SHAVING ESSENTIALS + GIVEAWAY

Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares the essential non-toxic products in her shaving routine, including Harry's razors, in her Shaving Essentials post.

My shaving routine has changed quite a bit since switching to green beauty. Gone are the days of the foamy, foul-odored aerosol cans of Barbasol and environment destroying micro-bead exfoliators. Another thing that’s “out”? Spending half of my paycheck on razors. Harry’s was kind enough to let me try out their Winston Set and I was instantly obsessed. As someone with dark body hair, getting a close shave has always been my top priority and I’ve long relied on mens’ shaving products to get the job done (I’ve always found them to be more cost effective!). Harry’s beats all the brands I’ve previously used in not only quality, but also economically, ethically, and aesthetically. Keep reading for my shaving routine breakdown and a giveaway of all of my shaving essentials in partnership with Harry’s!

Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares the essential non-toxic products in her shaving routine, including Harry's razors, in her Shaving Essentials post.

I can’t tell you how many times the laser hair removal technicians told me to exfoliate after I asked for a solution to ingrown hairs (my main concern for choosing to try laser hair removal) during my treatment. It’s true that exfoliating is necessary for removing dead skin, therefore releasing any body hair that might be trapped under the surface. The problem with most exfoliating scrubs, though, is that they’re loaded with oils which cause the hairs to soften and slip away from the blade edge. Enter the dry brush, an exfoliating solution that has only recently become mainstream, although it’s an age-old idea. To use a dry brush, step into the shower and before turning on the water, run the dry brush over your entire body in concentrated circular motions. I usually use a little less pressure on sensitive areas such as the neck and chest. I’m no expert, but personally, I don’t dry brush more than twice per week. Some people do it before every shower, but I don’t think my skin could handle that and I normally only shave my legs once per week. If you shave daily, unless you experience irritation, I think you could get away with exfoliating just your legs before every shave. But don’t forget to apply body moisturizer after every shower no matter which exfoliating product you’re using! It will be much more noticeable if you skip this step when dry brushing, unlike when using exfoliating scrubs which leave behind that oily residue I mentioned earlier. P.S. EcoTools makes a few great cruelty-free dry brushes. Many other companies use natural boar hair, so if you’re a vegan or prefer to buy cruelty-free beauty products, this is something to keep in mind.

Next in the routine is shaving cream application. I’ve been using lots of Dr. Bronner’s products over the past year like their fair trade coconut oil, their liquid soap for home cleaning and hand soap, and their bar soap for body washing. The formula of their shaving gel is a little unusual, as it is much more of a liquid than any other shaving gel I’d used in the past. It does, however, create enough suds for a barrier against your razor, it just takes some time to get used to the more viscous formula. The cap is on the bottom, but I always flip it “upside down” before opening- it will spill out otherwise, so beware! I also always give it a good shake before using to make sure there’s no separation. At the end of the day, I don’t mind this non-traditional formula so much because my legs feel much less dry than when I used to shave with aerosol creams such as Barbosol and Skintimate.

Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares the essential non-toxic products in her shaving routine, including Harry's razors, in her Shaving Essentials post.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares the essential non-toxic products in her shaving routine, including Harry's razors, in her Shaving Essentials post.

I complete my routine with my Harry’s Winston razor. Just a little disclaimer before I gush about this guy; while I love the look of the polished metal handle, as a woman (whose shaving routine mostly takes place in the shower), it is a little slippery and harder to grip than I imagine Harry’s other handle, the Truman would be. For the entirety of my time shaving, I’ve always alternated between disposable razors and disposable blades. Obviously the disposable blades are a little more eco-friendly, but I usually switched back to the disposables after lots of frustration for shelling out $30 for a box of blades that wouldn’t even last me a month. I found myself getting more milage on the disposables, but I also got much more irritation, too, trying to make them last longer and continuing to use them long past their prime. Harry’s blades are made in their own factory in Germany (meaning they have total control over not only the production, but also the condition of their facilities and workers) and they’re only. $2. Per. Blade. I know, your mind is blown right now. I’ll give you a second to pull it together… So we all get on board with cheap, good razors, right? Since I don’t shave every day, I change my blade every two or three weeks and it feels so good to no longer having to be stingy with the blades since they’re so affordable.

Shop all products mentioned in this post below and keep scrolling to enter to win your own set of shaving essentials including a Harry’s razor of your choice, a Dr. Bronner’s shaving gel in your choice of scent, and an EcoTools dry brush!

Harry's Winston razor, as featured in Epicurean Emily's Shaving Essentials post.
Dr. Bronner's Fair Trade Coconut Oil, as featured in Epicurean Emily's Shaving Essentials post.
Harry's Truman razor, as featured in Epicurean Emily's Shaving Essentials post.
Dr. Bronner's Bar Soap in Lavender, as featured in Epicurean Emily's Shaving Essentials post.
EcoTools cruelty-free dry brush, as featured in Epicurean Emily's Shaving Essentials post.
Dr. Bronner's Liquid Soap in Rose, as featured in Epicurean Emily's Shaving Essentials post.
Dr. Bronner's Shaving Gel in Lavender, as featured in Epicurean Emily's Shaving Essentials post.
EcoTools Back Brush, as featured in Epicurean Emily's Shaving Essentials post.
Emily of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily shares the essential non-toxic products in her shaving routine, including Harry's razors, in her Shaving Essentials post.

August 2017

“Shaving Essentials” Photographed by © Emily Davis

I was sent a Harry’s Winston Set to try for free. All opinions remain my own. Thank you for supporting Epicurean Emily.

2018-01-17T04:12:33+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Green Beauty|10 Comments

SUMMER IN THE CITY; BRUNCH AT LADURÉE SOHO

Ispahan Rose Macaron Pastry at for Brunch at Ladurée in SoHo, New York City.

If you know me, then you’re familiar with my love for Paris. So it may come as a surprise to you that this summer was the first time I made it a priority to visit the famous French bakery and restaurant, Ladurée in SoHo. Known for their rainbow-hued macarons in beautifully decadent boxes, they now have two locations in New York City alone and are rapidly moving across the globe, expanding their brand into Asia and the Middle-East most recently. You can visit Ladurée in New York via their quaint little boutique in the Upper East Side neighborhood on Madison Avenue for on-the-go macarons, or you can dine at their location in SoHo on West Broadway for a full, fancy French dining experience, best enjoyed al fresco on their beautiful garden patio. Read on for a look into our magical Sunday brunch at Ladurée SoHo!

Brunch tablescape at Ladurée SoHo in New York City
Ladurée SoHo's Garden Patio

The garden is very spacious, and it also has a bar with a menu full of Instagram-worthy cocktails (lots of them are topped with a macaron skewer!). I came for drinks earlier in the summer and even my plain glass of champagne was garnished with a rose petal! Our original plan was to have afternoon tea in the garden, but they don’t allow you to make tea reservations on the weekends and wouldn’t sit us in the garden for tea on a Sunday (they have a small dining area inside, as well), so we asked for the brunch menu and begged for a table outside (there were plenty when we arrived at noon). If you’d like to have afternoon tea al fresco, I’d suggest making a reservation during the week.

Eggs Benedict Ladurée Style for Brunch at Ladurée SoHo

But first, coffee (and tea!). My friend Kristin and I sat under the gorgeous tree-filtered sunlight and caught up while waiting on our meals. I believe presentation is a large part of the formula of Ladurée’s success, so of course our caffeinated beverages were delivered in adorable striped china with saucers, mine with my own silver teapot, and Kristin’s coffee with the cutest serving creamer. It was the perfect sunny Sunday and we couldn’t have asked for better patio weather.

Garden Patio at Ladurée SoHo in New York City
Sliced Sweet Potato with Avocado & Egg at Ladurée Soho in New York City

Kristin ordered the Ladurée Style Eggs Benedict, while I had a sliced sweet potato topped with avocado mash and an egg. We both enjoyed our dishes and they were light enough to save room for the most important part of any meal at Ladurée- the macarons, of course!

Ispahan Rose Macaron Pastry Ladurée SoHo in New York City
Emily Davis of Lifestyle Blog Epicurean Emily enjoys Sunday Brunch at Ladurée SoHo in New York City

I ordered the “Ispahan” rose, raspberry, & lychee pastry while Kristin ordered a round of macarons. I talked her into trying my favorite flavor, the rose, but the vanilla won her vote for best flavor. It’s funny- I’m always tempted to make my box as colorful as possible and often forget how good the plain old chocolate and vanilla are. The chocolate reminds me of the perfect brownie- crispy on the outside, soft and gooey on the inside. We planned on saving half of our treats to take home, but obviously they were too tasty to make it off the patio! We left with full bellies and refreshed moods after our sunny Sunday brunch at Ladurée SoHo.

Macarons at Ladurée SoHo in New York City

Tips for Dining at Ladurée SoHo

  • Make reservations through Open Table, especially if you’d like to dine in the garden. Note that reservations for afternoon tea are only accepted Monday through Friday.
  • If you are unable to reserve a table in the garden, a good way to still take full advantage of the lovely patio is to order a cocktail and sit at the bar. Drinks are pricy (average between $20 and $25), but I think the experience of enjoying the patio is worth the expense.
  • If you’re only interested in the pastries, order from the boutique and enjoy them in the small seat-yourself booths inside. They’re actually slightly up-charged on the dine-in menu, so you’ll save a few bucks, too!
  • While our food was beautiful and tasty, Ladurée isn’t known for their entrées and although this was my first experience dining in their restaurant, I would recommend it for pastries & coffee, afternoon tea, or brunch over lunch and dinner, especially if you’re trying to stick to a budget. The presentation of the food was definitely Instagram-worthy, but for me, the taste wasn’t anything special (my poached egg was a little water-logged) and the prices are pretty steep.

“Sunday Brunch at Ladurée SoHo” Photographed by Emily Davis

Spending some time in New York City this summer? Check out my other Summer in the City posts, walking the Brooklyn Bridge, and visiting the MoMA!

2018-01-17T04:12:33+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Food, Travel|1 Comment

BUSINESS IN BLUSH

Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.

Ahh summer… Vacations, barbecues, pool parties… and work??? While I don’t work in an office environment, my FOMO (fear of missing out) seems to multiply as the temperatures rise. Being in New York City over the summer hasn’t helped my productivity at all, either, as I long to be in the sunshine every day, exploring every corner of a city that I love dearly. I’ve always had a soft spot for summer since I enjoy being outdoors, so it’s been a real struggle for me to be motivated to get anything done online (i.e. inside) lately. One of my goals for this season was to practice intentionality, especially being more intentional with my time. I started introducing habits to manage my time more efficiently and while I don’t put them to use every day, I can say I’ve noticed such an increase in my productivity and energy to complete the tasks at hand when I do implement them. The biggest game-changer for me has been writing out “to-do” lists. But here’s the catch- I write manageable tasks down for the day ahead. For example, I don’t set myself up for failure by including things like “write new blog post” since I know that from start to finish, it takes me about 3 days to prepare a post. I’ve recently found a few creative entrepreneurial podcasts that I love (like The Laptop Lifestyle and Don’t Keep Your Dayjob), and I’ve realized that lots of successful people have a deep understanding of who they are and have discovered how they work best. If they’re an author who is easily overwhelmed, they don’t put “write book” on their to-do list. Instead, they break it down into bite-sized, manageable pieces, such as “brainstorm topic/story ideas”, “create outline”, “write chapter one”. Building blocks are everything. Another thing to think about when making a “to-do” list, is the importance and urgency of each task. Even if they’re harder to complete or more daunting, dealing with the highest priority tasks first takes such a huge weight off your shoulders and helps you check the rest of the list off more quickly. “To-Do” lists aren’t just for entrepreneurs. Everyone who feels a sense of anxiety from an overwhelming schedule can benefit from taking time each evening to evaluate their intentions and set their priorities for the day ahead. The biggest impact I’ve noticed from utilizing “to-do” lists is that even if I don’t check every single thing off my list, it feels pretty good to be able to cross tasks off and I’m able to move onto the next one with a renewed focus. Do you have any tips that have helped you enhance productivity at work? Share them below in the comment section, if so!

Emily
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles a blush workwear outfit with a DKNY nude leather bowler bag
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo and Baublebar for Target Sugarfix Hoop Earrings
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, a DKNY nude bag, and a Chloé Carlena Sunglasses dupe from Aldo.
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with nude and black cap-toe block heels from Aldo, similar to Chanel block heels
Emily Davis of lifestyle blog Epicurean Emily styles blush workwear with ASOS blush trousers, a black and white blouse, a 3/4 sleeved black blazer, Aldo cap-toe block heels, and a DKNY nude bag.
ASOS Premium Clean Tailored Pants in Dusty Rose
Epicurean Emily - Structural Bowler Bag, featured in How to Dress Up for School
Nordstrom Eliza J Ruched Sleeve Blazer in Black
Amazon Blooming Jelly Women's Sleeveless V Neck Color Block Chiffon Blouse Tank Tops
J. Crew New easy pant in matte crepe in Vintage Lilac
Amazon Sam Edelman Women's Leah Cutout Block Heel in Summer Sand/Black
Target Sugarfix by BaubleBar Hoop Earrings in Gold
Nordstrom Mural 'Curve' Open Front Shawl Collar Blazer in Black
Amazon The Fix Women's Jenkins Choked-up Pointed Toe Mule in Dove/Black
Ann Taylor The Ankle Pant Devin Fit in Bright Pink Peony
Forever 21 Crepe Woven Pajama Shirt in Ivory/Black
Aldo Bellone in Bone
zeroUV Women's Oversized Full Metal Wire Frame Glamour Round Sunglasses in Gold Amber
Amazon Blooming Jelly Women's Short Flutter Sleeve Shirt Keyhole Ruffle Chiffon Blouse Tops

August 2017

I was wearing;

Forever 21 Black & White Blouse (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here

LC by Lauren Conrad Black Blazer (no longer available, similar options linked) Also worn here

ASOS Tailored Pants in Dusty Pink (a few sizes left, similar options also linked) Also worn here

ALDO Bellone Shoes with Block Heel in Bone (linked above, similar options also linked) P.S. Go down a 1/2 size in the Bellone! Also worn here

Target Sugarfix by Baublebar Hoop Earrings in Gold (linked above) Also worn here and here

ALDO Round Sunglasses (no longer available, similar option linked) Also worn here and here

“Business in Blush” Photographed by Luke Bowes

2018-01-17T04:12:33+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Fashion|3 Comments