City Guide: Downtown LA

Visit DTLA - Rooftop pool at Freehand LA

I worked in Downtown Los Angeles in 2004, back when it was basically Skid Row West. I remember staring out at the Art Deco facades and literally watching them crumble. This could be so beautiful! I thought. Nobody wanted to visit DTLA back then and truthfully, I was so skeeved out by it that I […]

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Three Cute + Functional Bathing Suits For Non-Frumpy Moms

Bathing Suit Shopping - my fave bikini

Like most mothers, shopping for clothes is a constant struggle. The pieces I love aren’t practical, and many often don’t fit. Finding the perfect “mom bathing suit” adds two more layers: modesty and body image. It seems that every trip to the dressing room ends up sparking an internal war between my shadow selves. In […]

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5 Tips For Smelling Fresh Without Conventional Deodorants

My personal philosophy is that the healthiest, safest products are often the ones that are closest to nature. So when I started thinking about becoming pregnant five years ago, I decided it the natural deodorant route was probably the safest path for my baby and me. While my research found that health risks of conventional deodorants were […]

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Wardrobe Workhorse: Statement Sunglasses

I like to express my exuberant, playful personality through my personal style, but here in the ultra-casual Bay Area, I often feel overdressed in bright prints, big ruffles, or similarly attention-grabbing details. Thus my strategy has evolved around basic pieces in neutral colors paired with one accessory that pops. And more often than not, that […]

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The Secret To Longer Nails: Collagen

For as long as I can remember, my nails have peeled. I tried everything to keep them strong: I wore yellow latex gloves when washing dishes, plastered them with any potion my manicurist recommended, and moisturized my cuticles regularly. But it was all just a waste of time; my nails would inevitably peel down to […]

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I invested in a cleansing balm and it changed my life

While my title may be a tad dramatic, a single jar of Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm has convinced me never to go back to traditional cleansing methods. Finding a gentle yet effective cleanser for my sensitive skin has been a challenge for me. Foam cleansers and bars often leave my face feeling dry […]

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Wardrobe Workhorse: AGOLDE Jamie High Rise Classic Jeans

Few denim styles are trickier to nail than the mom jean. The perfect pair can make you into a Man Repeller, but while a less-than-ideal fit makes you a walking SNL skit. Hence why it took me a couple years to cave into my desire to pair those barely taped, high-waisted, stone-washed jeans with a […]

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Why I Switched To — And Stuck With — Natural Beauty Products

I wish I could tell you that I use natural, environmentally-friendly beauty products because I’m a good person, but that would be a lie. While I do try to prioritize the environment and my health, I’m really using them because they’re the solution for my sensitive, cystic-acne-prone skin. I can’t tell you how many times […]

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Wardrobe Workhorse: Delicate Stud Earrings

I was 16 when I double-pierced my ears for the specific reason that I wanted the 90’s power combo of two tiny silver hoops. Imagine my surprise when, 20 years later, after not being used for at least a decade, I was able to easily slide a pair of stylish bar studs into my second […]

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Wardrobe Workhorse: White Booties

I hemmed and hawed over white booties for a good year before I took the plunge. I wavered between the disparate reasoning that either they were too much of a statement, or that they didn’t fill any gap in my wardrobe that couldn’t also be served by a solid pair of black booties – something […]

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