Soft Spoken: Soft Surroundings Blog

sophiau“Don’t look back, you are not going that way.

How would you describe your style?

Casual. I call it “Cape Cod Casual”.

What item in your closet receives the most wear?

My Jeans


Do you have a signature accessory?

Long necklaces and ALWAYS, ALWAYS hoop earrings.

What colors or patterns do you gravitate toward?

I love bright colors especially.

When have you felt your most beautiful?

When I wore my bright colored flowing summer gown from Soft Surroundings last summer to a wedding.

Name one beauty product you can’t live without.

Moisturizer

What one woman do you most admire and why?

My mother. She is the most loving, caring and sensitive person I know.

What’s your passion project or hobby?

I love to be with my friends and family. We spend a lot of social times together.

How do you relax?

Beach time with friends.

Quote to live by?

“Don’t look back, you are not going that way.”

What is your favorite Soft Surroundings product?

Tunics

Varanasi TunicSeychelles TunicGarden Tunic

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1. For those not familiar with you, tell us about your approach to beauty.

My philosophy is that each and every woman is unique and should celebrate her natural beauty by playing up her best assets and shining with true confidence. I call it soul beauty.

2. How did you get started in the cosmetic business? What made you want to be a makeup artist?

I began dreaming of this career at 15 years old. My mother was a water colorist and I’d watch her use layers and colors in sheer ways to create beauty on canvases and I became inspired to do it on faces.

3. What Not to Wear was an inspiration to many women. What was it like to work with Stacy and Clinton?

They were an absolute blast and what you see is what you get in real life with them. They are super funny. They truly cared about each person who was on the show as we all did and we collectively felt wonderful when we could change a woman’s perception of herself from negative to positive.

4. What made Soft Surroundings the right fit for your new line?

Soft Surroundings wants to help women not only look their best but feel their best as well. They create a fashionable and comfortable environment for women to shine in. That mirrors my philosophy and I knew it would be a perfect marriage.

5. What one item would you never leave the house without?

My Game Changer Foundation and Carmindizing Highlighter Duo.

6. What do you enjoy doing most in your spare time? How do you relax?

I love to travel and I adore paddleboarding. Give me a white sand beach, a palm tree and turquoise water and life is perfect!

7. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Never give up

Shop Carmindy’s signature line of cosmetics at Soft Surroundings and get flawlessly gorgeous in mere minutes.

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maryellenhBlessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.

How would you describe your style?

My style revolves around simple designs that play up colors which enhance my own natural complexion and hair color.

 

 

What item in your closet receives the most wear?

Black slacks

Do you have a signature accessory?

Sunflower two-tone (gold & silver) earrings

What colors or patterns do you gravitate toward?

Pants & tops that are neutrals with a brighter solid color sweater or jacket.

When have you felt your most beautiful?

Wearing a bright pink sweater with a beige infinity scarf. My makeup and hair were nicely done. I had time to attend to details and my whole countenance reflected the fact that I had dressed and prepared in an unhurried, deliberate way.

Name one beauty product you can’t live without.

Lemongrass Solid Lotion by Shabby Bath

What one woman do you most admire and why?

Eleanor Burns, star of Quilt in a Day. She is funny, copes well with whatever life throws at her, has developed shortcuts to quilting and is an excellent teacher and author.

What’s your passion project or hobby?

Crocheting afghans.

How do you relax?

I read.

Quote to live by

“Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.”

What is your favorite Soft Surroundings product?Seafarer Sweater

Seafarer Sweater

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titleAvoid these culprits to keep your smile bright, strong and healthy.

Dry Mouth
Your saliva does more than just keep your mouth moist. It is your mouth’s natural defense against tooth decay, sweeping away the bacteria and acids that harm teeth. The calcium and phosphate in saliva also help to strengthen tooth enamel. To counteract dry mouth, try chewing sugar-free gum after a meal to boost saliva flow. You’ll also get a burst of minty fresh breath until you can brush.

drymouthMedical Conditions & Prescriptions
Diabetes inhibits your body’s natural immune system, making you more at risk for infection, including gum disease which can lead to tooth decay. Proper dental hygiene, including brushing and flossing, is more important than ever for women with this condition. Some prescription medications can cause dry mouth, lowering your saliva and your body’s natural defense against tooth decay. Check with your doctor if this is a concern.

medicalAcidic Drinks
Everyone knows Red Wine will stain teeth. Actually, all alcoholic drinks are bad for your teeth because they cause dry mouth and inhibit the flow of beneficial saliva. The acidic properties of wine, fruit juices, tomato products and even diet soda can be really harsh on tooth enamel. Water or milk is your best choice to neutralize acid. While milk does contain sugar, its lactose is the least damaging to teeth and its acid-fighting and strengthening benefits outweigh the negative.

acidicdrinksStarchy Foods
Carbohydrate-heavy foods like bread, pasta, crackers and chips convert to sugar. This sugar feeds the plaque-building bacteria in your mouth as it converts to acid. Surprisingly, eating a piece of cheese at the end of a meal actually protects teeth by stimulating saliva and by balancing the mouth’s pH levels. Some say cheese and dairy products can even help remineralize teeth.

starchyChewing Ice
Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. Munching ice can chip or crack teeth and lead to hot or cold sensitivity as the soft tissue inside the tooth gets irritated. And cough drops and mints are no better. They’re actually worse because their sugar turns to acid when it meets oral bacteria, leading to tooth decay. Once again, a safer choice is sugarless gum which can satisfy not only the urge to chew, but can also moisten sore throats.

chewingiceBrushing Immediately after a Meal
It seems illogical that brushing right after a meal can harm teeth, but it’s true. Acid converted from food and drink can be very abrasive to your teeth. Brushing too soon, before your saliva has had a chance to neutralize the acid, can harm enamel by etching this abrasive acid on teeth. Wait 30 minutes before brushing. In the meantime, drink plenty of water or maybe even try an antibacterial mouthwash to halt the plaque’s production of acid. Or pop that piece of gum and chew for 20.

brushingBottled Water
Well, it may not necessarily be bad, but it’s definitely not as good for your teeth as good, old-fashioned tap water. Tap water is fortified with cavity-fighting Fluoride. Fluoride mixes with your saliva to protect teeth against plaque, sugars, acid and decay. So if you’re only drinking bottled, you’re missing out on that extra prevention.

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Traditionally thought of as a men’s issue, it is becoming increasingly common for women to experience some sort of hair loss. 40% of women over 40 will see visible hair loss in their lifetime. This video explores some of the reasons women see hair loss.

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robindIf you want a job done, give it to a busy person.

How would you describe your style?

Boho Chic

What item in your closet receives the most wear?

My yoga pants

 

Do you have a signature accessory?

Fair trade belts

What colors or patterns do you gravitate toward?

Soft blues, purples.

When have you felt your most beautiful?

When I know I look good and feel confident.

Name one beauty product you can’t live without.

Mascara

What one woman do you most admire and why?

Annie Leibovitz. Her artistic ability, her whimsy, her spunk.

What’s your passion project or hobby?

Photography

How do you relax?

Yoga

Quote to live by?

“If you want a job done, give it to a busy person.”

What is your favorite Soft Surroundings product?Secret Support Gown

The Night Gown with the secret bra in it. It is so soft and just right length. About mid calf, I can go upstairs without tripping.

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Asymmetric Outfit

We love to mix dreamy textures with a gorgeously fresh color palette of vanilla and cream to create a stunning look.

Silk Victoria Top Asymmetric Zip Jacker Metro Legging
        Silk Victoria Top    Asymmetric Zip Jacket         Metro Leggings
Beaded Teardrop Earrings Rustic Leather Tote Coachella Boots
Beaded Teardrop Earrings      Rustic Leather Tote       Coachella Boots

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You asked, we answered. We’ll explore the whys and hows of your most curious hair questions.

 question1 Color-treated hair is more porous, so it’s more susceptible to damage from the sun’s rays and even hot water. Shampoos and conditioners designed for color-processed hair coat and seal the hair for greater strength and volume. This added protection will help your hair color last longer. Try not to stay in the shower too long or let the water be too hot either. This is especially hard on processed hair.
Hair doesn’t become “used” to your haircare regimen, but it does get weighed down by product buildup. Get rid of the product residue with a clarifying shampoo or apple cider vinegar rinse. Sometimes a product switch is necessary because of seasonal changes. During drier months, you might need more moisture. During more humid months, you might need frizz control. Whatever you use, be sure to rinse hair thoroughly when washing. A cool rinse is best to seal the cuticle and give you shinier tresses. question2
question3 When your hair starts to turn gray is largely determined by genetics. There are some environmental factors that can also be a contributing factor, though. Smoking, poor nutrition, anemia, B vitamin deficiency and untreated thyroid conditions can also speed up the appearance of grays. Hairs turn gray because the pigment cells in the hair follicle slow their color production, until eventually, they die off, leaving the hair gray. Be sure to eat a balanced, scalp-friendly diet to promote the best hair health.
 Your hair has a natural growth (and loss cycle). At any given time, different hairs are in different stages of growth, rest and falling out. It’s natural for women to lose from 50-100 hairs a day. That number can jump to 250 on shampoo days. So if you see a wad of hair in the drain or on your pillow, don’t fret. You probably just have more hairs in the shedding stage. Hair growth serums and shampoos are also available to help boost sparse locks. question4
question5 Flakes can have different root causes, not just dandruff. Larger flakes are dandruff and surprisingly, they are a result of too much oil on the scalp. A clarifying shampoo with Salicylic Acid or a few drops of Tea Tree Oil added to your regular shampoo can help sweep away dandruff.  Tiny little flakes can be caused by product buildup or a dry scalp. A final rinse of ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¾ cup water can leave hair flake-free and shiny. To combat a dry scalp, look for deeply hydrating formulas with humectants to seal in the moisture.
Washing your hair every day can actually have the opposite effect. When you strip the oil from your hair day in and day out, your scalp goes into overdrive to produce more oil, creating a vicious cycle. Try skipping a day or two and you just might find that hair is healthier and naturally shiny, not greasy. A dry shampoo can be a great solution on the in-between days. question6
question7 Take your hair in a whole new direction by parting your tresses a different way. Even better, make the part zig zag a little bit. A different part will not only cover the gray, but give you an added boost of volume. Color-boosting shampoos and conditioners provide temporary color coverage to incoming grays and even freshen all your locks. Spot coverage from a temporary, budge-proof hair powder can also be the perfect disguise.

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titleSix easy tweaks to your beauty routine and you’ll be ready to bare beautiful, radiant skin by the first warm days.

Adios, Dry Skin!
Reveal fresh, beautifully younger-looking skin by sloughing away the dead, dull skin that’s adding years to your appearance. A luxurious sugar scrub can do the trick. Pay special attention to elbows, knees and heels. To smooth away the annoying red bumps of Keratosis Pilaris and restore balanced, healthy skin, look for washes or lotions with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) like Glycolic Acid or Lactic Acid. An added bonus to exfoliated skin, your other skin care treatments will work more effectively and your makeup will last even longer.

adiosSayonara, Cellulite!
Tighten skin and diminish dimples with body-contouring creams and sculpting serums with cellulite-fighting ingredients like Caffeine, Glycolic Acid and Copper Peptides. These magic potions stimulate circulation, melt trapped fluids and fat, creating the look of firm, toned skin. Adding a detox supplement or detoxifying foods to your diet can also help smooth and tone skin. A trip to the spa for a fat-blasting treatment can also improve the appearance of cellulite.

celluliteSo Long, Spider Veins & Dark Spots!
You can fade these telltale signs of aging without expensive, painful treatments and wear shorts and swimwear with confidence again. Creams with Vitamin K help diminish spider veins, broken capillaries and unsightly bruising. Exfoliation with AHAs will help fade dark spots, but don’t go overboard or you risk making spots worse. Brightening serums with antioxidant Vitamin C, Licorice and other cell-renewing agents help turn over new cells and balance skintone.

solongFarewell, Fuzz!
Get swimsuit-confident and fuzz-free by Memorial Day with wax or laser hair removal. There are even affordable home laser machines that let you do hair removal in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Using pulsed light technology, the laser targets and zaps dark hair down to the follicle. And don’t forget the fine, barely-there fuzz on your upper lip. It may not seem so noticeable, but in the sun’s natural light, it’s much more visible. Look for a gentle hair removal cream designed especially for your face.

farewellAu Revoir, Winter Routine!
As warm weather moves in, it’s time to switch up your routine with lighter weight moisturizers and a deeper cleansing ritual. But even though you’re going lighter with the moisture, don’t go too light. Well-hydrated skin is plump, dewy and youthful. It’s still a good idea to use a repairative night cream so you wake looking rejuvenated. And don’t forget to hydrate from the inside out. Keep a water bottle handy all day long. Your skin will thank you!

aurevoirGoodbye, Pale Complexion!
Sometimes all you need for your skin to look a little more firm and youthful is a bit of sunkissed color. Do it the safe, sun-free way with a touch of bronzer. You can even mix in a drop with your favorite moisturizer for a warm glow. Some multi-tasking formulas even have firming agents to contour and tighten as you bronze. But whatever you do, don’t forget the SPF. Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVA rays. And that’s a tip to do any time of the year!

goodbye

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