Hello Beauty,

I always feel like the fast forward button is pressed the minute the calendar flips to September! I LOVE Fall. It is my favorite season and especially now that Adrian has turned two and we are living in Asheville. The leaves are just beginning to change, the weather is still in the 60’s most days and we have been enjoying the great outdoors along with the traditional pumpkin patches and festivals! My life is full and so is the plate of priorities that I am always trying to balance! As a mom and business owner I find that I am usually last on the list. I am so thankful that I have support from my husband and am surrounded by strong influential women who remind me to fill my own cup too! In case you don’t have that person in your life, I am your girl! I know firsthand how difficult the holidays can be to juggle #allthethings but I have learned that intentional planning and prioritizing goes a long way and this newsletter is all about those lessons and tips to set you up for success this Fall/Winter! 10 THINGS TO DO NOW, that you will thank yourself for later:

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1. Gratitude list: the best gift you can give yourself.
Every October I’m given a “word of the year” to incorporate in my daily life for mindfulness by a mentor/friend of mine. This year my word was gratitude. I would love to say I’m always grateful but the truth is I can get consumed with worry and busyness easily. Although the holidays are a joyful time, they can also be a reminder of lost loved ones and grief. I’m so happy to keep all the blessings at the forefront of my mind. Journaling gratitude daily can actually be a great gift to wrap up and give to yourself on the New Year to reflect on the season. “We can express thankfulness in every part of our daily lives” Psalm 100:4
2. Consider gift giving alternatives to meet your holiday budget. Ask yourself what do you need. If you normally buy all your girlfriends a gift, consider seeing if they want to do a white elephant instead or plan a holiday event where you can experience something together like an art party or DIY workshop.
3. Change your skincare for the seasonal weather changes.
Midnight Oil Collection $98
Cleanser  $48
This cleansing oil infused with naturally derived extracts and essential oils gently removes makeup and impurities without stripping skin of its protective lipid layer. Formulated with antioxidant-rich Marula Oil and millet seed extract, this cleanser works to improve skin’s radiance and illuminate the complexion. Use nightly followed by Midnight Oil Facial Serum to produce revitalized and radiant skin while you sleep.

Serum $64
This moisturizing facial serum is enriched with antioxidants, essential oils and naturally derived emollients to help skin retain moisture, protect skin from dryness caused by environmental aggression and create luminous, glowing skin from the inside out.

Tip for extra soft skin: add the Power Start scrub in with your Midnight oil cleanser to exfoliate the dead skin (works especially well for dry lips!)

4. Schedule lunch dates for November and December now with those special people who really fill your cup. This is my top tip for not only keeping it together for the holiday but really enjoying the season for what it can be! Don’t wait until everyone’s schedule fills up.

5. Put a QUALITY hand cream in your purse. Every year come January, I have people reaching out to me seeking help for cracked angry winter hands! If you start using a quality hand cream now, you will never have to repair from the wrath of winter. I promise, it is much easier to prevent than it is to repair. 

Forty Cure Creme $38
This moisture-rich hand and body cream contains a blend of Citrus and Lavender Essential Oils and a valuable ingredient, Tamanu Seed Oil, obtained from “The Forty Cure” tree in Tahiti. This oil is used to treat wounds, rashes, burns, eczema, rosacea, dry skin, and many other skin ailments, and is the main ingredient in this therapeutic body cream.
6. Let the Experts Take Care of Your Wardrobe! Have you tried Trunk Club? I just got my very first box and I couldn’t be more thrilled! You have your own personal stylist through Nordstrom who picks out clothing in your price range and sends it directly to your door! Anything you don’t want you can send back. 

I’m loving the versatile yet casual outfits that have cranberry and blushes to go with the holiday season.

In case you decide to try: My referral link 

7. ⬆️ This works for makeup too. Pick a signature lip color or eye shadow palette that will be your fall / winter staple. My signature colors for Fall/Winter. Golds go with everything! Just add some black eyeshadow or eyeliner to play it up extra smokey and glam for those special events.

8. Respect your routine and your boundaries! It can be easy to skip the things we love in our routine when we get busy. Don’t compromise the things that make you feel good for excess obligations. Get that workout in, read that book, say no to attending your boss’s sister’s holiday mixer, and breeze through the holidays with an extra bounce in your step.

9. Plan ahead and keep it simple. That dish that you love can be the 2019 holiday signature. It is much simpler to bring the same dish to each holiday party to pass than trying to get creative AND find a tasty hit that won’t take you all day to make. Here is one of my Go-To holiday dish hit – The BEST Pumpkin butter you’ll ever eat in your life!! My friend Genna passed along this recipe to me last year and it was a favorite at every party/event! Be sure to keep this recipe on hand because people will be asking you for it!!

Pumpkin Butter 🎃

Ingredients:
•1 stick butter or 8 tablespoons (dairy or vegan butter)
•1/3 cup confectioners sugar
•1/4 cup honey (if you aren’t a honey fan, maple syrup works great as well)
•1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•pinch ground nutmeg
•1/3 cup 100% pumpkin not the pumpkin pie mix
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•pinch salt

Instructions:
•Mix all ingredients with a mixer until smooth
•Store in refrigerator
•Makes about 1 cup

Like wise, if you are anything like myself, you probably find yourself walking out the door without a host / hostess gift 80% of the time. Save yourself from last minute stops and grab a few of a lovely simple gift for all of your host / hostesses now! 

Soap & Joy Collection (Available SOON) 
$28

1 Farm to Tub Soap – Lavender & Lemongrass
1 Farm to Tub Soap – Peppermint
1 Farm to Tub Soap – White Tea & Ginger

10. Create your own wish list! We find ourselves thinking so much about other people through this season and it can be easy to forget…
-Other people too are busy and trying to come up with gift ideas that you’ll love and 
-We deserve to get exactly what we want!
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I love being your Beauty Guide and would be happy to help your Santa find you the perfect gift!
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