Monday, December 14, 2015

Gift Gorgeously

Hello friends! It has been quite some time since we’ve last crossed paths and I am so sorry for my absence. Life has been unimaginably hectic these last six months and the chaos prompted me to take a much needed break. I needed to find ways to make time for myself in order to handle/balance all of life’s stressors. Since we last chatted, I’ve actually discovered a favorite new way to pamper myself at the end of those crazy days, and it started with my skincare routine. We all know stress can get the best of us in more ways than just the mental aspect, but physically I began to look exhausted and my happy glow was replaced with unwanted acne/blemishes. I realized I needed to pay more attention to my skin because at the end of the day healthy glowing skin is the best foundation you can ever have.

So I decided I can’t keep it to myself, I have to share some of my favorite remedies with you. And since it IS the season of giving, why not give the gift of healthy skin? Ulta Beauty is my favorite place to shop and stock up on my skincare necessities. The only bad thing about it is working less than a mile away from a store location, I find myself shopping in there far too much. It all pays off in the end when I can find everything I need to take care of myself in just one place. If you’ve never shopped at Ulta Beauty before, I highly recommend this to be your first time. This holiday season they’ve made gift giving so easy to do for the loved ones on your list with their Holiday Gift Guide separating all their best picks by personality. Below are some of my must-have items from their Ageless Beauty Personality.

The Brightening Kit by Mario Badescu is perfect for starters. I have been an avid Mario Badescu user for over 2 years now and swear by his products. I use everything from his Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Cucumber Cleansing Lotion, Super Collagen Face Mask, SPF 30 face moisturizer, Vitamin C Serum, and Rosewater Facial Spray. I almost have it all. Am I crazy? No, just in love when I find something that works so perfectly for me. This kit is great to start with for yourself or to introduce to someone who’s been wanting to try something new. Best part is, all of his products are reasonably priced!

Patchology FlashPatch Eye Gels - I can’t even begin tell you how many different eye creams I have spent too much money on in attempt to deflate the puffiness in my under eyes. When I discovered these eye gels, I bid farewell to those mornings when it was evident I didn’t get a full 8-hours of sleep. I love the cooling effect of these eye gels and after applying one pair for a short 5 minutes, it leaves some serum behind to smooth right into your skin. I put these on either at night after a face mask or in the morning immediately after washing my face. I follow-up with a spritz of rosewater spray on my face rather than a cotton pad with toner after rubbing in the serum so I don’t wipe it away.

Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask - Some days when things get really chaotic, I don’t always get my full 8 glasses of water. I usually try my best to stay on top of it, but it can be hard when you’re running around with lots to accomplish. That’s when this little hydration saver comes in. I love using this gel mask at night to leave on while I’m sleeping. I keep it in the refrigerator so the cooling effect really helps calm my skin during application. It’s great for rejuvenating my skin and gives it those extra doses of moisture it may have lost that day. My favorite thing to do is wake up and poke at my cheeks to feel how soft and squishy they are after a great night of sleep with this mask on.

Clarisonic Mia 1 - The Clarisonic brush has been my best friend since it first came out years ago. I can’t travel anywhere overnight without it. I love the Refreshing Gel Cleanser that it comes with and after I run out of it I simply continue using the brush with my own cleanser of choice (currently Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser). I personally only use my brush once a day, at night time, to wipe off all the dirt and oils gathered from a full day out and about. I used to have crazy clogged pores around my nose and chin area, but ever since I incorporated the Clarisonic brush into my routine, those problem areas have been able to breathe so much better.

Skyn Iceland Saving Face Kit - This gift is perfect for the friend on-the-go. It has everything that will work best for a weekend trip or week-long vacation. Each product has a stress-relieving cooling effect that you can feel really gives your skin a break. The kit includes a Nordic Skin Peel, Icelandic Relief Eye Pen, The Antidote Cooling Daily Lotion, Glacial Face Wash, and 2 packets of the Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels.

Aside from these daily/weekly skincare remedies I do for myself, I often frequent the in-store beauty services at my nearest Ulta Beauty. Of course, I gotta do some upkeep on the eyebrows every 6 weeks or so. The Benefit Brow Bar could not be more convenient for me to visit after work, during my lunch break, or during the trips when I replenish my personal inventory of necessities. The eyebrow waxing is oddly relaxing for me that I’ve fallen asleep in the chair before, no joke. It’s a quick 15-20 minute session and I walk out feeling like I just spent a day at the spa. It’s the little things! If you’re ever at the Natick, MA Ulta Beauty location, ask for Shannon! She’s my go-to glam girl and she keeps my brows on point.

I can’t forget to tell you about my most favorite 30 minute treatment to stop in for, the Dermalogica MicroZone Express Skin Treatment. I’ve never had facials before until I was told/noticed from a wise friend of mine how wonderfully a facial can revive your skin. I tried out the Go-and-Glow treatment from Ulta Beauty after a full week of recovering from the Norovirus (not fun what-so-ever). The virus depleted me of all H2O in my body, therefore, my skin was in desperate need of help and hydration. After this Dermalogica treatment I was ecstatic with how my skin felt. It was squishy again and felt 10x smoother than a baby’s bottom, seriously. Even my boyfriend had commented on my natural glow after my appointment, not knowing I had just had a facial, so for him to take notice of that is huge in itself. Props to my girl, Cheryl, at my Natick, MA store for bringing me back to life!

I think this year is your time to win best gift giver of the holiday season. I mean, who wouldn’t love getting the gift of healthy, beautiful skin? It’s something they will thank you for 100 times over. If you have any more questions about the benefits of these products or how often I use them, please feel free to leave comment below! I’d be happy to help spread the skincare knowledge. =)
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Special thanks to Ulta Beauty for sponsoring this post. All imagery, opinions and text are my own. On LoSo Fancy, I only support brands that I personally and honestly use myself.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Jumpin', Jumpin'

ASOS jumpsuit (on sale for $23!) | ShoeDazzle heels c/o | necklace borrowed from K Tab | Rebecca Minkoff 'Hudson' Mini Moto bag Kate Spade 'Shawna' sunnies

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Photos by K Tab

Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring in Bloom

H&M dress (also love this one and this one) | J.Crew shoes c/o | Rebecca Minkoff 'Hudson Mini Moto' crossbody | Warby Parker 'Reilly' sunnies c/o | Michael Kors 'Jet Set' watch

Every Spring/Summer I stumble upon one piece of clothing that ends up being my go-to for the season and is worn on constant repeat. This is certainly going to be that outfit for me this year, and for $30 it sure is a steal for how many times I anticipate wearing it!

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Photos by K Tab

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Chill

Garnet Hill sweater c/o | J.Crew denim | J.Crew shoes c/o | Zara city bag (also love this one) | Warby Parker sunglasses c/o | J.Crew necklace

Hi friends! After some time away from the blogging world, I have returned for a brief moment. I mentioned a few posts back that I started a new job earlier this year and since then I have focused all my energy towards doing my best in that role. I have loved every minute of it, so much that it doesn't even feel like work. However, I would come home pretty exhausted, especially after commuting in the mess of a winter that we had this year in Boston. The awful weather had me feeling a little uninspired, which initiated this necessary hiatus.

Don't be fooled by these photos, there is not that much snow left on the ground here in Boston. These pictures were taken many weeks back before the first day of Spring. This outfit was actually worn on a super rare but perfect late winter day when the temperature was bearable. The sunshine was giving off just enough warmth to keep me comfy in only my lightweight cashmere sweater, and since my feet hadn't been exposed to sunlight all winter it was the perfect time to break-in my new loafer flats for venturing around the city. These flats have made a fresh, clean statement with all my outfits so far. They're never put away in my closet for longer than a few days.

I hope to make a steady return back here to LoSo Fancy and share all the things that inspire me to dress happy for Spring!

Thanks for checking-in after a long break. Even when I'm not here, you can find me on my Instagram!

Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Good Luck Charm

J.Crew coat | Zara shirt and jeans | Madewell boots | Rebecca Minkoff bag c/o Saks Fifth Ave | H&M hat | ASOS scarf | necklace via T.J.Maxx

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this enough before, but elephants are one of my favorite animals alongside giraffes. One of my dream vacations is to go on a South African safari and get as close as possible to photographing an epic moment of both animals in their element. In my Cambodian culture, elephants are a symbol of good luck, which is just another reason why I love them. When I first went to visit Cambodia, I was only 10 years old but I remember riding on the back of an elephant as it took us halfway up a mountain (we walked the rest of the way) to take in a view of the sunset from the very top; it was the highlight of my stay there.

Obviously due to my obsession, I couldn't say no to owning this blouse when I spotted it. I started calling it my lucky shirt, but here's how I know for a fact that it is: I wore it while watching The Super Bowl the other day (growing up in New England I am without a doubt a Patriots fan) and the game ended with a win in our favor. Therefore, I'm convinced this is certainly my good luck charm. Convinced.

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Photos by K Tab

Friday, January 23, 2015

Casual Friday

J.Crew coat (purchased last year) | Banana Republic turtleneck | J.Crew denim | New Balance for J.Crew sneakers | Warby Parker 'Reilly' sunglasses

No one said simple had to be boring. Keep it bright and comfy.

Happy Friday!

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Photos by Style Tab

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

LoSo Fancy Turns 2!

H&M jacket | Piperlime dress | J.Crew tights | Steve Madden pumps c/o Piperlime | Kate Spade clutch | necklace via T.J.Maxx

Hi there! I'm sorry it's been a while as life has been so crazy since you last heard from me, but it's been the good kind of crazy! I thought there's no better time to make a comeback than on the date of LoSo Fancy's 2nd birthday. I can't believe how quickly time has flown by since first launching this baby blog of mine. LoSo Fancy is something I started as a digital portfolio to help me find my dream job, and just last month that dream called me up with an offer I couldn't refuse.

Back in early December I started my new role as a Digital Designer/Art Director for T.J.Maxx social media. Every aspect of this job is everything I've wanted to do since deciding three short years ago to put a career in Nursing in my past and instead pursue my passion in the fashion industry. You know that saying "Do what you love and you'll never work another day in your life"? Well, I always wondered if I'd find a career that would make me feel that way and I can honestly say I've been experiencing that feeling everyday since the start of this job. It's all still surreal to me and it's just the beginning. 

However, with any accomplishment it's important to never forget the "why" and the "how".
Why did I start this?
To gain an online presence in the blogosphere, get my foot in the door to the fashion industry, creatively challenge my personal style, and to inspire others to do the same.
How did I get here?
Because of you!
Because of my family who believed in me.
Because of the friends who supported me.
Because of the fellow bloggers I met along the way who have inspired me, some of which who have become my best friends.
And because of the followers who have continued to come back just to say hello and see what's new.
I have all of you to thank.

I am genuinely grateful for the support I've received these past two years and I want to end with this thought:
Life is too short; spend it doing something that fulfills you and can be meaningful to you and others. Follow your heart and you will discover your passion. Find something that gets you jumping out of bed in the morning and has you looking forward to Mondays. Any dream is possible if you just keep chasing it. Find the determination to jump over the obstacles, look for alternate paths to get passed the road blocks, and know that any downfall is a blessing in disguise. Remember to stay humble, be kind to others along the way, and always be thankful.

And as always, thanks so much for reading and for all of your kind words, it means the world.


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Photos by K Tab