“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances”
How It All Began
When a hose burst at Avner Talmon’s Olive Oil Press in Israel, it’s safe to say his first reaction was not one of excitement. See, the pipe that burst was filled with a substance called olive residue. In the video found on the Olea Essence website, Talmon describes the experience as “frightening” because olive residue is toxic to the environment. Due to the break in the hose, Talmon found himself covered in the harmful residue.
After cleaning himself off, Talmon realized something: his skin felt softer and cleaner than ever before. This accident-turned-inspiration brought about the next endeavor for the olive oil creator; a line of eco-friendly, all-natural, olive-infused skin care.
Talmon’s team discovered a way to purify the olive residue, or blackwater, that is typically thrown away during the olive oil production. Before Talmon there simply wasn’t a safe way to use the residue so it was disposed of, damaging the environment in the process. Olea Essence Skin Care is revolutionary in its use of the entire olive, saving the environment AND our skin all in one fantastic line of products.
Across the world, as Talmon’s business flourished, Dan Ungar, Owner of Mar-Lou Shoes, left on his trip to Israel. He ventured abroad for two weeks and brought back memories, stories and experiences, rich in culture, that will last a lifetime. One of Dan’s treasured stories was of a visit to an olive oil factory . . . It’s funny how two worlds so far apart end up colliding.
A New Adventure
Dan was so impressed by the experience at Avner Talmon’s factory, and the quality of Olea Essence Skin Care, that he brought samples back with him. Naturally, the staff at Mar-Lou was curious about this new product, and we all tried it for ourselves. What we found is that Olea Essence not only softens skin; it smells fresh and natural. No harsh chemicals, nothing to add “scent”. Olea Essence is pure, clean skin care.
After careful consideration, and with the cooperation of Avner Talmon and his wonderful staff at Olea Essence, Dan is putting four Olea Essence products on the shelves at Mar-Lou Shoes. We are the first retailer in the U.S. to carry Olea Essence Skin Care in our stores, and it’s an honor to present this beneficial skin care line to our customers (and let’s face it, this stuff is THAT awesome, to ourselves).
How It Works
For those who may be skeptical, here is my personal testimonial. I scrubbed my hands with the Olea Essence Olive Wash and Exfoliate for Face and Body (yes, you actually can use it on your face, it’s that gentle), and afterwards I rubbed a DROP of Olea Essence Rich Hand Cream on the tops of my hands. The Olive Wash and Exfoliate made my palms soft enough I did not feel the need to put the Hand Cream on them.
FUN FACT: you have pores everywhere on your body EXCEPT the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. For this reason applying lotion to your palms sometimes makes them feel greasy because the lotion doesn’t get absorbed as easily; it simply sits on the surface of your skin.
I exfoliated and applied the hand cream at 11 a.m. My hands stayed considerably softer than usual until 3 p.m. (I washed my hands three times during this time period and did dishes once using Dawn Dish Soap). That’s four hours, three hand washings and one dish session later, and my skin felt fantastic.
In the past I’ve used Body Shop brand Body Butter, and I’m an avid user of Suave Body Lotion, but I’ve found I prefer the long-lasting effects of the Olea Essence Hand Cream. An additional bonus to Olea Essence is the eco-friendly, all-natural makeup of the products. If you’re not prone to buying skin care with heavily perfumed or flowery scents, Olea Essence is perfect for you. The scent is refreshing and light, defying the typical, strong burning-your-nose-hairs-off scent of other lotions.
Still not sure how you feel about Olea Essence? Stop into the store to try it for yourself! We’ve got samples we’re more than happy to share. You’ve even got a chance to win a free Olea Essence product right at Mar-Lou. It’s as easy as taking a photo of you using the product at our store, uploading it to your Instagram account (or letting us upload it to ours) and hashtagging #marloushoes #oleaessence to get entered into our drawing. The contest runs from now until February 22, 2016.
Olea Essence is a brand new venture for us at Mar-Lou Shoes, and we’re thrilled to bring it forward to our customers. Thank goodness for happy accidents.
On my drive to work today, I was thinking about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I didn’t get the day off, you see, and internal disappointment rose with each mile I drove closer to work. To take my mind off my growing disappointment, I turned on the radio. During my morning commute, I frequently listen to the NPR program The Sound of Ideas, which airs from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Sound of Ideas is a fantastic program featuring interesting, knowledgeable individuals who speak about issues and ideas emerging from within the Cleveland community to world-wide topics.
Today’s episode immediately piqued my interest. Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative spoke on the important, extremely relevant topic of racial inequality. Stevenson discussed many reasons why he believes our country functions the way it does today. I will not get into the nitty gritty of his discussion, but I do want to highlight one important point Stevenson made about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Many of us, myself included, get excited about Martin Luther King, Jr. Day because we see it as a day of celebration. We see this holiday as a day free from work, free from responsibilities. As a recent college graduate, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day used to excite me because it meant no classes, which ultimately meant a day to catch up on my favorite Netflix series.
Stevenson brought up the point that today is a day off from our normal routines, but it should not be viewed as a day off from responsibility entirely: today is “a call to action.” Stevenson’s comment made me think hard about the selfish reasons I’d been disappointed to not get this day off from work. My own naivety made me wonder if others know what today is truly about. If you are unaware how to properly acknowledge and reflect on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, as I was, now’s the time to change the way you think about it.
Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to making our world a better place, and the best way we can honor him on this day is to see it not as a day off, but a day on. If you have today off, go out and do something important in your community. Volunteer, participate, lend a hand. You may be thinking to yourself, “there’s no opportunities to volunteer that I’m aware of”. Well, folks, thank goodness we live in the age of technology. It’s as easy as googling “volunteer opportunities in _____” whatever area is near or dear to you – you fill in the blank. The website http://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday has a search bar, and all you have to do is type in your zip code to find volunteer service projects near you.
If you’re already planning on, or have already done some volunteer work in your community today, share your story on social media using #MLKDay. Let others know what you’ve done to help, and see what others have done for their “call to action” on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Don’t have time today to volunteer? Take some time this weekend! A few hours of volunteer work can mean a world of difference to an organization.
Let’s face it. The weather this winter has been… confused, to put it lightly. We get 50 degrees for two days, snow for three, rain for one, and then it’s back to 60 degrees and sunny again. While I can’t complain about this mild winter we’ve been having, I will say it would be nice to have some consistency, if only from my wardrobe’s standpoint. At this point, most of my fall and winter clothes have met in a large group on the floor of my bedroom. Every time I put my lighter clothing away, it hits 50 degrees, and I drag my short sleeves right back out again.
While it can be difficult to find all purpose clothes for every season, it is much easier to find all purpose footwear. The perfect style to invest in this “winter” season is a fabulous pair of boots that are waterproof, but don’t make you look like you’re about to go trekking through the arctic tundra. Having a heavy duty pair of snow boots is immeasurably important, but weather like we’ve been having calls for a different type of boot.
Luckily, for us, we live in the age of multi-tasking. People multi-task, technology multi-tasks and, yes, even our footwear multi-tasks. Weatherproof, durable footwear that looks great with your favorite pair of jeans or dress pants is no longer a myth. At Mar-Lou, we carry a lot of great brands with adorable waterproof boots. Blondo boots bring their “A” game when it comes to cute, waterproof footwear. The five styles pictured below fit the bill. All five are waterproof without screaming I’M WATERPROOF. No silly patterns normally associated with rainboots, no clunky design. Sleek, trendy, on-point for almost any outfit.