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My Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

My Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

Dani Aceino lives in New Jersey with her husband, Jimmy, and their three boys, all under the age of five. Dani’s outlook on beauty has changed since becoming a mom — both practically and emotionally. Ahead, she talks about the best pregnancy product, building her confidence and the natural beauty brand she swears by…

Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

What’s an average day like for you?
My husband and I own a photography business — we photograph families and weddings — and often shoot together on the weekends. He works lots of other jobs during the week: paints houses, does construction, waits tables. It’s a crazy busy life! Since we share a car and live in a pretty secluded part of central New Jersey, I am mostly at home with the kids during the week.

What are you all usually up to during the week?
My oldest Elliot, who is five, is in kindergarten and Asher goes to preschool. They’ll go to the same school next year and are so excited to sit together on the bus! When they’re home, as long as the temperature is bearable, we’re outside. Our backyard is incredible: there’s a huge hill of rocks that we call ‘our mountain’ and a small mound of rocks that we call ‘the little mountain.’ The big mountain is tall, and I tell the boys not to climb it unless I’m there, but I often find four-year-old Asher at the top yelling, ‘Mommy, can you help me down?” He has no fear!

Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

Do you wear makeup every day?
Not anymore. I recently decided to wear makeup when I WANT to, rather than feeling as if I HAVE to. Makeup can definitely be a great self-esteem boost, but I had a tendency to hide behind it, so there was a point it stopped being fun. Now I feel confident not wearing it every day, which has helped make it fun again. When I do wear makeup, I absolutely love the earth-conscious Moonrise Creek line. I use their translucent powder, blush, eyeliner, mascara and brow gel.

You must be so busy with three little boys!
Yes! Even taking a shower takes some teamwork. I have to say to my husband, okay, I am going to take a shower, you got the kids, right? We have a small place, and it’s difficult to get time alone — the kids like to be around us all the time. When I’m putting on makeup, they’ll just hang out in the bathroom with me. They ask me lots of questions about the whole process — they’re really sweet boys.

Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

Were you always into beauty growing up?
Yes! I grew up in a small suburban town. Even though it was only an hour away from New York City, we were surrounded by farms and open space. I would read teen magazines to get all my ideas of style and beauty. One of my favorite things to do with friends was little makeovers. We’d use my dad’s Polaroid to take pictures of our final looks. Of course, it was more than the makeup that excited me, it was about being creative with friends. I loved how magical it felt to dress up together. Honestly, it’s still so much fun to me!

Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

Why do you think you hid behind makeup when you were younger?
Growing up, I saw my own face through other people’s opinions. I struggled with nitpicking my looks: I wish my eyes looked like this model’s or that model’s; if only my legs were longer… I had to do lots of learning on my own, and much of that came recently. I’ve learned that beauty comes from knowing and loving yourself — two major milestones for me and, I think, many women. I’ve also realized that makeup isn’t terrible, and I can still be a feminist and wear it. I also like that meme I’ve seen floating around, “How to get a bikini body. Have a body. Wear a bikini.” It’s definitely a process, but I have a more accepting relationship with my own body now as a thirty-something mother of three than I ever have before.

Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

What has helped you accept yourself?
Instagram has actually helped with my self-confidence — getting my photography out there, having a voice, seeing all different kinds of people, and writing honestly about all stages of pregnancy and having kids. Also, it may sound corny, but when you have kids they look at you and are like, ‘You’re beautiful, Mommy.’ They see you beyond all the things you don’t like about yourself.

That’s so sweet.
The other day I went to five-year-old Elliot’s school for a music concert. He walked up into the stands and immediately started looking for me. I watched him scan the crowds, and his face lit up when he found me. There’s nothing better than watching your child’s face light up because they SEE you. It doesn’t matter what your makeup or hair looks like — it’s all just radiant love.

Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

What do you like most about your look?
Honestly, I used to really dislike my eyebrows! They were so dark, and I thought they made my face look harsh. It wasn’t until I got older that I began to embrace them. My brows are intense, but that’s okay —  so am I!

Have you ever done a drastic beauty experiment?
My hair has always been stick straight. But, one weekend when I was twelve, my mom went away with friends. I had a scheduled hair appointment, and I told my dad that my mom said I could get a perm. I have no idea why any hair professional would go along with this or why my dad believed me, but they did. I got a perm. A terrible perm. But that’s not all: They gave me the “Rachel” cut and, oh dear lord, the combo was just atrocious! Thankfully, we can all laugh about it now.

Tell us about your skincare routine.
I used to be forgetful when it came to my skincare. But since having my third child (and with sleep becoming more elusive), I’ve made skincare a priority. I remove all my makeup with coconut oil every night; otherwise I’ll wear my tiredness on my face. I then wash with Moonrise Creek’s Traditional Cleansing Grains. My skin is sensitive, so aggressive exfoliators leave me blotchy, but this one has just the right amount of scrub. It makes my skin glow like nothing I’ve ever used. I then apply Moonrise Creek’s Botanical Eye Treatment, both around my eyes and on any dry patches on my face.

Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

What products do you use on your body?
Before I shower, I use a dry brush that I picked up at Target. It felt a little weird and uncomfortable at first, but I’ve gotten used to it. You simply brush your skin in a motion moving toward your heart. It helps with dryness and increases circulation. It was a lifesaver during pregnancy! My legs were so swollen toward the end, and the brushing brought much needed relief.

How do you take care of your hair?
My hair is next on my to-do list! My husband got me a gift certificate for a haircut for Christmas, but I haven’t had time to go. It’s so long right now, people think I’m growing it out — but it’s not intentional. I’m also preparing to spend a pretty penny on a new brush. When I was younger, I would constantly dye my hair from drugstore boxes and often went from blonde to brown to blonde again. I’ve taken a break for the past four years, and my hair is thanking me right now… but I’ve started to get the purple-hair itch. Thirty-one isn’t too old for purple hair, right?

Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

Do you have a signature scent?
I use Barr Co’s Original Scent. It smells like milk, oatmeal, vanilla and vetiver — it’s such a comforting smell. I love natural scents. When I’m not wearing Barr Co, I usually wear breastmilk and a woman-who-needs-a-shower. Heard of it?

Do you have any scents in your home that you love?
Our favorites are the rich, heartwarming scents of fall and winter: pine, spices and cedar. Target always has a wonderful selection. We light candles and diffuse oils as well. Young Living’s Gentle Baby is being used quite often at the moment as it seems to calm baby Gus when he’s fussy and teething.

Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

Do you have an overall beauty philosophy?
Self-care is important because it emphasizes “you’re worth it.” Let yourself be inspired by yourself and be alive to who you are. Our unedited self is gorgeous and profound; it guides everything else. I just read this in Mary Oliver’s new book and I think it fits perfectly with my beauty philosophy: “And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.”

Beauty Uniform: Danielle Aceino

Thank you so much, Dani!

P.S. More women share their beauty uniforms, including Joanna’s mom, and a professional ballerina.

(Photos courtesy of Dani and Jimmy Aceino. Interview by Megan Cahn.)

  1. Kate says...

    I do love the Beauty Uniforms. But ultimately they make me sad. Each person featured is naturally pretty or down right beautiful. It is hilarious to suggest their routine or product has made them this way. It really comes down to genetics which is just winning a lottery. Tiny or attractive nose, big eyes, fat under the eyes (therefore no dark circles-no cream will fix that) pronounced cheekbones, cool thick hair, proportioned figure.

  2. Great post! She has a kind of Katharine Ross look. :)

  3. So gorgeous and inspiring! I definitely pinned a few photos ;)

  4. Katherine says...

    I would REALLY encourage you all to put women up here who are bigger than a size 0-8. Its very hard to relate, especially as a new mom. And sort of implies that all of the women you see worthwhile of a “beauty post” must be thin. I would like to see a women with some CHUB talk about how she finds her beauty. As a new mom of 2, this is what I struggle with, and while I love this blog, its almost unhealthy for me to keep reading when all the moms look like this.

    Thanks.

    • Rachel says...

      I totally agree with this. It has been so hard to feel a sense of “community” with other moms on social media as an average-sized woman. After having my second child, I have struggled A LOT with losing this weight – and it would be so welcomed to see a confident woman who wears double digits. I want to take my new daughter swimming, but am having anxiety about wearing a bathing suit with my new (almost one year out) mom bod. Surely there are more of us out there?

    • Caroline says...

      To play devil’s advocate, I am a mom of 2 and was a size 8 at my largest after kids. I do realize the average size of the American woman is a 12-14. I don’t think I would enjoy this series as much if the pictures featured worn out, stressed looking women of any size. I like seeing more “glamorous” pics as a brief get away to my everyday life.

    • Lori S. says...

      Right on Sister. I agree totally. There is no end to the amount of women who are not thin who are also beautiful.

    • Scarlett says...

      Agreed, I’m also VERY unlike the women usually featured in the blog. But for me, this blog is like flipping through a magazine. I look at it to get some interesting ideas, but knowing in the back of my head that most of the styles featured won’t work for me. I live in rural Ohio. In fact, most of the styles featured are plain impractical for me to try and wear each day, let alone expect them to flatter my figure. Admittedly it’s a struggle sometimes not to compare myself and my life to those shown in the blog, but I think we all feel that way when we’re flipping through our favorite mags too. We look at them for the beauty and for ideas, not for a reflection of our everyday lives.

    • Emma says...

      CoJ HAS featured larger women (many times) … and international women, and women of color, and women who struggle with depression/disease/disaster etc. It is one of the most inclusive blogs I have ever read. You can’t expect to see every aspect of your entire life reflected in one post. Anyone will relate to only certain aspects of every post. I think the team does a great job of trying to show many different types of lives. If anything, CoJ hasn’t posted a BU about super flashy women, I am waiting for post about a women who regularly does botox, please!

  5. You are a doll!

    I also have just boys a 1 and 3 yr old, and I do photography!

    I blog about my love for photos and design and being a mom.

  6. sarah k says...

    I just loved this. And the line “Breastmilk and a woman who needs a shower…heard of it?” made me laugh so hard. I have so been there! I considered myself lucky when I didn’t smell like baby spitup too. ;)

    I was touched by the realism, authenticity, and peace of this beauty uniform. She is beautiful, and in a way I find inspiring and encouraging. Also, I love reading about women from all walks and stages and ways of life here, but as a woman who currently spends most of my time at home raising and educating my children, this one really spoke personally to me. Thank you!

  7. Alex says...

    This is one of the best beauty uniforms yet! I love her philosophy.

    “Makeup can definitely be a great self-esteem boost, but I had a tendency to hide behind it, so there was a point it stopped being fun. Now I feel confident not wearing it every day, which has helped make it fun again.”

    It’s amazing how quickly you can get used to and appreciate how your un-madeup face looks. Going from spending so much time in front of the mirror, trying to correct/enhance features, to a quick glance and a “Hey, I’m doing OK” is really powerful. It links in a bit to the whole ‘body neutrality’ movement – it’s nice to look good, but there’s so much more to be done!

  8. anneso says...

    Hello Dani,
    You are so beautiful, your style is honest and fresh, your face looks flawless without anything on it. Looking at the wedding picture you have put, compared to the ones from now with your three kids, you look even better now. That’s what true happiness does to you i guess ;)
    It might be because I am french, and we strive for natural looking beauty, but you look beautiful in and out, be proud of yourself !

  9. Geny says...

    I teared up reading the part about her son’s face lighting up when he found her in the crowd at a school concert. So true and sweet and precious. It reminds me to cherish those moments with my daughters because they go by so fast. Soon they won’t want to be seen with me ;-)

    Beautiful woman, beautiful post.

  10. Dani is so naturally beautiful. Her family portraits are so full of warmth. What lucky boys to have such a gorgeous Mom (inside and out)!

  11. Tilly says...

    Ignore that to-do list. Throw away that voucher (or use it for a trim). Your hair is perfect exactly as it is! It just adds to your whole AliMacGraw vibe. You’ve a gorgeous family.

  12. Karen T. says...

    “And you must not, ever, give anyone else the responsibility for your life.” Love love love this! Mama of two boys and this post resonated with me. Especially the not wearing make-up and taking better care of your skin part. I’m taking a break from make-up (at least during the week) and actually wash/efoliate/lotion my face now and my skin is glowing!! (It took me until 41 to figure this out!) Great post!

  13. Laura C. says...

    I confess- I often imagine myself featuring a beauty uniform post, and every time taht I read interviews like this, I always feel less than anyone.
    I love how Dani speaks about her life and her boys. She is great.

  14. Emma says...

    Lol, I feel like everyone at some point has to learn to embrace their eyebrows. They are unruly–they just are.

  15. Lo says...

    One of my favourites, thank you for sharing Danielle!

    I can’t get over how so much happiness glows from her, she’s a hell of a woman. Also still waiting for the day my eyebrows finally grow back in – I’m two months into the no-touch year (thanks to Stella) and am already itching to touch them. If I manage to get brows like Danielle’s or Stella’s … it’s worth it!
    http://www.themixturesat30.blogspot.co.uk

    • I’m doing it, too! Technically, I did start growing my eyebrows out before I read Stella’s article but I wasn’t doing it the right way. I was still trying to keep them neat and would pluck at them occasionally. I’m about 5 months in and I too am desperate to pluck! Good luck with your eyebrow journey! I’m sure it will all be worth it!

  16. We all love Miss Verse 💖We are dying to know what Shampoo she uses tho

  17. Jessica says...

    “Breastmilk and a woman who needs a shower” YES!!!! Although I have never met you Danielle, I know we’d immediately click because I have worn this scent literally the last five years! Personally, I think it’s a winner ;)

  18. This momma is seriously beautiful inside and out. Love her style and philosophy. Thanks for posting!

  19. well…just went and bought that eye cream! :) thanks for featuring a hand made natural eye cream and supporting a small business.

  20. Amy says...

    Dani is cool. Love her vibe.

  21. Meg says...

    Dani is so beautiful – face and eyebrows for sure, reminds me of Ali MacGraw! And the nursing photo is just too amazing for words. Thanks so much for sharing this story.

  22. what a gorgeous portrait.. i am a mom, too. and a photographer. beautiful to witness another here.

  23. Alex says...

    What a sweet reminder to be kinder to myself. My post baby belly is the stuff of nightmares, stretched and floppy with the infamous c-section shelf. But my toddler loves to lay her head on it and even pats it and sings to it like she knows that’s where she came from. There’s a beauty in our scars and our most loved ones are there to remind us about it. Feeling better about my physical self today. Thanks CoJ!

  24. Emmie says...

    I love Danielle’s philosophy on makeup and allowing yourself to set your own beauty standards. I recently stopped shaving my legs. In sixth grade, all the girls in my class started shaving their legs, so naturally I asked my mother for a razor. This winter I had an epiphany: I hate shaving my legs! I think my legs look great with hair on them (and not that it really matters, but my husband does too). It’s not even as if shaving your legs is like eating a vegetable; it’s not necessarily good for you. I realized I’ve only continued the practice because of societal conventions. Hopefully I’ll have the courage to debut them this spring!

  25. Jessica says...

    Can we find out about the mama bird and maman poule shirts? Also the jumpsuit? Loved this.

    • Alice says...

      Hi Jessica, as a French girl I’m happy to inform you that the “maman poule” sweatshirt is from a French brand called Emoi Emoi. You’ll be able to shop it online : http://www.emoi-emoi.com/sweats-maman-poule-maman-cool.html
      I reckon that the mama bird t-shirt is from a US brand called the Bee & the Fox ;)

  26. Erica H. says...

    So beautiful and thoughtful!

  27. Liz says...

    she’s great! love everything about this. also, that jumpsuit <3 haha

  28. What a stunning family. And her brows are enviable!

  29. I love this one! She lives like me. :D

  30. Carly says...

    I spy the Clinton mill! I grew up in Clinton so it’s so funny and sweet to see that in such an unexpected place like this blog :)

    • Lauren says...

      I recognized it, too! I grew up in Flemington, and my brother and his family live in Clinton.

    • Megan says...

      Too funny, I grew up right outside of Clinton and immediately spotted the Mill too!

  31. Isadora says...

    Would love to know where she shops for kids clothes. so adorable and full of personality.

    • Lauren says...

      I second that! Beautiful, effortless style.

  32. Erin says...

    The “cleansing grains” from Moonrise Creek are enticing! Glad she shared that brand :)

    Dani has a lovely and calm voice.

    If readers are interested in hearing more from Mary Oliver, there is a wonderful interview with her on On Being: http://onbeing.org/programs/mary-oliver-listening-to-the-world/

  33. Rae says...

    Love your style! Where do you like to shop?

  34. Mitra says...

    “Also, it may sound corny, but when you have kids they look at you and are like, ‘You’re beautiful, Mommy.’ They see you beyond all the things you don’t like about yourself.”

    YES. Having this realization since becoming a mom has completely changed my relationship with body. I would never in a million years disparage anything my kids love deeply, and I have to extend that thought to myself. I don’t love the shape of my legs, but my kids only care if they’re strong enough to chase them. I don’t love my post-baby belly, but my kids are happy to have a soft place to cuddle. I don’t love my freckles, blotchy skin, and under-eye circles, but my kids are comforted by my face. Giving myself the grace to look in the mirror, and affirm the version of me that they see has been a liberating, unexpected gift of motherhood.

    • Congee says...

      That’s beautiful!

  35. Eden says...

    That nursing photo is so beautiful!

  36. Jenny says...

    Moonrise Creek is the best! Excited to see it mentioned!!

  37. Loved this interview!! I used to be the kind of girl who would wake up an hour earlier than everyone else at sleepovers so I could have my hair and makeup done before my friends woke up. A few years ago, confronting the lack of disposable time I have as a mother of six little kids, I made the conscious decision to spend the time I would put into daily hair & makeup into long-term self-care. For me, that’s running and yoga. I still get ready when I have someplace to be, but it’s five minutes on my face and a French braid! But I’d rather have my body look contoured than my face! 😂

  38. Alexandra Marie says...

    My dream is to be able to take care of my acne scarring and have skin close to this.

  39. Yes to mommas with no make-up and the confident 30s!

  40. Erin says...

    So lovely! Thank you for sharing!

  41. Emily says...

    Thank you for this beautiful post.

  42. Claire says...

    That baby in the lead picture–I can’t get enough!
    What a gorgeous family and what a great reminder to be kinder to ourselves. This one really hit a personal chord. Thank you.

  43. shelley says...

    I want to know more about her! and I want to know where she buys clothes for her sons!

    • I want to know about all her clothes… that jumpsuit! So darling.

    • Kate says...

      Ditto! Her clothes and her little boy fashion sense is amazing!

    • The boys are so cute.

  44. Jessica says...

    As a size 18, I would love to see more woman on here who look like me – whether it’s a beauty uniform post or outfits. Y’all have done a great job of being more racially inclusive, but I still find myself really wishing to see some plus size women on here. Thanks for listening :)

    • Emily says...

      I second this!

    • Annie Mendelsohn says...

      am I the only chubby in my late 50’s here? Even if so I still love- A Cup of Jo.

  45. That breastfeeding picture made me weepy! I am so excited to re-live those sweet moments with my third baby this summer, and to adopt the “breastmilk and a woman-who-needs-a-shower” signature scent one last time. Young motherhood beauty is so different from any other time of your life. There really is a natural stepping out of yourself to care for your children. I look (and smell) my worst, but feel my most beautiful when I’m home, sleepy, and surrounded by my babies.

    • Amen!! I’m reading this post right now–dripping after an eight-mile run–while I nurse my baby. Certainly not very glamorous, but it’s hard to imagine feeling luckier than I do in this moment.

    • Nicole says...

      I’m 3 months postpartum with my second baby and this comment really spoke to me! I too look and smell my worst right now… but everyday, I am blown away by what a beautiful and fleeting season of life this is. Hugs to you, mama!

  46. Oh my god that breastfeeding picture is amazing! All the yes. Made me tear up, the beauty of it.

  47. Ellen H. says...

    “Our unedited self is gorgeous and profound”. Wow! Love that, I think I might stick that on my desk somewhere for a little daily reminder.

  48. Catherine Hernandez says...

    This is my favorite beauty uniform to date! Such an awesome outlook and her photos are absolutely beautiful. I have always felt nervous about having boys, but she makes it sound like the best. Its true, kids have a way of seeing beauty past the outer beauty.

    • I have 4 boys and 2 girls. The boys are much easier. 😉

  49. Megan says...

    This is the first My Beauty Uniform that really resonated with me. I love how Dani focuses on her inner beauty and that which comes from motherhood. Sometimes, this series can be superficial, but Dani defies that. Brava!

  50. Hillary says...

    I love her! Her Instagram is beautiful and inspiring and I love her authenticity. Thank you for sharing a post, a beauty post, on someone who doesn’t make makeup a priority but can still discuss her beauty routine. I still have a beauty routine of my own that doesn’t not involved much of any makeup. I also love that she sees a beautiful reflection of herself mirrored by her kids.

  51. I love so much of this, from her beauty model to the photo of her nursing! I have two little girls and life just feels so much happier once I decided I would only wear makeup when I actually wanted to. Because why do we feel like a trip to the grocery store NEEDS makeup? I used to, but now I’m happy showing my girls that beauty isn’t put on, it is always in you!

    Xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  52. BW says...

    These could be pics out of Vogue.. awesome reminder that style and elegance have no price tag. Very inspiring! Love this snippet of a beautiful life.

  53. beth says...

    I was laughing when she talked about her I’ll-advised perm and “The Rachel” combo. When I was in 8th grade I destroyed my very dark brown hair with bottles of peroxide, dyeing it progressively more orange. The worse it looked, the more I dyed it, trying to make it less orange. Finally, before I started 9th grade, I cut it short and started over. Years later my sister asked, “why didn’t somebody just make you dye it back to your real color?” and I was like doh! The thought never crossed my mind!

  54. shannon says...

    Oh she has such a classic/retro/70s vibe. Her wedding look reminds me of Audrey Hepburn for some reason (the eye makeup??).

    Grateful for the cleansing grain recommendation too – I’ve been on the lookout for an all-natural, gentle scrub that isn’t $$$.

    • Claudia says...

      La Buena Botánica brand has an awesome all natural facial cleanser. Check out their page on Facebook!

  55. Amanda says...

    Never too old for purple hair! I add a swoop across the front, right up on my forehead with a short nearly pixie hair cut when I turned 39 and have kept it going for 2 years. Go for it!

  56. Claire says...

    I literally JUST bought some samples from Moonrise Creek last week. I can’t believe they’re mentioned here! The products are made only an hour away from me (Grass Valley, CA). I got samples of their daytime moisturizer and nighttime moisturizer and I’m impressed. I’m loving them so far.

  57. I love her style!

  58. Love her response to her signature scent. Perfect!

  59. I says...

    This is a wonderful article and I enjoyed reading it. But I’m not sure I loved it as a beauty uniform article. She is beautiful and there are a lot of great philosophical aspects. However, what I think is unique about the beauty uniform series is that it pulls back the veil a little bit and let’s you so how women achieve their look. This article didn’t really expose that. Since becoming a mom, how did her routine how has her routine *evolve*? How did her routine from before being a mom inform her routine now? What does she do for self care that’s physical? Her hair as a lovely ombré, is coloring how she feels dressed and cared for now that caring for her self has expanded to include three small children? It appears that her style is mostly centered on how she dresses rather than beauty care. How has she balanced that? There are a lot of interesting questions that would expose how she transitioned from being an individual with time and energy to focus on herself and her appearance to someone who does those things but ALSO cares for others. This article is very pretty, but it seems to lack the similar thematic substance of the other beauty uniforms. Because I love that Cup of Jo has beauty articles that are about the physicality of beauty. Mindset matters, but you have taught me that the physical manifestation of beauty (shrouded, confusing, and hard to capture and express) can be deep and intellectual. Cup of Jo taught me that it is something I’m *allowed* to value and prioritize. This is true feminism and by being a practical guide it pushes the boundaries of gender equality and of valuing femininity, rather than just exposing where those boundaries lie.

    • Anne says...

      I totally disageee with this! As a mother two two under 3.5, I love the idea that a “beauty uniform” isn’t what you wear, or how you achieve a look while caring for little people. It’s about trying to take care of yourself in different ways – skincare regime, haircuts, rest, mental health, and yes, clothing. To me this beauty uniform is more authentic (in so many ways) than those that feature a bunch of products and material goods I’ll never buy.

    • Kat says...

      Yeah I totally second this. Enjoyed the read but it didn’t fit the category of Beauty Uniform for me.

    • heather says...

      This line: “But since having my third child, I’ve made skin care a priority.”

      YES

      Over the last few months I’ve completely revamped my skin care routine. I, too, have three children, and around the time my youngest (twins) were 18 mos old, when I was at a peak of stress between my full-time job, the insanity of three kids under 3, and the outrageous things happening in our country, I found myself escaping into reading more and more about skin care (in part prompted by the True Botanicals post on CoJ). I eventually purchased (or made at home) new cleansers, serums, oils, and mists. I went from having 4 steps a day to having as many as 11! But all together that routine takes me 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night. Between the aromatherapy and face massage it’s 10 minutes at the beginning and end of each day of mindfulness during which I feel extremely pampered. Those skin care breaks (plus good coffee!) are my much-needed daily moments of zen.

      As a bonus, my skin has taken on such a healthy glow that I’ve taken to skipping make-up entirely and feel great.

    • Lisa says...

      I agree with Heather (though with only one kid! 3 under 3 – you deserve a medal and a long holiday) I found that after I had my child I focused more on skin care. For two reasons – my skin got amazing while pregnant, and afterwards fell apart. It get really dry and patch. The second reason is that, particularly when he was a newborn, those ten minutes after he went to sleep and I washed and moisturised my face, were the only time I felt were only mine

  60. Caroline says...

    I see so much of myself in this post, stick straight hair, bold eye brows, being a mom of young kids. Was heartwarming to read.

  61. This is one of my favorite of this series so far! In general, I love how you always find women who embrace their natural beauty. Make up should be fun and I love seeing the inspiration to use it as less of a mask to hide my insecurities. So beautiful!

  62. yael steren says...

    Wow! She’s such a natural beauty! No wonder she never needs to wear makeup!! It might sound silly but she also seems so kind in the photos, I can’t really explain it! Anyway thanks for sharing and hope you’re staying warm. I don’t know why our weather seems to be going in reverse here, but let’s just say I’m not looking forward to shooting looks for the blog tomorrow outside (eep!). xx

    • Alexandra Marie says...

      I was thinking the same thing. I would love to have skin like that!

  63. N says...

    I have a series of wedding pictures taken on the bridge in their first family photo!! Our reception was held at the art museum/old mill across the river from the red mill you can see :)

  64. Jasna says...

    She’s so lovely, great interview! And her instagram account is magical!

  65. Summer says...

    I love her view on make-up!

  66. K says...

    Beautiful. Love the Mary Oliver quote.

  67. Sarah King says...

    Dani is a natural beauty and I enjoyed this honest, heartwarming interview. She is a beautiful person, inside and out! Thanks for your honesty about confidence, Dani, I am working on it too and it’s nice to hear people admit that they aren’t always walking around feeling perfect all the time!

  68. JB says...

    WANT. TO. BE. HER. #skingoals #eyebrows #YES

    • Ally says...

      Please want to be who you are. The human race would benefit from this philosophy and marketers would be out of work.

    • Brianna says...

      I think more than wanting to be her, I love her philosophy and attitude toward life. She has an ethereal quality that shines through in her words and attitude.

  69. dani is also so naturally beautiful.

    love the photos with the 3 boys. thanks for sharing.

  70. Lauren E. says...

    I swear, the universe is telling me something with all your recent articles featuring sweet boys. I can hear my mama clock ticking away…

  71. she is exquisite!

  72. estelle says...

    What a beautiful woman and family. All those pics with her boys are so sweet. And I love her philosophy – “be inspired by yourself…” – it’s wonderful!

  73. Loribeth says...

    So down to earth and authentic! LOVE!

  74. Leah says...

    The photos are amazing! So soothing in a way I can’t quite put my finger on.

  75. Cat says...

    love this! and would love to know where that jumpsuit is from. all of the clothes (hers and her boys’) are so sweet!

  76. ingrid says...

    A heart-warming read. So full of inner and outer beauty.