BB Dakota overalls, BCBGeneration top, Dune London slides
A quick post on an outfit I pretty much wore throughout my time in London last week. I'm obsessed with overalls, as you know, so this pair in summer-friendly fabric was stuck on me at all times the sun was shining, which was almost the entire trip, luckily. What a rarity in London, I've heard. Because the sun was out and I'd only brought one pair of shoes (the consequence of procrastinating to pack with little to no sleep), I went into Dune London and got a few pairs of slides, with this one being my favorite. View some of my other picks from Dune London below:
BB Dakota overalls, BCBGeneration top, Dune London slides
Frank Body scrub
In continuation of my spiel on skincare and travel, I have to share the another product that literally saves my mind from oblivion.
When I travel, it's usually because I need to attend/cover a special event or activity (that could span one to three days), so my skin already feels worn even before considering the hours spent in transit. After a 3-5 hour long road trip or 5-10 hour flight (twice, roundtrip), I crawl home and I feel absolutely exhausted. Such was the case yesterday when I’d flew in from London--jet lagged on top of not being able to sleep properly for four nights--and went straight to a dinner event in celebration of a grand opening. (Which, by the way, if you’re ever craving Mexican food in downtown Los Angeles, be sure to visit B.S. Taqueria on 7th - their molé drinks, ceviche, vegetarian tacos, and tres leches were TDF.)
I digress. So my point is--and don't get me wrong, I love what I get to do--life gets busy. Work, socializing, travel... they'll wear you down when all of it becomes a demanding constant. My quickest and easiest pick-me-upper, mentally and physically, consists of unwinding with a glass of wine, a warm shower, and scrub down with Frank Body.
I've used Frank Body for over a year now and still feel incredibly fond of it - the body scrub is made with ground coffee and sea salt, brown sugar and almond/coconut oil. It cleanses and removes flakey skin, moisturizes, and tones your skin, which leaves you feeling refreshed and baby-soft. Sometimes I'll pair it with my favorite egg protein hair masque (from Tokyo) and it'll seriously feel like I've gone to the spa… except I get the experience in the comforts of my own home and it's awfully quick.
After swearing by it, I've recommended it to at least five other friends, who are now riding the same wagon ha. If you haven't tried it yet, please do (my favorites are the 'Original' and 'Coconut and Grapeseed')-- you're welcome!
I don't know if anyone else does this, but I have a stash of skincare products that I rotate between and I'll use certain brands for different occasions. After going through a few runs and testing out multiple lines, I've determined that Moneé Cosmetics is my favorite right before and after travel.
Most notable for me personally is their Seaberry Hydration Masque, which is packed with antioxidants--blueberry, cranberry, Oregon grape, seabuckthorn, bayberry and cayenne--to help fight free radicals. After a generous application of the masque, I'll let it sit for thirty minutes (I get the slight tingly feeling- don't worry, it's normal) and then wash off with warm water. My skin feels amazing and so supple afterwards. What I love most about this masque over others I've tried is the fact that it doesn't just replenish the skin (like most masks should), but it also exfoliates with the natural fibers that are found in the wonder product. Radiant, detoxed skin: the best feeling before entering a dehydrating flight and the best way to wind down settling back at home.
And when pairing the masque with their Berry Beauty Elixir and Seaberry Hydrating Creme, my skin never bounces back quicker from travel than it does with Moneé Cosmetics. The elixir is a toner that feels ten times more hydrating on the skin, I think because of its thicker, gel-like formation. The hydrating creme is also made up of a ton of antioxidants, squalane (helps with moisturizing and anti-aging), and glycolic acid (naturally derived from cane sugar) that helps to remove dead skin cells or microscopic debris.
Check out their Instagram @moneecos for more info. Again, definitely recommend the Seaberry Hydration Masque x
BCBGeneration dress and sandals, Ray-Ban sunglasses, AG Jeans short (similar)
I know, I've been raving about Coachella on pretty much all available platforms of social media, and we're through with the second and final weekend, but I had to seal the deal with a post. This year was only my second time ever and frankly I don't understand why I'd backed out of going twice in the years prior. Having gone and loving both weekends last year, you could imagine my pent-up excitement for the three-day festival reprise. After a whirlwind of a Wednesday/Thursday, running around town completing errands, I got to Indio late Thursday night and prepped for the days to come...
BCBGeneration sandals, Botkier wristlet
A little relaxation before commencing Coachella: started Friday morning pool side at the resort. Had a hearty breakfast with friends and got ready for the festival in BCBGeneration and Botkier. I was stoked about the lineup and knew that I'd be running around a ton so I wanted to keep my looks minimal and fuss free--no heeled boots, no fringe, nada--just easy tops, silky sweats and shortalls, baseball caps and sneakers.
Those damned crab fries. Think my friends and I inhaled three in one sitting, easy.
We got to the festival pretty early. Much of my time was spent at the Heineken House on Friday - caught Athletixx, A-Trak and Rome Fortune - but my favorite of the day (and in my top five of Coachella) had to have been Caribou. I'd been dying to see him live for so long after deciding that 'Can't Do Without You' was my anthem for the years to come. His songs are masterfully layered so I was prepared to watch a set with a lonesome Dan handling it all while standing behind a computer, but no, there was an incredible live band accompanying him, achieving the same sounds I'd played over and over again + more prominent bass and percussion. It was electrifying.
The perfect Angus & Julia Stone on the Outdoor stage - great set to unwind for a bit.
Gorgeous wispy sunset on the first night of Coachella. Also got to finally catch Rome Fortune with A-Trak at the Heineken House! So much energy.
Entered the Sahara tent for the first time and I was pleasantly surprised, ha! I stuck primarily to Gobi and Mojave last year, but I'm glad I branched out to try a different music genre.
BCBGeneration cap, Style Stalker top, Three of Something pant, Nike sack and Nike x Sacai sneakers
Moments after a quick Chet Faker set: briefly recharged with a nap on the grass, grabbed a bite with your quintessential Coachella prop, and then rushed off to the Gobi tent for Glass Animals!
OKAY, no words can describe how good Glass Animals was. Their debut album "Zaba" inspired me to start a vinyl collection last year and I'd missed their show in LA (sobbing emoji) a few months ago due to travel so they were on the top of my list to catch at Coachella. The cool energy, their rhythmic psychedelic sound, and THAT VOICE... Dave Bayley, you are a god. I'm pretty sure every individual in that crowd lost it when they finally played 'Gooey'. Perfect musical backdrop to accompany a gorgeous Saturday sunset.
BCBGeneration cap, Style Stalker shortalls, Adidas sneakers
All smiles here, but actually depressed about it being the last day of Coachella *lawls*
WHAT SO NOT! Again, one of the many shows I missed last year. I attended OMFG! in San Diego back in December just to catch them (1/2 Emoh Instead and 1/2 Flume who had recently left WSN) and was only able to get to the venue to catch their last song. I freaked out a little Sunday afternoon when I realized we were running late AGAIN. Two friends and I rushed over to the festival and literally BOOKED IT from the parking lot to the Sahara tent. Pretty sure the security guards thought we were trying to sneak in but we really just couldn't miss out for the second time on seeing Emoh. So glad we didn't because it went UP. Easily top five for me.
And then there were two. My favorites, Odesza, who I've seen five times last year alone, started the end of the best night. I loved watching their growth and could not be more ecstatic to see where else their unique sound can take them. I don't know how they do it but their performances get better and better each time. Thank you Harrison and Clayton for bringing out Shy Girls and Young Summer to elevate the set. SO GOOD!
Our good man Kaytranada capped it all off. My best friends and I tried our hands at music shows at the start of 2014 with Kaytra being one of the first must-sees, for good reason. The dude knows how to weave trap, r&b, and that disco groove so seamlessly - it's hard not to enjoy the crisp, feel-good vibes he's perfected.
BCBGeneration top, skirt, and necklace, Style Saint wrap dress, Adidas sneakers, Ray-Ban wayfarer
Thanks again for the memorable times, Coach - until next year x
MLM Label top, NYTT Label pants, Vans hi-top sneakers
Current mood, with easy going bottoms and soles with a little edge up top. My apologies for going MIA again - prepping and going through Coachella was a whirlwind (not that I wouldn't do it all over again if I had the chance to go again this weekend). I've got so much to share in the next few weeks, with a few more trips to boot. I've barely gotten on the Snap train, so if you're on there and want to follow, find me at "neon.blush"! Hope you're all enjoying the weekend - keep your eyes peeled for a Coachella post coming soon x
Cube chair by Patrick Cain Designs
Unwash hydrating masque, bio-cleansing conditioner, and anti-residue rinse
I've read it in magazines for years: how it's better to avoid over-washing your hair as it usually strips your essential oils and eventually lead to hair breakage. I'm aware it's probably a better idea to shampoo every three days (my hairstylist dropped his jaw when he found out that I'd wash my hair every night and maybe every other if I tried) but I feel like a ball of oil if I don't do it daily.
So after years (yes, plural form) of switching through countless brands and different methods of wash/rinse, I think I'm finally content with this set from Unwash. My first go with the set started with the Anti-residue Rinse, which left my hair feeling clean yet still smooth. I added on the Hydrating Masque and let it sit for five minutes and rinsed; my hair turned extremely silky and stayed that way for at least two nights.
But what steals the show is their Bio-cleansing Conditioner. Finally, there's something that I can use on the daily without damaging my hair. I'm in LOVE with this and wish it came in smaller sizes so that I could take it with me for travel. Some things to note: first, for the person with a pretty demanding schedule, this is your ticket to gaining just a little more out of your day. No need to spend extra time lathering again or washing again. I'm usually against the shampoo/conditioner combo -- more often than not, 2-in-1 products leave the hair feeling either grossly stripped or not clean enough and just overly conditioned. This one actually carries out that idea in a civilized manner and does both jobs correctly. Second, the Bio-cleasing conditioner washes the hair but moisturizes it just enough to leave some texture and dimension behind -- let the hair dry and you'll see, it achieves that undone, French-chic style once dried, too. What doesn't this thing do? In a world saturated with questionable products, I'm glad I can actually trust what Unwash claims to do.