December is by far one of my favorite months out of the year. The holiday decorations that go up a day after Thanksgiving, peppermint-flavored everything, and 2 hour long visits to Trader Joe’s to inspect their holiday inventory are some of my favorite things. Last weekend, I had a great time picking out a Christmas tree.
This year is the first Christmas that my boyfriend and I will have while living together. Unfortunately, he’s not much of a Christmas tree fan (just means more work for him). However, I enjoy the fresh smell of pine in the house that reminds me of Christmas and all the nostalgia that comes with it. In all reality, we celebrate our Christmas at each other’s parent’s homes, so we weren’t looking to go all out on a tree that we wouldn’t be sitting around on Christmas day.
After enjoying the afternoon at dog beach with Mew (my dog), we ended up going to a couple different tree lots to find a tree that wasn’t too big. I never thought i’d like a smaller tree but when I saw the little tree I wanted it was adorable and it could fit in the back seat of my car (menial work for the boyfriend thus far). We ended up going to Target to buy decorations and wrapping paper for gifts, etc. It was effortless to carry the tree up the stairs and it is the perfect size for the space it is in. It took me about 20 minutes to decorate the tree and it will by far be the easiest tree clean up I have ever had to endure!
If you haven’t gone to pick out your tree yet, don’t feel pressure to buy a big tree especially if you aren’t going to be hosting Christmas or don’t have the space for it. The smaller tree looks great and doesn’t cramp the space or our style.
P.S. The scarf I am wearing in these photos in from Forever 21 and I am obsessed.
Out of all the seasons, Fall is my favorite. Not because of the Pumpkin-flavored everything, but because of the fashion and lipstick options. I tend to wear more nudes and lighter colors in the Summer. However, in the Fall – it’s game-on!
One of my favorite colors is a classic red. To ensure you are reaping the benefits with a red, always make sure you have a red that has blue undertones. The blue undertone will make your teeth pop and look sparkly white. I tend to use matte liquid lipsticks more often than creme lipsticks because I really like how long they last. Also, it dries instantly so I never have to worry about walking around with lipstick on my teeth, and it’s kiss-proof.
My favorite red lipsticks include:
Liquid Mattes: Mary Jo K by Kylie Cosmetics (pictured), Immortal by Gerard Cosmetics (last picture below), Creeper by ColourPop. *Tip: Make sure you exfoliate your lips before you apply a matte liquid lipstick. I use a tooth brush and brush it on my lips in little circles to ensure there is no flakiness when I apply my matte liquid lipstick.
Creme: Dubonnet by MAC Cosmetics, with a layer of Fire by Revlon lipstick gloss on top which makes it more shiny and hydrated.
*Picture directly above: wearing Immortal Liquid Lipstick by Gerard Cosmetics.
Herbivore is my newest obsession! They have made some of my favorite products that include rose and coconut ingredients. Here’s an overview of four products from Herbivore that I use:
Rose Spray – I’m obsessed with using this as a toner and a moisturizer. I spray it on my face at night before I go to bed and in the morning when I wake up before I put my makeup on. I’ve noticed my face has been less dry while using this spray on a regular basis, and it smells amazing.
Sea Mist Hair Spray – I have been trying to wear my hair natural more often and avoid excessive heat from hair tools. After I let my hair air dry, I spray the Sea Mist Hair Spray into my hair and walk out the door. It smells amazing, but I will admit that it isn’t a huge difference in texture, however, it also depends on your hair type.
Coco Rose Body Polish – I love to exfoliate my skin in the shower. This body polish exfoliates your skin while also moisturizing it. I highly recommend using this product 1-2 times per week and you will be able to see the difference in your skin. My skin feels more hydrated and smooth when I use the Coco Rose Body Polish.
Orchid Facial Oil – Out of the four products I would say I use this product the least. When I put on make up for a night out, I like to put the oil on my face to help keep my face moisturized all night. This oil is more deep moisturizing than the Rose Spray, so if you’re looking for more moisture this is your product. I highly recommend the Orchid Facial Oil if you have dry skin and wear heavy make up on a regular basis.
Check out Herbivore here: https://www.herbivorebotanicals.com //
Living in San Diego, you have it all: the mountains, the beaches, the lakes and the desert. If you live in Southern California and haven’t made it out to the desert yet, I highly recommend you do so. In the desert (Yucca Valley, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, etc.) you can find affordable, clean, and modern houses up on Air BnB, that will give you a real “desert” experience. For our anniversary my boyfriend and I decided to rent a beautiful house we saw on AirBnb that was tucked away in Flamingo Heights just outside of Yucca Valley. The house looked beautiful in the pictures, and once we arrived and ran through the house in ‘awe’ we realized that the pictures didn’t even do it justice.
The house was tucked away on a long dirt road with 180 degree views of the desert terrain. The neighbors were so far away that it didn’t feel like we had neighbors and we were all by our lonesome in the desert wild. The house didn’t get cell service, but we found it as a blessing that we didn’t have an option to be sucked into a vortex on social media and got to give each other our full and undivided attention which was very romantic. Overall, the two bedroom house had a very rustic feel with a jacuzzi, fancy indoor bathtub, a very large modern shower, and AC in every room (THANK GOD). Although we spent most of the time indoors enjoying the features of the house, the 108 degree heat didn’t feel as bad as we thought since it was extremely dry.
We spent the weekend appreciating each other without any disturbance from our phones, blasting the owner’s rock vinyl collection on the record player, cooking delicious food, and relaxing in bed. The environment the house provided allowed us to rid ourselves of the unimportant things, live in the moment and deeply appreciate each other. I will never forget this anniversary weekend and will definitely go back.
If you haven’t ventured out to the desert yet, I recommend doing a trip with friends or your significant others and finding an AirBnb that meets your requirements of a perfect getaway. Remember to bring your own water (desert water tastes awful), and if you are allergic to bees remember to bring your Epi Pen.
Please enjoy the pictures below.
Whenever I look at people that are wearing cute gym clothes that aren’t working out or at a gym, I always think ‘ugh, I hate them – look at them wearing those clothes and they aren’t even working out’, but really that translates to ‘I’m extremely jealous they are pulling that off, I wish I could look good in that’. Oh, but you can. Instead of trying to look like you could potentially be coming or going from the gym, why not combine workout pants with a sexy bodysuit (no gym) and embrace it. It looks good and it clearly shows ‘hey i’m not coming from the gym and I am definitely not going to the gym’. And let’s be real, nobody is questioning that you might workout when you are wearing a body suit and sandals. If you are going to own the athleisure look avoid looking frumpy and go for sexy by pairing baggy pants with a bodysuit or a tight shirt.
Clothes: Forever 21 Plunging Black Halter Bodysuit, Adidas TIRO 17 Training Pants //
Jewelry: Gorjana Mika Layered Lariat Set in Silver, Slate Screwed Earrings in Silver, David Yurman Petite Albion Ring //
Makeup: Maybelline Mineral Powder in Nude Chair, NARS Concealer, Kylie Cosmetics Burgundy Eye Shadow Palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Dark Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit, Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit Mary Jo K //
When you grow up in San Diego, going to the Del Mar Fair becomes an annual tradition. A day or evening at the fair can be a great way to get a group of friends together or the perfect place to take a date. There is so much to do at the fair such as going on rides, playing games, eating questionable deep fried foods, face painting, photo booths, and the magnificent people-watching.
Every year that I go to the fair I always have so much fun whether it is with a date, a group of my girlfriends or my family. I will admit, there’s something romantic about going on a date or with your significant other to the fair. The fair can be the perfect environment for some great romantic moments like riding the Ferris wheel, kissing in a photo booth, or having your man win you a stuffed animal.
If you have yet to go to the fair, I highly recommend making plans to do so this summer so you can experience it first-hand. A tip for anyone going to the fair: make sure you wear comfortable shoes (there’s a lot of walking) and make sure you bring some cash, however, most of the vendors now take cards.
Outfit Details // Reader Glasses – Urban Outfitters, Ramones Tee – Forever 21, Jamie Jeans – Topshop, White Classic Low Top Converse, Silver Nixon Watch, White Purse – Gucci //
Makeup Details // Lipstick – Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in High Maintenance, Hair Extensions – http://www.remyclips.com
There are so many different products out there for skin care that are currently being sold. How do you find which one is best for you? You don’t. Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of your face creams? I have and the ingredients I can’t pronounce scare me and I don’t want them on my face or body. Because I am a strong believer in natural remedies I have gotten rid of all my skin creams and I have replaced them with coconut oil.
Coconut oil can be used for cooking, baking, a moisturizer for hair and skin, sunscreen and it can even be used as a lubricant for certain “activities”. Coconut oil is a great way to use safe and organic ingredients to lock in moisture and help keep your skin silky smooth.
I have incorporated using coconut oil into my daily routine. Every time I get out of the shower I lather myself from head to toe. I will admit, at first, it feels very thick, but it absorbs into your skin within an hour or two and becomes less noticeable.
Additionally, (whether I shower or not) every day after I take off my makeup, I apply the coconut oil all over my face, neck and collarbone area. It’s important that you moisturize parts of your body that are exposed to the sun, especially your neck. Your neck is such a delicate part of your body and when you get older, you will be happy you moisturized that area every night. Not moisturizing can cause wrinkles especially in the neck area, which is why it is important to be proactive against aging especially the sensitive areas of the neck and face.
If you have oily skin, coconut oil might not be the right treatment for you because it could potentially clog your pores. However, it can be used by all skin types as a great alternative to 15 SPF sunscreens and always handy to have for a day out in the sun. I warn that using just coconut oil in direct sunlight might not be enough in some cases and to also use a sunscreen if necessary.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to do your homework, look at the ingredients on the back of your face creams and lotions and see what chemicals you are putting on your face and body. If you don’t like what you see there’s no need to worry because there will always be a healthy, chemical-free alternative called coconut oil.