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J’adore #62

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J’adore is my series dedicated to fun finds, culinary delights, got-to-have gadgets and other lifestyle must-haves that I find via my internet travels or these products travel to my doorstep and I want to share.

Sometimes J’adore is dedicated to a theme, like #61 dedicated to travel or #60 dedicated to food. This time, I’ve got an eclectic mix of items I have been adoring from near and afar. Guess that comes with the territory when you are somewhat of a Renaissance woman (or maybe it is the internet addiction)!

Give Me Tap!


If I haven’t convinced you enough about how awesome it is to live in San Francisco, let me try one more time. Given the welcoming entrepreneurial environment that we have here in the city and by extension Silicon Valley, we get a ton of great start-ups or international companies here in San Francisco, so by de facto, I get access to really cool apps, products, and services before other cities. It is just a side benefit of living here. Once these companies establish themselves then they spread to the rest of the country and YOU benefit 🙂

So for now, I get to tell you about a great initiative from the UK that has made its way to SF. Give Me Tap! is a reusable BPA-free water bottle (created by Edwin-Broni-Mensah pictured above) that is so much more than that. By buying a bottle, and using their app while you’re out and about to get free tap water refills (there are hundreds of locations in San Francisco!), you are helping give another person in Africa access to clean drinking water.

But you know what? You don’t have to live in the UK or San Francisco to help out this fantastic cause. Even without the app and free refills, you can buy the container (they are $18 or $20, seriously, not expensive at all) and fill them up at water fountains all over the country and you would still be helping Give Me Tap! fund sustainable water projects. Yeah you!

Credo Beauty


Photo credits: David Vergne

If you have been reading the blog for any length of time, you’ll know how important greenness, sustainability, and organic or all-natural products are important to me. One area that I have not had the best of luck is in beauty products. And although I love to online shop (because I hate shopping!) it is not a great way to try out beauty products for the first time (my personal opinion). So buying them in person is a pain because there hasn’t been a one-stop shop to go to. With Credo Beauty that is no longer the case! The brand new boutique (it opened in early June) has the best-curated collection of beautiful, safe, and all natural beauty products – I’m ecstatic!

The Pac Heights store is exactly what I was looking for. I received a few samples of some of the products they carry and have been using them over the last month to my delight and pleasure. Products like EVOLVh shampoo and conditioner (which by the way smells so delicious) or the Dr. Alkaitis “Love Your Lips” organic lip treatment which sits on my nightstand to be used as part of my nightly routine and the Zoe Organics Refresh Oil is awesome – I put it on my temples before putting my sleeping mask on to go to bed, it is very relaxing. So now, I can go to one spot, Credo Beauty and buy these and much more. And, by the way, I plan to, because switching out my makeup for all natural versions is my next mission!


My Credo Beauty samples

I had the opportunity to interview the founder, Shashi Batra (pictured in my photo collage), about Credo Beauty. Among many other questions that I am saving for a stand-alone interview, I asked him how he sourced his products?

His thoughtful response:
> The products should have no ingredients that are on our never list
> The brand should have a raison d’etre. Authenticity and transparency.
> The packaging and formulations should be beautiful.
> The product should be effective.

Given Shashi’s deep background in the cosmetics industry (Christian Dior, Sephora, Estée Lauder, NV Perricone MD and the beauty division of Victoria’s Secret) I can tell you he knows what he is talking about and the first Credo Beauty store lives up to the mission to find the aesthetic value of leveraging design and technology to make natural, beautiful and effective mainstream alternatives to conventional beauty products.

Bravo Shashi. If you are in the San Francisco area, check out their store at 2136 Filmore Street. And of course, you can buy online as well!


Rocksbox Box

My first Rocksbox!

I am not one for jewelry. Frankly, I am just too lazy to remember to wear it. I donated a lot of mine to friends several years ago so they could use it for bartering at Burning Man! I have a few more expensive pieces that I have kept on to.

The fact that I wear a scarf literally every day means that those gorgeous statement piece necklaces that everyone wears won’t work for me. But I do observe beautiful bracelets and rings on friends and colleagues and think, “hmm, I like that.” So when Rocksbox reached out to see if I was interested in trying their service, I said, “let’s go for it!”

I got my first shipment, the boxes are SO cute! [See above]

I received some wishlist items I had selected and other items the stylist thought I would appreciate. I wore the bracelet from Nakamol Chicago which I really loved.


Love this Nakamol Chicago bracelet!

I really dig all the subscription boxes available now, I hate shopping, so stuff coming to me? Perfect!

That’s it for this edition of J’adore!

How about you? What are you currently adoring?

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