Honey Maté Cocktail

I've been reading this book that was gifted to my yoga group when we graduated called Happy Yoga by Steve Ross and there was a quote in there about love that stood out to me, "But here's the pure yogic truth: The love you experience at any time with any person is not coming from then; it's coming from inside you. It's your experience of you true self. In other words, the other person is a stimulus that allows your own love to be uncovered." I've been thinking that over for a while. Maybe I'll write up a whole post on it someday, but for right now I just think it's a nice thought. That all the feelings your feeling are being provoked and not caused by another person. Isn't that what they always say about people who annoy you? You never hear the same thing about love. Because annoyance makes somebody an isolate and love makes them spectacular, but according to this new logic those are just the things that are coming from inside you. Interesting, Mr. Ross. And those are some thoughts to roll around in your head while you ruin your healthy tea with booze, think your thoughts and hopefully read a good book or two.  

So, my new favorite thing is to drink green tea with gin in it. As you can probably guess it can be a little bit bitter on it's own, hence, the honey. Also, I'm just obsessed with raw honey to begin with, so anything I can add it to is a plus. This drink always stays a little on the tart side. So, make sure not to over-brew your tea or you'll make it way too bitter. If you want, you can swap out the honey, for agave or maple syrup, just make sure you mix it in with the hot tea so it dissolves. 

Here's what you'll need: 

  • 1 tea bag - I used Bija Yerba Mate
  • 4 oz of water
  • 1 shot of gin - I used Tanqueray
  • 1/2 tablespoon of honey 
  • 5-6 ice cubes - crushed

Directions: 

  • Bring water to boil in a kettle and pour 1/2 a cup of water in with you tea bag. Put a small lid or plate on top to make sure it brews strong. Keep an eye on how long it's brewing. Normally it's between 2-4 minutes, but it'll usually says on the bag. 
  • Add in the honey while the tea is still hot, then set aside to cool.
  • Mix ice and gin in a glass and pour cooled tea over top of it. 

Scorpio Moon Morning

“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came." - John F. Kennedy

I'm fighting off the urge to load up this post with quotes about the ocean, but I think that one by JFK sums it up. Where he tries really hard to rationalize it and then eventually has to concede to a totally sentimental appeal. I always feel that way. I know there's a logical reason why the ocean is so calming, but the reality is it's just a part of us, or we're part of it, or whatever way you want to look at it. 

So, I got the chance to take these pictures early in the month when there was that huge, full moon in Scorpio. I woke up completely at random at around 5 and had the overwhelming urge to run down to the ocean. I feel really sorry for everyone I ran into, because before 8 in the morning, I'm far less than human, but I think that's normal. I'm just happy to be in the presence of people so committed that they get up before the day itself to do what they love. 

I remember reading a Kundalini yoga article saying that the air just before the sun rises is sacred, it's called the ambrosial hour or amritvela and, like all of yoga, I haven't exactly figured it out yet. That might be the magic of it. I know it has something to do with the sun being 60° to the earth and maximizes meditation efforts. Maybe someday I'll make a habit of this. In the mean time, I'll just be reading about it. 

Growing up my dad drove an '87 Land Cruiser. I can't help but feel nostalgic for all those drives across the Pan-American when we were living in Mexico. Not to mention the trips in the US like those over Grant's and Tioga Pass. And right now I'm watching SNL re-runs and Florence Welch is barefoot and channeling her inner Stevie Nicks. Between that and my nostalgia, I'm pretty sure life is complete. 

Whenever I find the motivation to wake up for the golden hour, I'm always amazed by just how quickly the light changes just over the course of one hour. It makes me kind of disappointed I miss it every day. 

Up on the right might be my favorite picture of the morning/night just because of how perfectly the waves have washed up. Down there on the lower right is a picture of some kirlian photography I had done several years back. It's wedged right inside my journal from yoga teacher training which I haven't seen around in years. I was a little worried that I had purged it, but the important stuff always finds it's way into the keeper pile. 

There you have it. Oh, and if you're starting to wonder what this blog is about anymore, don't worry, me too. I'm figuring it out. Thanks for sticking it out and reading anyways. Mean time, I'm keeping myself motivated by this manifesto by Gala Darling. I hope it does you some good too. 

... and also Meghan Linsey's epic, soulful Voice finale. 

Things I Love 5.18

Oh, Bukowski, sometimes you're nice. source: Bukowski

I don't know if this is Bryce Canyon, but that's where I want to go. Oh, it's Monument Valley. That's cool too. source: Kevin Russ

Where is this? I'll bet it's somewhere in L.A. I'm officially on a mission. source: and she was hurricane

The truest thing I've ever read on the internet. source: They All Hate Us

#morehalters source: Forever 21

I think I shared these shoes on a different Things I Love. Anytime they want to show up on my doorstep is fine. source: Planet Blue

I had roof access once. It was magical. source: Theo Gosselin

I need some over sized pillows, but I have two dogs, but I need oversized pillows. source: Urban Outfitters

The struggle is real. 

I like her attitude and her hat. source: Gurl

Colors and colors and colors.  source: Dwell

Anything asymmetrical. source: Svermeri

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I need more black walnut in my life. source: Miss Moss

I want it all. source: Planet Blue

This sums up everything I've ever wanted to feel. Really. source: Gone Away Bluebird

.... so I'm learning. source: Bldg 25

"They say goodness in life belongs to those who believe. So, I believe." Most Def source: Porcelain and Posies

I need more yellow in my life. source: Planet Blue

I really wonder what it would be like to live in an all white room with just a single, perfectly manicured pilea. source: Gravity

I've waited all my life to explain this to everyone. source: The Good Vibe

I don't know what that cut is called, but I love the way this is hinged together. source: Dwell

Shoes, dress, tan, in that order. source: Planet Blue 

This nail brush is actually on a nail. So genius. source: Dwell

All day I dream about trains. I will take one up and down the Pacific coast someday soon. source: Simplicity 

Dream hair.It'll happen for me someday. source: Pinterest

I feel like this guy knows. source: Science Videos on Twitter

Who lives here? I need to know. source: Alt For Damerne

everyproblemcanbesolved-everyproblemcanbesolved-everyproblemcanbesolved-everyproblemcanbesolved———source: Soul-Surfer

I will memorize the moons of the solar system. Seriously, quiz me next time you see me. source: Designboom

Just give me all of it. source: Urban Outfitters

I'm gonna say 'hella' right now, because this is hella cute. source: Forever 21

I want to hear the noises that come out of wooden speakers again. source: Dwell 

Head's in the clouds. Story of my life. source: Smitten Studio

I need this. source: Amazon

Why can't I just? source: Birthday Wishes Expert 

I had shoes like this in high school and I'm pretty sure I wore them daily. source: Forever 21

If everything in my wardrobe were knit, I'd be ok with that. source: Forever 21

Long-sleeved leotards, all day. source: Bldg 25

Whatever this means, I love it. source: Daniella Liberty

I think it's high time I start wearing a turban. source: Planet Blue

shirt, hair, skirt, that order. source: Chicnova

This is the cutest in the world. source: Makenna Alyse

Two Ways to Use Grapefruit Rind as Toner

I've made a few different beauty products out of grapefruit, like this clarifying hair rinse and this body scrub, but I haven't made anything yet that I would be using everyday. Well, until now that I've made toner. There are two ways to make it and they're both really simple. I've used one or both of these for a couple of weeks now. I started with the strips, just the cut up grapefruit rind and I rubbed it on my face. Specifically under my eyes for brightening. I go on and on about vitamin C in skincare, but really it's the best thing I've used ever for skin care. I've also been learning a bit more about the importance of electrolytes for keeping skin hydrated and balanced. Since grapefruit is high in both vitamin C and the electrolyte, potassium, it's really great for skin. There is one concern to note, the citric acid can make skin more sensitive to the sun, but I personally haven't had too much trouble with that and I have super fair skin, but it's worth keeping an eye on it. If your makeup has some sunscreen in it, you should be fine. 

"Grapefruit contains natural acids that cleanse then skin as well as vitamin C which acts as an antioxidant to protect the skin and quercitin which improves circulation. Also, grapefruit is high in potassium which supports cellular cleansing and helps tighten and tone the skin." I got that bit from Dr. Axe. I noticed the pore tightening in my own skin, but it's nice to have a professional confirmation before you throw it out into the world, but yeah, tightening, toning and brightening have been the themes of this homemade toner. All of that from what's left of your grapefruit. I'm pretty impressed with all it can do. It's also not sticky at all, because there's no juice, but it does smell great, like grapefruit juice. 

Method 1: 

  • Take the rind of about 1/2 of a grapefruit and cut it into strips.
  • Wet the inside (the white side) and rub the peel on your face. 
  • Follow with moisturizer.

These strips are going to need to be kept in the fridge until they're ready to use. 

Method 2: 

  • Boil 4 cups of distilled water. Distilled is best because it has the least chance of bacterial growth over time. 
  • After the water has boiled, remove it from the heat and add the grapefruit peel with a tight fitting lid. 
  • Let it infuse for a minimum of 15 minutes. I let mine go way longer, at least 3 hours on a window sill. 
  • You have the option to strain out the pieces of the peel, or not. Just remember any part of the peel that stays above the water will mold. So remove any pieces that aren't submerged. 
  • I've stored mine on the counter for 2 weeks now with no sign of any trouble, but if you want to be safe, store it in the fridge. 
  • All you do to use it is apply it with a cotton swab. 
  • Follow with moisturizer. 

Gold Trimmed Terra Cotta Herb Bowl

I might be going a little overboard with this whole Lightroom thing. I've learned to brighten photos too, but in the meantime I'm going to stick to these vintage film looking effects. My ever evolving style, goes hand in hand with my ever evolving garden. I moved all of my succulents into where all of my herbs used to be. So then my herbs had to go somewhere, which is when I scrounged up this terra cotta planter I had lying around. 

So, my life recently has just been one big game of musical gardening moving from one container to the next. Pretty soon I'm going to have to separate that spearmint entirely. It must really love the LA climate, because it's just taking off. In the meantime it'll stay in here with the rest of my herb collection. So far, I have Thai Basil, Sweet Basil, Sweet Marjoram, Sage and Spearmint. I'm going to dry up some of that mint for tea one of these days. 

As you can see from the black stripes on my planter. I've experimented with painting this with acrylics recently. They're super easy to remove with nail polish remover, but I kind of like the way the black paint looks so I'm going to leave it. Oh! I almost forgot. I love Liquitex, love them, buuuut, and I know others have had this problem: The nozzle! You get like one use out of the thing and then it jams up and no amount of paint thinner, or seltzer water, or poking it with a bobby pin will help jam that paint loose. Well, I finally buckled down and sent an e-mail and they sent me a package of free nozzles and they work great. So, if you've had the same dilemma, shoot them an e-mail and get back to painting. I had like five bottles of $12 paint just lying around for months. So excited to be able to use them again. 

Here's what you'll need:

Directions:

  • Tape off about half way down your terra cotta. You want the top of the painter's tape  to meet the half way point. I've made this mistake dozens of times and ran the tape over the middle of the planter, then only the top third of the thing I'm trying to paint is painted.
  •  Paint with your spray paint. This thick tape helps to keep the extra paint from spraying all over. 
  • Wait till it's dry and fill it loosely with soil. 
  • Take your plants and set them inside. 

I love how this underexposed picture looks like a little forest.