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Skincare and Makeup for Sensitive Skin with Pryor

by christinamdick

Meet Pryor, she’s a PR lady here in Richmond. We met when I worked at The Martin Agency and she was my client at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She complimented my Kate Spade bag and I knew we’d be friends. One day when we were out for manicures, I noticed Pryor brought her own polish. She mentioned she has to use certain formulas because of her sensitive eczema. She went on to talk about all the research she does and different oils and lotions she uses to treat her sensitive skin. I asked her to share a few of her favorites with us.

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So what’s in Pryor’s Makeup bag?

Cocovit Coconut Oil: There’s a reason people swear by coconut oil – the uses are endless. I’m not fond of the smell, so I mix it with other things to make my own makeup remover. It’s gentle on my eyes, doesn’t burn and takes off the toughest mascara or eye liner in one swipe.

theBalm Down Boy Blush: theBalm’s powder blushes are paraben and talc-free. I have three different colors.

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Healthy Skin Foundation: 100% Pure is my latest find and I’ve just started using this tinted moisturizer. It’s really light and includes SPF, which is a must. The pigments are from fruits and vegetables, rather than synthetic dyes.

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara: Tried and true favorite since high school. Mascara is the one area where I can cheat a bit and veer away from organic.

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip and Cheek Tint: My favorite thing about this cheek tint may be the smell! It’s moisturizing and the color lasts all day.

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer: The living luminizer is touted as one of RMS’ best products. It’s not sticky or glittery. I use it in place of eye shadow and as a highlighter.

Josie Maran Argan Infused Brightening Balm: Josie Maran’s products are paraben and SLS-free. If I have extra time in the morning, I’ll mix this with my tinted moisturizer for an extra glow.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Eyeliner: I use this eyeliner when I’m going to weddings or events because it’s waterproof and lasts all day, but it also requires extra time, a brush and a steady hand!

Acure Lip Lush: I recently discovered Acure as I was researching sulfate and paraben-free shampoo. The lip gloss is not sticky and adds just the right amount of color.

Tarte Skinny SmoulderEyes Amazonian Clay Eyeliner: It’s hard to find a paraben and SLS-free eyeliner that doesn’t smudge. I love the Tarte brand because none of their products irritate my skin. I have this eyeliner in a handful of colors.

And her skincare routine…


Jojoba Oil: When I’m having an eczema (or even worse, rosacea) flare-up, jojoba oil is the only thing that doesn’t further irritate my skin. I use it as a face moisturizer and a body lotion, too. It absorbs quickly, isn’t greasy and doesn’t clog pores.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: I love First Aid Beauty and have used this face cream for years. It’s incredibly gentle and absorbs quickly.

TriDerma Facial Redness Repair: I stumbled upon this when I was desperate during a rosacea flare-up. I use it when I’m starting to get red and then layer it with jojoba oil.

Bioderma (I love this too!): The EU has stricter standards regarding chemicals in skincare and makeup products than the states, so a lot of international brands have banned parabens and impossible-to–pronounce additives for years. One example is Bioderma. This stuff looks and feels like water, so it’s incredibly gentle on my skin. It also removes makeup in two seconds.

Acure All Better Balm: I have toted this around lately in my purse because it’s small and also moisturizes my hands without being greasy.

For more, check out our video chat here.

Do any of you have eczema? What products work well for you?

Black Halo

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I loved the dress in this photo on the Cupcakes and Cashmere Instagram, and looked into the company tagged – Black Halo. I hadn’t heard of them before, and their dresses are fabulous. Here are a few of my favorites:

Lace Ally Sheath

I love the roses on this one, the Lace Ally Sheath.

Adrienne Sheath

Flared/bell/trumpet sleeves are my favorite right now, which is why I love the Adrienne Sheath and the Mooreland Mini (below)

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Photo Shoot

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Thanks to my lovely friend Lauren Campbell at Brave Young Thing for these fun shots that capture me and Kitty in our element :).

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Summer Beauty with Virginia This Morning

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A few weeks ago I stopped by our local CBS Affiliate, WTVR, to film a segment about summer beauty with Jessica Noll for Virginia This Morning.  We talked about the best self tanner, a makeup setting spray with SPF and an exfoliating bootie for your feet. It’s going to air tomorrow morning (Memorial Day) at 9am, so tune in if you can! (Update: Watch the segment below.)

Here’s the story of what it was like to be on the show and a little more about my favorite products for summer.

I met with Jessica and we brainstormed a few ideas for the segment. She helped me narrow it down to featuring BabyFoot, NKD SKN and COOLA. She filled me in on all the details for the taping and answered all my questions about how to talk and act on TV. She recommended a few well-versed guests to research and learn from.

Once the taping date was set, I reached out to Hank Greenberg of Roan for fashion advice. I stopped into the shop and tried out several options.

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They have so many gorgeous clothes in the store.

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We eventually landed on this outfit for the segment and Hank added a neckpiece from Mignon Gavigan.


When I arrived at the station, everyone was SO friendly.  I’ve been interviewed a few times as a social media specialist by reporter Melissa Hipolit (Here’s a photo from when she stopped by my house one time and met Kitty), but this was my first time visiting the station and for anything blog-related on TV.  I had SO much fun at the station; I got to meet everyone and they even gave me a backstage tour. Jessica was super nice and talked me through my nerves.


Can you believe how many screens? It reminded me of the command center we sometimes worked out of when I was at Capital One.


I had a blast doing the segment and hopefully there will be more fun things to come! Here are the summer products I talked about (and more) with details and links!

I got this striped shirt from J. Crew at last week’s event, and these tortoise flip flops are the capri sandals from Old NAVY (sadly no longer available in tortoise). The bag is from Kate Spade Saturday, which also no longer exists. Details on the beauty goodies pictured and a few more below:

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1: SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Defense | $90 | Bliss.com: Does anyone else’s skin freak out whenever the seasons change? Ever since the weather warmed up, my skin’s been breaking out. I’ve been using a few different things, and just remembered I had this. I started using it again and it’s been helping out a lot. It stings when you put it on, but it goes away quickly. It hus a very thin texture, and I just  use a droplet or two on my finger and then dab onto blemishes. Here’s what’s in it: 2% Dioic Acid: Naturally derived from vegetables, this ingredient helps reduce excess sebum, 0.3% LHA (caproloyl salicylic acid): A lipo-hydroxy acid, LHA, evenly exfoliates skin, decongests pores, and refines the skin’s surface, 1.5% Salicylic Acid: A beta-hydroxy acid refines pores and helps reduce the formation of acne and 3.5% Glycolic Acid and 0.5% Citric Acid: These alpha-hydroxy acids work synergistically to smooth skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

2: WHEN “The Last Choice” Hydrating Sheet Mask | $7  | Sephora: I love the moisturizing masks from Fresh, Peter Thomas Roth and GlamGlow, but I think sheet masks are the best for when your skin is REALLY dry. I like the way brand fits my face. I tried their “Snow Magic” mask too. I have a couple on deck that I plan to use after long days in the sun or for when I use too much retinol.

3. Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Killer Cheekbones’ Set: I saw the Powder & Sculpt Brush  that comes with this kit in this Lisa Eldrige YouTube video. She said she prefers small brushes for bronzer verses the big fluffy ones, because you can get it exactly where you want it. We don’t have anywhere in Richmond that carries this brand, so I stopped into the Nordstrom at Tyson’s corner while I was in Northern Virginia for work to try it out. I’m glad I did, because the lovely Jasmine (check out her Instagram) showed me the Bronze & Glow palette. I’d been using the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer and I’d been thinking about trying something different.  The bronzer has a “satin” finish, which I really like (the Too Faced one is 100% matte). The highlighter is nice too – very subtle. I like that they come together so I can carry it with me for touchups.


4. NKD SKN Self Tan Mousse in Dark | $19.50 | ElementsBeautyShop.com: I talk about this more in depth in this post. It’s my favorite self tanner. (make sure you use the mitt to apply and for mistakes, use the Bronze Buffer!

5. COOLA Make Up Setting Spray SPF 30 | $36 | ElementsBeautyShop.com: This stuff is just the best. I’ve talked about it before here and here. Basically, it enables you to add sun protection throughout the day without messing up your makeup. I like this for when I’m out in the sun more than I planned and I spray it on every hour or so if I’m laying at the pool.

6. Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Naked | $18 | ElementsBeautyShop.com: This is a true nude shade, which I think looks really chic. It’s pretty much the exact same color as my skin. Deborah Lippmann is also a jazz singer; she named all of her polishes after song titles. I love to pair this with “Lady Is A Tramp” on my toes.  They’re also all free of animal testing, parabens, sulfates, toluene, formaldehyde resin, camphor, DBP and vegan.

7. BabyFoot | $25 | ElementsBeautyShop.com:  This stuff is wild. If you look up YouTube reviews, you’ll see some pretty crazy stuff. The product comes with two plastic booties covered in fruit acids. You wear them for one hour, then rinse, and your feet will peel for up to two weeks and be super soft.

I would LOVE to hear about your favorite summer beauty products. Post them in the comments!
Get any of the products from Elements mentioned in this blog for 10% off when you mention my blog at their Carytown location or use the code TIRAMISU online. 

PS: You can enter to win the products featured on the Elements Facebook page!

When In Roan

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I partnered with Alexa Marie Photography and Roan for this fun photo shoot.

Roan is a luxury boutique led by second generation merchant Hank Greenberg located in Richmond’s stylish Carytown district.
Each season, Hank chooses pieces from the best collections in New York, Milan, Paris and beyond, selecting the must-haves and curating the assortment to meet the exacting needs of our uber-stylish clientele. Fresh and fun, Roan combines personal service with an array of sumptuous fashion delights to create a candy store for the chic and fashion-forward. I got to wear beautiful pieces from Isabel Marant, Derek Lam and Tibi.

Roan just launched their new blog, “When In Roan,”  with an interview featuring Caroline Wallace, a stylish luxury travel advisor. 

Roan is launching the new collection from Tibi TONIGHT with a party! If you’re in Richmond, make sure to stop by (details on Facebook).


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white fringe dress | 10 Crosby by Derek Lam

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black and white print dress| A.L.C.

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beaded tassel necklace | hipchick

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This cold shoulder dress is by Tibi.

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leather peplum top | Isabel Marant, chartreuse skirt | Veronica Beard, neckpiece | Mignon Gavigan

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Shop J. Crew To Benefit Massey Cancer Center

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You’re invited to a J. Crew Shopping Party to benefit Massey Cancer Center. J.Crew reached out to Massey Cancer Center about hosting this event to benefit cancer research in our community. My friend Ocelia of Hudson & Grey Blog (also the photographer for this post. Thanks, Ocelia!) works at Massey asked and me to help out my hosting this shopping party to benefit the organization.

Massey Cancer Center’s mission is to serve as a comprehensive center of excellence in cancer research, prevention and control, patient care and education. Our guiding principles are to make important discoveries about cancer and to translate these discoveries rapidly into better prevention, detection, treatment and control of cancer to enhance the quality of life of all individuals affected by cancer.

Here’s what to expect:

Stylist Joanna Avant, Blogger Jordan Taylor and I will all be there to shop with you.

You’ll get 20% off your purchase (of $150 or more)

Sweet treats and bubbly

A percentage of sales will go to Massey Cancer Center 


Ocelia and I got to stop by J Crew and check out some of the new things in stock for summer. Here’s a sneak peek:

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This is the Tippi Sweater in Heather Saddle, the Billie Demi-Crop Jean and the Laila Wedges in Leopard Print.

I love these camis and the polka dots!

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The in-store stylists were so creative and fun to work with.

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I looovvee tassel earrings. These ones come in gold, white and periwinkle too.

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I got to try out the super soft and stretchy linen cable sweater.


I also checked out some of the new arrivals on the website. I didn’t get to see this ruffle-sleeve top in person yet, but it’s what I’m planning on wearing to the event.

Y’all know I’m a business lady, so of course I had to appreciate this one.


And the bottom of this skirt is so cool!

My all-time J. Crew favorite, though, is the Pixie Pant. I’ve talked about them before here. They’re super easy and chic. I wear them with boots, flats or heels and with sweaters, silky tops or blazers.


I hope to see you all this Thursday at J Crew in Short Pump, but if you can’t make it or you live out of town, you can call the store at 804-364-9564 (Jennifer Robbins is the manager) and they’ll give you the same deal and ship to wherever you are :).

The Organic Pharmacy

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The Organic Pharmacy is the latest addition to the luxury organic brands at ElementsBeautyShop.com. This line is pricey, so I was excited when this travel/trial kit with their best selling products came in so I could try a bunch of it at once. This kit is $80 and comes with a mini, step-by-step skincare routine.
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When Elements started carrying the line, I’d only ever heard of the Carrot Butter Cleanser (talked about in my Beauty In Bloom post). One of my favorite things about our partnership is getting to chat on the phone and Skype with representatives from the brands they carry to learn every little detail about their products and lots of great info about skincare in general. Kerry, a brand representative from The Organic Pharmacy talked with us a few weeks ago and shared some stuff I want to pass along to you!


The Carrot Butter Cleanser is made up of Sunflower, Jojoba, Coconut and Virgin Olive and Seasame Seed oils plus Shea Butter, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Marigold Extract, Carrot (duh), St Johns Wort, Vitamin E,  Rosemary, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis), Lavender (it smells like lavender!), Essential Oils, Linalool and Limonene. You apply it to dry skin, and only use a tiny amount. I like cleansing balms because I feel like they force you to take your time washing your face and really massage it in. I hop in the shower and remove it with the muslin cloth from the kit. This was my favorite thing in the kit. 

Kerry says this balm is a decongestant, removing damaged skin cells and cutting oil without drying out skin. She also said this is one of the line’s best-selling products and that if there was one product she recommend everyone try, it’s this one.


After the herbal toner, these two serums are supposed to be used back-to-back. I’d been having a breakout and my skin had that raw feeling when you know the products you’re using aren’t right for it. These were extremely moisturizing and felt awesome.  Kerry told me that the Antioxidant Face Serum and Antioxidant Face Gel are The Organic Pharmacy’s two best-sellers.  The last step is the Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream.

Overall, the kit is for all skin types.My skin-type is “normal/combination,” but a little bit sensitive and acne-prone. Because I’d been having a breakout, I also picked up the Blemish Gel and the Rose Hip Oil. The Blemish Gel is a spot treatment, but instead of Salycicili acid, sulfur or Benzoil Peroxide, it has Tea Tree, Manuka and Lactic Acid. The Virgin Cold Pressed Rose Hip Oil fades acne scarring with fatty acids.


I talked to Kerry about products that would be good for my specific skin-type, and she recommended switching out the Rose Face Cream for the Manuka Face Cream. Manuka is an antiseptic, and Cedarwood balances. Jojoba and Propolis help normalize oil production and reduce flaky areas.

 This is an awesome little kit that let’s you try out some great products all at once. Highly Recommend.

As always, you can use the code TIRAMISU for 10% off anything at ElementsBeautyShop.com

REN Beauty Shots

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REN Skincare just launched an eye lift version of it’s Instant Firming Beauty Shot. I’m on my second bottle of the original beauty shot, and I love it. I’ve talked about it here, here and here.
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The Instant Firming Beauty Shot is described as “A liquid matrix of Hyaluronans instantly supercharge the skin with firming moisture and encourages elastin synthesis to firm and remodel the skin over time. Similar to traditional hyaluronic acid, hyaluronans support increased moisture retention in the skin and reduce trans-epidermal moisture loss. This serum is also formulated with phycocolloids, which form with the hyaluronans to keep skin looking plumped and hydrated for hours.” It’s clear, feels like a thick gel/serum and smells like roses.  I use it over my Erno Laszlo Hyra Therapy Serum and usually top it off with a moisturizer (At night, I like this The V Cense Night Cream (also from REN). I recommend this to everyone, and just bought a bottle for my friend, Molly. I used to use a makeup primer before putting on my foundation, but I think this works even better.

The new Eye Lift version is described as “A light gel-serum that instantly lifts and dramatically brightens the delicate eye area. Visibly diminishes dark circles and puffiness. A liquid matrix of Hyaluronans lifts and tightens. Regular use will reduce the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet, improving the overall look of the eye contour.”  It’s iridescent white and and reminds me of the Illuminating Eye Serum from La Mer. It’s light and doesn’t irritate at all. I don’t have too many issues with lines or circles, but I like the idea of brightening my under eye area. If you’re looking for a nice, gentle eye cream, I’d recommend this one.

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If you’re interested in trying out either of these, be sure to use the code TIRAMISU at ElementsBeautyShop.com for 10% off your entire purchase. If you’re here in Richmond, mention my blog in the Carytown store for the same deal :).

Beauty In Bloom And A GIVEAWAY!

by christinamdick

It’s that time again! My lovely clients at Elements Beauty Shop are hosting their spring skincare event,  Beauty In Bloom on Tuesday, April 19th at 5:30pm. Erno Laszlo’s skincare rep, Julie Glazer,  will be traveling from NYC to give skin consultations. You’ll also be treated to mini manicures,sales, snacks and best of all, the Elements Beauty Bloggers.

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My favorite part of preparing for this event has been the excuse to buy flowers for myself 🙂 Kitty loves it too, I think.


A few new things are in since the last event, like The Organic Pharmacy line. I took this bath milk home to photograph and it smells amaaaazing (and looks gorgeous, obviously). I didn’t get to try it because my condo doesn’t have a bath tub – only shower :(.

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Cleopatra’s Milk Bath | $75 | The Organic Pharmacy

I did get to try (and bought a bottle for myself) the new Bohemian Rose line from 80 Acres. You all know I love rose scents, so I was excited about this launch from 80 Acres.


80 Acres Bohemian Rose Hand and Body Wash and Lotion | $22 and $28

Elements has the latest Spring launch from Deborah Lippmann, including the new gel colors. Ny favorite is  I also love Blue Orchid and Lady Is A Tramp.


Deborah Lippmann polishes | $18

Elements has carried the popular LAFCO candles for a while, but just introduced the hand creams and soaps. These could be fun little gifts. The one pictures below is Watermint and Neroli.


LAFCO lotion and soap | $12-$28

Joanna Vargas launched a few new products and revamped the packaging for her whole line. She now has two different sheet masks, a “miracle” bar soap and an eye cream.


A few weeks ago, we had a Skype date with Joanna herself and she told us sooo much good stuff about her products and about skincare in general. I took frantic notes and plan to translate them into a somewhat legible blog post soon. My favorite is her exfoliating mask. This actually is really great for clearing up your skin and making it feel super soft.12135169_102239420177626_773186628_n

Erno Laszlo Hydra Therapy Memory Sleep Mask | $90 (Enter to win it here!)

Exfoliating Mask | $75 | Joanna Vargas

Here are my top five picks for shopping this event:

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  1. Erno Laszo Hydra Therapy Serum. This is my favorite serum of all time. I think I’m on my third bottle and I sue it everyday before my moisturizer. It smells SO good and is very light on the skin.
  2. The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser. I’m so excited to try this. I saw it in one of Lisa Eldgridge’s videos so I know it has to be good.
  3. REN Instant Firming Beauty Shot. I got my first bottle of this for free from a REN rep and just repurchased my second. I use this on top of the Erno Serum. It smells like roses and I think it makes makeup stick to my face better.
  4. NKD SKN Self Tan Mousse in Dark. The best self tanner I’ve tried. Even though I’m pretty pale, I use the dark shade. I have details on how to use it in this post. (Don’t forget the mitt!)
  5. Deborah Lippmann Polishes. It’s always fun to pick up a new polish. Blue Orchid is such a cool looking color that I think will look awesome with a tan.

Last but not least, a GIVEAWAY! Post your favorite spring skincare product or tip in the comments for the chance to win a full-size Erno Laszlo Hydra Therapy Memory Sleep Mask – a $90 value! (USA only) I’ll pick the winner on Tuesday, April 19th!

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Meet Minima

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Kristen Ziegler is the owner of Minima, a home/office organization company.  She’s been featured in Richmond Home magazine several times and consistently wins in the Best Of issues. She’s worked with Ledbury, Need Supply Co and Quirk; I’ve seen her speak and she’s even helped me organize my crazy closet. I wanted to find out how she applies her famous minimalistic philosophy to beauty and fashion.

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Tiramisu For Breakfast: How do you apply your organized/minimalistic approach to your beauty routine?

Minima: I keep it as quick and simple as possible. Everyday I apply the same products, with the exception of special occasions when I might add a red lip or dark brown eyeliner.

TFB: What’s in your makeup bag?

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1. Physician’s Formula translucent mineral powder

2. Maybelline coverstick concealer (I’ve used this brand since I was a teenager)

3. Burt’s Bees chapstick

4. CoverGirl ExactEyelights

5. MUJI powder brush, eyebrow brush and tweezers

6. Sonia Kashuk concealer brush

TFB: How have you paired it down over the years? Did you used to have a complicated routine or a lot of things?

M: I wouldn’t say my routine has ever been complicated, but I have definitely pared it down over the years. As I get older, I’m more comfortable in my skin and tend to wear less and less make-up as time goes on. I focus on keeping my skin clear so that I don’t have to.

TFB: Why do you practice minimalism?

M: I can’t imagine not living the way I live. As busy as I am, I still have time for decompression and reflection. I also love feeling “on top of things.” It helps keep stress to a minimum and time to a maximum. My home is my sanctuary, so I love being there to recharge after a long day.

TFB: How do you apply minimalism to your wardrobe?

M: I only buy pieces that I love, that fit perfectly off the rack, and that are useful to my lifestyle. They also need to be of high quality. Those qualifiers almost always guarantee that a piece will get a lot of use. I realized a year or so ago that I didn’t enjoy wearing color, so I’ve also switched over to a visually minimal wardrobe with only neutrals.

TFB: Does it make it easier to get dressed in the morning?

M: Definitely! I feel good in every piece I own, so no matter what I pick it’s a win.

TFB: What’s one tip you like to give your clients about beauty/fashion minimalism.

M: I usually share my three qualifiers: love it, perfect fit, useful to your lifestyle. Those pieces ARE out there regardless of your body type, so why settle for less?

What do you think? Are you a minimalist when it comes to beauty and fashion or do you love to collect?