Category Archives: Beauty

Rose and Saffron Golden Milk Latte + a Giveaway

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In my next life – or if I can find some extra time in this one, I suppose – I want to be a flower farmer.  If you are on Instagram, then chances are that at some point this summer you saw this image come across your feed.  I think it must have been shared 100s of times (I even saw Britney Spears repost it…and yes, I do follow and love Britney!), and rightly so because Erin and her farm are 100% dripping-in-beauty, flower farming #goals.

Because I wanted to have a piece of Floret at home, I bought a few of their bulbs to put in my own garden.  This is a classic case of when one thing leads to another, but soon I started buying a lot of bulbs, more seeds, and eventually had two small – but mighty, thanks to my overcrowding them – gardens.  I am also generally of the opinion that you can never have too many flowers however, so take that for what it’s worth.

I’ve been reading books like Roses Love Garlic and A Wilder Life; both of which I highly recommend, especially the latter if you are into nature, or are just looking for ideas on how to bring the outdoors in.  As I sit at my desk and watch the rain slam my window (for the fourth morning in a row now, might I add), I’m finding some of these ideas especially helpful.  I have herbs and the last of my lavender plants and roses drying on the sill, to be made into tinctures and added to various drinks like this version of golden milk.  I truly love this kind of thing.  It’s the point at which my hobbies intersect; playing in the dirt, learning about flowers, and experimenting in the kitchen.  It’s very cool.  To me, at least.  Ha.

You know what is genuinely very cool though?  My friends at Andalou Naturals have been busy celebrating NON-GMO Month and would like to give FIVE of you $100 worth of 1000 Roses products!  As you might know, Andalou is the first and only beauty brand to receive 100% Non-GMO project verification.  You can read more about how much I adore their products here.  What better way to cap off October than to infuse your beauty routine with some rosy goodness, right?  Entry is simple, and you can find all of the details below.  I will notify the winners on Tuesday, November 1st.  Good luck!

PS – I’ve had some trouble getting emails out to subscribers within the last several weeks (Argh!), so if you are interested, there are a few new posts on the blog!

 

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Vegetable Noodle Bowls with Creamy Almond Butter Coconut Sauce

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I turned 35 last month.  This was not necessarily a milestone birthday, but one that seemed to have more of an impact on me than say, 30 did.  30 was good.  There was no monumental freak out or feeling of having to suddenly have my life together.  I’ve never functioned on a timeline anyhow, and saw no new reason to then (or now).  I spent that day lazily sipping champagne by a pool in Palm Springs, and any time that I can combine bubbly and sunshine works for me, birthday or not.

This year was decidedly different with more of a focus on being near the people I care about, than cocktails and lounging per se.  It was a quiet day, but a very happy one nonetheless.  I think I’ve been reflecting a lot more lately, and in general, have become more deliberate and thoughtful in my actions.  This has been a good thing for me of (typically) very little patience.  Is this what growing up means?

I am more concerned about wellness than ever before, and while there will always be a place in my life for things like extra cheesy pizza and creamy piles of pasta, a greater emphasis has been placed on my morning green juice and finding slightly healthier ways to enjoy my favorite foods like the Chinese Chicken Salad pictured below.  (I tweaked the recipe from Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook, which I highly recommend!)

I have to admit that I make some of these choices based on vanity.  The truth is that my metabolism is no longer as forgiving post carb0-load as it was when I was in my 20s, and those champagne-fueled nights show up everywhere – most noticeably on my skin.  I am 100% down with aging gracefully – and quite frankly feel more comfortable in my skin than ever before – but if there’s anything extra I can do to keep it from looking dull and tired (regardless of whether or not drinks are involved), then of course, I am down for that too.

 

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Pistachio Rose Milk (Mylk) + My Favorite Rosy Beauty Products

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Roses are having a moment right now.  I am not sure that they ever actually went out of style, but lately I am seeing the blooms in everything from foodstuffs to beauty products – and I couldn’t be happier about it.  I love a petal-packed DIY, infusing the floral flavor into lemonade, and adding the fragrant water to spicy margaritas.

This post is a twofer, starting with my latest concoction, and ending with a few of the rosy items that have been on heavy rotation in my skincare routine.

I realize that the milk (or “mylk” if we’re being trendy about it) recipe requires a couple of splurge/maybe not in your pantry ingredients like raw pistachios and rose tea.  I promise you though that if you do try this, you’ll want to make sure that you have both on hand at all times going forward.

And if you want to leave the rose part out, in the very least, make some pistachio milk (Just use filtered water in place of the tea in the recipe below.).  The pistachios are naturally so sweet and creamy when blended that I like the end result even better than homemade almond milk.

I am going to leave it at that as this post is pretty long to begin with, and because I have a few things to tend to over here on the back end.  Thank You so much to those of you who contacted me last week when the blog went down (It was looking all sorts of crazy for a few hours there!).  I think we have most of the major problems fixed, but if you notice anything else or are looking for something specific, please reach out!  In the meantime, I am going to work on the site redesign I have been talking about for approximately the past 400 days, and wish you a very happy weekend!  : )

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