Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons, aka Something To Smile About!

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When I got my teeth straightened a couple of years ago, my whole perspective changed. It felt like a whole new world opened up to me, one I didn’t even realise I had been subconsciously preventing myself from exploring. I stopped covering my mouth with my hand when I smiled or laughed, I started grinning in photographs, and I started to experiment with lipstick and lip stains. Before that, I was strictly a lip balm girl. I guess I didn’t want to draw any more attention to my mouth than I had to.

It’s interesting: when I had my teeth straightened (Invisalign, holler!), I had a few people say to me, “I don’t know why you did that. You’re the queen of radical self love, surely having imperfect teeth is a way you can drive your message home even more thoroughly!”

It’s a complicated one, for sure. I could have kept my crooked smile for years and nothing devastating would have happened. But the way we decorate and present ourselves is inextricably linked to radical self love, and getting my teeth straightened was a gift to myself. We are all in the process of learning how to love ourselves more fully, and I am no exception! I have my insecurities and my flaws, and uneven teeth was one of mine. People ask me about my thoughts on cosmetic surgery sometimes, and my response is always that people should do whatever they think will make them happy, and as long as they’re doing it to please themselves, it’s all good by me. (For more of my thoughts on this subject, read Am I A Hypocrite For Professing Radical Self Love While Wearing 5 Inch Heels?)

Well, that got deep quickly! Back to that whole new world I was talking about: I remember walking into a Sephora, trying on a shocking pink lipstick, and being amazed at how it transformed my face. Since that moment, I have become a lipstick maniac (maybe I’m making up for lost time?!). And while I love vivid colour, sometimes you want to do something a little softer.

It’s a cosmetic mystery: super-saturated shades often have supersonic staying power, while the more natural-looking colours don’t have that same potency. You might find a soft blush or nude that looks lovely… but after ten minutes, it all but disappears. Few things are more frustrating than that, and really, who has time to re-apply their lip colour 100 times a day?

For the last few months, I’ve been on the (fruitless) hunt for a stellar nude lip colour, but just last week, the answer fell into my lap in the form of Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons. I have been using them every day since. They are just that good!

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Burt’s Bees Lip Crayons come in six different colours, from light pinks to deep plums, although I have to admit that I’m extremely partial to Hawaiian Smolder (as seen above!). There’s even a (really cool) Lip Shade Finder which tells you the hues that suit you best, based on your colouring. Genius!

I can’t get enough of these glorious Lip Crayons for low-key days. They get my vote because they’re a doddle to apply, the colour lasts and lasts, the finish is matte, and the product itself is loaded with jojoba and kendi oils, as well as shea butter to keep your lips feeling soft and lovely. If that wasn’t enough to excite you, maybe the fact that Lip Crayons are 100% natural with no added flavour or fragrance will tip you over the edge!

There are few things better than a brand new lip product to give you something to smile about.

Love and huge grins,

This post was made possible with the help of Burt’s Bees and Style Coalition.

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Two Seats Left For The Radical Self Love Salon This Sunday!

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Hi babes! This is just a quick note to let you know that I have two seats left for the Radical Self Love Salon this Sunday. We kick off at 1pm and go until 4pm. It’s going to be wonderful!

There will be magic-making, manifesting, releasing old fears, and many, many rose petals. Even better than that, you’ll walk away with some incredible new friends. (I’m so proud to say that I’m in love with everyone who has ever attended. Such beautiful people.) Now, if you’re a little nervous, and you’re not sure exactly what goes down at a Radical Self Love Salon, here are recaps from New York and London. It will be lovely, and after attending Spirit Junkie Masterclass this past weekend, I have a lot of new things I’m going to introduce to the group this weekend! YAY!

You can get your ticket here, and if you’ll be in town next month, there’s another Salon on Sunday the 19th of October. Once you buy your ticket, I’ll send you all the details you’ll need!

Big love,

Photo by Sassy of Assassynation.

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Dressin’ Up The iPhone 6!

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Are you as psyched about the iPhone 6 as I am? Oh man. I’m such a sucker for a new iPhone, especially one with a bigger screen (helloooooo iPhone 6 Plus) and a better camera.

Really, it is all about the camera for me. I have pretty much stopped taking photos with my iPhone 5, and now almost exclusively take pictures with my Samsung NX3000. It has wifi, so I take my camera everywhere, and just send the photos wirelessly. It’s pretty amazing, really… but I hope that the iPhone 6 will allow me to leave my camera at home!

The bad news is that I procrastinated on ordering, and now the wait is 3-4 weeks. Brutal! But that doesn’t mean I haven’t started shopping for my new phone in my mind. Because I have. Oh, you better believe I have.

The first step, of course, is a case. I headed over to Zazzle to see what they had on offer, and while some of their designs were really cute (and how Blogcademy is this?!), I was hit with a brainwave. What if I had Branch design me some cases that were on brand and representin’ the radical self love message?!

Of course, Shauna delivered! Just look at those case designs at the top of the post! They’re so cute I can’t stand it. I uploaded one of the designs to Zazzle’s super-simple system, and now I’m just waiting for it to arrive. Can you guess which one I picked?!

I’m not even done with dressing up my phone. Next step: a sparkly eyeball to adorn my home button, and probably a phone charm covered in sequins. Because that is just how I do!

So excited,

This post was a collaboration with Zazzle.

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Happy (Belated) Birthday To Me!

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Happy birthday to me! On Saturday, I turned 31 years old. I thought that after last year’s frivolity, 31 might be a bit of an anticlimax. But you know what? I had one of the most incredible weekends of my life.

On Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday, I attended Spirit Junkie Masterclass, a course about running a spiritual business, taught by Gabby Bernstein. It was absolutely out of this world. I spent the whole weekend meditating, crying, praying, tapping, healing, and learning so much. I met dozens of beautiful radical self love warriors, and even shared the stage and spoke a little bit about my book!

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(This tube of confetti didn’t really want to cooperate. I thought it was hilarious regardless!)

I usually never know what to ask for, but this year, I had it all figured out. My birthday wishes were pretty colourful: psychedelic sneakers and wonderful pillows (1, 2, 3, and 4) topped my list. But most importantly, I got clarity, some much-needed guidance, and a roadmap for where to go next. And that’s invaluable.

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Thank you all so much for your support and excitement about my book. I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful response. I love you, and can’t wait to share the next steps of the process!

xo,

Photos by the sweet and lovely Cheyenne Mojica.

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Announcing… My First Book!

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Where do I begin? As you may have guessed by the lack of posts, it has been a busy, busy week. I mentioned on Facebook that I had some big news to announce on Friday… And here it is.

This week I submitted my manuscript for my first book! Yes, it’s really happening! Cue loud screaming!

My diehard babes will remember Love & Sequins, a book I wrote and released in serial format. I’ve been asked for a physical copy of Love & Sequins for years, but it never felt like the right time. Well, to quote The Craft: now is the time, this is the hour, ours is the magic, ours is the power!

I’ve been whittling, refining, improving, and polishing for months, and with the help of Francesca Lia Block, who waved her magical wand and edited the whole thing, it is a totally new book. It has been mixed and matched, shaken and stirred, and it’s now the perfect introduction to radical self love.

To say I’m beside myself with excitement and anticipation is the understatement of the century! The book is glorious. I am so proud of it.

Now that the gruelling edits have been done, we’re moving onto the intoxicating task of making it look really pretty. I want to give you something gorgeous to hold, so of course I have retained the services of Branch. We have such special plans.

This is a thrilling process, and I’ll be sharing sneak peeks right here as Love & Sequins becomes a real, live book.

You have no idea how many tricks I have up my sleeve. I am going to spoil you rotten with this book release. Just you wait!

And of course, if you want to be the first to know when the book is released, just type your name right here!

I am so amped, and can’t wait to share this very special project with you!

Squeak!

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