Thursday, December 15, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
This is the time of year when you've got all kinds of parties and holiday events to attend. Gatherings like this give us the perfect opportunity to wear jewelry and accessories that are bold, make a statement, or just help pull a look together.
We thought it would be fun to let you create your own combination and save some money while doing so! Pick any three pieces to build your own customized set and we'll take 20% off! Just enter SetSavings at checkout.
Pick pieces that match, or go crazy and mix it up - you decide! (Just make sure you place your order by December 14th to ensure delivery by Christmas!)Here are some ideas:
P.S. You may want to pass this one on to your significant other with a few hints on the pieces you like!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
It's that time of year - time to save! And what better time then on Small BusinessSaturday?! Support your local small businesses, or just small businesses in general by purchasing this Saturday, November 26th. There are deals to be had if you just look! Here at Cocoon we are offering a $25 gift certificate for FREE with any online purchase (enter FreeGC at checkout), OR a flat 20% off on your online purchase (enter SmBiz at checkout). Click here for more details.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The truth is, today's world is a world of immediacy! No one can wait for anything - it's got to be right now, if not yesterday. Trying to keep up means trying to get more done in less time, so we find ourselves multi-tasking. Inevitably this leads to
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads...Come join us this Saturday for our annual holiday party. This time we are pampering YOU! Free mini massages and tarot card readings, complimentary gift wrapping, yummy appetizers and Holiday Glogg, we got it all goin' on!
And, we're starting a little earlier in case you want to swing by on your way to the Encinitas Holiday Parade. Bring the kids and they can play with our new puppy, Enzo, while you get your shoulders worked or your future told!!
Don't forget to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered in a drawing for a special prize upon arrival! Looking forward to seeing you!
Here's what you need to know:
Saturday, December 3rd
3:30 - 7:30pm
Suzanne Balestri's Home & Studio
985 Windsor Creek Court
Cardiff, CA 92007
Bring some cheer, bring a friend, bring your tired shoulders and be ready to relax and enjoy. Hope to see you there!
Monday, November 28, 2011
During the holiday season, it is easy to become disconnected from our bodies and bodily sensations and be distracted by all of the items on our "To Do" lists that need to be completed as we prepare for time away from work and for holiday travel and family gatherings.
Does this sound familiar? Take a moment and ask yourself if this is happening to you right now. Are you modifying or reducing your workout routine to buy time?
- Time to shop for gifts;
- Time to gear up your inventory or holiday services to accommodate the seasonal push;
- Time to plan a family trip to get away or visit family for the holiday.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Thanksgiving is around the corner - it's easy to lose mindfulness of the food that passes your lips in the midst of celebration, family, and delectable delights! The Slow Food Movement, which started in Italy advocates restoring sensuous pleasure and quality ingredients to cooking and dining.
This meditation from Madonna Gauding's, The Meditation Bible, will help you be more mindful of your senses as you cook and eat. A piece of ripe, organic fruit, unspoiled by chemicals, waxes or sprays, is a delight to the nose, the eye and the tongue.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I was celebrating my wonderful friend's birthday over the weekend - she lives in Redondo Beach so we went to dinner at Primativo (yummy tapas and sangria!) in Venice.
Unfortunately we got there after most of the amazing shops were closed, but the window shopping was almost as good and definitely much less expensive! I can't wait to come back when I have a full day to just immerse myself in the glory of Abbot Kinney street - to pet the clothes, browse the bookstores, smell the aroma from the coffee shops, and wander the galleries.
I just loved this piece of outside art as we were walking to the restaurant. I want to know what the story is behind this portrait/sculpture on the side of a brick building. Who is this woman? Who made it? Is it plaster over brick? Is it old, or was it just done last year? Anyone know? I'm on a mission to find out.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Your dreams mainfest through your thoughts and through your actions. Your mental, physical and spiritual actions
Monday, October 31, 2011
Long before the universe existed, lonely Spider Woman sat down to think. Suddenly she had an idea. She was the weaver, so she set up her loom and began to weave. As she wove, a star appeared each time one thread crossed another. Before long she had woven thousands of stars. Each one was tied to every other one in the web. She stopped and looked at it, but it was not quite what she wanted.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Your daily ritual may involve getting up to an alarm, rushing to shower, dress, eat, and then dashing to work. For a change, set your alarm early and begin your day with the sunrise -- Mother Nature's daily expression of hope;
Monday, October 17, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Jewelry, vases, accessories and more created in the medium of glass using various processes such as blowing, flame-working, fusing, stained and mosaic glasswork. Come take a look at the amazing talent in our area and get some of your holiday shopping done early!
See you there!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
- for spiritual and emotional healing
- for relaxation
- for awakening
- for personal growth
The Sand Mandala
Monday, September 26, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
|"Proud To Be A Man"|
Fabian Perez – I discovered the art of this amazing South American a few years ago at the Monarch Gallery on Prospect in La Jolla. I fell in love with his dark, sultry style and his subject matter of flamenco and tango dancers, lonely souls in dark bars, brothels, heartache, loss, beauty, age, the passing of time. There are so many emotions that are stirred up when viewing one of his paintings. There are so many levels on which to identify with his work. The sadness, the loneliness,
Monday, September 19, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Something that he is really into right now is a process being called Vitrograph - creating thin lines of glass to create design. The thin lines are created by pulling molten glass while in liquid form (is that redundant?) and stretching and manipulating it before it cools.
He offered to show me how on a day he was pulling stringer at his studio. I brought my glass and we heated it up in his kiln to 1700 degrees until it became molten. Pliers are used to literally tug the glass as it slowly begins to ooze out of a hole in the bottom of the kiln. It feels like you're pulling taffy! The faster you pull it down the more it stretches and the thinner it becomes before cooling and hardening. If you pull it and then bring it back up on itself quickly you get these great squiggly lines of glass that are so much fun to use in other projects. The video here shows my introduction to the process and how I used it in some larger pieces later. I had a blast and now have 2 boxes full of stringer. It will probably take me years to use it all!
Monday, September 12, 2011
This week's meditation is in honor to our inner bodies and the wonderful organs that reside there. It's origins are in Taoism an Ancient Chinese philosophy.
"Smiling to yourself is like basking in love: you become your own best friend. Living with an inner smile is to live in harmony with yourself."
- Mantak Chia, Taoist Master
You can practice the inner smile meditation any time, anywhere, even when you are waiting in line at the grocery store. It can be particularly beneficial if you notice any disharmony in your body, and it is a good exercise to strengthen your connection to it.
- Promotes awareness of your internal body and organs
- Prevents illness
- Promotes healing
1. Preparation You may want to look over an anatomy book or website to remind yourself where particular organs are in your body and what functions they serve.
2. Sit Comfortably near the edge of a chair with feet flat on the floor
3. Imagine and visualize a source of smiling energy about three feet in front of you. (This can be an image of your own smiling face or of someone or something you love and respect. It could be a ball of radiant light or a plant.)
4. Let It Flow Allow the smiling energy to accumulate between your eyebrows and flow down through your face, neck. and into the space behind your sternum. Picture it glowing and full of vibrant health.
5. Expand Your Heart Center Feel the stream of smiling energy flow down into your heart. Feel your heart expand with love and happiness. Radiate the love from your heart to your lungs. Breathe in the smile, feel your lungs fill with life sustaining breath.
6. Share the Love Now smile into your other organs - the liver on the right side, just below the rib cage; your kidneys in your lower back; your stomach and pancreas.
8. Visualize Continue sending this smiling energy to any other area in your body. Wherever you feel tightness, discomfort, pain or unease, use your smile to soften those areas. Even if some of these organs are suffering, envision them healthy and functioning smoothly.
9. Keep It End by storing the smiling energy in your navel area, about 3 cm inside your body. See if you can access this smiling energy throughout the day when you notice something making you tense (traffic, a rude person, a headstrong child). Know that this energy is always there for you to access.
We can't all be in Bali looking like Julia Roberts (and sitting this straight), but we can all smile . . . even to our livers.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Normally you wouldn't find me writing about restaurant experiences in my blog, but I am just too excited about the stuff that is happening in my backyard town of Encinitas! Not only is it on the world map for yoga and surfing, but Encinitas is fast becoming a destination spot for its funky shops and GREAT restaurants!
This past weekend my husband and I went to chef Matt Gordon's Solace & The Moonlight Lounge in the heart of downtown Encinitas. It's located at the new Pacific Station, the recently opened, mixed-use project that boasts several shops, a Whole Foods Market, a super cool condo development and underground parking (which this city is now going to need).
Even though it was a Sunday night and Solace just opened a couple of weeks ago, there was a decent crowd that continued to grow while we were there. We sat outside the Moonlight Lounge upstairs so we could have a view of downtown, the sunset, and also be privy to the action inside.
|"Modern French" cocktail|
|Seared Albacore Chop Chop|
What we ordered was to die for - the Seared Albacore Chop Chop starter followed by the Four Cheese Grilled Sandwich with Tomato and Basil. Yum. Yum! YUM! Hubby had their Hefeweisen beer, which he loved. I tried their Modern French cocktail (organic gin, organic vodka, lemonade with Lambrusco wine float. All good. The food servers and bartenders were all very friendly, accommodating, and great team players. They all helped each other out and genuinely seemed motivated to make sure we had a good experience.
Getting back to what is awesome about Solace though - I love the portrait at the bar of Jeff Bridges (silkscreen on wood?) by local artist Jason Feather. I was told that it was Gordon's homage to the actor for his role in "The Big Lebowski". Very cool that Gordon introduces some mystery, and gets patrons involved by providing an avenue to inquire and learn a little factoid about him!
I also love that as part of a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building, Solace uses recycled bottles as light fixtures, organic ingredients, local farms, happy eggs, healthy fish, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats, and natural sodas!! I am also a big fan of chef Matt Gordon who finds the time to cruise around the restaurant, checking in with the patrons and staff to make sure everyone is happy. They just started offering lunch and will soon be adding Sunday brunch and entertainment. Can't wait!
Did I mention that I love, love, love, that it is only 2.1 miles from my house?!
Friday, September 9, 2011
Well, there's always next week.
Good for you!!
I tried it and I will definitely be doing that one again. I created a playlist on my iTunes that was just a little over 30 minutes. It started out fast and ended slow.
I loved it! But I sorta knew I would. The best thing about it though was that I could count it as "meditation" even though it just felt like reckless abandon and pure fun. I will admit that at first I kept checking the window feeling certain that the gardner was going to unexpectedly show up or that a neighbor would appear looking to borrow a cup of sugar, but I got over that quick enough.
And then it was just the music and me. And my dog Scooby, looking at me like I had finally lost it.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
|Monday Meditations Giveaway!|
Monday, September 5, 2011
Here is what she says:
This meditation is about emotional, physical, and spiritual release. The idea is to transcend your usual left-brained linear thinking and access the wisdom of your body in movement. Through dance and letting go of thought, you may have realizations about reality not normally available to you in ordinary life.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Cocoon will be setting up shop at the Lucky Duck Foundation's Swing and Soiree, benefiting The Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Challenged Athletes Foundation, and Father Joe's Villages. Read about the organization and how they help our local communites here.
The event will take place next month, October 24th, at the beautiful Santa Luz Golf Club.
Mingling, golfing, and shopping - sounds like a good time to me! Hope to see you there!
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Since I don't have a small desk fountain, I decided I would utilize the waterfall in my backyard spool ("spool" - bigger than a spa, smaller than a pool = spool!). The first time I tried it was at night and was actually quite wonderful. I wrapped myself in a blanket, closed my eyes, and listened to the waterfall. I could feel the coolness and moisture in the air that was created by the water and I breathed it in. The entire 90 seconds was bliss, and then my kids burst out of the house to see what the heck I was doing. They thought we were going to have a nighttime swim even though it was past their bedtimes on the 2nd day of school!!
That's ok. I tried it again the next evening - this time
Monday, August 29, 2011
Every Monday (well, I miss one here and there), I’ll be posting a new meditation to try that I will draw from The Meditation Bible by Madonna Gauding and other sources as well. I will also have guests contribute posts about their personal experiences with meditation or some form of well being.
I really like Madonna Gauding's book because the meditations are condensed (which we can all appreciate) and they are broken down into the following categories:
• To envision what you want in your life
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Come by and check out some of my Peace & Love collection and enjoy a cocktail and the comfy styles of this awesome little luv shack!
Happy Hour with Cocoon
It's a Luv Thing
1053 S Coast Highway
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Every Wednesday in Montefiorino, the main town in the area we are staying, there is an outdoor market from 8am - 12pm. The market, held in the main piazza of the town - an area of about 100 square feet, is quite
Monday, August 15, 2011
Italy is synonymous with melt-in-your-mouth culinary experiences. I have tasted my fair share of delicious food here and I thought it was only right to give you a few bites! (You can see more in this album.)
The region I am spending most of my time here is in Emilia Romagna, known for parmesan cheese, tortellini, lasagna, gnoccho fritto, tigelle, porcini mushrooms, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar, just to name a few.
Gnoccho Fritto (nyo-ko free-toh) is a typical meal from the area. It translates to "fried dough", which is a pretty good description of it. It's a type of pasta dough that is rolled out thin and cut into diamond shaped pieces about 4 inches long.