My Favorite Fall Candle + Exciting News about Bridge Nine Candle Co.

I’m back again, and yes I’ve decided that this is a tradition. If you’re new to my blog, by ‘this’ I’m referring to seasonally featuring a select candle from my favorite, local Portland, OR candle maker, Bridge Nine Candle Co.! Summer was hectic and got glossed over, but I’m here now to let you in on my favorite candle for fall of 2017. Plus, I’ve got some exciting news about Bridge Nine that my health-conscious friends will appreciate!

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August Favorites + Summer Reminiscing

Many of my followers know that this summer has been a major season of change for me. I’ve begrudgingly tried to trust the universe while being pushed, HARD, out of comfort zones. Somewhere in the midst of the chaos of temporarily going back to living with family after college graduation, job hunting in a new city, and grappling with financial needs versus my suddenly-ablaze entrepreneurial spirit, I’ve been able to settle into this new, messy version of normalcy. For now anyway…We’ll see how long my inner peace about this situation sticks around, haha! *eye roll*

Looking back on August, my first full month back in Portland, it’s all just a whirlwind. Honestly, I’ve clung to and immersed myself in my skincare rituals like never before – I think for now it’s one of the few things I feel in control of. I’ve been relishing those quiet moments of getting to know my skin better, while the rest of my life is in shambles/boxes/riddled with question marks.

Revisiting the blog is also a trip. There are so many posts to be made about the life that happened between Spring and now. Adjustments, illness, diagnoses, milestones, changes – SO many changes. For now, we’re just going to keep things simple with details of my favorite beauty and skincare products from the month of August. Read on to discover which formulas made the list!

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Lilacs + Longer Days! Welcoming Spring w/ Bridge Nine Candle Co.

Despite the chill in the air and the combination snow/thunderstorm that hit Seattle this week (yes, what a bizarre day that was…) the Pacific Northwest is starting to show signs of Spring! As an avid flora and Vitamin D lover, I’m eager for the longer days of Spring and the colorful growth that surrounds us all during this unique season.

Speaking of Spring, it seems like I’ve happened upon a luxurious little tradition -testing and reporting my seasonal scent pick from Portland Oregon’s Bridge Nine Candle Co.! For the last month I’ve been enjoying burning the most authentic Lilac candle that I’ve ever smelled, and I’m here to tell you all about it!

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The Dirty Side of Cleaning Products + My 3 Must-Have Nontoxic Swaps!

When you think of household cleaning products, do you think of something that is making your home safer for yourself and your family? I guarantee that most people would answer ‘yes.’ Would your opinion change if I told you that there is no federal regulation on the ingredients used in these types of products? I’m talking all-purpose cleaners, oven cleaners, glass and mirror cleaners, floor cleaners…the list goes on. None of these products or the chemicals that they are comprised of are tested for human safety. It is not required. Luckily, you don’t need to risk your health for a clean home! I’m covering my favorite nontoxic cleaning solutions and why you should switch to them too below!

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Zucchini Noodle Pasta with Creamy Garlic + Herb Avocado Sauce!

So, my Mom got me a spiralizer for Christmas and it has become one of my absolute favorite kitchen gadgets! The concept of being able to make noodles out of my favorite vegetables is a novelty that I don’t see wearing off any time soon. Obviously, I’m using the term “noodle” here loosely; a spiralizer cuts veggies into the shape of a noodle so that you can effortlessly swap out traditional pastas for veggies in your favorite dishes. Most spiralizers fall around the price point of $30, so they’re an affordable and convenient option if you’re looking to sneak more vegetables into your diet.

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Why I Don’t Believe in New Year’s Resolutions Anymore + What I Do Instead!

Happy New Year everyone! Personally, I have a good feeling about 2017. I do have to admit that ringing in the new year got me thinking though…The tradition of setting resolutions for the year on New Years Eve is a long standing one, but after years of always setting lofty goals that left me feeling poorly about myself, I started analyzing whether or not it was a positive practice. I’m a strong advocate for personal work, self reflection, and always striving to be a better version of myself, but my resolutions never made me feel anything other than more critical of myself in the end. While I know that the tradition itself has good intentions, in this post I’m going to talk about the thought process behind why I no longer participate, and what I do at the beginning of the year instead!

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Skincare Spotlight: Canada’s Urban Alchemist!

Skincare and body care are definitely part of my self-care routine, and I want to start writing about them more here! I can’t think of a better way to start than by introducing you to a small-batch brand that I’m thoroughly impressed with…Up North in Toronto, a little brand called Urban Alchemist has been blossoming. I first connected with the creator when both my blog and her website were in the budding stages. We’ve both grown, and now I’m thrilled to finally be here to tell you about her thoughtfully created, earthy, and majorly-nourishing skincare products! If skincare for the modern hippy sounds like something that’s up your alley, keep reading!

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Green-Beauty-Only Halloween Recap!

On Halloween, men and women cover themselves in body paint, fake blood, and all kinds of other heavy cosmetics! You might not realize it (I know I never did) but these cosmetics are full of carcinogenic, allergenic, and just generally harmful ingredients like synthetic dyes, petroleum-derived ingredients, and Fragrance to name a few. That’s why I decided to do a series of Halloween looks on my Instagram this year to prove that you don’t need to turn to toxic products to create great Halloween looks!

Read on to see the detailed how-to for 6 Halloween looks of mine that relied purely on clean cosmetics from some of my favorite brands, such as Root, RMS Beauty, and 100% Pure!

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Holiday Home Scents ft. Bridge Nine Candle Co.’s White Pine!

The trees in Seattle are just barely clinging onto the last of their leaves, and even though it’s just November 1st…I’m already thinking of the holidays! I love the holiday season in the Pacific Northwest – little white twinkling lights adorning city streets bustling with shoppers, crisp, foggy mornings, bundling up in scarves and sweaters in hole-in-the-wall coffee shops…

I grew up in a household where ‘fake’ was a forbidden four letter word when it came to Christmas trees. My family always went out to cut our own tree; my Mom spent ages circling tree after tree trying to find the perfect ratio of limb separation and fullness. So, when I think of Christmas, I immediately think of the scent of those freshly-cut trees filling the house. That fresh, somewhat spicy pine aroma will forever be the single most nostalgic holiday scent for me! Without it, I don’t feel like I’m fully in the holiday spirit.

Getting a Christmas tree into my 500 square foot Seattle apartment is an ordeal, but I like to enjoy this scent throughout the holiday season…my solution? My favorite, local candle company, Bridge Nine Candle Co., has come to my rescue again with their seasonal White Pine scent! Here’s why I’m enthusiastically recommending it!

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‘No Makeup’ Makeup Look Tutorial with Root!

Two things are undeniable right now – I am completely obsessed with Root, and the ‘No Makeup’ makeup look is majorly trending. So, I thought it was fitting to show you my take on this currently-coveted look using 100% Root products!

Truthfully, this natural, youthful look is not reserved for those with flawless skin, but is actually achieved by carefully choosing cosmetic products that let your natural beauty shine! Not familiar with this trend? Think your bare face with a tune up; a glowing, even skin tone, lightly manicured brows, and defined lashes. This is a great look for busy mornings, or every day for minimalistic makeup routine lovers!

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