Beauty Books On Our Holiday Wish List!

We have shared a few recipes for DIY beauty treatments here on Y&L, and don’t worry we still have more to share! But we thought today we’d share some beauty books that are at the top of our Christmas wish list! These books are full of great recipes, style advice, and inspiration. Enjoy 🙂

EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends

This nifty little book was written by Janice Cox and contains over 100 recipes for you to make at home. The recipes make great gifts, and so does this book—available at Amazon for only $13.59!

How To Be Lovely: The Audrey Hepburn Way of Life

In 10 chapters, author Melissa Hellstern shares the wisdom and spirit of one of the world’s most adorably beautiful women: Audrey Hepburn. This book covers both external and internal growth and beauty. A must read for any Audrey fan, and any woman really! Available for just $12.89 on Amazon.

Savvy Chic: The Art of More for Less

Our last recommendation is Savvy Chic by Anna Johnson. This book is an inspirational book on how to look stylish and sophisticated even on a tight budget! Pick it up for just $12.91 on Amazon!

What are some of your favorite beauty reads? Have you read any of our recommendations? What are your thoughts?

 

7 Beauty Lessons To Pass On

Parents pass on lessons learned from their life experiences, and try to impart wisdom about a spectrum of issues to their kids. I remember when my mom showed me how to care for my skin (my first cleanser was good old fashioned Noxzema!), and explained to me the importance of a good moisturizer. Her love and wisdom helped me to appreciate not only my physical appearance but also encouraged me to focus on internal beauty (as cheesy as that may sound).

It can be hard to be kid these days, and just as hard as a parent, sister, or mentor to know what to say. So today we have 7 key lessons about beauty to share with your daughter, niece, sister, or any young female you care about.

  1. Begin a skin-care regimen early and stick to it! Skin type will determine the regimen and products that will work best. Choose natural and safe cleansers, toners, and moisturizers when possible. Look at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to find safe alternatives. Usually a good skin-care starting point is a gentle cleanser and moisturizer in the morning and before bed.
  2. Put off shaving and waxing as long as possible. This can be hard to do, especially if other girls around you are starting to shave (or even wax), but once you start shaving you can’t stop—and you will grow tired of having to shave everyday! The hair will grow thicker and darker. Please don’t shave arms or facial hair!
  3. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Moisturizing is important for keeping skin healthy and preventing signs of aging (like wrinkles, lines, and spots). Starting early is key to keeping your skin looking young. Again choose a moisturizer that is safe and natural with an SPF.
  4. Wear sunscreen and skip the tanning bed. This relates to lesson # 3, but it is important enough to be a separate lesson. Sun damage and skin cancer are real dangers if you aren’t wearing a facial moisturizer with an SPF and if you aren’t wearing sunscreen when you are outdoors for more than 15 minutes. And tanning beds are just a bad idea, young girls (early 20’s) are developing skin cancer from excessive tanning. Learn to appreciate your natural skin color and your beauty will be longer lasting!
  5. Use makeup sparingly and choose safe cosmetics. When you are young it’s fun to play with makeup and explore different looks, but it is important to learn that too much makeup can look bad and isn’t good for your skin. Constant tugging at your skin, or wearing lots of mascara or false lashes can damage the goods you were born with! So wear makeup, but not too much—maybe a little bit of eyeshadow or mascara, a tinted moisturizer, and lip tint? Again look at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database to find safe cosmetics.
  6. What you put in your body is as important as what you put on it. Eat a variety of healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and good fats for healthy skin, hair, and physique.Drinking lots of water is essential for keeping your skin hydrated and looking fresh. Avoid too much caffeine, sugary drinks, and fast food. Your young metabolism may not mind soda and fries, but your body (and skin) will feel it later.
  7. Focus on your inner beauty, and the outer beauty really will follow. This is a hard lesson to hear, especially when the pressure is on from peers to look a certain way. But kind, funny, and happy people really are more attractive and more popular. Audrey Hepburn spoke some great words on the matter (and she was both beautiful and kind):

“For attractive lips speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”

Share these lessons for beauty with a special young lady in your life. And if you want a fun way to share these lessons on beauty, style, and fashion think about bringing your daughter, sister, best friend, or niece into a salon for a makeup lesson or manicure. Some salons cater to younger crowds for a memorable time. If you are in the Bay Area, Y&L Style Bar loves to have little girls come in for makeovers and beauty lessons. We even feature mineral makeup and goodies for younger girls!

Do you have any beauty lessons you have shared with your daughter, sister, niece, or friend? We’d love to add it to the list!

Beauty Advice To Live By

I have mentioned Audrey Hepburn a few times in the short life of this blog, and I’m about to do it again. What can I say, the woman was pretty incredible. I know it is important for me (and I’m sure for you all to) to remind ourselves that working on internal beauty is essential to achieving external beauty. So I’ll share with you a great quote that inspires and grounds me that you may have heard before. When asked to share beauty advice, Audrey Hepburn had this to say:

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.

It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows.

The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.

If you share this with another woman, something good will happen — you will boost another woman’s self-esteem, and she will know that you care about her.”

This blog is about finding your unique style and expressing your unique beauty to the world. We at Y&L have said it from the very beginning, fashion and what you put on for the world is great, but it’s just one part of the equation. When you are beautiful on the inside, that beauty manifests itself on the outside. So our challenge to you is to take at least one piece of Audrey’s advice and put it into practice… and then share your thoughts about it with us. Speak words of kindness, or give food to someone in need. Or when it may seem tough to see the good in people, open your eyes and your heart to find it. It is even more powerful if you do these things for complete strangers. I personally will be making an effort this week to see the good in people, and to speak authentically kind words to strangers… I’ll let you know how it goes!

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Classic Style Breakdown

What better place to begin breaking down our style boards than the “Classic” look. It is easily one of the most coveted look among women. Built on a wardrobe of quality basic pieces, the classic look appears effortless, chic, and because it’s built on the basics—it never goes out of style. While it’s better to opt for quality over quantity when it comes to buying clothes, you can attain the classic look on just about any budget!

Style Icons:

Audrey Hepburn – made the little black dress famous, amongst other things!

Jackie Onassis – known for her elegant style, trench coat, and large sunglasses!

Essential Pieces:

  • Little Black Dress – every girl should own one. period.
  • Trench Coat – a great trench coat is timeless and will never go out of style. I love mine from Banana Republic!
  • White Button Down Shirt – get a well-fitted shirt that can be used for work or for play.
  • Basic Cardigan – this is an essential layering piece and is an opportunity to add some color to your wardrobe.
  • Pencil Skirt – pick one in a subtle print or neutral color.
  • Dark-Wash Jeans – pick a high quality dark denim with some stretch (1-3% spandex) in a cut that flatters your figure (look for a post on choosing the right jeans!)
  • Dark Dress Pants (Black or Navy) – choose a flattering cut and style that accentuates your assets.
  • Neutral Heels or Flats – choose comfortable shoes in black or a nude color.
  • Scarf – your chance to personalize a little more by choosing a unique pattern or color.
  • Structured Handbag – a great handbag can tie an outfit together. Avoid gaudy or trendy details and opt for a simple but elegant bag that will work with any outfit.
  • Oversized Dark Sunglasses – These look fabulous on most people, and add some mystery (while of course protecting your darling eyes)!
  • Accessories – keep the accessories simple and to a minimum. Think pearl necklace, delicate bracelet, or a simple ring.

Favorite Stores To Shop The Classic Look:

  • J. Crew – They carry great things, but can be on the pricier side.
  • Banana Republic – I got a great trench coat from here for half price. It’s one of my favorite pieces 🙂
  • Anthropologie – They have a lot of eclectic stuff, but their basics are very high quality, and I have caught things on sale before!
  • The Gap – An affordable alternative to J. Crew or Banana Republic.
  • Department Stores – Macy’s, Nordstrom, Kohl’s
  • Target – Sometimes they carry really cute things at great prices, you just have to keep your eye out!

Where have you found some great classic pieces? What is your favorite “classic” piece?

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Finding Inspiration…

Defining your personal style doesn’t happen over night, its a winding path that sometimes take you to places you’d rather forget (i.e. t-shirts with “abercrombie” plastered on the front, or the time when you let your bangs grow out – these were terrible decisions on my part). One of the hardest things about finding your style is knowing how to start.

So let’s begin by finding some inspiration. Style inspiration can come from anywhere really: from celebrities you adore to your friends, from your favorite places to visit to your hobbies, from your favorite song to your favorite painting. Finding your style is all about figuring out what inspires you, what empowers you, what you find beautiful and will in turn help you to feel outwardly more beautiful. So let me share with you the sources of my inspiration.

My celebrity inspiration is a mix of classic and quirky. I adore the feminine quirk of Zooey Deschanel and classic elegance of Audrey Hepburn.

Music is a big part of my life, and inspires me in a lot of ways. I think one artist that combines my love of folk, romance, nature, and strength is Iron & Wine. I find his song “Walking Far From Home” particularly powerful (hear it below :)). I take cues from his southern influences and easy sound by incorporating comfortable fabrics, sweet dresses, and floral prints into my wardrobe.

I love crafting and being creative, and that really comes out in my personal style and wardrobe which tends to be a mix of eclectic and fun pieces.

So my challenge to you real ladies out there is to do some soul searching over the next week or so. In a journal, on Pinterest, or in Evernote, jot down or collect images and links to things that inspire you and embody who you are or who you aspire to be. It’s these cues that you can use to start building a unique style all your own. And please share them with us at Y&L! We want to know what inspires you. Enhanced by Zemanta