Monday, June 5, 2017

New for May

All beauty products this time. I honestly didn't do any clothes shopping in May - I know, I know, and I wasn't even sick or anything.

If you follow my Instagram, you've seen most of these when I started using them. A lot of them are things I received in past Oui Please boxes and never used.

 It's official. After years of saying I suffer from eczema and being told by doctors to treat it with topical hydrocortisone creams but never more than twice a day and only for a few days in a row, yada yada yada, my frustration over the fact that I had to be making it worse when I scratched it without thinking in between applications, I went to our new doctor here in Nevada and found out I have plaque psoriasis. Knowing there's really nothing I can do for it, but getting some new recommendations for how to make it more bearable has been a God-send. It would be great if this Skinhaptics Massage Oil also came with the massage, but the oil helps to keep the flaking down to a dull roar. Actually designed for use on babies, it's guaranteed gentle enough for my tough skin.

I know why I didn't immediately begin using Histoires de Parfums Tubéreuse 2. It's described as a feminine floral, and as much as I like rose-scented skincare, I don't like floral scents, finding them overwhelming and tending to bring on headaches. But as it's warmed up, I started looking for my drawers for a lighter scent to wear this summer. Reading the description of the perfume notes, it sounded like everything I would normally look for in a scent: topnotes of tuberose, tangerine and cherry so a little fruity but citrusy, heart note of jasmine, one of my favorite scents, and base notes of patchouli, blond woods and vanilla for that spicy touch I choose most often. Lesson learned here, don't pay too much attention to the descriptions on the package.

I do not get excited about toothpaste. It's just necessary. So when I find a toothpaste I really like, it's pretty monumental. The Lebon Cinnamon-Mint Toothpaste is a uniquely flavored combo with the coolness of mint and the spiciness of cinnamon. Neither is over-powering, and they surprisingly work well together.

I really just wear eyeshadow these days on my upper lash line, but I was tired of the same old browns, so popped this beautiful Sothys Reflect Nocturne Iridescent Eyeshadow open. Not going to lie, it is amazing, but I was intimated that it would leaven me with a glittery green eye. Applying it to the same thin line I always do produced this amazing liquid-y green, metallic but not metallic, iridescent but not like highlighter effect. I am utterly memorized by it.

I was woefully remiss in using our pool last summer. I've never been a pool person probably because I'm so fair-skinned and burn so easily. This last weekend I knew I wanted to spend some time outside before it gets too unbearable hot, so I used this Supergroup! City Sunscreen Serum. I had never tried (or frankly heard of) a sunscreen serum before. Expecting it to be clear like most serums, I was surprised that it pumps out a pink/peachy color. It has a standard sunscreen scent - no coconut smelling tropical beach vibe here. It was not heavy which is to be expected from a serum and quickly absorbed although it did seem a little sticky. It's labeled as SPF30, and it is not water resistant. I did get a little pink, but probably due to not strictly following the reapply every two hour guideline. Because of the stickiness, I'm not sure that I would wear this under makeup on a daily basis.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

I'll Have Wine with That

Jacket: via Stitchfix
Dress: Similar here
Flats: Chanel
Necklace: Similar here
Bracelet: Bauble Bar
Rings: ASOS

We are quickly approaching the end of our first full year of living in Nevada. This time last year, we were packing and making multiple trips back and forth to California while waiting for the end of the school year and my onsite contract to wrap up.

One thing we've all said over the last two weeks, "I don't remember it being this hot at this time last year." I do remember being here for Memorial Day weekend and putting out some of my 4th of July decorations - which reminds me that I need to do that.

We've noticed lots of houses going up for sale in our neighborhood over the last few weeks which is either a sign that property values are rising and people want to make the most of it or just that school is out here already.

I'm seeing a slowdown in my travel for business, which is a good thing. We have a personal vacation planned for this summer but nothing like our vacation in France last year.

What are your plans for the summer? Any big trips planned or are you looking forward to a staycation?

Monday, May 22, 2017


Some of my favorite things lately...
BaubleBar does these little pull tie bracelets so well. They are cute and affordable, and they always have great new ones coming out. I've been wearing my evil eye lately.

My favorite pair of jeans right now are these slim boyfriends from J Crew. They aren't too baggy, but they are still much more flattering than skinnies, high-waisted or baggier boyfriends.

 The Bubbly shower gel from Lush was part of a Christmas gift. I've been using it sparingly because it's just so good, but I'm almost out, and I'll have to wait six more months for more. In the meantime, I think I'll be switching to Yuzu and Cocoa.
 I bought my Gucci bag about three years ago, and I didn't get a lot of use out of it at first. Now it's my daily carry. It's the perfect size, has a great dark brown color, and it works well with casual daily outfits or as a work tote. I wouldn't sneeze at someone giving me this version either.
My aesthetician tried to convince me that I needed the Murad Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence in my life, but it's pricey, so I fought it for quite a while. I finally gave in, and I have to say, it's worth every penny. This stuff has made my skin texture change dramatically for the better. I use it sparingly just once a day, and I know I'll be using it for a long while. 

Friday, May 19, 2017


Jacket: Ann Taylor
Dress: ASOS
Bag: Coach
Shoes: Ralph Lauren

First I started a blog, and I worked on it for a while. Then life got in the way, and I didn't blog as much. Then life really got in the way, and I didn't blog at all. Then I made some life changes, and I suddenly had time to blog again, but I didn't want to. There are several reasons why, but basically, it just wasn't clicking for me anymore. It wasn't fun; it was so much effort to take and edit photos, and, frankly, I didn't feel like writing.

But I finally had time, and I'm a blogger. I can't be a blogger if I'm not blogging. So I made the effort, and I blogged, and it was still a hassle and not fun or enjoyable, and I still didn't like it. I tried some different things that still didn't motivate me or make me want to do it anymore than before. So I didn't blog again.

And then suddenly last week, I was sitting at my desk one day, and I thought, "I really want to work on my blog." So now I'm back and I'm working on my blog again. Does this mean it's a for sure thing that I'm going to be committed and work at this? I think it's too early to tell, but it does mean that this week, I got a blog post up. That's more than a lot of weeks over the past two years, so that's something isn't it?

Friday, May 5, 2017


Cardigan: Old but similar here 
Pants: Forever 21
Shoes: Ralph Lauren (Old but there are some great mules here)
Bag: Gucci
Sunglasses: Coach

Today's Exercise: Yoga
Weight: 168.8 (-3.6)

April was a rough month for me. I had three consecutive weeks of business travel followed by a week at Disneyland and visiting family back in California for Spring Break. I had a really hard time staying motivated to find a way to get a workout in and make good eating choices while away on my own, and then on vacation, all bets were off.

As soon as we were back home, A started rehearsals for her spring showcase, and our dinner and workout schedule had multiple conflicts.

This week I finally feel like I'm back on track - just in time for my business trip next week. It's a vicious cycle.

Friday, February 17, 2017


Dress: Ann Taylor
Bag: Similar here
Shoes: Marc Jacobs
Jacket: RED Valentino
Lipstick: L'Oreal La Lacque in 203 Lacquerized

Location: Valentine's date with the hubs at Gordon Ramsey Steak in the Paris Hotel
Today's Exercise: Yoga Yin
Weight: 166.8 (-5.6)

Friday, February 10, 2017

My First Attempt at Vlogging

Jeans: J Crew
Boots: Sperry
Shirt: Wyatt - old but similar here
Coat: H&M - old but similar here
Lancome Juicy Shaker in Walk the Lime
TokyoMilk Dark Lip Elixir in Clove Cigarette No. 18
Dr Brandt Hint of Tint Pores No More is no longer available - the better untinted version is here

After thinking about it for a while, we decided to try vlogging on our drive to California for the holidays. I don't know how people are able to edit entire days down to brief and exciting snippets. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Cold in California

Jeans: J Crew
Boots: Sperry
Sweater: J Crew
Blanket Scarf: Zara
Coat: BCBG from 2 years ago but similar here

Update on my goals: With the new year, I played with my goals a bit. Still focusing on getting to the gym and getting to a healthier weight, and balancing work versus leisure. But I've been very successful building the habit of leisure into my day, so I'm not tracking it any longer. I'm still not sure what goal I'm going to replace it with, but as soon as I figure it out, you'll be the first to know. Did you make goals for this year?

Today's workout:       Yin Yoga
                                  Current weight: 169.4 (-3) 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Business Trip, Holidays, DMV, Diet Update, Tarte Neck Cream, Revlon

Tarte Maracuja Neck Treatment -
Revlon Kiss Balm in Crisp Apple -

New video up on YouTube. Thanks for watching and hope you had great holidays.