I’d like to start this post with a great big AAARRRGGGGHHHHH, now, that’s better. My home is still under renovation and the only room that’s finished is my bedroom. I will be camping out in here until everything is done. Despite the mess I’m feeling good which could be due to my friends at TEATOX who sent me samples of their lovely immunity boosting tea. I try to go for a run every other morning and I like to drink a cup of this after my shower. I must say, it gives me a tiny headache after drinking it which I put down to the tea’s detoxifying properties. Hot water and lemon does the same thing, especially if I’ve had a glass of wine the night before. I try to boost my immune system at this time of year to fight off the inevitable coughs and colds everyone passes around during the colder months. Prevention is always better than cure! The nice and soft, oversize jumper I’m wearing in this picture is from Only & Son’s *.
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Natural cosmetics have been on my radar for a while, mainly due to my own brand Intensae which sits within this sector of the beauty industry. I’m drawn towards a healthy lifestyle and incorporating natural skincare into my daily routine was an easy choice, especially with recent formula developments. Demand for natural and organic cosmetics is on the rise and it’s set to increase year by year. According to consultancy company Kline it currently accounts for 13% of the beauty sector at a value of 33 billion dollars. These figures were taken from a recent article in The Business of Fashion. Once niche, natural beauty is becoming mainstream, Edwina Ings-Chambers health and beauty director, Sunday Times Style Magazine mentioned recently that the question she is most frequently asked right now is her opinion on natural beauty. This is a much debated subject with some stating organic can be harmful and synthetic doesn’t automatically mean harmful, see this article from Paula’s Choice as an example. These points are of course true, cyanide is natural after all and synthetic can be ok. But let’s put the extreme examples aside, it’s a fact that unregulated, potentially harmful ingredients such as petrochemicals (see this huff post article for more information) are used in every day products such as hair conditioner and moisturiser. My experience with natural and organic products has been extremely positive so unless it’s a dermatologist grade result I’m after then I’m all for the naturals baby.
It can be confusing differentiating the good from the bad or the healthy from the unhealthy when in fact everything including water is a chemical. When it comes to industry standards the words ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ can be used very loosely which can result in products that aren’t actually good for our skin. Luckily we have industry trailblazers such as Nina Kraus who founded GreenGlam store in Augsburg. Nina and her husband have a background as pharmacists with a Ph. D in Pharmacognosy. GreenGlam started with just two brands that have an origin as pharmacies, The Organic Pharmacy & KORRES. As the industry progressed Nina added new products from emerging brands, they now offer one of the largest selections of products from just over 100 different brands. This isn’t a case of taking anything and everything that’s natural or organic, brands are vetted beforehand and many don’t make it onto the coveted shelves at GreenGlam. Nina uses her intuition when selecting brands, she has to love the touch, the feel, the smell and the packaging. Her impressive credentials combined with impeccable taste and an astute intuition are no doubt the reason’s why her store has become so renowned.
I recently received my very own box of GreenGlam goodies which included a selection of products from The Organic Pharmacy and Le Baigneur, both of which I hadn’t tried before. The smell of The Organic Pharmacy Moisture Cream for Men is a game changer for me, it’s super luxurious. There is a lot more to say regarding these new products which I will include with more detail in my upcoming winter skincare post.
This is another crazy week, the bathroom is being renovated so I’m living in a state of dust and mess. It’s coming along nicely though, the wall tiles are done and once the marble arrives we can finish the floor and add the sink, toilet and lighting. The marble comment sounds a bit pretentious but with just 5 square meters of floor space we decided to go for it and then use basic white square tiles on the walls. It’s looking really good, I can’t wait to see it all finished. The weather on Monday was perfection, a little cold and super sunny. I decided to take a walk in the forest with the camera and take some shots. It was beautiful with the golden leaves and blue green pine trees. Today it’s gloomy and misty so I’m pleased I made the most of yesterdays sunlight. I was in Munich last week and picked up a copy of my favorite magazine – Fantastic Man. The interviews are really interesting and they offer some really cool fashion and lifestyle tips. In this issue they show you how to create a tight turn-up on trousers so they hug the ankle perfectly. I’ve already tried it on a loose pair of chino’s and it works! If I wear a looser style of trousers I still like it to be slim at the ankle so this technique is perfect. I have loads of apples at home and I got a huge bunch of kale at the market for 1€ so I made a kale and apple soup with walnuts (except I used sunflower seeds instead). The recipe came from BBC Good Food. It tasted interesting so I’m not sure if I will make it again but it was super healthy which is a good thing. Lastly, Green Glam in Augsburg sent me an amazing selection of products which I will tell you all about in my next post!
A decent pair of shades is a wardrobe staple all year round. They stop me squinting and frowning like an angry person and let’s face it, a stylish pair of sunnies can upgrade your look in an instant. I’m a lover of brands who specialise in what they offer, SALT. is an independent eyewear company from California that utilizes artisanal Japanese craftmanship. Their style is understated, effortless and super cool so naturally I was up for a collaboration. When it came to choosing a pair for this post I was instantly attracted to the Pickford frame but with the colour options I was torn. As this is my first pair of SALT. I went for the classic black as I can wear them with everything but I’m still lusting after the caspian tortoise fade which look so good. The styles are full of style and personality with many colour options and shapes. The Summer season may be over but I’m still sporting my new shades on these bright and sunny Autumn days. With the Winter comes the bright white snow so I may just splurge on that caspian tortoise frame which I can’t stop thinking about. Visit the website to find a retailer in your area.
Today I embarked on a new adventure which involves finding my dreams. I watched a video conversation on Kabbalah University between Karen Berg and Marcia Wieder. Marcia is the Founder & CEO of Dream University. She has successfully taught people how to uncover their dreams and manifest them with the intention to fulfill their true purpose in life.
Taking a little time to sit down and consider your dreams is something I recommend. As a child I was filled with aspirations which I still carry today, yet somehow I spend much less time doing this as day to day life takes over. Until recently my goals have simply revolved around my personal growth and satisfaction. This isn’t a problem except I want to do what I love and share the rewards with others. A few years ago I co-founded Intensae nail lacquer. My experience lies in the beauty industry and I wanted to introduce a line of products that deliver premium results without using unnecessary toxins or animal testing. Whilst my brand starts to blossom the lessons I’m learning on this journey have brought me to the point where I want to add another string to my bow. My career began training and then working as a hair colourist, it was a great time where I met incredible and interesting people from all walks of life. After launching Intensae two and a half years ago I stepped away from the hair industry only doing occasional jobs for a hair care brand and a few private clients. I recently decided to completely shut that door and focus on new projects. Around that time I started this blog as a way of learning new skills which include writing, photography, styling and photoshop. I feel it’s important to close a door to allow space for new opportunities and taking on this blog as a hobby is extremely rewarding and a great learning curve.
Whilst thinking about my dreams in life I felt inspired by Marcia’s story as she went from a highly respected career to founding Dream University which was initially met with skepticism and is now renowned and respected. It may be scary letting go of the past but ultimately I believe we cannot uncover our true potential if we stay put in a place of comfort. Opening up to my dreams and uncovering new potential is an exciting experience that I will continue to share as it evolves. If you would like to take part in this yourself then you can subscribe to Dream University for free to receive a series of videos which talk you through the process of uncovering your dreams.