National Honey Month

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September is National Honey Month, and let me tell you I'm obsessed with honey! It is such a wonderful natural sweetener with great health benefits. It is important to mention that these benefits only apply to raw honey. Sometimes you can find raw honey in the store but I would recommend getting it from a local farm if you can. You can also order it online here or here.

  • Honey contains antioxidants which help reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers
  • Natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal (the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide)
  • Helps with cough and throat irritation
  • Helps regulate blood sugar
  • Helps with allergies because the pollen in the honey builds up your natural tolerance 
  • Helps heal wounds 
  • Probiotic 
  • Anti-inflammatory 
Honey can be used for beauty purpose as well as a tasty treat. Lately I've been using honey to naturally lighten my hair. This is a slow and gradual process that will have a similar effect as the sun when it comes to lightening your hair. I love a lot of things about this process: it's really cheap, it's easy, and it makes your hair smell like a cinnamon bun. Here is the recipe I use. Just so you know how it works, honey naturally contains hydrogen peroxide and the olive oil and cinnamon act as natural boosters to the hydrogen peroxide.

Honey and Cinnamon Natural Hair Lightening

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup honey
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Mix this up and let sit for one hour to develop. When you're getting ready to apply to your hair I recommend setting a towel on the floor and wearing a t-shirt you don't mind getting dirty as the application process can be quite messy. Section your hair, and apply until your hair is saturated. Put your hair up and let sit for an hour then wash it out. You may have to shampoo your hair twice to get all the cinnamon out. Complete this process until you reach the desired hair color. I wouldn't do this more than once a week to minimize damage to your hair.

Image via NourishMint Wellness

Friday Favorite: Frank Clegg Leatherworks

Friday, September 12, 2014

I always tend to think of fall as the season of leather. It's the perfect weather for leather jackets, boots, and bags. That being said, I absolutely adore the bags from Frank Clegg. These bags are all handmade in Fall River, Massachusetts using high quality materials and the strictest attention to detail. I have been lusting after one of these bags for a long time. The silhouettes are stunningly simple and classic. They also come in a variety of rich colors. I love supporting local businesses like Frank Clegg who put so much pride into their handmade craft. It truly shows and the pride is passed on to me as the owner. They make a variety of different types of bags, wallets, belts, and more. I've highlighted some of my top picks. Which bag is your favorite?

A Little Black Dress for Fall

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dress: c/o Julie Brown Designs Earrings: Etsy Shoes: Similar

Everyone should have at least one little black dress in their wardrobe for each season. For fall I absolutely adore this dress from Julie Brown Designs. It's simple and easy and can be dressed up or down depending on how you want to accessorize. Julie Brown is one of my favorite designers. Everything is just so classic, comfortable, and versatile.

Modern Rustic Elegance

Monday, September 8, 2014

Featuring the home of Emily A. Clark, all images via Style Me Pretty Living. Photography by Caroline Lima.

I am absolutely in love with this home. It's rustic and elegant, classic but still modern. I love all the neutrals with pops of color and exciting prints. It just feels so inviting. This is a home with character and polish.

The Perfect Fall Shoes

Friday, September 5, 2014

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FAQ Alaskan Klee Kai Edition

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Being the owner of an Alaskan Klee Kai comes with a TON of questions. I literally can't take my dog anywhere without being stopped and asked lots of questions about her. People always want to take pictures of her and take notes so they can look them up online. I've had people think she was a stuffed animal, a fox, and a baby wolf among other things.

What kind of dog is that? What is she a mix between? 
She is an purebred Alaskan Klee Kai.

Is that a puppy? 
No, she's actually 2 years old and she is full grown at 8 pounds.

How big was she when you got here? 
She was about 3 pounds.

Does she shed? 
Twice a year she blows out her coat and sheds a lot but other than that it's not too bad.

Where do you get a dog like that?
Penny Lane is from California, however there are lots of breeders and a National Rescue just for AKKs that you can adopt one from. The breeder I used is Klee Kai Magic.

Does she have the same temperament as a big husky? 
No. Klee Kais are typically very shy around strangers or anyone that isn't part of their immediate family or pack. Penny is, due to our very hard work, actually VERY friendly with strangers and not like your average AKK. Although she does tend to me timid with men especially when they don't know how to approach a dog.

Does she get along with other dogs? Specifically big dogs.
Yes! Penny loves other dogs and looooves to play.

Is a dog like that expensive? 
They vary in price depending on which breeder you decide to go with and the quality of dog (pet vs show). I've seen them range in price between $1,500 and $2,500.

Does she howl? 
She does sometimes but it's typically when somebody leaves the house. She wants to be with me or my mother at all times and if one of us leaves she gets really upset.

If you have any other questions or would like to know more or chat about AKKs feel free to head to my contact page and shoot me an email! xx

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If you're following me on Twitter you may have seen my tweet about what's really in a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. If you haven't you can read the article here. I haven't had a Pumpkin Spice Latte for a couple of years mostly because I don't like to drink soy milk and I don't like to drink dairy milk and Starbucks won't offer another option despite the amount of people demanding it. Now that more people are becoming aware of what is really in their food and drinks I thought I would share my recipe to get my pumpkin spice fix during the fall without all the junk. I hope you enjoy!

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

1 frozen banana
1 cup of unsweentened almond milk (original or vanilla)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar
Pumpkin pie spice to taste
Maple syrup to taste

1. Add almond milk + frozen banana to blender and blend until there are no big chunks of banana.
2. Add pumpkin puree, coconut sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and a drizzle of maple syrup + blend.
3. Sample it and adjust to taste.
4. Enjoy!