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m o n t h l y m a n t r a : september 2016

The change of seasons makes me so happy! I’ve only ever lived in places with seasons, & can’t imagine not having perfect fall weather. Even on those 20 degree winter days, my belief is that if you’re dressed right it can still be nice weather. Join me in the celebration of nature’s harmony, layering up & enjoying warm food & drinks, hopefully near a fireplace.

Celebrating so much love this season.. my birthday, my man’s birthday, our anniversary, & getting ready to launch the new collection.. which I’m so in love with. It’s all wrapped in love.
Saying love this many times reminds me of the Rent quote, measure your life in love. What a great reminder that when we don’t choose love, we can always choose again & bring the love. It’s a constant practice & reminder – none of us are perfect & we’re here to lift each other up when we fall down.

Excited that one of my go-to’s came out with a book dedicated to natural beauty practices. I’ve been following her blog, books & podcasts for years, and visit her juice shop every time I’m in LA. Looking forward to getting into this new edition. Thanks, Kimberly!

Announcement : I’m pregnant! It’s such a time of changes & growth happening, including maternity bralettes tested on.. yours truly! (Out of necessity too, as I’m busting out of my usual bralettes). Also, preg brain is in full effect (email me again if I forget to write back!), I’ve been craving lots of natural ginger ale & lemonade (along with sweets!), & trying to listen to my body (take it easy when needed!) during this magical time. Baby is due in March 2017 ♡

x Monica

Leave a commentPosted in beauty, good vibes, harmony, inspiration, lifestyle, love, monthly mantra, truth on October 12, 2016

m o n t h l y m a n t r a : august 2016


daily journaling + reading a page from Miracles Now

collaborations with badass women
(see: flower mandala above from the synchroniCITY event)

Less makeup & a dewy summer glow. Faves include Josie Maran P&P / gold highlight

Year of Yes – this book by Shonda Rhimes is inspiring & funny. One result of reading it I’ve started watching Grey’s Anatomy (I had never seen an episode! hello McDreamy..)
If you check out this book, I recommend listening to Shonda read it on Audible.

X Monica

Leave a commentPosted in beauty, events, harmony, inspiration, lifestyle, love, monthly mantra, personal growth, truth on September 22, 2016

m o n t h l y m a n t r a : june / july 2016

harmony: Summer harmony = work, travel, taking it easy & taking care of myself, catching up on TV in air conditioning, & planning for the future.

love: One thing I love making to stay hydrated when it’s hot out is watermelon in the blender (so easy! mint is a good addition). Another drink I discovered in Colombia is limonada di coco – aka coconut lemonade! Basically it’s coconut milk & lemon juice blended together (& ice if you want, sweetener if needed), for a creamy & refreshing summer drink. Let me know if you try it :)

beauty: I’ve been lucky to travel & revel in nature over the last month… the countryside of Colombia, Lake Sunapee in New Hampshire, & a couple beach weekends in the Hamptons. This time of year it’s so green, pretty & energizing to be outside. What are your favorite summer getaways or nature spots?

truth: I’ve been listening to a lot of Ram Dass lectures on the Be Here Now podcast. A couple of my favorite topics are: the yoga (union) of relationships, and his talks on suffering. From my notes:

Allow yourself to be a human being.
Accept your own truth.
Being human is the curriculum on earth.

Love doesn’t know boundaries.
The mind creates boundaries.

Love is a doorway to the universe and unity,
Being together in the space of love.

Open the heart and feel out from the heart.
When you have love / are in love, everything else looks more beautiful.

Hope you are enjoying your summer!

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X Monica

Leave a commentPosted in beauty, good vibes, harmony, inspiration, lifestyle, love, monthly mantra, personal growth, truth on July 27, 2016

m o n t h l y m a n t r a : April 2016

Harmony — crystal prism vibes to bring harmony into your life : Faceted crystal balls held up to light creates a multitude of tiny “rainbows”. Each little rainbow contains all the colors of the visible spectrum, bringing vitality & balance. This ability to split a beam of light & send it radiating in many directions makes faceted crystal balls an ideal protection against “secret arrows” of sha (negative) chi.
This feng shui practice also radiates blessings wherever it is placed, & is a powerful magnifier of your intention.

Love — Turmeric lattes. Heard of it? Try one! This anti-aging & inflammatory spice is my favorite spice of the year so far. I’ve been making this latte recipe, substituting with powdered turmeric & vanilla extract. ..Maybe even a few drops of rosewater added in the mug… just sayin 😉

Beauty — Obsessed eco-lace that I can’t wait to show you! It’s made in Italy, with beautiful design & quality. The best part is, it’s made from recycled polyester! It will debut on some pieces this summer, & will be full force for the Fall collection. Excited yet? #ecolace #beauty

Truth — During this past month I’ve been working overtime on a project. Chronic lower back pain has reminded me to take breaks & take care of myself! Working at home means it’s easy to blur the lines, & I often work late into the night, on weekends..& in this case early mornings too! This was a huge sign from my body to take time for myself. Time to release + up-level!
It’s felt really good to put taking care of myself as the first priority – I’ve had a juicy week of massage, meditation, kundalini, sound baths, bathtub baths, deep breathing … & still got work done.

What are your favorite ways to take care of yourself? Let me know if you try anything mentioned here or already love it!

X Monica

Leave a commentPosted in beauty, good vibes, harmony, love, monthly mantra, panties, truth on April 27, 2016

m o n t h l y m a n t r a : march 2016

With the new moon, eclipse & change of season this month – newness, transformation & transcendence are everywhere. Holding onto old patterns becomes uncomfortable. As things rise to the surface, take a closer look & consider if it’s worth holding on or better to let go to move into new territory. Things may get uncomfortable for a while but change is necessary for growth.

harmony : working out for mental balance – soulcycle & kundalini are my latest movement picks. The mind-body-soul connection keeps me in the moment & makes the time fly by.
What’s your favorite way to move this month?

love : my new deck of Starchild akashic tarot cards. s w o o n !
Gorgeous, magical & comes with a thoughtfully written booklet to interpret the cards.

beauty : Flossgloss pastel & metallic 5-free nail polish (at least it can be spring on my nails already!)
I keep re-painting my nails because there’s so many colors & combos..♡

truth : I step into the unknown & have faith that the path will appear as I create it.

Some questions to consider this month:
What have you been spending time on that’s not taking you where you want to go?
How can you shift your actions to be in line with your priorities?
In what ways have you been holding on to the past (physically, mentally, emotionally) & what are you ready to let go of?
Set an intention for what you want to bring into your life, in place of what you’re releasing.

x Monica

Leave a commentPosted in beauty, good vibes, harmony, inspiration, love, monthly mantra, truth on March 17, 2016

m o n t h l y m a n t r a : february 2016

△ new monthly post △
△ 4 categories based on the harMonica mantra △

This month is all about strong overtones of love, roses & sexy mood setting.
I’ve been feeling the ‘blush’ color so strongly too, getting in touch with my feminine side, bringing a little softness to my style amid all the blacks & greys this winter. Speaking of shades, another thing I just got into (yeah yeah late to the party) is Fifty Shades trilogy.. much more depth & romance there than I expected! Not to mention blush-worthy.. Anticipating the second movie coming out next Feb – !

Whether it’s solo or with a partner, I hope you enjoy this monthly mantra, let me know in the comments below.

harmony : lighting palo santo to clear the air & energy

love : listening to ‘often’ by the weeknd, ‘bad girl’ by usher & anything by ROZES = mood setting

beauty : sakara food delivery, drinking rose infused water

truth : getting uncomfortable to evolve, & manifesting easy partnerships / collaborations

x Monica

more to love on insta @harmonicadesign

Leave a commentPosted in beauty, good vibes, harmony, inspiration, love, monthly mantra, truth on February 5, 2016

harMonica Fall 2015 : Fierce Femme

The Fall collection is here!

‘Fierce Femme’ is badass & ready to be layered.
Metallic mesh & lurex get an edge paired with black lace & black textures.

Each piece has soft bamboo jersey lining,
& comes with an intention to set; a daily mantra to wear.

Bralettes are sized A-DD cup.

From yoga to brunch to rock concerts, these visible intimates add feminine sexy to any outfit.

Lookbook quotes are based on the harMonica mantra & illustrated by Melissa / design equals love.

Made in NYC.
Wear often & with love.

What’s your favorite color / quote / piece?

xxo Monica

Leave a commentPosted in beauty, good vibes, harmony, love, panties, truth on September 29, 2015

harMonica origins / part 6 : racer bralette

Racer backs have always been sexy to me. The way it shows off the curves of a woman’s shoulders, upper body & strong back.
Mixing a sporty racer back with a feminine silhouette or lace trim is so beautiful to me. Put it under a dress or sexy top, and let the racerback give an unexpected detail to your outfit.

Racerback doesn’t have to mean sports bra.

This bralette takes athleisure to a new feminine level.

Sizing is S-M-L for A-C & also in D/DD cup sizes for women with a larger chest size but ‘S-M-L’ rib size.
Aka – fitting the boobs AND the band.

These bralettes are your outfit soulmate for showing off under open dresses or tops, even worn as a crop top with a high waisted skirt or shorts. It takes you from yoga to brunch, dressed up or down as you wish.

However you wear the racer bralette, I hope you feel beautiful in your body & in your bra.

xxo Monica

Share with me in the comments – Do you love racers? What’s your favorite kind of bralette to show off?

Leave a commentPosted in beauty, good vibes, harmony, love, panties on September 24, 2015

What I’ve learned so far from harMonica (& how it’s changing me)

Going into business for yourself, I’ve learned, is actually a mirror disguised as a business.
How is a business like a mirror?

Here’s how I see it:
Coming from corporate design jobs where many things were handled by other people or departments, now I do everything. There’s always something new to learn about finances, marketing, social media, costing, calendar timelines, production… the list goes on! If I don’t follow up & make sure it gets done, then it’s not getting done.
Of course eventually I’ll work with people to take on some of these jobs, and I can see how having an understanding of different things will help me to relate to those people when they come in. But right now, it’s learning season!

Aside from an income-generating career, I see my business as a mirror for reflecting, learning about myself & my habits.
Spending time working alone, being responsible for making things happen… has really shown me a lot about myself.
It lets me see what I’ve been avoiding, where I stop myself, look at parts of my life I avoided in the past (I’m a designer- not a math person! Well, not anymore.) Growth & expansion show in a personal way first, before they show up financially.
Getting out of my comfort zone, doing what I previously thought ‘I can’t do’ or ‘I’m not good at that’…
I love bringing in new perspective from different courses, books, or people & mixing it up with my intuition & creativity to create a recipe for a business & lifestyle that supports growth & evolving.
I know it’s all part of the process & am constantly reminding myself to be present & in the moment, to enjoy what’s happening now. It’s so easy to get caught up in ideas, dreams, goals & things of the future.
The only time we really have is now. So why not lighten up, have some fun & enjoy it?

Above all, it’s a reminder:
to keep an open mind,
open heart,
& that there’s always something new to learn.

harmonica is a place to express myself, have fun & share my passion with all of you!

Thank you for holding this space for me, I can’t wait to show you what’s next!

xxo Monica

Leave a commentPosted in good vibes, harmony, love, truth on August 10, 2015