Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wardrobes + More for a boho-minimalist bedroom


When I think of the words bohemian, eclectic or funky I automatically think of brightly colored, miss-matched layers upon layers kind of room. I thought it would be interesting to deconstruct those terms into a minimalist approach. Sounds interesting don’t it? I thought so too! I found some amazing inspiration for achieving a boho-minimalist space! I'll share some key pieces and ideas so you can re-create your very own version in your space!

This photo started it all for me-


San Giorgio Hotel in Mykonos, Greece.
 This image above got me thinking about how I could approach this new found style idea. I came up with my own version but used this as my tipping point into this beautiful idea.

Here are some ideas for items to have in your space:


  1. Carved headboard or a canopy above
  2. Natural elements; woods, rugs, accessories, plants, furniture
  3. Wooden Shelving
  4. Chandelier
  5. Task Lighting
  6. Natural Wardrobe
  7. Large Area Rug (Marrakesh, ikat or Indian inspired)
  8. Macramé, Tapestry or Rug wall hanging
  9. Plants!
I've created an inspiration board for the ideas listed above complete with source information should you want to look further into sourcing products for your space.
1. Carved Wooden Headboard A carved headboard is a work of art! It makes a statement without trying. Add a unique piece of character to help ground your bed and add something unexpected. This type of statement piece creates a nice focal point that doesn't discourage the flow of the room.
2. Macramé Wall Hanging This knotting technique creates beautiful works of art. Popular in the 1970's, macramé was used for clothing, bedspreads, wall hangings, plant hangers and much more. If you're lucky, sometimes you can find pieces at thrift stores if you dig deep! This piece is the perfect addition to any boho room!
3. Cirque Large Chandelier A boho space wouldn't be complete without a chandelier. This type of pendant is minimal but has a gypsy soul! Again a more subtle piece that will add drama along with emphasis without overtaking the room.
4. Lucky Bamboo Plant This plant is not only feng shui, Chinese legend says bamboo can bring good luck, prosperity, wealth and happiness. What gypsy doesn't love that? Adding green into any space freshens up the air and adds color.
5. LAX Bookcase This natural finish bookcase really caught my eye. I love the clean look and the beautiful yet simple design. This piece could multi task as a display for your accessories or use it as the intended purpose.
6. Geometric Pine Shelf Geometric shapes add flair to whatever they are involved with. I loved this one found on etsy. If you purchase you actually purchase this as a set. The natural finish paired with the triangle shape is a perfect match. Create a gallery space to showcase something special or a collection.
7. Workshop cage lights by Jayson Home Bird cage style lighting is such a delight. Not only are they functional, they are the perfect addition to your bedside. This clean design pairs well with the other elements in this room.
8. Wardrobes by Cookes This natural finish wardrobe pairs nicely with the bookcase. Every bohemian needs storage for their goods and this one fit the bill completely. Use it for your clothes or pack it full with pillows and blankets. This wardrobe is a classic style that will always look good.
9. Arboricola Plant This plant is an easy one to care for even if you're not a green thumb. Some other plants that would be fun in a space would be palms, peace lily, bonsai tree or a fruit tree.
10. Wool Denim Blue Rug What boho doesn't love tie dye? This rug works as a great neutral but also functions as a defining staple. Floors are most enjoyed when they are covered in a rug. What a perfect match!

My hope is to inspire you to create a space you love! Maybe you'll create your very own boho-minimalist space?

best,
Rachel





Friday, January 9, 2015

Product Review: Hair Growth Vitamins

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 As the years have gone by I've noticed that my hair is not the same as it once was. Besides it changing from a darker shade to a color that rhymes with fright, it's gotten more coarse and seems to fall out like it's going out of style. I haven't looked into it a whole lot but I heard products with biotin helped with hair and nail growth. So I may have exaggerated my hair loss but it definitely is happening and it's not that cool. When given the opportunity to try out Hair Growth Vitamins plus DHT blocker from Zenwise Labs I was pretty happy to give it a go!

What is this HAIR GROWTH VITAMINS PLUS DHT BLOCKER you ask? Here are the key ingredients-

Biotin
MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
Grapeseed Extract
Saw Palmetto
Pumpkin (Seed-Curcubita Pepo)(4:1)
Gotu Kola (Herb-Centella Asiatica) (4:1)
Ginkgo Biloba (Leaf)
L-Lysine Hcl
L-Proline
Kelp
Citrus Bioflavanoids
Nettle (Leaf-Urtica Dioica)
Catalase
Resveratrol

It's made to 1. Promote Thicker Fuller Hair 2. Stimulate Hair Growth  and 3. Address Vitamin Deficiencies Associated with Hair Loss
 Zenwise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins formula contains a distinct blend of 27 ingredients, including 5000 mcg of Biotin, that promote hair growth and overall hair health. This formula also provides essential vitamins and antioxidants to address deficiencies that have been shown to cause hair loss.


Prior to taking this vitamin, I took note of my nails and my hair. I received the bottle and committed to taking this vitamin everyday for 30 days. I didn't do a before/after image but I will share with you my experience. With my hair, I noticed that it seemed to grow much quicker than normal. You know that color word I mentioned above that rhymes with fright? The word is WHITE and I've noticed scattered white pieces of hair peeking through. My hair grew so fast that I didn't even get to cover those things up! I've also noticed less pieces of hair falling out in the shower. Bonus! As for my nails, they seemed to grow faster than normal too. With the noticeable results from this product I plan on continuing with it!

Have you experienced hair loss or issues with your hair? I'd love to hear your personal testimony of things you've struggled with hair/nail wise! Comment below.

Happy day! A special thanks to Zenwise for the opportunity to sample their product!

xo,rachel





Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Try: Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder







 I've really started to take to heart the term, "you are what you eat." With health on my mind so much, I've been trying so many different supplements from foods and drinks down to even trying my hand at making some of my own beauty products! Kiss Me Organics asked me to try out their organic matcha green tea powder and I couldn't resist! I've had my eye on this "green powder" for some time and was excited to see what it was all about and to learn more.
Turns out, organic matcha green tea powder has many health benefits. Some benefits from matcha include weight loss, energy boost, ease of anxiety, relaxing qualities for insomnia and is packed full of antioxidants and nutrients. It is grown in the shade where it turns a dark green color filling it full of all the amino goodness. It's harvested and ground into a fine powder making it easy for non-tea and tea lovers alike to use as they please. When you purchase this organic powder through Kiss Me Organics, they provide a wonderful e-book jam packed full of delightful recipes! There are soup recipes, smoothie recipes, pizza, pasta, and sweets filling the pages of the book.

Today, I'm going to share with you an easy recipe that I loved from their book. I made myself an organic matcha green tea coconut latte! It was delish! What you will need is below.


  • 1 tsp Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 1/3 C of warm water
  • 8 oz of Your Favorite Milk of Choice Warmed (i used coconut)
  • Your Favorite Sweetener (i used 2 packets of stevia)
  • (Optional) Milk foam for garnish
Directions:
1.Whisk green tea powder and water in a small bowl until the tea is dissolved and top slightly
foams.
2. Stir in sweetener.
3. Add warm milk to the top of the drink, filling the cup.
4. For a frothier drink, pulse in a blender or use a frothing wand.
5. If you have a milk frother, froth the warm milk first, then pour.
*For an iced drink, prepare recipe to step 3; then add 2-3 ice cubes and mix in a blender.
*Note: Make sure to mix the green tea powder in hot water first (not boiling) to dissolve powder completely.

ENJOY!

For more information on Kiss Me Organic's Matcha Green Tea Powder, feel free to visit their website and check out their product reviews as well on Amazon!

A very happy and healthy day to you! Also, a huge thank you to Kiss Me Organics for sponsoring this post!

xo, rachel  

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