Happy Valentine’s Day!
Need an easy last minute gift? Go buy some beets for your sweetie! Beets are full of health benefits and they’re known as “Nature’s Viagra.” Below I posted a few creative garnishes you can add to a healthy dose of beet-vegetable juice as well as a link to a super sweet recipe for homemade beetroot lipstick.
Give the gift of health:
Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.
Beets are high in many vitamins and minerals. To name a few- potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C; beta-carotene and folic acid.
Beets cleanse the body. They are a wonderful tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood, and can help prevent various forms of cancer.
Beets help your mental health. They contain trytophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate.
Beets boost your brain and energy levels. They are high in natural nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is known to expand the walls of blood vessels so you can enjoy more oxygen, more nutrients, and more energy. Blood flow!
Beet flowers: thinly sliced beets anchored on a tooth pick with basil leaves. See the tutorial here. I attached the beet flowers to celery that I sliced and curled in cool water.
I use a clean piece of paper to create a perfect heart stencil. Press the paper on the sliced beet to get an outline of the diameter of your heart, fold the paper in half and cut out the perfect heart with a pair of scissors. Then use a very sharp knife to slice around the heart stencil.
The starburst shape above is a golden beet that adds wonderful color to your garnish. I also blanched the pineapple greens to make the color pop. Below you can see the before (left) and after (right) effects of blanching the greens.
Make some homemade lipstick with beetroot powder! I tried out a few recipes and the one from Gingerly Made turned out the best. The ingredient list is so simple: beeswax, shea butter and beet root powder.
Below shows what the lipstick looks like immediately after “cooking” it (left) and the final color when dry (right). The effect on your lips is a very subtle, natural looking lip tint. To see the final look on your lips you can reference the last two photos on the Treasures and Travels blog link here. Their recipe uses fresh beets instead of beet root powder but the result is similar.
Here’s a great Valentine’s Day song that perfectly describes the color of beets- Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and The Shondells (1969). This song makes me feel like I’m in love when I listen to it. The pink/orange geometric set in this video is amazing. Check it out.
And Joan Jett does a great cover of Crimson & Clover, too. She looks amazing in her muscle tee, tight leather pants and sneakers throughout the video!
I randomly came across this Human Heart illustration while doing an image search online and it is perfectly fitting for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure who the original artist is, but I think most people could relate to the humor and honesty portrayed here. Most people could also relate to the highs and lows of love, particularly around Valentine’s Day, and this artist nailed it in one simple illustration.
I put together a series of Valentine’s Day inspired images from my photo library. It is peppered with a few images of great gift ideas.
Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate. Fairly traded, organically grown, and 85% cocoa! Simple and pure delight. Have a piece first thing in the morning on Valentine’s Day.
In Fiore based in San Francisco “is total floral seduction for your skin and for your soul” (as their website states). They use certified organic or wild-crafted essential oils, herbal infusions, and floral waters to create balms, oils and more for your skin. A friend of mine worked at In Fiore and she got me hooked on the Vetiver balm. It smells divine.
I saw this bedroom (above left) in an article in Dwell Magazine years ago and the image stuck with me. I love the lavender ceiling (they claimed that it’s ), the upside-down lingerie artwork and the simplicity of this room. I painted the ceiling of my bedroom lavender in my last apartment and I can vouch for its calming effect. Also, having lavender on the ceiling creates a unique lighting effect during the day- a subtle, rose-colored-ombre hugs the walls which makes the perfect nap environment. Read the full Dwell article here about this West Village home
I have always been impressed with Urban Outfitters’ lingerie designs. They have a tendency to create soft silhouettes in contrast to the puffy, padded, underwire-laden designs that flood the market. The labels Silence + Noise, Kimchi Blue and Out From Under have designs this season that are lovely, comfy and vintage-inspired. I suggest getting the Silence + Noise Alexis Strappy Soft Bras in every color (above). Or as seen below, treat your lady friend to the Silence + Noise Front O-Ring Strappy Bralette, the Out From Under Sheer Lace-Back Bralette, or the Kimchi Blue Allover Scalloped Lace Bralette (more colors available on the UO website).
Create a sprinkle topper for your smoothie that tastes just like Red Hots candy by mixing the following spices in equal parts: turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon. Then dust the mixture through a small heart stencil on top of the smoothie. The spicy-icy combination is mood altering.
I recently found an original sketch for some t-shirts that I designed for a few friends that said “COOL BOOBS” in bubble letters. The design was hand screen-printed on tight, white cotton tees so that the letters would stretch across their chest and be barely legible. One friend mentioned that she still has the t-shirt which is now almost 10 years old and threadbare. It’s probably in peak condition at this point. Make a tight t-shirt for your sweetie!
Above is a pencil drawing that my mom did in February 1997. She was forced to do this by my high school art teacher at a parent-teacher meeting. I saved it because it is beautiful. If you don’t normally draw or make art, but you decide to make some art for someone special you might melt their heart.
My vegan-gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe can be found here. They’re protein-packed so your health nut friends will like them, too. Make + share these and you will win hearts — forever.
You can’t go wrong with gifting a pair of American Apparel Stripe Thigh-High Socks. Think about it, you could buy someone a long, fuzzy robe, or you could buy them these thigh-high tube socks. Both will keep them warm around the house, but one will keep them warmer. Find more great options from American Apparel in their Hosiery & Socks section.
I was listening to WGCI today while driving around in Chicago and heard DeJ Loaf’s “Try Me” song for the very first time. When I came home I looked her up online because I was curious about her style. It was an instant crush. DeJ Loaf is this week’s #wcw because of her amazing feminine-tomboy style. She’s redefining femininity and is completely one of a kind. Comfy is sexy after all. She’s beautiful.
Here are some of my favorite photos from DeJ Loaf’s instagram feed:
This is a tribute to my dear friend Lara. We’ve lived in two different cities together and recently she helped me move halfway across the country to yet another home away from home. I am thankful to have such a sweet, creative, intelligent friend who provides so much joy + inspiration in my life.
We didn’t have much time for road trip photos, but we managed to snap a few of the in between moments. Here Lara is making me laugh as we use the remaining produce in the refrigerator to make what turned out to be a very “Earthy” juice for the road trip.
Lara helped unpack, too! She’s a real trooper. And the best part is that she let me dress her up and style her for some photos with all the random stuff we unpacked. Ain’t she something else!?
Lara recently challenged me to do the #stopdropandyoga challenge. In response I created these two yoga videos below for her this week. They include two songs that we listened to on repeat while on our road trip. They’re very meditative and somewhat sleepy songs, so I’m not sure how we stayed awake with this soundtrack while traveling through the dark, lonely roads of eastern Utah, but somehow we managed.
Song – “Asleep” by The Smiths
Song- “Magpie to the Morning (Bonus Track)” by Neko Case
If you like yoga and are in the San Diego area please take my friend Lara’s Ashtanga class at Namaste Pacific Yoga and Wellness Center in Hillcrest. Her class is challenging, restorative, and you’ll be just as mesmerized as I am by her Southern charm.
I lost the red adapter to my snap fastener plier kit. It’s a tiny, circular piece of red plastic that would maybe fit on my pinky finger.
It’s gone & there will be no fastening of snaps today. I swear I put it exactly where it should be in a large Ziplock bag along with all the extra snap pieces and the pliers. I think I might have to buy a whole new kit just to get this red piece of plastic back in my toolbox. This is so not me. I’m not the type to lose essential pieces of tiny red plastic. It’s amazing how aggravating misplacing something can be, especially if it prevents you from your ultimate goal.
Then while attempting to distract myself I came across this video today (posted on two favorite blogs: Door Sixteen & Miss Moss) and somehow the irritation just floats away when I watch it. It’s a video of Mariachi Connecticut performing for a beluga whale at Mystic Aquarium. Put aside the fact that the beluga is in captivity for one minute and 45 seconds and just let the beauty of this creature and the melodious Mariachi music put you in a good mood too.