Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Loving Right Now

Phlur: Jumping on the "do you know where your products are made" bandwagon, Phlur uses beautiful packaging that don't damage the environment. I did the try it at home kit and loved all three fragrances, which is rare for me, since I'm pretty picky. I ultimately decided to go with Olmstead + Vaux, which is touted as a bright, crisp and ultimately clean fragrance with notes of shies leaf, white ginger and orange. I also loved Hanami and Greylocke. These fragrances are pretty unisex and don't make me sick from smelling them too much (yes, that happens sometimes...).



Lake Pajamas: Confession - I am obsessed with pajamas. I'm very particular though. I have to be wearing a t-shirt (not tank) with either pants or shorts and they have to be really really really soft. Did I mention soft? I'd also like to look semi cute. These Lake Pajamas are swoon-worthy and soft. 



Nine Fair Custom Backgammon Boards: I've gotten this fabulous wedding backgammon board for two of my best friends and I have been SO ecstatic with both. While buying off the registry is a safe bet, when it's a close friend and you know they'd appreciate something a little different to commemorate their wedding, this should be a go-to. They're a little pricey but they are so gorgeous.



Closed: This European brand has sprung onto my radar and while expensive, I cannot get enough of it. My sister got the most amazinggg mint green, reversible, shearling coat last year from Closed and I don't think I have ever been more jealous of one of her pieces. From amazing coats and knits to fabulous bottoms, I wish I could spend my whole paycheck on this brand. 






Ritual vitamins: Ritual vitamins have everything you need in a vitamin and nothing you don't and they source from the finest ingredients. Especially made for women, the company is super open about exactly what is in the vitamins and they don't use any fillers or synthetic materials. The only other thing I take in the morning is a probiotic so the ritual vitamins definitely save me some time. With it's subscription-based model, you'll never be out of vitamins. My mom even swears they give her a little energy boost. 



White + Warren travel scarf: My first cashmere sweater was from White +Warren and I've been pretty loyal ever since. Last year, my mom got me a hot pink White + Warren travel scarf and, to call it a scarf is a little unfair since it can literally be used as a travel blanket. These are SO soft and luxe. I've got my eye on a more neutral light blue color.









Sunday, August 27, 2017

Early Fall Wishlist

It's that time of year again! What pieces are on your Fall wishlist?



Saturday, July 22, 2017

Natural Products Hit List

After making a conscious effort to change my diet to one that is more natural, I decided I should transition all of my products to natural ones and it wasn't as painful as I thought it would be. There were a few products that didn't make the cut (a few natural deodorants that didn't seem to do anything) and skin care products that weren't quite right, but I've finally settled on some favorites. My three favorite resources are Follain, Beauty Counter and The Detox Market. I actually have a Detox Market retail location on my street so I mosey in and try everything just about every other weekend. If you guys have any favorites let me know in the comments below - I love to try new beauty products : )

Deodorant
I started with Schmidt's Bergamot & Lime Deodorant but, while it smelled amazing, it didn't quite keep me smelling amazing and wasn't much of an antiperspirant either. I tried Piper Wai charcoal activated deodorant next and it definitely does the trick. It's a little weird putting it on with your hands but you get used to it.

Toothpaste
David's premium natural toothpaste (Runner Up: Tom's of Maine). You don't really think about toothpaste in this category but may as well go big or go home.

Serum
Vitner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum is my choice in this category. Check out the amazing reviews on their website. No need for lotion after this potent baby is put on, which I love.

Face Lotion
Beauty Counter Rejuvenating Day Cream is one of the first Beauty Counter products I tried and I love it. It's so light and has a really nice consistency but packs a great moisturizing punch. It also looks great under makeup. (Runner Up: Tammy Fender Antioxidant Creme). I am also really excited to try Beauty Counter's Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion that has gotten amazing reviews and sold out a few times.

Cleanser
I used the face wash recommendation that Follain assigned to me after I took the skin quiz and so far so good with India Lee Brightening Cleanser. I may transition to Elizabeth Dehn Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil in the winter so I don't dry out my skin too much.

Makeup Remover
This one is tough because everyone knows I love my Clinique eye makeup remover but SW Basics Makeup Remover removed makeup well. I've also tried and like MV Organic Skincare Pure Jojoba Oil.

Sunscreen
Don't forget to cover up! Most of my tinted moisturizers and face lotions have SPF but I got Suntegrity spa 50 body sunscreen for body and I also got their face version.

Face Wipes
I love Ursa Major Essential Face Wipes because they get rid of makeup, travel well and really make you feel fresh. Sort of a different category because they are more of a toner pad than a face wipe but I love Arcona's toner pads.

Foundation/Tinted Moisturizer
Beauty Counter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer or Tint Skin Foundation both work as well as my non-all-natural ones.

Concealer
My favorite concealer (natural or not) is Beauty Counter Touchup Skin Pen.

Hair
This has probably been the toughest category to transition but some early favorites are from Rahua (shampoo, conditioner, elixir and finishing treatment) and Sachajuan (Shine Serum).

Body
I love the smell of Bergamot, so this one was a no brainer. Anyone have a great natural body lotion that they love?? I'm looking for a good one for my super dry skin.



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Beach Day Essentials


Friday, June 2, 2017

Friday Favorites

I'll be back next week posting about my favorite all-natural products. I actually found a natural deodorant that works... Stay tuned!



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Favorite Healthy Finds

Hi everyone! I am so sorry for the lack of posts. Things have been picking up at work and with Riley here the last month, I've been busy busy busy. We're headed to Vancouver this weekend and I'm super excited to check out the city, have some oysters and bop around.

Over the last few months I've accumulated quite a few healthy finds that I absolutely LOVE. I generally try to eat a diet that is high in veggies and grass feed meats and sustainable seafood but sometimes you just want to have the feel of bread or a wrap, etc. Luckily, I live in one of the healthiest cities in the world so the grocery stores stock a bunch of the things below (if you live in LA and haven't been to Erewhon grocery store, put it on your list immediately but be ready to drop a pretty penny). If your grocery store doesn't have any of the things below and you want to try anything, I recommend going to your local grocer's website and requesting that they order some. Below are the best of the best. 



Siete Almond Flour tortillas - These tortillas taste like the real deal. Yes, I've tried paleo coconut wraps. No, they haven't done it for me. These taste authentic and savory and are perfect for a lunchtime concoction. Apparently siete is also making grain free chips now too! Can't wait to try!! Siete sells on Amazon and on their site and they are starting to spread to a bunch of Whole Foods. 

Barely Bread Grain Free Loaf - The is bread is what I've been looking for. Barely bread makes grain free sliced bread, bagels and dinner rolls and they are actually good. I love making my own grain free bread but it really takes forever. I buy a couple loaves of this and stock it in my freezer. It's super light and great for avocado toast, egg sandwiches, etc. 

Cauliflour Foods Cauliflower Pizza Crust - Finally, pre-made non-processed cauliflower pizza crust. I like the plant-based one best since it has no dairy but it's still delicious and creamy because of the nutritional yeast. Store these in your freezer for pizza night.

Capello's Grain Free pizza, pasta and cookies:  Okay, everything I've listed is a healthier version of something not healthy but it's still better than the alternative. I obviously try to stay away from all of these things in favor of more "whole foods" (veggies, meat, fruit - sparingly, etc.) but it's hard to live fully that way and I am a foodie and need options! Capello's makes grain free pasta, pizza and cookie dough and I have to say, the slice and bake cookies are some of the best I've had, grain free or not. 

Ghee - I don't have a brand that I lstick to but ghee, in general, is pretty awesome. Don't pay attention to the weird name, it's just clarified butter. I use this to cook my eggs to get that buttery taste. It's lactose free and is commonly used in Ayurveda medicine. I've totally swapped my butter. 

Avocado Oil - speaking of cooking oils and condiments, I've become a convert to avocado oil. Did you know that you're not supposed to cook with olive oil at high heats? Well I didn't. I've totally swapped to Avocado oil, coconut oil or ghee for cooking and I definitely don't feel like I've sacrificed on taste. Avocado oil is also great in salads. I use La Tourangelle brand but there are a bunch of great ones out there. 

Primal Kitchen Mayos - The Chipotle lime primal mayo with avocado oil is absolutely bomb and the regular primal mayo does not sacrifice taste. I actually hate the idea of traditional mayo. It's always grossed me out. I prefer to call it aoli, even though it's the same damn thing. Don't ask me why...

Non-processed, no sugar added Almond Milk - Non-processed and no sugar added almond milk is actually a lot harder to find (and more expensive) than you think. I usually will pick up a bottle from our local Farmer's market on Sunday but if I miss it, I like Pop & Bottle vanilla bean almond milk and Malk unsweetened almond milk. They both promise no artificial anything.

The Honest Stand "Cheese" - While I haven't tried this vegan cheese/dip yet, I've heard amazing things and it looks SO good. They use all organic ingredients and pack them in BPA free, eco-friendly containers. 

Simple Mills Grain Free Crackers - Because any respected dip needs a decent cracker. 

Simple Mills Almond Flour Pancake and Waffle Mix - Another from Simple Mills - to be honest, their whole line is great. I use this for extra special Sundays. 

Pea Protein for Smoothies and Shakes - I've switched my protein powder routine to an all-plant based one that uses pea protein instead of whey. I'm still trying to determine which tastes the best so I got a bunch of single serving ones at the grocery store. I'll update you when the winner is declared :) 

Bulletproof coffee pods - The pods are 100% recyclable and delicious. They feature as few toxins as you can get in coffee (they do rigorous testing) and they taste great.

Anything from Tessamae's - Tessamae's started as a natural salad dressing company and have grown to include condiments, marinades, salad toppers, dips, etc. It is one of the few brands that is Whole30 approved and everything I've tasted is delicious. I love their Basamic, Lemon Garlic and creamy ranch dressings and I'm dying to try some of their new ones like green goddess, honey poppyseed and habanero ranch. 

Do you have any healthy favorites? Please share! It's getting so much easier to eat healthy. I can't wait to see what pops up next!



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

On My Radar: Spring Edition


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Shopbop GOBIG17 Favorites

Spring has sprung and shopbop is having a sale! Check out my favorites below.






Friday, February 24, 2017

CB2 Finds

I've loved CB2 ever since I moved to NYC and wanted to get cute dinnerware for a low price. This season though, they have come out with some AMAZING pieces that are making me want to redesign my whole apartment. That rattan daybed?? The outdoor furniture? So good. 




Friday, January 27, 2017

Spring Shoes Edit

In my last post, I wrote about all of the trends I'm looking to try this Spring. I touched on shoes, light-colored booties in particular, but my shoe inspiration this spring goes far beyond that. I have always been more of a "bag girl." While I appreciate a beautiful shoe, I don't love wearing heels. I know, the horror! That being said, I've definitely found ways around that predicament with mules, wedges. platforms, booties and flats, while still mixing in the occasional high-heel stiletto. Below are some shoes I have my eye on this spring. It's all about interesting sandals, colorful mules, textured wedges and fresh colors in old classics (still have my eye on some light-colored booties!).  







Saturday, January 21, 2017

Spring Must-Haves

Happy Saturday everyone! The weather has been pretty crummy around here, well okay, comparatively, not bad, but still. It does have my thinking about sunnier skies. Below are a few things that I'm excited about on the Spring fashion front.

Light-colored booties: My sister has been looking for the perfect white booties, and I think she's going to go for the white leather Rag and Bone ones. Me on the other hand, I have my eye on the metallic IRO ones. And, if I happen to win the lottery this week, I will go for the white Chloe ones. 




Petal, light pink and lavender sweaters: Loving this color palette for Spring. Pinks and purples will be my jam in the upcoming months. 


A great jumpsuit: You can wear them year-round and I always feel CHIC wearing my low cut Reformation one. I wish they still made petite sizes because it fits so well with no tailoring needed. 


A voluminous statement top: Crop tops were big last year but I think this year will be all about more is more. I love big puffy sleeves and interesting textures and cuts. 


Camel/blush suede: love these colors year round, whether for shoes or a jacket.


Rose-colored anything: Color of the season. Calling it. 


A great day dress: I'm always on the hunt


Luxe bombers: These made a huge resurgence this fall and they are getting the spring treatment with luxe fabric and patterns. 


What pieces are on your spring wishlist?? Anything I absolutely need?! LMK

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Beauty Must-Haves

January is a good time to reassess your beauty routine and come to turns with which products you can't live without and which need to go in the trash because you haven't used them in 9 months. It feels really good to do a January purge so that's exactly what I'm going to do (more space in the cabinet for you, Tory!). Below are the products I can't live without and are staples in my routine.




Hair:

  • I use Shu Uemura cleansing oil shampoo and it has changed my hair for the better. I have a super dry scalp but it does get greasy with some traditional shampoos. This took all of the grease out and leaves my scalp nourished and not stripped. It's gentle on color-treated hair too.
  • Oribe makes some great conditioners but my favorite has to be the conditioner for brilliance and shine. It's light and makes my hair super shiny.
  • Before I blow dry, I put a dab of Loreal Professional Mythic Oil Creme Universal. I discovered this at my hair salon and it's got a great smell and really helps protect my hair from the heat. So much so that I don't always have to run the straightener through my hair after blowdrying because it helps calm my tresses. 
  • I'm obsessed with my Harry Josh blow dryer. It dries my hair in half the time.
Skin:

  • Cetaphil baby! This drugstore cult favorite does the trick so there is no need for a fancy face wash (although I've tried many...). It doesn't dry my skin and it gets all of my makeup off. 
  • For when my face is feeling really dry and in need of extra love or cleansing, I use Eve Lom cleanser, which is actually more like a thick lotion potion that you wash off. It leaves your skin feeling super moisturized. If you have really dry skin, I recommend this cleanser. 
  • When I need a little extra clean, I use Arcona's toner pads. They leave my skin feeling slightly tingling. I love to use these right after a workout or to make sure that absolutely every bit of makeup is off my face. They're all natural and don't irritate you skin like some drugstore toner pads. Absolutely love these. 
  • I have been using Clinique's eye makeup remover since I started wearing makeup (as does my mom and sisters) and I can't imagine ever switching. I hate the feel of traditional oil based eye makeup removers and this one really works. 
  • Before putting on my moisturizer, I use Eve Lom's White Advanced Brightening Serum. I often switch around my serum's but I really like this one. 
  • Young women sometimes forgo eye cream but I am all about it. Caudalie's Premier Cru eye cream is great. I do like to switch these around every once in a while, but this one is a keeper. 
  • While expensive, Revive's moisturizing renewal cream supreme is pretty fab, especially for people with dry skin. I use this as a night cream before I go to bed. It's a little heavy for daytime wear. 
  • For daytime, I love Beauty Counter's Rejuvenating Day Cream. It's super light and looks and feels great under tinted moisturizer or foundation. It's an awesome consistency. 
  • After I go through my cleanse and moisture routine, I like to spritz with Beauty Counter's Nourishing Rosewater Mist. It just feels great on the skin and helps set your makeup.
  • For when I want to get rid of the top layer of dead skin, I use Arcona's Gentle Solution Treatment. After you wash your face, you apply this in a thin layer and then leave it on while you sleep. In the morning, use the Arcona Grain Grommage Scrub to get the dead skin off. It makes my skin feel AMAZING so I do this about once a week. It's gentle enough for my sensitive skin and natural and lacking those harsh chemicals in a lot of traditional peels. 

Makeup:

  • Most weekdays I don't wear makeup (on weekends I am an eye shadow monster!) but when I do, it's a quick routine. I start with Bare Minerals complexion rescue tinted moisturizer. It has just the right amount of no makeup makeup and has SPF. 
  • For those undereye bags, I like Beauty Counter's touchup concealing pen. It's all natural and has great coverage. 
  • Speaking of Bare Minerals, they also have a killer bronzer. Just a dusting will do. 
  • I have always switched around mascara's but this Trish McEvoy one is here to stay in my makeup bag. It coils around your lashes and there is no residue under your eyes ever. The smaller, thinner brush allows your to really get every last lash too. I LOVE this mascara. 
  • Top it off with my favorite aquaphor and I am out the door. Anyone with dry skin/lips should hoard this in their purse. 

Body:

  • I recently bought Sachajuan Ginger Flower body wash because, quite frankly, I like the look of the bottle/color, but I actually really like the smell and how it leaves my skin feeling. 
  • I love everything from Kayo Better Body Care, especially the body beautiful creme. They have been touted as a natural body line that has potent and concentrated ingredients usually reserved for face creams and serums. 
Any products you guys love that you think I should try?? Let me know!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

January Mood Board

2017! Wow, crazy. Starting the year off with a Whole30 (if you don't know about it, google, it's awesome!) I also have resolutions to work out more (seems to be in there every year...), meditate and take more time for myself and my mental health, and get rid of clutter and only buy classic pieces I'll have forever (easier said than done!). What are your resolutions?


 

design + development by fabulous k