Happy Earth Day!!
I’m celebrating by doing a little lunchtime Farmers’ Market action, picking up my favorite fruits and veggies for the rest of the week’s dinners. I’ve been trying to do a bit more meal planning in advance, grabbing things I have written on a list (I’m usually the listless gal aimlessly wandering grocery store aisles picking out things that just look good at the moment!), and putting together healthy dinners that reap some leftovers for the next day’s lunch.
Since getting back from Bali (I still have more pics to share that will get posted this week) I’ve been making lots of fruit smoothies to recreate some of the delicious juices I had when I was away. Lots of pineapple, avocado (it was SO good), banana, and coconut juice was sipped and I’m trying to keep that juice trend going with my blender. (Do you guys have any favorite blended juices that you make?? Would love to hear!)
I filled my adorable (and ec0-friendly) My Other Bag tote made with vegetable dye (they have an Earth Day sale today too where proceeds from purchases are going to the Rainforest Alliance – I’m hopping over to get my mom one for Mother’s Day!) with my haul, not before sampling the merch. Always gots to sample that merch!!
I was most excited about the ripe avocados because I’ve finally hopped on that avocado toast trend. It’s funny because I love guacamole but tend to stay away from avocado slices on sandwiches and salads because of the consistency. (I know, it’s so weird!) However this super easy and blended avocado mixture put on top of a whole grain toast is making me a happy gal at breakfast.
I love these two recipes from A Cup of Jo and The Kitchn – but the recipe is basically avocado, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes with the addition of lime or olive oil depending on preferences. It’s truly a new, and healthy, breakfast to add into the rotation. Plus, it’s green for Earth Day!! OK, now I’m starving.
Springtime is officially here and I’ve been SO inspired by watercolor prints as of late.
I’ve been seeing all kinds of gorgeous dresses in stores…
…that I wanted to create my own version!
I started out with a white skirt (it’s a fab white cotton Gap one) that I picked up at Goodwill…
…and got together my dyes in multiple shades of springtime colors! Before adding dye to the skirt, I wet it completely to help the dye bleed into the piece in a natural way, à la watercolor paints.
I diluted the shades in cups of water…
…and got to painting! I started off with the lighter colors, painting them on with a sponge brush, letting them bleed and blend into each other.
I continued with some green (to give an essence of leaves) and violet (for a flower effect) before letting the piece completely dry.
I gathered my accessories along with my DIY’ed skirt to create the perfect Easter ensemble!
The sunnies are Forever 21 (these are similar) and necklace is by Honey Rose & K, this really cool line of vintage repurposed jewelry. It was made from a pair of vintage earrings, repurposed into a necklace using a beaded tassel and chain! How genius to take earrings and turn them into something that looks like this? Sidenote, they’re actually having a 30% off sale on Tuesday between 3-7pm if you want to score some new pieces – I need to start looking at all the vintage jewelry that I have and get to brainstorming!
It was 80 degrees where I was, so all this skirt needed was a tank and some sandals!
I totally feel like this has a rainbow sherbet palette and should be scooped onto a cone! (Mmmm, cone!!!!!)
It’s really such an easy project that even kids can get involved with! Just let them go paint-wild!
I love that my new skirt puts me in such a happy mood. Nothing like bright colors, warm sun, and some good Easter company to bring a smile to my face!
Hope everyone had an amazing weekend!!
(For those wanting a bit more detail of the dye process steps, head on over HERE to the Rit Studio to see a full rundown of the dye process.)
It’s time for a straw hat DIY reveal!
I started with this basic straw hat (this one is from Old Navy!), a pair of white and yellow Martha Stewart paints, and a paintbrush. (Sidenote – as I’m not a paintbrush connoisseur, I just picked the one that looked like it would be the easiest to work with when I was at Joann’s! It kind of reminds me of a concealer brush.)
After leaving the beachfront setting in Lembongan, I headed up to Ubud which has quite a different backdrop. Instead of ocean, you’ve got rice paddies. It’s dreamy.
I was lucky enough to be in town for the Balinese New Year called Nyepi, which was the happiest of accidents. The festivities begin with villages creating “ogoh-ogoh” demonic creatures out of paper mache and bamboo, parading them through town, and then burning them at the end of the festivities. People are in the streets singing, dancing, cheering, drinking, and just celebrating.
This ritual is meant to purge the negative elements to bring about a clarity with nature, with God, and with the rest of your fellow neighbors.
After the festivities are complete, comes a day of silence where everyone stays inside and enjoys a day of self-reflection. You’re not allowed to use fire (no cooking!), work, travel, and lights have to be kept dimmed. This means every store, restaurant, shop, market, and even the airport is closed and you’re not allowed in the streets. Police patrol to make sure everyone is abiding by the rules. For the tourists, we could roam our hotel grounds but were unable to leave. For me, it turned out to be the best day to get in some meditation as well as some crafting!
I had a little fun giving this basic straw hat some love while I was away!
I thought a little bit of flair was perfect for vacation mode!
This is Marisa in vacation mode…
Finished project will be posted this afternoon, but you can check out a little teaser on Instagram to tide you over
I’ve been a fan of Kiss My Face since high school when I tried out one of their lip balms, solely because of the name. (I totally cheated on Lip Smackers at the time!!) Since then, I have been converted and always have one of the SPF lip balms on hand for my beach days.
I live for SPF products, just because I’ll burn to a crisp without them, but tend to be a bit lazy with sunscreen application because it takes so long to apply. This girl is a whole lotta fair skin! So, the spray versions of sunscreens have become my more recent go-to over the past few years. Kiss My Face has this rad “bare naked body mist” which is SPF 30, filled with natural mineral sun blocking agents and “Antioxidant Defenders” (Vitamin C/E, Green Tea, Goji Berry Extract, Aloe, Olive Oil, Shea Butter), plus is free of parabens and other artificial fragrances.
The best part is spraying it on because it’s so light. It reminds me of the consistency of an aerosol hair spray because the particles are so small.
I keep it in my tote for on-the-go application when I’m outside at the farmers’ market or hiking in the hills. It also gives a pretty sheen right after application without feeling thick, goopy, or super greasy. If Kiss My Face was a person, I’d totally kiss their face.
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