Gypsy Living

Happy Fall Equinox! September 22, 2014

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Today in the Northern Hemisphere marks the fall equinox. The equinox is the point where the Earth’s rotation produces equal hours of daylight and darkness. After today we will slowly be slipping into longer evenings and shorter days. Celebrating and living with nature’s cycles reminds us of our own individual and internal cycles. The change from summer to fall has always felt the most dramatic to me. Maybe it’s the leaves changing colors, or the layering on of clothes over once naked skin. The crisp air of fall ushers in a new season and a new cycle. The equinox marks the time for gathering the final harvest of the season. This time of year is perfect for reflecting on our own harvests. How have we grown this year? Where has our inner journey taken us? This is a time of year for gratitude, reflection, and celebration. Compiled below are a few suggestions for celebrating the autumnal equinox.

Practice Yoga
Today nature is in balance with equal hours of daylight and darkness. Find a place of balance within you by stepping on to your mat for yoga practice. Focus on asanas that make you feel connected to the Earth and grounded. Mountain pose, warrior I and II, child’s pose, and of course tree pose are all good places to start.
Have a Seasonal Meal
Decorate your table with natural objects found in nature such as leaves, apples, grapes, feathers, and pumpkins. Plan a meal that is in accordance with the seasons. Focus on either finishing up the last of summer’s produce or celebrating the delicious fruits and vegetables of fall. I am a sucker for anything featuring pumpkin or butternut squash. Wild mushroom ravioli with butternut squash sauce anyone?
Practice Gratitude
The harvest is a time of recognizing abundance. Give thanks for all that has come into your life this year, the good and the challenging. All has been instrumental in your growth. Practicing gratitude changes your outlook on everything. A gratitude jar is a great way to remember the harvest’s abundance throughout the season.
Tie Up Loose Ends and Plant New Seeds
Fall is a time of beginning to turn inward. Use this season to finish up projects with loose ends before the year comes to a close. The longer hours of darkness provide the perfect opportunity for contemplative work. Sit in stillness through meditation and reflect on what new seeds can be planted in your life. Use this time to prepare for new beginnings.
Celebrate Light
Shorter days are on the horizon. Celebrate the glory of light by turning your face skywards to the sun or performing some sun salutations. Light candles to create a cozy environment. Perhaps you may consider eating or sitting by candlelight alone. This would create the opportunity to sit with and celebrate both the light and the darkness. Practice finding the beauty in cycles- life and death-light and dark.
Spend Time in Nature
Winter will have us bundled up inside soon enough. Take advantage of these glorious crisp days. Breathe in fresh air tinged with the smoke of fires. Feel leaves crunch beneath your feet. Spend time in nature watching fall slowly unfold.

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

with love and pumpkins,

lauren

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Mermaid Life

Always Be a Mermaid

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Labor Day weekend has come and gone.  Kids have rushed off to school and although Pumpkin Spice products have already shown up on menus, summer is still here. At least for a few more weeks. Hold on to this magic time of warm nights and bare feet.  Relish the warm air on sun kissed shoulders and windswept salty ocean hair.  A mermaid was the first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up.  The ocean’s waters  have always crashed into my heart.  Flooding me with freedom, with flow, with resistance.  My second lungs.  In and out. Breath of ancient origins.  My final days of summer will be spent in the ocean’s embrace.  Wash over me, polish my rough edges, teach me the dangers of shallow living.

peace, love, and mermaid hair,

lauren

Bohemian Royale

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Day2-36-copySpell & the Gypsy Collective August/September Look book ‘Bohemian Royale’.
SHOP THE NEW COLLECTION NOW.
Photographer Graham Dunn
Model Anja Konstantinvoa @ Priscillas
Art Direction Kelley Ash
Styling and concept by Spell & the Gypsy Collective & Leah Hoffman
All vintage (and Child of Wild jewels) from Leah Hoffman’s personal collection
H&M Kali Kennedy
Assistant Rhian Bosci

I am in love with the new Bohemian Royale collection from the ever amazing ladies at Spell and the Gypsy Collective.  I couldn’t wait to share the pieces that are rockin my gypsy soul.  I’m a summer girl, but fall fashion has always pulled at my heartstrings and this year’s heavy influences of 70’s styles, fringe, and western wear have me day dreaming of changing leaves.  This fall I think I’ll be trading my skinnies for a pair of bells and undoubtedly adding yet another piece of fringe to my closet.  Be sure to check out the gorgeous Bohemian Royale Collection in its entirety.

peace, love, and good fashion

lauren