Please excuse my recent hiatus from all things blog and social media as I have been taking some time off to relax. After a week long stint in Chicago to celebrate the 4th, I am back in LA for only the weekend before I head off to Australia for another couple of weeks! 

This will be my first visit home since I first began travelling over a year and a half ago, so I am really looking forward to seeing family and friends and re-aqainting myself with the motherland. Unfortunately its winter in Australia so I will be sacrificing some of my LA summer for the colder climates of Sydney and Melbourne but I am definitely soaking up this beautiful Cali sunshine before whipping out my winter woolies come Monday evening. These shorts seem the perfect mid blue colour and I love the detail on the exposed pockets. I am also really enjoying these really inexpensive sunnies from UO for jazzing up any outfit. 



 The best thing about getting your hands dirty for a great big spring clean is definitely rediscovering tried and true favourite products. Introducing the fruits of my labour, some Aesop favourites and one holy grail French Pharmacy cult product. 

Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Toner and Serum (here and here

The Parsley Seed range from Aesop is definitely one of their more well-know ranges in the beauty community and these two products are some of my absolute favourites. The Toner is very calming and I love this at the end of a long hot summers day after i've spent too much time in the sun. This incredibly hydrating Serum is Aloe Vera based and therefore not too oily and perfect for combination skin, whilst also being very soothing on any dehydrated or sensitive skin. 

I love this product overnight when my lips are feeling super dry and cracked as the cream formula sinks in rather quickly, which I find easier for before bed as it leaves my lips feeling ridiculously soft. I also love this in summer when I don't want anything too greasy on my lips.  

The tub version of this un-scented and very compact lip conditioning stick has long been a favourite of mine (so much so that I bought multiple while I was last in France). However, this stick formula is quickly becoming a favourite out of convenience alone. I love having this in my bag especially as I have been riding around on the back of a motorbike a fair bit which is drying out my lips like nothing else. 

Just a side note, I am really loving porter magazine primarily for their feature articles which are all really interesting. Be sure to check it out at your local news-stand (or you can order it online through net-a-porter here)  




Photos by Mikayla

Pearls are the epitome of sophisticated chic in my opinion but I love the way they are currently being appropriated by pop culture and the high street for an edgier take on this classic trend. 

I'm also loving this new collection of faux pearls from the Haute Pursuit Shop (here).



 (Angl Cold Shoulder Dress (Similar), Miu Miu Sunglasses, Zara Leather Jacket and Animal Print Messenger Bag, Steve Madden Lanii Black Flats)  

I paired this really floaty and casual summer dress with my structured leather biker jacket and some faux Celine pony-hair flats for a relaxed evening in Venice.

Here are some other floaty white dresses that also fit the bill in my books - Isabel Marant (here), Tbags Los Angeles (here),  Rag and Bone (here), Dolce Vita (here).  



90's vibing on a backdrop of Kandinsky one sunny Tuesday in LA. 
Introducing this awesome hybrid of a Zara skirt - Is it a skirt or is it a sweater, that is the question! Who can say but who really cares? This very wearable grey marle wraparound skirt is so perfect for the spring and is a great alternative to (as well as being easier to keep clean than) the all white outfits that seem to come out of the woodwork as soon as the weather warms every year.     



(H&M Burgundy Shorts and Cardigan, Rag and Bone Basic Crew Tee, Zara Sandals and Animal Print Messenger Bag, House of Harlow 1960 'Chantal' Sunglasses )  

A casual day watching Lacrosse at Buffalo Wild Wings calls for a casual outfit and this is nothing but casual. Sometimes it is nice to get back to basics and to just relax and just be comfortable and this outfit is exactly that - comfortable.
I'm loving these H&M basics (shorts and cardigan) especially when paired with my favourite black accessories of this week and I'm definitely enjoying straying from my usual monochrome with these wine coloured shorts. 



Although I may not be heading into battle anytime soon, my accoutrement of the minute is every bit as essential to me as a sword would be to a medieval soldier...read up below! 

Clockwise from top left: 

A few of my accessory/beauty favourites and a few things I am dreaming about getting my hot little hands on this week. I am very much jumping aboard the gold express at the moment, from the colour of my jewellery, to the trimmings of my sandals, right down to the packaging of my cosmetics. 

Although I'm not really much of a science-buff, I do know a thing or two about cause and effect; case in point, when the weather warms up two things happen  1. my lip shades of choice get lighter and 2. my bronzer gets darker. The conclusion that I've drawn from this little experiment is that you should shop my featured beauty picks this summer as I just can't get enough.

I have managed to avoid indulging a ludicrously expensive Diptyque candle thus far but I know how perfect this Jasmin one would smell floating through our apartment. It's so very tempting but a mini for thirty dollars just seems so darn ridiculous.  

Finally, the food pick! I  discovered this Speculoos Cookie Butter at Trader Joe's this week and man I'm hooked. It's surprisingly slightly healthier than Nutella but still a guilty pleasure reserved for an after dinner treat.