One of the unfortunate truths of being a full-time blogger is that I spend way more time on my electronic devices than I would care to admit. Anytime I'm home, at my co-working space, or at a coffee shop, my eyes are glued to my laptop; and when they're not, they're fixated on my phone. What can I say? I'm a millennial-- being addicted to devices is what we're most famous for. My job also revolves around the internet and digital world, so I couldn't really help if it I tried. All of this is to say that, unsurprisingly, my eyes get tired at the end of the day. This means that I'm prone to eye fatigue, device-induced headaches, and blurred vision. I also have a nasty habit of checking said devices before I go to bed, causing my eyes to feel wide awake even when my body is exhausted and trying to sleep. Has that happened to you too?Read More
To be totally honest, I've been feeling a bit uninspired by fashion of late. Maybe it's the faster moving consumption cycle, or the proliferation of certain trends that flood social media. Mostly, I think it comes down to the difficulty of finding clothing and concepts that really excite me. Shopping has brought out the Project Runway judge in me, critiquing everything I see, imagining how I'd redesign it or re-fit it for my body type. Which is why I was so excited when I came across Frilly; as soon as I started to see the name pop up on the Instagram accounts of influential fashion figures like Chriselle Lim, I knew I needed to know more. The LA-based company (woo!) is a hybrid contemporary fashion brand and tech start-up, offering beautiful, made-to-order clothing that diverts from fashion's current focus on throwaway pieces, mass production, and speedy production cycles. Instead of taking what they see on the runway or the street and just producing a similar, cookie-cutter version of it, they provide a platform filled with classic yet modern pieces that are fully customizable! Click through to read more about this incredibly special, innovative company!Read More
Sponsored by Rogaine
Are you tired of hearing me talk about my skin yet? Yeah, me too. But today, instead of telling you how a product helped/did not help my skin, I'm giving you the full story by partnering with my friends at Rogaine, a brand dedicated to acting as a proactive means for treating conditions like hair loss or thinning hair, which are not only a hereditary condition, but a DNA-driven reality that all men and women will inevitably encounter with age.
I've been battling acne since I was a teen. I can't say I remember the first time a zit popped up on my face, but I do remember feeling plagued by mild breakouts throughout my teen years. I distinctly remember my mom taking me to get intensely painful acne facials, where (I'm convinced) the aesthetician's goal was slow torture by means of dousing my face in the strongest acids one could legally use on skin. I saw countless dermatologists, and used a multitude of salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxides, acne washes, oil-free moisturizes, and retinols that never seemed to make any difference. I went on rounds and rounds of different oral antibiotics, spironolactone, and yes, even accutane. I listened as friends (close friends, best friends) said things to me like "well I never wash my face and I've never had a pimple, so why do you get them?" I listened as everyone from random strangers to beauty store employees to skincare specialists (I literally had one of these experiences two days ago) take it upon themselves to, without solicitation, tell me what I was doing wrong and how their expertise would finally fix my skin. It was usually the same advice: "you have acne, therefore you must have oily skin, try exfoliating, never use anything moisturizing, and try x ingredient." None of it ever worked, and all the "advice" started to wear on me.
And after trying everything (I really do mean EVERYTHING), I realized that it wasn't fair for all of these people to make me feel at fault for a medical issue. I realized that it was my DNA; just as my DNA gave me blue eyes and a petite stature. While some people's DNA plagues them with thinning hair, mine gave me acne. Thanks, DNA.Read More
As Angelenos, with all the technological advances and luxurious amenities we have at our fingertips on a day to day basis, it's pretty hard to imagine that a few short hours outside of the city limits, there are massive farms and ranches filled with livestock, nature, and people who actually know how to tend to these things. I often think of farms as being maintained by cowboys in Texas or Missouri, not by cowboy-hat donning California natives who've been doing this for generations. But take a quick drive North to Alisal Ranch in Solvang, and you're transported back(no Delorean needed) into the old west. Alisal is both an amazing well-kept secret and an iconic California property. The 1800's-era fully-functioning dude ranch is complete with horseback riding, a 100-acre lake, 2 golf courses, a spa, tennis courts, fine dining, and Western themed accommodations. Though it's perfect for families, it neatly doubles as an adult summer camp experience, but less raucous and more in-touch with nature. I was lucky enough to experience their Sip, Saddle, and Spa package recently, allowing me to really experience what this unique place is all about.Read More
Finding time to workout is honestly one of the biggest hurdles to getting healthy. Setting aside the time to go to the gym or a fitness class can be a challenge, especially for those of us with busy, on-the-go lifestyles. So I partnered with Lisa Natale, one of my favorite spin instructors and certified personal trainer from BeatBike, to show you how to do a full-body workout that you can do everyday at home, even if all you have is 15 minutes. The workout is easy, quick (but still challenging!), and perfect for all levels. All you need is a band, and you're ready to go! If you like this video, please subscribe to my Youtube Channel and give the video a thumbs-up!