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Friday
Jul032015

What I'd Wear: 4th of July

 

July 4

I can't think of another holiday where fashion-minded folk dress in theme in all seriousness. Ugly sweater parties and pilgrim plays aside, the 4th of July brings out our red, white and blue and it can get a little stale pulling out the denim, bandana, prints and stripes once more. So I thought, why not go a subtler route and give a nod with a pop of red accents and a chambray shirt, but make a pair of retro inspired shorts the main star. Thus we have our patriotism shown while enjoying a new take on an old holiday. This outfit will be perfect at a barbecue, beach bash, and all the way through the fireworks finale. 

Friday
Jul032015

Portland Adventures: The Good Flock X Ashley Goldberg

This week I returned from an epic road trip to Washington and Oregon, where I stayed for several days at Mount Rainier and in Portland. Both places were chock-full of beauty in different ways. Over the next month I'll be sharing some of my favorite finds from my Portland shopping adventures: stores I have a crush on, brilliant surprising finds, apothecary delights, jewelry gems, and more.

Up first is this patterned tote and clutch by The Good Flock X Ashley Goldberg, the former a design company and the latter an illustrator. Together, they created this stunning print found on this sturdy, two-pocket tote and clutch. I found these beauties at Backtalk PDX, a beautiful boutique that sells curated vintage finds and the work of "emerging fashion designers." If you're in Portland, be sure to check out this darling store and find these bags online here. The tote is $119 and the clutch is $49.

Wednesday
Jul012015

Vacation Tips for Clear Skin

"The Skin Coach" column is written by Kimmy Williams, owner of Acqua e Sapone, a skin clinic in San Francisco. 

Summer is upon us and that means most of us will be heading off for a vacation at one point or another. But whether it’s a faraway beach or a weekend getaway, any trip away can bring about hiccups in our normal routines which can mean post-vacation breakouts for those of us with acne-prone skin. Here are a few tips to make sure your acne-prone skin stays clear and radiant well beyond your summer trip.

Bring non-comedogenic toiletries

It does not take much contact with a pore-clogging product to cause a breakout and this does not just apply to the products you use on your face. Comedogenic toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste can cause breakouts, even without coming into direct contact with your face. To avoid acne cosmetica, stay away from unknown hotel toiletries and bring your own acne-safe hair products, toothpaste, and even body wash if you suffer from body acne.

Bring your own pillowcases.

Hotels often use scented detergent and fabric softener to wash pillowcases which can exacerbate acne venenata, or contact acne, in acne-prone individuals. To avoid this type of acne that usually shows up on the side of your face that you sleep on, bring your pillowcases that have been washed with fragrance-free detergent and dried without fabric softener.

Stay consistent with your regimen.

The late nights and relaxed attitude of vacation usually means skipping your skincare regimen or not even washing your face at all. If you come home late, try to perform your regimen as soon as you enter the door so you don’t get too comfortable and fall asleep. Also, be sure to apply sunscreen to your face and body in the mornings before starting the day to avoid sun damage.
Tuesday
Jun302015

Discovery of the Week: Wrk-Shp

I always love creative takes on clothing staples. Take the basic T-shirt. It's become such a bore these days that I've been looking for new ways to dress up the casual must-have. And now I've found it. Wrk-Shp is a new discovery that I found at Legion, a darling boutique in San Francisco. 

Based in Los Angeles, Wrk-Shp is founded by two architects (one of them now a fashion designer) and the cool, architectural style shows in the craftsmanship. Imaginative lines, versatile styles, and a fresh spin on the basic T-shirt workhorse, these pieces are your new favorite tees (and a shirtdress to boot). 

Learn more at wrk-shp.com and also find the line in San Francisco at Legion

Monday
Jun292015

Beauty Blast: Rose Clay Bar Mask

What happens when you find a face mask that will cure all your skincare woes? You privately rejoice, of course. And then you tell everyone all about it. That’s what happened to me when I tried out the Rose Clay Bar Facial Mask by Urb Apothecary, an all-natural skin care line in Santa Cruz.

Combining French pink clay and kaolin clay, plus rose floral wax (and more), this powerful mask suits all skin types: normal, sensitive, and mature. Its properties: “Help detoxify and cleanse the skin by removing dead skin cells and creating an overall, refreshed appearance,” says Leyna Allred, founder of the line. “It can also be used to treat acne and other skin ailments, poor blood and/or lymph circulation and sun-damaged skin.”

Sound too good to be true? It’s not. For just $10, this easy-to-use mask will change your face after one application. Find it on Etsy and also at Stripe in Santa Cruz.