Posts Tagged ‘lemon’




Last year I kept reading posts on social media about the benefits of drinking lemon water. I’m always down to try something new but had no idea it would do so much! Eleven months later, I’ve lost five pounds, haven’t been sick once (not even a sniffle) and my skin rarely breaks out anymore. It’s kind of freaky! It took about two weeks to remember to do it each morning but then it became a habit and now I hate it if I have to miss a day. I was worried that it would be too acidic on my stomach but from everything I’ve read, lemon is acidic outside of the body but inside of the body it has an alkalizing effect and helps balance the body’s pH level. It’s such a direct source of Vitamin C and is a natural diuretic. There are so many benefits and now I can’t imagine starting off my day any other way so I wanted to share my experience. Here’s how if you want to try it too:


  • A Lemon Press – I’ve tried squeezing each half by hand and a flat press, but this one ($$) and this one ($) are by far the easiest to use and gets the most juice out and you don’t have to take the seeds out before because when it presses it, 95% of the seeds stay in the lemon.
  • A Lemon or Two – I only use organic lemons because I don’t want something that has been sprayed with pesticides and then soaked in hot water to go in my body!
  • A Serrated Knife.
  • A Cutting Board — I wish I owned this adorable Kate Spade one!!
  • A Glass.
  • Boiled Water — Okay, I must admit I am smitten with this hilarious teapot!


  1. Put the kettle on and boil about 300 mL of water. Cut the lemon(s) in half. Remember, you don’t have to take the seeds out first with this style of press.
  2. Place each half (one at a time!) faced down inside of the press, as shown above. Place the press directly over the opening of the glass.
  3. Squeeze the two handles together until no more juice comes out.
  4. Pour hot water into the glass and let it seep for a few minutes.
  5. Drink up! When you are finished, immediately rinse your mouth with water (squish it around) so it doesn’t affect the enamel of your teeth.


  • I am not a medical doctor, nutritionist or in a health profession or making claims to be. I am merely sharing research that I’ve done and my own personal results.
  • As with any health suggestion, be your own advocate, ask your doctor and know that nutrition and beauty advice are not one-size-fits-all. Anything you try is at your own risk.



photos/post: Kristin Ess graphic design: Eunice Chun

When life gives you lemons, make a mani! This is probably one of the easiest summertime manis you’ll ever see. The 4 fresh squeezed steps are below. (more…)


photos/post/design: Kristin Ess

What’s the best thing about Spring? Flowers, obviously! Especially the ones that can be bottled up and sprayed all over. Today were going to show you how to make your own floral water.

You will need: A large metal pot with glass dome lid, a ceramic ramekin, flowers, cutting board, knife, bottled water, turkey baster, ice.

  1. In the center of your large pot, place ceramic ramekin as your “catch bowl”. This is where the floral water will fall. Some people use bricks below their catch bowl but I’ve always thought that makes my water smell a little dirty. Instead I use a ceramic ramekin that can withstand higher heat. I’ve never had a problem with the ramekin getting too hot and “cooking” the fragrance. But if you want to put a brick under as a buffer, go for it!
  2. Pull the petals off of your flowers and give them a little chop. Not too much– I just do it to help release the fragrance.
  3. Pile the flowers around the ceramic ramekin as you see in photo 3. Add 1 1/2 cups of water for each cup of flowers. Note: Depending on where you live, I suggest using bottled water. If there’s any unwanted bacteria in your tap water, you certainly don’t want to bottle it up. Could get gross, fast!
  4. Place your glass lid upside down on the pot. Add a tray of ice on top. Without going into too much detail- the cold temperature of the ice will help procure condensation underneath the lid.
  5. Place it on the stovetop on low. I used a turkey baster to clear away the ice as it melted. Watch your flowers– once the color is gone from the petals, lift the lid. You should end up with a small amount of clear liquid inside  your ramekin.
  6. Use a turkey baster to transfer the floral water into a bottle. You may have to repeat the process to get an entire bottle full. Tighten the lid and spray away!!  

Here’s my hilarious little illustration of how the process works. Uh– don’t judge.

My favorite flowers to use:

  • Rose (particularly Sterling Silver if you can find them)
  • Jasmine
  • Chamomile (any tea for that matter)
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Orange blossom
  • Honeysuckle
  • Champaka
  • Sage
  • Verbena
  • Coconut
  • Peony
  • Frangipani

Sadly I haven’t been able to make gardenias work for this yet, but luckily all of the ones above have worked really well.


photo credit: post designed by lauren conrad

It’s official. Spring has arrived. That means it’s time to shed those layers and show some skin.  Unfortunately, our  limbs have been hiding all winter long and may not be looking their prettiest.  To bring dull skin back to life, try this refreshing body scrub.  Here is an easy recipe for a salt scrub that you can make with ingredients found in your own kitchen.  You’re just moments away from shiny new skin.

What you will need:

5 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemon

First mix the olive oil and sea salt together. Once the salt gets coated by the oil, the lemon won’t dissolve it! Next cut the lemon in half and squeeze over the salt + oil. Mix and mash. (Feel free to adjust the recipe to your liking.) Then scrub away!!

XO Lauren