Combatting facial swelling in the morning.

  Photo by VITRUVI

Photo by VITRUVI

My new fav trick for combating morning puffy face is really simple. And I will tell you no lies I read it straight outta Vogue so I'm just relaying my version avec VITRUVI.

1. Wet a wash cloth, ring it out, add a few drops of VITRUVI Grapefruit, Peppermint, Or Lemongrass essential oil. (All will help you wake up).

2. Put ice cubes in said wash cloth.

3. Apply delicious smelling ice pack to eyes, cheek bones, and anywhere you notice puffiness while you sip your morning coffee. This will help drain excess fluid and improve under bags under your eyes.

4. Bye puffy. Hey Kate.

(*Apparently Kate Moss plunges her face in a sink of icy water to counteract morning-after puffiness- this approach seems like the more approachable one).

Get your goods @ VITRUVI

Xx,

Tay

My Pre-Shoot Skincare Routine

This skincare routine is mostly geared towards moisturizing the skin before a shoot as the goal is to arrive on set with skin that is as healthy as it can be, ready to be a blank canvas. I'm a fan of simple natural organic products where I can actually recognize what the ingredients are. Everyone's skin reacts differently, and my skin is super sensitive so the products I mention are all very gentle. What you put inside your body is just as important if not more important for the health of your skin so hydrating by drinking lots of water, eating clean and balanced food groups, and practicing lifestyle rituals to combat stress are equally important.

  Photographed by Bliss Katherine.

Photographed by Bliss Katherine.

The day before: If my skin is very dry before a shoot I use organic Vitamin E oil on face and neck while at home (it's very oily so you won't want to wear it out). Otherwise I douse my face with HERBIVORE Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist. Next I massage THE ORDINARY 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil on my face and neck. To moisturize my lips I use Olio E Osso No.1 clear lip balm. 

The night before: I apply organic coconut oil on my body and Kora Organics Noni Glow Face oil on my face.

The morning of: I wash my face with SUKIN Organics face wash and/or use the DERMALOGICA Micro Exfoliator to remove dead skin cells and get my skins circulation flowing.

I switch up what I use in the morning depending on the state of my skin and what it needs so I apply either rose hip oil, vitamin C oil, or Noni glow oil. I like to apply these by massaging them deeply to help my skin absorb the moisture. I learned this technique when I was modeling in Japan where most of the makeup artists are trained to apply moisturizer with a 5-10 min intense massage (that felt VERY good and always put me to sleep!) Just in case you don't believe me you can watch a hilariously endearing tutorial here. I only do it for about 2-3 min but I do find this really improves circulation and brings a glow to my skin.

 Japan just gets it. What your looking at is moisturizing mask!

Japan just gets it. What your looking at is moisturizing mask!

GOING COASTAL WITH BB DAKOTA

GOING COASTAL

with BB Dakota

A coastal adventure with BB Dakota's carefree spring looks...beachcombing for seashells and treasures as the sun goes down with fresh citrus + salt water air.

Shot along the magical shores of Vancouver, Canada. 

Photographed by Carly Dame.

Art direction by Carly & I.

On collaborating with Carly...

Carly and I met a couple years ago and the best way I could describe her would be like a little fairy who spreads magic with her film camera’s and if your lucky you’ll even see her dust on some of her raw untouched film photos. A true artist Carly traded her 9-5 job as an accountant to pursue her dreams of being a photographer and travel the world. Last year her and her boyfriend (a talented musician) toured across the united states in their school bus. Truly cool. But also truly sincere and sweet. She always has a collection of fun props to play with when we shoot and there is always a layer of a story that we unfold together. 

Here are a couple photos I snapped of Carly behind the scenes.

Sending warm spring summer vibes

XX

I'M TELLING ALL MY GIRLFRIENDS

Photographed hiking in the Hollywood hills wearing the sand dollar high rise leggings and the Paloma bra.

I stumbled upon Girlfriend Collective when I was working on a photography job looking for inspiration on diversity in the beauty industry. I was deep in a Pinterest black whole when I found their photos of women of all colors, shapes, and sizes sporting these beautiful colorful athletic wear. Immediately I was curious.

I loved that they cast a diverse group of women to model their garments in a way that felt authentic and the images made me feel happy. They made me want the leggings not because "I need to look like that" but because I saw women of all different shapes, sizes, and ethnicities looking like they felt comfortable, confident, strong, and happy in them, and I wanted to be a part of that... 

I was intrigued by these images and immediately wanted to learn more about their story. Which is what sealed the deal for me...I found out they are made from recyclables.

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When I received a set of the leggings and sports bra they arrived in the cutest little zip up bag pictured above (which I now use as a little organizer compartment when I travel). When I actually put them on they were so soft, supportive in the right places (but not constricting) and comfortable. 

If you read my post on Becoming an Ethical + Conscious Consumer I talk about researching brands and getting to know their story. What I loved about Girlfriend Collective is just how transparent they are in telling your their whole story from their recycled polyester which is made from post consumer plastic water bottles in in Taiwan, to how the actual fabric gets made, to their environmentally friendly dying process, to the cutting and sewing. They also share in detail that their employees are treated fairly.

I love that they are making a point to be a part of the change happening in the fashion industry by representing more than one type of women in a way that is raw and natural, and they are making a huge effort to create their garments in a way that does not hurt the earth but actually recycles and makes use of what we already have - slowly (the complete opposite of fast fashion) with a lot of care and love. I think it's so cool that I not only feel good in these clothes on a physical level, but I feel good about wearing them on a moral level :) 

MY SKINCARE RITUALS

Over the years I have learned that daily skin care rituals are just as important (if not more important) than the products you use on top of it. I have always found that my skin is a reflection of what I put in my body and how I take care of it. I also believe the health of my mind and emotions are just as important because the mind and body are intrinsically connected. 

S k I n  D e E p

Photographed by Reece Voyer taken for VITRUVI

Here are some simple skin care rituals that can make a big difference:

Hydrate: I drink at least 3 glasses of water in the morning, and continue drinking tons throughout the day. This keeps my skin fully hydrated! I like to infuse my water with ginger, lemon, or apple cider vinegar. I limit caffein to one coffee a day, after that I will have organic ginger/lemon tea, or green tea.

Eat: I eat clean whole foods and limit my intake of refined sugars, but at the same time I don't like to deprive myself, so if I really want to indulge in something I do in moderation. If I know I have an important shoot coming up I'll make clean eating more of a priority. But if theres one thing I've learned over the years it's that balance is key, and it's better to have a relaxed approach when it comes to food (and take your time to enjoy it!) rather than create more stress over being healthy, as that can be just as unhealthy. 

*I like to add Tumeric (anti-inflammatory), ginger, avocado, wheatgrass, spirulina, liquid chlorophyll and berries to my smoothies. Salmon, almonds, walnuts, spinach, kale, and brightly coloured fruits and veg are also great for glowing skin. 

Supplements: Every morning I take a probiotic and add a table spoon of apple cider vinegar to my water. I also take these supplements: fish oil, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and wear a topical vitamin C oil on top of my skin in the morning and/or overnight. 

Stress: Definitely affects my skin (and every other part of my life), so I try to do things that help me relax like taking a walk, doing yoga, having a hot epsom salt bath before bed, and reading a book or podcast. 

Sun Protection: I looooove the sun and if I had it my way I would cook in the sun all day long! BUT not without sun protection. My favorite is COOLA and Supergoop mineral sunscreen as I find they both go on super light and doesn't make me break out. Lip balms with sun protection in them are equally important!

At the end of the day just do your best with the time you have to take care of yourself and know that even having a conscious awareness of living a clean lifestyle can have a positive effect on the skin you're in. If you find you are having issues with your skin sometimes a hormone imbalance can be the cause in which case working with a naturopath can be the best way to get to the root of the issue.