I’m currently in the process of trying new things including beauty products. It’s so refreshing to switch things up every so often so I don’t get stuck in the same routine. Also, true story, I keep most of my products on my nightstand because they’re just too pretty to keep hidden.
Jo Malone – ‘Wood Sage & Sea Salt’ Perfume
Currently my signature scent; smells like a campfire and sage all in one.
Origins – ‘Sensory Therapy’
Before I go to sleep I dab a little bit of this on my temples and behind my neck for instant relaxation.
Burberry – ‘Liquid Lip Velvet’ in Black Cherry
Easily one of the best liquid lipsticks I’ve ever purchased. Goes on smooth and doesn’t smudge.
Diptyque – ‘Mimosa’
Okay so not entirely a beauty product, but Diptyque candles just make any room feel amazing so that’s enough for me.
No Social Media after 9PM
Social media has taken over our lives and our brains. Unfortunately, we can get caught up so easily in all of this because it gives us that instant gratification that we all crave. I realized I started to become obsessed with checking every app for notifications and I finally had enough. I’ve limited my cell phone usage throughout the day and when I get home I make a conscious effort to stop checking it after 9PM.
Meditate Every Night
The Headspace app has become my new best friend. I usually meditate right before I go to sleep so I’m relaxed and have a clear mind before I hit the pillow. Mediation benefits include increased focus, reduced anxiety, reduced stress, increased compassion, reduced depression and emotional balance.
Get Rid of Bad Relationships
Any friend or boyfriend that is mentally draining, toss ’em. If someone isn’t making me happy in any way then there’s really no point in keeping them around. I’ve realized that it’s better to have a couple really good friends then a ton of ‘meh’ friends.
Spend More Time Outside
Pretty simple. I’ll Ride a bike, take a walk, run on the beach or even lay in the grass. I try to do something outside every weekend and leave my phone in my bag.
Write in a Journal
Every morning every night. I write about my day, my goals, my hopes, my fears. Seeing my thoughts written out on paper makes them much more clear and helps me get a better sense of self. I keep one next to my bed at home and one on my desk at work.
Feeling the book in my hands and getting lost in a story for hours completely relaxes me. I’ve made it a goal of mine to read one book a month and to be honest it’s one of the best things I’ve done. I feel like I’m learning so much from each book I chose.
Along with meditation, yoga has so many benefits of clearing the mind and better focus. It helps me relax after a long day and have a better night’s sleep. At the end of each class I feel a sense of calm.
I love sending my friends letters in the mail for no reason or sending hand-written ‘Thank You’ notes. Receiving something in the mail means so much more than a text or an e-mail. I don’t ever want to forget that feeling.
ClassPass has been such a time saver when trying to find new work-out classes in my area. The app shows me what studios are around me and what classes they offer. With a click of a button I can be signed up for any work-out class of my choosing. Also, there’s a cancellation fee so I never miss a workout.
Do Something New Each Month
I’ve realized that the only way I’m going to grow is by trying new things all the time. I love to check out different art museums, attend live discussions, try a new workout, cook a new recipe, travel somewhere I’ve never been. It can really be anything that challenges me and gets me out of my comfort zone.
First Stop: Berlin, Germany
Highlights: This city is full of so much history, while still being so modern at the same time. I fell in love with the architecture, the kind people, the nightlife and the eccentric style. Being able to stand next to the Berlin Wall was a very surreal feeling which I am so happy I got to experience. I also cannot forget to mention the amazing food and beer!
Second Stop: Prague, Czech Republic
Highlights: The architecture! This city survived the destruction of 20th century Europe, meaning all of the original buildings are still in tact. I’ve never seen such romantic and picturesque castles. My favorite thing we did in Prague was the river cruise on the Vltava River. We drank, ate and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the city.
Third Stop: Vienna, Austria
Highlights: Being in Vienna felt like I walked into a palace. The whole city is so glamorous with chandeliers, delicate architecture and class. My favorite thing we did in Vienna was dinner and a classic Mozart show at the Schonnburn Palace.
I can’t believe I’m coming up on my one year anniversary of becoming a Los Angeles resident. This city is so exciting and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else at this point in my life. I’ve spent the past year exploring, adventuring and loving every second of my LA life. Because really, who wouldn’t love living here?
EAT & DRINK
A.O.C. – Beverly Hills
A.O.C. has become one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles for brunch. Their menu is top notch and the outdoor patio is so welcoming. My favorite dish: Brioche with a Bellini.
The Biltmore Hotel Bar – Downtown
The Biltmore has beautiful architecture, good drinks and even better people watching. I love the feeling of old Downtown LA in this hotel.
Zinc Cafe – Downtown
Zinc Cafe in the Arts District is such a great place for dinner or just a drink at their bar. My favorite dish: Veggie Burger with a Matcha Green Tea Latte.
Le Pain Quotidien – Manhattan Beach
Organic, healthy dishes and fabulous coffee. My favorite dish: Banana Crunola with a Non-Fat Iced Latte.
The Culver Hotel Bar – Culver City
Extremely romantic outdoor setting with cocktails named after The Wizard of Oz. The bar is just as cool as the hotel inside.
Malibu Cafe – Malibu
Malibu Cafe is a hidden oasis in Calamigos Ranch. It resembles an outdoor picnic area, but with better food and fancy s’mores for dessert. It’s worth the drive through the canyon.
South End – Venice
Hands down the best pizza I’ve ever had in California. Also, the owners give you a wine tasting lesson and make sure to pair your food with the right bottle. All-around great service.
The Tasting Kitchen – Venice
I love this place not only for their food, but because it feels like you’re in a beautiful treehouse. My favorite dish: Eggs in a Basket.
Bar Chloe – Santa Monica
Old Hollywood glamour in one little romantic bar nestled by the beach in Santa Monica. Truly a hidden gem.
Verve Coffee Roasters – Downtown
Expensive, chic, and fabulous coffee shop. The outdoor patio is a must-see.
The Griffith Observatory
There’s no better view of Los Angeles than being at the very top of Griffith Observatory. I love hiking up here and taking in the city views.
The Getty Museum
On top of a hill overlooking Los Angeles, The Getty Center is filled with gorgeous landscape, art and culture.
The most funky museum that constantly features the best exhibits such as ‘Hollywood Costumes Throughout History.’
I’m so lucky to have the privilege to visit Raleigh Studios to see my brother and play around on the set of ‘Castle.’ Watching film and television being made from behind the scenes has always been a passion of mine.
I’m obsessed with architecture and the Bradbury Building is absolutely stunning. The Bradbury is iconic and my favorite movie, ‘500 Days of Summer,’ was filmed here.
Best. Workout. Ever. ‘Nuff said.
This cardio barre class tones every part of your body and leaves you sore for days. Love the cute studios and unique classes.
Ride Bikes in Manhattan Beach
Okay, I’m a little biased because I live in Manhattan Beach. Just look at how beautiful it is!
Hike Abalone Cove
Abalone Cove is in Palos Verdes and it’s the most breathtaking hike I’ve been on. The views of the California coast never get old.
Street Food Cinema
Outdoor movies, food trucks and beers. What more could you ask for during the summer?
Brentwood Farmer’s Market
I do most of my food shopping at farmer’s markets and I LOVE the one in Brentwood. They have such a large selection of fresh produce and so many fresh flowers.
Shop on Abbot Kinney
The coolest street in Venice that has every unique store you can ever imagine. From clothes, to stationary, to home decor. Also, tons of hidden ones if you can find them through the alleyways.