Cheyenne Erin // The Rustic Gypsy

“I was bullied a lot through elementary school and through junior high. It got so bad that I had to go into homeschooling, and when I got to my freshman year of high school, it grew even worse. I was diagnosed with severe depression and I felt as if I was headed in a never ending, downward spiral. I figured out how to leap out of that trap, and now it’s my mission to help people who are going through the same thing I went through.”

So after all this time and me building this profile up and up, I finally have realized there is no way I’m going to be completely happy with how it all turns out. It’s 100% due to the fact that Cheyenne and The Rustic Gypsy are absolutely phenomenal in all that they do! Unfortunately, the memory card that held the photos from my shoot with Cheyenne was damaged and we haven’t been able to retrieve the photos (sad face!!), so I’ve inserted a few photos of her that I’ve collected over time.

I have to say that I really enjoyed sitting down and talking with Cheyenne about her business. At seventeen she’s already chasing her dreams and she’s so passionate about being compassionate…but I’ll let her do the talking!

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Where did your earliest lifestyle inspiration come from? How did that change as you grew up?

“I was a dancer growing up. I did competitive dance for a while and was entirely committed to that. That did begin to change because I finally realized it wasn’t a healthy environment to be in. For a while, dance was my escape (as cliche as that sounds). I danced to distract myself from things, and other dancers inspired me to push myself harder and work more. It took me 6 years to find a new passion after I quit that. I started seeing a lot about health and well-being and was inspired by that. Ever since then, eating right and exercising regularly has become my main focus.”

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What inspired you to be vegan?

“Anyone who knows me personally is aware that I am absolutely obsessed with animals. I don’t agree with the abuse that occurs in slaughterhouses and it physically hurts me to think about what goes on in dairy farms. I want to be a part of the group that helps prevent animal abuse, and I believe that is all a part of my purpose here on this planet.”

What’s your favorite vegan meal?

“This is a difficult question because I have so many amazing recipes that I’ve discovered through babes like Essena O’Neill, Lauryn Evarts, and @lolacooks on Instagram. I’m a sucker for a classic veggie burger with a side of quinoa and kale, though.”FullSizeRender (6)

Which movements are you most interested in right now?

“I’ve loved learning about She’s The First, which is an organization that sponsors quality education for girls in low-income countries. These girls will be the first in their families to graduate from high school. I strongly believe in equal rights for women and I stand by my opinion on education rights for young women.”

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Who is your biggest style inspo?

“My biggest style inspiration is definitely Vanessa Hudgens!”

What’s your favorite store?

“I’m torn between Liv3 and Urban Outfitters!”

What’s your go-to outfit?

“I’m currently obsessed with simple, open-back dresses with a pair of black converse. Super comfortable and easy!”

What do you think is important for someone trying to find their style?

“It took me a long time to find my style, and I’m still working on fully discovering myself and what I like/don’t like. Just start experimenting with different things, and see which colors/patterns suit you best. It’s not an overnight thing, but stick to the basics first and then begin to build your dream wardrobe over time.”

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What inspired you to start your business?

“I absolutely adore handmade things and any chance I get, I go all out on buying things like the items I’m working on making to sell. There’s also a beautiful sense of accomplishment that comes along with making something all by yourself and having it turn out exactly how you imagined.”

The Rustic Gypsy, Cheyenne’s most recently launched project, is a collection of happy home made goodies produced in her town home in a suburb of San Diego! The website is currently under construction (I’ll release the link as soon as it’s back up and running!) but you can find her on Instagram as @shoptherusticgypsy! Her personal Instagram is @organicfajita. She’s hands down my favorite lifestyle blogger and I absolutely love trying out all her recipes!

xoxo

Bec

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Summer Snacks // Cheyenne’s Favorite Summer Smoothie

My good friend Cheyenne (@organicfajita on Instagram) has something exciting in the works! I’ll do a profile on her and talk about that a little later, but for today, here’s her favorite Summer smoothie recipe!

Ingredients:

-Frozen strawberries

-Frozen mango

-Frozen rasberries

-Frozen blackberries

-Frozen blueberries

-Water

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Instructions:

You want equal parts of all except double strawberries. Add water until it’s about halfway to the top of the ingredients. Add yogurt or ice cream if you want (we’re both dairy free so we didn’t). The result with a dairy product will be creamier (you could also try coconut milk, etc. but we liked the texture of this).

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Viola!

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xox,

Bec

Summertime Goals! // 6-15-15

Happy summer!!! One of my favorite parts of a new season is that a lot of things start over. This is especially true for my life in summer because I finally have a little time to sit back and re-evaluate! So I sat back and did so, and here is what I’ve found.

Goals with my wardrobe:

-buy more white/brightly colored clothing that goes with more of what I own. I’m realizing a lot of my closet is cute but also completely random and useless for me!

-try and earn a bit of cash off of what I don’t wear anymore…and even if it’s adorable, if I don’t wear it, it’s gotta go. My room is tiny and I need the space! I hate clutter…yeek!

-This isn’t really a wardrobe thing, but I need to work on actually spending time on my hair. It’s always up or natural, and my natural hair is a bit of a mess. I need to keep trimming it and keeping it shoulder length. When my hair looks good, I feel good.

Goals with food:

-This one could easily take a lot of time to explain, but I’ll keep it simple. I’m anemic on top of having many food intolerances (mainly lactose). I have trouble remembering to take my iron and Super-B supplements until I’m wondering why I’m exhausted and dizzy. Duh! Remember ya vitamins, girl!

-So of course, I need to focus on consuming more foods with iron and B12. A friend of mine who is also anemic recently suggested a smoothie she makes every morning. It’s high in iron and helps her keep her body nourished throughout the day! I’ll make another post about the smoothie.

-I was recently reminded that soy is not the answer!! I have reverted to drinking skim milk (I know, I know. Both or controversial. But I was consuming soy regularly, sometimes 2-3 times a day. I work at a coffee shop. I drink almond milk when possible!). I’m going to try out milk alternatives. I like almond milk but I can never use it all in time. A friend recently suggested hemp milk. Suggestions?

-I have more trouble getting the nourishment I need than trying to cut it out, but too much sugar is still a problem for me. I need to fix those more obvious habits!

Goals for blogging:

-I want to get more on top of MAKING THINGS! I have some exciting things I want to do but I haven’t even managed to make time for grocery shopping, much less me-time.

-I want to be posting higher quality photos more frequently. I lost my sister’s camera charger (of course) so now I haven’t had a camera to take photos on besides my iPhone.

-I want to make more baking posts!

Goals for my life:

-I want to manage my time better. I think I’m going to start using a planner to make plans with people and include at least 2-3 hours for myself at night.

-I want to work more! I was making a pretty solid amount of money but as I got more and more stressed out I quit going in as much. As I explained in my blog post in February when I first got the job, I make my own hours. I’ve been doing the work from home (which was my decision) and when I work from home I can’t clock in.

-I want to paint and make music more.

-I want to spend time making my room more how I want it to be. I’m not home much so usually it’s not a big deal to me, but it honestly sucks a little when you can’t relax in your own space.

So there it is! Let me know if you have any suggestions for any of the goals I’ve mentioned.

xox,

Bec

WHY IS IT SO HARD TO RELAX + 2 Bath Recipes!

If you know me, you know I have a really hard time unwinding. I’m not highly strung by nature, but I just have a hard time feeling relaxed even when I feel calm. The two main things that stress me out even in my downtime are:

-SCHOOL IS COMING AND I KNOW IT. Even on the very first day of Summer, I am already 100% aware that school is still coming.

-Guilt. I feel guilty when I’m not doing anything! I know there’s stuff I need to get done (because there never isn’t) and I have trouble stepping back and taking time for myself (or enjoying that time, at least).

Here are my tricks for beating anxiety when I have downtime:

-Painting, baking or making music! If I’m creating something, I don’t feel so badly about not doing anything but I’m still relaxing.

-Drinking hot chamomile tea! This one is better for end of the day relaxing because it will make you sleepy and it might be hard to snap out of it.

-(Of course), taking a bath! Taking a bath is especially good for when you can’t stop yourself from trying to dive into work. Once the door is locked and you’re in the tub, you (hopefully) won’t still be trying to multitask. Sometimes when I’m having trouble calming down I’ll turn off the lights and close the curtain and maybe light a candle (scents like lavender and eucalyptus are the most relaxing to me).

Here are my two favorite bath recipes:

1. Honey and Coffee // Be warned: this one gets a little messy!

Ingredients: Coffee (I use grounds), honey, milk

-Add Coffee grounds…the more the merrier (and messier…)!
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-Add honey. I go a little overboard with this one but it’s really up to you!DSC_0355

-Add milk. I would recommend about four cups, but again, it really is up to you.
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-Stir it all up and pour it all into the bath! Don’t bathe for more than about 20 minutes unless you want a coffee tan.
DSC_0359Note: This one will leave a brown ring around your tub as well as a lot of little grounds. It’s a lot less messy if you use brewed coffee instead of the grounds, but the grounds are great exfoliants. I wouldn’t recommend the grounds if you have a bath mat (or you can take the mat out while you bathe). You’ll have to get in there with a wet rag once it’s all drained but personally I think it’s worth is because this leaves my skin feeling incredible!

2. Green Tea Detox Bath

Ingredients: milk, green tea, honey

-Add milk (5-6 cups). I still had coffee grounds lingering in my mixing bowl but that isn’t a bad thing!
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-Add honey.
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-Add green tea. Typically for this step I will purchase the cheapest tea I can find and use about twelve bags. I put them in the bath when I first start filling it and squeeze out the bags about every five minutes. Eventually the bags start to deteriorate, and that’s when I take them out.
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xox

Bec

#WhatBeccaWore // 6-5-15

I’ll be honest: I don’t like to spend a lot of money. I don’t really have a lot of money to spend in the first place; I’m a sixteen year old working part time. But with Summer right around the corner, I let myself go a little bit overboard with the shopping.

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The romper and bralette are from Liv3, my favorite store of all time which is located in San Marcos, California! I’m not gonna lie, going there was the first thing I thought of when I got my paycheck. I’ve been looking for a really nice bralette that would actually function as a bra (let’s be real, most of them don’t) for a long time and I finally found one! I’m not sure where the hat is from because it actually belongs to Abel but it says “Dorfman Pacific” inside.

Romper: Approx. $33 – Liv3

Bralette: Approx. $19 – Liv3

Hat: Borrowed – Dorfman Pacific

xox

Bec

An (Apologetic) Update // 5-26-15

(This is kind of a personal post and it’s not really about anything interesting)

I’m not sure if this update is for you or for me but I have been feeling pretty awful about not keeping on top of this. I feel like it reflects a lot of what my life looks like right now, I have a million things that I should be taking care of and I’m not. So here are the things I’m feeling overwhelmed by:

1. School! It’s the end of the year and I’m struggling to keep up and it doesn’t feel important so that just makes things worse.

2. Work is tough!! I live far from school and far from work and they’re a good forty minutes away from one another. So on top of trying to handle those two things separately, I’m stuck on the 405 in traffic in between!

3. I’ve been so sick! I feel like i always use this as an excuse but there it is. I’ve been getting sick and that makes me physically so exhausted and I haven’t had a free moment to just take care of myself and do the things I want to do in ages.

My life sort of just feels like a whole bunch of heavy chaos right now and it doesn’t just stop at those three, but the school year is just about to end! And then I’ll have time to cook and clean and paint and make music and frolic through meadows and forests and climb mountains and do cartwheels and take photos. So there is my (apologetic) update.

Xox

Bec

*A couple extra things: my family had two cars die in one week so that is another little bit of chaos! Also let me know on Instagram if you’re interested in anything neeeeew and exciting!

Happy Saturday!! & 2 Step Ring Holders

Hi hi!!! I know I’ve been a lousy blogger lately but I’ve been balancing school with a new job that’s 40 minutes from where I live (eek!) and it’s all been quite a lot. I didn’t get the chance to do any new projects SO I decided to document one from Christmastime! You’ll have to excuse the lighting, I haven’t quite figured out how to work out the shadows in the afternoon yet.

So without further ado, here it is!! I swear this is the simplest project in the whole world.

Materials:

-Two colors of acrylic paint (choose colors that you like together)

-Paint brush (I found that the spongey ones work best for this)

-Small plates (I got mine from Goodwill in a pack of 4 for a dollar!)

-Small animal figurines (You can find these at Michael’s for $5 each, or better yet keep an eye out when you’re thrifting!)

-Lots and lots of news paper to keep down the mess!!

You can do the whole thing in two easy steps!

1. Paint!!! You’re going to want to do a couple or three layers on the animals as well as the plates. This is the messy part!

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This is how mine turned out after two coats. If you’re using white, I would recommend more than just two coats because mine still looks a little thin. Wait for the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.

2. Glue!

Admittedly, I didn’t glue mine (shhh!). But with a little bit of hot glue or gorilla glue, viola! You’ve got yourself a ring holder.

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Mushaboom – Feist

xox

Bec

Happy Weekend!

These last couple days have been a whirlwind for me! I’ve been fighting off the flu (ick!!!!!!), I went to an impromptu concert in Newport Beach, and… I LANDED A JOB IN SOCIAL MEDIA!

I am super stoked but also very exhausted and swamped with calls to make business listings and different media platforms to update. I didn’t even know there were this many sites for businesses on the entire internet! But I am so thrilled. This is a dream job!

Because of the job, I’ve been off the radar and I haven’t been doing any projects, so I have nothing new to post (tear!). I’ll get on it soon, I promise!

xox

Bec

Introducing Me // 4-10-15

Let me just start out by saying that I am elated to be restarting the blog! If you followed me before you know that I had an account on Blogspot. I liked Blogspot for its user friendliness but it didn’t give me very much room to redesign or personalize anything (because I know absolutely zilch about HTML). I am also excited to start over with the actual blog posts (I will repost the old ones with more photos and cuteness)!

If you’re new here you’re probably wondering who I am and what this whole thing is about. I am not completely positive as to the answer to either of those questions but I will try my best to fill you in.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset     My name is Becca and I’m mostly active on Instagram (mylifestyle blog is new and it’s @brewingvodkatea and that’s more connected to the blog, but I also have a personal account which is @becburbuja). I’m sixteen years old and I live in San Diego, California. I love Jesus, cooking and all things pretty and bright! I love to paint and create music and those are my two biggest emotional outlets. My sister and I are moving up to Portland next year and working and attending Portland State University.

DSC_0884      My sister Amanda (who is pictured above) is my partner in crime. We are so excited about Portland and a lot of what I do and create is somehow connected to that particular adventure. She is also a super talented photographer (she shoots weddings, portraits, family photos, events, etc.)! Her Instagram is @heymananda.

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     Max (on the left in the photo above) is my best friend! He is so supportive of me always and I can rely on him to never laugh at me when I have stupid questions and to always hold me accountable when I’m in the wrong. Max, Amanda and I are quite the trio! I am beyond grateful for the silly adventures we have all the time. I can always count on them to cheer me up. @Smaxbuns on Instagram.

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     Jianna (in the middle in the photo above) and Hephzi (Hep-see. On the right) are two of the most adorable, lovely people you could ever meet. They get the butt of my psychotic rants and weird moments. @Jiannaxxo and @hephzipepsi on Instagram.

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     Abel James! He is my all time favorite human being. A few months after we started dating he moved to North Idaho where his family is from but our relationship has remained in a wonderful place and I absolutely, positively adore him. He is an artist and a real friend and the silliest guy there ever was. @mmotherr on Instagram.

     So that might have been a little more on my friends than myself, but you get the jist of my little world!

Goals of this blog:

-A space to document growth. I know this one is a little annoying sometimes, but I need a place to do this and I understand if you just skip over these ones!

-A space to document ideas and outcomes. I love to cook and create!

-A space to document my travels. I am always on my feet (or in a car, or on a train, or on a plane…)!

     That being said, here’s to the new blog space!

xox,

Bec