SELENA QUINTANILLA PEREZ 1971-1995
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There's all kinds of momentum going on so it's necessary to take time to nurture you & your human vessel. First & Foremost THANK YOU for tuning into our lovely Gitana blog where we get to share and connect with you goddesses! Today, on Friday the 13th aka the day of the goddess we wanted to give back and share a couple of our beauty and overall wellness secrets in order to help you unwind, relax, and connect with the inner goddess inside of you. It is SO easy to get stuck into the routine of running back and forth, juggling a billion things at a time, and it's hard sometimes to sneak in a little moment for us. It is so important for us to nurture our human vessel who is always working magically to keep us alive -- that is why we believe in magic really! We are ALL so blessed and magical in every single way and so we recommend that this weekend you treat yourself with the most love and attention. You are loved & supported xo
Start off with setting an intention, something that resonates with you. It can be whatever you want :) Some examples are "I am grateful for my human vessel", "Thank You for blessing me with so much love and appreciation" or "Thank You for this moment".
Now here's the goodies we promised - enjoy!
Revitalizing Green Goddess Juice
This juice right here is the absolute best full body quencher! We totally recommend juicing using fresh, *organic (or consciously purchased w/o added pesticides) natural fruits & veggies. You can go to your local farmers market and pick up some fresh ingredients to juice and get to work! If you plant your own fruits and vegetables that is EVEN better! We have a lemon tree, oranges, and some mint alway so we have an abundance of ingredients -- totally recommend it. For this recipe you will need ginger, lemon, cucumber, and apples.
Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated. Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. When you drink fresh-made green juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down. When your body has an abundance of the nutrients it needs, and your pH is optimally balanced, you will feel energized and your immune system will get a boost.
Apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated foods in the produce section, so it’s best to buy them organic. When you take a look at everything apples have to offer, it explains why it’s called a “super food.” Apples have been mentioned in folktales handed down through the ages, and not just because of their crunchy goodness. They’re extremely versatile in recipes, both raw and cooked, and offer cancer-fighting properties and powerful antioxidants with every bite. What could be better than that?
Haven’t been feeling hungry? Eat fresh ginger just before lunch to stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices. Also, Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body. When you are getting over a cold ginger is also an awesome aid -- since it clears the "microcirculatory channels" of the body, including the pesky sinuses that tends to act up from time to time. Clear your sinuses while also enjoying your tasty green juice!
DNA cell protection, immune system regulation, and inflammation relief are just a few of the many nutritional advantages offered by lemons. Who doesn't like lemonade, and the bright, fresh flavor lemons add to so many dishes? As for the vitamins and minerals, lemons come with infection-fighting vitamin C, as well as thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium, fiber, lots of B vitamins, calcium, potassium, copper, folate, and potassium. The pungent taste of Lemon is the perfect addition to this energetic, refreshing green juice! Yum!
Green Goddess Juice Recipe:
1 large cucumber
1 slice of ginger
1 lemon (peeled)
Rinse your fruits & veggies in water, chop your ginger slice, and slice your apples into smaller pieces and toss into your juicer. Grab a cup or a large mason jar and toss some ice in it, mix your fresh juice around and pour it over ice. Grab a straw and enjoy! Feel like the goddess you truly are as your refresh and rejuvenate from the inside & out.
Crystal Showers & Simple Bliss Geranium Rose Bodyscrub
Crystals have so much energy in them and are a great addition to your self-care rituals. Did you know that crystals such as quartz bring us clarity and harmonizes our flow of life energy? We recently received our biggest order to date of Amethyst, Citrine & Quartz crystals and cleansed them with sage and sunshine showers and the entire energy of the lab is magical and positive.
Amethyst (purple) is a protective crystal and one of the rarest forms of quartz. It has been a symbol of royalty throughout history! If you are every having a bad day or if you want to prevent a bad vibe from ruining your day amethyst is a good stone to have. It can be used to attract love and happiness and promotes peace & healing.
Citrine (orange) attracts prosperity, abundance, and success! It enhances intuition and connection to your higher self and increase your mood. It is the stone of happiness & laughter and can be used to clean your aura. A great stone for manifesting your desires.
Quartz (clear) attracts goodluck, energy, healing, protection, clarity, guidance, wisdom. It is a staple crystal as it is the perfect stone to have for many different reasons. It helps bring clarity to your thoughts and brings forth energy to harmonize flow of all life energy's. Use it to help live a more positive, healthy life mentally and physically.
Our lovely sister Bri mentors a group of young entrepreneurs in the BUILD program that manufacture and sell SIMPLE BLISS Organic Body Scrubs made with the finest and most natural ingredients. This small business is local and ran by a group of high-school girls - making great entrepreneurial strides already! We are so proud of our sister Briceyda and the Simple Bliss team for making their wildest dreams come true and for all they have accomplished as a team. I used their Geranium Rose Body Scrub during my bath and absolutely loved the smell of it and how it made my skin shine after! This product makes your legs nice and polished along with making your skin feel refreshed. Your body's largest organ is your skin and is the barrier to all of the outside elements. The lotion that you put on your skin has to work its way through layers of dead skin cells just to reach the top layer. No matter how much body lotion you put on the dead skin cells, they still remain dead skin cells. If you want healthy smooth skin, you must gently scrub them off. No better way to take advantage than in the shower or bath with a body scrub made out of organic, skin safe ingredients. This product helps your skin feel soft, smooth, and revitalized and is another wonderful way to treat yourself.
Follow Simple Bliss & try out this wonderful product for yourself -- Email your order in!
The best beauty secret of them all is the following! If you suffer from skin issues or if you simply need something to refreshen & cleanse your skin we recommend Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay 100% Natural Clay mixed with Apple Cider Vinegar to create a cleansing mask. Clays have been used for centuries to beautify and refresh when used as a facial mask. Cleopatra used clay from the Nile River & Arabian desert over 1800 years ago as part as her beauty ritual. Aztec Secret Indian Healing is made out of bentonite clay from the Death Valley in California where it is dried by the sun for up to 6+ months in temperatures that reach almost 134 degrees.
How does a clay mask help your skin? Well, when a facial or clay mask is applied to the skin it forms a negative charge. Poisons and toxins stored in the epidermis have a positive charge - Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay lifts the pimple and blackheads into the clay bed to cause accelerated healing and nourishment to the skin with over 50 minerals. 100% NATURAL.
The Apple Cider Vinegar Brief Breakdown
With a pH similar to skin, Apple Cider Vinegar helps restore and balance your skin’s pH and acid levels. The acid mantle is the combination of sebum (oil) and perspiration on the skin’s surface. This barrier protects the skin and makes it less vulnerable to environmental damage (smog, sun and wind), less prone to dehydration, and also inhibits the growth of foreign bacteria and fungi (enabling skin to be healthier and have fewer breakout and blemishes. Acne, allergies and other skin problems become more severe as the skin becomes more alkaline).”Mild” soaps are often alkaline (pH 9.5-11), and remove the natural acid protection as well as extract protective lipids (fats) from the skin. Washing with soap can increase this alkaline state and make the skin even more vulnerable to irritation and infection. Most people are cleansing with products that are breaking down their acid mantle and causing increased skin issues. Balancing your pH is an imperative part of maintaining healthy skin.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Ancient Aztec Beauty Secret: Indian Healing Clay Mask
Mix a spoonful of Indian Healing Clay with two spoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a mixing bowl. Mix the two ingredients around and let it sit for a couple seconds as it fizzles. With a clean makeup brush, evenly apply the mixture onto your face once the bubbling stops. Feel free to put on a couple layers of the mixture and let it dry for about 10 minutes, in the meantime you can sip your Green Goddess Juice and relax. Once the mask is completely dry on your face rinse it off with warm water. Gently rub your face to help the clay come off and once its completely gone grab a towel and pat dry your face. Use your favorite moisturizer or dab some all natural coconut oil onto your face to have it glow! This beauty secret really is the best and leaves you feeling like a glowing goddess!
Allow yourself to receive your blessings & make yourself feel wonderful.
Meditate. Let things go. Feel good now.
Give thanks, appreciate all that your body does for you.
Hope you enjoyed goddess! Wishing you nothing but love, happiness, and abundance.
With love & intention,
#Casa De Gitanas
From the people that brought you "The Purge" now comes the BEST Turf Event to EVER happen in San Francisco! The Oakland based TURFinc is crossing the Bay Bridge and bringing TURFIN to San Francisco!
On Saturday, February 21st, 2015 TURFinc in collaboration with THE LAB is bringing you "Turfin Against the World, PART II". Hosted by CEO of TURFinc Johnny5 and Phat Boi
Event Lineup includes:
Ladia Yates vs. Agatron
Phoenix Lil Mini vs. Nay Nay (NY)
Chonkie F. Tutz vs. Mr. Jones (NY)
Jerm aka Galaxy vs. 40 Pounds (NY)
w/ Special Guests YAK FILMS & DJ Hawkbeatz on the ones and two's.
Casa De Gitanas will be supporting our TURFinc Family and will be setting up a Pop-Up shop at the event. We are curating a fine selection of one of a kind pieces that will be available for purchase throughout the event. Make sure to come support this fun, positive dance event and to swing by to show some love! Make sure to RSVP to the official events page to receive up to date information for this event, and share it to your peeps! This is definitely a show you DON'T want to miss out on! Also, check out the Official TURFinc Youtube Channel to get an idea as to what to expect for this ALL ages, Family Friendly, Community Event. Hope to see you there :)
FOR MORE INFO AND/OR QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT JOHNNY LOPEZ @ JOHNNYLOPEZF5@GMAIL.COM // (510) 798-4770
Ladies & Gents, first and foremost Happy Holidays! Hope Christmas has you in high spirits and that you are gearing up for 2015 - The Year of Action. Today we'd like to introduce you to our friend, the talented man behind the torch, William Brown founder & creator of William B Glass.
We where first introduced to Will from our very own Marie who recounts the story of how the two met -- Enjoy!
"Upon first glance I was drawn to William's booth due to his wide array of one of a kind glass pendants, goblins, and intricate glasswork. After conversing for a while I discovered that his interest in glasswork began during high-school shortly after doing an apprenticeship as a tattoo artist.
I was extremely fascinated by his amazing talent and craftsmanship and ultimately very impressed by this creative, humble, artistic entrepreneur. A couple days later I was given the opportunity to pay William's studio a visit. As soon as I entered the room I was wowed by the tall, iconic California Redwood trees that adorned the natural outdoor landscape. I especially loved the Graffiti that was spread from wall-to-wall not to mention William's very own vintage pinball machine collection that definitely gave me a touch of nostalgia. That same day I received my first opportunity to blow glass! Even though I was extremely eager to learn I must also admit that it is far more complicated than it seems.
After a couple of hours of twists and pulls my hands got extremely sore, glassblowing definitely requires lots of patience, hardwork and creativity. The process of making pendants is very intricate “incasing opals and placing them into glasswork is super laborious but totally worth its beauty" says Will.
Casa De Gitanas is proud to support other local creatives, and young entrepreneurs like Will. In the near future we plan to commission some pieces from William (including succulent holders) and to continue to collaborate on other amazing projects! We are always forward to creating & curating one of a kind treasures full of love and intention for you to cherish forever! As we gather and collect more memories we hope to transform our life experiences into beautiful products for our customers to treasure.
Thank You for rocking with us this year, we're looking forward to bringing you guys lots of goodies for this upcoming year. Stay tuned for more collaborations with dope creatives & entrepreneurs. Sending you all good vibes, love, happiness and prosperity. May this new year bring us lots of energy to tackle all of our goals. xo