Natural Summer Skin Care Routine

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how obsessed I am with natural skin care. I’ve been learning more and more about ingredients with natural anti-inflammatory, healing and hydrating properties and I’ve found so many new brands that I feel so good about putting on my skin. That said, I just went in for my first facial of the summer at HeyDay, a no-frills facial spa with tons of swoon-worthy natural products in it’s shop. I get bi-monthly 50 minute facials and my skin therapist Laura knows my skin so well by now that I trust her product recommendations with my life. Anyway, I needed to re-up on cleansers and wanted a lighter calming moisturizer for the warmer months (it is HOT and sweaty here in NYC!), and I’m pretty psyched about everything I brought home! Of course, I had to grab another bottle of my Vitamin B Cleansing Oil.… View Post

My Hair These Days

Hi guys! Wanted to share an update on my hair routine these days. On the product front, everything I use is pretty affordable. The place where I always splurge is on my cut and color. Currently, I go to The Drawing Room in SoHo for both. They always leave me with the most natural looking highlights I’ve ever had! My current routine is partial highlights (usually two different colors) about every four months with a glaze to get rid of any brassy color. I think the trick to stretching how long you can go before getting a touch up is asking for paper thin highlights so they blend nicely when it grows out, almost like an ombre effect. I also use this TIGI Purple Conditioner once every couple weeks or so to enhance my highlights and remove brassiness (I really like cool blonde tones). As far as day to day hair care goes,… View Post

Tips for Traveling Light

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything packing related, and these posts remain to be my most popular, so I thought I’d get back to my roots! One thing I’ve learned during my travels, whether it be a month-long Europe trip or a long weekend getaway is how important it is to travel light. Not only is does it convenient and cost-effective, it’s just way more practical and less stressful. Anyhow, I suppose if you’re reading this, you’re already on board with my logic so I’ll get right to my tips for traveling light. Open that weather app This seems silly but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say “I thought it was going to be cold, so I wore the same dress all week.” Check the forecast and check it again the day before you leave for your trip. Plan ahead The first thing… View Post

Natural Skin Care Favorites

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about anything beauty related, but lately I’ve been feeling really passionate about the natural products I’m using. While I used to be really obsessed with a shine-free matte look, I’m now all about hydrated skin with a little glow. There’s really no makeup that compares to having naturally healthy skin, and my new routine has made me so much more comfortable wearing minimal makeup and even going bare faced from time to time. Before I get into the products I’m loving, here’s a little background…  To be completely transparent, when I first moved to NYC in the heart of winter, my skin went ballistic and I truly felt hopeless. For starters, my skin was breaking out like crazy. I think the cause was a combination of stress from moving and starting a new job, and of course the polluted city-air (a far cry… View Post

My 10 Favorite New York Spots

Hey guys! I was recently tapped to provide my “NYC Hush Tips” for an amazing site called Behind The Scenes NYC. I dug really deep on this one, and wanted to share my Top 10 Favorite New York Spots with you all! If you want to check out the full article including commentary from the Fernanda, the incredible boss lady of Behind The Scenes NYC, check it out here. My 10 Favorite New York Spots: One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is pop into galleries in the LES and Chelsea. It’s a nice alternative to hitting up a crowded museum, plus they’re completely free to enjoy. David Zwirner, Paul Kasmin, and Richard Taittinger are a few of my go-tos. Brooklyn Flea is basically the cooler younger sister to Chelsea Market, There’s something for everyone, from vintage rings and designer bags to viney plants and eclectic home… View Post

Budapest Like A Local

This week, I decided to dig deep into my photo archives and revisit destinations I’ve yet to blog about. Though pictures on a screen don’t do Budapest justice, they rekindled that head over heels feeling this city gave me. Last summer, I spent three nights in Budapest with my dad and brother. From the moment I laid eyes on the Parliament Building, I was in awe. During the day, the contrast of the strong gothic architecture against the serene Danube River was enough to make me swoon, but as the day went on, I fell even more in love with it. Viewing the building from Fisherman’s Bastion (on the Buda side) was one of the highlights of my visit, but seeing it completely lit up in gold at night while birds resembling shooting stars danced above it truly took my breath away. My time spent in Budapest was hardly enough… View Post