Fall Fashion Must Have

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DETAILS| FLORAL BLAZER | GREEN TANK TOP | STRAIGHT CUT JEANS | BROWN LOAFERS | REBECCAMINKOFF PURSE |

Thank goodness for fall season!! The cool breeze is coming soon and I can’t wait. This summer has been extra hot and I find myself sweating every two seconds. I am obsessed with my floral blazer – super lightweight and breathable. I like to pair my blazer with my summer tank top to make my outfit looking smart and sultry. 聽These jeans are so cool! I wear these often. They’re high-waisted and very stretchy – perfect for an everyday look. And of course, my brown leather Rebeccaminkoff purse — it is to die for! It completes my dressy casual fall look. All you need is a brown purse and a cool looking blazer and you are all set to welcome fall season.

Here are some of my fall fashion finds:

*In collaboration with Shopstyle.
xoxo Arianne

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Polka Dot Bikini

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pic bathingsuit4 edited.jpgDETAILS | STRAPLESS BLACK POLKA DOT BIKINI TOP | STRING BLACK POLKA DOT BIKINI BOTTOM|

Summer is not over yet, until I post my favorite polka dot bikini photos!!! This was shot several (yes, several!) years ago. I still own this bikini, and can not live without it. It’s good to look at old photos to motivate myself into working out more and to eat healthy. Am I right? The best thing about a string bikini is that you can wear them even when you’ve gained weight or lost some weight — the strings make it really easy to adjust everything. Moreover, I’m really excited I found similar adorable polka dot bikinis to add to my swimwear collection.

And here are some more cute polka dot bikinis:

 

*in collaboration with Shopstyle

xoxo, Arianne

Back To School Clothing Deals

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DETAILS|MULTI COLORED DRESS | DENIM TOP | POLKA DOTS SKIRT | SHORTS | STRIPES SHIRT|

My daughter Scarlett is now in Kindergarten and Clodagh will be going to Pre-school soon. How cute are these outfits? You must think I spent a lot of money to own them, but you are wrong! 馃槈 I purchased them from Swap.com, which is the biggest online consignment and thrift store. They sell clothing in fair condition, good condition, like new condition and brand new with tags for kids and parents. Lots and lots of聽well-known brands at discounted prices.聽My kids wear their clothes for 10 minutes, and already stained with food and permanent markers.聽Yes, I know the feeling.聽It drive us parents crazy when those stained clothes are $30 a piece!

Swap.com聽also buys used or brand new clothing that parents do not need anymore. My kids聽grow so fast — I noticed myself purchasing new outfits every month while dispatching old torn and stained clothes at the same time.

DON’T miss out on a new promo code that Swap.com just added:
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This code is for 40% off site wide for all customers and new customers will get free shipping too!


*in collaboration with Swap.com

xoxo, Arianne

Best Kid’s Lunch Boxes

聽 聽 聽 聽 聽I am extremely excited for my first-born daughter, who is starting Kindergarten soon. Her school will offer breakfast, lunch and supper, but she will still need to bring some healthy snacks and bottled water with her. So ‘insulated lunch boxes’ are critical to keep snacks fresh and tasty all day. I think the best lunch boxes should have bottle compartments, shoulder straps, inside and outside pockets available, insulated, lightweight and waterproof. Here are some of my recommended lunch boxes for your little ones.

Rubbermaid – Insulated Lunch Box $13.99

description:

路 Specifically designed to work with Rubbermaid Lunch Box food containers and Blue Ice packs; insulated to keep food fresher longer
路 Lightweight lunch bag with zip closure is easy to carry with comfort-grip handle and removable shoulder strap
路 Includes specific compartments for bottles and utensils
路 lunchbox containers, water bottles, utensils, and blue ice packs sold separately
路 Microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe, BPA-free

 

Waterproof Picnic Bag Insulated Thermal Lunch Box Cooler Storage Tote $14.99

  • 100% Brand New.
  • Made of Polyester and PVC
  • Contains an insulation layer which helps keep the temperature of the items inside the bag
  • Can be folded to take much less space when not in use
  • Contains a detachable shoulder strap
  • Size (Approx.): 9.4鈥 x 6.3鈥 x 10.2鈥 (24cm x 16cm x 26cm)

 

Bentgo Bag Insulated Lunch Box聽$10.29

description:

The Bentgo Bag makes carrying your lunch a breeze. The bag’s insulated design keeps food cool, while an interior mesh pocket and securing elastic strap accommodate ice packs, napkins, Bentgo Cup, Bentgo Lunch Box, Bentgo Sauce Containers, and more.

At 8.3″ x 8″ x 5″, the Bentgo Bag is spacious and convenient, and can be used for taking almost any kind of food on the go. It also boasts an adjustable strap for your carrying comfort. The Bentgo Bag is made using eco-friendly materials, and is BPA-free. It is covered by a 2 year warranty, ensuring your complete satisfaction with the product.

– A specially made insulated lunch bag designed to keep food warm or cold on the go
– Spacious design makes it easy to pack food and take it with you anywhere (8.3″ x 8″ x 5″)
– Resistant to staining & odor retention. Made using healthy, Eco-friendly materials – BPA-free (hand wash only to keep lifespan of bag)
– Includes interior mesh pocket (ideal for Ice Pack or Napkins) and elastic strap (ideal for securing Bentgo Cup)
– NOTE: Bentgo Bag is not for use with Bentgo Kids

 

Pottery Barn – Mackenzie Gray Rainbow Butterfly Lunch Bag $18

  • The Classic lunch bag features a molded interior so it鈥檚 easy to clean.
  • Classic lunch bag鈥檚 zippered mesh pocket inside holds napkin and utensils (not included).
  • Interior lining is made of PEVA, an environmentally friendly, food-safe vinyl that鈥檚 made without chlorine or plasticisers.
  • Designed to fit our Hot/Cold Food Storage Container and our Spencer Food Storage
  • Straps on the back of each lunch bag allow it to piggyback on our Mackenzie Small, Large and Rolling Backpacks (sold separately).

 

Planet Box – Stainless Bento Lunch Box

The Rover is designed for those who prefer to sample a wide variety of foods with smaller serving sizes.

  • Holds about 5 cups of food, which happily satisfies most聽children and adults
  • Great for聽variety and versatility
  • Designated place for聽a little聽treat
  • Each Rover includes 1 Big Dipper and 1 Little Dipper

Ultimately, we need as parents to offer lunch boxes that are functional, convenient and fun for our children to bring to school. 聽My daughter likes cute things. So I like to keep everything interesting by purchasing products that I know she will like. It takes a lot of effort to do research on products that are great and affordable out there. However, at the end of day all my effort adds up because I know my kid’s new lunchbox will put a smile on her face.

 

*in collaboration with Ebay and Pottery Barn Kids

xoxo, Arianne

workout clothing essentials

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DETAILS: NIKE SNEAKERS |PINK TANK TOPBEATS BY DRE HEADPHONES | WORKOUT GLOVES |BLACK YOGA PANTS (under $50)

      I love love my Nike sneakers!! They are so comfortable — breathable, stretchy and super lightweight.  So far these pair are my favorite. I鈥檓 obsessed with my headphones. You can’t beat wireless headphones. How convenient not having to deal with wires ever? And the color is to die for too.

      It’s been really hard for me to go to the gym lately, so I’ve been trying to do more workouts at home. I like to start with cardio exercise by using a jumping rope. Next step is stretching to condition my body. Stretching makes me feel so good — doing deep-breaths are always so calming. Lastly, I like to do floor exercises such as plank pose, sit ups and push ups.

*in collaboration with Amazon

xoxo, Arianne

 

Tilapia Fillet with Spinach Cranberry Tomato Salad

Eating healthy meals everyday is very important to your health. However, finding the time to prepare these meals is the issue. I love preparing ‘protein with salad’ type of meal after going to the gym — it’s fast to make and delicious! Foods high in protein help build muscles and vegetables are of-course, important sources of many nutrients.

Ingredients:

spinach  – just a handful                             garlic basil salad dressing – Evoo

orange flavor cranberries                          apple cider vinegar – Bragg

coconut oil                                                     one tomato – chop into little cubes

seasonings – pepper, salt, cayenne, garlic powder

Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Heat coconut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tilapia fish, and cook until browned about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Sprinkle pepper, salt, cayenne and garlic powder to taste.

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2. Prepare the salad by combining spinach, cranberries and chopped tomatoes on a plate.

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3. The key ingredients into making this salad amazing are dressing. Add 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar and 2 tbsp. of garlic basil salad dressing on your salad. Using your hands, mix them all together.

4. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Parmesan on top of the salad. And tada! You are all done. This recipe will only take you 15 minutes to make. I love this healthy recipe. It’s very easy to make and does not take too much of your time.

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“be healthy, be beautiful, be the best you!”

xoxo, Arianne

the best face oil for oily/combination skin

聽 聽 It is problematic having oily skin. Acne pops up, when oil mixes with dead skin cells and other debris from dust or make-up to block pores and causes bacteria to grow. In other words, poor hygiene is the enemy, not oily skin. Oil keeps our skin younger and reduces the sign of aging.

聽聽聽聽 I’ve always had oily and sensitive skin and wished that skin-care classes were available during my high-school years. Unfortunately, I learned to care for my skin the hard way — suffered from moderate to severe acne, which left unpleasant scars to my face. When I reached puberty and hormonal changes started kicking in, lots of pimples burst out of my skin. How would an innocent teenager know the basics of skin care? Hence, covering up traces of zits with make-up made everything far worst and created more damaged to my skin. Although, there are countless skin care products out there, but never worked or some, even made my skin worst.

How to keep your skin acne-free?

  1. Wash skin twice a day. Morning and night.
  2. Let your skin breathe. Try not to wear make-up every day.聽 Pores clogged by makeup is one of the reasons acne and white/blackheads show up. If you do, however, choose natural products for less irritation.
  3. Know the right skin-care products such as cleanser, toner, moisturizer and face oil to use for your specific skin type.

Why use face oil?

聽聽聽 According to research, “Plant oils are rich source of antioxidants and replenishing emollients but they’re not good sources of skin-restoring ingredients. Facial oils are helpful for keeping skin’s vital hydration locked in and they have incredible, instantaneous skin-smoothing properties. But as wonderful as facial oils are, they don’t replace many other essential ingredients for skin. Think of plant oil or a blend of plant oils as a booster to supplement your skin care routine.” In other words, face oil is more of an added support layer to your skin rather than the main leading part for your entire skin care regime. You can also look at moisturizer equals to 鈥榝ood鈥 and face oil equals to 鈥榲itamins鈥.

聽聽聽聽聽 Face oil has saved my skin from aging faster than usual. I apply oil all over my face and neck day and night after moisturizer. Once you turned 26 years old, wrinkles will start appearing whether you like it or not. And so, keeping your skin well hydrated using 鈥榝ace oil鈥 will keep your skin looking well restored and younger.

 

The Best Face Oil for Oily/Combination Skin Type

Noni Glow Face Oil description;

聽聽聽聽 “Noni Glow face oil is made with organic noni extract, rose-hip oil, pomegranate oil and seabuckthorn oil, which combine to create a rich source of antioxidants and essential fatty acids. The formula is designed to absorb quickly into dehydrated skin to smooth, nourish, and brighten while providing a natural glow. Skin feels softer, smoother, well-hydrated, and plumper, and the visible effects of sun damage and scarring appear diminished. The oil also assists in boosting natural radiance and creating a more even tone.”

聽聽聽聽聽聽 One of my biggest idols is Miranda Kerr. She is a supermodel, a business woman, a mother and she鈥檚 over the age of 30 years old. Her skin is marvelous! I have seen her up-close in person and she is a real beauty. I鈥檓 sure she goes to do her beauty treatment regularly, but she鈥檚 always been open how she preserves her youthful look. Miranda released her own organic skin care line called Kora Organics, which I鈥檓 all about. 聽Kora Organics only sell natural organic products. I have tried most of them and they work fantastic on my skin. This Noni Glow oil sure is miracle oil. It鈥檚 perfect for sensitive skin while keeping your skin well moisturized and hydrated. This cost $65, which is more costly than other face oil in the market. You can buy this face oil at Sephora or here. However, there is an alternative face oil you can use that cost less than the Noni Glow Face Oil which is the Seaberry Moisturizing face oil by Fresh.

 

Fresh Seaberry Face oil description;

Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil is a precious blend of pure oils鈥攕eaberry, cranberry seed, camellia seed, grapeseed, and sweet almond鈥攑acked with nourishing omega to keep a youthful appearance. The lightweight formula absorbs quickly for a boost of vital moisture. Seaberry oil, also known as seabuckthorn oil, is a powerful antioxidant rich in moisturizing omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9, noted for protecting the skin from aging free radicals.* Cranberry seed oil, which is packed with omegas 3, 6, and 9 and vitamin E, maintains the skin鈥檚 elasticity and smoothness, and camellia seed oil, rich in omegas 6 and 9, helps to retain moisture.鈥

聽聽聽聽聽聽 Seaberry Face Oil is amazing for your skin. Place 2 to 3 drops on your palm and rub them together, then pat all over face. I also like to put some on my under eye area to slow down the appearance of wrinkles. I have used this product for years. Amazingly, this 50 ml. bottle will last for 6 months or more, depending how much you use it. The retail cost of this bottle is $52 without tax. You can buy this product at Sephora, Amazon or in store.

聽聽聽聽聽 If budget is an issue, you can also create your own anti-aging serum at home with this recipe. However, this recipe is only for dry skin. To learn more about DIY face cream go to The Nerdy Farm Wife for more recipes. Currently, I am still developing the perfect serum for oily or sensitive skin.

Which face oil is better than the other?

聽聽聽聽 If I were to pick between the Seaberry Moisturizing Oil by Fresh and the Noni Glow Face Oil by Kora Organics, I would pick the Noni Glow face oil. I find that Rosehip Oil is a remarkable ingredient that works really well with my acne prone skin. The Seaberry Face Oil work incredible too, but not as good as the Noni Glow face oil. The moment you use Noni Glow face oil on your face, you鈥檒l feel the difference how better-quality your skin has become.

聽聽聽聽 I hope this article helped you with your 鈥渇ace oil鈥 research. Do not hesitate to ask me any questions. Again, I鈥檓 here to help!

 

References:

http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/natural-skincare/how-facial-oils-help-skin.html

 

xoxo, Arianne

 

the perfect houseplants for your perfect home

聽 聽 聽Does starting a “home garden” intimidate you?聽 — Where to begin? How to take care of them?聽 Which plants to buy? Doing something unknown is always scary but with some research, gardening will certainly be rewarding. Plants bring serenity and beauty inside your home. These living and growing organisms that bloom colorful flowers are always amusing. Hence, gardening is very therapeutic. Below are some house-plants I recommend bringing into your home. With the right knowledge on how to care for them, you will absolutely enjoy their beauty and the nature ambiance these plants will bring.

Where to begin?

  1. Find out your plant hardiness zone number. Go here to learn about your place hardiness zone number. This is important because all plants have climate preferences. For example, I live in Los Angeles and my hardiness zone number is number 10, which means聽 I will be purchasing plants hardy to my location’s climate.
  2. Know how much sunlight comes into your space. The further the plant from the window, the faster the intensity of light drops. Windows facing East or South would be ideal for your houseplants. I live in a South facing place, which gets a lot of afternoon sunlight.
  3. Go to plant nurseries near you. I like to go to Home Depot because it’s the nearest plant store from our house. You can also check out the top plant nurseries in LA聽by Los Angeles Magazine.

kalanchoe succulent2Kalanchoe Succulents

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Kalanchoe Succulent or flowering succulent is one amazing plant you often see in gardens and flower shops. It has clusters of tiny flowers that produce a large bloom held aloft on stems above the majority of the foliage. My little girls picked these pretty blooming plants from Home Depot and fit very well in their mini-garden display at home. I found another great place other than Home Depot to buy this plant from is at this site. Mountain Crest Gardens聽has the entire succulents鈥 collection for reasonable prices and they even have reviews and care instructions for each plant.

Care Instructions 聽 聽

Kalanchoe plants must have well-drained soil. This plant like small containers due to the bigger the pot the more likely it will sit in moist. And succulents do not like a lot of moist. Treat this plant like cactus.

This type of succulent has few disease or pest problems, best when grown indoors and need partial sun to light shade. Let it COMPLETELY dry out before watering again.

Try to get a feel of your Kalanchoe plant — if their leaves are starting to dry out, it means it’s time to re-pot or it’s getting too much or too little direct sunlight. I move my plants to different locations in our space many times to know the best spot for them. It will show wilting or other signs of unhappiness, if the amount of sunlight is not right. Fertilize once a month.

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Pink Polka Dot Plant

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽Have you ever seen foliage this lovely? Pink Polka Dot plant is incredibly an easy plant to grow in your home — no ‘green-thumb’ needed! 聽I purchased this from the house-plants garden department in Home Depot, but I can’t find any products link where to buy them. You can go to their store to see, if they still have them in stock or you can get them from Etsy online store. What’s so attractive with this plant is its color — cute pink polka dot all over its foliage. They grow so fast! With the right way of caring for them, you will see an incredible growth in a matter of two weeks.

Care Instructions

I find that this pink polka dot plant likes direct morning sunlight. However, it can thrive with direct afternoon sun light as well. If your place is getting too much afternoon direct sunlight, use curtains as filter. This plant needs 4 or more hours of sunlight. It is time to water when one inch of its soil feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly until water drips outside the pot’s holes.

Add organic fertilizer once a week. I also like to use fish kelp liquid fertilizer from time to time. This gives my plants a boost of growth. Look at fish kelp as a treat for your plants.

This plant will continuously grow tall up to a point that its stems will start drooping. So you want to keep pinching off the stem to avoid legginess.

聽聽聽聽聽 My experience with this plant is when the sun is down, its leaves slightly droop. Even though, it shows sign of wilting, as soon as the morning sun hits it, all the leaves perk right back up. I’ve always thought every time plants wilt, you should water it right away, but with the Pink Polka Dot plant drooping is part of its routine. Check out my Instagram account for more updated pictures of my plants. I’m obviously obsessed with them!money tree 6 monthsMoney Tree

聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Malabar chestnut or also known as the money tree plant symbolizes good luck and wealth. Usually grown indoors, this plant can reach up to 6 or 7 feet high indoors. The tree has five trunks, braided together, which makes this tree attractive. The picture above is a 6 month old Money Tree. I call it my baby tree. My experience with this plant is it’s an easy plant to care for, but it’s always good to check your plant every day to check for diseases, pest or if you need to water it.

Care Instructions

Place this tree on a location with indirect sunlight. Water when 1 to 2 inch of soil feels dry to touch. Water this plant once a week only. Although, this plant doesn’t really need a lot of attention, I would suggest planting it in a large terra-cotta pot so that it will have enough room for growth and soil dries out faster compare to a plastic container. I had to re-pot my money tree from a plastic container into a terra-cotta pot because I noticed the tips of the leaves are yellowing. This is because the plastic container was making it difficult for the soil to dry out between watering. If the soil is always moist, the roots of your plant will rot. So as soon as there are any signs of leaves turning into brown, yellow or drooping – this means you have to make a call what action you will do to save your plant. In my case I re-potted it and it did solve the problem. Lastly, this plant likes outdoors with indirect sunlight during the summer time as well. Once in a while all plants want to be outdoors.

DSC_2946Mini Snow-bush Plant

聽Mini Snow-bush plant or Breynia Disticha is such a delightful plant. When I saw this in the store, I thought it would be a great addition to our home garden. It’s called snow bush because the white spots on its foliage makes it look like a plant covered with snow. If you would like to add this plant to your plant arrangement, makes sure to choose plants with the same sun and watering needs.

Care Instructions

Water the mini snow bush plant every 3 – 4 days. Keep the soil moist as much as possible. This plant needs a lot of attention. Pinch off leggy stems. I like to keep my snow bush plant looking like a snow ball. The leaves will droop when it needs water. Water right away, if you see slight wilting. One day, I forgot to water my plant when I already saw it drooping and then the next day it was all dried out. I absolutely panicked and thought that my snow bush plant is a goner, but I was able to save it by watering right away thoroughly. Also, I like to give my plant fish kelp fertilizer. Mix 1 teaspoon of fertilizer into 1 cup of water. Don’t forget to stir then pour water to your snow bush plant until you see water dripping out of the holes of the pot.

Ultimately, you will find lots of articles online about how to care for different plants. However, we all have different environment that we live in. Therefore, how I cared for my plants might or might not work for you because you live in a place with a totally different climate. But I hope this article helped your research about house plants. I brought a lot more plants than the list above into my home, but unfortunately they did not survive the new environment they were in. I continuously do a lot of research into finding out how to care for different type of plants and will share all my experiences and findings to you all. I think the best way to learn about plants is to experience caring for them and growing them yourself. Thanks for reading!

References:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/kalanchoe/growing-kalanchoe-plants.htm

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/care-instructions-money-tree-plant-50174.html

https://www.thespruce.com/lighting-for-houseplants-1902691

https://garden.org/plants/view/87584/Snow-Bush-Breynia-disticha/

*in collaboration with Home Depot

xoxo, Arianne


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