Adventuring

First off, I have to say- I am digging this much-needed rain (at least here in CA). I think it’s gone for now, but still. We definitely needed it and it was nice to feel like we had some “winter” weather here for once.

My sister’s boyfriend was in town for a bit before they both go back to school this week so we decided to take him up to LA on Saturday. It was a perfect day to go- it wasn’t crazy crowded (especially for a weekend) and the weather was great.

Sunglasses/Cardigan

We went to Alfred Tea for the first time (so good!), walked around Melrose, walked around The Grove and ended at the Griffith Observatory.

I had such a blast just getting to walk around and see L.A. My family is originally from there, but from a different part, so it’s kind of fun to experience other parts of the city/parts I haven’t seen in awhile.

My mom, sister and I also went down to North Park/La Jolla area of San Diego for a girls day earlier in the week and explored down there for a bit too.

It made me realize how much time I waste staying home on the weekends during the year! Obviously there are weekends at the end of a long week that make you just want to curl up with a book and decompress. But for the most part, we don’t do a whole lot on the weekend. #GetOutoftheHouse2018

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

Happy Friday!

We’re in the final 10 day countdown to Christmas! I’m taking today to finish up all my shopping and wrapping so I can relax and just enjoy family and get some baking done this week.

A favorite in our house during this season is hot chocolate! We have it at least twice a week during December. Carl loves to load his up with peppermint and whipped cream while I prefer to keep it classic with just marshmallows.

Last week, I made him some Mexican Hot Chocolate and he loved it! I grew up drinking it (and champurrado!) with my family, but he had never had it. I love it not only because of the memories, but I think the taste is so unique. It’s not quite as sweet a your average hot cocoa, but it has more spice and flavor.

We usually cheat and just use the Abuelita bars because they’re quick, easy and delicious!

Bring 4 cups of milk to a boil on your stove and break up the tablet with a knife. Drop the pieces in and mix until it dissolves. Then whisk up until it froths. Pour into your mug, top with your favorite treats and enjoy!

I also found a recipe from Little Spice Jar on Pinterest to make your own Mexican Hot Chocolate in a crockpot. This is perfect to set out for family and friends! I’ll definitely be giving this recipe a try next week.

Have you guys tried Mexican Hot Chocolate? What other holiday drinks does your family make to cozy up?

xo,
 M

Three Christmas Event Outfits

It’s the most wonderful (and busy!) time of the year! And a majority of the time, that business sets in weeks before Christmas. Office parties, family get-together, lunches, etc.-  it always seems like there are more events than days during the holiday season!

Which all comes down to one question every time- what to wear?! Some events are more casual with your girls or family, while others require a little more glitz and glam. No matter where you’re headed these last few weeks of December, these three looks will definitely work! 

Brunch with the girls

 If you’re meeting up with the girls to clink mimosa glasses and exchange little gift, this cozy-cute look is perfect. The oversized sweater is so soft and cozy, and I love the little scallop detail at the bottom!

SWEATER
LEGGINGS
SUNGLASSES
BOOTS

Family Gathering

 Christmas Eve is usually a low-key event in terms of dress for my family, so I’m always going for casual festive in my outfit choices. This look is perfect because it uses pieces you probably already have and looks pulled together.

TOP
SCARF
LEGGINGS
BOOTS

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Dealing with Dry Skin

As much as I love December and the chilly months, I definitely do not love the changes that it causes in my skin- as I’m sure we can all agree.

Even though it doesn’t get too cold here in California, we get a lot of dryness and wind (especially right now).

I try to take care of my skin as best I can, but skincare is something I’m setting a goal to work on and become more knowledgeable about in the coming year. Everyone always says they wish they had taken care of their skin in their 20s, so this is the time!

When the cooler weather starts to hit and I can feel parts of my face and lips start to dry, I try to incorporate a moisture-packed mask into my routine at least once a week.

I’ll start by exfoliating my face to buff out all the dead skin and help prep my healthier skin to soak in all the moisture and good oils! This is a definite must – I tend to dry out the most around my nose and smile lines, so I focus a lot on those areas.

Then I’ll steam my face. I’ve seen some great facial steamers (like this one) that I might look into purchasing in the future, but for now, I’m in the DIY stage. You can fill up your sink or a large bowl with hot water and drape a towel around your neck and bowl. Hold your face above the water and soak in allll the good steam. So good for your pores!

Finally, I apply a mask! Right now, I’m using the Yes to Coconuts Moisturizing Mud Mask. I snagged this from Target and I’m in love with it! The smell is amazing and it’s packed with coconut oil and kaolin clay to re-hydrate your face. It’s also paraben and silicone free!

Afterwards, I want to make sure all that good moisture is locked into my face whether I’m going to bed or getting ready for the day.  I spray my face with my favorite rosewater mist (you NEED this!) and then finish off with a hydrating face cream. (Can you tell how well-loved my Ponds cream is?)

What are your favorite skincare products/tips? Share away!

xo,
 M

Stocking Stuffers: His and Hers

Christmas Countdown: 19 Days

^ WOW.

Wrapping paper

I finished most of my shopping last night (bless up, Amazon), but there are still a few things I need to go to the mall/other stores for this week. And undoubtedly, there will be something that slips through the cracks and sends me to the mall in a frenzy 3 days before Christmas. But overall, I think I’m doing pretty well!

One of my favorite things to shop for are stocking stuffers. I like being able to get smaller items that are personal and can be more practical too.

If you’re still looking for something to slip in your loved ones’ stocking or even a small gift for friends/co-workers that won’t break the bank, check out my top 5 Stocking Stuffers Under $25 for Him and Her!

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Carry On Cocktail Kit: Perfect for the guy on the go! Whether its for work or pleasure, this fun little kit is guaranteed to give any flight a little holiday buzz.

Kiehl’s Beard Oil: Beard? Hot. Getting beard burn trying to kiss your man? Not so much. Snag your favorite bearded man some of this oil to keep his facial hair soft and aromatic. Bonus points: This product also works its way into the skin underneath and acts as a gentle exfoliant!

Urban Outfitters Candle: Carl loves a good candle, especially as it gets chilly in the evenings. We curl up in bed, light candles and read/work/watch movies. His current favorite is a tobacco-like aroma, but will take anything deep and musky.

Lightning Cable: This is a great practical gift for the techie guy in your life to charge his 500 devices anywhere! And really, can you ever have too many phone chargers around?

ASOS Beanie: I think that a simple black beanie is among the staples every guy should own in his wardrobe!

Now onto the ladies!

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