My top 4 beauty picks full of clean and/or organic goodness that are maximising my #selfcare routine. xo AshleyRead More
hey party people. its still me, just a different year. ive been on a huge podcast binge this past week and have even had some success outside of podcasts in finding some things i find palatable in the more general context so i wanted to share. here the the things i like this week*.
Mantra for the week: "I talk to myself like i talk to someone I love".
Podcast for the week: Magic Lessons by Liz Gilbert (I don't love her books nor do i like magic but this was good for all the right reasons)
Blog of the week: free + native (manifestation hacks all up in there)
Mom to be goals of the week/forever: sacred purification of pregnancy, xochi balfor
Lifestyle clothing brand of the week/also forever: yoli & otis
Band of the Week: San Scout (unreal music FUNKY FRESHHHH)
Updates of the Week:
1. Ive given up 95% dairy since November and its been a nice feeling to let go of things that no longer serve me. Except for hard cheese like gruyere. i really like hard cheese. anyway my skin is better/clearer and i think i feel better (???)
2. Ive stuck with aluminium-free baking soda and organic apple cider vinegar hair washing regime 90% of the time since November too (i dilute both in squirt bottles with water). 10% of the time i use store bought organic shamp/cond when my hair bugs out. i tend to have oily hair up top and dry at the bottom and that hasnt really changed (it also didnt change when i bought super expensive and suppppeerr dirty oribe or kerastase for a serious chunk of my life either. ugh everyone would swear: "just give it time" theyd say "youll see" theyd say...#ugh) but I do feel better about eliminating endrocrine inhibitors and simplifying whenever possible. I also havent worn makeup since November either. Its been surprisingly liberating but im still finding the line of feminine and natural vs. unkept and unfinished. will keep you posted. 143. (sorry for all the sniffing ugh gosh)
Life Update of the Week: In the next two months I will be launching The Beaux Store after spending the last 15 years of my life collecting one of a kind pieces for my own home on my travels...now im going to curate a store that yea ok will mostly be vintage rugs, baskets, and maybe even a natural hand-poured candle with organic essential oils or two by yours truly that i've picked up around the world.
Misc. Updates: none. oh! except this week i saw a 2 year old kid watch his little bro getting his diaper changed and then proceeded to gag and almost throw up but couldnt stop watching. his mom was like leave!! and he just keep gagging/nearly vomiting. so.
I think thats everything. Back to London this weekend, and I have lots of fun rugs to bring back with me from my massive roadtrip. hope you guys are as excited as i am.
BIG KISS xoxo, ashley
*week is an arbitrary amount of time, ill like most of these things for indubitably longer.
HAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY hay hay what is good budday? hope youre having a great day.
here is a quick update on some of my current thoughts at the mo:
I think Princess Diana was and is the style icon of this century. I found this really great dog rescue called @cyprusdogs. I want to start wearing socks with birkenstocks this winter. I love flea markets maybe more than anything. I spend a third of my time learning about medicinal plants* (did you guys know that aspen bark contains a salicylic acid alternative which is anti-inflammatory, analgesic, calming, and healing??), another third sourcing vintage rugs for my all-carpet flat (le sigh), and the other third trying to find great new clean beauty brands. I cant get enough of organic, nontoxic goodness.
So here is a third of my life basically in the form of the photos below! These are my current favorites alongside my bff Hammam and Home turkish blanket. I give these all an A+ in terms of great ingredients, ethics, and quality.
My winter picks are as follows players:
Lewin and Reilly face tonic, the natural deodorant and face toner from Jord Organics, my always favorite Clemence Organics made a very solid cleanser, body/hair/face oil from Sansceuticals, H is for Love Balm that is so super nourishing, the most divine smelling tropical body butter from Evolve, and the Evolve Glow Mask I put on when I take a bath that smells like chocolate. Basically here is all that is awesome.
*well the medicinal plants part i want to take up a third of my time (goals) but right now that third is really more so spent getting around london, plus thinking about how cute it would be if my dog had a cell phone.
Wassup wassup wassup im en route to idaho from portugal!!!
So ive been really lucky to spend a few weeks in the sunshine of the algarve and generally avoiding parkas/winter, full stop. 🌴☀️🍋🐟.
the first day i got here i decided it would be a perfect time to try something ive always wanted to do: stop using traditional shampoo and conditioner. Feels important to step in here and wave my hands: that doesnt mean i stop showering or neglect my hygiene (!!!) it just means a shift of product. Why am i doing this you may ask. Happy to answer. im so flipping frustrated with my oily hair. Boom, number one. i am over buying chemical-laden + endocrine-inhibiting products monthly (flip over that kerastase bottle and try to say any of the ingredients aloud. Also if im being honest even the organic ones have things that make me say "hmmm"). Boom, number two. I would love stop throwing away so many plastic bottles bc earth. Boom, number three.
Conditions were perfect to try this here bc i am not bipbopping around london (read: i know no one here!! What freedom!!) looking like i forgot how to shower or something iffy if it was a total bust.
My grown up xmas wish is to be a chic french style icon who was an icon simply bc she literally just "is". ultimate coolness. Non fuss. Non hair washing every day. Enter the american: I wash my hair everyday!! Every. Stupid. Day. It gets so old.
so i looked around on one of my favorite blogs (the naturalista) about ditching shampoo. She mentions finding success with organic rye flour (rich in b5- whats up pantene's number one selling point) bc baking soda was too drying. She is lucky to already have that chic jane birkin hair and not oily my hair. So i knew baking soda wouldmost likely be fine for meeeeeeee.
Method to my madness:
1. mix 1:3 aluminum free baking soda (amazon has it) and water so it can be massaged into scalp and isnt too runny. rinse. (Sometimes i have to was my hair in two sections bc oily...top first and then bottom seperated by a half up half down hair do done in the shower)
2. mix 1:5 organic white wine or apple cider vinegar w water in a cup and rinse. (Vinegar has the same ph as conditioner which is the whole reason why condish makes your hair soft)
Results da da da da da da daaaaaa:
Same results as traditional shampoo and condish!!! What the heck this is amazing!!! Yes i still have good hair days and bad hair days (cant do anything except put it up in a bun or else its super dry bc of weather) and Yes i still have to wash my hair everyday, but i am ok about that bc i dont have to plow through store bought products and dont have to worry about any of my endocrines (hormones) being hurt or my liver being taxed.
Baking soda was fine for my hair and not too drying. And if the vinegar is diluted it doesnt make your hair smell. Sometimes i drop a bit of organic lemon essential oil on my palms and run over it lightly after the shower just to be sure too and sometimes I run a bit of organic argan oil or something along those lines to leave in.
grool! Im guess im gunna keep it up as long as i can. Its such a fun feeling to not have to depend on industry and have the power to care for yourself effectively by yourself. I dont need no man!!! Or company!! Mmm...i do love a good bit of mild beauty independence and or anarchy.
ive spent most of this year trying to go more au natural. Cutting out things that arent serving my body. No more nail polish, no more hair color, no more endrocrine inhibitors, no more processed food etc etc. now, no more shampoo or conditioner. ive found that most beauty products can be found in your pantry! What a cliche sign off! One love!!
Dont forget to call your mother 😘💞
ps ive also cut out dairy during my time in portugal. (Will keep you posted how that goes bc it will take a few months to see a difference i think).
pps here are a few other items i like:
que tal my fellow earthlings!
I am attempting to roast a chicken and then i think im gunna have a think about what is the meaning of life. (unrelated to the dead chicken i will eat later. or maybe it isnt...ill have a think about that too during my contemplation period.)
anywho, here are some scents ive really been digging and now im saving up for diptyque's do son- i mean im saving up for my roth ira. #responsibleadulting
Bless up players bc I have finally found the perfect ORGANIC COLD PRESSED Juice.
When I moved from LA to London a year ago...green juice slash health pursuits were looking grim. But then I found Radiance Daily. Can I get a WHAT WHAT.
ps, drink cold pressed juice with a handful of nuts or some sort of healthy fat bc almost all vitamins are fat soluble aka aka aka just say no to low fat lifestyles PEACE
What has two thumbs, speaks limited french, and hasn't cried once today? THIS MOI (#lizlemon, my hero)
Hi guys. Skincare. What a concept.
I have an idealistic philosophy where I'd love to only use products on my body that I could also eat. It's intense bc what I put on my body is absorbed into my bloodstream, etc etc. Anyway- I try to eat organic, whole food as much I can even though I flippin' love kit kats and same goes for my skin (aka I still love tom ford).
I am really interested in healing and reducing inflammation both inside and outside...basically that is a bunch of hippiedippy blahblah that means I love to simplify. Minimalize.
In my experience, a lot of skin issues are healed by The Omnipotent: raw, cold pressed, organic coconut oil. I don't think we actually need the 20million product routine in the morning. I think that's industry but not necessary. In the last year however, a lot of eco-chic, organic, and nontoxic lines have begun to pop up.
And while nothing in life can or ever will be perfect, here are a few lines/products that I am excited about.
ps that stool is my favorite custom-made piece from my favesie Ayla Furniture
Above is a staple from my favorite organic makeup line: Ilia and this beauty balm is what I put on my face everyday. Tinted and simple. Then I spritz the coconut water after Ive applied my makeup to set everything.
These two are my fave nourishing botanical moisturizers. Trust me, they're great.
Natural Cleansers...packing as much moisture as you can get.
Shower items: Clean Beauty Co may be at the top of my beauty list right now. Five ingredients or less in every product, this is the stuff you could eat. This is my hair oil. Linne makes beautiful botanical organics as well...love this charcoal body wash. Both are preservative free.