alexis smart flower remedies from health hut

A few weeks ago, I fell down an internet rabbit hole and found myself reading about floral remedies. I’ve had a little experience with them, because I swear by Rescue Remedy, but had often felt intimidated when looking at displays of individual flower essences in their small glass bottles (usually called Bach Flower Remedies), yet curious. That night I found myself looking at the website of Alexis Smart, who creates flower essence elixirs to “identify undealt with emotional issues and other lingering factors that ‘like the layers of an onion’ must be peeled away to return a client to vibrant health.”  I’m willing to try most things if they will lead me to “vibrant health” without doing harm, particularly if they work in conjunction with other changes I am trying to make in my life on spiritual, emotional, and physical levels. And of course, how can I resist anything involving flowers?

These elixirs are blends of the individual essences diluted in alcohol (although there are glycerine alternatives if alcohol is not your thing) taken under the tongue four times daily, and each blend is meant to address a specific emotional state. They are “considered vibrational medicine, similar to acupuntcure and homeopathy, as they are very dilute and work on the subtle, bioenergetic field.”

I found myself looking at the list of elixirs available and felt very drawn to Soul Purpose (this is the best way to choose your formula, to let it choose you). I was thrilled to discover that Health Hut, a natural and organic beauty shop recently opened in brick and mortar form by holistic nutritionist Tara Miller, carried Alexis’ line; I walk past the shop nearly every day on my way to work, and had been meaning to visit anyhow (Health Hut had been one of the hosts of the Green + Good natural beauty pop up I had attended about a year ago, which ended up being a somewhat life-changing event for me!).

I went in the next day to pick up the bottle that I had ordered online and had a great chat with Tara, who is warm and lovely, in her cozy sunlit shop on Harbord Street. I later asked her to tell me about why she carries the Alexis Smart line and why she recommends them: I love Alexis's remedies for their gentle, yet transformative, abilities to heal.  They are a non-invasive, safe way to find balance and free yourself from whatever may be weighing you down.  It is hard to articulate how they make me feel, but I would best describe it as the freedom to just be myself, a lightness that makes living easy. I find them to be the perfect addition to my holistic nutrition practice, acting as that extra something to help clients overcome barriers they may not realize are affecting their daily choices. I love the look of scepticism on peoples faces when I describe flower essences to them, because I know their doubt will turn into amazement once they have tried the remedies for themselves.

Sounds pretty good, right? I have only been using Soul Purpose for two weeks and haven’t yet felt any great shifts, but it takes a month to finish a bottle and we’ll see what happens! If you’re interested in reading more, Alexis Smart has a FAQ section on her site, and I also found this interview on The Chalkboard contained a lot of useful information.

Tara has generously offered a discount code for the floral remedies on her site: enter FLORAL15 at checkout for 15% off. This code is valid until Friday, March 6, 2015.

Alexis Smart


limitless love & golden years

A few weeks ago we quietly (well, via Instagram mostly!) released a couple of new tote designs, one inspired by The Beatles’ “Across the Universe,” and one inspired by David Bowie’s “Golden Years.” Two songs I have adored for so long, and one that I insisted we dance to at our wedding (“Golden Years,” that is!).

This weekend we enlisted the help of our sweet friend Alyssa to take some photos of them, because these totes are on the sweeter side and we knew she would make a good match.  We embraced the deep freeze we’ve been experiencing and went down to Sugar Beach, which was empty despite the fact that it looks even prettier in winter. The pink of the umbrellas reflected on the snow to create the loveliest pink pools. Alyssa truly brought the pastel magic and we had such a fun, high vibe afternoon.

We hope you’ll enjoy these new designs! They’re available now here and here, and of course on Etsy as well.


valentine's in toronto

Hello hello, hi! I thought I would wade in gently and break this blog silence, which has carried on for a surprisingly long time, to write about one of my favourite holidays, Valentine’s Day! I know there are plenty of good reasons to grumble about Valentine’s Day, but I say bring on the heart shapes and the hot pink. It has snowed relentlessly and it’s cold and dreary, so let me have this. I enjoyed Valentine’s Day as a single person, using it as an excuse to eat cake and sing karaoke with friends. Romantic love gets all the hype, but it is far from the only type of love to celebrate.

I, personally, would rather receive a beautiful bouquet that I can admire for days over a dinner out, especially on Valentine’s Day. I do love to eat, but I happen to have access to a pretty great personal chef and I have many taper candles on hand. And flowers are constantly on my mind in winter. Over the past few weeks a number of beautiful Valentine’s collaborations have come to my attention via Instagram, in which local shops partner with other local shops (and, um, Anthropologie) to create lovely blooms for your loved ones. I thought I would try to collect them all in one place.There are so many floral magicians in this city but I don’t happen to know all of them, so it’s possible that I missed a lot... Please note that for many of these, pre-ordering is recommended! (Also these photos aren’t necessarily representative of what you’ll get—I snagged them all from Instagram!)

1. Blush and Bloom will be having a flower pop-up shop at The Bake Shoppe, my favourite place in my neighbourhood to get cookies, cake slices, and homemade pop tarts (Saturday from 11-5pm).

2. Not a pop-up shop, but Crown Flora is taking Valentine’s Day pre-orders now and it looks as though they have some real beauties on deck.

3. Sweet Woodruff is having a flower pop-up at Anthropologie on the day, so you might be able to get some last-minute blooms.

4. Coriander Girl has partnered with the new-ish bridal concept store LoversLand for a workshop collaboration ($130 for lavender and a spot in a floral arranging workshop). What a sweet gift that would make! And of course, the usual pre-order recommendation!

5. Timberlost & Humblebound will be at Likely General starting tomorrow and until Saturday offering up blooms and watercolour cards. I got this one in an email a while ago and forwarded it immediately to Geoff, because I am subtle like that.

Also thought I’d mention a couple of other things that I personally am excited about! Treat yourself times.

Kitten and the Bear has also partnered with The Bake Shoppe to create a Valentine Breakfast-in-a-Box, which will come with the homemade pop tarts I mentioned above, which are filled with Kitten and the Bear’s own jam. How beautiful!

My sweet friend Julie of Province Apothecary has, just in time for V-Day, released a new product called Lover’s Oil, an all-natural massage oil made with essential oils that are considered to be aphrodisiacs: rose, cedar, ylang-ylang, jasmine, rosemary, bergamot, sage, vetiver and cardamom. As much as I love flowers, I think Julie may very well have my dream job. How heavenly.


earth's treasures

On Friday night Geoff and I went to the Royal Ontario Museum (the sexily-named “Best Value Fridays,” ha) and spent most of our time in the section full of gems and minerals. It was chill and I took a lot of pictures. That’s all!


holiday shipping deadlines

It’s that time of year again... if you are interested in giving one of our products as a Christmas gift, please order by the following dates to ensure that it’s below the tree in time!

As always, thank you for your continued support in 2014. xo


coco's frosting shop

Corey Moranis is one of those people who is never still, constantly buzzing with new ideas, whipping up fashion-inspired cakes that are completely bananas in scope and execution, making lights out of plastic fruits, selling both edible treats and wearable treats out of a tiny pink tollboth in an OCAD U parking lot... all the while having a total blast. I wish I could see the world through her eyes, since I love the glimpse I get of it through her work, which has such a playful, electric, and bold energy, full of colour and life.

I’m excited to share news of her latest endeavour, Coco’s Frosting Shack, the online shop, which launches today!

Earlier this year, Corey participated in OCAD U’s Small Space program and created a series of one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry out of plastic. She has now made similar pieces available online. In her words:

Each wearable art piece is made by laser cutting acrylic plastic into geometric shapes that combine together into unique and colourful gems. Gestalt Magic! These architectural necklaces are elegant, sculptural, fun, kool, dazzling, crystaline, and one of a kind. All pieces are designed and assembled by me, in Toronto, Canada! Bonus* These pieces glow like crazy amazey under black lights on the dance floor.

These images are from the collection’s lookbook, which she styled, and you can see how Corey took a simple material like plastic and made it look like a million bucks.

Below are a few of my favourite pieces!

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Lookbook details:
Photographer: Katrina Cervoni
Stylist: Corey Moranis
Make-up: Christina Nguyen
Assistant: Avis Yu Han Ho
Model: Aza at Elite Toronto