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As You Get Ready This Morning…

This is so intriguing to me.

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Treat Yo’self!

Sure, it’s a Parks and Rec reference, but it was also a saying that my friend Tori said to me in college all of the time. Her and I worked very closely together and saw each other almost on a daily basis. Every time I put in a few extra hours or became extra stressed – she never made me feel bad for that glass of beer, that dessert that I bought for myself to indulge in, or anytime I did something when I should’ve been doing my homework or actual work. She would say to me in a very direct way, “Treat yo’self gurl!” Every now and then, I still think of her saying that to me when the times are tough and as always, I follow her advice accordingly.

One of my favorite ways to unwind is with a bath! When I was younger, I found these to be really inefficient because I always thought showers were so much faster, but there’s something really relaxing about sinking into a bath and lighting a candle. I spoiled myself awhile back by trying a bath bomb and today because it was Black Friday, I did myself a solid by buying this one above from Lush. $7 bath bombs on a monthly basis are within my budget constraints, right? If not, we’ll make sure they are.

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You Better Work

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I came into work on a Sunday yesterday to get ahead for the week and in a moment of weakness – or just a moment that I didn’t want to spend working, I took a snapshot of my desk set up. I’ve always enjoyed seeing how other bloggers arrange their desks and find it interesting what people generally keep on them. The Essie nail polish should probably come home at some point, but the soap was a gift from my manager from Paris and generally makes my entire desk area smell good. My wedding bride lego was a gift from an old friend (because she had collected too many of them) but also because I just love weddings and there’s really no better place for it than at my desk.

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Caught In A Beauty Bind

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I trade off between spending the week down in the South Bay and my weekends up in San Francisco. Though I’ve done this so frequently, I always end up forgetting to pack something in my weekender and this weekend that “thing” happened to be my entire beauty bag! We had plans to go out that night and while I wish I could say I am comfortable enough with myself to go completely make-up free, that wasn’t the case. I managed to find a moisturizing lotion where I was staying so I had the base covered, but the next thing I needed to do was prioritize. I asked myself two questions: What did I absolutely need to have and where can I get it?

I’m not someone who is big on makeup and knowing everything, but I think I can get by on the basics that my mama taught me. On the priority scale, I decided that I needed black eyeliner, eye makeup remover (if I could get it – to take off the previous night’s work,) mascara, and a foundation.

First stop? Sephora. You might be wondering why I didn’t choose to go to a drug store first and I wondered about this myself, too. Too often, I find myself actually using products from Sephora rather than drugstore brands and while these were just going to be “back-up buys,” you never know when you’re gonna find something that you can either a) end up using for a longer amount of time or b) replace something you already have that maybe needed to be replaced.

Sephora is a store that gets abused by their customers. Too often, people come into the store that don’t want to buy their own makeup and test products all day long until they’ve done their entire look for the night or had someone else do that for them. Using samples at Sephora to do your makeup is kind of gross because as sanitary as they try to make it, that doesn’t usually happen. Gross. I went into the store with a fresh face and only moisturizer and I knew I might speak to some consultants, but I wasn’t going to take advantage of them by not buying anything. The first place I headed to was near the cash register where they have a lot of their basic products in much smaller sizes. The price ranges from about $8-$15. Here is where I picked up a duo combo of eyeliner and eye makeup remover as well as my Tarte mascara.

I’d been wanting to replace my foundation for quite some time as I have been using my Chanel for at least a year. (Should probably throw that out by now, right?) I’ve always been interested in using Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow and this was the perfect opportunity. A consultant matched it with my skin tone. I asked if he could try it on my entire face so that I could see it and I walked away with that purchase at around $36. Altogether from the day I spent about $50 on four things.

Long story short, if you’re ever caught in a bind like this – pick the items that you need and head to your nearest Sephora :) It sounds like they asked me to say that, but I promise they didn’t.

Note: I didn’t love the eyeliner and the makeup remover because it was too greasy so we didn’t include it in the photo.

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Essie to Launch Vending Machines

First, there were cupcake vending machines, then there were beauty vending machines launched in airports across the country. Essie has now decided to get in the mix and here’s why we think it’s a fantastic idea. First off, if you’re like me then you know what it’s like to be an impulsive shopper and boy – are you aware of the negative effects that come with it. You can walk by a store and you have the self-control to not go in because you know you don’t want to make a purchase or you know you can’t afford what’s in it. But then you walk by something that’s a little bit easier and accessible. Nail polish. It’s cheap. It’s quick. You know it’s going to last you awhile. The vending machine is right now and it’s packed with 48 different shades. There’s just no way you can say no. If I walked by an Essie machine at the airport, I’d probably almost immediately by two.

Starting this month, Essie will unveil their vending machines in mall and airports across the country starting with JFK and Oakland in the JetBlue terminals. It’s a smart move for the company because airports were designed to make you wait around for hours and hours and with delays unpredictably happening, you never know when you’ll need some nail polish to keep you a little bit busy. As for having the vending machines in the malls, I think that’s a bit tougher since you’re right where you’re competition is.

Readers, what do you think? Would you ever purchase Essie polish from a vending machine at the airport?


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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 17

After years and years of relying on fragrance samples as my daily scent, I finally took the plunge. I decided very recently to settle on a fragrance – one that I knew I couldn’t live without after I had exhausted the last drop in my itty bitty sample. I almost tried to pull it apart so that I could get the rest at the bottom, but at that point, I knew I had reached the end. Over the years, I have come to like lots of different fragrances. It all started with a sample of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue that I had received when I was a pre-teen. Call me cheap, but I thought that I could continuously live off samples forever! Then the other day when I was in Sephora, I remembered that I was in my mid-20’s and that it was time to be an adult about this. In college, this would maybe be acceptable, but not anymore.

When you think of Coach, fragrance is not the first word to come to mind. I never thought that I would come to love it as much as I did, but when Teen Vogue sent me a sample long ago, I realized that I loved how light it was and how it smelled of sweet floral. It felt like a scent that was made for me. So on the cheap train, instead of buying a bottle, I went for the rollerball duo at $24. Two different scents. Nailed it. This is going to last me a year and if it doesn’t, I’ll make it last a year.

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Blog Roundup

- The Burger Bucket List [Cool Material]

- SF hotel pools you can maybe sneak into [Thrillist]

- Quick fix: your dried-up mascara [The Beauty Department]

- 31 awesome graduation caps [Buzzfeed]

- Facebook multimillionaire explains why adversity is good for kids and her success story [Dallas News]

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The Weekend: 5 Things

Anyone that knows me knows that I rarely do anything on a week night. I was somehow convinced this past Thursday to see The Grand Budapest Hotel at Kabuki in Japantown for a 9:55 PM showtime and I didn’t hate it.  Since  I loved Moonrise Kingdom so much, I was pretty sure that I was going to enjoy this Wes Anderson film as well. I did, however, fall asleep for maybe 10 minutes, but other than that the move was great!

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During brunch, you’ll almost always see me ordering an omelette or a scramble. Yesterday, I had a huge craving for something sweet at brunch at Country Way in Fremont and couldn’t say no to the Strawberry French Toast. How do people eat this much food?!

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After much deliberation, I finally caved and decided to chop off all of my hair using Emma Roberts’ latest style as my inspiration.

Our Henry turned 23 yesterday at the Sundog Balloon!

Twice in one weekend.

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My co-workers always manage to introduce me to the latest trends here in the Bay Area and I’m super grateful to them for it. A few months ago, Nadia mentioned “Twistbands” to me, but I was reluctant to try them out since I’m so used to having just my standard black hair ties wrapped around my wrist since 5th grade. The only time I ever replaced them was when I lost one of them. This past weekend in San Diego though, I fell in love with a gold and black Madewell bracelet that I opted to wear instead of my hair ties. Obviously, this was a pretty quick transition. Not only are they super cute and come in fun colors and prints, but they also make it so that when you tie your hair up, there aren’t any creases.

When Nadia told me last week that she was placing an order for Twistbands, I decided to give it a try. I selected one pack and when they arrived today, I couldn’t have been more excited. Technically you should wear them as hairties, but I love having them just on my wrist as bracelets. With an all-black outfit today and my DV by Dolce Vita wedges, these Twistbands couldn’t have matched any better.

To browse Twistbands and possibly make a purchase, click here!

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5 Things: The Weekend

1. We kicked off the weekend with a company celebration and a whole lot of love! Drinks and snacks at Reposado in Palo Alto was an event not to be missed. I’m personally pretty fond of the red and white sangria.

2. We missed brunch on Saturday and instead opted for a late lunch at Cascal on Castro Street in Mountain View. I’d never eaten here before, but have received countless recommendations to go here because of their tapas. Since I get bored of food easily, small bites go over well with me. I ordered the corn soup and scallops. The corn soup pictured above isn’t what I actually ordered because I had forgotten to take a picture. All you have to know is that it was the sweetest and best tasting corn soup that I have ever had. I can say this because I’ve sampled many. In tis case though, I really wish I would’ve gone for the bowl – the cup was just too little!


3. Sheila hosted a housewarming party at her new humble abode yesterday where she crafted up a storm of goodies including homemade chocolate ice cream and cookies and cream marshmallows.

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4. I got made fun of this weekend for the job I did on my nails. I actually hate getting them done so I prefer to do them myself, but that usually means that they end up getting chipped within 5 minutes, have bubbles forming underneath the polish, and get onto my skin. I found myself in a Rite Aid a couple of weeks ago picking up other things, but out of the corner of my eye, felt the urge to purchase myself a bottle of Essie. Jackson’s hand is just here for the cameo.

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5. After the housewarming, we decided to stop by West Elm. I wasn’t in dire need of anything, but there was no way I could walk out of the store without purchasing something. I snagged myself another pillow and pillowcase along with two extra towels to add to my collection. You can never have enough? I’m also not very good at taking care of succulents so I made sure not to buy one from my home, but they still looked good enough for a photo.

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Sephora Releases One-Time Use Nail Polish

Nail polish itself isn’t a costly purchase, but when you buy one of those small containers, you’re saying to yourself that you believe that you will use it more than one time. Sometimes, that is just not the case. After using one time, the realization sets in that the color just isn’t for you. And if you’re like me then you’re the type of person that wants the same thing in varying colors for no reason at all. Yep, if you guessed it – I am exactly that same way with my basic clothing. I really love this idea that Sephora is releasing a set of one time use nail polishes. It’s a game changer. And knowing me, I’ll naturally just do my best to see if I can try and make it last for more than just one time! (Because isn’t it kind of the challenge?)

At 24 different shades from Sephora’s own nail polish collection, the set will cost $39 and start selling in stores and online this May.

More of a nail pen-like pod than a traditional glass bottle of nail varnish, each one is designed to hold only the amount of polish needed for painting all 10 nails with two coats each. You basically pop off the cap to expose the brush, put a little pressure on the bottle, and paint away.


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Hipster Beard Transplants

Hipster beard transplants are the subject of one of the most interesting things I have read this week. Why is it that we love them so much? Does it make a guy instantly cool? Do girls swoon over them so much that we forget just how itchy/scratchy/scruffy they can become. Seriously, it has the ability to irritate a girl’s face, but yet we’re willing to take that because of how good it looks? Yes.

Men are desiring this look so much that they are ready to shove out $3,000-$7,000 to gain a little more facial hair and to become a little more hip.

Let’s get to the science of things. How does one acquire a hipster beard via transplant?

The doctor takes hair from the patient’s head, then implants it using micro-incisions on the face. This is done under local anesthesia and takes about eight hours. If the man is balding and would rather preserve what little hair he has left, this process can also use chest hair.

Once the hair is implanted, it will fall out. But, the idea is that the root remains in the man’s face and continues to grow into a full beard.


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Beauty for Breakfast Pt. 16

When I first created the Beauty for Breakfast series, I called it this because my morning routine was so time consuming it never allowed me to actually eat breakfast. That may sound like I am high maintenance; that’s not true. Getting ready for the day was my focus in the morning and that involved my routines, a little bit of work, getting ready from making up my face to organizing my outfit, and building up the energy I needed for that day.

For the last several years, I have been using drugstore brand mascara. They weren’t all bad. Some of them were recommended to me by beauty blogs and my always favorite Refinery29. Prior to this, I was using Diorshow (pictured above) but it became difficult for me to justify spending that much on just mascara. Over Christmas break, I was a on a shopping trip with my younger cousin when I mentioned to her that I was looking for a new mascara to use and to move past my drugstore brands. She recommended this one to me because it’s the one that she uses and it “doesn’t make her lashes look too spidery.” Having been pleased with Diorshow in the past, I decided to cave in and give it another go around. I haven’t been disappointed yet! And now that I’m not a poor college student, I guess I can finally treat myself to mascara that costs more than $10.


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A Collection Part 39

Would you believe that it has already been 4 months since our last “A Collection Part” post? I can already hear Veronica’s voice in the back of my head saying, “I can.” Every time I speak to the girl, she’s always asking for another one. Little does she know, constructing these take forever! Good news though, I’ve already started building Part 40 so hopefully we won’t have to wait as long for the next one, but if she had it her way, it would be every week.

Making this post this time around was quite refreshing to me. Veronica once asked me how I choose the pictures that I do for this post and I don’t know if I was ever able to give a great answer. I probably just said that I chose the pictures I liked, but I’d like to elaborate on that a little bit. I used to do a bit of photography back in high school and in the early days of college, I brought my camera with me everywhere I went. I love that these photos are being taken in ways that I never thought of before. They are various shots that spark something in me, but I have no idea what it is and because I can’t explain it or put it into words of some sort, I love it. Maybe that’s not a better explanation than before, but it makes sense to me!


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Golden Globes 2014 Gift Bags

Women’s Dooney & Bourke Blair Bag, $298, dooney.com
Heavenly Luxe Power Brush, $48, itcosmetics.com
Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Signorina’ Eau de Parfum, $74, shop.nordstrom.com
Fekkai Glossing Creme, $20, fekkai.com
Fekkai Classic Brush, $95, beauty.com
Rituals Touch of Happiness Whipped Body Cream, $25, barneys.com
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $100, shop.sk-ii.com
L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, $9, lorealparisusa.com

Men’s Travelpro Garment Bag, $129, klasproducts.com
Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale Fragrance, $80, macys.com
Le Creuset Champagne Bottle Opener, $25, cookware.lecreuset.com
Goldtoe Boot Striper Socks, $15, goldtoe.com
Bee Bald Shave Cream, $12, beebald.com
Martial Vivot Shampoo, $43, martialvivot.com
Rituals Ice Shower Gel, $15, uk.rituals.com
Zirh Clean Alpha Hydroxy Face Wash, $20, ulta.com
DeVita Revitalizing Eye Lift Crème, $24, devitaskincare.com
Braven Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers, $90, braven.com
Lug USA Travel Blanket and Pillow Set, $31, luglife.com
Lug USA Vertical Toiletry Bag, $47, luglife.com
L’Oreal Anti-Irritation After Shave Balm, $8, lorealparisusa.com
L’Oreal Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Moisturizer, $12, lorealparisusa.com

Swag Swag Swag


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