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What is a Côte Babe?

What is a Côte Babe?

What is a Côte Babe? You've seen our babes all over social media and our website! But who are they? We're sharing today what values our babes love the most and giving you tips on how to live a more sustainable life, stay balanced, and bring some fierce style into your busy life! 

But before we get into that, we have to feature one of our favorite downtown Morehead City spots! If you've never been to Ginny Gordon's on the 10th block of Arendell, part of the 11th Street Collective, stop what you're doing and go now! Seriously, she's got the prettiest kitchen pieces that will light up your world. Walking into this kitchen wonderland, we knew their aesthetic fit the Côte style perfectly. So we are taking you into the life of the Côte babe and what she values most. Featured babe, Erica, is wearing our Untamed Hearts chambray two piece set featuring roomy flared bottoms and a tied crop top. 

girl shopping in chambray two piece and basket of oranges

The Environment - Living at the beach is synonymous (or should be) to taking care of the environment and conserving our oceans, and we've got tips on how you can make your life more sustainable by reducing your plastic waste! 

    1. Invest in a reusable glass or stainless steel water bottle! There are water fountains everywhere nowadays so you will never have to go thirsty. Plus if you get a stylish Swell bottle like the ones here, it makes the perfect Instagram worthy accessory! 
    2. Skip the plastic grocery bags by getting reusable bags (like the one pictured from Ginny Gordon's), or cloth bags from your local grocer! Think of how many times we go to the grocery store per week. If you're going multiple times, using 3-4 bags each time, that's over 300 bags per year! Plus you don't have to worry about keeping a junk drawer of plastic bags that you'll never actually use again...  
    3.  Recycle, recycle, recycle. Check with your town's waste service and find out which products you can recycle and which you can't. Make a conscious effort to cut down on single use plastics and recycle what you can! At Côte, we use pre-recycled tissue paper, bags, and boxes for all of our retail and shipping needs. You can always keep these and reuse for gifts! 

 

girl reading cookbook wearing sage the label untamed hearts two piece

Healthy Living - Being all about balance, we LOVE to indulge in delicious baked treats but also know the importance of cooking a healthy meal at home from one of our favorite cookbooks! We know on days that we are sitting and working from home, cooking is very important to balance out our lack of movement/exercise that day. However, on days that begin with yoga, a run, or long walk on the beach, we know that extra piece of chocolate won't be too bad, right?!  We've got some kitchen items you can find at Ginny Gordon's that are essential in cooking a healthy meal at home. 

  1. A Vegetable Spiralizer - if you have never made zoodles, you're in for a TREAT! This amazing product will make noodles out of just about any vegetable as a healthy alternative to pasta noodles. We've made noodles from zucchini, yellow squash, sweet potato, carrots, the options are endless! Mix up a zesty asian sauce using Tahini, Soy Sauce, Tobasco, Peanut Oil, and you've got a delicious healthy meal! 
  2. The Berndes Spatula is Ginny Gordon's number one selling product, and we know why! It is the BEST spatula that you will ever own (currently sporting 3 in my kitchen). So when you're flipping veggie burgers, stirring up chicken stir fry, or indulging in chocolate chip pancakes, your guests will be wondering how you got them to turn out so pretty... it's all in the spatula babes.. 

 girl wearing sage the label untamed hearts set shopping in kitchen store

Style - Côte's style brings designs from the West Coast to the beaches of North Carolina. Here's some tips on how to get perfect style for your everyday life:

    1. Juxtapose modern cuts with relaxed styles. Our Untamed Hearts two piece for instance, has that modern high neck cut crop top paired with roomy flare chambray pants to cultivate that easy beach lifestyle while also looking fierce! 
    2. Style modern pieces with your own vintage attire. Every Côte babe has that old vintage tee in her drawer, how perfect would that Tee be with our Untamed Hearts chambray pant. our distressed Skinny Love Mini Skirt, or our paper bag waist Afton Short! Mixing different pieces from your wardrobe can make them feel like new again and help you feel refreshed! You know those old jean cut offs that you can never seem to throw out? Mix those with a basic tank like our Peace Seeker tank for a casual Saturday or dress them up with a trendy top for Sunday brunch like our Mallory Gingham tank or Havana Pineapple tee! 

 

Speaking of sustainable living and keeping our oceans clean, we are hosting a Beach Clean Up with Lookout Ford on Sunday, July 8 in Atlantic Beach! We are so excited and we need everyone's help to clean up after a crazy July 4 weekend! Meet in the sand in front of the circle at 10am and we will go until 2pm! We will have lots of vendors out helping and giving away freebies!! See you babes there. 

Until next time babes. 

bisous (kisses),

Abby & Andie

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A Day in the Oily Life

A Day in the Oily Life

Hey Cote babes, so since you all were so interested in how to use oils and our oily journey as part of our healthy lifestyle here at Cote, I've put together a "Day in the Oily Life" post for you guys! Keep in mind, this is my personal routine, and there are SO many other oils and uses out there and I'd love to speak with any of you that have specific questions or concerns to incorporate the right oils into your daily routine! I've broken the post up into Morning, Afternoon, and Night routines to give you an idea of a normal day: 

Morning: 

In the early morning when the streets are still quiet, doing a meditation and yoga practice is the best way to start my day! These two oils have brought an entirely new level to my practice. I diffuse Sacred Frankincense in my living room and apply to my wrists and bottoms of my feet so I can absorb all the goodness that is Frankincense. This is hands down my favorite oil for so many things. Frankincense helps me with feeling grounded and get out of my head so I can focus on my practice. As a yoga instructor, it is important for me to keep up with my own practice so that I may serve others and this is usually my main focus when doing yoga. Whether I'm doing a 5 min stretch or an hour of flow, I always have this one by my side. It's also GREAT for skin, so this is also a must in my night time facial oil. 

Cool Azul is a refreshing blend of oils including Wintergreen and Peppermint for a muscle cool down after a yoga session. As you can see, I have diluted this one into a 10ml roller ball (10 drops oil, fill with carrier oil). This blend is great for rolling over my sore muscles. The cool blend is so energizing and I love the way my muscles feel after rubbing it in! 

Next is my daily 2oz shot of Ningxia Red and Copaiba. Ningxia Red is a daily supplement that contains wolfberries, blueberries, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, plum juices, and citrus essential oils. For more than 700 years, Ningxia wolfberres (or goji berries) have earned a reputation for being rich in nutritional value. I love this supplement for keeping my energy up throughout the day and I add a drop of Copaiba for overall wellness support. Copaiba is made from the resin of Copaiba tree native to Brazil. Copaiba has beta-carophyllene which helps the body respond to natural irritants and is good for supporting other oils. Adding a drop of Copaiba to another oil (say Cool Azul for muscles) just gives you a stronger effect. This routine is more for overall immune support for me especially during the winter! 

Afternoon: 

Now if you've ever visited our store, you'll know we diffuse oils throughout the day! This will change daily based on our needs and what we're into at the moment. But 2 oils I cannot live without for that afternoon slump are Joy and En-R-Gee! The names are pretty self explanatory (thanks Young Living!) Joy is a floral blend of Rose, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, and citrus oils for a truly uplifting scent. This one is usually the one I grab to rub on my wrists for perfume and the scent alone just makes me happy. En-R-Gee has a more spicy scent and is a blend of Rosemary, Juniper, Lemongrass, Black Pepper and other woodsy oils. This one does exactly what it says. I rub this one on my forearms to give me a little boost throughout the day! I usually go with one or the other since they are so opposite in smell, it depends on what I'm needing that day! 

Night: 

 

This blend is actually a morning and night application during winter, but I cannot live without this one! These 5 oils, Peppermint, Thieves, Copaiba, RC, and Lavender are a great blend for Immune Support. I've put 10-15 drops each in a 10ml roller bottle and filled with a carrier oil. I rub this on the bottoms of my feet (fun fact: most of our pores are on the bottoms of our feet so it's a great place for our bodies to absorb the oily goodness). So far I've stayed above the wellness line this year, and I will use Thieves alone on my hands after visits to the gas station, grocery store, literally any public space! Side note: All 5 of these oils are included in the Young Living Starter Kit! 

Lastly, I rub Raven on my chest for breathing support before bed. Think of it like a natural vapor rub, the eucalyptus and wintergreen blend provides a cooling sensation that feels so good! I also diffuse Lavender every night! It creates a calming atmosphere and I will sometimes add another oil based on what I'm feeling. I recently have been diffusing White Angelica with it which if you follow our Instagram (if not, why aren't you?!) you'll know it brought up some crazy dreams dealing with my biggest fears. White Angelica is an oil for trauma support, so if you need to work through some things, it's a great oil to bring your bottled up emotions to surface so you can deal! It was very eye opening for me because I realized most of my fears come from a place of losing control. My Yellow/Green personality does not like leaving things up to chance! But now that I know where my fears are coming from, I can deal with them! Guys, it's so important to be in tune with your body and be able to control/redirect your thoughts because when you let negativity in and linger, it affects everything, even your health! This is why we use oils and why we like to share them with you all! We are big believers in having a positive mindset when it comes to business, life, and personal goals. When you start saying positive things to yourself, you begin to believe it and things start to happen! So what good thing can you say to yourself today? 

If anyone has any questions on these oils or oils in general, please send us a message or email! We are holding an oily 101 class at our store Tuesday, Feb 27th to go over the Young Living Starter Kit and give you a more in depth tutorial on the oily lifestyle! I could have made this post go on forever, but I'll keep it short and sweet for now. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all things Cote! 

Merci Cote babes

xxx,

Andie

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