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18 Feb

MasterClass with Tata Harper Skincare at Neiman’s

My new favorite all-natural skincare line 

I have a confession to make. I, Christy Smith, am a skincare product addict. Just a little habit I picked up around the ripe age of twelve, thanks to my mom introducing me to the Beauty Terrace at Neiman Marcus in the 80’s.

Of course, my friends already know this, especially if they’ve seen all the lotions and potions I keep in my bathroom drawers. And if you happen to work in the skincare department at Neiman Marcus, well, then this is not news to you. At all.

My Skincare Additions

For years and years, I’ve been in love with three brands almost exclusively: La Mer, Sisley and my friend Lisa Alexander’s vegan skincare line, LA FACE SKINCARE. Now, I added Tata Harper to that list last Fall and it has transformed my skin.

So here is the scoop, and why I have fallen head over heals for Tata Harper! This skincare line unites health with beauty through all-natural and organic ingredients. It’s 100 percent free from GMOs, toxins, fillers, artificial colors, artificial fragrances and synthetic chemicals of any kind, and everything’s bottled in glass (recyclable and reusable!). Plus, it’s all formulated and packaged on a 1,200-acre farm in Vermont by a team lead by, who else, a woman named Tata Harper.

If it’s Good Enough for Gwyneth …

If you read the label of a Tata Harper product, you won’t find any ingredients with names you can’t pronounce. With that said, I didn’t really bother reading any of the labels myself either. I let Gwyneth do it for me. As in Paltrow. You know, the queen of clean beauty and founder of the Goop Empire. 

Well it turns out, Gwyneth is a Tata Harper superfan, and now, I am, too, thanks to Neiman Marcus Fort Worth and my own personal skincare seminar with Tata Harper herself.

Going Gaga over Tata 

That’s right – I met Tata! Here’s us together. Which means I am now only one degree of separation from Gwyneth! I mean, we are practically a squad now!

Seriously though, it was so inspiring to learn about natural skincare from the very woman who developed the line. She shared so much info about quality, natural skincare and beauty that I wanted to leap out of my chair and scream, YAAS GUURLL!! while giving her a big sloppy kiss and a dry hump to boot. I didn’t, of course, mainly because I wanted Neiman’s to invite me back again, but you get it. I was pretty much, blown away. 

The Dirty Truth

  • Here’s the deal, everyone is trying to live better and look better. Although you can’t make time stop, you CAN make sure you’re aging in an amazing way. Chemicals and unhealthy crap don’t accomplish this goal. We also know this when it comes to food, and the same is true when it comes to the stuff we slather all over our skin for our bodies to absorb.

 

  • I’m talking about parabens like isobutyl and isopropyl, formaldehyde (which is a known carcinogen), triclosan (a hormone disruptor) BHA, BHT, dyes made from coal tar and siloxanes and more. This is just a small list of the thousands of chemicals used in skincare formulations today which can range from not great to actually harmful.

 

  • European countries have banned over 1,300+ of these harmful ingredients. Here in the U.S., only eleven have been banned. Yup. Eleven Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice health for beauty thanks to Tata and her trademarked blends of hundreds of botanicals and all-natural ingredients. 

Beauty is a Process

Tata taught me that just using a natural product isn’t enough – the how and how much also matters. It’s all about finding the right routine for your skin, and layering products to ensure that your products are working for your face.

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As important as layering is to lavishing, Tata believes more is more. Don’t scrimp on product – slather your skin forehead to chest, then take a moment to let all the goodness sink in and be totally absorbed into the skin before starting the next layer.

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Oh, and one more tip: SUNSCREEN!!! If you wear sunscreen on a daily basis, this should be the last step, not the first step, of your morning skincare routine. If you put it on first, it blocks all of the beauty products from absorbing into your skin and doing their job. 

Does all of this take a bit more bathroom time? Maybe. OK, yes. Yes it does. But aren’t you worth it? Yes, my friend. Yes you are totally and absolutely worth it!

Wanna Get Started?

Are you ready to get down with your very own customizable Tata beauty routine? Then check out this really cool feature on how to personalize your very own Tata Harper regime.

Full disclosure!!! I am not getting paid for writing this blog post, I just want to give you the tools and the power to be healthy and to feel as beautiful as you already are. Besides, it’s not often I fall so head over heels about a beauty line, that I literally arm swipe all the products off the shelf and into a box.

Check out the 8 products below that have transformed my skin.

You can also watch my entire Tata Harper beauty routine in my Instagram highlights!

 

If you’ve tried Tata and want to share your experiences or have any comments about the importance of natural skincare in general and your thoughts, please post below!

SoFortWorthIt x Tata Harper x Neiman Marcus GIVEAWAY!

Oh my gosh y’all, I am thrilled to share this Tata Harper giveaway with you. The Tata Harper MasterClass at Neiman Marcus Fort Worth wasn’t just a blog-worthy experience, but it was incredibly educational! I wish everyone could have been there to further their knowledge on healthy beauty.

 

With that said, I am giving one lucky winner a lovely start to build a Tata Harper collection of their own!

10 Dec

Top 5 Luxury Gift Guide

Top 5 luxury gift guide

Who doesn’t love a gift guide flush with luxury? Well, look no further, ’cause here are the budget-busting must-haves you’ve been waiting for! Half-joking aside, I really want to share with you what I’ve absolutely LOVED over the past year. This guide isn’t brought to you by a letter, number or a vowel. It’s a totally independent, unsponsored list of fabulous finds curated entirely by me that ranges from the affordable to the aspirational. So here goes — my five true favorites of 2019, along with a GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this post!

luxury tata harper
We all know that skincare is every girl’s best friend, so when I started using Tata Harper earlier this Fall, it became my newest beauty obsession and it’s the perfect way to start off this luxury gift guide. Using this line over the past three months has left my skin feeling softer than a baby’s bottom, and I’ve never received so many compliments on my glow. And my skin doesn’t just look better, it’s also healthier: Tata Harper is 100% vegan and free of GMOs, toxins, fillers, artificial and synthetic crap. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what your skin needs but you can’t go wrong with Tata Harper. A great place to start is with the daily essentials or a gift package
luxury otto grill
Who says a girl can’t grill? Well let me tell you, my Otto Grill makes me feel like a Grill Gone Wild. I gave this to Jason for Fathers Day, but I secretly bought this cool tool so I could have fun replicating the perfect B&B Butcher’s and Restaurant steaks. With its incredible searing ability (yes, this machine heats up to 1500 degrees in 3 minutes flat!) this portable steak-maker creates steakhouse steak that have a decadent, crusty outside and a tender, juicy inside. But wait, I know what you’re thinking … isn’t Christy Smith a vegan? I am! But a girl can at least dream of sinking her canines into a perfectly cooked carcass, right?
Marky's Caviar
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know I have a weakness for caviar. It’s actually the only time I break from my strict vegan protocol. But not just ANY caviar. I’ll only throw my dietary restrictions out the window for the best, and to me, that’s Marky’s. Not everyone is familiar with caviar so this little tasting gift set is the perfect place to start if you need a little guidance. Marky’s has been my go-to source of luxurious caviar for several years. This independent, family-owned company has been in business since 1983. Each order is hand packed and its commitment to caviar quality is legendary. Don’t be intimidated when you see caviar service at an exclusive event or private party, just know you have arrived. 

2. Ylang23

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Not sure what to buy for your bae? It’s time to bring on the bling! A go to for luxury gifts. I promise you, women love jewelry, and they ESPECIALLY love getting to pick out their own jewels! Ylang23 makes the process fun, exciting and meaningful, whether you’re shopping solo or making it a couple’s outing (Jason always goes jewelry shopping with me — best date night ever!). Even better, Ylang23’s selection of unique designs by independent jewelry designers is unparalleled, and you’re guaranteed to find a gorgeous bauble for every budget. A few pieces that I have been admiring this year are HERE, HERE, and HERE.
Luxury Park Place Merceds
What girl hasn’t had the dream of waking up on Christmas morning and finding a brand new shiny car in the driveway, topped with a big red bow? I know I have, and it still hasn’t happened (hint, hint Santa Jason!). I’ve had the chance to get up close and personal with many of the top new models such as a GLE SUV, E-Class Sedan or Maybach S560– so many, in fact, that I would have a hard time deciding which Mercedes I want most. But trust me, I’d figure it out! No matter your budget, Park Place Motorcars has the perfect car to fulfill your Christmas wish!

SoFortWorthIt GIVEAWAY!!!

Ok y’all, in honor of the holiday season and the birth of baby Jesus Christ, I present to you the perfect gift from my luxury gift guide that ANYONE would want to win! Little Drummer Boy roll please …

A weekend use of a beautiful Mercedes GLE SUV or E-Class Sedan from Park Place Motorcars. You can cruise around town and experience true luxury in a top of the line vehicle.

Must be 21 or older with a valid Driver’s License and valid car insurance to be eligible.

Valid to be redeemed in 2020.

Announcing the winner on December 23rd, 2019.