Month: May 2013 (Page 1 of 3)

Lavish Beauty: Oil Pulling

 
I was at the gym and an interesting article popped up on the welcome screen in the hallway. It asked simply “Are You Oil Pulling Yet?” When I got home I went to the website to get a little more detail on this peculiar practice. Basically, you take a spoonful of oil, like organic olive or coconut, swish it around in your mouth for about 5 to 15 minutes, and then spit it out in the garbage. Supposedly this practice draws out all the toxins in your mouth, which is a gateway for sickness and disease. People have claimed being healed of migraines, lethargy, and many other ailments. 
I would try it now – only I don’t have 15 minutes to sit around swishing oil. But I promise to post a follow-up on twitter.

Lavish Beauty: Oil Pulling

 
I was at the gym and an interesting article popped up on the welcome screen in the hallway. It asked simply “Are You Oil Pulling Yet?” When I got home I went to the website to get a little more detail on this peculiar practice. Basically, you take a spoonful of oil, like organic olive or coconut, swish it around in your mouth for about 5 to 15 minutes, and then spit it out in the garbage. Supposedly this practice draws out all the toxins in your mouth, which is a gateway for sickness and disease. People have claimed being healed of migraines, lethargy, and many other ailments. 
I would try it now – only I don’t have 15 minutes to sit around swishing oil. But I promise to post a follow-up on twitter.

8 Great Organic Pick-Your-Own Farms on Long Island

Organics Today Farm, East Islip, Long Island
I love this season. The berries are ripe for picking, the colors at the farmer’s markets are a bit brighter, and best of all – the farms are open for picking your own fruits and vegetables. There’s just something about getting out in the soil, and seeing the root of your food.

My diet is about 90% organic now (some things I just can’t live without, like my beloved Café Bustelo!), so I search out organic produce for myself and my daughter whenever possible. Here is a list of some great organic farms on Long Island. Make it a day trip if you’re in the city!
Garden of Eve
4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901
631-722-8777
www.gardenofevefarm.com
Golden Earthworm Organic Farm
652 Peconic Bay Blvd., Riverhead, NY 11901
631-722-3302
www.goldenearthworm.com
Green Thumb
829 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976
631-726-1900
www.greenthumborganicfarm.com
Natural Earth Farms
Country Route 111, Manorville, NY 11949
631-804-3036
www.naturalearthfarmsny.com
Sang Lee Farms, Inc.
25180 Middle Rd., Peconic, NY 11958
631-734-7001
www.sangleefarms.com
Satur Farms
3705 Albahs Lane, Cutchogue, NY 11935
631-734-4219
www.saturfarms.com
Organics Today (pictured above)
169 Washington St., East Islip, NY 11730
631-650-4424
www.organicstoday.net
Quail Hill Farm
660 Old Stone Hwy., Amagansett, NY 11930
631-283-3195
www.peconiclandtrust.org/quail_hill_farm.html

8 Great Organic Pick-Your-Own Farms on Long Island

Organics Today Farm, East Islip, Long Island
I love this season. The berries are ripe for picking, the colors at the farmer’s markets are a bit brighter, and best of all – the farms are open for picking your own fruits and vegetables. There’s just something about getting out in the soil, and seeing the root of your food.

My diet is about 90% organic now (some things I just can’t live without, like my beloved Café Bustelo!), so I search out organic produce for myself and my daughter whenever possible. Here is a list of some great organic farms on Long Island. Make it a day trip if you’re in the city!
Garden of Eve
4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901
631-722-8777
www.gardenofevefarm.com
Golden Earthworm Organic Farm
652 Peconic Bay Blvd., Riverhead, NY 11901
631-722-3302
www.goldenearthworm.com
Green Thumb
829 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976
631-726-1900
www.greenthumborganicfarm.com
Natural Earth Farms
Country Route 111, Manorville, NY 11949
631-804-3036
www.naturalearthfarmsny.com
Sang Lee Farms, Inc.
25180 Middle Rd., Peconic, NY 11958
631-734-7001
www.sangleefarms.com
Satur Farms
3705 Albahs Lane, Cutchogue, NY 11935
631-734-4219
www.saturfarms.com
Organics Today (pictured above)
169 Washington St., East Islip, NY 11730
631-650-4424
www.organicstoday.net
Quail Hill Farm
660 Old Stone Hwy., Amagansett, NY 11930
631-283-3195
www.peconiclandtrust.org/quail_hill_farm.html

Lavish Beauty: Getting Luscious, Hydrated Hair

I have tested many a hair product over the years. From Perms, to weaves, to dreadlocks, to natural twists, I think I’ve just about done it all. Luckily, my follicles have the will of a bull, so I haven’t suffered too much breakage. My tried and true hair regiment has never failed me: Peppermint castile soap, organic coconut oil (the kind from the supermarket, that you can actually eat), and aloe vera gel. Sure, I’ll use a specialty hair pomade, or some new product that looks and sounds good. But sometimes, its just better to abide by the KISS rule.

Lavish Beauty: Getting Luscious, Hydrated Hair

I have tested many a hair product over the years. From Perms, to weaves, to dreadlocks, to natural twists, I think I’ve just about done it all. Luckily, my follicles have the will of a bull, so I haven’t suffered too much breakage. My tried and true hair regiment has never failed me: Peppermint castile soap, organic coconut oil (the kind from the supermarket, that you can actually eat), and aloe vera gel. Sure, I’ll use a specialty hair pomade, or some new product that looks and sounds good. But sometimes, its just better to abide by the KISS rule.

Lavish Eats: Do Blonds Really Have More Fun?

I don’t know if I would go so far, but I’d love to taste this “blond” bar by the French school of chocolate, Valrhona. This chocolate bar was a happy accident which occured when chef Frédéric Bau noticed the hypnotic smell of some white chocolate that he had left boiling away for some 10 odd hours. Slow cooked chocolate. That just sounds amazing.

A 3 oz bar is $8. Get yours here.

Lavish Eats: Do Blonds Really Have More Fun?

I don’t know if I would go so far, but I’d love to taste this “blond” bar by the French school of chocolate, Valrhona. This chocolate bar was a happy accident which occured when chef Frédéric Bau noticed the hypnotic smell of some white chocolate that he had left boiling away for some 10 odd hours. Slow cooked chocolate. That just sounds amazing.

A 3 oz bar is $8. Get yours here.

You Should See: Rain Room at MoMA

 
The concept is simple, yet surreal: You walk into a room with an unforgiving rainfall. Only, the small space surrounding you is eerily dry as you navigate the room. That is exactly what happens in this exhibition as motion sensors detect your location and momentarily stop rain from falling on you. Seems like a very cool exhibit. 

Rain Room
MoMA
Thru July 28, 2013

More details here.

You Should See: Rain Room at MoMA

 
The concept is simple, yet surreal: You walk into a room with an unforgiving rainfall. Only, the small space surrounding you is eerily dry as you navigate the room. That is exactly what happens in this exhibition as motion sensors detect your location and momentarily stop rain from falling on you. Seems like a very cool exhibit. 

Rain Room
MoMA
Thru July 28, 2013

More details here.

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