Archive for May, 2012
So, here’s the thing. Bloggin’ is freaking awesome. Not only do I get to hemorrhage my thoughts and views and weirdness onto innocent strangers, but I also get to meet some truly talented artists, entrepreneurs, and all around kick-ass people. Cue, Anatomy Naturals (the company that produces the all-time best facial cleanser this face has ever used!)
Recently, I had an AWESOME opportunity to hook up with Kelly Green for a super-duper fun interview/chit-chat. Kelly is the insanely talented and totally cool woman behind the Anatomy Naturals brand. Obviously, she’s not a “vampire” as the title of this blog post insinuates. Come on people…I mean, vampires only live in Transylvania and Forks, Washington (holla Twilight fans!).
In all honesty, I just couldn’t resist the whole “Interview with a vampire” thing as the title, since this is the first official interview I’ve ever done in my life and I needed it to actually sound “official”. Oh, and also since Kelly has some pretty mind-blowing altered art that kinda-sorta fits the title. What’s that mean?
Well, before our official interview, I had to get all Barbara-Waltersy and do some diggin’. One of the coolest things I found was that the designs on all of the Anatomy Naturals products are Kelly Green originals. And, I’m telling you, that the talent doesn’t stop at her off-the-hoooook skin care products and packaging. Her personal art is thought-provoking, engaging, unique, naughty, raw and cutting edge, but more on that later. Above all, I realized that we were kindred spirits and couldn’t wait to hear more about how this emerging product line was born.
I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to gush about her fab products, her deliciously macabre personal art, an off the chain limited time gift certificate offer, and your chance to win an amazing prize package put together by Anatomy Naturals and yours truly. Hope you enjoy it and show a lil’ love and support to one, super cool chick, her art and her growing brand. Ready, set, go.
You might remember my first post about Anatomy Naturals a couple of months ago in my “It’s Time for a Super-Sized List of Awesome Beauty Stuff” 5-list. Well, two really cool things happened:
My hubby saw that I wanted to try the Anatomy Naturals Facial Cleanser, and ordered it for my birthday. Yeah, I hit the jackpot with that guy.
Almost simultaneously, I received an email from Kelly, thanking me for featuring her in my blog!
As an extension of the written “thank you” she wanted to send me a free bottle of the cleanser. Um, how cool is that? Long story, short (and after a small internal melt-down from the hub, who was dealing with like, the third gift I was receiving in duplicate this year) he connected with Kelly and as a result of their master plan, I not only got to try the facial cleanser, but Kelly sent me a package filled with even more samples to try! Weeeeeeeeeeee!
Gentle Facial Cleanser: I already mentioned that the facial cleanser is literally the best I’ve ever used. I’m not lying. Nor did Kelly send me a box full of Ben Franklins to say that (although I likely wouldn’t have turned that down if I’m bein’ honest). Seriously, though…it really is that good. I have Rosacea and if you know anything about Rosacea you know that it is nearly impossible to find products that don’t make you look like someone took a blow torch to your skin. Well, I found it. It smells great, feels great and does not dry out my insanely desert like skin. I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and have noticed an incredible difference in the look and feel of my face – No more dryness, and reduced redness. I almost can’t believe it myself. I’ve spent YEARS trying to find something, ANYTHING that would help me. Finally, thanks to Anatomy Naturals, I did. No seriously, I’m prepared to stalk them until I’m dead. And, then I’ll probably haunt them (find yours: here for $24 bucks)
The rest of the package included the samples below, all of which were just as first-rate as the cleanser. Oh, and when you get a package from Anatomy Naturals, you feel like you are getting a gift from a friend. Presentation means a ton to me and what you see in the pics is truly whatcha get:
My other fave was the Tangerine & Grapefruit Body Scrub – the grapefruity/citrus aroma is intoxicating. So intoxicating, I nearly passed out in the shower and came out slurring my words. Bonus: My skin was silky smooth afterwards. Like butta.
(find yours: here for $26 bucks)
The Anti-Aging Eye Serum is equally out of this universe. Use a dab of this at night and you’ll look like a newborn when you wake up. I did. I had to double check to make sure I still had boobs.
(find yours: here for $28 bucks)
The Healing Hydration Hand Cream works good for other body parts too (heels, elbows and even cheeks!) It has the texture of a salve which makes it a true stand out to other hydrating creams. I loved it so much I slept with mine the first night. It almost broke up my marriage, but it was totally worth it (just kiddin’ love….or, am I?).
(find yours: here for $26 bucks)
I haven’t tried the Botanical Facial Toner yet (she sent that too), but am on that like white on rice (find yours: here for $28 bucks). I also have the Honey Lemon face polish on my radar too, which can be found here with the rest of this sensational line of products.
Yeah, I did too. Here’s what I found out:
So, what made you develop this awesome skincare line? I was drawn to developing Anatomy Naturals as a result of my grandmother’s use of Aloe, Vitamin E & Honey as part of her home remedies while I was growing up. I was fascinated by it and always carried that with me. When I asked her what her favorite home remedy is, she replied with one word – “Aloe”. Thanks Grandma!
How did you learn to make everything? It seems like you need to be a master chef or scientist or something…Actually, I am completely self-trained. I did a lot of research online and read a lot of books! FYI, all of the products from the Anatomy Naturals line are 100% natural. These “gourmet” skin care products are “handmade in small batches using only pure, simple, and nourishing ingredients”. They are free of synthetic ingredients, chemicals, parabens, artificial preservatives, colors and fragrances. And, they are gluten-free, vegetarian and cruelty free – Perfection (read more here).
Do you make it in your kitchen? It must take forever to make all of this stuff! (laughs) I have a designated room in the house. The scrubs take the longest as they have to set and “marinate” before packing and shipping. I bet her house smells scrump-dittley-umptious!
Any new products you’re getting ready to try? Maybe a mens line that would include shaving oils and after shaves. I also have a newer product that I made specifically for woman, called “Slip”. It’s a soothing feminine lube and moisture cream made with a slippery blend of organic coconut oil, aloe vera butter, olive oil, organic sunflower oil and vitamin E (find it: here).
Bananas or Peaches? Peaches! Don’t ask. I’m weird.
So, what’s the deal, right? Well, if you follow my blog, you know I’m in serious love with subscription boxes of all kinds (read about that here, here and here). Well, how stoked do you think I was to hear that Anatomy Naturals has been asked to be in not one, but TWO subscription boxes, putting these wicket-ossum products in the hands of over 8,000 households nationwide. Sounds phenomenal right? Well, it is. But, it is no small undertaking (or expense). So, Kelly created a fantastic Win-Win Promotional Opportunity for peeps like you and I, and here’s the skinny:
For a limited time, you pay $50 for a $70 gift certificate and $100 for a $150 gift certificate! I mean, that’s like a bazillion bottles of cleanser, serum, scrubs, and what not, at a gigundo discount – Just enough to experience these magical products and help a fellow sista’ grow her dream. As I mentioned, this is an exclusive, limited time opportunity. All gift certificate purchases must be purchased by June 30th, 2012 so hurry up and don’t miss out! Check out the full deets here and don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter while you are there:)
Oh, and make sure you check in next week, for the announcement of our awesome giveaway – Kelly and I are putting together a prize package valued at over $150 for one (1) lucky winner. It’s gonna be legit.
No need to panic, it’s right here! When you have a spare moment, check out The Kelly Green Gallery to see more of her provocative pieces. Now, on to the finale’ of my Barbara-Walters-ing:
So, what’s the obsession with human anatomy? I always wanted to be a surgeon, but I didn’t really want to go to medical school. So, I worked my butt off in art school instead. While at school, I ended up taking an anatomy class and found it fascinating.
What do the birds in your pieces represent? I really don’t like birds. Actually, they are kind of creepy. I am drawn to vintage bird illustrations though. The drawings are fascinating and the birds are usually very expressive.
Some of your stuff seems a bit naughty…what inspires you? I’m totally inspired by my “photographic first love” Joel-Peter Witkin. When I first saw his work my head blew up. I loved the idea that the subject matter could be pushed that far and still be so beautiful. Being a photographer, I like the form of the naked human body – clothing dates people. It’s not as raw. When I asked Kelly how she would describe her art to a blind person, she said she would describe it as a “Morbidly Naughty Feast”. I couldn’t agree more! I bet that a lot of aspiring artist’s heads “blow up” just looking at her stuff. I love the way things come full circle in life.
Fishnets or Knee Highs? I love both!
If you won a bazillion dollars in the lotto, what would you do with all of that money? Give it to me? She laughed, uncomfortably. No. I would not give it to you. (what???) I’d move to the beach or plan the greatest beach vacation ever. I’m an “ocean person”. I think I was a mermaid in my past life. I mean, I was serious. I kinda thought that since we were new besties that she would give it to me…but I guess mermaids don’t share with awesome bloggers. Wah.
And, that was that.
Kelly loves Lana Del Rey, Florence & the Machine (me too!), Counting Crows (me too!) and Tori Amos (me too!). When she’s not busy raising her boys, and making everyone’s faces, bodies, babies and lady parts better with Anatomy Naturals, you can find her watchin’ American Horror Story or Best Ink (and for the next million days, making lots of product samples for those 8,000+ households). I encourage you to stalk her at all of the below (and don’t forget to check back next week to enter our awesome giveaway!) Tootles!
Top-o-the-mornin’ to ya! Don’t ask. I’m not even Irish, and it’s actually late afternoon. I guess It just sounded like the right thing to say ? In any event, I am having a wonderful day on this glorious “Tuesday after a long weekend”. I had a fabulous workout and am
drinking eating, a luscious fruit smoothie chunky (which looks nothing like the alcohol spiked gem shown in the photo to the left).
FYI, the fruit “chunky” is the arch nemesis of the fruit smoothie (kick ass recipe here), and it only makes it’s presence known when your blender doesn’t feel like blending your frozen fruit the way it is supposed to as per the label on the 9 million dollar box it came in. If I was the “normal me” today, I might’ve launched the blender across the room in a rabies-like rage when things didn’t go my way . BUT, instead, I grinned and bared it (suck it blender…me and my fruit chunky are just fine, thanks). Special shout out to “insanely difficult step aerobics”, for being so freaking hard to do, but making me feel so positively amazing after I’m done.
Anyway, I’ve been really excited about the foods we’ve been eatin’ for dinner lately and it got me thinkin’ that it’s been about four-thousand years since I shared a recipe. So, below is one of my newest fave flaves, thanks to my FITNESS Magazine subscription…(seriously, it’s SO darn good, please make it and tell me whatcha’ think).
Now, on to one of the most awesomest recipes ever, squared.
Via the April, 2012 issue of FITNESS MAGAZINE. Makes: 4 servings nutrition facts per serving: 334 calories, 10 g protein, 37 g carbs, 20 g fat (2.6 g saturated), 11 grams fiber
4 Tablespoons EVOO
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons agave nectar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (if you don’t have 12 hours to squeeze fresh limes, just get the “fresh squeezed” stuff in the jar. It works just fine)
- 1, 15-oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 Garlic clove, mince it
- 1/4 teaspoon of Chipotle Chili Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt (we omit salt in everything we cook (never do this for baking!) so feel free to leave it out)
- 1 head of romaine lettuce, cut or torn into bite-size pieces (if your hamster can eat it, you’ve done it right)
- 1 large tomato, finely chopped
- 1/4 red onion, finely chickity-chopped
- 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced (Never diced an avocado? Click here for “how to”)
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (if you’ve never had quinoa, I encourage you to read all about it and start eating it. It’s the cat’s pajamas)
- 2 Tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro
Before you get goin’ on the salad-y part, you’ll want to mix up the vinaigrette. Start by using a blender that actually works. Then add 3 tablespoons of EVOO, the vinegar, the agave nectar and the lime juice and puree the H-E-double hockey sticks outta that shit. If you are looking to make it a lil’ extra spicy, just add some extra chipotle chili powder and fresh ground pepper and hit the puree button one more time. It’s totally worth it! Also, you’ll want to cook your quinoa now too (since you have to let it cool before stickin’ it in your beautiful salad). Just follow the instructions on the package (boil water, stick in quinoa, wait for water to evap…takes about 15 minutes). Once done, set it aside and let it chill.
Next, heat the remaining oil (the tablespoon you didn’t use when makin’ the vinaigrette) in a small saucepan over medium heat. Then, saute’ the black beans, garlic, chile powder and salt (if you are including it) for around 5 hours (just kidding…5 minutes!) At this point, your kitchen will be smelling so good, you might start licking the cupboards. Try to refrain from doin’ that. Um…oh yeah, start cutting up your veggies too. I usually stick them all in a big bowl and then add the “cooled” beans & quinoa so I can get it mixed up reeeeeeeal good and stuff. You probably won’t need to use all the vinaigrette, unless you’re one of those people who hates the taste of delish veggies. Either way, when all is said and done, it should look like this. Enjoy!! (oh, and don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway I’ve got goin’ on right now for your chance to win a 6-month KLUTCHclub or Conscious Box subscription or a $100 AMEX gift card*) Good luck
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Hap-hap-happy Friday! Wow, I haven’t done a list of 5 awesomes in like, a year. Well, today’s list of 5 awesomes is inspired by my belly, which is not only the bane of my existence, but also the driving force for most of my decisions in life…
Hubby: Wanna meet me for drinks after work? Me: Sure, as long as there’s gonna be food there.
Hubby: Wanna work on home improvement projects with me today? Me: Sure, as long as there’s gonna be food there.
Hubby: Wanna get a lil’ frisky in the kitchen? Me: Sure, as long as there’s gonna be food there.
Poor guy. My belly doesn’t discriminate. I mean, it’s not like it only gets excited when I’m at a breakfast, lunch or dinner table. Pretty much every situation you could imagine in life, fuels the “bells”. Which, is precisely why I’m on a stupid diet for the rest of my life and is precisely why today’s list of awesomes is “naughty food candy” for my deprived innards…the kind that I could only eat if I had pica…which, I sorta wish I had right now given the below…ugh.
Breakfast is Served Candle from God Blessed Shop on Etsy for $27 bucks
Um..yes. I’ll have the waffle, smothered in blueberries, syrup and butter, with a side of eggs and an extra order of bacon. Hashbrowns on the side. Don’t screw it up.
Find it: here
Mac and Cheese Noodles with Ramekin – Unscented Candle from KOKOCandles (handmade candles for the non-boring) for $28 bucks
I’m pretty sure I just licked my computer monitor. Yup, I did.
Find it: here
Stop. Just stop looking so much like a real cupcake. I think I might be having heart palpitations. Remember this scene from Dirty Dancing (at minute 208) ga-gung…ga-gung…ga-gung.. Yeah, my heart is beating just like that. And, I also have spaghetti arms.
Find it: here
Scented Wine & Champagne Glass Scented Candles from Vat 19 for $20 bucks
I’m pretty sure these candles are saying “I’m here to party”. And, that’s awesome because they are candles and candles don’t usually talk or party as far as I know.
Find em: here
Tootaloo! Enjoy the long weekend. Hopefully, it’s Wax-tastic. Ha ha. I kill myself.
(Don’t forget to enter this week’s AWESOME Giveaway*!)
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Hey awesomest people in the land! Guess what? It’s time for the most awesomest giveaway ever. You asked. I’m listenin’. Time to “Keep on Givin’ (part 3!)
I just love this giveaway, because I get to give you something I really, really love -Subscription boxes, which are truly the “gift that keeps on givin”. I’ve recently signed up for 2 new boxes and would love to brag about them together! So, I’m giving one (1) lucky winner his/her choice of one (1) of the following (entry form below):
A 6-month subscription to KLUTCHclub(my newest flame) valued at $108; or
A 6-month subscription to Conscious Box (my 2nd new flame) valued at $106; or
A $100 AMEX gift card (my flame for life. I mean…it’s swipe-able)
If you want to do an invisible high-five, I’m totally in. Or, just enter using the form below (don’t forget to get all your entries!).
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Thanks to Angie for hookin’ me up with Shop It To Me. I hadn’t heard of them prior to your email and am super stoked to check em’ out. Here are the deets:
So – If you love shopping, but get tired of scouring the internets to find that perfect piece to add to your closet, this totally free online personal shopper gig is SO for you. It’s super simple. I’m pretty sure your cat could use it.
HOW DO I SIGN UP? Get an invite from your’s truly (If you’d like an invite, send me your email address or click on either of the links on my Facebook or Twitter pages). Then, ask your cat to get off your computer and fill out the profile (you pick your favorite brands, from high fashion to classics like The Gap).
GET NOTIFIED: They send you email alerts that feature all the current markdowns, VIP sales and super top-secret promotion codes. So, if that lil’ dude that lives in your computer screems “You’ve got mail” do 2 things: #1 click on the link to check out your awesome deals and #2: Get yourself an iPhone or something. This is the 2000′s people! I’m pretty sure that AOL is extinct by now right?
BUT I DON’T WANT TO WAIT FOR AN EMAIL: Don’t worry Miss Independent, you don’t have to wait for them to notify you. You can also shop by type. Let’s say you need a hot lil’ number that’ll make your milkshakes look so good that the boys will be sprinting to the yard (cue, slutty techno dance party – thank you Missy Elliot ) - just login and plug how much you want to spend and/or your favorite brand via the home page. Viola. Your milkshakes are practically celebrities.
You get the gyst. I’m excited to give this a try. Let me know what you think!
Oh, P.S. – The site is good to go for DUDES & KID-LETS too! Just select the proper category when you fill out your profile and you are golden