Growing up in Marin County, California, I was exposed to my fair share of hippies. Things have changed quite a bit since then, but I’d like to think the spirit of the hippie culture still shines through from time to time. My parents were self-proclaimed hippies back in the 1960s. I have to say that some of my favorite photographs of them are from that time. My mom looked like Yoko Ono and my dad rocked the most amazing beard and long hair. There is no doubt that some things should stay in the past (particularly my dad’s hairstyle), but what an incredible time it must have been. As did the hippie movement in Marin, my parents traded in the hippie culture for a bit more of a button-down lifestyle. However, I know they are all still hippie’s at heart.
1. Lavender Smudge Sticks: Rooted in Native American tradition, the smoke from the smudge stick is used to bless, cleanse or heal the object, room or person being “smuged.” A boss of mine once gave me sage smudge sticks when I moved into a new home, and we cleansed my son’s room before he was born. It was a nice ritual to clear the space before starting the next chapter in our lives.
2. Birkenstocks: I’m not sure how many people saw this coming (I sure didn’t), but the Birkenstock has made a comeback. I’m not complaining. They’re super comfortable and are now coming in dozens of fun colors and styles. I’m currently crushing hardcore on this silver pair! And who doesn’t love a product that practices thoughtful, eco-friendly production to ensure minimal waste and environmental impact? Yes, please.
3. Patchouli Diptyque Candle: One of my favorite candle brands on the planet is Diptyque. They started in Paris in the 1960s and produce some of the highest quality personal and home scents around.
4. Patchouli 24 Le Labo Eau De Parfum: Even though it is vital to the olfactory shock this perfume generates, Patchouli is not easy to detect in this formula. The smoky, leathery character of birch takes over in the first few seconds, making this signature absolutely unique and difficult to situate.
5. Peace Flag: Promote peace by waving this beautifully crafted peace patchwork flag with love and laid back abandon.
6. Teach Peace Long-Sleeved Shirt: For the hippie who wears their peace on their sleeve, this shirt is a good reminder to us all that we cannot demand peace without practicing it ourselves.
7. Crystals: The Modern Guide to Crystal Healing: Written by Yulia Van Doren, acclaimed sound healer and founder of Goldirocks, this hardcover book is a practical guide to 51 of the most common and interesting crystals and their traditional uses in holistic healing.
8. Peace Vase: Bringing peace and flower power together as one, this peace vase is super cool and truly exemplifies the flower child movement.
9: Living On The Earth book: A workable manual of recipes and directions for creating from scratch all of life’s basic amenities and some of its frivolities, an influential artist book with a beautiful style, an insider’s view of the Utopian commune movement of the early seventies, and a spiritually uplifting lifestyle book, Living On The Earth is in it’s thirtieth edition.
10. Jonathan Adler Hashish Candle: Earthy but couture, this scandalous scent is a tempting taboo to inhale. The scent: black currant, green apple, wormwood, patchouli, moss. Once the candle burns out, its porcelain vessel makes a perfect stash box (well, it’s legal now here in California). Packaged in a nifty gift box, they make a perfect hostess present (or pick-me-up for yourself).
11. Brass Peace Sign Hand: Bring some peace and harmony with this groovy Brass Peace Sign. Shiny bold brass has been shaped into the universal hand symbol for peace, creating a stunning tabletop sculpture. Give good vibes to a bookshelf, side table or entryway console for a chic way to greet or send off guests.
12. Incense Holder: Xenia Taler’s incense holders are casual and refined – her work stemming from the idea that what’s beautiful and chic is always accessible. Emphasis is placed on developing products that reflect a love of quality and craftsmanship and are either produced locally or sourced globally from sustainable materials.
13. Peace Weekender Bag: Spread the message of peace and kindness with this oh-so-awesome travel bag. The Forestbound PEACE Canvas Utility Bag is made from sturdy 18oz beige canvas. Features split leather handles and buckle straps with metal hardware. Also features metal feet on the base of the bag, a water-resistant fiberboard interior bottom panel, and 12 gauge rivet secured steel dowels at the top opening of the bag to provide a wide opening as well as a secure closure. Made in the USA (woohoo), printed here in our Massachusetts based studio.