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Weekly Wellegant Find: Himalayan Salt Lamp

I’d long admired the warm glow of Himalayan Salt Lamps when I saw them yoga studios, health spas and in various shops that I frequent. Due to the fact that the hunk of salt is natural and not factory made, each lamp is different in size, shape and color. However, they all create a soft, cozy light and lend a peaceful “vibe” to the room.

Before investing in one of these lamps for my home, I did a little research and came to understand where that peaceful vibe comes from. As it turns out, these lamps have some unique health benefits, which are the result of the negative ions that they emit.

Ok, so here’s the brief science lesson…

Have you ever noticed how peaceful and refreshed you feel after spending time at the beach, walking or hiking in the woods, lying on the grass at the park or sitting in a beautiful garden? Well the reason we feel so good is that those environments contain large amounts of negative ions, which nature produces in abundance. These negative ions counteract the positive ions that we are constantly surrounded by and absorb.

Positive ions are created by electronic devices and have been dubbed ‘electronic smog’ or ‘electronic air pollution’. As we all know, we are increasingly surrounded by all sorts of computers, large screen TVs, telephones, microwaves and other appliances we now deem necessary for our survival and entertainment (although only a decade ago we did perfectly well without most of these).

Studies have shown that your brain gets bombarded by frequencies 20 times higher than its optimal frequency, which results in all sorts of problems, including insomnia, nervousness and allergies.

The World Health Organization calls the electronic smog “one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences” and states that concerns about the health effects should be taken seriously.(Source)

Like certain plants, Himalayan sea salt produces negative ions and when the crystal is heated slightly, the ionizing effect of the salt is increased quite a bit…hence, the birth of the salt lamp.

Several health benefits are associated with the salt lamps, as they are reported to help with:

  • Respiratory problems (including the common cold and allergies)
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and stress related conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Seasonal depression
  • suppressed immune response

I have this lamp in each bedroom, which is beautiful as a night light (you can adjust the brightness, which I love!). I also have one in the living room, where we tend to have a lot of electronics. Wherever you place it, I’m sure that you’ll find it to be a lovely natural element in the decor.

In good health,

Karen

Sources:

  1. Negative ions create positive vibes, WebMD.
  2. The New England Journal of Medicine, nejm.org.
  3. Science and Education Publishing, There’s Something in the Air: Empirical Evidence for the Effects of Negative Air Ions (NAI) on Psychophysiological State and Performance, pubs.sciepub.com.

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Orange Blossom Water

Years ago, a friend introduced me to this Persian treat…Orange Blossom Water. Since then, I rarely serve fruit salad or a bowl of fresh berries without drizzling a bit of this delicately scented water over top. The flavor doesn’t overpower the fruit, but rather, it adds a lovely, slightly citrus perfume. It definitely jazzes things up a bit!

It’s fairly inexpensive and available at specialty food markets and on Amazon. A tiny drizzle goes a long way, so the bottle lasts a good while. (I seem to replace mine quite frequently, however, because guests always remark how much they like it and I end up sending them home with my bottle!)

I hope that you enjoy this little Wellegant treat!

xo,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Succulent Plants

I’ve always loved having plants and cut flowers in my home and, after spending some time learning about Feng Shui, I now understand how healthy it is to keep these things in our living space (you can read about some of the principles of Feng Shui here). The problem with keeping plants in my home is that I’ve never had much of a green thumb.

I walked into a local flower shop recently and saw these gorgeous succulents set out on a table without even so much as dirt or water beneath them. They were simply sitting on little mirrors and wooden plates. The shop owner explained that they last for quite a long time, as is. Absolutely no care required. Some of them even bloom, with a single little flower growing from the center. I’d seen succulents planted in dirt, but had never seen ones like this before and found it amazing that they needed no care at all. Sounded like just the plant for me! Needless to say, I came home with one.

If you’re looking to bring some green plants into your living space and want something low-maintenance – in this case, NO maintenance – you’re likely to love these cheerful little succulents.

Enjoy!

xo,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Mychelle Sunshield Coconut Natural Sunscreen

It’s (finally!) that time of year when we must add sun protection into our skincare regimen. I’ve been on the hunt for chemical free sunscreen products for quite some time and this one by MyChelle is one that I’ve grown to love.

For whatever reason, I’ve had a hard time finding a chemical free moisturizer for the face, which contains an SPF of at least 30. Instead of one product which both moisturizes AND protects against the sun, I’ve been forced to use two separate products. In my case, I use my regular facial moisturizer, then I layer this sunscreen by MyChelle on top. It offers good sun protection without being too heavy and clogging for my skin.

And the best part is…no chemicals, parabens, perfumes or other toxins.

Now, let’s go have some fun in the sun!

xo,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Nespresso VertuoLine Coffee Machine

“What on Earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book and a cup of coffee?” – Anthony Trollope

 

If you appreciate quality coffee, then this Nespresso VertuoLine coffee machine is a must-have piece of kitchen equipment. It uses centrifusion technology and coffee/espresso capsules to brew individual cups of coffee and espresso that are true indulgences!

My husband travels quite a lot on business and came home raving about this machine, which can be found at most high-end hotels throughout Europe. After doing a bit of research, I gifted him with one at the holidays and, honestly, I’ve been enjoying it as much as he does.

Both the coffee and the espresso are smooth and strong with a light layer of foam on top (the foam forms naturally, as a result of the centrifusion technology, which spins the water at a rapid rate as the coffee brews; no milk is required). The coffee brews quickly and comes out piping hot, unlike some other drip coffee machines and the machine comes with an Aerroccino Plus milk frother for cappuccinos and lattes.

Considering the quality of the coffee produced, the machine is not outrageously expensive, but you must purchase the pods directly from Nespresso (they have several packages and auto-ship options to make it more convenient). Still, I’m confident that it’s more cost effective to invest the machine and pods than to purchase a cup of Starbucks each day. And the taste is, in my opinion, far superior to Starbucks.

If you’d like to investigate further, here’s the machine I bought.

Now…to grab a book and head to the sofa…

xo,

Karen


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Weekly Wellegant Find: Ranch Fedora Hat by Athleta

I adore hats and wear them all year round (felt and wool in the cooler weather and straw ones during warmer months). This Ranch Fedora Hat caught my eye while I was flipping through the most recent Athleta catalog and I purchased it almost immediately.

What drew me to this particular hat was that it has that chic fedora style, with a brim that’s a bit wider than usual. While I find fedora hats to be an adorable summer accessory, they hardly offer any sun protection at all. This fedora, however, shades the entire face and neck area. Score!

Have a sunny day,

Karen

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Talking Fashion with NYC Stylist, Tiffani Rogers

I’m super excited to share with you the very first interview I’ve done on the blog (and, hopefully, the first of many)! I recently had the pleasure of interviewing New York City stylist, Tiffani Rogers of “Style by Tiffani.” I had so much fun, as we talked about building a wardrobe you love, simplicity and style, shopping and upcoming trends (among other things). Check out our conversation  by clicking on the video link above.

About Tiffani:

Tiffani is a personal wardrobe stylist dedicated to making her clients feel confident and look their best while saving them significant amounts of time and frustration. In 2016, she create  Shop the City: A Shopping Guide to New York CityThe sophisticated & savvy shopper’s guide to Manhattan.

Follow on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: @stylebytiffani

Also referenced in our conversation:

Tiffani’s interviews on The Simple Sophisticate Podcast:

Talking Style, New York City and Sales

“A Discussion about Quality over Quantity in Style and in Life”

Enjoy and please join in the conversation in the Comments below!

Have a wonderful, Wellegant weekend,

Karen

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