Archive - November 2017

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Everything’s Rosy with Rosehip Essentials Skin Care
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Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta Exhibit in Houston
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Worthewait Farmyard Handmade Soap and Bath Treats

Everything’s Rosy with Rosehip Essentials Skin Care

Brittany Moore- owner of Rose Hip Essentials in Houston

I had first heard about Rosehip Essentials back when Pop Shop Houston had their retail space on 19th Street in The Heights. I was shopping around the store when I realized that my lips were extremely dry, and I didn’t have a lip balm on me. Luckily, the shop carried the brand’s soaps, lip balm, and assorted lip tints. I sampled the Citrus Cream Lip Balm, and my lips instantly just felt smooth and fulfilled. Let’s just say, from then on, I was hooked!

Several weeks later, I was able to meet the owner- Brittney Moore in person. She personally introduced me to her products, such as the French Clay Rosehip Mask, the Rosehip Seed Oil Facial Renewal Serum, Aromatherapy Mist, the Rosehip and Citrus Oil Cleanser, and the Rose and Lavender Hydrating Facial Toner.

Moore has been in the skin care industry for about ten years now, in some form; though skin care has played a major part throughout her entire life, since her mother worked as an esthetician. From a very young age, she was taught the age-old ritual of cleansing, toning, exfoliating, and moisturizing. In the better part of 2006/7, she studied holistic nutrition. Her ah-ha moment came when a woman who worked in the skin care industry came and spoke to her class about all the ingredients used in most skin care, which freaked her out. From that point on, she knew she had to do something about it. She started slowly, creating only a few items, then she took a soapmaking course. Soon after, she ventured to India, where she did yoga and studied the art of Ariveda and natural medicine, with focus on skin care, oils, herbal tinctures, and massages.

After returning home, her husband and she moved from Toronto to Houston. They had children, and she re-branded herself. Her business has been growing organically ever since. She officially launched the brand in 2015, with a focus on soaps, but in 2016, she rolled out the skin care line that we all know and love today.

Most of her products are derived from the rosehip seed oil, which is high in nutrients, vitamins, omegas, and antioxidants. Since the oil is cold pressed, Brittney recommends that the products be used within a six-month period. Nothing is artificially preserved, but instead is preserved naturally with vitamins that have been blended in. “Our skin care should be similar to our food- natural, fresh pressed,  organic, and also good for your soul. That’s where the essential oils come in, and that’s the time to just relax. That essential moment that we all need during the day,” Brittney commented.

Brittney recommends using a mask once or twice a week to deep clean and get all the gunk from the environment, and makeup out. Another nice thing to do is oil cleansing, instead of using soap. It’s gentle, and may help clear up the skin and regulates oil. She incorporates clay in almost all her soaps, and the mask. “Clay has been used for thousands of years and is amazing for your body and health. It draws out toxins in your skin, bath, body, and helps you if you’re feeling sick. Also, the hydrosols in the toner. It’s plant water, so what better way to nourish your skin than with pure water from a plant. I would encourage people to start using essential oils. They help you sleep, They help regulate your emotions, they help overall balance.”

Her favorite products from the brand? The Rosehip Seed Oil Facial Renewal Serum and the Mineral Lip Tints. “They are natural, so you can feel better about wearing lipstick. They are extremely moisturizing and have anti-aging botanical benefits.”

Rosehip Essentials can be found ONLINE, as well as at LAUNCH HTX (Nov-Dec), as well as upcoming markets: The Heights Artisan Market, HTX Bossbabes Holiday Market, and Pop Shop Houston Holiday Festival.

Blogger’s Notes: After using the serum, mask, lip tints, and cleansing oil for a couple weeks, I’ve really noticed a huge difference in how my face feels. It feels smoother, looks more radiant and young. My friends have also commented on how great I look. I also love how I’m putting ZERO chemicals on my skin. Plant-based is really the way to go in terms of leading a healthier lifestyle. I’m SO SO glad I was introduced to Rosehip Essentials. Brittney is a gem to the Houston localist community, and I shall continue to brag about her brand, and be a long term customer.

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

Rosehip Essentials, clay mask, natural skin care, Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta Exhibit in Houston

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.

– Oscar de la Renta

Houston has recently celebrated the legendary designer’s clothing exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, through various small events, such as a discussion of the designer between Culturemap’s editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh, and former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley. I attended the discussion and was just so enthralled hearing what Talley had to say regarding curating the exhibit, as well as his personal friendship with the designer, which spanned over the course of fifty years.

Oscar de la Renta, Clifford Pugh, Andre Leon Talley, MFAH, Houston

It was said that Diana Vreeland created a standard for fashion exhibitions. Mr. Talley used that memory, along with his years of experience spent working with her and other fashion notables on various projects, to help with building this exhibit, which took over a year to plan. He wanted to have certain pieces tell a story. Such stories could tell the tale of that of a flamenco dancer in a total frenzy, or duchesses and grandees of Spain going to Good Friday ceremonies at the Grand Cathedral. These grandees would go on foot in their best black clothes, black suits, and high jewels, mantillas, and combs. He noted that he saw it in 1987, as well as witnessed the bullfighters, and how they dressed.

One of the things that Mr. Talley recalled, was that Oscar like to interact with people, instead of just sitting and sketching. Also, that fabric was the most important, and that it, along with textures, spoke to him. The designer loved exuberant color, and was often inspired by the colors of Spain- the sunshine, the outdoors, flowers. Oscar’s vision was usually simple silhouettes that paired with opulent, almost Rococo fabrics. Lastly, his wife Annette was his muse.

The exhibit is beautifully curated and features over 70 of the designer’s iconic pieces, including Amal Clooney’s wedding dress from 2014 (and the last wedding dress Oscar designed before he passed). Other pieces were sourced from the company’s corporate and personal archives, the Pierre Balmain archives, other private lenders, and the museum’s archives.

The rooms are also divided into sections, which highlighted his greatest influences: Spain, the Far East, Icons, and the Garden. The ‘Spain’ room offered gowns in rich reds, white, black; paired with the mantillas, combs, flowers, and decadent jewelry. The ‘Far East’ room had influences of Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, and War and Peace. The ‘Garden’ room featured gowns with floral print, a dress with the same print as Marie Antoinette’s bedchambers at Versailles, as well as iconic wedding dresses. The wedding dress portion of the exhibit features the dress worn by Oscar’s stepdaughter Eliza Reed in her marriage to Alex Bolen (now CEO of the company), Amal Clooney’s dress, and a dress that was never worn but was inspired by Jennifer Jones in Madame Bovary. The ‘Icons’ room paid homage to Oscar’s long list of iconic clients, such as: Kirsten Dunst, Beyoncé, Lynn Wyatt, Yvonne Cormier, Rose Cullen, Annette de la Renta, Karlie Kloss, former First Lady- Laura Bush, Penelope Cruz, Anna Wintour, Eliza Bolen, and Taylor Swift.

I currently own three vintage Oscar de la Renta dresses, and having attended this exhibit, now have a even greater appreciation for them. I won’t be parting with them anytime soon.

The exhibit goes until January 28th, 2018. Purchase tickets HERE.

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

Oscar de la Renta, exhibit, MFAH, Houston museum exhibit

 

 

 

 

 

Worthewait Farmyard Handmade Soap and Bath Treats

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

I first met Brittany Schiff during one of the many markets that take place in the Valley of the Sun some months ago through another mutual friend. I stopped by her booth during the market and checked out the soaps, bath bombs, lip balms, and sugar scrubs. She had created a piece of soap that looked like the Arizona flag, which I thought was the coolest thing, and was debuting them at the market. I purchased that (naturally), and the Prickly Pear soap. After the market, since I follow her on Instagram, I saw that she eventually created an entire soap collection based on the great state of Arizona! I also saw that she made a bath bomb called ‘Chill Pill.’

On my last trip home, I was able to meet with Brittany at her farm in Gilbert (hence the brand name), meet her goats, and then chatted about her brand. She makes all her bath treats in-house, so as soon as I walked in her home, it smelled oh-so-delightful!

On finding the location of their farm… They had looked for a property where they could start a farm for a better part of seven years, but have honed in on the property they are at now for about five to six years. Once they bought the property, they had to buy all the animal infrastructure. Before they closed on it, she knew she wanted to name the property something that meant something. So Worthewait Farmyard was born.

The soap making was basically a happy accident. She started making soap about two months after the family moved in. At the time, she was baking bread, and would trade bread with a woman who had dairy goats. There was one time when she went over to the woman’s house, where {the woman} was making soap. Brittany thought, ‘Hmmm… I could do that. That’s a homesteading thing to do. So she started making soap. “I made it to be just something else that we made for our family, and not have to rely on the store for. I could make it pretty too…”

One night, she had a group of girlfriends over one night just before Mother’s Day 2016. They saw what she had been working on, and they all wanted to buy some. Even though the soap that was available was just mainly for experimenting, they still insisted on at least donating money. Each girl went home with about three to four bars of soap. She then had more money to buy more supplies. Her grandfather handmade her first set of custom molds. She started out by making two pounds of soap at a time, and in three different varieties; then went to doing 7.5 pounds. Now, she is at about twenty-five pounds, and around fifteen to twenty different varieties. All of her soaps are lard and palm oil free. She uses a sustainably harvested silk fiber in the soap, which makes it feel just so smooth and have that extra lather.

Her one-woman brand has all grown organically by people coming to her, and by word of mouth. One friend who works for Events on Jackson gave the owner of The Farm at South Mountain a lip balm not too long ago, and now Brittany’s products are doing fantastic at their seasonal gift shop, and is her biggest client. Her products are also sold at Everybody Loves Flowers shop inside of Barnone, as well as few boutiques and a salon in Gilbert.

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

About her Arizona collection… It was born on the idea of her being a fourth generation native, and her general love of living in the state. “I wanted to do something that was very specific to Arizona. We have the five C’s of Arizona, which are copper, cotton, climate, cattle, and citrus.” The state flag was her first one, then she wanted to expand on that, which were the five C’s. She said it has taken her about six months to really perfect it. But as you can see in the photo above, she has done a mighty fine job!

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

Along with her usual products, she also offers a sampler pack- which is a full-size bar cut into thirds. There are a dozen different soaps for the price of three full bars, but actually, you get four full bars worth.

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

She is also doing shower steamers for the winter. They are basically bath bombs with menthol and eucalyptus. You put it in the corner of the shower, get it a little bit wet, and just let it steam in the shower to help with sinus or overall relaxation.

Oh, and guys… there are a few of the soaps that are perfect for the men. I HIGHLY recommend “Rugged.”

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

“When I first started out, I thought I was going to make goat’s milk soap. But I then quickly realized how the milk soap market was oversaturated…I wanted to make my soap more of a luxury gifting item. It’s nice…It’s fancy….It’s a nice treat, especially as a busy person and mom. I have a day job that I do from home, I have the farm, the kids…I seldom get time to myself. Being the only girl in the house, the shower is MY time. That’s my time that I can step away…I’m just trying to make soap fun, and make showering not feel like a monotonous thing. I’ll go through my day doing chores, etc, and a shower sometimes feels like ‘Oh I gotta go do that real quick.’ But it should be, at least for me, a time where I can regroup, and if I get a soap that smells nice, that’s a bonus. It’s kinda like a mini spa moment…”

Brittany is right when it comes to her soaps being a mini spa moment. My skin has never felt softer. I also feel great knowing where I get my skincare products from, and that the owner cares to not use non-sustainable and harsh chemicals.

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

(Above) The very first bar of soap.

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

Be sure to follow Worthewait Farmyard on Facebook and Instagram. You can also shop online.

If you have used these products before, what are your favorites? Let me know in the comments.

Worthewait Farmyard soaps, handmade soaps, made in Arizona

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