FACE MASKING WITH PETALUMA & Co.

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wearing the Fresh tee from Montazami Brand here!

Hi guys!

Happy Sunday 🙂  I wanted to share with you guys my face mask discovery that I’m so happy about!  The line is called Petaluma & Co, and they carry a bunch of different sheet masks that are made from some of the best dermatologists in Korea.  The masks contain natural ingredients (heck, yes!) and they are each designed to target various skin problems, like wrinkles or acne.  I picked up the Radiant line of Calming, Lifting, and Moisturizing.  I also got some other fun ones like this one and this one.

Check out all of their different masks on their website here (there’s even coconut gel masks with broccoli and tomato!!!)

I tried the Lifting mask first, which is an ultra-soft, collagen infused mask that is designed to fill the fine wrinkles on the face.  I left it on for about 35 minutes (it says you should leave it on for 20-40 mins) and it felt soooo amazing.  It was heavenly.  The gel had a cooling sensation (so relaxing) and it was so soft on my skin.  I can’t wait to try another one!  It even had a cute lace design which is always a plus 🙂

SPORTY CHIC IN MONTAZAMI BRAND

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HAPPY FRIDAY Y’ALL!

Today I’m going for that sporty chic look.  I’m wearing the Downtown Crop Top (here) and Downtown Mesh Skirt (here) from Montazami Brand.  I paired it with my black bomber from Chiquelle, white converse, Mat & Nat backpack, and my Ray Ban sunnies!

What do you guys have planned for today/tonight?  I’m waiting to pick up my car from the dealership (it’s getting a brand new windshield because a rock cracked my whole window when I was in Malibu a couple weeks ago) and then I’m driving up to LA!  I’m thinking a little night out sounds about right 🙂  I can even transform this Montazami Brand outfit into a sexy night look with a pair of booties and a leather jacket.

INSIDE MY LIPSTICK COLLECTION

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Sooo can you tell what color I like to wear on my lips?? Haha oh gosh… I didn’t realize they were all THIS similar in color.  But then I look at it and they’re all so different! Haha.

 

FAUX: my favorite light, daytime, pinky shade

CREMESHEEN MODESTY: this is the shade I bought yesterday! It’s like if Faux and Velvet Teddy had a baby

VELVET TEDDY: my favorite light and neutral shade

TWIG:  this was my very first lipstick shade! I wore it for sooo many years and still occasionally wear it when I’m feeling pink.

PERSISTENCE:  I bought this not too long ago and I like it… it looks really pretty with golden makeup.  *embarrassing story* the actual word is split up in two on the lipstick bottle (probably because it’s a long word and they ran out of room) but I totally read it as two separate words so I go to the MAC employee and I’m like ”Hii can I get 1 Persis Tence?” haha and he just looked at me and said ”you mean persistence…………” and I was like oh wow.

WHIRL:  my favorite deeper and darker shade

RETRO: I have a love/hate relationship with Retro.  If you don’t apply it dark enough, it comes off like a reddish pink which I hate… but I love it when it’s layered enough to look like it’s true color.

DIVA:  the shade every girl needs but rarely wears haha.  Sometime I feel self-conscious when I wear it.

 

My lipsticks usually have some pink/orange/brown tones, which I think fits well with my skin and hair color.  I usually go with MAC.. in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever used another brand’s lipstick more than once, but I’m open to trying!

Do you guys have any lipstick recommendations that isn’t MAC?  Or is there a MAC lipstick that I need to buy ASAP?  I’m always willing to add on to the collection.  Lemme know 🙂

PS. Did you know, if you bring in 6 empty lipstick bottles to the MAC store, they will give you 1 lipstick for free?  I just found this out!!

ROSIE POSIE

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Mmmmm I love how romantic these photos are.  It’s not everyday my hand photos come off as ”romantic”…. they usually look like dinosaur claws in pictures haha.  But I love these! I’m a true sucker for a few roses and some gold jewelry.  The ring and two bracelets I’m wearing are from Vitaly (here).

Today I spent the day with my grandma, who’s staying with us right now at my parents house.  We had a total girls day… we went for a light lunch at Nordstrom Cafe and did some light shopping afterwards.  We both had the mixed berry & goat cheese salad with spicy candied almonds and vanilla bean dressing 🙂 After lunch I dragged her to the candy store and she was like ”Ohhhh Maria’s favorite store” haha I couldn’t help but laugh because it’s so true.  We are a candy family!  My grandma is just the cutest though….  I haven’t seen her in a long time so I’m so happy that I get to hangout with her for a few days 🙂

SUNNY SUNNY

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I’m so in love with my Birk Sun solar backpack!  I can now charge my phone from any sunny place in the world.  I really want to take this with me camping!

wearing: shoes by Din Sko (here) // t-shirt from Montazami Brand (here) // jeans from LF Outlet store // solar backpack from Birk Sun (here)

Hi guys!

Oh gosh…. I need to take a breather! There has been so many things going on lately that it’s hard to keep my mind in one place for more than five minutes.  Do you guys ever feel like that?  It’s so counter-productive… right before I get to finish something I’m already onto the next thing.  It is nice, however, to slow down and gather my thoughts here on the blog after a busy day of scrambling around.

As you guys might have seen on my social media pages today, Montazami Brand is having it’s first sale!  Check out the website [here] to see which pieces got marked down <3  One of my favorites, [the Melrose Dress], is on sale for $89!

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Here’s one of my favorite pairs of sandalettes from Din Sko, paired with my ripped jeans and a plain white tee.  These shoes are so perfect for spring and summer!  I like how I can make it casual with denim and dress it up with a pretty summer dress.  I definitely want to pair these with a floral print dress this summer!

Also, I want to thank you guys for your support with the Din Sko #ASISTERSTORY campaign 🙂  To show you guys how much I appreciate your help, I will be doing a GIVEAWAY on my Instagram this week just for you!  You guys will get the chance to win a Din Sko gift card…. HECK YES!  I’ll be giving more information on this very soon so stay tuned!  You don’t wanna miss out on getting that new, must-have summer sandal now do you?!

Remember that for every photo posted with the hastag #ASISTERSTORY, Din Sko will donate 10 kr / 1 Euro to Plan Sverige to help girls around the world fight for their rights.

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PS. is this blog post not living proof that my mind is all over the place haha?  Sorry for the jumble of information… so many important things to say! 😛

THE ULTIMATE CROWD PLEASER… ZESTY PAELLA RECIPE!

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As you might’ve caught from my Snapchat, Austin and I made a mouth-watering zesty chicken and shrimp paella over the weekend.  If the pictures didn’t already sell you on it, I’m here to tell you that it is definitely worth the make!

I think paella is highly misunderstood.  A lot of people (or at least me) associate paella with a bunch of long hours and hard work.  But in reality, it’s super easy to make!  This dish is perfect for a bunch of different occasions… like a small dinner party or a romantic cooking night in with your loved one.  Austin and I made this together and saved what we didn’t eat for leftovers the next day.  But it was so so good we almost ate the whole thing!!

Here’s the recipe:

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 lb chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 lb jumbo shrimp (cleaned, peeled & deveined)
  • 4 cups arborio rice (cooked)
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1-2 serrano peppers, chopped (only if you like it spicy!)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (drained)
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • fresh parsley
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • lemon
  • paprika
  • saffron threads

Directions:

  1. Cook arborio rice according to the package’s instructions (set aside).  (I cooked mine in a skillet with chicken broth).
  2. In a cast iron skillet over medium high heat, combine coconut oil, red onion, and garlic.  Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  3. Add chicken, and cook until it’s about 75% done.  Add shrimp, and cook until it’s about 75% done. Add a generous sprinkle of paprika and a pinch of saffron threads.
  4. Bring the heat down to medium, and add the cooked arborio rice and tomatoes. Stir.
  5. Add the chicken broth and lemon juice and let it simmer.
  6. Add the frozen peas and serrano peppers.  After about 5-7 minutes, garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve!

Makes about 4-5 good-sized servings 🙂

<3

NIGHTLOVER

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HAHA tbt to when my butt was COVERED in tiny little spikes from sitting on the desert ground!  It was one of those photoshoot moments where you do something you would never normally do… and get seriously punished for it afterwards! All I kept thinking was ”I better have gotten at least one good picture sitting down” haha.  Oh and the photo with me holding the sand?  Let’s just say I left with spikes for hands!

WEARING: one piece by LA Hearts from PAC SUN (here) // bandana from WILL

Hope all of you had a relaxing Sunday <3

photos by Tien Nguyen (www.tienphotographer.com)

FRIDAY LUNCH ON ABBOT KINNEY

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Happy Friday ya’ll!

Today’s an extra happy Friday because Montazami Brand just released their super cute graphic tee collection (SEE IT HERE)!  After everything was loaded onto the website I took a well-deserved lunch break on Abbot Kinney with Austin.

We went to a place called Greenleaf, which is a chain restaurant that just opened in Venice and features a bunch of different healthy options.  We’ve been there twice now, and I have to say that the service is not good.  The first time we sat at the bar and we were deliberately ignored by the bartenders for a good 25 minutes (not at a busy time either).  And on top of that the two bartenders were SO rude when we asked them about our drinks.  I was planning on speaking with the manager after my meal but they were having a huge meeting and I didn’t want to interrupt (Austin made us leave after I waited for a good 10 minutes for them to finish up… classic).  And now this time our drink didn’t arrive until after our meal came (same as last time) and the order was wrong!  And the food is….ok.  I probably won’t be eating here again!

What are your Friday plans?  I think Austin and I are thinking of going to see a movie!  But first we’re gunna watch the sunset on his rooftop with an ice cold beer 🙂

<3

MONTAZAMI BRAND GRAPHIC TEES LAUNCHING TOMORROW!!!

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photos by Tien Nguyen www.tienphotographer.com
Yeeeey!
In less than 24 hours our graphic tees will be available on the Montazami Brand website!!!  We are soo excited about these designs, each and every one of them is very near and dear to our hearts.  Like this one, the Coordinates Tee.. the longitude and latitude coordinates of LA, New York, and Stockholm <3
Fun fact: this tee was inspired by Sara’s coordinates tattoo on her left ankle!
All of the black graphic tees are put through a special process to achieve that vintage look and feel 🙂

Keep checking the Montazami Brand website [HERE] to shop our new arrivals!

wearing: coordinates tee by Montazami Brand (here) // shorts by IMSO (here) // belt by REVOLVE // boots by Matisse (here)

SNAPSHOTS FROM COACHELLA

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PALM SPRINGS POOL REFLECTIONS

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WHEN WE MET KENZA AND HER FRIEND AT THE REVOLVE POOL PARTY

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DURING ICE CUBE’S SET

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ME AND MY BABE KISSING DURING A SET.  I HAVE 345678 OF THESE PICTURES 😛

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PART OF THE GROUP! RIGHT BEFORE WE SAW DISCLOSURE 🙂

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MY NEW HOT PINK TRIANGL BIKINI

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HOW CRAZY IS THIS CROWD PIC?!  RIGHT WHEN CALVIN HARRIS ENDED HIS SET WITH CONFETTI AND FIREWORKS.

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Hi my loves!

Gahhhh I can’t believe how one weekend away can put me SO behind on emails and work.  I’ve been playing major catch up ever since I got back.  Being exhausted on top of that isn’t helping so much either, but I gotta push through it!  Today we took all of our product shots for the new collection of Montazami Brand.  The photos turned out awesome and I can’t wait to put them up on the website!

Tomorrow we’re going downtown to check out two more samples in the works for Montazami Brand.  These styles are beyond amazing.  Wish me luck!

PS.  anything in particular you guys want to see on the blog soon?  Let me know 🙂