Have you thought about your legacy socks?

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This past spring, we lost former First Lady, Barbara Bush. She was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family honored her in many sweet ways, but the one that stood out to me the most was the photo of her husband's, former President George H.W. Bush, socks during the funeral.  

Did you notice?

Bush, who is known for wearing bold, bright patterned socks, rocked a pair featuring stacks of colorful books. The socks are meant to honor Barbara's passion and her main focus during their time in the White House: literacy. This passion was further fueled by her son's struggle with dyslexia (source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/23/politics/bush-socks-trnd/index.html).  

I mean, so cute! Right?

And it got me thinking (and, of course, asking my husband), if it was the end of my life and you were going to sport socks to honor my legacy, what would they highlight?

A couple responses included:

  • Avocado toast
  • Vegetables
  • The podcast app icon
  • A vacuum (Seriously?)
  • A ("clean") lipstick

I'm not exactly sure any of the suggestions (ESPECIALLY the vacuum!) truly sum up my life's work and my passions but it's definitely a start...

Because, together, they tell a story. I'm passionate about supporting women and helping them uncover smart, casual approaches to healthy living. Whether that's the food they eat, the products they use or how they navigate their transition back to work after maternity leave, I believe that unless we start feeling less stressed and more energized, we can never fully show up to do the work we're suppose to do in the world.

I want my legacy socks to reflect my #simplesavvy efforts in helping you achieve YOUR legacy socks!

Does that help shed a light on this whole coaching thing and how it might be beneficial for us to work together? I hope so. And if you would like to discuss in greater detail, let's chat.   

Don't throw the mascara out with the bath water!

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When a component of your business includes education and sales for a progressive beauty company with a mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone, the women in your life MAY avoid chatting with you because they're afraid you're going to tell them EVERYTHING is harmful. Most often, women are afraid to hear this information because, in addition to being totally freaked out, they'll have to spend lots of time and money to find replacements for their favorite products, which, by the way, they are already convinced, will NEVER work as well as the ones you just "ruined for them!"     

And if it sounds like I'm speaking from experience, well, I am.

And I'm here to tell you, ladies, I come in rose-colored and rejuvenating peace.

So here's the deal: If you're interested in cleaning up your beauty routine, you don't need to throw the mascara out with the bath water and start from scratch.  

Here are a few #simplesavvy tips to help get you started:

1. First consider what do you wear most often?  If you're only wearing lipstick or eye shadow on a rare occasion, don't sweat it. Will you eventually want to choose safer products down the line when you go to replace those? Sure.  But if you're just starting out, forgetaboutit!

2. Our skin is our largest organ so what we put on it gets absorbed. Think about those products you use regularly that are getting absorbed into your skin. Whether that's a moisturizer (face and body), a foundation or bb cream, or an under-eye cream, etc, these are the types of products you want to give some attention to and consider replacing from the start with safer, high performing options. With limited funds, I would always advise a client to invest in a better moisturizer over face wash, for instance, because although you may be using that face wash on a regular basis, you're washing it off.  Prioritize replacing products that are getting absorbed.  

3. Avoid synthetic fragrance (like. the. plague ;) and choose products that use essential oils instead. Synthetic fragrances are often a blend of various chemical compounds, many of which are common allergens or have links to hormone disruption. In addition, most fragrance formulations are considered a trade secret so companies aren't required to disclose the list of ingredients -- so the formulation could contain three (3) chemicals or it could contain 20, who knows?!  And THAT, is cause for real concern.  

4. And finally, much like my philosophy around food, it's all about quality over quantity. Consider your overall skin care regime. What are your must-haves? And same goes for make-up, are there certain items, you can't live without? (HELLO! mascara & eye brow pencil! No? Just me?) Consider the long-game here. When you are running low on one of these items, reach out to your friendly, knoweldgeable Beautycounter consultant to request samples and/or set up a time to discuss your needs/concerns. By the nature of slowly replacing your products, over time, and prioritizing safety, your skin will begin to take notice. Perhaps in a few months, the amount of products you *thought* you needed will significantly decrease and make-up free Mondays won't seem so scary anymore ;)

And there you have it, a few #simplesavvy tips to jump start "spring cleaning" beauty routine.

 

 

 

Whatever you're putting off, just start already!

Whatever you're putting off, just start already!

Starting a blog has been a goal of mine for a verrrrry long time. So, I'm taking my own advice and just starting (damn it)! I want this to be a space to connect with like-minded women.  My posts won't always (errr ever?) be pretty, eloquently composed or earth shattering, but I will strive to provide useful, honest information, experiences, and recommendations that will serve you, not overwhelm you.  I'm all about "underwhelming" my readers ;)

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