Bad Feminist #1

Hi!

So... before today, I used this blog for pretty much everything, especially travel, and although I probably won't stop, I now want it to be more focused on my work.

This summer I decided to take a month off of real life and work on my portfolio (a.k.a. tan in Mexico) so I gave myself a mini-project to start off. I am trying to do more hand-lettering, so I will be illustrating/handwritting a quote every day (hopefully) from a great book I am reading, called Bad Feminist: Essays, by Roxane Gay.

I will be posting each sketch here and on my instagram @rosasanchezillustration 

Here is my first official Bad Feminist piece:

Bad Feminist 1

Let me know what you think!

Summer Detox

The thing is, I don't believe in diets, but I do believe in staying healthy. For the past six months I've been on a semester abroad in Italy, and it turns out that the diet of a starving artist in Milan basically consists of Turkish kebabs and 1 Euro wine. At first I thought I could get away with not seeing lettuce for six months, but after only a couple weeks I started getting headaches and feeling constantly tired, which also got me behind on school work. Now that I've been back home and on break for a couple weeks, I've decided to start a serious detox: eating healthy, getting back into my work-out routine and drinking lots of delicious summer-appropriate iced-beverages. For caffeine addicts like myself, it's always hard to begin a detox, because cutting back on coffee can give us fairly awful withdrawal symptoms, and so for the first few weeks of my detox I've decided to – instead of eliminating caffeine completely – start a tea diet. I say diet because, although I am not necessarily trying to lose weight, a detox requires a great deal of organization and consistency, much like a weight-loss plan. Since I am currently visiting my parents in Cancun and it happens to be the most humid city on the planet, one cannot just drink hot tea and not melt, so I came up with three tropical iced tea recipes that are perfect for a summer detox: 

1. Iced Grapefruit Mint Tea

  • 1 Mint Tea bag
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 grapefruit 
  • 1/2 cup chilled seltzer 
  • ice

- add brown sugar if desired 

Boil waiter in small pot and insert Mint Tea bag; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bag and squeeze. Stir in brown sugar if desired; chill.

Slice grapefruit and place inside glass; combine tea and seltzer and pour into same glass. Add ice and enjoy! 

2. Iced Mango Green Tea

  • 1 Green tea bag
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 sliced mango
  • 1/2 cup mango nectar
  • ice

Boil waiter in small pot and insert Green Tea bag; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bag and squeeze. Stir in mango nectar; chill.

Place sliced mango and ice inside glass; pour in tea mixture and drink up!

3. Iced Honey Lemon Green Tea

  • 1 Green Tea bag
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ice

Boil waiter in small pot and insert Green Tea bag; cover and brew 5 minutes. Remove tea bag and squeeze. Stir in honey; chill.

Slice 1/2 lemon and place inside glass, with ice. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into tea mixture. Pour mixture inside glass, taste and be refreshed!

There are of course hundreds of other equally-delicious iced tea recipes one could prepare, don't be afraid to make up your own and enjoy it on a sunny day by the pool or even in the office! A fresh, healthy drink in the morning or in the middle of a hot day will surely brighten up your mood and lead you on the right path to a wonderful summer detox.

Did you enjoy my recipes? What's your favorite summer detox drink? 

Verona, aka paradise

 

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I started my traveling about two months ago, two months that should have been documented on here... But since I was lazy, I will catch you up on my lovely experiences now!

My first stop after arriving in Milano was Verona. I can easily (well, it took some thought... The world is pretty amazing) say that Verona is my absolute favorite place in the world. My friend Carolyn and I gave ourselves three full days to explore the town, and booked two nights at a super cute and oddly romantic hostel named Casa di Luca, translation: Luca's house, and literally there was a man named Luca, and it was his house. 

Carolyn and I went sightseeing the entire first day and managed to see every important monument in Verona in less than twelve hours! I think the small-town charm is one of the things I loved the most about Verona. We –having been raised under Amanda Seyfried movies and Shakespeare in English class– we're most excited to see the house of Juliet. Not surprisingly, Juliet's house and balcony are actually a complete tourist attraction: a mix of Valentines day, a Sweet Sixteen and a bad wedding all in one... And I love weddings. 

After being very productive in accomplishing our tourist activities, we spent the next two days eating in beautiful little cafés and reading our books on the riverbank. The picture above is from our last night, when we sat for hours looking at this gorgeous Italian sunset and eating gelato. I have never been more at peace.

 

xx

roza.