Monthly Archives: August 2014

five for friday

August 29, 2014


After a busy week, we finally have made it to a long weekend! How are you spending this Labor day weekend? As much as we love having an extra day off, this one is a little more bittersweet as it marks the change of seasons. We are going to try to soak in the last of summer by getting outside, having a picnic, and trying to wear all of our cute summer clothes before it’s too late. Have a gorgeous weekend and here are some links from around the web…


As David Bowie said, ‘I want the young American‘.


It must be a mistake that it has been 20 years since these lovely ladies shared the screen.


As if True Detective wasn’t great enough, this beautiful man showed up taking responsibility for directing it.


Beyond the pantsuits, words from one of the wisest business woman today.


Eating the last bit of summer with this refreshing dish perfect for any Labor day BBQ.


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beyond cucumbers // our favorite beauty foods

August 28, 2014


Trying to find natural beauty products doesn’t have to be hard, many of our favorite ingredients are probably already in your kitchen.



It sounds like a sticky mess to put honey on your face, but we have been doing this for the past 3 months and love it. Honey is a moisturizing face wash with natural antibacterial properties, helping keep skip clear. It’s properties stay intact only in raw unfiltered honey, which can easily be found at trader joe’s or whole foods. The trick is to make sure you wet your hands and face with warm water before using a dollop.



Lemon is a natural antibacterial and full of vitamin C and citric acid. This helps in reducing age spots, acne, and generally clear your skin. Use sparingly by mixing with water and tea tree oil if you have it and apply like a toner with a cotton ball after washing your face.


Coconut oil

Coconut oil is the ultimate beauty food. Beyond being super moisturizing, coconut oil has natural antimicrobial properties, vitamin E, and proteins that help regenerate the skin. Use it as moisturizer anywhere, on your face, body, or hair. Our new favorite way to use coconut is on the hair before going to the pool or beach – simply smooth through your hair and braid it to keep a natural barrier from the elements.



As we have mentioned before, coffee is the perfect natural exfoliator when finely ground. It is not as abrasive as other exfoliators which is essential for those with sensitive skin.


Olive oil

Not to be overshadowed by coconut oil, olive oil is also a natural hypoallergenic moisturizer you can use on the body and face. Use extra virgin olive oil on damp skin for long lasting moisture. You can also mix olive oil with sea salt to use on your body to remove dead skin.



Sugar may be getting a bad rap these days, but it has a natural occurring glycolic acid that is moisturizing and alpha-hydroxy acid that helps maintain healthy skin and reduce toxins. Use sugar (either brown or white) as a gentle exfoliator – just combine with an oil on this list and gently use on your body.


Beyond being essential for guacamole, avocado contains vitamins A, D, and E as well moisturizes your skin. The omega-9 fatty acid called oleic acid is found in avocados which aids in repairing damaged skin cells and reducing inflammation of the skin. We love to use avocado as a base for our avo-coconut oil face mask.


Greek yogurt (plain)

Greek yogurt is a another great base to use as a face mask. The lactose in yogurt helps to clean the skin, getting rid of dirt. Yogurt also contains lactic acid that is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that reduces signs of aging, fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. Lactic acid also removes dead skin by unclogging the pores and smoothing out the skin.



guest post // lavender infused cappuccino

August 27, 2014

Today we are featuring an amazing recipe from Maegan of Hand-Meyd. Her lavender infused cappuccino is simple yet such a special way to enhance your morning ritual.


A long time ago I got into the habit of infusing milk for my coffee and tea. It’s quite an easy process and an interesting take on conventional cream and sugar. I also like to pre-sweeten my milk for added convenience in the morning — one less thing to add to my mug! You can actually infuse your milk with almost any desired herb or spice; I’ve tried it with vanilla beans, raw licorice root, star anise, cinnamon sticks, etc. All delicious and perfect for flavor layering.  That’s the fun part, combining different spices for certain occasions or seasons…rosemary and star anise in winter, lavender and dried orange peels in the summer. The list goes on!


Lavender Infused Milk

  • 2 tablespoons dried culinary lavender
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey

In a tall glass or coffee press, combine the lavender, milk and honey.  Stir to thoroughly combine and refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to fully develop.  Once the milk had been infused, strain out the lavender buds and pour into a seal-able container.  Store the milk in the refrigerator and use within a week.

Once you’ve tried your first batch, adjust the amount of lavender based on your preferred taste.  Double the amount if you like a more pronounced flavor or halve the amount if you want a more subtle hint.


To make yourself a perfect lavender cappuccino with your espresso machine, fill and tamp the portafilter with fresh ground espresso and lock into place in the machine.  Pour about 1/2 cup of lavender infused milk into a steaming pitcher and use the steam wand to warm the milk to the desired temperature, swirl while steaming to generate airy foam.  Set the pitcher aside and then start brewing a one ounce shot of espresso into a medium sized mug.  Pour the steamed milk over the espresso, using a spoon to hold back the foam.  Finally top with the desired amount of milk foam and a few lavender buds.  Enjoy!

I personally like to use about 1/2 cup of milk in my cappuccino, but feel free to use less if you prefer a stronger hit in the morning!

Looking for other creative and fun ways to use culinary lavender?  Make your own herbs de Provence or add some to  your ice cube tray to make lavender lemonade!



 Maegan of the amazing DIY blog & project journal,, is a Canadian food enthusiast and third generation maker.  Environmentalist by trade, creative by passion.  She is a certified Environmental Professional and her day job involves sustainability management and environmental policy & program development. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Recycling Council of Alberta and is obsessed with her French Bulldog, Juniper.


August 26, 2014

In this new series we are speaking to inspiring modern women and having them share their morning rituals and secrets with us. Meet Chérmelle, aka the Coffeetographer, and get a glimpse into her creative life.

Tell us about yourself.


Hi. I’m Chérmelle and I live bi-coastally between Los Angeles, my hometown and New York my lovetown – I feel both are very much me. I’m a writer, photographer, storyteller and a documentarian. Most notably I do all three on my site This summer I took on being a contributor with the fabulous online space and working with Creative Mornings where I’m now contributing content and photography through the lens of coffee and style.


I’m a lover of people, the arts, and culture so I endeavor to tie all three into my personal work of capturing the spirit of people through my platform of coffeetography to documenting and curating coffee as a culture through the arts.


What time do you wake up in the morning? Describe your morning routine until about 10am.


I’m up early usually 5ish. Sometimes, if the ideas are really going in the late 4 a.m. hour.  I’m not necessarily moving physically yet though. I usually take some time in ten-minute increments to pray, daydream and meditate, in that order. I like to get a start on life before the world wakes up the world beyond the doors of my house including the social spheres of Twitter and Instagram. When I’m in running mode, I’m doing that 5 days a week and afterwards it’s a shower and day planning by 7:30.


I admit, while I also work at a desk, I will scan Instagram, and or awaken my twitter feed with my usual Hello [Insert Day} with a quote from the comfort of my bed. By 7ish, I’ve planned the day specifically for how I’m going to move and what I want to get accomplish. And then it’s an all out beautiful attack to get it all done. Usually, I don’t have coffee at home, I prefer to have it in the coffee shop. So quite contrary to what people may think, the coffeetographer doesn’t have coffee every day. I might have multiple coffees within a day, but usually I’m having coffee 4-5x a week at a coffee shop. I have it at home, if I’m trying something new or that is sent to me. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoy being served.


What’s your coffee / coffee drink of choice?


Any coffee with milk. A flat white is about my favorite, and a cortado is its close runner up.


What’s been a favorite or coveted place of yours to enjoy a cup of coffee?


Coffee for me is situational. So it really depends on what I’m doing that determines how I’m going to enjoy being a space with coffee. But, I do love intimate spaces, and I think intimacy can be achieved in coffee nooks and even in bigger spaces. I love going to Fix Coffee in Silverlake in L.A. it just holds a charm for me that is unmatched, it hides me and conceals me but still thrusts me among people and there’s a lot of culture there – art, music, design, I just think its perfect.

There’s also Café Grumpy in Park Slope, one of the perfect window seats around and the coffee paired with the in-house made sweets at BlueBird Coffee is like my default place to go and catch up with girlfriends – it just feels like home.

And, if I’m people watching, which I love to do, it’s Toby Estate in Williamsburg. Give me a communal table or a long bench and I can wander for hours at the people and life passing by–one of the best pastimes ever. I have so many more depending places that I like based upon what I’m doing but these are some of the activities I like doing best when I’m having coffee.


What’s the last thing that inspired you?


Oh wow. There are three. I conversation with a friend, Tygr, the soundtrack to Zach Braff’s Wish I Were Here, and my last flight I took which brought me from New York to L.A. this time.


What’s a favorite morning beauty, food, or get moving tip you may have?


I’m into a hat thing right now, so I love throwing it on literally as soon as I wake up – I’m in a phase. Outside of that, physically, I love a fruit and herb smoothie. Avocado banana with mint and almond milk is everything. I also like banana, strawberries and basil. Spiritually, it’s prayer, I believe in God, and when I pray and spend time with him – I’m set. Creatively, it’s journaling, just getting down my stream of conscious early before the self-talk comes in that tries to talk me out of whatever I need to be doing. And mentally, I love consuming positive talk – Abraham Hicks, Julia Cameron, Maira Kalman, Seth Godin and Les Brown are some of my tops.coffeetographer_jaluneHow do you relax/take time for yourself daily?


I have to slow myself down. I’m a nap taker. I love a nap. If I don’t take one, my body will make me take one. And, I enjoy coffee breaks. As much as coffee is also work for me, I still find time to do coffee dates for one, spending time with myself is so important. And I keep myself inspired through my own journaling, taking out time to chat with a friend about their life and nothing about mine, and doing something that makes me laugh – it’s so important. And, oh, I love doing things in the middle of the day, like a matinee, it feels so rogue, independent and free or if its an all day-er I try to go a little off the map, take a ‘wrong’ turn or linger a little longer somewhere just because.


What does your ideal day of rest look like?


On an ideal rest day I’ll start with a smoothie for breakfast and a hoard of magazines like The New Yorker, Vogue, W, Interview, Nylon, and Elle. Then spend the afternoon at a matinee followed by a trip in nature, to the beach in LA or the park in New York. Finishing the day with an evening flat white, Thai food for dinner, and time catching up with loved ones and friends.


Morning Stretches // 20 minute morning yoga

August 25, 2014

yogaAs I have mentioned before, I have been trying my hardest to become that fabled morning person that gets up with the sun in a good mood and flawlessly moves through a carefully planned out AM routine. In reality I am hitting the snooze several times and when I do finally get out of bed, I make a beeline to the coffee maker and avoid any interactions until my morning coffee has been drunk. But I have started to discover that if I hop out of bed and immediately start moving my body, the morning does not seem so hard. This morning yoga sequence is the perfect quick and easy routine you can easily do anywhere in your house requiring only a mat and helps you gently wake up (even before coffee, I promise!). The sequence takes about 20 minutes and can be shortened or lengthened depending on how much time you have. What are your go-to ways to wake up and start your day?


Here is the sequence along with some helpful links about each pose:

cat-cow to wake up your spine

downward dog

sun salutation A (2-4 times)

sun salutation A (2-4 times)

vinyasa to downward dog

crescent pose

lift up to half moon

lower down reverse warrior and repeat other side

vinyasa to downward dog

pigeon pose

happy baby

side twists


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five for friday

August 22, 2014

luis-cornejo3We made it to the weekend! What are your plans? After a long and busy week, I am looking forward to sleeping in and slowly drinking my coffee without looking at a computer screen. Later I am headed to a friends art show and then going to get some much needed sister time in! Hope you enjoy your weekend and here are some links from around the web this week…


“Mental time-travel is one of the greatest gifts of the mind.”– a fascianting read on time perception.  


Loving these bright and playful paintings loosely based on Disney characters.


A yummy throw back breakfast treat I think I need to try to recreate.


A great rundown of some more natural beauty options.


A marriage of time and space – and of the great man himself to his faithful wife, this film looks incredible. / via /


Painting by Luis Cornejo / via /

natural exfoliating coffee lip scrub

August 21, 2014

coffee_lip_scrub_6 As I have shared before, I love to keep my beauty routine as natural as possible. While I am pretty good at sticking to the routine, I tend to overlook one area, my lips. I don’t know about you, but I notice that my lips are the first to show signs of the elements, whether it is being out in the sun, swimming or the change of the seasons that is upon us. This exfoliating lip scrub has only 2 ingredients (and 2 of my favorite things) that are probably already in your cabinet – coffee and coconut oil.The coffee helps to gently exfoliate while the coconut oil is super moisturizing and has natural antimicrobial properties.


To make, simply combine one part coarsely ground coffee to one part coconut oil.


Mix well until a paste forms. Gently rub on your lips in a cricular motion. rinse off with warm water, pat dry, and follow up with your favorite lip moisturizer (or just more coconut oil).


The scrub will last 2-3 weeks in the fridge.coffee_lip_scrub_5


On Pointe // Lounge Style Icon – Misty Copeland

August 20, 2014

Ballet is a constant inspiration in fashion and art as history has shown. Such an incredible feat of beauty and strength, the dancers themselves have been muses for centuries as well as the stories, the productions, the costumes, the innovations and more. For us, its that classic mix of colors and textures both on stage and in rehearsal that we can’t help but want in our everyday lives. Plus, the off-duty dancer wears anything with grace and athleticism like no one else.


Right now there is a legend in the making in the world of ballet and if you don’t know about Misty Copeland yet, prepare to fall in love with our ultimate modern ballet muse. Defying all the odds that were against her, with an incredible talent that drove her quick career trajectory, Misty has now been a soloist ballerina at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre since 2007. Her incredible physique and beauty makes her impossible to take your eyes off of. As a lounge style icon, its the classic ballet leotards, sweaters, tights, textures, and colors mixed with modern workout gear and her beauty that gets us inspired.


Take a look at some of our favorite photos of Misty as well as a video of her in movement, from her recent campaign for Under Armour.misty_copeland_style_1 misty_copeland_style


Women Before 10am // Inspiring modern women – Lindy

August 19, 2014

In this new series we are speaking to inspiring modern women and having them share their morning rituals and secrets with us. This first interview is with Lindy, a stay at home mom of four (four!) boys living in Riverside, CA.


Tell us a little about yourself.


I am a stay at home of four boys (Nico, 10, Elliott, 8, Olive, 5 and Sam 1)… I grew up in Seal Beach, CA leaving for a few years to live in Minnesota in my husband’s hometown. Now we live in a 100 year old craftsman bungalow that we are restoring in the heart of historic Riverside. I spend as much time outside with the boys as I can and this year we are embarking on a new adventure by homeschooling my three oldest boys.


What time do you wake up in the morning? Describe your morning routine until about 10am.


My mornings start around 7 when my baby sneaks down the hall and climbs in my bed (after convincing his older brothers to lift him out of his crib). We snuggle and talk until he has to get up- then we head straight for the kitchen. The first thing we do every single day is make smoothies- different everyday but they have to have spinach because my kids are convinced they’ll get big muscles if they have it everyday. After sitting around in the morning sun, sipping smoothies in our pjs- everyone heads off to get dressed and I grab my robe and make coffee for Luke and I. I start on breakfast as he heads off to work and eventually once everyone is fed, dressed and happy- I get dressed and sometimes sneak in a morning shower (my favorite luxury- sleeping with wet hair is the worst for long wavy hair like mine). We are usually totally ready to start the day by nine and then it’s out the door to adventure.


What’s your coffee / coffee drink of choice?


Right now we are brewing a dark blend from our local coffee shop… We try and mix it up with all these fantastic choices so close by. Luke prefers his cup from his stovetop espresso maker (old stainless steel percolator) and I use whatever grounds are left with a French press or in the coffee maker if we have company. We aren’t too picky or fancy as long as it tastes good and we can share the time together. I’m kind of addicted to coconut cream in mine (I buy unsweetened in a can at traders) because I’m trying to cut out sugar. Luke’s is black so making coffee for him is a cinch :)


What’s been a favorite or coveted place of yours to enjoy a cup of coffee

My favorite coffee spot is my grandmothers old green chair in the corner, under the morning sunshine, watching my boys start their days. My French bulldog Clementine lays in the sun under my feet and we sit in peace until someone needs help finding a belt or brushing out a tangle. Sometimes I finish a whole cup in silence, it’s complete heaven.


What’s the last thing that inspired you?


The latest thing that inspired me is my son Sam. We noticed early on that he seemed to be missing things happening right in front of him and that he was slow to hit many milestones. He was diagnosed as partially blind and my heart broke for how hard I assumed his life would be. He has totally proven me wrong- he constantly works twice as hard as everyone else to master the things he sets his mind to, he has learned to walk, run and climb despite having almost no binocular vision or depth perception. He always has a smile on his adorable face and never ceases to amaze me with his sweet disposition and joy filled personality. He reminds me everyday to sink into the gratitude of the mundane details I sometimes take for granted. We call him Super Sam and he’s definitely my superhero.


What’s a favorite morning beauty, food, or get moving tip you may have?


I eat eggs almost every morning because I know how much protein my body needs to carry, run, snuggle, tickle, squeeze, chase, climb and keep up with my four boys. Starting my morning off with something that feels good helps me remember to take moments in our hectic day to tend to my needs.


How do you relax/take time for yourself daily?


I relax when the day is done for my boys- we have always put them to bed early, both so they are well rested and so Luke and I get time to connect. I relax with my husband, we sit on the porch or lay on the couch and talk about our days and each other. My favorite place to unwind is with my head on his chest, listening to him breathe and feeling safe. It’s an incredible thing to let go after being responsible for four lives all day, he is my safe place.


What does your ideal day of rest look like?


My ideal day of rest would be in the middle of nowhere, camping in the wilderness while my boys all fished with their dad. I could lie in our hammock under the redwoods and listen to the sounds of nothingness around me. Knowing that my loves were all nearby having an amazing day but just being able to be still and quiet sounds absolutely perfect. If camping is off the table- then I’d take a day at the hot springs (no kids) with my sisters. Warm water, gorgeous sunshine and scantily dressed old men ;)  Perfection.


In Your Dreams // Planes & Missing Flights

August 18, 2014

In this recurring feature, we are going to exploring the meaning of dreams and their symbolism. Are there any symbols you would like to know about?

dreams plane painting


I used to travel so much for my last job that airports and the process of catching a flight was second nature to me. I had it down to a science how to get through security quickly, where the best coffee was near my departure gate, when to use the restroom one last time, and so on (a blog post on my travel tips to come soon!). Its no surprise to me that I often have dreams of missing flights or trying in vain just to get to the gate, dragging luggage through imaginary but realistic neverending airport hallways.


Missing a flight in a dream (or other mode of transportation like subway, bus, etc ) can signify worries about missing out on important opportunities in life. Perhaps you are struggling to make a big decision in life. It can also suggest that you are feeling disconnected in an area of your life, perhaps work, relationships, or at home.


An airplane taking off (which I never get to in my version) can literally mean an idea or plan is about to take off! Or it may symbolize your need or desire to escape your daily life.

If you are on the airplane and it never takes off, it could be mirroring your own hesitance or procrastination on a project or task.