Friday, May 29, 2015

Hello from Brazil!

As you read this, I'm landing in Brazil to spend a few days with family and friends. I'm not sure if I'll blog while away, but I'll definitely Instagram, so follow along for pictures of my hometown, my family, my friends, and probably some food too! ;)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Monday inspiration (on a Tuesday)


Monday, May 11, 2015

Healthy beauty DIY

From my other "beauty" posts, I think it's kind of evident that I'm very much into healthy beauty. So much so, I've been kind of obsessed with trying the beauty recipes from the book Skin Cleanse, by Adina Grigore. Adina is the founder of healthy beauty brand S.W. Basics and in her book she shares amazing tips (like "your diet is the most essential tool you have to getting great skin") and recipes for a natural skin care routine.

illustration by Libby VanderPloeg via Miss Moss

The illustration above pretty much sums up Adina's beliefs: a healthy kitchen equals a DIY beauty lab. You can find most of the ingredients for her recipes in your pantry! So, after I finished reading her book, I started "cooking"! Here are my two favorite recipes so far.

Cleansing Mud (from Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore)

  • 1/4 tsp powdered cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp dry clay
  • 3 tbsp coconut milk

Mix cinnamon and clay in a small bowl. Pour in coconut milk, stirring the liquid into the dry powder evenly. Eventually, it will become a paste. Apply like a wet face scrub.

Hair Mask (from Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore)

Mix together all three ingredients, stirring gently to stop mixture from foaming.

all images by SCAVENGENIUS unless otherwise stated

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I'm 33!

Today I'm 33 years old. Oh my, time flies! 32 was a very good year for me and 33 is looking even better. The quote "it's ok to be happy with a calm life" speaks a lot to me and that's what I'm looking to achieve during the next year- the calmness that makes me happy. So happy birthday to me and cheers to the next year!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pretty pretty finds: Hermosa Box

It's no news that I'm a fan of Scandinavian design, so when Hermosa Design, a Californian design shop whose "unique style blends spontaneous beach living with the simple functionalism of Scandinavian design", got in touch with me offering a box for review, I said yes right away! My box came in the mail last week, and I loved it so much! The theme was "pamper yourself" and I got three wonderful products from Swedish brand L:A Brucket - a candle, a moisturizer and a soap. The smell that filled my living room as soon as I opened my box was just amazing and the packaging, of course, was perfect.

After browsing through what Hermosa Design has in stock, I have to say, I'm pretty tempted to subscribe to their  bi-monthly box, everything is right up my alley! ;)

Full disclosure: I was provided a box for review purposes;
however all opinions are my own.

top image by SCAVENGENIUS; bottom image courtesy of Hermosa Design

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter egg dying

During the week, Chelsea found out through Instagram that I had never dyed an egg. Easter egg dying isn't a tradition in Brazil, so I'm pretty sure most Brazilians live their lives without getting crafty on Easter time. So, yesterday, she invited me over to an egg dying session and ee spent the afternoon sipping prosseco, eating chocolate and dying eggs. I have to say, it was so much fun, I now want to do it every year!

The process for the marbled Easter egg dying is really simple: boil the eggs, give them an ice water bath, soak them on vinegar for a few minutes, pat them dry. Cover a baking pan with whipped cream and drop food coloring on it. Then, roll the eggs over it and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Rinse the eggs, pat them dry again and you're done! It was the perfect way to bring some color to a gray afternoon.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Recipe: Cinnamon buns

My friend Helô and her husband, Martin, started a super cool Instagram account where they post all the things food. I love cinnamon buns but had always been a little intimidated by the number of ingredients necessary to make them until I watched their video. They made it seem not so complicated. So, I tried baking them this past weekend and they turned out delicious! The recipe is below, but you should also take a look at their video, it's really fun!

Cinnamon buns (Recipe from Let's Food This)
750g flour
110g sugar
110g butter
14g yeast
400ml milk
1/2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients. With a mixer, stir in milk and butter. Let it rise for 45 minutes then roll it out in a floured surface.
110g butter
50g cream cheese
90g sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon powder
Mix all ingredients and spread over rolled out dough. Roll up the dough and cut. 

Brush rolls with 1 egg.

Bake for about 15 minutes in a preheated oven set to 375ºF.

Frost with sugar icing and enjoy!

all images by SCAVENGENIUS

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Juicing in Boston

Apparently, juice bars are the new cupcake shops. They're everywhere in Boston and there's always a new one opening. Recently, I've been to 3 of those juiceries and, since I liked them very much, I thought I could share about them here.

First up, is Jugos. Jugos is small, but it's always busy. They have a good variety of juices, smoothies, bowls, salads and other healthy snacks, but what really caught my attention was that you can buy their fruit too. Their set up is really cute, with baskets of fruits you can pick and pay by weight. Also, that's where I first learned about chia pudding (theirs is really good, by the way). I've been a client for a while now. You can see their full menu here.

Next, is Revolution Juice. This spot is very new, it opened just a few weeks ago. I fell in love as soon as I entered it! The place is so beautiful with handwritten menus and beautiful fruit illustrations by local artist Monique Aimee. It's so bright and colorful that even if you're in the worst of the moods, it will cheer you up. Besides juices, bowls and smoothies, Revolution Juice also serves soups, coffee and baby food, which I think is a very clever move- coming summer, I see many moms stopping by! They have their entire menu on their website.

Finally, there's PRESSED, which has been open for a couple of months now. Molly and I went there for lunch a few weeks ago and thought the shop is adorable! It's small, but there are a few stools by the window for you to eat your healthy meal and drink your healthy juice. I had seen on Instagram that they had an amazing looking avocado toast and was pretty decided to order that, but their superfood sushi almost made me change my mind! It looked so yummy! They have other breakfast and lunch foods, smoothies and homemade popsicles! Check out their full menu here.

There's a lot of things to do in Boston! Check all I've written about it so far here.

all images by SCAVENGENIUS unless otherwise stated.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pretty pretty finds: The Everyday Napkin

I recently discovered The Everyday Napkin and I'm kind of obsessed with it now! The story behind The Everyday Napkin is simple: Kathryn, the creator, made it for a Bash Studio's event and it developed into a small business. She was at this year's Local Love Market and her display was so bright and cheerful with napkins in all colors and patterns, it was hard to choose a set to take home with me. Luckily, Kathryn just launched an online shop where all collections of these stylish, reusable, cloth napkins are available. I love that The Everyday Napkins are not only reusable and help reduce landfill waste, but use less energy and resources by using found designer fabric.

P.S.: if you're in Boston this Saturday- there will be a launch pop up party for The Everyday Napkin and it will take place at West Elm Fenway. You can RSVP here. See you there! ;)