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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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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

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7 November/December Beauty Favorites That Knocked My Socks

January 11, 2016

7 December Beauty Favorites That Knocked My Socks #beauty #skincare #makeup

I’m super excited to share the beauty products that I have really been loving the past couple of months.  I know I’m a little late with my favorites.  Like, 2 months late.  But at least you know the love is real, and  better late than never, right?  

As you can see, it is a mix of both skincare and color cosmetics that someone would have to pry from my grubby little hands to take them from me.  Let’s start with cheeks!

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15 Things to Let Go of In 2016

December 25, 2015

15 Things To Let Go of In 2016

Years ago, my dad and I had a misunderstanding that cost us about five years of father daughter bonding time, as well as resentment.  You cannot get back the amount of time you spend holding on to negative feelings toward someone, and really it is a waste of energy.  Fortunately, my dad and I mended our relationship this year.  We discovered we both had completely different perspectives on the series of events that distanced us.  And if we had only communicated lovingly how we felt, I would not be writing this right now.

As I reflect on this past year and head into 2016 ,  I realize how important it is to let go of as well as remember the impermanence of all things.  I came to the conclusion that most of the major events that happen in a year, force you to let go.  To let go of what you are holding onto so tightly.  To let go of what does not serve you. To let go so you can let in.

So, instead of waiting on life to force you to release, I say we get proactive and create a list of things to stop and drop before January 1st.  Let’s start here: read more

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9 Ways To Leave Others Love Struck

November 6, 2015

9 Ways To Leave Others Love Struck on TheDailyMonarch.com

Not too long ago I read an article on one of my favorite lifestyle blogs, Zen Habits, that inspired me to do some self-reflection.  The blogger gushes about his mother’s post-visit magic–leaving him and his family love struck, and with new hobbies, passions and better versions of themselves.  I asked myself the question, “Am I making others’ lives better?” Now, I don’t mean in the sense of philanthropy and giving back.  I am coming from the point of view, of my walking around, everyday life.  The daily little things. read more

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My 4 Favorite Lipsticks for Fall

September 10, 2015

My 4 Favorite Fall Lipsticks 2015 on TheDailyMonarch.comHello, 100 degrees in September!  Welcome.  I prepared for your impending doom.  I saved all of my super summery outfits just for you and (thought) I was mentally ready for your intensity.  Folks, It is BLAZING here in Los Angeles.  Like literally, you step out of your comfortable air conditioned car, and you are overwhelmed by the sweltering heat.

With that said, you know I’m uber ready for fall, and excited to break out the warmer tones and vampy lippies for the season.  Check out the lipsticks that will soon be on my lips near you! read more