by Sonia Lovett | Apr 28, 2019 | Fashion
I had such a great time looking over the Chicos website. My goal was to find stylish casual clothing that would take me from a shopping trip and an afternoon at the park to a dinner at a lovely restaurant. I was comfortable and looked chic and appropriate for each occasion. Even the fit was perfect. See evidence below…
PS Most of these guys are on sale now! BONUS!
by Sonia Lovett | Apr 24, 2019 | Skincare, Wellness
I first met Dr. Alina Sholar while I was in Austin this winter. It was time for a little touch up (if you know what I mean) and she was recommended to me by a beautiful Instagram friend who lives in the area. Dr. Alina is a plastic surgeon with an artistic bent and a keen eye. I was excited to hear what she had to say about the composition of my face. Everybody has a slightly different way of looking at things, and I am always awed by the artistic skill of the great aestheticians and when you get a chance to have a plastic surgeon look at your face all the better. I also spent some time on her blog and ran across an article on coconut oils as moisturizers. I have never been a fan for two reasons. One, I don’t like smelling like a fruit salad and two, it was too messy for me to use.
It turns out my instincts were correct. Here is the science on the subject graciously allowed as a repost by Dr. Alina Sholar. Visit her if you are in Austin. You will love her. I did!
For Goodness Sakes! No More Coconut Oil!
The use of coconut oil as “skincare” is an all-out raging trend. An internet search for ‘coconut oil for skin care’ returns thousands of results that declare coconut oil a miracle for cleansing, moisturizing and healing the skin.
🚫🚫🚫 This couldn’t be further from the scientific truth. 🚫🚫🚫
Skincare science says:
* Coconut oil disrupts the skin’s natural barrier function and can promote aging.
* Coconut oil does not provide hydration. Because oil and water do not mix- in fact, they repel one another – coconut oil cannot deliver water (hydration) to the skin whatsoever.
* Coconut oil is rated 4-5 out of 5 on the comedogenic scale, meaning it is a high offender of the cause occlusion, clogged pores, pimples, blackheads, milia or whiteheads.
*Coconuts are considered a tree nut so if you are already sensitive to any type of nut or have an allergy, coconut oil could cause an allergic or inflammatory reaction.
*Coconut oil used on the face has been linked to an increase in contact dermatitis.
*Coconut oil has no natural vitamin or mineral content that serves the skin. It’s fats flying solo.
👉🏼 The bottom line is this: don’t simply let current trends influence your skincare. Go with the science instead. . .
by Sonia Lovett | Apr 10, 2019 | Fashion
Today we pay homage to another beautiful female owned business that we love to support: Ala Von Aeursperg. When I was reading Ala’s bio it felt like she was talking about MY family. From my grandmother to my mother, sister to myself, we all wore kaftans. Simple diaphanous ones at home and bejeweled beauties to dinner. A staple through my life. Such a simple beautiful style.
Kaftans have been the unofficial uniform of my family for as long as I can remember. My mother and grandmother used to wear them at home, and my aunt wore them in Morocco over bathing suits and to dinner at her friends’ homes. They would come home, change out of their clothes and put on a pretty kaftan. It was their alternative to sweatpants, and way more glamorous. The kaftans I grew up wearing continue to inspire the styles I design today.
~Ala Von Auersperg
I love this dress. Equal parts flirtatious and irreverent, AvA’s Mary Short Kaftan is an airy, festive style with oversized ruffled sleeves, flouncy hem and chic scoop-neck top. Its background of pale blue brushstrokes on white provides the perfect canvas for an arrangement of colorful Spider Lilies.
THE WATER MILL PRINT
Water Mill is new for the Spring/Summer season and is a vibrant print whose background of pale blue brushstrokes on white provides the perfect canvas for an arrangement of colorful Spider Lilies. Named for the beautiful Hamptons destination where Ala keeps a home and garden, Water Mill evokes a sense of natural freedom, where pops of red, yellows and greens seem to dance around each silhouette quite effortlessly. Like all of our prints, Water Mill is taken directly from one of Ala’s own paintings.