Fall and winter are an interesting time of year…..It is a time of year that it gets cold, dark and wet, yet, there are so many Holidays to celebrate which means that it's a good idea to have a backup plan as far as hair goes. I'm sure we've all had those days where no amount of blow drying and styling has helped. A really easy way to keep your hair looking great in the dark and dreary months, while adding a little extra something…are headbands…more specifically Gothic inspired Flower crowns. Just slip these beauties on and transform any wet, soggy, bad hair day into a great hair day..
So...I was watching a show called "Better Call Saul", which is a spin off from the series Breaking Bad….In the show the lead character (Bob Odenkirk) is a broke lawyer (who knew those existed) that has an office and lives, behind a nail salon. During the show he is always poaching the Cucumber Spa Water that they have at the nail salon. At first, I was like…"cucumber water…huh".
Slowly, but surely….my curiosity got the best of me. I started asking myself questions like "why would anyone drink cucumber water?" and most importantly of all, "are there actually any benefits to drinking this water?"
As soon as I "Googled it", I was bombarded with articles that sang the praises of cucumber water….Cucumbers are loaded with vitamins…vitamin C, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and Vitamin K(I don't even know why that does really…but it sounds good to me!). Not to mention, they contain silica, who doesn't need more of that …right?….The list of health and beauty benefits was very impressive….everything from detox to weight loss to making you look young again….Sign me up! I'm always looking for ways to improve my mug. I, myself have used slices of cucumbers on my face many times to refresh and clear my skin with great results.
Another reason I found Cucumber Spa Water interesting is because I tend to forget to drink water, sometimes going the whole day with out it…yes...I know how dreadful that sounds, but I prefer to think of it as doing my part for the environment by conserving water.
Excitedly, I decided to do "The Cucumber Spa Water Experiment". I went down to the market and got, a couple of crispy cucumbers. I also decided to add some lemons to to my "spa water". I am happy to report that I've been happily drinking my cucumber water (and pushing it on to my loved ones) for 2 days now. I have to say, that when I drink the water I get that "cool refreshing feeling" (how's that for scientific data)…. I will update on actual results at a later date...
In case you want to make your very own "Cucumber Spa Water" here goes the ingredient list:
1 Crispy Cucumber (cut into thin slices)
1/2 Lemon (cut into thin slices)
I've seen many variations on the recipe…where people add all sorts of things…like mint…ginger strawberries and some other green stuff I couldn't really tell what it was. The sky is the limit here.
So come on…. off you go…. make your own Cucumber Spa Water and see if it makes you a little more bright eyed and bushy tailed...
Several Years back I went to Paris….I absolutely loved it and felt right at home, and dare I say Paris loved me right back. From the start of my trip to the end of my trip, it's as if the Gods were conspiring to have me, have an awesome time. Every where I went people would offer to help in some way or other, whether it was directions or getting free stuff…
One of the highlights (for my inner artist) on my trip was actually going to the Louvre. I loved everything…the gardens…the beautiful glass pyramid….the architecture of the actual building, and that's just the outside.
Inside, the Louvre did not disappoint. The museum is full of some of the most mind blowing works of art the world has ever known. Just standing in front of these masterpieces could potentially alter your view on life.
As I made my way through the museum, I found myself in the most crowded room of the Louvre. There she was... Aphrodite (Venus) of Milos. I (as well as every other person in the room) was in awe. It's one thing to see pictures of this statue and a completely different experience to actually see it up close and personal. It seems fitting that Aphrodite with her all her beauty would command the most adoration in a museum full of some of the world's greatest masterpieces.
Looking at this great work of the past, raises lots of thoughts and questions for me….like…what actually makes this a timeless masterpiece?….Is it just a simple case of fine craftsmanship? Is it the material, and if so would it still have the same appeal if it was made out of …say….copper? Or is it the symmetry and proportion...the obvious and not so obvious shapes that are hidden in the sculpture?
We've all heard the old adage "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" to a some extent this is true. But how is it that some things remain beautiful and others "don't age so gracefully?"All you have to do is take a look around and you see this idea everywhere.
Fashion is a glaring example of this. Have you ever bought something that was super trendy and was considered visually pleasing... initially…but when you look at pictures of yourself wearing that item or having that hairstyle ….the only thing you can think of is "What was I thinking ?"
In my old age (42), I have come to the conclusion that, there are fashions that have a timeless appeal.
Maybe, one deciding factor is how much love and passion an artist/designer/creator puts in to the creation…...