Monday Inspiration #4


Sometimes the best place to be is right where you are. I love this thing I read somewhere (trust me, if I remembered where I read it I would link to it, but I don't) that basically said something like:

Imagine if you already had everything you needed. 
Imagine if you were perfect just the way you are, 
that everything you could ever possibly need or want you already had. 

xoxo
Dena


Introducing: Wedding Wednesdays

Now, my faithful readers may be noticing a theme here (alliteration, I heart you) but today I am also just going to default on the power of an image over anything I could possibly write. I promise, more to come, including the proposal story, and goodness only knows what else but for today...

Ta daaaa:



xoxoxo
Dena


Easy Smoothies

Note: You can also add overripe strawberries! Nom!
I have been a blog posting slacker. I admit it. Because Summer is for being outside, and because I was traveling a ton, and because I lacked structure. I like structure, it keeps hoodlums like me in check.

 People always ask me how I stay so positive and somewhere on the list between my amazing, supportive friends, and shoes is food. Because part of what fuels me everyday to be positive, is, well what fuels me. Literally. As in the food I put in my tummy. Hence, Tummy Tuesdays. I'm a genius.

With treatments still ongoing, and with the overall badness looming that is getting seriously sick again, my number one priority has become taking really good care of my body. And that starts with the things I put into it. Now, I am no Kris Karr. I love all food, and I believe eggs benedict fuels my soul. I had it for brunch saturday AND sunday. I still remember when chemo destroyed my taste buds and made everything taste like rotting metal, and it has only made me appreciate the deliciousness that is food even more. Deprivation is not my strong suit. Life without a little fat is just not worth living.

Don't get me wrong, I love fresh things, I love vegetables, I have the taste buds of an SF-raised hippy. Green things are tasty and an important part of my diet and I try to get as much of them in all their nutritional bounty as possible. Sometimes, though, I get lazy. Also tired, and occasionally, nauseous. When that happens, this easy, protein-packed smoothie is what gets me over the hump in the morning (did you know sometimes hunger causes nausea? Chemo 101.) I'm pretty sure this is the easiest smoothie ever made, and I balk at even calling it a recipe, but you love me so you let me get away with these things.

xo
Dena

Chocolate Banana Protein Pick Me Up


easiest smoothie ever



Get it here:
Little adorable blender for $15 doesn't take up all the space in the dishwasher & has a lid! 
Because presentation is everything:


Monday Inspiration #3


I absolutely love this quote when I'm feeling less than perfect - whether it's physically, emotionally, mentally.

xoxo
Dena

Monday Inspiration #2


When we were in Mexico we went out on this crazy boat ride to swim with 30ft whale sharks. It was amazing. On the way back, our captain took us past this gorgeous shipwreck. When someone asked why they didn't move it, our eco guide said: "We're leaving the shipwreck, someday it will be a beautiful reef."

Forgive me for being so self-centered, but I couldn't help but feel like he was talking about me. My experiences with cancer, the trials, the fact that some days I feel like a total (ship)wreck... but from all of that something truly beautiful is being built.

xoxo
Dena 


Self Tanners: When you want to glow but one kind of cancer is enough



I mean, I kid I kid but in all honesty I am borderline tanorexic... It's a problem. I just feel better about myself with a tan. And I can tan naturally, but in my age and wisdom I have learned to shun the sun's damaging rays like a vampire. Which is why it's so sweet to have so many amazing, easy to use faux sun products to choose from. There is the right product for you - it's just a matter of finding the right formula, texture and color to make you love fake tanning (as in a tube, not a sunbed, ahhh the horror.) Your perfect match is out there I swear!

These are my favorites (and yes, I periodically use them all)

Faux Sun Bathing



ST. TROPEZ TANNING ESSENTIALS Self Tan Perfect Legs Spray $18 

SEPHORA COLLECTION Express Self-Tanning Kit for Face & Body $22

BARE MINERALS Faux Tan Body $26
TARTE Brazilliance with Mitt $37
ST. TROPEZ TANNING ESSENTIALS Mitt $6.50
ASOS Fancy Heart Shaped Glasses $11



And here's a great pic of my (faux) glow, just in case you don't believe me :)

You can read ALL about why I love each on of them, and more, on my new Luvocracy Beauty Board! I don't normally like to link and ditch, but I'm still recovering from last treatment so you'll just have to mosey over there and check them out, or just trust me and buy them here anyways ;)

xoxox
Dena
aka the most tan girl you know
and yes, I do use them year round I just blend in some body lotion to tone it down in the winter... I live in California, sue me

Monday Inspiration #1

From Late Afternoon on Instagram

Mondays are the worst. They are the hardest days of the week, bar none. They are made even worse when you have to go get poked with needles. But I think for me, and a lot of people (if Instagram is any indicator) this really helped.

Go team!
Love you all!
xoxoxoxox
Dena