Happy New Year! Here’s What to Expect From Arsenic & Old Place This Year

Happy New Year, you guys! Just like everybody, I’m super excited that 2020 finally came to an end, and I’m even more excited about what the future holds. Coronavirus has truly rocked our lives and turned the world as we know it upside down. That being said, I’m always looking for a silver lining. Even though our lives have changed so drastically, there are definitely a few things that remain the same. Not only are these things the same, but they’ve become more important than ever. Wellness, self-care, nutrition, gratitude, physical, and emotional fitness are all going to play a major role in our journey through 2021.

As always, I will continue to share with you all of my favorite recipes, tips for self-care, and of course, the best in interior design inspiration. I’ve been cooking up a storm in the kitchen, testing out different self-care options, as well as home fitness solutions, and redesigning spaces to function for all the things. Seriously, we have so much to talk about! If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we have the opportunity and the tools to think differently about the ways in which we maintain our health and wellness, the ways in which our immediate environments work for (or against us), and the ways that our choices affect our community and the world. Let’s go, 2021!

4 Tropical Beauty Recipes to Try This Spring

Harness the power of tropical fruit and ocean water with these easy beauty recipes! Perfect for reawakening your springtime and summer beauty routine.


Packed with antioxidants, vitamin-C and natural fruit enzymes, the papaya is a staple ingredient in many Australians beauty routines. Rich in natural AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids), papaya helps to break down dead skin cells and even out skin tone and texture. Blended with anti-inflammatory oatmeal, yogurt and honey, this mask will help to reveal a refreshed, glowing complexion. For those with sensitive skin we recommend using this mask every two weeks.


¼ ripe papaya (Use the rest for this skin-loving tropical smoothie recipe!)
3 heaped tbsp Greek yogurt
2 tbsp finely ground rolled oats
2 tbsp honey


  • STEP 1

    Remove the skin and seeds of the papaya and slice the flesh into cubes.

  • STEP 2

    Using a food processor, combine all of the ingredients.

  • STEP 3

    Apply a thick layer of the mask to the face and rinse off after 30 minutes for bright, glowing skin.


    This coconut coffee scrub is a great, chemical-free way to exfoliate and revitalize tired skin. Massaging the coffee grounds into the skin helps to stimulate the circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Rich in antioxidants, the coffee grounds help to increase collagen production while their high caffeine content also help to stimulate blood cells, toning and tightening the skin. Blended with hydrating coconut oil, this scrub will leave you feeling (and smelling) amazing.


    1 cup of raw sugar
    ½ cup of coconut oil
    2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
    2–3 tablespoons cocoa
    2 tablespoons ground coffee


    • STEP 1

      Submerge a small bowl of coconut oil in boiling water to soften and allow it to cool but not solidify.

    • STEP 2

      Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container or mason jar.

    • STEP 3

      Use 2-3 times a week for soft, silky skin.


      The benefits of bathing in Epsom salt has been known for centuries. Rich in magnesium, a mineral we are often lacking, bathing in the salts helps to flush the body of environmental pollutants, ease joint pain and reduce inflammation. Blended with either lavender or rose essential oil, this healing soak is the perfect way to unwind after a long day.


      1 cup Himalayan pink salt
      1/2 cup Epsom salts
      1/2 cup baking soda
      10 drops rose or lavender essential oil


      • STEP 1

        Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

      • STEP 2

        Store in an airtight container or mason jar to preserve the fragrance of the lavender.

      • STEP 3

        To use, add two tablespoons of the soak to a warm bath and enjoy.


        Many hair care brands have worked to develop products that mimic the salty properties of the sea. Using a blend of sea salt, nourishing coconut oil and conditioning aloe vera, this recipe is sure to create waves, no beach necessary.


        1 cup warm water
        1 Tbsp sea salt
        1 tsp Epsom salt
        1 Tbsp organic coconut oil
        1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
        5 drops essential oil, optional


        • STEP 1

          Pour the warm water into an empty spray bottle and combine ingredients.

        • STEP 2

          Put the cap on the bottle and shake until the sea salt and Epsom salts are dissolved.

        • STEP 3

          To use, spray on damp hair and towel scrunch until dry

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4 Wellness Subscription Boxes That Will Take Your Self Care Routine to the Next Level

I’m pretty stressed right about now. I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say house guests from hell + work + no play makes Bailey a dull lady. I have been embracing the sh*t out of self care lately, just to keep my head above water. So I got an email about this subscription box called Lunarly, and as you know, I love me some subscription boxes. It’s like Christmas morning, y’all. Anyway, I need a little extra TLC in my life, but sadly Lunarly wasn’t really my style, so I had to pick the interwebz’ brain for some self care lovin’ that was more my speed.

These wellness subscription boxes totally fit the bill, and though I haven’t sampled any yet, I have used some of the featured products contained in them. Spoiler Alert: I will be gifting these to family and friends this holiday season so if you know me and love me… ahem… you, um, won’t be getting these for the Holidays. Jedi mind trick. Check ’em out!

Pause and Unwind

When you sign up, Pause and Unwind will ship to you on the first of every month. You will receive a beautifully-presented & specially-curated box with 5 items such as high-quality spa/beauty products, & indulgent goodies! You’ll be treated to a wonderful relaxation kit featuring amazing women-owned businesses / women-founded companies. It’s a lovely surprise that makes a wonderful and unique gift as well!

Feeling Fab

When you sign up, Feeling Fab will ship to you monthly and you can pause and cancel at any time. You will receive 5-7 full size self-care, clean beauty, yoga and wellness products, yoga tips, zen guides, affirmations, and even brand discounts!

Go Love Yourself

When you sign up, Go Love Yourself will send you a monthly reminder that it’s time to spend time on you. Designed by experts and life coaches around a specific theme of your choice, each box will leave you happier and more fulfilled. Each box comes with reading materials and self-care items to make the reading experience come to life, as well as exclusive access to the Go Love Yourself community to help make the changes stick.

Hygge Box


When you sign up for the Hygge Deluxe Box, you will receive a curated box that includes a selection of products to support your self-care rituals and hygge lifestyle. Every month you’ll get 5-7 handpicked seasonal items like organic tea or cocoa, elements of light like candles or fairy lights, bath & beauty items, and even home decor accessories.

Rejuvenating Grape Face Mask

Consider the humble grape. At this point, this little fruit – or cluster of fruits – may feel a bit… played out. After all, grapes have a habit of showing up all over the place: as raisins, jelly, jam, good puns, wine. Like apples, grapes are one of those produce items we’ve grown so used to, our eyes often skim right over them at the market, opting instead for something more exotic. But before you pass over that purple or light green cluster yet again, take another look. The simple grapes sitting before you come from a long and complicated history, with their first domestication dating as far back as 8,000 years ago. What’s more, they could be the key to gorgeous, youthful looking skin. Intrigued? Read on.

What are grapes?

Thought to have been originally cultivated in the Middle East over 8,000 years ago, grapes are botanically a berry and have been used as food and to make wine for nearly equal amounts of time. The yeast that occurs naturally on the skin of the grapes is what causes the fruit to turn alcoholic, which eventually led to the discovery of turning grapes to wine. Now, the majority of grapes worldwide are destined to be made into wine, though a small percentage is reserved for those of us who still like to eat them straight from the vine.

What are the benefits of grapes?

We’ve all heard of the heart-healthy benefits of red wine, but did you know the same benefits could be reaped by simply eating dark red grapes? Packed with antioxidant-rich polyphenols like resveratrol, grapes — specifically the skin of dark red and purple grapes — could benefit heart and skin health. The flavonoid quercetin present in the skin of dark red grapes has been found to potentially reduce LDL cholesterol and grape’s high polyphenol content has been shown to possibly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The resveratrol found in grapes could also boost brain power, helping to increase blood flow to the brain and neutralize free radicals. Grapes are also a rich source of skin-friendly alpha hydroxy acids, which boost cellular turnover and help heal damage caused by the sun, while collagen-promoting anthocyanins found in the skin of grapes could reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Takeaway: Don’t peel your grapes. One more takeaway? Rich in insoluble fiber, grapes could aid in digestion and tonify the digestive tract, helping your digestion work more efficiently.



Not only can you enjoy the magnificent cleansing properties of grapes internally, you can also whip up an amazing face mask to have your skin Autumn ready in no time! If you’ve been following me, you know that I’ve already used wine to make an incredibly, restorative face mask. This recipe uses fresh grapes instead and dare I say, I love this one even more than my red wine mask. Check it out!

Rejuvenating Grape Face Mask


  • Small handful dark purple grapes
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp oat flour or oatmeal
  • Optional: A few drops of grapeseed oil


Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Use your fingers or a clean mask brush to apply to face, avoiding the eye area. Let sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow up with your favorite oil or moisturizer.

via Wellness Encyclopedia: Benefits of Grapes + Renewing Grape Face Mask

The Perfect Luggage for the Neurotic Neat-Freak in All of Us

This July I’m heading overseas for a European vacation. It’ll be the first time in a long time that I’m traveling internationally for an extended period of time. I’ll be hanging out in Scandinavia and England for several weeks. As excited as I am for the trip, I think I’m more excited about the opportunity to pack my luggage. Hear me out. For me, packing luggage represents the opportunity to appease all of the angry, neurotic, neat-freak, minimalist voices in my head. There is almost nothing quite as satisfying as packing everything you could possibly need into a nifty carry on.

Recently, I came across Eagle Creek luggage, and I’ve been swooning ever since. This luggage is the truth, y’all. I mean, every square inch of these bags are made to maximize function and keep you organized. I’m in no way affiliated with this company, I’m just kind of a nerd when it comes to travel. I write lists. I double check those lists. I even do ‘dry runs’ to make sure my list is top notch by packing and unpacking while I’m still at home.

I’m super stoked I found Eagle Creek bags ahead of this summer trip I’m taking. They have different collections to choose from, so there’s something for everybody. From the international traveler like me, to the mom that has to pack for all the kids, to the business traveler, even to the outdoor enthusiast, these bags are everything. Dude, I’m really geeking out over this luggage. I think you will too, just check out this video!