• KIDS EVENT: ALEXANDRA BRACKEN & TAMARA IRELAND STONE

    Event date: Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 3:30pm Featured Book:"The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding" & "Click’d: Book 1"

    Napa - Enjoy a meet and greet with this dynamic duo! Bracken’s latest follows a teenager from a powerful family who’s inhabited by a foul-mouthed demon (thanks to a fickle ancestor!). In Stone’s book, Click’d, the main character’s app goes viral in her middle school and she has to consider the ethical implications of the data she's collecting on her classmates.

    Event Location: Napa Store 3740 Bel Aire Plaza Napa, CA 94558

    The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (Hardcover)

    By Alexandra Bracken$16.99 ISBN: 9781484778173 Availability: Available online. Call stores for local availability. Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 5th, 2017

    Click'd, Book 1 Click'd (Hardcover)

    By Tamara Ireland Stone $16.99 ISBN: 9781484784976 Availability: Available online. Call stores for local availability. Published: Disney-Hyperion - September 5th, 2017


  • Do I Need to Detox? Causes and Signs that It’s Time


    In a prior post, we introduced the idea of detoxing for better skin health. While most of us already know when we’ve been “overdoing” it in some form, this list can serve as a key to help determine if you need a detox:

    • White or yellow coated tongue and/or bad breath
    • Congested/uneven, enlarged pores, blackheads, or pustules
    • Increased belly fat
    • Abdominal bloating
    • Inability to lose weight
    • Acne, rosacea, itchy skin, extreme dryness, skin feels rough, bumpy and/or uneven skin
    • Fatigue
    • Waking up tired regardless of how many hours you slept
    • Moodiness
    • Lower immune system
    • Frequent Headaches
    • Chemical sensitivity
    • Insomnia
    • Under constant stress
    • Carbohydrate and sugar cravings
    • Needing caffeine for energy, not being able to start the day without it
    • Constipation
    • Dull, ruddy appearance of skin
    • Keratinized skin build-up (dead skin cells, scaly, rough)
    • You, or someone you spent a lot of time with, are a smoker
    • You are outdoors often
    • You travel often
    • Seasonal changes
    • Using products that contain “cones”
    • Itchy, excessively dry skin
    • Overproduction of oil


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  • UP IN THE AIR: 4 DIY WAYS TO STYLE AIR PLANTS

    Go light, airy and ultra easy with your indoor greenery using just about anything, from candle lanterns to terrariums. Air plants are a breeze to care for when you’ve got a consistent watering schedule (ie: a 20-minute soak every 3 – 4 weeks), not to mention they’re available in stunning colors (even pink!). They key to making the Tillandsia sing as a home decor statement is to explore all the different sizes and textures, then group them together for a one-of-a-kind botanical bouquet.

    I love the stunning black-tipped spikes of a Tillandsia stricta and the breezy draping of Spanish moss (did I mention that when well taken care of, they flower as well?). Let’s explore adding these beauties to every room of the house in the name of DIY and the pursuit of botanical bliss. These four fresh decor updates are going to change your home in just one day!

    Read the rest at www.worldmarket.com/blog/air-4-diy-ways-style-air-plants/

  • How I Created a Boho-Chic Balcony

    Keyma is a lifestyle-blogger and full-time educator living in LA. She writes about fashion, beauty, health, and travel on her blog Style Weekender.

    Hello there, Loves.

    For today's post, I'm sharing with you my newly decorated balcony, in partnership with Orchard Supply Hardware. I have been itching to decorate my balcony and since summer is in full effect, I knew I had to do it now. I just returned from my vacation (Tulum) two days ago and I was so inspired by all the textures, fabrics, and contrast I saw in Tulum. Immediately upon returning I went directly to my local Orchard store to shop the items I knew would be perfect for my balcony decor.

    I started off my week one happy gal, skipping the vacation blues, and enjoying my newly decorated space. Nothing serves more bliss to my life than the comfort and chicness of my home, my happy space. Walk with me as I share how I decorated this chic, mexican-moroccan-boho vibe city balcony.

    Read the rest over at http://blog.osh.com/creating-boho-chic-balcony/

  • END-OF-SUMMER BUCKET LIST

    It’s hard to believe summer is coming to an end. Hopefully, you’ve been soaking up the sun all season long, but if you’re still looking for ways to make the most of your summer before it ends, check out our end-of-summer bucket list below.

    • Head to the beach one last time (a river or lake trip also works!)
    • Treat yourself to ice cream and splurge for that extra scoop
    • Take a mini-road trip with your besties
    • Get all your gals together for brunch
    • Visit a farmer’s market and buy your favorite fruit
    • Capture the perfect Instagram pic on a giant pool float
    • Watch the sunset with a glass of rosé in hand
    • Get one last summer pedi in the brightest summer shade you can find
    • Spend an afternoon outdoors with a great book
    • Take a trip to the zoo
    • Go on a Segway tour
    • DIY your own flower crown
    • Buy matching sunglasses for you and your bestie
    • Have a picnic with all of your favorite foods
    • Binge-watch that show on Netflix you’ve been trying to catch up on
    • Try making that Pinterest recipe you’ve been too scared to attempt

    Which of these do you still need to check off your list before summer ends?

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  • John Cena Has Some Practical Fitness Tips That We Can All Use

    John Cena, wrestling star and Make-a-Wish legend, has one key wellness hack: remember that we're all overthinking it. "Move around some, make good choices, and just do it every day," says Cena. He carries that mentality beyond the gym—studying Mandarin, learning piano, and staying moisturized are also at the top of his list.

    As for his actual workout, here's what the WWE Superstar claims to enjoy: Doing 102 percent of his max for a clean and jerk, or "a 60-week squat protocol that leads up to a 105 percent rep max." This of course sounds insane, but given the way he looks, it's totally believable.

    Cena dispenses practical advice too, which he also shared with The Cut:

    We know the way to be healthier because we always tell ourselves, I need a trainer. Why? Because you're not moving around enough. Move around some, make good choices, and just do it every day, be consistent. The moment when you're like, Ah, I don't want to do this. Stop. And if you really don't want to do it — you haven't found the right thing yet.

    Read the rest over at www.esquire.com

  • The Case for Natural Makeup

    Is your medicine cabinet already stocked with the best in natural skin care? Time to take it to the next level and make sure your cosmetics are clean and healthy, too. Here, a few of our estheticians talk to us about why natural cosmetics are the way to go.

    First, it’s important to remember that 60 percent of what goes on our skin gets absorbed into your body (read more about skin care by the numbers). That’s more than half of every drop of body lotion, serum, lip gloss or concealer you put on. Just like skin care, cosmetics serve as a sort of conduit to your body—what type of ingredients they’re conducting is up to you.

    Pharmaca’s natural cosmetics lines ensure that these ingredients are actually good for your skin while doing their job. Take jane iredale’s Circle/Delete, an under-eye concealer that hides flaws while healing skin with avocado and cucumber extracts. “Many mainstream cosmetics companies have similar products that are full of chemicals,” says Beth Walker, esthetician in Boulder. “It may camouflage the skin, but once it’s washed away, the chemicals have probably created a whole new problem.”

    Instead of creating new problems, mineral foundations, like those from jane iredaleMineral Fusion, Antonym and ZuZu Luxe, actually serve as nutrition for the skin, says Beth. “It’s wonderful for sensitive skin, acne, rosacea, sun damage,” she says. Instead of exacerbating those conditions, it will actually treat the skin while providing coverage.

    “I love the fact that mineral foundations include zinc, which is especially good for healing acneic skin,” says Kathleen McCummings, esthetician in Seattle. Plus, she says, “It’s good for all skin types, it doesn’t tend to emphasize lines and wrinkles, and it gives you a complete, natural SPF!”

    “Knowing that our natural mineral makeup is talc free is another big bonus,” says Kathleen. “Talc is a known carcinogen and it’s at the base of all conventional makeup. You don’t want to put a product on your face that can potentially cause cancer.”

    Beth adds that lip glosses and lipsticks can also be full of unwanted ingredients. “They say we ingest something like a tube of lipstick each year, so choose something without petroleum or parabens. She loves PureGloss from jane iredale, which includes pomegranate oil and vitamin E to provide hydration along with shine and color.

    In the end, both Beth and Kathleen love the way natural cosmetics look. “People wearing natural makeup have a much more radiant look about them than people wearing mainstream foundations,” Beth says. She also loves the fact that they’re easy to use and many are cruelty free. “It’s guilt-free beauty!”

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  • HOW TO BUILD A CHARCUTERIE BOARD

    Mmm—meats, cheeses and more deliciousness! Charcuterie might just be the world’s most perfect party offering. Whether you’re plotting a breezy summer barbecue or dining indoors, a well-constructed Charcuterie Board brings crowd-pleasing tastes to the table every time.

    But before you start randomly merging all that goodness, get the lowdown on must-haves to turn a boring smorgasbord into a mouthwatering explosion of complementary flavors!

    Meat and Greet

    Fun fact: the word charcuterie originates from the French words for “meat” and “cooked” — and let’s face it, the meats are the stars of this tasty show. Cured prosciutto and salami with their rich saltiness pair well with crackers, cheese, and fruits like peaches, cantaloupe and watermelon. And add slices of savory chorizo sausageto appease the spice-enthusiasts in the room.

    Say Cheese!

    You can hardly go wrong when it comes to selecting yummy gourmet cheeses for your charcuterie board, however a variety of textures looks as appealing as it tastes. Serve up a soft Brie or semi-soft Gouda with a semi-hard Manchego; and offer one or two ultra-textural options like Swiss or Jarlsberg. Spice things up with a wedge of pepper jack, or add Gorgonzola blue cheese (bonus: they’re colorful!).

    Pro tip: be sure to put out cheese knives so guests can easily help themselves to the spread.

    The More, the Merrier

    True charcuterie gurus will tell you a board loaded with diverse complementary flavors is a successful board. Create irresistible pairing choices with unique jams (like this sweet-and-spicy Peachy Sriracha jam!), zesty cornichons, salty olives or a nuts like almonds or walnuts. Try drizzling Brie cheese with a bit of honey and a sprig of fresh rosemary for a sweet surprise.

    Lighten up a heavy medley with your favorite fruits. Fresh grapes, blackberries and sliced strawberries are always welcome onboard.

    Breaking Bread

    A natural charcuterie accoutrement is bread in all of its forms. Complete your board with Wine Sticks, pretzels, water crackers or slices of French baguette and you’ll be ready to enjoy this feast of flavors with hungry friends and family.

    Ready to get on board the charcuterie train? Bon appétit!



  • 5 BACKPACKS TO GET YOU READY FOR BACK TO CAMPUS & (ALMOST) CURE YOUR END-OF-SUMMER BLUES

    It’s almost time to head back to campus! Whether you’re going back to a classroom, or just like using the start of a new season to reset, you’ll want to do so in style! Somewhere between picking out cute stationery and planning your first-week outfits, don’t forget to snag the perfect backpack to make your statement this fall.

  • Get the scoop on Nekter Skoops

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    Got a sweet tooth? Us too. In fact, we’d scream for ice cream just about every day (twice on Mondays) if it weren’t for all that pesky cream…and corn syrup…and just generally uncool ingredients. So what’s an ice cream craver to do? Get the Skoop, that’s what!

    The skinny on these skoops: they’re free from dairy, soy, gluten, refined sugar, preservatives and artificial flavors – and even better, it’s so smooth and creamy, you’d swear it was your Nonna’s homemade gelato. Don’t have a Nonna? We’ll be your Nonna.

    We’d call it an indulgence, but with clean ingredients like cashew milk, honey, sea salt, Tahitian and bourbon vanilla, coconut sugar, and pure cocoa, we don’t think we could get away with it. Made in small batches in-store to ensure that “fresh factor,” this is one sweet treat that both die-hard foodies and devoted vegans can enjoy, no Nonna required.

    But wait, we can top that! No seriously, we’ve got toppings. Finish those Skoops with coconut flakes, vegan chocolate chips, chocolate drizzle, strawberries, blueberries, cacao nibs, gluten-free granola and more!

    Skoop is currently available at over 60 Nékter locations – to find the nearest Skoop location near you, visit locations.nekterjuicebar.com!

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