Monthly Archives: July 2017

Go barefoot and relieve your lower joints

Wanted to let you know this important datum.

We are accustomed to walking all day with our shoes on. Any type of shoe or sandal or flip flop or sneaker is limiting the movement of your feet.

We are not aware of this fact, and no doctor or teacher or parent made us check this out, but your shoes may be placing a larger load on your joints than you think. A study that evaluated gait and lower extremity joint loads in 75 participants revealed that peak joint loads in the hips and knees decreased significantly when they walked barefoot compared to when they walked with their shoes on. Stride,

A bigger load of weight on the leg joints is very important and, per studies, contributes to health problems. All researchers definitely are against high heels and prefer walking barefoot.

A study that evaluated gait and lower extremity joint loads in 75 participants revealed that peak joint loads in the hips and knees decreased significantly when they walked barefoot compared to when they walked with their shoes on. Stride,

The stride (to move with or as if with long steps), the cadence, (a rhythmic sequence or flow) and range of motion at the lower extremity joints also changed significantly.

So go barefoot as much as you can.

May we suggest that while you take care of your feet and legs, that you do it in style?

The Meaning of Life

Fuji is 14 years old (98 man years) and as such he sometimes takes a pause and ponders about the meaning of life.

But being a very smart and practical dog (he is a Portuguese hunting dog that never had to hunt…) he just shakes his head after a few minutes and goes to the kitchen to check if the next meal is ready.

We love you!


Summer without a romance

It is summer. The hay has already been mowed and [packed into tight cubes and placed on each other waiting for the lorries to pick them up and feed the cattle.

It is a beautiful sight, but the romance evaporated.

Once the hay was collected by hand and built into haystacks. These haystacks were a sought out place by lovers to be together in nature without being seen. You can not possibly make out in these modern hay cubes now, can you?

Old traditional Russian haystack. Romantic. isn’t it?


My love for purple

The summer is here. There are so many purple flowers trees in full blossom.

I love purple. Wikipedia says: “According to surveys In Europe and the U.S., purple is the color most often associated with royalty, magic, mystery, and piety.  When combined with pink, it is associated with eroticism, femininity, and seduction”.  WOW, I did not know this one!

Anyhow this color is also the color of our Soul by Solange logo

And so, there is no surprise, when my husband stopped the car and posed me near one of these awesome purple trees.The result is up there. Tell me, is that pretty?


Color of 2017?

We just love this color and we use it now extensively in our creation process.


From …

Turquoise is perhaps the oldest stone in man’s history, the talisman of kings, shamans, and warriors. It is a stone of protection, strong and opaque, yet soothing to the touch, healing to the eye, as if carved from an azure heaven and slipped to earth. Its unique shade of blue, often blue-green, lends it name, Turquoise, to all things of this tranquil hue. The delicate veining or mottled webbing in cream or brown is inherent to the stone and serves to enhance its character.

The name Turquoise is derived from the French, pierre turquoise, meaning “Turkish stone,” because the trade routes that brought Turquoise to Europe from the mines in central Asia went through Turkey, and Venetian merchants often purchased the stone in Turkish bazaars.

For thousands of years, Turquoise has spanned all cultures, prized as a symbol of wisdom, nobility and the power of immortality. Among the Ancient Egyptians, Persians and Chinese, Aztecs and Incas of South America, and Native North Americans, Turquoise was sacred in its adornment and for power, luck, and protection.

Turquoise beads dating back to 5000 B.C. have been found in Iraq, and the Egyptians were mining the stones in the Sinai in 3200 B.C.  The death mask of Tutankhamun was studded with Turquoise, as were the mosaic masks dedicated to the gods, the fabulous inlaid skulls, shields and power statues of Moctezuma, the last ruler of the Aztecs.

For nearly a thousand years, Native Americans have mined and fashioned Turquoise, using it to guard their burial sites. Their gems have been found from Argentina to New Mexico. Indian priests wore it in ceremonies when calling upon the great spirit of the sky. Many honored Turquoise as the universal stone, believing their minds would become one with the universe when wearing it. Because of its ability to change colors, it was used in prophesy or divining. To the prehistoric Indian, Turquoise, worn on the body or used in ceremonies always signified the god of the sky alive in the earth.

Fascinating, isn’t it?