Chicago recently implemented a bag tax and it’s almost Earth Day, so instead of packing I rounded up a list of my favorite reusable shoppers!
The main features you’ll want for a bag that will last forever are thick straps and made of some strong fabric like rip stop nylon or canvas. I’ve been loving my Baggu’s Big Baggu in Hilo. I want their two new plant prints on everything!
Battenwear’s Packable Tote Bag is another rip stop nylon option but with adjustable straps! It’s also a part of Urban Outfitter’s sale, so snatch it up while you can.
Is anyone surprised I love Everlane? They’re one of the most transparent companies in how they make their goods, and profits for this tote go to Edible Schoolyard NYC. It’s a classic canvas but coated for durability and lined with nylon. If dough isn’t your speed they also have a “Know Your Sole” and ‘Know Your Grains”.
An Etsy gem, DEPEAPA‘s unique illustrations are right at home on a cotton tote.
Confession, I still shop at F21 just for the socks & totes. The cheap, $4 bags work as gift bags, shoes covers, and beach bags and I never feel bad tossing them around. And they always tell it like it is.
All eyes on you, you. When you walk into the room with this tote. Perfectly Nice has a bunch of clean and modern graphics, but this one and their snake tote are my favorite.
Another Baggu, but this one is different! The mesh is ideal for veggies and you can hang and store the tote in the pantry. Shopper & storage. Now you have an excuse to buy it in all their pretty spring pastels.
What I would give to have a waxed canvas bag. They’re more of an investment, but the hardware and materials are built for life. Newton Supply Co. offers the most on trend colors for waxed canvases. Their new seaglass color is particularly striking.
And rounding off the list is the Pinterest Holy Grail, the Apolis Market Bag. They’re sold everywhere and have different cities and occasions so you can find the perfect one for you! Jute exterior, waterproof interior and leather handles, they’re the farmer’s market dream.
A few other places to check out would be Herschel and Mochi Things. Herschel’s market tote comes in so many colors and even a frond print!
Mochi Things is my secret source for adorable paper goods & unique gift ideas. Their shopping cart shopping bag is too amazingly meta not to get.
Oh boy am I excited about this one guys. This past weekend was crammed with getting posts lined up for the month I’ll be in transit moving, getting married, and starting a new job. Originally this was a roasted asparagus recipe from last asparagus season and I ended up hating the way the photos turned out. Then lunchtime inspiration hit and BAM. This beautiful little dish that tastes even better than it looks materialized out of the kitchen.
Well, I wish it just materialized. I wouldn’t mind having a kitchen fairy that made just these ;). Good news for the fariy-less folks, this one is easy enough to make solo.
Poached Egg Asparagus Toast asparagus
salt + pepper
1 T mild vinegar
Preheat the oven to 425 F. Wash and trim the asparagus. Spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast for 12-15 minutes. When the asparagus is finished remove it from the oven and immediately drizzle with lemon juice.
While the asparagus is roasting it’s time to poach the eggs! I follow Faith Durand’s methodto get a no fuss egg done. While the egg is poaching, toast a piece of bread with a bit of butter and shave some parmesan cheese with a vegetable peeler.
Layer the toast with the lemon asparagus, shaved parmesan, poached egg, and top with cracked pepper.
Mmmm, look at the golden yolk. Usually I stay far far away from slimy foods, but Faith’s egg poaching method truly does create the most amazing silky compliment. I couldn’t help but include this extreme close up.
Even the colors of this dish scream Easter! What’s on your Easter Brunch menu? Will you be trying something new or using a favorite go to?
A few months ago a new Beauty Blender case was released. Ah! Brilliant! I hate leaving my sponge sitting out on the sink. I was all ready to buy it when I tried Googling it to remember what it was called. And then I saw these guys. $10 plastic eggs.
We can do better than that right? For $1-5 you can get a whole pack of colorful eggs!
Supplies plastic eggs
3/16th drill bit
If your egg already has holes on the top and bottom pieces, skip straight to decorating! If not brace each egg half on a flat surface and gently drill holes on the top and bottom.
Be careful trying to create large holes in the eggs- I originally tried creating the polka dot pattern with varied spot sizes and found that using any bit larger than 3/16th cracks the whole thing up.
Some tips for finding the perfect egg: take your blender to Target at it’s max size. I wandered the rows of colorful eggs, beauty blender in hand, and looked for oned that seemed big enough. As you can see in the above photo it fit the blenders perfectly! When completely dry. It wasn’t until I was trying to fill out the eggs more for photos that I was quickly reminded how much these sponges expand. Whoops.
Bonus tip: If your egg don’t stand up, you can find or make a regular egg holder to display the case. The faux granite egg holdersfrom last year would be a nice vanity addition 😉
A third of the year is already over guys, how is everyone doing with their New Year’s resolutions? I’m not even sure what most of mine were at this point, but the one I’ve stuck with is yoga. Man it feels good to start the day with a little calm. But with daily practices my mat was looking and smelling a little worn. So I looked at yoga mat sprays and saw they were $15+ for essentially water. D-I-By By By.
This spray is made in ratios so it can be easily scaled up or down to your bottle. I like keeping a little 2 oz. spray in my gym bag and a larger one at home as a room spray. Gotta keep it fresh everywhere, everyday 😉
3 parts filtered water
1part witch hazel
10 drops tea tree
10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils
glass spray bottle label sheet
Combine all parts in glass spray bottle. Slap a label on. Shake well. Easier than child’s pose!
You’ll want to mist your mat after each practice. This is more a daily cleanser instead of a deep clean. If you want to deep clean your mat, use a gentle dish soap and a bathtub.
So what’s in this thing? Well the filtered water will keep the nozzle from gunking up. Witch hazel is an alcohol and an oil, so it disinfects and acts as a carrier oil for the essential oils. Tea tree oil is the all-around perfect, natural cleaner. It’s antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal.
The essential oils are of course a nice aromatherapy, but similar to the the beard/body oil, you can use lavender, sweet orange, cedarwood, or eucalyptus for extra antimicrobial benefits. Super sweet and simple.
It was so much fun making little labels I couldn’t stop at just one! All three are on the label sheet. Let me know which one is your favorite!
In preparation for planting season I’ve been hunting down cute pots and stands. When I saw this pot/stand combo from IKEA I knew it was coming home with me! (It actually took 3 IKEA trips to find it, but hey, it’s home now). The major downside though was NO DRAINAGE HOLES.
Nuh uh. Not this time. I learned my lesson with my last IKEA ‘self watering’ pot (the shorter one pictured above). Plants don’t like sitting in wet soil for days on end. It’s the difference between wearing wet socks for a week or having a short, relaxing pedicure. So I could have passed over this great find OR….
Find a solution. And really, adding drainage holes is ridiculously easy with the right tools!
standard drill bits for plastic pots masonry bits for unglazed ceramics like terracotta
diamond tipped bits for glazed ceramics
lots of water
If you’re working on an unglazed pot, soak overnight to prep. This will help the drill move more smoothly through it.
Scratch a small ‘starter’ mark where you want the drainage hole with your nail to help the drill bit to stay in place. With your spray bottle in one hand and drill in the other, slowly go at it. Keep the drill bit and pot surface wet with the spray bottle. This keeps the bit from overheating (and potentially snapping) and the pot from cracking. If you feel like the bit isn’t getting anywhere, don’t be afraid to really give it some force. Just be sure to keep the drill perpendicular to the pot and not at an angle.
Always work up to a bigger size instead of using the largest bit immediately. I started with 1/4″ sizes and went up to 1/2″.
Also, doesn’t the pot look like he has a face now? It almost made me sad to fill it with dirt.
Ah. Pure satisfaction. Now I only add a tiny bit of water to the ‘self watering’ base to give plant baby the humidity he craves but not enough to touch the interior pot. Remember pedicures, not wet socks.
New baby makes his second appearance. May he grow large and healthy to fill out his new home. Still struggling with a name for this one and his new sibling (the prayer plant in some of the photos), so leave me some suggestions in the comments 🙂