I’ve recently recommitted myself to this platform and am finding a lot of purpose in sharing with my community. Nothing like a global pandemic to make you realize what you want to focus on in life and what sparks joy.
Here are a few of the things I’ve been loving lately, in no particular order.
Instagram quite accurately targeted me with an add for Few Modaand I was immediately intrigued. They carry a lot of brands I buy elsewhere like o.p.t and Cara, but for wholesale prices, if you sign up for their membership ($120 a year). I love their pieces, it’s a lot of the more affordable stuff you see on sites like ShopBop, like this adorable jumpsuit for $55 (originally $143). Definitely a good option if you regularly shop these brands elsewhere as you save a ton of money with this membership.
In other news, since Angelenos decided they were somehow exempt from the rules and our government decided to open everything up ridiculously early here (can you sense I’m bitter?), we’re now back on full lockdown. Meaning, I’m going to be living in t-shirts for the foreseeable future. I’m loving this padded muscle sleeve t from Frankie Shop brand. Such a good elevated basic. I got a size S but it runs large, could have gotten an XS. They also have them in other of colors like olive, and white.
We did a staycation recently in Santa Monica and I wore the suit in the photo above and am obsessed. Holds you in in all the right places, super flattering. Shop top & bottom.
I’ve also got a ton of questions ( I know everyone says that but seriously, multiple DM’s) on the cream rug we have in my office. For most of the rugs in our place, we used RugsUSA.com at the suggestion of friends and influencers alike. It’s pretty affordable for good quality, just read reviews closely. This one is the Maui Chunky Loop Rug in Off-White.
As far as reading/content goes I’ve been alternating with fiction and nonfiction, and in both cases have been focusing on BIPOC authors/stories/histories. I just finished White Rage which I highly recommend if you want an in-depth look at the way we as a country have systematically put roadblocks in front of Black Americans to prevent upward mobility, starting as soon as slavery was abolished.
For fiction, I just finished These Ghosts are Family, and loved it. It focuses on interweaving stories of present-day characters and their ancestors’ experiences during the 1700 and 1800’s in Jamaica. There is a bit of magical realism that I LOVE.
Hope you all had a lovely week. This one was a bit tough for me emotionally but connecting with you all truly makes me happy. As always DM or email me with things you want me to feature/talk about!
While cosmetic enhancements aren’t for everyone, I personally ascribe to the school of thought that if something makes you feel better about yourself, you should go ahead and do it (within reason). I wanted to share my experience with injectables + share some tips.
I’ve been using Botox since I was 22. I’ve always had one eyebrow that was way stronger than the other, meaning that the muscle was so tight & overactivated that when I smiled one of my eyebrows lifted WAY up above the other one. So it looked like I was always giving a raised eyebrow when I smiled or focused on something. I didn’t like how it looked in pictures, so I went to a dermatologist, where they agreed that botox would help weaken that muscle, and they injected it just over one eyebrow. In the past few years, I’ve started to use it all over my forehead since the journey to 30 has definitely revealed a few lines. Overall, it’s a preventative, if I can’t frown, I can’t get frown lines! A lot of dermatologists say that Botox is a great treatment when you’re younger and just starting to see fine lines in your face and that using it early prevents deeper lines from forming.
Now, let me just say, lines and aging are all normal and I wish that I was able to accept the changes that come with age a bit more gracefully. But this is such an easy fix, I’d rather test my self-acceptance practice on the bigger aging signs that will undoubtedly happen throughout my life.
I get botox almost every 4 months, sometimes stretching it to 5 or 6. Different people metabolize botox more quickly than others, mine is somewhat quick and I start to see the effects wear off around 3-ish months.
The injection itself really doesn’t hurt, almost any shot I’ve ever had in my life has caused me more pain. I go to Skin by Lovely in Santa Monica (specifically Brittany, she’s AMAZING). I’ve also gone to Anusha at Skin Specifics, and she’s also wonderful.
The whole process takes about 15 minutes, and afterward, you can’t lie down for three hours, and shouldn’t put on makeup for at least another six (although I have, it’s not that big of a deal). You may have tiny dots on your face for the rest of the day, but on me they fade pretty quickly. I also find I sometimes get headaches over the next 3 days or so as my muscles start to become immobile, but they’re pretty minor and nothing an Advil can’t fix.
As far as price goes, it’s anywhere between $10-15 per unit and the number of units you need varies from person to person. When I first started using botox I needed like 3 units… now its closer to 25/30 since I’m doing my whole forehead.
Everyone in LA has fillers. Everyone on Instagram has fillers. EVERYONE HAS FILLERS.
Kidding, not everyone, but it’s way more common than you would expect, especially lip fillers. I say this because I think it’s crappy for women to compare themselves to influencers or celebrities or anyone they find attractive, and be under the false pretense that everyone popped out of the womb with super high cheekbones & pillowy lips. Remember Bella Hadid’s epic glow-up? I’m no expert, but she’s definitely had some fillers. No judgment obviously, she looks great. But not everyone is walking around with super defined features becuase they were born that way.
I never disliked my lips and considered them one of my better features, but at some point started feeling like they could use a little enhancing. I also have a strongish nose, and I felt that overall having my lips a little plumper would just make my face look more balanced as a whole.
I’ve been filling my lips for almost three years. I started out with Juvederm, and loved it. My first session, I think we used 3/4 a syringe (even a full syringe is not a lot) and I was really happy with the result. I started out going every six months. The good thing about fillers is that they stimulate collagen production wherever they’re injected, so over time your lips will start to add some volume naturally. The effect of fillers is definitely cumulative, you’ll probably need less and less over time to get the same result.
Since my first injection, I’ve switched to different types of fillers (there are tons). Since I’ve been doing this for a while I don’t necessarily need a to ton more volume each time, just a bit more definition, so Brittany at Skin By Lovely has been really great with recommending other types of fillers (my most recent was called Define). I noticed the first few times I got filler put in, my body metabolized it pretty quickly, over time I’ve found it has started to last longer and longer. The last time I had my lips done was almost a year ago, which is great because it’s not cheap (be prepared to spend anywhere from $400 to $1k per syringe depending on the type of filler).
I’ve also had a little filler put in my cheekbones. Normally I do this after I’ve had my lips done and there’s a little bit left in the syringe (I mean I paid for it, I don’t want to waste it). I don’t keep up with this regularly but find I really like the tiny extra bit of definition I get when I do it.
You’ll have swelling, bruising and possibly some lumpiness especially if it’s your first time. You should be ok after 3 days or so, but if you’re worried about people seeing you in that state, definitely plan to do it before the weekend.
I don’t think getting fillers or botox is something to be ashamed of but do your homework to go to a skilled injector who values a natural look. Yelp & RealSelf are great resources! It’s also easy to overdo it, so make sure you choose an injector who can push back on you if you get a little overzealous.
At the end of the day, cosmetic enhancements should do just that, enhance the way you look, not change your face entirely.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed that I’m no domestic goddess. There are times I enjoy baking & cooking, but overall it’s not something that comes easy to me, nor does it relax me.
That being said, I do like to have some control over the food I eat. Over the past few months, I realized I was ordering takeout way too much. Even though it was healthy food generally, I was spending a ton of money, and also couldn’t be sure what ingredients were in my meals– so who knew how “healthy” I was actually being.
A few weeks ago, I started using a meal prep service called Catered Fit. Based in California & Florida, Catered Fit delivers daily, all meals are freshly made from scratch– even the sauces & dips.
You can choose from the Classic, Meatless and Paleo menus, or choose a plan that allows you to mix and match, which is what I do (mostly Paleo with some classic meals thrown in). The calorie & macronutrient content is listed on each meal, so you always know how much you’re eating. The meals are REALLY good, things you would either be trying to make at home yourself but spending a lot of time and money on, and healthier versions of things you would order from restaurants. Last week I ate Buffalo Chicken, Yucca Fries & Brussel sprouts, a Mediterranean Turkey Burger and Crabcake with Sweet Potato Mash & Swiss Chard!
There’s also an app you use to make your meal choices and schedule your deliveries, which makes it super easy to start & stop the plan if you’re traveling etc.
I’ve noticed I’ve saved a lot of money since starting the meal plan since I’m not tempted to Postmates something when I don’t feel like cooking. I also feel a difference from not eating processed foods filled with added fats, oils, and artificial fillers etc. If you find yourself ordering out a ton, don’t love cooking or are just trying to tighten up your diet, I definitely recommend Catered Fit, if you’re in California or Florida, definitely check them out & let me know what you think!
Even though Los Angeles is freezing by California standards, I still can’t stop buying pretty pastel tops, dresses, shoe. To me, nothing screams spring more than a dreamy lilac or a soft yellow. I especially like pastel shoes! They pair really well with white denim and a color like pink or lilac work as a neutral.
Amid plans to implement workout routines, diets, meditation habits & business plans, one of the easiest things you can do to better yourself in 2019 is commit to reading a few self-help books. Here’s a list of some I plan to get through during the first half of the year:
Now that December is here its time to BATHE in glitter and everything holiday chic. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is experimenting with festive makeup looks for holiday parties or even weekend drinks.
During the holidays I love a classic deep lip, some shimmer or sparkle on the eyes & fresh skin.
I rounded up some of the most glittery, glitzy, shimmery makeup items I could find. Any of these will be sure to add some holiday spirit to your look
I love classic camel but I’ve seen some fun colors as well that are perfect for injecting a little color into your wardrobe. You can pair a teddy coat with the most basic of outfits and instantly feel elevated. Shop a few I love below!
Hey guys! I’m back from a brief hiatius & promise to have more regular content coming your way.
During the past month, I’ve added one new item to my skincare routine & I have never had better skin in my entire life. If you’ve read other posts or follow me on social media, you’ll know that I struggle with hormonal, cystic breakouts, those super deep blemishes that come & go and are impossible to treat topically.
It seems to have gotten worse as I’ve gotten older, and I have this theory that my body is giving me a big fuck you when every month it realizes I’m not bearing a child (thanks, hormones). Before I changed my routine I was averaging 2-3 cortisone injections (yes you can get HUGE blemishes injected to help them shrink & prevent scarring) a MONTH. That’s like $150 worth of treatments for something isn’t preventative!
This led me to explore LED light therapy. If you’re not familiar, LED is a non-invasive painless light treatment that uses both red (for wrinkles) and blue (for acne) light to improve skin. Red LED light stimulates collagen which adds plumpness to skin, improves texture and reduces wrinkles. Blue light kills bacteria that causes acne and also decreases oil production & shrinks pores.
You can get LED therapy during facials, but it’s very expensive (like $200 a treatment), and the most effective way to get the benefits is through everyday use.
So… when Dermstore was having a sale I bought the Dr. Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro and let me tell you, it’s the best purchase I’ve ever made. At just under $450 it’s a huge investment, and I definitely got a little bit nauseous after I pressed “buy”, but it has paid for itself and then some in the time I’ve used it.
The mask is freaky, you look like a transformer when you put it on. I’ve been using once, sometimes twice a day, after cleansing and before I apply any skincare products. Note: definitely don’t put sunscreen on before you use, it blocks some of the light, but don’t worry, LED is not the same as UV and there is no damage done to your skin. There’s a red, blue or purple (red+ blue) setting to combat wrinkles, acne, or both. I’ve been using the purple setting because I’ve definitely noticed fine lines so want to just get everything taken care of everything in one fell swoop. The mask has a set timer for 3 minutes so I just sit & relax while the LED does its work on my face and then wait for the light to shut off. It’s that easy.
Within a week I noticed redness was reduced & my skin seemed smoother and more even. My boyfriend noticed right away, which means it must have been pretty obvious because… men. By week 2 & 3 I was not breaking out at all, I got one tiny bump around that time of the month but it was so minor I didn’t care. Marks from old blemished have been reduced and I just look better all around. I’ve started wearing less makeup, venturing out of the house & even to work with just sunscreen, moisturizer & some brow gel, which I would rarely do before. I wanted to see how the mask worked on it own so I stopped all of my other anti-acne treatments & have just been washing my face, toning & using moisturizer and the results are phenomenal.
This isn’t a paid endorsement (I wish I got this for free) but I really can’t speak highly enough of this mask. It’s seriously lifechanging and I feel like I’m saving so much money becuase I just don’t have to worry about treating huge cystic blemishes. buying new products etc. It’s expensive, but when I added up all the other products/services I was using to just keep my skin feeling normal I realized I’ve saved a lot of money.
In short, if you struggle with cystic acne and or fine lines & can fit this into your budget, definitely get your hands on this baby. Totally SimpyB approved.