Flower Power


You guys know how much I love Lotus Wei, right? Well, Katie Hess, the dynamo behind all of that flower power, just released a new book, and it simply shouldn’t be missed. So fun and informative – all about flowers and what your personal preferences reveal about you.

Giving me a chance to check it out for myself, the team from Lotus Wei sent me photos of 48 flowers and asked me to choose the image that spoke to me most. The first one that jumped out at me was this beauty.


Yes, a peony. Well, here’s what I learned.

Activate: Magnetism
Message: Attract abundance

The Peony Flower grows up as round little buds that secrete a sweet nectar, attracting ants – before they bloom into huge, exquisite blossoms. If you’re drawn to the Peony flower, you may be overextending yourself or overworking. In the process of making big goals happen, sometimes you may push too hard when a softer approach might be more effective.

I received a Peony elixir from the team, which tastes lovely, like honey. The elixir is said to enhance your magnetism, so you attract both people and opportunities. It inspires a feeling of loveliness, abundance, and catalyzes an experience of profound gratitude for the beauty of life. It also dissolves shame, embarrassment, shyness, and the habit of overextending. (Yeah, I need help with that last one.) I’m super interested in checking out some of the other flower elixirs as well!

In Katie’s book, you will learn about the transformative power of flower elixirs: how they remove the everyday static of life created by electronics, lack of nature time, stress + other energy-draining influences that we can’t see.
Flowers can inspire joy and confidence, calm and ground us, and get us moving in the right direction, and Katie’s book is full chock full of reflections, exercises, projects, and general goodness.

Right now, Katie’s offering up the first two chapters as a sneak peek, plus gorgeous digital flower wallpapers so you can experience their visual healing powers on your phone or desktop. You can get the free chapters & floral wallpapers here.

To read more about flower power, including thoughts by my girl Laura, check her post out!


Odds and Ends


1. First things first, beauty lovers. Sephora’s Beauty Insider Sale starts today for Rouge members and November 11th for VIB members. Get to it, friends! (And if you are a green beauty enthusiast like your truly, Sephora does carry some great lines. Like this one. And this one. And this one. Don’t forget this one, which is my personal favorite.)

2. Okay, this is adorable. Dad passes out candy on a flight so his kid could go trick-or-treating.

3. Nine women tell us why they are still voting for Trump. Good read.

4. OMG I WANT THIS FOR CHRISTMAS. I wore out my first one.

5. The false equivalence issue that is so prevalent in this year’s election.

6. Total tearjerker. Trust me.

7. The 1980s book of knitted sweaters. So good.

8. Really cool makeup looks for every astrological sign. Impressive.

9. No, YOU’RE tearing up. #gocubbies

10. I love Louis CK…the bit he did on cell phones a few years back just did me in with a hefty dose of truth. Love what he had to say about the election.

11. Great gift for those looking to make the switch to green beauty. Holidays are coming up, hint hint!

12. My girl Caroline has a show opening tonight featuring her watercolor and ink originals. Keep your eye on this one!

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s a big weekend for us – our anniversary and my birthday. Cheers!

image credit: huffington post uk


Seasonal Beauty Discovery – Vapour Beauty


(Let’s see how many parentheticals I can use in one blog post. Ready, set, GO!)

You know how I feel about Beauty Heroes (it’s the best, I learn about so many new products/brands, the value is insane, yadda yadda yadda, etc, etc, etc), BUT Beauty Heroes just got so much better in my book. Well, why, you ask? Because they have added a seasonal beauty discovery to the rotation. (Squueeeeee!)

Up until this point, Beauty Heroes’ main focus has been skincare (which I love as well, don’t get me wrong, peeps), yet, you know how much I love my makeup, right? (I really love makeup.)

So! Let me introduce to you this fabulous beauty discovery by Vapour. (You have to get this. I am serious.)

First, a full-sized bottle of the Stratus Soft Focus Skin Perfector in S904.


left – straight out of the bottle, middle – quick swipe, right – blended

This stuff is magic. I really have no other way to describe it. It smoothes texture, softens lines and gives the most lovely glow to the face. I wear this on its own when I’m in a hurry, but let me tell you, applying a tinted moisturizer or foundation over this product takes luminous skin to a whole new level. I have no idea how this works, but it does, and so I’m not asking any questions.

(Oh! And those of you with redness, don’t worry about the pink appearance, as it doesn’t intensify redness at all.)

The two sidekicks that come along with the skin perfector are the Aura Multi Use Radiant Classic Blush in EROS + Clarity Organic Makeup Remover.

I have several colors of Vapour’s blush, and EROS is a great addition. I think this shade would work well on almost all skin types. Very natural – like a nice flush to the cheeks on a cold day. It’s definitely buildable too.


left – swatch straight from stick, right – blended

I have to be honest – I haven’t tried the cleansing oil because I’m up to my neck in cleansing oils right now, but I would imagine it’s legit, given I enjoy everything I try from Vapour. (Vapour is legit. One of my top 5 green beauty brands, if not top 3.) Luxury, performance makeup made with 100% natural, chemical free ingredients.

This seasonal beauty discovery is $45, which is such a steal. (The Skin Perfector alone retails for $56, and the entire set is valued at $101.) I promise you, this one is going to sell out, so get it while you can.

As always, leave any questions in the comments! I think you would love this discovery.