Maybe because I hit my mid-twenties or maybe because I am on camera more often, but I find myself more inspired by the trending topic- SKIN CARE. Yes, fresh and dewy skin is here to stay. I find myself more invested test driving products on my skin, than learning to apply the makeup that goes on top. (The tomboy in me is clearly showing). So after experimentation, a little research, and some diet modifications, I am slowly understanding what works for my skin. Below I am sharing my skin type, and my current favorite products. Reminder, I am a total amateur! I appreciate cruelty free products, and want to learn more about organic beauty! My friend Celeste of the True Spoon is total skin care inspiration, so definitely check out her blog! 
Skin Type:
I like to say that my skin type is Mediterranean. During the cold months, my skin is dry, dull and acne prone. When it is summertime, my skin THRIVES. Effortlessly tans, with minimal breaks. My breakouts are mainly hormonal and happen around my jawline, and my back. (Also caused from sweaty workouts).
My Routine:
FACE WASH: I feel like this is the category I have been test driving since I was twelve years old. I use to heavy benzoyl peroxide washes (literally Clean n Clear) through college. It wasn't until one fateful day at Sephora when a clerk suggested Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser. This cream based wash, moisturizes and soothes the face. The anti-bacterial properties help cleanse the skin, and fight off breakouts. I use this twice a day and will not be switching anytime soon. 

SERUM: So, to be honest, didn't know what a serum was until this past year. (Once again, amateur hour). This past summer while traveling, I got a sample size of the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum, and fell in love. I use this immediately after cleansing. This vitamin C product helps brights my skin, and fights the signs of fine lines. My face looks awake after use. I am a big fan of Ole Henriksen, so you will see more on my list. 

MOISTURIZER: Moisturizer is the product I change up the most. Depending on samples, products I am gifted etc. My skin is incredibly dry during the winter, so I try to find thick creams that can my skin can soak up. Some of my favorites include- Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer, Neutrogena Hydro Boost

EYE CREAMS: I typically don't get dark circles on my eyes, but I use an eye cream as a preventive for fine lines. I love the Korres Greek Yoghurt Under Eye Primer. I put the tube in the fridge so the product is cool when I apply it. I love the ceramic too, because its smooth and cooling on a sensitive area of my face. 

TONER: I am a newbie when it comes to toners. I am still scouting for this product. I use my toner at the end of the day to get the dirt and makeup fully off my face. I have used Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxitdant Toner, and Pixie Glow Tonic. This is one of the products I am still test driving- Give me any of your suggestion below.

LIGHT THERAPY: I was gifted Neutrogena's light therapy products (mask and stick), and I like to use it when I have an acne flare up. I get the hormonal under the skin cysts, and the light seems to bring down redness, and make the area less sensitive. 

LIPS: My lips are very chapped, especially during LA's winter. I use a sugar lip scrub twice a week (I dig Sara Happ, but also interested in making my own.) Then when I do my makeup, I always put on Honest Beauty Magic Balm. I love that it's its all natural, and gives that chic glossy look. When I want to add a natural color I use the Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon
These are just a few of my top products, I have a much longer list. Brands I am still waiting to try: Sunday Riley, Glossier (their new acid for acne has sparked my interest), Drunk Elephant, and Juice Beauty. Comment below with some of your go-to products!

 One of my 'style' resolutions for 2018? MORE COLOR. Lately, I have been drawing inspiration from bold hues + unexpected color mixes. Some of my favorite street style + blogger babes have been doing this for years- and in 2018 I want to test it out. Of course, I am keeping my staple pieces (white tee, blue jeans, black boots). But where can I add a punch color to refresh my tried + true outfit choices? This chartreuse sweater + 'limon' Marais sandals gives me a dose of pigment that feels ultra cool + unpredictable for winter. Wearing white in winter breaks "all the rules" but that's where I want my style to tread. 
So what colors are on my radar? I am DIGGING the Pantone color of the year- Ultra violet. It was seen all over runways for Spring 2018. I never have worn purple, but excited to add this color to my wardrobe. I am thinking a chunky knit, bold earrings (I am getting my ears re-pierced next week!), or block heel. I am relieved that millennial pink is getting a break. YES, I adore the shade but a more saturated palette embodies what I want to be in the new year. Other colors? Fire engine red, electric navy blue, and fuschia. Here is a link to my winter pinterest board if you'd like to see more of my inspiration. 
My newest obsession as well is this patent leather Tory Burch satchel bag. I am obsessed with the structure shape, shiny texture, and gold hardware. It feels vintage, and adds that classic touch to any look. It is big enough to pack my day in it (My camera, notebook, sunglasses.) If you're looking for a bag as a 'working woman', I would definitely invest in this piece. 
Old Navy wide leg jeans (sold out but similar to here), BP crewneck sweater, Tory Burch Juliette satchel bag, Marais suede sandals.
Photos by Los Angeles based photographer Britt Crowe Photo
Sponsored by Tory Burch
I think every generation must think, they are changing the world. That being said, I don't hesitate to say, that Millennials have rattled many norms established by past generations. I find it humorous that we are criticized for being lazy, and selfish. We are a scrappy group, who has had to hustle the 'gig economy'. Our careers don't neatly fit into a title or box. (Because we all have MANY skills sets, and can type a mile a minute.) We are judged by way we spend our money, the way we use technology, and the way we interact with our world politically. I am proud to be a young women during this time and generation. We have helped pushed crucial conversations to center stage (gender roles, pay disparity, health care, sexual harassment + assault, violence against POC + LGBTQ). 
I think my style reflects the woman I pursue to be in this world. My sense of style has been all about ease. My Nike Cortez are my current every day shoe (if you look through the history of East West Edge, you'll see I have 'moments' for EVERY type of sneaker). I love the throwback vibe, and the total comfort. These high waisted houndstooth pants have been a must for me, as I streamline my closet. I love pairing with a basic white tee for day, and then a black turtleneck and heels for night. I love feeling like I 'don't have to try hard' to feel professional and confident. Confidence is inside work, the clothes just help bring it out. 
 FACT: "Millennial women not only are more educated than previous generations or women were, but also outpacing men in education attainment."- Forbes. 
H&M Houndstooth Pant, Michael Stars White Tee, Nike Cortez Sneakers, Mejuri Constellation Necklace, Zac by Zac Posen Sunglasses.
Photos by Julia Boyd

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