Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Inspiration | Pamela Love

Pamela Love. Her name alone winds up the music-box of inspiration. Bohemian desert angels across a highway, modern day dryads with flowers woven through their tendrils - or anyone wishing to adorn themselves with spellbound talismans. I've been enamored with Love's creations since the arrowhead pendant made its debut several years ago. I wasn't completely in love with jewelry until I saw hers and I've been hooked ever since then.

The symbolism and story behind each piece really implored me to do the same with my own art. Anyone can create, but what matters most is what lies beneath the surface. To sum this up, I re-watched some videos of the designer because she (and her amazing New York home) never fail to lift the veil and enlighten my mind. Long live Love.

Pamela Love for Stylelikeu.com from StyleLikeU on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Interview | Laurel Whole Plant Organics

How precious the human body is, and hardworking too. The skin is our largest organ acting like a beautiful distinct sponge taking in everything from sunlight to senses. Knowing this has led me to take better care of my body externally as well as internally. I wanted to seek out skin care products that were full of wellness and biological nutrients, without the use any synthetics & toxins. Through the rabbit-hole of natural beauty I stumbled upon Sequoia Beauty. Based in North California, Sequoia Beauty creates skincare and beauty regimes that are completely organic, and some are bio-dynamic and raw. When I write completely organic, I mean it. There are no chemicals, fillers or preservatives or anything synthetic. Everything is plant+floral & nature based. I asked the beautiful and passionate Laurel (the belle who runs Sequoia Beauty) if she would be up for an interview about her blooming company, her joys, and she kindly shared some photos of her at work!

ediotors note* the company's name has changed to Laurel Whole Plant Organics
Hello my name is Laurel & I am the creator of Laurel Whole Plant Organics

What projects are you currently working on?
We are actually currently working on a full rebrand! New bottles, new labels, new logo, new name, new formulas* - most exciting! We are hoping to launch the new look in full in January. So I can confidently say its consuming pretty much every moment I have right now!

My love of beauty, herbalism and apothecary came from…
 My love for plants has always been there - I loved being outside as a kid, and I loved flowers. In my early 20's, I saw my first nutritionist who introduced me to herbal medicine, and I was in LOVE! I got super into organic farming, local foods, biodynamic farming also really inspired me...I also always loved spas and the resort lifestyle - so all of that added together created an organic skin care line!

My work schedule is:
I wake up around 6:30 and start working immediately - usually in my pajamas still on the computer. Eventually I tear myself away to make tea and settle into the day. Sometimes I take a break from work midday to take a dance class, which I love! And then I usually work until 7pm, and then head home to make a farm to table dinner. I like it when business is slow enough that I have time to take my class and to make dinner - because sometimes we get too busy for me to even do those little things.

How do you go about finding the perfect alchemic blend? (both medicinally/holistically) 
This is such a great question! Usually things start as very small ideas in my head, like 1 ingredient stands out to me as something I should be using for a specific skin condition or product. Slowly over time, I'm collecting more ingredients for that product that is still living only in my mind - and then when I finally get it on paper - first I draw from plants I know. I would say my mind has about 100 plants that I feel I know pretty well, and will jump out at me when I am building a formula. Its a fairly intuitive process as well... often plants jump out at me for a formula, and I have to go further and research as to why that is. Before I finalize a formula, I surround myself by research material... I have like 15 go-to books that I go through to make sure I didn't forget any special plants that are eager to be included! And then when I finally make it - typically I don't change much - just small tweaks here and there to make the finished product smell a little lighter, or something little like that.

Thank you so much for creating blends that are organic and raw! What led to this?
Hugely important issue to me! My interest in natural skin care came about due to health problems myself and my mom were having. I wanted to eliminate as many toxins as possible from our day to day lives. But ORGANIC specifically is important.... With some essential oils and hydrosols in particular, those plants cover so much acreage just to yield a very small amount of product. In my mind conventional farming is lazy, and formulators that use them are only cutting corners. 100% of the plants we use are certified organic or biodynamic.

We love honey, tell us a bit about your raw honey + berry mask and its benefits!  
Our raw honey is made locally here in Northern California - I've visited the farm a few times, and love it! The Honey Berry Mask is great for so many skin types.... Honey is naturally antibacterial, but its also a humectant - meaning it encourages cells to retain their moisture. The mask also contains California produced Royal Jelly, a super antioxidant - great for anti-aging tool. And Strawberries and Blueberries also, which help with the cleaning/exfoliating aspects of the mask as well.

You are a gardener and use your blooms in Sequoia Beauty products, but what are you cultaivintg this fall/winter season? 
Actually, as an herbalist, many of the plants we use are dried - or we make enough plant extracts from fresh plant to get us through the winter. We don't do much gardening in our own garden in the fall/winter. That said, our farmers who grow for us do a lot of root harvesting in the fall. The fall is when we get our Marshmallow Root, Astragalus Root, Burdock Root, and Baical Root for the year. 

5 Things that Heal/help you relax: 
  • taking a bath
  • spending time with my dogs & my boyfriend
  • going on a tv series binge by watching multiple episodes back to back, 
  • traveling or getting away
  • hiking

Sequoia Beauty is all about detoxing & cleansing, beyond your wonderful array of products what can we do in our day to day lives to detox+renew?
  Being more connected to my food is something that helps me both detox as well renew. It becomes a really lovely thing - knowing your farmer, knowing what you are eating, and creating a meal from the heart. Its a great way to detox for sure! And its renewing because its almost something spiritual.

Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce. I know that sounds like something simple from the 90's that everyone knows. But I have had a lot of odd jobs through school in offices/spas/restaurants - and it always blows my mind how few businesses make those things a priority. A lot of businesses don't even have recycle bins! Most of my loved ones do practice that in their home, as do I'm sure your readers -- but I think everyone I know can easily do more at their work place to cut back on waste.

Besides Sequoia Beauty products, what are some of your loved products? 
For make-up, Vapour Organics. There's also a body soap I cannot live without called Artha Soaps - a really small business here in NorCal. I use her soaps for the kitchen, bathroom, shower --- LOVE. Veriditas essential oils also play a large part in my home life, as well as in our products.

Guilty pleasures?
Project Runway, anything fried, and champagne!

In 5 years I want to...
Have a full farm where Sequoia Beauty is produced. I would love to grow almost everything we use there, as well as make the product there. I will probably want a spa there too... the list is long!

Dream vision board, what would your ideal day consist of:
Meditation, healthy breakfast, making product, a dance class, tea with friends, making dinner with my boyfriend, and cuddling with my dogs.

One piece of advice?
Absolutely do what you love.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Inspiration | Francis Ooi

One of the places I love to linger + read is the wonderfully curated Terrain Bulletin - a naturalists/nature lovers dream. I found my way to a feature of Singapore-based photographer Francis Ooi. Beckoned by the forest Ooi began to collect and eventually photograph specimens. What originally began as a desire to update his home led to his budding shop. His works eloquently showcase the intricate grown of each specimen & allows you to truly take in the marvel of nature. Visit his shop for prints & card or his blog is also a compendium of lush beauty

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Guest Post | Bubble Girl Bakes // Recipe

Words can't describe how excited I am to feature a recipe from Kait, of Bubble Girl Bakes! She concocted a wonderful autumnal dessert recipe that is vegan, and allergen friendly. Also, it features Kait's own brand of all-purpose flour that is completely gluten/soy/nut-free! Many people are under the misconception that baking treats devoid of allergens is time-consuming or that the taste will be comprised. Wrong! Baking in itself is an art that should be done with proper attention and measurements to create the perfect taste (trust me) and atmosphere (nothing beats baking a wonderful dish while surrounded by family and loved ones - and should never be under pressure!). And when you add the best quality ingredients (spices to enhance flavors) the outcome will always be a winner. There is the added benefits that you consume earth-based, nutrient dense foods that nourish your body + mind. Enjoy!

Cranberry Date Pumpkin Bread with Brown Sugar Hemp Crumble
Bread Ingredients
6 tablespoons warm water
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
¾ cup teff flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup cooked pumpkin
1 cup hemp milk (or allergy friendly milk of choice)
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup dates, pitted & chopped
1 cup dried cranberries

 Crumble Ingredients
½ cup BG Bakes Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Mix
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
¼ cup hemp seed
½ teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
¼ cup allergy friendly shortening

Crumble Directions
In a medium bowl, mix flour, light brown sugar, hemp seed, cinnamon, and salt. With a fork, work in shortening until large, moist clumps form.

·       Preheat oven to 350.  Generously grease a standard 9 x 5 loaf pan, then line with parchment paper.

·       In a small mixing bowl, combine flaxseed and warm water.  Whisk well and set aside.  This will serve as your “egg” in the recipe.

·       In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and set aside.

·       In a third mixing bowl or bowl of your stand mixer, combine flaxseed mixture, pumpkin, hemp milk, maple syrup, olive oil, and vanilla.  Mix on medium-high speed until mixture is smooth. 

·       Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined.  Batter should be smooth and slightly thick.  Stir in dates and cranberries.

·       Spoon batter into greased and lined loaf pan.  Smooth top of batter with spatula as needed.  Bake for 20 minutes then remove to top with Brown Sugar Hemp Crumble (recipe below). 

·       Return bread to oven and continue to bake for an additional 30-35 minutes or until tester comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then carefully lift bread out using parchment paper to transfer to a wire rack for remainder of cooling.  Makes 10-12 servings.

Nutrition Information

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soy free, peanut free, tree nut free, corn free, legume free, and vegan. Bread without the crumble topping is also refined sugar free.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Interview | Kait Turshen of Bubble Girl Bakes

While browsing through Design*Sponge I came across a recipes for a Dirty Chai Bundt Cake that was completely allergen free and delicious. Kait was the talent behind the cake and I then found myself gazing through her recipes and touched by her story, similar to so many peoples who live with food allergies. Kait is a New York based baker & cook who creates delicious recipes that are devoid of common food allergens. She just released her line of Bubble Girl Bakes Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour - of course nowadays anyone can find "gluten free flours"  but many are made in shared facilities, however Bubble Girl Bakes is completely safe and follows strict procedures. What I admire most about Kait is her drive to make the most out of a difficult situation. Her spirit is bubbly, joyful, & and inspiring. Tomorrow she'll share a autumn-themed recipe on my blog that uses her flour and is absolutely delicious. Today, I humbly share an interview with Kait on her path of discovery, recovery, and wellness
Visit Kait at her Website / Twitter / Instagram

Hello I am..
Kait Turshen, also known as Bubble Girl. I have thirty food allergies and I live in New York's West Village where I write the blog BG Bakes, which is dedicated to providing gluten free, allergen free, vegan recipes. This month I am also launching BG Bakes Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Mix which is not only free of gluten, but also free of major allergens and vegan.

How did you come across your path? What drove you?
The story goes like this: about two and a half years ago I uncovered that I had over twenty food allergies (now at thirty and counting); a discovery that unearthed why I had spent the majority of my adult life suffering from weight fluctuation, extreme fatigue, anxiety, depression, and never ending gastrointestinal issues. In light of my plethora of food allergies, my mother lovingly deemed that I should live in a Bubble and the nickname stuck. At the time of my food allergy revelation, I was unhappily working in the fashion industry. I had a successful career and worked for amazing brands, but lacked a passion for what I was doing day in and day out. So I started my blog to fill that void.

And it turned out I'm not the only Bubble person out there. In fact, over 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies; one in every thirteen children. But I realized there wasn't much awareness surrounding the topic. And I also realized that I was very passionate about spreading food allergy word, so I fused my long time love of baking with raising food allergy awareness and BG Bakes was born.

What is your personal food-philosophy?
You are what you eat! My whole world changed for the better when I removed the dozens of foods I was allergic to from my diet. Not only did my body stop fighting itself every time I ingested a morsel of food, but my diet became healthier and cleaner by default. No more late night pizza or store-bought, corn-syrup packed candy; never again would I eat Chinese takeout or a frozen meal. I ate far less processed foods in general, as everything I came across that was processed contained soy, corn, or another allergen that would potentially send me to the hospital. So I was left to my own devices and had to start preparing my own meals; and with that came more awareness and consciousness of eating healthy. And most importantly, my new found cleaner, healthier, allergen free diet left me energized and upbeat. For the first time in my life, I felt healthy and happy both physically and mentally--something I'd never experienced before.

What projects are you working on?
This October I'm proud to announce the launch of my first of many flour mixes, BG Bakes Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Mix. More mixes and a cookbook to follow! I hope to see BG Bakes flour mixes and beyond on grocery store shelves across the nation; to provide products that people can trust and enjoy. And I hope that by doing this, I'm making a difference in people's lives who suffer from food allergies, even if its one cookie crumb at a time.

What is your "work" aka baking/cooking lifestyle like?
The beauty of it is that it's different every day! Which is something I truly appreciate after spending a good eight years answering emails at a desk. One day I'm mixing flours and the next I'm baking cookies, frosting cakes, or ingredient sourcing. And of course blogging every step of the way.

For those of us who deal with allergies or just want live cleaner what are some tips?
Two important things here: you're not alone and always be prepared. When I first uncovered my allergies, I was both embarrassed and terrified of eating out. Ordering a simple meal at a restaurant was a lengthy process that would leave my server confused and myself frightened that the long list of my allergens wouldn't properly be communicated to the chef. I've since overcome that self-consciousness (I'm one of 15 million, after all!) and I'm always prepared. I hand a typed list of my allergies to my server now, that I request be passed along to the chef, just to ensure nothing is lost in translation from my table to the kitchen. I also never leave home without two Epi-Pen's (always have a back-up) and two kinds of anti-histamines.

What inspires you?
My husband is my true source of inspiration. He left his prosperous, prestigious position at a law firm to pursue his dreams of making a difference in people's lives through teaching meditation. I too wanted to make a difference in people's lives; to help people transition into the new and foreign world of living and eating with food allergies; that no matter what food allergies you suffered from, there was still a way to satisfy your sweet tooth! I never would have had the courage to leave my career in fashion, to take this leap of faith, if it weren't for him.

What are your kitchen necessities and wishes?
I would be lost without my KitchenAid. It's one of my best friends and I'm not sure how I ever lived without one. My other bestie in the kitchen would be my food scale. Next on my bucket list is a hand blender. 'Tis the soup season and a hand blender is the way to go for getting your soups smooth without the hassle and danger of transferring steaming liquids from pot to blender and back again.

There is a stigma that allergen-free foods can be "boring" or "tedious"- why is this incorrect?
I believe this stigma is a result of a lack of awareness around the subject. You can bake almost anything without eggs or dairy or wheat--or any other allergens for that matter. I do it every day. It's just that a lot of people have never tried to do so until recently, thus leaving us Bubble people without a proper Thanksgiving pumpkin pie or birthday cake. It's a matter of figuring out the science of what happens in your mixing bowl, being able to successfully replicate recipes by making a few simple substitutions. With food allergies on the rise, this stigma will certainly diffuse itself over time.

5 things that heal me
  • Meditation
  • family
  • massages (a guilty, frequent pleasure)
  • super dark chocolate (another guilty, frequent pleasure)
  • and of course baking!

People who discover they have a dietary allergy, sometimes feel confused and even angry at the consequences of not being able to eat as they once did, how did you deal with these issues, how can someone find motivation and acceptance with their path in life?

It was a very upsetting day when I uncovered my food allergies. My list was so long that initially I couldn't keep track of them all. I was traumatized that I'd never again eat a slice of New York pizza or my mother's legendary chocolate chip cookies. I was terrified to dine out. I was afraid that one wrong bite of something would send me straight to the emergency room--or worse. But as soon as I noticed the difference I felt physically, without ingesting those allergens on a daily basis, the animosities and fears quickly wore off. I realized that moping wasn't going to get me anywhere, which I why I decided to turn my food allergies into something positive, to figure out a way for everyone, no matter what allergy, to enjoy a proper cookie again.

I can't help but mention how stunning you are! What are your beauty tips/trusted products
You are too kind! Thank you for those gracious words. I drink tons of water and herbal tea to keep both myself and my skin hydrated. I also limit my intake of refined sugars--my skin freaks out if I go overboard on cupcakes and cookies (although I am human and indulge in sweet treats often). In terms of skincare, I love Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate, even in the daytime. It's an amazing skin hydrator. In terms of makeup, I stick with my trusted NARS and MAC go-to's. And as for hair, I'm au natural. No hair dyes or products and I rarely blow it dry or put anything burning hot to it.

Favorite places to travel? 
I spend a week every summer in Glen Arbor, Michigan with my family. It's a sleepy under-the-radar little lakeside resort town that couldn't bring me more peace each year. While I'm in New York, I love to run with my dog through the West Village and alongside the West Side Highway. Being near the water in the sunshine makes you forget you're in a city that never sleeps. It's hard to pick a favorite restaurant in New York, but I love Sauce, Lil' Frankie's, and my go-to date night spot with my husband, Corsino. They're all sweet and quaint and take my food allergies seriously.

Favorite blogs/books?
Design*Sponge and Spoon Fork Bacon are two of my favorite blogs. I love reading, so I have too many favorite books to count, but among them are Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy, The Godfather, and a classic from my younger years, Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. I love books that make me cry.

What's something that you've learned or that's happened to you since starting BG Bakes?
I've learned that I'm not the only Bubble Girl out there and I'm truly glad to have company. I've received so many emails and comments thanking me for my recipes and it makes my day every time. My goal is to help people with food allergies realize that they can eat the foods they used to, and safely, at that--that it just takes a few substitutions and a pantry makeover. I want to help make people's transition into eating with food allergies easier than mine was, to bring knowledge and awareness to this cause. If I've helped even just one person, then I've done my job.

Describe your ideal dinner
While I didn't love my career in fashion, I made such wonderful friends. And now that I no longer work with them, I love having them over for dinner. While my New York apartment isn't ideal for a sit down dinner, it's really the company that matters. Rather than a dining room table, I have a great, big island in my kitchen. So my girlfriends and husband saddle up on the stools with my dog underfoot while I cook. It's all very casual--and all very ideal in my dinner party book. Nothing about it is formal--ever.

Dream Vision board: describe your ideal day
My ideal day starts with my morning meditation followed by coffee while blogging and watching the Today show (I'm a huge multi-tasker); the rest of the day spent testing recipes in the kitchen, and ending with a home cooked meal and Homeland with my husband and dog. I wish Homeland was on every night. And a workout, massage, and chocolate in there somewhere, too.

One piece of health/life advice?
As my father always told me from the time I could remember. "Go hard or go home."

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Interview | Chocolita, Raw Chocolate Company

Have you ever had raw chocolate? Like most people, I am enamored with the realm and taste of chocolate. But I was looking for an alternative minus the added sugars, additives and preservatives. So I went raw. I came across Chocolita - a shop that creates raw, vegan & organic handmade chocolates. With flavors like Blue Lotus blueberry and Lemon and Pine Pollen, I was drawn those these exotic ingredients. However, Chocolita does make more "traditional" pure dark cacao flavors for those desiring a neutral taste. Her chocolates are raw because they are made under 118 degrees, in order to maintain nutritional integrity. Perhaps my favorite thing about the chocolate was the true flavors (depending on what you purchase) that come through. They are neither masked by sugar or anything else - each ingredient is integral. I had the pleasure of interviewing the lady behind the chocolate operation, Sarah Ann Lesslie about her path of raising wellness and a chance for you all to see the sweet spirit behind such delicious treats. If you are a chocolate lover, do adventure and try one of Chocolitas creations and visit Sarah on her Site/Twitter/Shop

Who are you?
My name is Sarah Ann Lesslie. I'm the owner of the raw/vegan chocolate company: Chocolita llc.

What led you to your path of creating raw/organic chocolates
I've been making raw chocolate (L.O.V.E. cups) for the past 8 years now for my friend Kelly Johnson of Sedona Chocolate Superfoods. All the while, I've been experimenting with my own bars and flavors and he's been encouraging me to sell them to the public. I've now just answered that call.

How do you go about finding the perfect creation?
It has taken an extraordinarily long time! I really wanted to make a tasty raw white chocolate, which is hard to do. Most raw white chocolate just tasted like butter with some sugar that has settled to the bottom, not too yummy...it took me quite a few years with experimenting with process, flavors, sweeteners, and ingredients to find the perfect combination that is up to my standard of delectable.

 raw chocolate

What projects are you currently working on?
I recently just completed the project of creating and launching my website (www.chocolita.co). That was a major undertaking! Way more than I expected. I have a new appreciation for web designers. My next project is perfecting and ordering my packaging.

On a personal level, I did a project in Haiti in February that I partially funded through sales of Chocolita. I am currently looking for my next charitable project that I would like to fund through donations from the company.

I create treats that are gluten/grain-free/organic because….
That's what I believe makes the world a better place. GMO's are destroying our planet. period. I think we can all make a difference in the world by what we choose to buy. Our buying power is a major part of our voice. We get to choose with that buying power what products and foods we support for our individual health and the health of the planet.

So for anyone who has not had raw/organic chocolates - what are we in for?
Oh man. I remember what jazzed me at first about raw chocolate was how good I felt when I first ate it. I literally felt kinda high, and I stayed up all night giggling with good friends and then skipped across town home to my cottage. I can't guarantee that experience, but I can tell you raw chocolate is way better than regular sugar/toasted chocolate. You've got so many more nutrients and way less of a glycemic index.

*Chocolita uses many ingrdients with health benefits such as lotus flowers, pine pollen, goji berries, etc.

Where would you like to see your company go?
I'd really love to get out to as many people as I possibly can. I'd love to make raw chocolate more available to people. It's people's doorway to eating healthier, and healthy eating has such an amazing effect of people's lives. I'd love to be the catalyst for many people's transformations.

My Lifestyle is
Pretty laid back considering I work all the time. I work 7 days a week pretty often and barely notice. When you love what you do, it changes the concept of working.

What are your vices?
I really enjoy a glass of mead or cider from time to time-especially if it's homemade :)

5 things that Heal you
Running or long walks, singing, talking with my mom & dad, storytelling, and writing poetry

Dream vision board, what would your ideal day consist of:
Ideal day? spending time with my friends laughing, performing some sort of play/film (I love performing-Imdb me), eating the most amazing foods in the most amazing atmosphere, helping other people by building homes or clean water facilities for them, all while getting paid

One piece of advice is
Follow your dreams and believe in yourself. You probably hear that a lot, it may be cliche, but it's so true. Life is to short to just do something because it's convenient or try to be someone you are not. Always express your truest "you" regardless of the consequences.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Autumn Necessities 2013

autumn essentials
autumn essentials

Where to begin! This post has been a long time coming but finally compiled. A glorious treats of autumnal necessities. Today is a beautiful overcast day with a heavy chance of rain so I'm already wearing long socks, boots and sipping on some roobois tea.

Kinfolk Vol. 9 | I have had this issue since september but I have been so busy with school I only got the chance to read another wonderful compilation (as always) devoted to the weekend and as usual, beautiful photography!

Chocolita Raw "chocolate" | I love chocolate, but lately I have been trying to find alternatives and craved some raw chocolate, and came across Chocolita's brand. This chocolate is raw, vegan, and uses fairly traded organic cacao. I purchased Lemon and Pine Pollen and Blueberry Lotus. I love this
raw chocolate, Lemon & Pine Pollen is reminiscent of white chocolate, heavenly and buttery. Blueberry lotus is fragrant and you definitely get blueberry flavor without losing a dark chocolate taste. Would I purchase these again? Yes!

Fawn Lily Botanica* - c/o Organic Chai Spice Artisan Soap  I don't even know where to begin, I have long admired this shop for sticking to its methods of organic, ethically widharvested handmade products. The Chai soap is so fragrant! I initially wondered whether I would approve since chai is a distinct scent but this soap nails it perfectly & authentically: extra bonus: its made with sustainable palm oil.  Organic Botanical Delight Facial Steam It may (still) be slightly sunny here but the weather has gotten noticeably drier (and windy) which has been taking its toll on my skin and health (post on that coming soon) so I picked this facial steam to try out, very floral featuring organic chamomile, lavender, rose and other petals facia steams are used to moisturize, and given the ingredients used they can detoxify, stimulate or relax. Personally I have been dealing with a lot of allergies, congestion and dry skin so I am excited to treat my skin and respiratory system to this steam tea! If you have never done a facial steam I highly recommend watching some videos like this one or this one by Shiva to acquaint yourself. Have you ever tried a facial beauty steam?

*All of Fawn Lily Botanica's creations are handmade in small batches from medicinal and organic ingredients derived from plants, and contain no harsh chemicals, additives, fragrances, colorants, preservatives

Wildwood Hot Apple Cider Blend | Another gift from Hannah that are i super excited to try out, I have made apple cider in the past but mostly used ground spices, these are the spices in full featuring the best of autumn: star anise, cinnamon, clove etc. I really need to go get some cider to mull!

La Papierre | Owl & Moon Stationary is so sweet for writing to penpals. The sets are up to you but the envelopes are made with 30% post consumer waste, i was really please with the quality of this seller

Elysium Apothecary Beeswax Candles | I love beeswax candles more than anything, now that its Autumn the weather is dwidling down and I cannot wait to light candles, drink tea and wear wool socks. Please note beeswax candles are available as a made-to-order so just message the shop to purchase some

Colorganics Lip Tint in Earth | Whenever I order a lip tint online I always have two worries. That the color will not be as strong, or that the color will be radically different than what i initially expected. That was not the case with this lip tint, its definitely a tint, but a strong one. I'm kind of obsessed with lip tints/color and this one is filled with moisturizing goodness like hemp seed, castor and beeswax. The color I chose is a deep true brown/red.

John Masters Organics Rose Foaming Face Wash | This is actually a little sample from my friend Hannah, but I have to say I enjoy that it contains no harsh chemicals, its gluten free and contains rose damascus. I will keep using the sample and see if I will purchase the full size as a staple, I am keeping my fingers crossed for the perfect cleanser!

Wigwam® Cypress socks | Sold at Madewell these are cozy grey cotton/nylon blend socks that are made in the US and I can't get enough.