July 2018

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July favorites

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This past month if I wasn't bare-faced, I was most likely wearing a bit of a burnt orange-reddish lip color... namely "Faded Clementine" from Em Cosmetics. If you pair with a light pink flush for your cheeks (I'm wearing 'Puff' from Glossier here), an equally reddish/orange-y shadow and some shimmer, I think "Faded Clementine" is a great hue for that laid-back-but-a-little-put-together feel for the thick of summer. I got SO many compliments every time I wore it. Side note: it's a little drying for me and I'm not the biggest fan of its staying power (or the lack thereof), it seems to come off really easily so having it on hand and reapplying is a must... otherwise, best color ever. It's the perfect pop for a hot summer's day and/or evening.

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OK. Normally I don't like all-in-one anything. Every single all-in-one product I've tried has failed miserably... until this wondrous skin elixir came along. Admittedly I was very skeptical about this and thought about offering it to someone else who would be more appreciative of it, but a friend had raved about the brand and so I gave it a try and patted it on my skin one night. You know that feeling you get when you're dying of thirst and you finally quench yourself? Slurrrrrp- that's how it felt patting this onto my face. It was incredibly softening and hydrating - I couldn't believe how baby soft my face had turned. There's a bit of ceramide (makes your skin super lush feeling) and some argan oil in it (along with a handful of ingredients traditionally used for medicinal purposes), but you would never suspect it because it doesn't feel at all slick or oily- just a light, airy fluid on the skin. It's so light that I found it to be the perfect product for moisturizing in the mornings. My skin didn't feel clogged nor did it feel weighed down by product--just my skin, but better, which is how I want it to feel when it's super hot out. 10/10 would recommend!

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Hands down the best tasting smoothies in Los Angeles, and possibly even of all places. I'm usually really frugal when it comes to buying beverages like coffee, juice, and especially picky when it comes to smoothies but I will happily drop for some LA Press. I've yet to try their coffee, but taste wise, their juices and smoothies are so refreshing and delicious without being too sweet. The consistency is perfect and I've found that almost every smoothie I've tried has truly been perfected and balanced (my go-to is the 'Go Green' smoothie, made with spirulina, maca, in-house coconut milk, banana, dates, Himalayan salt). At the risk of sounding super "LA", I feel renewed and energized after having a smoothie from LA Press, which was exactly what I'd needed all this past month. A huge bonus: their smoothies come in glass jars instead of plastic cups (YES) and you can either keep them for yourself or wash them at home and bring them with you on your next visit and receive $1 off your smoothie.

824 South La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 592-3415


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So! July was kind of a rollercoaster month for me. And considering I typically experience a bit of anxiety on a normal basis, in short: I needed this so fucking much. I will have to say, even as a native and a huge lover of Los Angeles, I usually roll my eyes when it comes to laughable, archetypal LA things like tarot cards! and crystals! and astrology! excessive workout and diet fads! Instagram traps galore! (...the list goes on). So you could guess that I'd felt skeptical about plant-based products and their claims with regulating stress levels. BUT after taking these capsules for the past month and feeling the positive effects every single time, I'm convinced that maybe I don't have a total aversion to the idea of crystal healing and angel readings. I take one every time I feel the stress and anxiety kicking in, and in about 30-40 minutes, I can actually feel my mind and body releasing the tension and worry. What I love most about it is the fact that I still feel productive and fully functional on it, just without the nagging stressors I generally get. Not sure what I was doing before this!

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These days I hardly find myself in heels anymore- and if I'm in heels, they're probably no higher than 2-3". The pair on repeat for the past couple months is this lizard-effect slingback from By Far. This low-heeled, modern Mary-Jane silhouette meets the criteria for comfort and surprisingly goes well with almost everything, day or night. Long live the kitten heel (my feet are sorely thanking me for this newfound sentiment).

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Not sure if it made ANY sense to wear a long one-piece in the middle of summer, but I often found myself gravitating towards jumpsuits this month. Obviously it wasn't functionality I'd cared about (using a public bathroom while wearing one of these proved to be kind of annoying and awkward), but it was simply the fact that I just didn't want to have to think about what I needed to wear. I just wanted to feel good and go. And these did that for me. I believe jumpsuits look good on EVERYONE so if you've been thinking about getting into it, I say go for it. Find yourself a good one and keep it forever, because it's so easy to wear.

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Okay so I kind of use this all year round but more so during the summer. It's my favorite retinol product to use during warmer months because it doesn't feel as drying and it goes on super light. I generally spray a bit onto my hands, warm it up a bit by rubbing both hands, and then pat it onto my face. It smells wonderful and it's a powerhouse of ingredients: retinol (reduces appearance of fine lines, dark spots, etc), hyaluronic acid (keeps skin moisturized and plump), glycolic acid (exfoliating), and vitamin C (antioxidant and great for collagen)!

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I've been wanting to use colored candles for awhile, but couldn't really get my hands on affordable ones. So far, World Market offers a decent collection. They seemed to match the mood for July :)

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We hit 110 degrees this past month and it was brutal even stepping out of the house for a couple of seconds, but I braved the suffocating heat for these ice cold Korean noodles a couple times that horrid week. They're god-send and I'm so glad it's offered at plenty of places around LA. If you're ever around Koreatown, make sure to visit YuChun and order this dish.

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Lastly, contrary to the first favorite item listed here, the best thing about July was that the majority of it was spent makeup-free and (perhaps subsequently?) feeling free. Or at least it was spent in the pursuit of that feeling... which, I've come to realize, only really materializes during the summer and that should not be the case. I'm letting July be a lesson in improving that and making it a year round pursuance, despite how long the sun chooses to stay up.

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Where the soul lives

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While I do love the occasional night out and having fun with friends, I think my natural state is happiest when I'm at home, by myself. I'm a bit of an introvert. I had a conversation with a friend recently and we were trying to determine whether leaning introvert or extrovert was rooted in your neurological makeup, or if it was a personality trait that's carved over time, from circumstantial situations or your upbringing. Perhaps it's both, but I know that over the years after living in a hectic part of town, I'd realized how important it was to turn my physical fortress into a mental oasis. Consequentially, I think desperately retreating to home further encouraged my introversion- and so I kept making it a point to continually improve my sanctuary.

Anyhow, after sharing snippets of my space on Instagram a few readers were curious about what my home life was like, and well, the following photos will hint that it's mostly time spent tending to plants, cuddling my dogs, reading on my balcony, and playing around with skincare products. In collaboration with Society6, I'm sharing my favorite nooks below.

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My bedroom might be my least inhabited room (during my waking hours anyway), but it is probably the most personal and private space, for obvious reasons. It's where I retreat to when my mind and body desperately need to recharge, where I briefly recount my day and make note of my feelings before drifting off to sleep. As my bedroom leans more on the minimal side, I thought this piece from Society6 was fitting for its depiction of intimacy and self-preservation and -love. I might spend more time in my office or in the kitchen, but the bedroom is the most sacrosanct of all, without a doubt.

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It's hard to say for sure, but the living room is maybe my favorite. I have a small dining area but 99% of the time, I just prefer to eat in here. Maybe because it's padded with plants and sprinkled with my favorite flea market treasures, but I feel like I get a deep breath of fresh air whenever I'm in the living room. It's also the spot my dogs love resting in the most, and sometimes I'll catch them sunbathing by the window, scouting for strangers and mailmen. I check in with my plants at least twice a day (and a bunch of them are not pictured here so you can imagine how much time I spend in this room), so I go in and out of this area a ton, but my favorite time of the day is when the sun starts to cower and peek through the trees out in front, creating a brief, magical shadow dance on the floor during golden hour. I know my bedroom is where I primarily calm my thoughts at the end of the night, but I love spending a few minutes here during the day to recalibrate if needed.

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I work from home 80% of the time so it was really important to have a distinguishable office to separate it from the rest of my home life. I have to say that this is the most "colorful" room of all. In the literal sense, it gets the most light and has a lot of bright-colored plants, but it's also where I spend most of my days, so naturally I felt like it had to house things that I cherished most, and things that are affixed to vibrant memories. It's decorated with these Society6 prints, my favorite books, my collection of cameras, crystals, dried flowers, rocks/shells and other random mementos. I also love these two art pieces from Society6 and thought they were perfect for this space; the figure washing her hair in the first piece gives me a sense of serenity and purity, while the balancing figures in the second frame are friendly reminders of strength and willpower. I always need to be reminded of both.

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Ah my bathroom! As you guys know, I'm a huge skincare junkie so you can probably guess that I spend quite a bit of time here. I have an extensive skincare regimen - I'm committed to it at least twice a day and from time to time I'll utilize additional tools like the LightStim, so my actual skincare process might take a little longer on some days. I figured since I'm here often that I would try to make it more "homey" however possible, like decorating the walls with artwork, placing a few plants around small corners and some vintage fixtures to enhance the space and give it some character. I thought the rawness of this 'Twist' print, balanced by its quirky colors, was appropriate for the bathroom. It's one of my favorite pieces from Society6, and I love that it adds the right amount of eccentricity to an otherwise relatively neutral space. (PS. I receive quite a few DMs on Instagram about where I find my trays/containers. I usually just recycle old drinking glasses/candles or scour flea markets for them! It's the only way I can avoid clutter with having a ton of product, I have to make sure I have a home for everything.)

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And last but not least: my balcony hideout, a place I can sit at any time to breathe slowly, properly meditate and sometimes do some quick yoga under the sun. Much like my living room, I wanted this to house a ton of plants, but unlike the former, I wanted it to feel more vibrant and energizing. Because I've always wanted a courtyard (anybody else crave being outside but want to feel completely safe and have it all to yourself?), I'd spent some time thinking about how I wanted this area to look exactly: hints of golden yellow and pink and bright greens against wooden furniture and a hodgepodge of succulents and flora with the ability to lay down comfortably. When I step outside to take a breather and sometimes catch a squirrel on the ledge, or a hummingbird or two whizzing nearby, I definitely feel grounded and grateful for the quick spouts of interactions with nature. I'm really thankful I get to call this home, even if it's only for a little while.

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