Eat Pretty Every Day is Here!

Meet Eat Pretty Every Day.

This incredibly info-packed volume offers hundreds of beautifying ideas for you to incorporate into your life—one for each day of the year. The inspiration behind the book was you—the readers who have asked me for more ideas, more guidance, and more real-life beauty nutrition strategies since Eat Pretty debuted! I wanted to put as many beautifying ideas as I could into a book that would motivate you every time you picked it up and flipped through its pages. I believe that, even though we all lead busy lives, we can all do one thing every day to nourish our best selves. And I tested that belief—to its core—while I was writing this book, trying to juggle clients, writing 1000+ words a day, and caring for my then-one year-old. It was HARD. I was depleted. But I used my own advice to nourish and build myself back up during an intense time. The ideas that made the cut for this book are the real-life strategies that I use myself, and recommend to my clients.

The message: do one thing every day to make yourself glow, as the book challenges you!

Inside you'll find more than a simple page-a-day book. Eat Pretty Every Day is organized seasonally, so the ideas you read will more closely match the spirit, intentions, and your personal beauty needs of that season.

There's really something for everyone here. I know from working with clients around the world that we all learn, absorb, and get inspired in different ways. So the entries in Eat Pretty Every Day incorporate beautifying recipes, kitchen tips, self-care practices, mantras to bring mindfulness to mealtime, physical activities, weekly challenges, hands-on projects, food profiles, and so many other varied approaches to bringing more beauty into your body and your life. Every entry and approach may not suit you, but since there is so much variety you are sure to find many ideas that will be a great fit for your lifestyle. THOSE entries are the ones that will stick with you, and help you build more beauty into your daily routine!

Check out some more visuals of what you'll find inside:

I hope that you'll check out Eat Pretty Every Day, and let me know if you're inspired by what you find inside. Eat Pretty Every Day will be released on October 25th, but you can preorder today on Indiebound, Amazon.comBarnesandnoble.com, and Chronicle Books.

And don't miss this preorder bonus:

The first 100 US-based readers who preorder Eat Pretty Every Day and enter their info at http://budurl.com/eatprettyeveryday will receive a lovely package with a limited edition Eat Pretty Every Day print, a special dessert recipe, and a sachet of one of my favorite tulsi teas for beauty!

The Ayurveda-Inspired Hair Oil That's Perfect for Autumn Beauty

Late summer is the time of year when the word 'parched' comes to mind, over and over. I drive by browning lawns, watch crispy leaves raining down from the trees, and feel my own skin drink in its nighttime oil treatment more readily than it has in months. And then there's my hair. A season of intense heat and sun exposure, plus regular plunges into ocean and pool water, means that my strands feel (and look, though I hate to admit it) parched from mid-shaft to ends. That stringy, tangly effect is not fun. A little extra conditioner always helps bring hair back to life, but nothing is more indulgent and effective than an oil-based treatment to help restore moisture and shine to hair that's just plain dried-out.

When my September Beauty Heroes discovery box arrived bearing Uma Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil, my hair scored a major victory. This year, Uma's hair oil is my first foray into fall; it's my first acknowledgement that yes, soon the unruly beach waves will revert to well-tamed strands. Since I have fine hair, I prefer to use hair oil as an occasional scalp treatment, not a leave-in product. But I experimented with this oil and found that just 2-3 drops applied to the ends of my damp hair is fantastic for softening and smoothing.

In just a few weeks, Uma's Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil has become a desired ritual 1) for the results and 2) for its natural scent, a herbal blend of rosemary, grapefruit, lemon, hibiscus, and cypriol (a root that has smoky, leathery scent notes that you immediately detect in this formula) that really draws you in.

I also loved sampling the Uma line because it's inspired by the practices of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine that has influenced my approach to beauty nutrition. Also included in the Beauty Heroes September box is the Uma Ultimate Brightening Face Mask, a clay-based Ayurvedic treatment that uses saffron, sandalwood, cinnamon,  honey, and papaya to exfoliate and purify the skin. I loved its gentle brightening effect on my skin, and plan to get a full size!

To check out Uma Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil or Ultimate Brightening Face Mask, head over to the Beauty Heroes store, or grab one of the few remaining September Beauty Heroes boxes before they're spoken for!

NOTE: If you purchase a Beauty Heroes subscription, or one of the aforementioned products, I will receive a small commission on behalf of Beauty Heroes. My honest review and experience with Beauty Heroes and these products was in no way influenced by my affiliate status.

 

Beauty Ingestible Road Test Part 3: Fountain

I recently had the opportunity to celebrate Free People's new beauty + wellness lineup at a launch event in Nashville. The super cool and gorgeous (and also incredibly nice) Free People crowd came out to shop and sample and dance and drink (ingestible beauty cocktails, of course). I created a few drink recipes for the event using some of the top beauty ingestible brands to grace Free People's shelves. For the first and second post in this series, check out The Beauty Chef, and Moon Juice.

This time I'm trying out Fountain, a line of liquid beauty supplements (named 'Molecules') out of the UK.

You can read even more about my test of Fountain in my post for Free People's Bldg 25 blog

What you need to know about Fountain: This UK brand launched across the pond a few years ago, and quickly became hotter than hot. Fountain claims that it sells a supplement every 11 seconds. The brand's liquid formulas are said to allow their nutrition to absorb quickly and easily.

How to consume: I tested Fountain The Beauty Molecule, which has a pomegranate flavor, and The Glow Molecule, which has a slightly floral 'acai' flavor. The Glow Molecule was definitely my favorite, as it is subtle enough to pair well with a range of of other flavors, it's much more palatable, and offers one of the most important antioxidants for anti-aging: glutathione. You can take Fountain liquid Molecules alone (2 tsp is a serving), or mix them with water or another liquid like herbal tea, as I did in the recipe below. After testing, I'd say that these supplements are not something you take for the taste; rather, you shoot them back for the beauty benefits and chase with something else.

Love it for: The Glow Molecule gets major props for its delivery of glutathione, the body's 'master antioxidant' that slows the aging process and regenerates antioxidant vitamins C and E in the body. Our natural production of glutathion slows as we age, so this is one way to supplement (the other is to eat more glutathione-producing foods).

Cost: $50 USD for 8oz (a bit less than a month's worth of servings)

Calm + Glowing Elixir

This soothing, floral tea calms the senses while supporting youthful, glowing skin with the powerful antioxidant glutathione.

Serves 1

Stir together and serve chilled.

Beauty Ingestible Road Test Part 2: Moon Juice

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I recently had the opportunity to celebrate Free People's new beauty + wellness lineup at a launch event in Nashville. The super cool and gorgeous (and also incredibly nice) Free People crowd came out to shop and sample and dance and drink (ingestible beauty cocktails, of course). I created a few drink recipes for the event using some of the top beauty ingestible brands to grace Free People's shelves. For the first post in this series, on The Beauty Chef, click here.

This time I'm trying out Moon Juice, a cult favorite brand with a lineup of superfood powders (called 'dusts') that includes the radiance-boosting Beauty Dust.

What you need to know about Moon Juice: This California-based line of dusts and other delicious edibles comes packed with ingredients you probably haven't heard of, but will want to check out if you have disposable income. Lots of the ingredients used in Moon Juice formulas are traditionally used in Chinese Medicine. Ans anecdotally, they have very powerful properties. I tried a few Moon Juice powders and was impressed to feel an immediate effect from Spirit Dust and Brain Dust.

How to consume: Moon Juice Beauty Dust is a powder, which makes it a perfect add-in to smoothies. A serving in 1 tsp in 8 oz liquid. Be sure your smoothie recipes include some kind of fat (coconut milk, almond milk, avocado, etc.) to achieve the best texture with the powder mixed in. Since there's a bit of stevia added to this powder, you'll want to be careful not to have too many other sweet ingredients in your drink, or it will quickly become overly sweet.

Love it for: Exotic beauty powerhouses like pearl and schisandra that are known to nourish the skin and provide potent anti-aging benefits.

Cost: $65 USD for 8oz (about a month's worth of servings)

Peachy Complexion Tonic

This sweet, creamy tonic combines the skin-nourishing fats from coconut and the collagen-building vitamin C in peaches with a slew of exotic skin superfoods like schisandra, pearl, and goji, found in Beauty Dust by Moon Juice.

Serves 2

  • 2 cups chilled unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 ripe organic peach
  • 2 tsp Moon Juice Beauty Dust
  • scant 1 tsp ground ginger

Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until serving.

Currently Using: Laurel Whole Plant Organics

Dear Beauty Heroes,
You did it again this month. Laurel Whole Plant Organics? Really?!
I broke into a spontaneous happy dance at my mailbox.  Can't wait for Sept.
xo, Jolene

It's no secret that I live for summer. To me, the sun is a source of joy, energy, healing, and bliss like none other. But its intensity touches every part of our mind, body and spirit, including—very visibly—our skin. Even though I practice a host of strategies to stave off some of the sun's negative effects (extra hydration, wide-brimmed hat and shades, sun protective diet, skipping extra sugar, totally luxe natural SPF, etc.), my skin and yours can always, always use some natural healing therapy.

This month I lifted the sunny, yellow-orange tissue paper inside my Beauty Heroes subscription box to find one of the most beautiful facial serums every to grace my vanity table. Laurel Whole Plant Organics Sun Damage Repair Serum shines not only because of its incredible lineup of 27 healing ingredients (including oils like red raspberry, jojoba, carrot seed, and cranberry seed that offer sun protective benefits), but because the source of these ingredients is the whole, organic plant—not a derivative or isolated compound. If this is your first introduction to the Laurel WPO brand, just know that this remarkable lineup of products offers some of the best formulas you can put on your skin. Laurel Shaffer, the owner and formulator, creates 'slow beauty' formulas that are incredibly concentrated (no alcohol or water to be found here) and made from organic, raw, whole plants like fresh flowers and herbs.

To say that your skin recognizes the difference is an understatement.

My previous experience with Laurel's Antioxidant Serum makes it a product I still recommend to clients, and this month my skin has been loving the naturally orange-hued Sun Damage Repair Serum in place of moisturizer. It's one self care ritual I will take with me well into the fall.

Speaking of self care, one of the biggest challenges for my clients (and—I'll admit it—myself) is carving out regular self care time. That means nourishing and replenishing inside and out even before getting burned out from doing, giving, and working too much. As adults, there's not always someone there to remind you to slow down, or to create a moment of self care, pure and simple, in your day. Beauty Heroes has become a monthly self-care moment like none other. It's like getting a package from your best friend (the one who really knows you). Not all self care has to have a price tag, but this one has proven well worth it for me during times of stress and depletion.

If you join by August 20th, you can get this month's Laurel Whole Plant Organics hero selection, plus a sample Laurel Honey Berry Enzyme Mask (one of my absolute favorites!) and Laurel Before & After Sun Body Oil. Note: I'll receive a small affiliate commission if you purchase a subscription.

Next month, you'll find your self care surprise in the mail box and I have a feeling you'll be doing a happy dance right along with me.

Beauty Ingestible Road Test Part 1: The Beauty Chef

I recently had the opportunity to celebrate Free People's new beauty + wellness lineup (everything from natural beauty stars like Axiology and Gressa Skin to beauty ingestibles like Sunpotion and, yes, even Eat Pretty!) at a launch event in Nashville. The super cool and gorgeous (and also incredibly nice) Free People crowd came out to shop and sample and dance and drink (ingestible beauty cocktails, of course). I created a few drink recipes for the event using some of the top beauty ingestible brands to grace Free People's shelves, and I'm going to share them all with you here.

First up is The Beauty Chef, whose Hydration Inner Beauty Boost was a huge hit with event guests because it tastes like tropical, coconutty SUMMER.

What you need to know about The Beauty Chef: This Australia-based line is all about digestive health for beauty, which is a mission close to my heart. The three Inner Beauty Boost liquid supplements from The Beauty Chef (Hydration, Collagen, and Antioxidant) all undergo the brand's Flora Culture fermentation process, which allows them to deliver 6 billion probiotics in about one tablespoon of liquid (your daily serving).

How to consume: This one is easy—mix it with water, chilled herbal tea, or, as in my recipe below, detoxifying lime water!

Love it for: Probiotics and their powerful benefits to skin clarity, energy, good moods, and overall health.

Cost: $50 USD for 500mL

Poolside Skin Refresher

This tropical-tasting cocktail delivers a potent burst of detoxifying, collagen-building vitamin C from fresh lime juice, with the bonus probiotic and skin-hydrating benefits of coconut water and aloe vera, found in The Beauty Chef Hydration Inner Beauty Boost.

Serves 1

  • 1 cup pure water
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp The Beauty Chef Hydration Inner Beauty Boost

Stir together and serve chilled or over ice.

Skin-Boosting Side Dish: Miso Broccoli Lentil Salad

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Put a beautifying spin on a classic dish, lentil salad, with this probiotic0rich version. This salad is rich in digestive health benefits from food-based probiotics that do so much to support radiant skin, good moods, energy, and our healthiest weight. The fermented miso paste that helps flavor this salad is a source of that beneficial probiotic bacteria, a daily MUST-HAVE in your beauty diet! Lentils and hemp seeds are also two of my favorite beautifying sources of protein, which your body uses as a building block of your hair, nails, and skin.  Enjoy!

Miso Broccoli Lentil Salad

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried green lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 1 heaping cup steamed organic broccoli spears, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup finely diced organic orange, yellow or red bell pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp miso paste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp shelled hemp seeds

Directions

In a saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add the lentils and reduce heat to maintain a low simmer. Simmer until lentils are tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, oil, miso, and garlic to make a dressing. In a serving bowl, combine lentils, broccoli, and peppers, and toss with dressing and hemp seeds. Serve warm or chilled.

The First Sunscreen I Actually WANT to Apply

Summer essentials.

Summer essentials.

Ever since my first week on the job as a beauty editor, I've had the importance of SPF protection drilled home by beauty brand after beauty brand, and dermatologist after dermatologist. But I find that real women, despite generally wanting to get on board with daily sunscreen, are all over the map in terms of their usage. Going without sunscreen is sacrilege to some, while others avoid the stuff unless there's a real threat of sunburn. I can't count how many times someone has asked me for advice on a natural everyday SPF after confiding, in hushed tones, "I'm so ashamed, but I don't wear one."

And I get it. I have the same struggles and frustrations with daily SPF usage.  We all want skin cancer protection, and we fully support protection against premature aging as well. But...we also want SPF to fit into our busy routine, not make us break out, and, if it's not too much to ask, feel good on our skin.

Finally, someone has hit that mark.

Is it any surprise that it's Kari Gran? I wish you could have seen me freaking out over the arrival of the July Beauty Heroes box, which features Kari Gran Skincare's brand new, broad spectrum Three Sixty Five: an SPF 28 serum-like sunscreen that aligns my desire to have my skin feel good today with my desire to stay skin cancer-free and free of excessive sun damage in the future. It's like Kari's finally allowing us to have it all. (PS Kari also let me design my dream Lip Whip—so she's kind of like my natural beauty fairy godmother!).

Here's what you get with the amazing new Three Sixty Five:

  • Broad spectrum physical SPF 28 protection from non-nano zinc oxide. This definitely leaves somewhat of a whitish cast on the skin, but it's minimal, and easily covered by a light dusting of mineral powder. For darker skin tones, consider mixing with your foundation, if you wear one.
  • The most amazing lineup of antioxidant-rich oils. These enhance the SPF protection of zinc oxide, while nourishing the skin so that it bounces back faster after sun exposure. Everything from red raspberry seed oil to French plum oil, to macadamia, kukui nut, avocado, and jojoba.
  • A serum-like formula that absorbs so fully into skin, and feels amazing. No problem layering with makeup, or wearing alone.
Three Sixty Five before (left) and after (right) application.

Three Sixty Five before (left) and after (right) application.

To purchase the (limited quantity!) July Beauty Heroes box, which also includes a bonus 3-piece Kari Gran Skincare kit, sign up for Beauty Heroes here (full disclosure: I will get a small commission from your purchase). This expert curated box is totally unlike any others, and it honestly brings me so much joy month after month. Or grab a bottle of Three Sixty Five from the Beauty Heroes store ($48) and totally transform your daily SPF. Thank you Kari and Beauty Heroes for making this summer so kind to my skin!

PS The Beauty Heroes store also features my other favorite (also life-changing) SPF product: Suntegrity 5-in-1! Beauty Heroes knows where it's at:)

 

Creamy Cashew Banana Mango Pudding

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Creamy Cashew Banana Mango Pudding

This dairy-free pudding may be the most delicious thing to pass your lips this week! It’s sweetened only with fruit (banana + mango, for tropical flavor), and incredibly creamy, thanks to beauty mineral-rich cashews that nourish your hair and skin. If you don’t have mango on hand, double the amount of ripe banana and add a bit more non-dairy milk to blend up an equally sweet and skin-friendly treat.

Serves 2 to 3

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews or cashew pieces, soaked in water for at least 4 hours, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small ripe banana (or 1/2 large banana)
  • 1 cup ripe mango chunks, plus more for serving
  • 1 to 3 Tbsp unsweetened non-dairy milk, as needed
  • unrefined salt

Directions

In a high-powered blender, combine cashews, banana, and mango until smooth and creamy, pausing frequently to scrape down the sides of the blender. Add a pinch of salt to taste, and (if needed) non-dairy milk, one Tbsp at a time, to thin the pudding. Blend once more to incorporate. If desired, top with fruit or dust with an antioxidant-rich topping like raw cacao, maca root, or cinnamon. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

For more beautifying recipes, see Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside & Out.

'Seeing Beauty' Salad

'Seeing Beauty' Salad

This salad combines ingredients that support eye health (beta carotene-rich carrots and vitamin C-packed zucchini, lemon, and fresh herbs) with visual beauty from a spectrum of natural colors and textures. I love using carrots of many colors, but regular orange carrots are just as beautifying!

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 9 organic carrots, peeled
  • 3 medium organic zucchini
  • 1 heaping tsp coconut oil
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ cup parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • unrefined salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Directions

Place carrots in a large skillet and fill the bottom third with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat and simmer about 15 minutes, or until carrots are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain and set aside to cool.

Using a vegetable peeler, peel long strips of zucchini lengthwise to create noodles (or use a spiralizer if preferred). Using the same large skillet, melt coconut oil and sauté zucchini noodles until tender but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, whisk together cilantro, parsley, garlic, oil, and lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

When carrots have cooled enough to handle, chop into bite-sized pieces. (You may want to cut large rounds into half-moon shapes).

In a serving bowl, toss carrots, zucchini noodles, chickpeas and dressing. Serve warm or chilled.

For more beautifying recipes, see Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside & Out.

Recipe and images ©Jolene Hart