Thursday, August 28, 2014

tranquilosophy: flowers

Nobody sees a flower - really - it is so small it takes time - we haven't time - and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. - Georgia O'Keefe

While picking up my weekly supply of coconut milk, granola, spinach, and fruit Sunday night, I came across these beautiful pink gladiolus and knew they belonged at the Pink Palace.

I biked this bunch of 4-foot flowers home while juggling groceries, TranquiliT fall samples from the earlier photo shoot, and my typically overstuffed purse on both shoulders and in the front basket.

Although I looked (and felt) like a menace, I couldn't wait to get the pink pretties home.

Upon arrival, I immediately pulled out two vases, separated the bunch, trimmed the stems, and set one on the mantel and the other on a shelf safely away from curious kitten, Jackson Cezanne Wilson Mooney.

All week these pink stalks have brought a simple joy.

They remind me of the tropics. They bring a smile to my face. They reinforce that flowers are a necessity, not a luxury (the full bunch cost $3.99). They infuse chez moi with a splash of whimsy.

And they remind me that love is found in special touches sprinkled daily.

As Georgia O'Keefe reminds us, really see the flower. Bisous. x

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

things i love

1. art + asana fall 2015 retreat center in tuscany

image + how-to courtesy of shanty chic
2. DIY addy planter

image courtesy of sf girl by the bay
3. lovely creative space

4. bamboo striped maxi skirt from TranquiliT fall photo shoot

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Monday, August 25, 2014

tranquility du jour #321: paradise in plain sight

Welcome to the 321st edition of Tranquility du Jour. Today's show features Karen Maezen Miller on Paradise in Plain Sight. You'll learn how mindfulness is devoting yourself to what is in front of you, how someday never arrives, and four rules for a mindful garden. 

Featured Guest: Karen Maezen Miller is the author of Hand Wash Cold, Momma Zen, and most recently Paradise in Plain Sight. She’s also a Zen Buddhist priest, meditation teacher, wife, and mother. Visit her online at

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