We walked into Shiva‘s home in California’s Santa Monica and the first thing The Local Rose did was offer us a latte made with raw Amish milk and introduced us to her cat Fig as we inquired about her personal style of vintage dressing. The air seemed to fill with warmth as she gave us a tour of her home where she lives with her two daughters, a roost of chickens, and bunnies. They actively grow their own produce, harvest eggs from their chickens, and make crafts out of what they find in nature. Shiva also posts her finds in terms of the best all-natural household products, medicines, and ways to de-stress.
I’m so inspired by her lifestyle – the true tranquility of walking through her garden and playing with the bunnies made me want to bring these elements home with me…but I don’t think my new landlord would be too keen if I set up a roost of chickens out back! Ah, someday the city mouse will scurry to the country. In the meantime, I’ll think of this…
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The gorgeous Shiva Rose has led a full life – raised in Iran to bohemian parents, her family fled post-revolution to Paris, and then to Los Angeles. Shiva found comfort in books and old films, which inspired her to become an actress, starring in such films as David and Layla, which won her a “Best Breakthrough Actress” award.
Following the birth of her first daughter, Shiva was diagnosed with an auto-immune condition. Fueled by a desire to become healthier and create a better planet for her children, she became a naturalist and an activist for holistic, authentic lifestyles.
Her blog, The Local Rose, celebrates this and is filled with inspiring stories and tips for living healthfully. One feature of her lovely site is her focus is on improving skin – our largest organ, she points out – without using products filled with chemicals. She includes recipes for creams and masks, as well as featuring and interviewing the creators of all-natural beauty products.
Shot at Shiva’s home in Santa Monica, California, February 24, 2013. Styled by Kelly Framel, Shiva wears all Tadashi Shoji and Chopard Precious Temptations Earrings.