Aug.28.15 Talking Shop & Giveaway / Miss Violet Lace

Botanical Skincare + Giveaway — Of Trees and Hues

I’m so thrilled to share today’s Talking Shop with you. I’ve invited Krista from Miss Violet Lace over and she has allowed me to pick her creative brain. As you may remember from Monday’s blog post, Miss Violet Lace is a lovely shop specializing in creating organic and botanical beauty products. I’m such a fan of their shop and am so happy to have Krista over today sharing some incredibly inspiring thoughts about living a healthy life as well as some fun behind the scenes of working with organic ingredients. So, let’s get to it!


1. Tell us a little about the two of you.

My name is Krista and I consider myself fortunate to be able to share my business with my mom, Sandy. We’ve been involved in various forms of hair artistry for 5 years, and only recently as of Autumn 2014 shifted our focus to natural, botanical hair, beauty and skincare products. Our studio is nestled in the countryside, surrounded by fields, woods and an ever-growing source of inspiration and ingredients, so it was a natural progression to handcrafting products sourced from the earth.

We are both self taught, and thoroughly enjoy studying plants, herbs and their remedial and medicinal uses.

2. What inspired the launch of Miss Violet Lace?

Miss Violet Lace came about from a personal experience. After a disastrous haircut I sought a realistic and fashionable hair piece, but was unable to find what I was looking for on the market. I decided on sharing my work with others after extensively reconstructing and hand-altering a hair piece for myself. We developed a small assortment of hair products for both wigs and real hair early on, and released a line of products designed for men years later. MVL has gradually and organically evolved into a lifestyle brand, and is something we are both very passionate about.

Botanical Skincare + Giveaway — Of Trees and Hues

3. What’s the philosophy behind the brand?

We believe that beautifying and caring for your body shouldn’t mean sacrificing health and wellness.

The shift to botanical products has been due in part to my own realization of the impact that traditional products can have not only on your body but the environment as well. It is immensely rewarding to create products that contribute to a smaller carbon footprint and a healthier lifestyle.

We believe that nature and skincare are symbiotic, which is why each and every one of our products is crafted by hand in small batches using the finest ingredients, with a focus on beneficial and nutritive, sourced from the earth ingredients.

We strive to use ethically harvested, wild-crafted and certified organic ingredients when possible. Most of our products are vegan (aside from the balms, which currently contain beeswax but we are looking into a soy based wax).

4. Can you give us a sneak peek into your creative process?

Many of our products were created to fulfill a genuine need for healthy, eco-friendly skincare alternatives. Our first goal when starting up was to create the basics of all skincare regimens — products to tone, exfoliate, detoxify and cleanse. As we continue to expand our line of products into hair and beauty, we aim to inform and share with others that you can still adorn and beautify your skin and body without unnecessary, harmful chemicals.

When designing new products, one of the main points we focus on is to create something entirely unique, but most importantly, a product that will offer the user a calming, ritual experience. All of our products are formulated to not only serve a specific purpose (cleanse, brighten, etc.), but to create an aromatherapeutic olfactory and sensory experience that resonates with the wearer.

5. What’s the most rewarding aspect of your line of work?

Being able to share botanical beauty with people of all ages has been and continues to be the most rewarding part of this business. It brings us immense joy to be able to spread the word about healthy, natural skincare.

Botanical Skincare + Giveaway — Of Trees and Hues

6. What’s your favorite natural ingredient that you have worked with and why?

It’s impossible to choose one! My favorite ingredients are a handful of essential oils — rosewood, vetiver, patchouli… the list goes on. These are the basis of the scents — no synthetic fragrances — and the amazing part about them is that they are so much more than just a scent. Essential oils are quite literally, the essence of plants. They are highly concentrated and have been used for virtually any purpose you can imagine, from cleansing and toning to easing anxiety, boosting immunity and so much more.

Sandy’s favorite ingredient is mica, a fine silicate mineral that gives off iridescent, subtle shimmer when applied to skin. It reminds us both of vacations our family took years back — we would often find mica along hiking trails and would take home a small piece as a souvenir. Intertwining personal experience with our work makes each part of our business memorable and meaningful.

7. What are the future goals for Miss Violet Lace?

As our brand grows and evolves, we intend to continue expanding our line of products for both men and women. Our products are currently available in several retailers, and we aspire to share our brand with retailers nationwide.


I can’t thank Krista enough for stopping by and allowing me to pick her brain. I truly enjoy chatting with creative folks and the ladies behind Miss Violet Lace are truly that! And to top it all off — they’re giving one lucky Of Trees and Hues reader $50 store credit towards their shop! Simply click below to enter.

Aug.24.15 Botanical Skincare / Miss Violet Lace

Botanical Skincare | Of Trees and Hues

After turning thirty this year, I’ve noticed a slight shift in my lifestyle. I’m all about healthy living and being more aware of — and cautious about — what I put into my body. The majority of the food I eat is grown locally and all of my hair and skin care products are made from natural ingredients. It just makes me feel good knowing that everything that’s going into my body is actually really good for my body.

I believe that everyone should pamper themselves on occasion, and I know the creative community can agree with me when I say that we totally deserve it, too. We work our butts off and earn the right to soak our feet while binge watching Gilmore Girls.

It’s easy for me to go a little overboard when it comes to hair and skin care products, but then again, is there truly such a thing? I recently got the opportunity to try some from the Miss Violet Lace collection and I am beyond ecstatic to share them with you today!

Aug.19.15 Makers Co. / Temple Coffee Roasters

Temple Coffee by Of Trees and Hues

My husband and I have toyed with the idea of starting a blog together for ages now. In fact, he has guest written for Of Trees and Hues on numerous occasions. In an effort to explore more as well as to share our favorite places with you, we’re teaming up to start the Makers Collective — a series of stories and imagery to showcase some of our favorite creators. The first issue is Temple Coffee Roasters, a long-standing staple of the Sacramento coffee culture.

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ISSUE ONE / TEMPLE COFFEE ROASTERS

Words by Christopher McNeill and Photography by Latrina McNeill

During the day, the Sacramento streets are awash with a sense of urgency. Heels clack in sixteenth notes until dusk while phones are pressed between cheek and shoulder, trying to power through deadlines or rally the troops. As the sun sets, lights begin to flicker on in restaurants and bars, ushering in the weary and helping them to forget that the grind will continue.

While gears of government are always turning, lawmakers and public servants are not the only people who maintain their collective sanity by staying caffeinated, fed, and mildly intoxicated — this city is slowly figuring out that students need their coffee and beer, too.

Sacramento is known for its extensive bar scene, but it is also the home to a slew of coffee roasters and even more independently-owned specialty cafes. Often considered one of the best (or at least one of the most underrated) U.S. cities for coffee, the City of Trees continues to up the ante for coffee aficionados in terms of quantity and quality alike. Leading the charge is Temple Coffee Roasters.

Aug.11.15 At this Moment / August

I can not begin to express how excited ( and nervous ) I am to blog again. It’s been on my mind for months now but finding a moment to write, with a clear head and creative mind, has been tough these days. A lot of hardships and events have unfolded this year and even though I feel as though I have so much to share with you — I wanted today, my first blog post, to be a positive one. Because, well — things are going really well and I’m excited and I have missed you all so much!

At this moment, I am working my butt off to get back to normalcy. And when I say normalcy, I mean crazy work mode. And what better way to do that than to jump right in!? So many wonderful things are happening right now that I’m just so thankful for — I am currently collaborating with two pretty spectacular artists that I can’t wait to tell you more about! I have a few photoshoots coming up and I’m also in the midst of launching a creative design company. I’ve kept it a secret for so long now that I’m just so excited ( and relieved ) to finally share! It’s been my passion project for nearly a year now and I’m hoping to launch at the end of the month. So, expect a massive blog post in the near future about all the details!

I have missed you all so much — more than you will ever know! And I’m so eager to hear what you’ve been up to these past few months and what goals and aspirations you have for the rest of the year? Spill your guts to me and feel free to leave a few of your own favorite blog posts so I can catch up! xo

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May.08.15 A Happy Mother’s Day to our angel Mothers

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Leave it to Mother’s Day to inspire me to write. During this time of the year, there’s a heavy amount of thoughts and memories streaming through my heart and I wanted to share a few with you today.

It’s been twelve years since I lost my mother to cancer. I miss her deeply each and every day. She was a wonderful woman — strong, ridiculously funny and always had a great outlook on life. And one hell of a mother to her five children. We were her everything, and she ours.

For those of you who have also lost their mother, these words are for you: Let’s celebrate the women that they were and the strength and life they still continue to be for us. There is no love like a mothers. It’s unwavering and ever-flowing. She’s with you, this weekend, as she has continued to be throughout your entire life. She’s the warmth you feel from the sun and the cool breeze in the early mornings. She’s the flicker in your eyes and the comfort in your heart. Just know that she never wanted to leave you and that she would want nothing more than to see you smile. So let’s celebrate the life they lived here on earth and the never-ending love they shared. For mothers are remarkable beings.

Happy Mother’s Day, friends. Whether your mother is in heaven or here on earth, let her know how much she means to you! And how much she fills your heart. For there is no one in this world like her.

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