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New Orleans Wellness Guide

I love New Orleans for its excess and indulgence. Its wildness will always intoxicate me, but it has so much more to offer to people who love to live and visit. Along with its boozy nights and famously rich food, New Orleans is a sanctuary and my home, a city full of natural wonder, spirituality, and a unique, ever-evolving wellness scene.

Many of you have reached out to me about my favorite wellness spots are in the city, and I’m excited to finally share some of them with you here. This list is based around my personal wellness practice. For me, wellness looks like making sure I move often, feed my body, and take time for rest and inspiration.

I hope you enjoy and reach out with your thoughts and feedback. What places am I missing? What do you want to see more of? How do you find balance in New Orleans?

Sweat

Places that get me moving. I love these places for their class variety (some offer sliding scale) and consistent, high quality instructors.

Restore

Where I go to take care of my physical body, from body work to aromatherapy and acupuncture.



Inspire 

My go-to sources for peace and creativity. I personally derive inspiration from nature, art, and ritual, and these are my favorites.

  • Audubon Park* visit the Tree of Life and the Fly
  • Bayou St. John*
  • City Park* - our favorite places are the chime tree & sculpture garden
  • Crescent City Conjure - hoodoo, witchcraft supplies & classes
  • The Dragonfly*° - poetry, performance & ritual space
  • Lafitte Greenway* - public green space, pedestrian and bike trail
  • The Mexican Witch° - tarot, spellwork, spiritual readings
  • Studio Be° - Bywater warehouse studio by local artist BMike
  • Tarot by JP° - tarot for all
  • Wisner Bike Path* - plus more biking and walking paths 

Beauty

Where I go to feel extra polished and adorned. These are thoughtful beauty specialists who prioritize clean products and holistic approaches.

Nourish

Healthy, flavorful eats and drinks that feel affordable and nourishing. All places on this list include plant-based options, with menus centered around fresh, whole food ingredients.

Heal

Resources for your mind and spirit. Please note: I have gathered this list from friends and resource lists and have not visited each of these service providers personally. It’s important that you feel safe and comfortable with your counselor.

* = free, donation-based, or sliding scale options
° = POC, woman, or queer-owned

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Night Cloud Elixir / A Delicious Detox

Night Cloud Elixir / A Cozy Detox for Cooler Days

Did you know the name for our newest Eau de Parfum Night Cloud began with an herbal elixir? Our launch last week has me thinking about my journey to Night Cloud, and I want to share with you the drink that started it all. With warm sesame milk, charcoal, lavender, and honey, Night Cloud Elixir is a detox that feels like a treat.

I first created the elixir last summer, when I was scheming up all sorts of herbal concoctions, from matcha to golden milk. I named it Night Cloud, and I told myself it would be the name of my next perfume. In many ways, the ingredients laid the foundation for the fragrance – dark, rich, and lavender based.

Lavender and reishi calm. Activated charcoal draws out toxins and can settle an upset stomach. Mineral-rich sesame milk contains healthy fats that feel fortifying on winter days.

I hope you love it. 

 

Night Cloud Elixir Recipe
Ingredients for 2 servings

16 oz. homemade black sesame milk*
1 heaping tablespoon lavender buds
1 half tablespoon activated charcoal powder
2 teaspoons reishi powder
1 tablespoon of honey, or to taste

Instructions

1. Heat sesame milk on medium-low or until nut milk is warm to touch.
2. Pour into blender. Add lavender, charcoal, and reishi.
3. Blend on high until smooth.
4. In blender, add honey to taste and blend. Pour, garnish with lavender buds and charcoal if desired, and enjoy!

*Homemade Sesame Milk

Black sesame milk is key to the making this drink rich and creamy. I also like sesame milk because it is so nutrient dense and has a very high mineral content. Homemade sesame milk is easy – I promise! All it requires is a blender, cheesecloth, sesame seeds, and water. In a pinch, you can also sub your favorite nut milk.

Ingredients

1 cup black sesame seeds
4 cups water
 
Instructions

  1. Mix sesame seeds and water.
  2. Soak overnight
  3. Optional: sweet with 2 dates. Because I add honey to the Night Cloud Elixir, I recommend skipping this step for this recipe.
  4. Pour mixture into blender and blend on high.
  5. Strain ingredients carefully into a bowl. For straining, I use a nut milk bag, but you can also use a cheesecloth or dish cloth.  

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Smoke Sister / BOYFRIEND

It’s been a dream of mine to start a series showcasing ‘Smoke Sisters’--powerful, inspiring women. You know the type, those badass babes who just seem to have effortless style, but can get on your level. Someone I can look to for inspiration, but could just as easily pour my heart out to, or borrow those earrings from. The kind of gal who doesn’t engage in female competition, only support! Inspired by my own ‘sisters’ whom I’ve come to rely on so much in my adult life.

I can’t think of a better intro to this series than the artist Boyfriend, whom I recently collaborated with on a photo shoot and giveaway. Smoke Sister Boyfriend’s work is eclectic, sexy, unconventional, and just so powerful to watch. From the costumes to the lyrics, I’m a huge fan, and honored to call her a Smoke Sister!

 

 

Boyfriend, I just love your work. I love how you’re challenging gender and sexual norms, and it just seems like you’re filling a much-needed void in the rap/music world. How did you get to where you are now?

Can you share a bit about why you started, and your creative process?

I’ve always had things to say about femininity, sexuality, etc. I just decided to say them with a beat and a microphone. It’s much more useful than getting red-faced over dinner and shrugging my shoulders, growing bitter.

How did you develop your character? How did you land on this sort of swanky boudoir act that is so signature to your artistic expression?

Honestly comfort and convenience guided me here. I hate high heels, so I stopped performing in them. Now it’s slippers and barefoot. I’m most comfortable in my robe, so I decided to perform in it. I’d rather invite the audience into my dressing room than try to feel at home on an empty stage.

I’m a huge fan of anyone who pursues their dream full-time--which you are doing now, correct? How has being Boyfriend full-time affected your creative process? How do you handle any creative road blocks and stay inspired?

Being able to be myself full time has made this whole mission an infinitely easier process - I no longer have to worry about my identities clashing, about my students discovering who I am at night. I’m able to be my whole self all the time and that in itself is inspiring.

You’re a busy entrepreneur, brand ambassador, touring artist, and performer, how do you carve out time for your own wellbeing, self-care, and beauty? Are there any non negotiables when it comes to your self care?

Yes I am busy, so there are times when certain things fall by the wayside, and when they do, I insist on making them happen on stage. Shaving, for instance, is always first to go when I’m rushed, so I’ve just started doing it on stage to make sure it happens.

Are there any guiding principles/words of advice that help you stay focused and grounded?

Hot baths, long showers and sincere penance for the water usage. Now that I have your Rose Oil & Sugar Scrub the world is mine for the taking.

What’s an early scent or perfume memory?

Not long before my parents divorced, I recall my mother applying her CK One late at night. I asked if she was going out and she responded “No, sometimes you have to feel nice just for yourself.

 

Be sure to check out more sights and sounds / Visit imyourboyfriend.com

 

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