Four Affordable Brands on Shopbop

5/20/2017



Is it me, or did clothes get a lot more expensive in recent years? It might be because I’m getting older and my days of Forever 21 are nearly over, but lately it’s hard to find a top for under $150 and a dress under $250. I’ve found a few brands on Shopbop, however, that are good quality at a good price point and always-on trend. 

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My picks: Everyone needs a little white dress for summer. Enter: the Shanna dress. / And for work (think: black cropped, flared jeans and a low heel), the Shannon Top.


My picks: At under $50, this Tie Shoulder Blouse would get a lot of wear this summer. The poplin is super on-trend and it would work with a white blazer for work or with white jeans on the weekend. / I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of this faded chambray henley during the (often chilly) San Francisco summer.


The sister label of endless rose (also on this list), English Factory is feminine without being fussy. My picks: I’ve been seeing a lot of embroidered floral patterns, and this Long Ruffle Dress is a steal at $95. / Also under $100, this drop-waist dress had me at the ties down the back. 


My picks: I’m so happy pleats are back! This striped Pleated Maxi Dress is just over $150. / This dress would be perfect for a bride, but I’d wear it with a jean jacket and nude sandals.

Vitamin C (and D) for the Skin

5/17/2017

There are a lot of conflicting articles when it comes to skin care and vitamins. What I can keep straight is the vitamins C and D are important for your overall health, but you have to be careful about sun damage since vitamin D is commonly absorbed through the skin’s via sun exposure. I’ve recently started incorporating vitamin C into my skincare - see below for that product and another one I’m dying to try for sun protection.

One product that I recently added to my arsenal is Clinique’s Fresh Pressed Daily Booster. My dermatologist recommended that I add Vitamin C to my daily routine and so far I’m loving this product, which has a high concentrate of vitamin C for de-aging and brightening. 


Glossier just unveiled its first sunscreen, Daily Sunscreen+, and I’m eager to try it. They describe it as “sunscreen for people who hate wearing sunscreen.” It’s clear formula is supposed to eliminate any greasy residue or white cast that sunscreen typically leaves. The + in its name is because in addition to preventing sun damage and skin cancer, it also works to neutralize harmful free radicals and keeps pollutants at bay.  

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Places I'd Like to See: Keukenhof

5/13/2017

I buy flowers weekly, typically sticking to something under $10 at Trader Joe’s. I don’t discriminate and have actually realized that some of the most underrated flowers, looking at you, carnations, actually look pretty when grouped together in my favorite blue marbled vase. But I do love tulips, and I have always wanted to see the tulips bloom in the Netherlands. Sadly the season is about to end (it starts mid-March), but I’m mentally adding a visit to Keukenhof, the most famous and largest flower park in the world, located just outside of Amsterdam, to my travel list. 

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p.s. Happy Mother's Day to all!!!

What to Gift Your Mom

5/08/2017

Mother’s Day is just under a week away, but there’s still time to order something for your mom in time for May 14. Since my mom might be reading, I’m not going to disclose her actual gift, but here are some contenders that I think she’d have loved to unwrap. My mom is honestly my favorite person to shop for. She's done so much for me and rarely buys anything for herself so I love gifting her something special she wouldn't purchase for herself, or an upgraded necessity.

My mom favors classic bordering on preppy looks, but every so often I like to get her out of her comfort zone. This J. Crew tunic is perfect for time around the pool at my parents house in Palm Desert.


My mom has always been a fan of Estée Lauder, and I love the clean design of the AERIN line. I would love to gift this AERIN Beauty ‘Rose de Grasse’ CandleBody Cream, and Lip Conditioner.

This straw bag from Hat Attack is super on-trend with the rounded handle. I can see my mom getting a lot of use out of this throughout the spring and summer seasons. Same goes for these Karen Walker Sunglasses. They are a splurge, but I love the oversized, rounded style and my mom has always loved tortoiseshell. 

The Deborah Lippmann ‘Undressed’ Nail Polish Set features six ultra-flattering neutral shades so you can't go wrong. And finally, for a more practical gift: I am forever trying to get my mom to drink more water! Maybe this BPA-free bkr water bottle will help? 

48 Hours in Nashville

5/04/2017


I travel a good amount for work, typically to our New York or Seattle offices. Sometimes though, I get to see a new place - albeit for 48 hours. A few weeks ago I flew on the first flight to Nashville Monday morning to speak on a panel, and was on the first flight back to San Francisco Wednesday morning. Despite panel prep and the speaking spot itself, and hours (and hours) or time on my laptop in my hotel room, I managed to sneak in some Nashville exploring with Taylor, head of PR at my agency (she also hosts a hilarious podcast with her fiancé titled 25 to Life which is described as “A frank, adult conversation about ABC's ‘The Bachelor’ and manufacturing love in the middle of a reality TV show.”

See below for my mini guide to 48 hours in Nashville. (p.s. Bali guide coming soon!)
Stay: The Thompson
The panel was at a major hotel chain, but we opted to stay down the street at the trendy Thompson, located in the Gulch neighborhood, and I’m so happy we did. From the lobby to the subway tile in the bathrooms the hotel was super chic, which makes working till 1am in my hotel room all the more enjoyable. Also, the rooftop bar is definitely worth checking out.

I first heard about Husk on The Mind of a Chef episode on Sean Brock and have been wanting to go to his Charleston restaurant Husk ever since. Lucky for me, the James Beard Award-winning chef opened up a Husk outpost in Nashville. The restaurant is located inside of an old house so it felt like we were going back in time. We had the shrimp and grits, crab rice, hearth cornbread and spinach salad (to make us feel better about all of the carbs). It was delicious and definitely worth the hype. 

Explore: 12South 
The other area was explored is 12South. We checked out Imogen + Willie, a store specializing in one-of-a-kind denim that’s located inside an old gas station, and had to pop into Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James down the block. The highlight of the visit was White’s Mercantile, a general store featuring everything from cashmere sweaters to kitchen supplies. I took home some bourbon-infused chocolate chip cookies for Ian (okay, and for myself) and some hot sauce to add to his collection. We’d heard great things about Josephine but it was only open for dinner so we settled on Burger Up. The pimento cheese burger and truffle fries didn’t disappoint. 

Eat: Adele’s
Our second and final night in Nashville we had dinner at Adele’s after a friend recommended it. The space itself is beautiful and the menu eclectic. Taylor had the pasta while I went for the toast chicken, Honestly our favorite item was the kale salad with pecorino and anchovy dressing. The cocktails looked amazing but I kept it to a glass and a half of wine in anticipation of the early flight. 

While Nashville is now known for a lot more than country music, it's where the genre has its roots so we paid the museum a quick visit during our trip. Isn't it funny how your parents and teachers used to make you do this stuff and now you're actually into it but can't always find the time?


Images: 1 Imogen + Willie / 2. A light lunch at Burger Up (ha!) / 3 .Dinner at Adele's / 4. The pretty lobby at The Thompson / 5.  Husk Nashville all lit up at night