Do we wish we had more time to read books? Yes. But does it mean that when we do they’re totally exceptional, also yes. Here are the books that we’ve been reaching for over and over this month. They’re full of information and in-line with our life and beauty philosophies.
Many Moons by Modern Women
I discovered this book on Alison Wu’s Instagram. It’s exactly what you need to throw your own New Moon party, by yourself or with others. The book tells you the vibe of the month, lets you know when the new moons are, and what to think about during these special moments throughout the month. It is essentially a workbook though, part self-help, part-journal. It’s all about growth and renewal.
Here is an except:
“When we are working magic, when we wish to change, we have to come to accept we are building bit by bit. Physically, it doesn’t make sense to run a marathon if we are not used to walking one mile. Mentally, it’s doesn’t make sense to try and become the most cheerily, optimistic optimist if generally you are a skeptical, sarcastic Sally. Many, many people fail to change their behavior because they are aiming much further outside their comfort zone than their brain can comprehend. The ego immediately contracts and shuts down. Our belief in our ability to conjure and our desires plummets.
Magically, it is the same principle. We start just outside our comfort zone with what we want and wish for, just outside what we think is possible. If we were to quantify it, maybe it is in the 5%-10% range outside of what we already have and what we are already doing.”
The book sells out really fast, so make sure to mark you calendar for next year to you can grab yours at one of their stockists.
Pure Skin by Victoria Tsai
Victoria Tsai is the founder of the cult-favorite skincare brand Tatcha. Her new book focuses on the principles and secrets of J-beauty (if you haven’t heard, J-beauty is the new K-beauty- J for Japanese). The book divulges all of the Geisha’s secrets from what she used on her skin, to yummy seaweed recipes. You learn about skin types, facial massage techniques, and even how to take a bath.
This recipe is on our ‘to-make’ list:
- 5 sheets roasted seaweed (such as wakame), torn
- 1/2 cup pinenuts
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 cups mixed greens (parsley, spinach, or basil)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- Combine in a food processor and serve.
For more amazing Japanese insight like this, grab the book here.
More with Less by Jodi Moreno
If you take a look at our recipe videos on Youtube, you’ll see that we’re all about using a few simple ingredients to make our beauty food recipes. For this reason a lot of cookbooks have fallen by the wayside – too much time, too many steps. This cookbook is something else. The tag line ‘Whole Food Cooking Made Irresistibly Simple” is music to my ears. Just about every recipe makes your mouth water, but a couple I’m excited to make are the Crispy Curried Sweet Potato Chips and the Chickpea Pancakes.
Jodi is the force behind What’s Cooking Good Looking. And, the intro on her blog explains the book, and why I love her recipes so much:
“There is an undeniable connection between health, beauty, well-being and the food that we eat. What’s Cooking Good Looking is all about the food that is good for us, tastes amazing, and makes us feel good from the inside out. Every recipe featured here uses whole, natural ingredients that are proven to have super-power effects on your health and appearance. This site was born out of my love for ridiculously good food and a desire to eat the healthiest foods on the planet. Ingredients taste best when they are in their purest form, so it is only natural that cooking with these types of foods will produce amazing meals. Good food will enrich your life. Hopefully, if you’ve made your way here, you feel the same way.”
No More Dirty Looks by Alexandra Spunt and Siobhan O'Connor
If you reaaaaally want to get a grip on this whole clean beauty thing, look no further than this book. It really breaks down the history of beauty regulation in the US (and frighteningly… there’s not much history to explore), and gets into the nitty gritty of spotting toxic ingredients in your products and why they are so terrible for you. It sounds overwhelmingly negative, but it’s not! I promise. Alexandra and Siobhan also do an awesome job of recommending product replacements and DIY recipes for those going the ultra transparent/ ultra affordable route. A must read for clean beauty enthusiasts and for people in your life who you want to be clean beauty enthusiasts. My favorite tip from the book has been: In a pinch, apple cider vinegar makes a great conditioner because it balances the pH of your hair (which is slightly acidic). It sounds crazy but it works when you forget your travel conditioner or just want a fun at home hair mask.
Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I was gifted this book by my mom which feels really special. It goes where no book has gone before, conveying wisdom on all aspects of a woman’s life from finances to relationships and beyond. But this is no self-help book. Clarissa sounds more like a wise grandmother, and gives advice through her analysis of multicultural fairytales and myths on the ‘wild woman’ archetype. The stories in this book are miraculously healing and celebrate the complexities and joys that make up womanhood.
I love this quote from the book:
“What does this wildish intuition do for women? Like the wolf, intuition has claws that pry things open and pin things down, it has eyes that can through the shields of persona, it has ears that hear beyond the range of mundane human hearing. With these formidable psychic tools a woman takes on a shrewd and even precognitive animal consciousness, one that deepens her femininity and sharpens her ability to move confidently in the outer world.”
High Vibrational Beauty by Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy Diprima
I don’t know how I ever lived without this beauty bible in my arsenal. Part cookbook and part wellness manifesto, the founders of CAP Beauty made this beautiful book to teach you how to honor the rhythms of nature by eating the fruits and vegetables that are in bloom, cycling your self-care routines, and supporting yourself through the seasonal shifts. I hadn’t thought about this concept until this book fell into my hands, but it makes perfect sense. No one product will always work for you, and no one routine will either; As major shifts take place in our lives (season, weather, lifestyle, etc.) so too does our skin, mind, body, and spirit shift. This book is full of recipes and routines to help you adapt and thrive in any condition. Since the Autumn Equinox was last weekend, here’s a quote from the book to inspire your meditation:
“Ground down to fly high. After the high life of summer, we greet autumn with open hearts and open arms. Autumn marks a return to home and to ourselves, a time to reconnect. for many, this is a season of starting anew, a time to create and a time to manifest. Settle in, and welcome the quiet. It’s all around you.”
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