Monday, March 31, 2014

Crimped Hair

I can't stand having the same hair (color) for a long period of time. I get bored easily, and when the boredom strikes I usually head to the salon to try out a new color. But, in an effort to avoid hair dye (for as long as I can stand it), I've decided to change my hair in a non-permanent way.

The past few days I have been sporting crimped hair and am loving it. I have to admit... I do go to bed at night looking like Coolio, but I wake up feeling like an 80's princess.

After mentioning Coolio, who now wants to listen to "Gangster's Paradise"?
I do.
Correction: I am.
And, next on the list..."Fantastic Voyage".

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Garlic Update

Last week I posted that I was testing out the zit-zapping (for lack of a better description) garlic method. I was curious to see if garlic actually does work in clearing up breakouts. If you missed the post, you can check it out here. Now (about a week later), I am reporting back.

My garlic treatment went something like this:
Thursday: Garlic Treatment
Friday: Garlic Treatment
Saturday: Resting day
Sunday: Garlic Treatment
Monday: Resting day
Tuesday: Garlic Treatment

By Tuesday my skin was breakout free & looking great, so I stopped with the pressed garlic applications. Unfortunately, two days later my breakouts returned, so now I'm back on my garlic regimen again. I've been applying for two days now, and my face seems to be clearing up again. I really wasn't expecting to have to apply garlic to my chin every single day, but my skin will have it no other way it seems.

Just today I saw this post on Nouvelle Daily about skin-clearing herbal teas. I'm VERY intrigued. Have you ever heard of teas that are supposed to clear your complexion? If so, have you tried them? I'm always up for trying new beauty fixes, so if I can get my hands of any of these in Argentina, I will be snatching some up ASAP. I think a trip to the health food store is in the cards for me this week.

*Twinkle Toes*

During my hibernation in the spare room yesterday, I decided to give myself a little pick-me-up pedicure. The iridescent pastel blue polish and the blue sparkle polish were calling out to me, so I went with my gut. Then, amidst all of the clutter, I found this foot jewelry. I must have bought this several years ago and I don't think I've ever worn it. When I bought it, I'm sure I pictured myself skipping through a meadow barefoot with foot jewelry. That day never came, so I decided to wear it yesterday while sitting at my computer. Not exactly a meadow-skipping scenario, but oh well.

And the polishes I used were:

L'oreal Color Riche in 601 French Riviera & Desseo in 156 Ocian (I used two coats of each).

What colors suit your fancy these days? Last week I was finding myself drawn towards reds, and this week it's light blues & nudes! And I have to say, I feel a purple moment coming on soon...

Starting to see the light at the end of the walk-in closet...

While I did have to spend most of the evening mopping up the dust from the floors, the worst of it is over. Today the workers closed the storage room from the outside and opened it from the inside, thus creating my walk-in closet. The electrician also came today and installed a power source inside the closet---let there be light! When I took a look at the closet at the end of the day, I honestly couldn't believe how big it was! It's always been this dark storage room full of junk which made it appear smaller. I am pleasantly surprised by the size of the closet and am sure that all of my belongings will fit in there quite comfortably!

But, there's still insulation to be installed, as well as walls to be painted, floors to be put in, and shelves/bars to be hung. The project is not over yet, but that's okay. As they say, "Good things come to those who wait."

I haven't even begun to deal with the "situation" in the bedroom. Instead, I've kept the bedroom door closed
and only went in once all day to take these pictures!

The old, outside door all patched up!

Ah, so spacious!

Ok, time for bed! I'm sure I'll be dreaming of a world full of walk-in closets tonight ;)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

In-house Construction...Ahhh!!!

Over here in our neck of the woods, Tomas and I made the decision to convert an outdoor storage area on our patio into an indoor walk-in closet which will connect to our bedroom. We're in weekend numero dos of construction right now, and I'm torn between wishing it to end as fast as possible and hoping that the guys take their time and do a good job. The house is slowly, but surely filling up with dust (as you can expect when are you doing any sort of in-house renovation) and for a person who loves everything clean & neat, this is torture! I've currently locked myself up in the spare room with my computer and am pretending this isn't happening. Somehow I managed to make room for myself amidst all of our belongings...

I know most blogs will feature photos of their neat & clean houses with their perfectly placed adornments. As much as I wish that was a reality right now, it's not. This is what my reality looks like. Time to embrace the craziness & clutter!

I think I'm going to head out later this afternoon for a walk & snap some photos! Hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday! xoxo

Friday, March 28, 2014

The drive up to the Grand Canyon...

When Tomas and I were back in the States over the holidays, we went back & forth over whether we would visit the Grand Canyon or not. We weren't sure if we could realistically fit it into our tight schedule on such a short visit. In the end, my dad volunteered to drive, and the four of us headed up to the GC early on a Sunday morning and returned that evening. The drive was only 4 hours. For some reason I thought it was going to be longer, but I was glad it was closer than I thought. What was amazing was how much the scenery changed in a 4-hour car ride: deserts, pine trees, mountains, plains, back to pine trees again, and then...THE GRAND CANYON.

Here you'll find photos from the first part of our trip: The Drive Up

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thursday Travel Shot(s)

Gone hiking...

El Chorro - La Garganta

Recipe :: Banana-Plum Smoothie

Ever since we bought a blender (last Sunday), I have been making smoothies for breakfast every morning! I'm hooked, and honestly can't believe I lived so long without a blender in my life. I've been trying out different combinations, and my favorite so far is a banana-plum smoothie.

I had never thought of adding plum to a smoothie, but since berries are currently not in season here, I had to work with what the verduleria (vegetable shop) had.

Simple. Delicious. Filling. PERFECT.
Banana-Plum Smoothie
Servings: 1-2

What you'll need:
- 1 banana
- 1 plum (preferably ripe)
- 4-5 ounces vanilla yogurt (this turns out to be about 2/3 of the container of yogurt, in my case)
- splash of low-fat milk
- 3 ice cubes
- 1 heaping spoonful of crushed chia

Throw everything into a blender, and within moments you have your fresh & fruity breakfast!

The glass I'm using is one of my repurposed candle jars. Quite a few glasses in our collection have come from old candles, actually. I just love how clean, simple & classic they look! To learn how to clean out your old candle jars, scroll to the bottom of this post.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stars, Stripes & My "Go-To" Boots

This was either pre- or post- tripping.
I can't remember which, but there was a trip involved.

Tomas takes the best candids, doesn't he?

New sweater, old jeans, old boots. I was actually looking down, admiring my boots in the subway and I turned to Tomas and said "Can you believe I've had these boots for 4 years?! Look at what great shape they are still in!" And just as I put my foot out to model their mint condition, I noticed the beginning of a hole....

All I'm asking from these boots at this point is to get me through this Fall/Winter season. Once I am back in the US in September, I can replace them with the only other boots that I think will fill the void of these......Doc Martens!