Bougainvillea Bonsai

WP_000509I was at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden this past Sunday (and almost passed out from the heat and humidity), where I came across this beauty: a bougainvillea bonsai! I’ve never seen anything like this before—in Los Angeles, bougainvillea usually grow into giant wall-covering bushes—but it reminds me of mom’s house in California, where my neighbor’s bougainvillea has pretty much taken over our backyard (in a good way, like a wall of leaves and flowers). The bright pink blooms are a pain to rake, but boy are they pretty! This bougainvillea bonsai looks much more manageable. I just wish a makeup company would make a lipstick in this shade.

 

Mani Monday

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After a long hiatus, I’m back on the Calgel bandwagon. Here’s what I’ve got on my hands right now: a lavender-taupe French tip with a platinum glitter trim. I love how the little stripe of sparkle is like jewelry for my fingertips!

The Ultimate Summer Beach Bag

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Have you heard of Thursday Friday bags yet? I discovered these chic, canvas carry-alls years ago when I was flipping through a magazine and saw what looked like an Hermès Birkin—for $65. What?! Turns out, it was the image of a Birkin-inspired bag (if you look closely, there are no brand names or logos), emblazoned on a soft canvas tote that you can carry anywhere. A fun, high-low statement, Thursday Friday‘s tongue-in-cheek designs are a wink to fashion lovers who don’t take themselves too seriously. Their Hèrmes-ish totes have sold out, but Thursday Friday‘s launching its new Artists collection tomorrow (available for Pre-Order now). For each limited edition collaboration in this collection, Thursday Friday has teamed up with a contemporary artist to design exclusive new patterns. I’ve already got my eye on the Artists Together Bag, Red Diamonds (above), which looks like a watercolor illustration of a classic Chanel quilted purse—in a sassy tomato red that’s perfect for summer.

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My Favorite Summer Lip Balms

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My lips have an annoying tendency to peel off. I don’t know if my anti-aging face creams are migrating to my mouth when I sleep and sloughing off the sensitive layers or what, but my lips always feel dry, no matter how much Vaseline or lip balm I slather on before bed. And ever since I went bicoastal and started spending more of my time in sunny Los Angeles, I’m more worried about sun damage than ever. I slather SPF 50 sunscreen on my face every day, but what about my lips? A mottled and wrinkly mouth seriously isn’t sexy, but SPF lip balms are often thick and pasty, leaving a weird white residue that makes me want to lick, rub, and peel my lips even more. After a long, exhaustive search, I finally found these awesome, sunscreen-loaded lip balms that glide on smoothly, have a little shine (but don’t feel too sticky), and most importantly, moisturize. Continue reading