Intentional Hat Hair & Minimal-Mineral Makeup

I’m not going to lie. I enjoy my brief moments of girly glory, but I truly love beauty routines that make me feel good without spending an hour getting ready. My recent travels have me spending this beautiful November in Ojai, so I’m keeping it natural for fall on the farm. You know, the kind of makeup and hair that works for shooting BB Guns by day and going out to dinner on the town by night. So, I’m sharing a ridiculously simple morning-to-evening transition that gives you a quick, effortless, and lovely look.

Wash your hair and let it air dry. Next, apply a touch of Rosebud Salve (one of my new favorite all-over products. I use it on my lips, face, and hair) to the tips for some natural, yet conditioning waves. Grab your favorite beanie, and you know what to do. Hide. Behind. The. Hat. Hair. The tight beanie will keep the top of your head covered and flattened throughout the day, which will prepare you for a no-fuss, no time needed evening hairdo (as you’ll see at the bottom of this post).

Begin by applying rosebud salve to your lips for moisture and to your eyelashes for a natural look. I used Bare minerals complexion rescue, 30 SPF tinted moisturizer and concealer with matte mineral veil powder to seal it all in for the day. This makeup is fantastic for dry weather, keeping skin hydrated but not greasy. For bold brows, I used NYX espresso pod. The natural lip color is NYX long-lasting soft matte lip cream in Stockholm.

For the evening look, simply let your beanie do your hair during the day, flattening out the top and creating a slight wave at the bottom. Take it off and use a little more rosebud salve for any fly-aways. Add a necklace, a touch of mascara, NYX matte lip cream in Copenhagen, and you’re ready to go.


Inside Out


“Consider it all joy, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
-James 1:2-5

Last night I watched the new Pixar movie, “Inside Out“, and it hit closer to home, deeper inside this soul, than I intended in my search for mere animated entertainment. Long story short, the film follows the emotional process of 11 year old Riley, and her “sadness” and “joy” get lost on the journey and have to find their way back.

Sadness and joy go hand in hand (actually, joy drags sadness most of the time), and the two really do need each other, this balance, this compliment, in order to give Riley the ability to process and digest life in a healthy way.

Sadness comes in at the end of the movie, touching Riley’s memories, bringing a heavy glory to them. This young girl who was considering running away from home says,

“I want to go home. Please don’t be mad.”

Of course, Riley’s parents aren’t mad. But they were able to understand and know how to love her better because of her vulnerability and pain. Without sadness, the joy wouldn’t know it’s worth.

It may sound silly, go ahead and laugh, but a tear may have creeped out while I was watching. I couldn’t believe how much I could relate to this family friendly, PG rated film. I can’t tell you how many times this year my heart has silently screamed,

“I want to go home.
Please don’t be mad.”

Aching, longing for peace, safety, comfort, understanding. My entire life, I’ve felt this need to be appropriate, diplomatic, peaceful, and even keeled. But this past year broke me open. I have felt a deeper sadness than I ever thought I would experience. Crying alone almost every night, even for just a brief moment, enduring a pain I still don’t fully understand. I recently told a friend I wonder when it will stop hurting…will it ever stop hurting? Or will the memories always remain so potent? CS Lewis spoke in a hauntingly eloquent way about this in A Grief Observed:

“For in grief nothing “stays put.” One keeps on emerging from a phase, but it always recurs. Round and round. Everything repeats. Am I going in circles, or dare I hope I am on a spiral?
But if a spiral, am I going up or down it?
How often — will it be for always? — how often will the vast emptiness astonish me like a complete novelty and make me say, “I never realized my loss till this moment”? The same leg is cut off time after time.”

If you feel that this is a hopeless, depressing blog article, I promise there’s more. And it’s beautiful. Because it is life. And I challenge you to embrace the sadness, because that’s part of it, too. Without it, we cannot fully experience the glimpses of heaven-on-earth that true joy brings. The incredible thing is that the excruciating parts of this year have also made the beauty much more tangible and true. Through my authenticity and sadness, I’ve grown closer to my family. Friends have known how to reach out to the real me. I’m learning how to BE the real me and love myself. It isn’t easy…and I still don’t feel comfortable embracing my sorrow, but I can honestly say I am grateful for the pain.

You are allowed to feel deep sadness.
You are allowed to feel incredible joy.
You can be on extreme sides of the spectrum.
You can handle it. It is all beautiful and necessary.

Life isn’t black and white. It is so ridiculously colorful. Embrace every shade.


P L E A S E.

Yesterday felt like too much. I can’t put to eloquent words the energy surges that I feel bursting from my soul…rattling my heart…making my mind feel beyond chaotic. It was all too much. The energy. The pain. The internalizing. The over analyzing. Let’s start at the beginning, and I’ll try to give the quick version.

It truly felt like a comedy of errors. I had a wisdom tooth pulled days ago, and haven’t been taking the pain medication so that I could drive to Ojai (where I am currently). With the taste of blood in my mouth, the car started to shake more and more. My check engine light had been on for a few days, but I had it looked at and apparently it was “nothing of concern or urgency.”

Long story short, this “nothing of concern or urgency” yesterday turned into a day without a car…lots of waiting…throwing up…hundreds of dollars spent…getting a ride back from an eerily silent/monotone lawyer…attempting to get a large work load finished with a scattered brain and body of pain…two Uber cancellations (because who wants to drive 20 miles to make $8 in Ojai)…a tow truck ride where I paid in homemade chocolate cookies because I had no cash..,the “nothing of concern or urgency” turning into multiple crucial safety issues…an attempted nap, but I just couldn’t rest.

In my lack of peace, my drained body stirred out of bed in frustration. As I opened my phone to Facebook, I instantly saw a flood of posts and articles reading, “Pray for Paris.” With a knot in my stomach, I googled it.

“What happened in Paris?”

I didn’t receive my peace. What I did receiver was perspective…more of it than I could handle. Suddenly the actual physical pain in my heart lessened for myself and grew for others. The blood in my mouth from wisdom tooth extraction took on a new meaning. I hated tasting the blood, because it no longer reminded me of my pain…it reminded me of OURS. The lack of car didn’t matter. The money didn’t matter Humans did.

How selfish am I?
How weak am I?
How focused on the minuscule am I?

While I had a mere rough day, lives were lost and changed.

Yesterday, my heart broke more, but it didn’t die. It broke OPEN. It broke in a new way that allowed in much more empathy, much more perspective, and with that may come much more pain. I want to love and save the world. And not just the big picture, but the one. I want to save you. I want to save me. And what haunts me is that I really don’t know how. I may never really know how. I’m not Jesus. I’m not superman. I’m just “90 pounds of fury”, as one of my friends calls me. But I guess what I’m saying is I can’t do much, but I care. I hear you. I see you. It isn’t fair. I wish I could take it. I can’t. But I will continue to feel. I will continue to share in your suffering.

Whether my pain or (y)ours, it’s all too much sometimes. Sometimes I want to be numb. Cynical. Blinded. Perhaps ignorance is bliss. But we are far too informed for that. It IS overwhelming. But let’s keep feeling with and for each other and moving forward as one. Please.

Carry Each Other’s Burdens

To love is to carry each other’s burdens.

Happy Monday, everyone! I am thrilled to announce that I have teamed up with a super talented friend of mine to bring you the Hey, Sweet Human classic tote bag. These every-day totes are made from 100% natural eco-friendly canvas, meaning this sweet little bag will be kind to our species and planet. Keep it as a reminder for yourself, or share the tote as a gift to let a human in your life know how special they are (Christmas bells are ringing!). These bags were designed with a very specific message in mind — to represent how we can help carry each other’s burdens in life. Each tote is $20 with 70% of proceeds going to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the other 30% for production cost to keep making resources like this for you. Buy now by clicking here, or heading to the “add to cart” button at the bottom of this post.

Thank you for being a sweet human.

//  G A L A T I A N S 6:2  //

Rachael Lee

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Hey, Sweet Human Cards

I am super excited today to announce that Hey, Sweet Human cards are now officially available! These simple gifts of encouragement are a tiny way for you to show a great deal of love. Whether it’s for a friend who needs some uplifting from you, or an anonymous random act of kindness for someone you see everyday (your local barista, mailman, or someone who seems to be having a tough day or brings light to your life), these cards are your way to keep spreading the message that the individuals around you are seen, noticed, significant, and loved.

Why 24 cards, why $24? On average, a young person (24 and younger) dies by suicide every 2 hours and 12 minutes. Suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death for all Americans and the third leading cause of death for young people under 24 years old. Taking the time to say, “I see you”, “I care”, “You are loved”, changes and saves lives.

***70% of proceeds from these cards will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the other 30% for production cost to make these resources for all you sweet humans.

Choose your 24. Inspire 24.
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Lazy Saturday Beauty

Saturdays are for sleeping in and being comfy (yes, this photo was taken in bed, bundled in the most cozy comforter ever). It’s good to let our skin breath from the week’s makeup routine, but it’s still nice to have that simple glow, accentuating our natural features, if/when we have to leave the mattress.

This morning, I crawled out of bed bright and early to take my dog to the groomer and get my caffeine fix, and didn’t want to spend unnecessary time and energy on my appearance…because sleep. Today, I am sharing my lazy Saturday 3 minute beauty routine that allows you to roll out of bed and just be you. On the weekends, I usually skip foundation and eye makeup and opt for a fresh look that’s easy and quick.

Get My Look:
-Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer for SPF protection and a natural glow
-Jane Iredale organic, natural lip and cheek stain in coral
-NYX espresso eyebrow gel for bold brows
-Homemade sea salt hairspray: get a spray bottle and fill with water, pink sea salt, and a touch of coconut oil. Spray generously from root to tip for natural beach waves.

If you’re getting all dolled up for Halloween tonight, let your skin breath today with this natural look. Enjoy!

Hey, Sweet Human.


“Your light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.”

Last night while I was in Montrose for my routine caffeine fix, I saw a young girl frantically wandering around, clearly upset. As I approached her to ask what she needed, she eventually told me she was having a bad day. This sweet 14 year old human with tear-filled eyes thanked me for seeing her and caring. What she probably didn’t know was that I saw myself in her. We are all trying in this challenging and broken world, and sometimes it makes all the difference just to have someone notice and acknowledge our pain…our existence…our humanity. We don’t always have a grand solution, but a hug is a good place to start.

During the darkest seasons of my life, it’s amazing how it was the simplest of things that caused a total transformation. I didn’t need someone who had all the answers…I just needed to know that my pain was unique…that I was seen…that I was loved because of, and in spite of, who I was. Because of this, I started the Hey, Sweet Human movement.

Hey, Sweet Human is a community that aims to ignite who we are at our core – the perfect light that’s been with us from the first moment we arrived. The world around us can be harsh, systems of thought and feeling often placing us in boxes and categories. Hey, Sweet Human is here to exemplify that y(our) only category is human, and your box doesn’t exist. That the dreamer you were as an eight year old is very much alive.

The vision is simple. As Booker T. Washington quotes, “If you want to life yourself up, lift up someone else.”

These little reminders of truth can be life changing, and it all starts with you. Who can you lift up? Who can you love? Who needs your light? Let it shine by sharing your inspiration with others on Instagram by using the #heysweethuman hashtag…and make sure to follow @HeySweetHuman while you’re there.

When you are in the dark, I want to remind you of the light you already are. Join the Hey, Sweet Human movement and keep shining your light.

Maybe We All Just Needed to Grow Up.

The “high school” phase of life wasn’t a 100% negative experience for me, but it definitely never felt normal. I definitely never felt normal. Going to two different high schools in 3 years and then finishing online so I could move to Los Angeles at 17, it really wasn’t an average few years during a time of such change, growth, and teenage confusion.

At the time, I don’t think I fully knew how to connect or express myself the way I wanted to…the way I now feel fully capable. Going to an arts school didn’t necessarily help, as we were quite competitive, young, and full of insecurities.

Recently I have seen some Facebook updates and amazing things happening in the lives of people, some of which I haven’t seen in about a decade. I wanted to take a moment today to acknowledge that in even the tiniest of ways, even for just a short season, we helped each other become the adults we are today. High school friends, these are things I wish I could have said 10 years ago, but am able to speak now from my truth. This one’s for you. This one is for us.

Thank you for saying hello to the 14 year old nervous wreck who tried to fit in with classic rock attire mixed with a flip flop/redneck combo of t-shirts that said things like, “I think your tractor’s sexy.” And let’s not forget the ripped bell bottom jeans with Hawaiian flower patches.

We had more hormones and feelings than we knew what to do with (which is where “Gilmore Girls” became free therapy). But I think we handled it alright.

We were constantly comparing ourselves to each other…it seemed that every day was an audition. But that one day our teacher didn’t show up for musical theater class, we turned off the lights and threw a party. Suddenly, it didn’t matter who was “cool” or not, or who normally didn’t interact as much. We became one. We became a family that day. You put me in a shopping cart we found and pushed me around the room while singing show tunes, and this introvert learned that it was okay to let loose. Oddly enough, I think the chaos we created was a glimpse into adulthood. We cultivated something crazy and beautiful together.

Thanks for helping me find out that Arnold Palmer’s were a delicious drink and not just a professional golfer.

We navigated first “relationships” and what we thought were absolute heart breaks. We learned that life in community could mend the unimaginable.



In the midst of feeling isolated and misunderstood, we decided to star gaze and remember how infinite we really are.

We made a lot of mistakes, and we forgave each other in ways that we probably sometimes forget to now. The fights, the petty drama, the insecurities, the ident crisis weren’t really so bad. Maybe we all just needed to grow up. I really think we did the best we could. Let’s keep going.



We can appreciate each other’s differences. We can support each other from across the country. We made it out alive. We evolved. We learned how to thrive. We became better humans. And now we can be good, because we can really be us. Thank you for being patient with me and contributing to who I am and who I am not. I am so proud of you.

Macaron Monday

You might be asking yourself if “macaron Monday” is a thing. Well, now it is. My love for these beautiful cookies has turned into a tasting tour of Southern California, and there’s nothing better than discovering a place to get your favorite treat close to home!

If you haven’t been to the Village French Bakery, you have homework this week. Tucked away in Glendale’s cozy, quaint Kenneth Village, this sweet bakery is a perfect destination spot for a relaxing fall afternoon.


I had two of the lavender macarons (yes…two for myself. I mean, I had to make sure they were worth writing to you about), and they were absolutely delicious. The Village French Bakery’s macarons are packed with fresh flavor and have a perfectly chewy center.

The atmosphere of Kenneth Village really makes this an experience. This tiny strip takes you out of Los Angeles and into a quiet, charming world that is absolutely picturesque. Grab a cappuccino from the bakery while you savor your macaron, and wander through the village for lots of great people and dog watching.

That’s your macaron homework for the week. Enjoy the adventure!

Fresh-Faced Fall Makeup for under $25

I love simple, minimal makeup that accentuates our true, authentic beauty. I’ve never been a “makeup” person or a super girly girl, and my beauty routine takes less than 5 minutes. The reason I love it is because after a season of losing myself, fighting for myself, and striving for self worth, I can look in the mirror and see a physical representation of the inner strength and dignity I have held onto. It’s more than makeup. It’s not just about appearances. As Bob Goff says, “Jesus wouldn’t use mud to heal people if he cared what we look like.” :)

That being said, today I am sharing a way to make your natural features pop with just 5 makeup items for less than $25 total! This fall, I have ditched the heavy makeups that weighed me down, and have traded them in for a fresh-faced look with bold lips and brows. I haven’t been wearing eyeliner, but instead have highlighted with bright eyes. My daily products are:

Loreal Voluminous Mascara in true black – $5
NYX Brow Filler in chocolate brown – $4
NYX long lasting matte lip stain in Copenhagen for red fall lips – $3
ELF under eye concealer (I also use this as eyeshadow and dab a bit extra in the corners of my eyes for an open, bright look) – $2
Maybelline FIT Me matte pore less powder (I use the natural beige shade) – $8

Enjoy your makeup. Have fun with it. Get creative. It can be art. It can be therapy. It can be a reminder. It can be truth. It can be a physical, tangible way to express the love and beauty you radiate. Just always let it be from the inside out.