Fall Beauty Essentials

Fall Beauty Essentials

Spring sprang, summer came and went (barely) and fall’s about to set in. But true to San Francisco, it’s about to get hot and I’m not mad about it. As we all head into a new season, I’m diving into some new beauty products that will beat the Indian summer that SF’s about to get and save my skin before winter comes. Here are my fall beauty essentials that I added to my (literal) beauty shelf:

Sunday Riley UFO

U.F.O. Face Oil by Sunday Riley: My skin has been forgetting that it’s nearly quarter of a century old and is instead, acting like a pre-teen. U.F.O. is using it’s salicylic acid powers mixed with all sorts of natural ingredients to clear up my sensitive, combination skin.

Glossier Haloscope in Quartz: I never thought that I would rely on highlighter as part of my makeup routine. However, after leaving my Haloscope at a pal’s house for over a month, I really missed that glowing/subtle glitter bomb look that it lends.

Body Oil by Four Birds Beauty: During a weekend visit to Neeko, Ash introduced me to Philly-based Four Birds Beauty and this moisturizing body oil. I’ve always been adverse to anything oily, but this soaks right in (and quickly too) and makes my skin suuuuper soft.

Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack

Mega Greens Detoxifying Face Mask by Glossier: Alright, I swear Glossier isn’t paying me to write anything. Mega Greens sucks everything out without making my face feel like it’s being pulled in a million directions.

Makana Candle in Tea Leaf: It’s a 100% gurantee that I’m burning a Makana candle nearly every night. Each time I pay a visit home to the OC, I have to stop at Whole Foods to pick up some more. My suitcase always smells real nice when I get back to SF.

Sephora Cleansing Water

Triple Action Cleansing Water by Sephora: Micellar water is all the rage now and is a serious heavy-lifter when it comes to removing eye makeup. I prefer this to any other oil-based eye makeup remover since it makes my eyes feel squeky clean instead of drenched in mascara residue and oil.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Facial Mask: My ideal Friday night consists of a glass of wine, a watchable movie and a face mask. Lately, it’s been this organic skin-peel-meet-clarifying-mask by Alba Botanica.

Stila Waterproof Eyeliner

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner: I don’t know how to put this any other way, but I have oily eyelids. There hasn’t been an eyeliner that’s managed to stay put, until now. Who knew that my favorite lip gloss brand as a little babe would be my favorite eyeliner brand as a big babe?

Stay tuned for the winter beauty roundup in a couple of months!

Favorite Things: August 26th

Oh Wonderful Favorite Things

Holy moly. The week flew by, the month flew by and I flew through the week feeling a little sluggish but a lot happy about what I do. Honestly, life is really different when you thoroughly enjoy your job and the people you work with. Plus, I relearned how to curl my hair this week! Get the scoop on my favorite things from this week.

A 10-minute messy waves tutorial from Hither and Thither.

Everlane is the sexiest company I know. They just released a new shoe this week called the Modern Oxford and it’s cute.

I am slowly chipping away at becoming a real adult. How? I became a wine club member at Nielsen Wines! Plus, I love coming home to a great bottle of wine.

Glossier did it again. I picked up the Milky Jelly Cleanser and Gen G in Crush and they are my new favorites. Milky Jelly takes off all of my makeup and leaves my skin super soft. Meanwhile, Gen G is brightening up my face with its hot, pinkish hue.

HELP: Does anyone have any favorite denim brands? I crush on AG jeans, but I’m ready for something new. Any recs appreciated!

 

Wednesday Wants: Madewell Fall Favorites

Madewll Fall Favorites

Guess who has a great new fall collection? Madewell, of course. The little sister of J. Crew is consistently turning out great stuff, and this fall is no exception. I’m loving the minimal prints, salmon pink and lush fabrics like suede, linen and soft knits.

Here’s what I want to wear this fall, all from Madewell:

Striped One-shoulder Dress  – This dress would be perfect to combat the famed Indian summers that strike SF.

The Octavia tassel sandal – Salmon pink, block heels and tassels are my literal dream shoe.

Small zip pouch in ‘antique cream’ – I’m a sucker for eye-catching prints, especially ones with little faces.

Sunpleat lace-up top – Alright, this is a double-feature, but I still love this top.

Suede motorcycle jacket – I. Love. Moto. Jackets. By the end of 2020, I want to have one in every wearable color.

Cape scarf in ‘Windowpane’ – What’s the best thing to wear when it gets cold? Blanket scarves. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns with this plaid print!

‘Flea Market’ jeans – I’ve had light wash flare jeans on my wish list for a while. These little pockets (more flattering for the back, if you know what I mean), look super cute.

Inez ankle strap sandal – Low heels are perfect for transitioning from work to evening activities. Pair it with an ankle strap and I’m sold.

Striped lace-up sweater – Everyone around the U.S. is bundling up, while all of us in San Francisco have been ready for months. This lace-up sweater will let me show off my stone & very-cold bravery.

Modern linen top – With a little extra pizza incorporated into my diet, I’m crushing on tees that give me a little more room. A flared hem? I’m sold.

JM Drygoods embroidered shorts – Alright, I’m still banking on those few, short weeks of Indian summer with these shorts.

 

 

Favorite Things, August 12th

Trick Dog, San Francisco

Another cold week in SF where I questioned why I live here instead of warm, sunny LA where everyone is at least two feet taller than me and 15 shades more tan than I will ever be. Honestly, I’m starting to get a little peeved with San Francisco and, wait for it, miss the East Bay. While I get ready for work and put on a sweater and at least one jacket, here are my fave things from the week:

  • Want to know the best bar in San Francisco? Head to the unmarked Trick Dog in that weird and wonderful border between the Mission and Portrero and get ready to have the best cocktails in the city. Romanism & Rebellion (it’s button pictured above) has avocado purée and coconut whipped cream
  • These Bitch, plz shirts. This 2016 presidential race is all sorts of crazy and “is this real life?”, but out of all of it, #ImWithHer. Best campaign shirt so far? See the start of this sentence. These Industry Standard embroidered jeans are pretty cool too.
  • My wedgie fit Levi’s are my favorite pair now. Their high-rise, button-front makes me feel so tucked in throughout the day, but also very ’70s. I can dig it and definitely get on board with multiple pairs.
  • Frank Ocean’s album. Just kidding, it still hasn’t come out.

Favorite Things: August 5th

Oh Wonderful Favorite Things

Before we dive into favorite things this week, let me make one thing clear. The above picture is not from this week. Would you like a current update of the weather in SF? Think cold, grey and foggy. It was miserable. To cheer things up a bit, here were the things that I really crushed on this week.

This KQED interview with Aminatou Sowone of my favorite podcasters (from Call Your Girlfriend) and all around smart/funny/woke lady. Best quote: “I’m the girlfriend Drake fights with in “Child’s Play,” the one that takes his Bugatti to go buy tampons at CVS. God bless that woman wherever she is.”

Who What Wear’s floral print bomber from their fall collection at Target. A lot of my coworkers grabbed one from my place of work, but I missed out. Big time.

Stranger Things. I mean, who is not watching it right now? As of publication, I am only on episode three, but once I am done, I’m going to check out this list of books that The Verge rounded up.

If you ever feel a little low, see this tweet. It makes me laugh out loud every time. I’m 12.

 

Wednesday Wants: August Edition

Oh Wonderful Wednesday Wants: August

When anybody asks me, “What’s new?” I really and truly never have anything good to say. Like, do I want to brag about how many Pokémon I’ve managed to catch today while riding the bus? Do people want to know that I know all the words to “Childs Play” by Drake? Instead, my readers, I’d rather talk about the things I’m craving this month. Here are my August favorites from top to bottom and from left to right. Now I must go to read the Reddit threads and teach myself more Pokémon strategies.

Madewell White Courier Shirt
Georgia Perry Drake Pin
Polaroid ‘Snap’ Instant Camera
Bunnies in LA ‘Pizza’ Charm Necklace 
J. Crew Signet Bag
Madewell Pre-order Sunpleat top (sold-out already!)
Quay ‘Princess Polly’ Sunglasses 
Saddle Stool by Target
Vintage Levi’s
RMS Lip to Cheek Stain

 

Cute Shop: Only Child, Berkeley

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Raise your hand if you’ve taught yourself a new skill, then launched a business within a year. Any takers? Haley Tucker of Only Child can raise her hand (seriously high) on that one. Tucker, a San Diego native and Bay Area transplant, started Only Child in November of last year when she was still working at a San Francisco art gallery and making clothes on the side. Her minimalist, do-it-all pieces became so popular that she went off on her own to focus on Only Child seven days a week. Literally, when I met her she had just taken her first day off since she’s started.

Only Child Clothing
Only Child Clothing

Only Child was born out of her desire to create high-quality pieces that are ethically made (everything’s handmade in her Berkeley studio) and serve as those dependable, go-to workhorses of your wardrobe. As a firm believer that your outfits influence how you feel, Tucker set out to create elevated basics that weren’t boring. The women who wear her clothing are the ones who are always on the hunt for minimalist, easy-to-wear and versatile pieces that can be dressed-up or down and worn all around town. As Tucker put it, “can she look cool and still do a million things?”.

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Most of the silhouettes that make up Only Child’s collection are a little bit boxy, but come in the softest colors and fabrics that I’ve ever seen. Expect ultra-layerable kimonos, easy tunics that pair perfectly with your blackest jeans or your most distressed pair of skinnies, and tunic dresses that need just a stacked heel and a bangle to complete the “look.”

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Even though Only Child initially started as a venture to fill her own closet with pieces that she couldn’t find in stores, Tucker’s found this incredible niche when it comes to designing and marketing her clothing. With one hand on the ‘gram (Instagram, that is) and a serious hankering towards thinking outside the box, Tucker partners with well-known style bloggers like Style Bee and Cali Vintage to co-design limited edition Only Child pieces.

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Only Child Clothing

Even though it’s barely been a year since Only Child has sprouted, Tucker’s thinking big when it comes to her small studio in Berkeley. She’s already done West Coast Craft, fostered perfect partnerships with style mavens and already has her sights set on finding a bigger studio (eventually) and continuing to grow the line. This fall, expect to see deep hues of purple, grey and black—all in the silkiest and smoothest fabrications that you’ll ever lay your paws on.

To get your paws on Only Child clothing, head to her site and be sure to check out her blog to get the behind the scenes scoop on the latest Only Child updates.

Favorite Things: July 8th

Oh Wonderful Favorite Things
Always in love with The Station

Need Supply Co.: If you’re on the hunt for pieces to fill-up a simplistic and modern wardrobe, look to Virginia-based Need Supply Co. Brands like The Horse, Baggu, LNA and Comme de Garçons can be tracked down here. Bonus points: They’re having a sale right now!

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen: Finally contributed to Luna’s college fund. You’re welcome, Chrissy! All of the recipes are super easy to make and there’s a 90% chance everything you need is already in your fridge or cabinet. Plus her recipes are so simple, they make the perfect starting point for making something exxxxxtra fancy.

Brainstorming recipes: Going off of the theme of cooking up a storm from Cravings, I couldn’t stop thinking of new recipes to get down in the kitchen with. Expect some in the coming weeks, everyone!

‘In Common’ by Alicia KeysOkay, I know that I’m late to the music game on this one by listening to the new single by Alicia Keys. Serene, calming and catchy is how I describe it and you can bet that I’ll be listening to it all week. Plus, read this piece that Keys wrote for Lenny.

Wednesday Wants: July Must Haves

Wednesday Wants: July Must Haves

New month, new me. Just kidding, same old me with some new cravings that I’ll lust over for the entire month and twiddle my thumbs over my laptop debating on whether to spring for them or not. Five days into the month, I’ve already given in to one of these items (the succulents). We have to start small, don’t we? Here’s what I’ll be thinking about this month, from top to bottom, left to right.

 

Madewell Pieced Straw Hat

Succulents c/o your local hardware store

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Feed’ Bag in Guava (Out of stock, similar here)

Goop + Murchison-Hume in French Sandalwood

Cuyana  Small Zip Around Wallet in Cobalt

J. Crew Field Jacket 

Wednesday Wants: Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials 2016

Summer is here in San Francisco, but it’s not hot, hot, hot! On one hand, I’m lucky that I’m not stifled by humid air and dewy by the time I get to the office. But, there are (many) days where I wish that I could just wear a dress to work without getting goosebumps. But I guess having an SF summer means that my beauty routine doesn’t have to drastically change or lighten up. Here are this summer’s beauty essentials, in order from left to right, top to bottom.

Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer, SPF 45: Having an oily t-zone means that you look sweaty by the middle of the day, regardless of whether you worked out or not.I can’t recommend this for a visit to the beach, but I can recommend it for daily city venturing and in-office wear. It’s lightweight, moisturizing and has a pleasant fragrance to boot.

Belif, The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb: My love for Belif has been documented already and it’s definitely not coming to an end anytime soon. I’ve been using this moisturizer every night and my skin is baby smooth in the morning and hasn’t felt cracked or dry at any moment.

Balm Dotcom by Glossier: Another repeat appearance of this beauty essentials, but it really is the cure-all for anything chapped or uber-dry. I use it exclusively on my lips and all I have to do is apply it once a day—it’s that good.

Boy Brow by Glossier: Alright, you might be thinking by now that this is just recycled content because of another repeat appearance from Glossier. I have been #blessed and #cursed with thick brows and Boy Brow tames up the ever-increasing bald spots and keeps them in place all day.

Florence by Tocca: If you ever meet my mom, she’ll probably tell you the story of how we went to Sephora, I sprayed on too much of this and then she was stuck in a small car with me for the rest of the day. I guess if that’s the most embarrassing story she can tell, I can consider myself lucky. Filled with my favorite  notes of jasmine, tuberose and gardenia, it’s the ideal scent if you’re looking for something a little woodsy and a little floral.

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