Mexicali Loves Music: Reflecting on our Summer of Concerts

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We’ve had a full and fabulous summer of marvelous adventures and magical music! Thanks to an awesome collaboration with Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion and the Maine State Pier, we were able to share our passionate love of live music by giving away over 200 free concert tickets! There’s not much better to do on a hazy summer night than rock out at an outdoor concert on the breeze-swept waterfront,and we are SO grateful for these two terrific venues and the amazing artists they host! Slightly Stoopid, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Hall & Oates. . . we were there rocking out with you at these shows and more, digging the melodies and the positive vibes of the concert community that forms at each show to embark on a sonic trip together.

Dark Star Orchestra rocked the Pier a couple of weeks ago with their fun and funky cover of an incendiary 1976 Grateful Dead show, and all those kind and joyous vibes we’ve been swimming in at each concert were gloriously and visibly abundant. Love was ALL around: for the music, for the people, for the magic of it all. . . and we’re so thrilled to have been a part of it!

We’d love to hear your summer concert memories, too! What live music have you experienced and loved most in the past few months?

“And the fields are full of dancing,
Full of singing and romancing–
The music never stopped!”

AUGUST 18th, 2016 ASTROLOGY & ENERGY: Full Moon in Aquarius

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Today is a Full Moon in Aquarius! This full moon is on the edge of a partial eclipse (unfortunately not visible to us Earthlings), beginning an eclipse cycle that is ushering us swiftly into a transformative new phase of life (the next and strongest eclipse will be September 1st, followed by another on September 16th).

Aquarius helps us to see the bigger picture and, in doing so, to—perhaps suddenly—recognize the importance of releasing the old and cumbersome to make way for something new. If you feel in need of guidance, let your intuition lead you today, and pay attention to synchronicities that pop up. Don’t get swept up in trying to figure things out; try to trust that the answers are there for you if you will allow them to be.

Uranus, ruler of Aquarius, has big influence on this moon and offers us the opportunity to break free of old shackles and rewrite the narratives of our lives. Uranus reminds us that *anything* is possible, as long as we seek to let go of that which ties us down. This is SO often easier said than done, but we’ve got luminous lunar and planetary support on our side right now! The challenge you’re invited to focus on today is to practice not allowing anything energetic that comes at you stick. Release what comes in every moment by allowing it to pass through you, perhaps envisioning yourself as a mountain and it as a drifting cloud. This could be a feeling, a rumination, a remark from someone else (and the subsequent feeling), anything that you might typically feel affected by and perhaps buy into. If you can play with allowing these things to pass as you experience them today, you may find that it becomes rapidly easier to let go of some long-labored-under and old stories!

A full moon is always a good time to celebrate the things in your life that you have achieved or are grateful for, rather than focusing on the things that you lack. Try to imagine for today that the life you really want is easier to manifest than you thought. It is time to dream a bigger dream that includes more of what you want! Being flexible in your attachment to thoughts and things, and trusting in the universe and yourself, will help to get you there.

(pic is a piece of an amazing painting called “Atlantis” by Marijke Koger, creative rainbow-beaming mind behind the 1960’s design collective The Fool)

Mexicali Magic: Awesomely Affordable Boho Dorm Decor

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Heading back to school is a fresh start, and an empty dorm room is a blank canvas awaiting your creativity. At this moment, all things are possible!  So start your school year off right by setting up your new dwelling as a chill bohemian haven you’ll love coming home to, filled with cool colors and inspiring imagery, exotic textures and the groovy glow of paper lanterns.

A mandala tapestry or tree of life wall hanging looks awesome hung up or as a unique bedspread.

Classic Mexican falsa blankets are perfect for a bit of extra warmth on the bed, or take it outside for an impromptu picnic!

Celebrate the music that moves you with retro rock concert posters featuring bands like Phish, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead.

Save your sleepy feet from cold linoleum in the morning with a recycled rag rug by your bed.  Each handmade 3′ x 6′ rug is completely unique, and will bring eclectic color and world-traveler vibes to your space.

Mexicali has everything you need to accent your room in the grooviest ways, from Traditional Tibetan prayer flags to boho chic curtains crafted from recycled silk. There are a myriad magical Mexicali ways to express your inimitable personal style in your dorm decor, creating an invigorating environment that supports study, fun, and exploring who you are and who you want to be.

Once you’ve got your room rocking an exhilarating new look, you’re sure to want to grab your reversible block print tote–the ultimate book bag–before you head out the door to whatever the day holds!  It’s going to be an amazing adventure of a new schoolyear!

We’re Wild for Maine Blueberries at Mexicali Blues!


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So small, wild and sweet, Maine blueberries are one of the signature tastes of summer. Raking a new crop from the low bushes growing across the barrens is a way of life Downeast, and the annual three-day Machias Wild Blueberry Festival is a can’t-miss celebration featuring live music, artists and artisans, delicious food and carnival fun.

The festival kicks off on Friday, August 19 and runs all weekend. In honor of the Wild Blueberry Festival, we’ve gathered some fun, fresh picks in our favorite hues of blueberry blue:

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The Althea Mudmee Tie Dye Short Sleeve Dress in Turquoise swirls all the colors of ripe blueberries, green leaves and juice-stained fingers into one fun, flirty, summery Mudmee dress.

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The Blues Burst Killer Tie Dye Tee transforms every shade of blue into a tie dye so bold it will blow you away.

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Going berrypicking on a bright summer day? Our hemp Here Comes the Sun Hat in Turqouise is stylish, earth-friendly way to shade the sun.

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Pick them up and give them a squeeze—our Batik Baby Jumpsuit in Blue looks sweeter than sweet on the little ones.

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Our Blueberry Blossoms Tapestry is the perfect picnic blanket or table topper. Enjoy your freshly baked blueberry pies and muffins on a handprinted field of bright blues and greens.

And these are just a few of the beautiful blues you’ll find at Mexicali Blues! Our Bangor location is just two hours from the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, so stop in on your way north to pick your own.

The Mexicali Blues Yurt Sets Up at Our Bangor Store this Thursday, August 18th!

ALL TIME CLASSICSBangor is so much fun (and a little bit frenzied) on Thursdays in the summertime, with music and merriment filling the streets as revelers boogie down at the free shows of the Cool Sounds Concert Series and get ready for the latest Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion concert. Jimmy Buffet and his parrothead posse will be rocking the Waterfront later in the evening, so take a break from preparatory margaritas and dancing at our signature summertime oasis! For our final Oasis yurt of Summer 2016, we’re pitching one of Caleb Erskine’s bright and breezy Living Intent yurts at our store right in Downtown Bangor and filling the airy, serene space with FREE fun activities for mind, body and soul. Escape the bustling foot-traffic and explore henna tattoos, hula hooping, and more at Mexicali Blues.

Our Bangor Oasis opens at 4:00 PM, and you won’t want to miss:

4:00 pm

Yurt Construction with Caleb Erskine

See how quick and easy it is to assemble an awesomely unique and portable nomadic home, and bring Caleb your questions about building or buying one of your own!

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

FREE Henna Body Art with Ella Coose 

Get a FREE, all-natural, temporary henna tattoo from Ella, our amazing henna artist. In traditional Indian culture, mehndi designs awaken the “inner light,” and the intricate beauty of the patterns will be illuminating and inspiring (and as fabulous as your latest fashion finds).

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

FREE Hoop & Hoodie Giveaway

Grab your entry ticket at the yurt and drop it off in the store to be entered to win a one-of-a-kind handmade hula hoop and cozy Steal Your State hoodie!

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

FREE Hooping Demonstration and Instruction with Rochelle Dorr

Our handmade hula hoops in carnival colors are getting everyone in a great summertime groove. Rochelle will help you explore the basics of hooping and get hips swaying (and everyone smiling).

You’ll also be able to browse a marvelous mix of clothing, jewelry, home décor, accessories and gear you always find at Mexicali Blues. You can relax and rejuvenate in Downtown Bangor—visit our Bangor Store this Thursday, August 18th, and see!

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This will be our last Oasis Yurt event for the summer, but come see us at the Hidden Valley Nature Center Live Edge Music Festival this Saturday, August 21, where we’ll be getting our groove on and rocking the radical rainbow awesomeness of the Tie Dye Mobile!  Tickets are still available, and there are two ways to get them:

1. Buy tickets at Mexicali Blues in Newcastle or any of these other partner/sponsor locations:  Sheepscot General Storethe Alna Store, HVNC and Midcoast Conservancy’s office in Wiscasset.

2. Or click on the link BELOW to order your ticket online (scroll all the way down the page) and HVNC will mail it to you.

buy tickets online HERE

Support World Elephant Day: pledge to raise awareness about the plight of elephants across the world

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In many of the countries where our world goods are made, elephants are revered, respected and even worshipped. They are also pushed out of their natural habitats by development and pollution, trapped for zoos and amusement parks and illegally poached for their increasingly valuable ivory tusks. On August 12, World Elephant Day reminds us that without increased conservation efforts and care the majesty of Asian and African elephants will soon become just a memory.

Elephants have an average lifespan almost as long as our own, a rich language, complex social traditions and a deep loyalty to their tribe. They are a keystone species in their environment, making essential contributions to the ecosystems where they live. They are big, beautiful and inscrutable. Their babies are completely adorable. In Chinese, the phrase “to ride an elephant” sounds the same as the word for “happiness.” The white elephant is sacred in Thailand and plays a role in the birth of the Buddha. In Africa and Asia, elephants help humans haul heavy loads, travel great distances and support complex ecosystems.

We love elephants. And yet elephants are in grave danger, and it is our fault. African Elephants are critically endangered and Wild Asian Elephants are on the brink of extinction. Less than 100 years ago, there were millions of elephants roaming the continents of Africa and Asia. Today, there are less than 400,000. The black market for illegal ivory is booming, deforestation for lumber and farming is destroying their food and water supply, and they continue to be captured and displayed for our entertainment. An average of 100 elephants are killed every single day through poaching, starvation or captivity.

If we can’t turn these trends around, elephants will be mostly extinct within ten years. 

At Mexicali Blues, we can’t imagine a world without elephants. Rooted in the Muladhara chakra, elephants symbolize memory and sociability, happiness and strength, love and protection. You’ll find elephants all over some of our most popular clothing, jewelry and accessories.

We love elephants, and we want to do something to help. Today we’re taking action for World Elephant Day, and we hope you will, too.

Here are some things you can do to help elephants:

  • Tweet #WorldElephantDay to spread the word about the plight of elephants and visit the World Elephant Day Press Room for Facebook cover photos, sample blog posts, tweets, and more!
  • Color for #elephants with the #EleeDraw challenge. Download it here
  • Help elephants #BeHerd and join the STAMPede @96Elephants
  • Do not buy ivory or other wildlife products. Be an elephant aware consumer.
  • Support one of 10 elephant conservation projects in critical landscapes through The Bodhi Tree Foundation’s ‘Power of 10’ initiative.
  • Study elephants in their “keystone” role in the environment and interrelationships with plants and other animals because all of nature is interconnected.
  • Visit elephants in countries where they live in the wild – tourism benefits the economy, provides needed jobs, deters poachers and abuse, and gives you the opportunity to experience the beauty, intelligence, and emotional capacity of these magnificent giants.
  • If you wish to experience elephants in their natural environment, choose eco-tourism operators who support local elephant conservation projects and who treat elephants with respect and dignity.
  • Learn about and support organizations that are working to protect habitat for wild elephants and finding solutions for human-elephant conflict.
  • Support organizations that are working to stop the illegal poaching and trade of elephant ivory and other wildlife products.
  • Support organizations that are protecting wild elephant habitat.
  • Support organizations that are building natural sanctuaries and alternative habitat for domesticated elephants to live freely.
  • Do not support organizations that exploit or abuse elephants and other animals for entertainment and profit.
  • Support healthy, alternative, sustainable livelihoods for people who have traditionally relied on elephants, wild animals and natural resources. Learn about indigenous cultures that have traditionally lived in harmony with elephants.
  • Be aware of elephant habitat. Do not buy coffee that is not fair-trade or shade-grown, nor products with palm-oil. These commercial crops are grown in plantations that have decimated elephant habitats. Only buy wood products that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes responsible management of the world’s forests – the natural habitat for elephants and other wildlife.
  • Talk about elephants at your school. Initiate an elephant study group to share knowledge and ideas about the plight of elephants and what can be done to ensure their survival into the future.
  • What do you love about elephants? Their intelligence, empathy and caring for one another are just a few of their qualities. Embrace these qualities and live them in your own life.
  • Use your love of elephants and World Elephant Day, August 12, to start a conversation with the next person you meet. Tie a string around your finger right now so, like an elephant, you don’t forget!

Gemstone Meaning & Magic: Blue Lace Agate

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Blue lace agate is a stone of communication, particularly helpful to those who have difficulty being heard by others, or who need articulation and confidence to share their truths. It helps to dissolve doubt and old patterns caused by past fears, judgements, and rejections, and permits new modes of self-expression and growth. At the same time it has a complimentary energy of enhancing feelings of encouragement and support, both for the bearer and those around her or him. It is a particularly good gemstone for those who have a hard time connecting with or accepting their more tender feelings and sensitivities. It is calming and relaxing, promoting inner stability, composure, and centeredness. Like all agates, this stone has a stabilizing and strengthening influence, naturally assisting the balancing of energies, whether emotional, physical, or intellectual.

Which of the properties of this quietly powerful crystal resonates most with you? While these particular pendants were photographed in Bangor, you can come check out pretty pieces of magical gemstone jewelry like these (and lots more) at any Mexicali Blues store!

August 2nd, 2016 Astrology & Energy: New Moon in Leo

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Happy New Moon in Leo! A new moon represents the ending of one cycle and beginning of another, and with Sun conjunct the moon, ALL possibilities are on the table! Anything you want to create for yourself is now possible, so ask yourself: what do you want to create? This is the time to make a fresh start and begin writing a to-do list!

The energy of this moon is enthusiastic, albeit a bit impulsive, so it’s possible that not all new projects will succeed the way we envision, but setting intention is never a bad thing! If your plans are sound, it will be easier to achieve practical results than in the previous four weeks since the last new moon.  The best time for taking action to make a fresh start is during the first two weeks of this new moon cycle, from today (the 2nd) to the 18th.  You may find during this time that you are *finally* transcending setbacks which have hounded you for a long time!

This is the final new moon before a solar eclipse on September 1st, so work on tying up any loose ends and clearing away clutter.  This moon is trine Saturn, assisting us in taking on hard work in preparation for potential hard times in the future.  Conserve resources, and work on getting ahead where you can. Fortunately, the moon landing now in the heart-centered sign of Leo gives us a soulful energy boost, so we can move forward to with courage, grace, and ease.  Tune into the wisdom of your heart, and stay open to anything that makes you feel creative, childlike, and free!

Burning Man Prep: Mexicali Festival Essentials

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It’s nearly that inimitably electric time of year, when the Black Rock Desert of Nevada is transformed into the psychedelic space camp of wonder and transformation that that is Burning Man!  Burning Man is rocking from August 28 – September 5, 2016, and we can’t wait to see what wild co-creation magic will be wrought at this year’s crazy amazing temporary metropolis of art and community!

While you’ll need a lot of gear to participate fully and not be a complete sparkle pony, Mexicali Blues has got a bounty of boho brilliance to bring something special to your festival style–from metallic flash tattoos to homemade hula hoops, tie dye leggings to affordable utility belts, sparkling bindis to rad hippie tapestries for decking out your camp, and a whole lot more!

Stop by a Mexicali Blues store in Maine or visit us at www.MexicaliBlues.com to stock up on awesomeness!

Check out some articles & tips for Burners that we adore:

Must-Know Burning Man Tips for Newbies from Over Yonderlust

Surviving Burning Man from Alex in Wanderland

Staying Sober at Burning Man from Healthy Crush

How To: Prepare for Burning Man from Matador Network

Your Guide to Dining on the Playa from BakeSpace

There’s a Camp For That: 12 Truly Useful Burning Man Camps from Fest300

 

 

“It’s Wonderful To Have Friends Who Are Such Good Travelers!” Yogi Adele Gale Shares her #MexicaliMoment

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Everyone has their own #MexicaliMoment—the time they realized what Mexicali was all about, the time when they found their place in the Mexicali Tribe. Gifted yogi Adele Gale, a longtime friend of Pete and Kim Erskine, shares hers below.

When we pitched the Mexicali Blues yurt at our Newcastle store a few weeks ago, one of the standout sessions was the yoga and sound meditation class with Adele Gale of Midcoast Yoga Shala. A gifted yogi with more than 30 years experience, Adele worked as Sheryl Crow’s personal yoga instructor as well as with other artists on the Lilith Fair Tour. Her lifelong study of yoga lets her share such serenity and strength with her students.

“I’ve known Pete and Kim over 15 years,” Adele explains. “A local friend was helping me get oriented after we moved to Maine, and she took me to Mexicali Blues right away. She kept telling me that I needed to get to know Pete and Kim. She knew we’d have a connection. And from our first conversation, I knew she was right.”

Adele’s young children became close to the Erskine’s three kids, and the families had great times together as their children grew. Adele’s yoga practice and expertise were growing, too. “It was great to have Mexicali Blues close by,” she explains. “I’m always wearing Mexicali Blues clothes—tees, loose leggings, skirts—because I’m always lounging or upside down! And everything is so comfortable, easy to move in, and washable—and uses all natural fibers.”

Two years ago Pete and Kim invited Adele and her husband to travel to Nepal to celebrate Pete’s 50th birthday at Annapurna Base Camp in the Himalayas, by the Lake City of Pokhara. “I’d never been to Nepal,” Adele remembers. “Pete met us right at the airport and helped us navigate the craziness of it all. He got us oriented and feeling right at home.”

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“It’s awesome to travel with people who take things as they come, who are flexible and open to the experience,” Adele says. “That’s Pete and Kim. They don’t do packaged luxury experiences. They stay close to communities. They stay authentic.”

They also convince you to jump off a cliff … and fly. “We drove to the top of a mountain in Pokhara, strapped ourselves in tandem to a paraglider, and ran full-tilt off of a cliff,” Adele recalls, laughing. “We flew over these breathtaking vistas for an entire hour. It was incredible. And I realized—this is what it’s all about for Pete and Kim. This whole business that they’ve built is about spending time with the people they care about having unique and unforgettable experiences. It’s wonderful to have friends that are such good travelers. And that’s my Mexicali Moment.”

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