Spice Up Your Sunday

25 Sep

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Heads up, Ventura Blvd. boutiques – you’ve got a spicy new neighbor!

Today, The Spice Way is celebrating the Grand Opening of their new Studio City location! Stop by and join local chefs, herbalists, spice connoisseurs, and some really cool peeps for an afternoon of intros, infusions, and fun.

  • Sunday, Sept. 25th
  • Noon to 6pm
  • 12238-B Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 91604


…Oh, and while you’re welcoming ’em to the neighborhood, have them pick you out a special elixir to help face yet another looming Monday.



Thinning Hair, DO Care?

22 Sep

So August might have been National Hair Loss Month, but I’m covering it this month. #RebelStatus. The subject itself used to be rather taboo, especially for women. Not so much anymore, as it’s been quoted that 46 million women in the U.S. have already experienced thinning hair or balding. AND women who’ve had chemical treatments are 71% more likely to experience hair loss than those who haven’t. gulp.

Not great news for us women who can’t pull of the cue ball look as well as men can. Cough Morris Chestnut cough cough.

1I’ve written about this topic before, so check out those suggestions if you like HERE. But if even more strands are coming out in the shower lately, make sure you know your options before considering an invasive procedure.

First off, do you bun or pony your hair up often? Guilty. It’s no bueno for fine, fragile or damaged hair. If you’re going to continue doing it (guilty again), here are a few tips to at least lessen the damage you’re already doing.

  • Apply a hair strengthener or leave-in conditioner after showering. The It’s a 10 restoring collection has some great, cost-effective options. Try the Miracle Leave-In Potion – or for styling, check out the Miracle Whipped balm. Love that one!
  • Hair is most fragile when it’s wet. Try waiting ’til your hair is dry before pulling it or twisting it up. If time doesn’t allow, go for a clip vs. a band.
  • Clips with “teeth” are easier on strands than clamp-style clips or rubber bands.
  • If you want to try a hair collection that helps to regrow and restore your strands, I’ve been really impressed with the ReGenesis collection. It’s made by the Revitalash people. They’ve got awesome spot treatments and leave-ins, but I’ve been most surprised at the efficacy of their Scalp Therapy shampoo and conditioner. I highly recommend trying these!
  • Another option people are swearing by is Keranique. It’s a 4-piece system said to help rejuvenate your scalp and hair shafts. NOTE: I haven’t tried this one personally, but have heard good things!



If any other products have worked for you, please share them here. And if you try any of the above, let me know what you think!



Say Yes to Oils

25 Aug

SoaptopiaMost of us change up our look when summer comes around — be it wearing white, linen shirts, sandals, going a shade lighter on our highlights, etc. We wear more sunblock, bigger hats, bolder sunglasses. But what about fragrance? Do you mix it up?

I always switch up my fragrances from day to night. But come summer, I gravitate toward more citrus, light floral, and sea scents. I also opt for more of the roll-on vials, or replace perfume with body oil altogether.

If you have trouble with perfume lasting on hot summer days, I recommend trying body oils. Just slather them onto your damp skin right out of the shower. Look for blends made with almond oil to double as a skin softener.

Soaptopia are my go-to body oils this summer! Skip the perfume, skip the lotion. Just blend a few drops onto damp skin after the shower and you’re good to go. It’s much lighter than lotion so your skin won’t perspire and it doesn’t have the alcohol of perfume so its scent lingers longer. And because it’s an oil, your skin takes on a slight glow.

My favorite Soaptopia oil is Beauty & The Beach – a sweet orange, jasmine and vanilla scent that takes me from morning to cocktails!


Lucy B makes beautiful roll-on oils. They’re perfect for travel and come in memory-evoking scents. My favorite is the Wild Jasmine, a crisp, feminine floral-based scent.

Also look into the Lucy B Gold Frangipani shimmer oil. Love this beachy coconut and argan oil scent (also avail in a non-shimmery roll-on oil!) for summer. It’s a sweet blend of tropical fruit and floral. Dab it on shoulders, décolleté, or wherever you want a sun-kissed shimmer.

Another portable roll-on fragrance worth checking out is by Jouer Cosmetics. I don’t think it has a name? They use a Jojoba Oil, which helps the scent wear really well. If you aren’t into florals, you may want to pass this one up though, since it’s all about the blend of gardenia, jasmine and honeysuckle. Needless to say, I personally love it.


If you’re a spa goer, you’re familiar with Burke Williams. What you may not know is that they’ve added Ayurvedic body treatments to their menu. So since we’re on the subject of oils, it seems apropos to mention their new treatments using “aromatherapeutic” essential oils to help deliver mental relaxation, restoration, and an overall sense of contentment.

The spa chain has partnered with Shankara to provide some of the purest Ayurvedic aromatherapeutic oils in the world. All are made in India, and are 100% organic, paraben, alcohol and chemical free. And this is especially good information, since they’re gently heated and dripped all over you – from scalp to foot.

NOTE: This isn’t a massage, so don’t go in expecting that style of muscle kneading.

Your therapist uses your touch points and zones to create a flow of electromagnetic energy through your body. It’s takes longer than most treatments, too, which is nice. But in all that nourishing relaxation, it’s a challenge to not doze off – which for me always seems like a waste. (I can sleep at home for free!)

The experience should leave you healed and revitalized. Or at least on your way there.

While you’re at Burke Williams, ask about custom-made oils for massage. Certain locations, like Woodland Hills have an entire bar dedicated to them. I usually drive to Ojai for this!





29 Jul


I’ll make this one short. With everything going on in our world right now, it seems silly to even acknowledge a “holiday” like National Lipstick Day. Especially the day after the first woman in American history has accepted the nomination for #POTUS. Cue glass ceiling: shattering!

That said, I’m the first to throw on some lipstick or gloss when I need a quick pick-me-up. I’m not proud of this. And I’m not not proud of it. It just is. And it really helps.

Pick a shade. There are millions. Even blues and greens lately, thanks to brands like Make Up For Ever and Kat Von D. Of all the many makeover tricks, throwing on some lipstick is by far the easiest – and least expensive. When you just need something to make you feel a little more you, or a little less you – a new lipstick is much cheaper than a new dress or shoes.

Lately I’ve been loving everything Bite Beauty launches – their Amuse Bouche collection being the most recent. If you prefer natural products, this brand is a must-try! They’re devoted to creating lip color that’s “good enough to eat.”

But my drawer runneth over with beautiful shades and formulations from personal favorites such as Buxom, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, LORAC, Smashbox, NARS, Tarte, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Hourglass, Jouer, and more, that I celebrate today.

Happy #NationalLipstickDay, all… and TGIF!



Props to Scary Mommy

26 Jul

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It’s not always easy to be a girl. Especially one growing up in Los Angeles. 90210 episodes and films like Clueless (though a personal favorite of mine!) didn’t always paint the most universal picture.

When I was young, I always noticed my friends who maintained strong relationships with their mothers were the ones with the most confidence and strongest senses of self. To this day, I think this is true. It’s so important for girls to have a mentor or touchstone or just a consistent voice spewing positivity into her days.

Once I took a stab at writing what I wanted my nieces to know when they came into the world. It was basically a book of rhythmic babble, but it got my thoughts across at the time.

That said, I’ve recently come across what I consider one of the most modern, bad-assiest (it’s a word.) advice-style articles written. It’s from someone who refers to herself as Scary Mommy, funnily enough.

If you have any young girls in your life, I urge you to give it a read. Props, Scary Mommy!