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DIY Beach Hair Spray

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Hi, everyone!

This is the prime season for beach hair! I know many of you enjoy summer by hanging out at the beach — lucky you! I am still stuck in a concrete building in boiling Manhattan! If you’re a water girl, then you know the feeling of having your hair naturally dried and styled by the breeze. If you’re just aiming for the relaxed, natural surfer girl look, or if you want to prolong your vacation style, then you’ll love this recipe!

Beach hair spray for a negligé/wild look in your hair is something you can buy at the store, or do-it-yourself. It’s an easy DIY that won’t cost you much — no need to sell seashells by the sea shore. Here’s the recipe that will reveal the mermaid in you!

clemmo-DIY-hairspray-beach-hair-spray-sea-saltIngredients: 
– A plastic spray bottle
– 1 cup of warm water
– 1 Tbsp of sea salt or Epsom salt
– 1 Tbsp of almond, argan, or apricot oil. Or, easier: melted unrefined/organic coconut oil
– 1 Tbsp of hair gel or leave-in hair conditioner
– Facultative: 5 drops of essential oil (I used Plumeria, because it smells like Hawai’i!)

Recipe:
– Pour the warm water into the spray bottle.
– Add the sea salt, and shake well until the salts are totally dissolved.
– In a separate bowl, mix the oils with the leave-in-conditioner
– Add mix to the plastic bottle, and shake well until dissolved. Shake before using, as well.
– You can keep this hairspray 3-4 months if you store it away from the heat and the sunlight.

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How to use it?
If you have thick, wavy hair, spray on damp hair and scrunch with a towel to dry for loose beach waves. If you don’t have time to shampoo, or if you have fine hair, spray on dry hair and loosely twirl your hair into a bun. After 10-15 minutes, let your hair uncurl, and voilà!

Photos: Julie Voss Photography

 

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DIY Lavender Pillow Mist

DIY-Lavender-Pillow-Mist-ClemmoHello, everyone!

It’s finally summer, and time to take care or yourself to be in shape for the hot and sunny days! Now that I work very closely with a registered dietician for my job, I learn so much about health and wellness. A big part of fitness depends on what you put in your body, and this is why I love my job working for a food company as a social manager: I can help people learn about the best foods to stay healthy. On the other end, if you really want to be fit, y’all know exercising is key. But there is another factor we tend to forget: sleep is very important too! Everyone has a routine to fall asleep. What’s yours? Mine is a cup of an herbal infusion, and a spray of this relaxing lavender pillow mist! I used to buy this product for a pretty high price because I got so addicted to it, it was hard to live without once the bottle was finished. Even my husband was calling for it! After doing some research, it turns out it is very easy and cheap to make it yourself. You literally need 4 ingredients: water, a few drops of lavender essential oils, and a dark spray bottle (so the essential oil doesn’t spoil with light & time). The recipe is below, along with a printable sheet of cute labels. Enjoy!

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“A pillow mist that is SO relaxing, it will put ou to sleep for a hundred years!”

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Behind the scenes story: my photographer friend, Julie Voss, is working on extending her headshot photography business to boudoir photography, and she needs models to build up her book. Check her out at La Parisienne boudoir, in Seattle. She is so incredibly talented. I always have fun shooting with her, and she is one of these amazing friends that say “YES, let’s do it!” to my recurring crazy ideas. When I told her I wanted to install a princess bed in the woods and wear my wedding dress for a “sleeping beauty” photo shoot, she was over excited, and I am so grateful. We’re both loving the results!

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“Whoops, I just woke up like this!”

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Recipe:

  • 4 oz tinted blue glass bottle (I found mines on Amazon)
  • 1 ounce vodka (or, 2 Tablespoons)
  • 10 drops organic lavender essential oil
  • 3 ounces water (or, 6 Tablespoons)
  • Labels (Download and print mines here!) 

DIY-Lavender-Pillow-Mist-Clemmo1- Boil a big pot of water. Set aside. Boil the glass measuring cups you will use to sterilize.
PS: the measurements in the pictures are for 8 bottles all at once.

DIY-Lavender-Pillow-Mist-Clemmo2- Pour the water in a sterile container. Add the lavender oil and shake!

DIY-Lavender-Pillow-Mist-Clemmo3- Add the vodka. Shake again, then pour to the spray bottle using a funnel.

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7- Download the printable sheet of labels here, print on a label sheet, and cut out.
8- Stick the labels on the bottles. You can keep the pillow mist up to six months!
9- Go take crazy sleeping beauty pictures in the woods (optional ^^).

Sleep well,

Clemmo

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Spiced Cranberry Cocktail

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Hello you all!

I know—I haven’t been really active on the blog lately. I got a new job that requires all my time and creativity! I was hired as a social media manager for a pretty cool tech/food company, which means I have to learn a few tricky things: American idioms, a ton of food puns, and techniques for taking attractive pictures for our community! I can’t complain. I really wanted to get a foot in the food industry. Even though I have to admit that the working life in New York is very intense compared to Seattle, I am happy to work hard to share the values I have grown up with—that food is the best pleasure in life, and it is also the best way to stay healthy, creative, curious and social! It is very rewarding to inspire more Americans to cook, to discover ingredients and recipes, and earn confidence in the kitchen. There is so much to do for food education in this country. Deep inside, I am sure things are changing as new generations are more and more concerned about the environment and the quality of the food they put on their plate. You are what you eat, after all! I am pleased to be part of that movement.

To celebrate my new job, I want to share a festive cranberry drink recipe with you. Better yet, it’s right on time for the holidays!

xoxo Clemmo

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Ingredients & recipe:
– 3 parts cranberry juice — for bulk recipes, I recommend you get reduced-sugar juice
– 1 part vodka
– 12 cranberries (or more if you increase the juice-‘n-hooch quantity)
– 4 slices of lemon (again, or more…)
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– A sprinkle of cinnamon
– A rosemary branch for decoration
– For the crystal edge: put the glass on a plate of honey, then on a plate of crystal sugar

Happy sipping, happy holidays!

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Ugly veggies are delish!

Hey there!

Today, I want to pay tribute to a kind of produce we see all over town around Halloween: ugly veggies.
The other day, my mother-in-law brought home a funny looking crookneck squash that she grew in her garden. We wondered if the squash was safe to eat, and I recalled the fable of the ugly duckling. That night, it transformed into a gorgeous velouté!

With the right attention and careful selection, ugly produce can make the most beautiful meals. Here are three reasons why we should pay more consideration to deformed fruits and vegetables.

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#1 Ugly veggies end up on farmers’ tables!

Have you ever wondered if farmers really “ship the good apples out?” In reality, farmers often keep ugly fruits and vegetables for themselves or for their local markets. They transport the pretty apples to grocery stores, since something that looks more attractive usually sells better. But farmers know taste buds are blind! Ugly apples taste the same. Farmers have spent hours nourishing their soil and taking care of every plant like their own babies. They know how to assess the quality of produce by its taste, smell, texture, weight, and pedigree. Produce’s beauty is not skin deep.

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#2 Embracing gnarly veggies is better for your wallet, and for the environment

On one hand, nutritionists encourage eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which can put a strain on your food budget. On the other hand, billions of pounds of produce are wasted each year. This happens because food distributors usually don’t buy produce that doesn’t fit the mold. As a result, perfectly tasty produce gets shunned… and ends up wasted! If you want to embrace the ugly produce cause, you can start buying irregularly shaped produce.

A few months ago, an Oakland start-up called “Imperfect” launched an ugly fruits and veggies delivery service. They offer produce at much lower prices than grocery stores. If you are a social media addict and you stumble upon a “cosmetically challenged” zucchini or pomegranate at your farmers’ market, buy it, photoshoot it like a star, and upload your piece of art to Tumblr, at http://uglyveggie.tumblr.com/ or on Twitter, @UglyFruitAndVeg.

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#3 Ugly outside, scrumptious inside!

Some say beauty comes in any shape, size, color and texture. Why should we pay so much attention to appearance when so many recipes require you to to peel that bumpy squash, chop that crooked cucumber or liquefy that bulky mango? Soups, smoothies, sauces, medleys — there are a million recipes that can celebrate the inner beauty of ugly fruits and veggies.

Before / After

Before / After


Here is my favorite ugly squash velouté recipe — For 4 people:

– In a large pot, chop medium pieces of your favorite monster-looking squash, one medium sized lumpy yam, and two gnarled carrots. Cover with water and boil until the veggies are fork-tender.
– Season with a pinch of salt, pepper and curry to taste.
– With a hand mixer, purée the veggies into a smooth velouté as you slowly add one can of coconut milk. Voilà !

Don’t forget to send me your before-and-after pictures in the comments !

Cheers,

Clemmo

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Dia de los Muertos – DIY

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Boo!

Halloween is in a week… I want to celebrate with a Mexican inspired DIY: skull painted vases!

These decorative skulls come from the traditional Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), which is celebrated at the end of October and at the beginning of November in Mexico. Since the dates are really close, the painted skulls have become a popular symbol for Halloween in the U.S, too. Here is an easy decoration project to do for yourself or with kids. I think I’m going to keep these cute skulls up all year round :)

You will need:
– White acrylic paint (I used some furniture paint I had left over from when we moved in)
– Jars, glass bottles or vases
– Brush
– Colorful sharpies, including a black one and a white one
– Paper

Clemmo-Dia-De-Los-Muertos-Skulls2Start by pouring a small quantity of paint inside the jars, and shake them slowly to cover all the sides. Pour back the excess of paint in the pot.
Clemmo-Dia-De-Los-Muertos-Skulls3Once the inside of the jar is painted and dry, paint the skull shape on the front side. Tip: you can draw a big circle for the head, two small ones on each side for the cheeks, and a square at the bottom for the jaw.
Clemmo-Dia-De-Los-Muertos-Skulls4If you don’t feel confident drawing the skull ornaments right away, you can first train on a paper, then draw the skulls with a tin sharpie, and at the end line the patterns with the bold black sharpie. I compiled many skulls patterns on Pinterest here. You can also download and print the skulls sheet below here ;)
Clemmo-Dia-De-Los-Muertos-Skulls5Don’t forget the final touch: small white dots and lines. Now that your vases are done, make sure the paint inside is completely dry, and decorate them with some seasonal flowers!

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Happy Day of the Dead!

xoxo Clemmo

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