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JANUARY 31, 2019

Recap | The Edit: A Lifestyle Workshop

January 31, 2019

Recap | The Edit: A Lifestyle Workshop

WE’RE EMBRACING OUR INNER MINIMALIST. FIND OUT HOW HERE. Streamlining, simplifying, making smarter choices – these are our dreams for 2019. So how, exactly, do we make that happen?  This inspired us to host a fun workshop (with a little party mixed in) with a few of our favorite, super-smart friends last Saturday who shared their best tips for doing just that. Many long-time Kari Gran customers, newbies, and a few social influencers came to the workshop. We noshed on nutritious, delicious bites, learned about the essential vitamins every woman needs and had a wardrobe makeover maven help guide us...

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JANUARY 15, 2019

Kari’s Double Take on Cleansing

January 15, 2019

Kari’s Double Take on Cleansing

My skin is dry…really dry (like Sahara Desert dry).  Thanks to a cranky thyroid (or lack thereof) I have super dry skin and hair.  The thought of using a double cleanse system has never had any great appeal to me.   Fast forward to an evening where I was using the Cleansing Oil to remove my makeup and sunscreen.  That day had been one where I wore more makeup than usual for photography.  I really enjoy the process of using the Cleansing Oil each night.  It feels luxe and I love the quiet moment of calm I get while doing it.  I’ve...

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JANUARY 10, 2019

IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO ORGANIZE YOUR TIME?

January 10, 2019

IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO ORGANIZE YOUR TIME?

Is this the year you’re going to be more organized, get more done, and be more cheerful about it all?  If that’s your goal, consider this:  many studies suggest that trying to do more than one thing at a time can actually diminish productivity and performance. About 30 years ago, an article in Vanity Fair captured my attention titled  “Acceleration Syndrome: How Life Got Much, Much Too Fast”.  This was before everyone had cell phones, before texting, before we all had a personal computer and a million distractions. If life felt busy and pressured all those years ago, how are...

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JANUARY 03, 2019

Cheers to a Tidy and Clean 2019!

January 03, 2019

Cheers to a Tidy and Clean 2019!

 “Everything in your home should reflect your vision for the life you want.”  - Peter Walsh Let 2019 be the year you begin to de-clutter and reclaim your space!  It’s so easy to accumulate stuff.  We hold on to gifts because someone special gave it to us, (even though we never use it), dusty gadgets, a graveyard of old magazines, or that cute dress we’re going wear as soon as we lose 10 lbs.   We get it.  Here to help give a kickstart are a few of our favorite strategies, courtesy of Peter Walsh, Oprah’s Go-To organization guru.   Single File Open...

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NOVEMBER 08, 2018

The Seattle Guide - Holiday Edition

November 08, 2018

The Seattle Guide - Holiday Edition

Even when winter skies are cloudy or grey, Seattle sparkles with light during the holiday season. Here are some ideas for a very merry visit. Let’s start with the venerable Pike Place Market – a beloved Seattle institution since 1907. Fresh produce, home of the famous “flying fish” vendors, flowers, specialty products galore. It was the first location of Beecher's Handmade Cheese. Market parking available at garages located just below the market; elevators take you straight to market level. Nearby you'll be able to check out Smith Tower Observatory. Historical and stately, this landmark tower in Pioneer Square was built in 1914,...

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OCTOBER 14, 2018

What's Your Number?

October 14, 2018

What's Your Number?

Foundation obviously plays a key role in any makeup routine because, well, it’s the foundation all else is layered upon. However, one of the more difficult things to do is select the right shade for your skin tone, as women are often overwhelmed by walls of 50 shades and beyond. At Kari Gran, we simplify it. Not only do we have a short list of ingredients that comprise our Mineral Foundation, but we also offer just 8 shades. Our experience shows this small curated spectrum still ensures a perfect fit for most, while not overwhelming anyone. Our foundation shades are simply...

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OCTOBER 09, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn

October 09, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn

Ever heard of sea buckthorn?  Sounds a bit like a spooky plant that grows deep underwater, or a dark potion out of a Harry Potter book, doesn’t it?  Well, read on, because Sea Buckthorn is having a moment. I first discovered sea buckthorn at Expo West way back in 2011, just as I was developing my formula for our Essential Serum.  Its eye-popping orange berries lured me in and when I discovered it was grown in Nordic countries, I was even more captivated (being a good Scandinavian girl and all).  I learned that Sea buckthorn is actually a spiky, hard-to-harvest...

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AUGUST 21, 2018

Fall back into your (Good) routine!

August 21, 2018

Fall back into your (Good) routine!

Summer always seems to start with the same lovely idea: more lazy time for bbq’s, beaches, ice cream, trips, maybe reading a good book in a hammock.  Then we find ourselves scrambling because we’ve jam-packed so many fun things to do that we’re simply not maintaining our usual routines.  Because it’s summer! Then along comes fall and we feel the need to get more organized again.   In a recent search for advice on this subject, this article by Maureen (Mo) Hagan, Physiotherapist/Fitness Instructor popped up on HuffPost. She offers tips on how to get back to your daily routine,...

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JULY 10, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Red Raspberry Seed Oil

July 10, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Red Raspberry Seed Oil

Summertime is here and the raspberry season is upon us. Nothing compares to a fresh, seasonal raspberry – it just does not disappoint. So, when the idea presented itself to use local Red Raspberry Seed Oil in our line, I was all in. I love Red Raspberry Seed Oil as an ingredient in our sunscreen because it is a rich source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids. Plus, Red Raspberry Seed Oil has natural antioxidants, including Vitamin E, that combat damaging free radicals generated by sunlight and environmental stressors. Paired with other ingredients like Macadamia Nut Oil,...

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JULY 05, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Peppermint

July 05, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Peppermint

I can’t say that we were terribly original when decided to use organic peppermint essential oil in our Lip Whips, it seems to be the flavor of choice when it comes to a lip product. That said, it must be in most for a reason, it’s pretty pleasing to the nose (and the lips!) We looked at sourcing peppermint from a variety of regions and landed on an organic peppermint essential oil from France. The smell is cool, bright and fresh, leaving you feeling energized and ready for the day. It’s always a treat to open a new bottle as...

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