I’ve had this gardening bag lying around the house for quite some time. My family and I don’t have a backyard (we just have a deck), so I don’t have many opportunities to put my green thumb to good use. My gardening bag has (sadly) been collecting dust in a corner of my room, which isn’t useful at all! I’ve been thinking of ways to recycle the poor bag and thought about turning it into a gift bag.
I contacted a few of my favorite shops and vendors and put together a pretty awesome gift package if I do say so myself. And since this is a GIFT bag after all, I’m going to GIVE AWAY the bag & all its swag to one of you dear readers! Are you excited? I’m excited and I don’t even get to keep it! I can’t think of a better way to give my gardening bag a new life!
I’ve been wanting to add beauty/makeup tutorials to Drifter & the Gypsy for quite some time, but I just never found someone who was the right fit. About a month ago, I found Melanie of The Tia Fox and instantly knew she would be perfect for the column. A few emails later and I had secured a new D&tG contributor! Melanie will be contributing one makeup tutorial a month. I can’t wait to pick up a few tips and tricks from this column!
First up: How to Contour & Highlight. Let’s everyone welcome Melanie to the D&tG team…
Naturally chiseled cheekbones and structured jawline can be hard to come by, but by contouring and highlighting, you can enhance your best features. Using dark shades (detract light) and light shades (reflect light) of makeup will instantly bring out your cheekbones, slim your nose and sculpt your face.
Here are front and side photos of me with only foundation and eye makeup. I have no concealer, bronzer, highlighting powder or blush on my face.
As you can see, especially from the side photo my face looks almost two-dimensional and my cheekbones look nearly non-existent, but fear not! This can easily be fixed with contouring!
In the photos below, I used dark brown lines to mark out which areas to contour. Different contour lines enhance and focus on different features. For example, contouring just below your cheek bones will give you the appearance of more pronounced cheekbones. Contouring the forehead and along the hair line will help to create the appearance of a smaller forehead. This is great to do in particular on occasions when you have your hair up. Adding dark contouring to the outside of the bridge of your nose and under the tip will make your nose appear more narrow.
When contouring your cheekbones, the easiest way to know where to contour is to suck in your cheeks and then work from the top of the hollows inwards and shade along just beneath the sunken area. Make sure you stop an inch from the corner of your mouth and blend well. I like to use a contouring brush for this. For a slimmer nose, blend two lines of the shading powder from the start of your brows down the sides of the bridge of your nose. I like to use a smaller eyeshadow brush to do this.
It is also important to keep your face shape in mind. If you have a round face, contour under your cheekbones. This will make your face look smaller. But if you have a narrow face, it would make your face look even longer. Instead, shade along the top of your forehead and a bit on the chin. This will soften angular features and give a more rounded effect.
Blending is key! I like to run a fluffy brush such as a foundation brush over the finished look in a circular buffing motion. It is important to hold your brush very softly. A tip is to hold the brush towards the end of the handle. This will give you a softer and more seamless finish.
Highlighting is especially important when you are contouring because it brings the light back to into your face. At the same time make sure you don’t over do it. You don’t want a glittery and shiny face.
I like to use a tapered brush for application along the top of my cheek bones. Then I dab whatever’s left over on my brow bones, center of my chin and top of my nose. Make sure you use a light hand when applying highlighting powder so hold the brush at the tip for light application.
To cover the dark circles underneath my eyes, I like to use a cream concealer. I prefer to use my fingers over a brush because the heat from my fingers helps to warm up the product and the concealer transfers seamlessly onto my skin.
THE FINISHED LOOK
You can see subtle changes such as more pronounced cheekbones, narrower nose, smaller forehead and less visible dark circles under my eyes.
The changes are not meant to be drastic, contouring and highlighting techniques are there to enhance the features you already have.
And here we are! The last LÄRABAR flavor-inspired outfit: Cherry Pie. Cherry Pie is one of my favorite LÄRABAR flavors, so of course I needed to do a little something something extra special for this one. I wanted the final outfit to be something fancy and something extravagant. A grande finale if you will.
When Beth showed me this dress she found at Crossroads Trading, I expected it to be the masterwork of a famous designer or a coveted label, but it’s actually from the Target collection of some random designer I’ve never heard of. Go figure. But seriously. What a dress.
Before we took these pictures, Madeline over at CODE Salon SF dolled me up with some curls in my hair and I felt like a total prima ballerina!
I found this amazing location through the modern convenience of social media: Instagram. It’s pretty common in San Francisco to see flowers growing up people’s houses, but these flowers were seriously outta control!
When I saw lanaheartbear post a picture of these flowers on Instagram, I immediately contacted her to track down where they were located. And huzzah! The location for Cherry Pie was settled.
I discovered J. Hannah Jewelry via Refinery 29. San Luis Obispo-based Jess’s jewelry is crafted using recycled metals and conflict free stones. Her slogan is ‘Fine Jewelry For Fine Ladies’ – how cute is that??
There are always fun things to do in San Francisco, but this weekend there seems to be more than usual:
- Dear Creatures is having a sample sale over at Asmbly Hall (1850 Filmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94115) Saturday the 19th: 11 am – 7 pm and Sunday the 20th: 12 pm – 6 pm. I’m usually not a huuuuuge fan of sample sales because it seems like the clothing is never marked down quite enough (okay maybe it’s just me. I’m extremely thrifty), but I went to their SF sample sale last year and snagged some pretty cute items at dirt-cheap prices even for this frugal gal!
- I’ve curated an online shop with Crossroads Trading Co. showcasing 12 of my favorite picks. You can shop my picks here and this weekend only you can get free shipping with the code MICAELA.
- Talking about Crossroads, they just launched a new sell-by-mail option. All you have to do is request a bag (with pre-paid postage!) from the website here, fill it with your gently used in-season clothes and drop it in the mail. You can choose either cash or trade credit good at any of the Crossroads locations. You can have Crossroads donate whatever they don’t buy, or get those pieces shipped back to you for $8.
- Half Hitch Goods is holding a pop-up shop, Haus of Half Hitch, inside the Birch floral shop in Hayes Valley (564 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94133). The pop-up is not exclusive to this weekend, but it’s actually open for the entire month of July, so make sure you visit by July 31st! Leslie of Spotted SF did a wonderful write-up of Haus of Half Hitch here and Jeanine of The Coveted did a lovely write-up of the shop here.
Let me know if there are any more awesome things going on in SF this weekend I should include in this roundup. I’ll be at the BellJar exhibition on Friday, the Dear Creatures sample sale on Saturday and Renegade Craft Fair on Sunday. Hopefully I’ll see you at one of these events!
Summers in San Francisco are known to be a bit different from summers elsewhere in the United States. While my home back east gets sunny and hot, hot, hot, SF gets foggy and chilly. I personally love the blanket of fog that comes rolling down our famous hills, but it does take some getting used to. This simple recipe for rice and beans is hearty enough for a nippy evening, yet keeps the sense of more tropical climates at the tip of the tongue with added lime and cilantro: the perfect balance for a summer in San Francisco.
This recipe is very simple and can be made in large batches at the beginning of the week to tide you over for lunches on-the-go and easy dinners. Feel free to throw the rice and beans into the same container for storage and handling. The effect will be the same! Pack a big kale salad to start you off, then heat up a bowl of the rice and beans for a hearty, fibrous meal that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
SIMPLE RICE AND BEANS
-1 c. water
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed with the back of a knife
-1/2 c. short-grain brown rice
-1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
-1 tsp. olive oil
-1/2 large onion, chopped
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 tsp. ground cumin
-1/2 tsp. ground coriander
-1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
-1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
-1/4 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
-Juice of 1 lime
-Freshly cracked black pepper
-1 avocado (optional)
For the rice:
Combine the water, salt and smashed garlic clove in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the rice, returning to a boil, then reduce the heat to low until all of the water is absorbed. Set aside.
For the beans:
Heat the oven to 450°F. Place the halved cherry tomatoes in a baking pan and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper, then bake in the oven for 10 minutes, until juicy and fragrant. Remove from the oven.
In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly translucent. Add the garlic and ground herbs and cook, stirring, for another minute. Add the drained black beans and roasted tomatoes with their juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Allow the beans to simmer for 15 minutes, stirring a few times. Remove from the heat and add the cilantro, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
Place a helping of the brown rice into a bowl, add a helping of the black beans, and top with sliced avocado and a sprinkling of chopped cilantro. Enjoy!