As soon as I verified (and re-confirmed with several ClearBlue tests and a Ob/Gyn appointment) that I was pregnant, I became acutely aware that I needed to make a lifestyle shift. It’s not that I was so “unhealthy” before pregnancy, but I guess I never really paid much attention to the ingredients in the world around me. Suddenly, my favorite cold cuts (potentially) harbored listeria, runny eggs were a no-no, spicy tuna rolls were a mercury hazard, and many soft cheeses were deemed un-safe. My daily five cups of coffee was a real hazard. Everything seemed toxic and slightly scary! Why hadn’t I ever really paid attention to the lurking bacteria before?
Changing my diet also extended to changing my beauty routine. Subscribed to Birchbox, a Sephora Beauty Insider, and a drugstore makeup addict, my options for slathering on lotions and glossing my lips seemed limitless. Yet, my night creme, filled with retinol was now potentially harmful to my unborn child. That hydrocortisone cream I used occasionally for seasonal eczema? Off-limits in high amounts. My favorite high-gloss topcoat for nails? Filled with formaldehyde! Because some topical ingredients get absorbed into the bloodstream, expectant moms needs to be cautious. This is especially true because we are not entirely sure what could affect a fetus. Studies are lacking, methodologies are weak, and pre-emptive testing on momma-and-child is often amoral. So, lots of conclusions are from after-the-fact reported issues. Pretty biased.
Deciding to not even engage in the “is it safe or not” game, I went almost entirely organic, vegan and herbal with my entire regiment! There are plenty of watchdog sites out there that help consumers to make informed decisions like Environmental Working Group (EWG), SafeCosmetics, Good Guide.
P.S. I owe so much of my ability to unique during pregnancy to baths complete with epsom salts, oils and a soy candle. However, stay AWAY from Sweet Basil essential oils. I had an extreme adverse reaction complete with bright red skin, rashes and burning!
No longer just for the brow bone and the crease of your eye, think of an eyeshadow compact as a painter’s palette filled with suggested gradients. Match an eyeshadow to accessories in order to create a favorite room.
Room: The talented Swedish blogger Frida Ramstedt explores pastels and geometric shapes via 79 Ideas/ Eyeshadow: Dior’s ‘Cherie Bow’ 5 Couleurs Eye Palette via Nordstrom. Inspired by The House of Dior’s iconic symbol, the bow, this season’s look exudes femininity, sophistication and sensuality with a playful twist.
Room: A playful and minimal neon kid Jenni Juurinen. / Eyeshadow: Napoleon Perdis Prismatic Eye Shadow Quad #6 for dramatic, chromatic beauty, a mix and mismatched palette of bright shades via Neiman Marcus.
Room: The cool azure green of this damask wallpaper creates a summery look in this living room. A large, comfortable contemporary sofa has a white linen frame, but the seat and back cushions in velvet, accessorized with minty green silk cushions, add a rich feel, from House to Home./ Eyeshadow: NARS Trio Eyeshadow, Cap Ferrat . Named for one of Japan’s most southern clusters of islands characterized by over 150 islands. The area boasts pleasant weather and good fortune. The first eyeshadow trio for the brand is a striking triad of silver, deep cobalt blue and black onyx. Like its namesake area, the three hues are exotic on their own or work together in perfect harmony via Beauty.com.
I have reached the point in the wedding planning process wherein I have begun to think about flowers. What makes a tea rose different from an heirloom rose? What plants are in bloom during the month of my wedding? There are a bevy of questions that, prior to a month ago, I probably would never have though about. Aside from a monthly stop to the bodega for a fresh flower or two, my stance on succulents, peonies, herbs and the like was not so clear. After a very extensive phone-call with my lovely florist, Jenah, from Xylem & Phloem, my passion for petals has been sparked. I love an eclectic, muted bouquet. I adore feeling as if I just stumbled into a Jurassic era fern field. I delight in an English Tea garden. Let’s delve into a floral inspired frenzy.
Eclectic Bouquet for a Blush Pink Outdoor Wedding via Ruffled by Jennifer Frost of Chive Events. Dusty greens of a succulent intermingle with soft pinks, and a spot of mustard yellow and orange.
My florist, Jenah Barry, approaches floral design in a simple, elegant and relaxed manner. Her first word was ‘flower’. As an artist, with an MFA, flowers have always been important in her life. She sources the freshest plants from local purveyors and small-scale gardens. Her creations are so abundant with detail, they are reminiscent of Renaissance still lifes. On such a canvas, blossoms could be considered symbols of the seasons, trade, religion, and of the five senses.