Loungewear Round-Up

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have never bought so much loungewear in my life as I have recently! I usually just wear a big shirt to sleep but I have changed up my content to reflect the time. Click on the product images for a direct link to where to buy.

I recently did a review on SKIMS which you can see HERE but, this is one of my top places for a sleek look that is super put together. The only issue is that it is usually always sold out.

 

 

Another go-to for cute loungewear has always been Forever 21. If you want a cute pj set with eggs and bacon or come smiling avocados, F21 is your place. But what I have really been wanting for the absolute longest time is terrycloth shorts. These are the typical shorts you have for so long you forgot where you even bought them. I love the color and they even have pockets.

 

 

Lastly, I did a DIY on this set as you can probably tell! I took a plain pair of black joggers from Walmart and bleached them, then cut them up to create shorts and a top that I saw Brittany Xavier create on Tik Tok. It’s a fun and easy DIY.

Skims : Worth the Buy?

Let me start off by staying I have been buying more loungewear than I ever have in my entire life during this quarantine time period. (I’ll be doing a round-up of that ASAP) I wanted to do a quick review of the two pieces that I ordered from SKIMS. First off, can I just say how good that name is?! I definitely am a huge Kardashian fan even though that is a very loaded statement as there are lots of things that I do not particularly agree with. But when it comes to fashion and style and showing face, their stylists, decorators and publicity team got it down.

Back to Skims… I did not have high or low expectations but I knew I would get use out of this set because my first impression is they are cute and easy to just throw on after a post-workout shower because when I put on a matching set, I automatically feel more put together.

I purchased both of these items for a total of $82.27. The bralette was $36 and the boxers were $35 and you have to add in taxes and shipping. I do think that the final cost is a bit pricey, but this collection always sells out FAST! They do restock, so sign up for emails because that is how I got my set.

My opinion is only on this set of course, but based on the quality I really love what I received! The package came in a thick brown envelope and the garments come in a biodegradable package that clearly states that it is NOT plastic. Now thinking back, I am a bit happier to pay for the extra taxes and shipping if the company is making more sustainability efforts. (I’m so glad fashion as a whole is slowly taking an eco-friendly stance.)

I love the quality and I highly recommend. I love how the material is quality and thick, but not too thick to where you feel constrained in any way. It is so comfortable and such a soft material, it truly is the perfect loungewear.

Amazon Finds Under $30

I have been seeing so many random gadgets from Amazon that everyone is discovering during quarantine that make your life just a bit easier. I thought I would share a few of my favorite finds below that I found interesting!

What gadgets have you found or what are you looking out for?

Pulla Hair Straightener and Crimper 4-in-1 $25

Hair Crimping has definitely come back into style and this is an inexpensive must try for that 90’s look

Tinkle Eye Brow Razer Pack $4.50

Your eyebrow lady will thank you when you come back and have kept up with your brows!

Hair Scalp Massager $8

Who doesn’t need this in your life?! This is a must especially when taking a rejuvenating bath

16 oz Amber Glass Bottles $19.98

These are perfect for holding your homemade face and hair mists that you have made during quarantine!

Doughnut-shaped travel humidifier $7.19

How cute is this?! It’s the little things in life that just make the biggest difference and this is one of them.

Throw Pillow Cover Case $9.98

Tiger King amiright? I actually love a good decorative pillow.. and yes I know that is a lion.

Small Macrame Plant Hangers $9

Boho up your space boo xx

 

 

 

What’s in my Beauty Fridge

So I finally got a mini beauty fridge (thanks Easter Bunny)! I did not want to fill it with all of my products as they would not all fit, so I put a few of the ones that I use the most.

Here are the products listed:

  1. Eye Mask : gotta keep these cool so they can work their very best and depuff the area around your skin
  2. Lip Mask : same goes for this one, these keep your lips plump, but I think mostly its just a self-care patch to apply anywhere on your face that needs to depuff
  3. Bye Bye Undereye Cream : This is one of my favorite products since I feel like my dark circles are so prominent
  4. Exfoliating energy facial with enzymes : Youth to the People created this mask that I have been trying a few times a week and I love it! I am still testing it out in my mini-fridge
  5. Jade Roller : I have heard mixed things about jade rollers and recently it’s not very good, but for a quick depuff in the morning it actually works for me
  6. Firming Mask : Kiehl’s ginger left and hibiscus firming mask just feels better when it is cooler and makes my skin feel rejuvenated

What areyour go-to beauty products?

Gucci Beauty Pop- Up

The thing I love about LA is there is always a pop-up or something fun around the corner. I work nearby a building where there are frequent pop-ups. I have seen Lulu’s, gym shark and now Gucci take vacancy in the space.

Gucci’s pop-up I actually would have had no idea about! But we stumbled upon it and my co-worker found out it is open to the public. It was a photo op experience, which I had no idea about until I got inside. I remember the door man telling us the tags for all of the pictures we take and I said, oh I won’t be taking pictures because I don’t look great, I just came from work. He probably thought, “well she’s in the wrong place”.

Luckily they had beauty touch ups with their new lipsticks and mascara so the photos did not come out absolutely terrible.. however if I had known it was a photo op I definitely would have prepared a bit more!

I love the color of the lipstick the I tried, it was a rusty colored red and let me tell you, the mascara is EVERYTHING! Not going to lie, I didn’t think that mascara’s were too different other than the brushes that were used. BUT, the best mascara’s I have ever used on their own have been Chanel and now Gucci. I definitely would recommend as they are super splurge worthy.

All in all, I am so happy I went and I would say wherever you are based to check out the places that are always right under your nose.

Link Lovin

I started reading three articles a day over the holiday break. Most days I read only 1 or 2 but I always shot to read at least three. I never really use my twitter but I decided to start using it for finding articles to check out regarding fashion, celebrities, beauty, and trends.

Social media is always a tricky one as there are so many things it can be used for; showing off, investigating, news, etc. I choose to use each platform differently, and until now, I never really had a purpose for going on twitter every day. I use the discover page to learn about news in general as well as find out more about big breaking stories in the media. I always scroll all the way down to fashion and beauty and the bigger publications have their most recent stories posted.

  1. Influencers over the age of 60
  2. Fashion Trends Analytics of 2019 
  3. Florence Pugh on her age gap relationship 
  4. Latinx-owned beauty brands as mentioned by Nylon 
  5. Have you heard of Kevyn Aucoin’s new Glass Glow Face product? You should! 
  6. Greta Thunberg on Climate change as told by British Vogue 

Got a favorite publication? What is it?

Holiday Nails

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is such a special holiday, and of course, right afterward comes black Friday! What’s better than treating yourself (or your girlfriends) to some holiday nails?!

If you live in LA you know all about Olive and June! They are my go-to place for some super cute nails and the aesthetic of the salon is a whole experience on its own. I was able to collab with them on this blog post and wanted to share their NINE new polish colors for the holiday season.

Six of the jewel tones are named for the women who inspired them to be good to ourselves and the three metallics celebrate the ultimate moment in self-care: an O&J mani.

Inside my Holiday Studio box was everything I need to give myself the perfect mani at home. They thought of everything from the nail clippers to the cuticle serum, The Poppy (O&J’s patented painting tool) nail file, and a buffer.

I try to keep my nails in check and pamper myself by getting them done so this was ideal for me! The perfect gift to share for the holidays!

What are you giving out this year?

 

 

For cyber week, Olive and June is offering 25% off site wide from 11/24 – 12/2 which means this Treat Yourself Box can be snagged for only $75!

 

 

Teen Vogue Summit

I was so lucky to have been able to attend the Teen Vogue Summit this weekend and let me tell you it was amazing! While there were a few critiques that I heard, I would still give it Five stars and attend next year.

A few of the critiques included adding better signage and getting information out to the mass of people in a more effective manner. However, this was not really much of an issue for me. I also would say that numerous girls commented that they were disappointed that they were not able to attend everything that they wanted due to overlap. While I do agree that this sucks, I know that this is a common tactic for conferences to split up the crowds.

I did not get to attend Day One but I hear it was AMAZING!

As for Day Two, I had a green pass which meant that I was only able to see limited shows. I did not know this or I would have thought about getting a different pass. We were able to have our own workshops which I was still happy about! What I was not excited about was sitting in a room watching the panels on screen when it was overfilled. I wish that they would have let us know that sooner. I would never want to knock Teen Vogue though because I was so lucky to have even attended and I learned SO MUCH and would do it all over again of course!

There were such amazing partnerships and topics at the summit from Feminism, women’s empowerment, transgender acceptance, environmental/sustainability and more. It truly was an amazing experience and their line up included Zara Larsson, Busy Phillips, Demi Lovato, Miranda Cosgrove, Aimee Song, and so much more!

Day Three was self-care day and let me tell you I felt the self-care! Brunch was amazing from healthy Acai bowls (add that peanut butter girl! I learned that at the summit!) to yogurt and breakfast burritos. Before brunch was a quick work out with Katrina from Tone It Up! She was so inspiring and positive I loved it! I also was able to get a facial and my hair done. There were other services as well such as manicures and massages.

Guys, I can go on and on but to sum it up, it was such an amazing experience I cannot wait for next year!

 

Dress : Public Desire

Body Positivity

I’ve seen similar pictures all over social media so I wanted to take a crack at it myself! (That’s the phrase, right?) I usually HATE the way my hair looks when it’s pulled back, but the towel gives the illusion of hair so I thought it was super cool! I love the glam feel of it and while there are a few things I would change about these pictures, I am still relatively happy about how they came out!

So let’s get right into the post. It’s about body positivity and if I am being honest, I was not very body positive about this shoot! I feel bloated, and a bit insecure. But, let me tell you, once I got in the water and felt how good it felt, I forgot all about that! That my dears is what life is all about. While I am still going to work my little tush off to be back to where I want to be, it is important to be happy with the body you’re in no matter what part of your fitness journey you are at.

Even on bloated days like this, I am actually SUPER comfortable in my body. I remember in middle school a girl in my guidance class said that even though her older sister was bigger, she was still so comfortable in her body and she envied that. I thought to myself that I would not feel comfortable if I was as big as her sister was, though she was not huge.

Our guidance counselor said that most girls get to an age when they are just comfortable where they are at and while they may sill strive to be better, they still don’t mind wearing a bikini at the beach or cute mini skirts to show off! I thought, no, if I’m not small I wouldn’t feel that way.

I am happy to report that I have gotten to that point in like that my counselor was talking about! What helps keep it all in perspective as well is to remember what a blessing it is to have a working body, or a body at all.

My favorite body-positive Instagram accounts:

  • libbyshappyproject
  • hannah_neese
  • effyourbeautystandards

 

 

LA Favorites

I had a request to do a post about some of my favorite places and things to do in Los Angeles. Here are just a few of my favorite places that I actually go to and you can find me at during the weekends. From food to workouts, this is just a small round-up of places you may not see on a regular travel guide to LA. If you are visiting LA for the second or third time, these are the kinds of places I would say to go to after you’ve done all of the regular touristy things!

I think I will also create a guide to a few of my favorite places to eat as well soon so watch out for that one! Let me know what you think and what you want to see next!

 

LA second-hand stores are AMAZING! Even if you go to crossroads or goodwill you are sure to find some name brands. For a genuine thrifty store, I like to go to SLOW Clothing on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Gardner Street. They have really cool prints and I always make a great find! The fair fax area of Melrose Avenue is a great place to get something unique and cool.

Lemonade is my go-to for a healthy meal on the go! I always try something different when I go, but I seem to end up with a side of their broccoli and cheese! This is a great place to get lunch between sightseeing, and the lemonade is of course amazing!

One thing that you must do is drive the PCH! You can take it to Malibu and I recommend doing this because the views of the ocean are amazing! I remember the very first time riding down the PCH with the windows down and the music loud. Definitely a memorable experience!

A fun thing to do when you have a few extra days is to go see a movie! The Melrose Rooftop Theatre is a fun place to see some older favorites accompanied by unlimited popcorn and a view of the sunset against the hills. Snuggle up in a super comfy bean bag chair and blanket and it is definitely a fun experience. Also, EP & LP is right down the stairs so you can make a bar stop right after!

One of my favorite beaches is definitely Matador Beach. The rocks are giant which makes for great shots! I would say that since it is a beach the cell service is horrible and the beach is a bit small so get there early for a good spot and good parking! It is a bit of a drive from LA as it is in the Malibu/Calabasas area, but definitely worth it!

I went to High Tide in the Arts District with a few friends and fell in love! The food was great and it was a great place to stop for drinks! I recommend going before the sun goes down because the outside area is completely pink and perfect for sweet photo ops! I definitely recommend getting a rose and an appetizer for a chill night out.

Want a work out that will leave you sore afterward? Check out, Psycho. Your first class is free so even if you are wanting a quick workout during a longer stay, this one is worth it! Everything is put together so well and it is really an effective HIIT class! They also have yoga sessions that are a great way to relax after a long day!