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One of my favorite songs: The Decemberists-California One

Do you spend hours every day in front of the mirror to look beautiful? While makeup is a fun way of expressing yourself and enhancing your features, you don’t need to rely on it as a crutch to define your beauty. A bare, natural look not only allows your authenticity to shine through but it’s also the best thing you can carry around. Well, is it possible to ditch your morning routine some days and still end up looking drop-dead gorgeous?

The answer is a straight out yes! We have a few simple tips for you to let your beauty shine through while you go au naturel.

Dry-skin brush

Use a bristled brush and stroke your skin while still dry a few mornings a week before you shower. This simple morning routine increases circulation of lymph and blood and removes dead skin cells! You’ll get glowing, smooth and touch-worthy skin, guaranteed. Other options could be to visit the top plastic surgeon NYC to get a great skin treatment for yourself.


Sweating is good for us and a dry sauna helps the body excrete toxins. The skin is one of the body’s elimination organs and when we allow it to breath by removing dead cells (dry skin brush) and sweat it can do its job a lot better.

3. Exercise

Get the blood flowing with some kind of exercise of your choice. It will bring color to your skin and the increased amount of endorphins and confidence looks good on you! Include some exercises like Pilates or yoga for good posture. Hold your head high, be present and smile – you are beautiful!

Happy Valentines Day, everyone. I slept in today and woke up to some roses on the side of the bed. It was a nice surprise because I really wasn’t expecting anything at all. Ate lunch at home and took a walk around the block to get some coffee with Ron. There was a flock of screaming parrots perched above the coffee shop, maybe close to a hundred of them! They took turns flying back and forth between the library and the shop the whole time we were there. I didn’t know parrots existed in Pasadena! After the coffee and parrot session, we stopped in a few thrift stores and I picked up some trinkets and an old blue suitcase for $10, then went back home. The weather was abnormally warm today, a good 80 degrees. A lil’ spring teaser has left me wanting more more more!

I’ve been listening to some older music lately. Pulled a few c.ds out from the archives:

Goldfrapp-Hairy Trees
Kelli Ali- Groupie
Katie Melua-Just Like Heaven (Cure cover)
Sia-Breathe Me
Husky Rescue-City Lights
Mazzy Star-Fade Into You

I have some photos from dinner tonight, but i’ll post them tomorrow. I’m kind of exhausted and it’s already 3:40 am. Goodnight, world.

From our favorite spot

Mazzy Star-Flowers In December
Chungking-I Love You
The Mary Onettes-Explosions
Will Stratton-Who Will
Radiohead-How To Disappear Completely
Milosh-In These Arms

Some of these songs are old. Just a few of my favorites that have been frequenting my playlists lately. I love Milosh, I still have a bunch of his songs from when I was living at home in Hawaii. Reminds me of afternoons spent at the park, alone, watching the clouds and listening to music for hours. Here’s another good Milosh song: The City.

I’ve been pretty busy lately, working from home and on a few side projects. From my desk, I can watch the rain fall against the balcony outside. That pretty much sums up the past few weeks for me. Rain and work. I’m hoping to maybe get out this weekend and take a few photos, maybe even get some film developed if there’s time to spare. I still have some Holga film I haven’t developed since Big Bear, back in July! It’s Velvia though, and the photo lab I go to close by, doesn’t develop Velvia. Sadness! So, pretty sure I’m gonna have to wait on that one and head to Hollywood, once I find enough time and money. Seems like a lot of people are having that problem lately? Check out this reference. Not enough money + time.

Also, I’m trying to work on my 52 week project and update this little blog more. It would be nice to look back on an archived year and travel back in time to those little moments. Hopefully i’ll have some photos to post by Monday (or sooner??). We will see. Have a good weekend. : )


November 29.

Heiau + Sunsets

I’m baaack. Back from visiting family and friends on Oahu. It was nice to be home briefly, spend time with my family during Thanksgiving, and be able to hang out with a few good friends. It is also nice to be back home here in LA after 3 weeks of living out of a suitcase. Just something about coming home to your own space. Is that just me?

My dad burnt me a copy of Gabby Pahinui’s “Pure Gabby” to give me some music to remind me of home. It reminds me of being a little kid, going to luaus down at our aunt Beatrice’s house in Kahana Bay. I just tried searching for a youtube or mp3 online of “Hi’ilawe” but couldn’t find one by Gabby. Here’s one by Israel Kamakawiwi`ole. It’s just as good.

Have a good Sunday evening.

This past weekend went by too fast and I didn’t really get a chance to do the things I planned on doing. I did however, get a chance to relax and listen to music in the sanctuary of our little apartment. Here’s a short list of what i’ve been listening to over the past few days.

Where Would You Be-Yaw (Love this song)
We Almost Lost Detroit – Jackson (and a live version here)
Love & Money – Bronski Beat
Inner City Blues – Marvin Gaye
Two-Fer Number 1 – Christine Perfect
Fallin’ Down-Julian Dyne feat. Parks

Have a great remainder of the week!