October New Moon

Posted on Sunday, 30 October 2016

I love planning my new moon parties for my friends every month. We missed the last one because I was in California so we are doing an extra special one on Halloween. Margaritas, Practical Magic and our moon ritual. The energy from Halloween and the new moon on October 30th is perfect for setting intentions for this fall and winter season. Fall always brings major change in my life and it feels like a fresh start for me to work on creative projects.  This new moon is in Scorpio which brings intensity and a peek into other worldly realms. It also has a dreamy, romantic quality (source: alchemy with ambi) intuitive energy and all that jazz. Dreams are also very powerful at this time, write them down and let your intuition interpret them. Let your feelings guide you this month and work with that scorpio determined, powerful and spiritual energy to help you create the life you crave. 

For this new moon I created my own sage bundle using dried flowers and loose sage. I used lavender which had a spiritual connection to love, tranquility, higher consciousness and healing. You can even use a dry flower that has special meaning to you. For my rituals I also picked up a magic hour candle for the new moon (my favourite candles!) created with lunar charged gems, in a sacred space and with powerful intention. The creator Brandie Taylor is a trained witch, mystic and intuitive tarot reader. Finally I will be ending the night with a magical bath using Gem Honey bath salts, which are all infused with beautiful scents and quartz charged crystals. To read more about my new moon party process you can check out this blog post! Wishing you all a magical, creative and serene new moon!

Wearing a vintage sequin top and new Jordan de Ruiter skirt. 

Big Sur Love

Posted on Thursday, 27 October 2016

Ahhh Big Sur is like your first sip of coffee in the morning or the first fall day with the perfect smell of crisp air and the coziness of a sweater. It feels really magical to me, and I know I use that word alot, I love the idea of magic it makes life that much sweeter and mystical, and in this case I believe this place is magic. The kind of magic that can heal a broken heart, or the kind of magic that brings you to a cabin amongst redwoods that feels like a dream because it is a cabin you only thought existed in your wildest dreams. The smell of the redwoods is palpable, I could drink it in, it felt like it was engulfing my spirit and invigorating my veins with earthly life. And everywhere I looked I was mystified by mother nature, the stunning turquoise blue ocean, the giant trees, the mountains in the distant, the wood cabins, the golden sunsets. Everything is pure beauty and had me thinking how lucky we are that nature just does this, we don't need to will it, it just does. It was such a stunning example and reminder for me to keep fighting to protect it, to keep having hope that we can take care of our earth again, to keep talking about my environmental passions because that resounding sound must be heard and I know other people hear it too. 

We ended our final night with the new moon. This new moon was in Libra and it was also the black moon which signifies the second new moon of the month. I think because I was in California I was able to witness this event (based on timing, some received it on October 1st). This also means that I will be able to experience another black moon on October 30th, with a huge new moon celebration on the 31st with my new moon tribe. I created an intention list, gazed at the stars, saluted the cosmos with my pumpkin ale and had the perfect evening with my family. It was a time for me to start anew, heal my wounds, and give thanks. This new moon was all about the return to love. And for me that has been a return to my rituals of self love. I cherished every moment in Big Sur, I was in my favourite place during a powerful lunar event and was reminded of the things I love and want to accomplish. Thank you Big Sur for always bringing me back to myself and showing me the power of nature.

Joshua Tree

Posted on Saturday, 8 October 2016

I have been wanting to go to Joshua Tree for as long as I can remember. I've had this longing to experience the landscape of the desert, the dusty colours, the barren space, the sparse plants and trees that live and thrive in hot weather. It always pulled me in like a past life where I would ride in on my horse in a cascading old west dress. Then when airbnb became a popular means of travel and my personal go-to I would spend hours looking at rentals in Joshua Tree, admire the photos of the starry nights and epic sunsets over the desert terrain. Not to mention all the RV's and rustic cabin retreats that just get me. 

Then it happened! I went to Joshua Tree and it just cemented my love for the place. My family and I took an incredible family vacation for my sister's birthday. In only 6 days in the west coast we planned to explore LA, Joshua Tree and Big Sur. A ton of road trip singing (by my brother mostly), so many stops along the way and missed exits and beautiful vistas and car games and pumpkin beer. Joshua Tree was the one request on my list so we made sure to do a day trip to this magical place. Luckily my family also fell in love with it, my dad and brother climbing all the rock formations in sight. I took as many photos as I could and tried to inhale every second of it. We ended our national park exploration with dinner at Pappy & Harriet's and it was our favourite dinner we had on the whole trip. They even had a vegan burger which was amazing! Right in the centre of Pioneertown, an old western movie set turned artist and explorer paradise. The sign at the front entrance of the restaurant reads: "If you're in a rush you're in the wrong place!" What a beautiful motto and such a fitting description of this quaint desert town, that slows and stops to find the beauty. And if the magic wasn't already evident as the sun was setting there was a majestic rainbow over the desert, so bright and vibrant and a reminder that we were exactly where we needed to be. With all the crystal and vintage shops and dudes walking around with beards and big hats, I felt quite at home. It's amazing you could love a place before you visit it and then even more amazing to love it more when you arrive, and I had arrived and my soul felt known again.