Honoring Our Mother Rita

 Earlier this month Lizanne and I lost our beloved mom, Rita. She passed away peacefully at home after a debilitating decline from dementia over the course of several years.

There is much to say about Mom’s “three acts” – first as a young TV star, model and student, then as a wife and family-centered mom, and finally, how she gracefully handled her illness. 

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10 Ways to Contribute to a Better World

Fifteen years ago Captain Liz Clark set off on the adventure of a lifetime on her 40-foot sailboat, Swell, leaving behind the familiarity of the Californian shore for the sake of finding a simpler life in harmony with the Earth. More than 20,000 nautical miles later, she remains a brave seafarer and surfer committed to a greener world, clean oceans, and a healthier planet.

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A celebrated artist by both Santa Barbara locals and by many in the global elite design community, Colette has had a 30 year career as an artist, creating murals and wall coverings as well as paintings, illustrations and drawings. She works in her flagship art atelier and gallery in downtown Santa Barbara, CA, where she creates and exhibits her work

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Waxing Poetic Ceramics x MudGirls Studios

We are thrilled to share our new Waxing Poetic Ceramics line, a handmade collection created in collaboration with MudGirls Studios, that gives back to women in need.

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Summer Style at The Shopkeepers

The Shopkeepers was born from the desire to reconnect us to what matters most: community, life filled with beauty, and objects crafted with sustainability and soul. Since 2017, when founders Patti Pagliei Simpson and husband John first opened its doors, the shop has been a proverbial round-up of makers, featuring an array of Santa Barbara’s best in local brands, fashion, art and gifts, including our own Waxing Poetic line.

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Small Cures

It is a rare occurrence when you meet someone who speaks directly to your heart the way you hope to have it seen, heard, spoken to.  This is author Della Hicks-Wilson, who, through her tender and transformational new poetry book, Small Cures - does just that. 

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Cultivating Calmness and Health

Lisa is a longtime friend of mine and is a foremost expert on the hidden benefits of Lymphatic health. A certified Lymphedema Therapist and lymphatic health activist for over 20 years, she also is about to publish her first book on the subject, The Book of Lymph, Self-care practices to Enhance Immunity, Health and Beauty

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Beauty Hunting

Our friend Jen, the no-bullshit communal retreat leader, coach and author of the best-selling, confessional memoir “On Being Human,” recently teamed up with her good friend, inspirational yoga, reiki and meditation joy-beam known as “Ace” (an acronym of her full name, and, well, the highest ranking card in the deck – no accident here!) to start their own podcast.

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When the Path Reveals Itself, Follow it

She’s the one who helped us see our own courage with her ground-breaking book Wild, and the one who delivers the radically empathetic advice we can really hear as Dear Sugar.  Beloved, bestselling author Cheryl Strayed shares her thoughts on partnering with Waxing Poetic on her bravery-bolstering give back collection for Outdoor Afro, and inspires us to examine who we really are, as we keep one foot in front of the other during these tumultuous times.

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Breast Cancer, Transformation, and Our Naked Hearts

It is breast cancer awareness month, which is usually is marked by lots of community fundraising efforts, runs, and action to support organizations and find a cure.  This pandemic year is different.

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Nourish Body & Soul With EarthTonics

Daron Hope at EarthTonics is a maker after our own hearts. Deeply connected to Mother Nature, healing and the products she creates, each formula of fresh, herbal ingredients is an alchemic conduit for holistic skincare. A return to nature’s definition of true beauty and self-care.

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We are the Forgers - An Evening of Giving and Receiving with Poet and Rock Legend Patti Smith

It was early March, when John and I met Patti Smith, when we did not have to distance ourselves, and we could hug one another and stand shoulder-to-shoulder. Given the threat of coronavirus, it feels like a world ago. We gathered in a beautiful black tent and Patti delivered us to ourselves as only she could do, through wildly-tamed, powerful and poetic spoken and sung words.

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Use Your Planets Wisely with Dr. Jennifer Freed

Dr. Jennifer Freed, the Santa Barbara based master Jungian psychological astrologer, whom I have known for over 10 years, has a profound and poetic new book, “Use Your Planets Wisely.” Jennifer is also the founder of AHA! (Attitude | Harmony | Achievement), a program for underserved and at-risk youth, and a frequent contributor to Goop.

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Synchronicities & the Inner Compass with Elizabeth Gilbert

The idea for the “Inner Compass” collection came to me by following my own, and then a meaningful coincidence happened, after I read a post by Liz Gilbert, whom I was about to meet for the first time.

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Save the Elephants

All Elephants deserve our respect, wonder, love, and when necessary, our protection. Historically, humans haven’t done so well in this regard. Elephants worldwide are in trouble because of poaching, habitat fragmentation and other human actions.

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What the World Needs Now with Bridget Fonger and Jen Pastiloff

We recently held an event at our flagship store, The Shopkeepers in Santa Barbara, welcoming acclaimed authors Bridget Fonger (Superhero of Love) and Jen Pastiloff (On Being Human) into conversation.

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Beauty of Change with Everviolet

I got a chance introduction to Keira Kotler, the founder of Everviolet, through my friend Nicole, who shared her story with me and said “you will LOVE Keira and what she is up to!”

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