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October 2, 2017

A Face Balm for the Boys

Greetings! We are less than two weeks to wedding and while you’ve probably seen all of my bridal beauty prepping—lights, lasers and lashes, oh my!—over on Instagram, I’d be remiss in not mention the grooming going on in our house. Ty is in a committed and loving relationship with Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm ($36) that’s three bottles strong and counting. I can only take credit for introducing him to the brand, the only mens-targeted skincare lines that is doing it right ingredients-wise, not just branding-wise. And it’s all-natural, which is unheard of for dudes. Unlike the tubs of thick, rich jars of balm we love here at BB, Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm is more serum-like and designed with the skincare needs of guys in mind: hydrating yet lightweight with anti-aging ingredients and an antiseptic effect that calms skin (excellent post-shave), and smells like a spring forest thanks to lavender, lime, spearmint, and rosemary extracts. I would’ve been happy to see Ty wash his face a few times a week, but the kid is dedicated to his daily balm routine—and it shows. A couple weeks ago a bartender wanted to touch his face because it was so smooth and healthy-looking. You can touch him, but you can’t have him!

P.S. It’s not unheard of for Ty to use Ursa Major’s cleanser, face tonic and wipes too—or for me to steal them.

September 27, 2017

Coat Envy

Welcome to fall! If you live in a four-season state than you know how essential it is to have a coat you love—especially one that can pull together (or cover up!) an uniform of wool sweaters and snow boots. I pretty much wear the same thing all winter thanks to a coat collection that keeps me warm and looking like I actually washed my hair. You’ve probably already been eyeing the latest toppers, so here are a few more for consideration! I’m digging the sherpas and teddy coats more than I thought I would, especially now that they’ve gotten longer and leaner. Also wondering if this is the year that everyone is walking down the street in leopard…. There’s now better time than the annual fall Shopbop sale to scoop up one for yourself! The more your spend, the more you save—which works in your favor when making an investment in one of these stunners.

(l to r)  Alice + Olivia Kinsley Faux Fur Coat // Adrienne Landau Mongolian Lamb Jacket // SAM Tribeca Drawstring Parka  // Club Monaco Cahndisse Coat  //  Elizabeth & James Palmoa Coat //  Ganni Finn Wrap Coat //  Mania Sherpa Coat //  Mara Hoffman Willa Coat

September 19, 2017

The Only Skincare Product You Need This Fall

When I first read about Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum I thought it was just another skincare line made from something gimmicky like grapes. There was certainly no way that it was worth its $185 price tag. The next time, as I was watched Gwyneth Paltrow apply the stuff in a skincare routine video, I thought maybe I had misjudged. The third time, when I overheard two of my friends—one an esthetician, another a very picky spa owner—fighting over the last drops in the bathroom of our Venice Beach airbnb, I stopped fighting the forces of nature. Sometimes, it takes a slumber party for the truth to come out.

I don’t, however, need a Ouija board to tell you why Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is the serum to end all serums. The 100% organic, active serum contains 22 raw botanicals carefully sourced to address everything from fine lines and wrinkles to acne and radiance. While other brands use less expensive extracts, Vintner’s begin with whole, nutrient-rich plants, ensuring that every drop of the formula is infused with the highest levels of powerful skin renewing agents. All of this adds up to the real reason that Vintner’s Daughter has become such cult favorite: it makes your skin look flawless. Like, after just one use. The first time I used it, my pale skin had a luminous, rosy glow normally reserved post-facial. I almost skipped my foundation altogether—and with time have definitely needed less. One of the secrets is the push-press technique, which helps activate the serum, increase blood flow and absorption of the serum so that it can do it’s thing. The longterm benefits of Active Botanical Serum are real, too. I haven’t found many serums that allow me to forgo moisturizer, let alone one that brightens and firms up my post-summer, fortysomething skin. Founder April Garguilo, a winemaker’s daughter whose finicky pregnancy skin drove her to develop an all-natural skin saver, says that while  Active Botanical Serum can be layered with other treatment products like retinol, there’s a reason it’s the only product she makes. I met April at her family’s namesake Napa Valley vineyard, and was sold by not only her creamy, olive skin and gracious hospitality, but her dedication to creating the most luxurious, multi-correctional serum without taking any shortcuts. A bottle of Active Botanical Serum might cost more than a pair of Madewell jeans but it’s one size fits all.


P.S. Vintner’s Daughter recently began offering trial sizes of its precious serum—$35 for three 1ml vials so you can sample first, or slip one into your travel bag (sharing encouraged!).


September 18, 2017

s2 ep10: Kristen Kalp, Business & Life Coach

Kristen Kalp is a writer, poet, introvert and business coach —five words you don’t often hear in the same sentence—who helps people make more money, magic, and meaning in their lives. She does so with compassion, a refreshing dose of irreverence, and a three-step approach to discovering your truest work—whether it’s writing a book or the world’s best mom. If you’re tired of saying you’re going to do that ‘someday’ —Kristen is your girl.

Kristen Kalp
That’s What She Said (podcast)

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September 11, 2017

S2 Ep9: Becky Costello, Psychic Medium & Intuitive Guide

Becky Costello is a registered nurse, Reiki healer, psychic medium, and spiritual coach who says we are all born with intuitive powers, it’s just a matter of tuning in and trusting them. Talking to Becky is like touching the other side. Her experiences with the spiritual realm, from the arc angel who paid her a life-changing visit to the energetic shift currently underway in the world, will make you a believer in something bigger than yourself.


Becky Costello
Psychic Medium readings
Medical Intuitive
Energy Healing
Missing Persons Cases
Past Life Regression with Brenda Fletcher


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