Some of My Favorites

Working in the beauty industry for the past 4 years has afforded me the opportunity to play around with the creme de la creme of products. From skincare serums and masks to lighting palettes and longwear lip colors, I’ve tested them all and very much enjoyed the luxury of surrounding myself  with these lovelies.

Here are a few of my favorite things..

Hourglass Mineral Veil Foundation Primer

I love this stuff. Super sheer, with excellent color-corrective properties. Great for calming redness. It perfects my skin and creates a smooth canvas for applying foundation. $18-72

Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Stick in Rose

I’m completely obsessed with this. Use it everyday, keep it in my pocket obsessed.

An instantly hydrating and softening lip treatment and tint in one. I love the color and the way that it it feels on my lips. $16.50

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

Brand new moisturizing cream from an amazing natural skincare line.

2 forms of hyaluronic acid hydrate & plump your skin, while papaya enzymes smooth and exfoliate. Alpha-arbutin and exotic floral extracts help to brighten hyperpigmentation spots and illuminate the complexion. $65

Too Faced Lip Injection Plumping Gloss

Constantly attempting to increase the volume of my lips, I’ve tested my fair share of plumping glosses. I love the ones that tingle. This one is a definite win. $22

All of these products are available at Sephora.

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Playlist: Summertime Wanderlust

In the spirit of travel and expansion…

A diverse mix of tunes to plug in and take a trip with.



  1. Annie by Neon Indian
  2. Cool for the Summer by Demi Lovato
  3. Pepper by Butthole Surfers
  4. Stand Your Ground by Nebraska
  5. Operator (That’s Not The Way It Feels) by Jim Croce
  6. Heaven Tonight by Hole
  7. Ghost Town by Adam Lambert
  8. Apply by Glasser
  9. Brandy You’re A Fine Girl by The Looking Glass
  10. The Hills by The Weeknd
  11. Good For You ft. A$AP Rocky by Selena Gomez
  12. Gosh  Jamie xx
  13. Lean On (feat. MØ) by Major Lazer & DJ Snake
  14. Possum Kingdom by The Toadies
  15. Come My Way (feat. Drake) by Fetty Wap
  16. Daniel by Elton John

Listen HERE!

Introducing Meili

Meili the French Bulldog… he is the best.

This 3-year-old pup spends his days traveling the globe… most recently the West Coast.

What a cool dude.

Overlooking the Valley of the Moon, on our road trip from Tucson, AZ to San Diego. This spot is somewhere in the Jacumba Mountains. Hot, hot heat and beautiful sights!
Photo taken after landing safely in San Diego, CA after a weekend trip to former home-base in Chicago,IL. Meili had a great time seeing friends and family, but is happy to have 4 paws back on the West Coast… Time for more adventures!

Listen Up: Colleen Green, I Want to Grow Up

This week’s music obsession: Colleen Green


The LA based songwriter’s recent release is dreamy and poppy with the right amount of fuzzy guitar…. <3C

She will be in Chicago next month, April 13 at the Beat Kitchen with Upset.

Listen to I Want to Grow Up here:


Sound of Music Tribute with Gaga

In case you missed the Oscars the other night, here’s Queen Gaga performing a Sound Of Music Tribute.


Lady Gaga performed for the first time at the Oscars on Sunday in a special 50th anniversary tribute to “The Sound of Music.” The Robert Wise film, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, came out in 1965 and won five Academy Awards.

The Sound of Music was an important movie throughout my childhood, I was ecstatic to see Lady Gaga perform this… and then Julie Andrews joining her at the end. Perfect!

I am so loving Gaga’s new aesthetic: glamorous and elegant. The Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga collaboration has been on repeat in my apartment. She’s also recently engaged to actor Taylor Kinney, you go girl!


Winter Playlist: Buried

Buried in snow, busy as ever.

Here’s some tracks to keep your momentum as this winter starts to fade.


1. You Don’t Own Me – Lesley Gore

2.50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Live SNL50 2015 – Miley Cyrus

3. I Need My Girl – The National

4. Wolves Ft. Sia & Vic Mensa – Kanye West

5. The Lady Is A Tramp – Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

6. Home (Jon Hopkins Remix) – Daughter


8. Used To – Drake ft. Lil Wayne

9. Weight Of Love – The Black Keys

10. 7-11 – Beyonce

11. Love Me Harder – Ariana Grande ft. The Weeknd


13. Energy – Drake

14. Yellow Flicker Beat Lorde

Stream the playlist on here!