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Summer, Summer, Summertime

Jul 31, 2015

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Summertime beauty is my favorite. It's light, easy, and shimmer is encouraged. One of my favorite warm weather activities in the city is dining al fresco. Be it a sidewalk, rooftop, or back patio, I'm all for it, and San Francisco has plenty of options. Here's the easy look I put together for a night of dining outside with my love.

For a sleek, no-fuss low ponytail, I used a smoothing brush from EcoTools. For my eyes, I started with a winged liner and then played with a new color palette from Buxom Cosmetics. Their new eyeshadow bar allows you to customize your color palette from a huge selection of primer-infused shadows. While I love some of the bold colors, I wanted a neutral bronze shimmery look for that evening. To apply the eye shadow, I used the EcoTools Lovely Looks set of brushes. These cute, travel-sized brushes will definitely be joining me on our honeymoon! The set has all the essential brush types for both your foundation, bronzer, and eye makeup. 

What's your go to summer beauty look?

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Wedding Wednesday: Mini Bridal Shower

Jul 29, 2015

This Wedding Wednesday I'm sharing a few snaps from a fun little "mini-shower" that two of my girlfriends in the city hosted. Because who can resist an excuse to get together and sip mimosas, nosh on goodies from local bakeries, and share some girl talk? 

My friend Oana is a talented designer (her jewelry has frequented the blog) and she works for a company where she designs home and garden pieces. So, she decorated our tablescape with pieces from their Whimsical collection. Butterfly and flamingo cakestands, a giraffe vase, a cat and mouse cheese and knife board and so many other adorable pieces graced our table. Every little piece puts a smile on your face, and it was perfect for the whimsical bridal shower theme. Take a peek at our girly day!

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Brb, I need to go get some more of those cookies from Arizmendi. Just kidding, #weddingdiet. :/ So tell me, which piece of this cutie-pie collection is your favorite? I'm partial to the two-tiered flamingo stand, and not just because it had cream puffs on it.


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Casual Friday

Jul 27, 2015

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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Sometimes you just need an afternoon pick me up. I love when I get to work from our San Francisco office during the week, rather than commuting down to the South Bay (although being at our main campus has plenty of perks too!). Our SF office is at The Embarcadero and has gorgeous views of the water and the Bay Bridge. And if I have a few minutes in the afternoon on a beautiful day, I'll take a stroll outside by the water, usually while getting in my afternoon caffeine fix. Because let's face it, sometimes I get a little grumpy during that mid-afternoon slump when my morning espresso has warn off. After getting some sun on my face, responding to a few emails, and sipping another caffeinated treat, I'm ready to tackle the second half of my day.

Lately I've been loving Gevalia Iced Coffee with Almond Milk, since it's a rich coffee beverage that's easy to pour over ice and enjoy. It's made with a blend of 100% Arabica Gevalia coffee and is available in three flavors (mocha, vanilla, and caramel), and the creamy almond milk is super refreshing and a yummy twist on a classic iced coffee. And with nine grams of protein in one carton, you really can't go wrong. And lucky you, you can find this treat in grocery stores across the U.S. Some folks who love to drink their coffee black (like my fiancé) may find these drinks to be overly sweet for them. But not me! I like to indulge a bit with my coffee drinks. Which probably isn't a huge surprise, since I'm also the type of person that when the barista asks "Do you want whipped cream on top?" I think, "duh."

I'd love to know, how do you treat yourself during the week? 

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BeautyBalm

Jul 21, 2015

Last month while I was in LA I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with BeautyBalm, an adorable beauty studio right on Melrose. While I was there I received a lovely facial from Jen, the owner, and makeup application afterwards so I was ready for a dinner date with friends. 

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[above] Jen has the gentlest hands out of any aesthetician I've ever received a facial from! [below] BeautyBalm stocks a few select makeup and skincare brands, including a few of my favorites (Becca, Glamglow) and a few new-to-me brands like Kevyn Aucoin and Caudalie. 

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This little gem of a spot is so relaxing and inviting. If I lived in LA I could definitely see BeautyBalm being my go-to spot for an eyebrow wax during my lunch break, or something a little more luxurious like eye lash extensions (I've been wanting to try them lately and haven't yet! If you've tried them, what do you think about them?). If you stop by, tell Jen I said hi! And don't forget to snap a photo of the 'gram-worthy vintage blue couch by the entrance.

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