- September 20, 2017 -


Ever wake up with a tender spot on your face that you just know is eventually going to turn into a major blemish?!? That exact thing happened to me yesterday and I was inspired to write a post about what I do to bust blemishes! I want to help you with this potential beauty blunder by offering up a step by step treatment routine! This 6 step treatment method is intended to stop a burgeoning blemish in its tracks but can be used on a fully formed pimple. You can repeat this process once a day until your skin has healed but I don’t suggest doing it for more than a week.

Blemish busting green beauty routine

1) Cleanse skin with Biossance Squalane Cleansing Cloths PRODUCT LINK to remove dirt and bacteria from your skin.

2) Apply a thin layer of the Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel, leave on for 10-15 minutes  PRODUCT LINK This peel helps fight inflammation causing free radicals with antioxidant-rich resveratrol from grapeseed.

3) Wash off mask with Biossance the Purifier Soothing Cleansing Oil PRODUCT LINK to get all of that sticky mask off of your face.

4) Mask with the Neutrogena LED light therapy acne treatment mask PRODUCT LINK to kill acne bacteria and reduce inflammation.

5) Apply the Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Essence PRODUCT LINK to fortify your skin with acne fighting nutrients.

6) Apply Osea Undarai Argan Oil PRODUCT LINK to hydrate inflamed skin.

I hope my blemish busting green beauty routine helps you feel glowy and confident even when faced with a dreaded pimple!

Yours truly,

Celeste

 

 


- September 15, 2017 -

Fermentation Goddess workshop photos by the talented Nisha Espy @nishaespy

Sharing my passion for fermented foods IRL has always been a dream of mine and last month I made it a reality by hosting my first Fermentation Goddess workshop at The Kings Roost in Silverlake! 10 gorgeous goddesses joined me for the workshop where I educated on the health and beauty benefits of fermented foods and lead the group through the process of making their own fermented foods using Imperfect Produce. Did I mention we were sipping on Health-ade boochtails? Such a dreamy dreamy day! The warm feminine vibes were palpable and the community of babes benefiting from ferments was strongly established! If you follow my Instagram you know how obsessed I am with eating homemade fermented foods. The healthy gut flora I’ve established through incorporating fermented foods has changed my life! My skin, immune system, GI health, and mood has been drastically improved by hevily fermented diet! I loving sharing my knowledge and passion for fermented foods in hopes that I can improve the lives of as many other humans as possible! I find that teaching in person is much more impactful and gives me the opportunity to answer questions specific to individuals needs. I’m hosting another Fermentation Goddess workshop in October and I would love to see you there!

LINK TO FERMENTATION GODDESS WORKSHOP OCTOBER

Wed, October 25, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

If you are not LA based or available for my workshop feel free to try the recipes below at home and don’t restate to ask any questions by commenting on this post or reaching out via Instagram.

Goddess Kraut

Serving: Makes 1 regular mason jar full
Ferment time: 5 days – 2 weeks (the longer you ferment the more the flavor will develop and the softer the kraut will get)

INGREDIENTS
* All produce ingredients must be organic and preferably local
1 medium head of cabbage
1 tablespoon of True Spoon bacterial culture
1 1/2 tablespoons of salt
2 tablespoons of white vinegar

Optional additions
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon of caraway seeds
1/2 the juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons of fresh fennel, chopped
Any other diced veggies that you have laying around, no food waste lovers!

RECIPE
1. Wash the cabbage with filtered water, peel off one outer leaf and set it aside for later.
2. chop cabbage into thin strips, a mandolin will save you oodles of time.
3. Place cabbage strips and any other veggies into a mason jar, pressing down on the veg occasionally to fill the jar with as much goodness as possible.
4. Add fermented starter, salt, and vinegar to mason jar.
5. Fill jar almost to the top with filtered water.
6. Top veggies with 1/2 of full cabbage leaf to ensure that the veggie mixture is submerged.
7. Seal mason jar, shake a few times to dissolve salt, store in a cool dark place for 5 days – 2 weeks
8. Discard top leaf and truly enjoy *Goddess Kraut will keep in the fridge for up to 8 months.
Create a community by tagging @thetruespoon in your fermented creations and using
#fermentationgoddessworkshop and #truefermentation in your posts
Goddess Ginger Sesame Veggies

Serving: Makes 1 regular mason jar full
Ferment time: 5 days – 2 weeks (the longer you ferment the more the flavor will develop and the softer veggies will get)

INGREDIENTS
* All produce ingredients must be organic and preferably local
2 and 1/2 cups of veggies (get creative but I love carrots, onions, and radish for this)
1 tablespoon of True Spoon bacterial culture
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoons of salt
2 tablespoons of vinegar
1 teaspoon of grated ginger

Optional additions
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 the juice of 1 lemon or lime

RECIPE
1. Wash the veggies with filtered water
2. Chop veggies into small pieces, anywhere from sugar packet size to quarter size will work best.
3. Place veggies into a mason jar, pressing down on the veg occasionally to fill the jar with as much goodness as possible.
4. Add fermented starter, sesame oil salt, and vinegar to mason jar.
5. Fill jar almost to the top with filtered water.
6. Seal mason jar, shake a few times to dissolve salt, store in a cool dark place for 5 days – 2 weeks.
7. Skim any mold off the top (it’s happy mold don’t worry) and truly enjoy *Goddess Ginger Sesame Veggies will keep in the fridge for up to 8 months.

Create a community by tagging @thetruespoon in your fermented creations and using
#fermentationgoddessworkshop and #truefermentation in your posts

Loved you guys! Happy fermenting!

Yours truly,

Celeste


- September 11, 2017 -

Engagement photos were taken by Ashley Streff at Echo Park Lake, our favorite neighborhood spot.

BONUS CONTENT! Click the link to see all of our wedding inspo on Pinterest N + C WEDDING EXRAVAGANZA BOARD

Nate and Celeste’s engagement story

Hello loves!! For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram I wanted to officially announce that I’m engaged! The love of my life Mr. Nathan Thomas proposed on Saturday August 12th 2017 in Golden Gate park. Nate completely surprised me with the proposal on our impromptu trip to San Francisco. He quickly planned this mini getaway under the guise of a “work trip”. We arrived in SF on Saturday morning and excitedly went off to explore the city by foot. We walked, daunting hills and all, from our hotel in Union Square all the way to Golden Gate park, throughly soaking up everything from Old Saint Mary’s cathedral to Fishermans Warf. The intention of the walk was to make it to The Buena Vista Cafe, a historic Irish Coffee bar with some familial history. As we crossed the lawn of Golden Gate park my love got down on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage. I of course I immediately said YES after asking “is this HAPPENING?”. My future husband proposed with paper Hawaiian leis due to the fact that he knew I wanted to be involved in the creation of a custom ring and because we’ve always dreamed of a wedding in Hawaii. After we collected ourselves, btw I looked like a tornado with mascara all over my face and windswept hair, we enjoyed an Irish coffee, a sweet beginning to the Thomas family initiation. We spent the rest of the week celebrating with oysters, bubbles, and a sailboat ride. I seriously cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with the most loving, kind, and respect worthy man I have ever met. I know marriage isn’t easy but the thing I’ve learned most from this relationship is that the meaning of true deep love is the desire to continuously work on yourself to create the strongest connection possible. We’ve both got the desire to be our best selves in order to be fulfilled personally and in our relationship. We’ve grown so much as a couple in the last almost three years, we get stronger everyday, and that’s how it should be. Everyone deserves this kind of love and I’m confident anyone can find it if they are honest, compassionate, and true to themselves. Check out my instagram @thetruespoon for a ring reveal tomorrow!

Yours truly,
Celeste


- September 8, 2017 -


My review of Silverlakes own Mh Zu is featured on The Chalkboard Magazines Bite of the Month! Continue reading for all the juicy details:)

WE’RE PRETTY SURE the harder it is to pronounce a restaurant’s name, the more amazing the experience is guaranteed to be. At least that’s the case with Silverlake’s Mh Zh – an Israeli restaurant that quietly snuck into the ultra-hip Sunset Junction, and then casually blew our minds.

The name of this neighbor-hoody new haunt is a shortening of the Hebrew phrase “mah zeh” which roughly translates to “what is it?”. The quick answer is “a hotspot worth the hype”, but to really understand you’ll have to dine there yourself. In the mean time, check out what LA lady and foodiue extordinaire, Celeste Wilson of the True Spoon, thinks of it…

You know you’re in Silverlake when the hottest restaurant on the block has no sign, no phone, takes no reservations and has a name nostalgic of Prince’s unpronounceable symbol. Mh Zh is a new contemporary vegetable-forward Israeli restaurant using local ingredients, with an open kitchen and outdoor seating on Sunset Blvd. All the vintage-clad creative kids on the Eastside have discovered this elusive spot, and the people watching alone is worth the trip.

WHAT I ATE: Mh Zh’s hummus with pickled veggies, served with an Eastside favorite, Bub and Grandma’s bread, frisée salad with duqqa and aged English cheddar, grilled beets with hazelnut and labneh, potato with charred lemon, and lamb ragu. I ate it all, but didn’t drink a drop (insert sad face emoji). Mh Zh has not been approved for a beer/wine or liquor license yet – fingers crossed.

WHY I ATE IT: This sliver of a restaurant in one of Silverlake’s most walkable pockets has created a total rubber-neck effect. Everyone who passes by foot or wheel, is enticed by the unassuming metal sidewalk tables and floor to ceiling windows, exposing a tiny kitchen filled with local lemons, herbs and freshly baked bread. The handwritten recycled paper-bag menu is small, in the best way, offering a handful of thoughtfully simple food. The painter’s palate of fresh vegetable dishes are accentuated by rustically torn herbs, satiating the eye before the first bite.

WHY YOU NEED IT: You need a night at Mh Zh primarily for the ambiance; the alfresco dining space transports you to a Tel Aviv-esque dreamland. The waitstaff was incredibly helpful and low key, happily answering all of my questions about the exotic ingredients. I am normally a low-carb kind of girl but my absolute favorite menu item was, shockingly, a white potato dish?! I don’t know what kind of culinary magic was happening behind the scenes with this one, but I need the recipe!

Yours Truly,

Celeste


- September 6, 2017 -


Photos by @champagneunicorns wearing VIMMIA LINK

With two full months of French Girl Fitness Planning under my belt I wanted to check in with you and update my tips and tricks for FGFP success!  I’m still loving my results, I feel great and I’m taking all of my pants to the tailor.lol  The fat burning power of the low intensity steady speed cardio in the FGFP did shrink my glutes a touch so my main alteration to the fitness plan is increasing the incline of the treadmill to boost butt muscle production.

Below is the FGFP with updates included!

In order to see maximum fat burning results do a full FGFP session (below) 5 days a week!

1. Start off mildly fasted: if you’re working out in the early AM like I try to do, only have water pre workout. If you work out later in the day try to wait at least 3 hours after a meal and try to reduce sugar pre workout.
2. Stretch: stretch for a least 5 minutes before you walk. You can do any of your favorite stretches but try to get your hamstrings, quads, back, and glutes decently loose. My favorites are down dog, pidgin, runners lunge, and toe touches.
3. Walk: walk continuously for at least one hour! To get into that LISS mode you need to walk without stops. You’re going to want to walk at a fast clip, this will vary depending on stride length and fitness level. You also want some sort of incline to increase calorie burn. I suggest waking on a treadmill because you can control the speed and incline. I walk at a 3.5 per mile speed and a 10.5 to 11.5 incline, this is the updated incline and it’s much more strenuous, start with the original FGFP of you’re doing it for the first time. Always remember to listen to your body and be safe when selecting settings. This should be difficult, if you’re not breaking a sweat, get your booty moving faster.
4. Stretch again: repeat step 2
5. Smile: you just killed a french girl work out! I’m off booze during the week to prep for the wedding so I’m omitting the usual glass of wine unless it’s the weekend.

I hope this update is helpful! I’d love love your feedback and to hear your experience trying the plan.

Yours truly,

Celeste


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