Monday Mantra

Jewels of the Week

First Row:

1. Moon Juice teams up with GOOP for some seriously delicious recipes that I can’t wait to make.

2. 35 new fashion ideas from Refinery29.

3. What wellness means to editors

Second Row:

1. How to fake a fishtail braid (something I have yet to master so this is very helpful!) via Free People.

2. The How You Glow girls have done it again with this guide to Marrakech. Drooling over these pictures and can’t wait to travel there one day.

3. In love with the beautiful new collection from one of my favorite bloggers WeWoreWhat x Topshop.

Third Row:

1. Home remedies to stay flu + cold free from the beautiful Melissa of M Parke Studio.

2. Loved this article on Brooklyn-based stylist, blogger and mom LaTonya Yvette on A Cup of Jo.

3. Great glimpse into a day in the life of Emily, creator of one of the first blogs I every followed, Cupcakes and Cashmere.

ILIA Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady

Sticking to my green beauty wishlist I posted back in November I recently purchased the ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady. Not only is it my first ILIA Beauty purchase but the first natural lipstick I have purchased as well. I don’t think I could have picked a better color! I have been wearing it every day since it came. It is a beautiful shade of muted pink that is very conditioning, something I need during these cold months and one of the reasons I often avoid lipstick during the winter. It goes on silky smooth and stays for hours. After putting it on in the morning I re-applied around lunch time as I would with any lip color.

The color is quite sheer so I did about 4 applications to achieve the shade in the picture. The ingredients are 85% organic and contain jojoba oil, cocoa butter and vitamin e for moisturizing effects as well as the natural antioxidants in pomegranates to help protect lips against exposure to free radicals. This product is the perfect mix of lipstick and lip balm. ILIA also suggests layering colors to create a personalized shade which I am really looking forward to trying.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with this purchase and looking forward to trying even more ILIA Beauty products as well as branching out to other brands that sell natural lipstick.
What do you think of this color? Let me know in the comments!

ILIA Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady $26

ILIA Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady #jewelsofadreamer

ILIA Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady #jewelsofadreamer

ILIA Lip Conditioner in Blossom Lady #jewelsofadreamer

Mid-Week Inspiration

Morning ritual of warm water & lemon (Free People).

Recognizing fear for what it is (Spiritual Gangster).

Reading magazines at home with a cup of tea and delicious smelling candles (Tumblr).

A dark lip and loose waves.

Outfit Inspiration: Sweater Dress

I have been loving the ease and comfort of sweater dresses this season. They are incredibly versatile and require little time to look put together. Depending on the temperature I have been wearing mine with over-the-knee boots, socks & loafers or tights & boots.
What do you think of sweater dresses?

Get The Look

ASOS Sweater Dress with V-Neck
Topshop Rib Knit Sweater Dress
ASOS Swing Dress in Rib Knit
Wood Wood Brooke Dress
Line & Dot Christensen Sweater Dress
Free People Miles and Miles Sweater Dress
By Malene Birger Lindowi Sweater Dress
Steven Alan Sanford Oversized Cashmere Dress

Photo Credit: Elle Magazine

Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower

We aren’t big sports fanatics in my house but I always love to have healthy snacks on hand for weekend movie nights. This buffalo roasted cauliflower dish came together in under 30 minutes and was the perfect snack for yesterdays rainy day movie marathon.

Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower  #jewelsofadreamer

Jewels of the Week

First Row:

1. How to de-seed a pomegranate (Free People).

2. No trips currently planned but this is a great list of how to pack for a winter escape from Madewell.

3. Self-compassion is a series of choices (Mystic Mamma).

Second Row:

1. The ten commandments for change via The Numinous.

2. Great examples of how tailoring is the secret weapon of wardrobes (The Cut).

3. I absolutely adore Sun Potion (for both the products and integrity of the brand). This is a wonderful interview with the owners via The Rose Journals.

Third Row:

1. Five things every room needs to feel complete from Apartment Therapy.

2. Love learning about colloidal silver from Amanda Chantal Bacon of Moon Juice (MindBodyGreen).

3. The ultimate flowchart for cleaning out your closet from Vogue.

Mid-Week Inspiration

Mantra of the week: good things take time.

Keeping the winter blues away with fresh flowers in the house.

In LOVE with these frames.

Stacks of rings and neutral polish.

Benefits of Raw Cacao

Nature has provided us with many sources of medicine and raw cacao is one of the most effective (and delicious) of them all. It is an immune-boosting powerhouse full of antioxidants, vitamins and essential minerals.

This superfood is a potent source of magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and fiber. It is by far one of the most antioxidant rich foods, assisting in balancing hormonal mood swings by raising levels of serotonin in the body and creating the feeling of euphoria due to the anandamide (or bliss molecule) in the cacao. It is heart protecting, energy creating, improves skin texture (more powerful than antioxidant rich green tea & blueberries) and contains endorphins for mood-boosting effects. I could go on and on about the benefits but as you can see, this is an extremely powerful food that we have access to. It is also important to note that raw cacao is a wonderful source of magnesium, something many of us are deficient in. Magnesium is responsible for a lot in the body from balancing brain chemistry to building strong bones and is crucial to creating vitality.

Raw cacao is now a daily part of my diet. My favorite ways to enjoy it are 1-2 tbsp in my morning smoothie, sugar-free hot chocolate (I stir into warm coconut milk with a few drops of stevia), making my own chocolate, adding a tbsp to homemade banana ice cream or a handful of raw cacao nibs if I am having a craving or need an energy boost.

Roasted Acorn Squash (Sugar-Free)

I have been working on switching up the vegetables in my diet so that I don’t eat the same thing every day. Once I find something I like I can definitely get in the habit of repeating it to the point I need a break. Experimenting with different vegetables and making them the star of my meal allows me to switch things up so I don’t get bored with the added benefit of enjoying a variety of nutrients.

I love roasted acorn squash but unfortunately, most recipes include some sort of sugar. I am not eating sugar right now so when I came across this recipe, I couldn’t wait to try it.

I cut open the squash, scooped out the seeds and coated it in coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt. It baked face down for 60 minutes at 350 degrees and came out perfect. Acorn squash is a great source of vitamin C, A and B6 as well as potassium and magnesium. The addition of coconut oil makes this squash a perfect side dish or a meal of its own if you add extra veggies (I added a side of steamed kale and was very satisfied).