Pomegranate Kombucha Matcha Face Mask

October 8, 2018

Sometimes, I’m kind of a lazy bum when it comes to self-care. I hardly ever feel like doing a face mask (what is it about doing anything no matter how simple it is that becomes an arduous task? i.e. taking a shower), but I always feel so good after. It’s such a cheap way to rejuvenate your pores… and prevent wrinkles and even out skin tone and fight against sun damage and aging—there really is no excuse not to. I usually mask twice a week. Lately, I’ve been intrigued by facial peels and have discovered that using caffeinated ingredients in your DIY face mask (DIY is the most cost effective way to go baby!) have a low key peel effect.

I created this face mask recipe for Health-Ade that is so stimulating, you can literally feel it tightening on your face as it dries. When you wash it off, your face might be red for a few minutes. This is totally normal and okay! It just means your circulation is hard at work. Click here for the full recipe.

Moving + The Story of 201

September 21, 2018

Today is our moving day (even though technically as I write this it’s Thursday, the day before). I’m excited for what new opportunities, connections, and self-discovery living in a new place will bring—even if it is only 25 minutes away from our old home. Our lease is for a year, so it’s a good experiment to see if we’ll like living in East Bay and settle down there or if we want to try a new part of the Bay (or even elsewhere, who knows!).

I thought today would be a good day to tell you the story of our apartment number 201. One of my Internet pals, Jordan‘s special number is 201. You can read more about the connection here, but it’s basically an oddly coincidental recurring number in her life (especially when something big is about to happen). Both of the apartments she’s ever lived in alone when she moved to Los Angeles from NYC are 201. She just moved in with her fiancé, Jonathan to apartment number 206, so that’s the end of her 201 apartment life. Maybe 206 represents the new chapter she and Jonathan are going to create together.

Moving + The Story of 201

Aubrey’s first visit to the apartment.

When my dad found our Jack London Square apartment off of Craigslist, we had no idea what unit number it was. It was the Sunday late afternoon after a long weekend of rental hunting (to no avail), so I was feeling pretty deflated and tired. Our landlord led us up to the second floor and we walked down the hallway all the way to the apartment on the end. I looked up and saw the numbers 201. I was floored and immediately took this video and sent it to Jordan:

The 201 legacy continues! I look at this as an opportunity to take over the 201 chapter while Jordan starts the new chapter of 206. Jordan lived in apartment 201 when she got her official Lyme diagnosis, so maybe I’ll have a huge breakthrough with my health in my 201 home.

Moving + The Story of 201

Moving the plant boos into the new space.

PS. The night we first saw the apartment, I had so much trouble sleeping, I was up for hours and when I finally fell asleep, I looked up at my ceiling to see my projection clock reading “2:01”. 😉

PPS. You bet your bottom dollar that I’m going to take pics and videos of how I decorate the space (I’ve already started showing some DIYs on Instagram Stories!).

Renaissance

September 18, 2018

Renaissance

This is the last week of my family and I living in our house before we move to our Oakland apartment (more on that here if you missed the announcement!). Of course with any change, there’s always a dull, aching sadness for the chapter of life that’s ending, but more than anything else, I’m excited for our new adventures. The thing about the past is you can’t get too caught up in it. I’m the first to say I’m a sucker for nostalgia, but you can’t get stuck reminiscing about the past.

Renaissance

The other day, I was going through old artwork from when I was in preschool when we lived in Connecticut which got me thinking of what life would be like if I had stayed in Connecticut. Would I have gotten into fashion, photography, and studied graphic design? Would I have the same friends now I grew up with? Would I have eventually moved to New York City? Part of my heart aches for the life I left behind, but you can’t worry about what could have been because life is all about ebbs and flows, change, and progress.

Renaissance

Renaissance

Renaissance

Anyway, I bought this top and bottom from Need Supply Co. when they were having a really good Labor Day sale (they still have lots on sale btw!). I’ve been increasingly drawn to dramatic bell sleeves and open necklines.

Renaissance

Renaissance

Now let’s talk about these earrings for a quick sec. While I love me a good statement earring, I don’t like something heavy that pulls down my earlobes. I wasn’t sure how these Connection Earrings from AUrate would jive, but I’m happy to report I wore them all day and they were so light, I hardly felt them! They also felt sturdy and well-made. I think these are my new favorite earrings.

Renaissance

Savanna Top: Need Supply Co. (currently on sale!)
Crimson Pant: Need Supply Co. (currently on sale!)
The V Heel in Mustard Suede: Everlane
Connection Earrings Large: c/o AUrate

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