I finally made it to The Broad – if you’re like me and haven’t had the chance to visit yet, all I can say is GO! It seems as though everyone in LA is lining up for the ultimate #selfie (Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room), which really is an incredible experience and lives up the hype, even if you only get to experience 45 seconds of surreal bliss (less after you’ve taken aforementioned #selfie). If you don’t want to wait until next year for reserved tickets to the museum, there is an additional line for non-ticket holders that moves quickly throughout the day.
It’s December, and although I saw a good number of people wearing peacoats this day, it was almost 80 degrees out and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to dress for warm weather. So much for dressing seasonally.
top and shorts: flynn skye | bralette: urban outfitters | shoes: isabel marant | bag: botkier
Lovers and Drifters club really hit the nail on the head with this one. Am I right? As most girls tend to be, I feel like I’m always cold. It’s “winter” in LA so naturally, I’m even more cold than usual. I’ve been switching up my typical leather jacket for this shaggy one by Lovers and Drifters Club lately. This jacket is all sorts of man repelling – I like to refer to it as my dreadlocks coat (not unlike this dog), my boyfriend calls me Oscar the Grouch when I wear it. Anyway, I’ve convinced myself that it goes with almost everything – here I’m wearing it with a bodysuit and my favorite bell bottoms but I also like to keep it casual with cut off shorts. I also wore it with a bikini in this post about getting back on track after a little vacation weight gain. I usually don’t love wearing pants, so huge shout out to Show Me Your Mumu for making the coolest ones ever.
jacket: lovers and drifters club | bodysuit: reformation (sold out, similar here) | pants: show me your mumu (old, similar here) | shoes: jeffrey campbell
Thinking back on my teenage years, I cringe when I think about how much of a slave to the sun I was. I spent every summer at the beach laying out, oftentimes with no sunscreen, and visited a tanning booth a handful of times (to be fair, there is zero sun in Minnesota in the dead of winter, and everyone looks better with a little bit of color, right?) Again, I cringe – my poor skin. Now that I’m in my mid-twenties, things are a little different to say the least. Suddenly I find myself focusing on every bump on my skin and staying up all night googling “what age to begin using Retinol”.
Skincare is just so personal. I love talking skin and makeup products with my girlfriends, but what I’ve found is that everyone’s skin tone and texture is so different and what works for your best friend really might not work for you at all. That being said, I still love reading about skincare regimes and have picked up a few tips and product recommendations over the years that have actually stuck.
I love trying new products and the idea of a comprehensive skincare routine, but ultimately I’m always rushing out of the house in the morning or struggling to just remove my makeup and wash my face some nights. So, what actually ends up happening is something like this:
- Cleanser – I’ve been using Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser for a couple of years now and it is the only product that I have multiple of (one in my gym bag, one for traveling, one for the bathroom). I’m not sure if this is the best cleanser for all needs, but I enjoy the smell and find that it is super gentle while removing most of my makeup easily. I remove the rest of my makeup with coconut oil.
- Toner – after many years of trying different toners and speaking to estheticians, I still do not really understand what this does. To be honest, I’m not sure I can tell a difference in my skin from using toner either. Lately I’ve been using one from Nars, but it’s almost empty and I’m not sure what I’ll do after.
- Serum – Vitamin C is great for your skin – it’s an antioxidant that wards off free radical damage (read: helps prevent aging). I use Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum and while it seems to give my skin an immediate glow, I am crossing my fingers that its benefits will be felt (and seen) years down the line.
- Moisturizer – I’ve been reading about Korean skincare and their 10 step skincare routine seriously amazes me (read more about it here). Their skin is seriously amazing and dewy, I can only dream that one day attain it myself, perhaps with more discipline. For now, I’m easing into it by using some Korean products. I really like this moisturizer from Belif – if you have really dry skin like me, I highly recommend. Before this moisturizer I went through 3 containers of Kiehl’s Rosa Artica Cream which I loved as well (great for snowy winters).
- Sunscreen – this is one that I do every. single. day. Find a great sunscreen that you use only on your face and neck – I love this one by Kiehl’s, it’s SPF 50, super sheer, and a bottle lasts forever (unless you’re like me and spill half a bottle in your purse).
It sounds a little more impressive than it is when it’s all written down, but I often skip the toner and serum because I get lazy. I try not to hoard too many skincare products at once because 1. I like consistency and 2. they often go bad before I can use them up. So that’s the daily routine, when I have a little extra time and patience I add:
- Eye Cream – I really should be using this more frequently, since the skin around your eyes is so delicate and prone to wrinkles. I picked up Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado – it’s very rich which I love, it feels more substantial that way.
- Masks – I love sheet masks, if for nothing else the amusement I get from startling my boyfriend when I walk out of the bathroom. I’ve been experimenting with different ones and bought the SK-II masks that everyone raves about – they make my skin a little more glow-y and plump, but to be honest I was really expecting more. I love Lush Masks as well, just make sure you keep them in a refrigerator and use within a week because they do expire. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is amazing for cleaning your pores, I personally found it a little drying but totally recommend if you have oilier skin or just want a deep cleaning – you cannot beat it for the price!
- Water – Hydration is key. I drink my weight in ounces every day and it is beneficial on so many levels, but I really do see a difference in my skin when I am well hydrated.
- Sleep – so cliche but it’s true, your skin will glow if you get enough sleep on a consistent basis (7-8 hours is ideal).
Nothing crazy (yet), although it continues to change over the years and sometimes even seasonally. Could probably use a good facial more often, but I feel like there are already enough beauty appointments to keep up with – the joys of being a girl! Am I missing anything? Is the 10 step skincare routine really worth it? Would love to hear your thoughts and recs!
Needless to say, the 70’s trend has been one of my favorites this year. I can’t seem to get enough of bell bottoms, fringe, and suede. A-line skirts have been everywhere this fall, but it’s not too late to get one if you haven’t yet. I love this particular suede button down skirt from Mango and found it more affordable than some of the other suede options out there. Living in LA provides the added bonus of transitioning skirts into winter when you pair them with a cozy sweater as the weather cools down. Shop similar styles below:
top: j. crew | skirt: mango | shoes: acne | sunglasses: illesteva
Sundays are typically a day of rest and relaxation for me. I like to wind down the weekend and prepare for the upcoming week. Some of my favorite things to do on a Sunday –
Visit the farmer’s market: Hollywood has one of the largest farmer’s markets in all of LA. I love picking up whatever fruits and vegetables are in season (right now I’m loving persimmons, sweet potatoes, and the last of fall’s apples) and a bouquet of fresh flowers. The prepared food vendors are fantastic as well – look for the tamales and fresh squeezed lemonade.
Work out: Strenuous exercise most likely won’t happen. Realistically, I’ll take a walk to Runyon with my boyfriend and hike there. I also love hot yoga – it is amazing for clearing your mind and skin. These activities leave me energized and ready to take on the week.
Cook: Weekday dinners are far from elaborate – I’m usually starving by the time I get home and don’t have the energy or patience to cook for myself. I try to make up for my lack of cooking during the week on the weekends – it’s also something fun to do with your significant other. My apartment has quite the collection of cookbooks now. My current favorite: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.
Sunday outfits tend to be equally laid back and forgiving. This oversized knit is perfect for running errands and lounging around. I’ll swap out my stretchy pants for cropped denim when I leave the house. Add your favorite booties or sneakers and a hat and you’re good to go.
sweater: aritzia | jeans: one teaspoon | shoes: acne