Monthly Archives: April 2015

Lazy Day Braids

April 28, 2015

Not being a morning person, sometimes (okay most of the times) there isn’t much time in the morning for getting ready. Coffee making and finding something to wear take priority, leaving time only for a swipe of mascara and a quick hair fix. A braid or braids is our favorite hair trick to look more put together and mask bed-head. More often than not it takes only a few minutes to braid your hair and get out the door! Here are some of our favorite looks (and bonus further inspiration slideshow of famous braids.)

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Fast Fashion with John Oliver

April 27, 2015

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver never fails to say the things most media outlets want to avoid. His latest piece on fast fashion really drives home the point that most people are just not aware of where their clothes are coming from. Most people want to know where their food is coming from these days, so why not your clothes? This video covers a brief history of the manufacturing practices of some of fast fashions biggest players (and not without John Oliver’s humor sprinkled throughout). It is definitely worth watching the whole 17 minutes, just as some “fashion for thought”.
 

Five for Friday

April 24, 2015

404790978_e41ad28039_oHappy Friday! Have any fun plans this weekend? I am looking forward to laying low this weekend after a long week and planning for a trip this coming week. The one thing on my agenda is to see While We’re Young, have you seen it yet? Have a beautiful weekend and here are some finds from around the web…

 

I am sure you have all heard the news – but – Have mercy

 

Something to celebrate, the Last F**kable Day.

 

She continues to inspire (and is now one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People)

 

More girls being rad (I love this so much) via

 

Is it popsicle weather yet?

 

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Modern Beauty

April 23, 2015

We were so inspired by Bazaar’s recent celebration of some of the modern women changing how the media sees beauty that we just had to share it. Beauty (like food) is another controversial topic and idea of what is beautiful is ever changing with trends of the times and ideals that are then latched onto by the media. The following women are breaking these molds and redefining (or rather letting go of the need for a definition) of beauty. Take a look at their slideshow that inspired us here, as well as some more stunning shots below of these gorgeous women.

 

Denise Bidot:­ her website motto is “there’s no wrong way to be a woman”, we couldn’t agree more!Denise1 denise2 denise3

Rain Dove: at 6’2” the former wilderness firefighter who believes her career is a type of activism. “I think it’s a different kind of activism. Like, women shouldn’t have to step into men’s roles to be empowered. They should be able to step into themselves”

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Jade Willoughby: one of the only First Nation (Native Canadian) models who just walked her first New York Fashion Week.

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Lea T: Brazilian supermodel and Ricardo Tisci muse. leat3leat1 leat2

Food for Thought

April 22, 2015

712b54eb9a6e0d525d2f4e49939cdd4dFood. It can be a topic for hot debate these days, with terms like organic, non-GMO, paleo, vegan. etc., all thrown around in hopes of figuring out what is the perfect diet (not to mention the huge industry that results). Those two words “perfect” and “diet” should never go together. I know that for me, eating is all about trial and error of what makes me feel good and energized – and also letting the act be enjoyable as well (enter chocolate and sweet potato fries and too much wine with friends). I came across this New York Times article that really spoke to this and in a very simple way outlined a healthy approach to diet. Here are the rules pared down (read the full version here). It was such a refreshing take on what has become overwhelming subject. Would you add anything to this list?

1. Get as much of your nutrition as possible from a variety of completely unprocessed foods.

2. Eat lightly processed foods less often.

3. Eat heavily processed foods even less often.

4. Eat as much home-cooked food as possible, which should be prepared according to Rule 1.

5. Use salt and fats, including butter and oil, as needed in food preparation. When you do eat out, try to eat at restaurants that follow the same rules.

6. Drink mostly water, but some alcohol, coffee and other beverages are fine.

7. Treat all beverages with calories in them as you would alcohol.

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Five for Friday

April 17, 2015

4e5629cbc85d81c82844e8f9aed65b28Happy Friday! What are you doing this weekend? One of my best friends is in town, so I am catching up on some quality girl time with her – cooking dinners, drinking wine, and hanging out in our PJs catching up on everything and anything. We are headed to a tour of a whiskey distillery tonight and then the rest of the weekend is up in the air (hoping it will stop raining!). Have a great weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

More people should tell you this when you are in your 20’s.

 

Speaking of millennials.

 

I NEED to see this in real life. Amazing.

 

Dogs in cars. That is all.

 

Brb, I have to go buy plantains.

 

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Houseplant Happy // How to add some green to your home

April 15, 2015

As we mentioned in our spring post earlier this week, we are adding some houseplants to our home to refresh our place for spring. Houseplants are not only pretty to look at, but they are an affordable way to breathe life into your space – literally. Plants release fresh oxygen into the air and release water into the air, potentially raising the humidity in your house as well. Plants also are naturally detoxifying;

“Plants remove toxins from air – up to 87 percent of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) every 24 hours, according to NASA research. VOCs include substances like formaldehyde (present in rugs, vinyl, cigarette smoke and grocery bags), benzene and trichloroethylene (both found in man-made fibers, inks, solvents and paint).” source.

The suggested plant to space ratio is 1 potted plant per 100 square feet of home. For those of us who do not have the greenest thumb, here are some plant species recommendations and tips for adding some green into your home this spring.

 

Some easy to care for species to look for:

 

snake palntSnake Plant – This tough plant thrives almost anywhere and can handle some neglect. Low to bright light is okay and looks cool anywhere with its striking upright appearance.

 

Christmas cactusChristmas Cactus – Our mom had one of this that lasted our whole childhood. Named for the pinkish red flowers that bloom in December, this easy plant looks great anywhere.

 

Aloe – An easy to care for succulent that also doubles as a moisturizer!

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Cacti – Less is more with these spiky wonders. Shallow dishes work best for cactus as they don’t root deeply and water only once a month or so.

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Jade – A symbol of good luck, water only when the top of soil is just dry to the touch.

 

Philodendron – Adaptable and easy to grow in low light areas, this plant looks great on shelves or as hanging plants as their leaves hang down.

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Airplants – these amazing looking plants don’t even need soil to grow! Just soak the leaves (not the roots) every 2 weeks or so.

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Succulents – Need lots of sunlight so a window sill is best – be sure to put them in a pot that drains and not to over water. Try arranging a few succulents together in a larger pot for variety – check out our DIY here.

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Bromeliads – This plant needs more attention than the others but is worth it! Here are the ones that are reccommended for indoors.

 

You can find most of these common house plants at home depot, your local nursery or even the grocery store. As for pots – we love antique stores, yard sales, flea markets for scoring cool used options – or getting the plain terracotta ones and painting them ourselves.

 

Spring things

April 14, 2015

springIt has been officially spring for a few weeks now, so I figured I would follow the seasonal tradition of what I am looking forward to for spring that was originally inspired by this blog post. (You can read about winter and fall too if you’d like!). After living in Los Angeles for over 6 years and not having a ‘real’ spring, coming to Colorado that has a full 4 seasons has made me appreciate these transitions once again. I have already declared my love for the feeling of a fresh start that comes with spring, but here are a few more things I am looking forward to.

spring flowersEating / anything grilled – salmon, tons of veggies, and mango (try it, it is so good!)
Drinking / pamplemousse LaCroix, too much coffee
Practicing / speaking in front of large groups of people (namely those in yoga classes!)
Mastering / working smarter, not harder (not sure where I heard that, but love it!)
Learning / handstand – so close!
Trying / to be kinder on myself
Playing / frisbee, now that the weather is great for running around barefoot in the grass!
Finishing / taxes, woo
Reading / Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon, an honest memoir you don’t have to be a fan to appreciate
Remembering / to take a breath before reacting
Wearing / hole-y jeans, chambray shirts, and vans
Cooking / anything that can be put in a taco -fish tacos, sweet potato and black bean tacos
Working / Not as much, and it feels good!
Traveling / to Palm Springs for a dear friends wedding and then to New England for family time
Wanting / to start taking a pottery class

 

What are you looking forward to this spring?

 

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Five Ways to Refresh for Spring

April 13, 2015

primavera1While we may have one more late spring snowstorm in Colorado, for the most part spring is here – the days are longer, the leaves are on the tress, and flowers are popping up everywhere. Along with everyone else who lives in a place with a long winter, spring inevitably makes you feel like a bear coming out of hibernation, slowly getting used to the sunlight again! But on the other side of that, is the feeling of a time of renewal and fresh starts. Maybe it is just me getting older, but I look forward to the new spring veggies at the farmers market and finally being able to open the windows! Here are five of the ways I am refreshing for spring – just little things that have helped me to start this new season a feeling revived and a little lighter, both around the house and for myself.  What are some ways you are refreshing for spring?

 

Spring clean – So this may be an obvious one, but giving your place a good deep clean will help reenergize your place after a winter of closed windows and less light. Focus on an area of the house each weekend to not get overwhelmed. It is also a great time to out away and store any bulky winter clothes and bedding that just take up space and feel heavy in your bedroom.

 

Get some houseplants – Adding green instantly enlivens you space! Head to your favorite nursery and pick out a couple new plants that fit your space and amount of light you have. Plants in the house are also great for air purification as well, but that is a whole post in and of itself!

 

Eat seasonally – As the days are warmer and the sun sets later, I find myself craving more veggies and overall lighter meals. Take advantage of the spring produce by going to a farmers’ market or even just asking the produce person at whole foods  This blog is a great resource with monthly what’s in season produce round-ups. Make it a point to try a new recipe that include these foods!

 

Donate unwanted/unused clothes – Spring is a great time to go through your closet (and the rest of your house!) and see which sweaters you barely wore or what shoes you still haven’t found the perfect occasion for. I like to ask myself these questions when cleaning out the closet: Does it fit well? Does it make me feel good? And have I worn it in the past 6 months? If not, into the donate pile it goes!

 

Rearrange your furniture – You don’t need to buy new things to update your current place, simply rearranging your existing furniture can make it completely different! I used to rearrange my childhood bedroom every few months, loving the chance to recreate my own space again and again. Try moving your bed against a different wall, or move the couches to face one another instead of a TV. Having a new perspective can make your old place feel new and fresh, and for no cost!

 

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Five for Friday

April 10, 2015

c83f3037e7d90740d3a4b8e8611bebdbHappy Friday! Anything fun going on for you this weekend?The weather is supposed to be warm, so we are going to have our first picnic of the year! Beyond that, we are laying low this weekend, so my other big plans are to plant my herb garden for this year and repot some of my poor succulents that need a bigger home (it’s the little things!). Have a beautiful weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

“Always be yourself. Unless you can be Beyoncé.” Truth.

 

Obsessed with this song + video.

 

I need to buy a tart pan STAT.

 

I bet most of the people going to Coachella have no idea who rocked headbands and fringe first.

 

Mischievous mosters.

 

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