2017

1

Fresh favorites

5/22/17

Neon Blush, Zara puff sleeve top, Storets striped skirtZara top, Storets skirt (similar here and here), Adornmonde earrings (similar)

A puff at the sleeves, ruffled layers of pinstripe pattern: a fresh take on lifelong favorites. My summer wardrobe will consist of variants of white crop tops, pinstripe bottoms, and a mix of gold and silver ornaments.

2

Unmasking

5/21/17

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Even as a staunch skincare enthusiast, I sometimes feel keeping up with the latest beauty secrets and trends in this digital age can be absolutely exhausting. You're urged to follow a specific regimen for your mornings and a different one for your evenings; sometimes commitment to a ten-step process is recommended; other times you're encouraged to whittle your medicine cabinet down to the basics for a less-is-more approach. I do a little bit of everything, but most days I prefer to "listen" to my skin as each day goes and change my regimen accordingly. As a result of this information overload, exhaustion, and wanting to target one issue at a time, or sometimes a combination of all the above, I'll use sheet masks because well, they're extremely friendly for the mindfully-lazy: these serum-soaked sheets prevent water from evaporating too quickly and thereby deliver moisture effectively in just fifteen minutes. And they kind of bring you an at-home spa-like experience.

To give you an idea of the ones I've been using and what they're best for, here's a quick breakdown on my favorite brands for the skincare concerns I have:

Dullness - Duft & Doft's Pink Milk mask contains milk extract that helps to brighten dull skin. Niacinamide, a vitamin, is one of the major ingredients in this mask and it boosts your skin's immunity and improves its epidermal barrier so that you get that nice, healthy glow. I really love this one for a quick illuminating fix.

Dryness - Too Cool For School's Egg Cream mask and Dr. Jart's Ceramidin mask have both felt incredibly rejuvenating. Too Cool For School's mask contains egg extracts, niacinamide, coconut water, and other various botanical ingredients to nourish and hydrate the skin. The ceramide in Dr. Jart's natural fiber mask protects your skin's natural moisture barrier and conditions and locks it in.

Pores - Dr. Jart's Pore Minimalist Black Charcoal mask contains arginine and activated charcoal to cleanse and purify pores. Whenever I use this, my skin/pores do appear clearer.

Firmness - SNP Jelly Vita Firming mask seems to work well for the most part. The bergamot and chamomile flower extracts and adenosine help tone and make the skin resilient again. After using this mask, my skin does feel refreshed and light on the touch.

2

Whipped into shape

5/10/17

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Drybar. All opinions are 100% mine.Neon Blush, hair tips, dry shampoo, DryBarNeon Blush, hair tips, dry shampoo, DryBarL: before using Drybar dry shampoo, R: after

As a proponent of weekend travels and second-day hair (and even third-day at that), I'm a huge dry shampoo enthusiast. I've gone through a number of formulas and I've arrived a small handful that I've found to be the most effective and the best for hair health. Lately I've been using Drybar's Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam at Sephora and pairing it with my all-time Drybar favorite, their 100 Proof Treatment Oil, to create an easy, undone-but-amped-up look that's achievable in under five minutes. I prefer this to other dry shampoo because it's powderless and doesn't leave behind, well, powder. The foam formula absorbs oils quickly while leaving my hair feeling light and fresh (and it smells delicious).

Neon Blush, hair tips, dry shampoo, DryBarNeon Blush, hair tips, dry shampoo, DryBar First I comb my hair upwards, starting from about two to three inches down from the root. I'll continue this all around my head until I've combed some strands up and out and then distribute the foam into my roots. I massage the product with my fingers until it disappears completely, which only takes a few seconds.

Neon Blush, hair tips, dry shampoo, DryBar I like that sort of bed-head look, so I'll take my comb and, starting from two or three inches from the root again, brush my hair upwards to create friction and volume. Repeat all around head. Finally, I'll rub Drybar's 100 Proof Treatment Oil onto the ends of my hair and pat the upper portion to keep my hair shiny and do away with major flyaway strands. The end result: weightless and undemanding, refreshed volume that lasts throughout the day.

Neon Blush, hair tips, dry shampoo, DryBarPhotos by Ron Khy.

4

Equalite

5/8/17

Neon Blush, NIKE Equality tee, political t-shirts, Rag and Bone shearling beret, palm trees, Los AngelesNike 'equality' t-shirt (similar), Rag & Bone beret (similar), Louise et Cie boots, Balenciaga 'City' bag

When political matters are considered beyond the realms of our minds, our state borders, and the vast oceans that lay between us and others... that's when we can begin to arrive at equality, so that people, regardless of race, income, age and gender, have access to resources to live healthily and peacefully. Here's to realizing that more than ever, now is the time to stand up for what is fair.

2

Lens lust

4/18/17

Neon Blush, RetroSuperFuture sunglasses, cat eye sunglasses, oval sunglasses, retro, square rectangle sunglasses, Yves Saint Laurent, Linda Farrow, Givenchy, YSL sunglasses, RAEN Alex Knost, tortoise shell sunglasses, Los AngelesFrom left to right, top to bottom: YSL cat-eye sunglasses, Retrosuperfuture 'Ines' sunglasses, RAEN x Alex Knost flatscreen sunglasses and figurative sunglasses, Linda Farrow round sunglasses, and Givenchy round sunglasses

I obsess over sunglasses quite a bit- I love how easy it is to transform your look by merely putting on a pair of sunglasses. Whether you lean on the simpler side of the spectrum, or if you're drawn to extravagant prints, a pair of sunglasses will either accentuate your aesthetic or balance the look. Gathered my favorites up top, and combed through hundreds of styles to bring you the gems in the following styles:

Cat-eye/retro: Retrosuperfuture 'Ragazza Carusa' / MYKITA 'Dawn' / Chloé 'Carlina'

Square/flat: Retrosuperfuture 'Lira Maculato', Thom Browne 'TB 703' / Saint Laurent 'Bold 1' / Tom Ford 'Rock'

Wire-frame: Vuaret 'Round Swing' / Ahlem 'Concorde' / RAEN 'Benson' / Retrosuperfuture 'Wire Zero'

Rimless: Tom Ford semi-rimless / Maui Jim / FRED

6

Famosa

4/12/17

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O.K. Back from the radio silence now, for good! This rut felt like Mercury was in constant retrograde since the start of the year, and something just clicked after returning from a fourteen-day trip in Japan last week. I'm not sure if this sense of clarity is due to the fact that I'd left the country when it was (almost symbolically) hazy/rainy and come back home to longer days full of sunshine, but I guess it's true that my clock spins on its own time-- it feels like the new year is finally here, now.

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Tulum: what and where

3/29/17

Neon BlushMajorelle dress, oval sunglasses (similar here, here and here), suede tote (similar)

As a continuation from my last post, if you're wondering about the places you should go to and the things you should do on a short visit to Tulum, I'm sharing a pared down list for a truly relaxing time. Read more below!

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1. Stay: Casa de las Olas - I've never felt more at home at a hotel/bed and breakfast. We'd arrived at Casa de las Olas a lot later in the night and our hosts were kind enough to stay up and wait for us to arrive. Each morning we spent hours conversing with fellow guests and sharing stories of life, travel, love and our inspirations with our hosts. I was truly in awe of how intimate Casa de las Olas had felt right off the bat- we were well received and could clearly see the love and care poured into this blessed space. Casa de las Olas, the only property in Tulum that is Platinum LEED reviewed, is one hundred percent sustainable by powering itself through solar power and using only biodegradable items. To top it off, it is one of the oldest properties built in Tulum and is found on one end of the strip, making it a truly private hidden gem.

2. Rejuvenate: Be Tulum - named one of Conde Nast Traveler's 'Top 8 spas in the world' for good reason--the combined use of sacred copal smoke, oils from home-grown herbs and flowers, and unique vibrational instruments at Yäan Energy Healing Wellness Spa makes it a truly inimitable experience. We stepped out of Be Tulum in complete bliss.

3. Nightlife: Papaya Playa Project - one of the (many) wonderful things about Tulum is that when the moon is full and casts a bright light over the beach, Papaya Playa Project hosts the Full Moon Party. It's where you can find yourself literally dancing into the morning moonlight. It really isn't hard to do, considering the space feels otherworldly; the weather cools perfectly, you're kept wrapped by the wave's kisses (and can even just wade into the waters during warmer nights), libations are aplenty and delicious, and the DJ is sure to spin the most entrancing songs for a night to remember.

4. Explore: Akumal - getting to play with animals and dwelling in the waters of Tulum are some of the best things about Tulum, and I'd heard from several people that snorkeling with sea turtles at Akumal has topped many of their other activities. It's a bit of a trek out from the main stay areas of Tulum, but it could be worth the drive out.

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Full on Tulum

3/14/17

Neon Blush, Cetli Tulum, Hartwood Tulum, Yucatan, Quintana Roo eats, dining in Tulum, Tulum restaurantsOnia swim top, GRLFRND denim skirt (similar), Nike slippers (similar here and here)

Faced a bit of radio silence here, but I promise not much has happened from the last post and this update; since coming back from Tulum, I'd been in and out of limbo with sickness hitting me left and right. While trying to pull myself together, I managed to comb through hundreds of photos I'd taken (most of them being food) during the trip that I wanted to share with y'all. Although hard to pinpoint what makes Tulum so special, because every corner of it and every second there feels like it, the most memorable thing from this trip was probably the food. There's something to be said about the unique blend of decadence and simplicity, of robust flavors from an ingredient list so seemingly bare. Of course, the now-famed hole-in-the-wall Antojitos La Chiapaneca and mezcal bar Gitano are still favorites of mine, but the restaurants listed below are worth mentioning not only because of their stand-out flavors and dishes but because of the charming and thoughtful experiences that came with it. If you're headed to Tulum in the next few months, be sure to bookmark these spots and flag them as high-priority.

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Cetli - as a long time resident of Tulum, our host has been to just about every restaurant in Tulum... and the first place he recommended to go to during our short four-day trip was Cetli. The restaurant is homey and (wonderfully) slow-paced, adorned with framed pictures and colorfully woven fabrics, surrounded by a ton of foliage. It feels like your grandparent's place, or maybe just somewhere hugely familiar-- and the same applies to the food. The food! Before your main entree, you're presented with an array of complimentary house-made breads, pupusas, salsas, butter, and cheese. Every piece was phenomenal! This gastronomical adventure continued with the entrees we'd ordered; with every bite we really tasted the depth, the labor of love, and the tedious preparation that had to have gone into the moles. My personal favorite was the Istak (fish and white almond mole sauce)-- I've been craving that every day upon my return home. It's a must order!

Hartwood - I probably can't offer anything new that hasn't already been acclaimed about this well-known establishment whose reservations are highly sought after... except that the hype exists for good reason. The food is carefully crafted and insanely flavorful. My two friends and I, we're pretty small girls, but we polished all of it pretty quickly-- it was comical how silent it'd gotten as soon as the food arrived. We'd ordered a round of cocktails and six dishes in total. The beautifully tossed cotija tomato salad, refreshing fish ceviche, outrageously good grilled beets, a serrated whole fish, charcoal-grilled octopus, and the well-balanced pork belly-- all inhaled. We loved our waiter and bartender and shared many moments of roaring laughter, and even met with our waiter later at the full moon party. Hartwood not only delivers decadently layered dishes but also seems to employ some of the most genuine individuals who add an even greater depth to the atmosphere.

Chamico's - simplicity never tasted so good. Known for their authentic approach to the whole fried fish, Chamico's is an easy choice when deciding where to eat in Tulum. It's a slightly different ambience than the restaurants in downtown and on the strip, but Chamico's holds it down with its own unique appeal. Their plastic tables, flappy blue tarps and rickety chairs are a sign of its no-frills approach. And I kind of loved it. You sit there, in and out of the shade under wind-blown palms, watching people happily sipping their BYOBs, and enjoy a surprisingly robust meal: a heap of fresh lime-laden ceviche and the most perfectly grilled fish I'd ever had.

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Low tow

2/28/17

Neon Blush, Tulum packing, pack beauty products, Glossier rich moisturizer, Glossier Haloscope highlighter Moonstone, Kate Somerville Goats Milk de-puffing balm, Diptyque February special candleDr. Jart+ bb cream, MAC lipstick, Glossier priming moisturizer and 'Haloscope' highlighter, Kate Somerville de-puffing eye balm, J. Hannah Jewelry nail polish

I made a brief escape to Tulum a few weeks ago to recalibrate myself. Travel photos to come, but I wanted to share the small arsenal of beauty products and clothing I'd packed (got through a four day trip with just a carry-on, with room to spare!) that made my travel process and experience even simpler.

- Barely-there makeup is all you need: being surrounded in humid air and forgiving sunlight, I find that skin is simply better off bare. A thin layer of priming moisturizer, a swipe of the most subtle Haloscope, a dab of rust-colored lipstick on your cheeks and your pout, and you're good to go. I know there's been a lot of hype and coverage on this rich priming moisturizer from Glossier, but believe the hype! It makes my face feel plump, fresh and just dewy enough to walk out in. As for the color rust, I think I subconsciously go for colors that match my polish and right now the rich but fresh color seems appropriate for spring.

- One-pieces, denim shorts and sandals: it might not be for everyone, but I think having a one-piece suit helps ease the difficulty of matching (or even mis-matching) your tops and bottoms. I've been a long time fan of the styles from Her the Label and Onia, but there are plenty to be found because they're so simple. A one-piece can even double as a fitted tank under your favorite pair of denim cut-offs. Finish the ensemble with a chic low-heeled sandal and you're pretty set for any occasion during the entire trip.