12.29.2014

Mirror, Mirror




Mirror, mirror on the wall, please let every person know that she is beautiful. Not just beautiful, but filled to the brim -- overflowing -- with beauty. Radiating the most gorgeous light. Internally, externally. Naturally, uniquely, infinitely.

Photos by Charlotte.

12.24.2014

Video: 2 Years in Philadelphia



In April 2012, I moved to Philadelphia, PA to start my new job as a blogger for Free People. 
I didn't know a single soul. In April 2014, t'was time for me to be moving on.

Here's what happened in between.


Every so often, I like to edit together all the footage I've collected over a certain period of time. With 2014 coming to a close, now seems the perfect time to debut this video of exactly two years in Philadelphia.

Two very full -- yet very quick -- years, where I changed so freaking much. I learned so much. Grew so much. Laughed so much. I was introduced to some of the most incredible people I've ever known. And, yes, there were some really really really really hard times. A lot of them. Times that tested my strength in ways I never thought imaginable. Times that pushed me to do a whole lot of growing. 

You won't see those times in this video, though. Not because I don't want to admit they existed -- to me, the harder times are represented in this video right next to the easier ones. The reason those times aren't evident to the outside eye is simply because I'd never let them wipe the smile from my face. No matter how hard life gets, you've got to keep going. You make the best of every situation, taking each as it comes, and knowing that it's all a learning experience. That's what life is. You have the choice to make it fun. Why choose anything but

April 2012 to April 2014 was one of the most hectic, intense, beautiful, fun chapters I've experienced thus far in this life. It brings me to the verge of tears when I think of how crucial this time period has been to my personal growth; how many wonderful memories were created. It changed me in so many ways, and I will be forever grateful for every single thing -- every single person -- it's given me. 

Damn. Thank you, Philly. You'll always feel like home to me.

**To view this in HD, head to Vimeo and watch there!**

12.21.2014

Natural Beauty Crush x 2


As much as I love (love love love love) beauty products, I'm a tad picky. They have to be natural (bonus points if 100% organic), they have to smell incredible, and they have to be attractively packaged. Welp, I feel like I hit the natural beauty jackpot, because I've just been introduced to two brands who do exactly that... and now I'm obsessed.

First is GingerChi, whose products are based on the healing powers of ginger and the wonderful effect it has on our Chi (the life force present in you, me, and all other living things). I was immediately drawn to their hair serum and how its scent lifts me up as soon as I apply it. I work a few drops into the tips of my freshly-washed hair and let it work its magic as my hair dries. I'm also in love with the nail serum, which has been a total lifesaver on my cuticles. I use it before bed, and wake up to moisture-locked nails and cuticles. So great. Their foot therapy is total bliss for my heels, as well. Also pictured above are their ginger lime and coconut ginger almond soaps. I'm saving these for a special occasion, but I can tell you this: they smell so lovely.

The second brand is Om Aroma & Co., whose products are made by rad women up in the Catskills of New York. I'm absolutely infatuated with their carrot rose serum. No, like I've only had it for a week and I'm more than halfway done with the bottle because I can't stop using it. My skin has never ever been smoother -- and people keep commenting on how good it looks! I'm also loving their lavender toning mist, with which I douse my face and body upon getting out of the shower. The toner and serum work so, so beautifully together. They also have a spa, which I'm dyyying to try out.

Alright, guys. Your turn: What natural beauty products are infiltrating your life these days? You know I'm always down to try out some new ones. :)