A well-worn wardrobe is filled with stories. When we consider our clothes as intentional investments, we clarify new chapters within ourselves and we unearth a better sense of what’s important to us – of exactly what we want in life. Read More
This morning I stepped out into a snow-dusted wonderland. The air’s clean and cold. The sun is strong. The sky is true blue. The century-old grove of trees in our backyard tinkles proudly in its winter finery — bare branches enveloped in a thousand sparkling icicles. For the first time in a long time, the world around me feels calm, quiet, comfortable. It’s beautiful.
The other day I read that procrastination is just your mind and body joining forces to make you stop and listen, to change course or edit your priorities. Well. I’ve been procrastinating over this post. I’ve been nervous and unsure of how to touch on a new conversation with the universe, with you.
The holidays are here at last. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s my schedule is packed but my bags are not — this year we’re staying in town for Christmas! If you’re hosting at home like I love to do, read on for a quick checklist of my favorite tried and true tips for throwing a great party. Read More
Call me old fashioned: Hearkening back to centuries-old Irish farms and the rainy wilds of British isles, something about the storied construction and classic look of a well-made waxed cotton coat gets me every time.
As romances tend to go, though, I’ve found good waxed canvas can be awfully tough to find — made more difficult if you’re on the hunt for hardworking, ethical options that are tailored for women.
Enter Portland-bred Bridge & Burn’s Outsider Collection, which offers one solid line up of thoughtfully designed, impeccably detailed waxed outerwear that ranges from lightweight to extra toasty.
Some background: Bridge & Burn was founded by a computer scientist turned independent designer who’s a little obsessed with attention to detail, craft, value, and quality. Half a decade ago he had trouble finding each of those traits in an affordable jacket, so started crafting his own gear, built to withstand the Pacific Northwest’s mercurial weather.
The Outsider Collection mirrors that pragmatic, independent streak. Combining original British Millerain waxed canvas with Polartec Thermal Pro fleece, men’s and women’s collections each include a waxed cotton rain jacket, mid-weight field jacket, fully-lined parka, and cozy five-pocket field vest that’s ideal for layering.
Last week Bridge & Burn outfitted me for a walk in the woods in the women’s “Spruce Field Jacket.” Since then I’ve found myself reaching for the Spruce for everything from walking the dogs to running errands on my bike to grabbing a drink with friends — it’s ideal for that unpredictable, temperamental weather that comes along with changing seasons.
The Spruce fits like an old-school equestrian barn coat, meant to fit a little bit loose and hit right at the hip. Along with two open slash pockets (lined in cotton flannel), it features a flap-tab chest pocket and interior drop pocket that buttons shut to keep your wallet and phone safe and sound. There are also two double button gussets along the bottom of the back for a perfect fit. The Polartec lining, a high-performing lightweight and waterproof polyester fleece, is thoughtfully curved to provide warmth in just the right spots without looking bulky. Everything’s wrapped in beautifully textured, waterproofed waxed canvas by British Millerain, a company that’s endured two World Wars and has manufactured its sturdy fabrics in the UK since 1880.
From farm to field to Friday night, I’m finding the Spruce is a perfect piece for layering up and getting outside to explore, whether the day calls for a quick city commute or a mountain top adventure. I’m wearing a size small in classic field green. There’s also a deep black olive option.
“Spruce” Jacket in Field Green ℅ Bridge & Burn
Fit: True to size. I’m 5’7″, 125 lbs, 32x24x32 and a small fits me well.
Designed in Portland, Oregon and ethically sewn by a Canadian-owned workshop in China. Waxed canvas woven by British Millerain in Rochdale, England. Lined in Polartec ThermalPro shearling fleece. Also available in Black Olive.
Winter is a brutal time of year for our skin. There’s the hustle of holiday travel, mad dash for projects and presents, and skin-parching parties (hello rosacea, my old friend) paired with whipping winter winds (eczema, I’ve come to talk with you again). It’s no wonder that every winter, my face’s wish list consists of nothing more than a little extra love.
So goes that saying, “the cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea.” As I start to itch (literally itch, for lack of sunshine and humidity) for sun and sand in some soft and faraway warmer clime, this season I’ve set a quiet ritual of candles and a few favorite ocean potions. Sundays are set for my afternoon vacation embarkations into the bath.
Bottled straight from the sea, all-natural OSEA Malibu is my longtime skin savior and go-to for weekly holidays in a bottle. Their powerhouse skin solutions are packed with vitamins, minerals, and natural ingredients like certified organic seaweed that’s hand-foraged as it drifts from the sea to Patagonia’s pristine shores. Organic, vegan, and gluten-, GMO-, cruelty-free, they check all of the boxes for sensitive skin and conscious consumption alike.
OSEA’s products get along with my skin so well that I’ve actually been following the same skin routine since I stumbled across their site summer before last. A few weeks back their founder’s daughter, Mary, reached out to see if I’d like to try a couple of their newest formulas, a blemish-fighting mask and sea serum that’s packed with skin food. Here’s how I’ve integrated both into a fresh routine that’s calming and nourishing my skin through the holiday season.
0. Start by surrounding yourself with candles and a relaxing playlist (Fleet Foxes, Futurebirds, and Phosphorescent will keep you warm all winter long).
1. After running a washcloth under warm water to dampen the skin, wake up that face with a layer of Ocean Cleansing Mudd, OSEA’s bump-busting cleanser that combines algae, tea tree, peppermint, and rosemary to gently clean with a tingly cool finish. Smooth it along your face and neck, then leave it to work its magic as you put on a cup of hydrating botanical tea.
2. Rinse everything off with warm water, pat dry, then use fingertips to apply a pump of Red Algae Mask all over your fresh face. This potent formula is quickly becoming known as the “jet-lag mask” for its mix of algae, red wine, and French clays. It can be used as either an all-over mask or as a use-anywhere spot treatment (I applied it to a blemish on my shoulder blade the other night and by morning, everything was dried out and cleared up — this stuff is great). Like OSEA’s brightening White Algae Mask, it’s transparent enough to smooth on and fall asleep wearing, so long as you’re not working with stark white sheets! It has a minty, herbal, and slightly medicinal scent as it hits the skin with a gentle tingle. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes while you enjoy that cup of tea.
3. Run warm water over your washcloth and gently wipe away all of the algae mask. Then give your whole face a few spritzes of Sea Minerals Mist, a calming blend of Patagonian seaweed, Dead Sea salt, and aloe vera. I decanted a bit of mine into a travel size bottle to keep at the office and deliver a daily afternoon pick me up. It’s a great primer before applying your daily moisturizer, and beautifully works double duty as a soft finishing spray to set your makeup.
4. Once your face has dried a bit, pump a dollop of Vitamin Sea Serum onto your finger and glide it over your face, adding a little extra to those character lines and any uneven spots. Made up of seven seaweed extracts, turmeric, green tea, plant-derived ferulic acid, and a generous dose of natural hyaluronic acid, this serum is one serious skin food. With a scentless consistency similar to royal jelly, it visibly smooths and brightens with a finish that sets quickly to lock in moisture and vitamins.
5. Last but not least, add on a layer of Atmosphere Protection Cream. I said it once and I’ll say it again: This smells divine – like rosemary and lavender and sunshine and childhood in a jar. It’s super lightweight and super duper moisturizing.
That’s it! Five steps to DIY a healthy and simple Sunday facial.
What’s your favorite way to bliss out the weekend?
Growing up, my favorite moments were spent over winter break when the luxurious gift of time was bestowed upon little me — better known then as “Messy Jessie” for the many craft projects that blanketed our home’s hardwoods in glitter, twigs, and bits of tartan ribbon.
I’d spend whole weeks making and dreaming and hunting for the perfect presents for loved ones. I found a sense of pride in punching above my weight, poring over endless aisles and catalogs to unearth the biggest and best gifts that my budget would allow. Then and now, my holiday compass points to what is joyful, useful, beautiful, and worthwhile.
This year’s holiday gift guide is stocked accordingly with consciously considered ideas and objects that are ethical, sustainable, well-made, and filled with delight. I hope you enjoy them as you celebrate many merry moments this season.
One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum $39
Smells like heaven in a bottle. Made in St. Simons, Georgia.
Dea Dia Crystal Cluster Brass Necklace $100
One ounce of solid brass. Made in Portland, Oregon.
Sokoloff Famous Bralette $39 and Perfect Panty $19
Made in Canada. Soft and stretchy, true to size (similar).
Cuyana Leather Jewelry Case $115
Supple pebbled leather hand-crafted in Argentina. I also love this set.
Sevilla Smith “Sandy” D’Orsay Flats $240
Wearing these everywhere. Here’s my review. Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Olivine Atelier “You Are Loved” Spray Set $26 (also here)
Love this salt spray and just ordered her matching perfume, Amongst The Waves.
Everlane Cashmere Crew $100 and Everlane Cashmere Sweatpant $140
Everlane’s cashmere is soft, ethical, and affordable. The crew sweater runs true to size (I took a small), but ordered one size down in the sweatpant for a perfect fit (extra small fit me best).
St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur $39
Whiskey connoisseurs will pair that pear with a something a bit spicier:
Resurgens Rye Whiskey $39
Atlanta’s first rye since Prohibition. Celebrate its release with our family on Dec 3rd.
Opinel No. 8 Trekking Knife Beechwood $20
Every gentleman needs a good pocket knife. Made in France since 1880.
Everlane The Dipped Zip Backpack $80
Tall, dark, and handsome. Simple and sturdy.
Bridge & Burn Ragg Wool Gloves $48 and Hat $32
Well baby, it’s cold outside. Made in USA.
Sonos PLAY:1 Speaker $149 (also here)
The best $149 you’ll spend on music, period. The app is incredible.
Ard Bia Cook Book $45
A friend picked this up in Galway after I forgot to buy one. It comes in handy, quite often.
Pendleton Fringe Eco-Wise Wool Blanket $109
Another friend picked this up for our wedding last year. Worth every penny. Made in USA.
Le Creuset Stoneware French Press $65 (also here)
Another item from our wedding registry. Perfect for weekends. Made in France.
Staub Ceramic Mini Cocotte Set $60 (also here)
One more from a friend. I use these every time we host friends and family.
Diptyque Mini Candle Set $190 (also here and here. $78 set here and here).
A favorite December treat. Like Santa, Diptyque gift sets come but once a year.
Cuyana Baby Alpaca Blanket + Eye Mask Travel Set $195
Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a cozy blanket set. Made in Peru.
MCMC “Hunter” Perfume $95
Hunter is a bottled version of a favorite flannel shirt, a snowy walk with an old friend, sleepy mornings by a roaring fire. I’m a big fan. Made in Brooklyn, New York.
Chakanu “Inca” Alpaca Scarf $55
The softest scarves and the sweetest founder. Made in Ecuador.
Shinola Medium Notebook $19
For a monogrammed notebook call Shinola on Logan Circle. Made in USA.
OSEA Malibu Travel Set $49
Vegan, all natural, straight from the sea. My long-time favorites.
Yellow 108 Eastwood Hat $90
Inspired by Americana western cinema. Made in USA. Also love this one.
Cuyana Weekender Bag $175
Because Christmas is the ideal time to keep calm and carry on.
Here’s hoping you’re reading this note in your pjs, cozied up with a big cup of coffee and some seriously scrumptious leftovers, because let’s be honest — Cyber Monday is the jam. No lines, no stress, and plenty of time to research and compare carts before laying down ye olde credit card.
Below I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite online shops, prefaced by R&F’s most popular posts on smarter shopping. Wishing you and yours a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend.
- Fashion | 5 steps to a better wardrobe, how to track what you wear, the empty hanger trick, one year without retail, a list of everything in my closet.
- Home | The life-changing psychology of tidying up + home tour, how to buy better wine, creating the perfect bedroom.
- Beauty + Wellness | 5 steps to get glowing skin (and favorite skincare ever), 7 tips for better makeup, autumn wellness ideas, how to edit your beauty bag, my 5 minute, clean and green, daily makeup routine.
All sites and deals updated Monday 28 November, 10 AM:
INDEPENDENT ETHICAL + SUSTAINABLE DESIGNERS
01. Bridge & Burn | 20% off orders through 11/27 with BLACK20 (+ free notebook Friday. 1% every sale goes to Schoolhouse Supplies). 30% off women’s and men’s styles 11/28 with CYBER30.
02. Chakanu accessories | 20% off orders through 12/31 with Rose&Fig11
03. Elizabeth Suzann | $20-$150 off orders through 11/28 (15% of weekend profits to ARC)
04. Sokoloff lingerie | 20% off orders through 11/28 with VENDREDIFOU2016
05. Tradlands shirting | 15%-20% off orders + $10 gift card + free shipping through 11/28
06. Amour Vert | 20% off orders through 11/28 with GREENFRIDAY (Planting 5 trees for each item purchased)
07. Either/Or | 20% off orders 11/28 with CYBER20. Free shipping through 12/25 with holidayshipping (5% of Friday’s sales to Parkdale Food Centre)
08. Cuyana | $100 gift card for every 100th hinter. For each purchase Friday, Cuyana will donate an essentials item to H.E.A.R.T.
09. Everlane | #BlackFridayFund: All sales fund moped helmets for 8,000 factory workers
01. Shopbop | 15% off $200, 20% off $500, 25% off $800 through 11/28 with GOBIG16
02. Revolve | Extra 20% off final sale through 11/29 with CYBER20
03. Rodale’s | 25% off all orders + free shipping for $99+ through 11/29 (no code needed)
04. Bandier | 25% off sitewide with CYBER25 (Made in USA fitness: Alo Yoga, Beyond Yoga, Good Hyouman, Koral, Monrow, Onzie, Schott)
05. Journelle | 15-25% off order with JUSTSAYYES through 11/28 (Made in USA lingerie: Base Range, Commando, Fortnight, Hanky Panky, Maison du Soir, Noe, Only Hearts, Skin)
01. OSEA Malibu skincare | $25-75 gift card with orders through 11/28 (no code needed)
02. Birchbox | 10-20% off orders through 11/28 (My go-to for MCMC Fragrances, W3ll People, OLO, Rahua, 100% Pure, Ursa Major, Harry’s)
03. Oille Natural | 50% off orders through 11/28 with FRIYAY
04. Olivine Atelier | 20% off orders through 11/27 with GIVETHANKS (30% off at Anthropologie)
05. MCMC fragrances | 20% off candles, $60+ free shipping through 11/28
01. West Elm | 15-30% off orders, free shipping Friday with MOREISMORE
02. Mouth | 20% off orders + free shipping $10+ with MONDAY20 (indie food, wine, spirits, goods, all made in USA)
03. Williams-Sonoma | 10-25% off orders + free shipping with SAVEMORE
04. Etsy | Many vintage shops and independent designers hosting sales this weekend
05. Chairish Vintage | Up to 80% off sale items
ONE STOP SHOPS
01. Nordstrom | Extra 20% off sale through 11/28 (My favorites: Diptyque, Olivine Atelier, Eileen Fisher, Stone Cold Fox, Made in USA gifts)
02. Anthropologie | 20% off full-price items + free shipping $150+ with STACKS
03. Bergdorf Goodman | 40% off sitewide, $25-200 off beauty with BEAUTY
04. Macy’s | 20% off orders 11/28 with CYBER
05. Saks Fifth Avenue | Up to 40% off, 11/28 up to $750 gift card with CYBER16
06. Bloomingdale’s | Extra 25% off sale items
07. Net-A-Porter | 50% off sale, free 3-day shipping, 15% of full-price sales to White Ribbon Alliance Friday
08. The Outnet | Up to 90% + through 11/28, 20% off first purchase with BLACKFRIDAY20
09. Neiman Marcus | Extra 33% off sale; $50 off $200 beauty with THANKFUL; 11/28 $50-750 gift card with GC4YOU
10. Amazon | 30% off fashion, camera and tech deals, home goods on sale
PS: R&F annual holiday gift guide
in the works. Check back tomorrow! is now ready. Check out my very favorite gifts for her, for him, for home, for them.