One Last Summer Fling

As a cool breeze stirs the daybreak
and the sun opens up our hearts
to an afternoon of warm bliss
then back again
to nightfall
where we reach for a furry throw
and a heated body...

It is Indian Summer,
and it doesn't come any finer, my Darlings.

But these delectable days, so fleeting,
and so fair
make me want to to take what's left of Summer
and make love to it
endlessly.

So I reach for a sacred bowl
of earthly pleasures.

Simple. Sensual. Sublime.

Join me for one last salt water kiss?

 

Summer Lovers Salad

  • 1 ripe organic cantaloupe
  • 1 qt organic strawberries
  • 1/2 organic cucumber, skin on, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 5-10 organic mint leaves
  • 5 organic basil leaves
  • Celtic salt

Just dice the cantaloupe and slice the strawberries, toss in the cukes, splash the vinegar, tear the leaves, and pinch the salt, Lusty Ones. It couldn't be more playful!

Strawberries are bursting with vitamin C, antioxidants, and beautifying minerals. An ancient love food, they are ruled by Venus and sacred to the Norse goddess Freya. How's that for divine?
Cantaploupe is also a lunar love food, wildly high in vitamin A and B-6. And cukes, of course, have that wonderful silica and sulfur in the skins that promote radiant hair and skin.

Saucy fact: Moon-y cucumbers were once placed under the noses of women who felt faint, as the refreshing scent was believed to revive them.

Swoon-worthy, indeed...

 

You now have in your hands a magical, beautifying, libido-revving treasure that's purrfect for any time of day or night. Enjoy it to the fullest!

And savor every sticky sweet salty sassy instant left in this season.
For soon, we pull Autumn in for a wild embrace...

But for today,
I'll meet you under the boardwalk,
sand in my hair,

xxx Alise

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C'est Parfait!

Well, hello there!

You caught me in the act.

Not that act, Dirty Things. That was earlier.

*ahem*

I was just in the middle of obsessively checking the L.A. apartment listings, as I do on a daily basis. It has become a favorite pastime.

Only those bedecked with balconies will do. 

And a courtyard.

And a pool.

Mind you, I don’t even swim in pools. I avoid chlorine like the plague.

But I love to lounge beside them.

See the redhead in the Bond-girl bikini, oversized hat, and a pitcher of homemade sangria, blissfully doing nothing? That would be me.

And so, I day dream about my balcony.

(For the record, I’m not delusional.  I’m creating my future space.)

I imagine low benches covered in Turkish cushions and plush pillows. Palm trees in Moroccan pots being delicately tickled by the breeze. Colorful glass lanterns reflecting cosmic light. Homemade incense spiraling upwards to the stars, releasing whispered plans...

A nest worthy of a great dragon. One with exotic tastes.

And I must have sunflowers. They remind me of Spain.

(Your ladyfriend here was up at 3am maniacally scanning the internet for "drought resistant sunflower container garden care." After an hour of sleepyhead searching, I'm still not sure it exists. But if it does, I'm gonna find it.)

Sunflowers. 

Giant happy faces I just want to kiss.

I want them surrounding me, in terra cotta pots.

Releasing their darling seeds to the ground in a sweet exhale of abundance.

And what a superfood!

I sang the praises of sunflower seeds recently, and have been playing with them quite a bit as a source of nutrition and a pleasurable nut-free alternative to vegan sauces. I'm so glad you all loved my Sunshine Noodles!

I've conjured up a new delight for you: a creamy vegan yogurt with delicate flavors, layered with a fruit pureé and lightly touched with a sensual surprise...

C'est Parfait

This recipe easily makes 6 servings, and keeps three days in the refrigerator.

For the Yogurt:

  • 1 C raw cashews
  • 1/2 C raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 C coconut water
  • 1 tsp white miso paste
  • 3-6 drops Wild Orange essential oil
  • 1/2 C pitted organic dates
  • 1 Tbsp ground organic cinnamon
  • Stevia, to taste (optional)

For the Fruit Pureé:

  • 1 C frozen or fresh organic mango flesh
  • 1 tsp raw coconut nectar, or stevia to taste
  • 1 Tbsp orange flower water

Begin, my Loves, by creating the yogurt. Grind the cashews and the sunflower seeds into a fine powder, using a coffee grinder, food processor, or NutriBullet blender. The trick is to get it to a powdery texture. (My food processor is on its way out, so mine was kind of on the crumbly side. It still tastes out of this world, but I would have liked an ultra-smooth texture.) Once you have it super fine, transfer it to a high-speed blender, an add in one cup of the coconut water. Blend it until you get a thick mixture. Now add in the remaining cup of coconut water, the dates, miso, and cinnamon. Blend it on high until it looks creamy and well mingled. 

Taste it. The dates should make it sweet enough, but add some stevia if you like. You could start with, say, 1 tsp powdered stevia or 1 dropper of liquid, and go from there. Either way, you're on a low glycemic, healthy sweet, so enjoy it!

Now add the Wild Orange for that extra touch of magic, stir, cover it with a cloth, and let it rest on the counter top for 3 hours. I know you're saying, "Whaaat? Miso! In yogurt? Gross!" but, Beasties, trust me, you don't taste it at all. It's there to allow the yogurt to culture. Just relax and let it do its thing.

I know miso can be pricey, but if you are willing, it actually has many uses, from delicious soups onward, and it keeps quite a while in the fridge, so you don't have to panic about using it all at once. Adding fermented foods to your repertoire is brilliant for your belly, because they provide the body with probiotics aka beneficial bacteria. These bacteria, when ingested, populate the intestinal tract and begin to interact with the body in a good way by training the immune system, manufacturing vitamins and keeping scheming, opportunistic bacteria away from your precious self. So it's not just me telling you to eat bizarre things. There is a point to all this.

Plus, I'll have a wildly sexy recipe for you in the next couple of weeks using that same white miso, so stay close...

On to the Fruit Pureé: Just blend the three ingredients together. That's it! If you're using frozen fruit, let it thaw first, otherwise the icy goodness will get way too melty way too quickly, and your Parfait will be a slurpy mess. 

When the yogurt is finished its divine transformation, check the consistency. It should be thick and creamy, but, if you find it too watery somehow, just cover it in cheesecloth, rubber band the top, turn it upside down into a bowl, and stick it in the refrigerator for about an hour. This will drain any extra liquids.

Find a gorgeous glass and layer the lusciousness. Mmmm!

This is a basic blend that works really well, but don't stop here! Use this recipe as a template for exploring all kinds of flavors: Try a spiced vanilla version, add Lemon or Lime oil in place of the Wild Orange, play with cacao, different fruit blends, anything that excites you!

You have a fabulous treat here. It's both light and filling, easy to digest, energy-boosting, beautifying, and crazy delicious. The orange flower water really puts it over the top, with a depth of sensuality that must be experienced. 

I haven't toyed will a seed-only version yet, but if you are allergic to nuts, by all means, give it a whirl around the dance floor. Use your creativity, and your inner Kitchen Witch will meet you there. Promise.

Now, won't you join me on my balcony?

It's warm

and fragrant,

and there's a very good chance I'm not wearing anything.

*wink*

Tell me what YOU daydream about.

I can't wait to hear.

xxx Alise

Alise In Wonderland



The Sensual Shower

Why is it that when we bathe

it's a languid, sultry affair

while a shower in an in-and-out

hurried rush of graceless movement?

Well now,

we all know how much fun a quickie can be...

Time to give the shower the seductive power it deserves.

I'll share a delicious secret with you: It's all about layering scent. A spell of sensuality is immediately cast, and remains with you, to be shared, like handing out single flowers to everyone you meet from a voluptuous bouquet you hold close to your heart.

All it takes is a little magic.

You will need:

  • 1 bottle of castile soap
  • 1 jar of unrefined, organic coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cute spray bottle, filled with pure water
  • 1 bottle of organic flower water (Rose, Orange, Lavender, etc.)
  • Your fave essential oils
  • A few gorgeous containers (see below)

As you gather your essential oils, pause for a moment to really feel what you want to create. What blend would make you feel amazing and beautiful all day long? What oils can heal any maladies you may be having? For instance, right now I am using a frankincense/myrrh treatment with fresh vanilla bean. It's deep, musky, and wildly sexy, and it is curing a few ills. Mix together your essential oils, with enough drops to use in a few different potions. 

Of course, making this blend is a ritual unto itself, so be sure to infuse it with powerful energy.

Divide your mixture equally into the castile soap, the coconut oil, and the spray bottle. Shake and mix each one. Add some flower water to the spray bottle, and use it for misting towels, your robe or clothing, the room...anything you like!

If you can, transfer the coconut oil and the castile soap into glass containers. Scour flea markets and Etsy for special ones to display. They make the ritual even more enticing, don't they? Running your fingers along the graceful neck of a bottle, removing the stopper, placing it on the tile to catch the light, and pouring the nectar from it onto your heated flesh...

Instant. Shower. Spa.

Now you have scent-infused body wash, shave cream, spray, and moisturizer for every sweet part of you. Now each moment you have to linger beneath the spray will be joyous, even if it's only a few. Breathe it all in, really feeling the water on your skin, and give thanks to your gorgeous body. After all, it carries you everywhere. It deserves the love and attention you give to it.

It's these little moments we take for ourselves, Darling Ones, that set the stage for the entire day. Or night. Bewitching treats. Like movie star lingerie beneath our uniforms, they are a constant reminder to feed ourselves as women. Try it.

You may just find yourself hooked.

xxx Alise

Alise In Wonderland


In The Flesh

These harsh winds,

and their bone cold fingers,

can take us,

forcefully,

in their clutches,

and strip us bare 

of our juicy-ness.

Flesh

We can't let that happen.

We need our flesh ripe and soft,

our hair shining,

our glow undimmed.

My Loves, here are my five most potent, yet simple Winter rituals to restore your shimmer, and make sure the tides of sensuality rise ever-so-high, even when the mercury plummets. Even if you don't live in a harsh clime, you lucky little devil, these are purrfect tips for any dry environment.

GET STEAMY. If you don't have a humidifier in your Lair, go out and get one. Immediately. They range in prices and functionality, but you can pick up a little portable one that gets it done for about $60US. It's worth it. (Look for the kind that gives off a cool air mist - you'll sleep like a baby.)

Why? Because dry, stagnant indoor air drains precious moisture from you, inside and out. Not only does it leave your hair brittle, your skin parched, and your lips cracked, but it also dries out your sinuses, leading to a full-on bout of sniffling, congested grossness. Sinuses, you see, are fickle things. When enough moisture isn't naturally produced, they take the reins and begin to produce it themselves, putting you on the fast train to a never-ending cycle of stuffy-head misery. To hell with that. Use your new best friend the humidifier (I've dubbed mine "Froggy" for the little bullfrog sounds it occasionally makes) as an essential oil diffuser, and you've got what you need to add aromatherapeutic divinity to the air. Try a few drops of eucalyptus to clear nasal passages, chamomile and lavender to help you sleep, peppermint or citrus to get you moving, or something extra sexy like frankencense to spice things up in any room.

Your animal familiars will love it too. My felines  like to lie at the end of the bed with the mist rising behind them. In a dim light, it looks like they're in front of a dry ice machine. Hilarious little rockstars.

BLESSED NAKEDNESS. Now, more than ever, we have to take special care to keep our skin soft, touchable, gorgeous. Even under many pounds of clothing, isn't it our delicious secret weapon? 

The tendency is, of course, to shower or bathe in scalding water just to get the chill off, then rush madly into a strange dance with a towel so we can get back into our swaddling layers before the cold air hits us. This will never do for our Goddess (and God) selves. We need to connect with our bodies, especially during these frigid months of covering up like mad.

Here are a few little ticks I employ: Let a space heater work its magic in the bathroom 10-15 minutes before you enter. (And, yes, shut it off before you start running your bath water.) The warm steam will rise and fill the air, taking over where the heater left off. I like to warm my towels and my robe on the radiators while I'm in, reminiscent of those fantastic towel heaters in UK hotel bathrooms. (Why are these not standard features in every bathroom?)  Soak for a while in very warm water, but compensate by adding lush oils to your bath, then further up the moisturizing magic by coating your skin twice daily (do the space heater thing in the morning also, to get the chill out of the room) in a lush body butter you can make in no time at all...

Naked Body Butter

Naked Body Butter

At room temperature, this should keep at least a month. If it gets melty, just refrigerate. You can find the butters online, just shop around for the best deal, as it changes. 

  • 1/2 C coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 C shea butter, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 C cocoa butter, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
  • 13-30 drops essential oils

Combine the coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter in a small saucepan on a gentle flame. Allow it all to melt slowly as you stir it, sending beautiful energy into your potion. When everything is melted and combined, remove it from heat. Mix in your vitamin E and essential oils. Pour it into a bowl, and chill in the fridge for two hours.

Now the fun part: Take a hand mixer and WHIP IT! Once you get a fluffy consistency, you'll know it's ready. Spoon it into pretty jars...your skin is waiting...

WHAT YOU PUT INSIDE.  Hydration begins and sustains by what you choose to eat and drink. It's so easy to forget to drink enough water in the cold weather, but, Beauties, you absolutely MUST. Make sure you are getting at least a few good glasses of pure water in every day. Add some high quality, food-grade essential oils (see end of post) to your glass to keep it interesting. My faves? Lemon, wild orange, and grapefruit. Instead of going for that second (or sixth) cup of coffee, consider that caffeine is dehydrating, and dehydration causes fatigue, creating a vicious cycle. Oh, and it's hell on your complexion. Drink water instead. 

You can also hydrate from within by adding chia, fresh aloe, and coconut water to your shake elixirs, which you drink every day...right?

Hot, brothy soups and herbal teas also have a dual function: not only are they warming and nourishing food medicine, but they also open up and moisturize the sinus/nasal/bronchial passages and clear the way, fighting colds and other horrid nonsense. We have no time for that.

FACE IT. Your sweet faced is exposed to the elements, all the time. This is particularly ravaging during Winter months, when most of us forget to wear sunscreen, or skimp on the moisturizers. My fave products for giving good face are:

Shikai Borage Oil Hand Cream (Travel Size)- This is precious. It's inexpensive and potent as hell. Borage oil penetrates, feeding your cells directly with a major Omega-6 fatty oil called gamma linolenic acid, which lets skin retain its moisture. I use it not only on my hands, but on my face before heading out into the elements. These tiny tubes are so affordable, you can stash one pretty much anywhere. Bonus: It can repair chapped lips gloriously. Magic Bonus: Borage brings courage those who carry or wear it.

Derma E BB Cream - This goes on top: light and dewy, with a subtle foundation effect and a 25 SPF. It's so good, I use it all year long!

Acure Organics Seriously Firming Facial Serum - Ohhh, this is a most delightful potion! Day or night, alone or under a moisturizer, this baby is about to become your intimate friend. You two will have sensual rituals together every day.  Its velvet texture and your flesh were meant to be together, to revel in a dew-like glow of complexion purrfection...

 Acure Organics Eye CreamAnother gem from the alchemists at Acure. Stimulating new cell growth (!) while delicately drenching your eye area with feather-light moisture. You'll look so refreshed, people will think you actually slept last night. You're welcome.

HAIR TODAY... Tresses get hit hardest of all it seems. The constant in and out of dry indoor heat and cold outdoor moisture forces the hair shaft to expand and contract at a maddening pace. It's exhausting. And it weakens hair. You can condition to your heart's content, but you still need reinforcements.

My secrets? Always, always, always cover your hair when you are going in and out of doors. It helps. A hood, a scarf, even a hat if you pile the bulk of your hair into it. It will protect the outer layer from damage, and keep you warm.

Second, you cannot have enough moisture on the ends. I'm in lust right now with Holistix Light Argan Oil Treatment. You know I've been obsessed with argan oil forever, but oils in general can weigh hair down. I've got a massive mane, but the strands themselves are quite fine, especially around the face, and can get lank and gooey all-too-easily. If your hair is coarse, go for the straight oil. But if you have a medium-to-fine texture, this is it. 

Lastly, whenever I can get away with it, I coat my ends with conditioner, and make multiple braids. My weapon of choice is Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil + Stem Cell Conditioner, assuring my mane of not only intense conditioning, but protecting it with a layer of heavenly-scented armor. Bonus: when you take them out at night you look like a Norse goddess. *wink*

And on that note,

I will leave you to beautify and hydrate yourselves,

while I consult the runes...

All my love, always.

xxx Alise

P.S. All the essential oils I've mentioned can be found here, in their absolute highest quality. ENJOY!

Savory Sweet Seduction

Many moons ago,

a Persian maiden had to think quickly.

Arabian Nights  by René Milot

Arabian Nights by René Milot

Versed in literature and poetry, she wove enchanting tales all night long,

her husband held blissfully captive,

entranced,

begging her for more.

But always, at dawn,

she left him.

This spared her life for another night.

Her king, you see, so wounded by love

sought revenge 

in the form of taking a new wife each day,

and sending her to her death.

But this smart kitten beguiled with her tales,

for many nights.

1001 to be exact.

In which time he fell hopelessly, 

deeply in love,

evermore,

saving not only her life,

but the lives of countless other women.

I imagine her seducing him with her mesmerizing words,

her glance,

her fire,

and perhaps offering a late supper

of sensual jewels...

This exotic and gorgeously scented Armenian dish was originally from Persia, where savories combined with fruit were adored. Made with bulgur, this was undoubtedly quite hearty. I decided to Vixen-ize it by making it vegan, swapping the bulgur for cauliflower, and adding vegetables.

My Doves, this is soooo good.

I'm serious. 

Never have I tasted anything quite this delicious. The layers of flavors, the depth of fragrance, the textures...pure bliss. I made a test recipe-plenty for two-and devoured the whole thing. I just couldn't stay away.

Try this.

Scheherazade's Jewels

  • 1 head organic cauliflower, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 organic zucchini (courgette), thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1/4 C raw slivered almonds
  • 1/4 C raw walnuts
  • 1/4 C.dried apricots, unsweetened
  • 1/4 C organic raisins or sultanas
  • 1/4-1/2 C Turkish figs, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • Pomegranate juice, unsweetened
  • Organic ground cinnamon
  • Vegan butter (flax/olive oil, preferably)
  • Olive oil
  • Celtic salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

In a large pot, melt about 1 tablespoon of the vegan butter on a very soft flame, but only for a few moments...then add in the garlic, and allow it to awaken, until it turns translucent and its perfume begins to fill the air. Place the cardamom pods in...one, two, three...visualize being taken away by tales of adventure, by a lantern's flickering light, nestled down into satin pillows. Let the pods dance for about a minute, then in goes the cauliflower. Give it all a luscious stir, cover, and cook gently on a very low heat. 

In a heated skillet pan, spiral some little olive oil and a little more vegan butter in. Let it heat up, just a bit. Listen.

Now toss in the almonds and walnuts, allowing them to brown. Add the dried fruit, and sauté some more. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on top as they all cook. If it starts to look dry, add a touch more oil. When they've mingled, add in the zucchini. 

Now check your cauliflower. Things should be heating up nicely in la Cucina right about now.

As the zucchini begins to soften and caramelize, add a good splash of the pomegranate juice in -sizzle!-and stir it some more. Cover again and let it go until your cauliflower in the next pot is tender. 

One good Pinch-N-Grind (salt and pepper) just before you plate it, and you're there...

Darlings, this is really the kind of food to be savored, slowly and with full abandon, completely in the moment. If you make it at another time of year, it is even more exquisite with fresh apricots and figs, but for now, I absolutely dare you to find a headier dish.

Nestle in the cushions as the aroma of fills the air.

Let each bite linger on your tongue.

Feed your mind,

your soul,

your senses...

Come.

Tell me a story,

won't you, 

Beasties?

xxx Alise




Rockstar Ingredients: Coconut Oil

I just love oils,

don't you?

They're so wonderfully lubricating...

(Ahem.)

I want to go there with you,

and the most seductively slippery one of all,

the sweetly aromatic

and lustfully lickable

oil of the comely coconut.

Mmmm...

Don't you feel 

tropical sun breezes just thinking of it?

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Now, everybody knows that coconut oil is good for you,

but,

do we know why?

Here's the dossier on this secret agent of awesomeness:

1. It's a GORGEOUS fat. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides - fatty acids -which are metabolized effectively by the body. Because they go from the liver directly to the digestive tract, they are an immediate energy source that is used, rather than stored, by the body. This means they can up your energy levels and help you burn fat. 

2. Beauty is it's middle name. Those same fabulous fats will make you even more stunning than you already are, my Loves. We need quality fats in our diets for lush hair, juicy skin, and strong nails, and coconut oil is one of the most powerful sources available. So add some to your menu each day and prepare to stop effing traffic with your radiance.

3. Because you like it smooth. Coconut oil makes a deliciously sensual shaving cream, with no need really for moisturizing afterward, so it's kind of the ultimate all-in-one beauty product, no?

4. Run your fingers through my hair. Try this amazing once-per-week hair masque for shiny smooth tresses and a strengthening boost. 

5. Lip lush Get a smouldering smooch with a dollop of coconut oil instead of gloss or balm, and try these tricks. 

6. Deodorant Right?! I know. I didn't believe it either. But it does work. I'm not suggesting you dab a little then run the 15.K, but for languid days, and certainly in a pinch, it will keep you smelling sweet.

7. Kiss the cook. Oh those sexy little medium-chain triglycerides...they make coconut oil the premium fat for sautéing, basting, baking...even a dollop in a late-day shake elixir for an added creamy energy burst.

Not sure where to start? Try these succulent recipes:

Sultry Spiced Scones

Cheeky Ceci Pani

Bursting Berry Tarts

Welsh Moon Cakes

8. Sink your teeth in. I'm not kidding - use it right out of the jar and onto your toothbrush! Top with a few drops of peppermint and clove oils to really cleanse, freshen breath, and heal gums. Leaves your teeth gleaming.

9. Take it off. When you've had your fill of nocturnal prowling, do not fall asleep until you've removed your makeup. (I see you!) Take the three minutes to gently massage your eyes and lashes with coconut oil, softly sweeping it all away...your lashes will thank you by growing long and fluttery.

10. Glow. With your mostly raw, vegan diet (right?) you already glow like starlight, my Moonchildren, but when you like a little extra firefly allure, mix a tiny bit of coconut oil with your foundation, bronzer, or rouge, and tap it lightly onto your cheek and brow bones. You are making me weak...

11. Touch me Oh, yes...the moisturizer to end all. Coat yourself daily and bask in your own silky softness until you realize that your self-caresses are bordering on obscene...Beware, though: mosquitoes find you extra tasty when you slather it, so either swap for another cream when you're outside in Summer or spritz on a little extra homemade insect repellant. 

12. Animal Magnetism When I first began using coconut oil as a body moisturizer, I would emerge from the bath or shower, and the most curious thing would happen. My cat and constant bath time companion, Pedro, would immediately come over and start licking my feet and legs! It was adorable, but got me thinking: cats instinctively go for what they need. This guy was helping himself to digest hairballs. Smart man. Now I offer it to them whenever I see a hairball epidemic coming, and, sure enough, they take it when they need it. I also give them a little in Winter when they are prone to dry skin, and flaky dander. Keeps all our cat coats pretty!

13. Where was I, again? And, of course, I've saved the best for last. Coconut oil as lube. You heard me. It's luscious, and melts upon a touch, so...why not? Gynecologists are actually getting on board with this. Not only is it all natural and chemical-free, but it's also antifungal, decreasing the risk of infections. Just don't road test it with latex condoms, as oils can weaken the latex and cause breakage. Get on it, Lovers!


Well, there we are. The magic 13.

For all these reasons, stock your kitchen and bath immediately with a jar of gorgeous, organic, unrefined coconut oil...and toss one in your valise for travel while you're at it. I can't think of a better thing to find in your luggage. Unless we're talking massive amounts of cash or rubies.

In which case,

I'll meet you on the tarmac, baby.

xxx Alise

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Friday's Child: Merci, Mes Amours

Good Morning, my Darlings!

This is just a quick post,

to tell you that I love you.

I offer you this heart rose, beautifully captured by my one-and-only  VK-Red Duvivier  xxx

I offer you this heart rose, beautifully captured by my one-and-only VK-Red Duvivier xxx

I began this blog just before the Winter holidays, and I can't believe how it's all grown... in, what, seven months? You've all been so supportive, and I can never thank you enough for that.

I've been getting some incredibly sweet notes, tweets, private messages from you, and it just breaks my heart wide open to know how much love you have, and how beautiful, talented, and awesome you all are.

You say that I inspire you, but, hell, you all inspire me!

I have SO much more in store for you...you can't even imagine how I lie awake thinking of all the gorgeous things I want us to share. Many of you don't know this, but I am writing not one, but TWO books right now, holding down a survival job, dreaming up ideas for videos, blog radio, more teas and oils, beauty potions, kitchen goodies...this list is endless.

And when I get overwhelmed, you're there. You cheer me on.

I'm getting super emotional right now,

so,

I'll just wish you all the most incredible day,

and blow you kisses,

and thank my lucky stars we've found each other.

I love you.

xxx Alise



Roman Holiday

As I walked along,

my heels clicking on the stone

and all the twinkle lights danced

to the sounds of the street musicians,

the balmy breeze on a sultry night,

his hand in mine,

brought me back

to a beautiful city-

Won't you come there with me for a little while?

Close your eyes.

Twirl with me in the piazza,

toss coins into the fountain,

and make a wish.

I'd love a gelato,

wouldn't you?

But they're full of cream, you say.

Yes, that's true.

So come to my place.

I have something wonderful.

And the peaches are in season,

if you catch my drift...

Oh, si bella! Grazie! you say.

The granita was born in Sicily many moons ago, and migrated out of pure fabulousness into other area of Italy. It's an incredibly easy and sexy alternative to other frozen treats, elegant in it's jeweled beauty, and so full of life! 

Try this right now.

But be warned-

you'll fall permanently under the spell

of this notoriously charming Italian...

Peach Prosecco Granita

  • 1.5 lbs. fresh organic peaches, chopped
  • 1/2 C dry prosecco, cava, or champagne
  • 3 Tbsp. raw coconut nectar 

Just put it all in a blender, baby. Pour it into a baking pan, cover, and freeze for at least three hours. When you're ready, take it out and run the tongs of a fork along the surface, so it looks fluffy and icy.

Now spoon it into gorgeous glasses, turn up the Henry Mancini, and saunter onto the terrace...

You can try this with really any fruit and liquid pairing that appeals to you, and you can certainly omit the bubbly in favor of a tea or pure water. I crossed borders here and added a teeny little dash of St. Germain, just because I adore it.

This recipe serves two, so double, or triple, for guests. Just be sure to serve it immediately after you've put it into glasses, as it will melt somewhat quickly, and you want it to look like beautiful little resin crystals when you eat it.

By the way, this particular recipe makes a fantastic spiked smoothie.

Vi auguro una splendida notte, i miei amori!

Ciao,

Alise

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The May Pole Dance

The glorious blossoming of Spring eroticism...

Could there be a better holiday?

Beltane.

The ancient festival held on May 1st, honoring sensual pleasure and the incredible creative energies of the Earth and all her creatures, is all about pleasing and praising the body.

Isn't that just the best?

With or without a lover, now is the time for honoring our gorgeous selves, and connecting with nature in the most pleasing ways...

Adorning yourself with sweet blossoms is a purrfect way to begin. 

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Image by VK-Red

What makes you feel really sexy and alive?

How about a saucy twist on the traditional Maypole...

A pole dance class may seem intimidating, but let me tell you it is incredibly empowering...when you can flip your legs over your head, the upper body strength alone will make you feel like Catwoman.

Wanna really peel away the old selves? Try a burlesque class. Trust me. I had the time of my life with Michelle L'Amour in San Francisco a few moons ago...everyone in the class did. If you're near a major city, look up performers who teach. You will be SO glad you did. (If you happen to be in NYC this month, check out Veronica Varlow's Spellbinding Burlesque class. It's going to be sublime. I'll be there, so get some friends together and dance with us! )  If you live in a far-off magical land, browse the web for videos and online classes. And definitely  delve into Kitty Cavalier's jewel box of a website...she knows just what you need to get your goddess mojo in gear...

And don't forget your lair. This would be just the time to lust up the den. Again, it's for YOU. With whom you share it, or not, is nobody's business. Candles, flowers, incense, new sheets, a gorgeous picture book to flip through while you daydream...

And, of course, La Cucina.

Your kitchen altar would wildly appreciate some fragrant fresh herbs and flowers...she just wanted you to know...

Which reminds me.

Food is sexy.

How about a voluptuous little cake, in the traditional festival style, but without all the pointless ingredients that sap you? I want you to be glowing and impossibly beautiful, blooming with great energy, when you cast your spell...

Strawberry Oat Cakes 

  • 2 C gluten-free organic oat flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Celtic or Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Madagascar or Tahitian vanilla powder
  • 20 drops liquid stevia (vanilla or almond)
  • 1/4 C organic raw coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 C almond or coconut milk
  • 1 jar sugar free, organic, fruit-only strawberry preserves

Preheat your oven to 350F. Use a little olive oil on a paper towel to lubricate (ahem) two muffin tins.

The real flavor secret here is in the vanilla powder. I use this one:

The warm, earthy-sweet vanilla spell it casts is world's apart from a traditional extract, and so much easier than dissecting a vanilla bean. I use it everything now...shakes, power balls, coffee...mmmmm!

If you can't find the oat flour, you can buy gluten-free oats in bulk, and blast them in your food processor or blender. Just combine all the ingredients except the preserves in a large bowl, and whisk until everything is well acquainted. The mixture will be a little sticky and oaty. 

Get in with your hands, and press spoonfuls of the mixture into the bottoms of the muffin tins. Keep them even. Now top each with a dollop of the preserves. You can give it as much as you like, but try to spread the preserves in the center, as when they bake it will spread to the sides and down, depending on how much you use. I like them gooey, so I use a little extra.

Bake for about 20 minutes. I overdid mine a little, so they were a bit crumbly, but sooo good...

The vanilla cake is heavenly, and the sticky topping just begs to be licked off fingers.

Revel in your beautiful selves, My Pretties. 

Bask in the joy and sensuality of the season...

I adore you.

xxx Alise

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Friday's Child: Gifts of Awesomeness

You guys.

I really love you.

You made my birthday f**king fabulous.

You gave me love and good wishes, sweet messages and brilliant emails, made me laugh and smile...

And you sent me PRESENTS!!!

This arrived a few days early, from my beloved Kali. She's a sister from way back. And she knows me like, well, a book.

Tucked inside its worn pages were secrets only she could send. 

And a note.

She said the damsel on the cover looked like me, even down to the "Moroccan dudes in the background."

I love this girl.


The next day, my man came in from a day of recording with a tiny confection wrapped in layers of pink tissue and ribbons. My dearest Beth had sent it home with him for me.

It's Femlin, the party joke girl from the back of vintage Playboy's! (Also someone I wanted to be when I grew up, which I can tell you now that you know of my obsession with that iconic magazine).

How cool is this?

Beth, you seriously get it. You are amazing.


As if that weren't enough...

Day of, Girlcat was presented this gorgeous bauble,

My darling fireball Emma made this cosmic ring of glitterspheres with her own delicate hands!

There's an "A" and a flower. 

How did I get so lucky?

All these Goddesses around me.

And one Satyr from another life...

This number was sent by the ghost of Brian Jones himself.

Thanks, baby.


Best gift of all?

Time spent with this one.

You got my heart...

xxx Alise

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