May 2017

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Light of the earth

5/24/17

Neon Blush, Loccitane Provence, Terre de Lumiere collection, fragrance, perfumeL'occitane perfume and bath set

My feeling overwhelmed with our current political atmosphere has opened my eyes to the importance of not only staying well-informed, but of mental and physical self-care (more on that here). In order to be effectual, I'm convinced that the light needs to be sparked first from within. And to maintain that, I'm a firm believer in recalibrating by way of meditation and momentary escapes.

Inspired by that gracious, earthy golden light, L'occitane's Terre de Lumière collection has been my source of mental escape: a spritz of 'Lumière' conjures the South of France, a coat of the body milk takes me to a warm place and time where things feel just right. I'm slowly realizing that dreamy, intoxicating aromas are veritable therapy for me...


Neon Blush, Loccitane Provence, Terre de Lumiere collection, fragrance, perfume

4

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

Neon Blush, face mask sheet, Dr. Jart, skin care, The Art Cell, Pink Milk Mask, Egg Cream Mask, Saturday Skin face mask, glow mask, pearl mask, KNC Beauty lip mask, shining, hydrating, glowing
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.