Monday Morning Madness: Lavender + Rose Gold Fleck Rings

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I’ve been on a search a lot lately for simple, intricate, dainty, jewelry. I really only justify spending money on jewelry when it’s intimate, and includes some sort of ‘from-scratch’ business so to say (i.e. supporting a local business, small business, etc.) Every time I’ve bought jewelry here and there from places like Forever 21 or Gap, even Anthropolgie at times, etc…they just feel a bit cold and processed. I even honestly worry about really who makes they’re jewelry. So these days, when I go to find pieces I start with places like Etsy, and Leif, which have now become my go-tos. With that being said, how pretty are these rings I found browsing my phone this am?  Each one is handmade, so every one is one-of-a-kind- shop them via Leif. xoxo Hope you had a lovely Monday.

What are your favorite places for fun, one-of-a-kind, jewelry?

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DIY With A (Re)Purpose: Gypsy Candle Holders

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If you’re anything like me, you have about one thousand (and two) empty once-upon-a-time candle holders. Just chillin’, hangin out around your house. Why? I don’t really know, maybe I’m a hoarder? All I knew is that I need to recycle half of them, and the other half I want to paint. So last night started out with Pukka Harmonise tea, which I’m really loving lately (however, let’s be honest, I moved on to beer right afterwards), lots of splattered paint, and jammin’ to Mazzy Star. P.s. that’s the best jaded radio station ever, I’m kind of addicted. Anyhow, this is what became of my collection, so far. I’m sure I’ll do about 1000 posts of ideas of how to paint them. It’s super easy, and I’m always wanting to add pretty colors to my apartment without calling (or spending) out for a tacky vibe. Also, my lighting last night was less than impressive, we’ll pretend it was amazing:

{I used: Martha Stewart Acrylic Crafts Paints via: Bubble Gum, Habanero, Metallic Gold + Martha Stewart Crafts Frost Glass Paint via: Ballet Slipper}

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 Directions: After your first base-coat dries, you want to continue with lighter paint and use swift, upwards, strokes. After the first round of the using the lighter paint around the base, you don’t want to let it completely dry. Only about half-dry. Wait until it’s a bit, well, ‘gooey’ still. That way, you can get more of a ‘swirling effect’ as you continue with your second-coat, continuing painting upwards. I played around with about a total of 3 to 4 ‘half-dried’ coats.  The colors then become more blended, and it gives the, as seen, ‘rustic-gypsy’ effect. For the ‘Bubble Gum’ candle holder, you can see I just put flecks of the ‘Habanero’ (aka red) by simply dotting where I wanted the color and used the same upwards technique. Easy & pretty cool.

I was clearly just playing around last night, so mine are pretty simple, but I was thinking how cool would black look swirled-in with all the light colors? Also, feel free to use a gloss for a more polished look- I chose the more rustic route, clearly. Here’s how I’m using mine:

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Sunday Brunch Love: Lazy Days, With Simple Ingredients

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This morning has been laziness mostly, and lots of coffee. I feel like Sunday mornings are an all-day pass to say, “I’ll do crafts and watch movies, overload on lattes, and read way too many articles from my favorite content (SHK, Refinery29, Zooey, The New Potato, Domaine, The Coveteur, you get the point.)” So that’s exactly what I’ll be doing. Oh, and cooking lots of delicious food, naturally. This is my personal favorite easy (all organic) brunch below, have a lovely, lazy, Sunday dears! xoxo: 

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Foxes, Glitter, & Paradise: Home Inspiration

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I’m a big believer that a few, simple, changes can make a place feel like home vs. merely a place you live. So while I was scavenging today, I came across these lovelies that I think would make little changes, but a big difference. To be honest, I’m kind of obsessed with them all (not to mention the title, can I deem that the name of my future book?) Yes, yes indeed, because who wouldn’t want to read Foxes, Glitter, & Paradise? I’m on it. I wish I was kidding. Anyway, I also wanted to keep everything in a reasonable price range, so everything is below $100. Not to mention every piece would definitely add a little whimsical-worthy fun to your home.

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{via (top to bottom): Tobi Fairley + Rosa Pillow, Urban Outfitters + Magical Thinking Blanket, Urban Outfitters + Home Geo Wall Organizer, Leif + Pinch & Glazer Planter, My Favorite Cult-Worthy Candle: Woodwick + Vanilla Scent,  Leif + Party Teaspoons, Urbant Outfitters + Ola Liola Blue Fox Print}

What are your favorite ways to decorate? Also, I feel like a lot these would double as cool gift ideas, don’t you? Have a fox & glittered-inspired weekend, whatever that means. xoxo til’ next loves.

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In My Cup: Simple Inspirations From Friends.

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Even though all I can dream about lately is my favorite season, Fall, I decided I might as well embrace summer here and there before it’s gone. To be completely honest my week has been little sparks of wonderful, and other moments have been a drab. Lots of pondering on where in the hell I’ll be living in exactly one month from now, and trying to find a new job that won’t make me completely miserable, and also balancing heavier thoughts of the universe (i.e. oh, you know, just the meaning of life and all.) On the other hand, I have definitely had my fair share of catching up with friends lately whom I haven’t spoken to in a while, which is always a welcomed change.  For instance, one of my closest friends lives in Asheville, NC and just got a new ‘big-girl’ awesome job where her job title includes camping eight straight days every 2 weeks. How amazing is that? Of course we talked about it for about an hour like two crazed 20somethings having a rare ‘hey, things are going to be okay’ moment. Ah, to have a job hanging out in nature? Lovely. She is a newly-licensed Recreational Therapist, so to score a job within a huge Wellness center is definitely nothing short of amazing.  She will be helping people with substance abuse problems- what a wonderful way to be around people and nature everyday and to give back in a way. It made me rethink a lot of where I’m heading, and where I want to go. Good vibes. Anyhow, hope you loves are having a wonderful Thursday! xoxo. Here’s a few things that have made my life a bit more whimsical as of late, the first being Jessica (whom I talked about in this post) and me in the ridiculous boa, naturally:

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{sweet (blurry) memories of childhood and playing ‘Cinderella’}

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 {summertime treats: GoAgave natural soda}

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{an article I wrote this week about my experiences of living in the South, and how it taught me to trust + a beautiful view from my parent’s home}

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{new superga sneakers, before rainy Dave Matthews concert}

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 {fall-inspired candy corn scented candles in midsummer- instant cozy home makeover}

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 {the plants in my home are starting to make the place look like a jungle, which is a welcomed look especially on rainy evenings while reading}

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 {cupcakes and cashmere + thanks for the drink idea+ carrot margaritas}

xo. Cheers to the weekend!

Rice, Rice, Baby: Thai Coconut Brown Rice

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{a part from my lame-themed title, this Thai Coconut Brown Rice recipe makes up for it}

So lately as things around my life have just been a little hectic, I’ve been gravitating towards being a complete home-obsessed dog lady.  I’m also equivalent to that of a vampire because of my lack of sun as of late. Although, I am in no way ashamed of that statement- I happen to admire vampires, who doesn’t?  No one, that’s who.  Anyhow, I’m sure vampires love Thai food, another thing no one doesn’t like. Thai food is easy, comforting, and incredibly versatile.  Plus, I like to pretend I’m suiting up for a trip to Thailand in the near future (i.e. just let me dream). Ah, but vampires and Thailand- really. It’s the perfect combination. However, on to the best Thai-takeout-inspired recipe…ever.  Also, it’s much healthier, of course. Woo! 

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{another lamed-theme statement; my modest kitchen, aka, where the magic happens…hell yea. Clearly, I believe in year-round christmas lights, it’s the simple things}

you will need

1 cup brown rice

2 cups of coconut milk (I used half whole-fat coconut milk, and half light coconut milk)- you may give or take on the cup-age, I’m a risky kinda’ girl and eyed it. 

2 tbsp of grapeseed oil 

1/2 diced onion

1/2 diced bell pepper

Handful of fresh basil

Handful of fresh cilantro

as wanted, purple cabbage served raw (it’s delicious with the rice + amazing for us raw)

pinch of smoked paprika, pink himalayan salt, & pepper

oh, and clearly, Sriracha is a no-brainer for this one

p.s…some of the directions below may seem a little backwards, but just go with the flow, yo. 

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Secret to cooking the perfect rice: add the oil to the bottom of the pan on high-heat- after oil is heated- add your rice and slightly brown rice before cooking it. Works like a charm. 

Directions: Add your coconut milk to the already somewhat browned rice, and bring to a boil. Also, because we don’t want the rice, well, ‘rice-y’, stir the rice continuously so the rice becomes more on the sticky side. It makes for a creamier dish, which is what you want here. Add your onions, bell peppers, and spices once at a boil. Continue by following the cooking time as directed for your rice. For instance, I cooked the brown basmati rice I was using for about 35 minutes, give or take. Just depends on the type of rice you are using.  Remember to keep stirring continuously (i.e. arm workout.) After your rice is cooked, before cooling, add your basil.  Stir. Serve atop your purple cabbage and top it with cilantro.  

Obviously, the cabbage is optional, but it’s absolutely delicious with this because of the balance and texture it gives the dish. It’s very fresh and feels like spin on a nutrient-dense salad. It would be perfect for day-after lunches, too. So making this in advance is always an option. Hope you enjoy, feel free to ask in questions or suggestions in the comment box. Til’ next time my loves. Oh, and cheers to delicious Thai food, and vampires. 

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Don’t Get Naked? : Have We Lowered Our Standards of ‘Au-Naturel’?

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(via free people)

So the other day I bought a bag of ‘natural caramel corn.’ The label offering its’ kindest words of, “Hey! I’m sorta’ healthy, and I’ve got pretty packaging with that lucky word, ‘Natural’, on it! Buy me!” It was, indeed, only three ingredients- so I bought it without a second thought.  And, being a pretty healthy-minded young woman I felt that was about the ‘healthiest’ caramel corn I could have bought (i.e. justified, sort of). That is, until recently when I started hearing about the Naked Juice ordeal. How they have been using synthetic added ingredients (i.e. GMO soy, synthetic fiber, etc.) that they didn’t have to necessarily label on their packaging because of the lack of regulation of food here in the US. They are trying to deny all of this, of course, which is why they decided to ‘settle’ the matter, rather than tackle it. Which brings me to my point and back to my lovely caramel corn; Exactly how did we manage to get ‘Natural’ out of caramel corn (of all things) and an array of other foods parading the grocery aisles? I will kindly wait for an explanation, all while considering myself guilty as charged– I’m clearly no saint. And, for that second of justifying both the caramel corn and a product made by Pepsi Co. as being ‘au-natural’– what does that say about our society and what we consider, well, just plain healthy?

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Clearly, as the years have brought a bounty of trying to get back to ‘simple’, we’ve also allowed marketing to create a field of ignorant bliss. I will be the first to say I am horrid at saying “no” to packaging that promises what’s inside. That, of course is the wonders of great marketing, but I think Naked Juice is a lesson that needed to be learned. If we truly are moving towards more ‘home-grown health’, we have to think outside the box of consumerism. These days, marketing health is almost as necessary as actually obtaining it.  Companies will, and always will, try and take the easy way out for a buck or two (or millions, ya’ know), especially when our country makes it blatantly okay to do so.  If the FDA would let them have it, they were only bound to have their cake and eat it, too. That’s exactly what Naked Juice did.  The only ‘natural’ and ‘simple’ intention they had was to sell us $4 dollar juices, that is only worth about a couple of nickels.

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With that, I don’t think we’ve necessarily lowered our standards of what ‘natural’ constitutes (fresh, local produce, etc.), we have just lowered our standards of what that looks like. Let’s be honest, we are attracted to pretty things. If we weren’t there wouldn’t be a fashion industry, or marketing, a multi-billion dollar beauty industry, etc. There has to be more ‘conscious consumerism’ to counteract companies like Pepsi Co. who are making money off of what isn’t really there. ‘Natural’ is pretty simple, and it isn’t caramel corn (sadly) or processed juice made by a company that is known for soda. Health is natural.  Moderation, being smart about the food we choose to buy, and most certainly our own awareness of what our own standards are when it comes to these choices. Hopefully this was a thoughtful message that came across you today, we are in control of the world we live in by these simple choices we make everyday.

That’s my Friday rant, my random thought, and quick point. Cheers to Friday, loves! xoxo

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(via the local rose, lovely blog)