My Current Beauty Regimen!

I’ve been trying to not only use safer products lately but also be more diligent about my skincare routine. No more lazy gal face wipes to take off (i.e. rub around) my makeup at the end of a long day. I’ve been making sure I take the time, no matter how tired, to properly wash, tone, treat and moisturize. And despite the rogue lone pimple that just appeared (ARGH!!!), I think it’s been helping me skin a lot! Things feel smoother, brighter and way more moisturized; and somehow, the more natural and gentle stuff is making a bigger difference than the strong, chemical stuff!  So I thought I’d share (as well as some super awesome body, hair and makeup finds too!)

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The Beauty of Aging.

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This week I went to the dermatologist for my annual skin cancer check (you all should as well) and when the doctor walked in she asked how I was feeling about my skin these days. “Older” I said, with a nervous laugh.

“Well, you are an excellent candidate for filler!  Slim women lose fat in their face first and it really would help contribute to a more youthful look.”

Well, shit.

I’ll admit that the wind was knocked out of my sails a little. I guess at 35, and with a history of rampant sun-bathing (again, skin cancer checks, people), I shouldn’t have been surprised to hear that little tidbit of advice.  When I look in the mirror in the morning I see the lines around my mouth getting deeper and the angry crease that has appeared between my eyebrows,  little scars courtesy of Father Time and my penchant for animated facial expressions. But should I be feeling “old”? Especially at 35? (I can hear my mom chiming in now- “Just wait until your 60, sweetie!”)

Fashion Friday: A Fresh Start

Ahhhh, hello new year!  While I find New Years Eve a bit hokey (I spent it quietly with Andrew, Bax and Ollie by the shore with a yummy dinner, some champagne, The Good Wife season three and a 10 p.m. bedtime), I do love the concept of a fresh start.  A renewed energy and spirit really helps you spring out of bed in the morning.  So, as we plan for all the big things we’ll do in 2015, we can begin with small changes.  Here are some of the ways I plan to kick off the new year…

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CANDLE // YOGA PANTS (LOVE THIS CUT!) // TOP // JACKET // KIEHL’s MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE // // CHARCOAL MASK & SCRUB // BAG ( I BOUGHT THIS ONE AND I AM OBSESSED!) // JEANS (AWESOME FIT!) // NAIL POLISH- CHANEL FRENZY & PARTICULIERE

 

What’s In Your Products?

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I will full admit that until recently, I have pretty much ignored the whole “toxic ingredients” chatter surrounding the beauty and personal care industry.  I sometimes felt it was a bunch of scare tactics and honestly, didn’t have time to fret about what was in my deodorant.  But recently the wife of a friend/vendor I adore chatted with me about her work with Ava Anderson and really opened my eyes about changes we can all make to create a safer environment for ourselves.  I had no idea that Europe bans 1,371 chemicals from their personal care products and the US bans only 11!!!  I know a lot of you are interested and focused on this too (having seen your comments on my Instagram about my Vaseline lip balm and such! so I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you about this topic and what I’m doing to try to improve my health in this way.

In reality, I’m not going to get rid of every beauty product I own (long live Clea de Peau and my belief in moderation), but I have been making smarter choices and swapping out what I easily can for safer items- most notably my deodorant, body wash, body lotion, home cleaning supplies and face moisturizers.  What I find interesting about Ava Anderson is that they are incredibly vocal about being more focused on educating the public about toxins than selling the product, in fact the owners of the company don’t even take a salary and instead to roll all the money back into the company and product development and education.  Not to mention the company’s namesake and founder, Ava,  started this company when she was just  14 (read more about it here, so interesting) !!!  I love young, women owned businesses like this!

Fashion Friday: Winter Beauty Essentials

The temps have finally dropped around here and the heat has come on– which means dry winter skin and hair.  But it also means holiday season, which is when you want to look your best.  So Nordstrom asked me to select my winter and holiday beauty favorites from their huge selection of brands and I had so much fun curating this grouping for you.  Because not all your summer products will work in the winter if you live in a place that has dramatic seasonal changes, it’s great to have an arsenal of seasonal favorites- so if you have one- comment!