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Local Nomad- Phoenix, AZ
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Feeling Zen with Ahimsa Essentials Natural Skincare
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Darylynn Eyewear and The Ziegfeld Club Form Unique Partnership

Local Nomad- Phoenix, AZ

Local Nomad, shop local, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad is tucked away amongst a small plethora of shops in Phoenix’s Uptown Plaza. It recently opened late last year, and was founded by Lauren Danuser. Lauren had dreamt of one day owning her own boutique that offered a variety of unique, handmade goods from all over the world. It wasn’t until 2015, while on a European vacation with her husband, that she really gained her true inspiration while perusing local small boutiques in Paris, Copenhagen, and Berlin.

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

After leaving her job in corporate retail, Lauren decided to take the plunge and make her dream into a reality. How she came up with the name- Local Nomad, was also clever…”The name Local Nomad came to me in the shower one day – I tend to come up with most of my creative ideas in the shower! The name is an oxymoron but it stuck because it aligned perfectly with my concept – locally made goods from different cities around the world. There are so many talented makers and it’s been so amazing connected with these people and supporting fellow entrepreneurs through the process, ” Danuser explained.

If you look closely at the cash wrap’s design, you can make out the outline of what I think is Camelback Mountain…but that’s just what I personally see. I also think that the mirrors also mimic a mountain shape, which is totally appropriate; seeing as we live in a mountainous state.

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

When the shop opened, I knew I had to check it out. The exterior and interior have a modern, yet raw edginess, in terms of decor. “I worked with my architects on the design and we decided to go with birch plywood for the storefront and fixtures which gives the store a warm, inviting feel. We also decided to include geometric elements in the shop – in the fixtures/shelves, ceiling design and cash wrap. The cash wrap was really fun to conjure up. I had a vision of having little cacti sitting in shelves within the cash wrap and voila!” Lauren was referring to her architects- Mihir Bavishi and Oscar Lopez .

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

The shop specializes in products for unique gifting, as well as apparel and accessories for men, women, and children. “Some of my favorite brands we carry are Gopi Shah Ceramics– handmade in San Francisco, Compartes Chocolate from Los Angeles, Ali Golden– an indie clothing line out of Oakland CA, and Wary Meyers candles which are handmade by a husband and wife team in Maine,” Lauren said.

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Local Nomad Shop, Uptown Plaza, Phoenix AZ

Shop Location: 100 E Camelback Rd #168, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Shop Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 10-7
Friday & Saturday: 10-8
Sunday: 11-6
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Feeling Zen with Ahimsa Essentials Natural Skincare

Ahimsa Essentials, natural skincare, skincare

I was first introduced to Ahimsa Essentials when I was perusing the Certified Local AZ Festival. Ahmisa is Sanskrit for causing no harm or injury. I met the owner- Queenie, who told me about her line of safe and natural skincare. She had body butters, natural deodorants, and therapeutic balms in a variety of scents on hand to try. I smelled several scents; each smelling amazing, of course.

Ahimsa Essentials, natural skincare, skincare

The small company launched in January 2015, and made its’ debut at Phoenix Public Market. These natural and uber-Earth-friendly are created in Phoenix, AZ by the husband and wife team- Sean and Queenie Scherer. They create these products out of their home, using only plant-based and sustainable ingredients. Sean goes on to explain, “We are a team of a Naturopathic Doctor and an Environmental Engineer, so it is in our “nature” to strive towards making the planet a more sustainable, healthy and natural place!  When we started looking at how to make our mark we found that the bath and body care industry is loaded with synthetic ingredients, unnecessary fillers, unethical practices and animal testing.  We decided to create our own brand and named it ahimsa Essentials for two reasons; 1. ahimsa means to do no harm in thoughts or action 2. We only use the essential ingredients that make products effective, no fillers, no synthetics and absolutely no animal based ingredients.  We have created a line of products that are completely plant-based and sustainable while also being incredibly effective! ”

Ahimsa Essentials, natural skincare, skincare

They currently offer five lines (all information is c/o Sean):

1.)  Moisturizers. They only use organic Shea butter and essential oils,  which are ultra-rich and natural moisturizers that are very pure and effective with only a small amount needed.

2.) Balms. Only organic Shea nut oil and essential oils are the only ingredients. These have both therapeutic benefits and nice natural scents. They are useful both as a parfume and for a variety of other therapeutic benefits (examples; Bliss – immune boosting, Rescue – tension reducing, Zen – anxiety reducing).

3.) Sugar Scrubs.  Organic EVOO, Fair-trade organic sugar and essential oils are the only ingredients. These work as exfoliators, which leave a lovely moisturizing effect behind.

4.) Deodorants. Organic Shea butter, organic coconut oil, Arrowroot powder, baking soda and essential oils are the only ingredients. Effective all-natural deodorants with our signature scent blends and a mix of essential oils, which are anti-bacterial to prevent the growth of bacteria, which lead to odor.

5.) Soaps. We have two different soap products; one is a liquid Castile soap, which is an organic olive oil based soap that can be used for nearly every purpose one can think of!  The other is an Hawaiian Loofah soap, which is a natural coconut oil and macadamia nut oil bar soap molded around a vine grown loofah.

After reviewing these products for a week (so far), I’m never going back to store-bought skincare care again…

Ahimsa Essentials, natural skincare, skincare

Ahimsa Essentials, natural skincare, skincare

The Zen Organic Whipped Body Butter is kind of amazing, especially since it’s getting colder and drier here in the desert. I mainly use it after getting out of the shower. It is infused with lavender, peppermint, and bergamot essential oils, which are PERFECT to help aid relaxation before bedtime, or just after a stressful day. They recommend using about a dime-size portion to use on your hands. I personally use a smidge more, because sometimes I feel like I need it. It comes off as somewhat oily, but once you rub it all in, the oil feel eventually goes away. I find that I can go all day without adding more to my skin, thus the product lasts longer.

Ahimsa Essentials, natural skincare, skincare

The Rescue Tension Balm is an essential oil roll-on that helps to relieve tension, mental fatigue, body aches, etc. I’ve used it a few times, for minor headaches, and just to help ease my mental state after a stressful day at work or whatnot. I really love the minty fragrance that it gives off. I’ve found that it doesn’t necessarily relieve 100% of the aches, but it helps to a degree. I do find that it really helps my mind relax.

Ahimsa Essentials, natural skincare, skincare

Ahimsa Essentials, natural skincare, skincare

Lastly, I chucked my store bought deodorant in lieu of the Zen Natural Deodorant. I was kind of skeptical at first, as I wasn’t sure if it would work or not. After a solid week of being on it (hiking, working, etc), it seems to do the job. They recommend a pea-size portion, but I need a little more, as every body functions differently. When I first used it, I rubbed it in all the way, and it didn’t work as well. So now I’m leaving it on, and it works! Again, please note, this is just from my observations, not everyone may experience the same results.

I’m definitely glad I made the switch to Earth and human friendly skincare products. I feel that if I make the mistake of it getting into my mouth, lips, eyes…wherever… I won’t freak out, because there aren’t any harmful chemicals.

You can find Ahimsa Essentials ONLINE, @ahimsaessentials #ahimsaessentials on social media, OR in person at the following markets and retail locations: Uptown Farmer’s Market Wednesday and Saturday, Phoenix Downtown Public Market Saturday and Tempe 6th Street Market Sunday. Retail Locations- The Henna Shoppe (4 locations around Phoenix area), Ahimsa Medical Center in Mesa, Green Goddess House of Herbs in Melrose District and Lotus Day Spa and Salon in Yuma.

They welcome ideas, comments, or desires for particular products!

*I received product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

 

Darylynn Eyewear and The Ziegfeld Club Form Unique Partnership

Darylynn Ayala-Macaluso- the founder of Darylynn Eyewear, recently formed a unique partnership with New York’s The Ziegfeld Club Inc. She created three aviator-style frames (also reminiscent of the Ziegfeld era) and named the frame, “Nanon,” in honor of Nanon Gardner Sanderson- a Ziegfeld dancer and the grandmother of Laurie Sanderson- The Ziegfeld Club’s executive director.

Darylynn Eyewear, aviator sunglasses, Ziegfeld Club

“It’s a personal dream come true- to be able to be a part of, and give a creative contribution to The Ziegfeld Club. Florenz Ziegfeld has been a huge inspiration to me. He empowered women in a time when it was unheard of; and his wife- Billie Burke (who played The Good Witch on Wizard of Oz), created this club to continue their mission of inspiring women,” Darylynn explained.

Darylynn Eyewear, aviators, sunglasses, ziegfeld club

This limited-edition style is available in Tortoise, Clear with Black-Infused Ink, and Cream Tortoise. Interested parties may purchase these sunglasses online, and at select boutiques and vision shops in NYC, Miami, and Detroit.

Darylynn Eyewear, aviators, sunglasses, ziegfeld club

If you end up buying and wearing these ‘tributes to a legend,’ please tag @darylynneyewear and #ZiegfeldGirls . Go HERE if you’d like more information on the Ziegfeld Club Inc.

Darylynn Eyewear, aviators, sunglasses, ziegfeld club

Darylynn Eyewear, aviators, sunglasses, ziegfeld club

 

 

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