Sunday, October 19, 2014

4 Simple ingredients for a Homemade Green Tea Facial

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This facial mask is something I developed while experimenting with various ingredients around my kitchen the other day. Not only is it energizing for your skin, but it also helps clear away blemishes. The ingredients are simple and fairly priced. Here's what you need:

1. 3 tsp. Honey
2. 1 tsp. Skim-Milk
3. 1 tsp. Ginger
4. 1 bag of Green Tea

Start by adding the honey in a small bowl, then add your skim-milk, making sure not to over pour. Next, add the ginger to your mixing bowl. Continue to stir. Finally, take a bag of green tea from your pantry and open it up carefully. Stir it's full contents into your mixing bowl. Mix until your mix is fairly even in texture and tone. It is recommended, but not necessary that you transfer your mix from your small mixing bowl into a small jar. You will have some mix leftover, so you may as well save it to use for another in-home spa day.

Let your mix sit in the refrigerator for about a half hour before using to let the ingredients settle further and encourage a thicker consistency for easier application.

After your half hour is up, apply your facial mixture to your face and let it sit for another half hour. When the half hour is up, wash your face with warm water to clean away. Rub your face gently as you do so.

I hope you enjoy a fresh feeling once you complete this process.

Have fun & keep trendy,
Julia Rose

Friday, October 17, 2014

Adam Levine for K-Mart Creates Minimalist, Millennialist Fashion Friendship

Adam Levine for K-Mart, Image by Miss Trend She via (c)
Adam Levine's collection for K-Mart has inflated criticism of fashion bloggers, brands and designers.

The debut and continuation of Levine's collection insists that he does not just intend to be musically inclined throughout a rather lush career, but influential of women's style. Levine debuted his collection for K-Mart in April 2014. He was quoted in People Style Watch saying, "The best thing about designing a women's collection is that I was able to create pieces I would like to see women wear."

Levine married Victoria's Secret model, Behati Prinsloo in July 2014 in a ceremony that included friends, family and funny-man Jonah Hill as the officiate. It's hardly surprising that the public would see Prinsloo's personal style possibly come to life in Levine's collection, though he hasn't specifically confirmed as to whether or not his wife inspires the fashion behind his line.

People Style Watch has speculated that she is her husband's muse.

"It's been a really cool process working... to replicate that simple, yet sophisticated style for a woman," Levine told People Style Watch.

Throughout Levine's collection's existence, social media users have put their opinions into Levine's style mix.

Though personal and professional reviews of Levine's style are mixed, K-mart Parent of Sears Holding Company's Bernt Ullman told Women's Wear Daily, "The line is tracking well ahead of plan, which is exciting. We couldn't be happier with the launch and performance. There is nothing on the floor that is not working."

Despite tough reviews, the line is going strong, as is Levine.

Levine continues to work on NBC's The Voice, his band Maroon 5 and his K-Mart collection with a confident mindset. He teased Women's Wear Daily that he would bring back the trucker's hat and '90s attire. Levine hopes to revive what People Style Watch calls "questionable fashionable moments," in history, in hopes to make what people think is "ugly now", "wearable" for the foreseeable future.

Levine's collection is undoubtedly, a trend collection that is under constant revision of both Levine himself, and K-Mart's head style honchos. Their mission is feasible for a generation that constantly seeks 'what is new.'

"Basically, the person who sets the trend is wearing something no one would be caught dead wearing," Levine told Women's Wear Daily.

Levine remains confident in his style, which seems to be the key to successful fashion.

My personal opinion of Levine's style is that his casualness brings millennialist and minimalist to friendship, creating a style that is not just wearable, but enviable, especially for women age 16 to about mid-20's to be sporting. Levine reaches a range of women. His style is sexy, but conventional, a hybrid for the new 'everyday streetwalker.' His style is not just for the 'red-carpet hottie.'

Thursday, October 16, 2014

10 Phrases Monday Inevitably Leads To

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"I left my jacket in the library and have to walk back to get it and it's raining and I'm cold (and someone probably took it by now)."
Winter, Wisconsin and wandering around at 8:42 p.m. at night alone to retrieve the jacket you just bought at Forever 21 for a regrettable $40.- You know the feels?

"I spilled the soup I packed for lunch all over my books and homework." 
Truly, a refreshing change from the "my dog ate my homework" excuse. You probably should have just packed a sandwich like a normal human being.

"I haven't had coffee yet today."
That's your own fault and you hate yourself for it.

"My boyfriend fell off the face of the Earth; he won't answer any of my texts."
As if Monday wasn't cold enough already. What's up beau?

"We have a test today?! A test?! She's kidding...right?"
Unfortunately, no, your professor who warned you about your test once, two weeks ago, is not kidding about your 5 page, short answer exam today. Good luck! (Remember to put your name at the top, that's usually worth 5 points, right?)

"What? I thought I had five dollars on it!"
You're at Starbucks, you try to tell the Barista that you are not insane, by explaining that you just loaded your Rewards card with $20 last night. Something hasn't processed, both online with your card, and the communication customer to employee. $2.01 won't even get you a whole small latte. The struggle is real.

"There's no peanut butter in the pantry..."
Either your roommate finished it off without telling you or it's the one thing you forgot to purchase on your grocery list last Friday night when you were out shopping at Walmart. Don't worry, Monday will remind you about your shortcomings if your grocery list forgot to do it's job.

"We needed to submit an online and print version?"
When your professor looks at you like you should have printed off your 20 page midterm paper in conjunction to submitting it online, because... you should have. There's 20 points docked from your mid-semester grade already!- Super. You're so glad you spent 8 hours working on it the past weekend, meticulously checking to make sure everything was cited per your professor's standards. So glad.

"I just smiled at him with spinach between my teeth."
The one time you try to start the week off healthily, a super cute guy walks past you and, of course, you are unaware that you had spinach stuck between your two front teeth as he gave you a clear glimpse of his gym work. Those biceps!- Sigh. You only realize your embarrassment after checking in the bathroom mirror shortly after said incident that you now refer to as "The salad crisis of 2014" occurred. You decide to stick to turkey on sliced bread for the future. Today feels like a bad, cliche' '90's movie.

- But, the ultimate phrase the Monday leads to is the best of them all, which is...

"Thank goodness tomorrow is Tuesday."
Monday will be over soon, rejoice in acknowledging the unpredictable future.

*Now read this post on "10 Phrase that are Definitely More Commons on Mondays,"

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Can't Buy Me Excitement

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Brad Pitt at Incirlik Hospital, Dec. 7, 2001
I can't remember the last time I was genuinely excited, not just excited, but genuinely, inexplicably excited.

I remember being happy. Certainly, I remember being happy. Being happy usually occurs everyday for me, but as far as excitement goes, there hasn't been one thing in my life that has impressed me so much, that has made me so over-emotive that I've forgotten how to breathe.

I imagine, this feeling I'm describing now may arise if say, Brad Pitt were to come over for dinner or if I just won the lottery, but then again, those two things would probably leave me more disoriented rather than excited.

When I think of Brad Pitt coming over, if he were to actually come over, if any celebrity were to actually come over, I would be filled with anxiety: What do I cook? What do I wear? What do I say? What do I do to entertain them with?

If I won the lottery, I would be insanely worried that I would never maintain some sort of privacy and that I would never be able to form new relationships or that my old ones would bend due to my own economic inflation. Let's face it, money does crazy things to people.

I think this emotion of being overly excited needs to be explored at smaller territories in order to be better embraced.

If I, or you even, want to truly embrace this feeling on a more daily basis, I think we need to start appreciating smaller things. We need to lose the constant connection thing, so when we actually do connect with someone it's a big deal and we definitely, definitely need to put down the cell phones in more social settings. I think we forget to look at each other and to acknowledge there's a person sitting across the dining room table. (Yes, he just left as you were texting Jamie.)

Snap-chatting your friends when you're sitting across the table from your mom? Really? Is that necessary? Does anyone need to see the turkey loaf she made? Do your friends really need to know how you felt disgusted about the turkey loaf she just made? (The answer is no. The answer is always no. The answer will only keep you away from your phone for about 15 minutes- give it up.)

You really need to know that, from my perspective, in order to be excited, the friends sitting around you just now could have really bonded over community jokes that you were all in on, because you're actually all in the same history class, but didn't realize it. You need to know that the guy who just left's name is Trevor and he stared at you for about two minutes, because he really likes your smile. You need to know that your mom made that turkey loaf, because she thought it was your favorite and you hadn't told her otherwise. She was just happy you came home that weekend.

You need to know, like most of us do, that your life is right in front of you and that is pretty exciting in itself.

After all, at the end of the day, Brad Pitt's just a person you and I don't know and money is just a few numbers lined up on a pay stub.

Sometimes, the smaller things are more than you and I could muster. When you add them all together, they're worth a lot more than money (and Brad Pitt) could ever buy.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

When Food Tastes Like Medicine

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Put the feeling of drinking cough syrup into eating an ice cream sandwich and you've described the feeling of having to eat, because you have low blood sugar perfectly, except glucose tablets don't taste as good and all the enjoyment of drinking a bottle of V8 fruit juice is gone. Both are recurring treatments for my low blood sugar levels.

It's not something other people realize easily, but, as a person with juvenile diabetes, you know the feeling all too well. Well, I know the feeling all too well.

I remember someone asking me why I decided to eat an apple immediately after brushing my teeth. It wasn't immediately actually, it was about an hour later and I had to eat an apple to get my blood sugar from 60 to at least 85 or higher. As much as I like the feeling of mint combined with the pleasure of eating an apple, I wanted to say, it's not because I'm an idiot who doesn't know that you should probably finish eating for the evening before brushing your teeth and going to bed, it's because I have a disease. Rarely do I want to shove my juvenile diabetes in anyone else's face, hardly ever, actually, never-ever, so I hope you empathize with my frustration. 

Usually, you don't see or feel low blood sugars coming until you're there- you hit the "I just hit below 75" feeling and it's tiresome and exhausting.

You don't eat because you're hungry or bored. You eat because your body is telling you your blood sugar levels aren't right.

For most people, their bodies naturally regulate this process, but for the unfortunate some that don't experience this regulation, food becomes medicine, unenjoyable medicine that makes you feel guilty about still wanting to eat a full meal later, because why should you deprive yourself of an enjoyable supper, because of your unenjoyable low blood sugar levels?

I imagine, for most of you reading my blog, you haven't a clue about what I'm talking about, and that's okay. Most people aren't aware of the people around them and what they should be aware about in respect to those people. I'm not mad at you. We all do it and we have to fess up to that.

In truth, a majority of us really don't know how we should act on respecting our peers and how sensitive we should be to their shortcomings. Most of the time, we don't know what those shortcomings are and, as a person on the opposite end, or maybe the same end as you (I don't know you, so I apologize for my ignorance), it's hard to admit something is a shortcoming. Certainly, we've all been in that position, feeling consciously unaware of who a person is and feeling uncertain about how much time you should invest in getting to know them.

There is no standard. You can't find a guideline on Wikipedia or on a friend's Facebook timeline. Juvenile diabetes might not be curable just yet, but curing misconceptions is certainly feasible.

Eating a scoop of peanut butter is usually enjoyable for me, it's usually definitely enjoyable for me, but sometimes, if I'm frowning, eating peanut butter, it's because my blood sugar is low. Sometimes. Sometimes it's because I've had a bad inner-classroom experience, but that's besides the point. 

If the point hasn't gotten across yet, let's imagine that peanut butter has just gone from Jonathan Kent status to Jor-El status. You can't help but like them both, they're your dads, but, as Superman, you wish that you could stay on Earth with Jonathan. He's more likeable in retrospect, especially in Smallville, a place I am sometimes inhabited in, figuratively speaking, that is.

I'm not calling myself Superwoman. I'm definitely not, nor am I calling peanut butter my dad- euw/awkward. 

Even as a normal person, actually, especially as a normal person, I'd like to keep my feet on the ground. I'd like to keep my blood sugar levels between 75 and 140. I'd like to keep living and not just surviving. I am grateful that insulin allows me to be treated, so I can survive, but when you're hitting those lows and food becomes treatment, instead of enjoyment, everything's a sour patch, kids!