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Doing London Style with Jo Malone

May 30, 2017

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Products by Jo Malone
Salvatore Ferragamo dress
The 2 Bandits earrings
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Oh, London! How I miss your daily rain showers and afternoon tea! Let me tell you, when it’s raining outside, all you want to do is spend an afternoon inside drinking tea (and champagne). Natalie‘s and my stay at the famous Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair, an upscale part of London, was more than divine. The hotel is over 200 years old, and it has history as epic as it’s wallpaper. During WWI, many aristocrats sought refuge at this very hotel. Imagining the people who came in and out of this hotel in the past 200 years drops by jaw. It was a pleasure to be able to call this place home for our last two night’s in London. Our chic London experience was made even more chic with Jo Malone, of course. The brand is a revolutionary in the fragrance world, and just about everyone knows the name and has at least one favorite scent. Our first night at Claridge’s ended with a nice, long bath in the picturesque tub. The bubbles were the fanciest bubbles I’ve ever experienced! Right before bed, I lathered myself with Jo Malone body cream in Wood Sage & Sea Salt. It’s my favorite body cream in the world. My mom’s, too! I always make sure to gift her a jar on her birthday and Mother’s Day. It makes any woman feel fantastic right before a night of rest. We slept peacefully that night, to be woken early by our alarms so as not to miss our morning massages at the hotel, which was one of the most relaxing events of our entire London experience. London is quite a hectic city, and we fit so much in our itinerary the previous days that our bodies were aching for a magical touch.

We had breakfast waiting in our room before heading out to explore a little bit more of Mayfair all the way towards St. Jame’s Park. The weather was mildly warm and fabulous, which is rare for London. But, of course, it then changed its mind halfway through the afternoon with a heavy rain that brought us back to Claridge’s earlier than expected. But all was good, because it just gave us more time to explore the hallways of the hotel, say hello to guests coming in and out and just be generally fancy for no reason other than to be fancy. Plus, we had a 5pm afternoon tea waiting for us. So the timing was actually perfect. I had an amazing Chinese green tea with rhubarb syrup and it was one of the most delicious teas I’ve ever downed. Props to our waiter who recommended the syrup, it was so interesting to taste. Soooo, fully relaxed and our tummies filled with tasty finger sandwiches and sweet treats, we had a little less than an hour to get ready for the big Jo Malone “Talk of the Townhouse” party in Mayfair. There we rubbed shoulders with London socialites like Karen Elson and Poppy Delelvigne, as well as the best dressed in town. All fans of Jo Malone and fashion and everything creative. I felt so much creativity in the air amongst the crowd. You can just feel the vibrations not just from the bad ass tunes the DJs were spinning, but also the colors, patterns and shapes of dress that everyone adorned. I felt so much inspiration dancing and mingling all around me. And that is really what is my favorite part about coming to London. The energy, the quirkiness the rock and roll. And, of course, everything smelled fabulous because the party was lit with Jo Malone candles, which I obviously can’t live without. 

I wore this lovely Ferragamo dress from a recent season. In a way, it felt a bit flamenco to me, so I threw on some bold earrings to match with the feeling. Perfect for the night, because the townhouse turned into a late night dance party, and everyone had moves to show off. It was such a fun way to spend our last night in London. With a fashionably scented bang. Thank you Jo Malone for having us as your guests all the way from over the pond. Natalie and I hope to be back soon! xx

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Skin Nutrition from the Inside Out with HUM Nutrition

May 26, 2017

A well rounded diet and regular fitness regime have been super important aspects of my life these past few months. Eating fresh and healthy food and fitting in time to move and sweat in a way that makes me feel good from the inside out. And my body has come to start to crave these feelings. But still, keeping it up week after week can be a struggle when work calls for flights across the ocean last minute. It’s not the biggest deal of course, because for me, wellness is also all about balance, and nothing can ever be perfect. So because of the hectic schedules that come at me regularly, I was on the lookout for a product that I could use to balance out the days when I don’t have the time to eat healthy or workout as much. Then, thinking in the long term, I was looking for a way to enhance the wellness routine I already had in practice. 

It’s been a month since I was introduced to HUM Nutrition, a brand of nutritional supplements that have a strong focus on inner beauty and skincare from the inside out. First things, first. HUM Nutrition supplements are sustainably sourced, non-GMO and free of soy, gluten, artificial colors, and preservatives. Many are even organic and vegan. Second, the supplements provide continuous care and also prevention by working from deep inside you (as opposed to a topical treatment) so that you can have more long-term results. Prevention is key to beauty! The earlier, the better. Third, it’s so easy to take advantage of HUM Nutrition’s personalization process. There’s a quick 3 minute evaluation which gives you access to recommendations by a Registered Dietician. This company is run by pros!

Now, onto my three recommendations from the HUM website:

Daily Cleanse Skin & Body Detox Supplement

This is my number one! The blend of organic chlorella algae, detoxifying herbs and cleansing minerals work together to detox and protect my skin (as well as liver, gut, kidneys and lymphatic system). It literally stops the impurities and toxins before they even get a chance to affect my skin. My breakouts have decreased dramatically since using this product. When paired with healthy meals on the daily, and especially a good workout session, I notice my skin looks brighter and smoother, as well. Less makeup needed. That is always the goal for me.

Gut Instinct Probiotic 

I read an article about how much inflammation is one of the biggest problems Americans face, and it is mostly because of diet. This supplement contains 25 billion (yes 25 billion), 10-strain probiotics which work to heal your gut, boost your immune system and protects against inflammation and oxidative stress. Basically, as a result of these supplements, inflammation is down overall so your skin doesn’t have to suffer from redness and breakouts and general aging. Like I mentioned before, the best and most effective way to increase the health and look of your skin is from the inside out. It’s exactly why we make the decision to eat a grilled chicken salad over a slice of pepperoni pizza on an average day. This supplement just amplifies those healthy actions and puts them in motion in a way that shows on the outside in the best way possible.

Flatter Me Digestion Supplement

This just happens to be the perfect supplement for the months right before bikini season. This one is made from a unique blend of 18 full spectrum digestive enzymes and herbs. It’s an easy way to reduce bloating and improve digestion. I take it right before dinner so I can be sure to sleep with and easy stomach that night. And on top of that . . . crop tops here I come!

I also want to throw in how much of a fan that I am of the Daily Raw Beauty To Go packets, especially for when I’m really in a rush, or just in the mood for a light meal. Flavor of choice? Mint Chocolate chip. It’s a mix of superfood greens, which are full of antioxidants and adaptogens for energy + enzymes, probiotics and fibers for a metabolism boost. And only 25 calories. I add it to a fresh smoothie blend of berry’s, vanilla almond milk, cashew butter and pumpkin seeds. It’s my favorite after a workout, or right before yoga class when I didn’t have time for lunch. It keeps me energized and full. Plus, it feeds my skin all the extra nutrients I missed out earlier on in the day, or that I won’t be able to get in later on. When traveling, it’s an easy fix to shake it into my water bottle or add to a juice, as well!   

My skin and has been looking and feeling its best in a very long time. I carry my supplements around with me, and spread them out throughout the day with my meals or snacks, and it’s been a great motivation to keep my eating habits in check. Like I said before, it’s all about balance, and the main goal of my wellness challenge is for my eating habits, fitness routine and dietary supplements to complement each other and enhance each other. Of course, there is always a little wiggle room, because life can never always be planned. But at least, we can make the most of what we can do. 

This post is in collaboration with HUM Nutrition

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My Top 5 Korean Beauty Products

May 13, 2017

For the past two years, I’ve started paying attention to Korean beauty more and more. Dr. Jart was one of the first Korean beauty brands that went mainstream and was widely available in the United States. All of a sudden, I saw it everywhere . . . in magazines, my favorite bloggers were testing out new products and even the news channels were talking about the innovations and technology behind the industry of Korean beauty. After a visit to Seoul, Korea, I really came to see with my own eyes the importance of skincare and innovation in the life of a modern day Korean.Men as well as women! It’s so intriguing to me how technology can play such a substantial role in how we take care of our skin. It’s like engineering, but for the beauty realm. I’ve tried a few in the past year, and came to roundup a few of my favorite Korean beauty products for this post. For me, technology and science is just as important as making sure ingredients are mostly all natural and non-toxic. Let me take you through each of my current favorites.

Frudia Green Grape Pore Control Serum
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Frudia is a brand new player in the Korean beauty market, and is now widely available in the US in most CVS pharmacies in the curated K-beauty section. It is made up of 81% green-grape extract from grapes that were harvested from a farm on Jegu Island, Korea, an area of lush vegetation. Frudia uses special technology to extract the extracts so that they are in the best, most refined form so that our skin take in all the best benefits from it. Skin moistening tannoids visibly mattify pores. After two weeks of use, I did very much see an increase in my skin’s brightness, as well. I noticed that my need for a face powder to mattify throughout the day went down, which was the main goal for me to get out of this product. Check out their other range of products, each suitable for a specific skincare target. 

Saturday Skin Sunscreen Perfecting Cushion Compact
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I just recently fell in love with this lightweight foundation compact. It contains a patented complex of peptides plus honey, which hydrates, cools and brightens skin. I dab it on my forehead, nose, cheeks and chin, then dab with the cushion to blend seamlessly all over. It provides full coverage, but doesn’t look or feel heavy at all. It feels more like a tinted moisturizer, which I love. The more natural looking the better. Plus it protects from sun exposure 🙂

Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist
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This mixture of toner and essence is my favorite midday refresher. Actually, I use it all throughout my day! It is formulated with kiwi and white grape extract to help block free radicals and increase moisture. Instantly, my skin looks radiant and perfectly dewy after a few sprays. Love using it over my makeup right before I head out the door. 

Dr. Jart Dermaclear Micro Water
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This cleansing water is made with 85% active hydrogen mineral water instead of refined water, and is formulated with 90% natural ingredients. I love knowing that what I use to clean my face is all natural, especially since I use it near my eyes. The best thing is that it takes off my mascara in an easy instant. I get clean, fresh feeling and brightened. I’ve noticed the redness in my skin (especially around my nose and chin) to have gone down since using this product.

Erborian Bamboo Water Lock Mask
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I got this in a goody bag awhile back, and kept coming back to this product ever since for my moisture recharges. It’s made out of bamboo sap and fibers to help smooth, hydrate and plump with water. I use this mask at night after I wash my face. If my face feels extra dry, I’ll apply a good layer all over my face. Almost instantaneously I feel it working. My skin’s parched nature disappears just like that. Bamboo sap has amino acids, proteins and lipids . . . all things our dehydrated skin needs. 

 I hope these reviews of my top 5 favorite Korean beauty products help you navigate this new world of advanced skincare and beauty. It’s been super fun trying new products out, and pinpointing down the ones that work the best for me. Give some of these a try. I’m sure that you won’t be disappointed. And maybe you’ll be like me and go crazy on the Internet research behind the technology behind these products. it’s really fascinating. And my skin has never looked better 🙂

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Shimmer Scrub by frank bod

May 1, 2017

After a few days in the desert for Coachella, my skin was in need for some serious TLC in the form of a good scrub down. I needed a way to get reverse what the desert dirt, hot sun and dry air did to my skin in such a short period of time. I recently discovered the new Shimmer Scrub by frank bodyIt literally just launched, and I already am stocking up. The brand’s products are Australian-made, popular amongst the soft skin loving girls. The Shimmer Scrub is a standout because it’s not just your normal, run of the mill body scrub. This zip locked baby is now famous in my book because of its 3-in-1 quality. It DUSTS, SMOOTHS and SHIMMERS thanks to a healthy and exotic mix of salt, sugar, Arabic coffee seed powder, Grape Seed Oil, Vitamin E and highlighting powder. All of these epic ingredients work together to rid of dry skin, leaving a smooth, silky and glowing. Plus it’s totally vegan and nut-free, and extra gentle feeling. So since we are all basically fans of being a unicorn during festival season, we can now continue the trend after our festival weekends are over with Shimmer Scrub. Scrub yourself to instant highlighted perfection. I’ve never had more fun with a skincare product before 🙂 

Check out the website to see more fun and healthy skincare options by frank body. My sister Natalie and I are huge fans of the entire range. 

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