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Travel Amenity Kits

We’re thrilled to introduce a skillfully collaborated collection of Bella Lucce’s bestsellers, now offered in TSA-friendly sizes tucked inside chic cotton travel bags. Our new Travel Amenity Kits enable you to take your favorite Bella Lucce luxuries for face and body on the road no matter where your travels may take you. Whether you’re off on an adventure by plane, train or automobile, we wish you happy travels!

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From Morocco With Love

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Latest Obsession
Inspirational Jewlery from LuluBug

My teenage daughter recently left for a summer service trip to Thailand. I was scouring Etsy for a piece of inspirational jewelry to give her when I stumbled upon LuluBug. I’m smitten with her whimsical, original designs in sterling silver. My Chloe scored a locket that said “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams…” but I’ve got my eye on several other pieces as well. Who could resist the “You are my sunshine” necklace?

Ingredient of the Month
Crushed Freshwater Pearls

Crushed Freshwater Pearls: Celebrated by Asian women and ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia for more than 3,000 years, pearl powder has a rich history and a myriad of legendary tales about its use at the Imperial Palace. Created by pulverizing real freshwater pearls, it is reputed to boost skins brightness and is rich in both amino acids and trace minerals.

Find it in: Shiitake & Green Tea Antioxidant Serum, Detoxifying Giinger-Wasabi Masque, Orchid & Crushed Pearl Body Creme

Food For Thought

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma- which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

- Steve Jobs

Home Spa Rituals
Lavender- Honey Milk Bath

3 tbsp. Dried Lavender Flowers*
1 1/2 cups Whole Milk or Buttermilk
1/3 cup Honey

Process lavender flowers in a blender until they become a powder, turning off the blender and scraping down the sides as necessary. Whisk together lavender powder, milk, and honey in a glass bowl, then pour into a jar. Before each use, shake the jar and pour half of the mixture into the bath. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes enough for 2 baths.

*Dried lavender flowers can be found in the spice section of gourmet and specialty stores. (Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board)


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NY Times Travel Blog : For those days when you're trapped in your office, but dream of snorkeling expeditions to Belize or biking through Spain.

Yoga Journal : An ever-changing source of information about yoga, meditation and healthy cooking.

Women's Rights Blog : An eye-opening look at the state of women's rights around the globe.

Daily Candy : Unwrap a surprise in your email inbox every morning. It's the only site you'll ever need for the latest in travel, culture, nibbles and libations.

101 Cookbooks : Delectable new recipes every single day. Never fret over what to make for dinner again!

Make your voice heard!

November 5, 2012

Today's the day: get out there and vote! I want you to vote soooo badly (no matter who you push the lever for), that I'm willing to send along a coupon for 35% off your next order if you send...

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Beyond Kony 2012…

March 10, 2012

swI admit: I've been glued to my laptop for the last few days. Unless you've been hiding in a cave, you've probably heard about the film Kony 2012, produced by the California-based nonprofit Invisible Children. The organization has been in...

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A pearl of wisdom from Shantideva

April 5, 2011

As some of you may know, I am a practicing Buddhist. My earth-loving, hippie parents introduced us to Eastern religion and philosophy as children (after all, I was named "Lela Rain" and my sister is "Mimi Samadhi") and it has...

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Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

April 4, 2011

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a little girls growing up in Memphis, Tennessee (the city where he was gunned down), his death always loomed large for me. Memphis was, and...

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Want a free Blushed fragrance pouch?

March 21, 2011

Earlier this month, I told you about my latest obsession: Blushed fragrance pouches: mess-free, portable fragrance pouches for women-on-the-go. It's an idea whose idea has come, yes? Well, Elizabeth- the Renaissance Woman behind the brand- is in the midst of...

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My heart is with Egypt

January 28, 2011

My heart is heavy as I watch coverage of the uprising in Egypt. I was in Cairo in 2009 and spent months afterward trying to woo my husband to relocate here...I was so incredibly smitten with the place. The...

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Rain, rain…go away!

January 21, 2010

Being a buddhist, I have a fabulous spiritual teacher known as a Gesha-la. He's a tiny Tibetan man with an endearing spirit and more wisdom in his pinky than I have in my entire body. He also happen to make...

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Today is World AIDS Day

December 1, 2009

The World AIDS Campaign is a global coalition of national, regional and international civil society groups united by the call for governments to honour their AIDS commitments under the slogan "Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise." The campaign is governed by...

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Celebrate Earth Day

April 22, 2009

Today is Earth Day, a celebration of all things natural and a time dedicated to understanding our environmental impact. This is one my favorite days of the year...I encourage you to do something special today to honor Mother Earth. Here...

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Do you believe in miracles?

April 6, 2009

I am not even certain how to say this, but our Samadhi is alive and well. A bit of backstory, if you'll indulge me for a moment... The last weekend in March, I took my girls to Atlanta, to participate...

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A life well lived…

April 1, 2009

My precious Samadhi was diagnosed with a brain tumor on March 30th and passed away the very next day. Earth to earth, ashes to ashes and dust to dust. She was my constant companion, a dear friend, a beloved member...

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Oprah wants to help you get your spa on….

February 19, 2009

Mr. Oprah Winfrey herself is helping demystify the spa...from how far to undress to how much to tip and what to do with a chatterbox technician. You can check out all the details right here....

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Meditate on this…

July 15, 2008

I absolutely love the way a simple quote can be so succinct and thought-provoking. I am not the most eloquent of gals, so I am somewhat of a quote collector. I came across this one today and have it taped...

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Bagels and coffee, anyone?

July 8, 2008

Donna Maria Coles-Johnson, the president of the Indie Beauty Network, author of the Indie Business Blog and respected small business advisor, is taking her show on the road. Together, we've arranged a breakfast for all sorts of indie entrepreneurs on...

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Gas prices got you down?

July 3, 2008

Join the club. I have traveled quite a bit in the last week and have nearly passed out from shock each time I have pulled up at the pump. They say that every cloud has a silver may have...

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How you eat really DOES make a difference!

June 16, 2008

A few years ago, I decided to radically change the way my family eats. In search of a healthier body, kinder karma and a better planet, my children and I transitioned to a strictly vegetarian diet. Despite whispers from family...

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Remembering September 11th

September 11, 2007

This is always such a difficult day, isn’t it? For the last six years, September 11th has been a consistently blue day for me…I am still so terribly saddened by the historic events that changed our country on this day...

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Ladies Who Launch is coming to a city near you!

August 17, 2007

Nothing has been more empowering to me as a woman than owning my own business. While entrepreneurship is certainly not for everyone, there's a unique slice of the population that it's perfectly suited to. Whether you're a woman who's starting...

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Happy Earth Day! (& new product launch)

April 22, 2007

Hoping your Earth Day is blessed and that we all take time to smell the roses and do something kind for the planet. I spent this weekend at the New Jersey shore with Tina & Beth Ann (we're working on...

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Good Stuff on TV this evening

February 26, 2007

I have long been a fan of Oprah Winfrey and I fell in love with her all over again when I learned she was opening a school for girls in South Africa. Tune in to ABC tonight at 10/9 central...

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Happy MLK Day

January 15, 2007

For those of us in the states, today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day...a time to remember a man of incredible stature and vision. I try to read a bit more about MLK each year and spend at least a...

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My favorite reading this season

December 11, 2006

I love both giving and receiving awesome books. Though I love to read, I tend to do it in spurts, consuming a dozen books in the span of a month or two and then not picking up another book for...

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Let’s say “thanks” to our troops this holiday

December 6, 2006

My dear friend Stacy (hi Stacy!) sent me a fabulous website that I wanted to share with you. Xerox is sponsoring an amazing program designed to show America's gratitude to those troops stationed overseas this holiday season. By visiting their...

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Please help bring James Kim home…

December 5, 2006

As you may have heard from the national media, a harrowing search for one California family has had a remarkable twist: Kati Kim and her two children, missing in the Oregon wildnerness for 9 days, have been found safely. Her...

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Today’s Top Ten

December 4, 2006

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the CRAVE Holiday Shopping Party 10. Get your Holiday Shopping done..."All in one night, All in one place!" 9. Spend quality shopping time with your GAL-PALS 8. Make a wish list for what YOU want...

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Your daily stop for inspiration

November 13, 2006

Daryn Kagan, CNN News Anchor veteran, has just unveiled her latest project: Launching today, the website is designed to promote good in the world by "showing the world what's possible." I've already been there this morning and it's a...

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Tomorrow is election day

November 6, 2006

Tomorrow is an important date for all Americans: it’s time to vote. And I want to take a moment to plead for your vote…not for a specific candidate, but for the candidate who most embodies your ideals. It seems that...

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Get involved to beautify your local community…

September 22, 2006

I was unaware of this event until just recently, but someone enlightened me about National Public Lands Day and I think it's a phenomenal idea. From their website: National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to...

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Remembering 9.11.01

September 11, 2006

Hug your babies today and take a minute to remember those who aren't with us anymore. May we foster peace and seek to change the current climate so that our country never has to endure that horror again... "You must...

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Facing The Facts

September 8, 2006

I am not especially gifted at cooking. I rarely have the time and, when I finally commit to a meal, it’s usually one of 12 I have in perpetual rotation. Same dinner, different day…we typically do takeout or frozen dinners...

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The neatest thing since sliced bread…

July 26, 2006

Last time I was in Indy, I noticed a new industry emerging- a small avalanche of shops destined to make dinnertime a whole lot easier for mommies everywhere. These shops plan a dozen meals each day, post the recipe, slice...

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Pray for Mumbai…

July 11, 2006

Mumbai was hit with an unconscionable terrorist attack today. The target was the local train system and more than 100 people are feared dead. Mom and I were just there last month and I know those trains were full of...

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Today is World Refugee Day

June 20, 2006

There are currently more than 19 million refuges in the world. Stew on that number for a minute…19 million. Not sure what a refugee is? Start here; it's not an easy read, but it is an incredibly valuable one. The...

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Happy Father’s Day!

June 18, 2006

Today will be a blur of grilling and baking in honor of Father's Day. I'm making all my husband's favorites and thought I'd share the recipes. Keep in mind that this is not exactly light fare, just good ole' Southern...

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Reason #8,674 to love the Dave Matthews Band

May 4, 2006

Not that I really needed another one, but…DMB has just pledged $1.5 million for new home construction in Katrina-battered New Orleans. The funds are the result of a recent benefit concert in Denver, CO aimed at raising funds for the...

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I *heart* Von Maur

April 21, 2006

I was in Indianapolis earlier this week visiting some of my favorite people on the planet. While there, I did some shopping for my upcoming trip and found myself in Von Maur. I am a stickler for incredible customer service...

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World AIDS Day 2005

December 1, 2005

Today marks an in incredibly important today- World AIDS Day 2005. Please take a moment to consider these sobering statistics: There are 40.3 MILLION people around the world living with HIV/AIDS today There will be an estimated 4.9 MILLION people...

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Our thoughts are with you…

August 31, 2005

I am absolutely stunned by the footage beginning to trickle out of the Southeast US, showing the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. My thoughts are certainly with those affected by this tragedy. Please consider what you can do to help…the...

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Have you signed the pledge?

June 22, 2005

Driven by a virtual powerhouse of stars (including Bono of U2, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, and a host of others), the ONE Campaign seeks to rally Americans to action in an effort to step up the fight against global poverty...

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Proof positive that chocolate really IS good for you!

June 20, 2005

The NY Times ran a wonderful article last Thursday about the benefits of chocolate in skincare. Quoting from that article: What researchers do know is that cocoa's antioxidant potential compares favorably to that of green tea. The antioxidant potential of...

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