Monthly Archives: July 2015

Five for Friday

July 31, 2015

fc876cede03975d2fcecca07a1f77fcbHappy Friday! Have any exciting plans this weekend? We are going to a Shakespeare in the park performance of Much Ado About Nothing, looking forward to being outside under the blue moon tonight! Besides that, our weekend is pretty mellow (which may mean a Netflix binge of the new Wet Hot American Summer series is in order!). Have a great weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

When street art takes over a city, amazing!

 

Once in a blue moon!

 

There is nothing casual about grabbing a cup of coffee with a new friend.

 

Perfect summer meal.

 

What can’t meditation do?

 

Image of Lake Retba, Senegal / via /

Summer Staycation

July 30, 2015

summer staycationYou cannot go on Instagram right now without seeing someone’s amazing pictures of some far off amazing land that they traveled to for their amazing summer vacation. While while it is definitely necessary to take a break and actually use your vacation days, it doesn’t mean you have to travel halfway across the globe. A summer staycation can be the perfect antidote for wanderlust when you can’t get away. I know for me, the summer seems to be flying, so all the more reason to slow down and soak it up. Here are some ways to plan a staycation this summer, wherever you may be living.

 

Sleep in – Allow yourself to turn off all alarms and sleep in until you naturally wake up. It is amazing what a little extra sleep can do for getting into vacation mode!

Take time off – Take some days off from work if you can and create an out-of-the-office message for your emails to really to the time off to unplug.

Play tourist – Take advantage of your area’s attraction that you may normally skip as a ‘local’. Hit up a museum, a new hike, a sports event, or just let yourself wander around a new part of town with now agenda.

Take a nap – In a hammock, on the beach, or on the couch, an afternoon nap can be the ultimate luxury!

Go to a new restaurant – Finally check out that new restaurant and indulge in the new atmosphere and new foods and take your time. No need to rush on staycation!

Have an outdoor movie night – Hang up a white sheet and find a projector to borrow to enjoy a movie under the stars, If you can’t find a projector, a lot of cities have movies in the parks during the summer, so do a quick search to see whats playing around you!

Read – In the middle of the afternoon, put your feet up and grab a book or magazine and let yourself forget time for a few hours.

Have a BBQ our outdoor party – Throw a party that your 12 year old self would love, get water balloons, squirt guns, a piñata, popsicles… the list goes on. Make it a party where playing is the focus (not what happened on True Detective last week).

Go to the beach or pool – Go during the week when it’s not as crowded, pack a picnic, and stay until you are pruned from the water and warm from the sun.

Pamper yourself – Often when getting ready for a trip, a new outfit is picked out for the destination, so why not treat yourself to the same to wear and feel great while doing any of these staycations activities. Go get that mani-pedi while you are at it!

 

What else would you add to this list?

 

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Sister Sister // Lounge Style Icon – the Haim sisters

July 28, 2015

With legs and hair for days, the Haim sisters have an easy going rock n roll style that is polished, gritty, and heavy with seventies influence. As sisters, we love seeing the similarities and differences in sister style with other sister sets.

 

The 3 sisters together plus drummer Dash Hutton make up Haim the band (Haim is their last name – Hebrew for “life”, pronounced HIGH-im). Este the oldest sister is on bass, Danielle on guitar and lead vocals, and Alana the youngest on guitar and keys.The sisters grew up outside of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley, playing music together in their garage and then as a sixties cover band. They formed Haim in 2007 and in 2013 they released their first full length, the excellent Days are Gone. After a nonstop 2 years of touring, the sisters have taken some much deserved time off and are now back in the studio working on their much anticipated second album. We can’t imagine how much fun it must be to share such a special musical bond and get to tour the world with your sisters! Big fans of their music (as is Stevie!) – we are also equally in awe of their effortless style.

 
The common style denominators with all three girls are straight long hair parted down the middle, leather jackets, denim, tiny dresses or skirts, and demin shorts. Whether in their stylistically awesome music videos, rocking on stage live, major editorial photoshoots, or at glamourous event they tend to always keep a few of these elements. Black, white, and denim blue are their neutrals, with an occasional pop of deep primary colors. Dresses are mod, skirts are leather, and black is best. Take a cue from the sisters and never second guess if a motorcycle jacket will go with that dress. Wear a polished blazer with your cutoffs when the summer days cool down at night. Check out some of our fave looks and get inspired!

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Rituals of Rest // Adult coloring books

July 27, 2015

I will admit after a long day of working in a creative field, more often than not the last thing I want to do is be creative in my free time. While winding down for me does include ‘good’ things like going to yoga and reading, it also includes watching TV and mindlessly looking thru my Instagram feed for far too long. While wanting a new ritual to add to my routine, I’ve noticed that adult color books are gaining in popularity as a pastime that is not only creative, but also is relaxing and meditative. A coloring book gives you (literally) the outline to flex your creative muscles, which can help to get over that creative barrier that exists in a blank page waiting for you to draw or paint on, which for me after ‘having’ to be creative for work is a relief. Adult coloring books also bring with them the nostalgia that most people have for coloring as kids and captures a sense of play that we as adults forget to make time for. I just ordered Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford which has been on Amazon’s 10 top ten best sellers list for ALL books. I can’t wait to break out the colored pencils, turn off all screens, and start coloring. Below are a few more coloring books that look amazing. Have you colored at all lately?

Adult Coloring Books

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Coloring Book by Johanna Basford

Adult Coloring Books

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Adult Coloring Books

Adult Coloring BooksAnd last but not least: COLOUR ME GOOD RYAN GOSLING colouring book.

 

Five for Friday

July 24, 2015

Ralph CraneHappy Friday! What are you doing this weekend? We having some friends over and grilling tonight, going to try to make this. Saturday we are finally going to go to a baseball game after talking about it for far too long – do you do this too? Have a great weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

**Jalune is a part of the Summer Market on 1st if you happen to be in the Long Beach area, we would love to see you! More details here.**

 

Why daydream when you can look at a screen?

 

Beautiful and easy DIY to actually do instead of just Pin.

 

This is basically like eating a salad, so have a second slice.

 

What if money was no object – a beautiful reminder.

 

Also on the subject of being an adult, a must watch.

 

Image by Ralph Crane, 1950s

 

Natural Beauty Hacks // Coconut Oil

July 23, 2015

Natural Beauty Hacks // Coconut OilCoconut oil is the desert island survival grab for us, it has so many uses! We are still discovering ways to incorporate this magical multi-tasking oil in our lives, from cooking to our daily beauty routines. As you know, we are all about trying to be as natural as possible when it comes to beauty products. As for it’s benefits, it’s naturally antibacterial and anti-fungal, full of triglycerides and fatty acids. It’s an amazing moisturizer and can penetrate hair better than other oils. Here are some of our favorite beauty uses.

Natural Beauty Hacks // Coconut Oil

Soothe dry skin straight out of the shower with Moisturizer. Coconut oil increases hydration and reduces water loss in dry skin.

 

Make a conditioning Hair Mask to deep condition your hair. We love doing this pre-workout or pre-beach: on damp hair, comb a dollop of coconut oil through your hair and pile into a bun or braid it. Go for your run or head to the beach – where you can even jump in the saltwater and the coconut oil will keep your hair combable. When you come home, rinse.

 

As a makeup remover, coconut oil works great. Put a dab on cotton ball or pad and gently swipe over closed eyelids and under eyes, cheeks, or lips. Just be careful not to get in your eyes. It will break down makeup and also hydrate the area. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

 

Smooth hair ends and tame frizz by smoothing a small amount to ends or problem areas. Coconut oil locks moisture in. Be careful not to put too much on your hair, or it will appear greasy.

 

 

It’s a breath freshener and teeth whitener as well. Oil pulling, which is the fancy term for swirling coconut oil in your mouth for about fifteen minutes, brighten your smile as well as remove bacteria and help improve conditions like gingivitis.

 

Heal and soothe cuticles and peeling skin by rubbing coconut oil at the base of nails.

 

Make your own lip balm with coconut oil. I like to put some into a miniature jar and keep with me to smooth over my lips on the go.

 

Coconut oil is a great base for exfoliating scrubs. Add a handful of coarse salt, sugar, or our favorite ground coffee and mix. The moisturizing oil will last long after the sugar or salt has melted away keep your skin soft and freshly exoliated.

 

Use as a natural shaving lotion. Coconut oil is naturally antimicrobial and its skin-soothing properties will leave your skin hydrated.

 

The oil can be used as a natural face highlighter to perk up your makeup routine. Apply small amount of coconut oil on top of makeup on your cheekbones to add subtle glow.

 

Coconut oil makes a great under eye moisturizer. Use overnight by dabbing a bit of coconut oil on under-eye bags and fine lines. Light enough for the most delicate skin on your face.

Shoulder Opening Yoga

July 21, 2015

I know for me, I hold a lot of tension in my shoulders and neck. Sitting at a computer all day doesn’t help, but then add in some of my favorite activities like stand up paddleboarding and swimming, and my shoulders tighten up like a vice. The shoulders are the largest joints in the body so it is important they are both mobile enough for the wide range of movement of the arms and stable enough to provide the support in pushing/pulling actions. Enter this quick yoga sequence that combines shoulder strengthening poses with shoulder opening poses. This is the perfect 20 minute sequence that you can squeeze at the end of your workday to give your shoulders some much needed attention. Of course, always be mindful of starting any new exercise routine and stop if you feel any sharp pain. What are your favorite shoulder openers?

shoulder opening yoga sequence

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

1. downward dog

2. crescent lunge with bind

3. revolved crescent lunge

4. vinyasa to downward dog (repeat a & b on left)

5. eagle pose

6. dancer’s pose

7. tree pose with reverse prayer hands

8. prasarita with bind

9. thread the needle pose

10. locust/bow pose

11. bridge/wheel pose

12. happy baby

13. supine twist

14. savasana

Farmers’ Market Delights

July 20, 2015

One of my (many) favorite things about summer is amazing fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season at the farmers’ markets. It is hard to resist the vibrant colors of the produce that is available right now and I have found myself with more fruits and veggies than I know what to do with. That’s why I thought it would be helpful to make a roundup summer recipes that use ingredients that are in season right now. What summer recipes have you been making, do tell!

 

Cherries:

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Corn:
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Blackberries:
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Cucumbers:
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Tomato:
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Peaches:
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Five for Friday

July 17, 2015

Portraits-of-Animals-Dressed-Like-Humans-by-Ago-Partal-1Happy Friday! How are you spending your weekend? We are headed to a small backyard wedding on Saturday complete with yard games and a food truck, should be a great time! Sunday starts bright and early with my SUP yoga class that I am loving, there is something magical about being on the water shortly after sunrise. Have a lovely weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

The funniest woman right now. (can’t wait for her new movie!)

 

Inspired by the traveling piano man.

 

An important feminist film you must see.

 

Literally help map the world.

 

This dessert mashup needs to be made.

 

Image (and more hilarious animal portraits) / via /

 

Easiest Cold Brew Coffee

July 15, 2015

cold brew coffeeCold brew coffee seems to be everywhere these days, what once started as a hipster coffee trend has just recently found its way into Starbucks. And for good reason, it is the perfect way to enjoy coffee on a hot summer day. Cold brew, like its name, is coffee that is brewed at a cold temperature which helps to extract the flavor and caffeine without the bitterness from oils and fatty acids that are released during the usual high temperature brewing (which most traditional iced coffee is just hot coffee cooled and poured over ice). Now that you can impress people with you cold brew knowledge, here is a super easy recipe to impress people with using a French press.

 

Ingredients:

2/3 cup high quality coffee beans

3 cups filtered water

1 tbsp milk/cream (optional, I like using coconut milk for a super creamy latte like result!)

 

Directions:

Coarsely grind he coffee beans and place in a large (8-cup) French press.

Add 3 cups filtered water and stir.

Put the French press plunger on top (don’t press it down yet!) and store in the refrigerator for 12 hours. This can be done the night before and will be ready for you in the morning!

After it has steeped, slowly press down the plunger. Pour over ice, add your milk of choice, and enjoy!cold brew coffeecold brew coffee