“Try it” Tuesday pt.II

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I’ll bet you thought that I forgot about my New Years resolution, huh? (The one involving trying “things…” trends, foods, styles, activities, and what have you). That’d be a no.

I’ve actually managed to keep myself on the “trying” train all year. The messy hair–check! The nude nails–check! Turmeric–check (kindof)!  etc., etc.  Branching out is a vital part growth, regardless of how superficial that growth may be.  And instead of watching the world do and wear and try the very things that excite you, perhaps you should get out there and do them yourself. That’s the very point of “Try it Tuesday.”

Here’s what’s on the list this month:

FullSizenderPretending I left my heart in Indonesia.

I know, I know. The Bali obsession isn’t news to anyone. I’m in love with that fabulous archipelago, and I haven’t even been there…yet. It’s the patterns, the colors (mostly neutral, but brilliant), the fresh tropical take on every single piece of art they pump out. There is a reason that Indonesia has become, to some, the new art market capital of the world.

One of the many products of this art hub is the stunning, and equally ancient, practice of batik dying. {Batik: n. a method of hand-printing textiles, coating the parts that are not to be dyed with wax, prior to applying dye}. It’s become insanely popular in the western world, and for good reason. The unique and rough/handmade appearance makes the pattern feel authentic and planned, but not too planned; the essence of my decorating alter ego. Put together, but still casual.

Now pair that with the rich depth of indigo dye, and we’re cooking with gas. Since our home is dominantly white, with accents of wood and various metals, the indigo would act as the perfect supplementation of color. I plan to try this…and not just on Tuesdays.

*Pssst! For inspiration, check out Rebecca Atwood’s instagram account.

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  1. Fermentation: v. the conversion of carbohydrates to alcohols and carbon dioxide or organic acids using yeasts, bacteria, or a combination thereof, under anaerobic conditions.
  2. Probiotic: n. a food or dietary supplement containing live bacteria that replace or add to the beneficial bacteria normally present in the gastrointestinal tract.

Fermented foods (or as I like to refer to them, fermented goods) are foods that have been fermented. In certain foods, this process can create readily available probiotics.

Now. Before you grumble about this subject being a complete cliché, allow me to provide you with a disclaimer: No, I do not think that I’m the first person to push the probiotics spiel. And yes, I do realize that the concept of probiotics “balancing everything out” and “getting your digestive system working normally” has become common knowledge.

That said, I’ve specifically chosen fermented foods in this week’s “Try it Tuesday,” for the unique claims that have been brought to my attention recently. Chief among those claims is the idea that fermented foods is a big-time factor in skin health*. Clearer, healthier skin, during these warm summer months? Sign my little, acne-prone face up.

My ears had been perked since the first few bits of info started coming out on social media and random news websites, discussing the “fermented foods craze.” Then, in May of this year, manrepeller.com did an interview with skin guru and self-named, “goddess of skin,” Dayle Breault. There, she discussed the absolute importance of consuming probiotics in the morning, in order for your skin to balance itself (If there’s one thing we’ve learned from years of searching for answers and cure-all, blemish fixes, it’s that crazy, stressed out, unbalanced skin means BAD SKIN).

Combine “the goddess’s” strong opinions about probiotics and the various other claims about fermented foods (with probiotics) being skin saviors, and you have one excited woman (me). Let’s try it!

If you, like myself, are curious about which fermented foods actually yield probiotics–because they don’t all become probiotic once fermented—take a look at the list:

-Tempeh

-Kombucha

-Kimchi

-Sauerkraut

-Kefir

-Yogurt (duh)

-Miso

Since I’m not crazy about Kimchi or Sauerkraut, and I don’t eat dairy, my mind has latched on to Kombucha. My personal favorite brand is GT’s, but there are lots of great products out there.

*For those who don’t know by now, skin is a huge obsession/topic of intrigue for me.

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This is big.

Why, you ask? Because this is the first big trend that has come full circle in my 23-year-old life span. This means two things: 1.) I’m getting old and 2.) I can officially join my mother in saying things like, “Oh gosh, are those back in style?! I remember wearing that when I was younger.” As a way to deflate youngsters from thinking they’re hot stuff, creating a new trend or some nonsense. It’s like, “Nah. I’ve been there. Done that. You just weren’t cool enough to be born yet…”                 *smirk

Total respect to those who were around in the seventies, though, because that’s when this trend was born. The denim skirt. So casual and yet dressy, smart and yet sassy (give or take a few inches on the hemline). What trying out this trend means to me, is options. I love denim cutoffs. They are a perfect pairing with literally any top and they grow more comfortable with every. single. wear.

But, when you live on the East Coast and its summer until September…you start to search for a change up, even just for a day. One day of something besides shorts, that still keeps you relatively cool as you run around. It’s time for the denim skirt.

So I’m trying it. Perhaps I’ll thrift one, or I’ll get lazy and wind up purchasing it online. Either way… I’m trying it.

For some great purchasing options or thrifting inspiration check these:

Erin Denim Pencil Skirt 

Hustler 20/20 Denim Skirt

Denim Dolly Button-Through Skirt

Denim Raw Edge, Asymmetric Skirt

Jackson Denim Skirt

RenderSmall strands, big statement.

Trying this trend is suuuuper easy. The baby hair conundrum has been a part of my life since the start. Fine hair, when pulled back results in a million tiny hairs all around the sides of the face and upper hairline. This is what’s referred to as baby hairs, and its exactly what we’re gonna embrace. Paste them down on the face like Katy Perry (or even more dramatically, FKA Twigs), or let them fly like her, her and her. Either way, I’m convinced we’re going to love it (since 75% of us are already wearing this trend by accident).

Have a super week!

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