Inspired By: Chocolate

If I have one true love on this planet, it may very well be chocolate.  In fact, I’m craving it right now (and trying to fight it off!). UGH.  I may actually make a trip down to my apartment building’s vending machine since I just read some really cool info from Dr. Murad.  According to the skin expert, “before there was medicine, there was food.  And before there was food, there was chocolate!”  It’s all about moderation, accoring to the Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad Skincare.  Chocolate invokes the feelings of comfort, romance and happiness. It’s given as gifts for major holidays and is an ancient delicacy that was exclusive to the upper class.  Here are a few chocolate myths…sign me UP.  There’s a Twix bar downstairs with my name on it…

  • Contrary to what you grew up thinking, chocolate does NOT cause breakouts
  • Chocolate contains flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and protect the body from aging caused by free radicals
  • Chocolate is a slight mood elevator, as it contains phenyl ethylamine
  • The carbohydrates in chocolate raise serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in a sense of well-being
  • Cacao contains antibacterial properties that fight tooth decay

Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder with Real Cocoa:
 I just adore this bronzer.  Not only does it smell delicious, but it also give me a great shade of bronze that’s not orange or too fake looking.

LUSH Chocolate Whipstick: I usually end up licking this off about two minutes after applying.  If you could bottle up chocolate in a little pot, this would be IT.

Demeter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cologne Spray: Demeter has the most amazing scents so it’s not very surprising that they have a chocolate chip cookie fragrance.  I mean…if you’re hungry, spray this.

Philip B. Chocolate Milk Body Wash & Bubble Bath: Like we learned above, chocolate has a lot of benefits for your skin, so why not use it as a body wash?

The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Body Scrub: I love me a good body scrub and guys, this IS a good body scrub.  It exfoliates but doesn’t leave your skin dry or rough.  Plus, the smell is an obvious bonus.

Vodka: Ohhhh so many options

Kids, who would’ve thought that my favorite kind of hard booze had SOOOO many uses?!  Not me, that’s for sure.  I recently saw a BellaSugar article that made me start thinking that I need to research the many uses for the clear liquid.  And, away we go:

  • Deodorize laundry: Forget to wash your favorite pair of jeans?  I haven’t tried it yet (oh, but I will), but apparently you can sray a little vodka on your clothes to freshen them up, Febreeze style.
  • Soothe jellyfish stings: As someone who got a jellyfish sting in the inner thigh before, I can personally attest to the fact that yeah…it HURTS.  Thankfully, the boat guys had some amonia but it’s good to know that if they didn’t, I could just make my way to the nearest pub.
  • Preserve cut flowers: Not that I get flowers very often (unless they’re from my DAD), but apparently adding a little vodka and a teaspoon of sugar makes cut flowers last longer.
  • Clean your jewelry and razors: I always (sorta) knew vodka was an antiseptic but I didn’t know that it could actually CLEAN objects like razors and jewelry.  According to BellaSugar, drop your razor (blade side down) into a cup of vodka and the alcohol will disinfect thne blade and stave off rusting.  Kind of amazing.
  • Freshen your breath and/or feet: Ok, so you’re not supposed to actually swallow, duh, but vodka makes a pretty sweet mouthwash.  Swish about a half shot around your mouth for 30 seconds.  AND, if you have stinky feet, much like your dirty clothing, vodka will also help with killing the odor.
  • Add shine to your hair: Now, this I HAVE to try.  Multiple websites say that adding a shot’s worth of vodka into your deep conditioner will lower your hair’s pH, helping the cuticles to close, and sealed cuticles mean tons of shine and not so much frizz.  AWESOME.

But, if you’re lazy like me, here’s a hot set of vodka shot glasses and LUSH Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub, an awesome scrub that already has vodka in it.

The Monday Rundown

Really, I’m kind of laughing at myself right now because I wrote this post yesterday, as I usually do, but I accidentally forgot to hit “publish.”  Uh huh.  So here’s The Monday Rundown, at 8:30pm PST. xo

Glitter pumpkins: I feel like pumpkins are really having a moment this year.  In fact, I’ll be posting a cool pumpkin DIY link in tomorrow’s Tuesday Web Candy, so stay tuned. BTW- Pier1 is selling all their Halloween stuff at 50% off.

Kate Spade Play Hooky iPad Case: I’ve always LOVED the phrase “playing hooky” and IF I had an Ipad, IF, I would totally own this case.

Chocolate covered strawberries: One of my favorite snacks of all time. ALL TIME.  And so easy to make.

LUSH Shine So Bright: My ends have been a little dry and brittle lately so when I was introduced to this tiny balm, I was excited to try it.  It really does hydrate my ends but doesn’t make this stiff or sticky.  I like it.

#InstaMoments of the Week

My favorite indulgence meal from Go Burger: The Turk (turkey burger), spiked Oreo milkshake and truffle fries

A typical night in.


A crazy spiked sweater that I jokingly told a friend I would wear on my next date.

A selection of delish LUSH products at their Fun Factory event in Santa Monica.


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Beer Shampoo? YES, please.

I pretty much called it back in 2008 when I wrote THIS POST.  See?  Beer is good for your hair, guys.  In fact, it’s so good that three brands even created beer-infused shampoos and are selling them.  The verdict?  They’re all pretty awesome because, as we already knew, beer has a ton of ingredients that are good for creating smooth, shiny hair with lots of volume and strength.

LUSH Cynthia Sylvia Stout Shampoo: It’s made with organic vegan stout beer from a local brewery (how LA) and contains protein that will give your hair weight, smoothness and tons of shine.

BROO Citrus Pale Ale Shampoo: I guess the organic vegan movement is really happening with beer shampoo cause this version is also all things natural.  No parabens, silicones, etc. and they went a step ahead and even added a “slice” of citrus scent to give you that Blue Moon scent.

REDKEN Clean Brew Extra Cleaning Shampoo: I love how squeaky clean my scalp felt after using this shampoo.  On top of the orangey scent, the anti grit technology uses a premium blend of malt and brewer’s yeast to eliminate dirt and oil on the scalp.

LATHER Clear Head Balancing Balm

Putting it all out there, my life has been a little stressful lately and I’m at the point where I’m trying new things that I haven’t really been open to in the past.  I mean, I never thought I’d ever read a book on Buddhism and I even tried yoga again (though I still kind of hate it).  When I heard that LATHER just launched a new Clear Head Balancing Balm, I was pretty excited to try it out.

The Balancing Balm is basically an aromatherapy product that uses soothing emolliens and therapeutic essential oils to help ease pressure and tension, while also clearing the mind.  You apply it to your temples, forehead, back of neck, etc. and it instantly gives you a sense of relaxation.  I’ll be keeping this at my desk, for sure.

Holiday Gift Guide: The Quirky BFF

Truth be told, I guess I AM the quirky BFF cause I adore everything in this post and want it for myself.

Juicy Couture TXT Me Leather Gloves, $98 – How could I just be hearing of these?  If I still lived in a place where it dropped below 50 degrees, I’d be sooooo into these.  If you’re on the right coast, you need these. NOW.

Gaga’s Workshop Barney’s New York Chocolate Cupcake Pops, $20 – Besides the fact that I adore Lady Gaga (and Barney’s, at that!), these cake pops are everything.  AND, as a bonus, 25% of the proceeds from all sales at Gaga’s Workshop go to Lady Gaga’s new Born This Way Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to empowering youth through mentorship and career development.

LUSH The Jilted Elf Jelly, $11 – Inspired by fig, honey and vodka cocktails, the Jilted Elf is pretty much my definition of amazing.

West Elm Chalkboard Scented Candle Pot, $25 – First, I love candles.  And second, I love that you can write, chalk board-style, on this particular version.  Personalize the candle for your BFF with a funny moment or inspiring quote.