Body, Health, Hygiene, Moi, Skin, Sunscreen

Backpacking is romantic until everything hurts.

My husband loves climbing shit camping. He’s hiked and camped his entire life.

I have not.

I prefer doing my nails. In a city. In civilization. Preferably sitting down.

But don’t get me wrong – I do love an adventure and Josh and I have already camped twice! Well, three times now.

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Specimen #1: Somewhere by Carmel.

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Specimen #2: Somewhere in Big Bear.

And adventures = fun. And camping = drive to location, walk 12ft, pitch tent, start fire. Backpacking means something completely different.

We drove thirty minutes out of town, parked our car and started walking. Mostly downhill at first. Then a little incline. Passing through what should be little streams but are now just rocks awaiting spring rainfall. We held hands and laughed; strolling deeper up the mountain and listening to the sound of nature all around. It was treacherous and my backpack was heavy [food, clothes, 0° sleeping bag, some butt wipes and my husband’s heavy as hell camera; believe me – he had it worse].

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We found this tree. Behind us is a rock this giant tree grows around.

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Tree bitch.

Then we got to the camp site and we shoveled things into our faces. And I doused myself in a Deet cocktail and took a nap on a picnic bench with the sun shining on mah face. And it was glorious.

But nothing is this simple.

We had to go further up to reach a scenic point on top of the fucking mountain. But now the terrain became even worse: switchbacks, unsteady dusty dirt slides, steep inclines. F. M. L.

Josh and I were in a car accident a few years back where the bone in the T went inches away from me and my back has been a nightmare ever since. Carrying shit in a backpack bigger than me made the nightmare a reality once more. By the time we got to our gorgeous campsite I was whining and throwing all my toys out of the pram. But it was gorgeous. And quiet.

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My shitty phone cam panorama.

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Sunset!

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Husband takes amazing pictures. This was our home for the night.

Morning came too quickly and it was time to down my coffee, pack up and hike a different way down than the one we came.

And by down I mean scaling a fucking mountain.

Here are the details I remember:

  • sending evil glares in Josh’s direction
  • telling Josh he’s a horrible human being for torturing me like this
  • sliding down in my shorts and getting my vagina massaged by sharp rocks
  • having my arms and legs mutilated by sharp leaves [scroll down for photographic proof]
  • sliding down in my shorts and getting my vagina massaged by sharp rocks
  • sliding down in my shorts and getting my vagina massaged by sharp rocks
  • sliding down in my shorts and getting my vagina massaged by sharp rocks
  • twisted ankles and the nail beds on my toes bruised from the incline down

So, a walk in the park.

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These are my legs post branch lashings. Pictures don’t do this justice.

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Quarter of the way down. Stunning scenery. I love that man. I hate all of those bushes.

When we finally made it down I was pigeon-toed and covered in baked on sweat-dust. Sexual. I know.

But enough about me. Let’s get to product…

Murad Balm

Murad Essential-C Sun Balm for quick application on the nose and forehead [don’t forget the tops of hands].

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Whish Deodorant Swipes were perfect for refreshing [contains hair inhibitors – not too shabby] .

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Kiehl’s Lip Balm with SPF 15 because your lips need balm to be bomb.

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Shea Moisture Joint & Muscle Relief Dead Sea Salt Soak with Lavender & Wild Orchard – you better believe I was soaking [and emailing from my phone because it never ends].

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My Frida Kahlo impersonation.

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This was on my face while I was naked and covered in water. I get these at the Asian market downtown.

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Love of my life [sorry Josh] Osea Malibu Undaria Alage Oil to soothe and repair the skin.

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Ioma Soothing Gel For Legs – this stuff has been a life saver. As a makeup artist and professional backpacker.

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Nip + Fab Post Workout Fix is a topical muscle cooling gel made especially for my tired shoulders and buns.

And now I must go do my nails because they look like I’ve been climbing rocks. Wait. I can actually say that now!

Owie! Owie! Owie!

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Body, Self Tan, Skin

Orange is NOT the new Tan.

Let’s be honest, for most of us summer’s over. [Echo…echo…echo…]

But it doesn’t have to be. Not with all of the new super duper amazing products out there to keep you looking  orange sun kissed.

Thus far my favourite self-tan product of all time is Comodynes towelettes.

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Incredibly easy to use. The colour is gradual and very even. No streaking and, as advertised, natural outcome. They have a separate smaller towelette for the face which is handy. By far these bad boys outlast any other product I’ve tried.

Trailing right behind is Xen Tan.

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St. Tropez is cool and all, but this stuff is more olive in the end. The initial colour, when applied, is a tad orange but within the 3-4 hours of process time where shit gets dark, followed by a rinse – looks like you’ve been lounging in St. Tropez and not using it. They also offer tinted moisturizers and other products to prolong the initial application. Smart.

If you are willing to invest in a self-tanner that stays on longer than a few days then run to Sephora for a dose of  Vita Liberata.

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A mousse with great even coverage that lasts 2-3 weeks [lasted me 2, but I exfoliate]. Super easy to use and doesn’t smell! WHAT?! It’s true. No stinkies. And no drying time. The mousse dries almost as fast as you apply it. Magical.

Now you really don’t have an excuse to use cheapie products that make you look like an Oompa Loompa. I’ve am your guinea pig.

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BB Cream, Beauty, Celebrity, Cheeks, Dior, Eyes, Hair, Lashes, Lips, Makeup, Skin

Vanessa Marano at Variety

I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with this lovely lady. You’ve seen her on Dexter as John Lithgow’s daughter, which happens to be my favourite season. And for the past few years she’s the lead in ABC’s Switched at Birth.

Very excited to share pictures of the shoot Marc Cartwright and I did with her, but until then – let’s dissect the look I worked on with her for the Variety & Women in Film Pre Emmy Party on Friday…

Here is the pretty girl in her pretty lace dress:

Variety & Women In Film Pre-Emmy Event presented by Yoplait Greek - ArrivalsAnd here is a close up of our makeup/hair combo:

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To veer away from the prom look that’s so easily accomplished with “perfect hair” in this dress silhouette, we decided to let the hair be a little wild with just enough control so that it doesn’t poof at a tiny whiff of humidity.

Because we had a bunch of product from our shoot the day before already in the hair, I told Vanessa not to wash it out. On dark hair – dirty is great for manageability. In order to refresh the roots I used Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion and to soak up moisture Bangstyle Sea Salt Mist all over.

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After a quick blow dry, I slathered Vanessa’s locks with TiGi S Factor Smoothing Lusterizer to ensure that her night is frizz-less and full of shine.

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As for her face, this girl barely needs anything to look like a million bucks! We mostly concentrated on skin care with Rodial Glamoxy Exfoliating Pads [I’m obsessed with these] – dead skin is gently wiped away leaving behind an incredible luster and perfect canvas for makeup application.

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Next, I combined Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with Manna Kadar Sheer Glow Lotion for the ultimate healthy skin illumination.

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The glow was set with Dior Matte and Luminous Hydrating powder in gold. This stuff has just the right of shimmer and the perfect amount of matte where you need it.

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Eyeballs were treated with Lash Republic individual lashes variating from short to medium. This is my preferred brand. The quality is incredible.

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A little Smashbox Prism Blush on the cheeks for colour.

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And for the lips I’d want to wear every day of my life if mine were this full – Dior Addict Extreme in Black tie.

dioraddictextremelipstick-blacktieAnd now you know how to look like a celebrity, my fair reader. Go buy some products!

Thanks to Just Jared for the images.
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Dior, Nails, OPI

Nailed it.

I’m a nail polish addict.

Literally, I have a crate of “nail supplies” hidden somewhere in my kitchen. Once it gets out of hand – I make donations to friends, but this is purely a ploy to hunt and gather more colours.

As some of you know, I don’t condone gel nails. Not only can I not commit to one colour for more than five days, but that shit’s just not good for you! Ok, fine, if you’re going on holiday and don’t want to fuss about with chipped ends I will forgive, but that is it.

The love of my life in the world of polish has been and always will be Dior.

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This is still my favourite collection to date. Last year’s Violets Hypnotiques. Today’s fingers and toes. Swearsies. Not only do these bad boys have ultimate staying power, but the richness of the colours never fails. These are simply the best and worth every penny.

Closely followed, if not nearly matched are definitely CND.

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These little bottles hold a lot of stay power and their muted colours are out of this world. If you like a little smoke on your fingers – this is the way forward. Their collections and pricing are always on point.

And then there are nail wraps. My favourite so far have been by Jamberry.

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I mean who doesn’t want a floral accent nail? These are also fool-proof when it comes to application. If you’re not ambidextrous or coordinated, you still won’t mess these up. All you need is a quick blast of hot air from a blow dryer and these puppies are stuck to your nails. Trim-trim. Enjoy.

And if you’re a leather lover with a heart of gold you can have leathery nails guilt-free by Nails Inc.

nails-inc-leather I. Love. This. Stuff. I love it so much that my husband broke the bottle when I asked for help opening it and still managed to salvage every drop. This fancy brand also dabbles in feathers, holograms and serious bling. Dries very quick on its own. Love that.

Some of the most beautiful colours are by Butter of London.

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Nails are chic by association with this label. Creamy. Vibrant. On trend. Always put out. Wait, that sounds way too dirty. I did say I love nail polish a lot. Hard-ons are just a part of the love.

Yves Rocher has become one of my beauty staples.

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Nude Rose happens to be my favourite colour in their nail polish department. Imagine rose gold diamonds all over your finger nails. Yeah. I know. You’re in Google mode.

Last, but never least is the classic…OPI.

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My two go-tos lately are Eurso Euro [blue] and Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees [grey]. When in doubt I’ll always chose one of these if not both. The price point is right there with LCN and you always get what you buy, as in the colours aren’t diluted or murky. And these lovelies last for ages.

Don’t forget to ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS have a base coat on so that your nails don’t become yellow and brittle. A little buffing goes a long way. Wear gloves when doing house work to prolong your mani [I learned the hard way]. And keep a travel file with you at all times in case of emergency.

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BB Cream, Beauty, Bisous, Body, Hair, Lashes, Lips, Makeup, Skin

I married the same man twice. Part II.

And then, less than two months later our wed-cation dreams came to fruition.

All we wanted was an intimate evening on the beach, at sunset, on the night of a full moon, with our closest. No frills. This we received.

We found the most incredible location on an island called Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Think hot tub temperature ocean and sand that feels like powdered sugar under your feet. Think smiling faces every day. Think fresh seafood off the fisherman’s boat at 2pm daily. Think driving around with a beer in hand [legally]. Think paradise.

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Eleuthera is 100mi long and only 1.5mi wide.

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Our backyard. That little white sign says “private property” – we had 70 acres of privacy!

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Our home for the week.

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Governor’s Harbour at night.

Friends and family came from all over and everyone got along. We pushed everyone to enjoy their time on the island however they saw fit. There were no rules. There were no schedules. We’d explore the island by day and relax by the pool at night with a local Bahamian coconut rum [that I smuggled two bottles of on the way home] in hand.

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The view from “Club Pool” at night.

The wedding was on a Tuesday. Some people showed up to swim and hang on our beach during the day. Some people cooked. Some people drank. Some people helped with decorations.

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Mammaries…

Around 7pm everyone walked down to the beach and awaited our entrance. We came right on time and began the ceremony, once again, led by Master Hooker. Everyone contributed a word they would use to describe us. Then Josh and I exchanged our words of love to each other. Then Hooker introduced us to a Bahamian wedding tradition of Josh and I filling half a cup of sand and pooling it into one. It was perfect. Everyone was tear faced and laughing.

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Had some issues putting on the ring.

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Our mothers.

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Everyone and the moon.

We asked all of our guests to contribute a dish for the evening as everyone we invited is an excellent cook and the one person that wasn’t a foodie turned out to be the best mixologist any of us could have hoped for. Viva de piña colada by the pitcher [pineapple free for me, please]! We even had THREE wedding cakes instead of just one. Everyone was in a food coma.

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Renee made this with Angela’s and Jenn’s accessories. Stars are Josh’s and my theme for life.

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He started it.

After the food we moved onto “Club Pool” and danced in and out of water and set off sky lanterns with wishes of the future. Our incredible guests made sure everything was perfect and that we were happy. Couldn’t have asked for anything more. We, again, are very lucky bitches.

It’s time, once again, for products!

COMODYNES BB CREAM

Comodynes BB cream to even out.

Lash Republic beautiful lashes were my wedding outfit staple

Lashes by Lash Republic – whoa.

Yves Rocher Waterproof Mascara didn't budge once in the countles times I cried of joy

Yves Rocher Waterproof Mascara didn’t budge once in the countless times I cried of joy.

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Manna Kadar shimmer lotion all over.

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Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge Red – because it doesn’t come off on ANYTHING. Makeout guilt-free.

Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream hydrated my locks after all the salt lashings of the ocean

Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream hydrated my locks after all the salt lashings of the ocean.

And now you know.

Here are some more pictures because you deserve to see them…

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Our rings together.

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Just scootin’ around!

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Harbour Island.

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My girls.

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Island love.

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Married!

For more story and products – check out this season’s Bisous Magazine!

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Beauty, CC Cream, Eyes, Hair, leonor greyl, Lips, Makeup, Moi

I married the same man twice. Part I.

Without m̶a̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶g̶a̶g̶ boring you with the details, I have been falling in love harder and deeper with the same human for the past four years. Now I get to call him my husband. It’s pretty awesome.

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Us.

Our first celebration came the day after gay marriage became legal in the state of California, which is the most amazing because now my mothers in law can get married as soon as they move here. [I tried to make it a double wedding.] The ceremony lasted a whopping 41 seconds and instead of your usual you-may-now-kiss-the-bride, our officiator Master Hooker – it really says that on our Marriage Certificate – told us “you may now slap a bitch” which followed by high fives to seal the deal.

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Our beautiful friend Holly came from Chicago an made my gorgeous flower crown.

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Photo courtesy of Marc Cartwright.

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High-fivin’.

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The best part.

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We are family.

This all went down flash mob style. Anyone who was interested in coming was given a place and a time to show up. Place was a scenic point next to the Griffith Observatory, which happens to be our favourite place in LA. Time was right before sunset. We thought this would be a tiny event of 5 of us, but turned out to be over 20 because for some reason we have friends that like us. And some friends thought this event was important enough for them to fly to. We are some lucky fuckers.

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Zoe and Gasper trekked from Portola Valley and moved to Dublin just a couple of days after. ❤

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Our loves Julian, Shanna and Jenna road tripped from Tucson.

As soon as everyone was hugged we went to stuff our faces at a delicious, low key, neighborhood haunt where libations were flowing and faces were smiling. This followed by a drunken game of Cards Against Humanity at ours.

But this wouldn’t be a beauty blog without me telling you what I used on my face and hair, right? Right.

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Love how smooth this makes my skin.

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Kevyn Aucoin creme blush in Tansoleil. This was the key to being a blushing bride.

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NYX Wonder Pencil in Light for the water line – I wanted to be a little more wide eyed

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Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Mascara made my lashes long and separated.

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Cle de Peau lip gloss in #2 was perfectly pouty and silky. Love this stuff.

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Leonor Greyl styling cream tamed any flyaways that were trying to peek through in the mild humidity that day.

And now you know.

everyoneStay tuned for Part Deux tomorrow…

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Body, Food, Health

Cleanse you CAN.

It’s been a while, girls and boys. And now that the fall issue of Bisous has launched and I am *wed we can be friends again.

Before hopping back into everything that is beautiful, I want to start from the inside out!

Now, I’ve done all kinds of cleanses in the past. Everything from fasting, which I’ll never do again unless I medically need to, to powder form, to you name it. All of them were tolerable. All of them did something towards the end that was positive in some way. All of them appreciated.

And life was good. Until life became superb…

Behold, the CAN CAN CLEANSE!

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Never ever EVER have I dreamed of a cleanse being delicious. Nutritious? Yes. Delicious? Never.

Here is how the story went:

On Wednesday I happen to see a Tweet from the beautiful Kat Odell [Editor at Eater LA and star of Eat, Drink, Love on Bravo].

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On Thursday I arrange a drop off for the following day.

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At 8:30AM on a Friday an adorable Teresa, the creator, came to my door with a smile on her face and a bag full of gorgeous glass jars filled with magic. The very next day I gave these fancy jars a whirl.

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1-day Power Cleanse Schedule

I did a one day Power cleanse, though the options range from 1 to 3 to 5 days. As you can see each jar contains juices, milks, a soup and a tea (you can divide into two cups). Even more amazing – they’re seasonal! Each one was better than the other, I never felt hungry once and looked forward to discovering new flavors as the day went on. Did I mention I had tons of energy?

Woke up and did the crunchy chia juice, had the nut milk [o my god the flavours] in the car on my way to a shoot, a yummy green juice at the shoot, left the to-die-for soup in the car to warm up by the time I was done with the shoot, came home to a refreshing watermelon juice, walked around the neighborhood with all of my excess energy then came home and pounded another green juice, caught up on some friend time with the vanilla nut milk in hand and rested with two delicious cups of warm tea whilst reading the upcoming Palahniuk novel. For. The. Win.

Shame I only did the one day.

Whether you’re a cleanse aficionado or virgin, you should want nothing more than to experience this life changing cleanse. I can honestly say I’ll never touch another chalky detox again.

You can find out all you need to know here: http://cancancleanse.com/

P.S. I chose to reuse the beautiful jars…

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Pickled serrano chiles.

*Tune in tomorrow for the juicy details of my wedding/s!
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