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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