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A Japanese woman in kimono walking in park during cherry blossom season in Japan.
Japan: The Home of Matcha

I've always had a special love + admiration for Japan. It’s a place I consistently look to for inspiration: from beauty practices, food preparation, tea ceremonies + more. One of the many things I love about Japan is their Matcha. But what is it exactly? Matcha is vibrant, bright, grassy + bursting with antioxidants, vitamins + life force minerals. Known to enhance mood + create a relaxed yet focused alertness, drinking matcha consistently improves everything from the appearance of our skin + hair to our hormonal health, cardiovascular system + immune response.

I love matcha whisked up on its own, with a splash of nut milk or mixed into a paste with honey for a nourishing + rejuvenating face mask. I love it's vibrant green color + the potent power of plants that nourish us inside + out.


This traditional Japanese beverage, whisked together with water until frothy, can be a bit too grassy in flavor for some when sipped straight up, so the matcha latte, made with lightly frothed milk + honey for sweetness, appeals to those who want something a bit creamier + sweeter.

If you’re new to matcha, it may take some time for you to find a recipe that you like but, I've simplified the hunt for you with the...


OWL Venice




 A tin of the OWL Venice Matcha Gift Set with organic ceremonial grade matcha, bamboo whisk and Betsey Carter ceramic pot.
The Perfect Gift!
The OWL Matcha Gift Set includes: a beautiful Betsey Carter ceramic pinch pot for mixing, a bamboo whisk for a smooth blend + a tin of OWL's Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha which you can purchase HERE


A tin of OWL Venice: Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha
1 TIN = 90 Cups!

OR...


If it's not a gift + you already have a bowl + whisk you can also purchase the OWL Venice Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha as a standalone with just the tin of Matcha HERE.









BENEFITS Of MATCHA


  • An excellent source of L-theanine: A unique amino acid that promotes relaxation + stress relief by stimulating the production of serotonin, dopamine + GABA.

  • EGCG (a powerful antioxidant in matcha) that acts as a potent free radical that prevents oxidative cell damage + fights premature aging (aka it firms + brightens skin). Fun facts: Matcha contains 100 times more EGCG than green tea + 90% more absorbable than green tea! EGCG also has cancer fighting properties + inhibits tumor cell growth (especially in breast, colon + liver cancer). EGCG improves the detoxification process in the body which helps decrease overall inflammation + regulates blood sugar levels.

  • Catechins help curb sugar + hunger cravings.

  • Chlorophyll supports skin clarity.

  • Caffeine supports lipid metabolism.

  • Matcha leaves have detoxifying properties that naturally eliminate chemicals + heavy metals from your body.

  • OWL Venice Matcha is: 100% organic, ceremonial-grade + quadruple toxin screened




MATCHA + Your Skin


Two beautiful women with gorgeous clear, dewy and perfect skin, face, body.
Matcha + Your Skin = The Perfect Combo

Think of your skin as your first line of defense. More than just your largest detox organ, your skin reveals early warning signs when your body is out of balance. Things like:

  • Tired, dull eyes

  • Sallow, dry skin

  • Acne, redness, or puffiness

  • Stiff, tense posture


Each of these is a red flag that something's off: sluggish digestion, gut bacteria imbalance, poor sleep, stress, losing the battle against sugar cravings…but real radiance doesn’t come from creams + serums – it happens on the inside. Your skin is simply the outward manifestation of balance + vibrant health.

The OWL Venice Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha is my holy grail for glowing skin, especially during these colder months. Organic matcha is delicious + a healthy intervention that gives you a major bang for your buck. Matcha is full of antioxidants + has been shown to be a preventative against various diseases. 




ANTIOXIDANT Rich



A blonde woman in robe and slippers at a wellness retreat with mountains, sunshine and nature  in the background.
Matcha provides vitamins C + E + other phytonutrients that can enhance your skin's resilience to UV damage.

Antioxidants play a crucial role in protecting the body's cells, including the skin, from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules produced by exposure to UV radiation + other environmental factors. Antioxidants help neutralize these free radicals + minimize their harmful effects.

Foods rich in antioxidants, such as berries, citrus fruits, dark chocolate (ensure quality + organic) + green tea or matcha, provide a plentiful supply of vitamins (such as vitamins C and E) + other phytonutrients that can enhance your skin's resilience to UV damage. Regular consumption of these antioxidant-rich foods supports your skin's health + provides an additional layer of natural protection against sun-induced damage.




MATCHA Strengthens Your MICROBIOME



Woman in workout clothes with exposed perfect flat stomach, gut.
FUN FACT: Matcha Strengthens Your Gut Health!
The gut is home to more than a trillion microbes that have evolved with us over the course of millennia. A diverse gut microbiome not only contributes to healthy digestion + metabolism – as I shared above, it can affect almost every system in the body: from immunity to skin to mood + cognition.

Immunity: Gut bacteria helps to support immune function by producing short chain fatty acids that communicate directly with the immune system + other organs. 

Mood + Brain Power: The gut brain connection is real. A healthy microbiome contributes to a better mood, healthy cognitive function + improved focus. 

Skin: Even radiant skin starts in the intestines. Microbial imbalances in the gut can contribute to skin issues from stubborn acne to rosacea + psoriasis. 

Matcha: A concentrated source of catechins + antioxidants that support the inflammatory response + enrich the gut with short chain fatty acid producing microbes.



Benefits of FASTING with MATCHA


Matcha has been used by monks for centuries as a fasting aid. As I mentioned, it supports healthy digestion + metabolism with polyphenols (catechins). I enjoy matcha because I experience a boost of natural energy + at the same time, it promotes calmness with amino acids like l-theanine.

Since my craniotomy I have been spending an embarrassing amount of time in bed + have put on some extra weight from not working out. I read about intermittent fasting + learned that it is an ancient weight loss technique. It works, but per my OBGYN who is a fan of it, "some may find intermittent fasting difficult." To improve the fasting experience, I remembered that OWL Venice makes an Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha which has helped me get back on track managing my cravings + calming my nerves as I heal from my surgery.



HORMONE Love



A line up of beverages like: nitro, cold brew, hot coffee, espresso, matcha, black tea, green tea and tea and their caffeine spectrum.
Matcha For The WIN!
Low energy? Fluctuating hormones have a huge impact on energy levels + stress. Support healthy cortisol production with slow-release caffeine, powerful phytonutrients + calming l-theanine from matcha.

Your hormones are incredible messenger molecules that work together to keep your body + mind in balance. Your hormones also play an enormous role in intimacy + desire.
In fact, overall hormonal balance can have amazing effects on your well being + intimate relationships by: 

  • Boosting libido

  • Elevating your mood

  • Increasing energy




SELF Love



Mother and daughter, child making shape of heart with their hands together.
Self Love = Self Care

Fostering intimacy + nurturing healthier relationships begins within. Clearing the mind primes the body for deep listening to your own desires + even more deeply attunes you to mindfully connect with yourself as well as others.

Activate SELF LOVE with: OWL Venice Matcha or their OWL Matcha Gift Set which naturally provides clarity of mind + a calm spirit with powerful catechins + calming L-theanine.



LIVER Love


Spring isn’t just a time to refresh your home, but the perfect opportunity to reawaken + rejuvenate your body. Springtime cleansing isn’t like any fad diet or “cleanse.” Instead, I prefer gentle shifts like swapping my coffee for matcha for better gut support, adding a 10-minute meditation to my morning + a nature walk to my afternoon. Tips: For those with sensitive stomachs, drink during your eating window or after food. Drinking matcha mid-day helps curb sugar cravings + revs up your metabolism + it will give you a gradual onset of calm energy that lasts about 4-5 hours. 

Anything you do to shed the old, from taking a break on social media to sipping a nourishing cup of matcha after dinner, will help you to usher in new energy, vitality, + balance – just in time for spring!

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles, every season corresponds to an organ + spring is associated with the liver. Your liver works hard as one of your major detox organs – 

  • Filtering blood

  • Detoxifying harmful substances

  • Storing essential nutrients

  • And producing bile to aid in digestion

As spring emerges, the liver works to release this stagnation + promote renewal. And there are things you can do to help the process. 

By focusing on liver health in spring, you’re naturally promoting more vitality, balance + resilience for your body + mind. 

Matcha = A Liver Loving Favorite

  • Chlorophyll, the pigment that makes matcha a beautiful emerald green, is known for liver support. Powerful antioxidants in matcha fight harmful free radicals + help liver qi flow.



CYCLE Syncing


Your lifestyle + menstrual cycle go hand in hand. Cycle syncing emphasizes working with, not against, the menstrual cycle. Prioritizing a healthy gut is a great place to start when considering cycle syncing. I'll be sharing a recipe soon for a Blueberry Iced Matcha Latte that is perfect to drink during your menstrual phase.



STRESS Relief


About 75% - 90% of diseases are related to the activation of the stress system. So, reducing stress can help lower chronic inflammation + keep immunity strong. For the ultimate in stress relief, swap your coffee for nourishing matcha, with slow release caffeine + L-theanine for clear, balanced energy. Source


OWL Matcha GIFT SET


I want to thank the lovely team at OWL Venice for generously gifting me their OWL Matcha Gift Set which includes a beautiful Betsey Carter ceramic pinch pot for mixing, a bamboo whisk for a smooth blend + a tin of their organic ceremonial-grade matcha. 

  • Supports healthy metabolic function.

  • Provides jitter-free energy.

  • Regulates hunger hormones.

  • I enjoy drinking a glass of OWL Venice Matcha between meals or pair it with a light, protein packed breakfast.


Keep in mind that not all matcha is made the same. For example, a grande matcha latte from Starbucks has 32 grams of sugar aka 8 teaspoons! With matcha, you want high quality (organic + ceremonial grade + third party tested) for the most benefits + the best taste.



STAY TUNED For My Upcoming Blog Post:

MATCHA Food + Drink RECIPES!





Photo Credit: All photos courtesy of OWL Venice + Wix.


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After my previous post, Gym Equipment + Fitness Essentials I started to pin some of my favorite home gym designs that I've come across for future reference. Below are just a few of the designs that I'm manifesting for my dream home!




HOME GYM Of My Dreams


pic courtesy of #pinterest




HOME GYM with a View


pic courtesy of #archdaily




YOGA Studio



Looking for morning workout motivation? How about a home yoga studio? Blush pink walls + alabaster fixtures give this space its occupants a beautiful workout glow.

Interior by: @amycarmandesign

Photo by: @rjhcreative





GYM in a Box




"Gym in a Box" is what Technogym + Alexander Design have envisioned for you + the place that matters most: your home.

@alexanderdesginbuild
@technogym





LIGHTING + Visual Appeal


Designed by: ONEHOUSE Architects


Proper lighting in a home gym is essential for both safety + motivation. Beyond preventing accidents, good lighting enhances your workout space's visual appeal + makes you + your physique look good.










Adequate illumination boosts confidence + provides a positive aesthetic environment, fostering motivation + a sense of accomplishment during exercise.



Thoughtfully chosen décor enhances the overall aesthetic appeal, encouraging consistency in fitness routines by making the environment enjoyable + visually appealing.












BOXING GYM Inspo.



IG: @ hausofdesign.hod



This bold, modern + clean design is a total knockout at the @ boxhaus_studio in Newport Beach, California.











COMPACT Gym Studio


Designed by: by LeQB Architects
















AERIAL SILK Studio


The main muscles used to perform aerial silks moves are the arms, legs + abdominal area. Therefore, arm, leg, grip + core strength are greatly improved. Stamina is also strengthened as well. Certain aerial exercises can be practised to enhance the muscles.





100+ More LUXURY GYM Design Ideas





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It always feels good to take the time to put together an outfit that is both cozy + comfortable. But, being warm doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. With an emphasis on layering, more pronounced textures, subdued colors + thicker fabrics, winter fashion for men is far from mundane!

Sweaters will be a large contributor to your winter looks + there’s really nothing wrong with that. They’re clean, effortless garments that are warm + cozy – so what’s not to love? Chances are, you already own an article of clothing made of wool, but there’s quite a bit more than meets the eye with this peculiar fiber. Wool comes from sheep, goats, alpacas + rabbits, though sheep wool is by far the most common. The type of wool varies from the type of sheep it comes from + the properties of each vary too.

Wool is animal-friendly (the sheep is unharmed if properly sheared) and environmentally sustainable. It’s very warm, hypoallergenic, odor/stain resistant + insulates when wet. In fact, wool doesn’t feel wet to the touch until it absorbs 60% of its own weight in water.

Freshen up your seasonal style with some of these cold weather essentials below from New Balance, The North Face, Columbia + Sorel.



NEW BALANCE



Inspired by classic NB heritage, the NB Essentials Stacked Logo Sweatpant is designed with an impressive combination of fashion + comfort.

Made with French Terry fleece, these men's sweatpants have an athletic fit that leads to all-day comfort. Topped off with stacked logo branding, these classic sweatpants provide style wherever you go. To purchase, click here.






THE NORTH FACE



It's not easy trying to look cool while keeping warm. Luckily, there's The North Face: Retro 1996 Nuptse Jacket.

Inspired by the iconic design lines of OG design, this boxy goose down puffer jacket provides a warmth that won't quit!

I love that you can stow the hood in the collar when the weather permits or put the entire jacket in a pocket! To purchase, click here.






Columbia



This great Columbia sock is very soft with a cotton blend and moisture wicking fibers, it helps keep feet dry and comfortable. To purchase, click here.










SOREL



Built with seam-sealed waterproofing & vulcanized rubber, these nylon boots are a favorite for everything from relaxing après ski to blazing a trail through the snow.

Even as temps drop, the removable felt inner boot delivers warmth down to -40°F/-40°C. To purchase, click here.





THE NORTH FACE



These touchscreen-compatible fleece gloves are a favorite not just because they’re made to keep your hands in their natural relaxed position, but because you don’t have to take them off to use your phone.

Four-way stretch means these soft gloves work with your hands +_ a gripper palm ensures the days of dropping your phone are over. Also available in Grey. To purchase, click here.


For more Men's Winter Fashion, click HERE



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