Sephora Haul: Those Highbrow Kids

Winter has finally decided to show its mug in L.A., and for some, it’s a face that only a mother could love. It’s nowhere near the kind of winter that much of the country is facing, but it’s ours. It’s rain.

There’s a saying here: “People get crazy in the rain.”

And that’s what’s happened. I went nuts… at Sephora.

Sephora Haul

I’m obsessed with thick caterpillar eyebrows, so I was all over the Anastasia Beverly Hills display. No one wants spidey-brows, but everyone wants Cara Delevingne‘s furrow (cause they’re beautiful and Cara is many woman’s girl-crush at the moment).

I’ve usually don’t fill in my brows, just because they’ve always seemed fine in the mirror. That was before I noticed the pictures. My brows are somewhat sparse at the tail, so this is happening.

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In addition to a strong brow, I’ve decided to change up my skincare regimen. I currently use Lift Lab Purify and Clarify Daily Cleanser (thanks TPOLA!) and Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer. That’s pretty much it.

I’m still sticking with Lift Lab, since it lathers well, smells like its straight out of a luxurious spa and washes clean. My new routine includes Origins United State Balancing Tonic after cleansing, which is a good thing considering I still see grime after my Clarisonic. Yes to Tomatoes was a fair drugstore moisturizer and I like that it was all-natural, but it was too heavy at times no matter how sparingly I applied. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy feeling.

While I’m far from full-blown crows feet, my grandmother always told me that splurging on skincare was worth it. Youth lasts a three decades max, if you don’t take preemptive steps to take care of your skin. So I’ve transitioned into grown-up skincare by investing in a $40 night cream. The price almost made me gag.

Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins caught my eye. Not only was the name cute, but it received rave reviews. First impression? Pretty damn good.

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Hopefully losing the hundies won’t all have been for naught.

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‘Tis the Season for Yelp’s “Nifty” Boutique

It’s a Thursday and I’m 27, so naturally I’m inclined to stay in after a long day at work to trudge through the same old routine: eat dinner, mindlessly thumb through Facebook on my iPhone while in bed, and fall asleep with the TV on around 10:30 p.m.

But every now and then, I shake things up a bit and socialize during the work week and thanks to Yelp’s “Nifty Under $50″ event, I got the chance to cross a gift off of my Christmas shopping list.

Yelp Nifty Under 50 Holiday Event

The event was held at the Mack Sennett Studios in Silverlake, CA. (Which I’ve driven by countless times always questioning whether the building was an auto repair shop or a burger stand — apparently, it was neither.)

Here are a few of my favorite small businesses from the event.

Charlie and Marcelle Jewelry

These ladies were so sweet! They took to time to answer all my questions about their beautiful pieces. I bought a friend a couple things (don’t worry– no gift spoilers here). Check out their Etsy shop! Super reasonable prices, and really great stuff for those who like dainty, stackable jewelry.

Charlie and Marcelle Jewelry

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Winey Guys

This is pretty cool stuff. Their featured material of choice are repurposed wine barrels and liquor bottles. Too bad I’m the biggest wino I know, or I’d have bagged a few of these as gifts.

Winey Guys

The fiancé bought a balancing wine glass holder for just $15.

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Pet Pigeons

Pet Pigeons designer Veronica shared that she self-mined some of the stones used in her pieces. Her wire-wrapped jewelry were truly a work of art. I caught myself gravitating back to her table, fascinated with how she composed each item.

Pet Pigeons

Dear Doggy

Pets need love, too. Which is why our very own household brat, Bailey, will be rocking a new Christmas scarf from Dear Doggy. They had an assortment of bow ties that could turn any dowdy pup into a dapper dog.

Dear Doggy

Bailey will be wearing the grey scarf! (left)

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Krave Jerky

Last but most delicious is Krave Jerky. We bought five bags: chili lime, black cherry pork, basil turkey and doubled-up on garlic chili pepper. Everything was so so so good. I can’t stand it. Good (or bad) thing for us, they say they can be found at Whole Foods, Albertsons and other big grocers in L.A.

Krave Jerky

I’m new to Yelp events, but this experience has gotten me amped for the next shopping blitz. Guess I should review the event on Yelp???

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Winter Is Coming: A Search For Knitted Everything and THE Brown Boots

Southern California weather is a finicky gal.

One day she has a mellow temperament that’ll warm you up even on your moodiest of days, the next she a cold, face-chapping bitch. There’s no real in between.

I’ll probably get nasty stares by saying this, but man, is it hot this November. Earlier this week it was a solid 90 degrees in some L.A. cities, but I’m happy to report that today is a balmy 64.

Welp! That’s my cue to bring my “winter” garb to the front of my closet.

This time of the year always calls to the east-coaster within (or what I envision east coasters to look like, as I’ve never been…)

My hit list includes:

Knit Beret

Knit Beret

Something in a neutral color like the sandy colored one pictured above, plus a fuzzy pom.

Hopefully no bunnies were harmed in the making of that photo.

Military Jacket

Fur Military Coat

Fur-trimmed hood, lots of pockets, badass olive green hue. Yes, please.

I also like that this jacket isn’t super bulky. It gets chilly here in Los Angeles, but there’s really no reason to wear a damn PARKA!

Slouchy Sweater

Oversized Knit Sweater

Chunky (and slightly clunky). Doesn’t this sweater make you want to grab a cup of hot cocoa and just kick back?

Brown Boots (and Leg Warmers)

Brown Knee High Boots

Yes, both. But not a 2-in-1, because that’s just sad. I already have a pair of low-heeled, knee-high brown boots by Born that I purchased at a discount Mexican store for $55 (what? I like fancy things, but hate paying a fancy price).

But alas! My beloved boots are torn up, and I need a new (more polished) pair.

The hunt has begun, my friends.

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I Sure Am!

It’s been a minute since my last post,

but now I actually have a minute to share all the reasons I’m on cloud nine.

I visited Sequoia National Park

I’m 27-years-old, California born and raised, yet the closest I’d been to a Sequoia was my Pinterest board of places to see before I bite the dust. On August 23rd, my bf of eight or so years (we don’t really keep precise count) went on a getaway trip to take a peek at this world wonder.

We stayed at the amazing Rio Sierra Riverhouse in Three Rivers, CA along the river.

It had this view.

Need I say more?

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The day of our visit into the Sequoia National Park on August 24th, we took the Congress Trail to check out the bigger Sequoias in the area and wow, were they spectacular.

No joke– when walking up to one of these trees you can’t help but feel a sense of reverence. These were around for thousands of years and are the largest living things in the world.

They’ve seen some pretty gnarly things in their day.

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The last stop along the trail led us to a Sequoia grove called, The House. It was a great way to end our secluded tour, and it’s here where I received the biggest surprise ever.

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wait for it…

I’m fucking engaged!

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That’s right, ladies and gents– the show you’ve all been waiting for– coming soon to a theater near you in 2015:

The future Mrs. Coates

Planning is underway, so expect more (and more) wedding posts.

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Sephora Haul: Laura Mercier, Benefit and Sephora Collection

Sephora Haul

For lunch today,I had a makeup pow-wow at Sephora and it was glorious.

I had to grab a couple much-needed essentials, but the other half of my purchases were completely impulsive– what can I say? I live on the financial edge (ever so slightly).

Here’s are the goods:

Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Beige

Laura Mercier Lip Glace Bare Beige

Lip color of any kind is not usually in my daily regiment, but I decided it was time for me to transition out of my lazy-college-days routine and actually try to spruce my smile up every morning.

After a frustrating exchange with a snobby Sephora associate — I finally found the perfect nude lip color for my olive skin tone (all by my lonesome).

Benefit Sugarbomb Blush

Benefit Sugarbomb

Benefit Sugarbomb 2

I desperately wanted to get all kinds of crazy manic about NARS Orgasm blush, but it went completely sheer when I applied it– no matter how much I layered it on. Eventually, I caved and accepted the reality that me and the big-O just don’t mix.

Thankfully, a second (much friendlier) Sephora chick helped me find a better alternative: Benefit’s Sugarbomb blush. The end result mimics the typical look of Orgasm, which is fine by me.

Yippie skippy!

Sephora Waterproof Contour Eye Pencil in Love Affair

Sephora Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear Love Affair

(Photo: Sephora)

This eyeliner goes on super silky– at least the sample did. I haven’t opened mine yet, because I still want to savor the fuzzy feeling of my hasty purchase. The color is closest to plum, so it’s funky in a subtle way. I’m in my late 20’s– no room for crazy, neon-rainbow shenanigans!

Sephora Pro Eyelash/Eyebrow Brush

Sephora Pro Eyebrow Brush(Photo: Sephora)

Ok, so maybe I need a little neon in my life. I’ve been obsessed with colored mascara of late so I bought a tube of Maybelline’s Limited Edition Great Lash in Vision in Violet (more on this another time). Early morning, running late to work problem: my eyelashes looked like gross furry tarantula legs, and I couldn’t find my lash comb. Long story short, I used a 2″ boar hairbrush to separate the clumps.

It was a curious sight to say the least.

Anyway– in comes Sephora’s Pro Lash and Brow brush to save the day.

Good stuff, IMO. Having a $50 Sephora gift card– even better stuff.

4th Annual Two Point Oh! LA Summer Picnic Goes Poolside

There are a lot of things I look forward to in July.

Fireworks, summer nights, my birthday week (Leo babies unite), and last but not least, the Two Point Oh! LA annual summer picnic. I brought my bestie, the great and mighty Kara (also my unofficial stylist ;D), along for the festivities. Here’s what we captured in between all the fun…

TPOLA Founder Kelsi Smith really upped the ante this year, with a full cocktail station brimming with yummy pink lemonade, spiked watermelon punch and refreshing mojitos.

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Two Point Oh! LA Picnic - Food

Aaaaand there goes my healthy eating plan. Complete with a burger bar and taco bar, the TPOLA team ensured we stuffed our gullets before the gifting began.

I can’t say no to tacos. Ever. Nor can I say no to 3D flamingos. The tacos were excellent, by the way– I’m determined to have an AYCE taco and sushi bar at my wedding (just a side note).

Two Point Oh! LA - Tacos

Two Point Oh! LA - Cocktail Time

After stuffing our faces, we sat in the pool lounge contemplating the meaning of life and other complex theories.

2013 TPOLA Summer Picnic

Now for the juicy deets of the gifting suite…

TPOLA Gifting Suite 2013

Say hello to my new little friend. As soon as my eyes caught sight of this spicy red satchel dubbed “Natassia” from the lovely ladies of Sole Society, I was hell-bent on getting this sexy piece of arm candy in my collection stat.

Mission complete.

Sole Society Red Satchel Handbag

As you can see, Sole Society did NOT make the choice easy. At first, I was completely confundled about all the accessories being showcased by the company, but the mystery was revealed when I learned that Two Point Oh! LA’s fave shoe company has just recently tapped into the accessories market.

Enter this gold-studded cuff– badassery all around, but for functionality’s sake, I had to keep my focus and bee-line it to that satchel.

Happy with my decision!

Sole Society Accessories - TPOLA Summer Picnic

Sole Society

The event’s best kept secret was the “Champagne Deck,” which housed more goodies from the gifting suite. Clearly, the venue, ICIS Living, knows how to make its residents feel like VIP.

ICIS Living

An armchair stacked with Thursday Friday totes greeted me at the door. Instead of going for the classic Birkin tote below, I opted for their lesser known “Leopards” collection, and snagged a mini.The ladies of Thursday Friday also gave us bloggers a close-up and personal peek into their newest collection, which included a large American flag handbag printed on canvas. I wanted that SO BADLY– especially since I’ve still got 4th of July fever in me. Unfortunately, that one was hands-off.

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Kara chillin’ like a villain and looking super pro as I scope out the gifting suite.

Kara - TPOLA Gifting Suite

First in line was this Glytone daily cream moisturizer. I grabbed one, but in all honesty, my freak-of-nature skin rebels when I apply sunscreen ANYTHING to my face.

Glytone Daily Cream Moisturizer

Capwell + Co. certainly knows how to keep a gal guessing. Each velvety pouch contained a different piece from their collection. This peach and cream faceted necklace was the first one I pulled out, and was a strong contender until I came across a layered silver necklace with turquoise stone pendant. In all the excitement, I regularly forgot to snap photos of the products I actually chose. Ah, well.

Capwell + Co. Jewelry - Two Point Oh! LA Picnic

The frenzy captured in time– completely forgot to pickup the sheer baggie of what appeared to be lipstick, though. Bummed.

2013 TPOLA Summer Picnic - Gifting Suite

And then… there was Lulu’s. They generously gifted each blogger an item — a dress, separates, accessories, whatev. I narrowed my choices down to three dresses (psst! I picked the one that’s hidden.)

Lulu's - Two Point Oh! LA Summer Picnic

Tada! Ultimately, I went with Lulu’s Blaque Label “See You Around” cutout maxi dress. What do you think?

Lulu's Blaque Label See You Around Maxi Cutout Dress

Such a gorgeous courtyard at ICIS Living. When can I move in?!

TPOLA Summer Picnic 2

Finally, no TPOLA event is complete without the signature candy bar. Those treats were addictive in the best kind of way.

Two Point Oh! LA Candy Bar

Two Point Oh! LA Candy Bar 2

Two Point Oh! LA Candy Bar 3

“I love ice cream and candy.”

Kara - Ice Cream

I’ll check in soon to review the other products that I received, including the Pati Dubroff Pro Neutral Eye Palette, Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer, IT Factor Quick Blowdry Smoothing Lotion and Detangler, Neutrogena Shine Control Primer, and Lift Lab’s Daily Cleanser and Mask (btw I’m already loving this after ONE use. No joke.)

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