@vanillamozi by @taylorblair1
A Sustainable Morning Routine With REV’s Head of Brand Partnerships
In this editorial, we asked Rev’s Head of Brand Partnerships @taylorblair1 to share a glimpse into her ethically minded morning routine with her favourite sustainable brands – when she is offline and not at desk for Rev!
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5:50 AM –
Waking up before 6:30 in the morning is not ideal for me but I have a 16-month-old who rules the house and seems to wake up at 5:50 every morning – like clockwork. My first moments of the day are usually spent nursing my Ayla, cuddling, and playing in bed, and looking out the window to see what the day has in store for us! Before I get myself ready, I get Ayla ready.
Kit and Kin Nappies –
Depending on the day, we alternate between reusable nappies and eco-friendly disposable diapers. Recently, we’ve been doing Kit and Kin diapers because they are some of the best on the market. Approved by dermatologists, their nappies are hypoallergenic, which contain no harsh chemicals and use the softest materials, which help avoid nappy rash. They use sustainable, plant-derived materials to help end our dependency on non-renewable resources. They are super easy to get on and are very cute as well – with different animals on the back of each nappy!
True Botanicals –
Usually with a baby at my feet, I quickly do my clean skincare routine. I’ve been loving True Botanicals recently and the products are so easy to pop on in a rush as they soak into the skin so easily. After a cleaning my face with some cold water, I pop the SuperSEA Firming & Lifting treatment on, which is a beautiful serum that instantly plumps the skin. I follow that with the Chebula Extreme Cream, which has the most beautiful texture. It is thick enough to deeply hydrate, but light in texture so it doesn’t feel oily on the skin. To lock in all the hydration I’ve created, I seal everything off with their Pure Radiance Oil – just a drop or two. It works for any skin type, as it works on hydration, breakouts, and fine lines.
Vanilla Mozi –
On days that I am not working, baby and I usually head to the farm my husband helps run for some outdoor family time, fun with pigs, and to pick some of our vegetables for the week. As it is summer and the bugs are out and about, I make sure that all three of us are covered in Vanilla Mozi’s Bite-Proof Body Cream. They have an entire bite proof range, but their Bite-Proof Body Cream is a product everyone should have on hand. Its innovative formula uses natural plant extracts that hide you from bugs like mosquitos, midgees, and more by making you smell like a flower they instinctively avoid, while also nourishing the skin. I love it because it is safe for the entire family, meaning I don’t need a different product for Ayla. We apply it as the last step in our routine, post sunscreen, and we reapply every two hours!
Doen has been my go-to fashion brand for years and now that I’m 16 months into breastfeeding, I can confirm they make some of the best breastfeeding friendly tops. Their pieces are perfect for summer – light, comfortable, and easy to style with jeans, shorts, or a skirt. On a farm day, I’ll make sure to wear one of their button-down tops, so feeding Ayla on the go is easy. For our US readers, you are in luck as you can shop in person at their stores in New York City, Montecito, or in Santa Monica. Luckily, they ship internationally too!
At The Farm –
Once we are all dressed and organic coffee has been consumed, we head to the farm to reconnect to nature for a few hours. It is really important to me that my daughter knows where her food comes from and that she values the beauty of local food. We are so lucky that most of what we eat comes from within a 15-mile radius of our home. Our vegetable waste returns back to the soil it came from as composting is such a vital part of our sustainability practice – read more about composting here. Gardening and growing my own food is so special to me and it is so rewarding. If you have the space and are looking to start your own gardening journey, check out Edwina von Gal’s 10 Tips for Starting a Nature-Based Garden and listen to the legendary Charles Dowding on the Rev on Air Podcast.
Artipoppe Sling –
I try and not let having a baby stop me from doing things I love, like being on the go hiking, foraging, and helping at the farm. The Artipoppe sling is an essential because I can carry Ayla, have her nap on the go, and breastfeed her with ease while I pick vegetables or weed the soil. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, but the brand only uses natural and safe materials like organic cotton or hemp. The Zeitgeist Baby Carrier is my favourite as it is so comfy and supportive. The Winter Insert is a must if your little one is born around the cooler months as it keeps little one snug!