I received this beautiful book containing inspiration and instruction in crafting exquisite flowers out of paper as a gift – and was immediately drawn in. Authored by husband and wife photography and design duo Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell, it includes their time-tested techniques for creating single blooms, bouquets, party decorations, and even centerpieces out of tissue and crepe paper. I can’t wait to try making some of my own!
I bought this wonderful cookbook years ago at Rolling Greens, and since then, it has established itself as one that I will always go back to. Authored by chef and restaurateur Marc Miller, it is filled with recipes that basically take tacos to another level, and includes recipes for salsas and accompaniments, as well as instructions on how to make the perfect soft or crispy tortillas. One of our family’s faves: the Pepitas Tacos with either veggies or chicken.
As you probably know, I’m a huge fan of Adam Silverman and his beautiful pottery. Needless, to say, when his new book came out last month, I immediately picked up a copy. The gorgeous book not only captures the artist and his creations in incredible detail, but also (as he had intended) stands on its own as an object as rich as one of his pots.
Founded on the idea that getting a manicure and pedicure should be “downright lovely,” brand-new Beverly Hills nail salon Olive & June has already amassed a long list of devotees by dwelling on the details. Their menu includes everything from completely organic to pregnancy-safe services, your preferences – from coffee to color to cuticles – are kept on file, and complementary iPads are only an arm’s length away.
My friend Annie Campbell turned me onto this beautiful cookbook, and I just bought it for myself. Featuring regionally inspired recipes from James Beard Award-winning chef Cory Shreiber, it is accompanied by stunning landscape photography and touching personal narrative. One of Annie’s favorites: the Herbed Salmon Baked on Rock Salt with Onion-Caper Vinaigrette. I can’t wait to discover my own.
I touched on some of the amazing benefits of coconut and its products in my recent In the Veggie Kitchen: Labor Day post, but wanted to expand on all of its pluses, both internally and externally, as well as share some of my favorite products, from body balms to baking.
I try to use as many natural products as possible in all areas of my life, and medicines are no exception. Over the years, I have become aware of a number of great homeopathic alternatives to standard medications – I stock up on Boiron products for anything from the flu, to bloating, to the common cold, and for the little ones, I always have this kit from Hylands on hand.
For Christmas last year, Richard gave me Kate: The Kate Moss Book, and it was, without a doubt, one of my favorite gifts. An instant classic, this visual retrospective of her twenty-plus years of modeling makes a gorgeous addition to any coffee table.
One of my all-time faves, The Mozza Cookbook features comforting classics from LA’s cult-worthy Italian restaurant and Pizzeria. I am especially obsessed with some of the recipes for side dishes – the long-cooked broccoli and roasted beets have become staples in our house.
Several years ago, I was lucky enough to have dinner at the incredible Hotel Il Pellicano in the Tuscan Maremma region of Italy. It was one of the most beautiful hotels I had ever seen and was situated on the insanely gorgeous Italian Coast – I fell completely in love.
Heidi Swanson’s beautiful blog, 101 Cookbooks, has long been one of my favorites, and her most recent cookbook, Super Natural Every Day, holds the same distinction. Heidi’s recipes focus primarily on natural, whole foods and ingredients while remaining uncomplicated and absolutely delicious – a combo I cannot resist!
As you know, I’m a big fan on Santa Maria Novella products and I keep their Rosewater on my nightstand and use it constantly! XXJKE
After my Safe and Non-Toxic Laundry Tips entry I did back in March, I had lots of requests for a cleaning post – so here it is. Just like with all my safe natural laundry products, when I was pregnant with Tanner, I read a lot about how harmful household chemicals were and made the commitment to completely rid my house of them. I made sure all the cleaning products in our house were safe and natural and to this day they are.
To round out my beauty product recommendations, I wanted to finish off with my favorite body products. This is the one area that I need to work on to be a little more dedicated to all-natural and clean products. These are my favorite brands that are on rotation in my bathroom.
Building on my recent hair care post, I want to continue filling in my Rip+Tan beauty suggestions with my favorite face products. Since I found out I was pregnant with Tanner, I’ve tried to limit the number of chemicals I put in and on my body. I’m increasingly aware of how important it is to know what we are putting on our bodies – that being said, I’m not perfect, but I really to make a conscience effort to use organic, paraben-free, natural products whenever possible.