- 2:01 pm - Sat, Oct 18, 2014
Yeah so I read the side by side modern versions of Shakespeare, so sue me. There is no way I can absorb that language unless I’ve taken a course in it (and I wish I had). When I couldn’t find it in the public library myself the clerk looked it up and was like, “oh that’s in the young adult section,” heh… Read the original page first then be like okay what just happened? It’s fun to read the original out loud so you can get into the rhythm of the iambic pentameter.
Macbeth in a couple words: witches and murder. Macbeth had supernatural beings guiding him in his slaughter, or maybe he was mentally ill? Who knows but Lady Macbeth was definitely in on it. Basically everyone dies, kingdoms change hands a few times and a man tortured by the guilt of crimes he couldn’t help but commit meets his end.
I’m reading Hamlet next. Until now I’d only read Romeo + Juliet. The modern translation really helps for non-thespians like myself to enjoy the text since it is in fact very enjoyable! The hype is real.
- 2:01 pm - Fri, Oct 17, 2014
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BBC Radio 1
SO GLAD Florence finally went back to her best hair look ever. Of course she’s giving me bang envy again…but we will NOT go there again, no we will not, nope.
God I miss this bitches face so much, WHERE IS THE NEW MUSIC FLO.
ps where can I get that pant suit? thx!
- 2:01 pm - Thu, Oct 16, 2014
It has been a long and dreadful summer for my skin. I attempted everything trying to go the natural route and save some money by making my own products that weren’t going to give me cancer, but now that I’m on the other side, the only revelation I had was with sweet almond oil. I put it in this tiny 0.5oz amber glass dropper so that I don’t contaminate the whole bottle. You should also keep all oils in the fridge to extend their freshness (except coconut oil is cool at room temp).
I used almond oil as a part of my oil cleansing method, which ended up being a huge bust and totally messing up my skin (I also used jojoba oil and castor oil). Aside from OCM I put straight almond oil under my eyes and on my eyelids as an eye serum/cream and was really happy with the results. I’m eastern european so I have dark circles under my eyes by default and am prone to puffiness but the almond oil really helped, especially with the dark circles. I also NEVER broke out anywhere near my eye sockets where I typically applied the oil. So why was my OCM mixture making the rest of my face freak out? Who knows. I honestly don’t even care anymore, I straight up went and spent $80 at Sephora and within two days my skin is almost clear aside from some blemishes and scars that will hopefully go away.
Before my OCM period I was using over the counter face wash in the morning and a scrub at night. I had been using a Clinique toner but now use an alcohol-free Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera which is just lovely. Then I was using the Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel twice a day as a serum under Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. The PTR serum worked really well, but because it had glycolic acid in it I didn’t really like using it in the summer when I was out in the sun a lot, which was convenient since one bottle lasted about nine months so I could wait until the fall to buy it again. When I went to reorder it this fall though, I realized it (and most of PTR products) had parabens in it. wamp wamp…
SO I did some research and found a worthy replacement. I bought this REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate as a night serum and the REN ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream. These have been my saving graces and do not irritate or burn my skin at all. The La Roche-Posay spot treatment was working really well, but a little too well…it dried out my skin and made it really red and angry. I use both the REN serum and cream at night only and then the La Roche-Posay day and night as a spot treatment. The REN ClearCalm Gel can be used during the day as well but it is a little thick and greasy feeling so I can’t imagine putting make up on it. It’s not the kind of greasy that will make you break out obviously, it just feels like you are giving your skin a nice little repairing soak overnight (it smells wonderful too!). The AHA concentrate isn’t technically for blemish or acne prone skin, but it has glycolic, lactic, tartaric, and citric acids which promotes cell turnover (read: takes off a layer of skin painlessly) and will help out with the scarring.
It’s been a journey but even after trying to eliminate things from my diet, detoxing and adding supplements to balance my hormones, my skin is high maintenance and needs a concoction of acids to keep it clear and smooth. I know my hormones are probably mainly to blame but I am not willing to go on medication to fix that so Sephora will stay in business after all. (You’re welcome).
- 2:01 pm - Wed, Oct 15, 2014
How a man met a woman and they set off on an epic journey across six continents in one amazing unbreakable car.
Amazing interactive storytelling of a couple who travelled the world with their trusty Mercedes named Otto. Some people just don’t need any money or something?
- 2:02 pm - Sat, Oct 11, 2014
I grabbed this book off my shelf when my kindle battery died and I couldn’t leave the house empty handed. It was a quick read and pretty enlightening. Long story short though, pay yourself first. How many hours are you working for yourself a week? Calculate how much you want to pay yourself every paycheck and set it aside. He raised really good questions and got me thinking about how I was handling my money.
I always pay my credit card off in full every month and I do not have the means to be a homeowner anytime soon, but besides that the only advice was to pay yourself first. How much are you putting into your 401k every paycheck? Do you even have the 401k set up? If you don’t, go to your HR office and do it, elect to have 10% taken out pre-tax every paycheck and put into it as per David Bach’s instructions. If you don’t have it, you won’t spend it, but later when you are retiring early and a millionaire you’ll be very glad you did it.
Now you might be thinking, I can’t set aside 10% of my paycheck, I wouldn’t be able to survive! But David has something called “The Latte Factor”. Figure out how much you’re spending on Starbucks and eating out every week and you’ll realize that if you change a few of your habits that you will be able to adjust and afford to set aside 10% for your future.
Yeah it’s all pretty simple. It doesn’t really take a lot of discipline if you automate it via 401k and automatic savings plans etc. After reading it I upped my 401k contribution from 5% to 10%. It’s gonna hurt but I’ll survive.
- 2:01 pm - Thu, Oct 9, 2014
Okay so, I don’t want to say that this worked overnight, but it worked overnight. Always listen to your French girlfriends skincare advice, they know what’s up. (Thanks Sarah!)
La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo is a spot treatment for acne like no other. I know I said I didn’t want to have to use chemicals to fix my skin but something had to give. There are no parabens or other nasty stuff in this so at least there’s that.
This Duo has 5.5% Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide and 0.4% LHA which digs deep to sweep out all the nasties. It will work on the whole spectrum of acne from blackheads to cystic acne. I had a big painful thing brewing on my eyebrow but it’s taking care of it in record time.
It is quite strong and meant to be used as a spot treatment, which is hard when essentially your whole cheek and jawline is a ‘spot’. Since Monday I have been putting it on day and night and now a few days later my skin is pretty dry and tender, so I’m giving it a break. Lucky for me the Duo cleared out all the small stuff and all that’s left are the bigger, deeper blemishes that need some more TLC. I’ll only use it at night and will probably purchase the Effaclar K Oil-Free Clarifying Moisturizer to use on my whole face more liberally than the Duo.
I got the Duo at Duane Reade and the nice lady even gave me a $5 off coupon, so at about $32 for 1.35oz of miracle spot treatment I am very pleased. The hype is real. You can tell that this is made for adult skin, it’s using high quality science to really treat acne instead of just drying it up.
- 2:01 pm - Fri, Oct 3, 2014
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The only outfits you’d need in Paris.
- 2:01 pm - Thu, Oct 2, 2014
My favorite day of the week is upon us! Not only because it is Friday but because it is detox bath day, TGIF!
Make this a ritual because giving yourself half an hour a week to just lay in hot water and get toxins sucked out of you is not only healthy but it will exhaust you into the best sleep ever. All I want to do on a Friday night is sleeep.
Draw a hot bath and add these ingredients while the tub is filling up:
2 cups Epsom Salt (to draw out the toxins)
1 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (soothes skin and balances pH)
1/2 cup Bentonite Clay (stimulates the lymphatic system to aid in the detoxification)
5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils
I use lavender and geranium since they are know for helping in detox your body, but whatever scents you like work! I don’t recommend any ‘energizing’ oils like citrus since this bath is best taken before bed time and you will be very sleepy after!
Drink plenty of water before, during and after your bath. You can soak anywhere between 20-40 minutes, but you might find the first few times a bit intense so stick around as long as you can (but no more than 40 minutes)! I’ve gotten up to 30 minutes in a few weeks. The reason is, the first 10 minutes of the bath you are in heaven, you could stay in there all day. Then all of a sudden your forehead is sweating bullets and your heart is racing and you just get exhausted. It kind of feels like a panic attack actually, but know you are doing your body good! Once you take a few of these detox baths they will get more enjoyable as you have less and less toxins to be drawn out. I also make sure to take off any make up from my face so my pores can breathe. I also dip way low so that my jawline goes under the water too.
After the bath drains, I take a brief rinsing shower trying not to use too many products with chemicals in them since your skin is very responsive at this time and will absorb anything you give it. I moisturize with pure coconut oil only and head almost immediately straight to bed. My skin is glowing from head to toe afterwards.
Next time I’m looking for an apartment I will make sure I can lay down in the tub without my knees sticking out of the water. I also have to go pick up a Bottomless Bath so that I don’t have to plug my overflow with my toes.
BONUS: If you are sore from some athletic activities like I am after Thursday night hip hop and salsa classes, the epsom salt is a great soak to ease sore muscles!
- 2:01 pm - Wed, Oct 1, 2014
The simple combination of these ingredients in hot water makes a great detoxing foot soak.
- 1:1 ratio of baking soda to epsom salt. You can also add sea salt.
- Equal drops of lemon, peppermint, rosemary and lavender essential oils to your liking.
That is it! Put about 2 tablespoons into hot water and let your feet soak until the water gets cool. Since this is detoxifying make sure you drink a lot of water before, during and after the soak. My mother has tested and approved this recipe, saying her feet felt like baby feet after.
You can add any essential oils you want, but this combination has a lot of cooling, detoxifying and healing properties that suit the tired dogs well. I’ll be posting about my favorite part of the week tomorrow, my weekly detox bath.
- 2:01 pm - Tue, Sep 30, 2014
This is the secret weapon I mentioned yesterday. Yes it looks goofy, yes it looks like I’m about to murder a camp full of children at cosmic bowling, but I will take any help I can get, no matter how far fetched it may seem. This is the illuMask Anti-Acne Light Therapy Mask. It costs $30 and you can get it almost anywhere. I bought mine at Target.
One mask has 30 ‘uses’ in it (though there may or may not be a way to rig it to live forever, google it). You use it once a day on clean skin for 15 minutes, it is really quite simple. I have now used it for 32 days (and am wearing it as I type actually) and have I seen results? Yes, but possibly because of all the other changes I have made in my diet that I outlined yesterday. I have definitely noticed that my skin has gotten less oily overall, but that could also be the summer heat wearing off. I’m still seeing new pimples and clogged pores, but nothing like I had a month ago. I have been taking photos of my face after using it every day since I started using it (which I will NEVER share) and it seems that my skin went bad a week later and then got steadily better. So will I stop using it? No, because again, anything that promises me clearer, more even skin is game.
My one complaint would be, I wish it wrapped around the sides a little more since my jawbone seems to suffer the most. I don’t know if the light reaching it is enough or if it needs more special attention there too.
It also comes in an anti-aging version for those who do not suffer from adult acne (hate u.).
- 2:01 pm - Mon, Sep 29, 2014
Rule #8: No Gluten, No Soy, No Dairy, No Added Sugar
I will not pretend to know what I am talking about when it comes to any of this stuff, but based on my internet research these are some changes and additions I’ve made to my life in order to try and help my body clear up my acne. I should probably go to a doctor and actually get my liver and hormones tested but, blood tests?!
So yes, I am now one of those annoying, doesn’t eat any real food, kind of girls for the sake of vanity. I have stopped eating gluten, processed sugars and dairy since they are known to irritate your system into freaking out like my face did. I definitely do not have any sensitivity to these but I am not taking any chances. Though I do occasionally partake in a Snickers mini from the communal candy bowl at work and will continue to make homemade Polish soups with milk and butter.
Soy is known to mess with your hormones, and since this is probably the root of all my problems, I have had to cut the liquid coffee creamers and edamame. The reason I think my hormones are to blame is because of the location of my breakouts (chin/jawline) and also since it seems to correspond with me not continuing birth control. I started birth control many moons ago after all the other options from my doctor wouldn’t help my skin. Antibiotics made it worse, all the topical stuff just dried my skin out and made it all look terrible. I was finally convinced to take the pill with glowing results. I thought that I would eventually grow out of it but that was not the case. I stopped taking it almost a year ago and after a very stressful summer, my skin reacted.
But as a consequence to the dietary restrictions, I have been eating a lot healthier! I eat a lot of fresh veggies (carrots and broccoli are my jams), I am not tempted to eat all the donuts/cupcakes/cookies that fly through my office and I make better lunch and dinner choices instead of the bread and pasta heavy diet I was eating before. I definitely feel a lot trimmer even though that was not a goal of mine.
This is what my daily supplement schedule looks like:
Probiotic (helps your gut do it’s thang)
Fruit Smoothie with: Spirulina (detoxifying superfood), maca powder (hormone balancer and libido booster recommended by Miranda Kerr, so duh), and chia seeds (another overall superfood)
Shot glass of Aloe Vera Juice (detoxifier)
Evening Primrose Oil (overall amazing vitamin for women, can also use topically)
Zinc (helps repair and heal damaged skin)
Yogi Skin Detox Tea
Burdock Root (blood purifier, liver cleanser)
Milk Thistle (also a liver cleanser and detoxifier)
Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar (detoxifier)
Besides that I just kind of drink a LOT of water all day every day. I have some other secret weapons that I will blog about separately. wink!
- 2:01 pm - Sun, Sep 28, 2014
I read this book after it being recommended for those who liked The Fault In Our Stars. Though it was no TFIOS, it was sweet, but had a rather moot ending. I kept waiting for something to happen, I kept waiting for a reveal to explain to me why this girl’s life was so terrible, but you never get that. You just kind of feel pity for this person (as does she) and you don’t leave it feeling hopeful about the human race at all. It’s not a love story.
- 2:02 pm - Sat, Sep 27, 2014
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I guess I should explain myself.
I’ve been pretty MIA. It was my birthday for which I went to Chicago for (and had a fabulous birthday dinner with some of my favorite people at my favorite restaurant, Tango Sur), and then the day after I returned to NYC my stepmother flew in from Poland to visit for a week. I am exhausted. My life is finally starting to stabilize a little bit by way of sitting on the couch and cleaning out my DVR.
I’ve also been steadily battling my face and all it’s issues, and I can finally say that I am getting some slight relief. So this upcoming week I’ll be detailing the steps I’ve taken to naturally balance and detox my body.
Aside from that, I am going to the Global Citizen Festival today to see JAY Z, No Doubt, Carrie Underwood, fun., The Roots, Tiësto, Alicia Keys and Sting. I won tickets last year too and got to see Stevie Wonder, John Mayer and Alicia Keys for free. It’s all for a great causes as well, bringing awareness to all sorts of global issues we couldn’t even dream of dealing with here. Check out all their initiatives here!
- 2:01 pm - Fri, Sep 26, 2014
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Whenever I see street style photography from Paris Fashion Week I get very nostalgic and extreme wanderlust in my gut. I’ve only been there once, for 48 hours and it was a city that I could see myself living in forever. Does anyone want to be my Parisian room mate?
p.s. I swear to Universe if I see another photo of a K*rdashian I am going to puke. They are not fashionable, they are rich. They are polluting my style browsing.