W I L D ❁ D A I S I E S

The daisy. White and yellow. Two flowers in one. Simple. Underrated. Uncomplicated. Overlooked. Innocent. Sophisticated.

Packing a serious punch.

Yes, for real.. technically speaking you get a two for one deal with these little beauties. “Ray Florets”…the white petals are one.. and the tiny little yellow clustered disc florets as the second. They are the perfect symbol of innocence and purity. They grow wild and free, but are also great your gardens and planters. Not only do they look pretty, but they are jam packed with goodness for your insides and outs!

I love love love daisies! They grow wild at the lake and it’s beautiful! They just make my day. A field of daisies.. is there anything more pretty? Well.. to be honest, yes.. but we are appreciating the small things here people. 

Usually referred to as Bellis perennis on an ingredients list, you can find Daisy extract in a bunch of skin care products! Active ingredients can be found in all the different parts of the plant! These include essential oil, tannins, mucous substances, flavonoids, bitter substances, organic acids, resins, and inulin.

These little gems contain high amounts of antioxidants and organic acids that can brighten your skin, and attack the free-radicals from your day. It is a valuable ingredient in exfoliation (and great for sensitive skin) due to being high in malic and tartaric acids.

You can also apply topically for eczema, dermatitis, and rashes!

Daisies have anti-inflammatory and mild astringent properties in them, which is awesome for applying topically to small scrapes, or sores. When you drink daisy tea, it can help relive symptoms from your cold, bronchitis, and other inflammation of the upper respiratory tract. It can also be helpful with the digestive system, having stimulating effects and being used for ailments of the digestive tract.

The list of ailments that these little gems may help with is to long for me to go on about it all.. so if there is something specific you are wondering about, I would recommend finding a qualified professional to guide you.

Also, this article contains more information! 

The greens and petals can be used in the kitchen too! They can be eaten raw or cooked. Leaves, flowers, buds, petals can all be used. You’ll want to add them to your soups and salads!

Not only good for your outsides, but even better for your insides!

The opinions expressed on my blog are my own. Please keep in mind that I am not a Doctor or other health professional so please consult the appropriate professional before making any changes to your diet, health, or other applicable areas.

 

 

 

 

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Hello, Summer!!

HOLY HUMIDITY!! .. Are you guys feeling it yet?!

It is sooooo humid here this week, but I am NOT complaining! We waited long enough for this hot weather, and we don’t get it for very long, so I will take every drop of it we get! When it’s not so humid that you are sweating through 4 outfits a day, its pouring rain!.. Well, at least the sun is shining.. for now! 

When it gets super hot like this, it sends our bod for a loop! We need to take extra care of ourselves during these months! I once read, you don’t stop eating or sleeping in the summer, so why would we take a break from our skin or nutritional care?.. Makes sense..right!?

  • Make sure you are DRINKING water! Drinking lots of water is always super important, but during these hot, humid, sweaty days, it is even more important as your body is sweating A LOT.. meaning you will desperately need to be replenished! Plain water is awesome, but you can always jazz it up with some added citrus, or fresh fruits! I happen to love mine with fresh mint, and cucumber! Even a vitamin water is okay, just don’t chug down the sugar drinks, or you’ll end up more thirsty than when you started!
  • Get IN the water!Hit your local pool, splash pad, or watering hole. At the very least, set up the sprinkler and run through it! Stay cool! 
  • Protect your skin! I don’t really recommend commercial sunscreens or sunblocks as they can be filled with all kinds of crap that’s not good for you.. but whatever you dig make sure you slather it on like no tomorrow! The sun is no joke! If you get a burn, take care of it! Apple cider vinegar and aloe vera will be your friend! 
  • Know when it’s too much! Heat stroke is serious so make sure you take a break from the heat! Find some shade, get indoors where there’s a/c.. especially if you have kiddos! 
  • Eat! Make sure you’re eating lots of fresh (organic is possible) fruits and veg! The heat can make you feel like you don’t want to eat, but your body needs the fuel! 

I’m sure you don’t need a reminder that in just a few short months we will be back to bundling up so enjoy the summer while you can! 

QUAY AUSTRALIA: REVIEW

You guys! I have to tell you about these sunglasses! Now, I am sure you have probably all heard of them by now because their latest collab is with Kylie Jenner, and anything that girl touches blows up big time, and they have been seen on the always gorgeous Gigi Hadid, but in case you live under a rock.. you need to be checking out Quay. They are killin’ it right now. I just wanted to share about my experiences with them! I stumbled upon them when I was needing new sunglasses, and too lazy to drag my butt to a store to get them. Yes. The level of laziness reached new heights that day.  I was scrolling around online and saw a photo of Gigi Hadid in the Cafe Racer style. I loved them, and immediately thought, oh god.. they are probably like so expensive, some high end brand that no normal person can afford, and I will never own them. After some quick online investigating I found out that they were made by Quay. (Pronounced “key”) I headed over to their website, after checking them out on Instagram of course. I was pleasantly surprised! Their prices are seriously decent! They are mid-range.. roughly like $50-$100 a pair. So I mean.. they aren’t outrageously expensive, but they certainly are not your $5 gas station specks either.

“In case you live under a rock..
you need to be checking out Quay.
They are killin’ it right now.”

I poked around and decided that I wanted to try 3 styles.. French Kiss (Clear/Rose), Santa Fe (Rose/Pink), and Cafe Racer (Black/Smoke).  – They happened to be sold out of the Cafe Racer in the color that I wanted.. but luckily Nordstrom had my back on that pair 😉

They ended up shipping out within a couple of days, and arrived to me about a week later, which isn’t so bad for delivery to the other side of the world. When they arrived I felt like a little kid on Christmas morning!

All 3 pairs arrived in great condition, and in a soft pouch case! They are not metal frames like they kinda appear to be in the photos but they are pretty good quality regardless, so I don’t let it get to me. They are nice and light, but not so light that you feel like they may crumble apart at any moment. If you have bought cheap sunglasses in the past, you know what I am talking about.

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Okay, a quick rundown of each pair and I’ll let ya get on with your day…

French Kiss: I love these!! Like.. I don’t know what else I can say other than: They. Are. Awesome! I chose the clear/rose ones and I am so happy that I did. They have become my go-to glasses. I love how they can be worn casual, perfect for a lunch date, or you can easily dress them up if you are off to a wedding or event! They are extremely versatile and every one that I have shown them to has asked me if I will let them have them, or if they can buy them from me. No. and no. but if you want to get your own pair, you can do that riiiiiiiight… here.

Cafe Racer: Let’s be real. These are the shit. They are bold, and loud, and in your face. The best hangover sunglasses. Put these on when you wanna give life the middle finger, and be in your own world. Or, put them on when you want to be bold, and make a statement. Just put them on, okay? You’ll fall in love. They cover basically my whole face, which I am totally ok with, and bonus! They don’t weigh a ton. Which is nice! Nothing like your face hurting because your sunglasses are so heavy, especially on a hot sweaty day. Ugh.. no thank you! If you wanna jump on the bad bitch train you can buy your ticket …. here. (In case you didn’t get my sarcasm, you’re not actually buying a ticket to anything.. it’s just an expression..and i sort of cant believe i have to explain that lol!)

Santa Fe: If I am being totally 100% honest with you.. they are my least fav of the bunch..on me. I still do like them, but they are obvi too big for my face.. and so I don’t feel completely at home in them. I still wear them anyway, because they are super cute, and I do receive compliments on them (not to toot my own horn or anything! LOL!) so they must not look as awkward as I think. I do love the color, style, and the idea of them. They are always in my bag as my backup pair… just in case! These will honestly go with anything. Get yo self some.. here.

 

I tried to get ya’ll a discount code, but at time of writing I’ve had no such luck, but if I hear back from them at all, I will get back to you!.. So, in the mean time.. save your pennies, check them out, and let them know I sent ya!

 

 

 

 

 

#ADAGIOTEA | The Zodiac Series: LIBRA

Okay, I don’t really know how to explain the relationship I am currently growing with this tea, but I feel… You know how people say that when they find “the one” that they just know. Like someone will ask a married woman, oh when did you know that he was the one for you?.. and they say.. oh i just knew. That is exactly how I feel about this tea. I know, it’s ridiculous. But it just gets me. I knew it from the moment I opened up my package, and found this little tin box staring back at me. And get this! The picture on the tin, is a girl.. with pink hair.. in pigtails. How. Did. They. Know?! *shifty eyes*

Seriously, let’s get down to business. The tea I am talking about is this one right here. It’s LIBRA from The Zodiac Series, by Adagio Tea. The Libra tea is a black tea backed by chocolate and strawberries, with a hint of rose and cream. Steep at 212° for 5 minutes is what they recommend on their website, however it can be hard to adjust for the temperature depending on where you are making your tea (like at the lake!). I just keep an eye on it, and it usually takes about 4 minutes for my preferred flavor.

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The smell of this tea is quite honestly one of the best. I can be having the worst day.. come home, smell this tea, and it’s like my whole body just relaxes. They should think about making a body spray in that scent blend. I want to bathe in it. Oh wait.. maybe I should try that! – Stay tuned lol.

The first time I made this tea, it wasn’t even half way done steeping and I was already sold. It’s romantic. It’s kittenish. And it’s the perfect dessert tea. Yes, I know, we all love and want dessert every single day, but that’s not good for anyone. Now, it doesn’t matter! This tea is so perfect for after dinner that you won’t miss out. I really enjoy the strawberries and cream feel it has, and the rose with the cocoa nibs are a good addition to balance it out. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. It’s rich, but not too rich. Yet, light. I prefer to drink it straight up – some people like to add cream and sugar (or honey) to it. I have also heard that this tea makes a killer latte. Have not tried it yet. Imagine it would be amazing. I will get back to you on that.

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The price point on this tea I find not too bad either. A 4oz tin is $9, while a 16oz refill bag will getcha for $29. I should also mention that Libra is a part of their Zodiac Elements: Air package, which also include Aquarius, and Gemini.

This tea has easily made it into my regular rotation. It has become one of my most favorite go-to’s. I had just found out about Adagio Teas recently, yes I live under a rock, but if this is just one of the first ones I have tried, I can not wait to taste more!

I also wanted to include the description of the tea straight from their website:
A balanced blend of black tea and sweet strawberries, chocolate and creme will appeal to Libra’s sense of harmonious beauty. Libras have mastered the art of diplomacy, and enjoy bringing people together over a cup of tea. Rose petals and cocoa nibs are stylish details in a blend that will complete Libra’s sophisticated tea collection.

Since I love this tea, and refuse to share it with anyone, you should head over to Adagio dot com and get some for yourself! I would love to know what you think after you try it, so make sure you let me know!

 

Disclaimer: I am not getting paid money to write this, I just really do love this tea so much. Also, I most certainly scooped up every last bit of the tea from the photos, and put it back in the tin. No tea was harmed in the making of this post. (Except the serving that I added to my mug!)

 

ADAGIO.COM

“AH-DA-GEE-OH” – Say it with me now.. AHHH-DAAA-GIO.. and get used to saying it because after you get you some of what they are offering… you’ll never look back. I know I haven’t! Okay, let’s get serious.. I am talking about ADAGIO TEAS. If you haven’t heard of them, now you have. They recently reached out to me and I am so happy that they did. I don’t know if I live under a rock or something, but how I did not know of them sooner is well beyond me. I received my package of choices I had made and upon arrival I was impressed. I must say that when I pulled out the Libra tea – and it had a picture of a girl with pink pigtails on the front – I knew it was meant to be. I mean, it’s basically like looking in the mirror! 😉

I have spent the past few weeks putting these teas through all my tests! Drank them hot, drank them cold, incorporated them into recipes, smeared them on my face and used them as a mask, and I even have a tea party planned so I can share them because they are too good not to.

Over the next couple of weeks I will let you in on what I have been up to and more about why I have fallen in love with this company, so stay tuned! It’s way to much to fill you in on all at once… but in the mean time.. head to http://www.adagio.com and take a little peak! And!..Let them know I sent you 😉