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Q & A with Andrea Linett

Beyond my business, is a deep love and passion I have of developing relationships with clients. Consequently, by working under January Labs, I’m able to meet other women who are like minded about their own passion and professions. Along the way, I have been fortunate enough to meet some incredibly talented and inspiring women and so I’ve decided to use my blog to share some of their stories and advice.
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I met Andrea Linett a few years ago at one of her book signings for her fabulous book, “I want to be her”. When you meet Andrea, you in fact want to be HER!  Her style is effortless and she pretty much personifies cool. I love her website because it is actually stuff you want to and CAN buy! She is a January Labs (namely the Glow & Go) devotee and has been instrumental in spreading the word about the line.

Andrea answered a few of my questions …

How would you describe your style? I always say “untucked glamour” because I can never be truly put together (and I’m not into perfection anyway!)

What do you shop for most often? Shoes, jewelry and beauty products

What are your must-have beauty products? January Labs’ Power Peel Exfoliant, Josie Maran tinted moisturizer, Kiehl’s musk lotion and Escentric Molecules fragrances.

Do you have any daily rituals that you can’t live without? My coffee in the morning, my exercise routine and my cold beer at the end of the day.

What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?  I think probably starting Lucky Magazine. It was the most successful launch in Conde Nast history—I  think because it tapped into something that was lacking in fashion publishing. It really spoke to women who loved clothes and shopping, but weren’t into being preached to by the likes of Vogue. It was really something new and exciting and positive when it came out.

As a woman who has achieved so much, how important has the support of other women been to your career? It’s been all about that! For instance, when I was at Sassy and the receptionist (it was my first job out of college), Mary Clarke, who was the creative director, hired me to work in the fashion and beauty department—really a dream come true. Then when Sassy folded Annemarie Iverson, who was at Haper’s Bazaar at the time, took a chance and hired me as a fashion writer/editor which wasn’t really done back then. I had no experience with fancy women’s magazines! Also, Kim France was very encouraging at Lucky. I’ve been lucky (no pun intended!)

Who has been most inspirational to you in your work and life? I’d say my mom. She was a successful executive/creative director in advertising.

What advice would you give to other women you wish someone would have told you? There isn’t a secret to success that everyone is in on that you’re not. In other words, of course there is room for learning, but just be confident that not everyone always knows better than you. Learn to trust your instincts.

Springtime Veggies

Spring is in full swing and your trip to the grocery may feel less familiar than it usually does seeing that certain vegetables are either plentiful or non-existent. To ensure you eat the best of the best, we want to remind you which spring veggies should be enjoyed this season and what benefits they reap.

The Radish

Unassuming, this member of the mustard family can be found as red, purple or black. Red-skinned radishes are the most popular (and our favorite), but you can also find daikon radishes, which have a milder flavor than the red-skinned. Just 20 calories, one cup of radishes will do the trick for a light snack and will serve an excellent source of vitamin C. It’s also brimming with calcium and potassium.

The Beet

These red gems contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression while also containing trytophan, which creates a sense of well-being, which relaxes the mind–similar to chocolate. In addition, beets serve as a tonic for the liver, which purifies the blood. AND on top of it all, tastes delicious.

The Carrot

A common ingredient with your hummus, carrots will start appearing in early May and is an excellent source of beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant that helps maintain eyesight and protect against heart disease and certain forms of cancer). Carrots are also chock-full of potassium, fiber and vitamins K and C. And although you are used to the orange ones, we suggest trying the puple, yellow and white ones to mix it up. Benefits are the same, taste slightly different!

The Spinach 

With so many greens to choose from, we hope you go for the spinach this season. Spring and fall are the peak seasons for this popular leafy green. Just one cup of this magic is twice the recommended daily amount of vitamin K. It’s also packed with vitamin A and provides plenty of vitamin C, folate and manganese as well.

 

photo cred: Pinterest

 

Break The Habits

A new month, a new beginning to remind yourself, your skin needs protecting, so here are some tips to refresh your mind with as you step into the new Spring Season and how breaking your habits can make all the difference.

 

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Washing too much

If your skin is dry skin, try and lather up less often, since doing so strips away natural oils. A creamy or oil-based cleanser at night (they’re gentler on dry skin) is best to use and be sure to rinse with just water when you wake up. (This way, you’ll retain more of your own moisturizing oils). Side note: removing make up will always be key in keeping your skin in the best condition.

Turn the TV off

Bright screens have the power to suppress melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy and regulates our circadian rhythms. When melatonin levels decrease, your circadian rhythm gets thrown off which make your skin cells work inefficiently, causing more wrinkles and dullness over time. And because sleep is also important when it comes to keeping your skin healthy, try and wind down by reading a book or meditating.

Tell us about your pillow

Speaking of sleep, what kind of pillow do you sleep on? Believe it or not, but our pillows collect oil, dead skin cells, bacteria, and excess night creams so as we toss and turn, all of that is deposited right into our pores. Tip: change your pillowcases at least once a week and also be sure to swap out the regular cotton version for something smoother, like satin, silk, or Egyptian cotton. Rough pillowcases can actually cause wrinkles.

 In moderation, your favorite things: alcohol and sugar

Unfortunately, consuming too much sugar, salt, caffeine, and alcohol will show on your face.  Take alcohol, a huge dehydrator and inflamer for your skin. This will consequently make your skin dull and blotchy. In addition, try and avoid sugary foods since they break down collagen and elastin in the skin which can and will produce wrinkles.

Last but not least…

This is often overlooked, but be sure to get your moles check each year. If you’re forgetful, schedule it near events you’ll remember, like your anniversary or birthday. No matter how thorough you may be when examining your own skin, mole checks are nonnegotiable. A little effort for a lot of cause.

 

 

Photo for Elle Sweden, by Andreas Ohlund

Latest Obsession: Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are a super food that you should know about! When your cells are nourished, your skin glows. These little black seeds are the highest natural source of omega-3s, a type of fatty acid that benefits your skin by helping to strengthen cell membranes’ barriers that allow water and nutrients in while keeping toxins out.

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To help you get into our current Chia craze, here are two great recipes. One that will benefit your internal health and for consumption, the other, an application recipe to benefit your skin!

Vanilla Chia Pudding, makes one serving. 

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

a pinch of salt

1 tablespoon honey

Directions

In a small bowl or jar combine the first four ingredients. Give it a good stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. After the first thirty minutes give the mixture a stir, so it doesn’t clump together. Once you’re ready to eat, stir in the honey (add more if you don’t think it’s sweet enough) and top with your favorite fruit or chopped nuts.

Chia seed face scrub

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp chia seeds

Directions

Mix the ingredients together before applying to a damp face. Allow the mixture to set for two minutes before using a wet washcloth to remove. Splash cold water on your face when you’ve finished.

Jan Thoughts: The Oscars

From time to time, we will be sharing a quick thought from our founder, January Olds. To kick off this introductory series, what better way than to talk about the magic that is the Oscars? Here are some glitzy thoughts:

 

This last Sunday, most circled around their television to watch the annually celebrated Oscars. Whether a movie lover or a fashionista,  I know I loved watching the Oscars because of it’s overall presentation of both beauty and talent. Strangely enough, it’s a time a year I pay extra close attention to skin; yep, of course; I just can’t help it.

A woman who caught my eye specifically was Cate Blanchett. I love her in general for her brilliant acting and presence on film but couldn’t help notice how stunning she was (AND WITH BARELY ANY MAKE UP!)

Cate BlanchettI think that it just proves our philosophy at January Labs… less is more.

Lets perhaps take note from the lovely Cate who has inspired others (and me) in so many ways. Whether it in the media and striving to be a positive influence to women, or it’s the effortless style and poise she so displayed especially a couple nights ago, may we be women who strive and focus on the kind of beauty that is just that. Let’s not try and look younger over looking good and healthy for our age. And let’s remember that beauty is from within–with or without an Oscar in your hand.

 

 

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Love and ALL it’s Beauty

This month, though inspired by a national holiday we were reminded by a sustaining truth that love is truly what reflects beauty in it’s most whole and pure form. We at January Labs want to provide not only the best, conscious and purifying products for your skin, but also to provide you with an overall sense of beauty in it’s external AND internal facets.

With that, we want to share a video our founder had the chance to be a part of and ask you a question. What makes your heart beat? For us, it’s the beauty around and inside of each and every one of us. We hope you feel the love. Here is 90 seconds of some inspiration.

Directed and written by Nathanael T. Presley brought to you by Darling Magazine.

 

 

Why Workout?

As the New Year is upon us, working out may be on the forefront on most of our minds so we are here to help and make sure you’re working towards your goal with the most efficiency and effectiveness. The trick? Work out in the morning. Here are a few quick facts that may help you skip the snooze.

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  • Easily, the rush of endorphins you feel after a great workout boosts your mood and energy. This will start your day off the right way in both your interactions with friends, co-workers, etc. AND you’ll be less likely to snack on junk food in this healthy state of mind.
  • After long hard day at work, it’s nice to get your exercise done since a glass of wine might seem more appealing than a long, hard run. Plus, when you exercise, your body uses glucose that’s stored in your liver for fuel. The problem with alcohol is that when you drink, the alcohol also gets metabolized in your liver (the same one!), which means that alcohol inhibits your ability to use your glucose stores effectively. The result, you’re not going to get the energy you need, and you simply won’t be as good.
  • Simply put, gyms are usually a bit less crowded super early in the morning. Avoid the mayhem if you can.
  • Because when you start your physical routine early, your metabolism is revved up which means you’re going to burn through the food you eat during the day, rather than when you’re sleeping
  • Lastly, this minimizes the excuses and tasks that will be at hand that will likely distract you from ever getting your push-ups and mile run in! Start your day earlier and feel the value from a full day of productivity.

 

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Latest Obsession: Colostrum

I recently spent 2 nights at my family’s house for the holidays. The day before I arrived I found myself getting sick…. cold and sorethroat. My dad, who has become a huge believer in the holistic approach to diet, recommended that I try a colostrum powder he had been taking. All I can say is wow! I was healthy and symptom free in one day!

Colostrum is the “first milk” produced by mammals for their offspring prior to actual milk production. It is loaded with antibodies, immunoglobulins, and other immune-boosting nutrients. It is also known to increase energy levels, protect the intestinal tract, ward off infection, and even reverse aging. (You can also use the powder on your face as a mask)

It is best to take colostrum on an empty stomach with a good amount of water so that it will reach your small intestine without being damaged by saliva and stomach acids. Colostrum is a food more than a supplement, so there are no side effects. Just consume as much as you feel your body needs.

The best way to get colostrum into you is to buy it in powdered or capsule form. Make sure you are buying colostrum from pasture-fed cows that are pesticide and rBST free, and that is processed with very low heat. This is actually one instance where the processed version (although very minimal processing is best) is better for us than the raw version. Raw colostrum needs to be refrigerated and consumed within a reasonably short time. Plus the immune factors of raw colostrum come from just one cow where as processed colostrum comes from a pool of hundreds or thousands of cows and provides a broad spectrum of immune factors. I recommend this one: http://www.surthrival.com/colostrum-kilo.html

 

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This recipe is healthy and delicious:

*Best used in a Vitamix or blender

1 cup of almond milk

1 scoop of colostrum powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 large date

 

 

photo cred: motherearthnews.com

Deity Divine Skincare

As always, we like to keep January Labs users up to date on what is going on with us as a company. A lot of that growth stems around new accounts and we are extremely thankful to continue to grow and couldn’t be more delighted than to have a place in the Northwest corner of the U.S., Seattle, Washington!

Deity Skincare opened their full skincare service in 2012 and is run by two women, Heather and Stephanie who hold extensive esthetician experience under their belts. With a passion to provide a space for women to unwind, and “reconnect with themselves and their inner deity,” Heather and Stephanie hope Deity Divine Skincare can be a go-to place for many; a place also to share story and to be treated with a spark, so to speak.

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When we connected with them, we absolutely adored their business mantra and related with them so closely, it was our hope to be a part of their space of wellness and of definite beauty. And not only does this duo believe in looking good, but also in feeling good in the first place—something we at January Labs absolutely aim to communicate through our lifestyle and products.

Deity says it best, “Deity Skincare is a blend of beauty, inspiration, health, and well being. We believe that being good to yourself is good for the soul and spirit. Our goal is to help you feel and look beautiful.” So here’s to our new account and here to hoping we can be a part of making women feel and look beautiful too!

December: Straying from Holiday Stress

Below are some tips on how to conquer a whole day, avoiding the anticipation of stress!

A.M.

Forget the snooze. Wake up when you say you’re going to wake up, and start your morning out with a calm mind. Being rushed will only enhance stress. In addition to avoiding the sleep button, get up and exercise.

Most people tend to put off workouts until the end of the day (and end up skipping them). Don’t leave it up to chance and try to kick off the day with a workout—yoga, a walk, a little joy—anything to get your endorphins running!

Afternoon

It might go without saying, but this time of day can be a rushed one—whether with work or managing the family schedule. Take your time and do one thing at a time. Also try and incorporate laughter in your afternoon (and everyday!).

Laughing soothes tension in your body and relieves any of your stressed-out responses on the spot. The long-term benefits have been proven too to even improve your immune system.

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P.M.

Reflect. Remember, quality time to unwind is not selfish. Try creating a ritual in the evening that is free of technology and allow your body to calm down and rest. To enhance this unwinding, try a cup of hot tea, read few chapters in your book, or a long bath to wind down solo.

Whether it’s understanding these simple efforts in creating a stress-less environment or even a process of rethinking your habits that may not be as healthy, ie: caffeine intake or running on no sleep, it’s important to know a huge difference in our day can be made with intentional effort and prioritizing your health and wellness rather than over stimulating your mind and schedules with distractions! Here’s a living the day better.

 

Photo Cred: Marnie Harris by Piczo Photography (http://picpicpiczo.tumblr.com/)