Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pay it Forward

So...today for lunch as we pull up to the drive through window and they proceed to tell us that the order was already taken care of by the gentleman in front of us. I've heard of these random acts of kindness or paying it forward is what some call it... through facebook or in those forward messages everyone sends out but you never think it will happen to you. It got us thinking....

Random acts of kindness are contagious and can cause a domino effect. What goes around comes around and no kind action ever stops within itself. One act of kindness leads to another and to another.  

All this world needs is people to show random acts of kindness more often. If were being honest....we get so busy in our day to day lives that as much as we've heard of this jester we have never taken the initiative ourselves. Today was that day... so we decided to pay for the cars order behind us. What have you done to start the domino effect?   

peace.love.feathers. ™

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Crystal Yoga Visions

Crystal Yoga Visions from The Feather Junkie on Vimeo.

The idea for this project came to me in a dream. I woke up the next morning and contacted Missy of Sparkle ૐm Yoga and Forrest of Healing Vortex Crystal Wraps and the magic started to fall into place.

I've known of these cosmic lovers from seeing them running in the same music scenes and believe it or not Missy was one of the very first feather junkies to get hair feathers from us at our first set up in Dallas....small world eh..?? One day Missy posted a IG photo of her doing some crazy yoga move with a crystal grid around her with one of her notorious inspirational sayings. Right then. Boom. Inspired! Incorporating crystals and yoga. Ingenious.

Many have asked about my yoga journey so now is the perfect time to tell my story.  I could go on and on for hours but Ill try and make it short and sweet. For those of you looking into yoga, I didn't go to my first class and automatically feel rejuvenated or moved. I attended my first class by accident and during the whole thing could not stop thinking what the * ..... my leg doesn't bend that way. I left and never went back....  months later I was hit with what is currently one of the hardest times of my life... something that I am still dealing with to this day... Because of the stress the situation caused I was recommended to get more exercise to help naturally ease the mind and body....based on the amount of stress I was incurring they said I should be working out an hour if not more everyday day instead of the just 3-4xs a week. I tried to go to the gym an hour everyday but honestly that put more stress on me if thats even possible.... and plus im more an outdoors person anyways or like to find my workouts hiking or doing something other than being a robot....then I thought back to the yoga class I went to and remembered the next morning I woke up feeling like I had a Gillian Micheals workout.... i was barefoot annddd there was no treadmill. Best workout eva. Done. And haven't looked back since.

Yoga is something that has opened me not only physically but mentally, spiritually and emotionally. I started yoga to help calm the stress but now I keep doing it for the peace and serenity it gives my mind, body and soul.... my body craves it. its crazy how moments of silence and meditation can speak to you and open up the doorway... It has helped my life fall into place and has mellowed me out in so many positive ways. I think is has to do with that within the hour you learn to listen to your body in the posses and your soul in the silence and appreciate your mind. In that reflection you see things differently....you see the light...not just in you but in others.

Many of you know the story and connection we have with feathers...if you missed that post you can read it here...but in the dream the silence opened and the spiritual connections between yoga, feathers and crystals were all interconnected into one being to create one light. When I woke I felt I had to share what I had experienced the best way I knew how. After taking with Missy and Forrest about my idea and her telling me about her future goals of wanting to incorporate crystals with yoga practice and me seeing first hand the delicate wire wrapping details Forrest uses to create the amazing crystal pieces he does... the feeling came over me of your at the right place at the right time. There was no better team to help bring this project to life. When we arrived, Forrest held out his hand and told Brittnee and I to pick a quartz. Really I can have it... he replied yeah we do it all the time...we even sometimes leave crystals around trees in town and hope people find them. Through their hazy eyes their souls smiled at me. There needs to be more people like Forrest and Missy in the world. Beautiful souls doing beautiful things.

The light in me acknowledges the light in you. Nameste.

Missy currently conducts private/small group + crystal yoga sessions. To find out more info and to read her journey check out her website. Ps- her home studio is located in Austin, TX and is pretty bad ass  + Follow her IG @sparkleomyoga for inspirational posts. Each crystal piece Forrest creates is one of a kind. Follow him on IG @forrest44 + FB as he posts photos of available pieces regularly. Contact him directly for custom requests.

Blessings to all // especially to those who are lucky enough to find one of their crystals around town or even the lucky one who found the one we left somewhere at one of the shoot locations ;) 

Photography/Direction: Ashley Featherston
Videographer/Assistant: Brittnee Lingo
Model: Missy Shaw // Sparkle ૐm Yoga
Crystal Jewelry/Grids/ + other pieces: Forrest Lee // Healing Vortex Crystal Wraps

photo of Forrest + Missy via Matty Vee

Featured items:
Purusha yoga clothing // Sugarhigh+Lovestoned jacket // You're a Natural XL + Original feather extensions // Put the Lime in the Coconut feather extensions // Love Ring 

peace.love.feathers. ™

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

How to Install your Feather Hair Extensions

We get so many questions on how to install our feather hair extensions. Is it easy?? Can I do myself? Of course you can! So just for you we created a new installation video... a complete and total do it yourself version! Shot and filmed from the view of YOU with step by step instructions on how you can install your feather extensions at home, tips on where to place them in your hair and tools you will need. 

If you haven't tried before they are super easy to install and now you will be able to better instruct yourself at home. Scouts its easy....we know guys that install their own feather extensions....so girls....if guys can do it...so can you! you got this!

Check out the website to better see what feather products are good for you.
You can also check out the video on Vimeo