Safari Inn

Safari Inn

It’s always fun taking pictures in a different location. My friend Danni wanted to take me to this retro motel to take pictures before we headed out for the day. It made for an amazing backdrop and fun to take pictures in a completely different location than where I’ve shot before. Whenever I have guests come from out of town I go to places that I normally don’t get to all the time. L.A. has so many great areas and I tend to stick to the same spots. I eat at the same restaurants, shop at the same store and take the same streets around town. But having the chance to step out of the box, even if it’s not very far, is always nice. After our photo shoot we went shopping on Melrose, which I rarely do. I love vintage and secondhand shops, so it was great to pick through the clothes and try to find some goods.

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Banana Republic Sweater, Splendid Pants, Steve Madden Heels, Vintage Pink Sunglasses {similar}, J.Crew Necklace, J.Crew Bracelet

Note: I’m inspired to wear more retro fashion.

Appreciate the Small Things

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Lately my stress levels have been on an up and down roller coaster. One day I feel stressed out of my mind with a to-do list that will never get finished. Other days I feel at ease with the fact that I don’t need to accomplish everything. I’m usually stressed because I’ve put too much on my plate. I always want to do too much. It’s been this way since I was in high school, and with the responsibilities of adulthood it’s just that much more stressful to get everything done. And I don’t even have kids! But on the days when I’m not stressing and actually enjoying life, I’m able to appreciate the small things. The warm sun. The laughter of loved ones. A relaxing breath in yoga class. Often times when my mind is rushing back and forth, I forget about these little things. I forget to enjoy the moment, and that’s when I need to remind myself that not everything needs to get done today. Those are the days I relish. Those are the days I crave.

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J.Crew Blouse, J.Crew Pants, Movado Watch, Versace Shoes {similar}, Vintage Sunglasses {similar}, Gold Stud Earrings, Rebecca Minkoff Purse

Note: Appreciating the small things is easier said than done.

Vintage Australian Gifts

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My friend from Australia is visiting me this week while she’s in the U.S. for work. She’s an amazing singer-songwriter with the kindest heart. She knows how much I love all things vintage and sweets, so as a gift from Australia she brought me vintage games and pantyhose {because the box was cute} and chocolates. It was the perfect mix of goodies. I need to decide where I’m going to display the pantyhose box, it’s quite fashionable in it’s own right. It’s funny how you can not see someone for years {it’s been 3} and yet they understand you like no time has passed and you pick up where you left off. I’ll be showing off my beautiful friend next week right here on the blog, but just wanted to first share these cool vintage gifts she brought over.

Note: I can’t wait to tell you more about my friend Danni! Xo

Homemade Applesauce

homemade applesauce

I love homemade applesauce. Not only is it really easy to make and is the perfect cozy fall treat, but it also pairs equally as well with pork chops as it does with vanilla ice cream. Homemade applesauce always reminds me of my old neighbor growing up. She was the sweetest little old lady that would always knit us blankets and make applesauce. I didn’t have quite enough apples for this, so I used the two pears that I had instead. Pears will make the applesauce a little sweeter, so you don’t need to add in the extra sugar at the end.

homemade applesauce
 
 
Ingredients
4 apples (Any type but green apples)
2 pears
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3 lemon rinds 
2 tablespoons lemon juice
 
homemade apple pear sauce
 
Directions
1. Peel, core and quarter the apples and pears. Place them in a large pot. Add in the water, cinnamon stick, cinnamon, sugar, lemon rinds and lemon juice. (so add in all of the ingredients). If you don’t like a lot of sugar, add in half and add the rest in later to taste.
2. Bring to a boil on high heat. Then lower the temperature, cover the pot and maintain a low simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the fruit is tender and cooked all the way through.
3. Once they’re cooked remove the pot from the heat. Remove the lemon peels and cinnamon stick. 
4. Use a potato masher to mash the cooked apples and pears in the pot to make chunky applesauce. For a smoother applesauce run it through a food processor or blender. If you do use a blender, add in batches. 
5. Add more sugar to taste or lemon juice if it’s too sweet. Serve hot or chilled. It also freezes well and will last a year in the freezer.
 
applesauce in a mason jar
 
 
Note: This also makes a sweet fall housewarming gift.
 

Frozen Inspired Makeup

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This weekend I finally watched Frozen. It was the movie of the year, and it took me that long to get around to watching it. I’ve had “Let It Go” stuck in my head ever since. I was inspired by Queen Elsa to create this beauty look. Even though when you think of frozen you think of silver and blue ice, her eye makeup was actually purple.

Step one: Start with a fresh face. I prepped my skin with Murad’s Essential-C Day Moisture SPF 30 and Stila’s One Step Illuminate. This primer instantly brightens and illuminates the skin for an overall glow. Then I covered any spots on my face with Stila Perfecting Concealer and covered my dark circles with Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit. I then used Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 all over my face. This has great coverage. I never use foundation, just this loose powder.

Step two: Next are the eyes. I used a NYX purple palette. I brushed on the darker purple closest to my lash line and a lighter more maroon purple in the crease, blending the two together. I then applied Stila’s All Over Shimmer Duo on the brow bone and in the creases of my eyes. I also used this on my face, but I’ll get to that later.

Frozen inspired makeup

Step three. Line the top and bottom lash line with black eyeliner. For a dramatic cartoon-like look use liquid liner. I kept my look a bit softer and used Buxom Eyeliner. Then curl the lashes and add mascara. I used Stila Forever Your Curl Mascara. For Halloween I would skip the mascara and add fake lashes.

Step four: Add some shimmer to your face for that icy Frozen glow. I dusted on MAC’s Pigment in Vanilla on the outer corners of my eyes, along my lower lash line under the eyeliner and under the eyes near the bridge of the nose. I used Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow on the apples of my cheeks and topped it with the Stila highlighter. I also used this same shimmer duo above my eyebrows and down my eyes to create an overall glow.

Frozen inspired makeup

Step five: I finished the look with NYX Frosted Flakes lipstick. The name seemed perfect for the look I was creating. I also filled in my eyebrows a little with a light brown powder to create a defined look. This helps bring the attention to the eyes.

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Note: I would definitely wear a version of this Frozen inspired makeup look out at night.

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