In my search for the perfect denim jacket there are many things to consider, fit, softness (I loath stiff denim), buttons (surprisingly important), and weight. I want one that is really soft, it should feel like I've had it for about 349823489 years, and very sturdy, look like I just bought it. The goal here is also not to spend $500 on a denim jacket, that price is something I can only justify spending on leather goods. I keep seeing people, mostly women, wearing denim jackets. Where are they getting these? Are they leftover from the high school? I feel like denim jackets are something people buy once then keep forever and ever, hence the softness. I, however, never invested in a denim jacket. I bought dozens of denim blazers, denim vests, denim pants, unfortunately denim shoes, but never a classic denim jacket. STUPID. So here it is, please tell me where to get a jacket!!!
Olive oil contains an antioxidant called squalene which contributes to it's naturally moisturizing properties. This also repairs the skin's natural moisture barrier. Olive oil can be applied directly to the skin in replace of a daily or nightly moisturizer.* Due to it's natural antibacterial properties olive oil will help those with acne prone skin, much like coconut oil and honey. For all over moisture, add 4-5 tablespoons of olive oil to a bath, the warm water opens your pores absorbing the moisture from the olive oil. For a truly Cleopatric experience, add equal parts honey and a few drops of lavender or eucalyptus oil. mmmmmmm...
If you're skeptical about applying olive oil directly to your skin or bathing in olive oil isn't your thing then create a cleanser with olive oil and sea salt. The amount of olive oil and salt depends on how exfoliating you need it. If you're looking for a really good scrub then add more salt than olive oil. Another option instead of sea salt is epsom salt, it reduces swelling and has been known to decrease redness of skin.
There's a few different ways to treat your hair with olive oil. If your ends are especially dry place a few drops of olive oil in your palm and rub your hands together to warm up the oil. Rub the oil into the ENDS OF HAIR ONLY. If you get it near your scalp you will have oily hair all day, terrible. For deep moisturizing treatment, add olive oil to your hair an hour BEFORE showering. Start at the ends and work up to the roots. Most of the oil should be at the ends of your hair. Put your hair in a bun and follow with shampoo and conditioner in the shower. If you find that your hair is getting too oily only apply to the ends of your hair or try shampooing twice to ensure the oil is completely removed. Again, adding honey to this pre-shower treatment adds moisture and strength.
*Be warned, if you're using it during the day wait about a half hour before applying makeup or your makeup won't absorb into your skin correctly. Apply it a half hour before bed also or you risk staining your pillowcases.
To be completely honest, I do not like peanut butter cups. I'm not a huge fan of peanut butter either. I love peanuts but, in butter form, eh. However, when I came across this peanut butter cup recipe I was intrigued. Using good quality dark chocolate and a little extra salt I fell in love with peanut butter cups in a very serious way.
Peanut Butter Cups
barely adapted from Carey Nershi
1 cup of creamy unsalted peanut butter
4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of coarse sea salt (or more, to taste; I used Sichuan salt)
32 ounces of high-quality chocolate* (use milk chocolate if you really want to mimic the classic flavor)
*I used half chocolate and half white chocolate, honestly only for aesthetic purposes. The taste wasn't my favorite, I think next time topping it with white but having a dark chocolate base would taste much better. Balance!
1. Heat glass bowl using a double boiler, add chocolate. Just like the chocolate spoons recipe DO NOT get water in the bowl. This will destroy your chocolate.
2. Once chocolate is melted fill 16 mini cupcake papers with about 1/8" of chocolate. Careful not to put too much chocolate in the bottom, you need room for peanut filling. Return bowl to double boiler but turn off the heat, you can reheat later if chocolate hardens. If you're living in the northeast like me and it's freezing in your house let chocolate sit while you make the filling. Or if you just read that and thought, "well that sucks," and you're wearing shorts and drinking iced tea then throw them in the fridge.
3. FILLING: Using a rubber spatula, mix peanut butter and softened butter in a medium bowl until completely blended. Add light brown sugar and mix well. Then add powdered sugar and sea salt. Mix until completely blended. Careful when adding the powdered sugar, if you get too aggressive with it when you start mixing you will end up with a face full of powdered sugar.
4. Once the chocolate filled cupcake papers are hard fill with about 1/4-1/2 tsp of peanut filling. I didn't actually measure (woops) I just eye balled it. Make sure not to fill them too high or the chocolate won't cover the peanut butter.
5. If the chocolate in the double boiler has hardened reheat it. Once melted pour into cupcake papers covering the peanut butter, do not over fill.
6.Let peanut butter cups harden a little then sprinkle with a TINY bit of sea salt. Allow to harden for at least an hour. Store in a cool room or in the fridge. If not devoured immediately they will last for up to two weeks.