Monday, January 12, 2015


It's been about 16 weeks now since I switched to a natural skincare routine and I can honestly say that my skin has been so so so much better. Believe me. It's not perfect, but it's the best I've seen it. Moving to Boston led me to discover Follain, a self declared "healthy beauty store." Not gunna lie, it's where I go to get the majority of my products these days. I also LOVE Cold spring Apothecary back home! I'm not 100% natural with my routine YET, but it would be nice to get there some day.

First thing's first! Two (small) but effective changes we've made recently in our bathroom. 1. Turkish bath towels over 'normal' towels and 2. Eucalyptus hanging in the shower. Both make a difference, folks. 

1. Peppermint hand soap (clean hands are important!) Follain lets you bring in their reusable bottle (the one pictured above) and try their rotating scents of hand soap whenever you need to! This one is my favorite so far. 
2. SW Basics Toner. This. stuff. is. amazing. It's my holy grail product. My favorite product.
3. Lulu Organics Jasmine scented hair powder. If you like jasmine, you'll love this one. Dry shampoo has saved me... a lot
4. Jamela argan oil as a facial moisturizer. Never would I have thought that I'd be using an oil as my moisturizer. This stuff is super calming and super effective.
Recent purchases! Indie Lee's blemish lotion and facial oil. Sadly, Follain was out of the Jamela argan oil that I usually use, but I'm always up to try something new so I opted for this one. It's a little too early to make set opinions on these guys.

Aesop is great- who doesn't love their stuff? I've tried the fabulous face cleanser and liked it. Not sure if it's worth the money to buy again. AAAAAND this rosemary mint body lotion from Apotheke! It's a good one, guys!
At last, this citrus & ginger sea salt spray for your hair from Cold Spring Apothecary. It smells heavenly. It lingers. It's great. My boyfriend uses the apothecary's citrus wood pomade for his hair and it smells equally amazing. Juniper Ridge body wash is also another manly favorite (although I use it too sometimes)!

This post was partially inspired by Bleubird's vanity project. Mostly because I think everyone likes reading about and discovering new products from time to time.

Sunday, January 4, 2015


It's 2015 and that means a new year. A new you. And a time to reflect. Big steps. Small steps. Basically, a blank slate.  
NYE was spent at two of my college roommate's apartment in Long Island City. My fondest memory of the entire night was going up to the roof at midnight with sparklers & champagne- a true new year's moment. New Year's day was filled with lots of movies on the couch, a New York City skyline, and some of the best brick oven pizza from Roberta's. I went to Maman the next day, a cafe and bakery in SoHo serving recipes from from the south of france and north america. I'm still beating myself up for not trying the lavender hot chocolate, but I needed a coffee boost.
At home I went to Beacon and had breakfast & visited Dia, which will forever be one of my favorite spots. I spent too much time with Olive, saw friends from high school, and watched more movies (yes).

2015 is looking pretty good so far, wouldn't you say? 

Thursday, November 13, 2014


 A sunny Thursday spent exploring Kittery and Portland. Shop Folk is just about THE perfectly curated shop. So many recognizable (and also new!) makers in one spot. And all so beautiful. And Anju Noodle Bar is their neighbor. They make their kimchi in house and it's absolutely amaziiiing.

We had so little time left for Portland (heyoo gotta work tomorrow) so I definitely want to go back, but what we did explore was great. My favorite was Tandem Coffee Roasters. It's an old building from the 1960's that was once a GAS STATION and LAUNDROMAT ... that is now a coffee shop. We had cherry + peach pie, a mast brothers mocha, and a latte and it was all too good. My other favorite was Moody Lords, a vintage/vinyl record shop. I got a pair of earrings made from old bullet shells and deer teeth... kinda weird...yeah but I liked them. Ooops.

Next time I want to see More and Co. and the Portland Museum of Art! Also want to see a moose. heh  Any other suggestions fellow New England friends?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


 Need Supply Co. has been one of my favorites for a while now. When their prices seem a little daunting (although it's really a range) I love to browse...and strictly browse. And sometimes, I splurge. These are on the top of my list right now:

1. Human Being Journal because I admire the human being on the cover 
2. Toyblocks calender for 2015
3. "Oui Oui" In God We Trust Necklace. (IGWT was the first brooklyn shop I ever visited, back in high school. It's been a while.)
4. Commodity GOLD perfume. I recently did their try at home kit and this scent stuck out to me. 
5. Long Hook Earring. Minimalistic and pretty.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Providence, Rhode Island. To me, it's a small city. Small, spread apart, and very hip. The perfect city for a Sunday road trip. Pop on the Serial podcast for the car (everyone listen, it's sooo good), throw on a pair of Levi's and a comfy tee, and you're set! I'm by no means a Providence expert, but here's some of my favorite spots for now. All highly recommended:

1. Le Grange: vegetarian food and a juice bar all in one
2. The Dean Hotel: the Ace Hotel of Providence (I think). The decor is a dream come true. Down to every single detail. Also Bolt Coffee is inside the hotel- eeeps!
3. Nava: vintage and new clothing
4. The Shop: the most beauteous coffee shop. And delicious. Plus, staff people are super suuuuper friendly
5. Olga's Cup + Saucer: came here for brunch. Baked goods, brunch, and lunch.
6. Providence Performing Arts Center: saw Wicked here last year. It's a old style theatre- beautiful inside.