The Marmot Angel Fire sleeping bag. I got this cozy baby on super sale in 2008 or 2009 at REI. 600+ fill down means it’s good for camping in 20 degree weather. And the nylon is so luxurious. More than one boyfriend has questioned which I loved more — them, or my sleeping bag.
Paddock boots. The brilliantly creative Meredith Ries suggested these cost-effective ($40 including shipping!) and all around awesome boots. I recently bought a pair in black and wear them everyday. They are super comfortable, synthetic (yay, animals!) and quite water resistant if not waterproof. I am 110% confident they will stand up to some serious city walking and chores at the Schacht Farm — where I get all of my local, hormone-free and free range chicken, eggs, and bacon and where I will soon be volunteering. The boots are intended to be a cure-all for my shoe collection — I dream of having only a few pairs of shoes, and these Paddock boots may well be the foundation of that dream.
Grapeseed oil. I ditched my expensive ProActiv products and went all natural and more importantly, simple and cheap — and my skin is loving it! Each night, I massage small amount of straight grapeseed oil into my face, then wipe off about half with a tissue. It removes excess oil, dirt, and makeup beautifully. And then, in the morning, my face is hydrated and awesome — kind of like I just got a facial. For real. I also bought some jojoba oil, which is most similar to the skin’s natural sebum, and made a daytime moisturizer using 1/2 jojoba + 1/2 grapeseed + a few drops of sandalwood oil. In the mornings, I exfoliate my face with a korean washcloth and castile coconut soap, then put 5 drops of the moisturizing blend on my face. Then, I apply makeup. I’ve even heard of women who don’t even wash in the morning using grapeseed oil at night — just a splash of water or wet washcloth in the morning, then makeup! I’ve been breaking out a lot in the past few years, so I’m sticking to scrubbing in the morning. Hmm, I guess I’m not the only one who’s into this!
Just a few thoughts here on the things I’m loving right now — because they make life more versatile and streamlined.