Wednesday, October 25, 2017


On Mal: Madewell Denim Tie Back Jumpsuit (There was 30% off and I had a gift card, okay?), H&M trumpet sleeve top (old), Akira Bow On Me satin flats, c/o Furla Mini Metropolis Bag, Forever21 Beaded Hoop Earrings (old-ish...might still be in store), Sojos Pink Mirror Sunglasses

Photos by Rene

The last couple of weeks really got away from me. I have been pretty heads-down at my design program, and am now trying to find some balance.

These photos are actually back from my San Diego trip at the beginning of October. I am just now getting around to getting this post together, oops.  This outfit had VERY mixed reviews from my friends haha. I was going for a '70s vibe, but according to ~some~, it seemed more schoolboy and/or farmer.

WHATEVER. Wear what you want, people!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Frayed Fall Sweater

san francisco style blogger wearing margaret o'leary fall sweater

On Whit: c/o Margaret O'Leary Maeve Pullover  (in mushroom), Banana Republic factory skinnies, Chloe Mini Kurtis, Adidas NMDs in Talc

I was waiting for temps to be cooler this week to style this new sweater.  The boho frayed details are on point. Like all of Margaret O'Leary's pieces,  the quality is exceptional.  Her sweaters are so soft, I may be addicted..

..which is a dangerous, because like Mal, I also have no income at the moment.  If you've been following, we're both going through huge career changes.  She's doing a product design program and I'm halfway through a full-time software engineering program.  It's a frightening, but exciting time because we have support from friends and from each other. At the end of this,  we'll come out a software engineer and a product designer --the ultimate dream team! We're already thinking about what we can build together..

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Skincare Heros

It's been a while since I have updated on my beauty routine. You can see my last post about it here. I have explored some more products since then, so here are my current go-tos:

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser. Every so often, Ulta sells a 4 fl oz bottle for $8...making it comparable to most drugstore cleansers! This cleanser is refreshing and smells really pleasant.

Cleansing Tool:
Foreo Luna 2 Facial Cleansing Brush. I used to hate it when I would swipe toner on after washing my face only to look at the cotton ball and see that not all my makeup was taken off, but I never have that problem now that I use the Foreo. I use it every night in the shower to save time.

Clarins Double Serum. I have been using this serum since I first received a sample from Clarins in 2014.  I always spring for the luxury size, which lasts a long time.  The new bottle design (pictured above) makes it even can now control if you want how much you want the pump to dispense. If you check out that skincare post I linked to above, you can see that I credit this serum for helping clear up my skin!

Cleansing Water/Toner:
Son & Park Beauty Water. I previously used Estée Lauder and Lancôme toners, when I heard about Beauty Water from a fellow blogger, Tasha of The Glossier.  This is super gentle, and super effective. My skin looks smoother and more even after using it. I use it after cleansing at night, and in lieu of using cleanser in the morning.

Dark Spot Corrector: 
Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. I previously used the Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector, which worked really well, but was a bit pricey and didn't last too long (plus I hated that the bottle was opaque, so you couldn't see how much was left!). A clerk at Nordstrom suggested Kiehl's so I swapped it out. The dropper makes it really easy to get the right amount, and I like that it is so thin because it makes it easy to spread.

Acne Cream:
Differin .1% Acne Gel. I used this in high school and college when it was prescription-only. Now that my acne is mostly under control, this works perfectly to maintain it.

Estée Lauder Clear Difference Mask. I am not a regular mask person. Generally I use this when I start to notice my pores looking a bit too large. My pores always look so much better after using this!

Eye Cream:
Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Eye Cream. This stuff is super expensive, and I have only had it from a sample. This is my secret--wait until Macy's or Sak's (or any department store) has a 'free gift with order.' The minimum is generally $30 and you usually get to choose a combination of skincare products. The sample size for the eye cream is 0.24 oz and it lasts a long time.

Night Moisturizer:
Shiseido Ibuki Sleeping Mask. This moisture mask is my favorite way to finish off my nightly routine. It is more like a gel than a moisturizer, so it feels light and cool when applied.

Day Moisturizer:
Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer. I previously used Olay, but they discontinued the higher spf version so I switched to Aveeno.  I don't love the smell, but it goes on nicely and works well under makeup.

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