I celebrated my 55th birthday on the 11th, and I must say I am happy and comfortable in my own skin. I am sometimes told that I look younger than my years, and if I do, I would attribute that to some style secrets that I will share with you today. Why? Select contributors to LuckyMag have been asked to share their chicest, yet seemingly effortless, head to toe looks, sharing their style tips and incorporating Seventh Generation Boosts as a foundation to natural beauty. My secrets? To start, I think my youthful appearance is more about what I do NOT do, rather than what I do. I wear very little make up, and in these shots, as in most of my shots for this blog, all I am wearing on my face is lipstick with sunscreen and some wax on my eyebrows for definition. Of course now I also wear my Seventh Generation Boosts and nothing else on my face. I use the cheapest washcloths that I can find, because they are roughly textured, and that is how I exfoliate my skin. Purified water, and my washcloth is my secret and Nothing Else- not even soap, which irritates my sensitive skin. Good genes do play a role, too. I also avoid chemicals in my shampoo, facial products, cleaning products, laundry detergents ( Seventh Generation, also) as well as in my diet. I am pleased to tell you that as a contributor to LuckyMag I received a free sample of this product from Lucky and Seventh Generation for use in connection with this blog. This is both a disclosure and a happy statement of fact! My sample of Seventh Generation Boosts, in the soothing formula, has been a much appreciated and wonderful thing for my skin! This product has a special a carrier oil system made of a blend of apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil. It is fast absorbing and non-greasy, and these ingredients are all natural. It does NOT contain parabens, phthalates or synthetic fragrances and this plant based serum has active natural ingredients that are great for your skin. This all natural product creates a smooth and soothing difference you can feel and see! You can also use this product around your eyes, and that is unusual for a facial product, and I use it , too, on my elbows which can be a bit roughly textured. It is my newest style secret! Here is a photo of the product I received; I added the rose from my recent birthday bouquet!:
Additionally, these products are not tested on animals, and they are gluten free and vegan! I have an autoimmune disease, so these features appeal to my very real health concerns and to my conscience. This really is a product I can happily endorse, without any reservations. ( or I would not do so). Additional style secrets include the bare basics: lots of water, and plenty of sleep!! Now, back to the first picture: I am wearing a silk satin A-line dress . Perhaps this is not the first dress one would think of for an "All Natural Style" themed blog post. Silk, however, is very much a natural fiber and highly prized for its luxurious sheen and ability to absorb colors with unrivaled beauty. This was purchased at a consignment store, and I think it was custom made as it has no label, has boning, and fits my tiny frame. Shopping trifecta! The sweater is J.Crew, and I love the feel of the soft merino wool as well as the subtle animal print. The sweater is also from the consignment store: I think buying this way is a good way to recycle! The crocodile bag is vintage Hermes, is an heirloom, and I treasure it. The shoes are from Modnique. Everything I am wearing is natural, including my happy birthday smile!! Here is another shot, in it I am wearing a thrifted silk dress - $8.00!-, sunnies from Max Mara, a bracelet from Jennifer Miller In East Hampton, and sandals from Cole Haan:
My other #AllNaturalStyleSecrets When I wash my hair I let it air dry, and the wear it in a lose chignon at the nape of my neck. Two hours later I have the gentle wave that you see here! No muss, no fuss, no products! I do this at night, and I use my Seventh Generation Boosts at night also. My other beauty and style secrets are ones you probably have garnered: I avoid the sun and wear a good sunscreen for the limited amounts of time I am outdoors. I also am active! Another tip for chic, effortless style: When I choose an outfit, I often choose a dress, in that way I am dressed in less time that it took to write this sentence! Lipstick goes on in the elevator, and I finger comb my curls then, too. I am up and out the door in about three to four minutes!
You should try this serum, it comes in many variations depending on your own unique skin needs. I have been using the soothing boost with oat extract for a week, and I have noticed a subtle glow to my skin that I love. Seventh Generation Boosts are available exclusively at Walgreens for $14.99 per bottle, which if you use one pump per day, will last you almost one year!
Today, I added more photos. I was about to submit this post but woke up and noticed brighter skin. I had my hubby take some indoor shots because it was sprinkling here. I am wearing a green silk embroidered sheath, if you look closely there are palm trees! I am also wearing a vintage gold necklace that I chose for its organic shape, and my "anti-gravity" easy spirit shoes, plus my vintage crocodile Hermes bag.
I love this dress because it also comes with a matching lightweight coat, which is perfect for this rapidly changing season. In this next shot, ( thank you, patient husband), I am wearing a printed silk sheath by Magaschoni: I love the way it's earthy print is adorned with large mother of pearl, square sequins. Topping the sheath is a nubby silk, cotton, and wool jacket by Moschino. These natural fibers feel good on and keep you warm without making you uncomfortable...plus, I do love these two designers for pure style. For more information, visit their site, you can even print a coupon!