28 July 2018

My Favorite Natural Beauty Line

One of my biggest insecurities has always been looking young for my age. I know this is laughable to most adults, but growing up, looking significantly younger than my age wasn’t exactly a badge of honor. It’s often forced me to have to work a lot harder to be taken seriously. But as I near thirty, I'm beginning to take pride in my baby face. Now, when I get carded for a glass of wine or asked what grade I'm in, (yes, seriously!) it finally feels like a compliment!

I would like to think that I can at least partially attribute this ongoing misconception to my skincare regimen. Many years ago, I remember my grandma teaching me that to avoid looking wrinkly, you need to wash your face every night and apply moisturizer to your face and neck. So since I was in junior high, I've religiously cleansed and moisturized.

Over the past few years, I've become passionate about replacing my most-used products with natural alternatives. Since I get asked about this all the time, I wanted to share my absolute favorite natural skincare and cosmetics line, 100% Pure. I first encountered this brand when I bought a bottle of their heavenly-smelling coconut body cream from a small shop in Kauai about a decade ago. I was instantly obsessed! The whole line is totally natural, cruelty-free, and often organic, vegan/vegetarian, and gluten-free.

Since then, I’ve gradually transitioned to buying 100% Pure almost exclusively. The packaging may not be as stylish as designer brands, but using these products has totally transformed my skin and increased my confidence. Here are the products I use every single day that I would 100% recommend to you:

15 July 2018

8 Things To Do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a city that's become very dear to us in a very short amount of time. Based on my extensive trip planning research and our five days spent exploring the city, I put together this little list of recommendations. Although I could easily have written a much longer list, it wouldn't have been realistic for a shorter trip. In just a few days, you should be able to to check all these activities off your list and feel like you got the full Edinburgh experience...

02 July 2018

Prestonfield House Edinburgh

Just ten minutes away from Edinburgh's bustling city center, you’ll find the ultimate country estate escape at Prestonfield House. Built in 1687 as the grand Baroque home of Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, today you’ll find the place transformed into a boutique hotel boasting dramatic style. We had the pleasure of staying there for three nights during our trip to Scotland last month and I’m already dreaming of going back.

27 June 2018

The One Where I Ramble About How I’m Blogging Again

So… two years later. It’s been long enough that I figured I needed to write a transition post before jumping back into regular programming. I never intended to stop blogging, but somewhere between trying to build my career, balancing that with other freelance jobs, family and social responsibilities, and living life, it simply became the thing that fell by the wayside.  One month became two months, which became six months, and so on, until by the time I realized so much time had passed, I felt like coming back to write a random post would just be awkward. 

For the first time in over a decade, I wasn’t actively blogging about anything, and I have to admit that at first, it felt freeing. I’m one of those people who tends to overcommit, overbook, and overfill my life with commitments to the point where even activities that I enjoy feel like a chore. Simply slipping away from this blog and having one less obligation demanding my time felt like the easy and obvious choice. 

Fast-forward two plus years and so much has changed. Last fall, I made the difficult decision to walk away from Erlūm, the knitwear line I’d co-founded and poured my heart and soul into for four years. As I processed that transition, this old blog starting popping into my mind again. I missed it. And suddenly, I had room in my life again. But month after month, I pushed the thought away as I focused on my day job and made plans for the future.