Archive | December, 2014

party girl

26 Dec

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I have no idea what my plans are for NYE just yet, but at least I’ve got the outfit planned.

Derrick and I ditched Christmas this year, since we’ve already traveled so much for the wedding (and we just booked the honeymoon!!), so we’ve had the time off all to ourselves. Obviously we miss our families, but it’s been so romantic to spend our first real holiday as marrieds with just each other.

The city was completely dead yesterday. We wandered down to Grand Coffee in the Mission and had some whiskey, then we went home, opened a bottle of champagne and made a candlelight dinner. Perfect.

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domestic goddess

24 Dec

I promise I’m not turning this into a DIY blog, but I just discovered how easy and awesome it is to make my own skincare products and I’m dying to share. I will keep the mason jar shots to a minimum.

DIY organic lip balm  |  longleggedlady.com A few weeks ago, I was looking at some really prettily-packaged organic, all-natural, $18 lip balm, and it occurred to me that I just can’t justify paying $18 for a small container of beeswax, shea butter, vitamin e, and essential oil. At first I was thinking, they must do something really special to the ingredients, right? Like, there must be some kind of process they put this stuff through to make it usable. But then, isn’t the whole point of the organic/all-natural product movement to use ingredients that are as unadulterated as possible?

Well, I googled it a little and discovered that there doesn’t have to be any complex alchemy involved in making moisturizers. You literally just have to heat up a few things, stir in some other things, and possibly use a mixer for a few minutes.

Also, it’s incredibly inexpensive. I made 12 jars of body butter and 20 tins of lip balm for about $35 total. If I ever run out (I used a bunch of them as holiday gifts, but I still have a truckload), I’ll re-use the jars and tins, so it’ll be even cheaper.

The best part? You don’t have to follow a recipe perfectly, there’s plenty of room for interpretation. Basically, I read a ton of recipes, then bought the ingredients I liked most and just kind of put in whatever amounts of each sounded good to me.

DIY Lip Balm 

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For the lip balm, I tried three batches, and this was my favorite version:

Ingredients

  • 1 oz of beeswax
  • 1 oz of shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 7 or 8 capsules of vitamin e (break them open and squeeze out oil, don’t just drop in the capsules)
  • A couple spoonfuls of sweet almond oil
  • A few drops of lavender essential oil
  • Optional – some lipstick shavings for color (I actually preferred without)

Step 1: Melt the beeswax and shea together until they’re completely liquified.

Step 2: Remove from heat and add the coconut, almond, and vitamin e, stir until they’re all melted together. This is also when you can add the lipstick shavings if you want.

Step 3: Add the essential oil (or skip this, up to you).

Step 4: Pour it into the tins, and let it sit until it hardens (takes less than 30 min, less than 5 if you put them in the fridge).

See? Stupid easy.

 

Lavender-Coconut Body Butter

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I made two versions of the body butter, here’s the one I liked best:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of shea butter
  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of sweet almond oil
  • 10-15 vitamin e capsules (again, break them open)
  • Lavender essential oil- however much you like. I probably used about 1/2 tablespoon

Step 1: Heat up the shea and coconut until they’ve liquified

Step 2: Let it cool for about 15 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir them up.

Step 3: Put it in the fridge to cool for about 45 minutes, until it’s no longer clear and it’s starting to feel solid.

Step 4: Use a mixer and beat for 2-3 minutes, then put it into jars!

Et voila, you have a body butter that smells amazing and feels super luxurious. You can even pretend you paid $50 for it.

“winter”

6 Dec

longleggedlady.comFirst off, a belated happy Thanksgiving.

I had every intention of blogging last weekend, because we drove up to Oregon to visit my in-laws (I have in-laws now!), but then we got there and I somehow forgot about blogging because I was too busy eating non-stop, cuddling with their dogs by the fireplace, and gossiping with my sister-in-law. I realize that traditionally, a wife isn’t supposed to like visiting her husband’s family, but I love it. Oh well, I have no problem eschewing tradition.

Another thing I love about visiting Derrick’s family is the drive. I hate the responsibility of owning cars, but I love renting them and going on road trips, especially through Northern California and Oregon. It’s so misty and green and beautiful. And Derrick is the best road trip partner, he never complains about my need to stop every 2 hours to pee. That’s like, half the reason I married him.

Since we had about 18 hours of road trip time, I had a list of things to listen to (aside from music). I can’t read/listen to anything without giving everyone I encounter my opinion on it, so here’s a rundown:

– The Serial podcast. It’s riveting. If you don’t know about it, go google it and get caught up immediately. I’m obsessed now.

– World War Z. It’s one of the best audiobooks on earth. I’ve read the book like 5 times (big fan of both zombies and re-reading things) and I still didn’t get bored listening to it.

– Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. We’re only about a third of the way in, and so far I think it’s… just okay. I was more or less liking everything up until the first sex scene, which writing-wise was a disaster, and plot-wise didn’t seem terribly believable, though I’m willing to give Ken the benefit of the doubt and assume it’ll make sense later.

longleggedlady.comBack to fashion for a minute, since that’s what this blog is supposedly about. I realized this fall that I’m actually a little disappointed about already having the perfect winter coat. I found this one last year, and I still love it, but it’s a little weird to get to “winter” (if you can fall mid-50 degree weather that) and not be on the hunt for outerwear. It’s like I’ve actually begun to build a lasting, adult wardrobe. Scary.
Luckily for me, I still don’t have the perfect leather moto jacket. So there are things left to aspire to.

longleggedlady.comlongleggedlady.comlongleggedlady.comAmerican Apparel top, thrifted Alexa Chung x Madewell coat, thrifted Charlotte Ronson skirt, Alexander Wang bag, Rachel Comey boots via thredUP

I don’t normally blog about food/cooking, but it’s winter and the sun is going down so early that I’ve been spending less time outside in fun clothes, and more time inside, wearing yoga pants and trying new recipes.

Recently, I discovered the magic of turmeric tea (thanks pinterest), and I’m hooked. I’ve been trying to find ways to cut back on caffeine, so instead of drinking coffee or black tea, I’ve switched to this. It’s warm and spicy and allegedly very healthy.

To make it, you just need ginger, a half teaspoon of turmeric, and a little cinnamon and cayenne pepper to taste. Put all those things in a mug, then heat up a cup of coconut milk, pour it in and stir. You can strain out the ginger, but I’m lazy and never bother. The internet recommends sweetening with honey, but I prefer it without. Et voila, the perfect non-caffinated winter drink.

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