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!

 

 

 

 

 

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#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!)

 

MONDAY

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Photo Cred: Ryan McGuire

Sip your coffee, take a giant deep breath, and buckle up! A new week is upon us! Is it just me, or do the weekends go by way to quickly? I am imagining you nodding along with me, because you would have to be a crazy person to not wish the weekends were longer. Honestly, is it really asking too much to just have one more day tacked on there? Who do we need to talk to about that?! 😉 Just when I finally get relaxed, I realize it’s Sunday evening and the next morning the alarm is set.. boo!

I hope you all had a wonderful, productive weekend. Ours was busy busy, but great! Lots of family time which I always love.

This weekend, we gave my Brother-In-Law his Christmas gift, of a Rib Dinner! I know that sounds like a funny Christmas gift, but it’s what he asked for! I must say, it’s quite a compliment to my cooking that each year, instead of a random item, or gift card.. he puts my cooking on his list! The past couple of years he asked for Slow Cooker Meals, which is helpful to them throughout the year.. I did about 10-15 meals for them.. got them all prepped into freezer bags so that on their busy days, dinner didn’t have to be a thought.. they could just remove from the freezer, pop into a slow cooker and be done with it. This year he surprised me! His list read “come to my house and cook a rib dinner.” Done! Without tooting my own horn tooooo much, I can tell you that the dinner was great! I love a good BBQ dinner, so this was right up my alley. I will share my menu and recipes with you in a separate post, or this could go on all day! It was a close call when we arrived to their house and I slipped on the ice, carrying the box with dinner in it, and everything flew in the air.. a classic movie slip moment.. thankfully, I had saran-wrapped everything so tightly that it survived! Phewf! I was almost in tears, thinking of walking in the door, and telling him that his Christmas gift was currently all over their front yard!

On Sunday, we went to see The National Geographic Live: Spinosaurus. The show was pretty cool, a little less exciting than I was expecting, but very informative, and interesting to say the least! Dinosaurs are so cool. #NerdAlert

So what will this week bring for me? I have a few posts to share with you, along with a few recipes so I am looking forward to doing that, as well as possibly some veerrrry exciting news! (Just waiting to get the final word so trying to not get ahead of myself!) And, I will also fill you in on what was on the menu at our BBQ dinner so you can plan on of your own!

Your week is a blank canvas! Now top up your coffee, and let the adventures begin!

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Photo Cred: Carli Jeen @ Unsplash.com

 

 

 

It’s. Just. Life.

I know, I know it’s been AGES!  The summer flew by with many adventures under my belt, and my tan is fading away now..Halloween has come and gone which means..Dun, dun duuuuuunnnnnn…It’s coming! Brace yourselves, the snow will be here before we know it!
(It’s our own fault. We choose to live in a deep freezer.)

I wish I had a excuse to feed you as to why I suddenly went MIA but if I am being honest, It’s. Just Life. It gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it!?

Alright, a quick run-down of where I am at..
My work load has doubled this year, and what started out as a part time position.. to get out of the house so I didn’t continue to lose my mind at the rate I was, and make a little extra cash, has completely consumed my life. The clinic that I work in is busy, which is great, don’t get me wrong.. but it really takes a toll on you!
Work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work. Right?!
We’d all rather be vacationing on a beach.

School?.. Studying?… What’s that again?!.. Just kidding! I think I can almost remember! 😉
I had started studying Holistic Nutrition back in 2014..OMFG! 2014?!?!
Christ.. anyway.. yes, two years ago I started.. and NO, I am not close to being done. But does it reallllllllly matter? Well. Yes and no. It does, because it’s been paid for already, and it’s what I WANT to be doing, rather than what I am doing.. but what I am doing now is important too, and I am still studying behind the scenes – little to never – but when I can, and it’ll get done when it gets done. Why stress over it? The way I think of it is if it is causing stress, it is not worth doing. And studying Holistic Nutrition is def worth it! So i am determined to not let it get me down. I refuse to let it stress me out. And some day, I will be Brittany, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Until then, I’m totally fine with being just Brittany.

The candle company, Atmosphere Candle Company, (which you can check out HERE) is still coming along nicely so stay tuned! The online store will be up and running hopefully in the next few weeks! I am in LOVE with our scents! I can’t get enough of them! We got a tad held up when our roof decided to leak, and destroy the inside of our condo.. and our lives. Not really, but no one likes living through reno’s. Especially when you didn’t ask to do them. But who can complain about a nice new rooftop deck, and a fresh coat of paint!? Not me! (except for that’s exactly what I just did LOL!) I will share some before and after pics once all the finishing touches are finito! I LOVE LOVE LOVE home decor, I have a feeling it will never really be “done”.. but whatevs!

See, It’s. Just. Life. There’s no excuse. It is what it is!
Take a gander at what I’ve been up to, and then find out what’s coming next below!

 

So what’s to come?..Well! Just because I have not been updating you guys, or staying in touch, doesn’t mean my creative mind hasn’t been working away! I am back, and it’s time to get busy! I have a whole wack load of recipes to share, including a whole week dedicated to spaghetti squash (just when you thought you couldn’t love it anymore!). Plus, Crafts..photos..projects. Update on my fitness journey (a verrrrryyy long and bumpy road).. Also..I have some beauty tips to save your skin this winter!.. What else..?.. Um.. I am thinking, I am thinking, oh yes! Wellness items, including why it is SO important for chiropractic to be a part of your life, along with acupuncture, cupping, massage, and an all around wellness lifestyle! And, some products that have been introduced to my life this year! We will also be featuring a few new friends over the next few months, who are seriously rock stars at what they do!

And now I will stop rambling on and let you all get back to your lives!

I hope this finds you all well. I’ve missed you dearly.

DONT MISS IT! – My Feature!

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Post Holiday Body Cleanout!

Let’s face it. You probably spent the last two months pigging out, stressing out, drinking your faces off, eating crap, and staying up late.. And yes, it was probably worth every second. I know, I know.. the holidays are like a free for all.. Not a care in the world… Eat! Eat! You hear time and time again! Calories don’t count during the holidays..right?!.. Dinner after dinner.. Brunches..lunches..Chips and dip..Veggie trays and then the dainties..oh don’t even get me started on these little bites of heaven!..Tables and tables full of dainties.. And it’s all fun and games..until January 2 hits, and reality comes slapping you in the face when you have to return to work, and this of course means wearing actual clothing.. getting out of your sweat pants, and going out into the real world.. Until, wait.. what is happening?! Suddenly those pants that fit you perfectly just one short month ago..now, they are feeling a tad snug! Did they shrink in the dryer?! (That’s always my first thought! 😉 ) Nope.. you just ate your face off and now your body is paying the price. So.. because lots of people are in the same boat, I thought I would share my tips for detoxing, and replenishing your body post the holiday season! I apologize now if this get’s lengthy..

WATER
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!! I know you hear this one all the time, and you’re angry that this is the first tip I give you. WAH! WAH!! It’s the truth. I will say it over and over again. Drink WATER. Not coffee, not water mixed with some sort of flavory dyed sugar powder, not a fountain drink/soda/pop, not a “well it came in a glass container, so it’s probably good for me” drink.. (and yes, someone once said that to me!). WATER. H20. W-A-T-E-R. Pure and simple. If you’re body is not staying hydrated, you are not functioning to your fullest potential. Get in the habit of drinking water. And drink it a lot.  When you wake up. While you’re working. Shopping. Riding in the car. Waiting for the bus. While you’re watching TV. Even when you don’t feel thirsty! Not only will drinking water help to flush away toxins, it will also aid your digestive system. Lots of times when you find yourself mindlessly snacking, or eating but not feeling satisfied, it’s because your body is thirsty for water and not food. Next time you feel like you want a snack, drink a full glass of water first. Do you wonder why your head is pounding? Sometimes (I know not all, but some) headaches are caused from the amount of toxins you have built up in your body that need to be flushed away! Next time you feel like you’re getting a headache, drink a glass of water or two before you pop a couple pills!

How will any of this help with shedding those sugar pounds?.. Well without water, the body is not able to metabolize fat. What does that mean in plain English? You retain water, and you gain weight. And how do we rid ourselves of fluid retention? By drinking water, people! Do you see where I am going with this?! It’s all linked back to drinking lots of QUALITY water. I once read that if they could sell water as a prescription, and an aid for healing, they would. And you know what, I believe it!

SLEEP

I bet now that the holidays are over you are exhausted. It was go-go-go and now you feel like you ran into a brick wall! People need permission to sleep these days. So here is yours; Go to bed. Stay in there for 8 hours. And don’t leave it until 8 hours is over. Your body needs sleep. Regeneration and healing of the body happens while you sleep! And don’t even start with the, I can run off 4-6 hours of sleep! I don’t need 8.. No. You mean you are surviving off 4 hours of sleep a night. I promise if you actually let your body “catch up” and you make sure you are well rested, you will enjoy your life so much more. And with all that water you are drinking now 😉 nothing will be able to stop you!

EXERCISE
And not just for the first week of the new year! Even if it’s only 30 minutes a day, even if it’s only 15 min a day!.. MOVE. YOUR. BODY. Stop being lazy little bums and take the stairs, carry your groceries, dance around your house naked if you want! If you want to get all that crap building up inside of you out, you gotta get moving! Sweating is good. Plain. And. Simple. Besides, exercise does wonders for stress levels & your mental health. After the stress of shopping during the holiday season, every one needs a little TLC in that department! Create a little workout for you and your friends, and motivate each other!  Having a workout buddy always helps!

DON’T CHA PUT IT IN YOUR MOUTH.. NU, UH!
Duh! Besides all those sugary holiday snacks, and goodies?! Anything that starts with Fast, Fried, or Processed. IS OUT! Don’t eat it. Just don’t. It’s not rocket science here people! If it’s in a box, or a can.. it’s out. If you want to detox your body of toxins, you will benefit from cutting out salt, sugar, flour, and anything white.
I know you are dying for a list of foods that I would tell you to try to avoid besides the basic “Fast, Fried, and Processed” so.. here goes;
Butter, cakes, chocolate, chow mein noodles, corned beef, cream, yellow cheese, whole milk, toaster pastries, lard, ice cream, poultry skin, muffin mix, chips, mayonnaise, deli meat, packaged potatoes, smoked meats, imitation dairy products, cookies, crab, packaged food in general, most things that come out of the aisles section of the grocery store, bacon, whipped cream, bologna, sugary cereal, cocoa, caffeine, cream cheese, duck, goose, gravy, hot dogs and hamburgers, margarine, spare ribs .. okay seriously this list could go on forever, and I am going to assume you get the idea. When in doubt, think of the saying “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead!”

LET’S AIM FOR THIS INSTEAD!
You’re ideal diet will be natural, seasonal, rotational, balanced, moderate, and well-combined. It’s a good idea to start your day with some water with the juice of half a lemon mixed in, or some ginger! Fresh fruits and vegetables (frozen is your next best choice) are at the top of the list. Alongside would be nuts and seeds, whole grains, light proteins, and lots of greens! Smoothies, soups, and juices are a great way to pack a lot of nutrients into one drink, and they are good if you will be on the go! Always try to keep a small Ziploc with some seeds and almonds in your car if you are the kind of person who spends their day working from their car! “Because I was busy” is not an excuse for not having proper nutrition.

  • Here are some Food Combining guidelines as per “Staying Healthy with Nutrition” – Elson M. Haas, MD with Buck Levin, PhD, RD
                 1. Fruits are eaten by themselves or with other fruits.
                 2. Proteins and starches are not eaten together.
                 3. Combine protein and vegetables or starches and vegetables.
                 4. Do not eat more than one protein per meal.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting recipes that you can try at home that will be easy, low sodium, and low sugar and will help you get back to feeling like you again!

 

 

TEAMASKMADNESS – ORGANIC THE GLOW – PART2

There are so many reasons that this tea is great for your skin, so I will try to not to take too much time giving you the low down! Let me tell you a secret or two about the 6 main ingredients in this heavenly mix..

Let’s get to the good stuff..

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ORGANIC – THE GLOW – DAVID’S TEA

Cinnamon: Besides the fact that cinnamon just tastes soooo good! ESPECIALLY on toast! (c’mon who’s with me!?)..it actually does wonderful things for your skin! It’s great to use cinnamon for acne and eczema treatments. It can help to improve your complexion and skin tone. It also helps to “reduce the signs of aging” (yes, it’s in quotes because I mean really, I cant say that it is going to take off 10 years or anything!) What I DO mean by this is that cinnamon plumps your skin, which in turn, MAY reduce signs of agings by plumping some of your fine lines.

Rose Hips: These babies are jam packed with antioxidants! They contain a high amount of vitamin A, which is you don’t already know is one of the best vitamins for your skin. Another vitamin that is great for your skin, well….besides like all of them, is vitamin C! And, you’re in luck! because rose hips are so high in vitamin C that they contain 50% more than you’d find in an orange!

Nettle Leaf: A great treatment for acne prone skin. May also help with the appearance of blemishes and scars! Nettle leaf also contains astringent properties that may help with eczema.

Rooibos: Packed with zinc, vitamin D, rooibos neutralizes the free radicals, and promotes “healthy skin” producing cells! And tastes absolutely delicious in my cup.

Rose Petals: LOVE rose petals on my skin, in my bath, in my tea, on my face, love them! They have so many benefits including, soothe irritated skin and able to reduce redness. They can help with tired/puffy eyes and ridding of dark circles! Another awesome thing about these little gems is that there are natural oils in rose that helps your skin maintain moisture!

Marigold: Anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, & anti-bacterial properties that are present in marigold make it a great treatment for your skin! I know it sounds like a lot of Anti-‘s, but trust me, when it comes to marigold for your skin, you should definitely be PRO!

*Note: It is always best to do a test patch on your skin before using any type of new product or treatment to ensure you don’t have any reactions! You don’t want to find out the hard way once you have plastered your face with something new!

You can check out this tea on the David’s Tea website.. here