Winter’s Neon + Vanilla Beet Smoothie

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Hello loves, here I am. It feels like months and months since I last updated this lovely space of mine. I’d be lying if I said life has been all things sparkle and glitter lately. I’ve been brushed with a lot of emotion on so many different levels. Mainly, I cannot think of any other description besides this; life has been, winter. Since my last ‘mini-post’, writing- really anything- has felt a bit forced. Especially if I’m trying to share a fun post. So I’ve summed it into this: It’s another stage of this bright life, a time and place where we’re supposed to really pay attention to the present. Not document it so much.

Although, I’ll admit, that thought sometimes seems funny to me. Most of our lives almost have to be documented these days, in so many social standards. And I’m just as guilty as any other. Continue reading “Winter’s Neon + Vanilla Beet Smoothie”

In My Cup: Weekend Style and Sorts.

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{the best iced latte I have ever had at the 7th Street Farmer’s Market, with Vanilla Bean-infused sugar}

Hm, for the most part life as of late has been pretty busy with here and there, and a lot of craziness in-between. I was stoked about moving somewhere new for the past month, and then like most things, my plans went into a hectic downpour and I decided to stay in my current apartment. In which, yet again, I should know my luck because I waited until the itsy bitsy last minute (as any person of my nature would, life is unpredictable, random invites to Paris could always be hovering around the corner, right?) and someone grabbed my lovely apartment right from beneath me. So now I’m something like a nomad, per usual. Oh, the loveliness of life. Anyhow, after about 3 hours of complete spazz mode seeing I had nine days to figure out a new place to call my habitat, I opted for a bottle of wine. I thought it was a great idea. It must have been actually, because the next day I was notified the heaven-sent angel said he was in ‘no hurry’ to move in (it’s like, where are you going to live you mysterious man? Are you just drifting along, or did you just finish ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and get all lovely and thankful on me?) so I said karma would grace him any day now, like any normal person would respond. He is giving another 2 months for me to wait until the last minute. What a lovely, indeed.

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{I had to include a quote, you can’t reference ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, without a quote. It’s impossible}

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 {my first choice for stress-management, naturally}

So with the two months in hand, I’m still all over the place as the where I want to move. I could just stay in Charlotte for another year to get a bit more steady, but then my whole ‘Life is short, Laura White, what the hell are you doing?’ voice blows me away like some god-like conscious. Stating the above when I least expect it, like while I’m making coffee, or while I’m in the shower, making pancakes, watching a move, driving, etc. I’m actually kind of a hazard at this moment in my life, please consider this a warning if you see me driving past you…god-like voices from our conscious do not discriminate while driving, apparently.

However, aside from my craziness, as always. I hope your Saturday is lazy and full of summertime randoms. Here are some things/inspirations in my cup lately…

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 {speaking of infusing sugar, I’m thinking of giving this classic idea a healthy twist by infusing my coconut sugar with vanilla beans instead}

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{obvious self portrait moments, that we’re all guilty of, when I realize I’m always ready for it to be Fall/dark color schemes}

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{what I’ll be painting tomorrow, because who can resist gold painted honey bears as vases? Obviously, like, no one. A Beautiful Mess, always has such addicting ideas}

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 {Sex on a first date? My advice, from a gypsy fairy perspective (you’ll know what I mean, ladies, in my best ‘Samantha’ voice), of course}

freepeoplebalcony.

 {Refinery29 nails switching to natural makeup-three-part ‘need to knows’ + these Free People slips are so pretty}

sweetlyrawbananadonuts.

{healthy mini-banana donuts, they do exist! Vegan & gluten-free, plus how cute are they?}

Skin Trip: Dreamy Hair; Wake Up and Smell The Roses, Dears.

Bonjour loves. Hope you’ve had a merry morning, and you’re smiling at the least.

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 I’m definitely awake and smiling dolls- my fourth (horrible, I know, clearly an addict) cup of coffee tells me so.

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 Anyhow, yesterday I was browsing my local health-food store for miraculous concoctions (and by browsing, looking like a somewhat spazz on the isle floor reading ingredients). Pretty often I find myself getting bored with products I use for my hair, especially conditioner. So, I always try to keep to a somewhat routine yet play around with products I use. My hair is really long and can become a mess if I’m not using a conditioner daily, and can get super-dry, so I’ve become pretty thorough about what your hair needs. I’m super addicted to finding products that don’t stray from natural oils and of course, have dreamy smells. I figure, what’s the point in using something if it doesn’t either 1. make your hair look like Penelope Cruz’s, 2. have a seriously enchanting smell?

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 Someone once said the key to having perfect skin and hair is to do the most itsy-bitsy-est amount of straying from its’ own balance. Basically, usually what your hair (and skin) need is closest to what it already has. Our imperfections are often born from our imbalance of something we absolutely have, but aren’t always treating correctly. Everything from products we use to our diets, greatly end up illustrating if we are balanced, or imbalanced.

This got me thinking yesterday, so what to do, dears?

 I often get asked what I use for my hair, so I figured I would offer up my own routine, and perhaps get some feedback. More times than I’d like, when I tell people what I (don’t) use- I’m pretty much some crazy cave dweller who obviously doesn’t even know how to spell her own name. I can hear the Southern drawls already chanting, ‘Bless her heart’, in their mind.  Well…I’m not a cave dweller, for one, I can spell my name, for two,  and three, my routine is probably a lot cheaper as well.

 Here it goes;

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 (The only decent picture I could find that somewhat shows my hair at the moment, I’m left, best friend, right, too much to drink…everywhere.)

 1. don’t use shampoo; it’s pointless, it strips away our natural oils- every. commercialized. shampoo. does. this. I don’t know why people feel the need to use it, or argue that they need it. Ever hear, “My hair is super oily, so I can’t use any oils and can only use shampoo.”

 It’s because when you use most of today’s shampoos, they instantly strip your hair. So, the imbalance begins. Your hair then tries to (super-women-esque-ish) produce oil to replace it, and often over-produces to try and balance itself out. Which, then just becomes a circus of elephants and tigers galore because we try to wash it away, and again, our hair produces more oil. Ironically, the end result becomes over-processed, brittle, super-dry, hair.

 2. When my hair is feeling a little oily, I use Alaffia’s Unrefined Shea Butter in Vanilla Mint. It’s amazing, and don’t freak, it’s technically a ‘body wash’, but it rehydrates my hair and therefore, oil production slows. Plus, obviously it doubles as my body wash, face wash, and love of my life.

 3. Oil, oil, oil, ladies; the absolute, hands down, BEST, idea you’ve ever had for your hair. Don’t be afraid. When you hydrate with natural oil at least once a week you get amazing results and benefits from it. Mostly importantly, your hair will become way(yyy) stronger and therefore, glossy.

It may take your hair a little getting used to at first, because as I said, it probably is a little imbalanced if you follow SAT (Standard, American, Techniques, as I like to call it.) It’s nice to remember all the lovely cultures around us, and how naturally gorgeous they are because the lack of processed, synthetic, perfumed, crazed products we see our way.

 I use oil on my hair everyday single day, but if you’re a little ify at first, try the once a week idea. You won’t regret it and the circus will definitely be hindered.

 Shea, Jojoba, Avocado, Almond, Coconut; Are my loves. They are the oxy-morons of oils because our hair and skin soak them up pretty quickly, even with some of their heaviness. Olive, to me, tends to get a little on the greasy side- so I have separated that into my, ‘FSO-for skin only’, category.

 Feel free to blend the aboves together as you please. Just make sure you are getting the best oil you can find from a trusted source. Sadly, this whole ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ train has, and is still, becoming pretty popular and easy for some companies to jump on without the right…let’s say, morals. Aka…they put cheap filler oils in with the more expensive ones, for a quick and painless profit. Check those ingredients, ladies, it only takes a moment. 

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 4. Stay light with your conditioner routine if your hair isn’t used to oils yet the first week; If you’re using my love, Alaffia, or going to give it a whirl, you are in the know and good to go…you can skip conditioner all-together the first week.

 5. I’m working on my own conditioner at the moment, which was Rose-and-Vanilla-Mermaid inspired yesterday. I obviously felt a little ‘ehh’ about the conditioners I came across pondering about.

 Either they smelled pretty…um…not so lovely, yet had some ahh-maz-inggg ingredients! Or, smelled a bit like heaven(nnn) minus the essential ingredients for my very driven and constant search for Mermaid-hair.

 I got to thinking I may as well put my expertise to use. Definitely trial and error in the next few weeks, but I’ll hopefully have it available through Etsy by October-ish.

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(Gorgeous Keira Knightly gracing Harper’s Bazaar UK, Tom & Lorenzo)

xoxo.