Fishtail Side Braid Tutorial

My hair is getting so long that it’s either always in a topknot, ponytail, or braid. However, one great thing about having long hair is that braids and up-do’s are pretty easy to do. One of my favorite braids to make is a fishtail because it only involves two sections that cross and overlap each other. I saw an Elsa-inspired braid on Pinterest and thought I would try my own variation of it. I twisted the front part of my hair to keep it out of my face, but adding some curls wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Another option is pinning back the front part of the hair and adding some cascading curls. There are a number of ways to tweak this hairstyle to make it your own, and that’s what makes it fun and interesting. Check out the video below to see how I achieved the look.

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My Favorite Chunky Wool Sweater

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When scrolling through Pinterest, you’re bound to find some great outfit inspiration for the fall season. LA has been a little late with the change in seasons this year – no surprise there. When the temperature finally did drop I was excited to finally wear my new chunky wool sweater. It was the perfect temperature when my husband and I decided to go for a walk to grab a coffee.

wool

wool

If you’ve driven in the South Bay up and down PCH you might have noticed The Boy & The Bear Coffee Roastery. They do pretty good coffee if you’re willing to pay for it. It looks like it would be a cool, different place to take out of town guests.

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By the time I got my coffee and started walking again I realized a wool sweater was not a brilliant idea after all. After shedding a few layers I felt normal again. My biggest take away from all of this? Wait for the temperature to really drop before wearing a chunky wool sweater, and always wear layers. That being said, I have worn this sweater several times since. Banana Republic has had some great sales going on that I took advantage of. I plan on wearing this wool sweater with a suede skirt and OTK boots, or even wearing it with a maxi skirt

woolBanana Republic sweater, FRAME denim, Blondo booties, Zara bag

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Happy Thanksgiving

The week thus far has been spent with family and friends who are here to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s such a wonderful time of year that I always look forward to. My husband and I will be going to my parent’s house tomorrow to celebrate. The plan is to walk to the beach after lunch so we’re not in the house eating all day!

Thanksgiving is a great reminder to be thankful for the things we have. I have been blessed with so much – a loving husband, family, friends, and fun opportunities like creating this blog. It’s easy to get caught up in things that aren’t important, but something I want to work on is being more thankful and keeping in perspective what really matters.

I’m taking the rest of this week off to enjoy family, but be sure to check back here on Monday where there will be new content. I hope you have a fantastic weekend! xo

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Flats: Splurge or Save – Aerin v. Banana Republic

I took ballet lessons growing up and loved everything about it. The self discipline and tenacity the sport requires is something I’ve always respected. My years of ballet are behind me, but there are some things that remind me of it that I can embrace as an adult. Take, for instance, these ankle wrap ballet flats. Everything from the blush color to the ribbons are similar to that of pointe shoes. The Aerin flats have a round toe while the Banana Republic ones are slightly pointy. While there is a difference in materials used, the Banana shoes are a great alternative for a fraction of the cost.

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Overdressed at Torrance Bakery

This weekend was full of laughter and adventure. I don’t intend to make that sound cheesy, I’m just being honest. It all started when my husband and I went out for a little snack at Torrance Bakery. I wore my KENZO x H&M silk skirt even though I felt overdressed for a casual in-between meal. All I can say is that I felt fabulous as I wolfed down my fruit tart and bear claw.

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I have been waiting for this collaboration for months and was so excited to get my package in the mail. The KENZO x H&M collection featured eye-catching pieces with bold prints and luxurious fabrics. All of the items were definitely unique, and something I wouldn’t normally buy. This skirt is well made with fun little details, like the flower button on the side above the zipper. Since it’s still quite warm here, I decided to pair the skirt with a lightweight cotton shirt. When the temperature (hopefully) drops, I can see myself wearing this skirt with tights and OTK boots.

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overdressed

KENZO x H&M skirt, H&M top, Steve Madden Block Heels, Zara Bag

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BareMinerals Glow Together Palette Review

I love the idea of having that Blake Lively summer glow throughout the year. The trick is to make it look as natural as possible. In searching for a bronzer that would do just that, I came across this BareMinerals Glow Together Trio. I really liked the colors because the baked bronzer is not super shimmery or orange for my skin tone. The blush is a beautiful rose matte color, and the highlighter is has a soft gold finish. What I also appreciate about this trio is that they’re all in one palette. Rather than having three separate products, I now have one that makes it easy for traveling, and takes up less space under my sink.

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I use an angled brush to apply the bronzer to the hollows of my cheeks, temple, and jawline. The brush I used here is by Sigma.

BareMinerals

BareMinerals

When I apply blush I like to smile a little to make the apples of my cheeks more prominent. Using a tapping motion I apply a little blush with a Real Techniques brush.

BareMinerals

BareMinerals

As for highlighter, I apply a little to the tops of my cheeks, above my eyebrows, and on my cupids bow. I like to use this little brush also by Real Techniques because it allows me to control the amount of product I apply.

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I’m all about wearing makeup in a way that looks like I’m not wearing any. As natural as possible is the way I like to do things – I think this palette helps me achieve that.

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Exploring the Morrell House

.My husband and I love exploring little shops and restaurants the South Bay. Not only is it a great way to support businesses within the community, but it’s also fun to meet other locals. We decided to walk around Morrell House for an afternoon and learn more about the city.

Morrell House

Morrell House

It’s a house that’s been around since before the 1950’s and is completely decked out. It was the first house was one of the first to have electricity in Redondo Beach, and actually had a farm in the backyard at one point. I loved looking at the old photos and seeing what the South Bay used to look like. It’s amazing how it has change over the years. With roads removed and parking lots made, it makes me wonder if all of the developments were necessary.

Morrell House

Morrell House

Gap Striped Shirt, Ann Taylor Skirt, Steve Madden Sandals, Zara Bag

One of my favorite photos was of the train going from the green belt up to the Redondo Beach Pier. The train area no longer exists, but to see what used to be there was so incredibly interesting. Another good photo was of the horse and buggies scattered on the beach. It showed the women in their full gowns and men in their suits playing in the sand. For some of those people it was the first time seeing the ocean, and they were afraid of it. Such different times we live in today makes me appreciate history. It’s so amazing! If you’re a history buff I recommend visiting the Morrell House.

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New Beauty Buys – Face Masks

I recently added some face masks to my collection. Masks are a great skin pick-me-up, and another way to add nourishment. This time of year I notice that my face feels a bit parched and lackluster. So to I decided try try some face masks that I’ve been eyeing for a while hoping they would give my skin a little boost. Before using any mask I always place a warm dampened towel over my face to open up my pores. I feel like doing that helps the mask penetrate into the deeper layers of my skin.

Here are some thoughts on the my new face masks.

GLAMGLOW – SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment: Whenever I get a pimple or notice that my pores look a little clogged I like to use this mask to help clean them out. What I love about this is how is makes my skin feel afterwards – soft and clean. Some blemish fighting masks make my face feel dry, like it sucked out all the moisture, but that’s not the case with this product. Before using this mask I’ll put a warm towel over my face to open up my pores. Then I apply the mask and leave it on according to the directions. Afterwards I wash off the mask, and apply a thin layer of my favorite moisturizer.

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Skin Inc. – Pure Deepsea Hydrating Mask: I’ve been meaning to try this mask for a while, but was always turned off by the price. I decided to give it a try and I’m actually glad I did! The texture is gel-like and a bit difficult to see in the photos. The mask recommends to apply it even under the eyes, which I thought was interesting. However, when I did both the 30 minute and overnight mask my under eyes, as well as the rest of my face, felt soft and supple. It’s everything you want a hydrating mask to do.

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A bit difficult to see the mask in this photo, but it’s there!

Farmacy – Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask: I was first drawn to this face mask because of the honey. Honey is abundant in health benefits, so I was hoping it would do the same as a topical treatment for my skin. This mask is rather viscose, but spreads like a charm. After using the spatula to scoop the product all over my face I began to gently rub it in. A couple of seconds later the honey started turning into a white creamy texture. I left the mask on for the recommended time, then washed it off to reveal vibrant, glowing skin – literally. Something important to also note is that my face began feeling warm as the honey turned white. While the heat sensation didn’t bother me, someone with more sensitive skin might be affected by it.

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Have you tried any of these masks? Let me know your thoughts!

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Local Eats – Suburbia in the Riviera Village

The Riviera Village has long been a place to escape the crowds while enjoying the beach community. However,since the area is small my husband and I soon found ourselves running out of places to dine at. So when we saw that Suburbia opened up we were excited to try it out. This place is tucked off Catalina Avenue and is surrounded by other local shops. Don’t let the outside fool you though because the open and welcoming space inside creates an atmosphere perfect for intimate dates or catching up with a group of friends. I have been there three times thus far, and each time have left impressed with my experience. Their not-so-traditional menu offers everything from casual snacks to finer meals. If you’re heading to the Riviera Village, I would definitely make an effort to check this place out.

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Pao de Queijo – so delicious!

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Brussels Sprouts

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Dumplings

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Pork Belly

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Chocolate Dessert

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Ricotta Pasta with Italian Sausage Recipe

I don’t cook pasta very often, but when I do I like to switch it up and try new recipes. This pasta doesn’t take very long to make, and the result yields fresh and flavorful dish. The recipe I used was from Cook’s Illustrated, but this recipe is similar. I like to add as much spinach as I can to balance out the carbs and sausage, but I think broccoli would be a great substitute too. The creaminess of the ricotta balances out the spicy Italian sausage creating depth to this otherwise simple meal.

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pasta

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