Winter Wonderland

Sunday, February 7, 2016

On Saturday I went back to the Ice Castles in Lincoln, New Hampshire. You guys may remember my post from last year on the Ice Castles. The castles are made by harvesting and sculpting ice, all by hand. Each castle is made up of over 20,000,000 pounds of ice with slides, caves, and crevices to explore. At night the castle comes alive with color-changing LED lights inside the ice that are synced to music. It's truly a joy for children and adults alike. Make sure to dress appropriately if you are going to visit, it can be very cold inside the castle. Also, the ground is made up of ice and snow so I recommend wearing winter boots with good traction in addition to dressing for the weather. It may not look it here, because I was able to snag a lot of pictures without the crowds in them, but it can be a little crowded at night so just be aware of that. Both times I went on the weekend, but I have heard it's much less crowded on weeknights. Once you're inside you can stay as long as you want so just be patient if you're trying to take photos and you'll be able to get some really good ones. 

They should be open for another couple of weeks. Check their website for updates and a list of locations. Be sure to buy your ticket ahead of time if you can, if they are sold out online there will not be any standby tickets. 

What I'm Wearing: 

Parka: J.Crew Hat: In the Pink (Similar) Boots: Sperry c/o

Favorite Natural Beauty DIYs

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Image via Organic Lifestyle
Whipped Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been a part of my beauty routine for years. I use it for so many things including lotion, shaving cream, and deep conditioning my hair. I recently discovered the joy of whipping the coconut oil. Whipping it gives it a light, fluffy, and velvety texture. It also keeps the coconut oil soft and much easier to use. It doesn't get really hard and solid so you have to melt it every time you want to use some. I put about 2 cups of solid coconut oil into a stand mixer and whip for about 7 minutes and spoon it into a mason jar and keep that in my bathroom.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
This is something I've started to add to my haircare routine more recently. My hair was beginning to look dull and I noticed an increase in residue build up so I decided to give apple cider vinegar rinsing a try. The vinegar helps seal the hair cuticle making it appear smoother and shinier because it reflects more light. I also think it really helps to balance out my hair when combined with the deep conditioning that I do. If you want to give it a try make sure you using an organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar that contains the "mother". That's where all the stuff that's good for your hair is. Just take 2 tablespoons of the vinegar and mix with 1 cup of water and apply to your hair after shampooing then rinse out. 
Coffee Scrub
This is one of my favorite DIY scrubs that I make. It's really simple and I love the way it makes my skin feel. Just take 1 cup of coffee grounds (make sure they're not decaf), 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup grapeseed oil and mix well. I use it once or twice a week before I shower. Just make sure you stand in your bathtub when you apply, it can make a bit of a mess.

What are your favorite natural beauty recipes? 

Cape Cod Beach House

Thursday, January 28, 2016

I've been a little slow with posts lately. I got behind during the holidays and have had a hard time catching up, but I'm finally getting back on track. How adorable is this Cape Cod Beach House? It has me dreaming of summer. That flamingo pillow? To die for! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week so far! 

All images via Style Me Pretty 

Cactus Water Punch

Monday, January 25, 2016

Ingredients (serves 4): 
1 cup of Caliwater 
1 cup raspberry lemonade
1 cup prosecco 
Raspberries for garnish

Before you start make sure all of your ingredients are chilled. Pour Caliwater, raspberry lemonade, and prosecco in a small pitcher or measuring cup. Stir well and divide between 4 flutes. Garnish with fresh raspberries. 

This recipe was inspired by this coconut water and champagne punch. I really liked the concept of this cocktail but, as I've discussed here before I just can't stomach the taste coconut water as much as I want to like it. it. I decided to switch out the coconut water for Caliwater because I like it much better and it is still very hydrating and full of electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. I swapped out the fruit juice for raspberry lemonade, and the champagne for prosecco because it was just what I had chilled. Feel free to use champagne if you prefer it will come out the same. This is a really light cocktail that would be great for Valentine's Day or brunch! 

If you're unsure what Caliwater is, you can read my post on it here

Effortless in All Black

Monday, January 18, 2016

What I'm Wearing: 

Tunic: Sulu Collection c/o Bag: Kate Spade (similar) Bracelet: Loren Hope Earrings: Kendra Scott 

I'm so excited to be back sharing looks with you guys and even more thrilled to share another piece from Connecticut designer Sulu Collection. The beading on this tunic is absolutely stunning. It's the perfect length and super flattering. It pairs great with leggings and skinny jeans but here I wore my cigarette pants. If you're following me on Instagram I'm sure that you saw me post a picture wearing this around New Year's. It's so easy to wear but also such a statement piece. It does run a little bit small so I recommend sizing up if you want to grab one of these.

I am officially trying to figure out how the heck to use Snapchat so give me a follow there for some behind the scenes the shots. My username is lauren.scorza, I'll see you guys there!