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August 19, 2016


This longing, too large for Heaven and Earth, fits easily in my heart.
— Rumi

I will bring you flowers from the mountains, bluebells, dark hazels, and rustic baskets of kisses. I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees.
— Pablo Neruda

For three weeks the earth would paint herself in every color, burst every bud, unfurl each rioting petal. Then, the wild flush of her excitement spent, she would settle herself down to the steady work of summer.
— Madeline Miller

Be kinder to yourself. And then let your kindness flood the world.
— Pema Chodron

People grow when they are loved. If you want to help others heal, love them without an agenda.
— Anonymous

August 12, 2016


They are rare and few, but the occasional day off is something you simply have to take advantage of. With this said, there are a number of ways you can enjoy those days, whether alone, with friends, or with family. These are a few ways to make the most out of those days you don't have to go into the office for work.

Go Outdoors

Spend a day having a picnic with the family. Plan a hiking trip or mini getaway retreat in the backyard. Go to the beach and grill and make s'mores with the kids. Being outside rejuvenates you, and allows you to really soak up the great weather, namely now that summer has arrived. If you would like some more information on picnic baskets and destinations then take a look at lovepicnics.co.uk.


Have a "You Day"

Do you love getting a manicure and pedicure? Need a massage? Love the spa? Or, are you an avid athlete who loves working out? Make sure you find things you love, and take the time to make that day for you. Not only can you unwind doing a few of these things, you can also take the much needed rest and relaxation away from the stress, grind, and take time for yourself, since you are always putting everyone else ahead of you. 


Travel

Even if it is a short trip up the coast, getaway for a few days (or day). Go to a fun summer destination in your local area. Find places you have always wanted to visit, and take the day to go there. It is not only freeing and liberating, it allows you to get away from the monotonous day in day out grind you have gotten used to as well. 

A day off may be a rare occasion for most. With this said, these are some of the things you can do to make the most of that day (or days) if you can take them.

August 05, 2016

As hot August days heat up mid Michigan, I have narrowed down a small curated collection of skincare products that have been my go-to warm weather picks for the last couple of months.

I ordered the Vanity Planet Spin for Perfect Skin Brush after a couple of different YouTubers talk about how much they liked it in comparison to the ever so expensive Clarisonic. I was also inspired to check it out by a Mode story I wrote on the favorite facial products of estheticians; realizing how much I missed using a rotary brush in my skin care routine. This brush in particular is a great bang for your buck as the $30 price tag gets you four different brush heads and the battery-operated base. I use it about twice a week to smooth out small bumps or rough texture on my skin that look and feel more diminished after just a few passes around the face. I have noticed that pressing too hard will stall the rotation of the brush, but if anything the mechanic is a reminder to be more gentle and light-handed.

During especially hot days when I feel as though my skin is dried out or in need of some quick moisture, I spritz on the Coast to Coast Ultra Soothing Aqua Mist. It contains Tasmanian sea kelp, wild rosella, geranium, and organic lavender water for a soothing, almost breezy, cooling effect. After a generous douse, my face feels instantly hydrated and looks ultra dewy until my skin soaks it all up, leaving behind a soft and toned texture. I imagine this bottle would be perfect for bringing to the beach or anywhere else where bare skin could use a burst of refreshment.

The Mario Badescu Super Collagen Mask has surely become one of my most adored nourishing masks of all time. Made with kaolin clay and oatmeal, the pure ingredients work to tighten the skin while simultaneously calming any irritation or mild bumps. I love how soft and supple my skin looks after rinsing it all off, and its moisturizing properties seem to last for days after.

Another Mario Badescu favorite, the Strawberry Face Scrub is an ultra gentle exfoliant with real scrubby strawberry seeds and a base of renewing AHAs. It works to unclog pores and improve texture without causing harsh irritation or redness on the skin. I currently use it as an alternate exfoliating treatment to the skin brush about once every few weeks.

The Vita Liberata Passionflower and Argan Dry Oil SPF 50 works to repair damaged skin on the face or body and nourish it with essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamin E. The initially slick texture absorbs well into the skin leaving behind a gorgeous radiant glow that protects for a good couple of hours in the blazing sun. It doesn't have the lasting power of traditional cream-based sunscreen; however, it is perfect for someone with a fair complexion, like myself, who will need to reapply often anyhow.

One of my favorite tropical fruits and now summer body products is the Papaya Body Lotion by Mario Badescu. I lather it on a few dollops after the shower to soften my skin with AHAs, shea butter, and rice bran oil. It leaves behind an almost powdery finish with an invigorating scent that lingers into the next day.

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