DERMAPLANING 101

I had SO many questions after I got my dermaplaning done at Poppy + Monroe last month that I have an entire dermaplaning Q&A post for you guys today.  I compiled all of the questions that were sent to me, plus some additional questions that I had when I was going to get the procedure done for the first time.  Karen, one of the owners of Poppy + Monroe and her estheticians, were so sweet and they did the most thorough job you can imagine answering all of your questions.   I can not recommend both Poppy + Monroe and the process of dermaplaning enough!  It has done wonders for my skin and I am now completely hooked.  Here is the best part!  Poppy + Monroe is offering a 20% discount for all of my readers who are new Poppy+ Monroe customers andwould like to book a dermaplaning session.  All you have to do is mention the code LANDYN when you are booking!

WILL MY HAIR GROW BACK DARKER OR THICKER?

No it won't grow back thicker or darker.  There are different types of hair on your body.  Vellus hair aka "Peach Fuzz" is the kind that grows on your face, your upper forearm, the tops of your feet. It's the finest hair on your body and it will remain the same color and texture regardless of how many times it's been removed. The hair on your eyebrows and legs is called terminal hair, these hairs are thicker and coarser and they will always stay that way.  Because of this you really don't notice when vellus hair grows back as you would when your leg hair is getting longer and you can feel all the stubble.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DERMAPLANING?

Dermaplaning is a manual form of exfoliation that takes off the top layer of superficial dead skin sitting on the epidermis along with all the "fuzz". It differs from Microdermabrasion, which is also a manual exfoliation, because that service doesn't remove hair. Hair can hold excess dirt and oils which can clog pores so it's important to remove them to avoid breakouts.  Dermplaning also triggers cell regeneration which allows anything you use at home to penetrate deeper into the skin. We always tell our clients, why should you let your expensive skincare products sit on dead skin and hair when they can do their job so much better once they're removed. Once all the guck is gone, you'll  be able to use less product which is a nice financial bonus. In addition, the other comment we hear most is how much better makeup goes on and stays on once the hair is gone.  

CAN YOU GET DERMAPLANING IF YOU HAVE SEVERE ACNE?

The safe answer is No. Dermaplaning can spread active acne.  However, If it's just a spot here and there then we can work around it. 

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?

Anyone who feels like their skin needs a pick me up. If you find your skin is dry, hyper-pigmented, aging, has fine lines and wrinkles or acne scarring, you should try dermaplaning.  If you're tired of pulling down your driver side mirror and seeing the fuzz glowing in the light, you'll love the results. It's even safe for pregnant and breastfeeding clients. The word we feel best describes the after effects of dermaplaning is GLOW.   

HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE WORK? HOW IS IT DONE?

It sounds scarier then it is.  It's done with a surgical scalpel and due to the fact that it has no guard on it, it's essentially like getting a the best straight razor shave you've ever had (ask the guys about this) minus the lathering foam.  It's not painful and in fact most of our clients find it really soothing and many fall asleep.  Someone equated it to a cat licking your face and that's pretty accurate.

CAN IT BE PREFORMED WITH OTHER SERVICES? IF SO, WHICH ONES?


Dermaplaning can be performed with a facial which allows for a deep cleansing prior and follows with a skin specific mask, or you can do it as a stand-alone service.  For those looking for even deeper exfoliation, we recommend pairing it with one of our organic facial peels. We are actually introducing a new protocol for our dermaplaning and peels therapy that includes natural enzyme and lactic acid peels to deep clean pores, even out skin tone, reduce hyperpigmentation and stimulate collagen production to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The end result is truly transformative. These aren't the kind of peels that make you look like Hannibal Lector a few days later, we promise!  We've found peels that are super effective yet require no downtime. But truly, there's no wrong way to incorporate dermaplaning into your beauty routine.

HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD I HAVE THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

Most people turn their skin over every 4 weeks but some don't have as much peach fuzz as others so based on personal preference every 4-6 weeks is ideal.  Once you feel the baby smooth skin the first time it's hard not to get addicted.

Thanks again to Karen and her teams for taking so much time to put together these great answers for us!  Hopefully this answered any questions that you might have about the procedure and will motivate you to book that appointment.  I promise your skin will thank you.

Xx,

Landyn


JUMPING INTO WEDDING SEASON

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"We're going to the chapel and we're gonna get married".  Well maybe you aren't getting married this summer, but chances are you will be attending at least one wedding this year and summer is the peak of wedding season.  Today I am here with Banana Republic to share with you guys a fun, non-traditional look for a wedding.  I absolutely love this jumpsuit and it would be PERFECT for a summer wedding.  If you are like me, you like to spend plenty of time on the dance floor at a wedding and a jumpsuit let's you really shake your thang without letting it all hang out..if you know what I mean. Also, you can't tell from the pictures, but this jumpsuit has the cutest back cut out that meets in a little knot.  It definitely adds a little something special to the outfit.  I chose to dress this look down just a little bit and added a hat and this fabulous cork clutch.  This look would be perfect for an afternoon, beach or garden wedding.   If you wanted to glam it up a little for evening wedding, I would add a sexy shoe, a statement necklace or pair of earrings, and a dressier clutch.

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 If you guys have followed me for a while, then you know Banana Republic is one of my favorite stores to shop, especially for accessories.  They have the absolute best selection of costume jewelry to amp up your outfit and they have some fabulous dresses and jumpsuits to wear this wedding center.  I am obsessed with this beautiful color block dress that they have just released.  I love that it is sophisticated and sexy at the same time.  I also checked their site this morning and they have several of their summer cocktail dresses, that would be perfect for wedding season on sale right now. 

I have combed through the Banana Republic website and how found all of the best dresses, shoes, jewelry and accessories for wedding season.  Hopefully if you have a wedding...or lots of weddings...this summer you will be able to put together an entire outfit with all the goodness that I have sourced below.  Here is to being sophisticated and sexy this wedding season!


DRESSED TO GUEST 



DANCIN' SHOES 



ACCESSORIZE YO' SELF 



THE HAT.


THE BAG. 


SUNNIES



Thank you to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post and thank you to all of you who support the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.  As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

HEY LANDYN! I'VE GOT A QUESTION...

Alright ladies, it is time for another installment of Hey Landyn!  I've Got a Question.  This is my favorite series to do because I love being able to answer some of the questions you guys ask me on a daily basis.  If you have a question you would like to have answered, feel free to email me at hello@livingwithlandyn.com and put Hey Landyn!  in the subject line.

Xx,
Landyn


WHERE DID YOU GET THAT NARWHAL FLOAT FROM?


Is it not the absolute cutest?  When I saw it I had to have it.  I found it here on Amazon, but unfortunately it is sold out.  Whomp, Whomp!  Luckily, I have found some super cute ones that I think you guys might like.  If you are in the market for some new pool floats, I highly recommend checking out Funboy.  They have an awesome selection of really cute floats.


AT WHAT AGE DID YOU LET YOUR KIDS STAY HOME BY THEMSELVES?


Let me start this off by saying, that I am no parenting expert and what works for my family and kids might not work for yours.  So our two are 10 and almost 13.  We have just let them start staying home together during the day for short periods of time if one of us needs to run an errand or there is a brief time in between when one of us is leaving the house and the other one is getting home.  If we are going to be gone in the evening or for an extended period of time during the day we always leave them with a babysitter.  We have been blessed with a couple of really good, consistent babysitters who are able to pick them up from school, take them to activities, help them with homework and generally entertain them when Steve and I can't be home.  Again, I really think it depends on the maturity of your kids and their age, but that is what we have done.


WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE NUDE LIPSTICKS?


You guys know that I am a sucker for a good nude lipstick or lip gloss, so it is really hard for me to narrow them down.  Right now I am loving, Burt's Bee's Nile Nude, Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Nooner, Chanel Rouge Ultra Wear Lipstick in Merry Rose, and Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Bourgeoisie.


WHEN WILL YOUR BRACELETS AND NECKLACES BE BACK IN STOCK?


This is literally the number one most common email that I get sent on a daily basis.  I absolutely LOVE that you guys have loved the jewelry collection as much as I have.  I will definitely be offering the bracelets again and will be doing another pre-sale on the necklaces.  I am taking the summer off from jewelry, because it's such a time and labor intensive process for me to get them shipped out; however, I will restock the bracelets again in the fall when school gets back in and will offer a pre-sale on the necklace in time for the holidays.  Hope that helps and thank you again for being so excited and supportive of the jewelry line. 


PACKING : TIPS + TRICKS

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I have been asked a few times what my summer plans are this year, and outside of running this little corner of the internet, my answer is travel, travel, travel.  That is definitely #HowiSummer.  In fact, we are leaving today for a family trip to NYC to celebrate Lily's 13th birthday.  I am so excited and can't wait to show the kids all around the city.  With as much travel as we are doing this summer, I will also be packing and unpacking my suitcase quite a bit in the upcoming months.  I have shared some of my packing tips on Insta-stories, but today I want to share a few of my best tips on packing for a vacation or any trip for that matter.

First things first.  I am by no means an expert.  I am a CHRONIC over-packer and the worst procrastinator in the world when it comes to packing.  If our family is leaving on a 6 am flight, you are guaranteed to find me frantically pulling everything together at 11pm the night before.  It literally drives Steve N U T S!  However, we have traveled enough over the years that I have developed a pretty good little system that I stick to when I pack.  And in my defense, I have also become much better about over-packing.  Here are some of my tried and true tips for you guys when it comes to packing.


PACK ON HANGERS


I know it sounds crazy, but this is my number 1 tip.  I always keep all of my clothes on the hangers and put them directly into the suitcase.  They come out of my closet, go into the suitcase, go into the closet at the hotel, and then whatever I don't wear on the trip goes right back into my closet when I get home.  Easy peasy.  I love that it is super easy for me to unpack when I get to my destination because all I have to do is grab a wad of hangers and shove them in the hotel closet.  It makes both packing and unpacking so much quicker and is a huge time saver for me.  As an added bonus, I find that my stuff gets less wrinkled in my suitcase when I pack on hangers.

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WRITE IT DOWN


Tank | Jeans | Shoes | Necklace | Weekender Bag

I always write out our itinerary so I know what we are doing each day and what types of clothes I will need for that day.  For instance, Friday- travel day, Friday night- dinner at fancy restaurant, Saturday- sight seeing, Saturday night-dinner and a show, etc.  Seriously, if only I could be this organized in my everyday life.  I know it seems a little bit OCD to write it all out, but it really helps calm my outfit anxiety and helps me feel more prepared and organized.  I absolutely hate the panicky feeling I get when I feel like I don't have the right outfits for the occasion. It also gives me the opportunity to research the weather and aesthetic of the places we are going to be visiting so I can make sure that I have the right clothes and am prepared.

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BRING THE BASICS


There is a list of basics that I always bring with me on every trip because I know they are going to work no matter what.  I also like to keep everything in a similar color palette so that I can mix and match things for different days and outings.  Here is the list of things that always come with me:  a pair of dark denim, a black blazer, black heels, white shirts/tanks, comfortable walking shoes- slides, loafers or cute street sneakers, and neutral layering pieces for weather changes.  I then add in accessories and a couple of statement pieces that I can mix in to my basic wardrobe to create a stylish, but really comfortable look.  Once I have all of my basics put in, I can then go back and check the itinerary I made in the last step and see if there are any special occasion outfits, shoes, or accessories that I need to include based on what we are doing.


RESEARCH YOUR DESTINATION


This might sound silly, but I really like to fit in to the overall vibe and "look" of the city I am traveling to so I don't stick out like a sore thumb with the word tourist tattooed on my forehead.  Research the aesthetic of the city and try and match it.  For instance, when I am in NYC I tend to wear a lot of black, if I were going to Martha's Vineyard I would pack a lot of stripes and white, if I were going to San Diego I would pack more beachy clothes with a boho vibe.  See what I mean.  Also, I feel like traveling is a great way to try out a trend that might be popular in the city you are going to, but you wouldn't necessarily feel comfortable wearing at home.  This is your chance to be bold and take a few more fashion risks then you normally would, so go for it!


THE BEAUTY BASICS


How frustrating is it to get to your destination and realize you forgot you favorite eyeliner or worse yet, your deodorant.  I pack all of my toiletries and make-up the morning the trip and I literally put each item in my bag or make-up case as I finish using them, so I know I am not forgetting anything.  I also keep a few basic things in my toiletry bag at all time so I don't even have to think about those things-lotion, hair ties, Advil, etc. In addition to my daytime make-up look I also add in a of darker or shimmery eyeshadow and a darker lipstick for evening wear. 

Let's be honest, most times you are going to be coming in from a day of touring and you are going to have about 15 minutes to switch over your make-up look from day to evening before the hubs starts getting impatient.  I find that it is sometimes just easier to apply a few key areas of make-up directly on top of my day make-up to take me straight into the evening.  Also, I always bring my own hair dryer because let's face it-most hotel hair dryer's BLOW.  Seriously, I can not stand to be standing there for 20 minutes blow drying my hair with a machine that has about as much power as a gnat flitting around my head.  So frustrating!



WHAT'S IN MY SUITCASE



CASUAL WEEKEND VIBES

Do you remember my Mamuye Tote and my Abera Crossbody Tote that I am always carrying and telling you about?  If you don't, they are the best totes ever and they are made by a local Nashville company called FashionableFashionable is an apparel company with a serious social mission to end generational poverty through creating job opportunities for women both in developing nations and right here in Nashville.  If you are a socially conscious consumer then you definitely will want to check them out.  Really, even if you aren't as interested in the social mission you should still totally check them out because they sell amazing bags and accessories.  Here is the best news, the have just recently expanded their product offerings to include clothing and shoes.  YES!  They have the absolute best basics-think awesome tee's and my new favorite tank top- and really well-made and comfortable shoes

The clothes are totally my vibe, since you know I love a good basic to build an outfit around, so when they sent me some of their new items I had to give them a spin around town.  These pieces make the perfect mix and match pieces for a casual weekend vibe.  I hit up some of my favorite spots in one of my favorite neighborhoods, 12 South.  I went to all the can't miss places- Proper Bagel, Jeni's Ice Cream, Franklin Juice Co., and Amelia's Flower Truck


WHAT ALL I'M WEARING



Shirt | Jeans | Shoes | Sunglasses

All of Fashionable's shoes and apparel are made in Peru by women for women.  Fashionable knows that employing women both here and abroad is a key to building a strong sustainable economy   They are made of Pima Cotton so they are super soft and well made.  I absolutely love their basic white tee in this v-neck style.  And let's just talk about these shoes for a minute.  I posted them in a picture on Instagram yesterday and I have already gotten a ton of questions about them.  First of all, ALL of their shoes are handmade.  WHAT!  I can not believe that you can get handmade loafers for under $150!  In fact, all of their shoes are less than $150 and many are less than $100.  These loafers are so insanely comfortable and I love this nude color for spring and summer.  They also come in a black which would be a perfect basic for year round use.

On a completely unrelated side note, if you every find yourself in Franklin Juice Co. you HAVE to try one of their Acai bowls.  They are so, so good!  I am eating the Pitaya Bowl and I LOVED it...not to mention it's super good for you too!


Tank | Jeans | Hat (similar) | Glasses

Next stop on my 12 South train was Amelia's Flower Truck.  If you EVER see Amelia's Flower Truck around town you better stop what you are doing and go!  It is the most adorable converted vintage VW that sells the most gorgeous fresh blooms.  Mattie, the owner of Amelia's, travels throughout the city so be sure to check her calendar to see where she is going to be.  Here is the cool thing, you can also book the truck for event or weddings and they have a cool bouquet subscription service that you can buy.  And why am I smiling so big in these pictures you ask?  It's because you know that I LOVE a good muscle tank and this one is the BOMB!  It is so soft and well made, you guys seriously need this!


Shoes | Jeans | Bag

No Saturday stop is complete in the Hutchinson family without a visit to Proper Bagel.  Steve LOVES this place and I have to agree with him.  First let's talk about how the decor screams Living with Landyn.  I mean all the black and white, the subway tile, the penny rounds.  It had my heart the second I walked through the door.  Second, let's talk about these shoes.  I am OBSESSED!  Slides are so, so popular this year and these are the perfect shoe.  I love the two toned metallic (they do come in two other colors) look and they would be perfect for the beach.  Third, let's pause for a minute to pay our respects to the most delicious Lavender Honey Iced Latte and the most perfect avocado toast with egg that there EVER was.  If you are local, get in your car right now, drive to Proper Bagel, order this meal and then thank me later.  It is that good.


Thank you to Fashionable for sponsoring this post and thank you to all of you that support the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

COVER IT UP

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maxi cover up | bag (similar

Ladies, the countdown is ON!  I leave for Mexico for my 40th birthday extravaganza in 24 days!  I have shown you all of my favorite swimsuits, that post is here *including a funny story*.  I have shown you all of my favorite sun scare products.  And now I am going to show you all of my favorite cover-ups and sun hats from my bestie's over at Nordstrom.  Let's say it all together; I love shopping for all of these summer essentials at Nordstrom because it is one stop shopping.  I know I sound like a broken record when I say that, but it is just so true.  I scoured the Nordstrom site and went through all 331 cover-ups and all 75 sun hats, and maybe a few straw totes, to bring you my absolute favorites. I ended up sourcing 78 different cover-ups and hats. Oops!  I might have gotten a little bit carried away, but seriously I just couldn't help myself.  Lucky for you, you guys get to enjoy the fruits of my labor and shop my edited selection of cover-ups and hats. I have broken them up into my five favorite categories of cover-ups: dresses, rompers, tunics, kimonos and pants and shorts.

Xx
Landyn


DRESSES




ROMPERS



TUNICS



KIMONOS


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PANTS AND SHORTS



HATS



STRAW TOTES 



Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post and thank you to all of your that support the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


FATHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE

Steve, his dad and the kids- Father's Day 2012 

Steve, his dad and the kids- Father's Day 2012 

I have received several emails and direct messages asking me about a gift guide for Father's Day.  You know there is nothing I love more than a gift guide and I would NEVER leave you guys hanging.  I sat down with Steve and he gave me 15 fun ideas that he would love for Father's Day.  Thanks babe for doing the shopping for me!  I also sourced a lot of other fun ideas by interest for all the men in your life, if you need any other suggestions.  Hope you find something he'll love!

Xx,
Landyn


Living with Landyn Father's Day Gift Guide

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FOR THE FITNESS AND SPORTS NUT



FOR THE GADGET GURU



FOR THE WELL DRESSED MAN



SUPERGOOP! SUMMER

Sunscreen Mousse | Setting Mist | Everyday Sunscreen

Today we are talking about something that is near and dear to my heart, and a brand that I have absolutely fallen in love with.  Let's get serious about sunscreen.  You know that I grew up in Florida and definitely did not take care of my skin the way I should have in my youth.  What you might not know is that because of that I had a pretty bad skin cancer scare when we lived in Minnesota that ended in a trip to the Mayo Clinic.  Luckily they were able to remove everything and I haven't had any issues since then, but let's just say it was enough to scare me straight.  Since that moment I have been a dedicated sunscreen user.  In fact, when anyone asks me my number one anti-aging secret sunscreen is my number one answer.

About a year ago, Supergoop!  sent me some product to try and it has been my go-to sunscreen ever since.  And you know that if there is a product that I love, I absolutely can not keep it from my people. There are a million reasons that I love it, but my number one reason is it is the most kid friendly sunscreen I have ever used.  How many times have you had to literally wrestle your kids down and practically sit on them to get sunscreen on?  How many times have you heard "it's burning my eyes" "my skin's on fire"?  I feel like that is the refrain of summer.  Well guess what, it doesn't have to be anymore.  I did some research and asked the Supergoop! team a few questions because I wondered why my kids never complained about this sunscreen burning their skin and eyes.  Honestly, it made me a little curious if it was even working if it wasn't burning.  Here is what I learned.  Most drugstore sunscreen's have a common ingredient called Oxybenzone.  I didn't know this, but Oxybenzone has been declared the #1 skin allergen by the American Contact Dermatitis Society in 2014.  It is one of the most common skin irritants and is found in many drugstore sunscreens. And guess what; Supergoop! does not contain any Oxybenzone, which makes it more tolerable for kids or people with sensitive skin.  As a side note, Supergoop! also doesn't include parabans, synthetic fragrances or nano-particles either.

So the whole purpose of today's post is to give you some ideas on how to make sunscreen application on your kiddo's easy, fun and effective. But before we get to that, I really do want to talk about a couple of really cool product features that make Supergoop! unique in the sunscreen market.  My #1 favorite product that Supergoop! makes is actually one of their brand new products, their Sunscreen Mousse.  That's right a sunscreen with the texture of a mousse.  To say it is genius is an understatement.  First of all, YOUR KIDS will be obsessed with it because it comes out of the can looking like whipped cream and makes a cool noise.  YOU will love it because it goes on lighter than air and leaves NO STICKY SUNSCREEN RESIDUE!  Can I get an amen!  Guys, this stuff is life changing.  A little bit goes a long way and it rubs in so easily and makes your skin feel so soft afterwards.  The second product feature I love is the handle in their large pump bottle of Everyday Sunscreen.  Holly, the founder of Supergoop! was a school teacher and she wanted to make products that were as easy and kid-friendly as possible.  She developed a pump bottle that's handle fits a child's hand perfectly.  So when you are schlepping towels, toys, snacks, a cooler, floats, goggles, and everything else from a day at the pool or the beach entails, your kids can grab the sunscreen pump and take one less thing off your hands.  Thank you baby Jesus!  We keep the big pump bottle out at the pool house and the kids know exactly where it is, so they can grab it and put it on themselves.


DON'T MISS THE "HOT SPOTS"


My first tip is a basic, but a very important one.  Make sure that you are covering all the places on your kiddos body that we sometimes forget to put sunscreen on.  Some of the areas that really can take a beating are the tops of ears, the tops of feet, and hair lines on both girls and boys. Another place that I think is really important to get sunscreen on that is often overlooked are hands and lips.  Hands get so much incidental sun exposure just in every day life and they are often the first places on our body to show age (mine sure do) because the skin is thinner there.  If you are looking to prevent aging on your hands you have to try Supergoop's Forever Young Hand Cream.  I have heard rave reviews about this product and it just won one of Elle's Best of Beauty Awards for 2016.  Another area that is often overlooked in the sun are your lips.  Did you know that lips are a common area for melanoma's to occur?  Yikes!  Luckily, Supergoop! has you covered with a full line of both lipscreens and lip balms that contain sunscreen.


MAKE IT FUN


Even the best sunscreen can feel like a total chore to put on if you are a kid.  I mean, who wants to wait to get into the pool for sunscreen?  That is why I think it is really important to make sunscreen application fun for your kids.  Give them different "utensils" to apply sunscreen with.  Take a really cheap paintbrush like I did with Luke and let them paint their sunscreen on themselves.  If you have a little girl, get an inexpensive beauty blender and let them apply their sunscreen like they are doing their make-up.  Also make it a game and let them apply their sunscreen in shapes or letters.  Let them spell out each other's names across their backs or arms before they rub it in.  Just make sure it is rubbed in because no one wants a sunburn with a heart or your name in the middle.


APPLY, APPLY, APPLY


Did you know that the correct amount of sunscreen to apply is 1 ounce?  That is basically almost a full shot glass of sunscreen.  Almost 50% of people do not apply enough sunscreen, so make sure that not only are you applying it, but you are applying enough of it.  Also, make sure that you apply your first round of sunscreen before you even get to the pool or the beach.  That first application of the day is the most critical and it is so important to not only make sure that you are not only covering all of your body, but that you are also allowing your sunscreen time to properly absorb before you get in the water.  Technically sunscreen needs a full thirty minute to bind to the skin before maximum effectiveness is reached.  You should also reapply at a minimum every two hours-even sooner if you are swimming, sweating heavily, or drying off with a towel.  I know this is so much to think about, but it is so important to get our kids used to good sunscreen use and skincare when they are young.  23% of sun damage is done to your skin before the age of 18 and you get 10% more about each decade, according to the American Society of Photobiology (sounds fancy doesn't it...my best friend Google found it for me), so it is critical to teach our kids good sunscreen use early on and really work hard to protect their skin in their youth.  I promise they will thank you for their wrinkle-free skin later in life.

I really do hope you guys check this brand out.  Their website is full of helpful information and amazing products.  I only touched the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the breadth of products they have.  They have great make-up products that include a CC cream, cheek and lip tint, setting mists, and mineral setting powders.  They also have some great body lotions and of course a full line of every kind of sunscreen you could ever imagine.  They are going to cost a little more than a drugstore sunscreen, but I promise you in my opinion they are worth every penny!

HAPPY SUMMER!
Xx
Landyn


SUPERGOOP! PRODUCTS I LOVE


WHAT THE KID'S ARE WEARING



Thank you to Supergoop! for sponsoring this post and thank you to all of your that support the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

HEY LANDYN! I'VE GOT A QUESTION...

We're bringing questions baaaaaack.... (if only we were bringing Justin Timberlake with us). That's right, Hey Landyn! is coming back and I will be answering the questions that you guys send, every other Monday.  You're always welcome to DM me or send an email to: hello@livingwithlandyn.com with the subject line Hey Landyn. Let's get right to it! 

Xx
Landyn


 

WHERE DID YOU GET THAT NECKLACE YOU'VE BEEN LAYERING?


Isn't it the best!  I love how simple it is and is the best for layering with all different types of necklaces.  It is a awesome knock off of the Cartier Crescent necklace. It is the Payton Necklace from LB Mint.  If you use the code LWL25 at checkout you can get 25% off your entire order.


HOW DO YOU DRESS STYLISHLY WHILE PREGNANT?


So, clearly I have been out of the pregnancy game for a while, but I will say that there are SO MANY more options for cute maternity clothes then there where when I was last pregnant 10+ years ago.  Here are a couple of quick pieces of advice for you. 

1.  Invest in one or two good pairs of jeans and wear the heck out of themThis pair by Paige Denim gets tons of awesome reviews and I loved my PAIGE pair when I was pregnant.

2.  By as many non-maternity clothes as you can.  Stick to long tunic tops, maxi dresses, pants with elastic waists.  That way you aren't investing a ton of money in stuff that you will only wear for a few months.  Those types of pieces will be wearable in post-partum and beyond.

3.  Keep it simple and classic.  Obviously this is my advice for just about everything in my life, but by simple, neutral, classic pieces that you will not be able to tire of and can wear over and over.  Then just add a pop of color and pattern through your accessories.

NON-MATERNITY WEAR THAT WORKS

DRESS THE BUMP


WHAT'S THE LIP GLOSS YOU'VE BEEN WEARING LATELY?


I have been wearing the Urban Decay Ultra Nourishing Lip Gloss in Nooner and I love it.  I have always been a Bobbi Brown lipgloss girl, but I got this and I am a huge fan. HUGE. It's like the perfect nude. 


WHAT ARE YOUR GO TO SNACKS?


As we all know, I have been on a countdown to my 40th birthday and have really been trying to clean up my eating in order to feel and look my best on my big day.  I have to say that it has really been working and I have been noticing a huge difference in my energy levels and how I feel.  On this new plan, eating several times throughout the day is very important so I have gotten really strategic about my snacks.  A few of my favorites are: Epic Protein Bars in Sriracha Chicken, 2 rice cakes with a packet of Barney Butter split between the two packets, Nogii Protein Cocoa Chocolate Protein Powder, and a simple handful of almonds.  As a side note, if you are counting your macros the Barney Butter has 7.5g of fat per packet, which is the perfect amount of fat I need. 


NASHVILLE TRAVEL SERIES: POPPY + MONROE

I am so excited for today's post!  If you recall from my post all about Germantown, my whole reason for being in that part of town was to visit Poppy and Monroe.  It honestly was the best experience and I am so excited to get to share all about the salon today.  The are located in the CUTEST old row home, I mean look at that pink door, and has the most beautiful interior.  You know from the second you walk in the door, that you are not in for your standard nail or skin service.  It was actually an empty, overgrown older home that owners Karen and Sherri saw potential in, and man, did they ever do a good job! Every detail is on point, even down to the treatment rooms.  For starters the treatment room I was in had the most awesome plant hangers with little baby air plants in them. It screams Living with Landyn.  Let's just say I felt RIGHT at home as soon as I stepped through that door.


MEET THE OWNERS


Opened by two friends, Sherri Coates and Karen Kops, Poppy and Monroe is the only all natural beauty collective in Nashville.  All of the beauty and skincare products that they use in the salon are 100% organic and/or natural and do not contain any bismuth oxychloride, cornstarch, parabens or sulfates at a minimum.  They also only use nail polishes that are free of six ingredients that are found in most nail polishes- formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBT, TPHP and camphor. Awesome, right?!?!? 

I got there a little before the salon opened for the day and I was so excited that I got to sit down and talk with Karen and Sherri about their business and their mission to bring cleaner beauty services and products to the Nashville market.  Since no one can tell their story like they can, I am so excited to share Poppy and Monroe with you guys through the eyes of the two people who know it best- their owners.

Obviously clean beauty is an important component of Poppy and Monroe’s positioning, tell us about why this is so important to you and what lead you down the path of opening a natural beauty salon/spa?

Sherri:  Being from California, I've been into clean eating, health and wellness trends in large part thanks to my environment and many fitness teachers and friends who are the typical California health nuts. The big wake up call however was when my mother died at only 57 years old of heart disease and then I had several girlfriends diagnosed with breast cancer in their 30's.
Karen: As many new moms, I wanted to be able to ensure the best and healthiest environment for my son.  When I started doing research, I was shocked at how unregulated the cosmetic industry is.  I discovered that in the U.S., there have been no new regulations on the cosmetics industry since the 1930's and to date, the US has only deemed 10 ingredients "unsafe" while Europe has banned over 1300.  In addition, I am an admitted germaphobe and had stopped getting my nails done because I was distressed about not only the products being used, but also the sanitation practices I witnessed at shops all over the country.  I knew there had to be a better way. 

Collectlvely, we had very personal reasons and knew we had to share and educate others as much as possible.  That's what makes us feel most fulfilled. We never want to scare anyone, we just want to share information and provide alternatives if someone is inclined to try them. Luckily, our clients are interested in what we're doing and we couldn't be more grateful to them for joining us on this adventure.

Tell us a little more about what differentiates Poppy and Monroe from other salon/spas in town?

We are the sole clean beauty collective in town, offering Nashville a healthier alternative to the services and products offered at other salons/spas. We only use products that are less-toxic and environmentally conscious, avoiding harsh chemicals that are potentially harmful to clients' health and our staff as well.  In addition, we're so proud of offering and curating the best natural/organic skincare and makeup brands that are leading the way in the clean beauty revolution in our retail space.  We love giving clients in-person access to brands they would typically only be able to order online.


THE SERVICES


While I was in the salon, I got to experience three of their different services- a facial, dermaplaning, and a gel manicure.  All of the services were so unbelievably good and their estheticians and nail artists are truly some of the best of the best in Nashville!  In addition to their skin and nail services they also make-up appication and a hair removal process called sugaring.

Tell us about the services you provide.  What is your favorite service to receive?

We provide 3 types of services: Skincare including facials and of course, dermaplaning among others.  We are also huge advocates of Sugaring which is a natural hair removal technique that is a less painful alternative to waxing.  This was huge for Karen who's been known to walk out halfway through a bikini wax because she just couldn't take it anymore! We offer makeup applications via our talented makeup artists and lastly we offer natural nail services including manicures, pedicures, 5-free gel polish and nail treatments.  Our favorite service to receive is honestly any of them.  We are lucky enough to be booked consistently and we'll bump ourselves if a client wants to come in so when we are actually able to get a service, any service, we don't complain!

Is their something that you would consider a signature service or something that you are best known for?

I guess our signature service would be our waterless pedicures.  We chose to go this route because it lessens the spread of bacteria, reduces the use of a viable resource and also allows your polish to stay on longer since your nails expand in water and then contract when dry. We are super stringent about cleanliness though so we still spray your feet with a non-toxic antibacterial solution we created in-house and we use hot towels with essential oils to ensure your feet are spic and span before we get started.  If you're really going for it, you can upgrade to a Luxe Pedi which includes dry brushing to improve skin health and circulation, a gentle organic sugar scrub to remove dead skin, a hydrating aloe vera gel mask and the finishing touch is an extended massage using your choice of Doterra essential oils.  Our favorite service to receive is honestly any of them.  

How cute is this pedicure area?  At first it was a little weird to be in a nail area where there were not big basins running full of water, but I am totally sold on the whole waterless manicure and pedicure thing.  I always feel like I am risking some nasty fungus or nail infection every time I dip my toes into those pedicure tubs, so I was totally in to this.  Also, on a completely unrelated side note, I may or may not have been sitting right next to a Nashville celebrity who was getting a treatment here after this picture was taken.  Top-notch services and celebrity sightings, could you ask for anything more?

Do all natural gel polishes stay on and work as well as conventional gel nail polishes?  Outside of being free of the big 5 chemicals are there any other benefits to them, i.e. do they last longer, are the easier on the nail itself, etc?

Great question! We were skeptical of 5-free gel being just as long lasting as regular gel too at first We did an insane amount of testing prior to opening and even thought we had found our brand only to realize a week in that it wasn't consistent 100% of the time. So we stopped offering gel for weeks until we found a product we knew would deliver results each and every time. Another thing we learned, while Karen was attending nail school, is that a long lasting manicure is 30% polish and 70% nail prep (filing, cuticles (pushing back, not cutting), dehydrating, etc).  We are meticulous about our nail prep and we feel that's the reason our manicures last so long on both gel and non-gel nails. 

Do you have any other nail tips that you can share with us that might ensure healthier nails and longer lasting manicures/pedicures?

Another HUGE factor to maintaining nail health is proper gel removal.  Most nail shops want you in and out of the chair as fast as possible because time is money.  They'll scrape your gel polish off with a metal tool before it's ready to come off and in doing so they not only remove the gel but also the top layer of your nail.  I can't tell you how many clients have come to us with painful, thin and brittle nails and 9 times out of 10 it's because of improper gel removal. We book out 30 minutes for our gel removals because that's the amount of time we need to ensure we do it right.  Our in-house gel polish comes off in 7 minutes, which is another benefit to using this 5-free polish, but many clients come from other shops with different polishes on so we want to make sure we have enough time to remove it the right way.  The last thing I want to mention is that we don't cut cuticles! This is a sneaky trick nail shops incorporate because although your nail looks clean, the skin that was cut will not only grow back faster but also thicker which means you'll have to come back sooner. Not only that, it's actually super dangerous as the skin they remove is living skin and is there to protect your body from harmful bacteria so don't remove it! We've developed a technique for removing only the dead skin while pushing back the live skin which leaves your nails looking amazing but still protected.   

I had a manicure while I was there and it was unbelievable how good it looked.  Seriously their cuticle work is amazing. I felt like my hands were ready for a magazine shoot.  I am super weird about my cuticles and I was so, so impressed.  If you go, you have to book an appointment with Yasheka.  She was amazing and was freakin' hilarious!  We seriously were talking and laughing the whole time and she did a fabulous job on my nails.  So so good!


ALL ABOUT THE SKIN


While I was there I also go to experience their Luxe Facial and dermaplaning procedures.  I had never had dermaplaning done, but I am now TOTALLY HOOKED!  I always considered myself to be someone with relatively healthy and hair-free skin, but I was SHOCKED at what all came off of my face.  I had so many questions from you guys about the procedure that Karen and her estheticians have agreed to do a full Q&A post for us just about dermaplaning.  I compiled all of y'alls questions and sent a few of my own and they have provided the most thorough answers.  Stay tuned for that later this month.  I also highly recommend the facial services in combination with the dermaplaning. 


THE RETAIL SPACE


As Karen and Sherri said, not only do they offer the all natural salon/spa experience, but they also have a beautifully curated retail space that carries some of both the best well-known and up and coming brands in the clean beauty space.  They also have beautiful jewerlry, accessories and the best smelling candles.  They have worked really hard to make sure that they are bringing access to local clients so they can experience brands that they may never heard of or have been wanting to test out but have been afraid to pull the trigger on.  They carry brands in the hair care, skin care, nail care, bath and body and beauty space and you can see a full list of all the brands they carry here.  Sherri and Karen are so passionate and knowledgeable, not to mention friendly, about this industry so if you have any questions about products definitely stop by the retail space or call and they will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.


ODACITEʹ


They also were so generous to send me home with some products from Odaciteʹ, a clean beauty brand developed by a French ex-pat living in California.  If you are looking for a cleaner beauty routine then you HAVE to try this brand.  It has been getting a ton of press from everyone from the WSJ to Vogue, Elle, The Rachel Zoe Report and more; and I can totally see why.  The entire line is certified organic and contains no fillers, parabens, nanoparticles,  petrochemicals, PEG, synthetic perfumes, dyes, or phenoxyethanol.  It is also vegan, cruelty-free, and non-GMO.  I really don't think it could get any purer then that.  I have fairly sensitive skin and react really poorly to products that have synthetic perfumes in them, so I was really happy to find this line.  Due to my sensitive skin they recommended a specific regimen for me to use that I want to share with you in case you suffer from sensitive skin.  

  • Gentle Skin Cleanser (sold out online, but call Poppy and Monroe):  This skin cleanser is perfect because it can remove all my make-up, dirt, sweat and pollutants without stripping my face of the oils it needs. 
  • Rose and Neroli Hydravitalizing Mist:  You guys know I love a good rosewater mist and this one is the best I have every tried.  It has rosewater which helps balance my skin, but it also contains Aspen Bark, Neroli, and fresh Aloe Vera juice.  Basically it is a rosewater on steroids.  The Aspen Bark acts like an astringent that tones the skin and minimize pores, the Aloe Vera juice helps keep the skin moisturized and protects it from environmental pollutants, and the Neroli works with the Aspen Bark to get rid of blemishes and encourage the skin to regenerate.  You can use this product in the place of lotion, after you have applied lotion, or as a make-up setter.
  • Sensitive Skin Ca+C Serum Concentrate: Odacite is really known for their serums and they recommended this Ca+C serum for me due to my sensitive skin.  If you have any redness in your skin from things like roascea or excema, then this is the product you need to try.   They honestly have a serum for just about every skin type and skin issue, so I highly recommend checking out their site and finding which one would work best for you. 
  • Ac+R Youthful Glow Serum: This bad boy helps give you back that dewy, glowing skin you had back in your 20s.  Can I get an AMEN!  It has Acai Berry in it which is the most powerful natural antioxidant in the world.  The combination of the Acai Berry and Rose Oil make it the best all in one product to help fight aging.  It can tackle wrinkles, fine lines, tone, texture, dullness and dryness.  Basically sign me up.  You just drop a few drops into your moisturizer every day and VIOLA you are done.
  • Beautiful Day Moisturizer: Okay girls, this moisturizer is pricey, but it is the holy grail of moisturizers.  It contains a compound called MSM which is the nutritional form of sulfur.  MSM is known as the "beauty mineral" because it penetrates the skin through several layers and, therefore, hydrates and smooths for longer periods of time.  It also helps stimulate collagen production.
  • Synergie (4) Skin Perfecting Mask: This mask is basically four masks in one.  It detoxes, peels, brightens and firms skin all with just one product.  It is actually a powder that you can mix with water to make your own mask.  Karen even mixes hers with Apple Cider Vinegar if she is breaking out or yogurt if her skin is really dehydrated.  This is a great mask for every skin type, so if you are looking for a mask to add to your Sunday night routine, this is a great one.

Odacite has different product lines and product groupings for all different types of skin issues, so I highly recommend you checking out their website because it has a section where you can shop by concern and it groups all of the products you would need to address that issue in one section.  It makes it super easy to shop.


Thank you to Poppy + Monroe for providing the services and thank you to all of you that support the brands that help make Living with Landyn possible.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.