My Favorite Essential Oils

I joked on Instagram today how essential oils get me through life. While it's a bit of an exaggeration, I do make them part of my daily routine and they definitely have a positive impact on my mental state. My mom introduced me to lavender oil when I was young to help reduce my anxiety. She would tell me to put it in my bath and even place a few drops on my pillowcase at night. Over the years I've tried different oils and have found which ones I consistently reach for, and which I can do without.

Getting into essential oils can be overwhelming. Which ones should you use? When should you use them? Should you mix them? I thought I would share my favorite doTERRA oils and the purposes of each. It's important to buy high-quality essential oils, as they are safe and effective. For your info, I keep a diffuser in my bedroom, guest room and kitchen/dining room.

Lavender: Of course I need to start with my favorite. I use lavender every night. I place 3-4 drops in my diffuser (depending if I mix any other oils with it). As I mentioned above, I also place a drop on my pillowcase and in my bath. It helps promote a restful sleep. I will also add it to my face moisturizer. Lavender oil helps to reduce skin imperfections. I like to add it to my moisturizer when my skin is feeling dry and depleted.

Ylang Ylang: I add it to my diffuser with the lavender before bed when I want a bit of a change. It helps reduce anxiety and sadness. You can put it on your skin to help reduce inflammation. You can also put it in your hair overnight to help with damaged ends.

Clary Sage: I put this on my stomach during the time of the month to help alleviate PMS symptoms like bloating and cramping.  It also helps to normalize hormone levels. Besides getting you through the time of month (which sometimes feels like the whole month!), you can add it to your shampoo or conditioner.

Lemon: I love to add lemon to my diffuser in the kitchen when I'm cleaning up and want it to smell fresh and clean. I also add it to my dish soap and sponge in the kitchen. You can also add it to your water, which as we know is amazing for digestion.

Peppermint: My hot yoga teacher always ends class by fanning a towel with peppermint on each person. It's seriously the best feeling after a hardcore workout. When I come home from a workout I like to put it in my diffuser to have a similar effect. I also add a drop to my shower.  Lastly, you can add it to your water to help with stomach aches.

Bergamot: My favorite scent for the living room when I get home from work. It's both uplifting and calming. It's also a good background scent, if you know what I mean.

Frankincense: This is another great one for the living room in the afternoon. It's also a great scent when you want to meditate or relax. It helps to reduce heart rate and high blood pressure. It has anti-aging benefits so it's great to add to your nighttime face moisturizer.

Rose: There is nothing like the smell of roses. I apply this to my palms before bed. It's clean and has a pretty smell, without being overpowering (which is perfect when you're sleeping in bed with someone else).

Blue Tansy: One of my favorite face masks is a blue tansy mask, so I wanted to go straight to the source if you know what I mean. It's found in a lot of high-end skincare products. It helps diminish the appearance of blemishes and soothes skin irritation.

Melaleuca (Tea Tree): A classic, tea tree oil is great for acne, your hair and dry cuticles. You can also add it to your cleaning supplies.

This kit is great if you are just starting out and want to try a variety of oils.

Mint Vodka Limeade Cocktail

I've decided to start a new series! If you're anything like me, you freeze when the bartender asks you what you want to drink. I avoid drinks that are too sweet, since they are loaded with calories and give you the worst hangover. But I get so bored of just getting a glass of wine or prosecco. In this series I'm going to share easy to make, low-calorie drinks. These drinks are not rocket science. But for some reason, I never think to order them or to make them.  They're great to make when you have company and you can definitely order them in a restaurant or bar.

Mint Vodka Limeade Cocktail


  • Handful of fresh mint
  • 2 limes
  • Vodka (as little or as much as you want)
  • Ice
  • Water
  • Honey (optional)
What to do:
  • Fill half a cup with ice 
  • Add water until it is 3/4 full
  • Add juice from 1 1/2 limes
  • Cut the other 1/2 of the lime into thin pieces to place in the drink and as a garnishment
  • Add handful of fresh mint leaves 
  • Add 1-2 shots of Vodka (or tequila, if you would prefer) 
  • Add 1 teaspoon of honey if you would prefer it to be sweet
  • Stir and enjoy!

LED Light Therapy For Acne

About three weeks ago I had my facial with Shani. If you guys aren't familiar with Shani, you should follow her on Instagram (click here). She offers amazing skincare tips. Unfortunately, her practice is closed but I always try and share the advice she gives me that does wonders for your skin.

Anyway, back to my last visit. As I've mentioned many times before, I suffer from cystic acne. I had it here and there in high school, but it wasn't until I turned 28 (yup, 28) that I started getting it more frequently. NOT NORMAL. I'm even on medication to try and prevent it (but it doesn't help 100%). Shani suggested that I invest in a LightStim for home. During her facials, she uses a professional size LED light therapy. The idea that I could get a mini version to use at night sounded like a dream.

Before I purchased my own I reached out to LightStim to see if they would want to collaborate. As I mentioned above, I love sharing Shani's skincare advice as it may be helpful for you guys too. LightStim sent me their LightStim for acne. I've been using it every night since I got it and so far, I'm obsessed.

Hopefully, the below answers all the questions you have about it. If you have any other questions just let me know!

How does it work? 

LightStim is an LED light therapy. It works by delivering light energy by emitting UV-free light rays that energize cells and stimulate the body's natural process to build new proteins and regenerate cells. The light has a variety of benefits, including reducing inflammation, healing the skin and destroying acne bacteria.

How does it help with acne?

As LightStim explains on their website,  acne breakouts occur when our glands produce an excess amount of oil (for me, it's right before the time of month). The excess oil clogs pores that allows bacteria to develop and grow, which can lead to acne (and if you're unlucky, like me, it leads to cystic acne deep under the skin).

The LightStim for Acne includes blue and red lights. The blue lights destroy the bacteria and the red lights reduce redness.

How do I use it?

The LightStim has a built-in 3-minute timer. You place the light directly on your skin and wait for three minutes. When the timer goes off, move the light to the next area and repeat. I generally treat my chin/jawline area, placing it in 4 different spots (so a total of 12 minutes).

My Work/Office Makeup Routine

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing my work/office makeup routine. It includes my new favorite life-changing way to apply highlighter during the day and my new favorite lip combo.

The Coffee Lowdown

In Monday's Instagram post I mentioned that my doctors suggest I drink no more than 1 cup of coffee a day. I think in an ideal world they would prefer that I cut caffeine out of my diet entirely, but I don't think Ray or Luca would ever forgive them if I tried. I should mention that I have anxiety and also get cystic acne. Apparently coffee doesn't help either...who knew ;). Anyway, after doing some research I figured I would share with you my findings of the pros and cons of caffeine. But, let's be honest, I do not expect you to cut it out cold turkey. I wish I could but it'll never happen.

The Pros of Caffeine 

  • It can relieve fatigue (duh)
  • It could reduce the risk of Alzheimer's and Dementia 
  • It lowers the risk of stroke for older women
  • Studies say it can lead to a longer life (maybe the cystic acne isn't that bad then...)
  • It can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • My own experience: It keeps me regular (TMI)

The Cons of Caffeine
  • It increases anxiety (the main reason I should cut it out)
  • It can interact poorly with other medication you are on
  • It is highly acidic= heartburn
  • Can lead to stomach aches
  • If you suffer from IBS or other stomach-related issues, could be a nono
  • It can affect your blood sugar levels and thus elevate stress hormones which can trigger inflammation in the body (aka not good for acne, especially cystic acne). 
  • It can also dehydrate your body which is bad for your skin, especially when you have acne

So what do you do with this information? I'm not really sure! I know for me I'm trying realllyy hard to limit my coffee to one cup a day. I recently asked a dermo about green tea as an alternative. While she did say it's better than coffee, it still has a lot of caffeine. I'm going to try and replace my afternoon coffee with interesting drink alternatives, like this pin detox one or this turmeric-ginger drink. 

Curry Vegetable Brown Rice Bowl

I don't cook very often. I mean, I do cook sometimes. But generally, my dishes are super bland and boring (aka no one wants to eat them but me). This year I've decided to try and experiment in the kitchen more. After all, I will have kids one day and I have to master a couple of dishes by then. Last night Ray felt like a curry so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to cook something new for me. And it came out really good! I added chicken for Ray and shrimp for me. See the recipe below. P.S. sorry for my extremely ugly kitchen countertops. We rent, so there is nothing we can do about it.


  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1 teaspoons of earth balance or olive oil
  • 1 sweet white onion, diced
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced thinly
  • 2 peppers (any color you would like), cut in thin strips
  • A couple of carrots, peeled and diced thinly
  • 3 tablespoons of red curry paste
  • 1 can of light coconut milk (if you want it to be creamier/thicker, use regular coconut milk)
  • 2 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of kale, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup of broccoli, cut into small florets 
  • 1 cup of cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of tamari
  • 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
  • 6 shrimp
  • 1 lemon

  1. Rice: Start by making the rice, since it takes the longest to cook. Boil 2 cups of water. Add a pinch of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of earth balance or olive oil to the boiling water. Add 1 cup of brown rice and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 30-45 minutes. Once cooked through, remove from heat and fluff rice with a fork.
  2. Curry: Heat a pan and add olive oil. When hot, add diced onions. Cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is transparent. Add ginger and garlic. Cook for a minute. Add cauliflower and broccoli. Mix and cook for 5 minutes. Add pepper and carrots. Let cook for another 3-5 minutes. Add curry paste and stir for two minutes. Add coconut milk, 1/2 cup of water, sugar and kale. Stir consistently and let cook for 15 minutes (I like my veggies more well done). Remove from heat and add tamari and rice wine vinegar. Garnish with cilantro and add sriracha for spice. 
  3. Shrimp: Drizzle lemon on shrimp. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat pan with olive oil. When the pan is hot, add shrimp. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  4. Chicken:  Can't help you there! I'm not that good yet, haha. We bought premade chicken from the grocery store. 
  5. Place brown rice in a bowl. Layer with shrimp, chicken, or any other protein. Top with curry. Enjoy with a glass of vino!

Get The Look: My Guest Room

Yesterday I posted a picture of my guest room on Instagram and so many people saved it. I won't lie, this makes me incredibly happy as I put so much work into this room. One of the reasons I enjoyed decorating my guest room so much is that I was able to incorporate elements Ray would not want in our bedroom (like a huge picture of Kate Moss, haha). I really wanted a Scandinavian vibe. I linked all of the products below. The "Oh, Baby, Baby, It's a Wild World" poster was from Etsy. The Kate Moss poster is a picture I found online. I printed both using Framebridge. The wooden chest is vintage (from the house I grew up in). And, of course, I couldn't forget the most bougie slippers xox