When was the last time you didn’t set an alarm, slept in and woke up with zero agenda or set plans? If you can’t remember, then trust me, you’re not alone! Even on the weekends, most of us get up and go-go-go. I looooove a productive morning but I think it’s also so incredibly important to have at least 1 day a month (weekend… or weekday!) where you give yourself a “personal day” to catch up on sleep, slowly roll out of bed and do all of those self care/self love/girlie things that help you reset. Maybe it’s one of the things I touched on in this post, or even just casually strolling to your favorite coffee shop, indulging in a little treat, and people watching. Charlie and I headed to one of my favorite local bakeries; Gjusta, the other day after I realized I hadn’t had a quiet morning like that in ages. I can’t tell you how good it felt to leisurely move about my day with no set agenda! Sometimes, we need to just throw out our normal schedule/routine and leave time to “stop and smell the roses.” I’ve found that taking little moments like that give me clarity and really boost my creativity. I’ve been obsessed with everything rose lately (how gorg is this shade of these roses btw?!)… and cannot get enough of Philosophy’s new Pure Grace Nude Rose perfume, a more whimsical take on their signature scent, Pure Grace. It has a deeper, richer rose scent than most rose fragrances, with notes of cedarwood, neroli and bergamot. It gives off the perfect floral rose musk smell and exudes that uncomplicated, bare, feminine, effortless grace vibe that I’m all about. I love that the collection features an eau de toilette, shampoo, bath + shower gel, and body lotion which is sold exclusively at Philosophy.com or Macys. I keep one set in my bathroom and one set in the guest bathroom. Guests are always commenting how luxurious it smells and I can’t disagree! I like to put a drop of the shower gel in the tub for an extra bubbly bath. Ahhhh the best! This week’s giveaway is… you guessed it ;) A set of the entire Pure Grace Nude Rose collection + all of my favorite lazy morning goodies like a plush robe, slippers, and silk eye mask. To enter, simply sign up for my newsletter and comment below “Signed up” (even if you’ve already subscribed still leave a comment for a chance!) The winner will be announced on Friday!
Over the past few years – and even more so in the past few months I have come to understand the importance of little self care/self love rituals that leave me feeling centered, balanced and recharged. I’ve mentioned my nighttime rituals here, as well as my 10 favorite ways to relieve stress and unwind here, and today I wanted to share 10 ways I pamper myself at any given time throughout the week. All of these rituals are easy, inexpensive and can be done virtually anywhere.
1. An at home mani/pedi.
There’s something sooooo therapeutic about plopping down in front of the TV and painting my own nails. I’ve been using essie for years (Marshmallow is my go-to!) and am obsessed with their new Treat Love & Color 1-step system. It’s infused with collagen which makes nails stronger and brighter (woohoo!) – AND comes in 4 of the prettiest neutral shades (I’m wearing this ivory rose color called “In a Blush.”)
2. Load up on every magazine that catches my eye at the grocery store and give myself at least an hour (or two!) to flip through them.
It’s funny how something so simple can bring you so much joy – yet so often gets pushed aside because we are all too busy. I make an effort to carve out time for self care/self love rituals like this because I know it makes me overall happier and more productive. It feels indulgent to have a big stack in front of me and just leisurely read all of the articles, bookmark things, and clip out inspiring pictures to put on my bulletin board!
3. Binge watch trashy reality TV shows, old movies, documentaries or Sex and the City.
Again, this is something so simple that can easily get pushed aside, yet is so beneficial and helps me recharge after a long day of being “on.” I love any and every Audrey Hepburn movie (Roman Holiday is my fave) and I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I have practically every Real Housewives episode DVR’d!
4. A fresh bouquet of flowers for my kitchen counter and nightstand.
When I first moved to LA, I missed all of the great NYC flower bodegas! Now I’ve been hitting up local farmers markets for fairly inexpensive blooms. It’s amazing how a bright pop of fresh flowers when you first walk in a room can instantly perk up your mood.
5. Put on a face mask 3x a week.
I do this while I take a bubble bath or meditate. This one is great and so is this one (more expensive but I’ve noticed big results.) I mentioned this in my nighttime rituals but it can be a morning thing too ;)
6. Burn my favorite candle and blast music with these speakers.
I love lighting a bunch of candles (or just this one which is strong enough to penetrate the entire upstairs – PS I’m giving one away!) and blasting music from Kygo, Odesza or Zhu. It helps me power through emails, organize, clean, etc! It’s funny how much more productive I am when my house smells yummy and there’s good music in the background.
7. Invest in pretty PJs.
I used to think it was silly to buy pretty PJs when no one would see them, but it’s fun to do it for yourself! I love this black lace chemise from Eberjey. It’s so soft and elegant. It just makes me feel glamorous! LOL
8. Curl up on my shearling rug with Charlie and a good book.
Did you know that real shearling rugs actually have health benefits?! Besides being ridiculously cozy they relieve aches and pains, regulate your body temperature, and are hypo-allergenic. No wonder I always feel so good after even 10 minutes of being curled up on mine!
9. Foam roll.
I used to think foam rolling was only for buff, super muscular fitness peeps, but after meeting with a top physical therapist here in LA, I’ve learned that it’s great for everyone. It may feel painful at first on certain areas, but once you get the hang of it – you’ll get addicted. Use it to work out muscle tightness, strengthen your core, massage your back, or alleviate pressure points. Even if I only have 3 minutes at the end of the day, I like to lay down on it (I line it up along the vertebrae in my back) and spread out my arms. It opens up my shoulders and helps reverse the hunching/slouching I do at my desk all day!
10. Last, but not least – I love to do a light at home yoga/stretching session either in the morning or at night.
Yoga keeps me feeling grounded, centered and balanced. I love that you can do just a few simple moves and instantly feel relaxed. Downward dog is a proven stress reliever and pigeon pose (which opens up your hips) really helps boost my mood. You wouldn’t believe how much emotion gets stored in our hips! I have two yoga mats – one thin one that I use in class or on my back patio, and one thick one I keep next to my bed. I also keep this exercise ball next to my bed – and bend over it for 5 minutes at the end of the day for blood circulation. It’s incredible how these simple, quick changes in my routine have helped my posture, metabolism and digestion!
I’m so excited to share this week’s giveaway as a part of my Wellness Series (which btw I’m so happy to hear you are loving!) It’s the entire Essie Treat Love & Color collection along with this Eberjey nightie, this yoga set, this Diptyque candle, and $500 of my favorite beauty products for you to use at home. To enter, simply subscribe to my newsletter and comment below “Signed up!” I’ll announce the winner on Monday!
What is it about the French? They just exude that effortless beauty, confidence, cool… It’s that “je ne se quoi” that captivated me all of those years ago (and even made me want to move there!) and that still intrigues me to this day. I had the pleasure of spending 4 days in Provence with the L’Occitane team and learned sooooo much about French beauty that I can’t wait to share with you. As a part of our trip, we were invited to peel back the curtain and see what really goes into the brand. We were taken to the exact lavender fields where the lavender for their products gets sourced, we went inside the lab and chatted with the scientists, we experienced essential oil and skincare tutorials from a woman who has been working for the brand for 20+ years (pictured here), and finally, got to have dinner with the founder who talked about the heart + soul behind the company. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I’m looking forward to sharing more pictures with you from the trip, but today I want to focus on the wellness aspect of it. The two most fascinating things I learned on our trip were how to give yourself a facial lymphatic drainage massage and the healing power of essential oils. A facial lymphatic drainage massage instantly de-puffs your face and relieves tension by getting the blood circulating. I consider myself pretty educated in the beauty realm and was shocked that I had never heard of this before! Let me tell you, it is a TOTAL game changer. If I wake up puffy from too much wine, salt, or lack of sleep, I take 5 minutes in the morning to do this and can instantly see/feel results. This tutorial walks you through every single step – ENJOY ;) The next thing I loved learning about was the magic behind essential oils. These photos were taken at a demonstration showing how they used to extract oils back in the day (essential oils have been used for over 5,000 years by cultures all over the world.) The darling woman in the picture with me, exuded that effortless French beauty and was probably one of the happiest, sweetest ladies I’ve ever met. She swims every single day (she was very proud of her swimming pool!) and grows all of her own fruit and vegetables in her garden. Talk about goals! This site talks about all of the different oils out there, but I wanted to highlight one in particular (my fave); lavender. Lavender oil can be used to treat just about everything from anxiety, to depression, digestion problems, headaches, cuts, jet lag, rashes, insomnia… I keep this roller of lavender oil in my purse and dab a bit on my wrists in the middle of the day to help me relax. I also use it when I travel and spray this on my pillow before bed. There are a ton of “fake” or poor quality lavender oils and oils in general out there, so do your research and be careful if you buy from an unknown source! For this week’s giveaway, I’m SO excited to be offering 1 lucky reader $500 worth of my favorite L’Occitane products (including lots of lavender goodies!) To enter, simply sign up for my newsletter and comment below “Signed Up!” The winner will be announced on Friday. XO
Here’s a little peek into my closet! I’ll be doing a full tour soon but wanted to share my pre-going out routine. During the week, I wear a simple nude bra. It’s basic, easy, offers full coverage and doesn’t show through whatever I’m wearing. On the weekends, if I have fun dinner or drinks planned I typically wear something that’s black, strapless and/or sheer. For those pieces, I like to wear a black bra underneath. I have three on rotation that I reach for: this black strapless bra, this wireless bra and this gorgeous lace balconette bra. Over the years, I’ve tried my fair share of black lace bras. The majority of them have turned out to be made of itchy/scratchy material, dig into my sides, or don’t offer enough coverage! This black lace bra from ThirdLove is hands down my favorite. It’s super supportive and made of the softest lace. ThirdLove carries such a wide variety of bras – from strapless, to wireless, push up, to lace, and racerback. I think of them as the modern day bra shop – to get started you can try on any one of their best selling styles before you buy them. Shop more of my favorite black bras from their collection below and enjoy your weekend!
My favorite time of day is at golden hour – when the sun starts to set and the light outside is a hazy yellow/orange color. I’m not a morning person (never have been!) and feel most creative/awake towards the end of the day. Over the years, I’ve gotten a ton of questions about the time of day I shoot my photos and it’s either around sunrise or sunset. The glow you get is just incredible. I was so excited when L’Occitane reached out and sent me their latest fragrance; Terre de Lumiére which was inspired by the Golden Hour. I love that the fragrance is zesty for summer with hints of lavender and honey, and has a white musk base that gives it that warm, intoxicating scent. The collection comes with this beautiful perfume, shower gel, and body lotion. You can read more about it here! Shop the new collection plus my favorites from the line (like this eye cream and this day cream) below.