Beauty for Breakfast pt. 28

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When I received my package from Alison Brod Marketing + Communications a couple of months back, this June Jacobs lip renewal was the first item I made a beeline towards. If I had to pick one beauty/skincare product to use for the rest of my life, it would have to be some sort of a lip protectant. I’ve been suffering from chapped lips since I was a kid so I never leave my house without protection. For years, I’ve been relying on vaseline (tube form) and because I go through so many of them or lose them often, I typically have to buy three at a time to stock up and have back-ups.

I love the packaging of this tube, but the product itself, even more. First off, it’s SPF 50, which is higher than the vaseline I use and any other lip product I have ever owned. You won’t ever have to worry about being in the sun when you have this on you. With the lip renewal, you can feel your lips being rejuvenated almost instantly after you apply because of it’s moisturizing effect. It also leaves behind a minty fresh feel as well, which is always a plus! Over the last couple of years, there was a trend with lip balms that you had to apply with using your finger and those never sat well with me. I definitely prefer using a tube (like this one!) when possible because it’s easier for on-the-go situations, is cleaner, and overall just more hygienic. My one tip when using this lip renewal though is that it’s quite powerful. That’s not a bad thing; it means it is doing its job. It lasted me three hours without having to re-apply, but during this time, I could feel my lips sort of trying to rid itself of the chapped skin it didn’t need. This irritated my lips a little bit and I found myself touching my lips more. If this happens to you, one thing I would advise is to put on vaseline or another lip moisturizer before applying this lip renewal on top. Together, they make a pretty perfect combination!

Interested in learning more? Visit June Jacobs.

 

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James Turrell Skyspace

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Top and Shorts – Aritzia / Cardigan – Mom’s / Purse – Vince Camuto

Even after living in the Bay Area for a few years, there’s still so much that I haven’t uncovered yet. I had read about the James Turrell Skyspace at the de Young Museum and thought that it was such a beautiful place. I knew I would love it, but I didn’t know just how much I would fall for it. Manan couldn’t tear me away from the place! The funny thing about our visit is that we didn’t actually go into the de Young Museum. We drove all the way to Golden Gate Park just to visit the Skyspace and the outdoor garden. If you’re planning on doing the same visit as us, it will probably take you less than an hour. :)

And if you’re wondering if this is a good photo spot? Yes, it’s THE place for bloggers.

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Wedding Mondays

Every week, I’m excited to share a new wedding video with you, but it’s not every day that someone you don’t know actually accepts a recommendation from you for a vendor. My coworker, Vo, and I had had this conversation months ago. In fact, it felt much longer than that because when he brought this up to me, I had nearly forgotten about it entirely. Often times, my coworkers will come up to me at work and just starting talking to me about wedding ideas. Of course, this is not something that bothers me. In this instance, Vo’s girlfriend’s sister was engaged and looking for a wedding video vendor. At the top of my head, my first thought was Sharkpig. Many of my favorite bloggers have used them as a vendor and they’re famously known for their Super 8mm film. I didn’t think anything would actually come of it, but just a couple weeks ago, Vo sent their wedding video along to me and it was indeed, Sharkpig! Unfortunately, we don’t have any extra photos or a wedding feature to share with you this time, but I’m excited for you to see this video. It is full of love, excitement, and fun. Once again, Sharkpig continues to impress us and delivered on an awesome vid. To watch, click here!

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Song of the Day

Big Sean ft. Chance the Rapper and Jeremih – Living Single

Every time I hear this song just once, I end up listening to it 5 more times in a row.

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Seth Meyers Interviews Kellyanne Conway

I missed this when it aired earlier this week, but because of everything that I’ve heard – I made it a point to end up watching it at the end of the work week. I don’t quite understand Kellyanne Conway and I’m not going to try. I’ve seen enough of her during the campaign that I’ve just about made up my mind about her. However, Seth Meyers has really made an impression on me during this election – first with his message after the results and now this. We need someone to ask these hard questions and if you know me – then you know I love it when people just get called out for things like he’s doing here. It’s not bullying and he’s not doing it disrespectfully either, but he’s making a strong point here. Everyone should be doing this and as we move forward, we need to continue asking questions and challenging.

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Cushnie et Ochs

We can’t get enough of these cuts! So pretty!

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RIP American Apparel

I can’t believe I’m actually writing this post. This may sound dramatic, but a part of my youth here is dying. When my scene days had reached a bougie level, that’s when I started shopping at American Apparel. It was almost like I became an upscale hipster – if that was even possible. I knew the retailer was sinking. We’ve been reading about this for what feels like years, but I didn’t think it would actually die. And now, we must prepare for the worst and figure out how to move on. And by move on, I mean all 110 stores are closing and everything is 40% off so looks like we’ll all be at American Apparel this weekend so that we can stock up on those classic hoodies.

The news of this comes just days after it was announced that Gilden Activewear had purchased American Apparel in an auction for $88 million. To be clear, they are just acquiring American Apparel’s intellectual property and some of the manufacturing equipment. Not included in this acquisition were it’s 110 stores (which will all close by April) and their LA headquarters.

I had to scroll through pages of Google images because I forgot how inappropriate their advertisements use to be and my parents wouldn’t approve of me having one of those to accompany this post.

RIP to my favorite pieces that you can still buy… for now.

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Giorgio Armani

Yes! These sleeves are absolutely perfection and oh my goodness – the two toned shoes. We almost missed these.

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Reem Acra

Pre-Fall 2017 took a brief hiatus over the holidays, but now we’re back and with more collections to share! I’m loving how regal many of these pieces look and how elegant the black and gold combination still is to me.

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Girls – The Final Season

Are we ready to finally say goodbye to Hannah Horvath and her girlfriends? The official trailer for the last season of Girls was released today and we have mixed feelings. I can openly admit that I haven’t loved every episode in this series. Sometimes, Hannah made me want to rip my hair out every time I heard her make some entitled millennial comment. And there were moments where we watched and we never even identified with any one of them, but nonetheless the show was entertaining. I’ve watched the series with so many different friends and since I missed the boat with Sex and the City way back when, I felt like this series was actually mine. I think now is the best time for Girls to end. It had a good run and I’m excited to see where everyone ends up… as long as Marnie leaves her husband. The new season begins February 12th on HBO.

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Song of the Day

Sophia Bel – Goodbyes

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Wedding Mondays

I’ve always loved a scenic outdoorsy wedding in videos. How can you not? However, I didn’t have my true appreciation for them until I went to Mandi and Eric’s wedding in Yosemite. Those views and that peaceful quiet… they are so breathtaking, you’ll never ever forget what that’s like. Watching this video reminded me a lot of Mandi and Eric’s and it was so beautiful to watch. I know that all of you will enjoy this as much as I did. The wedding video has the recipe for all things that we’re loving in 2016 / 2017 wedding videos – the long sleeved wedding dress, the flower crown (which we still aren’t over!) and our favorite DIY details that are not overplayed.

Seriously, how sweet are these two?

It was so hard to pick my favorite 3; I think I had 10! Please go check out the entire feature on Green Wedding Shoes – it’s so worth it!

 

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Blondie

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Top – Brandy Melville / Shorts – Aritzia / Booties – Munro via Nordstrom / Scarf – J. Crew

Someone once commented that they thought the backdrop that I selected for this photo was really tacky. I actually love it! It’s outside of a movie theater and it’s a little bit different, but it’s so fun. I had just gotten back from Seattle after dyeing my hair even more blonde; we almost didn’t recognize ourselves. Seriously, who is this girl? It’s funny to see how my style has evolved over the last 3 years since moving to California because this isn’t normally an outfit we’d wear in Seattle – not even if we were just visiting. I don’t know if it was the outfit itself or moreso the blonde hair, but we felt confident. It’s 6 months later and after returning back home to Seattle again, we decided not to color our hair. We’re actually letting it grow out so that we can get the blonde out for good, but I’ll always appreciate this time in my life – in my 20’s where we just wanted to try something new. I don’t know how and I can’t put it into words, but this blonde hair changed me in the last 6 months.

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