FASHION & BEAUTY

WHAT’S REALLY IN YOUR BEAUTY CABINET?

09/28/2017

1As Beauty Editor at Mother, I have the privilege and opportunity to test a number of different products, from skincare to makeup, and everything in between. If I’m being completely honest, I love beauty, but especially skincare. And, I’m so thankful to have a career where I am exposed to so many wonderful, deserving brands and products on a regular basis. We’re only given one skin, and I think that it’s our responsibility to take care of it in the best way we possibly can. That said, the older I become, and the more that the industry starts to make a shift toward green beauty, the more that I begin to wonder what’s actually in a lot of the products that I’m testing, trying, and ultimately allowing into my body.

Did you know that the United States only has bans on 11 cosmetics ingredients? That might sound like a lot, but in places like Europe, they ban over 1,300, so the gap is actually quite staggering. That number isn’t just for adults, either. Baby product companies in America also lack the regulation and standards they’d have to adhere to in other countries. I don’t know about you, but I personally find it difficult to track and monitor ingredient lists and I can get pretty lazy when it comes to it. Even once I do know what’s in a product, I still don’t know what some ingredients actually do, or the potential harm that they may or may not cause. At the end of the day, it’s just a tough industry to monitor, and honestly, we as consumers shouldn’t have to do it.

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7All that said, I started to comb through my beauty closet and all of the products on my bathroom countertop to see if there were any places that I could improve. Now, I can’t say that I can or ever will make the switch to a completely natural or green regimen, but I have definitely started exploring more natural beauty products. If you’ve started the process toward going green with your own routine, you’ll know that its no easy feat. I was thrilled to discover that there are plenty of brands that I already own that hold themselves to a higher standard. One in particular being Biossance, which I have been a long time partner.

If you’ve been following along with Bleubird for a while, you’ll know that this is a brand I use and love, especially for its effectiveness of the main ingredient, Squalane. However, after doing a bit of research, I found that while the U.S. bans 11 beauty ingredients and Europe bans 1,300, Biossance actually bans over 2,000 potentially harmful ingredients from its products. To put it simply, Biossance takes the guesswork out of it, so that you can be confident in what you’re putting on (and in!) your skin. Because, let’s face it: we deserve better. So, as I continue to finesse my routine and dive deeper into the background of the brands I’m using, Biossance will remain, especially their Eye Gel, Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, and Squalane + Probiotic Gel. If you’re interested in checking out Biossance for yourself, stop by your local Sephora or visit online.

This post is in partnership with Biossance.

SUMMER STYLE: WHAT I’M WEARING ON REPEAT ALL SEASON

06/21/2017

4SummerLooks_BleubirdI recently redid my closet with California Closets. I’ve shown a few peeks on Instagram, but plan on sharing the before and after very soon. I had to take everything out for the remodel and, of course, after it was complete, I had to put everything back in—the exciting part! I took this opportunity to go through every single item I own (clothing, shoes, and accessory-wise) and I cannot believe how much I decided to part with. I filled SIX giant lawn-sized bags will clothes. Some to sell and most to donate. I plan on holding a one-day clothing sale pop-up at my store here in Nashville with some of my friends who also have things they want to part with within the next couple of months. Anything that’s left over, I will either sell online or send to donation. If you’re local, stay tuned for details on the pop-up!

Now, since my great purge, I have realized that over the years my style has changed, a lot. I tend to lean towards neutral colors, ease and comfort, and most of the time, I kind of look like a tomboy, which I don’t mind in the slightest. Jeans, pants, and tees are my jam, with a pretty vintage blouse, dress, or blazer thrown into the mix when I want to feel a little more fancy. Shoes on the other hand, I have most-definitely grown to love shoes and think a killer pair can dress up old vintage Levi’s like no other. So, I decided to talk about what I am wearing on repeat this summer.

Vintage, vintage, vintage. If you have been following me over the years, you know my love for vintage. I sold it online for ten years! I have a pretty hefty collection of beloved old tees, jeans, overalls, dresses, blouses, and more, and tend to grab for a white tee and pair of baby blues most days. I think I have a denim addiction. This is my favorite place to score vintage denim. Please help me stop buying more jeans and buy them before I do.

For all things girlie and to channel Jane Birkin, I turn to Dôen. They just launched a new collection and it’s nothing short of perfection. My favorite pieces in rotation this season are: the Anise Top (shown above, top right), the Isle Top (so cute with vintage overalls!), the Rosemary Dress (Size up, this one runs short. I like to wear it with cut-offs.), the Juniper Top, and for shoes, the Ballerina Slipper and the Asymmetrical Gladiator Sandal.

For that perfect tomboy-chic, I turn to Fortune Goods. It’s a men’s line that is just too good to be “just for boys”. I live in my Indigo Stripe Surf Pants (shown above, bottom left) and Plum Stripe Pants.

Another staple that I just can’t quit is a pair of Kamm pants (shown above, bottom right). They are so flattering and comfortable. I have a feeling I’ll be wearing them for years and years to come, which is good because they are definitely an investment piece.

Now back to shoes. Here are my top three other than the Dôen ones I mentioned above: Vans Classic Slip-Ons, Beatrice Valenzula Sandalias, and the always classic Gucci Loafers.

What are you wearing all summer long?

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.

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