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I’ve been, quietly, continuing on my natural beauty route. The funds to get a full-on homemade arsenal have been non existent. It’s quite the investment. Money and time. So, I’ve been on a budget regimen until I can graduate.
Honey, lemon juice and a variety of oils have been featuring heavily in that routine.
I use raw honey to wash my face each night. It has a host of benefits outlined here by Crunchy Betty. I don’t really have problem skin (other than that monthly hormonal bump or two, which havn’t shown up in FULL EFFECT since converting to this method) so I can’t speak to its ability to cure acne or other ailments. It does keep things feeling smooth and clean, though.
The benefits of ingesting fresh squeezed lemon juice and warm water are touted just as often as the use of honey. Yoga Journal includes it in its Ayurvedic (ps- I can’t pronounce this word) practices: “Squeezing half a fresh lemon into some warm water will help to wash the GI tract, flush out the kidneys and stimulates good bowel health.” That all sounds good to me. I’ve also heard tell that it can stimulate digestion throughout the day. I make good use the gutted, post squeeze lemon as another skin treatment. I swipe my juice coated hands over my face and use the carcass to apply juice to my knees and elbows. The acid is great for lightening dark spots and many African American people suffer from hyper-pigmentation on other areas, too.
While I can’t get with the oil cleansing method (its too messy and I never feel like it absorbs fully) I have been using a mixture of oils on my skin and hair. A small pump bottle filled with a slapdash mixture of sweet almond, jojoba and grape seed oils is always handy for a post honey wash boost at night and a post lemon juice treatment in the morning.
I’ve had pretty fantastic results with adding these same oils to homemade shampoos.
Which I’ll tell you all about, next time!
A knit Scout is
c. fucking awesome!
d. all of the above!!
It’s safe to say that I LOVE IT!! In fact, I’ll be wearing it to work tomorrow ;o)
Don’t worry, it was worn for about twenty minutes to snap pictures. My little daughter is now the official photographer of the family! These are damn good pics for a 6 1/2 year-old!
I made this little headband/scarf/thing-y out of a scrap of fabric leftover from my Hummingbird! It was a sewing with stripes kind of night.
I’m so jazzed that the sew-along was such a success!! And I’ve been so inspired by all of the variations there! Dresses, two-toned, petal front, embroidered, lace, pleated! My neckline treatment was inspired by a version posted, there. It’s a teeny roll neck applied with Jen’s flat binding method.
I left it un-hemmed because this fabric distorts like a sonofabitch. It behaved everywhere except the sleeve hems which I took in a bit after the fact. I ran a line of basting stitches about 1/2 from the hemline to (hopefully) discourage any unraveling, there. I cut this version using the same modified pattern I created for the Sunshine-y Scout tunic. This fabric was so wide, I might have enough for another cropped version, too!
Will I ever get tired of making Scouts?? The sewcialist world wants to know!
Peeps. I have NEVER worn my hair like this outdoors!
My little daughter was VERY surprised when she came out of school, lol
Learning to like my hair, as it is, has been a journey. This was a particularly tame day. Seriously, it can get much, much bigger than this. Pictures don’t truly capture the mass of it. With low humidity and plans to stick close to home (I had a mani/pedi, my first pro one in about a million years that my hubby AND sister had to harangue me into, lol) it was a safe day to try it on for size.
Top :: Victory Patterns Roxanne
Leggings :: Old Navy
Sandals :: Target
Pictures courtesy of that surprised little daughter
Dudes!! This is, obviously (his footsies are missing!), not quite done yet but still AMAZING!! I have been wanting to cover up those old-got-them-when-I-was-a-teenager tattoos covered for years!!
And LOOOOOOK at how beautiful!!!!!
Ahem…I’m a little excited about it ;o)
I have one more appointment, for more shading over the old tats, and to add his feet and a few other details. SQUEE!
Don’t you hate when your hair looks great and you have nowhere to go??
This was the night before work, when I untwisted my hair to braid it for the next day.
Of course, if I had untwisted it in the morning it never would have looked this good, lol
It ended up like this for the day. Not bad!
I was super comfy for work as I planned to go to Pacific Trimming beforehand and knew that would involve a bit of walking. I went to buy shoulder pads for my coat.
But I nearly had a commuter rage breakdown while on the Q train. Some clueless idiot in front of me thought he should have a backpack AND a HUGE shopping bag in the sardine can the train becomes at rush hour and an asshole behind me was still wearing her backpack.
I was sandwiched by fools.
And then the train stopped in the tunnel for 5 mins (which feels like 5 million) on a tilt, so I felt like I was going to fall over.
I’m smiling here because this was taken at the end of the workday. I arrived home to kids doing homework and I had cooked so much food this weekend that there was no need to make dinner.
Basically, a perfect evening.
Sweater :: Calvin Klein
Tunic :: Old Navy
Leggings :: Old Navy
Socks :: F21
Boots :: Target
I’m participating in Debi’s Sew Grateful week.
Look for a giveaway later!
This is another of my cardigans from my former knitting life. That yoke nearly killed me! After battling with it, the end result was smaller than I wanted. It’s knit up in one of my favorite yarns, Silky Wool. The top was in a Freecycle haul. It’s from Express and it’s a size XS. I would never buy that size in the store, but I found the close (kind of shrunken) fit to be just the thing with certain outfits.
This is actually version two of Advance 9916. Version one, which is shorter and made from stretch denim, was finished before the new year and I still haven’t worn it. This longer version is also shorter than the full length of the pattern. I don’t know how tall this cover model is supposed to be, but it’s safe to say she is massively disproportionate if the skirt is this short on her, lol!
I got the pattern in the great Sew Weekly NY Meet-up and pattern swap. I’m almost positive it was Marina’s as most of the giveaway patterns were donated by her.
The only change I made to the pattern, besides the length, was to cut the waistband longer. I also lined it and finished that hem with pretty lace. I loved wearing this today! The lining prevented the dreaded static cling and it felt so slinky as I walked around. This fabric is the same one I used for my Meringue skirt. This was the last of it, some kind of poly/wool blend, I think. It’s perfect for skirts as I think it would be terribly hot worn on top. It doesn’t have much give either.
I tried to get some outdoor photos before work. I nearly froze my cheeks off! They’re not that red from just blush! I don’t know how some people take coat-less pics in the snow! Must be made of tougher stuff than me.
It was definitely hat weather, today. GEEZ was it cold! I re-twisted my hair last night so it could stay small enough to be hat wearing compatible ;0) It gets so frizzy, so fast but it was worth it as it was complimented by two very nice library patrons, lol. It has been over two years since I asked my sister to chop it (nearly) all off. This lady’s site was instrumental in helping me decide to embrace having hair that short for the first time. She has written a book about this massive shift in the way we (those of us who are naturally curly/kinky/coily/nappy) think about our hair. I think this is the most comfortable I’ve ever been with the way mine grows out of my head. I KNOW this is the most well equipped to handle it I’ve ever been.
At work yesterday, I had the break room all to myself. It was a busy day, library visitor wise, but surprisingly empty in the employee areas. No problem. That meant I could take some stealthy pics of me enjoying lunch in front of the window and directly next to the heater. It was COLD out yesterday!
I had to twist up my hair. I’d combed it out a few days ago. It was so massive I couldn’t get a hat on, lol. That wouldn’t do for the
cold snap ARCTIC temps out. I knit the sweater I’m wearing ages ago and I made the dress a while back, too. This is the first outing in a long time for the sweater and the first ever for the dress. It was comfy and warm, but after speed walking all the way to work from home (which is NOT close, long story about this that I’ll skip) I was so charged with static cling, it clung to my legs all day. I should have worn the (lined) midi skirt I sewed up (rather than cut out my coat or work on my sewing dare. I’m a chicken) instead.
I was so tired from walking so far to work (in the snow), running around helping patrons all day and battling the wind on the way home that I was in bed by 9pm. I woke up at about 4am and watched some of Amelie on cable and then crashed again.
I spent the few spare minutes I had at the desk researching sewing books. This one was available as an ebook. I downloaded it to my Nook when I got home.
It’s an interesting read, though some of the construction details are not applicable to my project. About my project, Lsaspacey brought up a great point in the comments of my last post.
Many of these older designs call for big shoulder pads. I HATE shoulder pads. So I immediately became concerned that I’d have huge droopy shoulders. So I did what I always do when trying to gauge size: I layered the pattern pieces, of Simplicity 4110, over something that fits.
The fit at back, hip area is pretty good. The front looks like there’s more than enough space for the double breasted overlap. But this coat is a more fitted design. Do you think more ease might be a good idea?
Check out my So(wn) Brooklyn playlist on Kollabora while you ponder ;p
I finished this little cutie a couple of weeks ago, just before my birthday. It was the start of my yearly fall/winter yarn frenzy. This is perhaps not the best accessory for me as I don’t really own (or enjoy wearing) many crew neck tops. This one was actually free. It was a part of a huge freecycle haul from a couple weeks ago.
Yarn: Shelridge Farm Soft Touch DKW
Pattern: Lulu* Loves Crochet Collar
Shirt: Mossimo from Target via Freecycle
Lippy: Makeup Forever in Moulin Rouge
(and assorted drug store eye makeup, lol)
Braids: Failed, brushed out pin curls :p
and Pink toenails just for kicks!
More pics here
*Lulu was one of my grandma’s nicknames. That’s where I got part of my original flickr username.
Isn’t it funny how things happen sometimes??
In a fit of madness or inspiration, I don’t know which, I decided to wash, blow and flat iron my hair last night. I ended up with several poofy pin curls in honor of my granny.
This is a laughable attempt next to the perfectly coiled ones that she turned out. I might have done better if I could find more than 10 bobby pins, lol. I headed out for supplies today to give it a better go tonight. Check out the James Brown like results ;o)
I put more effort into getting dressed today than I have in over a week. It was strictly hats, old tees and whatever pullover was lying around until now. It felt nice to feel “normal”. We took the kiddies out to lunch. They were one step from bat shit crazy from being indoors so much.
The girl twin is the photographer, that’s why she’s missing from the pic. She took these, too.
Crochet Scarf :: Handmade Gift
Purse :: Express
Coat :: Steve Madden
Jeans :: F21
Oxfords :: H&M
I didn’t get much knitting done last night, I hope to finish the back of the Date Maker in the next few days. I want to sew a version of the Janice skirt tonight, but it’s getting late so it might not happen. The pattern pieces are giving me the stink eye from the sewing table, though.
I hope the third day of November has been a good one for you all, too.