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The Magical Wonderland of Poppy & Someday

Welcome to the magical wonderland of Poppy & Someday


Poppy & Someday has been on my radar for years. I met Kari at little markets around LA and of course followed her on Instagram. Being a Makeup Artist and a product junkie, I've always been drawn to her clean products. I finally made an appointment and headed up the hills of Laurel Canyon. Had I not just driven myself up the canyon, I would've thought I arrived in Provence or some other magical corner of France. That was my first second thought was why the hell did I wait so long to experience this heavenly place. The house is like a french cottage with a beautiful outdoor shop space. Here you may find Kari crafting pottery or magical essences for the Poppy & Someday apothecary line. You might feel like you're sneaking into someone's sacred space, yet you're welcome here in this sunshine filled wildflower wonderland with birds chirping and magic in the air. It really is a perfectly perfect sanctuary.

The treatments range from 1-2 hours and then you absolutely must languish in the tub with a cup of tea, hop over to the infra red sauna, the steam room and then back to the tub if you so desire. This is some serious FOMO-I can't believe it took me so long to book an appointment, but once I was here ..I never wanted to leave! 


masseuse and Ayurvedic Practitioner. I would add magical human to her resume as well. She studied herbalism and turned her passion for gardening and wildcrafting into a business with Poppy & Someday. Kari is a graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute of America, The Dhyana Center, California School of Herbal Studies and also holds a B.S. in Health and Nutrition.


The magic of wild harvested plant medicine~

Every product is handcrafted, sun infused and lovingly made with many of the herbs grown on the property. The Organic oils and potions are rooted in Ayurveda and Western Herbalism with a focus on plant ingredients. All of the products are made by hand in the canyon with no fillers, chemicals or toxins. The magical face cream is seriously magic with Rose hip oil, cocoa butter, neroli and frankincense. The Apothecary is filled with all kinds of tinctures, creams, mists, salt scrubs and an array of magical must haves. Head to her site to shop~


Shirodhara~You've probably seen or heard about Shirodara. A magical, restful and restorative treatment, where herbal infused oil is poured continuously over the forehead. The treatment calms the nervous system, relieves stress and brings a feeling of contentment like you've never felt. Benefits include relief of headaches and tension, it can also regulate moods and alleviate depression. Trust me-You will fall into a state of zen and seriously pray it never ends. 

Lymphatic Ayurvedic Massage~The lymphatic system is the body's natural detoxification system. The massage technique is designed to drain toxins, strengthen the immune system, boost circulation and bring balance to the body and mind. You will be treated to hot rocks, steam, herbal infused oils, Gua Sha, Aromatherapy, along with other delights. This massage choice would be a great way to  enter the realm of Ayurvedic healing as each treatment is customized to the clients individual needs. Do you kind of feel like shit but you don't know probably need a cleanse and a drain. 

Abhyanga & Swedena Massage~

You will begin your treatment with the sweat and steam therapy of Swedena. which will be followed by the traditional Ayurvedic massage~ Abhyanga. The Abhyanga is a rejuvenating massage based on Ayurvedic principles with the therapist/s applying warm oil in a rhythmic flow. This treatment is designed to assist the body in healing along with creating balance in the mind, body and spirit. 

Gua Sha Facial~ This was my first Gua Sha facial and I chose this treatment because..well my face "needed" it but also I was in the mood to try something new. I am pretty familiar with the Art of Ayurveda and try to do a Panchakarma cleanse at least once a year. ( a traditional Ayurvedic cleanse to detoxify, rejuvenate and strengthen the immune system-At Surya Spa in LA. I'll talk about them in another post)  Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old holistic healing ritual that originated in India. If you haven't experienced Ayurvedic treatments or the way of life, I suggest looking into it. I would start here with any of the first three treatments on this list, you'll be hooked. It can be life changing and I really don't think there is anything that compares to Ayurveda if you are wanting to go deep into a healing journey.

The Gua Sha facial is incredibly restorative and aids in deep relaxation and renewal. This facial is recommended to reduce puffiness and inflammation, combat fine lines, dark circles, clears stagnation and bonus-it lifts sagging skin. The dark circles I've been plagued with recently disappeared after one treatment just from releasing the sinus. You can read the whole description on all of the lovely benefits of this facial and the rest of her treatments on her website-linked below.

The amazement does not end on the table, because after your treatment you are welcome to relax in the outside garden. Grab your lovely robe (from the Odd Bird Company-one of our favs) and your slippers and head outside. The healing continues in a gorgeous flower filled claw foot bathtub, steam room and infrared sauna. The birds chirping and drinking out of the pretty fountain come free. You will feel restored, nourished, beautiful and beyond relaxed. 


THAT BATHTUB~It really is as glorious and restorative as it looks in photos!!

That bathtub awaits you with sea salts, a cup of tea and flowers. You will be very content sitting in your warm tub, meditating, relaxing and contemplating how you will convince Kari that she needs a roommate.  

THE SPACE~This hidden gem is tucked away off Laurel Canyon and just a short drive from almost anywhere in LA, but worlds away once you arrive. Kari will greet you from her little office/pottery studio/apothecary. The whole vibe is quaint, inviting and peaceful. 

You will be led to a beautiful room in an adjacent little cottage which overlooks that incredible bathtub and the garden. Here you will leave the world behind and be immersed in the healing tranquility of the space and Kari's hands.


Find all the information  you need to book an appointment below or follow her IG page for inspiration, daydreaming and some serious FOMO~


Just go..don't wait 5 years!! I can't wait to go back~

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CAROLINE DHAVERNAS Actress~ On Lipstick, Surf & Oysters

CAROLINE DHAVERNAS~I recently interviewed my lovely friend Caroline.You know her from Hannibal & Mary Kills People. We worked together ten years ago on Off the Map in Hawaii and became forever friends. We've had countless adventures traveling, hiking, surfing and laughing until our bellies ache. Here she shares with us her lipstick obsession, Montreal hangouts and the art of Zen~surfing.

1. CURRENT OBSESSIONS?                                                                                     

How beautiful a cloud of smoke looks....


Denise and I have spent so much time together in Hawaii so I have to say her SUMMER collection for all of our beach essentials.

A live Cuban band made of hot salsa dancing Cubans.

The ocean air is the best tool! Nothing to be done! Kind of perfect for the day when I will be stuck on the desert island with the hot Cubans, cause you know, no electricity and all...

5. BEAUTY RITUAL?                                                                                              

Hot pink lips for hiking days with Denise. 

East Coast (represent!) oysters. Apparently my mother craved them when she was pregnant with me. That's probably when the love story started. I could eat oysters every day and never get bored with them.

As a kid, I loved to draw with a purple violet scented crayon and whenever I smell that flower in a perfume or cosmetics, it takes me straight back to those blissful moments where nothing else existed in the world but you, the paper and the exciting possibilities of color. Scent is the most intriguing and mysterious sense.

Professional champagne drinker.

Driving from Montreal to the Magdalen Islands (Îles de la Madeleine). I'm usually not big on road trips since sitting still drives me bonkers, but this drive is so beautiful and includes ferries from which you can see whales, so what the heck, a little madness never killed anyone. 

French kissing with an amazing kisser. When that chemistry lights up, holy smokes, that's what life is about.

Thinking about surfing.

Periwinkle blue and burgundy, side by side, makes the hairs on my arms stand up like an encore.

 I just bought a crazy Chanel lipstick, Rouge Allure Ink in 212 Metallic purple


Chroniques du hasard by Elena Ferrante, an Italian writer.


Salt in Greece, on Milos Island.


La Binerie: For breakfast or brunch. An institution in Montreal. The restaurant has been around for 81 years and offers a unique experience of Quebec's culture and typical comfort food.
Les Rapides Park: a migratory bird sanctuary in the city by the water. A beautiful walk in the spring to see mother bird and her younglings on the river.
Gypsy: Café/bar. I go there to read scripts and work on my computer. I love the restaurant's design and the food is great. 
❥Byblos: Iranian café, amazing food, filled with light. Feta and dill scambled eggs with fresh mint tea...YUM! They also have a trunk filled with toys for kids in the back: very fun and practical.
L'Express: another institution in Montreal, classical French bistro. The quality and service are impeccable.
Le Mousso: One of the best tables in Montreal.
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Ivette Mancilla~On Tulum & All the Feels




  Ivette is the designer/creator of Palmyra Handmade. She's a yoga instructor, artist, fashion designer, content creator and all around gorgeous soul. I carry her totes in the Mercado Collection. I hardly know her but I want to know her and you will too after reading her interview. Here she shares life in Tulum and all the feels~

1. On finding Tulum~

Eight years ago I dropped everything and booked a flight to Playa del Carmen, a place I only knew from word of mouth and where I had no friends, family or a job waiting for me with just $300 USD of savings. I didn’t care...I needed to get away from my hometown and the life I had. I had a vision of what I wanted: to make pretty clothes, to teach yoga at the beach, to have an apartment by the sea and to wander around town wearing only bikinis, no make-up, a perfect tan and no heels. Playa was amazing, but of course the moment I stepped into Tulum, the scenario changed into this new and fabulous location. Tulum was and is definitely more “me”.

It wasn’t easy, and coming from a very classic Mexican family from a conservative city where all girls are expected to grow up, study, get married, have babies and become housewives; it was a challenge. That life wasn't for me so when I decided to leave, alone, to an unknown place, my parents freaked out; but I stayed strong and trusted the fire inside me that knew I would be able to do it. Not all girls can travel on their own or live independently but I’m one of those who can and I was meant to live this way. It was a perfect fit. The missing piece of the puzzle I had been searching for all along. 

2. On life in Tulum ~You wear a lot of hats with design, IG, yoga and art. How do you find the time for everything? Was this your plan or all a way to be living your dream in Tulum? 

This is funny because people ask me that all the time. I’m all over the place and always have been this way. I’m someone who doesn’t know how to rest. I do enjoy quiet days at the beach but still, I can’t just sit and do nothing. Even when I'm watching Netflix, I’m sewing or painting, cleaning or doing laundry. I feel that if I don’t do things, life will slip away. The concept of “weekends” does not exist for me; I don’t see them as rest days.

My life is the result of opportunities that I have taken advantage of when presented. But also, and more importantly, of mindset. Are you into manifesting? Because I am, and honestly my life has been 80% manifested. I am lucky to say that all the things I have wanted to do, have happened. Maybe not as quick as I would have loved, but I definitely got there when the moment was right.

In regards to time... If someone is constantly thinking, “I don’t have time for this”, they will NEVER have time for that. But if you are conscious of your time management, you will be able to do everything and more. I wake up in the early morning hours and that’s when I start my day, so of course I have time to do lots of stuff, enjoy a nice home cooked vegan meal and catch up on a favorite show before going to sleep. It’s all mindset. I don’t see it as a burden to wake up at 3am, I see it as an opportunity to do more things during the day; when you wake up to this thought, trust me; you won’t find it dreadful. 

3. On business in Tulum and supporting the local Mayan women with Fair Trade, Sustainable & slow fashion~

I have been making clothes for years now but the style, inspiration and philosophy behind it has changed at the same pace that I have changed. I’m very grateful that I’m capable of selling my linen pieces in local shops in México and the USA. But this joy does not solely come from the fact that people are admiring and buying my brand; actually most of it comes from the satisfaction I get from being able to help my artisan women put food on their tables. When I lived in Baja, I did all the sewing myself; but my designs were mostly high couture gowns for weddings and fancy social events. I was in another stage of fashion back then, too vain and superficial for my taste. When I decided to change my lifestyle and move to the Caribbean, my fashion sense and style changed as well. When I arrived in Tulum, I thought I’d just start making beachy clothes for myself, but then friends asked me for the pieces I was wearing, then stores and soon I needed help with the sewing. I started looking for local women that could help me out with production and now, these amazing seamstresses have come back to life. They are all elder grandmas that are now the major providers for their family households.They are so grateful that they can make money from their art: sewing, knitting, pattern making, designing. Honestly, there have been stressful times when I have said “fuck it! I can’t do this anymore, it’s too muchl” BUT the face of these women LIGHTING UP every single time I arrive with more fabric is what keeps me going. They need the job, and I have realized that it is not only for the money but also because it makes them feel useful and valuable; when they were “self-declared” as a burden for their family. So this is empowering. There are times when I do not have any commissions but still I bring them material so they can make a garment or pillow for me, just so they can have an income. And other times, when buyers rush me with orders, I have to educate them: this is a slow fashion movement and I am not going to pressure my girls, as they make everything by hand, in their homes, where they have other duties such as taking care of their grandchildren, cooking, cleaning and still...they search for the time and willpower to create clothing for me. 

PALMYRA HANDMADE has become a strong supporter of women from the local Mayan communities through the slow fashion and fair trade movements. I try to be as sustainable as I can. I have created several “zero waste” pieces from scraps and leftover fabrics, reducing textile waste and becoming more eco-friendly. I’m trying to make a living with my clothing label but also to make a difference; one that teaches people to take care of the environment, to support their local creators, to value the work done by hand and to question the origins of what they purchase. It’s important for all of us nowadays to ask “where is this garment coming from?” Is it coming from a massive fast-fashion oppressing company or a small independent brand that supports causes and is trying to make a positive impact on the environment and the lives of others? KNOWING THE ORIGINS is key in the actual world; our planet and our people depend on it. 

4. On finding inspiration?

I find inspiration from my own thoughts, my experiences and myself. Yes, it might be easier to focus in a peaceful scenario but honestly sometimes in the middle of the war zone is when I can create the most. When I feel something inside, I can’t go on existing until I put it in writing, painting, fabric, etc… My head would explode. I am a person that lives too much inside her head so definitely everything I come up with is a result of what I’m going through at the moment, regardless of my location or life circumstances. My art has changed so much through the years, if I laid it all out in front of you, one could identify certain periods and what I was feeling in each one. Same with my style and fashion sense, music taste and random likes and dislikes; I have been so many "Ivettes," it’s like I’m constantly evolving. And each Ivette has brought me something different and led me into the next one, so it’s never hard to say goodbye to the old because I know it’s time to make room for the new to come.

5. Muse?

I am inspired by brave, bold and independent women ahead of their time that defied society and went against men and all odds, to pursue their dreams. The ones that played a huge part in changing history so young women could dream big and feel able to follow those dreams. I am most drawn to women in the field of the arts which of course includes Frida Kahlo. I also admire Jane Austen, Emily Bronte, Amelia Earhart, Coco Chanel, Jk Rowling and Beatrix Potter.

6. Diary of Mexico~

I had already been living in Playa del Carmen for three years but decided I needed to explore other areas in México before settling in Tulum. So again, I was off to embrace a new adventure. I first went to Oaxaca, where I stayed about four months living in between different beach towns on the coast. First Mazunte for two months then a couple of weeks in San Agustinillo, then Zipolite, Zicatela, Puerto Escondido, Huatulco and then finally reaching Oaxaca city. The whole state is beautiful but it just wasn’t my place to live. I then ventured to San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas for a month and I could have easily stayed longer if it wasn’t for the cold. . By that time, my cousin from San Diego was moving to NYC so I thought, why not? Total contrast from the jungly places I was living.I had to make a stop in Baja at my parents house to change wardrobes; left my suitcases packed with all of summer frocks and bikinis and grabbed my coats from my old bedroom. New York is the bomb, amazing city; I only stayed a month because I’m not American and also it’s too much and too big for me. I just feel more comfortable in small beach towns. Next I applied for a job in Sayulita and when they called me I booked a flight to Baja, changed wardrobes again and then jumped on a flight to Sayulita. I stayed in Sayulita for awhile but ultimately I felt a pull for Tulum .


❣ Beach clubs: Whenever I go to the beach I hang out only at these hotels I love: Sanará, Nomade, Ahau Tulum and Chiringuito.

❣ Restaurants: There are so many great places to eat in Tulum and vegan! I love Pasha, Mezzanine Hotel, The Real Coconut, Raw Love, Holistika’s Tierra restaurant and Matcha Mama for the smoothie bowls!

❣ Bars: I don’t party at all, but I do enjoy drinks once every year at Encanto Cantina, Casa Jaguar and Gitano.

❣ Shop: Wanderlust Tulum of course! La Tiendita, In the Middle, Calas, Yevadon are my faves. 

8. On Scent & Memories? 

You know how there are scents or songs or colors that transport you into memories… I love that. I have a great memory. I’m able to remember ridiculous moments from my childhood, like what a girl was wearing the first day of kindergarten, or what I wore to that party in high school, or the names and addresses of classmates I literally haven’t seen in decades. Whenever I smell or see or taste something I haven’t felt for a while it triggers my memory and transports me into another time. Sometimes I induce it, with songs mainly, especially from the 90s. (Meredith Brooks, Ace of Base or Nirvana) I loved the 90s and it always cheers me up.  


I'm all about the morning rituals and night rituals, getting in the car rituals and cleaning rituals..maybe because I'm an OCD freak, I can't help myself. Little things such as making coffee the way I like it while sitting alone in mental silence. Enjoying breakfast and taking my time to indulge and savor it. Listening to the birds outside and chanting with no disturbance from cars honking or construction. Moving my body through yoga. Running or cycling outdoors is imperative because I need my dose of daily nature: the smell of vegetation, the sound of the waves, the feeling of sand between my toes and the wind in my face...

I’m so devoted to being an early bird that lately I rise at 2~3 AM and literally drink my first cup of coffee by 2:45 AM. It’s funny because some would say it’s still night time but for me it's magic. It’s a very quiet, peaceful and delightfully dark morning that allows me to wake up at my own pace, slowly adjust into “living” again after a good sleep which provides me the space to stay still and enjoy the new day without the noise and the people. I’m one of those that NEEDS to have several hours of silence and a lot of caffeine before stepping out into the world; I really require to mentally prepare for life Everyday. I've been like this since I was a kid, though the activities have changed over the years but still the rituals of easing into life have stayed. 

10. Currently reading?

I literally just started reading a book someone gave to me, "The Passion of Artemisia" by Susan Vreeland. I find so much comfort in reading. I try to read one book a month but lately I’ve been taking the time to study more about social media and online marketing. I’m a sucker for love stories even when I don’t believe in such a thing for myself; maybe that’s why I like them so much; I don't know if I will never have a grand love story so I experience them through the ones I read about. My faves are Jane Eyre, Love in the times of Cholera, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations and Glory and the Lightning. I have all of the books I have read stored in my room at my parents house. I don't think I will ever part with them. I love to open an old book that smells...oh the smell of old pages is magical.

11. On finding Zen? 

Over the years I have come to realize there is no such thing as a specific “happy place”, at least for me. I have struggled with depression since childhood and always thought that what depressed me was where I lived. I don’t fit in with the people and lifestyle of my hometown not even with my family’s. In college I got to travel to Europe with the student exchange program. I thought finally.. I am going away. What I realized after landing in Madrid, the scenario had changed but I was still me and my thoughts were still there. Years later I experienced what many of us go through. I thought I found my "Happy Place" with a guy...until he broke my heart. I guess this is what has kept me moving, trying to find my place in the world and in turn, myself...and my zen. I have learned that no matter where I am, I could move to Bora Bora or Saturn and still; if I don’t to the inner work, I will carry depression everywhere I go. It's hard sometimes to navigate life as a creative, someone who feels things so deeply, who sees life as art and art as life...but this is my path. I am working on it and this is what counts. My zen zone would be anytime when I am not letting those dark thoughts take over me. It’s precious time, like when I’m doing my yoga practice, or painting, sewing, cycling or even enjoying a quiet morning at the beach on my own.. in one of those secret spots I love with no one around. 


I am not sure that I am wise enough to share any wisdom but I DO have one mantra that I live by and have found that it works like a charm: “GIVE NO FUCKS”. That’s it. Follow your gut, do your hustle no matter what as long as you are not hurting anyone or anything. Just live and let live and give no fucks of what anyone else tells you. I have gotten where I am now with no fucks given. If I would have cared, I would probably be an unhappily married housewife with a bunch of kids somewhere in Mexicali, Baja California. If I had cared of what people told me then, I would have never studied Fashion as a career or yoga to be a instructor, or moved to Tulum, or traveled alone...So Give no fucks, please! 

14. FREE FOR ALL~On our current situation

I wonder how everyone is coping. I myself find it extremely hard to endure. I have been in quarantine since the beginning of March. Although I have no trouble staying at home, it is the fact of uncertainty that is killing me. I’ve been having constant panic attacks and physical complications due to stress: insomnia, body pain, vertigo, and lately even paralysis in my right hand. I can’t even sew, paint or draw during this time because I need my right hand to do so. All of this is making it difficult for me to stay upbeat. I try to stay strong and hopeful but the fact that the virus is not going away, that everything has stopped in the business world, that my financial situation is paused, that we cannot go out normally and enjoy regular activities, that I cannot touch or hug anyone and that we DO NOT KNOW WHEN this is all going to's all too much. I am feeling it all too much and I find it draining all of the energy from me. I know a lot of people are very anxious, and I want to say to you, I am too that way; it is normal to experience this, you are not alone. I feel you. Let’s stay strong together, even at a distance. This too shall pass~





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Caroline Day~Actress. Sharing In flight beauty & Portuguese escapes

I met Caroline on Scandal. We don't even remember what we bonded over. Sometimes someone sits in your makeup chair and it's like you've known them for lifetimes. We do share similar obsessions with travel, beauty, coffee and our latest-stalking homes for sale in foreign countries (via IG) Daydreaming of owning a villa in another country is such an amazing escape and it's fun to have someone to to share the obsession with. This is being written during the Covid Pandemic so any distraction that soothes the soul is good for us. Here she shares her beauty routine, the secret to her effortless style and how she dances herself into zen..


My grandma. Always chic, she’s taught me the elegance of simplicity: white blouse, black slacks, black flats, chignon! Maybe a pop of red lipstick. She reminds me of a little Portuguese Audrey Hepburn. 


Every morning when I wake up, I wash my face with a gentle cleanser. My two favorites are Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Foaming Cleanser and La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel. I like having my face feel super clean before I put on any product or makeup. Then I put on a layer of Embryolisse or another lightweight moisturizer. My heavy duty products -- serums, peels, masks, or any retinols -- are part of my nighttime regimen because I generally don’t have time in the morning. Besides, at night I can let products sit while I watch a movie. Also, I am not yet together enough to wake up 30 minutes early for my skin routine. Before leaving the house, I always make time to apply a layer of sunscreen, ideally Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen or Glossier Invisible Shield because you can’t feel them on your face. And I never wear makeup if I don’t have to. If I do have to, I keep it simple: a lightweight foundation, a swipe of mascara, and a lip. 


My biggest secret is that I don’t have any: no hard and fast rules is my rule. I try to wear sunscreen and a hat, but I love being in the sun in the summer. If sun damage gives me crows feet, so be it. I try to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, but I also have a sweet tooth and love carbs. If pasta gives me love handles, so be it that too. It may sound cliche, but I think happy, whole, fulfilled people are the most beautiful. 


I am decidedly un-zen. For me, it’s music and dancing that gets me into a flow state and helps me tap into spirituality. 


My new favorite thing to do, now that we’ve adopted a Safer-At-Home quarantine lifestyle, is to virtually tour a museum in the afternoon. It’s great: no lines, fewer stairs, clothing optional. Of course, it’s nothing like the real thing. I love seeing art up close. But these tours remind me of the world outside my apartment and the power of art. If you’re looking for great online collections, I highly recommend The MASP Museum of Sao Paulo, The Musee d’Orsay, and the Uffizi Gallery.


Educated is my new favorite book. While it’s really harrowing, it reminds me of what humans are capable of when we dig deep. Old favorites include Bob Dylan’s Chronicles, Madame Bovary and Wuthering Heights. On a rainy afternoon, I love to flip through Leonard Cohen’s Book of Longing or Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell. When I’m in the mood for a short story, my first stops are Checkhov and Nabakov. And if my attention span is even shorter, I really enjoy looking through art books; they’re visually engaging which really helps with my ADD. 


When I was a kid, my mom always wore a pink, silk robe. Before it was my mom’s, it had been her mother’s. And It had a distinctly floral scent. I always think of that as my mother’s scent and I can still recall it today, even though the robe has been tattered for years. 


Easily the Silent Living Hotel in Lisbon! Its beauty is in it’s artful simplicity. The design is breathtaking: huge limestone staircases and minimal furnishings. And, beyond the aesthetic element, there’s a unique quality to the family-owned space; it really feels like you’re being welcomed into the home of a dear friend. Every morning’s breakfast is this beautiful spread with a variety of juices, breads, sweets, and artisanal honeys and cheeses. The care and intention with which they prepare it, and everything else, make this hotel so special, like nowhere else in the world.


I go big when it comes to in-flight skincare. If I have makeup on, I wash my face the minute we reach 30k feet. Then, I moisturize. I put on my Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask because my lips become lizard-like almost immediately after take off. My most important plane product is Barbara Sturm’s Anti Pollution Drops: these fight the free radicals from air travel, so I make sure to re-apply several times in flight. Then, at some point - believe it or not - I do a mask. It looks ridiculous, but I fly so much, my skin really appreciates it. Also, it passes the time. ‘My Beauty Diary Alps Edelweiss Ultra-Repairing Mask’ is my go-to, because it’s incredibly hydrating and reasonably priced. And finally, I drink as much water as I can. It’s good for your insides, too! IG:  @drbarbarasturm 


LA~Cecconis! Best kept secret... that I am now telling the internet. In the late afternoon, I’ll head there for a light afternoon snack: gnocchi and iced latte. I love their iced lattes. 


Depends on the vibe of the trip, but my go to is Bossa Nova. It works wherever you are and wherever you’re heading. Throw on some Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, or Caetano Veloso and you’re good to go. And if I spot tumbleweeds through the car window, I have to throw on some Waylon Jennings, John Denver or Dolly Parton.


I have always had a dream life in which I am a painter. Unfortunately I have absolutely zero talent for painting, but I am hoping this pans out in a future lifetime. 


When I am fully engaging with life. When I am at my most activated, excited, exhausted, excited, etc. I hate stagnancy. I always have this feeling that there’s so much to do in a day, week, month, life….and if I’m not I’m missing out. I feel beautiful when I feel fully alive. 



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Jaina Lee Ortiz~Actress On Beauty, Coconuts & Quiet Sundays


Daydreaming with Jaina~Here she shares her glow secrets, quiet Sundays, jasmine love, yoga and her dream vacation. I am lucky to work with this beauty on Station 19. She is lovely, gorgeous and funny. Her answers to these questions reflect her beautiful soul..

I think Yara Shahidi is profoundly inspirational.  I want to be her when I grow up.

Sipping a coconut on a white sand beach. 

Very quiet, minimal to-do list.  Usually consists of laundry.  I like to start the week with crisp linens.

I associate beauty with love.  When I do something out of kindness, I feel beauty.  I love cooking for my friends, brings me a lot of joy!

I Recently discovered how rich & beautiful the smell of Jasmine is!  I want to grow Jasmine flowers in my future garden

Love to get a good workout sweat at CorePower Yoga. Love sound baths. At home meditations, cooking, arranging flowers, nesting & organizing my home.

7. STYLE CRUSH? JLo                                                                                                  


I’ve been obsessing over Natura Bisse Diamond Cocoon Sheer.  Pricey but transforms my skin!


Luxury spa massages                                                                                                                                                                                


Skincare before Makeup. Less is more. Cream blushes over powder for dewy skin. ➻Fun fact You may not know ~ Jaina used to be a makeup artist  


I have a compulsive need to fold white towels a certain way.                                                                                                                                 


❥Venice~Love Gjelina for lunch

❥Moonjuice for a Date Shake 

❥Always love a meal from Cafe Gratitude.

❥The Green Room in Burbank for cocktails.

❥Dinner at Catch in NYC.

❥NYC~Dinner at Catch 


Turks & Caicos ~                                                                                  


A Beautiful Composition of Broken by R.H. Sin

The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer


Spotify all day.  Reggaeton all day.


A personal home organizer.

17. WORDS OF WISDOM? - You can spend your whole life getting to know yourself.



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road trip







sleep~ Ojai Rancho Inn & Capri by @sheltersocialclub 

Ojai Valley Inn @ojaivalleyinn

Caravan Outpost @caravanoutpostojai

coffee~ Beacon Coffee  @beaconcoffee  211 W. Ojai Ave.

(best GF & vegan pastries) 

eat~ Hip Vegan @hvojai  201 N. Montgomery St. 

bread~ @katesbread

shop~In the Field   @inthefieldojai  730 E. Ojai

Summer Camp  @shopsummercamp 1020 W. Ojai Ave.

Tipple & Ramble @tippleandramble + drink wine 315 N. Montgomery St.

Bungalow by Fig @bungalowojai  109 N. Montgomery St.

plants & flowers~ Forage  @forageojai  152 Baldwin Rd.

Found 203 Studio~203 N. Ventura St.

yoga~Light & Space  @lightandspaceyoga 915 E. Ojai Ave.

stroll~Farmers Market  @ojaifarmersmarket Sundays

market~Rainbow Market 211 E. Matilija


sleep~rustic Treebones @treebonesresort

 Sort of rustic~Glamping at Ventana @ventanabigsur
Posh rustic~Post Ranch Inn @postranchinn


eat~Big Sur Bakery  @bigsurbakery

The Village Big Sur @thevillagebigsur


yoga~Esalen one of my fav places. Yoga, baths, serenity, teachings and the yummiest food



eat. Loquita~ @loquitasb 202 State Street

La Superica Taco~I haven't been in ages. I am glad it's still there. It's one of those hole in the wall joints that has a line down the street!

Mesa Verde~I haven't been in 2 years but I was obsessed with this place. Plant based. Alta mesa area. 1919 Cliff Drive

Bread~ @oat_bakery + Cheese by one of my favs Sproutcraft Creamery @Sproutcraft_creamery 5 West Haley St.

Helena Avenue Bakery @helenaavenuebakery 131 Anacapa

drink~ Municipal Wines @muniwine  22 Anacapa St.

Potek Winery ~406 E. Haley St. #1 at The Mill which looks like it needs to be on the list as well. I'll try these coffee spots and get back to you. @themillsb

Juice Ranch~  @juiceranch  33 Park Way


shop~ Bestow Gallery @bestowpottery

flowers & cacti~ Lotusland..I really want to go someday

market crush~

stroll~Farmers markets Tues & Saturday

SB  and then detour to Los Alamos, Los Olivos or Solvang

Solvang~The Landsby @thelandsby


sleep~ The Bodega House @thebodegahouse 

(just heard about this one)

Skyview @skyviewlosalamos  (I stayed here when it was still a its a roadside motel so I've go to check it out now. There was a time when the accommodations in Los Alamos were slim pickings. I am so glad someone decided to update this quaint little place.  I've heard great things about their onsite restaurant Norman as well.

The Alamo by @sheltersocialclub  They did an amazing job with this renovation. It's so cute now. The first time I stopped into Los Alamos my friend and I looked at this hotel and said thank god we didn't choose this one, it looks like escaped convicts are hiding out in there....true story! Now it's adorable & cozy just like all of the hotels in the Shelter Social Club family.

eat~ Bob's Well Bread @bobswellbread 550 Bell St.

Pizza~Full of life 225 Bell St. 

Bells @bellslosalamos   406 Bell St. this is new for me so I will add it to the see ya soon list.

drink~ Bodega Wine Bar @bodegalosalamos  273 Bell St.

Municipal Wine Makers 425 Bell St. ~so cute

Babi's Beer Emporium & Sister property Casa Dumetz right next door 388 Bell Street


stroll~Bell Street.. just one long street to see it all. At the beginning or end depending on where you come in, you can also stroll the Depot Antique Mall.



sleep~The Pendry @pendrysandiego  DT
Estancia La Jolla @estancialajolla La Jolla
The Guild @theguildhotel DT

Surfhouse Boutique Hotel @surfhouseadventures Encinitas

Eat & stroll~ Little Italy for all kinds of eating, drinking and cafe inspiration + donuts

Devils Dozen 2001 Kettner @devilsdozendonuts

Pretty enough to check out~

@juneshineco@barkindred@iamildandy@pancakelordssd@youandyoursd    @holymatchaa

Coffee~Communal Coffee Both locations are the cutest North & South Park
 @communalcoffee + gifts + flowers
2335 University Ave. & 2221 Fern 

The Grounds Bean Bar 1571 La Playa @thegroundsbeanbar

yoga~Four Moons Spa @fourmoonsspa Drop in for yoga or reflexology. Encinitas

flowers~Native Poppy  3009 Grape Street @native_poppy

shop~ Pigment 3801 30th St + 2 other locations
@shoppigment lots of gift ideas



Sleep~I think the best ideas are these homestays/airbnb when it comes to Joshua tree.

Some favs on IG~ @thejoshuatreehouse






shop~ Shop on the Mesa 56636 Twentynine palms hwy~Yucca

Wonder Valley Oil  @wondervalley . Great gift idea 

61943 Twentynine Palms Hwy ~JT

Acme 5 Lifestyle 55870 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Yucca Valley


The Station~ @thestationjoshuatree 61943 29 Palms Hwy

coffee~Joshua Tree Coffee 61738 Twentynine Palms Hwy

eat~I haven't been in a couple of years so i'll put these on the list for the next trip La Copine 848 Old Womans Spring Rd.  @lacopinekitchen

Kitchen in the Desert @kitcheninthedesert29 

6427 Mesquite, 29 Palms


yoga~Meditation at @integratronofficial

stroll~Farmers market on Sat. 

market crush~ @wineandrockshop


sleep~All time favorite @korakia 

For future~ @laserenavillaspalmsprings

@sandshotelspa  @sparrowslodge

eat~Azucar  @azucarpalmsprings at La Serena Villas

339 S. Belardo Road

Recommended by @jainaleeortiz ~Mister Parker's at the Parker Hotel @parkerpalmsprings + the @holidayhouseps is one of her favorites 


Soukie Modern Rugs @soukiemodern 1345 N. Palm Canyon
and This looks cute~ Thick as Thieves  @shopthieves

183 S. Indian Canyon Dr.



plants & flowers~

market crush~



sleep~Hotel Joaquin @hoteljoaquin  love the vibe, the pool, the bikes and the food 

Casa Laguna Hotel @casalagunahotel  Beautiful Spanish style, lovely pool, gorgeous design, great hospitality.

Splurge ~Monarch Beach Resort Away from PCH so it's very quiet. Just a golf cart away to a pretty beach. Amazing pool areas. Beautiful rooms with luxurious bath tubs. Spa, juice, golf..basically you don't need to leave @monarchbresort

eat~ Malibu Farm @malibufarmlido  Newport Beach Lido Village I'm a huge fan of Malibu Farm 

Coastal Kitchen @coastalkitchendanapoint  ~recommended by a local.

34091 Pacific Coast Hwy. Dana Point

The Stand~OG Vegan spot. 238 Thalia Street. @thestandlaguna

bread~ Bread Artisan Bakery   @breadartisanbakery

shop~LALA  @kerrycassill  1145 S. Coast Hwy

 @the.garage.collective  1524 S. Coast Hwy Cutest store in Laguna. So many treasures.

Ligne Blanche~Dreamy tops, dresses, linens , bags & more

1175 South Coast Highway. Lovely French owner with great taste.

stroll~Farmers market Sat ~521 Forest Ave.

sand~Prettiest beaches & coves. Victoria beach. Thousand steps for exercise (really only 220). The Strand. Divers Cove. Crescent Bay. Table Rock. Totuava

coffee~ Laguna Coffee Co @lagunacoffeeco  (recommended by my friend who owns the Bread Artisan Bakery)

Anastasia Cafe  @anastasiacafelaguna another local likes Anastasia

market crush~ Sapphire Laguna 1200 S. Coast Hwy.

plants & flowers~


More coming soon~ Once we can travel again

More inspiration found at my travel IG~ @keeplefttravel Inspired by travels driving on the other side + the surprises, synchronicity and adventures that await when you make that left turn when you planned to go right..



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Everyone is always asking me for recommendations on beauty, wellness and travel so I decided to start a list of all of my favorites, all the places I want to try, all of my instagram FOMO moments and where I hangout frequently



FACIALS~ Do you ever feel like FOMO when looking at all of the wellness & beauty posts on IG? Well I I have started a search for the Fountain of Youth. My first stop was Take Care in Venice. I heard about Tess and Sadie on the Podcast-To be Magnetic. So far I have been two times but since we are on lockdown, my Fountain of Youth quest came to a screeching halt. I am now doing beauty treatments at home and having lots of time to write about travels & daydream of future beauty treatments. For now I'll share a little about Micro current and Micro needling.

Tess is an expert at both. Upon meeting her I knew I was in good hands. The studio matches her vibe...very laid back, calm, nurturing and inviting.

MICRO CURRENT FACIAL~They had me at "Natural Facelift" Micro current is a safe and painless facial that firms, softens fine lines, reduces puffiness, tightens pores and increases circulation.  Micro current is a low level electric current that mirrors the body's own natural waves. This treatment not only energizes the skin and muscle cells but also helps in lymphatic drainage, regeneration, re-educating all while creating healthier skin. You can see the difference after one treatment especially the brow lift and jaw line. The whole experience is quite relaxing. You are surrounded by crystals to help balance and clear energies and calmed by a warm biomat, which is really a treatment on it's own. Next time I will try the body patches which slim, tone and break up cellulite. 

You will definitely leave feeling relaxed and glowing.


Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment in which tiny punctures are created in the  skin using micro-fine needles. This triggers the body's wound healing process, stimulating collagen and elastin production. During the process they use   a topical application of antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids, organic vitamins and minerals to enhance the experience.

I was a little nervous with this one because I wasn't sure how my skin would react or if it would hurt or how I would look on Monday morning at work. Tess has a way of calming you and I had the utmost trust in her hands. It didn't hurt. I figured I had survived a series of Fraxel treatments so I would be ok. I didn't look crazy, in fact no one even noticed. Can't wait to try it again.

Take Care offers an array of skincare and other delights including Stem Cell, Microdermabrasion, LED light therapy, Meditation, Oxygen, Human Design & so much more. Info below~

Located in Venice at 1733 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

IG @takecare.bodymind

IG @tessadamsbeauty 



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KATIE LOWES actress~On bonfires, The Bachelor & Hamilton

KATIE LOWES~You know her from SCANDAL as Quinn Perkins but you may not know what an incredible human she is!! I spent the last 7 years doing her makeup on SCANDAL. We bonded at moment one and even when it was 5 am (on a Monday) we managed to make each other laugh. Katie and her mom have been huge fans and supporters of my boutique and I am so grateful. Here Katie shares her obsessions, inspirations and fear of waves.


Kerry Washington. Duh                                                                                      


ALWAYS wash your makeup off before matter how many drinks you have had!            

Drew Barrymore and Sienna Miller

Lollipop Theatre Network is a charity near and dear to my heart.
It brings movies to kids who are too ill to leave the hospital.

All the perfumes from the Smoke line & jewelry. Denise always finds the coolest little handmade pieces. Katie's mom stocks up on Hortense Wish me Luck bracelets (SHOP DAYDREAMER)                                              

Go on a gorilla trek in Rwanda.

Bonfire mixed with evergreen trees! Reminds me of camping back east 

My couch. In front of the Bachelor or Bachelorette!

Right now. Hamilton the Musical. All day all night. Rinse and repeat

Just finished Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes. Brilliant, beautiful, a must

"No day but today." Rent

I'm so scared of the ocean. Mostly waves. Waaaaay too much!                                                                 

Vacations!! I love to travel. Near and far. Every chance
I get. And while there, I love to splurge on hotels and excursions and local

I try to use natural & organic products whenever possible. A few items you might find in my cabinet ~Bag balm, kiehl's, Caudalie .            


Being where I want to be, when I want to be, with who I want to be
with, speaking whatever I want.

Lin Manuel Miranda. Obsessed with him right now. He wrote the
music and book to Hamilton and plays Alexander Hamilton too.


Soul cycle, Pilates and any cardio booty shaking dance class I can find.

Not so secretly: Bachelor Nation

Um... Bachelor Nation

Call my mom.

After a good nights sleep.

A therapist.

Peru!!! Forever and ever.

IG: @Ktqlowes

Katies Crib-Podcast


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RACHELLE LEFEVRE Actress~On beauty, life & french fries


I sat down with Rachelle for few questions on beauty & life....

RACHELLE LEFEVRE~Actress, animal lover, beautiful inside & out, food blogger and all around extraordinary friend. Rachelle and I love to wander aimlessly down Abbott Kinney in Venice, ponder life, share thoughts on our entrepreneurial daydreams and share our LOVE for delicious eats along the way. We call these days our Amnesia Days when nothing else matters but this moment in time.

Lauren Hutton & Charlotte Rampling. I love women who don't take themselves too seriously, aren't afraid to age and always seem to wear their spirit on their face. Knowing who you are and accepting who you aren't- when that comes through, nothing is more beautiful.

Indie magazines like "oh comely," "Darling," "Sweet Paul" and of course, "Kinfolk." I love the originality and uniqueness of content and the photos & illustrations are always amazing.

Best Friends Animal Society. They rescue animals, run a sanctuary, lobby for animal protection laws and also work to make shelters "no kill" so homeless animals don't get euthanized. I've been a spokesperson for them since 2009 and I couldn't be prouder of the work they do.

My floor pillows~

My husband, my kids, my dogs and See's Candies.

I don't know how I lived before Kerastase Cleansing Balm and Oscar Blandi Brilliant Glossing Cream.

Wake up, wash face, Clé de Peau SPF 50 (without fail!), and Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer. 

I live for Poutine (French fries, cheese curds and gravy) but it has to come from my hometown, Montreal, it just never tastes the same anywhere else. For a healthy fave I feel like everyone in LA always says "green juices" but I actually love them. They're also a great way to wash away the guilt, I mean, wash down an apple fritter.

Calvin Klein's Escape reminds me of every cute boy I crushed on in high school. They must have passed it around in the locker room or something because they ALL wore it.


Letters to my Daughter by Maya Angelou and back issues of the NY Times Sunday Magazine     

11. ALTER EGO?                                                                        

I love being an actor but lately I have felt the pull towards creating events that encourage more community & support among women for a while now. Not sure how that will play out- I'm in the brainstorming phase of, "How do I make this passion less abstract and into an actual dream I can pursue?"

Zac Brown Band's "Homegrown" on repeat.

Caudalie Divine Body Oil, Hourglass "The Nudes" lipstick in #5

For years I've had this dream of renting an Airstream trailer, driving from LA to Austin and just bunking down until I feel like driving home again.

Living in the countryside, eating at The Fat Duck, tasting the Yamazaki Whiskey 25 year, writing a book, owning a bakery/library cafe, finally accepting my upper arms.

Waking up in my bed at home- such a rarity- with my family , the dogs and a version of bulletproof coffee I make myself with Tava organic vanilla bean ghee.

Black, white, blue denim.

IG @rachellelefevre

IG @PTBBLOG                                                                                           

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