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  • Picture Worthy Mermaid Lemonade

    When life hands you lemons, coconut vinegar and spirulina, you make Mermaid Lemonade.

    Article by: Shannon Leparski at http://www.theglowingfridge.com

    After seeing this wellness trend all over insta, mostly being served up at juice bars and healthy restaurants, I had to try it (and hello, it just so happens to be St. Patty’s Day – happy birthday dad!). The restaurants call it chlorophyll water, I call it Mermaid Lemonade. I know right? So much better. 

    Have you seen the new ‘drinking vinegar‘ from Suja Juice? I recently tried their Blueberry Drinking Vinegar and LOVED it. The fact that it was made with coconut vinegar was even more intriguing, so I figured why not add in coconut vinegar and switch things up from the trendy apple cider vinegar? Sure, you could use apple cider vinegar if that’s all you have but the coconut vinegar from Better Body Foods tastes much milder.

    After our much-needed beauty sleep, our bodies are super dehydrated and NEED water, especially after fasting all night.

    My life changed (and my skin improved too) when I started drinking lemon water every single morning, religiously. I aim for 2-3 liters each day which may sound like a lot but its actually pretty easy. Three cups in the morning, afternoon and evening. I fill up this mason jar (or my new weck jar that I’m obsessed with) rather than wasting a bunch of plastic water bottles (I should also mention I’ve upgraded from my Brita water filter to this Aquagear filter and it’s seriously legit but that’s a different post for a different day).

    When I don’t drink enough water, I notice it the next day, in the texture of my skin. My lips also get super chapped and red! Now, my body craves lemon water like crazy and I look forward to it, before coffee of course.

    Mermaid Lemonade. Refreshing, Detoxifying and Naturally Energizing. Made with spirulina, lemon and coconut vinegar to replace your morning lemon water! #mermaid #lemonade

    Tip: rather than sipping water all throughout the day, drink a bunch at once so you aren’t going to the bathroom every 30 minutes but instead once every now and then. is that weird?! i don’t know, but it works for me.

    I’m always on the lookout for new ways to add an extra boost here and there, because why not? If you’re into the morning lemon water routine, you will love this superfood green elixir.

    Why Spirulina Powder?

    Spirulina is a superfood from the sea! Made up of 60-70% pure plant protein and complete with 18 amino acids – including ALL of the essential amino acids, its easy for our bodies to absorb and digest. Containing Vitamin B6, it will give you a dose of energy in the morning and curb unhealthy cravings. I use the spirulina powder from Organic Burst because it’s what I have on hand, but there are plenty of great brands out there! I also love this one from Pure Hawaiian and this one from Terrasoul.

    You don’t need to add a ton of spirulina because you still want to enjoy it. I only add about 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon, but feel free to add more!

    Aside from supporting immunity, healthy brain function and healthy heart function, spirulina provides:

    • bio-available iron
    • B vitamins
    • essential fatty acids
    • chlorophyll 

    Mermaid Lemonade. Refreshing, Detoxifying and Naturally Energizing. Made with spirulina, lemon and coconut vinegar to replace your morning lemon water! #mermaid #lemonade

     

    Mermaid Lemonade. Refreshing, Detoxifying and Naturally Energizing. Made with spirulina, lemon and coconut vinegar to replace your morning lemon water! #mermaid #lemonade

    Why Coconut Vinegar?

    Coconut Vinegar might just be the new, much milder twin sister to apple cider vinegar.

    “Made from the nutrient-rich sap of the coconut tree, Coconut Vinegar tastes better than apple cider vinegar. Natural fermentation creates a mild flavor that’s sweet yet not coconut-y. Plus, there’s a little bit of “mother” in every bottle. Vinegar mother*, that is.” (source: Better Body Foods).

    You can cook with it, bake with it, add it to salad dressings, marinades, etc. I love it!

    All in all, this Mermaid Lemonade is refreshing, energizing, thirst-quenching and absolutely perfect for the warmer months. especially with a few ice cubes thrown in. Be sure to try out my Turmeric Glow Lemonade and Golden Glow Elixir too and spice up your morning lemon water! YUM!

    Mermaid Lemonade. Refreshing, Detoxifying and Naturally Energizing. Made with spirulina, lemon and coconut vinegar to replace your morning lemon water! #mermaid #lemonade

    Ingredients
    1. 3 cups filtered water
    2. 1/2 lemon, juiced
    3. 1 tablespoon coconut vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
    4. 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup, optional (or agave nectar)
    5. 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon spirulina powder
    6. handful of ice cubes
    Instructions
    1. TIP: Make sure your water is room-temperature or slightly warm, to avoid the spirulina from clumping up.
    2. Pour the water into a mason (or shaker cup) and whisk in all ingredients, until well combined. Add in a handful of optional ice cubes. Stir/shake from time to time as the spirulina may settle.

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  • Our Favorite Natural Face Cleanser

    Everybody wants to have clean, unblemished facial skin, and cosmetic companies are taking advantage of this by selling a variety of facial cleansers at insanely high prices. But why spend so much money on in effective cosmetic products when you can make your own homemade all-natural facial cream?

    For this Coconut oil and baking soda Face mask, you will need:

    What to do next:

    1- Cleanse your face with warm water and mild face wash or soap and pat dry.

    2- Mix the baking soda and coconut oil into a nice paste. 

    3- Apply on your face and neck and scrub gently. I repeat again, scrub gently.

    4- Wait for 5 minutes and wipe off with a warm cloth before washing it off with warm water. 

    5- Splash cold water on your face for a minute to close your opened pores.

    6- Recommended to do 2-3 times a week for best results. No more.

    7- Use any leftover to exfoliate your underarms, hands, and legs.

    NOTE: I’ve just done mine right before bedtime. I think that’s the best way to go unless you’re looking to get a tan on your face?

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  • Friends and Family Holiday Party


    OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY HOLIDAY PARTY!

    December 23rd, 2017             

    The essence of the holiday season is truly about spending quality time with loved ones. We decided to show our appreciation to the people who support us by throwing them a holiday party! There was no better spot to kick off the holiday party season than our new Healdsburg location. With it’s artsy brick walls and high ceilings, the Healdsburg shop provided plenty of space for the party-goers to browse and enjoy the company.



    Ooh La Luxe owners Cristina and Michelle, along with Healdsburg employees, Olivia, Michaela and Rose, hosted and made sure all of the guests were treated graciously. Ugly Christmas sweaters were not mandatory, but definitely encouraged.


    Guest’s indulged in wine tasting from a local vendor,  as well as a buffet of delicious food. The table of goodies would not have been complete without one of Ooh La Luxe’s  signature icons: sugary-sweet mermaid cupcakes, including an edible tail.

    Ages ranged from young to old, everyone enjoyed mixing and mingling in the spirit of the season. Many delighted in a special treat, having their hair intricately braided into different styles by our very own braid bar.




    We enlisted the help of some elves to pass out pink-sprinkled hot chocolate or assist when the line was long.




    Did you expect nothing less than a pink Christmas tree? Of course not. We are still reminiscing over the memories made and the fun moments shared.

    Wishing everyone one a very happy holiday season!

    -Laurie

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  • DETOX GREEN SMOOTHIE WITH CHIA SEEDS

    Blog by Ally 

    allyscooking.com

    Detox Green Smoothie with Chia Seeds

    Drinking this right now as I’m typing this. This is going to be my go-to green smoothie for a while to get this booty back in shape! My detox green smoothie with chia seeds also has yummy pineapple and banana to cut through the spinach flavor, and a little unsweetened almond milk to make it super creamy.

    Detox Green Smoothie with Chia Seeds

    Have you tried chia seeds yet? They are basically the superfood from the gods.  You should be able to find them in a normal grocery store.

    Just one tablespoon of chia seeds give you amazing health benefits from antioxidants, fiber, a huge energy and metabolism boost, and will keep you full (which is why it’s perfect for a meal replacement smoothie!)  You don’t notice or taste them at all, so it’s great to sneak them in like this 😉

    Green Smoothie with Chia Seeds

    DETOX GREEN SMOOTHIE WITH CHIA SEEDS

    Here’s the calorie rundown:

    • 1 cup Spinach: 12 calories
    • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk: 30 calories
    • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks: 100 calories
    • 1 banana: 90 calories
    • 1 tbsp chia seeds: 40 calories

    Total: 272 calories

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  • New Boho Chic Shop Opens in Healdsburg

    New Boho Chic Shop Opens in Healdsburg, With Bachelorette Endorsement

    Sonoma County fashionistas Cristina Wilson Hudlin and Michelle Wilson Bien, twin sisters and owners of boho-chic shops Ooh La Luxe , are big fans of ABC’s reality program “The Bachelorette.” When the sisters saw former bachelorette JoJo Fletcher on the show, they immediately thought, “This is an Ooh La Luxe girl” 

    In a move typical of a market driven by “social media influencers,” the entrepreneurial duo sent samples of their clothing collection to Fletcher. Fletcher loved the pieces, “and the relationship took off from there,” says Wilson Bien. Now Fletcher shares some of her favorite picks on Ooh La Luxe’s website, and attended the October 6 grand opening of Ooh La Luxe’s Healdsburg store.  

    Ooh La Luxe’s new location in “the heart of the wine country” has been a longtime goal of the sisters, who are lifelong residents of Sonoma County. The Healdsburg Avenue store is housed in a brick building – its walls provide a vibrant gridded backdrop to the store’s displays, which are rustic and feminine with an international influence. Wilson Hudlin and Wilson Bien curate items for their displays while antiquing in Sonoma County and abroad; sections of the store are staged to showcase what Wilson Bien calls, the “classic (and) effortless” style of Ooh La Luxe’s pieces.

    In addition to running a successful business, Wilson Hudlin and Wilson Bien also design some of the items found in their stores, in collaboration with LA fashion designers. “Our designs are inspired by places we travel and different styles that are on trend,” according to Wilson Bien who says they design in cuts that “complement a woman’s body.”

    Each concept begins with a sketch and a piece of fabric, which are then sent to the manufacturer for sample creation – a process that can take months.

    “We made the decision to have our pieces manufactured in LA, supporting the local California clothing industry,” says Wilson Hudlin, explaining their choice to have their line created in Los Angeles instead of overseas, despite the greater cost. 

    “Being a small business,” says Wilson Bien, “we recognize the importance, and the power, of small, local economies.”

    Describing the style of their fashion line, Wilson Hudlin says “Lots of denim, boots and soft neutrals reflect a Northern California aesthetic, but through the use of bolder, trendier pieces, [Ooh La Luxe is] able to appeal to customers outside of wine country.” Including customers like reality star JoJo Fletcher, apparently. And perhaps some of her 2.2 million Instagram followers that get a view of the #oohlaluxe looks that Fletcher models and posts.

    “We like to think no matter where you live, or where you’re going, you can find your new favorite piece in our stores,” says Wilson Hudlin.

    Ooh La Luxe can be found in its new location at 326 Healdsburg Avenue in
    Healdsburg, and at 109 Petaluma Blvd. North in Petaluma, 1019 Santa Rosa Plaza in Santa Rosa, and on the web: oohlaluxe.com.

     

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  • Sweater Weather

    “Cause it's too cold, for you here and now, so let me hold, both your hands in the holes of my sweater”
    I really like sweaters. In fact, I have a full blown sweater obsession. If you look inside my closet, you will notice that about 40% of the tops I have hanging are sweaters. They are my go-to article of clothing to wear during the chilly days of fall. I love how cozy and simple they are, I can just throw it on with a  pair of jeans or leggings and walk out of the house.
    If you live in California, you can understand the battle we have with the weather in the first months of fall. The mornings start out cold, with the afternoons rising to 80 degrees. You have to dress in layers only to remove it hours later in the day. Luckily for me, I am always cold no matter the temperature outside. If it’s 75 or below, you’ll see me sporting a sweater.
    Here are some of my favorite sweaters at my work right now:

    1. Alex Open Back Sweater
    This super cute sweater is a must-have this fall. It features a unique twist in the back that allows you to show off a tasteful amount of skin. It looks great paired with high waisted skinny jeans.
         2. Luxe Sweater
    If you love oversized sweaters, then this is the sweater for you! It’s so versatile as you can either wear it as a dress with some thigh highs or as a tunic with a pair of skinnies. The lace-up front detailing makes this piece unique and one of a kind. You’ll stand out in this incredible piece!
    So I know that this isn’t exactly a sweater, but it fits in with the sweater genre. If you are looking for the coziest and softest cardigan, this is the one to get. I love it so much that I have it in black, latte, and a cranberry shade. Oh, and did I forget to mention that it has a hood AND pockets!
          4. Jenna Sweater
    One of my favorite trends is the off the shoulder trend. There is something so aesthetically pleasing about showing off your décolleté. This fuzzy sweater features slightly bell sleeves, along with a front pocket.

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