The Stomach Diaries Part VIII: My Experience With Ayurveda

July 30, 2019

The Stomach Diaries Part VIII: My Experience With Ayurveda

Exactly one year ago, I went to see Ayurvedic doctors. I had heard bits and pieces about Ayurveda here and there in my wellness journey, but after listening to Sahara Rose’s episode on the Glowing Up podcast, I felt aligned enough with the treatment to shell out my own non-insurance-covered dollars and see an Ayurvedic doctor. I booked an appointment with Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar and his wife, Manisha, who run the practice together. I’m a huge researcher, so prior to my appointment, I read the book The Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda, listened to a lot of podcasts, and read tons of articles online. Before I even set foot in Dr. Kshirsagar’s office, I pretty much knew, from an Ayurvedic viewpoint, what my issue was.

For those of you who are still trying to figure out how to pronounce Ayurveda (it’s aye-your-VAY-duh), let’s take a step back and talk about what Ayurveda is! Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of health. It is also the oldest form of medicine in the world. The name Ayurveda is a compilation of two Sanskirt words: ayur (“life”) and veda (“knowledge”). Ayurveda divides all humans up into three archetypes: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each of these archetypes can apply to your body and mind.

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Kitchen Ceramics Tour!

May 9, 2019

Kitchen Ceramics Tour!

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably noticed I have quite a mug collection. In fact, I have an ever-growing kitchen ceramics collection. I love handmade ceramics because of their quirks, imperfections, texture, and special glazes mass-produced ceramics don’t offer. I try to buy as ethically as possible and supporting ceramicists is one of my favorite ways to contribute to the ecosystem of independent designers.

One of my favorite gifts I ever gave to my dad was when I was in 6th grade. It was a handmade mug I found in New Hampshire when I went to an orchestra sleepaway camp. Since I’m curious about the intuition and the subconscious and how they play a role in our interests and overall personality, I’ve always tried to figure out why I’m so obsessed with ceramics. I’ve had dry skin/eczema my whole life (the worst of it was always on my hands) and I will never be able to work with clay because it is wayyy too irritating for my hands, so I guess that makes me appreciate ceramics more because it’s something I’d never be able to create myself.

I thought I’d give you a tour of my kitchen ceramics collection and a few that are on my wishlist.

Earthen San Francisco-based and run by my pal Julia Lemke. She runs her studio and brick and mortar shop where she sells other curated goods from independent designers in the Haight district of San Francisco if you’re visiting and want to stop by.

Mimi Ceramics Portland, OR-based and run by Mica DeMarquez. Mica’s real name is Micaela (spelled the same way too!). I love her colored dot mugs.

A Question of Eagles Los Angeles-based husband and wife duo, Jonathan and Melissa. I love their speckled matte glazes and earth tone palette.

Nola Mae Ceramics San Francisco-based Kelly Beiermann focuses on sourcing her non-toxic materials locally. I have a huge bowl from her that I eat from that my mom calls my “dog bowl.”

Alexandria Cummings Ceramics Portland, OR-based Alex mainly does made-to-order items, but due to popular demand, is starting to offer ready-made items in her online shop. I love her colorful yet muted matte glazes. Her multi-colored party mugs are so whimsical and cheery.

neenineen Run by Paris-born Ninon Choplin who now calls Los Angeles home. Her ceramics all have funky abstract shapes and designs. I have her Udon Mug.

Brian Giniewski Known for his “drippy pots,” Philadelphia-based Brian Giniewski is a forever favorite of mine. He does regular shop updates and often sells out within hours.

Wolf Ceramics Sarah Wolf is the Portland, OR-based ceramicist behind Wolf Ceramics. Her ceramics feature simple geometric shapes. She also offers a mug club where you can receive a new mug every season.

The Pursuits of Happiness A Portland, OR-based husband and wife duo, Pavel and April, who make not only kitchen ceramics, but jewelry, pipes, and planters too. I have their Big Bump Mug.

btw ceramics Los Angeles-based Brooke Winfrey makes household ceramics that feature abstract designs and colors. If Jackson Pollock’s work took ceramics form, it would look like Brooke’s ceramics.

Suite One Studio Lindsay Emery is the North Carolina-based mastermind behind this light, ethereal, and perfectly feminine ceramics line. The colors in her work remind me of watercolors.

Martina Thornhill Known for her Hug Mugs, Portland, OR-based Martina has shop updates every few months and she never fails to sell out within hours.

Didem Mert Sebastopol-based Didem’s work is more so sculptural pieces of fine art more than anything else. I love how you can see the indentations from her thumbs in her ceramics.

MMclay San Francisco-based ceramicist MaryMar Keenan. I love her Progress Collection.

Etcetera Tile Company Florida-based husband and wife team who have a small line of kitchen ceramics they offer in 8 different types of glazes. Their Lunch Plate in Spearmint is on my wishlist.

Recreation Center Brooklyn-based Josephine Noel’s ceramics are whimsical and fun. I’d love to get one of her dog bowls for Aubrey, but I’m afraid Aubrey would knock it over and break it within 5 seconds.

Cathy Terepocki British Columbia-based ceramicist. I love her Anthropologie collaboration.

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Mary Carroll Ceramics Portland, OR-based line of colorful and whimsical bowls, mugs, planters, and plates.

Helen Levi Brooklyn-based ceramicist who makes all kinds of household ceramics. I love her Sunrise Dinner Plates and marbleized pieces.

Justin Caraco Ceramics Based in Portland, OR, Justin’s ceramics have the prettiest pastel colored speckled glazes.

Earth + Element Run by Elizabeth Di Prinzio in Los Angeles, I am absolutely obsessed with her Rustic Shape Bowl in Pink.

The Object Enthusiast Run by Kansas City-based Emily Reinhardt, she makes kitchen/household ceramics and beautiful tchotchkes.

O-M Ceramic Been crushing over Los Angeles-based Carrie Lau’s quirky work for years now. Her Celestial Light Pink Dining Plate is to-die-for.

Kitchen Ceramics Tour!

The Last Lolita

April 24, 2019

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

It’s been quite some time since I last did an outfit post, so here you go. I haven’t done outfit pictures (aside from quick Instagram snaps here and there) because I’ve been making a lot of YouTube videos. While I was editing these pictures and jamming out to Iliza Shlesinger’s podcast aka my latest pleasure (side note: I wouldn’t call it a “guilty pleasure” because there’s nothing guilty about it. I listen to it while I WORK for goodness sake yet my saying “latest pleasure” sounds like it’s missing something #randommusings.) ANYWAY. While I was in my editing groove with Iliza playing in the background, I was like, I really miss this. Because, you see, I can’t listen to music while I edit video because I’m editing audio.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

My word for 2019 is “expand” and the purpose of this year was for me to grow — propel myself into new experiences and expand the boundaries of my comfort zone to wider parameters. I rebranded my blog, launched a YouTube channel, got Drifter Organics into a major retail store (!!! more on that soon!!!), and have read (okay, listened to, but that still counts) more books than I read in the past four years combined. With the lease of my Oakland apartment being up in August, I am figuring out where I want to settle down and land.

On a personal front, I worked out less than I have in years, got less sleep than ever before, yet took care of myself more than I ever have in other regards — like regularly facial massaging and being present in my body. Right now, I’m trying to balance all these things. I created an anonymous survey that you can fill out to let me know how you’re liking my current content and if you’d like to see anything else from me because of course I want you to be enjoying what I create as much as I enjoy creating it.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

This is probably one of my favorite outfits I’ve ever worn to-date. I don’t even know what you’d call this style (colorful yet muted? feminine? eclectic? fun?), but I feel like it’s really me. This is my favorite time of the year because the weather is warming up and the days are long and I want to record that now. I want to be able to appreciate where I am right now despite feeling so unsettled. I wish I had the answers to more questions, like how often I’ll post to this blog or my YouTube channel and if I’ll stay in the area or move elsewhere after my lease is up, but I’m trying to lean into my uneasiness about uncertainty and sit with it — roll around in my discomfort until I can fully surrender and enjoy the journey.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

I find it easier to write instead of talk in front of the camera, but I feel like me making regular Instagram Stories and YouTube videos has shown you another part of my personality that I can’t convey through words and pictures and I like that, even if I look back to what I’ve created literally 3 days ago and I’m like “Ughhhh this is so cringe.” (I’m actually currently cringing at my use of the word “cringe,” but I’ve got no other words, so there you have it.) I’m just trying to figure out my balance between posting pics and vids and being on social media enough without being obsessed. All I know is I’ve been saying “Yes” to lots of things that make me (healthfully) uncomfortable and I’m debunking a lot of my fears. I’m getting there.

The Last Lolita

The Last Lolita

Here’s the Fruit Salad Quarter 1 Reader/Viewer Survey in case you wanna fill it out. 😉

The Last Lolita

Visteairia Ruffle Sleeve Dress: Farrow via Need Supply Co. (currently on sale!)
The Merry Bag: Susan Alexandra
Curve Earrings: Laura Lombardi
Grass Pavone Sandal: Martiniano
The Last Lolita Sunglasses in Crystal Hot Pink: Adam Selman x Le Specs via Need Supply Co.

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