Relaxation When You Need It Most: Ayurvedic Massage @ Burke Williams Spa

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When the team at the Burke Williams Spa reached out and asked if I wanted to try their Ananda massage treatment focused on channeling energy to heal the body and mind, it could not have been better timing. Why?

Over the past few years, I’ve realized that the list of demands I could take care of in a day is just going to continue growing, all the time. I’ve learned that at a certain point, it’s up to me to put a boundaries on what I can do in a day, and to decide when I will block time for self care. In practice, this can be exceedingly difficult and I have to admit that I need help with it. As a result, I’ve become fascinated with restorative practices that focus on stress relief to balance the mind and body. Whether that be massage, yoga, or meditation I’m finally starting to truly appreciate the value of these well-touted practices.

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The Most Comfortable Pencil Skirt: The Work-It Skirt by BetaBrand

 

The Most Comfortable Pencil Skirt: The Work-It Skirt by BetaBrand

First, BetaBrand brought us yoga pants disguised as works pants. Now, they’ve created an incredibly comfortable pencil skirt: the Work-It Pencil Skirt. I’ve been searching for a stretchy pencil skirt for a few years, since I lucked out and found one at Club Monaco back in 2010. That one needs to retire, and was time to find a replacement. My Google searches for comfortable pencil skirts brought up tight, slinky skirts that were only nightclub appropriate. I needed a super comfortable pencil skirt with thick material that has some give when I sit or drink too many sparkling waters.

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Le Tote: Rent Your Fashion With An On-Demand Wardrobe

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Living in the land of start-ups often means that I get first-access to a ton of disruptive new businesses. With my full time job, full load of side projects, and penchant for over booking myself, my favorite services allow me to save time with on-demand delivery straight to my door. This isn’t just for groceries (Instacart), late night cookie cravings (Doughbies), or last minute booze (Saucey) – it’s for everything, including my wardrobe. Queue Le Tote – the subscription, “on-demand” wardrobe service for clothing, accessories, handbags, and jewelry.

Le Tote delivers new styles straight to your door for one flat monthly fee, that you can return for new pieces as often as you like. They carry awesome brands like FCUK (one of my fave brands for dresses), BCBG, Rebecca Minkoff, Lucky Brand and more and do all the dry-cleaning for you – no cooties, just cute, clean fashion.

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3 Budget Friendly Hacks For Great Teeth

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Floss, brush, checkup, repeat. That was my dental care routine for a long time, until I cracked a tooth trying to eat a frozen Cadbury Mini Egg. Yes, frozen. We were trying to discourage the pillaging of a Costco-sized bag of Mini Eggs by putting them in the freezer and clearly, it backfired.

After this, I started thinking more ways to improve my dental health. My dentist suggested a new nightguard to help with grinding, and to use an electric toothbrush in order to reduce my chances of gum recession. At the same time, I inquired about teeth whitening. The estimate for all of this came in at over the price of a pair of Chanel sandals I’d been lusting over (I know, I know – it should be health before fashion), so I started investigating whether there was a cheaper way to do it all. Read on to learn about what I found…

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Spring Has Sprung: Kimono Inspired Maxi Dress by Privacy Please

Spring is a time when everyone gets excited to shed winter layers, and fill their wardrobes with bold colors and light fabrics. It’s a perfect excuse to wear loud floral prints from head to toe! I was drawn to this maxi dress for it’s bold print and flattering wrap around style. Wrap around dresses (especially with plunging necklines) draw the eye to all the right places, and can be comfortably adjusted to any body type – curves or no curves. They are a mainstay in both my casual and corporate wardrobes. This maxi dress is romantic, and perfect for a date night or evening event. Paired with a pair of espadrilles that I’ve had for years here, it also looks fantastic with nude stilettos. Enjoy!

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Get UNCORKED in San Francisco This Weekend!

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I’m so excited to finally be attending the 11th Annual Uncorked Festival in Ghirardelli Square this weekend in San Francisco. My friends went last year, and raved about the endless selection of food and wine samples (over 50 local wineries in attendance)! The best part will be sipping wine and enjoying views of the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as meeting up with my girl Ashley from A Lady Goes West and her awesome hubby Dave.

If you make it down, be sure to check out fellow San Francisco blogger babe KatwalkSF’s gorgeous boutique Les Mechantes, which is also located in Ghirardelli Square.

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How To Wear A Slip Dress From Day to Night: With EXPRESS Runway

It’s easy to wear a slip dress from day to night, a sleek, simple cut makes this piece like a blank canvas for layering on accessories and adding jackets to change up the look. This silky, silvery grey number from EXPRESS Runway is one of my favorite spring dresses for that reason, and will be coming on multiple trips with me this spring. The beauty of a slip dress it that it weighs nothing, packs easily, and can be combined with almost anything for a daytime or nighttime look. Here’s how you can style it:

1. Classy evening look = Slip dress + stilettos + blazer + clutch

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How To Prevent & Reverse UV Damage + An Interview With A World Renowned Dermatologist

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Most of us are interested in knowing what we can do to keep our skin looking beautiful for life. A big part of achieving this is preventing and reversing UV damage caused by sun exposure (tanning beds in high school anyone?).  I’ve researched the impact of UV damage on skin, and what we can do to prevent it at length, but I still had some questions. I was lucky enough to snag an interview with world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Verallo-Rowell to find out exactly how to prevent and reverse UV skin damage, as well as clear up some confusion on daily UV exposure and whether people with dark skin need to wear sunscreen.

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Instant De-Stressor: The World’s Cutest Knee High Socks

When life gets stressful, you can cope by watching cute baby animal videos, eating  chocolate, or looking down at your whimsical knee high socks. While the term ‘knee high socks’ might conjur up visions of bad Halloween costumes or stuffy private school uniforms, these cuties by Chrissy’s Socks are in a league of their own. They come in a ton of adorable prints and colors, and wouldn’t you know –  you can even design your own.

I wear mine around the house with my pajama shorts instead of sweatpants. The watermelon ones look especially good with my banana print boxers – not pictured…I know, sorry! I’ve seen a meme that says, “Life’s too short to wear mediocre underwear.” Well, I think life is too short to wear mediocre socks, even if you’re the only person who’s going to see them. I dare you – wear a pair of wild knee high socks under your jeans or in your tall boots, and definitely around the house. Happy socking!

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Lululemon’s Chic Big Sister: Kit + Ace Clothing

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As a Vancouver girl and die hard Lululemon supporter I couldn’t wait to try my first piece of Kit and Ace clothing,  launched out of Vancouver by the son of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson.   The line is best know for its technical cashmere, a blend designed to withstand washing, drying, and real-life wear and tear. The line is characterized by unique silhouettes, neutral colors, and chic interpretations of wardrobe basics. Tops, bottoms, and outerwear can be mixed and matched.

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