Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Lululemon Lighten Up Bra & Another What'SUP Hat =)

It's been quite a while since I bought anything from Lululemon!  But I was browsing their site last week, and came upon the Lighten Up Bra, which looked promising since it had a cute back.  So I ordered it to give it a shot.  I got it in the cheery cheetah dark slate/regal plum color combo.

So it looks pretty similar to the Free To Be Wild bra, but the straps don't criss cross in the back.  I got it in size 6, which is what I usually wear in bras.  I find the sizing consistent with most of their bras.  It fits very similar to the Free To Be Wild, which is basically very low support.  But pretty comfortable, doesn't dig in and is cute!

I took the back pic below to show how the straps lay on the back.  I hate it when bra straps dig into the skin but this one is just fine.

I like it!  I also like the black cheetah and plum colored straps together.

Since I've been eying the What'SUP Hat in dramatic static white/black, I thought what the hell and ordered it along with the bra.  I love it.  The color is perfect and looks exactly the same in person.  I'm happy I got it.  It will go with everything.  Love this hat!  I think this is the 5th What'SUP Hat I have.  =)

Oh yeah, I got another 3 pack of the Ivivva Everywhere Sock too.  I love these socks even though they are supposed to be for kids lol.  I even get size S/XS in them and they fit perfectly!  They are low rise, but pretty good quality with just the right amount of thickness!  Plus, prints are super cute.  The 3 pack is only $18 too which I think is great!  You just can never have enough socks to workout in.

I now own 3 sets of 3 packs:

pink shell/pigment blue/skye blue
aquamarine/flash light/sprinker

I actually also bought 3 pairs separately at one time which are on the bottom of the pic below, so here is every pair of Ivivva Everywhere sock I have lol.  2 out of the 3 pairs on the last row have different designs for each foot which I love too!

pink shell/pigment blue/skye blue
aquamarine/flash light/sprinker
hey sailor stripe/stars and stripes/white ready set go

So I have 12 pairs and I honestly wouldn't mind doubling it lol.  I actually think I'll replace most of my workout socks with these if Ivivva keeps making them.  They are all I like to wear nowadays!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sunday Funday!

I felt pretty good this week, since it was my week off from the weight room to do other workouts that I don't normally have time to do.  On top of that, I only had to work 3 days (though very productive 3 days)!  I got back from Vegas on Monday night, and appropriately took Tuesday off work haha.  I did already have a doctor's appointment scheduled for an annual check up on Tuesday, where they did a whole panel of tests on me.  Last time I did that was exactly 2 years ago.  I'm happy to say that my consistent healthy eating and exercising is paying off!  Nearly all my test results came back better than 2 years ago.  The only exception was my vitamin D level.  I guess I need to take more days off work and sit in the sun lol.

I'm also much happier with my Invisalign this week.  I'm getting used to having something on my teeth all the time, my teeth are not as sore as they were last week, and my tongue stopped being irritated from constantly touching the Invisalign.  I think the initial shock stage is now over, it is now much easier to take them on and off, and I feel ok about it now.  It's definitely like a 1000% improvement from last week when I was regretting getting this thing big time.  I still have a long way to go though!  Hope it will be all worth it at the end.

So, this week I took a bunch of classes at the gym.  I think I was mentally getting tired of working out last week, so this break came at the perfect time.  I feel a renewed energy and ready to get back into strength training next week.

Monday 9/28 - Still in Vegas.

Tuesday 9/29
What I did:  I took a mat pilates class at the gym and it was really really good!  Too bad the normal time for this class is like 10:30 on Tuesdays so I won't be able to make it very often.

What I wore:
Top:  Splits59 Devon II Singlet in everest
Bra:  Lorna Jane Somersault bra
Bottom:  Lululemon Tech Mesh Tight
Shoes:  Nike Dunk Sky Hi Wedge Sneakers

Wednesday 9/30
What I did:  Kettlebell class.

What I wore:
Shoes:  Nike Free 3.0

To and From:  Splits59 Vail Cutout Pullover in barberry/apricot

Thursday 10/1
What I did:  Yoga class.

What I wore:  
Top:  Splits59 Ashby Courage Tank for the first day of breast cancer awareness month!
Bottom:  Beyond Yoga Gathered Legging in plum
Shoes:  Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 in fusion pink/atomic mango

To and From:  Lululemon Swiftly LS in laceoflage

Friday 10/2 - Rest

Saturday 10/3 - Rest

Sunday 10/4
What I did:  Spin class.

What I wore:  
Top:  Onzie Knot Back tank in marina
Bra:  Lululemon Free To Be in spry blue
Bottom:  Ivivva Rhythmic Crop in houndstooth fairy emboss
Shoes:  Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 in hyper cobalt/bright mango

To and From:  Lululemon Be Present Jacket in coco pique

And that's my week!  Today it finally cooled down a bit in LA and I loved it.  I am crossing my fingers that fall is finally here.  Except I think next week we will be back up to the 90s again.  =/

Alright it is time for me to go watch the season premiere of Homeland and Good Wife!  Can't wait.  =D

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Vest Dress

This is somewhat of a fashion experiment.  I got an email from Beyond the Rack saying that I somehow had $40 of credit from them.  I shopped from them years ago for a few times, but I was never really a big fan of the site.  Shipping was always sooooo slow, and I thought the items I got were kind of ghetto lol.  But I went on to look again because I wanted to get rid of my credit.  So I decided to get a vest dress instead.  It's not something I would normally wear, but hey it's free so why not take a little chance give it a shot!

It's actually ok, but it's really really REALLY short!  I could never wear it alone as a dress.  Here's a close up:

This belt is elastic, and it's pretty cheap looking:

So the belt goes on the outside on the back, and then loops to the inside on the front:

The chiffon "vest" part is attached to the dress on the shoulders:

Since the belt is pretty ugly, I tried the dress on without it.  It's not bad.

Then I tried it on with my Burberry belt and I think it looks much better:

Obviously I cannot wear this thing out as a dress, so I tried it on with skinny jeans.  I definitely like it better as a top rather than a dress:

So now I think I can work with this.  I don't think it's something that I can wear all the time.  But it's nice to switch up your style sometimes I think.  Will have to experiment more with this thing and figure out the best way to wear it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Clarisonic Mia 2 and Kiehl's

I mentioned back in July that I got the Clarisonic Mia 2 skin cleansing system and that I was going to test it out for a while before posting a review.  Well, it's been exactly 2 months to the day!  I've been using it everyday since I got it.  So I think I've had enough time to thoroughly test it out.

The above picture is exactly what I got.  It's the gray one (box says it's for men but I think that's only because of the color) that comes with a little tube of cleanser, and a travel case.  Right now, Nordstrom has the Keith Haring Silver limited edition one, which I must say is pretty cute.  But the main reason I got the gray one is because of the travel case it comes with.  I think it's just really useful to have one since I try to travel as much as I can.  It does come with a lid for the brush head as well, which you can use solo, but I just really like the full case.

My first impression with the Mia 2 was 1. how cool is the charging system (the charger snaps onto the handle of the Mia 2 as if it's magnetic), and 2. why do I have to wait 24 hours for the first charge??  Hahaha.  I was impatient!  But I had to wait a whole day to use it for the first time.  When I was able to use it, I read instructions which tells you that the cleansing process divides your face into 4 parts:  you use the brush in a circular motion, and start at the forehead for 20 seconds, then nose and chin for 20 seconds, then 10 seconds on each cheek.  So that is 1 minute total, and the system beeps at you at each time interval.  Even to this day, I just can't wrap my head around 1 minute being enough time to clean my whole face!  Sometimes I restart it.  One cool tip that my facial girl shared with me about the Clarisonic is that you can only use the inner portion of the brush head.  So you just take the whole brush head off, and then screw back on only the smaller inner portion.  That way it is more direct and great for a closer cleanse of the T zone.

So the first week or so of using the Mia 2, I did get a couple break outs on my face.  I read that this happens to some people who have more sensitive skin.  I guess I'm one of those people.  But in my case, it wasn't nearly as bad as some reviews I've read.  I really only got a couple here and there.  So I went easier when that happened, by using it only every other day or every 3 days.  Once my skin calmed down, I started using it everyday.  I think this took about 2 weeks.

Do I think it does a good job cleaning?  Yes, I think it definitely cleans my skin better than my hands alone.  The reason I can tell is actually very simple.  I always use a cotton pad to apply toner to my face after cleansing.  If I wash my face using my hands, after I apply toner, I turn the cotton pad over and still see a bit of makeup residue left on the pad.  However, if I use Clarisonic to wash my face, then I don't see any makeup left over on my cotton pad at all.  So I know for sure that it does a better job.  But, is it worth $150 for a little bit of a difference?  That's definitely subjective.  To me, I think the more dirt or makeup I can get out of my skin, the better my skin will be when I get older.  So if you see it as an investment to stay looking youth a little bit longer, then $150 doesn't seem to be much at all haha.  But honestly other than what I see on my cotton pad, I don't think there is any other obvious change to my skin that I can see.

As a side note, Clarisonic tells you that you can use the brush directly onto your face even if you have makeup on.  But I do not do this.  I tried it once and didn't like it.  I didn't like my brush head getting makeup stains, and I just couldn't believe it was actually taking off all my makeup in 1 minute.  So my process for cleaning my face is as follows:
  1. Use my trust Shu Uemura cleansing oil all over my face to remove makeup.  Use as directed.  I really do believe Shu makes the best cleansing oil on the planet.  I've used others that have good reviews, but they just do not compare to Shu.  Shu is amazing and takes off even the toughest eye makeup.  It is a MUST HAVE!  More than the Clarisonic for sure.  
  2. After washing off the cleansing oil and while my face is still wet, I then wet the Clarisonic brush head and put facial cleanser onto it, and go over my face for the prescribed minute.  Note, I tried putting the cleanser onto my face first, then going over with the brush head.  But it created a mess with water and cleanser splashing everywhere.  So I can only do that in the shower.  Otherwise it is cleanser on brush head, then face.
  3. Then I proceed with the toner, serum, and lotion (still using Skin Food Peach & Sake line and loving it).
  4. Lastly, I put on my eye cream, and Latisse every other day. 

Ok, speaking of eye cream, it brings me to the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.  I just think this product is amazing.  I got a sample of it a while ago when I was still using the Shiseido eye cream.  I loved it so much that I bought the full size after the Shiseido was done.  The bigger of the 2 full sizes too!  It's a better deal.  =)

Even though I love Shiseido as a brand, and their eye cream has great reviews, I just never liked it that much.  I only bought it a couple times for lack of a better choice.  I felt that it was just too heavy and oily for me.  The eye cream seemed to always sit on top of my skin and never really get absorbed.  The Kieh's avocado eye cream is the total opposite.  If you use the Kiehl's Creme de Corps lotion, then you know how effective it is at treating dry skin issues.  It just gets absorbed immediately into your skin.  This eye cream is the same.  It never feels greasy or oily.  It has a slight cooling effect when you first put it onto your skin, then it just gets absorbed.  Can't say enough good things about it!

Another awesome product that I recently got is the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1.  I've heard for years about how great this product is but this was the first time trying it out!  

My lips are not usually dry, but ever since I started my Invisalign treatment last week, they have been parched.  So that's the reason I bought the Kiehl's lip balm.  So far I really love it!  It's unlike any other regular chapstick I've used.  The consistency is a lot more liquid, and it is very spreadable.  I would say it feels more similar to having vaseline on your lips than a regular chapstick.  It lasts for hours, and makes your lips moist.  It looks slightly shiny on the lips, which looks like you might have some lip gloss on.  It also doesn't give you the nasty white residue as normal chapsticks would after a few hours.  It is more expensive than a chapstick, but you only need to use a tiny bit of product each time, so the little tube will last forever.  Also, it comes in flavorless, mango and mint - I prefer flavorless, which is not an option that is always available in other chapsticks.

So these are my recent 3 beauty finds!  As usual, I am always trying out new things, so I'm sure I will post about more products later!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Funday from Vegas!

I'm on a very impromptu trip to Vegas this weekend.  One of my friends and her bf decided to come pretty last minute, and asked if my bf and I wanted to join.  We thought, why not!  So here we are lol.  It's actually been 2 years since I was here last!  That's crazy, considering it's only like a 4 hour drive from LA.  I actually really love Vegas lol.  I mean... it's a fun atmosphere, there's lots of entertainment, fine dining, and shopping.  I also kind of feel like playing poker again.  Not that I ever really seriously played, but for a while I did play a lot more.  Many casinos offer poker room rates which are much lower than their regular rates.  Besides, if you come to Vegas regularly, they will hook you up anyway.  So I think my new goal in life is to come at least 4 times a year!  Let's see how that turns out.  ;)

In other news, I got Invisalign this week.  I had been considering it for a while and finally decided to do it.  I don't really have a lot to fix.  Just a slight bite correction.  So my plan is only 10 months.  But of course that all depends on how things go, and there will probably be a few more months of refinement period afterwards.  I'm just planning on having these things for a good year.  So far, I hate it!  Lol.  Everyone says it's the most uncomfortable in the first few days and then you get used to it.  I guess I'm still in the getting used to it stage.  I just feel so much pressure on my teeth, and the edges irritate my tongue.  When I take them off to eat, my teeth are all sore which makes it very hard to bite and chew.  Of course just the simple fact that I need to take them off before eating or drinking anything other than water is annoying already.  Then I have to immediately put them back on afterwards because I'm trying to be compliant and wear them for the prescribed 22 hours a day.  Oh, and I sound like I have a lisp when I talk with them on.  Sigh.  I feel like I paid a bunch of money to torture myself lol.  I'll report back next week.  Hopefully I'll have gotten used to it.

This week was the last week of Get Glutes Month 11 workouts.  I was only able to go to the gym 3 times though, since I found out about Vegas late and couldn't workout on the weekend like I had planned to.  But for the 3rd workout, I did pretty much combine the 3rd and 4th workouts from the program.  So I still got all the exercises in and I'm fine with that.  I wish I had done more cardio though, to offset the calories I've partaken in on the weekend lol.  But there is always next week.

Monday 9/21
What I did:  Strength #1.

What I wore:
Top:  Lorna Jane Team LJ tank
Bottom:  Lululemon Embody Crop
Shoes:  Nike Free 3.0

Tuesday 9/22 - Rest

Wednesday 9/23
What I did:  Strength #2.

What I wore:
Hat:  Lululemon What'SUP Hat in dottie dash
Bra: Lululemon Free To Be Wild bra in dottie dash
Bottom:  Lululemon Wunder Under Pant in giant houndstooth dip dye
Shoes:  Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 in ash 

To and From:  Alo Exhale LS

Thursday 9/24 - Rest

Friday 9/25
What I did:  Strength #3 and #4 combined

What I wore:
Top:  Lululemon Water Bound Singlet in bruised berry
Shoes:  Nike Free 5.0 TR Fit 4 in ash 

Saturday 9/26 - So it is still over 100 degrees in Vegas, so this my day time outfit:

And for night time, we went to Michael Mina at the Bellagio for dinner.  It was great but I'd say you have to plan to spend around $200 per person.  We all got the tasting menu which was actually a lot of food.  I posted a picture of all the courses on my Instagram here lol.  My party was pretty happy with it.  They were very very slow though.  We sat down at around 7, and had to rush them to get out of there by 9:30 since we were late for our Cirque du Soleil Mystere show (which was also great).  So here's my night time outfit:

I think my clubbing days are over.  So this was as "hoochie" as I'd want to go in Vegas now lol.  

Today we spent a lot of time at the Bucchanal Buffet at Caesars!  I have to say I was a little disappointed.  Last time I went there, I thought it was phenomenal.  But this time they kind of fell below the mark.  Not to mention the line was extremely long (2 hour wait at 2 pm).  We paid $25 extra per person to skip the line, which used to be $15.  But still better than waiting in line for 2 hours since time = money lol.  I just thought it was not worth $80 at all.  So that was probably my last time going there.  Although I still ate a lot making it the only meal of the day today!  We are going home tomorrow, so it will be back to the grind on Tuesday!  There will be a lot of calories to work off lol.

Anyway, since the night never ends in Vegas, I will be heading down to the casino and test out my luck again.  =P  Hope you all had a great weekend!

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