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September 2015 | Favorites

Hi friends! Here’s a quick rundown of the beauty products, fashion finds, and other various awesomeness I’ve been digging lately. In no particular order:



Audible + Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

Audible, $14.95/month after free 30-day trial (includes two free audiobooks!)

Modern Romance for Audible, $17.50

The traffic in the Bay Area seems to be getting worse every day. My morning commute is eased by the soothing and ultra informative sounds of NPR’s “Morning Edition.” But since the rest of my day as a PR pro revolves around the news, in the evenings I can use as a bit of a breather. I came across an ad for Audible, offering it’s 30-day free trial/two audiobook situation. And as though they know me personally, the ad included an image of Aziz Ansari’s new book, Modern Romance, narrated by the comedian himself.

Both have totally transformed my evening drive. Audible is so easy to use. And the $14.95 monthly fee that kicks in after the first 30 days includes one free book a month. Oh, and Modern Romance? It’s an incredibly intelligent, deeply relatable and endlessly hilarious look at dating in the digital age, backed by research conducted in collaboration with Eric Klinenberg, professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. Smart and funny. Doesn’t get much better than that.


Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Blackest Black

$7 at

If you watched my recent “Lazy Autumn Glam” makeup tutorial, you’ve already witnessed my first impression of this less-than-ten-dollar tube of cosmetic brilliance. The wand grabs every little lash, and creates a look that’s somehow both dramatic and natural -- the difference it creates from your natural lashes is dramatic, but not in a gloopy, clumpy kind of way. I also recently went dancing for hours wearing this after a day of running around in 95-degree L.A., and the not-waterproof formula DID NOT BUDGE.    

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Masque

$12 for a 2 oz. jar at

This genius little tub arrived in a Birchbox box months ago, but I finally took it for its first spin recently, and I am hooked. It’s like the first sip of water after a long run on a hot day. It’s like the In-N-Out burger you treat yourself to after you leave it all on the dance floor. It’s like the first sip of wine on a Friday night. My hair is so soft, smooth and sleek after I blowdry it, it’s as though it has never seen a hot tool in its life. And this teeny little tub will probably take me through six treatments!

Free at!

I’m not one of those people who strives to achieve “inbox zero.” But my personal Gmail account was getting out of control. I was drowning in all of the newsletters and daily deals cluttering my inbox. MK told me about while we were in Tahoe for a recent girls’ trip. I signed up immediately, and my inbox has never looked better. It scrolls through your inbox to round up all of the email lists you’re subscribed to, and gives you the option to keep receiving them as is, unsubscribe from the ones you don’t want, or have them compiled into a single nifty digest that you receive daily. Genius.


Urban Decay Eyeshadow in “Toasted”

$19 at

There’s a reason why this was one of the first colors I “hit pan” on in the original Naked palette. And why the past few times I tried to buy it as a single at my favorite Sephora location, they were sold out. It might not look super special in its photo, but this shadow is pure magic. It’s an amazing copper penny shade with a subtle shimmer that somehow looks fantastic (and slightly different) on all skin tones.  It’s my go-to everyday eyeshadow.

What have you been loving this month?

- Kristen



Lazy Autumn Glam

Allow me to introduce my super-fast, crazy-easy everyday makeup look for fall. It only takes just a few simple (mostly drugstore-purchased) products to create this subtle smokey eye and wine-stained lip. This look is also incredibly easy to transition into evening -- just intensify the color a bit and you’re good to go.

Speaking of drugstore makeup, today’s video captures my first impression of Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Mascara (spoiler alert -- I think I’m in love).

Check out the tutorial, as well as further details about the products I used, below!

Products Featured:

  • Eyeshadow Primer: NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, $25 at

  • Eyeshadow: Maybelline The Expert Wear Palette in The Nudes, $10 at

  • Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double Ended Eye Pencil in Zero/Whiskey, $16 at

  • Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara in Blackest Black, $7 at

  • Blush: e.l.f. Blush Palette in Dark, $6 at

  • Lipstick: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Matte Collection Lipstick, Shade 107, $5 at Walgreens.  


What’s your go-to fall makeup look?

- Kristen




Seven Autumn Jackets Under $100

Snagging a chic topper or two is a quick and easy way to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall. Here are seven gorgeous options available right now for less than 100 bucks.

Boohoo Waterfall Light Weight Jacket in Navy, $45 at

H&M Wool-blend Biker Coat in Dark Plum, $60 at

ASOS Ultimate Biker With Stitch Detail in Berry, $86 at

H&M Conscious Wool-Blend Jacket in Dark Gray, $99 at

Forever 21 Drawstring Utility Jacket in Charcoal, $40 at

H&M Striped Pilot Jacket, $70 at

Jessica Simpson Colorblock Textured Knit Coat in Off-White/Gray, $95 at (also available in Charcoal/Black).

Which jacket is your fave?


- Kristen



Drool-Worthy Fall Boots Under $150

Boots don’t have to break the bank to be breathtaking, baby. Here are five stunners that will only cost you $150 or less.


Aldo Saresen in Cognac. $140 at (they only run sizes 6-9, love for us larger footed girls :-().


Steve Madden Hipstr Bootie in Navy Suede, $100 at


Aldo Famailla Boot, $120 at


ZARA High Heel Leather Ankle Boot with Fringe, $120 at


Charles by Charles David Fame Platform Bootie in Black Suede, $90 at

Which pair is your favorite?

- Kristen




Six Foolproof Travel Outfits

I’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling lately -- and with a trip to Italy coming up in October (yay!), I won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

This also means I’ve been putting quite a bit of time into planning travel outfits, ensembles that are comfortable and practical enough for the rigors involved in getting from Point A to Point B, but that also are appealing and appropriate enough for the events slated to take place when the plane touches down.

In today’s (quick, 3-minute!) video, I’ve assembled six of my all-time favorite travel outfits, including the jackets and accessories I pair with them. This includes options for cold and warm weather destinations, short and long-haul flights, and both dressy and casual occasions.

 Here are a few tips for planning the perfect travel outfit:

  • Opt for lightweight layers of breathable, wrinkle-resistant materials.

  • If you’re worried about potential smudges or spills that might mire your outfit, prints are often just as forgiving as dark colors.

  • Don’t wear a pair of brand new shoes for your trip. Trust me. Your feet will thank you.

  • Always pack a lightweight scarf in your carry-on, no matter how hot your destination. It can double as a shawl against overly-aggressive AC, a hair wrap in case of rain, a cover-up at the pool, etc.

  • Keep large necklaces, watches, etc. (and belts, if your outfit can spare it) in your purse until you get through security. That way you aren’t fumbling with them all in line.

What are your go-to travel outfits?

- Kristen