Thursday, February 1, 2018

non dairy-matcha latte.

I have been spending way too much money on Starbucks lately (not that it's bad to get starbucks) but I should only treat myself once in a while. There's always that extra costs at Starbucks as well for non dairy alternatives. Me being lactose intolerant sucks because I love dairy everything. I mean it still doesn't stop me from having dairy products (it just really hurts). I found my solution! I recently fell in love with the taste of vanilla soymilk with matcha. So why not make myself a matcha latte? Here's the simple recipe/instructions:
— 1 cup organic vanilla soy milk (mine is from trader joe's)
— 1 teaspoon matcha tea powder 
— 1 tablespoon honey (optional)


— Serving hot? Simmer 1 cup of the soy milk on medium-high heat. If you'd like it cold skip this step.
— Add the teaspoon of matcha powder to your cup first.
— Then slowly pour in the soy milk in and whisk the matcha into the milk.
— Add one tablespoon of honey for sweetness and mix well (I only do this for the hot latte). 
— Then enjoy! For iced matcha latte I do enjoy adding in some ice cubes as well.

Thank you Jade Leaf for the delicious matcha!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

eyelash extensions + lash love.

First post of 2018! For those of you who know me know that I generally don't blog much unless I have something amazing I want to share. Well here we are. Eyelash extensions. I never thought I would get them but my bff Celine has been living the lash extension life for so long so it was about time I got on board. 

I generally wear makeup on a daily basis, but to work I usually just slap on foundation, concealer and mascara. On the days I go out with friends or just out I need my eyes to stand out (yes because they're small and awkward shaped) so I cake on some eye shadow and some cat eye winged eyeliner + maybe double stacked falsies. I love make up, especially lashes because it makes you feel & look alive. 

Alright lets get down to business.

Where did I go? RISE Beauty Studio Co. based in Boston, Massachusetts. 

Who was your stylist? The amazing master lash stylist Gladys

Why did I decide to go for it?
I wear falsies so often on top of my mascara so why not just wake up with some fluffy and curled lashes?! With a little bit of budgeting I'm sold. I'm just so busy with work + school this is a great way to make me look more alive and spend less time trying to get ready. 

How much is it? Their prices start at only $50 and goes up depending on lash technician level and what type of lashes you want. 

How long did it take? I got the Volume Quickie by a Master lash stylist which took roughly 75 minutes. 

Sorry about my image quality! I have been taking all of my photos on my iPhone because I broke my tripod for my main camera. But look at those lashes done so quickly! But onto post care and how long they last. When I do wear eye makeup I wear A LOT so I needed something to clean my eyes without ruining my lashes. I use Bella Lash's Deep Cleanser sold by RISE. It was recommended by one of the artists so I didn't even hesitate to grab one. It lasts so long and you really don't need much to clean your eyes. 

How long do they last? 
Pretty long! I got my first set from RISE back in December and when I got them done again the second week of January there was still a few lashes on! With my current volume set it's been a full week and I don't even recall any of them falling out yet. But honestly I would say 2-4 weeks (some people 5 weeks). But that's why there's refills right?

Are they easy to take care of? 
I am someone who has a bad habit of rubbing my eyes so having these babies made me more conscious of that. Don't rub your eyes, don't sleep on your face, don't get them wet within the first 24 hours, and brush them often! So easy and worth saving time in the morning getting ready. 

Overall experience? 
WORTH IT. Me being someone with naturally boring small, narrow eyes and straight lashes, these babies give me so much life and confidence. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is like me and is lazy but needs lashes, or if you are going on vacation and don't want to deal with worrying about lashes, or if you just want that extra lash fluff.

Thanks so much Rise Beauty Studio Co. for my lashes! 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

health + fitness journey

I'm going to dedicate this post to my health + fitness journey and progress. This has definitely been one of the hardest journeys for me. I was athletic my entire life from age 5-17 playing soccer, running cross country and track and field. But when I went to college, those four years was me overeating, not balancing my diet, eating out every other day, and never exercising. By the time I finished college I had very little muscle and weighed about 145 lbs. I probably hit 155 lbs at one point but I honestly never weighed myself too much. 

I have really never labeled myself as fat or anything. I know I wasn't. I just hated how much muscle mass and endurance I lost and that although I was still average weight I didn't like the jiggling my body did. I wanted to feel strong again, I wanted to be toned, and I wanted to be confident about my body. It was a long journey with a lot of trial and error. But I think after 2 years I am very happy with my progress and I have found what worked best for me.

First off I only started using fitness supplements this year. I have been using Women's Best products for all of my weight loss and training. I started off with their slim body shake two times a day for protein and to prevent me from snacking. I only did this for a full week to get my body use to the shakes and shed a few pounds. It is technically a meal replacement but I found that it really just boosts my metabolism. I would get hungry a few hours after finishing a shake. I would drink one of these for breakfast or lunch and replace one of those meals. Now I drink whey protein or have some BCAAs before/during my workouts. I generally eat a very large breakfast and dinner so cutting out a large lunch with the shake made all of the difference. Also I have noticed drinking the protein shake that my snacking urges were close to gone. Stress eating from work and school was always my areas of weakness.

For the fitness portion I generally did my workouts at home. I religiously follow so many fitness guru's online including Chloe Ting, Robin Gallant, Whitney Simmons, and so much more. I could play it on my phone or laptop anywhere I went. I made a strict workout program for myself to do at least 2-3 gym days a week and 1 at home work out. I am thankful to have friends within the fitness industry so now I am not so clueless at the gym and youtube has saved me for at home workouts.

I would do High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts at the end of each small workout. These are great for those with time limitations. I made it a habit to run at least twice a week at least 2 miles (cardio's great for fat loss). Gymming with friends has made all the difference for me. My real progress came when I started gymming with my friend Fiona. Having that extra someone always helps motivate and push you further. On average I would do these 2-5 times a week (depending on my school/work schedule). Aside from the protein shakes I would fill my bottle shaker with some BCAAs for when I don't have a protein shake. They're just your aminos/carbs to help with exercise and helps you with soreness.

I think the heaviest I weighed was around 150 lbs. As of last week I am about 120 lbs now. I am happy with the weight loss but now that I've been more focused on actually training harder to gain endurance. I am expecting my weight to increase due to muscle mass. Overall this experience has helped me mentally and physically improve.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

the girls that get it.

I haven't really been able to follow any trends these past few years. Those of you who know me know that my wardrobe consists of gym-wear and work clothes only. I haven't been able to splurge on any fashionable pieces in a while. I came across Are You Am I, based in my hometown in Los Angeles and I was sold.

"Easy to wear. Easy to style. Easy to combine. Perfect for any occasion and every casual moment in between."

top: ling top black size small
bottom: easy jean dark wash size small 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

acai bowl ft. women's best

With new workout routines and eating habits, sometimes you want something light to fuel your energy for the long week. I've been working on getting my daily dose of proteins and vitamins. Women's Best.

I used:

- 200ml vanilla soymilk (I get mine from Trader Joe's)
- 2 tbsp of acai powder from Women's Best

 - 1 tsp of honey 

- 1 tbsp of chia seeds 
- 200-250g frozen berries 
-2 scoops Women's Best Vanilla slim body shake.

Blend everything up (I added a few ice cubes)!
The top with your favorite fresh fruit and some oats/granola. 

Hope you enjoy this! More coming soon!

Friday, August 25, 2017

summer daze summer editorial.

I haven't been able to blog this summer because of my summer classes and crazy work schedule but I was able to work on this editorial the beginning of summer which was published the beginning of August. I just wanted to share this fashion snippet of my work from NYC's PROMO Magazine that was published in print and digital. All wardrobe is featuring Bobbles & Lace's summer lookbook.

Photography: hello, emy
Model: Catherine of Maggie Agency
Hair + Make up: Love Notes by June
Wardrobe: Bobbles & Lace

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

the one thing on my mind.

Livy for Baltisoul

I have not been active on social media at all ever since 2017 has started but I hope to slowly make a come back. Here are a few photos from my most recent shoot with the amazing Livy for Australian Magazine Baltisoul, a lovely magazine run by actual models. Please stay tuned for more photoshoots to come. Full editorial here.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

date night ready.

I have been on a short hiatus from social media and blogging due to school and work. With valentines day rolling around the corner I wanted to share an outfit I am wearing for valentines day dinner. Nudes and neutrals are my current obsession. Everything in my closet now is either black, grey, white or nude. It is just way too hard to shop for colors because seasons change and I want to be able to wear my clothes all year round. 

I thought a nude bodycon dress was the best idea instead of my usual little black dress. Those who know me, know that I generally do not enjoy layering jewelry or clothing too much. I enjoy a clean minimal look whenever possible. My bodycon is pared with a thick choker (a guilty trend that I am obsessed with) and rose gold hoop earrings for a little something I would not ordinarily wear. Lastly, I never wear bracelets and I rarely wear rings but what I always have on is my Daniel Wellington classic black cornwall watch to finish the outfit.
You can grab any Daniel Wellington item with discount code "LOVELYEMY" for 15% off your entire order no minimum from now through March 13th.  Also they currently have their Valentine's champaign where if you buy a classic or dapper watch you can get the GWP heart charm for free until February 15th.

Dress - Missguided
Earrings - Missguided
Choker - Brandy Melville
Watch - Daniel Wellington