Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My current obsession.

As previously mentioned in my first post, I have recently made the switch from commercial beauty products to those made from organic, natural ingredients. I was afraid to make the change at first because I have struggled with acne my entire life and I was terrified of stopping my prescription medications which included an oral antibiotic and a strong topical ointment. Nevertheless, I was more fed up with the fact that, despite my dermatologist aggressive approach, my skin was just not responding to treatment anymore.

In search of answers, I went to the bookstore and started looking through the "Beauty and Health" section. I discovered a book called The Green Beauty Guide and started flipping through it. Within the first few pages I knew I found the book I was looking for. I already knew that all commercial beauty products and cosmetics were laden with harsh, often toxic, chemicals that had no business going onto our skin and, in turn, into our bodies. For years, I've reacted rather violently to anything containing petroleum (mineral oil, paraffin, petroletum), which is in just about every lotion and cosmetic on the market. The Green Beauty Guide confirmed my suspicions that the very products I was putting on my skin to try to treat and heal it was actually doing it more harm and more than likely causing the problem to begin with. I bought the book and have read it cover to cover at least twice and continue to refer to it on a regular basis. It is a wealth of knowledge, easy to read, and gives wonderful examples of products to try and offers recipes to make your own products.

After the purchase of that book, I have been on a holy quest for more information. I have found numerous websites and blogs that focus on this very issue. Within days of finishing the book, I started to buy and try organic beauty products and I stopped using all of my prescription meds. I have to admit, the first few weeks of "going green" were really hard. My face broke out and I looked awful. But from the very beginning I could feel the difference on my skin. I know it sounds strange, but my skin actually felt better and I could tell that it was happy, albeit recovering from the sudden shock of change. Now, I am finally starting to actually see the difference. While I am still struggling with a few spots here and there, I am beginning to see my skin as it was meant to be, which means I am re-learning how to care for it.

For example, all my life I thought I had oily skin. Not the case. In fact, I have normal to dry skin that irritates easily. I have found a wonderful organic skin care line that so far I really love. It's called Suki Pure Skin Care and it can be bought online or in Whole Foods and Central Market. It is made from completely pure, organic ingredients and it feels and smells lovely on the skin. It is a bit on the expensive side, but at this point I'd rather pay for quality organic skin care than outrageously expensive prescriptions that are full of toxins. Suki is just one of many organic skin care lines out there, but this is the one I would recommend for anyone wanting to start treating their skin better. I would also recommend The Green Beauty Guide to anyone and everyone! It is truly eye opening...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Top 5

Top 5 Reasons Why I Love This Time of Year:
1. The magic in the chilly air.
2. Exchanging gifts with loved ones.
3. Pretty lights, comforting music, happy memories.
4. The parties!
5. The tasty treats and scrumptious food.

Top 5 Reasons Why I Hate This Time of Year:
1. The tasty treats and scrumptious (read: evil and goes straight to my hips) food.
2. The dry, cold air that makes my skin hurt.
3. Getting out of my warm cozy bed in the morning to go torture myself in the gym.
4. The most annoying song in the world: Feliz Navidad. I swear I'm going to rip my eyelashes out if they play that *darn* song one more time.
5. I live near a mall...need I say more?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sugar Plum Fairies Dance in my Head.

For Christmas, my wonderful boyfriend (we'll call him "G"), surprised me with a delicious steak dinner at Del Frisco's followed by two tickets to the Nutcracker. Keep in mind, G is not the biggest fan of the ballet, so this was a very nice surpise. He got us box seats and I have never been that close, so I was very excited!

I have always loved the Nutcracker because I love ballet and I love stories that involve children who "leave" their world and travel to a wonderful fantasy land where magic and adventure are around every corner. Every time I watch a live ballet, I get teary eyed because I miss dancing and because ballet just moves me. This time was no different...I cried at intermission when the entire performance hall filled with falling "snow" and then again after the grand pas de deux and when the curtain closed. It was a truly special Christmas gift; one that I will never forget. G went out of his way to create a special day for me and he did a superb job.

In other news, I am in the midst of packing for 11 days away from my apartment. A couple of those days will be at my parents and the rest of the time I will be with G's family. It is a daunting task trying to pack 11 days worth of crap. I don't know how people do it. So far I already have one huge suitcase full of JUST clothes. Where do I put my shoes? What about my toiletries? Not to mention a hairdryer. I admit I am the world's worst over-packer, but seriously...how do I know what the weather is going to be like 7 days from now? Even the weatherman doesn't know what the weather is going to be like that far ahead. I have to pack for medium weather and cold weather, right? I mean it is December...but we are in Texas. What's a girl to do?
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Friday, December 19, 2008

What is this new-fangled blogging?

I admit, I'm a bit old fashioned. I prefer real books over e-books. I prefer to write letters instead of emails. I love to write in an Italian, hand crafted, leather bound journal (um, when I had time). But, when my best friend decided to start a blog and insisted that I do the same I thought, What the hell? It's high time I tried something new.

So, here I am. I can't guarantee I'll keep this up for long, but I'll give it a good ol' college try. I figure the only people reading this blog will be my best friend and my sister and they're required to pretend to find me interesting. Good enough for me.

I chose my title, Girl v. The World, for several reasons. The first, and most obvious, reason is because I am a baby attorney. I am constantly fighting battles and waging war...albeit on paper, but it's a battle nonetheless. Second, I have always been the girl who stands up to those who are doing wrong. I have been since I was a little girl and I have no intention of stopping now. Third, I am constantly in a personal battle with the world's view of health, beauty and well-being. I have recently made an important life change to start living my life as healthfully as possible. This has included changes in eating habits (I was eating pretty healthy to begin with), but most recently, I have begun to replace all of my cosmetics, hair products, beauty products and cleaning products with those made with pure, organic ingredients. So far, I am very pleased with my choice.

In future posts I'm sure I will go into more detail about my experiences with "going green," but for now, I should probably get back to work. I am, after all, in the midst of yet another battle...

Thursday, December 18, 2008


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About Me

I am the worst at trying to describe who I am. Instead here's a list-in-progress of random facts about little ol' me:

  1. I love to read and write. They are my passions.
  2. I am an appellate attorney. My first year and a half of practicing law was as a trial attorney and I hated it.
  3. I am part Scottish, Cherokee Indian and Irish. I have been to Scotland once and I left my heart there.
  4. I am stubborn and hard-headed but I am fiercely loyal.
  5. I was born in Illinois and have lived in Wisconsin and Texas.
  6. I can play one song on the guitar.
  7. I love the outdoors.
  8. I have two cats. One is crazy and the other is a little dumb.
  9. I have two sisters. One lives in Hawaii.
  10. My parents were hippies. They are musicians and they are very talented.
  11. I have traced my Scottish family history back to 1746 when they came to America.
  12. I love to dance and sing. I will dance in public but I will not sing in public.
  13. Red wine is my favorite adult beverage, followed by vodka.
  14. I have learned the hard way to trust what my body is telling me instead of what doctors tell me. 98% of the time they have been wrong and I have been right.
  15. Because of my aversion to doctors, I tend to seek out homeopathic remedies for ailments and put off doctor's visits for as long as possible.
  16. I believe chiropractors are miracle workers.
  17. I am a Christian, but I do not like organized religion for the most part. I think that some churches have forgotten how to truly worship our Lord and have become pharisaic.
  18. I do not like to cook.
  19. My favorite movie of all time is Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
  20. I am a list-maker. My list-making has sometimes gotten out of control so now I keep a small leather bound lined journal and make all my lists in it. I don't leave home without it.
  21. I love cheesecake.
To be continued...

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