LACY PHILLIPS - Founder, curator, holistic lifestyle blogger of Free + Native
"BEAUTY, TO ME, IS THIS INCREDIBLY UNCOMPLICATED VERSION OF SOMEONE WHO IS SO UNAPOLOGETICALLY THEMSELVES. THERE IS NOTHING MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE SELF-POSED SOUL...LIKE THE BRIGHTEST BURNING LIGHT."
RITUAL • What are your daily inner + outer rituals to cultivate beauty and radiance?
Beauty and ritual, for me, go hand in hand. There is no divide as nourishing oneself is a ritual in itself. This nourishment is from the purest most native sources nature offers.
My daily beauty-centric rituals vary based on weather (cold or hot). This deciphers raw vs. cooked. But the ingredients never shift. Probiotic rich NATIVE fermented vegetables, Sun Potion cacao for anti-aging, bone broth for beautifying minerals and collagen rebuilding, Sun Potion shea butter & Tocos to literally feed my skin, and a custom blend of Nettles, red raspberry leaf, he shou wu, Pearl, and Schisandra tonic for thick luscious hair as well as luminous and moisturized skin. And not a day goes by that I don’t wake up telling myself sweet nothings (mantras) to anchor beauty on the inside.
NOURISH • What are your staples for beauty + wellness + radiance?
The constants are listed above. Nourishment shifts daily for whatever my body needs to build or replenish. And this is done through organic pasture raised protein, medicinal herbs, fruits, and vegetables, probiotic rich foods with every meal, and truly listening to my body from an actual time-tested herbal medicine perspective rather than the green juice and raw foods LA fad which only serves my incredibly cold constitution in very small amounts during unspeakably hot temperatures.
BODY • How do you keep your body healthy, strong, and powerful?
Through light strength training, yoga, and inversions.
MIND • How do you stay grounded, confident, and centered in this modern day craziness we call life?
Solitude. I usually withdraw from the outside world and find the stillness in my own existence. It's a space where I can have an intuitive dialog with the infinite world without any distractions. I often discover deeper connections within myself and open up new paradigms that I never knew existed. Its a discipline, and sometimes difficult to do when you have to be a part of the expanding world, but it's what keeps me most centered and alive.
SPIRIT • BENSHEN means 'root of the spirit' - how do you root your spirit into your life, which in turn, keeps your body beautiful, healthy, and radiant?
I do this by living with the cycles of the moon, getting away often with my dog and partner Ryan. Keeping my blinders on from my peers making sure to be completely authentic and original as well as connected, so I only share information that I’m guided to share. I also ground myself every evening with my bare feet on the grass so I can literally send energy into the ground while connecting my life force to the center of the earth. That’s pretty powerful.