perfect spring skirt

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natural beauty

DSC_0104for earth day, the secret (all-natural) ingredients for fresh west coast beauty: Keys Natural Sunscreen (the best, without the chemicals – high zinc, looks great on its own and under makeup); Eucalyptus oil (several drops with some Epsom salts for a stress-relieving bath, people);  Dr. Hauschka Rose Oil & Moisturizer (so good on the skin – mix a few drops of oil with moisturizer and apply all over post bath/shower); Weleda Skin Food (apply to hands at night for years-off by morning); Ecotools facial cleansing sponges (better than Clarsonic, promise: swipe a makeup remover first, then apply without water this surprise/unbelievable facial cleanser, gently clean with the sponge and, finally, rinse); RMS Organic Beauty (this stuff makes everyone look lit-from-within-pretty and it’s a quick application – a little beauty oil, some color on lips and cheeks, defining mascara, dab of “un”coverup, luminizer - done.)


pretty, organized


Vanity-worthy cream jewelry boxes here and here.

hat trick

guilty: wearing this rad vintage-inspired baseball cap too much.

sexy salt air hair

Beat the winter blues with some gorgeous hair! “Beach head” is just like rumpled “bed head” but with a California twist — a touch of salt from the beach air.  You can easily get this sexy look even if you are (gasp!) landlocked — here’s how:
  1. Overnight: Spray surf spray (our favorite here, or make a homemade spray) on clean damp hair. Twist and wrap hair into several low buns or plait hair into braids. Undo in the morning, run fingers through waves and apply some hairspray (our all-time favorite here; for thin hair use this) and more surf spray while scrunching.
  2. Same day: Spray hairspray on slightly damp hair, then spray with a little surf spray roots to end.  Blow dry hair completely, pulling hair from scalp to add lift and volume. Lightly brush hair out, just to undo any tangles.  Using a medium curling iron, curl hair in sections, pinning each curl neatly and horizontally to scalp. Let curls set until completely cooled. Undo pins and run fingers through curls. Put surf spray on your hands and continue to lightly run fingers through curls until desired affect is achieved. Add a light dusting of hairspray.

“Salt Air Hair” print by Katie Daisy available here.

sandal fever

1. Chloe Double Ankle-Wrap Wedge ($795.)  //  2. Mossimo for Target Patricia Wedge ($29.99)  //  3. Maison Martin Margiela Ankle-Cuff Leather ($650.)  //  4. J. Crew Kira ($138.)  //  5. Steve Madden Buddies ($69.95) //  Saint Laurent Studded Leather ($1,295.)

pajama party

Which would you choose for a little hotel getaway? Shutters // BHH

For Shutters:

  1. Liberty for J. Crew pajama ($198)
  2. C. Wonder small dopp kit ($48)
  3. Guerlain Super Aqua Mask Intensive Sheets ($117)
  4. Preserve Recycled toothbrush ($4)
  5. Marvis Aquatic Mint toothpaste ($6)

For BHH:

  1. Olivia Von Halle silk pajama ($500)
  2. Aerin Essentials Makeup Bag ($48)
  3. Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask ($32)
  4. Supersmile toothbrush ($9)
  5. Euthymol toothpaste – it’s pink! ($9.95)

high brow

There may have been differing opinions in the past, but right now every model, celeb, and duchess has perfectly sculpted full brows à la West Coast.  Get them now at favorite brow studios in La Jolla, Pasadena, San Francisco, or at Anastasia Beverly Hills for Nordstrom stores throughout the U.S.  It’s best to leave your brow sculpting to a professional, but if you must do it yourself I highly recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Express palate (pictured below).  Stencils + Anastasia’s famous “Golden Ratio” guard against bad outcomes.

cold weather knits

During the Hollywood knitting boom a lot of us beginners ended up with a small rectangle between our needles before losing interest in the craft (how about I just buy a damn scarf?!?).  But with the weather so cold and chic girls showing us how to incorporate home-mades, I am re-motivated to pick up the sticks and finally achieve the luxurious heirloom quality cashmere and wool pieces I imagined myself making years ago.

Learn to knit: Napa, Berkeley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Anywhere

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tie one on

Spotted: vintage inspired California travel scarves by Emily + Ross

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