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June 19, 2018

s4 ep2: Stop Trying to Be Happy, With Christine Gutierrez

What if our goal in life wasn’t to be happy, but to live in alignment with who we are? Here’s another idea. What if we started showing up for ourselves on bad days instead beating ourselves up? NYC-based psychotherapist and spiritual coach Christine Gutierrez is about to blow your mind with what’s possible when you let go of expectation and accept where you are in THIS moment.


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June 17, 2018

Africa Part 1: Medjumbe Island

Life is a journey—and sometimes it takes you to Africa. If you haven’t already unfollowed me on Instagram for the gratuitous tropical island and baby elephant photos, then let me tell you about the trip of a lifetime. Africa has been on my bucket list since high school, but never did I think I’d see it this way. Just a few weeks after my old friend, Danny Seo, nabbed me spot on a press trip, I found myself on a helicopter tarmac in Mozambique en route to Medjumbe Island. I’ll never forget flying over the Indian Ocean for first time.

45 minutes later we landed on a tiny airstrip with nothing but sand and sea for miles. If you’ve ever fantasized about running away to a deserted island, I’ve got one for you. Nestled in the Quirimbas Archipelago off the northern coast of Mozambique, Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort measures just one kilometer long and 300 meter wide.

It’s tropical paradise in every sense of the phrase. Meaning no one is on this island but you, a handful of staff who live on Medjumbe full-time, and 12 guest villas. With the exception of a pool, small spa and airy, rattan-filled dining room and lounge, there’s nothing but you and the island. Also: 70-plus species of birds, which I found myself avidly watching because there was nothing else to do. And I mean that in the best way possible.

There’s wi-fi on the island but it was too spotty for me to use. After I got over the initial withdrawal, I was relieved. How often do you get to be distraction-free for days? We talk about “unplugging” but so often that comes with exception. I couldn’t call, I couldn’t post, couldn’t run from my thoughts.

Not that I was thinking about anything but how to stay on Medjumbe longer. I settled into a routine: morning walk around the island, dip in the ocean, book by the pool, and afternoon nap or massage. I devoured and highly recommend An American Marriage. It’s not exactly a beach book, but a much more uplifting than it sounds.

And seafood, so much fresh seafood. I never got tired of tuna tartar or grilled calamari. Or these views. Maybe it’s all of the shades of blue, or the fact that you can’t see land from any direction. Or maybe it’s literally being on the other side of the world, but I swear the Indian Ocean has mystical powers.

One afternoon our group did a snorkeling excursion to nearby Quissanga Island. Though the fish weren’t anything to write home about, Anantara had turned the abandoned island into a magical hideaway. We ate lunch under the mangroves, drank local beer while bobbing in the water, and lounged under the thatched roof. (Honeymoon alert: You can stay overnight on the island as part of the Medjumbe experience. Outdoor bed with mosquito netting included!). It was the perfect day.

Check back next week when I’ll show you around Livingstone and Victoria Falls for part two of my African extravaganza! Spoiler alert: There will be animals. Lots of animals. 

June 12, 2018

s4 ep1: The Sky Is Falling

Kate Spade. Anthony Bourdain. Mental health is on everyone’s minds and lips, but if icons like these are slipping through the cracks, how do we even begin to tackle it? As someone who has struggled with bouts of depression and been to the edge, I have a few thoughts.  If you or someone you know is in distress, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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May 21, 2018

South Africa, Here I Come!

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I spent mine making the most of rainy NYC with an old, dear friend. That meant mani/pedis (finally found my place here and the added massage is legit), lots of coffee, and full-on catchups at cozy restaurants like MeMe’s Diner (SO good). Now I’m in a packing frenzy for the trip of a lifetime: 10 days in South Africa. I have been dreaming of this destination since forever. We almost went for our honeymoon. Between the country’s storied history and culture, Big 5 wildlife, and breathtaking scenery, I’m in awe. There’s a mysticism to South Africa that makes me think I spent time there in another life. I’ll be traveling with a group of journalists and Antara Resorts so the itinerary is a wonder in itself, including helicopter rides to a private island, river safari, hikes to Victoria Falls, and, of course, outdoor spa treatments on the Zambezi River. I’d be lying if said packing was NBD. In fact, I’m sort of in heaven getting to break out my a few new safari-chic pieces—plus the a few new beauty finds. No TSA approved sizes here, I’m bringing a trunk!  -Elizabeth

(clockwise)  Maybe it’s the pace of living in a big city, but I was thrilled to discover Meant, a multi-purpose, organic luxury skincare line based right here in BK! I’ll be packing The Absolute Balm ($45), a shea-based do-everything hydrating oil serum for face, body and hair (one product for e’rything!), as well as The Every Body Bar ($23) which comes in the handiest of tins and is going to make me feel right at home—and lovingly clean—wherever we go. Hotel soap can be so drying, don’t you think? // Shorts. Not my fave. But essential in the heat and made cuter by a big bow + flattering pleats: J.Crew tie-waist poplin short ($68) P.S. They fit true-to-size. // Another J.Crew winner that I already wear on repeat and will be using to up my basics game: Tortoise Hoop Earrings ($19.50) //Madewell’s Rainbow Stripe Midi Skirt ($69 – on sale!) isn’t normally my thing in terms of length and linen but it’s so happy and breezy I couldn’t resist. I think the giraffes will approve. // Just released last week, Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask ($36) is the most fun mask I’ve tried in awhile—including Hanacure. It’s blue, cooling, exfoliating and pore cleansing, which means I’ll be using it all summer, too. // I can’t find my new $8 straw hat from Target to link to but this J.Crew Factory Packable Straw Hat ($18) is similar and it’s on sale! I doubt I’ll take it off in that that sun. // Kate Somerville 360 Tan Towelettes ($42) are the next best thing to getting a spray tan, and one wipe works on face AND body. // I can’t wear these Soludos Cadiz Sandals ($119) without getting compliments. They’re so comfortable and go with everything! But yes, will still be bringing my birks along because you can’t look cute ALL of the time.

 

April 16, 2018

Spring Beauty Guide + Nordstrom Trend Show

Every New York Fashion Week, Nordstrom goes backstage to assess the biggest beauty trends and then brings this intel back for customers at the retailer’s Spring Beauty Trend Event. I’ve been to several over the years and they’re so much fun—what’s not to love about getting to see all of the season’s freshest trends up-close along with insider tips, runway shows, free samples, mini makeovers and demos, and GWPs?! You know you need to stock up on bronzer and sunblock anyway! And it’s FREE! To find and RSVP to a Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event near you, click here. For a sneak-peek of all the trends, click here (hint: It’s all about luminous skin and hi-definition lips).

To whet your whistle, I’ve rounded up some of my own picks for spring below, all available at Nordstrom! 

Clockwise:  R+Co Skyline Dry Shampoo Powder ($36) – when the weather heats up, you need to up your dry shampoo game. Powder formulas like R+Co’s work overtime, especially when shaken in at the roots before bed! // Shiffa Jade Roller ($63) – Old as time yet suddenly all the rage, jade rollers stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and impart a natural glow. Jade is a healing stone and a symbol of purity and tranquility. I like to use them to apply my serum or a mask, to really help it absorb. // Kypris Antioxidant Dew ($72) – My new favorite treatment product for A.M. this refreshing serum hydrates, protects, and perfects with 26 natural active ingredients. Layer it under your favorite moisturizer for all-day dewiness. // Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow ($40) – The self-tanner you’ve been waiting for! One part hydrating mask, one part facial faux glow, this genius lotion works wonders while you sleep.  // RMS Beauty Lip Shine ($25) – An oldie but goodie lipgloss pot that I rediscover every spring. Moisturizing, sheer yet stay-put, all-natural and in the most soft, beautiful hues. // Arcona The Solution Pads ($50) – Here come the sun spots . . . and there they go if you use these exfoliating pads a few times a week. They also give skin that smooth, taut texture that only a peel can do! // Trish McEvoy High Volume Mascara ($31.50) – Now that I’m off eyelash extensions (sniff), I’ve been experimenting with every kind of mascara I can get my hands on. Including what’s in my sister-in-law’s makeup bag. She swears by Trish and it’s definitely one is the most lengthening, glossiest, smudge-proof formula I’ve tried—and never heard of. // NARS Sunwash Diffusing Bronzer ($40) – Across between a finishing powder and a bronzer, this newish invention from NARS is so light and lovely it’s made for bronzing beginners as well as this time of year when you don’t want to overdo it, snooki-style. // Clinique 7-Day Scrub Cream ($22) – Sometimes, I just want to scrub my face. Like, really get in there. My roommate in college used this classic 20 years ago and a friend recently brought it along on a ski trip. Maybe it’s time I buy my own tube. // SuperGoop CC Cream ($32) – Trends come and go but CC cream is here to stay. This one’s my favorite of the bunch. Think of it as a tinted moisturizer with benefits—like SPF, a built-in primer, and pore smoothing skin diffusers.

 

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    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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