January 23, 2017

{STYLE} In The Desert

I feel like I am always writing about how quickly time passes, how the days quickly turn into weeks and soon a month, and how each relatively small unit of time feels expansive because so much has happened. And yet, somehow, as I try to implement some kind of a more rigorous schedule in my life, the first few weeks of the year have flown by. Last year, after the new year, I headed out to Palm Springs with Brad, Christian, and Ali, and this year we decided to repeat the tradition and added Joshua Tree and our friend Anna to the mix, as well. After all that happened in 2016, it felt especially important to put a little bit of a pause on life to reflect, set intentions, and be together in a calm, relaxing, and familiar environment.

Being with friends who have also felt so sensitive to everything happening in the world was important and therapeutic, and being with creative friends helped inspire me in this next chapter in our lives where art, expression, consciousness, and resistance are all the more important. It helped ground me in finding my purpose right now - and wanting more than ever to be unapologetically and unabashedly myself. I've made it no secret that this last year felt like an enormous transitional period, with monumental changes in my personal and professional life, and finally settling into living in Los Angeles, and having reminders of my capacity to create, inform, inspire, and use my energy for positive change couldn't have come at a better time. 

December 22, 2016

{BEAUTY} Multi-Masking on the Go

As travel has become a huge part of my work life, one might expect that I've become an expert at packing, consolidating my toiletries, and fitting all my necessities into a neatly-organized carry-on, but this is far from my personal truth. I really do envy people who have turned traveling light into an art form (my friend Hitha is exceptionally good at this), but I'm constantly struggling with narrowing down my skincare and cosmetics to just-the-essentials and deciding which shoes to bring on a trip with me - no matter how long or short. I'm the type of girl who has a very lengthy and involved skincare routine, and when I'm traveling, I add in extra steps (like masking, exfoliating, and lifting from all that airplane-induced dehydration and inflammation) - which means extra items in my luggage. 

Enter Beauty-360. I don't know why I've never seen a packaging innovation like this before, but they're tightened up what I'm used to seeing as super bulky, hefty packaging into tiny single, double, or triple use products perfect for being on-the-go. The lineup of sheet masks, powder cleansers, eye masks, and more traditional masks (that come in smaller pods and a tupperware-like lid to preserve the contents), are inspired by Korean beauty trends - and the ingredients are equally inspired, and loaded with crushed pearls and hyaluronic acid. My favorites include hydrogel eye masks (there's a variety, including Collagen for hydrating, Charcoal for soothing, and 24K Gold for brightening), a Rose & Pearl brightening mask, and a Hydrogel Intense Hydration sheet mask. The main targets and promises of the line are to moisturize, firm, rejuvenate, and detoxify to help reduce the appearance of pores - all especially important when you travel. 

I learned from skincare experts at Joanna Vargas and Kate Somerville that one of the reasons your pores open up while you travel by air is because the air is so dry, and they are opening up to absorb more moisture from the air. This is why it's so important to keep your skin hydrated (both with moisture-enriching products and drinking plenty of water) during long haul flights, and exfoliating when landing. Whether you're taking a longer vacation, a weekend trip (like the one Ali and I recently took to San Francisco), or packing for an overnight at your SO's, these TSA-friendly pieces are essentials that won't break the bank, (the entire line is priced between $5.99 and $7.99 and available at CVS). When Ali and I visited Japan last year for our honeymoon, we had so much fun exploring and hoarding what we could find of Japanese and Korean beauty and skincare products in their local pharmacies, and to know we can get similar products and quality at our local CVS is so great. Just as our stockpile has dwindled, the introduction to Beauty360, which offers the same quality and ingredients at an amazing value, is one I'm thrilled to discover. 

This post is sponsored by Beauty-360
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December 1, 2016

{STYLE} What's Your Casual?

It's not all black, pink, and white in my wardrobe, these days. I've been crushing hard on deep cranberry and burgundy tones, and finding the places where they fit into my comfort-zone-palette. It's a refreshing and seasonally-appropriate addition to my wardrobe workhorses, and has delightfully played off my recent favorite lipstick colors. 

I'll be honest, my memories of Hush Puppies are deeply rooted in mid-90s comfort shoes and moccasins; there was a moment in my elementary school life where their suede, tan, shearling-lined loafers were the shoe to pair with our navy blue uniforms. I never had a pair, but like many of the shoe trends of my 90's dreams (Airwalks, ADIDAS Superstars, and of course, Hush Puppies), I pined after my friends' collections. They sort of fell off the radar for me, but when I found out that they're still around, kicking, and they've updated their trademark casual comfort to stylish and affordable classics, I was ready to take them for a spin. I ordered this burgundy bootie, the "Melodi Langdon," and they actually, honestly, feel like I'm walking with little clouds on my feet. The soles are cushioned and ultra-comfy while giving me a tiny bit of extra height. 

I know I don't often do "casual," (I'm basically always overdressed), but for me, the key to casual is loose, flowy, and comfortable pieces. Even with a busy print, dresses like this one are basically an all-in-one look, and adding in the booties in burgundy plays off the color palette really seamlessly. What's your casual?

This post is sponsored by Hush Puppies

All content and opinions are my own. 

November 28, 2016

{STYLE} Sunglass Fiend

It's hard to believe we're officially in the midst of the "holidays," in a year that has been so full of... everything. I know the rational reasons why time moves faster as we get older, how each 365-day stretch of time feels shorter relative to how long we've been living, but this year has actually been non-stop. It's been non-stop growth, challenge, grief, surprise, shock, career changes. So, squeezing in a quick trip to New York last week, in what has felt like an especially difficult few weeks, was a ray of sunshine - even if it was cold and overcast! 

I had so much fun working with my friend Andrew Bevan, Teen Vogue's Style Director, who is a literal delight and always makes me feel good about all the many wonderful people who work in the fashion industry, on a Facebook Livestream for Sunglass Hut. We shared some funny stories, back and forth witticisms, and reveled in guest appearances from my friend Courtney Kerr - all while chatting about the power of sunglasses. The last part might sound sarcastic, but I'm serious: growing up in southern California, I was taught the importance of protecting my eyes from the sun from a very early age, and as I've gotten older, they've become a powerful and transformational part of my style. Plus, in a year that has been as busy and anxiety-filled as this one, a great pair of oversized sunnies does a brilliant job hiding my often puffy-and-underslept eyes. Accessories: not just for looking fab. 

I did, of course, do a little bit of shopping courtesy of Sunglass Hut, and nabbed the dressed-up version of my stand-by Miu Miu's,  an amazing pair of gold, mirrored Chanel glasses, and swooned over this Prada pair. If you didn't get to catch the livestream, you can rewatch it here, and there's still time to take advantage of the amazing holiday deals that Sunglass Hut is offering right now (like up to 60% off styles that never-go-on-sale, including these classic Ray Ban Clubmasters). 



This post and my appearance on Sunglass Hut's FB Live were sponsored by Sunglass Hut.
All content and opinions are my own. 

November 24, 2016

{STYLE} Self-Care with Lucy

It took a long time for me to un-do the childhood trauma of feeling like I was a failure at physical activity because my body was bigger than that of my peers. It took an even longer time for me to learn to love all the ways my body was capable of moving, feeling strong, and challenging itself. That shift in my mentality towards exercise allowed me to really center my work-outs as part of my overall approach to wellness and mental health. While there's a lot of cultural framing of workouts as a means of losing weight, I wish the focus was instead on how much moving our bodies can impact our moods in a positive way. 

When I signed up for ClassPass a few years ago, I didn't expect that it would introduce me to so many new ways to work out, and help me find the workout that made me feel my absolute best - Barre. If I had only paid attention to the dominant conversations around barre method and boutique fitness, I would have assumed it was not for me, but the truth is that it's accessible to all kinds of body shapes (and if there are positions that don't work for you or your body, there are simple modifications you can make)

Knowing which activewear lines work for your body is also a great way to instill confidence in yourself and in your workout routine. This is why I’m a huge fan of lucy Activewear’s Extended Sizes line that offers performance favorites in XS-3X. The fit, tailoring, and attention to detail in all the pieces (like savvy hidden pockets at the back of the leggings, great seaming alongside the torsos on their tops, and ultra-comfortable fabrics in a great selection of prints and colors) make their pieces especially exciting. I fell in love with lucy's constellation print, which comes in their fan-favorite Studio Hatha Leggings (great for yoga, barre, spinning, or a lazy Sunday) as well as tees and tanks, and the fit and quality of lucy’s material make staying active that much easier. Not to mention, you can easily go from spin class to the local farmers market in these stylish pieces. Chic. 

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Outfit Details: Studio Hatha Leggings, Fitness Fix Tank, and Hatha Wrap all available at lucy.com

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