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Entries from October 31st, 2012

October 31, 2012

outfit post | happy halloween

When it comes to Halloween, you can’t go wrong with head-to-toe black — but I like to add a pop of neon to stay on-trend.

kimberlyloc halloween

{Dress//Schaake’s Pumpkin Patch, Lawrence, Kansas; Hairdo//Lots of Hairspray, Cruelty-free Skunk Fur. Photo by the Teacher Man}

I thought that would make you smile.

I hope you have a safe, spooky Halloween. My heart goes out to the children on the East Coast who are dealing with the aftermath of Sandy — don’t worry, kids, there can be a Halloween makeup day for you!

But before there can be a postponed Halloween celebration, the kids affected by Sandy need our help with basic needs. I’ll be making a donation to the Red Cross today to support the relief efforts in the Northeast, and I hope you do, too!

Also: I also hope you enjoy this little gem of a picture — the teacher man is making a special appearance today to say Happy Halloween, too, and show you how I make him carry around my pumpkins at the pumpkin patch every year.

kimberlyloc and the teacher man pumpkin patch 2012

What are you doing to celebrate this sweet holiday?

October 30, 2012

trend i love | statement jewelry

Within my circle of friends, I’m known as the crazy accessory girl thanks to my love of big, bold jewelry, layers and layers of necklaces and an arm stacked with jewels.

To me, accessories help show off your personality in ways that tops, bottoms and shoes just can’t. Jewelry in particular gives an insight to the kind of person you are — or are on the inside.

I recently discovered I Love Jewelry Auctions, a social shopping site that curates trendy, funky jewelry and sells it auction-style via Facebook.

What a thrill!

I love the concept of a social flash sales site — as you’re perusing your news feed, you see a bracelet you love, comment “sold” on it and voila, after a little email invoice action, that baby is yours (and shipped free!) within 24 hours.

Talk about instant gratification.

Here’s a few styles I’ve spotted lately that caught my eye. My absolute faves are “hearted” with a hand-on-mouse-drawn Photoshop heart :)

i love jewelry auctions facebook jewelry

So, who’s going to be trolling Facebook more than ever now?

Have you bought anything from a social flash sales site (I Love Jewelry Auctions or others)? What’s your experience been like? And, um, what’d you buy?! Tell me/show me in the comments section or on Facebook!

October 29, 2012

beauty diy | 3 natural beauty recipes for hair, face and body

On Monday morning I had the privilege of going on to one of my favorite metro morning shows, Better Kansas City, to talk DIY natural beauty recipes with co-host Lisa Holbrook.

(The last time I was on air for the show, I talked summer-to-fall transition fashion with Kelly Jones!)

Watch Lisa Holbrook and me on KCTV5′s “Better Kansas City”

Here’s the scoop on these three DIY beauty treatments:

1. Nourishing Hair Oil Treatment

kimberlyloc better kansas city nourishing hair oil treatment

Ingredients

1 part avocado oil
1 part coconut oil
5-10 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil

Instructions

If it’s colder than 76 degrees in your home, you may notice that your coconut oil is now a pure white solid. All you have to do is heat up container of coconut oil by setting it in a saucepan of water on the stove, set to low. The coconut oil will get back to its liquid state, and the warmth of the oil will feel lovely on your hair!

Simply mix equal parts coconut oil and avocado oil in a small container (use what you need for one application, or make more to last a week — just be sure to store it in a cool, dry place). Then, drop 5-10 splashes of essential oil into your creation. Go easy on the essential oil! You can always add more if like.

I use this treatment on my hair’s ends up through the mid-shaft area to help temporarily seal split ends and keep my locks soft and strong.

Why I Use These Ingredients

A study in the Journal of Cosmetic Science showed that coconut oil is able to bind itself to weak spots in the hair and help reduce protein loss. This provides temporary strength and helps the hair look thicker and shinier.

I use Tropical Traditions’ Certified-Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, the creme de la creme of coconut oils, which the company gifted to me for sampling and review. (My review: I love it. Longer review later.:))

Avocado oil is a new love of mine. It’s amazing at moisturizing dry, damaged hair thanks to its high vitamin count — vitamins A, B, D and E.

I choose rosemary oil for an invigorating scalp treatment. It’s been shown to help with hair regeneration, and it has wonderful aromatherapy benefits — especially if you apply this treatment in the morning pre-shower.

On the converse, you can also use lavender oil for a calming effect during an overnight hair oil treatment. Lavender essential oil, which is naturally anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, has a balancing effect on the scalp. Here’s to hoping flakies, blemishes and overly oily glands calm down!

2. Hydrating Facial Serum

kimberlyloc better kansas city hydrating facial serum

Ingredients

2/3 jojoba oil*
1/3 tamanu oil**
5-10 drops jasmine essential oil***

*(You can also substitute argan oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil or avocado oil for the jojoba oil— experiment and see what you like!)

**(You can also substitute rose hip seed oil — it’s great for all skin types — for the tamanu oil. Again, experiment!)

***(Rose, lavender, rosemary and lemongrass are also great choices; rose is perfect for dry skin while the other three a good for acne-prone skin)

Instructions

Fill a dropper bottle 2/3 full of your “base” oil, aka jojoba oil or one of the other recommended oils. Then, fill the remaining 1/3 with your second oil of choice — this is your hardworking oil that is treating your specific skin type. For me, it’s tamanu oil for acne.

I’d recommend playing with these ratios a bit. You may find that your skin reacts better with a little more “treatment” oil and a little less carrier/base oil. Leave enough room on top to drop 5-10 splashes of your favorite essential oil. I love jasmine for its luxurious, romantic scent.

Why I Use These Ingredients

Jojoba oil is a great base or “carrier” oil because it’s lightweight, odorless and easily absorbed by the skin. It’s very similar to our skin’s natural oil, sebum, so using jojoba oil on your face helps “trick” your skin into thinking it has produced enough oil — this can help keep your face clear of breakouts as well as clear of dry patches.

In my humble opinion, tamanu oil is going to be one of the next big “it” oils. It hails from Southeast Asia (like my mom! :)) and has a distinct, nutty smell. Tamanu oil is known for its antiseptic, antifungal properties, so this is another good oil for acne-prone or hormonally imbalanced skin.

3. Exfoliating Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub

kimberlyloc better kansas city exfoliating pumpking pie spice sugar scrub

Ingredients

2 cups brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice OR equal parts ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon

Instructions

Mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl. Be sure to get out all the clumps (you may need to use your hands in addition to a wooden spoon) before adding in the sweet almond oil. After adding the oil, mix the concoction a bit more before transferring it to a glass jar and sealing it with a tight lid.

Why I Use These Ingredients

It’s so simple — literally just sugar and oil, so you probably have 2/3 of this recipe on hand already. Brown and granulated sugar naturally exfoliate your skin while sweet almond oil (or any carrier oil you want — just choose one that doesn’t have a strong odor so the sugar smell can come through) soften skin.

Add pumpkin pie spice for a yummy scent, or use your favorite essential oils for aromatherapy benefits.

What are your favorite DIY beauty recipes? What essential oils and carrier oils do you adore? Tell me your best natural beauty tips in the comments section!

October 29, 2012

outfit post | funny fall

Last week started out with unseasonably warm weather that allowed me to go bare-legged and open-toed before having to bust out my heavier coat at the end of the week (remember this Instagram?).

kimberlyloc seafoam green dress and denim jacket

{Denim Blazer//Levi Strauss Store, San Francisco, Stolen from Mama; Scarf//The Limited (similar); Dress//Donna’s Dress Shop, Kansas City, Missouri (similar); Bag//Coach; Cutout Booties//Maude Boutique, Fayetteville, Arkansas (similar). Photo by the Teacher Man}

I wore this little getup (my first dress purchase from Donna’s Dress Shop — I tend to frequent the jewelry there, but couldn’t pass up this seafoam-green number!) to work last Monday.

I must thank my mama for allowing me to jack her slim-fitting denim jacket; I rely on this piece to both dress up and dress down several outfits. I often pair it with work slacks to give my look a more relaxed feel, or I’ll make a flirty dress a little more structured and covered up.

kimberlyloc teal coach bag and turquoise bracelet

{Bag//Coach (similar smaller version); Bracelet//Gift from the Teacher Man via KC Garment District Boutique Collective. Photo by the Teacher Man}

Can you tell I’m completely drawn to this seafoam/teal/turquoise color family? More evidence here, here and here.

kimberlyloc earrings and accessories

{Scarf//The Limited; Earrings//Urban Outfitters (8 years old!) (similar); Lip Color//Aveda Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color in Stargrape via Xiphium Salon. Photos by the Teacher Man}

What pieces do you keep out year round — either in hopes of wearing them in unseasonably warm weather or wearing them in creative, layered ways? Tell me your year-round wardrobe staples in the comments section!

October 26, 2012

natural beauty buff | sally glover, fresh faced

“At Fresh Faced, we believe that true beauty is achieved without compromise.”

The next time I make it to Toronto (I haven’t been since I was, well, 12), I’m hanging out with Sally Glover.

Sally is the founder of Fresh Faced, an online natural beauty shop out of Canada that caters to our green beauty neighbors to the north’s natural needs.

sally glover fresh faced headshot

{Sally embodies the definition of “natural beauty.” I love that you can see her sweet freckles in this picture. Photo Courtesy Sally Glover/Fresh Faced}

Sally’s also the blogger behind Frugal Fashionista (um, I read this blog back in college when it was here!), a freelance editor and an environmental writer for destinations like Ecorazzi and blogTO.

Are you seeing why I want to hang with her?

Too. Much. In. Common.

But of course, the first thing that drew me to Sally was our shared love for natural beauty products. I’m blown away by this eco-beauty hero’s drive to make clean beauty products readily available for naturally beautiful Canadian men and women.

I’m also supremely impressed by the overall concept of Fresh Faced — not only does she offer all the best natural beauty brands (including some Canadian brands that I’m dying to try!), but she delivers superb editorial content via the blog, a beautiful site design and great sales!

Also, I love that Sally set up her natural beauty business with international beauties in mind. She ships everywhere so ladies and gents across the globe can get their hard-to-find natural goodies in a snap.

Until I find a natural beauty shop in Kansas City that offers Canadian natural beauty brands such as Kaia Naturals and Green Beaver Company, I’ll be looking to Sally and Fresh Faced for the best international natural beauty brands on the market.

I’m hoping, though, that I’ll be looking to Sally for her recommendations from across the beauty aisle at a sweet little shop in Toronto. :)

As usual, I’ve starred the products that I also use and love.

Inside Sally’s Beauty “Bucket” Bag

sally glover fresh faced natural beauty products

{“I carry most of these natural goodies around in my Roots French Bucket Bag.” Photo Courtesy Sally Glover/Fresh Faced}

Pai Geranium & Thistle Combination Skin Cream

“This is my daily go-to. Super hydrating, super clean and doesn’t cause breakouts on my sensitive skin. My face looks and feels instantly radiant.”

Soapwalla Deodorant Cream

“As a marathon runner, let’s face it — I need a serious smell eliminator, so I was cautiously thrilled to try Soapwalla Kitchen’s Deodorant Cream. And guess what? I’m totally sold. The smell (a blend of peppermint, lavender and tea tree essential oils) is light and clean, and it forgoes the usual nasties like propylene glycol, aluminum, triclosan and BHT in favor of vegetable powders, shea butter and clays.”

Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Cream

“Kahina Giving Beauty is the perfect marriage of luxury and social consciousness — I love that 25 percent of profits are donated to the women in Moroccan cooperatives who extract the argan oil at the heart of the Kahina line. This eye cream is light and rich and is saving me from puffiness, stress lines and dark circles. What more could a girl want?” (Editor’s Note: A girl would want to know what beauty products Kahina founder Katharine L’Heureux uses! I got your back.)

Pai Bergamot Lip Balm

“I wear this 100 percent organic and all-natural lip balm pretty much around the clock. It keeps my lips soft and smooth, even in the dark, dreary days of Canadian winter.”

*Butter London 3-Free Lacquer in Union Jack Black

“Union Jack Black is jet-black and super shiny, and gives my hardworking hands a stylish boost. Made without formaldehyde, toluene or DBP.”

Kaia Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloth

“If you’re a bit on the lazy side (like me!) when it comes to washing your face before bed, Kaia’s cleansing cloths are just the thing. They melt away makeup and contaminants without leaving my face dry or sticky. Plus I love to support Canadian brands.”

Revolution Organics All-Over Body Balm

“I use Revolution Organics balm for a laundry list of tasks, and given that it’s marketed as having more than 22 uses, I am sure to discover more parts of my body I can apply it to. It’s portable and chic (and goes everywhere with me!) and contains only seven (certified-organic!) ingredients.”

Vapour Organic Beauty Illusionist Concealer

“Vapour (coming soon to Fresh Faced!) makes a great product. I’m pleased to have finally found naturally made concealer that covers my dark under-eye circles and occasional blemishes without clogging my pores or collecting in lines.”

Vapour Organic Beauty Mesmerize Eye Color in Flash

“I am a big fan of cream eye shadows — especially as I get older. I love Vapour’s stick application, which I can use for a quick swipe of color or in combination with other shades to create depth and highlights.”

Soapwalla Luxurious Body Oil

“Confession: Dry skin is one of my biggest pet peeves. My skin drinks this stuff in; it feels amazingly nourishing and smells like heaven. Because it’s made of well-blended oils, Soapwalla’s body oil is non-greasy, and a little goes a long way.”



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