Summer Glow

IMG_6024We’ve hit the ground running with summer temps. It’s hot, humid and not very friendly for skin care and maintenance. Summer, and winter for that matter, are difficult seasons to navigate skincare. The summer sun causes damage, to much oil production as well on the other side of the coin, dry skin. What’s the best way to keep an even-ness when it comes to our skin?…I believe it comes from simple, consistent skin care. Now is not the time to get fussy. Especially with the humidity, layering serum after serum will only make you feel sticky, greasy and in the end look old.

Because everyone has different skin care issues, taking a look at your skin and deciphering what it needs and lacks, is key. If you’re heavy on the oil production, like me, stick with light oil free products. I like organic serums that help repair the skin and then add a light weight (oil free) sunblock on top. Sunblocks can be tricky because so many of them are so thick. Because I’m so oily, I forego any moisturizer and I use the sunblock over my serum to give my skin the moisture that it needs.

If you have dry skin, adding a moisturizer over your serum and under your sunblock will give you a lasting glow without looking greasy. Again look for an SPF on the oil free side. Regardless of your skin type, keep the oils separate and out of your SPF.

Whether oily or dry, a retinol at night is a must for turning over your skin cells. Keeping your cells “new” is key if you want to achieve a glow. It’s definitely a piece of the puzzle. If you’re dry, add moisturizer to your retinol, if you’re oily you probably won’t need any added moisture.

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Of course topical skin care isn’t the only trick for glowing skin. What’s happening on the inside is just as important. Supplying your body with antioxidants (fruits and veggies), staying hydrated and moist importantly, getting your head right, are all keys in unlocking beautiful skin. Trust me, if you’re not glowing from within, it doesn’t matter what you put on. Just some food for thought. 😉  Happy Hump Day xoxo

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From the Ground Up

Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 10.16.47 AMIt’s been a while since my last post. I keep telling myself I need to sit down on a regular basis and write (wrote an amazing best high pressure shower head guide last week, btw)…unfortunately life takes over and my writing takes a backseat. So much is happening at the moment, I almost feel overwhelmed on where to start. We’re at the final stages of architectural planning, and at the beginning phase of construction. I cannot tell you the excitement I feel of finally being able to design our own space, with the help of builders Plymouth, of course.

The creative process of bringing a vision to life, has been and is, part of my DNA. Whether it’s working with clients, designing our own home or starting a new business venture, the creativity that follows a vision is really what fuels my whole being.

I love how my husband reminds me that everyday is another opportunity to design and live creatively. Outside noises and negativity wreaks havoc not only on my spirit but also on my creative process. Staying open and grounded to what’s real and true is the real work in staying and being creative. I’m so looking forward to this next stage of chaos…lets be real, there’s a lot of chaos in creativity. 😉 Nevertheless, I welcome the path that’s unfolding in front of me and I look forward to sharing in the journey. On the flip side take an inventory on what fuels you, creativity does not only live in the “creative” space.  Happy Hump Day, xoxo

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Aging…

FullSizeRenderNone of us can escape the “dreaded” aging. We’re told that 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s are the new something, whatever that means! Regardless of what propaganda is being sold to us, the fact still remains we are the age we are. So what do we do about it? We’re bombarded with quick fixes, youthful images, that by the way are under the age of 20, and a society that still, no matter how many times we tell ourselves is changing, values and idolizes perfection in beauty.

Well, the reality is perfection does not exist. Not anywhere in the world have I come across perfection. Not in beauty, sports, business or just plain life. But somehow we get sold that striving for perfection is what’s going to make us happy. Looking younger than our age, having a body that defies gravity and a head of hair that looks like a horses mane is what we’ve been sold is the pinnacle of beauty.

Well people, it’s all BS. What we see day in and day out is fake sh*t. Everything from fake photos to fake hair run our social media feeds. I struggle with this daily. I, just like everyone else, like beauty. Of course, we’re all drawn to a perception of what beauty is, and I totally believe it’s okay to bleach, inject and smooth whatever your heart desires. But honestly, where does true beauty come from?

I completely believe it comes from within. The radiance, the confidence and the inner stillness is what permeates true beauty. We’ve all seen it, heck we’ve all experienced it on those days that we feel perfectly balanced. You can’t buy that inner glow. For that inner glow, you have to work for it. Hat tip to my friend Roger for making me realize this.

What does that mean? It means, do the work to get to know who you are. Not just surface stuff like what you like to eat, to drive or what designer bags you like. But who are you at the core? What drives you to be a better person? What lessons and legacy’s do you want to leave the one’s that you will one day leave? I know I know, kinda heavy, but this could be a starting point to bring inner happiness which I guarantee will bring inner glow.

Trust me, I’m no expert. I try to learn everyday from my experiences, my mistakes and others who at different times may be doing it better than me. Growth happens at every stage. Our bodies may not necessarily like the “growing” but I guarantee if we feed our minds our bodies won’t care sagging behind us. Take a few minutes everyday to sit in your stillness. Breath in the success you are and are becoming. It may not be easy at first, but like with anything practice makes precise (not perfection.) My husband gave me that line. 😉 Make sure you read my lastest article about breast enhancement pills reviewed by Samanta. Happy Monday! xoxo

Finding Time

IMG_4921It’s crazy the balancing act that life really is. When we’re kids, the importance of being kind and respectful is taught to us at almost every turn. We hear, be kind share your toys, always say please and thank you, respect other’s for their differences, be grateful, have compassion and be happy for another’s accomplishments. But what happens to some as we age? Those fundamental teachings get forgotten about and our insecurities and downfalls start bringing the misguided and what I think, “the evil” out. Aren’t we supposed to grow old gracefully and with growing older comes knowledge, power with that knowledge and inner awareness and peace?

I guess in a perfect world that would happen, but guess what…we’re far from perfect. I could sit here ranting and raving about all the “wrongs” I feel people have done or are doing, but honestly, that doesn’t do anything except keep the negative swirling. What I chose to do is try to learn and go deeper inside myself so that I can continue to grow and share positivity with others.

 

I was given a book about 15 years ago that helped me understand and bring clarity to the happenings that were taking place around me. I think now in 2016, it’s time to bring it back out and revisit it. The book is called The Four Agreements. I highly recommend taking a few moments for just yourself to grow and understand “you” better. In the end what was happening around me, I was in control of changing. I will definitely be taking my own advice and finding time for me!. xoxo

Throw Me a Line

fishermansweater111I was talking to a friend this morning and because we are literally into fall, we felt we had all the right in world to complain about the 80 degrees outside. The consensus? We’re over it! Being stuck in tank top groundhog day is getting old and we’re ready to move on with colder (seasonal) weather.

With that said, sweater weather will be among us soon, so why not at the very least talk about it. The WSJ had a great article on the “classics” as it pertains to fashion and what to collect now including these LED Chemion Glasses reviews. Honestly, I take these articles with a grain of salt, as just last year the WSJ announced the death of denim due to the yoga pant invasion. So whether you chose to listen or not, it’s all just insight.

The fisherman‘s sweater is one of those WSJ classics, and I admit, I agree with them. It’s a piece that has been around for decades and even though the style has never changed, it keeps having it’s “moment.” What has changed however, is the polyester of the 70’s has changed into cashmere for the present day. The cozy yarns have made this oldie, goodie again. Worn with ANY trend of the moment, you can’t go wrong channeling “The Perfect Storm”…(George Clooney) 😉 Happy Hump Day! xoxo

m-743_natalia vodianova - wsj june 2013 - blogb805137715af92bf06575c6d2eb9e7759. Genevieve Bahrenburg aran fisherman cable knit sweater habituallychickalastajaneule-gwyneth-paltrowfisherman-cable-knit-sweater-fall-2015-habituallychic-009Photo Cred// Vogue, WSJ, Habitually Chic.

Who Are You?…

DSC_9415As I was growing up my parents tried to instill independence, original thinking, a sense of “anything is possible” and most of all to not “believe the hype”. I didn’t always know exactly what they were talking about, or how it related to me, but over time and as I’ve grown older it has become clear.

I wouldn’t say that their skills of how they tried to instill these values were that great, but I think I learned more by their examples of how they lived vs just the word. One statement that always stuck with me was dad would constantly tell me, “Figure out who you are and dress accordingly”. As a teenager I would look at him and think, what are you saying? I would think, ok I’m 16, I know I’m 16, and I really like my Guess jeans! I was good with just knowing that about myself. Obviously that’s not what he was getting at, and it took me a good 10 years to really understand what he was saying.

There’s a lot of clutter in the world that keeps us from really looking inside. And I often feel that society is set up to make it difficult for us to really “see”. It’s much easier to bury our heads in the sand and not drudge our own paths. We have so much “stuff” (social media, societal views, our own crazy wheels in our brains) around us, that it’s difficult to sit in silence and listen to what’s inside.

As I look around and coexist with society I find myself surrounded by anger, lack of common decency and a complete disconnect to others. I’m not writing this blog to bash others or to write that I have all the answers because I definitely don’t, but I’m fed up with the lack of insight that we as a society have. How can we possibly teach our kids to have compassion and respect for others when there’s so little of it being shown on a daily bases. Now, my husband would say that the statement I just made is not entirely true. Yes, maybe there are plenty of examples of shit in the world (my interpretation of what he would say) but how we take in this information, how we respond to it, and how we allow it to impact us is what we have control over. Just because another person may not exhibit the compassion and respect we want, doesn’t mean that we respond in that same disgusting manner. Man, this is a topic that can go on forever! I’m not sure I’m smart enough to go there, so I won’t, but my point!?

I think my dad had/has it right…Figure out who you are and dress accordingly. Spend time in stillness and listen to what’s inside. Don’t believe the hype that other’s want you to believe. Get to know who you really are and what you’re about so that you are clear when weeding out the crap and recognizing the gems. Change starts with one person, I challenge all of us to be that person. We may not be able to control the chaos around us, but we can control how we move around it. This is a life long journey, not a weekend retreat…And to all the noise that’s around…We control the volume. 😉 Happy Hump Day. xoxo

Photo Cred// Nyanzi

 

Cover Up!

honest-company-sunscreen-best-natural-kids-sunscreen-bottle-680x453Summer is in full bloom. The longer days, outdoor grilling and a more laid back lifestyle has me feeling like “I’m living the dream” lol. The flip side to living in lala land in my head, is the reality of frizzy hair, oily skin and hiding under hats and sunscreen trying to avoid the skin damaging rays.

Just this week the EWG (environmental working group) released their findings on sunscreen. And among the worsts one’s (causing more damage and being carcinogenic) were those we’ve come to trust over the years. Neutrogena, Coppertone and Banana Boat were at the top of the, do not use list.

I’ve been one to always buy Neutrogena, especially for my husband, so I quickly threw all those out and looked for what brands were safe and effective. Luckily what I wear and what my child wears was at the top of the “yes” list. So I’m hear to share with you my go to’s. Living in California, sunscreen is a year round endeavor. But unknowingly poisoning ourselves, obviously isn’t an option. Have a great tuesday! xoxoLP7423-2 Love Anthelios products. Beach days don’t happen without them.

UVClear520x320Elta MD is what I wear everyday without fail regardless of the season.

The-Honest-Company-logoAnd it’s no secret that I love everything in the Honest line. My son doesn’t leave the house without their sunscreen all over his body.

Photo Cred// Cup of Jo, Anthelios, Elta

Summer Sales!

Shopping-Bags-Street-StyleSummer sales are in full effect. Not only can you find “wear now” bargains, but there are many transition pieces that you can find at a fraction of the cost. Be smart with your purchases, look for holes in your closet that need to be filled. Light cashmere’s and layering pieces are always smart buys, platform flip flops on the other hand…keep moving. My dad always taught me, “you can go broke buying sales”, so don’t loose all your marbles when you see SALE! Happy Monday, xoxo.

aea8207d5ed9f244c7a66823a4344566Cute Splendid wrap effect dress. Wear now with gladiators or later with over the knee boots or layered over leather pants.

INHF-WK90_V1Inhabit navy blue cashmere sweater. Great transition piece into fall, but completely wearable during the summer.

9b8382a072c90591b1a5c69e5ae7c9e6You can never go wrong with a great blazer.

RAQU-WS131_V1Cute trapeze top worn now or later.

DRKS-WS27_V1Rick Owens tunic top.

APC-WS29_V1A chambray denim blouse can go directly into fall with the same leather pants you purchased earlier.

LAGF-WD3_V1You can do no wrong with a LBD.

ETOI-WP18_V2We’ll be seeing a lot more track pants in the fall. This is a good piece to get on sale.

Keep filling those holes slowly!