2017

2

Inanimate

12/7/17

Neon Blush, Rachel Comey, rose gold, gold rose necklace, lucite clear earrings, suede shoes, patent leather Marc Jacobs boots, black patent leather, clear CLYDE tote, Oribe gold barrette, pink velvet srunchie, Amazon Fashion, MANGO black clutch purse, suede Rachel Comey pumpRachel Comey earrings, Marc Jacobs patent boots, rose necklace, CLYDE tote bag, Mango purse, Rachel Comey suede pumps, Oribe gold barrette, pink scrunchies

Most of my sartorial inspiration comes from images of inanimate objects and interior design, rather than mainstream magazines or fellow fashion bloggers. Don't get me wrong, I like seeing things on people, but there's something delicious about continuity in style, food, and home goods. Currently coveting smokey clear objects, super slick black, gold foil, and plush, velvety accessories. More interesting pieces inspired by inanimate objects continued:

2

Starting line

11/27/17

Neon Blush, Outdoor Voices workout crop top and warmup leggings, 5K run, DTLA Turkey Trot 2017, NVL all black watch, running advice, long distance running, health, healthy lifestyleNeon Blush, Outdoor Voices workout crop top and warmup leggings, 5K run, DTLA Turkey Trot 2017, NVL all black watch, running advice, long distance running, health, healthy lifestyleOutdoor Voices top and warm-up leggings, NVL Studios watch, Under Armour sneakers

This past year was crucial in more ways than one. Politically, it felt turbulent. Personally, it was decidedly the most I'd worked out, ever (probably in response to the former). Though I'm not a stranger to fitness (I'd participate in yoga, barre, pilates, and HIIT regularly), running has never been my forte. Sprints, sure, but long distance running? Nah. My brain would get immensely bored... though I've come to realize that long distance running probably utilizes more will power than the other workouts I normally do. In any case, I'd felt a mental blockage for so long and figured I needed to challenge myself in an area that I knew was good for me, but didn't like. My boyfriend signed me up for a 5K and started training me about 30 days prior to the race. There were many times I'd wanted to cut my runs short (even on race day haha) or give up on the idea altogether, but I'm glad I persisted (or rather glad that I have a persistent boyfriend lol). It's nice knowing that what was once thought nearly impossible is now completely doable, especially with an action plan that works for you. For anyone who's been on the fence about getting into a good running groove, here are a few things that helped me get into it:

1. Get a running buddy. Generally I like doing most things alone, but running with a friend is a good way to keep yourself accountable. If you have it in you, conversing while jogging also helps take your mind off of the dread that sometimes creeps in ;) set your goals and communicate them to each other.

2. If you don't have a buddy at all times, I've found that running equipped with a great playlist, your phone/Nike+ running app (secured in an armband), and wireless headphones, is also just as helpful. Competition gets me stirred up (in a good way) so having the Nike+ app tell me what I'm clocking in at each mile is music to my ears. Additionally, a pumped up playlist always amps me and sets a good tone for working out. It takes my mind off of the hundred other things I would otherwise have going through my mind. Sometimes all you need to finish your run is a good distraction.

3. Set up a plan, set attainable finish times. Because I wasn't accustomed to long distance running, my boyfriend wanted to start off easy and work our way into running the entire distance all the way through. For example, the first stint of the 10+ days I'd trained, I would run for three minutes, walk one, and repeat until I'd clocked in at least 20 minutes. In the next two or three days, I'd up it by running four minutes, walking one and repeating for again a total of 20 minutes. Each two or three days I was able to lengthen the duration of each interval-- 3 minute runs turned into 10 minute cruises, and soon after they'd become 20, and so forth. Happy to share my complete plan if you are genuinely interested- email me!

4. It's helpful to have a watch for your plan (above), especially to begin with! I used this NVL Studios Gatekeeper watch to keep track of my minutes. The face is big enough to distinguish between minutes and it's also aesthetically pleasing so you could wear it while exercising or even out just casually. Love the sleek finish and clean lines; also comes in gold.

5. Find a cause you support and stand (read: run) behind it! Having a meaningful cause to train for is more likely to keep you motivated.

6. Find athletic wear that you feel flatters you! This falls lower on the scale of importance, but it matters for some and I think I've definitely grown more inspired to work out after discovering the exact fitness styles that I *love*. Let's be real, working out doesn't feel cute and it's hard to stay motivated with or without the cute sporty attire. For me, jogging or working out in flattering styles from Outdoor Voices (the 'tri-toned yellow', 'desert' and 'santa fe' colors are my favorites) or ultra comfy gear from Under Armour keeps me in the mode. If you feel like this could do the same for you, these might be worth checking out-- this/this/this/this (tops) and this/this/this/this (bottoms). I combed through a ton of athletic wear on Amazon to select the best styles at great prices.

7. I'll be completely candid and admit that sun exposure was a small reason why I would stave from running (lol am I a vampire yet?). I don't like running at night, but running in the mornings would mean that I'd have to apply sunscreen all over and, if you avoid the sun like the plague like me, again after showering. While I still begrudgingly apply sunscreen twice a day on my face, I've found the easiest solution for body screening is to wear clothing that offers UV protection. If you choose to run during the day with a high UV index, this top protects your arms and torso from potential sun damage.

8. Lastly, you have to remember how important it is to take it slow and steady. It's easy to get caught up in wanting to get it over with and go in quick spurts, but you're more likely to burn out that way. Find a good, breathable pace for yourself and stick to it.

And just like that, this stubborn non-runner is thinking of completing a 10K and possibly a half-marathon in the near future :)

Neon Blush, Outdoor Voices workout crop top and warmup leggings, 5K run, DTLA Turkey Trot 2017, NVL all black watch, running advice, long distance running, health, healthy lifestyleNeon Blush, Outdoor Voices workout crop top and warmup leggings, 5K run, DTLA Turkey Trot 2017, NVL all black watch, running advice, long distance running, health, healthy lifestyle

3

Sheer over and under

11/24/17

Neon Blush, sheer striped top, oversized wide-leg And Other Stories corduroy pants, velvet Prada heels, vintage heels, Los Angeles, patent leather rag & bone fanny pack bag, silk Fleur du Mal black tank topPLT sheer top, Fleur du Mal silk cami (similar), & Other Stories corduroy wide-leg pants, Rag & Bone fanny pack, Prada heels

I did not mean to put this update off for so long, but as you know, life and the holidays got in the way. I've been settling (back) into my skin and feeling at home again and I guess this mini hiatus was just me savoring the transition. I definitely go through these "transitions" quite often, but returning to my skin this time felt so gratifying after feeling out of place, confused, and unnerved for an entire year. I'm aware I mostly speak in code when it comes to writing about intimate life things, but this is the only way I feel I can communicate major updates while retaining my privacy in such an open, public space haha! Maybe balancing the two is another level of personal and comfort I've yet to uncover (and willing to explore in the near future).

ANYWAY. As good as this transition was for my soul, it was just as satisfying feeling renewed in terms of personal style. At the risk of sounding vacuous and wholly materialistic, I believe there's a strong correlation between knowing yourself and translating that into exhibiting your best style. For the past year, having felt lost and uninterested, I think that part of me also faded-- I didn't know how to fashion myself, pun intended. I'd stopped posting as much because truthfully, I wasn't consuming as much. Now, feeling like I'm coming over that hump and still knowing that I am this and that without the excess material, more than ever I'm steadfast in my style. A complete transparency unveiled.

I know it's still a little early for a reflection- maybe it was the small pause or it was the fact that I'd just hosted my first ever Thanksgiving dinner for my family that got me feeling all emotional (almost too publicly), but I figure we need to open ourselves up in order to genuinely connect, don't we? Thankful for you guys who are still here reading my half-formed rants and nonsense. Hope you all had a fulfilling Thanksgiving x

Neon Blush, sheer striped top, oversized wide-leg And Other Stories corduroy pants, velvet Prada heels, vintage heels, Los Angeles, patent leather rag & bone fanny pack bag, silk Fleur du Mal black tank topJ. Hannah earrings, silver stud earrings

5

All hail the pail

11/6/17

Neon Blush, KARA patent leather bag, zipper bag, Realisation PAR lip handkerchief, simple style, black and white, Los Angeles, The Frilly trousers, H&M puff sleeve top, white button up top, Jacquemus inspired, RAEN unisex sunglasses, Rachel Comey slingback patent beige shoes, Amazon FashionH&M top, The Frilly trousers, KARA bag, Realisation PAR handkerchief, Rachel Comey heels (similar), RAEN sunglasses

Not sure how something could look so cute but so mature at the same time, but the oblong bucket bag balances that just perfectly. It's sophisticated and casual, fun and elegant, relaxed yet sleek all at once. Without a doubt, my favorite bag silhouette for the past year and the one to come. (Ps whoa how did the end of the year creep up so quickly?)

And lastly, if I could splurge, I would:


Neon Blush, KARA patent leather bag, zipper bag, Realisation PAR lip handkerchief, simple style, black and white, Los Angeles, The Frilly trousers, H&M puff sleeve top, white button up top, Jacquemus inspired, RAEN unisex sunglasses, Rachel Comey slingback patent beige shoes, Amazon Fashion

2

Faint feline

10/30/17

Neon Blush, H&M, puffer coat, easy Halloween makeup, Halloween cat mask, kitty mask, feline Halloween costume, simple costumeH&M mask, puffer (similar) and jeans (similar), Rochas boots

I love an easy costume that doubles as normal-wear-- my last minute Halloween get-up resulted in getting a cheetah-print mask (similar here) and the perfect black puffer (which I will be sure to repeat a ton post-Halloween). Not quite a black cat (for that look, go with this feathery one here [which I love]), but it differentiates itself from a normal look just enough so that it passes for a costume. Procrastinators, rejoice: the best thing about this is that these items are still attainable in time for tomorrow night (thank you same-day Amazon Prime). With a swipe of a matted brick color on the lips (NARS 'Slow Ride'), a cat-eye (that's a no-brainer, huh) and swatches of rust and warm browns with the 'Scandalust' palette on the lids, you're good to go.

Neon Blush, H&M, puffer coat, easy Halloween makeup, Halloween cat mask, kitty mask, feline Halloween costume, simple costume

2

Marant mornings

10/17/17

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, Isabel Marant, Etoile Isabel Marant, Amazon Fashion, IM sweaters, Isabel hoodie, white pants, Rag & Bone Newbury suede boots, Rag & Bone suede mini messenger bag, RAEN unisex sunglassesIsabel Marant hoodie, McGuire Denim pants, Rag & Bone bag and boots (similar), RAEN sunglasses, Adornmonde earrings

While I love seeing how new brands interpret "casual cool", I can't help but always return to some of the classics like Isabel Marant, the eponymous label renown for its refined embodiment of the term, and Rag & Bone, the New York brand also esteemed for epitomizing the laid-back blasé. These two, paired with my favorite oversized square sunglasses and some hoop earrings, make dazed morning runs for caffeine seem less cumbersome and a bit more au courant.

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, Isabel Marant, Etoile Isabel Marant, Amazon Fashion, IM sweaters, Isabel hoodie, white pants, Rag & Bone Newbury suede boots, Rag & Bone suede mini messenger bag, RAEN unisex sunglassesNeon Blush, Jenny Ong, Isabel Marant, Etoile Isabel Marant, Amazon Fashion, IM sweaters, Isabel hoodie, white pants, Rag & Bone Newbury suede boots, Rag & Bone suede mini messenger bag, RAEN unisex sunglasses

2

Usual suspects

10/9/17

Neon Blush, makeup beauty skincare, earrings, Adornmonde, opal choker 2Bandits jewelry, Riverside, WhoWhatWear Target collection, tulle top, DIY crop top, oversized wideleg AGOLDE denim pants, velvet Prada pumps, Brixton fiddler cap, Glossier serum, NARS liquid blush, Chanel lipstick, Glossier highlighter topaz, J. Hannah form earrings silverGlossier serum and highlighter, Chanel lipstick, NARS liquid blush, 2Bandits choker, J. Hannah earrings, Adornmonde hoop earrings

No matter the time of the year, climate or destination, I have a handful of products and accessories I always bring with me on trips. Because I’d rather focus on discovering less-explored paths and the little moments that really define travel, I bring the skincare and makeup that work and actually last so that I don't have to worry about it after application. When traveling, my main beauty concerns are to merely de-puff and look awake, aka minimize the jet-lagged appearance and I swear, the Glossier super bounce serum (this doubles as a good primer) + Tarte creaseless concealer (not pictured, but I’ve used this for so many years, it’s never failed me and actually is creaseless all day long) + NARS liquid blush in “Torrid” (seriously the best color that gives you a natural looking flush and brightens and ‘wakes’ your face up) + Chanel lipstick (highly moisturizing and amazing color, of course) combo has really never steered me wrong during any of my trips.

Neon Blush, makeup beauty skincare, earrings, Adornmonde, opal choker 2Bandits jewelry, Riverside, WhoWhatWear Target collection, tulle top, DIY crop top, oversized wideleg AGOLDE denim pants, velvet Prada pumps, Brixton fiddler cap, Glossier serum, NARS liquid blush, Chanel lipstick, Glossier highlighter topaz, J. Hannah form earrings silverWho What Wear top (DIY from this), AGOLDE jeans (similar), Brixton cap, vintage belt, Prada heels, Barbela necklace

As for accessories, I like to mix it up with silver and gold so that I’m not limited to the kinds of clothing I can bring. Anything that is flashy in nature, but simple enough, is the kind of fuss-free jewelry I can always do. For dressier occasions, like fun dinners or brunch events, I like to wear these gold and silver hoop earrings and add on a couple rings and necklaces to my usual suspects: a two-toned double hoop earring sitting on the inner corners of my ears, next to my all-time favorite, these J. Hannah form I silver hoop earrings, and a layering of opal chokers with a pearl necklace I almost always drape over my neck.

Does anyone else stay faithful to only a handful of products everywhere they go? I’d love to learn about the tried-and-true travel favorites of others x

0

Aglow

10/5/17

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, Charlotte Tilbury, Nordstrom makeup, Nordstrom beauty and skincare, Los Angeles, makeup tips, Hollywood glow collectionCharlotte Tilbury lipstick, J.Hannah earrings

With nowhere to go, but all the reasons to glam up: Charlotte Tilbury's Ultimate Hollywood collection is a set of stellar products that makes you want to indulge in that Hollywood look, no matter your plans. I used her contour wand to bring out the cheek bones and shade in the four outer arches framing my face, and layered the liquid lipstick in "Charlotte Darling" and lipstick in "Hepburn Honey". Finished off the look with a tinge of blush from NARS (here, wearing "Luster"), and a bit of purple shimmer using the Marc Jacobs eyeshadow palette in "Frivoluxe" (one of my tried and true favorites).

2

Fall fix

9/27/17

Neon Blush, Amazon Fashion, TheRealReal, luxury designer consignment, vintage shoes, vintage boots, Rochas patent leather boots, Sigerson Morrison patent maryjane shoes, NIKE Air Max 95 black and white, BAIT ME sneakers, The Fix Amazon two toned heels, velvet Prada heelsClockwise: The Fix mules, Prada velvet heels, Sigerson Morrison maryjanes, Nike Air Max 95s, Rochas patent boots

For the girl who loves 'em all: there's no discriminating between the cap- and the pointy-toed, the bold and the meek, or the sleek and shiny and the plush and velvety here. These have been my main footwear saviors as we edge into the new season- I'm loving the reentrance of velvet, patented gloss, and clunky sneakers and boots altogether.

3

Mustard season

9/19/17

Neon Blush, Los Angeles, Jenny Ong, mustard yellow color of the season, fall autumn styling, inspiration board, Amazon Fashion, Elizabeth & James croc bag, suede grommet belt, crushed velvet top, suede black boots, corduroy pants, Marc Jacobs Beauty eyeshadow palette, The Dreslyn, Glossier cloud paintBlank Denim top, Stuart Weitzman boots, DSquared2 corduroy pants, Hinge belt, Elizabeth and James bag, fiddler cap and Lizzie Fortunato earrings; makeup: Marc Jacobs eyeshadow palette and Glossier cloud paint

Over here still reveling in the color - love a good monochrome look in different textures. Give me all the crushed velvet, the folds of corduroy and the buttery softness of suede, with a dash of sleek croc and smooth acrylic.

9

Gold mark

9/14/17

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, Los Angeles, Cult Gaia golden yellow small bag, Storets off shoulder top, The Frilly slit trousers, Sigerson Morrison Knox patent bootsNeon Blush, Jenny Ong, Los Angeles, Cult Gaia golden yellow small bag, Storets off shoulder top, The Frilly slit trousers, Sigerson Morrison Knox patent bootsStorets top (similar), Frilly trousers, Cult Gaia bag (bamboo version), Adornmonde earrings, Sigerson Morrison boots

Mark my words: whether pale and pastel-colored or golden-hued and saturated, yellow is the next pink. I've been using it on my nails, as a splash of color on my bag and all over as gym wear. Not sure if this is just 'cause it's my favorite shade, but what a refreshing color to highlight during a season known for its more muted palette.

1

Getaway

9/12/17

Neon Blush, Palm Springs, Two Bunch Palms, travel makeup, travel skincare, skincare tips, skincare products, Sephora, Dr Jart, Cicapair, SPF sunscreen, NARS cosmetics, Glossier glow stick, Glossier cherry tint lip balm, Joanna Vargas serum, Kate SomervilleMarc Jacobs eyeshadow, Tarte concealer, Le Labo perfume, Glossier lip balm and highlighter, MAC matte lipstick, NARS liquid blush and bronzer, Dr. Jart SPF color correcting treatment

Made a quick getaway trip to Palm Springs this past weekend to savor the last bits of summer here in California. I love everything about Palm Springs--it always feels like its my home away from home--and bringing my favorite beauty/skincare tools with me makes staying here even better. Check below for the rotating products I always bring onto my travels:


Neon Blush, Palm Springs, Two Bunch Palms, travel makeup, travel skincare, skincare tips, skincare products, Sephora, Dr Jart, Cicapair, SPF sunscreen, NARS cosmetics, Glossier glow stick, Glossier cherry tint lip balm, Joanna Vargas serum, Kate Somerville

4

Fall feeling

9/7/17

Neon Blush, fall style, Los Angeles, Brixton paperboy cap, PUMA sneakers, plaid, Rag and Bone patent fanny packBrixton cap, Eggie plaid top, CAMEO Collective top, & Other Stories button-up, Rag & Bone fanny pack, Frilly trousers, Calvin Klein belt (similar), PUMA sneakers (similar)

Filed under: "layering for fall in LA", in which a barely-there, strappy plaid top is layered over a one-shouldered top, with a wispy, cool and crinkly button-up over it all. Wearing the hell out of the short, lightweight things I've been wearing all summer, but just throwing them altogether, ya know?

1

Checking in

8/23/17

Neon Blush, New York, Ian Schrager Public Hotels LES, Lower East Side, Manhattan hotel, rag & bone bag, suede messenger bag, SONY camera& Other Stories button-up, CAMEO Collective top, Rag & Bone bag, Calvin Klein belt (similar)

Hello from Public in NYC! I just wanted to quickly check in and share some useful beauty/skincare products I almost always bring with me to lighten my load when traveling. Either bottled efficiently, wonderfully dual-purposed, or just so good you don't need anything else, these items (and a lot of repeated outfits) have allowed me to maintain my makeup and skincare routine and manage a week-long trip with just a simple carry-on:

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For you

8/17/17

Neon BlushChanel Rouge Coco lipshine, J.O.A. button-up, Adornmonde earrings

Swayed by my anxiety surrounding recent events, I've been desperately trying to meditate and write my thoughts in order to cope. I haven't had the energy or wanted to expend any energy in making frivolous fashion decisions. So as it turns out, at the very least, life seems to *feel* much easier (or the days seem easier to get by) being a serious repeat outfit offender-- no seconds spared to decide which tops go with which trousers, or what to layer under or over. For the sake of sanity, I am, however, learning to discover the mood-boosting abilities of a brightening lip color and the beauty of flora... however fleeting.

4

Home comforts

8/11/17

Neon BlushDiptyque scented oval, Marvis toothpaste, Aesop hand wash

I've always been a bit of a homebody but as of late I've been truly relishing the comforts of home... especially when it comes to some R&R time. It could have something to do with aging or settling into a new place and filtering out skin/bath products that I just don't care for, though it is no secret that quality home goods and dreamy scents have a special way of not only relieving stress, but also elevating my surroundings in general. Below are some tools and products currently making me feel perfectly fine with nesting for days:

2

Summer sateen

8/7/17

Fleur du Mal top, Lavish Alice skirt, Elizabeth and James bag (similar), RAEN sunglasses, Adornmonde earrings, VANS sneakers

This hot weather has got me repeating this silk and satin set for days, like, really-- I wore this exact ensemble three days straight. It's perfectly slinky and draped in all the right places so there's room to breathe and more at ease. Elevated with some gold hoops and made casual with trusty sneakers, it's the ideal get-up for comfortably getting through humid summer days.

4

Peaches and cream

8/1/17

Neon Blush, food and photography, summer salad ideas, peaches
The combination of a ripened peach sitting on a cloud of fresh burrata is high up on my list of some of the best things to eat, like, EVER. Aside from longer days, peaches are the things I appreciate most about summers- they are delicious on their own, they make the most divine pies, and they also make savory salads that much more enjoyable (and a tad sweet). If you haven't tried this combination before and would like an easy, delicious and light lunch, here are the contents you'd need to just mix together:

1 - peach, sliced
1 ball - burrata, opened
2 handfuls - salad spring mix (romaine, arugula, radicchio, mizuna, spinach, parsley, dill, cilantro)
5-8 - heirloom tomatoes, halved
splash of balsamic vinegar
pinch of salt and lots of pepper

Bon appetit!

6

Dried tangerines

7/28/17

Neon Blush, makeup, NARS liquid blush Torrid, Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick, Giorgio Armani mascara, SEPHORA, J.Hannah nail polish Ghost Ranch, Smashbox eyebrow powder, Marc Jacobs eyeshadow paletteRéalisation Par handkerchief, Staud top, J.Hannah earrings

This summer, if I'm not bare-faced you can find me in warm, golden hues--

Brows: Smashbox brow tech shaping powder is one of my favorite brow products. It's kind of tricky, though- the applicator is finicky and sometimes deposits a lot of product, and sometimes doesn't. I can never tell if one flick of the wand will let loose a bunch of powder onto unwanted areas, but the few times I do get it right (and when I clean it up), I'm pretty happy with this. It does what it says it does: it adds natural looking volume and really does stay on all day long (without turning your brows oily later in the day).

Eyes: I used all but two of the shades in this Marc Jacobs eye-conic eyeshadow palette. I love MJ's shadow palettes- they're pigmented, usually packed with all the right warm tones with a hint of fun color, and can easily be worn as liner. A mix of matted base colors, a swipe of a metallic-y muted orange, and a thin line of wet black lamé. Top off with one layer of Giorgio Armani Black Ecstasy mascara, a great formula that glides right on for full but natural-looking lashes.

Cheeks: I like putting on two shades of blush, not for any other reason than the fact that I feel like it looks slightly more natural than one large flush of a single hue. NARS liquid blush in "Luster" and "Torrid" are my go-tos this summer; the combo is just the perfect amount of peach with the right amount of luster for a hot day.

Lips: as echoed in many of my previous beauty posts, I'm not much of a lip-wearer. I appreciate lipstick on other girls, but for some reason the feeling of anything on my lips makes me feel super self-conscious. That is, until I started wearing Chanel (474 - Daylight here to be exact). Their formula is pleasantly and surprisingly hydrating, and rich but lightweight all at once. Chanel, you've got a convert.

Nails: polish and color of the season, "Ghost Ranch" from J.Hannah.

4

Like honey and wheat

7/25/17

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, Realisation Par, Rachel Comey shoes, The Dreslyn, Los Angeles, Heidi Klein woven straw bag, silk scarf, lips handkerchiefAYR sleeveless blazer and jeans, Rachel Comey shoes, Heidi Klein bag and Réalisation Par scarf

I'm pretty sure I've used this Réalisation Par handkerchief every single day for the past two weeks now- there is something to be said about a small accessory that can be used day in/day out and pull the entire look together every time. Not certain if I'm just drawn to its versatility or if I'm really feeling the hints of red that pop the other slivers of honey and wheat right now. Maybe it's both, or maybe I'm turning a new leaf in favor of colors.

4

Triple threat

7/6/17

Neon Blush, NARS cosmetics, Glossier, Into the Gloss, lipstick as eyeshadow, pinkish tones, Too CooL For School lip balm tint, lip tint, Sephora, ILIA natural makeup SPF, lip balm with sunscreen, MAC lipstick nude matte
As of late, I've been really into that monochrome pink look-- the same shade on your lids, your cheekbones and right below the bow of your lips, but perhaps in different finishes. Below are some of my tried and true favorites tripling as lip tints, cheek stains, and eyeshadow:

NARS has a great set of liquid blush (in 'Torrid', 'Luster', and 'Dolce Vita' here) that are easily blended and build-able (a little goes a long way, so be very conservative when dispensing). I like these as bases for my cheeks and eyelids. My go-to lip products come in matte and glossy finishes: MAC Liptensity lipstick in 'Doe' and ILIA tinted lip conditioner in 'Darlin' swipe on matte, and Too Cool For School lip balm in 'Spilled Wine' and 'Peach Melba', Glossier balm dotcom in 'cherry' are balmy so they come on shiny. With the sheer, glossy product, I like to swipe a bit on the top of my cheekbones and middle of my lids to give a fresh pop. And last but not least, Smashbox L.A. Lights lip/cheek color in 'Silver Lake Sunset' is true to its name and provides a beautiful, glimmering pink perfect for a whimsical, summery look.

3

Of myself

6/30/17

Neon Blush, Jenny Ong, SK-II, SKII, skincare, Los Angeles, beauty and fashion bloggerZara corset and slides, Bassike trousers (similar), RAEN sunglasses (similar)

As a woman, the idea of self-worth has always intrigued me-- what freedoms does it grant, what are its bounds (when there should be no bounds?), what does it mean within the scope of society? Whenever I'm consoling a friend, I like to remind them of this notion pretty often- that the most liberating feeling, from just about any problem when pared down enough, is knowing that you are your own ever-changing mold of what is imperfectly perfect, that true worth is never dependent on another being, that you can and have the ability to be unencumbered by preconceived societal formulae. I believe that when this is fully realized, the spirit is infinitely immeasurable and thrives on a life of possibilities.

SK-II encourages us to be the sole force in shaping our own destinies in their latest campaign 'The Expiry Date'. I absolutely love its age-positive message and celebration of the individual. Watch the video below:

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Summer in stockings

6/26/17

Neon Blush, summer in stockings, Big Star Denim shorts, corset, Prada vintage heelsZara top and corset, Big Star denim shorts, Wolford stockings, Prada heels (similar)

I never thought I'd invest in a relatively expensive pair of stockings, much less wear them outside of fall, until I'd gone shopping for a replacement in Paris last year. Since then, I've been completely swayed by the sheer power of quality stockings and have tried to find ways to incorporate them more often... even on warmer days. Sometimes, just sometimes, I like to layer a pair of wispy tights under high-waisted shorts to give an edge to outfits for summer nights around town.

Neon Blush, summer in stockings, Big Star Denim shorts, corset, Prada vintage heels

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Simple is as simple does

6/19/17

Neon Blush, The Dreslyn, Los Angeles, simple style, Rachel Comey patent slingback shoes, Land of Women white slip dress, Rachel Comey pink swimsuitLand of Women slip dress, Rachel Comey swim set and slingback shoes, Tome x TDE tote

Generally speaking, most sales no longer sway me. I think the four-letter word use to glisten and come at me like it was practically Christmas morning, but as I've grown older I realized that if by the time sale season comes around I haven't already purchased what I was eyeing, I probably didn't want it that badly. This applies to most items... except those that I find on The Dreslyn. Their exceptional curation of designer styles consists of all arguably lifetime wardrobe pieces, and the seasonal sales are just giving us a chance at scoring on a smart investment piece. Sale or no sale, I love The Dreslyn for its range of perennial labels and thoughtful styles.

I'm no stranger to their annual warehouse sales either (when designer items sometimes go up to 80-90% off), but this season's pickings are too good to pass up... especially with the chance to take an additional 20% off select items. Everything worn above is from The Dreslyn, but I did some extra scouring of their sale section so that you don't have to:


Neon Blush, The Dreslyn, Los Angeles, simple style, Rachel Comey patent slingback shoes, Land of Women white slip dress, Rachel Comey pink swimsuit