One of my absolute favorite things about Marina del Rey is the bike path thats right behind our apartment. It’s a 22 mile bike path all along the Los Angeles coastline, running all the way from Pacific Palisades down to Torrance, just past Redondo Beach. We take a bike ride almost every single weekend usually to Santa Monica Pier (north) or Manhattan Beach (south) and we always make a pit stop for some lunch and wine. Totally one of my favorite things to do on the weekend and either north or south, its such a gorgeous ride along the beach! On this particular day we didn’t ride on the bike path, but rather walked up it a little bit and headed into the marina for dinner.
I’ve also been having a lot of fun lately with hats since my colorist told me that the sun will make my newly blonde locks turn brassy. This hat is from Cuyana, one of my absolute favorite brands — I love their “fewer, better” motto and minimalist mentality. I own a few of their products and I’m super lucky that one of their 2 stores (nationwide!) is 5 minutes away from me in Venice!
I absolutely love Turkish towels (aka Pestemals) and have several that I use as scarves/wraps and beach blankets. But when I spotted this Turkish towel poncho at a local artisan’s market in Venice, it was so unique I just had to have it! The Handloom is a local company that “blends traditional Turkish culture and the Southern California sun.”
I wore it on an afternoon outing to Malibu Wines and it was the perfect layer — not too warm for the daytime, but for when the sun started to go down. It comes in other colors, but I loved the creamy light color. And I can see it looking great with a long sleeve white tee later in the fall!
Just after Christmas I became so obsessed with de-cluttering my life. I donated half my clothes to a nearby family who had suffered loss from a house fire, I tossed about 10 lbs worth of old magazines, and went through every beauty and heath item in my bathroom. I ended up tossing so many things that were old, unused or expired, and re-organzing all of the remaining items.
I was so pleased with how much progress I made that I decided to upgrade my travel toiletry cases. I chose a leather set from Cuyana to hold all my makeup and “dry” items and a One Truffle Clarity Clutch for my liquids. When I hit “purchase” I made a deal with myself that (with the exception of sunscreen) all of my travel items had to fit into these cases, or else it had to go.
Although I leave my Cuyana makeup bag on the counter for everyday use, I leave my One Truffle packed up so I can just toss it right into my suitcase when I travel. Lately I’ve been using Complex15 Face Cream (discontinued! so sad), Bioderma Crealine, and Caudalie Dry Oil for taking care of my skin on the go. I prefer Nuxe Dry Oil for everyday use, but sadly they don’t make a small travel sized bottle! My travel sized bottle of Bioderma was purchased Paris, and I fill it up from my larger bottle at home. I always have a body wash packed up (usually a sample from Birchbox!) and I keep refilling my sample size Beauty Protector spray from the larger bottle I own. I always purchase the smaller Jo Malone perfumes since they travel well too. Right now I am obsessed with Wood Sage & Sea Salt, although I also like Nutmeg & Ginger for this time of year.
A few other items that I have in my larger Cuyana case (not pictured) are:
It feels quite nice to have all of my travel items neatly stored and packed up. It makes it so much easier to find what I need when I am traveling, and when I get home I can quickly see what I need to refill. I tested out my new travel system while in Atlanta last week and I must say it really made a difference. I had just what I needed, and a stylish perk was that the cases also looked really nice sitting on the white marble sink at the hotel!