4.04.2017

Gettin' Juicy



Spring is here and with that comes spring cleaning. And in my case, that cleaning is in the form of a 20 day body detox.  In order to prepare for this detox and give my body a small taste of what was in store for it over a longer period of time, I have been doing juice cleanses over a small number days. Since I felt incredible after each brief period on the cleanse, I decided a detox would be just what my body desired. 

Chances are that when you hear the word “cleanse” and “detox”, you think of the same thing. That is because people tend to use them interchangeably and do them for the same reasons – weight loss, more energy, recharging their bodies.  However, the two are actually quite different. 

A detox is to ease the release of toxins from our fat storage cells in order to enhance our body’s detoxification pathways, and to ensure all toxins (heavy metals, chemicals, environmental residuals, etc.) are eliminated from our body. 
This is a process through which the main organs of the body are supported and encouraged to release both exogenous (initially found outside the body such as alcohol, tobacco, and chemicals found in our foods) and endogenous (produced in the body, such as excess hormones and cholesterol) toxins. Detoxing is done over a longer period of time (usually a minimum of three weeks) in order to bring restoration of the body’s function and bringing about enhanced vitality. It is a change in lifestyle, not just diet. Think herbal supplements, therapeutic sweating, etc. While you will eat on a detox, think raw and fresh.  

A cleanse is generally a lightening of the body’s load for a few days or for a week, most often through limiting or eliminating food and focusing on juicing or consuming only limited raw foods. While you generally won’t be eliminating all toxins throughout your body, you will be able to eliminate the most basic of toxins found in your digestive tract (fecal matter, parasites, fungi, etc.). 

That is why starting with a cleanse is a great way to lead into a detox, especially for those of us that have trouble avoiding all those not so good for you foods.  And no, pineapple on your pizza doesn’t mean you eat healthy. With that being said, here are a few of my favorite juices for those of you that want to lead up to a detox or just want to clean up your system for a few days. Do it for a long as you like and feel free to change things up a bit. All bodies are different, and what juice you drink can be, too. 

You will need access to a juicer for all three receipts. Wash all fruit and vegetables before using. Drink juices immediately, as they lose their nutrients relatively quick. 




HOT SHOT

I start every morning of any cleanse or detox with hot water and lemon, but I also have a “hot shot”. This is a perfect pick me up to get you going first thing in the morning, or for whenever you have food cravings. The amounts below are for a "shot", but if you want more then you just use more lemons and add as much ginger according to your liking. 

(1) Lemon – I slice for ease using the juicer, removing the seeds, but keeping the rind intact. Lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the lemon juice itself.

Ginger – I add a decent amount, because I like it “hot”, but I recommend starting small. Especially if you aren't accustomed to using ginger. Think of it like salt and pepper - you season to taste.

Pour juice into glass and top with a small amount of cayenne. 




BLOOD CARROT GLOW

The name of this juice sounds like Peter Rabbit find a deadly fate in Mr. McGregor’s garden, but the “blood” is from the orange. The glow is because carrot is such a great source of nutrients that act in an antifungal & antibacterial manner. This is perfect for acne sufferers. 

(2) Blood Oranges – If they are not in season, as this is a late winter treat, go for the regular variety.

(4) Medium Raw Carrots – Go for a bunch with the greens still attached. You will discard the tops, but I’ve found these to be fresher than anything purchased already in plastic. 

Ginger – I like the smallest little bit of ginger added to this juice. It adds a more complex taste. You are more than welcome to leave this out, though.



KALE-AID

Green juice has always kind of grossed me out, because it reminds me of  baby food. Think green beans and English peas in puree form. Gross. Gross. Gross.  However, you find the right green juice that actually tastes good, and I’m all for it. This green juice recipe is my favorite.

(5) Large Kale Leaves (one small handful) 

(1) Large Cucumber

(1) Lemon – Again, I remove the seeds and leave the peel.

(1) Apple – My favorite is Honeycrisp, but you can use whatever you want. I would avoid Granny Smith, because you already are getting enough tartness with the lemon.


(1) Large Rib of Celery
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3.28.2017

Grand Entrance


via Curated Interior
Nothing makes me say "wow" out loud than when I enter a home with a large entryway. And for me, nothing makes those grand foyers grander than with a well-styled table. Think small scale round dining table that you'd normally see in a kitchen nook. Instead of chairs and place settings, you'll find floral arrangements, stacks of books, sculptural art pieces, and all the pretty little design elements that tell a story. Here is the round up of some of my favorite stylings, and a few of my top table options so you can create a grand entrance of your own.

via Laurel Bern Interiors

via Plastolux
via House of Jade Interiors

via Lonny
via (clockwise from top left) My Domaine; Savor Home; The Enchanted Home; Decor Pad

via My Domaine

via SFC&G
Marble & Mixed MetalsBrushed Silver Basket WeaveAcrylic & BrassWood "X" BaseFrench Wood;
 Rosewood with Gold BaseGlasstopped ChromeWood & Silver StudMarble & Brass




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3.02.2017

Just Write



It has been a while since I have posted and the fact that I start off yet another blog post that way is truly hilarious. I am working on some rebranding, and decided to hold off posting until it was done, but, if I'm being completely honest, that was just a copout. I have been procrastinating.

My reason for putting off writing is simply because I have been scared. I really desire to have a successful blog and to write a best selling book.  Please note that I said “successful” and “best selling”, which means I haven’t been willing to write anything mediocre. Problem is that I kept judging everything I would write and claim it wasn't good enough to post.Basically, if I had a dollar for every article that is saved as a draft right now, I'd be making it rain. 

Then the other day I listened to a Podcast by an energy facilitator that always inspires me, and she happened to be discussing writing. How does it get better than that? She said that if you desire the best selling book, you have to be willing to write a really crappy book first. Perhaps placing significance on the level of success of what you write is keeping you from success all together. 

Then I thought back to my Instagram account and how I’ve come so far in my ability to take decent pictures. Not because I woke up one day and just had this innate ability to rock my iPhone camera. It is because I stopped being scared to take pictures in public, even if that meant getting out of my car and standing in the middle of road to capture the red rocks in Sedona or snapping a picture of the front counter of my favorite coffee shop while 10 people stare at me while waiting for their order. Being fearless in that regard has changed things so much for me, and I have no doubt that if I apply the same attitude to my writing, I won’t feel like I’m failing. I’ll be growing, learning, and, thus, succeeding.

It is in choosing that we are capable of bringing more of what we desire into our lives, and choosing to not write is just not working for me anymore. So, I’m going to write – often and about it all. I hope you follow along. Should be an interesting ride.
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7.28.2016

Renewed Focus

via instagram (@letterfolkco)

Ever feel like choosing to do one thing could change your life? Better yet. Do you ever feel like choosing to specifically do that one thing that you have ignored for so long will change your life? That is where I am exactly at this very moment. Well, not at this exact moment, because if I was answering that truthfully I’d have to say that at this very moment I am sitting in an oversized booth by myself in a coffee shop at 9:00pm on a Thursday drinking champagne (and writing this post). And before I go any further, please know that I’m not that asshole who decides to take up an entire booth even though they are sitting alone, thus preventing larger groups from having a place to sit. It is a coffee shop at 9:00pm on a Thursday. Everyone is going to be just fine. Did I mention I am drinking champagne in a coffee shop? Anyways, I digress.

So, back to the reason for this post.

The one thing that I have been ignoring for years has been this deep burning desire to write a book about my dating life. Part of me was convincing myself that I would fail if I attempted it, but I knew that was a lie. The other part was telling me that I needed to focus on writing for my business’s blog first, and then I could write my book. No matter what excuse I gave myself, though, the underlying problem was that, for some reason, I was denying myself what I knew would bring me both joy and success. Ironically, that sounds nothing like burning desire.  

When I started asking myself why this was happening, the main reason was that I was putting pressure on “The Solution Girl” to write for her business, even though “Lauren” wanted to write personally. So, I found myself having to choose between the two and I ended up choosing neither. Anytime I wrote a blog post for my business, which was either about organization or design, I became super bitter. Yes, both of those things bring me joy, but I felt that I was giving up writing about something closer to my heart as a result. Something had to give.

Then one day over breakfast (further proving that breakfast is, in fact, the most important meal of the day), it came to me. The Solution Girl does not have to be separate from Lauren. I have no desire to build an empire like Martha Stewart or franchise it off to others wanting to do the same thing in other cities, so if I make my business more personal, there is absolutely zero long-term harm. I am The Solution Girl, dammit, and if you want me then you are going to get all of me.

So, from here on out, you are going to get blog posts all the time – some still about organization and design; others about why I am apprehensive to date anyone who posts three or more pictures of them holding a fish on their Tinder profile. Yes. Not all of my blog posts are going to interest you; and that is something I have decided does not bother me. If I happen to lose some followers or client business as a result, then I am not going to judge it. I have a feeling, though, that I’ll also gain some followers and new business by being authentic and true to myself.

If you do find that you are grouped into the latter of the two, the ones who follow along as I take this journey, let me go ahead and thank you in advance. I have nothing but gratitude for folks who can appreciate the hilarity of my dating life. I mean, there is only so many dick pics a girl can receive before she feels compelled to share her stories with the world. You are welcome, in advance. Especially for that one story....well, I’m going to save that for another post.  
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11.20.2015

Friday Finds: Knoll Pollock Chair


For the past two years I've been slowly doing design renovations on my home. Everything from plantation shutters to paint colors to ceiling fixtures to home furnishings. I started my business without any startup help from others and have no significant other in which to split the bills, so the process is taking longer than I would prefer. Patience is a virtue, though, and I've got plenty. 

With that being said, I've managed to find some pretty outrageous deals on some pretty outrageous vintage finds. One of my proudest is a first release Knoll Pollock chair that was mine for the mere price of $150. Of course I had to drive 5 hours to St. Louis in order to make that happen, but it was worth it. Being that the first edition did not come with wheels and sat a good two inches shorter than standard desk chairs, I had to get my father to help me alter it slightly at the base so it could actually be functional for me. I'm sure all of you are gasping at that last statement, but that's ok with me. It will never not be my chair and this short homegirl was tired of sitting on pillows just to check her email. Plus, I think it is a much greater travesty to see DIY bloggers slapping chalk paint on top of beautiful mid century wood furniture. Even Annie Sloan herself is probably shaking her head in disappointment.  But I digress.

Knoll was a genius, and his Pollock chair is and always will be one of my absolute favorites. That should come as no surprise, since 50 years after its release it is still an international best seller. If you google "Pollock Chair", you'll usually come up with more than enough images of it in office spaces. However, I like seeing it in unexpected places. Think dining rooms, breakfast nooks, or even an unexpected twist to a living room. The possibilities are endless.

My Knoll - first on right

Knoll
CoteMaison
HelloSukio via CocoKelley
Knoll
Pinterest

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