Rebecca Atwood

Pillows are a great way to make a bold statement to any otherwise bland room. I have a lot of pillows and they sort of pile up in a mix matched Hodge podge of comfort. In fact, I have enough.

I couldn’t help myself when I saw these beautifully crafted throw pillows, designed by Rebecca Atwood, a Brooklyn based designer and former contributor for Anthropologie.

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All of her pillows are hand painted and reflect her childhood memories of growing up in Cape Cod and her everyday life in Brooklyn. How charming!

 

The Intern

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Nancy Meyers is  an American director, producer, and screenwriter. She is known for movies such as Its Complicated, The Holiday, and Something’s Gotta Give.

I am a big fan of her work because not only does she create an amazing ambience with her cozy interior designs, but I also like how the characters are usually mature in age and the settings make you want to snuggle up with some hot chocolate.

Anyways, she has a new movie that I am excited about called the The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert DeNiro. It’s in pre-production right now but I stumbled upon some set designs. I love the looks of these rooms.

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Love it!

Will you go see the movie?

 

Homemade lavender body scrub

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I usually make this scrub when my skin is feeling tired and dry. It’s great all over the body, especially when having dry flaky skin(although I wouldn’t advise using it on the face, sensative or sunburned skin).

The lavender is calming, the sea salt exfoliates, while the olive oil lubricants and locks in moisture.

You can use dry buds, found in any health food store, as pictured in the above photo, or use drops of any essential oil of your liking (be careful, some are very stimulating, read about them first and check with a doctor if you are prone to heart problems)..

The great thing about this scrub is that it usually lasts for up to a week so if you have some leftover, it can be stored in a sealed container until ready for use.

What you will need:

1c. Fine sea salt(course sea salt will not exfoliate well. The grains will be too large.

About 1tbsp of lavender seeds(or just a few drops of lavender oil)

About 1 to 2 Tbsp. Olive oil

About 1 tsp. Water

Mortar & pestle(optional)

A spoon

A dry brush*

First grind your lavender buds in your mortar & pestle), or simply squeeze a few drops of lavender into your sea salt). Then, using your spoon, mix into the sea salt mixture, until evenly distributed.

Lastly, add the olive oil and blend.  The mixture should not be too oily, but the texture of damp, crumbly sand.

Next, on dry skin, take a half a spoonful and starting at the feet, gently massage the soles,working up to the ankles,using your dry brush, brush in upwards, slightly circular motions. Do this all over the body until you reach the shoulders and chest.

Then rinse, or proceed to shower or bath. You’ll have fresh and rejuvenated skin!

*Bare hands is fine

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For more on dry brushing, click here!

Enjoy!