All Natural beauty treatment

October 3, 2014

egg white face maskNow that the seasons are changing and temps starting to drop, I’ve been searching the web for all natural beauty treatments to help preserve my skin as much as possible during the colder months. I’ve never been a big fan of eggs, unless we’re talking about omelets. I love omelets. But apparently they’re miracle workers when it comes to your skin. The nutrients in eggs have tons of benefits for your skin (and hair). The egg white is great for tightening and firming fine lines and wrinkles. If you have dry or acne damaged skin (that’s me), the egg yoke can hydrate and tone. I tried this Egg White Face Lift Mask recipe and my skin loved it! The egg white tightens, the lemon reduces blemishes, and the honey kills bacteria and “plumps the skin”.

• 1 egg white
• 1 teaspoon lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon honey

Mix ingredients together and apply to face. Let dry for 15-20mins and rinse with warm water. I must admit, I really wasn’t expecting to see/feel any results. But after rinsing, my skin felt extremely soft, like baby bottom soft, and hydrated. I didn’t even feel like I needed to put on moisturizing lotion… although I did, for routine sake. My skin also looked brighter, which I’m assuming is from the lemons natural alpha hydroxy acids which helps exfoliate and lighten the top layer of your skin. Amazing! Now that I know these at home recipes actually work, I can’t wait to try more. Have you guys tried any at home all natural beauty treatments? Share your faves in the comments below!



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The blog formerly known as The Blend

October 1, 2014

quote and inspirationI’ve waited forever to write this post. It’s been 4 months since I made the decision to take a hiatus from my blog in order to focus on branding and redesigning  it. Finally the day has come for me to reintroduce this little creative space to you all.

Welcome to East & Lane. That’s right, The Blend is no more. Blogging 101: pick a name that you can essentially live with forever. Clearly, I failed at that. It wasn’t long before I became sick of seeing, hearing, and writing “The Blend”. My vision for my blog has grown and become so much clearer since I first launched it. Once I began realizing how much my blog played a role in my professional endeavors, I knew I wanted to be able to put my blog and freelance business under one name, and one place. Although The Blend worked for a personal moniker, it definitely could not translate into my professional life. Not to mention people constantly confusing it to be a coffeehouse or radio station. After a long brainstorming session and my sister’s approval (she has a background in Marketing), I came up with East & Lane. Like The Blend, the name still represents my transition from city living in Washington D.C to rural living on the Eastern Shore. “East” represents the eastbound direction of travel from D.C. to the Eastern Shore. “Lane” symbolizes all the small narrow roads I’m discovering that lead to so many fabulous shops, restaurants, views etc. Aside from the metaphoric meaning, I like the way it sounds. “East & Lane.” It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Once I saw it written out on paper I was sold!

Although the name has changed, my mission is still the same — inspire people to explore where they live and curate the life they desire. You’ll still find all the stuff you loved about The Blend like DIY’s, and style & decor inspiration, but on a whole new level — More original content, more videos, and brand new stuff like Home Tours, before & afters, and Manifestos (a inspirational video series on local entrepreneurs). ←Yup, get excited!

Having gone months without blogging, I feel bottled up with ideas, plans, hopes and dreams for this space, and today is a release. It feels like a new beginning of sorts. A chance for me to start fresh and really do this thing, for real this time. So I’m marking today as Day 1 of my blogging journey. Thank you so much for coming along with me (again). So, let’s begin…

Hello. I’m Key, welcome to East & Lane!


Image via pinterest, design by East & Lane 



DIY Floral Arrangement with Little Miss Lovely

May 3, 2014

One thing I love about the Eastern Shore, is that it’s filled with amazingly talented, young entrepreneurs. Ami Reist, owner of Little Miss Lovely floral design & event decorating is one of them. I heard about Ami through a mutual friend, and after scrolling through pictures of the most beautiful floral arrangements on her Facebook page, I knew I had to collaborate with her! Since I knew NOTHING about floral arrangements, it only made sense to make an instructional video. Watching Ami arrange was inspiring — she has a true love for flowers and passion for what she does, and it shows on her countenance as she works. Myself on the other hand, looked like a lost sheep. Luckily, Ami is a great teacher and made such a detailed process easy to learn. Before I knew it, I had made my 1st flower arrangement! (Please watch the video in HD)floral arrangement-2LML COLLAGE 1 1497730_695580927132437_1221545170_n The thing I love most about Ami’s arrangements is that they don’t look like the typical floral arrangements you find at the store, or the “grandma – looking” arrangements you find at floral boutiques. Her floral arrangements are fresh (no pun intended), creative, and on trend– like something you would see in the chicest wedding magazine (not that I’ve ever looked through on of those) ;-) Oh, and did I mention eco-friendly!? Instead of using floral foam, which is non-biodegradable, Ami uses a tape grid (seen in video) to hold the flowers in place.LML collage 2Pictures courtesy of Little Miss Lovely. Picture of flower crown & wedding cake courtesy of,1fzVDMSCEoKRbsCbfTpBmTCew7kXsKjo8CZfMGWTTJY,FX3wtqgWqFsCcOBAY_rvJi_8qCyyypJPZDNan83q4cs I hope you enjoy the video and find it helpful. If you’re interested in learning more, Ami frequently holds floral classes throughout the community. You can find information on upcoming classes and events on her Facebook page and website ( AND, if you’re local, there is still time to order Mother’s Day flowers!! You can place an order directly through her website.

Thanks so much for watching & reading. Have a wonderful weekend!

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