The new PEPIN collection has so many lovely pieces for spring and summer! I was really happy to see what designer Lauren Moffatt had been working on after moving on from her line which was one of my favorites for years. She and Rob Pepin have created this beautiful new line and I’m already looking forward to seeing how they build it and what they do next. My favorites are the popcorn tank dress, blue embroidery dress, chambray cross front dress, all the popcorn tops and both caplet tops. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Pepin.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead! I’ve been taking care of our 5 year old niece and we’ve been running around all week. We’ve got Cinderella movie plans tomorrow and her swells of enthusiasm are pretty infectious (I bought her a new pink dress), plus I love pretty much anything Helena Bonham Carter is in. We’re also preparing the garden to finally plant our blueberries and roses. As a former plant assassin, I’m a little nervous about this prospect — I hope I can keep them alive and thriving! Any pointers are greatly appreciated! Have fun out there. xo Jen
➔ SOME VERY LOVELY LINKS…
Lately, I’ve been wearing this lipstick in Fascinante all the time.
I really love this jacket in both colors. (use code FLASH for 35-45% off today)
I’m a little obsessed with this cocoon trench coat.
I love this striped dress! SO GOOD.
And this floral dress.
LOVE this sweet plaid linen dress for all seasons.
A drop waist dress full of summer leaves.
A lovely and super simple chambray dress.
Such a dreamy dress for a garden party or something involving a hookah.
I adore this beautiful striped linen top.
I love this versatile natural knit tank top.
Sweet blush linen shorts.
Very simple leather slide sandals.
I think these shoes would be nice for summer bike rides.
A super cute grey backpack with leather straps. Great colors!
Join the Write On movement with Egg Press and get a lovely free letter writing kit!
An adorable record player that also helps you turn your records into digital files.
I’d like to try this recipe soon. Extra cardamom, please!
I’m absolutely loving the new Eugene Choo Collection. Kildare Curtis, owner of the Eugene Choo Vancouver-based shop, worked with designer Heather Young to create this beautiful house line. You know I’m always thrilled when a beautiful collection is also made of natural fibers! The Eugene Choo Collection pieces are all 100% linen with one cotton skirt. I also love that Curtis and Young worked with amazing print studio Banquet Atelier & Workshop to use their fantastic lip print for one of the new skirts — it really is perfect. My two favorites from the new collection are the Shoulder Patch Top in sand and the Perfect Skirt in that amazing Banquet Atelier & Workshop lip print — the first two photos below. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Eugene Choo. Photography by Kimberly Ronning.
SOME CURRENT FAVES: 1. rose & apricot hair milk 2. green tea & calendula leave-in conditioning mist 3. ellovi lip butter 4. ellovi body butter 5. frankincense hydrosol 6. complexe de fleur 7. weleda cold cream 8. rose geranium lip balm 9. Shevanti body balm
There are a few products that I’ve been using almost daily for a while now, so I thought I’d do a little roundup of some of these helpful gems. Do you have any current faves?
HAIR: My hair is pretty thick and a little wavy. After a drizzly walk outside it has a tendency to get frizzy or “puffy” and since each strand is fairly fine and there are so many of them — I’m easily tangled. I’ve been a fan of John Masters’ avocado and lavender conditioner for years (you can usually find it at Whole Foods) and decided to give a couple of his products that aren’t available in local shops a try. I love the Rose & Apricot Hair Milk and Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist that I bought.
How I Use: I wash and towel dry my hair and then run a dime-sized blob of the hair milk through to the ends, including my bangs. Then I brush my hair. If you need a good brush, I really can’t recommend the Mason Pearson brushes enough — they are hair magic. Then I spritz a little bit of the leave-in conditioner mist over my hair and scrunch the ends of my hair to encourage the waves. I shower every other day or every two days and in-between I just mist a little more of the conditioning mist. This routine has been great at controlling the puffiness and tangles! The Rose & Apricot Hair Milk and Green Tea & Calendula Leave-in Conditioning Mist also smell amazing.
FACE: I’ve talked about the fact that over the past couple of years I’ve developed rosacea. It’s usually a mild condition, but there are occasional flareups that have left me with painful welts and swelling. It has been hard to find things that don’t irritate my skin — even beautiful, all organic dream products often cause irritation. I tend to have dry skin and have been loving Balm Balm Frankincense Hydrosol, In Fiore Complexe de Fleur and Weleda Cold Cream.
How I Use: I have a tendency towards very dry skin and my majorly moisturizing and most intentional beauty routine happens at night. I really look forward to climbing into bed after washing my face at night to slather on some goodness. First, I spritz on the frankincense hydrosol and let it dry — I LOVE the centering scent of frankincense. Then I use the dropper to put a few Complexe de Fleur serum drops on the back of hand before dabbing onto my face with my index finger. After this, I often apply an oil or balm and then go to sleep under the mist of my humidifier. I’ve just added the Weleda cold cream to my routine and I use it about 3-4 times of week now instead of the serum and balm ritual. The cold cream is very heavy and works incredibly well during the times when nothing else seems to hydrate my skin enough. I always wake up with super soft skin and the cold cream is inexpensive compared to the other products that I’ve been using.
BODY: Continuing on the dryness theme, we move on to MY ENTIRE BODY. One of my very favorite and most luxurious beauty product splurges is my In Fiore Shevanti Body Balm. The scent is AMAZING and you do feel a bit like an Egyptian queen getting ready for the day when you as you rub it into your skin or as my friend Tamera said, “It basically smells like you’re preparing yourself for ancient sacrifice.” YES. Super moisturizing and all the amazing oils make it feel pretty magical. I have also been enjoying Ellovi Body Butter. It’s a beautiful and very moisturizing butter that has very few ingredients. It smells dreamy and feels gentle, but really does a good job getting in there and softening the rough bits.
How I Use: Pretty basic stuff! For the Shevanti body balm, I smear it all over my limbs, shoulders, chest, belly and hips — then rub it in while in a blissed out crazy scent haze. Then I do whatever face moisturizing routine I might need while it sinks into my skin a bit before putting on my clothes. On truly indulgent days, I allow myself enough time to climb back into our warm bed in my bathrobe while the balm sinks in. With the body butter I use it more often and especially love to rub extra on my heels and elbows. It’s also lovely everywhere else and the scent is pretty addictive. I have the original, but would love to try the vanilla version next.
LIPS: I have a lip balm problem — I really do. If it sounds lovely, then I cannot usually help myself — I have to try it out. I am not loyal to any brand in particular, but do have some current faves — Ellovi Lip Butter and Balm Balm Rose Geranium Lip Balm.
How I Use: Liberally, all day long. Like I have a lip balm applying tick. It helps me concentrate while I apply — I swear! Out of the two, the lip butter is far more moisturizing than the balm, but they both smell lovely and do a good job.
I love the new things rolling in for spring at Alder & Co. Some of my spring faves are the white cotton slip (so perfect for hot summer nights to come!), the indigo wood block dress, the navy sleeveless dress, the black denim jeans, the sweet Japanese overalls and the white nightshirt. I’m also still very much in love my bday bottle of Cardinal perfume and all the linen things. If you’re in Portland, stop by Alder & Co. at 616 SW 12th Ave. More HERE.
Images courtesy of Alder & Co.