angelica, borage, hyssop
Planting these herbs will not only help our beloved pollinators, but will also pull double duty around the home. When choosing herbs that are ready grown instead of planting from seed, be sure to purchase your plants from an organic supplier. Some plants are cultivated with insecticides that are toxic to bees. Simple, “old-fashioned” varieties of plants are a better choice for bees than highly cultivated ones (via). These plants will provide food and habitat for a number of insect species, not just bees.
Also good choices: fennel, mints, sages and rosemary.
In addition to helping out the bees, these herbs have many different uses for us people, too. Comfrey in particular has great healing power, and can be made into a multipurpose salve. Catmint can be planted to help repel mosquitoes; we’ve planted a bunch around our back deck (it explodes, so be wary). Both lavender and lemon balm have incredible calming effects, and are two of my favorite herbs to have around.
Also, to be perfectly honest, I’m excited about some of these plants because they add color and depth to cocktails. A number of these beauties are used to create a wide range of bitters and syrups. Before you experiment, make sure whatever plant you’re using is safe to consume! Of course!
If you’re unsure about how to get the most out of your herb garden, I recommend finding a book. This is a good starting point (Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use). The Hedgewitch Book of Days by Mandy Mitchell is currently on its way to me. ♥
My favorite soft gray polish has definitely, sadly, officially met the end of its life. Because this bottle was at least five years old. I am mourning its loss by window shopping. Not really shopping, because I’m an adult and I know I have to pay for actually important things like school and food, but dreaming and clicking nonetheless. I consider gray a perfectly appropriate color for spring and summer. I know other folks are busting out their cream pastels and brights (and neons, auuuugh) right now, but I’ve never really liked the way those colors look on my nails. I love that gray is a safe neutral alternative, and it’s way to soften up my look in the warmer weather. I don’t always have painted (or wrapped) nails, but I have a tendency to reach for black polish 70% of the time I do manage to adorn them. I do have some great light neutrals in my collection, but damn, I don’t know, there’s just something about gray. I learned a lot about gray during my short stint as an art student. Maybe that’s the reason. Honestly, gray is my favorite color.
The polishes shown here run the gambit from almost-white to dark slate, and I love them all. Zoya’s Dove is my dying, dead, and must be replaced polish. It’s a good one for the price.
These polishes are all vegan-friendly and 5 free, at least at the time of this post. Dreaming and clicking.
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I get some West coast traffic here on girldust, so I thought it would be fun to share the ModCloth IRL Event that will be happening in Los Angeles April 9-11. For the first time ever, you’ll be able to see some of ModCloth’s vintage inspired pieces in person, get fitted by professionals, and try on your favorites before you buy.
I’ve personally always been more comfortable shopping online, but I know tons of people who aren’t! There’s an absolute benefit to seeing clothes in person, and being able to try them on, especially when it comes to dresses with vintage silhouettes! And because ModCloth has always been an online vendor (and were around in my LiveJournal days), this event is sort of be like meeting an old, old internet friend for the first time in person. You’ll be able to actually talk to a few of the folks behind-the-scenes.
If you manage to attend, maybe come back and tell me all about it. Sometimes I like to hear about how the “other half” lives. You know. Social people. ♥
Here are a couple springtime(ish) looks with some of my favorite ModCloth pieces.
Spring in New England is great layering weather (actually layering is necessary most of the year), and I like to lighten up my normally dark wardrobe just a bit with some paler neutrals. Spring is also an appropriate time to bust out the florals.
The event itself is free, but requires an RSVP.
The post below is written and photographed by my friend, Dani, the same friend who inspired this post on going cruelty free.
This recipe features Young Living lavender oil to flavor the frosting. If you don’t have Young Living oils, be sure to only use essential oils that are safe for internal use. Read your labels! Favor oils made specifically for baking will work, as well. For this recipe, you can also gently simmer dried lavender buds in milk. Strain, and allow the milk to cool before using in the frosting. Sprinkle dried lavender on top of the frosted cupcakes.
For convenience sake, she uses a boxed mix here. Feel free to use a yellow cake mix or recipe of your choosing.
Nothing says Easter like yellow cupcakes with vanilla-lavender frosting! Well to be fair, any day is a great day to have yellow cupcakes with vanilla-lavender frosting. These are delicious!
For the cupcakes you will need:
- 1 box cake mix (used Pillsbury Moist Supreme Classic Yellow)
- 1 cup of warm water
- ½ cup of melted butter
- 3 eggs
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine box cake mix, warm water, melted butter, eggs, and mix. I always let the batter sit for about 5 minutes before I pour into the cupcake wrappers. Once you have poured the batter into the wrappers, make sure to bang the pan on the counter. This helps to get the air bubbles out, so the batter bakes more evenly. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.
For the frosting you will need:
- 2 cups of confectioners sugar
- 2 tablespoons of softened butter
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 3 drops of Young Living Lavender essential oil
(makes about one cup)
Combine confectioners sugar, softened butter, milk, vanilla extract, and mix until smooth. Then add the lavender oil, one drop at a time, to taste.
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