Thursday, March 21, 2013

A photo shoot - how fun is that?

As I've mentioned on my previous post, Saturday was a sunny and bright day here in San Francisco, ideal for ... A PHOTO SHOOT! I decided to come along in this adventure and help with the styling and whatever else was need from me.
So I put some comfy shoes on and headed to Baker Beach. We played with different outfits, hair styles, backgrounds and obviously light: from very bright at 3 pm to soft light after sunset at 7 pm. Edna, our model looked great (she always does) in very natural make-up.
I even challenged myself to take some pictures while Chloe was shooting, so I sneaked up behind her and shot some photos as well. Here is one of them:

Edna is the type of girl that doesn't need any Photoshop, her skin just glows naturally!

Here you can see Chloe playing with the light and the beautiful view behind the trees.

Fixing Edna's hair - just a fun experience overall!

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you've enjoyed being a part of my photo shoot!

Monday, March 18, 2013

A sassy red dress

Hi everyone! This Monday, I wish you all a great week starting today - I know I am enjoying mine. 
This Saturday, I went to a photo shoot with the very talented Chloe Battesti. The setting was Baker beach here in San Francisco, needless to say it was absolutely beautiful, specially with the great weather we have been having lately.
I were a comfortable but sassy belted red dress, ballet flats, and a jacket (it can get pretty chilly with the wind over there). My make up was quite simply, just a bit of eyeliner and number 23 lipstick by Chanel (my favorite!).
Here are some pictures of my look:

Dress - Rachel Zoe in white here
Jacket - Elie Tahari (old) , similar here
Flats - Tory Burch
Watch - Gucci

Thank you so much for reading, I really hope you've enjoyed it!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

100% Pure shampoo and conditioner

Since I've moved to San Francisco, I've become more and more selective with the products I choose to use. There is a concern here in Northern California with what kind of substances we are allowing into our bodies either through food, cosmetics or the environment. 
With that in mind, I am constantly seeking natural products that are free of heavy chemicals. However, if a product does not deliver, I don't see the point in keep using it just because it is natural - I might as well make my own homey mix and use it instead.
With hair products I've had quite a bit of disappointing experiences. My hair is thick, dry, colored and curly - the ultimate challenge for the hair industry! I've always been a Kerastase junkie (I still love their products!) and putting that kind of expectation into natural lines almost seems unfair.
I've recently started using 100% Pure shampoo and conditioner daily and have to say: I love it! My hair feels light and moisturized, the scent is delicious and the price is just right. I've done some research on the line and found out they have an entire collection of natural cosmetics including make up and skin care products.
I would definitely recommend the Honey & Virgin coconut duo of shampoo and conditioner which is the one I've tested so far. 
You can learn more about the brand directly on their website:

Thank you so much for reading and hope you have enjoyed it!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Comfy Sunday

I love lazy Sundays. Going to brunch, sipping endless cappuccinos, reading a great book or even enjoying the sun while laying on the green grass of our San Franciscan parks are of my favorite activities during my free time.
Dressing up (or down if you wish) in a casual, cozy way will put me in the right, relaxing mood to enjoy the weekend. Leggings, jeans, flats and a comfy sweater are great to be comfortable but still look good - I have to state, I am completely against sweatsuits and PJ's wore in public!
So here is the look I had on: a perfect relaxed and cute look. I paired black leggings, a striped button down shirt, leather flats, a little cardigan, a slouchy bag and obviously my favorite sunnies to enjoy the beautiful weather we have had lately.

Cardigan - Zara
Leggings - Hue
Flats - Tory Burch
Bag - Coach (old), similar here
Sunnies - Tiffany & CO

Thank you so much for reading, I really hope you've enjoyed it! God bless you!

Monday, March 11, 2013

La Roche-Posay - Effaclar

Every time I travel to France, one of my favorite hobbie is to go to a local pharmacy and pick new products to chose from. French pharnacies are definitely the best, nothing to do with Walgreens (love you, Walgreens!), but you can find all fabulous cosmetic brands from Vichy to Caudalie, and of course my very favorite: La Roche Posay.
I have been addicted to their sunscreen for the longest time, and their thermal water spray is a must have. Now, I've found an entire line that I love and now I am definitely hooked! The line is called Effaclar and it's designed for acne prone skin.
Forget the clean and clear from your teen years. This is some serious stuff. They even have anti aging products for sensitive acne prone complexions.
So I just went ahead and bought everything I could get my hands on. The daily gel cleanser, the micellaire water, the matte moisturizer, the Effaclar cream and the FABULOUS serum. I know it seems quite a lot, but it's definitely worth it. My skin is feeling cleaner, softer, more even and the pores are significantly smaller.
For those who have read my skin regimen, I continue to wash my face with a wash cloth and avoid to touch it. Then, I will clean it with the toner. Next step is to apply either the cream (during the day time) or the serum (for the the night time). Last but not least is to apply the matte moisturizer which leaves my skin hydrated but not greasy. I love it! I would definitely recommend this line for anyone with acne prone or oily skin, it's absolutely amazing.
Thank you for reading and hope you've enjoyed it!