HAIR CUTS, WISDOM TEETH, AND TURKEY

November 24, 2014

Filed Under : Random

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If I were to describe the past 2.5 weeks of my life, it would be the title of this post. I decided to snip off about 5 inches of hair (I WANT IT ALL GONE, I said to my hair stylist quite emphatically). You can’t tell as much in this photo but it’s above my shoulders (see here). I feel like ME for the first time in a long time.

Wisdom teeth. Yes, I spent a drug-fueled (sorry not sorry) weekend recovering from getting my wisdom teeth pulled out. I’m still struggling a bit with it but definitely on the mend. Oh but you should’ve seen the chipmunk-cheeked snapchats I was sending out.

TURKEY. Favorite holiday is coming up. I love eating, bottom line. I also love my family. This year, we’re keeping the menu straightforward and classic, but cutting out all bread products for my mom and aunt who are currently Gluten Free (I’m still eating all the pumpkin pie though). Will report back after.

A few other things on my radar:

WEARING
Vince cardigan
James Jeans (most comfortable jeans on this planet)
Warby Parker sunglasses
Zara boots

ESSENTIALS: EVERYDAY MAKEUP

November 10, 2014

Filed Under : BEAUTY

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For as many beauty products as I hoard (like an entire hall linen closet, I’m not proud), you’d think I’d be using all sorts of different makeup everyday, but in reality, I stick to only a few essentials. I don’t wear a lot of makeup in general (but again, still pretty hoardy about it) and I tend to prefer a natural look for everyday wear. I’ve found a select few products that help me achieve this look and here they are:

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage, Olio E Sasso Lip Balm, Laura Mercier Eye Pencil, RMS Living Luminizer, Tarte Cheek Stain, Chanel Inimitable Mascara

Before I delve into each product, don’t forget to check out all of my other life essentials here, including the last one I did about the best lotion ever IMO.

And now onto some serious rambling about these products:

laura mercier secret camouflage ESSENTIALS: EVERYDAY MAKEUP

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-1 // I’ve had this concealer for years but only learned how to use it properly last September, thanks to a very good makeup artist. That peach color goes over my dark age spots and the lighter color brightens all the shadowed places on my face, like the inside corners of my eye, the cupid’s bow, around the nose, and anywhere else that’s feeling particularly sullen.

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Olio E Sasso Lip Balm in #3 Crimson // This balm only looks dark. In reality, it goes on super sheer, with just a hint of berry to it. The balm itself feels so amazing and keeps my lips hydrated. The little bit of color is just an added bonus. I switch off with this Dior balm all the time.

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Laura Mercier Longwear Eye Pencil in Slate // I don’t wear a ton of eyeliner, only a smudge on the top, usually on the lash line. But even so, I’ve tried every eyeliner in the book and none stay on my eyes like this one. I never have to worry about it moving or smearing over time. THANK G.

rms illuminizer ESSENTIALS: EVERYDAY MAKEUP

RMS Beauty Living Luminizer // This product is a secret of the pros. Multiple makeup artists that I know swear by it. It acts as an illuminator, brightening and making everything look happier and more jolly. I use this on the inside corner of my eyes (along with the Secret Camouflage for an extra juj), a little on my eyelids, in a C-shape from my temple to my upper cheek bone (under the eye), and anywhere else that needs a little brightening on any given day. This is the STUFF man. If I could endorse any candidate on this roster, it would be this one.

tarte cheek stain ESSENTIALS: EVERYDAY MAKEUP

Tarte Cheek Stain in Natural Beauty // To go along with my theme of looking as natural as possible, I stick to this cheek blush, which is a sheer berry rose color. It makes your cheeks look just slightly flush, in the most natural way possible. Plus, I tend to prefer a cream blush over a powder for that general dewy look.

chanel mascara ESSENTIALS: EVERYDAY MAKEUP

Chanel Inimitable Mascara //  Mascara is the only product that I’m never married to. I love Chanel mascara, but I also equally love the Buxom Lash Mascara. I switch it up all the time depending on what I have in the back stock. I was also using Benefit They’re Real for a long time and while it looks good, it would weigh down my lashes too much. The Chanel is much lighter and more natural looking, but still packs a punch.

TAKE ME TO AN APPLE FARM

November 4, 2014

Filed Under : MY LIFE - STYLE

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Over the weekend, we experienced some honest-to-goodness fall weather, complete with wool sweaters and cooler temps. These things don’t really happen often to an LA gal like me so I took full advantage of it with a day of apple picking. We drove out to Oak Glen and visited Riley’s Apple Farm and Snow-Line Orchard. Fresh mountain air! I’ll tell ya, there’s nothing better.

The apple trees were pretty bare at this time of year, but we still picked a few pounds of pippins, red delicious, rubies, and granny smiths, all of which ended up in a pie I made later that night – JUST CALL ME QUEEN DOMESTIC. We also loaded up on fresh apple cider and apple butter, neither of which were very cheap but yolo. Luckily they turned out super delicious and we’re basically living off of apple cider, apple butter, and apple pie for the rest of the week.

The apple cider donuts at Snow-Line were calling our names as well, but with a line of 50 people deep, we had to sadly pass them up. Just ask Kyle, I legitimately pouted and stomped my feet a little. The power of donuts, I swear. Anyway, a solid fall day on the books for 2014.

WEARING:
Madewell x Sezane sweater
Madewell plaid shirt, old (similar here and here)
MIH jeans
Loeffler Randall boots
Baggu bag

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OUR APARTMENT ON JAYADORES

October 27, 2014

Filed Under : INTERIORS - MY LIFE

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apartment2 OUR APARTMENT ON JAYADORES My BFF, Jaymee, featured my and Kyle’s apartment on her blog last week and it was so fun to see! We’ve lived in this place for 3 years now and although it’s still very much a work in progress, I really feel like we’ve built a home together. So thanks Jay for capturing it for us, you da best.

You can see all the photos here!

Photos by Jaymee.

A VACATION DO-OVER IN OJAI

October 20, 2014

Filed Under : TRAVEL

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A few weeks ago, Kyle and I went on a Palm Springs + Sedona + Grand Canyon trip. I’ll use the term “went on” very loosely seeing as Kyle got flu symptoms literally on our way to Palm Springs (first leg of the trip). We arrived at the amazing Korakia Pensione, where he spent the ENTIRE time (2.5 days) in bed, while I laid by the pool solo in between checking his temperature and replenishing canned chicken soup. HASHTAG NOT IDEAL. We ended up canceling the rest of the trip (red rocks of Arizona, I hardly knew ye).

Moral of the story is: my parents felt bad for us and said we could crash their trip to Ojai the following weekend. God bless parents. Ojai is one of my favorite places on the planet, so of course we tagged along. We had lots of good food, laid out at the pool all day every day, rode bikes, got massages, went to the farmer’s market, did a little shopping (yes and yes to Summer Camp and Modern Folk Living), and generally oogled over the beauty that is the Ojai Valley Inn (where we stayed). THANKS MOM AND DAD.

So that’s all she wrote for summer. It’s been real (real hot) and I’m totally and completely ready for fall now.

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