Meghan Wallace James of Modern Feng Shui On Mission Sexy Zen

August 27, 2018

Mission: Sexy Zen

Or: The Allure of a Bare Bedroom

By Meghan Wallace James

Why does a gorgeous, minimalistic hotel room induce lust?

How does a dusty, cluttered bedroom incite dread?

What impact do aesthetics have on the energetics of intimacy & romance?

Here’s Your Modern Feng Shui Assignment, shall you choose to accept it:

Make your bedroom Empty yet Sensual… as Empty & Sensual as humanly possible.

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At the end of each day, you should enter your bedroom and have one of two thoughts:

I Feel Like Sleeping

or

I Feel Like F*cking, and then Sleeping

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More Sleep + More Sex = Creative Kismet Fuel for Life

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This is where everyone likes to tell me, “Sounds great, but…” to which I like to say, “Green Eggs & Ham”;  i.e., TRY IT.

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Nine Steps – equal parts Edit & Infusion – to Transform your Bedroom into Temple Oasis

   Or: How to Craft a Container for Tantric Vibes

  1. Purge; Ruthlessly Purge
  2. ‘Stock’ as opposed to ‘Shop’ your home; return all that is neither Sexy nor Zen to the body of your dwelling; Clue: electronics, trappings of daily life, children’s possessions
  3. Rearrange your furniture; open new neural pathways via new configuration
  4. Layer in regal aspects of Symmetry { Beauty }, Duality & Polarity
  5. Clean; Ruthlessly Clean, from bed to floors { Grounded } to windows { Clarity of Vision}
  6. Replace lightbulbs { Bright Ideas }; your Lighting Goal is ambient sans wires, so consider a dimmer switch
  7. Salt Burn & Sage
  8. Add Life: true art, a plant or two { Duality }, a weekly floral arrangement ritual
  9. Sex Magic: imprint your room with it’s new Mission

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Ms. Emily Wagner, the Matriarch of Groomed LA, accepted Mission: Sexy Zen & I invite her to share her Modern Feng Shui Diary below:

I started my overall Modern Feng Shui transformation with Meghan Wallace James not knowing anything more than I was desperate for help.  All areas of my life were stuck – and that’s an understatement.  There was not one area of it that did not need drastic upheaval and renewal.

I believe it was April when Meghan pranced into my home with a basket full of her Modern Feng Shui tools.  No chimes or wooden roosters but things like: an like EMF reader, a floor plan of my home, ingredients for a salt burn, a tarot deck, et al.  I was in love from the moment she stepped through the door.

Square foot by square foot she took in my place.  From the wall of lazily hammered Ikea dog butt hooks that greeted visitors to the mountain of shoes underneath it.  “Hmmm.  Is this what you would want the man of your dreams to see the minute he steps into your home?”

“Hell no.”

From that moment I looked at everything in a new way.  Not through the eyes of a potential partner, as if to take away my own power, but symbolically.  More of: imagine walking into my home – is every single thing I see, a representation of who I imagine I want to be, in an ideal life?  Would I fall in love with me, if I didn’t know me, based on what I see.

“Hell no.”

The hooks were pulled out and tossed.  And from that moment on, I was on a rampant Mission, purging every single thing that didn’t meet the expectation.  Of course this meant I had to do deep self work on WHO I wanted to be.  This leads to WHERE I want to be in my life.  WHAT I want out of it.  Suddenly everything I no longer wanted in my home started leading me back to:

What I didn’t want in my life.

What I did.

Why I didn’t have it.

And how was I going to get it.

Stage One of Meghan’s process becomes a profound life evaluation, insight, and boot camp.  It was profound.

Weeks were spent on this Mission.  Corner by corner, drawer by drawer.  Meghan was there to advise me very step of the way.  Even though I dived in, in my mutual manically committed passion fashion, I needed immense hand holding.  She held it.  Layers were shed.  Actually a few physical pounds were lost too.  I wasn’t sure if it was all the labor of dumping – oh, my couch, dresser, side tables, etc. (to give you an idea).

As my surroundings upleveled, so did I.  I realized I loathed my job.  I was playing small.  I was those Ikea dog butts dangling out of a wall, too loose to even hold my son’s baseball hat.  Metaphors.  I started to see my home as a metaphor.  No handle on my kids closet door?  No handle on how to create home for them.  You see?

My life stated to reveal itself: “I hate this job.  I have to get out of here.”

Meghan:  “You’re not working there anymore.  It’s done.  Keep going.”

Soon we were onto the next layers.  How did I want my home to FEEL.  And from there we started painting.   I became obsessed with Portola Paints.  Room by room, I got rid of the Miracle Mile dominant strain of dirty Swiss Coffee and found rooms drenched in colors like Halfway Tree, Penny Lane, Simmer Down and Foxy.

My kids changed.  I changed.  There was space.  Lots of it.  I wanted to quickly fill it up.  New couch!  Side tables!  Furniture.  Late nights on Pinterest and every online shop.

No, she said. “Breathe.”  Live in the spaciousness for a while.  Your perfect furniture will find you.  Let it be empty for a while.  Alone with your thoughts.

Soon I was in love with the emptiness.  Soon I was called on a consulting job that led to my dream job.  Soon my kids were finding chill at home.  Soon I feeling different.

Soon I was happy.

My bedroom went from clutter (I’m too embarrassed to discuss) to empty.  It was painted a sunset peach with white trim.  It became a Caribbean sexy alcove with nothing it in but a large piece of my art that I could stare at all day.  It became a treatment of monochrome peaches and pinks and glows all day.  I changed the bulbs to amber.  It’s empty except for a bed, art, plant, and warm lighting.  It accomplished Mission: Sexy Zen.

I am five months into my work with Meghan.  My life has made a 180 degree turn.  I have never been more aligned than I am now, in every area.  My home is me.  I am me.  Finally.  I credit Meghan one million percent with this.  Her work is so profound, it feels like science and magic and Tony Robbins meets Ghandi meets Kate Moss.  I actually can’t even explain it but I hope that I somehow shared something that can give you a sense of the very grounded and practical wonder that is Meghan and her modality.

I would share photos, but I am not home.  I am writing from a world wide tour that my job is taking me on.  My Attraction gua – Helpful People & Travel – was overstuffed – a closet toppling with so much stuff you didn’t want to open the door.  Oh, and the hamster that ran away?  Turns out he was living in a corner, eating my artwork to survive.  Once it was cleaned, I was asked to go on a global tour making films.  Am I dreaming?  Is it magic?  Is it Meghan.  It is.

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Exhibit: Une “Sexy Zen” example par Axel Vervoordt

Buzz About Bellicon

As both a fan of fitness and a fan of fun, it didn’t take much convincing for me to agree with all the buzz about the Bellicon.  

 

Bellicon is a mini trampoline (known as a rebounder in the fitness world) that takes fitness to a whole new level. Bellicon has revolutionized rebounding by using small movements in a low-impact form of exercise to yield BIG results. Whether your goal is to get in shape, lose weight, improve your health, increase your stamina, or boost your immune system, bellicon has made the process more fun than ever. The nostalgic vibes of a trampoline workout allow for an enjoyable workout that you will look forward to all day, every day.

According to CEO Philip Von Kunhardt, Bellicon is the “highest quality and best performing fitness trampoline in the world” providing you with the opportunity to bounce your way the best version of yourself. With the mission of being the world’s most effective piece of fitness equipment, bellicon takes no shortcuts in bringing you quality materials and paying attention to the details so that it can have the best overall performance.  

 

Unlike traditional trampolines, bellicon has traded springs for unique patented bungee cord rings. This added technology and innovative design enables you to have a much smoother and safer experience for your body and the strain on your body generally associated with a trampoline workout is virtually eliminated.

 

But wait, I haven’t even mentioned the best part! Outside of the fact that bellicon is totally fun and incredibly effective, it also provides serious health benefits. It exercises every one of the 638 muscles in your body, boosts your metabolism and works to stabilize your body’s balance and bone health, all while challenging your cardio system. I don’t know about you but if I can do all that while movin’ & groovin’ on a trampoline, I’m sold.

 

So add a little bounce into your workout and enjoy the benefits of jumping your way to health.

Get Ready To Roll Back To School With Saje

August 20, 2018

It’s back-to-school peeps.  I’m stressed. My kid is stressed.

Think about it – your kid has six bosses in six different classes that they report to at 7:30 am only to go home after eight long hours- not including after school extracurriculars- to labor over loads of homework and study material for their AP classes and SATs. Wow. School really sucks.

Over-scheduled. Under-slept. Overly-stressed.

Rest assured, Saje Natural Wellness has over 500, all-natural, safe and effective products to help your kid stay healthy during the nine months of arduous schooling that’s to come in just a few short weeks.

The Ready to Roll Blend Bar ($50.95) equips any student, no matter their age, with plant-based remedies formulated to boost energy, stimulate the brain, and keep the mind clear and calm.

· Contains:
o Brainstorm – refreshing and invigorating creating a sense of balance and heightened awareness
o Energy – natural pick me up with stimulating rosemary essential oil
o Stress Release – calming and grounding to be used throughout the day or night creating a sense of relaxation
o Peppermint Halo – revitalizing peppermint helps immediately transport you to a state of alertness, focus and support

 

Face your Skin Care with Face Haus Skin Care Shops- “The Facial For All People”

August 16, 2018

Face Haus was co-founded in 2013 by good friends Karey Burke (EVP Programming and Development at Freeform), Dawn Olmstead (Co-President of Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios) and Jenn Worley, (Current Face Haus Chief Creative Officer). While growing both kids and lucrative careers, the powerhouse, working moms were inspired by one daughter’s ‘first facial’ party that broke the bank. They realized there were no good, affordable skincare options for teens, men, or busy women. The trio brought on a team of superstar estheticians and Face Haus’ exclusive consulting dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer (known for making celebrity faces glow- Kim Kardashian, Oprah, Jennifer Aniston and Ellen to name a few). Lancer oversaw and supported the creation of efficient, power-packed treatment protocols to deliver their user-friendly menu using renowned Lancer products and luxury skincare line Eminence Organics; a line that the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has recently raved about. Using top-tier skincare brands and innovative technology in conjunction with their commitment to accessibility is what sets Face Haus apart from the rest. At $65 for all signature facials, their cohort of treatments also includes affordable add-ons and the special “United We Smooth” facial designed by Dr. Lancer that incorporates exclusively Lancer products and microdermabrasion.

Face Haus is thrilled to “Open Haus” in their newest location at USC Village August 20th, making it their fourth skincare shop to open within Southern California. Face Haus has gained momentum as the revolutionary facial bar that provides superb quality “facials for the people”, without compromising quality and ensuring both accessibility and zero intimidation. Its open concept, fresh modern design, good vibes playlist and open-minded stance attract a diverse clientele, and will now embrace the University and DTLA set at the beautiful new USC Village

Face Haus Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Jenn Worley sat down with us for a Q&A about the future of Face Haus and the Launch of their new location at USC Village.

Why did Face Haus choose USC as a location for opening?

In our first three Face Haus locations we targeted neighborhood blocks where we knew we could rely on foot traffic and mixture of young professionals and families. We felt it was important to be surrounded by like-minded brands and a community. As we have been “facials for the people” since we launched in 2013, it seemed appropriate that we diversify our locations to include even more people. USC Village approached us, and we thought it would be a great fit for the brand.

Who is your target for customers?

What I am most proud of is our client base. Dawn, Karey and I launched this concept hoping we could create a new model that exists outside of the traditional “spa” targets. We talked a lot about a place that women, men and teens would feel great walking into. We hoped to strip out the intimidation factor- both in design of the shop and in cost. Happy to say that we are 30% male clientele and teens make up a significant piece of our FH clients.

Can you tell us why the nation should know about Face Haus and what sets you apart from your competitors?

What truly sets us apart from our competitors is our open concept, our accessibility and us affordability- all without compromise in quality of services. We are extremely invested in innovation and are backed by consulting dermatology legend Dr. Harold Lancer. Our products and services are on par with the highest priced spas- at roughly a third the price. Our open concept also creates a space a new model- that now shifts the traditional spa facial experience to one that is social, lively and feels great to be in. You will never hear whale sounds or elevator tunes- great music, and you can come with friends, host parties, and not be isolated in a dark private room.

How have you stayed in business since 2013? What has kept your business successful?

We were first to market with this type of skincare concept in 2013, and with a lot of patience and hard work, we are currently in major growth mode! We just opened our Montana Ave Haus, USC Village next week and have a fantastic calendar of new hauses in the pipeline. What has lead to this “staying in business” are a few key things: developing a concept and strong brand identity that fills a gap in the market, learning from mistakes and always staying open to improvements. Our company has a culture of community, always open to ideas and innovation. Bringing in the right partners has also been a key part of our recent shift into growth mode. We held out until the right relationship formed and we are now partnered with some of the incredible people that grew the amazing brands Bliss and Carol’s Daughter (among others).

What can the nation do to get a little piece of what Face Haus has to offer?

Love the face you see in the mirror every day! Our Haus beliefs are: Diversity is beautiful. Go Natural. Everyday face care for all. Our haus is your haus. Do good, be good.

If you could tell me about you and your business partners in three sentences what would that be and what would that say about Face Haus?

My co-founders are incredible, high-achieving brilliant women that inspire and care for both what they do professionally and for their awesome families. (We have 14 kids between us!) The newer members of our Face Haus partnership team are equally incredible, fantastic people who bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to this growth process.

What will separate the USC Location from the others in Los Angeles?

There are a few new and exciting additions at USC Village that our other Hauses don’t have some pretty striking new design elements, improvements to our beauty bar, and a few fun surprises too.

What 3 services would you recommend to a teenager, adult, and elder at Face Haus?

Services are all very personal to individuals and while our Haus Menu is broken down into an awesome collection- it’s also a custom conversation with your esthetician at the beginning of every facial that will determine what’s best for your skin and goals. Some of our most popular facials would be “Spotless Reputation”, “Teen Spirit”, “Keep Glowing”, “Haus Special” and Dr. Lancer’s “United We Smooth”. Our new Lightstim LED add-on has been a huge success as well – incredible results and price are a fraction of the cost at high-end spas.

What is the one thing you can get at Face Haus at all locations that you may not be able to find at your competitors?

The thing you can get at all Face Haus locations that you won’t be able to get elsewhere is a truly affordable, extremely high-quality facial in an inclusive, open setting with great vibes and a positive, welcoming community.

What does ‘facials for the People’ stand for?

The concept of the “Haus” and “Facials for the People” emerged in the earliest brainstorm sessions Karey, Dawn and I had. The focus was on reimagining the luxury, elite spa model. We wanted a unisex, high design, open concept and open minded “haus”, where everyone was welcome and the neither the space or the cost was an intimidation.

How did you curate the team of estheticians that you work with and what specific qualities were you looking for in them to be a good fit for Face Haus?

Our team is everything to us. Our Haus estheticians are our rock star experts and our Front of Haus team is our anchor. We have many people on staff that started with us 5 years ago- they are a testament to our commitment to our people and I am in awe of them dedication and willingness to grow. We look for people who are open-minded, flexible, energetic, passionate about their career and committed to Our Haus ethos of being good and doing good. We work hard to provide a rich career path opportunity- being a part of a quickly growing brand is an exciting thing!

How long is each Face Haus Session and what is your favorite facial?

Our services are all efficient and fully loaded! A signature facial is 40 minutes and can run up to 50-55 minutes with the addition of our more time-consuming add-ons. My favorites vary according to the season and whatever skin drama I’m in the middle of! That said, I’m a big fan of the Haus Special Facial with a Universal A-peel and Beam Me Up add-on. The peel and Lightstim LED combined with our signature oxygen blast leaves the skin incredibly renewed and hydrated.

Any experiences and/ or hero stories you can share from the experience at Face Haus?

I never tire of hearing from and seeing new (and sometimes unexpected) faces in us Haus. I remember in one-week last year we received hundreds of messages from teens around the world asking us to come to their towns/ cities after seeing the Buzzfeed videos of ‘Test Friends’ and ‘Try Guys’ getting facials with us. That same week we hosted a “manscaping party”, a renowned Orthodox Jewish Rabbi, a mom’s breastfeeding group, and a 13th birthday party. The week wrapped up with Duff McKagan in the facial chair and an ongoing date-night for a married couple that have been coming on Friday evenings for a couple years. This makes all the hard work worth it. For the people!


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