D.I.Y Beauty Series Part 2

Blueberry Oats and Honey Face Mask  

 Hello Loves, I'm back as promised with a brand new organic, handmade DIY beauty treatment you can try out yourself! Now, since it's the first day of summer and all I thought that this face mask would only be appropriate. Feel free to experiment and substitute your ingredients to your liking but I really liked how this one turned out. It made my skin feel amazing!!!
Have fun babes, enjoy! Please also note that there is even more where this came from. I'll be posting more beauty projects soon, the series had not ended...

- 1 cup of Oats
- 1 cup of smashed up blueberries
- 1 handful of shredded fresh basil
- 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 cup of local honey
-  5 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a big non-porous stainless steel-mixing bowl. Be sure to really smash those blueberries real good and stir vigorously. For this mask I would wait a day or 24 hours before using so that all the ingredients can soak and saturate all together before use but other than that enjoy! For this mask it can also be messy so I found using a spoon or small spatula helps when applying the substance on ones face. Let mask sit until it feels dry and then rise and wash off with warm water and follow with toner or Witch Hazel and moisturize. This will last about 4 weeks in the fridge, so be sure to take it out when you want to use it especially on a hot summer's day, it feels real nice. You can take my word for it.

*Once again I would like to note: 
All images above were taken and edited with Julie Jones my creative partner in this project. Check out her site for more: http://www.jonesphotographycompany.com/

- Jordy

What I Do In My Spare Time . . .

Hi Loves!

I'm pretty thrilled to share with you all this recent photo shoot I was a part of working with a wonderful collaborative team. It's always fun and exciting working with new faces and meeting other creative people for the sake of creating. It was such pleasure jumping in filling the role of a hair and makeup artist for this cool and sexy shoot. 

For those of you readers who have been following this blog for a while now know that from time to time I like to dabble with styling and creating fashion looks whether it's on myself or actual models; I get kick out of the act of the whole creative process. Basically this kind of thing is a real treat for me and I'm always looking for others who want to work with me on such fun stylized shoots.

This photo shoot I can not take much credit for however all the hair and makeup looks on the models were a product of my hands contributing to this end product you see above. Therefore I must give credit where credit is due...

Clothing provided by: The Beat Clothing @thebeatclothing
Hair and Makeup Artist: yours truly Jordan Jones @honey_lavender
Photographer: Sherman Taylor @baldman52
Models: Tashianna Valentine @mom_model_coach and Kori Ryan Jackson @koriryan 
Production Manager: David Johnston @dayjay1990
Location: Carlsbad, CA

Until next time loves, hopefully I'll have more work coming my way soon and can keep sharing on here for all you wonderful readers. But stay tunned! I have more D.I.Y posts coming your way in the beauty department so be sure to check back for those posts to be released.

- Jordy

D.I.Y Handmade Beauty Series Part 1


White Sugar & Cedarwood Coffee Body Scrub

 Hello my loves, I'm going to keep this real simple and straightforward today. This is the first in several D.I.Y beauty scrubs, soaks, masks and whatnots for ya'll readers. I made all these by hand in one afternoon and now you can too! With a scourge of what you can find around your home and possibly a quick trip to the local natural foods store follow these easy recipes and you'll be crafting up a storm (like I did) in no time. Stay empowered and beautiful my friends...

- Coffee grinds (save your organic local fresh coffee grinds throughout the week prior to use for this homemade scrub)
- 10 drops of Cedarwood essential oil
- 1 cup of white sugar but depending on the exfoliation a variety of natural sugar found in your kitchen will do here
- 1-2 tablespoons of nutmeg spice ground
- 3-4 tablespoons of ground cinnamon 

 All ingredients listed in a non-porous bowl like a stainless steel metal kitchen bowl and stir until a paste like scrub has formed. Then pour into a airtight container like a mason jar or recycled old jam glass jar and store in the fridge because it can go bad after a week left alone in the bathroom. Just pull it out from the fridge when desired to use during your next bath or shower and scrub your body to exfoliate and smoother and hydrated skin will emerge! Ta da! Pat yourself on the back because you made it all by yourself.

Note* All images above were taken and edited with Julie Jones my creative partner in this project. Check out her site for more: http://www.jonesphotographycompany.com/

- Jordy

Portland Digital Negatives

Hi Loves!

Today I'm reflecting upon this Spring season that is now behind me and all the memories I have created are now stored on film, my Instagram feed and are hopefully backed up in smartphone library. LOL. But in all seriousness these images above make me think about my path and future desperately craving adventure for travel and living in a new environment, nesting in a clean and creative city I could call home someday, somewhere in, Portland

I may have left my broken heart in San Francisco but it's Portland that I know is where I belong next. As soon as I finish up Cosmetology school (aka "beauty school") which will be this fall I'll be enrolling in the Barbering program at Bellus Academy to further advance my beautician career all the while working at my current new job BLOW BUNNY a hair extension and blow out bar located here in San Diego. Lately, I'm learning that my vision of a directed path varies and tends to swerve here and there. Thinking about those people I hold close to me here in sunny southern California makes my heart hurt a little with the thought of leaving it all behind again to live and thrive in a whole new city located in the Pacific Northwest. I now also have a wonderful new boyfriend here in San Diego, all thanks to Tinder ; ) LOL So we will see how long things will take me to get to where I'm meant to be in the long run but in the short run here is where I'm meant to be ... grounded in my roots

The independent Aquarius in me has a hard time trying to stay in one place for a long amount of time when I embrace change and new experiences every so often to keep my bohemian soul satisfied. I truly loved being in Portland this Spring Equinox season and fell deeply in love with the environment I was shown. The old and new friends that took me in and showed me around brought me to realize how lovely the City of Roses really is. From the multiple wateralls, waffle carts, speciality coffee shops, brunch spots, little indie movie theaters and bridges for days throughout the town I felt my eyes grew big with wonder and awe. I even noticed the light in Portland is softer and not as harsh as the bright sun's rays here in San Diego, the air crisper and filled with moisture. There's also the random fact that their tap water is the most delicious water I've ever tasted because it's genuinely fresh from local rivers and streams. I couldn't get enough of the greenery and overall moodiness up there I enjoyed every minute of it and I can't wait to go back someday... hopefully soon. 

If you're wondering what disposable film camera I used you can buy it HERE from the Urban Outfitters website

- Jordy