Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Weekend Getaway at Oceanpoint Ranch

I visited Oceanpoint Ranch in Cambria a few weekends back for a mini staycation with my friend, Crystal. Only three and a half hours away from Los Angeles, this quaint beach town was the perfect getaway we were both desperately needing. Upon check-in, we were in heaven with the hotel's newly renovated decor they call ranch-chic. From bold plaids and animal prints to beautifully restored vaulted wood ceilings, rich leather accents and a clawfoot bathtub, we knew we had escaped to something magical. 

Oceanpoint Ranch is located just steps from Moonstone Beach, six miles from Hearst Castle and is within driving distance to Paso Robles wine region. A few amenities included complimentary continental breakfast from 7am-10am each morning which was a huge plus. Guests also have access to a private beach trail that goes along the coast of Moonstone Beach. As you can see, Crystal and I took full advantage of our time, relaxing by the water, staying cozy in the hotel's den-like lobby and warming up in the evening at the fire pits. We also took the short drive to Hearst Castle which was an epic experience we recommend to anyone visiting the area.

I've teamed up with Oceanpoint Ranch to give you all 30% off your next stay! Use promo code MEL30 when you book directly at (Valid for the next three months). Make your next escape to Cambria with fun attractions and activities just minutes from the ranch. 

Thank you to Oceanpoint Ranch and staff for the warm welcome and a lovely stay.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

AAD Conference with SkinCeuticals

I had the absolute pleasure of attending the American Academy of Dermatology Conference, the leading dermatological skin care event with SkinCeuticals in Orlando, Florida. SkinCeuticals is known across the globe as the #1 physician-dispensed line of premium skincare founded on antioxidant science. In the short 48 hours that I was there, I learned a few good skincare lessons that I want to share with you all.

At 35 years of age, I’ve never taken my skin regimen too seriously. I have kept my beauty routine as simple as possible for as long as I can remember. Twice a day, wash with soap, apply lotion and go. Perhaps I’ve taken my Asian genes for granted, where looking young forever isn’t a myth. I’ve heard time and time again, start adding SPF and anti-aging skincare or you’ll regret it when you’re older. I was lucky enough to interview Dr. Doren Pinnell, the wife of the late Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, one of the scientists who founded SkinCeuticals in 1994. After sitting down with her, I had a better understanding of the company, the products they carry, what ingredients work best for my skin type and most importantly, I realized it was time to take my skin care routine more seriously.

One of the main things Dr. Doren Pinnell talked about was the life of her late husband and his groundbreaking contributions to the basic and clinical science of connective tissue research. Dr. Sheldon Pinnell and his research team discovered some of the mechanisms by which sun exposure causes photo aging, and described the use of first, L-ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and then combination topical antioxidants (Vitamin C + E, C E Ferulic, Phloretin CF), to help protect and repair skin from oxidative stress, including sun damage. Both nationally and internationally, he was known as the “Father of Vitamin C.” Along with his story, here are the most important skincare products that Dr. Doren Pinnell recommended I start using:
Since my skin is dry and sensitive, Dr. Doren Pinnell suggested this revolutionary topical antioxidant combination that provides 8-times the skin’s photo aging protection. C E Ferulic helps neutralize free radicals induced by UVA/UVB which may lead to visible signs of premature aging while improving the appearance of lines and wrinkles with vitamin C, vitamin E and Ferulic Acid as key ingredients.

This product provides high broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with all natural physical filters, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Providing an ultra-sheer, mattifying liquid, this sunscreen is infused with translucent color spheres to enhance natural skin tone. Dr. Doren Pinnell suggested I use this alone or under makeup daily.
Dr. Pinnell noticed my lips were very dry and suggested I use her favorite, the antioxidant lip repair every day for lip dryness and tightness relief. This product helps attract and retain water to rejuvenate, replenish and reshape lip tissue.

I learned some valuable lessons during my time at the AAD Conference with SkinCeuticals and Dr. Doren Pinnell. It’s simply understanding your skin, investing in the correct products suited to your skin type and crafting them into your daily routine. This combined with staying out of the sun, eating well and getting plenty of sleep are all important preventative measures to a healthy lifestyle.

Thank you Skinceuticals and Dr. Doren Pinnell for an amazing and informative weekend at the AAD conference. I learned a lot and have already started incorporating what I’ve learned into my daily routine.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Hello 2017!

 (H&M Top / Cotton On Coat / Bella Joes Jeans / Sam Edelman Kayla Over the Knee Boot / 

Wow, my first outfit post of 2017 and it's already March. Where does the time go? Excited to show you my current favorite pieces that I've been wearing non-stop specifically this bag from Vitvity. The beautiful design grabbed my attention at first sight and knew it would be the perfect addition to my bag collection. Of course, had to style it with denim, over-the-knee boots and my favorite camel jacket. 

I have so many more look to share with you all so stay tuned.

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Finding the Perfect Fit with ThirdLove

"This post was sponsored by ThirdLove through their partnership with Collectively. While I was compensated to write a post about ThirdLove, all opinions are my own."

ThirdLove has been my saving grace with their versatile range of bras that fit perfectly to your size. Girls, I know we can all relate to peeking straps and bra bulge! After putting together a perfect look, you come to realize you're ill equipped underneath. My intimate issues are now a thing of the past thanks to ThirdLove's collection of push-up, racerback, t-shirt, plunge bras and more. 

Today, I want to highlight and introduce ThirdLove's first ever lace racerback bra that is designed with a front closure and adjustable back strap. With super-flattering plunge cups, the Front Closure Lace Racerback creates natural lift and cleavage. Plus, the dreamy lace detailing makes this bra an everyday basic. Another favorite is the Perfect Contour Plunge Bra that provides a natural lift with minimal padding that hugs your curves and eliminates cup gaping. I promise you, you will want this bra in every color!

ThirdLove is an innovative bra and underwear brand that believes a well fitted, sexy bra comes first. The brand has changed the industry’s standard measurements and developed 1⁄2-cup sizes based on real women’s measurements, getting women everywhere into perfectly fitted bras. Girls, stop the morning struggle and find your perfect fit now at ThirdLove. I promise, you will love their collection as much as I do. 

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