Tuesday, July 13

Courtesy Cards



Apparel for the average picketing preteen or disgruntled lesbian.

Hazel Women's Apparel. A favorite line for summer.





Folk fest wear for the shameless filthy hippy in all of us!
Hazel is the perfect combination of the effeminate & the bohemian.

Bukowski

"I Met a Genius" by Charles Bukowski

I met a genius on the train
today
about 6 years old,
he sat beside me
and as the train
ran down along the coast
we came to the ocean
and then he looked at me
and said,
it's not pretty.
it was the first time I'd
realized
that.

Monday, July 12

My life for the passed year be like...


"Starting Now" - Ingrid Michaelson
"Your New Twin Size Bed" - Death Cab for Cutie


"Where painfully & with wonder, at having survived even this far, we are learning to make fire" 
- Margaret Atwood's 'Habitation

You Are Who You Eat.

My dear friend Sanja Avramovic updates on the fruit & veggie's that are in season, which is fantastic because i never know what's in season & there's something about eating bananas in December that says "something here might have come from Nicaragua".  I'm not much of a carnivore myself, but I don't think I'm educated enough on the actual healthy healing properties of vegetables, so through extensive research (i googled "food")  I've come up with a comprehensive list on the individual purposes of specific vegetables:

This is pancakes... I'm not going to talk about pancakes in this entry at all... 
i just love this picture, plus now I've fooled you into thinking there might 
be pancakes here, thus forcing you to be educated on the chemical effects 
of your healthy food. See, i had an agenda all along. What a bitch.


DigestionBananas, asparagus, artichokes & onions!  All of which contain Prebiotics (the fibre that stimulates the good bugs) 


Vision Kale (gross. Only for the grossest of dutch people), spinach, peas, broccoli,eggs & Swiss chard. The Chard is especially rich in two carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin, which are also present in the eyes. It looks likely that diets rich in these beneficial compounds may protect eye health by helping to reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. 


Sun Protection: Tomatoes, red peppers, green tea, mackerel (wtf is mackerel?) & watermelon. Have all been proved to help aid in the protection of the skin against damage from UV light. 



Anti-Aging: Berries, broccoli, peppers, carrots & Coriander. Coriander especially, it contains good levels of betacarotene and vitamin C, two of the antioxidants thought to protect against age-related disease, and measures up pretty well against other antioxidant-rich fruit and veg. 

Healthy Liver (listen closely university students): Artichokes, rocket (...), blueberries, beetroot, broccoli & COFFEEIf I told you there was a drink that might reduce the risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s, cirrhosis, gallstones and liver cancer, you might be surprised to find it in Starbucks. But coffee is such a significant source of antioxidants that it could feasibly claim to be a health beverage. (see mom)

Cancer PreventionApples, oranges, parsley, tea, red wine & onions (which are particularly plentiful in quercetin, a compound that may possess cancer–protective properties.)

Immune BoostersGarlic, watercress, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds & curry

Weight Loss: some "fill you up foods" are usually low-energy- density which is favorable when trying to fend off weight gain. So lean your fat ass towards some corrugates, rye bread, apples, brown rice & celery.

Heart Helpers: Red wine, nuts, fish oil (omega3) & darker grapes (the darker the grapes, the higher the polyphenol levels are likely to be, these polyphenols are widely touted for their cardioprotective properties.)

Mood Lifters: Turkey, salmon, dark chocolate, bananas, oat cakes & black pepper. All have chemical effects similar to that of an antidepressant. 

MetabolismBrazil nuts, tuna, beef, cod, eggs & mussels ( my personal favorite, rich in selenium - involved in thyroid function, immunity & reproductive health... so eat and be fruitful).

Brain Food Sardines, salmon, mackerel (seriously), hempseed oil, pumpkin seeds & walnutsAll of which are rich in omega-3 fats, thought to improve learning & memory. 

Vitality: Liver, chicken, beef, lamb, beans, dried fruit & venison. None of this sounds appetizing at all but each is a significant source of protein, B vitamins, iron and zinc

If Your Eggo is PregoDark green leafy veg, dried figs, avocados, whole wheat & beetroot all provide natural folic acid, which fetuses like... 

Cleansing Foods: Beans, brown rice, lentils, oats & rye bread , the benefits of each include improved digestive health & the reduced risk of colon cancer & heart disease.


Energy FoodsMeat, oats, lentils, nuts, and butter beans. Packed full of a healthy combo of protein, complex carbohydrates and fibre, these guys boast an impressively low glycaemic index (GI). This means they provide a gradual release of nutrients into the bloodstream to stabilize energy levels



Bone Builders: Milk, chickpeas, spinach, broccoli, kale (damn you gross healthy dutch) & halloumi (a cheese made from sheep or goats milk, lower in fat & salt than most hard cheese). All good sources of calcium, essential for strong bones. 


Skin FriendlyOranges, strawberries, raspberries, peppers & sweet potato.

Hunger HeroesApples, porridge, beans, whole grains & cashew. (Cashews have a lower fat content than most nuts and most of it is ‘good’ fat.)

HormonesMiso, pumpkin seeds, leafy green veg, green tea & hemp seeds. (TIP For PMS Sufferers: put the butcher knife down & sprinkle hemp seeds on your cereal or buy cold pressed hemp seed oil as a dressing or a drizzler.)

Sunday, July 11

"The Girl Who Played With Fire"


"This world & all the creatures in it are on fire, & some of you know it." 
-Nion McEvoy



"An Invitation from Shikshantar" by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting
your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled
and closed
from fear of further pain! I want to know if you can sit with pain,
mine or your own, 
without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it. I want to know if you can be with joy, 
mine or your own;
if you can dance with wildness and
let ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without
cautioning us to be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of being a human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you’re telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself;
if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore trustworthy. I
want to know if you can see beauty even if it’s not pretty every day,
and if you can source your life from God’s presence. I want to know if you can live
with failure, yours and mine, 
and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the silver moon, ‘Yes!’

It doesn’t interest me where you live or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief and despair,
weary, bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are, how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.
I want to know what sustains you from the inside, when all else falls
away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.



Saturday, July 10

They are the future... this is our future.

I love children, I'm really good with them -  i enjoy being with them the 10% of the day they aren't pooping, crying & ruining things. Though it's likely not ALL children are monsters, I don't personally remember destroying anything (except that i used to pull everything out of shelves...I don't like shelves.. don't trust them) & i know a handful of children who probably wouldn't be capable of the glimpse of parenthood below, but i know that my younger brother and sister are permanently banned from Bonkers, which should be a surefire representation of the kind of children they were, in fact growing up with them reminds me of my newest form of birth control ShitMyKidsRuined.com, lets communally review the extent of the damage of procreating in a segment called, "Things Children Destroy (other than your social life, sanity & standards of cleanliness):"


Your white sofa.
Your Persian Rug. Pretty Much just all of your furniture.
Your self-esteem. 
Your sex life.
Your Pet.
Your plumbing.
 
Your only mental escape.
Most means of communication.

See... told you.


Anyway, they ruin everything. Use condoms. 

Things That Illicit Fleeting Joy: Dans La Past 6 Months

This has been a rough 6 months, though i barely have anything to complain about because I have good friends, good family, a great job & I'm moving away to a beautiful new city to pursue a career in something i love to do, it's hard not letting the big problems in my life overshadow the good, the following is a selection of things that have made me overwhelmingly glad to be alive over the passed few months :  

"Eat, Pray, Love", Burts Bee's Lip Balm, Sudoku for DS, 
making jokes about the city wide slut fest: Stampede, Bliss' Sage & Lemon body lotion, 
Children's Lit, Leopard print glasses from Wal-Mart, 
Rereading Harry Potter for a class - feeling my inner 9 year old falling in love all over again, 
hot summer afternoons at the dog park walking Chasamus, sky blue nail polish, 
Phil & Sebastian Latte's, Naked Green Machine Juice, maxi dresses and mid afternoon naps


 Voga Wine, raspberries, spending time with family, 
helping people on their summer English courses, Peonies, 
Chase can now go on a walk through the neighborhood off-leash, 
the incredible greenery created by what seemed like months of rain, 
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Futurama (since it's been picked up again), 
Watching Lindsay Lohan's life fall apart, Weeds, blue eyeliner, Chloe perfume,
FFFFOUND , documentary's about anything from food production to corporate abuses, 
and my newest notebook.


Taking pictures of flowers, trying to catch people shoplifting- I'm like the shoplifting Bounty Hunter, 
Sally Hanson Nail Polish Remover Pen, vegan desserts/ cocktails, french bulldogs, Sara Barialles, 
reading out loud to someone else, MJUS shoes, craft night, having someone sing for me, Aussie Rules, 
Steel Magnolias, my Anne Marino sandals i bought when i was 16 at a market in NY, 
gigantic rings, Scategories - with your own categories, Disney movies, "the panty bag",  

"You try to call me but you're breaking up."


I LOVE Sky Ferreira's new video for her single, "One".  She reminds me of a young Dragonette 
& whoever did the styling for this video is an absolute genius. 
Thanks. 

Wednesday, July 7

The Adornments of A Warmer Season

Having searched Etsy for summer jewelry, 
i found Fine Art Reflections grouping of "nature inspired" branch bracelet. 
They're surprisingly inexpensive, about the $20 range.
Anyway, TADA




This week be like...


You fit into me
like a hook into an eye.
A fish hook.
An open eye.
-Margaret Atwood

Sunday, July 4

TopShop Love: Red Accents.

Top Shop Lovin' Red Accents: From the feet up.


Polished.

My newest obsession this month is nail polish (which is wildly inexpensive in comparison to my previous mania's) OPI makes a great polish, what i like best about OPI Nail Polish are the names they give their colors, below are some of my favorite colors from different groupings. You're welcome observing public 

  
A Dozen Rosas/ Barefoot in Barcelona/ Can You Tapas This?/ Who needs a Prince?/ To Day a Knight



A Little Nookie/ Cuddle By The Fire


A Oui Bit Of Red/ Don't Know.. Beets Me/ Matador Red/ Party In My Cabana/ All The Berry Best

Atomic Orange/ Lunch at The Delhi

Blue My Mind/ Breathe Life/ No Room For The Blues/ Teal The Cows Come Home/ What's With The Cattitude?


Black Onyx/ Give Me The Moon/ Light My Sapphire


Do You Lilac it?/ Funky Dunky/ Lincoln Park After Dark/ Party 'til Midnight


Gargantuan Green Grape/ Greenwich Village/ Jade is The New Black