Today’s Vibe: Buy The Shoes

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Life is short. We’ve all heard it, we all know it. Today’s vibe is exceptionally vibing with us because now that we’re moving into the next season (although any of you in SoCal are confused by this insane heatwave), it’s time to slowly put away the sandals and wedges and break out the booties and loafers. We know there’s close to nothing that provides such a glorious feeling as a new purchase. So go ahead and do yourself a favor and just BUY THE SHOES; because, life is short. See how things just move in a circle like that?

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Guatemalan Independence Day: Honoring Indigenous Culture

In honor of Guatemalan Independence Day, September 15th, I wanted to share some of my favorite photos capturing the beauty of the indigenous culture in Guatemala. The artist, Jon Kaplan, has photographed so perfectly what we are inspired by on a daily basis here at Stela 9. For more information on the artist and his photos you can visit his webpage here. For more information about Stela 9 our efforts to employ local artisans and support indigenous cultures, please visit

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Travel Diaries: a Boat Ride to the Gili Islands

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Two years ago, I had the good fortune of traveling to Indonesia for 15 days with four other girlfriends. Taylor, who was already in Bali, created a very detailed and fun itinerary for the rest of us who had never been. Included was traveling around Bali, the Gili Islands and Lombok.

We set out on an adventure, and quite the adventure it was. We stayed a few nights in Ubud where we got to take a cooking class, explore the markets and the Monkey Forest, then over to the more westernized Seminyak, to the surfer’s paradise of Uluwatu and all of the other “must see’s” in between. Next was to the Gili Islands for some snorkeling and beaches, and finally ending in Lombok for scooter rides and more beaches. Getting to the Gili Islands was definitely one of those dinner-table stories we’ll be telling for the rest of our lives.

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Garden to Table: Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad


Beets are an antioxidant superfood that have always grown pretty easily in our garden here in Guatemala. They are soooo good for you so I am always looking for new and delicious ways to prepare them. The below salad is one of my favorites. Hope you enjoy!

salad_rc_BeetGoat-CheeseAru.jpg.rend.sni18colBenefits of Beets:

  • Help regulate blood pressure
  • Promote cognitive health
  • Prevent against anemia
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Detoxification properties
  • Lower bad cholesterol
  • Improve digestion


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Travel Diaries: Monkey Temple

Last May Alexandra and I spent a month in India to meet with our artisans there and to get to know the country a bit better.  We traveled around Northern India and spent a ton of time in the “Golden Triangle” – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.  Per usual, it’s taken me a year to finally go through some of our images from that trip and those below document one of my favorite travel experiences ever, Galtaji (aka the monkey temple).  This place far exceeded my expectations.  Because we were there in May (a month famous for its high temperatures), there were virtually no other tourists.  This let us see how the temple operates on a day to day basis.  Local men dove into the natural water springs,  women bathed in the lower pool and we got to hang out with the priests and rhesus macaque monkeys.  And by “hang out” I mean that the monkeys literally sat on our heads.  Basically the kind of scenery that dreams are made of.


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Meet the Model: Alexandra


To complete the trio that helped our <<New Myths>> collection come to life, allow me to introduce you to Allie. This Southern Belle comes from Tennessee and is currently living in Georgia. When she’s not hiking any mountainous surface, you can usually find her snuggling up to one of her favorite furry babies. She may be more coordinated hanging vertically alongside a cliff than walking down a set of bleachers…. but we can’t pick all our battles. In short, she’s an all-natural, adventurous and outdoorsy beauty who given the choice would rather spend her time admiring all things Mother Earth so graciously offers. Some of us definitely need to take a page from her book.  Continue reading

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