The title hooked you, didn’t it? Take note that I did not say, “and have it all at the same time.” So, just simply remove that notion from your mind, effective immediately, LOL. All jokes aside, I wanted to write a blog post about how using certain habits and having a specific mindset have helped me to take full control over money, allowing me to enjoy the things in life I have always wanted. The gist is that you can have everything you want, but there are no shortcuts or quick fixes. And to be honest, 90% of it is really changing your perspective on the way you spend and save money (I will delve more into that in a separate blog post). Cue the song, Money Good by Megan Thee Stallion. read more
Between my hair products, skincare and makeup, It appears that half of my suitcase is filled with beauty products. Trust me, I try to bring as little as possible, but sometimes it is nearly impossible.
Lately, I’ve been selective with the types of cosmetics I bring, especially when it comes to makeup. There are two prerequisites for makeup making it into my bag:
- Is it multi-purpose?
- Is it a solid or cream formula?
Asking these two questions saves me space and time from cleaning up spills/leaks from products that have spread throughout my cute toiletry bag. Plus, I don’t have to pull it out for TSA, allowing me to bring more important beauty items I wouldn’t otherwise get out of the airport with (this is especially true when traveling in other countries). read more
Here’s a little story of how I went from an expensive routine with unnecessary steps to a #skipcare routine that has left me with the best skin of my life.
I know skincare is having a huge moment but personally, as a lover of beauty, I got serious about my skincare right after college.
Becoming a skincare enthusiast
At this time, my skin suffered so much from hormonal stuff that I had going on and I really didn’t know what to do. This was 2009 and natural products were on the rise. The clean beauty craze really kicked off around 2008/2009. So, I decided to try Kiss My Face products from Whole Foods and they actually helped A LOT but then my skin started to become dull. It was time to go back to science. Enter professional skincare brand here. For me, this was a very trusted brand because my aunt swore by this stuff as an aesthetician herself. And my skin got a lot better with consistent use. I almost exclusively used this brand until seven months ago. I almost never tried anything else because I was scared my skin would react badly. read more
Hey guys! I’m back. It’s been a minute as I have been in transition since starting a new job. You know how that is. But I’m back in the swing of things and so excited to start blogging regularly again about the things I love and are on my heart to share. This week it is all about white t-shirts. It is finally starting to heat up here in Los Angeles and white tees are becoming the focal point of my outfit. Whether I pair them with the infamous leopard midi-length skirt of the year or a structured pair of lightweight trousers, I am very selective.
I don’t like spending $100 on the perfect white t-shirt, I think that is insane and unnecessary. A t-shirt can’t be THAT amazingly soft. It just can’t. So, as an avid tee wearer, here are my top picks you can’t go wrong with – and as a bonus, they are better for the environment and/or won’t hurt your pockets. read more
During the last week of February, I was listening to the PCOS Diva podcast, and she introduced a woman named Emily Fletcher, founder of the Z Technique and Ziva Meditation. Now, if you’re a frequent reader or personal friend, you know by now that I love trying new personal development hacks and strategies to better myself, so my ears perked up immediately.
I’ve meditated off/on for years and would notice a difference in how much more chill I felt throughout the day even if I just did it for 10 minutes in the morning using an app (also while not really knowing if I was doing it right). So I was intrigued to learn more. Fletcher was promoting her new book, Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation for Extraordinary Performance. Obviously, I’m like, “Yes I need this!” Purchasing this. Now. Also, I had never read a book on meditation so I was excited. read more
I love the flavor of coffee but I’m trying to limit my intake. I’ve given up coffee before where I only indulged on the weekends, but I almost always go back to it. Honestly, there is nothing wrong with coffee, except that it increases your cortisol levels and affects your adrenals. And because I can be sensitive to this, I’ve been swapping out my coffee for matcha tea the past week.
I have been playing around with different ingredients and concoctions in my kitchen to kick it up a notch, and I think I’ve mastered the perfect Matcha tonic. I call it the Monarch Matcha, haha! And all of the ingredients help you glow from the inside out. Enjoy! read more