The Best Face Mask Ever

Blog, Style

The Boy Scouts have a motto: Always be prepared. Such an idea translates into so many facets of life — when you have a test, when your in-laws are coming to visit, when you’re awaiting the arrival of your monthly menstruation celebration — it’s human nature to plan ahead. As someone who has experienced adult-onset acne and now wrestles with the occasional pimple, I have found that it’s imperative to have some rescue skincare products in my arsenal. That’s where masks and creams come in. In addition to learning about the conditions in which my skin thrives (moist, humidity), I have also learned which products help to quell the redness and swelling of blemishes. It’s a skincare game plan full of (mostly) natural products that I can (always) count on.

In my latest video (see, I told you more were coming!) I reveal my face cleansing routine, my current favorite products, and my go-to face mask I like to slather on when my skin decides to act up.

CA to NYC

Blog, Style, Travel

I’m writing while sitting in a freshly assembled Poang easy chair from Ikea (I could sleep in this thing it’s so comfortable) in my new apartment in New York City. This Friday will mark our one-month anniversary of living in the city, and although the feeling of moving here has been exhilarating, the actual physical experience has been a roller coaster of planning, moving, plans falling through, frustration, surprises (some really really good), and general confusion which has already taught me to adopt a more go-with-the-flow outlook.

One of my friends who has called NYC home for almost 10 years passed on a bit of wisdom to me while he helped me move in to my apartment a couple weeks ago: essentially, having a type A personality is a blessing and a curse while living in the city. On the one hand, persistence and an impulse to control your destiny is important in a city of 8 million people. But on the other hand, knowing when to bend and ease up on controlling every situation is essential. I’m learning to draw from these two wells of thought as we slowly piece together our apartment and transform it from a living space into a home. And if loosening the reigns doesn’t work, there’s always puppy videos.

Below is the movie we filmed while traveling across the country last month. I had a great time filming, editing, etc. so there might be more videos in the future. We’ll see!