Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Face Forward with Clinique

I was asked by Clinique to collaborate on their newest campaign called #FaceForward and was asked this question: “If you could give your future self any advice, what would it be?” Honestly, it couldn’t have been better timing as I’ve been imploring my life for some time. 

I often find myself at my 8-5 job daydreaming what I wish my life could be. Being in the blogging world isn’t easy, scrolling through Instagram is an ongoing battle! Your insecurities get tested daily, wishing for what other girls are wearing, where they’re traveling to and why they don’t have to sit at a desk typing away all day long. For the past three years, I’ve been engulfed in this world where what you wear and how many Instagram followers you have is more important than what’s on the inside. I let this affect me every single day up until recently where I finally told myself, no more! So what future advice would I give myself? Starting today, tomorrow, next year, ten years from now, I will be happy with what I have and do the things I've always dreamed of doing. In essence, I will travel often, worry less, and smile more!

For me, traveling to distance lands a couple times a year is not within my budget. But I realized, traveling can mean anywhere! I’m incredibly lucky to live in California with its vast lands and exceptional places. This year alone, I’ve driven up the coast to Santa Cruz, Big Sur, Carmel, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. This photo diary is from my most recent trip to Ojai which is only an hour and a half away from Los Angeles. This cute, quaint town was right up my alley and I had fun exploring what the town had to offer. My goal is to take more small trips just like this and enjoy life within my means. No more thinking about the “what ifs” but on the “what is.”

Now it’s your turn to #FaceForward.  “If you could give your future self any advice, what would it be?”

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This post is in sponsorship with Clinique however, all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

OOTD: Summer Dressing with Maggy London

Photography by Crystal Kong 

Yes, sometimes I wear dresses! Fell in love with this one from Maggy London and thought it was the perfect dress for summer. I'm a huge fan of blue shades and paisley prints so it was a winner. Of course, I styled it to suit me, meaning a black leather jacket and black accessories. I topped it off with silver jewelry from a few of my favorite brands. What are your summer go-to pieces and accessories?

On a side note, this week is almost behind us and I'm so looking forward to the weekend.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

OOTD: Ripped Denim

Photography by Crystal Kong

Finally a new outfit post! Sticking to my laid back looks these days...ripped denim, oversize tees, and dainty gems like this beautiful gold piece from London Manori. My schedule has been jam packed so easier, casual wear is better! To quickly keep you in the loop, I left my old job, went on a fabulous trip to Mexico (dark tan included if you didn't notice) and officially started a new job today. Going to try my best to keep up with the blog. Stay tuned for more outfit posts!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Proactiv Review

 Talking a little beauty on the blog today and trying Proactiv from Facing Acne.  

 Proactiv is one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of products for acne-prone skin. 

 The Renewing Cleanser, Revitalizing Cleanser and Repairing Moisturizer all aid in the treatment of Acne.

Photography by Crystal Kong 

I've been a long time fan of Proactiv since it helped clear my skin in my late twenties. I never had acne as a teen so when I got it when I was about twenty seven I freaked out! I immediately tried every face wash, lotion, pimple medication known to man but nothing worked. Then my dad said he always saw Proactiv helping people on television and even though I don't believe anything I see on t.v., I decided to give it a try. 

After a few weeks I started to notice a difference. The Renewing Cleanser gave me less acne because of the salicylic acid ingredient that provided a rough texture like a peel. The toner made me skin really dry so I decided to stop using it and stuck with just the cleanser and moisturizer. As months and years went by, my break outs became less and less to gradually non existent. My friends would always ask me how my skin looked so good. I would say, Proactiv! 

I'm excited to share my experience with you today because I'm extremely passionate about this product. Not only did it help clear my skin, it gave me my confidence back. I used to hide behind my hair and now I don't have to. If you suffer and want clearer skin, I definitely recommend Proactiv. 

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Spring Menu Tasting at Fig & Olive

Photos c/o Wagstaff Worldwide 

I've been told for awhile now that I should be a food blogger, so I finally decided to bite the bullet and do my very first food post. There's no better meal to highlight first than this one at Fig & Olive.

I was lucky enough to attend their spring tasting a couple weeks back. The night started with rounds of delicious cocktails, freshly baked focaacia with an array of olive oils and different crostinis to choose from. We continued with a delicious Burrata and Heirloom Tomato Caprese then moved on to a main course of your choice. I, of course, picked the Fig and Gorgonzola Risotto because it's usually my go-to when I see it on any menu. I also got the chance to sample both my neighbors dishes consisting of Salmon and the Rosemary Lamb-chops which were both heavenly. When I thought I couldn't take one more bite, a Panna Cotta a L'Orange was brought out as dessert that took my breath away.

Needless to say, it was a great night, in amazing company accompanied by delicious food. I went
home a very happy girl. Thank you to Wagstaff Worldwide for the invite!

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Monday, June 1, 2015

OOTD: White Out

Photography by Crystal Kong 

I just realized I let another few weeks go by without blogging. I still haven't shared by Japan photo diary and a few new outfits. In my defense, my work life took over! But I'm back, and ready to share, share, share!

I've never really been a fan of all white unless I have a serious summer tan going on. However, this two piece number by Stella & Jamie just couldn't wait to be styled. All white is right on trend and an easy, chic and classic ensemble. The most difficult part of this look? Pairing it with these mauve lace-up heels. The struggle is real to put those bad boys on, especially if the strings are uneven. I know you know what I'm talking about ladies! But, they do complete my outfit perfectly. 

Stay tuned for more looks, food and travel coming to the blog.

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