We’ve gone organic in other areas of our life (stay tuned for a separate post on our favorite organic personal care items), and our makeup should be no different. Think about it: we coat our faces with makeup and even ingest some of it when we put it on our lips. I recently came across Kosas lipsticks, and it’s a guilt-free way to stay pretty without the worries about what chemicals may be entering your body as you beautify.
Kosas is handmade in Los Angeles and their deeply-pigmented lipsticks are free of preservatives and synthetic fragrances. We love that each tube of lipstick is free of parabens, phthalates and other chemicals that we’ve been weeding out of our lives.
I was lucky enough to try four of their lipsticks and I was super impressed by how smoothly they applied and how long wearing they are. The colors are really saturated, which is an added benefit since I expected that some of the trade off of not using common cosmetics chemicals might have resulted in a lackluster hue. But, those fears were quickly debunked. I wore color Electra in meetings all day today and the compliments kept rolling in.
The biggest skincare trend around right now is Korean Beauty. It’s an intense, multi-step daily process to properly clean and moisturize the skin and is a series of steps passed down for centuries in Korea. One of the steps in K-Beauty is the paper mask, which I decided to try as part of my routine.
I tries the Yes To brand, which is an affordable way to stick your toes in the K-beauty pond. A pack of 5 sheet masks costs $15.99. Also, the products as paragon and SLS free.
The masks themselves are very easy to use. You peel off the back of the mask, which is wet and loaded up with nutrients, then stick it to your face, wait ten minutes and peel it off. You rub in the remaining product that is left on your skin and you’re good to go. It left my skin soft and it definitely had a glow. I’d gladly recommend.
Some things may be equally essential but nothing is more important than a healthy sense of self-esteem and love for the self. We have a few tips to encourage your inner beauty.
* Smile : For one, it lights up your face. It triggers happiness in your brain. It makes others feel happy and makes your day a blissful one.
* Work Out: Physical exercise keeps you feeling fresh, energetic and more active throughout the day.
* Admit your mistakes: Even when it’s hard to say you’re wrong, admit your mistakes and work to make amends.
* Create positive energy : Create an aura of positivity around you by thinking positive thoughts and acting with positive intentions.
* Be the change you want to see in the world : See the world in the way you wish to see not what others prefers for you to see.
* Focus on inner passions : Try to explore and find out what your actual desires are? Your own true wishes for your own life. If you have a dream make sure to fulfill that dream and try to make that wish to come true!
* Don’t act your age : Your age doesn’t define you or your capacity for beauty. In fact, age ripens you and provides a lushness to your happy, beautiful self! Live the age you feel.
* Get enough sleep: You know what lack of sleep does to your appearance, it also harms your mental health. A good night’s sleep is a mini face lift!
*Do physical work: if you have a desk job, sometimes you miss the beauty of a task completed with the physical evidence of your accomplishment. Do something physical like washing the car, raking leaves, gardening, play no deposit bingo where you get to meet like minded people and have some real community fun, try to play out door games, these will all make you feel beautiful and happy.
Celebrate your own flawless gifts – being a woman, being creative, the sheer variety of colors and talents you own has been given you to use and enjoy. Balance is very important.
Nothing complements a beachy outfit like a great pair of sandals. Cue Beek. Started by two besties, these hand-crafted leather sandals will pull together any look, be it a summer dress or a beachside ensemble. And when we say the sandals are leather, we mean ENTIRELY leather, which is a rare feat to accomplish and means that while Beek may be an investment piece, it’s an investment worth making since their shoes can hold up for decades. Beek is carried at Shopbop & Farfetched. Check out our favorite looks below:
We personally have these Robin slides, $295, and cannot even begin to tell you the number of compliments we’ve received on them! They are sleek enough to wear out at night but also are easy to wear so that you can wear them to the pool and slide them on as you need. They’re super comfy and come in two other colors as well. We may have to order the other two!
The ankle lace-up details of these Cardinal sandals, $320, have us sold. They are super feminine but also practical.
Metallics were one of the biggest trends we saw at fashion week this year, and if you want to harness that trend, the Blackbird sandal comes in two metallic versions (and also comes in matte leather as well). The rosegold version, pictured above, is $280. It also comes in a platinum version.
The gladiator sandal is big this summer, and the Heron sandal, $280, captures this look perfectly without looking gimmicky. It comes in black and tan and a mix of the two.
We recently got back from a quick getaway to Miami, and even after visiting the city on several occasions, it’s hard not to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of amazing restaurants and cocktail spots on offer. Whenever I visit, I tend to spend the days sipping rose by the pool, so we’re limiting this post to great restaurants for dinner. Here are some of our favorite spots:
Cecconi’s: I stray from my rule of not leaving the pool and my glass of rose for one thing and one thing only: that’s brunch at Soho Beach House’s Cecconi’s. Brunch here is epic, and you’re not going to want to get into a bathing suit after it. This amazing buffet has every food imaginable that you’d want to pick on and the presentation is just beautiful. There’s a selection of eggs, brisket, ceviche, a seafood station, pastries, cheeses, pastas, mac and cheese and desserts. Brunch also includes one drink. There’s an a la carte menu as well, but trust us on this – get the buffet.
Prime 112: This steak restaurant is an institution in Miami, as are Prime’s other restaurants (Italian, Fish, etc). The menu is massive, with everything from delicious tuna tartare and oysters to chicken and waffles (seriously, I saw so many people eating it last time I was there). There’s so much to choose from, and everything is delicious, but you’d be remiss not to order a steak, at least to split and try. We also loved their seafood and great cocktails. The restaurant attracts a very hip crowd, so it’s perfect to make a late reservation around 10/10:30 and go out after. Prime has some of the best people watching in all of Miami.
Nobu: A Japanese hotspot in all chic cities, Miami’s Nobu doesn’t fail to please. The menu here has all of its favorite mainstays, such as its black miso cod and rock shrimp. The décor at Nobu, which is located in the Eden Roc hotel, is really sexy and the perfect place to start the night. Don’t forget to start with the Yellowtail with jalapeno.
Joe’s Stone Crab: This Miami institution is visited by celebrities and locals alike. It’s not a glamorous spot, but for the six months it’s open each year during stone crab season, it is packed to the gills. The stone crab is on virtually every table and is delicious. We had the lobster mac and cheese, which was to die for, as well as shrimp cocktail and their famous key lime pie. Worth going to, but not a typical sceney Miami restaurant.
Quality Meats: Like the Manhattan outpost, this is an intimate steakhouse with delicious food and cocktails in a dimly-lit, sexy setting. Great for a big group dinner before heading out for the night. Added bonus: they have a really impressive wine list.
Katsuya: Located in the SLS Hotel, Katsuya is a Japanese hot spot with amazing sushi and cocktails. I recently ate dinner on a Saturday night at Katsuya with a bunch of girlfriends and we had an awesome time and it was honestly one of the best sushis I’ve ever had. The rice was seasoned with sesame seeds and pepper and the fish was super fresh. Our starters were awesome as well (trust me, get the rock shrimp). Added bonus: If you book a late dinner, you can head out back to Hyde Beach for drinks after.
Ola:If you want to try some Latin-inspired food, Miami has some great options. One that was recommended to me by a friend is Ola at the Sanctuary Hotel. This restaurant delivers up some serious flavors. Highlights for us included their empanadas, which were handmade, including the flaky pastry. Honestly, you can make a whole meal out of the empanadas, but our favorites included the short rib empanada and the lobster empanada. The ceviche was awesome as well, as is the duck breast and Cuban pork.