04 March 2015

Truself Organics Detoxifying Mask

Today I'm taking you with me on a 10 minute trip to the spa with Truself Organics Detoxifying Mask!
When it comes to skin care there is truly nothing more important than treating your skin as well as you do you the rest of your body: we exercise to increase blood flow, rev our metabolisms, and keep weight down. We eat healthy, chia seeds to lower cholesterol, leafy greens to pump out bodies with energy producing fiber and nutrition, and hydrate to keep our muscles and organs working at their best. We do this all to stay fit and to feel more fabulous, and of course to defy age as much as possible. And then there is our face: the ultimate time calculator or the mirror for everything that is going on inside of us.
So when it comes to skin care we need to take that same Organic-Only, Whole Foods, Plant Based approach to keep our skin looking as youthful as our insides. 

That is why I love Truself Organics, the brand that promotes lovingly treating your skin from within, knowing that what "goes onto your body, goes into your body." Truself Organic's line of purely organic and effective artisan products work with your skin to treat, heal, and regenerate your skin. And it is there incredible Detoxifying Facial Mask that is changing the way I treat my face. It is like a juice cleanse for my skin that I can do in just 10 minutes, and emerge with tighter brighter and glowing skin. 

The mask contains no parabens, synthetic fragrances or artificial dyes but instead includes a blend of organic clays that work to naturally detoxify the skin by drawing out impurities and blemish causing bacteria. After this quick at home treatment, you'll see skin with deeply cleansed and shrunken pores, a more even skin tone and a reduction in fine lines and scars. Try doing the mask 2 times a week for a month followed by a hydrating water based serum and moisturizer for amazing results. Get your glow back just in time for Spring, learn to #loveyourself and love the skin you have.

Happy Masking and thank you to Truself Organics for introducing me to the Loveyourself Lifestyle!

Purchase your Truself Organics Detoxifying Mask HERE

Photos by Alissa Dragun of South Moon Photography

27 February 2015

Freezing for Fashion

"Freezing" Cape, Grey Skinny Jeans, & Faux Fur Hat, ZARA // Camel Turtleneck, Club Monaco // Suede Ankle Boots, Joie via Piperlime // Purse, Gucci // Gloves, Sermoneta 

Now that you're fully prepared to travel anywhere these last weeks of winter (thanks to my last Packing Prescription post) I'm taking you on a journey to Salt Lake City where I had the pleasure of modeling for uber talented Utah Photographer Jessa Kae's inaugural photography workshop. It was a wonderful weekend filled with amazing sites, excellent food, and the first snowfall of the season! And as you can see that meant it was truly FREEZING!! No matter how cold the weather, and it has been seriously cold this winter, a two tone camel and grey outfit always looks effortlessly chic and luxurious. This combination is uniquely suited to icy winter light, making your skin look as if it still has the summer glow... however my luscious makeup and silky hair here is no act of nature, and is the work of the ultra amazing makeup artist Vivian Johnson (who has THE best makeup blog check it out here) & the sweet spunky hair guru Emma Ribeira whose gorgeous work you can find here .

And of course these beautiful pictures were taken by the lovely lovely Raquel Acevedo, a "student" in the workshop but a complete master of her craft with an amazing artistic eye. See her beautiful growing  portfolio on her site here.

Many thanks to Jessa Kae for including me in this special weekend, and to all the beautifully talented women I had the pleasure of getting to know.

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20 February 2015

Packing Prescription: 7 Travel-Sized Treasures & Tips

If you're ANYWHERE on the East Coast these past weeks you're most likely spending most of your waking hours dreaming of warmer temperatures and scouring the internet for escape routes to anyplace not blustering with freezing winds or blanketed by record snows. Even here in Florida, where I woke up to a windy 30 degree sunrise, we are in the middle of 48hrs of the coldest temperatures the state has felt in over 5 yrs.

It's time for some thawing out travel for us all, and since I've been traveling almost non stop for 2 months I'm sharing my 7 best winter travel tips & tricks, skin saviors, and favorite travel-sized treasures with you today. Now you should have the perfect packing prescription to get you to that place in the sun, STAT!

Getting Organized: Packing in Pouches 
A wise family member recently suggested I organize my purse in "pouches" or in a series of small bags to avoid the endless archeological dig for that lipstick or car key. This move has truly changed my life, or at least my days. Bagging in groups such as makeup, electronics and keys, jewelry, and hair accessories allows me to switch my handbags in a flash in the morning without going through the hassle of dumping, sorting, and ultimately forgetting something. When transitioning to this way of organizing, it's even helpful to use slider lock ziplock bags. This way you can get used to where everything lives before switching to stronger more durable pouches.

Layer Your Looks
I use this same packing-in-packs approach when packing my suitcase. I like to travel with outfit choices  and options for any mood or weather change, so I am prone to massively over packing. By packing in pouches, I can build an outfit place it in a large ziplock and include a small ziplock of the accessories I plan to pair with it. If I find myself short on zip-locks, I will pack in layers, layering each outfit complete with belt, scarf, or other accessories, and layer other outfits on top, so that when I arrive I can unpack allowing outfits to hang or remain together for easy effortless dressing while away. This has really cut down on my luggage weight, as it also helps me to choose jewelry, shoes, sunglasses, and purses that work with multiple outfits.

Healthy Selfie Styled Hair
When away from home or headed to some place other than a familiar city, I am doing my own hair. I love my blowouts (it's my big indulgence) and since I have a lot of hair doing my own is a process that needs allotted time. I hate having to spend a ton of time in the bathroom when traveling as it cuts down on time exploring and enjoying my trip so I have heavily researched and tried out a zillion products that will cut down on primping time. As I have mentioned before I love love love the Oribe lines and their perfect travel sized version of all my favorite products. When out of the shower, take a dime size squirt of their Gold Lust serum and apply to ends to hydrate dryness and seal, protecting your hair against heat and hard water that might be following where you are. Try out their Grandiose Plumping Mousse for instant soft volume. It also speeds up drying time when you take the blow dryer to it. If you are in a humid be achy spot you can also take a small handful to dry hair later in the day to instantly add subtle waves and volume in a flash. When hair is dry, spray it with plenty of Oribe's Dry Texturizing Spray. It will give you fast volume and life and act as a soft hold hair spray all in one spritz.

Skin Saviors & In Transit Treatments
Hydration Hydration Hydration has to be the most important element to maintain when it comes to your skin while traveling. Altitude, change in climate, recirculated and dry air, and lack of sleep due to jet lag or time changes all can reek serious havoc on our skin. And there is nothing worse than arriving in paradise only to wake up to the smell of a beachy breeze, and the sight of a blooming breakout. Obviously drinking lots of water from the morning of travel day onward throughout your trip is key (I like to start increasing my water intake the night prior in fact) but you'll want to take some topical skin steps to up the ante.

I have almost every product from Amore Pacific's Moisture Bound line and think they are the most effective brand out there when it comes to total immediate skin hydration and health. But my favorite travel product of theirs is not only stunningly effective but shockingly affordable. At $35 their Skin Energy Mist is like spritzing stolen water from the fountain of youth on your face. I use it when traveling in place of a toner, immediately after cleansing, and carry it with me all day using it as needed when my skin starts to feel a bit dry. Like sunblock, we all tend to forget that reapplication throughout the day is key to protecting our skin. This hydrating mist is wonderful because with one to two spritz your entire face is instantly rejuvenated, glowing, and happy. It is also can be amply sprayed over makeup.

When flying, I rely on Kate Somerville's DermaQuench Liquid Lift foaming spray. It is extremely powerful at fighting off free radicals and sealing the skin with water and anti aging properties for hours upon hours. Before takeoff and 30 minutes before landing I will use this miracle (and now cult) product as well as before bed while away to fight fine lines and dryness. When on a long flight, or the morning after a vacation night of one too many wines, the worst is waking up with puffiness and eye bags. I should literally buy stock in Klorane for the amount of soothing eye contour patches I purchase each month. Place them on before you fall asleep on board a long flight and awake looking refreshed and wide eyed or stick them on in the morning after cleansing and moisturizing for 20 minutes, chug that water, and any signs of the night before are literally erased. If I've had a long day or not a lot of sleep, I will even put them on while getting ready to go out. Even 15 min does wonders, and they act as amazing under eye pads while you do your eye makeup and lashes. Just peel off before applying primer, foundation, and concealer.

No Makeup Makeup
When it comes to travel days I dread the look of caking and dry makeup, that I know while result in clogging my pores, but opting for no makeup is not an option you want to choose once you pass 21. Sorry ladies. But with the birth of BB and CC creams, tinted moisturizers, and serum infused non cosmogenic foundations (non clogging) achieving a no makeup makeup look is quick and simple and stunning kind to your skin. I love using my Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream duo for face and eyes. This duo provides broad spectrum protection with an SPF 35 for face and 15 for under the eyes. It has a shocking light and silky feel, with a full coverage appeal and working to brighten skin with daily use. To prime my skin for this light layer of good-for-the-face makeup, and then to set the makeup and pop my eyes, I rely on my increasingly favorite brand, Too Faced for some serious essentials. Their Hangover Rx Primer is infused with coconut water and probiotics that instantly nourish and brighten the skin, while evening out dry spots and fine lines. I wear it every day without fail. To set my foundation or BB cream, Too Faced Primed and Poreless Powder is pure magic: stops shine and erases pores for a flawless and cakeless look. I finish my look with the best mascara of all time, their Better Than Sex black mascara. The barebones basic essentials for a happy in flight and after flight face.

Goodbye to Gut-Wrenching Woes
Oh the places you'll go, the things you'll eat, and the price you will pay! I have a very sensitive stomach and have spent years at odds with my gut's distaste for travel and change. That is until I really concentrated on researching and taking care of my stomach when away from my own fridge. Waking up each morning to a glass of hot water and lemon is the perfect way to easily realign and re-alkaline your system, but when it comes to meal time, most of use need help to tackle exotic foods and unfamiliar tastes, ingredients, or food combinations. 10-15 minutes before every meal I take a Garden of Life Raw Enzymes for Women digestive enzyme capsule. This are raw, vegan, overtime enzymes that include potent probiotics to easy any discomfort or irregularity and cut down massively on gas and bloating from long flights and time change. They are gentle enough to work with your body and also contain added vitamins and minerals that will help aid in fighting sluggishness and in increasing your energy. Taking digestive enzymes and probiotics will also help your skin, and fight any facial blemishes that can pop up while on a vacation diet...

The Power of SMELLggestion
Travel size spritz bottles and roller balls of my favorite scents are essential items in my carry on liquid case. A quick spray or roll of a familiar aroma can change your mood instantly, allowing you to relax if you are a nervous flyer, or simply setting a better tone while in a crammed airport, customs line, or when arriving in a new unfamiliar place. I love every scent by Jo Malone and Tocca and find they aren't too overpowering to spray little at your seat or in your hotel room.

What are your tried and true travel tips? I'd love to know- leave me a comment bellow or on Instagram!
Safe travels, stay warm, and thanks for reading.

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12 February 2015

Pink Lady Leather & Lace Valentine

Blush Blouse, DVF // Pink Faux-Fur Vest, similar & similar // Vegan Leather Pants, American Eagle Outfitters // Boots, Vince Camuto // Lace Bralette, La Perla // Faux Fur Clutch, ASOS, similar // Pearls, BaubleBar

Wondering how on earth to look sexy despite all the snow and severe cold this Valentines Day? Whether you are turning into an icicle at Fashion Week in NYC, or feeling the whipping wind chill down south, the entire Nation is looking ahead to a frigid February 14th. But fear not! Layering on the clothes does not mean you need to end up looking like a snowman. This Valentines date night try mixing textures: pairing leather and lace with winter fabrics will add intrigue and dimension to your look. If you play within a color family (like I have with pink) you can maintain a very feminine look while still staying warm! If it's icy cold out you may want to work with warm tones as well to combat the cool winter light, allowing your winter skin to appear healthier and more hydrated. 

Don't let the Polar Vortex Valentines Day stop you from looking your fabulous February 14th best!

Photos by Bekka Palmer

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06 February 2015

Red Velvet Valentines

Red Velvet Blazer, Joseph London // Crystal Rolling Stones Lips Tank, vintage from "40 Licks" Tour // Vegan Leather Pants, American Eagle Outfitters // Laced Up Over the Knee Boots, Peace Love Shea for Steve Madden // Metallic Red Lips Clutch, Urban Outfitters // Bracelets, Hermes & Cavalli // Lips, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl-Siren Red & Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Candy Apple Red

Today's city-chic look is all about the pop from lip smacking red velvet. A retro red velvet blazer, a shinny lip clutch, and bold luscious red lips all highlight a killer-cool leather and laced-up Valentines Day date night ensemble. Whether you are attending a concert with friends, headed to the best new restaurant in town with your special someone, meeting for drinks or a party on the 14th this outfit allows you to celebrate the holiday with girlish glee, while appearing infinitely cool and irreverent about the much commercialized holiday.

Searching for that perfect red piece but reticent about choosing the "right red"? Check out my post on how to find the best red for you here !

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Photos by Bekka Palmer

19 January 2015

Winter Warmers: Winter Whites

Shaker Knit Sweater Dress, Joe Fresh *on sale // PomPom Hat, Joe Fresh *on sale // Wool Cigarette Pants, Sisley // Fox Fur Boots, Gorsuch // Bag, Celine // 360 Pearl Stud Earrings & Rose Gold Ring, BaubleBar // Makeup c/o Hourglass *must try their Ambient Lighting Blush Palette which I am wearing here

Happy Holiday Monday loves! I hope you are all enjoying a day off in celebration of Martin Luther Kind Day. I've been spending this long cold winter weekend in NYC, doing some shopping, museum hopping, and basically bopping around the city in my Aspen apres-ski wear! Yes, it has been and felt that cold here, and when it gets this damp and bone-chilling I make no apologies when it comes to my total ski-bunny-style. This month I have been living in Joe Fresh's wonderful and affordable knits (I have this sweater dress in all 3 colors) and mixing their great sweaters, hats, and scarves with many of my furry winter classics. These Gorsuch boots were a fabulous Christmas present from my husband, and I've nicknamed them thing one and thing two... and yes they drive the corgis crazy!

So how do you stay stylish when the temps plummet and the snow piles up?
Drop me a comment bellow or @thesuppermodel on Instagram !


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