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I like to practice what I preach and use sulfate free, organic shampoos and conditioners- and encourage my clients to do the same. Knowing how passionate I am about organic products, everyone always wants to know what I use in my own hair. Conventional hair products tend to contain a plethora of chemicals like petroleum based chemical compounds, silicones, synthetic substances and other dyes that can cause allergic reactions and even hair loss. Organic hair products contain only natural ingredients that are meant to nourish and cleanse without harming your hair and skin.
While I am picky about what products I use, I am very particular about the way my hair smells. I try and make an effort to choose products that not only help and clean and take care of my hair in the most organic way possible, but products that leave my hair smelling yummy. I love Aveda’s Shampure collection of shampoo and conditioner- my hair feels soft and luxurious- and it smells positively divine. It’s made with Coriander oil, Eucalyptus oil, Lavender oil, MorikueTM protein, Orange oil bitter, Wheat conditioners, Babassu. Not a sulfate in sight in this product! Aveda’s philosophy embodies the art and science of pure flower and plant essences- in other words: their products are perfectly in line with my own personal beliefs about making the best possible effort to embody organic living.
A more price effective organic shampoo and conditioner is Burt's Bees. I use the Burt's Baby Bee Shampoo on my 2-year-old daughter and it makes me feel good as a parent to use products that are good for her and good for the environment. And it helps that it smells sweet and delicious!
Organic shampoo and conditioner are not only better for your hair, but they are also less harmful to the environment. By switching over to organic hair products, you are protecting your hair and body from exposure to countless toxic chemicals so that you can have shiny, healthy, and beautiful hair- naturally and without any dangerous side effects!
To hear more about making healthier choices in your life, visit my website www.stacycrawfordhealthcoach.com or visit my facebook page www.facebook.com\stacycrawfordhealthcoach. To inquire about setting up a FREE Health History Assessment, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the hurricane, I was evacuated from my right-near-the-water lower Manhattan apartment, so we stayed in a midtown hotel for three nights. (We actually stayed in two different hotels because the first one lost power, but that's a whole other story...) Both hotels were part of the Kimpton hotel chain because we had our dog with us and all Kimptons are so incredibly pet friendly (dogs! cats! even birds!) that they will even give you a goldfish for your room if you don't have your own pet with you. How adorable, right?! But I digress...the point here is that Kimpton Hotels also stock each room with amazing, delicious-smelling, high-quality Etro beauty products. As a long-time lover of anything Etro (the Italian design house known for its beautiful, sumptuous silk prints), I didn't even know they were making beauty products. So, um, clearly I took a lifetime supply with me from the hotel. (Don't tell anyone.)
The bigger point here? I've been on an Etro kick ever since. The brand has been popping up in all my online browsing searches and I have been noticing their super gorgeous ad campaigns in my magazines. So while I know their pieces are incredibly expensive, I wanted to feature at least one here. This top, in the richest salmon, white, black, yellow and periwinkle print, can be worn all year long. On it's own in the summer, under a fur vest in the fall, and over a paper-thin long-sleeved cashmere sweater in the winter. Pair it with white jeans, dark indigo jeans, a black pencil skirt...this one can be styled so many different ways (even the top itself can be worn tied, untied, etc) that it will (eventually...) pay for itself.
You never know where inspiration will come from. I mean, all I needed was some unexpected shampoo.
Recently, I had the pleasure to style an extraordinary editorial that exclusively featured pieces and accessories from Diesel Black Gold. Conceptualized by the always-amazing photographer Andrew Werner, we wanted to highlight certain key pieces from Diesel Black Gold's current collection, but in a new light. Not a direct replication of their runway show and not a typical, expected editorial. So, gathered together was a team who could make Andrew's vision come to life. Avant-garde make-up artist Daniel K, the most incredible assistants (photographer assistant David Pereira Oliveira, who I've had the pleasure of working with before, and the uber-helpful styling assistant Lucio Abruzzi), Andrew behind the lens, myself as the stylist, and our gorgeous, somehow-ok-with-being-barefoot-on-the-streets-of-New-York model Keenan Brill, now with Major Models.
Shot in a gritty alleyway (hence the "gritty" in our title) in the heart of Tribeca on a beautifully sunny day (not sure who to thank for that...), we made a mad-dash to shoot all the looks in a matter of three hours. We used only Diesel Black Gold pieces, including all the jewelry, watches, shoes...even the scarf! In sumptuous fabrics, saturated colors and unsual silhouettes, Diesel did not disappoint this season. Even the accessories are perfectly edgy with just enough of a twist to make you look twice. This is a tale of a hot young guy, living an exciting life in NYC...who leaves us at the end in his emerald green satin tuxedo. Minus a shirt, but in shoes he could easily run down the street in. Makes you wonder where he's off to, huh?
So, to tease you no longer, here are the photos (click on each to enlarge). And I have a feeling any guy would be willing to be barefoot on a Manhattan sidewalk to wear those perfect pants, too.
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I have a (very public) theory that everything in our lives can be styled. How you live, how you present yourself, what you surround yourself with...it all affects how you feel, how you work, and how you attract other people and opportunities. I have written about this a lot, and endlessly bugged all of you who know me personally to make your whole lives "prettier." Well, I'm not giving up...
Just the other day, I was in a ladies room when another woman took out her "make-up bag" (and I use the quotes for a reason, which I will get to...) to dig out her lipstick. Now, please note that she was wearing Christian Louboutin shoes, a gorgeous, clearly designer outfit, and pulled out a Chanel lipstick. The kicker here, though, is that she pulled that Chanel lipstick out of a gross big plastic ziplock bag that was tucked inside her oversized clutch. Um, WHAT?! No. No!
Here's the thing...if you are going to spend $30 on a Chanel lipstick, $800 on Christian Louboutin shoes and $19 for a cocktail at the fabulous club I saw you at, please (pleeeease) stop using ziplocks to hold your make-up. It ruins the entire visage of your perfectly styled look. It makes everything seem a little dirty and a little like you stole your mother's make-up. So here's a suggestion, and a mere $38 one at that. Go buy a actual make-up case that is attractive, on-trend (hello orange & gold!) and makes you look like you actually put some thought into styling your whole life and not just your clothes. This one (it really is only $38!) from Stephanie Johnson is one of my current favorites (it's trapezoid shape makes it sleekly small but still roomy enough to hold all your stuff), but go ahead and feel free to find one you love.
So long as it doesn't come 100 to a box and could also house a sandwich ;)
I admit that my own look has a lot "going on." I have long blonde hair that is a mass of big curls. I wear bright colors, intricate prints, "statement" shoes at 10am, and a lot of gold jewelry. And I basically have all that going on all the time. So when it comes to my make-up, I have made the conscious decision to focus on one thing. One. And that one thing has always, always been my eyes. Some women look amazing with just a swipe of mascara and a red lip. Me, not so much. Instead, I have a rather intense eye make-up ritual, and actually don't wear any face make-up besides bronzer. And instead of actual lipstick, I use something that is part gloss/part stain and relatively the same color as my lips.
So, besides my black liquid liner, multiple layers of black mascara, and the occasional set of fake lashes, I depend the most on my beloved Sephora eyeshadow. Yes, you read that correctly! The shadow I had been using a few years ago ran out and was discontinued by the company. It was a duo that had a shimmery white and a (very slightly shimmery) charcoal grey. So I popped into a Sephora and hunted around for something similar. And the closest I came was a double duo from Chanel...that cost $50! Um, no. Not for something that was going to quickly run out (like I said, I do some intense eye make-up!). So I wandered over to the in-house Sephora brand area...and bingo! Individual colors for $12 each. And the "individual" is really important...I don't want a 4-color palette when I'm only going to use two of them...it's just a waste.
As pictured here, I found my shimmery white (Sephora calls it "Wedding Day No. 24") and my very slightly shimmery, super dark charcoal grey (Sephora's "Black Flame No. 5"). They go on incredibly smoothly, their saturated color lasts all day and into an evening, their shimmer doesn't get all over the place (you don't wind up with that dreaded face full of glitter), and are big...as in, they take a really long time to use up. (Woo-hoo!). And if you want to use the dark one (or any other color in the extensive collection) to create a smokey eye, just swipe it under your lower lash line...because miraculously, it even stays put there.
Normally, my "Letters From the Editor" cover some sort of advice or allow me to go on about how fashion changes our lives for the better. Rarely do I "feature" one specific thing. But this week is different. This week, I just can't help myself but tell you all about my recent, amazing experience at the new Luminique MedSpa right here in NYC's Soho neighborhood.
Now, I'm not usually a big "medspa" girl...I don't do injections of any kind, I don't like strangers touching my face (good-bye, facials...), and I'm in the natural sun so much that I don't ever really need to be spray-tanned. However, I am pretty much on the permanent hunt for the perfect massage. And after many, many (many, many, many) massages at just as many spas, hotels and nail salons, I have found it. Because Luminique was founded by plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Fiorillo, there is clearly a huge emphasis put on professionalism, correct form, and using all-too-often-forgotten additions to every massage (and other treatment, I'm sure).
But before I get to the details, let me tell you a little about the spa itself. With a street-level entrance on Hudson Street in Soho, the interior is small but airy, with no design detail spared. All "med" treatments (lasers, injectables & fillers) are done on the first floor, where you are greeted by a warm front desk staff, a gorgeous chandelier, an offer of a glass of champagne and the very best anti-aging products are available for purchase. Massages, spray tans, body scrubs and the like are done on the airy, loft-like second floor. With an hour-long Swedish massage clocking in at an extremely reasonable $138 and a complete lack of any sort of clinical feeling, this place truly is special.
I was lucky enough to have a wonderfully talented massage therapist named Andrea give me my massage. I had ordered the above-mentioned Swedish massage, but after our quick consultation, Andrea instinctively knew that I needed a bit of a customized treatment for my super sore runner's legs and stressed-out neck muscles. Also a Pilates teacher, Andrea even incorporated stretching into the massage, seemlessly working it in right when I needed it. This was, hands down, the single best (and therefore most effective) massage I've had in ages. I went running the next day and felt light as air. I could sit and write these articles without feeling like my neck was actually going to snap. And I have a sneaking suspicion that each and every one of Luminique's aestheticians and therapists are just as good as Andrea...
So I guess that instead of telling you to take time for yourself in this week's LFtE, I get to tell you exactly how and where to do it! So hurry up and make your appointment at Luminique MedSpa...and don't forget to "Like" them Facebook to get up-to-the-minute spa info!
There is nothing that I love more than sitting down to have a makeup artist transform my look. Makeup artistry can be anything from a subtle highlight to a total transformation, and everything in between. I recently met Jonny Polizzi...makeup artist, huge talent, and generally a super nice person.
Jonny works with brides, celebrities (Hillary Duff and Michelle Pfeiffer!!!) and huge designers during fashion week (DVF!!!). What I love about Jonny is that he uses the looks from runways to inspire his work and keep his clients looking fresh and current. I had the opportunity to sit down with him recently and pick his brain....Such great tips! I may have to make a Sephora run soon.....
I am a tried-and-true dark-purplish-almost-black nailpolish girl. I used cherry red once for a costume party and had quite the compulsion to take it off as soon as it dried. I had surgery years ago and was only allowed to have pale polish during it...which was replaced pretty much the second I came to! So I'm not going to pretend that I would personally ever wear the polish I'm about to feature here (my manicurist still hasn't recovered from her shock when two weeks ago I decided to switch to a slightly less harsh shade of purplish-dark-grey...). But I do think that for anyone who loves a good, fashion-forward shade of pink, this is your newest must-have!
From the go-to Essie brand's latest collection called "Poppy-Razzi," this shade named "Lights" (the others in the group are "Camera," a warm coral, "Action," a bright, dark yellow, and "Bazooka," a tangerine orange) is almost neon but not quite. It is, however, the perfect color for when you need to be reminded that the approaching summer season is all about fun, happiness and electric brights that you normally wouldn't wear. It's warm hue is flattering when you haven't gotten your tan yet, and simply amazing once you've had a chance to work on it. Katy Perry music should definitely be playing in the background when you walk into the room looking like such a pretty piece of pink candy in this polish...