The New Vaginal Frontier…

Vignal Steaming, V-Steaming

Hang on to your hoo-ha’s ladies. Today we’re going to talk about va-jay-jay steaming. Yup, the steaming up of your actual lady bits. I’m pretty sure I’m super late to this party, but in all honesty I needed to get all the facts before signing up to get my vag steam cleaned. It felt all so car wash-like if you ask me. And quite frankly I wasn’t too keen on burning off my bits without knowing everything there was to know about it.

Gwyneth Paltrow first announced that she did this V-Steaming cleanse  a while ago and since then everyone and their mom’s have hopped on the bandwagon. Articles have sprung up left right and centre, either re-yapping about what Gwyneth has already stated or giving a review after having just completed a treatment. Since the mass hysteria over this new treatment craze, articles have sprung up that are urging women not to use these steaming sessions. So who should we believe? Women seem to not be listening to the warnings from the Doctors. In fact there’s a pretty substantial following. Either way, there seems to be a push and pull about the subject.

Here’s the thing. There are women that are swearing by this treatment. They are shouting from the rooftops about their super clean vageen (see what I did there). And I say, to each their own. If the ladies of the world want to have steam, dried mugwort, wormwood and some infra-red lights paving the way like an air-traffic controller to old faithful, then let them at it.

Steam

Me on the other hand…well…I’m still up in the air about the whole thing. I have yet to make a definitive stance on the matter. Give me snail slime cream and I would probably say yes. Well, I have said yes since I bought a mask of the stuff. But paying a spa my hard earned money to blow steam up my fanny is hardly worth the time or effort in my eyes.  I’d like to quote Laura Hooper Beck, from her  super funny article for FastCompany.com when she actually went through with the whole process.

“It’s hard to say whether my V-steam was worth $50. If you’re Gwyneth Paltrow and $50 is what you use to wipe your butt (true story?), then yes. If you’re a human being who lives on this Earth, probably not. You can take a hot bath, sit in a sauna, or microwave a glass of lemon water and just squat over it for 10 minutes for very similar results.”

Maybe I might try the DIY version first. I can totally steam my own monster muncher (too far? Ah, party poopers to the lot of ya). There’s even YouTube videos on it. And… you can buy the dried herbs off Amazon. So there you have it. Your very own cheap vaginal spa experience in the comfort of your own home. Oh and if you were nervous about hovering over a cup of water, never fear, the internet suggests boiling water and putting it in a big enough pot and placing that in your toilet. And voilà… your very own steam hole.

To be quite frank, I think we’re all going a bit overboard with all this stuff. I understand that it’s an ancient remedy from Korea. I understand that some swear by it. But it’s becoming more and more apparent that we are turning into a society of ‘Death Becomes Her’, in search for eternal life and beauty. And furthermore, killing ourselves over it.

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Baking It Up… Pumpkin Pie Style.

Baking, Pumpkin Pie, Love, Recipe

So my yummy pandas, today I decided to do some baking. Well actually I decided it on Friday when I went to the grocery store to buy a whole bucket load of ingredients.

I guess I should start by saying that I have been craving a f–king pumpkin pie for the last 5 years. Yup! FIVE YEARS! Prior to living in London, I used to live in Cyprus. And both of these locations do not know or understand the necessity of providing its people with the gloriousness that is pumpkin pie. Luckily now that I’m living in the UK, getting American products is a lot easier. I mean there are dedicated sites over here that supply all that’s good in the world. Every fattening morsel of yumminess. YES! So I made it my mission to make me a good ol’ U.S. of A. pumpkin pie.

First I had to decide which recipe I would use. This was a tough call. But I finally chose Sally’s Baking Addiction recipe. The name ‘Great Pumpkin Pie‘ sold me. I mean just take a look…

The-Great-Pumpkin-Pie-Recipe-2

And the pie crust recipe I got from good ol’ Martha Stewart. I decided to attempt the Pate Brisee (Pie Dough) Now looking back at this recipe I think I used way too much butter. I’m now thinking that I read the ingredients wrong. Oh crap!!

Anyway, I’m pretty sure you’re asking yourselves why I couldn’t just wait until Thanksgiving to satiate my cravings. Well, people, May is my new Thanksgiving month. In fact if I want to bake me a pumpkin pie every month for the next year then that’s what I’m going to do. I REALLY need this. OK?! And besides I’m living in London. There are no rules or Thanksgiving Days. So I can celebrate being an American when ever I want. BAM!

I finally set out on my quest like a young giddy, albeit hesitant knight about to slay a dragon. I was prepared, I was knowledgeable, and my stomach was growling. I think now’s the time that I should also say… 1) I have never baked a pie in my life and 2) I had no clue about pastry making. Fear not people, I have yet to kill anyone due to my lack of experience.

All in all guys I think I did a pretty good job. I made the pastry yesterday and put it in the fridge overnight. Today I made the filling and poured it into my beautiful pie crust. I did experience a slight set back if I’m being totally honest. I forgot the heavy cream and the milk. I then had to un-pour my filling out of my beautiful pie crust and mix in the heavy cream and milk. I then poured it all back in again. PHEW! That was a close one. At least I had the chance to rectify my mistake.

I then let it bake in the oven for the allotted time and voilà I completed my first every pumpkin pie. Woop Woop!

Home made pumpkin pie Home made pumpkin pie

Ok so it doesn’t really resemble Sally’s perfectly perfected pumpkin pie masterpiece. And it does have a couple of cracks in it and a thicker crust due to my over zealous use of butter, but, I still made it all by myself.

I’m bringing it in tomorrow for all my work colleagues. They are my chosen guinea pigs. Tonight however, my prayers will be, that I hope I don’t kill them, and most importantly, I hope it doesn’t taste like ass.

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When You Develope A Bit Of An Obsession…

Obsessions

Howdy pandas!

I was just looking at my shelves, trying to rearrange some things. You know to make it look a bit tidier and I kinda just stood there. I couldn’t move. All I did was stand there and stare at one shelf in particular. I never noticed it before but now that it was sprawled out on one shelf, I realised I had an obsession.

It’s no secret that I like to write. I’m writing a blog for god sake! But ever since I could remember I had a journal. I would keep one and once it became full I would buy a new one. And so on. Until one fateful day I started to buy them at an uncontrollable rate. Now my shelf is cluttered with blank journals that won’t feel the touch of a written word against their pages. Well, at least not any time in the near future!

I have no idea where this obsession came from. It makes me think that I have a slight addiction to buying things that I don’t really need. Actually I think it’s become a slight comfort. These journals leave an air of creativity on my shelf. Almost like a constant reminder that I need to keep on trucking. Maybe the act of buying one is my subconscious screaming at me that I need to be doing something different with my life. Maybe it’s a crutch. It’s not like I’m writing up a storm in all these books. Who knows. It really does make me wonder why obsessions start in the first place. I do think it starts from a slightly broken place. Something that you aren’t really happy with or maybe even from a wanting/yearning to do something different. People get obsessed about a whole bucket load of odd things and I suppose I could have had a worse addiction.

For now at least, they will be collecting dust on my shelf. Hopefully I can kick this habit, because I definitely don’t have the shelf space for it.

Journals, Diaries

The Negative Space Nail Art That We Need To Rock…

Negative Space Nail Art

So, I’ll just come out and say it. I am so obsessed with negative space nail art it’s actually quite ridiculous. The technique is about letting part of your actual nail peep through bold, intricate and interesting designs.

The following photos are my top choices, so have a look.

And if you guys are anything like me then you will want to represent these bad boy designs on your own pretty nails. So here’s a couple of ‘How To’s’ for you…

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Let’s Show Ourselves Some Love… The 30 Day Affirmation Challenge

30 day affirmation  staying positive

Hello to all my beautiful pandas out there!

I recently stumbled across another 30 day challenge that I of course had to share with you. This time around however, it’s to do with giving yourself love and positivity. Don’t roll your eyes. I promise, it will be good for you!

I’m not going to lie, I’m just going to come out with it and say it. I used to really hate myself at times. Maybe hate is a strong word but there were many occasions where I used to get excruciatingly miserable about myself. It varied, but the most common ones were…I was too fat, not pretty enough, my job was unfulfilling, my boobs looked gloopy and had a mind of their own, my unhappiness with the bump on my nose,  why I couldn’t stop procrastinating, why I let myself be lured into bad relationships to get hurt, why I sat there and took it, and then it would circle back to the too fat ones again. Oh and for some reason I was convinced that I wasn’t good enough for men to stay around in a relationship. That inevitably they too would see all the flaws that I saw in myself and then eventually leave. Because it always came down to, I wasn’t pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough, compassionate enough, selfless enough, and so on. I would literally nit-pick every flaw that I had to the point of leaving internal emotional wounds that have yet to heal. Only now do I see them slowly closing. But my greatest fear was and still is, that I would never be happy with myself. I think we all get like that from time to time.

Our insecurities and belief that we aren’t worthy enough starts from junior high school really. Around the 12 year old mark. And for the unlucky few it could start from even before that. People can be really cruel. But the cruellest of all is your own self. That’s why I decided a while ago that I would stop putting myself down. Every time a negative thought crept into my brain, I would quickly stop it from forming and start to point out something positive about myself. I now can cut a negative thought off in a millisecond and go about my day. In fact, it’s been a really long time since my truly negative days! Which I would like to shout a massive happy WHOOP WHOOP to!

All I can say is that the saying about loving yourself before you can love others is pretty accurate! How can you truly know love or how to love without loving yourself first?

So try doing a little affirmation every day. Point out something positive about yourself. It can be something small and then gradually you will see greater positive things about yourself. Try looking in the mirror while you say it. You will feel calmer, internally. Chaos that once might have formed from the feeling of sickly butterflies in your stomach, will cease to exist.

What I really wanted all you pandas out there to know is that you are all beautiful. I know this world is a shallow cesspool of vanity. We have become the pre-ejaculators of the visual era. Where it takes us about 5 seconds to look, judge and discard. So let’s all try and love ourselves a bit more. You are all worthy in your own right. You deserve happiness like the best of them. Yes you will always see flaws but those are the characteristics that makes you, you. So embrace them. Learn to love them. And above all else know that you are wonderful.

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Sunday Evening Pampering Routine…Things That I swear by.

Pampering hair, oils, rosemary

Boy Sunday has come quite quick this time around. It always leaves me torn in two. On the one hand,  it bums me out because I have to return to the working world tomorrow morning. But on the other, I get a little excited because Sunday has become my evening to unwind. I suppose I used to get too bummed out about returning to work on Mondays so I figured I needed something to get me all relaxed for the week ahead. And that’s when I decided to do a pamper evening every Sunday. It turns out, I get a real kick out of it.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading and pinteresting lately and I found out that rosemary, olive oil and castor oil are great for your hair. Which is a good thing because it’s pretty cheap. So I decided to buy the following:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (organic)
Castor oil (pure)
Rosemary essential oil (pure)
Extra Virgin Avocado Oil (Organic)
Jojoba Oil (pure)
Peach kernel Oil (pure)
Sweet Almond Oil

I decided to make my own concoction to sooth my tired and dry tresses.

Essential Oils

This time round I put the above (picture) ingredients in a travel bottle. I mix it up every time with the proportions but I always add a hefty amount of Rosemary essential oil to every batch I make.

Castor Oil Avocado oil rosemary oil for your hair

After combining all the ingredients I put it all over my hair and once coated I massage my scalp for a good few minutes. Then I wrap my hair up in a bun and cover it with a bandanna. You can use a towel if you wish just use a cloth like material. Before I used to wrap my hair in a plastic bag but the amount of leakage that dripped down my face resembled that of a melting marshmallow so now I opt for a cloth wrap.

Once I finish wrapping up my hair I then leave it for about 2 hours. In that time I like to do the rest of my pampering.

At this point I should say that my eyebrows have been shot to shit. That is due purely to my stupidity when I was younger. I hacked them to pieces and now I’m left with sparse patchy hairs that do not resemble two eyebrows. I should also say that I have to fill them in with an eyebrow pencil. The amount of days that I have longed to never pick up that pencil again are uncountable now. It does my nuts in. So I started researching and found out that rosemary oil works wonders on your eyebrows as well. Now I put a nourishing oil treatment on my eyebrows while my hair is soaking in some oil goodness as well. But I also put it on before I go to sleep.

First I bought this Eylure nourishing oil which has rosemary in it…

Eylure eyebrow nourishing oil

I think it’s great. If you want a product that will give your eyebrows some nourishment then this is the one that you need to buy. But I also wanted to try and make my own…

rosemary oil for eyebrows

So I put rosemary oil, castor oil, a little jojoba oil and a pinch of avocado oil all together into the brown glass bottle that you see in the above picture. This is the one that I use before I go to sleep.

Next I do my nails. I am a big nail fanatic and my friends would tell you that they will always see me with different designs that I like to do myself.

Then about 30 minutes before I’m about to take a shower I do a face mask which I make myself.

DIY face mask beauty

The first time I tried a mask I used honey, baking soda (also known as Bicarbonate of Soda in the UK) and the juice of a lemon.

But now I add one more ingredient…

Face mask with Turmeric honey baking soda lemon

Turmeric!! Yup you read right my fellow pandas. Turmeric! Apparently it has some awesome benefits for your skin.

Turmeric, honey, lemon, baking soda face mask

Here’s some, to name a few:
Treats acne
Helps oily skin
Helps dry skin
Helps wrinkles
Helps eliminate signs of ageing
Helps lighten stretch marks
Soothes burns
Removes facial hair
Helps cracked heels
Aids to calm eczema
Removes dead cells

Turmeric benefits

I mean it sounds too good to be true right! But I am starting to swear by all things natural. I already told you what a big fan I am of raw organic coconut oil! Well, this is one more to add to the list!

And there you have it. My little pamper session on a Sunday evening.

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The 30 Day Kindness Challenge

Hello to all my beautiful pandas out there.

So I stumbled across something interesting on Popsugar; a 30 Day Kindness Challenge. Take a look:

30 day kindness challenge

 

There’s some great things on there. But it kind of got me thinking. I find it slightly depressing that websites are making different “challenges” just to get the average joe’s of the world to be kinder, healthier, etc. I feel like we should be doing small things every day, not just for the “30 days”. Chances are we will do it for the allotted time period, feel a sense of achievement, then slowly forget about continuing with the good deeds.

So let’s do small sweet gestures every day for someone else. It could be loading the dishwasher for your mom/wife/grandma. Or giving a random stranger a compliment. Or even writing someone a sincere note to say what a lovely person they are. The rewards would be a wonderful feeling deep within your soul. A feeling that no amount of money could ever buy.

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