March 3, 2015

The Natural Way To Slow Down Aging

Carry On

I know I promised you all kinds of goodness from NYFW and didn't deliver. The truth is, I got sick, the subways weren't working and all I have to show for it is I'm Sorry For What I Wore When I Was Cold. Needless to say, fashion week does not slow down the aging process, but I know what if you want to find out or at least slow it down, keep reading!

Young Skin And How To Get It

We all know that skin starts to wrinkle after the age of 20. But why? Very simply, human skin produces a wax that holds moisture in young skin. When we hit 20, production of this natural liquid wax winds down, allowing moisture to freely escape from our plump young skin cells. They begin to lose shape and structure and outer skin layer thins and folds in on itself...cue violins.

But guess what--there's a sustainable plant that produces a wax ester that is able to put this liquid wax back into skin, and it's Jojoba.


After  using the Jojoba Company's products for the past 10 months, I have a much deeper understanding of how amazing this plant is. My favorite pick is the 100% Natural Ultimate Jojoba Youth Potion. 

The market is saturated with oils and "youth" serums {and I have tried many of them}. Honestly, I was smitten with this one from the moment I popped the cap and inhaled the light botanical scent. I also love the texture - it's deeply moisturizing, but light and not sticky. The low down is that this product harnesses the anti-aging powers of jojoba, which again, is not an oil, but rather a wax ester that is chemically comparable to those that form about 30% of a young human skin's moisture barrier. This potion works like a multi-vitamin for the skin, improving texture and radiance and minimizing wrinkles.


My other favorites: Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser is on my short list of truly great cleansers. The jojoba beads release their nourishing esters and are much better for you than more aggressive scrubs that can scratch and irritate your delicate skin. Three times a week in the shower is perfect.

The Jojoba Antioxidant Hydrating Mist is a great pick-me-up in the evenings or afternoons and if you want to beautify while you sleep {who doesn't?} then you need to try the Intense Overnight Renewal Cream. Of course if you want to moisturize your body, face, lips or have any sort of skin condition, there's nothing better than the powerful little bottle of 100% Australian Golden Jojoba.

Beauty is More Than Skin Deep

* p.s.  I should also mention that I love that this company is part of the solution to end the relentless hunting and killing of Sperm Whales, which have long been harvested by the beauty industry for the wax ester found in their head cavity {eww--right?}. In contrast, a Jojoba shrub can live up to 300 years in semi-arid regions, is drought tolerant and needs no chemical pesticides.

* p.s.s. Just to keep things in perspective, I completely agree with this 96 year old grandma, who gave the ultimate advice about staying young and hot forever {and based on her philosophy, I'm pretty sure she would've been a fan of jojoba}.

xo Mary Jo

Love to you lovelies! I will be back soon to take you someplace dreamy warm, exotic, iconic and more. Can you guess where?

February 12, 2015

The Sweet Life: Valentine Beauty

Hello friends! I know I've been gone for a very long time, but I'm back now and since we're on the cusp of New York Fashion Week and Valentines Day, I hope to make it up to you with a round up of some really amazing beauty products, and I promise--any one of these will brighten your winter routine.


I love Darphin products and have been using these three religiously for months. I like to think of this group as the triple threat. The Revitalizing Oil is the first thing I use every morning - if you have dry skin like me, then trust me, you need to try this! In my book it blows all of those BB creams out of the water. The Anti-Dark Circles Eye Illuminator truly works miracles on dark circles and the Hydraskin Rich All Day Hydrating Cream does exactly this. 


1. Velvety smooth body butter anyone? Lanvanila's Healthy Body Butter in vanilla grapefruit is lush and would make a great gift for your bestie this Valentine's--of course you'll need to snag one just for you.

2. Let me count the ways I heart Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm. Don't let the packaging fool you, this is grown up stuff and I like how it takes me right back to jr. high - tinted lip balm...sigh.  I love it, what can I say? 

3. I can't tell you how much I miss my monthly appointment with Vito Esposito, but his advice to use a weekly mask has not been forgotten. Macadamia's Nourishing Moisture Masque is one of the best ways to smooth out dry, damaged or color treated hair.

4. This handy slim dual ended pencil, called The Wake Up Brow by PurMinerals is so much more than an eyebrow pencil. I end up using the Bright Eyes subtle pencil the most, it makes your eyes look...well brighter.

5.  I truly love all things Jojoba Company and their Bead and Bamboo Facial Exfoliant is nothing short of brilliant. It gently cleans dead skin away and can be used 1-3 times weekly for extra smooth skin.

6. As crazy as it may sound, I've been a beauty editor for almost a decade and still don't wear much makeup. But when I do, Mally Volumizing Mascara in Black is what I reach for because it's natural waxes and carefully chosen powders give lashes an instant boost.

Every one of these little goodies is packed with pleasure!

* p.s.  Hope you will follow along as I document New York Fashion Week with lots of pretty little fashion sketches live from NYC - more on instagram @trustyourstyle 

In the meantime...

December 9, 2014

Chen Man at LA Louver

For those of you in Southern California, I wanted to remind you about the  Chen Man opening at LA Louver tomorrow from 6 - 9pm. Fashionistas you'll want to catch this show - Chen Man is considered China's foremost fashion photographer and there will be a selection of both photographs and paintings in the exhibition. 

October 15, 2014

Art Inspired: The Mulberry Tree

Vincent Van Gogh painted The Mulberry Tree in October, 1889 less than a year before he died. He was at an asylum in St. Remy, recovering from his fight with Paul Gauguin and the famous ear incident. He painted everything around him; the doctors, the halls, the wheat fields and the garden. It was a beautiful autumn that year and he told his brother Theo that this painting was his favorite. Despite everything he was going through, The Mulberry Tree expresses Van Gogh's interest in expressionism, his mastery of color theory, his understanding of the modern direction of painting and how he was attempting to go with it. In my mind, the painting goes deeper than the color of the leaves and has to do with change, grief, rebirth and mastery.

Inspired by Van Gogh's Mulberry Tree, here are a few enticing things I thought you might enjoy...

mulberry tree


18k Butterfly Yellow Quartz earrings by Mary Jo Matsumoto...our Magical Mind earring collection is finally available online!

If there was ever a watch meant for the autumn season, it would be the Jord wood watch. I love the Ely in cherry, with it's simple but lovely design.

Our Thalia Shopper is still my favorite go-to Fall bag. More styles available on

Lieber Gustav 14 by Krigler was F. Scott Fitzgerald's favorite scent and has beautiful rich and woody notes of black tea and lavender perfect for fall. I love it so much that Mr. TrustYourStyle received a bottle, but I'm tempted to steal it back for myself.

Clothes: Haider Ackermann shirt, Splendid track pants, Givenchy sandals.

P.S. If you enjoyed this post, there are over 100 Art Inspired posts you can browse on the right hand column.

September 22, 2014

When The Leaves Come Falling Down

Hello friends! Summer has come and gone, and since we're on the cusp of the first official day of Fall, I wanted to check in and say I've missed you.

Won't you join me for a little fall reverie?


The other day I was in a magical little shop in Santa Fe and fell for a winter hat...

I found out that Natalie Goldberg had bought one too. Remembering her book, Writing Down the Bones made me reach through time and smile. 

What is it about autumn that makes us stop and savor all the things we used to dream about?

I remember the beginning of the school year and making long lists of things I wanted to do...

places I wanted to go,

books I wanted to read.

Luckily I can't remember the things I didn't get around to. But those surprising wild leaps that happened like taking off one October for India to meet the Dalai Lama in his living room...they come floating down this time of year.

Silly things like little bright spots come to mind too.

How a preppy boy on a bicycle on a fine fall day in Berkeley would turn my head.

Things that don't matter anymore. 

But they mattered then.

And then life happens.

With all it's twists and turns.

I like to think there's a clarity in fall 

that lets us see the things we thought we couldn't find

were right there under our nose 

the whole time.

Wishing you a sweet and happy end of September.

Where do you need to go this fall?

Painting by Stanley Spencer

August 4, 2014

Adventures Await

Hello friends. Just a little note to say that I'm heading out for a bit.

I've been missing that feeling of taking off for uncharted territories, 
rambling conversations with strangers, the feeling that anything could happen,
making a blind leap of faith and trusting that the world will catch you. 

Wishing you many happy adventures of your own until we meet up again soon!

I'll be back in the fall. 

In the meantime, you can always find @trustyourstyle on Instagram or pinterest

July 28, 2014

Feeling Chairish?

Me too! My love for chairs is on par these days with my enthusiasm for shoes, so it wasn't hard to say yes when Chairish asked me to put together a style board using one of their gorgeous chairs.

This Arne Vodder Danish Modern beauty was impossible to resist!


Above is a collection of some of my favorite pieces I've been wearing non-stop this summer. Now all I need is this teak Danish Modern lounger to complete the raspberry reverie! Make sure to click over and view all the great accent chairs on Chairish!

Details (clockwise from the top):
Our Bougainvillea Mini-Wallet
My favorite shade of Laura Mercier lip color is Fresh Raspberry
Our Bougainvillea 4 Free Nail Color (going on Sale this Friday, but hurry! There's only one left!)
This adorable shift
These Melissa Slides ~ living in them this past week!
Our Linen & Leather Tote (also going on Sale this Friday - only 2 left!)
This Markus Lupfer iphone cover makes me smile every time I see my phone.

Do you share my love of chairs? Would love to know what's your favorite chair.

July 18, 2014

Simply Irresistible: Firenze

Anita's beautiful blog Castles, Crowns and Cottages is always a pleasure to read, and so I decided to join her Simply Irresistible Link Party that launches today. Those of us participating have agreed to write about our dream European destination.

Won't you come with me for a little visit to la culla del Rinascimento, the cradle of the the Renaissance, otherwise known as the eternally lovely Florence and the winding roads of Tuscany?

As an homage to the spirit of Anita's dazzling reveries,

Ever since I was little, I wanted to see Michelangelo's sculptures.

The angel that he set free from the marble, the Doni Tondo, and so much more....

I visited Florence with my family when I was 19 and went back to study art the next year.

My time in Florence was glorious. 
There were magical dinner parties that lasted for hours. 

Afternoons filled with shopping and cafes. 

Glamorous parties, where I picked my way through champagne bottles strewn under the olive trees at villas up in the hills of Firenze. Florentines know how to enjoy life and then some.

I don't remember much about art class except that our teacher would wear a pareo and nothing else in the afternoons...But I do remember taking an hour or more every morning to spend alone in the Ufizzi and Palazzo Pitti walking among works by Botticelli, da Vinci, Durer, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio, Rembrandt and so many more. I never started my day until I had spent some time in front of my favorite Raphael painting.

The Madonna della Seggiola is to this day the most beautiful painting that I have ever seen. Missing morning class to spend time in front of it was one of the best educational decisions I ever made.

From the beginning, life in Firenze was a slice of heaven laced with chocolate from haven't lived until you've sipped this melted chocolate concoction.

It was my first behind-the-scenes glimpse of handmade luxury leather goods; 
little did I know it was to become a life long passion...

And then, not surprisingly, one evening, at a party overlooking the Arno, I was struck by the same lightning that Dante wrote about in the Divine Comedy.

For a time I lived with him above the Piazza della Signoria.

I missed one plane ride home. And then another...

We toured the Tuscan countryside, tasting wine and stopping in villas to taste more wine. He knew everyone and everyone knew him. It was like a strange but wonderful dream.

Weeks were ticking by and I was missing the beginning of grad school.
He asked me to stay and I thought about it.

I'm sure I filled pages in my journal.
Penne for your thoughts, ragazza...

I was just 20 and at the time the things I still wanted to do made
the 12 years between us seem like 1200.

Before I left he gave me the pocket watch his mother, a beautiful artist, had worn in her passport photo. And yes, this is the very same watch. I still have it.

To this day Firenze has a dear place in my heart and always will.
Just thinking about it has made me want to return.

Have you ever visited a place that was simply irresistible?

* make sure to check out some of the other 54 Irresistible Destinations!

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