Rainy Day in the Bay

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Coat (similar here and here)// Vest // Sweater(similar)// Pants// Boots// Bag (sold out – similar here)// Cary Lane Ring// Lip color

Hello 2016!

It’s been a few weeks, but I’ve taken some time to rest up and recharge for the New Year. Sometimes you need to give yourself a little break from the Holiday break to fully relax and indulge in the things that make you happy.

This time away has given me the opportunity to put some thought into the content and direction of this blog. Here are some of the things to be on the lookout for in 2016:

  • Career – Moving to Silicon Valley has challenged me in a variety of ways. You have to seriously be on your game here because there are lots of brilliant people (10 years younger than you even) doing HUGE things in the same amount of time you have. I will share some of things that have helped me grow in my career and what I’m learning along the way.
  • Home – We are making strides to make our little over-priced San Francisco apartment into a home! The design process comes with the added fun of working with my fiancee to find things that match both of our taste and at a good price. We will share how this develops over time.
  • San Francisco (and beyond) – Lots of travel is on the books this year. Also, there’s still so much to see and do here in the Bay. I’m excited to share this on the blog for those thinking of visiting the City by the Bay.
  • Wedding Planning – I’m getting married! It has still yet to sink in. We have a long engagement planned with lots to prep for the Big Day. I plan to share the process in hopes that it can help others planning for their wedding day, and get some advice in return!
  • Beauty – Thanks to being raised by a mother who is a makeup artist and model, I’ve picked up lots of tools of the trade along the way. I look forward to sharing some of these tips here  as well as some of my favorite products.

In the meantime, we are experiencing a downpour here thanks to El Nino. This is an interesting change of events after 5 years of a drought. This Saturday the rain stopped just long enough to take a walk out to the beach and the Palace of the Fine Arts. It’s a pretty incredible sight after near constant rain!

Afterwards, we grabbed a drink at our favorite bar, The Interval, and dinner at A16 in the Marina. If you’re looking for a cozy, upscale, Italian pizza spot after a day sightseeing by the Golden Gate Bridge, A16 is a must.

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FEATURED: Popsugar Beauty

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For as long as I can remember, Popsugar’s Beauty site, Bella Sugar, has been my go-to destination for makeup inspiration, hairstyling tips, and the like. So, when I had the opportunity to share some of my very own beauty advice on brightening tired eyes and maintaining that Summer glow through Fall on their website, it was perhaps one of the most exciting moments in this entire blogging experience! 

Check out my featured post on 2 Tricks to Instantly Perk Up Eyes! What are some of your tricks for waking up tired eyes from the Fall/Winter slumber?

The Minimalist

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In an arena where circus-like ensembles reign supreme aka New York Fashion Week, the Clover Canyon presentation was a breath of fresh air. While the SoCal brand is known for their abstract prints, the Spring/Summer collection put the power of the silhouette in the hands of the futuristically-structured clothing. Lightweight fabrics from organza to perforated neoprene captured the essence of the California girl where, in terms of clothing, less is always more. 
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What stood out most about the overall aesthetic was the juxtaposition of glowing makeup and 50s minimalists hairstyles on light luxe prints. Thanks to Redken 5th Avenue, I was able to go backstage with the leading stylists of their flagship salon, Cutler, and get tips and tricks on how this look was created.

Make Up: The overall look was that of the fresh-faced all American girl.
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Get the Look:

1. Apply The Sensual Skin Enhancer all over to create a radiant base. Mix with a pea-sized amount of Soleil de la Mar to get that extra bit of glow we often need in the winter. 

2. To illuminate the eyes, apply Kevyn Aucoin loose shimmer shadow from crease to lid. Then, use the Flesh Tone Lip Pencil (I like blossom or Cerise) to line top lid. Finally, apply essential mascara on bottom lashes only. 

3. For rosy cheeks, I swear by (as in you never catch me without this stuff) Chanel Creme Blush. All you need is a few dabs on the apples of your cheeks. 

4. To get that perfectly pink pout, apply matte lip color in timeless and top off with lipgloss in Reyna only on the middle of the lip.

Hair: 50s-inspired minimalist look crafted by Cutler Salon’s Linh Ngyuen
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1. Secure front section of hair in a top knot and section off a thin strip of hair on either  side of the temples to be french braided towards mid-crown. 
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2. Blow dry and straighten remaining sections. Then, tease and slick back front section of hair layer by layer. 
  • Tip: I like to use a bit of Redken Wax Blast to get that slicked back look while still maintaining volume.
3. Finish off with Redken Forceful 23 for maximum hold and to keep the look in place throughout the day.
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Breakfast at H&M

Holly Golightly said it best: “I’ll never get used to anything. Anybody that does, they might as well be dead.” 
These are exactly my thoughts when it comes to fashion and personal style. The opportunities to express your sense of style are abounding. Personally, I never want to get stuck in just one sort of look. This is what I did in High School (think Doug from Nickelodeon’s closet only all light blue t-shirts and jeans) and I’m never going back there again!
To avoid going into a fashion rut, one of my favorite things to do is give a classic look a modern feel. This past Sunday, I went for breakfast on Santana Row and shopping at H&M. On this particular day, I felt like channelling the much-admired Ms. Hepburn with red lips, stud earrings, a black and white checked skirt, and of course, Chanel sunnies. To modernize the look, I added an H&M neon lime sweater and studded belt.
So when it comes to personal style, experiment, be vast regardless of popular opinion, and as Ms. Hepburn would say, never let anybody put you in a cage.
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H&M Sweater// Black & White checked skirt (similar)// Forever 21 Studded Belt (similar)// Chanel Sunglasses// Stila Liquid Lipstick

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Event Makeup Tips: A Step-by-Step Guide

Tutorial

Part of my real-world job involves going to A LOT of events, many of which are black-tie, formal balls. Due to the number of events I have to attend and the short window of “get ready” time we have, I’ve been trying to teach myself how to do my own hair and makeup like the pros.
This past weekend, I attended our Silicon Valley Heart Ball in Woodside, CA. After posting pictures from the gala, a few people asked for a step-by-step post on how I did my make-up. Honestly, I’m still an amateur when it comes to this, but thought I’d give it a shot! 

Makeup Tutorial
To get my makeup to last throughout the event, I apply a very light layer of e.l.f. Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer all-over. I also apply Victoria’s Secret Matte FX Blotting Gel/Gel Absorbent to my eyelids as an eye makeup primer. The Victoria’s Secret VS Pro Airbrush FX Face Primer works similarly. 
Makeup Tutorial

When it comes to getting that airbrushed foundation, I follow these key steps:

  • Apply a pea-sized amount of BB cream to the back of your hand. I use Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream with SPF 35, also mentioned in this post. Using a beauty blender sponge, like this one, dab the BB cream on your face.
    • Hint- I dab a small amount on my eyelids and lips, but do not put any on my forehead.
  • Next, take a Kabuki brush and rub the BB cream into skin in circular motions.
  • Apply concealer underneath eyes from the inner corner to the outer lash edge and along the bridge of the nose. Use the beauty blender sponge to blend. I use e.l.f. concealer in “Beige.”
  • Using a highlighting powder, I absolutely swear by Ben Nye Super White Professional Face Powder (link at the bottom of post), take an angled sponge or the beauty blender and apply underneath eyes, along bridge of nose, on the lateral sides and middle of chin, underneath eyebrows, and on forehead (2 very small horizontal stripes). Blend using either sponge. 
    • Hint: A little goes a long way, so blend very well!
  • With a foundation brush, swipe a light layer of translucent powder all over face to set foundation. My go to powder will always be NARS Powder Foundation in “Santa Fe.”
  • Apply contour or bronzing powder along cheekbone line, on either side of nose, along chin line, and on temples. Blend with the beauty blender. Again, blend very well!
  • Swipe a bit of blush to the apples of your cheeks.
Makeup Tutorial

My eye makeup varies between events depending on the color of my dress and whether the event is indoors or outside. Hint: If you’re outdoors (which Saturday’s event was), take it easy on heavy, dark colored eyeshadows. Natural light calls for more natural-looking colors. I know it is hard to tell, but for Heart Ball, I went with a silvery eyeshadow with brown edges using the following steps:

  • Add another layer of the Ben Nye Super White powder underneath eyes to catch any fallen eyeshadow.
  • Apply an eyeshadow that closely matches your natural skin tone all over lid and above crease.
  • Then, I applied Bobbi Brown Chrome Eye Shadow in “Pewter” from the inner corner of the eye and 3/4 of the way over the lid
  • With a different brush, I applied Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in “Dark Chocolate” in a V- shape (along lash line and crease) to the outer corners of the eyes.
  • Blend by taking a gold-hued eye shadow and applying it to crease
  • Line eyes with black eyeliner and apply 2 coats of mascara
  • As mentioned in this post, I use Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping kit to add a bit of color to my now borderline blonde eyebrows.
  • Using the beauty blender or angled sponge, blend the powder underneath eyes and clean up any harsh edges.
Add your favorite lipstick and/or lipgloss, and you’re done!

Stay tuned for more How-To posts!
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