Beauty Minimalism Ritual: New Year, New Approach

Say goodbye to complicated beauty routines and say hello to a beauty minimalism ritual.

As the beauty industry continues to inundate us with products and promises, it’s easy to find ourselves trapped in multi-step routines that seem more daunting than effective. What we want is a skincare ritual grounded in self-care rather than an overly complicated beauty routine. A ritual that is as straight forward as it is sustainable, with simple steps and even simpler ingredients.

Fortunately, some beauty brands are out here making moves! These brands are championing the need for uncomplicated skincare. From face masks that you can eat to Ayurvedic skincare lines that are personalized for your dosha, more and more beauty brands are embracing those simple ingredients and simple steps that we’ve all been craving.

Selia & Co is one brand that I’m super excited about. Harnessing the power of organic teas and botanicals, Selia & Co offer a line of products that are chock full of plant-based antioxidants with absolutely no artificial preservatives. Click on the images below for more info!

Soothing Skin Essentials


Those combinations are giving me all the feels! You know me, stay tuned and I’ll be back with some DIY versions that won’t break the bank. Until then, go forth, splurge and pamper yo’ self!

Try This—Spiced Chickpeas With Harissa and Tamarind

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I’ve found my new favorite condiment. Can we talk about harissa?! If you haven’t heard of it yet, just know that this spicy, North African sauce is totally helping me kick my sriracha habit.

I can literally smear sriracha on just about anything. From halloumi sandwiches to vegetarian BLTs, to spicy honey glazed cauliflower, sriracha has always been my secret weapon. Now harissa is quickly becoming my go-to ingredient for everything. And when I say everything, I do mean errrrrthing. If you’re new to the harissa game, pick up a jar of this versatile deliciousness immediately. And for those of us that have gone beyond the classic harissa and couscous combo, this spiced chickpea recipe from One Green Planet does not disappoint! You must try this!

Spiced Chickpeas With Harissa and Tamarind


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons harissa paste
  • 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper, optional
  • 2-3 teaspoons tamarind paste
  • 2-2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 15-oz canned chickpeas, drained)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet or saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add mustard seeds when oil is hot, stir and cook for about a minute until seeds start popping.
  3. Add cumin, onions and tomato paste and cook for a minute or two until onions start to soften.
  4. Add garlic, harissa, and cook for another minute or so.
  5. Stir in tamarind, and paprika, Aleppo pepper and chickpeas and water, mix well to coat.
  6. Lower heat and cook for three to five minutes or until chickpeas are warmed through.
  7. Season with salt to taste.

Victorian Charm Meets Modern Design

My mother passed away this summer. I can’t believe how difficult it is for me to write that sentence. I can’t begin to tell you how much my world has changed, how much my family has lost, and how deeply we grieve. There are simply no words.

I can tell you that Mommy was a warrior. She was brave and resolute. She was fiercely intelligent, gentle, and kind. The way she moved, exuded sophistication and class, yet she carried it with all the humility of a saint. She was a mother to the five of us. She was a wife to our father for 52 years. She was a doctor for over 30 years. Mommy was a healer, and she was a giver. She was loved deeply and she was deeply loved in return. Perhaps her greatest mystique was this innate and unrelenting contradiction… Mommy was prim, proper, and elegant, yet she was edgy, daring, and raw. She was the embodiment of Vctorian-Modern. An anglophile to her core, she would have loved me describing her that way.

Anyway, this home by senior designer Chelsie Lee of Jessica Helgerson Interior Design truly captures that wonderful balancing act. When I saw it, I knew I had to share it with you all, as a tribute to my beautiful mother. I seriously love this.

Try This— 7 Naan Pizza Recipes for an Easy Weeknight Meal

In the spirit of easy lunches, and even easier weeknight dinners, I present to you my favorite naan pizza recipes! In case you didn’t know, naan bread makes the perfect no-fuss pizza crust. All you have to do is load up the toppings and you’re in pizza nirvana in under 15 minutes. You must try this!!!








A Before and After Home Makeover You Have to See to Believe

As it turns out, you don’t actually have to knock down walls and totally change the character of your home to achieve the feel of an open concept floor plan. This stunning Tudor style house is proof that with some paint and some impeccable style, you can keep your walls where they are, maybe even use bold colors on them, and still feel light and airy in your real life home! Let these before and after pictures wow you into giving your home a spring makeover.




The exterior brick was painted in Benjamin Moore China White and the front door in Benjamin Moore Greyhound.

This amazing living room features this beautiful couch from Serena and Lily, but I found a comparable sofa for a fraction of the price on Wayfair.

This lovely accent chair is worth the splurge because, you know, leather is leather.

The dining table is by McGee & Co, but I found a more affordable option on Wayfair.

Those tiles! You can find them here. The kitchen cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore Forest Green. And really, who doesn’t love a Smeg?

The bathroom features these amazing plaid tiles, and a floating bathroom vanity to maximize the space.

The bedroom walls are Benjamin Moore Newburg Green, and can we please talk about that light fixture?! I just love those modern Sputnik chandeliers.

For more info on this before and after check out the webisode from Mcgee & Co.