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Bath Essentials

Oct 30, 2015

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Since California's in a drought, I've been reserving baths for when I travel out of state. This works out pretty well, because I'm either traveling for work (where a bath at the end of a long day of running events is a welcome way to unwind), or for play (where a bath on vacation is a lovely way to relax). Here are six things to add to your bath to make it even more luxurious.

1. Wonderful-smelling soaps. A yummy but light fragrance like Deep Steep's honeydew spearmint helps add to the relaxing vibe, and I love adding bubbles to my bath. I also pulled out some French soaps that I recently received as a bridal shower gift, for good measure.

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2. Bath salts. You can add these to your water to add some minerals to your bath, or use them as an exfoliant on your skin.

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3. Bath bombs. Drop a bath bomb in your bath for some added fizz and fragrance.

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4. Candles. Light a couple candles to help set a relaxing mood.

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5. Body brush/Facial sponge. Normally when I'm taking a shower, I don't take the time to exfoliate. But if I'm taking the time to take a bath, why not spend a couple minutes making my skin smoother? EcoTools' Dry Body Brush is great for exfoliating skin and leaves you feeling soft and smooth. The Pure Complexion Facial Sponge helps wash away oil and makeup without drying your skin, and it's made of 100% natural ingredients. Using these two together is like having an in-home spa treatment. 

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6. A good book. I used to be such an avid reader when I was younger. Now that I'm older, it's so hard to find time to enjoy reading. So it definitely feels like a luxury to be able to spend some quiet time reading while taking a bath. I just finished Amy Poehler's book, Yes Please. It's a particularly good one to read at home while in a bath if you don't want to look like a lunatic laughing by yourself in public. 

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Did I miss anything? What other elements do you like to add to your bath?

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Military Green

Oct 27, 2015

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I wore this outfit while I was home in Sacramento last weekend. I'm in loooove with this Anthropologie jumpsuit (borrowed from my mom's closet—one of the perks of coming home. Too bad she has teeny tiny feet because she also has great taste in shoes), especially the lace back.

I used the EcoTools Ultimate Air Dryer Brush to style my hair into a ponytail. As you can see in the photos below, I back-combed a section of hair at the crown to give my hair a little more lift. Then I pulled my hair back into a ponytail and left a piece to wrap around the hair tie, secured with a bobby pin. It's an easy style that looks chic and keeps my hair out of my face.

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À propos de Nice

Oct 26, 2015




I remember the first time I heard of Nice was during my first quarter of college when I took a History of Documentaries class, and we watched À propos de Nice. I thought it was pronounced "nice"...as in, "Nice to meet you." I like to think I've come a long way since then.

We spent this particular day relaxing by the Mediterranean and then exploring Old Town. These playful fountains were too much fun not to get a bit wet in, and I totally don't regret the decision to jump around in them.

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Photos by Omied Arvin

Fall Coffee

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



Things have been a bit chaotic since we returned from our honeymoon just a couple weeks ago. I was home for a few days before heading to a huge conference with my team, and then went straight from there to LA to see one of my best friends get married! During all that I managed to get super sick, and I'm only just finally recovering (antibiotics are miracle workers). I feel like fall is just zipping by and I need to slow down and enjoy the season a bit more before Christmas tunes start gracing the air waves.

This weekend we were visiting our parents up in the foothills of Sacramento, both to celebrate my birthday with family and to go to Omied's 10 year high school reunion. Up there, the air is feeling much more crisp and fall-like (don't get me wrong, still loving our San Francisco Indian summer!). To help add to the fall atmosphere, I brought some Gevalia Kaffe Pumpkin Spice Latte and Bold Majestic K- Cup Pods that I've been wanting to try. It was so nice to relax on my parents' deck, nibbling on some fall treats that my mom always has on-hand this time of year like scones and cookies, and enjoy some seasonal coffee with them. I can't say no to a pumpkin spice latte. While you can usually spot me with a coffee to go in my hand when I'm running around, it's wonderful to be able to relax and have these yummy cinnamon and ginger flavors at home, with family. 

I loved the dark roast Gevalia Kaffe Bold Majestic blend, and I can see this flavor being delicious to cozy up with through winter as well. It also paired deliciously with my left over red velvet birthday cake the next day. :)

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10 travel bag beauty must-haves

Oct 25, 2015

I've been traveling a lot this year, both for work and for play, and I'm starting to learn the importance of a good travel beauty bag. I've perfected all my travel-day essentials to fit in one fairly small pouch, which I can stash into whatever tote bag or carry-on I'm using for my next trip. Here's a look at what I'm carrying with me these days:

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1. Burt's Bees Lip Balm. I'm constantly rehydrating my lips on the plane. I love the Burt's Bees Mango flavor. 

2. A sample size perfume. This one happens to be Marc Jacobs Daisy

3. A travel size deodorant. Numbers 2 and 3 keep me feeling fresh even during a long travel day.

4. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel On-The-Go Refreshingly Clean Towelettes. This one is my best kept beauty secret for fall. These wipes are all natural and great for radiant, selfie-ready skin. My sister-in-law has recently really gotten into natural skincare products, and we just had a lengthy conversation about how great witch hazel is for gently cleansing and toning skin. After a long day of travel, it feels great to remove any oil or dirty from my skin, without stripping my skin of moisture.

5. Tiny tweezers. You never know when a rogue hair will sprout up.

6. Bobby pins. I usually throw my hair into a messy bun or braid when traveling. Bobby pins help me look slightly less messy.

7. Oil absorbing sheets. Another key to not feeling greasy and gross. 

8. A sleep mask. For my beauty rest.

9. Emergen-C. For a vitamin boost during my travels. 

10. Hand sanitizer. Because I'm a germaphobe and traveling is gross.

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Aside from the on-the-go towelettes, I also travel with Dickinson's cleansing cloths in my larger toiletries bag. After a day of running events for Google, it's great to wipe off my makeup and not feel any sticky residue. You can check out Dickinson’s on Instagram and Facebook for special offers. 

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This post was sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of Dickinson's.