December 2014 Faves

Monthly Favorites



 Neutrogena Deep Moisture Night Cream

Night CreamI have been wanting a night cream for a while now because sometimes after washing my face at night, my face feels a little stripped of moisture, especially in the winter. I have a daily moisturizer that I use, but that one has SPF in it and my experience has been that if I use too much I have a shiny face and/or i break out. So I wanted something I could use generously and deep moisturize my face while I sleep. Enter the aptly named Neutrogena deep moisture night cream. This one is light enough that it doesn’t clog my pores or cause break outs. The formula spreads like a dream so a little bit will go a long way, plus it smells great.

Naked Basics Palette by Urban Decay

Naked Basics PaletteThis is definitely not news to any of us, but I thought I’d add my opinion to the pot now that I finally own this palette. I received this as a Christmas present and I couldn’t be more excited because I’ve wanted an all-matte palette for the longest time. I had my NYX Natural one, but I wanted a splurge item because I use matte looks just about every single day. I love the simple, natural looks I can create with this and the vampier ones too. This is quickly becoming my save-one-makeup-item-in-a-fire item. The great color payoff and quality of the shadows goes without saying, Urban Decay has great palettes.


  I’ve Told You Now – Sam Smith

When I discover a song that just resonates with my soul, I listen to it a good 2-3 times a day for a couple weeks. This song has set an all-time record for me. Over a month has passed since I first heard it and I’m still in crazy over-listening mode. This whole album is really heart wrenching and fantastic, but this song especially is just so soulful. Cannot stop listening to it.


 The Spectacular Now & White Bird in a Blizzard


I’ve come to really like and appreciate Shailene Woodley’s indie movies. The Spectacular Now is one of the most real young love stories I’ve seen in a movie. Young love is messy and awkward and all-consuming, and Woodley and costar Miles Teller do a phenomenal job depicting that. Watching these two fall in love onscreen didn’t feel like a movie at all, making it completely relatable.

White Bird in a Blizzard is a much darker movie. It’s the story of a girl whose mother disappears one day and how she copes with it all. It’s a raw story of young adults figuring their ish out, and again I loved Shailene Woodley’s realistic depiction of those struggles. Both of these movies are really well done and captivating, albeit for different reasons.


 B&BW French Lavender Candle


Lavender has been my scent of the month, so this candle is perfect. If you like lavender you’ll love this. It’s the perfect bubble bath candle, but I plan to burn it just about constantly.

Downy Unstopables Lush In Wash Scent Booster


I’m officially an old lady who gets excited about laundry products. I’ve been wanting to try these because I love when my clothes smell nice and I want that to last for as long as possible. Sticking to the lavender theme, I got the scent Lush which is AMAZING. You add some of these little pellets to your laundry and the smell is really strong on your clothes, which I personally really like. This product was made for me.



The Body Shop White Musk Smooth Satin Body Lotion

white muskEver time I’ve needed to apply lotion this past month, I’ve automatically reached for the White Musk lotion from The Body Shop. I’m a huge fan of clean and crisp smelling fragrances so this scent is right up my alley. Along with musk, it has notes of rose and iris. Apparently the scent of musk is suppose to be quite sensual. Well, I don’t know about that…all I know it that I really enjoy using this lotion.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

Hd foundation

Okay, not to be over dramatic or anything, but this foundation is easily the best I’ve ever tired. The formula is amazing! It’s long lasting, has medium/high coverage, and is super lightweight. A little bit goes a long way with this foundation, I usually only need one pump (and the built-in pump is super convenient). Yes, it’s a bit pricey but if foundation is an important part of your makeup routine, it’s well worth investing in a bottle.




I have no clue where to begin because there’s so much to say about my love and admiration for Stromae (Paul Van Haver) and his music. He is a Belgian singer-songwriter who is quite famous in Europe, but isn’t too well known in the States (possibly because he only sings in French). His music is described as a mix of hip-hop and electronic dance but I disagree because I think his sound is far more varied and intricate. I really appreciate the fact that he writes all his lyrics and composes all his tracks. Though some of his songs sound like “club music”, his lyrics go far beyond that. Stromae sings about real and relatable human issues, not garbage like popping your booty or getting wasted. I view Stromae as a poet because his lyrics are as impactful as his beats. Both of his records are incredible. Here are a few of my favorites…

1. Tous les mêmes

2. Ave Cesaria

3. Te quiero

4. Formidable


Manhattan Murder Mystery


For the past couple months, I’ve been trying to go through Woody Allen’s long list of movies. Manhattan Murder Mystery wasn’t one I was initially excited to watch but it turned out to be one of my favorites. Larry and Carol Lipton (played by Woody Allen and Diane Keaton) become suspicious about the sudden death of their next door neighbor and takes matters into their own hands in trying to uncover what really happened. The film is thrilling, witty, funny, and super amusing. I love watching the natural chemistry between Allen and Keaton.


Wide Brim Hat

wide brimm hat

This past month, I’ve found any excuse to wear my black Ecoté wide brim hat from UO. Indoors, outdoors, rain, shine, it don’t matter! think its the perfect fall/winter accessory.


Ace Hotel : Stumptown Coffee Roasters

The Caffeine Chronicles

The Ace Hotel in Downtown LA had its grand opening this year in the United Artists Building. Both the interior and exterior of this historic building, open since 1927, is inspiring. The Ace has perfected its image with the hotel and all its amenities – one of which is the Stumptown coffee bar. I love the design of the crisp, clean black and white tiling with accents of gold. The entire lobby, restaurant, coffee bar, and check-in counter were integrated so beautifully.







Stumptown Roasters & L.A. Chapter Restaurant



Enjoyed our cold brew while seated in the upstairs lounge area.



Blacktop + Arts District Flea

The Caffeine Chronicles

We hit up two new(ish) spots in our favorite area of downtown LA – the Arts District. Blacktop, a compact espresso bar founded by the brains behind Handsome Coffee Roasters, opened up in April of this year. Arts District Flea is a unique indoor flea market that also debuted a couple months ago. After filling our veins with some caffeine, we ventured a couple blocks to explore the flea market.

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The 240-square-foot café is minimally equipped with a coffee bar, pastries, a mixing station, and beans for sale. The idea is to grab your coffee to go or enjoy the outdoor seating. The Arts District is decorated with street art so we took advantage of the sidewalk space.

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Arts District Flea

This up and coming flea market was such a treat to explore. The exposed brick warehouse space was filled with vendors that carry art, antiques, clothing, homeware, and random goodies. It truly is a community built for artisans. Here are a few snapshots…

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Runway to Everyday

Inspired By

The looks that we see on the runway are often too outrageous or too pricey to be worn by the average person, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t serve as great inspiration. We’ve both observed certain outfits on the catwalk that dropped our jaws and got us thinking about how we could recreate them to fit our everyday lives (and budgets). We don’t necessarily want to create a piece by piece replica of the outfit but instead draw on the designer’s idea and infuse it with our own personal style.


Runway to Everyday - Audrey

This runway look is from the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2014 show. The entire collection drew on Sicily’s history with ancient Greece, one of the designers calling it “a dream of Sicily”. The flowers and flowing fabric make for an ethereal look while the chunky Grecian belt provides a contrast to the softness of the ensemble. I found this great dress on ASOS that doesn’t mirror the Dolce & Gabbana frock exactly, but has a similar elegance to it. The pastel floral print and braided straps are reminiscent of the Grecian feel in the Dolce & Gabbana collection. I would throw on a large, metallic belt like this one from Love Melrose to roughen up the look a bit.


Runway to EverydayThe designs of Hermès’ Christophe Lemaire stood out to me the most from the Fall/Winter 2014 Paris Fashion Week runway looks. The entire collection is inspired by menswear with beautifully tailored and flowing silhouettes in an autumnal color palette. This runway look achieves a perfect juxtaposition of structure and draping and could easily be converted to an everyday look. Fitted trousers and white button ups are everywhere in stores nowadays. I’ve opted for a gorgeous pair of black trousers from Zara paired with black ankle boots, a loosely fitted white top from Urban Outfitters, and a marble grey duster coat from Topshop. I know the menswear trend is not for everyone but I love how masculine attire can be beautifully translated into feminine style.

July 2014 Faves

Monthly Favorites



  L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara

L'oreal Mascara

I prefer bristle mascara wands to the plastic wands that seem to be so prevalent on the market these days. Since the bristles are longer, they do a much better job of separating and lengthening my lashes. Paired with the volumizing formula, this mascara makes for long full lashes that could pass as falsies, which I am all about.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Face Wash

Neutrogena Oil-Free Face Wash

I don’t have super troubled skin, but lately I’ve felt that my makeup has been clogging my pores. This face wash leaves my skin feeling super clean but not weirdly tight. It smells nice and keeps breakouts at bay. Not my holy grail, but I would reach for this if I needed a good product that I could count on in a pinch.


 Hero – Family of the Year

Something about this song just speaks to my soul haha. The melody is lovely but I think what really gets to me are the lyrics. To me, it talks about the pressures of wanting to be the hero to your loved ones but also wanting to get out and live your own life. Whatever it may mean, this song has fast become one of my favorites.


 The Fall

The Fall

Within minutes of starting this movie I knew that I was in love with it. Everything about it from the sensational actors to the colors and imagery captivated me. Upon finishing the film, I immediately read all the trivia about it that I could find, and I can’t wait to watch it again. Do yourself a favor and watch this seriously underrated masterpiece.

Happy Endings

Happy Endings

My roommate loves & constantly quotes this show, so I knew I would eventually end up watching it too. I expected it to be mediocre but I actually find it to be one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a while. The humor is similar to New Girl, but the dynamic between this quirky group of friends is unlike any other show I’ve seen. Every episode has me in stitches and it’s definitely a very quotable show. The only bummer is that it was cancelled after three seasons.

Melrose Place

Melrose Place

Recently I’ve been watching a lot of trashy reality TV (not sorry), but I was pretty much all caught up on the shows that I like. I was racking my brain for a new show to start when it occurred to me that I hadn’t seen one of the founding fathers of trashy TV: Melrose Place. Granted, this was a 1990s Aaron Spelling production so it couldn’t be too vulgar. Even so, for its time it packed a whole lot of drama. What can I say, love triangles and cringey storylines are my jam.




You know all those gorgeous home decor or style posts you see on your Tumblr dash? Chances are many of them have originated from this trendy lady right here. Her life is totally enviable and everything she puts out there is seriously gorge. Her Tumblr is christiescloset, and her Instagram is like a daily dose of her spectacular life.



 Foster the People – Supermodel 


I’ve been quite excited for Foster the People’s sophomore album. Torches (the debut album) is one of my favorites so I had high expectations for Supermodel and the boys didn’t disappoint. The new record achieves a balance of experimentation and consistency in regards to their sound. I really enjoyed rediscovering Foster the People through Supermodel. Here are my favorites…

1. Are You What You Want to Be?
2. Fire Escape
3. A Beginner’s Guide to Destroying the Moon
4. Goats in Trees


 Annie Hall (1977)

annie hall

Recently, I’ve really been enjoying Woody Allen’s films. After watching Midnight in Paris, I feel in love with his style of film making. Annie Hall is an unconventional and honest romantic comedy and is often rated as Allen’s best work. I love everything about this movie: the music, setting, story line, and characters. Allen also did a great job with the ending because it leaves you both contemplating and satisfied.


 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Lacy Lilac (270)

lacy lilac

This has been the nail polish I’ve been reaching for all month. Not only is it a lovely shade of lilac but the quality is incredible! It stays put on my nails for over a week with very minimal chipping. I really recommend the Sally Hansen Xtreme wear line.

Bath & Body Works – French Lavender & Honey

french lavender

This is a fairly new scent in their line and it smell SO GOOD! Lavender is one of my favorite scents so I naturally gravitated to this the last time I was in Bath & Body. The website describes the scent as ” a romantic bouquet of French lavender, nectarine de Provence & sun-kissed honey “.