- March 27, 2017 -
I’ve been that girl, the girl who doesn’t want to leave her bedroom because of debilitating insecurity about her skin. My skin might be seemingly enviable now but it took about thirteen years of skincare trial and error to get this place. The truth is that I don’t have enviable skin, I have human skin, skin that requires holistic attention in order to stay healthy. I am a registered nurse specializing in aesthetics, I’ve worked in skincare for almost 5 years. My skincare knowledge comes from my nursing experience in addition to tips I’ve been lucky enough to pick up from other experts along the way. I can’t pretend like I can solve everyone’s skin blunders but I want to share what I’ve learned. I hope that this post will help some and inspire others to find the key to unveiling their best skin. Since adolescence I thought my skin was oily. Visible oil and hormonal breakouts were blatant clues. I tried countless over the counter solutions, even turning to a prescribed medication with diuretic affects to cure my acne. Cut to twelve years later, two expert Estiticians both told me in one month that my skin was ultra sensitive, not oily. I was informed that I was stripping my skin by over washing and using harsh products like benzoyl peroxide. I was actually stripping my skin to the point that my sebaceous glands were kicked into overdrive, creating “oily skin”. Surprise surprise my skin needed balance! I achieved skin balance by integrating a regimen of products, treatments, and diet. I’ve outlined my daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly skincare suggestions below.
1. I wash my face with nothing but cold water
2. I follow with a balancing fruit acid toner called p50 lotion from Biologique Recherche to remove excess skin debris and clean my pores
3. I hydrate my face neck and décolleté with Vintners Daughter and or Osea argan oil Product Link
4. I hydrate my eye area with Osea eye serum Product link
5. I use a mineral SPF 30 from juice beauty on my face, neck, décolleté and the back of my hands Product link
6. I finish with juice beauty primer, foundation Product link , and finishing powderProduct link if I decide to wear face makeup that day
7. I try to incorporate skin superfoods into my daily diet to feed my skin with the nutrients it needs to glow. Cocoa nibs, blueberries, spinach, and chia seeds are great skin superfoods that can easily be added to a daily smoothie.
1. I wash my face with Osea ocean cleanser Product link
2. I use my neutrogena light mask to reduce any inflammation and prevent breakouts Product link
3. I hydrate my face neck and décolleté with vintners daughter and or Osea argan oil Product link
1. I usually use masks one to three times a week depending on my the time of year and what I feel like my skin needs. I love the volcanic crystal ash mask from DMH aesthetics to exfoliate and remove dead skin from my face. I also love the Osea red algae mask to infuse my skin with antioxidants Product link
1. I find monthly facials with extractions to be super beneficial in maintaining healthy skin. I strongly suggest visiting Reini Greene for luxurious French facials Reini Spa Link she’s so knowledgeable and amazing. I also suggest visiting The Spa on Rodeo for their state of the art hydrafacil to gently remove impurities from the skin The Spa on Rodeo link
1. I like to do a yearly series of IPL photo facials and resurfx laser facials to improve sun damage and promote collagen production. I suggest visiting DMH aesthetics on Larchmont Blvd. in Los Angeles DMH Aesthetics Link
I’ve listed most of the products I use including the Neutrogena light mask on my shop page. I hope this review helps you achieve healthy balanced skin. Please feel free to comment, message or email if you have any questions for me.
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- March 24, 2017 -
All the cool kids are eating tacos down by the LA river in Frogtown. Frogtown is one of hottest new eastside neighborhoods, it’s outfitted with everything a young hipster needs to get by. You can pick up a bike, get some vintage threads, some new ink and get a damn good margarita from Salazar, the outdoor Mexican joint of my dreams. Salazar can only be described as cinematic, it looks like a dessert mirage of a 1950’s gas station, in the best way. The menu at Salazar is pretty classic Mexican with delicious tacos and marinated meats grilled to order. Their classic menu is updated to please the health conscious new community with veggie options like the grilled garden plate and the roasted beet salad. My seafood tostada order was super flavorful and photogenic to boot. Personally I think the cocktail program is the true standout, my fresh made spicy mezcal margarita really hit the spot on my 1pm lunch date. You guys really have to check this place out, you probably already have because this post is about a year passed due, but now their open for brunch so you have a new excuse to day drink.
- March 17, 2017 -
Happy St. Patty’s day friends! My great grandfather immigrated from Ireland and I love to celebrate this holiday like a good Irish lass. Today I’m sharing my festive take on the uber popular cauliflower buffalo wings with a spirulina colored version. I suggest skipping the sketch food coloring filled green drinks and foods today, opt for some yummy naturally green foods like these spirulina cauliflower “wings”. Spirulina is one of the worlds most beneficial superfoods, it’s actually alge with ridiculously high levels of beta carotene, iron, and protein. It’s slightly sea like taste can be almost undetectable when added to things like dressings and smoothies in small amounts. Good thing I ate some of these nutrient dense “wings” today, it’s the perfect base for the drams of whiskey I’ll be enjoying tonight.
Spirulina Cauliflower “Wings”
1 1/2 cups lightly salted Harvest Snaps snap pea crisps
1 cup of water 1 generous pinch of salt
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon spirulina
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup rainbow chard stems, chopped
1 tablespoon fennel frond pieces
1. Preheat oven to 450
2. Add harvest Snaps to a food processor and pulse until powdered (1 minute or less)
3. Add Harvest Snap powder, water, and salt to a blender and blend until smooth
4. Lightly coat cauliflower florets in Harvest Snap batter
5. Place coated cauliflower onto a lined cookie sheet
6. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes, remove from oven, set aside to cool
7. Add all spirulina sauce ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until well incorporated
8. Coat cooled cauliflower in spirulina sauce
9. Plate and top with fennel fronds and rainbow chard
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- March 13, 2017 -
Happiest of Monday’s to you! I am beyond excited to share that The True Spoon is featured in Vanity Fair online! My assignment was to review three enchanting booked, all related to how holistic wellness enhances beauty. Here is the full article
There are beauty books and there are health books, but it wasn’t until recently that we saw the two so seamlessly become one. These three “lifestyle” hardcovers were meticulously chosen for their abundance of knowledge on beautifying from within. Los Angeles based beauty and wellness blogger, Celeste Wilson of the True Spoon devoured these books from cover to cover to educate us on the many discoveries made in the realm of “natural beauty.”
One Gun Ranch Malibu, Biodynamic Recipes for Vibrant Living by Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring.
Want to emit effervescent eternal beauty? Then get your buns off the couch, move to the One Gun Ranch in Malibu, and do exactly as you’re told. Planting, fertilizing, growing, harvesting, cooking, eating, being one with nature, and feeling damn good is its mantra. Authors and biodynamic farmers Alice Bamford and Ann Eysenring give us a peak into their holistic lifestyle through this artful book.While their life paths to wellness were completely different, the couple shares an unwavering passion for healthy living. Alice Bamford is a British billionaire heiress, hailing from an entrepreneurial powerhouse family. She’s the daughter of Anthony Bamford of JCB, who successfully converted their food production business from conventional to organic. This childhood education helped Alice and her life partner, Eysenring, create an organic wellness paradise from start to finish.Through each extensive chapter, the ranch’s namesake book overviews the biodynamic philosophy of thoughtful enrichment: A “circle of life” approach is strictly adhered to on the ranch, celebrating a zero waste operation and a style of opportunistic farming that produces the most nutrient dense food possible. What I would give to eat one of their tomatoes fresh off the vine! The microbial content in each piece of produce aids in fighting environmental free radicals, which minimizes the affects of aging on the body. Now that your skin looks forever 21 from the happy microbes in your gut from nutritious foods like under-utilized vegetable, celery root! Recipes like the one for celery root on pages 166-167 have given me the knowledge to make healthy choices based on what my body needs, making me a true believer in the power of this lifestyle.
And let’s not forget the glutes! The One Gun Ranch promotes a functional approach to fitness as an opportunity to connect with nature, calm the nervous system, and strengthen muscles essential for farm work. I’m taking all of this outdoor fitness advice in attempt to chill out, turn down my constant internal chatter, and finally enjoy the act of movement. This seemingly straightforward approach to de-stressing and soul stimulating could be the key to truly feeling beautiful. Mega babes, including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Suki Waterhouse, and Bella Thorne have all visited the ranch to experience the feel-good and glowing vibes sprouting through the land of nutrients
Eat Beautiful, Food and Recipes to Nourish Your Skin from Inside Out by Wendy Rowe.
Author Wendy Rowe is a makeup artist and skin-care guru for some of the most iconic faces on earth, including Victoria Beckham, Anja Rubik, Coco Rocha, and Stella Maxwell. Rowe has authored a definitive guide for healthy, glowing skin, with her long-time client Sienna Miller. With over two decades experience painting the most angelic faces on earth, Rowe, a beauty consultant for Burberry Makeup, knows a thing or two about skincare. Her trade experiences led her to a beauty philosophy rooted in skin nourishment by way of diet.This book provides simple healthy recipes, with Pinterest-worthy photography, using key food ingredients to support glowing skin. The seasonally categorized segments unveil a trustworthy wealth of knowledge, cultivating a strong argument for the food as beauty movement. Rowe connects common dietary mistakes to skin problems, and produces lists of troubleshooting help. The glossary of seasonal ingredients allows you to see the skin feeding benefits of common foods like arugula, which is rich in vitamin K, keeping elastin fibers in the skin soft and subtle. These seasonal ingredient “bios “are followed by easy recipes that transform skin superfoods into plates of aesthetically dreamy food. Take the date energy bites recipe on page 178, which uses the natural sweetness of dates to make a crave-worthy snacks on the go. Dates are chock full of B vitamins for skin cell strength and vitamin C to brighten complexion.Rowe also includes a small list of DIY beauty treatments such as the pollution-detoxifying Spirulina facemask. This book is not reserved for just wellness mavens but for all who are in it to refresh from inside toward out. Its simple approach makes practicing dietary skin nourishment accessible for beginners in the green-beauty arena. Natural solutions for aging, acne, oil production, dull skin, and countless other beauty prescriptions can all be found in this skincare encyclopedia.
All Natural Beauty, Organic and Homemade Beauty Products by Karin Berndl and Nici Hofer
Who knew that all of the ingredients for the perfect hydrating facial lived in your very own pantry? All Natural Beauty illuminates the benefits of making your own organic plant-based beauty products in the comfort of your home. In their fourth homeopathic chronicle, the authors outline 40 alluring beauty recipes that use plants, essential oils, and herbs. With the help of this book, shiny hair and baby-soft skin are just a trip to Whole Foods away. Each recipe comes complete with a testimonial from the authors, instructions for use, a catalog of beauty benefits, and the product’s shelf life. I was thoroughly impressed with the cleansing facial-oil recipe, and after trying it, my sensitive skin looked flawless.All Natural Beauty encourages externally nourishing skin with offerings from the plant world to achieve youthful balanced skin. This easy outline demystifies using homemade beauty products, as not all essential oil tonics are reserved for the cast of The Craft. Want to know how brown sugar, honey, and olive oil are alchemized to create a superb lip exfoliant? Numerous must-try beauty offerings like this give this book sustained value. It’s a fact. These recipes can help you achieve glowing skin, hair, and nails without the harsh chemicals commonly found in store-bought products. Methylparaben, have you heard of it? Well, if you’re a naturalist, you know you don’t want it and know that beauty labels shouldn’t look like they’re written in a foreign language.I trust this book, enough to put a mix of Matcha green tea and yogurt on my face. The chocolate mousse body cream is a recipe that I’d love to make, preferably while wearing a daisy crown. And no judgment here if you decide to put a little in your morning coffee as well.
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- March 12, 2017 -
LA is finally feeling like my beloved sun city again. As we exit one of the wettest winters in LA history I’m ready for spring recipes. This recipe was created out of my distaste for peas. I love all veggies but I have to admit that peas are my least favorite, it’s a textural thing. One of my favorite time savers is getting my seasonal farmers market produce from Grub Market Link Last week I received my Grub Market produce basket and gasp, it contained snap peas! The only thing I hate more than peas is wasting food! My go to tip for reducing food waste is tossing any past their prime produce into the blender to make a dressing, soup, or sauce. I blended these Pea babies with fresh herbs, lemon, seasonings, and olive oil to create a delicious springy green goddess dressing. This versitile recipe is just asking to be drizzled on all of your spring meals, you have to try it on eggs. I layered this “kitchen sink” salad with a lemon-mint date sauce from one of my favorite bloggers, Sarah Britton’s new cookbook “Naturally Nourished”. Get inspiration and motivation from your muses in this new Virgo moon, it’s time to manifest our goals.
Be well and be true,
Snap Pea Green Goddess Dressing
1 cup snap peas
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup of cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons green onion, chopped
1/2 a lemon, juiced
1 generous pinch of salt
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
1. Add all ingredients omitting olive oil to a food processor and blend until smooth (1 minute)
2. Add olive oil and blend until incorporated (10 seconds)
3. Pour directly onto any dish or store in an air tight container for up to a week in the fridge
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