the baby bohemian approach to feeling better

you might be sensing a bit of a theme here on baby bohemian these days – your girl is feeling low.  like i said in this post, it’s just something that happens to me from time to time and i’m pretty good at self-soothing and letting myself revel in and then break free of the funk.  besides lounging around and binging on books/movies/tv/youtube videos, i also find it extremely helpful to get out and get active.  so here’s a real life account of how i made myself feel better last weekend.  side note, all of my friends happened to be busy or away this particular weekend, so that’s why it was a very solitary one.  usually i recommend dinner and/or drinks with friends; that almost always cheers me right up.Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 10.13.50 AM.png1 // work up a sweat.  i can hear my mother now: you know you always feel better after you work out!  eye rolls aside, this advice is absolutely true.  even though i don’t always feel like endorphins work on me (anyone else feel worse about yourself after working out?!), when i’m feeling sad this really is the best pick me up.  going to yoga class, running outside, or going to the gym is a quick fix that gets me dressed, out of the house, and moving my tush.  plus i consider sweating basically a good cry for the body, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need.

2 // explore your neighborhood.  taking pictures is one of my favorite hobbies.  many years ago i invested in a ridiculously expensive camera (i clearly thought i was going to be the next diane arbus but i don’t have to tell you how that turned out) and i make an effort to use it whenever i can.  i have considered selling it many times, but it’s just one of those things that’s nice to have once you have it.  last weekend i walked around my sweet college town, just taking pictures of flowers and houses and anything else that caught my eye.  it’s such an easy activity and don’t feel like you need a big ass camera to do it.  i usually have a disposable camera hanging around and quite honestly those usually end up being my favorite pictures anyway.  you can even fit in the aforementioned exercise at the same time!  bb bloomington1.jpgbb bloomington4.jpgbb bloomington6.jpgbb bloomington2.jpgbb bloomington3.jpgbb bloomington5.jpg3 // find a street fair or farmer’s market.  this is a harder one, but now that fall is coming i bet it will be easier than you think.  i attended both my weekly farmer’s market and a labor day street fair last weekend and both lifted my spirits tremendously.  i got a gorgeous bouquet of end of summer/fall flowers and two bulbs of fresh garlic at the farmer’s market, along with a farmer’s market tote that is huge and perfect for grocery shopping.  i popped the flowers in a mason jar and they have already lifted my spirits and had a couple recipes that i wanted to attempt last week, so the garlic is being put to good use!  i also stumbled upon a labor day street/art fair in my town this weekend.  there were probably 50 artisan booths from all over the country.  i picked up a gorgeous handmade mug with the most stunning colors – the artisan is from maine and told me he mixes all of his colors by hand.  i am a huge mug collector and i couldn’t resist this beauty.  sometimes all you need is to make your morning coffee that little bit more special.  bb instagram1.JPGbb sunny mug.jpg4 // get ready for the week.  sometimes it’s as simple as getting ready for the days ahead.  i was babysitting my sisters dog last week so i wasn’t been at my own home very much, but when i was i made the most of my time.  from cleaning and organizing to laundry and dishes, i made my space clean and fresh for the coming week.  i also did some meal planning (new for me, sadly!!) and completed a very thorough grocery shop.  trust me, preparing your space, clothes, and fridge will clear your mind and make you feel more organized and ready to start a new week.

5 // prep blog posts.  now you might not have a blog, but any kind of creative project will do here.  writing posts and taking pictures is one of the greatest creative joys i have, so it’s (usually) relaxing to spend time doing so.  it can be stressful and sometimes sets me off on the wrong path, but typically i can relish in the creativity even if i’m not feeling as inspired as a i’d like to be.  even spending time on pinterest can give me the motivation to make a collage or set up a flat lay, and creativity just can’t be discounted in my opinion.  bb instagram2.JPG

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this oil is saving my face from dying a winter death

though i mentioned the go-to face hero in my december picks, i thought i would go a little more in depth since i have such a deep love for this product.IMG_0026.jpgone of my favorite beauty blogs is the file, which is essentially the australian into the gloss, only much cooler.  go-to is the skincare company started by zoe foster blake, author and former beauty editor of cosmo and harper’s bazaar.  quite frankly i didn’t know who zoe was until i read her interview with the file, but after some thorough research, i’m pretty well obsessed.

face hero is rosehip oil and so much more.  it is filled with extremely moisturizer ingredients, including almond, jojoba, and buriti oils.  it’s hydrating, soothing, and protecting – it really does it all and with no breakouts in sight.  i use this oil at night – i apply my acne creams and let them soak in for a while (like 30 mins), then apply 5-6 drops of oil followed by a heavy moisturizer, and in the morning my skin is truly moisturized.  i say truly because sometimes i feel like products make your skin look moisturized and then you go outside and your face is drier than ever. so not only does this product have surface skin success, but it really goes to further layers of the skin to heal and hydrate.  i will also add a drop or two into my morning moisturizer just for a hint of glow if i’m feeling extra lackluster that day.

and the best part?  ok well the best part is the packaging.  but besides all that, when converted from australian to american dollars, your looking at a $34 oil.  and i think that price is absolutely incredible for how little you need to use and how amazing the effects are.  international shipping was steep at $18 but was extremely fast and worth it, in my humble opinion.

so basically…if you are looking for the best face oil ever and have considered or enjoy using regular rosehip oil, try this baby out.  i promise it will become your go to.

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in the moment

IMG_6706.JPGfor a few minutes this morning, i sat outside.  i made my coffee, and when i went to let the dogs out for the eighth time, i went with them.  i felt the cold salt air perking up my senses, i watched a lone seagull make figure eights in the grey sky, and i listened to the icy waves crashing half a mile away.  i took a single picture of the sky.

i tried not to think about work or my bank account or moving.  and i succeeded, for the most part.  i didn’t check instagram or emails or youtube.  i just sat.  i sipped my coffee, i cuddled the dogs, and i just sat there, in the moment, for a little while.

good morning, everyone.

all natural, all happy

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when i first started reading beauty blogs and watching videos, i wanted to buy every single product these people were talking about.  no matter how expensive, i wanted it.  and i will say that i did buy more makeup than i ever had before.

however, as i mentioned in this post, i don’t wear a lot of makeup!  so over the past few months, i’ve stopped buying beauty products that i don’t need and will never wear, and i’ve really been focusing on the products that i love and that i really want to use.  in doing so, i have realized that many of my favorite beauty products are all natural.  i’ve been making more of a conscious effort to really research the products that i use and want to use.  i am also only buying cruelty free products, but that is another post entirely!

i entered the realm of all natural beauty a long time ago, but was not as fully interested in it as i am now.  i mentioned my foray into natural products here, and as i get older i really am trying to do what’s best for my body – including what goes into it and what goes on it (that is a really weird sentence, i’m sorry).

ok, long winded intro over, here are some of my favorite all natural products that i have been using and loving for a long time:

weleda lip balm – my favorite.  i have too many tubes of this all over my house.

heritage store rose spray – a solid facial spray at a solid price, nice and simple!  they also have a rose and glycerin version for added skin benefits, aka moisture (can someone remind me to take this out of my car?  even though that’s really a perfect place for it?).

heritage store lavender spray – i use this mainly at bedtime, on my pillows and sheets.

evan healy lavender hydrosoul – not pictured because i left this at home and a new one is in the mail – i didn’t realize how incredible this product was until i was no longer using it.  the amount of moisture, glow, and life it brings back to the skin is incredible.  it smells like absolute poop – seriously i thought mine was rancid – but i guess that’s just because of the uber natural and fresh ingredients?  expensive ($25 for 4 ounces) but i am realizing that i really love this guy.

mountain ocean skin trip coconut moisturizer – just the best body lotion EVER.  seriously, ever.

rms living luminizer – i wasn’t using this as much after summer was over, but i pulled it out again and i don’t know how i went a day without it.  it gives similar results to putting something like the glossier balm dotcom on the cheeks – just a glow that’s coming from you, not from some crazy highlighting powder.

plantfolk apothecary messy hair – my go to salt spray/beach spray/hair product – you guys know i love this.

lavanila sport deodorant – a few months ago, i freaked out about deodorants/antipersperants and their effects on women’s breasts.  after recently dealing with a breast health issue of my own, i went out in search of a deodorant that would be effective but not harmful to my body.  i tried crystal deodorant (not my thing) and tom’s (meh) before trying out the lavanila sport deodorant from sephora.  this is a bummer because it is expensive compared to a drugstore deodorant ($16 for 1.8 ounces), but this really works!  it’s a very generous size tube, smells amazing, and is actually an effective deodorant.  yay!

goldie’s amber coconut leave-in conditioner – i got this last summer and it is the best leave in conditioner i’ve ever used (i haven’t used many but you get it).  it smells absolutely incredible and really really works.  i’m in need of another one soon actually.

kuumba made amber & sandalwood fragrance oil – try as i might, perfume really makes me nauseous.  but i absolutely love sandalwood and really musky, natural, woodsy scents like that.  this fragrance oil is dope.  it lasts forever, offers just a hint of scent (depending on how you apply) and makes me feel so sexy and bohemian and free.  i love this.

pacifica stellar gaze mascara in supernova (black) – this is a newer purchase that i got at my local whole foods a couple months ago.  i mentioned before that i haven’t been able to find a mascara that i like, but i really love this guy!  it’s very natural but can be built up if you want it to be more obvious, plus i feel like it’s actually doing good stuff for my eye lashes.  so on the rare occasion that i’m wearing mascara these days, it’s always this.

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also, since i mentioned cruelty-free products, i will go a little more in depth here.  it’s important to note that all natural products are not necessarily cruelty free.  and cruelty free products are not necessarily all natural!  however, the more i research, the more i realize that that are quite a few main stream, popular, and/or high end brands that are cruelty free which is incredible.  and, almost all of the products that i already use are cruelty free.  that being said, i am trying to phase out the ones that are not cruelty free, and find new alternatives (which is really fun!).

it’s important to keep in mind that there are many different levels in the cruelty free world.  while many brands are cruelty free, their parent companies may not be. for example, nars, bare minerals, and buxom are all cruelty free brands.  however, they are owned by the parent company shiseido, which is not cruelty free.  companies that are sold in china, where animal testing is required, cannot be considered cruelty free.  if you’re not sure if something is cruelty free or not, look for the leaping bunny on the packaging or the words “not tested on animals” – many products will tell you if they are cruelty free or not.

for me, i am ok as long as the brand itself is cruelty free, but for many this is still unacceptable. it all depends on your own feelings on this issue.  all i can say is that the more you do your research, the better you feel with your choices and your impact on these issues.  by no means are all the products i use all natural or cruelty free, but as i move forward, i am making my purchases more wisely.

day five

in case you’re curious, i’m back with a little update on my newly imposed health plan.  i’ve been doing really well with the exercising portion, but no so well with the healthy eating.  i’m trying to cut back on portions which is going fine, but i cannot cut back on the sugar!  trying so hard but it seems like everywhere i turn this summer there is ice cream and candy and cookies and brownies.  does anyone have any tips for resisting these irresistibles?  at least i’ve been running in an attempt to undo what i’ve done sugar-wise.

for now, i’m doing my best, and watching blue crush, wishing i was in surf-shape.  there’s nothing that motivates me more than that movie.

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