Happy Monday, everyone! The city was working on the sewer by my house today and we couldn’t use any water (FOR 12 FREAKING HOURS) so I did what any normal person would do if you can’t pee at home and I had a coffee and a movie date with my friends. Generally, I hate going to the movies. I have long legs and I fidget. I can’t move around and it makes my legs hurt. But I had like 10 free tickets that a client gave me so I threw them down and took my friends. We saw Nightcrawler, a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Before we went, a friend mentioned that she thought he was so hot in the movie (um, who doesn’t love a man with a top knot???), but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that my friends and I are into a very special brand of hot. I like to call it Heroin Hot, like they look sickly or they look like they’re probably crazy. Hear me out! And I know I’m not alone on this one, ladies.
Jake Gyllenhaal. He’s in the movie I saw today and he’s certainly one of those guys that ladies have been going crazy over for a long time, but I’ve never found him more weird or sexy than in this video by The Shoes. Depicted as a “hipster killer,” he’s so intense. He seems genuinely crazy. I love it.
Not a hot guy necessarily, but in line with men we love playing the role of a crazy person, David Hyde Pierce in The Perfect Host. A movie that I highly recommend, Pierce plays an odd host to a crook that’s on the run. This movie is awesome and our beloved Niles plays the creepiest dude. Perfection.
I can’t stop watching Peaky Blinders, a new show created by the BBC and Netflix, starring Cillian Murphy, the epitome of heroin hot (um, hello? Scarecrow?!). And he’s got those eyes, oh, those eyes. Huge, blue marbles that seem to work almost as a separate entity to their owner. Murphy plays Tommy Shelby, the leader of the Peaky Blinders, a gang who roamed Birmingham in the early 1900s, slashing their victims with razor blades sewn into flat caps. Oh, and they’re gypsies. You can buy this Peaky Blinders inspired poster here.
Funny Games! One of my most favorite movies starring Michael Pitt in the remake of the 1997 film about two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin. Do I even need to explain how Pitt made the list? Naomi Watts plays the mother and even through her crying and being tortured with mind games, she’s still somehow flawless. The makeup this week was inspired by her beautiful face.
I threw together this week’s moodboard because I literally just want to stare at their faces for a while. It’s features the real life Peaky Blinders, Cillian Murphy, Michael Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Naomi in Funny Games.
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I’ve known Lindsay a long time. We became friends through mutual friends and I do her hair. Her and her husband, Bobby, just had a beautiful baby. I’m soooo happy for them. Last year, Lindsay asked me to come with them to an apple orchard to shoot some Christmas card photos. They’re ridiculously funny and I had a really great time. Even found some kitties. You can peak one below that I dubbed “Vinegar” because it smelled like vinegar in the grass. Really strange. Anyway, enjoy!
Heyyyyy! So I tried a tea detox. I’m not big on detoxing; I can’t help but think it’s a load of BS. Depriving your body of food or whatever to feel skinny for a couple days and then immediately bloat up like a balloon the second you put real food in your body again? Yeeeeaaah, sign me up. /sarcasm. I mean, if you’re going for the lifestyle change, hell yeah! You work your detox, girl! But let’s be honest, most of us that are detoxing to be skinnier probably aren’t working out like we should, or cutting out the crap, making better decisions. Anyway! That’s all besides the point.
So here’s the thing, I saw the YourTea Tiny Teatox on Instagram and read reviews about it. It seemed too good to be true. I read a lot of, I lost 14 pounds in 2 weeks! And I saw a lot of photos of girls from a little soft to ripped. I read reviews on other teatoxs and this one seemed like the best one. I had to know! I had to try it for myself! So I bought it. And I jumped right in and bought the 28 day teatox right off the bat. It was about $50 with shipping, but I dug around and found a code for 15% off. I don’t pay full price for anything. Eff that noise.
My tea came in the mail pretty quickly. A cute box with the tea neatly stacked was in hidden in a plain, nondescript box. The box contained 84 teabags that look like any other teabag. It comes with some leaflets, some info on the box, and the tea. That’s it. Minimal. I’m into it.
The tea tastes pretty good. It’s not too strong, kind of smells like a sexy man, it’s earthy. It’s mostly oolong tea and some chinese herbs. You drink it three times a day about 30 minutes before you eat. Not going to lie, most of the time, I drank it right before I ate or as I was eating.
Did I see results? Yes. I felt good and had energy. I lost weight. Everyone told me I looked skinnier. I would say that’s a success.
Here’s why I chose YourTea:
-This tea has no laxative effect. I don’t have a problem in that area, probably because I a vegetarian, but I felt like my body worked as it should the whole time.
-They had a guide on their website about what to eat and not eat. There’s recipes and information that promotes digestive health, NOT weightloss, which I loved.
-This tea clears skin, improves mood, and give you more energy
What did I do different while drinking this tea? Pretty much nothing.
-My diet remained the same, but I tend to be an under-eater so I used My Fitness Pal to track my calorie intake. I made sure to eat at least 1450 calories a day. I tried my make my own food and I avoided fast food altogether. I don’t really eat fast food because I’m a vegetarian, but I cut InNOut out of my diet. I don’t drink milk and avoid most dairy. I always try to choose the lesser of two evils. I.e. Oat nut bread instead of white. Vegenaise instead of mayo. Lots of avocado on everything. I call them whole calories, but that’s for another post entirely. My point is that I kept my diet the same, but I already substitute A LOT.
-I don’t work out typically, but I went on a 2.5 miles hike every single day, sometimes I would run it or part of it, but most of the time I went with a friend first thing in the morning and I would walk it. I would drink my tea, go for my hike, and then eat when I got back. I would do yoga once or twice a week. And that’s it. Noting else.
-I drank the tea three times a day NO MATER WHAT. I went to a music festival and on a girls trip to Palm Springs while on my teatox and brought the tea with me. I would find a way to drink it no matter what I was doing. It got harder to do during the end of the detox because my lifestyle got a little crazy, but I managed.
The crazy thing to me is that when I started drinking the tea, it motivated me to stay on track. So hiking everyday was easy. I was hiking and drinking my tea so eating right and enough was easy. I was motivated to do better and be better.
I lost 9 pounds according to my scale (I weighed myself every morning), but I couldn’t really see a difference in my body. Even with taking pictures, I didn’t see a difference, but everyone would tell me I looked thinner. I did the teatox in August and I haven’t gained the weight back, while honestly, I quit hiking. It didn’t fit into my schedule anymore, but I plan to start up again after my face heals.
Ultimately, I really liked the teatox. I thought it was easy, tasty, and it worked.
Welcome back to the Monday MMMix-up! Have you guys heard of the Serial Podcast made by the creators of This American Life and hosted by Sarah Koenig? Serial is a podcast where we unfold one nonfiction story, week by week, over the course of a season. We’ll stay with each story for as long as it takes to get to the bottom of it. I’m OBSESSED. Of course, I obsess over a number of things, usually paranormal or crime related, generally morbid or creepy things. Those close to me have heard plenty of Coast to Coast AM on AM640. Or the Darkness Radio podcast that I listen to nearly everyday. The absolutely great documentary, The Imposter (which you should totally check out, btw). Well, here I am again, listening to Serial, serial related podcasts, reading the subreddit, reading Rabia’s blog, relistening to each episode, and discussing each episode with friends. If you haven’t listened to Serial yet, I really think you should head over to SerialPodcast.org and start listening.
With all that said, I thought it was only fitting that this week’s Monday MMMix-up theme be obsession.
A song about being obsessed with an exlover. I think we’ve all been there.
I can’t remember the first time I heard this, but I remember listening to it in my room at night and obsessing over it. Obsessing over the obsession of his neighbor. Wondering what the neighbor is doing. Imagining a murder cover up or maybe he’s just building a birdhouse?
Growing up in Simi Valley, we’re all obsessed with Charles Manson here. You can find this kick ass cross stitch and other neat ones over here.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar is literally the best lip gloss ever. So pigmented, stays forever. FOR SURE use a liner and brush with it or it’ll be all over your face, but if you want to be obsessed with your lips, get some Lip Tar.
Header image of Joyce Mckinney, a woman obsessed with a mormon missionary. Watch TABLOID. Straight up a documentary about pure obsession.
Hello, Hello, my friends! I’ve been MIA, but not by choice. Between work, my birthday, halloween, weddings, and being sick on top of all of it, I just couldn’t do it. I know. I’m sorry. I let you down and it won’t happen again. Oh yeah, I also got my face lasered again. I’ll post on that for you babes later.
Halloween is so close! Keeping in the Halloween spirit, here’s a gothy set of Manchester from August 2011.
Here’s part one of Dani & Robert’s engagement session. It was freezing (to anyone that lives in Southern California) and we drove an hour and a half to go to the top of the mountain. Tied up Sparta (the beast) and set up a tint. Then we shot until the sun sank behind the mountain.
I’ve been working with sooooo many couples lately and I’m really feeling all the love. I’m editing everyday and feeling so warm and fuzzy so I decided to make this week’s MONDAY mmmix-up a romance and love theme. Enjoy the romance below!
I’m really into the Growlers lately. Maybe it’s because my boyfriend is obsessed and I’m constantly hearing them and they’ve grown on me. Or maybe it’s just because I’m really into gritty music. But either way, I find this song to be so sweet and so relatable. A song about being better for someone you love and giving them everything you can someday. To want to grow and be better for someone else is romance.
This and other beautiful love inspired pieces can be found on The First Snow.
What screams love&romance more than hearts? If you want to learn how to the do the heart nail, check out a tutorial here.
I’ve been shooting a lot of weddings and engagement photos lately and the trending look is definitely the deep burgundy lip. So beautiful. So Classic. So romantic. For tips on pulling off the burgundy lip, check out The Glitter Guide.
Lazy days, roses, bedroom eyes. soft pinks and soft light. Beautiful moodboard created by Studio Meroe.
Header image found here.
I frequently work weddings with Matt Grashaw. One of us books a wedding and usually hires the other to help out. We’ve been doing it together for a couple years now and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. Matt asked me to work Morgan and Zach’s wedding at Hartley Botanica, but I had no idea it was going to be so freakin’ cool. It was a science themed, Jewish wedding. Now, we already know I’m a nut for a good theme, but I had never been to a Jewish wedding before, and dude, THEY ARE SO FUN. Why didn’t anyone tell me?
They decorated with beakers and flowers. The tables were named after scientists as opposed to just being numbered. The wedding favors were these lightbulb terrariums that Morgan made and apparently spent months tending to the tiny plants inside. It was really, quite cool.
Morgan and her bridemaids wore these beautiful flower crowns that had tiny flowers and blackberries in them. They were so sweet and so pretty.
Jewish wedding are something special and I’m still really stoked that I got to work one. There are so many ceremonies and traditions and it’s all really beautiful. Everything that is done for most of the day is done with purpose and is so significant. They’re not going through the motions to humor the family; it’s truly meaningful and beautiful. I couldn’t get enough of it.
At the end of the day, it really is just a giant celebration. So much joy and laughter. This was one of my favorite weddings that I’ve had the chance to work. It was beautiful and fun and such an honor to be a part of it all.
If you want to see more or know more about this wedding, it was published on Style Me Pretty, the wedding blog. Morgan explains her planning of the wedding and how she made it all come together. It’s a cool read.
I used to subscribe to Birchbox and ultimately cancelled my subscription because I was tired of getting hair-ties and different brands of the same red lipstick. It was cheap and exciting to get something in the mail every month, but most of the time I just got crap. I recently got an email with a code to get the Fashionista Birchbox so I signed back up to give it a go. Maybe I would get cooler brands and better product?
I got this month’s Birchbox a couple days ago and completely forgot that I signed back up. I got that little excitement again when I saw it in the mail and actually got kind of nervous opening it up. When I looked inside, I was pretty unenthused until I started actually looking at what I got. Check out the run down below.
dr. brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner
sample size .25 oz | full-size price: $45
Award-winning gel that degunks pores for fewer blackheads and spotlight-ready smooth skin.
I’m definitely interested to try this, though I have to wait a few more days because I just got a peel. The package says that it turns blue when it’s drying and causes a cool feeling that feels similar to what I imagine it would feel like if your face chewed gum. I know this brand pretty well and like their other products so I’m looking forward to trying this.
Macadamia Professional Flawless Cleansing Conditioner
sample size 3 oz | full-size price: $15-$33
This multipurpose, no suds formula cleanses and softens hair, plus cuts blow-dry time.
Generally, I’m not a fan of cleansing conditioners. I’ve tried the Enjoy one and while I liked how my hair felt after, I hate when it doesn’t foam up as I’m washing my hair. I’m also not stoked on trying this because I’m a die hard Moroccan Oil fan so I kind of turn my nose up to Macadamia Oil. BUT, I am intrigued by the fact that it says it cuts blow-dry time so I’m interested to see how well it works. I’ve used other products that are supposed to cut blow-dry time down and usually I avoid them because I feel like they have too much alcohol, but this is definitely different. I’ll report back once I try it.
Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara
sample size .2 oz | full-size price: $24
Makeup artist-designed, water resistant formula that lengthens, volumizes, and curls.
Laura Mercier is a kick ass brand and I’m always in need of mascara so I can’t wait to try this tomorrow.
Naobay Body Radiance Lotion
sample size 1.01 oz | full-size price $24
Natural beauty is in: this Spanish cream hydrates and softens with olive oil and avocado.
I’m not really big on lotions. I have 100 of them that I never use, but I tried this one a couple hours ago by putting it on the back of one of my hands and I’m happy to report that that hand is still much softer and much more moisturized than the hand I didn’t use it on. I had hopes that this lotion had a slight shimmer to it since it has “radiant” in the name, but I’m sad to report no shimmer or shine. Oh, well.
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Silver Eyeliner
sample size .03oz | full-size price $16
A luxe, creamy liner from NYC-based designer for smudge-proof, all-day wear.
I’m excited to try this one because I have another silver liner that I love, but it makes my eyes itch like crazy. I swatched this on the back of my hand and it glides on very smooth, but it is very shimmery so I suspect it’ll feel like glitter in your eye if you get too close to your waterline.