back to basics with stowaway.

    January 16, 2018

    This post is sponsored by Stowaway, a right-sized cosmetics company.

    It doesn’t happen very often, but every once in a while, I like being told what to do. There are some things that I just don’t want to think about too hard. Some things that I’d rather have someone else work out for me. Makeup is one of those things. 

    If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that I’m not generally much of a makeup person. I wear mascara on lots of days, I wear cheek color when I can manage to put it on before work in the morning. I occasionally add a spot of color to my lips. But even in the midst of this relative makeup minimalism, I still like to be prepared should the occasion for something more crop up. When I have a meeting or a photo shoot or on a random Tuesday, it’s nice to have a small tool kit of cosmetics to help me feel polished. Figuring out what those essentials should be is something I’m grateful to delegate to someone else.

    Enter Stowaway. When they first came on the scene, Stowaway felt like the answer to my unspoken makeup prayers. I was attracted to the diminutive sizes and minimalist design, yes, but also to the idea that they were solving a problem. Stowaway’s products are developed in response to the fact that the cosmetics industry typically sells makeup in sizes too large to ever reasonably finish before their expiration date, and too bulky to reasonably store or carry around with you. The women-run business found an answer to this problem in smaller sizes (and slashed prices).
    Stowaway’s customizable Every Day Kit includes just six basic products: BB creamconcealera lip & cheek rougelipstickeyeliner, and mascara. I don’t use all of it every day, but it’s awfully helpful to know I have it around just in case. And yes, as I’ve mentioned before, all six of those neat little packages really do fit perfectly in the palm of my hand. If you’re someone who likes to go beyond the basics, Stowaway has you covered there too. They have eye palettes the size of a credit card, and bronzer, and powder, and blush, are all available in the same smart sizes designed to reduce waste.

    If you’re interested in trying out an Every Day Kit, you’re in luck. With every purchase of an Every Day Kit, Stowaway is offering Reading My Tea Leaves readers an additional three of their very favorite products: An additional cheek and lip rougelipstick, and an eye palette of your choice. Now you’ll really have everything you might need. You can start building your kit, right this way. (There’s no expiration date on this offer. Sorry guys! This offer will expire on January 31, 2018. Stowaway is currently only able to ship to addresses in the US.)

    This post was sponsored by Stowaway. All opinions are my own.  Thanks for supporting the brands that support Reading My Tea Leaves.

    things you can do today.

    January 15, 2018

    four things to do on MLK Jr. Day | reading my tea leaves


    Four things to do today to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    + Listen to the Seeing White podcast. I’ve mentioned this here before, but it has been the single best thing I’ve listened to in the last six months as I try to grapple with what it means to be a white woman in a racist America today. Begin the eleven-part series today.

    + Support Higher Heights, an organization committed to expanding and supporting Black women’s leadership, from the voting booth to public office and beyond election day. Get involved or donate today.

    + Talk to kids. About Dr. King, yes, but about overt racism, too. In November I took a Raising Race Conscious Children workshop along with Faye’s preschools teacher and redoubled my efforts to make sure that I’m not taking a race-blind approach to discussions with my kids about race. You can get tons of great strategies from their site, but to get started, here are 100 Race-Conscious Things You Can Say To Your Child to Advance Racial Justice, today. (And here are some books to read to kids, too.)

    + Read what Black women are writing. I’ve loved reading essays by Ijeoma Oluo this year and her book So You Want to Talk About Race comes out today. Buy it!

    What else?

    PS. Image above from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. You can read the full letter here.

    my week in objects (mostly).

    January 12, 2018

    five little things that made my week

    1. this last blossom. 

    {because all the best things are fleeting.}

    2. this second round of blooms.

    {smaller than the first, but twice as many.}

    3. less caffeine, more of this.

    {a blend of rose, lemon balm, peppermint, and skullcap, blended by these guys.}

    4. tulips.

    {because it’s been gray and dreary and i really needed something green. bonus: the flower guy let me take ’em home plastic-wrap-free.}

    5. these figs.

    {because i’m going through a phase.}

    other things: 

    five years, twenty-five percent off.

    it is still explosive, radical, and productively dangerous for women to say what we mean.

    read a novel instead. noted.

    craft and complexity.

    as the kids say: thread and thread.

    there’s no war on romance.

    one bowl box-checker.

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    January 11, 2018 18 Comments
  • make-believe: january sunshine.

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    January 10, 2018 25 Comments
  • make your own: calendula salve.

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    January 8, 2018 36 Comments
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    January 5, 2018 24 Comments
  • how to know it’s january.

    By the radiator, woolly layers laid out to dry. On the windowsill, flowers. White ones. In strollers, toddler cheeks greased to shining with salve, or else red and ruddy and in need of it.…

    January 3, 2018 65 Comments
  • my week in objects (mostly).

    five little things that made my week. 1. these candles. {started by me, finished by faye.} 2. these last few books. {best countdown ever.} 3. these gingerbread women. {ready for frosting.} 5. this reindeer.…

    December 22, 2017 11 Comments