Friday, November 20, 2015

Beauty Quickie: Empire Squid Coconut Spice Organic Body Butter

WHO: Empire Squid

Coconut Spice Organic Body Butter

HOW (it looks, smells, cost etc.):
Medium density, off white butter meets balm texture (a little thicker/richer than just coconut oil), smells like a really moist fresh out of the oven spice cake (YUM).  It’s simply packaged in a glass container with a twist off cap.

Price Point: $18 for 4oz and $33 for 8oz   (a little goes a long way)

Certified Organic Coconut Oil, beeswax*, kukui nut oil, Certified Organic apricot kernel oil, hazel nut oil, Certified Organic almond oil, certified organic sweet orange essential oil, certified organic lime peel essential oil, certified organic clove bud essential oil, certified organic cinnamon leaf essential oil, coriander seed essential oil, and vitamin E. 


*Beeswax can be replaced with Candelilla Wax if you prefer a vegan formulation.



Empire Squid (on Etsy) or the Empire Squid website

Also check them out on  Facebook

Fret not, I still use
Belle Butters Premium Whipped Shea Butter (it’s my day time moisturizer), but this is 100% replacing the plain coconut oil. I usually use coconut oil straight from the jar (I have a kitchen and a bathroom jar), but when I was shopping for my Red Raspberry Oil (you must try that too), I came upon this wonderfully gourmand scented butter.Like the rest of Empire Squid products (I use a couple for my face), you get great quality at a justifiable price point. This wonderful butter melts into your skin, leaving it as soft and supple as a new born. I definitely need to get this in the 8oz size. 


Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Current Obsession: Urban Renewal Remade Mock Sleeveless Midi Dress

I Heart Urban Renewal Remade Mock Sleeveless
Midi Dress


Anyone who knows me personally and heck anyone who’s checked my style choices from this blog knows that I’m not a dress girl. Which makes my current obsession a little surprising, and when I say obsessed I’m head over hills. I first saw the Urban Renewal Remade Mock Sleeveless Midi Dress in store in the grey color. My first thought with styling it was simple, a pair of white high top chucks and a jean jacket or a leather biker jacket and this could be a cool day or night look. Sadly (or luckily for my budget), they didn’t have it in stock in my size so I passed it by.

Eventually I searched for the dress online and found that it not only came in  grey but 5 other colors (I love them all but the beige). While it’s not overly expensive it isn’t cheap either with a price point of 49 dollars (definitely a mid-range purchase). I justified the $49 dollar spend since I picked up the item in Navy, because it will transition well across season  and can be easily dressed up or down so I’ll get a lot of bang for my buck.  What do you guys think of the dress, is it a Yay or a Nay? Happy Shopping!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Event Alert: Event Alert: Clarins Facials @ Bloomingdales SF


Who: Clarins

What: 50 minute customized facials ($50)

Where: Clarins Spa at Bloomingdales  

845 Market Street

San Francisco, CA

When: Treat yourself throughout the month of October

"Style" Steal: Zenrez

Hey guys this will be a quick post, I just wanted to let you know about something cool I found out about recently (okay it’s not technically a style steal but you know what I mean). I know I’ve mentions that I like fitness on my blog before, and we all know taking different yoga, barre, and cycling classes can add up and really hurt your pockets. Luckily I recently found out about ZENREZ. Zenrez is similar to Mind Body Online which many fitness companies use with a dash of Living Social/Groupon (but far less intrusive).


Zenrez is basically a seamless experience for fitness-goers to find and book same-day fitness classes at great prices. For example a lot of Bay Area cycling classes are around $24-27 dollars each session, if you check on Zenrez you can find same day classes for on average $10 less than the normal price.
P.S. It’s only available in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pittsburg, and Los Angeles (for now).

Friday, September 25, 2015

Style Steal: Curlbox Naturals September featuring Deva Curl Decadence

I had to rush and get you all this information before the items sold out. I use to big on Subscription boxes, especially ones for natural hair care. I finally found products and techniques that work well for my curly hair which meant no more subscriptions for me.  That is until today, my favorite box from the past Curlbox recently released their “Curlbox Naturals” Subscription box for September, and it featured DevaCurl products. If you follow my YouTube page (and if you don’t what’s wrong with you), then you know I LOVE Deva Curl products. You also know that these products aren’t cheap, and finding them on sale is nearly impossible! So of course I ordered the $35 dollar (plus 5 dollars shipping), September Curlbox Naturals, for which I’ll receive Deva Curl Decadence No Poo, Decadence One Conditioner, and the SuperCream, which were all released in the last 90 days.


Granted I already have all three of the products, but as someone with really thick curly hair who washes it weekly I’ll always need to restock. Did I also mention that if you were to buy the Decadence No Poo and One Condition in stores it would be over $40 add on $20 plus for Supercream and you are well over $60 so $35 is a steal!


Not convinced of how great this deal is, or if the products work well check out my videos on these products:








Thursday, August 27, 2015

Carol's Daughter #BORNandMade

Curly/Natural hair care  and Body Care power house Carol’s Daughter has teamed up with I Am That Girl, for inspiring campaigns that I’ve seen in a while. Calling this a campaign doesn’t really do it justice since the I Am That Girl non-profit  prides itself in inspiriting girls  (and by default women) “to love, express and be exactly who they want to be” The co-founder Emily Greener says, I Am That Girl is shifting girl culture. By building a community for girls to be seen, be heard, and belong, we are giving them something bigger than themselves to stand for and creating a healthier, more powerful world.”

The collaboration has brought forth the #BornAndMade movement that encourages us (girls and women) to be who they were born and made to be.  Check out the images from the campaign on which feature many women you know and many more you should know.  You can also create your own (like me) Born and Made photo.  

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Venue: Drake's Dealership

I got to experience along with some other lucky Drake’s Brewing fans, the soft opening weekend of Drake’s Brewery.  Now East Bay Drake’s fan that aren’t as close to San Leandro can enjoy the beautiful brews, and some delicious bites to eat. Drake’s Dealership, is tucked perfectly into The Hive on Broadway in Oakland is a new indoor/outdoor venue which housed not only a fireplace, bar, ample seating, but also has what Drake’s is known for perfect brews!



Drake’s Dealership features their Year around Beer, as well as Limited Releases, and Experimental on tap, not to mention for none beer drinkers there are wine options, as well as my favorite coffee Highwire’s Howling Wolf.  If you are a Drake’s pro, then bring your Growlers/Bombers to be filled Want to try something different, you’ll have a chance to do that too, because soon they will also feature “guest beers” from other local breweries. What more can you ask for, I’m telling you this place is going to be great!




Check out my experience:



Service was very good especially since they got a ton of folks from First Friday and also fielding tons of question. They option for indoor outdoor seating also makes it a prime East Bay location for hanging with friends.  The location has  pretty good for parking (certain times of the day) and there is a small lot with minimal spaces, and the venue is bike-able but even better it's close to BART!!!


What I tried:


Amber Extra Special Bitter (5.9% APV)

Classically good amber although much darker than what I expect (which I like) definitely not to heavy.


Experimental Series Flight-

(Left to Right)


Oaklander Weisse (3.4% APV)

Berliner Weisse Style

Crisp, citrusy and suppppppppper refreshing (love), definite hot summer porch beer


7x70 (7% APV)

Experimental IPA Style

This one was ok, but I hate IPAs. If IPAs are your jam, then this is a very hoppy one with a good punch you’ll enjoy.


Summer Session Schwartz (4.3% APV)


Smoothest and lightest of any dark beer I've ever tasted. It was cold brewed ice coffee like in its beauty!




Bianca Pizza (Capers, Anchovies, Pecorino Romano)

If you like salty and anchovies this one is for you (and it was the one for me!), this is a sauceless one.


House Salad w/ Duck Breast

This venue has a lot of duck options on their menu (dying to try the duck poutine), and there is nothing wrong with a duck heavy menu. I added the Duck Breast to the house salad which featured arugla, blue cheese, pecans, cranberries and a nice house dressing. This one can be a meal in itself. Very tasty this is going to be a regular craving meal for me.


The venue officially opens today August, 10th (2015) and I really encourage you to check it out at some point.
Drake's Dealership
2325 Broadway Auto Row
Oakland, CA 94612
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