Jessica Gulati, Owner and Founder of Lotus Love Beauty, is our favorite muse, whom we can’t stop talking about. Growing up in Los Angeles with Indian born parents gave Jessica a unique outlook on life, and plenty of life lessons at an early age. As a child, Jessica traveled the world and received a firsthand look at how lucky she truly is. Her mother purposely took her to places like Korea and India to experience poverty and to give back to those who were less fortunate.
At Earthbound Trading Co., we employees practice what we preach. We are true nomads at heart and have a thirst for exploration and adventure. When we’re curious about traveling to a new land or planning a getaway, we don’t just hit up Google. We call up our in-house experienced explorers, like District Manager, Tabitha Britton. Continue reading “Travel Tips with Tabitha”
Each winter, EB’s Fashion Product Manager Kara travels to China to troll the country for fresh pieces, artisans and inspiration. For her latest trip, she brought teammate and photographer Emily to capture their day in Hong Kong.
8 a.m. Ferry ride from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island
Kara, EB’s Fashion Product Manager, and the team snagged a ferry ride from Kowloon, known as the Dragon City, to Hong Kong Island. With a full journey ahead of them, they were eager to see what this diverse city had in store
After the arrival in Hong Kong, Kara and the team decided to explore the natural side of this concrete jungle. As nomadic spirits go, the team spent hours hiking through the dense trees and even stumbled upon a breathtaking waterfall. They were a little lost but that’s okay – exploring the unknown is part of the adventure!
9 a.m. Hike through Hong Kong’s Peak
Did you know Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the entire world? You would never know it from the lush foliage.
Once they were able to locate the Peak Tram, they took the railway to the top, or the peak, of Hong Kong Island. From there, Kara could truly observe the divide between Mother Nature and the concrete jungle. It was an incredibly unique perspective.
1 p.m. Taxi to Bakery
With all of the hiking and exploring, Kara worked up an appetite and was on a mission to locate her favorite Hong Kong treat: Chocolate Raspberry Macaroons. Yes, Macaroons are traditionally a French pastry but Kara swears this is the best one she’s ever tasted.
2 p.m. Afternoon Rest in Kowloon Park
Watching people practice Tai Chi in Kowloon Park is very relaxing and allows the viewer to achieve a Zen state. People of all ages gather around to practice this graceful and ancient form of martial arts. It’s almost as if time stands still.
6 p.m. Dinner at Tsim Sha Tsui
A little sweet treat just isn’t enough after a jam-packed day of adventure so Kara took the team to her favorite Dim Sum joint, Tsim Sha Tsui, for some much needed tasty bites and a local beer. Dim Sum is similar to tapas and is perfect for communal sharing.
There are so many things to try: from warm and fluffy dumplings to rice noodles.
8 p.m. Exploring the Night Market
With full bellies and happy hearts, Kara and Kirsten took to Hong Kong’s famous night market for a shopping adventure – the perfect activity for our buyers. The night market doesn’t open until 8 p.m. but there is plenty to watch as the city transforms from day to night. Underneath the glow of neon signs, Kara checked out some of the local finds, from sushi magnets to jewelry.
Start your day with an invigorating yoga class followed by meditation or massage, and top it off with delicious and healthy food to nourish your body. These retreats are the epitome of heaven on earth and will help you find peace and balance in your busy life. Recharge your batteries in Mother Nature’s backyard and truly become one with yourself and surroundings.
Check out some of these worldwide retreats with a variety of activities you can try!
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Known for their extensive teacher training but also offers packages and customizable retreats. Make your own retreat by staying as long or as short as you want and by choosing from their list of services such as Yoga Nidra, Reiki, Ayurvedic Cooking Class, Hiking and Yoga.
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Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feathers Lake, Colorado
Soak in nature and all of its beauty with over 600 acres of forest and rolling hills at a Retreat and Renewal weekend. Perfect for connecting with Mother Earth and recharging your batteries with meditation, hiking and yoga. Spend time at The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, one of the most significant Buddhist Architectures in North America. It symbolizes peace and compassion and promotes harmony, longevity and good health.
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Get in touch with your mind, body and soul at a Wanderlust festival in Oahu, Hawaii. Features a wide variety of yoga classes for all levels and includes meditation practices as well as “speakeasy talks” hosted by musicians, yogis and health experts. Plus there is hiking, live music, shopping and delicious food for all sorts of diets.
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Minutes from the Sacred Monkey forest and surrounded by rice fields and flowing water, this retreat is situated outside the center of Ubud at Bhuwana Ubud. Daily vinyasa flows, Ayurvedic Crown Massages and sunset dinners.
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Unwind with a mountain or sea view in a boutique villa featuring Arabic and Berber architecture. The retreat is made up of meditation, twice daily yoga sessions, surfing, and horse riding.
Where would you like to jet off to? We’ll meet you there!
When we think of death or about relatives who have passed, our automatic reaction is to often be sad and/or to avoid the topic all together. It’s understandable to feel down when talking about a deceased loved one but many Hispanic cultures take the opposite approach. Every year on November 1 & 2, known as “Día de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”, families prepare an altar-like set up in their home or town with offerings orofrendas for the deceased. The day is more of a time to celebrate the character qualities and personality of those who passed than to mourn. It is believed that the spirits come back to visit their living relatives and take time to enjoy their favorite earthly treasures, like tequila and tamales.
Instead of preparing for one of our own relatives, we decided to honor Frida Kahlo, the famous Mexican painter known for her self portraits. Photos of the deceased are placed at the altar to help honor and remember their life.
Pan dulce, which means “sweet bread”, is a classic Hispanic pastry often eaten for breakfast. We picked some up at a local panadería for our altar. Many people leave their favorite candy, like de La Rosa, as a sweet treat for their loved one. After the long journey, the spirits will definitely be hungry and need to refuel. Although they don’t actually eat the food, the spirits remove all nutritional value from the offerings. It’s also important to leave a bowl of water to cleanse themselves with. After all, who knows how long their travels took and what they encountered along the way.
Incense and candles are always seen at an altar. The spirits follow the aromatic smoke of burning incense and use the candles to guide themselves to their destination.
Look, we all seem to enjoy a drink or two and we’re ususally craving one after a stressful roadtrip or flight. How do you think the spirits feel after WHO KNOWS how long without some libations? Tequila is a popular spirit (no pun intended) found throughout Mexico and is found at an altar.
Vast majority of Hispanics are Catholic and many families incorporate their religious beliefs into their Day of the Dead altar by placing a crucifix. All Saints Day, a Catholic holiday, actually coincides with Day of the Dead and many Mexicans view it as the same holiday.
Flowers, specifically marigolds, are placed around the altar so the spirits can find their way into the home. The vibrant colors and fragrant scent lure the spirits in and remind us how fragile life truly is.
Tamales are a staple in Hispanic culture and are often made during big holidays and celebrations, like Christmas, and Day of the Dead is no exception. Many families put out other traditional foods like mole and even pumpkin. However, if grandma hated tamales and preferred a greasy hamburger, then that is what you would leave out for her. The offerings don’t always have to be traditional and can definitely be something more modern.
Even if you don’t come from a Hispanic background, you can still celebrate the day. Honoring those who have passed and keeping their memory alive is a universal tribute we can all get behind.
What better time to announce our partnership with Ethnotek then at the start of summer when adventures and travel are just beginning! Ethnotek creates travel bags and wallets that feature ethically sourced handmade textiles. Every purchase helps them sustain employment and demand for the craft of hand painting, weaving & embroidery in their partnering with artisan villages in Ghana, Guatemala, India, Indonesia & Vietnam.
The handmade textiles that give each bag their own unique look are called “threads”. Some of these threads can take up to a month for the artisans to create and although variations in design may occur, we think the differences make each thread feel like a truly unique piece of art.
We are currently featuring Ethnotek’s most popular backpacking options for those who enjoy a weekend adventure or full-on excursions: the Setia Pack and Raja Pack.
It features a main storage area with plenty of side storage so you can easily access those smaller items like a camera, phone, or small book. The best part? A built-in rain cover, located at the bottom of the bag, can be pulled over the pack to keep your things dry.
The Raja Pack is a bit bigger than the Setia Pack and it is definitely the ultimate companion for commuters and travelers alike. We are carrying the Raja Pack in two thread styles: Indonesia 6 and Vietnam 6.
Much like the Setia Pack, the Raja Pack features a spacious main storage area as well as side storage for those smaller items. There’s even access to the very bottom of the bag so you can reach those socks without having to unzip the top and fumble through everything else. There is also a laptop compartment so you can continue to work just as hard as you play. The Raja Pack is also the only style bag we currently carry that allows for the front panel thread to be removed so you can customize your look!
If you’re needing something more compact to keep your small, important things organized and in one place then the Chiburi Travel Wallet is your new best friend. Like the Setia and Raja Packs, we’re carrying the Chiburi Travel Wallet in three different styles: India 8, Vietnam 6, and Vietnam 5.
We love the sight of a sandy beach, the bustling sounds of a new destination, and the exotic smells of unknown foods. There’s something about the first encounter with a new place that makes the long car rides, hours in the airport, and early morning wake up call all worth it.
We yearn for the unknown. And getting there is half the battle. Or the journey. Depending on if you’re a half glass full or half glass empty kind of person. Either way, keeping yourself organized is vital to your sanity and ease of travel.
Stand out in the crowd and express yourself with fun – and useful – travel accessories from our new Travel line:Destination Uknown. These pieces are meant to keep you organized so you can focus on catching that next flight!
Multi Color Travel Duffel Bag – carry by hand or use the adjustable straps to wear it on the shoulder. Perfect carry-on companion
Rainbow Travel Handle Wrap – unique patterns and colors wrap around your suitcase handle to make it stand out in a crowded airport.
Rainbow Travel Tag – Made in Guatemala and and makes your bag easy to identify.
Stamp Passport Cover – Made from super strong, durable, tear and water resistant, Tryvek.
Paisley Laundry Bag – By the end of the day, you won’t remember what’s clean and what’s not. Save time and money on washing clothes by keeping the dirty separate from the clean.
Don’t forget to tag us on social media with #earthboundtrading on your next adventure!
We are thrilled to announce our new location in Seattle’s University District is now open!
Going to a festival is essentially an outdoor excursion or adventure, like hiking or camping. You could be gone for a day or two with nothing but the clothes on your back. If you’re lucky enough to bring a tent, you’ll need some things to keep the festivities going when you’re not front and center with your hands in the air.
Snag one of these Aztec printed blankets and let’s get the party started!
Glow Bangles are simply glow in the dark bracelets that can be added to your arms, legs or just about anything to add some glow. They’re also great way to meet new friends when you share!
Metallic. Tats. Need we say more? With a variety of choices, like this or this or this or this, there’s plenty of options for an impromptu arm party. Again, share them with those around you and you’ll quickly make new friends!
Add all day color with Chubby Twists for your lips! They have a matte finish without drying out and the colorwill last through those dance moves. Need more va voom? Diamond Eyeliner will definitely make your eyes pop under the glow of poi or a LED hula hoop 😉
Take your glow game to the next level with LED Poi. The light up ball has different colors and settings, like flashing, and can be spun to create beautiful trails of bright colors. You’ll have people surrounding your blanket in no time.
What are your must haves this festival season?
Our buyers recent trip to China was full of lots of traveling! They attended several shows on the hunt for anything from fashion accessories, gifts, textiles, and recreational products. It was a busy trip, but they always seem to find a way to have fun whether it’s trying on cat masks, or being thoroughly amused by their food!
1. Ferry to the show in Hong Kong. // 2. Buyers Kreeli and Kara pretending to be cats at the show.
3. Essential fire hood in our Guangzhou hotel closet. // 4. Delicious looking boiled chicken- served cold, garnished with the head. Yum!