#GRWM: Get Ready With Me…AND the kids!

I came across this mermaid tail last year while we were in Maui. Like most things Harlowe wears, it didn’t come in my size so I bought it for her. It’s still really for me, if we’re being honest. She likes to wear it in the bathtub and she splashes around like Ariel singing, “ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, aaaaah.’

sensitive baby shampoo
^my sensitive skinned babegetting kids ready for school
Both the kids love bath time, but they don’t have an appreciation for any other type of grooming. To Harlowe, doing your hair should always be optional and if it were, she’d always opt out. I don’t blame her… I myself am an avid collector of dry shampoo. I think kids should be kids so on the weekends, we don’t spend more than 5 seconds on hair, but on school days that mane has to be high and tight to help prevent the spread of little, blood sucking bugs.
In the interest of time, we do a simple pony tail most days (with a bow when she’s feeling fancy) and I love using SoCozy products to prep and prime each time we primp. The Hush collection which includes Hush Sensitive Serum, Hush Sensitive Foam, Hush Sensitive 2in1, and Hush Sensitive Detangler is our current go-to so we can use the same products on both Harlowe and Gunnar who has sensitive skin. Their styling foam smells so good that even I use it when I wear my hair au natural (vs straightening the crap out of it). The foam helps combat my frizz and keeps Harlowe’s baby hair flyaways at bay all day.socozy hush products
Since I mentioned preventing lice earlier, my other trick is using this spray all over the head. I spray it on each day after we do hair and we haven’t had an episode since we started using that a year ago. Really spray the back of the head by the neck and behind the ears. That’s where they like to hang out the most. All of their products can be purchased at Target if you’re interested and I’ve linked them below too!

Thank you for reading and have a great day! Thank you to BrandBacker and my friends at SoCozy for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

Easy Makeup Organization Tips

I posted a pic of my makeup on The Insta last week and few people asked me where I got my cosmetics organizers, so I figured it was time for a ‘makeup organization’ post.
When it became apparent my caboodle had to go, I resorted to having my makeup strewn across a vintage serving platter (see here). Any product overflow sat underneath my bathroom sink and was quickly forgotten about. Hashtag, Totalshame.

I’m a bit neurotic about a clean brush (especially since Harlowe has a penchant for using mine to apply almond butter to the floor), so I shampoo my brushes with my beloved Shu Uemura Full Shimmer Illuminating Shampoo bi-weekly. Much to my husband’s dismay the need for clean rarely makes it all the way to the large collection of cosmetics just gathering dust. It wasn’t until I read that using expired makeup can be really bad for your skin that I made time to purge some products. For beauty’s sake, it had to be done!

I used some of Sazan Barzani’s Easy Tips on How to Organize Your Makeup and cleaned out the clutter by making two piles: one for keepers and one to toss. I used rubbing alcohol to clean the products I kept and organized them in handy, clear acrylic containers. My morning routine is more efficient, more products get face-time and Harlowe can easily find her coveted powder brush. 

Interview with Sherri Ziesche, Owner of ‘Beauty Company’

I’m honored to be able to feature the owner of SF’s haven for quality, locally and internationally sourced skincare, nail, bath, body, hair and travel products, Beauty Company. Sherri’s spot is known for providing luxurious, affordable products and services, but what people may not know is that behind the product knowledge is an indomitable mogul with a very warm heart and a very  contagious smile.
Who are you? What do you do, and where do you live?
Sherri Ziesche I’m the owner of beauty company and the founder of Be.Spoke modern apothecary. I live in SF in the Tenderloin.

Can you share a little bit about how you started Beauty Company and then Be.Spoke? 
I started out as a make up artist and aesthetician. I always new I’d have a salon someday. It’s weird, but from a very young age I always wanted to have a salon. I purchased The Beauty Company in 2002 dropped ‘The’ from the name. I remodeled it and brought in more current products and lots of European brands.

I always wanted to do my own product line. I was working on another project when I finally felt it was time to bring my vision to life and launch Be.Spoke 

What were some challenges that you faced when starting your own business?
Funding is always a major hurdle! It can get discouraging, but you have to be willing to take risks.
I know that you were an aesthetician before starting your own business.  How was that experience? What were some of the biggest learnings that you’ve applied to your own business?
Working with so many brands over the years I’ve learned that I can only stand by products that performs. If I don’t like it I won’t sell it, use it or give it as a gift!

Aside from Be.Spoke products; what is impossible to keep on the Beauty Company’s shelves? 
Bumble and Bumble still has a strong following as well as Morracan oil. Morracan oil came out of nowhere and is now a major player in the industry, rightfully so, it’s a great product line!

If you were trapped on a deserted island, what beauty products would you totally need with you.
I can’t live without Gentle Glycolic Ceanser from beauty company and our oil free moisturizer. It has a cult following. For hair care I love Nioxin #3 cleanser (that’s what they call the shampoo) and Enjoys hair mask; they are always in my shower. 

I love your Hermes and Louis Vuitton bracelets. What other items in your closet and jewelry chest get the most love? 
Well, I don’t want to brag but I got a Kelly bag a few years ago and last October I got a Birkin (yes, I remember the month I got it) it was a MAJOR gift and I’ll cherish it forever.

As for my Hermes bracelet collection I’ve been at it for about 10 years I wear them daily I love them and it’s a signature at this point.

Finally – please share something surprising about yourself!
I’m fine being alone and love my down time, especially since I’m working with the public so much.
If you’d like to meet Sherri in real-life (and you’re in SF), come join us at beauty company Tuesday, July 16th from 6-8PM for cupcakes, manicures and bubble sipping with me my friends Caity of Moi Contre La Vie and Donna of So You Agree. I hope to see you there!

Lucky FABB Instagram Diary

Hey all! I have been in LA for the bast 3 days for the Lucky FABB West conference. The FABB conference was even better than I had expected which is kind of amazing because my expectations are painfully high. I met dozens of amazing and ridiculously well styled women and made some new friends! 

Everything from the speakers to the poolside lunches left me feeling empowered and inspired. It was ultra refreshing to be surrounded by so many like-minded and incredibly smart women who have created a way to inspire and build businesses out of their voice. I was super pissed off that I hadn’t thought to pair printed shorts with a matching blazer that day. Damn, that was a good choice, Caity. That aside, FABB was basically euphoric.
Most memorable things heard from speakers:
“This is better than all my marriages.” -Betsy Johnson on Lucky FABB
“Life is too short not to be bold.” -Drew Barrymore
“I don’t think you can. Some things fall off the table.” -Drew Barrymore on women having it all.
“You have to check your ego at the door.” -Mandana Dayani
“I get told every day that I should die for my opinions…but I don’t care.” -Kelly Osborn
“Look at yourself in the mirror and say ‘you are really fucking beautiful.” -Kelly Osborn
Best beauty tips learned:
Get the fake lash look without falsies: use brown mascara at the roots, black on the tips! Adds definition and depth. -Bruce Grayson of PG Beauty

Happiness is the best makeup.” -Drew Barrymore
Needless to say, I think this will become an annual trip. I’ll post outfits from the trip shortly. (It is likely that “shortly” means Monday because I am running the SF Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 marathon Sunday morning.) Wish me luck!