Living Room Decor

JBD dispatch from the heart of New York City. I’m working from a hotel this weekend, all the while stealing moments on my iPad for inspiration as I plot out a big move (read: new rooms to decorate) later this year. I keep circling back to these living spaces. The crisp white touches against a confident color really do it for me. No matter where you are reading this from, I hope you feel a bit of inspiration. Bon weekend!

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You’ve Always Had The Power

I’ve always loved and lived Glinda the Good Witch‘s motto: You’ve always had the power, you’ve always had it my dear. On any given day, it brings me right back to the infinite potential we each possess. During times of major change and risk-taking, you can find comfort in knowing your courage for growth is worthwhile. For me, I call upon holistic ways to stay centered. I became acquainted with a true understanding of the power of crystals as healing agents while in Bali this summer. And then I found myself back in Sausalito, revisiting a crystal shop I stumbled into more than a year earlier, ever so drawn to the simple, extraordinary aura of gemstones from earth. Everything connects and this little story is no different. Just as soon as I returned from my most recent Sausalito scout, I received an unexpected gift in the mail from Stephanie Kantis, a passionate jewelry designer with deep roots in the design field. The jewel at my doorstep was Malachite. This stone of transformation, a healer on emotional and physical levels, is one I immediately embraced and now wear often, feeling its life force of constant renewal and development. The more I’ve worn this gift, the more I’ve fallen for Stephanie Kantis jewelry, donning some of her bangles and re-purposing her gorgeous pendants depending on my mood or daily style.  Inspiration and healing and new ideas come from all around you. So remember, you’ve always had the power my dear. Open your eyes and take a peek down a new path…it will elevate your existence.

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Celebrate

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Let go of judgement, let go of coulda, woulda, shoulda. You are free. You were born with love and freedom. Take it into your day, your week, your being. You are a part of everything. You are a celebration. Spend your time with people who make you feel the love. Sing out loud or get as quiet as your heart desires. Do what you feel and remember how awesome it is to be alive on the planet today. Rock out. xx, JBD

Friday Frock & Fizz & Fun Links

Trick or Treat! Are you dressing up? Bobbing for apples? Attending a masquerade ball? Whatever you’re up to…Happy Halloween! I’ve got this sun blossom frock on my mind, plus some fizz and a bunch of fun links to share with you. Cheers my dears.

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This blog really serves up the way to make a proper whiskey cocktail.

whiskeyThe character-creations of Halloween have always been a favorite yearly hobby of mine, and as I have gotten older I’ve tuned in more so to the moon phase meaning and intuitive ways of this interesting time period.

From astrology forecasts to overall wellness of your beingget a little deeper, yeah?

What Does Your Spirit Guide Say?

If you just need a sweet treat, try out a Cinnamon Infused Hot Chocolate.

I plan to treat myself to some hot choc plus a little relaxation at this no-nonsense spa.

Perhaps you’re stepping out and about? If you’re off to London check out this rundown of hip hotels I’ve been eyeing for a late-November trip to the UK.

Or, bring adventure to your doorstep with The Jero, a base camp you can build anywhere!

Wherever you are, whatever you are doing…breathe in, breathe out, and HAVE FUN.

Hitchcock Heroines

Alluring, engaging, mysterious, beautiful. Hitchcock had a way of bringing our eyes on exactly what he wanted. Today’s style rundown is in honor of the Hitchcock heroine. Before you flock to the links, indulge in my exclusive conversation with a lady who captured the essence of Hitchcock well, Julie Weiss. The two-time Oscar nominee and Emmy-winning costume designer brush stroked her way through the film Hitchcock. Okay, go ahead, evoke the infamous blonde and shop the style now…

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Jenni Kayne slippers / Lizzie Fortunato earrings / Tome skirt / By Malene Birger  blouse / Marc by Marc Jacobs shrug / Tome dress / Rachel Comey coat / Carven bag

YOU ARE THE SOURCE

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Ain’t that the truth. A delay in JBD posts occurred because I have been deep into beginnings. A lot of changes are happening in my life, all birthed from a beginning. The most recent days sure saw some seeds sprout into buds. I look forward to sharing the flower garden of stories with you. In the meantime, I am here to say to you: go stand in the light of your heart’s desires. Begin now. Your future self will thank you, tenfold.

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives Resort

Globe trotters unite. Have you heard of the Maldives Island Resort of Gili Lankanfushi? This 5-star resort is set on the private tropical island of Lankanfushi in the Malé Atoll, one of the 19 atolls that stretch over 800 kilometers through the Indian Ocean. It is one of the 1190 islands that make up the Maldives. This particular coral island is in a sparkling lagoon, with jetties threading across the gleaming water. Now is as good a time as any to slow down, appreciate the abounding marine life and wholeheartedly embrace their mantra of: “No News, No Shoes.”  Sign me up!

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Nourish Kitchen + Table

Nourish Kitchen + Table is a seasonally-influenced, locally-inspired takeaway food shop and café that offers the West Village community in New York City the comfort of a kitchen away from home. Created by nutritionist, author and superfoodie Marissa Lippert, she understands the need to bring flavor and balance back to the table. Nourish’s innovative fare bridges the gap between healthful eating and really delicious food. Ms. Lippert is the kind of woman one wants to stand beside to be inspired. Truly, she embodies what delicious living is all about! Read on for more about her culinary jewel box and a real slice of life.

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Do you recall the moment when you knew you were meant to open this fabulous restaurant?

When I walked outside of Equinox and looked up and saw a “for rent” sign hanging from Nourish’s current space. I’d been looking for nearly a year and a half and had almost given up hope of finding the space. Our current location at 95 Greenwich Avenue couldn’t have been more fitting.

You were a history major in college but chose a clinical nutrition path right after graduation. Was that path always a passion? How did that choice lead you to your current career?

I can remember from a very young age being enamored by culture, food and cooking. Health started weaving its way in there in high school and college. From there, the intention of melding health, nutrition, cultural trends and amazingly, delicious food continued to grow. I started by weaving nutrition and approachably healthy, tasty food into the media, I still frequently contribute to publications.

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Describe a typical day in the life of…

There isn’t one! I aim to hit the gym a few mornings a week to maintain my sanity and a normalized schedule of some sort. Then I usually head into Nourish Kitchen + Table for much of the day and keep myself busy working with my incredible staff on the planning of upcoming events, additions to our menu, running to the farmers market, press-related items, oh-so-fun administrative tasks, and any number of other things that pop up.

You’re also author! Your book, The Cheater’s Diet, shares secrets to losing weight in a short amount of time. Is that really possible?

It is possible! The book is broken up into a eight realistic and structured chapters.  Most of us eat a decent amount more than we really need to…or have let eating schedules and metabolisms slip. The Cheater’s Diet help bring patterns and long-lasting lifestyle change to light and helps readers cement change while figuring out how to keep all the foods they love (in moderation) in the picture.

Autumn has arrived in the Northeast. What is a favorite seasonal recipe?

Farro with thyme-roasted mushrooms and truffle oil is one of my faves…we can’t remove it from Nourish’s menu!

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What are your favorite comfort foods to serve at any time of year?

Ooh…that’s tough. French fries and a big glass of wine. When it’s 90 degrees and humid…ice cream, chips and guac and margaritas. When it’s freezing cold…braised short ribs or pasta.

Three ingredients you cannot live without?

Aleppo pepper, garlic and lemon.

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Any tradition in the kitchen?

Rocking out to old-school hip hop when I cook!

What will never go out of style?

A classic dish like roast chicken or beef stew. That and whatever your favorite dish of your grandmother’s was.

When you aren’t creating a recipe, you are…?

Looking at what’s next for Nourish Kitchen + Table.  And probably flipping through a zillion cookbooks and magazines for food and design inspiration.

Best foodie city?

Istanbul (and Paris).

If you could dine with anyone, who would it be and why? And: what would you eat?

Hardest question possibly ever. Probably Alice Waters because she’s had such an incredible impact on how we eat and view food and health today.  We’d eat outside and linger over the incredible Turkish breakfast spread at Hotel Padma in Alacati, Turkey – one of my favorite food memories ever.

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Note: This interview has been edited and condensed.

Images c/o Marissa Lippert

 

Knock, Knock, Knock

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Hi JBD’ers. Part of me felt I should make more time to further expand this blog post, but the deeper part within me, the inner voice, said just type it out. Feel it, write it, publish it. It’s what you are reading. An unedited stream of consciousness on the late evening of a total lunar eclipse.

At a significantly young age, I knew I wasn’t part of a crowd. I consistently had visions of the future, I somehow innately knew there was beautiful truth in a statement I had heard my Dad mention time and again: “When the student is ready the teacher will appear.”  While there are many examples to share, the past 12 months (and even, actually, 12 weeks) I’ve especially known this to be true. I’ve welcomed the teacher in and want to share a few lessons with you.

Forgiveness. It is connected to EVERYTHING. Almost a year ago, during a time when I was struggling to release lingering bits of sadness, anger and fear from a past relationship, I walked into my first acupuncture appointment. The wonderful acupuncturist is someone I still see on a regular basis, and a poem she shared with me after one of our first sessions popped into my memory today. This simple mantra was one I said aloud each day, for 21 days, after receiving it from her. I remember standing alone on an Icelandic glacier, reciting the poem five times on the final, 21st day, feeling the release, letting it all go:

The spirit within me forgives the spirit within you (insert name of person you want to forgive). The spirit within (insert name of person you want to forgive) forgives the spirit within me. All is well between us now. We are both forgiven.

This brings me to Synchronized Guidance. I’ve learned that when I surrender to myself, to the universe, even to the loud crowds of people on the New York City subway, things just feel lighter. I wrote about going through a health scare, recently, on this blog. The entire experience brought me back to the present moment, like wow. It inspired a desire for change, mostly subtle, but all significant. I had been traveling so much for my day job, I was not fully tuned into my well-being. The shake up brought me right back to what is important. I am grateful for it because it woke me up. It lead me back to a daily practice of yoga and meditation. Whatever it is for you, surrender and embrace. When you do, you’ll feel the synchronicity of life circle you.

Just how you choose to move about your day directly echoes your Inner Voice. Listen to that voice. I have a hunch it’s one of kindness. It’s one of compassion. It’s one that is a big believer in “letting it go.”  It believes in YOU.

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