At-Home Face Mask for Summer

Making an at-home beauty treatment is one of my favorite things to do in my free time. I love finding new ingredients to use, researching the benefits and testing them out and finding the perfect combinations. That being said, I recently spent a few days out in the sun, and wanted to create a cooling and soothing face mask to quench and replenish my skin.

I figured that mixing cucumber and aloe would be the perfect way to do just that, so I ended up with this recipe. So without further ado, here is an at-home face mask for summer. I hope you enjoy! x

/ W H A T  Y O U  N E E D /

  1. 1/2 cucumber, cut into slices
  2. 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  3. Blender

/ W H A T  Y O U  D O /

  1. Put cucumber slices into blender, and blend until watery.
  2. Add the aloe vera gel, and blend until it turns into a smooth paste.
  3. Cleanse face and pat dry. Apply face mask evenly over face and neck.
  4. Leave on for 15–20 minutes, then rinse with cool water and pat dry. Follow-up with moisturizer of choice.


Do you have a favorite at-home face mask for summer? x

Sea Salt Spray Recipe

As soon as I get any ounce of warm weather or start to see some sunshine, I am more than ready for beach days. And, without a doubt one of my favorite things about the beach is the natural, effortless waves it gives your hair. However, as effortless as they are when they come from Mother Nature, they are not quite so easy to recreate them when you’re at home.

After lots of trial and error, I have finally found the perfect combination for a DIY wave spray which will help you recreate the same waves without even stepping foot in the sand. The key ingredient is sea salt (no surprise there), and when you combine it with just a few other ingredients — that you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets — you can master the art of the beach wave at home. So, without further ado, here is my sea salt spray recipe, for the perfect spring and summer hairstyle.

/ W H A T  Y O U  N E E D /

  1. An empty spray bottle
  2. 1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  3. 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  4. 2 teaspoons sea salt
  5. A few drops of essential oil for scent (I used coconut for a beachy/summery vibe)

/ W H A T  Y O U  D O /
(it’s really, really easy)

  1. All you have to do is combine all ingredients in your spray bottle and give it a shake to mix them together.
  2. Shake before using, to mix together the oils and water, since they’ll separate a bit. Spritz onto hair and give your locks a little scrunch as you go. Be careful not to use too much, as the sea salt can make your hair a little crunchy feeling. I prefer to use it on my hair when it’s dry and already has a little curl to it — this adds some texture and a messy, beachy look. If you prefer to use it on damp hair, you can do that as well.


Are you a fan of sea salt sprays for summertime?

The Weekend Edit | April 20

Happy Saturday! It has been a hot minute since I posted a Weekend Edit, but I’m to be back at it today 🙂 If you’re not familiar, The Weekend Edit was started years ago because I would always spend my Saturday mornings catching up on everything I had missed throughout the busy work week. I figured I couldn’t be the only one who had this mini weekly routine, so I decided to start this series to share all of my favorite links of the week with you. I split it into three categories: what’s trending on the blog this week, some online shopping links for either items that are on my current wishlist or things I’ve recently ordered, and lastly some interesting reads I’ve found from all corners of the Internet. I hope you enjoy! x

{a few snaps from my recent trip to palm springs}

/ N O W  T R E N D I N G /

01. Spring Wardrobe Refresh (Try-On Haul)
02. Spray Tan Tips + Tricks
03. The Best Vegan Cookbooks

/ S H O P /

01. I love little white dresses like this for the spring and summertime. Not only are they simple and classic, but I always feel like the white makes you look a little more tan. 
02. Another great little white piece is this one. The sleeves are perfect for this time of year — not too warm, but not too cold.
03. It’s no secret that I wear my all-white Converse almost every single day. Unfortunately, after years of wear and tear, it’s almost time to officially retire them. However, they were a limited edition pair, so I can’t get an exact replacement. I do love these all-white sneakers instead, though, which I think I’ll order this weekend. The high-top is classic just like my Converse, and I love the white out look.

/ R E A D /

01. 4 Ear-Piercing Tips From LA’s Most Popular Piercer | Who What Wear
02. The Best Acne Patches For Every Skin Concern | Well + Good
03. Escape Room Employees Share Their Wildest Stores | Buzzfeed
04. 12 Ayurvedic Beauty Tips For Great Skin | Well + Good
05. Fashion Girls Refuse to Get on a Plane Without These Products | Who What Wear
06. 24 Bath Products From Amazon That People Swear By | Buzzfeed
07. 3 Delicious-Looking Vegan Breakfasts | Goop
08. Better Skin Secrets From Fitness Instructors | Well + Good


What was your favorite link of the week? 

Catalina Island Travel Diary

A few weeks ago I went to Catalina Island for the day, and it was so beautiful I had to share. Catalina Island is is a little island off the coast of Southern California, about an hour ferry ride away from Orange County. I have had it on my list of places to go since I moved to LA, and finally made the little trip.

When you pull up to the island, it looks like a postcard from the South of France. There are colorful houses lining the hills and boats docked in the water — it truly looks like paradise. I think one of the reasons I was so excited to travel here was because it reminded me so much of Nantucket Island. I used to go to Nantucket almost every summer with my family, and it is still one of my very favorite places in the world. Something about taking a ferry to a little island reminded me so much of those trips, which I loved.

Anyways, I thought I’d share a few recommendations for places to eat, things to do, and some places to stay on Catalina Island, in case you’re heading to the quaint little island in the near future.


What is your favorite place for a weekend getaway?


The Best Vegan Cookbooks

When I first went vegan, I struggled to find as many good recipes as I would have hoped for. It truly was a different time just a few years ago, where the only food associated with veganism was lettuce. I vividly remember going to the bookstore often to scope out the vegan cookbook section, and I would flip through them only to find recipes for salads and smoothies — that was essentially it. Every time I would stop in, I’d hope that a new one would be released and I’d find something interesting, but every time I was left disappointed.

Thankfully veganism has gotten much, much more popular since then, so there a lot more options out there. By now, I have a fully-stocked cookbook collection in my kitchen, filled with tons of delicious recipes — I have options ranging from Italian pastas to pad Thai (my favorite) to Buffalo wings and everything in between. That being said, now that there are more amazing options out there, there are also some misses. So, today I wanted to share what I think are the best vegan cookbooks on the market right now. I use all of these frequently, which you’ll see on my Instagram stories if you follow along there 🙂 I’m confident that whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll find some new favorite meals in these books. I hope you enjoy!

{raw blueberry cheesecake from the vegan zombie}

  1. Thug Kitchen. This was probably my first favorite vegan cookbook. I’ve had it for years, and everyone in my family loves it and uses it. The writing in it is hilarious, as you can probably tell by the name. They have everything from cornmeal waffles with strawberry syrup to pumpkin chili and carrot cake cookies.
  2. Chloe Flavor. This is the most recent addition to my collection, and I seriously love it already. ByChloe is one of my very favorite vegan restaurants — I used to go there religiously when I lived in NYC. My coworkers even brought me there on my birthday when I worked at my full-time job 🙂 This cookbook is by that same Chloe, and is has delicious meals like no-huevos rancheros and bacon-lover’s BLT.
  3. The Vegan Zombie. This is another one of my favorites that I reach for often. If you know me then you know pad Thai is one of my very favorite meals, and this is where I get that recipe! It’s to-die for.
  4. Vegan Comfort Classics. If you watch a lot of YouTube, you may be familiar with Lauren Toyota from Hot For Food. She puts up weekly recipes with vegan comfort foods, and they make my mouth water every single time. I recently purchased her cookbook for my mom when I was home over the holidays, and we immediately made a few of the recipes from there.


So there you have it — those are (in my opinion) the best vegan cookbooks. I hope you enjoyed!

What is your favorite cookbook?

Spring Wardrobe Refresh | Try-On Haul

A few weeks ago I went through my closet and got rid of most of my clothes. I was in the mood for some spring cleaning, and nothing in my wardrobe seemed to make the cut. After I was done I realized I was going to need to do a bit of shopping if I wanted more than two options for outfits to wear this spring and summer. So, I placed a few online orders, and while I didn’t get nearly enough to replace everything I got rid of, it was a good start for a little spring wardrobe refresh.

I wanted to share a few of the pieces that I picked up, so I decided to film a little try-on haul. I hope you enjoy!

denim skirt (on sale!) / nude skirt
blue sweater / blue gingham tank / white off-the-shoulder top / white knot-front top

Would you like to see more try-on hauls or style content from me moving forward? My blog originally started with fashion-focused content, but over the years my content has evolved and I don’t share as much of that anymore. I would definitely like to bring that back, so I’d like to hear your thoughts!

What are your spring wardrobe wishlist?

Spray Tan Tips + Tricks

I am fully convinced that there is no better feeling than being tan; there is nothing that can change my mind. But as much as I love it, I like to achieve the look with the least amount of damage possible. I’ve never used a tanning bed, and I always lather on the SPF before going outside.

This leaves me with two options: self-tanning at home and spray tans. I used to self-tan at home consistently, but sometimes it’s too much of a hassle, as lazy as that sounds. Spray tans are much easier — you walk in and out, don’t have to do any of the work, don’t have to worry about applying it streaky or missing a spot — the list goes on and on. That being said, there is definitely a set of tips and tricks that will help your spray tan come out as perfect as possible. They certainly aren’t fool-proof, so if you’re not careful, you can definitely still end up with a botched tan.

With the weather starting to warm up here in LA, I am itching to get that bronzey glow back! I’ve missed it all winter long, so it’s definitely time to get back in the swing of things. For that reason, today I’m sharing my top tips and tricks for spray tans to keep you glowing all year round. I hope you enjoy x

/ B E F O R E /

  1. Before I get a spray tan I like to shower and take a few steps to make sure my skin is fully prepped. First I dry brush before I get in the shower (I have a full post on dry brushing here if you’d like to hear more!). In the shower, I exfoliate and shave. These steps will make sure that your skin is as smooth as possible, so the spray tan will go on as evenly as possible and stick to your skin nicer.
  2. I also like to remove my manicure and pedicure before heading to the salon. I find that the tanning color can mess with the nail polish color and sometimes get in your cuticles.
  3. Lastly, I get dressed in loose, baggy clothes. When you get dressed after the spray tan, you’re not going to want to put on tight-fitting clothes. Keeping it light and loose will help your tan dry better and not rub at it.

/ A T  T H E  S A L O N /

  1. For me personally, I typically find that that a level 2/medium option works best. I’ve been to some salons who provide other options (and some who don’t), but if offered, I prefer voilet undertones, and I like to add the accelerator if they ask. The violet undertones look best with my skintone, but if you have olive-toned or darker skin than I do, the other options might work better. I also like the accelerator because then you walk out already tan, instead of having to wait hours for it to show up.
  2. During the actual spray tan, I like to put the shower cap over my hair and I also put a small towel on floor of spray tan booth; the salon will give you both of these items. The shower cap is for obvious reasons, and the towel on the floor keeps the tan on the floor from getting on the bottom of your feet. This is a tell-tale sign that someone just got a spray tan — when they have the orange-ish look on the bottom of their feet. They usually recommend you use a barrier cream around your hands and feet, but I don’t ever use it.
  3. The rest is easy peasy. Either the machine will direct you for how to stand, when to turn around, etc., or the worker at the salon will tell you. Either way, just follow the directions and that will ensure you don’t miss any spots on your body and you get the most even tan as possible.

/ A F T E R /

  1. Immediately after the tan, I like to use baby wipes around my hands/wrists, and feet/ankles. These are the spots that sometimes end up a little blotchy, so I like to wipe them down to get rid of any extra tan that may have gotten there.
  2. I recommend leaving the spray tan on for at least eight hours before rinsing it off; this will make sure the color fully develops. At this point, you can feel free to redo your manicure and pedicure.
  3. Over the next week or so, the biggest thing is to stay super hydrated with lotions and body creams. This will keep your tan nice and fresh and even, because if your skin gets dry, the tan will begin to fade and look uneven. I also make sure to avoid dry brushing and exfoliating for the first few days while the tan is fresh.


Do you have any tips and tricks for getting the perfect spray tan?


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