Design Inspiration HallysLondon

Design Inspiration— The London Brunch Spot That’ll Give You All the Feels

Take all the inspiration from this lovely brunch spot in London for your next home design makeover.

Design inspiration alert! Sometimes I walk into a restaurant and feel completely at home. The place is cozy and inviting and there’s a certain vibe that just makes me feel so dang comfortable. Other times, as is the case with my Summer visit to Hally’s in London, I feel completely jealous because I can only wish that my home could look as calm, pretty, and functional as this cute little brunch spot. Seriously, this place is cute as hell, y’all! Inspired by California beach houses, Alexander Waterworth Interiors created a space (in south west London of all places) that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the Pacific Coast Highway. No joke.

If the super fresh look of whitewashed brick walls don’t grab you, then the soft pastel dipped chairs and chic yellow industrial stools certainly will. Reclaimed wood floors and a beautiful tile detail just below the bar stools. If you’re still not in love, there are beautifully curated wood elements, vintage decor, and greenery on simple open shelves. Even the bathroom in this place is gorgeous with it’s bold wallpaper and cool tiles. Madness. I seriously love this place.

I guess I should mention that Hally’s serves a pretty mean brunch, but it’s the atmosphere that kept calling me back (and has me questioning every design choice I’ve ever made). When I grow up, I want my kitchen and dining room to look just like this! I’m gonna step aside while you guys add all this to your Dream Home Pinterest boards. Amiright?! Check it out!

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Organic Travel Size Toiletries

Did I mention that I’m heading to Europe next week for vacation? Ok, so I probably have mentioned it once or twice. Like when I told you about carry-on only travel, or my meticulous planning of post vacation meals, or like when I’m just so giddy I can’t contain myself.  Yeah well, to be clear, I’m not just bragging, I actually hope that I’m giving you some useful information that you can apply in your own day to day, even if you don’t travel. I always use trips to take the opportunity to test out new skin care products.

There’s something just so darn cute and non-committal about those little travel size packages. Besides, my skin always goes crazy when I’m traveling anyway, so I like to experiment with different products just to see how my travel weary skin will react. If a skin care line can make my travel skin look and feel great, then imagine what it will do on the reg. I’ve probably tested out hundreds of beauty lines using the travel size/ sample size method. You can totally get a feel for the product without having to purchase the larger, more expensive version. Here are a few of my favorites, and by favorites, I mean the ones that I actually bought the full version of after trying them out!

Pai Skin Care

Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser melts away make-up and impurities while nourishing skin with Omega 3 and Vitamins A, B & E. Together, the anti-inflammatory rich BioAffinity Tonic and Calming Day Cream instantly soothe reactive skin and provide the perfect level of hydration to keep skin comfortable and hydrated all day long. This kit even comes with an organic muslin cloth!

Laurel Whole Plant Organics

This travel set comes in a USA-made canvas zip bag that’s perfect for travel or gifting. For oily, problem, or combination skin. The set includes a facial cleanser, facial elixir, balancing serum, almond grain exfoliant, and citrus spice lip treatment.

Odacite

Odacite designed a kit specially for oily skin including 6 products enough for 10 days. All products are freshly made with certified organic ingredients. It includes a cleanser and 2 facial sponges, one mint toner, one day moisturizer, one night serum, one exfoliant, and one eye cream. This travel kit also comes in Mature/Dry skin and Combination skin versions.

My 5 Favorite Natural Beauty Brands at Target

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A while back I was pretty much addicted to subscription boxes. Getting those awesome little boxes in the mail felt like Christmas morning, like yay! I didn’t even know I wanted that! Only thing is, sometimes the boxes contained things that I really didn’t use. Ever. So in my effort to scale back on the amount of unnecessary  stuff I had, I went paperless on all my bills, I tossed or donated a bunch of things, and I quit my subscription box addiction cold turkey.

One of my favorites was Birchbox, because who doesn’t like beauty supplies?! Birchbox single handedly turned me on to a lot of brands that I would have never tried. I’m all about organic beauty products, so I try to stick to homemade recipes, but isn’t it great when you can find a brand that does the work for you? You guys, we want to know exactly what is going on with the products we use. That shouldn’t be too much to ask, right? Like, seriously, there’s been a lot of scary links made between commercial skin care ingredients and Cancer. Wtf?! No bueno. Fortunately, some companies have heard us crying for safer products that don’t burn bunnies in the process, and now there is an overwhelming natural beauty presence in our local drugstore aisles.

I recently picked up some of those yummy beauty supplies I fell in love with through Birchbox while frolicking through Target. Sometimes it’s easier to just be able to buy an amazing facial mask, moisturizer, or toner than it is to DIY it. Sometimes it’s also more convenient. Like right now I’m planning my toiletry bag for my trip to Europe next month. It was great to be able to just grab what I needed at Target, and trust that I wasn’t doing horrible things to my body, or the bodies of innocent animals, with paraben filled yuckiness. Check out my top natural beauty finds from Target!

Nourish Organic

Nourish Organics makes organic beauty products that are not only affordable, but really effective. I totally recommend the Skin Solve Cream to Oil All Over Treatment. You can use this one product on your skin, your body, and your hair.So versatile and so powerfully gentle! Best part, it’s travel sized so you can plop this in your purse when commuting, or in your carry-on for that long flight.

S.W. Basics

You really can’t go wrong with this brand. From facial cleanser, to exfoliant, to moisturizer, to lip balm, this brand has it all. If you can’t decide where to start, do yourself a favor and get the toner. I absolutely love their toner! With just 5 ingredients (water, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, clary sage oil, and sandalwood oil, this toner is the real deal. It doesn’t dry your skin out like some other toners do and I just love the smell. Fresh and simple.

W3ll People

I quit wearing makeup a long time ago because cosmetics were at the top of the unnecessary toxin list. I tried some natural brands, but was always disappointed with the clumping and the flaking that seemed to go hand in hand with toxin free make up. Mascara was the worst offender. When I tried W3ll People, I was amazed at how smooth and perfect this stuff is. Try their Expressionist Pro Mascara and bat those beautiful lashes with confidence!

Pacifica

Pacifica products are vegan and cruelty free which already makes them pretty rad. To be honest, I just bought Hot Vegan Probiotic & Spice Rehab Mask because best name ever. It’s as amazing as it sounds, y’all. Pacifica definitely pays attention to superfood trends. They use ingredients like cactus water and kale, y’all. Say word! I also started keeping their Underarm Deodorant Wipes in my purse at all times, because sweat. I’m doing my part in the fight against subway b.o. this summer. I’m looking at you rush hour A train. Again, a lot of these products come in travel size. Perfect.

Acure

 

Acure is another vegan friendly, cruelty free company that actually makes products that work. In fact, their motto goes something like “it’s not enough to be natural, it also has to work” And this stuff works. I use their Seriously Glowing Facial Serum. This stuff is UH-MAZ-ING! I apply it after my toner, but before my moisturizer/sunscreen. A little goes a long way. I also tried the Argan Oil + Argan Extract Leave In Conditioner, but honestly I prefer using just straight carrier oils when it comes to my hair. If you buy any Acure product though, I really think the face serum is the best I’ve tried.

Am I missing anything? Have you tried any of the other natural beauty brands at Target? What’s your favorite product?

The Perfect Luggage for the Neurotic Neat-Freak in All of Us

This July I’m heading overseas for a European vacation. It’ll be the first time in a long time that I’m traveling internationally for an extended period of time. I’ll be hanging out in Scandinavia and England for several weeks. As excited as I am for the trip, I think I’m more excited about the opportunity to pack my luggage. Hear me out. For me, packing luggage represents the opportunity to appease all of the angry, neurotic, neat-freak, minimalist voices in my head. There is almost nothing quite as satisfying as packing everything you could possibly need into a nifty carry on.

Recently, I came across Eagle Creek luggage, and I’ve been swooning ever since. This luggage is the truth, y’all. I mean, every square inch of these bags are made to maximize function and keep you organized. I’m in no way affiliated with this company, I’m just kind of a nerd when it comes to travel. I write lists. I double check those lists. I even do ‘dry runs’ to make sure my list is top notch by packing and unpacking while I’m still at home.

I’m super stoked I found Eagle Creek bags ahead of this summer trip I’m taking. They have different collections to choose from, so there’s something for everybody. From the international traveler like me, to the mom that has to pack for all the kids, to the business traveler, even to the outdoor enthusiast, these bags are everything. Dude, I’m really geeking out over this luggage. I think you will too, just check out this video!

Lifestyle Trends to Look for in 2017

Lifestyle Trends to Look for in 2017

Wondering what’s in store for 2017? Check out this short video from Trend Hunter that showcases some future trends we may see a lot of in the new year. It should come as no surprise that fitness, wellness, and food culture are taking the forefront in some of these new innovations and there are certainly some pretty cool trends emerging. From shop-able media to Instagram-able fitness to Snapchat-able travel, this list will keep you in the know. Give it a look!