Friday, September 30, 2011

HEALTH, LOVE AND SOUL

Every now and then I crave for some vegan junk food (I consider faux-meat products just that) and head out to my local veg-friendly establishment for some vegan chicken, brown rice and corn or kale. They always have some smooth R&B or Neo-Soul playing and some edgy artsy looking people hanging around with their laptops (free wifi). There's also a juice bar where you can get anything you want put in to a form of a smoothie or juice. Gosh, I love this town.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

MY HOMEY WORLD


A friend of mine just opened a beautiful shabby chic high end blow dry salon in Soho and we celebrated the grand opening few days ago. The day after the party I took it easy all day and just enjoyed doing nothing. The cats were all over me all day as usual and I was able to catch this photo of Miina being interrupted while cleaning her belly. She usually takes a hike really fast when I try to photograph her. True diva.
Where there's mommy, there's everyone.
Together we conquer the world.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

NEW FAVORITES

There's just something wonderful about this $10 Indian lunch from Brick Lane Curry House. Comes with warm naan and a dessert.  Can't beat that.
Theraneem Organix shampoo and conditioners are vegan, toxic free as well as cruelty free. They are also designed to treat scalp issues with a superpower plant called Neem. Native to India and Burma, this little nutrient is known in tropical regions as the “village pharmacy” for its amazing properties. It’s a cornerstone of Ayurveda, and has been utilized as a medicinal herb for almost 5,000 years. 

Neem is also an eco-friendly herb that is contributing to developing countries—it only sheds its leaves during extreme droughts, so it provides shade year-round, and its plantations generate income for rural communities. And it's great to know what the company you are supporting by buying their products does good for the community and the earth; Organix-South pays above market prices and helps farmers convert to organic. i like the runny consistency of the shampoo and the conditioner just smells so wonderful I don't want to rinse it out. Ever. They also have many other really cool products from supplements to pet care. I'm tempted to try the shampoo for Miina and Moses. I bet they would love it. Even they don't love bathing.
These following products are great for travel and when I want to carry as little stuff with me as possible. When we went to Arizona I didn't bring bottles of facial cleansers and toners, I just brought few of these cleansing pads and wipes in a small sandwich sized ziploc bag. They take off all the make up (I use the cucumber towelettes also for my eye make up, not sure if it's recommended, but works great) and they also moisturize my skin at the same time.
And the last, but not the least, heaven scented "India soap". Our entire bathroom smells "just like India" when I take this soap out of the package. It's zero irritating for my sensitive skin. Ayurvedic, made of vegetable oils, does not contain any animal fat nor is it tested on animals. The ingredients in Chandrika are Coconut oil to nourish and moisturize, Wild ginger to soothe and help prevent infections and rashes, Lime peel oil for rich lather, Hydnocarpus oil to help prevent skin problems, rashes and outbreaks and Orange oil to tighten pores and prevent pimples and blackheads and Sandalwood oil to cool, refresh and perfume your skin (and the entire floor where your shower is located). Pure love. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

HAPPY WEEKEND!

 Three day weekend for me this week and we have plans going to the mountains, picnic, little hiking, maybe some Oktoberfest beers and waffles and just simply good times.  Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

HARD ROCK CAFE NYC

I came here for the Purple Haze.
We are All One. One Love. Love is All. All is One
My husband number three; Jimi Hendrix. Number two is Jon Bon Jovi. Number one is the one.

Friday, September 9, 2011

HIGHLINE PARK, THE LOT ON TAP AND CHELSEA MARKET

Went finally to check out the newly opened part of the Highline Park and walked it from the beginning till the end. The tour started from the Tap on the Lot with some kimchi tacos from the Kimchi Truck and cold beers. Yummy and hot.
We were early so the beergarten/foodtruck area was still empty, but I can imagine how busy this place gets in the evenings and weekends.
Artist on the job. 
Heart of the Meatpacking District.
My favorite place in Manhattan; Chelsea Market. They got great selection of little stores and restaurants. After last visit I made Chelsea Market as my go to place for gift shopping for every person in my life. I mean, they got such unique, nice things in the stores that there's no need to look further. My life got so much easier after realizing this. Some of my favorite stores are Chelsea Market Baskets (LOVE!), Posman Books (wow, what a unique selection!), One Lucky Duck (wheatgrass shots and green smoothies), Friedman's (veggie burger) and the Nut Box (I'm nuts for nuts). Thank you Chelsea Market.
After few days of darkness and heavy rains the rain has finally stopped and the sun is out brighter than ever. Gives me energy to get my butt up this chair and go enjoy the outdoors. Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

FARMER'S MARKET

 We are lucky that every Saturday morning there's a farmer's market just one block away from our house. And I've noticed that there's so much more organic produce now than a year ago. More organic farmer's and bakers coming out this way which is awesome. 
I definitely ended up spending way more money than I would in our local natural supermarket (Whole Foods), but I much rather support the farmers than big corporations. 
I think at this point of our lives we buy 90% organic. Few years back I remember telling my co-worker that I wish I could afford to buy everything organic and now we're almost there! Most vegetables we buy organic, same goes with almond milk, tomato sauce, rice, quinoa, pasta, hummus and so on. My husband also buys his meat organic from local butchers. If you cannot afford to buy everything organic all the time check out this list that reveals the "dirty dozen" (foods that are most contaminated with pesticides) and also the 12 least contaminated foods. Following the guidelines of this list I always buy apples, pears and celery (for my green smoothies) organic. Bananas I usually go Fair Trade rather than organic. 

Have a healthy day! I'm getting ready for Fashions Night Out in NYC!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

PICNIC IN CENTRAL PARK


Wednesday after work I met up with two lovely ladies for a picnic in the park. We all brought things to snack on and it seemed like we were all craving for something sweet because we ended up with two boxes of cupcakes, cookies, mixed fruits and some vino. 
Weather was perfect, not too humid, not too hot and the park wasn't too packed either. Lots of lovebirds, some yogis, families, personal trainers with their clients and so on. A good mixture of everything. Just like New York City is.
 We stayed until the sun went down and a fat lady came to sing (yell) that the park was closing and we needed to get our butts up and go.