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3 Can't Miss Pairings: Sleek Spots, Cool Cocktails, Chic Scarves

You know I love to have at least one (or 4) of blog post round-up of a collection

one of my favorite treats: Summer Cocktails. This year is no exception, but
thought I'd have some fun and change it up a bit. So this year, as an homage
to the soon to come end of Summer, I've curated 3 sets of pairings: putting
some sweet Summer style together with cool and cooling cocktails, and
each set within a fitting travel destination. Do join us!

Feed Your Body Well To Honor Yourself and Accomplish More

"Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity.
The soul must see through these eyes alone,
and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded
~von Goethe

As human beings, and especially
for any human being who works for a living,
most likely already know that these sage words of
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
are even better advice today than
as when he wrote them in the early 1800's.
And he would know.
Von Goethe was no slacker,
more of an over-achiever, if anything.
This famous German gentleman was a poet,
a playwright, (creator of the classic 'Faust')
as well as a novelist. And also a scientist, statesman
and he also dabbled as an artist, drama critic and more.

But his statement on the importance of self care still holds true.
As both a a reminder and as inspiration,
I've compiled a
collection of quotes,
in which
there is wisdom, instruction or advice,
as well as warnings for incentive
to heed said advice.

Hope you find them helpful, inspiring
and deliciously enjoyable.

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do."

~von Goethe

As a Voiceover Artist and Vocalist,
I see and feel a huge difference in my vocal sound,
and see and feel a drop in my ability,
whenever I let myself slide, get lazy or indulgent.

Such a difference, that not only have I decided it's
rarely worth that mere moment of indulgent enjoyment,
but that now I'm using the memory
of how lousy I feel afterward
as a 'tool' to keep myself on track.
(And I'm not even talking about over-drinking,
drugs or massive amounts of candies,
but just from eating a few meals worth of
basic crappy, junky, overprocessed 'food')
Having been on a clean, unprocessed, organic, whole-foods diet
for many years now, seems my body has become sensitized
and is now rejecting processed foods.
It's like my system is sending out an alarm, much like
the Robot in 'Lost in Space:
"Warning! Will Robinson, Danger!"
And I feel compelled to heed the warning.

"Health is the greatest gift,
contentment the greatest wealth,
faithfulness the best relationship

I'm not going to tell you to eat this, or not eat that.
I don't have to. Because I know that you know.
We all know what we should do.

It's just not possible to live well and stay healthy
while eating processed foods, junk food,
sweets, non-foods, and food so overdosed with sugars,
'bad' fats,chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors
...and those mysterious 'flavor enhancers'.
The choices you make when eating
are another way for you to honor yourself,
in both body, mind and spirit.
We feel good about ourselves when we care for ourselves.

Which in turn helps us to give more of ourselves
to help others, as well as ourselves.
So, it's a Win / Win, all around.

"Every time you don't follow your inner guidance,
you feel a loss of energy,
a loss of power,
a sense of spiritual deadness
~Shakti Gawain

"Every man is the builder of a Temple
called his Body

...so don't eat meals like this. 
(jk, he didn't actually say that)
~Henry David Thoreau

"Life is the sum of all your choices."
~Albert Camus

So true, Albert, that's why it's imperative for us
to make good ones, sticking with wise choices
and ignoring indulgent whims.
Once in a while they're fun,
but you'll end up paying for them if
you make it a weekly or daily habit.

And, over time, when you eat well,
junk foods' hold on you will diminish,
your system will clear and the
cravings for them will disappear.

When you feel great, you have more energy
and a clearer, sharper mind,
which helps you accomplish more
of the goals you've set.

Here's to honoring YOU.

Wishing you a happy, mindful and
healthful Autumn season,


6 Ways To Wear A Scarf In Summer That You'll Love Even When It's Sizzling


When the temperatures rise, most women, even die-hard scarf-lovers,
can't bear the thought of wrapping a scarf around their neck,
for fear of passing out from the heat, or ending up
with their scarf turning into a sweat-soaked rag.

When it's hot, a scarf may be the last thing
you'd want to wear. But that doesn't mean
you have to leave your scarf at home,
in the dark drawer or closet.
No, that would be... so sad.

But instead of missing your favorite scarves, 
try these easy, breezy ways to bring
your colorful accessories along
to brighten up your outfit and your day,
even in the heat of Summertime.

1. Scarf Up Your Handbag!

 Wrap the scarf along the handle, or tie a big,
colorful bow to the handle base. Or do both!

PRO TIP: Best for cool style on hot and humid days.
2. Scarf-wrap Your Hat!
 Wrap the crown of your favorite Summer hat with a long scarf.
Even easier than tying onto your handbag,
and very likely more attention-geeting!

PRO TIP: This style is great for wine tastings
and outdoor events, as long as it's not windy.

3. Beach + Poolside Backdrop

Whew, it's hot! Take your scarf along, but be sure to take the
right kind of right kind of scarf (like my beautiful Resort Wraps)
They make a picture-perfect, Instagram-worthy spot
for you to to lay on while relaxing at the beach or poolside.
Not many scarves can be used without harm, so take care,
but my rich sateen Resort Wraps seem made for this.

PRO TIP: Lay a heavy towel down first, then your scarf,
to avoid risk of abrasion damage or staining.

4. Wrap Your Wrap!
Put your Resort Wrap, or any large oblong scarf
to work double-time: as a pareo beach wrap,
so you'll look as fabulous as you feel
while you lounge around sipping your wine cooler.

PRO TIP: If your scarf is long and large enough,
you can wrap your scarf as a body length pareo.

5. Stole Style for Glamorous Comfort

And when the sun goes down, use any oblong scarf as a stole or shawl wrap, beautiful
around your arms or shoulders, soft and sexy
to keep eyes on you and chills off you,
while spending time beneath the Summer stars.
True glamour girl style.

PRO TIP: Scarves of lightweight fabrics can be
folded up into a small bundle and
tucked inside your purse during the day

6. Head Scarf Your Style
 Photo via Travelshopa And speaking of glamour, to keep
your hair (and perspiration!) off your face,
while looking stunningly cool and collected ,
try the tried and true head scarf wrap,
preferred by Hollywood stars for decades.

PRO TIP: Wear this style with a sharp
pair of sunnies for classic cool.

Let me know if you have any other ways
you like to use your scarf when it's hot.

At top is my '
St. Tropez' print in 'Cabana'
in organic sateen Resort Wrap scarf
in sharp black & white stripes,
with sweet pops of bright flowers,
for a delightful twist on classic Riviera stripes.

Browse my full collection of hand-crafted organic,
art-printed resort wrap scarves!

Proudly made in Los Angeles, California, USA.

As you go traveling out and about this Summer,
let Beau Monde Organics help adorn you with eco conscious art.
Show your love for yourself, and for the earth, in my
uniquely-designed nature
and travel art-printed organic scarves;
Made in LA by methods that do no harm to people, animals or planet.
Make one your eco conscious fashion statement.
Stay cool and chic my beauties!


How To Move From Negativity To A Life Of Peaceful Strength

There are many ways to calm a negative energy without suppressing or fighting it.-Thich Nhat Hanh via Blog Beau Monde

"There are many ways to calm a negative energy without
suppressing or fighting it; you recognize it, you smile to it, you...

(re) Style A Beautiful Summer Resort Look With Color and Accessories


You don't have to travel far to get yourself into gorgeous Resort look.
I'll show you how to use
accessories to create your own.
Here, I'm using tropical influenced pieces in soft
peachy pinks and beachy blues, for Summer style
with a chic resort look and relaxed feel.