Category: Spirituality

How I fell in love with house music

september 6, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, spirituality, musique du jour

I have wanted to share my music narrative with you for literally years – since the inception of this blog and my YouTube channel. I hope you come away with a deeper understanding of why I named this endeavor L’Amour et la Musique, and I would love to hear any of your thoughts and musings on music’s place in your life, house music/culture, or how you experience vibrational bliss. You can watch this video here. xoxo, mercedes.

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June & July Favorites // Beauty, What I’m Reading, Astrology, Esoterica, Musique

july 23, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, playlists, spirituality

Probably no one noticed but me but I missed June Favorites – making up for it today with everything I’ve been loving the past two months. Also, happy New Moon in Leo! You can watch the video on YouTube here :)

Things mentioned –

Beauty –

Mahalo The Bean*

Studio 78 Bronzer

Modern Minerals highlight*

Glossier Zip

RMS Sacred

Arcona SPF Powder

Surratt Autographique

Trish McEvoy Gel Liner Pencil

Antonym Noir

Vered Signature Perfume*


Lifestyle (starts at 10:05) –

Red garnet from Hauswitch

Runes (see book here: )

Nightlight Astrology


French Love Poems

The Alchemist

White Hot Truth

The Highly Sensitive Person

Rising Strong

On YouTube –

StyleLikeU with Melinda Alexander

Gigi Young


Video on the cerebrospinal fluid

NY Times article on the liver

Original Beans chocolate

Ambitious Kitchen Paleo Chocolate Chunk cookies

Ambitious Kitchen Tahini Brownies


Musique –

  1. Gorje Hewek – De Erweckens Bruderschaft
  2. Luke & Sio Blackwidow – Yum Yum (From P60 Magic vocal)
  3. Vanessa Daou – Love is War (Timewriter’s Love is Peace Mix)
  4. Funk D’Void – Homage (obsessed obsessed obsessed with this one)
  5. Blaze – Lovelee Dae (a an absolute CLASSIC house track from the late 90s I was recently reminded of – it’s timeless)

Available streaming elsewhere –

Wayne Shorter

Cosima – Un-Named

KiNK – Strings


Other videos I referenced –

The Line Up // Face Masks + Exfoliators

Summer Beauty Recommendations

The Line Up // Highlighters

A Guide to Crystals

How to develop intuition

Dr. Mauro Zappaterra on Cerebrospinal Fluid, Medium of the Spirit

june 24, 107 | by: mercedes | filed under: spirituality

I’m watching this fascinating video on YouTube and had to share. I recently subscribed to the channel this is on, scienceandnonduality and they seem to upload really energy-progressive and conscious content. Lately I’ve found myself more and more awestruck by the ineffable beauty and mystery of both the human body, and all of life in general really. I posted about this article on the NY Times last week about how amazingly (and underappreciated) our livers are. Learning about cerebrospinal fluid and its role in our evolution as conscious beings elicited similar tears welling up, and a deep appreciation for my/the physical body.

Some Recent L’amour Loves

march 16, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: alternative health + lifestyle, skincare, spirituality

I couldn’t wait for March Favorites, and wanted to share some of my recent obsessions – things I’ve just been quite taken with, and felt really inspired by.

1 | Suki Ultra-Protect Eye Balm – Night


I was in need of a new nighttime eye cream, and after sampling the Tata Harper I just decided I didn’t feel like plunking down $90 right now for it. A good girlfriend of mine raves about this and I had sampled it prior, so decided to go for the much lower ~$37 price tag off Vitacost. Suki is an ultra-clean skincare range, and local to Massachusetts. Adoring this.

2 | doTerra Emotional Aromatherapy System


So I don’t have this full set (YET), but a friend of mine recently sent me a handcrafted homemade body oil using the Motivate and Passion blends from this set and OHMYGOD LIFE = CHANGED. It’s truly the most amazing scent/body product I have ever used. Hands down. No contest. EVEN better than my beloved discontinued (sniff sniff) BijaBody serum. So if those two are any indication, the rest of them are bound to be equally magical – for topical application or diffusing. Plus as someone who is constantly reflecting on her emotional life and the challenges hypersensitive emotional states present – this has my name all over it.

3 | We Are Vibrational Beings Documentary (YouTube)

I’m not finished watching this, but I embarked on it when the medical intuitive I work with spoke about how his measurement of a person’s millivolts is derived from the explanation that begins in this video around the 11 minute mark. As someone who watched What The Bleep Do We Know many years and was like YES – this is along the same vein. Everything is energy. Time to get on board.

4 | WELL / AWARE Podcastwell_aware_podcast_album_art1400x1400

So a) I’m not typically a tremendous podcast listener (I barely have enough time for YouTube and if I’m walking/commuting/whatever I’ll listening to beats) but b) this will in fact be a March Favorites because a lovely viewer sent me a message through YouTube telling me she thought I’d be into this. I AM but since YouTube can be incredibly buggy and irritating, I haven’t been able to reply to her message and thank her! Anyway. Digression. I listened to two episodes of this on my way home from vacation (the interviews with Thyme Herbal and Saipua) and was like yaaassss this is my TRIBE. I want to get the host, Lindsay, to interview Beauty Heroes founder Jeannie Jarnot. I think it would be a perfect fit.

5 | Leah Totten’s “Work” Choreography

We’ll end with a fun one. In line with my many other eclectic interests, j’adore hip-hop choreography, or really any form of dance. The only two I regularly still follow via YouTube are Luam, and Leah Totten. Based out of Vancouver I believe, I love her style – everything feels very connected and looks effortless. Also let it be said I like the song, and like the cover even better because Rihanna’s voice is damn annoying in the original (you know?).

I hope you feel some inspiration from any/all of these finds <3


My Experience Working With A Medical Intuitive

march 6, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: alternative health + lifestyle, spirituality, videos


I’ve been waiting patiently for about a month to sit down and film this video, to give the experience ample time to process and integrate into my life – even though immediately after my session with this intuitive I wanted to shout from the rooftops how much it resonated, how powerful I thought the experience was, and how significantly different I felt almost instantaneously.

In today’s video I’m sharing lots of detail about the experience. And even though this video is 22 minutes long, I still feel like there were things I wanted to cover and didn’t. I’ll probably do some follow-up videos in the future, to keep you apprised of my progress on all fronts – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

Thank you to the Universe for guiding me towards this experience. It has been deeply profound, and I’m so grateful for it.

Currently: Listening | Reading | Watching

december 10, 2015 | by: mercedes | filed under: bookshelf, musique du jour, spirituality

A peek of what’s been in my earbuds, on my nightstand, cued up on youtube, and one guilty pleasure Bravo On Demand find:

1. Bedouin’s Robot Heart Friday Sunrise Set from Burning Man 2015

I posted about this set on Instagram but I’ve listened to it at least 4 or 5 times in entirety so far. It taps into something so primal, so esoteric, so beautiful. I can’t even TELL YOU how excited I am to see Bedouin’s set at the Sx Festival in St. Martin in March. #itshappening


2. Serial Season 2 Podcast

I loved Season 1 so much, and I know everyone was eagerly awaiting Season 2. I will say it’s not AS gripping and Season 1 was for me, but it’s still so well-produced.


3. Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I’m about two thirds through this, and it’s a really quick and powerful read. As a sociologist I’m destined to be inherently drawn to questions and discussions around race, class, culture, social inclusion and exclusion, power, and the different lived experiences of reality people face.


4. Yogini Tarot 

I’ve been watching Yogini Tarot’s YouTube channel for probably 6 months now, if not longer. And the most recent set of readings she did (for each of the 12 astrological signs) were REALLY powerful for me (must have been all the New Year energy swirling) and prompted me to book my first personal reading with her. The reading was great, exactly what I needed, and I’ll continue to book personal readings with Ann Marie every few months.


5. Workout New York

Ok, you didn’t think I’d get through a list without mentioning SOMETHING on Bravo, did you? I recently binge watched all the episodes Bravo has up of Work Out New York. As a little gym rat myself, this was SO entertaining. These people all have massive ish, too.