Beauty // Skincare Edit

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Hello from the other side. And by other side, I mean a torrential amount of work, unpacking, decorating, re-decorating, organizing and well, just trying to survive the last two months of the year. Survive seems a little dramatic but I keep wondering where in the hell the year went, and why I haven’t been able to pick up my laptop and blog, make cocktails or share my adventures and misadventures with all of you. Maybe a few of you have deserted me, rightfully so, or maybe you’re hanging hoping and wishing I would resume. But I’m back and I’m going to try my best to share more to finish the year with a bang.

Just to fill you in (abbreviated version), we moved to LA from Long Beach– we are now close to some of my favorite restaurants, shops, bookstores, and museums. Our business, Big Butter & Egg Man is growing, growing, growing, we celebrated our third wedding anniversary and 14 years together, my husband is turning 31 in a few days, I decided to give up shaving for good (more about that later) and its November… WHAT.IN.THE.WORLD?!

I haven’t made the time to blog because most days I’m too busy baking, snapping photos or trying to strategize our next business move. Its delightful and stressful, and fun, and stressful.

Prior to the big move, after spending months and months (January-June) agonizing over my skin thanks to stress, aging, travel, pollution and some poor diet decisions I decided to do a skincare overhaul. I said goodbye to a few products I was using that weren’t really doing the trick and spent quite a bit of time researching, sampling and trying out what works for my 31 year-old combo skin.

I’ve always been quite fortunate, with a pimple here and there, and a few allergic reactions, my skin otherwise, is quite resilient. But after spending at least 30 minutes a day agonizing over my blackheads, my pores, and my lackluster complexion I realized I needed to make a few changes. Skincare is expensive (with a capital E) and I couldn’t justify spending my money on everything all at once. I had to identify my biggest concerns and little by little start finding the right products. First on my list, finding the right cleanser that didn’t strip my skin and help deep clean removing makeup and start helping my skin rid itself of years of congestion. Next was finding a great exfoliator to help shed dead skin cells. Then a great moisturizer, then a toner, then a serum… And finally five months later I’m happy to say I’ve amassed a collection go skincare products I happily use every (single) day, I’m excited to take my makeup off at the end of the day and I find myself getting more and more compliments about my skin.

I’ve always had a bit of skincare obsession after my grandmother shared her beauty secrets with me and my sister when we were little. My mom is the exfoliator queen and probably has never had a pimple in her life (true story). My sister has the most flawless skin and always reminds me to take care of my lips, hands and cuticles. Needless to say, I was and am surrounded by women who take their skin very seriously.

My new routine is a bit of a commitment so it does mean I’m spending more time in the bathroom in the morning and evening, but trust me, it’s worth it. And I can finally stop feeling guilty about all those nights I slept in my makeup. I think the Dines/Hale/Hale-Jones women would be proud.

1. Makeup Remover |PM only|. Tatcha Pure Camelia Cleansing Oil. If you haven’t tried Tatcha, you won’t be disappointed. This helps breakdown my makeup without leaving my skin feeling dry or too oily.

2. Makeup and Impurity Remover II |AM and PM, daily|. Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water. This is probably my favorite find. Ever. It helps remove any makeup or impurities that like to hang on. It’s magical.

3. Cleanser |AM and PM, daily|. Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser. Sunday Riley is another fantastic brand. She really understands skin and her products are chock full of with amazing ingredients to help detoxify and transform your skin. The first two months of using this my skin was a little congested, which means I experienced a few breakouts but hang in there, your skin will start to change.

4. Exfoliator/Skin Polish |PM only, 3x week|. Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder. A gentle and effective exfoliator to help soften skin to remove dead skin cells without stripping the skin. Again, Tatcha is amazing. This exfoliator comes in three formulas depending upon how sensitive your skin is, but all three will help buff away imperfections, dullness and help balance skin.

5. Exfoliator/Treatment |PM only, 3x per month|. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. Tata Harper products have a cult following and rightfully so. This will instantly brighten and detox your skin. You can sleep in the max, you can use it more often to combat breakouts and oil or you can spot treat pimples and blemishes with the mask.

6. Exfoliator/Treatment |PM only, 2x per month|. Ole Henriksen Power Peel. I’ve never (ever!) found a product that helps reduce the size and appearance of a breakout or a pimple so quickly and so effectively. This was the second skincare item I invested in and I haven’t looked back.

7. Toner |AM and PM, daily|. Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel.. This is a staple and something my grandmother, great-grandmother and great-aunt swore by. Witch hazel is incredibly effective and a beauty cabinet must-have for a number of reasons. It’s always the last step before I apply serums and creams.

8. Serum/Treatment |AM and PM, daily|. May Coop Raw Sauce. Where have you been all my life you slightly sticky wonder in a bottle?! I apply this post toner to ensure my skin effectively absorbs my moisturizer. It makes my skin incredibly soft and sometimes makes me put the foundation down for a makeup-free day.

9. Serum/Treatment |PM only, daily|. Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment. Two pumps help brighten my skin, exfoliate and increase circulation for a brighter more even skin tone and complexion. Another plus, you can combine with the Ceramic Slip cleaner for a DIY mask.

10. Beauty Oil |PM only, daily|. Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil. Wake up to the most incredible, glowing skin with this product. Your skin will feel nourished and instantly lifted, especially if wrinkles are starting to sneak up on you.

11. Moisturize |AM and PM, daily|. Shiseido Ibuki Refining Moisturizer. Finding a concentrated moisturizer that doesn’t break me out or make me like it disappears in 30 seconds was tough. This, by far has been my favorite moisturizer. A little goes a long way.

12. Eye Cream |AM and PM, daily|. DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle. An eye cream that works for the entire eye (don’t forget your brow bone and your outer eye area!) that doesn’t irritate my eyes or give me small bumps after application. *I’m hunting for something to help with the redness around my eyes to start using during the evenings, but will keep the Eye Souffle as my daily eye cream.

13. Lip Treatment |PM only, 2x per week|. Glam Glow Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment. This is definitely a splurge but I love the minty tingle and I keep the pot of lip balm in my purse to apply throughout the day.

14. Lip Treatment |PM only, daily|. Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil. In lieu of using my Glam Glow lip balm at night, I use Hourglass Lip Oil, to help moisturize my lips and help with fine lines. This treatment oil is great for anyone who uses matte lipstick more than once per week– this treatment oil will protect lips with early signs of aging with short-term and long-term benefits.

15. Skin Mist |3-4x per week|. Tatcha Luminous Skin Mist. This is more of a treat so I only use as needed sometimes after makeup or sometimes for a makeup free day. If I really want to refresh and revive my skin, I will place the bottle in the fridge for 15 minutes before use.

S/S ’16 RTW // Marissa Webb

It’s hard to believe I haven’t posted, visited, planned or agonized over my blog since June. Well, truth be told, I’ve agonized. I’ve spent the last few months trying to sort, plan and organize and suddenly realizing I don’t have enough hours in the day to do everything and most days, it feels like I haven’t accomplished anything. Don’t get me wrong, I love a lazy weekend TV binge but they seem to rarely happen these days.

G and I moved to LA from Long Beach, it wasn’t a big move but for some reason it was harder to pack and unpack then I remember in 2013. Maybe the lack of help or the frantic last few days or suddenly realizing the Carters own waaaaaaay too many small items. There were moments I felt like throwing everything out and starting again. But instead, I threw it in a box and decided to deal with it later. Later means I’m dealing with it now– sorting through odd boxes with little trinkets and bizarre odds and ends, labeled Office Shit or House Shit.

The start of my fall consisted of living out of a box, buying every September issue possible, adjusting to my new neighborhood (hello, LACMA) and eating takeout for two weeks straight. This week seems like I’m somewhat back to normal, despite the fact that I packed up the car with the dogs to visit G up north on the farm. NYFW always makes me feel sane and giddy but mostly giddy. While I’m not there in person I love spending every free moment perusing the shows, choosing favorites and indulging all things fashion: models, bloggers, accessories, beauty and accessories.

I always like to keep my eye on Marissa Webb– it felt extravagantly practical with vibrant pops of color, subtle touches of tassels and the perfect amount of pattern and prints. Her navy florals were the perfect spring addition without feeling contrived or overly feminine. One thing you can always count on, Webb always keep a certain amount of edge.

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See the complete collection here // Images via Vogue.com 

Menswear S/S 2016 // Lanvin

Life is little hectic (when is not?!); however, I still find time to find inspiration. My love of Pinterest hasn’t waned (could it ever?!) but I find myself trying to constantly adjust my schedule so I can fit more and more in. One thing I haven’t spent enough time pouring over: men’s fashion week. But, I never miss the chance to obsess over anything Lanvin.

George and I can often bond over trends, new designers and while most days in the office include a lot of tees and sweats (I know, I know, we are completely lazy), we love the chance to peek at the menswear shows, plan nights out and a happy hours to flex our styling muscles. Lanvin is always a favorite in my book and for the most part, gives George a bit of outfit inspiration and/or outfit envy. And we certainly have outfit envy this time around.

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Fall 2015 Couture // Alexandre Vauthier

I’m massive failure– I can’t seem to find enough time to post. I plan and organize but sadly, I can rarely find the time. Shall we call this a massive MASSIVE fail?! Someday I’ll get it together and finally figure out how to balance things and act like an actual adult. Until, then I have to accept how hectic life is and pretend I’m still 13 and complain nonstop. But if I can accept how hectic life is while dreaming of Alexandre Vauthier, then life is great.

This collection is amazing: a pink jacket with a flamingo, fringe, a sassy little gold number, lots of jaw-dropping silhouettes, leather and zippers. Basically everything you would want or need in your closet. However, this collection is making me re-think my recent love affair with tiramisu after I made it during Fourth of July weekend. In retrospect, it was a really, really bad idea to enjoy so many evenings of delicious tiramisu. But then again, this collection is so decadent I’m sure Alexandre would approve.

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See the entire collection here // Images via Style.com

Resort 2016 // Burberry Prorsum

Can someone please tell me why 2015 is flying by? It’s almost June and for someone reason I still feel like it’s March. It seems like it’s taking me some time to catch up– perhaps this is the first sign of the newly discovered entrepreneur’s syndrome– you know, you step outside of your house and realize you’ve worked for three days straight, although you think it’s been one day. All I have to say: calm your tits, 2015, just calm your tits!

I believe this is what my Mom warned me about when I was five– I was ignored her forewarning because I was too busy putting my hand in the toaster after she repeatedly asked me not to. I guess this what happens when you get older, you just keep getting older and time keeps flying by, until you hit 90, then it creeps by. Or so I’m told.

I finally emerged from my work bubble and spent a little time catching up on all things fashion, beauty and boozing. I spend most of my days chained to my desk or chained to the stove, thankfully, I have this really hot coworker I can stop thinking about… Oh, wait…

It’s safe to say I missed a lot. While there aren’t many resort shows to share with you, Burberry Prorsum was a stunner. One of the many reasons I love Burberry Prorsum, it never disappoints, and this season Burberry Prorsum really wants you to show your knickers (I’m totally fine with that), and give long sleeves a chance, and embrace appliqué, and lace. And I’m here to say, I’m willing to embrace all of it. Truth be told, I live in my work uniform which basically means I don’t have to get ready, so anything feminine and gorgeous makes me want to leave my work bubble for at least a week and take my co-worker on a hot date, or several. Behold the amazingness…

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Tuesday Ten // Essential Coffee Table Books

Tuesday Ten // Essential Coffee Table Books

I always appreciate houses filled with books, it makes me feel like someone is giving me a tour through their quietest and sometimes, most private moments. I also like to snoop in cabinets, most of my friends will offer theirs knowing my intentions. Perhaps I’m revealing too much about my interests while visiting someone… perhaps some of you are nodding your head in an agreement because like me, you’re a voyeur and a snooper.

I usually leave someone’s house with a litany of things I need to research, sample, or buy. I mainly keep my list to beauty, books and food; three of the four loves of my life. Don’t worry, I trade intel for intel and usually share my favorites when swapping life secrets. One of my favorite life secret swaps: coffee table books. They are ginormous, expensive, decorative, and always give someone an idea about what you really love. If you were to step into my house, you would find twenty– some stacked on nightstands, dressers, perched on book shelves and on the coffee table. While some may purchase purely for ornamental purposes, I actually like to read them, use them for decor/fashion inspiration and gather what I call, “dinner party facts,” share as many strange facts about fashion, food, travel, and surfing with as many guests as you can find. Try it. It’s wildly entertaining.

I also re-watched two episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians season 9 three times to try to catch a (better) glimpse at Kanye’s coffee table in Paris which is covered (covered!) in what appears to be coffee table books. It didn’t work but I appreciate his zeal.

Coffee table books are an investment, some more than others. My best advice, opt for books about people, places or things that make you the happiest, that inspire you, books to brighten a room and add some interest. Here are my top ten–

1. Helmut Newton Polaroids // $59.99

2. The History of Surfing // $33

3. Installation Art: Space as Medium in Contemporary Art // $29.95

4. The Selby Is in Your Place // $35.00

5. HUE // $29.95

6. In Vogue // $51.00

7. Valentino: Themes and Variations // $75.00

8. The World In Vogue: People, Parties, Places // $85.00

9. Fashion: 150 Years of Couturiers, Designers, Labels // $285.00

10. A Grand Italian Epic // $69.99

Sunday Sweets // Papaya Fruit Bowls

Sunday Sweets // Papaya Parfaits

Agonizing over the breakfast and/or brunch is one of my favorite things in life. Yep, in life. I also often ask for a sampler plate of everything– I envision a tiny tray of everything single thing on the menu. G watches me hoping I can make up my mind in ten minutes flat because he usually has his mind made up in ten minutes (nice try, Mr. Carter, nice try). I like to agonize and debate, giving at least three choices a fair shot. My biggest dilemma: healthy or all out gluttony and finally: savory or sweet. I rarely order oatmeal because we eat oatmeal at least 5 days a week, and I can usually bribe G to split a pancake with me or give me a bite of his. I have a brunch system worked out.

Sunday Sweets // Papaya Parfaits

Luckily, my brunch dilemma only occurs while dining out. When planning brunch or breakfast at home, I have a menu planned in advance and my savory and sweet dreams come true. A few days ago, I was craving a fruit parfait to accompany our eggs and potatoes.

Sunday Sweets // Papaya Parfaits

This parfait/fruit bowl variation is sweetened by the fruit, the coconut nectar adds a salty and rich flavor so it feels like the best of both worlds. Sprinkle with chia and hemp seeds for a slight crunch. If you’re not a fan of coconut nectar, get on board immediately because it’s the perfect addition to all things brunch and breakfast.

Sunday Sweets // Papaya Parfaits

Sunday Sweets // Papaya Parfaits

Papaya Parfaits

1 medium-sized papaya

1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

4 tablespoons blueberries

4 tablespoons raspberries

2 teaspoons shredded coconuts

1 kiwi, peeled and sliced

2 mint leaves, torn

1/2 teaspoon chia seeds

1/2 teaspoon hemp seeds

Drizzle of coconut nectar 

Sprinkle of cinnamon

1. Slice papaya in half and scoop out papaya seeds

2. Place 1/4 cup of yogurt in each papaya half

3. Cover yogurt with fruit, sprinkle with seeds and mint, drizzle with coconut nectar and sprinkle with cinnamon

Serves 2.

Spring Cleaning

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I always feel my best when the house is clean, in particular our bedroom and kitchen, I’ve worked out and I have our weekly menu planned. To be honest, this type of planning is rather inconsistent which means we can feel a little scattered during the week, especially when 5:30 p.m. rolls around and we are standing in front of the fridge asking what to make for dinner.

I love to cook and bake, I love to commit to working out but cleaning… I haven’t really mastered the art of keeping my house clean. I’ve never been much of a cleaner– I love doing dishes, I love mopping and cleaning bathrooms, that’s about it. My chores as a child included helping with the dishes and taking out the trash, and by taking out the trash I mean, taking our wastebaskets from the bathrooms and bedrooms and emptying them in the trash. I loved mopping our hardwood floors until they were glistening like an art gallery– I also spent the entire time pretending I was a world-class ice skater. My older sister often complained about my lack of chores, my Mom often reminded her I was younger. Surprise, surprise, she’s a cleaner and I’m not. I always enviously watch her clean up after cooking, religiously sweep her floors (she sweeps daily), her floors are always spotless and she can coax the most stubborn 11 year-old into picking up his toys.

Despite my desire to always hire an extra hand to help out with cleaning, I’m a firm believer in spring cleaning projects to help welcome a new season. Most of these should happen at the very least every three months– makeup and closet updates can be monthly– my top eight are large enough to spend an entire week dedicated to cleaning and organizing. If you’re short on time or inspiration, give yourself an entire month to accomplish your spring cleaning list and dedicate two days a week to at least two items on the list. Once you’re finished, sit back and make something boozy without making a mess, of course.

1. Clean out and organize pantry. Get rid of anything expired, donate anything you haven’t used, look for new storage options and make sure you dust and re-organize your shelves to make shopping your pantry easier.

2. Clean out your closet. Try on every article of clothing, if it doesn’t fit sell or donate. Re-organize your closet by silhouette and/or color (or both). Mop or vacuüm the inside of your closet, change out old light bulbs, and store any winter or fall clothes that won’t transition into spring and summer.  After all, your bikinis may need more space.

3. Clean and polish bakeware. You probably happily abuse your bakeware– it makes damn good cookies, right? Spend a few hours cleaning bakeware to remove baked on sweets and savories until they look brand new. This usually does the trick.

4. Throw out old magazines. I’m a magazine hoarder but try to keep my collection to Porter Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, and Kinfolk. Anything else is donated to the closest nail salon or recycled. Spend some time pulling out favorite recipes, photos and articles for your mood board or recipe book, keep favorite issues in a magazine holder and display in your office, bathroom or living room.

5. Clean out and organize makeup. There are usually a lot of steps here depending on the size of the makeup collection/assortment. Start by cleaning your makeup brushes, while they are drying go through all of your makeup. Throw out anything expired, give away or return anything unused and spend some extra time going through your nail polish– anything starting to separate, color variations or dried out polishes should be tossed.

6. Wash/dry clean all pillows. Pillows from the bedrooms, pillows from the office– pillows from anywhere and everywhere need to be laundered and/or dry cleaned. Trust me, there’s a lot of dead skin cells on there and strange tiny bugs… gross!

7. Clean out fridge and freezer. This should happen more often than you think– spend time tossing out expired condiments, organizing shelves to make meal planning easier and make you appreciate all the pretty produce you bought at the farmer’s market.

8. Clean and paint baseboards. All of them– every last one and once they are cleaned and dry, paint them to give your house an inexpensive facelift.

Sunday Savories // Teriyaki Beef Jerky

Sunday Savories // Teriyaki Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is a road trip must-have and I’ve always been tempted to make my own. While I love having jerky around for impromptu trips to northern California, or anywhere for that matter, it’s usually a little sweeter or saltier than I like. This often leads to G and I discussing “THE best jerky EVER,” and many other important questions about life, food and more food.

We’ve tried every type of jerky we can get our hands on (or just about): beef, bison, salmon, venison, and turkey. I’ve also recently fallen in love with a few bars who’ve traded bar nuts for beef jerky (please and thank you!), but the allure of homemade jerky keeps calling me. If you haven’t tried whiskey and a piece of beef jerky, you should do it immediately.

Sunday Savories // Teriyaki Beef Jerky

Mother’s Day may seem like an odd day to make beef jerky, but my Mom was raised on a ranch in New Mexico so I’m sure she can appreciate my jerky sensibilities (ha!).

Sunday Savories // Teriyaki Beef Jerky

Sunday Savories // Teriyaki Beef Jerky

Sunday Savories // Teriyaki Beef Jerky

I don’t have a dehydrator at home, and the last thing I need is another appliance so I opted to make the beef jerky in the oven. Let the jerky marinade for as long as possible and over season the meat– trust me. You want to flavors from the ginger, brown sugar and tamari when the meat is finished drying out. Now that I have a bag of jerky, I’m wondering what quick trip I can plan…

Teriyaki Beef Jerky

1/2 cup tamari

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon grated ginger

2 scallions, diced

2 tablespoons Mirin

1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

1 teaspoon garlic, finely diced

2 pounds organic flank steak, sliced in 3-4 inch rounds

1. Add all ingredients, except beef to a bowl and mix until combined

2. Add slices of beef to bag and pour marinade over, let mixture rest for 24 hours– agitate every eight hours

3. Remove marinade from refrigerate and bring to room temperature

4. Remove top rack and spray with cooking oil, set aside

5. Pre heat oven to 175 degrees

6. Place rack in oven and spread beef on top off rack, leaving 2 inches between each piece

7. Place baking sheet on lower rack to catch any fat drippings

8. Dehydrate beef for 3-5 hours

9. Remove jerky from oven and let cool for 1 hour

Boozy Friday // Majoon

Boozy Friday // Majoon

While I can hardly call the recent weather hot, it’s been the perfect balance of warm days and cool evenings, which means I’ve spent a few days in the pool and at the beach. On the hottest days I have to indulge in a popsicle or two, today I wanted something boozy, cold and creamy.

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Enter the Majoon, a traditional Persian date shake often garnished with toasted nuts and coconut. In Louisa Shafia’s The New Persian Kitchen, she takes a classic and makes it a morning or evening treat with yogurt, inspired by her first experience tasting the beverage at Cafe Glace in Westwood. I had the pleasure of attending a presentation from Shafia at the Jewish Community Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico just before moving. Her recipes were delicious, sharing beautiful stories and memories about her family, cooking and traveling. If you haven’t tried Persian recipes, invest in her cookbook– there are wonderful options for entrees, salads, sweets and drinks. Not to mention the incredible photography.

Boozy Friday // Majoon

Inspired by her spiced and frothy concussion, I’m substituting the yogurt for vanilla bean coconut ice cream making this boozy little heaven vegan friendly. I also add rose water– one of my baking and cooking secrets. The coconut ice cream and almond milk give the drink a subtle nuttiness complementing the toasted walnuts, dates and spices. If you’re not feeling so boozy take out the rum for a delicious milkshake variation. Make sure you serve your shakes with spoons, part of the fun is scooping up pieces of dates. Have a boozy Friday!

Boozy Friday // Majoon

Majoon

1 cup vanilla bean coconut ice cream

1/4-1/2 cup almond milk

1 frozen banana

10 dates

1 teaspoon rose water

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon cardamom

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 ounces spiced rum

4 ice cubes

optional garnish: toasted walnuts

1. Lightly toast walnuts at 350 for 7-10 minutes, let cool

2. Add all ingredients to blender, blend until combine (approximately 90 seconds), add more almond milk as needed to thin out milkshake

3. Pour milkshake in glass and garnish with walnuts

Serves 2.