Bourbon Beauty: Holiday Kick off with the Eastern High Band Holiday Boutique




Eastern High School
12400 Old Shelbyville Rd.
Louisville, Ky.

Saturday-November 16th 
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Per their Facebook Page:
4th annual Eastern Band Holiday Boutique. This will be the best yet, with more than ONE HUNDRED great vendors, music, good food and fun! You can’t miss this one! Our vendors will be selling food, clothes, children’s items, hand crafted decor, jewelry, hats, scarves—you name it! This is the BEST show on the east side of Jefferson County!

Come out and support local vendors and students in your community! #shoplocal 

Check out their Facebook Event Page.





Bourbon Beauty: Donate BOURBON for a great cause!







This story was so moving, I had to share. As you may know, I have a son with a diagnosis of Autism, and stories like this bring so much hope & awareness to our community.  A very sweet local woman I met, is raising bottles of bourbon (that's right, bottles of BOURBON!!) to host a bourbon pull at the FEAT of Louisville Gala this weekend!

They are still accepting bottles, if you'd like to donate, you can contact Donna McGraw at  (502) 741-1982. You can also drop off your bourbon donation at Shane’s Window Tinting at 7701 Dixie Highway or Theraplace at 4121 Shelbyville Road. 

I really hope you'll consider donating!  Good Luck Donna and FEAT of Louisville. I can't wait to hear about your success!




Bourbon Beauty: Pleasure, Shame, & Intuitive Sexuality- Classes with Bridge Counseling and Wellness.







Last week, I was invited to attend a class at the Bridge Counseling and Wellness Center. To be completely honest, I had no idea what to expect! I'm always up to try something new, and the title "intuitive sexuality" caught my attention.

I've always been deeply in tune with both my intuition and sexuality, but it never occurred to me that either topics had anything to do with one another. So off to my class I went!






Entering the space, it felt very welcoming. A kind woman greeted me, offered me a snack and drink (Tea or Water), and showed me to our room.

Tip: If you plan on attending one of these classes, I highly suggest you come in lounge wear, or something very comfortable. We did a little bit of meditation, and I'm glad I wasn't uncomfortable laying down or sitting in jeans! Bringing a water bottle is useful too :-)



The room itself felt very serene. There were yoga mats and blankets/cushions to make yourself comfortable on the floor.




The class itself was very insightful. During the whole duration, I felt that I was in a safe space to be open. The instructor did a beautiful job at leading our session. She was very sweet, kind, and caring, I left the class feeling more lifted than when I came in. 

I learned a bit about myself & happily took mental notes of the things in my life that bring me pleasure. Sometimes, we are all so busy, we forget to stop and take a moment to soak the good vibes in. I'm appreciative of the opportunity to be able to open up and be in the safe space that I was provided. Everyone needs the opportunity to speak our minds and take a break from the day to day stresses in life. 

I was excited to find out that following their "Be Body Positive Series", they are also offering Shinrin Yoku-Japanese Forest Bathing. 



Per their website:
Shinrin-yoku is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers primarily in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. Now their research is helping to establish shinrin-yoku and forest therapy throughout the world. 
Some evidence based health benefits include: 
  • Lower blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increased immune functioning
  • Decreased depression and anxiety symptoms
  • Increased sleep, energy levels and vitality
  • Increased sense of connection, gratitude and wonder
  • Decreased cortisol levels aiding in stress management
  • Increased blood circulation, especially in areas of the brain that include focus
The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved. Forest therapy approaches such as Shinrin-yoku have roots in many cultures throughout history. John Muir wrote, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home. Wilderness is a necessity.” He is one of many people who we include when we think about the origins of the practice. 

   


Upcoming Forest Bathing Dates:

September 15th (Sunday) and September 17th (Tuesday) – Location – Caperton SwampOctober 17th (Thursday) and October 20th (Sunday) – Jefferson Memorial Forest – Horine Section.Time10-12pm 
During a forest bathing session you will be guided on a leisurely walk on gentle paths under the forest canopy with guided activities to help you open your senses, hone your intuition and experience the forest as you never have before. We draw upon mindfulness meditation practices and techniques of deep nature connection. 

This personally sounds amazing, and I can't wait to try this out for myself! I love fall, and look forward to taking as much in before the cold weather sets in. I'm excited to share more about my experience. Thank you very much Jennifer Owens and Sammy-Jo for the opportunity to try your classes out to share!

For more information, check out their website here.


Have you ever taken any wellness classes?


Bourbon Beauty: Bridge Counseling & Wellness - Be Body Positive Series with Sammy-Jo







Bridge Counseling and Wellness is hosting a body positive series! This sounds like fun, I can't wait to partake.

Per their website:

As a society, we have been fed a whole lot of nonsense in regards to our bodies and for the most part, that nonsense was fed to us so that someone else could profit from our unending dissatisfaction. And that’s not cool.

But the truth of it is that we can be healthy and beautiful no matter what our bodies look like!

We don’t need to be magazine cover skinny to experience joy, we don’t need to have permanently clear skin to feel a deep connection to others and we most definitely do not need to be able bodied, or of a certain age, race or gender to know what it feels like to love.

The fact that we have bodies at all means that we get to experience life on Earth as humxns and that’s pretty epic and cool.
So we invite you to join Bridge Wellness and Sammy-Jo Hand for this gentle yet transformative (and most likely super fun) 4-week Be Body Positive experience!

Each week will weave together movement, breath-work, meditation and certain body positivity practices. All are welcome. All are celebrated. You don’t need to have prior experience, simply an open mind.



Tuesday August 13th – 7-9pm Authentic Beauty and How to Reclaim our Bodies
Tuesday August 20th –  7-9pm Health at Every Size
Tuesday August 27th  – 7-9pm Self-Love & Intuitive Self-Care
Tuesday September 3rd  – 7-9pm Pleasure, Shame, and Intuitive Sexuality
Drop-in for just one or join us for all 4, it’s totally up to you!
One session: $45
All 4: $160
Sliding scale available to those who cannot afford the suggested rate. Please reach out to us for further details. 

Which class are you interested in? 


Bourbon Beauty: Oprah Magazine celebrating Jennifer Lopez!






Birthday girl Jennifer Lopez turned 50 this month, and I'm incredibly excited to have taken part in an interview with Oprah Mag- in celebration of this style icon & influential Latina! Check it out here 

Thank you so much Irina Gonzalez & www.Oprahmag.com 


Which celebrity has had a positive influence in your life?


Bourbon Beauty: Stop Traffic Event! Dine with us at Le Moo





Join us for dinner at Le Moo July 21st 2019! 5:00 PM-10:00 PM, a percentage of sales will be donated back to Stop Traffic. 
Make your reservation at 502-458-8888

For more information on Stop Traffic, check out their website:

Can't wait to see you there!




Bourbon Beauty: Happy Summer Solstice - Morning Ritual

 


I can't begin to explain how much I love when spring & summer come around. While I don't care much for being outside in the physical wilderness (I don't like bugs or heat - true story...), I really do not enjoy long winters. The short days, the cold, it triggers me and unfortunately seasonal depression hits me hard.

This past winter was particularly difficult on me, and its refreshing to feel like I'm finally coming out of my shell. (Huge thank you to my mom for always being supportive and encouraging me to get a little bit of TLC. Side note: Never be ashamed to take care of your mental health as well as physical health. As women we tend to wear many hats - our health is important).

To celebrate, I thought it would be fun to write something up on enjoying and bringing in the sunshine, fresh air, & some self love.


Celebrating Summer Solstice - Morning Routine
  • In the morning - Steep some herbal tea | I prefer iced | & meditate/stretch (before kids are awake).
  • Enjoy iced tea while sitting outside - hearing the birds and enjoying the scent of the morning dew.
  • Ground bare feet on the earth- praying and thanking God (or maybe just reflecting) on everything I'm thankful for.
  • Make a point to go near or in water outdoors. 
  • Start and maintain a morning skincare routine - Do a facial massage after bathing.
  • Replenish your skin! Drink lots of water & fresh fruit. (Incorporate collagen into a fresh smoothie).
  • Begin the day with a happy soul and set great intentions for the day.


My Favorite way to make Jasmine Iced Tea
  • Dragon Pearl Jasmine (My favorite brand is by Harney & Sons)
  • Boiling Water
  • Mexican Raw Sugar Cane Crystals
  • 2 ice cubes + enough to fill a tall tumbler
Before Teavana shut down their local store, I could never make a good cup of tea! I loved my Jasmine tea from restaurants, but mine always tasted burnt. One day I asked the woman how she made it, and it was life altering (and my bank was happier lol). The trick was the ice cubes so I wouldn't burn my tea - otherwise making it bitter.
Method- Bring water to a rolling boil. Carefully, pour boiling water over tea sachet in a deep cup, quickly adding to ice cubes, and stirring in sugar to taste. Let steep for 2 minutes. Fill tumbler with ice, and pour over tea.

Do you do anything to ease stress? What's on your bucket list this summer?