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DECEMBER 20, 2017

The truth about aging: Jenny Patinkin

December 20, 2017

The truth about aging: Jenny Patinkin

This essay was written as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. Jenny Patinkin is a highly sought-after makeup artist, beauty expert, entrepreneur, and author known for her Lazy Perfection approach to beauty. As Chicago’s premier makeup artist, Jenny’s devoted clientele includes celebrities, high profile and everyday women who count on her for honest opinions, product expertise, and her...

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DECEMBER 12, 2017

KARI’S GO-TO-GIFT GUIDE

December 12, 2017

KARI’S GO-TO-GIFT GUIDE

Whether you are shopping for your friend who has everything, the green beauty lover in your life or even yourself, here are my favorite go-to-gifts.  Soft Surrounding Silk Pillowcases are great for your skin and your hair. I suggest getting two -- one for home and one for travel or to swap out to wash. They come in a zillion colors and they are machine washable. Having an extra for travel makes your hotel room feel a little bit special. Home for the holidays? Loohoo dryer balls are the gift that keeps on giving because I don’t have to buy...

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DECEMBER 07, 2017

FINDING YOUR HOLIDAY ZEN AMIDST THE MADNESS

December 07, 2017

FINDING YOUR HOLIDAY ZEN AMIDST THE MADNESS

If you’re like me you have a love/hate relationship with the holidays. On one hand there are lots of fun events and parties and on the other hand, there are a million things to do that are not so fun. Maybe you end up spending far too much time in airports, or with difficult relatives and over-obligate yourself because you feel guilty saying no. By January you’re exhausted, your nerves are fried, and you’re just glad the holidays are over so you can return to your normal routine. I can relate! December is my birthday month which I love because...

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DECEMBER 05, 2017

The pain and beauty of growing old and aging gracefully: Olivia La Roche

December 05, 2017

The pain and beauty of growing old and aging gracefully: Olivia La Roche

This article was shared with permission from Lone Wolf Magazine as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. ******************************* If you think about aging in a very basic way, stripped of its social implications, what is it about the accumulation of years and experiences that distresses so many? With every tick of the clock and turn of the calendar’s...

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DECEMBER 01, 2017

The Benefits of Bone Broth

December 01, 2017

The Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone broth has become quite a hot topic in the nutrition world as of late, but this incredibly nourishing and healing food is no Johnny-come-lately. People have been making broths for centuries as a rich source of nutrition and in order to use parts of an animal that would otherwise be inedible. By boiling bones, ligaments and other animal parts, the healing compounds in the food are released to create an easily digested source of protein and minerals. These compounds (collagen, amino acids and minerals) have the ability to transform your health, so why not reap their benefits with a...

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NOVEMBER 20, 2017

How to Win Thanksgiving

November 20, 2017

How to Win Thanksgiving

Forget football! Here is YOUR game plan for enjoying a healthy, feel-good Thanksgiving weekend! 1. Don’t show up hungry. When you sit down for the Thanksgiving meal, you don’t want to be “starving.” Studies show that skipping meals on the big day won’t save you calories – in fact, you will end up eating more! 2. Start Thanksgiving Day with two things: : 1) A healthy, satisfying breakfast and stay hydrated. There is not one right meal choice for everyone; if you need help figuring out what breakfast is best for you – let’s talk. 2) An intention for the holiday, such as “I will...

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NOVEMBER 17, 2017

Be sensational, be you: Julie Caprio

November 17, 2017

Be sensational, be you: Julie Caprio

This essay was written as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom and self-acceptance. Julie Caprio is the owner and creative director of the Ballet Technique Studio and Hamilton Ballet Theatre in New Jersey. She has traveled extensively as a company member of The Harkness Ballet NYC, The Kansas City Ballet, and The Washington Ballet, and is now dedicated to educating and...

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NOVEMBER 13, 2017

AGING GRACEFULLY

November 13, 2017

AGING GRACEFULLY

Aging gracefully is a topic of conversation among my friends these days. We are all late thirty or early forty-somethings who are either paying for our youthful sun folly (yes, tanning beds are bad) or just realizing it takes about an hour for our face to settle into an acceptable shape in the morning. I was aging gracefully until my eye doctor told me I needed glasses. After putting on my new frames, I actually SEE my lines, wrinkles, and what looks like the feet of a thousand crows who have danced around my eyes. So who is this Grace...

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NOVEMBER 13, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: SUNFLOWER OIL – MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE

November 13, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: SUNFLOWER OIL – MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE

At Kari Gran, we pride ourselves on choosing nutrient-rich ingredients that benefit the skin in more ways than one. One of our favorites? Sunflower oil. Essential sunflower oil, found in a handful of our products such as our Cleansing Oil, Essential Serum, and signature Lip Whips, is essential to our bodies’ health as it is packed with vitamins and nutrients that strengthen our bodies, both internally and externally. Here are just a few wonders on how sunflower oil works: Sunflower oil has a higher source of Vitamin E than any other vegetable oil, and the vitamin acts as an antioxidant....

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NOVEMBER 05, 2017

Spend Less Time Cooking and More Time Enjoying

November 05, 2017

Spend Less Time Cooking and More Time Enjoying

I don’t know about you, but everyone I know is super busy. Every client who comes into my office seems to be juggling long work hours, a demanding career and family obligations while trying to maintain a social life and some semblance of a healthy lifestyle.  The number-one reason people give me for why they don’t eat well or exercise is lack of time. Self-care seems to be the first thing to go out the window when we get overwhelmed and busy.  Luckily you don't have to spend countless hours cooking or prepping meals each week to maintain a healthy...

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