Beauty Product Favorites

Last year, I shared my daily beauty routine. Well, more than a year later my beauty and skincare favorites seem to have taken a complete 180. In my ongoing quest to incorporate more natural products into my beauty routine, I’ve started using a variety of different items that I’m extremely happy with (and yes I do heavily favor Josie Maran, what can I say girlfriend has some good stuff!) Though I’m definitely not 100 percent there when it comes to using only natural products, I’m doing my best to blend some old favorites with new ones. The products that I’m using on rotation are listed below:

1) Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer
2) Josie Maran Argan Oil
3) Bare Minerals Bare Skin Foundation
4) Lavanila- The Healthy Deodorant
5) Eau Thermale Eluage Eye Contour Care
6) Josie Maran GOGO Instant Natural Volume Mascara
7) Josie Maran Argan Creamy Concealer Crayon
8) Hydroxatone AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex
9) Flower Glisten Up Highlighter Chubby

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Summer Salad

Hello there! Long time no see. I’ve taken quite a long break from blogging, mostly due to my grad school schedule but since graduation in June it’s just been well, I guess I can chalk it up to it being summer.

Speaking of summer time, I recently made this salad which yes isn’t exactly revolutionary but so damn good I felt compelled to share. And since cooking is still not exactly something I love to do, a quick, easy meal is a win in my book. All you’ll need is some arugula, cubed watermelon and feta cheese, white balsamic vinegar and voila! A delicious summer salad is born. Enjoy!

I drizzled some white balsamic vinegar as my dressing but you can make a fancier version of this salad, courtesy of Ina Garten, with this recipe.

luxury vs reality: Rockstud pumps

luxury-vs-reality-rockstar-valentinosAfter a long absence from the world of blogging, I’m back with another installment of Luxury vs. Reality for all you budget-conscious fashionphiles out there.

The ubiquitous Valentino “Rockstud” pumps seen on every blogger, everywhere will run you only the low, low price of a thousand bucks. Now, this is all good if you are one of the lucky few who can afford these puppies but for the other 99 percent I’m pretty sure the much-more practical Sam Edelman “Ollie” pumps will be your shoe of choice.

I like the Rockstud pump, I really do. But once I started seeing them everywhere I found myself enjoying them less and less (and sure maybe their lack of affordability in my life may or may not have played a factor lol.) I’m no fashion expert but to me this seems to fall more in line with the “trend” shoe and not one you can safely wear 5-10 years from now. For me, the Sam Edelman pumps are a much smarter bang for your buck.

hello spring

It’s been another crazy couple of weeks and I can’t believe I’m getting ready to start the last quarter of my graduate school career. Needless to say, it’s been busy and as per usual haven’t had much time to devote to le blog. But I’ve decided to breathe a bit and hope for the best. Sometimes the best laid plans don’t quite pan out as you’d like but I firmly believe that mine will get back on track. I’m working at it, one step at a time.

And of course it’s finally officially Spring! Though California hasn’t suffered through traumatic winters like many other parts of the country (and the world) it’s still exciting to start a new season, which happens to be my personal favorite. Hello Spring indeed!

Photo via Cocorrina

oscar dress infographic

hi-res-oscar-dresses-20141Like the millions of others that watched the Oscars on Sunday night I was paying close attention to what everyone was wearing because well, it’s the Oscars! It’s one of my favorite activities and my husband joked that watching all the pre-show coverage is like a sporting event for me. What can I say? I’m a lady who enjoys fashion.

I came across this amazing infographic on Pinterest and it was fascinating to look back at the different styles best actress winners have worn over the years. On a random side note, I swear during the coverage I remember hearing that wearing red was a sign of bad luck because there have been very few winners who’ve worn red to the Oscars and this infographic completely corroborates that statement. Myth or fact? Who knows. Either way, clearly fashion was just as important then as it is now.

Image via Mediarun Digital