Thursday, May 26, 2016

National Chardonnay Day With Flora Springs

If you haven't heard yet.. It's National Chardonnay Day!
Go get yourself a bottle of Flora Springs chardonnay and celebrate.
Wine not?!


Special thanks to Flora Springs winery in Nappa Valley for sponsoring this post.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Links I Love

The best new pool floats for summer 2016 - (Sugar & Cloth)

How to ripen an avocado in 10 minutes - (The Peak)

8 ways to make meaningful small talk - (Goop)
7 facts about the history of Chanel - (Fashionista)

Sunday, May 8, 2016

DIY All Natural Face Mask

While browsing the amazing health and beauty section at Whole Foods, I found Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. It comes in a pretty good size tub and it's SUPER cheap. (If you don't live near a Whole Foods, you can get it on Amazon here). It is 100% natural bentonite clay. 

Bentonite clay is mined from the earth. It's formed after volcanic ash has weathered and aged in the presence of water. It has a strong electromagnetic charge, and when activated with water, it acts like a magnet in and on our bodies, pulling metals and toxins to it. (Source).

I like to mix the clay with apple cider vinegar instead of water though. Apple cider vinegar's main ingredient is acetic acid. It also contains lactic, citric, and malic acids. These acids naturally gently exfoliate skin by dissolving dead skin cells. So this is THE PERFECT combination for a face mask. Be warned it can make your skin a little red after you wash it off - that's totally normal, and will fade in 10-20 mins. 

2 TB bentonite clay 
2 TB apple cider vinegar 

1. In a bowl combine ingredients with spatula, smashing clay parts into the vinegar until smooth. It will get a little foamy. 
2. Place on face for 20 minutes. (10 minutes for sensitive skin). As it drys you will feel it tightening. 
3. After allotted time, wet wash cloth with warm water and wipe off. 

Have you guys used this clay before? 

Try it out and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Grapefruit Jalapeño Margaritas

Cinco De Mayo is tomorrow.. 
What a great excuse for some tacos and tequila! 

If you have had the pleasure of meeting my alter-ego, Cinnamon, you will know that tequila makes her 
come right on out!

The great thing about this recipe, is that you can tone the heat of the margarita up or down depending 
on the level of spicy that you prefer. 
(I like it hot!)

2 ounces silver tequila
2 ounces grapefruit
1 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce agave
Kosher salt
Lime wedge

1. Add tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec, agave, and desired jalapeño slices (I use 3, but add less depending on how hot you want your margarita), into a shaker with ice. Shake.
2. Use the lime wedge to wet the rim of a glass. Place salt on a plate, and swirl the rim of the cup in the salt.
3. Add ice to glass. Strain cocktail mixture into glass. Garnish with a jalapeño slice and lime wedge. Enjoy!

Have a safe and happy Cinco De Mayo!