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Wine Tasting on Cape Cod

August 10, 2016

We had the pleasure of visiting Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod when we visited the Seaglass Inn in the beginning of the summer. What was truly spectacular about the trip to the winery was not the delicious wine tasting (although that was great too), but the overall experience of being spontaneous, which brought such joy to us both. Over the past few years everything we have done has been planned and carefully organized down to the minute. Let’s face it— when it comes to juggling a full course load and working practically full-time, it’s impossible to not utilize a detailed daily calendar that keeps track of every waking hour. While this helped us to stay organized, it also did not make room for living in the moment or appreciating just simply going with the flow.winetastingpatriciahannahThe start to our trip to the Cape was a bit rocky because Patricia had forgotten the outfits she had wanted to shoot and was terribly uneasy at the fact that she both didn’t know what she would wear over the weekend, and also that things did not go as planned. I tried my best to calm her down, but I could tell despite her excitement to sing-along with the tunes in the car, she was incredibly uneasy. Upon signing in at the Inn and unpacking our bags Patricia inquired if it would be ok if we found somewhere to shop. Instead of looking into the local shops, she urged that we go to a Simon mall for she felt she had a better chance of definitely finding the perfect outfit at the stores that she knew and loved.patriciawineryhannahwineryAt first I was resistant because the mall was an hour away and we had already drove just short of four hours to get to Provincetown. That and I was feeling hungry for dinner and knew that going to the mall would postpone our mealtime by a couple of hours. All I can say is that I’m so glad we did go to the mall that night for so much happened to us both that we would have never expected. For one, on our way we saw that there was a winery and several seafood restaurants along Route 6.  We also ended up finding a restaurant on Yelp that was by far the coolest dining experience we both had ever had. Good thing we called to make a reservation for I was not wearing the appropriate footwear and we were able to rush back into the mall. Patricia and I ran into Forever 21 for just under ten minutes and changed into new outfits, including two stunning maxi dresses and sandals. That night we treated ourselves to a five-course meal and wine pairing. After, we visited the beach by our hotel, where we enjoyed listening to the waves crash against the sand and watching the moonlight glisten over the water. In those moments, we were able to just appreciate and enjoy the simple gifts in life.winogirlsweekendwineryThe next day we went to a delightful seafood restaurant and split a lobster dinner and each had a dozen raw oysters. After we visited the winery, we were overwhelmingly grateful to spend time outside in the beautiful spotless blue sky and sip wine. It was so simple, but merely taking the time to actually take the day as it came was so freeing. We both laughed more than we had in a long time and so thoroughly enjoyed just being able to rest. Upon reflecting on our time spent on the Cape, we were left with the reminder to take time to put away the iPhones and just live in the moment. Whether it be sipping wine on the cape, floating in the ocean, or going for a walk in the woods, it’s so important to remove yourself from technology and the pressures of work (and family).wineryhannahtrurowinery trurovineyardspatriciahannah

Hannah’s Outfit Ingredients: romper- J. Crew, wedges-Michael Kors, necklace- Express, earrings- Links of London

Patricia’s Outfit Ingredients: dress- Loft, heels-Express , headband- J. Crew, earrings- Express

winetastingAnd with that we raise a glass to you, your health, your sanity, and overall your happiness. Cheers!

Love, 

Love-Hannah-Patricia-Blog-Signature

 

Meditation for Depression

August 5, 2016

I can speak from experience in saying that the worst kind of depression is the kind that is brought on by absolutely nothing. No external events, circumstances or outcomes caused the heaviness you suddenly start to feel in your extremities. Unwarranted depressive states are paralyzing. It feels like you’re walking through a swamp with no visible way out. But even more frightening, you have no desire to find a way out.

When negative energies get built up in the mental body, they start to take up space in the physical body. And with us being earthly creatures, we have no sense of how to move this energy. It stays stagnant and only continues its massive build and depression becomes our norm. We have no idea how to transmute this energy into bliss, joy, radiance.

Meditation is the connection to the spiritual being within, to access the physical body, to move this stuck and damaging energy. My preferred form of meditation for relieving depression, is Kundalini meditations. Kundalini is a term for a primal energy, a shakti, that is mostly untouched residing in a coil at the base of the spine. Kundalini yoga is the practice of using breath, meditation, and poses to move the kundalini energy through all your chakras and up to your brain both releasing the kundalini energy, and stimulating your nervous system and body.  meditationforyoga meditationforyoga2The first exercise I turn to regularly is a Breath of Fire exercise.

Breath of fire is a fast breath where you pulse the diaphragm towards your spine on the exhale rapidly. Breath of fire should not be done by any ladies on their moon cycle or who are pregnant. Just take long deep breaths instead.

In this exercise, sit cross legged, with your right and left arms parallel to the ground at your heart center, with the right hand on top of the left, palms down. Pulse your arms down towards your navel on your exhale, and back up to your heart center in your inhale, as you do breath of fire through an “O” mouth breath.

This is my personal favorite for loosening up the energy in the heart space, so it can be moved and transformed further through your practice.

Do this for 3-6 minutesyogafordepression2The second exercise is called Fists of Anger.

Sit cross legged with your hands in fists, and your thumbs resting on top of your other four fingers. Move the arms in a backwards circular motion behind the head on each exhale, one at a time right after another, using the same fast pace and “O” mouth breath of fire from the previous exercise.

This exercise is for clearing and  rewriting your arcline. Your arcline deals with your karmic abundance. It is the transmitter that sends out your different energies and frequencies from your aura. Your arcline is earlobe to earlobe in men and women, and also nipple to nipple in only women. It is the place where negative thought patterns and imprints from unhealthy experiences occupy space, and are projected back into the universe as your energy field. Clearing your arcline and rewriting negative past experiences and imprints, creates a new slate of love, bliss, wealth, and ease in what you give out to the universe, and in what it has to give back to you.

Do this for 3-6 minutesyogafordepressionThe last exercise is done in child’s pose.

With your feet together and your knees apart, lay your front body over your knees, sit back on your heels, and rest the hands extending from the crown of your head in a prayer position. Allow long deep breaths to move from your lower belly, to the crown of your head, all the way back down the body and out the root chakra. Feel the buzzing of your cells and your nervous system awake, vibrant, and changed. Feel a diamond white light at your third eye chakra and at the heart chakra, opening you up to receiving even more comforting, quiet light. Let the breath moving through your body, ground you and anchor you to mother earth. Feel the trust and reverence for the universe you now have within your clean state.

Do this for 3 minutes


LOVE,

Victoria

Wellness contributor

Life Lessons: Turning 21

August 2, 2016

lifelessons1I remember visiting my mom’s high school when I was about seven years old. We stood in the cafeteria surrounded by girls who currently attended the school. I just remember staring in awe at these older girls wearing socks with their Birkenstocks, and ponytails with thick headbands. I kept thinking to myself, when I’m that age, life is going to be so goddamn amazing. Well, reality check, those girls were probably sixteen and  sixteen ended up being one heck of an awkward year. I didn’t own Birkenstocks, and thick headbands did nothing for me. But it turns out 20 going on 21 feels pretty goddamn amazing. Not just because I can (finally) order a glass of wine with dinner, but because I feel like my life is starting to come together, but only sort of.

flowerslaura  converselifelessons3Twenty One things I’ve learned so far:

  1. Don’t settle, but stay humble.
  2. Put yourself first. When I wake up in the morning, I try take 30 minutes completely to myself before I workout, sometimes it’s completely dedicated to coffee, but it’s my time and by doing this I have learned to put myself first.
  3. Unplug.
  4. Food is amazing. Add avocado to everything; only ever use real maple syrup; chocolate may just be a miracle of life; and yes, salads can infact be life changing.
  5. I have never felt more confused, happy, stressed, or excited than at the age I am right now, and I am slowly learning that feeling might never go away.
  6. Its totally ok to cry, I sob sometimes. Big frame sunglasses go a long way.
  7. Spicy cocktails are legit. Throw some jalepenos in that shit.
  8. “In my mind I am crazy, crazy about the right things. Crazy about the things that could change my life and honestly if you ain’t crazy about something, I can’t rock with you. So at the end of the day man, get crazy about something.” -BJ The Chicago Kid
  9. Know how to be by yourself, with yourself. Even if you’re in a relationship, if you can’t spend time with yourself, then spending time with others is never going to work out.
  10. Wine>Beer
  11. That trendy shirt that says “The future is female.”…it couldn’t be more correct.
  12. Go with your gut. Mine has a crap ton of issues but somehow it’s always right.
  13. School is (sometimes) overrated. If you have drive, and work towards something you’re truly passionate about, it can happen. It may take a little longer, but you can do it.
  14. Music heals. (Particularly the French Cuisine playlist on Spotify)
  15. Dont combat negativity with more negativity, try to combat it with positivity. I deal with this on a daily basis, it’s hard and I continually am working at it, but it works.
  16. Wear your damn sunscreen. Your mother was right.
  17. Have conversations that make you uncomfortable, most likely they’re uncomfortable because they are needed.
  18. Don’t wait to travel. A couple months ago I booked a flight to Bali. To be honest I’m scared shitless, but ya know what? I’ve always wanted to go, and I’m doing it.
  19. Put your health first, because you deserve it.
  20. Eat that piece of cake, and definitely have seconds.
  21. Make people feel just as special on their birthday, as they do on yours.

lifelessons lifelessons2Outfit Ingredients

Romper:Brandy Melville

Shoes: Converse

Purse: Free People

Hat: Forever 21lauraheadshotLOVE,

Laura

PR intern

The Journey of Self-Awareness

July 31, 2016

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A·ware·ness – one word, three syllables. This powerful word gives root to another even more powerful word, self-awareness, which is the topic of today’s blog post. But let’s introduce the concept of awareness before we go any further. Awareness is defined as a state of consciousness or knowledge. It marks the first step towards any informed action. It implies that we’ve become exposed to or acquired knowledge of a situation, emotion, or state – that our eyes have been opened. Every campaign for change often begins with awareness as the first step in mobilization. People simply cannot champion for something they don’t know about, right?

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Descending from this concept is the less understood and less practiced idea of self-awareness – and it is one of those grand gifts and mysteries bestowed upon as humans. To put it in philosophical terms we are conscious of being conscious. 

Simply put, I like to think of it as having a full understanding of self.

It is knowing what drives you versus what makes you tick. To me, self-awareness is an extension of self-love and self-worth. It is an increased level of emotional intelligence that allows you to be honest with yourself and others about your strengths, weaknesses, beliefs, motivations, and emotions.

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When we live our lives on auto pilot we miss valuable opportunities to experience life to its fullest extent.

One of the main areas where this comes into play is with relationships.

Self-awareness is the difference between anticipating conflict and engaging in a productive conversation and getting into a blowout fight. Self-awareness gives us the clarity and empowerment to ask for help. It allows us to acknowledge our weaknesses while paying equal tribute to our strengths. It is an understanding that allows us to pursue our passions. Self-awareness allows us to peel back the layers and discover what truly makes us happy beyond the will imposed by others or our own appropriation of others’ beliefs.Beaching8

Self-awareness begins with introspection. But it’s not a singular journey by any means. Self-awareness at its best involves thoughtful reflection of how we engage with others and their perceptions of us. Feedback from others can help us see the things we don’t see such as how our intentions translate into actions, and what if anything is lost in translation. Feedback from those you trust can shed light on our areas of development and are an integral part of becoming more self-aware.

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Notice that the title of this post is not “The Journey to Self-Awareness” but rather “The Journey of Self-Awareness.” Self-awareness is an iterative process and a continuous journey. You should strive for progress along the way as you build upon your learnings but self-awareness as an end goal in and of itself loses sight of the idea of a journey. Sure, there are some lessons in self-awareness which would serve you well to begin practicing sooner rather than later, like how to better handle conflict or how to better lead others, but the process of self-discovery is in my opinion, part of our lifelong journey and is what drives us to pursue everyday with curiosity, fervor, and passion.
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Ingredients:

Top: Express

Pants: Express

Earrings: Express

Shoes: Steve Madden

 

Love,

Blog Signature Patricia

 

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