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Shop Local: Katie Manzella of Sweatheory

November 22, 2016

Recently my father saw a photo I posted to Facebook of a new moon ritual with crystals and he inquired about what I was getting into. I don’t blame him for being curious for he, along with many people are unfamiliar, if not hesitant of incorporating New Age practices into their routine. My response to him was simple: “I’m merely opening myself up to accepting help from all sources.”

Crystal healing stems from the concept of utilizing crystals as a tool to help you become more grounded and connected to the earth. Crystals can be used to help anyone who wants to heal through natural means. Each crystal has different energies and properties to help bring you whatever you are looking for at that given moment. I recently had the opportunity to meet with Katie Manzella of Sweatheory for a crystal and reiki healing, as well as an hour-long Infrared Sauna session.

I cannot even begin to describe how wonderful the experience was! After a very stressful week at work and with so much going on with me personally, the session helped me to feel both grounded and centered. Katie has such a positive and kind spirit, so I felt completely at ease around her. She has such a loving energy that she is one of those people you feel you have known for years, even upon just meeting her. There are many paths to the discovery of self-love and crystal healing is just one of them. I hope you will read on with both an open heart and mind. - Hannah

katieKatie Manzella is a Certified Crystal Alchemist, Reiki Master, Angel Card Reader and Clairvoyant who assists her clients in mental, physical, emotional and spiritual healing.  Born and raised in the Pacific Palisades, Katie was first introduced to crystals in 2010 during a healing session with her spiritual mentor.  Since then, she has been trained and certified at the renowned Aura Shop in Santa Monica.  Katie integrates her knowledge of crystals and metaphysical studies along with the combined alchemy of Reiki, Theta healing, breathwork, yoga, meditation, sacred ceremonies, eco-friendly living practices, and Lightwork to illuminate the space and command divine perfection during sessions.katiesweatheorysweatheory1 sweatheorydeskWhat got you interested in this kind of work? I was going through a challenging time in my early 20’s and I was recommended to where I have since received my Reiki level 1 and 2 and Crystal Alchemy training with a healer who has ultimately become my mentor. Within our first session, she helped to awaken my divine truth. I remembered who I really was and why I was here. I was never without crystals from that day forward. My mentor provided me with the opportunity to take her Crystal Alchemy class and helped to change my destiny to one that serves me so that I can be of service to others and share with them the gift that was so freely given to me, the gift of self-empowerment and discovery. I have had the most unconditionally loving, nurturing and transformative experiences of my life working with the Crystal Kingdom and Reiki so it is my divine purpose to share this blessing with anyone that is open to receive this divine message of Love. Healing is a process that must be met with patience. It took me a number of years of working with energy healing to get where I am today and I am so grateful for every step of this path I have taken.sweatheorykyliejennerangelcardsWhat do you want people to know about alternative forms of healing? I would like people to know that alternative forms of healing truly work. It’s so important to know that we are more than just this physical body.  Great healing requires balance among the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual bodies for true healing to take place. I know certain types of alternative healings might not “be for everyone”, but I assure you there is an alternative healing modality that would resonate with every earthling on this planet if they are able to surrender and dissolve judgments or expectations that might otherwise block them from receiving the healing transmission. Alternative healing is the way of the future. Everything we need to heal is provided to us by our beloved Mother Earth. It is not synthetic chemical or quick fix. We aren’t here to support corporations and industries that are here for profit and greed. We are here to help create a new world of hope for our future and to me, that involves holistic healing approaches like Acupuncture, Reiki, Crystal Healing and Breathwork.katieangelcardssweatcrystal2chakrabalancingcrystal4crownchakra balancingchakracrystal1crystalhealingcrystalhealingseleniteTo book a session with Katie you can email her at or call the spa at 310-956-2307.



Fall Cider Cocktail Recipe

November 11, 2016

FallCiderCocktailHappy Friday! Although we are not quite feeling the quintessential fall weather here on the West Coast with temperatures reaching 90 degrees this week, it doesn’t mean we can’t channel major fall vibes with this delicious fall cider cocktail recipe. This is honestly such an easy drink to make (and super budget friendly) so it’s perfect for either entertaining or for enjoying alone while cozied up reading a good book. falldrinksINGREDIENTS

2 ounces fresh apple cider

4 ounces ginger beer

2 ounces spiced dark rum

Thyme and apple slices to garnishfallciderrumDIRECTIONS

Combine apple cider, ice, and rum in a shaker. Shake and pour over ice, top with ginger beer. Enjoy!




The Dress: Part Two (aka Combating Imposter Syndrome)

October 20, 2016

lacma6You are exactly where you are supposed to be.

This thought entered my mind and brought an instant smile to my face. It’s a thought that I want to share with you today. In a society where we are constantly competing and racing to prove our worth, we often tend to beat ourselves up over not feeling accomplished enough. We look at what our peers are achieving and we feel small and somehow less competent or worthy.impostersyndromeWe hear a tiny voice within us that says:

“Are you sure you’re ready?” What gives YOU the right to try this?”
“You’ll be so embarrassed when you fail.”
“Don’t even bother.”

That little voice whispering that you are not fit to succeed or even try is indicative of something called “impostor syndrome,” a phrase coined in the late 1970s by two psychologists. It refers to high-achievers who experience an unrelenting fear of being exposed as “frauds” to their peers and struggle with intense feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. Though impostor syndrome is commonly attributed to women, it actually affects almost everyone and results in self-imposed limits marked by a sensation of unworthiness.impostersyndrome1In the first part of this post, I described the significance of this dress. I shared how prior to moving to Los Angeles how I felt anxious about the transition to a new environment, and at some level was fearful over how others would perceive me. Today I want to discuss the larger topic of imposter syndrome and give you advice that I wish I had been given on ways to ditch feelings of unworthiness once and for all.lacma4 lacma5

Outfit Ingredients

Dress- Forever 21

Shirt- Zara

Sneakers- Adidas Originals

lacma3Stop comparing yourself to others. There is a distinct difference between giving your best and being the best. Likewise, there’s a distinct difference between trying to better yourself and being better than everyone else.  The true secret to overcoming Imposter Syndrome is self-acceptance:  you don’t have to attain perfection to be worthy of the success you’ve achieved. In no way does this mean that you are lowering the bar. No, it’s about resetting it to a realistic standard that doesn’t leave you forever striving and feeling inadequate. Remember you do not have to attain perfection to share something with the world that enriches people’s lives in some way.impostersyndromelacmaOwn your success. You didn’t get to where you are by chance. Just as we must take responsibility for our failures in life, we must also take responsibility for our successes. Minimizing our successes serves no one. So if you sometimes feel undeserving of your success, try writing a list of all the key things you’ve accomplished over the last 5 years.lacma2Focus on the value you bring, not on attaining perfection. One of my dearest mentors would often remind me this past year that “perfect is the enemy of the good.” Meaning that one might never complete a task if one has decided not to stop until it is perfect. It’s in the same way that people may never even begin an important task because they feel reaching perfection is too hard.

 Also by being acutely aware of how hard we’re working to keep our head above water and fulfill expectations, we often mistakenly assume others are getting by more effortlessly. The reality is that many people are stretched and struggling just like you. Perhaps not in the same way, but in their own way, with their own unique set of challenges, insecurities, and internal struggles.lacma



The Dress: Part One

October 12, 2016

dress4This past Saturday marked my first full month living in Los Angeles. It’s been such an incredible journey so far. I feel like a houseplant that was just put in direct sunlight for the first time ever and is blooming like never before.dress8dress1I have a vivid memory from a couple months back that I feel compelled to share. At that point, I was finishing up my Master’s degree while working full-time and preparing mentally for the possibility of moving to LA. I had just had a phone interview with a famous lifestyle brand that I felt went well, but after the conversation was left feeling so anxious, not because of the fear of not getting the position like you would think, but actually I was anxious over what it would mean if I was to get the position. Beyond the obvious fear of starting my post-college life and all that that would mean, I was truly anxious about the very idea of what I was going to wear to work if I was hired… Yes, you read that right.dress5Everyone feels the pressure to look and act a certain way, but I’ve found that working in the fashion industry and especially being an image consultant, that I’ve felt both an extreme internal and external pressure to look beautiful. I found myself thinking over and over again at how my co-workers would most likely perceive me based on my clothing and style. Would they think I was qualified to work with influencers? It boiled down to whether they thought I was worthy. How crazy is that?!dress7dress3The very dress I’m wearing in this post was the result of one of those panics- I had stopped at the mall after work at the end of summer to pick up pieces for my new fall wardrobe. Knowing I was going to be moving to LA I searched for clothing that seemed it would fit the description “California cool”. I was immediately drawn to this dresses’ major 90s vibes, but also to that I could picture how I could wear it several ways- perfect for the broke fashionista, who relies heavily on

Outfit Ingredients

Dress- Forever 21

Denim jacket- Forever 21

Hat- Free People


dressAs an image consultant, I want our clients to not only feel good on the outside but more importantly on the inside. You are not a better person or somehow more qualified because you have more money to buy designer clothing or expensive makeup. For instance, this dress I’m wearing was only $20 and I feel great in it. I felt so great that when I wore it to work I didn’t even remember to think about if my co-workers would be impressed or not.

The reason I’m sharing this story with you is because I want you to know that you are not alone in your worry or self-doubt. People around you may look like they have their shit together, but everyone goes through moments of feeling unattractive, dumb, or worthless. I’ve learned that this is the ego or the part of the mind that believes it is separate from love. Take a moment to recognize that anything that isn’t love is an illusion. The truth is that the perfect you isn’t something you need to create- you already are- the perfect you is the love within you.kisskissdress6LOVE,


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