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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 …

Our Wedding: September 19, 2015

September 19, 2015, I got to marry my best friend. As the cool air of fall rushes in all at once we are still basking in that golden light of remarkable love, kindness, and joy felt all around on our wedding day. A thousand different things didn’t go as planned and yet, as always, fate forms reality far better than we could ever dream it. Like that Pynchon quote, every cup of tea was perfect. Photos: The Hons Photography. Planning: Lea June Events. Bouquets, Corsages, & Flower Crowns: Allison Song. Venue: Cator Woolford Gardens. Ceremony: Rev. Lynne Smith. Dinner: Zest Atlanta. Dessert: Highland Bakery and King of Pops. Band Emerald Empire Band. Makeup: Becca Bussert, Fig & Flower. Hair: Monarch Beauty. Film (in the works) Southern Lights Productions. Invitations, Boutonnières, Terrarium Centerpieces: DIY. Dresses: Marchesa FW14 Bridal (Tradesy) | Catherine Deane “Leticia” (eBay). Shoes: Christian Louboutin “Grorolli” (Tradesy) | Dolce Vita “Gwendolyn” (old). Jewelry: Gorjana “Leda” earrings (℅ Rocksbox) | Loren Hope “Clara” bracelet (℅ Rocksbox). Rings: Estate pieces.

DIY Beauty Recipes: Coconut Oil, Activated Charcoal, Pink Salt

A few of you have asked about DIY beauty recipes that use ingredients mentioned in this month’s post on natural beauty routines. Over at my Canadian friend Malorie’s site, EF Magazine, I’m sharing loads of beauty routine ideas with three favorite ingredients from the kitchen: coconut oil, activated charcoal, and salt. Check them out with Mal’s collection of thoughtful posts on ethical and sustainable fashion, and have a wonderful weekend!

How To Be A Better Wine Buyer

My friend Terrye Schaetzel knows how to throw a great party. So when she generously invited CPR and I to join friends in a wine-tasting for her new wine learning and curation experience, Veranda & Vine, we knew a delicious day was in store. What we didn’t know was that a single afternoon primer could leave us more educated wine drinkers and better wine buyers. Ready to learn un peu Français avec moi? Allons-y, to the Chardonnay soiree: We kicked off the afternoon with a flute of Lefèvre Rémondet Crémant De Bourgogne (Burgundy, France), an effervescent Chardonnay, because a bottle of sparkling wine is how to wordlessly let people know it’s time to party. Très Chic, Non? Bright and light, it paired up perfectly with the raspberries and cheeses Terrye suggested. Over bubbles we reviewed note cards for more wines we’d experience, complete with a map of the prominent regions of France from where our vintages hailed, as well as handy sections to jot our own tasting thoughts. Round One: Sparkling wine, everyone wins! Then …

Spring Wellness Rituals: My Natural Beauty Routine

2017 update: I’ve edited down a bit on my beauty bag since this post. Here’s my current makeup routine, simpler everyday skincare, and weekend facial ritual. Rahua and Weleda, mentioned below, are still two of my favorites. I switched to Weleda’s citrus deodorant last year – it works just as well as the rose, and I like the scent a bit more! More than anything my skin loves a solid routine. Adjusting these beauty habits with the seasons works really well for my body and spring has brought on quite a few changes since my last wellness check in. I’m craving more exfoliation, lighter moisturizers, and loads of detoxifying salts, herbs, essential oils, and fresh spring scents. Still on track with my beauty resolutions, I’m also continuing to clean out my medicine cabinet to: Phase out products that are tested on animals or contain any toxic ingredients Support naturally-minded brands that give back Feed my skin and body more vitamins Sound like your cup of (Get Gorgeous antioxidant) tea? Let’s go! FACE SKINCARE & MAKEUP …

Autumn Wellness Rituals

There’s something so wonderful about the cool air that comes with the first weeks of fall. Like clockwork, those crisp mornings signal some primal rhythm in me. Hunt, gather, slow down. I start to crave citrus, warm tea, hot baths, and five more minutes under the covers. Autumn also has a way of welcoming inspiration and ideas into my life. This year it means a new little series for Rose & Fig: Wellness Rituals. Each post I’ll highlight the routines that help me to be well, stay stylish, and live verdantly. First up, autumn wellness rituals! 1. Super Tea: Bee Pollen, Spicy Honey, Ginger, Citrus // Steep these in a mug of hot water for a one-two punch against colds, congestion, and fall allergies. 1-2 tbsp bee pollen 1 tbsp spicy honey (or regular honey with a dash of vinegar and cayenne pepper) 2 tbsp shaved ginger Juice from 1/2 lemon or lime Containing every essential amino acid, bee pollen is one of nature’s most nourishing superfoods – and when I buy locally, both pollen and …