View from house
View from house
I met Steve when I was 19. He was 26.
The night we met, few words were exchanged. We were both with other people, our attention being focused on that. A few weeks later we “ran in” to each other again. My friend was dating his friend. We decided to meet up with them just to hang at the beach and barbecue. While our friends were in lust with each other in the backseat, I was forced to converse with Steve. Read More »
I posted these on Instagram live, and got a lot of feedback- so I thought I’d share on here!
I consider myself an artist that’s not artistic. Makes no sense right? I’ll explain. I have a passion for the arts. I love all artistry and the talent behind it blows my mind. Although photography is something I really love, I wish I had an art thumb to paint a masterpiece. or draw a portrait, design furniture etc . My brain is constantly juggling ideas, but I can never bring them to life. So when I Read More »
It’s no secret that Korean skincare products are taking over this side of the world, and for obvious reasons- it works!
Over the years I’ve tried tons of anti-aging skincare products. I’d apply them for a few weeks, see no difference, and then forfeit the product. I was frustrated by cost and was a skeptic when it came to a product’s effectiveness. If a product costs more, is it more effective? Or is it just part of their marketing bullshit?
I was spending too much money trying to figure it out, and disappointed by my skin’s unresponsiveness to those products.
Then my friend introduced me to Korean skincare. It sounded intriguing. I knew skincare was of deep importance in asian culture, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I first wanted to do a little research:
I found that skin care dates back to Korea’s earliest writings, around 8000 BC, when they used herbal ingredients for skin concerns. According to Amarte Skincare, “the use of elegant, natural brightening alternatives such as arbutin (instead of hydroquinone), the development of natural, mushroom-based emollient ingredients, new methods for preparing natural extracts, and the concept of gentle exfoliation – a uniquely Korean tenet. Skin care formulators in this corner of the world see little, if any, place for potent glycolic acid or other AHA exfoliants. Since the publishing of the Donguibogam more than 400 years ago, skin care philosophy here has advocated gentle, bio-compatible exfoliation.”
Once I discovered the history and breakthroughs of Korean skincare, I decided to order a lengthy list of products to see what worked for me. I have now used Korean products for 8 months, and I will never look the other way. It has helped my skin tremendously, not only with anti-aging, but with dryness/eczema and discoloration. Oh and also, it’s AFFORDABLE. I listed my top 5 favorite products that will not disappoint!!!
1. Shangpree Snail Moisture Mask: I use sheet masks twice a week. This is by far my FAV. Why? Well, it consists of snail mucin. Sounds gross I know. BUT snail mucin offers A TON of repairing benefits. It’s packed with nutrients such as glycolic acid and copper peptides, helping to protect the skin from damage. It’s best known for it’s anti-aging properties. Snail mucin helps stimulate collagen and elastin, treating wrinkles, scars, age spots etc.
2. Mizon Water Volume Ex First Essence: I LOVE THIS STUFF SO MUCH!!!! I have REALLY dry skin. My eczema flares up around my nose during the winter and my face starts to look like a dehydrated raisin. The water volume consists of snow algae extract, which hydrates the skin and locks in moisture. I use the water volume every morning after using a toner. My skin feels alive and soothed after applying. It also helps to better absorb other skin products.
3. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule: Back to the snail mucin! I’ve seen such a huge difference in my skin since incorporating this into my skin regimen. This ampoule is “Packed with other active ingredients like hydrating hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich cocoa, this product applies to the skin silky smooth and leaves it feeling revived.” I typically rub this together with my night cream and apply as my last step!
4. Cremorlab Shadow-off Eye Cream: If you have dark circles and excessive dryness- this is for you. I’ve never had issues with dark circles until I became a parent (and now it’s a permanent issue). It took 2 weeks to start seeing a change. I noticed my eyes brighter and the dark circles diminishing. It has a high mineral content, helping to delicately provide hydration for that sensitive eye area. I use this morning and night and I could not live without it.
5. Kicho Ultra Moisturizing Sun Cream: So I’ve already mentioned this sunscreen in a previous post, but I’m mentioning it again because it’s just that amazing. I cannot emphasize enough how great this product is. It has ZERO SPF smell, it’s filled with antioxidants, it encourages regeneration and it’s incredibly moisturizing without leaving your face filling oily. This product is worth every last cent!!!
– Lindsay xx
When I think of my first love, I think of a city, and that city is Paris. I remember stepping out into the city for my first time. I couldn’t fathom the delicacy in which people lived. It was so intriguing and beautiful, and I instantly felt exhilarated by just having my two feet planted on those streets.
After leaving that trip, I came home feeling very “Francais”. I went out and got a scripted tattoo in french, I listened and still listen to french music in my car, I’ve tried to learn the language about 5 times (and clearly my brain will not withstand another language), and did ancestry testing finding out I’m 15% French, which I was obviously thrilled by. So I guess you could say I’m still a little obsessed with my first love.
Though I love the city and all the beauty is has to offer, the attribute I adore most about the french, is their style. Minimalism tied with androgyny with a splash of bohemian. Francoise Hardy is the real revolutionary of that “french girl style”, a style that has influenced our fashion choices to this day. She rebelled against the “sex kitten” look of the 60s and originated some of the styles that have now cultivated the fashion world.
Below is one of my FAVORITE looks from Hardy. Feminism and edge for the perfect “street style”. I’ve selected a few items below to replicate the same look! :
– Lindsay xx
Over the last few years I’ve read A LOT of blogs. I noticed while reading ‘mom blogs’ they were and are consistent with the same light-hearted theme. This of course is great, but I always wondered if that really reflects their life. Like excuse me, but is your house always that clean? Are your kids always that happy? Do you really manage to bake vegan cupcakes and document it, all while your child is quietly watching you and smiling? Am I just doing this entire thing WRONG!? Well, I couldn’t tell you. Maybe their life really is just as it seems. Maybe it isn’t. Who knows. What I do know- is my way. I know my house piles up, my kids spill shit constantly, and there’s screaming and fighting going on every 10 minutes. That’s just how we roll I guess. I try (I said TRY), to never judge anyone’s way of doing anything, whether it’s parenting or tying a shoe. We’re all different, and that’s a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, this last year and a half has clearly presented the ugliness that can come from our differences, I admittedly being part of that. We live in a really sad time. I wish the entire world could take 10 steps back, hold hands and feel what it is that ties us together. Because in all those differences, we forget how similar we really are. We’re all just a bunch of walking cells that make us the same exact thing: HUMAN.
Anyway, tonight I was wearing my “100% Human” tee by Everlane and felt compelled to take a photo, post it, and share with anyone who cares to read this. Everlane is a really cool, modern brand, and definitely a favorite of mine. When they recently came out with this collection of tees, I felt there was such a power behind the simple phrase. In Everlane’s words, “We don’t always agree. Different politics. Different priorities. But it does’t mean we have to be divided. This year, let’s celebrate being 100% Human Together.”
You hear that people?? CELEBRATE BEING HUMAN TOGETHER!!!
(and also go buy yourself one)
Yesterday I walked the Women’s March in San Diego. My girlfriends, Scout and I all paraded the streets with thousands of others voicing our right to fight. As I walked the streets with strangers from all walks of life, I looked down at my 4 year old daughter. She was waving her “girl power” sign in the air with such dignity and strive. I looked around at all the unique faces that tie this country together. It was the most empowering, unifying moment I’ve ever had. A moment I will never forget.
However, in that same unifying moment, I realized how divided we truly are. Nothing I have ever seen from my time on this earth. Nothing I have even read about since the civil rights era. I thought, “am I creating more of a division by being here”? And that’s when I realized one thing. We are a nation of diversity. I don’t just mean diversity of race or religion. I also mean diversity of thought. Diversity of opinion. And that is OK.
So, I took a stand yesterday. I took a stand for many reasons, but one in particular was to stop the fight on defunding Planned Parenthood and take away the stigma that is associated with it. As a teenager exploring and discovering my sexuality, I was able to obtain safe and precautionary options, such as birth control, because Planned Parenthood was there for me. When I had no insurance to obtain pap smears and testing, Planned Parenthood was there for me. And when I dealt with the hardest decision in my teens years, Planned Parenthood was there for me.
I was not in the streets yesterday displaying my hatred towards Donald Trump, because frankly I don’t hate him. I was there to display my voice as a woman, and to tell him that even though you are the nation’s president, you cannot make a women’s reproductive choices.
I don’t think Trump is an evil guy. Offensive? Absolutely. Unqualified? Yep. But for god sake, he is being compared to Jeffrey Dahmer? What I can’t be ok with is those that are using destruction as a way to emphasize their stance on this country, or anyone bullying his 10 year old son, merely because they have the same blood.
That is not America. That is not who we are. We are people of compassion, liberty and love.
With that said, yesterday made me so proud to be a woman. Proud to walk for the same freedoms that I hope my daughter will not have to fight for in her adult life. Proud to have amazing girlfriends, and proud to be surrounded by kindness regardless of background.
Donald Trump, I am willing to hear you, but you have to hear us first. #GIRLPOWER
– Lindsay xx
When I first started taking college courses, I had no interest in academics, however I had a passion for photography. I remember showing up to my first black and white photography class. Although everyone had these innovative digital cameras to learn from, mine was a badass 1980 Nikon 35mm manual that my mom handed down to me. I took a few black and white photography classes, and later digital photography as well.
Eventually I stopped taking classes and the passion started to fade. I was caught up in unimportant things and I threw what I loved to the backseat.
So 12 years later, I’m back at it.
I recently purchased a Canon DSLR, and I have found that passion again!
Its been so fun relearning the different techniques of photography, and being able to demonstrate that by capturing memorable moments of my kids and things I find uniquely beautiful.
I love the tale a good photo can tell.
Here goes to sharing mine.
This past October we took a big family vacation to the Riviera Maya in Mexico, about an hour south of Cancun. We booked an all inclusive stay at a well known beach front resort. As an all inclusive virgin, I really had no clue what to expect. All I knew is everything was paid for in advance, at a seemingly discounted price, and it was the popular route to take when vacationing in that region.
When we got there we were amazed by the resort. Massive, gorgeous, right on the beach. 10 restaurants and 9 pools. It was awesome.
We were also amazed at the fact that everything was FREE! I mean ya technically it’s not, it’s included in your package, but the way we were all eating and drinking it would have easily been 5 times the cost.
Another great thing about all inclusive is you really never have to leave the resort,(which is not really my thing), BUT it’s great for small kids. We have a 2 and 4 year old, and doing anything too crazy was just not going to happen without a meltdown every 30 minutes. So we stayed within our beachfront resort for 6 days and it was great except…
THE FOOD and WEAK DRINKS.
After the third day of being there, we were all pretty burnt out on the food. It started to feel like you were chugging epsom salt due to the high salt content for preserving the food. Also the drinks. Oh man the drinks. My husband introduced me to a term called “near beer”. Apparently its what they serve you at all inclusive resorts. It’s basically beer with a quarter of the alcohol content in a normal beer. They also substitute hard alcohol with liqueurs..yikes..although probably a blessing in disguise.
All in all, I would recommend all inclusive if you have kids and want to save some cash.
I wouldn’t recommend it for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
That may be a little vague, I know, so here’s a list of all the PROS AND CONS of all inclusive packages by blondebrunettetravel.com