I’ll Be Drinking Water, Like I’m Daisy.

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{well, we’ll pretend he’s drinking water, p.s…I loved The (*new age) Great Gatsby this weekend!, did you?}

Water. Such a simple and classic choice. However, I know these days beverage choices are like wonderful promises of new beginnings- wonderful, ‘slimmer’, ‘I’ll-be-fucking-gorgeous-after-I drink-this’, beginnings. Don’t act like you have never bought a trendy drink, either. You have, just admit it to yourself. ‘Energy’, ‘fat-burning’, ‘detoxing’, ‘hydrating’, the list is endless, really. Companies are getting very creative in their marketing themes when it comes to making you choose the ‘skinny choice’. We’d be lying to ourselves if we didn’t think they have an image of an ideal consumer/target market, in mind- and that’s why I use the term ‘skinny’. Most times they successfully bombard us with ‘healthy’ labeling that disguises the fact most bottles, for instance, equal two servings. In other words, if you see that the nutrition label does, indeed, specify that there is more than one serving, multiply that sugar content, love. That’s a lot of sugar for one drink. So yesterday, in ode to my longing for summer and my anger at sneaky beverage companies, I broke out the BIG guns mason jars and sliced fresh watermelon to jazz up my ‘drinking experience’. Take that! Yes, I probably even (sadly) softly spoke that statement under my breath. The funny thing is, it’s kind of amazing how much of a difference it makes to spice up your routine of simply drinking…water. We Pinterest that shit all the time, but do we actually do it? I must admit- it’s a nice touch. A little bit of ‘wonderful’ in its’ simplicity. Not to mention I sort of pretended I was Daisy from The Great Gatsby, because I’m lavish and I’m having an affair with Leonardo DiCaprio, and I drink my water with neatly cut up watermelon to infuse it, and it’s wonderful. Do it! xoxo.

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Channeling The 60s: Edie+Twiggy Eyes For Your Weekend.

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There are certain trends that feel seriously played out when it comes to matters of makeup. Especially really dramatic looks that feel way too overdone to wear in everyday life. To me, simplicity is always the winner. Simple makeup is classic- a staple, highlighter of your natural beauty. However, there are just some cases where ‘dramatic’ ends up winning. For instance, Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick’s staple of dramatized eyes during the 60s, in which, they pulled off effortlessly.

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 I’ve always wanted to try it out, but for one, I had no clue where to start. I mean, not that it stopped me- who knows how many times I ended up staring back into the mirror looking like a raccoon gave me makeup advice.

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 However, I finally found that the key is balance, and not everyone will look good with a white eyeshadow/highlighter as the foundation for this look (as most DIY’s stand by). When you figure out what balance is right for you, it’s a fun way to add a little something to brighten your eyes while keeping everything else, simple. Especially when you want a playful look for weekend festivities. The below picture is pretty simple to see how to mock this iconic look. Hint: It doesn’t have to be perfect, that’s definitely another key. Have fun with it! We’re young!

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{Quick Tips}

1. Use a yellow concealer and dot around eyes, and under.

2. Dot a pretty highlighter around your eyes, I don’t suggest using white- however, yellow or peachy undertones are most welcomed.

3. The rest is pretty much described in the picture above, I didn’t use false lashes when I did mine, too much work.

 4. Oh, and if you mess up on step 4, the key to mine was just making little eyeliner dots on the under-eye rims, instead of dragging the eyeliner. Then just follow with lots(sss) of mascara.

{What I Used}

Physician’s Formula Yellow Wear Mineral Concealer in Soft YellowOrigins Brightening Cream Eyeshadow in Ginger Zing, Pacifica Natural Minerals Eye Shadow in Enlighten, Tarte Lights, Camera Action! Mascara, Physician’s Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black

Hope this sets the weekend off to a fun start. xoxo.

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Pretty Simple Editions.

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I know that day is coming around where most of us girls buy Mum big bouquets of bright colored flowers and give her a necklace that we hand-selected (blah, blah, blah), hoping the gesture will bring about some sort of common ground for all the years of serious mother-daughter torment.

Well, I decided to make a bit of a conscious ‘everyday’, simple, sort of ode to her. Although I’m sure tradition will still carry on. {*those cute ‘state necklaces?’/with the heart on your hometown seem like a brilliant idea…X’s 2, perhaps?/I’m horrid.)

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1. When you know she’s trying to help, but starts by saying, ‘If you want my opinion, the first thing you’re doing wrong is…’ Yea, that one. Keep calm, listen, and just simply say, “Thank you.”

2. If she insists you look breathtaking when you wear your hair straight, the next time you see her, wear it straight. What’s the worst that could happen? Well, aside from knowing you’ll be resembling a less-than-impressive version of a frizzy-hair Ariel, that Mr. Walt  Disney himself would laugh at. {Oh, and yes Mom, I’ll end my sentence in a preposition, I know it’s wrong, it just sounds better}

3. A handwritten note is almost extinct. So put some thought into it, then walk to one of those weird blue things that you see on the street and voila! It’s a lost art, and she’ll be seriously thankful.

4. Call her up and have an actual conversation about HER. When is the last time it wasn’t about US? She listens to our sometimes mundane life events, it’s the least we can do to listen to hers.

5. Make her dinner, or lunch, or breakfast. It would be dependent on whether our expertise lies in toast, or that handed-down recipe of your Grandmother’s. Either way, she’ll finally be relieved we aren’t surviving off of trendy smoothies we constantly rave about. {“Mom! Chia seeds are amazing when mixed with bananas and almond butter!”}

6. If she doesn’t live near you and you can’t cook for her- send her your favorites from the bakery you frequent. Most places do an awesome job of shipping these days, and it would be a cool way to share at least a little part of your life when distance separates you.

xoxo.

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What I’m Adoring: Non-Organic Lemons. (Yes, now read on)

If you don’t know me, which most likely you don’t, one of my very first obsessions you will find here is the lovely word; Food (sparkles, glitter, standing ovation!). It’s such a simple word, with, like, a million connotations wrapped around it. Honestly, these days we are absolutely fucking warped most times when it comes to the subject. Insert guy at the grocery store the other day: “Hey babe, don’t get those lemons! Get the organic ones! They’re so much better for you!” Okay, I know I’m the makeup-less hippie-ish girl standing next to you eyeing the bell peppers, but are you fucking kidding me? Dude, they’re lemons and you just paid all of $2.19 each for the “organic” ones. I mean, thanks for the free comedy show for the spazz girl- but are you a damn idiot? Yes, indeed, he was. It’s called WASH THEM.

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 I mean, there are definitely times when I believe if I don’t buy a specific fruit or veggie ‘organically’, that I’ll somewhat (kind of, maybe, most definitely?) fall into a puddle of water like the wicked witch of the west. However, I do try to choose that fate carefully, like any crazed health nut should.

All in all, if you do find some time to reflect/meditate/wake the fuck up, food is probably one of the hottest topics of the twenty-first century being that how we produce the stuff has been completely zombie(d) in the past 50 years. Awesome. I think it definitely should be a higher priority to my generation to see the correlation here, it does after all affect…ya’ know, if we live or die. Oh, and the guys that produce the stuff…ya’ know, farmers. Cool, just a thought here.

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So, in retrospect I, admittedly, am a capital SPAZZ(ZZZ) about the idea of eating ethically and hopefully boosting your local community by giving a bit of a damn. However for today, I will (sort of) get off my soapbox and hope to spread a little knowledge when the buzzword “organic” presents itself in front of you at the oh-so-lovely grocery store. Plus, maybe you’re planning a picnic, they’re becoming pretty trendy these days. (Hint, hint, hint, how awesome would it be to be them right now? #lovely)

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Okay, so there is a method to the madness, and it’s something we crazies like to call the ‘Clean 15’ -which is basically a rule of thumb of what to buy organic. It’ll definitely save money.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducts a study annually about what fruits and veggies are the least and most likely to be contaminated by pesticides. Pesticides are ridiculous in that they basically are just used for hurried crops that need to be harvested in a timely manner, so the next can get started. Cha-ching, at the cost of our health. Thanks, America! If you didn’t know exactly why it’s so bad, the toxic-laden spray can cause anything from chronic diseases, to digestive issues that seriously harm your health. It’s actually a pretty swarmed list of other things that I won’t get into right now. Anyhow, some of them are kind of like a no-brainer, but after hearing the guy from the other day I might as well spread a little knowledge wealth for people who want to think “organically.” These are fruits and veggies that don’t necessarily need to be ‘Organic’ (you’ll probably just waste money if you decide otherwise)-Drumroll, please my darlings; xoxo

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 {1 Corn}  {2 Onions} {3 Pineapples} {4 Avocados} {5 Cabbage} {6 Sweet Peas} {7 Papayas} {8 Mangoes} {9 Asparagus} {10 Eggplants} {11 Kiwi} {12 Grapefruit} {13 Cantaloupe} {14 Sweet Potatoes} {15 Mushrooms}