Don’t Be Scared: How to Pack Like a Pro

You book a fabulous trip. In the days leading up to your vacation, you dream about the fun adventures you’ll have. Then, the day or two before your trip, you realize that you now have to cram all of your outfits, toiletries and shoes into a small box that forces you to make hard choices about what to bring on your holiday. And, it’s yet … Continue reading Don’t Be Scared: How to Pack Like a Pro

Secrets to Looking Young: Sheet Mask 101

I mistakenly assumed that most people already knew about the miraculous sheet masks from Asia for your face. I’m now realizing that there are some poor souls who don’t know about the fountain of youth-like effects that face sheet masks can offer: hydration, anti-aging, brightening, and more. Personally, these have been helping me with keeping my skin in an ideal state to ward off irritation, … Continue reading Secrets to Looking Young: Sheet Mask 101

How to Get Soft Hands and Treat Depression: Jurlique Rose Hand Cream Review

The skin on your hands is often the first indicator of your age. Your real age. This is why I slather on the Jurlique Rose Hand Cream to keep my hands and cuticles moisturized. It also helps with avoiding eczema, which is not something you want to advertise on your hands either. I was in a week-long training class for work and could see my occasional … Continue reading How to Get Soft Hands and Treat Depression: Jurlique Rose Hand Cream Review

The British Boutique Hotel Experience: The Soho Hotel in London

One of the main reasons I like to stay at boutique hotels instead of your usual big box hotel chains is that you usually get something unexpected. Like, say…a 10-foot tall bronze cat in the lobby of my hotel in London, The Soho Hotel. 🙂 They describe their decor as “modern English style”, but more importantly, each of the rooms is designed in its own unique … Continue reading The British Boutique Hotel Experience: The Soho Hotel in London

How to Fake a Cool Cocktail: Ludlows Cocktails Spritzes and Jelly Shots

I love throwing parties, but I’m not the best at making cocktails. I know it’s very trendy these days to know all about “mixology,” but between the pop culture to keep up with in my Us Weeklys and skin care product research, I don’t want to take on anything else. 😉 And that’s what $15 cocktail lounges are for. The cheaper solution to this problem: … Continue reading How to Fake a Cool Cocktail: Ludlows Cocktails Spritzes and Jelly Shots

How to Get Smooth Skin: Exfoliation Product Guide & Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder Review

Who doesn’t want smoother skin? There is a step to taking care of your skin that seems superfluous, but if done regularly, it makes all your products work even better. Exfoliate! Yes, it’s annoying because it’s yet another step you need to add to your skin care regime. Beauty is hard. 😦 But beauty can also be ridiculously cute, especially when it comes from Japan, like these … Continue reading How to Get Smooth Skin: Exfoliation Product Guide & Kanebo Suisai Beauty Clear Powder Review

How to Be a Tiny Bit Healthier When in Vegas: Vdara Hotel and Spa at Aria Review

When people think of Las Vegas, some things immediately come to mind: gambling, drinking, buffet-style eating, general debauchery. These aren’t always necessarily bad things if done in moderation. Smoke-filled hotels and casinos, however, are where I draw the line. This why I often stay at the non-smoking luxury hotel, Vdara Hotel & Spa. Yes, that exists in Vegas! As a bonus, the Aria Hotel Spa is right … Continue reading How to Be a Tiny Bit Healthier When in Vegas: Vdara Hotel and Spa at Aria Review

Natural Organic Lipstick with SPF: Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 Review

You hear a lot about using natural cosmetics but sometimes it’s hard to do that when you don’t know what the negative consequences would be. I often find that the natural SPF products don’t have the smoothest consistency that you want in a lipstick. This might be the first one I’ve found that comes close to a regular lipstick–and also has skin-saving non-chemical SPF: Ilia … Continue reading Natural Organic Lipstick with SPF: Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 Review

The Little Things Add Up in Tokyo: Peninsula Tokyo Hotel Review

If you’re going on vacation but can’t splurge on a pricey hotel for the whole trip, a good tip is to treat yourself to a nicer hotel at the very end, even it’s one night. There’s no better luxury hotel brand than the Peninsula Hotel, and that’s where I stayed for the last night of my trip to Tokyo, Japan in May 2016. You might … Continue reading The Little Things Add Up in Tokyo: Peninsula Tokyo Hotel Review

Hidden Oasis in New York City: Library Hotel Review

Does anyone remember the Dewey Decimal System for classifying library book topics? While it sounds nerdy and boring, the concept works delightfully  well for the guest rooms at one of my favorite New York City boutique hotels, the Library Hotel. Instead of staying at a big corporate chain hotel, why not have a unique experience while you’re in one of the most exciting cities in … Continue reading Hidden Oasis in New York City: Library Hotel Review