Monthly Archives: August 2015

Five for Friday

August 21, 2015

FIve for Friday // journal de jaluneHappy Friday! Up to anything fun this weekend? I am heading to Spokane, WA tomorrow to spend a week with family (and will be taking a blogging break too). Hopefully the wildfires that have hit the eastern part of the state die down, there are supposedly some great places to hike nearby! Have you been to that part of Washington before? Have a great weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

I almost thought I was watching Grey Gardens again.

 

Get ready for all things pumpkin starting Monday, Sept. 7th.

 

Who said back to school shopping was just for kids.

 

In case you missed the debates, a must see recap.

 

It is almost the end of summer and I still have’t made my fave summery drink. This needs to change.

 

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Design Ideas // Quirky Planters

August 20, 2015

Design Ideas // Quirky PlantersI am slowly learning how not to kill even the most resilient house plant. And since learning how beneficial adding a little green in your house can be, I have been trying to expand my indoor collection of plants. While doing so, I have gotten a little bored of the plain terra cotta pots and have been searching for some not so run-of-the-mill planters. I have come across some great quirky planters that not only hold said plants, but quickly add some character to the house. Here are some of my favorites if you’d like to see! Do you have a lot of plants in your home?

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A Little Bit Country // Lindi Ortega

August 19, 2015

A Little Bit Country // Lindi Ortega I recently stumbled on the musician Lindi Ortega and she is now on heavy rotation for me. I cannot get enough her new album “Faded Gloryville”. Like our last music post on Leon Bridges, Lindi’s music is timeless and transports you to a different era. Her soulful country songs are reminiscent of my favorite era of country, the seventies. Her voice has elements of Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, and carries emotions beautifully, whether more hauntingly quiet in the gorgeous title track “Faded Gloryville” or full force in “When You Ain’t Home”

 

Lindi, who moved to Nashville from Toronto, recorded her album in Nashville and in Alabama at the famous Muscle Shoals studio known for its rich R&B and soul history and draw to legendary musicians like Bob Dylan, The Rollings Stones and Aretha Franklin. The album is full of standout tracks including an incredible cover of the BeeGees “To Love Somebody”. Another favorite of mine (though I would call them all favorites!) is “Run Down Neighborhood”,  that has a clever duet chorus that reminiscent of Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris. You can check the whole album out here if you’d like!

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Inspiration // Pep Talk Generator

August 18, 2015

Inspiration // Pep Talk Generator
Last week we talked about ways to be more confident and how we all have our off-days. Well, I just stumbled across this Pep Talk Generator which is oddly addictive and motivational. While inspirational quotes may be a dime a dozen (thanks, Pinterest!), this generator is chock full of wisdom from real women doing great things which makes it feel so genuine. It’s like having your best friend right by your side when you need her most! Give it a whirl here and let me know what you think!Inspiration // pep talk generatorInspiration // pep talk generator Inspiration // pep talk generator

 

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Five for Friday

August 14, 2015

Five for Friday // journal de jalune
Happy Friday! What are you doing this weekend? Likely as you are reading this, I am hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park, so after waking up at 5am, I will be looking forward to sleeping in on Saturday! Saturday night we are headed to a new restaurant that supposedly has an incredible rooftop, soaking up every last bit of summer! Have a beautiful weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

Shade balls are where it’s at. And no, it is not something dirty.

 

The only reason summer coming to an end is okay, the September issues!

 

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As they would indeed say, I can’t.

 

Bringing back the 90’s is not stopping at mock turtlenecks and chokers.

 

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Peach Coconut Muffins

August 13, 2015

Peach Coconut Muffins // journal de jaluneReason number 234,214 that I love summer: peaches. August is peach season and I cannot help but eat them with every meal (even dinner, try grilling them!). So with this over abundance of peaches, muffins sounded like the perfect way to create a portable peachy snack that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. These peach coconut muffins use almond and oat flour, giving them a hearty nutty taste and are therefore naturally gluten free. I also used a blend of maple syrup and honey for sweetness, which I love for the natural subtle taste you don’t get with refined sugar. The result are super moist muffins with sweet bursts of juicy peaches, perfect with a cup of coffee (but I am also dying to crumble them over ice cream!). Let me know if you give them a try!

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Ingredients:

1½ cups almond flour

¼ cup oat flour (I grind up oats in a coffee grinder)

¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided in half

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

2 eggs

¼ cup melted coconut oil

¼ maple syrup

¼ honey

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup peeled and diced peaches (about 2 peaches)

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line muffin tin with muffin cups.

In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients, except for peaches.

In a medium bowl, coat the diced peaches with the other ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Leave about ¼ cup of peaches aside for topping.

Add wet ingredients and peaches to the dry and fold together.

Spoon batter into muffins tins (about ¾ of the way).

Top muffins with the leftover peaches (and more coconut flakes if desired).

Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Makes 12 muffins

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Design Ideas // Wall Tapestry

August 12, 2015

Our mom was a hippie before she had us kids. Her bohemian style was found in her peasant skirts, Birkenstocks, long straight hair parted down the middle, and mandala wall tapestries – all of which mortified me when I was little. Slowly that style morphed into the 80s perm and mom jeans, but that is a whole other story. Looking back now, I would have loved to be passed down those quintessential 70s pieces. Most of all, the wall hangings. As I have been looking for an inexpensive way to add color and art to my place, I keep on stumbling on tapestries. Here are a few that I love (and that don’t scream dorm room!) if you’d like to see. ANd I’d love to hear – do you have any memories of your parents style that embarrassed you at the time, but would love to have now?
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5 Ways to be more confident

August 11, 2015

5 Ways to be more confident

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” Oscar Wilde

Somedays I feel more confident than others. I used to think as a teenager that when you were an adult you just magically became confident. I recall the women I used think oozed confidence, artists and musicians that were older and wiser than me, who were brave enough to share their work that they had poured themselves into. As I grew older I slowly realized that there apparently isn’t just one day where you wake up a confident grown ass woman. Instead, it was up to me to find that confidence within myself. It can feel like a lot of pressure sometimes as we get older to feel like you have it together and to put yourself out there to create a life you want. But knowing that your innate sense of self has always been with you is empowering. To be able to grow into whoever you want to become and improve your self esteem is constant work, but there are a few thing I have come to find help. And on days when my self esteem is lower than others or I have a big meeting or social event, I try to remember these tricks. Do you have any great self esteem boosters you employ?

 

1. The Awesomeness Portfolio. I recently discovered the Awesomeness Portfolio Technique from this article (that also lists some other great tips for confidence!). This easy project takes a couple minutes and can help you maintain your awesomeness: “Keep a list of all your accomplishments, experiences and events that made you feel competent, great at your work and confident in your abilities to shape the world. Every time you find your inner dialogue spiralling out of control, take a 3-minute break to go back to your Awesomeness Portfolio and remind yourself of how far you have come. Give your brain the evidence it needs to develop long-term confidence!”

 

2. Speak with purpose. Somewhere along the way, a lot of women learned that speaking up was not something women should be doing, and this is reflected in how we carryout conversations. As Tina Fey has said, “Speak in statements instead of apologetic questions. No one wants to go to a doctor who says, “I’m going to be your surgeon? I’m here to talk to you about your procedure? I was first in my class at Johns Hopkins, so?” Make statements, with your actions and your voice.” 

 

3. Power of the power pose & posture. Stand tall and proud. You got up today, right? Be proud of that simple accomplishment of leaving your cozy bed! Good, straight posture can mentally boost your attitude as well as passively command respect. You physically take up more space, and you should, you deserve to take up all your personal space. Another fascinating and fun trick is the Power Pose. Take a moment in front of your mirror or in the bathroom stall before a big meeting to stand like Wonder Woman for two minutes and let the that pose empower you. Really! Its fairly known that people make judgements based on nonverbal cues like posture, but what is more interesting and helpful to know that these nonverbal cues can actually change how you think and feel about yourself via cortisol (the stress hormone) and testosterone. Check out social psychologist and Harvard associate professor Amy Cuddy’s 2012 TED Talk on this fascinating study.   

 

4. Stop playing the comparison game. Don’t waste any precious time worrying about what other people think or how you compare to them. Most of the time they are thinking about themselves anyway. They definitely won’t be running that silly sentence you regretted saying over and over in their head, so why should you! “It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.” Oprah Winfrey

 

5. You are amazing. As simple as that. There is only one you who has had your experiences and journeys. Think back on what you have already accomplished, what you may have overcome, or how good your hair looks today even though you just rolled out of bed. “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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Five for Friday

August 7, 2015

Five for Friday // journal de jaluneHappy weekend! What are you up to? We are heading up to the mountains tomorrow to hopefully find some cooler weather, it has been in the 90s all week! Sunday morning start bright and early with SUP yoga, my favorite way to start the day. Have a lovely weekend and here are some links from around the web…

 

Stunning photos, I would never be able to pick a winner!

 

To say I am excited about this potential album is an understatement.

 

Worth the longer read, in defense of taking time off.

 

I know I am late to the party with this one, but this is dreamy.

 

Summer comfort food at its finest.

 

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Body Talk

August 6, 2015

It ain’t about the ass, it’s about the brain.Body Talk // Lena Dunham

We all know that regular exercise is an important part of living a healthy life, though it can get overwhelming being bombarded by the media to get that beach body, cleanse for a flat belly, and more recently how to get a revenge body. While all of these reasons may be motivation for some, generally, forming a habit such as exercise needs to go deeper than the superficial. Enter Lena Dunham, who has started to change the conversation with the use of a paparazzi photo.

 

 

Not usually one to post a paparazzi shot but this fills me with pride. Basically my whole life I have hated running and run like a wounded baby Pterodactyl. It was embarrassing and honestly I did not trust myself to escape a burning building or even move briskly towards a buffet. @jennikonner is directing the season finale of Girls and decided that as Hannah evolved so would her run, so she got me a training session with Matt Wilpers from Mile High Run Club. Within an hour I had a different relationship to this formerly torturous activity. I felt strong, swift and proud. I’m not about to embrace that triathlon life but it’s a true joy to continue getting more connected to my body and its powers. (Extra motivation provided by @manrepeller for @outdoorvoices.) #moveforyourmind

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As she says in her caption “I felt strong, swift and proud. I’m not about to embrace that triathlon life but it’s a true joy to continue getting more connected to my body and its powers”. It is refreshing for someone, especially a celebrity in the spotlight, to not focus on the perfect body, but a body that already is capable of so much. In another Instagram post, Lena spoke more about her #moveforyourmind mantra, saying:

Promised myself I would not let exercise be the first thing to go by the wayside when I got busy with Girls Season 5 and here is why: it has helped with my anxiety in ways I never dreamed possible. To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it’s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I’m glad I did. It ain’t about the ass, it’s about the brain.

Again, leave it to Lena to bring up topics such as mental health in a way that is totally approachable and gives light to the fact that exercise has benefits way beyond that beach body. It is a great reminder to stop focusing on the perfect body and start focusing on the whole body.

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