While I completely loved being inspired by the summer fashion in Los Angeles this past weekend, I am totally ready for fall. The streets were full of rompers and sneakers, but the stores had transitioned to autumn-friendly outfits. I can’t wait until we can break out the sweaters, jackets and scarfs. Some finds from on the web I gathered up over the weekend:
Back in March, I got hooked on Sakara, a popular meal delivery service out of New York that happened to whip my diet in shape. I love the ultra-healthy meals and included Beauty Elixir, a drink designed for a healthy glow and gorgeous skin. I haven’t ordered a week of meals in a while, but tempted to pick up August 29th’s menu. One of my favorite skin care gurus, Tata Harper, had selected the meals that are specifically beautifying. And as a bonus, the package includes skin care product samples to use throughout the week.
Samples of the following products are included in this week’s Sakara meals: Hydrating Floral Essence, Repairative Moisturizer, Regenerating Cleanser, Rejuvenating Serum.
And here is a peek at the menu:
Botanical Bar: Strawberry-juniper filling with antioxidants and skin-rejuvenating, anti-inflammatory botanical herbs. Rolled oats with prebiotic fiber to nourish the microbiome (one of my favorites)
Earth Bowl: Hydrating heirloom greens with anti-inflammatory ginger-mustard-sesame dressing. Avocado for healthy fats to nourish the cell membrane and balance hormones to control breakouts. Quinoa and lentils for cleansing fiber
Toasted Coconut Granola w/ Green Goddess Mylk: Coconut for healthy fats and healing, antimicrobial lauric acid. Almond mylk with spirulina to lower inflammation and nourish skin with healthy fats and B vitamins
Summer Sun Salad: Zucchini noodles for healthy fats. Citrus for collagen-supporting, brightening Vit C. Dried cherries for anthocyanins (antioxidants)
Balancing Macro Plate: Broccoli, kale and cabbage (i.e. cruciferous vegetables) for sulfur, required for keratin and collagen production. Mineral-rich seaweed. Carrots for beta-carotene. Brown rice for cleansing fiber. Avocado dressing for healthy fats
I am absolutely bonkers about sun protection on my lips. So I am always in search of something that works well but also is pool appropriate. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (a favorite of mine) is only SPF 15 and sometimes is just too pigmented for hot, sticky weather. I have used their Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 briefly until I left an almost new tube in a life vest in Colorado early this summer. 🙁 For the one use I got in, I liked it but not enough to give a full review. For now, I am sticking to my (safely-guarded) new Coola Suncare Mineral Liplux.
Cupuacu butter and mongongo oil give this formula a creamy and conditioning texture while boosting moisture. The SPF 30 doesn’t appear chalky despite it being powered with Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. And for my fellow pool-goers, the Liplux is water resistant for 40 minutes.
I have been wearing Skinny Dip which is perfect for me because I prefer very little color in the summer. This nude and sheer tint is naturally flavored with Earl Grey. Note: I cannot detect much of a scent in the tube. The packaging is elegant metallic that screws into the cap, similar to Fresh.
Made in the USA. Available at www.coolasuncare.com.
I know we are entering the shorter days of summer. But if you are like me, this is my favorite time of summer to plan parties and trips. They are somewhat sweeter when they come savored late. Plus, things are less crowded now that school is firing up. So forgive me if I am daydreaming about a voyage to the beach. I am headed to Southern California in a couple weeks and cannot wait. To get help with a glow, I turn to Vita Liberata and their Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion with Marula Oil is my new favorite formula.
This self-tanner acts just like a moisturizer and would be great for dry and sensitive skin. The texture is light-weight but packs a hydration punch. The subtle glow can be built deeper with repeated applications. I can detect no scent at all thanks to the company’s Odour Remove™ technology. I like to exfoliate first but I would not say it is mandatory. I get the most even application using the tan mitt and highly recommend splurging for one. Wait to shower for eight hours after application.
The blogging schedule over here has been a little sparse this summer. I am going to accept it as a result of the season and some circumstances. I have been traveling a ton. Some for work and some for fun. But sadly, this week I flew home for the funeral of a dear friend. I certainly know I don’t need explain my recent absence, I thought the pause was appropriate and also due to a bit of shock on my part. Going forward into the fall, I am working on getting back to a regular posting schedule. In the meantime, I will pop in as I can through the month of August. The good news is I have a couple of gems to share with you today:
Today marks the 16th straight day I have worked out and I am seeing results like crazy. I have been doing Betty Rocker’s 30-day challenge and I highly recommend it.
There is no shortage of LaCroix fans amongst my friends (and yes, it is pronounced “la croy”).