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LEFT BRAIN < RIGHT BRAIN

Left brain: I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am. Right brain: I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be. 




Cover: Mercedes-Benz

A WOODLAND PRINCESS BED FIT FOR A KING

What do you get when you mix real life wood whittlers with incredible talent and need for somewhere fantastic to sleep? Why the gorgeous masterpiece you see above, of course! Our inner eight year old has visions of playing Snow White in the forest, waiting for her Prince Charming. Granted, in this scenario our Prince Charming would come with both take-out and ice cream and leave after giving a foot massage….but still, we’re inspired to day dream like a little girl nonetheless. Should you be interested in living out your woodland fantasies and have the extra cash in the sofa to cover the costs, you can purchase this little wonder via Etsy. For the rest of us, day dreaming will have to do….along with the knowledge of what a pain in the butt having to constantly dust the real thing would be. We’ll take the dust-free dream versus the reality, thank you.     

VITA-VETA-VEJAMIN WATER - THE FIVE CURES FOR WHAT AILS YA!

We love us a good drink, alcohol infused or otherwise, especially when it’s also good for us. This incredible set of DIY vitamin water tastes incredible and all without sugar, artificial colors, chemicals or sweeteners and the best part is: They REALLY WORK! Click HERE for complete recipes on how to make the five flavors you see above but here’s a little bit about each one of them to uh, ‘wet your palette' . First up is Recovery. Filled with Blackberries and Cherries, which aid in replenishing oxygen in the blood, and Pomegranate and Glutamine to help restore and repair muscle tissue damage, it’s the perfect post-workout refresher.

C*Power is all about a little immunity boost and even helps to shed a pound or two in the process. With natural citrus fruits and camu camu powder, this one gives you a boost of anti-viral and anti-inflammatory vitamin C and also helps with weight loss.

We cant tell you how many times we’ve relied on StressLessUsing the hydrating effects of watermelon and the calming properties of rosemary in addition to B vitamins, this flavor calms the mind and and releases stress deliciously.  

When the meat and cheese plate from last night has stayed ‘with you’ long enough to pay your tummy rent, whip up some Digest It. The combination of pineapple’s digestive enzymes, soothing mint, warming ginger, stimulating lemongrass, immunizing lychee and probiotics make this excellent for aiding in digestion while reactivating the colon. 

When last night’s BEST. PARTY. EVER. turns into the BIGGEST. HANGOVER. EVER. you need Detox. Ideal for the morning after a night out or when you are doing a cleansing, this combination will cleanse your body from the inside out. It’s made with hydrating coconut water, fresh cucumber, nutrient rich coconut meat, detoxifying milk thistle and our fave, raspberries & blueberries, both rich in anti-oxidants.

And there you have it! Simple, quick and inexpensive guides to waters that truly are jam packed with vitamins and deliciousness, all while being completely healthy. Does it get any sweeter? We think not. 

*Special Thanks to Zain Saraswati Jamal

REVAMPING THE QUINTESSENTIALLY CLASSIC PONY

Ahhh, the Pony Tail. Our first childhood coiffure staple. Just thinking about my first pony tail brings about bittersweet memories of slicked back sweetness as well as the ripping and pulling my tiny hair strands received in the process. But man was it ever worth it. Thankfully, hairstyles and the methods in which they are achieved have grown since those days and we are beyond thrilled to show you this super sweet yet oh-so-sexy twist on our sensitive head’s arch-nemesis. So Ladies (and stylishly fabio-esque gents) let’s get this revamped pony show started! You’ll need a 1” curling iron, clear ponytail holder, large bobby pins, a comb and hairspray. First use the curling iron to give your hair some texture. Then divide your hair into 4 sections. The first section should be made with a straight line from ear to ear and then placed into a small low ponytail. Then section off the top portion of your head (aka the crown) and pull each of the side sections forward so they’re all separated. For volume and added texture, backcomb the top section, twist it a bit and then pin it to the low ponytail using a bobby pin or two. Tease the the left side section, twist and pin to the ponytail then repeating on the other side section. If you want a more romantic and wispy look, pull a few strands out on the sides or leave as is. Finish with a mid-to-moderate veil of hair spray (whatever your local weather necessitates) and POOF! Parisian Pony Perfection Achieved! Cigarettes, baguettes and love of champagne not included. 

*Special Thanks to The Beauty Department

LET YOUR ARMS FLY - MINUS THE WINGS!

It’s happened to all of us. You raise your hand in the sweet summer tank top or dress to wave yourself a cab or as a ‘hi-ya’ to a friend and then QUICKLY slam it down due to the “the jiggles”. Your arm has a now betrayed you with a never-ending wave, long after you’ve stopped the act that put it in motion. But dont fret kiddies! Summer is young still and you’ve still got time to whip those guns into to sexy sleeveless-ready shape! Women’s Health is a smorgasbord of awesome tricks and tips to get your arms (and everything else) in sexified condition and they’ve put it all in a neat & easy, go-to package making it easier for couch potatoes like us. So slap on some Lady Speed Stick and grab your BIG GIRL panties cause it’s officially GO TIME. Now you can bare those biceps with confidence, leaving the never ending waves to the water park and jiggles to the J-E-LL-O

*Special Thanks to Women’s Health

8 WAYS TO PIMP YOUR LEMONADE - NO ALCOHOL REQUIRED!

From Mint to Ginger, Roses to Milk…..here are eight sure-fire ways to revamp your old fashioned glass of lemonade and make your taste buds sing with repurposed glee! • Add a few fresh mint leaves. • Grate had fresh ginger in your glass.  • Add a few drops of orange blossom water.  • Dilute with iced tea instead of water.  • Mix some dried rosebuds by your lemonade.  • Add a cinnamon stick. • Dilute with 1/2 water and 1/2 orange juice.  • Add a bit of pomegranate juice. Or, use any of the above in your own inspired combination!

*Special Thanks to I Love Eco

One last post before I go to bed. 

I think this photo is cool. A better framing would be if there was no barrel sticking out the right frame, and the person facing the camera was farther to the right so there would be some spacing between the two subjects.

But then again, this is only my 2 cents.

What say you readers?

P/S: I hope someone would take a photo of me like this when I’m in Division 1…

TAT YOURSELF COMMITMENT FREE

Loving the look of ink is one of our guilty pleasures. The pain and commitment that comes with them, however, not so much. Yet try as we may, we just cant shake our love of cool tattoos and for the longest time we thought the only solution was a batch of temporary ones you’d see in grocery store vending machine. Rocking the same little mermaid as the screaming 6 year old in line behind us though is not a good look. Then along comes DIY-genuity and BAM! Our problems are solved and wishes fulfilled. Ready to Rock the Rocker Look but without the lifelong commitment? Then Lets Do The DIY Thang, shall we? First, grab your rockstar self the following supplies: Pencil, Scissors, Tracing Paper, Talcum Powder, Eyeliner, Makeup Brush, Ethyl Alcohol, cotton cosmetic pads, a wet cloth and the pièce de résistance - Waterproof Liquid Bandage Spray. Unless you’re a freehand genius, draw your design or word on the tracing paper first. Then cut around the image with the scissors and use an alcohol soaked cotton pad to scrub the area where you wish to put your new tat. Then place the trace paper drawing on to the same spot, pencil side down. Grab your wet cloth and press it against the paper, pushing it into the skin with force until the paper is also drenched. When you then remove the paper, you should have an outline of your design. Next, take your eyeliner and draw over the outline. What you see on your skin once finished will be your final product so scribble with care. Wait about 20 seconds, then sprinkle a bit of talcum powder on the design and spread it around with the brush, dusting off the extra if needed.   Once the area is nicely talc’d but not visually covered with powder, take the liquid bandage spray and spritz the entire area of the drawing. (TIP: Do not blot or blow dry. Let it dry completely on it’s own) After a minute or two it should be set and VOILA! Your new ink is ready to rock. Like with a real tattoo, it’s pretty sensitive so try your best not to rub it or cover it with an oil-based product. Provided you handle your new tat with care, it should last you about 3-4 days, barring any marathon running. And there you have it kiddies! All the look of a RockStar but without the lifelong commitment. Guess that also means sinky tour buses, trashed hotel rooms, black-rooted blonde arm candy and Keith Richard’s hangover cures are no longer necessary. 

*Photo: Best of LI

SAY BYE BYE TO TARANTULA EYES! 

We’ve spent more money on lash combs that we’d care to admit and have repurposed every last safety pin in the house when we’d lost our lash comb (yet again.) All in the endless pursuit of natural looking lashes rather than an eye full of spider legs. EWWW. Yes, we know that they were all the rage last season and on every runway from Chloe and Lanvin to Valentino and Mui Mui’s during their ‘11 Fall campaigns. Personally, we think they’re a bit too “Tammy Faye’ for our liking which brings us to our helpful beauty tip. The EASIEST way to kissing those clumps goodbye is with a simple step of prevention. When you twist open your favorite mascara but before you’ve done your traditional set of 5-6 wand pumps in an effort to remove excess mascara, instead wipe your mascara wand on a tissue or even the back of your hand Every. Single. DAY. This minimizes the needless product buildup BEFORE it reaches your lashes and coats them with additional weight and clumpy product. Doing this daily means your lashes will look more Amber Heard than Tammy Faye, your eyes will be safer since you’re cleaning the brush daily and therefore the bacteria filled old product is not being pumped back into the tube. Cleaner Lashes, Safer Eyes, and one less step in our beauty routine. Could it get any prettier than that? Batting our beautiful lashes, we’d have to say no.  

*Special Thanks to The Beauty Department