3 Natural Beauty Finds

Recently, I have been on a natural ingredient beauty kick. I pride myself in eating healthily, so it makes sense that I put natural and organic ingredients ON my body, too. So here are my 3 current favorite natural beauty finds!

 

3 natural beauty finds

3 natural beauty finds

 

Goe Oil

Goe oil

Goe oil

This body oil has been featured a lot recently. In addition to its chic and retro packaging, this is TRULY a magical potion. This all over body oil can be used on your feet, rough elbows, dry hands, face, hair… the list goes on and on! It cures chapped faces, and is the perfect topper to your skin. It is a semi solid oil and therefore can only be used in small amounts. To buy, go here. To read an article about it, go here.

Hundreds of uses! The miracle balm!

Hundreds of uses! The all natural miracle balm! With a soothing and subtle tropical scent.

The red tube of magic.

The red tube of magic.

Lucas Papa Ointment is another must have. Developed over 100 years ago in Australia, it is made with hand selected fermented Papaya fruit. According to many experts, this ointment is the #1 must have for every individual. The ointment has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and can be use on burns, rashes, chapped, bites, minor cuts, and even eczema! To purchase, go here.

Red tube makes it easy to find inside your bag! But more importantly, it is a quality product with quality ingredients as it made with papa grown in Queensland.

Red tube makes it easy to find inside your bag! But more importantly, it is a quality product with quality ingredients.

 

Mountain Ocean Skin Trip Soap

 

Skin trip -- a mixture of coconut and hippy smell. Brings me back home.

Skin trip — a mixture of coconut and hippy smell. Brings me back home.

Vegetable glycerin based, this soap is mild and gentle, which creates a rich and non-drying washing experience. The smell is subtle, the feel is rich, and the ingredients are pure. a WIN WIN WIN situation! Plus, it brings me back to my childhood with its 1960s feel, which you gotta love. To purchase, go here.

I know that it is just soap -- but I can't speak highly enough of this little bar of soap. It is foamy, light, moisturizing, and smells delicious. Just a hint of coconut.

I know that it is just soap — but I love it. It is foamy, light, moisturizing, and smells delicious. Just a hint of coconut.

 

Are there any natural beauty products you love? Do tell! Have a great rest of the week! Half way through April…

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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Paris Highlights

AHHH Pareeh……How I really love thee. If I could, I would move there in a heartbeat. I have had the privilege of spending a lot of time there in my life time — as a child in the summers with my dear and lovely French family (I went to a French immersion school, and lived with an exchange family for the summers) to my adult life with the Natoris and their beautiful apartment. It is unlike any city and I am in love. Here are the highlights of my trip this past weekend for the Paris Marathon! A whirlwind trip, that will forever be remembered!

 

The Marathon

 

Obviously, the main reason I went to Paris, but just one of the many activities I did over the weekend. The route was incredibly scenic and beautiful!

 

Place de la Concorde.

Place de la Concorde

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2014 Paris Marathon

I did it, again! Thank you to everyone in my life who supported, encouraged, motivated, inspired, cheered, and helped me through my journey of running the Paris Marathon. The run was an unbelievably challenging and rewarding gift, and would not have been possible without everyone in my life. An incredibly huge shout out to my fabulous mother-in-law who traveled from Japan be there for me, as well as my beloved father who traveled from Sweden. Would not have been the same without them (Ken was in NYC taking care of the kids — thank you!), and I am forever grateful of their love and support (and how amazing is it that my parents and inlaws get along so well? Makes me want to cry, I am that lucky of a girl).

 

The start.

The start

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Artkive

Greetings from the Paris airport!  I am en route back to New York after running the Paris Marathon yesterday.  More to come later this week, but let’s just say I am happy, excited to see my family, and REALLY, REALLY tired.  On to today’s post!

 

Do you have stacks upon stacks of cute artwork made by your child and no idea what to do with it? I know I do! So I was beyond thrilled to discover Artkive App — an app that allows you to artkive (archive, get it?) all of your kids’ art.  You can store art and information, and then order books of it when you need presents for family. MAGIC!

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Fishtail by David Burke

Here’s Ken with a guest post.  Take it away, hubby!

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The Josie Girl and I have had some really fun and adventurous culinary experiences.  Roberta’s Blanca tasting menu in Bushwick (coolest eating experience ever), Blue Hill Stone Barns in Pocantino Hills (educational and delicious), and even Pok Pok in Portland, Oregon (chicken wings + Oregon love).  We also try our own recipes as well, such as Beer Can Chicken (fun and easy, if not a little invasive for the chicken).  This one, however, takes the cake.  We haven’t eaten at Fishtail by David Burke on the Upper East Side since 2009.  However, we have been able to see what kind of food they serve due to the exposed garbage on the street we have seen over the last 5 years.

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From Saturday morning

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Aloha!

Aloha! Dried Green Juice! Aloha!

 

aloha!

 

I am hooked on this dried green juice. Not only do I love the packaging (so modern and cool) but the product itself is a winner. At first, I was terrified of drinking it — 14 healthy, natural, organic ingredients — so healthy that even I was a little worried. BUT I WAS WRONG. This powder is GOLD (well, it’s green, but you know….).  What’s in it?

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Girl’s Hair Accessories

I LOVE having a daughter to dress and accessorize. I love putting her in fun clothes, and seeing her transform from baby to girl. Hair accessories are one of my favorite additions to her outfit. They can make the whole ensemble, just like jewelry for us ladies! In addition to these favorite hairbows, here are my current hair accessories for our small lady friends!

 

Carefully chosen clips!

Carefully chosen clips!

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Powdered Peanut Butter

I consume a ridiculous amount of peanut butter (true fact: a friend calls me the “Peanut Butter Princess”) as it is filling, energy rich, protein dense, and DELICIOUS. I eat it year round, especially during marathon training season. My one reservation about peanut butter is the massive amounts of fat and oil…so when I found PB2 in Whole Foods, it was a DREAM COME TRUE! (I had to pinch myself).

PB2.

PB2

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Upstate Shirt

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Here I go AGAIN (and again and again) with some love for tie dye! It doesn’t matter what year or season it is, I will always have a love for the look. And thank you, Upstate, for creating this beautiful shirt! Upstate creates one of a kind pieces of wearable art by using dye techniques based on Japanese shibori. Each of my Upstate items, I LOVE and WEAR and ROCK.

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Ken’s Birthday Concert

As I mentioned on Monday, my husband, Ken had a guitar concert (or as my 5 year old niece called it, a “recital”) this past Saturday night. He started taking guitar lessons 18 months ago, knowing only basic chords and how to read music from his old piano days (and he had never sung).   And HOLY COW, what a fun night. I am so proud and in awe of Ken. Bravo!  Videos of some of the songs he played are below.

 

Intro (2 songs: “Wonderwall” by Oasis, “Flake” by Jack Johnson):

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Surf Bazaar Harem Pants

Totally in love with my beachwear from Surf Bazaar!  Their tanks, tees, and tunics are my beach and summer go-tos (FYI- we just got back from a great vaca in Puerto Rico), and now they have created a pant that is beyond amazing. And these aren’t just your typical pants — they are the perfectly combined craziness of (1) neon (2) drop crotch (3) embroidered cutouts. It is every trend in ONE pant — Hallelujah!

Neon eyelet!!

Neon eyelet!!

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Puerto Rico Vaca

Hola from Puerto Rico! Today is our last morning in tropical paradise before we head back to Nueva Yorka. We have been here for the past 5 days on a family vacation with the Natori Seniors. And what a perfect time we have had! I know, SUPER annoying to the (cold and snowy) New Yorkers (sorry!)…but really, it has truly been a great escape! Here are some pictures of our trip! Enjoy!

Looking up at the sky never made me so happy.

Looking up at the sky never made me so happy.

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GP’s Lalo Cookies

Thumbprint cookies (I used blueberry jam and lingonberry jam).

Yep, another Gwyneth Paltrow recipe. I can’t help myself!!!! I love her recipes and ingredients so much!!! Plus if I eat like her, I will look like her, right? These cookies are the bomb (yep, used that word, say what 2003). They are dense, sweet, healthy, and hit-the-spot. They are more like a granola bar than a cookie. But healthy snack trumps oreos anyday.

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Spicy Essentials Sleepshirt

I am craving the nights where I don’t have to wear slippers, sweatpants, long tees, sweatshirts, and robes to bed! I am so sick of this Winter, specifically the cold! And hopefully soon, I can wear just a sleepshirt to bed, and be warm enough. SOON knock on wood. I am super excited about wearing the Josie Spicy Essentials Sleepshirt — and it is exactly that — spicy AND essential.

Spicy! Bright!

Spicy! Bright!

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Big Spoon Roasters

New nut butter obsession, thank you very much! Big Spoon Roasters is so good that you want to use a big spoon (get it?) and eat it all up. Big Spoon Roasters makes handcrafted nut butters from scratch in Durham, North Carolina. If anyone knows how to work with nuts, it is Southerners. They create the nut butters from nuts and honeys from local and like-minded farmers.

Big Spoon

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Carrot Ginger Dressing

Smother it on the salad. It is that good!

New York finally got a whiff of Spring yesterday! The birds sang, the sun glistened, it reached a whopping 43 degrees, and daffodils emerged (in bodegas, but still…..) Spring, colors, chirps, here we come! Goes hand in hand with a dollop of bright orange goodness to kick start your salad! Here is a recipe for the perfect Japanese carrot ginger dressing. Who knew a dressing could taste so delicious? Must try! (but be careful, it kinda looks like soup. It is not soup).

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