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The Devine Designs of Brooke Benson

Brooke Benson is one of my all time favorite jewelery designers. Her style is original, with ethnic influences and simple but creative flair.  There is a distinct characteristic that is captured in each design, revealing a uniquely raw, yet refined elegant style. Using spiritual symbols, gold, silver, rare one of kind pieces, wood and semi-precious stones, her jewelry is designed to adorn perfectly to those who wear it.

My personal favorites are the long necklaces from her Ancient Charm Collection. I have about three of them and can’t go anywhere with out someone stopping me to compliment it or ask how and where to get one. Her earrings are also fabulous and she is even doing custom rings! Click HERE to get to her site Brooke Benson Designs and for more info.

Brooke Bensone Designs

Eat Smarter

The newest release from one of my favorite nutrition authors, Michael Pollan. ‘Food Rules’ an eater’s manual, is a brilliant unconventional diet book for those of us who want to have healthier eating habits, but find it hard to navigate the confusing science of nutrition or tried many different diets that don’t last.  This book offers a welcome simplicity to our daily decisions about food and how we eat.

The health care crisis is in large part a crisis of the American diet of  processed food, refined grains and sugars, too much meat and lack of vegetables, whole grains and fruit.  Roughly three quarters of the two-trillion plus we spend on health care in this country goes to treat chronic diseases, most of which can be prevented by a change in lifestyle, especially diet.  Michael’s “Rules” are not framed in the vocabulary of science but rather culture and a source of wisdom about eating that turns out to have as much, if not more, to teach us than nutritional science does. Here are his top five and my favorites!

1. Eat food
2. Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
3. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry
4. Avoid food products that contain high-fructose corn syrup
5. Avoid food products that have some form of sugar (or sweetener listed among) the top three

Click HERE for more info on the author and to buy!

The Magic of MYSTIC MAMMA

Created and curated by the visionary Mijanou Montealegre, MYSTIC MAMMA will delight, inspire and uplift you! A daily fount of wisdom, vision and beauty weaving a web of consciousness and connectivity.  Reflecting the creative and intuitive aspects of reality and the wisdom of the Divine Feminine. Updated daily, it’s an ever flowing resource of inspiration, and a craft fully woven web of spiritual memory gems.

For women, mammas and soul searchers this site will blow you away and is such a gift to us all!  Click HERE and Enjoy.

Desert Blues

Tinariwen, ‘Tassili’

As a lover of world music I was floored when I first heard a track from this album while listening to KCRW. Tinariwen, the Saharan, nomadic blues-rock group’s new album Tassili strides across several genres to produce something so unsettling and so good that you just might feel you are hearing something in music for the first time, something from the cellar of your heart.

For this release they’ve invited in a few friends as well. Nels Cline contributes a beautiful guitar to opener “Imidiwan ma Tennam”, two members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band add rough texture to “Ya Messinagh”, and TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, who traveled out to the desert recording site, are on hand on five songs, adding subtle backing harmonies and even a bit of lead vocal on one song.

A world music favorite this year and a strongly recommended must buy! Also, don’t miss them live if you get the chance.  For more info click here!

I am always searching for new world music, if you know of a great album that you think I should check out please share!

Yoga, Spa and Detox Retreat in Paradise

I discovered The Sanctuary in 2001 and at 21 years old I thought I had died and gone to paradise! I have never seen another place like it. Their motto ‘built for travelers, by travelers’ is an honest description for this place. Accessible only by boat, it’s an adventure in itself and a must do if your in Thailand!

The Sanctuary, Bungalow Resort & Spa, is a boutique beach resort, spa, and detox center on the small island of Koh Phangan. Away from it all, you can feast on healthy mouth watering vegetarian and seafood specialties, stay in unique island style accommodations and experience their wonderful yoga and meditation offerings.

For more info click HERE

The Sitar Star

The super talented and amazing Anoushka Shankar does it again with her latest release, ‘Traveler’. By far one of the best, stunning and original world music albums of the year!  Anoushka amazes as she explores the links between Indian music and Spanish flamenco, the result of ancient Gypsy migration. This collaboration allows her to demonstrate her inspired instrumental work in the company of Indian musicians and the flamenco elite, including the producer and guitarist Javier Limón.

Unfortunately she just concluded her world tour, but you can still enjoy the music!  For more info click  HERE

Hello world!

I started this blog as a creative outlet and to share the people, places and things that inspire me. My entire life I have traveled around the world, studied music, art, photography and dance. I am a student of of Indian Classical music, a performer of African Dance and a 12 year practitioner of the healing arts. In addition, I have a global community of the most interesting, diverse and talented people.

With this blog, my vision is to inspire and promote awareness in global causes, holistic health and wellness, hip and exotic escapes, great music, inspirational  wisdom, and eclectic brands in fashions, jewelry and beauty.  I invite you join me on this journey and receive!