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. 

FLORAL TRICKS

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When it comes to caring for your florals, it's all about technique.  And as it turns out, each variety needs to be picked, recut, and hydrated in its own way.  Flowers are beautiful and they, more than anything, really do set the mood and tone of a space.  But they are temperamental and finicky.  So, the next time you are setting a table be sure to keep these tricks in mind to blow your guests away and to get the most out of your hard worked centerpiece! 

For All Flowers:  Always cut flowers in the morning and bring a bucket of water with you to immediately submerge the stems.  Trim stems using a 45-degree angle with sharp shears.  This angled cut increases the surface area for drinking up all that deliciously hydrating H2O.

For Woody Stems:  With magnolias, cherry blossoms, lilacs, and other tough, woody branches, cut the stems vertically to create a 1 inch split from the base.  Another option is to hammer the base of the stems to create lots of little splits.  The goal here is to open up the outer bark to let them drink more water.

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For Roses:  Always be sure to cut roses just above a node with a growing rosebud.  This will help your roses bloom over and over again throughout the season.  Roses are especially thirsty and benefit from a solid dose of cool water before arranging them.  

For Tulips:  Tulip stems go limp quickly.  To help prevent them from bending, keep them wrapped in paper upright and place them in water for several hours.  Severely droopy tulips can be pricked with a pin (through each stem just beneath the head) to help air escape and perk up water flow.  

For Milky Stems:  With sunflowers, poppies, zinnias, and other sappy blooms, use a match to sear the bottom of the stems or dip them in boiling water.  The high heat will stop the flow of sugar rich sap which clogs the stems and prevents them from drinking water.

For Hydrangeas:  To bring back life to dull and droopy hydrangea heads, submerge them in ice cold water for a few minutes.  You can allow them to air dry and voila, they will be revived!

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LINKS WORTH LIKING

1. New app Artifact Uprising allows you to turn your phone photos into beautiful, tangible artwork with just a click. Order postcards, books, even lovely wooden boxes with your art on them. 

2. We can't wait to try beautiful, natural, apothecary-inspired beauty products from Fig & Yarrow

3. Some thoughts on why you should stop multi-tasking

4. A cocktail recipe from The Bojon Gourmet that has us thinking a lot about tinctures

5. Darling Magazine's vacation reading list

6. The sexy history of the woman's tuxedo

7. Zooey Deschanel: “Like every woman is dying to give birth! I don’t think so." (And then take a second to wonder why this idea is still revolutionary. And then look at the headline of the article and think to yourself what is "a feminist side" exactly?)

8. Chalkboard Mag makes DIY block printing look easy

9. We're imagining these Madewell heels with everything.