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Tips to Stay Healthy this Holiday

Tips to Stay Healthy this Holiday

The lights have been strung, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas” is playing in any store with automatic doors, and the Christmas cards and invitations are piling up. ‘Tis the season, and with the hanging of stockings and wreaths soon come the holiday parties, families, endless cooking, and feeling as though you don’t have a moment to simply breathe. So how does one get through the holiday season? By doing just that: breathing; and if that’s not quite enough, here are a few healthy tips this holiday!

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Content 2014

Content 2014

For the past four years, Ace Hotel in Portland has offered their second floor guest rooms to twenty eight local designers and granted each one free reign to transform a room.  We were thrilled to be a part of this inspirational event and chat with some of our favorite local designers.

Where to begin? That’s what I thought when I entered the second floor hallway and that’s what I’m thinking now, so I suppose I’ll start where I did that Saturday, with Betsy + Iya.

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Kate’s Notes: What’s Playing on your Mind?

Kate’s Notes: What’s Playing on your Mind?

Most of us have a collection of ideas about ourselves which we believe. Some of them are not so nice. We have listened to them so often, one way or another, that they have become like a familiar sort of playlist. These stories about things that happened in the past, things that may or may not have been true, do not help anyone. It’s old, useless stuff.

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Yoga pose of the month: Goddess

Just this morning I was asked by a coworker what my favorite yoga pose was, to which I responded with not one, or two, but five beloved poses. I couldn’t choose just one, as all poses benefit and influence our body and mind differently depending on the day, hour, mood. What then followed was a discussion of what it was that drew us to a particular pose, and a common answer we both shared was not only the feeling, but also the visual of strength and empowerment. I find that when I visualize myself in a pose, I am able to harness that energy of what the pose represents to transform and deepen my practice and then carry that with me out of the studio.
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Mari’s Staff Favorites

Mari’s Staff Favorites

Whether I’m asking her what she brought for lunch that day or her opinion on the latest political controversy, lead lab technician Mari Hoiland is my go-to gal for new ideas, influences, and inspirations. Accustomed to being bombarded with questions from me about recent discoveries and daily routines, I thought I’d bug her a little more than usual and ask her for a list of her current and longtime favorite necessities for this installment of Staff Favorites.

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Q & A with Alima Pure Founder Kate O’Brien

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
I had the good fortune to grow up around strong, empowered women. There wasn’t specific advice but a sense that with commitment and imagination one could accomplish just about anything. Whenever I feel wobbly I just have to think of them and I come back to center. Every woman should have that. We can share that message of empowerment though our community. That’s my dream.
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Language of Flowers

Language of Flowers

Every flower has its unique, silent meaning – a message waiting to be conveyed. Dictionaries have been written to decode the expressions and intentions of flowers, beginning in the Victorian era when women poured over these dictionaries to determine what a suitor meant, or didn’t mean, by his gift and arrangement of specific flowers.

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Wednesday Wellness: 4 Teas for Beautiful Skin

Drinking tea is a summertime favorite whether it’s iced, hot, unsweetened, or fruit infused. Tea can do no wrong.

In addition to tasting simply divine, a majority of teas may also have additional healthy benefits, including oh so lovely skin. Read the list below for some of our favorite teas that may just help your skin.

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Introducing Natural Definition Eye Pencil in Coffee

Introducing Natural Definition Eye Pencil in Coffee

It’s here! Alima’s all-natural eyeliner pencil! Natural Definition Eye Pencil in the shade Coffee is highly-pigmented, long-lasting eye pencil that moisturizes and protects the delicate eye area. We’re totally smitten, and we hope you will be too.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide

Alima’s shimmering pinks, glittering violets, and luminous golden pigments are rich in color because we use high quality, cosmetic grade ingredients. Two ingredients that help our products attain their colors, that you may have seen, are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Together these ingredients feel light and silky, and give our products that lovely ‘creamy’ texture one doesn’t normally associate with powdered cosmetics. In addition zinc oxide is anti-microbial and can have wound-healing properties.

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Expanded Horizons

I have always been enchanted by horizons. As a tiny child my horizon included distant wheat fields under the Montana sky, broad views of the Sweet Grass Hills from the seat of my grandpa’s pickup, and endless expanses of drifting snow. Later it was the shimmering greens and grays of San Francisco Bay with the city shrouded in fog and the moody Pacific beyond. Wherever I was, perhaps because of those early years, the sense of expansiveness and possibility that comes from seeing distant horizons has nourished my sense of well being. I love New York, but I need wide open spaces. In those vast spaces I find myself and see my dreams almost as if they were palpable. I remember what I am about, what matters, where my next step should be.
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Yoga or Bust

We live in a peaceful neighborhood with lots of space and trees around. The streets don’t go through and there’s nothing much to see except houses, so there’s not much traffic. When the windows are open you can hear the occasional dog or lawn mower, sometimes distant traffic, but it’s quiet. That all changes in the early morning when the local golf club grooms its course. And the bit closest to our house, the putting green, is groomed by four leaf blowers (yes four!) every summer morning  from 5:45 – 6:00 am. Monday through Sunday. And it wakes me up every morning.
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