One day I was out of the turbinado sugar I usually use to make my Brown Sugar Body Scrub and I decided to try my hand at making my Body Scrub with used coffee grounds instead. Usually, the used coffee grounds (and their filters) end up in the compost pile, but lately, I’ve been making more coffee than salad so I decided to try to use the grounds for other stuff. Continue reading
This Earth Day weekend, New York GreenFest will be at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in New York. This Saturday, I’m going to be on a panel with Yoli Ouiya of Yoli’s Green Living and stylist Eden Di Bianco of Eden’s Hair and Makeup. The topic of the panel is “Green Your Beauty and Your Life” and we’ll each be demonstrating how to make several home and beauty products on your own the green way! In addition, Yoli is running a contest and is giving away 9 tickets to GreenFest! For more info about the panel and the contest check out the links below! Hope to see you there! Continue reading
For those of you who have read this blog for awhile, you know I’m a huge fan of the Oil Cleansing Method, (OCM for short), and how it has kept my face rather clear for the past couple of years or so. Since my original OCM post, however, I have tweaked the formula a bit so that it works better for my skin. Here’s what I’ve learned…
Coconut Oil is high in vitamins, minerals and fatty acids (that’s good for you don’t worry). Although, coconut oil has gotten a bad rap in the past for being high in saturated fat, (more than 90%), which is true. BUT it’s high in medium-chain triglycerides which raise the “good” or HDL cholesterol. Taken internally, it can help boost your immune, endocrine and digestive systems, taken externally, it has antibacterial, antimicrobial and protective properties. Coconut Oil is a great carrier oil and mixes well with essential oil for all of you DIY-ers out there. I use it ALL the time* and here’s 15 ways you can use it too. Continue reading
I don’t know if y’all remember the post I did awhile ago about my visit to this great little store/spa called Georgia in SoHo, here in New York. It’s an amazing little shop if you’re in the area and you get a chance to go over there. Anyway, owner Jodie Patterson just started a new web series called Girl Crush and I LOVE it.
I was feverishly cleaning my house at 10pm New Year’s Eve when it hit me.
If my house isn’t 100% spotless by midnight, will anyone really care?”
I ran through my emails and found the address of a party at a new bar that a neighbor had invited me to. I pulled on a sequined top, my long jeans, a pair of heels, my favorite lipstick and this cute new jacket I just got and ran around the corner to a party at a new Brooklyn bar.
I had so much fun, I almost missed the actual countdown!
That was my “aha” moment of sorts. Continue reading
You might not realize this, but that MAC or L’Oreal that you just can’t live without? It’s probably partially made of lead.
In fact, much of the over-the-counter makeup we buy has various contaminants and heavy metals in it. This year, an FDA study revealed that through a study of over 400 lipsticks, all of varying price ranges and manufacturers, 61% of them were found to have lead in them. Continue reading
Ok so if you guys follow me on twitter, or have seen my instagram or facebook page in the past week, then you know that I tried my hand at making the now-famous “No Knead Bread” in my dutch oven. The “no-knead” bread craze started 6 years ago. (Before I was even interested in making bread at ALL mind you). The small amount of ingredients, and very little handling time quickly made the bread one of the most popular things to make if you really liked “artisan” bread, but weren’t too keen on the high price tag.
Now I have made bread before. You can check out my post Homemade Bread for Dummies to get that recipe.
This is not that bread.
For those of you not as bread savvy, no-knead or “dutch oven” bread as it’s sometimes called is soft on the inside, with a heavy crispy crust. It’s the kind they put in the bread basket at higher end restaurants. The kind of bread that tastes amazing when you dip it in olive oil or spread with hummus. Continue reading