My Daily Makeup Routine

I’ve been all about the skin care life lately, but thought it was about time to do a refresher on my current daily makeup routine.

I’ll preface this blog post by reinforcing that I greatly appreciate a quick morning routine. When I get up it’s early and it’s dark out, and I have a 25 minute walk ahead of me. Needless to say – I keep it quick.

That being said, my routine has changed a bit in the last year as I’ve been playing with new products and trying new tricks. So here’s the updated daily routine.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer in Fair Light – Truthfully, I wasn’t sure how I felt about this when I first ordered it. I’d been using Laura Mercier for a while and didn’t give the Tarte concealer a fair shake until my trusty LM ran out. Fast forward – Now that I’ve just bought my second tube, I can confirm that it has beautiful coverage and great staying power throughout the day. I’m officially converted.

Laura Mercia Eye Brow Pencil in Blonde – I have used this brow pencil for years and it never fails. I always keep one in my bag!

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Light – Benefit is known for their eyebrow products and this brow gel is a MUST. Super easy to use for a quick, high-impact look.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Tinted Pressed Powder Compact in Light – I don’t use face make-up which means I can get a little shiny by the end of the day, so I like to keep a compact on hand to powder off my forehead on occasion. 🙂

Tarte Tarteist Double Take Liquid Eyeliner in Black- This is my latest adventure in liquid eyeliners. I always go back to Kat Von Dee’s Tattoo Liner, but I like to try other brands in between.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Extreme Black – Since I stopped getting my lashes tinted/curled, I’ve rediscovered my love of mascara. Really enjoying this Estee Lauder one, though my top two are Benefit’s BADgal and, of course, Maybelline Great Lash. Always and forever!

Benefit Watt’s Up Cream-to-Powder Highlighter – If you’re new to the art of highlighting products, like I am, this is a great product. Easy to use and subtle – No mistakes!

NARS Blush in Orgasm – The perfect shade of blush. Super flattering and works for most skin tones. Love this!

Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer – I’ve used this bronzer off and on for years and it’s still a killer product. The perfect way to add a little color or do some basic contouring.

Beauty Blender Micro Mini – I adore beauty blenders and keep a mini version in my daily makeup bag for under eye concealer.

Too Faced Kabuki Brush – This is the perfect retractable brush to carry with you for a quick blush, bronzer, or contouring update.

Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler – This is a great basic eyelash curler that I picked up at Sephora.

What products do YOU love? How does your daily makeup routine compare to mine?

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2017 Fitness Adventures: OrangeTheory Fitness

Trying out new workout studios is a favorite pastime of mine. What’s even better is finding great new fitness spots near my apartment or office. After discovering Avant-Barre down the street from home, I was excited to try out OrangeTheory Fitness in the Financial District.

Such a super convenient location. Not only nearby if you’re working in the Financial District, but super close to Embarcadero BART as well!


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The Low Down:

This HIIT workout, somewhat like Barry’s Bootcamp, pits you against both weight training circuits and strenuous cardio bursts on a rowing machine and treadmill for an hour.

Let’s just say – It’s a killer workout!

It was strenuous, but since you’re moving between parts of the gym after each circuit you get brief reprieves that keep you from tapping out.

Also, if you’re like me, this type of atmosphere really brings out your love of competition and pushes you even further than you planned.


I really enjoyed the space – From the lobby to the gym layout, the studio had a great flow.

What I especially liked about this workout was the shift between different machines and moves. You stay engaged and entertained without getting bored or overly fatigued.


What’s great about these HIIT-style workouts is how customizable they are. Each individual portion of the workout can be adjusted based on your needs, capabilities, and any injury you may have. Can’t do full range push-ups? Go down to your knees. Not able to do 20lbs? Pick up a 5lbs weight instead. Too sore or tired to sprint on the treadmill? You can jog or speed walk. You never have to go harder or faster or heavier than you’re comfortable with.

And while there’s only one instructor for the class, you can mention to them ahead of time any injuries or concerns you have, and they’ll give you some pointers and keep an eye on you during the class.

Have YOU tried a OrangeTheory class before?

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MCLV Style: Little Black Dress with a Twist

When someone asks me to describe my person style, I inevitably fall back on the following phrase – Classic with a twist.

little black dress is a staple in any woman’s wardrobe – It’s perfect for everything from cocktail parties to weddings to nights out on the town.

But it’s so much more than that!

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Black Lace V-Neck Dress – BCBGMAXAZRIA

Chainlink Swing Shoulder Bag – Rebecca Minkoff

Vintage Patent Leather Peep-Toe Booties – Fendi

Layered Necklaces – Anthropologie

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{Photography by J. Villarete Photography}

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The inevitable appropriateness of the classic little black dress in most settings isn’t the only reason my closet is filled with them.

I would actually say that my favorite thing about a great LBD is that it’s the perfect blank slate for creating an outfit.

When you have a high quality dress that you feel great in – You can take it in any direction. Tennis shoes and a pony tail for a more casual daytime spin on the look, or with ski high heels and a red lip for date night.

Or, if you’re in the mood to mix things up, you can try out layered necklaces and ankle booties like I wore here!

What’s YOUR favorite way to style a little black dress?

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One Piece Swimsuit Round-Up

It’s always interesting to see what new trends come into existence each season. Sometimes it’s something wholly new, sometimes it’s a reboot of a vintage style.

And while I’m not much for chasing short-term trends, I always appreciate when something extremely wearable becomes all the rage.

Some recent trends I’ve enjoyed the last few season – Tennis shoes, athleisure, flat slides, jumpsuits, mixing high-and low, and the re-emergence of one piece swimsuits.

In an age when showing as much skin as possible seems to be the name of the game, it was a breath of fresh air to see one piece suits come back into vogue last season. Blame it on Baywatch if you want, but I’m thrilled.

But don’t worry – With lace-up details, ruffles, feminine florals, modern cut-outs, and bold, eye-catching prints, there’s a huge variety out there to choose from.

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{This stunning striped swimsuit from Dolce & Gabbana is retro-inspired and flattering. Don’t worry though, if you’re not up for spending Dolce & Gabbana-level prices, there are some other options. Anthroplogie has a cut-out variety, Vince Camuto is playing with chevron stripes, Diane Von Furstenberg tackled the halter style, and Michael Kors went for bold red & white.}

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{Going for the chic minimalist look for your warm weather adventures this year? Be sure to check out this key hole cut-out maillot from Vitamin A, plunging necklines from Milly, mesh cut-outs from Kenneth Cole, and ruffled one-shouldered silhouettes from ASOS.

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{If a feminine, bohomenian style is more of interest, these sweet prints and hippie-inspired pieces will be just the thing. Trina Turk is showing florals and cut-outs, Billabong has plunging lace-covered necklines, Michael Kors is all about strapless bandeaus, and Shoshana is showing all-over prints and delicate silhouettes.}

What’s YOUR favorite comfortable, easy-to-wear trend this season?

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Classic Summer Style

What I love about fashion is that while there are always new and exciting trends to look forward to each season, there’s also always going to be a classic style to fall back on.

In the words of Yves Saint Laurent – “Fashions fade, but style is eternal.”

So, while it’s fun to play dress up and stick a toe in the trend pool, having a closet filled with wardrobe staples and classic pieces that you’ll wear for years, is how you create your lasting personal style.

Here are a few of my favorite classic Summer styles, pieces, and accessories.

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{If I had to choose the most enduring Summer fashion staple it would probably be stripes. Chic, flattering, and nautical-inspired, stripes just never go out of style.}

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{Bold colors and eye-catching prints will always be a staple. Paired together or worn apart, those are styles that you can safely stock up on.}

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{Retro-style sunglasses are a staple. From cat eyes silhouettes to round frames, these Jackie O inspired sunnies are the perfect way to protect your skin and punctuate your look.}

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{An oversized clutch is a great classic piece to have on hand. You can go for a timeless neutral or black style, or try something more flirty like a pastel shade.}

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{A timeless little white dress will always be in style. While the current trends may dictate the cut, fabric, and even embellishments, a classic white dress that suits and flatters your figure is definitely something to hold on to!}

What’s YOUR Summer style?

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