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California Inspired Living

California Inspired Living

Each item is hand chosen by owner Kristin Lewis to help you create an effortlessly California aesthetic in your home.

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TGC Journal

  • October 31, 2020 DIY Pumpkin Face Mask
    DIY Pumpkin Face Mask

    We know, we know...pumpkins are everywhere....but who doesn't love a DIY pampering face mask?! Fun to make while burning our seasonal, signature fall pumpkin candle and binging on Hocus Pocus for the tenth time. 

    Ingredients:

    • 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree: Can use the pumpkin puree from any pumpkins you have at home, or pick up a small can at the grocery store. 
    • 1/2 tsp honey
    • 1/2 tsp milk (any kind of milk; almond, oat, etc)

    Steps:

    • Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. We also love warming it up a bit by heating the milk ingredient prior to adding. Just make sure not too hot when ready to apply to skin.
    • Gently wash face and neck.
    • Apply pumpkin mask, light Garage Collective Pumpkin Candle, sit for 15-20 minutes and enjoy. 
    • Wash off either in shower or with a warm washcloth and follow with a moisturizer of your choice.

     

  • October 24, 2020 It's Apple Season...Apple Cocktails that is...
    It's Apple Season...Apple Cocktails that is...

    It's apple picking time! A super fun fall activity and also a great excuse to infuse some fresh apples into happy hour. Below, is a roundup of some fall-infused (and super easy to make), cocktails. Sip and enjoy! 

    Apple Cider Sangria 

    Ingredients:

    • Apple, pear and orange
    • Cinnamon
    • Sugar
    • Dry red wine
    • Apple Cider 

    Instructions:

    • Cut the fruit up in small chunks
    • Combine the fruit with sugar and cinnamon in large serving bowl and let it stand at room temperature for at one- two hours (the sugar helps break down the fruit)
    • Add the bottle of red wine.
    • When read to serve, pour half the glass with red wine mixture and top off with apple cider
    • Have fun with garnishes! We like to add a sprig of rosemary or cinnamon stick.
    • Sip, repeat and enjoy! 

    Apple Cider Mule 

    Ingredients:

    • Apple Cider
    • Vodka
    • Lime
    • Ginger Beer 

    Instructions:

    1. Pour 1/4 cup vodka, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and 1/4 cup apple cider into a copper mug or serving glass of your choice. Add about 1/3 cup ginger beer.
    2. Add ice and garnish with lime.

    Cranberry Apple Margarita 

    Ingredients:

    • 2 oz silver tequila
    • 2 oz apple cider
    • 2 oz. cranberry juice
    • 1 oz. orange juice
    • Ice
    • Brown sugar and granulated sugar for rimming glass

    Instructions:

    • On a small plate, mix together equal parts of brown sugar and granulated sugar until evenly mixed. Dip the rim of each glass in a little bit of water, and then in the sugar mixture to coat rim. 
    • Add ice to a cocktail shaker. Add the tequila, apple cider, cranberry juice, and orange juice.
    • Shake, shake, shake and pour into cocktail glass. 

     

  • October 17, 2020 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas
    Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

    Get your creative on. A few tools and tips to up your pumpkin carving game this Halloween season.

    • Break out the power tools. Use a power drill to create a series of uniform dots all over your pumpkin. Just make sure to space out your dots so you don't create one large hole.

    • For a spooky, glowing pumpkin, don't carve all the way through. Use a lemon zester to scrape away layers at a time for a multi-dimensional look. 
    • Cookie cutters can be used for so much more than just yummy cookies. Use the cookie cutters as a stencil to carve from, or use a hammer or  mallet to push them through. Etsy has a great collection of Halloween-themed cookie cutters to choose from.
    • If you are just not feeling the whole "carving thing," grab some paint (with a brush or spray paint) and have fun decorating. We love this look via Good Housekeeping: paint the entire pumpkin black and then use faux flowers to create a crescent moon.

    One final tip.....save your pumpkin seeds....clean em off, drizzle some olive oil and sea salt and bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until golden brown for a delicious fall snack.

  • October 11, 2020 Fall in love with Earth Tones
    Fall in love with Earth Tones

    With leaves starting to fall and pumpkins beginning to be put out on display, we find ourselves attracted to natural hues. Call it being aligned with the fall season, but the right blend of neutrals just makes us calmer and ready for a hot toddy. Color is such a powerful force and one that can control our mood. 

    According to Fashionista, Trend-forecasting agency WGSN aptly calls these shades nourishing earth tones. "A growing body of research shows that we have a deep-rooted bond with the environment and being outside in nature can have a restorative effect on the body and mind," writes WGSN's Head of Color Jenny Clark, who spearheads research and development of the company's seasonal color palettes. "Being surrounded by nature-inspired colors will feel more restful and calming to a consumer navigating a challenging world."

    Indulge in your senses and surround yourself with almond browns, honey yellows and olive greens. We have a collection of new rugs, pillows and accent pieces to fill your home with for the fall season and beyond. 

    Oak Pillow: This shade is always a classic.

    Emery Rug: A vintage, one-of-a-kind earthy beauty.

                                          

    Paper Mache Bowls

    Marble Dish: Hold your favorite sage or soap

                                         

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