Still in Bed.

Monday, July 25, 2016

There's something about Monday's that just keeps me stuck to the bed. Although I get up before 8AM to make it to work, I', usually pressing snooze till 7:50 and then run out the door. Yup, Mon-Fri mornings are usually disoriented and rushed in our household. J and I are just not morning people, and we have no shame. 

Since wedding planning took up most of my 6 months, I've finally have the time and energy to start building, or as I like to call it, nesting our home. I'm currently finished up my living room, and now moving on to my bedroom. I figured Mondaze... would be a great way to start finding some inspiration and get this room together 

I'm definitely leaning towards a Tufted bed and some soft neutrals with bold, bright statement pieces. I can't wait to start building and show you guys! Make sure to follow me on Pinterest for more inspiration 

photos via. pinterest

10 Step Korean Beauty

Friday, July 22, 2016

I think it's safe to say my skin care has stepped it's game up the past year. Going into my late 20's, and I mean late late 20's, I've noticed my skin wasn't looking quite fresh as it used to. It's not my fault, I completely blame the universe, oh and gravity. But since age is something we can't fight, I took some measures to prevent as much as possible by learning what my skin needs and forcing a habit every day and night. 

First things that came to my google search was the obvious 10 Step Korean Beauty Care Regime. Now I'm not one for spending any time on my face let alone skin care products so it seemed a bit overwhelming. So I continued my search and guess what the next 5 articles were about... 10 Step Korean beauty Care! 

I was convinced that if I was to journey on this "Skin Care" regime, I would do it the right... or I guess the "Trendy" way! So here's a few things I've learned and the products I've tried and tested for the past 3 months. Now I won't cover all the steps in detail but this is how it goes..

Step 1. Double cleanse
You need to remove your make up with wipes or an oil based cleanser or BOTH! This is my favorite part of the routine. I never EVER knew what a difference an oil cleanser made. It literally melts all my stubborn mascara, eyeliner and any make up residue left. I use the Insta Nature Facial Oil Cleanser.

Step 2. Cleanse
Then the "double" portion of the double-cleanse comes in. Anything that is a water based cleanser works for this step. The water base washes away any residue from the oil cleanser and remaining impurities. I've been using this Aromatica Sea Daffodil Cleanser which has a great mild formula and a foam pump.

Step 3.
 I use Be the Skin Non-Stimulus Exfoliator. It's very gentle on the skin compared to the others I've used. I do this once a week in the shower. Enough said.

Step 4. Toner
Toner is suppose to help balance your skin's pH levels and better absorbs the following products.
 I use Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
and Missha Super Aqua Toner not at the same time but I change it up on different days. 

Step 5. Essence
Imperative. If I have one of those days where I only wash my face, I make sure I put essence on. Essence helps with skin repair and cell turn over. I'm currently using the Missha Time Evolution Essence Mist . I thought it would be fun to mist my face plus it has all the benefits that the bottled one has.

Step 6.  Serums
 I have a commitment issue with serums. I love them all! I've been using the Olay Regenerist Serum for about 5 years now. It's just a great lightweight everyday serum. 

I've also been venturing with Skin Inc. serums. I love that you can customize the serum to exactly what you need. Mine is filled with Vitamin A (tackle dullness, tiredness around the eyes), Chlorella (dark spots and brightens), and FPB (antioxidant protection).  There's a ton more serums to cater to your own personal needs (create your own here).

Last serum is Insta Nature Vitamin C Serum. I have freckles so my skin is prone to sun damage. Vitamin C helps brighten my skin and dark spots. Whether you have freckles or not, Vitamin C is one of the most important weapons in anyones skin care routine. You must repair your skin from the sun!

Step 7. Sheet makes
 Too be honest I haven't yet put on a sheet mask. I know it's super beneficial but.. girl's just got no time..

Step 8. Eye cream
 I haven't found an eye cream I must live by, however I'm on the look out!

Step 9. Moisturizer
 Must hydrate your face day and night. It's also a MUST! I alternate between Caudalie Vinosource Riche intense moisture cream and Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream.

Step 10. SPF
I never leave the house without SPF. I've been using the Shiseido's sun protection cream SPF 50+ for years. However, it's a bit oily. I switch day to day with Secret key Snail Repairing Sun Cream  SPF 50+. It was super affordable ($7) and very lightweight. Love it!

So that's it. The full routine with my favorite products highlighted. I'm not gonna lie, there are many days that I can't get through all 10 steps, but even just getting the double cleanse in and applying  toner, essence and serum, my skin has literally been glowing. I definitely recommend trying out a few products if you can't commit to the full 10 steps! Your skin will thank you.

Starting from Top Left: 
Step 1. Aromatica Sea Daffodil Cleanser 
Step 1.  Insta Nature Facial Oil Cleanser 
Step 2. Be the Skin Non-Stimulus Exfoliator 
Step 3.  Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
Step 4.  Missha Super Aqua Toner
Step 6. Insta Nature Vitamin C Serum 
Step 6. Skin INC. Customized (create your own here)
Step 6. Olay Reginerist Serum 
Step 5. Missha Time Evolution Essence Mist 
Step 9. Caudalie Vinosource Riche intense moisture cream 
Step 9. Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream
Step 10. Secret key Snail Repairing Sun Cream 


Bold Off the Shoulder

Monday, July 18, 2016

wearing: Le Petit Market Top | H&M Sandals similar | Janesa Leone Hat (budget friendlier here) | Stick + Stones Studded bag

Although it's quite hot this Summer, Los Angeles has graciously cooled down for a few days allowing me to venture into a easy breezy long sleeve top. This top definitely has a personality. With it's bold stripes, frilly bell sleeves and tie off the shoulder details, I know it's definitely going to be a summer staple of mine!

Although it's quite hot this Summer, Los Angeles has graciously cooled down for a few days allowing me to venture into a easy breezy long sleeve top. This top definitely has a personality. With it's bold stripes, frilly bell sleeves and tie off the shoulder details, I know it's definitely going to be a summer staple of mine!


Summer Wear.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wearing: Top Fifth Label | Shorts BlankNYC | Shoes on sale Chloe (affordable version here

Yay for Summer days! It's pretty much a staple for me to be in shorts and a tee, however it's now been my obsession to wear peplum type tops in replace of tees! I mean they are so comfy, there's room for breathing and best of all, food babies! I've been pairing my outfits with these fun summer sandals. They're like a party on my feet!


Casual Work Wear

Monday, July 11, 2016

Wearing: Lace up Top Lucca Couture | HM Denim Jacket | Banana Republic Chinos & Heels

 Sometimes, I just want to wear sweat pants and lounge on my couch, no lie... but after a few shopping trips and some new fresh pieces, this Boyfriend Chino pants have been my everyday wear. No this post is not sponsored nor have I worked with Banana, but I'm a huge advocate of their brand. Working a 9-5 job, running my own freelance business, and blogging on the side definitely calls for clothes that are business appropriate and comfortable.  It's the only way I can work for that matter. Try these pants out, plus they're on sale (extra WHOOP)!


Little White Dress

Friday, June 24, 2016

wearing: People's Project Dress | HM Denim Jacket | Isabel Marant Boots | Chanel Boy Bag

It's been pretty crazy since my wedding last weekend and now I'm finally able to breathe a little and come down from the clouds. I'm still feeling the white theme and felt appropriate in this little white dress. Although my wedding may be over, I'm still glad I can wear white dress day to day! Woohoooo!