Your cart
Close Alternative Icon
NOVEMBER WORKSHOP SEATS NOW AVAILABLE NOVEMBER WREATH, TABLE & FLOWER STYLING WORKSHOP SEATS NOW AVAILABLE

blog

everyday ethos // maria cristina lloveras

the 'everyday ethos' blog series is focused on setting a foundation for a belief system where we can not only give our suggestions and advice, but share the input of some of our favorite people, with the intention to make a difference.

this month... maria cristina lloveras from mcl coordination 

everyday ethos // maria cristina lloveras

 

food

I was definitely brought up to appreciate the social significance of creating and consuming food together. My family has always gathered primarily in the kitchen and I try to continue that tradition in my own small family. When I’m cooking I try avoid processed foods. To facilitate this without going crazy during the week, I utilize my freezer as a tool. When I first started cooking for the freezer in college, I would make large batches of dishes that freeze well but I found that I wasn’t too excited to eat that third frozen lasagna/ chili/ stew of the month and they ended up whithering away to freezerburn. Now I’ll make a big batch with the aim to freeze “parts” of meals; browned ground beef, fresh chicken broth, tomato sauce before adding herbs. These components can take many different directions with little effort and keep our weeknight menus easy and varied. It’s taken me years to get good at this and sometimes we have weeks where the stove doesn’t get turned on at all, but we are always happier when it does.

 

work 

Last year I left a wonderful and wonderfully stable job to follow my passion and open my own small business. I would be lying if I did not say many days and nights are spent in mild panic. Even with the fears and tough moments that came with my first year of business, I have never regretted my leap. This is my dream job. My gratefulness abounds and I love sitting in that feeling of deep thanks. Doing something you love is a luxury and I am very aware of that. I try to express that feeling in my work and the energy I give my awesome clients.

 

relationships

People are mostly good most of the time. I try to embrace people where they are, give them lots of slack/grace, and talk to a lot of strangers. So far it has suited me pretty well. My husband and I are going on ten years together which is crazy to think about. I try to feed that relationship. Someone once told me that a spirit of service and generosity pays dividends. I have learned that to be universally true.

 

joy

We have it so good. My sister and my husband are both incredible at highlighting life’s small joys and I have tried to become more like them in that way. Life’s joys aren’t always vacations, adventures, and luxury. Appreciating your air conditioning, your nourishing lunch, your comfy pillows, that’s the good stuff.

 

mcl coordination is a full-service wedding and event planning company organizing beautiful and personalized events in miami, florida. 

Continue reading

every day ethos . dara smith from DSR Creative & first look blog

this month’s everyday ethos is brought to you by dara lynn smith of DSR Creative and The First Look Blog. dara shares an office space with us and we are lucky to hear her thoughts on life daily. our version of ‘coffee talk’  pretty much centers on the power of attraction, the universe and how to be your best self. we think she's pretty awesome and know you will think so too! without further ado - 

meet dara smith 

 

 

What You’ve Learned And What You Live By

Food

I’ve learned: It’s a journey. I’m constantly learning about food. I take a lot of care in what I put in my body during the week. (The weekends are a total wash, but I’m cool with that). I feel the best when I limit refined carbs and go heavy on proteins and juices/smoothies. I’m like a baby when it comes to fruits and veggies and tend to avoid them except in pureed form.

My favorite smoothie to make at home is:
¼ c orange juice
1 banana
A handful of frozen berries
1 c of nonfat Greek yogurt

I still haven’t mastered a green juice recipe, but I love the Kale-a- Gator smoothie from Redboost (the smoothie shop in Redbike spin studio). I also like to add maca powder or bee pollen for immune boosting and mood lifting!

What I live by: Listening to my body. I used to avoid “bad foods”, but realized I couldn’t stop thinking about them. It’s very hard to be productive when all you think about is pizza. Now, if I want something, I have it, but the cravings are less frequent when I know I’m not restricted. I also need to eat by 11 am or I’m a walking Snickers commercial. Actually crazy. Steer clear.

Work

I’ve learned: Trust your intuition. If something feels off, it is. Don’t bother working on something that doesn’t light a fire inside you (unless you have no choice then no judgment there). That said, don’t let fear prevent you from doing the work you’re meant to do.

What I live by: Be nice to people. Karma is a real thing. I have no interest in getting ahead if it means treating someone poorly and that includes myself. I want to build my business around love, positivity and being of service.

Relationships

What I’ve learned and what I live by: Your most important relationship is yourself. It sounds cheesy, but if you love and nurture yourself, all your relationships will improve. I take “treat yourself” to a whole new level. I meditate daily, write in a journal and take long baths with Epsom salts. I also go to Luv, the cutest little nail shop in Midtown, for a bi-weekly mani/pedi. The shop is built around the concept of self-love and Vanessa, the owner, is the sweetest. She gives you blankets, pillows and infused water! The shop also offers nail art. My favorite design is the evil eye as a daily reminder to stomp out negativity.



Joy

What I’ve learned and what I live by: It’s a choice. It won’t come from a relationship, a promotion or purchase. It’s something you need to work on every day and prioritize as your most important work. You can choose to hold onto grudges, harbor animosity and be jealous, but you’re the only person who suffers from that line of thinking.

Sometimes it’s hard to be the bigger person, but recognize we’re all human and deserve a break. Ask yourself, “Would I rather be right or be happy?” For me, happiness always wins. If you need a reminder to stay in the light, save a positive affirmation as your phone backdrop. Your mood will immediately improve and it will impact everyone around you. Dead serious. Try it. I do it every day.

Continue reading

every day ethos

our office is a a hotbed for chatter - we're constantly talking about new ideas, motivating each other, giving suggestions for better eating based on a nutritionist's advice, sharing really cool podcasts and playlists, telling tales of positive manifestations, and, of course, come noon, yelling out our daily orders from Diced Foods (because we don't eat anywhere else). 

so we thought, why not create a blog series focused on creating an "every day ethos" for others, a belief system, if you will, where we can not only give our suggestions and advice on our practices, routines, and ways of life, but, most importantly, others can also give their suggestions and advice through interviews (future weeks). all in the hopes that each of those suggestions can and will make a difference to one, two, or maybe even several readers. 

i can't tell you how many podcasts, blog posts, Facebook posts I've read that for an instant shifted my outlook and my energy towards something and ultimately changed my day, or even my week, or changed the way I approached my life. hopefully we can do that for you, too!

today's every day ethos is written by...(wait for it): melanie + cristie. 

MELANIE

what you've learned and what you live by

food

  1. I've learned: that healthy eating makes a huge difference in how I feel and that pre planning home cooked meals (over the weekend!) are the best and easiest ways to get through your weeks.  if you're a fan of cookbooks, I would suggest picking two you can cook from every week. if you're not a fan of difficult home cooking or cook books, what's gaby cooking has amazing and really easy recipes on her website (some you can cook in under 30 minutes). we order all of our food either Saturday or Sunday and freeze any meat until it's ready for thawing. and finally, that Instacart is the best thing to have ever happened to my schedule.
  2. what I live by: I've found that eating better, more organic, home-cooked meals throughout my week allows me to eat more of what I want (pasta, cookies, etc.). so we try to eat at home 5 out of 7 days and eat out/postmates on the weekends.

work 

I've learned + what I live by: to follow your happiness. life is what you make it and working is also what you make of it but it doesn't have to be unenjoyable. and there's good and bad parts to every job. but similar to any relationship, you have to take the good you love most and can't be without, and deal with the "bad" that's most manageable to you. the good should outweigh the annoying.

relationships

I've learned + what I live by: 1) people will appear to be who you paint them out to be in your mind (perspective is everything), so don't judge; 2) most people project their insecurities onto everyone else. so basically, IT'S NEVER ABOUT YOU. don't take things too personally. everyone's fighting their own battles and finding their own way. 

joy

I've learned + what I live by: it's a choice. your thoughts are not you and you can control what you think and focusing on joy is intentional. and the more you focus on joy, the more you attract additional joy into your life. try for a second to just start listing things you're grateful for - it could be as ordinary as the tree outside your window, or the weather, or the acai bowl you just ate. once you get going you'll start finding a million things to be grateful for, including the really deep stuff like your family, your life, your job, your boss! going through what you're grateful for in your mind is such a good practice for me to get into the right mind frame and to realize that I have so much in my life that I forget to focus on. 

CRISTIE

what you've learned and what you live by

food

I've learned + what I live by: that eating right is a choice but worth the effort! once i started to notice the way certain foods made me feel and the importance of my overall ‘gut’ health, it was a game changer. I am enjoying learning about a balanced diet and how to navigate whole foods. there is something romantic about going to ‘the market’ every few days for fresh ingredients for dinner! full disclaimer - i just learned this like 2 weeks ago & it’s a new thing but i’m all in!

work

I've learned + what I live by: do it with passion or not at all! we spend so much time working that you gotta love it more than you hate it and more importantly, find joy in it everyday. if that changes, it’s time to rethink.

relationships

I've learned + what I live by: mike and I are all about experiences rather than materialistic things. don't get me wrong, we've invested some time and money into our home and belongings, but for us it's really all about an adventure. we both think it's important to travel and explore the world so we love planning trips together. as one wise uber driver pointed out to me on the way to a billy joel concert, at the end of the day all we have is our memories so I am all about making them count!

joy

I've learned + what I live by: one of my favorite sayings is ‘comparison is the thief of happiness’ and it is totally true. you are the only you in the world and comparing your relationship, bank account, or figure to someone else is going to get you nowhere! be kind to yourself and always be grateful. listing the things i am grateful for puts me in a great mood in no time and it’s such an important exercise! I try to do this every morning as i am brushing my teeth (in case you were wondering…).

Continue reading