Monthly Archives: February 2014

Mindful Monday Knits

 

 

 

 
 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knitting can be very relaxing and a great practice in mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a calm and present awareness of ones body, mind, feelings, and breath. It is attention and awareness to the current moment without judgement.

This weekend I found myself unable to quiet my mind or sit still. So I decided to bring out my knitting to practice mindfulness and be present. My weekend project was these adorable and super soft hand warmers from Purl Bee. The moment I started the project I found my mind quieting down.

It is the repetitive nature of knitting that allows it to be a mindfulness practice.

Live Light Practice:

If you are a knitter take out your knitting and be present. If you are not a knitter sit with mala beads in meditation and use the repetitive motion of moving the beads as your mindful practice.

 

Shanti,

Liza

 

Feb17

Sexy Valentine

photo credit: Katherine Henry Boudoir

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sexy Valentine and Top 5 Reasons To Have Boudoir Photos Taken

This Valentine’s Day I wanted to do something special. I wondered what is the ultimate gift of self-love and sexiness for my husband and me? Boudoir Photos.

When I set out to have boudoir photos taken of myself it was under the guise of a Valentine’s Day gift for my husband. Leading up to and after the photo shoot I discovered that it was even more an act of self-love for me.

Like many women, I struggle with body image issues. My thighs are too fat, my belly too big…and so on. So of course I was nervous about the shoot and wanted to lose weight beforehand. However, in order to time it properly to have a wonderful gift for my hubby I needed to bite the bullet and get them done.

I searched the Internet for boudoir photographers and stumbled upon Katherine Henry Boudoir. I was so excited to find her because she made the entire experience playful and easy, and she helped me feel awesome.

In preparation for the photo shoot Katherine had me fill out a questionnaire to find out what I wanted out of the experience and get an idea of what my best assets were. I was so glad she had me fill out the questions. It made me stop and think about why I was really getting the photos taken as well as had me look at my body through my husband’s eyes. That is why boudoir photos are so wonderful – instead of looking at myself with an overly critical eye, I saw how my husband already sees me as perfect.

One key that made me feel so beautiful and special for the photos was getting my hair and makeup done. Tara from TADA makeup & weddings is the most amazing makeup artist I have worked with. She took me from feeling like plain-Jane to a sassy vixen.

While having my photos taken I didn’t feel insecure at all, just the opposite, I felt so confident. It helped that Katherine is amazing and she made it easy to pose and play.

Now when I am feeling not so great about my body I sneak a peak at my boudoir photos and am reminded of my confidence and self-love.

I loved the experience and can’t wait to do it again. Here are the top 5 reasons why I recommend every woman to get boudoir photos taken:

1.    You are Perfect Right Now

You don’t need to change a thing, because you are already perfect. Having boudoir photos taken gives you a chance to experience that for yourself.

2.    Fall in Love with your Body

Look at your body in a new sexy way. Before the shoot you will think about what outfits to wear to highlight your best features and during the shoot you may discover you have some hidden sexy areas.

3.    Kick Ass Confidence

The photo shoot empowers you. The photos bring out the beauty that is always there. I felt so confident during and after my shoot for days!

4.    Get Pampered

Leading up to your boudoir photo shoot get a mani-pedi, your hair color updated, get a facial, and treat yo’self to all your favorite pampering. Your nails, hair, and skin, will look amazing on camera and your confidence will already be boosted from all the self-care pampering.

5.    It is FUN!

Getting your photos taken and playing girly dress up is a blast. Multiple costume changes and implied nudes is a recipe for a good time. Smile, laugh, and have FUN!

Peace and lots of LOVE,

Liza

Feb15

Winter Knits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With all the snow this year I have been enjoying small knitting projects at home, on the subway, and at cafes. No matter where I am I can bring out the knitting and feel readily relaxed.

I have fallen in love with Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino Wool and can’t stop knitting with it! I have made a few hats for friends from the Super Soft Merino Hats for Everyone pattern from the Purl Bee. As well as a beautiful cashmere hat for a friend.

One of the cuter knits I have done this winter has been a set of baby booties, baby hat, and baby scarf for my friends 4 month old. (image above) Using the same super soft merino in a bright pink color, it was the perfect gift for little Jane.

No matter how long a project takes or how it comes out the joy comes from taking the time to sit with each stitch and relax. It makes the chilly winters not seem so bad.

Live Light Practice:

Cozy up with your favorite knitting project (if you are not a knitting grab your favorite book). Make time for yourself and your favorite hobbies.

Shanti,

Liza

Feb13

Breakfast in Bed

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It doesn’t just have to be Valentine’s day to tell someone you love them or do something special for them.

As I was perusing Pinterest I stumbled upon a recipe for broiled grapefruit, and thought it would be a tasty treat. So, this morning I made coffee and broiled a grapefruit with honey for my hubby to enjoy breakfast in bed.

It doesn’t matter how big or small the gesture is, it is all about taking the time to be present with the ones you love.

 

Live Light Practice:

Give a hug and tell someone important to you that you love them today.

If you have the time make them breakfast in bed.

Shanti,

Liza

 

 

Feb12