Thursday, April 7, 2016
I've been riding up in Topanga and Malibu canyons a lot recently. For one, I wish I could live there... and two, its the easiest access to winding and curvy roads you can get to without going out on an abominable highway like the 405. When my fellow lady rider, Genevieve, asked me to stand in for some shots on my bike; I didn't hesitate. Her work is awesome and when it comes to positive people? She's in the top five, easy. We went up to Topanga Canyon Rd and shot during the beautiful golden hour. A lot of honking and hollers were involved from passing cars (and motorcycles) and being the really cool person that I am, pretended to shoot cowboy guns into the air and did a little jig from time to time in response *shrug emoji*.
Saturday, March 26, 2016
If you haven't been to the Getty Center in Los Angeles, I suggest you close your screen and go there immediately. It's free and parking is only $15.
Oh, you're back. Wasn't that awesome? Tres picturesque, no? It's such a cultural hub in the city with beautiful exhibits, gardens and views of both the ocean and the city around us (on those smog-free days). My friend and I went to see the new Mapplethorpe exhibit that opened earlier in the month and to attend a short story reading. I personally loved learning more about Robert Mapplethorpe; I did know a bit about him from studying photographers and then reading a bit about him in Patti Smith's "Just Kids" a few years back. He was so sensitive, yet so blunt and controversial. People like that fascinate me and he makes me want to understand light, symmetry and to just be a bit more risky in my artistic endeavors (probably not to his extent though... ha!).
Monday, October 5, 2015
My friend and I went to the Santa Monica Pier to take some photos and catch up. Despite the Southern California temperatures cooling down, and the holiday season starting, the foot traffic has refused to let up on the West Coast. We've been having an unusually warm summer/fall this year so it doesn't surprise me that people are still coming in hordes. I can't really talk though. I'm only a local because I've been here for five years from my Ohio move, but I'm still starting to get that grumpy "go home" mentality when the tourism doesn't drop off. Well either way, I got this skirt hanging in my closet and it was pretty much the perfect piece to get illuminated by all the pier lights!
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Taco date as in dinner with a friend. Not to be confused with going on a date with a taco; although you shouldn't put it past me. Add a margarita and the entire two seasons of Silicon Valley and that sounds like my kind of night. Dinner for one? Mexican food is probably 99.8% of the reason I moved to Southern California. The cuisine here is unbeatable for obvious reasons. I overindulge in cheese, which is terrible for my lactose-intolerance. So, it made total sense that I ordered two dump-truck sized cheese enchiladas for just myself this past weekend. That all being said, wear comfortable clothes when you're planning on eating a meal big enough for a family of six.
I've worn this tunic as a dress before (with shorts) but after so many people asking my where my pants were, I started wearing something longer out of annoyance (dang, they got me!). One thing my tall friends know is that not every dress is actually a dress. Due to height, most things become a tunic. Or a shirt. Or a crop top. *grumble*
A leather jacket always dresses up an outfit, to me. I found this terra-cotta-colored gem in Inglewood and quickly snatched it up when I saw someone eyeballing it. HA! To the victor go the spoils. Speaking of spoils, I realized most of this outfit was gifted or thrifted. I'm a big fan of that; having clothing that is given a second life. One, ironically I'm a "style" blogger that hates spending money/being called a "consumer"; and two, I am starting to take awareness of where the items (food, clothing, etc.) in my life are coming from way more seriously. Ha, I know I'm saying this with a Forever21 shirt on, but overall I'm slowly minimizing how often I purchase from "fast fashion" companies. Next? ...groceries ...beauty ...home goods. Being conscious is a never-ending responsibility I'm willing to take on if it means a better life for others. If companies are going to call me a consumer, I may as well become a smart one.
Sigh, baby steps.
Man, who would've thought that Mexican food can inspire such deep conversation? My friend and I also talked about where I wanted this blog to go; because to be honest, I don't know what the hell I'm writing about anymore on DAVY. Yes, it's inspired by certain topics; but they've been hard to document or do lately (excuses, mainly). The sporadic writing should really hint at that. It's not that I don't like writing/creating anymore; I feel paralyzed more than anything. Creative conversations, like this weekend with friends, really ignite passion again. By the way folks, if you're excited about something it's a sign you're onto something. I know I am overflowing creatively. It's the execution that I get caught up in. I'm not going to say I can't finish a project to completion, but it is a challenge for me. Mainly due to excitement and FOMO of a new one. I'll definitely write a bigger post on this because it's been brewing for a long time!
What kind of conversations do you love having with friends?
White Button-down Shirtdress - Forever21 (similar)
Snakeskin Booties - Unknown label, Thrifted (similar)
Charcoal Moto Jeans - c/o Cottonon
Leather Jacket - Wilson's Leather, Thrifted (similar)
Bucket Purse - Unknown label, Thrifted (similar)
Sunglasses - Rayban Wayfarer
All photos by Juliana Johnson
Monday, June 1, 2015
My routine isn't anything special, most of it comes from a drugstore, but despite that I love make-up. On a daily basis I wear a few products, in pretty neutral colors. Most of my decision comes from the fact I never know when I'll be sweating or in the water at any given point in the day. But give me bronzer, a glow, glossed lip etc. and I'll be happy! Special occasions or a decision to grab a drink in public will sometimes give me an excuse to swipe on eyeliner and a color shadow/lipstick. Ha!
Since my everyday routine you see here is very elementary, I use clean fingers for most creams, concealers, etc. Eyeshadows are applied with a soft brush for a light sweeping. Powder and bronzer is applied with a powder brush.
FACE + BASE
I use a few cremes, all very easily found at your drugstore or Target. Nivea Moisturizing Creme (in the big blue glass tub) is one of the first beauty products I was ever introduced to, by my mother. She has used it since she was 17 and is just NOW getting wrinkles. It's also a pretty good dopple-ganger for some more expensive cremes. So save your money and celebrate! Since it is so heavy, I use it sparingly as a night creme for my face, neck and chest. During the day I use Clean & Clear's Dual Action moisturizer and a small eye creme my mother bought for me at a TJ MAXX. If you don't hit up Marshalls or TJ MAXX for beauty cremes, you're missing out. Especially keep an eye out for the Polish-made cremes as a majority are cruelty-free! I recently have been trying to take better care of my skin, concerning suncare, and have picked up Banana Boat's Sunless Tanning Lotion for the winter time (we've been getting little sun, unfortunately).
Besides starting with a clean face, I prep my face with a BB cream like L'Oreal's Magic Skin BB cream. Sweet baby Jesus, this was the first BB cream I ever tried and I'm in love with it. It comes out neutral like a sunscreen and then matches your skin color. Love how beautifully matte it makes your skin. If I need to cover up any spots with concealer, I'll use NYX's concealer jar (no pictured) or L'Oreal's Visible Lift Blur foundation. The NYX concealer is not my favorite, it's a rather oily/slick feeling formula on my skin. Finishing up with my base, I'll use NYX's Rouge Cream Blush in either 'Natural' or 'Boho Chic' (not pictured) or Milani's Baked Blush in 'Luminoso'. It is quite a comparison to the absurdly expensive NARS 'Orgasm', so I suggest you give it a try. If I decide to skip the blush for the day, I'll use Milani's XL Bronzer and NYX's Liquid Illuminator on all my key sun spots to amp up any glow I have.
I have extremely sensitive eyes that water constantly. More specifically I have a weirdo left-eye (not in the cool TLC way) that waters at the drop of a hat. The only eyeliner that I found smudgeproof is Milani's Infinite liquid eyeliner. I don't wear it every day, but this has been my go-to since my college years. I haven't found a better waterproof mascara than L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara. I was really pleasantly surprised by Miss Manga, so I'd advise checking it out! If I really want to splurge, I will always stand by my choice of Diorshow Blackout (not pictured).
I don't wear eyeshadow everyday. The one product I will stand by, however, is Smashbox's eyeshadow in 'ASAP'. Apparently it was a limited edition color and I spend all my extra time on finding this kick ass color. NYX (surprise, surprise) has come extremely close to replicating this shade, so worst case scenario I'll be safe from shanking someone for the last morsel of make-up. A really cool and basic trick I use, is to use white eyeliner (mine is MAC's Eye Kohl in 'Fascinating') to make myself look more awake or done up than I am. I tried to hop on the bold brow train a bit ago, but I soon realized that manicured brows aren't really my thing. For now I usually go over my brows with eyebrow wax/hairspray and brush the stray hairs into place; while plucking the lone rangers on the outskirts.
Another area I go pretty natural in is the lip area. I have fuller lips so I like to usually only play them up on night's out. Otherwise, I will go with NYX's Matte Lip Cream in 'Stockholm' or 'Cairo'. To top it it off I'll swipe some Rosebud salve or lipbalm. I've recently found Make Up Academy's glosses and colors at CVS; so the natural nude is a favorite of mine as well when I want a more opaque gloss color.
Honestly, as much as I love dolling myself up; having make up on really doesn't break or make my day. It's a fun thing to play with, that's it! There are days when I go completely naked and carefree. Let your skin breathe and embrace your natural beauty. When you are comfortable in your own skin; that confidence and joy is the best beauty statement you can make (cue 'aw' sounds).
What about you, have you tried any of these brands or products? What is your routine like?
Disclaimer: I am not paid by any of these companies to promote or write about their product. I am purely writing out of my own experiences and all purchases were made by me.