FASHION & BEAUTY

WHAT IS SQUALANE?

03/31/2017

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What is squalane? Put simply, the power-packed ingredient is an oil that has long been featured in luxury skincare and Korean beauty products for its moisturizing and anti-aging effects. The lightweight lipid helps to shield against moisture loss and provide a barrier from environmental toxins. Luckily, our bodies already produce a version of squalane. However, research shows that the amount we create begins to decline over time, usually starting around the age of 30. Utilizing an oil with squalane in it can help combat this loss.

Squalane should not be confused, however, with squalene, which is the non-hydorgenated form of shark liver oil. Luckily, squalane can be derived from plants, specifically made from sugarcane (because we all like the sharks!) So, you can receive the same fast-absorbing, moisturizing effects in an all-natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free product.

This year, I’ll be turning 38. And while certain routines have always been important to me, the older I get the more important self-care and wellness become—for my body, mind, and spirit. Being an Editor at Mother, I’m fortunate enough to test-drive a number of different products, and I’m constantly adding and eliminating various brands to and from my routine. Over the years, however, I’ve learned the importance of finding the products that not only work, but that are also good for my skin. These hero products become mainstays that I permanently keep on my bathroom shelf and use religiously, day and night.

That said, I’ve been a fan of Biossance for years. Each of the brand’s products is full of plant-based squalane derived from sugarcane and used to provide additional hydration to the skin. Biossance’s range offers an all-natural, non-toxic squalane that you can add to your routine for a supple, natural glow. I was sent samples of the 100% Squalane Oil and the new Squalane + Vitamic C Rose Oil, and I truly love them. I slather the stuff on before bed and wake up with the softest skin!

Beauty tip: add a couple of drops of the oil into your foundation, mix in the palm of your hand and apply with your fingertips. It will give you a dewy, non-cakey, natural looking finish. It has literally changed the way makeup looks on my skin and leaves me looking fresh-faced all day long.

423If you’re looking for added hydration in your daily routine or feel your skin could use a little love, Biossance is offering free samples of their 100% Squalane Oil and Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. All you have to do is pay $4 for shipping and handling. Trust me, your skin will thank you! For more information on the power-packed ingredient or on the Biossance brand, visit the website.

This post is in partnership with Biossance.

WORN / AT HOME WITH DÔEN

01/13/2017

5318910741315Some recent photos taken of me and my little kids for my friends at Dôen. You can read my Dôen Journal entry here.

Worn /Birdie:  Yearling Mini Daffodil Dress, Dôen. Sailor: Yearling Mini Tuku Hoodie, Dôen. Signature Thermals, Rudy Jude. Me: Preiere Top, Dôen. Vintage Lee overalls.

AN ODE TO HAIR

12/19/2016

3 Three out of four of my children were born blonde. And, I’ve always loved to let their hair grow really long. Since each of them were little, I’ve received question after question about their sunny locks—what I do to care for them, how I prevent tangles, etc. It’s no secret that I love their hair (especially my little blondies), and I encourage them to love it, too. They almost always wear it down, and we never really change or alter it besides the occasional braid or bun. Birdie has only had one haircut when she was two—I gave her bangs—that’s it! I think my kids have an organic appreciation for their strands. I love their hair, so they do, too.

It’s important to set a positive example (even for something as seemingly trivial as a child’s hair), as there can be such a narrow depiction of what makes hair beautiful. In fact, Dove found that 8 in 10 women feel pressure to wear their hair a certain way, many of these ideas beginning at an early age. That says a lot. Like me, Dove believes that having a positive role model can drastically impact a girl’s confidence. As a mother, I want nothing more than for Birdie (and Sailor, and all of my children) to love every part of themselves. So at the end of the day, whether it’s brunette or blonde, cut long or short, I just always want them to feel comfortable in their own skin.

Here are a few photos of Birdie and I (and a few of Sailor, too) talking all things hair. If you have a daughter, or a young girl in your life, don’t forget to inspire her to love her hair, too.

625418Let’s show our girls how beautiful their hair truly is. Add a special touch to one of your photos with Dove. Create and share your custom animated message by visiting LoveYourHair.Dove.com!

This post is in partnership with Dove.

TWO SON FALL UPDATE

09/22/2016

I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces from our most recent fall arrivals over at Two Son. I’ve already been wearing the navy Caron Callahan sweater whenever the weather permits because it’s that good! We will also receive lots of new Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes next week as well as arrivals from Objects Without Meaning, Brother Vellies, and more. So, make sure to check in as we are continually updating the site with new clothes for men and women, hats, books, and home goods. Hope you like!

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FAVORITES / SEPTEMBER 2016

09/08/2016

8Since August just wrapped and September is now in full swing, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some of the things I’ve been loving a.k.a. my recent “favorites”. These items could include and aren’t limited to beauty products, clothing items, songs stuck in my head, things I’m watching, places I’ve been and enjoyed, good food, and more. So without further ado, here are some of my current favorites…

1249RANDOM FAVORITE THINGS: Gimme all the papaya! I have been eating papaya with lime (I prefer key limes) all summer long, and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet. I like them when they get real ripe, then cut them in half, scoop out the seeds, and squeeze a ton of lime juice inside and eat them with a spoon—delicious! I just received these Nude Sandalia slides from Beatrice Valenzuela. I love the neutral color and simple style, plus they are extremely comfortable. I have been living in my vintage Lee overalls—have already worn them three times this week. They are worn perfectly thin and are more comfortable that pjs. I just burned through my Violet Le Feu de L’eau candle and picked up another one because I was missing it. It smells of grapefruit and red tobacco. If you’re looking for a beautiful, clean scent to fill your home, this is a great one! I just finished up The Night Of, an HBO eight-part series. If you like crime and suspense, this show is an incredible ride with an excellent cast and acting. For a really good wine, I’ve been loving Stema Pinot Noir as of late. I drank it quite a bit last year and haven’t seen it on the shelves in months, so I was happy to find it again at our local wine store. I preordered the new NAF album a couple of months ago and it just arrived. We’ve been listening to it non-stop. You will usually catch me in jeans and a t-shirt most days, but I have been wearing a lot of dresses over the summer. My favorites are from See Sun (Birdie has a matching dress), Jesse Kamm, Christy Dawn, and Dôen.

6SKINCARE FAVORITES: Glossier is about to release three new products called The Supers. They are a trio of very different serums that target various skin conditions, like tired, dull, and dry skin. They sent me each of them to try out before the official launch later this month. My two faves are the Super Bounce and the Super Glow. For those of you interested in trying our Glossier, I have a special link for 20% off. It’s good for anything on the site! I tried out the ever popular SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. I am still a little confused on what exactly an essence is, but have seen a dramatic difference in my skin since using it. It goes on kind of like a toner, but I sprinkle the solution into my hand and pat it into my skin, so I don’t waste any. It is too pricey to waste a drop! My skin feels much tighter and firmer since I’ve started using it regularly. Olay’s Regenerist SPF 30. I started using this over the summer as a part of the skincare challenge I participated in and have been using it every day since. It’s great, doesn’t smell strong like other SPFs, and I feel great knowing that my skin is protected. I went back to my faithful Eve Lom Cleanser. Just can’t quit it and I love that it comes with a muslin cloth for removal. I was turned onto Lush’s BIG Shampoo from one of my girls at work. It’s a thick, sea salt-filled shampoo that leaves my hair squeaky clean and full of volume. It gives my fine hair some serious lift and texture. I love that it’s all natural, too. My friend Rebeka got me hooked on the Dr. Jart Ceramidin Liquid. It’s like a pre-moistuizer, moisturizer. After I use my serum, I let this thin liquid sink into my skin for about 5 minutes before I use my regular face cream and my skin feels and looks more hydrated than ever. Lastly, my friends Jen and Adriane started up an incredible new line of bath oils and salves called Clary Collection, based here in Nashville. I am OBSESSED with the bath oil and use it after every shower—Aubrey does, too. The scent is so, so good! Clary’s online store is still in the works, but for those who are curious, you can check them out and possibly order from the Facebook page or via Instagram.

7MAKEUP FAVORITES: I’ve been keeping my makeup routine fairly simple these days. Some of the products I have been consistently using and loving are the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint in the color Light. It’s not a foundation and really lets you see your skin, adding a very minimal, sheer coverage. It’s great for that no-makeup look. I just apply 10-12 drops to my face with my fingers. I recently picked up this little pot of Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips and it has quickly become a new favorite. Not only is it under $3, but it’s so incredibly smooth and simple. The subtle pink color is like my natural lip color, elevated. It’s a must try! They’re Real Mascara from Benefit in brown. This mascara separates like no other and I love the more subtle color. For days or nights when I want to feel a little more dressed up, I apply Lila B. Devine Duo lip and cheek tint in B. Darling to my lips. It’s a pretty orange-y/coral color and feels very Chloë Sevigny. For cheeks, I’ve been wearing the Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Abundance. It’s so pretty and blends so well. I ran out of my favorite eyeshadow shade from Stila Eyeshadow in Grace, but had this Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Stone from my beauty closet stash that looked pretty close in color. It’s a little darker, but I like it, especially for a night out. A couple more Glossier favorites: Haloscope in Quartz as a highlighter and Boy Brow in Brown every day. I just ordered two more tubes of Boy Brow because they are back in stock. Don’t forgot to take advantage of that 20% off discount code!

3KIDS’ FAVORITES: We took Birdie to the American Girl store for her sixth birthday last month and she is obsessed. I always wanted one as a child and it’s pretty fun living vicariously through her. We are making her a little chart, so she can earn accessories and clothes through good behavior, chores, and helping out. Annie’s Granola Bars—we can’t keep these in the house for more than a day, two max! All four kids devour them, us adults, too. Both little kids have been dictating these adorable stories at school and their teachers write them down word for word. I’ve included Sailor’s most recent in the photo above, but it may be a little hard to see. It reads:

The Zoo, by Sailor. The lion touched the elephant. Then he saw the giraffe and he super loves him. The he saw a kid and said “What happened to you?” The lion walked around and saw a squirrel and was being nice to him. He saw a crab and a mouse and ran away. Then he saw a brown dog and scared him away with his roar. He saw a princess in a carriage with a nice horse. He saw a river, but he did not like it. He saw a kite and it flew away. Then he saw a panda on a mountain and wanted to get it. The end.

Birdie has become quite the little artist. She painted us this rainbow kitty and has been practicing writing her name in cursive, seen above. Sailor is still very much a fan of his Star Wars toys. I love finding them all over the house. He still gets bored with the movies—maybe he’ll like them in a couple more years. Julian has been loving his new-to-him car that he received for his sixteenth birthday last week. Although he is currently working on Driver’s School and won’t be getting his license for another three weeks, I catch him outside smiling at his car daily. Plum is busy with volleyball and working on that powerful overhand serve. We donated new volleyball uniforms to the school for this season and the team is pretty pumped. She is also obsessed with all things Everlane. It’s pretty cute. She said that when she grows up, the only thing in her closet with be by Everlane. Ha!

That was pretty fun. Will be back next month with more favorites!

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