Monthly Archives: March 2015

Not another To-do List

March 31, 2015

1cfda758c950c9fec65a3a184d210cf4I recently came across this blog post from Zen Habits about the “Anti-Bucket list” and it has been on my mind since then. I am sure most of us have written a bucket list at some point in our lives – that list that has lofty goals of travel, excitement, and out-of-reach ideas of what adventure should be. But as the author writes in this article, it can turn into a burden and something to feel guilty about if not accomplished, another to-do to add to our busy lives. I think it goes beyond just the bucket list and how we have tend to look outside of ourselves to make a meaningful life, like buying materials things, a big house, or a meditation retreat promises a breakthrough.

“The most amazing things are right in front of us, right where we are. Right now. We don’t have to go anywhere or see some incredible sights or do daring activities to experience the wonder of life.”

Remembering that we do have the ability to create a meaningful life right here and now (without having to Instagram yourself on the top of a mountain) is pretty powerful. I know that still wanting to care for gorillas in Africa à la Jane Goodall will always be written down in my journal, but staying present to what we have in this moment can make for the most meaningful experiences. And that is definitely something I needed to be reminded of in a world of to-dos, wants, and shoulds. What would be on your anti-bucket list?

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5 Tips for the Ulitmate Road Trip

March 30, 2015

roadtripA couple weeks ago we talked about feeling good while traveling, and we decided to continue the travel theme as it is spring break for so many and summer is just around the corner! Road trips are a classic American pastime and as warmer weather nears, I find myself daydreaming of the next one. I love hopping on the road and getting away for a weekend or longer. Here are some tips for making the most of traveling by road:

 

Get excited and do your research – Figure out what key places you are wanting to visit and base your route around it, leaving extra time for traffic and exploring along the way. Also look into the smaller towns nearby your destination for night time accommodations as they are most likely more affordable!

 

Make sure your car is ready to roll – Take her in for an oil change, have them check your tire pressure, get fluids filled up, and gas her up. It is worth the prep not to have your road trip interrupted by car troubles!

 

You have a trunk, use it – Since I like to leave my itinerary loose with a general idea of an ETA to our destination, I like to be prepared for anything: a spontaneous hike, a picnic, a rainstorm, a night out, or wherever the road takes you! I always pack boots I don’t mind getting dirty, a blanket, a clean pillowcase, a favorite pair of jeans, an umbrella, extra socks, bikini, beach towel, sunscreen, face & hand wipes, hat, and a refillable water bottle (as you can see, I use ALL my trunk space!) I also buy a gallon of water or two to keep in trunk to refill my water bottle (and save money).

 

The journey is the destination – Some wise person once said ‘the journey is the destination’ and when you are on a roadtrip make this your manifesto! Pull over often to take in the sights by stopping at the scenic overlooks, check out random vintage stores, or find the local coffee shops. Enjoy your in-car time as well by making some spotify playlists to rock out to before you go (and save your music offline for when you drive out of service areas). Grab a small notebook for whomever is in shotgun to log cool things you see like wildlife or restaurants to come back to. And definitely have a car charger for your phone and cameras within reach!

 

Talk to the locals – I love coffee so I am always keen to stop to get a cup. Usually the local coffee house is a great way to get some insight to whatever small town or city you are visiting. Local history, events, off the beaten path sights or shops worth experiencing. Ask questions, you may hit the jackpot!

 

Five for Friday

March 27, 2015

984f8816ae6d79242cf168d835918f10Happy weekend! What are you doing this weekend? We have no real plans this weekend, which feels great after a hectic and busy week. The weather is supposed to be warming up, so I think we are going to ride our bikes to one of the local breweries (that has the best taco truck!). Sunday calls for a lazy brunch at our favorite spot with homemade donuts and french press coffee, I can taste it already! Have a great weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

This has been on my bucket list since my obsession with dogs started at age five.

 

Love this idea for a date.

 

Great interview on this major street artist (and no, it’s not Banksy).

 

The best place on earth has a tumblr.

 

Making these and not caring if I ate them all. Oatmeal is healthy.

 

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Wednesday Inspiration // Berndnaut Smilde’s clouds

March 25, 2015

Berndnaut SmildeYou may have seen these images before, but we can’t help but share this stunning series again. Wednesday Inspiration // Berndnaut Smilde’s clouds is a Dutch artist who actually uses science to make the clouds you see in these images. This is not photoshop, instead it is a capture of a brief moment where he creates clouds by using a fog machine and regulating the environment’s humidity and temperature. Here are some of our favorite images to cloud up your day…Berndnaut Smilde Berndnaut Smilde Berndnaut Smilde Berndnaut Smilde Berndnaut Smilde Berndnaut Smilde

Natural Beauty Hacks // Apple Cider Vinegar

March 24, 2015

apple cider vinegar Raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar seems to be popping up on so many health blogs lately. With claims of alkalizing your system, helping digestion, aiding in detox, and reducing yeast and candida, many people have started adding a tablespoon or 2 to water to reap these benefits. Apple Cider Vinegar’s (ACV) health benefits go beyond just the internal (and don’t require forcing down a vinegar-y drink. Here are some ways to use ACV in your everyday beauty routine.

apple cider vinegarUse it after shampooing for super shiny hair and increased body. Just mix 1/2 tablespoon of ACV and mix with one cup water and store in your shower, using 2-3 times a week. Bonus, it also stimulates hair follicles aiding in growth.

 

Sooth a sunburn by taking a bath with 1 cup of ACV added in.

 

ACV has anti-fungal properties and is great to use as a foot soak pre-pedicure. Mix the ACV with equals parts water and soak for 10 minutes.

 

Use ACV as a toner, with its antibacterial and PH balancing properties, it helps clear blemishes, even out skin tone and reduce age spots.

 

Help razor burn and bumps by swiping a soaked a cotton ball with ACV over the area. ACV is anti-inflammatory and will help soothe the irritated skin. It also contains acetic acid which helps ingrown hairs by softening the skin around it.

 

ACV’s anti-inflammatory properties can also help with bruises and bug bites. For bruises, place a soaked cotton ball under a bandage for 1/2 hour. The acetic acid increases circulation to the area to promote healing as well. For bug bites, swipe cotton ball over the area, and the acid will neutralize the itch.

 

Five for Friday

March 20, 2015

pineapple sangriaHappy Friday and happy first day of spring! What are you up to this weekend? We are planning on doing a major spring cleaning, mainly on our back patio to get ready for grilling season! Grilled fish tacos may have to be made as a reward. I am also looking forward to taking my favorite yoga class and heading to brunch with friends on Sunday. Have a beautiful weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

In awe of Captain Lizzy, and of course Amelia the tropicat.

 

Cookie Monster, Life Coach. Yes.

 

This pied-à-terre makes me want to simplify my place even more. (That wallpaper!)

 

The happiest dog in the world.

 

These savory donuts just blew my mind.

 

P.S. – Need to make this pineapple sangria pictured above. STAT.

 

5 Ways to Feel Good while Traveling

March 19, 2015

5 ways to feel good while travelingIt is the time of year where planning trips seems to be on everyone’s mind, whether it is for spring break, the slew of spring weddings, or just some warm destination after a long winter. I know for me, whenever I step near an airplane I get sick, so I am usually armed with vitamins and supplements. But feeling good while traveling goes beyond just the airplane, it is being able to have the most energy to soak up those precious vacation days. Here are some ways I have found help me feel my best when traveling. What are some of your go-to feel good travel tips?

 

Make an airplane care package (for yourself) – Flying can do a number on your body drying out your skin, affecting your digestion, and exposing yourself to a plethora of germs. Each time I fly, I notice my ‘travel kit’ expanding – and it includes the following: rosewater spray for your face to moisturize and refresh, hand lotion, lip balm, immunity supplements, noise canceling headphones (key for both escaping that crying baby and for not having to have small talk for the duration of your 5 hour flight), sleepmask, snacks (lots of snacks), and of course those guilty-pleasure magazines (we’re looking at you, US Weekly).

 

Make it point to exercise – Whether it is biking around a new city, trying a new activity like stand-up paddleboarding or snorkeling, or even just walking instead of getting a cab, having some regular movement will help with your energy levels, help you sleep better (especially in different timezones), and will help keep your metabolism humming (and ahem keep your regular). It is also a great way to see a city from another perspective (beyond the tour bus!). One of my favorite thing is to get up early and go for a run before the tourists are out and before any plans for the day have been made.

 

Drink water – I usually have a water bottle glued to my hand regardless of travel, and I have even started to bring my own refillable bottle, which saves a ton of money (if the water is drinkable where you are traveling!). Staying hydrated will again, help with digestion, and help with the dehydrating effects of airplane travel.

 

Meditate – Yes, meditation always seems to pop up on these lists, but continuing to meditate even while traveling can help to calm your body and mind from the extra stress traveling can stir up. It will also help with getting a good night’s sleep and leave your mind open and present to make the most of your travel experience.

 

Let it go! – As our favorite Disney character, Elsa says, just let it go – and have fun! Even if you fail to do the aforementioned, it is okay to give yourself a break!  You are on vacation from the to-dos, the shoulds, and routine. Embracing where the moment takes you can be one of the best parts of traveling. So revel in sleeping in, staying up late, eating dessert with every meal, and just losing yourself in new experiences.

 

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Keeping up with the Jones // Lounge Style Icon – Rashida Jones

March 18, 2015

Rashida Jones is unlike most children that grew up with famous parents (Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton). Although she grew up in the midst of Hollywood, she knew she wanted to go to Harvard at the age of 4 – and she did. She set out for Harvard majoring in Philosophy and Religion before her return to LA for acting in mainly comedic roles that included Parks and Recreation (duh) and I Love you Man. As well as writing and acting in the almost too realistic love story Celeste and Jesse Forever. She has brought her down-to-earth, somewhat what goofy, but always beautiful spin to all her characters and has emerged as an actress and screenwriter that has given another facet to what a leading lady should look like.

 

Rashida Jones’ style is somewhat conservative in the eyes of Hollywood, but that is what makes her so approachable. She often pairs a structured jacket over more feminine pieces, resulting in a casual tomboy look that she effortlessly embodies. Her natural beauty shines through with little makeup beyond a bright lip and slightly undone hair and bangs that frame her face. Her style is the perfect inspiration as we come into spring and the temperatures are slowly rising. Layering a jacket or blazer over a spring outfit will take you from the warmer days and straight into the cooler nights. Pick up a new shade of lipstick you haven’t worn before and let that pop of color be your accessory for the day! rashida jones style rashida jones style

In Honor of Female Friendships

March 17, 2015

 met on the set of friends, quote “"I've slept in her guest bedroom a lot," Aniston "Without giving away too much of my private stuff, all I can say is she's been there for me through thick and thin."

Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox met on the set of friends. “I’ve slept in her guest bedroom a lot,” Aniston “Without giving away too much of my private stuff, all I can say is she’s been there for me through thick and thin.”

This past weekend, after spending most of it with one of my best friends, I was reminded how just how important female friendships are. Having the best friend you know you can call at 3am crying, who will always tell you when you have kale in your teeth or that those bangs will grow out, who you have made special memories with as well as enjoyed daily errands and conversation together is something I feel so lucky to have – and yet don’t always take the time to appreciate. There is even a national holiday, Best Friends Day, but I don’t think that going on a spur of the moment weekend road trip, planning a weekend meetup somewhere tropical with no makeup and bikinis, or just spending the day in PJs with bad TV and catching up should have to wait for that day. Honor the female friendships in your life by carving out a little more quality time for them. I know for me, it can be easy to get wrapped up in work, significant others, and to-do lists. But, whether you talk on the phone daily or keep up via texting, live in the same town or not – tell your bestie you love her today – or use as the Golden Girl’s Theme says:  “thank you for being a friend

 

In further celebration, enjoy some photos of our favorite besties, both real and fictional.

rihanna & melissa forde -the besties since growing up barbados, travel the globe together in style.

Rihanna & Melissa Forde – the besties since growing up barbados, travel the globe together in style.

Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha & Miranda: we all see a bit of ourselves in each of them and their friendship was the most important relationship in the series about relationships.

Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha & Miranda – we all see a bit of ourselves in each of them and their friendship was the most important relationship in the series about relationships.

sarah sophie flicker & karen elson - their friendship sparks serious closet envy, how much fun must for them to get ready together.

Sarah Sophie Flicker & Karen Elson – their friendship sparks serious closet envy, how much fun it must be for them to get ready together.

Blanche, Rose, Dorothy & Sophia – living with your friends in your golden years sounds like the best retirement plan

Blanche, Rose, Dorothy & Sophia – living with your friends in your golden years sounds like the best retirement plan.

Oprah & Gayle King – 30 plus years of friendship and they still talk 4 times a day.

Oprah & Gayle King – 30 plus years of friendship and they still talk 4 times a day.

 

There is a sweet piece on best friendship by Sarah Sophie Flicker & Karen Elson and a pretty artsy film by Sarah Sophie, Karen, and Zooey Deschanel on friendship

 

‘They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style.” – Sex and the CIty 

 

Behind Journal de Jalune

March 16, 2015

jalune4How was your weekend? It felt like summer in Colorado and we tried to make the most of the sunshine by riding bikes, going for a run at sunset, and eating outside. I hope this temperature trend continues! We have been getting more and more questions about us, Jessica & Hillary, the sisters behind the blog, and so I wanted to take a minute to reintroduce ourselves if you are new to our blog! Journal de Jalune is a blog that we started to address the modern woman’s spiritual and healthy journey to feeling beautiful inside and out, and it accompanies Jalune which is based on the same philosophy. I, Hillary, am based in Boulder, CO after living in LA for 6 years, where Jessica still resides. We had always been creative growing up, and while we continued into creative fields of work (graphic design, fashion, and the music industry), it was not the same as creating something of our own. And TOGETHER. It has been an amazing journey so far with creating the space that is Journal de Jalune and seeing Jalune grow.

 

Today, we are also so excited to a part of the Boulder Business Feature on jenniferegbert.com. Jennifer Egbert is an incredible business woman and a luxury real estate agent based in Boulder. She has always been a proponent of local businesses and supports the local community. Here is an excerpt of our interview if you’d like to see, and you can read the full interview here. Again, thank you Jennifer Egbert for the feature!

 

We love reading Journal de Jalune. Who writes for the blog, and where do you find inspiration for such great topics?

Thank you! Currently, we are writing it all ourselves, so it means a lot hearing positive feedback from our readers. Our inspiration comes from everywhere, the women in our lives, books, articles, music whose content strike a chord with us, our own issues that come up in our day to day life. We also find inspiration by taking a step back and being an observer – seeing with fresh eyes that the little things in life that we all have in common.

What are some of your favorite recipes that have been featured on your blog?  Are there any, in particular, that are a “must-try”?

That’s a tough one – we love food (and coffee!). The recipes we feature are all made with whole foods, making them healthy all the while still being an indulgence. A few of our favorites are the coconut hemp macaroon squaresvegan cornmeal waffles, and the beautiful lavender infused cappuccino.

Who is your favorite lounge style icon of those featured in your series?

Oh, that’s a good one. Jessica’s is probably the Women of Aspen 1971, based on the band of women that flocked to Aspen in the 70’s for skiing and bonding with each other. Hillary’s is Clémence Poésy, the French actress who is the embodiment of French style, casual and put together at the same time.

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We would to hear from you if you have any other questions or suggestions for us! Have a beautiful day!