1. Alaffia, Neem Tumeric Shampoo, $10
2. Fortuned Culture, Sanar Healing Bracelet, $55
3. Jamie + the Jones, Staple Basic Midi Dress in Garnet, $298
4. Cuyana, Baby Alpaca Infinity Scarf in Camel, $75
5. 100% Pure, Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer, Cocoa Glow, $36
Neem Tumeric Shampoo
Turmeric isn’t just for your latte anymore. Truth be told, we don't love the flavor of the stuff anyway--but we’ll spread it on our skin and put it in our hair like it’s our job if even half of the health benefits it purportedly has are truly within reach. In this balancing shampoo from Alaffia, turmeric is coupled with another anti-inflammatory natural ingredient we'd never heard of called neem, which comes from a tree and has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties and is known to be a miracle cure for psoriasis and dry scalp. But how will it make my hair look? you ask. Like you used a shampoo that costs three times as much. The day we used it for the first time we got three hair compliments before noon. And, we were pleasantly surprised by how much we liked the minty scent every time we turned our heads (yes, it's a little toothpaste-esque, but we're okay with that. Minty fresh hair smells clean, even three days post wash). All these perks from ingredients that come from plants, not labs. Lather up!
Alaffia is at war with poverty and gender inequality in West Africa. The company was created to give local communities in Togo the opportunity to self-empower. They accomplish this by providing equal employment opportunities to men and women and by engaging in environmental sustainable practices to utilize indigenous resources like the shea butter and neem that are in this shampoo. They're also committed to local empowerment projects, everything from maternal care initiatives (a woman in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth compared to 1 in 4,000 in developed countries) to campaigns to educate women about the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to programs that distribute eyeglasses to students who need them. Alaffia has also helped to pioneer the MADE SAFE seal, which signifies that a product is made with ingredients that are not known or suspected to cause human health harm (we're afraid to find out how many supposedly "natural" body care products don't qualify!) All of that good work and their products work, too! Our scalp has never felt better (their body washes are awesome, too). (P.s., the link below is to the Alaffia website, but you can find their stuff at Whole Foods and Sprouts, too).
Sanar Healing Bracelet
Multi-taskers take note: not only is this a classic piece of jewelry you won’t want to take off, but it'll be providing healing powers even as it provides beauty. Engraved with the word Sanar—Spanish for “to heal”—this bracelet contains small magnetic plates on the inside which are used in arthritis and muscle healing. It also contains copper, which has been used for thousands of years as a folk remedy and known to heal wounds, treat lung disorders, and help headaches. And it's adjustable! Throw on a pair of over the knee-boots with your magical bracelet and you’re basically Wonder Woman. But better.
Fortuned Culture is beautiful jewelry that has a powerful social impact. The company creates jewelry lines for various non-profits and then uses proceeds from that line to support the mission of the partner organization. Each jewelry piece is designed to symbolize what the proceeds from the purchase will help the charity partners fulfill. In other words, this bracelet won’t just heal you, it’s also working to heal the world. In this case, each bracelet purchased gives an orphan a visit to the dentist, an eye exam, and a vaccine.
JAMIE + THE JONES
Staple Basic Midi Dress in Garnet
We know what you're thinking-- if you're going to spend $298 on a dress, it better be AMAZING. Versatile. Comfortable. Flattering. Chic. And classic enough to wear for years. Allow us to introduce you to the Staple Basic Midi Dress from Nashville-based Jamie + The Jones. We thought it was cute in photos, but when it arrived at our doorstep we saw what we couldn't see online--the richness of the red, how gorgeous the raw silk fabric looks (and feels), how fabulously it hangs; the craftmanship and artistry are evident in every detail. With tailored sleeves, luxe fabric, and a loose fitting drape, this simple silhouette works for the office or Saturday brunch or even an evening holiday party (we loved how Katherine Wolf paired it with the Cuyana alpaca infinity scarf and her Nisolo oxfords this past weekend for a Christmas party for Hope Heals Camp). We like it with camel and gold but we think it'd look just as great with black tights and a black moto jacket. Don't love the mid-calf length? There's a shorter version, too! And, perhaps even better than its versatility is the fact that this beauty can be machine washed (in fact, because it's raw silk, it'll only get softer with each wash). That said, if you want it to stay pristine and crisp from wear to wear, dry cleaning is your best bet (Jamie + the Jones recommends machine washing it if you want it to have that lived-in, perfectly worn, ultra soft t-shirt look).
Jamie Frazier and Hannah Jones create wearable art, all designed and made in their Nashville studio. Their whimsical, effortless pieces can be worn dressed up or dressed down, and they look beautiful on women of all shapes. Fun and lively yet still timeless and classic, the textiles and colors they use in their clothes tell a story we want to be a part of. At the heart of everything these women do is collaboration--from their own symbiosis, to their collabs with the knitters and weavers and marblers who work on their garments--these talented ladies have created a powerful, women-centered, cooperative space within the fashion community, and we dig it. We're also grateful for their generous spirit in supporting Katherine's Dress 4 Dignity campaign!
Baby Alpaca Infinity Scarf in Camel
Have you ever wondered about those women whose scarf always seems perfectly draped? Spoiler alert: it's probably an infinity scarf. And if she's looking classic and cozy, it's probably this baby alpaca infinity scarf. Wondering what the alpaca movement is all about? Here’s the rundown: Alpaca wool is ethically harvested natural fiber that's warmer and softer than sheep’s wool (and, because it has no lanolin, even if sheep's wool makes you itchy, there's a good chance alpaca might not). Summary: this infinity scarf will keep you super cozy without weighing you down. We love the camel color with everything from a red dress to our puffy jacket to our favorite t-shirt (t-shirts + scarves = how L.A. girls do winter). Cozy chic at its finest.
Cuyana’s motto is "few, better things," a mantra shared by many in the ethical fashion world. Planning for purchases and investing in high quality pieces will ensure that you don’t fall victim to the whims of fast fashion. Responsibly made in Peru, the elegant and timeless pieces Cuyana creates--like this scarf--will be favorites in your closet for years (maybe even for...infinity?).
Cocoa Pigmented Bronzer, Cocoa Glow
Bronzer sounds good in theory. Obvious, even. If we can't get an actual tan safely, then we'll fake it with a powder that's slightly darker than our normal skin tone, applied in the places where the sun would normally darken the most. SO WHY IS USING IT SO HARD? This bronzer from 100% Pure won't perfect your technique (you need this tutorial from Jessica Alba for that), but it'll give you the illusion of winter sun without making you look like Tinkerbell (we're all about some shimmer, but sparkles do not belong on a grown woman's face). This Cocoa Glow shade is perfect for contouring (dark enough to serve a purpose and super easy to work with--the powder is so blendable that you can recover in seconds if you put on too much), and pairs really well with 100% Pure's Fruit Pigmented Luminizer. We were scared of contouring, too, but once we got it down, we're digging the done-but-not-overdone look it gives us with just a few swipes of a brush.
100% PURE cosmetics are colored from fruit, vegetable, tea and other plant pigments which, in addition to not poisoning you (rethink that NARS lipstick, people!), contain a ton of skin beneficial vitamins, antioxidants and other healthy phyto nutrients that make skin healthier. (Most mainstream cosmetics contain Red Dye #40, Blue Dye #6, Yellow Dye #5, which are often laced with coal tar, lead, mercury and other heavy metals). But don't go thinking 100% PURE is nothing but mashed up beets that someone calls lipstick. This innovative beauty company is on the cutting edge of cosmetic science. 100% PURE invented the "nano spinning method" that manipulates the molecular size of their active ingredients for deeper penetration into your skin so they don't have to use polymers (liquid plastic) to deliver the goods.