Day: 4 August 2014

JEWELRY

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JEWELRY

here’s my type of Jewelry,

my ideas of  jewelry are  not  precious, but cute and funny.

Often pastel colors and still very cool.

I love to go to flea markets to search for this type of pendants.

 

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Here is my small collections

 

Sara Dal Monte

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DIY: COCONUT & LAVENDER BODY SCRUB

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When it comes to DIY projects you have to ask yourself, is it really worth the hassle?

In the case of this DIY body scrub the answer is yes and here’s why: cinnamidopropyltrimonium, cetrmonium chloride, dimethicone, etc.

Those hard to pronounce words are gd knows what, made of who only knows, ingredients listed on the back of products I grabbed from my shower.   Now,  I love my chemically packed products as much as the next girl but I couldn’t help but wonder if smearing this stuff all over ourselves, everyday, is really all that good for us.

I attempted to make a few changes, some were colossal disasters and others worked out great.  I gave the “organic” shampoo/conditioner a go – absolute nightmare. Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Classic Soaps‘ – major win.  Tom’s toothpaste – it’s as though I never knew the other stuff existed.

And the best thing to come out of this bath-and-body-chemical-detox was this incredible homemade coconut and lavender body scrub.  Complete with six real word ingredients (ginger, coconut oil, almond oil, sugar, salt and lavender oil) it has made my skin incredibly soft, smooth and glow – just like you see in an Aveeno commercial. And unlike other DIY’s that end up collecting dust after gluing, hammering and sometimes even crying, this DIY was four easy steps all of which are essentially pouring and stirring (promise, watch my LEAF video if you don’t believe me) resulting in 2-3 uses per week.

How-to: Coconut & Lavender Body Scrub

You will need:
– 1 tbsp ginger, coarsely chopped
– ¼ cup coconut oil
– ¼ cup cold-pressed almond oil
– ¾ cup granulated sugar
– ¼ cup kosher salt
– lavender essential oil

1. Heat ginger and coconut oil over low heat for 5-10 mins, remove from heat & strain.
2. While the oil is still warm, mix together almond oil & let sit until room temperature.
3. Once room temperature, stir in granulated sugar and kosher salt.
4. Add in 4-6 drops of lavender essential oil, stir then bottle (I added a ribbon, too).
5. Scrub and enjoy!

If you have any suggestions for other great natural products and/or bath related DIYs please share in the comments?

 

Sara Dal Monte

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WEEKEND COCKTAILS: EYE SWOON’S PEACH, STRAWBERRY & BASIL SUMMER SANGRIA

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I love the cocktails, made whit fruit cool in the summer and are colored and decorated!!

Not sure about you but I have had one very long week! An afternoon of unwinding with friends and cocktails is on the agenda and this sangria courtesy of my best friend sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

Here’s how to make it:

You will need:
1 bottle chilled Cava or Prosecco
4 oz Cointreau
1 cup sliced strawberries
1-2 peaches sliced
1 cup (250ml) chilled sparkling water
A few sprigs of basil leaves & lavender
Ice

1. Pour your sparkling wine into a pitcher, add your Cointreau, fruit and basil.
2. Just before serving add sparkling water, stir and add ice as needed.

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Sara Dal Monte

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