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I am a to-do list creator. My lists aren’t to-do “the laundry” or to-do “my taxes.” I make lists of dreams every couple of weeks or so. When I take time to read back on my scribbles from years past, I chuckle to myself, sometimes in awe and sometimes baffled, my dreams came true…they actually happened! There is a magic behind saying it out loud, behind writing in down with intention. For sure. Handstands have been on my dang list for weeks. This summer, whenever I was in a pool or in the ocean, I dove right into the best handstand my whimsical heart could dream up. Total joyride, people. I’m talking addictive feeling of awesomeness. Now if only I could pop right up in my weekly yoga classes, which are not, in fact, in water. I hear that going into crow pose is a good step in the process. My ego would tell you I am a crow master. My essence knows there is no rhyme or reason except for being in the moment, focused on one’s breath. A handstand means surrendering the head below the heart, engaging the core and trusting oneself. Last night, my yoga teacher walked by me and gently whispered: Jenny, let your feet leave the wall.
You guys, sometimes there won’t be a wall there to catch you, and that’s okay, because guess what? You are everything you need. You are your own truth. You will catch yourself. No force necessary. Be free. Go up in the air and handstand the heck out of your life.
Image via L’Optimum (yes, the sculpture in the photo is a headstand, but it still feels right for the post. xx, JBD)
After several months on hiatus, JBD’s original weekly post is back. Just.like.that. Kicking off the celebration, in honor of New York Fashion Week, are frocks by one of my favorite designers, Yuna Yang. The beauties above gracefully revealed her latest Spring/Summer 2015 collection last night. I can’t stop daydreaming over the feminine power energy embodied by Yuna’s freedom-esque themes married to soft, classic, floral twists.
Cugat Conga (1942): Jigger Bacardi White Rum, Jigger Grenadine, Juice and Absinthe
Image Credits ~ Frocks: Jenny Graham // Fizz: EzineMark.com
While we are on the topic of decor, these garage doors caught my eye as I skipped around the streets of Sausalito.
This quote speaks to me. It reminds me of my first big jet-set experience as a teenager to the global trotting I head off on each week or month. Life is an adventure…
What more could you possibly want after hammock lounging on a Sausalito street crunching on homemade granola? Ah, a fancy, fun manicure, of course! Paintbox offers options you won’t find anywhere else.
What are your hot notes? Send ‘em on over to JBD.
Images via Pinterest / Jenny Graham / Unknown / A Cup of Jo / Paintbox
Sometimes, although something looks or sounds or feels foreign, it may, actually, be the exact amount of butterflies-in-your-stomach, take-a-chance, why-not-try-it-out recipe to set you free.
I’m fishing here a bit, with the Kerið reference and all (nod to me almost falling into a volcanic crater lake), but the point is real. Go deep. Fall in. You have nothing to lose except for the experience, for the story, for the epic goodness that is you.
Image Credit: Megan Alvino
Lightweight wooden frames never looked so damn chic. Finlay & Co. eyewear is inspired by British design and heritage. Each pair is completely unique due to the diverse nature of the grain. The brand will be on exhibit at fashion week in New York, London and Paris this month. Consider my calendar marked!
Experiencing life in Bali inspired me to discover Hindu mythology. As a result, I’ve gone down a path of knowledge of all things India. Along the way I learned about the Seattle Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India. Sculptures and photography by contemporary Indian artists capture an array of diverse ideas within Bollywood movie culture, politics and religious traditions. The exhibition is a tribute to the influences on Indian society and many works are shaped by popular movie culture and the use of digital technology by the conventions of religious ritual and street processions, traditional theater and dance.
I have never been to Seattle, so this is yet another reason I am going to get myself there between August 30th and mid-February while the colorful, contradictory and complex India shines a light.
Image via Seattle Art Museum
I spent part of this past weekend in Sausalito, just a 25 minute ferry ride from San Francisco. It is a place of real energy, where you can feel the high vibes of people living out their destiny. Some day I’ll be back for something more than a simple sojourn…but today I am here to share with you, to suggest you skip on over to Sausalito as soon as possible.
Image Credits: Jenny Graham
Home on the range…in New York City. Urban Cowboy is a luxury bed and breakfast townhouse and Adirondack style cabin in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg ‘hood. Four bedrooms, a spacious open kitchen, pot belly stoves, and beautifully exposed brick await you.
In the backyard you’ll spy the cabin, which boasts an eight person hot tub as well as an outdoor sitting area. The Cowboy behind the creation is Lyon Porter. He bought the place and transformed it into the authentic, engaging oasis that it is today.
Images via Urban Cowboy