West Elm DUMBO here we come!!!

On Sunday, Oct. 21st, our Pampering Station will be in West Elm in DUMBO, Brooklyn (2 Main Street, from 12pm to 5pm), so come by and help raise funds to find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. As part of our mission to give back, we’ll be donating a percentage of our popup sales proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. See you soon!

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To our NS Family & Friends in Florida and Puerto Rico…

To our NS Family and Friends in Florida and Puerto Rico, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Join us at Williams-Sonoma Home in Chelsea this weekend!

‘No More Chemo’ parties are held when a young St. Jude cancer patient finishes chemotherapy treatments. Let’s help them have more of these celebrations going forward! Join us at Williams-Sonoma Home in Chelsea this Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm and help raise funds to find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. As part of our mission to give back, we’ll be donating a percentage of our popup sales proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Introducing Our New Foaming Cleansers…

Our newest additions to our skin care portfolio are now available on our website! Our Foaming Cleansers…formulated with antioxidant and vitamin-rich organic jojoba, coconut, and olive oils, the nourishing and creamy rich lather gently removes pore-clogging dirt and debris, helping to keep skin clear, while leaving skin soft and glowing! Try them for yourself!

Our Collaboration with Williams-Sonoma’s Family for St. Jude…

This is a special time of the year when, once again, we’ll be donating a percentage of our sales proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with every popup at Williams-Sonoma’s family of stores through the coming holidays. Beginning this weekend at Pottery Barn Broadway, join us this Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-5pm and help raise funds to find cures for childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. We look forward to seeing you!

[HEALTH & WELLNESS] Autumn Renewal

IMG_8357While Spring signals new and fresh beginnings for many…for us, that is what Autumn represents. It’s our favorite time of the year, when the crisp, clean air and the changing colors of the leaves give us pause. We take time to admire the brilliance of nature and witness the beginnings of a renewal.

During this season, enjoying nature’s bounty, filled with wondrous hues from delicious plums, pumpkins, apples, and berries, is a boon for our skin and bodies. This colorful variety reflects the antioxidant richness and the vitamins and nutrients that are essential for our health and wellness.

Some delicious skin- and body-loving fruits include:

  • Pumpkins are rich in zinc to help keep the skin clear and vitamins A and C for immunity and collagen-boosting benefits to maintain skin’s elasticity.
  • Strawberries have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that can help prevent various types of cancer.
  • Blueberries are fiber- and antioxidant-rich with vitamins C, K, and magnesium to protect against some cancers and heart disease.
  • Raspberries are a wonderful source of antioxidant vitamin C, an immunity booster, and a great source of fiber.
  • Blackberries are higher in antioxidants compared to other berries and can help prevent cancer, lower the risk of heart disease, and are an excellent source of vitamins C, K and manganese.
  • Apples are a good fiber source, has vitamin C to reduce the risk of cancer, and can boost brain and neurological health.

We hope you take some time to cherish the wonder that Autumn brings and enjoy nature’s beauty. Thank you for being kind to your body.

[HEALTH & WELLNESS] Is it time for a GUT check?

IMG_5436Is your gut in balance? As we continue to research about the skin and proper skin care, we came across the term “leaky gut syndrome”. We found significant correlations between gut health and various skin and overall health conditions.

What is leaky gut syndrome? It’s when the lining of the intestinal walls are damaged, allowing undigested food and toxins to seep into the bloodstream, and the body begins to attack the foreign entities that invade it. Symptoms of this condition could include inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Celiac disease, food allergies, ulcers, Thyroid conditions, eczema, and other health and skin-related issues. This condition can be brought on by poor diet, medications, stress, and genetic predisposition.

Eating a balanced and healthy diet of mostly colorful fruits and vegetables, drinking sufficient amounts of water to flush toxins from our bodies, and making sure the flora (the microbiome – the community of microorganisms) in our gut is in balance are crucial. Proper gut health is critical in allowing our bodies to digest and absorb the nutrients and minerals necessary to maintain a healthy body and could alleviate some of the ailments that affect it.

So, how can we balance our gut microbiota? Including more probiotic foods into our diet such as miso, apple cider vinegar, fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi, Kombucha, and yogurt can help. Reducing and limiting the intake of alcohol, processed foods and sugars are also critical. If your immune system is compromised, it’s best to choose organic produce to limit exposure to harmful chemicals and pesticides.

Repairing the gut can take some time depending on how damaged it may be. Yet, healing and rebalancing the gut is important so that our bodies can remain healthy. Perhaps it’s time for a gut check with your medical practitioner. Your body will thank you for it.

We’re Popping Up at Williams Sonoma Home!

We’re topping off the month of June at Williams Sonoma Home in Chelsea! This weekend, we’re popping up at Williams-Sonoma Home (104 7th Avenue) from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Come shop home decor and enjoy some of our cooling face and body mists…perfect for Summer! See you soon 😊!

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Fun in the Sun [BEAUTY TIPS]

Summer VacationSummer is around the corner! And, we often take this time to remind ourselves of how we can protect our skin from potentially damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays that can lead to premature aging and skin cancer.

Yet, Summertime isn’t the only time that our skin is exposed to potentially damaging UV rays. It’s year round during sunny and overcast days.

Here are some tips for when you’re heading outdoors for some fun in the sun and during those cloudy days too.

  • Don that wide-brimmed hat to provide some shade up top because sunburn on your forehead, ears, and scalp are not pleasant. Yes, we’ve been there! Spending more time under shady trees and umbrellas are also helpful.
  • Slather on sunscreen with an SPF (sun screen factor) of 30 or higher. Look for sunscreen products that offer broad spectrum coverage to protect from UVA and UVB rays. Products that include titanium dioxide or zinc oxide could provide more natural protection and avoid artificial chemicals such as oxybenzone, petrochemicals, PABA, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances.
  • Wear breathable, light-colored clothing that offer more coverage and keep you cooler at the same time. Staying indoors during the hottest times during the day is also a great way to protect your body.
  • Shield your eyes. Wear the right sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare and damaging UV rays.

So, have a wonderful time enjoying the great outdoors and remember to be kind to your body by protecting it!