Natural Beauty With Tata Harper

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We took a break from styling last week to enjoy a little Valentines' Day pampering. Natural skincare pioneer Tata Harper was having a special event at our local Credo shop and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet the face behind the beauty line, enjoy a mini-facial, and try out her skincare products.

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Natural Skincare

We've spoken about natural skincare before, but the more we learn the more both Kimberly and I are finding ourselves wanting to use natural products. The Tata Harper event was the perfect opportunity for us to not only get to check out her entire skincare line, but also learn more about the benefits of natural skincare. We both agree that they do not disappoint!

Who is Tata Harper?

If you aren't already familiar with Tata Harper products, they were created with the essential idea that people no longer have to sacrifice their health to look and feel beautiful. Everything is handmade on her organic farm in Vermont, naturally derived and non-toxic. Her products use over 300 raw ingredients that are sourced from 68 countries and have zero fillers.

Pro tip: Because her products are natural, they only stay good for 6 months after they are opened, which is the same with many other natural skincare products. After that time, they can lose their potency.

Our Favorite Tata Harper Products

Honestly, everything that we tried was so wonderful, it was hard to walk away with just one favorite. Her products feel incredible on the skin, are light and smell incredible.

Megan: I fell in love with her Concentrated Brightening Essence, which minimizes pores, reduces dark spots (always an issue for me) and leaves a luminous glow all over. I also was a huge fan of Tata's Resurfacing Mask, which is great for exfoliation and but also really gentle on the skin.

Kimberly: While Tata Harper products can have some sticker shock, the quality of the ingredients justifies the cost. I loved the Natural Age Defying Skincare Discovery kit as a starter. It's a great way to try a new beauty regimen and determine what products work best on your skin for less than the cost of a spa facial. I have fairly sensitive skin, so I need to tread lightly when trying something new. 

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Top Benefits of Natural Skincare

So, why should we all be using organic, all-natural skincare? We did a little digging and came across these three top reasons from The Global Healing Center:

1. It's better for your skin. Chemicals, artificial colors, and fillers in skin care products and makeup can cause redness, irritation, and breakouts. Many people are even allergic to chemicals commonly found in conventionally produced products. Natural skincare products work with your skin instead of against it.

2. If a product is USDA certified organic, that means it is made of 95 percent or more of organic ingredients derived from plant sources and grown without pesticides, bioengineered genes, or petroleum-based fertilizers, which could be toxic to the environment. The ingredients were also farmed using organic farming methods that recycle sources and promote biodiversity. 

3. Artificial fragrances in many products often cause headaches and sensitivity, while parabens can alter the function of the endocrine system in your body. Check out 10 Best Natural Beauty Products for a list of more all natural skincare products, from fragrances to moisturizers that are good on your skin and the environment.

Stay Stylish,
M&K

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Posted on February 21, 2018 and filed under Beauty & Wellness.
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Kimberly's Mod Work Dress

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Sometimes there is nothing better than having a quick and easy dress in your wardrobe to pop on for those days you just need to get up and go.

Last year I purchased this dress from Ann Taylor Loft--I loved the Mod Design, heavy fabric, and geometric print. I knew I would get more use out of this dress during Fall/Winter, but it has remained untouched in my tiny closet. To brighten up the look for this season I paired it with a jacket I scored from our last clothing swap (thanks, Megan). It was just enough structure and color to compete with the printed dress and something I will be repeating.

Are you missing that go to dress in your wardrobe? The mod shift dress can be a great starter dress because of its forgiving and comfortable silhouette that works across different body types. 

Stay Stylish,

K&M


What To Look For In A Great Work Dress

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Choose A Fabric That Is Forgiving

The key to a great mod dress is structure. Thicker fabric will achieve this while helping to smooth out curves, resist wrinkles, and add warmth to a Winter/Spring work dress. Weight, retention (think bounce back), and fiber content all contribute to fabric quality. Look for a great Ponte (double knit), boiled wool, or thick cotton blend. 

A Versatile Print Or Color

If adding a print to your wardrobe is terrifying, start small. From an investment perspective, a geometric based design is one of the most trend-resistant patterns.

The more basic the print, the longer the life (i.e. stripes and polka dots). The navy, orange, and red shades in the print of my dress give flexibility to seasonality. Depending on the season you can pull out a different shade.

When you are considering a print or shade, stop and ask yourself "Can I make at least three different outfits with this piece?" For example, this dress can layer well with a white oxford, paired with a denim jacket or polished up with a black jacket like I did last Valentines Day.

A Simple Silhouette That Is Easy To Move In

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Whether you are sitting in front of a panel of executives or three-year-olds, having a dress that is stylish and modest is golden. You never know what a day could throw at you and you don't want your ensemble to hold you back.

A shift dress, which is the style of my Mod dress, can luckily hold up to most of life's adventures. For taller gals, the length may be an issue since these dresses are designed to hit above the knee. If you are feeling self-conscious, try pairing a shift with tights and tall boots for a true mod expression á la Mary Quant.

If you are interested in learning more about Mod style and what made it so popular in the 1960's, see this blog from ModCloth for more information.

Our Favorite Mod Pieces

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Outfit Details: Tulle Gold Jacket, Ann Taylor Loft Dress, French Sole Black Flats, J.Crew Gold Tassel Earrings

Outfit Details: Tulle Gold Jacket, Ann Taylor Loft Dress, French Sole Black Flats, J.Crew Gold Tassel Earrings

Posted on February 16, 2018 and filed under Style Stories, Women, Capsule Dressing.
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Sending You A Love Letter: Our Valentine's Day Playlist & Giftcards

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Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, but we can't wait! So, we are giving your Valentine to you a day early. In lieu of chocolate and flowers, we opted for something a little more practical.

To get you in the mood for Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day (whichever you are celebrating), we put together a playlist of our favorite songs about love. Think of it as 2018 version of a mixed tape--all the sentiment, but a sleeker version. Some of the songs will make you want to sing at the top of your lungs, some are for slow dancing, and some are just because we are softies at heart!

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Still looking for the perfect something for your sweetie or a reason to treat yourself? We offer gift certificates for all of our services! Why not fall in love with your wardrobe again this Spring or help someone else? Our packages make great gifts for men and women and are guaranteed to be a hit!

Stay Stylish (xo),
K&M

Posted on February 13, 2018 and filed under Stylish Living.
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