Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Adventures in Nail Art: Pyramid Scheme

I got my nails done for a shoot. Just a classic manicure in Essie's Cabi-o-lait.

Then I did Tough Mudder a couple of days later...


I needed to redo my nails STAT. So I got down to business by taking some cues from a Real Simple article with nail art designs.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Nut Butter Chia Cookies

I had a bag of chia seeds from Trader Joe's but really struggled with how I should eat them. I used to stick them in almond milk overnight, where they would get bloated and gelatinous.  I love boba balls so I can hang, but when you got a million of those things soaking up 9-12 times its weight in almond milk...it's a little overwhelming.

So when I found this book Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood which includes all these easy recipes, I was pretty jazzed! (I've never used "jazzed" before in my life; my husband says it all the time.)

My FIRST crack at making some delicious chia treats was the Nut Butter Chia Cookies. They are sweet, yet packed with protein and fiber. I'm a very inexperienced baker (you'll see), but they came out freaking fantastic! So YOU can make them, too.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Las Vegas: #MyCosmoStyle

Vegas.com recently got in touch with me regarding a fun little blogger style challenge.  The question: What would I wear during a day at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas?

First, I'm always thinking about food so I would hit up Jaleo for some tapas. Don't forget the sangria!  If you're a brunch/buffet type of person, the Cosmopolitan offers up the traditional Vegas buffet experience with an added touch of elegance at Wicked Spoon.  

Why not start the day with a bit of glam?  No need to question a bra top for brunch. It's Vegas. 

My Cosmo Style: Las Vegas

Joseph blazer

J.Crew leather shorts

Agent Provocateur swim suit
$180 - harrods.com

Tod s leather purse

Michael Kors stainless steel jewelry

After the food coma nap, it's time for a little exercise at the Marquee Dayclub.  Of course, swimming is optional.  People-watching is a must at this pool and bar area spanning 22,000 square feet.

In my fantasy day by the pool, I would be all about the accessories.  And in my fantasy, sunblock and getting in the pool have no effect on this ensemble! 

My Cosmo Style: A Day at the Pool

Norma Kamali scrunch bikini

Norma Kamali scrunch bikini

Vince Camuto straw fedora

Estée Lauder lipstick

Nars cosmetic

I'd wear this flirty cut out dress for dinner at Scarpetta and dancing at Marquee.  And try not to fall in those Vince Camuto heels!

My Cosmo Style: A Night Out

Elizabeth and James cut out dress

Sergio Rossi blue purse

Rebecca Minkoff ear cuff earring
$74 - bloomingdales.com

H M thin ring
$4.84 - hm.com

Michael Kors beauty product

Writing this entry really makes me miss going to Vegas.  When I used to live in LA, it was an easy trip to make. I remember my girlfriends and I planning out our outfits for those Vegas outings!  Fashion was definitely part of the experience.  

Did you have a favorite #MyCosmoStyle outfit?  What do you typically wear in Las Vegas?

And don't forget to check out the Cosmopolitan on your next trip to Vegas.  More information about the hotel here!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Happiness Habits

When I work out, I feel good.  For me, the best habit is to get exercise early in the morning and start off the day right.  For me, later work out times tend to lead to THE UNRAVELING. Things just come up during the day. Important things like happy hour.

I'm happy when I'm creative. That means being imaginative. Writing. Brainstorming. Editing videos. Playing. And I'm discovering other ways to create. Even cooking.  The process of measuring ingredients out, modifying the plan according to taste, and getting active with your hands...chopping, mixing, sprinkling. I don't know.  It kind of triggers something in my mind.  Like a forgotten, dusty unused part of the brain that was last activated during some random arts and crafts project.  There's something to be said about working with your hands as opposed to sitting in front of the computer and "making stuff". 

My summer has been filled with reading.  It's always been tough to squeeze in some time to read. And sometimes when you want to unwind, it's tempting to just reach for a junky magazine.  I made a concerted effort to read books on acting, relationships, and improving one's lifestyle (Who's not into getting more out of life?)  Look, when I say I made a concerted effort, I literally bribed myself. "If you read this, you will get to eat a fat pizza."  Which is pretty much what also gets me to work out. In addition to the books below, some recommendations are The Power of Less and The Creative Habit (ding ding!)

Another key thing in my life is making time for the people you love, but also the people who make you feel good.  It can be HARD with hectic schedules.  Also, I'm kind of obsessive about building my career so I feel guilty at times about going out for fun. It's stupid. Anyway, especially since I pick up last minute jobs, it can be difficult committing to dates and dinner plans (I KNOW that some of you know exactly what I'm talking about. Sorry!)  So, sometimes, it's gotta be a quickie lunch. You just have to make it happen. 

With my LA friends, our group text messages always make me smile. It's a little connection, but I love it.  In NY, I also have weekly acting accountability groups and buddies, and they are so important to me. Because they're actors and get it (actors are crazy, guys), but they are a huge factor in why I am not banging my head against the wall. In this industry, it's easy to feel like a big, fat loser.  You're going around thinking about all the things you didn't book that you forget about the accomplishments. So it helps when people remind you of them and celebrate!

Which I believe is a great habit to add to life.  Get into the habit of acknowledging your achievements!

What habits contribute to your happiness? 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Travel Make Up

My essentials from my last trip. I kept it simple...and all teeny tiny!
Sephora Event Entry Eyeshadow Palette, Buxom Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation in Meet Me Latte, Smashbox Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Light, Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Memorable, Chantecaille Rice + Geranium Foaming Cleanser,  Tarte Lipgloss in Kam, and Caudalie Eye & Lip Serum, Cream, and Radiance Day Cream

The Smashbox foundation is now my favorite. I'm wearing it as I write this! Unlike a lot of other loose powder foundations, it doesn't dry out my face and create wrinkles. I'm serious! With some powders, I get creases where I don't naturally have them. This product is described as hydrating, and it rings true! It also blends really well.

My go-to blush for a very long time was Tarte. So you already know I give it a thumbs up. The only thing with this color is that it has a bit of a pearl, shimmery effect. And sometimes you don't want that. The lipgloss: two thumbs up.

This was the first time I tried the Buxom Weightless foundation. (Thanks, Lindy!) It felt so light going on. Weightless, indeed. It also makes me happy that there's some good stuff in there: vitamin C, tamarind seed, and marine algae extracts.

I am in love with the way the Chantecaille cleanser foams. And it's so gentle while effectively washing away makeup! Another cousin Linda gift!

When I asked the Sephora associate what was a good, natural brand for moisturizers and serums, she packed me off with samples of Caudalie. The full sized versions are pricey, but I dig the fragrance, absorption, and the effects on my skin (can we say soft?!). I don't think all of the products in the line are 100% natural, but most consist of no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

The Sephora eye shadow was just okay.  A lot of colors brushed on unevenly.  But it did come in a beautiful glittery case.

Colors close up

Essie in Peach Daquiri.  I love it!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Being a Kid Again

I just returned from a trip to my hometown.

 I was born and raised in Atlanta, and my mom still lives there.  I'm not a huge fan of Georgia, but I believe a lot of it has to do with past negative experiences and the suffocating feeling (I gave MYSELF) of not being able to grow freely in a small community.

I went along with the usual rituals of our mother-daughter bonding: shopping at Marshall's, my mom showing me the fruits of her gardening labor, watching animal videos for far too long, eating some home cooked Korean food...she also brushes my hair. I know it's weird, but it's a thing. Like a combination of her preventing my hair from shedding in clumps throughout the day and probably wanting to show physical affection but not being able to (did I mention we're Korean?).

From the garden

Usually, I submit myself to painfully long periods of time in our house while she naps, falls asleep while reading, or falls asleep watching ridiculous Korean shows.  There have been way too many instances where I am talking to her and awaiting a response, only to see that my mom has passed out on the couch. Sitting up.  Slight narcolepsy? Maybe.  

Example of a REALLY bad Korean reenactment show about Robert Downey, Jr. my mom was watching during lunch. Yes, HE is supposed to be Robert Downey, Jr. Authentic accent, right? And the other dude's Jon Favreau. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Diary

Summer ain't over yet, but I just wanted to share some of the highlights so far!

 It's always such a treat to go to California.
Laguna Beach

Road Trip to Malibu Wines