Style

A Little Wardrobe Update…

November 28, 2017

I’ve alluded to this quite a few times on Instagram, so I thought it was high time I sat down and put together a proper post on the topic of my wardrobe. Over the summer, I noticed a shift in myself. I found that I mostly wore a handful of pieces while the rest of my wardrobe remained most untouched.

I’d heard the term “capsule wardrobe” floating around the internets for quite some time but honestly the concept didn’t appeal to me because of how restricting and narrow the capsule wardrobes seemed. How could someone who loves clothes and style as much as I do restrict themselves to only a few items of clothing?

I dismissed it and continued wearing the same outfits over and over again.

This all changed when I found Caroline Rector’s blog, Unfancy. She made capsule wardrobes seem fun, cool, and relaxed. I was struck by her approach to the capsule wardrobe – how it should essentially encompass everything about your favorite items in your wardrobe. I’d previously been under the assumption that a capsule wardrobe consisted of black trousers, white blouses, and clothing with zero personality and style.

Caroline’s formula for the capsule wardrobe was mind-blowingly simple: wear only the things that you like and that you feel good in. You can have a capsule of entirely black clothing, if that’s what you like to wear.

What a concept.

My goal was simple, too: to feel better in my clothes and be happy with every outfit I wear. I felt like I was already halfway there with my handful of clothes that got worn on major repeat, but there were still a lot of holes to fill and a bunch of pieces I owned that I knew weren’t working for me anymore.

I knew it was time to roll up my sleeves and dig into this thing once and for all.

– PLANNING MY CAPSULE WARDROBE –

In Caroline’s Capsule Wardrobe planner, she explains that your capsule should rotate seasonally and should include pieces that you love to wear. I thought this was absolutely revolutionary and a different approach to any capsule wardrobe idea I’d seen before. I decided to give it a shot and filled out the planner.

You can see my June – September 2017 planner here!

It was so interesting for me to take the way I think about my clothing out from a place of “feeling” (i.e. “I don’t like this sweater”) to pinpointing exactly why I don’t like something (i.e. “I don’t wear this sweater because it’s itchy and I need to wear a tank top underneath, which makes me too warm”).

This seems like SUCH a simple concept but so many of us (including me) don’t do this, which ultimately leads to not knowing why we are so unhappy with our clothes.

I’ve just completed my second capsule planner for the months of October – January which you can see here.

I learned a lot about what I liked to wear in my first round of capsule planning. For example, I listed a vintage red bandana dress under the “Pieces I Own + Never Wear” section because it was “too much RED.” After completing the planner, I realized that I actually liked wearing red sometimes, and the dress ended up being one of my favorite pieces to wear over the summer! I also promptly listed all of the clothes in that section on Poshmark and managed to sell a bunch to fund pieces on my wishlist (with the exception of that red bandana dress that got a second chance!).

This post has the potential to turn into a BEAST because I have a lot to say on the matter, so I’m going to promise to keep it short and sweet and follow up with regular checkups. Here’s a few of my outfits from the past couple of weeks. Nothing fancy to see here (UNfancy you could say 😉), but these are my real outfits I’ve worn to work and on the weekends… mostly taken in the mirror in our work bathroom because THIS IS MY REAL LIFE.

pink suede jacket (on sale!) / turtleneck (old, similar) / black high-waisted jeans / ankle boots

leather jacket (old, similar) / sweatshirt / hat (old, similar)

leather jacket (old, similar) / sweater / skirt (old, similar) / ankle boots

sweater (old, similar) / pants (sold out, similar) / socks (old, similar) / mules

sweater (out of stock, similar) / jeans

Excited for what’s to come! xo

Lifestyle

The Three Things I Splurge On

October 30, 2017

Okay, I’ll admit it: I’m an indulgent person. I’m never one to deprive myself of something fabulous. If I want it, I will most likely get it, and this goes for pretty much everything (clothing, makeup, all the delicious foods, etc., etc., etc.).

HOWEVER. I am not rich. By any means. Therefore, I cannot indulge my every whim or I would shop myself into a giant hole of debt.

So, I’ve figured out the three things that I want to prioritize over everything else I spend my money on. I allow myself to splurge on these things while cutting back on the other aspects of my life. It would be amazing to be able to afford everything my heart desired and more, and maybe someday I will get there. For right now, this is what works for me (and obviously we all have different priorities), so keep reading to find out the three things that I splurge on and WHY I choose to spend my money on these three things.

SHOES

Omg, shoes. Such a cliche girly thing to say but hear me out, okay? I’m not spending my money on designer shoes. In fact, I have never owned a pair of designer shoes (even though those Gucci loafers are mighty enticing). I prefer to buy high quality, well-made shoes that will last me years.

It’s important to be kind to your feet when you’re young. I’ve stopped wearing heels entirely because they’re uncomfortable and the payoff just isn’t there. Nowadays, I find myself drawn to mules, flat boots, and comfortable sandals. Finding comfy shoes that are also high-quality is important to me – after all, who am I trying to impress?

Finding sustainably made shoes is also important to me. Nisolo is one of those brands that just gets it. Their shoes are extremely comfortable, well-made, and high quality – they sell the shoes that you wish you could find in other stores. Nisolo designs their shoes in Nashville and makes them in Peru. They’re also 100% sustainable and their workers get paid a fair wage. I currently own two pairs of Nisolos (this pair and this pair) and plan to get more this season.

I’m also a huge fan of Freda Salvador and I’m currently saving up for my first pair. Their shoes are super unique and give off major cool-girl vibes. Fredas are designed in Sausalito and handmade in Spain by a family of shoemaking artisans. They’re designed to last and be enjoyed by generations to come.

I may not have many pairs of shoes, but I’m happy wearing a few well-made pairs that will last me for years.

HAIR

The second thing I splurge on is my hair. It’s important for my hair to be my crowning jewel – it’s on my head every day, after all! That’s why I really don’t mind spending a bit of extra cash to keep my hair looking luscious.

I go to diPietro Todd Salon in Walnut Creek (diPietro Todd has a few salons around the Bay Area) and typically ask for a full balayage/foil. The Balayage technique is hand-painted, so it grows out very naturally; I only need to go in a few times a year to touch up my color. I also “dust” my hair between trim appointments (read about hair dusting here!), and therefore only need to go in for a cut when my hair needs a good shaping.

Between appointments, I extend the life of my color by only using sulfate-free hair products and applying the Oribe Glaze for Beautiful Color once a week. It keeps my hair healthy and glossy! I also love Miriam Quevedo White Caviar Shampoo. It’s pricey but honestly, I’ve never used another shampoo like it! It thoroughly cleanses my hair and scalp but doesn’t strip my hair. One time, I completely forgot to use conditioner afterward and didn’t even notice a difference.

To moisturize my curls, I use Oribe Supershine moisturizing cream. My hair is naturally dry, so I use the regular Oribe Supershine – but for those who are prone to greasiness, Oribe makes Supershine Light which is less heavy. Once my hair has dried, I’ll add in a bit more Supershine for extra glossiness – this product is seriously heaven-sent. Depending on the day, I’ll also spritz in a bit of the Oribe Aprés Beach spray. I’ve also been loving Living Proof T.B.D. Multi-Tasking Styler for second-day waves and curls.

So – with a few splurge-worthy hair appointments throughout the year, quality cuts and color, and good hair products, my crowning jewel has never looked better! ;)

SKIN

I’ve talked about my skincare routine in-depth in the past, and not much has changed. I am fastidious about my skincare and don’t mind splurging big bucks for the products that deliver results.

Overall, though the products may fluctuate from time to time, I have a pretty solid process that I follow daily. Consistency is the key to great skin, so regardless of the specific products, if you follow a consistent schedule/routine, you’ll most likely see great results. Another thing to keep in mind with skincare: results take time. Not days, not even weeks, but months and sometimes years. Did you know that it takes two weeks for a zit to form underneath your skin and finally surface? Think about that for a minute.

Every evening, I’ll use an oil-based cleanser, like a balm or cleansing oil, to remove the makeup and dirt from the day (currently loving this one by Rodial). After massaging in the cleanser for about a minute, I remove with a clean muslin cloth that I run under hot water. Once my skin is clean, I squirt a glycolic acid toner (I use the Pixi Glow Tonic) onto a cotton pad and swipe all over my face and neck. Then, after the toner has dried, I apply my Retinol treatment (this one from The Ordinary is my jam and only $10). On top of that goes my serum – currently using this one from Instytutum. Finally, I pat my Indie Lee Squalane Oil onto my face and neck. I’ll also apply my old standby, Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, around my orbital bones. I top everything off by sleeping with a silk eye mask and silk pillowcase to lock in the moisture.

It’s taken years of routine for my skin to look good, and I definitely want to keep it that way! I try to go in for a facial once a season (so 4x a year) to keep my skin balanced.

Honestly, if you have great skin and hair, you don’t need much makeup. Also, great shoes can totally elevate an outfit. I’m happy dressing myself in Old Navy and ASOS and buying my mascara at Walgreens if it means I can delegate my funds to these three splurge-worthy categories.

Now that you know mine, I’d love to know… what are the things you like to splurge on? Leave me a comment and let’s chat!

Life

September Vibes

September 15, 2017

September is a strange month. On one hand, September feels as though it should kick off the Fall season. I love pulling my cozy sweaters out of the closet and pairing them with high-waisted denim (these are my fave fave fave) and ankle boots. Sadly, those sweaters will have to stay in the closet for a bit longer, because September is gearing up to be h-o-t in the Bay. We’ve been working hard to get our patio in tip-top shape to enjoy the last of this Indian Summer, and I’ll definitely be sharing the big reveal in a few weeks.

I’m also jetting off to LA this weekend for a little celebratory getaway – my big bro is turning the big 30! Looks like I’ll be wearing my breezy linen skirts and knotted tees a little while longer…. Happy September! ✌🏼

Home Decor

My Newfound Love for Interior Design

September 11, 2017

This past couple of years, I’ve really taken to the interior design world. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve always tried to make our home look nice with what little décor budget we had. In college, I scoured Craigslist for gently used pieces that needed a new home. When we first moved to San Francisco, I made several large trips to IKEA and Zozi’s Loft in SF to furnish our new place.

We’ve lived in the Bay Area now for over three years and have slowly been updating our home with nicer, higher quality investments. Subsequently, my interest in interior design has skyrocketed. I’ve become obsessed with designing every square inch of our apartment with cozy furnishings and imperfectly-styled décor. Plants abound. Candles guttering. Hygge aplenty.

Our New Place

It’s taken me a bit longer to settle into this new apartment (when I say “new” I mean we moved in May… lol). This latest move came quite unexpectedly, as we had just settled into our last place and were feeling comfortable in our new space. Our lease we signed was only 6 months and we thought that we’d be able to extend it. We were wrong.

After just 6 short months, we had to uproot our lives. This was our second move in less than a year and I didn’t handle it well (like not at all). I resisted packing and I was little help on the actual moving day. I had such a hard time acting like an adult, and I am so grateful for Sawyer’s endless patience with me. It took me a long time to work through some very unpleasant feelings and moods.

It’s now September and I’ve just gotten to a place where this new apartment is beginning to feel like home. In the first couple of months here, I had no desire to set anything up, hang artwork on the walls, or really try at all to make the place into a home for us. This was the actual worst because I am truly a homebody at heart. Thankfully, we signed a year lease on this new place and I was finally able to get over those initial dejected and listless feelings and breathe some life into our home.

I snapped some photos of our space last weekend and decided I wanted to share them here with you. Our new home is almost “complete.” However, the perfectionist in me isn’t ready to share a full tour until the finishing touches have been put into place.

interior design

Skincare

Why Squalane Oil is the Best Facial Oil You’ve Never Heard Of

September 4, 2017

Ever heard of squalane oil before? For most people, the term sqaulane is foreign and chemical-sounding. For those who have heard of it, did you know it’s the best facial oil on the market today?

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Beauty

My Secret to Really, Really Long Eyelashes

July 23, 2017

Yes, these are my real eyelashes. And yes, you can have them, too! I’ve tried everything over the years to make my lashes longer and more luscious. I’ve used lengthening mascaras, taken Biotin, and even gotten eyelash extensions. After much experimentation and a whole lot of patience, I’ve finally found the secret (and I’m dying to share): Rodan + Fields Lash Boost*.

I started using Lash Boost around Christmastime and began my experiment by excitedly applying more than the directed amount to my top and bottom lashes each night, hoping my extra dose would speed up the lash-growing process. A couple of weeks later, I noticed that I kept waking each morning to red and irritated eyes. I reached out to my Rodan + Fields consultant and she recommended that I watch the video on proper application, as she suspected I was probably applying too much. She was certainly right, of course, because I only needed the tiniest swipe of this extremely concentrated lash conditioning serum on my top lashline to start seeing results.

Since then, I’ve been using the Rodan + Fields Lash Boost consistently, applying a thin strip to my upper lashline every night. It takes about 5 weeks to see full results with this product, and it took a little longer for mine to come in fully. After about 8 weeks of using the Lash Boost, I was getting compliments at work and from friends who hadn’t seen me in a while; everyone assumed I had gotten another set of lash extensions. I happily corrected them.

– T H E  R E S U L T S –

The results speak for themselves, don’t you think? My natural lashes before were stubby and sparse, and my lower lashes were barely noticeable. After using Rodan + Fields Lash Boost, my top lashes are fanned out and curly, and my bottom lashes are longer and darker.

I love looking at before-and-after photos, and I’m so happy that I get to share mine with you! I can tell you that this product truly works if you are diligent and patient. If you are looking for a foolproof way to shockingly long and luscious natural lashes (and want to wake up every day looking like an absolute BABE), you should try Rodan + Fields Lash Boost. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Get in touch with my R + F consultant for more information on the Lash Boost here! She’s really lovely and will hook you up with the secret (+ A DISCOUNT!) to the most babely lashes ever. 😉

*Sample provided by my Rodan + Fields Consultant