Just wanted to share a few more pics from my latest trip to LA! It’s no secret that I love this place, and not just for the obvious reasons either. Sure, the weather is perfect and there’s the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, but I also appreciate that I am totally welcomed here with my all crazy ways, like my organic, animal-free food preferences and obsessive recycling habits. (Can you believe I actually carry trash around with me until I get home just to ensure it’s disposed of properly?!!) Anyway, in LA I feel right at home. I know that most people here are not insane like me, but it is clear that there are significantly more options to support this way of life than a lot of other places, so I feel a little less of a weirdo here!
We were able to do a little exploring into some of the other neighborhoods, like Silverlake, Melrose and West Hollywood. It was a lot of fun and we discovered some great new spots, but we were glad to get back to the beach in time for sunset. Along the beach in Venice and Santa Monica will always be my and little Santino’s favorite.
If you’re ever in LA, I have tons of recommendations, but here are some included in this post:
Gracias Madre – By far the best vegan restaurant I’ve ever been to. It also has a super cool drink menu, including an excellent spicy margarita! Even if you’re not vegetarian/ vegan, you have to go here. Trust me, you’ll love it Intelligentsia Coffee – I like the latte with almond milk and Fletch prefers the coffee – both are delicious! This place has a bit of a hipster reputation, but who cares, right? It is worth a trip. Coast at Shutters On The Beach – This is such a cute beachfront cafe with delicious food – not a vegan/vegetarian restaurant, but there’s something on the menu for everyone. Even if we are not staying at Shutters, we make it a point to eat here.
We had such a lovely time in Paris and here are many of the pics I shared via Instagram while we were there.
After a long delay and even longer flight, we arrived to Paris very tired and a bit jet-lag, but after a quick nap, we were ready to go! We ate lots of sweets and drank too much Rosé, but we were also able to get a lot of work done. It was a wonderful trip, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to go again.
I’ll post more later on places to eat, things to see, what to wear, etc., so feel free to send me any questions you may have. I just wanted to share some of the snapshots from our adventure.
This Summer we have developed a habit of getting gelato most nights. By far, my favorite spot in town is Gelazzi. It is super cute and delicious! Although it seems mostly known for it’s great big Houston mural outside, the flavors inside will blow your mind! I especially appreciate the many varieties of donut flavors offered here – from glazed to chocolate and jelly! In this post, I chose three scoops of chocolate donut in a cone. The best part about this is that there are actual chunks of chocolate covered donuts blended in the gelato. It’s seriously addicting. Fletch made sure to get a scoop of vanilla to share with little Santino because you know we can’t leave him out!
What better way to get ready for Spring than with midi rings and macarons?!! Seriously, these have got to be two of the cutest ways to bring in the new season. Macaron by Patisse is my favorite macaron spot in Houston. I get excited just thinking about it, and I can always count on them to brighten things up, even if it’s still cold and dreary outside. Another thing I am excited about is the midi ring trend. Layering is always fun and I do this often with my necklaces, but now I am trying it with my rings. There’s no specific way it has to be done… Just select a few that you like and try them on. Don’t be afraid to mix silver with gold or work in various textures, and always add a little sparkle! All rings and necklaces are by Gorjana and available on my website. I also wore a pair of white skinnies by James Jeans, Rory Beca chambray shirt, Fendi platform sandals and my mini Prada tote. Take a look below…
A couple weeks ago, I picked up the one of the new Stila Magnificent Foil Finish Eye Shadows. They come in so may pretty colors, but I chose Vintage Black Gold. It’s a beautiful color and it came with a deluxe sample of the Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer. I’ve had some time to try and play around with them, and experimented with wearing in different ways. So far, my favorite is using the metallic cream shadow to add a bit of glamour to a simple, everyday look. Just because it’s a metallic and shimmery, doesn’t mean you’ve got to have an overly dramatic look or wait for a special occasion. Below is a simple overview of how I used it with one of my ordinary routines.
Beginning with a fresh face, no makeup… Ahhh! I almost always wear makeup, so it is very unusual for me to share a bare face. Anyway, I first applied Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in Shade 1 – Light to cover darkness under & around the eye area and even skin tone on any patch of redness or other discoloration on my face. It works great to conceal and brighten the eye area and is super bendable to use on other areas on the face. The coverage is great, so I typically don’t wear foundation. Just make sure it’s blended in well and it should do the trick. I used my fingertip to blend, although I often use a concealer brush. If I need extra coverage, I use the brush. More seems to go on that way, but today I wanted something that was quick and weightless.
Apply a small drop of the primer onto the fingertip and dab over the entire eyelid. This primer is pretty sticky, so make sure it is dry before applying any shadow.
I used a white shadow all over the eye lid and a matte dark brown on the lower lid and crease. Just two colors, since I was keeping it simple. And don’t forget the Brow Zings, which I raved about in an earlier post.
Next I lined the inner rim of my eye – both the lower and top part with Benefit BADgal waterproof liner. A lot of people have difficulty applying to the upper lid. I place the liner on my lid and line the upper rim as I close my eye. It is super quick and easy. See video below, and I apologize for looking so scary! I had no idea I rolled my eyes into the back of my head when I did this! Yikes!! We tend to make crazy faces when applying makeup, don’t we? Anyway, take a quick look…
This is how it looks so far… Definitely needs a little something extra! Time for the fun part…
To avoid a heavy look, I used my fingertip to apply thin layers. Dip a small amount onto the tip – this is enough for both lids. The shadow is buildable, so for a more dramatic look, I could just add more layers or apply with a cream shadow brush. Once I have a small amount on my fingertip, I gently dabbed on the lower lid, concentrating on the inner to mid eye area. Here’s a quick video of the application. You will see I just alternate dabbing onto each eye. It doesn’t have to be perfect, if any gets off the lid just wipe away with a clean hand. You’ll see…
Once the shadow was set, I lined the top lid. Using the same liner as before, I applied a thick line along the lash line over the cream shadow. Next I added a couple layers of Lorac Pro Mascara. It was free in my holiday kit I got last year, and I really like it. Even though I’ve been a huge fan of Lorac for years, for some reason I never thought to try the mascara. Another reason I love getting those kits! The brush is great for lifting and curling the lashes. I think it’s going to become a new favorite!
One of my favorite products to add is Benefit Ooh La Lift. It’s one of those products that seem unnecessary and like it would just add an extra step, but trust me. It’s worth the 20 seconds! This is a quick pick me up for your face. It does more than add a little something extra… It brightens under the eye, so the eye stands out even more. Also, it feels amazing!! It’s a great finishing touch to any look, plus it’s good to apply midday when you start to feel rundown a bit. Just dab a generous amount under the eyes down to the cheekbones. Gently pat until it’s absorbed and fan your face with your hands. I love it!!
This look was quick and super easy. I was able to get a glammed up look using my new metallic shadow with all my other products. Sometimes adding in one new piece can change up the entire look. If you are looking to buy a new eyeshadow, blush, or any other color item, I recommend buying a kit. They usually have something you’ve never tried before and come with lots of freebies! Don’t be afraid to try new things or change things up. After all, it’s just makeup. You can always take it off.