This is completely belated but, never late than never right? May has been a really busy month: work wise and creatively. I’ve definitely taken the time this month to have more experiences and gatherings. A few of my loved ones had birthdays this month. I think I spent more time venturing out and speaking my truth instead of sitting idly when there’s something I want.
I’ve realized that there’s a difference between being in observation (or present) versus in thinking mode which can have your thoughts jumping to conclusions or focused too much on the past or future, things in which we have no control. This month I emphasized my thoughts on what I wanted in that moment. This led me to sleep earlier and therefore I have been waking up earlier.
San Clemente. Last Fall while I was deciding on where to go for a mini getaway I had so many ideas in mind but, my top priorities were: price, safety, and (duh) aesthetics. I was craving color and comfort but also ease of travel because sometimes public transportation or simply being within walking distance is preferable to explore the city.
Nestled in Orange County, San Clemente is an artsy but also lively beach city with plenty to explore and visit. The weather is really nice but I recommend bringing a cardigan or light coat if you decide to spend the night out. Its definitely a city I want to go back and explore. You can walk freely at night because literally everyone is awake. Whether they are grabbing a late night bite, walking back from the beach, finding some coffee, or hanging with friends. I love cities that are night owl friendly quite honestly. But don’t think that it’ll prevent a good sleep – the tourist and locals aren’t loud that you’ll need a sound machine or so. Even lounging at midnight with a movie and snack at your Air BNB is a treat.
Lately I have been jamming to Against the Current, Camila Cabello, and Bat for Lashes through this winter weather. It finally did rain and I danced in puddles a little too much. I am seeking warmth in oil burners, lavender, and lit candles. It’s nice to have a shift in décor to remind you of wildflowers, honey sweet birdsong, and warmth on your skin. While I am truly enjoying the cold air and winter sun, a growing part of me is looking forward to springtime.
Still I have been making moon-milks (Moon Juice protein powder + raw cacao) and crocheting until the dawn (oops) I am making the most of winter. With a new year, I think of bloom, growth, and new beginnings. This January has been a mix of gatherings, rekindling friendships, and honestly – after long work days, ll you want is a bit of a rejuvenation (especially in the home!) I partnered up with Photowall to decorate my space and here’s the reveal of my reading nook + bed.
Collagen, it’s been everywhere lately. From lattes to broths and everything in between. What is collagen exactly? It’s a combination of (but not a complete protein) amino acids that help construct muscle, bone, cartilage, skin, hair, and connective tissue. Factually our bodies produce collegan but it declines we age, so I wanted to find a plant based collagen (was that even possible?) Most edible collagen is not plant-based; they are typically obtained from animal bone/animal cartilage.
Anima Mundi Apothecary formulated a Plant Based Collagen Powder, made with botanicals such as horsetail and nettles which helps build the body’s own natural production of collagen with collagen co-nutrients such as silica and calcium. This blend of Anima Mundi’s Vegan Collagen is completely plant-based. I like that these blend of herbs are meant to help your body boost its production of collagen. Since plants like stinging nettles and horsetail naturally contain calcium and silica, it’s a botanically convenient way to add a boost (remember, our body naturally makes collagen!) The human body creates its own collagen so adding nutrients that will help* slow down your loss of collagen
A quick rundown some of the herbs + botanicals in the Plant Based Collagen powder