Feeling beautiful

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Apologies for my absence this week, but I have had a terrible cold.  I’m hoping to be back in action fully next week, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a resonant piece about beauty that I stumbled across this morning:

“… Here are some activities where I feel intuitively beautiful and feminine – Walking through the Minneapolis Institute of Art alone. Writing and creating in an afternoon coffee shop. Talking with my girlfriends late at night, long after the persuasion of sleep has crept in. I feel most beautiful when interacting with this life that surrounds us. So I’m trying to do more of that. Because the image I keep hoping to see in the mirror? She’s never going to show up. But still, without fail, I greet her within me every single day – she is the way I respond to art and humanity. She is the rare and precious awareness that comes only when studying something that is distinctly outside of myself. I want to learn more of her. And it’s not going to happen while looking into the empty reflection of my bathroom mirror. So why would I bother to look there at all?”

–Anna Jeter via Wit & Delight

It made me think about how I feel vs. how I look, and how important it is to feel good in my body.  Here’s to a weekend full of feeling beautiful in and of ourselves.

 

I’m impressed

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Here and there lately I have come across items or products that I am really impressed by.  As in, the-only-version-I-want-to-use-in-the-foreseeable-future impressed.  Clouds part, the sun shines brightly, singing ensues… you get the gist.  In no particular order, here are some items that I have discovered, used, and now love.

Quip toothbrush and Livionex dental gel

Oral hygiene seems like a very un-sexy thing to be excited about, but between my Quip electric toothbrush and the amazing Livionex tooth gel Brennan raved about on Into the Gloss, my teeth have never felt cleaner each day.  And with the option for an automated refill subscription, I don’t have to worry about trying to remember how long it’s been since I last swapped out my toothbrush.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.   ̶A̶l̶s̶o̶,̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶g̶o̶l̶d̶ ̶Q̶u̶i̶p̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶j̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶p̶r̶e̶t̶t̶y̶.̶

Zojirushi steel mug

This mug means business.  I’d make a cup of tea at work and promptly forget about it, only to be greeted by a barely-warm cup of regret an hour later.  Not only is this insulated travel mug sleek and minimal-looking, but it keeps my tea piping hot (sometimes too hot!) all day, closes securely, and even latches so I know it won’t spill in my bag.  The lid also comes apart for easy cleaning, yet securely reassembles.  And it comes in the perfect shade of pink.

Glow Butter

After reading a couple, ahem, glowing reviews of Kimberly Howell’s Glow Butter, I decided to give it a try.  Handmade?  Pure botanicals?  All-natural beauty and luminosity?  Yes and please!  I was hopeful and dubious all at once, but months later, I am a convert.  I have noticed a real improvement to my skin’s texture and radiance, and I rarely wear foundation anymore.  My skin is not airbrushed-magazine-ad perfect, but it looks like healthy skin, and I love that.

Any products you swear by?  I’d be fascinated to hear!  It is so satisfying to find a product that just works.