Friday, May 30, 2014

{happy friday}

How was everyone's short week? Mine was lovely but cold! I miss the warm weather we had a few weeks ago. Work is about to pick up though, so I savored the slower, cozier days :) :)

I spent last weekend in Newport Beach & have lots of pictures to share. Hopefully I'll have something up on Monday, but below is a sneak peek of one of my favorite parts.

Here's some links that caught my eye this week:

The power of #yesallwomen

Finally an educated, right-on-point opinion piece about why gluten-free haters have it wrong.

This made me laugh: Martha Stewart's tweets can double as poetry.

Favorite new fashion trend? The Monokini. So inspiring!

What powerful woman would tell their 22-year-old selves.

This movie looks a m a z i n g.

The Normal Heart was one of the most heart-wrenching films I've seen in quite some time. Not only was the acting superb, but the authenticity of AIDs and its affect during those years was just devastating. If you have HBO, please watch. You won't regret it.

I can't end a post without some Coldplay, right? This song "O" is my new favorite. I MAY have gone to Guitar Center last weekend to "look at keyboards to buy", but actually just really wanted to sit down & play this song. Ha.

Favorite photo:

^^my grandad...we had a photography date on Monday! ps. his camera is better than mine ;)

Happy weekend!

Friday, May 16, 2014

{happy friday}

Favorite Funnies:

I was so impressed Emily Blunt's accents!

Chandler Bing's best one-liners. PS. The comments section had me laughing even harder. {PPS. How crazy is it that the 10 year anniversary of the Friends finale just passed?? #feelingold}

Favorite Advertising Bites:

Have you seen Netflix's new logo? I'm not a big fan.

Top 10 product placements in the past 10 years.

The agency I work for is killing it! Check out Cisco's new interactive billboard.

Favorite Fashions:

These sandals are really cute.

I love Cannes fashion. I have serious envy about some of those looks.

Can someone help me find a simple black dress like this?

Favorite photo:

I went to my first Giants game on Tuesday! It was 85 every day in San Francisco this week, which NEVER happens, so I was totally eating it up. You know what else I ate up? The most amazing gluten-free hot dog & bun at the game. MLB stadiums are always thinking of us celiacs & I am so grateful :)

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

{my favorite lipsticks}

I don't chat about makeup here on the blog a lot, mainly because I stick to the same thing everyday: mascara, spot concealer, eyeliner & blush. Nothing fancy. But recently I've started to wear a little bit of color on my lips just to crank up my look a little more. Lipstick not only dresses up an outfit, but it also instantly makes you feel much more put together, don't you think?

The problem with most lipsticks is that they wear off easily. I love wearing red, but I stress all day if it's rubbed off & left a rouge outline around my lips. On top of that, lipstick is usually very dry & leaves my chapped lips feeling anything but hydrated. Enter Revlon's COLORBURST Balm Stain. 

Oh yes, balm.

^^I've used the far left one so often, I've rubbed off the lettering!

001 Honey
I've had this one the longest. It's ideal for work because it's not too bold, 
& subtlety brings in a little color. 
It's just the perfect shade of shimmery pink.

220 Showy
This is the only matte color I have, but I'm obsessed with it.
It's almost neon, which is crazier than what I normally go for, but sometimes
you need to go a little crazy.
I can't wait to wear an all black outfit & this color on my lips. So chic, no?

045 Romantic
The best part about this red is it stays on! 
Since it acts more like a balm, it's easily spreadable & never leaves a red outline. 
This is a great color for a day to night look, too. Trés romantique.

A few more perks? There are SO many shades; I really need to stock up on more. I love that they act like a giant crayon, which makes it easy to apply & last forever. Once you're running low, all you need to do is twist the bottom & voilà! more lipstick to spare.

They're sold at most pharmacies & makeup stores. I get mine at Walgreens, but I've also see them at Target too. Now go get some & pucker up!

Few disclaimers: One, Revlon didn't pay me to write this. It was all me. Although I'd be happy to, Revlon! Hint hint. I mean, can't you just see me alongside Emma Stone & Halle Berry? I can. But rookie alert: I DO still leave the price tags on...

And two, the lighting in these images makes my skin look like porcelain (except in that GIF above). I wish my skin looked this flawless, yet it sadly does not. Just wanted to point that out. Makeup helps though! ;)

Friday, May 9, 2014

{happy friday}

Hey everybody! How was your week? It's been so sunny in San Francisco & it's put me in the best mood!  {Well, except last night when it rained.} Temps are supposed to be in the 70s this weekend, so I'm excited to spend some time outside. Hope you all had a good one.

Have a great weekend & enjoy these Friday links...

Favorite reads:

I've always loved Ellen Page, but this interview made me like her even more. Gorgeous photos too!

This girl gave up alcohol for a year...& it was life changing! Even though I was never really a drinker, I definitely identified with some of her observations.

#BringBackOurGirls - 6 things you should know & 6 ways you can help.

Favorite videos:

This song is "Always In My Head". {See what I did there?}

Who's your person?  I'm so sad to see Christina go. I'm seeing tissues in my future next week.

Amy Poehler & Seth Meyers' Credit Cardgate: Part IPart II, Part III, Part IV, Conclusion

*Adding this late, because I forgot to earlier. This video makes me so annoyed, but I guess it's pretty funny at the same time? Side-eyeing all these people like crazy because they're the ones diminishing the severity of celiac & the gluten-free diet.

Favorite links:

What if "Friends" took place in Philadelphia? {Thanks Linds!}

The Met Ball's Best Dressed Couples. Emma & Andrew = Per.fec.tion

My friend recently introduced me to Paper Fashion. Follow her on Instagram. Such talent!

Favorite photo:

My bedding finally came in! It's so soft & comfy.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Nopalito! How did I not know about you?

This restaurant is a ten minute walk from my apartment, has divine Mexican food, & the menu is almost completely gluten free. Three wins in my book.

Let's start with the drinks---their cocktail menu looked really fun. And that's coming from a girl who doesn't drink! My friend took a chance on the Mexcal Paloma {a smokey, grapefruit drink} & the girls sitting next to us were raving about the Margaritas. I, on the other hand, was very satisfied with my strawberry lemonade. It tasted so fresh I could've been sipping a straw sticking out of a strawberry.

For our appetizer, we ordered the Totopos con Chile. If you go, you MUST order these. They taste like upscale Doritos. I am not kidding.

^^Totopos con Chile...look at all the cheese!

My roommate got the Enchiladas for her entrée, which were great! A little too chocolatey than what I usually like, but honestly, that shredded chicken could turn any dish from okay to fab.

^^Enchiladas de Mole con Pollo

I went a little outside what I would normally order & got the Tamal de Birria con Pollo. I didn't know what I was in for...especially when it arrived in a corn husk! But once I dug in, I was so happy with my choice. It's the most tender, perfectly-seasoned shredded chicken wrapped in corn dough. It had a kick to it too, & for $6.50, you just can't beat it. 

^^Tamal de Birria con Pollo...amazing!

^^Bi-Rite Creamery was on the way home :)

If you're in SF, go to Nopalita! They have two locations & I guarantee you'll have a great meal. Check out the rest of their menu here.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

{spring photos}

Flowers are blooming here in San Francisco
& I'm totally loving it.

My neighborhood is bringin'  it.

^^the tree right in front of my apartment!

^^I love when trees create tunnels

^^this is my porch...stair landing/ledge.
the weather has been too nice NOT to drag a chair out there & 
pretend it's larger than 3x4 feet.

happy spring!

Monday, May 5, 2014

{say hello to thinx}

Today I'm happy to announce a new affiliate of Lively Liv...Thinx

I am SO in love with Thinx. They are a stellar company that has great products, passionate employees, & a wonderful, important mission. 

The mission of Thinx is clear: Change your underwear. Change the world.

Listen to this fact:

Over 67 million girls in Africa and around the world are without BASIC sanitary needs. In it's absence, they are forced to use things like leaves, dirty rags, and plastic bags. 

Can you imagine using a leaf instead of a pad? I can't. Thinx can't. So here's what they promise:

Not only are you helping girls in need {the most important part of this transaction}, but you're getting a pretty great product too. Thinx aren't just any pair of underwear. Each are made with unique technology that makes it moisture-wicking and stain and leak resistant, by using absorbent, layered, & anti-microbial fabric. Basically, if you're coming up on "that time of the month" don't need to wear panty-liners with Thinx. {Because we've all had those oh shit moments that lead to throwing away your fave underwear, am I right?

Too TMI?

Sorry boys.}

I was so excited when Thinx sent me two pairs to try out: the Luxe & the Cheeky.

{those photos are obviously from the website, because no one needs to see me in underwear, 
& because my dad & coworkers read this blog}

I love both pairs. They're each amazingly comfortable &...I'll say it...pretty! The lace detailing makes them really easy on the eyes & prevents underwear lines---two important things when it comes to underwear. I also love that each are black, because I wear a lot of black in my day to day life.

Out of the two, the Cheeky is my favorite, since it's a little more low-rise than the Luxe, but both will be on my reg rotation. Thanks Thinx!

To top it off, Thinx is giving all you Lively Liv readers $5 off your order if you use the code livelyliv at checkout. Pretty sweet! That gives you no reason NOT to join the movement of Thinx & help girls who deserve everything you & I have. We are so fortunate. I can't live with the fact that the lack of sanitary products is stopping girls from attending school or contributing to their community. Let's help stop that.

Thank you Thinx!

**As an affiliate of Thinx, I get 10% of the proceeds from your order if you use the Lively Liv code, however everything I earn will go right back to Thinx. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

{happy friday}

I just got back from a 24 hour work trip to LA. The studio we were at was---to my surprise---across the street from my college's new LA campus. I missed studying there by two semesters, so I was thrilled to finally see it in person! It is quite a spectacle on Sunset Blvd.

I had one of those "come to Jesus" moments as I walked up to it. I just passed the one year anniversary of my final class in college, & here I was standing in front of the very school...working for my dream agency...on a shoot!  Work is tough some days & living far from home & family gets old, but I'm so fortunate to be in the place where I am right now. I'm soaking up every moment.

I have a shortened list of Friday links today & some photos from the week. Enjoy!

A Sky Full of Stars.

How crazy is this?? Can you imagine seeing it happen in person?

This news story made me laugh. When my senior class did our prank we all said, "Well, it's not like they can punish ALL of us..." Goes to show you! {Well, we also didn't destroy property...}

This! ;)

^^I love changing the calendar each month

^^new hair...still not sold on it though

^^Emerson LA

Have a lovely weekend.