Monday, March 24

My Photography and Video Setup

Amare is what I'm calling my baby camera, because I'm cool like that.

I've finally got my photography and video equipment in order! It all shipped from B & H Photo Video in New York last week, and I'm so excited about it. I couldn't be happier, and it's everything that I hoped it would be. My old Canon lasted me 10 years, so I can only imagine how long this one will stay with me as well.

Here's what's in the kit:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera with Charger and Battery Pack
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens with ES-78 Lens Hood and Bag
Canon Digital Gadget Bag 200DG
Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod
Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4V, 1750mAh
SanDisk Extreme CompactFlash Card, 32GB, Speeds up to 120MB/s 800X
SanDisk Extreme SDHC UHS-I Card, 32GB 8 Hours HD Std Quality, Speeds up to 45MB/s 300X

Other than my college education, this is the biggest purchase I've made in my entire life. A big thank you goes out to everyone that helped along the way with the camera: Andrew, Alex, Ryann, Markus, Matthew, Matt, Sal, Charles, Brian, Alicia, Looeez, Carlos, and Richard. Your generosity touched my heart and I'm forever grateful.

Cheers, and here's to a new creative chapter in life.
I'm excited to share it with you.
~Claudia

Friday, March 21

DIY Beauty: Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Baths

These baths are fun, easy, and above all else, amazing for you. All one does is chooses a favorite tea: It could be green, white, chamomile, peppermint, spearmint, etc. and puts one tea bag into a tub of warm water when it's still filling up. Now mind you that caffeine can be absorbed through the skin, so if you want a gentle pick-me-up, then go for a green or white. The caffeine and antioxidants will soak into the bloodstream through the skin, and leave it feeling soft, plump, and revitalized. Also, the tannins will tighten the skin and help diminish wrinkles over time. Non-caffeinated teas will do the same thing. So depending on if it's early or late in the day, or if caffeine is just not desired, choose the tea accordingly.

Second to this, one can also add beautiful fruit slices to the bath to infuse it with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. My favorites are apple, orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, strawberries, and melon. Depending on the season, choose which fruit appeals to you. Not only is this a wonderful form of aromatherapy, it's also a way to give your body extra nutrients to make your skin it's best. All of the wonderful vitamins and essential nutrients will infuse the bath water with what the skin loves. Just like the tea, they'll be soaked up through the skin and into the bloodstream. Over time, this ritual will soften skin and leave it glowing.

So give it a try! These baths are perfect anytime throughout the year. They can be cooling and refreshing during the warm months, and warming and soothing during the cold months. Make sure to soak for a minimum of 20 minutes, or for as long as desired. Let these plants do their magic, and enjoy the time off.

This luxurious form of pampering is also eco friendly because it's all natural. When the bath is over, use a bowl to collect the tea and fruit so that they can be easily composted and sent back to the earth. Either that, or the fruit can be used to freshen the kitchen as well by using it to clean the garage disposal. It's that simple!

Cheers and here's to happy, healthy living.
~Claudia

Thursday, March 20

A Guide to Seasonal Spring Produce

California grows about 80-90% of all fruits and vegetables in America, so one can see why these seasons are important. Even if you don't live in California or go to local farmer's markets, this guide can be helpful to anyone that purchases produce from the U.S. Not only does food taste amazing when in season, but purchasing these plants in season also helps sustain a healthy earth because the farming is in tune with nature.

So without further ado, these are some of my favorites that I like to eat in the springtime. They nourish me, and I love going to the markets because I know when I'm suppose to be eating what. If it's at the market then it's in season, and this is also a great way to get the freshest, best-tasting produce year round. It also makes one's diet interesting, because I can't wait to have it again when that time of year comes around.


Here are my spring favorites:

Grapefruit - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, juiced for a salad dressing, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, and is high in water content. It's also amazing at boosting the immune system, lowering cholesterol levels, and aiding in weight loss.

Peaches - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, diced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, and phosphorus. They're also wonderful for the skin, reducing hair loss, and maintaining eye health.

Nectarines - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, diced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, phosphorus, and niacin. They're also good for the teeth, strong bones, and keeping the heart healthy.

Apricots - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, blended in a salad dressing, diced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, copper, and a healthy source of fat. They're also fantastic for cancer prevention, keeping eyes healthy, and maintaining mucus membrane health.

Cherries - Used in vitamin water, eaten raw, sliced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, frozen as popsicles, and dried for snacks. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, niacin, and a healthy source of fat. They're also fabulous for inflammation relief, a sleep aid, and maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

Mushrooms - Used in sauces, diced in soups, as a garnish, blended in a salad dressing, sliced on salads, and blended in smoothies. A great source of vitamin B6, C, D, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, protein, copper, and phosphorus. They're also brilliant at strengthening the immune system, protecting the cells from damage, and keeping bones healthy.

Fava Beans - Used in sauces, blended or whole in soups, eaten raw, in salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, fiber, sodium, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, and a healthy source of fat. They're also excellent for stimulating growth hormones, anti-aging, and maintaining healthy brain function.

Green Onions - Used in sauces, blended or diced in soups, as a garnish, in a salad dressing, and chopped on salads. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, K, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, protein, and omega-6 fatty acids. They're also outstanding for maintaining healthy bones, preventing high blood pressure, and boosting the immune system.

Lettuce - Used as a garnish, in salads, blended in smoothies, and juiced. A great source of vitamin A, C, K, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, protein, and is high in water content. It's also incredible at improving digestion, keeping skin glowing, and maintaining a healthy liver.

Parsley - Used in sauces, minced in dips, blended or chopped in soups, as a garnish, chewed for fresh breath, in a salad dressing, in vitamin water, minced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, and dried for a spice. A great source of vitamin A, B6, C, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, and protein. It's also terrific for the lungs, bad breath, and stimulating the adrenals.

Mint - Used in sauces, in vitamin water, as a tea, eaten raw, as a garnish, chewed for fresh breath, in a salad dressing, minced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, and frozen in popsicles. A great source of vitamin A, C, calcium, fiber, iron, potassium, and protein. It's also phenomenal for headache relief, maintaining healthy skin, and stimulating cognitive function.

Sage - Used in sauces, in vitamin water, as a tea, chewed for whitening teeth, in a salad dressing, minced on salads, blended in smoothies, juiced, and dried for a spice. A great source of vitamin A, B6, K, calcium, fiber, magnesium, iron, potassium, and protein. It's also awesome for eye health, cancer prevention, and maintaining healthy mucus membranes.

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♡ Claudia

Monday, March 3

Look of the Month :: Spring 2014 :: March

Oh my! As always I have to do an Oscar look for this month. They're always so much fun, and I love seeing everyone dressed up so fancy. All of the ladies looked really beautiful once again, and it was hard to choose a makeup look to recreate for my digital face chart. In the end it had to be Jared Leto though! In honor of Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews winning Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Dallas Buyers Club (and only on a frugal $250 budget, which is even more cool), I thought that it would be fitting to recreate one of Rayon's looks for the month. Besides, Jared is awesome, and pink is always fun for spring. So get your fab drag on!

The current look is:
M A R C H  2 0 1 4


Color inspiration:
Hot pink, plum, nude, black, and gold

Current motivation for the look:
 Rayon


Previous Looks this Year:

J A N U A R Y  2 0 1 4

F E B R U A R Y  2 0 1 4

Please feel free to express yourself as well! Share links, tips, or any other suggestions in the comments. I would love to hear from you.

 xoxo,
~Claudia

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