One of my favorite websites and blogs to keep up with is Shiva Rose‘s The Local Rose. I’m inspired by the Hollywood actress’ Bohemian lifestyle, spirituality, recipes, beauty regimen, and the incredible natural and organic finds to which she regularly introduces her readers. She recently launched a Rose Face Oil that I can’t wait to try. The hand blended product is toxin free and made with rose oils that reduce inflammation and “open the heart to chakra.” It was an honor to ask Shiva a few questions about her company, secrets to great health, her favorite places to travel, and plans for 2014 and beyond.
N/S: How did The Local Rose come to be?
Shiva Rose: I created The Local Rose three years ago after the life I had known sort of crashed around me and I yearned to get back to the earth and nature. I just got divorced, and moved with my two young daughters, to a home where I felt safe since it was surrounded by the natural world. Many of my friends were asking me for recipes and how to go green, so I created the site as a healing venture for myself and to share what i was learning. It’s about being connected to the planet yet staying chic.
N/S: What are some of your favorite recipes to make at home? To make for guests?
Shiva Rose: My quick go to recipe is quinoa with chickpeas and what ever is abundant in the garden. Maybe cucumbers, or tomatoes. I add good olive oil and sea salt and lemon. I also love to make rich, hearty soups for the winter months.
N/S: What’s your favorite way to entertain?
Shiva Rose: Great food, candles, eclectic music and fresh juices for drinks.
N/S: What are some things one will always find on your desk or in your handbag?
Shiva Rose: Crystals to protect from elect magnetic radio waves, makeup by RMS, my face oil, amber scented oil, raw coconut water.
N/S: On top of your face oil, do you think you will make any other products in the future?
Shiva Rose: Yes working on a body oil, candle, and a line of incredible face healing products.
N/S: Where do you find all of the beautiful items you feature on The Local Rose Shop?
Shiva Rose: My favorite thing is to go off the beaten track for local artisans that don’t have links to the modern world. I found amazing face creams and hair elixirs in Big Sur that I think may be made my magic tree fairies.
N/S: Where are your favorite places in the world to travel?
Shiva Rose: I usually go to the same places every summer in Kauai and Tuscany, but I would love to explore Iceland, Morocco, and Africa.
N/S: What are some of your personal secrets to staying healthy and well?
Shiva Rose: Drinking coconut water and juicy fruits keep us lush. Also stay away from toxic thoughts. Of course the usual too like eat organic, low consumption of alcohol and caffeine.
N/S: When and were do you feel most relaxed? How do you relax?
Shiva Rose: Baths, chocolate and a good hike in the mountains. Love the big trees up in Northern California. They sing to me. The ocean as well is healing and the negative ions relax you.
N/S: Where do you find your greatest inspirations? How would you describe your personal style?
Shiva Rose: I like to tell a story through my clothes. I was an actress and playing a character is in my DNA. I love heroines from great novels and beautiful films from the 50′s, 60′s and 70′s. I wear lots of vintage but like to mix it with designer shoes and bags. Love Celine for basic beautiful lines. Lately I’ve been vacillating between a sleek modern sexy look of jeans and silk blouse, and goddess dresses that are floaty and free.
N/S: What are your must-visit spots in Santa Monica/LA?