{simple pleasures} jardin médicinal: healing garden

Saturday, October 14, 2017


 "the soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden."
thomas more

the garden of medicinal plants: each saturday i bring you two images, a photocentric journey of the simple things in life that bring me pleasure; i like to think of it as a peek into the inner workings of my mind. today we enter through the gates of god's garden in the city of troyes via seven simple images. 

the hôtel dieu le comte was a renowned hospital from the 12th century to the 19th century. this medicinal garden, known as an herbularium, was created within the interior courtyard of hôtel dieu le comte in 2009: a robust healing plant garden typical of the physiognomy of the gardens of the middle ages. here lie 85 species + 1,200 medicinal plants distributed in 34 beds, planted in chestnut casings. throughout history, medicinal plants were considered magical because of their healing powers and were traditionally grown in monasteries, abbeys, hospitals + clinics. today, i still consider plants to be magical for their nutritional + healing properties. 

take a stroll through this remarkable garden, a magical mystery tour if you will:

{today's simple pleasuers}

{eco beauty} shea brand body butter: light, compact + thoroughly convincing

Friday, October 13, 2017


i have this visual that used to replay in my head when i first started blogging: it's a western film, the scene: a shadowy saloon, and a thirsty cowboy sits bar-side waiting for his drink; the bartender slides a frosty glass across the bar top. in the movies, the cowboy usually picks up the beverage and downs it, but in my mind, i imagine the drink being slid back across the bar, right to where it came from.

in my imagination, the cowboy is actually me, and i'm sliding a bath or beauty product back because it wasn't effective. that was years ago when i was still learning which natural skincare brands truly worked wonders, as promised. today, i have a list of favorites that are tried + true. and i'm adding a new moisturizer today.

recently, when i ran out of my regular facial oil + body balm by pelle and when my travel bottle of lotion by beauty without cruelty was completely empty, i turned to a new organic + animal-friendly product shea brand whipped organic butter for a little hydrating help. the results? let's just say, i'm one happy cowgirl + i will not be sliding this softening body butter back across my fictional counter. this is shea brand:

{simple pleasures} le chef-d'œuvre: the masterpiece

Saturday, October 7, 2017


"if you ask me what i came into this life to do, i will tell you: i came to live out loud."
emile zola

{today's simple pleasures}

{eco brand} penh lenh: from cambodia, with love

Friday, October 6, 2017



along the coastline of the the gulf of thailand lies the country of cambodia. with its lush landscapes + historic temples, cambodia is a land of dizzying beauty, but it is also one of southeast asia's poorest nations.

over 15,000 women in phnom work in drug or sex-related industries, often with the hope of providing financial support to their families.

fair trade + ethical accessory label penh lenh {meaning "whole"} seeks to combat these industries by providing education, vocational training + career opportunities to women overcoming great obstacles. each woman is employed as an artisan, creating unique jewelry + apparel.

i've long had an affinity for tassels, but this is exactly what i imagine tassel heaven to look like: variations of smart earrings with shoulder-sweeping tassels, conservative + coquettish tassels, tassels in beautiful, calming hues + rich, saturated colors and handcrafted necklaces with tassels, too. oh, and the brilliant women of penh lenh are also creating dainty bracelets too.

are you ready to tassel?

{simple pleasures} marées changeantes: changing tides

{eco brand} by signe: sensual, feminine sportswear

Friday, September 29, 2017


i read that we wear only 20% of our wardrobe 80% of the time. i have to wonder, what is the root of all this repetition? after all, with the exception of a few stragglers, aren't we the shepherds who corraled all of those pieces into our own closets? i have one guess: comfort.

what if all of our most comfortable clothes, the clothes with wonderfully yielding waistbands {aka stretch waistbands}, and our softest clothes were also the handsomest pieces in our wardrobe? what if each + every piece in your closet was so comfortable + enticing, you weren't limited to 20%?

ladies, meet the sensual + pragmatic pieces you'll want to wear 100% of the time.

by signe is the eponymous fashion label of signe rødbro, and her mind is the creative laboratory where luxe minimalist designs seem to spring eternal + look books spout tops, bottoms + dresses in soft earthen hues. this sustainable luxury sportswear label is made in denmark, all under one roof, providing full transparency from beginning to end, along with the unexpected combo of sexy + comfortable wardrobe staples. this is signe:

{simple pleasures} les fauves: the wild beasts