Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valetine's Weekend!

Having Valentine's on a Saturday this year was a fun treat; although B was in Australia so I celebrated with my bff and we saw 50 Shades! I had read pretty bad reviews so I was expecting a stinker but I was entertained through all 2+ hours. I think it also helped that I didn't remember the book at all (dur). V-day eve I went in to the heartland of Stater Bros. expecting to pick up some water and eggs and got a little distracted. With hearts in my eyes, I was all like I'll take one of each pink item, thank you, bye-bye. I probably forgot what I went in there for. In this post from a few years ago I mentioned my newfound appreciation for the holiday.

I bought candies for my gal co-workers, cards for a few peeps, a lil Tootsie Roll bouquet for my bff (4got to take a pic), and flowers and candy for myself and called it a day! ;)

Oh yeah! I also made B a cake - complete with a red heart in the center. What doesn't say "I love you" more than a boxed cake with sprinkles?

Below are some pics:


{ Pixy Stix Valentine's }



{ You so prettay! }


{ cake time }



{ It just felt right }



XOXO,
A

Monday, February 9, 2015

Think Pink

I'm about to have a moment of silence for the holy pink cupcake that is Rihanna’s Grammy's gown. I can’t get enough of this Giambattista Valli masterpiece. Enjoy!


{ Photo c/o People mag }

Happy Monday?

XOXO,
A

Saturday, February 7, 2015

How to get CLEAR skin! (step-by-step)

Dealing with acne can be depressing and I've spent a decade finding the right solution for me. The following is exactly what I have done and I hope this helps if you have struggled or you know someone struggling! Below is a photo of my skin today. I'm only wearing a light moisturizer (Dermalogica) and Jane Iredale face powder in Satin. I purposefully did not edit this photo - you can see I have one small blemish on my forehead and cheek, since they do appear occasionally, but for the most part my breakouts are gone! :))



**A quick disclaimer - you can also combat acne with changes in diet (lots of fruits and veggies, less dairy and red meat, apple cider vinegar, vitamin supplements), drinking a lot of water (80 oz. per day), regular exercise and stress remedies like Yoga, meditation or acupuncture. If all else fails – bring in the big guns. 

For my cyst sisters you know cystic acne can rear its ugly head in the form of painful, seemingly never-ending blemishes. This type of acne (rather than white heads and black heads) cannot really be treated topically - which is so frustrating! Ultimately I was able to get on track using birth control pills and any formulation that contains spironolactone can do the trick. A popular option is Yaz. That is step #1 and here is the scary part – my skin got worse before it got better and that is typical for most. Years ago when I cleared my skin the first time I used Yaz in combination with the IPL laser (around 6 sessions) and my skin was reborn in the most incredible way. The IPL laser is known to kill bacteria while also fading dark marks and scarring – bingo! Since I haven’t had the funds to do that this time around, I have been getting microdermabrasion around once a month  -  the results are good with that as well but you will notice a slower change in dark marks and scars and it doesn’t have the same effect on bacteria as the IPL, but it is still a great option for tone and texture. If you have severe scarring (deep pits) I would recommend the Fractional laser. This is more expensive and painful than the IPL but the results are also remarkable. There are many beauty spas that are now using laser technology, but I went to South Coast Urogynecology & Laser Center in Laguna Beach. 

In combination with the pill, lasers or microdermabrasion facials, the topical treatment Clenziderm from Obagi is the way to go. There is a powerful Benzoyl Peroxide in the kit that is great for spot treating. My only concern with the kit is the lack of moisturizer. Even though acne is caused by oil on the skin, the face still needs a light moisturizer because over-drying it can cause more oil production = more acne! So in combination with the Clenziderm, Yonka Creme 15 is a lightweight daily moisturizer formulated for problem skin. I also recommend the Clarisonic facial cleansing system. As long as you are cleaning the brush after use (nightly) with an antibacterial soap - the brush really does the trick to keep the skin texture smooth. I also use a tightening face mask every 3 or 4 days to keep the pores clean. Really important to mention here - I always change face towels every 2 days, and I wash my pillow cases and makeup brushes once a week. Acne is caused by the spread of bacteria and you can limit the spread by washing regularly! If you are doing all of the above and still notice acne breakouts, I would recommend speaking with your doctor for an additional prescription of Spironolactone / Minocycline. Some take either of these drugs in combination with the pill.

To summarize:
1.) birth control pills containing Spironolactone
2.) lasers if you can
3.) facials / microdermabrasion if you can
4.) topical treatment (i.e. Obagi Clenizderm kit)
5.) Clarisonic brush
5.) light moisturizer (i.e. Yonka Creme 15)
6.) face mask (i.e. Voila Ve dead sea mud mask)
7.) washing towels, pillow cases, makeup brushes and anything else that comes in contact with your skin!

And voila – clear skin and less anxiety!!!!

Below are the products I've mentioned and have found great results with! 




{ Obagi Cleniziderm kit - available on Amazon }



{Yonka Creme 15 - available on Amazon }



{ Great mask to use every 3 or 4 days - available on Amazon }


{ I highly recommend the Clarisonic - there is also an acne specific brush head! Available here. }

I hope this helps!! Feel free to message me with questions - addyspring@gmail.com

XOXO, 
A

Friday, January 16, 2015

Home Goods Haul

Happy Friday!!

Today I’m sharing photos from my recent TJ Maxx Home Goods haul! (I guess that's what happens when B goes on a work trip and my credit card rolls over.) Shopping at Home Goods can take some digging since it’s like the Forever 21 of housewares and decorative items but sometimes you can uncover treasures! Lately I’ve been inspired to help our house get to a more comfortable and cute state. It’s about time considering we’ve been living in the same house for almost four years, but I somehow always think of it as our new house. Probably because most spaces are minimal (barren). I think that’s part of our aesthetic though, more of a minimalistic/modern/lack of color kind of home. Some people probably find that style to be cold but it’s my fave :P.

I would link my items but I don’t think that’s how Home Goods rolls. Each store is pretty unique too in terms of stock, but that’s what makes it fun. Also, I went photo crazy so the last three items are not from Home Goods :D


{ plastic container for makeup! }


{ Vase - iridescent in real life }


{ mini globe }


{ this guy didn't have a matching pair but I'm gonna need to keep my eyes out }


{ I am obsessed with this lamp and it was kind of the inspiration behind it all }


{ faux sheepskin ruggy rug }


{ these tulips have my heart }


{ My mom gave me this terrarium, so pretty, from the Mission Viejo mall }



{ a little Canadian treat from B }

Happy Weekend !!

XOXO,
A

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Boots ! etc.

I love a good bargain and I've been on the hunt for over-the-knee boots. I felt like most of the ones I've seen are black suede and maybe I’m just partial to shiny black leather but the suede wasn't doing it for me. One day I’ll venture into the world of brown but for now it’s black all day every day! I struggled to find a pair that I liked besides my fave Stuart Weitzman boots ($635.. ::rolls eyes::). AND THEN I found the Franco Sarto boots on Nordi’s Rack. They are on sale at $59!!!!! Normally $179, talk about an insane steal. How could I not buy them and they hug my calves in all the right places. I’m obsessed and I almost went to bed with them on like when I was five. I hope to do an ootd post with them soon but for now, check out the similarities:


(Stuart Weitzman 50/50 boot, as seen here)


(Franco Sarto Motor Boot, as seen here)

PS - Quick note on Christmas, I hope yours was great! I've eaten enough for three people and I'm not pregnant with twins but really quick I wanted to share B's gift to me. We always pick out each other's gifts, which we decided was super unromantic, so this year he surprised me and the man did good. I've been wanting a wallet for a little while and he found the perfect one at Burberry. Keeping with the black theme of the day, check it out:


(Here is the link)



(love!)

Happy New Year! 

XOXO,
A



Friday, December 5, 2014

O A H U

Yay!! I finished with school! Happy to be back to my abandoned blog. I almost forgot how to maneuver around this thing. ;)

I’m excited to be back because I have so many ideas for posts and maybe even videos!!! I realized my favorite blogs have video tutorials and vlogs and I want to venture into the world of YouTube but I worry that my videos will be boring. But oh well since a lot of the videos I like are kinda boring but I them anyway.

Also, I never intended for this to become a travel log but that’s what I did most recently so oh well here goes again. We went to Hawaii around Thanksgiving and it was the best! It was one of those “OK I’ll just stay here forever & drink out of coconuts & be a beached whale & put flowers in my hair & eat pineapple for 3 meals a day” kind of trips. I was a first timer renting a car and my dream of driving a white car was shattered once again when the two men in front of me snatched them. White is apparently very popular for Alamo drivers in Oahu. I ended up with a black bug that I tentatively named “Herbie” but then scratched that due to the Lindsay Lohan reference and was on my way. Let’s back up. The week prior was a whirlwind of rough work days and 2 finals for school. For a week straight I wasn’t sleeping too good and then I hobbled onto a plane filled with kids. I then drank wine and watched two $8 movies in a row so as you can imagine I was feeling super, as in not super, by the time we landed. I was a lone wolf traveler since B had been there for a week already for work.

So Herbie black bug and I made our way out of the rental car place and were greeted by the red light jungle that is driving in Oahu and it took 30+ minutes just to exit the airport. That was an interesting topper to my crazy week but once I settled into the condo I was good to go! Actually, you know how it’s an adjustment to go from craziness to relaxation mode? The next day I spent the whole morning organizing every inch of my stuff, like bathing suits go here, hair ties go there, in like a weird OCD manner. I think it took a full 24 hours of doing nothing to unwind. From there on out it was beaches, hikes, shopping and good food! Here’s a few of my favorite pics:


[ the most beautiful sunsets right outside our place ]


 [ Makapua'a Lighthouse Trail, south end of Oahu ]


[ this thing was huge! ]


[ me day one, trying to relax ]


[ the view from the other side of the trail, also known as GorgLand, USA ]


[ totally. ]


[ windayy ]



[ on the way out ;( ]



XOXO,
A



Sunday, March 9, 2014

Weekend Getaway

It's been too long!  I started taking HR classes in January and between that and work I feel like I have very little time to myself so it's hard but I'm trucking along!  I'm on track to finish classes in December '14, woo woo.  There will be a celebration on that day - OKAY.  Anywhoo, Brian and I did find time to escape this past weekend to Monterey, one of my fave places ever.  We stayed at the Sprindrift Inn, which is largely why this is a favorite place of mine.  It is right on the water so it's worth it to pitch in a little extra for the ocean view room - it is Gorg.  All rooms have a fireplace and the bed and pillows are amazing - overall it's so romantic I can't say enough good things.  One night we were wondering where to eat and Brian goes up to the front desk and is all like "Where is the best fish 'n chips around here?" They recommended a little fish market called Sea Harvest which was around the corner from our hotel - we didn't have to use our car once all weekend, so nice.  He of course ordered the fish n chips and I got the crab cakes - so fresh and good...I wish it wasn't 350 miles away from home.  I have a special place in my heart for aquariums, and the one in Monterey is so fun.  Obviously sea otters are the big draw and amazingly we saw more sea otters from our hotel room than we did at the aquarium.  They are heart melters but I just read an article and the author described them as "the douchebags of the sea" - apparently they are not as cute and cuddly as they appear.

I feel as though my blog is turning into a travel log of mine so I will get back to the fashion soon!  Enjoy the pics. xxo


[ Oh, hi! ]


[ The way there - we battled a little rain in LA but otherwise it was perfect, cloudy and misty and NO cars on the road ]



[ A fan favorite - everyone was taking pics of this guy, the Sunfish ]


[ The view from our room ]


[ The jellies at the aquarium are amazing ]


[ Not to be confused with an alien spaceship ]
[ Brian took some amazing videos of these jellies, seen on IG: @hiddennotice ]


[ P.S. - A helpful addition to my blog - B got me a computer for an early birthday present.  Shock and awe!  He did good, to say the least. ]