My previous trips to Catalina were usually school related-- softball tournaments, outdoor education trips-- so I never really thought of Catalina as a getaway destination until I was recently invited to go by Osea Malibu. Since I'm already a huge fan of Osea's non-toxic, locally based products, having the chance to enjoy one of their facials at the Catalina Island Spa was absolutely a no-brainer for me. I packed up, drove to Long Beach, hopped on the Catalina Express (dramamine on hand, of course), and arrived in no time. I was immediately taken aback by how beautiful the island is; Avalon is a relatively small town, but it's incredibly charming, and you just can't beat their beachside views. I walked (walked!) from the ferry to The Pavilion Hotel, a lovely boutique hotel overlooking the water, where I stayed for the evening. I enjoyed a really great dinner at the upscale Avalon Grille, and had a pretty low-key night.Read More
This might be TMI, but I've had stomach issues my whole life. From gut-wrenching cramps while being stuck in a hot air balloon 7000 feet up in the air (#truestory) to feeling nauseous after eating too much burrata (ok that one was on me), these issues haven't really gone anywhere as I've gotten older, so I've tried to find ways to deal with them other than just chugging Ginger Ale and nibbling on saltine crackers. Over the last few years, I've heard a lot about the benefits of probiotic-derived supplements-- gut balancing supplements that feed the good bacteria and fight the bad. I've tried a few, but can't seem to find some that I remember to take everyday, or ones that I feel really work for me. So when I got the chance to try Viactiv's Digestive Health Dark Chocolate Chews, I approached with an excited skepticism.Read More
I've always regarded this website as a city guide for ALL things Los Angeles, and while it usually veers towards food, fashion, beauty, events, and the like, occasionally it takes me to places I never thought I'd go. Recently, one of those places was the Maloney Vision Institute on Wilshire, where I received a consultation for LASIK surgery, which might not seem like a crazy thing to do. Except that I have, well, 20/20 vision. But even though I'm not personally a candidate for LASIK (yet), I've always been surrounded by the vision-impaired; my parents, my sister, my boyfriend, and many of my close friends all wear glasses or contacts on a day-to-day basis. From their frequent eye doctor appointments to finding the right glasses (which are always expensive), ordering contacts, and dealing with the potential risks of wearing contacts day-in and day-out for years, I've sat idly by, witnessing them struggle with their vision problems. Plenty of them have considered getting LASIK, and I've always wondered what held them back. So I decided to do a bit of research on their behalf, learning more about this common procedure and the best place to get it done in Los Angeles.Read More
Over the years, I've racked up quite an impressive candle collection. From gifts to press samples to spontaneous purchases, I've got a candle for every occasion. So when a new brand or scent launches, I'm all over it. The latest exciting candle development comes from Skylar Body, an LA-based brand (woo!) crafting beautiful scents from clean ingredients. Their formulas are always hypoallergenic, natural, and free of parabens, sulfates, and more. Even better? Their products are cruelty free, vegan, with sustainably sourced ingredients and recyclable packaging.Read More
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MagicBax Earring Lifters. All opinions are 100% mine.
In case you haven't noticed, I'm all about the accessories. From rings and bracelets, to my signature silk scarves and hats, my accessories are often the starring features of some of my favorite outfits. And while I have no problem piling on the delicate jewels, there's one accessory I often stray from: earrings. Don't get me wrong-- I love earrings. I sometimes think about getting a dozen more piercings so I could adorn my ear with all different studs and shapes. But unfortunately, I have stupidly sensitive ears that, most of the time, can pretty much handle a small pair of studs before getting sore and red.Read More