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Nip Fab Skincare Review

Recently, I was gifted some Nip + Fab skincare, which I tried out for the first time. After a few weeks I immediately noticed how soft my skin felt. I don’t use many drugstore brands, but this is worth a try for an inexpensive line that hydrates the skin.

I started using the Bee Sting Fix Repair Shot without reading the instructions, and actually like the way I used it more than the suggested. After cleansing and toning my face, I rubbed a full dropper into my skin like a serum. I followed it with a moisturizer. The instructions say to add a few drops to a serum or moisturizer, which I tried, but didn’t think it worked as effectively. My skin seems to change from normal to dry once fall hits, so I need a bit more moisture.

Nip Fab skincare

The Dragon’s Blood Fix Mask is a hydrating gel mask that’s perfect to use during this transition season. It’s made with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and help refine the skin’s texture. I’m a huge fan or products with hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid. Both help keep the skin plump and are amazing for anti-aging. The main ingredient in the mask is Dragon’s Blood, which protects against environmental aggressors. Environmental damage is one of the biggest aging factors.

Nip Fab Skincare

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Beach Yoga

I recently posted about yoga, and how it’s one of the best ways to stay balanced in life. And there are so many more benefits. Yoga can also help open up your creativity. By doing poses that open up your Sacral Chakra, your second chakra, you can bring in more creative awareness and inspiration. I’m not saying practicing once and your creative genius will be revealed. Practicing yoga can enhance the creative experience. By meditating on the second chakra and doing grounding yoga poses that support this area of the body, you will find that you are more open to your creativity. This is just one of the reasons why I practice yoga.

If you’re looking to dig deeper into this work, then join me and my friend, Ashley Corlis, this Sunday for Creativity Flow Yoga. More details are below.

Where: Surfrider Beach in Malibu, by Tower 3, at 8:30am

What to bring: Towel or mat, journal, pen, and layers in case it’s chilly. It’s a $10 suggested donation.

Note: Would love to see you this weekend at the beach!


Alfred Coffee

Blue Bottle Coffee (Arts District + other locations) – The company works with farmers around the world to source delicious and sustainable coffee. They sell their coffee within 48-hours after roasting, to deliver peak flavor. In the cafes they are constantly tasting each coffee to determine which day it will achieve peak flavor.

Alfred Coffee & Kitchen (Brentwood + other locations) – This is one of the most Instagramable coffee and tea shops in LA. It’s hard not to want to take a pic of a delicious latte, with a cute coffee bar in the background. Alfred is known for it’s motto that is displayed in every location, But First Coffee. 

Alfred Coffee LA

Aroma Coffee and Tea (Studio City) – Not only is it another cute place to grab a coffee, but it also has amazing food. This is a neighborhood hot spot with lots of industry professionals meeting and working. The cafe is located in a converted house with expansive yard, which is used as the patio.

Aroma Cafe Studio City

Coffee Commissary (Hollywood + other locations) – The shop offers a variety of boutique roasters, all brewed to perfection. The Hollywood location is located in the Siren Studios Building, where you can sometimes spot talent coming in and out. The outdoor walk-up window is a quick and easy way to get your caffeine fix.

Coffee Commissary Hollywood

Rubies + Diamonds (Hollywood) – I love the inventive infusions at Rubies + Diamonds, which isn’t a jewelry store. Some of my favorites are Rose Vanilla Latte and Coconut Sea Salt Cold Brew. This is the place for coffee with a twist and it will get you away from the regular black cup.

Best Coffee Shops LA

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea (Venice Beach + other locations) – Intelligentsia’s mission is to make the coffee experience a memorable one. It’s an experience, from the act of making and brewing the coffee to the ritual of enjoying it. This is definitely felt in all of their shops and in the experience of waiting for a fresh cup.

Note: The best coffee in LA comes from the neighborhood boutique-style shops.



This summer was so hot I couldn’t think about wearing jeans, especially during the day. It still continues to be blazing outside. When the temps get this high the only type of pants I want to wear look a lot like pajamas. I reach for cool, airy cotton and loose fitting pants. I wear these harem pants when I’m lounging, and they have become great pants to write in. My writing attire has to be casual wear. Nothing restricted.

One Tribe Pants, Black Tee {Similar}


Photography by Abigail Collins

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Hotel Erwin – Hotel Erwin has some of the best views of the coast in Venice, and is located just steps away from the ocean and famous boardwalk. Locals and tourists enjoy sunset cocktails on the roof. One of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen was on the roof at Hotel Erwin.

Venice Beach House – For something less hipster and more California beach house chic, book a room at this quaint inn. The home was built in 1911 by Venice Beach developer Abbot Kinney. The house fit perfectly in his romantic concept of Venice in America.

Venice Beach, Natalie Zimmerman, Shopping


Venice Canals – One of my favorite things to do in Venice Beach is walk the canals. It’s peaceful and relaxing, makes for some cute pictures, and you can check out all of the different houses along the way. The man-made canals were built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney, but since then a lot of the canals have been drained and turned into sidewalks.

Venice Boardwalk – Muscle Beach and the boardwalk are often times what people think of when they hear beaches in Los Angeles. The boardwalk stretches about a half mile along the sand. From here you can look out over the Pacific Ocean and watch the surfers and boats roll by. Shops, restaurants, street art and artists, all make up the famed boardwalk.

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Abbot Kinney Boulevard – This upscale shopping district is a nice place to get away from the crowds down by the beach. There are lots of boutique shops, restaurants, and bars. There are too many to list, so make it a destination and check them all out. It’s one of my favorite shopping destinations in LA.


Late Sunday Afternoon – It feels like you’re walking into someone’s home when you step into Late Sunday Afternoon. It’s located on the trendy strip of Lincoln Blvd in Venice, where new restaurants and shops are popping up all the time. The company works with dead-stock fabrics from downtown LA to make scarves, ascots, pocket squares, and more. They also sell unique gifts from other creatives, which makes up their small local shop and factory.


Christy Dawn – Christy Dawn, the founder and designer, uses deadstock fabric for all of her vintage inspired designs. Her classic looks are made by artisans in downtown Los Angeles. In order to minimize their carbon footprint, Christy Dawn uses deadstock fabric and sews a limited number of pieces, numbering each one that is made.

LCD – The high end boutique focuses on supporting new up-and-coming designers and emerging their customers in these designs. They also work with new jewelry designers, photographers, and artists. This is a location for all fashion and art lovers.

Strange Invisible Perfumes – Although it’s sold internationally and online, the best place to shop for these perfumes is at the flagship store on Abbot Kinney. The owner developed the brand to make high-end perfumes from authentic botanical essences. All of the natural fragrances are bottled in Venice.

Note: Fist three photos by Abigail Collins.