I posted this recipe last year in the earlier days of our blog, but wanted to re-post because this winter has been incredibly brutal for my family and almost everyone I know. With the flu epidemic this year more prevalent than ever and freezing temperatures across the country, why not re-post?
We would love to hear your feedback, or ideas on any other immune-boosting drinks that works for you. Let us know in the comment section and we will give it try!
Peace + Love,
I began juicing two years ago after I was diagnosed with a life changing autoimmune disease. I felt terrible, run down, and my mind felt clouded all the time. On my own accord, I began to research the benefits of juicing certain foods for wellness and thought, "What do I have to lose?" I was skeptical about taking medicine after medicine and steroids galore. Those did help subside some of the pain from my autoimmune, but still left me with no energy and drive. Thus, began my journey into juicing.
So here we are a couple of years later, and after hours of sleepless research on what nutrients do what for the body and countless trials and errors, I am excited to share with you what I found. This juice in particular helps me when I am overly tired and feel like my immune system needs a good kick in the pants.
Reasons to love this juice and make it a staple:
Beets are very high in vitamin C, a key immune system booster. They also contain fiber, potassium, manganese, and vitamin B folate. Beets are proven to provide the nutrients needed for a healthy nervous and muscular system, as well as, provide a boost in nutrition for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Also, this is a great food to add to your diet if you are an expectant mother. They are proven to help decrease birth defects. Want to know more about this super food I add where ever I can? Read here from one of my favorite health gurus, Dr. Mercola.
Why rainbow carrots? Each of the different colors provide a different immune boosting nutrient the body can absorb - from vitamin A to lutein, and cancer fighting lycopene. So why not add a little color?
Ginger is one of the world's healthiest foods. It helps soothe your stomach, boost your immune system, fight nausea, and reduce inflammation.
There is a reason the old saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" exists. Apples are high in the antioxidants your body needs. New research shows the darker the skin of the apple the better. Also, when possible, be sure to use only organic apples. Non-organic apples contain more pesticides and toxins than any other fruit or vegetable on the market. Read here for more info on why it matters to chose organic.
PS - If you don't have a juicer no worries we can help you find one. See our recommendations below!
My husband's company hosts its annual holiday party in January and it's coming up soon. I decided I would try to spice up an old dress with fun accessories rather than buy or rent a new dress. After a bit of online browsing at Nordstrom, I found a ton of super cute earrings for around $20 or less.
So I rounded up my absolute faves that were on sale for The Six, including these medallion tassel earrings (available in four different colors) and these beaded drop earrings that have a cool art deco vibe. If there's a bit of room in the budget, check out these gold and feather earrings ($75) and these gold tassel fans ($39). Happy shopping!
Before we get too far into the new year, we wanted to share our absolute favorite things from 2017. This is a collection of new obsessions that we cannot live without and things that will be on repeat for many years to come. Some of these have already garnered cult followings (looking at you, Glossier), some are random finds, and others were complete surprises.
What were your favorite items and must haves from 2017? Comment below. We would love to try them out!
Peace + Love,
Bex and Mila
Bex's Top Picks
2017 was the year I really found my go-to-beauty products - Tarte Shape Tape, Becca Highlighter in Opal, Glossier's Boy Brow, and this wonder Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum will all never ever leave my makeup arsenal.
When I first wore shape tape I couldn't believe how much of my under eye circles vanished right before my eyes. I was shooketh! Boy Brow is a duh! I have big eye brows and they need help staying in place. Also, this is the year I said goodbye to Becca's Champagne Pop and said hello to Opal. If you haven't read my review on this highlighter you can find it here. It really is magic. Every time I wear it, I get a compliment. I purchased the full size product in June and I have used 3/4 of it as of now.
This was also the year I found my drug store solids. I started using Mad Hippie Vitamin C (find it at Whole Foods, too) because I wanted to find a replacement for Drunk Elephant's $80 serum and success! This serum made me glow, controlled my acne, faded spots, vanquished acne scars, and my wallet is happy. Another drug store favorite is the Wet n Wild balm stain sticks. The color lasts forever and they wear like a high end lip color.
Last but not least in my beauty finds is the Davines All in One. This spray controls, frizz, keeps your hair shiny, and prevents breakage. It does have a strong baby powder smell, but I actually like it. It was suggested to me by a friend after my hair kept dreading underneath. I also use this on my daughter as a de-tangler and we love it.
For fashion finds, my favorite pair of jeans were the AE boyfriend distressed jeans. They are beyond comfortable and do not sag like a lot of boyfriend jeans. I love to wear these with a white shirt and my blush pink vans (also on this year's list). This Rebecca Minkoff crossbody is my every day ride-or-die along with these Marc Fisher boots.
I can't forget my favorite shirt of the year, the Stowe Wrap Tunic from Anthropologie. This top has a flattering fit for all body types, the material is so freaking soft, and the plunging neck line is super sexy. It is perfect for a date or movie night.
Mila's Top Picks
My favorite items from last year are a mix of high-impact beauty products (with a serious emphasis on skincare) and classic wardrobe must haves. Favorite is definitely not an understatement here because I purchased some of these items multiple times last year!
I've written a lot about my love for a few of these featured products, including the AERIN Amber Musk fragrance, the Origins Modern Friction Microdermabrasion scrub, and the SkinCeuticals Hyaluronic Acid serum. After multiple rollerball purchases, I finally got a full-size bottle of the Amber Musk. The scent just oozes warmth and coziness - perfect for chillier months. I still use the Origins scrub on a weekly basis because my skin feels incredibly refreshed yet it's so gentle (full review here) and I'm now obsessed with all things hyaluronic acid thanks to this hydrating SkinCeuticals serum (full review here).
Like Bex, I'm a major devotee of Glossier so the Super Pure face serum and Balm Dotcom also made my list of beauty faves. The Super Pure has niacinamide and zinc, meaning it combats irritation and redness - what you need for a blemish-free complexion. And you already know that Balm Dotcom is like the best lip balm ever. I snagged this in Birthday, Rose, and Cherry - one for home, one for my everyday bag, and one for the office.
The biggest beauty surprise of the year though was the Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb - the perfect companion to my beloved Aqua Bomb and Moisture Bomb creams. I took a sample of the Eye Bomb on vacation with me over the holidays and I was blown away. It's super lightweight to the touch (so much in fact that I didn't think it would work), but is so damn hydrating! Like I don't even know how it's possible.
Moving on to fashion faves, I featured this Ralph Lauren Wool Blend Coat on the blog (see post here) because it's classic, yet trendy in the camel shade. A great camel coat can be dressed up or down and has endless versatility. Bonus - this coat is on sale! Another classic wardrobe staple? The fabulously chic M.Gemi Cammeo pumps. These beauties are well-made, flattering, and rival even the highest-end designer stilettos. I try to wear these items as much as possible because they make me feel awesome and it doesn't hurt that I've received plenty of compliments on both!
I'm also obsessed with this Calvin Klein Modern Cotton Bralette - don't laugh. I know it's a little basic, but this is the most comfortable bralette ever and I might own three already. Seriously, I live in these on the weekends.
Finally, I have to talk about my two favorite cold-weather finds - these Rebecca Minkoff Waterproof Rain Boots and this Patagonia Re-Tool Fleece Pullover. The rain boots are fleece-lined so they're perfect for when it's wet and chilly, but the best part is that they just look like normal boots! And the Patagonia fleece is so warm and cozy. It was a Christmas gift from my sister and because of our frigid winter, I've been wearing it nonstop.
This winter has been the worst! With freezing temps and record lows across the country, it is hard to even make it outside much less look cute.
Have no fear! Being an East Coast Girl I have quite the collection of boots that are sure to last any weather. So here is a list of boots that I love that will help you look stylish in this winter slump.
Peace + Love,
The Shit Kickers
These are boots I wear when I need to get on with my day but there's serious snow and ice. I've had these Sorel boots (below) for five seasons and they have never let me down. They have released them each year since I purchased them and they are the warmest shoes I own. Worth every penny.
The pair of Marc Jacob boots are well, very Marc Jacobs. They have thick tread and tough leather. So if you aren't looking for an intense snow boot and still don't want to fall flat on your bum in the ice, these are what you are looking for.
It is hard to wear stilettos or pumps when you look at your weather app and it reads 17 consistently. I am not one of those die hard heel wearers especially if it means I will feel cold. So I like a nice sleek boot to pair with a skirt, jeans, dress, etc., during the months of November to March.
I have the Marc Fisher boots in leather and they are so pretty. The Kenneth Cole embroidered boots come in at $75, so if you want to shop a "trending now" item that doesn't break the bank these are a nice option.
I have a lot of these options and they are closet staples. My favorite from this list are the Enzo Angiolini knee high leather boots which are are my go-to work boots. I recommend them because they are warm and made from good quality leather.
1. "The Great Awokening"
A fabulous read about how the intersectionality of pop culture, politics, and awareness came crashing to a head in 2017. (The Cut)
2. What's Up With France?
More than 100 French women have denounced the #MeToo movement. Um, what? I guess la vie n'est pas belle. (The Cut // New Yorker)
3. Ew, Tech Bros
Totally on-board with people having the freedom to express and explore their sexuality how they see fit, but these Silicon Valley sex parties seem a bit odd, right?? (Vanity Fair)
4. Healthy Hearts
Anyone with a family history or increased risk of heart disease or "early-onset cardiovascular disease" should read about this recently identified new risk factor. (NY Times)
5. Election 2020
Are you guys Team #Oprah2020? If so, watch out. It looks like Elizabeth Warren is positioning herself to be quite the formidable foe considering she has “amassed more money in her campaign war chest than nearly any senator in modern history.” Just sayin… (Politico)
6. HIIT at Home
Not feeling the vibe at your over-crowded gym? Here’s a quick HIIT sesh you can do to break a sweat solo. (Lululemon)
7. The Science of Cows
Scientists are trying to genetically modify and breed all-male cows to help the cattle industry. The science behind this is impressive (and scary), but we should also be having a larger discussion around why humans consume so much beef. (MIT Tech Review)
8. Early Riser
If one of your 2018 resolutions was to wake up earlier every day, here are a few helpful tips. (Inc.)
9. Pen and Paper
I’m a huge proponent of writing things down - not just using phone apps - because it helps me stay organized and I remember things better. Apparently there’s been research on this and there are in fact many benefits to using a paper planner or journal. (NY Times).
10. 16th&B Post Round-up
We kicked off the new year with a re-cap of the 75th Golden Globes and shared our blogging goals for 2018.
11. Saving Some Cash in the New Year
Need a dress for an event or party? Here are 9 things to ask yourself before you buy something new. (Apartment Therapy)
12. No One is Perfect
Skin is skin, and well acne happens. Lately acne has been showcased in movies and pointed out on celebrities in a positive light. We are all for that. (Nylon)
13. The LIst
A round up of the top travel destinations of 2018. Our city, Washington D.C. made the list! (Architectural Digest)
14. Diablo Cody is Back
Okay if you are like me, you may have watched both Juno and Young Adult ten or more times. We can't wait to see what she brings this time in her new film Tully. (Vogue)
While the whole "new year, new you" mantra has a certain delicious ring to it, that approach might not be for everyone. Instead, we like to use the New Year as an opportunity to consider realistic changes and goals we can maintain for our overall well-being and not just list some unattainable resolutions that we'll ultimately discard after a few weeks.
When we first started this blog, we knew it would not be easy. We knew it would take a lot of hard work and dedication so we started planning months before our launch to bring something to the blogosphere that we couldn't find anywhere else. However, we never anticipated the personal road blocks we would encounter during our blogging journey. We realized we have a lot of room to grow and can improve if we hold ourselves accountable.
So here's the list of "improvements" we're working on for ourselves and for the blog. What about you? Any goals you're working on for 2018? We'd love to hear about them in the comments!
Peace + love,
Bex and Mila
The 16th&B Approach to 2018
1. Power Through the Writer's Block
It can be so tough to keep writing when we're feeling uninspired and in the past, we've both allowed those slumps to keep us from creating content. Unfortunately, if it strikes both of us that means major gaps in our posting schedule! Which is exactly what happens when you don't see a post for a week or two. We are so fortunate to have a friendship that we can express this to one another and understand when we need breaks. However, after a few convos and bottles of wine we say no more! This year we're determined to write through those feelings anyway and not allow writer's block to beat us.
2. Be Social and Present
Instagram and Twitter is such a great way to engage with our fabulous readers so we're committed to having a stronger online presence this year. That said, social media can be all-consuming so we'll be trying to balance that with knowing when to unplug and take a timeout.
3. Stick to Our Vision
We started 16th&B with a narrow focus - to create unique, inspiring content for today’s every woman - and we want to get back to our original intention but branch out a bit more too. Our goal this year is to share more posts that feature both of our perspectives while trying to incorporate stronger themes around wellness, food, and travel.
4. Get Political
Since the 2016 election we have dug our heels in and joined the #resistance. We find it more important than ever to reach out, speak up, and get to work. We started 2017 with the Women's March, donated to organizations that needed our help, showed up at our local community meetings the first week of every month, and even volunteered part-time during the 2017 Virginia governors race. The fight is hard and exhausting, but in 2018 we are not giving up.
As in with other liquids besides just coffee and wine. Not that we aren't okay with being lushes, we are just trying to be more healthy overall. So here's to drinking more water - whether sparkling, coconut, or filtered Brita (we're in a city) we're on that healthy kick. Yaasss to plump, glowing skin!
6. Invest in Quality Fashion and Beauty
We love a good bargain buy from Forever21 as much as next lady, but as we get older, we're trying to invest in smart purchases of classic quality pieces that will last for seasons (and years) to come. The same goes for beauty as well, with a focus on skincare products and regular visits to the dermatologist or aesthetician to be proactive, not reactive, in our beauty regimen.
Welcome back to the blog! We took a small break to enjoy the holidays with family and friends, but it's time to seize the new year. We have spent hours creating and developing content for 2018 that is meaningful to us and inspiring for you. So let's kick things off with our re-cap of last night's 75th Golden Globe Awards.
16th&B's usual awards show wrap-up consists of the fashion and designers we loved. However, this year we can't help but write about how we were so inspired by the fearless women of the evening. Starting with the inclusivity and tone of Seth Meyer's (okay, not a woman) opening monologue, then the powerful word's of Reese Witherspoon vowing to tell the "everyday woman's" story, to Elizabeth Moss quoting Margaret Atwood, and the phenomenal ending that was Oprah's electrifying speech. Seriously, it gave us goosebumps and made both of us cry. If you haven't seen it yet, press play below and you will not regret it.
Through the recognition of the continuing efforts of tireless journalists breaking monumental stories, the brave women coming forward to share their traumas, and the #MeToo movement, Hollywood took this opportunity to shine the spotlight on its new Times Up initiative. It's a much needed effort that takes hashtags and pins into real, tangible action. We felt so proud to be women last night. This revolution is just beginning and it's exciting to watch. There's a sense that 2017 was like ripping off the metaphorical bandaid we needed to begin societal and cultural healing. This awards show was unlike anything we have seen in our lifetimes, and we hope it sets the bar to keep the conversation rolling and cements the understanding that women will allow this no longer.
Thank you for allowing us to pay proper respect to the surging tide of female empowerment and activism that's going to make 2018 a banner year for women. Also, because it is us, we're going to talk about gorgeous dresses and flawless makeup below. We are highlighting only our favorites this year because let's begin 2018 on a much needed positive note.
Peace + Love,
Bex and Mila
Favorite Looks - Bex
This year was tough to chose because so many women looked fabulous.
Jessica Chastain - I loved the metallic detailing on the sides of her dress along with a classic red lip and those stunning earrings.
Eva Longoria - I literally said "Wow!" out loud when I saw her. She looks so beautiful with her baby bump and glow. Simple hair, phenomenal makeup and perfect v-neck to split ratio that made this dress a winner.
Viola Davis- Every year she is on my best dressed at any awards show. When I found out this dress was from one of my favorite designers Brandon Maxwell (also Lady Gaga's best friend), I wasn't surprised. He is known to create a perfect cocktail of old Hollywood glamour and what is trending in fashion circles today. Also, doesn't Viola look fabulous! The necklace situation is to die for, her makeup was flawless, and can we talk about that gorgeous natural hair? My favorite of the night.
FAvorite Looks - Mila
My favorite thing about last night's awards (beyond the politics), was that the "little black dress" reached new heights. How could so many women look so goddamn fabulous all wearing the same color - seriously, it's crazy.
Issa Rae - As soon as I saw Issa walk the red carpet I knew this would be my favorite look of the night. That plunging V paired with that stunning (and perfectly placed) emerald jewel was just divine. Also, her skin looked flawless and she rocked the most pristine smoky eye I've ever seen.
Diane Kruger - Always one to take a fashion risk, she didn't disappoint. I mean, you guys, she's wearing a jeweled cape. Swoon! She also had soft, understated makeup that complemented the dramatic dress perfectly.
Kerry Washington - That purple eyeliner and those bedazzled booties!! I was intrigued by the liner, but it was the unexpected and uber fabulous shoes that really won me over. Also, I'm beyond jealous of those perfectly tousled waves.
*All photos from Getty Images.
With Christmas less than one week away, it's definitely crunch time in the gift purchasing department. For our last gift guide of the season, I decided to round-up the items I put on my own wish list this year. The best part - you can still order almost ALL of these fabulous finds and get them by December 24!!
A few things featured below that I would love to see under the tree include this full-size Aerin Amber Musk perfume (I've bought the rollerball twice already so I think it's time to splurge!), my SkinCeuticals obsession that my aesthetician recommended (read my full review of the H.A. serum here), a cozy Everlane sweater, and an even cozier Patagonia pullover. Also on the list is this blogger fave Chloe bag, the most gorgeous M.Gemi boots ever, a wardrobe staple black cashmere scarf, the cutest David Yurman message bracelet, a whimsical 2018 personal agenda, and a retro camera.
I hope this gives you a little last minute gift inspiration and happy shopping!
In addition to the Pistachio Wedding Cookies I wrote about last week, these lemon squares always make it into my holiday cookie platters. Soft and sweet with the perfect amount of tartness thanks to fresh squeezed lemon juice, these are a pretty easy crowd-pleasing treat. So for this post, I'm sharing a recipe my mom has used for more than 30 years. She clipped it from a local newspaper, modified it a bit to her taste, and has been using it ever since. Over the years, it's become one of my favorite desserts to bake. Enjoy!
1. Congrats, Senator Jones!
Showing us that maybe 2017 isn't the black hole we thought it was, Doug Jones won Alabama's special election this week. Now we need Jones to be sworn-in immediately to help stop the shitshow of a Republican tax plan. (CNN // Washington Post)
2. Another Voice
Salma Hayek shares her traumatic account of dealing with Harvey Weinstein. It's astonishing how there are still so. many. women. sharing these terrible stories. (NY Times)
3. Know Your Enemy
Hacking, disinformation, and elections. A long look at what Russia (and their president) actually did and what they're trying to accomplish. (The Atlantic)
4. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
It's opening weekend! The second offering in the latest Star Wars trilogy is getting good buzz and at last check was 93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Pass the popcorn, please! (ScreenRant)
5. Actually A Good Idea
In the latest update to Instagram, you can now follow hashtags - #ontheblog #foodie and so on - and we dig it! Finally, a change to Insta we don't hate. #16thandB (Tech Crunch)
6. Sleepy Time
I just learned about "moon milk" - or warm milk with a combination of sleep inducing or calming herbs (like turmeric and nutmeg) added to it. I'm officially curious. (Moneyish)
7. Acids Defined
Lactic, glycolic, retinoic and more - all acids that you can add to your skincare routine, but it can get overwhelming and confusing. I came across a super helpful guide to help figure out which acid is best for you. (Into The Gloss)
8. Awards Season
Nominations for the Golden Globes (Jan. 7) and SAG Awards (airing Jan. 21) were announced this week. Mark your calendars because we'll be live-tweeting the Golden Globes - follow us @16thandBarton! (Variety // VF)
9. 16th&B Post Round-up
We've got holiday food and drink on the brain as we featured a dangerously delicious Boozy Mexican Hot Chocolate and then shared a recipe for our favorite Pistachio Cookies.