Sunshine and a Bare Face

Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well. Did you get to enjoy the nice weather we had this weekend? Or if you’re not from the Bay Area, what was was the weather like there? Anyway, as some of you may have noticed, I didn’t put up a blog last week. I wanted to clear the air with you about that. I just needed a break. There were a lot of things going on in my mind and I couldn’t put myself to be in a happy mood and post something. I didn’t want to fake it either…I hope you guys can understand. Although, it still felt really weird – going a whole week without blogging. I’ve been regularly posting (once a week) for over a year now (I think), and so it definitely didn’t feel good to not post last week, but I needed to put my mental health first.

Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy these photos from Sunday. We didn’t do anything too eventful, but because the weather was so nice, I wanted to at least leave the house to get some outfit shots for this weeks post, and to get some brunch. I decided to go with a bare face that day *gasp*. My skin has taken quite a turn the last month (for the better). It’s FAR from perfect, I still have small blemishes here and there, and some scarring, but because it has been OK, I wanted to take advantage of that and let my skin breathe on days that I can (updated skincare routine soon?). And again, I’m wearing my boyfriend jeans *surprise, surprise* – I promise I have other pants – I just love them for Spring!For brunch, we decided to go to Judahlicious, in San Francisco. I’ve been there a few times myself, this was our second time there together. It’s such a lovely place if you like Vegan and/or raw food, and even if you don’t! It’s so unique, delicious, and full of “SF vibes”.  They have the most delicious acai bowls (you can get it without the waffle if you like, and with lots of other toppings)! Whether you’re craving sweet or savory, they have lots of options. I’ve only had their acai bowls/waffles, and the 1/2 Nekked burrito (so good). I also find that I don’t feel super full or sluggish after (like some food places make you feel), which is a huge plus in my book. If you’re ever around San Francisco, I would highly recommend this place, vegan or not.img_0401
img_0399Details – Top: Forever 21 | Cardigan: Urban Outfitters | Boyfriend Jeans: Uniqlo | Backpack: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Converse | Sunnies: Ray Ban – the best for covering up a bare face!By the way…If you guys read all the way to the end, thank you so much! I wanted to get your opinion on something – I added a header to today’s post (viewed on direct page only), let me know what you guys think! I may not do that for every post but if you guys like it, I’ll try to do that more often. 🙂

Ecotools Brush Set Review

Hi loves! How are you all today? I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I worked this past weekend, so to be honest, I didn’t do much. Although, I did have Monday off so I was able to start off my week sleeping in until 10AM (!!!), go to the gym, do laundry, and go grocery shopping. I love having Monday’s off so that I can get a fresh start on my week. Speaking of fresh, don’t you just love opening a new set of brushes? I get so excited when it’s time to replace my old brushes with a set new and fresh ones.

Today, I have for you a review of some Ecotools brushes that I received as a complimentary gift from Influenster. I’ve heard a lot of great things the brand but never got around to trying them so when Influenster sent me the Ecotools box I was super excited! If you didn’t know already, their brand is not only affordable, but the quality is amazing. They are also animal-cruelty free, environmentally free, and tree free; which is super important to me. What makes them stand out even more is that they are made with sourced recycled materials and renewable bamboo. All their products are great but today, I’ll be talking about the two I use most often, their blush brush and their powder brush (I also LOVE their beauty blenders, but perhaps that’ll be for another blog post). So if you’d like to know more about these brushes, just keep reading! 🙂 Ecotools Blush brush (comes in a six piece set & brush case) – $12.99

My first impression about this brush (and all their other ones) is that it is super soft! I’ve washed it a few times already and it doesn’t shed! I love how this is a widely tapered brush. It applies blush effortlessly and I’ve also found that you can turn it on it’s side (using the slant and pointed tip) to apply bronzer or contour. Of course a light hand is recommended. Once you try it for yourself you’ll be able to get a feel of how much pressure to apply. It’s nothing too tricky, I just love finding multiple ways to use brushes. I think because often times I’m too lazy to grab for another brush haha…sad yet beneficial.Above features my favorite blush: Tarte’s Amazonian Clay blush in the shade “Exposed”.Ecotools Full Powder brush – $8.99

This is probably their biggest and fluffiest brush! It states that it contains 70,000 bristles, and I don’t doubt it. I love how it feels on my face when I use it to dust powder on. It picks up just the right amount of powder and doesn’t make my face look super powdery or cakey after.  It gives a very natural finish – which I love. I’ve actually been reaching for it more than my Real Techniques Multitask brush that I normally use for my powders, which is saying a lot because I’ve been using that one for years!

If you’re looking for an animal-cruelty free and environmentally friendly brand that is great quality and also affordable, you have to check out Ecotools! ♡

Hope you all have a great rest of your week!

How I Style Boyfriend Jeans

img_0383-1Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well. I’m super excited about this post because I’ve been mentally piecing these outfits together for the past week and was able to get all the shots over the weekend. I’m super late on the boyfriend jeans trend (or mom jeans if that’s what you like to call them), but better late than never right? And I’m so glad I gave them a chance; they’re so comfy! The pair I chose to style are from Uniqlo (similar: 1, 2). I’ve seriously been wearing them with any chance I get. They’re my first pair of jeans from Uniqlo and now I’m dying to go back and get more. They’re light weight, not restricting, and very comfortable. At first I was worried if they were going to be food-baby-approved, because they were a tad bit snug when I first got them, but to be honest, I haven’t had any problems! The snug also went away too! I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been on my A-game at the gym, or because I’ve been wearing them a lot, but I’m super happy about the size I got! I think if I got a size bigger or even smaller, it just wouldn’t feel like the perfect fit that it is. I highly recommend it for someone who is looking for comfortable boyfriend jeans for a good price. Anyway, hope you guys enjoy these looks! Let me know which is your favorite, or how you would style boyfriend jeans. 🙂

Look 1: Laced Up

Look 2: Stripe Down to it

Look 3: The Button Down

Look 4: Kick Back

How to Shorten Your Morning Routine

Hi lovelies! Hope you guys are all doing well. Can you believe, it’s already the end of March? I feel like I haven’t even wrapped my head around the thought of March and it’s about to be April in just a few days. Anyway, since the weather is (still bipolar – but) somewhat looking up, I’ll be posting a few spring looks soon. As for today, I thought I would share with you a few things that I do to make my mornings easier. If you know me at all, you’d know that I hate being out of bed before 7AM. I. Just. Hate. It. I love mornings, but not before 7AM. Since I’ve been waking up really early for work the past week, I figured I would do a post on what few things I’ve learned that make the morning a little easier and hopefully someone out there can pick up a thing or two. Hope you all enjoy!First thing’s first,

Make your bed as soon as you get up. I’ve been pretty consistent with this lately and have to say, it helps a lot! Some mornings are harder than others, but the minute I decide it is time to get up, I throw myself up, out of bed, and make my bed right away. This gets me moving and awake enough to walk myself to the bathroom to begin my morning routine. Plus, you’ll be coming home to a nicely made bed! 🙂

Skincare hacks: Cleanse your face before brushing your teeth so that while you wait for your moisturizer to sink in (this allows for better application, trust me), you can spend that time brushing your teeth! AND then once you’re moisturizer sinks in, apply sunscreen (ALWAYS, PEOPLE) and while you wait for your sunscreen to sink in, you can spend that time drawing in your eyebrows (can replace with brushing your hair if you don’t fill in your eyebrows). I don’t know if anyone else strategizes this way but I find that it saved me a few minutes for sure!

Pack your things before bed. I like to get my outfit and bag ready for the next day to save time in the morning. This also includes my gym bag if I’m going to the gym after work (which is usually 3-4 times out of the weekday). Anything to save you a few precious minutes in the morning, right?

Drink a glass of water. This one I’m still working on. I sort of hate drinking water (shame on me, I know). And in the morning, it’s especially important to get things going. It helps wake you up and cleanse your body! If you want to go the extra mile, add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (ACV) to your water (preferably warm water) and honey. Trust me, if you ration this out correctly, you don’t even taste the ACV – although the smell is still there, the taste is diluted by the water and cancelled out by the honey. ACV has so many benefits for the body. It’s cleansing, detoxifying, and balancing for your insides. It is also believed to help regulate your metabolism. You can even use it as a spot treatment or toner (for toner, use 1 part ACV and 3 parts water); it makes a great antibacterial and pH balancing agent.  I try to incorporate ACV into my lifestyle as much as possible. If you’d like to see all the various ways you can use it, let me know and I can add it to my list of posts!Lastly,

Meal prep the night before. This one is a big savior for me in the morning. Whether I’m prepping for breakfast or lunch, or both, I try to do as much as I can the night before. A few of my quick breakfast go to’s are:

  • Greek yogurt with a banana and honey
  • Banana shake with chia seeds
  • Overnight oats with fruit and a little bit of cinnamon

I almost always have a banana and/or fruit in the morning because the sugar gives me a bit of energy; much needed when I need to wake up before 7AM. Bananas are my go to because they are super filling and get me through the morning. Of course, you can’t forget coffee either.

Anyway, that about wraps it up for the few things I tips I have for an easier morning. I hope you found something from this helpful and enjoyed the read! Have a wonderful rest of the week my loves. ♡

Tea & Macarons

img_0341Hi lovelies! How are you all today? As I mentioned, I’ve been trying to get back into the habit of going to the gym again. After taking a break for several months, I’m surprised that I’m not having as tough of a time getting back into interval running as I thought I would have. Of course I am pretty sore after, but I haven’t needed to make any big modifications to my workout this time around. Just taking it a little slower of course, I don’t want to rush into it and risk injuring my body. Once my body gets back into its regular routine again, I can pick up the pace in my routine and challenge myself more. A little back story on my fitness journey, I used to be really hard on myself when it came to exercise and diet; it was borderline unhealthy. I was eating minimally and the foods did not consist of those that would give me enough energy to perform my best, and I would push myself way past my limits. Okay, let me rephrase myself, it was very unhealthy, but that’s another day’s story to complete. Over the years of many mistakes, I’ve learned to be a little easier on myself. Everything in moderation, right? I try to remind myself that I have plenty of time to improve myself. Or maybe that’s just what I tell myself when I cave and devour a whole box of macarons. Hehe! But aren’t these just adorable?! I stumbled across Ketsourine on Instagram and didn’t even know it was so close to me! We had to visit it. Hope you enjoy the cute photos I took from there!img_0346img_0343

The photo on the right is actually from last month when my hair was freshly dyed. I miss how grey it was! It’s still pretty ashy though, thank you Fanola: No Yellow shampoo! I just thought since I never shared my new color with you guys I would add it into this post; plus,  the colors worked well together. ♡img_0345img_0348img_0347They only let you pick two character macarons per small box, so I picked Totoro and Jigglypuff! ♡ The guy that rang us up noticed I was taking photos and asked if we wanted complimentary peach tea! He said he thought it would look nice for the photos (so nice, right?!!). You have to visit Ketsourine in Daly City if you live in the Bay Area. 🙂 img_0342

Spring Flare

img_0326Hi lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well. I’m loving the bit of sunshine the Bay Area has been getting lately! I can already feel Spring is just around the corner (which also means my birthday is too!). I hear the sunshine is only temporary, and that we’re still going to get more rain later on, but it’s nice for now. I couldn’t stand it if it was hot for too long. Although, the inconsistency of the weather does have me a little concerned if I’m being honest. What is the weather where you are? Hope you got a bit of sunshine this weekend too.

This past weekend, I went home to visit my parents for a few days. My sister is on spring break now so I wanted to spend some time with her during the break. On Sunday is when we took these shots and stopped by our favorite ice cream place in downtown Petaluma. There isn’t much to do in Petaluma itself, but if you are ever driving by and craving some nice gelato, stop by Lala’s Creamery. They also have vegan options (although I’ve never tried it). My two favorites are the Earl Grey Tea & Honey and Pistachio flavors. It has almost become like a tradition to take advantage of the nice weather and make a stop here. It’s usually super foggy and a bit chilly where I live so I wasn’t used to how warm it got that day; the sundae we shared was much needed! What’s your favorite dessert? I’m such a sucker for sweets, so honestly, it’s all my favorite. But in all seriousness, tomorrow I am for sure going back to the gym! It has been two months since the last time I’ve gone and for that matter, I’m going straight to the gym after work tomorrow! This will be the last sundae for a while. 😦

As promised, I finally have for you a new outfit look. I know it has been a while since I’ve posted one. The weather was just too beautiful not to! It was warm enough for me to wear my favorite off-the-shoulder top. I bought it towards the end of last summer so I wasn’t able to style it as much. I’m so happy it’s time to pull it out again. The flared sleeves make me feel extra primped. Hope you enjoy this look! Outfit details will be listed down below. img_0336img_0335img_0334img_0329img_0327

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img_0330img_0331Details: Top: Brandy Melville | Jeans: Forever 21 | Bag: Urban Outfitters | Heels: Forever 21 | Necklaces: Etsy | Bracelets: PuraVida | Rings: Etsy & ShopDixi

Spring Outfit Inspiration

Processed with VSCO with f2 presetHi lovelies! Hope you are all doing well. I haven’t been feeling my best lately, physically and mentally…but what can I say, I’m only human. I wasn’t able to get any new outfits together for you all because of the bipolar weather lately. It’ll be sunny in the morning and then by the end of the day it will start raining or hailing. The Bay Area weather has been completely unpredictable, so I apologize for lagging on the outfits lately. I recently made a Polyvore so that I can create cute little outfit ideas and inspirational looks for you all so I hope you’ll enjoy that for today! It’s so fun and I think I will be making more use of it in the future. I can’t  believe it has taken me this long to create one but I spent hours playing with it yesterday and here are some Spring looks I created. I tried to include pieces that are either already own or plan to purchase. Some are more higher priced but I tried my best to make it affordable [for the most part]. What’s great about Polyvore is that it includes prices and links to all the products, so not only will the details be below but you can purchase them too! Hope you all enjoy!
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What are some of your Spring staples?