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August 21, 2015

beauty secrets | tulsi tea to support beauty from within

Topical beauty can only get us so far.

No matter how many products you use, if you aren’t supporting your beauty from within — a nutrient-dense diet and maximum hydration coupled with ample sleep and sweat — you’re doing it wrong.

Small steps can get you to that glow. One pathway to pretty is through organic herbal teas. The perfect blend can help relieve stress, protect your immune system and enchant your senses with the aromas of nature’s most beautiful herbs and flowers.

organic india tulsi tea

{Organic India sent me samples of its Tulsi tea to review. Prices range from $4.49 to $5.99 per box for 18 certified organic infusion bags.}

Lina Hanson, founder of Lina Hanson Global Beauty, told me in an interview that she loves holy basil, or tulsi tea, to supplement her daily hydration plan. Tulsi is lovingly called the “Queen of Herbs” and is held as a sacred plant in India, offering a wealth of benefits to both mind and body.

I took Lina’s recommendation to heart and searched out some of the best brands offering organic holy basil tea. Organic India came up in my search, and I was impressed at the variety — 18 different kinds! — of tulsi tea they offered.

Of course, when I saw they offered jasmine tulsi tea, it was over. Welcome to the eighth feature in my #12DaysOfJasmine series.

organic india jasmine tulsi tea

Calming chamomile and fragrant jasmine flowers join the beloved and powerful tulsi to create the most beautiful caffeine-free tea that is perfect to sip in the afternoon or evening when you need a little zen in your life.

Tulsi, a principle herb of Ayurveda, is an adaptogenic herb that can help the body better handle stress. This is wonderful for the mind, but also for the body, as more stressors in life tend to manifest on the face — breakouts, flushing, you name it.

Organic India’s Jasmine Tulsi Tea contains a blend of the three main varieties of tulsi: Rama, Krishna and Vana. Each type has a distinct taste (think medicinal, cooling and foresty), yet blended together with hints of jasmine and chamomile, you get a very soft, beautifully floral tea that is easy to integrate into your diet.

This is a tea I like to keep stashed at work to help bring my stress levels down and to bring that jasmine experience usually reserved for my personal care time at home into my office.

If I need a little bit more from my tea during the day (hi, caffeine), I boost with green tea to continue to get the antioxidants but with a tiny shot of power. (Lina also recommends this method to help get your fluids in for the day!)

Jasmine green teas are also available, and I have my eye on Organic India’s Jasmine Green Tulsi Tea — talk about packed with all the good stuff!

In addition to Organic India’s Jasmine Tulsi Tea, I’m also taken by the delicate flavor behind its Sweet Rose Tulsi Tea. There’s nothing more beautiful than a rose, and to enjoy it in this way is nothing short of indulgent.

With a strong tea collection for internal beauty support, I’d be amiss to mention that you can also use your teabags on a second or third steeping to create wonderful toning waters for various uses, such as misting your skin or mixing up powder masks. Why use just water when you can infuse your beauty masks with even more goodness?

I’m excited to be able to bring you jasmine addicts yet another way to enjoy this beautiful flower — and in the company of such powerful herbs that can help our moods and tickle our tastebuds! I’m sure there are plenty other great jasmine teas out there — have any to share? Tell me in the comments!

July 20, 2015

beauty secrets | eat pretty for glowing skin

No matter how many certified organic, DIY or luxury beauty products you pile on to your skin, if you’re not

1) sweating it out regularly with your choice of exercise;

2) managing your stress levels; and

3) feeding your body with nutrient-dense foods, you’re shortchanging yourself from that true lit-from-within glow that only comes from a healthy lifestyle.

Now, I’m not saying that you should only #eatclean and deprive yourself of things you love (hi, chips and queso), but I am saying that you should be mindful of how your body and skin look and feel when you eat certain foods (and when you miss workouts or are hyper-stressed).

For me, it’s all about congestion. When I miss regular workouts (intense yoga sessions), I can see it in my skin. I am full of blackheads and am more susceptible to cystic acne.

Case in point: I’ve been unable to practice for three weeks due to a minor neck injury, and my skin is freaking out right now. I’ve also been a bit indulgent in refined carbohydrates — which make me feel very puffy — and I can see the dullness in my skin when I don’t get all my colorful carbohydrates in.

foods for healthy skin

This nutrition–skincare connection has been an interest of mine for a while, so I was thrilled at the chance to explore it a bit deeper for an article for Mother Earth Living magazine.

I wrote this piece back in December, during the hectic holiday season, and it really helped me think through how to nourish my body and skin with the best beauty foods. It’s now live online and in print (mad respect for the print publishing cycle!), and I’m excited to share it with you today.

Enjoy this excerpt below, and special thanks to Jolene Hart and Lina Hanson for serving as expert sources in this piece. Extra special thanks to my editor and friend, author Tabitha Alterman, for assigning this piece to me.

6 Essential Beauty Nutrients for Radiant Skin

While there’s no simple formula guaranteed to deliver clear, frustration-free skin, powerhouse beauty nutrients found in our favorite whole foods can help reduce blemishes and keep skin looking youthful and radiant at any age.

“It’s not about specific foods,” says Jolene Hart, a health coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and author of Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out. “It’s more about the approach.”

The approach, Hart says, is in choosing the best fresh foods that pamper our bodies while providing major skin benefits.

This means targeting nutrient-dense foods known for their ability to build collagen and elastin (which keep skin firm and supple), reduce inflammation, and protect against skin-damaging free radicals caused by ultraviolet (UV) exposure, air pollution and everyday toxin buildup.

Read the full article online, or pick up the July/August 2015 issue at bookstores and health food stores nationwide!

January 24, 2014

this makes me happy | love and laughter

I’m figuring out how to love and laugh during strange times.

“When you love and laugh abundantly, you live a beautiful life.”

when you love and laugh abundantly

Wishing you a happy Friday and weekend filled with beauty and abundance.

I’m heading East today to visit some dear friends and get a mega dose of love and laughter.

It’s the ultimate cure for a winter funk (followed closely by homemade pho and hot tea).

(And if you’re wondering, yes, that’s me in the picture. Oh how I miss my long hair sometimes!)

September 9, 2013

scenes from my weekend | a visit to new york during mercedes-benz fashion week | new york city

My apologies for being a bit quiet on the blog lately — I hope you have been able to follow along via Twitter and Instagram for real-time updates during the past few days!

I’ll be back to a regular posting schedule this week — until then, here’s a recap of my time in New York City during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

kimberlyloc britanie faith gina debacker caro during a night for green beauty

{To kick off my stay in New York City, my friends Carolyn (my left) and Gina (far right)  joined me at “A Night for Green Beauty,” where we met my lovely beauty blogging friends (including Britanie Faith!) and some of my favorite natural beauty company founders. The event was packed full of familiar faces, new products and lots of energy. Thank you to La Bella Figura for planning and executing this amazing gathering!}

gina kimberlyloc may lindstrom victoria fantauzzi la bella figura

{Wednesday’s travels and green beauty event really took it out of me. On Thursday, Gina and I slept in, had brunch with Laurie of 312 Beauty and then headed downtown to meet up with the beautiful May Lindstrom for afternoon tea. As we were preparing to leave, “Aunt Victoria” (as she is so lovingly referred to by May and her husband Robert on behalf of their baby girl, Talia) of La Bella Figura was popping over for a visit. It was a treat to connect on a more intimate level with two of my favorite natural skincare company founders. I’m not sure what this says about me, but I was never starstruck by meeting any of the beauty founders — every single one of them comes off the exact same way they do via email and social media: genuine and warm. That’s what I love about this community.}

mercedes benz fashion week p'trique project runway noon by noor

{Friday was fashion show day for Gina and me. We kicked off our run at Lincoln Center with the Project Runway finale show (sooooo good!) followed by Noon by Noor and the Nautica men’s show. I have to say, though, the highlight of my day at Lincoln Center was spotting my girl P’Trique.}

gita woosley mimi and chichi kimberlyloc mercedes benz fashion week ramen venexiana

{On Saturday, Gina and I hit up brunch with my friend Carolyn, wandered around Central Park and explored the natural history museum before heading back to Lincoln Center for our final show of the weekend: Venexiana. We joined my girl Gita of Mimi and Chichi for the show, which featured 73 flowy, drapey dresses — this one was my favorite. Post-show, we calmed my ramen craving by heading to Hide-Chan in Midtown East. It’s a fashion week tradition!}

June 28, 2013

meet me in san francisco

Depending on what time you’re reading this (via the tweet that goes out right when a new post publishes or via your new post email every morning), I’m either 1) dreaming of San Francisco or 2) frantically packing last-minute items for our vacation to San Francisco.

meet kimberlyloc in san francisco

{My pictures from San Francisco, circa 2007. Sorry, NYC, but I think I love the Bay Area a little more.}

The teacher man and I are sharing our three-year anniversary in the City by the Bay and while I’ve been to the area numerous times, I’m always excited to make the trek west for fresh air, fresh fish and all sorts of fresh fun.

If you’re familiar with the area (or hell, are a local and read my blog), I’d love a few tips on where to go, what to see and where to shop for natural beauty products! I go to SF every year or so, but it’s not like I have my finger on the pulse of everything that’s new — please keep me hip, y’all!

(Y’all inserted for dramatic effect.)

While we will be limiting the number of boutiques and shops we visit (because this is a couples trip, not a Kimbo shopping spree), I’ve let the teacher man know that if an amazing apothecary comes calling, we HAVE to get inside.

Have a great weekend. I’ve got some guest posts lined up for you next week, and will share the spoils of my journey via social media as I can.


February 13, 2013

scenes from my weekend | a visit to new york during mercedes benz fashion week | new york city

You know when it’s taken me two days to recoup from my weekend that it had to have been an awesome one.

In case you don’t follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (sad face!), I spent a long weekend with my friend Carolyn on the Upper West Side.

We ran around Manhattan like crazy women in pursuit of fashion, beauty and all-day brunch specials — all during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week!

kimberlyloc outside of lincoln center during mercedes benz fashion week in new york city

{I arrived on Thursday night, and of course we had to stroll by Lincoln Center, where I’d be roaming around on Friday morning, so I could see the calm before the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Storm (and, um, Nemo).}

kimberlyloc with kendi everyday and carolyn

{We hit up the Gap StyldBy event hosted by one of my favorite real-girl, affordable fashion bloggers Kendi Everyday. Look whose pics got Facebooked, tweeted and Instagrammed from the official Gap accounts! Photo Courtesy Gap Instagram}

kimberlyloc backstage with designer sally lapointe during mercedes benz fashion week fall/winter 2013 presentations

{On Friday morning, I headed downtown to Pier 57 to catch the Sally LaPointe show. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to get backstage to meet Sally and check out the models’ hair and makeup and see the run of show setup.}

jess afshar mimi and chichi jana meister style your life kim wallace kimberlyloc new york fashion week lincoln center

{After the Sally show, I headed uptown to Lincoln Center to meet Jess and Jana. Jess and I hit up the Nautica show while Jana braved Nemo to catch up with the rest of the Kansas City Fashion Week crew.}

totto ramen new york city

{After the Nautica show, it was Jess and my turn to bundle up and brave Nemo. By 4:30 p.m., the white flakes were coming down and the winds were fierce. Thankfully, Jess had an Uber ride ready for us and we jetted off to Totto Ramen for an amazing late lunch/early dinner. I got spicy ramen with a side of spicy bamboo shots. Divine!}

french toast brunch abc kitchen new york city jean georges

{On Saturday morning, Carolyn and I went to the Flatiron district for brunch at ABC Kitchen. I kind of have a thing for French toast, and anytime I try a new breakfast/brunch spot, it’s my go-to. I have to say, this French toast with a side of roasted apples was the best I’ve ever had. Leave it to Jean Georges to blow my mind over brunch (he’s also blown my mind at Dune at the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas.}

kimberlyloc at abc carpet and home natural beauty apothecary

{After a happy brunch, I made tested Carolyn’s patience as I spent more than an hour circling through the natural beauty offerings inside the ABC Carpet & Home Apothecary. I spent a lot of time chatting it up with Carol at the Tracie Martyn counter, and was so sad to learn that I had just missed Rose Marie Swift (of RMS Beauty) minutes beforehand. To deal with this loss, I spent a lot of money on natural beauty products and tweeted my sadness to @RMSBeauty.}

kimberlyloc wears hand-dyed tights from kansas city designer whitney manney

{After an exciting day of eating and shopping, Carolyn and I met up with her college friends for a night of dancing downtown. Despite the insanely cold weather, I rocked my Whitney Manney W/M hand-dyed tights and danced the night away.}

crazy cat shirt brooklyn industries williamsburg brooklyn new york

{On Sunday, Carolyn and I ventured to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a little natural beauty, vintage and boutique shopping. Our first stop was Brooklyn Industries, where I had to restrain myself from buying the teacher man this awesome cat shirt. I instead got him a shirt with two strange birds on it.}

wing ring at brooklyn charm in williamsburg brooklyn new york

{We also popped into Brooklyn Charm to play with the eclectic selection of customizable jewelry. I picked up an engraved necklace (which I’ll share with you on Valentine’s Day) while Carolyn got a sweet necklace made for a dear friend. Because we had to wait a bit for the custom engraving, I entertained myself by playing with the cute little assortment of rings.}

daniel alvarez of woodley and bunny applies hourglass lipstick in icon on natural beauty blogger kimberlyloc

{The highlight of my trip to Brooklyn was visiting Woodley & Bunny and having the lovely Daniel work his magic on my lips. Again, I spent way too much time in this quaint shop, but couldn’t get over the amazing selection of natural skincare, haircare, nail polish and makeup. Daniel applied Hourglass lipstick in “Icon” on me and I never felt more glamorous.}

December 31, 2012

2012 year in review | top 10 blog posts of 2012

As the snow comes down outside here in Kansas City, I’m reflecting on the tremendous year that’s coming to a close.

From natural beauty industry leader interviews and television appearances to fashion week coverage and regular outfit posts, this blog has grown so much from the date nearly three years ago that I decided to give it a go.

This year, here’s what you told me (via your clicks!) were your favorite posts. Thank you very much for your support, and I’m looking forward to connecting with you in so many more ways (video?!) in 2013.

10. beauty diy | fight acne naturally with tea tree oil

tea tree oil and jojoba oil

Two of this blog’s most-praised natural beauty ingredients — tea tree oil and jojoba oil — kicked off the new series “beauty diy” back in July.

I will forever recommend tea tree oil and jojoba oil to natural beauty newcomers, and I’m thrilled to uncover more effective natural beauty ingredients that help in the constant fight against acne.

9. beauty scoop | one love organics essentials to go travel kit

one love organics essentials to go travel kit

Back in March, I shared my discovery of natural beauty startup One Love Organics.

The company takes a “waterless” approach to natural beauty ingredients; that is, instead of diluting precious, effective ingredients with water, they give you more of the good stuff … and you can use less of it thanks to the concentration!

8. beauty scoop | badger damascus rose spf 16 face sunscreen lotion

badger damascus rose spf 16 face sunscreen lotion

To kick off the summer pool season and commemorate Skin Cancer Awareness Month back in May, I started searching for natural sunscreens — which is more difficult than it seems!

Most natural sunscreens leave a white cast on your skin (thanks, zinc!), so finding natural sunscreens 1) without a Casper finish and 2) without harmful ingredients took some sleuthing. Badger’s Damascus Rose SPF 16 Face Sunscreen Lotion got a lot of praise from you thanks to its affordable pricing and effective formula.

7. kansas city fashion week favorites | kansas city, missouri

kms couture presents american trash kansas city fashion week

I’ve been a proud supporter of the Kansas City fashion community since my first Kansas City Fashion Week show back in February. Since that first show, the community has grown so much stronger, with designers, models, photographers and leaders coming together to put KC on the sartorial map.

For this post, I highlighted my favorites from the spring 2012 show and am impressed to see how these designers have evolved their style and skill throughout the year. Be on the lookout for more from these Kansas City fashion designers!

6. natural beauty buff | sophie, the clean beauty blog

sophie the clean beauty blog tata harper lotus wei bedside table

I can’t tell you how excited I was when Sophie, the writer behind The Clean Beauty Blog, reached out to me to see if I wanted to do a feature on her blog. I jumped at the chance (I adore her and her blog!), and of course asked her if I could feature her top beauty picks on my blog as well.

I’m happy I did, because not only did I get a peek at some natural beauty brands I was unfamiliar with, but I got a chance to write one of the most popular posts of 2012! It seems you love Sophie as much as I do — here’s to more collaborations in 2013!

5. fashion on the fringe | vintage fringe at the kc fringe festival | kansas city, missouri

little shells designs fashion on the fringe kansas city fringe festival

Speaking of the thriving fashion community in Kansas City, back in July I covered the eclectic “Fashion on the Fringe” show, a vintage-themed fashion show that was part of the Kansas City Fringe Festival.

This show celebrated both emerging and established artists and presented them the opportunity to produce their most creative work — and boy did it show! I am looking forward to 2013’s Fringe Festival and seeing more new faces and inspirational designs come down the runway.

4. beauty scoop | deodomom roll-on natural deodorant

deodomom roll-on natural deodorant from 30someweeks.com

One of the biggest changes I made in my personal care routine this year was switching to natural deodorants — so of course I had to blog it!

This hasn’t been an easy switch, but I’ve found a handful of natural deodorants (including DeodoMom, mentioned in this post) that come close to providing the odor protection I need to get through the day.

I’ll be continuing my search and review process for natural deodorants in 2013 (I have so many lined up to share with you in the coming weeks!), and I hope you’ll stick with me as I sweat it out.

3. natural beauty buff | spirit demerson, spirit beauty lounge

spirit demerson spirit beauty lounge

In February, I launched the “natural beauty buff” series — one of my favorite natural beauty product discovery tools — and who better to kick it off than Spirit Demerson, the founder of online natural beauty apothecary Spirit Beauty Lounge.

Since debuting the series, I’ve interviewed a total of 19 natural beauty industry leaders. That’s a lot of great, green product recommendations from the ones who know it best! Who do you want me to interview in 2013?

2. this makes me happy | mustache watch

urban outfitters mustache watch

You guys, sometimes it’s the little things in life.

This was the second most-popular blog post of 2012 — who’d a thunk it?!

This is why I firmly believe in writing about whatever I want (which is why I started a blog!). By giving you little peeks into the things that make me happy (whether they are natural beauty-related or not), I let you in just a little bit closer and you get to see sides of me that make you think, “Oh, that’s who kimberlyloc is!”

1. beauty secrets | multipurpose beauty products

kimberlyloc with multipurpose beauty products on kctv5 better kansas city

One of the coolest things I did in 2012 was become a regular on KCTV5’s “Better Kansas City” lifestyle talk show.

As a lifestyle and natural beauty resource, I’ve shared fashion, beauty and DIY tips on the show, but the most popular appearance that I blogged was December’s “Multipurpose Beauty Products” segment featuring natural products curated from Beauty Brands as well as from my own personal arsenal.

Better Kansas City co-host Kelly Jones and I had a blast talking about the secret double lives of your beauty products and how to save money by using your products in multiple ways. I’m so grateful for the chance to share my ideas and tips with a wider audience, and I look forward to seeing you on the small screen again in January!

To my lovely readers: Thank you for your support! Whether you started reading this year, last year or the year before, I value your comments, likes, clicks, reads, shares, tweets, emails — EVERYTHING — that you do to give me the courage to share what I love with you. Cheers to a happy, healthy, naturally beautiful new year!










September 21, 2012

see you at fashionistas on a mission | kansas city, missouri

It’s been a whirlwind of a month.

In between keeping up with our work, personal lives and blogs, Jess and I have been hustlin’ to bring you the best fashion, beauty and shopping charity event to kick off the fall — Fashionistas on a Mission — in support of Rose Brooks Center.

I cannot believe the event is almost here! On Friday, Jess and I went on NBC 41 Action News to talk with our girl Jiao Jiao about the event.

We’ve been running all over town to get everything ready for the event. We sincerely hope you come!

Expect some tasty drinks, courtesy of Kansas Whiskey; some scrumptious macarons, courtesy of Au Bon Macaron; homemade cake pops, thanks to Jess; gorgeous fashion/jewelry/accessories, courtesy Whitney Manney, Simply Livly, eNVe Designs and Isshou No Yakusoku; and luxurious beauty products, courtesy La Bella Figura and One Love Organics.

Follow along on Twitter #KCFash for sneak peeks of the pre-event planning as well as real-time updates from all the fashionistas who come out to the Garment District Boutique to scoop up some great new fall clothes and bonus giveaway items.

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