Archives for September 2013

Enchanted by Amber

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As we move into fall, October brings about the changing of leaves, orange pumpkins, hot cider and the deep warmness of the stone representing this month: Amber. The Amber stone, which is actually not a stone but fossilized tree resin, which has been appreciated for its color and natural beauty since Neolithic times is said to have powerful healing strength given to the person who wears it. The lovely warm stone helps balance the emotions, clears the mind and eases stress.

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“This Tibetan bride is glowing in her encrusted Amber crown, such a masterful use of colors.” Image: by BetterWorld2010. 

The Tibatan culture has a rich history of decorative ornaments that play an important role in Tibetan families’ lives. The ornaments are passed down from generation to generation and announce the social status and event of the wearer. Their culture is very conservative about the type of ornaments favored: for thousands of years jewelry made from amber, turquoise and coral have been worn because the stones are believed to hold spiritual power.

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“A country rich with golden earth tones throughout its culture, it is no doubt that the sunshine stone, Amber is the first choice for Berber Marriage traditions”

Amber Necklace worn at Berber Marriage. Image:moroccotravelblog.com

Berber jewelry reflects tribal traditions and the berber woman’s jewelry was and still is and important part of her dowry. Many wear large amber necklaces and headbands designed with silver coins with intricate and symbolic designs.

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” Designing with Amber is like working with bits of sunshine and magic…it’s such a brilliant stone.”

Amber Heart on 14k gold vermeil chain with Carnelian and Keshi Pearls.

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” My Amber fragrance is one of my favorite in my entire line. I wear it at least 3 days a week. It is part of the original 5 fragrances upon the first launch of my collection, 15 years ago. It has maintained its status for over a decade as being one the top sellers within the (current)collection of 19 scents. It is an incredibly sexy scent that is unisex and attracts men and women alike. Personally I love a unisex scent, I think to find a scent that appeals to both women and men  is quite rare and makes for a must have for any perfumista! “

Amber: (Birthstone for October) A fragrance of singular power and depth. Amber is inspired by those golden, light-filled stones formed from the resin of ancient trees. Its succulent blood orange top note streams like the sun’s rays through notes of labdanum, Tunisian Amber and musk. Legend states that Amber was used by sorcerers and magicians to promote strength, healing and protection. This fragrance is itself an emboldening yet profoundly calming talisman.

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“Amber is just as delicious in the candle, it delivers such an incredibly warm and unique scent  throughout the home. It is my number one choice for Fall for your home fragrance .”

Shop the Amber Collection today: Amber Roll-On Oil, Amber and Carnelian Blend, Amber and Carnelian Eau de Parfum Dual Roll-On, Eau de Toilette Amber, 3 oz. Amber Travel Candle, and 8 oz. Candle Amber.

Enjoy and be well!

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“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”

 

Fall Fragrance for your Home

With crispness in the air, colors changing all around and the harvest Moon above, it’s time for fall, it’s time to tis’ the season and get inspired mind, body and home. Just as you change your wardrobe for fall, the scents that you put in your home should change as well! In today’s blog post, I have chosen some of my favorite fragrances for different rooms in your home. Not only will this help get you into the fall spirit but will keep your senses delighted!

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“This lovely old cabin in the woods pretty much encompasses Fall to me and all of its wonderful warm and colorful inspirations. A cozy retreat indeed!”

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For the kitchen, I always choose a scent that will not compete with the food. My choices are Carnelian, which smells like a fresh baked cake or Topaz, subtle , warm and the perfect vanilla.

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For the bathroom, I like to keep it fresh and clean. Sage is my number one choice, it is such an unusual green fragrance with just a hint of floral and it is utter perfection for a bathroom!

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For the bedroom, cozy yet romantic is the perfect choice. Garnet, a very warm and sensual fragrance, just perfect for snuggling up. For you floral lovers, I would choose Jade, it is rich, warm but has a beautiful floral essence!

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For the living room, warm, inviting and not too overpowering. Onyx, a must for everyone, a scent that will keep your guests wanting to know where you got that enchanting candle! My second choice, Amber. Simply delicious and an absolute must-have for FALL!

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Enjoy and be well!

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“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”

Color Therapy for your Life

photo 2Color is all around us. Color can affect our emotions, our thoughts, ideas and how we respond to life. Most of us don’t understand the impact that color has on our daily lives. We see color everyday, all day. Many people believe that color has a powerful affect on our lives and special colored stones have specific powers. In the Hidu religion, Holi, the Festival of Colors, is held to celebrate (see image above) the coming of springtime and is observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Participants traditionally throw bright, vibrant powders at friends and strangers alike as they celebrate the arrival of Spring. We are all moved by color whether we are aware of it or not. I have made this post to help you gain a new appreciation for the true meaning of color and hope that it may stimulate your deeper senses and enrich your life.

photo 1Most of us know that warm colors (reds and oranges) can stimulate and spur us into action while the cooler colors (blues and violets) serve to calm and relax us. Many times color is characterized as food for our minds, emotions and soul. It can increase your well-being, spirits and help bring clarity to your day.

Here are some meanings behind each color to guide you on your personal color therapy journey:

  • Red symbolizes: action, confidence, courage, vitality
  • Pink symbolizes: love, beauty
  • Brown symbolizes: earth, order, convention
  • Orange symbolizes: vitality with endurance
  • Gold symbolizes: Wealth, prosperity, wisdom
  • Yellow symbolizes: wisdom, joy, happiness, intellectual energy
  • Green symbolizes: life, nature, fertility, well being
  • Blue symbolizes: youth, spirituality, truth, peace
  • Purple symbolizes: Royalty, magic, mystery
  • Indigo symbolizes: intuition, meditation, deep contemplation
  • White symbolizes: Purity, Cleanliness
  • Black symbolizes: Earth, stability
  • Gray symbolizes: Security, maturity

-1As a designer, it always starts with color. Color is my main inspiration, always. Color is everywhere around me –  in my home, my wardrobe and in all of my collections. The influence of color in my life brings me sheer joy. I try to infuse color into people’s lives with my designs. It is my intention to push people outside of their “color ” comfort zone. I hope to encourage them to find the color within themselves that is just waiting to be seen. Often times, I will suggest very bold colors for my clients that they would usually never see themselves wearing, after I have chosen their hidden color their face is beaming and the color match is complete.

I design using my gemstones as my paints, my colors and I allow those colors to guide me into each creation. Much like a painter would. I love to use contrasting colors that truly complement one another unexpectedly.

“Subtle yet definitely colorful…this beauty in blue is one of my favorites!”Circa 1940, Austrian Crystal Medallion on Chinese Blue Topaz and Circa 1950, African Glass Beads

yhst-132866545439369_2272_13092415“Color pop perfect for this holiday season… You will be the gem of the party!” – Circa 1950, Austrian Crystal Medallion on Red Jade and Chysophrase on sterling silver chain.

yhst-132866545439369_2272_13432064I hope that this behind-the-scenes look of the true meaning of color impacts your mood, your life and will inspire you to visit The Sage Lifestyle and find your hidden color that is just waiting to be discovered. Remember – Take a moment every day to look around you and feel the colors, enjoy the colors. Live your life in full color.

Enjoy and be well!

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“My life is my work, there is no line between the two for me.”

Q&A with Visionary Sage Machado

Want to know more about the visionary behind The Sage Lifestyle brand? Today we had a chance to chat with Sage about her coveted must-haves for fall, inspirations and fragrances for the season! Below is a Q&A with Sage Machado:

1. What fragrances are you coveting this fall season and why?

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Sage: It’s time to leave those sweet florals and crisp scents behind us and look forward to FALL! This fall it’s all about embracing the season and making sure your personal fragrance changes just like your wardrobe. My favorites for fall are Onyx, Garnet, and Amber! ONYX, an absolute MUST-HAVE for any bohemian gal….if you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for…you will be irresistible! Garnet is for all you floral lovers. It’s the perfect deep floral and will spice things up a bit for fall. Garnet, brings you a bit of floral, with a deeper warmth to it, incredibly sexy and unique. Amber, a truly mysterious and radiant scent will wrap you in such warmth! It is an ultimate for any musk lover, a global Amber delight! These are the 3 scents I will be wearing this fall. I switch them out each day and often layer them all together, which is a scent experience like no other!

2. Which scented candles will you be burning this fall?

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Sage: My candle obsession this Fall is my newest launch,  Sage’s Candle Gift Set “Dark”. The set includes three, 3 oz . travel candles in Onyx, Amber and Garnet, all nestled in a lovely box enveloped in Onyx paper. Again, as the season changes so should your home scent. This fall it’s important to add warmth to your home and this set gives you the chance to try all three or makes for the ultimate gift to give someone this season! I love to display them as a set on a vintage tray, this makes a lovely statement in your home decor!

3. What styles from your jewelry collection should we be wearing this fall?

Picture 1Sage: With the emphasis on Fall Florals and Estate inspired Jewls this fall, this Vintage Austrian Crystal medallion is the perfect transition piece. You can pair with jeans and a killer vintage top – my signature look this fall. I LOVE the major color pop of Emerald Green and the more layering the better in my book!

4. What is inspiring you for fall?

photo-4Sage: I am most inspired this season by all of the fabulous fall florals! Flowers surround me in my home and usually are saved just for spring and summer in fashion. I’m having a wonderful time creating my new collection with these powerful and intense colored florals. I am infusing a deeper presentation of floral delights!!! My new collections will launch online in October!

5. What song are you loving right now?

Sage: My favorite Music at the moment is the soundtrack for Curious George movie by Jack Johnson. It keeps me smiling and my inspirations flowing!

6. What book are you loving at the moment?

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Sage: My favorite book of the moment is 100 Interiors around the world by Taschen. It is something spectacular and it showcases global interiors that are truly inspiring!!!