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11/26/2014

What I Wear-feminine grunge? And blogging app victory!

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So I think I finally figured out how to adjust the images in the Blogger app on my iPad so it keeps the original image resolution. Yay! It was frustrating to have high quality photos from my phone, but then upload it to my app and have it blurry. So I had time to sit down and. Googled my issue, found out the iPad app has a little gear in the left corner (the iPhone app doesn't) where you can tell it to keep the image resolution of the original photo. So, if you're like me and using the app, maybe that will help.

I would really appreciate if you would let me know how the photos look on your computer-too big? just right? That would help me out so much, since I don't have a desktop computer for internet anymore. 

It's sort of strange to me that Blogger hasn't caught up with technology. I mean, I can't be the only who blogs from my phone! 

Today was spent in counting down the hours till I'm off for the long weekend, whilst baking various THM Thanksgiving dishes. We're planning a "crossover" thanksgiving. "What does that mean?" You ask? Well, instead of separating the fat and carbs (which is basically what helps us lose weight) we're eating them together. So the dishes will still be healthy, just not weight loss promoting. Last year we ate like we used to, felt SICK (more than a usual Thanksgiving gluttony episode). And just overall didn't enjoy it. So I made: S pumpkin pie, cheesecake and chocolate chip pumpkin bread. 

And currently I'm going off to eat dinner, chill out and perhaps watch a movie. Today, I'm thankful for; a warm house, plenty of food and a long weekened to rest! 

What are your plans this weekend? Do you get a long weekend? 

11/20/2014

Guest Posting At Bramblewood Fashion!

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11/09/2014

What I Wear-How To Wear A Mono Chromatic Jumper And Favorite TV Shows

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I bought this black jumper at Rue 21 quite some time ago, for some reasons I never got around to posting it. Surprisingly (or perhaps not a surprise to you) this jumper is very versatile. It can easily be dressed down (a T-shirt or jean jacket over it) or dressed up, like this, or with a scarf. I've been wanting a jumper ever since I tried one on at Forever 21, I regretted not buying it as soon as we left.  So this is my consultation jumper, of sorts. At $5, I really couldn't go wrong! 

I thought it would be fun to share my tips on how to wear a mono chromatic jumper:

1. Make sure it fits! You'd think this is obvious, but if it's too baggy it looks dreadful, too tight and you'll look ridiculous! 

2. With my jumper, it's not incredibly fitted, it's cotton with no stretch. So I paired it with my belt for a more fitted look. Waist definition is important with a jumper. 

3. Accessories are your friend with a mono chromatic jumper. I opted for my royal blue shrug for a pop of color. Scarves, chunky necklaces and vests are great options to add interest to a jumper.

I thought it would be fun (and helpful!) to share our favorite TV shows! My family is very picky and we have a hard time finding TV shows we all enjoy watching. 
But a few we've recently discovered are:
Doctor Who (all but dad enjoy that one)
Once Upon A Time
When Calls The Heart
Heartland
Cedar Cove
Are a few of are favorites! 
What TV shows/movies do you enjoy watching?

10/29/2014

What I Wear-No Poo Journey And Healthy Hair Habits

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If you've spent ten seconds on Google looking for natural beauty recipes, chances are you've heard of the "no poo"  movement. The most popular of substitutes for shampoo is the baking soda and ACV method. Now, I'm super open to weird things like this, so I tried it. It was awesome at first, my hair felt soft, clean and shiny. Then the frizzy, dried, breakage happened. I was so upset! I'd never has a split end, then all of a sudden I had a ton, massive ten splits in one strand kind. Come to find out, baking soda is really bad for your hair, it opens the hair shaft, making it super soft but then, even with the ACV, it doesn't close the shaft. Leaving you with brittle damaged hair. Yikes! 

So then I switched to sulfate free shampoo, till it stopped cleaning my hair a short time ago. Currently I'm using a bentonite clay hair "mud" shampoo. I've used it for the past four washings (so 10ish days) and I'm pleased with the results so far. These photos were taken post "mud" shampoo. 

Here's the link to the recipe I used:

I used nettle leaf, ACV, Rosemary, lemon and orange essential oils. 

Quite a few of you have asked how I keep my hair healthy, so here's my top five tips for healthy hair:

1. What goes in, makes (or breaks!) the health of your hair. Nutrition is especially important for skin, nail and hair health. Eat plenty of protein, good fats like coconut oil and butter. I've been incorporating gelatin lately (I'll update on that as time goes on) which is supposed to be super healthy for skin, hair and nails. And DRINK PLENTY of water! (Yes, you may call me the water Gestapo...)

2. Outside counts too. Your skin absorbs 60% of what you put on topically, so be careful what products you use. The more natural, the better. 

3. Don't brush your hair. Seriously! Brushing with conventional brushes is damaging to hair. Instead, use a wide tooth comb (or better yet, your fingers) 
Never ever ever ever ever EVER brush your hair wet! Ever! 

4. Don't wear your hair in tight hairstyles, essentially the elastic band is your enemy. Scrunchies are good, as they're not nearly as tight. My favorite way to style my hair is simply twisting into a bun and my hair's so long I shove the ends in, sort if "knotting" it. Another great style is a loose braid. 

5. Don't use heat! I don't ever use a hair dryer, curling iron, or any such thing. 
I let my hair air dry, and if I want curly hair I braid my hair while wet, or use the headband curling technique (here's a video tutorial I did: http://natashaatkerson.blogspot.com/2014/08/headband-curls-tutorial-how-to.html?m=1

How about you? Any tips for happy, healthy hair? 


10/25/2014

What I Wear-Geekly...Feminine? And Natural Stuff Talk

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Some of you have commented that my photos aren't very large, I must first apologize for the quality of my photos. Unfortunantely for the past months I've been taking photos with my iPhone-not ideal. We switched to higher speed internet (ditched the dial up!) but alas, the casualty is we are no longer using our desktop computer as it uses too much data. So, till I can think of some other way, it's iphone photos, or nothing! 

As of late I've been pretty obsessed with listening to awesome free podcasts from various sources, more specifically Dr. Axe and Wellness Mama. Nutrition/natural health has pretty much always interested me. I'm the weirdo who enjoys reading scientific nutrition books, I love finding out how the body works! 

 So, I thought I'd drag you along with me on this obsession. Okay with you? 
You can expect to see posts soon on THM food, a homemade all natural shampoo recipe I tried, etc. 
I would love to know (either way) if this would be of interest to you. If it wouldn't, don't be afraid to tell me that either! 

Are you interested in nutrition, natural health or healthy homemade body care products?
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