[Chambray in the Bay]

Sadly, I was unable to attend Beauty Con as I discussed in my previous blog post. I got a cold, which had me bedridden for most of the weekend. But I was happily able to go out briefly for some ice cream and tea to remedy my sore throat, which is the last of my cold I am battling. Thank God!  

In any case, I wanted to share my latest installment with Ryan Chua, which we shot while I was visiting San Francisco two weekends ago. It's been a minute since we last collaborated but it was just like riding a bicycling again. It was exactly how we left it last; but this time, we were meeting in his 'hood. Hello, San Francisco! We met in Japantown, which pleasantly surprised me. After shoveling in my second noodle meal of the day, Ryan and I found the perfect blue and white house for my outfit. Blue has been a closet favorite for years and to find various shades of it to complement my chambray crop top was too good to be true. 

I was so happy to find this brand ONE by Viva Aviva on Shop Bop-- my first top I bought for my trip to Palm Springs and from then on I was obsessed. Gorgeously tailored, versatile, and ultra-feminine chic. It's that perfectly simple top that adds just the right amount of chic to your outfit. In one word: effortless. This is their latest addition to their fall collection and I was lucky enough to grab one of their first shipments. (Thank you, Aviva!) I'm so excited to see what's next in their fall collection! In the meantime, I will be wearing it with all my summer things.

Now, for these gorgeous wide-legged pants by Stella and Jamie. You have already heard my praise for these ethereal beauties in my Palm Springs blog post but I must reiterate how stunning they looked in the San Francisco wind. I wish we were able to capture it on video! I think every gal should invest in a pair of wide-legged trousers and thin strappy sandals. It's the perfect illusion for long legs.

Please let me know if you liked this outfit or would like to see more outfits like this by clicking that heart at the bottom of this blog post! Thanks for stopping by!

xx [rp]

[crop top | ONE by Viva Aviva Magnolia Crop Topbottoms | Stella and Jamie Nero Side Slit Pantsheels | Missguided]

Shot by Ryan Chua.

[Boxy Whites]

Breathe. It's Friday! Finally. I'm looking forward to finally attending Beauty Con for the first time-- for those of you going, see you there! My week has been void of event hopping and socializing for the most part due to school life completely taking over. I'm slowly trying to get back into the swing of becoming a student again. I don't know how I did it all those years! It's definitely been a struggle but with lots of caffeine and sanity breaks with friends and family, I should pull through.

Due to the chaos that is my life, I have dedicated most of my outfits in matching sets, rompers, or easy tank and skirt combos. Simplicity has been my best friend in getting myself dressed, especially in this SoCal heat. 

It's no secret that I've been in love with boxy silhouettes all summer so I was glad to create my own little matching boxy two-piece with some of the items I found in Missguided's "Hot White Now" trend section. The mesh panels in both the top and shorts made them the perfect pair. Plus, I can always appreciate simple silhouettes with an alternate element, like the mesh, to keep it modern. A bold red lip to tie it all together and bring some color into this look. 


About the Photographer

Last week, I had the absolute pleasure of finally meeting Teban S of Asian Impressions Photography, a photographer whom I've been interacting with on Instagram and grown quite fond of due to his positive interactions with his followers and beautiful captures of women from all around the world. His dedication to finding unique sides of his models' beauties has always been my favorite part of his photography. I was also drawn to the beautiful stories behind each photo he took. 

I chose the Arts District because it's by far my favorite place to shoot-- there's so much culture in this part of the city and I've always been in love with Downtown LA. Of course, we had to stop by Little Tokyo-- though it doesn't compare to the actual city of Tokyo. (Check out my travel diary to Tokyo here.) It's a great local alternative to access all the Japanese goodness that I crave. My favorite sushi restaurants are Oomasa and Sushi GenCafe Dulce has the best pastries-- donut lovers, this is the place for you and you can't forget the cute little trinkets you can find in almost any of the stores inside the Japanese village.


Current Favorites

Oh, and I've been really getting into Sam Smith-- he speaks to my soul. My favorites are Money On My Mind, Lay Me Down, and La La La. I've included his Spotify at the bottom of this blog post for y'all to enjoy! Have a great weekend, everyone!

x [rp]

[head-to-toe | c/o Missguided]

Shot by Teban S.

[Trending: The Chloe Skort]

What's chambray and white with polka dots all over? Trick question. You already know. Nothing easier than pairing a polka dot top with a polka dot skort. The Chloe Skort by Stella and Jamie could not be any more stunning. The underlay of the lace peeking underneath a timeless pleated structure-- flattering for all figures. My favorite part? It's a skort. Looks like a skirt but wears like shorts. My favorite thing. A great feminine piece to mishmash with casual elements like a chambray button up or a simple crop top. What's better is that you can go from casual day to date or industry night in a wink. Shuck off your casual top and trade it in for a flowy blouse, lace top, or blazer to easily make your night shift. Classic day-to-night switcher upper. Oh, Chloe. 

xx [rp] 

I love this phone charm courtesy of London Sole, part of this year's goodie bag for Two Point LA's annual summer picnic. Special thanks to baby girl, Emily who gave this one to me. I've started quite the collection with these little cuties. I'll always have a soft spot for all things adorable and Japanese. Ai shi teru, Toki Doki!

Read Stella and Jamie's story about this #ItItem here.

[sunnies | YSL, top | JYJZskort | Stella and Jamiejewelry | Maison de Morgana + assorted, shoes | Minx Pump by Nasty Gal]

[Au Revoir]

There's something so elegant about a pink trench topped over delicate white elements. I've been particularly drawn to simple colors with classic silhouettes these days. I've also been obsessively on the hunt for my next wide-brimmed hat. It's such a shame my favorite things are so expensive! But good things come with a price, which comes to my next big announcement.

I will be going back to school this fall. I am planning a brand new career in a field completely different from fashion and marketing. This is a career I am wholly and utterly excited to venture into, in hopes of directly helping those in need. Ever since I could remember, I was on the constant hunt for happiness; and I was no stranger to questioning life and its purpose. I knew there was a deeper level to understanding why we as human beings always need bigger and better things, constant challenges, and validations for the things that we do. It's simple yet undoubtedly complicated. We long to be a part of a community; whether big or small, we desire to be accepted by others. In a world now dominated by social media, it's hard to actually enjoy what could be the perfect life to you. Pinterest, Tumblr, and now Instagram has filled our minds with these perfect lives that, in reality for most, are almost impossible to attain. The loss of not being able to attain these ideals can affect one's happiness and overall mental health. I want people to understand their own journey in life, each unique and just as important as those seen in the media. This is why I am making it my life's mission from here on out, in my journey to becoming a health psychologist, to understand and promote ways to improve your health and well being without succumbing to the pressures of society and social media. Be you. Find happiness in the things that you love. Don't let what others say or don't say affect your journey in life. Though this is one small example in a wide array of diseases and personal conflicts one can go through, I wanted to illustrate my thought process to this huge conclusion in my life.

With that said, I want to say au revoir to this chapter in my life-- I'm ready for the next one. I will definitely try to keep everyone updated on my fashion and lifestyle diaries through this channel as often as I can but graduate school will take number 1 priority in my life for the next couple of years. Thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far in this journey! I love you all!

x [rp]

[the elements: hat | Saks Fifth Avenue, blouse | c/o 71 Stanton, bra | c/o Third Loveshorts | c/o Charlotte Russetrench | c/o JYJZ (sold out, similar here or here), heels | Jeffrey Campbell (sold out, similar here or here)]

Shot by David Hajoo Choi.

[Leather + Lace]

A dark lip isn't always reserved for fall, in my humble opinion. I love a good dark lip with a feminine piece like this lace dress from my JYJZ boutique. What better than to finish up the look with more darkness with a leather jacket and black sexy strappy heels? An easy updo for summer is this twisted braid that I created using only bobby pins. Some kind of necessary when it's as hot as it is these days. The leather might not be practical but you can't strip me away from leather no matter what season.

On a personal note, I don't know if it's the hotter weather or the fact that my To-Do list constantly seems to be never ending but my nights have been fraught with insomnia and thus creating a mess the following day. I'm determined to break this cycle, first by visiting the closest office supply store and buying tons of filing folders and boxes to organize my paperwork. Then I will slowly work my way into my closet. I am almost too afraid to even venture there-- it is an abyss right now but it must be done. A clean space equals a clean mind. I'm also in a transition in my own personal style-- I'm trying to minimize my closet as much as possible. I'm currently in a phase of "less is more". Less makeup (though not reflective in this post with that bold lip-- it is true in everyday life), less jewelry, less graphics. I'm more interested in silhouettes and simple, effortless looks. Call me boring but it's a bit liberating not being weighed down by trying to figure out what I should accessorize my look with and what kind of makeup I should wear that day. I'm also truly embracing "true casual wear"-- whatever that means. I'll be sure to do a separate post on this so y'all can put a look to this idea. Until then... happy Sunday! I'm off to organize my life!

x [rp]

[lipstick | 3CE Vampleather jacket | Trouve, dress | JYJZheels | Zara]

[Stripes on Stripes]

You can never go wrong with classic stripes! I particular love that the top uses both vertical and horizontal stripes to give the top more dimension. More lines on this skirt pattern to go with the striped theme. Add some red lips to go along with the classic feel of this look and some cut-out booties for a modern twist. Luckily for you, you can grab both items for 30% off for a limited time in my JYJZ boutique. That means $29.40 for the top and $35.70 for the skirt. Also be sure to check out JYJZ.com every Wednesday when new items are released! Happy weekend, loves!

x [rp]

[top + skirt | JYJZheels | Zara]

[The Peplum Top]

Here's an easy way to dress up your favorite pair of skinny jeans. These ones are from DSTLD that I received from a fitting event a month ago and I must say they have been my go-to skinnies on days where I wake up not knowing what to wear. These jeans never over-stretch, always feel buttery soft and stay true to their motto and give me the perfect fit.

I'm not one for wearing skinny jeans during the summertime, but these are definitely an exception. Especially when you have events or dates scheduled later at night, this is the easiest way to go from a day to night look. Add this peplum top and it immediately gives you an effortlessly chic look. I love that the top has a boxy silhouette on top, giving it a more casual element whereas the peplum gives it a dressy element. This gives the shirt more versatility. Add some denim shorts and it's more playful or add a pencil skirt, and it's more demure. Versatility wins the race. That's why I choose these two items for my go-to chic outfit for any occasion. Closet staples and perfect paired together.

x [rp]

[the elements: peplum top | c/o JYJZ, skinnies | c/o DSTLDboots | Zara]

[Weekend Wear]

Big hats plus ruffled dresses equals perfect weekend wear. Nothing like big ruffles and cut-out shoulders to make you feel like a girl again. I think the shoulders are the most under-rated part of the female body. Showing just a peek of the shoulders give just the right amount of sexy. A no fuss, one step dressing routine is always a win in my book. It's the easiest way to dress up for brunch or a day date. This dress will be available tomorrow in my JYJZ boutique, which will finally be launching tomorrow! I am so excited! Stay tuned!

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Also, how gorgeous is this hat? I snuck it out of my mom's massive hat collection. She is a hat person. I am a shoe person. It works out perfectly whenever we both need a quick wardrobe refresher. Fun fact: me, my sister, and my mom all have the same shoe size. It was definitely the worst  growing up but it's my favorite thing now. I always check my mom's closet first before looking to commit to any huge purchases. She always has the best things. It's my favorite place to shop by far.

I hope everyone enjoys their weekends! I'm quite excited for this one in particular! Follow me on Instagram @therubyelement to get a glimpse of what I'll be up to.

x [rp]

[the elements: hat | mom's, dress | JYJZcuff | Low Luv, Heels | Miss Guided]

Shot by David Hajoo Choi.

[Slumber Party]

This is actually the exact outfit I wore on my road trip to Palm Springs minus the leather jacket and boots. Messy bun, bralette, and punjammies*. I wanted to show how lounge wear can easily be converted into everyday wear on days you don't have much time to get ready. A leather jacket and boots is an easy way to immediately look put together. Add a body chain to add a feminine element to an overall boyfriend look. This one by  Maison De Morgana is so delicate it doesn't weigh down like other body chains I've tried. It's also an immediate win in the chic department.

What are punjammies you ask? Punjammies give hope to women who are suffering the sex slavery, which is growing to over 3 million women who suffer in India's sex trade. 100% of proceeds are reinvested into the International Princess Project, the organization behind punjammies so they can continue to support this place of healing and restoration for women who suffered from sex slavery. Read more about The International Princess Project here.

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[leather jacket  | Trouve, bralette | Pima Doll, body chain | Maison De Morgana, Punjammies | Int'l Princess Projectboots | Zara]

x [rp]

 

[The Tribal Necklace]

3 looks, 1 necklace. I rarely reach for the same necklace twice in a row so the fact that I have been wearing this tribal necklace nonstop ever since I received it in the mail, courtesy of Windsor, is a huge deal. I like to keep jewelry to a minimum during the summer. Excess rings, arm candy, and layers of necklaces just doesn't seem to make sense at the moment. So, the perfect medium to dress up an overall simple outfit is to throw on a statement piece like this one and your outfit immediately looks put together. Windsor is not your average prom store. Forget the tulle and satin you know of your high school past. Not only do they have stunning jewelry pieces but they also pack a mean collection of chic day wear. Check out my peplum top, also courtesy of Windsor, at the bottom of this post! Windsor is definitely on top of it.

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[dress | Charlotte Russe (N/A, similar here, here, and here), tribal necklace | Windsorheels | Franco Sarto (N/A, similar here and here)]

Here's some positive encouragement for y'all this hump day: "Keep Up. Don't Give Up". If you don't know about Le Motto by She She Bon Bon. Read more about their brand in my blog post here.

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[tribal necklace Windsortank Le Mottoskirt JYJZheels | Zara (old, similar here and here)]

I believe this is my first peplum anything. I wasn't quick to try out this trend but I must say I'm a huge fan now. The most flattering cut for any body. Really! The rumors are true. It creates an illusion of a tiny waist while giving you wiggle room to hide that food baby if ever there were such an occasion. The perfect date or brunch look so you can pile on that extra order of fries and eat your cake too.

These skinny jeans by Lovers + Friends have been rocking my world. Their whole denim collection has been quite the discovery for me. It gives me the perfect fit on my body, as if I had already worn them for years. Extra distressed. Just the way I like it.

[sunnies | Ray Banpeplum top Windsortribal necklace |  Windsordistressed skinnies | Lovers + Friendsheels | Nasty Gal (old, similar here), purse | Rebecca Minkoff]

[Crop Tops + Disco Shorts]

A typical summer outfit for me consists of a comfortably fitting crop top and some sort of high-waisted number like these disco shorts from American Apparel. My version of day friendly PJs and just as comfortable. This is what I wore yesterday most of the day to run errands and shoot some upcoming looks in collaboration with JYJZ. Don't forget to sign up using my invite link to receive $15 off your first purchase!

I've also been trying a new hair part-- a quick makeover for my boredom with my current hairstyle. Though I'm quite liking the peek-a-boo effect of the balayage I recently did from Bianca Hillier of Sally Hershberger in West Hollywood. Possibly more highlights to come in the near future. I may be addicted. Plus, this lighter hair is already putting me in a better mood. Mellow yellow.

xx [rp]

[Sunnies | Mosley Tribes, Fellow Crop Top  | JYJZ, Disco Shorts | American Apparel, Studded Sandals | Urban Outfitters]

[Grid Lock]

Happy Monday, everyone! I've been in a bit of a gridlock with obsessively wearing all white these so I thought I'd take a break and pair my white with this gridlock suspender skirt (how fitting). This is another addition to my JYJZ boutique. I'm so, so excited for it to launch this week! Thank you all for being so patient. Keep your eyes peeled on my socials all under @therubyelement or /therubyelement. I'll be doing many more sneak peeks and a very special giveaway on my blog-- coming soon! In the meantime, make sure to sign up using my invite link here and you can redeem $15 off your entire purchase! Woot!

Mondays are slowly becoming one of my favorite days of the week. I'm always energized for the week, ready to work, and excited to take on new challenges. Let's keep these positive vibes going!

xx [rp]

[Trouve sheer blouse (old, similar here) | Triangl Underwear | JYJZ suspender skirt | Aldo Heels (Now only $55.99!)]

Shot by David Hajoo Choi.

[Sseko Designs: "30 Days, 30 Ways to Educate Women in Africa"]

Who wouldn't like to use fashion to empower and educate women in Africa-- especially when they are sandals as gorgeous as these? I have partnered with Sseko Designs to help raise awareness this month for their "30 Days, 30 Ways to Educate Women in Africa" campaign for Sseko's line of shoes that are enabling women in Uganda to break the cycle of poverty.

Living in a consumer-based society, it's easy to buy clothes, accessories, and shoes almost everyday. It is almost encouraged. But why don't we use our money towards a fashion choice that can actually help another human being? By wearing Sseko Sandals, you are helping women in Uganda save up money to go to a university to further their education and obtain their dreams. It is near impossible for citizens of impoverished countries such as Uganda, especially women, to receive the proper education to get a job in the formal sector. Only 2% of women even make it to universities. Sseko Designs hopes to change this.

Be a part of the movement: buy a pair of Sseko Sandals, sport it on the street and spread the word, click that "Share" button to bring more awareness to this amazing cause. Do something. Plus, for a fickle gal like me, I always appreciate a sandal that can be worn multiple ways. I also love that you can add or subtract any sandal accessories to personalize your Ssekos and truly make them your own. The perfect element to any outfit: a great cause.

xx [rp]

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[top | Pima Doll, bra | Third Love, skirt | Zara (ON SALE!), bag | Streetlevel Bag, sandals Sseko Sandals]

[Palm Springs]

A few things I learned on my quick road trip out to Palm Springs: this Rongo Ruffle Top by Viva Aviva goes with everything, sun hats are a must, you can never pack enough bikinis, oysters and beer rule my life, desert climates give me luscious hair, the Beatles are the perfect road trip buddies, less is more, yes, Ubers do exist out here, relaxation is guaranteed, and blueberry corn pancakes are the best hangover remedy.

[Oysters | Lulu's]

[Oysters | Lulu's]

[Sea Bass, Filet Minon, Lulu's- The Baby Back Ribs here were also amazing!]

[Sea Bass, Filet Minon, Lulu's- The Baby Back Ribs here were also amazing!]

I have been wearing this bag nonstop for the last couple of weeks. I love its compact size with extendable sides so you can fit a pretty good amount in this little nugget. The vibrant orange color gives my summer outfits the perfect pop of color and the coolest feature is the interchangeable covers so you can actually change the covers to match your outfit accordingly.

[Miche]

I'm also pretty obsessed with these white wide-leg pants by Stella and Jamie. Light-weight, flattering, and of course those sexy slits on the sides. I love when there's that extra somethin' somethin' to an outfit and I'm pretty sure those slits are it. You have to see them in action! There's such an ethereal quality to this outfit because of the movement created by those slits. And of course, pair them with this gorgeous ruffle top by VIVA AVIVA and you have a match made in heaven.

These pancakes were to die for-- genius pairing with whole blueberries and corn inside the pancake. A very delightful surprise. Also an amazing cure for all the tequila and beer from the night before. The Bloody Mary's here were also very good. The perfect brunch place after a night out.

[blueberry/corn pancakes, Cheeky's]

[blueberry/corn pancakes, Cheeky's]

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I switched out of this Triangl bikini halfway through my swimming session into my Victoria's Secret bikini due to the design and material of the bikini. Though I'm sure if this bikini had straps, I would have been able to swim around the pool more freely. That being said, I absolutely LOVE the design of this bikini. If ever there was a sexy bikini award, I believe Triangl would definitely win. My favorite part of this bikini was the zipper. Super sexy. Also I give them brownie points for giving my little ones an extra boost. There's no padding but it fits perfectly around the bust to give me the lift I need.

Also, HUGE, HUGE shout out to these Lovers + Friends denim shorts. I am guilty of wearing them almost everyday-- simply because they fit so incredibly. Denim never felt this good. Really. The boyfriend feel without the boyfriend fit. Most "boyfriend" style jeans have always been very oversized on me but these fit my waist and bum perfectly. The best of both worlds. I can't get enough.

[Raspberry Tart, L’Atelier Cafe]

[Raspberry Tart, L’Atelier Cafe]

Bye, y'all! This is how happy this trip made me. Haha. This was my first trip out to Palm Springs as an adult and I must say it was one of the most relaxing trips I've ever been on. Hooray for desert road trips! I will cherish the memories made during this trip forever. To many more road trips and summer memories. Cheers!

xx [rp]

[Retro Glam]

I always love a good retro glam tribute. Give me some polka dots, pearls, and a wide-brimmed hat and I'm good to go! The boxy cut of this dress is perfect because it modernizes a classic polka dot dress. Another lovely quality is that it goes straight down but sits mid-thigh so its boxiness is balanced with a bit of sexiness since more of your legs are exposed. This is another sneak peek at what's to come in my JYJZ boutique-- the launch date is now TBA due to some minor technical difficulties but should be up very soon. But don't fret my pets! I will be sure to continue to share more sneak peeks in the meantime and everyone can enjoy $5 off by signing up using my invite link hereYay! Have a great weekend, everyone!

xx [rp]

[Saks Fifth Avenue hat | mom's pearls | JYJZ dress | Third Love bra | Aldo shoes (ON SALE!)]

Shot by David Hajoo Choi.

["More Karma. Less Drama."]

"More Karma. Less Drama." "Accept More, Judge Less." "Worry Less. Live More." Here are a few encouraging words to refresh your week. A strong believer of positivity, I was immediately on board with this brand, Le Motto by She She Bon Bon that was designed to promote universal positivity and to fight against bullying. Each item has its own positive message that you can choose in a simple design so you can easily layer or throw it on however your mood strikes you. Basics are key items to have in your closet and why not do it with something that will use 10% of the profits towards anti-bullying campaigns? Check out their website at LeMotto.com  to see more designs and spread the word to promote anti-bullying and positivity by clicking that "Share" button.

x [rp] 

["More karma. Less drama." sweatshirt by Le Motto | DIY cut offs | Miss Wax Jewelry (win some Miss Wax jewelry! details here) + assorted jewelry | Timbs ]

Shot by David Hajoo Choi.

[Crochet + Eyelets]

Good morning, beautifuls! It is another day and I am happy to announce my official collaboration and partnership with JYJZ. JYJZ is an e-commerce website that houses specific boutiques curated by fashion bloggers and taste makers all around the US and I was lucky enough to be selected to be part of the buyer program. This allows me to hand select my favorite items from their store to share with y'all. Many of you know my dream is to own an online shop and I thought this would be a good introduction into giving y'all a taste of what might be in my little boutique that could. My boutique will be live this Sunday, June 29th, so keep yourselves up to date on what's to come by following me on my social networks! And use this link: bit.ly/therubyelement to sign up and get $5 off using the specified referral link!

Here is the first sneak peek at what's to come in my JYJZ boutique: this little white dress. The perfect formula to tea time success is this little white dress, carefree tousled hair, an orange lip with matching flatforms, and this crocheted handbag by Streetlevel bags. I'm venturing into more feminine and romantic pieces and I think summer is OK with it. They seem to understand each other quite well. 

[10 Elements You Need This Summer]

Summer is around the corner and you want to be prepared with the best arsenal of beauty products. So I thought I'd round up some of my favorite beauty products of the moment and share my "10 Elements You Need This Summer".

1. Luscious Locks- Don't let the sun or your newly bleached locks keep you from having luxe, shiny hair. Healthy Sexy Hair's Soy Renewal Argan Oil has been my go-to pre and post hair styling oil. It locks in moisture quickly so you see results immediately so it's a plus for those impatient gals like muah.

2. Buttery Skin- Body buttahhh. Besides the name of course, another reason why Pacifica's Hawaiian Ruby Guava Body Butter rules is its phenomenal smell and long lasting moisturizing capability. If you ever wanted to smell like a tropical vacation, this is the body butter for you. I usually keep this on hand in my car just in case I get dry patches throughout the day or want a fresh reminder of this sweet summer scent. Ahhh.

3. Grease-free Hair: And the rave reviews stand true-- yes! Another everyday staple I've been stashing away in my car for emergency touch-ups is this Batiste dry shampoo. A quick spray at the roots and comb-through with my hands give me the boost and fabulous fresh hair I need throughout the day. From all the dry shampoos I have tried so far, this one is definitely my favorite. It works hard but has a light powdery scent, which is nice when you already have scented lotion and perfume on-- oops.

4. Baby-Soft Skin*- Get ready to be blown away. Forget all other face masks! Seriously, this is all you need to revive your skin back to its baby-soft ways. The massive nutrients and natural ingredients packed in this face mask replenish your skin and give it that dewy glow. Healthy skin is the best way to minimize your makeup application that can clog pores and create further blemishes. Many people ask me what foundation I use, but actually keeping my skin healthy allows the makeup application process to go a lot smoother no matter what foundation I use. Quick tip: Stick this in the fridge and apply it on your face after a hot day and it is like magic. 

5. Sleek Hair- Baby hairs are my worst enemy and when I want something light but effective I go for this bad boy, the Healthy Sexy Hair's Soy Touchable Weightless Hairspray. It doesn't have a greasy finish so your hair looks touchable soft without looking overdone. One spray in the morning and I'm good to go for the rest of the day; so I'm guessing this bottle will last me a really long time. Sweet!

6. Tangerine Lips - If y'all know me, you know that lipsticks are my jam. Sushi Kiss by MAC has been my go-to lippie because it's basic enough to live without a liner and it's the perfect creamsicle color to give any outfit a pop of summer lovin'. 

7. Neon Nails- The thing about summer is: you must live in fluorescents. This is what happiness is all about-- color. If you don't play around much with color in your wardrobe, neon nails are a safe way to ease yourself into summer. I like this neon orange color by American Apparel.

8. Yummy Hair- What I mean is Oh My God this nourishing spray smells like the best thing on Earth. I think if I were to bottle up my favorite scent in the whole world, this would be it. Minus the heavenly scent of this Healthy Sexy Hair - Soya Want It All Leave In Treatment is that it gives your hair 22 benefits. I won't bore you will all the different ways it nourishes your hair but a quick spray of this magic potion and your hair will immediately feel different. I use this right after I pop out of the shower and lock it in with my Healthy Sexy Hair Argan Oil. Hashtag Yummy Hair Don't Care.

9. Sun-Protected Skin- I bought this La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Invisible Nutritive Oil last year when I was in Paris and I still have this much left. A little bit goes a long way with this oil-based sunblock. Not only do I love the efficiency of this sunblock, but I also love that it's an oil-based sunblock so it gives my skin that extra moisture. I have super dry skin so I lather as much moisturizer underneath my makeup to avoid looking like I've been in the Sahara Desert for 10 days. This sunblock gives me the oils my skin lacks to absorb my makeup better-- or at least I feel that way! For dry skin, I say this is a win! Plus, look at that SPF protection. 50+!? Unreal. Bring it on, sun.

10. Berry-Hydrated Skin- Don't dry out this summer, keep hydrated with yogurt and berries! This Multi-Berry Yogurt Repair Pack is a godsend for quick overnight help and it smells like the best collection of the freshest and sweetest berries on Earth. Mmm. This was a sample I snagged while buying a few items at the Korean makeup store and I cannot get enough of it. The consistency is thick like body butter and you apply it all over the face at night like an overnight pack and wake up to berry hydrated and illuminating skin. 

Now, you can officially take on summer! The first day of summer is tomorrow. Do you have your summer survival kit already on hand? I would love to know what's hot in the beauty department for you! Share your current favorites in the comment sections below! 

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*I was unable to find a link to this product online but if you go into a Korean makeup store, you should be able to find it.

[Reflections]

What I love about blogging the most is that I get to work with talented, creative people every day. I always love shooting with my blogger boo, Lisa Linh because she always has a great eye for location and composition. Plus, being a blogger herself, she definitely knows exactly what I want in a photo.  

I've been doing a lot of reflecting lately, mostly on the people in my life and the future of my career. It's incredible to think who you thought would be there for you forever and those you didn't; and it all unfolds into this unexpected life story you didn't plan on writing for yourself. That being said, I am truly grateful for the current people and positive influences in my life. You inspire me. You make me love what I do and I hope to continually challenge myself. Thank you for the continual support. I love you guys! 

PS I am hosting a giveaway with Miss Wax Jewelry-- details on the contest can be read here. The giveaway ends July 1st! I love giving back to my lovely readers so let me know if you like this giveaway by clicking on that heart at the bottom of this post. 

x [rp]

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[Harlowe and Graham blush top (similar here) | MLV beaded skirt | Luv AJ shark tooth rosary necklace (sold out, similar here) | Haute Betts hand cuff + beaded bracelets | Isadora Accessories arrow cuff | Jeffrey Campbell Deluxe Sandals | The Face Shop Lips PK101]

Shot by Lisa Linh.

[Miss Wax x TRE Giveaway]

Who's ready for a giveaway? Kick your summer off with some summer swag by Miss Wax. We are hosting a giveaway on Instagram and all you have to do is follow the rules below for a chance to win! The contest will run until July 1st so get your entries in!

1. Vote for your favorite Miss Wax piece by reposting and liking our Instagram post.

2. Follow Miss Wax (@misswaxjewelry) and me (@therubyelement) on Instagram 

3. Use hashtag #MissWaxTREGiveaway so we can find your post easily.

And just for fun tell us what you're looking forward to the most for summer! I'm excited for spontaneous roadtrips, day pool parties, bright lipsticks, and ice cream of all forms-- ice cream sandies, gelato, shaved ice, popsicles, everything. Bring it on! Haha. Is that enough excitement for ya? I'm pretty excited for this summer. That is all.

x [rp]

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Full outfit details for both looks can be viewed here and here

Good luck! :)