The Glossier Products Worth Buying

If you really know me, you would know that every other sentence that comes out of my mouth contains “glossier.” But if you don’t know me, you’re probably thinking that you say it like gloss-ee-errr. And if so, we are no longer friends, not even acquaintances. If you happen to live in San Francisco (like me), I have some exciting news for you: Glossier is coming to town. I repeat, Glossier is coming to town and their pop-up is popping up in the Mission at Rhea’s Café.

Glossier Products Worth Buying

To help celebrate, I thought I’d wrap up my favorite Glossier products (for now) so you have the slightest idea of what to buy tomorrow (if you’re local) or what to buy on their website (if you live far, far away).

Here are the Glossier products worth a shot. 

Priming MoisturizerHello, I’d like to introduce you to your new favorite everyday moisturizer. If you’re not moisturizing during the day, WHAT ARE YOU EVEN DOING THEN? Even for combination skin like mine, Priming is light but still feels like enough. The only downside on this guy is that there’s no sunscreen, so wear sunscreen (see below).

Balm Dotcom: “IT’S WINTERTIME,” said pop sensation Cardi B. Apparently my lips got the memo too. Whenever they get a little chapped, I just do a little dab of balm dotcom and everything is smoooooth sailing from there. I prefer the original, unscented version but there’s also rose, mint, cherry, birthday cake and coconut flavors too!

Haloscope in QuartzGlossier basically trademarked dew. Fresh, morning mist had nothing to do with dew with it. If you don’t know what “dew” is, start using Haloscope as your highlighter and you’ll look like you just had a jog through the subtlest of fairy dust that still looks natural and never too much.

Boy BrowWhen I was younger I was so, so foolish. I once thought that my bold, thick brows were a curse, an even bigger sign that life is unfair. But now that I’m old, refined and wise, I now know that bold brows mean you never have to touch an eyebrow pencil ever in your life. I love Boy Brow (a cult-like, nope—a cult) favorite of Glossier virgins and veterans.

Stretch ConcealerAh, Stretch Concealer, my very first concealer. I always thought that concealer was going to heavy and cakey, but Stretch feels anything but. It’s light, blends easily and keeps those deep, dark, dehydrated bags under my eyes under wraps all day.

Body Hero moisturizerThe first time I put on Body Hero, I just thought to myself, “MY BODY FEELS LIKE A DOLPHIN.” So yeah, it’s good. Expect a subtle neroli scent, the teensiest bit of sheen and a pleasantly weighted body lotion that leaves you feeling slippery (hm) and moisturized all day long.

WowderWe are getting to know each other pretty well now—yes, I have combination skin and yes, I get a little shiny even when I’m not sweating and/or nervous. A brush of Wowder and I’m covered for most of the day, but to be honest, it could have a little more staying power. But don’t be afraid to pack this guy in your purse for a to-go moment.

Invisible Shield sunscreenSorry, I have to end on a dark note. We are all aging and we can do nothing about it, except eat our vegetables and wear sunscreen. Another point of honesty, but Invisible Shield isn’t good for an all-day hike to the peak of a mountain, but it is great for everyday wear in a congested city where you may be weaving in and out of tall buildings all day. Plus, it layers over Priming Moisturizer and under Stretch Concealer like a dream.

Found something you might like? Here’s a Glossier referral code for 10% off.

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My New Favorite Blush & Thoughts on Byredo

Okay, yes, I know, it’s been a while since I posted about my favorite beauty products (and yes, I know that I have openly expressed my interest in being a beauty blogger, so I don’t have a good track record so far). But I figured the only way to be a good blogger is to only write about what you really love and not just that #sponcon. So here goes, here are the latest and my current greatest beauty product obsessions (and yup—whether I’d buy them again or not!).

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: If I could only wear one makeup product for the rest of my life, it would be mascara. I mean, it really was the first real makeup product that I started wearing regularly and it was the star of my one-product makeup routine in college (how easy it was back then). Better Than Sex is really…quite good. It holds a curl (my one request), lengthens and thickens. My not-so-favorite part? It smears, so I think I’ll swap for the waterproof version.

Would I purchase again? Yes—but in waterproof 

Eucalyptus Oil: January was not my month. But just in terms of getting a stuffy nose, sore throat or dry cough every other week (and sometimes all at once). The one thing that I looked forward to every night? A steamy shower with a few drops of eucalyptus oil. You’re welcome for this in-home spa tip moment.

Would I purchase again? Yes 

‘Captivating’ blush by Tarte: One fateful night I wandered into Sephora, lost, confused and in need of a new blush. I needed a reinvention. Luckily, I met a man named Derrick who patiently tried multiple blushes on my cheeks and put up with my “mmm, I don’t really like that.”  We landed on this perfect peachy-pink shade that just makes me look healthy.

Would I purchase again? Yes 

‘Don’t Blow It’ Styling Cream: I can do my makeup in 7 minutes flat, but my hair? That’s a whole 30 (minutes). I’m a nighttime shower-er, so this styling creme by Bumble and Bumble is a little bit of a time saver when it comes to making my hair silky and smooth if I’m planning to air dry in the morning or if I have a long night ahead of me.

Would I purchase again? Yes

Inflorescence by Byredo: After a solid year of crushing on Inflorescence, I finally added it to my top shelf. It’s a grown-up floral that’s still light, fresh and fragrant. But, I am a little disappointed in it’s staying power—it wears off after a few hours!

Would I purchase again? No

Conditioner by Kristin Ess: Everyone’s going crazy for Kristin Ess products at Target—they’re literally sold out all the time in the city. I’ll admit that I was a little skeptical for a drugstore brand shampoo with Instagram-hype behind it, but I’m sold. The scent is so good, like a musky floral, but even better? My strands are silky and soft.

Would I purchase again? Yes 

Matte Bronzer by Milk Makeup: I’m not really a stick bronzer type of gal, but after realizing that I can use it as an easy eyeshadow, I was sold on this sample size of matte bronzer by Milk Makeup. It’s a light wash of bronze that’s a little dewy and gives me just a wash of bronze. Bonus points for their full-size packaging, it’s like a giant push-pop.

Would I purchase again? Yes—but in full size! 

Pork Pozole

*goes to Mexico one time* *thinks that she can cook Mexican food*. If you’re wondering, it’s me. Soup has been and will always be my wintertime meal jam. This one is subtly spicy, hearty (from that pork) and pretty easy to make—it can be a one-pot soup if you really want it to be and it’s a nice go-to whenever you’re feeling a little under the weather (like I might be).

Here’s my recipe for easy pork pozole. 

Pork Pozole (adapted from America’s Test Kitchen) 

1 lb. pork shoulder, cubed
8 cups broth (can be veggie, chicken, beef, whatever!), reserve 1 cup
2 cups canned hominy, rinsed
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 dried ancho chili
1 onion
4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 lime, juiced
Salt and pepper

1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Place your chili on a cooking sheet, but I like to use a cast iron skillet. Bake for 5-7 minutes, then remove the stem and seeds. With the one cup of reserved broth, place the chili and broth in a bowl together and microwave for 2 minutes and let sit.

2. Meanwhile, in a heavy bottomed pan, heat 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil on medium-high. Once the oil is hot, drop in your pork which should be patted dry and seasoned with salt and pepper. Brown the meat and then set aside on a plate.

3. With the remainder of the vegetable oil, drop in the hominy with and saute until lightly brown. Remove the hominy from the pan and set aside.

4. Reduce heat to medium and add in onions. Cook until softened and translucent, around 10 minutes. Add in garlic and cook for 5 more minutes.

5. Add onion and garlic mix to a blender, then pour in chili and broth reserve and blend until smooth. Add broth, pork and chili/onion mixture to pot and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove pork (again) and set aside on a plate to cut into smaller, bite-sized pieces.

6. Add in hominy and pork to broth, then cook for another 30 minutes to 45 minutes to allow hominy to soften. Once you’re ready to serve, add in the lime juice and slice an avocado on top. Enjoy!

Logan’s Guide to Buying & “Investing” in Art

I like art. I like art museums. I like pretending that I’m an artist. I even like podcasts about art. I think at the young, ripe age of 26, I’d like to consider myself a baby art collector, much like Porsha from RHOA recently called herself a “baby vegan.” We’ll both get there eventually folks. Over the past 3 years of buying/investing in quite a few pieces, I’ve come up with my own set of rules that I use as my personal gut check when getting a new one.

1. Start small

If you’re just starting out with your art collection, really—just start small with your size and budget. As you buy more, you’ll see that your tastes will change (but also stay somewhat the same), so consider this your exploratory period where you learn about your preferred medium (print/photograph/painting/sculpture), color scheme, artists, where and how you like to buy your art. Plus, if you’re the type who’s always on the move, you won’t have to worry about lugging a larger piece every which way your heart desires.

From Left Field by Ty Hjortland

2. Try Local

Now that I sit down and actually think about it, most of my favorite pieces have come from California, with 2/3 of them coming from the same region (SLO). Sure, there are plenty of great artists scattered across the globe, but your favorites might be down the street (or highway!) from you. I would skip local “craft” fairs if you’re serious about getting (more) serious art in your house and head to local galleries and art shows if you have them. Another source for scouting locals? Instagram!

3. Think about the big picture

So if you’ve already got 2-3 pieces that you’re thinking really represent you and your burgeoning collection, any new purchases should fit in and complement what you have. For example, most of my pieces have some sort of blue and white scheme to them, but I threw in a pink piece that stands out but also fits right at home with everything else. IMHO, you can’t really place a Picasso and a Monet side by side.

From Inez Boutique in Los Olivos, CA. By Rana Wilson

4. Go with your gut

All right, my mantra (which gets me in trouble) is if you like it, buy it. If you get the heebie-jeebies/butterfly-in-stomach feeling when you see that piece, give it a new home on your wall/shelf/cabinet/backyard. One of my favorite pieces was recently purchased from a drawing rally, and when I saw it I knew and didn’t have any time to think about it.

5. But don’t be afraid to sleep on it

But my bank account has told me to do a serious gut check before pulling the plastic trigger on any new pieces. If you’ve got time to think about a new acquisition, take time to sleep on it. Take a photo of it (always ask!), print it out and put it on your wall to try and visualize it in your space and figure out if it fits in with your other works.

6. Each piece should have a story

Okay, I give terrible advice when it comes to buying things. If you leave this post with one thing, just know that every piece you have should have a story and you should remember, where/when/and who you were with you bought each piece. Good art is always memorable, but the best art has really great stories behind them. (Cough, see my brief stories below).

Wednesday Wants: New Apartment Vibes

Wednesday Wants New Apartment

New month, new apartment, same old me! I packed up and moved to my #dreamhood in San Francisco and now I get to walk three blocks to get a $7 scoop of ice cream from Bi-Rite. Color me very happy. To really get into my new space, I’m (naturally) looking for some new goods, because it’s all about reinvention right? Here’s what I want to add to my home and closet to fully complete my transition to being a NoPa girl.

Everlane suede bootiesSo my new neighborhood has just the slightest incline. Okay, to me an inch is an incline. I like walkable booties and I cannot lie—that’s all!

Inflorescence Eau de Parfum by ByredoI’ve been crushing on this EDP for a while now, but it might be finally time to pull the trigger. It’s light-ish, very floral and (in my opinion) can be worn all year round.

Cotton Poplin candle by ByredoOne scent for my body, one scent for my room. I smelled this at the Everlane showroom one day and my nose has never gone back.

Away luggageSome of my suitcase served as moving boxes, so it’s time for an upgrade. I mean, this suitcase has 2 USB chargers built in—so it’s perfect for when I drain my battery just before I have to board my flight.

Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend trucker jacketLast week at work, there was a point where I had three different jean jackets slung across my chair. So what’s one more?

Matrix blush pink chair by Article:  There’s a little corner of my room that’s waiting to host this chair. I know everyone’s all over millennial pink right now, and I guess that includes me too.

Hexagon sunglasses by Ray-BanSometimes you just get tired of plain old round and rectangular sunglasses (as is the case with me right now). I’m digging these hexagonal ones by Ray-Ban that everyone and their best friends have.

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.



How to Spend a Long Weekend in Austin

Guess who’s back, back again! Three months away from the blog is a very long time—but I’m grateful that two friends and all of my family noticed. I’m also back from Austin, Texas, which just might be my new favorite city. Here’s my guide to Austin, but disclaimer: try and visit with your most favorite people who make it easy to have fun.

Where to Eat in Austin

La Barbeque – East Austin

Sure, everyone’s heard of Franklin Barbeque. I’ve never eaten it (yet)  but if you want some meat and don’t want to line up at 9 a.m., head to La Barbeque in East Austin. They went from barbeque truck to an air-conditioned and high-end convenience store. You can also order a beer while you wait, so this just might be the best line you’ll ever wait in. Get the brisket, spicy sausage, pulled pork and plenty of potato salad.

Elizabeth Street Café1st Street  

My new version of a perfect summer night now consists of eating fiery Vietnamese food on a 90-degree night in Texas. The #millenialpink neon lights wooed me in, but things quickly got serious once the food arrived. Their menu’s split into appetizers, bánh mì, pho, bún and specialties that rotate out. Spring for something on the specialties section (or you’ll miss it) and be sure to pair it with a carafe of whatever cocktail you’re drinking to wash it down.

June’s – South Congress 

If you know me at all, you know that I will always want to visit a BA best new restaurant of whatever year it is. June’s is a wine bar that feels like the love child between a diner and sexy French restaurant (with a lot less smoke). Grab a glass of wine or brunch while you’re in town—they have it all.

Guero’s Taco Bar – South Congress

You apparently can’t travel to the American Southwest without eating a taco, so you might as well eat one at Guero’s. Your tacos come with a hefty side of Mexican restaurant kitsch, plus an unlimited salsa bar and strong margaritas.

What to See in Austin

Barton Springs Zilker Park

When it’s over 100 degrees outside, there really is no excuse to skip out on a trip to Barton Springs. Just 15 minutes max from downtown is a natural spring full of living organisms (like the Barton Springs salamander) and very cool water. It’s free after 9 p.m. and only $8 if you’re not a local.

Live Music at The Continental Club – South Congress 

Have you ever listened to honky tonk funk? Nope, neither have I—until I hit up The Continental Club. If you have a couple of hours to spare on a weekday (or weekend) night in Austin, catch a show (it’ll probably be under $10) from a local band.

South Congress Bridge Bats

When’s the last time you saw 1.5 million bats fly right over you? If the answer is never, then block off at least one night just before sunset to plant yourself on the east side of the South Congress bridge to watch the bats take off at dusk. And I swear, it’s not like that one scene from The Office.

Shopping – South Congress & East 11th Street

Let’s be real, no vacation of mine is ever complete without a little bit of shopping. While in Austin, I fell in love with two main drags: South Congress and East 11th. South Congress is famously known for their small shops, but my favorite was Feathers Boutique, for their highly curated items ranging from DVF dresses and Gap skirts from the 90s. East 11th street also had some great hits like Charm School Vintage, Olive (for contemporary cool-girl clothing) and take heart (for tiny, minimalist wares).

1st Street

I swear, I purposefully did not map us to this mural! Just take one stroll down 1st Street (on the south side of town) and walk north. You’ll hit up spots like the Austin postcard mural and attached art gallery, Gourdough’s doughnuts (could eat these everyday) and the aforementioned Elizabeth Street Café. According to insider info from a Lyft driver, 1st street is the place to be if you want to blend in with the locals.

Where to Drink in Austin

Lazarus Brewing East Austin

Great beer, air conditioning and a stained glass mural of Jesus are all to be found at Lazarus. If you’re in need of a craft beer break, a visit to East Austin is worth it.

Blue Owl Brewery East Austin

I. Love. Sours. So I am a little bummed that I didn’t actually get to check out this brewery in person, but I am being held over by the single taster I had at a coffee shop. Head to Blue Owl for me, won’t you?

Hotel San José – South Congress 

This hotel looked hip as hell, which of course means that they were serving the summer drink of the year: Frosé. The poor thing melted in less than 20 minutes (like me).

Other important things:

Where to Stay

If you’re looking to be where it’s at, stay somewhere near (or on) South Congress Avenue, whether it’s an Airbnb or at the Austin Motel. If you’re okay with being a little farther out from the hustle and bustle, a few nights in Zilker Park or Bouldin are fine too.

How to Get Around

Bus, bike, Lyft or Uber—Austin really has it all now. Renting a car might have its perks too since you’d be able to travel a little farther outside the city to find a no-wait barbeque joint.

When to Go

Skip a mid-August trip since we learned that it’s the hottest time of the year. Early fall and late spring are prime time.

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.

The Piece: Spring Faves from Tobi 

I could honestly online shop until I drop. Sure, I miss running my hands through items on a hanger, but I would gladly skip the small talk with store clerks any day of the week. Four score and a few days ago (literally it was back in college), a friend introduced me to before an ill fated trip to Vegas (will never share deets on that), where I found Vegas-ready dresses in a pinch. Fast-forward to years later and they’re my new go-to for spring pieces that are a little bit edgy, fairly feminine and totally wearable.

Keep scrolling to see how I’ll be wearing spring pieces from

For Work

You really can wear lace to work—in the form of lace-ups that is. A lace up tee is a new twist on an old classic that’s just fun enough to keep a classic outfit fresh. I’ll be pairing this Tobi tee with my favorite skinny jeans, lace-up sandals from Rebecca Minkoff (these sold out, but latest ones are here) and a vest to keep things a little more buttoned-up.

For Nights Out

Who am I kidding, I can’t go out more than once a month! But if there’s a daytime occasion to have a little fun coming up, you can count me in. For post-work occasions, I’ll take the Erma tee for a spin with a flouncy miniskirt, a cargo-meets-jean jacket from Anthropologie and my most-trusted ankle booties that I can last all day long in.

For Date Night

I hope you know that I can’t last an entire post without complaining about the weather in SF. For evening date nights, layering is key. So while I’ll still rock a spring-ready dress, I’ll layer it under a turtleneck that lasted me from fall to winter, and now into spring. I’ve been rocking the 1.State sneakers almost daily, so of course there’s no taking those out of rotation either.

For Weekends

Weekends are made for easy outfits and for trying things that I wouldn’t normally wear Monday to Friday. I’d like to pretend that I’m totally comfortable with anything off the shoulder (because they’re all the rage now, right?), but most of the time I find myself tugging at the top of the sleeves to keep it actually off the shoulder. Weekends are perfect for all that tugging activity, so I’ll be rocking a chambray (my fave fabric!) off the shoulder dress with a handkerchief tied around the neck for the ultimate in casual, laidback weekend dressing.