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July 8, 2014

natural beauty buff | josh rosebrook, josh rosebrook skin and hair care

It’s not often that you come across a green beauty founder who knows his chops when it comes to both skincare and haircare.

It seems even more rare to find a male green beauty founder who really gets it when it comes to skincare and haircare.

But this stuff is just in Josh Rosebrook’s DNA.

josh rosebrook, josh rosebrook skin and hair care

A budding beauty entrepreneur at age 10,  Josh is one of those founders who uncovered his passions early on and found a way to make it his career — to the benefit of all of us.

He’s made his mark as a hair stylist and green beauty king, counting people such as Olivia Wilde, Sofia Bush, Mila Kunis and Ru Paul (yeah, I said Ru Paul! #legit) as fans, and now, he’s brought that magic touch to skincare — have you tried his Cacao Antioxidant Mask?

The proof that his skincare line is the real deal is in Josh’s skin itself; not very many women, let alone men, have the glow that Josh has.

But if you want to define “real deal” a bit more, just check out the beautiful ingredients he sources for his various oils, toners, cleansers and masks — this isn’t a simple DIY, folks!

The exotic herbal infusions he includes in his collection conjures up images of a beautiful potion-master mixing away some of the most potent ingredients, and I personally can’t wait to get my hands on the serum and accelerator he mentions in his routine below.

But besides the skincare Josh shares in his routine, he digs a little deeper — as many of us in the green beauty world do — and shares his love for supplements; high-quality, durable accessories; and healing crystals that can take us a little beyond what internal and external health care can.

I’m more than thrilled to share the routine green beauty and health must-haves of kimberlyloc.com’s first male “natural beauty buff” — what an example you’ve set, Josh (in so many ways).

Any other male green beauty founders out there care to step up?

As usual, I’ve starred the items I also use and love — and I’m kinda surprised Josh didn’t mention any items from his lovely haircare line! I also like his hairspray.

rms beauty un cover up

*RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up

“This is the best concealer I’ve ever used. The ingredients are incredible and the performance is flawless. This product balances perfectly with the skin and helps moisturize. The “Un” Cover-Up wears all day and blends so well, giving off a natural glow that only a pure, exceptionally formulated product can do! I love this stuff! This goes with me in my handbag everywhere.”

spirulina

Spirulina Manna

“Spirulina is such an incredible superfood with an unbelievable list of phytonutrients and benefits. I get it at Nature’s Health Food and Cafe when I’m in Palm Springs.”

Temecula County Bee Pollen

Temecula Valley Bee Pollen

“I add this to my green smoothies regularly, and I really feel like that it helps with my seasonal allergies and contains tons of nutrients. Giving your body a small dose of all the local pollen helps the body build up an awareness that the seasonal pollen is not a pathogen.”

“It’s also a whole food powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and oils, carbohydrates, amino acids and over 5,000 enzymes and coenzymes! The bees are dying in record numbers due to pesticides. Help save the bees! Beyond the incredible health products they create, the bees are crucial to the survival of the ecosystem. Most fruit and grain crops require pollination; without the bees, we are doomed.”

josh rosebrook deep hydrating serum

Josh Rosebrook Deep Hydrating Serum

“I have been addicted to the benefits of my oil serum for years. Nothing on the market is more nutrient-dense, regenerating, moisturizing or hydrating when paired with my Hydrating Accelerator. I selected active herb and plant extracts and oils for their unique, skin-transforming ability and the ultra-powerful synergy they create together. This highly concentrated oil serum is irreplaceable in my life and incredible for all skin types as it absorbs quickly into the skin and is calming, brightening, plumping and protecting.” (Also available on Amazon)

josh rosebrook hydrating accelerator

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

“This is a must-have and always in my bag. I am always talking about this crucial step in skin care that is overlooked way too often (right up there with weekly exfoliation.) Hydrators loosen skin tension and deliver vitamin-infused water into the skin. Our moisturizers’ nutrients are then allowed to move deeper into the skin and trap in that hydration, moisturizing our skin. I spritz my face with this a few times a day and lock it in with my Deep Hydrating Serum; fine lines disappear instantly and my skin glows!”

josh rosebrook nutrient day cream

Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream

“I worked on this multi-benefit moisturizer for years to get it perfect. Lightweight, non-sticky and extremely nutrient-dense, the synergy power in the selection of herbs works wonders healing the skin. It brightens and you feel it work, firming your facial skin instantly. The non-nano zinc protection and moisturizing benefits keep my face plump and protected all day. This goes everywhere with me — I am completely obsessed with it.”

josh rosebrook deodorant cream

Josh Rosebrook Deodorant Cream

“I’ve been perfecting this simple deodorant product over the last few months, and I’m really excited about it. I pretty much take it everywhere with me now. It goes on smooth, keeps me dry and the aroma is intoxicating. Not sure when it will be finished and available!”

healing crystals

*Crystals

“The power of crystals can assist and heal us in many ways. Crystals have a higher vibration. Carrying them and meditating with them can help keep your energy up, help boost the immune system and clear your mind and help balance you emotionally. When your mind is clear and calm, if you are sensitive enough, you can feel the energy of crystals. I keep crystals on my nightstand and choose specific ones to carry in my pocket with me and in my handbag wherever I go. I also keep some in my car in the cup holder! When I’m in Palm Springs, I go to Crystal Fantasy on Palm Canyon — they have a great selection.”

jack spade bag

Jack Spade Handbag

“I love Jack Spade’s clean, casual design. I need my bags to be well-made because I tend to fill them up with many things at once. These bags haven’t busted on me yet! I have three Jack Spade bags; brown, black and this blue one.”

warby parker sunglasses

Warby Parker Sunglasses

“I love Warby Parker eyewear.  You select five pairs of eyewear and they send them all to you to try on. You decide over five days what you like and then place your order online. Warby Parker eyewear is understated, chic and just my style.”

June 23, 2014

trend report | boho chic makeup and accessories

If you know me well, you know that I adore accessories almost as much as I obsess over clean, green beauty products.

My dresser proudly displays my jewelry while my closet stores bags and clutches in little cubes on the top shelf.

(Remember seeing everything in this feature?)

Though it seems I’m overflowing with bright bags and blingy jewels, I can’t help but ooh and ahh over earthy accessories that bring me back to nature and put the spotlight on beautiful raw stones, warm wood and delicious metals that complement my fair-with-olive-undertones complexion.

I’ve found that Lovely Hunt, a new online shop that specializes in handmade jewelry, bags and home decor inspired by nature, satisfies my craving for meaningful accessories that don’t look like what every other blogger or girl on the street is wearing.

Here’s four of my favorite accessories from Lovely Hunt and how to draw inspiration from them for two different boho chic makeup looks that feel playful and warm.

Earrings + Makeup Look 1 | Bejeweled

lovely hunt dimensions crystal earrings

lovely hunt dimensions crystal earrings

Lovely Hunt’s beautiful Dimensions Crystal Earrings, handmade with raw quartz and brass, inspired me to keep my eye makeup light and my lips a medium-strong jewel tone to keep the attention on these stunning little works of art.

To complement the brass, I went with Ecco Bella’s “Merlot” lipstick with a light layer of BareMinerals’ Marvelous Moxie Gloss in “Stunner” on top.

On my lashes and lids are Studio 78′s natural mascara (review to come!) and Sunday Riley’s “Fool’s Gold” eye shadow blended with Alima Pure’s “Venus” eye shadow.

For a soft kiss on the cheeks, I used Tarte’s “Fearless” Cheek Stain.

With such eye-catching earrings as these, you really have to keep your makeup subtle, yet still highlight a main feature with a strong-ish color. I could also see myself doing a light-smoky eye with these and just pale pink lips.

Earrings + Makeup Look 2 | Garden Goddess

lovely hunt vintage sequins earrings

lovely hunt vintage sequins earrings

Never would I have imagined using the words “sequins” and “earthy” in the same sentence, but Lovely Hunt’s Vintage Sequins Earrings strike the perfect balance between earthy and glam by taking advantage of muted tones and low shine.

Matte black vintage sequins anchor a half-circle of hammered and recycled brass while a vintage brass chain adds movement and a little additional texture.

The mix of black, brass and pewter tones had me reaching for my olive green eyeliner and eye shadows to stay within the color family without being matchy-matchy.

My staple cat eye came back for this “Garden Goddess” look thanks to Eyeko London’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner and a mixture of a couple of discontinued eye shadow colors from Urban Decay (not clean, I know — sorry) — a bright green that I toned down with a coppery shade.

To keep the neutral color palette at play, I chose Ilia Beauty’s “Nobody’s Baby” for my lips and Kjaer Weis’ “Sun Touched” for my cheeks.

I think these earrings could also be taken a whole different direction with sexy, vivid makeup, like a bold red lip and kohl-lined eyes. That’s the beauty of a neutral, vintage pair of earrings with subtle glam (thanks, sequins!).

Lovely Hunt Accessories Picks

lovely hunt palomino bag and dipped wood necklace

While Lovely Hunt’s Handmade Wild Palomino Bag and Grove Wood and Brass Necklace don’t have accompanying makeup looks, I was drawn to these two pieces for several reasons.

First, the Handmade Wild Palomino Bag has such interesting textures — genuine leather with an embossed design plus tan and white cowhide — and is the perfect crossbody bag for all those summer music festivals on deck.

I think it would look perfect with the right pair of worn-in cutoffs, some tough, light-colored booties and a flowy crop top.

And with the right flowy crop top (one without any embellishments in the front), you could easily wear Lovely Hunt’s Grove Wood and Brass Necklace with your festival ensemble.

Handmade from three layers of wood, the Grove Wood and Brass Necklace got my attention with its strong triangular shape, and the triangle-within-triangle look adds some dimension.

See anything you absolutely love? Take advantage of a special 20% off discount code through July 15, 2014 — just for kimberlyloc.com readers — and update your accessories collection! Enter code “kimberlyloc” at checkout. Enjoy!

This post is kindly brought to you by Lovely Hunt, who compensated me for this sponsored post. All product picks, tips and opinions are my own!

May 17, 2014

8 favorite styles from rock the block fashion show | kansas city, missouri

While we’re used to looking ahead to the next season during fashion shows (springs styles in September, fall styles in February), you can usually count on being ready to buy whatever’s showing at on the runway at Kansas City’s annual Rock the Block Fashion Show in May.

Friday night, though, was unusually chilly, so I was back to looking forward to being able to slip into the pretty maxi dresses, short shorts and sleeveless everything that the local boutiques sent down the runway at the Kansas City Live Block of the Kansas City Power & Light District.

That didn’t keep me from baring my legs, for the night, but it was definitely a night for booties and the poodle coat. Behold:

what kimberlyloc wore to the rock the block fashion show kansas city

Photo by Susan Melgren

Coat // Langford Market

Dress // c/o Ross Dress for Less

Booties // Sam Edelman

Glasses // Warby Parker

Earrings // BaubleBar c/o Jane Iredale

Ring // c/o Anjolee

Lip Gloss // “Mauve” c/o EnvyDerm

See what I wore to Rock the Block 2013!

rock the block fashion show kansas city

This year, the Rock the Block Fashion Show team invited me to style a couple of models for the special runway presentation benefiting Wayside Waifs, a nonprofit humane society and animal welfare organization in Kansas City.

As many of you know, I’m a bona fide cat lady, but I love doggies, too, so of course I said yes.

rock the block fashion show kansas city

I pulled two looks from Zafar Boutique and was thrilled to see the gorgeous models come out with their pretty pooches!

While the dogs were a bit shy to walk the runway, they eventually got used to being in the spotlight and did a fantastic job of garnering “ooohs” and “awwwws” from the packed crowd.

Fellow KC-area bloggers Fashion Column Twins and Pretty, Polished, Perfect also styled looks for the presentation. Congrats, ladies!

Now, onto the boutique shows!

Zafar and Envolve Boutique showed as well as six boutiques located within KC Garment District Boutique and Collective: Two Chic Blvd, Label Clothier, Imagery, Eye Candy Boutique, Fitness Culture and Frankie & Jules Boutique.

Below are my eight favorite looks of the night, which range from gypsy chic and rockstar glam to flirty feminine and festival free spirit.

If by the end of the pics below you aren’t craving a headpiece or two, there’s something wrong!

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

rock the block fashion show kansas city

See more looks from Rock the Block 2014 on the kimberlyloc.com Facebook page!

Which looks did you love? Tell me in the comments section!

 

May 5, 2014

outfit post | inside my closet

A few months ago, Tonya from Kansas City lifestyle publication 435 Magazine contacted me to see if I wanted to be the next subject for the magazine’s regular “Inside My Closet” feature.

The May 2014 issue has been on newsstands around town for a few weeks, and now that 435 Magazine has relaunched its website (beautiful, by the way!), the feature is online.

Check out the online feature to read about my approach to fashion and style; my favorite places to shop; the top five beauty products everyone must have in their beauty arsenal; and why I love Kansas City.

kim wallace kimberlyloc kansas city 435 south magazine in my closet feature

I did not invite Anya into my closet for the photo shoot, but she refused to leave.

Can you believe this diva and her pose? This took absolutely no prompting.

Where does she learn this?

kim wallace kimberlyloc kansas city 435 south magazine in my closet feature

Anybody who knows me well knows that I have a thing for shoes. When you walk into my apartment, I have a two-tier bookcase that’s actually used as a “shoe shelf.”

And then there’s shoes lining both walls of my closet — two rows on each side.

kim wallace kimberlyloc 435 magazine in my closet

I keep my bags somewhat arranged at the top of my closet; clutches and crossbodies go on the left and bigger bags go on the right.

I’m currently carrying my black Chloe Paraty bag; it was a big investment piece for me, and I absolutely love it.

But of course I want to grow my Chloe collection. Marcie bag, looking at you…

kim wallace kimberlyloc kansas city 435 south magazine in my closet feature

I arrange my closet by color. It just makes sense. Need a red top to go with that skirt? Go to the red section. Done.

kim wallace kimberlyloc kansas city 435 south magazine in my closet feature

Besides arranging by color, I also arrange by clothing type. Dresses, shirts, tanks, skirts, pants, jeans and leggings all have their respective areas.

My closet is also a mix of local, department store and specialty finds.

I purchased the top on the far left at Frankly Basic, one of my favorite shops in Kansas City. The Sue Wong dress in the middle is from Halls, our local upscale department store. The dress on the right is a work dress I picked up from The Limited.

kim wallace kimberlyloc kansas city 435 south magazine in my closet feature

In addition to having a thing for shoes, I’m a total accessories addict. You can change up your look so much just by adding the right scarf or piece of jewelry.

My favorite scarves above are the red silk one (brought back from India by a former coworker) and the navy silk one to the right of it (a Chanel scarf I scored at Act II Consignment in Kansas City).

kim wallace kimberlyloc kansas city 435 south magazine in my closet feature

I’m a firm believer in displaying your jewelry collection. It’s easy to default to a few key pieces; if your jewelry is in front of you, you may be inspired to build a look around that item instead of making it an afterthought.

Plus, it just looks pretty and feels like I’m shopping every morning as I’m getting ready!

(Not pictured: The bowls of bracelets and two hanging hooks of necklaces.)

kim wallace kimberlyloc kansas city 435 south magazine in my closet feature

Aw, the beauty cabinet. This is just one shelf — my beloved masks — and yes, I do use them all.

Different skin conditions call for different masks. I mention my must-haves in the article. Head on over to 435 Magazine to read it!

kim wallace kimberlyloc kansas city 435 south magazine in my closet feature

All Photos by Kyndall Durkee // Courtesy 435 Magazine

Top // Everlane

Jeans // Joe’s Jeans

Heels // DV by Dolce Vita

Bracelet // c/o iSanctuary

Earrings // Frankly Basic

Scarf // Old, can’t remember!

May 2, 2014

outfit post | purple pleats, please

Unlike my mother, who is basically the Asian version of Marie from Breaking Bad, I have very few violet-colored items in my wardrobe.

My way of integrating a bit of this hue into my closet is by choosing deep royal purples (that almost look blue), and that’s what attracted me to this Elie Tahari skirt.

The pretty pleats didn’t hurt, either.

silk madewell top and pleate elie tahari skirt

silk madewell top and pleate elie tahari skirt

silk madewell top and pleate elie tahari skirt

Photos by Sarah Schaefer // SRS Photography; Hair & Makeup by Jenn Cassidy

Top (similar) // Madewell

Skirt (similar) // Elie Tahari via Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth

Heels (similar) // Kimchi Blue via Urban Outfitters

Earrings (similar) // Adorned Boutique, Lawrence, Kansas

Bracelet // c/o Fatima Malik for Stella & Dot

Watch // c/o Charming Charlie



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