Always on the hunt for the fun, fresh, & fabulous, here's what we're lovin' lately!
Roy Swimwear: We’re all about supporting the local businesses of our little island! And when it’s as cute as Roy Swim, it’s not hard to show our love! Roy bikinis are handmade on the island by Martha’s Vineyard native Liane and are fabulous for gals of shapes and sizes! The patterns and styles are super unique and will have you standing out from the beach full of basic black ‘kinis!
Meghan Currie’s “Air Your Heart Out” Yoga Program via Cody App: Meghan explains, “this series focuses on using heart-opening postures as a way to air out the hurts and fears that have been collected over the course of one’s life. Lots of emotions can bubble up for people when working on heart-openers, and this series aims to soften, soothe and melt away any barriers that restrict you.” To us, this workout has helped us to relax amongst the excitement of taking Not Your Sugar Mamas to the next level - update coming soon! It’s a great way to remember to JUST BREATHE. Check it out here.
DIY Charcoal Soap: Adding charcoal to your beauty routine is the all the rage. Activated Charcoal is detoxifying and exfoliating and won’t dry out your skin. We experimented with this super easy-to-make DIY charcoal soap recipe and absolutely loved the results! We’re keeping this recipe on the back burner for when the holidays roll around; wrap a bar in a bit of tulle with a ribbon and a sprig of dried lavender and you have a simple yet wonderful gift idea!
Inspirational Podcasts: The 6 o’clock news can be a pretty negative place these days. Luckily, more than ever before, we have the power to curate the content we choose to listen to. At Not Your Sugar Mamas, we are constantly striving for continuous personal growth, and we believe what we consume, whether food or thoughts, makes up who we are. We love this list of podcasts curated by Darling Magazine; it’s is a great place to start if you seeking to up the anty on inspiration and positivity in your life! Do you have any favorite podcasts we should check out?
To Make: Combine all ingredients except apple cider vinegar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Once a simmer is reached, lower heat and continue to simmer for an additional 10 mins. Remove from heat and let cool. Pour mixture into a quart-sized glass jar and add 1 C of cider vinegar. Shake and let sit at room temperature for 2 days. To use, simply strain the mixture and enjoy!
We are opening up in Edgartown this weekend in honor of Pink & Green weekend and Mother's Day. We've teamed up with our pals, Stefanie Wolf, of Stefanie Wolf Designs, and Emily Coulter of Morrice Florist to make Mom an island handmade Mother's Day Gift! We will be giving away one of these beauties on Sunday, Mother's Day. They will also be available for sale - just $60 (twenty percent off retail value) at our shop. Just come and visit either one of our shops (Not Your Sugar Mamas - Edgartown, or Stefanie Wolf Designs) for a chance to win the giveaway!
The giveaway includes Not Your Sugar Mamas BE KOOKIE chocolate chip cookies, and your choice of chocolate bar, a tile bracelet from Stefanie Wolf Designs and a bouquet of flowers & vase from Morrice Florist. Enter to win by stopping by either NYSM Edgartown or Stefanie Wolf Designs. No Purchase Necessary. Names will be draw on Sunday around noon! Retail Value is $80! (We will also be selling these gift sets for $60, 25% off retail value)
Stefanie Wolf, has just moved her operation to Edgartown too, so we are so excited to be neighbors! Her tile bracelet's are one of her signature pieces, and this bracelet pictured is called the "South Beach," and has fitting pink & green tiles - but you can choose any tile combination at her shop. Located just above Boucle (12 North Water Street), across from the Mad Martha's.
Emily Coulter, is a wedding planner/designer, is the new business owner of Morrice Florist in Vineyard Haven. She donated this beautiful pink and white bouquet, complete with this adorable "milk jar" vase that Mom can reuse over and over! We will also have these vases & bouquets available for purchase this weekend at our shop in Edgartown for $15.
And whats better? These two ladies are celebrating Mother's Day as well! Super moms to a lovely bunch of girls!
Chocolate + Jewelry + Flowers = perfect Mother's Day gift! Feel free to swing by our shops to mix and match your own creations this weekend too. Not Your Sugar Mamas will be sampling our chocolate (just in case you haven't tried it yet) and will have our NEW truffles out!
We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Edgartown (32 Winter Street, next to Humphrey's Bakery): Friday-Sunday 10-5. We will be open weekends in May and our full schedule, 7 days a week starts in June
Vineyard Haven (79 Beach Road, Unit 15): Opening this Wednesday, 10-5 and hours for the summer will be Monday - Saturday 10-5.
Many thanks in advance for your support of local, handmade, and women-owned businesses!
This is probably our favorite time of year. We tend to feel more creative during these quieter winter months because we have more time for self care and reflection. We have been taking long morning walks on the beach and playing with new recipes in our kitchen (like the white chocolate fudge pictured above—amazeballs). In order to keep ourselves on track and moving forward during this slower time of year we like to start off our week by doing what we call the “circle of life” exercise. We draw a circle and divide it into say 8 categories; Love, Creativity, Finances, Health, Family, Fun, Purpose, and Support for example. You can really use any categories you like but this is a good baseline. Then you judge each category on a scale from 1-10, so if you are feeling low in the “fun” category you would place a dot closer to the center of the circle, or on the outside of the circle if you feel like that is a strong point for you. So at the end you connect all your dots and sometimes it doesn’t look anything like a circle. Sometimes it looks like a shriveled up raisin or a pear maybe. But that’s great! Because now you can have something to focus on for that week. So last week my fun category was low so I chose to focus on that one. I began knitting, I planned a night out with friends, I took walks on my most favorite beaches and I went shopping one day. After a week of putting more energy into having fun now when I do that exercise fun is at a 10. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of effort to make great changes in our lives. It is such an empowering exercise because it puts the reins back in our hands and reminds us that we are in charge of our own lives and changing the things that might need a little tweaking. A little bit goes a long way. What do you guys do to feel empowered around your own lives?