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5 Reasons Why LA Pride Remains My Favorite Weekend of the Year

June 20, 2017

If you live in West Hollywood like me, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be out and about, wandering the good ol’ streets of Santa Monica Blvd. each year during the second weekend of June.

LA Pride (which just took took place June 9-11) is especially great for a Weho resident for the sake of being able to avoid traffic, but in general, it’s amazing overall and continues to be my favorite happening of the year.

Keep scrolling for 5 reasons why this culturally important, weekend-long event cannot be beat!

1. There Are a Handful of Events Leading Up to the Big Weekend

Obviously all of June is Pride month, so there are Pride-centric occurrences happening all over, during the course of four weeks, but in the week leading up to LA Pride, there’s a handful of local events that go down, including baseball games, charity events and more. Kicking things off the Sunday before Pride week began was GLSEN‘s Sunset Cocktails event, hosted by Lance Bass and Rosario Dawson, among other influential names in the community. I was invited to the Sunset Tower gathering, which raised money to ensure there are LGBTQ-inclusive K-12 schools across the country. Although the event has passed, you can still donate HERE.

2. The Weho Bars Are More Fun Than Any Other Time of Year

Ok, this is slightly debatable, as everyone who lives in 90069 knows that The Abbey and its neighbors are a complete blast during December, leading up to Christmas and NYE, but I must say they are most bustlin’ during Pride. Each bar has its own vibe, but one thing holds true: They all manage to bring out droves of people and there are always surprises. This year, for example, my fav Kesha put on a surprise performance at Pump. She’s just one of many fun folks you can expect to see roaming through the different spots during this weekend. Let’s just say if you’re a fan of any Bravo TV show, you are sure to get your “star”-studded fix this weekend.

3. The Festival Is an Experience in Itself

LA Pride can be quite the overwhelming experience (in a good way, of course!). The excitement of the bars is just one facet to the whole event. In addition, you have the actual festival, which over the years has booked a slew of memorable music acts. I’d be lying if I said this year’s selection was my favorite, but looking back, one of my favorite memories of all time was being with my closest friends, dancing the night away to Kesha in 2015. They’ve also had Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato, Carly Rae Jepsen, Trina and so many others take the stage in the past. But that’s not all. There’s usually a roller rink, incredible decor, and now, more than ever, a growing number of entertaining booths. I started off my Saturday getting glitter eye makeup and a heart painted on my cheek from the MAC Cosmetics booth (a first for LA Pride!). As expected, their booth was booming with color and vibrant music. There was just so much excitement all around. And as you can see below, Gigi Gorgeous was one of the many familiar faces to make her way through the festival!

Photo Credit: Lindsey Best

Photo Credit: Lindsey Best

4. It’s an Excuse to Throw a Party

Celebrating equality and the idea of people coming together for the same reason is definitely an excuse to throw a party. Each year, I throw a Pride brunch for some of my closest friends, and it’s the perfect way to kick off the afternoon before heading down to the Blvd. Everyone is in the best mood and it’s a great feeling everyone just being together and supporting. And an added bonus? It’s a great excuse to put my brightly colored beauty products from NYX, Joico InstaTint, Salon Perfect and more to use by leaving them out for guests to use as touchups!

5. You Run Into Familiar Faces, While Also Encountering New Ones You’ll Stay in Touch With

If there’s one place to spot friends—both old and new—Pride festivities are it! Pride brings out all kinds of people, so whether its an old coworker, long lost pal or even a new person you just started chatting up at the bar, you are definitely bound to exchange hugs and walk away with some new numbers (or Instagram handles)!

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No Matter the Season, Here Are 9 Makeup and Beauty Favorites I’m Wearing All Year ‘Round

March 23, 2017

Despite a week of rain (yes, I love it, but sure wasn’t expecting it!) and now even heavy wind (love it even more!), it is, in fact, no longer winter (cue the tears). It is officially springtime.

That said, with a new season comes new trends, new products, new must-haves, new everything—especially moving out of the colder months.

But winter, spring, summer, fall—there are some makeup and beauty products I feel compelled to wear all year ’round.

Regardless of the color or coverage intensity, I tend to have my regular rotation of items I consistently use, and during spring is no exception. Although winter and spring trends traditionally differ, I prefer to stick to the tried and true.

Keep scrolling for 9 items you can see sprawled out on my makeup counter at any given time of year (and find out why some of these more wintery shades can totally fold into springtime looks)!

1.  Sebamed‘s Moisturizing Face Cream for Sensitive Skin ($14.99) – Regardless of the time of year, dryness is definitely my biggest skin qualm. Even just one slight application of Sebamed’s magical product and my face stays hydrated all throughout the day. It’s rare I find a product that can maintain moisture on my skin, and this does just that! Plus, it’s super affordable, so why not?

2. Ever‘s Overnight Facial Cellular Renewal Oil ($88) – When I first read the words “overnight facial,” I was like, yeah, okay. But no joke, you apply a few droplets of this little guy before bed, and you wake up with minimized blemishes and softer, more hydrated skin.

3. TINte‘s Sun Kissed Universal Mineral Powder ($10) – This item is by far the biggest hidden gem of the bunch. I’ve been wearing this product for years, and once the highlighting trend came to the forefront, I messed around with every big-name brand I could think of, but found myself coming back to this right here. It’s so inexpensive, it comes with so much product, it’s all natural and it can be used as eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, you name it! Most importantly: It works! This provides the same highlight effect as Becca’s products, so why not save a little money and help a growing brand?

4. MACs Lavender Jade lipstick ($17) – This is by far my favorite find of 2016. I wear this shade to the grocery store, to dinner, to work, to play. You can almost always expect to find me wearing this. Not only does the color bring me endless compliments, but it seriously goes with everything, it comes off easily if need be, but stays on pretty strong otherwise. I can’t speak this product’s praises enough!

5. MAC’s Club eyeshadow ($16) – When I want to spice up a traditional brown, this is the shade I wear. For a more brown look, I wear it dry, but I go wet when I want the iridescent green to show through. I’ve been wearing this shade for more than a decade and it is a true classic. Green and brown are always in season.

6. Urban Decay‘s NAKED eyeshadow palette ($54) – I received this palette as a holiday gift from my friend Cass’ parents a few years ago, and for the longest time, I had it tucked away amid other unopened makeup items (who needs another set of browns, right?). But last year, I decided to give it a whirl after obsessing over the palette’s sister polish set. And, well, I can’t get enough! The browns are vibrant for going out and easy to tone down when making my way to the workplace—so basically a win-win all around!

7. Urban Decay’s Crash mega matte lipstick ($17) – If you know me, you know I can’t leave the house without a bold lip. Okay, maybe for yoga (I never wear makeup when I work out), but pretty much any other time, me and a vibrant lipstick go hand in hand. Although I do love a bright pink (here’s lookin’ at you, NARS Schiap) and a pastel purple (see No. 5), I get the most compliments when I wear a striking orange. I used to be obsessed with all things Kat Von D when it comes to that hue, but lately, I can’t get enough of Urban Decay’s Crash.

8. Armani Beauty‘s Emeraude eye tint ($39) – If your eyes need a pop of, well, anything, this is the hue for you! It’s a liquid-to-solid formula and can be worn lightly for some dazzling daytime color, or go on bold for nightwear. I’ve had this for a year, and I know if I want to make a statement on any given occasion, this is the magic trick!

9. Artdeco‘s Long Lasting Eye Kohl ($11.50) – When it comes to eyeliner, if I’m going to wear it at all, it needs to glide on easily and really make a statement. I typically steer clear of the product during the day, but at night, Artdeco’s Long Lasting Eye Kohl never smudges and takes two seconds to effortlessly apply.