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phoenix rising

my husband and i were recently invited to an event at the amazing home of author and artist leigh j. mccloskey and his beautiful wife carla. the screening was fantastic and thought provoking with leigh and carla's home being the most apropos place to view it. exciting and exhilarating, the home invites creativity and exploration of the mind while the vibe that flows through the walls is nothing short of magical. before the screening guests were treated to a "backstage pass" into the world of art that is their home with leigh using the term "living theater" to help us best understand what we were witness to.
i am a huge art lover though i know nothing about art whatsoever. but i know what i love when i see it. i think this is evident to others through my body language that is married to the sounds of oohs and ahhs coming from my mouth involuntarily. let's leave this bit with the knowledge that i'm hell bent to buy a piece for our home.

my first impression of this man was that though this artist is a dreamer with a firm grasp of love and light, he's also pragmatic. his message was clear and relatable in an "i think i could do this" kind of way. (let me preface what follows with the fact that family is of the utmost import to this couple). leigh explained one can have the "color" of peace in the home, which i believe can only be explained as a communion of two spirits, but still know that the "black and white" of life, i.e. paying the bills, exists and is the other half to the "color" of life. to paraphrase, finding that balance and learning to trust is key to happiness and serenity. i know, it's not that we've not heard this before. but the confidence of conviction, curiosity, tranquility and exuberance leigh imbibes is nothing short of mesmerizing! it makes you want it.
art can be so very precious but i'm not a fan of precious. at the mccloskey's we were encouraged to touch and invited to participate in the beauty that lives in this library. every inch of flooring, ceiling, walls, books, even furniture are painted in the most vibrant colors in mind-blowing 3D art. sit on the painted couch. take pictures. get up close and personal with the energetic and engaging leigh. i dare you to look away when he has you in his grips. peter and i came out of the room feeling like we were each the only one being in it. we both felt as though leigh was looking specifically at us, speaking only to us. that's how leigh makes you feel, special in a nurturing, loving way. he commands the room, defies you not to listen but it's impossible to break this man's gaze and not open your mind to his words.

mystic with a message? take a look and tell me. i invite you to read about leigh's journey. now, what do you think?



i know what you did last summer

we try to take two vacations each summer as travel is a huge passion of mine. chalk it up to the fact that vacation 1 was fairly impossible to live up to after our trip to punta mita in early june.  at any rate, we decided to try the whole staycation thing for our second holiday. in a word it was a blast. with an unspoken rule between my husband and i that work was kept to a minimum, we took full advantage of the perfect weather and did the beach almost every day or at least part of every day… and we did the tourist thing. you know, the stuff you don’t do when you live there because it’s there and you can do it anytime you want to but never do. whew! escape rooms, la brea tarpits, lacma, the aquarium, ripley’s believe it or not and madame tussaud's to name a very few. throw in some incredible backyard barbecues and being able to be with our dogs every day made our staycation a real vacation. upshot? no packing and my own bed! 

this is what we did last summer.



kai conversations.... with lisa rosen

all hand cream on deck! recently, kai was lucky enough to be connected with the lovely lisa rosen, segment producer for bravo's below deck, who signed on kai as exclusive toiletry brand featured and used by the yachties, captain and charter guests on board the mega yacht for bravo's below deck season 4, which was shot in the british virgin islands earlier in 2016, and premieres on bravo this week. according to lisa, everyone fell in love with kai during their time on the mega yacht. they are also just beginning to film bravo's below deck mediterranean season 2 in split, croatia this month, and we are pleased to share that kai will again be the exclusive toiletry brand on board. we can't wait to tune in and see appearances by kai!

lisa with the other producers of bravo's below deck mediterranean 

how do you embody kai's "breath * life * flow" lifestyle?
i'm incredibly grateful for a career that has taken me to some of the most beautiful and unique destinations around the world, but this lifestyle is extremely demanding! during some of the most stressful behind-the-scenes moments, i've passed around my kai lotion and the mood changed completely. for me, the kai lifestyle is about appreciating the little things that make you happy no matter what is going on around you.
what's your beauty secret? or must have beauty product? 
my beauty secret is olive oil. i use it as an all-inclusive makeup remover, face wash and lotion. it's all natural, and you'll never have to buy face wash again.

go-to lipstick color?
subculture lip liner by mac for a very subtle matte pink.

what color nail polish are you wearing right now? 
i spend lots of time in the sun, so i always choose a light-colored polish to bring out my tan. between the seats by essie is my go-to for a neutral taupe manicure and blanc essie for a fresh white pedicure.

how would you describe your personal style? 
i don't think you can ever go wrong with jeans and a tank top. my personal style is comfortable, neutral, and beachy. i'll wear a mix of grays, whites, and beige paired with minimal gold jewelry-- nothing that stands out but some thoughtful pieces that bring everything together.
what do you love most about where you live? any secret spots you love to go to? 
i'm a los angeles native and moved to santa monica to get closer to the beach. i was drawn to the laid back energy on the westside with local coffee shops, juice bars, pier concerts, and cute boutiques. now i live down the street from my yoga studio and close enough to walk to the brentwood farmer's market. there's a shop near me called haven & co. that has one-of-a-kind gifts and of course, the full kai line.

describe your perfect day.
well, i'm definitely sleeping in! i'll start by heading out for a vanilla latte and a few macaroons at my favorite coffee shop, then stop by the farmer's market for some fresh white lilies and a cup of clam chowder. after i've tried every sample imaginable, it's time for an urban zen yoga class (that i'm usually late to), then forma for a cheese plate and pasta. yes, it's safe to say my perfect day is centered around food.
favorite date spot?
if i'm in los angeles, dinner at forma and drinks at bar chloe. more recently, toro bravo in portland has the best tapas i've ever had. there's a neighborhood bar next door to help kill the 2-hour long wait before getting a table.

favorite food? 
in order of importance 1. lemon tart, 2. charcuterie board, and 3. sushi.

kai obsession?
i discovered kai when i was 11 years old while shopping with my mom. she later surprised me with my first kai body glow after i begged her for weeks. kai has been special to me ever since and there's just nothing like it! i am obsessed with the home reed diffuser which makes my room smell like heaven and my time favorite, the body glow.

morning person or night owl? 
i'm a serious night owl, though i am guilty of setting my alarm for 6am every day in case i wake up with a burst of energy for a morning run (which has never happened!).

ideal way to relax/unwind?
working in tv means some really long hours and lots of travel, so i cherish my time spent at home. watching the bachelor with my roommates, making a cheese plate and lighting some candles is the best way to relax and unwind. (kai skylight candle is my fav!)

what's the most adventurous thing you've done?
horseback riding on the beach in sayulita, mexico.


thank you, lisa! xo