Thursday, February 28, 2013

Benefit Cosmetics: Fake Up Event & Behind The Scenes

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If you haven't heard the news, Benefit has released a new hydrating concealer called "Fake Up." A couple weeks ago, before the new release, I attended their Fake Up sneak peek event. It was such a treat to try out the new concealer, sip on some bubbly, and of course, hack the photo booth for endless snaps with Kathleen. Benefit never ceases to impress me with all of their new products. Before Fake Up, I used their Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow to cover up the dark circles under my eyes. Now, I'm completely addicted to the new hydrating concealer -- it's creamy, smooth, hydrating (duh) and lasts all day! I'm pretty picky when it comes to what I put on my face, so believe me when I say that you need this.


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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wisdom Wednesday

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.” - George Santayana



I first saw this truck pass by me back in early August of last year. I still remember the moment. I thought to myself, "What a great photo this would make," but I was too slow to pull out my phone to snap a photo. Fast forward six months and lo and behold what do I see parked on the street as I'm walking home from work? The same truck with the same message: "Never stop learning." I've always been one of those nerdy types - you know, the kind that loves to learn? And as much as I love the message painted on the truck, I think what strikes me more is that I found the truck again. It took a while, but I found it.

I hate to get deep on y'all about a truck (of all things), but I can't help but reflect and relate. Sometimes you go through life and you become disappointed because certain moments pass by and you're unable to hold on to them. Then, later in life, if you're lucky the moment returns to you (though, not always in the same way). So what did I learn when that truck popped back up in my life? It helped me to remember that if something is meant to be, it will be. Don't waste time dwelling on things that didn't happen or things that didn't work out. If it's meant to happen... it will.

Ha, can you believe all of this came from a random pick-up truck? Happy Wednesday, y'all. 
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Monday, February 25, 2013

You Look Good.

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Long overdue photos from Chictopia's Shop It Like It's Hot & Net-A-Porter's NetSet Events. Also, let's just get it out there that I am completely aware that I need to calm down with my signature peace sign pose. Now that that's out of the way... My first stop that night was 111 Minna for Chictopia's event, where I picked up that lime green dream you saw in my past blog posts. Shortly after, hopped on a bus and headed over to AQ to swoon over new Spring trends with Net-A-Porter. Can we talk about those fabulous A Wang sunnies I'm sporting up there? Definitely on my wish list. Always a great night when I get to spend it in the company of some of my favorite blogger babes. 'Tis an even better night when a cheese plate is involved. Thanks Chictopia & Net-A-Porter for such a fabulous night!


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Neutrally Speaking

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Parka: Macy's: Jeans: Zara: Top: Cotton On; Arm Candy (from top to bottom): Kenneth Cole, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21; Brandy Melville; Sandals c/o Charlotte Russe


A couple things I've been living in as of late: the warmest parka known to man & the most flattering jeans I currently own. I've been trying to add more staples to my closet and have been mainly focusing on two things you can never have too many of when you live in SF - jeans and jackets. I waited for this particular parka to go on sale a couple months ago and now it never leaves my side. It's the perfect color, weight, and type for what I need on the day to day. I tried on the jeans on a whim (knowing that I was desperately in the market for a pair that fit) and was more than pleasantly surprised when they fit like a glove. Slightly worried that I'm wearing this pair out to the bone, but isn't that what good denim is for? 
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

American Woman...or Lady Lust?

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Vest: Levi's via Crossroads Trading Co.; Jeans: BDG via Urban Outfitters; Tank: Brandy Melville; Flats: Aldo 

Photos by: Melissa de Mata 

It was pure happenstance that I stumbled upon this wall while wearing this outfit. Now, I know you can't tell, but you'll have to take my word for it when I tell you that I found a full-on American flag painted on a wall in Chinatown. How serendipitous was it that I wanted to shoot my new Brandy Melville tee & Levi's indigo blue denim vest (my latest Crossroads find) that day? I thought it was pretty perfect ... until I got scolded while trying to shoot. This crazy lady (as in, she was actually crazy) came up to me and told me that I was basically going to be condemned for my lustful appearance! You win some, you lose some, I guess? I'm just happy someone (crazy, or not) thinks I can pull off the hot tamale look, ha! 
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Monday, February 11, 2013

If I Told You That a Flower Bloomed in a Dark Room, Would You Trust It?

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Sweater: Royal Mint; Necklace: TopShop; Denim Shorts: Forever 21; Flats: Aldo; Purse: Charlotte Russe

Photos by: Melissa de Mata




The great thing about San Francisco is no matter how many times you've been through a neighborhood, you'll always find something new during your next walk through it. From the street art to the alleyways, there's always something that you didn't see before that will make you wonder how you missed it in the first place. I like to keep my eyes peeled - maybe it's the blogger in me that is always on the hunt for the perfect backdrop or Instagram capture. Whatever it is, I'm glad it's in me. Though, I definitely can't take credit for the location of this shoot. Lucky for me, Melissa has a great eye, so she spotted it right when I was looking the other way and captured these amazing shots. Looking forward to my next walk through a familiar neighborhood - both for the feeling of excitement  at making a new discovery and the eventual attainment of it. 
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

AT&T HTC One X+ (Part One)

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This past Saturday, I attended the Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair in San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood. For those of you who may not know, people come to the fair to help prepare themselves for the upcoming Lunar New Year. Colorful fruits, fresh flowers, and sweet candies are all in abundance, and each symbolizes something special for the new year (such as growth, prosperity, or good luck).

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This year, AT&T asked me to document the fair with their HTC One X+. It was my first time using an Android, and I can't lie - I really liked the phone. It's fast, simple, and takes amazing photos! The built-in camera has the ability to take continuous photos - so you never miss a moment. As a blogger (and Instagram fiend), I can tell you that there's nothing better than a phone that takes beautiful photos (at quick speeds).

This is my first of two posts for AT&T's HTC One X+ ... Stay tuned for my next post for to see more! 


All photos by: Melissa de Mata
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