One of my ultimate go-to gifts is always flowers. When I’m attending a dinner party or a holiday get together hosted at a friend’s house, I like to bring a custom bouquet in a brand new vase. I leave the vase behind as a thank you gift for the host. Candles and champagne also make for quick and easy gifts, but it is when I bring the flowers that I receive the most smiles. Pro Tip: If you don’t have time to pick up blooms from a specialty flower shop, stop by a grocery store but skip the pre-made bouquets and pick up a dozen of roses, tulips or whatever else is in the store as well some simple filler green to create your own arrangement.
Also, let’s take a quick moment and acknowledge how great it is that
I’ve been eyeing this Tibi set for weeks, but It’s going to make for the perfect outfit to wear on Christmas Eve. Double the love because I can’t wait to wear the skirt with a cozy sweater for Christmas Day.
I’m hosting a giveaway with sunglass hut over on my Instagram. Go to this post for a chance to win a pair of custom engraved sunglasses. xo
Winter weather has a tendency to wreck my skin. My lips dry out from the constant temerature shifts, the dark circles under my eyes become more pronounced as my tan fades, and my skin looks dull and lackluster from the lack of sunlight. Over the years I’ve picked up tips, tricks, and products that help manage the negative effects of the season. Below I’ve outlined my favorite remedies as well as go-to products for helping my skin recover while looking it’s best.
Sheet Masks – Sheet masks are the perfect shortcut when your skin needs some extra TLC. Tip: Store in the fridge to help reduce puffiness.
Rose Water – I use this year round but an extra spritz in the morning and evening is never a bad thing. Pro Tip: Freeze your rose water in ice cube trays and swipe over your face and neck every morning.
GlamGlow YouthMud – I’ve talked about this product before. It’s one of my favorite masks to help dry out breakouts and tighten pores.
Face Scrub – I’m a big believer in rather aggressive exfoliating. I like to use a scrub at least a few times a week and step up the regimen when my skin feels like it needs an extra polish. Tip – Make your own by combining sugar, honey, and coconut oil.
Under Eye Cream – At any given moment I use anywhere from 2-4 different under eye creams. I combine products that help reduce under eye circles with formulas that are created to reduce wrinkles.
Vintner’s Daughter – This is a product worth splurging on. It was recommended to me by a few peers along with a makeup artist. Tip – Dab just a little on any area that creases after makeup application.
Coconut Oil – Coconut oil is my go-to for when I need an intense dose of hydration. I generally use it on my lips, knees, and elbows, but in the winter I use it on any little dry patch I find.
Tea Tree Oil – By far the most effective way I have found to spot treat acne or breakouts. Everyone I know who has ever tried it swears by it. Tip: I buy mine at Trader Joe’s.
For the last two weeks Sam and I have been working on a secret project. I’m excited to finally tell you all about it. Today is the soft opening of our pop up art gallery and flower shop, Escape LA. It coincides with Refinery 29’s 29 Rooms exhibit taking place at ROW DTLA. We will be open every day 12:00-7:00pm and are having an opening reception this Saturday 6:00-9:00pm. If you’re going to the R29 exhibit or just want to come by and say hi, we’re located in suite 132 in the ROW DTLA campus. We’ll have free Prosecco by Stella Rosa, puppies, flowers and art curated by two of my favorite artists. I hope you stop by, I’ll even teach you how to make flower crowns or floral ornaments if you’re so inclined.
How many of you have been with me long enough to remember my days of modeling at NastyGal? It was years ago when the blog was only a year old, NastyGal was a team of 6 people, and we were living in San Francisco. Sophia scouted me through my blog and for the next year I was a regular NastyGal, shooting twice a week. I look back on those day with immense fondness. I remember when Stacey the stylist, Paul the photographer, Nick the styling assistant and I the model would take the Bart back into the city after a full day of shooting. We all wore black, lots of leather, and were asked if we were in a band almost once a week. The days were long but always filled with tears-in-your-eyes laughter.
When I saw this tinsel fringed vegan leather jacket, it instantly took me back to my NastyGal days. I saw myself twirling in it, I heard Paul telling me to drop my chin and look left. I could feel Stacy and Nick eyeing me up and down, debating whether to add a leather glove or a statement ring. I could see Sophia peering out of her office ready to restyle the entire look, a perfectionist in ripped up band tees and Alexander Wang boots. It was exhilarating, exhausting, and unforgettable.
Is there a time in your life that you look back at and almost wish you could go back?