Let’s be honest — I’ve been in sweats for the majority of 2020. I’ve worn a variety of sweat sets, knits and actual pajamas all year long but I’m so excited for Holiday season because it’s officially OK to wear cute PJs all day.
You know how much I love knitted sets. Even though they’re super comfy, I can wear them but still look put together. Knit sets have become something of a uniform for me, both when I’m up and working and when I’m headed to bed.
Matching sets feel like a grown-up version sweatsuits and a more sophisticated version of athleisure. They’re loungewear taken to the next level, and they’re the easiest way for me to feel more done up than I actually am (which is a total necessity these days).
Take a look at my favorite knit sets that I can wear from my couch to my next Zoom meeting.
2020 has been a rough year for small businesses around the country, so I’m doing my best to support small and local brands and designers as I work through my holiday list. Here are some of my favorites that I’ll be shopping at this year.
This is a new beauty retailer that is focusing on BIPOC-owned brands, especially ones that cater to BIPOC customers and concerns. I love that all of the brands that are carried at Thirteen Lune are independent, small businesses that I might not have heard of otherwise. They currently carry a multitude of products for skin, body, and hair, but are quickly expanding with more options.
Owned by my friend and fellow influencer Cass Dimicco (check out her episode on my podcast!), Aureum makes statement jewelry for every occasion. I love that the pieces are such standouts in any collection. You can wear them dressed up or down, with sweats or a gown. Any jewelry lover in your life will love anything from Aureum.
You’ve probably been seeing Brandon Blackwood’s line popping up all over Instagram, and for good reason. He makes unbelievably beautiful luxurious handbags, all at an affordable price point. His collections often sell out quickly so make sure you turn on post notifications on Instagram and sign up for his email list so you can be notified of restocks.
I’m always so excited when I get to support my friends’ businesses, and Desi Perkins’ line of sunglasses is one that I’m more than happy to plug. Sunglasses are such an obvious move for Desi, which is why her collection is so good. Her sunnies are so chic and high fashion, all at an affordable price point. The frames are also really unique so you’ll be able to find things that your loved ones don’t already have in their collections.
I’m constantly looking for fashion brands that are lesser-known but still chic, which is why I was so thrilled when my Instagram algorithm showed me The Source Unknown. It’s a minimalist brand — totally my aesthetic — that embraces strong silhouettes and features like padded shoulders and asymmetric hems. Clothes from their line are perfect for the fashionista in your life who wants statement pieces in their wardrobe.
One more friend to plug! Jackie Aina’s line of candles is perfect for literally everyone on your list. She has scents to match every, well, mood, and the jars are so cute, you can use them for decor afterward. Grab one of her collection sets so you can gift a couple candles and keep the others for yourself. and they smell sooooo good.
You all know how much I love decorating my house, but I know it can get expensive. That’s why I’m so glad Goodies LA exists. It’s a local LA chain that focuses on sustainable, affordable home decor. They have three collections — Ceramic, Wood, and Marble — and have pieces ranging from flatware and utensils to catch-all trays and jewelry dishes. They even have some small furniture. The best parts? Everything is $25 and under, and they focus on sustainable practices. It’s a win all around! Pick up some things for your loved ones, and maybe even grab somethings for your place, too.
Hope this helped as you wrap up your last minute shopping! (Forgive the pun.) Let me know what your favorite brands are on this list!
I couldn’t be more excited that winter is almost here. It doesn’t get very cold in LA, but that doesn’t stop me from getting in the mood for the season. The temperature drops (a little), people start hanging their Christmas lights, and I finally get to wear layers again — it’s the best.
I’m getting cozy for the colder months ahead with the help of a few of my favorite fragrances. Candles, perfumes, and scented lotions are getting me in the mindset for the holiday season — even if the scents aren’t directly holiday-related.
What I Look for in My Fragrances
For the winter season, I want to feel cozy. Warm, inviting scents that remind me of a crackling fireplace and a hot cup of cocoa are my faves. These fragrances are sophisticated and mature, but light enough to be worn or lit everyday.
I love wearing perfume (even though I have nowhere to go) and often light candles at home. Scented lotions and creams are on this list since I have to carry one in my purse at all times. Washing my hands and using hand sanitizer has seriously taken a toll, so having a cream on deck is a necessity.
Though dealing with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and having to stay home has been challenging, one thing that I’m grateful for has been the regularity of my morning routine. The past two months have allowed me to really get comfortable at home and to build a regimen that I can stick to. My morning routine really helps me get my day started on the right foot and ensure that I’m in the proper headspace to have the most productive day possible.
Read on to learn more about my morning routine and some suggestions to help you build yours.
Prep: Write Your To-Do List The Night Before
I want to wake up each morning knowing exactly what I have to get done that day. For that reason, I write out the day’s to-do list the night before. Doing this ensures that I’m not forgetting anything and that I can hit the ground running
Wake Up: Skip Your Phone & Start Your Routine
I’ve found that I have the best mornings when I start my day without looking at my phone. I’ll fix my bed and do a quick meditation. One thing I never skip is my glass of lemon water, which helps me stay hydrated, is a great source of vitamin C, and does everything from aiding digestion to improving the quality of my skin.
Get Moving: Work Out To Get Your Blood Pumping
You might not be a morning workout person, but I’ve found that I’m less motivated to do my workouts the later in the day it gets. So after I’ve finished the first part of my routine, I’ll tune into a workout on any of my favorite apps: The Sculpt Society, Melissa Wood Health, Pilates by Amanda, Tone It Up, or Sweat.
Get Ready: Putting “Real” Clothes On Makes A Huge Difference
After my workout is over, I’ll take a quick shower and get dressed. Working from home, it can be easy to just spend the day in PJs, but I always feel a little more productive when I feel like I look cute, too. Even if I’m just wearing elevated loungewear, getting properly dressed is the cherry on top of a morning routine that makes me feel ready to take on the day. (PS: Check out my Cozy Edit and Summer Loungewear blog posts for inspo!)
Now that my entire routine is over, I’m finally ready to start my day. I look at my to-do list — which, of course, I wrote out the night before — answer any pressing emails, then work through my checklist.
What do you try to include in your morning routine everyday? Let me know in the comments below!
Below, check out some dresses that I’m loving for the summer season, even though I don’t have anywhere to wear them.
White & Ivory Sundresses
White and ivory sundresses are absolute staples for summer, especially ones that have a twirly skirt. These dresses are lightweight and ultra-flattering so that anyone can wear them. They’ll fit a variety of occasions, from a day at the beach to a safe, socially-distanced brunch.
Neutral Casual Dresses
Whether you’re running errands or running to your door to meet your Postmates driver, there is always a reason to have a few casual dresses on hand. Neutral palettes are a must for me, as all of you know, so this list is full of black, tan, olive, and cream dresses in casual cuts and fabrics.
Patterned & Colorful Dresses
Tie dye and animal print don’t seem to be going anywhere, so of course I had to pick out a few faves. And though I’m usually a neutral girl, I occasionally like branching out into more colorful hues like chambray blue and burnt orange.
I know, I know. You’re probably not going anywhere except from your couch to the kitchen, but on the off chance you’re going to an outdoor wedding or just want to have a fancy photoshoot at home, these dresses have you covered.
Which of these dresses are you absolutely loving? Let me know in the comments below
If you regularly work out like I do, you probably know how hard it is to maintain your hairstyles in between sweat seshes. Blowouts don’t last more than a day or so, your roots get super greasy, and your strands become more prone to breakage and damage. But these post-workout hair care products can help maintain your hair’s health even if you work out everyday.
Slip Silk Scrunchies
You all already know that I absolutely love Slip Silk’s products, but I especially love their Midi Scrunchies for workouts. They’re super comfortable in my hair and I never have to worry about creasing or pulling my hair out.
Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder Post-Workout Dry Shampoo Mist
If you’re not a fan of traditional dry shampoo powder sprays, you might love Bumble and Bumble’s dry shampoo mist more. Formulated specifically for post-workout hair care, it leaves your hair feeling super clean without the texture or grittiness that some powders have. Plus, since it’s a mist and it gets your hair a little wet, you can blow dry and restyle your hair after your sweat sesh.
Pantene Sulfate-Free Cheat Day Dry Shampoo Foam with Vanilla & Jasmine
This Pantene dry shampoo foam is relatively new to me, but I’ve been loving using it so far. Dry shampoo foams are great because you get all of the oil absorbing benefits, plus volume without any added texture. Foams are especially great for people with wavy hair like me because it helps you scrunch up your hair into its natural curl pattern. I also love that this one smells so light and fresh.
No matter what your hair type is, sweat will always make your strands dry out. That’s because sweat and heat open up your hair’s cuticles, but if you don’t hydrate immediately after, your hair isn’t getting the moisture it needs. (Think of it like washing your face with warm water then not putting moisturizer on afterward.) For this reason, it’s always important to keep a hair oil in your post-workout hair care arsenal. This Moroccanoil Treatment is lightweight, suitable for all hair types, and helps protect hair against future damage.
Aquis 01 Prime Water Defense PreWash
Wet (read: sweaty) hair stretches and swells, which leaves it very fragile and prone to breakage. For that reason, you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to strengthen it, like using the Aquis Prime Water PreWash. Regular use of this helps reinforce your strands, so spritz it on dry hair before every wash.
Oribe Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub
If you’re working out regularly, that probably also means that you’re regularly using styling products like dry shampoo and others. These products — along with sweat from your workouts — can lead to buildup on your scalp, so it’s important to use an exfoliating scrub at least once a week. (You can scrub more often if your hair is on the oilier side.) The Oribe Serene Scalp scrub not only smells incredible, but it really works into your roots to pick up all of that built-up product and sweat.
Lush American Cream Conditioner Bar
Did you know that a lot of shampoos have harsh detergent-like ingredients in them that strip your hair of all of its natural oils, which can leave your locks drier than sweating does? If you’ve had issues with hair fragility or dryness because of frequent sweating and washing, try implementing a co-washing routine. Co-washing means that you wash (and condition) your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo so that you can maintain the hydration in your hair. Lush’s American Cream conditioner bar is perfect for co-washing on-the-go because it leaves your hair super luscious and moisturized. Plus, the solid bar means you don’t have to worry about spills in your gym bag, and no packaging is way better for the environment.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
After washing your hair, you’re going to need a quick dry so that you can head out to wherever you need to go. For this, I will always stand by my tried and true Dyson Supersonic. It dries hair super fast without excessive heat to prevent hair breakage, and it leaves hair looking and feeling sleek and shiny.
What products do you love using in your hair after workouts? Let me know in the comments below!
I’m a firm believer in making your home your sanctuary, and since I moved into my place, I’ve been loving finding ways to decorate it and add my own personal flair. And though big furniture pieces definitely set the mood for a space, I also think that accessories are equally important. My minimal style in clothing definitely carries into my taste in furnishings, so it’s usually pretty easy to find things that mesh well with the Paris-meets-LA feel of my home.
Below, take a look at some catch-all trays, mirrors, baskets, vases and planters, and candles that I’m seriously crushing on right now.
You can never have too many catch-all trays. They’re perfect for jewelry storage, organizing your vanity or bathroom area, or just serving as decor. I typically gravitate toward minimal catch-alls that can serve multiple purposes. For example, one that I linked also has a wireless charger so you can leave it on your entry table and quickly charge your phone before you head out the door.
As someone who is definitely on the mirror selfie train right now, I can’t deny the importance of gorgeous mirrors around your home. Whether they’re hung, mounted, or leaning against the wall, mirrors can make a space feel larger — and the right one will make a space super chic. I love gold and neutral-framed mirrors to give a space a little extra glam.
Like catch-all trays, you can never have enough baskets. They’re easy to throw in any room for any purpose — storage, planters, or anything else you need. I keep all of my at-home workout equipment in my living room and I don’t want it to look out of place, so I use a nice basket like one of these to blend the storage into my living room decor. Woven baskets are always easy to place around your home, especially if your tastes lean more boho and neutral.
Vases & Planters
What I love about vases and planters is that they’re so versatile. Obviously, you can use them for house plants and flowers, but I also love that vases are such easy decor items. I have a few on my entry table just for show, and I can easily move them throughout the house to places that need a little filling, like bookcases or shelves. If you want to keep something in your vases but don’t want to worry about keeping plants alive, invest in some dried grasses that will look beautiful year-round.
Though candles are primarily used for making a space smell better, they can also be an integral part of your decor. Candles are often housed in beautiful jars, bowls, and dishes that can be reused after you burn through the wax, so find ones that match your space. You can later turn them into planters, storage, or just extra decor.
Which of these items did you love? Let me know in the comments below!
Everyone knows that summer is the brightest season of the year, and even though LA has year-round sun, I always have to a little extra shopping to make sure I have all of the accessories I need for the season. From sunscreen, to sandals, and everything in between, I love stocking up on accessories that make my summer wardrobe feel a little brighter. So of course, I can’t forget to snag some beautiful sunglasses to add to my ever-growing collection.
Below, check out some of my favorite sunglasses to stock up on for the summer and beyond.
Celine Cat Eye Sunglasses, 50mm
If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that these frames are my absolute favorite — I’m wearing these in almost every pic on my feed where I’m wearing sunglasses, and I even own them in multiple colors! The oversized cat eye is dramatic, but still timeless. I love that I can wear them both with dressy and casual clothes. They’re enough of a statement to stand out, but they still fit in with my minimalist style. It really is a sunglass match made in heaven!
If you lean more toward rounder frames, try out these ones from Quay. The Aussie-based brand is known for their epic collab capsule collections but their standard frames like the Jezabell are all amazing as well. These frames are more like round squares and they have an oversized look that can feel both glamorous and chill.
I love aviators with a more unique shape like these Illesteva frames. These have the signature aviator bar at the top, but the outer bottom corners don’t come down too far. That way, they don’t hit my cheeks every time I talk or smile. Plus, the slightly angular shape of the lenses makes these feel slightly edgier than your typical aviator.
If you love the Celine sunglasses but want something a bit smaller — and more affordable — check out these bestsellers from Madewell. It comes in two different tortoise finishes so you can pick the one that best suits your vibes. The frame itself is a bit more cat eye-like than the Celine frames, but their overall size is smaller.
’70s-inspired clothes and accessories are trending this year, so you should definitely snag some sunglasses to match. These fun frames from Oliver Peoples are rose gold-tinted and slightly transparent all over with a reflective lens, making them some of the most subtly bold sunnies in your arsenal. I also like that these have a really flattering shape that would suit most face shapes and sizes.
Though her sunglasses haven’t launched yet, I have to shout out my friend Desi Perkins! She is officially launching her sunglasses brand, Dezi, at the end of the month. The brand is launching with six different frames that are all so fun and chic. I can’t wait for you all to be able to get your hands on them!
What sunglasses do you always have on rotation? Let me know in the comments below!
Perhaps pre-quarantine, you may not have ordered food or groceries that often. (or if you’re like me I Postmates a little too much.) The cost of delivery can seriously start to add up, so you may not want to incur the extra expense. But because COVID is keeping most of us home — and restaurants in LA are only open for pickup or delivery — ordering out has become the new normal or even if you’re just trying to save time. From groceries, to meal-prepped ingredients, to full meals, it’s incredible how much food can be delivered right to your door.
If you live somewhere that’s still mostly locked down like LA and are trying to continue staying socially distant as much as possible, try taking advantage of these food subscriptions and delivery services.
If you’re unfamiliar, Thrive Market is a digital grocery store that focuses on healthy, organic, and non-GMO products. You can customize your “market” to whatever your dietary restrictions are, whether you’re keto, gluten-free, vegan, or have food sensitivities or allergies. They offer everything that you would find packaged at a normal grocery store, including frozen foods (just no fresh produce, meat, or seafood), ranging from snacks, to beauty products, to home cleaning products, to supplements.
Something else I love about Thrive Market is their focus on sustainability: They source all of their products ethically and sustainably, their shipping is carbon-neutral, their warehouses implement a zero-waste policy, and everything arrives in recyclable or compostable packaging. It’s a company you can really feel good supporting, and all of their products will make you feel good inside, too.
I know there are seemingly hundreds of different food delivery services, but the one that I love above the rest is Postmates. While some food delivery services only handle meals, or maybe only handle lunch and dinner (but no breakfast), Postmates is available for everything. You can order alcohol, groceries, and of course or even just a dessert (so guilty of ordering frozen yogurt!) There are almost endless possibilities of the things you can order on Postmates.
Plus, if you’re an Unlimited member, you get free delivery on every single order (which is a huge win if you find yourself ordering a lot). Make sure you have your push notifications turned on for the app so you’re alerted when they’re having a 24-hour flash discount, which actually happens pretty often.
P.S. If you’re in LA, try our Summer Fridays x Craig’s Vegan Vanilla Cloud ice cream available on August 12th on Postmates
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m not a huge cook. I like buying my meals already prepared, and for the ones I do have to cook myself, I like them to be as easy as possible. What I love about Daily Harvest is that it gives you so many different options for healthy frozen soups and drinks that you can easily prepare yourself (just blend!). All of their products are delivered to your door farm-frozen (meaning the ingredients were frozen immediately after they were harvested) and meal-prepped (no knife work for you!). All you have to do is follow the instructions.
I really like their soups for lunch and dinner, while the oat bowls and chia bowls are perfect for breakfast. They also make smaller items like smoothies, “scoops” (their dairy-free and gluten-free ice cream, yum!), “bites” (little balled-up snacks), and lattes. It’s so easy to stock up on a bunch of these in your freezer and use them when you’re running low on groceries or don’t feel like putting in too much effort for a meal.
Going to the grocery store might scare you right now, and that’s totally understandable. That’s where Instacart comes in. The app is designed to let you shop from your favorite grocery stores with the convenience of having it all delivered. It saves you time so you don’t have to go to the grocery store and keeps you socially distant in the process. Grocery store availability changes based on what city you’re in, but in LA, they have tons of popular options, including Sprouts, Gelson’s, and Ralph’s, as well as specialty stores like CVS, Petco, and BevMo.
Did I miss any of your favorite food subscriptions or delivery services? Let me know in the comments below!
With the number of coronavirus cases increasing all over the U.S., many people I know (myself included) are trying to be as cautious as possible. Having been on lockdown in LA since March, I totally understand the need to get out of your house, but unfortunately, travel and socializing is a little limited right now. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little fun from home!
Check out three at-home staycation ideas for you to try out — whether you have a small quarantine crew, are hanging with friends over Zoom, or are just chilling on your own.
If you can’t travel right now, but can bring it to your house instead! If you’re handy in the kitchen, this is the perfect way to have fun preparing a meal and feasting after. Turn on some music, pour some tequila, prep all the usual taco fillings, and have a ton of fun! This is a great one to do with your quarantine crew because each person can contribute something different.
Virtual Slumber Party
If your closest friends are spread out and you can’t see them in person right now, not to worry — you can always host a virtual slumber party! Slip into your coziest loungewear, apply your favorite Summer Fridays mask, and get ready to have a ball with your favorite gals (socially distanced and over Zoom, of course). You can play games, do your masks together, or just hang and catch up.
Picnics are such a romantic thing, regardless of whether you’re doing one with your partner, your bestie, or just on your own. You can pack up your favorite snacks in a cute little picnic basket, throw on your breeziest sundress, and head out to your favorite outdoor destination. If you don’t have a grassy backyard at your disposal, you can picnic at the beach or neighborhood park (just remember to bring your mask).
What are some of your at-home staycation ideas? Let me know in the comments below!