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Weekly Wellegant Find: NARS Copacabana Illuminator

One of the things that characterizes youthful skin is a dewy glow. Yet, we all have those days when, despite our best efforts to eat well, drink lots of water and moisturize our skin, it remains a bit lackluster. That’s when a highlighter or illuminator comes in very handy.

They generally come is liquid or powder form, however, I find that powder tends to settle in fine lines and dry out my skin, so I prefer the liquid variety. I recently found this Copacabana Illuminator by NARS and it’s quickly become one of my favorite beauty products.

A little goes a long way and I use it as follows: I put a tiny dab on my forefinger then rub my fingers together. I then pat my fingers over the tops of my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and the center of my forehead. I even press a bit into the inner corner of my eyelids (very eye-opening!). Then, I take a big fluffy brush and go over my entire face to blend it in and voila…that youthful, dewy glow!

Have a lovely week, my Wellegant ladies!

xo,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: “Paris Can Wait” (Movie)

From the moment I heard about this movie, I knew that it was my kind of film – an escape into the beautiful scenery of Provence, France along with gastronomic delights, romance and themes of being present, making pleasure a priority and living in the moment. Many critics compare it to one of my favorite films, “Under the Tuscan Sun” (also starring Diane Lane) and so I felt pretty confident that this film would be right up my Wellegant alley!

As the film summary states, “Anne (Diane Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Married to a successful but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she unexpectedly finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with her husband’s business associate (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a carefree two-day adventure replete with diversions involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom and romance, reawakening Anne’s senses and giving her a new lust for life.”

I had the opportunity to check it out this past weekend and, while I think it was a bit light on plot development (it seemed more travelogue than story, as the characters move from one town and meal to the next), it was a feast for the senses and a light, enjoyable movie experience, especially for foodies and Francophiles like me.

If you’re looking for a fun little excursion in the French countryside without leaving your hometown, “Paris Can Wait” is just such an adventure. Check out the trailer, below:


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Weekly Wellegant Find: Vanessa Mooney Tassel Earrings

As I peruse the spring collections at some of my favorite stores, I’ve noticed a fun trend – the statement earring. I tend to wear very simple earrings, alternating between the same two pair, however, I’m feeling inspired to up my accessory game and invest in a brighter, bolder pair this season.

Fortunately, many of these statement earrings aren’t much of an investment at all. They can be found at all price points and in many different stores (both high and low end). In fact, some of the ones that I like best are quite inexpensive.

This pair by Vanessa Mooney happened to catch my eye. I love the combination of the sailor’s knot with the tassel. The red beads add a pop of color that will complement both neutrals and summer brights. And the $45 price tag makes this pair practical and affordable.

One popular trend this season is the off-the-shoulder top/dress. The statement earring is the perfect accessory to complement those off-the-shoulder pieces. I’m excited about the combination of this earring with another recent Wellegant Find, this dress. Summer style, indeed!

Be bold and have a lovely week!
Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Himalayan Salt Lamp

I’d long admired the warm glow of Himalayan Salt Lamps when I saw them yoga studios, health spas and in various shops that I frequent. Due to the fact that the hunk of salt is natural and not factory made, each lamp is different in size, shape and color. However, they all create a soft, cozy light and lend a peaceful “vibe” to the room.

Before investing in one of these lamps for my home, I did a little research and came to understand where that peaceful vibe comes from. As it turns out, these lamps have some unique health benefits, which are the result of the negative ions that they emit.

Ok, so here’s the brief science lesson…

Have you ever noticed how peaceful and refreshed you feel after spending time at the beach, walking or hiking in the woods, lying on the grass at the park or sitting in a beautiful garden? Well the reason we feel so good is that those environments contain large amounts of negative ions, which nature produces in abundance. These negative ions counteract the positive ions that we are constantly surrounded by and absorb.

Positive ions are created by electronic devices and have been dubbed ‘electronic smog’ or ‘electronic air pollution’. As we all know, we are increasingly surrounded by all sorts of computers, large screen TVs, telephones, microwaves and other appliances we now deem necessary for our survival and entertainment (although only a decade ago we did perfectly well without most of these).

Studies have shown that your brain gets bombarded by frequencies 20 times higher than its optimal frequency, which results in all sorts of problems, including insomnia, nervousness and allergies.

The World Health Organization calls the electronic smog “one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences” and states that concerns about the health effects should be taken seriously.(Source)

Like certain plants, Himalayan sea salt produces negative ions and when the crystal is heated slightly, the ionizing effect of the salt is increased quite a bit…hence, the birth of the salt lamp.

Several health benefits are associated with the salt lamps, as they are reported to help with:

  • Respiratory problems (including the common cold and allergies)
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and stress related conditions
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Seasonal depression
  • suppressed immune response

I have this lamp in each bedroom, which is beautiful as a night light (you can adjust the brightness, which I love!). I also have one in the living room, where we tend to have a lot of electronics. Wherever you place it, I’m sure that you’ll find it to be a lovely natural element in the decor.

In good health,

Karen

Sources:

  1. Negative ions create positive vibes, WebMD.
  2. The New England Journal of Medicine, nejm.org.
  3. Science and Education Publishing, There’s Something in the Air: Empirical Evidence for the Effects of Negative Air Ions (NAI) on Psychophysiological State and Performance, pubs.sciepub.com.

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Orange Blossom Water

Years ago, a friend introduced me to this Persian treat…Orange Blossom Water. Since then, I rarely serve fruit salad or a bowl of fresh berries without drizzling a bit of this delicately scented water over top. The flavor doesn’t overpower the fruit, but rather, it adds a lovely, slightly citrus perfume. It definitely jazzes things up a bit!

It’s fairly inexpensive and available at specialty food markets and on Amazon. A tiny drizzle goes a long way, so the bottle lasts a good while. (I seem to replace mine quite frequently, however, because guests always remark how much they like it and I end up sending them home with my bottle!)

I hope that you enjoy this little Wellegant treat!

xo,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Succulent Plants

I’ve always loved having plants and cut flowers in my home and, after spending some time learning about Feng Shui, I now understand how healthy it is to keep these things in our living space (you can read about some of the principles of Feng Shui here). The problem with keeping plants in my home is that I’ve never had much of a green thumb.

I walked into a local flower shop recently and saw these gorgeous succulents set out on a table without even so much as dirt or water beneath them. They were simply sitting on little mirrors and wooden plates. The shop owner explained that they last for quite a long time, as is. Absolutely no care required. Some of them even bloom, with a single little flower growing from the center. I’d seen succulents planted in dirt, but had never seen ones like this before and found it amazing that they needed no care at all. Sounded like just the plant for me! Needless to say, I came home with one.

If you’re looking to bring some green plants into your living space and want something low-maintenance – in this case, NO maintenance – you’re likely to love these cheerful little succulents.

Enjoy!

xo,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Mychelle Sunshield Coconut Natural Sunscreen

It’s (finally!) that time of year when we must add sun protection into our skincare regimen. I’ve been on the hunt for chemical free sunscreen products for quite some time and this one by MyChelle is one that I’ve grown to love.

For whatever reason, I’ve had a hard time finding a chemical free moisturizer for the face, which contains an SPF of at least 30. Instead of one product which both moisturizes AND protects against the sun, I’ve been forced to use two separate products. In my case, I use my regular facial moisturizer, then I layer this sunscreen by MyChelle on top. It offers good sun protection without being too heavy and clogging for my skin.

And the best part is…no chemicals, parabens, perfumes or other toxins.

Now, let’s go have some fun in the sun!

xo,

Karen

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