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How to Look Younger

  1. Wear Sunscreen – This is my number one beauty item I would take if I was stranded on a desert island. I’ve been wearing sunscreen every day since I was in junior high. Back then there weren’t as many options and not many options for a moisturizer with sunscreen. I would have to mix my Clinique yellow Dramatically Different lotion with body sunscreen and apply to my face. If you haven’t started wearing sunscreen every day, it’s never too late to start. Plus, it’s so much easier now that it’s in day moisturizers.
  2.  Sleep – I need my beauty sleep. I wish I was the type of person that could survive off of five to seven hours, but I’ve come to the realization that isn’t me. I can survive on seven hours, but eight is best. Not only do I feel better, but I look better. I don’t have bags and dark circles, which helps me look youthful. Like a teenager who gets 10 hours of sleep.
  3. Eye Cream – I’m a big fan of eye cream. Some people argue that it doesn’t work, you don’t need it, and that it’s a waste, but I beg to differ. I have been wearing eye cream since I was 18 and it has done me a good service. You won’t see instant results, but just like sunscreen, you will see the difference in your skin over time.
  4. Healthy Lifestyle – We’ve all heard this one before, eat a well balanced diet and exercise and you will feel better and look younger. Well, it’s true! We all know what our skin looks like when we’ve been eating like crap, it looks dull, lifeless, oily and over worked. Eating a well balanced diet and staying active will benefit you in more ways than one.
  5. Get Happy – Dr. Murad always says that the best facelift is a smile. I love that. And it’s so true. When you’re happy it shows on your face. You beam. You glow. It’s easier said than done: Don’t stress and be happy. But making small steps every day to living a happier life is the best way to feel and look better.

Note: Shop eye creams and SPF moisturizers for a younger looking you!



Located on the idyllic Malibu Pier, Malibu Farm is a romantic seaside restaurant where you can watch the sunset and children fish off the pier, while enjoying your meal or morning coffee. At the start of the pier is Malibu Farm Restaurant. This is a sit down restaurant with a large patio. There are two sections to the restaurant, one is the main indoor dining and patio, and the other is the walk-up coffee shop, which also has a ton of outdoor seating.


At the end of the pier is Malibu Farm Cafe. A bit smaller, with a smaller menu, but equally as tasty and cute inside. Here you order at the counter and take a seat. Everything at Malibu Farm is organic and locally sourced. There are vegan options and tons of healthy juices and elixirs to choose from.


After, you can take a stroll into the curated shop across the way. This isn’t your ordinary pier souvenir shop. Here you can buy specialty chocolates, soaps, and trendy gifts. Experiencing all three locations on the pier and enjoying the view makes for a relaxing time in Malibu.


Note: It’s also a picture perfect place for Insta pics and Snapchat stories.


Manuela DTLA

The downtown LA Arts District has come a long way. Just a few years ago it became a buzzy neighborhood with art galleries, trendy shops and tasty restaurants. Now, it’s even more so and I see it continuing to grow.

Manuela Los Angeles

One of the latest and already popular restaurants in town, Manuela, is located inside the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel art gallery in the Arts District. It’s such an amazing concept that blends together both food and art in an open air setting. Within the space there is a garden with fresh produce, herbs, and chickens that lay eggs for the restaurant. Talk about farm to table fresh. Within the gallery there’s a large courtyard with tables, sculptures, murals and street art. The restaurant also has lots of art on display and a sleek interior design, along with amazing Southern-style food.


Note: This is a definite must see for the food and art lover.




I kicked in my self-love intentions during winter break and have been keeping up with all of them. WooHoo! One of them is to maintain a strong yoga practice and hiking every week. With the active lifestyle it can sometimes wreak havoc on my hair, leaving it looking overworked and dull. I tried out this new line from Carol’s Daughter made with Rhassoul Clay and have been loving how it makes my hair feel.


The Rhassoul Clay line is the first clay-based collection from Carol’s Daughter, which also includes aloe juice and cactus flower, to draw out impurities, restore essential moisture and add touchable softness. Rhassoul Clay helps to gently draw out sweat and impurities without stripping the hair. It acts like a magnet to remove oil, but is gentle enough to use every day. The new line includes a sulfate-free shampoo, enriching conditioner, and softening hair mask.


Note: Available at Target.


Looking back at my 2016 travels, I made it to NYC twice, Auburn in Northern California, Las Vegas, Paso Robles, and Solvang to visit family. There were a few stops in Santa Barbara, but I don’t really consider that traveling or a weekend getaway. This year I’m hoping to go a little further and I plan on keeping weekends open for spontaneous trips.

Singapore – My good friend is moving to Singapore this week and I’m already planning a trip to see her. This will be my first time in any Asian country and I’m so excited. I’m planning to go this summer while I have a break at school. I’m leaving it up to her to plan where to go and where to eat. It will be less stressful that way too.

Singapore Skyline

Bali – While I’m in Singapore she wants to go to Bali. So we will take a short plane trip there. I’m still figuring out the details of the trip, but it will be at least two weeks. I’ll have to do a bit more research on Bali and get suggestions from friends who have been. All I know is that I will have to pack a lot of bug spray. Bugs love me.


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – This has been on my bucket list for years now. It’s an hour plane ride from Singapore and a 14 hour train ride. It’s so close, we have to go. I’ll need some suggestions on where to go and what to see. The only thing on my list is the Petronas Towers. I don’t know how much time she will be able to take off of work, so I may be doing this short trip solo.


Asheville, North Carolina – I didn’t get the chance to go to Asheville this year for my friend’s wedding, since I had just started school, so I want to go this year in March. I have a week off for spring break and still have a credit to the gorgeous inns that I booked. The city has been getting lots of press in travel and food magazines, which makes me want to go even more.

Asheville North Carolina

Note: Pictures found here – 1, 2, 3, 4