11.20.2014

All Natural Skin Care: Soul Sunday

Soul Sunday is a hand blended, all natural small batch skin care line made in Somerset, MA by Shea + Kara.


One fateful day, a few months ago, I got an email from Shea (soul sunday's co-creator) asking if I would like to try any of their products for consideration at anomie. Um.... YES! Their products sounded wonderful, their packaging was clean and beautiful, and I'm a sucker for facial mists. Done, done, and done. 

After receiving a selection of products I tested away and fell in love with, spoiler alert, all of them. The facial mist was refreshing and did not leave my skin feeling tight, the coffee scrub woke up my senses and left my skin nice and smooth, the ricewater cleanser gently cleared my skin... it was all good. I poured over their product line and picked out 10 different items to stock (there's much more I want to carry, still!) and further explore:

Ricewater Facial Cleanser -- As I said, I really enjoy this gentle cleanser. It's silky feel is an interesting texture I had never experienced in a facial cleanser before!
  • // Ricewater - cleanses gently, improving skin's tone and texture while tightening pores
  • // Aloe - soothes and moisturizes sensitive skin
  • // Jojoba Oil - very similar to skin's natural sebum, balances skin's natural oil production
  • // French Lavender Essential Oil - anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties that help cleanse and prevent acne -- calms and heals sensitive skin

Gentle Toner // Facial Mist -- A gentle, alcohol-free toner to reduce inflammation and balance troubled, sensitive skin. Sold me at witch hazel. I use this nightly and whenever I want to feel refreshed and smell something nice.
  • // Clary Sage Essential Oil - reduces inflammation in skin by calming rashes and redness caused by acne
    • helps create a natural balance in skin by regulating both oil production and dryness.
  • // Witch Hazel - a natural and mild astringent that has been used for years to treat skin inflammation and acne
    • tightens pores and locks in moisture.
  • // Geranium Essential Oil - promotes healthy skin cells, helps fade scars and spots cause by acne, and is beneficial to skin prone to eczema and dermatitis (added bonus: smells lovely!)

Cool Down // Sugar Scrub -- A super refreshing peppermint scrub that exfoliates and moisturizes. Made with raw organic sugar and organic coconut oil.
  • // Peppermint Essential Oil - cooling and stimulating, peppermint is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and soothes sore muscles and feet
  • // Sweet Almond Oil - rich in vitamins A, B and E, which nourish skin for a healthy glow
    • Also helps reduce skin inflammation and irritation -- especially good for dry, sensitive, and eczema-prone skin
  • // Organic Raw Sugar - gently exfoliates and safely dissolves down the drain
  • // Organic Coconut Oil - improves skin's texture and provides deep and long-lasting moisture

Florence // Coffee Scrub -- A personal favorite. Perhaps due to my attempts at cutting my coffee intake. I really enjoy the coffee scent while using this for gentle, yet effective exfoliation. Organic coconut oil and sweet almond oil nourish and moisturize the freshly sloughed skin.
  • // Vanilla Essential Oil - warm & comforting
  • // Sweet Almond Oil - rich in vitamins A, B and E, which nourish skin for a healthy glow
    • Also helps reduce skin inflammation and irritation -- especially good for dry, sensitive, and eczema-prone skin
  • // Organic Coffee Grounds - caffeine is known to help fine lines & cellulite

Multi-Task Oil (coming this week!) -- I have yet to slather myself in this nutrient-rich oil, but I love a good body oil and was immediately drawn to the ingredients/scent. Rose and Vanilla essential oils? That has to smell *heavenly*.
  • // Rose Essential Oil - A fragrance that embodies love and helps to minimize wrinkles, fading scars, and stretch marks
  • // Vanilla Essential Oil - Subtle and warming, vanilla relaxes and calms the senses
  • // Sweet Almond Oil - rich in vitamins A, B and E, which nourish skin for a healthy glow
    • Also helps reduce skin inflammation and irritation -- especially good for dry, sensitive, and eczema-prone skin
  • // Avocado Oil - penetrates into deep skin tissue to nourish, enrich, and revitalize the skin.
    • Rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, D, and E; as well as amino acids
  • // Coconut Oil - hydrates and softens skin while providing long lasting moisture

Tokai // Aloe Mist -- A refreshing aloe mist to balance and sooth skin after cleansing and exposure to the sun and elements. Thankfully I haven't been sunburnt lately, but I imagine I would be reaching for this immediately if I was.
  • // South African Lavender Essential Oil - a fresh, sweet version of lavender that naturally aids in the soothing of irritated and sunburned skin and helps heal wounds and fade scars
  • // Aloe - adds light moisture and soothes skin

Bougie // Facial Oil -- A simple, yet fancy facial oil featuring the princess of flora: organic rosehips. Blended with rose, evening primrose, and neroli blossom for a facial oil rich in nutrients and fatty acids that fight skin aging, encourage cell turnover, and fade scars. I've been very keen on facial oils around my eyes (I'm desperately trying to quell my growing crow's feet) and think this one will be my new staple after I use up my argan oil.

Positive Seeds Lip Balm in Minty, Rose Vanilla, and Green Tea -- Very moisturizing due to their base of organic coconut oil and shea butter... each lightly scented with essential oils. Biodegradable packaging, to boot!

The Pits // Natural Deodorant -- An all-natural deodorant cream fragranced with french lavender and geranium (it smells REALLY good). Aluminum-free, hell yeah. I am really trying hard to cut down my aluminum intake by using natural deodorants and was fully intrigued by this scented cream! Quick and easy to rub on after a shower or washing ya pits for the day! Mine feel freakishly soft at the moment.
  • // Organic Coconut Oil - nourishes while being naturally anti bacterial and antifungal
  • // Shea Butter - soothes and softens delicate skin (think Dove commercials, where they are always talking about how mean we are to our armpits)
  • // Arrowroot Powder - a natural deodorizer
  • // French Lavender Essential Oil - a natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. 
    • helps skin inflammation and healing, so it is perfect for sensitive underarms suffering from razor burn
  • // Geranium Essential Oil - known to help prevent body odor and a coveted floral oil for skincare (helps heal wounds, promotes cell regrowth, and fades scars and spots)
you down to jump on the soul sunday train with me? all aboard...!

10.24.2014

What I Wore: 10.23.14

I needed to get a quick product shot of the new Etched Moon Necklace by Kate Miss Jewelry for anomie, and because I happened to be wearing mine that day...  it turned into a two-for: product shot and outfit shot!

As you can tell, I'm all about the baggy, saggy ass jeans.




jeans: topshop
boots: steve madden nextstar booties
necklace: anomie
knuckle rings: anomie
cuff ring: anomie
pip ring: anomie
sunglasses: ray ban

10.16.2014

Coupon Code: 25% off Shopbop (Last Day!)

Shopbop's Friends and Family sale is over today... better get those big buys in while you still can!

 Use code FAMILY25 for 25% off.

I want this and this and then some other things I shouldn't be looking at. $$$$!!!

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10.10.2014

So... I Rented a Céline Bag (Plus, 15% off Bag Borrow or Steal Coupon Code!)

If you saw my triumphant return to YouTube this week, there was no avoiding my blabbering on Bag Borrow or Steal. Sparked by my friend Carlye's article on Racked, I opted to throw money out the window on a Céline Trapeze rental.... and the rest was history.


I love the service and think it's great for someone who knows he/she can't afford to commit to one bag he/she might get sick of in a few months (AKA me) or someone who simply will never be able to afford a Celine bag (also me). When I think about my insane San Francisco rent, I just can't rationalize saving up all that it takes to own a bag that I can't guarantee I'm going to shit my pants over in 4 months.

And, thankfully, once I read their FAQ (because who bothers to read that before you make a potentially dangerous purchase, right?!) I learned the insurance cost is included in the rental and you are actually in the clear if the bag gets a little fucked up... you just can't make a habit of ruining bags or else they cut you off. Exhale. That eases a lot of my anxiety :)

Bonus: In honor of National Handbag Day (lol) 15% off a buy or borrow with promo code 15NHD2014!

http://www.bagborroworsteal.com/invite/FL4J3B7864K9

I'M RICH BITCH. BLOOP!



Would you rent a bag or do you think it's a big waste of moolah?

9.29.2014

Odette New York at anomie

When I started anomie, one of my goals was to become a beautiful, successful enough store that I could reach the honor of carrying Odette New York (which has been one of my longtime favorite jewelry brands -- re: this 2011 post). Something about the special texture of the jewelry (due to being carved out of wax and then cast in metal) combined with the beautiful designs just hits home and *wows* me. I'm basically obsessed (#fangirl) and when I went to their showroom in NYC during market week to see pieces from new and past collections in the flesh, I really had to contain myself. The phrase kid in a candy store has never been so applicable in my life... handling, trying on, and just being surrounded by Odette NY was heaven for me. There are so many gorgeous pieces in the works and narrowing down to the ones I will be ordering next is painful. Really painful. Choosing a favorite child painful. If I had the budget to get it, it would ALL be at anomie.

My friend Haley, the resident dime piece/stone cold fox model for anomie, had a creative day with me at HQ yesterday and we shot a bunch of pieces from the store -- from the HDH x anomie Edie top to gamma folk necklaces. But! Some of my favorite shots were the ones we took of anomie's current Odette NY offerings:

http://www.shopanomie.com/collections/odette-new-york/products/tier-cuff
[ the tier cuff - made from recycled brass]

http://www.shopanomie.com/collections/odette-new-york/products/crescent-cuff
[ the crescent cuff - available in recycled brass or recycled white brass (pictured) ]

http://www.shopanomie.com/collections/odette-new-york/products/crescent-cuff
 [ the arc cage cuff - available in recycled brass or recycled white brass (pictured) ]

http://www.shopanomie.com/collections/odette-new-york/products/klaia-cage-cuff
[ the klaia cage cuff - recycled brass ]

http://www.shopanomie.com/collections/odette-new-york/products/rib-ring
[ the rib ring - recycled bronze ] 

http://www.shopanomie.com/collections/odette-new-york/products/totem-ring
[ the totem ring - recycled bronze ]

As I said, the crescent cuff holds a special place in my heart... what is your favorite piece?

Coupon Code: 20% off Bloomingdales

Ahh, so nice when to see these emails in my inbox...

Friends and Family time at Bloomingdale's has begun! Use code FRIENDS for 20% off.
UK shoppers can shop here.
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*immediately searches Helmut Lang selection*
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