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Re-invent yourself this Fall

Happy Fall Equinox and Harvest Full Moon everyone! Are you all riding the healing waves of transformation along with me?

Fall is my most favorite time of the year! I always loved going back to school, being a creature of routine and structure, and I still carry it through in my adult years. It's a time for me to re-group, get re-inspired and breathe fresh new life into my being, which is exactly what I've been up to this September!

If you recall, my last post was a celebration of my birthday, acknowledging my year and summing up my Saturn period. Check it out here: http://forkatessake.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=485&action=edit Since then,  I have set intentions for the new year ahead, and have been basking and shining bright in all the glory of my Sun period!

During your sun period, you are supported with light and abundance for the 52 days from your birthday. These last few weeks, I have revamped my hair craft, eaten at some amazing vegan restaurants, and let the waning moon carry away all that no longer serves me in my life.

Fall is the perfect time to freshen up your look, from your hair, makeup, wardrobe and body. It's also a great time to do a cleanse and drop those few pounds!

According to Eastern Tradition as seen in Ayurveda and Macrobiotic practices, the fire energy of summer is hot and expansive. We are naturally drawn to cooling foods and drinks while we're playing and having fun, which include more sugary, mucus forming ingredients. It is only natural then, that when the season breaks to fall, our energy becomes more stable, rooted and grounded with the earth element. Detox occurs at this point because we need to release all the toxins and over load that these foods and drinks have had on our kidneys and liver. This is why colds and flu come about at this time, because the mucus needs to escape somehow. If we support the process properly though, we can have a smooth transition and be in sync with the laws of nature. We need to look to grounding foods and styles of cooking to assist in the process.  Cooking with seasonal vegetables, limiting raw foods, and incorporating more soups and stews is aligned with the seasonal change. Check out http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/optimize_your_autumn_health for more information on how to align with the fall season.

Are you interested in the latest hair trends? I had an amazing opportunity to attend ArrojoExpo in NYC last weekend to become inspired and expand my craft for the art of hair dressing. It's NYC Fashion Week for the HAIR world! Check out the looks: IMG_4369

The collection included the 'Modify' Men's collection, which is a new take on the 1960's British pop culture of a leaner, longer, harder edged textured look. The current street style of longer on top, shorter, disconnected sides and back, are slowly transitioning into this new look.

The 'Bob Nouvelle' was one of my favorite looks! While in Paris this spring, I noticed women wearing chic one length hair styles and bold lip color and was so excited about it, that I started inspiring my clients to rock this new look, and voila!--it was on the runway at this show! The classic shape is modernized with a slight graduation in the back and free flowing movement around the face with edgy fringe--I love it!

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I also got certified in 'The American Wave'--a new texture service, bringing back all shapes and sizes of curls, from the beach wave to the high wire, creating permanent texture in the hair again is here to stay!

My other favorite looks I saw from NYC subway stations to the runway show was all different variations of pastel colors in the hair--from turquoise to violet to canary yellow, the latest trend is seen in a color blending/melting type of technique. I'm loving this look! It's kind of wild, but it's definitely being worn not just in fashion magazines! My favorite look was a brunette faded from a rich brown at the root to a gold middle into dark brown ends.

While in NYC, I got to catch up with an old friend and scouted out some yummy veg restaurants!

My favorite was v-note http://v-notenyc.com/home/ on the Upper East Side! So good! Butternut Gnocchi for Appetizers and a Pistachio Lemon Truffle Root Vegetable Crepe in a Cashew Cream...whaat!? Followed by a Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache with ice cream!? I mean, come on!

I also HIGHLY recommend juice press on Madison and 92nd http://www.juicepress.com/locations/. AMAZING. I ate here for most of my meals on the go--so healthy and delightful! My morning started with their raw oatmeal with a jam topping!

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While the moon continues to wane for the next two weeks, make the intention to leave behind all that weighs you down. Create the space to design a life you love by aligning your actions with what touches, moves and inspires you! I know I am!

A suggested meditation for you to allow your desires to manifest is to sit in easy pose with your hands in prayer pose  at your heart center with the fingers interlaced except for the pointer fingers. Chant: Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Guru Wahe Jio for 11min. You can download the cd and chant along as you listen to track 4 here: http://rootlight.com/album-detail.php?r=16.

In love, peace and light.

May you all take good care of yourselves and feel the support of the earth during this beautiful season of change!

Sat Nam.

Indulge, then re-group

well clearly i've been too busy indulging in all the glory of the fall, by eating and exploring and not writing! i'm loving being back in charming new england during my most favorite season! i've been 'peeping' my way through all the foliage and breathing in that crisp, clean, woodsy scent of autumn. the bright colors on the leaves, mixed with the low hanging sun in the light blue sky is absolutely dazzling! it gives me an extra spring in my step!

i've taken full advantage of road tripping through the state of massachusetts and you better believe, all my vegan restaurants were scouted out before hand, and ALL of them surpassed my expectations!

the little town of northampton, MA is super funky and had two delightful restaurants!

paul and elizabeth's, as recommended to me from a friend, had the best vegan burger and sweet potato fries! we started with a yummy bean soup too and were completely warmed right up from a cold, damp day!

we asked the waitress what she recommended as far as hiking/walking trails, and she led us to the most beautiful little trail through smith college campus. all the leaves were changing, and filling up the path for us to kick around, all while winding around the quaint little river...so perfect!

we then made our way out to the berkshires, and i would have driven the 3 hours alone, just to eat this absolutely, out of control with yumminess, pizza at baba louie's in great barrington.

O.M.G...seriously  never had a pizza this good - including my days of real cheese...we hiked up mountains, got lost through country towns, and eventually made our way back through northampton to try the second recommendation at bela's vegan spot.

their apple, caramel, walnut cake, was the epitome of comfort food!

fast forward to NYC.

oh, NYC, how i love you...the weather could not have been more perfect for strolling through central park, or for my bike ride along the hudson river! i was in heaven!

even though i had a lot of time to myself, i wasn't going to let that get in the way of checking out lots of vegan restaurants on my list, on my own!

candle 79 in the upper east side had the best black bean and pumpkin seed burger with a side of polenta fries! surprisingly, it was an upscale, bistro setting, with a super cool wine bar and bartender to boot!

i left with my helmet in hand, and made my way down to the east village to indulge in the BEST vegan ice cream parlour, stogo!! i looked like a little kid with chocolate ice cream all over my face and hands and was smiling ear to ear...it's the little things that excite me! i had 3 different scoops of ice cream - yes that's right, i go all out! aaaannndd i got a cookie to go with it....literally a kid in a candy shop....

i was also completely blown away by the cool, 'foodie' type vegan spot in the east village called dirt candy. my new friend who i met on the train from providence to penn station, used to live in the city and had recommended it to me. i feel so cool that i ducked into this gem of a spot like a true new yorker, without the help of any bloggers reporting on where to go that's trendy...

but, i will say that probably the highest reviews/recommendations that i came across were on cafe blossom....and it is all that it's cracked up to be, and more!! we had a yummy three course meal there and i was literally stuffed for days...

needless to say, all this food, albeit healthy, vegan food, still has sugar and flour in it, not to mention the fact that i had some wine and bourbon along the way...i needed to come back and detox...

i wanted to share with you my little go-to mini cleanse as recommended to me from my macro cooking instructor...it's only two days long, but brings you back to center in no time.

i start my day with the carrot-daikon drink for breakfast (refer to previous post on the recipe), then i have mild fish soup with steamed greens for lunch, and for dinner, i have a grain and bean/lentil soup with more steamed greens.

i repeat for day two, and it's amazing that by just eating two soups per day and drinking a detox tea on an empty stomach, to start the morning really gives your digestion a much needed rest.

the fish in the soup helps pull you back to the yang side of your yin (sugar/flour/alcohol) rush...basically just boil some water with dried shittake mushrooms and add some veggies to simmer til tender, add greens and fresh white, wild caught fish, cut into 1 inch cubes and let it simmer til the fish is cooked. season with some tamari, and enjoy!!! it's soooo satisfying! note, that you're not eating a grain with this meal...

final note on entering into this holiday season, or anytime for that matter, please keep in mind to "check yourself, before you wreck yourself"! don't think, 'oh who cares, i've already eaten bad today, i may as well continue into the next'...recipe for disaster my friend...

always come back to center, sit down to a wholesome meal, and you will be back on track...just stay mindful, and know that you have to hone it in sometimes...