Monday, December 5, 2016

PRIMP // Three Natural Hair Products to Try

If I could turn back time, I'd go back to my awkward teenage years and reverse all the irreparable damage I would do to my hair.  I would say no to heat and chemicals.  I would tell that awkward teenager with thick, curly, healthy hair that she would regret trying to change her hair texture in a few years.  Since time travel is yet to be invented, my journey to healthy hair has been a slow one.  It started with overnight oil treatments to condition, SLS-free shampoo's to stop stripping, and hot tools to stop damaging.  Always choosing the most natural method, I'm happy to say I've gotten my hair to a good place.  I know you guys are already familiar with the usual DIY hair treatments so today I wanted to share three products that aren't as popular but have helped me in growing my hair longer and stronger.

Friday, December 2, 2016

GIFT GUIDE // Wish List No. 1

Is it really December already?  I need to kick it into high gear and cross those names off my list!  And reward myself for all this hard work (#shoppingismycardio).  I'll be rounding up more wish lists as we get closer and closer to the holidays so be sure to check back.  For now, check out these gifts for the beauty and fashion minimalist in your life.  If you have a friend who enjoys pretty packaging and luxe details, here are a few options that caught my eye.  Good luck with your shopping!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Primp // Best of ELF Cosmetics

ELF Cosmetics has been making strides in the make-up industry.  I think they do a great job of combining effective products and good packaging, simultaneously keeping up-to-date with new trends.  There are certainly some amazing finds within this brand, regardless of the cost.  I find myself reaching for these products on the regular.  Today, I'm gathering up 12 products I find to be exceptional and why I love them.  

Monday, November 28, 2016

INSPIRE // Three Ways to Find Inspiration

Although it may look different to each of us, I imagine we all struggle at times to find things that move us.  I always get the sense that there's an endless amount beauty out there that we have the capacity to harness or explore.  It's just finding it and then holding on to it that's the hard part.  For myself, I need to stay inspired creatively to do my job.  For you, it may be an outlet you're seeking.  Whatever our end goal is, I know that there is much inspiration in the beautiful world just waiting for us.  Now when I feel stuck, I turn to three sources to spark my creativity and find joy, passion and purpose. As always, everything pictured will be link down below.

Friday, November 25, 2016

EAT // Coconut Ladoos with Jaggery

 I didn't have much of a sweet tooth but India has converted me.  The making of Indian sweets is truly an art form and secret recipes are handed down from generation to generation.  Recipes for these truly decadent confections often range from complicated to more complicated.  One of the only ones I've dared to make at home, without adult supervision, are these coconut ladoos.  It's a simple recipe that only requires few ingredients but the result is a rich dessert with aromatic coconut and cardamom, lightly sweetened with jaggery.  Jaggery is basically unheard of in the States, mainly because it's the sap of palm trees, like date palms or coconut palms.  It tastes delicious and by adding it to water today, we can make a simple syrup to add it to our ladoos.