 degrees tomorrow…

But isn’t that what change does? It takes something that you have become accustomed to and flips it so that you don’t know what’s coming next.  If you are lucky, while sometimes being difficult to manage, change opens up new pathways and opportunities that you didn’t always see.

I recently sold my business. After almost 8 years, two locations, a ton of amazing clients and some really great friendships, I decided it was time for something new. So I’m taking a few months “off” to prep for the next chapter.

In the meantime, I’ll be blogging more (and by more I mean at all because I haven’t touched this blog in a while), working on a few other things and basically indulging my creative side.

Isn’t change great?

In love and light.

Myka

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Bohemian First Birthday

10.10.16

Harris turned one on October 5 and I can’t believe a year has gone by since his birth!

I wasn’t quite sure what to do, but knew I wanted it to be outdoors. I also didn’t want to spend a lot of money on decorations that would just get thrown away, so figured we’d do a bohemian gathering in the park. Since I am on the board of the Community Farmers Markets, I figured we would do a mid morning brunch in the park adjacent to the Grant Park Farmers Market. This way people could do their shopping and then come join us afterwards.

Before purchasing anything, I shopped my home and my sister in law’s home to see what we already had. I then made a list of the remaining items and headed out to fill the gaps. Of course we had to lay it all out two days before to make sure we liked how it was coming together….. 

On the day of the event we got to the park early to set up

For food we ordered several quiches from The Little Tart to be delivered to the farmers market. I also picked up some simple prepared pasta salads, nuts, cheese and fruit and set those up. We ordered a cake from a local vegan bakery and we were all set.

Anyone who knows me knows that I have an extreme dislike for paper plates, napkins, etc. I am the one that brings the real silverware to a picnic because somehow things just taste better when you are eating on real plates. However I was not about to lug 40 place settings to a park for a one year old’s birthday, so I found these great bio degradable forks, plates and cups which matched my decor and got the job done.

Of course we had to have some drinks (because we all know that kids birthdays are really just about the adults) so we made a tequila based punch. I wish I could tell you the recipe but when you live with a mixologist these things get created on the spot.  I cut some branches from a few trees at the park and used those as decoration for the table. Simple and easy because life with a toddler is already hard enough.

 

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