Featured, Food

HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY LIVING MORE AFFORDABLE

August 7, 2017
HOW TO MAKE HEALTHY LIVING MORE AFFORDABLE

Leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive! In fact, with a few simple tricks and some planning, you can make healthy living affordable for your entire household. Here are my go-to tips:

Create a plan.

I create a general meal plan for the week so I know what I’ll be eating for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days. This way, I’m only buying what I need. Creating a meal schedule really helps you stick to this because you know what you’ll want to have on hand and nothing will go to waste.

Make a list.

In the same sense, having a plan before you go to the store will help you stay on track. It can be easy to fall victim of clever marketing, so having a list and sticking to it will keep you focused on what you really need and in turn keep your bill low.

Shop around.

Author Michael Pollan suggests doing the majority of your shopping AROUND the supermarket. The perimeter of your market is where you’ll find the fresh fruit, vegetables, good quality diary and meat. The aisles are where you’ll find the processed and prepackaged foods (chips, sweets, soda, ect…) that are often not necessary nor good for your body.

Visit farmers markets.

Farmers markets are often a great place to find fresh produce at a cheaper price – and you’ll know exactly where it’s coming from. Organic produce that has had to travel thousands of miles may not only be more expensive, but also not as fresh.

Love leftovers.

I always make extra dinner to have on hand for lunch the following day. Not only does it save time, but it saves money too! Food is much more likely to get eaten, there is less waste, and that makes it a winner all around.

What are your healthy eating tips and tricks? I include lots of easy, affordable healthy recipes here on my blog!

Beauty, Fashion

Healthy and Sustainable Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 14, 2017
Healthy and Sustainable Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Making healthy, conscious choices doesn’t mean you’ll be deprived from options! Even major retailers like Nordstrom have hundreds of items ranging from natural makeup to luxurious, organic cotton t-shirts. With the Nordstrom Anniversary sale starting in less than a week, I thought I would share some of my top picks for the eco and health-conscious consumer.



MY 2017 NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE PICKS

bkr® Spiked Naked & Tutu 16-Ounce Glass Water Bottle Duo 

If you’re looking for a chic, reusable bottle to toss in your gym bag or work tote, then look no further! This two piece glass water bottle set is covered in a stylish silicone casing and is free from BPA and phthalates.

Anniversary price: $50.00

Perricone MD Super Greens Dietary Supplement Drink Powder Duo

This beautiful blend of greens, antioxidants and probiotics is a great for when you need a blast of nutrients. The formulation is vegan, gluten free and Non-GMO.

Anniversary price: $108.00 for a 2 month supply

RMS Beauty Glowing Set

Gorgeous, emollient and versatile only begin to describe the RMS beauty brand. This trio includes a lip-to-cheek balm, a sultry eye polish and a luminizer for a natural, glowing look. All products are made with raw, food grade, natural anti-aging ingredients.

Anniversary price: $80.00

Nordstrom at Home 400 Thread Count Organic Cotton Pillowcases

Update your linen closet basics by switching to these dreamy organic cotton pillowcases.

Anniversary price: $25.90 for 2

Nordstrom at Home Organic Hydrocotton Heathered Bath Towel

Another sustainable, everyday basic at a great price.

Anniversary price: $20.90 for 1

Cocolux Australia Wild Frangipani & Coconut, Ginger & Pomelo Candle duo

Cocolux makes their candles using sustainable coconut wax and 100% recyclable vessels. This particular limited edition collection smells like a vibrant, fresh trip to the tropics! The Island Fig, Cassis & Peach & Tonka Bean & Lime Zest duo is also on the sale. This is a more rich and seductive collection and will surely warm up your house this coming fall.

Anniversary price: $60.00 for 2

Eileen Fisher Silk & Organic Cotton Cardigan

As fitted and structured as a jacket, yet as soft and moveable as your favorite cardigan – this Eileen Fisher piece is the perfect fall staple. It can easy be paired with a skinny jean and turtleneck for a casual Sunday brunch or over a dress for work.

Anniversary price: $238.90


Just a note on organic cotton:

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic cotton is far less water-intensive than conventional crops and the farmers are not exposed to health-compromising synthetic pesticides and agrochemicals used by non-organic crops. By choosing something as simple as organic cotton, you are supporting and protecting natural resources and biodiversity.



A FEW OTHER ITEMS WORTH MENTIONING THAT AREN’T ON THE SALE

 

Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost by The Beauty Chef

Specifically formulated to repair and rejuvenate skin, fight free radicals, address fine lines and skin firmness and boost overall skin radiance, Antioxidant Inner Beauty Boost contains organic papaya leaf, fruit and seed as well as pomegranate, green tea and vitamin E to provide a perfectly balanced dose of gut-boosting prebiotics and probiotics and nutrient-rich antioxidants.

Price: $50.00

KYPRIS Beauty Moonlight Catalyst Refine & Renew

A natural alternative to retinoids – no peeling, redness or irritation. Yes please!

Price: $77.00

Amour Vert Peppi Organic Cotton Tee

This striped, long sleeve tee is a versatile addition to any closet and is made with 100% organic cotton.

Price: $78.00

skin Organic Cotton Thong

Super soft (and super sexy), lightweight and sustainable basics.

Price: $26.00

Stella McCartney Falabella Box Woven Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

In the world of luxury fashion, Stella McCartney blazes the trail for sustainable production. Her handbags and shoes are made with vegan leather and 45% of McCartney’s operations are run using 100% renewable, green energy.

Price: $1,140.00 (This is certainly a higher price point – it’s simply an example if you’re looking for an investment piece.)

Malie Organics Eau de Parfum

Organic and cruelty free perfume that smells just as divine, if not better, as luxury brands.

Price: $45.00

Farmaesthetics Lip Softener

A natural herbal balm that hydrates and plumps your lips.

Price: $12.00

DETAILS:

Sale starts on July 21st and ends August 6th.

Shop in-store or online at: www.nordstrom.com.

 

Beauty, Featured

My Green + Simple Beauty Routine

July 12, 2017
MY GREEN + SIMPLE BEAUTY ROUTINE

When I first heard about the clean beauty movement, I immediately imagined ineffective formulations wrapped up in brown, granola-esque packaging. Initially, I snubbed the idea and continued on my way – Urban Decay and NARS in tow. Years later, I started looking into the logistics of the cosmetic industry and the complete lack of transparency and regulation surrounding it. I quickly realized there was a dire need for resultant products that were both safe and as aesthetically pleasing and luxurious as their department-store counterparts.

I didn’t make the transition to clean beauty overnight. In fact, it took me years of testing and trying products to eventually land on what worked for my skin type. I think the best (and certainly the least overwhelming) way to introduce healthy products into your routine, is to implement them one at a time. If you run out of mascara, pick up a healthy swap instead. Make it easy on yourself (and your wallet) and don’t try to replace everything all at once.

My approach to makeup has changed over the years. At one point, I went through a serious purple eye shadow phase and then there was the black eyeliner moment where I’d pencil it on thicker than a magic marker (note: not cute). Did I mention my deep devotion to shimmery bronzer that looked more like an infection than a beachy glow? You live and you learn, right? And you sure as hell delete your MySpace where all of those moments were captured for the world to see.

As a model, I spend a lot of time in the makeup chair. When I’m shooting, my face is spackled in (what feels like) an inch of products and potions that look good under harsh lighting. It’s part of the gig and I can’t complain. When I’m not working, I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible. When I’m going out I use only a handful of natural products that enhance what my momma gave me and easily can pull myself together in less than 10 minutes.

Lastly, I have to end on a cliché note. Beauty truly comes from the inside out. You can roll your eyes (because even I am), but seriously, it’s true. There isn’t a single product on the market that can replace a healthy, nourishing diet, drinking enough water, sleeping enough and happiness. When you feel good you look good. When you eat well, your skin looks radiant. And when your life is filled with joy and gratitude, you glow from the inside out.

So with that, I’ve listed some of my top clean beauty resources as well as some of the products I keep in my makeup bag. Please comment below with some of your favorite healthy products or leave me a question – I always love hearing from you!!



W H E R E  T O  S H O P

Credo

Described by many as the Sephora of clean beauty, Credo offers an endless selection of cosmetics, skincare and wellness products at every price point. This site is especially useful for green beauty newbies as it offers an interactive interface where visitors can read up on clean beauty and explore healthy beauty swaps. (Yes, there really is a viable equivalent for your Bobbie Brown Skin Stick Foundation and MAC Studio Fix Powder.)

Sephora

Yep, that’s right, even Sephora carries some of the green, cult-classic brands. You can stock up on everything from gorgeous ILIA lipsticks to HUM Raw Beauty Superfood Powder Just as a note, most green beauty products are carried online rather than in the store.

The Detox Market

If you live in the Los Angeles area, this place is the mecca of safe, sustainable beauty. Situated next to The Beverly Hills Juice Club (get yourself a Green Genie juice while you’re at it), The Detox markets stocks ultra-luxe brands such as Rahua, May Lindstrom and Kjaer Weis. You can also easily browse their online shop which is just as well-stocked and simple to navigate as their store.



P R O D U C T S  I  L O V E

Foundation

Coola Rōsilliance™ Organic BB+ Cream SPF 30

RMS “Un” Cover-up

Concealer

RMS “Un Cover-up

W3ll People Bio Correct Multi-Action Concealer

Blush

Juice Beauty Phyto Pigment Cream Blush

Kjaer Weis Precious Cream Blush

Bronzer

W3ll People Bio Bronzer Stick

Tata Harper Very Bronzing Cheek Tint

Eyeliner

Jane Iredale Eye Pencil

Lily Lolo Eye Pencil

Mascara

W3ll People Expressionist Mascara

Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mineral Mascara

Eyeshadow

RMS Eye Polish

Lips

COOLA Mineral Liplux in shade Skinny Dip

ILIA Lipstick in shade In My Room

Hair

Rahua Voluminous Shampoo

Rahua Crean Wax

 

Fashion

Stripes and Neutrals : Fourth of July Outfit Recap

July 5, 2017
STRIPES AND NEUTRALS - FOURTH OF JULY OUTFIT RECAP

I hope you all had a fun and festive Fourth of July!

My hubby and I celebrated with friends savoring great food, wine and conversation in their backyard. We caught the tail end of the fireworks on Lake Union when we got home, but spent most of the night trying to calm down our chihuahua, Charlie, who absolutely despises any loud noises. (Yikes, more coffee please!)

 

Skirt by Madewell. (No longer available)

I just love everything about this skirt. For starters, it’s made out of the most comfortable scuba fabric which gives it some shape and structure without being uncomfortable. It has a side zipper closure with two silver buttons that give it polished and fun finish.

Top by J Crew. (No longer available)

So, I have a thing for stripes. If you opened my closet right now, you’d see about 40 different variations of them. This long sleeve cotton t-shirt is one of my favorite pieces because of it’s simple and versatile. I usually pair it with denim and some ballet flats for a casual weekend look, but you can also dress it up.

Makeup:

Eyeshadow: RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Seduce.

Face: Juice Beauty Tinted Mineral Moisturizer in Ivory.

Mascara: W3ll People Expressionist Mascara in Pro Black.

Lips: MAC lipstick in Diva.