Sneak Peak of My Novel: Alone

I love to write, so I decided to write a novel. Here is a sneak peak of my novel entitled: Alone 


The pain in my chest was too much for me to bear, so I forced my drunken feet to stabilize, and stood a few seconds while my head stopped it’s spinning. I was always alone, but this time it felt worse…more hollow…lonelier. I followed the shallow knocking on my front door, with a Miller Light clutched in my hand, and red, puffy eyes from hours of crying.

I passed a mirror in the hallway, stepping back to tuck a lock of nappy hair behind my ear. The knocking persisted, and eventually I reached the front door. I grasped the cool golden handle with my free hand, turning the knob and opening the door to a tall dark haired man, with a look of guilt strewn across his handsome face.

My first instinct was to pour my deliciously chilled alcoholic beverage over his enormous head, but instead I attempted to slam the door in his face. Not before rolling my eyes and giving him a stern, spiteful, “Fuck you, Brent.”

His foot halted the door from closing and I knew I wasn’t going to escape this conversation, so I rolled my eyes, turned around, and headed into my living room, planting myself on the couch. He opened the door, closing it lightly behind him and following me into the den.

I curled up my feet, sipping on my drink, feeling the pain in my chest drifting away the quicker I sipped. I finished it quickly, standing to grab another from the fridge in the kitchen.

“What do you want, Brent?” I questioned nastily. He closed his eyes, hanging his head in his strong hands, plotting out the words in his head, trying to figure out a way to spare my feelings. But unbeknownst to him, I already knew what he was going to say.

He continued to stumble, stuttering over his words; so I disregarded his muttering, letting the run – around words fade away until I heard exactly what I was expecting.

“I’m sorry Aubrey… it’s over.”

Check out Part 2 Here

Jill Kirsh Color

Jill Kirsh color is an innovative program run by the lovely Jill Kirsh.

Jill Kirsch

When most people pick their best colors they do so based on their skin tone, their hair color, and their eye color. Jill goes strictly off of the color of your hair. Her idea is that whenever you put on an outfit or put on your makeup, everything should draw the eyes up, to your beautiful face. It’s not about “color” per se, but more so about hue. Everyone can wear every color, the variation is in the hue. If a hue makes you look like you’re melting behind it or it’s just falling flat, it’s a no go! No matter how much you like it yourself.

“The best colors and hues for you may not be your favorite colors.”


Here is Jill’s Bio from her website:

Jill Kirsh is Hollywood’s Guru of Hue!

Her unique color system has been the talk of the fashion world for the past five years. She’s been featured several times in InStyle Magazine, Backstage, RedBook, First for Women and on every major network and numerous local news affiliates including HGTV, Hallmark and Soapnet, plus myriad websites like AOL, BeautyRiot, Shopafrolic and more.

She was named Best Color Consultant in the Best of LA issue of Los Angeles magazine and is frequently called upon by celebrities and titans of business for color coaching. You might have seen her in your favorite department store or chain retailer, giving out savvy color tips to customers on special promotion days.

Jill developed her keen eye for color growing up in New York, where both her parents were involved in the fashion industry. With a move to Los Angeles, people in the entertainment industry began clamoring for her color expertise, so she began consulting and creating a line of color products geared specifically toward the four color categories she identified. Her talent as a color consultant and her products have been in demand ever since.

She currently runs her business, Jill Kirsh Color, with a vibrant and well trafficked website (http://www.jillkirshcolor.com/), from which she sells her celebrated swatch books, makeup kits and one-of-a-kind silk scarves. She has also contributed her services to The Fulfillment Fund, Beauty Bus, The Girl Scouts and Dress 4 Success.

WEBSITE: www.jillkirshcolor.com
www.facebook.com/JillKirshColor
www.twitter.com/JillKirshColor


I also had a moment to sit down with Jill and chat with her about her beginnings and her successes.  

How did you come up with the idea of Jill Kirsh Color?

“Years ago there was this concept of having “your colors” done. You were summer, or winter, or…But this is not “Your Mother’s Colors.” I learned this being on television, the camera zooms into your face, and your hair is what frames your face. So I created this system, an entire color collection for an individual based entirely on their hair. My parents were big in fashion so I worked in that industry, and it just kind of all came together.”

Who was your first client?

“When we launched it online, it was an entirely different thing from back in the day. When I put my spin on it, that’s when we launched it. I got a call from this woman who says “Hi, so I’m on your website and I’m trying to order, but I just saw you in In Style magazine.” I didn’t even know that I was in the magazine, so she was really the first customer through E-commerce or any form of media.”


So there you have it! Up next, my experience with Jill Kirsh’s Color Program, and my results! Stay tuned!

Craftsy: DIY Magic

Craftsy.com is an amazing online platform that allows you to sign up for classes and learn from the best in the comfort of your home. Unlike a cooking, sewing, quilting, or any other class…you can pause, rewind, mute, etc! Being able to do this makes it so easy to learn, and costs less than a traditional class. Each class comes with a list of supplies you may need, and a list of the lessons included in the class. You can skip, go back, and revel in all of the DIY know-how you can handle!

They have a variety of classes available, and the cooking classes are the reason why I am affiliated with them. I’ve already learned how to butcher a whole chicken, concasse tomatoes, julienne, fillet a fish…

And right now, they’re offering FREE Mini classes! They’re not as big as the full classes, but they’re still packed with information and you will not regret signing up for Craftsy.com and getting started on some of the free courses.

I’m going wild over there holding my credit card trying not to buy every cooking class on their site!

Give it a shot, or at least head over and check out what they have to offer you. If you’re anything like me, you want to learn more about DIY crafts and cooking, and you don’t really wanna spend $70 for one afternoon of knife skills lessons. Well with Craftsy, you get that lesson, at a cheaper price, and you can replay it over, and over, and over again. Totally worth it.

Go check out Craftsy’s Free Knife Skills Mini Class here!

Another class I’m personally enrolled in is the 20 Essential Cooking Techniques 

You will, without a doubt, learn how to use your kitchen and your knife in a way you never thought imaginable. Then all you’ll wanna do all day is cut things up…which is definitely how I’m feeling right now…

Enjoy!

This content is affiliated with Craftsy.com

Wash My Makeup Down the Drain

I recently wrote a piece of poetry that relates to my post about how Vanity does not equal Beauty. Enjoy.

 


 

I like watching my makeup wash away in the sink

The chemical clouded facade that portrays

The way men assume women look

Naturally

The powders and creams that are now down the drain

Cover up what’s hiding beneath

A beauty that can’t be framed

Shaped

Or highlighted

Something that’s natural and beautiful just the way it was made

The uneven skintone

A blemish here and there

They all tell me what’s wrong

 

The bags under my eyes tell me I need to get more sleep

The blemishes tell me I need to start watching what I eat

My skintone tells me I’m half black and half white

And the worst thing of all

Is that it tells the outside world

The exact same things

So we hide each blemish

And cover the tired under our eyes

So we appear to be something we aren’t

Well rested

Flawless

Even

 

I love watching my makeup wash down the sink

Because then I can truly be

Me

MateFit Tea Detox

MateFit tea has been around the inter web for awhile. I got really excited when they agreed to send me a sample, and I have enjoyed every bit of it! Many celebrities advocate MateFit and I can see why! From the cute colorful tumblers to the sweet taste of the daytime tea, it’s a pretty good choice.

Also, a big part of teatoxing is eating healthy! Check out my video blog here for healthy recipes.

My tea arrived in a decent amount of time, and I got really excited when I opened the box and realized a pretty blue tea tumbler was inside! What a nice gift from MateFit!

I used the 14 Day Teatox because it’s a good quick one to see how you like it!

How MateFit is Different

MateFit differs from other tea detoxes because all of the tea comes loose leaf. They don’t expect you to own a steeper and don’t provide you with one either. Instead, they provide you with tea bags so you can make your own! I really liked this because if I wanted a little more flavor I could add a little bit more, and I still had enough for all 14 days. It is the same as many other 14 day tea detoxes as it has a daytime tea to be taken everyday, even a couple times a day, and has a nighttime tea that is to be taken every other day.

It also differs because many of the ingredients are organic, and the daytime tea already includes stevia extract which gives it a little extra flavor. I didn’t feel the need to add any honey or lemon to the tea, which many other tea detoxes need in order to drink every day.

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Ingredients: Metabolic Boost: Organic Yerba Mate, Sechung Oolong Tea, Pinhead Gunpowder Tea, Angelica Root Powder, Guarana Seed Powder, Alfalfa Leaf Cut, Licorice Root Cut, Organic Stevia. Detox:Organic Dandelion Root, Peppermint Loose Leaf Tea, Organic Rosemary Leaf, Organic Senna Leaf Powder, Organic Motherwort Herb, Organic Cinnamon Powder, Organic Black Pepper, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Hibiscus Flower Powder, Organic Nettle Leaf Cut, Organic Rhubarb Root Powder, Organic Blessed Thistle Herb, Organic Lemongrass Leaf, Organic Grapefruit Peel.

Day 1: 

My first day was pretty good. I really like the taste of the tea it is rather delicious! I also really enjoy the tumbler because I can take my tea on the go if I don’t get a chance to drink it in the morning. Overall my first day consisted of drinking, and enjoying the metabolic boost tea!

I did take the detox tea the first day as well. I really like the taste of the detox tea, the minty flavor was pretty refreshing and made me del like I was freshening up my insides with every sip!

Day 7:

A week has gone by and I have noticed that my stomach looks extremely flat. Friends and family have also noticed, (since my stomach is out a lot due to the fact that it’s summer!) And have mentioned how toned and tight my stomach looks. I also feel like I have a ton of energy and I am not overeating like I used to. So far the tea detox is going really well and the taste is really good!

I only did this tea detox for a week because I was feeling great and wanted to save the tea for later! I really enjoyed the taste of this tea and I realized results in my bloating, my appetite, and my energy level. I had tons of energy

PROS: 

Packaging: The packaging is basic. They all come in looseleaf tea. I like the fact that they give you tea bags to make yourself, because you can decide how much or how little you desire based on your taste preferences.

Taste: I really like the taste of both teas, but specifically the daytime tea. My first reaction was “This tea tastes like diet tea!” But I realized that was probably from the powdered organic stevia they put in to sweeten it.

Quality: The quality is really good. Not only does MateFit rely on a lot of organic blends for their teas, it seems they put a lot of effort into the taste profile as well.

Pros From Other Customers: These teas are not just for women or people who want to lose weight, they are for people who want to make healthy choices. – Rachel from SkinGossip.blogspot

CONS:

Packaging: No packaging cons, just simple packaging.

Taste: Some people may think this tea has an acquired taste, but I personally really like it!

Quality: Nothing to say here!

Cons From Other Customers: Upon reading other reviews, I have seen some people complain that this tea doesn’t help them lost weight. My reaction to that, is they are probably eating and drinking whatever they want, not working out, and expecting the tea to work magic.

AlternativesYourTea, SkinnyTeatox, SkinnyMe Tea Detox, Teadetox, Nudey Tea Detox, and more… *reviews coming soon*

This tea, just like the other tea detoxes I have done, is meant to be coupled with a nutrition and workout regimen. And ultimately, a change in Lifestyle. None of these tea detoxes work magic, they simply help your body cleanse, release toxins, and speed up metabolism. The rest is up to you!

SkinnyTeatox Detox Tea

Check out Skinnyteatox’s Website to know what they’re all about!

The Skinnyteatox took a little while to arrive, but since I was already in the midst of doing the Tinyteatox I didn’t mind. Emma, the girl who sent me the sample also let me know that sometimes the post office can take awhile to deliver since the packaging contains organic products. Different than the Tinyteatox it came in a box with everything inside. The packaging resembles Teavana a bit with the fact being that these teas are looseleaf. The only tea that is in a tea bag is the nighttime tea that you take every other day. I was also gifted with a cute loose tea leaf steeper that I love and will keep forever!

For this review I did weight myself before because I knew I’d be working out and eating better, so I could get a more reasonable idea of how this tea has been helping me!

Teatox

Weight Before: 115lbs

How Skinnyteatox is Different

Skinnyteatox tea, like most other detox teas, has a loose leaf daytime tea and a nighttime tea that comes in a tea bag. This is the tea that contains senna leaf and causes laxative-like affects. The daytime tea you drink every day while the nighttime tea is every other day.

Day 1: Day 1 was pretty easy, I took some loose leaf day tea, which I really like the taste of. It has a green tea fruity taste to it. Pretty nice. I didn’t do the nighttime tea today, I will do that one tomorrow and then every other day after that. I was also given a chocolate fat free tea, so I tried a cup of that in the afternoon. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it because I’ve tried teavana teas that were chocolately and wasn’t a fan, but I really liked this one! Interesting taste.

Day 7: Halfway through and I’m feeling great! The after affects of the nighttime tea is unpleasant, but it passes within a few hours of waking up. Skinnyteatox suggests drinking the tea before going to bed so your body has a chance to digest. This was a great idea! I don’t recommend taking the tea the night before you have something to do early in the morning, because I personally was headed to the bathroom frequently during my English Final.

Day 14: Day 14 is here and I am happy with my results. During this teatox I made sure to eat healthy and exercise, so my results were pretty good. Similar to the TinyTea  teatox I did before this one, my bloating is gone! I feel like the Skinnyteatox was nice to get a good detox out of due to it’s laxative affects, but I don’t think it would be good to use it frequently. Studies show that Senna root (the main ingredient in the nighttime detox tea) can have adverse affects over a long period of time. But that’s why this 14 – Day teatox is perfect if you need a quick metabolism boost or if you’re feeling bloated or clogged.

PROS:

Packaging: The packaging is cute and simple. It resembles Teavana in the way that the loose leaf are in small silver packets with Skinnyteatox tea’s logo on the front.

Taste: I really like the taste of the daytime tea! It’s fresh and

Quality: The quality of the tea seems to be very good.

Pros from other customers: I am finished with the teatox and feeling great! I lost 1-2lbs off of my mid-section and feel totally bikini ready! I will certainly do another Skinny Teatox again in the future.

CONS:

Packaging: No cons on the packaging.

Taste: I don’t really like the taste of the nighttime tea, but a little honey and lemon makes it a lot better.

Quality: None!

Cons from other customers: “Senna has a strong laxative effect and it can cause headaches, diarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration,” Leonard-Stainton.

Alternatives: YourTea, MateFit, Nudey Tea Detox, SkinnyMe Teatox, Teadetox, and more… *reviews coming soon*

 Ingredients:

Loose Leaf: Sencha Green Tea, Yerba Mate, Dandelion Leaf, Ginseng Leaf, Lemon Grass, Celery Leaf, Nettle Leaf, Goji Berries (Fresh & Powdered), Açai Powder.

Colon Cleanse: Senna Leaf & Root, Hawthorn Berry Extract, Barley, Lotus Leaf, Lime Leaf & Extract, Psyllium Husk Seed, Phaseolus Calcaratus Seed, Rhubarb Root, Poria Cocos Stem Bark, Valerian Root.

Weight After: 110 lbs!

Results: So after 2 weeks of using the SkinnyTea detox program, I lost 5 lbs! I have been eating very healthy and still have a high energy level. I do not really enjoy the nighttime tea however, the stomach cramps and diarrhea associated with it are rather unpleasant. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and keeping hydrated so you don’t get sick while taking the senna root tea. As long as you are properly hydrated, you shouldn’t have any issues! Thank you SkinnyTeatox!

Your Tea 14-Day Teatox

I discovered teatoxing through instagram, and immediately wanted to try it out. I found Your Tea through instagram friends, and began to research them. According to the YourTea website, their 14 Day Teatox, which is the one I tried, claims that the tea helps balance out the body, can clear skin, reduce bloat, reduction of body fat and the like. So here is how my 14 day teatox went…

also, a big part of teatoxing is eating healthy! Check out my video blog here for healthy recipes.

I received my package on Saturday May 10th, 2014. I was graciously gifted by the fabulous people over at Your Tea, and the packaging is truly adorable. Small, compact box with a cute little note on the inside flap. Check out the pictures below!

Teatox
My dog was really into the packaging too, so he gave a little wink to the camera.

Teatox

How Tinytea is Different

Tiny teatox is different because it doesn’t contain any laxative effective ingredients. Its a healthy tea without laxative effects. This tea is also different because many teatoxes include a nighttime tea, and a daytime tea. This teatox comes with only 1 kind of tea to be taken 2- 3 times a day, 30 minutes before a meal. The packaging comes with 42 tea bags tucked nicely into a cute cardboard box with a welcome statement printed on the inside. It also comes with an accordion card that explains various types of teas that are sold on Your Tea’s website.

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Ingredients: Ingredients include Camellia Sinensis, Catsia, Lotus Leaf, Barley, Tea, Prunella Spike and Adzuki Bean. The one ingredient missing that most teatox’s have is called Senna leaf or Senna root, which is used as a laxative and a bowel cleanse.

DAY 1:

30 minutes prior to breakfast I enjoyed my first cup of Your Tea…

My first initial reaction was, it doesn’t taste like anything! I’m used to drinking strong, BLACK coffee, so I’m guessing a nice light blend of tea probably would taste like nothing in comparison to my usual morning beverage. But, I felt a boost of energy from the moment I finished my first mug full. I was running around the house, cleaning!(which I never do) and I felt terrible for my poor husband because he was exhausted and I was talking his ear off! My 2nd mug tasted much better. I’m not going to be drinking coffee during this experience so my tastebuds will have a chance to desensitize themselves from the usual strong taste of coffee. Still high on energy!

Day 1 Review: My first day was all in all, good! Nice light flavor of tea, and my energy level was through the roof! This is a good start to my 14 day Teatox! For my second cup of the day, I headed to the kitchen and ripped open a bag of Tinytea teatox. DO not, I mean DO NOT rip the bag! Half of my tea came flying out onto the floor. Be careful with the teabags they are very, very delicate. Luckily for me I have a loose leaf tea steeper from Teavana, so I just used that and poured the contents of the tea bag in there and boiling water followed. I will say I actually enjoyed this way of steeping much better because I could taste the subtle fruity flavors in the tea. I might just make this a habit!

DAY 7: 

After a week of doing this teatox, I feel quite good! My energy is up and my appetite is lower, I am eating pretty healthy and I am feeling like my bloating is going away. I am also really enjoying the taste of this tea! Unfortunately I have noticed some nausea in combination with the tea, but I know that can be a side effect of beginning a detox, so I’m not too concerned.

Day 7 Review: A week has passed and my energy level is still very high. Tons of friends have mentioned that I’m starting to look a lot leaner and I have noticed that my bloating has gone down quite a bit. The little bit of nausea I’ve experienced within the first week wasn’t fun, but manageable, and was gone pretty quickly. I’ve also gotten into the habit of icing the tea and sticking it in the fridge for quick and easy access, in the event that I don’t have time to boil any water. Your Tea recommends to drink the tea warm/hot though, so if you can, make sure you do that!

DAY 14:

So the last day is here, and I do notice that my bloating has gone down quite a bit. I’ve seen plenty of success stories with this teatox, so don’t rule this one out on your quest to a tight body. I also really like this teatox because it’s all natural, tastes good, and got rid of that nasty bloat. I’ve been drinking it iced a lot lately with a slice of lemon and I love it. It’s easier to take around with you, especially if you know you won’t have access to a stove or a microwave.

Day 14 Review: 2 weeks flew by and I wish I had more of this tea left. It was so tasty and I feel great every day! I will definitely be purchasing more, and I highly recommend it to people who enjoy a nice herb flavored tea.

PROS:

Packaging: The packaging is small and compact, no fuss packaging. The aesthetic value of the box is great, I almost feel bad throwing it away. (Which I haven’t yet) and the tea bags are adorable! Pink is my favorite color.

Taste: The taste is very light, herby, and fresh, I have begun to savor the three times a day I have my cup of Tiny tea. It’s very refreshing! I also like to add a dab of honey occasionally and lemon. Yum!

Quality: The quality of the tea is very good. The taste is great and it seems to be a high quality, healthy tea.

Pros from other customers: “Much to my surprise, I noticed gradual results from the second day forward. My waist looked smaller, I felt less bloated and, as a result, my stomach looked flatter. Prior to Tiny Tea, I had been seriously bloated for over a month, regardless of a clean diet and regular exercise routine.” By Daisy Lucas

CONS:

Packaging:  The Tea packaging along with the tea bags are VERY delicate. Be careful when opening them! I ripped the tops off of quite a few of them.

Taste: It’s a highly herbal tea. If you don’t like the taste of herbal tea, I wouldn’t recommend it without honey and lemon.

Quality: No cons in taste quality!

Cons from other customers: Upon research, other customers also experienced some nausea but for most it cleared up after the first couple of days!

Alternatives: Nudey Tea, SkinnyTeatoxSkinnyMe Teatox, Skinny Fox Detox, and more *reviews coming soon*

Results:

So, my results are in, and I have lost a ton of bloat while drinking this tea. I didn’t weigh myself before/after because I knew I would be enjoying myself eating, and drinking, and if I had been eating very healthy I probably would’ve lost some weight. With that being said, even with a few days of bad eating I’ve had a ton of energy, my pimples are clearing up drastically, and like I said before, my bloating is relatively gone! I will say that it’s one of the best tasting teas I’ve tried, but I’m a fan of really herby teas. I’ve been craving the taste for days! I will definitely be ordering more, and will stick to a healthy diet and exercise to fully utilize this healthy blend of herbs next time! Thanks YourTea!

If you want to give YourTea a shot, check them out Here.

Do you have any experiences with this teatox? What were your results? Let me know below.


Disclaimer: The detox tea WILL hurt your stomach the morning after you take it. It’s meant to cleanse your system, which means bowel movements (aka runny poops), which typically gives you a stomach ache. If your stomach ache is so intense you can’t function, you should stop using the detox right away and consult your primary care physician.