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Gratitude

I am so grateful for all that I have in my life, and for all the little things that make the world so beautiful. The Guest House by Rumi is one of my favorite poems of all time. Enjoy the words, and find the meaning in your own life.

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

| photos from an outing to Overlook Park this morning |

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Monday, Monday

Today, I feel oh-so-sleepy. Wishing I were napping with my precious baby girl, T.

All photos taken during Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris.

Photos via the Sartorialist, Garance Doré, Jak & Jil Blog, Hanneli and fashiontoast.

Temperatures are heating up, flowers are opening their petals and excited people are venturing outside. Spring is here! And that means one thing to this fashionista: Sandal season begins! Over the past few years, each spring, I have splurged on one nice pair of sandals that lasts me the whole season plus some. I think sandals are one thing every woman should splurge on, especially if you know you will be wearing them everyday. As the summer inches closer, more and more styles will grace the market, but here are my picks for all you early birds like me out there, who want to catch the sandal worm! Happy shopping!

| Anthropologie Berry Trifle Flats |

| Miu Miu Multi-Strap Gladiator Sandals |

| Dolce Vita Irene Sandal |

| Loeffler Randall Patent Leather Sandals |

| Jimmy Choo Summer Perforated Suede Sandals |

| Proenza Schouler Two-tone Sandal |

| Matt Bernson Sherpa Sandal |

| Anthropologie Terra Incognita Booties |

| Sam Edelman Damian Sandal |

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RUBBER STAMPING!!!!

I love stationary and beautiful paper, especially in cute little stores like this one. But when it comes to getting crafty, I love using my growing collection of rubber stamps to create fun, unique cards for all the best people in my life for momentous occasions or just to say, “Thanks for being a special part of my life.”  I made these little birthday cards (the one on the right I gave to my best friend, Mia, last week) using stamps from Paper Source, where I used to work at the Marina location in San Francisco. I also love these handmade stamps found on Etsy.

Find these stamps and more equally cute ones at SugarSkull7, The Mayberry Sparrow, and CraftPudding.

** On another note, I am featured on Urban Weeds – Portland’s street style blog. Please, check it out here! **

I am happy to introduce you to Purusha, a collection of yoga and lounge wear that is practical and stylish. Hayley, the designer, creates one of a kind, hand-dyed and silk-screened pieces that are vintage inspired yet fresh and modern. All of the garments are made in the United States, organic cotton when available, and Hayley dyes the clothing using only natural plant dyes including sandalwood powder, Osage-orange bark, Brazil-wood bark, indigo rocks, and henna and kamala powders. The dying process can take up to two weeks. The designs for the silk screens are inspired by Hayley’s own photographs and paintings. She uses non-toxic, water-based paints on her screens.

Hayley creates each piece with love stemming from her deep connection to yoga and the Earth. Purusha is a Sanskrit word that literally means “man,” but metaphorically, it means “the soul of the universe, or the eternal breath within all beings’ breath.”  Here is the Sanskrit symbol:

पुरुष
Hayley’s beautiful sister, Kate, who is an old friend of mine, and her best friend, Colleen, along with Hayley herself model the Purusha clothes seen in this post. Check out the Purusha site here, and shop for all the fantastic goods here at the Purusha People  Etsy store.  Hayley also does custom orders, so if you see something you like, but it’s not quite right, contact her. Happy Friday, everyone! And remember, “You are the breath of the universe!”