Author: Jess

What’s Your Perspective?

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.

A Walk in the Woods in Waxed Cotton

  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 …

Sunday Rituals: 5-Step Facial to Heal and Hydrate Winter Skin

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 …

Gifts for Her & Him, Home & Them

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. PS: 34 slow fashion, healthy home, and natural beauty spots and Cyber Week deals to shop. One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum $39 Smells like heaven in a bottle. Made …

A Better Black Friday

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 …