Everyday Essentials


Little bag season is starting and nothing makes me happier than wearing a small purse instead of my backpack. I have a tendency to shove all sorts of things for winter into my backpack, especially when I need a place to put my gloves, hat, and scarf when I'm inside. For the summer I try my best to pair down to the bare minimum, which leads me to today's post: everyday essentials. I'm sharing the things I fit in my little bag that help me get through the out-and-about-all-day kind of days.

Baggu Bags - From the leather, Made in the US crossbody bag, to the foldable tote in its own carrying case, Baggu has me covered for little bag season. I try to always carry a tote because I really do not like getting plastic grocery bags. It's large enough to carry a lot of groceries and not crush things. 

Blue Avocado Reusable Produce Bags - I have three varying sizes of these mesh bags and they all roll up to fit into my Baggu crossbody. If you are trying to cut down on your plastic consumption, this is definitely the way to go. I don't always remember them, but when I do I am ecstatic that they can fit a bunch of kale, mushroom, and whatever else I might find in the produce aisle. (These seem to be possibly discontinued, but just search "reusable produce bags" and there are lots of options.)

Urban Moonshine Digestive Bitters - ALWAYS in my bag. If I eat too much at a restaurant or start feeling gassy or nauseous, these bitters are my BFF. The fact that they come in a spritz make them that much more magical. I also like that I can buy a bigger container of bitters and then just refill the spritzer when it runs low. P.S. Bitters are just like they sound, bitter herbs steeped in alcohol (but they come in cider vinegar now!) which aid in digestion. 

Cocokind MyMatcha stick - A necessity from my dry hands to my dry lips (working on that inner hydration, but not quite there!). It has the best smell of any balm I've ever used. P.S. You can now find these sticks at Whole Foods in the New York area and in Louisiana!

Cocokind Raspberry Vinegar toner - Just made up this little glass spritzer with my new favorite toner this weekend, but it will be a mainstay come summer. I'm definitely a sweater (sweat-er?) and I'd like to avoid the sweat acne I inevitably get around my hairline during summer. 

Bite Beauty Lush Lip Tint - Apparently this is now discontinued (sorry! Try the Multistick!), but Bite makes my favorite lipsticks and tints with natural and organic ingredients, meaning when you inevitably eat your lipstick (as we all do consciously or not), you aren't ingesting harmful chemicals. I use my lip tint similar to the Multistick on my lips and cheeks if I forget to put blush on in the morning.

Bach Flower Rescue Remedy - Another good spritz! This one is a combination of flower essences that aid in the reduction of stress and anxiety. New York City is full of stress, from missing the bus to being in a crowded train, and this little bottle helps your body deal with it. Delve into more information on the Bach Flower Remedies website. 

Handmade Salve - I made this salve with calendula-infused apricot kernel oil and rose geranium essential oil a while ago. It's a do-it-all salve from dry hands to elbows to hair ends. 

Foldover elastic hair ties - If it's not on my wrist, then it's in my bag. My former roommate, Sarah, made some for me and I'm eternally grateful for the introduction. I can't use any other tie now!

Teaonic glass bottle - Love My Liver tea is delicious and a great herbal flush to aid one of the hardest working organs, but it also is a tiny reusable bottle that I like to fill with homemade kombucha or tea. AND it just so happens to fit into my Baggu. Magic!

 

What's in your little bag? Any reusable items I should know about? Share in the comments below or tag me @lisammagee! 

Changing with the Seasons


Photography by Alexis Siemons

Photography by Alexis Siemons

If you've met me, you know my love of tea. I don't think I can go even half-a-day without a cup of something. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite tea-obsessed Instagram accounts, Alexis Siemons aka @teaspoonsandpetals. I was over the moon when she agreed to create a recipe to share with all of you!

This matcha tea infused dressing is the perfect way to ring in spring. The changing of the seasons is a great time to change up your diet. Lightening your diet with the addition of spring greens and late winter citrus helps get rid of the winter blues and transition your body into the proper season.

 

Photography by Alexis Siemons

Photography by Alexis Siemons

Mixed Green Salad with Matcha Dressing 

                  by Alexis Siemons

·      1 teaspoon of Matcha 

·      1 pinch of sea salt

·      1 teaspoon grapeseed oil

·      1. 5 teaspoons honey

·      1 teaspoon water

·      1 cup mixed greens (watercress or arugula recommend for peppery bite that stands up to matcha)

·      1 orange (half to be sliced for salad and other half for 1 teaspoon of juice)

·      2 tablespoons goat cheese (optional)

Add 1 teaspoon of matcha to a small bowl or cup and mix with 1 teaspoon of cold water to make a matcha paste. Mix in 1 teaspoon of grapeseed oil and 2 teaspoons of honey. Slice the orange in half and squeeze a teaspoon of the juice into the small bowl. Add a pinch of sea salt and stir well. Add mixed greens to a salad bowl. Peel the remaining half of the orange, cut into small slices and place over greens. Break goat cheese into small bits and place over greens. Pour matcha dressing over salad and serve immediately. 

 

How are you changing with the seasons? Comment below and be sure to tag me @lisammagee and @teaspoonsandpetals if you try out this recipe!