Category Archives: LA life

This holiday season Sam and I decided we wanted to give back by donating our time and effort to the homeless in LA. It’s easy to get caught up in our own lives. Giving back is a good way to help people and it often times makes you more thankful for things you do have.

I’ve spent a lot of time volunteering at community based charities like food banks, half-way houses, missions that feed the homeless and at a center for victims of child sexual abuse (by far the most heartbreaking yet fulfilling year of my life). This year Sam and I wanted to do something that made both of us feel even more personally involved.  We  ran through multiple ideas but ultimately settled on giving out Necessities Bags to the homeless. We spent two days stocking up supplies and putting together 100 care packages to pass out to the homeless. Instead of just going down to Skid Row, we decided to spend a few days driving around the greater Los Angeles area to service the thousands of people living on the streets.  Even if you can only afford to get a few of these items and don’t have any time to donate passing them out you can keep them in your car and give them to the people you see at stoplights or on the sidewalk. This is something Sam and I will be doing from now on. It’s an easy way to help someone in need year round.

Our bags include :

Two water bottles

1 pair of socks

Granola bars

Toilet paper

Goldfish crackers

Potato crisps

Bandaids

Wet wipes

A toothbrush

Mini chocolate candy

Items to pass out as needed :

Pet food

Pads

Tampons

Getting involved in your community is easy and doesn’t have to take up your time and money if you don’t have that to give. You can help by simply donating items like socks, gently warn outerwear, blankets, scarves, mittens, beanies, toys, and hygienic supplies to your local shelter. Consider also donating your efforts to other community based organizations like Food Banks, Youth Centers, Health Clinics, Soup Kitchens, Local Churches, Women’s Centers and other small groups that work to help people in your community.

You can also donate to the victims of the various disasters and tragedies that have happened this year. The victims of the recent hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, and tragedies like the Las Vegas shooting still need our help.

You can use Charity Navigator to find reputable community based charities that work on causes near and dear to you.

One of my long standing holiday traditions is going down to Rodeo Drive and marveling at all of the festive window displays. It’s a little something that I’ve done every year that I’ve lived in LA. When I was younger I dreamt of being the one creating these glittering holiday scenes, now I dream of reenacting this little tradition in Paris.  It’s a dream I plan on crossing off by bucket list soon, but for now the sun drenched streets of Beverly Hills will have to do.

What’s your favorite holiday tradition?

Wearing: Coat – Storets, skirt – Reformation, sweater – Autumn Cashmere, shoes – Dolce Vita, bag – Flynn, sunglasses – Prada, earrings – J. Crew

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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

Wearing: Top – Tibi, skirt – Tibi, shoes – Loeffler Randall, watch & bracelet – MVMT, earrings – Céline

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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.

 

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?

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