I’m heading to New York this week for work, and look forward to sharing some delicious food photos upon my return. I hope everyone enjoyed a love filled weekend. 


Love Wins.




Braised pork belly with pickled mustard green at Happy Times Bistro.

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Sample season at Nordstrom! Gearing up for the Anniversary Sale in July.

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The best chicken strips, or “littles,” at The Cheesecake Factory.


Dole Whip.


Seattle’s heat wave (mid 80s is a heat wave to me) means we’ve been practically living on the balcony each night.

Catching the clouds roll by during sunset is quite a sight.

Skin saviors part two.



Though it’s been sunny in Seattle, the dry winter season still takes a toll on my sensitive skin and calls for extreme moisturizing measures for both my face and body. I don’t use Kiehl’s in my normal skincare routine, but I always heard rumblings about their Creme de Corps line of natural moisturizers and picked up a small jar of the body butter to try it for myself. The whipped effect of the “butter” goes on thick, so I use it on dry patches and spots that are particularly prone to winter eczema flare ups. There’s no cure in this this product, but the soothing and rich moizturizing effect feels wonderful :)

And for my face, I’ve been using the CeraVe Eye Repair Cream. Similarly, this is my first introduction to the brand, but it’s a simple cream that’s unscented and the perfect texture to moisturize around the eye area without having caused any irritation yet. On my next skin care rehaul, I’ll be trying their face wash as well as moisturizers – similar to how I view Cetaphil, the brand seems unpretentious, effective and fairly-priced. 


Beauty buy.


My skin has always been the most familiar yet bewildering part of me. According to my middle school convictions, it was oily, then it was sensitive for a few years in high school, and then it was somewhere in the middle, or “combination,” for the last few years. So, when I found a beauty routine that worked well for my face, I stuck to it. Each morning consists of a few swipes of mineral powder, then spot coverage where needed. The “where needed” part feels like my entire face sometimes. After that, I’ll underscore my cheekbones with a darker shade of powder, fill in my sparse brows then apply some mascara. Anything beyond that requires additional ambition saved for the weekend or occasions that might involve an open bar.

When purchasing my Ibuki Cleanser, Nordstrom included a sample of Bobbi Brown’s BB cream with SPF 35. Since I really thought I had my makeup routine down like clock work, I didn’t think to try BB cream despite the buzz surrounding it. …. By now, I think you see where this post is going. 

After finally trying the sample last weekend, I immediately purchased the real thing. My face feels moisturized and looks brilliantly smooth after hours of wear. The application is completely different from what I’m used to and going from brush to sponge or fingers has been daunting, but the results are worth the change. An eraser sized droplet of cream can do more than any other face product I can imagine in that amount. My skin can look shiny without make up, and mineral powder could only do so much without looking cakey. Now my skin stays supple while looking matte for hours.

If you’re at Nordstrom or Sephora, ask them for a sample and let me know what you think. The desperate and beauty obsessed middle schooler in me will be cheering you on!

Skin saviors.


A good contouring brush – I’m lucky to have pretty strong cheekbones, but the rest of my face looks one dimensional without some help during the paler winter months. A quick “brush” up using Sephora’s Pro Angled Contour #75 and a powder that’s a few shades darker than my natural skin goes a long way in slimming my face.

Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser – The pure scent, velvet lather and light exfoliation, all reasons this cleanser is my new favorite. My skin has migrated from combination to sensitive and dry since my mid-20s. This cleanser leaves a silky layer of moisture on my skin through the morning and creates a soft foundation for even make up application.

Burt’s Bees Miracle Salve – David first introduced me to this when he was looking for a nice beard salve. I use it where my skin is really dry, and though it doesn’t feel like it’s penetrating and “fixing” my skin, it is extremely moisturizing and helps to relive itching or irritation from dry skin. The ingredients are primarily natural oils, beeswax, etc., and for that reason, I’ve used this on every decent party of my body.