The Moisturizer For All Your Winter Hydration Needs

This post is sponsored by Olay. All options are 100% my own.  
 Hi Loves,
It’s no secret that I absolutely love Olay products. There’s a reason for that. It’s a trusted brand and their products are great for all skin types. 
My skin is the hardest to tend to during the winter months and I have to pay it special attention by using the best products to help combat the season. Olay is definitely one of my go to brands. I have been using this Olay Luminous Whip since it launched and I absolutely love it. I knew it was going to be a winter staple and that it had to be a part of my winter skincare routine. The Luminous Whip carries a powerful and unique formula that holds and release all the hydration onto the skin with a lovely matte finish. 
 Think of it this way, all the moisture and hydration your skin is looking for during the winter, Olay Luminous Whip remedies that need, without being greasy. You can tell that it is working because your skin will feel better as opposed to only seeing shine and grease. This Active Rush Technology Olay formulated in the Whip Moisturizer is immaculate. Thank you Olay for always pioneering cutting edge skin care and helping us to live our best lives.

Now, don’t walk, RUN and get this Luminous Whip and thank me later. I know you will and your skin will be happy with you, too. Come back and let me know how you like it. 

Thanks for reading, Loves. 



The Dress For All Spring & Summer Occasions

Thanks to Nordstrom for partnering with me on this post. All style and opinions are 100% my own.
Hi, Luvs!
I posted this look on Instagram last week and felt It needed to make its way to the blog, too. See, the thing with Instagram is that I get to quickly show you a look or details on something I am wearing or using. However, I don't get to share with you angles and full details of everything. Well, there's the carousel option yes but, I feel more open and at ease to have long conversations here with you and to tell you why I love a particular item or clothing. 
Now, this dress has me swooning from all parts of my body. Like, how gorgeous?! If you're a dress lover like me, then this is one you'd definitely love. I shopped it online from Nordstrom, like I do many of my dresses, and I couldn't be happier. 
It's so romantic, yet fun. It's bold, yet subtle beautiful. This dress can be worn so many different ways.  
I see it been worn:
Date night: (like I'm wearing it here)
Casual: A cute pair of flat sandals and a denim jacket
Brunch: Add a fedora and wedges
Wedding Guest: It's perfect for a spring or summer wedding attendance. 
Bridesmaids: I literally looked at it and thought hmm my bridesmaids would all look great in this dress. It comes in several other colors, too (here & here). Of course the dress-a-holic in me wanted it for myself. 

Hope you've fallen in love with this dress as much as I have. I've also suggested a few other beautiful options herehere, here and here. Let me know if you ended up getting any off these and where you wore it to. 
Chat soon. 



Death Valley & Big Bear Road Trip W/ JUCY

Hi Loves!
Hope you're all having a fabulous day. I'm finally getting around to write this post to share with you all. Around this this time last year, my blogger bestie @Ravayna and I decided to do a road trip somewhere in California. We weren't sure where but we knew it would be so much fun. We always have a good-effortless-time together. We decided to make it a couples' road trip with our hubs since they both get along very well. To think Ravayna and I could have gone camping by ourselves would be utter disaster! Ha!
The decision was made- Death Valley & Big Bear and, we were going to go in a JUCY USA RV camper van. We picked up our JUCY RV rental which was equipped with a kitchen (stove, sink, refrigerator, utensils & cutlery). It also came with a table and two chairs for dining. Living the life or what ya'll?  Our RV also slept four but we had one per couple. There's the upper level 'The Penthouse" that sleeps two and inside the vehicle, sleeps two also. We also got pillows, sheets and blankets.
This was a four day road trip, where we spent two days in Death Valley and two days in Big Bear. We left from Los Angeles to Death Valley and it took us 5 1/2 hours. The drive was beautiful, yet scary and lonely. We took the 405N-5N-14N and followed the GPS out to Death Valley. What was scary for us was that for about 2.5 hours of the final leg of the drive we had no cell service and the drive was lonely.  Make sure you either use an in car GPS or a portable one. We decided not to refresh the phone so we wouldn't lose the directions and thankfully it carried us all the way. Ravayna and her hubs had taken off about an hour before us. Before it got dark, the drive was absolutely beautiful. We caught the mountains, the sunset, and a particular part the road was all red, literally red asphalt. We thought it was beautiful yet a bit trippy. Another scary thing, we were running low on gas and for about 2hrs there were no gas stations. If you're taking this trip from the Los Angeles direction, make sure you fill up in Lancaster or somewhere Fern County before you make the final turn, off the main road/highway. Oh, use the bathroom too. We ended up spotting one gas station (I cannot remember the name of the area but it was about 1 hr to our destination). Also be prepared for a bit of winding roads and then long straight stretches of unending road. It's a beautiful drive because you get to capture the sunset, depending on what time you're traveling.
We planned on camping at Furnace Creek but it was full, so we ended up at Texas Spring Campground instead. Our spot for the RV cost us $16 per night (you can buy tickets at machine onsite) at Texas Spring Campground. This site is great for hiking, beautiful panoramic view of the sunrise and sunset and, immaculate mountain views. It got really windy our second night, so if you ever plan on going, be prepared for wind. 
Our first night we cooked Corn Maque Choux (I had to learn this spelling- I though it was corn mac chow-my friends made fun of me), hot dogs, coronas, and marshmallows. We slept in the "Penthouse" of our JUCY RV. The second night, due to the high winds we slept inside the van. Both options were comfortable. If you're bringing a tent make sure you have a sturdy one or use big rocks to hold it down in case of high winds. We saw a few tents being destroyed on our second night due to the winds.

On our first full day we decided to head to Badwater Basin (Salt Flats), Artiste Mountain, and the Sand Dunes. This was about 1.5 hours drive collectively to visit all three and to return to Texas Spring Campground. 

Bad Water Basin (Salt Flats): This was an exceptional place to visit, we were literally at the slowest point in the USA-282 feet below sea level. We were standing on actual salt. The pattern changes as the weather does. If it rains, then you get a pool, if it's windy the salt patter changes. I walked barefoot for the most part, just to feel the salt under my feet and, it was a great experience. 

Artiste Palette (Address: Artists Dr, Furnace Creek, CA 92328)
To be honest, seeing the mountains here is incomparable between a camera shot (even edited) and the naked eye. This place is so beautiful. The mountain was filled with different colors--rays of purple, blush, blue, green, orange- all very subtle yet bold. I was so blown away and in awe of the beauty of this site. 
 Driving away from Artiste Palette, if you turn right (one way) you continue on this beautiful journey of a few winds and dips (reminds me of Road to Hana in Maui). It is surely a beautiful drive. This route takes you back to the main highway, so not to worry about getting lost. We took a drone shot (the first shot in this post) on the route on top of our JUCY RVs

Sand Dune:
We made our way to the Sand Dunes in the early evening hoping to have a picnic to end our day. Well, the Sand Dunes had other plans for us. Ha! It was so windy, sand was blowing everywhere and I mean everywhere. It wasn't necessarily a sand storm but it was windy enough where you couldn't quite have a conversation without a mouth full of sand. However, it was beautiful to see and I can only imagine on a calm day what it must feel like. There's unending mounts of sands miles and miles away. 
On day three, we made your way to Big Bear. The drive was pretty amazing. We made our first stop to get some food at Big Bear Local. You must try their food, if it says spicy, then it's spicy. 
Then we checked in at the Applehorn Bed & Breakfast where we were welcomed with open arms, warmth and, the coziest cabin. We were overdue for a good bath, and that we did. The owners of the cabin had homemade lavender bath salts, that really made for one perfect bath. I nested in there for about an hour. Later, we were treated with happy hour-pasta, drinks, salad...all so very yummy. The owners both cook, and man, are they talented. They made us feel warm and comfortable. The next morning we were served coffee, orange juice, eggs, and the others had ham and poached eggs. My partner and I do not eat pork but the others enjoyed it. We enjoyed our eggs. Oh, they served us the best overnight oatmeal I've ever had in my life. I'm on the quest of replicating it-although not sure I can. 
We rested for most of the day. The others went bobsledding but I didn't. After all that driving, it was much needed for me. We made our way back to Los Angeles in the late afternoon and it was a beautiful drive. 
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as we enjoyed the journey and capturing these moments to share with you all. I plan on posting a video on my Instagram soon so make sure you follow me there. 
Till next time, Loves.
Happy Camping. 



How I Achieve Radiance Through A Positive Lifestyle

This post was sponsored by Aveeno®. All options are 100% my own. 
Well hello, Loves. 
Hope you are all having a fabulous day today. I wanted to pop in and talk skin care with you, but from a place of action. If you've read my blog for a while, or follow me on social media, you know how into skincare I am. For me, it's not only about the outward appearance, it is also on the inside. I strongly believe that practices in our daily lives help achieve skincare beyond the application of  products. Products are great and they are a must have; one of my favorite being Aveeno®. I learned about their Positively Radiant® line and I was inspired to write this post. 
When I think of what makes me positively radiant, I think about the things I do that are good for me and also make me happy. Good + Happy= Radiant. See, there are things that are good for me but honestly they don't make me happy, and then there are things that makes me happy, but aren't good for me. Those I 'll omit form this post and only focus on Good + Happy= Radiant. 

1. Hot Baths: This something I wish I practice more often. A hot bath and time spent playing in bubbles really gives me peace and makes me happy. I love applying lavender salts to my bath for a relaxing evening. I can quickly apply Aveeno® Positively Radiant 60 Second In Shower Facial,   Exfoliating Body Wash, and finish off with the Body Lotion. I'm beaming with radiance after that. It's the feeling of spending time with my self and caring for my body.
2. Sage: On Sundays, I enjoying staying home, relaxing and burning sage to help improve my cognition. My brain is always in overdrive. I pretty much work everyday but I try to find time on Sundays to relax my mind and prepare for the new week. This brings some calm and zen. An overnight facial to start the new week is also much welcomed and I highly recommend the Aveeno® Positively Radiant® Overnight Facial. 
3. Eating Fruits: Consuming a lot of fruits. There is so much information and recommendations out there about which fruits to eat and how much we should eat. For me, I eat the ones I enjoy and I always feel good. Good in the sense that I am relaxed in my body and this shows on my skin and presence, positively radiating. 
4. Sleep: If there was one thing to be told about me, is that I love my sleep. I need at minimum seven hours although, prefarably 10 hours. Yes, I can sleep for 10 hours however, life does not offer me that luxury, because of this thing called work. Heheh!
I do find though, whenever I get enough sleep, I'm at my best. I feel positive, vibrant and, it shows on me. I make my way out of the house feeling positively radiant every morning when I've gotten a good rest the night before. Oh, don't forget sunscreen, even during the winter. Try the Sheer Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen
I hope you enjoyed reading this post, Loves. Aveeno is having a 48hrs only sale this week. Click here to shop 40% off. I am curious to know how to achieve radiance through your lifestyle. Do share with me in the comments below. 


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