Greening – New Packaging!

I’m so grateful for returning clients here at Love HeadquartersThank you!

If you’ve purchased from me before, you may notice something different with your next order. Namely, I’ve eliminated boxes from my packaging and upgraded to a less disposable pouch.

There are two main reasons for this; this makes shipping multiple mala in one box much easier (and I promise just as safe for your precious new mala), and more important to me – it’s just a lot less wasteful.

I love receiving packages, whether they contain sparkling jewels, precious oils, or even once a fern! At the same time, my heart breaks when I throw away packaging, plastic or paper, it’s just so wasteful. I’m committed to reducing my impact as much as possible.

Right now this means that I don’t want to provide bulky boxes to people, I’ve heard from too many that they throw the box away. Instead, I’d rather provide a pouch that your piece can live in or can be repurposed or used as gift wrap. I hope you do find use for these pouches!

To begin I am experimenting with fabric and color and will be landing on a signature style soon enough. I always welcome your thoughts and feedback! Leave me a comment or email elizabeth [at] love-by-e.com!

recently, i’m obsessed with ferns

My boyfriend woke up and turned to me, "What's wrong?"

"Nothing baby?" I always wake up before him.

"You're just staring at the walls."

"Ohhhhhh, I'm sorry. I'm staring at my plants."

Ferns, actually. I was blissfully and loving staring off into the fronds of my fern collection. I do that a lot these days. It happened slowly, and then all at once. Thrilled to be living alone again after a decade of roommates, I picked out a couple of geraniums at my Mother's suggestion and she gifted them to me.

It took about a year for them to bloom again, and in that time they taught me so much that I didn't even realize I had wanted to learn. I fell in love with green leaves in my apartment. I caught the plant lady bug.

I happened to see a post one day on Catland's instagram page about a witching herb sale. This baby Lemon Button Fern (or fishbone fern) was my one non-herb purchase. It just charmed me.

And as I sank into loving plants, I really jumped into loving ferns.

Ferns have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, I think that's incredible. They grow in lovely curves and arches and they remind me of how joyful it can be just to follow the path and allow it to take me up and down without worry.

I find myself spontaneously meditating with my plants. I sit in front of them breathing and think of the exchange happening.

Caregiver and air cleaner, teacher and student, carbon dioxide and oxygen, them and me. It feels soothing. I'm so pleased to have welcomed my new house plants, and I continue to do my best to care for them.

So far I have learned that I will always tend to overwater. Just as I tend to be overly attentive (sometimes to a point of detriment) in any other area. I mist daily and water every 3-4 days, although I'm trying to cut that back to 5 to see if they are happier this way. Every plant and situation is unique, I do as much reading as I can but I also find I must sit and observe each plant each day and see if they are happy with their environment.

I may lose one or two along the way, but so far we are all growing together in good health. It's wonderful to be able to learn and observe earth right in my apartment and I look forward to growth as an apartment gardener.

How do you bring nature into your living space? What benefits have you noticed? I'd love to hear from you!


Happy Birthday Love by E!

Today is a special day to me every year, it feels personal but it also reminds me of so many special people besides myself who make my business possible and who support me in all of my endeavors.

I’ve been quiet lately on this site, but it’s not for any lack of love for this business. The past year has been one of the most important in my life so far and there have been so many transitions and transformations in my life and in my work, it has required deep introspection and some quiet. I’ve had to conserve my energy and my words and even now I’m in the midst of some of this very personal work.

When I moved back to Brooklyn in February of 2017 I had a very careful plan that allowed me to feel safe making this move. In essence, I would change some things about my life that I knew would make me much happier, and I would still play it safe by keeping my life as a yoga teacher the same. The hard truth is that I wasn’t happy with my work life when I made this choice but  I felt safe and I thought that was more important.

As I said, Love by E’s birthday is an important day for me that represents my own independence, my strengths as a craftswoman, this day reminds me of my ability to sustain myself. Last year on this day, after feeling pushed, I made a sudden change to my teaching schedule and sacrificed the safety that I had in the hopes of something better.

This year was one of the hardest. Love by E, my beautiful growing business did carry me through some dark moments. So did an incredible support network of family and friends, my very special man, and several new communities that I’ve been privileged to join since returning home.

I feel stronger than ever before, and also finally stable again, as much as any yoga teacher and jewelry maker ever does. I’m so so grateful for the students that engage with me in private yoga and are making amazing transformations in front of my eyes. I’m thankful for Stamford Yoga, Tangerine Hot Power Yoga and WOOM Center for welcoming me into your spaces so warmly this year. I remain in awe of Love by E, and every single order that comes in. Especially to repeat Lovers who come back and purchase again and again. Thank you all so much.

Love by E will face some changes in its fourth year. I will not be releasing another Inspired Collection, unfortunately these collections are expensive to release and as so much of my work is custom or one of a kind pieces, the Inspired Collection often comes at a  cost to Love and I’ve decided to let it go. I adore working with inspiring women and donating to worthy causes. I will certainly be exploring new ways to do both and can’t wait to show you what I come up with!

In the coming months I’ll be releasing many one of a kind mala and gemstone jewelry. I’m also in the midst of designing the next Spiritual Threads collection of hand dyed jewelry. As usual I’ll be available for custom work and love collaborating with you to make your perfect mala.

Finally, as a thank you and as my annual tradition, save 25% on all orders placed through May 3rd with coupon code happybirthday (coupon expires at midnight on May 4th).

Thank you Lovers, I am a lucky woman and I owe it to you!

new moon january 2018

Tuesday offers another New Moon, a cycle beginning. This one is in Capricorn, which is the energy of a boss bitch who will get in your face if you try to resist her way. So, be steady, and be the boss this month. Set your goals and see your future, then go after it. Be gentle on yourself and the people you love, you might feel unsettled right now, just chill out and do something that makes you feel accomplished and happy while you settle down again.

Do yoga that makes you feel steady, standing poses and twists, it can be a good time for binds that will give you structure to work with. Practice Pranayama and Restorative Yoga to stay fully charged so you can accomplish great things during this achievement driven Capricorn time. Prioritize yourself and you will feel important and strong.

Keep Citrine or Pyrite close this month for motivation and cultivating your inner power. Use Hematite or Agate for extra strength and grounding if you need it. Perform an intention setting ritual on Tuesday, take a nice bath, be quiet and receptive even if only for 30 minutes, set a little time apart for yourself.

I get much of my astrological information from my incredible Aunt, Lauren Coleman, who is so wise and has a wonderful way of writing. Check out her post on this New Moon in Capricorn here for more on what this New Moon means.

Keep loving yourself and sending love to the world. We all need it.

xoxo

E

Endings and Beginnings

I may be a couple of days late, but it still feels like New Year’s over here (plus I’ve got the snow blowing outside of my apartment, telling me to get this out to all of you). New Year’s is a beginning, it offers us a chance to reflect, and of course to think of what we’d like to achieve and manifest in the year to come. I am a pretty driven person, like a lot of people I know in New York City and its surrounding areas. Often, I’m focused on where I’m going, what I want, how to get there; when I spend my time focusing so much on what’s ahead it can feel like a lot of pressure. When we are always looking so far forward there’s no sense of satisfaction, our work is never done, like a hamster on a wheel.

This year’s New Year’s Day started us off with a Full Moon. A chance to see what’s behind us as well as what’s ahead. One of the things I’ve been practicing this last month is appreciation. Appreciating myself as much as I appreciate the incredible people in my life. Appreciating my efforts and the energy I put forth. It’s been changing my neurology in the best way. Helping me slow down and giving me some new perspective. I highly recommend doing this for yourself. Be proud of your hard work. It doesn’t matter if you see now that you could have done something better or differently, or even if the whole thing turned out to be a mess. Appreciate the fact that you tried and that you worked at something and learn from it all. This is how we level up and become our best selves. A lack of mistakes is also a lack of growth.

When I look back at the year behind me, I see a lot of incredible things. In 2017 I moved back to Brooklyn, a place that had felt like home for a long time and that I missed dearly. I moved back here to be closer to my teachers and to meet new ones, and I have. My community is amazing, both in New York City and Connecticut and I’m so grateful to have found a way to stay close to the people I really love in CT while feeding my own soul in NY. To everyone that has made this transition possible for me, I am so grateful, thank you.

The year to come looks incredible. I’m offering workshops in several new places, returning to one big and exciting event, booking some awesome vendor engagements, and starting relationships with some very special new studios as well as continuing onward at the amazing Stamford Yoga Center and Tangerine Hot Power Yoga, both of these spaces have treated me incredibly well this year. I feel very lucky, and very proud at everything I’ve worked so hard to build. I am really looking forward to seeing the seeds of the last year blossom in 2018.

I hope each of you feels the same. Full of pride for yourself, it really is time for a fresh start and to stop beating yourself up for the same things all the time. (By the way, that loop of beating yourself up is probably what’s got you repeating that pattern anyway!) Know that I am grateful for you, your presence here, your eyes and your hearts and every order and every time you’ve taken a class or a workshop or anything at all. Thank you all.

Happy New Year!

E

Black Friday Weekend is Almost Here!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner (less than a week, are you kidding 2017?)! That means Black Friday is almost here, too. I love Black Friday because it means I get to say “thank you!” to the amazing community who supports Love by E. (Psst….that means you!)

This Black Friday Weekend Save 20% on All Order PLUS FREE SHIPPING

AND

Any Order of $250 or more receives a FREE Mini Mala (21 Beads, Adjustable Closure)

Use Code :: thanks2017 at checkout to receive your discount! Mini Malas are added automatically to qualifying orders.

What I didn’t know three years ago.

Three years ago I didn’t know what it felt like to sell something I created with my hands.

I didn’t know that I was lost when I wasn’t making something beautiful.

I didn’t know that I was scared, sad, alone. I didn’t.

I didn’t know that people admired me.

I didn’t know that I could create something for someone I didn’t know and that it would be incredibly meaningful to them.

I didn’t know the incredible feeling of building a business from scratch. The feeling of clawing and scraping without any clue of what to do.

I didn’t know what it would feel like to figure it out one piece at a time and to find the right people who could guide me.

I didn’t know the fucking amazing feeling of watching it grow. Knowing it’s growing on my back and my blood, sweat and tears – And not only that, but feeling it must also have its own life and heart.

I didn’t know, and couldn’t have imagined, the path and the opportunities that would arise.

I didn’t know how much I loved working with yoga and meditation studios to create a piece specifically for their communities. (Seriously, that is one of my favorite things!)

I certainly didn’t know that strangers would start recognizing me because of my mala and tell me that they owned one of my pieces. (WOW!)

I didn’t know that I was as powerful and creative and intuitive as I am. I went to art school and I somehow forgot I am an artist.

Love by E gave me all of these things and so much more.

This beautiful business of mine, which I am so proud of, has taught me so much about myself and about this world; how lovely it is and how special it is to connect with each other through creative expression.

Three years ago, on May 1, 2014, when I launched my website and Stranded, a collection of 9 malas, I thought I was giving something a try. I thought I was going to sell a couple of mala a month for students or friends. I thought I would try, but I thought I might fail.

I didn’t know.

Three years later and Love by E is still a baby business. And I can’t wait to see where it grows, and where I grow in the years to come. I am grateful every single day for the privilege of this work. My work both as a yoga teacher for the last 11 years and this new layer of my being. I am so grateful for the space that allows me to be me.

I am especially grateful to every one of you who supports Love by E, and thus supports me! Whether you’ve bought from me many times before or you are just wandering onto this site for the first time, your presence and your energy contribute and I could not do this without you.

With a deep bow and my utmost respect, Thank you.

Love,
E

I’m still Inspired!

The Inspired Collection was one of the greatest ideas I’ve brought to Love by E. It’s a way for me to honor strong women, the women who keep me going in one way or another when I need to be uplifted; sometimes when I need to be straight carried through.

In 2015 I launched Inspired with malas codesigned with 9 teachers who were mentors and role models to me as a Yogi. Many of you reading this may have discovered me through one of these wonderful women who mean so much to me. The first Inspired Collection was a huge success!

Next month I am relaunching Inspired with some of these mentors as well as many new amazing women that I just can’t WAIT to introduce you to. Each has come up with a sweet and thoughtful mala with me, and in a few weeks I’ll be showing you what I’m up to! Make sure you’re on my email list if you want to be the first to know!

In the meantime… There are only three designs still in stock from the first Inspired Collection! These are actually some of the best selling pieces, the Purpose Mala, the Connection Mala, and the Earth Three Quarter Mala. I simply happen to have a few supplies left for these! There are only one or two of each design, and they are deeply discounted while they last. See these beauties and purchase here.

And take a moment to comment below and tell me who or what you are inspired by!!

So much love,

E


ritual for the new moon

Ritual has been a part of my life for a long time. As curious middle schoolers, my friends and I blessed wood with milk and honey. In high school I began meditation as ritual. The practice felt special and secret to me for a long time. The repetition of mantra, and focus, became a soothing source of familiarity.

I find my life now includes many rituals and practices that keep me feeling close to my own intentions, dreams, and commitments. I believe that anything we do can become a sacred ritual, when we do it with our full attention. I also experience the power of spending a few minutes (or perhaps more than a few) creating a special atmosphere, consciously setting intention, and sitting for contemplative meditation. When I plan a ritual, I draw from the many influences in my own education; paganism, astrology, crystal healing, aromatherapy, yoga, buddhism and intuitive reading. When I create a ritual for another, I seek to blend my own experience and education with theirs. Through conversation and collaboration we create something that feels authentic and meaningful to that person.

If you are new to the idea of performing rituals, a great way to start (in the comfort of your own home) is with the Lunar Cycles. In simple terms, the Full Moon is a time to release and let go. A good time to practice anything that feels clearing to you. The New Moon is a time for building, manifesting, creating. The perfect time to set an intention for the cycle to come.

Ritual for Intention Setting on a New Moon

Here I’m including a simple ritual you can do for the New Moon (the next is March 27, 2017) ::

  1. Gather items :: white candle, crystal quartz, inspiration cards, mala beads, blank paper and pen, sage, dish for burning paper, lighter or matches, lavender oil*
  2. Set the Tone :: Tidy the room that you plan to be in, you can also choose to be outside in a safe and quiet space, indoors is fine too! When possible, choose a place with a good view of the night sky.
  3. Build your Altar :: Arrange your objects in front of you in a pleasing way. The crystal quartz should be at the center of your arrangement, you don’t want to have to leave your ritual once you begin to grab anything, you also don’t want anything extra in your space while practicing.
  4. Begin :: Light your sage and use it to draw a circle around yourself and the area of your altar, you can walk three times around the perimeter or use your arm to circle it depending on the size of your space.
  5. Anoint :: Use the lavender oil on your pulse points (neck and wrists). Hold your hands in front of your face and take 5 deep breaths
  6. Manifest :: Write your intention for this lunar cycle on your piece of paper, it could be one word or many, write from your heart and you will know what to say.
  7. Initiate :: Light the white candle. Use the white candle to light your paper (with intention) on fire and burn it in your fire-safe dish.
  8. Meditate :: Sit comfortably with a soft gaze on the flame of the candle. Breathe deeply, stay connected to your breath while repeating your intention to yourself in your mind. You might contemplate all of the ways you can manifest this intention in all of the areas of your life. Visualize yourself living this way and what it feels like. Stay with your deep breath. Sit for at least 7 minutes, feel free to sit longer.
  9. Closure :: Use your sage stick to circle your space three times once again. Blow out the candle. Clean up your ritual with attention and kindness while drinking a glass of water.

*Essential Oils and Crystals can be substituted based on specific intentions. All of these steps and supplies are also optional. Anything that doesn’t feel authentic to you can be removed or replaced. Anything that feels meaningful to you can be added.

Have you performed this or another New Moon Ritual? Would you like help personalizing this ritual for yourself?

Comment below or reach out at elizabeth@love-by-e.com

Much love!

E

What does it mean when a mala breaks?

If you have ever had a treasured mala, the chances are very high that you’ve also had a mala break. Knotted silk is quite strong, but is still at the end of the day, thread, which is vulnerable. I’ve always thought the vulnerability of fiber art is what makes it so beautiful. Thread is delicate, but woven and knotted it can become much stronger. Still, the sharp edges of the beads over time will wear thin spots into the silk and eventually, all mala will break if they are worn and used. So, what does it mean when a mala breaks?

Traditionally, it is said that when a mala breaks it means you have completed a cycle in your life. The energy of that stone, that mantra, that particular mala is no longer necessary. Traditionally, you should actually let go of your mala at this time and find a new one for your next cycle. That idea is heartbreaking to some, and I totally get it, some mala are precious to us and we never want to let them go.

Personally, if one of my own mala breaks, I usually redesign it and create another similar but new piece from the old one. Some of my clients prefer to have their pieces restrung exactly the same. In this case, it’s recommended that one or two beads be swapped out in order to create a subtle difference in the mala.

What happens if your Love by E mala breaks? Well, if it’s been less than a year since you purchased it, I will restring it for you for free! I’ll swap out one or two beads of the same material when possible. If you want to redesign and restring, there is a small fee for design time and any new materials. If it’s been more than a year since you have purchased your mala, I am happy to restring it for a repair fee.

Tassels and pendants are not covered under this guarantee, but can be repaired for a small fee as necessary (the cost of repairs depends on what’s necessary to repair the piece as well as cost of materials where applicable.)

In any case, reach out to me directly at elizabeth@love-by-e.com if any of your mala need to be restrung, redesigned or invigorated with new life.

And here is to the next phase of your journey.

Much love

Elizabeth