Gracebyjinsoon

Call me boring. I still love a good gray.

Spring '17 has me all over the board — soft neutrals to highlighter piping detail in clothing and accessories. It truly is a great time to express yourself, as demonstrated with my styling clients.

While my nails are no great shakes these days (comes with the job ... those darn hangers), I am finally getting around to painting my nails. It's been quite some time. No seriously, at least 8 months. My daughter and I enjoyed a mani/pedi last week and now I am hooked.

This gray nail lacquer is just gorgeous! Labeled a feather gray, Grace by JINsoon is a light, cool gray that is so beautifully displayed on fingers and toes. All JINsoon formulas are 5-free and formulated without harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin and camphor. JINsoon nail lacquers glide on smoothly, dry really fast and are long lasting. There is even UV filter protection. And, of course, no animal testing. 

When you can sniff your pits in the midst of a sweatfest and say, 'wow, my armpits smell delicious,' you know you've landed on a great deodorant.

Yes, I said that — and out loud! Which led to folks inching closer to me at a lacrosse game. It was hilarious. Honest to goodness, this is the best deodorant I have come to test. And it's all natural, to boot!

For the past several years, I have been using natural deodorants. It hasn't been difficult making the swap from toxic to natural beauty products, really (well, except for hair care — natural doesn't really work on an unnatural redhead). The Agent Nateur line happens to carry my top two picks for natural deodorants, my second favorite being Agent Nateur N3 Deodorant that boasts a trace of honey, lavender and eucalyptus.

Agent Nateur & Shiva Rose h o l i ( R o s e ) N4 deodorant is a sensual and exotic blend of sacred sandalwood and heart opening rose. The scent truly is intoxicating. The ingredients are simple: organic coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate, beeswax, sunflower butter, avocado butter, castor oil, rose essential oil, sandalwood essential oil and love. Brilliantly formulated.

Expensive? Yes. And absolutely worth it.

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There isn't a collection of ERDEM that I don't love. With this season's florals, beautiful are these! 

Established in London in 2005, ERDEM has come to be synonymous with versatile yet powerful femininity. Founder Erdem Moralioglu is known for his use of experimental textiles, vibrant prints and detailed craftsmanship. He has created a wonderful world of the delicate mixed with the bold.

And I can't get enough.

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Available at Erdem and other fine retailers

Over the moon for coils.

This style earring has been out for years. However, I am just coming around to it. As predicted, minimal floats my boat.

Thanks to Maria Black, there are so many beautiful choices, in a variety of finishes. This Danish-Irish designer launched her first collection “MBJ” in 2010 built on ambition and passion for precious metals and a fashion-forward approach to conceptual jewelry design. Maria continuously innovates the perception of body adornment in a contemporary prêt-a-porter approach.

I am loving these delicate and effortlessly cool 18-karat gold Lila Twirl earrings. They are handcrafted to curve around the lobe. And the 0.056-carats of diamonds sparkle in the light beautifully!

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Available at Net-a-Porter

jenuplusI love a good skin care tool. And the simplicity of this one got me.

JeNu is all about absorption. The tool itself uses ultrasonic technology to help your skin care products penetrate the dermal layers more effectively. The beauty of this particular tool is the ability to use your own products. And let's be honest, who doesn't have a linen closet full of skin care products.

The JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser System is designed with two vital components working together — the Infuser Wand and the MicroSphere Conducting Gel. After you cleanse your face and apply your skin care products, simply go over your face with the wand in a circular motion (use a pea size amount of the conducting gel for each location). It shuts off automatically after one minute. I use it all over, however, I especially target my eyes and the area around my mouth. It is so easy to travel with and holds a charge for weeks, depending on use.

Says Dr. Sonia Batra, dermatologist and lead medical advisor of JeNu,

"When it comes to delivery of active ingredients, products do need a bit of a nudge. Much of the ingredients that we apply topically continue to sit atop the skin before they evaporate. That’s why results you see from your topical products often take so long, and often fall short. JeNu utilizes painless ultrasound technology — something that’s been used in a medical setting for decades — to increase the skin’s ability to absorb treatment products. And it’s been clinically proven to do so by six times."

As for my personal results, I have noticed a huge difference in skin hydration. And because of that, my skin looks smooth and supple. Have I noticed wrinkle reduction? Not yet. However, I am pleased with how my products are absorbing into my skin, enabling my products to work harder than on their own.