Boutique Tings w/ H. Lerent

So , the other day I got the pleasure of modeling for H. Lerent, which is a new boutique in Charlotte with a bunch of flirty, edgy fashion forward clothes. Can we say FUN! The photographer/good friend of mine G, Onegshot, on Instagram gave me a selection of 3 outfits. 

1. Sheer, Paris inspired patch dress with a white slip to go under neath (took a minute for us to make the connection with the white slip)

2. Medium washed, raw hem ripped jeans, with a white shirt that had a train (that of course I fell completely in love with)

3. Black jeans, with a distressed grey sweatshirt. (This look was more Urban, and too hot for 90 degree weather)

So ladies, if you are looking for a nice place to shop, get some stuff to wear on date nights, and to brunches I mean the club, seriously whatever you need you are guaranteed to find it at H. Lerent.

Take a look at their website,  trust me you won't be sorry!

www.HLerent.com

DIY: Aloe Vera Curl Refresher

I made a curl Refresher on accident but I love it. 

What you need:

- Aloe Vera Leaf

- Water

- Tea Tree Oil

- Sunflower Oil

1. Cut the Aloe Plant on the sides to remove the spikes.

2. Cut as close to the top as you can and scrape the gel into a cup or bowl

At this point it's super thick. So, 3. I blended it once to make it less thick and literally was a turn on/turn off. 5 seconds tops

4. In your bowl put 2 Tbsp of Sunflower Oil and 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil.

(Ohh, I did add a little bit of Mielle Organics literally 2 tsp.)

Then Walaaaaaaa...Magic 

So this is after I mixed half water and half of my Aloe Vera Magic...it turned Pink WHICH IS OKAY!

Think of it this way: If you eat an apple and let it sit it turns brown because it is oxidizing. Aloe Vera that is exposed to light and air, it oxidizes and turns pink. 

Aloe Vera is my Messy Bestfriend

Sooooooo...

I got an Aloe Vera leaf.

And BOYYYYYYY it is MESSY AF!

For starters, I didn't realize how many thing you could do with Aloe Vera. I have super sensitive skin so when it comes to my skin care routine I avoid sulfates, alcohols, petroleum etc. As for my hair care routine, I try to use as many natural hair care products as possible, because those same things in those drying face mask and cleansers are the same things that will dry out your hair. 

So I thought to myself:

"Why not get back into making your own hair products...hmmm and let's dabble into skin too..."

So Dabbling On...

The best thing about Aloe Vera to me is the fact it's a moisturizer for skin and hair. It also soothes itching and skin irritation. I do have eczema, so I know for a FACT that it will soothe my breakouts in the summer, because that's when it's the most irritated. So if it will moisturize my skin, won't it moisturize my hair? Aloe Vera is composed of 96% water, some organic and inorganic compounds, a type of protein which contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the body and lastly, Vitamin A, B, C and E.

For Skin Care:

Vitamin C, E and beta carotene which gives it its nourishing and anti-aging qualities. 

For Hair Care:

It promotes hair growth, prevents itching on the scalp, reduces dandruff and conditions your hair.

Okay, so now time For DIY fun! 

 

 

Gnarly Garlic Meatballs

Ingredients for Zucchini:

2 zucchinis

Onion powder

Salt

Pepper

Minced garlic

Olive oil

Butter

Ingredients for Meatballs:

Lean ground beef

Lean ground turkey

Salt

Pepper

3 garlic cloves

2 egg yolks

3 Thyme leaves


Preheat oven to 400 degrees

1. Dice garlic cloves as small as possible

2. Separate the yolk from egg whites

3. Pick leaves off of Thyme sprigs

4. Mix garlic, thyme and egg yolk in a bowl and 1teaspoon of salt and pepper

5. Mix the turkey and hamburger in a bowl and add the garlic, thyme, egg yolk, salt and pepper. MIX IT WELL.

6. Roll the hamburger/turkey into balls and place in a 13x9 oiled pan.

7. Place in oven for 35 min. (Be sure to cook both sides)

Zucchini prep:

1. Slice the zucchinis into thin circles

2. Put sautéing pan on stove on medium heat with olive oil in the pan

3. Add minced garlic and sautée for 5 minutes then add zucchini . 

4. Sautée zucchini until soft and add your salt, pepper, onion powder and a tbsp of butter.