June Beauty Bag


This month I’ve been protecting my skin and hair, while still creating a healthy shine. When I want an instant tan I used the Lorac Tanalizer. I apply it to my legs and arms like body makeup for a natural looking glow. There’s a luminous glow that’s perfect for the start of summer. Just make sure to wash your hands right after if you don’t use a mitt.

On the weekends I’ve been using Scott Barnes Body Bling Platinum. This was created for fair skin, as the original formula is dark in color. This illuminating moisturizer gives just the right amount of glow without making the skin look too dark and glittery. Not only does it create a fun shimmer in the summer, but it also helps mask imperfections, so you feel confident showing off your legs.


I always make sure I apply sunscreen before leaving the house, especially in the summer time. Murad’s Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30 protects from the sun and helps restore a healthy complexion. Not only does it protect for the harmful damage trying to make its way in, but also boosts the skin’s natural protection. It’s not greasy like some sunscreens, which makes it easy when you’re rushing out the door. I like it because it doesn’t leave oil stains on my clothes and on everything I touch after I put it on.


I love the Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Protective Treatment. It’s lightweight enough to use everyday without making your hair look greasy. All you need is a small amount to repair damaged ends and dull hair. I apply it right after I blow dry or at night before I go to bed as an overnight treatment. It saves my hair when I wait too long between cuts.

I use the Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine on the ends of my hair to create a messy slept-in look, while also nourishing the hair. It’s a cream product, but it’s oil based, so it has the styling qualities of a cream and the protective qualities of an oil product. I use it when my hair is damp to create separation. If you want more hold with this, add it to a styling cream or wax.


Note: Sun protection is extremely important in the summer, so make sure you reapply your sunscreen after 80 minutes in the water, toweling off or sweating it off.

Weekend Getaway

One of my New Years resolutions was to take more spontaneous weekend trips. To my surprise the opportunity came up two weeks ago to take a trip to Ensenada, Mexico for the weekend. It finally came around! I’ll be traveling on behalf of Destination42, a destination wedding website where I’m a guest contributor. So look out for the post there, and of course I’ll be posting about my travels here. Follow along my weekend adventure on Instagram. Have a great weekend!

Note: Get spontaneous.

Ventura Boulevard

Ventura Blvd

Since my last post was all about the food in the valley, I decided to treat it like any other destination and highlight some great shops and things to do.


Sportsmen’s Lodge – This retro hotel is a Hollywood historic landmark. The restaurant and hotel was frequented by John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn and Clarke Gable. The remodeled rooms have kept the retro vibe, which feels like a blast from the past. Given the close proximity to the Hollywood attractions and studios, it’s no wonder the starts came to dine and relax at this classic hotel in the valley.


Soto Boutique – There are two locations on Ventura Boulevard, one in Sherman Oaks and the other in Studio City. This cute boutique offers trendy clothes and accessories at a reasonable price. Owned by two best friends, the boutique offers that same friendly vibe. If you’re looking for some summer basics, this is the spot to pick up a beach cover up or pool hat.

Crossroads Trading – This is my spot to buy and sell pre-owned clothing. Different from a thrift store, they only accept on-trend and in-season clothing and accessories. The buyers curate what will be in the store, as opposed to accepting anything and everything. The Studio City location is in the hub of the Ventura Boulevard shopping near Laurel Canyon.


Imagine Center – If you’re into New Age or simply want a pretty crystal necklace, then the Imagine Center is the place to stop. You can buy incense, crystals, Angel Cards and schedule a reading with the owner. They also have weekly events that are very enticing. On Tuesday evenings they have an evening healing service and Sunday afternoons it’s Oneness Meditation. That sounds amazing.


Beatbike - I was never into cycling until I went to Beatbike, it’s also a bonus that it’s located right next to one of the yoga studios I go to. As a newbie to cycling, it was awesome to have such a helpful staff and teachers to make me feel comfortable. The location is beautiful and the outdoor rooftop patio makes me want to hangout there all day. There’s fresh juice from Pressed Juicery and there’s no need to bring a towel or shoes, since they have you covered. Unless of course you want to wear your own. For someone new to indoor cycle classes this is a great place to start. They have everything set up for you!

Laemmle Theater – I love this theater! It only shows independent films, with a rare occasion of a larger release. It may not be the most modern movie theater with all the bells and whistles that they come with now, but you will get a good quality picture and sound, and see a film that you may not be able to otherwise. If you missed a film at a festival this is the spot to go and watch it after. I actually like that it’s an older theater. It reminds me of the theaters I went to as a kid.

Vino Wine and Tapas Room – Vino in Encino is an authentic Spanish tapas bar, severing up a large variety of wines and traditional shareable Spanish bites. Every night there’s live music starting at 7pm, which makes for a fun night out any day of the week. Vino is dark and intimate inside, making it a romantic date night spot. But it’s also perfect for a girls night out where you can grab a seat at the bar and gab over a glass of wine. I’ve done this plenty of times.

Note: First photo found here, all other photos borrowed from the company’s website.

My Favorite Spots to Eat in the Valley 

The Valley gets a bad wrap. Not many West-siders want to venture to the other side of the hill, but there are tons of great restaurants, cafes, and bars to explore. Here are some of my favorite spots to eat in the valley.


Pedalers Fork – This restaurant, coffee shop and bike shop has a cool rustic vibe, with old bike parts hanging from the walls. The restaurant serves amazing food and wine. The dark moody lighting makes it a sexy date spot. I haven’t had the need to test out the bike shop, but it looks just as stylish.

Quinoa Cakes

Sagebrush Cantina – This is a fun spot for a Sunday Funday brunch. It gets packed on the weekends, so it’s best to come early to get a table and plan to hang out for a few hours on the patio. The bottomless mimosas keep the crowd until the live music starts at 2pm. There are lots of live acts, so check the calendar online to see if you can catch one.

Woodland Hills

The Local Peasant - This gastropub serves up local craft beer, local wines, specialty cocktails and gourmet comfort food. The original location is in Sherman Oaks, which I also love. At this location the large bar sits in the center of the restaurant, with one side facing the front patio creating an open atmosphere.

Local peasant woodland hills

Healthy Greens – When I want something light and healthy, I’ll stop here to grab an acai bowl, juice or smoothie. From outside the strip mall it doesn’t look like much, but inside the music is going and there are tasty good-for-you treats.


California Pizza Kitchen – This is my neighborhood pizza joint. CPK has taken on a whole new look and added to the menu. They’re not just serving their famous pizzas. Right now they have summer items with strawberries, which is probably my favorite berry. The strawberry mango cooler is non-alcoholic and a refreshing drink on a hot valley day. The California Fields salad is my new favorite. I can’t resist a green salad with strawberries. Last time I visited CPK they let me throw some dough and make my own pizza. So fun!

CPK Tarzana

Lyfe Kitchen – There’s a little something for everyone at Lyfe Kitchen. There are separate menus for vegetarian, gluten free and everyone. Depending on what I’m in the mood for, I’ll order off any menu. The seasoning on the tofu tacos is the same as the fish tacos, so you’re definitely not missing anything when it comes to flavor.

Cici’c Cafe – You’re not going to leave hungry at Cici’s. This neighborhood spot known for its large portions and variety of decadent pancakes is worth the wait. There’s always a line mid-morning, so come early and fuel up before the day starts. Even though they’re known for their sweet dishes, the savory food is just as delicious.

CiCi's Cafe Tarzana


Le Pain Quotidien – I always know I’m going to get something yummy, fresh and organic when I go to Le Pain. The staff is very friendly and helpful and there’s a huge front patio at this location. My usual is either an egg dish or oatmeal, depending on what I’m in the mood for, but always includes a pain au chocolat and a latte.

pain au chocolat

Katsu-Ya – It’s a fresh sushi spot that isn’t going to break the bank. I’m quite particular when it comes to sushi and there are certain places that just don’t cut it. It’s raw fish. I think you have to be picky. This makes the list.

Studio City

Aroma Coffee and Tea – This was one of the first restaurants I went to when I moved to L.A. and I immediately fell in love. The converted house has lots of outdoor seating so it’s perfect on a warm day, which is practically every day. It’s one of my favorite breakfast spots and places to take peeps visiting L.A.. There’s also a cute bookshop inside.

Black Market Liquor Bar – This is another one of my favorite gastropubs. The food is AMAZING and the drinks are perfectly crafted. The owner and executive chef, Antonia Lofaso, was on season four of Top Chef and shortly opened the restaurant after that. All of the plates are meant to be shared, so you can save room for dessert, although the food is so tasty that might be hard to do.

Black Market Liquor Bar

Laurel Tavern – This is one of the valley hot spots and on the weekends there’s a line waiting to get in. This is a perfect place to meet friends after work for a drink. It has a fun lively crowd, plus the good food and drinks can’t be beat. It’s a little tough to get a table if it’s crowded, so you may have to stand until one clears up. You always have to wait for the good things.

Note: Pictures 1 and 6 were borrowed from the restaurant’s website.

Sexy Black One Piece Swimsuits

black one piece swimsuits

Clockwise from top left: Eres, Reiss, Ted Baker, La Perla, Target, Agent Provocateur

So my latest obsession is the LBS. Little black swimsuit. Ok, so I made that term up, but I really am craving a new sexy black one piece swimsuit. One piece bathing suits have gone to a whole new level with cutouts, mesh and sexy details. Summer trips are coming up fast {I’ll be in Ensenada next weekend!}. The more I think about my bikini, the more appealing the one piece sounds. Sexy doesn’t always mean showing more skin. But we all know that.

Note: Deciding if I should pull the trigger on another new swimsuit.

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