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My Pre-wedding guide to self-care

June 3, 2017

Yesterday, I got an email reminder from The Knot that my wedding is 74 days away, and immediately text my best friend with those exact words. To which she responded, “Lord Jesus.” And by the time this blog is posted it will be less than 60 days away. I can’t believe how quickly the day is approaching, and I could not be more excited!  So, I wanted to share my pre-wedding self-care and wellness preparation that I have put into practice since February, in hopes that it will help other brides-to-be. Check out my skincare, meal planning and exercise regimens below, that are leading me to the path of flawlessness for the day I say, “I do” to mi amor.

The Skin You’re In Is IN

I have always put skincare first (over makeup) because my goal is to be able go without makeup for the days I simply don’t feel like wearing it and being confident in that. The queens in my family were huge examples of self-care for me, so I was into taking care of my skin at a young age. And prior to prepping for the wedding, here was the regimen:  

  1. Cleansing: Daily Microfoliant (every other day), oil cleanse and Special Cleansing Gel
  2. Toning: Dermalogica Age Smart toner
  3. Moisturizing: Active Moist (using this since my early 20s), Skin Tint, and a mask here and there

Leading up to 30, I started to notice that my face felt a bit tight during the day, but didn’t think anything of it because I thought I was doing all the right things.  I mean that’s already a lot freaking steps, right!?

But one day, the wonderful Rachael from Kiehl’s reached out to me to see if I wanted to experience the new Apothecary Preparations where they create personalized serums for you. Of course, I was game. Once I took it home, I was excited but very hesitant because it has oil in it (I tend to be oily in my t-zone), but I still tried it. And the more I used it, the more I fell in love and my skin never look better. And it clicked! I needed more hydration.  At that point, two things were added to my regimen – I started using the Pixi Glow Tonic, which has 5% Glycolic Acid and the Kiehl’s serum.  And it seemed like overnight I had the best skin I have had in years. The moral of the story: hydrate and exfoliate like crazy, months leading up to the big day.

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Living - Me

Fave California Etsy Shops For Wedding Extras

April 14, 2017

Fave California Etsy Shops For Wedding Extras

SMS Photography via Mod Wedding

Planning a wedding has not been the most fun experience for me. I do not like planning events. Never have.  Even when I was in public relations, I always steered clear of event planning. It’s not my thing, and I hate all the little details you have to account for. I am always hitting severe levels of anxiety, hoping I’m not leaving out a small detail that can cause a big problem, and planning a wedding is no exception. But, with the help of my lovely wedding coordinator, Maricela at Alicia C. Creative, most of the stress has been taken away. Phew. There are of course, many positives and some things I love about the wedding planning process. For one, all of the yummy tastings.  Adil and I were able to take home leftovers from one place…I mean..it’s seriously the best. Secondly, buying my beautiful gown at Nicole Miller. AND lastly, going HAM on Etsy. I freaking love Etsy. I have been able to find all of my wedding extras at a handful of awesome, California-based Etsy shops, that I highly recommend for your nuptials. For all my Cali brides, here is a round-up of a few of my faves. read more

Living

Let’s Go Pot Shopping

August 26, 2016

Let’s Go Pot Shopping on thedailymonarch.com. #living #pot #planter @itsjenniferrose

….and not the fun kind, although finding planter pots can be very enjoyable as well. Ha!  And this is probably the only kind of shopping I should be doing, as I have put myself on a tight budget to pay off student loan debt. (more on that in a future post!)  I digress.  Back to plants.  So, our apartment has really come together and it looks exactly the way I want.  We are doing are best to keep it minimal and to not have so much stuff.  I will share about our living room decor in a separate blog post.  But right now we are at the point of adding more plants to our home.  We bought a big, beautiful, house plant from the nursery on Fairfax and Willoughby, if you are in the LA area. They have affordable prices and really gorgeous, healthy plants.

Now that we’ve bought our big one, I need to take better care of my little babies, and get a few new planters.  Here are some inexpensive ones that I am currently digging, for my succulent and my Elephant Foot: read more

Living - Travel

9 Stylish Hotel Rooms to Inspire Your Dream Home

April 27, 2016

9 Stylish Hotel Rooms to Inspire Your Dream Home #monarch #interior #decor #travel #home

In my previous living posts, I talked about being in the throws of re-decorating my place and was super inspired.  And of course, I planned on shooting a tour and featuring it on the blog.  However, since I am now moving at the end of the month, and will be decorating again, I decided to hold off and chronicle the process in a new space.  Of course, I am re-inspired by decor again, and even more excited.   I’m still not quite sure of what I want each room to look like, but here are a few stylish hotel spaces that get my creative juices going. read more

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9 U.O. Kitchen Finds

March 18, 2016

I’m rarely surfing the U.O. website like I used to back in my college days, but the other day I somehow ended up in the kitchen section and was blown away by all the cute, yet functional items they have.  There are quite a few hidden gems that every kitchen should have.  Here are 9 items I’m lusting after.

Sushi Making Kit

Complete with a rolling mat, paddle, and chopsticks for easy sushi making.

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