Travel Series: LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

5 places to go while you're there

1. Best breakfast/brunch in the city is Square One Dining at 4854 Fountain Ave 90029 I had the garlic/lemon thyme chicken sausage with roasted tomato and gruyere omelette but asked them to do it as a scramble which wasn't an issue. The fresh squeezed oj is killer but the small is like a shot glass so go for the large. They have plenty of organic, gluten free options too.

Square One Dining Los Angeles

2. For shopping check out 3rd street. Stop yourself from buying needlessly and save your pennies for New Stone Age at 8407 W 3rd St it is chalk full of curiosities you won't find anywhere else but it is a little pricy so be prepared to spend a little coin on something that you love. FYI their website only features a fraction of what they have in store.

New Stone Age

3. Looking for a little peace & serenity? Visit the self-Realization Center at Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades. It's a no phone zone so leave it in the car, parking is free as is the center itself but they do except donations and once you see how meticulously the grounds are kept, believe me, you'll want to give. You'll want to find a bench around the lake and sit awhile to take in the fountain, flowers, ducks and turtles. There's even an indoor meditation center if that's more your speed. 17190 Sunset Blvd 90272

4. Best Thai in LA is Ganda Siamese Cuisine at 5269 Hollywood Blvd 90027 I ordered my staple Chicken panang with potatoes, carrots and baby corn medium spicy and it was killer! I usually hate leftovers but couldn't wait to have it again the next day. The portions are enormous so if you're at a hotel with no way to reheat it, consider sharing with your mate. The shrimp coconut soup is also outstanding.

Ganda Siamese

5. Take a blanket and head to Malibu! The drive is lovely between 11-3 on HWY 1 and street parking is free (which we found out after we paid $6 for the lot). Zuma is a great place to stop and even if you don't want to make it a total beach day you can spend a few hours relaxing with your toes in the sand listening to the waves and watching the surfers.

It seems work and life keeps taking me back to LA and every time I go, I experience something new... You can expect to see a few more posts about California next month because I will be there twice more in September. Let me know if there's anything you just love in the city of angels and I'll be sure to add it to my list!

xo - Kara

Prep & Prime

I find it interesting how many women I meet that skip the priming step in their makeup routine... For me if I am going to take the time to put on my makeup every morning, it better last until I'm ready to take it off and frankly, without prepping my skin accordingly, it just doesn't cut it!

Prep and Prime Blog
Prep and Prime Blog

Right now these are the steps and products I'm using to prep my face for my makeup.

Step 1

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator is the ONLY moisturizer that I have repurchased  - wait for it - 4 times!  I've never repurchased a moisturizer more than once.  This gives me hydration and keeps me matte! #LOVE

Step 2

Philosophy Time in a Bottle for Eyes which if I'm honest is the only step in this regimen that I sometimes skip.  I can't really see a difference when I use it and when I don't but I'm trying to stay the course since I'm getting older :/

Step 3

This winter has been havoc on my lips and not much has helped however I now add this Fresh Sugar Lip Serum into my morning routine to hydrate my pout while I finish the rest of my dace so they will be ready when I'm ready to put on my lip color.

Step 4

Blink Gel Tears is a must for me but if you don't have chronic dry eye you can skip this step.

Step 5

NARS Smudge Proof Shadow Primer is just perfection!  I seriously can't say enough about it.  I have the oiliest eyelids of anyone I know and I will crease the uncreaseable but not this my friend!  Plus its wicked thin so it doesn't mess with the integrity of my shadows.

Step 6

Now ever since I switched from using my Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and refuse to repurchase the one and only Mineral Primer from Hourglass due to the sheer price, I haven't felt loyal to another primer so right now I'm using the Clinique Super Primer because I have it.  I don't think I would repurchase but it doesn't break me out and I don't mind it!

If you do a majority of these steps you will definitely be removing your makeup looking the same as it did in the morning when you put it on.

The moral of the story is if you want it to last... don't skip the prep & prime steps!