Weekend Reading | 7.20.19.

happy weekend from Sag Harbor. I’ve been out here since Tuesday and it’s been really nice. I have already finished two books (this + this) and started another (this). Add in twice daily yoga, daily naps, and a bath almost every night and you have my perfect idea of introvert-y heaven. As I write this, it’s Friday afternoon and everyone else is at the beach. I haven’t actually made it to the beach yet as I work between meals and classes but I’m hoping to go today (Saturday). I actually don’t mind – the house is quiet, there’s a big pitcher of iced coffee in the fridge, and I’m thankful to have such a calm little “office” in the sunshine… I sit out on the back porch with my laptop. I could definitely get used to this! Whatever you’re up to this weekend, I hope it’s fab (and stay cool if you’re in the city; I hear it’s supposed to be HOT).

GAH I AM SO EXCITED about the Gossip Girl reboot!

Hitha shared these knockoff Celine sunglasses and I ordered a couple pairs. They’re only $11 and I keep losing my expensive pairs.

Loved this NY Times feature on my friend Francesco Clark (founder of Clark’s Botanicals + all around inspiring person).

Yum. Salad ramen is apparently a thing and sounds so good!

Want this comfy ($53)  t-shirt dress after seeing it on Helena.

How vanity changes with age.

These colorful earrings would be perfect with all my little white dresses;

I know the internet is abuzz over the Cats Trailer but I think it looks cool and artistic!

Krystal’s latest Roman Holiday editorial is just so good. She’s so creative!

Pretty gold ballet flats for only $23.

I love the idea of making healthy “lunchables” for grownups.

Newly hooked on this tinted face oil. It’s really hydrating and leaves you all glowy with just a bit of sheer coverage.

What really determines your peace of mind?

How to practice mindful eating and enjoy your meals more.

Completely coveting these bold yellow sandals.

Some great beginner yoga moves to master.

Be a human emoji with this ruffle front skirt!

I loved seeing the nightstand essentials of these successful women.

Loved Kat’s tips for decorating a small space.

Kinda want to wear this rhinestone belt over all my blazers and dresses!

An interior decor trend that I’m absolutely loving.

My favorite faux leather leggings on major sale.

Makes me wish for a screened in porch.

OMG – how to spend a night in the Brady Bunch house!

This tote organizer is such a smart idea!

photo by Carter Fish.

A Few Fun Summer Finds!

Happy Friday! Today in collaboration with Nordstrom and ShopStyle I’m sharing two outfits and a handful of other picks from the Something Navy collection. Something Navy is the Nordstrom-exclusive brand made by Arielle Charnas. The June collection is perfect for summer… it’s inspired by sandy walks and ocean waves so it’s perfect for vacation. I picked up a few things. Her “easy tee” is one of the best t-shirts I own – it’s just thick enough (not see through) but also soft (and long!) so you can knot it… and it’s a great price (+ on sale right now)! I also scooped up this maxi dress; which I brought with me to Sag Harbor. I am VERY into this dress right now. As I’ve mentioned on Instagram stories I have gained a few lbs this summer – smocked dresses like this one have been a godsend as they are simultaneously stretchy and comfortable but also cute + fitted up top!

Out of everything I got, I am particularly excited about these sandals. They’re the perfect low heel; my Loeffler Randall Puffy Slides from a couple years ago have fallen apart so I bought these to replace them.

A lot of Arielle’s pieces are included in the anniversary sale. I mentioned in Sunday’s post that I have my eye on this leopard skirt, but I also love this slouchy blazer a LOT. And the t-shirt that I’m wearing below is also a part of the sale – only $16!

Outfit Details (Above): Smocked Maxi Dress (wearing a size medium) // Sandals

a few fun picks (Nordstrom Sale picks are starred!): Camel Slouchy Blazer* // Leopard Skirt* // Pink Floral Dress // Polka Dot Skirt // Easy Tee* // Pink Sweater // Button Front Dress // Sandals // Drapey Shorts

Outfit Details: T-shirt (wearing a size small) // Skirt (wearing a size medium) // Heels (true to size!)

created in partnership with Nordstrom + ShopStyle // photography by Carter Fish.

Kopari Charcoal Deodorant Review!

I know some of you were having natural deodorant fatigue and I’m sorry, but it has been a long time since I’ve talked about it (over a year!), and I just tried a new(ish) one that I really love. I’m very passionate about natural deodorant. I say that semi joking, but it can be SO hard to find a good one! I’ve talked about this at length here before but traditional deodorants have a lot of bad stuff in them so I will only use natural deodorant. Over the years I’ve tried so many and they realllllly range in effectiveness. There are a lot of good ones, but there are also a lot of bad ones. I have personally found that charcoal deodorants are really, really effective. I have talked about that at length in this post. What makes charcoal so effective is that it’s highly porous so it absorbs bacteria and toxins (it’s said to absorb 100-200x) its weight in impurities.

I’ve been a big fan of the original Kopari deodorant (especially for summer as the formula is so sheer and lightweight but is a deodorant that actually works), and was naturally very excited to try out the new charcoal formula. Spoiler alert: I ended up liking it even more than the original! (You can read my review of the original here, if you’d like.)

Kopari Charcoal Deodorant Review

The Ingredients

First of all, I like that this is a clean formula. It passes Sephora’s clean standards. And while I’m 80/20 in my beauty routine there are certain products where I won’t deviate. (Mostly deodorant and sunscreen). This is an aluminum and baking soda free deodorant. I will not use aluminum as there’s a lot of scary research linking it to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. I don’t care if it’s completely proven or the FDA still allows it, I’m not going to chance it! Baking soda  I am personally fine with, but I know it causes irritation for a lot of people.

Coconut oil is in all of Kopari’s products, and it’s great because it nourishes and hydrates sensitive skin. And of course the charcoal, which absorbs impurities making the deodorant extra effective. Lastly, it contains a plant based active formula which provide odor protection while warding off the bacteria which causes odor.

What are the benefits of charcoal for skin?

Charcoal is great for your skin as it’s so porous and absorbs impurities. It acts like a magnet to draw out toxins. (I also love a good charcoal bath soak!)

The Texture

The texture of this deodorant (and the original) is one of my favorite things. It glides on smooth and is very sheer; but it’s still highly effective.

Does it Work?

YES. 100%. This is Tracy Anderson workout approved (you’ve seen the photos; I sweat like a maniac and still smell fresh afterward), and it really works with your body for odor protection. This is my current favorite deodorant. I like it more than the Schmidt’s charcoal deodorant. Both are really effective, but this one is more sheer whereas the Schmidt’s one is a little creamier. Not a big deal but every now and then the Schmidt’s one would get a little bit goopy if I wasn’t careful.

I will say that I do tend to rotate my deodorants (is that weird? It’s really just based on my mood/the fragrance!) and also really like the Vapour one (though it’s so expensive) and Agent Nateur (also expensive), and of course good old  Schmidt’s which is only $5 at Target.

photography by Carter Fish.

First Impressions: Dr. Bader’s New Body Cream!

YOU GUYS! (lol.)

Dr. Bader launched a new product and it’s a body cream. You might have seen me teasing this a little bit on my Instagram stories – they gave me a small jar of the cream (fun fact: the jar above is actually an empty factice for photography; that’s how new this product is!!!) and I’ve been testing it for the past week. Of course a week is not enough to get a FULL impression of a product but I will say that I’m loving it so far.

If you are new here, Augustinus Bader is my all time favorite face cream. I have been using it since the Spring of 2018 when it first launched and am a FAN. No matter what I’m testing or doing I make sure I get this on my face at least once a day. It’s made a huge difference in my skin (hydration, fine lines, even skin tone, radiance) and is probably the number 1 reason that I haven’t gotten Botox yet. I have dry skin so I use The Rich Cream but they also make a lighter version which is perfect for oily or combination types (or “normal” skin during the summer). I hate preaching about such an expensive product but it’s made a really big difference for me; and whenever I meet readers out and about or at our live shows at least one person comes up to me and tells me how it has changed their skin.

The new body cream is made with the same potent complex (TFC8 – Trigger Factor Complex) that makes the face creams so effective. The idea was to create a cream that hydrates while also reversing the signs of aging.  The Trigger Factor Complex awakens dormant stem cells, ramping up skin’s natural renewal process to reveal fresh, youthful skin.

It’s insanely hydrating but NOT GREASY AT ALL (important for summer). The formula is whipped and light and has no fragrance. It sinks in immediately but  leaves your skin soft and silky for a full 24 hours (I have dry skin so it’s rare for me to apply moisturizer in the morning and have my skin still be perfectly hydrated the next day).

I can only speak to a week of testing BUT the Dr. Bader team conducted a 28 day study and the results are pretty compelling. They sent me a full list of user claims but I pulled out what I think are the best/most interesting ones. To be honest I’ve never seen such a strong list of brand claims. I am planning to test the cream for another solid month (once I get my hands on more product; the lab sample is just about gone!) and will report back.

  • left skin intensely moisturized and hydrated (100% of participants agreed)
  • improved texture, looking more smooth, toned, and even (98%)
  • skin feels firmer and more plump (98%)
  • calms red, sun damaged skin (94%)
  • a reduction in the appearance of stretch marks (90%)
  • a reduction in the appearance of cellulite (92%)
  • a reduction in the appearance of age spots and discoloration (87%)
  • a radiant, healthy glow.

A little goes a LONG way. I tend to really slather myself up with body cream and found that I could get away with far less than usual. I can’t speak to the longer term claims just yet (I have both cellulite and stretch marks so it will be interesting to see if it makes a difference) but this is a brand I really believe in – there is a reason he only has three products (so far). The formulas are incredibly well researched, are based in science (Dr. Bader is one of the world’s leading stem cell and biomedical scientists) and highly effective.

And with any of the products I talk about, I know – this cream is expensive.  It retails for $165 a jar. I am not here to make anyone go into debt over a body cream BUT if you can afford it, it is wonderful. What I will probably do, once I am done testing it for a month, is only use it on the areas where my skin needs extra TLC (areas that have sun damage, stretch marks, or cellulite). I’m really fortunate to get to test a lot of luxurious products for my blog and I’m cognizant of the fact that not everyone can afford to drop hundreds of dollars on a skincare routine. So while I try a lot (I’ve tried $400 body creams and haven’t ended up featuring them because I find them to be unnecessarily expensive and just silly), I am committed to only showing you the best stuff.

(And I’ll be back in another month or so with an update on how these claims hold up!!!)

What I Packed: 5 Nights in Sag Harbor.

helllllo from Sag Harbor! I took the bus out here yesterday and arrived just in time for 6pm yoga practice. It’s so nice to be here. I did this exact same retreat last year and it was one of the best weeks of the whole summer. (So much so that nearly the whole crew from last year came back!!!) I have talked a lot about yoga retreats in the past…. if you’re thinking of taking one, definitely read this post! In the meantime, here are some of the important things I packed for this year’s trip! And be sure to follow along on Instagram stories though it may cause extreme food envy.

What I Packed for a 5 Night Yoga Retreat in Sag Harbor.

Tracksmith Tote

Tracksmith sent me this tote and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It’s a great carry-on bag actually, as there’s sleeve for your laptop.

Sunscreen

We will have a few beach days while I am here (cannot wait!) so I am packing my Beautycounter (light since I’m really pale right now) tinted sunscreen as well as the cream and the stick!

Body Scrub

If you read this blog post then you know that body scrub is a must if you are using mineral sunscreen. No matter how good your mineral sunscreen is, it’s such a pain to take off so scrub is essential. I brought my beloved Follain scrub. It’s one of my all time favorite body scrubs.

Bath Salts

This is a funny thing to pack for a yoga retreat but I have a tub!!! I’m in my same room as last year, so I knew this. Christopher (my friend who runs the retreat) is so sweet and knows I like my baths so he gave me the room with the tub. Perfection. These bath salts are SO nice at night after evening practice.

Citronella Balm

Katie gave me this Skeem Design Citronella Body Butter and I’m excited to try it out during this trip.  It’s all natural, smells really good, is nice and hydrating, and it wards off those BUGS!

Lots of Yoga Clothes

We will be doing ten classes while I’m out here. This is the 5th yoga retreat I’ve ever taken and I remember on the first few retreats I would pack ten yoga outfits. That’s just so much to pack (and a lot of laundry to do when I get home!) Now I pack 5 outfits, and in between I rinse them in the sink and hang in my shower; wearing each outfit twice. This works well for me. I don’t sweat a ton during yoga and it allows me to bring my smaller suitcase.

My cute new set from Summersalt!

I’ve been waiting all summer to wear this… I bought this yellow + white stripe swimsuit (top + bottom) and matching sarong. It’s extra (maybe a little too extra for a retreat as yoga retreats are super casual!) but I don’t care. I’m living for the Giorgio Beverly Hills vibe!

Warmer things for at night

This is a big one! Last year I was so cold at night! This year I packed a few striped breton tees, a comfy hoodie (again – retreats are super casual!) and this MM La Fleur sweater which you know I lovvvve and wear constantly.

Four Great Books!

It may be too ambitious but I’ve packed four books for this trip. The Wedding Party, With The Fire on High, Tell Me Everything, and Lock Every Door! We shall see how I do. I will have to work a bit while I’m there but I’m hoping for two solid days of reading in between yoga classes!

Minimal Makeup.

Bronzing drops (I add in a drop to my Dr. Bader cream), mascara (this is a great drugstore find – hilarious that it’s called So Fierce as it’s really natural looking), and brow gel. That’s all.