Weekend Lewk

Sometimes it's hard to write a long description of something, but I have these great pics. So I'm going to spare you the anecdote and just say this:

Play with eyeshadow. It's fun. To create a look like this put the lighter color(s) on the inner part of the eye and the darker color(s) on the outside. Apply copious highlighter. Leave. Have an amazing weekend!

shadow palette | Glossier  | Milk Face Gloss | Lid Tint | Foundation } Greasy Hair, models own







Review of The New Reformation Swim

There's nothing quite like starting a post on the internet about swimsuits by disclosing your weight. The truth is it took me years and years to get to the point where I realized I was incredibly happy being 5'10 and 153 pounds. It wasn't really until I got sick and all the medicines made it hard for me to exercise, eat healthy, maintain a normal metabolism, and the scale (which I am subjected to almost weekly at the doctor) crept up and up that I realized just how happy I was to be right where I was.

That said - it's pretty hard to find a great fitting swimsuit. I want something flattering, comfortable and stylish. I want it to say "I'm truly happy with my body" but not "look at me! look at me!" The quiet confidence of wearing something that looks good on you - that feels good.

And Reformation just gets my body. It really does. So I guess I shouldn't be surprised that the suit fits me so darn well. Not gonna lie, the tiny side straps dig into my waist a little bit, but only if I don't slide them up high enough. Sometimes I forget it's not actually the early aughts and that hip huggers aren't really my fave look anyways.

I was also asked by a friend to answer some questions about why I choose (and pay more for) ethical/sustainable fashion. That is how I got into #refbabe status in the first place. I wanted to share what I wrote in response to her thoughtful questions, because my own answers were revelatory to me as well.

I was first introduced to the concept of ethical/sustainable brands almost a decade ago. I was working at a non-profit and we did a fashion show with a labor-rights watch group. The picture they painted of the working conditions really stuck with me, as did their description of the wastefulness of fast fashion. So many resources go into the production of clothing - water, shipping costs, pesticides and plastics used to make materials - and yet so many clothes end up in the dumpster every year. 

But of course, the price point is a problem. You get what you pay for! Supporting a living wage, using sustainable fabrics, all of that costs more money than traditional production methods. The way I justify actively seeking out and paying more for these kinds of clothes is the added benefit of buying less, better things. That in and of itself is sustainable. 

I really started my movement towards sustainable clothing by thrifting - that's an affordable first step, recycling clothes. Later it became about just trying to consume less, because buying something that you wear once before it falls apart is hugely wasteful, both for the environment and for my bank account. It feels like, as someone who's been trying for a long time to make good choices, that it's becoming easier and easier to find great things. There are brands I stand by, wear all the time, feauture on blog, and know I can trust to deliver me great looking pieces. I remember when the options just weren't there, and the style tended to be a certain kind of hippy chic that wasn't me. Ha. 

Now you have the Reformation, Everlane (with their transparent working conditions), Cuyana, Amour Vert. Big brands are noticing and trying to compete - just look at H&M conscious. Enough people are choosing to make this kind of purchasing decision, and willing to pay more for it, that the industry as a whole has been forced to start moving in this direction. Real change is happening. Someday history will look back on these practices as so barberic, it will be like we think about serfdom, or makeup made from lead. 

The more people actively make this kind of choice, the easier it becomes for everyone. You don't have to work so hard to find great looking pieces, things you'll actually wear. They last longer, they tend to be designed as more classic, staple pieces that don't go out of style quickly. They are investments. I love emerging luxury brands like Re/Done, which sources all their denim from vintage jeans and reworks them in a downtown LA factory. The whole industry has just elevated the options available for people who want to recycle fabric, buy clothes made by people paid a fair living wage, and cut down the carbon footprint of producing internationally and then shipping clothes across the globe. There's all this beautiful, deadstock fabric, just waiting to be given new life in your closet. 

And of course, demand breeds innovation - look at what Stella McCarthy has done in terms of developing new material development practices. Her "leather" feels just as luxurious, lasts just as long. There are just so many beautiful pieces out there now to choose from. 

Looking back, I think the real turning point for me came when I read a statistic about the proliferation of trace amounts of formaldehyde in fast fashion. That's terrifying. I was just diagnosed with breast cancer, at the age of 29, and I remember thinking that it was both gross and scary. To have those kinds of poison on your skin, being absorbed into your body through your pores? That made it worth the investment for me. I've even joked that those chemicals were associated with my early cancer diagnosis, even though I know that hasn't been scientifically proven as a thing. 

There are very few things more personal than the clothes we wear on our bodies. Transperancy in production, ethical and sustainable practices, even just buying things that are made to last, I just feel better when I wear things like that on my skin. 


Anyways, I think I'll let these unedited pictures speak for themselves.

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Spring/Summer 2017 How to Be Cool Edition

I think other people would refer to this as "Needs" or "Trends" but I hate the word "need" in this context. It's a want. You need food and shelter. You want that pair of white sneakers, which is a trend that shows no sign of going anywhere.

The word "trend" also has a negative connotation that implies a short duration of usability - something that has yet to happen to other trends like thick eyebrows, mom/dad jeans, k-beauty, and taking pictures of your pretty makeup. Maybe a better title would be developments? Because this feels more like an evolution, or progression than a sweeping dismissal of old things. If the return of the choker has taught us anything, it's that some trends don't die.

So here goes, my predictions for the things about to seem ubiquitous by the time summer is over. Hop on board, reap the early adopter benefits, and prepare to hear me say I told you so a few times.




THE STRUCTURAL BUCKET BAG
an evolution of the soft sided bucket bag

Right, when my beloved soft-sided, glossy thick leather bucket bag fell apart (thanks, Ouai!) I got a solid year of wear out of that GWP) in comes the answer to all my black bag needs. The hard sides of this architectural wonder make it so I can place, or hang, with ease. Like it's soft-sided predecessor, it's basically Mary Poppins purse in terms of carrying around cosmetics, phone, charger, wallet, and like, a puppy. It's that big. Also, it basically looks like art when you don't wear it. Oh, and Alexa Chung and Jeanne Damas both have one. The problem is that when everyone has the same shiny, thick, minimalist bucket bag - which is in a sense, the perfect bag for so many reasons - fashion girls always want to stand out a little. This one is just so irresistible because it still has all the minimalist, IDGAF attitude, this is kind of classic but not really gestalt, without the risk of taking someone else's purse home.

Staud Bissette Bag, or try the J.W. Anderson, Creatures of Comfort, or the Simon Miller Bonsai if you really don't need a cross body strap option, in which case you live my dream life, can we be friends?


NATURAL BEAUTY AS EFFECTIVE AS IT IS PHOTOGENIC
an evolution of the rapidly growing amount of money people are willing to spend on skincare these days and the proliferation of information on carcinogens in cosmetics

I'm pretty sure I spoiled the plot with that intro, so I'm just gonna drop my current favorites on here and walk away. This post is long enough as it is.

Glossier Mist (yes, it's super green! The worst ingredient is a 3, a preservative called Potassium Sorbate, which I am grateful for because spoilage sucks) |  Vintner's Daughter  | Sunday Riley Tidal | Tata Harper Mist | Herbivore Lapis Oil


CHEEKBONES
an evolution of chandelier earrings and all the highlighter, all the time

Listen to your elders, after dewiness, the second sacrifice to aging is a healthy flush in cheeks and lips (unless you have Rosacea, a story for another day.) A little sweep of color on the cheeks goes a long way in terms of going from, "are you wearing any makeup?" to "WOW, you look amazing, are you even wearing any makeup?"

And once those cheekbones are flexed out, don't sleep on this seasons' danglers. Put the chandeliers away for a few seasons, when they will inevitably return in force. For now, it's all about round shapes.
Look for big, thick, sexy hoops (literally winning at Instagram are these ones which are light as air and showing up on everyone.) Also hot are dangling spheres on spheres (in either metallic with rods like these, or wrapped in embroidery, or beaded, or these bone ones shown here.) Despite their total lack of subtlety when it comes to size, color, and attention drawn to cheekbones, the sleek and minimal circle shape feels fresher and more modern than the heavy chandelier shape. If you must chandelier, a monochrome pick, like these gold ones my super cool friend brought me from Mexico) are glorious additions to any ear stack. I like to pair them with a slightly shorter dangler in my second hole for a sexy, exotic vibe.


VITAMIN C
an evolution of beauty science

Vit C imparts a lit from within glow, speeds healing, undoes sun damage and over-pigmentation, increases the efficacy of your sunscreen, and about 14 other things I can't even list here. The problem? It's super unstable and basically spoils the second you open the bottle and expose it to light or oxygen. Love, chemistry. Fear not though - the expensive predecessors fueled a scientific cattle-run to deliver more affordable, more potent, cuter packaged Vitamin C. How? By either combining it with other ingredients, like Super Glow, which pairs with it with skin fortifying magnesium, or my beloved Joanna Vargas Daily Serum, or by creating a super fun to use air and light proof container, like the  Drunk Elephant C-Firma.

Pro-tip: Speaking of chemistry, be careful when mixing C with Niacinamide (skincare's current acne healing wunderkind, like that found in Super Pure) because the two mixed together create Niacin, which produces a very red flush in skin. Called Niacin flush, it will fade, but avoid it all together by waiting at least five minutes between applying the actives.




WOVEN BAGS
an evolution of Man Repelling, and all beach bags, ever

Two (maybe three?) years ago, Man Repeller did a story on buying vintage picnic baskets and turning them into purses. Now, those are basically all sold out, or just way overpriced, and the beach bag du jour is a fair-trade basket. Bright colors, space for a towel/water bottle, and a small dog, plus complete immunity to sand/pool dirt? Who could resist?

The colorful one shown here is sold out, but I have a little shoppers remorse because I so deeply love this straw/black fringe, or this neutral one with pompoms!  You can also just lean all the way into the picnic basket thing. Plus when the summer is over you can repurpose them for home decor. #totesboho


DAD HATS
an evolution of dad jeans, normcore,  athleisure and the fact that if you're spending a fortune on skincare you better wear a damn hat

I went all in on this trend last summer because it was too windy for my cute boater hat. In case you're left behind, your favorite brand probably makes one right now - like Outdoor Voices, or just wait for your favorite brand to give one away as a gift-with-purchase like the Ouai and Parcel did. Urban Outfitters also has great stock, as does, probably, your husband or dad.




INCENSE
an evolution of the earthy, luxuriously-priced candle phenomenon

You buy one expensive $65 candle (like my beloved Feu de Bois pictured below) and then just augment it with the earthy, spicy, similar scent of $20 aka 4 months worth of daily burning incense. Or just burn straight up Palo Santo  ($9 for a bunch) to augment the much lusted after $75 candle version.




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A Very Detailed Bathroom Tour of a Beauty Blogger



I don't even know how this happened. I think I was reading someone else's getting ready routine or something and I had my camera nearby. So I went into the bathroom, which I had just cleaned.  This would not have happened if I hadn't just cleaned. I took these pictures, and then a day later I sat down with them and I wrote these captions. Very stream of consciousness. It's basically like you came over to my house and I took you into my bathroom for a tour. Because that's legit something I would do in real life/have done before. I've been told it's pretty fun. 


HIS, although TBH, I got him most of this. He personally loves the Imperial Pomade for that super, wet looking hold. I am trying to wean him onto the Ouai pomade because I love the smell. I also am not into the crunchy thing. I think (hope) he's finally getting into a softer finish. We both use and love Quip, the toothpaste is delicious. I love the minimalist packaging for both paste and brush.  Also, the convenience of having it delivered, obvi. (Use my code to get $5 off) Also, I picked out this cologne for him for xmas and got it engraved with his initials. It smells like he smells in my head - clean laundry, salty ocean spray and a little something sweet.  It's super subtle, which we both also like. 
HERS (FYI, duel sinks is probably why we have such a happy marriage) Also, are you so proud of me for all these natural product picks? Sunday Riley Tidal + Glossier PM Rich give me life in this dry, dry city.  Joanna Vargas Daily Serum & Vintner's Daughter I blame doubly on Into the Gloss & Violet Grey.  Obviously I have the obligatory burned out diptyque candle filled with every shade of cloud paint, every flavor of balm.com, and my Milk face gloss.  The Tata Harper Mist is incredible, I got a trial size and became completely hooked. It moisturizes while also tightening up your pores. Like I can't explain it but it just does. It also smells amazing.  I am covered in bruises so I use the Nuxe Huile Oil like foundation for my body - it's so flattering and light. Can someone tell me how to pronounce it tho?  Current favorite sunscreen, Tatcha's Silken Pore Sunscreen which you have hopefully already about here.  And of course, the Drunk Elephant C-Firma, which I had to buy because it won ITG's march madness product competition against some pretty insane products. I alternate between the DE and the JV. I've definitely got a highlighter free glow, and my acne-induced dark spots/redness cleared up so fast after this last lupron-induced outbreak
Actual jug of coconut oil that lives in my shower, not a joke. Also, this eucalyptus and mint shower cleaner smells amazing. I am obsessed with it. Wrote about the shampoo here, don't feel like getting into it again. I will leave you with two words: shiny hair.
Shower goodies! I keep like 1/3 of my masks in here (the ones that act quickly, save water) for when I want a more indulgent shower. Pretty sure there are no surprises here - I've written about a lot of this stuff. Love the Lagom, I use it as a body wash and it is so luxe. Obviously, the Ouai Mask and Volumizing Conditioner have been oft featured. Body scrub is from Trader Joe's! Also, Steve and I both use Harry's razors and we love them.  French Pharma hook up is def Violet Grey, their recommendations are always top. 
I use this Mexican blanket I stole from my mom as a bath mat. It's exactly the right size, super plush, and I think it kind of adds some punch to all this sparkling white. Here it's hanging out to dry. 
My precious babies! I leave them by the tub but really I use them all over the house. The Renee Rouleau is very strong, it's my special occasion/emergency I feel something coming plan of attack. It is so light and pleasant and shimmer gold, I have to remind myself that it is potent and effective and should be used sparingly so I never run out.  If I run out it will be the day before a huge event, clearly. The Shangpree is a cleanser that also works as a mask. That's what they do at their world class spa in Korea. I try to do it 3-4 times a week - I'll put it on and then brush my teeth, then wash it off. This bottle has lasted forever considering how often I use it. It has the old label instead of the new one. I use the Honey Mud several times a week also, maybe once as a mask and the other times as a cleansing balm, I would use it more but I'm terrified of running out.  And of course, the triple G aka Glossier' Green Galaxy, which is just such a gentle detox mud mask. 
I'm not doing this, I'm such a hoarder - what is that 8 haloscopes??? Gah. And the serums, I legit did a purge and these are just the ones I use a lot. I've written about everything in this drawer - it's just good stuff. My best tip here is those eye wipes hiding in the corner. It has to be the plus. My doctor told me about them, and they can be used as makeup removers and actually made a stye go away in 24 hours. They are the best.

Of course there's another one. This is more spillover and where I keep my multiples. Stuff that's not in cute packages (perscription creams, bandaids) goes down here where I can use it but I don't have to look at it. 
Here's my insane collection of body lotions, plus my two hair products. Such a contrast! Just two hair products, the dry shampoo foam amd the wave spray, this brand just really works for my hair.  Then  there's like my fifteen body lotions! I use all of this... I like to layer, my skin gets very dry. I'll do either the HA gel or the spray, which is for face but works for body! Then I top it with a heavy, luscicous lano cream or an emollient cream.  This one is cheap, giant, relatively natural and smells subtly like a tropical vacation. 
This is my jewelry basket so my precious babies don't fall down the drain - one of my biggest fears. I got it at a thrift store. I feel like you need someplace to just throw things. This usually ends up filled with whatever I pluck from the drawers - makeup, serums, etc. and then once a week I put everything back in it's place. 









A Sunscreen for Face that you will Want to Reapply

Fun fact about me - I hate sunscreen. I know I'm not alone in this. A whiff of that smell, that baby powder turned sour smell, and all I can feel is that goopy mess on my face. Sticky, pore-clogging, fun killing sunscreen. But of course, the sun is terrible for my skin. And I spend a fortune on my skin. Too much to mess around with inadequate sunscreen. So I need something that I like enough to use. Something that feels good, smells good, has a cute packaging I want to carry around (and take pictures of, I am nothing if not self-aware!) 

Last year I fell in love with these ones, but while I'm still ride-or-die for the sunscreen oil spray, I realized I was being too precious with my face application. The truth was, I didn't want to reapply because I didn't want to mess with my base. Yes, I will wear concealer or a little skin tint to the pool. No, I am not ashamed. 

Most pool sessions are very social! But, I digress, I needed something I would lavishly reapply like I do with the sunscreen oil (it smells so good I can't help myself.) Something that had heavy SPF but maybe could also act as whatever face smoothing I felt like I needed. Also, a foundation is too heavy, so even though my foundations all have SPF, I hate that feeling like I'm sweating and the make-up is seeping into my pores. Something that my skin soaked up but that didn't irritate it or clog my pores. The holy grail of sunscreen. 

So, let's review the list of requirements:
- Feels good
- Smells good
- Cute packaging
- Acts as a skin smoother/base
- Clean feeling
- Light
- Lavish reapplication inducing
- Doesn't make me break out
- Doesn't pill or roll with concealer

This is obviously asking a lot for a sunscreen. But it's 2017 people. And I found it. Tatcha's Silken Pore Sunscreen is all of these things and a bag of chips. I know it's pricey, but it's worth it. Why? It's so luxurious feeling that you do in fact want to reapply and reapply. What's the point in buying sunscreen you don't enjoy? Waste of money. Plus, this tube is way bigger than last year's pick. Use your Rouge discount (I know it's coming!!) and stock up for the summer. You'll thank me (kissy face emoji) I promise. And just in case you don't believe me, here's some super close ups of my face, wearing it with just a little smudge of my favorite acne-treating concealer. Also, pictures of the super cute packaging. 

P.S. Did you know applying a C serum before sunscreen boosts the efficacy? I did not make this up. Try Glossier Super Glow, which is light, fast absorbing, and (relatively) inexpensive! 



Immediately after applying... 


Reapplied after an hour, in pool, using iphone as mirror :)

Reviewing the Glossier Super Serums & 20% OFF

Needless to say I am obsessed and feel like these adorable little bottles really put my skin over the edge into some amazing territory. Use this link to get 20% off Glossier, or read more below this gorgeous packaging bonanza. If you've been falling along on social then you may have noticed that I have been flaunting some mysterious new products that have not yet been available. Well today is the day, and you can now get your own super pack (or individual super serum!) on Glossier.

The set includes three different serums that address different skin concerns. Meant to be used individually or combined, the creative folk who got a sneak preview have already figured out how make them into a DIY sheet mask (by soaking them in cotton pads) and mixing them with everything from skin tint to moisturizing moon mask.

I'm a big fan of all three but my personal favorite is Super Glow - it really brings out the best in my skin. Super pure is the lightest, most pleasant smelling acne treatment I've ever used (is it melon?) and Super Bounce is getting the most raved about reviews (it's my prediction that it will be the first one to sell out!)


The active ingredients in Glow and Pure got shout outs in the September issue of Elle, pictured above, for being the MVP Vitamin (Niacinamide found in Super Pure) and Key to Collagen (Vitamin C found in Super Glow) but here's the science at work behind the pretty packaging:




When your skin is stressed, blotchy, breaking out = Super Pure
Featuring niacinamide and zinc, this is all about banishing stress skin - flaky, red and most of all zitty skin. Niacinamide is highly touted for it's anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a popular ingredient for natural treatment of acne and other inflammatory skin diseases. Zinc is proven to treat acne when applied topically and can also be used to treat herpes simplex and speed wound healing (in case you're a picker like me! PS:  STOP THAT)



On days when skin feels dull and needs energy, like after pulling an all-nighter = Super Glow


The hero ingredients are Vitamin C (which protects skin from antioxidents, boosts glow, helps with fine lines and wrinkles and is basically like a wheatgrass shot for your skin) plus magnesium which prevents wrinkle formation, reduces inflammation and encourages healthy skin growth. The combination of these two is all about boosting tired, puffy, blotchy skin while also packing the most potent anti-aging ingredients of the bunch. Recommended application while listening to Closer by The Chainsmokers + Halsey ... "No we ain't never getting older, we ain't ever getting older..."  

Feeling tight or dehydrated = Super Bounce
Well, really who isn't. Fall turns to winter and my skin becomes the freaking sahara desert. Between less moisture in the air, all time spent indoors, heating, and that cold chapping wind I turn into a crumpled piece of parchment paper. Super bounce has a highly potent and absorbable form of hyaluronic acid which pulls moisture from the air and into your skin cells. Paired here with B5, proven to moisturize and heal skin when applied topically, it's a quenching/hydrating addition for sad, dried out skin. 














Originally published 9/12/16, but like, I still love them, they are MVP why's it always got to be new stuff. If it ain't broke don't fix it! 

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