I take my skincare pretty seriously, so when I find something which I like, or that works for my super-sensitive complexion, I really like to share it with you! As of late, I have been supplementing my regular routine with products made by California Naturel, a Sausalito-based company “created from the love of the sun, the sea and all the beauty we find in our natural environment”. Being that today is Earth Day, I find this message extremely fitting. ♥
I am always reluctant to try a new product – because, Hello! Breakouts! – but I am happy to report that after using the Gentle Cleansing Gel, Balancing Complex, and Nourishing Cream, my skin looks even better now than it did before! Equally as nice, however, is that every time I wash my face, I feel as if I am in a spa – in my very own bathroom. The products have a silky feel to them without being greasy, and super pretty, fresh floral scents. Of all three, my favorite is the Balancing Complex, which has a very light texture, making it perfect for the Summer months. The line also just launched a Sunscreen that I am especially excited to try once it gets warm enough to slip into a teeny-bikini (Although I believe in wearing sunscreen year-round – It’s really important to protect yourself from those rays!).
If you are looking for a natural, organic, skincare line, I highly recommend checking California Naturel out. Their website also has a very unique “Ingredients” list that will not only tell what is in the products, but why those components are good for you too (LOVE! I geek out over that kind of thing!). Cool, no? In the very least, a visit to the site will lead you to some beautiful pictures of the Left Coast, and that’s never a bad thing!
Take care of yourselves, and our planet today, my Loves!
PS – As always, I am only sharing these products with you because I think that they’re awesome, and I hope you do too!
Yesterday was a busy day, full of treats…bubbly drinks, carbs galore, and chocolate, naturally. I loved every second of it, but want something cleaner – not to mention easier to prepare – today, and this berry gazpacho fits the bill. It may be a cold soup, but it definitely has a warm, spicy, kick! It is also a really versatile dish that would be great served for lunch with a simple salad, as a first course for dinner, or even as a unique dessert.
We are just starting to get ripe, sweet, berries in our grocery stores, and even though they certainly taste better than they did a couple of months ago, they’re still not exactly Summertime, pop-in-your-mouth delicious, so this is a great way to utilize them, too. If you’re not a fan of spice, I recommend in the very least adding a small shallot or green onion to the blend to give it a bite and keep it from veering too far into smoothie territory – although it would still be delicious!
One of the things that my Mom and I share in common is a deep love of all things food-related. Cooking and eating are first and foremost, but we also love shopping for it. This past week, I think we have hit every specialty market in our area including an orchard that stocks fresh produce and plants (We bought the hyacinth there that is now perfuming everything we put near it!), the Amish stores for fun Easter candy like the neon sour jelly beans below, and a Polish market where they cure meats in-house, bake homemade Babka, and serve up the best pierogi around – all of the traditional foods that I grew up with. That stop is always my favorite this time of year because I have so many fond memories of shopping there with my Grandma & Grandpa. It’s a teeny-tiny space that in some ways feels like an extension of our home.
As my Mom and I were driving back yesterday, we were talking about little rituals that make every day special; going out for coffee on the weekend, hitting up a Farmers’ Market (obviously), setting the table for dinner at night – the little things in general. I have been savoring a lot of those things this week and feeling really thankful for everything I have. Today, I am looking forward to a long walk with Sneaky (He’s sporting his Easter bow-tie!) a delicious meal (Thank goodness for flowy dresses and stretchy pants!), and more time spent with family and friends.
Thank You so much for reading, and supporting me, and if you are celebrating, have a very Happy Easter!!!
I know that some people have strong opinions of etsy and the products sold there (Regretsy, anyone?) and while I will admit I have come across a few listings that are…questionable…for the most part, I really love the site. For me, it’s a place to source vintage goods like the Lustreware below, find unique gifts for my friends and family, and sometimes just neat little trinkets – or fun/inspirational tees like the one above – for moi. I bought the tea bags shown in this post via etsy, and they make me smile all of the time!
I also think it’s super-duper awesome to support small businesses in any way that I can. In the event that you’re up for a little retail therapy this weekend, I have listed a few of my recent favorite purchases here. The best part is that with the exception of the shirt, all of them are $10-ish (!), or under – so basically, you won’t be able to say ‘No’! Happy shopping, and happy weekend!
This is a really pretty scent for a Summer evening. Between the slightly sweet/sexy floral aroma and the sparkle factor, it’s very date-night worthy!