L’Amour et la Musique moves to Patreon!

august 27, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, ethos reflections I’ll keep this post short and sweet since there is literally SO MUCH information and a video explaining everything related to this new direction for L’Amour et la Musique but – I’ve spent the better part of this summer conceptualizing a Patreon campaign…

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Co-authored blog post/article on Savoir Faire Beauty

june 22, 2017 | by: mercedes | filed under: ethos reflections Just a quick post to direct you (if you’re interested) to a blog post I wrote with Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum on the in-process transformation of the “green beauty” movement from activist/grassroots to mainstream/luxury on her website, Savoir Faire Beauty. Shanesha and I connected through…

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Articulating action points

by: mercedes | march 31, 2017 | filed under: ethos reflections photo cred: pinterest I’m so thoroughly energized from the conversation my last video on YouTube generated. It’s impossible to ignore that MANY people have been feeling disenchanted with the mainstreaming of the green beauty community, along with the luxification of products and routines, and…

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On Esteé Lauder/Brand Subsidiaries, Testing Cosmetics on Animals, and China…

may 5, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: ethos reflections, makeup I am a thoughtful, critical person. This has pros, and plenty of cons. It can make life more complicated, but I’ve determined ultimately much more rewarding and full of immense depth. One way this energy has become channeled in my life is through…

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My Two Recent Videos/I’m A Naughty Blogger

april 6, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: videos, skincare, ethos reflections Someday, hopefully in the not so distant future, I will upload regular, unique blog content. However until that day comes – here are my two recent YouTube videos! I am, in fact, quite pleased that I’ve managed to swing getting two videos…

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Bonne Année!

january 1, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: ethos reflections I wanted to usher 2016 in thoughtfully with just a short expression of both gratefulness (for the past) and excitement (for the future). It seems like every year people proclaim that the coming year will be “the best year ever,” and many seem to…

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What I’m relegated to at the drug store, and minimalism versus beauty blogging

For the past 4 or 5years I’ve been enamored with the idea of minimal yet beautifully curated life. Simplicity but quality resonates, and clutter, excess, and waste drives me nuts. This has extended to beauty and self care in general – I don’t like to have to much product around, and want to fully use,…

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What you do not because you have to, but because you want to.

Despite all my years of education and “real job,” I still continually find myself drawn to and spending copious amounts of time the realm of beauty, health, and wellness. Perusing my favorite blogs, and youtube channels, interspersing it between my “real” work. I suppose there are many of us like that – not yet having…

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