Overhauling My Makeup Bag


I was in Park City for a bachelorette a few weekends ago, and one of the best parts was “getting ready” with my girlfriends like we were back in college. I was so fun to do our makeup and hair side by side again with a glass of wine - and see what products they're using. It left me wanting to refresh my makeup kit, and so I did just that.

Since moving to San Francisco, I typically end up ordering makeup online or getting desperate when I’m out of a product and grabbing something last minute (which usually doesn’t work out). Last weekend, I did some research and went to the actual mall to pick up some new basics: tinted moisturizer, concealer, eye shadow, eye liner, and mascara. I am happy with my bronzer and blush so I stuck with those! See below for my basics refresh.

Tinted Moisturizer
I used to wear this tinted moisturizer but somehow strayed out of convenience. I did some research, found out it’s still one of the top-rated tinted moisturizers on the market, and got color matched to find the right shade!

To be honest, I’m lazy when it comes to my makeup. I’m grateful to not have major dark under eye circles, and typically only have a few tiny spots to cover, so I love that this Bobbi Brown concealer works for my whole face.

Eye Shadow Palette
Urban Decay sells one Naked Palette every six seconds, so I’m not sure why it took me so long to get on board! Since I’m not super advanced when it comes to eye shadow application, I purchased the mini palette.

Eye Liner
I spent 10 minutes max on my makeup, so it’s either a red lip or a cat eye. This liner is super easy to apply and really does stay all day (as the name implies).


This mascara has a cult following and for good reason. It adds length and doesn’t flake.

The First Day of Spring


I turned 32 on Tuesday, the first day of Spring. 

While I don’t consider myself a “birthday person,” I’m always up for a reason to celebrate. We had an amazing dinner with friends Friday night at Mister Jui’s so I started the celebrations early, but come Tuesday I just wasn’t feeling it. Work was beyond busy, it was was raining, and I sort of went into a downward spiral before even leaving the house that day, thinking about expectations I set for myself based on my age and comparing myself to others. 

By the end of the day, I started beating myself up for another reason: not being more grateful. For the texts and calls from family and friends that day. For my best friend who sent me a book she knew I’d love. For my team at work who sent flowers and my favorite salad to the office. And for my husband, who forced me to leave work at 5:30 to get a manicure and had a Negroni and big bowl of cacio e pepe waiting for me at home. 

So now my birthday has come and gone but I’m hoping to carry the sense of gratefulness into my 32nd year.

My Tokyo Guide on The Everygirl


My guide to one of my favorite places I’ve ever traveled to, Tokyo, Japan, is live on The Everygirl. If you’re so inclined, read it here. The above photos shot by me (okay, Ian shot the middle one of me at the Tokyo Giants Game).

13-Word Love Stories


The New York Times' Modern Love recently published 13-word love stories, which felt apropos on Valentine's Day. Here are some of my favorites.

My dad calls my mom Love, almost as if that is her name.
Grace Gardner, Atlanta (top image)

Strictly avoids long walks on the beach. Lets me have all the covers.
Keira Mayock, Charlotte, N.C.

We both love craft beer and public radio. So we’re insufferable, but together.
Laura Fluty, Saint Peters, Mo.

Fate = Joint baby shower at age 0, happily married 27 years later. 
Lisa Eng, Menlo Park, Calif. (bottom image)

Groundhog Day


It's ironic that Groundhog Day was on Friday, because the past few weeks have kind of been a blur of days that feel pretty much the same. And by that I mean working weekends. I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and am truly proud of the projects I've been working on, but I'm definitely on the verge of burn out. Trying to sneak in runs in Golden Gate Park to enjoy the sunny weather we're having, an almost daily face mask to keep my skin calm from stress, and load up on vitamins to avoid getting sick. I'll see you on the other side!