Well here’s a little known fact about myself to chipper you up on your Thursday – I prefer/can only write a blog post when I’m listening to the Kygo station on Pandora. It has that perfect mix of vocals & instrumentals, inspiring me to get my deepest words out to the world! It can also take a turn for the worst & get me too emo, when I go back & read posts I can always tell. Ha!
TODAY is one of the best days for you guys because I’m forcing you to listen to me rave about these fucking incredible knives that I’ve ONLY cut my fingers on ONE time. And that may or may not been because I was under the influence.. of something other than wine.
ALL HAIL IKEA $2 KNIVES!
I’ve tried other knife sets & knives from different companies that claim they have the baddest, bestest, sharpest knives in the world! Not because I’ve owned many of them, but because I’ve gone to other homes & asked to use their knives. And as predicted, they fucking suck! They either have to be sharpened, be polished, or go through some other bull shit procedure in order to cut a tomato… BUT THESE IKEA BEAUTIES REQUIRE NOTHING BUT LOVE. And they slice through a tomato like butter! Are they the prettiest knives with their bright yellow & red handles? Depends if you like ketchup & mustard. I have no shame, I proudly set them at the table, especially with guests over. I’ve thrown out the other prettier knives Wafiq inherited, no more pretending Ikea knives aren’t the only things in our kitchen that matter.
I’m doing a throwback post today. I’ve been editing prior posts & came across this Olive Oil + Hair story. I died laughing because I vividly remember smelling like a kitchen & trying desperately to convince myself that I could NOT walk around all day/w olive oil in my hair. Way too much alone time. But the post made me laugh so I figured I’d repost it today & hopefully enhance your day w/a little humor – Enjoy!
I saved my life. More like my hair’s life. I have super long, thick, blonde hair that has been severely neglected since my move to Dubai.
I rarely wash it. I try to go as many days as possible in the most extreme ways not to wash my hair. (The key is finding different ways to wear your hair the second & third/fourth/fifth day without a wash.)
The problem happens on the days I choose to wash my locks. I’ve been using shampoo that I believe physically assaults my hair. I’m nearly positive my hair is crying when I put the shampoo through it & it continues to cry until it gets oily again. In truth, my hair has probably been crying since I landed in Dubai.
I used to buy expensive shampoo + conditioner because I spend a lot of money highlighting & want to stretch the color as long as possible. I don’t want to waste the money I spent highlighting, by ruing my hair with bad product. Miss High Maintenance, Hiiii
That all went out the window when I got to Dubai. I RARELY do my hair. And when I do put in effort, it means half blow drying it & leaving it down. Most often I braid it or put it up in a bun.
The neglect started when I ran out of my good ol American shampoo & couldn’t find the one I was previously using. Shortly after that, I found a few pieces of my hair that I think missed my last trim, so I cut them myself..? I’ve never done that before. Between nasty shampoo and a self trim, I thought my hair was treacherous. I started putting it in a ponytail every single day, which again I don’t think is good for your hair. The color started fading (probably just in my head) and it turned into Rapunzel length. In a bad, ratty way.
So I booked an appointment to get my hair cut & highlighted. BUT, I was completely terrified to show up to a nice salon with my hair being dried out, self cut & brassy. I went to Pinterest in last minute efforts to find a solution that could fake maintained looking hair until it was fixed.
I’m back w/a few other kitchen favorites! I’m all about trying new flavors, doing new things, and not getting too comfortable with -anything! Including food. I keep these 5 ingredients in my kitchen most of the time, and think it’s worth a try if you haven’t. Sometimes, when they’re sitting there starring at you, you’re more likely to make use of them. I might not cook w/these guys every day, but they’re common enough ingredients to keep around
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