E3Live

E3Live

Let's start the week off right with an incredibly nutrient dense superfood we discovered at one of our favorite spots, Punchbowl.  Now, we've been down the algae path before with supplements like Spirulina.  And while that pond-y kinda flavor can be a little tough to shake, the benefits of this particular blue-green algae (Aphanizomanon flos-aquae or AFA for short) have certainly shifted our priorities (there's very little fresh mango can't fix, right?).

Now, E3Live is the only company that offers AFA in a fresh, frozen form and this is definitely the way you want to add it to your diet.  Blue-green algae was the first organism on Earth to photosynthesize, the oldest variety of the some 30,000 algae species on the planet.  AFA is also the most nutrient dense (ounce for ounce)  whole food ever created by nature.  Not to mention NASA has fed E3Live brand blue-green algae to their astronauts for over fifty years!

So, if space explorers are incorporating this stuff in their zero gravity smoothies, we are definitely down to give it a go here on the ground.  Beyond the high concentration of omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids, vitamins, and protein, E3Live improves immune cell migration without over taxing and inflaming the body.  It is also a rich source of vitamin B which converts glucose in the body to physical and mental fuel.  With this stuff you can definitely kick the caffeine away, woohoo!  Visit their website to check out more info and order yourself a bottle!

 

J. CREW X CATBIRD NYC

When two of our favorites combine into one, well we get this "gotta shout it from the rooftops" kinda feeling.  Naturally when J. Crew announced a collaboration earlier this week with our favorite jewelry boutique, Catbird NYC, we were jumping up and down.  Available for pre-order on the website, the pieces are just what you'd expect.  Classic, day-to-night gems with a playful sophistication.  Not to mention the exclusive 14kt gold Lovecat ring which is oh so adorable, me-ow.  Excellent work, J. Crew!  We applaud your support of bespoke, teeny tiny boutiques and inspired designers.  Keep these collaborations coming!

I LOVE CREATIVES

I Love Creatives

If you're an L.A.-based creative type, you need to check out our brilliant friend (and founder of The Boffin Society) Eva's new venture: ILoveCreatives. For freelancers, small business owners, and the like, it can be hard to make new connections and get your name out in this big ol' city. That's where Eva and her partner Puno step in. Each week they send out an email with classified listings for everything from freelance services to cool events happening in the city. 

Subscribing is free! And placing an ad starts at a very reasonable $20. What better way to target like-minded folks and rise above the Craigslist abyss? 

I Love Creatives

MOVIE I LOVE: THE LUNCHBOX

I had a lazy weekend, full of cooking and snuggling with my dog. Teddy and I cuddled up with a new movie I discovered on iTunes and fell wholeheartedly in love with: The Lunchbox. This Hindi-language film from India follows the story of a young woman, Ila, who is trying to reach out to her distant, cold husband by cooking him delicious homemade lunches to be delivered to him each day by Mumbai's legendary lunch delivery system. She hopes that her food will inspire him to show her the attention she so desperately craves. But Ila's lunches never reach her husband, and are instead delivered to Saajan, a lonely soon-to-be-retired widower with no friends. Soon realizing the error, the two begin to exchange notes each day via the lunchbox, connecting first simply via food, and later on their mutual loneliness and need for human connection. The story is full of intense and genuine emotion--the type of pathos that is so often lacking in American cinema. As a fan of Indian cooking, I thought I would simply enjoy the film for the delicious recipes, but it became much more to me: a reminder of how much we all crave to simply reach out and touch one another. To listen and be heard. 



 

EPICUREN HIMALAYAN SUPERFRUIT ENZYME POLISH

Epicuren Superfruit

When skin is feeling a bit...crusty...you have a few options. Scrub it to death with an abrasive facial scrub, go at it with a washcloth, or gently polish it with natural superfruit enzymes and tiny seeds. Guess which option we choose. 

Epicuren's new Himalayan Superfruit Enzyme Polish is simply pure magic. Formulated with natural enzymes of fermented pomegranate, blueberry, billberry, cranberry, noni, goji, and acai, this gentle smoothie dissolves dead skin without the harsh burning sensation that many chemical exfoliants have. It smells like a yummy berry kombucha, and leaves skin bright and glowing like nothing else. It's a little on the pricey side, but a little goes a long way, and you should only use this 1-2x per week to avoid sensitivity to the sun.