Beauty routine

It’s been a good while since I’ve done a makeup/beauty post!

In the last two years, I’ve done a bigger revamping of my morning and night routine. I used to just slather on jojoba oil on my face day and night, that was it. But I realized that I couldn’t just do that anymore (if the puffy circles under my eyes were any indication.)

While I still use the jojoba oil every single morning, it’s everything that I do after and up until bedtime that’s a little different. I try to make sure I wear sunscreen every morning, this one by MD Solar Sciences is awesome! It came as a tiny sample in my Birchbox a while back and I loved it. It has a mineral feel to it, not oily like other sunscreens, so it feels great on your face. The best thing I can say, is that I once accidentally smudged a BIG dollop in my eye and if you’ve ever worn sunscreen, I was ready for pain. But…I don’t know how this happened, it didn’t hurt. That alone sold me forever!

I’ve switched away from wearing blush on my face to this liquid stuff. I’ve realized it lasts longer! I have a tiny sample of the Benefit stuff above, but I also use this Korean Peri tint stuff.

I take showers at night, so I use coconut oil from the grocery store on my body and hair! Smells great and cheap! Works better than lotion or other hair stuff, I’ve found. To get my makeup off, I wash my face with this other Korean brand The Face Shop (I use their CC cream as foundation) ricewater oil cleanser – the oil base washes all makeup traces perfectly. Once every few weeks I put on this Malin + Goetz clay mask – let it dry and when you wash it off, the tiny clay beads exfoliate your face. I just switched over from the Tsubaki oil drops to Rosehip Oil. They both have similar night hydrating results, but the rosehip oil smells strong (in case you have a sensitive nose.) Every other night I boost my night oil with Paula’s Choice serum drops. And if my skin feels extra thirsty (which it has ALL winter!) I put on this H20 night cream.

Sounds like a long routine, but it’s not. But, most of my routine is oil based. I believe in oils to keep your skin healthy and hydrated – just know that this may not work for everyone. Questions?! Let me know!

2016 moments

2016 could not have exited one second sooner for me. I was done with it. Good riddance. It’s kind of a bummer that we all collectively gave up on 2016, but oh well, I’m looking forward to 2017 just like everyone else!

I’ve been in a weird space with the blog this last year – I’m finding it difficult to balance a lot of my time (does it ever get easier?!) but I’m proud to still have this blog as a one woman show not compromising my style for the sake of others, exploring photography and passion for technology, falling in love with museums all over, and continuing to champion for Made in the USA & sustainable fashion.

Here are 12 outfits that were my monthly favorites! I’ll consider this a remix post, and per usual, click on the image to see the original post!

I liked this outfit! But I’ve since both sold this dress and donated the shoes back to the thrift store. In spite of liking it, I think I couldn’t figure out how to wear both of these things more. Plus, the shoes were sadly uncomfortable.
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This post was about how to wear summery dresses in the winter. Which I anticipate I’ll be doing a lot again in the next few months!
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I loved this dress and outfit!! This Kate Spade dress feels so elegant. I’m sad I can’t wear it anymore because it’s too big!! It was already big when I wore it, so when I really began to work out, it was just way too big to wear at all!
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My tried and true cashmere sweater has been in steady rotation these last few months. This is my first foray into breaking away from wearing JBrand skinny jeans towards loose fitting vintage Levi’s!
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The weather finally warms up!! I liked that the outfit (top & pants) were all made in the USA!
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I loved this month because I went to NYC!! (I’m dying to go back.) But slim on the blogging for me. Unfortunately, I went through a very heavy emotional period in my life beginning at the end of the previous month. This bright and cute Marimekko top has now found a new home with a friend who wears more funky stuff than me!
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I felt scared to wear this dress for a long time – the plunge is LOW, but you know what?! F*@$ it!! The confidence I gained from wearing it, outweighed the fear.
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This year, I started to break some of my own style rules – I don’t think I would have been caught dead wearing trainers and a dress/skirt EVER before. But I did it, and I survived. Who knew it would look good and I would be so comfy?! What else have I been missing out on?!!
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I don’t wear this Bart Simpson sweater as much as I should!! I’m going to bring it back now!
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I picked up this little black APC dress with hesitation because it’s a little more modern (and short) for my tastes, but I love wearing it now!!
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I didn’t post much this month because I got distracted by lots of things in my life – but my favorite post was revisiting this outfit 4 years later and 30 pounds lighter!!
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I somehow successfully managed to NOT post any outfits on my blog for December?! How’d that happen…cause I clearly wore clothes for 31 days 😉 Even though the previous post was worn in December. That’s how far behind I am in posting!! But I showed this one to my Instagram account.

This last month has been a whirlwind for me of getting back in touch with friends, doubling-down at work, overloading on thrifting, expanding my photography, staying motivated to work-out in spite of the bad weather, visiting more museums at any free moment, and exploring new parts of San Francisco. Which I did a better job of documenting on Instagram!! Especially with the Stories feature! I never used or understood how/why to use Snapchat. So now I see the allure. I’ve been sharing funny books, my thrifting expeditions, more interesting but not as photogenic San Francisco homes, music I’m listening to on my workouts, etc! Follow me!!

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I want to be connected here more on this, my 11th year of blogging!!

Holiday dressing

Hello 2017!

I love a good party, even more, dressing up for a good party! When I first started this blog, I had a dedicated tag for “outfit of the night” to compliment the ootd! But I just don’t go out as much anymore…nothing like when I lived in Las Vegas!

The weather has been absolutely bananas lately! Some days you get away with bare-ish legs (zipped indoors quickly and put a coat on) and some nights you’re covered head to toe! This wasn’t my NYE outfit, but for a work party! I’ve shied away from the color green for some crazy reason. But I used to LOVE wearing green. As I’ve steered towards more neutrals, the green in my wardrobe faded away – unless it was a green coat! (I have too many of those!)

This Diane von Furstenberg Zarita dress was on my wishlist a few years ago, when I almost bought it for my sister’s wedding. And then…I came across it again recently and now it’s mine!! Oh, it’s so beautiful! I can’t wait to wear it again because it’s just one of the prettiest dresses I’ve ever owned!!

Item From Made in… BUY
Diane von Furstenberg Zarita dress thrifted China  available colors HERE
Dries van Noten heels Nordstrom Rack Italy

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I should have posted this when it was actually the holidays…but oops! I’m sure this dress will make an appearance again during wedding season! I also have a 2016 roundup coming soon!

M2M: Made to Measure

In the last few comfy and cold days off, I’ve been indulging in some fun TV shows! And not the typical kind.

It’s been a strange catalyst for me. When I first started this blog, I was into learning and researching the fashion world (as an outsider.) I’d grown up with female seamstresses in my family, custom making most of my clothes, reading their countless back issues of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. So my interests at the beginning of this blog, spanned the history of fashion, but also learning about modern trends. In the last few years…I don’t know what happened. The endless cycle of fast fashion and the disillusion with lack of transparency of bloggers being bad, turned me off the fashion world in an odd way. And then one day a few months ago while bored of watching all the same things on Netflix and through the Roku, I discovered the M2M channel! A portal to fashion videos.

From their about page
Made to Measure (M2M) is a new fashion video network. M2M covers the world of fashion and style – past, present and future – through fresh and culturally relevant storytelling. M2M features original programming, classic fashion films and runway shows from the world’s top designers. M2M’s original series and documentaries highlight the people, issues, trends and events that have defined and transformed the fashion landscape.

There are tons of catwalk/runway videos. Fashion films both recent and from the past. Lots of quirky and interesting series that show behind the scenes from the fashion world, but also intriguing interviews!

For example, I’ve been LOVING these interview series called Tea at the Beatrice with Glenn O’Brien. A simple concept of Glenn O’Brien (famed editor and writer) interviewing a wide array of artists and creatives! It’s a simple interview, but full of such great information!

Or these quirky shorts about fashion icons figures and objects

It’s the only place I’ve been able to rewatch this old favorite, Signe Chanel, which followed Karl Lagerfeld and his couturiers as they got ready for the Haute Couture show!

I enjoyed for the first time, watching a runway show! It has been YEARS since I’ve been able to sit through one. This Chanel 2017 pre-fall show at the Ritz was sublime!

This seriously has been so fun to absorb and made me fall in love with fashion again. It feels so weird to say that?!! Do yourself a favor and connect to this channel!