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The Mille Collection

rose wrap dress in indigo

I am genuinely so excited to share this gorgeous line of clothing from Mille. Based in Minneapolis, I’ve been shopping (online, although I desperately want to see the brick-and-mortar store soon!) at the Mille boutique for years. It is one of the most thoughtfully curated collections of brands that I adore, and I always have a mile-long wish list brewing.

florian top in pearl

This year, Michelle (the lovely owner) debuted her own line aptly named Mille and it’s chock full of dresses and separates made from the softest cotton gauze made in India. This fabric is so incredibly wearable and the easiest to pack. I’ve found that these separates are the ones I pack time and time again on my trips.

florian top in black

Made for women by women, the way this fabric drapes on the body is uber feminine and makes me feel so pretty every dang time. Isn’t this blouse divine?

calle skirt in poppy

I have this skirt in both the poppy red shade and black – the soft gauze with tortoise buttons and pockets (hello, POCKETS #praisebe) make it both practical and cool. The skirts (and the indigo dress featured above) are fully lined, and I love that I can control the slit height of the skirt with the buttons. Some days you’re a little friskier than others, am I right?

As for sizing, it runs true-to-size. I generally wear an XS and I took an XS in all of these pieces.

All in all, I am singing the praises of this line and I want you all to experience it for yourselves! Michelle has graciously offered 15% off your order with the code WHOORL. Hooray! I’m sure you will love this line as much as I do. As always, if you have any questions about the line, please let me know in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer!

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Odds and Ends

1. Cats photoshopped into food. Who is the person responsible for this?

2. What your neighborhood looked like 750 million years ago.

3. Did you actually read the transcript from Trump’s interview with George Stephanopoulus? Practically unintelligible.

4. This woman has completed 10,000 hours of negative self-talk. How inspiring! ;)

5. I don’t use a cream or lotion as my nightly moisturizer. I use this.

6. I have found THE BEST foundation. Obsessed with how natural my skin looks when I have it on. (I wear shade 4 for reference.)

7. 13 has become the new age of adulthood in terms of the internet. Gah.

8. 633 divers set the record for the largest ocean cleanup. 1,600 pounds of trash!

9. Brene Brown with Russell Brand. I really dig both of these cats.

10. I enjoyed this robust guide to Vitamin C serums. (Also loved that they included some green options!)

11. When self-care isn’t enough for burned-out moms.

12. Funny books for summer! What are you reading?

13. Taylor Swift inspires teen to come out as a straight woman. Heh.

14. This bag. Is everything.

Happy Friday! We are headed to Bentonville, Arkansas for the weekend. Should be a good time!

image credit: iamwellandgood

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Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Oil – My Favorite Moisturizer

I recently realized that although I’ve talked about and loved this product for years, I hadn’t written a dedicated post solely to the moisturizing love of my life, Maya Chia Supercritical Chia Oil. Well, the time has come.

I stumbled across this product years ago when a fellow sensitive-skinned beauty blogger was raving about the product. Although I would classify my skin type as “normal with a tendency to be sensitive” (is that really a type?), so many serums and oils have managed to make my skin feel suffocated and congested. I’ve always considered myself to be a “less is more” kind of gal, so when I read about how hydrating yet lightweight the Supercritical Chia Oil was, I knew I had to try it.

Before we dive into my personal reasons for adoring the Supercritical, let’s talk about pure Omega-3 Chia Oil. This oil is for anyone who wants to deeply (yet naturally) moisturize their skin. This face oil is ultra lightweight, soothing and quickly absorbs without any greasy feeling.

Chia Seed Oil (especially the oil sourced by Maya Chia, which most closely mirrors the plant itself because of the way they extract the oil – psst the extraction itself is called “supercritical,” hence the name) is high in naturally occurring Vitamin B3 and Zinc, which is particularly useful in quelling inflammation associated with acne. Chia oil also far exceeds the omega fatty acid content of many major sources (wild caught salmon, for example) which means it is exceptional for restoring the skin barrier function. It also has incredibly high antioxidant levels and contains magnesium and calcium, which is great for the skin as well. Essentially, it really is a skincare superhero.

In this study published in the Annals of Dermatology on end-stage renal patients, they developed a condition called xerotic pruritus. Over an 8-week period using a 4% topical solution of chia oil, the results were pretty dramatic. That study concluded that Chia Seed Oil was clinically proven to significantly increase skin hydration, reduce trans-epidermal water loss and increase the skin barrier function.

Now, I was a pharmaceutical rep for over a decade…you can show me study after study, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to work for me. I need some real world application if you know what I’m saying. Well, I’ve been using this oil for years and it still remains my #1 moisturizer.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. Why do I love it so much?

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