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Old Line Drawing

Came across this old spandangled piece of work the other day and it’s got me inspired and excited and all that gooey stuff. Let’s get the pens out I say, shall we??

concentric concentric2 large drawing close up

Food Colour Association Experiment- Pink

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PLAYFUL/HIGH ENERGY/VIBRANT/FLIRTACIOUS/ATTENTION GRABBING/SOFT/GENTLE/ROMANTIC/AFFECTIONATE/TENDER/INNOCENT/YOUTHFUL/FAIRYTALES/GLITTER/SELF LOVE/DREAMS/FLUFFY/SILLY/GIGGLING/SWEET/FEMININE/PRETTY/BEAUTY/
POMEGRANATE/RASPBERRIES

What’s the experiment about?

CHANGING MY PERCEPTION OF Dreamy Pink

I won’t be needing to convince myself of why I should be eating pink food. Pink is incredible. It is fluffy and fun, playful, and pretty. Tickling non-stop. Extreme unending sillyness, its pretty flirtacious. It believes in fairytales. It knows its worth. It believes in itself- it doesn’t try to hide away in the corner. It can be intense, highly energetic, VIBRANT. Out of all the colours its probably my favourite because its fun, and it just doesn’t care what the other colours think- not one bit. 

PINK QUOTES 

“Celebrate every tiny victory.”

“You are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139

“Time to drink champagne and dance on the table.”

“When you know your worth. No one can make you feel worthless.”

“I’m working my happiness like a full time job.” Gabrielle Bernstein

Food Colour Association Experiment- Green

greenboard

BALANCE/HARMONY/GROWTH/NEW LIFE/STABILITY/PROSPERITY/WELL-BEING/FERTILE/CALM/SOOTHING/FRESH/REFRESHING/RESTORATION/NEW BEGINNINGS/LUSH/REJUVENATION/
THE EARTH/HEALTH/PLANTS/GRASS/FOLIAGE/OUTDOORS/HERBS/DETOX/GREEN TEA/
SPINACH/KALE/LEEKS/CABBAGE/ROCKET/BASIL/DILL/LETTUCE/BRUSSELS SPROUTS/KALE/SPIRULINA/WHEATGRASS/WATERCRESS/PARSLEY/CORIANDER

What’s the experiment about?

Changing my Perception of Greeeeeen

Think of green as the foundation. It is all over nature, in plants and trees, on hilltops and through forests, it is the smell of fresh air, the smell of freshly cut grass. The fundamental roots of health start here. Think of it as a nutrient dense elixir rapidly coursing through the body, revitalising, rejuvenating, producing new life to your tired, dull, aching frame. Every morning as you drink your green juice, you are directly feeeeeding your skin. Neglecting this habit would be a mistake- you’re skin can’t heal itself without the correct nutrients. Its the same as neglecting nature. Without a daily intake of fresh air and a wander outdoors I find myself feeling claustrophobic. I’m sure this is related to the fact our bodies cannot produce vitamin D (the happy vitamin)- the sun is a significant source of it- and we must get outside to claim it. Fresh air is quite literally linked to our happiness.  

Green foods especially dark green leafy vegetables are low in sugar (keeping you on an emotional even keel), high in fibre (no more nasty constipation for you!) and full of water (keeping you hydrated, score!) They also have healing properties due to the phytonutrients they possess. 

GREEN Quotes

“Enjoy breathing.” Julia Hendrickson

“You create your own calm.”

“BREATHE. And release anything that does not serve you.”

“The grass isn’t greener on the other side. Its green where you water it.”

Making Green Potent: Citrus-Based Green Smoothies

 

citrus

To change it up a bit…leave out the water in your daily green smoothie (basic recipe here). Instead- start it off with a citrus base. Squeeze a whole load of oranges and if you want some tang- squeeze  some lemon or lime in as well. Pour into your Vitamix (or high powered blender) and proceed with the rest of your ingredients as normal.

This concoction is sure to wake you up pronto. 

Life Will Get Rosy If You Just Sort Your Eyebrows Out

brows mainI’m not sure why I am fascinated by eyebrows. What is it about the brow that is so alluring? It does feel that a good set of eyebrows can be the start and end of your beauty routine, but I don’t know why. I can think of three sets of brows that captured me on my brow journey: Mary-Kate qand Ashley Olsen and Brooke Shields. I remember being blown away by Brooke’s stunning beauty in particular- her eyebrows. My eyebrows have always been an odd shape, short and bushy in irregular places, but not thick. Oddly shaped and sparse, a thicker brow end than anyone would care to have. So despite adoring Brooke’s thick ones and yearning for Mary-Kate’s naturally unkempt beauties, I found myself with hand on tweezers furiously plucking. I’d come to the conclusion at the grand old age of 14 that eyebrows should have an arch and that hairs that were out of place were a big no-no. If Marty McFly ever lets me use his time machine, I know exactly what I’d do first- go back to the 90s to hide all my Mum’s tweezers. If I’d only seen the beauty of my unique, natural brow and stopped listening to every piece of eyebrow advice I came across I wouldn’t have been so confused and I wouldn’t have had the chance to completely sabotage my two furry friends.

There were Two Things I did Wrong:

  1. Think of tweezing as my passage into womanhood. I grabbed those tweezers and started, without any thought as to what I was aiming to create.
  2. Constantly changed my mind on how my eyebrows should look. I was obsessed with arches, under brow hair, making the end into a point, redoing my arch because it wasn’t in the ‘right’ place, plucking from the top of my brow etc etc… No wonder my eyebrows have suffered.

If I was to give my 14-year old self advice it would be this: Eyebrows come in all shapes and sizes naturally, like fingerprints they are unique. Appreciate them as they are and go get some brow powder to play about with instead.

brows through ages

Eyebrow trends have been about since the dawn of time, but messing with your eyebrow shape can cause lack of grow back- you may end up with really strange lookin’ brows. You simply can’t stay on top of eyebrow trends, your eyebrows won’t let you. So instead, my plan is to leave my eyebrows alone- plucking far away from my brows, only rejecting the very very stray hairs.

Treat Your Furry Friends with a little Love & Respect:

  • Take a good look at them. Know the in’s and out’s of their shape. See if one is more sparse or uneven than the other. Look at the top and tail of both, do they differ there? You are simply figuring out how they are so you can properly go about make-uping them to their best. I, for example, know that my left brow hasn’t got as much at the top of the brow as my right and that it is generally sparser.
  • Go with your natural shape. Don’t try and shape them to have arches if they don’t have them. There are so many different types of eyebrows, its foolish to think ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to grooming. Audrey Hepburn’s brow shape wouldn’t suit a lot of people but they transform her face and made her into an icon. Eyebrows are unique, individual to you. Celebrate them!
  • Remember eyebrows are ‘sisters not twins.’ Making them look identical is likely to cause heartbreak and ultimately failure (or so goes my experience) so I would really really advise that you don’t.

naturally bushy 

The Look: Naturally Bushy

Experiment with a selection of shades, use feathery strokes slowly built up, go for subtle lines over block colours and do not underestimate the use of a barely there powered brush.

You will Need:

  • Very Light Pencil
  • Matching Brow Pencil
  • Optional: Matching Brow Powder
  • Optional: Slanted Brow Brush
  • Lots of Time!
  1. The bulk of thick, luscious hairs tend to be in the middle through to the end. Lightly pencil in the very front and top of the brow (where there are those annoying ‘out of place’ hairs) with a shade a lot lighter than your brow hair. Pencil in the direction your hairs naturally go. Also if your brows are particularly patchy or one is shorter/radically different from the other pencil it in to make them roughly the same shape. The idea is to make your brows look naturally thicker, you want to use a lighter pencil to make subtle fine hairs, you are building up dimension. Ultimately, you are getting an idea of your full brow shape.
  2. Draw a line along the bottom of the main part of the brow (ie- not at the front, or the end) with a powder that matches your brows and a slanted brush. Lightly shade the line up.
  3. Run over the front of the brow with the remaining powder on the brush then take a little more powder to apply to the eyebrow end. Don’t be concerned about a fine point, you’re aiming for a natural shape.
  4. Use a pencil that matches the powder to put in some feathery strokes over the top. Leave the top well alone, instead focus on the middle section.

 dramatic

The Look: Dramatic

This look is strong. It could be too harsh if used in the wrong circumstances. I would only use this look at night, when you have a full face of make-up to balance out the strength of these power brows.

You will Need:

  • Very Light Pencil
  • Matching Brow Pencil
  • Matching Brow Powder
  • Slanted Brow Brush
  • Optional: Brow Mascara
  1. Build up the ‘faux’ hairs first as in Step 1 from the ‘Naturally Bushy’ look.
  2. Run a line of powder along the bottom of the brow, (as in Step 2 of Naturally Bushy, but this time going all the way from end to end) blending up and filling in any patches.
  3. Pencil in with your matching brow pencil to neaten up the edges, especially the front and end.
  4. Optional: Run some brow mascara through the hairs to finish off. Be careful how you use it, you don’t want to go out-with the edges you’ve just created.

unkempt 

The Look: Unkempt

Its about to get messy. This look is not for the faint hearted.

You will Need:

  • Matching Brow Pencil
  • Brow Mascara
  • Spoolie
  1. Brush the hairs up in the first half of your brow. Brush the second half tidy.
  2. Gently pencil in hairs all over the brow with a matching brow colour. Pencil up for the first half of the brow and across for the second half. Be careful not to get any pencil ‘dots.’ Use pencil sparingly as not to create block colour. Less is more.
  3. Use brow mascara over whole brow. Be very careful, with your sparse pencilling, mascara blotches are more noticeable. Messy eyebrows don’t mean messy application. Alternatively, skipping step 3- leaves you with a subtle look good for the everyday.

thinner

The Look: Thinner Brows

For the times when there is no time.

You will Need:

  • Matching Brow Powder
  • Slanted Brow Brush
  1. Use your slanted brush, powder and feathery strokes to lightly fill in your brows. Concentrate on the middle of the middle of the brow. Brushing a little of the leftover powder on the front and end.
  2. Optional: Add more to the front, but don’t be heavy handed. Subtle rough and ready is where its at.

 

Is the Answer to Bad Nutrition, simply Education?

Education is necessary in the diet changing game, but it doesn’t just come down to that. I know what I should and should not be eating, I am fully aware of the evil of refined and why we should eat all the ‘colours of the rainbow’. I still gorge on things I know I shouldn’t. Why is this? I’m sure there are many reasons. But I believe the biggest is perception. Its not just about getting educated about nutrition, we need to get excited about healthy food, get a taste for these new flavours. As we continue to pursue a new healthy diet, our bodies will realign themselves. Instead of trying and failing to fill ourselves up with ‘empty calories’, the right diet won’t make you feel hungry or starved of nutrients. The whole foods will fill your body up and give you tons of energy. As we start to feel more satisfied, we will start to feel better emotionally, physically and mentally. We will start to see ourselves in a happier, more beautiful light.

Exercise Vision Board

 

body board

 Body: Tight, STRONG body with as much curve as I can naturally build on my straight up and down frame.

Clothing: To inspire exercise- hoard hundreds of workout outfits, for every different sport.  

Bronzed: Don’t all fitness babes have an enviable glow?

Environment: This is super important. Surrounding yourself with pleasurable places will make exercise less of a ‘should do’ more of a ‘please PLEASE let me squat now!!’ In fact- this may be the key to changing your whole attitude towards exercise.

Sport: Make a wide range of sport an integral part of your life. Weights, Pilates, Stretching, Running, Gymnastics, Boxing, Dancing. Its your lifestyle. An enjoyable hobby, NOT a chore.