Thursday, May 24, 2012

Le Weekend + DIY Chocolate Spa Part 1: Chocolate Mask

Hello, gorgeous! What a beautiful day it is outside. This post should have come on Monday, but I decided to take the day off. It's just a few peeks at some fun parts of last week + upcoming goodness in la vie. Oh- and don't forget the incredible lux chocolate mask!
(1) Bikini: I'm actually going to do a post about bikini mix + matching/coordination soon. But- because of the way I work it, I can buy just one piece of a bikini and make it work with my collection. This past weekend, I got this bandeau top. I love it. The colors are fantastic and it matches 4 of my bikini bottoms (holla!). I paired it with this aqua floppy hat my mom got me. I had nothing to wear it with prior-to, so now I'm pretty excited. This will be heading to the beach with me for memorial day weekend.
(2) Blooming Azalea: John bought me this little Azalea tree instead of getting me a bouquet for my DANCE PERFORMANCE in mid-may. It's really starting to bloom. I want six more. One for every room. I'm serious.
My mom + niece
(3) Mani/Pedi: My mom coordinated another spa day with the ladies last weekend! We've been meeting each year at a day spa for manicures, pedicures and facials with her family. She comes from a BIG family with 5 girls, who all in turn gave birth to girls... creating an entire army of loud, opinionated (but also smart and funny) women. It's a ton of fun getting together with them, even though not everyone can make it. This year she themed it after chocolate and made all kinds of treats. I'm going to share the recipe for her chocolate oatmeal mask below and then others throughout upcoming posts.
(4) Happy Early Birthday!: Tomorrow is my birthday and last weekend my sweet boy surprised me with a load of gifts! He gave them to me early because we accidentally forgot our anniversary. Oops. That actually isn't as big of a deal as it would seem. We eloped on a random day + had a big celebration several months (nearly a year) later. SO- we celebrate the day we started dating instead. And we always forget. Always. Boat shoes, a new wallet (you should see how pathetic my old one was- I'm going to do a post on it), an adorable set of ombre notebooks to write my ideas down in & a fantastic backpack to use when riding my lovely bike. We're having an entire week-long celebration of my birthday this week- courtesy of all the freebies (Red Robin, Culvers, Coldstone, Biggby, Panera... I love you all), so it was fun to get my presents early. There are still surprises to come!
(5) Chocolate Spa
a. DIY Lux Chocolate + Oatmeal Mask
b. DIY Chocolate Balm
c. DIY Kissable Spray
d. DIY Chocolate Soap
These are the things my mother made... as well as a lotion, now that I think of it? Anyway, today we'll start with the mask, which is pretty fantastic.

1/3 cup cocoa
1/4 cup honey
 3 teaspoons oatmeal powder (can be purchased ready made or ground down)

Mix all of the ingredients together and store in a jar (refrigerate).
You're supposed to take one tablespoon of the mixture and add in 2 tablespoons of sour cream or heavy cream before applying it in circular motions to your face. If I may- I say that you should sub in (sorry, mom!) 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt instead. 

That's it for today! We're almost to the long weekend. Does anyone have fun plans? I hope so! All the best, and as always, thanks for reading!

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