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October 2016

My New Fall Skin List

October 25, 2016

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My skin has gone through a lot of changes this past year. Jumping between extremely different temperatures, hours on an airplane, too much sun and sea salt exposure and maybe a few nights out too late (and maybe a few too many glasses on wine). These things are just a few factors of my life that have taken a toll on my skin. I’m saying that I’m going to be a hardcore regimented skin saint going forever forth. No, I’m a normal human being who likes to indulge every once in a while, and knows that it is totally okay to not be perfect. I am not one to get thrown for a loop when I get a pimple and think it’s the end of the loop. Life in general is a series of pimples that come and go when we least expect them to. But of course, I find that my confidence is at its highest level when my skin is on point, looking and feeling healthy from the inside and out. I found that changing up the skin products I use every 2-3 three months has been a great thing for my skin (maybe even every month!). I have found that my skin adapts very well to new ingredients. And it helps me focus on which of these ingredients work best for what I want to target. For me recently, I’ve found that a concentrated face oil has been just about the best and only solution to all of my skin problems by being able to absorb deep into my pores without any residue. My skin was in dire need of the extra moisture . . .  just the good kind of moistures. Not the kind that clogs me up. And to counteract the the oil production I naturally produce, I started to use a face wash that can also double as a mask to add some balance to my skins dryness/oiliness levels. These two major product changes changed my skin after a very hot and sweaty east coast summer with a stint in Costa Rica that seemed to haunt my skin for months afterwards. It was kind of a mind blowing miracle to see such steady and fast results. So let me just cut to the chase and show you what I’ve been carrying around in my beauty bag. I’m curious to see what you guys think after you decide to try some out.

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Murad InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask
This mask doubles as both a mask and a face wash, so I can incorporate it every single day and it doesn’t seem to harsh. It’s the perfect amount of daily dose acne antidote to keep the pesky buggers away. I use it as a mask twice a week to really keep over oil production at bay.

Juicy Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength
This is the newest product in my beauty cabinet, and I use it mostly when my skin is looking super tired and my skin tone is off. I love it on a Sunday right before a new week starts. It’s 100% organic and natural, and it isn’t too harsh on the skin while also giving spa level exfoliation at the same time. Exfoliation is the number one step to keep blemishes at bay and pores clear. My skin literally glows right after I use this product.

Onomie A.C.E Illuminating Eye Treatment
The skin around our eye is the most sensitive, but it also seems to get the least amount of love. I always have to remind myself extra hard to remember to nourish it, as well. This product makes that easy by incorporating a highlighter luminescence into it. I apply it under and around the outer corners of my eyes before I start to put on my makeup. Instantly I look awake.

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Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer
Not only is this simple little product such a dream to look at, but it feels so smooth and cool when I apply it. It’s almost like an addiction. It contains no fillers and is formulated with four nourishing oils. I love that the shade is transparent and completely universal. Just the right amount of dewiness for every skin tone, while also helping smooth and even out skin tone naturally.

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Kiehls Apothecary Preparations Personalized Facial Concentrate
I started using this product during NYFW and it such a great move. Literally overnight after the first use, I saw results. Especially in both my skin texture and tone. This concentrate was personalized specifically for my skin’s needs, and I decided to focus on even skin tone, redness and brightness. Different components were added to target each of these needs. The way it feels going on, and the way it settles in . . . I can really feel the long-lied effect of this product.

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And Other Stories Toile Lip Oil
It was kind of strange how a few months ago I was suffering from pretty severe dry lips. I think it was mostly from my travels and just forgetting to put on Chapstick before bed every once in a while. But it came to the point that I had to find a quick result because it was becoming pretty uncomfortable. And it was hard to wear lipstick because my lips were constantly flaking and cracking. But it seemed like hardly any over the counter medication was actually giving me the results I desperately needed. I needed something that wasn’t just a temporary fix. I randomly picked up this lip oil in Paris while browsing the And Other Stories store, and it was life changing. The oil is made from cotton seed and so far is the best protective layer my skin has seen, acting as a layer or protection from elements and locking in moisture especially over night so that by morning my lips would feel and look rejuvenated. I can’t go a day or night without this stuff.

Laura Geller Brighten-N-Conceal Multi-Tasking Concealer
My latest find in the concealer department. And since you guys all know what a fan of highlighters I am, I’m sure you can tell already why I chose this one. It brightens and conceals all at once! The coverage is full, but it doesn’t look or feel heavy. And the extra hint of illuminator is such a treat. It’s perfect for under eye circles and lining tip of my nose. It hits the light just right. Basically, your skin will look flawless and natural after just one application. Hardly any need to reapply throughout the day 🙂

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Keeping Heated with UNIQLO

October 20, 2016

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Uniqlo Heattech turtleneck t-shirt
Uniqlo Heattech plaid scarf
Uniqlo Heattech tights

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Uniqlo and I go way back to a fashion week at Lincoln Center smack dab in the middle of winter. I ran into a friend on the way to the subway, my fingertips frosted even with gloves on. My nose feeling like it’s going to fall off despite my heavily knitted wool scarf. I had a wool coat layered over a cashmere cardigan layered over a blazer layered over some sort of silk dress I decided to wear that fashion week and I was still freezing to the core. And hating life. And of course I was  wondering how in the world my friend was running around town in just a sequined long-sleeved dress and looking like it was sunny and above 70 degrees out. HOW IN THE WORLD? She was like “Giiiiirl, I have my Uniqlo Heattech underneath this thing.” As soon as those three words left out of her mouth, I knew that I no longer had to suffer through the NYC winters as much anymore. And it felt like all of the world’s problems could be fixed by layering Uniqlo.

Coming from California, my first few winters on the east coast were pretty brutal. Being used to the denim and leather jackets that could get me easily through a January in Southern California was a whole other story over on this side. I had absolutely no idea of what were the components of a suitable winter coat, so of course I came super under-prepared. Instead I would layer a bunch of lightweight ones so that I looked like the Michelin man and could hardly move an inch in any direction, let alone fit through the subway turnstile. And I still felt cold. And then, there was the whole issue of waiting for the subway to come, surrounded by bodies of people at a similar Michelin man status as me, exchanging body heat and slowly sweating our layers off. Looks exchanged with those surround me feeling the same sort of annoying, sweaty pain. And then repeating the process say maybe one or two more times throughout the day. Let me tell you, carrying five layers of outerwear on top of my work bag, groceries and whatever else I decided to pick up that day was not the most fun. Comedic for those who were dressed well prepared for the cold. But for me, it was one of the heaviest endeavors of transitioning to east coast life from someplace where these sort of worries were never at the forefront of my mind before. A lifestyle change had to happen. And it took one little Uniqlo turtleneck t-shirt to really change the game for me. It’s like I found out the biggest secret and my little California jaw dropped in admiration and hope like it did the first time it viewed the NYC skyline from Dumbo at night. I was saved.

And here I am. Fall already here, and winter quickly approaching, and all my insecurities about keeping warm have flown out the window. I’m feeling warm and cozy as a pup on Christmas day. Look ma, not even a coat required in this wind chill! I mean, I’m sure that when winter actually comes around, a coat will very much be required, but everything Uniqlo Heattech will be my best friend in the upcoming months. How about you?

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Everything Black

October 17, 2016

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Etro dress
AGL flats
Vintage Salvatore Ferragamo bag
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Even though in general my style is laid back and thrown together (and happy color driven), I’ve never minded a reason to dress up. Maybe it’s the weather changing . . . but it looks like I’m making a slow progression towards the darker, more dramatic side. I’ve already gone all natural with my hair color (thank you Jasmin Rainieri at Julien Farel Salon). I still haven’t gotten completely used to seeing my hair so dark after years of leftover bleached locks coming forth from salt water vacations that I actually have been missing dearly. It’s a little “witchy”, but hey ’tis the time to be a little bit more of that right? At the same time, the change feels refreshing. Like a blank slate looking to be drawn on with any sort of hand. And although I’m still getting used to the idea of pairing my darker hair with clothing just as dark, and possibly even  darker . . . there’s something alluring about the idea. Maybe leaning a little more towards the mysterious, which is how some people have described me before. I do like to keep a lot to myself, oftentimes revealing my deepest at only the most rarest of occasions that even I am surprised that I have let them out. But that’s what I love most about the changing of seasons. The surprises. The spontaneous decisions. The lightness of being drifted in a direction by an unknown energy that can hardly be described yet we follow it. I have nothing but love for all of these things. And so I shall wear all black and embrace the fact that for whatever reason at all that has overcome me, it feels right to me right now.

Shop more beautiful Etro dresses:

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To Seamlessly Co-Exist

October 13, 2016

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Kurt Lyle coat
AGAIN silk dress
All Saints sherpa bag
La Canadienne shoes
Daniel Wellington watch
Dannijo earrings
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Print and texture and print and texture. The most beloved thing of all when it comes to dressing for lower temperatures. Outfitting in autumn is like being a kid putting a puzzle together. Sometimes the most unexpected and most strange of pieces are the ones that fit. I recently dug this silk slip that I haven’t worn in ages and was inspired to bring it back to life again. All of a sudden, it’s spicy tigress status was brought down to a homely yet chic humbleness with this retro/verging on grandma-ish (in the best of ways, of course) coat that I am head over heels over (from Kurt Lyle’s latest collection . . . make sure to check that out HERE). My patchwork sherpa bag thrown over my shoulder on the way out the door, and all of sudden, three pieces that seemed to not go along with each other at all when laid out in different parts of my closet, seemed to seamlessly co-exist in the most steady of ways. So steady as a matter of fact, that it nearly matches the most calm of heartbeats. Oh, and the earrings? Found them at the bottom of my purse after borrowing them from my sister for a party not to long ago. Afterthought accessorizing is definitely a thing nowadays for me it seems.

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