sick day fixes

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hello! why is it that the weeks you really cannot get sick, you do? this week, i’m moving, life is chaos, and of course, i’d get sick. it got me thinking about the remedies we all reach for, and what works for me! i’m all about keeping it natural, targeting the problem as opposed to the symptom like cold meds do. that said, decongestant pills can be very helpful and preventative when it comes to ear infections since it gets rid of the fluid that causes them.

the moment i feel a tickle, i hop on the emergen-c, which is a high powered powder that you mix into water. i’ve been using this stuff for years, and it’s a great vitamin hit to use not just when you’re sick, but all the time to get those much needed vitamins and minerals in high doses.

my mom made us use salt water like a religion growing up, and it has such wonderful benefits, i listen to her to this day. things are about to get a tad gross, but stick with me here, because it might change your life. i wash out my sinuses with a salt solution. the salt inhibits bacteria growth. yes, we’ve all heard of the neti pot, which is a passive way to clear things out – i prefer the squeeze bottle from neilmed since it gives the right amount of pressure to get things moving. and by things, i mean snot. i heard madonna does this every day, and if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for us.

green juice should absolutely be an every day thing, but alas, for me, it’s not. i hit up whole foods juice bar for an “ABC, add kale” each day i’m sick, and feel like it gives me a concentrated boost of vitamins to kick this bug!

green tea mixed with a mint tea are what i sip on with a dribble of honey – it’s warm, full of antioxidants, and honey is soothing and anti-inflammatory.

what are your fave remedies? i’ve heard oil of oregano works, but i have yet to try!

i’ll be back here next week, after our move, with fresh content for you. wish us luck!

photoshop tips and tricks

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over the weekend, i attended digital darlings photoshop bootcamp and was blown away by the amount of good stuff i learned! i’ve been doing my own graphics since i started blogging 3 years ago, and up until now, have been using adobe elements (the cheaper version of photoshop, with not as many features) to muddle through. i learned SO much about the faster, better and more efficient way to deal with images, graphics and the like. this will hugely benefit my hobbies and my career.

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digital darlings is running another #psbootcamp in november, and you can sign up here (there’s an early bird registration until october 15th which gives you a pretty big discount). i highly recommend it… you’ll learn so much to separate you from the pack. not to mention a quick way to retouch that break out! just don’t over do it with the photoshop airbrushing like i showed in the example below… this was simply to show the power of the tools!

a few examples of what i learned, and how to cut out text like in the image at the start of this post, (which i’ve been trying to learn forever, we’re talking endless youtube vids!), and a before and after portrait gif, below. read more…

how to: master light coloured nail varnish

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i’ve had a thing lately for light pink on my fingers. whether it’s a closer to nude pink/beige, or my current personal fave, a tone that’s a little more on the mauve side of things, i’ve been wearing them nonstop. bonus: they bring out a tan!

lighter shades like these can be tricky to apply, since they streak, showing the texture more easily.

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my tried and tested method to streak-free, properly covered, chip resistant nails on the go? read on to find out!

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fresh face: spring beauty tutorial

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vmac + cheese is defo one of my fave sites and i love guest posting for victoria. she’s so stylish, knowledgeable and kind, always keeping her readers best interest in mind, and she’s always very generous with her content, too! when she asked me to create a fresh spring beauty tutorial, i grabbed my fave products, photog paul milaire and a friend (my model, jen of her waise choice who so looks beautiful bare-faced!) to work with me on the project. it’s a look that honestly works for all of us, and i’m sharing some pro tips and tricks that you may not have heard before! read more…

beauty tutorial: how to curl with a flat iron

a few weeks ago, jen and i collaborated on a cute hair tutorial video! jen came up with the idea to document her hair styling process – she curls it with a flat iron, and i’m always all “jen your hair looks awesome!”, so i personally, was very interested to see exactly how to curl with a flat iron!

i tried it myself, and i just can’t get the process down – i’m terrible doing my own hair… we didn’t film that part, sorry (this means i’ll be referring to the vid myself on the reg). that aside, it takes a lot of work to produce a quality tutorial!

first, a cohesive storyline is created. we considered what was important to communicate, and how to make the lesson as appealing as possible. of course, for us this meant pastries, flowers and red lippy! whenever i see the finished version of a creative tutorial, i always forget how much time and patience it takes to create. multiple shots, and angles are required to get the piece to fit together, not to mention props, and a pretty space. it was such a fun and creative process to be a part of! we shot it at my place, and ava had to make a cameo.

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a few products mentioned in the vid that we love:

oribe dry texturizing spray (worth every penny) | xo styling iron

we hope you enjoy, and find the tutorial helpful and a huge thanks to videographer paul milaire!