LA: the City of Angels, my sister's stomping grounds, and a city I love to visit.
For the amount of time I've spent down in LA, I feel like I haven't taken full advantage of what the city has to offer: up and coming neighborhoods, fashion, places to stay, eats, etc. So the goal for this trip was to explore and... staycation! More specifically, lay by a pool, relax, and drink. I was craving the feeling of baking in the sun, doing absolutely nothing yet absolutely EVERYTHING. You know, getting away and having time to reflect on the highs and lows, and how to make those lows better.
Needless to say, my sister and I got what WE wanted.
We decided to do a mini staycation at The Standard in WeHo. It was everything and more. Mid-century modern architecture, clean interior, minimal design, so much character, good food, and even better drinks. We spent most of our time on the bright blue astro turf pool deck, which has ping pong, pink floaties (we dubbed the name donuts...because why not), a killer view of WeHo, music, plants galore, and great people watching. And our room was just as good: crisp white sheets, bright blue headboard, branded paper goods... the list goes on. It hit every check mark in my book, and will definitely be back for round 2.
While the staycation at The Standard took up most of the trip, we managed to squeeze in a couple other things prior to the pool sesh, such as a quick coffee and breakfast run at Alfred Coffee (my fave), and a hike in Laurel Canyon Park, and we finished the day at The Izaka-Ya for dinner. Such. Good. Sushi. If you're looking for a solid day of adventure topped with eating and drinking in LA, check these places out.
This staycation = 10/10! Felt so good to be back in California, spend time with my sister, and explore LA. The Standard, TY for the incredible stay. And TY sister for putting up with me. ;) Until next time, City of Angels!
It's March and SPRING HAS SPRUNG! (Kinda...) Weather in Portland has been suuuper bipolar, but the flowers are blooming, and they are to die for.
Saying goodbye to winter and hello to spring, I realized it was time to switch up a few products (typical KBG). For awhile, I have been using Keihl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, but could tell my skin was ready to try something new. I have been really into buying travel size. I know, kinda weird, but it's a great way to see if I like the product before investing in the full size. Also pretty sure Birchbox got me hooked on mini sized beauty treats.
I'm testing out a couple products from the Mario Badescu skin care line: the Acne Facial Cleanser and Cellufirm Moisturizer. The acne cleanser is really effective, however it does dry out my skin a bit. I'm not sure if it is something that I will invest in down the line, but I do like it for the time being and will certainly finish it off. The moisturizer, though, is amazzzing. It has collagen and seaweed extract in it, which helps reduce fine lines and plumps the skin leaving it silky smooth. Highly recommend!
Another beauty trend I'm really into is sheet masks. They are freaky-looking, especially on your face and feel so bizarre, but worth it because they are outrageously hydrating and refreshing. Is your skin is feeling a bit dull? Put a sheet mask on. Really hung over and feel like your skin is thirsty? Put a sheet mask on. Wanna just flat out relax? Put a sheet mask on. (You catch my drift...I love 'em).
Other products that I'm loving include the Thayer's Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner and Glycol Lactive Radiance Renewal Mask by REN. They simply refresh and brighten the skin!
Since I don't live by the coast anymore, I don't get that natural effect from the seawater and ocean breeze. AKA, I have to fake it, which is not a problem thanks to the Herbivore Sea Mist Texturizing Salt Spray. It's all natural, which makes my hair literally look like I spent all day basking in the sun, listening to the ocean.
Also thanks to Birchbox, Daily Beauty for Life Healing Argon Oil and Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect spray have become a couple of my latest faves. Both have been doing wondrous things to my hair! The argon oil is great to mix with pure organic coconut oil for an overnight hair mask. The prep & protect spray not only detangles, but also protects the hair from heat damage and leaves it so soft! Definitely give these two a try.
Comment below if you have any Qs about the products or one you think WE should try! .
Happy MLK Day! Today was simply a beautiful day. I was able to break away from the desk and have a day in the city (with my babe Ari!). First stop was an amazing and quick brunch at Cheryl's on 12th, followed by a killer workout at Burn Cycle. We ended our day with long walks through the Pearl District and downtown.
Brunch at Cheryl's on 12th.
We stumbled upon a lovely curated shop filled with plants, apothecary knick-knacks, handmade jewelry, home goods, and more. Needless to say, we spent a gooooooood chunk of time in there. I came out with the Herbivore Sea Mist Texturizing Salt Spray (been eyeing this brand for a long time!) and a couple things for the apartment. Such good finds there! Check out the shop Porch Light, here.
Though my legs and feet were exhausted from a kick-ass cycling class followed by walking blocks on blocks on blocks, being out and about was well worth it. It is always good to step away from the every day routine and catch a breath of fresh air and reflect. Now back to work! I'll leave you with one of my favorite MLK quotes:
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Peace, WE babes.
It is the second week of December and the holiday cheer is already in full swing: Christmas events, gift shopping, and prepping for travel home. Is it not amazing how quickly the month goes, full of spirit and joy, while say, February, with it's chilly temps and storms (snow in NYC and rain in PDX), drags on despite it being the shortest month of the year?! Thus, WE decided to bask in the glory of December by kicking Christmas on our blog off a couple weeks early. To do so, SPV interviewed KBG about all things Christmas!
What is your favorite part about the season leading up to Christmas?
KBG: The joy & excitement to see loved ones over the holidays. Portland seems to be a mecca of transplants from all over the country, and when the holidays roll around, you know they are anticipating the exciting journey home. Oh and also, decorating my own place with Christmas cheer. It makes it the season that much more beautiful!
What is your favorite Christmas treat?
KBG: Mom's Christmas brunch- Sarah Glenn goes all out, and it varies from year to year! Usually she makes one big center dish of some extravagant luscious treat, with the classics on the side: eggs, sausage, veggies, and toast. Oh, and don't forget the mimosas. ;)
What fun gifts are you keeping your eye on for friends this year?
What is at the top of your Christmas list?
KBG: An iPhone 6s because... It's about that time.
Tell me about your favorite Christmas tradition.
KBG: Christmas Day! Waking everyone up super early, pouring a warm cup of coffee (maybe with a dash of kahula + cream), and snuggling up on the couch by the tree with my family and my dogs. This year, we're deciding to do less gift-giving! And in the evening, a big Christmas dinner with my grandparents. SO much love and so much family fun.
More holiday cheer, final gifting for my ladies, + DIY to come on our IG! Can't post images of it all because it would give away the surprise! ;)
Countdown to CA Christmas:
SPV - 8 days
KBG - 14 days