143: weekend to-do's


  1. celebrate a bright debut. yaa gyasi will be reading from her first novel, homegoing at harvard book store tonight. her book traces the history of two half sisters over the course of 3 centuries - from an african village to modern-day san franciso. homegoing has been described as "a blazing success" and "the most important book of the summer". i can't wait to meet the author and hear the passages read in her voice.
  2. get (slightly) out of town. sometimes heading just a short distance outside of the city can provide a much needed new perspective. i have an event to attend in concord this weekend and plan to visit all of my favorite stops in that neighborhood - the old manse, walden pond and the decordova sculpture park and museum will make for the perfect new england afternoon.

  1. laugh it up. local comedian xazmin garza is performing a set at the comedy studio in harvard square tonight. there's nothing better than a cocktail and some good laughs on a friday night.
  2. brunch it up. i owe a good friend a birthday brunch so we're heading to s+s in inman square for some bellinis and hearty french toast. this place has been running since 1919 so they have their brunch game down to a science. it's not the hippest place but i've never had to wait and their parisian french toast is amazing.
  3. sammy time. rumor has it blackbird donuts in the south end is offering a new donut ice cream sandwich on the menu for the summer. i love a good donut but these guys do it better than almost any place i know. be sure to grab one of these treats before the end of the season!


142: june playlist

this month's playlist is a collection of songs to get you into the summer mood. it is the perfect soundtrack for a car ride with all the windows down, sunglasses on and the wind in your hair:


141. all-natural lip balm

now that the weather is finally warming up, we'll be spending a lot more time outdoors. your lips will thank you for a little extra protection while you're enjoying some fun in the sun. this simple, all-natural balm will keep your lips healthy and nourished. it's perfect all on it's own but can easily be transformed with a subtle tint.

all-natural lip balm:

1 teaspoon unrefined cocoa butter
1 teaspoon raw shea butter
1 teaspoon unrefined coconut oil
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 teaspoon beeswax
1 teaspoon honey
6 drops of essential oil (we used a combination of cardamom and sweet orange)

1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
1 teaspoon of a natural tint (we used a combination of powdered beetroot and unsweetened cocoa powder. powdered hibiscus and powdered alkanet root also work beautifully)

if you are tinting your lip balm, combine the vegetable glycerin and powdered color in a double boiler. stir until fully combined. set aside.

using a double boiler again, melt the cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, beeswax and honey. stir constantly until fully blended. pour mixture into small jars or containers (this recipe should be enough for two).

now is the time you will want to add the color if you are making a tinted lip balm. the mixture will cool quickly, so you will need to move fast! pour the color into the mixture and stir vigorously util evenly combined.

before the mixture hardens, add your essential oils for to flavor it. once it cools completely, you are ready to to get your balm on!