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Of Woman Nature Podcast: Manifesting Purpose, Mindful Living, Conscious Fashion

I’m so excited to announce my very first podcast interview with Of Woman Nature! This is the brand new podcast by The Demureist – a blog that I have been a long time fan of – ever since I serendipitously met its founder Mariana during New York Fashion Week (back when I used to do that kind of thing).

Mariana Aguilera and Nazhah Khawaja host the podcast by the The Demureist, which is such a refreshing blog full of real insight and think pieces – which is so rare when you think about the majority of content we are inundated by daily through social media.

We discuss what my goals are for 2019, my journey to living a conscious lifestyle, and why exactly I quit ‘fashion blogging’.

You can listen to the whole episode wherever you get your podcast fix – I’ve included the link below.

I hope you enjoy!

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January Favorites

What’s changing the game and inspiring me this month from the Internet, Books, Fashion, TV, and Beauty ~

Get Your Pet – A nationwide online marketplace for pet rescue and adoption. There are so many pets in need of a good home, and this site is making it easy for people to find their new best friend. Hoping this will mean the end of breeding farms in the near future!

A Place For Us – A beautifully weaved story about an Indian Muslim American family. Note: I read this book in a day an a half – ignored my husband and children because I just couldn’t put it down. I also cried multiple times. At the heart it is a universal story about the love of family, but it also gives the reader a unique perspective into the Muslim immigrant experience. Blue Tin Productions  – A Chicago-based clothing manufacturing co-op employing female refugees to produce clothing – providing brands and retailers an alternative to sweatshops. A radical concept challenging the fast fashion model by Activist/Blogger (and my friend) Hoda Katebi.

Diet Land – Currently streaming on Hulu – this show blew my mind. Exposing the dangers of ‘diet culture’ and also challenging the patriarchy. Really fun and lighthearted despite being dark with intense themes. Think Handmaids Tale meets The Devil Wears Prada.

Sahajan Balance Toner – Ok this one might not be a ‘disruptor’ per se, but I just LOVE the scent of this toner and how it makes my skin feel after – it is so beautiful and also makes me calm and happy.

Video: Self-Care Sunday With My Husband + Vasanti Cosmetics

Because guys need self-care (and exfoliator) too

Today’s post is in collaboration with Brown Girl Magazine and Vasanti Cosmetics. Vasanti Cosmetics is one of the oldest South Asian woman-owned beauty brands, started by three sisters over 20 years ago. When they first reached out to work on a campaign including Tom, I was thrilled. I absolutely love to support women owned businesses, especially women of color. It was also right after I filmed my Meet My Husband video which was so much fun, and I thought the timing couldn’t be better to do a work on another blog project with him. Can’t say for sure what Tom’s excitement level was, but he agreed – and that is the important thing! 

Every Sunday I like to take some time out to do self-care, which usually includes drawing a bath and trying out some new products I’m testing for the blog. I asked Tom to join me this time and test out the one of Vasanti Cosmetics best selling products, their Brighten Up! Exfoliating Cleanser, which is known to be popular for both men and women. Lucky for me, Tom is a big fan of a good skincare product – he often consults me before he buys something – or he may just steal it from my medicine cabinet!

Watch the video to see more of us doing couples self-care. P.S. I think this could and should become a trend, just sayin.

The Review

Tom and I really loved the Brighten Up! Exfoliating cleanser. There were so many amazing reviews (over 200,000 of them) online, so I had hyped it up quite a bit in my mind. Luckily it did not disappoint. It is packed with all natural ingredients like Papaya Enzyme and professional micro crystals that really exfoliate and deeply clean the skin, and then aloe to soothe the skin after. I have combination skin, but my cheeks are very sensitive, prone to large pores and redness, and Tom has normal to oily skin and he can get acne breakouts if he doesn’t keep up his routine. Tom was really into the fact that the texture of the micro crystals in the scrub made his skin feel extra clean – he hates when it just feels like you splashed some soap and water on your face. My sensitive skin didn’t get irritated and my face looks so much brighter immediately after using Brighten up! I even scrubbed my hands with whatever was left and got a little hand treatment bonus out of it. I also liked that the product packaging and scent is neutral and it doesn’t look like it is too “girly” for a guy to use, which I’m sure Tom appreciates. 

 Tom and I agreed, we really think everyone should incorporate Brighten Up! Into their skincare routine.

Learn more about Vasanti Cosmetics ~

Note: This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts expressed are 100% my own – thank you for visiting! 

Three Glam Holiday Party Looks I Need A Place To Wear

Where da party at?

 Look 1: Dress: Christian Dior | Look 2: Dress: Alexandre Vauthier | Look 3: Dress: Balenciaga 

Holiday party season is officially upon us! If you are looking to stand out this year in some seriously drool-worthy designer pieces for your upcoming function, charity gala, or even just for some fresh instagram content (no judgement) – do yourself a favor and get familiar with the newly launched designer rental boutique, By Fashionaholic.

The Chicago Boutique’s personal touch turns designer fashion rental into the bougie shopping trip of your dreams 

Designer fashion rental isn’t a new thing. When I first started this blog, I met Lucy Sykes – the Fashion Director of Rent The Runway, one of the pioneers of designer fashion rental. Check out my blog post reviewing them (but please pardon my terrible photo skills!). At the time, it was a new and exciting idea that through renting, an average gal like me could have access to the most coveted high fashion brands. On top of that, it is also an incredibly easy way to shop sustainably if you are looking for ways to be more of a conscious consumer. More fashion rental companies have popped up since that post, which I am very happy to see, however:

 By Fashionaholic stands out in two pretty major ways:

 

  1. The curation. You won’t see a rainbow of Hermes Birkins or a gaggle of Chanel like this anywhere else. They have racks and racks of your favorite designers, from Gucci to Valentino, and everything in between. Mixed with all of the top fashion houses are some of the hottest new and under the radar designers. You can browse their website, but the showroom has so much more – all one of a kind hand selected pieces.

     2. They create a shopping experience. A high-touch personalized service that is usually reserved for expensive boutiques. The decor is lovely, with separate dressing rooms, some that can fit a group if you are shopping with friends. I definitely imagined coming back for a shopping party with some girlfriends. Your personal stylist will bring you lots of options to play dress up in, and bring you anything you might need – like a glass of champagne (or for me, some lotion for my perpetually ashy knees – ha). They also offer tailoring services, and my friend had her dress tailored and delivered directly to her hotel room before an event.

Sizing runs from 0-14, and rentals can range in price based on the item, for example you may pay $150/week for a Gucci bag, to $300/week for a Balenciaga gown.

My fashion-savvy friends agree with me that renting is only going to become an even bigger part of retail in the future. People want options, but don’t want to invest too much in a dress they will wear once or twice, even if it’s Dior. Fast-fashion in its current form is on its way out, as consumers are becoming more aware of the negative impact on the earth and unethical labor standards. Also it maybe just me, but I believe people are sick of overconsumption, and looking to live simpler, with less ‘stuff’.

Every girl still needs to look fabulous though whenever she wants to, so there will always be a need for amazing, high quality clothes for every occasion.  For those days, By Fashionaholic is the place to go, as they say, to ‘dress like you own it’.

 

 

 

How I Stay Thankful

We are in California right now visiting my family for Thanksgiving. Upon arrival, I was immediately confronted by this intense smell of smoke, like we were at camp and the fire had been burning a little too long. The fires that have ravaged Butte county and Los Angeles County are the worst I remember seeing in my lifetime, with over 800 people still unaccounted for. My sister went to Chico volunteering and giving out supplies to people in need, but there is still so much work to do. The rain that is expected to come is supposed to help with the fires that are still burning, but now we think that may cause mudslides which could be even worse.

This Thanksgiving I’m extra grateful, being safe at home with my family. Yet another reminder that nothing is ever guaranteed in life, and we need to appreciate everything we have, because it could always be worse.

It is easy to feel grateful during times of crisis, but not so much in the thick of mundane everyday life. I have a motto that keeps me on my toes though. It is:

Live life, but make it cute.

I learned this from watching my kids and how they turn every situation in to an opportunity to play and imagine. Kids instinctively know the secret to happiness.  As human beings we all have to do the same things – eat, work, sleep, repeat. But instead of just going through the motions or complaining every step of the way, I like to make every thing I do ‘cute’, or in other words- just a little extra special. Doing this takes a little practice and effort, but it is so worth it.

Some examples of what I do to make life cute:

When Tom asks me for a favor, I say – ‘Anything for you, the love of my life!’ or when Adam asks me for another meal, even after he just ate – I answer with, ‘It would be my pleasure, my first born son!’ I may just be extra excited to welcome home my family members by showering them with hugs and kisses like I haven’t seen them in years. Even if I am not actually feeling it, just acting that way tricks my subconscious brain to make me actually start to feel that way. Then comes the ripple effect – after I put out all that good energy towards the ones I love, I get it back and then some.

For dinners, I like to try out new recipes all the time, and experiment with new flavors – it makes cooking and eating dinner way more fun for me. When I get dressed, I pretend like I am in a boutique and shop my closet for pieces I haven’t worn in a while, mixing and matching accessories and even DIY’ing when I feel extra creative. When I am doing my own makeup or hair, I’ll pretend like I’m a professional artist and I’ll give myself a tutorial on my look.

When I shop, I like to imagine I am styling a client that has unlimited funds (a trick I picked up from Immaculate Wardrobe Stylist, Sophia Hyacinthe) I go to my some of my favorite online retailers like Shopbop, (which is currently having their big annual sale!) and I start favoriting items I love. You can get emails when those items go on sale, and I always take advantage of that feature! These boots were my latest sale purchase and I am obsessed with them.

Moral of the story, it is easy to stay grateful and appreciate & enjoy your life – you just have to make it cute!

  PantsBoots (similar) | Blouse (similar) | Trench (similar) | Hat (thanks to Tenth Street Hats) | Pants and Top thrifted from Material World |

 

 

Conscious-ish: How To Define Your Personal Style (Part I)

“We are all going to consume, but the point is to consume with a purpose and be aware about what you buy and what you do, and use it as a tool to serve you” – Sophia Hyacinthe – Personal Stylist and CEO, Immaculate Wardrobe

Boots: Dorateymur (on sale!)| Jeans: Levi’s | Sweater: ALC via Material World

Conscious-ish is a Style Series where we explore personal style from a conscious consumer lens.

We are going to kick off this series with what I think is the most important and most elemental step in creating the wardrobe of our dreams, and that is defining our personal style. Getting “conscious” about it, if you will. Before we dive in to what, where, and how exactly to shop, it is absolutely key to figure out just what our style type even is. This is not to say your style can’t change or evolve over time, in fact I hope it always does! But when it does evolve, your new personal style awareness will help you make future changes accordingly.

I also created a Personal Style Quiz to help you narrow down what your style personality is. Scroll down to take the quiz – you may find you fit perfectly into one style type, or you may be a mix of a few!

To help us really figure out our personal style, I tapped in to the expertise of NYC/ATL based Personal Stylist & CEO, (side note: also a DJ by night – how cool is she?)  Sophia Hyacinthe. She helps real modern professional women create a style strategy, build looks, and build a timeless wardrobe through her Styling company, Immaculate Wardrobe.

In her experience, many women shop impulsively. It could be tied to their budget, for example if they get a big paycheck or there is a blowout sale going on, or something emotional like feeling depressed or filling a void -hence the term retail ‘therapy’. Shopping this way ultimately leads to a closet that may not be cohesive, like too many statement pieces but not enough quality staples to make the outfits work. You end up with the ‘closet full of clothes and nothing to wear’ situation which is super frustrating.

Figuring out your personal style can help you streamline and edit what you need and what you don’t need in your closet, to make getting dressed less stressful. It will also help you to present the best image of yourself to the world. Often our emotions are tied to our self-image, so being confident in what we are wearing can also really have a positive effect on us.

“We are all going to consume, but the point is to consume with a purpose and be aware about what you buy and what you do, and use it as a tool to serve you”

According to Sophia, there are a few things you need to consider first when determining your style type:

(You may want to grab a pen and some paper and take notes)

  1. What Is Your Lifestyle? Are you a stay at home mom looking for easy comfy clothes for most days, and cute trendy outfits for date nights and parties? Are you a social butterfly who needs playful statement pieces? Do you work corporate and want your clothes to be stylish and professional?
  2. What Do You Love About Your Body? What are your favorite attributes? What types of clothes make you feel your most vital, confident self?
  3. Who Are Your Style Icon(s)? Celebrities, Friends, Family members – think about anyone who’s style you truly admire, and why.
  4. What Are Your Style Goals? How would you choose to dress if you had, say, Beyonce’s bank account?
  5. What Is Your Budget? Realistically, think about how much you can afford to spend – think in terms of price per wear for the items you think you will wear the most.

Once you answer the above questions you should have a much clearer understanding of: What type of clothes you may need to supplement your current wardrobe, which silhouettes work best for your body type, and how much you can actually afford to spend.

If you haven’t yet, take my Style Quiz below to help you determine your Style Personality!

Answer a few questions to determine if your style is Classic, Glamazon, Bohemian, Modern, or Avant Garde
A. Sophisticated, demure
B. You like to make an entrance AND an exit
C. Chill flower child
D. Trend-setter, laid back
E. Adventurous
2. Your Favorite Outfit
A. Tailored trousers or midi dress with feminine accessories
B. Monochromatic body con dress, high heels and an oversized jacket
C. A vintage flowy maxi dress, layered necklaces and cocktail rings
D. Jeans and a blazer with some statement heels or flats
E. A jacket with dramatic shoulders and oversized arms, paired with a statement chunky heel
3. Describe The Style You Aspire To
4. What Home Decor Style Do You Love
B. Velvet pillows, floral arrangements, grand chandeliers
5. When Shopping, You are most likely to:
6. Your Favorite Handbag
7. Who Is Your Favorite Celebrity Style Icon?
8. When looking at your closet, you see
E. Track pants, cropped sweaters, fishnet stockings
9. If You Could Choose One Designer, You Would Have A Closet Full Of:

 

Add up your total number of A, B, C, D, and E’s and see below for your results! If you are split, then you have a combination of style types.

 

If you are:

Mostly A’s: Classic 

You prefer timeless styles over flashy trends and prefer beautifully tailored pieces. You like to invest in high quality clothing and accessories and expect them to last a long time. You tend to stay safe and stick to what you know works for you. You are sophisticated, well-groomed, and generally have very good taste.

Famous Classic Style Icons: Jackie O, Victoria Beckham, Queen Rania, Kate Middleton

Mostly B’s: Glamazon

You love to make a statement and showcase your confidence in your outfit choices. You know how to accentuate your favorite attributes, and you put them to work, honey! Designer bags and shoes are your favorite place to splurge. You are either in spandex shorts and hoodies, or a patent leather bodycon with sky high heels, there is no in between.

Famous Glamazon Style Icons: Kim Kardashian, J.Lo, Bebe Rexha, Beyonce

Mostly C’s: Bohemian

You are Earthy by nature and your fashion choices reflect your zen philosophy. Loose and flowing maxi dresses are your fave, you are most confident when you are feeling comfortable and feminine. You like to accessorize and show your personality through your style by playing with color and jewelry.

Famous Bohemian Style Icons: Cher, Nicole Richie, Vanessa Hudgens

Mostly D’s: Modern

You have that cool-girl vibe and you don’t shy away from trying out fashion trends that you find fun. You appreciate originality and always look for a twist on classic pieces. Function is just as important as fashion for you and you like to splurge on high quality basics and designer shoes that you know will get a lot of wear.

Famous Modern Style Icons: Michelle Obama, Amal Clooney, Tracee Ellis Ross, Olivia Palermo

Mostly E’s: Avant Garde

You love to experiment with fashion and are not scared to make a big statement. It may be something small like accessories, or it may be your entire outfit, but one thing is for sure – there is nothing boring about your style. Your philosophy is that Fashion is wearable art, and you appreciate designers who push boundaries like you.

Famous Avant Garde Style Icons: Zoe Kravitz, Rihanna, Christine Centenera, Lady Gaga

Thank you so much for visiting! Stay tuned for next week, where we will talk about the exact steps Sophia takes her Personal Styling clients through to edit and streamline their closets!

Find Sophia on Instagram or check out her website Immaculate Wardrobe

Conscious-ish: The Conscious Style Series – An Introduction

 How to be Stylish and Conscious-ish

Jacket: Reformation | Jeans: Levis

I thought of this idea months ago when I was talking to my friends about shopping and I found myself at a loss for words when I was explaining why I don’t shop at Zara.

I hesitated on using the word ‘conscious’ or ‘ethical’ or ‘sustainable’ because to me those words connote something boring, and often sound super preachy and annoying. Conscious-ish is a light take on the word, making it more palatable and inclusive. We are being conscious-ish when we try our best to do better. (Note: This could be a great podcast idea, right? Calling it right now…)

I’ve noticed there are two major types of shoppers:

1) First there are ones who will shop anywhere and everywhere without giving much thought on whether something was made ethically or sustainably. They usually have great style, may love to shop high and low, supplementing their expensive Designer investment pieces with tons of trendy fast-fashion finds. In their minds, the cheaper the better and ignorance is blissful. Possibly a fashion blogger…

2)The second type are those who do care deeply about ethical and sustainable fashion, and exclusively shop are very curated group of (usually expensive) sustainable brands. They may or may not also have a capsule wardrobe which is full of black, white, khaki and grey items, and quite possibly also have an air of superiority about themselves.

Personally I don’t like anything that is too extreme or restrictive, be it religion, diet, or lifestyle. I subscribe to the idea that moderation is the best, the most sustainable, and from a human perspective, the most realistic goal.

As a newly aware conscious shopper, maybe someone who just finished watching The True Cost (which I highly recommend), looking at the other end of the style conscious spectrum, it is very easy to feel overwhelmed with restrictions and fall back into the ‘ignorance is bliss’ mode.

It is also really hard to imagine life with a black, white, khaki and grey wardrobe – no thanks! Give me all the loud color and prints!

My goal with this series is to make it easier for all style lovers to learn new ways to adapt ‘conscious-ish’ shopping habits. I believe everyone should be a conscious shopper – there really is no excuse not to be nowadays with all that we know about the Fashion Industry and its blatant harm to the planet and people. However I don’t expect, nor do I advocate for everyone to immediately overhaul their lifestyle in order to affect change. If everyone we knew just took a few small baby steps, maybe shopping a little less often, or starting to get into resale shopping instead of always buying new, or supporting some amazing sustainable brands, I really believe we could see a huge collective shift in perspective, which I believe is ultimately what is really going to change the industry.

Conscious-ish: The Conscious Style Series – will attempt to bridge the gap between the new conscious style enthusiast and the seasoned expert.

We will discuss:

  1. Baby steps we can all take to improve our current shopping habits to align with our conscious style philosophy.
  2. How to find and develop our own personal style.
  3. How to shop savvy and avoid getting into debt. Tips on managing money and creating a budget.
  4. Resale & Consignment Shopping – How and where to do it, and what to watch out for.
  5. DIY and Fashion Styling tips to get the most out of your closet.
  6. Favorite Fashion Apps and Technology.
  7. And much more…

Subscribe to the blog if this series pique’s your interest!

Why I Quit Fashion Blogging

And Why I Hope You Do Too…

First off, let me just say this post has been a long time coming. My fear kept me from sharing this – but after a conversation I had with a friend this morning, I realized I needed to do it.  So here goes:

My story: A few years ago when I first started Love Zahra, I was a compulsive shopper. I grew up with modest means so for me, having money meant I needed to buy everything I could possibly afford. In order to create content for my blog, I would very often go drop a weeks salary on new clothes just so that I could ‘keep up’. Over time as I got savvier (and more broke), I would sometimes buy stuff to shoot a photo in, then return it. I justified it by saying I was helping that brand with free marketing so – win-win right? I was working full-time earning six figures at my old job but I was actually IN DEBT. By like, a lot. Then as I grew my blog, brands began to sponsor me so I would get a ton of clothes for free – but I was still shopping like a maniac because there was always something else that I wanted.

When I decided to work from home blogging full-time and being a stay at home mom, my mindset began to change. I knew my closet was bursting at the seams with stuff, and I didn’t actually need anything – I could have probably gone my entire life wearing a new outfit every single day with just the things I already had. Also, I didn’t give a shit about the latest ‘trend’ anymore, I had seen way too many come and go too quickly. I was feeling all these feelings about the Fashion Industry, and that is right when I learned about the Rana Plaza factory fire in Bangladesh, which according to wikipedia was considered the deadliest structural failure accident in modern human history, and therefore also the deadliest garment-factory accident in history. The worst part about the fire is that it was completely preventable.

The unreasonable demands placed on the workers who are barely treated as human beings to satiate our endless need for new clothes is what caused the fire. I felt like I caused that fire. Besides the horrible labor conditions workers were subjected to, I also knew about how much the fast-fashion industry was polluting our earth.

At the time, the ‘slow fashion’ movement was starting to make an impact but not in a large scale way. This was several years ago I knew all this, but I still thought it would just be too hard to change my lifestyle. I was a Fashion Blogger after all, right? I was afraid to share my new feelings publicly because I was worried I might not be able to keep it up, that maybe one day all my passion would lose steam and I would look like a sham. But slowly, my inner conflict started eating at me. I couldn’t say that I care about the earth and the people on it, while still spending money on brands that were doing the most harm. I stopped shopping at some of the most notorious fast-fashion houses, but I didn’t tell anyone about it just in case I decided to go back to my old ways.

It took me years, YEARS, to say it out loud – even to myself.

At first it was hard. The allure of buying something new for really cheap isn’t something that ever really goes away. Initially I felt limited by my new shopping standards – I would walk in to the mall and most stores would be off-limits. However, I soon learned a few ways to shop smarter, and three things happened as a result.

1 – I got better stuff –  I searched my favorite online shops like The Modist, that carried brands I love, and shortlist my favorite Designer items to buy when they went on sale. I created a list of ethical brands that I could go to and shop with confidence. (Note: I wrote that list way back in 2015!) I planned my outfits in advance. I began to dip my toe into resale shopping – (which I am now fully submerged in). I now think of my wardrobe as a curated collection, that I want to slowly add to with only things I am in love with, or stuff I know I will be wearing constantly.

2- I figured out my personal style – I love color! I love easy flowing fabrics! I don’t like knee length dresses! I figured this out by paying attention to the pieces in my wardrobe that I was constantly reaching for, and the outfits I felt the most ‘me’ in, instead of blindly following trends.

3 – I became mentally un-stuck – No longer contributing to an Industry I knew was literally killing my fellow human beings is an instant mood booster I’d say. Also, no longer compulsively shopping gave me back the time, money, and sanity I needed to focus on doing more important and fun things in my life.

My View On The Fashion Industry Is This.

Nothing can change unless we demand it, and if we do demand it, we can make big changes quickly. In my own lifetime we went from a country that didn’t think twice about chowing down on pop-tarts and genetically modified everything, to a place where we can now access the freshest beautiful healthy organic food everywhere. The only thing that changed was awareness. Some people still choose to eat junk (myself included) and that is fine, I don’t expect everyone to care, but I think a lot of people do! We are living in an exciting time where information travels quickly and literally our lives as we know it could change in less than a decade – instagram wasn’t even around a decade ago! Remember life without instagram?!

So here’s my mission and I hope you all join me – let’s change the face of Fashion Blogging and the Fashion Industry. Boycott the brands that are the worst offenders. Be a proud outfit repeater! Shop less, buy better stuff. Let’s celebrate brands who are doing it right. Let’s talk about the way clothes are made and where and who is making them. Let’s appreciate fashion for what it really is, art and personal expression!

If you are up for the challenge, subscribe to my email list and let’s stay in touch!

Thank you so much for being here, I appreciate you!

Resources:

Ethical Brands List 

(Via Joo Joo Azad Blog) Companies To Boycott List

 

 

Putting Clean Skincare To The Test! 8 Weeks Using Only One Ocean Beauty + Before & After

In this video I test the entire line of newly launched clean beauty brand One Ocean Beauty. I’ll give you a little bit more information about the company, then break down what is in each product, and I’ll show you my skin’s week by week progression. Be on the lookout on my instagram I will be posting a giveaway of the entire line very very soon!

About The Brand:

One Ocean Beauty uses marine based active ingredients that have been found to have powerful effects in beauty and wellness. In some of the most extreme ocean environments, marine microorganisms have developed unique properties that help them protect against UV radiation, pollution and physical damage, One Ocean Beauty believes those magical marine-actives can do the same for our skin. 

Founder and CEO Marcella Cacci comes from a luxury beauty background and wanted to fill the gap that she saw in the market, something she wanted to use herself – a simple skincare routine that is actually clean and also clinically tested to work.

 One Ocean Beauty is committed to preserving the oceans where they sustainably source their active ingredients. They have partnered with Oceana, the largest ocean protection agency in the world, to do so. They have actually already donated $250,000 in advance of their launch, a testament to their true dedication for the cause.

In addition, they follow the strictest clean beauty standards available to create their products, which are free from toxins such as GMOs, Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, PEGs. 

Most importantly, they have simplified your daily skincare routine by creating a five-step line that you can use both day and night, consisting of a cleanser, serum, moisturizer, eye cream, and dietary supplement.

 

Note: I was sent products from One Ocean Beauty, however this is not a sponsored post.

Makeup Tutorial: Easy Fresh Everyday Makeup (Under Five Minutes!)

Just a quick video sharing my everyday makeup routine for that ‘enhanced natural’ look! Using some of my new favorites from Charlotte Tilbury, Fenty Beauty, Urban Decay and some drug store finds!

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to my channel! Come on, it will be fun!

 

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Whats In My Shopping Cart…

Three things I’m crushing on right now. Bonus: They are all on sale!
Outfit details: Shoes: Club Monaco (on sale 70% off!) Jeans: Levi’s Sweater: ALC via Material World Co.

As a style enthusiast (and that is putting it very lightly…) I am constantly on the hunt for things that I know will elevate my wardrobe. I also spend a lot of time researching online to see what is happening on the runway, and what is trending each season. In order to avoid impulse shopping, I like to add things to my cart and not buy it, just to see if I still want it in a few days. I also like to ‘favorite’ items, most websites have some sort of option to do that, so that when there is a big sale I remember exactly what I love and snatch it up quickly.

Speaking of sales, right now is a good time to do that as Shopbop is having a huge sale – if you spend $500, you get 20% off, and if you spend over $500, you can take 25% off! 

Here’s what’s in my shopping cart right now:

  1. A White Boot – Instead of sticking with basic black, I’m going for a winter white boot this year. I have been eyeing this pair because of the sleek shape that will work equally well paired with skinny jeans or skirts. that is a part of the big Shopbop sale going on right now!
  2. Statement Earrings  – Fall is the time to break out the big jewels – although I do tend to love them year ’round. I’d wear these with some high waist denim and a cozy knit. 
  3. Cozy Sweater – A cozy sweater is an obvious seasonal choice, but I added it to the list since I already have a bunch of basic sweaters that aren’t giving me life like this one. I’m going to donate or consign those boring sweaters and pick up something a little cooler like this. The sleeves are voluminous but the tight wrist will keep you from looking like you are swimming in it.