The Room Makeover

After over 10 years of living in the same room and barely changing a thing, my mom and I decided that it was time for a change. Considering I was still sleeping in the same bed that I did as a child, I really wanted some grown up and modern. I have to give most of the credit for this makeover to my mom- her penchant for interior design was clear from the moment she suggested black and white as the color scheme, with yellow accents (so we could keep the drapes, the tiling in my bathroom, and a few other remnants of my childhood room).

My bed: Unfortunately I do not have proper "before" pictures, but you can see my tiny twin size bed frame and the childlike light wood w/ flower design.

The Hungover Skin Saviors

We've all had those nights; we have a bit too much fun partying and suffer the consequences the next day. Whether you pass out before you get a chance to take off your make-up, or you spend all night..ahem...praying to the porcelain god, those extra (and probably unnecessary) shots will show on your face the next morning.

I recently had a night like this (I won't go into too much detail) and woke up the next morning with puffy eyes, red blotchy patches all over my face, and some new breakouts. Yayyyyy. While I detoxed my body with a myriad of hangover cures (Gatorade and Made in Chelsea marathons seem to work for me), I spent quite some time trying to get my skin back in order.

Once I was able to peel myself off my bedroom floor and into a standing position (without falling over from dizziness), I whipped out my Clarisonic for a deep clean to get rid of all the make-up and nasties that clung to my skin overnight. Paired with my new fave cleanser (move over Effaclar!), the Nude Purify Cleansing Wash, my skin felt clean and clear once again. Sidenote: this cleanser by Nude is a great option for those with oily/combination skin that suffer from acne. It gives a deep cleanse without stripping the skin of natural oils and leaves it looking refreshed, balanced, and even toned.

After all the leftover make-up was gone, I slapped on this Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Mask, which helps to detox the skin, reduce breakouts, and sooth irritations. A clay-based mask is a great once-a-week treatment or when your skin is in desperate need of a pick-me-up. 10 minutes later, I removed the mask and used the Dr. Dennis Gross All-Over Blemish Solution on my newly acquired spots, which not only helps clear them up, but reduces redness and inflammation. To take care of the puffiness around the eyes, this Origins Ginzing Eye Cream sample instantly woke me up with a shot of caffeine that minimized my dark circles.

For some extra nourishment to aid my battered skin, I used a sample of the Origins Make A Difference Treatment Lotion, which seemed to tame the red, blotchy patches and add some extra moisture. I finished up with my favorite combination- a few drops of the Boots Botanics Facial Oil mixed in with my Fresh Umbrian Clay Lotion. My skin drinks up the moisture from the facial oil while the Fresh moisturizer gently calms down my skin. To my surprise, in a few hours, my skin looked almost back to normal (minus the new breakouts, which I suspect will take a few days to subside). Once I was done, I got back into bed and let my body and skin recover.

Get the saviors:

What To Wear In...West Hollywood

As I become more acquainted with the city in which I've lived my whole life (but have been an absentee resident as of late), I've become smitten with West Hollywood. Known for its old-school music venues on the Sunset Strip, WeHo is also a destination for excellent shopping (Melrose, anyone?), some of the coolest new restaurants in the city, and equally cool bars. 
West Hollywood

The potential WeHo outfits are endless, as there is so much to do and see! But since this is one of the best destinations for the coolest kids in the city, its a good place to flex your fashion muscle. Fun printed pants, colorful pieces, standout accessories, and a stylish pair of booties (that are easy to walk in) is ideal for going from the shops, to dinner, to a concert, to the bars!

Get the look!

One Day: The Products Of My Future Bathroom

Since I'm currently going through an obsessive phase regarding beauty products (mostly skincare), I've started to fantasize about all of the amazing things I'll be stocking my future home with. Though I'm not ready to move out of my parents' home quite yet (hey, I still have a year of college left!), a girl can dream can't she?

Bath Products
Since my current skincare and make-up cravings change on a daily basis, I've started putting a mental list together of all of ecoutrements which will be the icing on top of my expensive beauty cake.

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1. Rodin Olio Lusso: I've heard great things about Rodin oils (founded by style icon Linda Rodin)- they're made from 11 different luxurious oils (as evidenced by the steep price tag) and are supposed to be amazing! Though I currently do not have the deep pockets for them, I can picture myself luxuriously slathering on this body oil after a very luxurious day.

2. Fresh Rice Sake Bath: Right now, I'm having a love affair with Fresh. Their products are really light and sensitive, but effective! Of course, their products are also pricey. I would love to splurge on an $80 bath oil for that aforementioned luxurious bath (that would undoubtedly melt away all my stress and subsequently cure all my problems), but its not really plausible for my unpaid-intern-income.

3. Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Diffuser: If you haven't noticed before, Jo Malone has become my go-to provider for high-end scents. Their mix-and-match perfumes are ALL amazing, and I would shell out big bucks to get my whole house to smell like their London stores. However, the $80 diffuser would look (and cost) out of place in my current bathroom!

4. Aesop Aromatique Hand Wash: One of the weird reasons why I'm enjoying my current internship is because they stock the bathrooms with wonderful smelling Aesop hand wash (I admitted it was a weird reason!) It always leaves my hands feeling incredibly clean without feeling dry, which it should for a $50 price tag!

5. L'Occitane Shea Butter Lavender Soap: I've always loved how nourishing L'Occitane's shea butter products are and this one is a little more attainable at the price of $10 (I currently am savoring a bar in my bathroom). However, stocking my entire house with these one day is not nearly as economical as a few bars of Ivory soap. Sighhh

6. Malin + Goetz Vetiver Candle: Another internship perk! Though this candle is only lit when we're rolling out the big guns, the smell is heavenly and I'm a sucker for the simple, clean packaging that I think would look lovely all over my future modern-style house. For a casual $52, I would have to make it last and light it maybe once every few months?

The products:

The Place Beyond the Vines

On our last night in Sonoma, the fam and I went to an amazing Italian restaurant in Napa called Tra Vigne. As awesome as the food was (sorry I didn't snap any pics), the surroundings were just as cool. Vineyards as far as the eye can see, abandoned train tracks, and some of NorCal's best restaurants hidden away amongst the vines. 

The Weekend Getaway Packing List

After my recent jaunt to NorCal, I felt inspired to put together and easy, mix-and-match, weekend getaway packing list. I'm not the type that plans out every single outfit beforehand- instead, I give myself a general idea of the different outfits I could make from a handful of pieces that will work for any occasion I may run into.

For the trip there: You probably know of my love affair with boyfriend jeans, and they make the perfect pant for road trippin'. With a casual tee, cool hat, and flats, you'll be comfy and prepared for a great getaway. Throw on a blazer, some fun jewelry, and a nicer pair of sandals for the car-to-the-bar transition.
Packing List 1

I Do.

As I previously mentioned, I spent the 4th of July weekend up in Sonoma for my cousin's wedding. Wine country is absolutely gorgeous- a picturesque location for any occasion. Though the local style is casual to say the least, this Milly dress is perfect marriage of formal wedding wear and summer party attire. Even though it is floor-length, the geometric pattern and pleats make it totally and dress-downable. 

Happy 4th!

I've never been much into kitschy holiday dressing (ok maybe not now anyways...) so this was my take on a 4th of July outfit. The red comes in the form of a subtle tinted lip, whereas the white and blue take center stage as a refreshing, summer getaway get-up. I love the all-white look, while the blue floral blazer gives it a pop of color.  I'm currently up in Sonoma (wine country wooo!) for my cousin's wedding and I've been very inspired by summer vacay attire- think easy, breezy looks in whites, blues, and pastels! Stay tuned for more pictures and my full packing list...

Poolside Pin-Up

I just received this adorable playsuit courtesy of Asos, and its the perfect swimwear ensemble (in my humble opinion). In a fun print and vintage style, it can be worn either as a bathing-beauty type suit by itself or a cutesy cover-up. Throw on a pair of shorts to wear it as a bathing-suit-turned-crop top! Of course, give it a modern twist with some sky-high heels and an ultra-cool hat. 
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