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New-Fashioned Beauty

The second I stumbled across Erin Loechner’s blog I knew I had discovered something sacred. Her online space is by far the most inviting and refreshing site I have ever encountered, and the words and photos she offers there has provided me with a consistent opportunity to slow down and notice the life happening beside me. She has graciously offered to share with us a writing from her archives as we explore a deeper understanding of our true identity, and it is my sincere honor to welcome her to the tribe today.


This morning, may we brush our teeth in gentleness, flossing with a taut line from Plato: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Rinse in confidence – swish – spit the doubts – splat – and watch them swirl into the sink. Let them go.

May we exfoliate our faces with the challenges today might bring, scrubbing layers of content and ease to reveal a newer, radiant skin. Add SPF to protect from harsh words and half-truths and past mistakes (I love SProverbsF 30:5, but 40+ is nice, too).

May we prime our skin for a foundation in purity and service and forgiveness, concealing all blemishes with a grace we’ll never deserve. Line eyes with a wisdom unveiled in a deep shade of purple; royalty. Stain lips with a shade of modesty and humility, always prepared to speak encouragement to those who need to hear it most. (Sometimes, that’s us.) Pierce our ears with words of truth and meditations from our hearts.

Moisturize our hands for offering help to all we meet. Untangle our hair (doubts) and tame the flyaways (fears) with a fragrant oil of purpose and direction. And may we pause in the mirror reflection before us, one that glows youthfully with a childlike faith and a confident spirit.

Enjoy your day, beautiful girl. XO.

p.s. You can skip the oil-controlling blotting sheets, by the way. Let that love shine all day long.


Author of Chasing Slow and founder of Design for Mankind, Erin Loechner has been blogging and speaking for more than a decade. Her heartfelt writing and design work has been showcased in The New York Times, Lucky, Parenting, Dwell, Marie Claire, Elle Decor, Huffington Post, and a two-season HGTV.com web special, garnering over one million fans worldwide. She has spoken for and appeared in renowned international events for clients such as Walt Disney World, IKEA, Martha Stewart and Home Depot. Now nestled in a Midwestern town, Erin, her husband, and two kids strive for less in most areas except three: joy, grace, and goat cheese.

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    August 15, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I love this! ❤️

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