Let me tell you a little story about me and make-up. I’ve always worn it, but stuck to a very basic routine of SPF moisturizer, mascara, bronzer, and a little eyeshadow. Nothing crazy. As I got a little “older” my mother introduced me to BB cream, which I felt changed my life. I suddenly had this artificial glow that made me look pretty alive in the mornings. So that was added to my basic routine. In that same face-changing year I was also introduced to eyebrow pens and pencils and suddenly I had shape to my brows. Wow.
Let me just tell you, that for $62 dollars you can have a whole new complexion that screams smooth, even, natural-looking coverage. I really can’t get into too many details since I don’t really speak Make-Up, but I can most definitely tell you that it has changed my face. Especially in the morning. As a side-note, I am also exceptionally obsessed with Anastasia Beverly Hills’ eyebrow wiz pen. AAAAAAND, I’m also really into L’oreal’s Age Perfect face oil that helps me with dry patches in the winter. A little dab of that at night and my face skin is fully restored in the morning. This may all be old news to some of you but I was just too excited about my latest beauty purchases to not share!
If you’re interested in seeing just how these products look on my face (bright and early in the morning), head over to my Instagram to see a little selfie.
Lately I’ve been finding myself more and more intrigued with beauty products. I’m not just talking make-up (more on that later); I’m talking face oils, body cleansers, moisturizers, hair revitalizing products, the works. Now that I’ve reached an age when your beauty regime really does make a difference, I am determined to find products that work. As we all know, I have a pretty steep CVS obsession and will pretty much try any new anti-wrinkle product on the market, but sometimes it’s the unexpected products that you aren’t paying attention to (or aren’t advertised) that make a bigger difference (in your appearance).
In this case, Skinvolve has changed my body. I’m pretty big on all-natural body washes/cleansers (my go-to is usually Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap) but every now and then I’ll swap it out for something extraordinary. Skinvolve makes this insanely yummy body boost gel that smells like ginger and green tea and makes you feel as though you are truly bathing in those 2 ingredients. And wait, the best part is, this gel helps zap body fat using it’s menthol-based formula. Get clean and skinny at the same time?! Sign me up!
Oh, you thought that was it? Nope. Still more. Follow that great shower with the Skinvolve body karate cream to hydrate, tone, smooth, and improve your skin’s texture. This cream is blended with pure caffeine and argan oil to give you that super buttery soft skin. And I’m not even going to lie, one of my favorite parts of this cream (not lotion, there’s a difference), is the smell. It has a rosy scent that lasts pretty long and perfectly complements my perfume of choice these days (Chloe de Roses). So, if I haven’t made these 2 products sound just divine and you must sample them yourself, head to my Instagram (sivanayla) for a fun giveaway I’ll be hosting this evening at 6:00pm PST. I will be selecting one lucky winner to receive full sized bottles of the boost gel and karate cream.
I’ve been all around LA for brunch and seem to always end up ordering the same type of meal–avocado toast with eggs. After mimosas, of course, my entire meal is upward of $30 and I’m a little sick of it. If you grocery shop at all you know how much bread, avocado, lemon, and salt cost, and it it doesn’t justify a quadruple (at least) mark-up. If we are talking about adding truffle salt and/or oil and chili flakes then ok, add 1 or 2 dollars. But still. So basically I am boycotting brunch on account of over-priced avo toast and will share with you how to achieve that perfect LA-restaurant style perfection.
What you need: (yields 1)
Wheat or grain bread
1 avocado, mashed
1 lemon wedge
What to do:
Toast your bread
Mash your avocado in a bowl
Drizzle truffle oil over your toasted bread
Spread the mashed avocado over the toast
Squeeze the entirety of the lemon over the toast
Sprinkle truffle salt over the toast (as much as desired)
Top off with chili flakes
Voila! Enjoy restaurant-grade avocado toast for $12 (for the whole week!).
It’s funny stumbling across my sequin “section” in my closet. It is tucked into a dark corner–where the light doesn’t even reach if I wanted it to–with the rest of my Vegas dresses. Short, bandaged, sweetheart, neon, glittered, sequined…you get the point. So it is not often I see something sequined in broad light in my closet that I will actually wear. There’s one little exception to this and it is either New Years Eve or a glam holiday party. Seems a little cliche–I know–but a girls gotta take advantage of these opportunities to sparkle a little when she can! This pencil skirt is pretty understated, despite being a midi, and can be dressed more casually if desired with a plain white tee and some fun accessories. This version of my look is a bit more polished since I was attending a more corporate event, but you KNOW you will find me with a pop of something the next time this baby comes out!
Even if the person isn’t necessarily a fitness “freak,” we, I mean they, still love a good amount of cute workout gear. I definitely have my days when I’m decked out in yoga apparel all day (for my 1 hour class at 6:00pm), but why change twice in one day when the outfit is actually kinda cute? So with that mentality in mind, don’t shy away from gifting someone who isn’t a marathon runner, for example, some awesome exercise equipment. I know I’d happily accept more yoga pants any day! Happy shopping!
Holiday parties are some of my favorite to attend. The glitz, glamour, champagne, decorations, everything is just more magical when that cheeriness is in the air. Ok, I’ll stop being exceptionally cheesy now. But really though, I love a good holiday party. It also gives me a reason to bust out the [faux] fur and LBDs (little black dress, for those of you living under a rock) that pitifully sit in the closet all year. I’m guessing most of you are finding that a little ridic, considering the LBD is supposed to be a timeless classic that can be worn year-round, but I tend to wear them more during the holidays.
I’m also a stickler for finding a LBD that isn’t your typical silhouette. When I discovered this LBD by Lace & Whiskey I knew instantly it needed to be mine–NOT sitting around in the closet, but paraded around town. So, I did the exact opposite of what I just said I always do. I wore it out. Not to a holiday party. And it was pretty fabulous! I guess what they say is really true: once you open your mind to other views, you might just find yourself wearing a LBD on a random Tuesday.
Shopping for you man should be fun! Except, it’s not. They are [secretly] pickier than us in regards to clothing, electronic gifts must be the correct brand (aka the best quality for it’s purpose), and they don’t usually vocalize anything they want. At least, my man doesn’t. For us (Paul & myself) it’s this fun game of mind reading or just me purchasing things I think he wants/needs. I guess I should be grateful that he isn’t at all materialistic, but it does make gift-giving exceptionally harder than I’d like it to be. If you happen to have a guy who loves small luxuries, a nice designer item, or just seems overall appreciative of the effort, one of these gifts should suffice. If anyone can think of a gift for a man who has everything he “needs” and doesn’t want anything, please send them my way! Thanks!
Let’s face it, I wear black a lot. It’s not a seasonal “color” for me, a sign I’m mourning, me trying to disguise my real body shape, or any other ridiculous reason people come up with to wear black. To me, black is a lifestyle. On days when I have ‘nothing to wear’ I opt for a full black on black outfit. There’s just nothing more chic than black. If I haven’t already made my point, I apologize, but I must now start writing in complete sentences. Since it is officially the holidays (being December and all), I am starting to feel a little blue (does that count as me wearing a color?!). I never really understood all those Blue Christmas songs but now I think it’s starting to hit me. A little tinge of sadness that just pops it’s head in around the most wonderful time of the year has graced me with it’s presence.
The odd part is my entire family is now back within a 10 mile radius of me, I have some fabulous holiday plans, I’m surrounded by all the people and puppies I love, and the new year is approaching. So, I ask you, why do the holiday bring on this unexplained melancholia? Maybe it’s age? Maybe it’s mental. Would love to know if any of you ever experience this same feeling during this time of year.
Each year when I put my holiday gift guide(s) together, I try to take into consideration all budgets and price-ranges. There’s nothing worse than finding yourself in the under $100 category of a wish list and finding absolutely nothing of worth. See, I’m the queen of under $100. Most gifts that I die for are under $100–books, small home decor items, jewelry, beauty products…there’s really a ton of great options for that price range. Hopefully this list will make your life a little easier if you’re experiencing any of the above!
Can any of us actually believed yesterday was a gloomy, rainy, lazy Sunday?! I was pretty confused when I woke up and my bedroom was still dark out–I instantly assumed it was before 6:00am, which clearly is an unacceptable time to be awake on a Sunday. Or any day, actually. However, prior to the insta-sweatpants day (yesterday), I dressed like a human girl in my fun new ‘honest to blog’ sweatshirt that I’m kind of in love with. The coziness of this sweater is just too good to ignore this winter. Especially for me, since I just learned I’ll be spending some time in Big Bear and Mammoth this winter (!!!). Time to stock up on the knits, hats, gloves, fur, etc. Stay tuned for lots more winter inspiration headed your way. Aaaaaaand, keep your eyes open for some new additions to the gift guide for your holiday shopping needs.