Category Archives: Culture

Gravel & Gold

This store is perfection! Located in the heart of the Mission, off of Valencia at 21st, this tiny little shop is charming and delicately curated.

You can find the most luscious thermals and cozy indoor comforts, as well as yummy winter sweaters, colorful jewels, playful accessories, leather goods & plenty of beautiful house ware trinkets and gifts!

Below a few pictures of this fabulous store… xox, SC

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NYFW Street Styles

New York Fashion Week, stylish from beginning to end…

Amazing looks found all over town as fashionistas make their way from runway to runway to view designer’s fabulous new works of art!

Below, a gallery of some of my favorite looks… from head to toe outfits, jewelry, shoes & handbags! All the goodies that make for an impeccable ensemble!

xxoo, StonerChíc

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Beautiful Prayer

Rumi

A magnificent quote from the distinguished Rumi. A beautifully descriptive image is left lingering in my mind’s eye… Envisioning lovers intertwined, connected, like wild birds freely mating as they float across the majestic crystal blue sky.

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Snap Shots

Instagram Whore: guilty as charged. I have taken over 1,000 pictures using my iPhone, many of which have been uploaded onto my Instagram account and I’d like to share them here, with you. Many of these pictures where taken in San Francisco or Marin County, with a few exceptions!

Don’t you fret, I’ll make sure to let you know where these images are set…

Happy Browsing! XoXo, Sc

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Honoring Guruji & The Lineage

BKS Iyengar & Krishnamacharya

BKS Iyengar & Krishnamacharya

I am a yogi. By no means enlightened, although making a humble attempt to learn more, grow more and be present, more. 

The only way I know how to go about this slow, challenging, fulfilling and yes, sometimes frustrating, process, is to: practice, practice for all is coming… 

Whenever I notice myself falling into the perils of my mind, I search for my breath, I slow down my thoughts and I think…I am not the first, nor will I be the last to go through self created struggle, instead redirect the  inner conversation, notice the beauty around you in the present moment, breathe, let go and m o v e on. This is by no means an easy task, it is time consuming for it must be done everyday; as well as humbling, and at times, painfully revealing. No matter, I feel deep gratitude and eternal blessings to be on this path. This is where I am meant to be, right now, living this experience, learning from this current teaching. In my heart and in my soul I have profound admiration and reverence for Krishnamacharya–also known as the father of modern yoga & BKS Iyengar–one of the foremost teachers in the world who has developed a keen mode of practice that infuses intelligence in the body and calmness in the mind, creating healing for any body that looks to search the self.

This posting is to honor, appreciate and ultimately recognize the efforts of all yogis: past, present & future. Yogis who diligently and genuinely work their shadow places to harness more light, more breath, and more life… May all beings be happy & free.

Lots of Love, SC

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Shivers & Goosebumps

Every once in a while a band comes along that BLOWS. YOUR. MIND… & SOUL.  Efterklang is one of those bands!

A Danish group–based in Berlin–this dynamic 3-man collaboration crafts musical magic… Cool synths, heavy bass beats, horns, and beautiful yet eerie vocals, Efterklang is a unique band with an original sound. When performing live the band grows to include more musical talent than should be legal! Here, I have included a short video featuring a live radio performance in Vienna where their songs Between The Walls, Black Summer & The Ghost are rendered beautifully and majestically… Luxurious builds, haunting harmonies & brassy undertones… Enjoy!!

Peace, Love & Music, SC

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Good Lorde!

Lately, I have become obsessed with this young–16 year old–New Zealand pop star! She is funky-fresh, spunky, cheeky, and just too damn good! LORDE is her name and I think her hip-hop beats are here to stay… Along with her catchy hooks and bold lyrics too! And what really tickles my fancy, and adds another layer of AWESOMENESS to the mix, is the fact that she is the singer/songwriter of all her shit… I love when artists are hands-on, making their sound & look personal, not to mention stylish!

Inspired by the lavish and opulent lives of royalty, Lorde’s songs are mature, dripping in satire and socially attuned.  Following the release of her first EP, The Love Club, in May of 2013, her hit single, Royals, skyrocketed to #1 (in Australia/NZ & the Alternative Billboard Chart). Since, she has been busy working on new material for her full length album, expected out September 2013. Confident and sassy, Lorde writes lyrics that speak to teenagers and young adults alike, transcending her tender age and proving that she is no ordinary talent. Her deep sultry voice and bass-heavy beats combined with girly, flirty, lively, and tart lyrics, make her songs danceable, singable & totally lovable!

Recently I have been playing her jams Bravado and Biting Down on repeat… I love the slow builds and the insane drops as you are plummeted into a rich and heavy sound– followed by her brooding and sexy voice that is exquisitely arranged to include harmonies and other beautiful vocal flairs… Her most popular song, Royals, is another gem!! Personally, I love the lyrics to this song as I think she taps into the pop-culture phenomenon of being obsessively addicted to fame & fortune. A clever young lady indeed, Lorde has captivated her audience by producing stellar songs that are too yummy to pass up… I’ve included her video to Royals so you can get a feel for her ripe & raw talent. Because her sound is so powerful, her videos are simplistic, to say the least. Additionally, her amazingly big, wavy hair paired with her dark and heavy eyeliner give you a sense of her personal style: simple yet bold. I love her look as well as her video esthetic, clean and refined, like a true royal queen B… I present LORDE!!!

hugs & smooches, SC

 

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This is the reality we live: aspiring to be at our best, longing for and sometimes finding meaning and connection within ourselves and with that which is larger than ourselves; we are undone by messy bathrooms, traffic jams and burnt toast. I am not interested in spirituality that cannot encompass my humanness. Because beneath the small daily trials are harder paradoxes, things the mind cannot reconcile but the heart must hold if we are to live fully: profound tiredness and radical hope; shattered beliefs and relentless faith; the seemingly contradictory longings for personal freedom and deep commitment to others, for solitude and intimacy, for the ability to simply be with the world and the need to change what we know is not right about how we are living.

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

 

 

This quote changed my perspective, it blew my MIND. RIGHT. OPEN.

I am thankful, xoxo SC

Game Changer

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EL-AY

The City of Angels is urban sprawl at its finest. Edgy and full of glam & glitz, Los Angeles is foodie and fashion heaven; not to mention a celebrity oasis! Everything about LA has style, even the unintended… You walk into a coffee shop, and it is a scene. A boutique? Polished. A local dive bar? Sure! But with that special hipster je ne sais quois! Truly, LA is made of design, decor and flair that is good to the last drop… It’s oozing off the streets and even the attitude and personality of the city exudes this exuberant and vivacious way of life. Maybe it’s the warm and sunny weather that contributes to the high energy and vibrancy– no matter what it is, LA is always on point!

On a recent trip down I spent most of my time in Venice Beach, Abbot Kinney; as well as a few cameo appearances in Santa Monica, Downtown & Silverlake . I took a few pictures of some cool looking spots, images that epitomize the LA esthetic… Here is a gallery of these snapshots, enjoy, xoxo SC

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Craftsman & Wolves

You can never have too many coffee shops. Especially when the treats inside are as yummy as ever! Craftsman & Wolves on Valencia in the Mission District is an elegant nod to baked goods with the most unique and sophisticated flair. Flavorful breakfast pastries, cakes, confections, confitures, desserts, lunch and other sweet or savory delights can be had at this cool, chic location. I enjoy a mug of their Formosa Oolong Tea with either their Hazelnut Cake or Cocoa Carrot Muffin (and for savory goodies, The Rebel Within is truly all the hype…) In hindsight, nothing you eat here would ever do you or your taste buds wrong… Everything is decadent and perfectly luscious!

Cheers! SC

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