Today

Today I give thanks for:

  • Super warm sweater tights (I might need one pair in every color for the winter)
  • The last grad class for an entire week (oh hey Thanksgiving break!)
  • Super awesome coworkers who give me angel-wing begonias for my office

I sincerely hope I don’t kill this little guy.  I just had to bury a piece of an elephant ear plant that decided not to root 😦  Who kills elephant ears?! This girl with the brown thumb.

Skin Care Revamp

Now that the colder weather is upon us it’s become glarly obvious that my current skin care routine just isn’t cutting it.  My face is feeling dry and mildly irritated after washing.  I’ve used Pro-Activ since college with great results.  It clears my face up but there are some things I’ve had a hard time over-looking lately.

“Originally, our ingredients were selected before information on ingredient sources was readily available. Now, our regulatory group is reviewing each and every ingredient to help us move toward formulations that are free of animal-derived ingredients. As a result, there are very few remaining animal-derived ingredients in our products. In addition, Proactiv products never have been and never will be tested on animals.”Pro-Activ

It’s nice to know they emphasize no animal testing but not everything is vegan.  Major frowny face.  It also contains some seriously harsh stuff.  It bleaches everything it touches.   The towels in my house all have at least one or two bleach spots from me accidentally wiping my face on them.  If that’s what happens to my towels then that can’t be good for my skin.

So my next research project is finding an awesome, effective vegan skin care routine that isn’t going to break the bank.  Here’s what I’ve been looking into so far:

  • Aveda – vegan; set includes cleanser, toner, and lotion; comes in at a whopping $74.  Ugh – that’s a lot of cabbage to shell out for my face.
  • Pratima – vegan; does not come in a set; cleanser ($18), toner ($19), and lotion ($32) comes to $69.  Still a little pricey.
  • Avalon Organics – mostly vegan (they helpfully list the products that aren’t); cleanser ($10.95), toner ($10.95), and lotion with SPF!! ($16.95) comes to about $40.  Totally do-able but is it inexpensive because it doesn’t work?
  • Lush – lists its vegan products; I’ve heard good things; the consistency of their products looks slightly odd…which might require in-person investigation.

My next phase of Operation: Skin Care Revamp will include a forray into big girl make up.  I’ve been mulling Bare Minerals over for a while…but I’m just so darn cheap!

I must have!

I randomly decided to re-arrange my bedroom furniture – by myself, at 8 pm, on a Tuesday…. don’t ask, I have no idea why.  I’m not absolutely sold on the resulting arrangment but I think just needs some additional decor to spruce up empty looking wall space.  I had an idea to make some victorian-esque silhouettes of me and Du on either side of our bedside tables.  Perusing etsy for some inspiration I came across these:

Yep, those are Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy silhouettes filled with Pride and Prejudice quotes.   They are just absolutely perfect and I need them.

Things I Need for the Impending Winter

Item Number 1:  A space heater for under desk at work.  My feet are so cold and it’s only 60 degrees outside.  That’s just not right.

Item Number 2: Work appropriate slippers.  Do these exist?

Item Number 3: More tights.  Preferrably in fun colors.

Item Number 4: Socks you can wear with ballet flats.  More investigation is necessary for this item.

Item Number 5: More wintery appropriate dresses á la this dress.  Add a cardigan and sweater tights and I’d be set.

Vindication

Proof that organizing your books by color and not by author, genre, or title is completely normal.

Thank you Design Sponge.  You always know how to make me feel slightly less silly about my aesthetic choices at home.

Revamped Green Smoothie

Now that I’m no longer running like a mad woman training for the half marathon, I’ve realized I need to pump the brakes a bit on my calorie intake. In a perfect world I’d have time to run at least five times a week but if I don’t have a race I’m training for, it just doesn’t happen. And I won’t even mention how painful it is to wake up for an early morning run when it still feels like 2am. Thanks winter.
Unfortunately my delicious green smoothie recipes, while perfect for a long run recovery, is not so great for a normal breakfast. It usually was around 550-600 calories – completely excessive for anyone not training for an endurance event.
So here’s my new and improved breakfast smoothie I whipped up this morning.

1 frozen banana, broken into pieces
1 cup light vanilla soy milk
1 heaping scoop of soy protein powder
1 handful of kale
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 teaspoon of spirulina powder

Throw all those ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You’ll get a delightfully healthy bright blue-green smoothie that tastes pretty darn good. And at only 430 calories to boot! Fast broken!