Best of the Midwest: Discovering Organic Beauty from Qēt


When it comes to beauty, I have an attraction to the exotic and the aspirational. Think time-honored botanicals from around the globe, formulas developed by famous makeup artists, and one-of-a-kind natural products that are on everyone's must-try list. Not that I don't love a great drugstore find (and a drugstore price point), but I confess that I get just a little bit breathless when a beauty product strikes me as extra special.

Imagine my surprise when I found a diamond-in-the-rough product line that was conceived of, created and produced right here in the middle of the US— in Cross Plains, Wisconsin— not Paris, London or Hong Kong. Imagine my delight to discover Qēt.

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Perfect Skin Naturally: Advice from Facialist Joanna Vargas


Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas is hot. She keeps popping up on must-have beauty lists of those in-the-know, and I probably see her featured in a beauty magazine or site like every week. Her celeb clients are rumored to be the likes of Karlie Kloss, Michelle Williams and Naomi Watts.

What's so noteworthy about her facials? Not only do they make your skin feel amazing and bring dramatic radiance to your complexion, they're natural! Having had the pleasure— and privilege— of experiencing one, as well as her full-body LED treatment (a genius head-to-toe anti-aging innovation she's dubbed 'The Time Machine'), I know they're worth every penny. But just in case you can't get to NYC to see her, or your can't shell out $400 to meet with her in-person for a facial, here are the insider tips to getting gorgeous skin that she might dispense during your treatment:

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Build a Better Summertime Breakfast


It’s a steamy summer morning and the last thing on your mind is food. You’d like to take a cool shower and sit in front of the air conditioner— but no scrambling eggs or cooking oatmeal, please. Problem is, breakfast is your chance to rev up calorie burning after a night of fasting, give you energy to get through a busy morning, and deliver a major dose of beautifying nutrients to your body. Skipping breakfast means that you’ll miss out on all that great stuff!

What will sustain your beauty and body on hot summer mornings without weighting you down—or making you break a sweat? Here's my recipe for the perfect summertime smoothie.

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Naomi Watt's Red Carpet 'Skin Juice'


So often gorgeous skin gets credited to products and facials, but you and I know that there's another unnamed secret—a beautifying diet. Skin that gorgeous comes from the inside out!

This week esthetician Abigail James hosted a beauty Twitter event with UK Marie Claire and revealed one of the keys to Naomi Watts' glowing skin on the SAG Awards red carpet: a skin-nourishing juice. Here's what she had to say, I mean tweet:

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Check Out Beauty Is Wellness Online at Organic Spa Magazine

From natural beauty to sustainable fashion to exotic wellness vacations, I am a huge fan of Organic Spa magazine! You'll see my beauty and health articles in the pages of the magazine now and then, and now you'll be able to find my new Beauty Is Wellness column on as well! My new bi-monthly column is about (what else?) the link between beauty, nutrition and lifestyle, based on my website and coaching practice. In the months ahead, I'll be sharing information about my favorite beauty foods, original recipes for beautiful skin, hair and nails and nutritional tips for beautifying from the inside out. I hope you'll follow along!

My first column is all about one of my favorite beauty foods, the avocado! You'll find out why you should never skimp on healthy fats, and get my recipe for Cool Avocado Pear Soup, an elegant appetizer for the holidays or any other time of year when you want to nourish your most beautiful skin.

If you have specific questions about the beauty and nutrition connection that you’d like to have answered in the column, drop me a line at

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Healthy Fats that Support Youthful Skin

Healthy fats are necessary for healthy bodies- especially brain function and beautiful skin. There is no reason to believe that indulging in some avocado is going to pack on the pounds. Which fats are the best for your beauty? Check out these healthy sources of skin-smoothing fats...

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Elava Botanik: Amazing Whole Fruit Hair Products

What if the ingredients in your shampoo included organic mango pulp, mango butter, olive oil, flax seed oil and vitamin E (and that's just a start)? And what if it worked really, really well? That's the case with the hair products from Elava Botanik.

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