Tuesday, April 30, 2013

More Than Just Orange Juice

Now I've heard people refer to juicing as just a fad, but in my life I plan on making sure this healthy trend is here to stay. Those who know me know that I absolutely love food, and unfortunately not just the clean, healthy, look-great-in-a-bikini kind, so anything I can do to add more vegetables, vitamins, and fruit into my diet I am more than willing to. That being said, I recently purchased a juicer (on sale - score!) and got serious with incorporating this super healthy trend into my daily routine. I try to make and drink a different juice every day and have already noticed the extra energy.

Here is one of my favorite juice recipes I've created that is packed with Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium, Thiamin (B1), dietary fiber, and absolute deliciousness all in one glass.

You will need:
  • one medium-sized banana
  • two big handfuls of baby spinach 
  • one large cucumber
  • one large celery stalk
  • one large orange (remember: the riper the sweeter)
  • one small lemon
  • a juicer (a blender can also work, but will not extract the seeds and rinds like a juicer will, nor will you get the most out of ingredients' nutritional value)
  • Organic fruits and veggies are best for you and the environment, but if you aren't using organic, be sure to rinse your produce well!
  • For easy cleanup, line your juicer's waste container with a plastic grocery bag for quick disposal.

Once you've gathered all of your ingredients, it's now time to prepare them! Roughly peel the banana, orange, lemon, and cucumber; no need to worry about peeling all of the skin off because your juicer will take care of the rest and some excess rinds can add to the fiber and feeling of fullness this juice provides. Also, depending on how you like your juice to taste, keeping the lemon peel on will add more zest and flavor.

Starting with your hardest ingredient first (for me, it was the just-ripened cucumber) and ending with your softest ingredient, slowly insert each piece of fruit or veggie into your juicer. The slower you go, the more "juice" you will get out of each piece, so take your time! You should end up with about 16 ounces of orangey-limey-green juice. 
Pour into a glass, add a few ice cubes if desired, and enjoy!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Summery Beauty Must Haves

As promised, here are some more of my Summer must-haves. When it comes to taking care of my skin, hair, and face while still looking fresh and glam enough to go from day to night, these are some products I can count on. While most are pretty self-explanatory, you may be wondering why I added Vaseline to the list. This tried and true little pot 
of jelly adds the perfect shine to  lips, moisturizes dry skin spots, 
and can even be used as an illuminator when applied under the eyes. 
I love it so much I carry a mini-size in my bag!

What are some of your go-to beauty products?

Summery Beauty Must Haves

NARS Orgasm Blush / Bobbi Brown Mascara / Dr. Jart  BB Cream / Jergens Natural Glow / Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
Not Your Mother's texturing sprayButter London nail polish / Bumble and bumble leave-in conditioner
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Summer Lust List

There are 52 days left until Summer; but who's counting?! Growing up in Southern California means always being ready for sunny days and warm nights because they really could come at any time of the year! Nonetheless, I still get that butterfly feeling knowing that endless hours of daylight, BBQs and pool parties, and crop tops and beachy hair are just around the corner! 
Here are some of my go-to Summer items and pieces I'm currently lusting after (I'm thinking those Karen Walker sunnies are next on my shopping list!). Am I missing any Summer essentials?

Stay tuned for more Summer-worthy items :)

Summer Lust List

Free People mesh cutout dress / American Eagle Outfitters floral corset / IRO harem pants
Victoria's Secret flamingo flounce top / Converse shoes / Tory Burch shoulder bag / Vanessa Mooney bead necklace
Karen Walker eyewear / Runwaydreamz Vintage jean shorts