Fall Beauty Essentials

Fall’s almost in full swing (officially). To gear up for the new season, I’ve been rounding up my favorite beauty products that are going to make me, my skin and my hair presentable for the change in weather. From the cheapest body moisturizer I’ll probably ever use, to the most luxurious glycolic serum I’ll ever own, here are my favorite fall beauty essentials.

Almay Smart Shade concealer: I think I got tan this summer. To cover up any imperfections with my new, golden glow, I added in Almay’s concealer which lasts all day long and really does match to my summer skin tone (whatever that may be).

365 Maximum Moisture lotion: I hope you have a Whole Foods nearby and $3.99 to burn. It’s light but deeply moisturizing and inexpensive. And organic. I’m also fairly certain the bottle is recyclable. Basically Mother Nature’s best friend.

Bumble and bumble brilliantine review

Bumble and bumble Brilliantine: Almost every morning, I strive for that languid, beachy wave look but more often than not my curls end up looking a little too pageanty. A little bit of Brilliantine tousled through the ends roughs them up a little and adds a very good gardenia-floral-esque scent.

Caudalie Glycolic Mask Review

Caudalie Glycolic Peel mask: They always say, start ’em young, so that’s the same approach I’m taking to my anti-aging regimen (along with plenty of SPF). I’ve been using this 2-3 times a week, before bedtime and afterwards my skin feels nice and fresh.

T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum: Drunk Elephant might be the most decadent thing I own. I don’t know if I’m totally quite on the serum train yet with this, but it did turn me onto the beauty of having a nighttime skincare regime with more than one product.

Glossier Priming Moisturizer:  Okay, you know the drill. Can’t do one beauty post without one Glossier plug. When I first started using Glossier, I actually thought this would be my least favorite product (and the least important in my regimen). Turns out, it’s my absolute favorite. I’ve definitely noticed softer skin since using this every morning. Can’t argue with that.

 

 

Wednesday Wants: Sand & Tan Summer Sandals

Brown sandals for summer

Summer’s making it’s official debut in less than a month, but you can bet your bottom dollar that the temps will start to drop in San Francisco. But no matter where I am, tan, block heeled sandals are my go-to for high summer dressing. They just go with everything—whether it’s my most unflattering pair of Levi’s and a white tee or my favorite striped dress. But there’s a new kid on the shoe block, the sand sandal to brighten up (and modernize) all the summer outfits you could dream up. Keep reading to see my favorite sand and tan sandals from Nordstrom, then click to get your hands on a pair!

Sand sandals for summer: 

  • “Carmela” sandals by Rebecca Minkoff:  Super strappy without being too declassé. These will pair perfectly with that imaginary golden tan and white dress combo that I can never achieve summer after summer.
  • “Franine” mules by Vince Camuto: Mules are the *it* shoe of 2017, but I just can’t seem to get on board (I think they make me look shorter). I think a strappier pair that shows a little more skin just might do the trick.
  • “Christy” sandals by Rebecca Minkoff: I’ve had a crush on these since last summer and there’s no sign of that slowing down. Just grown-up enough to make a T-shirt and jeans work at the office.

Tan sandals for summer:

Shop these picks and more below!

 

Favorite Things: May 11th

All these months and I haven’t had a single favorite thing. Of course it took a coffee shop with wild wallpaper to get me back in the groove. Kidding—but here’s my first favorite things in a long, long while.

Oh Wonderful Favorite Things

Jane in San Francisco: One name to rule them all—Jane. Now with three locations around the city (2 of them close to my hood!), residents and tourists can get a taste of their housemade bread and pastries, plus a piping hot cup of Jane’s own coffee.

Everything by The OuaiYes, okay, I watch KUWTK. Yes, I learned about The Ouai through KKW’s Instagram. And yes, everything smells amazing. The Ouai’s dry shampoo is the best I’ve ever used—I feel fresher with just one spray and it lasts all day long. Plus it doesn’t hurt when the compliments on how good you smell start rolling in.

SF Conservatory of Flowers: I’ll be celebrating four years in the Bay this June and it took the four blood-related women in my family for me to visit the Conservatory of Flowers. Feel like you need some more butterflies in your life? Head here.

Trump Draws: Sorry to sour the mood. But let’s be real, my mood has been sour since November 9th, 2016. I will never respect the Cheeto in Chief, but I will always laugh at this Twitter account that shows off his most enviable skill. Are you kidding me? He’s skilled at nothing.

Wednesday Wants: Embroidered Clothing

Wednesday Wants: Embroidered Clothes
It’s time to get my stitch on. On a scale of 1-10 of craftiness, I’d safely same that I’m at a 4. I know how to use a hot glue gun (and skillfully), but I never had the patience for anything that required yarn or thread. Everyone’s pulled out their needle and thread for spring’s biggest trend—embroidery from head to toe. Here are my favorite picks for this stitched (and seriously pretty) trend, from top left to bottom right. 

  • Sam Edelman clutch: I. Love. Clutches. Apply your best Oprah voice when you say that in your head—because that’s exactly how I feel. I’m fully prepared to have orinthologists fawn over this bag. 
  • Madewell embroidered jeans: I can’t keep orchids alive, but at least I can wear them, with no water or sunlight required. I’m fully supportive of a denim-on-denim look with these jeans. 
  • ‘La vie’ military jacket by Rebecca Taylor: if you see me regularly, you know that there’s a 75% chance that I’ll be wearing a cargo jacket. A sweet, floral accent seems like the perfect spring update for this personal staple. 
  • Topshop skinny jeans: I need a new night-out rotation. Im digging the thought of embroidered skinny jeans and a black cold shoulder top, especially as warmer weather starts to really sit in. 
  • Gap button-up: No one can go wrong with a blue button-up. I’d dress this one down with boyfriend jeans and flat slip-ons. 
  • Guitar strap by Rebecca Minkoff: I don’t know how to “shred” anything other than old checks, but I will wear this as a bag strap. 
  • Zara embroidered jeans: These babies are sold out already, but tune keep tuning into Zara to check back for more. 
  • ‘Reena’sandals by Topshop: Kill two trends with one shoe. Lace yourself up in these embroidered sandals, then head out the door. 

Winter Beauty Essentials

Winter Beauty Essentials

Winter is coming. Kidding, it’s totally here. The other day I put on a puffer coat just to move my car, so for a born & bred California girl it’s safe to say that anything less than 50 degrees is freezing. I might be eating my words in a week, but I’m lucky enough that my skin doesn’t suffer from any dry spots once the temperatures drop. So let’s dive into my favorite essentials from this winter.

  • belif Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched: After reading review after review of gel cleansers (and trying out Milky Jelly by Glossier), I hopped on the gel cleanser train. I’m all aboard now, since this one takes out every last drop of makeup, especially when you cleanse a dry face at the end of a long day.
  • Living Proof Dry Shampoo: I’ve also been skipping washes throughout the week (only every other day, okay!) since it’s way easier to curl my hair on a skip day. I can’t say I love this dry shampoo, but it does the job. I’m still looking for “the one” though.
  • Rose balm dotcom: I’ve already counted the ways that I love balm dotcom, so I’ll spare you. This winter, I’m reaching for this lightly tinted balm with the same all-day moisture.

Winter Beauty Essentials

  • Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream: This bb creamI’m a slather on and go type of gal. I have no patience for blending and disdain anything that feels like a layer of vaseline on my face. sinks right in and covers up those imperfections from any late night or too many pizza slices.

Winter Beauty Essentials

  • Moisturizing Moon Mask by Glossier: This one’s lightMaybe the trick to banishing any dry spots is a serious relationship with any and all face masks. , but doesn’t skimp on the moisture. Plus, I’ve read that you can sleep with it on. Now that’s a two-in-one mask.
  • Harry’s razor: Winter might not be the most optimal time for silky smooth legs. But when you discover Harry’s razors (now sold at Target too!), it’s hard to not shave even if your legs aren’t catching the faintest glimpse of the sun.

Winter Beauty Essentials

  • Replenishing Gel Cream by REN: Even if my skin’s not having a meltdown, I like to give it a bit of upkeep when it comes to preventing blemishes. I’ve been using this daily, underneath my moisturizer, to keep it 100%.
  • Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner by Marc Jacobs: Branded as a gel pot eyeliner in a crayon, this is my one-way ticket to a quick and easy lined eye. I like to put it on before a big night, that way the smudges look more semi-smoky rather that unintentional by the night’s end.

The Under Hundred Gift Guide

Happy holidays! Are you #stressing about getting gifts for all your big loves this holiday? Don’t worry, I am too. I am what they call a “visual learner” so I had to assemble a visual list to get all my gift-giving essentials in one place this year. Here are all my picks, all of which are clocking in at under one hundred dollar bills.

Here’s the Oh Wonderful gift guide for 2016: 

Under $100 Gift Guide 2016

What to Get Your Boo

If he needs a wardrobe refresh, opt for a pocket tee by Everlane where everything’s made in full transparency. If he’s into cooking (and you’re into eating), invest in his (or her) culinary future and your future meals by getting them a long-lasting cast iron Lodge pan. Help him keep his finances in line with a leather wallet from Tanner goods and keep him active with wool sneakers from All Birds.

What to Get Your Parents 

Out-gift your parental units this year and recap your favorite memory of the year with a photo printed from Parabo Press. Help them wake up with a gift box of coffee from San Francisco-based, Blue Bottle coffee. Help them serve themselves or their future guests with a bowl from Heath served straight from a cast iron pot from Le Creuset.

What to Get Your Best Friend

Help your gal pal keep her lips super soft with Glossier’s Balm Dotcom (you know I love it too), then help her keep her hands soft with Byredo hand lotion. Tell her and everyone else how dope she is with a charm necklace from Kris Nations. Have her gather all of her essentials into a leather travel pouch from Cuyana.

Wednesday Wants: A Cool, Grey City Wardrobe

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I’ve always wanted to be one of those girls who look impeccably dressed no matter where they are—whether it’s the grocery store at 3 p.m. or the coffee shop at 7 a.m. Instead, I’m that girl who spends 40 minutes to achieve that dewy look and curls my hair so that it looks like I didn’t brush it. I think that the secret to those ladies is that they often know their color palette and they stick to it. Maybe Karl the Fog is influencing me or maybe it’s because I like it’s versatility, but I think grey might be my go-to color this season. Here are my favorite cool grey pieces to wear in this cool, grey city, clockwise from top left.

The Oh Wonderful picks for an all-grey wardrobe: 

Rivington Sweater Coat by Madewell: Hurry up, this sweater is selling out fast! This jacket will be a long duster coat on my 5’1 frame, but I’m excited to pair it with my favorite jeans and mini dresses this season.

Cluse ‘La Boheme’ Watch: You can’t ever go wrong with a classic timepiece. Trends come and go, just like the time. Not sure what I was trying to do there.

Vans Pig Suede Court DX sneakers: I need to get lace-up low tops this season and you can bet that I’ll look for a suede pair. These grey ones by Vans will go with anything.

Eugenia Kim Fedora: I’ve been a fan of Eugenia Kim and her toppers for a while and each season she gets better and better. It’s a #goal to own one of her hats—so why not start with a grey fedora?

Sole Society ‘Selena’ Backpack: As the temperatures drop, I’ll probably want to keep my hands warm and cozy in my pockets. A backpack to store all of my essentials will keep me hands-free as I head to work.

Wool Coat by Mango: If it starts to get really cold, I’ll layer on a grey wool coat over one of my favorite moto jackets. It doesn’t hurt to double the warmth, right?

Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis 005 in Silver Metallic: The famed and headband wearing makeup-artist, Pat McGrath has unleashed her fabulous collection at Sephora. I’m crushing on the sliver metallic set, after all, I do have a cool skin tone.

Grey Turtleneck by J. Crew: Jeans, ankle boots and a grey turtleneck have been my outfit of choice as of late. I only expect to add a couple more grey turtlenecks by the end of the year.

‘Taye’ Boots by Sam Edelman: I’m all about versatility when it comes to getting dressed, from my hair to my boots. I like a boot that I can dress up with a shimmery mini dress or dress down with distressed jeans and a tee. These fit the bill perfectly.

Wednesday Wants: Fall Outerwear

Fall Outwear

Fall is here, fall is here, fall is heeeeereeeee (Oprah voice)! As I was getting dressed this morning in my dark as night black jeans, shapeless turtleneck and new over-the-knee/Kanye inspired boots, I no longer felt the weirdly emotional dilemma I had wearing a coat in the middle of July. To ring in the appropriately cold season, I rounded up my fall outerwear picks this season—all under 350 dollar bills, from left to right, bottom to top.

Leather Moto Jacket: I declared that I’d like a moto jacket in nearly every color, but I also want to add in some shearling this season for a softer, edgier (but totally warmer) spin.

Water Repellent Trench Coat: Last winter we experienced a mild El Niño and I invested in a very functional, but unstylish nylon raincoat. Once it rains, I’ll pull out a cropped trench coat instead—who cares if my hair gets wet. Actually, I care.

Denim Bomber Jacket: I know nylon bomber jackets are “in” right now, denim is a much cooler take on a bomber jacket. This Naked and Famous bomber is making me swoon.

Menswear Wool Coat: Now that I find myself wearing a hefty dose of stripes, black and jeans, I have no need to stray too far from a uniform. A menswear-inspired coat is an easy way to look a little chic and feel a lot warmer.

Printed Statement Coat: For those days when I want to pack more punch with my fall outerwear, I reach for a patterned statement coat. Windowpane prints or a fun, botanical print get my vote.

Wool Cocoon Coat: Also last season, I invested in a J.Crew Wool Cocoon coat in a mint green. They’ve been making these coats since 2006 (says them) and every year they come out with new colors. This season, I am crushing on the olive green hue.

 

Favorite Things: September 23rd

Guess what everyone, I actually broke a sweat in the city this week. Twice. Otherwise, this whirlwind of a week (in life, work and everything in between) flew by (I mean, what’s new) and now my neck hurts really bad. Otherwise, here are my favorite things that I discovered this week:

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I got a haircut a couple of weeks ago (which I love) and my stylist recommended that I try out the three-day method. Which basically means don’t wash your hair until the third day. Without the Death Valley dry shampoo by R+Co., I wouldn’t have made it throughout the week.

Narcos on Netflix has been my TV jam as of late. Get ready for lots of drugs, guns and other unmentionables.

New week, new book. Just kidding, I’m lucky if I finish a book within two months. I’m crushing on Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett—it has pictures!

How can I forget the magic that is a Beyoncé concert? That woman sang, danced and made me cry. She really can do it all.

Wednesday Wants: What to Wear in Seattle

What to Wear in Seattle

T-30 days until I head back north to Seattle for a few days of eating, eating, and a little bit of walking. It’s been a while since I’ve last been there (where I literally only spent only a day), so it’s like I’ll be going for my first time! Per usual, it’s bound to be cold and a little rainy while I’m there. But I’ll be with my number one travel partner and a little weekend away never hurts either. Here’s what I’ll pack for Seattle:

Good ol’ blue jeans: Can’t really go wrong here, right?

Grey & White Sweater via Zara: I’ve been craving some warm basics and I think that this might just make the cut for the cold and damp weather in the PNW.

Small Leather Backpack: Seattle has less bustling streets than SF, so I’m going to take that opportunity to not get robbed with a backpack. Plus, they’re chic again!

A Wool Beret: I’m a hat girl—I love them and I will wear them for any appropriate occasion. This one from Goorin Bros is chic and so is this one from ShopBop.

Water Repellant Jacket from Zara: I’ve had my eye on this rain coat for a while—it better not sell out before I leave!

The Heel Boot by Everlane: Everlane launched a new (and higher) ankle boot. Would def wear these with a pair of black skinny jeans and a chambray top for work, work, work, work, work.

Windowpane Cape Scarf by Madewell: Just because it’s cloudy with a chance of rain, it doesn’t mean that I won’t be layering up with a thick scarf.