Mom Life


I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend! What a lovely weekend it was in the city. While I mostly worked, it was nice to enjoy the little time I had on a date with my little guy.  We enjoyed a quick snack and a latte, by we I mean me, at one of our favorite cafes followed by a little time at the park.

Since becoming a new mom I knew some sacrifices were inevitable… most of the casualties being my social life, travel, work and self maintenance. Luckily, not all was lost in this new mom life. While, it’s always easy to reach for sweats and yoga pants, sometimes I want to feel human and hip. I may put on a little makeup, reach for my leather jacket, because a leather jacket ALWAYS feels cool, and grab my  Cybex Cloud Q car seat.  The sleek design always grabs attention while providing comfortable safe protection for Loki. Plus, the additional feature of the full recline position really helps with nap time any where I may be whether its a cafe, shopping meeting friends for play dates or the playground.

New moms, the best piece of advice I can give is to live your life and have your  baby adapt to your lifestyle. Don’t forego too much in terms of your social life and style in this new life, even though my high waisted mom jeans may say otherwise (I swear they’re in style). And, get a great car seat!


Car Seat: Cybex

Photos: Melanie Duerkopp



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Clarins Hydra-Essential Bi-Phase Cream+Serum

I travel a lot. Well, used to.  Even with the baby, I still manage to make the frequent jaunt down to Southern California.  You would think staying along the coast in the same state wouldn’t have much affect on climate or my skin but it does.  SoCal’s air quality is considerably drier, warmer and more smoggier than SF and the change in humidity and temperature, both on and off the plane, leaves my skin lackluster and dehydrated. Luckily, I received Clarins’ Hydra-Essential Cream and Serum just before my recent trip and was able to test it in the different climate terrain.

I’m of the oilier variety so anything lightweight and in texture is a major bonus for me.  My  skin really drank up the Cream and Serum and provided all day hydration as I went from indoors to outdoors, gorged on food and drove around different microclimates.

To apply, start with freshly cleansed skin. I like to use a cotton pad to apply toner to remove any residual makeup. It also  works well to quickly exfoliate any rough layer of skin. Then, I apply the Hydra-Essentiel Silky  Cream. Lastly, I use about 2 pumps of Hydra-Essentiel Bi-phase Serum and apply using patting motion. Some would argue that the serum should be applied first but I felt it left my face feeling sticky. For me, applying it after moisturizer quenched more moisture leaving my more hydrated and supple.


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Hope everyone is off to a great start for the new year and great skin!




At the end of of 2015, and every year that preceded it, my mind is always overflowing with bright ideas of what the upcoming year would bring.  Per usual, working out, eating healthy, spending less were on the top of the list alongside more professional goals like updating my site, revamping my business, blogging more, connecting more, and wasting less.  The list was long and I was hopeful. But as the clock ticked and it tocked down to the final days, minutes and seconds of the year, guess how much of these intended goals I achieved? Nada. Zip. Zilch

A bevy of bright ideas. A year’s time. All well intended. All failed. Come to think of it, isn’t this always the case every year? As much as I like to blame pregnancy for gorging on pastries, gaining 35 pounds, late mornings and all around laziness, I can’t.  I didn’t have it in me. I let laziness preside.  Yes, it would have required more effort. Yes, it would have required more caffeine. Yes, it would’ve have required just more. I feel quite guilty for giving the bare minimum to my family, to my friends, colleagues and to my clients.  I’m sorry. You guys deserved more, especially from me.

As much as 2016 was somewhat of an amazing personal year for me, for obvious reasons, it was one of the worst years for many, the world and especially the great people of America. Lots of news of cancer, deaths, corruption and tragedies around the globe filled our feed. And just when we thought the worst was over, I mean what more could possibly happen with just a couple days left? It still managed to throw some heartbreaking blows. 2016 will go down as a scrappy year.

Which brings us to 2017, a fresh start. While keeping resolutions were never  really my thing, I want this year to be different. I want to make an effort to improve myself. I want to be more empathetic. I want to give more of myself to those that need it. I want to show myself with my actions and not just through a text, insert prayer hands emoji. I want to be more vulnerable and more compassionate.  I want to finish what I start. I want beliefs to be solidified, relationships to be salvage and goals to be met. There are aspects of my business and diet that need work but I don’t want it to get in the way of personal growth. I want 2017 to be the year I become a better person.

Here is to the best part of my 2016




PS. I fully intended to write this post before the end of 2016




How did we get so lucky?

On Friday July 15, 2016 at 4:16pm, we welcomed a sweet crying baby boy into this world. Loki Theodore Pitiyanuvath, although he wouldn’t be named until several days later, graced the world at 36 weeks and 1 days young, weighing in at 5lbs 14oz and 18 inches long. Though he was considered small at birth he was pretty sizable for his term.

My pregnancy was a relatively easy one. No morning sickness. No heartburn. No gestational diabetes and no cankles. Whew.  However, at my 20 week ultrasound we discovered I had placenta previa, a condition where the placenta blocks the cervix.  If it didn’t move up the uterine wall then a c-section would be my only option. It wasn’t a problem until I reached about 33 weeks, when I had my first bleeding scare. As the baby grew, the weight placed too much pressure on my placenta thus causing it to bleed. The doctors told me if I had another bleeding scare an emergency c-section would be necessary. Then came 36 weeks + 1 day and another bleeding scare… so the early delivery came as a bit of a surprise but not a complete shock.

Quite honestly, I was hoping he’d baked for a jut a few more days. Literally, just 3 more days was all I needed to get through my jam packed baby-centric weekend. I still had my maternity session to shoot that day, my last wedding to finish up the following day and a very lovely baby shower planned by my sweet friends for the day after. Not to mention, I was hospitalized after my first bleeding scare which coincidentally the same weekend as my Orange County baby shower. Of course, the doctors had to follow protocol and advised me not to fly… for the rest of the pregnancy! In the end, I missed both beautifully planned showers.  All the celebratory events that come along with pregnancy, well I didn’t get to enjoy any of it (insert sad face :() .  I realized now that even before Loki breathed in his first air of oxygen, he was letting me know who was boss.

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Sure I get bouts of sadness when I see others post about their baby showers and their maternity sessions, wishing I had done a better job of chronicling my pregnancy. It’s such a special time to be pregnant as a first time mom, not that the second or third time is any less special.  While the nuggets of memories would have been amazing to relish in for years to come, I’m also reminded how incredibly fortunate I am to have bore such a lovely healthy baby boy. I know some families don’t even get that chance.

Every time I look at him, I can’t help but think he is just so perfect. While the crying, constant feedings and diaper changes and golden showers are far from glamorous, every time I gaze down at my sweet baby boy’s face I find myself asking, how did we get so lucky?

*On a side note,  I highly recommend documenting the birth. We would’ve had our friend and photographer Gladys Jem in the delivery room but because we were in an operating room no additional people were allowed.  These images were shot the next day.  If you plan on having a c section, I recommend having the photographer shoot right after the surgery in the recovery room… as there special moments not to be missed.

Photography by Gladys Jem






No news is good news…

Actually, there is news which happens to be good news but I just couldn’t drum up a better title for this post.

It’s been quite a while since my last post and so much  has changed.  Actually, just one thing, but I like to add more dramatic effect for your reading pleasure. For those who follow my social media accounts may have gathered that I’m expecting and for others who didn’t know this will explain my sudden spike in weight. At the suggestion of my friend, she suggested that I chronicle this pregnancy thing for my rather amusing outlook  on the matter. Maybe it can be of help for current and future expectant mothers. Which leads me back to this dusty cobweb filled corner of the internet … my blog. Come August, I will forever be responsible for another human being. Wow. I’m not sure if scarier words have ever been spoken.  What sick world would allow ME to be in charge of another human being? It was nice when half the burden of taking care of myself was placed on my husband when we got married.

For those who are curious, ones most affected by this change in dynamic is certainly Coco and Unagi. Between their 21+ hour naps, eating and whining schedule..both of them can’t seem to contain their excitement or give two shits about the situation.

So what are all things people need to know? Here is what I have gathered in my short 25 weeks of being pregnant…

  1. There is a special place in hell for ladies who claim to love their pregnancy.  1) they are lying 2) they are lying 3) the hormones are making them delusional
  2. Weight gain is no joke. It should be expected but you can’t help but be depressed when you no longer are able to fit into your skinny jeans.
  3. I’m certain maternity clothes were designed by men with no fashion sense.
  4. There is a lot of etiquette required when dealing with pregnant ladies.  I’ll touch on that later.
  5. Their are really only 2 kinds of (expectant) mothers… Christina Applegate or Mila Kunis (Bad Moms reference).  I think I’m the latter… I can barely keep up with the prenatal gummy vitamin regimen.
  6. I want to know who I need to punch for putting such restrictive guidelines on pregnant people in the US.
  7. Not all are drawbacks… cutting in line and priority seating is certainly a perk.
  8. Pregnancy boobs are a definite plus…for now.

All this pertinent intel is coming from someone who is having a rather easy pregnancy.

BTW, I usually like to close out with an image for your viewing pleasure but this pregnancy has gotten me so lazy.

BTWW,  it’s nice that you can now blame everything on pregnancy.





Aging Gracefully

Lesbionest.  There will get to a point in one’s life where all the prayers and wishful thinking can only do so much.  Sometimes, we must take matters into our own hands, or our doctors hands by that matter. By this, I’m referring to the 5 letter word that starts with BO and ends with TOX.  Sadly, or luckily however you look at it, it’s become a part of the aging process.

Before I delve any further, for me, there is nothing attractive about a 50 year old woman trying to look 20.  I love a woman who ages gracefully instead of looking picked a part and over injected with the latest thing to pass the FDA. I’m not encouraging anyone to go out and get injected or go under the knife but I’m an avid believer of people doing what makes them feel good but in moderation… as long as it looks natural.

I have really bad frown lines between my brows, as you can tell by the picture below.  It’s bothered me for years.  I used to think it was so cool when people scowled… like they were really trying hard to concentrate. My mom repeatedly told me “you’re face will freeze that way”.  I was 10 at the time and what did she know?  I mean hell freezing over seem more probable than me hitting my 30s.  Fast forward 26 years and whadda ya know?  Her words rang true.

Luckily, much of the world has evolved since my pre-teen years.  The iPhone was invented. We can get anything at the swipe of a finger.  You can even get butt implants now! More importantly, a mild form of botulism has been reengineered, FDA passed and  commercially marketed as  “botox”.  All to my benefit.  I’ll admit there are people who go overboard and think it’s the fountain of youth.  It’s not. I strongly discourage over injecting but a few injections here and there to prevent creating or deepening existing lines, I’m all for!  I’ve posted images below from my session with Emily Sespaniak of Horton Spa.  For the time being, I don’t see myself treating other areas of my face.  Don’t worry, I have thought about it but I was advised against it, from two different professionals, saying it wouldn’t improve my overall features or looks so I passed.

Any who, Emily is amazing and so gentle. You barely feel a thing. I highly recommend going to her if you are in the SF area or surrounding parts.  They also provide a full list of services here 

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Horton Spa (aka Dr. Karen Horton)

2100 Webster St #506, San Francisco, CA 94115




Masks are all the rage but there is none more classic than the mud mask.   One of the most iconic masks of all time is Princess Borghese’s mud mask.  I remember in high school my mom’s friend was raving about the wonders of this mask and made me use it. I guess that was my first real taste into the world of masks but at 17 years old dropping $45 for a mask was a bit far reaching. Luckily,there are more options now, in terms of price and brands are getting more innovative with products and ingredients.  Innisfree has been my latest fave ever since converting to an all Korean skincare system.   The volcanic clay mask claims to contract pores, control sebum, exfoliate, deep clean, cool and brighten skin tone.   Definitely a good bang for the buck.
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Water (Aqua), Bentonite (CI 77004) (CI 77004), Propylene Glycol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond Oil), Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado), Sea Salt (Maris Sal), Fragrance (Parfum), Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen Amino Acids, Adenosine Triphosphate, Mineral Salts, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Trisodium EDTA, Talc, Fuller’s Earth (Solum Fullonum), Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Citonellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Linalool, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77289), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)



You know what I love?  Being able to find a high quality product at a fraction of the price  of their globally popular counterparts.

The Innisfree‘s no sebum powder may easily be one of the 3 best selling items from its line.  It’s finally milled, controls oil, absorbs quickly which prevents a thick cakey appearance.  Makeup Forever  is a also a great brand with more of a global presence and found at many major retailers.  Their HD powder is also a fan favorite and essentially serves the same purpose but at triple the price tag.


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Check out the ingredients list for both lines…

INNISFREE ingredients:


MUFE ingredients:

Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Isoceteth-10, Caprylyl Glycol, Nylon-12, Aqua (Water), Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate.





I’ve been following #NYFW mainly through instagram and one show that really caught my eye has been Zimmermann.  I’m seriously obsessed.  Pairing victorian era pieces with modern fabrics and feminine prints and mixing with sheer goodness!  Here are my favorites…

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If I want to get my hands on these pieces, I need to start saving now!


Leisure & Lifestyle


If you haven’t heard, I’ll be hosting a POP-UP SHOP with Kim Le of Lace and Locks and Morning Lavender this coming Sunday, August 30.  There will be a bevy of pretty clothes, skincare from Yepeau, bites and rosé !

So if you run out things to do after you Sunday Brunch make your way over! I’d love to see you all there!

Where: Blu Bungalow (2068 Union St, San Francisco)



Also other amazing vendors that make this event possible

A Jar of Pickle

Love Life + Bloom

Sweet Events

Events by Tiffie

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My first taste of designer shoes came when I was 24.   My cousin’s girlfriend at the time was an assistant manager at Sergio Rossi. One lovely Friday afternoon, I played hooky from work and drove out to Cabazon Premium Outlets where there was a Sergio Rossi outlet store.  Then some 40% off retail price plus 50% employee discount later… I was on my way home with 5 pairs of designer shoes all for a whopping $770.   Mind you, retail prices of those shoes were $525-775 each.

Fast forward 10+ years later and I’ve come full circle, Gianvito Rossi (son of the Sergio Rossi) is currently my favorite shoe designer of the moment. For those that aren’t familiar with him, his shoes are designed for the classy, sexy gal that is modern and loves understated elegance and doesn’t feel the the need flash her labels.  She simply has good style and keen eye for beautiful shoes.  So when I got an email to meet him person and be one of the first to view is Fall collection, I jumped at the chance! What topped off the experience  was being able interview him.  Shoes + Gianvito + champagne.. is a recipe for disaster.. for my credit card.  Luckily (or unluckily, however you look at it), they didn’t have my size in the particular style I wanted but I walked away with a signed shoe!

Check out the interview below!

What was the inspiration for this collection?

You have two stories.  One is about the sexiness of the stiletto and all these lace up things like the sandal, the lace up bootie with all these straight up laces. And on the other side, we have all these still 70s chunky story with the boots the booties the lace up and I think it’s very nice to combine these two stories.  One is sexier sort of seductive and the other more loose they say more relaxed. 

Are planning to open any more boutiques in the U.S.?

I just opened a store in New York… And next year, we’ll probably see more in the states… California is very nice place

Do you have a particular shoe that’s your favorite, the one you designed that you get the most satisfaction out of?

In general, that one the Vamp style (pointing to the shoe) is one of my favorite.  The open toe bootie is one of my favorite and the high pump with the high back the tuxedo one which is very elegant.   I like the very much… i think it’s super chic.

What inspired you to become a shoe designer?

I grew up in the shoe family so it  became a part of me and I’m happy and lucky to have this chance. 

Check out the event’s photos!  All of SF’s finest really brought out their shoe game.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 25: Gianvito Rossi shoes sit on display at Barneys New York hosts an afternoon of shopping with designer Gianvito Rossion August 25, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Barneys New York)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 25: Gianvito Rossi shoes sit on display at Barneys New York hosts an afternoon of shopping with designer Gianvito Rossion August 25, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Barneys New York)

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Of course, I couldn’t end with out a selfie 🙂

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 25: Gianvito Rossi and Jane Kim pose for a photograph at Barneys New York hosts an afternoon of shopping with designer Gianvito Rossion August 25, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Barneys New York)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 25: Gianvito Rossi and Jane Kim pose for a photograph at Barneys New York hosts an afternoon of shopping with designer Gianvito Rossion August 25, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Barneys New York)



  1.  I had an underground catering business just before I became a full fledged makeup artist.  Bing was one of my clients.
  2. When I was 4, I thought I was going to enter a chopstick competition because I was always praised for my amazing chopsticks skillz.
  3.  In 5th grade, I thought lesbian was an ethnicity.  Someone called me a lesbian to which I responded “nuh-uh! I’m Korean!”
  4. I may have had a goat as a pet at one point in time… don’t ask me what happened to it.
  5. I hate flavored coffee and creamer.
  6. I have a broken pinky.  It’ doesn’t bend.  People may mistake it for proper etiquette.
  7. I grew up in a single parent household with very limited resources.  In other words, we would fall in the pretty low income bracket but somehow my mom managed to always provide for us and have food on the table without going into debt. I feel most immigrant families grew up this way so it doesn’t impress me when someone strikes it big and suddenly they play up their past and play the “poor as dirt” card.
  8. I always order Coke with my combo meals.
  9. Facebook may have been the culprit that brought my husband and I together.
  10. I once grabbed Mark Wahlberg’s butt. He was standing amongst his entourage when I expertly maneuvered my hand through the busy crowd.I don’t think he was too happy about it …but I was.
  11. Bonus***  Justin Timberlake touched my back once and he whispered in my ear “excuse me”.  #swoon.

Makeup Workshop Pics!

I’m a bit late in posting this one but you know the wise old saying… better late than never!

Back in the December, I hosted a make-up workshop.  I must admit I’m not the public speaking kind. It was  nerve-racking at first but I powered through. I learned a lot about teaching a class and hope to make improvements for my next workshop. In all seriousness, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of attendees.  I hoped they learned a ton…  I know I did!

Thinking of teaching another workshop soon.  If interested, please leave a comment below.




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Photos by Gladys Jem



I’ve been into and have only been carrying cross body bags, as of late.  And I’ve been digging this one (get it?) from Fossil because of it’s size and many compartments. It fits my laptop, planner, makeup, wallet and phone. Which leaves my arms free for a latte and yoga mat. And by yoga mat, I mean donuts. Something about the ease and function of having your arms free while galavanting around town while carrying all your necessities is pretty convenient.  Plus, it’s so affordable!



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Bag: Preston Bag by Fossil // Watch:  Tailor Watch by Fossil // Jacket: All Saints // Dress: Zara // Shoes: Celine

Wow! Can’t believe it’s already August!

Happy Weekend folks!





Dear Readers,

I apologize for the lack of updates. I’m alive and well as my Instagram will show.  I know I should keep up with this regularly and I promise you moving forward I’ll make some what of a better effort.

BUT! In other MUCH MORE exciting news, I’ve launched an online retail store specializing in Korean beauty products called YEPEAU.  If you haven’t heard, it’s all the rage right now.

Currently the site is carrying a wide range of products from low end to high end from skin care, masks to makeup. I know. I know. When it comes to this stuff it’s totally overwhelming and you don’t know where to start and, to make it worse, add a foreign language barrier. Ohshizz. BUT in a valiant effort to destress the situation, I’ll be accessible via WeChat @YEPEAU (Yes, this would be your cue to add it to your contacts). Since  most people don’t know where to begin or know what’s even remotely good, I thought I’d be accessible to answer your questions, concerns and make recommendations based on needs and skin type etc…  Plus, emails seem a bit dreadful. Right? Since I want to make this process more personable (at least until the business blows up), I’ll be answering questions and will be making my very best effort to answer in timely manner but if I’m working… well… you’ll just have to wait.   Yes, I’m still keeping my day job as a Makeup Artist Extraordinaire.  No, I don’t really call myself an Extraordinaire… other people do.

If you’re also wondering, I’ve curated the items myself as well as researched various top favorites from each of the various lines. I must say these products are awesome and some are SOOO affordable.  Now all this is accessible to you!

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Check out YEPEAU





Just in time for the holiday season, learn to apply makeup like  a pro. With this hands on workshop, Learn basic makeup application of base, eyeshadow, highlight and contouring. You’ll be sure to wow your family, friends and colleagues at your next holiday party!  Great for beginners, novice and artists.

DATE: December 13, 2014

TIME: 11:00 AM -4:00 PM


LOCATION: SAN FRANCISCO (location will be announced)


Sign up HERE!  

Please include your name, email and what you’d like to learn in the notes sections! Looking forward to meeting everyone!





I’ve done the unthinkable!  After many years of loyal Makeup Forever HD Foundations usage, I have moved on. MUFEHD gave me a lot of good years but after much thought, I decided to test other foundations on the market. Think of this not so much as a  breakup but a “see you later” 🙂

My last visit to LA, I made a pit stop at Nigels Beauty Emporium for some “office supplies” and invested in the Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation line. After reading many rave reviews, I thought I’d finally test it out for myself.  Since this is for my kit, I need my foundations to adapt to a wide range of skin types and not specific to just one. I need versatility for oily and dry skin.  It needs to be lightweight but offers coverage. I need wearability as well durability.

As of now, I’m pretty happy with the results.  The product itself is pretty light weight and finishes a bit matte compared to other foundations. If I need more dewiness, I just finish with a spray mist (AmorePacific and Tatcha offer some pretty amazing options).  While I’ve just recently started using these products, being that the line is still new to me, I have yet to test it on a wide range of skin types. With that said, I’m pretty happy with the product so far.

Good stuff doesn’t come cheap. A 0.71oz tube of foundation comes along with a hefty price tag of $62. While it’s not exactly a “steal”, I do recommend investing in a good foundations over other makeup products.

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Koh Gen Do available at Barney’s + Sephora

To use:

1 / Prep skin with toner, moisturizer and primer.  A good makeup application always begins on clean and hydrated skin.  Dry skin types will tend to absorb too much product.

2 / Prime.  For longer wear, apply primer on the areas of the skin were makeup will be applied.  This help with the durability of the foundation.  Think of it as a base coat when applying nail polish.

3 / Apply foundation where coverage is needed.  Do not apply an even amount of foundation across the entire face. I mean, if you really want to go right ahead but if you don’t want to look like day old cake, apply on areas such as the center of the face, primarily  underneath the eyes, apples of the cheeks, chin and nose…. apply small amount using your fingers or a beauty blender and work the product out ward.

4/ Set.  Finish an application of foundation with a dusting of loose or pressed powder to keep it in place an absorb any excess oils.

#kohgendo #beauty #product review





I’ll be teaching a makeup workshop this coming December and it’s just in time for the holidays!
Learn to create a flawless face, contour, highlight and maybe, just maybe, learn to do a smokey eye that doesn’t make you look like raccoon.  Novices, the clueless and aspiring artists are all welcomed to attend.

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More info to follow. Space is limited.
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Can I say how excited I am that Marissa Webb is the new Creative Director for Banana Republic?  I mean she’s making it cool to shop at Banana Republic again!  No longer are the days of lackluster boxy dresses, unflattering jackets and boring shoes. Yawn.  I’ve always been a fan of her masculine feminine style layered just right with her sassy edge. While it’s long rival J. Crew might be for the color loving, print obsessed classic girl that appreciates a lot of bling and bright lips, I feel the new BR will be for the less than frilly, perhaps a bit more minimal, cool girl that loves masculine pieces fitted for the stylish female.

Can’t wait to see what she comes up with! I feel the current collection translates a lot of her style.

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Sweater: Banana Republic // Dress Shirt: Gap // Jeans: Zara (similar here) // Shoes: Valentino // Bag: Givenchy //  Ring: Azii // Lips: YSL #52

Photo by Katie Parra



Leisure & Lifestyle


Although I am an SF resident, I’m a SoCal girl at heart.  I prefer palm trees, sun and blue skies over the chilling SF weather.  Where ever I may go in the world, home will always be LA, actually I grew up in OC but would never move back there… unless you love track homes, chain restaurants and establishments closing at 9pm.

So on my last visit to LA, it was a real treat to visit Griffith Observatory between meals. Yes, I  plan trips around meals.  From the expansive view of LA from downtown to Santa Monica, it was every bit comforting and equally nostalgic the memories this place brings of my brother and I running around doing the tours and learning about the galaxy. It was more special because I got to share this experience with my mom, who neither of us have been back for close to 15 years… actually, longer for her.

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Hope all of you have a chance to visit someday!  The views are incredible.

Griffith Park Observatory
2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800





A while back, a friend of mine was the counter manager for Natura Bisse at a Neiman Marcus.  Since then, this line has been under my radar. At the time, she had given me some samples to try but I figured I was young, I had age on my side and 35 sounded like it was still centuries away. Fast forward 10+ years to wrinkles, age spots, discoloration and all the coulda shoulda woulda thoughts running through my mind when i look back at my reflection in the bathroom mirror. You begin to notice every microscopic blemish, fine line and sun spots that weren’t there before. The years of regret for my less-than-active approach to skincare and age prevention sink in. I shoulda started using sunblock. I coulda started skincare earlier. I woulda if I knew better.  Now, after the damage has been done, the goal is to correct my skin, hopefully,  to undo all the years of lacking care.

Additionally, the common misconception with skincare is that once you see the damage is when one should start being active with skincare. Truthfully, skincare is, more than anything, preventative. Instead of starting a skincare regimen after the damage has already been done, which is infinitely harder to correct, start a good regimen early on so that your unwanted friends stay away for as long as they can.

So to correct and fight aging… Here are some new things I discovered.Natura Bisse-5

Glyco Extreme Peel: I LOVE this stuff.  However, it stings and depending on the condition of your skin, some applications might sting more than others.  Just apply as instructed in the evening, let it set for about 15 minutes and wipe away with a warm damp towel.  I like to put the towel under hot running water then squeeze the excess water out… be careful because it will be hot.  Then, I lay it over the my face for a few seconds to allow the steam to open up my pores then gently wipe away peel.  Your skin never felt so smooth and supple.  Follow with your regular skincare regimen of toner, moisturizer and serum. But, the morning after is even better! On a side note, my freckles have lightened up a bit 🙂

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White Diamond:  It’s a tinted, skin protectant with 50 SPF.  The closest thing I can compare it to is a BB cream. Due to the sensitivity of your skin to the sun when using the Glyco Extreme Peel,  this product is highly recommended. With the Glyco Peel, the results are instantaneous however just the nature of this product is not something you see immediate results with.

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Essential Shock Intense Gel Cream: This is product also comes in a regular cream but due to the oiliness of my skin, the gel version was recommended to me.  This is a very lightweight anti-aging moisturizer that leaves a matte finish. This is a firming cream that maximizes the elasticity of the skin and with our growing age, we need as much elasticity as we can to fight wrinkles and sagging. Oh the joys of aging!  Use as recommended and follow up with a serum.

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If you have any questions on the products, leave a comment below!





I used to correlate style with expensive things. But, in my 21++ (actually many more +++) of living… Style is not about what you wear but how you wear it. I realized a little late in life that I’m not a silk charmeuse, silk organza, bells and whistles kinda gal… while this might be right up someone else’s alley for me… Comfort. Rules.  All.

So when I scored these $16 American Eagle shorts on our way to Palm Springs… yes, $16!!!  They have been on heavy rotation… I wear them with heels, flip flops, blazers, silk blouses, tees, tanks, booties and sneakers. You name it. I love how you can wear them out to a nice dinner paired with a silk blouse or heels and a blazer just as much as you can wear it to the beach. This what I call versatility without compromising comfort or style.


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Top: Banana Republic //  Shorts: American Eagle (similar here & here … sadly not $16) // Shoes:  Christian Louboutin // Bag: Chanel //  Sunnies: Ray Ban // Necklace: Gorjana  // Lipstick: YSL #52

Photos by Katie Parra 





In a world where social media rules our beloved internet, we are inundated with images from the newbie novices, successful professionals, eager enthusiasts and, our favorite, bigger-than-life bloggers.  Being truly original these days have become equivalent as… well … the cassette tape. I mean, in all honesty, it’s impossible for anybody to be “original” in a world where everything has been driven from some inspiration source or another (*ahem pinterest, instagram) It’s as easy as swiping your finger left to right or up and down. Those cookies you wanted to make, the floral arrangement you wanted to recreate, that outfit you put together or  the composition of that photo you just Instagrammed, I’m sure it’s all tucked away in a Pinboard somewhere, secret or not. And since we’re being real here,  how long did it really take to perfectly place those those rings on your desk or center that cup of coffee, or angle those peonies you just picked up from Trader Joes, or meticulously arrange your desk supplies and conveniently have the latest issue of  Porter Magazine neatly composed for you instagramming pleasure? I don’t know about you but my desk is always a mess, I get tired of cleaning up dead flowers and the trail I leave never seems be as beautifully edited and yes, I blew $10 on a magazine, because it seemed to be the cool thing to do, and still have yet to flip through the pages.

I’m no different from all of you. The moment I see In-N-Out on my newsfeed, I already have one foot out the door with my #2 with both onions, extra lettuce and chopped chili with a coke already rolling off my tongue. Or, secretly hoping that my tagging of so and so will get me a regram or a mention, still crossing fingers.  Or, bookmarking my next “investment” piece because Marissa Webb oh so effortlessly and chicly graced it. I mean really, she’s making Banana Republic cool again.  And already by my next swipe, I have my next bag, hat, jewelry and shoes all picked out and in a shopping cart just an email away.  Shopping my feed certainly has its perks…no need to trek through SF’s busiest tourist trap, park, pay an exorbitant amount on parking fees nor scour the racks only to come up empty handed and hours wasted.

Since we’re on that topic anyway, keeping up with society in an era where everyone is a marketing outlet and always pushing something… a brand, a product or this and that. And as a consumer, we get in fed into the glitz and bling, still hoping to get regrammed, and, just when we thought we have everything we ever wanted, with each swipe of our feed suddenly we are left wanting more and more…and more.  Honestly, it really becomes overwhelming as a consumer to compete with or emulate the people we follow.  I mean when you’re scrolling your feed, while at a job you despise so much, and see your #instafamous idol swimming with dolphins while completely decked out in a Dolce & Gabanna swimsuit complete with 10 pounds of jewelry and a decorative headpiece, you have to settle for the crystal clear waters as the wall paper on your laptop.

Slooooowly…. feel… the… inadequacy…. sink in.

I’m sure the thought “my life is really uncool” have come to mind on an occasion or two. But, really, who in real life does that? 10 pounds of jewelry to go to the beach? Can you imagine the horrible tan lines it leaves behind? Or the effort to take it off before you take a dip in the water? In all seriousness, how do keep up with people who are being gifted thousands of dollars of merchandise or an all expensed first class vacations that they otherwise wouldn’t pay for? You simply can’t. Well.. unless your the RKOBH.  Oh to be young, funemployed and to have whoseits and whatsits galore! Those, HERMES, thingamabobs? I’ll take 20… in every color!  But the real world awaits with bill, bills, bills and all the fun perks of adulthood that go far beyond driving and drinking at 21, not together of course.

So before you go and start feeling bad about yourself and comparing yourself to the likes of these designer clad social media moguls, if you are reading this post you must have a phone or a computer… your life can’t be that bad.  Feel free to joint me in my my perfect dream world where cheeseburgers go straight to the boob, Saint Laurent shoes will be free, Chanel will have biannual pricing decreases and Isabel Marant would not just be gifted to bloggers.  Until then…just don’t judge me when I’m unable to drop $90 on a Diptyque candle or score the latest Chloe footwear, please understand that this real life girl is still stuck in last season and still praying for the Susannas to go on sale.


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photo by Katie Parra


DISCLAIMER: i’m blessed beyond belief and feel fortunate for the life i live. i hope in no way does anyone think i’m ungrateful or unappreciative of my life. i have a lot to be thankful for. peace.

Leisure & Lifestyle


How lucky am I to bid adieu to a great summer season amongst wonderful friends and this gorgeous mountainous backdrop.  This past weekend was every bit perfection as we kicked off each morning with mimosas, beautiful lake views and scenic bike rides to the local store.  There was even a crowd source Tinder swiping session on the big screen TV complete with unfiltered commentary. Very entertaining.  And, for just a fleeting moment, this city girl thought to herself “hey, I can get used to this life”.  But as the summer slowly began to escape us and as the sun laid to rest that evening,  we were met by mother nature’s cold breezy touch and beautiful aromatic scents that welcomed us perfectly into fall.

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Swimsuit: Triangl // Overalls: Zara (similar here) // Tank: Isabel Marant x HM (similar here) // Sweater:  Uniqlo (similar here)  //  Sunnies:  Raybans

*POOF* and summer is gone just like the, cold autumn, wind.

Photos by Kayla Vie





Quite honestly, I’m a t-shirt and jeans kinda gal.  If it’s hard to put on or I feel constricted, then chances are it won’t be in my heavy rotation, mostly consisting of denim, flattering blouses or comfy tees.  I’m the same with shoes… slip it on, slip it out… is my motto.  When I see a nice top, I like to dress it down with boyfriend jeans and fancy shoes.  When I see a fancy bottom (i.e. skirts),  I’ll first check to see if it will pair well with a t-shirt.  I feel like it gives off the essence of being put together without it looking scraggily nor trying to hard.


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Top & Jeans: ZARA (similar here & here) // Sweater: Banana Republic // Bag: Givenchy // Shoes: Valentino // Sunnies: Rayban // Necklace : Gorjana

Photos by Katie Parra