Welcome to my very first WEDDING LOOKBOOK!

Weddings can be stressful as fuck and my hope is to ease some of that stress with a full guide on beauty for your big day, what to do, what not to do, ENJOY YOUR day! Why do I feel qualified to put this guide together, you ask?! Well, I have been married not one but two times 😉 and have learned a lot along the way…

PEEP the Wedding Lookbook HERE.

P.S. Do yourself a favor and view it full screen – it is much prettier and hi-res that way!

xx, lynn

You’ve probably heard of Gua Sha…but if you haven’t: Gua Sha is a modality that stems from traditional Chinese medicine. When you use a Gua Sha tool, you’ll “scrape” your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. Gua Sha actually translates to scraping, which is not the most attractive – I know. It certainly doesn’t FEEL like you’re scraping your skin. Gua Sha is most known for the face, but it is gaining popularity for body care.

And I’m all about it. Gua Sha for face AND body is something I have been practicing for several months as a part of my morning routine and there are so many benefits I’ve experienced. 

The proven benefits are impressive: it’s said to reduce inflammation, aid sleep, diminish the appearance of cellulite, soothe muscles, and reduce stress. Those benefits sounded amazing to me which is why I added on body Gua Sha to my routine, and I have experienced a reduction in the appearance of cellulite, I feel so much more energized in the morning, and my body feels more relaxed. It’s a ritual that I think I’ll keep for a long, long time.

Ok, so what tool should you use? I had been using the Gua Sha tool I was using on my face, on my body, too…until recently. It’s a rose quartz tool that is so cooling from Skin Gym. I’ve upgraded my body tool to this one from Holidermie

 – keep in mind, this tool is only recommended for use on the body, not your face. Just like the face, use your stone with an oil. I use Biossance’s Squalane Oil for body and face.

Raise your hand if you deal with anxiety! We all experience anxiety on some level at some point in our lives…and for some it’s more intense than others. I know from experience that it’s a real pain in the ass.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a really anxious person. I have not been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder however I have worked with a therapist to understand and improve my anxiety for years. I’ve employed various methods to cope with my anxiety (including therapy of course), medication, exercise, eating healthy, EFT, and EMDR. I’d been recommended to do breathing exercises, and practiced them in sessions, but never did so outside of the therapist’s office. Breathing exercises—sounds nice, but that’s not going to help me much, I’d think to myself. HOWEVER, it wasn’t until a couple of months ago that I decided to give it a whirl.  

Going into it, I was highly skeptical. Yeah, they worked and relaxed me practicing with my therapist, but what about when I reallllly need a dose of calm?

I’m not exaggerating when I say practicing breathwork has been one of the most transformative experiences I’ve ever had. When practiced, all the pent up tension in my body dissolves and am able to process my anxiety.

According to The American Institute of Stress, 20 to 30 minutes of belly breathing each day will reduce anxiety and stress.

The kind of breathwork that I want to focus on today is belly breathing because it is a method I’ve mastered and practice daily. There are many other methods out there and I plan to implement those, too.

Here’s how to do belly breathing:

Find a comfortable, quiet place to sit or lie down. For example, try sitting in a chair, sitting cross-legged, or lying on your back with a small pillow under your head and under your knees.

  • Place on hand on your upper chest and the other hand on your belly, below the ribcage.
  • Allow your belly to relax, without forcing it inward by squeezing or clenching your muscles.
  • Breathe in slowly through your nose. The air should move into your nose and downward so that you feel your stomach rise with your other hand and fall inward (toward your spine).
  • Exhale slowly through slightly pursed lips. Take note of the hand on your chest, which should remain relatively still.
  • The hand on your chest should continue to remain relatively still.

Peace, love & breathwork, xx,

Lynn

PUFA is a trending term right now in the wellness community because there is so much research and data on the negative health affects of ingesting them. So WTF is a PUFA? It stands for polyunsaturated fat. Not only are they shitty for your health when eaten, they’re also not great for your skin. Today I am doing a deep dive into why I am no longer using them during my morning and night time skincare routines.

Polyunsaturated oils come packaged as skincare usually as seed oils and they are often labeled ‘natural’, ‘organic’, ‘vegan’, etc. Which is isn’t a lie! The problem is that seed oils have the potential to experience oxidative stress when ingested and/or applied to the skin. Why? In simple terms, our bodies are warm, which makes for the perfect environment for oxidation with these unstable oils.

So, what does this mean? Unstable oils generate free radicals which can cause early aging.

An oxidized oil may moisturize your skin nicely, but within the long-term, its absorption (or consumption) may lead to cell and connective damage to the tissues, age stains, thyroid suppression along with other hormonal imbalance. {via}

Enough of the info…now on to the dirty list…

Here are the oils most used in skincare that are polyunsaturated:

  • Oils from nuts and seeds
  • Rosehip oil
  • Seabuckthorn oil
  • Almond oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Sunflower oil
  • Chia seed oil
  • Passion fruit oil 
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Hemp seed oil

Reading labels is SO important whether it’s your food or your skincare. The oils that I personally love for skincare are:

♡ Biossance Squalane <– I just wrote a blog post about the best Squalane oil ever. It is 100% saturated and not comedogenic. It can be used on any skin type.

Acure Marula Oil: Seals-in hydration and softens skin, offers antioxidant protection, has anti-inflammatory effects, has some antibacterial properties.

♡ Jojoba oil: I use jojoba oil every night to remove my makeup. It’s so hydrating and just feels so luxe on the skin.

Are there PUFA-free products you like? Please share!

xx, Lynn

First & foremost, I’m not a doctor & I’m not trying to be. I’m just sharing my health journey & what works for me. Please do your own research, take what resonates, and leave what you don’t.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk liver. No, not raw or cooked liver. Because YUCCCCK. I’m talking about beef liver capsules.

Why? As I learned about the major benefits of organ meats, I was intrigued but could absolutely NOT stomach the idea of consuming actual liver or any other organ meat in it’s natural form. No way in hell. And that’s how I got to discovering liver supplements.

Beef live supports:

♡ Healthy Teeth, Gums, Skin & Hair

♡ Healthy Joints, Ligaments & Tendons

♡ Collagen Production

♡ Energy Metabolism

♡ Immune Function

♡ Heart, Brain & Liver Health 

I started taking 4 capsules per day with breakfast, and after about 4 weeks I started to notice positive changes: I had more energy, my posterior tibial tendonitis that I’d had for almost a year went away, my nails got stronger, and my hair is thicker and shinier than EVER.

I can’t make this shit up. I was pretty shocked that my muscular issue noted above went away after physical therapy, rest, and icing, only for none of those things to have a huge impact until I started taking the beef liver capsules.

Beef liver is totally a nutritional powerhouse. It contains a large amount of high-quality protein, which is an easily absorbed form of iron, all of the B vitamins (including B12 and folic acid), as well as vitamin A, many copper, zinc, chromium, phosphorous and selenium, and essential fatty acids.

I had to share Ancestral Supplements Beef Liver Supplements with you because I believe in them and the company and they’ve been such a fab addition to my diet and my life.

We will definitely continue the conversation on supplements, tinctures, etc. – I love this shit & I know a lot of you do too. Please share your rec’s below if you have them!

Hope you’re having a fabulous week!

xx, Lynn