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Monday, May 23, 2016

White and Pink

Felicity & Coco shift dress (similar)
Chanel Boy bag (similar)
BaubleBar bib necklace (on sale!)
Hermès bracelet (similar)

A white shift dress has one of those classic silhouettes that is so naturally elegant and easy to dress up. The look is fresh for spring, especially paired with a pop of pink and some baubles. Happy Monday!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Beauty: May Favorites

This month's favorite products: highlighting palette, tinted eyebrow gel, cleansing balm, and night serum

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light (exclusive to the palette), Radiant Light

I found the perfect everyday highlighter for my skin tone! The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette provides a subtle, glow-from-within look that is natural enough even for the work place. The powders are so silky and blendable, you won't see obvious specks of shimmer on your face.

Dim Light: I dust over the center of my face - forehead, bridge of nose, and lower cheeks with the Real Techniques Setting Brush.
Incandescent Light: This is the brightening powder in the palette, so I use the Sigma F35 Highlighter Brush to swipe under eyes, over cheekbones, on tip of nose, and cupid's bow of the upper lip.
Radiant Light: This is the darkest shade in the palette, so I lightly layer it over my contour with the Too Faced Powder Brush.

For a more bam!-in-your-face highlight, I use Becca Champagne Pop (read more in April Favorites).

Glossier - Boy Brow
Glossier Boy Brow
The hype around the Glossier Boy Brow is real! The Boy Brow is a tinted gel that colors, tames, and thickens your brows. I fill in some sparser areas first with my trusted Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Ebony with the ABH #12 Brush. Then I brush the Boy Brow in Black through the hairs, and I love how feathery, natural, and thick it makes my brows look!

Clinique "Take the Day Off" Cleansing Balm
Clinique Cleansing Balm
I'm too lazy to double cleanse, so I love that this Clinique Cleansing Balm takes off all my makeup (liquid eyeliner included) and cleans the face. Scrape a bit of the balm and rub onto a dry face -- a little goes a long way! It doesn't leave a greasy film, yet is gentle and doesn't dry out the skin at all.

Drunk Elephant Night Serum
Drunk Elephant Night Serum
This product is pricey, but I believe in splurging for serums in the skincare routine, as they're intensely-packed with antioxidants and are more targeted in their treatment. Drunk Elephant is praised for their high quality ingredients, and out of the four products I bought from their line, I'm most into this Night Serum. Two of my skincare concerns are hyperpigmentation and pores -- and the 12% glycolic acid exfoliates and addresses sun damage and dryness, while the 1% salicylic acid dissolves blackheads and improves uneven discoloration.

Check out my April Favorites and more Beauty posts.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Athleisure in Berlin, Germany

Aritzia cropped tank top (similar)
Leith tube pencil skirt (on sale!)

Can't believe these photos were taken almost a year ago, when we were traveling through Berlin, Germany! (I'm a tad late on uploading all of our Europe + Iceland travel pics.) Luckily, the "athleisure" trend is here to stay, which is practically chic especially for travel.

Last summer, we traveled to Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland, and Iceland. This year we're deciding between Trip A: Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea or Trip B: France, Spain, and Portugal. We've been to most of those countries before but want to do different cities. If you've been to any of the above, I'd love to know your recommendations in the comments!

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Boho Dress and Desert Boots

black boho dress
Chloe Marcie small crossbody bag
wool fedora hat
The Row round sunglasses
Moorea Seal wool hat
Dolce Vita Jaeger booties
70s round sunglasses
Zara boho dress
Zara boho dress (similar here and here)
Nordstrom "Everyday" tights (on sale!)
Moorea Seal "Morley" wool hat (c/o)

An easy, swingy boho dress is all I want to wear all spring... and I think this week, we're finally getting bare-legs weather!

Over the weekend, we walked to the park for a picnic, and I exposed my wintery pale legs to the sun eeps! But thankfully, there are so many great instant-bronzing solutions now. I tried the Say Hello to Sexy Legs Tinted Glow GelIlluminating Fluid, and Contour Stick and freakin' loved the products! I had the shiniest little hotdog legs ever (doesn't that sound like #goals?) -- but seriously, my legs were so amazingly bronzed and glowy, there's really never a need to tan in the sun anymore.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Girls Weekend @ Hyatt Regency Bellevue

Last weekend, my best friend and I were treated to a staycation at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, WA and had the BEST time! We went wine tasting, hung out in a bubble bath, and brunched it up. With Mother's Day coming up, I totally recommend booking an evening away with your mom or another beloved woman in your life as a great way to spend quality time together.

Stay: Hyatt Regency Bellevue
Hyatt Regency Bellevue is spacious and gorgeous, with calming, Japanese-inspired decor in the main lobby. The hotel is conveniently situated in the heart of downtown Bellevue, and within walking distance to tons of restaurants and shops. (We were excited that parking is free during the weekends too!) Bestie and I got hooked up in the Chairman Suite, and you can bet there were shrieks of excitement as we explored the huge room and beautiful view.

Do: Woodinville Wine Tasting Tour
They arranged a wine tour with the Woodinville Wine Country Passport (makes for an amazing gift!). We took an Uber out to Woodinville ($25 for the 20-minute ride) and got to work visiting a bunch of wineries and stamping our Wine Passports. We spent hours there and still have 60+ wineries left to check off -- so we've got lots of fun weekends ahead this summer!

Relax: Facial Masks, Bubble Bath, and Tea
We stopped by Bellevue Square Mall on the way back from the wineries and picked up a couple rose bath bombs from Lush. The Hyatt hospitality team left us a charcuterie plate, cupcakes, and Perrier upon our return -- so sweet! We slathered on face masks, filled up the tub, and popped in the bath bombs, which turned the water into bubbly, shimmery, pink, and rose-scented magic. The tub was so massive, and we threw on swimsuits and soaked for hours while snacking and listening to Zayn.

Dine: Eques Brunch Buffet
The next morning, we woke up and went downstairs to Eques for brunch, located inside the Hyatt. I opted for the brunch buffet, which was so fun. There is a genius Bloody Mary bar! There are also platters of local cheeses and cured meats, lox with bagels, green tea pancakes, Greek yogurt parfaits with fresh berries, an omelet station, and on and on. I totally recommend Eques for Mother's Day brunch!

Thank you to the Hyatt Regency Bellevue for the best weekend with the Bestie!

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