Free desktop and phone wallpaper | May Happy Tech

May has arrived! May is always full of flowers and sunshine back home in Hawaii. Once it's the first of May, I can't help but go around with the "May day is lei day in Hawaii nei...." song stuck in my head and nobody here on the Mainland has a clue of what I'm talking about. Leis, of course, being flower necklaces!

So obviously, I'm missing the Hawaiian sun and flowers - especially on these cold, rainy, overcast first few days of May on the East coast (and me starting off the month with a bad head cold that I can't seem to shake grrrrrr). But spirits are high and anticipating warmer, sunnier weather soon!

Alright - reflection time. April was literally a blink for me, and then it was gone. But a lot happened in that short time! In terms of my personal and meditative life, I can sum up April with slight openness. Not yet full openness, but the intention is definitely there. Openness in the sense of opening my heart and senses. Opening myself up to new things and opportunities. Opening my head space and heart space to allow for energy to flow within and without me.

What are some of your self reflections upon the past month of April?

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Crystallography | 01. Moonstone

Welcome to my new series, Crystallography! When I was a kid, my dad would go on business trips a couple of times a year. Every time he would come back, he'd bring each of us kids a small gift - and he would always bring me back crystals (usually from the hotel gift shop). Ok, it's because I would ask him to, but still. This started my love of crystals, minerals, and stones. I was always into 'em. I connected with their energy and natural beauty and colors. And soon enough, collecting crystals became a hobby as a young kid.

Did you know that crystals are high vibrating? They are known to transmit, reflect, store light and receive energy. Ancient civilizations were known to utilize the healing power of crystals to release mental, physical and spiritual blockages, thus facilitating the free flow of energy throughout the body. There are so many different types of crystals, minerals, and stones and I love exploring them and their properties and meanings. I can literally fall into the deep, black hole that is Crystallography.

01. Moonstone

Moonstone, specifically Rainbow Moonstone, is all about the feminine energy. It draws energy from the moon, calms and encourages, teaching us the natural rhythms of life. It helps attune to the rhythmic energies of the moon, promoting inspiration and enhancing intuition. It is a stone of inner growth and strength. It provides protection, clearing the mind and senses, and aids in calming sleep. Because of it's feminine energy, it is also said to be a stone of fertility. It is associated with the Crown Chakra.

I thought it appropriate to kick off the series with Moonstone because of the Full Moon tonight! The moon represents the feminine, emotional, creative and nurturing aspects of our lives. In terms of cycles, the New Moon represents the beginning of a cycle, and the Full Moon represents the release. A Full Moon's energy is powerful and intense. It is the "high tide" of power, and amplifies your creativity. So release what does not serve you, and use this time to focus on taking action towards your goals - opening yourself up to opportunities!

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Photo of raw Rainbow Moonstone from Catching Wildflowers Etsy.
Top banner images:
Pressed flowers from The Mountain Rose Blog
Rose/Celestite/Quartz illustration and print from Lara May Meyerratken
All lettering by me.

Summer Wedding Wear | House of Fraser

I've got wedding vibes on my mind lately, as I prep for my best friend's wedding in June! Yeah, yeah, it's wedding season, but I'm really not big into attending weddings. However, this one I can handle. It's a very low key, small, and casual wedding. Big plus: it's on a beach in Hawaii. Bigger plus: the bride is my bestie, so exception granted.

I've been shopping around online lately to gather an outfit to wear to the wedding...and ah! I can't decide. I found the perfect jumpsuit AND dress (both found on House of Fraser) - and both suitable for a beachy Hawaii wedding. I created these looks for inspiration, but now...What to do? What to do?!

P.S. Speaking of wedding season, if you have any to attend this summer and need a dress asap, check out House of Fraser - they've got a ton of beautiful dresses for every occasion!

Which look are you leaning towards - jumpsuit or dress?
Do you have any weddings to attend this summer?

Shop Therapy | Lyst

I've been on the lookout for a new bag (or bags) to take me into Spring and Summer! This of course, led me to Lyst with the practicality of having such a large selection of bags from my fave designers all in one place!

Looking for an easy mini backpack? I love this one from Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn. How about an everyday tote? Check out this pretty taupe-ivory reversible tote from 7chi.

And duh, while I was there, I couldn't help but shop around! With my two new bags in mind, I put together a couple of Spring/Summer outfits to style them with.

What do you think? What is your Spring/Summer style?

Clean Living | Common Good

All-natural cleaning products make me SO happy. It's because not only do they work great, but I know all too well that gross, toxic smell and burning eyes and throat from chemical cleaners (i.e chores consisting of bathroom and household cleaning, and washing dishes as a kid). And ummm yeah, no kid should have to handle those toxic household cleaners! But I really didn't mind because as a life-long weirdo, I love to clean, and I've always loved to clean, even as a kid (I found washing dishes fascinating and something to perfect...for some strange reason). So finally being able to clean without putting gloves or a face mask on was like a parting of the seas moment. That, plus the benefit of having a naturally clean home that you can take long, deep, clean breaths in, and the added benefit of knowing that you didn't just pour a bunch of chemicals into our water supply.

I love everything about Common Good, their offices are even located near me in Brooklyn. Everything they make is with the people and the environment in mind. The minimal packaging is not only beautifully designed, but reusable and recyclable. And don't forget to check their website to see if there is a Refill Station near you! You'll be helping the planet even more by reusing and refilling your Common Good glass or plastic bottles and containers.

From the beginning, they've always listed their ingredients and what they're used for. All their formulations are:

  • 100% biodegradable
  • 100% pure essential oils used
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Cruelty free
  • Sustainably sourced
  • Phthalate and paraben free
  • Free from harsh chemicals, dyes, and strong fragrances

I tried out the All Purpose Cleaner (Tea Tree). I took it quite literally and went crazy cleaning everything - shelves, ledges, windows, countertops, tables, mirrors, refrigerator doors... It's pretty amazing. And makes your home smell refreshing, clean and crisp without being overpowering.

I really have to take a moment to rave about the Lavender Linen Water. I'm pretty sensitive to scents and fragrances, and would never really consider spraying my comforter with anything before sleeping, as I wouldn't want the smell to irritate me. But I gave it a shot, and the natural, light lavender essential oil scent was so comforting and soothing! All you need is a light spray. Also good for freshening up a stuffy room, or use on clothing to reduce wrinkles!

Lastly, I love the Common Good Dish Soap (Bergamot) in glass container! The bergamot scent is perfect for the kitchen and the glass container quickly adds a touch of pretty sophistication to your kitchen sink. I have a couple of refill stations near me, so I can't wait to reuse these bottles when I run out!

Check out Common Good online or in stores. You can also now find them at select Target stores for the Spring Wellness Mini Seasonal Event through April - email them (info@commongoodandco.co) for store locations.

All photos taken by me for Common Good.

Favorites | Sudio wireless earphones

Does anyone else have the same problem where your earphones get yanked out of your ears at least once during a workout session? And then it disconnects from your phone, in which your phone clangs through the machine all the way down to the ground, and then you gotta get off your machine to go grab it...ugh, so annoying.

BUT THEN, you come across Bluetooth earphones...say whaaat?! Yeah, definitely futuristic for me, but then again, I'm behind most of the time when it comes to techie stuff (hey, you guys do know that I literally just upgraded to the iPhone 6). Anyway, these Vasa blå earphones from Sudio are so cool and so pretty - I love love love the touch of rose gold with the white cord! These earphones give you wireless freedom, while being able to connect to any Bluetooth device. Also, when paired with your phone, you are able to take calls with its built-in microphone, and control your phone with the remote!

Sudio is located in Stockholm, Sweden. They also have a really funny story of how the company name "Sudio" came about (p.s. it involves Phil Collins, and you'll probably finish the story having that song stuck in your head all day). There are four different and beautifully crafted Sudio earphones styles to choose from:

  1. Klang works best for iPhone (but also works on Android) and has one cord longer than the other (the longer one goes behind your neck for the stay-in-ear function).
  2. Två features one button only to fit all devices and with two long cords.
  3. Vasa is a new release with a new sound driver as well as wider color selection. It also comes with a full–feature 3-button remote and mic for either Android or iOS. The cords are the same length.
  4. Vasa blå is the newest release from Sudio. It is the world’s lightest wireless and comfortable earphones with Bluetooth technology. It has the same characteristics, os design, and sound of the Vasa but with the independency of the wireless technology.

Choose your favorite pair of earphones and receive 15% OFF with code: COCOANDMINGO

Top two photos by me for Sudio Sweden earphones.