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Gift Guide by The Arc / Hollywood

December 13, 2018

To combat the holiday stress, The Arc curated a personalized Gift Guide
to launch the arrival of their stunning customized gift boxes. The Arc is 
my go-to for all things home, gift, and more. You must check out this
gorgeously curated space. It is simply divine. 

Gift boxes include a lid, beautiful Italian ribbon, and flourish. Each box is finished and sent with a sage blessing

A preview of some of the boxes

Drinks
Carafe, 4 Handblown Glasses, and a set of Linen Coasters
 
Ritual
A Ceramic Cone Incense Holder, Handmade Bath Bomb, Rose Quartz
Stone, a Small Brass PlatePalo Santo Incense, and a Ceramic Dish.

Host
Handwoven Basket from RwandaThin Tasting Spoon from Bali, Geode Salt Cup, Ceramic Match Striker, and a Set of Linen Napkins.

Stationary
Marbled Nepal Journal, Appointed Gum Eraser, Notebook Set in Black and Gold, Bunny Paper Clips, Linen Tape, and a Japanese Pencil Set.

Tea Time
Handmade Ceramic Tea Cups, OneTea Loose Leaf Tea, Glass Fairness
Cup, Brass Plate, Brass Tea Caddy Spoon, and a Set of Serviettes.

The Arc Wood Boxes and wrapping services are
available for purchase for your gifting needs.

Please contact info@thearcshop.com for customized boxes.

Follow along on Instagram. @thearcshop

The Arc
5121 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 522-3278
www.thearcshop.com
info@thearcshop.com

Espressotoria For The Espresso Lover In Your Life

December 9, 2018

If you’re like me and sending holiday cards via Paperless Post this year, then you might be one for, well, efficiency and ease. And that’s exactly how I like my coffee, tasteful, fast, best in class and NOW. 

Enter the Espressotoria – a gorgeous, space-saving, affordable little barista machine. The pods are not outrageously pricey (have you seen the cost of some of the others? What the –?!) The milk frother is simply adorable and the espresso is quite delish. Right now, you can buy Espressotoria’s Barista 2.0 Machine via Walmart.com on rollback now through December 31. Additionally, Espressotoria also is offering the Caprista Machineavailable in sleek black or bright white on Amazon for 50% off now through Dec. 17. Perfect for all you last minute holiday shoppers!

They can be bought online, at Walmart and now Amazon is having a 50% off sale on the Caprista Capsule machine. 

Perfect gift for everyone from the barista wannabe in your life to your friend or lover who just got a promotion and bigger office. It’s thin, sexy and elegant. I have the red and it’s stunning. I just started with it today (yes, that is how excited I am about it!) so I have yet to try all the various espresso recipes but you can be sure I am going to be full pro in about a week. Christmas for sure came early this year! 

Product highlights

  • Espressotoria Barista 2.0 Espresso Coffee Pod Machine
  • Compact, stylishly designed machine, with a bold red and black finish
  • Make cafe quality espresso right in your home
  • Compact, stylishly designed machine, with a bold red finish
  • Make cafe quality espresso right in your home
  • Utilizes a 19 bar pump pressure and a variety of programmable pour functions
  • Energy-saving mode
  • Water level and waste capsule indicators 
  • Hot water dispenser
  • Americano button
  • Comes with a one-year Espressotoria product warranty

The Espressotoria Barista 2.0 is a premium espresso coffee pod machine that delivers cafe quality espresso at the touch of a button. Compact and stylishly designed, the Barista 2.0 is available in a high gloss red finish that is sure to make a statement in any kitchen.

This premium coffee pod system features (4) pour button functionality; 19 bar pump pressure; waste capsule and water level indicators; energy-saver mode; and innovative dual tubing dispenser for both coffee and hot water, making this a versatile coffee machine and kettle in one!

The Barista 2.0 is perfectly paired with the Espressotoria Milk Frother (sold separately) via an integrated power dock which allows you to create Italian style coffees such as cappuccinos, flat whites, Americanos, lattes, cortados, iced coffees and more.

The Barista 2.0 comes with a 1-year warranty. The Espressotoria System features a range of compatible 100% Arabica coffee blends, designed to provide you with an easy and convenient way to enjoy specialty espresso coffee. Espressotoria, cafe quality coffee made easy.

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

Book Gifting Gone Wild // Juniper Books

July 27, 2018

As I have been Feng Shui’ing my home – EVERYTHING has to look incredible (More on Meghan Wallace James soon!! – It’s TOOOO BIG to write now – I need like a year!)

Anyway – I am obsessed with Juniper Books – LOOK! Books as ART!!!! And not just art books!  You can create a book set – customize one – its HEAVEN!!!!!

You can color coordinate your shelves! This is the most genius gift (for myself thank you!) and I wish I had known about it sooner!!

WWW.JUNIPERBOOKS.COM

PRICE RANGE: $150-$3,000+

 

SPOKEWOVEN Dreamcatchers

June 16, 2018

It was an Instagram dream catcher romance – but oh – so much more 🙂

I discovered Genga’s glorious massive dream catcher’s at my friend Joy’s jewelry shop and was blown away. I had to know more. WHO MADE THESE?!!

And that’s where it really started. Joy said OH my friend Genga – they are all custom made to call in what you need in your life.

Well, let’s just say, I went a-callin.

A good IG stalk. A website stalk – a love letter – and I was hooked on Genga. This amazing woman, mama and artist living in Brooklyn and making these inspired works.

I had to have one. Two. THREE. Fine…I require many.

Genga and I discussed the process. You don’t just ask for ‘Whites to match my couch.” No, no, my friends. We discuss what we really need to call in. To let go of. And yes, sure, what colors light us up. What textures. Simply all of it.

Then Genga gets to work.

There are crystals. There are hand dyed fabrics in beet juice. There are evocations. Feels.

Then – there is an arrival. A special package comes to the door. And it is perfection.

In fact my blush, white and a little gold dream catcher was so ME, that my daughter immediately said I MUST HAVE IT MOM PLEASE!!!!

And ya know what. I let her have it. Because I know, she needs me. She needs more of me. She needs to feel me. And this dream catcher really is me. And as of today, it hangs above her bed.

And I watch over her while she sleeps. I stand guard. We stand guard.

From Genga:

“SpokeWoven began from the depth of my soul. After experiencing some heartbreaking and cataclysmic life changes, I needed to redefine myself. I had to rebuild and tap into my most intuitive and vulnerable self to realize this dream of creating. Through the support of my closest friends and loved ones, SpokeWoven was born. The people I have created pieces with and had the absolute pleasure of knowing is an experience that has opened my heart and transcended my spirit to a place of love I never thought I could find. The dreamcatchers are my guardian angels and I feel forever blessed by the universe for shining its light on my craft. Thank you for visiting. I look forward to creating with you.”


At the Urban Cowboy Air B And B

SPOKEWOVEN

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The delight that is Genga.

SpokeWoven is about creating an experience, developing a vision and channeling intention and energy through the making of a Dreamcatcher. I believe in the power of people creating energy and bringing a vision to reality through collaboration. More than an artisan craft, the making of dream catchers is a creative process with a very spiritual connection–a connection that is able to grow organically, heal and help discover new realms of your conscious and unconscious and enrich your mental and physical life.

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There are smudge wands too!

Genga collaborated with Indego Africa, teaching women from Rwanda the healing art of making dream catchers, in-turn empowering them with skills, industry and new business. She has also worked with Make A Wish Foundation to make a dream catcher as a wish for a mother of a child who was terminally ill.