Pretty in Pink
Never have I ever been a Pink girl. That is to mean that all through my adolescence, I was rather repulsed and disgusted by the color and all the girly frills that accompanied it. Not saying that I was a tomboy, I just hated pink. As so often happens as you age, everything you once hated starts to seem rather charming and a little bit fabulous now that you have your head on straight. Peas. Your parents. Going to bed early.My hatred for Pink was no exception. (I even have a pink silk jumpsuit! But that’s another story)
A smart and very easy way to encompass ladylike and even a little bit of youthful pink into any lifestyle is on your face. Pink is already naturally there, anyway. Adding a bit more, if done tastefully, will only enhance your already beautiful, natural features. I love Benefit cosmetics mostly for the fact that they don’t take themselves too seriously and their products make getting ready in the morning a little fun. (Come on, I said a LITTLE) The fact that they also have some of the best products out there is, of course, an added bonus as well. I picked up this new kit, Feelin’ Dandy, the other day and it is positively delightful. It comes with a guide that makes it easy to apply and get a fresh “just bitten” look, even if it’s your first time applying makeup. Ever. Adding a pop of pink not only brightens up your complexion, but also enhances any Vitamin D you may have accumulated this Summer. After you play around with pink on your cheeks, feel free to experiment with your lips! NARS makes a velvet matte lip pencil in Bolero that is great for an understated pink lip. Feeling adventurous? Maybe you have a hot date? Go with something a little louder that will stand out, like NARS lipstick in Schiap. Sassy. And so on trend with this hot-pink lip craze at the moment.
There is no way you can rock a pink lip or a rosy flush on your cheeks and not feel like Brigitte or Audrey or Jackie. So, Go crazy. Let your girly side show.
Even when I get printed out, I love going to a leopard. There’s a classic sexiness to it, but it doesn’t mean trashy, and can be translated in so many different ways. It can go from punk rock to Upper East Side conservative.
One of my all-time top five favorite presents I have gotten from my Husband is my Breville juicer. I get really gung-ho about stuff when I first have an idea or start something new, but my staying power Is usually pretty weak- so I was rather surprised that he bought me such an expensive and proprietary kitchen appliance. A juicer is a life-changer, I soon realized. What a fabulous way to eat up all your produce before it goes bad! There are tons, literally TONS, of mouth-gasmic recipes for juicing. Vegetable, fruit, herbs- just about anything you can shove in the tube and produces enough liquid to add a taste is fair game. Plus, the benefits from juicing fresh, and drinking un-pasteurized juice are amazing. Better skin, hair and nails are just a very cosmetic and obvious benefit to juicing. Now, believe me, I don’t get to juice everyday. I wish I did, but you know that thing called Life?? Yeah, it gets in the way. I still make a conscious effort to buy a shitload of fruits and vegetables so I am forced into juicing some of them. It’s so delicious when I do.
2 Grapefruits peeled
A handful of mint leaves (if you love mint, the more the merrier!)
1 cup of strawberries- pull the stems off the tops.
Throw that shit in the juicer! Yum! (One trick I have learned is to put your ingredient that produces the least amount of juice in first so the rest of the juice carries the taste. In this case, the mint)
I’ve spent a week getting rid of all the eating habits that make you fat. I cut out dairy and eggs completely, threw away all of my white refined sugar, tried diligently to only consume whole grains in pasta and bread products, cutting out hydrogenated oils and fats, and focused on eating a well balanced diet with lots of fruit & vegetables. I feel amazing. Now, I’m not trying to spread propaganda, and I promise this post has a much grander purpose and it does have something to do with the picture of my window box herb garden. My husband and I have been vegetarian for something like 6 1/2 years now, although we don’t really eat entirely healthy all the time. (As long as its vegetarian, we eat it!) For whatever reason, over the past few months I’ve felt progressively more and more disgusting. Everyday it has been a fight to wake up, I have zero energy by 2 pm, and I feel like I live each moment in the dreaded bloat of a woman’s PMS syndrome. And I was so damn sick and tired of it! So I quit it all cold turkey. Listen, I know that shit is hard. I’m not saying everyone should drop their greek yogurt mid bite and start chewing on celery instead, all I’m saying is for me… It worked. (Which brings me to the picture and the real point of this entire filibustering.) I think one of the MAH-JOR side effects I’ve noticed that has nothing to do with me is the absolutely amazing cooking we have been doing over this past week and a half. We love to cook anyhow, but this week… Damn!! We have been like gourmet. First step if you desire to take the plunge into a healthful vegetarian/vegan lifestyle is a freaking Herb Garden. We don’t have an outside garden for two reasons: 1. Not a lot of space in apartments for outside plots to be used as a garden. 2. I want to be able to use this shit in the Winter time too. Every time we go to a home improvement store, I spend my time in the garden area looking for the newest additions to my little flock of delicious plants. It doesn’t matter what you plant, choose herbs that you are familiar with and like. Basil should be a staple. I also enjoy mint in all sorts of drinks (Homemade Mojito recipe’s coming soon!) and dishes. Dill, tarragon, rosemary, oregano, sage, thyme… The possibilities are really incredibly endless. The next step is you actually have to use it! Don’t just plant this fabulously fragrant and aesthetically pleasing herb patch so you can watch it grow. Get in the kitchen and experiment. Herbs are amazing. They are instant flavor with out adding any calories, fat or sugar. Hell, I chop a bunch when I make salad and throw them in, delicioso. You can even cut them back as they grow out of control and dry your trimmings. You might NEVER have to buy herbs at the store again!
Beginning to change your lifestyle and the relationship you have with food is simple. It doesn’t have to be something as drastic as cutting out dairy if you know you absolutely can’t do that. Fine. I get it. It can even be as easy as limiting your eating out each week and spending more time cooking your food for yourself. My herb garden is a delicious way I’ve found to ease into eating just a little bit healthier. Try it, I swear you’ll like it.
There are no bad words for the coast today..
This is for people with nail polish ADD and no time to properly wait for each coat to dry. I change my nail polish at most weekly, sometimes a few times a week. I can never settle on a color very long and I am constantly bringing new color babies home to try out, so nothing gets a super long run. I used to get SOOOOO frustrated because I am impatient. I hate having to plan when I am going to paint my nails and then sit around to let them dry. Bleh. Yeah, I know, just go get them done. Nail polish ADD, remember? So I found this FABULOUS topcoat by OPI that dries your nails literally seconds after applying it. You can’t use a base coat or foundation with it, it chips and peels ridiculously easily if you do. But you don’t need one. It’s industrial strength, super high shine and my little lifesaver. $10 at most drugstores or Ulta.
Sexy MOTHER PUCKER
Normally, I feel like I’m walking around with those wax lips you get as a gag gift if I try wearing anything that is associated with a lip plumping agent. That and I end up with cracked lips. But @itslaurrrr helped me pick out one that is TO DIE for and it’s on the cheap. (only $15 @sephora !) #Soap &Glory Sexy Mother Pucker is lightweight for a lip plumper and gives you a little tingle without the sensation your lips are about to spontaneously combust. Just make sure you aren’t applying it on chapped lips! Then it’s a little radical :) I have the clear version ( I wear it over the top of my favorite lip shades!) and voila! No more thin/disappearing upper lip!! I love it. I use it everyday. And my husband notices a difference.
Get Tan Quick Kit!
If there is one thing I have learned a lot about it is definitely faking a really natural looking tan. Thanks to my awesome genetics, I can tan sort of easily, but it’s gone within a week. So I learned from the tips and tricks of my mother-in-law and came up with a few of my own. The most IMPORTANT part of any faux tan regimine is EXFOLIATION. I cannot stress this enough. When exfoliation isn’t the first step is when you end up with streaks or incredibly saturated or spotty application. I’m a huge @NARSissist fan, even still I wouldn’t rave about a bronzer like I do Laguna if I didn’t use it literally everyday. I searched for a bronzer like this for a LONG time. The color is perfect and works for most skin tones, and there is a little sparkle but not enough to be annoying. Then my life is completed by the fabulous Laguna Body Illuminator! Which is fab just by itself (on legs, shoulders, collarbones, all over if you want, etc) but even more amaze when layered over some thing like the #Nivea Sun-Kissed Beautiful Legs. Very subtle but oh-so-perfect for the Spring weather.