- Tranquiliity Bath Oil, Neom
- Moon Rivas Collage Artwork by Meric CantanLoved & Found

Re-charging my senses instead of feeling overwhelmed by it all is my newly applied motto to stay focused and feel energized throughout a long and hectic winter. So my new routine includes:

HEARING: 10 minute meditation breaks - for positive projection & protection helping me to hear my inner voice and find #peace from within (also helps to battle urges of road rage during Berlin rush hour).

TOUCHING & TASTING: taking time to bake once a week - to try out some delicious and comforting flavours & textures as well as spending quality time with the minis.

SEEING: taking a morning run through the park every so often - to enjoy the changing shades of nature and maintain a sense of groundedness.

SMELLING: and lastly the thing I look forward to the most (let's be honest): a warm silky bath to relax tense muscles and fill my senses with wonderfully fragrant peace and quiet for a perfect night's sleep.

The most essential ingredient for the latter is this great little bottle containing nothing but bliss and goodness. The neom organics tranquillity bath & shower oil contains a very high percentage of pure essential oils, which not only smell wonderful but also have true therapeutic benefits for body and mind!
Since smell is the only sense in the series of five with a direct link to our emotional control centre, essential oils have been found extremely effective to help us release blocked emotions such as anxiety, anger or fear and continuously balance them.

I find it fascinating how we can influence our wellbeing and prepare ourselves for the challenges of modern life by fine-tuning our sensory system. So I was intrigued when I came across a feature in this month's Loved & Found magazine introducing Moon Rivas - a Catalan contemporary choreographer who experiments with technology as a tool to alter human sense in order to enhance the perception of the world that surrounds us.  

As a dancer Moon's performance is dedicated to movement and cued by a seismic sensor which is part of her elbow. In Waiting for Earthquakes she translates vibrations, transmitted whenever the earth starts shaking anywhere in the world, into dance reflecting the intensity of the universal motion of the earth moving.  
To many of us (including myself) the idea of having technology stitched to our body might seem unnatural and from a parallel world but with this multi-sensory experiment the artist sparks the vision of a far more conscious interaction with our planet than your typical smart phone zombie, constantly checking in on Facebook and quickly growing detached from anything natural.

Demonstrating a new take on being rooted in nature, this triggers some very profound questions such as - if we now have the possibility to connect to the planet's heart beat and to amplify our senses to re-discover our world, would that automatically result in us taking better care of it and of our own wellbeing??


It's time to slow doooown, so this post is out of my new office for the day - our bed. Since moving flats, preparing our new collection and rushing the little men to school and back our lives have adopted a spiralling pace.  After a month of running on adrenaline and coffee I felt the craving to experience the suspension of time and decided to take a step back to the middle.

It is easy to enjoy precious moments once you consciously allow time for them - like catching the first light of the autumn sun on a morning run in the park or watching my little (nine year old!) man helping me prepare dinner, eagerly picking up all the steps and then stirring away with a smile on his face. These are the moments when life reveals a little of its secrets... 

Feeling content by enjoying simple things is something my grandma was an expert in. Thank God she was here long enough to pass on some of her wisdom and skill to me! Fixing things was the thing back in her time and since I can never bring myself to toss precious things I've decided to follow her example by repairing some of my favourite cushions. 

Their covers started to wear thin from washing and loads of little holes and frays appeared which I really liked the look of. To make a feature out of them I lined the area with an old white tea towel from underneath (with sewing machine) and sandwiched a matt gold all over sequin patch in between the cover and the lining.  I used a simple running stitch to apply other left over fabric swatches I had, to cover some of the holes from the top. Finally I framed them by using the same embroidery technique which is very similar to the Japanese art of Sashiko stitching. 

Making these covers took some time but I so enjoyed doing the embroidery, letting go of my routine and worries to soothe my busy mind and regain a sense of sanity among my daily chaos as well as some beautiful new pieces to decorate our bed with - once I'm out :))