Tuesday, November 29, 2011

HAUTE AIR GRAND OPENING

Fabulous friend of mine, Gigi (pictured above serving macaroons in the streets of Soho), opened up her gorgeous shabby chic blow dry salon, Haute Air, in Soho last summer. I attended the Grand Opening Party that included delicious macaroons, beautiful ladies, hipsters, photobooth, hot dog stand and a whole lotta dancing. What a great party! 

Friday, November 25, 2011

AUTUMN COLORS

I didn't celebrate Thanksgiving although I did write down my gratitude list already earlier this week inspired by Gabby Bernstein. To mention few things from the list, it included my husband and my two beautiful healthy kids (yes, the cats), my mother's remission from cancer, my dad starting to do ashtanga yoga (!), all the wonderful new and old friends I have in my life and finally getting a job offer! 
Have a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

PHONE SHOTS OF MY WEEK

 It's been a fun week and many exciting things are happening in my life right now. New friends, new opportunities and challenges and the never-ending learning. I've been manifesting the entire week for something I really want, done my morning and evening meditations with Gabby's guided meditations I downloaded for free from iTunes, and tried to share universal love to all beings that cross my path. Not so easy in NYC... But I'm doing the work and I'm already seeing the results. So it really works.
In other news, the entire US celebrates Thanksgiving tomorrow and I've continued my newly started holiday tradition by adopting two turkeys this year for Farm Animal Sanctuary, Peyton and Amelinda. I'm working on Thanksgiving and don't mind it because I have no emotional ties to this holiday. I also strongly suggest you read this great article by Joshua Katcher about the truth in Thanksgiving. Especially the second video really made me feel sick. So how about we all just have some bean soup and share gratitude with our loved ones instead of stuffing ourselves with not so natural stuff, ey? Check out this vegetarian Thanksgiving menu here and get cooking.
"The abuse of 40 billion farm animals worldwide per year is the worst karmic disaster humankind has ever promoted". Russell Simmons

Monday, November 21, 2011

OUTFIT OF THE DAY

After all this spirituality talk I'm going to balance it out a bit here in the blog world and give you one of the rarely seen "outfit of the day"postings. I don't consider myself fashionable nor do I follow or care about trends, therefore you will probably never see another blog post titled this way. Just felt like we had to come down a little to the materialistic world. Oh, and enjoy the beautiful sight of our locker room at work!
These "boxing shoes" are at least 10 years old. I've hardly ever worn them therefore they're still in great shape and extremely comfortable. But not very warm so once weather gets a little more colder they have to go and wait for the spring. I think I got them from Ellos...
Have a wonderful week! 

Friday, November 18, 2011

SPIRIT JUNKIE 11-11-11 LECTURE

Gabrielle Bernstein is the new kind of role model for young women that are looking to add something more to their lives than that new Gucci purse or colorful cocktails with the girls (although we still do love to relax and chic chat with our girlfriends over a glass of wine after work). She is the next generation guru, motivational speaker, life coach and author of two books; Add More ~ing to Your Life- a Hip Guide to Happiness and the Spirit Junkie, a Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles. My second blog post ever in 2008 was about Gabrielle as well, take a look here
I've been to few Gabrielle's lectures in the past years and have her meditations and lectures in my iPod so I can listen to them when I'm on the train, walking, waking up, going to sleep and so on. Instead of watching TV before bed, I want to fill my mind with positive thoughts.  Because the power of mind is so powerful. And I'm slowly starting to realize it. 
Spirit Junkie is a story of how Gabrielle has transformed her life and she is offering her spiritual journey as a guidebook for overcoming fear, changing perceptions, and creating a life you’re psyched to wake up for. She has traded self-doubt and addiction for a new kind of high. Choose love over fear.
The Spirit Junkie lecture was held at ABC Carpet & Home's Deepak HomeBase, a space that was just perfect for an intimate gathering for 200 people... :)
Spirit Junkie Power Panel. Photos by Arielle of Be Well With Arielle.
Spirit Junkie lecture included a Power Panel that included Marie Forleo, Tara Stiles, Latham Thomas, Josh Pais, and the Astro Twins. The entire lecture is available for viewing at herfuture.com. To sum up shortly what I got from this lecture was to stop letting my ego control my mind and causing me to doubt myself and fear that I'm not good enough to get that job, be with this man, have real friends or get whatever happiness there is in this world to get. This fear is just an illusion, not even real. I can get that job if I focus and want it bad enough, release this desire to the universe and let her (the universe) do her thing. I no longer push things to get done. My inner guidance and the universe will guide me to the right direction once I let it. 

So far I've gotten everything I ever wanted in life so I'm grateful for that. But as you know, there's this one thing that has made me miserable for few years now that I've been stuck in it; my job. I just checked my emails and January 2008 I had my first interview after I felt I didn't want to work in this place anymore. That was four years ago. I recently asked Gabby about my situation and if she had any advice for me. Of course she did. She suggested me to be super clear about what I want, and after I've clarified that I must clear out any fear that blocks me from believing. I'm working on this and I'm happy to say that I feel things are shifting finally and I feel positive that I won't be in this situation much longer. I know the universe has my back.
Gorgeous Gabrielle. Photo by Arielle of Be Well With Arielle.
"The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the most of everything that comes their way."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

NOW READING

My book of the month; Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein. Miina approves.
 Last week I attended two wonderful events. The first one being "Coming into Unity" celebration at the Alignment Center in NYC where we did lot of meditation, crystal activation, energy-, sound- and shamanic healing and a lecture about shifting of the consciousness. Deep stuff all right. I enjoyed it extremely. My spiritual mentor brought me there with him so big thanks to him for leading me in the right path.
Stargate Activation at Alignment Center
The next day I was lucky to get a ticket to ABC Carpet and Home's Deepak HomeBase where always so lovely spiritual rockstar Gabrielle Bernstein had her "Spirit Junkie" lecture. I will share you the details later this week. In the meanwhile you can purchase the book here and get to know Gabrielle here.
Later lovelies!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ABC CARPET AND HOME

Last week I attended a lecture in this elaborate home furnishing and decoration empire north of Union Square Park. I came here once before looking for a birthday gift for my sister-in-law and this is the place to search for inspiration at any home decorating stage. Just browsing around for an hour gets you very inspired and ready to rock your project.
Of course this time of the year they already had all the holiday stuff out and this huge space looked quite inviting. Since I've forbid myself from buying more things I just ended up looking around and day dreaming.
My personal favorite department at ABC is the Tibet Arts & Crafts that transports you somewhere in Asia to adore all the beautiful antiques, jewelry, clothing, fabrics, incense, statues and wall art. Prices are quite steep here as well, so I just look and get inspired...
ABC Carpet and Home is also home for the ABC Kitchen that serves local organic environmentally conscious food with chef Jean Georges Vongerichten. I've never eaten here, but looked at the menu few times and it sounds wonderful. Definitely in my near future plans. Above the restaurant is the Deepak HomeBase where the lecture was held. World-renowned authority in the field of mind-body healing and best-selling author  Deepak Chopra actually host a whole array of interesting events here. Take a look at the program here.
I will fill you in on the details of the lecture later this week. In the meanwhile, stay inspired!
 

Monday, November 14, 2011

I LOVE DAYS OFF

Apple pie before oven

 When I start waking up really late it means my jetlag is over, and no more easy early mornings. But I was in a really good mood and decided to start baking after checking I actually had all the ingredients I needed. My mom made few apple pies while I was in Finland and this one was sooo good. It's more like apple cake, which is what my husband called it. I replaced all white flours with coconut flour and whole wheat flour (half and half) and used brown sugar and palm sugar instead of white sugar. Palm sugar gives it a nice butterscotchy flavor.To make it vegan I used this egg replacer and instead of cow milk I used almond milk. This way it's a little bit healthier than normally.
Little My mug and Pentik's Saaga spoon
 While waiting for the pie to bake I enjoyed some white tea from yet another Moomin mug. Pikku Myy (Little My) is one of my favorite characters of the Moomins and I used to wear my hair like that because of her. She was such a tough little lady. Oh Little My. If I have kids one day they'll be watching nothing but the Moomins on TV (this user on Youtube has many full length episodes in English). And of course we'll visit the Moomin Theme Park in Finland. Every summer. Yeah, we will.
 As usual, while waiting for the pie, the cats took over my chair.
 Pie came out delicious and very moist, it just crumbles too easily. More flour next time. This is my dessert plate from Marimekko. It's only for dessert. Too cute for anything else.
Route 66 Arizona back in the day on our wall.

Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

THE GREATEST SPEECH EVER MADE



I just came across this video this morning and it brought my emotions up. It represents my view of the world as I too feel very strongly that things are not the way they were intended to be and we're heading to the wrong direction in the global level. I've spent the past two days in very spiritual company learning things about me and finding my own spirituality and connecting with it and finding ways to strengthen it. I think we all need to step out of our self-centered selves and stop, breathe, be present, acknowledge and connect with what's around you and try to feel more united with the world.

"We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.The way of life can be free and beautiful. 
But we have lost the way.Greed has poisoned men’s souls – has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. 
Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost."

Charlie Chaplin 1940