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October 29, 2013

Treasure Tuesdays ~ Louis Vuitton City Guides

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As I'm traveling next week I'm all about the necessities and getting in travel mode! You can follow along by reading my tweets at @AccessoryExpert as well as on Instagram <a href="http://www.instagram.com/AccessoryExpert</a> with the hashtags, #AccessoryExpertTravels (you'll get tweets from my journeys in Seattle and Barcelona). While I continue to plan what will be on my travel list, enjoy Louis Vuitton City Guides, which includes Paris, New York City, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Beijing, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, and Venice.

October 15, 2009

Trendy Thursdays ~ Project Detox: Horse Power

In an ongoing series, Keren Weinstein, our Guest Life-Balance Editor, took a much needed trip. More than the need to go on vacation to a new locale, she wanted to find her own sense of balance and thus Project Detox began. Last week, we realized stopped and truly enjoyed the power of the perfect bite! Today, Keren shows us why we need to horse around.

You order the signature dish at a world renowned chef owned restaurant. You buy vintage Chanel when traveling to Paris.

Experience experiences.

So too, at Miraval® Arizona Resort & Spa, their signature activity and much talked about ‘Equine Experience’ was Not to be missed.

<i>One order of Horse-Whisperer-experience for me please.

Extra sun block with a side of cowboy boots!</i>

After roll call, we were released into the expert hands of Wyatt Web, the legendary bestselling-author-creator-and-director-Equine Programs-and-resident-human-therapist at Miraval. One look at him and I had this dizzying sensation that we were in for more than just a horse ride.

Although the ranch was a short drive from the resort grounds it felt like we were secluded from the world. There was no traffic, the desert scenery was vast and organic, and the most man-made action consisted of abandoned-looking desert mailboxes (pictured above).

Dimensions away from New York City.

As with Swing & Prayer, we first sat in a circle and, guided by Wyatt, introduced ourselves, shared why we signed up for this activity, & what we were expecting.

What a scene!! I recall literally needing to step outside myself to view what was happening and take a mental picture. The large rustic wood chairs in circular formation. The wise-looking ‘cowboy’ sitting back, oozing inner peace and speaking to us as if he knows something we have yet to know. The magnificent backdrop of raw desert surrounded by the Catalina Mountains. The midday desert heat beating on us. The scent & sound of the Sanoran desert.

The harmony.

This was a scene from a Western flick. And I had a starring role.

The Good, the Bad and the [ultra chic]

Wyatt’s instructions: Go out in groups of two and groom the horse.

Eyeing each other’s reactions like in the Brady Bunch theme song we were all thinking the same thing.… shouldn’t I, on my spa vacation, be getting the pedicure and hairstyle - not the horse?! Before we could finish our thoughts, as clearly Wyatt knew what we were thinking, he proceeds to say…”this is not about the horse, it is about you”!

Horses (like babies) are very intuitive. Mindful. They have a supernatural ability to respond instantly to whatever they experience in the moment. This includes what you may be feeling, thinking or even planning to do next.

They have a Horse Sense.

This sense forces us to be honest with ourselves when working with the horse. To use our instincts. Our emotional energy.

When in this raw state we can learn a lot about who we are and how we are perceived by others. How effective we are in communicating, relationships, tasks, etc.

Like a mirror into ourselves.

The trick Wyatt says is to go in with clear Intention. “Your body is your oracle” Stay focused on your present task. Follow-through. If you do not succeed in getting the hoof up. Try again using a different method. If you still cannot do it. Ask for help.

And with that we go out into the corral. Grooming buckets and curiosities at hand. For 15 minutes I struggle with that horse. I do exactly what I thought Wyatt said to do. I walk up to the horse and I focus on my intention.

The horse does not budge.

I step back and try again & again using different methods. I attempt to force the leg up (as if they don’t measure strength in Horse Power!!). I pet the horse (what a stunning horse). I focus from my mothering skills onto this adorable creature “c’mon sweet thing, I am doing this for your sake! You need to have a clean hoof! Just lift up for me. Just try to enjoy your pedicure. It’s for your own good. now…Lift!.

Then, like a cross between simple matter-of-fact and a bit of scolding Wyatt says to me “Would you stop taking care of everyone else and focus on yourself. (Isn’t this why I am even on a Project Detox?!) This is for you! It is not for the horse’s sake. You have a task to finish and he is not assisting.

Intention. Focus. Follow-through.”

(This rancher was not horsin’ around!)

I go back in and this time the horse begins to bring up his hoof to my hand before I even touch him. As if he senses my next move. Like we were connected. Like I was a magician. The Oracle.

This was my Aha moment.

Looking around at my “Brady Bunch family’, I spot a few more I-just-had-an-Aha-moment faces & I instantly learn the deeper meaning behind ‘Horse Power’.

The next tasks from point of self discovery and on were not only simple but empowering. We each got a turn to walk the horse and then to guide him in a round pen. With a bullwhip in hand (that would Never be used on the animal!) I had that horse going in whatever direction I chose. I got him to start, stop, walk, canter, run, turn. I can feel and almost see my energy at work.

This was the same for each of us there that day.

We were all in the same movie.

Popcorn anyone?

Keren Weinstein is a seasoned professional in Fashion & Beauty with over 12 years in Integrated Marketing, Advertising and Celebrity Fashion Styling

January 05, 2009

Paul's Honest Meal: New Years Resolution

Just like the rest of us, I made a couple of New Years Resolutions as well. First and foremost, I’d like to lose about 15 pounds by March. And my second resolution is to find the best paella restaurant in New York City. Following the El Faro debacle, I feel the need to find the best paella spot in the city and I need your help to do so. I would love for the readers to suggest their favorite restaurants that specialize in paella. I don’t care where they are located, the price level or the ambiance; all I care about is level of deliciousness of their paella.

All of the suggested restaurants will be evaluated, reviewed and eventually a list of best paella restaurants will be compiled and presented. The picture above is courtesy of Spanish Recipe which has a recipe that you should check out.

November 26, 2008

Wearable Wednesday: Le Sport Sac

For many of you, you took off work today or have a half day so if you're able, head down to Soho to see the Grand Opening of the Le Sport Sac store! This is a great way to have a fun addition within your bag or to find the perfect travel companion. Known for its various collections and how it has so many pieces in various colors within many styles, this is a nice way to change it up! In addition, you can check out the Platinum Collection which includes a Touch Up and Cocktail Cube Cosmetic, Deluxe Every Night Bag, Party Hopper Clutch, Multi Tasker Tote and All Nighter Swing! These are items that you can use and they come in Chocolate and Gold Colorblock as well as the Pearl and Black Colorblock! Head out to Le Sport Sac's new flagship with 2 floors of shopping and being hailed as the largest within the city for this brand, on 118 Greene St (and find a nice place to have a tasty lunch afterwards).

Kimmie is a Celebrity Statement Fashion Stylist, Style/Accessory Expert and TV Personality who is the Co-Founder and Style Director of Athleisure Mag. She is also the Fashion Editor of DJ Mag and contributor to MIMI (Time Inc's beauty site) and Vogue.it. Accessory Agenda is a behind the scenes look at her work on and off set as well as items that are on her essential list for your wardrobe.

As a Fashion Stylist, Kimmie's work has been worn on a number of celebrities, personalities and has been published within an array of magazines (Esquire, DJ Mag, Heaven Has Heels, Velvet Magazine Dubai and more). You can see more of her work at Statement Stylist as well as her full portfolio. You can also find out more about Mens Athleisure which is co-founded by Kimmie focusing on menswear fashion editorials.

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