Friday Faves! 

I'm going to be honest - since moving to LA, I very rarely wear makeup anymore. I was raised in a household where things like, "That woman's so beautiful when she puts makeup on. I don't understand why she runs around all day with a bare face. Why doesn't she fix herself up?" were regularly muttered. So, it's no wonder that I got my first pro-sized makeup kit at the age of five (to play with - purple eyeshadow up to the brows, fluorescent pink blush, and white lipstick, anyone?), and started wearing full-on primer, foundation, blush, bronzer, powder, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and mascara daily by the age of 16. The feminist in me, or at least part of her, cringes at this, but I've also always defended women for having the right to choose to wear makeup without it having to be about feeling insecure or not good enough as they are. Makeup can be a ton of fun. To me, experimenting with it from a super young age was just like experimenting with painting, music, acting, dance... another art form. But since acquiring my LA perma-tan, plus living in a beach town with relaxed, sunny vibes year-round, I just don't feel like experimenting most days. I still love makeup and I've never felt better or worse for wearing it or not wearing it. I think, on the whole, we should stop judging other women and beating ourselves up for wearing or not wearing makeup. Play, experiment, don't. Do what feels good to you and eff what anybody else thinks. I'll totally admit that while being bare-faced in LA year-round feels right to me, stepping out in Toronto in the middle of winter without at least some light foundation, bronzer, and a solid amount of eyeliner just feels wrong. To me, obviously. I'm sure there are plenty of people who'd feel ridiculous wearing foundation and eyeliner anywhere, anytime. But it is something I've noticed - my hair, makeup, and clothing choices shift every so slightly between cities and seasons (or lack-there-of). 

That being said, here are a couple of my favorite foundations:

 
 

Zuzu Luxe is a medium to full coverage sheer, certified gluten-free, oil free liquid foundation that makes my skin extra glowy. It's super lightweight, 100% vegan, and cruelty free.

Kjaer Weis foundations are formulated with incredibly moisturizing ingredients like sweet almond seed, coco, and jojoba oils. It goes on super smoothly and can be applied by hand or with a foundation brush. Produced in Italy, a minimum of 95% of the ingredients used in this product come from organic farms - the foundation if CCPB Certified Organic, contains no petroleums, parabens, artificial coloring or fragrance, or petrochemical emulsifiers. It's also certified gluten-free. I especially love that the metal case it comes is in reusable - you can simply order refills online, remove the old insert, and pop in your new one as needed.  

 

 
 

 

Last year, I had the pleasure of hosting a dear Italian friend for several days. There was even more activity than usual in my kitchen during his stay - he insisted on cooking for me daily and well, it would've been rude to refuse, right? We made several meals together and ended up improvising one serious "big ass salad" for lunch late one afternoon based on whatever we had left hanging around in my fridge. It ended up being one of the best salad's I've ever eaten and I make it pretty regularly now. Do as we did (instructions below), or try your own BAS improv jam & let me know how it goes :) 

Wash, chop, and combine in a giant bowl:

Jicama, several slices, cut into small cubes

Celery, 2 - 3 stalks

Carrots, we thinly sliced a handful of baby carrots

Fennel, 1 bulb, cut into small slices/cubes

Red pepper, 1 medium, thinly sliced

Spinach, a generous handful or two

Cucumber, 1 half to 1 whole, cubed

Onion, diced

Fresh basil & fresh mint, a few leaves

Blueberries

Almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, a small handful

Sea salt, to taste

Hummus, a tablespoon or two

EVOO, a drizzle

I have, on occasion, also added a few shakes of cayenne pepper for a little kick, and/or a sprinkle of caraway seeds... because... I'm really into adding caraway seeds to things. 

Mix and enjoy! 

 

This article on creating unlikable female characters really hit me in a good place, in the best way. It's something I've come up against a lot in my own writing - I often get feedback, mostly from my male counterparts, pointing out that x behavior makes my female characters really "unlikable" and, well, I kinda don't give a fuck. In defense of unlikable women covers many of the reasons behind why I don't believe that female characters should necessarily be wholly likable, that their actions and behaviors shouldn't always be black & white, clear-cut. Because, women are, afterall, in real life, flawed and messy and complex in myriad ways. Shouldn't we be mirroring that in our art? 

That's all for this week, loves! 

xo,

 
 
 

Friday Faves

Good morning, buttercups! 

It's been an extra crazy week - I reworked and re-edited the script I've been writing to meet a hugely important deadline (more on that later) for days on end. I'm the worst at sitting still. It physically hurts me. I can't tell you how many people checked in with me on the editing progress only to receive texts back that said something along the lines of, "Auggghhhhh, still writing. My butt's numb." #1 Grade A wigglepuss, right here. I have no idea how people who work in offices sit at desks all day. I just... can't. 

Anyway, I got it to an acceptable level of doneness. Enough so that I could allow myself to take a 2-day hiatus during which I walked a lot, and practiced yoga, and threw in a couple of metcons, plus spent a huge amount of time playing in the sunshine. I'm starting to feel the pressure of going back to it to wrap up the editing process once and for all (is that even a thing? Does it ever really end??) creep back up on me. I've got a metaphorical pile of stills waiting to be edited and several more waiting to be shot, and a slew of meetings in the very near future, but my body's begging me to take a break... errr, stay on this break. So! This weekend will be pumped full of R&R vibes, a little more yog, beachy walks, and some playtime in the kitchen. It's pretty unusual for me to take breaks on weekends - I much prefer to work straight through, breaking early on in the week when everybody else has gone back to work/school/whatever it is they do that keeps them outta my way when I need to get the errands done and throw in some free time adventuring. Scheduling just worked out this way this week and I am not gonna fight it. 

On to some of my faves! 

 
 

I have been soooo into Schmidt's deodorant since the very second I opened my first jar. This stuff really works. Well. Like, super well. I've gone through more than anyone's fair share of natural deo options, and this one wins, hands down, in my world. Several of my yogi friends refer to it as their own personal "best kept secret". Well! It's not so secret anymore. I especially love their Bergamont & Lime stick. A++ from this girl. 

 
 

I picked up a pair of these Vimmia Unwind harem pants during my last trip to Toronto (they'd just gotten new stock at one of my fave yoga studios there and my friend at the front desk talked me into trying them on just as I was heading out the door). They are the cutest, comfiest, most amazing pants ever. I am so in absolutely in love with them that I ordered a second pair as soon as I got back to LA. I'll admit, when I first saw them hanging on the rack, I wasn't sure I could pull them off (and let's be honest, I can pull pretty much anything off), but I even had several people stop me on my walk home from a restorative yoga class, commenting on just how well I was pulling them off. Virtual high fives all around for yoga-ing in style. 

I just discovered Alicia Key's new video for her current single, In Common, last week and I have watched it a billion and one times. I am completely in love with her #nomakeup campaign, the story behind the album photoshoot, and the whole aesthetic & vibe of the video. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out:

 
 

Okay, I'm off to soak up some serious vitamin D. Happy weekend! 

xo,