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Where the soul lives

7/3/18

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While I do love the occasional night out and having fun with friends, I think my natural state is happiest when I'm at home, by myself. I'm a bit of an introvert. I had a conversation with a friend recently and we were trying to determine whether leaning introvert or extrovert was rooted in your neurological makeup, or if it was a personality trait that's carved over time, from circumstantial situations or your upbringing. Perhaps it's both, but I know that over the years after living in a hectic part of town, I'd realized how important it was to turn my physical fortress into a mental oasis. Consequentially, I think desperately retreating to home further encouraged my introversion- and so I kept making it a point to continually improve my sanctuary.

Anyhow, after sharing snippets of my space on Instagram a few readers were curious about what my home life was like, and well, the following photos will hint that it's mostly time spent tending to plants, cuddling my dogs, reading on my balcony, and playing around with skincare products. In collaboration with Society6, I'm sharing my favorite nooks below.

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My bedroom might be my least inhabited room (during my waking hours anyway), but it is probably the most personal and private space, for obvious reasons. It's where I retreat to when my mind and body desperately need to recharge, where I briefly recount my day and make note of my feelings before drifting off to sleep. As my bedroom leans more on the minimal side, I thought this piece from Society6 was fitting for its depiction of intimacy and self-preservation and -love. I might spend more time in my office or in the kitchen, but the bedroom is the most sacrosanct of all, without a doubt.

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It's hard to say for sure, but the living room is maybe my favorite. I have a small dining area but 99% of the time, I just prefer to eat in here. Maybe because it's padded with plants and sprinkled with my favorite flea market treasures, but I feel like I get a deep breath of fresh air whenever I'm in the living room. It's also the spot my dogs love resting in the most, and sometimes I'll catch them sunbathing by the window, scouting for strangers and mailmen. I check in with my plants at least twice a day (and a bunch of them are not pictured here so you can imagine how much time I spend in this room), so I go in and out of this area a ton, but my favorite time of the day is when the sun starts to cower and peek through the trees out in front, creating a brief, magical shadow dance on the floor during golden hour. I know my bedroom is where I primarily calm my thoughts at the end of the night, but I love spending a few minutes here during the day to recalibrate if needed.

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I work from home 80% of the time so it was really important to have a distinguishable office to separate it from the rest of my home life. I have to say that this is the most "colorful" room of all. In the literal sense, it gets the most light and has a lot of bright-colored plants, but it's also where I spend most of my days, so naturally I felt like it had to house things that I cherished most, and things that are affixed to vibrant memories. It's decorated with these Society6 prints, my favorite books, my collection of cameras, crystals, dried flowers, rocks/shells and other random mementos. I also love these two art pieces from Society6 and thought they were perfect for this space; the figure washing her hair in the first piece gives me a sense of serenity and purity, while the balancing figures in the second frame are friendly reminders of strength and willpower. I always need to be reminded of both.

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Ah my bathroom! As you guys know, I'm a huge skincare junkie so you can probably guess that I spend quite a bit of time here. I have an extensive skincare regimen - I'm committed to it at least twice a day and from time to time I'll utilize additional tools like the LightStim, so my actual skincare process might take a little longer on some days. I figured since I'm here often that I would try to make it more "homey" however possible, like decorating the walls with artwork, placing a few plants around small corners and some vintage fixtures to enhance the space and give it some character. I thought the rawness of this 'Twist' print, balanced by its quirky colors, was appropriate for the bathroom. It's one of my favorite pieces from Society6, and I love that it adds the right amount of eccentricity to an otherwise relatively neutral space. (PS. I receive quite a few DMs on Instagram about where I find my trays/containers. I usually just recycle old drinking glasses/candles or scour flea markets for them! It's the only way I can avoid clutter with having a ton of product, I have to make sure I have a home for everything.)

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And last but not least: my balcony hideout, a place I can sit at any time to breathe slowly, properly meditate and sometimes do some quick yoga under the sun. Much like my living room, I wanted this to house a ton of plants, but unlike the former, I wanted it to feel more vibrant and energizing. Because I've always wanted a courtyard (anybody else crave being outside but want to feel completely safe and have it all to yourself?), I'd spent some time thinking about how I wanted this area to look exactly: hints of golden yellow and pink and bright greens against wooden furniture and a hodgepodge of succulents and flora with the ability to lay down comfortably. When I step outside to take a breather and sometimes catch a squirrel on the ledge, or a hummingbird or two whizzing nearby, I definitely feel grounded and grateful for the quick spouts of interactions with nature. I'm really thankful I get to call this home, even if it's only for a little while.

For more of my curated favorites on Society6, click here.

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Invincible summer

6/8/18

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A sweet summer's day will look something like this: sun overhead and warmth all around, an icy drink in one hand and a good book in the other, the intermittent wafts of night jasmine every time a slight wind picks up, the chirping and buzzing of tree sparrows and hummingbirds and butterflies nearby, and a body clad in a dress so soft it feels like it's barely there. I've been practicing on living more slowly as of late- relishing every bite, every sip, every movement, every breath, and every feeling, even that of an old pullover, or my favorite ultra soft slip.

Right now I'm loving the weightless feel of this dress I picked up at the Lou & Grey store in Pasadena. I tried it on and felt like it clung and hung in just the right places, like a breath of fresh of air itself. Rounded out and easily matched with a touch of color (chose to go with a pale yellow pleated shirt here), this shift dress is going to be my go-to for a fuss-free, relaxing day... the only way I'm going about this upcoming season. Check the carousel below to see the other things I was eyeing at the store:



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P.s. I'm revving up my reading this season to meet my goal for the year and want to queue up some worthy reads. Right now I'm going through "Essays in Love" by Alain de Botton and I'm LOVING it - I find him incredibly witty and poignant. I enjoy almost everything, from self-help to fiction, from biographies to mystery and sci-fi, from plays, poetry and romance to nonfiction, so please send your recommendations/favorites my way!

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May favorites

6/4/18

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My favorite thing about summer in LA is not the beaches, the dry heat, outdoor concerts, or dining al fresco (we kind of get to do that year-round), but it's Cinespia! It's a movie screening held on a grassy lawn at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where people can (and should) bring their own blankets, pillows, snacks, and beverages (wine and beer are allowed!). I love it - it's quite dreamy getting to sit and graze amongst a sea of people and swaying palm trees as the sun drowsily sets. It's a pleasant way to enjoy doing an activity you'd normally do inside a theatre, I definitely recommend going at least once during your stay here in LA. It officially kicked off at the end of May (I caught "Casablanca"), but Cinespia runs through the entire month of July. Find the rest of the schedule here.

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Two things here: the radiant creamy concealer from NARS and cloud paint from Glossier. If I had to choose only two beauty products to wear, they would be concealer and blush (although admittedly I'm sort of cheating as I have lash extensions and my brows are microbladed). This past month and presumably for the rest of this summer, I've just been stepping out with some sunscreen, a bit of concealer around the under-eye area and a few dabs of blush for an easy, fresh summery look.

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I've been a LONG time fan of the Tarte maracuja creaseless concealer... like a strong 10-11 years of use. It was the only concealer that I felt was actually brightening; it provided full coverage with true staying power (I never had to reapply even during a full day out). And then one day I tested this one out and I realized I needed to move on. The NARS concealer does everything that the Tarte one does, except it comes on a little bit lighter and looks a little more natural, which is exactly what I'm going for nowadays. It blends in easily, too, and I'd have no need to reapply all too often.

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Ah Glossier's cloud paint! It's incredible how easy it is to apply this - it comes out in a liquid-like paste and then melts into your skin seamlessly. I particularly love the color "Puff" for spring/summer time because it is THE perfect color for a fresh, you-woke-up-looking-and-feeling-like-an-angel look. The photo above is how I walked out most days in May: a few dabs of concealer and a few of "Puff" on the apples of my cheeks.

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I know they say you should keep your favorite fragrances a secret, but ugh this one is just too good not to share. I've been primarily wearing this Dries van Noten par Frederic Malle perfume the past month because something about its notes remind me so much of why I love spring and summer. To be completely honest, it has a funky aroma first off... but as the spritz settles, you begin to realize how mysterious and alluring it actually is. With a bit of bergamot, saffron, sandalwood, vanilla, and musk, it exudes equal parts elegance and exoticism, shifting through different phases as each hour passes. Nearly reminiscent of a perfect warm, summer evening.

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I'm not sure what made dried-flower making particularly so fascinating in May, as I do it consistently at least once a month or so, but there was definitely a lot of it this past month. Maybe it was because all of the flowers near my apartment started blooming like crazy mid-May and I just had to preserve. I've got a lavender farm (not really, but pretty much) out in front and it's been really therapeutic snipping some stalks as soon as the sun slips and the bees go to sleep. I'd made quite a few bunches and placed them around my bed and bathroom to create a more serene atmosphere. Turns out, it really helps!

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This was easily my favorite meal of May. Bavel, brainchild of Chef Ori from Bestia, recently opened up in the Arts District of Los Angeles. I'd been a huge fan of Ori Menashe and his culinary brilliance at Bestia since its opening back in 2012 so I knew I had to try Bavel as soon as possible. In short and as you might've guessed, it is fucking amazing. Every dish is a wonderful rollercoaster, flavor and texture wise - the grilled prawns, scallop crudo, grilled mushroom, and duck 'nduja hummus are especially glorious. I will go more in depth about this potentially new favorite restaurant of mine in another post to come soon.

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Eric Buterbaugh is a famed florist known for his luxe arrangements and selection of quality flowers. It makes sense, then, that he would make some of the best-smelling candles in the world. Even as I unwrapped the box this candle sat in, I was able to smell its wonderful fragrance. It smells FABULOUS even while solid. So you can imagine how fragrant it is when lit. This one I have here is their rose candle - dare I say I prefer it to some of the more well known brands?

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May seemed to have been the perfect month for picnicking - flowers were full bloom, weather was perfect, and the light was just right. What's better than snacking your way through the day, al fresco and all?

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I've been on a heavy flea market kick for the past couple of months, finding treasures ranging from artwork, kitchenware, furniture and decorative items to clothing and little bits of jewelry. I'm just barely getting back into jewelry but I have to say that finding gems at the flea is my favorite. By now I've amassed a handful of unique earrings from the flea, and all for a reasonable price. The pair I'm wearing above was just two dollars, can. you. believe! If you haven't been in awhile, or ever(?!), I strongly recommend going to the flea and thumbing through the selection. It makes for a great date activity, too.

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Dried apple and orange crisps by yours truly. SO easy to make, and so delicious. No need to buy them overpriced at the market. Perfect to munch on during warm months, or as a garnish to your summer cocktails. Will put up the recipe for them soon!

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Mane attraction

5/25/18

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As I hardly ever style my hair, I'd like to believe that taking good care of it can supersede the need for styling. Simple healthy hair, in my opinion, can transform an entire look- adding a touch of luster and providing a natural buoyancy that can still shout effortlessly-cool is more my speed. Here are some of my tips for keeping your hair in good shape:

- Know your art of shampooing and conditioning: everyone has different hair types and varying levels of oil production, so you should wash and condition whenever you feel absolutely appropriate, but I find that washing every two days is great for my hair. Less frequent washes prevent my hair from drying out and frizzing - the natural oils keep my hair down nicely and looking glossy. What's equally important is using shampoo and conditioner that fits your hair type. For instance, I have pretty thick hair so I'm probably better off using product that softens my strands, rather than a formula that thickens them. I also tend to lather shampoo near my scalp only, wash it out, then apply conditioner to the ends and leave it on for a couple minutes (while I move onto body wash) before washing that out. I don't like applying shampoo cleanser to my entire head of hair because it can be pretty drying to the ends, where your natural oils hardly reach - you want to refresh the roots and condition the tips. Kevin Murphy has an expansive line of fantastic shampoo and conditioner for varying types of hair.


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- Follow up with hair oils: in between the days where I wash my hair, I try to apply hair oil on the tips. I like doing this because it kind of freshens up my hair (most of the oils I've tried smell delicious) and it seals the ends to retain moisture. More often than not, I find that whenever I use hair oil regularly, I stop getting split ends and breakage.


- Utilize a scalp scrub: I think this is especially useful for those who find themselves using dry shampoo pretty often. There can be quite a bit of buildup on our scalps and just like how we need to cleanse the pores on our faces, we also need to let our scalps "breathe" by properly removing all the gunk, dry shampoo or volumizing spray or not. I've only ever tried two scrubs in the past - both were tricky, I had to wash my hair out multiple times to get the product out, but after getting the hang of it, I could *feel* my hair just perking up.


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- Hair masks and vitamins: while immediate results are harder to spot in this case, taking your vitamins doesn't hurt. Hair supplements contain Biotin, the vitamin most known for promoting hair growth. You can get your Biotin intake through foods like liver, eggs, seeds and nuts, and salmon, but like taking daily vitamins is more likely good for you, adding hair supplements to the mix isn't a bad idea either. Currently I'm trying these hair/body/nails tablets from Swisse.