Category Archives: Beauty

September 29, 2014

Beauty DIY: Mocha Coffee Body Scrub

Happy National Coffee Day! It’s a perfect holiday for a Monday, no?

This is a really easy coffee-themed DIY, full of lots of good-for-you ingredients.

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Coffee is rich in antioxidants, and therefore has anti-inflammatory properties. The cacao nibs are also rich in antioxidants, and act as a good exfoliant. Coconut oil smells delicious, has lots of vitamins and minerals, and is a great moisturizer. The coconut palm sugar is also chock full of vitamins and minerals, and acts as another exfoliant. Cinnamon has antifungal properties, which will help clean your skin.

Basically, you will be glowing AND smell like a gourmet beverage.

  • 1/2 cup coffee grounds
  • 1/3 cup cacao nibs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted but cooled to room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix all together! (No one will judge you if you have a taste. It smells awesome.)

In the shower, apply the scrub and massage into the skin in a circular motion before rinsing off.

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If you plan on using this on your face, be sure to grind the coffee and cacao nibs very finely. I left mine pretty course, and used it on my arms and legs.


A special thanks to Chocolate Therapy for the cacao nibs featured in the scrub! 

August 11, 2014

A Change Is Gonna Come

I have come to a major decision in my life.

I’m dying my hair.



In the grand scheme of things, it’s not so major but for a hair color, it’s kind of extreme (especially for me). I have been thinking about doing this for so long, I’m sure my friends are getting really tired of hearing me talk about it. I’m finally biting the bullet, and just doing it. Carpe diem, right?!

I went to G2O Spa and Salon on Newbury Street and had a consultation with two stylists (my regular stylist and another stylist who specializes in alternative hair colors). I first showed them my hair Pinterest board so they could what I liked, disliked, etc.

We came up with some criteria:

– Yay: Dimension.  I have highlights now, and I really like the different tones and would like to keep a similar feel to my next color.


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– Nay: Neon. Cool for lots of things, but hair isn’t one of them.

– Nay: Looking like a teenager who did a hair experiment in the bathroom at home.



Less Avril Lavigne, and more Helen Mirren.

It’s going to be quite the process to get to what I want to be, but I’m confident that we’re on the same page as far as what I’m looking for and in the stylist’s skills. And if it turns out horribly? I might cry, but it’s only hair and can be dyed again.

The big day is this Friday, so keep your eyes on my Instagram and this space for pictures!

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