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
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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
As happy as I am that skincare is IN right now, sometimes I feel like a total hipster about it; I mean, I liked skincare before it was cool. My skincare obsession started during my junior year in college while I was studying abroad in London, which is about the time my acne got real bad. I started reading beauty blogs galore, savoring posts from gurus like British skincare queen Caroline Hirons and Vivianna Does Make-Up (now known as The Anna Edit). And while my skin issues definitely were not solved overnight (in fact, they are still an ongoing battle), I have learned a lot and formed meticulous habits with attention to products, ingredients, and a wholesome approach to what my skin needs. And ever since I started blogging, I've wanted to share this knowledge with those starting out on their skincare journey, hopefully helping them to gloss over some of the more turbulent parts of this process.
For those lovely peeps in their 20's*: building a skincare routine in your 20's is essential. And it's not just simply about warding off wrinkles for sheer vanity, but about creating healthy habits that will benefit you in so many other ways. I know too many gals who still, in their post-college years, don't wash off their make-up before bed (the horror!). And I know even more young dudes who have never even looked at a facial cleanser or moisturizer, much less applied them to their face. For most people, they simply don't know where to start. They walk into a drugstore or Sephora and are paralyzed by the sheer volume of choices-- how can they possibly know what they need, what will work for their skin, and what isn't full of toxic ingredients? Well, I'm here to simply all of that. Please keep in mind that while I don't know your specific skin type, concerns, or potential allergens, this is a general guideline that will break down the phases of building a skincare routine, detailing the types of products that I believe make up a well-rounded routine for the average person.Read More