Fall Into Beauty

It’s Autumn in New England which means crisp air and Nature’s palette at her best welcomed into daily living. Think farm fresh apple cider, your favorite cashmere sweater, and leap peeping opportunities abound. It means shifting routines, nourishing beauty rituals, adding richness, layers and texture to interiors, and colorful weekend sojourns. Here, echoes of Autumn leaves and earthy Amber hues from the natural world invite a sense of warmth and comfort to enhance your seasonal outlook. May you Fall Into Beauty love, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. style!

Set an Autumnal tone this season and give your space and wardrobe enlightened energy by embracing an elegant soft Apricot color. For the love of the garden, let’s welcome beauteous Begonias and marvelous Marigolds to inspire the season. Apricot is a peaceful and pleasant color that elevates to create an ethereal mood, and as an almost Orange and not quite Pink, finds its sweet spot along side a natural palette from Cream to Green to Brown. Infused with light, it offers all the welcoming warmth of a Fall leaf or a favorite flower. New England charm style!

Wake to candlelight each morning with a sunshine accent wall and seasonally inspired accessories that cultivate that just right Autumn ambiance. Apricot glows happy and bright alongside white in the bathroom and forecasts a lovely Autumnal hue for the day. Perfect project if you’re feeling positively painterly! Reminiscent of a Fall Sunday morning walk through the forest a Farmhouse Pottery hand poured Vermont Wood Candle with notes of Fir, Cedar and Sandalwood, offers a sophisticated plus transportable celebration of the season. A Himalayan Salt Lamp has a magical and inviting presence with its warming healing glow when lit. A really nice lightweight option for desk, bedside table or office space is one with a wooden base for a natural look, allowing it to match most decor. Carved out of Pink Himalayan salt from Pakistan, it cleans the air in your space, soothes allergies, boosts your mood, helps you sleep and more!

Diffuse your way to a fragrant Fall with a fabulous Plant Therapy Finally Fall Essential Oils Kit. Set includes: Fall Rain, Maple Leaf and Harvest Moon in a limited-edition Autumn themed box for artful gifting!

  • Fall Rain: The crisp, coniferous scent of Fall Rain reminds us of rainy days spent in the forest. One sniff of this lovely blend will instantly transport you to beautiful, coastal, wooded forests. Therapeutically, Fall Rain will help ease breathing, calm the mind and body, and encourage a restful night of sleep.
  • Maple Leaf: The perfect Fall scent to instill a sense of warmth and comfort during cold Fall days. Sweet notes of vanilla Oleoresin and German Chamomile CO2 reminiscent of warm days spent hiking in Autumn. Cedarwood grounds the blend with a subtle woodsy sweet note and Cardamom brings a hint of spice.
  • Harvest Moon: A perfect blend to bring that crisp, clean smell of Fall indoors and freshen up any room with its uplifting scent. Bergamot adds that citrusy note. Cedarwood offers that woodsy outdoor note. Fir Needle and Juniper give the blend that forest-fresh feeling. Cardamom tops it off with spiciness. Together these oils can help to ease congestion during times of seasonal illness and soothe sore muscles due to exertion.

A modern take on an American classic, each decorative white band is hand painted by master potters at Farmhouse Pottery on their Yellowware Collection which includes pitchers that are picture perfect for the Fall table. Effortlessly beautiful, functional and timeless filled with ideal seasonal blooms such as Apricot Courier Chrysanthemums ~the stalwart champions of the Autumn garden. Farmhouse Pottery pieces are household essentials that bring pleasure to everyday utility. Wares tastefully crafted in a neutral palette that appeals to Wonder. Wisdom. Words. aesthetic, so that food and flowers are the center of attention. Handmade in their studio shop which also carries Vermont’s favorite treat. Experience the authentic New England tradition of enjoying real Vermont Maple Syrup on your pancakes this season!

Ladies, to ensure your Fall style is fresh and feminine, Wonder. Wisdom. Words. has gathered together a few ideas from what’s on our radar this season for some Apricot infused inspiration. Consider an of-the-moment Plaid Longline Coat with retro vibes from Nordstrom Mural with a crisp White T-Shirt, or a Silk Pussy-Bow Blouse from Max Mara destined to bring a touch of sophistication with its sleek tailoring and pretty in Peach palette when paired with a great pair of jeans. When donning yours, keep your hair out of focus to embrace the casually chic mood. Add a Cartier Orchid Ring, in 18K Rose Gold set with 1 Diamond to demonstrate polished feminine fare with one beloved statement piece. This queen of flowers is meticulously sculpted by skilled craftsmanship, first used by the iconic jeweler in 1925, the Orchid is now a classic motif in Cartier jewelry. Fashionable forever flower power!

As the weather shifts, so do our skin’s needs and we’re navigating the change in season with Kiehl’s tried-and-true gender neutral skincare favorites. If you’re serious about acclimating your skin to the changing weather, it’s going to need a little help, morning and night, so make these two words your mantra “stay hydrated.” Three old-world apothecary since 1851 cult classics make the season’s list for good reason. Start with the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner for a gentle alcohol-free cleanser + toner packed with powerful petals to soothe and protect. Follow with the Ultra Facial Cream for 24-hour hydration, formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and olive-derived Squalane for visibly soft and healthy-looking skin. And lastly, indulge with the elegant Creme de Corps, a rich, non-greasy body lotion with Cocoa Butter and Beta-Carotene to leave skin beautifully moisturized. Tip: pick up Kiehl’s beloved classics in large/liter size so that you and your significant other are set for this season into the next!

Fellas, welcome these sartorial suggestions for feel good style that captures the spirit of the season. Inspired by their bestselling Ludlow suit jackets, J.Crew gave this elevated Bomber Jacket the same interior Bemberg lining and sleek fit. Equipped to work well with dark denim, it’s a bomber for all occasions. Not to mention, they went to Connecticut’s storied American Woolen Co. mill (est. 1899) for its ultra-warm and stylish camel hair fabric. Worn over one of Crew’s Flannel Shirts, it’s a solid choice. Flannel shirts don’t get much more comfortable or classic than this. Made in a premium midweight cotton that’s brushed both inside and out, this shirt is supersoft, comes in a timeless plaid and is just heavyweight enough to keep you warm. Add a must-have manbag for a weekend jaunt ~we’re fond of the Carhartt Work In Progress Small Essentials Bag, so you, and all your stuff get there in rugged refined style!

‘Tis the season to find supernatural Autumn adornments from Hort & Pott ~short for horticulture & pottery, at the wondrous destination garden shop in upstate New York. A hub of vision and creativity nestled in the Catskill Mountains where two artful artisans liven up seasonal style with wild and unexpected botanicals. Offering handcrafted uncommon botanical goods as well as unique workshops and creative garden services. A seasonal palette of cultivated and foraged botanicals crafted into Autumn Wreaths & Bouquets are now available in the shop. These exceedingly long lasting wild arrangements will bring many seasons of joyfully warm color to your home. A great gift for someone special to show Autumnal sentiment shipped from New England with a sweet card. Note: Their stunning storied habitat is featured in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens. A must see and an inspiring read!

Fall-Blooming Native Plants offer food for wildlife and a feast for the eyes; no matter where in the country you live, there are good species to choose from. Let’s maintain habitat this season to this year’s bounty of beneficial beauties and critical creatures that make countless contributions to our everyday world. If you build it they will come!

  • Goldenrod is a mecca for wildlife; bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects drink nectar and take shelter, songbirds eat the seeds, and rabbits and other small mammals browse the leaves. There are many different native species found around the country.
  • IronweedJoe-Pye Weed are butterfly magnets and provide seeds to songbirds; there are several native options in the eastern two-thirds part of the country.
  • There are more than 150 native species of Asters, they attract butterflies, song birds, and native bees as well as host plants for several butterflies.
  • Other blooms to consider for your Autumn Garden: Black-Eyed Susan, Coneflower, Dahlias, Mums, Sunflowers + Marigolds ~just to name a few!

In New England, we are fortunate to have our pick of cosy inns set on sprawling tree-filled estates. The Pitcher Inn, a Relais & Châteaux property in Vermont, is about as country chic as it gets in Fall foliage season. This gem is the sister boutique property to Winvian Farm in Morris Connecticut ~a Wonder. Wisdom. Words. local favorite. The Pitcher Inn is laid back luxe in the heart of a charming Vermont village surrounded by the Green Mountains and the Mad River Valley. Set in the framing of a magical rustic barn, with classic farm-to-table cuisine and rooms decorated by 14 different designers that feature everything from vintage signs to antique skis, it’s truly enchanting!

Colors Of Fall Road Trip Guide: 25 Autumn Tours In New England By Jerry & Macy Monkman, 2nd Edition, 2018.

Come Autumn, New England is a celebration on the continuum of color as the abundance of trees change colors and their leaves blanket the ground. Naturally, this makes for a wonderful time to explore the great outdoors here, and so popular is this annual pilgrimage to see the Autumn foliage, that it has it’s very own verb ~to leaf peep!

For the perfect road trip companion, consult this guide that details 25 of the best scenic tours during Fall foliage season in New England. Trips vary from short drives on the coast to all-day excursions in the region’s mountains and forests. Detailed maps and itineraries complement trip descriptions that tell you what you’ll find along the route ~with 90 color photographs and 25 maps. In addition, sidebars suggest short walks and hikes that are great diversions. This guide will surely motivate any leaf-peeping exploration or road less traveled expedition. Experience the inimitable sights of Autumn in New England, and leave no leaf unturned!

Note: For Additional Seasonal Sense See Previous Posts From 2018 Fall Forecast + Forward Falling + Just Breathe. Still Relevant Reads.

Fire Cider Love

For The Love Of Fire Cider. The change of season is Wonder. Wisdom. Words. favorite time to make a batch of fire cider for use Autumn into Winter. Fire cider has been used and shared by herbalists for generations as a remedy to ward off illness and promote health. If you don’t have a recipe, not to worry, you can pick up Rosemary Gladstar’s newest book! Here, Gladstar compiles 101 original recipes for fire cider, wonderful illustrations plus stories and songs, in celebration of the health-boosting tonic and the community of herbalists who make it, share it, use it, and love it. Forthcoming October 2019.

  Traditional Fire Cider Recipe ~Excerpted From Fire Cider!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup grated fresh horseradish root
  • ½ cup or more chopped onions
  • ¼ cup or more chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup or more grated ginger
  • Cayenne pepper, fresh (chop it up) or dried (flaked or ground), to taste
  • Apple cider vinegar (preferably raw and organic)
  • Honey

Directions

  1.  Place the herbs in a half-gallon mason jar and add enough vinegar to cover them by 3 to 4 inches. Seal the jar with a tight-fitting lid. Place the jar in a warm spot and let sit for 3 to 4 weeks. Shake the jar every day to help in the maceration process.
  2.  After 3 to 4 weeks, strain out the herbs, reserving the liquid. Warm the honey (so that it will mix in well) and add it to the vinegar, to taste. “To taste” means your fire cider should be hot, spicy, and sweet. The honey also helps cool the heat, moistens, and balances all the fiery ingredients.
  3.  Bottle, label, and enjoy! Fire cider will keep for several months unrefrigerated if stored in a cool pantry. Best to keep refrigerated.
  4.  A small shot glass daily serves as an excellent tonic. Or take fire cider by teaspoons throughout the day if you feel a cold coming on. Take it more frequently, if necessary, to help your immune system do battle.

Fire Cider! 101 Zesty Recipes For Health-Boosting Remedies Made With Apple Cider Vinegar By Rosemary Gladstar, For decades, best-selling author and popular herbalist Rosemary Gladstar has been touting the health benefits of fire cider -a spicy blend of apple cider vinegar, horseradish, onion, ginger, garlic, and other immune-boosting herbs. Her original recipe, inspired by traditional cider vinegar remedies, has given rise to dozens of fire cider formulations created by fans of the tonic who use it to address everyday ills, from colds and flu to leg cramps and hangovers. Fire Cider! is a lively collection of 101 recipes contributed by 70+ herbal enthusiasts, with energizing versions ranging from Black Currant Fire Cider to Triple Goddess Vinegar, Fire Cider Dark Moonshine, and Bloody Mary Fire Cider. Colorful asides, including tribute songs and amusing anecdotes, capture Gladstar’s passionate desire to pass along the fire cider tradition.

About

Rosemary Gladstar has 40+ years of experiences studying and teaching about the healing properties of herbs. She is a renowned educator, author, activist, entrepreneur and founding director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, the New England Women’s Herbal Conference, and United Plant Savers ~a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinals and has led herbal educational adventures around the world. Gladstar lives in Vermont.

Analog Retreat

Bloom Where You Are Planted (1 Corinthians 7:20-24)

Spring Into Summer. Wonder. Wisdom. Words. is practicing a prolonged pause and escaping the blogosphere for the Summer as digital detox retreat for mind body soul solace. Digital De-Clutter Recipe For Renewal: For the love of nature as medicine explore your inner and outer landscape this season. Disconnect to reconnect. Cut the cell phone cord. Put away the iPad. Forget Facebook. Transcend Twitter. Ignore the Instagram urge. Digital Minimalism. Key to living an authentic and focused life in an increasingly noisy world.

Nourish & Nosh

The change of seasons can easily throw us off-balance in body, mind and spirit. Fortunately, we can rely on ‘food as medicine’ to help this transition be one of ease, health and wellness. While Wintriness lingers in our neck of the woods, as Nature moves in long strides, enjoy these Rescue Remedy Recipes to avoid a cold, fortify the body, lift the spirits and warm the soul. Nourish & Nosh!

Carrot Ginger Soup is a sweet and sunny, satisfying bowl of supercharged nutrition, while Matcha Rose Latte is pretty in Pink and Green to help you harness fresh, brighter, blossoming energy, open the heart chakra, and restore an overall sense of well-being. Plus perfect pairing of complementary colors for the Spring holiday brunch. Celebrate the season with sustenance in style!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 cup of organic almond milk
  • 1 tsp of organic rose petals
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey

Instructions

  1. Heat the almond milk and rose petals in a pan on low heat until warm, then stir in the honey and heat for another minute.
  2. Turn off the heat. Add the mixture and the matcha to a blender that can tolerate hot liquid, and blend for 30 seconds.  You can also use a hand blender in the pan until the mixture is blended and foamy.

 Moon Juice recently added a ‘magical’ matcha to its Moon Dusts line. An energizing and beautifying Green Tea Skin Food with Tocos and Silver Ear Mushroom to nourish skin, edible Hyluronic Acid to increase moisture levels, and adaptogens like Amla, Schisandra and Ashwagandha to target the effects of stress, and expand your beauty, luster and glow. Moon Juice is a holistic lifestyle resource for plant-sourced alchemy, beauty tools and next level natural remedies for daily nourishment to elevate body, beauty and consciousness.

Carrots -loaded with carotene, provide a powerful nutritional punch, enhanced with the cleansing abilities of freshly grated ginger and a dash of probiotic miso and garlic, gives this soup that hint of heat, deep flavor and healing. One of the most delicious culinary combinations, the roots of carrot and ginger combine to create a savory synergy. It’s just what the doctor ordered to ease one out of a Winter funk, support the immune system, and transition into Spring.

Ingredients

  • 1 organic onion
  • 1 lb. organic carrots
  • 1-inch piece ginger
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 tsp cold-pressed olive oil
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 quart water plus 1 Tbsp light miso
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp fresh herbs for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin or sunflower seeds for garnish

Directions

  • Peel and coarsely dice onion. Peel & slice carrots. Peel & slice ginger (scrape skin off ginger with the dull back-side of a paring knife). Peel & chop garlic.
  • Warm olive oil in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Add onion, carrots and ginger. Sauté over medium heat until starting to soften. Add garlic, and continue to cook for a minute longer. Add cayenne, water and miso, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Next simmer and cook, covered for 15 minutes. Taste, and add salt and pepper as desired. Continue to cook another 10 minutes, until soft.
  • Puree in the blender until smooth. Adjust seasonings and add more water if too thick. Stir in lemon juice.
  • For some crunch, garnish bowls of soup with pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Makes 6 servings -about one cup each. Bon Appétit! Be Well!

Valentine Ritual

 An Ancient Ritual + Alternative To Hashtag Holiday Hype To Help You Connect With The History Of St. Valentine  

  • Think of something that you want to “grow” it could be a business, a dream, a relationship, or even your health.
  • Write down your intention on a piece of paper using the following format: “I plant this seed of _______________ which I intend to help nourish and grow into _______________. I ask the Divine to help guide me to making the necessary steps and to ensure that all is carried out with my highest good in mind.”
  • Light a candle and place it next to a small bowl of clean water. Fold the piece of paper and hold it close to your heart while you meditate or repeat your intention.
  • When you feel your intention has been infused in the paper, drop it into the water.
  • Go outside and plant the paper in the ground, cover with soil and pour the water over the top. Breathe and let it go.
  • Take a moment to give appreciation and thanks to the Universe.

Cosmic Elements

Don’t dismiss the elements. Water soothes and heals. Air refreshes and revives. Earth grounds and holds. Fire is a burning reminder of our own will and creative power. Swallow their spells. There’s a certain sweet comfort in knowing that you belong to them all.
Victoria Erickson

New Moon In Aquarius The Water Bearer February 2019

A New Moon in Aquarius is about visionary transformation. The kind of transformation that is evolutionary. Internal, eternal transformation that nudges us closer to authenticity and sovereignty. Aquarian consciousness carries cleansing cosmic currents, catalysts for change. Time to re-focus our vision and open up to the energies of deep and penetrating truths. Tap the source to access our original fount ~in a mythological sense. That’s where the Gold lies. Flourish and flow into a high-vibe year we go!

High-vibe (adj.): The state of inner peace that arises from loving your whole self, doing your shadow work, and living with integrity of mind body spirit.

The Return

Northern cardinals bring splashes of splendid color to the Grays and Browns of a Winter environment. The male Northern cardinal is unmistakable, thanks to his Rose-Red plumage, pointed crest, and Black mask. The female cardinal has a more subdued fashion sense, preferring pale Tan and Brown with a few Rosy accents on the crest, wing, and tail. Both sexes have the same heavy, bright Orange bill. Cardinals are year-round residents in New England, and frequent forest friendly flyers on Wonder. Wisdom. Words property. Year after year, during the coldest months of the year, a visiting patriarch and matriarch pair’s clarion calls alert us to their presence dusk to dawn. Soulful birdsong thanks for sharing some survival sustenance.  Same Time Same Place.

Just Breathe

Our Neck Of The Woods Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

Let the golden scent of Fall fill your senses and home with this warm, earthy and aromatic body mind spirit diffuser blend. Diffusing is a stylish and beneficial way to instantly transport the best parts of Autumn to your indoor living space, and create year-round seasonal spa-like magic with essential oils. Best in therapeutic-grade essential oil brands -also offering a nice selection of high-quality diffusers specifically engineered to maintain the therapeutic properties of the oils, recommended by Wonder. Wisdom. Words. when creating your blends and diffusing:  dōTERRAEdens Garden, Floracopeia, Living Libations & Rocky Mountain Oils. Just Breathe!

Oak Tree Recipe

Ever wonder how to grow Oak trees from acorns? It’s easy! Late Fall is the perfect time of year to collect acorns to start growing new Oak trees over the Winter. Late dropping acorns (October and November) are typically healthiest. A healthy acorn specimen suitable for growing an Oak tree is one that is plump with a cap that is loose and/or easily removed. A naturally split or cracked acorn is fine, but do not collect damaged or crushed acorns.

How To Grow Oak Trees From Acorns:

  1. After inspecting the collected acorns, place them in a mixture of 1/2 peat and 1/2 loose barley in a clear zip-lock plastic food storage bag. Do not crowd the acorns. They should be loose in the mixture and the bag should not be more than half-full.
  2. Seal the bag and store it in the refrigerator throughout the Winter. Periodically check the moisture level -it should be damp, but not wet. At some point during the winter, the acorns should split open and white sprouts should begin to appear and grow.

When To Plant Acorns:

  1. In early Spring (late March to early April), fill individual plant pots with clean potting soil. Place the sprouted acorns horizontally in the soil about 1 1/2 inches deep and water. Place the pots in a south-facing window or under an artificial light source and keep the soil moist.
  2. During the next few weeks, the acorns will sprout into a sapling, with a few tiny, yet visible Oak leaves. As the trees grow, transplant them into larger containers. Do not allow the trees to become root bound, or dried out.
  3. You may keep your trees in plant pots indefinitely, or until they have reached a desired size to plant outside. Before planting them in the ground, introduce the trees slowly to the outdoors by placing them in cooler areas such as on a porch, or in a shed or garage for a few days at a time. Transplant them outside in the early Fall before danger of frost.