Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Herbal Bath

  • Sage: Uplifting, calming and astringent
  • Rosemary: Relaxing, clarifying, alertness, also an astringent
  • Peppermint: Energizing (or relaxing) and clarifying
  • Chamomile: Extremely relaxing and calming
  • Green Tea: Energizing and mood stabilizing – also antioxidant, antiaging, and very healing for any skin type
Or, of course, you could use things like lavender, rose petals, calendula, orange peels … the list goes on and on.

How to take an herbal bath: While you could make little herbal bath bags, my new favorite way is to brew a very strong tea ahead of time using the herbs (and essential oils, if I want an extra kick). Brew 1-2 cups of very strong herbal tea. Strain and add it to your running bathwater. Then, take the remaining brewed herbs and place them in the middle of a washcloth. Gather the washcloth together at the top and tie tightly with a string or a hair tie. Leave it in the bath as you soak, and then scrub well with it before getting out of the tub.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

" You've got to find what you love. And that is a true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't seattle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." - Steve Jobs

Life well lived, Steve Jobs! You added so much to this world! Thank you!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Congratulations to Joanne and Curtis on getting married tonight at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. Love you both! xx

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

California Coastal Cleanup

California Coastal Cleanup Day has become one of the largest volunteer events in the world.
Last Saturday, organizations and individuals along the California coast took part in Ocean California Coastal Cleanup Day to remove trash and debris from the California beaches and waterways. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways.

Personally what affected me the most was floating styrofoam it was everywhere, but in such tiny little pieces it made it nearly impossible to pick up. Styrofoam has a useful life of mere hours or days, but exists in the environment for hundreds or thousands of years. It can be carried by wind, washed into storm drains, and making its way to the ocean contributing to mass of floating plastic debris. Marine mammals mistake it for food, and it remains in their guts, often causing death by starvation. Identifying and recording the sources of the debris, helps to change the behaviors that allow it to reach the ocean in the first place.

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Tonight Jen Katz, Candice Lapin and I attended the LAB ART, a 6,500 square foot gallery on La Brea in LA, for the opening preview of the country's largest Street Art collection to date. The exhibition includes around 300 works by 33 street artists, both new and established.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My dear friend Olivia Frisbie sent this photo to me... because it reminded her of me. I heart you big time Olivia!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Wined and Dined by Jenny Pirch

Happy Saturday! I was wined and dined this morning by Jenny Pirch.
This was the first time I had ever seen anyone cook french toast of the grill with homemade challah bread.... Yummy. Add in a mimosa or two, feta mint watermelon salad and you have the PERFECT saturday breakfast.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Love Potion Bubble Bath

6 drops jasmine oil, 3 drops rose oil, 3 drops vanilla oil, 6 drops ylang ylang oil
1 quart of distilled water - 1 bar of castile soap. (4 oz. Bar) - 4 ounces liquid glycerin

Directions: mix the water, soap and glycerin together and stir. Now add your essential oils to the mixture.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a women is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

- Sam Levenson

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekend Shenanigans in Malibu

My favorite nutritionist Jen Katz and I had the BEST weekend in Malibu. After lunch at Gjelina's in Venice, we headed up to Malibu for the night. We woke up to clear skies and headed straight to the beach!

Saturday, August 27, 2011


The food is AMAZING. I can't stop thinking about the salted caramel pot de creme. Perfect summer time spot. Lovely lovely lovely place. Thank you Gjelina!

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
T: 1.310.450.1429

Friday, August 26, 2011

Your Mission 08.26.11

Your weekend mission,
should you choose to accept

1) Go an afternoon without technology. Go ahead... leave the house and enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend cell phone free.
2) Give 3 genuine compliments.
3) Give the gift of experience, not stuff. This weekend, choose a loved one and think of an experience you can give them. A date with you, doing something fun, hanging out, cooking, playing, talking, playing games, exploring, a fun time at a park or beach. Something other than everyday shenanigans. An experience is much more meaningful than an object and it also builds connectedness which can keep you happy, healthy and young at heart.

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Create by Faith Ford with love

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Proven

Tree hugging, that much maligned hippy generation idea, has now been shown to have scientific validity after all. Contrary to popular belief, touching a tree does make you healthier. In fact you don’t even have to touch the tree to get better, just being within its vicinity has the same effect.

In a in recent publications, Blinded by Science, the author Matthew Silverstone, proves scientifically that trees improve many health issues such as; mental illnesses, ADHD, concentration levels, reaction times, depression and the ability to alleviate headaches.

Countless studies have shown that children show significant psychological and physiological effects in terms of their health and well being when they interact with plants. They demonstrate that children function better cognitively and emotionally in green environments and have more creative play in green areas. Read more...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Abominable Snow Mansion

{photo via Mike Hiran}

The Abominable Snow Mansion
Hostel - Arroyo Seco
476 New Mexico 150
Taos, New Mexico 87571
(505) 776-8298

The Abominable Snow Mansion is a charming Hostel in the heart of the adorable Spanish village of Arroyo Seco. It has a fun and friendly atmosphere, with several sleeping arrangements such as cabins, camping, private rooms, dorms or teepees! There is also a spectacular vegetable garden - where you can pick farm-fresh veggies for a very small fee. The staff is knowledgeable, patient and lovely. It's a hostel, so go, have fun, and meet some new people. Promise me if you do go, you'll stop by The Taos Cow Ice Cream Scoop Shop, Cafe and Dell. I think you'll like it!

Rio Grande

Katie Herzig - Hey Na Na

Friday, August 12, 2011

New Mexico

Welcome to New Mexico! My mother and I drove down to New Mexico for a Wild Food and Medicinal Plant Festival, put on by the Oso Negro School. This photo was taken just as we drove into Arroyo Seco, a adorable little town just outside of Taos.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hammerpress - Kansas City, MO

I absolutely adore Hammerpress design studio and I think you will too. Based out of Kansas City, Missouri. Each card, invitation, personal stationary, custom business card, poster, etc. are all created on recycled paper and are printed on a antique letterpress printing machine. So go... check 'em out at www.hammerpress.net

A Little Bird that starts with an Arrow

Janelle Monáe - Tightrope

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Small Town Adventures

It's been pretty non-stop since I arrived in Colorado on Thursday. Today has been no exception, my Aunt Anne and I rode bikes to Palmer Lake's Chautauqua festival. We found ourselves talking with an American Indian as he gave us a tour of his teepee. As we continued our adventure around the lake, we found ripe chokecherries to pick. (I think we're going to make jam!) On the way home we stopped at the town hall for an Ice cream social. I love small-town adventures!

Palmer Lake, Co

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Warner Bros. Prop House

One of my favorite things about Los Angeles and my job is finding myself all over town in the most random locations. Today, I spent a good portion of my day downtown in the LA Flower Mart, which is one of my absolute favorite 'me' places, and the Warner Bros. Prop House, where I love getting lost - it's like a museum and flea market all in one. Where is your favorite random Los Angeles location?

The Lace Project