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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Beauty starts from your Head & Shoulders

I'm going to give you a no-frills, straight up view into how I take care of my hair and scalp.

I know it's hard for readers and consumers to digest sponsored content. I know, I know. But like I've said before, I don't post something I don't actually use. And I have been using Head & Shoulders for YEARS.

Head & Shoulders is really, truly awesome for all heads. I'm ecstatic to be partnering up with a brand I have been using for over a decade.

You probably know me for my crazy dyed hair. Before I recently went brown (and now, black), I had been bleaching my hair for about 12 years. The first few years were ROUGH, because I was naively going to inexperienced people who gave me chemical burns on my scalp and made my already very sensitive scalp very dry and flaky.

When you wear as much black as I do, this is bad news. Dandruff flakes on your shoulders are pretty unsightly and embarrassing. I turned to dandruff shampoos for help. I tried many other competitors but Head & Shoulders Instant Relief Shampoo was the best one to provide some serious help.

The instant relief formula with a cooling effect helps itchy scalps on contact, and it washes away flakes with ease while preventing future ones from forming.

After continual use, I didn't need the power of instant relief anymore and moved onto the more fun scents (Head & Shoulders Green Apple Shampoo is my favorite and the one I still use today).

Some may argue that Head & Shoulders Instant Relief Shampoo is bad for colored hair because it may not retain color as well as other color-specific shampoos. I did a lot of research on it years ago (I get really anal about researching best routes haha) and decided to stick with Head & Shoulders--the reason being that with colored hair, you're not supposed to wash it that often anyway. And also, when you don't wash your hair often, your scalp gets a bit flaky no matter what, even if you have a healthy scalp. Head & Shoulders targets these issues for all levels of scalp health. The benefits greatly outweigh anything else.

Now, I have a healthy scalp (no more chemical burns after going exclusively to my beloved Miju's salon, thank god), but I still have the hairwashing habits I had when I was bleached/pastel-colored (2-4 times a month) except I have black hair, which means even one flake will instantly show. I tested out not using Head & Shoulders Instant Relief Shampoo for a wash and that was a mistake: I needed to wash my hair much sooner the next round. I won't stray again.

Revolutionize your haircare routine and check out Head & Shoulders Instant Relief Shampoo for yourself.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Head & Shoulders. The opinions and text are all mine.


Friday, December 16, 2016


I am honored to have partnered up with the prestigious UNOde50 on my St. Lucia trip.

Hailing from Spain with over 100 boutiques and carried in the likes of Bloomingdale's, UNOde50 is a high-profile jewelry line that strives to embody bold edginess. Their expert mixing of metals with leather, hammered metal craftsmanship, and unique stonework make you feel like you're wearing a one-of-a-kind piece that was created just for you.

Never be afraid to invest in UNOde50--they believe in their brand so strongly that each piece comes backed by a one-year guarantee. I was stoked to take a few pieces home from this trip. Take a look at UNOde50's collections and see the magic for yourself.

UNOde50 choker / UNOde50 cuff / UNOde50 ring

UNOde50 pendant / UNOde50 cuff / UNOde50 earrings


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Capella Marigot Bay

All nights in St. Lucia but our last were spent at the beautiful Capella Marigot Bay. Nestled right inside the picturesque Marigot Bay, this luxe home-away-from-home was exactly what these weary travelers needed.

Every corner of the grounds was a visual masterpiece. You could literally pull out your camera and take a random snap of anything and it would look magnificent. The sprawling grounds encompassing rolling hills and lush foliage provided ample opportunity to explore and lose oneself.

My favorite characteristic about Capella Marigot Bay was the ironic juxtaposition of its isolation and its accessibility.

While the hotel itself is secluded, quiet, and almost a city of its own, it's hosted on a very active dock that boaters can (and do) stop at to relax. There are also a slew of restaurants and stores just across the water, a quick little ferry ride away.

But we hardly had reason to venture off because of the vast array of amenities Capella offered. We entertained ourselves with Capella's two pools (one including a waterfall!), gym, various restaurants, shopping, and the most divine spa treatment I have ever had. It was the epitome of a rest and relaxation experience.

I enjoyed my stay at Capella Marigot Bay to no end. If you too want the luxe R&R experience, head over to Capella Marigot Bay's website to find out more.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix

The Grand Prix has a long, illustrious history in Malaysia, dating back to 1962 when Singapore was a part of the Malaysian Federation. Held at Sepang Circuit since 1999, the Malaysian Grand Prix annually welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Each Grand Prix location is beautiful, exotic, and unique. What makes Kuala Lumpur stand out is its tropical temperatures and lush surroundings, making a tropical vacation so much more than just about laying out in a swimsuit.

Each track is different, too. The KL track offers long stretches of high-speed straights combined with exciting twists like a double hairpin turn at the very first corner.

I had the incredible honor of witnessing all this in person, in the coveted (and air conditioned) Paddock Club. Multiple course meals complemented with beverages both alcoholic and virgin made it an exquisite experience. We were situated right at the starting line, so watching the fanfare beforehand and the Winners' Circle after were an easy task.

Malaysia combined the history of Formula 1 with Malaysian culture by having traditional Malaysian performers dance and play music at the starting line before the race began.

I was able to do the Pit Walk, which is when you walk the pit lane and see every driver's station with their respective teams prepping for the race. It was almost an out-of-body experience being so close to the action. Having grown up with Grand Prix races on TV, it was a milestone to even be *at* one--to be working with them, even more so.

And the race was on! Everyone's favorite, Lewis Hamilton, got burnt out with engine failure of all things in the middle of the race. Instead of trying to play catch up after repairs, he (probably wisely) called it quits to save face for an impossible battle and got shuttled off the track. Another favorite, Nico Rosberg, dramatically moved on up from last place to third, overcoming Virtual Safety Car restrictions and a ten-second penalty for clipping another driver. He somehow landed third place, while Red Bull secured a scorching win with BOTH their drivers in the #1 and #1 positions (Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen, respectively).

The cherry on top of this perfect day was concluding it with a post-race concert with Usher. I hung out backstage with his crew, danced, and sung my heart out to songs of nostalgia past. I will never not love Usher.

Thank you to the Malaysia Grand Prix team for having me. You've made a superfan of me. I can't wait to go to the next one!

To find out more about the Malaysia Grand Prix, check out the official website here.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Fragrance Friday: Marc Jacobs Decadence

This fragrance just screams me. Topped with Italian plum, saffron, and iris, it's delicately fruity and first whiff. Then you realize the scent opens up into a sultry heart of rose, jasmine, and orris root. But my favorite part about this is the strong base of liquid amber, papyrus woods, and vetiver (god, do I adore vetiver!).

The packaging? A new twist on stashing your signature scent in your purse. Marc Jacobs Fragrances takes it to the next (very meta) level by making its already stylish, coveted bottle concepts into a statement to be displayed proudly any which way you like.

The concept? A scent for the ages. "Daisy" showed us the sweet girl next door. "Lola" showed us the quirky, cool chick. "Decadence" is all grown up and here to stay, a real-life sophisticate.

Emulating opulence, glamour, and fashion, Decadence is a signature scent you won't be able to quit. I haven't been this excited about a scent in a while.

Marc Jacobs Decadence available here.

Photography by Spencer Kohn

This post was created in collaboration with Marc Jacobs Fragrances.

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