Spooky Purple Cocktail for Fall

{i took all of these photos on film, and these are all the unedited results! i couldn’t believe how pretty the colors turned out}

It’s officially fall, and that is enough for me to celebrate. Last weekend I made these little cocktails and couldn’t get over how cool they turned out (and they tasted amazing, as well). The purple color reminded me of Halloween, so I decided they were the perfect spooky cocktail for fall! It combines a few of my favorite things: gin, champagne, and lemon juice. If you’d like the recipe for this spooky little cocktail, then stay tuned…

{how cute is this little astrology cocktail cookbook? it’s only 10 dollars, and you can find it here}

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(for one cocktail)

  1. 1 1/2 ounces purple gin
  2. 3/4 ounces fresh lemon juice
  3. 3/4 ounces simple syrup
  4. 2 to 3 ounces champagne
  5. Lemon peel, for garnish

/ W H A T  Y O U  D O /

  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Tightly secure lid for shaker, and shake for 20–30 seconds.
  2. Pour liquid into champagne flute, filling them about 3/4 full. Top the glass off with champagne.
  3. Twist lemon peel into spiral and hold for a few seconds so it retains shape. Then, add as garnish to drink. Enjoy!

 

Check out some of my other fall recipes:

  1. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
  2. Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte
  3. Fall Harvest Buddha Bowl
  4. Autumn Sangria

Do you have any fall-themed drinks to share? x

Why I Love Infrared Saunas + Why You Should Too

I’m no stranger to saunas — for years they’ve been my very favorite part of going to the gym or the spa. For whatever reason, I love the feeling of sitting in there and just sweating and meditating.

That being said, I recently visited an infrared sauna for the first time, and instantly fell in love. It’s definitely going to become a regular part of my wellness routine, so I wanted to write a little bit about the benefits and power of infrared saunas. So without further ado, here is why I love infrared saunas and why you should too…

{a snapshot from my sauna session at breedlove beauty lab in santa monica}

Sweating has been used as a wellness treatment for long before our time. From ancient China to Native American sweat lodges and Eastern European techniques, the benefits of sweating have been known and used for healing, weight loss, and detoxification.

However, infrared saunas are gaining popularity now (as opposed to traditional saunas), and they’ve been found to be even more beneficial. Infrared light is perceived by the body as heat, and it makes the body sweat at lower temperatures than normal. It also penetrates the body deeper, which burns fat, aiding in weight loss. This also acts as a natural detoxifier because toxins in the body are trapped by fat, so this helps release them.

Aside from that, saunas are also extremely relaxing and meditative, and are shown to increase endorphin levels. If all of that wasn’t enough to convince you, these sauna sessions are also beneficial for musculoskeletal ailments, heavy metal detoxification, increased blood flow, boosting the immune system’s cell activity, and is anti-inflammatory. A 30 minute session burns about 600 calories and gives the skin the natural glow.

Another major component to some infrared saunas is chromotherapy. Chromotherapy is the science of using colors to adjust vibrations within the body to match higher, more healing frequencies. Each color radiates at a different frequency and a specific vibration, which are associated with different healing properties.

For example, blue has relaxing and calming effects on the body, with tranquilizing qualities that can help relieve headaches, stress, nervous tension, muscle cramps, and other kinds of pain. Yellow is the brightest color used in chromotherapy, and helps purify the skin, help with indigestion, strengthen the nervous system and assist the metabolism. You can read more about what each color does here.

So, overall, the wellness crowd is onto something with this latest fitness trend. Are you hopping on board?

 

Check these out too…

  1. Why I Use a Jade Roller + Why You Should Too
  2. Why I Dry Brush + Why You Should Too

As always, thank you so much for reading — I appreciate it so much x

At-Home Face Mask for Summer

Making an at-home beauty treatment is one of my favorite things to do in my free time. I love finding new ingredients to use, researching the benefits and testing them out and finding the perfect combinations. That being said, I recently spent a few days out in the sun, and wanted to create a cooling and soothing face mask to quench and replenish my skin.

I figured that mixing cucumber and aloe would be the perfect way to do just that, so I ended up with this recipe. So without further ado, here is an at-home face mask for summer. I hope you enjoy! x

/ W H A T  Y O U  N E E D /

  1. 1/2 cucumber, cut into slices
  2. 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  3. Blender

/ W H A T  Y O U  D O /

  1. Put cucumber slices into blender, and blend until watery.
  2. Add the aloe vera gel, and blend until it turns into a smooth paste.
  3. Cleanse face and pat dry. Apply face mask evenly over face and neck.
  4. Leave on for 15–20 minutes, then rinse with cool water and pat dry. Follow-up with moisturizer of choice.

 

Do you have a favorite at-home face mask for summer? x

Sea Salt Spray Recipe

As soon as I get any ounce of warm weather or start to see some sunshine, I am more than ready for beach days. And, without a doubt one of my favorite things about the beach is the natural, effortless waves it gives your hair. However, as effortless as they are when they come from Mother Nature, they are not quite so easy to recreate them when you’re at home.

After lots of trial and error, I have finally found the perfect combination for a DIY wave spray which will help you recreate the same waves without even stepping foot in the sand. The key ingredient is sea salt (no surprise there), and when you combine it with just a few other ingredients — that you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets — you can master the art of the beach wave at home. So, without further ado, here is my sea salt spray recipe, for the perfect spring and summer hairstyle.

/ W H A T  Y O U  N E E D /

  1. An empty spray bottle
  2. 1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  3. 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  4. 2 teaspoons sea salt
  5. A few drops of essential oil for scent (I used coconut for a beachy/summery vibe)

/ W H A T  Y O U  D O /
(it’s really, really easy)

  1. All you have to do is combine all ingredients in your spray bottle and give it a shake to mix them together.
  2. Shake before using, to mix together the oils and water, since they’ll separate a bit. Spritz onto hair and give your locks a little scrunch as you go. Be careful not to use too much, as the sea salt can make your hair a little crunchy feeling. I prefer to use it on my hair when it’s dry and already has a little curl to it — this adds some texture and a messy, beachy look. If you prefer to use it on damp hair, you can do that as well.

 

Are you a fan of sea salt sprays for summertime?

The Weekend Edit | April 20

Happy Saturday! It has been a hot minute since I posted a Weekend Edit, but I’m to be back at it today 🙂 If you’re not familiar, The Weekend Edit was started years ago because I would always spend my Saturday mornings catching up on everything I had missed throughout the busy work week. I figured I couldn’t be the only one who had this mini weekly routine, so I decided to start this series to share all of my favorite links of the week with you. I split it into three categories: what’s trending on the blog this week, some online shopping links for either items that are on my current wishlist or things I’ve recently ordered, and lastly some interesting reads I’ve found from all corners of the Internet. I hope you enjoy! x

{a few snaps from my recent trip to palm springs}

/ N O W  T R E N D I N G /

01. Spring Wardrobe Refresh (Try-On Haul)
02. Spray Tan Tips + Tricks
03. The Best Vegan Cookbooks

/ S H O P /

01. I love little white dresses like this for the spring and summertime. Not only are they simple and classic, but I always feel like the white makes you look a little more tan. 
02. Another great little white piece is this one. The sleeves are perfect for this time of year — not too warm, but not too cold.
03. It’s no secret that I wear my all-white Converse almost every single day. Unfortunately, after years of wear and tear, it’s almost time to officially retire them. However, they were a limited edition pair, so I can’t get an exact replacement. I do love these all-white sneakers instead, though, which I think I’ll order this weekend. The high-top is classic just like my Converse, and I love the white out look.

/ R E A D /

01. 4 Ear-Piercing Tips From LA’s Most Popular Piercer | Who What Wear
02. The Best Acne Patches For Every Skin Concern | Well + Good
03. Escape Room Employees Share Their Wildest Stores | Buzzfeed
04. 12 Ayurvedic Beauty Tips For Great Skin | Well + Good
05. Fashion Girls Refuse to Get on a Plane Without These Products | Who What Wear
06. 24 Bath Products From Amazon That People Swear By | Buzzfeed
07. 3 Delicious-Looking Vegan Breakfasts | Goop
08. Better Skin Secrets From Fitness Instructors | Well + Good

 

What was your favorite link of the week? 

Catalina Island Travel Diary

A few weeks ago I went to Catalina Island for the day, and it was so beautiful I had to share. Catalina Island is is a little island off the coast of Southern California, about an hour ferry ride away from Orange County. I have had it on my list of places to go since I moved to LA, and finally made the little trip.

When you pull up to the island, it looks like a postcard from the South of France. There are colorful houses lining the hills and boats docked in the water — it truly looks like paradise. I think one of the reasons I was so excited to travel here was because it reminded me so much of Nantucket Island. I used to go to Nantucket almost every summer with my family, and it is still one of my very favorite places in the world. Something about taking a ferry to a little island reminded me so much of those trips, which I loved.

Anyways, I thought I’d share a few recommendations for places to eat, things to do, and some places to stay on Catalina Island, in case you’re heading to the quaint little island in the near future.

 

What is your favorite place for a weekend getaway?

 

The Best Vegan Cookbooks

When I first went vegan, I struggled to find as many good recipes as I would have hoped for. It truly was a different time just a few years ago, where the only food associated with veganism was lettuce. I vividly remember going to the bookstore often to scope out the vegan cookbook section, and I would flip through them only to find recipes for salads and smoothies — that was essentially it. Every time I would stop in, I’d hope that a new one would be released and I’d find something interesting, but every time I was left disappointed.

Thankfully veganism has gotten much, much more popular since then, so there a lot more options out there. By now, I have a fully-stocked cookbook collection in my kitchen, filled with tons of delicious recipes — I have options ranging from Italian pastas to pad Thai (my favorite) to Buffalo wings and everything in between. That being said, now that there are more amazing options out there, there are also some misses. So, today I wanted to share what I think are the best vegan cookbooks on the market right now. I use all of these frequently, which you’ll see on my Instagram stories if you follow along there 🙂 I’m confident that whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll find some new favorite meals in these books. I hope you enjoy!

{raw blueberry cheesecake from the vegan zombie}

  1. Thug Kitchen. This was probably my first favorite vegan cookbook. I’ve had it for years, and everyone in my family loves it and uses it. The writing in it is hilarious, as you can probably tell by the name. They have everything from cornmeal waffles with strawberry syrup to pumpkin chili and carrot cake cookies.
  2. Chloe Flavor. This is the most recent addition to my collection, and I seriously love it already. ByChloe is one of my very favorite vegan restaurants — I used to go there religiously when I lived in NYC. My coworkers even brought me there on my birthday when I worked at my full-time job 🙂 This cookbook is by that same Chloe, and is has delicious meals like no-huevos rancheros and bacon-lover’s BLT.
  3. The Vegan Zombie. This is another one of my favorites that I reach for often. If you know me then you know pad Thai is one of my very favorite meals, and this is where I get that recipe! It’s to-die for.
  4. Vegan Comfort Classics. If you watch a lot of YouTube, you may be familiar with Lauren Toyota from Hot For Food. She puts up weekly recipes with vegan comfort foods, and they make my mouth water every single time. I recently purchased her cookbook for my mom when I was home over the holidays, and we immediately made a few of the recipes from there.

 

So there you have it — those are (in my opinion) the best vegan cookbooks. I hope you enjoyed!

What is your favorite cookbook?

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