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Casting Shadows: Light and Dark in Hermès Latest High Jewelry Reveal

One jewelry-lover’s review of the brilliance found through Pierre Hardy’s latest Hermès collection exhibition in NYC, Les Jeux de L’Ombre.  What draws us to the jewelry we love most? Is it the…

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Delicata Squash with Caramelized Shallots

Delicata Squash with Caramelized Shallots “Healthy side dish for Thanksgiving” 5 ingredients 45-60 MINS COOK TIME I wanted to share one of my favorite fall side dishes that is also perfect for…

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Everything You Need to Know About Camel’s Milk

Camel’s milk has more nutritional benefits than cow’s milk, but not many people in the US know about this rich source of vitamins and minerals from overseas. Read the article below for…

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How It All Started: A Brief History of Louis Vuitton’s Trunks

Ever wonder how Louis Vuitton became the world-renowned brand that it is today? Turns out it all started with trunks designed for pleasure-travelers in the mid-19th century! Ever since my recent trip…

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200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries: A world of inspiration from Louis Vuitton

This immaculate creative collection celebrates the 200th birthday of iconic brand founder and designer, Monsignor Louis Vuitton–with the collection to be auctioned for charity in 2023! If you love art, fashion, and…

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Risk or Reward? Exploring Artificial Sweetener Use in 2022

For those of us who have a ton of concerns about our health, the word artificial can often make us shy away from certain products. We like to keep it natural, since…

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Vegan Pesto

Vegan Pesto “Super versatile and a breeze to make” 5 ingredients 10-15 Minutes My mom and I grew so much basil a few years ago that we didn’t know what to do…

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PFAs: The “Forever Chemical” You Want to Avoid

You’ve probably heard about PFAs, and know that they’re not good for humans. But why is that exactly, and why did we start using them in the first place? An entirely human-made…

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Red Light Therapy: The healing power of light & color

Light has a ton of powerful health benefits, but did you know that different colors on the spectrum have different effects on our bodies and mental health? Let’s look at red light…

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A Tribute to My Love for the Little Black Dress

Who doesn’t love a little black dress? Now known as an LBD, the little black dress has become one of the most infamous looks known to any wardrobe: it is versatile, subtle,…

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Th​​e Power of Sun: Why you should go for a daily dose of sunlight

The sun-phobia these days is real. Stay out of the sun, always cover up! Yet, while this fear has a ton of basis in fact – there are certainly enough links out…

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How to protect your skin with non-toxic SPF | Sunscreens for Every Season

In these hot summer months, beachgoers who don’t wear sunscreen will be quick to tell you all the reasons they don’t wear it. Perhaps you’re one of them…just like me (haha)! The…

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The Story of Christian Louboutin’s Red Sole

What if I told you that the story of Christian Louboutin’s red sole started with…nail polish? With simple beginnings in 1991, Louboutin was about to launch a trademark look for the fashion…

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‘Majestic Escape’ in Paradise: A Harry Winston Experience

A few weeks back, I was charmed with a gift from my dear friend Tom: an invitation for a two-day event celebrating the new collection “Majestic Escape” by none other than the…

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Mediterranean Roasted Sardines

Mediterranean Roasted Sardines “Easy and absolutely delicious fish recipe” 7 ingredients 20 Minutes Did you know that sardines are nutritious powerhouse? They are an excellent source of Vitamin B-12, D, calcium and…

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Why I love coconut oil pulling for oral health

As many of us continue to change up the products we use at home in favor of our health, it’s time to consider taking charge of the products we use to facilitate…

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Cleaning Makeup Brushes 101

Everyone can agree that bathrooms are gross and a haven for bacteria and even mold to thrive.  I think we are all well-trained to clean bathrooms often, run the fans when showering…

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My all time favorite chicken soup!

My all time favorite chicken soup! “Nutritious, cozy, easy, colorful & winter-friendly” 10 ingredients 2 hours COOK TIME The secret to this recipe is to remove all the fat from the soup…

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Why I Adore Power Suits

Quick question: what’s your 2022 version of a ‘power suit’? For me, it’s whatever outfit makes me feel on top of the world—take for instance this black lace power suit. Whenever I…

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Hermès Chain d’Ancre: Inspirational Origins

Well, it’s certainly no secret that I have a special place in my heart (and closet) for Hermès bags, dresses, skirts and blouses.  If I’m being honest though: it’s the jewellery that…

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Managing anxiety, stress, worry and fear

What a title, huh?  It seems these days, everywhere you turn there is a new crisis – as soon as one subsides, another is right around the corner.  The latest American Psychiatric…

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Top 7 Ukrainian Fashion Designers I Love for Summer

Summer is almost here, and I’m grateful for so much that comes with the changing seasons. And with a new season comes a new source of celebration: Summer fashions!  Not that everything…

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Majestic Prime Rib Roast

Majestic Prime Rib Roast “The only prime rib recipe you will need” 4 ingredients 3-4 hours COOK TIME Would you like to wow your friends and family with easiest prime rib recipe?…

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The Timeless Fashion Essential I won’t Live Without: Tweed- Specially, Chanel Tweed

If you are anything like me, you love color and timeless fashion.  This article is for anyone who loves a bit of color, elegance and one of my favorite fabrics, tweed. There…

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Ways to help Ukraine 🇺🇦

If you are anything like I am, you are feeling shocked, helpless and utterly heartbroken for the Ukrainians desperate and displaced by this senseless attack. I have been meticulously vetting and only…

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Why Do I Love Lymphatic Massage? Because it Works!

If you’ve heard of lymphatic massage before, then you’re already well ahead of the curve! But if you haven’t, I am so excited to introduce you to a method I completely swear…

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Garlic and Herb Marinated Olives Recipe

Garlic and Herb Marinated Olives Recipe “Super quick, nutritious and loved by all!” 8 ingredients 15 minutes I wanted to share one of the easiest marinated olives recipes I have! We do…

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How to Choose Non-Toxic Feminine Hygiene Products

Not long ago I wrote an article on toxins in clothing and fabrics, and it really got me thinking: what about the products I use in one of the most sensitive parts…

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A day of sweetness

Hello to all my sweet followers!  Are you getting in the Valentine’s spirit?  I sure am.  I love Valentine’s Day.  Not just for all the red hearts, pink flowers, and romance but…

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Winter Skin Care – Honey Masks

Happy New Year my friends and followers!  I hope you all had a joyful holiday season spending time with friends, family and loved ones.  While my holiday was joyful, it was also…

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Self-care Tips for Winter

We’ve all heard of the winter blues, and even though I love a great azure ensemble in December, I also know it can be a difficult season for positive mental health.  I…

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The Ungift, Gift Guide For the Upcoming Holiday

This last year (or more) has tested us in so many ways and I have decided to take it easy on myself this holiday season – ditching the wrapping paper and the…

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Stocking up for winter on a budget!

Is it really November already?  Before we know it, we will be knee deep in holiday madness.  I typically take this “calm before the storm”, in early November time to get my…

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Should I Eat More Rice? Arsenic Levels in Rice

Rice is often marketed as an easy, accessible, and entirely healthy addition to a variety of meals, particularly for those who suffer with celiac disease, or even gluten intolerance. Yet there is…

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How to build a better salad

Aside from outfits, one other thing I am definitely great at building are fabulous salads!  I eat salad almost every day especially in summers! love everything about salad from the bright colors…

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How Can Virtual Health Care Help Me Manage my Chronic Illness?

Most days I would give so much in exchange for more pain-free moments with the people I love. Really, those people are who make every day less and less about my illness,…

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Your Journey to a Toxin Free Home – Part 2

I have heard from so many of you after posting Part 1, and am thrilled at the positive feedback and progress you are all making on your journey to a toxin free…

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Why Combat Boots are IN for Fall 2021

Combat boots seem to be that one fashion accessory that requires no explanation. They’re a timeless classic that have made their way into the mainstream through surplus stores, and then in the…

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Cal-a-Vie Destination Health Spa – The South of France right here in Southern California

I have read about Cal-a-Vie many times over the years as it seems they are consistently on every top ten or best of list and it certainly made my personal top ten…

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How to Avoid Toxins in Clothing.

The clothes we wear every day can cause of a variety of health detriments, from skin irritation to cancer formation. How can the average consumer avoid buying or wearing clothes that contain…

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Start your journey to a toxin free home – Part 1

Our homes are our sanctuary. The place to rest, recharge, nurture our families and souls. While I love to travel and experience the world, I am the most content at home –…

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Lena’s Picks: Top 5 Designer Jewelry Collections of All Time

In a recent article, I wrote about the top five most iconic handbags of all time, and since then I’ve been eager to follow up with a similar list that encompasses my…

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To pack it, or not to pack it – that is the question!

I get so many DM’s and questions on how I pack for trips that I thought I would write about my process.  Be sure, it is a process!  I am breaking it…

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Gardening 101

I am obsessed with my garden. Seriously. It brings me such joy to watch a tiny little seed turn into nourishment – nourishment for my body and my soul. I encourage everyone…

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Sprouting Nutrient-Rich Seeds

If you have been following me for a bit, you know I love a good soak in the tub.  I love rose petals and Epsom salts – essential oils and candles.  One…

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LENA’S PICKS: TOP FIVE ICONIC HANDBAGS OF ALL TIME

History was one of my favorite subjects in school – I loved imaging the details of the lives of people from different centuries and decades. What did they wear and why? What…

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No bathing suit required!

Detox baths are a favorite part of my beauty and health routine, and I want to share why! My nightly ritual includes a detox bath to help me let go of the…

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My Favorite looks from Summer 2020

I would never pick favorites… but summer is definitely in the top four of my favorite seasons.  The colors of summer spark memories of youth – the carefree, hopeful abandon of sunshine…

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Celebrating Mom

Mother’s Day is a wonderful way to mark the incredible women in our lives that shape and influence not just “us” and “me”, but our communities and society. There are many different…

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H20 at Home: Water Filtration that Works for You

As we move into an era that takes pride in sustainability and waste reduction, and as I myself continue to cultivate a home environment that supports the health and welfare of my…

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Body of Water: How Water Filtration Can Benefit Your Health Today

When discussing health, it’s easy to get caught up in talk of diet, exercise and supplements. It is easy to forget about the ubiquitous thing that drives the totality of our health:…

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Healthy Drinks: A Cup of Green Tea a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Did you know that in the United States, the average person drinks about 155 cups of tea each year? That’s almost one cup every two or so days! And with so many…

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My latest obsession: Acai Bowls

Good morning friends and followers!  I am thrilled to share with you my sure-fire way to guarantee a good morning – my favorite breakfast – Açai bowls.  Actually, it is a sure…

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Healthy with a touch of sweet!

Manuka Honey and How It’s Good for You When I think of honey, I always associate it with warmth, home, and health. From a young age, the idea of honey as being…

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My December Birthday Trip to Cabo

Feliz cumpleaños para mí! I have been dreaming of visiting Mexico for over fifteen years and I could not think of a better way to have marked my 40th birthday.  My first…

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Lena’s Top 5: How to Buy the Perfect Designer Bag for You

In any conversation, I’ll be the first to admit (as many of you already know) that I’m absolutely obsessed with handbags. Like a true collector, my collection is never complete, not a…

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5 Fashion Trends I Can’t Live Without in 2021

Has 2020 put your style in a slump? Looking for a little fashion inspiration to pick yourself up for the new year? Well, I’d love to help! 2020 was a wild and…

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I am nuts about nuts!

Let’s get nutty – nut milks are easy, versatile and nutritious! I am thrilled that nut milks are getting their “moment”!  I have been dairy free for years and am an absolute…

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Wearing it Again: Timeless Looks from Fall/Winter 2019

As the season begins to turn once again, I’ve found myself trying to capture the colorful seasonal transformation through my favorite medium: fashion!  I decided to look back last year for some…

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Holiday Gift Inspiration

I have been thinking about what the holidays will bring this year.  Will people be consuming like usual, looking for black Friday and cyber Monday bargains?  Will people be forgoing gifts to neighbors and…

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Put a ring on it

If you are like me and think that health wearables are unsightly, bulky, and fixated on steps, steps, steps – keep reading, this post is just for you. I found an absolute…

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Dreaming of Paris: Adventures of Fashion Week

This last week, I was inspired to finally share the details of my last trip to Paris. I think the hold up was due to the unsettling last few months with everything…

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Joy of Juice

You guys know I love my greens – malachite, emerald, bamboo… I could go on and on. But my favorite greens come in the form of healthy juices loaded with vitamins, minerals…

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Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

I am extreme when it comes to products I put in and on my body.  Products must be free of chemicals, dyes, fillers, perfume and be as pure and potent as possible. …

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Scarves

Let’s talk scarves!  Or Scarfs.  I can’t seem to find a definitive answer on the plural of “scarf”.  But as you may have guessed, I have many plurals of scarves!  I have…

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Neutrals

Everyone knows I love color; bright, chic, eye-catching and the bolder the better.  But today, let’s talk neutrals.  To me, basic fashion neutral colors are black or white.  A fun fact, black…

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Chakra Meditation, Mindfulness, and All the Colors of the Rainbow

Through my daily relationship with color (through fashion), I have found a unqiue path to chakra meditation, and since, restoration in both spirit and body. It has been a long time since…

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Travel

If we are just e-meeting, hello, my name is Lena and I am a travelaholic. First step is admitting it right I am obsessed with experiencing everything the world has to offer…

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Detox Bath

Detox baths are an integral part of my beauty and health routine. My daily ritual includes a detox bath to help me let go of the day, focus on self-care and prepare for the day or night.

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