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girl crush…danielle aka dani from grit!

January 27, 2015

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talk about breaking the internet…today’s edition of girl crush is going to give that kardashian character quite the run for her money.

ladies and gentlemen, i present to you danielle wellbrock-gallinger, aka dani, danielle has grit, the glue that holds GRIT cycle together, and my nickname for her: the hottest thing to ever happen to a spin bike

dani’s sold-out classes are not to be missed. always a sweatfest; she makes your time on the bike fly by, with you holding your own ass at the end of class.

let’s get to know a little more about this #goddessonabike

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tell us a little bit about yourself dani:

Can I list Ass Kicker as a career? I run GRIT Cycle and teach classes there. My formal title is Director of Operations, but my staff just refers to me as Mama Bear.

I have a super sexy husband, Glenn, and three fur babies….two Snuggle Puggles: Verona, “the Snoogs”, and Ouzo, “the Tank”, and my little meatball French Bulldog: Duke, “the Bootie”.

I have many passions! My family most of all, anything Disney, churros, beer, nachos {I am passionate about food}, reading books, Halloween, making lists, and organizing things. {type A all the way}

beauty

name your 5 bottom of the jar products?

 Josie Maran Argan Oil

Yves St. Laurent Touche Eclat

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

Laura Mercier Crème de Pistache Body Cream

Jo Malone Dark Amber and Ginger Lily Cologne

style

who is your style icon and why?

I am not really sure I have a style icon. I wear what I like. I am not incredibly trend driven.

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what is your winter fashion must-have item?

I have a few: My Doma black leather jacket, Frye Dorado riding boots, and my Vince thermal beanie.

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what is your favorite smell?

The lumber section of Home Depot.

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how do you define luxury?

Luxury is having everything on my to-do list checked off.

books

what’s the last book you read and loved?

Lamb by Christopher Moore and I just re-read Generation Kill by Evan Wright {I am not monogamous in my book reading.}

vice

what are your vices?

Beer, nachos, churros, shoes, wigs, and lipstick!

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finish the sentence….i can never leave the house without:

Sunglasses.

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what advice would you give your 25-year-old self?

I would not give myself any advice! Each step in life is a learning experience whether good, bad, or in-between and I cherish every failure, bad tattoo, and triumph the same.

travel

what does your ideal 2 weeks off look like?

Traveling with my hubs and exploring a new corner of the earth!

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what is your idea of perfect happiness?

Happiness is being imperfect and accepting life’s imperfections

family members excluded what is your most prized possession?

My education!

in what historical era would you most like to have lived?

It really is not that far back in time, but I would have loved to be in my 20’s in the mid to late 1970’s.

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what are your favorite things about living in southern california?

 I love the weather and the close proximity to Disneyland

what are your least favorite things about southern california?

It is expensive!

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thank you so much dani for the sneak-peak into your beautiful heart and soul; your fan base just grew exponentially.

make sure you check out dani’s fabulous classes at GRIT cycle.

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my life….of late….

January 26, 2015

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as you can see i can’t keep this under wraps {or hidden beneath baggy shirts} any longer.

hunkiest, jones, priscilla and i will be welcoming the newest family member in april.

we have discovered a new definition for joy.

although this has been a formidable pregnancy {for the last twenty-three weeks i’ve battled hyperemis gravidarum–severe nausea every two hours, without any reprieve;} the “hellos“, kicks, and disco-dancing taking place in my belly are more than worth how sick i feel.

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our beasts are already natural babysitters.

it’s amazing how they can sense these things; rarely do they leave my side.

priscilla, especially, likes to get her snuggle on with my bump.

we spend most of our time here, in bed, trying to keep fluids and saltines down.

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 nursery rhymes + lullabies are rehearsed, we’ve been practicing our “inside voices” and not barking in the house {myself included.}

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i’ve had to cut back on my work schedule a bit, but i hope to keep teaching as long as i can.

exercise has actually been the only thing to quell the nausea.

and trust me i have tried every, stinking, in some cases stupid remedy:

ginger, salt, carbs, protein, seabands, coconut water, acupuncture, prayer, IV fluids and intravenous medications, crying, bitching, meditating and begging—all to no avail.

i’ve lost one tooth and all self-respect.

but the time left is so short, and i cannot wait to meet my precious, baby girl.

so that’s my news on a monday!

oh…and the winner of the box of santa barbara bars is:

celena fahey!!

congratulations celena; i will be in touch to get your address.

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it’s friday and i’m in love!

January 23, 2015

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happy red-velvet-friday to you m’loves.

it’s friday, and i’m a buck-toothed, tail-waggin, giddy-ass, disco’ing donkey.

even though i work the weekends i still love me an end-of-the-week party; mostly in my bed, with a remote control, my dvr crammed with shows or my latest read.

 reading all your kind, welcome-back comments slapped me into a silly delerium; thank you darlings.

here are a few of the fancies currently tickling my soul-bone:

almonds

ohmahgah!!

please tell me you’ve digested these salty, savory piñatas for your mouth?

trader joes just started selling them; i’m pretty sure i bought the costa mesa branch out clean, but you’re welcome to try.

i mean does it get better than this guest list:

marcona almonds: ✓

sea salt: ✓

black summer truffle: ✓

what else does one need in life?

in my case two gallons of water due to all the sodium consumption; a small price to pay for such oral happiness {yes, i said that.}

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what does your january fridge look like?

 i’ve never been one commit to new year’s resolutions; especially of the diet nature; nothing like telling me NOT to eat something to send me on a weeklong trans-fat/high fructose syrup bender, but i’m not averse to an occasional tasty tweak here and there.

here is a list of must-have {health conscious} items we all could pick up next time we’re grocery shopping.

you can imagine my shock that my saliferous, hypertension-inducing nuts didn’t make the cut, but i am happy to report that i do eat a grapefruit every day.

yoga

 i’m foaming at the mouth, old yeller style, for these yoga mats from mark and graham.

the go-to online store for everything monogrammed, mark and graham just released these gorgeous mats.

it’s the perfect motivation for me to get back in the studio and find my crow pose again.

salts

yoga class aside, the crankiness of my knees and back have reached an all-time high. i’ve been marinating in these bath salts every night.

completely natural, vegan, and cruelty-free valentina’s home-brewed magickal mineral salts are the only antidote for soreness, fatigue, and general malaise.

the jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood in sweet dreams lullabies your mind and body into a peaceful sleep.

i love the refreshing pick-me-up of the sunny outlook salts when i’m feeling especially down in the dumps.

there’s also nothing like a fresh charge of rosemary to get you focused and on track; habit breaker helps stir the pot on resolutions and goal-setting.

and because it is a new year the essential oils of anise, bergamot and cacao in prosperity give you that extra dose of easy street as you relax in the bath.

i buy these individual salts at mother’s market, but they’re also available online.

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 although mother’s market is the shopping post i adore most; it is unfortunately not a dog-friendly market.

here is a list of surprising businesses that {unbeknownst to me} are dog friendly.

you know i’ve ALWAYS wanted an excuse to visit tractor supply co.; now i finally have my excuse.

balzac

 

ok, stuff like this totally geeks me out:

the geniuses at info we trust were able to diagram the daily 24hr schedules of history’s most brilliant, innovative and prominent minds; breaking down their typical, must-do day.

french novelist/playwright, balzac is a man after my heart. he, too, had an “epic caffeine addiction” {is there any other kind?} and was known to down as many as 50 cups of BLACK {duh} coffee a day.

he also required a ton of sleep that included daily naps after his marathon coffee-sprees.

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lastly, my playlists have been heavy with this new song from ellie goulding.

i’m afraid it’s the closest i will get to seeing/reading fifty shades of shit grey.

the whole soundtrack {which isn’t fully released until 2/10/2105} is fabulous..but this week “love me like you do” is blowing my mind.

so tell me kitty-kats…what is currently rocking your world.

see you on the other side of sunday…

and do forget to enter for a free box of santa barbara bars.~~~~~~~CONTEST CLOSED~~~~~~~~~

 

love,

katie

 

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i’m back! {with free food!!}

January 21, 2015

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m’loves, it’s been too long.

remember me?

the binge-eating, dog-rescuing, coffee-slamming headcase you once knew?

all of the above still applies with maybe an extra order of neurotic and nausea on the side, {but that’s for a later post.}

i’ve missed you so; like the smell of springtime and a smaller-sized waist– i have longed for you.

in order to earn my way back into your hearts and hard drives i’ve come to suck up:

how does free food sound?

scratch that–how does free, healthy food sound? healthy AND delicious, not the cardboard-tasting, is that cat litter in my mouth-type-of-health food so often shoved down my face.

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alow me to introduce the santa barbara bar, a nut, fruit + seed based bar coming directly from a wholesome bakery in santa barbara, california; a locale where good health twinkles just as bright as the s0-cal sunshine.

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what the santa barbara bar lacks in terms of gluten, soy, and refined sugar; it more than makes up for with protein, fiber, + super-foods.

best of all these bars are tasty and satisfying. i liken them to those sugar-laden {aka delicious} granola bars i grew up on as a kid–except without the threat of cavities and type II diabetes.

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coming in three, distinct and yummy flavors: cranberry white chocolate, peanut chocolate cherry, and {my favorite} coconut almond, at only 180 calories, these are the perfect bars when you’re on the go or in between meals. 

santa barbara bar is all about encouraging people to “raise their bar” in all avenues of life; whether it’s improving the quality of your own life, or someone else in your community; the santa barbara bar hopes to inspire all to #raiseyourbar.

so here’s the gist: santa barbara bar is graciously giving away a whole box of bars {a variety pack} to one of my lovely, lucky readers.

simply leave a comment either here on the blog, on facebook, instagram, or twitter, saying how you demonstrate a #raiseyourbar type of living, or you can just say “hi.

each comment is worth one entry—if you comment on all four–you’re entered four times!

the winner will be randomly selected and announced next monday 1/26/2015.

woo to the hoo!!

wednesday wellness to you m’loves! so happy to be back.

~~~~~~~CONTEST CLOSED~~~~~~~~~

 

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it’s friday i’m in LOVE!

September 26, 2014

 

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pumpkin-spice tidings to you m’loves.

fall is in the air {albeit by route of my scented candles} and i couldn’t be happier.

these un-airconditioned, sleepless nights are no longer the romantic, nostalgic, and interesting reads on facebook…..i need to SLEEP!!!

the AC guy promises to install next week, and i couldn’t be more excited.

{just in time for the weather to cool down and the fireplace to get crackling again.}

here are a few other items kicking up my boots:

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i cannot contain my love for samantha friedman jacoby

samantha shot photos of me this summer, and it was the easiest, most fun, and anxiety-free photo-session i’ve ever had.

samantha is a mad genius, and made me look one thousand times better than i do in real life.

if you’re ever in need of a southern california photographer, look no further than samantha. you will NOT be disappointed.

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there’s no doubt, fall is a foodie’s favorite time of year {say that five times fast.}

comfort food season is back in full swing, and kitchens teem with aromas of homemade, savory stews, and nutmeg spiced pies.

 as much as i am a sucker for a warm casserole, for me, this time of year is all about the honeycrisp apple.

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juicier than a peach, with the perfect combination of sweet and tart, the honeycrisp apple craze is felt all across the nation, even on twitter.

difficult to grow, and thus unfortunately the most expensive apple in the market, the honeycrisp has a very short season from late august to october.

they are best eaten raw with no accoutrements.

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because you’ve been so honeycrisp-healthy, you can now afford to indulge in my newest obsession: high road craft ice cream.

we discovered high road craft ice cream on our trip to south carolina.

hand crafted in georgia, high road started out as a group of chefs making homemade ice cream for other chefs. it wasn’t long before the demand to buy high road in markets and online grew, and now lucky for me, so will my thighs.

but expanding waistbands aside, this stuff is worth every calorie.

flavors like “bakesale,” “mr.butterpants,” mixed berry buttermilk,” and “brown ale caramel” will turn you into a fan as well.

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one fall ritual i will not be partaking in this year is my consumption of the “pumpkin spice latté”.

a favorite i look forward to every september, my heart is broken after learning about all the crap that actually goes into these autumnal tasty treats.

luckily i found this delicious, non-toxic replacement.

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no big plans for me this weekend other than a couple of standing napping appointments i have with two terrible beasts.

what about you m’loves? pleasae thrill me with tales of table-top shimmies and drunken cab rides home.

until next time, weekend happy to you.

love,

katie

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it’s friday i’m in LOVE

August 1, 2014

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happy august to you m’loves!.

the speed of this summer is giving me whiplash.

i have two words for august:

SLOW! DOWN!

i hope you guys stopped by the mary jo matsumoto’s summer flash sale i told you about yesterday; you don’t want to miss these deals.

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speaking of mary jo matsumoto and her fabulous’ness, a couple of weeks back i spied this embroidered fable dress from freee people in her art inspired blog post on joaquin sorolla; i couldn’t get into my greedy, little hands fast enough.

i’ve been living in this dress all week.

crazy-comfortable, this v-neck maxi works all year-long. right now it’s summer appropriate with sandals, but come winter-time i’ll be rocking it with my motorcycle boots and favorite puffer vest.

the colors they offer seem to change…already the tangerine version i bought {along with a black} has been replaced with this shadow purple rendition.

parasol

so it’s no secret i’m kind of a psycho about the sun.

protecting myself from those dangerous and pesky UVA/UVB/UVC rays feels like a second job sometimes. it is a rare occasion when i’m not underneath some sort of hat.

the half-japanese in me has been forever on the hunt for a parasol-type cover for when i MUST be outdoors longer than the walk from my car, to whichever edifice i’m heading toward.

enter the brelli.

the brelli is an eco-friendly, luxury umbrella that protects 99% of UVA/UVB/UVC rays, and withstands up to 40 mph wind and rain.

hand carved from thailand and then manufactured in the usa, the lightweight brelli is coated with a sun protection canopy that never wears off.

i snagged one up on the one king’s lane sale {still in effect until today,} but if you miss the sale you can still get a brelli directly from their website.

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have you guys heard meghan trainor‘s single “all about the bass” yet?

so fun.

we’ve been tucking and squeezing to it all week; it’s a perfect, happy, bee-boppy, summer tune.

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did you know that every time you throw your hands in the air it raises your dopamine {the neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure and motivation}?

my friend dawn summerford, of working your body, filled me in on this little, known fact; she and i are often involuntarily throwing our hands up in the air mid spin class {typically during a favorite hip-hop song,} and it’s no wonder we both get ridiculously happy from doing it.

so, with my hands in the air, i wish you a happiest of weekends.

see you on the other side of sunday m’loves.

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a cherry on top….

July 28, 2014

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lately it’s been the romancing of the cherry around these parts.

suckered in by a farmers’ market sample, i practically bought the stand out of these sweet and sour candies.

most afternoons you can find me at my desk with a bowlful of these summer, baby stone fruits.

of the many benefits cherries offer, one of my favorites is their natural melatonin supply; a hormone that lowers body temperature and makes us sleepy.

i’m not quite sure if it IS the cherries, but our sleep has been very sound {apparently it rained last night.}

as it gets warmer, even during the evening, we try not to go too heavy on our dinner; a cheese plate teeming with cherries has been the go-to meal of late.

oh my gosh!?!? a cherry/goat cheese/honey drizzle is probably the best combo-bite in town right now.

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cherries are also rich in queritrin, an anti-oxidant that not only boosts exercise endurance, but has anti-cancer benefits as well.

some people have reported a decrease in their migraines due to cherries’ anthocyanin and bioflavonoids properties; these compounds mimic aspirin and ibuprofen in the body.

while i {and priscilla} can’t think of anything better than eating them straight off the stem, finger-food style, cherries always make a splash in summer recipes.

i would definitely help myself to seconds {and maybe thirds} of this fresh cherry cobbler.

this cherry salsa, served over grilled fish or bruschetta, is screaming to be served at your next bbq.

and to keep everyone on the dance floor, these cherry mojitos  are just as vital to your summer block party as your playlist.

what are your favorite ways to eat cherries?

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pitting the cherries is as easy as downing that mojito; the gadgets they have make it super simple.

my oxo pitter does a fine job, but how fantastic is this cherry pitter from william sonoma ↑

hurry up, cherry season is almost over and we’ll soon have to break-up until next summer {cue sad lana del rey music.}

monday happy to you m’loves.

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the fountain of youth in a blue bottle…

July 22, 2014

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oh happy day my beloved readers!

today’s post could be your winning lotto ticket in the battle against fine lines, discoloration, and slack skin.

we have laurie herman to thank.

laurie herman and her all-natural, AFFORDABLE, effective, skincare fell into my lap last month when ms. herman got in touch after reading about my love of fitness and healthy living.

thinking our obsession for all things ‘mother earth‘ could collaborate, and hearing about my affinity for skincare, sometimes at the behest of my pocketbook, laurie wanted my opinion on her products.

no strings attached, no promises to find the nearest mountain-top whereupon i sing her praises; i agreed to use laurie’s serum, toner, body moisturizer and facial wash.

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the first product i tried was the pacific facial wash.

unlike any face cleanser i’ve ever used before, this product comes out in a dry, grainy, powder.

it’s best to wet your face first, and THEN pour out a little bit of product into your hands, mix into a velvet scrub, and then apply to face.

each time i use this wash i am instantly surprised at the difference in texture and softness in my skin.

it’s a bizarre grand finale of squeaky clean and satin-pillow soft.

most skincare lines use heavy fragrances to make their products more pleasing; these perfumes, many of them phthalates are actually very toxic, and have been linked to hormone disruption. using only essential oils, laurie’s products are completely fragrance-free; therefore sometimes the scents truly are NATURAL. the face wash has a strong kelp scent.

i actually like the fact that i can smell the ingredients {even if it is a bit oceany} of this product.

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next was the neroli water hyrdating toner.

typically i’m not a big believer in toners. i think they’re kind of a waste of time; like first marriages or foreplay, just let me wear my vera wang dress and buy me my breakfast in the morning.

but as i get older {less hydrated} i’m noticing the importance of toners and their hydrating properties.

this neroli water hydrating toner, designed to tighten and firm, gives a nice boost, post wash.

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last but not least is the face serum firm it.

this is a game-changer.

using the neroli firm it serum all the way up to my eyeballs and down to my chest, i noticed an immediate difference–i’m talking “let’s make an infomercial” results here.

it’s like my skin gets a juice-cleanse and barre class every night.

toned, lifted, full of vigor, and more vivacious; my face drinks this serum up like a sad, wilted, dehydrated, desert animal.

i could give you my opinion, but i think the opinion of my friends and husband are more convincing.

hunkiest, a man who typically wouldn’t notice if my hair was on fire, let alone when i cut it 6 inches shorter, has been a factory farm of compliments; churning them out like well-packaged, precise hamburger patties of kindness on how pretty my skin looks; he even missed a crucial left turn opportunity on 17th street one saturday afternoon he was so confused by focused on my new complexion; we’re still in the center divider, by the way, waiting to make that left turn.–i’m typing from the car.

and a couple of weeks ago, in the harsh morning, non-instagram filetered light, my friend alexei, who at 8 months pregnant doesn’t have time to stroke my already texas-sized ego, told me:

you’re skin looks amazing, what are you doing different?

i was all:

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you, like?

but then her husband marc, excited to also notice my new, dewy skin, tried to play with the big girls in the compliment game, by adding:

yeah..i was like…is THAT????………that’s not katie is it?????”

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um, thank you? i guess.

a compliment, even served wrapped up in a tortilla of insult, is still worth gobbling down.

thank you laurie herman for turning this troll katie into something safe for public consumption.

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now it’s your turn to fool your friends.

even if you think your skin is flawless and you’ve been dunked in a vat of perfect, i still implore you to try laurie’s products.

she has a 100% satisfaction guarantee good for 365 days {that’s one year for you english majors} and she’ll even pay your shipping.

 laurie has graciously offered a limited time 20% discount and free shipping on all of her products to my readers; thank you so much laurie.

when checking out use the coupon code: xokatie

this will be valid until august 8th.

laurie and i both like to keep you informed on the latest and greatest in health so make sure you stay connected with us for more offers and deals.

find laurie on facebook, twitter, instagram + pinterest.

and you know i love it when you like/follow me/tweet/pin with me …i always follow back…

here’s to happy, shiny, all-natural skin m’loves.

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it’s friday i’m in love…

July 18, 2014

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shiny, happy, friday to you my doll-babies!

another week in the books, another year older for my most significant of others.

last night, alongside family from out-of-town, we celebrated with chocolate cake and mint gelato; hunkiest’s two most favorite foods.

the weekend foresees to be one, long spree of extolling the people i love; but first here are few of my friday favorite’s:

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 i am digging jenny lewis’ new single “just one of the guys.”

her video with anne hathaway, kristen stewart, and brie larson {in and out of drag,} is a sweet, silly counterbalance to, a lyrically, melancholly song. jenny lewis wrote the song the night after her father died.

brie larson, a girl crush of mine since her days on the united states of tara, more than makes up and cancels out my involuntarily gag reactions to kristen stewart and anne hatha-vain, in this fun video.

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those who have been to my house have seen my fanaticism:

i’m addicted to the color white.

in all of its shades, moods, and variances, white makes me happier than any other ‘color’ in the paint box.

finally someone else feels this same fancy; in an article for THE LINE, master colorist donald kaufman, who with his wife taffy dahl {what a name!!?}, works with top architects and designers to create over 104 variable shades of white, talks about the power and beauty of this often “un-romantic,” misunderstood color.

pardon me while i swoon.

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this week i finished a great book, “ordinary grace” by william kent krueger; a coming of age story, about two young brothers during the summer of 1961, in a small town of minnesota, where death and loss are as common as the 90 degree heat. krueger’s message of grace, in both the young and the old, the tortured and the guilty, is one that has stayed with me for days and i know will linger on for months, maybe even years to come.

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tomorrow i’m getting my photos taken with the famous samantha friedman jacoby; samantha takes insane fitness photos, and i’m so excited to work with this talented genius.

i’ve been living on a diet of cigarette’s and spin bikes.

{oh and chocolate cake with mint gelato}

in truth, it’s just been a week of less peanut/almond butters {my crack} and more cardio.

except for last night i’ve made an enormous version of this salad for dinner every night this week; no cheese {which is like water boarding for me,} this bibb lettuce/tarragon combination is delicious and crazy easy to make.

although saturday night, post photo shoot, all bets are off, and i’m face-planting into a baking dish of brown sugar and butter.

i’m making this nectarine and plum crisp with oatmeal streusel to negate all the cardio and clean eating i’ve committed to this week.

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 wish me luck angel-babies.

here’s to sucking it in, high eyebrows, and photoshop.

cheers to making a weekend splash so big, you get everyone else to join in your pool party!

see you on the other side of sunday m’loves.

~images: helmut newton

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pore vous!

July 3, 2014

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as the eastern seaboard battles hurricane arthur’s inclement weather, i’m having my own state of emergency.

on. my. face.

 the summer heat is taking a toll on my already stock-plummeting skin.

last week my pores swelled to swimming pool-size status.

no joke.

i hosted games of marco polo and day-long chicken fights across the bridge of my nose and chin; all of course post-gay pride parade.

this week it was time to bring in my summer arsenal for pore clearing, sunscreen excavating, and overall deep cleansing.

here are some of my favorite weapons in summer skin treatments:

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i can’t remember if i’ve written about canus all natural moisturizing mask before.

i should have.

although this mask confuses me, i’m wrapped around its fresh goat-milk finger.

it’s like that super-cold, loner guy in high school, who seems to hate you for wearing penny loafers, smirk during your passè composè oral, and will no doubt shatter your heart with the first chance he gets.

but once you got to know him, he’ll quote t.s. eliot with tears in his eyes, and pick all the poppy seeds off an everything bagel for you.

that’s like this mask.

at first feel this mask feels too strong; like it’s going to leave your face looking like lunchmeat from all of the dirt and grime mining, but give it a minute or two and your face feels like a lucky, frosted birthday cake.

wash the mask off and your skin feels like it’s your 18th birthday….well maybe NOT 18, but it’s definitely softer, smoother, and uber moisturized.

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ok, definitely more of a tingly, pop-rock party on my face, type of mask, this mini-peel from alba botanica does the job and then some.

a clear, is-that-gel-in-your-hair mask, this pore purifyer unearths “embedded toxins” with a 6% alpha hydroxy fruit acid.

i like this because it’s gentle to use {for me} all the way under my eyes; which helps exfoliate my not-so-fine lines.

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and here’s another gem from alba botanica: this deep-sea facial mask goes subterranean diving into your pores.

consistently rated high by bloggers, magazines, and home reviewers, the marine complex + kaolin clay combo-bite provides a noticeable brightening of the skin and face.

i like to use this one in the summer because it also is very cooling….great after a sweaty spin session or hot yoga flow.

i’m not much of a toner girl, but in the summer i recommend avalon organics balancing toner. it’s anti-oxidant rich, anti-aging, and just gives you that extra layer of clean without stripping your skin’s natural moisture.

all of these products are cruelty-free, free of parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate and sodium methyl sulfate.

none of these products cost more than $11….

here’s to deep pore diving.

 

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