14 March 2014

Reisling and Lemon Mint Leaf Relaxation





It wasn't that I hadn't thought about how I was going to handle the lack of substance right now. It was more-so how I was going to compensate for the fact that there is so much simplicity to my life right now. No school presently... Just work and home. It seems as if home is not in a feng shui dimension and neither is work. The other day I began to think about joy. And what that emotion really means. It would appear that it means happiness and a collection of senses that evoke a smile upon your face. And I immediately thought about how many times a day we don't acknowledge the joy. How quickly our mood turns to the stressors around us. Then I began to think about what brings me joy. It's the simple glass of Reisling, snapping pictures of Baby Dolce, or the scent coming from the Lemon Mint Leaf candle from BBW, or even posting an article as simple as this. These things that bring joy to me are a couple of the things that add substance to my life. I sometimes can't help but think about what's going to happen when school begins and life really begins to speed back up. But even in the midst of the busiest times in life, I really truly try to manage how I react. And though that be the only thing that matters to me, my newfound love for meditation has led me to not care about the actions or reactions of others. Do you meditate? What are some quotes that keep you thinking?

In the words of Deepak Chopra:

"Pay attention to that unchanging part of yourself. It is perfect. At the source of life, and only there; one finds peace and harmony and the undisturbed contentment of bliss."

07 September 2013

The Benefits of Mustard Oil





"Give me your hand" She says.
"Why?" I asked. She looked quite serious about it.
"Because I want to show you something. I love your hair. Absolutely, I do. But I want to tell you a secret" She said, patting the bed and beckoning me next to her.
I came and sat down, watching as she pulled a bottle of yellow liquid from her nightstand.
"Mustard Oil" She said.
She proceeded to explain to me how it was used. This Indian woman had the most beautiful black hair. Gorgeous skin color.
She took the bottle of oil and poured a small amount in her hand. She then took my fingers and put them in the palm of her hand.
"Go like this", She said. She motioned for me to rub the oil into my scalp. I did. And it wasn't known at this moment whether it would be the miracle I was looking for, but I was hoping.

Mustard Oil is an oil that most Northern Indians make use of for cooking and other purposes. In this circumstance, the other purpose was to use in my hair. It is extracted from the mustard plant. This plant belongs to the Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli and Cabbage family.

Mustard is known to be rich in many vitamins and minerals. It's a great source of selenium, zinc and beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted into Vitamin A. You get this from Carrots as well. Vitamin A aids greatly in promoting hair growth, and glowing skin. Hair loss is usually a result of zinc or selenium deficiency in the body. That is why they tell you that if you regularly massage your scalp with Mustard Oil, it will stimulate healthy hair growth.

There are quite a few methods to using this Oil. Below are some of the ways many people use it. 

Method 1: Massage the oil into wet or dry hair, and cover with a hot towel. Wrapping it with a towel opens the pores in your scalp and allows the oil to penetrate. It is best to do this and leave it on overnight or at least 3 hours before shampooing/conditioning. I have also begun to use a hair dryer and set the dryer on low. Allowing the oil to seep into my scalp for an hour or so. You can also cover it with a shower cap.
Method 2: Use a blow dryer instead of the above suggested hair dryer/hot towel method
Method 3: Use this as a regular oil in your hair. Add it to your daily moisturizing routine to "seal" your ends.

Needless to say, I went to the store immediately and bough 750mL of Mustard Oil. Have you ever witnessed the benefits of this oil?

26 March 2013

NOLA

I went to New Orleans this past weekend. For all intents and purposes, it was pretty interesting. I was told that if I had gone around the time that Mardi Gras was going on, then I would have had more fun than I already had there. What was interesting to me was the free-spiritied people that lived there. The houses were big, personalities from people around you were welcoming and although there was so much to do, I only had 5 days to enjoy myself. The sun was shining, and almost everyone was smiling.

I live in New York. And to me, NY is so depressing. New York City not so much. But I live in Central New York. And statistics show that it is one of the most depressing and sunless cities in the United States. What caught my attention one time when I was reading an article about Central New York was that it rained 39% of the time. That is almost as much as Seattle Washington. And we all know how much it rains in Seattle.

I began to think, while I was on the plane; how much does where you live have to do with your mood? Your ambitions? Your thoughts about where you live, what are they? Do you feel lost? I can just imagine if I lived in California or somewhere that was sunny all the time, I would be a little bit chipper more often. Heck, I might even give money away to strangers. Or dance like Fiddler on the Roof. Pictures showing the fun that I had will be coming soon. Must edit some though. Isn't it amazing how much you can do to edit your photos? Toodles until then. 

14 February 2013

Go for the green






I began to think about freedom today. What makes you "free"? What do you have to do to be free? Why is it that when we think about freedom and everything that it entails, we sometimes think about the limitations? What's holding us back? What is giving us the problem with succeeding and moving forward?

02 February 2013

Flower...


 

I had went to get a tattoo a few months back. It was so much fun...painful (even with this being the 7th one) but it was done by such a great artist: Cate at Resurrected Tattoo. Do you have any tattoos? How many? What are the significances of them?

20 January 2013

Only fur your eyes to see

It was not too long ago that I challenged myself to go to one of my favorite Vintage shops here in Syracuse and come out with 1 item. I love this shop so much because of the wonderful things you can find there without the immense effort of searching. This lovely jacket was one of them...








Jacket: Vintage// Shirt: Forever 21// Leggings: Mossimo by Target// Boots: Target