Two LED light therapy devices worth trying

I am a sucker for any serum/cream/device that claims to help reduce acne, inflammation, acne scars etc. But I'm also extremely skeptical and picky. Essentially, I mostly listen to what my esthetician, Shani Darden, teaches me. I've mentioned it before but a couple of years ago I went through a period of time where I had the worst breakouts of my entire life. Shani helped me get through them. Once we cleared up my skin, she encouraged me to try LED light therapy to help reduce any further breakouts and minimize acne scars. I reached out to Lightstim and they sent me one and I've been loving it ever since. I was recently sent the new Dr. Dennis Gross acne treatment device called the SpotLite and thought it may be helpful to compare the two devices. This post won't explain how LED therapy works, as I've already done that here. Rather, it will highlight the differences between the two devices in case you are looking to invest in one (if not both). FYI, I tend to use LED light therapy 3-4 times a week but when I have a breakout, I will use it twice a day until it goes away.


  • Size.  I had to start with the size since to me, the size is the biggest difference between the two devices. The LightStim has a larger surface area. I normally apply it in four different spots to cover my entire jawline (where I normally breakout). The Spotlite device has a much smaller surface area. The benefit of the LightStim is that you can cover more of your face, more quickly (there are 36 LEDs). The Spotlite is great to treat one specific breakout at a time and is easier to travel with. 
  • Power.  The LightStim needs to be plugged in whereas the SpotLite runs on battery. 
  • Cost.  The LightStim costs $169 whereas the SpotLite costs $52.
Overall, they're both great options and you can't go wrong. If you intend to use the device as an ongoing part of your skincare routine to kill bacteria as a way to help prevent acne and minimize acne scars then I would go with the LightStim, since it covers a larger surface area more quickly (it takes me approximately 12 minutes to cover my entire jawline for reference).  If you want it more to treat a specific breakout (like you would with an acne cream), then I would go with the SpotLite. As a reminder, these devices aren't going to perform magic. You still need a good skincare routine (read about mine here) and I suggest getting a facial a few times a year to really clean your skin. 

My Summer Holiday Makeup Look


This is the makeup look I wore every day in Europe. It doesn't require a lot of products, feels light and is super glowy- what more could you want for a summer makeup look? If you feel like you need a bit more eye situation (shadow, liner etc), do you! I just didn't feel like it. Plus I had eyelash extensions so I didn't think it was really necessary (I didn't even have to apply mascara because of the lashes, although I did in the video because they are basically all gone). xoxo






What I Packed For Vegas


I didn't post a lot on my Instagram while I was in Vegas but I did post on stories. One night I posted my outfit with a Forever 21 bodysuit and I got the most swipe ups I've ever received! It led me to believe that I'm not the only one who has no idea what to wear in Vegas and is looking for some outfit inspo. I honestly had no idea what to wear since I knew mom jeans wouldn't work, let's be real. I spent hours on Pinterest doing some research and found some good outfit inspo. I then found the looks for less.

The Five Minute Journal


I'm the type of person that loves the idea of meditating but can never find the time to do it. I know everyone always says you only need to spend ten minutes in the morning to meditate, but I don't have 10 minutes! I rush to wake up, drink lemon water, drink coffee, walk Luca, go to an exercise class, get back and get ready for work.

Okay, so maybe those are excuses and I can try and squeeze in 10 minutes, but honestly, it just stresses me out. That's where The Five Minute Journal comes in. And let me preface this by saying it should not replace meditation. But if you're like me, and finding it hard to get into the meditation groove but do want to start your day in a calm, centering and positive way, this is for you.

My best friend Emily came to visit last month and brought me this as a gift. It was the best gift ever as I wanted to buy it for myself for months. Every day starts with a different inspiring quote and then you fill out the same sections. Those are: 1) I am grateful for.... and list three, 2) What would make today great...and list three, 3) I am...and list two. At night you fill our three amazing things that happened today and how could it have been even better.

Straightforward and simple, right? But you can't underestimate the power of positive thinking and starting your day that way. I'm a huge believer in the law of attraction and this ensures that I practice what I believe in. It's so easy for me to wake up, scroll through Instagram, get upset and obsessed over the number of followers I gained or lost, start comparing myself to others, start worrying about everything I have going on that day etc. It's just not healthy and that energy won't get me where I want to be. The Five Minute Journal focuses my attention on the positive and shifts my thinking for the day.

Do you need The Five Minute Journal to do this? Nah. But I know I didn't force myself to sit down every morning and complete this exercise before I got it. It kind of keeps you accountable.

If you're interested in the power of positive thinking and the law of attraction, two books I love are The Universe Has Your Back and You Can Heal Your Life. I also love getting the TUT Notes From The Universe emails every morning.

Grapefruit Spritzer



I got home last night from a weekend in Montreal. It was fun to spend time with friends and family. I drank a lot and went to bed at 2:30 am each night (in case you don't know me, I'm usually in bed by 9:00 pm). I tried a few cocktails that I really liked. Here is one of my favorites. I'm always looking for low-calorie, low-sugar options. This one is delicious.

Ingredients:

  • Juice from 1/2 a grapefruit
  • 3 ounces of vodka
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • Grapefruit or rosemary for garnish (I would have used rosemary but didn't have any in the house
  • Optional: A bit of maple syrup for sweetness, if you'd like
Instructions:
  1. Juice the grapefruit 
  2. Add the grapefruit juice, then maple syrup if you want, then vodka and then top off with sparkling water
  3. Stir the ingredients together
  4. Add your garnish
  5. Enjoy! 



The Coffee You Need To Try (My Version of Bulletproof Coffee)


Last weekend my best friend Emily was visiting me and got me into bulletproof coffee. I decided to show it on Instastory (because I do everything else), and I got so many DMs and emails! It almost makes me feel like I should switch my focus from fashion/decor/beauty to diet/wellness! Anyway, I thought I would put together a post explaining what ingredients I use and the purpose of each.

Before Emily visited I had always wanted to try it but never purchased all of the ingredients. She actually brought some with her to ensure she could make it in LA (that's dedication). And what can I say, I'm hooked. My only suggestion is to drink it as early as possible before a workout, because you really need to digest it.

Here's a brief description of the purpose of each ingredient:

Coffee: I've posted a blog about the pros and cons of coffee, you can read it here. Coffee has a lot of antioxidants and nutrients. It can help improve your energy (duh), burn fat and can lower your risk of diabetes among other diseases. I don't know about you but I set my coffee machine on automatic timer the night before and when I wake up the smell literally makes me so happy. I generally make Starbucks breakfast blend. Emily uses Nespresso, in case you were wondering.

Collagen Peptides: I've also done a post on collagen, you can read it here. It's great for your digestive system, a good source of protein,  prevents aging, strengthens hair and nails, and more. I use the marine collagen because I don't eat meat. Vital Proteins makes an amazing one. And if you're afraid to try it, I promise it doesn't have a taste.

Ghee Butter: Ghee Butter helps sustain your energy for longer periods of time. It is high in nutrients and is good for your brain and digestion. If you are like me and refused to try bulletproof coffee because the thought of adding butter to your coffee totally disgusted you, I am here to tell you it's actually good. And, again if you are like me and lactose intolerant, ghee butter doesn't have lactose! I got the one that Emily suggested which is vanilla flavor. It adds the perfect sweetness to the coffee and makes it super frothy.

MCT Oil: MCT oil is fatty acids that are easier to digest, they are a good source of energy, support hormones and are good for your gut (I need all of the above). I would definitely recommend starting with a very little amount and building your way up- this stuff is powerful.

Cinnamon: Okay so I'm actually not using the right cinnamon. You are supposed to use Ceylon Cinnamon (but I have a fresh new jar so I refuse to just buy another one just yet). Ceylon Cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar and helps guard against IBS. It also adds a nice flavor to your coffee. Pro tip: add some cinnamon powder to your coffee in the coffee machine (I learned this from Ray and now I'm hooked!).

Pearl Powder: I love incorporating pearl powder into my daily routine and this is the perfect place to add it. Pearl powder helps stimulate collagen, even skin tone, whiten the white part of your eyes, and strengthen hair and nails. FYI, this isn't part of the typical bulletproof coffee but is my own variation.

I use a magic bullet to mix it all together. If you don't own one yet, I highly suggest purchasing one. They are amazing to make bulletproof coffee, smoothies, and salad dressings.


Baby Fever



I have baby fever in a big way. I also don’t intend to have a baby anytime soon.

I know I have baby fever for a few reasons. For one, I get a pit in my stomach every time I come across a baby announcement (which feels like every day on Instagram). I remember this feeling when I was ready to get engaged and I would hear about other people’s proposal stories. You are so happy for the person, but are also secretly insanely jealous.  Moreover, I find myself making an effort to be around babies. I’m constantly at my good friend's apartment hanging with her one year old. I’m the girl on the plane being extra helpful to moms and their babies. I’m asking everyone I meet in LA who seems similar enough to me who their doctor is, whether they had a night nurse, if they have a nanny etc. And I’m trying to figure out a timeline of when I should go off birth control, when I should start trying etc. I’ve even gone off some medication because I want to start detoxifying my body. I never really thought about any of this until this year.

I also know I am nowhere near ready to have a kid. For one, we simply cannot afford it. The move to LA was really difficult on us financially. Plus living in this city is so expensive. We are now just comfortable the two us, there is no way I could raise a kid and live the same standard of living I really want. Moreover, my career is nowhere near where I want it to be. Plus having a full-time job and running a blog is 24/7, where could I fit in a kid? Lastly, I think I like the idea of having a kid more than actually having one at this moment. I really like my life right now. I love spending time with my hubby. I love my jobs. I love my workout routines. I love being able to get up and travel at any moments notice. I’m happy. And I’m not sure I’m actually ready for such a significant change.

So why am I writing this? To be honest, I’m not actually sure. I guess it can feel very isolating to have this feeling and I’m wondering if others go through it (and just don’t talk about it). It’s this intense baby fever but also an intense feeling of not wanting a baby any time soon (I know this is completely contradictory and doesn’t really make sense). Sometimes I feel like you need to go through this stage before having a baby. It’s like how they say you have your whole pregnancy to actually prepare for being a parent and the changes that come (physically, emotionally, etc.) I feel like this time is preparing me for getting ready to start trying.

I know that you’re all probably wondering how long it will be until we start trying. The truth is I have no idea. But it definitely won’t be this year and realistically probably not the next. But who knows, maybe I’ll wake up one day and the baby fever will far outweigh any concerns or feeling of not being ready I might have.