December 2014

5

Save room

12/29/14

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Just wanted to share some products that I'd brought along with me onto my Caribbean trip with Princess Cruises - the decision to go was made real last minute so packing was done in a hurry. I also wanted to travel light so I'd only brought along what was necessary.

Aside from the red clay cleanser and the purifying mask (which I actually didn't bring but recommend using to revitalize skin after travel), everything else I brought with me had a sort of two-in-one ordeal. These ones from Koh Gen Do are my favorite; they stay moist and gently wipe off makeup and each swipe actually feels refreshing. Face cleansing wipes are so ideal for travel because you don't have to worry about liquid contents and cloths, etc. The NAKED beauty balm and eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay are all you need for light makeup application abroad - the BB cream is a tinted SPF moisturizer with the magical ability to illuminate the skin, while the palette provides a good range for a natural look. Add in my favorite brow pencil (complete with a spoolie on one end and a sharpener on the other) from The Brow Gal and you're good to go for makeup.

For days that I wanted strong skin coverage, I used the Face/Body SPF70 stick from Neutrogena. It's compact and is super high in SPF so it makes me feel a little better about laying out in the sun. Sometimes I'll put this under the beauty balm - I know, it's a little aggressive but it helps put my mind at ease ha. For night time moisturizing, I found this skin balancing face oil from Jurlique to be the most nourishing while at sea with Princess. After a full day of flying and another full day at sea, I felt my skin became drier than usual during travel - this face oil revitalized my skin each night and kept it hydrated each day thereafter.

As for the nail polish remover pads, I thought these would be good to bring in case my nail polish chipped (in which it did). I'd much rather go bare than have four or five nails that look torn and different than the rest. These remover pads came in handy - because this was a last minute trip, I didn't have enough time to improve my current mani/get a new one and when I learned that Princess Cruises would be hosting dinners like the Chef's Table, I felt much more comfortable being able to take the polish off. These pads come ready to remove almost all polish from all ten fingers - you don't have to bring along cotton pads or acetone!

9

Cruise wear

12/24/14

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I'm a Mikoh faithful when it comes to tropical trips (recycled this slip and this style in different colors for Jamaica and Princess Cruises) but I'm always on the look out for other suits, especially ones that yield odd tan lines, ha. With four days on the cruise full of sun, relaxation and a lot of laying out, it's hard not to travel without a few options. Shop some of my picks for destination travel here:

12

Blush tones

12/23/14

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong makeup, fashion and beauty blog, NYX blush 'Terracotta', NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil 'Yogurt', MAC 'Velvet Teddy' lipstick, MAC 'Stripdown' lip liner, Urban Decay NAKED Basics 2 eyeshadow palette, The Brow Gal eyebrow pencil 'espresso', Urban Decay NAKED BB Cream, nude lipstick, tonal makeup, blush tonesUrban Decay NAKED Skin beauty balm and Basics 2 palette, MAC lipstick in 'Velvet Teddy' and lip liner in 'Stripdown', NYX blush in 'Terracotta', jumbo eye pencil in 'Yogurt' and lip liner in 'Natural', Bare Minerals wet/dry brush, TheBrowGal eyebrow pencil

When I lightened my hair to an ombre for the first time earlier this year, I knew it was likely that I had to change my makeup routine to accommodate the new colors and dimension. After traveling to tropical settings and a ton of visits to drugstore aisles and makeup counters, I determined that browns, bronzes and lip-color pinks complemented tanned skin with sun-kissed hair the best. I'd always been drawn to skin and blush toned colors but it wasn't until this year that I started experimenting with lipsticks and liners and really learned the extent of my love for blush toned makeup. Before this year, I'd owned zero liners and had maybe one or two 'standard' lipsticks only brought out for special dinners and parties. Fast forward eleven months and I've collected a solid set of swatches (that may or may not look incredibly similar from afar) that I think successfully covers the range of my natural lip colors and will provide me enough nuance for the months to come.

Just thought I'd share some of my favorite blush-toned products with you, as well as a quick run through on the way I like doing my makeup best! Please recommend any other products you've come to love - I'm always on the lookout for other hues to add to the blush-toned mix.

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For the look above: after applying Urban Decay's NAKED Skin beauty balm, I blend 'Frisk' and 'Cover' from the Basics 2 palette and sweep the shadows over both lids. I dab my FAVORITE eye product, the jumbo eye pencil (THE prettiest rose-gold color, really the perfect thing to highlight eyes) in 'Yogurt' from NYX, on the inner corners of my eyes and draw it lightly underneath my lower lash line. Next I use the wet/dry brush from Bare Minerals and wet it with a little cold water, collect a tiny bit of 'Undone' (a little bit goes a long way, trust me) and bring the brush to a horizontal slant to use as an eyeliner. After a flick of dark brown cat-eye, I gently line my lower lashes with the shadow, right above the rose-gold shimmer. I then use the same brush, dried, to apply a little bit of 'Primal' over the dark brown eyeliner, blend with a little more 'Stark' and 'Frisk' mix with ring finger.

As for the lips, my favorite liner at the moment has got to be 'Stripdown' from MAC. It's a pleasant chestnut color; a little darker than my natural line, but the contrast makes for a nice pop/dimension. I'll dab MAC's 'Velvet Teddy' lipstick to tint the lips slightly, and then use NYX's 'Natural' (a my-lips-but-better shade!) to better 'blend' the lipstick and lip liner hues. I'll take a slanted bronzer brush and dust 'Terracotta' blush from NYX and then sweep it over my cheekbones, lightly over my temples and right at my jawline on both sides. This helps contour/define the face just a bit. Lastly, I'll use TheBrowGal's eyebrow pencil in 'Chocolate' to fill in my brows, with the spoolie used at the end of it all (brushing upwards) to create a more natural look for the brows. Fin!

25

On air

12/19/14

Neon BlushNeon BlushAcne Studios leather jacket, Aerie sports bra and leggings, Isabel Marant sneakers, Balenciaga bag

Exercise is something I turn to regularly when I need to feel refreshed. I know the sound and act of exercising aren’t necessarily exhilarating to most, but it's the easiest (and healthiest) way to help me clear my mind. I try to work out at least three days a week, and often times it happens right after a showroom visit or right before catching dinner with friends so I try to look presentable in work out gear so as to save time... and for the lack of a better phrase, keep it real. I'm all about the head-to-toe-black look with versatile styles from Aerie, which makes throwing on an oversized leather jacket an easy decision while on the go. Lately I've been glued to this sports bra and pair of leggings for the simplicity - I can add on anything over, like a biker jacket or a coat, or a sweater, a good pair of shoes, and dab on some blush and eyeliner and I'm good to go.

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6

Cruise eats

12/15/14

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We were fortunate to have experienced a number of delectable dishes and desserts while at sea with Princess Cruises. Two of some of my favorite things to eat are seafood and risotto and when I realized we would be having exactly seafood risotto (bathed in a fresh, creamy tomato sauce with langoustine, tiger shrimp and diver scallops) at the Chef's Table dinner, I knew it was going to be good. As one of the best dishes we had during our cruise (the scallops!), in my entirely unbiased opinion, I tried tracking down the recipe to give it a try at home. I thumbed through my copy of Princess Cruises' cookbook "Courses: A Culinary Journey" and was able to find one for seared deep sea scallops with herb ratatouille--close enough. Thought I'd share it with you guys here:

Seared Deep Sea Scallops, with herb ratatouille and potato noisettes (serves six):

Prepare the ratatouille by heating the olive oil in a large heavy pan over high heat. Add the onions and sauté. Add the garlic and peppers and sauté 4 minutes more. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Reduce the heat, cover and stew. Check the seasoning after 15 minutes and adjust (the cinnamon stick may need to be removed at this stage). Continue to cook for approximately 15 minutes more or until all of the vegetables are tender and the flavors have combined well.

Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut into quarters. Using a small sharp knife, shape the potato quarters to resemble Brazil nuts. Place the potato noisettes in a small pan, cover with salted water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender, approximately 12 minutes. Drain and season.

In a sauté pan, heat a few tablespoons of oil over a high heat. Season the scallops well with salt and pepper. Sear the scallops on both sides until well-browned. Reduce the heat moderately and continue to cook until the scallops are just cooked, approximately 6 minutes. Squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the scallops when done. The scallops should be plump and juicy when cooked.

Serve the scallops with the ratatouille and potato noisettes and garnish generously with chopped fresh parsley.

Ingredients:
- 36 large sea scallops
- vegetable oil for searing
- 1 lemon, halved
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup onion, large dice
- 4 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, large dice
- 1 green bell pepper, large dice
- 1 yellow bell pepper, large dice
- 1 cup zucchini, large dice
- 3/4 cup eggplant, large dice
- 1/2 cup black cured olives, pitted
- 2 cups tomato concassé
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
- 1 teaspoon oregano, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme, chopped
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 bay leaves
- salt and pepper
- 3 large potatoes
- chopped fresh parsley

19

Winter whites

12/12/14

Neon Blush, Three Floor fuzzy sweater, Paige Denim overalls, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, She+Lo leather clutch, Loren Stewart ring, winter whites styleNeon Blush, Three Floor fuzzy sweater, Paige Denim overalls, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, She+Lo leather clutch, Loren Stewart ring, winter whites styleNeon Blush, Three Floor fuzzy sweater, Paige Denim overalls, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, She+Lo leather clutch, Loren Stewart ring, winter whites styleNeon Blush, Three Floor fuzzy sweater, Paige Denim overalls, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, She+Lo leather clutch, Loren Stewart ring, winter whites styleNeon Blush, Three Floor fuzzy sweater, Paige Denim overalls, Isabel Marant Dicker boots, She+Lo leather clutch, Loren Stewart ring, winter whites styleThree Floor sweater, Paige Denim overalls, Isabel Marant boots, She + Lo clutch, Loren Stewart ring

Loving the combination of what might be my favorite sweater for winter (you wouldn't believe how many strangers have greeted me by first petting the feathery sleeves) with the overalls I've worn at least twenty times during summer. There's something so pristine about a lighter palette head to toe for this time of the year- shop some of my selections for more milky hues here:

6

Minimale

12/10/14

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Not that this is at all surprising but I've become stricter on myself about shopping for new items. I know I sound like a broken record when I say this, but it usually means I'll stick to my neutrals--black, white, gray, beige, sometimes blue--and simple cuts. Beyond just color preference though, I think it comes with age- this refined sense of style, a slower approach to shopping and being more conscientious of the stages of production you support with the money spent. Recently I was introduced to Marie Hell, a line whose aesthetic and design approach I'm appreciating very much, and it's safe to say I'm pretty infatuated with the effortless vibes and clean styles. I'm always blabbering about elevated basics, or classic styles with a little bit of detail, and well Marie Hell embodies it. I currently have a handful of dresses from Marie Hell but this one might be my favorite of all, with the contrast zippers at the sleeves and at the neckline. It's your elegant little white dress with a teensy bit of modern day edge... perfect I think.

21

Gray matter

12/4/14

Neon Blush, Gasmy.IT, Balenciaga knit sweater, The Fifth Label shortalls, Vans suede sneakers, Martella leather backpackNeon Blush, Gasmy.IT, Balenciaga knit sweater, The Fifth Label shortalls, Vans suede sneakers, Martella leather backpackNeon Blush, Gasmy.IT, Balenciaga knit sweater, The Fifth Label shortalls, Vans suede sneakers, Martella leather backpackNeon Blush, Gasmy.IT, Balenciaga knit sweater, The Fifth Label shortalls, Vans suede sneakers, Martella leather backpackNeon Blush, Gasmy.IT, Balenciaga knit sweater, The Fifth Label shortalls, Vans suede sneakers, Martella leather backpackBalenciaga sweater, Zara top, The Fifth shortalls, Martella backpack, Vans sneakers

The extent of preparing for winter in LA: a semi-cropped knit with 3/4 sleeves (but just floofy enough to count as winter wear) layered over my favorite shortalls. Bare legs. Clearly my dreams of/reasons for buying that Acne coat I've long lusted after are crushed, but hey, it rained quite a bit for the last two days straight here in LA- nothing's impossible right?