A Little Bit Of Everything

Fridays take so long to come but Sunday finishes before I finish blinking, does anyone else agree?

I’m so excited for this month to wrap up! Chi and I are going to SoCal in early June to visit his family and I have some school stuff to attend to in LA. It’s going to feel so good to get out of San Francisco for a little bit. After that will be my month long trip to Asia, followed by a wedding in upstate New York! It’s going to be a veeeery busy summer.

My friend and I ate lunch on Wednesday near Chi’s restaurant in the Marina. We went to Blackwood, which is a Thai-American fusion type of restaurant. Asian fusion is really popular in SF, is it trendy in other cities as well?

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We shared the Cucumber Salad Spicy Seaweed since she’s vegetarian. Great food presentation if you ask me!

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I ordered the ‘East Feeds West’: Crispy pork shank slow cooked in Asian five pieces, Indian vanilla stick, served w/ broccolini and coconut sticky rice. How do you not order that when you read it from the menu?

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To follow the Asian vibe I had going on this week, Chi and I ate at a Vietnamese fusion restaurant last night. I went with him to run errands before dinner and couldn’t help taking pictures of the new LED lights they put on the Bay Bridge. I’m going to miss the old bridge whenever they tear it down, no matter how cool the new bridge will be!

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We ate in the Potrero Hill/Dogpatch district, which is one of the top neighborhoods I would love to live in. Residential but not too suburbian (as suburbian that SF can get!). I love trees with rounded up lights, poor tree toward the end didn’t get to flaunt his lights like his friends.

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We ate at Sunflower restaurant and shared the garlic noodles (bomb!) and BBQ Lemongrass Beef (also bomb!).

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Look at this view, I can imagine walking home from work to this view every night.

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I also wanted to share some of my must-have natural cleansing and personal products. I really encourage everyone to take a look at the ingredient lists on their beauty and health products and really try googling some of the stuff in it. A lot of us pick out organic fruit or vegetables at the grocery store, but don’t really incorporate those things into products we put on our body.

I’m slowly trying to weed out the ‘bad’ bottles in my bathroom and vanity (trust me, I have a bunch), but I do feel better knowing I’m making a conscientious effort to be more aware. With that, I’ll start off with listing some of my favorites that I have tested.

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1. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Pure Castile Liquid Soap, Baby Mild Unscented

I tried the Peppermint one, which I really liked but my skin is really sensitive and I find the Baby Unscented works really well for me. It also smells pretty good for something that’s unscented, according to Chi. For those with better skin, they have great smelling flavors like almond, rose, lavender, tea tree, etc. The body soap is purely vegetable oil-based (castile) and can be used 18 different ways. Some examples include cleaning counters, brushing teeth, laundry, etc!

This is a great FAQ for those interested.

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2. Andalou Citrus Kombucha Cleansing Gel

My skin is naturally very oily (thanks mom!) and this is the only gel cleanser I have found that really controls the oil production. It’s gluten free and vegan (if that matters to you), but the main reason I love it is it doesn’t break me out like a lot of other products do and it’s completely affordable. Of course, there is other good things like skin friendly probiotics and natural skin treaters i.e. willow bark and aloe vera.

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3. Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm, Peppermint

Now if any of these products are an unsung hero, this is it. I can’t leave the house without my favorite peppermint chapstick. This product doesn’t use petroleum as it’s main ingredient, which some of you may know actually causes dryness of the lips. It keeps my lips soft for the whole day if I manage to leave it in my car and can’t reapply and it’s great to apply before lipstick.

I feel like a walking advertisement but I was not sponsored by any of these companies! I just wanted to share the joy that is natural products. I’m also in the market for a good chem-free lotion. Any ideas?

What are your favorite beauty and hygienic products? Any plans this weekend?

4 thoughts on “A Little Bit Of Everything

  1. Our summer is equally busy! I love it and hate it at the same time. So much to look forward to but it flies by so quickly!

    My favorite natural product line is Desert Essence – best facewash ever! And this coming from the most acne prone person in the world!

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