I genuinely love WEN, so it’s kind of a win/win. The creator of WEN, Chaz Dean just understands a woman’s hair. My locks always look super luscious after using the product.
YOU GUYSS!!! I mean…it’s all about figs.
So today I present: honey/fig jam.
It’s kinda like this little quick raspberry jam but it’s almost better because what the hell is better than figs x honey ( plus some lemon & chia seed )? So Martha S.
Going off on a tangent here: remember Fig Newton’s? Makes me feel so nostalgic. Everyone ate them when they were younger? Yellow box? Anyway I can vividly remember my parents thinking they were fully healthy.
Whelp- welcome to 2014, because guess what?
They’re filled with GMO’s…UGGGH.
So attention Fig Newton lovers: this raw honey fig jam will replace the so-called ‘healthy cookies.’
And FIGSSSS!! Like, the real figs…they’re full of benefits. To name a few: they are filled ( like, FILLED ) with fiber, they keep your digestive system healthy ( nudge, nudge, wink, wink ), & are a major antioxidant/super food.
For this recipe: cut figs in half, scoop fig-goodness out ( I used the best invention ever: a melon scooper ), add to a tiny bowl, add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, 2 squeezes of lemon, 3 squeezes of raw honey, & mash/mash/mash ( ‘Crush’ mashing bowl found here ). Spread on your favorite piece of toast ( I prefer a Rudi’s spelt English muffin with this 5 second recipe ). Other options: add to two ingredient pancakes, use as a baked potato or sweet potato topping, &/or crackers with cheese.
So eat your figs, people.
Ok, so I’m totally going to go wash my hair with fig conditioner & eat fig jam.
But if we’re being 100% real, Michael usually staggers out of bed after 15 minutes of me sitting on the couch by myself & pretends to dramatically ( with a full-on theatrical sound effects ) search the fridge for something that doesn’t exist. Sort of like “hmmmm, what should I eat?” or “sigh! What sounds good?”
I don’t answer, because well, I’m working. So minimal attention is given to his fake fridge scan.
Then he will sigh extra, extra, EXTRA loud & say “babe you can come back to bed if you want…with your computer.”
Honestly though, I’m not too bent out of shape about the rule because remember: we don’t live together…yet. And maybe I’m sort of cheating too. On him. With my computer.
So anyway there’s THAT update.
As far as our trip: we’re back! Miami was amazing & I ended up checking out many of your recommendations, guys!! SERIOUSLY- WHAT A FUN CITY!! I’ll definitely be back soon.
I’m still in a full blown Miami coma but I’m going to drag my ass outta bed suppppper early tomorrow & unpack, clean, do laundry, stock the fridge, shoot a couple posts, work, & bathe the smelly Twinkles ( << the latest & greatest name for the chihuahuas ). I will also say I couldn’t be happier to get back in to a routine.
I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to share this giveaway, GUYS!
But first a little background: blog-doo is blog design company that I co-founded with Erica from Fashionlush. We teamed up to design blogs in a VERY specific aesthetics— think clean, whimsical, & mainly, a blog that has the potential to become the foundation of a brand. Soooo today we are giving away some real sick shit. Personally I’m especially freaking out over the free blog design package we’re giving away.
Moving on, let’s talk about what else is in this spooky, creepy, voo-doo basket, shall we?
SOOo should we discuss the fact that, there’s at least $500 dollars worth of goody goods in this package?! Yeehaw.
Now what’s even better is the winner will also receive $100 worth of blog-do gift cards to use on any package or services & the other BIG, BIG winner? A free blog design package. If you have a blog, you’ll win the Bewitched make-over package & if you don’t, you’ll receive the full shabang, The Abracadabra package ( domain/hosting not included ).
Recently TSC teamed up with Andrea Van Vort from the popular boutique, Van De Vort and Kaitlynn Carter from The Western Wild ( blog-doo designed her blog so def check it!! You will LOVE it ) to create a Halloween collab.
Basically we were three little gothic bunnies & WE HAD SO MUCH FUN, GUYS.
Also– you should know that I’m wearing For Love & Lemons because they were just featured on the blog & their stuff is kinda insane.
We shot at this super spooky house ( cue: “The Monster Mash” ) in San Diego. It seriously reminded me of American Horror Story: The Coven. Sooooo scary…but cool-ish-scary.
Both of these girls kick-ass in every way; they both run their own business & they’re seriously go-getters so look for further collabs between the three of us.
NOW ON THE COSTUME DEETS: if you’re lazy when it comes to Halloween costumes, then this is the lil get-up for you. Just grab a lace pair of bunny ears, a piece of fishnet fabric, a hottie white dress, & some dark-ass lipstick. I also love the choker look x a couple of other necklace. Voila! You’re a gothic bunny.
I don’t know, sometimes I just feel too overwhelmed to create some gnarly Halloween costume. Honestly this year I might just throw on a generic cat mask with whiskers & be a…cat. Maybe I’ll add red lipstick if I’m going wild.
Anywho, if you’re in Del Mar, def check out Van De Vort. Sorry in advance for recommending this spot…it’s so good it hurts. Our full collab can be found here.
The girls behind the killer brand, Laura Hall & Gillian Rose Kern are best friends who had a lemonade stand when they were little & now design the line together ( hence the cute name: For Love & Lemons ). This interview kinda rocks because they share the whole evolution of their brand & how it came about. I love the realness.
Here ya go:
| Introduce yourselves & your brand |
Laura Hall: I’m originally from Minnesota & I moved to Wyoming at the age of twelve where I met my partner in crime, Gillian Rose Kern. Years later, I traveled off to college & obtained my business degree at the University Of Colorado Boulder. After college, I decided to head off to Australia. I ended up interning at One Teaspoon. After eight months of falling in love with Australia’s unique style, I decided it was time to pack up & head home. Ultimately I joined forces with my BFF & travel companion Gillian.
Gillian Rose Kern: I was born & raised in Wyoming and I always knew I was destined for the fashion industry. I made my first garment at the age of five & was voted ‘Most Unique Style’ in high school. I ended up getting my fashion design degree at FIDM. After completing college, I went to the land down under & interned for the popular brand Bec & Bridge.
After being completely inspired by Australian fashion, I packed up & headed to Los Angeles. From then on it was history in the making as For Love & Lemons was born…
Our collection is anything but conventional— it rebels against societal standards. The line taunts the customers by creating lustful intrigue. A clash of colors and patterns are evoked by chic separates and devious dresses.
For Love & Lemons is a brand to relate to, for that girl that doesn’t follow trends, she makes them.
The line is flirtatious, fun, and captivating.
| How did For Love & Lemons come about? |
For Love & Lemons: After college and living in Sydney, Australia for a year ( doing fashion internships ), we moved back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming & got waitress jobs so we could save up money to start our line. We were making patterns and sewing samples after work. When we completed enough pieces throughout the season we had a ‘fashion show’ in the ski bar we worked at…which was mostly guys wearing their ski cloths, but we didn’t care cause we were showing something we worked so hard on.
Surprisingly some photos from that reached a couple buyers who inquired about carrying the collection ( we didn’t even pick the name FL&L by that time ). So it was a slow & steady evolution on how the whole collection became official and we knew it would become our future!
We used to have lemonade stands, so we’d joke that we have been in business since the lemon days, and we are best friends…so we also do it for the love!
| How do you stay healthy while running your own business? |
Laura: Well since Gillian is got married the whole office was on “The Wedding Diet.” All jokes aside I have always been an active person, so on the weekends I enjoy hikes and anything outdoors.
Gillian: I focus mainly on eating healthy, but recently we hired a yoga instructor to come to our office twice a week too.
| Quick skinny healthy tip? |
Laura: Drinking a liter of so every morning is a great way to wake up. And most mornings I add lemon and cayenne pepper to my water. It also jump starts your metabolism, hydrates you, flushes our toxins in your body, gets your brain going, and my favorite benefit: it makes you less hungry.
| A tip for entrepreneur babes? |
For Love & Lemons: Be fearless and do you research!!
I’m wearing a For Love & Lemons ‘South of The Border’ dress here: