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All Natural Skin Recipes

by Kate on March 24, 2015

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After numerous discussions with my fellow Anthology editors about spas over the years, I can safely say we’re all on board for a little self TLC from time to time. I was very excited to stumble upon this collection of skincare recipes on the site of Austin-based design and event-planning firm Camille Styles—a treasure trove of beautiful tidbits. At first glance these look like the makings for delicious snacks, but they are actually a series of homemade treatments for cleansing, toning, and hydrating your skin. They were created by Adina Grigore, author of Skin Cleanse and the creator S.W. Basics,  who believes that the best ingredients for beautiful skincare are the exact same ones needed to feed a healthy body. 

Adina’s philosophy is one of simplicity, and all the products in her line are comprised of five ingredients or less. What I love about these recipes is that they are cost effective—made up of kitchen staples easily found in grocery stores—but also gentle, chemical-free, and easy to throw together in a few minutes. I know I’ll be taking a quick trip to the market and setting aside a little time tonight for one of these yummy treatments … How about you? 

{ Image above: Calming Aloe Cleanser recipe via Camille Styles; photography by Chaunté Vaughn }

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 { Skin Feast Mask via Camille Styles; photography by Chaunté Vaughn }

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{ Pumpkin Pie Glow Mask via Camille Styles; photography by Chaunté Vaughn }

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Flowers of Visalia

by Kate on March 19, 2015

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Is everyone else as excited as I am to welcome the Spring Equinox tomorrow? I am sure those of you on the East Coast are aching for a change of seasons, and I can’t say that I blame you. When I think about that magic of spring, it’s not simply the warmer weather and longer days: it’s the COLOR. I am a firm believer in the body’s emotional response to color, and I can already feel the shift happening when I look at these Instagram images of the botanical treasures the grow in and around the town of Visalia, California.

Browsing through this Instagram feed is like diving into paradise; like Gaugin’s first visit to Tahiti or when Darwin laid eyes on the Galapagos—a world teeming with sweet-smelling blossoms and lush green vines. The creator of these images, Sarah Speidel, is adept at capturing her subjects in abstraction, highlighting the often overlooked shifts in color and translucence that occur in each petal or plant leaf. These pattern-like images are a feast for the senses, and a perfect way to celebrate the change of seasons. Happy Spring!

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 { All images via Flowers of Visalia on Instagram }

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Cloud Iridescence

by Kate on March 5, 2015

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After three decades of being on this earth, I thought I had seen every type of cloud there is. Puffy clouds; flat, pancake clouds; those incredible quilt-like clouds that often blanket the sky over the Bay Area. It’s incredibly refreshing to know that I haven’t seen them all yet, and I am now on a passionate hunt to witness this incredible phenomenon with my own eyes: iridescent clouds.

Caused by the diffraction and scattering of the sun’s rays through small water droplets or ice crystals within the cloud, this rainbow luminescence can only occur in certain types of clouds such as altocumulus or lenticular—or what I like to call layer cake clouds. It is fairly uncommon, but clearly worth keeping watch for.

As we stretch on through these cold winter months, it’s nice to know that there is the potential to spot a brilliant opalescent cloud in the sky. Keep your eyes out, and if any of you stumble across this lovely occurrence, please share it with us!  

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{Image above by Darlisa Black}

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 {Image by Jason Pratt}

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{Image by Pennina Neumann}

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{Two images above and lead image by See Shinn}

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Ashley Le Quere

by Alexis on April 9, 2014

I first spotted the work of Melbourne-based illustrator and surface designer Ashley Le Quere on a wall—several of her patterns have been translated to wallpapers—and wanted to find out more about her. Well, I found plenty more to love in her portfolio. Ashley studied illustration at the University of the West of England and graduated in 2009. While she does work as an illustrator, her real passion is for surface design. Ashley combines traditional media—like watercolor and pen and ink—with digital creations. I especially love the way the scale of her motifs translate. The detail and texture is just as beautiful in smaller scale prints as a floor-to-ceiling application. Many of Ashley’s works are available in her Society6 shop.

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Debbie Carlos’ Honig

by Alexis on March 28, 2014

We’re big fans of Debbie Carlos’ work—are you familiar with her oversized prints?—so it was a pleasant surprise to find another source of inspiration from Debbie: her food-focused Tumblr Honig. When I’m feeling stuck in a menu-planning rut, I love to search through beautiful images of food. It never fails to send me off into new territory and I end up with a few new dishes in my repertoire. Most of Debbie’s Tumblr images have links to recipes, including some that have already made their way onto my favorites list, like this bread. So if you’re searching for something delicious to whip up in the kitchen this weekend, take a look at Honig.

{ Images from Honig by Debbie Carlos }

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