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  • If you're going to help a friend with wedding planning, then this is totally the view you should have whilst doing so. Lovely afternoon sipping hard cider, eating hush puppies, and helping @shelterprotectsyou plan, with @thecuriouseye @forvillagers @toandfromwithlove and Claire Hummel at the Grove Park Inn.
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  • Wild berries for breakfast, with French toast. So, so good.
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  • Misty, magical day for strolling at the N.C. Arboretum.
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  • The Land of Sky, indeed.
  • This amazing pile of all organic produce hails from Hominy Valley Organic Farm, a gorgeous plot of earth just down the road from us. Tom's prices are astoundingly good (he posts a weekly listing of what's available on his FB page). If you're in the area, Fridays are open farm days for purchasing produce. If you go, please do tell him I sent you!
  • The amazing Dave Bauer, mastermind and baker extraordinaire behind @farmandsparrow and @allsoulspizza, cradling some precious loaves for yesterday's River District Tailgate Market. Easily the best bread (and pastries, and pizza!) I have EVER had!!!
  • Warm olive salad at @allsoulspizza... That's what I'm talkin' about!
  • Amazing flora to be found up on the Parkway right now!

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Skin Food (+ Giveaway!!!)

As far as beauty regimens go, mine is decidedly low-key. It goes something like this: take a shower, dry off, put pure coconut oil on my face and body. And that, friends, is it. I put lip balm on at night before going to bed, and always wear some natural lip gloss when I go out, but, otherwise, aside from the occasional face mask or body/foot scrub, this lady keeps it simple.

Lately, however, with the turn in weather and attendant drop in humidity, I’ve noticed that the coconut oil that keeps my face supple and smooth during the warmer months hasn’t been quite getting the job done. I’ve needed something more emollient and hydrating, but I wasn’t sure what. Until last week, that is, when my buddy Christa hooked me up with the perfect remedy.

Skin Food, created by Skin Fare, is a blend of certified organic coconut oil, palm fruit oil, beeswax, castor oil, palmrosa, rosemary, and helichrysum. Those 7 simple ingredients combine into a rich, thick salve that can be spread on your face, hands, feet, body-anywhere that you need it, really.

I’m seriously loving it. It’s got all the goodness my straight-up coconut oil offered, bolstered by the humectant properties of the castor oil and the emollient nature of the beeswax. It doesn’t leave my skin greasy, either, the one downside to pure coconut oil. Plus, it smells amazing! There is truly nothing I don’t like about Skin Food. The coolest part might even be that it’s made just down the road from me, right here in Candler!

And for you, you lucky small measure readers, there’s a treat, too! Christa graciously gifted me with some Skin Food to sample, as well as to share with one reader. That tube pictured above is your ticket to supple, happy skin. So, let’s have a giveaway, shall we (it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?)?!

To enter, just tell me a bit about how you care for your skin when the mercury dips. I’d also love to hear any tips on caring for children’s skin. Huxley is still crazy smooth, and I’d love to keep it that way. I’ll give him a bit of Skin Food if he seems to chaff.

The giveaway will run for one week, ending next Thursday, September 27th, at midnight EST. In your comment, please, please be sure to leave a means of contacting you, should you be the winner, via with a link back to your website/blog or by listing your email address. If you’re not comfortable leaving a public email, just send me a private message at ashleyadamsenglish(at)gmail(dot)com.

Here’s to cooler weather, seasonal shifts, and smooth, happy skin!