I got here residence from my Three-day journey to the Ojai Valley Inn with Beautycounter on Wednesday. The journey was unbelievable – top-of-the-line occasions I’ve ever been to. A good friend requested me what my favourite a part of Ojai was and my reply was “the ambiance.” Everything from the mountain setting and plush grounds to the string lights and lanterns and blue grass band who performed a number of occasions for us to the contemporary California meals was merely beautiful. It felt like three nights of gorgeous weddings in a row! But in fact my favourite a part of the journey was conversing with the good, arduous working ladies I met. Going into this I solely knew Teri and this extravert was a bit of nervous! But in fact I obtained to know so lots of the ladies and cherished swapping concepts and tales.

We have been 120 out of almost 45,000 consultants within the firm. This journey was earned by sharing, rising, and mentoring over the summer season, and I obtained actually fortunate to earn a spot. Most of the ladies there had been constructing companies for years, and a few have been even the founding members of the corporate. (Spoiler alert: most consultants are usually not bloggers.) I discovered so much from my conversations. My favourite takeaway was this quote: “The only people who fail in this business are those who quit.” It’s not arduous work, however it’s a long-game marketing strategy, and you need to stay constant to achieve success. Gregg Renfrew stated throughout her speak: “You can’t have it all in one day. But you can have it all.” I really like that.

I additionally cherished listening to about a number of the advocacy efforts Beautycounter has been concerned in, and I might love to have the ability to take part on that sooner or later (particularly since I reside so near the capital!) If you’re inquisitive about Beautycounter as an organization, try the 2019 Social Mission Report on the backside of this web page. You’ll discover data on advocacy efforts, sustainability, group, and giving. Any time you store with a guide (whether or not that’s me or another person) you’re supporting a woman-owned small enterprise whereas “voting with your dollars” in the direction of a bigger B company on the identical time.

And in the event you’d wish to vote along with your dollars immediately, there’s truly a flash sale happening by means of midnight tonight. Get 10% off something website large with the promo code YFT. All my favorites are on this web page. 

Sunday

Beautycounter spoiled us rotten for 3 full days. I had my very own room, which was luxurious and delightful! After unpacking and a a lot wanted post-travel-sweating-in-95-degrees-by-the-pool bathe, we headed all the way down to the welcome reception.

Welcome Reception

It was SO nice to meet up with Teri in particular person. We had met as soon as on the Foodbuzz Conference again in 2009 or so however we hadn’t seen one another since! It’s loopy how comparable we’re.

These chairs – so fairly!!

We had a taco bar and drinks and actually nice Mexican chocolate cookie for dessert! There was all kinds of meals for all completely different sorts of dietary wants at every meal, together with gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian. And I don’t simply imply you could possibly request a gluten-free dish or a vegan entree – they’d a vegan chili on the final evening that tons of non-vegans ate too.

Monday

I used to be up and at ’em at 4am on Monday. I used to be so overvalued I couldn’t sleep (or nap!) the entire weekend. Oh the irony of being away from my kids and never with the ability to sleep. Needless to say I used to be blissful when the solar got here up and morning obtained began.

Training

Monday morning we had a half day of coaching within the stunning Farmhouse convention corridor. It was thrilling to satisfy Gregg in particular person in addition to the management staff from Santa Monica the place Beautycounter is headquartered.

Gregg’s Welcome

Gregg is extremely good and gave us an inspiring handle to begin the break day. She is incessantly interviewed and featured within the media – like this current Fast Company article. When one particular person requested her which industries and corporations she is impressed by she stated moderately than evaluating Beautycounter to different magnificence manufacturers, she appears for corporations that lead with integrity and innovation. Patagonia, Allbirds, Peloton, Stitch Fix, and Air B&B to call a number of. (She laughed that Stitch Fix had satisfied billions of individuals to purchase a product they’d by no means seen – that’s me!!)

Color Code

Next we studied personalities by means of a device referred to as the Color Code. I got here out a powerful purple, valuing energy and productiveness. (I’m an enneagram Three so I’m not shocked!)

Sustainability

We have been briefed on current sustainability efforts, together with a shift to glass bottles, and discovered that Beautycounter is on observe to be the primary magnificence model to have a 100% traceable provide chain fo mica. That’s simply the tip of the iceberg. (See the social mission report I referenced within the opening for extra.)

Makeup Artistry

And lastly – a lesson in make-up! We all got here to the assembly naked confronted so we may study from one of the best.

Before:

After:

(All I see are my brows!! I’m simply so not used to them!)

New to me shades – Nectar blush (essentially the most pure “glow” look I’ve ever used), Rosewood gloss (excellent for fall), and the Starlight Shadow Palette (pretty shimmer for holidays.)

Lunch on the Lawn

We had some superb salad bars that made me wish to keep in summer season without end!!

I did a bit of work in my room after lunch with an unsuccessful nap!

The Pink Moment & Silent Disco

Monday night we had a celebration with a theme of the well-known Ojai Pink Moment, when the encompassing mountains flip pink at sundown. It’s additionally breast most cancers consciousness month, so our pink had a double that means to honor that trigger as effectively. After dinner we had a silent disco which was SO FUN! Check my Instagram for movies from that a part of the evening!

Even the goat cheese was on level!

My Toms Majorca sandals get a 10/10 for consolation!

The tables have been merely beautiful!!

crab stacks –

seabass with polenta –

Tuesday

Breakfast

We had an omelet station, pastries, and a great deal of fruit – the works!

Goat Yoga with Lavenderwood Farm

I cherished all the brand new issues we obtained attempt! Tuesday was all about stress-free, and we had a number of selections for an energetic morning. I selected goat yoga, which was so enjoyable! Look at that little smile : )

After yoga I went on a bit of energy stroll. I might have cherished to run, however my suitcase was packed to.the.brim. and I opted out of bringing trainers/garments/gear. But strolling was simply high quality!! Also did I point out it was 95 levels on a regular basis!?

Lunch + Pool Time

Yet one other fabulous salad bar – this time with a greek twist!

I spent the afternoon by the pool :mrgreen:

Western Night

For our last hurrah we wearing our western stylish and danced to the fiddle of The Cameroons!

I figured the setting was proper for a beer : )

Another FAB meal!

With ice cream cones for dessert!

After dancing to Johnny Cash and “Country Roads,” we stated our farewells earlier than our travels started early on Wednesday morning. I hope there’s a subsequent time in my future!!

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