Happy Spring Equinox! Spring means warmer weather, new growth and blossoms, and lighter, brighter versions, of just about everything. Time to clean up your routines and space, harness this fresh, blossoming, brighter energy, and restore an overall sense of well-being. Get Spring-ready with these sensational seasonal picks from what’s on The Artful Living Blog’s radar. Spring Into Beauty.
VERED Organic Botanicals Deep Citron Perfume
This Essential Oil Perfume is perfect for Spring because of its fragrant yet subtle and refreshing citrus quality. With captivating notes of therapeutic grade Vetiver, Clary Sage, and a hint of Jasmine, it all comes together beautifully to create a warm delicate scent, in a base of pure Jojoba, Primrose & Almond Oil, that goes on like silk. According to Vered “Essential oil perfumes are one of the best and fastest ways to elevate your vibration.” That means your energy level, your immune system, and your mood. If you inhale a real therapeutic grade essential oil it will immediately pick up your vibration. So using organic perfumes on a daily basis is much more than just a scent. All three perfumes in the line are truly special.
VERED is a brilliant New York-based organic skin and body care line integrating therapeutic botanical essential oils, plant oils and herbs, that is 100% chemical and preservative free. Founded and crafted by Vered Back, an esthetician and herbalist for over two decades that integrates holistic modalities such as phytotherapy, medicinal plant research and aromatherapy with deep knowledge, and quite a following of loyal clientele. #artofaromatherapy
Anthropologie Rainforest Silk Dress
This lush and leafy cascading print inspired by an original watercolor by Anthropologie print designer Aimee Clarke, is the brightest star in Anthropologie’s dress-centric March catalog. Handpainted lifelike foliage and fairytale flora make this a wearable work of art. Crafted in silk with rayon lining, artfully translates into a vibrant and feminine Spring greenery attire favorite.
Founded in Pennsylvania in the 90’s, Anthropologie has grown into a one-of-a-kind destination for those seeking a curated mix of clothing, accessories, beauty, found objects, home décor, gifts and more, with influences ranging from vintage to global. Covetable pieces to treasure. #welledited
Jane Iredale Spring Collection 2016
Create a beautifully soft no-makeup look with these four highly pigmented and blendable new products coordinated for Spring from Iredale. Modern earthy shades that are naturally neutral for a wearable look that’s like bare skin, but better. Matte and minimal, nourishing and protective, Rose-Gold and travel-sized, to effortlessly Spring into fresh-faced chic beauty on the go.
An icon in the industry, Berkshires-based Jane Iredale founded Iredale Mineral Cosmetics in the 90’s and was the first to supply the aesthetics industry and physicians with a full makeup-line based on minerals that was good for the skin. Still going strong today globally, Iredale continues to be an innovator in the industry, with a product line of the utmost integrity, that enhances the lives of women through its effectiveness, simplicity and beauty #bestinskin
Eminence Organic Sun Defense
A handy mineral sunscreen with a brush-on applicator. Eminence Organic Sun Defense No.1 Honey Apple provides a weightless veil of water-resistant SPF 22 sun protection. The finely milled mineral powder works two-fold to shield your complexion from UV rays and simultaneously absorb excess oil for a smooth, matte finish. Vitamins A and E prevent premature aging and free radical damage as fruit extracts add a subtle floral scent. Simply sweep the brush with gentle semi-circular strokes over skin to apply a thin layer of minerals, and continue for more opaque coverage.
Eminence is a natural skincare line committed to being the greenest company possible, that uses 100% organically grown, hand-picked fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables -from their farm in Hungary which uses geothermal heating, and is powered by solar and wind energy, pluse pure spring water in their nourishing, rejuvenating products. #handmadeorganic
KYPRIS Body Elixir Inflorescence
Bursting with the essence of bitter Orange Blossoms flowering in Spring, Inflorescence Body Elixir infuses clinically proven actives such as skin-plumping Sweet Iris Stem Cells & Vitamin C Ester into a blend of sustainably procured, phytonutrient-rich botanical oils. Sunflower, Moringa, Prickly Pear, & Tamanu Seed Oils combine to create the sensation of deliciously moisturized, ecstatically touchable, bare skin. A multi-active body oil produced with clinically proven actives typically reserved for facial care and 12 of the most potent and nourishing organic, wild crafted, and co-op grown botanicals blended.
KYPRIS is a special botanical beauty line brought to life by the goddess creatrix Chase Polan, whose grounding ethos, beauty with a soul supported by science, manifests with purely magical results. A tightly curated, quality-controlled, holistic beauty line that epitomizes ‘slow beauty,’ made up of elegant formulations to suit distinct skin type and aromatherapeutic preference, packaged in beautiful art nouveau inspired glass bottles. #potentbotanicals
Yoke Ayurvedic Apothecary Balancing Hair Oil
Give your locks a luscious treatment with this rich oil blend of all-natural ingredients. Featuring Jojoba and Sesame Oils that condition and strengthen, healing herbs Brahmi and Amla for deep nourishing and vibrancy, and Ylang Ylang Flower Essential Oil and Organic Rose Bud for scentaliciousness. This luxurious and lovely wildcrafted Hair Oil adds needed moisture and shine to Wintery lackluster strands, Ayurvedic style.
YOKE is a California-based modern holistic tradepost creating refined goods for the conscious journey. Rooted in the foundations of Yoga and Ayurveda, each product line is made with intention, led by the wisdom of ancient cultures, and crafted seasonally through sustainable practices. They produce an evolving collection of Ayurveda Apothecary plant-based beauty, a giving-based accessories line, and yoga-inspired ritual homewares. All are socially and spiritually motivated -designed to honor the journey within. #seasonalritual
Jadrima Patchwork Triangle Textile
From the DARA Bhutan Collection, this stunning Wild Silk Textile was handwoven by artisans in Bhutan. The complex design features traditional symbology with patchwork triangles, which are associated with long life. The intricate rainbow of brightly colored threads showcases the best of Bhutanese weaving techniques. It is a true vintage collector’s piece, which draped over a banister or displayed artfully, creates a beloved point of interest in the home. The DARA Bhutan Collection includes exquisite works of handmade craftsmanship sourced directly from Bhutanese artisans. From woven baskets, to borl wood bowls, to one of a kind textiles, these pieces all represent traditional Bhutanese crafts while meeting the highest standards for sophisticated style, technique, and utility.
DARA Artisans promotes cultural curiosity and a sense of discovery by offering a sophisticated edit of handmade artisan crafts to an audience seeking authentic, responsibly sourced designs with a modern aesthetic. #globalmarketplace
Zoe Zilian Of Farmhouse Pottery With Confit Jar
An original shape brought back from another time when storage was done with handcrafted vessels. Rooted in traditional American pottery styling, basic in design, with many purposes for the home and entertaining, Farmhouse Pottery vessels are household essentials, that bring pleasure to everyday utility. Wares tastefully crafted in a neutral palette that appeals to The Artful Living Blog aesthetic, so that food and flowers are the center of attention, with no distraction.
Handmade in Vermont by New England natives and Farmhouse Pottery founders Zoe and James Zilian, who have created a welcoming home pottery studio, workshop, and store with a modern farm aesthetic that represents farm-to-table values infused in traditionally crafted designs with authenticity and character.
Alicia Adams Alpaca Farm & Alpaca Buckley Throw
A 100% Baby Alpaca Handmade Throw that is softer than cashmere sublime. Alpaca is one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, and a jewel amid all the synthetic fibers and harsh materials found in our everyday lives. Alpaca, cherished the world over, not only for its scarcity but also for its natural attributes, its fineness, durability, and hypoallergenic and lightweight qualities. Adams gorgeous accessories suit any season, but the throws are especially comforting on cool Spring evenings by the fire or star-gazing on the patio.
Alicia Adams Alpaca is a family business which specializes in the design and production of textiles and clothing utilizing the natural and sustainable characteristics of one of the rarest and most luxurious materials -Alpaca Wool, which raises and manages its own herd of over 200 Suri Alpacas at the family farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. The farm is comprised of 80 acres of rolling meadows, dense woods and beautiful ponds, and is also home to Alicia Adams and her family.
The Bee-Friendly Garden By Kate Frey & Gretchen LeBuhn
For every gardener who’s ready to celebrate the official start of the season, and cares about the planet, this new guide for designing a Bee garden helps you create a stunningly colorful, vibrant, healthy habitat that attracts both Honeybees and Native Bees. In The Bee-Friendly Garden, award-winning garden designer Kate Frey and Bee expert Gretchen LeBuhn provide everything you need to know to create a dazzling garden that helps both the threatened Honeybee and our own Native Bees. No matter how small or large your space, and regardless of whether you live in the city, suburbs, or country, just a few simple changes to your garden can fight the effects of colony collapse disorder and the worldwide decline in Bee population that threatens our global food chain.
Illustrated with spectacular full-color photos, The Bee-Friendly Garden debunks myths about Bees, explains seasonal flower progression, and provides detailed instructions for nest boxes and water features. From “super blooming” flowers to regional plant lists and plants to avoid, The Bee-Friendly Garden is an essential tool for every gardener who cares about the planet and wants to make their yard a welcoming habitat for nature’s most productive pollinator. #tistheseason
City Of Paris Skyline
Paris is beautiful to explore any season. But Spring is the time to soak up that special ‘April in Paris’ charm that Sinatra sung about so well: chestnut groves blossom, city parks burst into flower, plane trees sprout foliage over boulevards, and cafe terraces buzz with new-found energy as Parisians head outdoors to enjoy Spring’s soft warm days, and to shop. Best to have the new Parisian Chic City Guide by Inès de la Fressange in hand. A treasure trove of the French tastemaker’s favorites spots in Paris, for shopping, eating, and more. Beautifully styled as a notebook, including blank pages for the reader’s own notes and an inner pocket to collect whatever catches one’s eye. Written with such an engaging and readable, wit, wisdom, and joie de vivre that it is by turns a fascinating travelogue, an enchanting diary, and a love letter to Paris.
Parisian Chic City Guide by Inès de la Fressange
Described by L’Oréal, for whom she is a brand ambassador, as “The Eternal Parisienne” and “the epitome of French style”, de la Fressange is descended from one of France’s oldest aristocratic families. She began modelling in the 80’s on the runways of iconic fashion houses such as Christian Dior, and then became Karl Lagerfeld’s muse, and later the face of Chanel and global ambassador for the brand. In 1989 she was chosen as the model for Marianne, the national symbol of France. Whilst continuing to model she is also now a highly regarded creative, designer, journalist, writer and business woman. She is creative consultant for Roger Vivier, designs a line for Uniqlo, and this year relaunched her luxury lifestyle brand, Ines de la Fressange Paris.
Ines de la Fressange Paris Flagship Store
In this City Guide –a follow-up to her popular style guide, “Parisian Chic,” released in 2011, she reveals her fashion haunts for everything from leatherwear to lingerie, favoring off-the-radar locales. For the home, she shows readers the best interiors sources in the city for sophisticated furnishings, adorable vintage items, colorful Indian print fabrics, and simple, pristine tableware, to create an eclectic and unique home. From her top spots for unearthing whimsical gifts and decorative baubles to her favorite restaurants, and from her preferred stationery supplier to the best Parisian patisseries, Ines shares more than 100 addresses in this new volume -the global resource for all things Parisienne. #secretsources