Three Ways To Celebrate Fall

Three Ways To Celebrate Fall

Fall in the Washington D.C. area is marked by a riot of browns, yellows, and reds as the leaves change color. Mornings are crisp, making us want to snuggle deeper into cozy chairs with steaming cups of spiced coffee. Here are three ways to fully indulge in this beautiful season.

 
INDULGE IN THE FLAVORS OF FALL

Fall is known for its hearty and warming produce like apples, sweet potatoes, pears, winter squash, pumpkin, and more.  So, bundle up in your favorite sweater, and head to your local farmer’s market. Not only will you be supporting the local economy but the farmers are the best source of recipes and techniques to make the most of fall fruit and vegetables. Plus strolling from stall to stall means you’ll be racking up steps. Exercise and fresh fall food, what’s not to love about that?


BRING FALL INSIDE

Is it even fall if you haven’t updated your home with seasonal décor? Luckily, you don’t have to go crazy to get your space into the spirit.  One of our easiest ways to decorate for fall is by adding warmth, fall scents, and soft lights with seasonal candles. Our Siena Candle really invokes the season, scented with late fall citrus blood orange, and champagne essence. Pro-tip: you can actually use the warm wax in our candles as a paraffin moisturizing treatment. Burn your candle for 30 minutes and let the hot wax cool (really important). Once cooled, pour a few drops into your hand to deeply moisturize your skin. Our candles are 100% vegan and skin-friendly.
 

GET COZY 

Embrace all things cozy by wrapping up in a plush robe. One of our top picks is the Waffle Robe by Parachute. Turkish cotton keeps you warm but not too hot, which helps the robe transition well from season-to-season.  Its polished look is ideal for cozying up at home and lightweight enough to pack for a mini weekend getaway. We need all the cozy comforts we can get right now, little luxuries to soothe the mind and create your own sanctuary.
October 15, 2021 — Nikki Powers
Insider's Guide: Nourish & Refine's Nikki Powers

Insider's Guide: Nourish & Refine's Nikki Powers

Photo by Christin Boggs Peyper, Copyright by Northern Virginia Magazine

The Alexandria-based entrepreneur’s company offers all-natural and conscious wellness products perfect for feeling refreshed in 2021.

By Katie Bianco, Northern Virginia Magazine

After a year like 2020, what better New Year’s resolution is there than practicing self-care? That’s exactly what Nikki Powers would recommend. The founder of Nourish & Refine, a line of all-natural and conscious wellness products, launched her Alexandria-based company to help women practice self-care while using organic skin care products they can feel good about. “January is the perfect time to recharge,” says Powers. “I encourage you to practice five to 15 minutes of self-care each and every day, then up it to twice daily. It will do wonders for your mind, body and soul!” Here, Powers shares some of her beauty faves and local haunts in NoVA.

 

Bright Light

“This Luxury soy wax candle is the loveliest addition to your home. The meaning of luxury is a state of great comfort and ease, and this candle offers that as you enjoy its calming scent.”

 

Sun Salutations

“My go-to self-care practice is yoga. As a practitioner for 16 years and a teacher for six, yoga has been my go-to way to make sure I’m taking the best care of myself.”

 

Luxe Lorien

“I love the Lorien Hotel & Spa because the hotel embodies the rich heritage of Old Town Alexandria while offering a modern twist.”

 

Second Chance

“I love shopping at Mint Condition in Alexandria because they have gently used or new pieces for 75% off of retail!”

Soothing Spa

“I love Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa in Falls Church. Lisa is an incredible masseuse with over 30 years of experience.”

 

Mask Up

“We partnered with DMARAN Designs for a limited edition Refresh face mask set, which includes a gorgeous watercolor mask by the founder, Mara Rodriguez.”

 

Flower Power

“Our newest Floral Face Mist is made of pure white rose water and lavender water. It provides your skin with an extra dose of vitamins and antioxidants.”

Style Philosophy

“Keep it simple and refined. Invest in great pieces that will last for years to come.” - Nikki Powers

October 15, 2021 — Nikki Powers
Top Workday Wellness Tips

Top Workday Wellness Tips

Maintaining wellness while at your 9-to-5 grind is POSSIBLE! These are our Top 4 Tips for Incorporating Wellness For the 9-5er.

Drink Water

Believe it or not, our bodies are made up of 60% water. Water is the key to staying sharp, focused, and glowing. Research tells us to drink 8 cups of water a day, but we think that is just the minimal amount of water that your body needs. When we are in the office, we like to take a liter size re-usable water bottle and aim to finish it by 5:00pm. Be prepared for many bathroom breaks, but the extra steps won’t hurt.

Stretch At Your Desk

Do you ever find yourself sitting for hours and hours on end at your desk? We are all guilty of letting hours fly by without giving our bodies the time to stretch or move. One of the best ways to maintain your flexibility and overall health, is to take incremental breaks to stretch. You can even use your desk as a tool to help!

Maintain Good Posture

Good posture is the KEY to good health. Does your neck, upper shoulders, or lower back ache after a long day at the office? If you’re experiencing soreness or deep aches after work, it’s time to work on your posture. Our tip is to set reminders for every hour to bring your attention to your posture. Are you sitting up straight or are you slouched over at your computer?

Protect Your Eyes

Our eyes are exposed all day long in the office, and most of us leave with tired eyes. There is no way for us to not be exposed to blue light on your phones and laptops, but there are ways to lessen the effects of harmful lights. Our tip is to dim the brightness on your laptop and on your phone. There is also “night-mode” on all iPhones that is specifically tailored to limit blue light exposure and to be gentle on the eyes. At night, enjoy relaxing with our silk eye mask. It’s perfect for quieting the mind and calming your nerves after a long workday.

 

September 21, 2021 — Nikki Powers
A Yoga Sequence for an Energizing Morning

A Yoga Sequence for an Energizing Morning

Imagine this. You wake up in the morning on the “right-side-of-the-bed” and you have endless energy as you begin your day. That’s the dream, right? Now, back to reality. We all know that this hardly happens, but we have a fix for you. Try this simple yoga sequence for a quick morning boost. 

Chair Pose

If you are a dedicated yogi, you may have heard this pose called “fierce pose.” The name truly implies this energizing pose.

Step 1: Take a deep breath in

Step 2: Put your feet together or hips with the part, on the floor or mat

Step 3: Exhale as you bend your knees, bringing your thighs parallel to the floor 

Step 4: Draw back your shoulder blades and reach your elbows back towards your ears

Step 5: Hold this pose for 30 seconds

Benefits: This pose warms up the body, creating a buildup of energy. It also focuses on training and strengthening the thighs, butt, hips and back.

Downward Facing Dog

Beginners and experts alike have all heard of and are familiar with the downward facing dog. This may be of the most well known posture in all of yoga, and for good reason.  The benefits of the posture are endless.

Step 1: Take a deep breath in

Step 2: Start on your hands and knees. Alight your wrists underneath your shoulders and knees directly under your hips

Step 3: Stretch your elbows back 

Step 4: Exhale as your tuck your toes and lift your knees off the floor. If you were to visualize this, your body would look like a 90-degree angle with your hands on the floor, your butt in the air, and your feet on the ground

Step 5: Hold this pose for 30 seconds

Benefits: This pose is one of yoga’s most rejuvenating poses. It wakes up your body, changes your sense, and deeply stretches your back and legs. It is also known to increase the blood flow to the brain to calm the nervous system and release stress. 

Wide Leg Forward Fold

This posture is great for lengthening the spine, stretching your hamstrings, and waking your body up from (hopefully) 8 hours of slumber.  Here we go:

 Step 1: Take a deep breath in

Step 2: Standing in the center of your mat or on the floor

Step 3: Stretch your arms straight out to your sides and widen your stance until your ankles are directly underneath your wrists. Take a LARGE step

Step 4: Straighten your legs and engage your thighs

Step 5: Exhale and lean your upper body forward

Step 6: As you lower your upper body, lower your hands to bring your fingers to the mat

Step 7: Move your weight slightly forward into the balls of your feet

Step 8: Hold this pose for 30 seconds

Benefits: This posture will challenge you in your stretching.  It will help to elongate your hamstrings, calves, hips, lower back, spine, wrists and forearms. 

September 21, 2021 — Nikki Powers
The Beginner's Guide to All Things Crystals

The Beginner's Guide to All Things Crystals

Green Fluorite
 
This crystal is known as the “Gentle Healer.” It carries a peaceful yet unwavering frequency that brings order to chaos, and scattered energy into stillness. When held on the throat or heart, green fluorite is known to expel all negative energy and re-charge your environment. This crystal is also known as the “most colorful mineral in the world” due to its large spectrum of hues including yellow, blue, green, purple, red, and white. 
 
 
Rose Quartz lights up our Instagram feed and is a gorgeous addition to any home. However, it has healing benefits beyond being just aesthetically pleasing. The stone has a light pink hue, is a member of the quartz family, and is made up of silicon dioxide. The crystal carries a soft feminine energy of compassion and peace, tenderness and healing, and nourishment and comfort. It is also known to speak directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments. 
  
 
Clear quartz stones have been cherished for generations for their translucent beauty, and comes in all shapes and size. Clear quartz and have also believed to be actual living things that take a breath only once each 100 years, making this an enchanted crystal. Clear quartz is known for awakening those who are not yet spiritually awake and invigorating one’s energy in the physical body. It’s called the “Master Healer” for a reason.
 
 
With its vibrant purple hue, amethyst is a crystal with many healing properties. Found in Mexico, Africa, Brazil, and Russia, amethyst is considered a sacred stone and can come in many shapes and textures. Many use the amethyst crystal to purify their mind, and manifest abundance. 
  
Moonstone
 
Known as the “Destiny Maker,” moonstone has a milky appearance that holds a direct channel to the moon’s energy. This crystal is also connected to the female energy by enhancing fertility and sensuality. When meditating with a moonstone crystal, always place the crystal over your heart chakra, as this stone releases love and energy into the body.
 
Black Tourmaline
 
Black tourmaline is known as “The Protector” of all of the crystals. For many centuries, many have used this crystal as a form of protection against both negative energy and natural pollutants. Additionally, this crystal has also been known to soothe anxiety, treat motion sickness, and strengthen one’s sense of smell. 
September 20, 2021 — Lacey Woodroof