Travel Diary: Holiday Edition

*Warning: Prepare yourself for a photo onslaught.

Thursday

6:00 a.m.– Coffee and cinnamon rolls to motivate me to wake up

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7:30 a.m.- Final once over before leaving my cottage 

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8:00- Good Morning, Oakland Airport!

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9:07 a.m.- Casually adoring the french bulldog puppy the British couple sitting next to me has

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11:12 a.m.- Arrive at my aunts house on the Venice canals

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2:30 p.m.- Tables are set, ready to be filled with turkey

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2:45 p.m.- Thanksgiving Festivities commence 

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My Thanksgiving was actually the best. It was one of those perfect holiday moments where you don’t know that many people, but you’re bonded by the merriment and (let’s be honest) liberal amounts of wine. So while there was still family at my Thanksgiving, I also feasted with my aunts makeup artist, a former Australian model, and a family of British actors (they were particularly hilarious to me, I mean they brought a trifle and talked about their son going to Oxford. It was so adorably British). It was such an L.A. Thanksgiving, it was perfect.

Friday

1:00 p.m.- Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is great in a kitschy kind of way. 

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*Me and my aunt, the Bold and the Beautiful’s Alley Mills

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*My mom and Alley

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3:00 p.m.- A visit to Alley’s neighbors jewelry boutique: Irene Neuwirth, self titled 

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3:30 p.m.- Final stop at Carolina Herrera 

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My Black Friday was more like Gold Friday. And I mean literal gold, Alley gave me this moisturizer to use that she got at the Emmys and it has 24k gold in it. We didn’t really move in the morning, there was much sitting on the porch drinking coffee in our pajamas. At 11 we all decided to get up and to the Beverly Hills Hotel for lunch (my mom’s been fixated since we watch Saving Mr.Banks a couple weeks ago). The hotel is ridiculous, everything is pink and green and white and 40’s-esque. It’s touristy, yes, but in the same way Disneyland is touristy. Like you have to love it. After lunch we decided to visit Irene’s store, despite the fact that she wan’t there (I still haven’t met her, but I possibly will tonight). If you haven’t heard of her, she makes fine jewelry for a younger crowd, all of it fanatically glitzy and colorful. Whats really great about her store is that it’s designed like a home almost. There are normal jewelry cases in the front, but in the back there are bookshelves and couches and a kitchen even (I took pictures of it but I didn’t like how they turned out so I didn’t put them in) which is all decorated in a kind of luxury rainforest motif. If you have some money to burn, I fully recommend her stuff. It is sincerely gorgeous. Across the street from Irene’s store was Carolina Herrera, who possibly is my favorite red carpet designer (Seen here on Lucy Liu, Emmy Rossum, and my girl Taylor) so, obviously, we had to stop in. This may possibly have been my favorite stop because the pretty Brazilian saleswoman who worked there told me I had a nice complexion, which coming from her (as she must see beautiful people daily) means a lot. She was also the sweetest retail worker I have met, when we left she gave us all hugs and kisses. The whole day made me feel fairly L.A. glamour and leaves me feeling better about probably having to move down here in the future.

So that was my holiday! Jealous?

Happy turkey day,

-K

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Oakland When it Drizzles

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Geddit? Like Paris When it Sizzles only,… okay so I may have had that pun in my head for about two months just waiting for the right opportunity to use it. It really hasn’t been raining. But Thursday was a magical day where I was once again forced to get some culture in my life, and it rained! You remember when I had to go to the DeYoung? Well, this time I had to go to the Oakland Museum. Doesn’t quite have the same grandeur as the DeYoung, nor the natural beauty of Golden Gate Park. But what Oakland lacks in glamour it makes up for in… hipsterness? Truth be told, and they’re revoking my Oakland citizenship as I write this, I prefer San Francisco to Oakland. Nonetheless, I tried, you can’t say I didn’t, to take some spiffy pictures of my adventure, but the rain and the fact that this part of Oakland is ugly as sin sort of deterred from that. Enjoy!

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Sargent Johnson: Lenox Avenue 

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Joan Brown: The Raccoon 

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Let’s go Oakland!

-K

That Natural Dewy Look

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This weather is wreaking havoc on my skin. The weather has finally gotten a little colder, that is if you consider 55 degrees cold. So it’s a little colder, and considering that California hasn’t seen any real rain for the past year or so, it’s pretty freakin dry too. Consequently, my skin is producing mass amounts of oil trying to compensate for this dry weather (I may have done some Googling to find this answer) and I’m breaking out like crazy. Also it makes my bangs look greasy by midday.

Which is why I’m daydreaming about beautiful dewy skin. Guess you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.

Paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Anyway, I’ve compiled a full makeup set that’ll give you a natural, dewy look guaranteed (probably).

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1. PERRICONE MD No Blush Blush (warm rosy pink) $35

2. BOBBI BROWN Creamy Concealer Kit (Ivory) $35

3. BENEFIT COSMETICS Brow Zings (Light) $32

4. TARTE LipSurgence Lip Tint (Grateful) $24

5. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer (Finland) $42

6.  bareMinerals Flawless Definition Mascara (Black) $18

7. SMASHBOX Limitless Eye Liner (Java) $19

*Please note that these colors are based of my ghostly complexion, adjust colors according to your own skin tone

-K