Style Icon: Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton has been one of my style icons for many years. She is an American model and actress who got her start in the 70’s and has appeared on the cover of Vogue a record 28 times. Her style staples include blazers, silk scarves, white button downs, converse sneakers and signature panama hat. She mastered the art of mixing high and low a long time ago and has perfected effortless cool.

It is not only her clothes that inspire me but the way she carries herself. She is a natural beauty that embraces who she is and glows from the inside out. Her look is always uniquely her and not about trends or what is in style. Everything she wears is versatile and what makes her comfortable, this gives her the confidence to shine.

Lauren Hutton has taught me that the most beautiful thing you can do is be yourself. Embrace your flaws, wear what empowers you and shine your light to the world.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

I have mentioned the importance of routine in my life throughout this blog. Small acts add up and really make a difference in how I feel on a daily basis. My mental and physical health are top priorities which is why no matter how busy I am I never sacrifice moments like my morning meditation and journaling, cooking healthy meals or taking my supplements (to name a few).

I have also mentioned how much I value my beauty routine. Whether it is taking the time to do my hair or use organic products. Today I am discussing another aspect of this routine, dry brushing. In my opinion, this is one of the most inexpensive and effective detoxing tools.

Despite my best efforts there is a ton of toxins in the environment that are difficult to avoid. Dry brushing stimulates the immune system, helps digestion, improves circulation, removes dirt and dead skin cells, helps to unclog pores, aids in the elimination of toxins and tightens the skin by increasing the flow of blood.

To dry brush start at your feet and work your way up by moving the brush in circular and long upward strokes toward your heart, the direction your lymphatic system goes in. The lymph is responsible for regulating the immune system and the removal of wastes from every cell in the body. Of course, it is ok if every motion is not perfect. What matters is the effort, just do your best. I try to do this before every shower but sometimes I don’t have time so I strive for as many days as I can (twice a day is recommended for optimal benefits). Don’t forget to clean your brush with soap and water once a week.

Use an organic body oil post shower (moisturizing is extremely important) and your skin will feel soft and clean. Don’t forget to look for brushes with natural bristles and remember that your skin should feel glowing after brushing, not red and inflamed. Some like the mittens but I like a long handle because it allows me to reach my back. Taking the extra 5-10 minutes before showering to dry brush has been very beneficial for my skin and I hope see a difference too. As with everything it is not an overnight fix so try it for a month and see how you feel.

Jewels of the Week

1. I love changing the wallpaper on my computer and designlovefest has the best options

2. 25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

3. A fun DIY headband tutorial from Fine & Feathered

4. How to make deli flowers look expensive via Into the Gloss

5. I will never ruin another hat in my suitcase after this tutorial

6. Non-dairy ways to make soup creamy

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Review

My second natural beauty review is a company that I have completely fallen in love with, Laurel Whole Plant Organics. They were the perfect fit for my first experience with an all-natural skincare company.

Laurel products are flower and herb based. Each and every product is made with integrity using the highest standard for organic, biodynamic and plants ingredients. There is an an obvious respect for plants and the positive energy of the company shines through from the moment you receive the product. They are handmade with 100% whole plant organic formulas that are raw and unrefined. There is no water, alcohol, fillers, toxins or synthetics of any kind, only beneficial active plants. This is a company that is setting an example and creating the experience that customers deserve. They are the future of beauty.

When I decided to start on this natural beauty adventure I had no idea how I would feel removing the companies I had relied on for so many years. Using Laurel makes me see that I have been missing out on not only giving the highest quality ingredients to my skin but also the experience and joy that comes from supporting a company that is changing the way we look at skincare, one plant at a time.

Laurel and her team completely embody everything the company stands for and the love put into the packaging and every detail is truly remarkable. These are products that are investment in yourself and you will feel proud to use as well as greatly benefit from. Trust me, your skin will thank you.

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Review #jewelsofadreamer

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Review #jewelsofadreamer

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Review #jewelsofadreamer

The eye balm is a blend of 24 beneficial active ingredients that works with all skin types. It is a combination high in vitamins and minerals that goes on smooth and feels gentle while addressing fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. A few of the ingredients are Bilberry, Fennel, Licorice, and Nettle which reduce puffiness, inflammation, fluid retention, and dark circles. The essential oils in the product such as Lavender, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Myrrh, and Helichrysum assist in soothing and brightening the eyes.

My thoughts: From the moment I spun open the top I was in awe of how delicious smelling this eye balm is. It has a silky smooth texture that appears like it might be thick at first glance but accomplishes the difficult task of being rich and light at the same time. For those who have extremely dry eyes you might be able to get away with wearing this balm during the day but I found it better suited for night use (as per their recommendation). A little goes a long way.

I often have dryness underneath my eyes which can make any application of makeup difficult. Within the first night of using this eye balm there was a noticeable difference in the texture of my skin and the circles under my eyes. This is the best eye balm I have ever used and I will continue to use it every night.

Eye Balm Pricing: 10ml $60

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Review #jewelsofadreamer

Laurel Whole Plant Organics Review #jewelsofadreamer

The body oil is a silky blend of 13 beneficial active ingredients that works with all skin types. It is quickly absorbed with anti-aging benefits. Laurel’s Body Oil contains Avocado, Rosehip Seed, and Tamanu for their rich texture, rich vitamin and mineral content, and healing properties. Red Raspberry Seed Oil provides sun protection. The product also contains organic essential oils such as Rose, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Scotch Pine, and Cedarwood that bring the scent of California wherever you are.

My thoughts: This body oil is exactly the product I have been looking for. Previously I would use coconut oil post shower to moisturize and it would leave me feeling greasy and paranoid I would ruin clothing. With fall upon us and a chill in the air it was the perfect time to try out this oil and bring some California love into my life.

Within my first use I felt the benefits. It is nourishing without being oily and left my skin feeling hydrated. It has a calming and grounding scent that is not overpowering and attributes to the experience of using this oil. I have been putting it on post-shower and the benefits last all day. I can’t recommend this moisturizing and grounding body oil enough. I am looking forward to this product taking me through winter.

Body Oil Pricing: 100ml $80

Final thoughts: Using Laurel products is a joy and privilege. Laurel and her team make no sacrifices when it comes to the quality of their products and it shows from the moment you open the package to first application. I was blown away by how quickly I began seeing a difference on my skin. These are products that I will continue to use until there isn’t anymore and then I will purchase more, they are that fantastic. Laurel Whole Plant Organics has completely changed the way I view all-natural skincare. I am now more thankful than ever to be on this journey and learning more about natural beauty products every day. Using Laurel Whole Plant Organics is giving yourself that extra bit of love you deserve.

* PR samples sent for review, all opinions expressed are my own.

Paris Fashion Week S/S 2015

RUNWAY
For the last installment of the fashion week series we are looking to Paris. It is hard to choose a favorite but this city is bursting with inspiration and always contains a few of my top picks. There were themes that stuck out in mind that are complementary to the inspiration from other cities. In case you missed it here is New York, London and Milan.

Long silhouettes: At shows like Stella McCartney and Chanel I was reminded of the beauty behind a variety of proportions. These longer silhouettes are sexy and understated.

White lace: The bohemian girl in me could not get enough of the white lace. Always a top pick in my wardrobe shows like Givenchy and Nina Ricci inspired me to continue my search for the perfect white lace dress.

Texture and details: With everything from cut-outs to sheer paneling and embellishments, Isabel Marant, Valentino, Céline and Balenciaga have me craving clothes with a little something extra to stand out.

Neutral palette: My closet is mostly neutrals with an emphasis on accessories so I immediately swooned over the dresses at Louis Vuitton and Vanessa Bruno as a blank canvas for anyone to express their style personality.

Paris Fashion Week S/S 2015 #jewelsofadreamer

BEAUTY
The beauty inspiration in Paris was all about the details and was surprisingly accessible. I will definitely be trying all of the looks in the near future. Even though the blue cat eye is completely uncharacteristic of me it will be fun to experiment.

Valentino: Dreaming up what accessories I can wrap into my hair.

Shiatzy Chen: This blue cat eye is daring but I love how natural the rest of the look is.

Isabel Marant: Always a top pick, the earth tones are complimentary to most skin tones.

Stella McCartney: It has been a while since I crimped my hair but I love the subtle look of the pieces pulled back with the rest of the hair.

Chloé: This is my favorite every day look, accentuating all the best features.

Lanvin: For days when I can’t think about what to do a simple pulled back bun and bold brows does the trick.

Paris Fashion Week S/S 2015 #jewelsofadreamer

STREET STYLE
I continue the ode to my childhood spent cutting up my favorite street style looks from magazines and taping them into notebooks by compiling a few of my favorite outfits shot during Paris Fashion Week. I especially love the bold blues, fringe jacket and jumper layered over a simple white tank.

Paris Fashion Week S/S 2015 #jewelsofadreamer

Photo Credits: Style.com and HarpersBazaar.com

Must Watch: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Like many people, one of the main reasons I put my diet through a major overhaul was becoming educated about food and the food industry through documentaries I watched and books I read. For most of my life I did not think to correlate how I felt to the food I was putting in my body. It has now been over five years and I can honestly say my life is better every day because of the information I now know.

With the second installment of Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead coming out next month I thought it was a fitting time to talk about a film that helped shift my perspective and brought fresh juice into my life permanently.

I still remember the first time I watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. I was in complete awe and have been recommending it ever since. Joe Cross takes you on an adventure of healing and human connection through what he calls a reboot. Sixty days of exclusively juicing as he travels the world introducing others to the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetable juice. This idea is very extreme but it shows us the power of plant based foods and that juice can benefit any individual who adds it to their diet.

If you haven’t seen this documentary I highly recommend watching it on Netflix.
If you have seen it, what did you think?

Jewels of the Week

Top Row:

1. 10 quotable biz ladies to keep you motivated from Design Sponge

2. Love Nicolette Mason’s collection with ModCloth for girls of all sizes. “Fashion should be for everyone”, I couldn’t agree more

3. After speaking with a close family friend about the benefits of essential oils, I am officially obsessed!

Bottom Row:

1. Can’t wait to try this raw apple pie filling from Eating Bird Food

2. The Sup Luv is a gifting service that deals with nutrition, health and clean living. Sign me up!

3. I will always love my white sneakers via Honestly WTF

Current Favorite Cards

If you know me or follow me on Instagram then you probably have seen that I am a huge fan of handwritten cards. There is something so special (and more important than ever) in the act of picking out a card for someone special in your life, taking the time to write to them and sending the envelope on its way. I am always finding new cards that I love and today I am sharing a few of my current favorites. There doesn’t have to be a special occasion to send a card, a simple “thinking about you” does the trick. It is just as fulfilling to send love as it is to receive.

Top Row:
1. Stationery Bakery
2. IdleWild Co.
3. Parrott Design Studio
4. Rifle Paper Co.

Bottom Row:
1. Wit and Whistle
2. Rifle Paper Co.
3. Hello!Lucky
4. Sycamore Street Press

Milan Fashion Week S/S 2015

RUNWAY
Next up is Milan Fashion Week and it did not disappoint. A lot of the shows were heavily influenced by the 70’s, my absolute favorite decade for style. I started to immediately daydream of where I would wear the outfits before the show was even over. The top influences you will see on my blog and in my closet are:

Prints: I tend to be draw to pieces with a bohemian feel and then add a touch of my personality. The pieces from Etro, Emilio Pucci, Luisa Beccaria and Missoni completely stand out on their own.

Cut-outs: My style is not overly sexy but I love the idea of incorporating styles with cut-outs to show a bit of skin in a classy way. This dress from Sea was one of my favorite pieces that has infinite amount of ways to style and the jumpsuit by A.L.C. would be the perfect addition to any closet.

Playing with proportions: The asymmetrical styles shown my Marni and Anthony Vaccarello are sexy without being over-the-top. I would tone down the outfit with loafers and let the style shine.

Casual and sexy: I am a huge fan of being comfortable. The styles by Bally, Bottega Veneta and Costume National are the perfect mix of style, self-expression and wearability.

Milan Fashion Week S/S 2015 #jewelsofadreamer

BEAUTY
The beauty inspiration from Milan was abundant and except for the turban at Missoni (going to save that for next season) I will be trying all of these beauty looks immediately.

Bottega Veneta: The undone bun with floral comb.

Missoni: Turban and pop of red lip.

Gucci: A sleek ponytail parted down the middle.

Giorgio Armani: Bronze eye make-up.

Emilio Pucci: Loose, rolling waves.

Versace: Glowing pink cheeks.

Milan Fashion Week S/S 2015 #jewelsofadreamer

STREET STYLE
I continue the ode to my childhood spent cutting up my favorite street style looks from magazines and taping them into notebooks by compiling a few of my favorite outfits shot during Milan Fashion Week. I especially love the gorgeous a-line skirts paired with casual tops and monochromatic outfits with stand-out accessories.

Milan Fashion Week S/S 2015 #jewelsofadreamer

Photo Credits: Style.com and HarpersBazaar.com

Plantains

Today I am sharing one of my favorite side dishes, plantains. I grew up eating them in Miami but I was surprised when I met my fiancé that he had never tried them. Now he is a huge fan and we enjoy them regularly. Plantains have fiber, potassium, vitamin a, vitamin c as well as calcium, iron and magnesium. I love to top them on quinoa and black beans, with steamed greens or with a side of guacamole.

When raw they have a bitter taste but cooking brings out their sweetness and is a fun change from potatoes or rice. The plantain I used here was ripe but you can also use green plantains which are just as good but less sweet. They can be tough to peel so I like to cut down the middle (vertically) and peel the plantain open with my hands. Then slice and cook in coconut oil on medium heat. The first side should take about 5 minutes to brown and then flip over and brown the other side. Toss with salt and pepper and they are ready to be served.

Plantains #jewelsofadreamer

Plantains #jewelsofadreamer

Plantains #jewelsofadreamer

Plantains #jewelsofadreamer

Plantains #jewelsofadreamer

Plantains #jewelsofadreamer