'Don't plant anything but Love.' - Rumi ❤
Cuban comida - vegan remix. Bad pics, - .. but bad *ss food!- flame! 🔥🔥🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🇨🇺🌎🏝🌅☀🌣 #Cuban #CubanFood #Comida #VeganRemix #Vegan #Vegetarian #90MilesCubanCafe #Chicago #IntegrativeNutrition #Nutritionista #OrganicallyGorgeousByLavelleVelez #OrganicallyGorgeous
My sweater is so cute and fun! .. and soft on the inside! Thank you, again, @mrs.greenjeans!! I love you, this gift, this trip (already!), and the opportunity to do this whole *Share the Love* shizz!! 🙏🙌🍃🍀☘🌿🌱😗😙😶☺😊💙🌎💚❤💜🕉🌣☀🌎🙋🙆🏽😉😄🇬🇧🇬🇧 #NealsYardRemedies #NYROrganicUS #NYROrganic #NYR #ChangingTheWorld #OneBlueBottleAtATime #FeelTheLove #ShareTheLove #LondonEngland #IncentiveTrip #OrganicallyGorgeousByLavelleVelez #OrganicallyGorgeous
**Long Post - 2 of 2** I've never worked for an #Incentive #Trip before, never in any company, of any sort. I was never really interested, .. and quite frankly never felt it was attainable to me (don't really want to 'work the business' / 'run a team' / 'recruit, mentor, coach'. But I've been living, to my best - #holistic #health and practicing and teaching holistic #skin #care for so many years. And giving away so many many minutes, and hours and evers! of my time just to #share and #teach and help and #empower others for so so long - .. this time I made a decision and the #commitment to transition it into my #retail #sales #business . And wow, is it scary (to be *sharesy*, without being *salesey*, and to talk to my #Clients and #Friends about hosting workshops (even if I sling organic products - it must be accompanied with holistic #education and being of #service .. plus, lots of fun and laughs, too!). I'm mustering up the courage to host a few this Winter. Please contact me if interested - the topics I know about and share, plus integrate NYR are many! Thank you to all my Organically Gorgeous Clients, who have become my Neal's Yard Remedies Customers. And to the many recipients of my many gifts over the years (#gifting counts as 'sales'), and to my own Family (my Fam and I *esp me!- I'm nutsy for NYR!* are absolutely my biggest and best Customers!). And to my NYR Fam (who many I consider close dear Friends, over the last 3.5 ish years - and are truly impressive and inspiring -- .. I love you! : and keep *Changing the World, One Blue Bottle At a Time*. 💙🔵🔘🔹🔷 Love love love - Blue Bottle Love! Cheers to Peter Kindersley and Family, and Staff, and special shout out to my dear generous and most gracious and caring Love Cathy Evans, Bestie Esthie Anne Taylor, the formidable and fierce Susan Cann, and whip super sciency smart but very shy Jane Wotton, and fellow Top Sales (but a year before me!- and fellow Vegan / Animal - Panet Activist) Lauren Grochmal who all, from the beginning fundamentally impressed and inspired me in some profound way (many many other Friends - but these women struck me re: NYR *&* living it! from the very beginning).
I (of all people!) am nearly speechless! 😶😊😅 I've always wanted a #visit to #England 🇬🇧, specifically and emphatically #London , since my knowledge of NEAL'S YARD REMEDIES in Covent Garden, .. and the Sheepdrove Farm in #Peacemarsh , and the Eco Factory in #Dorset , .. plus the #Spa and #Educational Facilities, and of course where it all began at the #flagship #store (with its humble beginnings, as an #Apothecary in the #Garden - 37 ish years ago). 🌸🏵🌼🌻☘🍃 I was 5 years young, in my (late) Grandmothers backyard Garden (my farm, in my mind), and her Kitchen and upstairs Bathroom (my laboratory, in my mind) and I was formulating my future as a #Holistic #Esthetician & #Educator , (hanging with the #bees , #flowers , #plants , .. along with my tinctures, poulitces, home remedies, potpourri etc). At this same ish time, Romy Fraser was conceptualizing and creating her precious Neal's Yard Remedies.💮🏵🥀🌱☘ Now I get to visit. And no one I know could possibly feel as fortunate (this is a big deal for an #Organic #Granny gal like me), #grateful , #appreciative , #excited or #happy as I am! I am so over the moon and sun and *pond* (an English saying) to meet the Kindersley Family (Peter Kindersley!- Mr precious important outstanding NYR Owner, who's taken this little store into a global company!, - I'm praying and putting my #intention into the #Universe !), to see the #Sheep and #Bees , and #Farm and living plant wall on our carbon neutral factory, to better understand the workings of this company I have steeped myself in over the last 4 ish years (and hope to forever!)! And to continue to *#Share the #Love *. **Long Post - 1 of 2**
🐝🐝🐝🌼🌻🌺🌱🍃💛💚💙🐝🐝🐝 Work hard, smart, - with your brain or your (girl) balls .. or just as your heart tells you. 💚 Don't listen to the conventional #wisdom or whispers around you if they say you can't. Just #fly .- even if it's a slow #walk , #jog , #run , #wobble - whatever at first. #Believe in #yourself . Like a #honeybee . And btw, while on the thought -- we must #protect our #Bees . 🐝🐝
One of the most gratifying and heart warming parts of my job is soothing the minds, and restoring and relaxing the bodies (in this case *Hands*) of my Clients. 💜❤ At my little holistic and heart centered #Spa , I feature Neal's Yard Remedies #Aromatherapy : Essential & Carrier / Base Oils and all Face & Body Products. This sweetheart of a gentleman visits me monthly for help calming, relaxing, and rebalancing. I offer an #Ayurvedic inspired #skin #massage , and always pay extra special attention to his hands during the cold, rough, drying, and dehydrating #Chicago #Winter months. I love him- .. he's so precious, trusting, vulnerable and kind. And I never take for granted how special it is for people to lay on my magic table, feel the warmth of my heated padding, smell the divine #essences of #plants and #flowers and resins, listen to the soft calming music of nature, Tibetan bowls, bells, wind chimes, etc, close their eyes, breathe deeply .. and let go. I love it. And I #thank all my #Clients , .. some of which have become Neal's Yard Remedies Customers, .. and all which have supported one or both of my businesses, .. and shared with me a piece (or more) of themselves. I #love you. #Namaste . 💚🕉🌣🌼 @phenixchicagoland #HolisticEsthetician #Esthetician #HolisticHealthPractitioner #NealsYardRemediesUS #NealsYardRemedies #NYROrganicUS #NYROrganic #NYR #ChangingTheWorld #OneBlueBottleAtATime #ShareTheLove #OrganicallyGorgeousByLavelleVelez #OrganicallyGorgeous
Decades ago, when I briefly explored the world of more conventional skincare products, I always avoided toners, due to their harsh ingredients. They would leave me irritated and give me a burning sensation on my sensitized skin. Many years ago, I switched to using natural, and now I'm exclusively certified organic - wild harvested / Neal's Yard Remedies, .. - and I never skip my Rehydrating Rose Toner.🌹 Why should you add it to your routine? : 🌸It finishes off the cleansing process and it helps to prepare the skin to better absorb moisturizer. 🌸Our Rose Toner is made with balancing organic damask rose oil making it suitable for all skin types, especially sensitized / sensitive skin. 🌸The fresh damask rose flower petals are distilled the same day of picking before they open and release their precious sent. 🌸This fragrant toner is also made with cooling aloe to cleanse and leave the skin feeling beautifully refreshed, rehydrated, and ready for moisturizing. 🌸It's made with 95% organically grown and produced ingredients. 🌸Roses are known for their ancient beauty rituals due to their beneficial properties helping with dry skin, inflammation, and oxidative stress - not only improving your complexion, but minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 🌸Rose petals / essential oil is also known to help improve the mood with it's aroma, and therapeutic, soothing benefits for depression and anxiety, and is very calming for the mind and body. 🏵Beauty tip!: It's great for prepping the skin before makeup - and due to its vegetable derived glycerin it makes a perfect setting spray. Give it a try you'll love it! ☺😊😄 #NealsYardRemediesUS #NealsYardRemedies #NYROrganicUS #NYROrganic #NYR #RehydratingRoseToner #DamaskRose #Rose #Toner #Organic #FairTrade #GreenBeauty #NaturalBeauty #Holistic #HolisticEsthetician #Esthetician #ChicagoSuburbs #VisitMeAtMySpa #PurchaseOnline #SupportSmallBusiness #OrganicallyGorgeousByLavelleVelez #OrganicallyGorgeous
Organically Gorgeous By Lavelle Velez💚 Young Teenage Girl w Virgin Brows came to me for her first Brow Design. We consulted, and mutually agreed upon a slightly smaller (so, still full) but same length across, yet trimmed and far more polished look. I used natural Wax (under and in between), and a bit of Thread (tops). Of course, Neal's Yard Remedies Palmarosa Toner to prep and cleanse the skin before, and Essential Oils to calm and cleanse the skin after. 💜☘🍃🍀🌸🌼 Sweetheart was super happy. Look at the sparkle in her gorgeous green eyes! 😊💚 In full transparency, this was 3 years ago, and just came up as a reminder from my Google pics. Her Brows are certainly a bit thinner and even more polished today, as a Mid Teen. #NoFilter #BeforeAndAfter #BrowDesign #Brows #OrganicWax #Thread #NealsYardRemedies #NYROrganicUS #NYROrganic #Aromatherapy #EssentialOils #OrganicBeauty #GreenGorgeous #NaturalSkinCare #HolisticEsthetician #Esthetician #EsthyFlow #EsthyGrind #Love #OrganicallyGorgeousByLavelleVelez #OrganicallyGorgeous @phenixchicagoland
Why you may need a Facial - .. please read. : BOOSTS MOOD 💚 Facial massage decreases anxiety and can improve a negative mood, according to a study conducted by the User Science Institute. Psychological tests administered after 45 minutes of facial massage showed significant improvements in both mood and anxiety levels, according to the 2008 study. A relaxing facial massage may be just what you need to reduce stress. PREVENT WRINKLES 💚 Daily stress often results in tension buildup in the muscles. Foreheads furrow and lines form between the brows and along the lip line. Gentle, routine facial massage can help relax these tight and drawn muscles, decreasing the lines that they form. Massage combined with a hydrating moisturizer can also help minimize lines and dryness. GOODBYE CONGESTION 💚 Therapeutic massage can help relieve allergy symptoms, such as sinus congestion. A buildup of mucus in the sinus areas can result in pressure, puffiness and headaches. Aromatherapy inhalation and gentle massage helps to mobilize secretions, improve drainage and relieve congestion. DETOXIFY 💚 Lymphatic vessels facilitate toxin elimination from the facial area. The lymphatic system plays a key role in health. Lymph is a clear fluid that removes toxins from the body. It's filtered through the lymph nodes and moves into the bloodstream, where toxins can be eliminated. SELF LOVE 💚 It's always a good time for *you time'. I offer an array of facial services including the delightfully indulgent Gush DeLuxe Organic Pro Peel Facial. Drop me a line if you would like to book. #OrganicFacial #Organic #HolisticFacial #Holistic #FacialMassage #Massage #Facial #HealthIsBeauty #GreenBeauty #HolisticEsthetician #IntegrativeNutrition #OrganicallyGorgeousByLavelleVelez #OrganicallyGorgeous
Mostly for myself (as much of my personal FB Posts are) - I'm sharing my desire to get back in the club. Continuing to face some of my biggest fears (basically anything that involves exercise, esp sports, any equipment, .. being surrounded by people / who are in a position to watch me, .. with cold reconstituted air / bright artificial lights / and lots of noise and movement. I'm a tweak, a bit (plus highly sensitive). So even going into the health club is always varying degrees of challenging for me. Add sports - omg!. And tonight I not only played 3 hours of racquetball (first time in the last 12 months), but I got my first 10 min tutorial in basketball tossing, .. and 60 ish min of soccer w drills. It was so much more fun than I remember cringing and crying over as a kid!! My Partner and I can't do this often (special night no Kid/s, and no early work the next day). But when we can, I'd like to again! Extra thanks to my Love,- who never pressures, but always and consistently encourages, teaches, and guides me in my fake athletic endeavors! 😊☺😉😅😶🎖🎾🏀🏐 PS We sleep 4 - 6 hours per night. It's midnight as I type this- and we've been here for hours .. on no caffeine (almost never). Cold pressed Organic Activated Charcoal, Ginger, Lemon & Maple Syrup Water helps w the natural energy! Thank you, Alina @PureOrganicJuicery - for the healthy hook up!! 😚🍋
Holistic Esthetician - Integrative Nutritionist Spa OG Grub. So much love and gratitude for my amazing lunch meal, and the fellow holistic and heart-centered entrepreneur Friends, who made it possible. Thank you, Alina & Paulina 💙💚💛 Many thanks to my other Friend & Client, who picked up and delivered it to me at my Spa, while visiting for his services. So happy and pleased I'm surrounded by so much goodness! This is maybe my 20th Juice in the last month!- .. and I wish I had even double! And this quiche is raw and vegan, also!! - so delushhh xoo 🌱🍃☘🍀🌿🌺🌻🌼🍈🍋🍏🌶🍍 #PureOrganicJuicery #PineFoodCompany #PureJuiceCafe #Juice #ColdPressed #Raw #Live #Organic #Vegan #HolisticEsthetician #IntegrativeNutritionist #SmallBusinessLove #NealsYardRemediesUS #NealsYardRemedies #NYROrganic #OrganicallyGorgeousByLavelleVelez #OrganicallyGorgeous
Omg, this Reindeer.! 🦌 Beyond sweet, precious, cute! I see this lovely animal as a *Being*. NOT as something to be used for 'entertainment' at various family holiday festivals, held in captivity to be photographed, objectified, and even pet (as it's restrained). And I def don't see it as 'meat'- I see hair, skin, muscle, fat, tissue, organs, bones .. of a Being. Please think before you visit an animal-based entertainment venue (out of its most natural habitat). And before you eat a sentient being that wants what we do : to be safe, healthy, and surrounded by family / friends. #Reindeer #HappyHolidays #MerryChristmas #AnimalsAreOurFriends #LoveTheAnimals #PleaseBeRespectful #GoVegan #VEGAN #GoVegetarian #Vegetarian #Compassion #Kindness #OrganicallyGorgeous #OrganicallyGorgeousByLavelleVelez
Getting ready for my Partner's Office Holiday Dinner 🎅🤶♥ this evening - .. and I kinda was feeling my self Facialed dewy, bright, soft skin 💆💜 (I am a Holistic Esthetician & Spa Proprietor), and my liquid Tart (not certified organic, but natural) eyeliner. Snapped a pic. And the first thing I noticed was my wiley grey hair 😨 (umm, - featured top right!). Why do we do this to ourselves? Why the focus one the one itty bitty wrong (in my case I don't perceive greying of hair as wrong, 👵.. but there's this strange enculturation that has occurred, where beauty is most often connected with youth)- .. instead of of being enough with all the right?! Well, I don't, and do not intend to color my hair. I am too interested in standing in my truth 👦👶 (40's, Grandma of a 5 year & 9 month old), plus- protecting myself and focusing on holistic health .. to artificially and chemically treat my hair (/ body, skin, anything). So I've got to get more used to it. If I have the privilege of living longer, more changes will come. But what is this strange tendency?- .. like, wow!- 😍 I'm beautiful (inside and out), I look really pretty in this little tiny bit of make up (just eye liner and organic Neal's Yard Remedies Mascara) - which I almost never wear. I love my gorgeous sleek red blouse (not in the photo - I snapped this before I changed or did my hair). *But* / *Except*, .. whatever blah blah. Mindfulness, awareness is the first step, - I suppose. I'm a work in progress. 💚 A little love and a heart to heart hug to everyone who has noticed the negative and dwelled a bit beyond the observe. I hope we all recognize, - and put our energies and intentions to being pleased and at peace with the good. 😊☺ #NoButs #NoExcepts #IAmEnough #WeAllAre #IncludingMyWileyGreyHair #CleanBeauty #GreenBeauty #Organic #HolisticHealth #Tart #NealsYardRemedies #NYR #HolisticEsthetician #HolisticHealthPractitioner #OrganicallyGorgeousByLavelleVelez #OrganicallyGorgeous
Continued from my previous post. :: Which leads me to the other component of my decision. I just feel I spend too much time on the internet - primarily social media. Hardly too much on the phone, as in talking, and hardly on email (I use very sparingly). But too much on what I've deemed educational (/ which is how I spend much of my free time - on education) .. because bottom line : I'm not getting done what I really should be with my businesses, or even with personal care. .. Sidenote: I have *never* played a game, on some app or otherwise, I don't 'chat' with people, or really spend any time with just silly stuff. But it's still my limited time- .. too much of it. And I believe the internet (all of it, in so many different ways) - is teaching our brains to focus less, concentrate less, .. & to be more fragmented. I love books- I always have - but I've had very little time for them, .. and I miss that. .. In the last 15 ish years of regular daily internet use, & 10 ish years of social media (or whenever FB became mainstream), & esp especially the last 5 ish years of the of smartphone technology (I don't use a computer or television- and haven't for the most part since 1991, by choice)- .. my time for focused, concentrated, uninterrupted *whatever* has continued to wane. Additionally, many studies show the negative, even damaging effects of technology (the electronic juju combined with the blue light is extra bad) on the brain, hormones, .. and unbelievably - even the skin! So my Friends, thank you for the last decade of so much sharing, supporting, loving, laughing, learning, edutainment, keeping ish in touch, - but I've just got to try this. I feel a need to go inward- especially as the seasons change. To root, ground, earth, realign myself with nature, .. heal, stress less, hopefully sleep better / more, .. and be more productive with a few things that really matter to me long term. Love you. Miss you already.- check back in 40 ish days, or whenever I feel moved to do so. Love you some more. 📵🚫
Warning : super long post. In the typical slightly dramatic flair of Lavelle- and with a bunch of bitty sadness, but even more optimism -- I'd like to share that I will be embarking upon a 40 day SOCIAL MEDIA SABATTICAL. Maybe longer.- maybe forever. Idk.- and I'm the first to admit : I change my mind. And I honor my intuition. This will begin likely tomorrow, Tuesday (I still would like to go through all my Birthday messages, and thank people, .. plus advise my various Groups - particularly connected to my businesses). As much as I truly and dearly love and have loved my social media, and really- my people : Facebook esp, & Instagram secondly- .. lately I have been increasingly pained because of it. You see I'm a 'Higly Sensitive Person' already- .. and the incredible sadness, despair, heaviness has been almost too much for me to bear. From politics, to an often disgusting state of affairs with my fellow American people, to world wars / threats of such wars, to natural disasters (which I believe our disregard to the health and integrity of our precious resources & planet- has made even more intense, and frequent). Just referring to Puerto Rico alone- has had me literally crying, worrying, sick, and side-tracked / unable to focus - for days, really even weeks .. since Irma was hitting 2 weeks before Maria. I'm not saying I will not help, advocate, volunteer, share of myself. Or that I want or will be in a news-free superficially protected bubble. I have always listened to Chicago Public Radio (and have supported since college- at age 18). But social media, websites, various apps, YouTube, .. the internet in general - are created to be highly addictive. .. And quite transparently, I have some issues with addiction. .. Too long for IG .. Please see next post.