YooooOOOooOOOoo guyssss. I’m so excited for this Part II of my gift guide because I am giving away my deepest, darkest and best skincare secret that has, not kidding you, changed my life without sounding too dramatic. Skincare is something I’ve fallen into a deep passion for as of lately and this is the closest product that has come to magic that I’ve tried. I’ll do an entire post on my regime soon but this just gives you a little idea.

1 | Anyone else wear the same disgusting sweatpants and giant t-shirts they’ve had for 10+ years to bed? Just me? Well, I am in desperate need of some cute pajama sets and I love this one from Abercrombie. Aerie has really cute options as well!

2 | Lip tints are very underrated in my opinion. I’ve been using the Benefit Lip tint but since I’m almost out, and saw this youtuber raving about TONYMOLY lip tints, I feel like it’s just meant to be.

3 | Soooo this perfume by Hanae Mori has been my number one favorite scent since beginning of college when I first tried it. It is just the most beautiful floral, flirty but also sexy perfume I think I’ve ever had/smelled. Second favorite is anything by Michael Kors.

4 | If you drive a lot and listen to music while driving. Or maybe you just use your phone a ton in general, then a car power charger is sooo so essential. A true necessity. And don’t buy the cheap kind cause they are BS and don’t work!!

| Okay guys…MY HOLY GRAIL/SKIN SECRET comes from the brand The Ordinary. No joke I have never had better skin in my entire life. I get compliments about every other day from friends and family which makes me want to cry because skin is sooo hard to friggin perfect. I’ll be doing an entire post on my skin regime soon!! This company is seriously no BS. It’s pure, clean, effective and so.damn.affordable. My mind was blown. Still is. Will be for a while…

My two essentials I use morning and night. (Both are under 10 effing bucks. Absurd.)

ANTIOXIDANT: “This formula combines very high concentrations of two of the most powerful and important antioxidants in skincare: Resveratrol and Ferulic Acid. Skincare formulations generally incorporate Resveratrol at 1% or less and Ferulic Acid at 0.5% or less. This water-free, oil-free, silicone-free, alcohol-free formula contains each at 3%, an exceptionally high concentration.”

HYDRATION MIRACLE WORKER: “Unlike plant oils, Squalane is completely non-greasy, is exceptionally pure and stays stable in varying UV, temperature and oxidative conditions. Its non-comedogenic emollience hydrates while improving visible elasticity and texture.”

Ferulic Acid: Plant-based antioxidant that enhances the properties of other vitamins, helps skin’s defense against sun damage and increases hydration from retinol

Squalane: a natural hydrocarbon that is present in the skin, helping to prevent loss of hydration and to improve suppleness

6 | I’ve gotten into doing a quick booty workout daily whenever I can fit it in, usually in the morning, since I’ll be in a bikini in less than 3 weeks. These little mini workout sessions would be a lot more effective with these bad boys. Ankle weights are another very underrated item in my opinion and I think these are a great gift for the health/fitness freak in your fam.

| I just got these shoes yesterday and ohhhh mi gawwddd I love them so so so much. The best little slip on shoes that make your outfit look chic AF. I got these on sale so I know a lot of the sizes are sold out, but they have a ton of other pattern/colors.

 

I’ve had these 3 articles (#3 is a video) bookmarked for a minute but they’re definitely still worth the read (or skim).

I don’t tend to read all of the articles on articles on articles that cross my path online unless I vibe with what they’re talking about or it’s a topic I want to learn more about.

  1. How to be a better listener. Everyone could use a little help with this. I feel my attention span gets worse and worse the more I’m on my phone, scrolling, swiping through instagram stories, etc. Trying to improve on the idea of “cultivating genuine curiosity” and slowing down when it comes to communicating & listening to others.
  2. Healing Mushrooms to Add to your diet. I’m pretty over fads and keeping up with “the new thing” in health and wellness because I’ve learned that every single time, it always comes down to just whole and simple foods from mother nature herself. Drinking charcoal-infused drinks is great and all, but not suuuper necessary to live, you know? Mushrooms and superfood powders derived from plants are the closest thing I’ve found to “magic” in nature and in reaching optimal health. Since taking them for about almost a year now, these have truly blown my mind and I can’t say they are a fad because I know I’ll be incorporating them into my diet forever. The balancing qualities are absolutely no joke and I think more people need to learn about them. I haven’t felt jittery from coffee for about 4 months after putting adaptogenic mushrooms in my cup everyday. #score
  3. The environmental cost of free two-day shipping. Definitely relevant as holiday season is here and everyone (including myself) loves to do last minute shopping online.

Alright so I had an absurd amount of veggies leftover after my parents left for Kauai a few days ago, and  I was trying to figure out what I could make in bulk that could incorporate a lot of what I had in the fridge. PLUS, I had just run out of hummus, soooo I created this throw-everything-you-have-into-the-blender-with-garbanzo-beans-and-hope-it-tastes-good HUMMUS.

And it turned out suuuuuh good. I’ve made hummus previously but this batch was better than anything i’ve ever done. Now go and make it yourself!:

Ingredients:

– Handful fresh basil

– Fresh Parsley (about half a handful)

– 1 can organic garbanzo beans (rinsed)

– 1 Tbsp fresh grated garlic

– Juice of 1 lemon

– pinch of cayenne

– Salt and pepper

– 1/2 Green Bell Pepper

– 1/2 Poblano pepper

– Tsp Cumin

– Tsp Dried Cilantro

– 2 Green Onion stems

– Drizzle of Avocado Oil

I don’t care how much hype smoothie bowls have been getting over the past year or whatever. You just can’t go wrong with them and the options are truly endless okay?! And the humidity level in SD right now is ridiculous and has me craving something cooling and crisp.

Just wanted to share my basic go-to because why not and it’s SO good and full of nutrients. Got my greens, healthy fats, protein, probiotics and adaptogens to make me a little more zen after that cup (or two) of coffee I just drank.

Base Ingredients:

Handful spinach + kale

1.5 Celery Sticks

1/2 Banana

1/2 cup Blueberries

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Pinch of fresh cilantro

Dash of cayenne, maca powder, cinnamon, chia seeds, vitamineral green powder

1 Scoop Orgain Plant Protein Powder

Toppings:

Frozen Blueberries

Hemp Seeds

GF Granola

(I added a teeeeenie bit of coconut/almond nut butter)

 

I feel like everything was going on this week/weekend in San Diego…

  • Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack
  • Comic-con
  • Pride Festival
  • Friends were in town
  • Mom is in Kauai, aka: me taking care of Dad (lol)
  • Babysitting
  • Meetings and Calls with my new employer
  • Creating proposals and projects  for my new position

Sooo much going on! But in the best way. You know how that is sometimes where things start to hit a plateau, then boom the wheels start moving real quick and you have to adjust quickly or else you’ll fall behind? That was this past week for me. Even today, it’s only 2 and I’ve accomplished a ton of stuff that was on my to-do list.

Back to the weekend recap though. Friday I spent babysitting and spent the night in. Saturday was all about relaxing, getting organized with the new job, ate dinner with dad and later went out to meet up with a friend who was visiting from NY. Such a fun night.

Sunday was spent recovering going to the gym, working a bit, and ending the day with a picnic on Shelter island with my dad and some Tender Greens. Perfect Sunday if ya ask me…