True Blue Too Shea Body Balm



While there are just too many tempting products out there for me to go 100% natural all the time, I definitely try to steer clear of unnecessary ingredients when I can (especially for body cream). True Blue Spa Too Shea Body Balm is 100% skin softening shea butter with all the  amazing moisturizing benefits and none of the synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrance and preservatives.

Available at Bath & Body Works for $18.50.

Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment



As a lip-balm loving girl, I can’t seem to get enough of the Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment.

It has all the same amazing qualities as the cult-favorite Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (ultra-moisturizing butters, SPF 15, antioxidant-rich vitamins…) but this version has a hint of color.

Sugar Rose is a sexy, barely-there, just-bitten shade of blush—the kind that looks great on everyone. (Bonus: it also has a faint rose scent. My favorite.)

If you’re like me, you’ll be reapplying this all day every day.

Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment $22.50

Six Things I’ve Learned From Spraining My Ankle

Sprained Ankle

When an injury ruins your training plans for the rest of the year, the only thing to do is eat all of the leftover Halloween candy in an attempt to stifle the envy you feel for your running friends out there slaying hills before the rest of the world is even awake.

(I’m not sure why this part of running makes me feel slightly smug, but waking up in the dark and working up a sweat while the mere mortals are still in bed hitting snooze over and over again gives me a sense of superiority. I know, I’m insufferable.)

The fact that my friends are out logging miles in the darkness while I’m sitting here eating Halloween candy nursing my sprained ankle is sending me into fits. (Lack of endorphins? Sugar overload? Call it what you will, but it sucks.)

It’s been 25 days since I slipped and fell into this pond at my friend Kristen’s house in Walnut Creek, CA.

Kristen's Pond

In the darkness, I went to walk behind that wooden couch and didn’t see the pond. My left leg slipped in, leaving my right ankle responsible for holding my entire body up. (An impossible feat, apparently.)



Monty Boy

Shout-out to my little friend Monty who never left my side that first night. Because if you can’t give a proper blog shout out to the really special ones, what is the purpose of even having a blog?


Emily on the left and Erin on the right.

Emily on the left and Erin on the right.


I was three days away from running my 10th half marathon, the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco with two of my favorite girlfriends Emily and Erin. Instead of the epic girls’ shopping, eating and drinking weekend I had hoped for, I spent my days elevating and icing a sprained ankle.

I immediately wanted to get on the next plane to Hawaii and head home to my own bed, but Erin (a fellow mother and business-owner) smartly reminded me that “home” didn’t necessarily mean rest. Home means kids and a business and laundry and email… and she was right; no matter how injured I was I would inevitably end up not resting.

San Francisco Apartment

SF Apt Parlor


So I stayed in San Francisco and relaxed in a beautiful turn of the century apartment in Japan Town. I was even able to jump in an Uber and meet my girls for a post-race brunch to celebrate their finishes.

Now that I’m back in Kauai and my ankle has had some time to heal, I thought I would share a little of the wisdom I’ve gained over the last three weeks:

1. Ankle sprains take a LOOOOOONG ass time to heal. Be patient, friends. You’re not going anywhere soon.

2. A little rest never hurt anyone. In fact, it actually feels good to sleep until 6:00 a.m. every morning. I have smaller bags under my eyes and my skin looks more amazing than ever. Go figure!

3. Lorelei Gilmore is hilarious. Why did I never watch even one episode of Gilmore Girls my entire life? (The answer to that is: I don’t know but I’ve certainly made up for it these last few weeks. Thank you, Netflix.)

4. Ridiculous sugar intake plus week-long Netflix marathons guarantees you a first class seat on the fast-track to Fluffyville. Just saying.

5. If you have a nurse friend, consider yourself a winner. My friend Emily makes it her job to monitor my personal health and well-being. Every scratch, hangnail and/or sneeze does not go unnoticed when Emily is around. Even though she is equally concerned about all her friends (she doesn’t play favorites when it comes to being all up in your healthcare business), I can’t help but feel special. Having a medical professional on your side can only be a good thing.

6. Feeling sorry for your sad self will get you nowhere. Instead of wallowing in my inability to MOVE, I’ve tried to enjoy these last several weeks of down time as much as possible. (Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my fair share of fits, but I’ve found those worthless tantrums don’t accomplish anything more than making me feel all kinds of ridiculous.) Fits aside, I’ve cleaned closets, organized old photos, watched a few episodes of Gilmore Girls (okay, ALL OF THEM) and used this time to map out my fitness plan for 2016.

This ankle sprain has definitely slowed me down but my world has not come to a screeching halt. I will eventually be able to lace up my running shoes and once again watch the sunrise with sweat dripping down my face, my running pals in the distance.

You’ll know I’m back at it when pictures like these start popping up in my feed:




I told you I’m insufferable.


The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter



Fall’s crisp air has taken me by surprise once again, but I think this fabulous Honeymania Body Butter from The Body Shop could soften the blow the weather has dealt to my skin and my spirit!

I’ve met few The Body Shop Body Butters I haven’t liked, but this one is particularly divine; the paraben free formula has a rich floral scent combined with Community Fair Trade honey for a rich, buttery formula.

The Body Shop Honeymania Body Butter is available from The Body Shop for $21.

Five Favorites: Fuchsia Lipstick


If you follow me on Instagram or know me IRL you might have noticed that I have a serious affection for bright pink lipstick. I rarely wear any other shade, I love it that much.

My all-time favorite fuchsia is MAC Girl About Town (shown above, top right corner) which is an intense blue-pink with just the right amount of color payoff and moisture. In addition to MAC Girl About Town, I am loving these four other fuchsia lipsticks:

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in 377 Rose Couture (top middle)

MAC Giambattista Valli Matte Tats (top left)

CHANEL Rouge Allure in 93 Exaltee (bottom left)

CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Spellbound 325 (bottom right)

These lipsticks are in heavy rotation in my Makeup Bag these days, as you can see from my personal collection below. I like to apply directly from the tube because I’m not fussy and I can’t be bothered with a lip brush. Also, I like a fully covered mouth (no dabbing for me) so straight from the tube is the way to go.


If you prefer a less intense lip, try gently tapping on lipstick with your fingertip and then apply gloss or balm over. A matte formula works great for this technique.