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Apr 12
2020

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Increase Your Cooking IQ Online with Chef Joni Sare

While we are “sheltering in place” and cooking at home more than ever, I highly recommend  taking an online cooking class with Chef Joni Sare. I have learned so much from Joni. You can do this on your own, as a couple, a Family or with whomever you are quarantining with.

During my first online session we made green beans with lemon and garlic, Yummy Gluten-free pasta with Chicken Alfredo and some Roasted Broccolini! So fun, delicious, easy and healthy too!

Joni has been the most in demand Bay Area cooking teacher for many years. She is a top-rated chef on CozyMeal and Yelp. She has many specialities, including Paella, Italian, French and even has an amazing InstantPot class! You can learn more and contact Joni directly here: https://www.jonisare.com

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Oct 03
2019

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Nourish Your Skin with Hydrosols

Hydrosols are a vital part of my skincare ritual and I use them in all of my facial treatments. Why? Simply because they are safe and gentle enough for everyone’s skin and they provide essential nutrients and hydration.  When our skin is properly nourished and we seal in that hydration with a blend of lipids and water we create a healthy barrier for the skin. This is key in all seasons and especially true for sensitive or sensitized skin.  Hydrosols can replace a toner and remove tap water from the skin from your cleansing routine.

If you want glowing and healthy skin a hydrosol is a must.  They are easy to use and not expensive.  I use about 16 different ones in my skincare practice  (www.facialsbypearl.com) and like to custom blend fresh organic hydrosols with a French device called a Lucas. The sprays are perfect for home care.

Three of my favorites below:

Rose: Rose is calming and anti-inflammatory. Roses contain B vitamins, C and E. I use Rose hydrosol on my sensitive skin clients for many reasons. This is the best hydrosol for healing barrier function.  The lipids from the Vitamin E nourish the skin,  the B vitamins help boost hydration levels and Vitamin C quells free radical damage.  Rose tea is also delicious and I serve it at my skincare clinic.  There is something special about taking in an herbal tea internally and using it topically at the same time.  It’s very healing and calming.

Sandalwood: Sandalwood is grounding and brightening. The Sandalwood I use has notes of vanilla and is very calming when you inhale the fragrance.  It is great for blemish prone or travel-weary, stressed skin. The hydrosol is a wonderful liquid to mix with masks to brighten skin.

Lemon Balm: I use this to help relax the facial muscles. This is a great hydrosol to apply before bed with a serum to massage your skin with your hands,  a jade roller or GuaSha stone.  It’s also called Melissa and the herbal tea is amazing for insomnia and relaxation before bed. Lemon Balm contains a host of polyphenols and is also considered anti-viral.

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Feb 01
2017

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Valentines with Beth Quinn Designs- jewelry with soul-swag!

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I recently discovered an artisan jewelry maker who makes soulful and beautifully inspired pieces. It’s actually hard for me to put into words everything that Beth Quinn represents- her creative offerings are so vast. I will try, but I encourage you to take a look at her website.  There is something very special in her creations- I think it has a lot to do with blending the masculine, working with metals, which she learned and inherited from her Father,  and the feminine essence of creativity, which she cultivated from being inspired by her Grandmother. As Beth says, her jewelry is full of her love for the old, worn and shiny…. But also I see an artful blend of feminine and masculine- I just know when I put my Beth Quinn piece on I feel very inspired!

Beth is a self-taught jewelry and mixed media artist, who lives in Arizona with her husband and two young boys. All of her pieces are handmade in her studio. She uses tools she inherited from her dad when we passed away. I can’t help but think what a wonderful way to honor her dad.  Much of her jewelry has the word “she” in it- these little affirmations are meant to bring joy to the women who wear them- they include sparkle and are meant to be worn close to your heart. She also makes home decor and such a large variety of pieces that will add a bit of sparkle and soul-swag to your bedroom or even your office. She also makes these really cool dreamcatchers!

 

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Beth Quinn also has a number of gifts that give back.  Please see below and this inspiring necklace.

 

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SPECIAL FUNDRAISER CAMPAIGN  —  We are so excited to be teaming up the YOUnique Foundation  to bring you some jewelry that gives back to EMPOWER women,  this is a company that truly stole my heart with what they give back to the community  !! 40% of all the proceeds and sales of this necklace  go to the younique foundation ..

What is the younique foundation ??http://youniquefoundation.org/ 

We inspire hope in women who were sexually abused as children or adolescents by hosting them at a retreat, where they are uplifted by each other and learn skills that can help them find individual healing.
We educate parents and empower them to protect their children from sexual abuse while leading a public dialogue to bring the epidemic of abuse to light.

 

I also heart this heart bracelet- wrist wrap!

 

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The prices are so affordable – it’s actually hard to believe how good her prices are, since the quality is so high, on all of her individually hand-crafted items. These make great gifts for the women or even little girl (btw, she has a beautiful selection for little ones!) in your life or a little inspiring piece for yourself! www.BethQuinnDesigns.com You are sure to find something that will put a sparkle in your eye.

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Dec 06
2016

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Petite Rose Gold Holiday Gift Guide!

Rose Gold is that warmly-gorgeous blend of pink and gold, that’s been showing up everywhere and isn’t going away anytime soon- thank goodness!  It’s on trend and I think it’s such a nice departure from basic metals. You can bet,  we will be seeing more of this rich and flattering shade! I love it all,  from iPhones, to eye shadows to clothes, to home decor! Bring on the Rose Gold!

Here are just a very small handful of my recent Rose Gold favorites, that make great gifts for yourself or someone you love!

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1. Pink Giza Infinity Scarf $58   www.anthropologie.com

2. Kendra Scott (Build your own!) Rose Quartz with Rose Gold earrings $70  (so many beautiful options)  www.kendrascott.com

3.Scalloped  Wallet $32.00  (has a magnetic snap closure and inserts for ID and credit cards)     www.anthropologie.com

4. Salt Lamp $16.99 and up  (Technically, not rose-gold, but does give any room that rosy glow and good for the air!)

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Sep 08
2016

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9 Ways You Wear Stress and What to do About It

According to Dr. Sanam Hafeez Psy. D, Colombia University Professor and Founder of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services in New York City; stress is written all over our face and can result in looking years older when stressed for prolonged periods of time.

Dr. Hafeez whose expertise is in understanding neural pathways as they respond to anxiety, stress and trauma explains that how we think directly impacts how we age and how youthful we appear. The routine stressors in our lives really impact how fast or slow we age. When stressed, we see it in our skin tone, texture, elasticity, and over all glow.

“When someone is under stress they can appear up to 5 years older, 10 years if they don’t manage stress or make changes to their lives. Stressful relationships and careers age people. I have seen patients end relationships or get new jobs and look 10 years younger within days.  People are spending money on creams, facials and cosmetic procedures but if the stress is still there it will still show in their face,” offers Dr. Hafeez.

Here are Ways Stress is Written All Over Your Face

          1. You have dark circles.
           Stress results in blood flow to main organs plus capillaries under eyes are fragile and break under stress leaving your face looking sallow and tired. Dark circles seem more apparent.

2. Mini-Menopause.
The jury is still out on exactly how or if this is possible, but it appears that the constant flow of cortisol that goes along with chronic stress causes a dip in estrogen, one that mimics, on a smaller scale, the dip that occurs during menopause. Less estrogen means less collagen and less moisture. So, while estrogen levels may not drop enough to shut down your period, stress may make them dip enough to make your skin look dull and dry.

3. You notice more wrinkles.
Life’s stress due to divorce, death of loved one, job-loss, financial concerns; impacts our brain chemistry. When we feel sad or anxious, are crying or not sleeping well it’s common to see deeper lines around the middle of the eyes, forehead, under eye area and mouth.

4. You itch, flake and even have hives.
Stress leads to inflammation which may lead to rashes, rosacea, eczema flare ups and changes in skin moisture.

5. Under-Eye Bags
Tomorrow’s to-do list can weigh on your mind, keeping you from getting enough beauty sleep. This can cause fluid to pool below your lower eyelid area, and what you end up with is a puffy mess in the a.m. Stomach sleepers, bad news: You can expect the puffiness of your under-eye bags to be even worse because of gravity.

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Grinding teeth and clenching of the jaw are common symptoms of stress. Unfortunately, these habits can cause the jaw muscles to work overtime. This can result not only in damaged teeth, but also a heavier than usual jawline, as the muscles become larger with the grinding action.

7. Hair Loss.
Stress can cause sudden hair loss by literally flipping the switch on the hair follicle’s growth stage from an active to a resting phase. Once the follicle enters this resting phase prematurely, it stays there for about three months, after which time a large amount of hair will be shed. When you experience an overall shedding of hair, you must cast back a few months to find the trigger. Rest assured that in most women, this hair will grow back.

8. Adult Acne
Acne isn’t just for hormonally crazed teenagers. Many adults can’t seem to outgrow it because of stress hormones. What makes it worse is that tense people often can’t leave pimples alone. Squeezing, poking and picking at them becomes an almost obsessive way to release tension, but it also makes breakouts worse, exacerbating the inflammatory response, and you’re left feeling a bit more stressed. So no picking

9. Hormonal Mood Swings
There is a lot of interaction between hormone physiology and mood that works both ways. Our mood can impact our physiology, and our physiology can influence the balance of our hormones. If stress can sit at the top of a cascade of events that lead to undesirable hormonal changes in the body (like those that trigger insomnia, insatiable hunger and weight gain, and collagen breakdown), then what we want to do is find ways to gain the upper hand on our stress level and ensure that we keep all those hormones in check.

According to Dr. Hafeez, “The good news is that we can get to the root cause of our stress and manage it. When you notice changes in your facial appearance take inventory of what is going on in your life and what may be stressing you out. Simple things like sitting quietly for 10 minutes focusing on breathing, writing in a journal, exercising or taking a walk outside, reading, baking, painting, listening to music and reaching for an activity that takes focus off the stress is helpful. If you find yourself reverting back to the stressful issue consider therapy. Clearly there is a connection between how we look and how we feel and think.”

I agree with Dr. Hafeez 100%. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, and a great indicator of what’s happening internally. No one likes to hear, “Oh my gosh, you look so tired!” It doesn’t feel good to hear that you look as bad, or worse maybe, than you feel. It’s undeniable, we do end up wearing our stress and fatigue on our faces. Long term stress can have negative effects on not only our looks, but also devastating effects on health and well-being.  One of the most relaxing things to do is go get a facial, massage or spa treatment. Self-care isn’t selfish- or just “pampering”, it’s part of taking care of yourself, so you can take care of everyone else and everything else in your life.  Not only will some facial and spa treatments make you look better, immediately, more importantly you will forget your stress for a while.  This gives your body a break from the internal chemical effects of the stress response. This is like a mini vacation and you return to your senses with an internal and external clarity and glow.

Stay Well!

xoxo

Pearl

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