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Intimacy is painful because the closer you get….

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“Intimacy is tough. It’s fucking hard. Love is hard. With anyone: not just your man, not just your woman, but your mom, your dad, your siblings, your friends. Not because of the inevitable disagreements or any of that nonsense; while those might be annoying, they aren’t the real reason intimacy is painful. Intimacy is painful because the closer you get to someone, the closer you are to the realization that no matter what you do, what you say, how perfect you are, how hard you love, you cannot stop time. Or differing realities. Or change. Or ultimately, loss. Death. Anger. Parting. Separation. So you might disconnect as a means of mitigating that pain but the reality is you only push it into another part of your life, or down the road, to some future unknown time when it’s okay to feel pain (when is that??). It will come out. It always does. So go ahead and love. Love, because it reminds you you’re alive.”

How do you get your protein?

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“How do you get your protein?” just so happens to be the ongoing question that is asked to vegans, daily.

This information is for the people I know who are confused as to how much our daily intake of protein should consist of.

Protein requirements are complicated because the amount we need changes with age.

Infants require about 10 grams a day.
Teenage boys need up to 52 grams a day.
Teenage girls need 46 grams a day.
Adult men need about 56 grams a day.
Adult women need about 46 grams a day.

This is accomplished easily with a plant-based diet. Many people consume way above their daily protein requirements needed to stay healthy.

Try Veggies (Greens),Hemp, Non-Dairy Milk (Soy, Almond, etc), Hummus, Sprouted-grain bread and Tempeh and many other delicious plant-based foods.

Go Vegan!
Thank you, Rachel

Let your Luv-er Lush after you

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Article taken from my webpage and business: The New Luv

By Rachel Kay for TheNewLuv.Com

“I bathe my body in the sweet aromas of
Jasmine, rose
Opiates to the being of our kind
Intoxicating our minds with its sweet drug..
Desire and design.”An excerpt from a poem I wrote “Awake”.

With Valentines Day just around the corner and the chill in the air still looming over us, were craving warmth and each other.  What better way to enjoy the pleasant feeling of another body pulling you close but by enticing them with the sweet aromas that Lush provides us with? They won’t be able to get enough of you, and your enduring scent.

Here’s a few of my favorite Lush products that linger that I know leaves  your lust-worthy crush with a craving they can’t resist, you. And besides, I love to indulge in a delicious long shower or bath that let’s us let our hair down and relax.

Let your luv-er be seduced …

I especially love using the “Godiva Solid Shampoo Bar”  on my tresses, a golden shampoo bar named after none other than a naked-protester, Godiva. The 100% vegan bar is easy to use with just a gentle rub & lather leaves your tresses with the sweet scent of Jasmine that can last all day.

For conditioner, I use  “Happy Happy Joy Joy”  that has a rose water, orange blossom water and almond milk base to soften that leaves your hair beautifully conditioned and soft for your luv-er to run their fingers through.  And what else? Orange flower absolute, rosewood and grapefruit oils perfume your hair to make you feel Happy Happy all day long.

And on those days when you just don’t feel like washing another day, yes we all have them: You can use Lush’s Dry Shampoo; No Drought that leaves your hair lingering with the aroma of Citrus fruits. No one will ever know.

Let’s journey a bit to your lips. You want your puckers to be soft and smooth so that when your sweetie leans in, they’ll be quite delighted they aren’t kissing sandpaper. Exfoliating your lips before you apply  your lipstick is a sure way to smooth lips. Try: Lush’s Sugar Lip Scrubs. Flavors: Sweet Lips (my favorite!), Bubble Gum & Mint Julips.

I believe that I must always, under every circumstance possess a smooth body. I’ll exfoliate my body with “Rub Rub Rub” before shaving, leaving my body tingling with the delight of smooth, soft skin.

After Shaving, I’ll use a shower gel, like Twilight. Unfortunately Twilight is limited edition and available during Christmas, but if you get your hands on it: It’s an absolute delight. I use mine sparingly. You can also get Twilight in a Bath Bomb version as well as a Gorilla Perfume (Online only). On Lush’s website Twilight is described as:

“Because we are all made of stars A lavender and malt notes shower gel to calm, relax and comfort as it helps you transition from day to night.  Do you want to look up at the night sky and remember that you are part of it? Then Twilight will help you connect.  For a good night’s sleep, use this before bed.”

Sometimes, for special occasions I will use Turkish Delight, which is scented with Rose Oil and the aphrodisiac of Jasmine. If you are feeling brave enough; make it a delicious smoothie of sensual indulgence when you mix in Ro’s Argon Body Conditioner, also scented with Rose but leaves your skin pleased.

Now that you know my favorite products while in the shower, let me tell you of my body lotion.

If I didn’t use Ro’S Argon, I’ll enjoy massaging Potion Lotion into my skin, not forgetting to miss any little crevice. Potion Lotion is great for layering scents as this too, has the scent of aphrodisiacs and then I’ll dust my skin with Lush’s Dust powder, Lustre that leave me with a golden twinkle.  Sometimes,I feel like loving on my  Vanilla Dee-lite, a lotion that is a sure way to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Now, the next and last beauty item that I love at Lush is a must; perfume. This is the one thing that will always leave the lingered scent of you.

I spritz “Lust” on my pressure points, Lush’s Gorilla Perfume that is scented with the dirtiest, sexiest jasmine imaginable; it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Were not done yet. Lush has a few luv-ly special edition products for Valentines day;

Tender is the Night: A sexy massage Bar that you can share with your lover on the special night or use on yourself to leave your skin touchable.

& for the single ladies: The Ex-Factor: A bath bomb that’s described as a  sweet, vanilla-scented voodoo for spurned lovers.

So, head into  your nearest and for me, dearest Lush and purchase your lover, or yourself a vegan treat for Valentines Day.

I hope this little article lingers for you as much as it does for me.

You can purchase more Lush products that are available at: http://www.lush.com and everything that is vegan is labeled with the “V”.

 

Featured Image:

Photographer: Kyria Abrahams

Models: James Koroni of The Enforced Arch & Rachel Kay of  The New Luv

Living as a Mod in the 21st century: MODernists.

The bitter sweet story of our lives
For your attention
Another brigades of boys is riding on
No more questions
Prepare all yourself tonite
These boys coming back to town
You better listen up for yourself
For tonite the boys gonna shout
No more waiting
Starting the heat and dance with the beat,
Keep on singing

 

You can call me Old-Fashioned but:

 

As a young girl growing up in South Brooklyn with a father who still lived like it was the 60s and a mother who encouraged that very traditional style; my life was that of a retro photograph; a bit grainy but the colors were majestic.  My older brother’s hair was cut to that of a true 70s boy and my own hair was shaped just as a 60s Mod girl would wear hers with bangs and always trimmed close to the shoulders. My favorite colors were always that of a “Mod dart”: Red, Blue and white. Yes, I wore other colors quite a bit but you hand me over something somewhat Nautical and I’d probably do the twist. In my personal opinion; it was swinging to be smartly dressed.

I didn’t quite love the Tye-dyed shirts my father would throw on me but what I did adore were the beautiful A-Line little girl’s dressed my Grandma Mary would send me monthly. I’d run to the package, ripping it open and always excited to see what was inside; school girl dresses with Peter Pan collared shirts, ;lace trims and pockets, lots of little pockets in my dresses. I’d put on my (one size to big) Mary-Jane shoes that she’d pack in and change about a dozen times, trying each item on and categorizing little outfits. Does this sound like me? Yes, I still get excited over shopping just as much as I did when I was a little girl, growing up in South Brooklyn.

My life wasn’t always pretty dresses and Mary-Jane shoes but it’s what gave me a sense of pleasure: my own taste, my style. I loved the songs of the 60s starting with The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, Velvet Underground, The Small Faces, The Creation, The Action, The Smoke, John’s Children, The Rolling Stones; much to most of my friends utter disappointment as at other child gatherings I’d be the first to throw on a Francis Hardy song over Milla Vanilli.

Now that there is a true revival going on overseas: I am truly excited. People are beginning to understand the style of the Beat. It’s not just a “fashion”, it’s a life style. Clean; Sharp, Elegant and colorful; we are not afraid to cross the boundaries of today’s society.

Personally, I am tired of the same boring knit and those Bondage shift dresses? I hate them. Why should ANYTHING be that tight?, I love simple darts that clearly accentuate your figure but not mummify it.
Don’t get me started on the music of today: it’s called modern, not “MODern”, it’s repetitive and in my opinion, not as fun to dance to. I simply adore a dance where I can pour baby powder on the floor and do the twist!
Last weekend my friend brought me on his Scooter and we scooted on over to the Smorgasburg (in Williamsburg), where we checked out the record fair. This was basically one of those days that I was hoping for.  Great Vegan Food, a scooter and RECORDS, basically more of my life’s simply pleasures.

 

Don’t just watch and acting cool
You better ask yourself for more
You better listen up for yourself
We are the mods, we are the mods
We are, we are, we are the mods
Don’t just watch and acting cool
You better ask yourself for more
You better listen up for yourself
We are the mods, we are the mods
We are, we are, we are the mods!

 

I am truly glad there is a revival but I call on all Mods to stand up and show yourselves, especially in the New York City area:

Here are some Northern Soul Parties that you can go to so you can dance all the night to some Northern Soul Beats as well as Britpop:

The Delancey; Tuesday nights at 10pm.

& Northern Soul Nights that happen once every 6 weeks: I’ll post more information later. They have a dance contest and this night is run by my friend Paulie; yes, I am a “mod” about it.

You can buy some “new” Mod threads and outfits at Hamlet’s Vintage in the East Village. Hamlet even redesigned an amazing Mod dress and they sold out in weeks.

You can contact me and we can have some record parties and listen to 60s ToyTown Music (Yes!).

I am a Mod; living in the 21st Century.

 

 

Camera Shy? (Part 1)

 

Recently I have had the most amazing chance to do two photo-shoots with two different photographers!

Both of them having very different styles:

Photos by Kyria Abrahams, 2012:

Here are a few (ok a bunch of my favorites):

Shooting with Kyria was simply amazing; easy to work with and we really were coming up with a bunch of concepts together. I am so glad that I had come across her work after she had done a beautiful photo-shoot with my friend Polina. Kyria is able to bring out your hidden personality; your sexuality and or your sensitivity. Her camera is her poetry and she simply: projects it with ease.

As you can probably tell we decided to use  a vintage inspiration (oh, how surprising!) mixed with my love of Vespa’s, Jean Shrimpton and Plaid 60s suits. We shot the photos in my house and found it to be the perfect location for future shoots.

The inspiration: Jean Shrimpton.

Other inspirations: Audrey Hepburn, Raquel Welch, Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy (of course).

A friend I know I will have forever, and an inspiration for having such a soul for the art she adores.
Check out Kyria’s blog, books and photos at:

http://kyriaabrahams.blogspot.com/
& a special thank you to Hamlet’s Vintage who lent a lot of the wardrobe for this swinging shoot:

http://hamletsvintage.com/

Beneath the surface…..

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There’s always a longing for trouble, adventure and just a taste of something other than the mundane.
But, in the end all I hope for is a bit of sweet magic.

“Wine is bottled poetry”. And thus I am left craving for something real.

What might appear on the surface may not be what’s truly beneath….

For my own well being- a spree, of sorts.

And so it is…

If there is anything that I have needed to do and haven’t done in awhile is go to a Stache Vintage Secret Sale at my friend Jennifer’s studio in Williamsburg where she sells a wide range of vintage clothing and interior design pieces. It truly is not only one of my favorite places to shop as I am a vintage collector and it’s just like heaven to me, but it’s always always a nice chance to catch up with Jennifer while she pours me a few glasses of Champagne and this time there was a special treat: Vegan gluten-free cupcakes with Tiffany Blue frosting baked by my close friend and roommate: Jacquelyn of Vegan Bun Buns.

Stache Vintage

Growing up as the daughter of a Famous Yippie Activist definitely had an impact on my life, I always felt like an outsider growing up in Brooklyn and going to inner city schools with kids my own age. My life was not particularly like the other children I knew  and I was just starting to get used to the fact of that. I’d stroll through the very populated gritty streets of New York, looking at the other people passing by me and just question: Why?

Why do I look this way? Why are my parents and family friends so different than everyone else? Why do I have wavy hair?Why did he not call? Did I do something wrong? How can I make myself be appreciated more?

I would pick out flaw after flaw of myself and worry (sometimes still do! much to my friends disapproval) about situations I’d create within my own self. Fears of being forgotten, left behind they all would appear to be beneath the surface but if you really knew me, I’d probably show you each and every one of my self-doubt.

But then as time went on and I realized the “Why” has such an impact on my own psyche that I had to change it to: “How?” How can I be a giving person? How can I love? How can I succeed? And currently, finally safe and secure in my own shoes: I say: I am indeed a beautiful, confident and loving person with a strong personality.

Don’t get me wrong, I do have some down days but since I’ve decided to take life into my own hands & soul: follow more dreams, go for some mini vacations and enjoy time with friends and family and of course indulge in chocolate and wine and all sorts of delicious vegan foods! It really does a great deal of positivity for your confidence and makes everyday so much more beautiful than the last.

I love my friends, especially this girl: We have basically repeated ourselves over and over about how we will always be activists, grow old as activists and even with our Canes, graying hair and wrinkles: we
‘ll always stand up for what we believe. My friends; inspire me.

Ashley Byrne & I at the Sea Shepherd New York S'mores Party at VSpot.

Ashley Byrne & I at the Sea Shepherd New York S’mores Party at VSpot.

Volunteering? All the time. It’s my life. Come out to Vegans drinks on August 30th at Fontana’s in Manhattan at 7pm for a night of raffle prizes and vegan food from Clementine Bakery to benefit Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

So, for the sake of taking care of myself and purchasing a few new vintage items I am going to try to start my daily pictures again.
Which will include my makeup, as much as I can. Did I ever mention that I am slightly makeup obsessed? I freelance as a makeup artists and usually offer that as my gift to Animal Organizations to include in raffle prizes: Makeup with Animals by Rachel.

90s grunge look. Stache Vintage dress and 50s slip. $45.00

Makeup: All cruelty free and vegan items from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics & Urban Decay.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics: Lip Tar: Hush, Cheeks: I like to use a little bit of lip tar on my cheeks and they mix nicely so it was Narcissist & hush mixed on the palm of my hand and tapped lightly.  Eyes: OCC loose pigment. (I can’t see the name!)

Urban Decay: Rock star eye liner & Stray eyeshadow. and for concealer I used Aveda & a bit of Zuzu powder! (both also cruelty free and vegan).

You can be beautiful with or without makeup but whatever you do so decide to choose: Make it vegan because there are other beautiful beings on this earth that do not deserve the torture of being tested on for our own self benefits.

Also, I must take this time to ask everyone to sign a petition to stop the cruelty of Horse Carriages and call your local Councilman. Yesterday, there was yet another Horse-Car accident and the Horse was down in the street.

Please help us stop this madness!

Go to: Http://www.NYCLASS.org and read up on the information.

A daily dose of…

For I never did believe that such a love can exist between a woman and a bit of chocolate for as long as eternity can prevail. We shall take delight in such glorified soul, sweet decadence, for my heart has been taken sweetly into the depths..of its embrace..

A daily dose of Chocolate.

Samantha Jovani Hand bag Photo Shoot

A few weeks ago I had the desirable chance to model and work for Samantha Jovani Handbags, a beautiful local-to-New York City Handbag company that supports the idea of recycled and vegan materials.

We tok photos in a community garden in Bedstuy (Brooklyn) and then had a vintage tea party and photo shoot on Najva’s roof. It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed working with everyone very much.

Here are some of the photos taken by the talented photographer: Najva Sol.

7/17/12: Awaken…during midsummer.

Awaken….
To the suns golden rays burning into my sleepy bedtime eyes.
Clever mind:
Gathering thoughts and
Abstract Oil painted images…

I bathe my body in the sweet aromas of
Jasmine, rose
Opiates to the being of our kind
Intoxicating our minds with its sweet drug..
Desire and design.

Hoping to.
Succeed.
Power.
Passion…..
Freed..

As I sat on the train last night and recollected all the events that had taken place over the past couple of days and I fumbled around with my small bag of heavenly scented essential oils and the buddhist book I purchased at “The land of Buddha” on McDougal Street I instantly became inspired. I couldn’t find my pen in my bag (which I later found in my makeup bag), and took out my Blackberry to use the Microsoft Word App. First, look at Modern Technology. I typed the poem, edited a few times but just letting my mind roam. What an amazing feeling! To simply have lovely words coherently roaming my mind and these: I have to get out. Release.

Saturday: Midsummer Garden Party

Saturday I awoke to yes, the suns golden rays burning into my eyes and I got up and dressed early to start preparing for the day ahead: Our Midsummer Garden Party.

After getting showered, dressed and mixed a new concoction of essential body oil: Jasmin, Opium and a secret ingredient. I coaxed Rob( my roommate) to go food shopping with me for the party and to go and have brunch at our new favorite local haunt: Eclipse. A Mexican restaurant that caters to vegetarians/vegans in the area.

Eclipse Taco Combination plate:
2 Tofu tacos and a Guacomole. Side of Rice & Beans is a must for me!

After Brunch, Rob and I made our way to Keyfood and went food shopping, where he snapped this little photo promoting Vintage Seltzer.

We carried the groceries home and Kristy arrived soon after that and we started to set up for the party as well as snapped a few fun photos during because Kristy unfortunately had to run to her performance that evening.
But I am happy she came by!

Friends started rolling in one by one and later in groups of two and three’s and the party ran all night. Robyn showed up with her newborn baby boy, my nephew! And when she walked into the yard: she looked like a Grecian goddess carrying her pride of joy.

Elizabeth(click to check out her blog!) made her DELICIOUS Potato Salad, Jessica made summer rollers with Jalapeno dressing and Jen brought a large tub of Raw Mint Chocolate chips ice cream left over from The Veggie Prom. There was a smorgasbord of delightful foods and drinks and the music? Rob had been the DJ and we had the Garden playing one playlist and Robs bedroom playing another.

People came and went and the day turned out to be perfect. How could it not? I was surrounded by people I love.

The last person left at about midnight and Rob, Rachel and I decided to go dancing at Fontana’s, a bar/dance club that houses our very own Vegan Drinks monthly as well as the Veggie Prom this past year for Brit-pop night! We go-go danced the night away before running over to San Loco’s for some delicious Guacamole Tacos (Do you know what kind of food I love?).

* Check out Elizabeth’s blog entry on the Garden Party as well as her delicious recipe for the Potato Salad!

Sunday:

I went to Bliss in Williamsburg for Brunch and then ended up wondering and doing a tad bit of shopping. It was a nice day and I decided to go home and write a bit and catch up on some relaxation.

Jacquelyn came home and we decided to have a bit of a”Ladies night”; painting our nails and listening to girl-rock music and basically singing and dancing to our hearts content. The beautiful part of the night? When Jacquelyn and I decided to waltz and spin as rain began to fall outside. The sound was overwhelmingly pleasant and we wanted to just run out into it: free. We stayed in dry instead, and sung Disney songs.

Monday:

I had dinner with Dania at Sacred Chow to discuss some things we both were going through. We went to my favorite Buddhist shop; The Land of Buddha and each picked a book out and a ring. I stumbled upon a ring with a Jade stone which is said to bring me luck. “Well I need it” I commented to the shops salesperson, he smiled and laughed before replying that “If you feel it will attract luck, it will”. I nodded, honestly, I just enjoyed the color of the stone and the fact that it was the only one that fit me made my mind up to purchase it. Even if I believed that it would bring me good fortune I still appreciated its natural beauty.

I believe in this quote and decided to rethink what I feel on faith, once again. I truly believe in what Buddhism can give you: love, peace and freedom from stresses that will tear your life into tiny pieces and leave you crying in the gutter. I am tired of stresses, of ego…

Ahimsa: Do no harm.

Just love.

And this leaves me to where I started this entry: on the train, writing the poem above.

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