L'OcciBox by L'OCCITANE | A Product Review

L'OCCITANE came out with a new sample box called L'OcciBox for this holiday season.
The set is a collboration between ELLE Magazine and french illustrator Soledad Bravi.
It is sooo adorable!! And only carried in certain stores (you'll have to check with your L'OCCITANE to know, the locations aren't listed online), and each location that carries these only having a limited amount. (1 per customer)

The beautiful box contains (All travel sized):
1 Precious Cleansing Foam
1 Shea Butter Body Milk
1 Arlésienne Hand Cream
1 Almond Supple Skin Oil
2 samples of Immortelle Divine Cream
1 Shea ELLE Hand Cream
1 Cherry Blossom ELLE Hand Cream
1 Verbena ELLE Hand Cream
1 Almond ELLE Hand Cream
1 ELLE nail filer
1 ELLE Pouch

Besides gushing over the adorable illustrations on these lotions and the pouch, my favorite is the Arlésienne-scented hand cream. I actually fell in love with the scent when the sales associates had sprayed the Arlésienne fragrance onto the tissue papers in my bag!!!

This set is perfect for a holiday gift, or for yourself. Lotions are sample sized so you don't have to use them forever, or go into guilt of not being able to finish a scent and wanting to move on to the next. They're perfect on the go, tossed in your purse, or for traveling. And the best part is...all of this together is only $15!! But to get the box at this price, make sure you enter the code " DISCOVER " at checkout.

*Disclaimer: I was not sponsored or paid to make this post. All opinions are my own.
/see adjacent post on A Lady Who Brunches
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Café La Paz | on my love for espresso drinks & occasional tea time, part deux

This past Friday after uni B and I went to the Lost Bean, one of our local favorites.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving dear readers!
Hope everyone has recovered from midterm exams shock and regained their sleep back.
Senior year, for me, has been super busy so far, but I'm trying to live up my last days at school enjoying my peers and all our resources. (including living in the chemistry building; being in there 24/7....jk, kind of not really)

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for....my readers that have stayed with me for a year (and new readers!) and all the people (I've met at school this past quarter) that are constantly there for me.

I am loving my new cashmere knit from Club Monaco right now.

jacket with faux leather detailing | F21
block-coloring sweater | Club Monaco
red pants | Club Monaco
clutch | BCBG
shoes | Office x Topshop
hat | Brandy Melville
necklace | Banana Republic

Da ham~*! baking along with yam, stuffing, and other foods :D

& can't forget da apple cider!!!! ♥
Have an enjoyable Thanksgiving feast with your loved ones, and BE SAFE DON'T FIGHT TOO HARD ON BLACK FRIDAY. (be nice)
(p.s. where is everyone going to be shopping at?)

throwback thursday to last year's
-Thanksgiving outfit post
- & dessert recipe post!

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#CosmopolitanChic | Style Prosciutto Takes on Las Vegas

Today Vegas.com has challenged Style Prosciutto to share my unique take of a day at The Cosmopolitan. Therefore, I will share with everyone how I would plan my day out and the outfits to go with.....let's begin!

Whether you fly into Las Vegas or if you are from Southern California, like moi and would need to make the 4+ hour drive, you would need a comfy outfit no matter what. I don't know about you, but I would not want to be caught dead in sweats and fuzzy boots during my In & Out rest stops in Barstow....because believe me, I've ran into many friends there! For a stylish YET comfortable journey, I pick the look below.
Long flow tunic and boy-friend jeans for room to move around in, and sunnies and a floppy hat to block out that unpredictable Southern California sun. Or if you're traveling by plane, then I guess sunnies to hide yourself when you knock out on the plane ride here, and a hat for after-landing to cover up any messy hair that the plane ride caused. And for a place to toss all my stuff...money, passport, makeup, etc- I pick a bucket bag to compliment my relaxed look, and JC cut-out boots to clunk around for an edgy vibe.
And as for makeup, it's the awkward transition between fall and winter so I'm just keeping it neutral with a vampy-lip, nude nails, and perhaps a winged liner.
#CosmopolitanChic Arrival

Upon arriving (hopefully somewhat after lunchtime) in the glamourous lobby, I'd feel pressured to get up to my room ASAP to do an outfit change because we are in a whole 'nother world now people. In the west-wing, the lobby has rows of beautiful posts that changes images and scenery from time to time making guests to feel modern, sexy, and groovy.

The Cosmopolitan Lobby
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Well, we just got to Vegas right? What's the rush? Time to cool down with a dip at the pool. Don't forget to order hors d'œuvre in case you aren't full from lunch yet! 

The Cosmopolitan has three pools to choose from:

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The Boulevard Pool (normal swimming pool)

Bamboo Pool View at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
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The Bamboo Pool (refreshing, secluded, and spa-like)

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& The Marquee Day-club Pool (night club vibe...but during the day and in a pool. music, loud, fun, and one of Vegas's hottest pools to hang out at)

I put together two swim looks below, everything is pretty self explanatory. It's two looks I'd wear by the pool. AND if you ask me, I would probably pick the look on the right and lounge at the bamboo pool. B)
#CosmopolitanChic Taking A Dip

After laying out by the pool and under the cabana for a while, I'm going to change the scenery a bit and go inside, change and take my time to get over to Eastside Tower and grab some drinks and chit-chat with my girlfriends (or boy-friends) at The Chandelier. The Chandelier is a three-story bar with the top being a lounging area where you can enjoy the view of the purple pink glass, or people watch. The middle of it is a bar, while the bottom tier goes into the casino area. No matter which level you are on, just being in The Chandelier is a glamorous feeling.
Cosmopolitan: The new luxury hotel of Las Vegas
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I am going with a casual outfit but still workable with drinks and gossips ;D
A cropped satin black peplum top for the semi-formal-ness, but high waisted white pants to play it down. An arrow necklace to adorn your otherwise-naked neckline, beautiful YSL clutch, and my all time favorite Aquazzura shoes...because who can pass those babies up. Around my wrists and on my ears- I would dress them up with some gold jewelry, and for makeup I'm going bold with Chanel's classic Rouge Allure lipstick in Passion, and probably a smokey eye look with some shimmer tones in the eyelid crease. And JUST IN CASE! it gets cold, or you decide to go out to take a look at the sun setting upon the strip I threw in a brown poncho.
Remember..classy- not trashy!

#CosmopolitanChic Drinks with the Girls

After a little bit of gossip and catching up, I would go shopping with my friends and try on different outfits, splurge, and relax. Then comes dinner time! What's Vegas without going to one of those outrageous buffets? My pick? Wicked Spoon.

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Honestly, how can you go wrong with so many choices available to you? You can make every friend or family member happy here :)

So after two hours of chow, we have to burn those calories off...right? Time to hit the nightclub! Or if you much rather prefer a quiet night in with your s/o, the Ice Rink :)
#CosmopolitanChic Clubbing or Skates?

If you much rather dance your night away, I created two looks on the more classy-side for getting down with your girls (or that cute guy you met earlier ;)) on the left side. And on the right, is a cute outfit to skate away your worries in.

Hopefully by the end of the night, nobody is too wasted, lost, or hurt from dancing, skating, laughing and can safely make their way back to their room and get a good night's rest.
Viva Las Vegas!

Let me know below how you'd create your Las Vegas look, or which look you like the best.
Anyone visiting The Cosmopolitan anytime soon? (They have a deal going on on their site right now. No they didn't pay me to write that, I actually checked :) )

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Free People Voile and Lace Trapeze Slip

I've been eyeing this Free People slip for such a long time already.
When I finally got it in May....I was so busy I didn't even have time to share it with my dear readers until now!


Wrap bracelets and circular bracelets from my past trips to SOHO, NYC.

I have a few of FP's slip dresses. Besides enjoying the way they fall gently and look on your body, they're also very comfortable and mobile. Great for dressing up or down. Obviously I didn't style it too much here but if I wanted to, I could with knee socks, kimonos, scarves, sweaters, boots, necklaces/rings, and floppy hats. I think these Trapeze slips are super versatile.

Today I styled the slip with a navy blue lace bralette and some denim shorts underneath.

lace slip in spring green | Free People
lace bralette | Gilly Hicks
ring | H&M
bracelets | from different stores in NYC
sandals | Urban Outfitters

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Arctic Monkeys

So as some of you might know... I went to see the Arctic Monkeys yesterday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles! I am so excited to have had that opportunity because the Arctic Monkeys are one of my all-time favorite bands!

A "Basic" Chino | A Segment On Men's Fashion

Hello everyone. I hope you are enjoying the summer. It's time for another post about men's clothing. This time I will be doing a review on a pair of chinos I got a couple of months ago. They are the "Olive Chino" from Wolf vs Goat. Before I get into the chinos, I would like to say a few words about the brand itself, because I find it very unique and interesting. The brand is run almost entirely by a man named Mauro who has been in the fashion business for a number of years. He started Wolf vs Goat about 5 years ago as a way to get high-quality, USA made clothes to men at a great price. What is so special about this brand is the sense of community that Mauro fosters. He centers his brand around clothing that his customers want to buy and works to get everyone exactly what they want, but at the same time innovating in terms of fabrics and design. He takes customer service very seriously.

Enough about the brand. Let's get to these pants.

As you can see, the chinos are medium olive in color. They have a definite earthy tone to them, but they aren't so dark that they are limited to wearing in the fall and winter. They are overdyed, meaning that they are made of olive thread that is then dyed again once the fabric is woven. This creates a beautiful depth of color. And as the pants age, their fading is more subtle than is typical. Various shades of olive are created instead of wearing down to white thread. Having worn these on average three times a week over the past two months (you can tell I love them), I can say that these pants are only getting more beautiful with age.

There is quite a bit of green in these chinos, which I think makes them more suitable for 4-season wear. However, these really will work best in fall and winter and I can't wait to start putting these to use then. The fabric is mid-weight sanded canvas, all cotton. The canvas makes for a sturdy pant; these won't be wearing down anytime soon. The sanding of the canvas means these chinos won't be quite as rough on the exterior or as stiff as typical canvas. Because these are a casual pant, I never iron them. As you can see, they do get slightly wrinkly but nothing that would make me think anyone would have to iron them. I think the slight wrinkles add to the casual nature of the pants and make it easier to see the color variations. Buttons (save for the hidden front button) appear to be real horn in dark brown, meaning you will love buttoning these up every time.

The chinos are touted as a "slim straight" pant. I find the "slim" portion to be very accurate, as these fit perfectly between too tight and too loose. I could have sized down for a slightly slimmer pant and still be comfortable, but I wanted to try a more relaxed fit. These pants, however, are certainly not "straight" fit. There is quite a bit of taper to them. Nothing extreme but it is certainly there.
They come in a 33" inseam only, which work perfectly for me since I am kind of tall (about 6'1"). I can leave them uncuffed to get some stacking with boots or cuff them once or twice to get some breeze on my ankles, like in these shots. If you are shorter, a hem is a simple $5-10 fix. If, however, you are taller than 6'3", these may be too short for you. The good news is I haven't noticed any shrinking in length (or anywhere else for that matter) even after several washes and partial, gentle dryings in a machine.

Some more final thoughts about these pants as I have gotten to know them better over the past several weeks. They almost immediately became my favorite pair by far. They have broken in to be amazingly comfortable and soft. And since I sit at a desk for hours at a time, this is very important. I have never once had these pants irritate me at all. The rise is high enough to provide room where it is needed, and the legs are never constrictive.
The color is very versatile yet still interesting. Olive is a normal enough color that you can wear these quite often without drawing too much attention to yourself, but the subtle variations in color keep the pants interesting. So while they may seem basic, these chinos are anything but that.
The one change that I would make to these pants is to make the back pockets about 0.5" deeper. My wallet is by no means large, but it almost reaches to the top of the pocket. Other than that, I have no complaints.

So what do you think? Any thoughts on the chinos or the brand? How much of an influence do a brand's actions have on the clothes that you buy? What do you think about the trending "made in USA" movement? I would love to hear what you think about these things.
And don't forget to check out Wolf vs Goat. Mauro has a lot of unique prints, fabrics and materials in his collections. And if you ever decide to make a purchase, check out his rewards program. It's an amazing deal.

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L'Oreal Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion | A Product Review

Summer is just around the corner (in 8 days to be exact),
so I thought I would do a post on a product I discovered recently.

This is (as you can see) the L'Oreal Silky Sheer BB Face Lotion with SPF 50+ and water resistance.
I was not looking for a tinted facial sunscreen, but I thought I would give this a try because it looked interesting. They do have a non-tinted option, so feel free to pick that one if you are hesitant about getting the residue on white tops. Another thing that drew me towards it, was the description claiming it to be a"...virtually weightless lotion...".

The only tinted sunscreen I've tried before was Clinique's City Block Sheer in SPF 40. Unfortunately, I hated the formula. It greasy and made me break out after my "8 hour" time frame outside. The formula also looked was heavily tinted that it would look too dark/light if you were not the same shade. Ever since then I've strayed from tinted facial sunscreens.

I picked this sunscreen to try because I was looking for something that was light, and goes on "weightless"(....and it was!)

The bottle is very small, so you can easily bring it with you in your bag or purse.

The box writes and claims 80 minutes of water resistance, but I have not yet gone swimming with this yet.
The box instructs you to "shake to activate" before using, but I find that whenever I shake the bottle up and down, air pressure builds up (or the air goes under the product) thus making the product gush out when I unscrew the lid. I think it helps to gently sway the product side to side instead of up and down.

warning: sorry for having very dry (and scary looking) skin

This is what it looks like on my skin untouched.

After rubbing half of the formula out...

Voila! It's as if you were not wearing anything.
The formula blends into my skin tone very well, and I would assume it blends into most others' suitably as well because if I were to (maybe it is not very apparent in the picture but..) pour the formula on my skin, the shade does not match me 100%.
The sunscreen is weightless, matte, and does absorb quickly. It is not greasy like most other facial sunscreen, and if I could tell you about this sunscreen in one sentence, it would be- rubbing liquid that turns into "powder". I put powder in quotes because it isn't powdery but it ends up feeling like if you dusted a light layer of powder foundation onto your skin.

It cooperates even if you are sweaty. I think that no matter what, a sweaty face will always be a little "non-matte", but this sunscreen won't leave you looking shiny after a long day outside.

What the shade of the tint looks like on a white piece of paper towel.

And the top of the applicator.

I really do recommend this product to anyone that is looking for a face sunscreen. The only con for the product that I can think of is either the gushing after shaking it, or the fact that it isn't anything sweet/fancy smelling...just normal sunscreen scent. But I don't think any of those cons are that big of a deal.
I got this at my local Target for ~$11. I'm sure you can find it in any convenience store that sells extensive beauty products (as in probably not a super market), or Ulta, or Walmart...etc etc.

Tell me what you think if you've tried it before, or if you get it and try it!
I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

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Last Day of May

Finished my music paper earlier than usual!! So I went to the beach...

Definitely have not gone to the beach in a while, I think the last time was in March though I guess it's still lucky because I live in Southern California. The water was surprisingly comforting- not freezing as I thought it would have been.

dress | Brandy Melville
cropped tee | J.Galt
hat | Brandy Melville

I had a lovely day finishing work and relaxing by the beach. Still one more week to push through, and a finals week after that. Congrats to the people who are on semester system and have already finished! Hopefully everyone did well, or are doing well... :) Anyone got summer plans yet?

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Happy Mother's Day | taking a break from school work and such

Happy (belated) Mother's day, sorry for the late post!
Today we went to the country club/golf course to have brunch and celebrate Mother's day.

The golf club was pretty nice. The exterior architecture of the entrance reminded me of some of the modern wineries in Napa Valley.

I wore a white lace patterned dress that had a chiffon lower-half, along with my leather strapped sandals, and a small black shoulder bag.

In terms of makeup, I swept MAC's eyeshadow in woodwinked over my primed eyelids, and drew in an unwinged line in charcoal over the top. I skipped the bottom for a more innocent look. And topped the entire look off with my le volume de Chanel in Noir. And for the lips, I did not want to draw too much attention, but still wanted to stick with a classic red that isn't bold so I decided on Chanel's rouge coco shine hydrating sheer lip shine in Bonheur.

The golf course was surprisingly big! I wasn't expecting it at all.

I am in love with the back detailing of the dress!!
dress | Forever21
sandals | Madewell
bag | H&M

How did you guys spend your Mother's Day? Anything unique?
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