soothing sensitive skin

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If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen that I’ve been having a little problem with some absolutely lovely poison oak…  I went hiking last weekend and noticed my leg had a small itchy red patch which would later be diagnosed as poison oak.  My doctor prescribed a topical prescription strength similar to Benadryl and recommended I stick with gentle basics on my skin until everything resolves itself.  Have you guys had poison oak before?  It’s awful!!!

dove bodywash

I headed to my CVS to pick up my Rx and stopped in the beauty aisle (I cannot help myself!  Beauty product ADDICT!) and picked up some gentle items to help my skin get back to normal.

I recently tried the cucumber version and opted to try the Dove Deep Moisture body wash–I’m addicted to body wash, and the richness of this cream sounded really appealing on my sensitive skin.  This one looks really popular, it was the last one on the shelf at CVS!

I have never seen a product like this Vaseline Intensive Care Cocoa Radiant Oil before and I was very intrigued.  It feels like baby oil, but in a gel form and glides on your skin so smoothly.  It’s super rich for when my skin wants extra hydration or in this case, wants a break from being itchy!

body skin care

I wear sunscreen everyday on my face and body but wanted to take a break from my typical sport spray sunscreen and try this Simple Protecting Sunscreen.  Technically its formulated for your face but I’ve been using it on my face and body for head to toe sun protection coverage.

I mentioned in a previous post that I was following along with the CVS Love Your Skin  videos–it’s a series of videos featuring Yale School of Medicine’s Dr. Mona Gohara where she covers a range of topics including why skin heath is important, keeping your skin healthy head to toe, and safe sunless tanning.  I’m checking back this week to see if she has anything to share on soothing itchy, red, and sensitive skin because I’m all ears!  (Bonus–discount coupon here!).


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statement accessories

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cloth and stone dresscloth and stone dresscloth and stone dressDress: Cloth & Stone // Belt: Banana Republic // Shoes: KDB // Bag: Marni // Necklace: Ways of Change

Today I opted for a simple dress and let all of my accessories do the talking.  This Marni tote showed up in my last post here and it’s been what I’ve been carrying around the past two weeks, I really like that it can hold EVERYTHING.  For jewelry, I added this golden choker necklace from Ways of Change for an earthy while industrial look.  I really love the story behind all of their pieces promoting entrepreneurship to refugees around the world–read more here.


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what’s in my bag

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I’m overdue on a what’s in my bag post, so… here you go!  Full disclosure I tossed all of my old, crumpled receipts and gum wrappers before snapping the photo.  Can’t have my purse trash hanging around!

Marni tote bag – I got this Marni tote on sale ($46 to be exact!) and actually purchased it for my mom as a gift, but I’ve been borrowing it as an everyday around-town tote.  It’s great that we can share our closets together!  Since San Francisco has implemented the 10 cent bag charge, I’m leaning towards purses / bags that can do double duty for my trips to the drugstore, supermarket, or wherever.

what's in my bagSimple Face Wipes – Skin health is super important in the summer months so I’m taking an extra effort in keeping my face hydrated.  I first tried Simple wipes about a year ago and like being able to have a pack on hand (in my bag, on my nightstand, etc.).  I picked up these radiance wipes on my last CVS run and they feel awesome on my skin.  Extra tip–If my face is feeling dry during the day, I take a wipe and blot it gently over my face.  My makeup stays put (again, be gentle!) and gives me a refreshing bit of touch up moisture.  (Bonus–discount coupon here!)

Paper Straws – I picked these up for a backyard BBQ party and am really excited to use them!  Pinterest is flooded with adorable paper straw photos and I’m ready to pop these pretties into some beverages!

Passport – I’m traveling soon and have a mini fear of forgetting my passport once I arrive at the airport.  I’ve been keeping mine close in my bag so I know exactly where to find it (especially helpful since I’m in the process of moving).

House of Lashes and lash glue – True Life: I love watching YouTube beauty videos!  A few of my favorite YouTubers have been recommending House of Lashes and I’ve ordered a pair to give them a try as well.  This style is called ‘Iconic’ and the lash glue is great because it is a small brush tip–perfect for touch ups!

Jumprope – Such an easy an portable workout tool and this one was only $3!

Dove Bodywash – I go through beauty products at a lighting pace and I just picked up this Dove bodywash from CVS.  I really like how it makes my skin feel softer and smoother once I step out of the shower.  It’s a gentle exfoliant and creamy against my skin, perfect for summer time.  Plus I love the cucumber scent on my skin for summer!  I discovered a series of videos from CVS called Love Your Skin featuring Yale School of Medicine’s Dr Mona Gohara where she covers a range of topics including why skin heath is important, keeping your skin healthy head to toe, and safe sunless tanning.  Here is a link to the first one but I’ll continue to link new videos as they become available.  Excited to study up and learn her tips on keeping my skin in tip top shape for years to come (Bonus–discount coupon here!).

Morphe Makeup Brushes – These makeup brushes are extremely affordable but also great for blending, blending, blending!  I really like their angled brow brush and pencil brush for smoking out my eyeliner.

what's in my bag

Ways of Change Choker Necklace – I’m a big fan of fashion that gives back (like in these posts here and here) and this Ways of Change choker helps empower refugees to share their crafts with the world and build entrepreneurial skills.  This necklace is a special piece to me and I like to wear it with a simple maxi dress to make it be the conversation piece.  Check out Ways of Change’s story to learn more about their story.

Dog Bones – Ha, I always happen to have a few of these in my bag.  I just ran out of my homemade ones so I need to whip up a batch from my previous post on DIY dog biscuits.

Vaseline Lip Therapy – Another CVS run find!  OMG is this not the cutest little lip balm you’ve ever seen?!?!  This jar is so tiny (mini dog bone for reference) and I’m constantly pulling it out of my bag to show friends.  Besides it being a teeny tiny container, it’s the same Vaseline that deeply moisturizes and protects my lips from drying out in the summer sun.  It’s the perfect size to dab a bit on your finger and smear anywhere that you might need some moisture locked in.  (Bonus–discount coupon here!)

Life Italia sunglasses – I love that these sunglasses are a slight cat eye and a deep shade of red that just looks gorge in the sunshine!

Thanks for taking a peek into my bag–what are the things you carry around day to day?  Do you keep your bag minimal with just the necessities or do you find yourself lugging around all of your purchases like me?


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life lately

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Putting together a post to share some snaps from my life lately–from current inspiration, pretty things, and friends and family–take a peek!

I’ve been itching to DIY a wooden pallet into some sort of planter box or succulent wall.  I stumbled upon this one and I think I’ve found inspiration for my project.  I think this would look cute in a garden or on a patio.  Now I just need to find a free pallet from behind my local Costco…

tomales bay oysters

We went to Tomales Bay last weekend to an oyster farm and it was amazing and so much fun.  You pack up your picnic in the car (we brought beer, wine, and strawberries), stake out a picnic table, and shuck your own oysters straight from the bay.  I’m not a huge oyster fan but I’ve learned to dress them up with lemon and hot sauce so I’m starting to like them more.  But the most important thing is great company and a great experience, right?

target home decorI’ve been eyeing this accent table and globe from Target to freshen up my home decor.  I like the combination of hammered metal with twine rope, and the globe gives a vintage touch like it belonged in your grandpa’s study.


Who doesn’t love a big giant bunch of peonies?  If a blogger sees peonies and doesn’t instagram them…did they even exist?!?! Deep thoughts, haha!


A couple of Saturdays ago I attended a French cooking class with Maison Jules in San Francisco.  I was so excited to learn how to bake delicious French goodies–I’m kind of thinking to host a birthday party at a cooking school in the future.


I’ve planted a garden–and look at these squash!  I’ve planted squash, tomatoes, berries, cucumbers, and a few herbs in our shared corner of a community garden.  It’s been a lot of fun to head over each week and take a look at the progress.  And, the succulents are just asking to be instagrammed.


Lola and her friends in a kayak wearing lifevests–is there anything cuter?!?


I love monthly subscriptions and recently discovered and signed up for Underclub to receive an adorably cute pair of undies each month based on the style quiz you fill out when signing up.  How cute is that packaging??  I also marbleized my Macbook with this decal from Etsy–all marble everything!

Macy's DormifyAs I’ve mentioned I’m in the process of moving and will now have a guestroom to decorate!  I’ve been eyeing a lot of the collections from Dormify and love their bright asthetic and creative elements.  I’ve already ordered a bunch of office desk supplies, can’t wait until they arrive.

If you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’m hosting an event with Macy’s and Dormify on Saturday August 1st from 2-4pm in the Union Square Macy’s in San Francisco.  We’ll have Dormify designers on hand to help design your room, music, sips and sweets, and fun DIY stations.  Check out the event invite here for all details–hope to see you there!


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homemade dog bones

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I’ve been mixing things up on Just Add Glam a lot in 2015 mainly because I’ve been wanting to post about what is currently inspiring me RIGHT NOW.  Maybe I’ve been getting another year older but I’m finding that I’m interested in sharing more posts beyond #OOTD (Not to mention I’ve been house hunting for the past 4 months with 95% of my clothes and shoes in storage so I’ve been wearing a lot of stuff on repeat repeat repeat repeat.  The San Francisco housing marking is completely insane and my living nightmare at the moment, but that’s a topic for another day…)

I’ve been obsessed with my puppy Lola since I adopted her back in December 2014 and I love giving her treats as a reward after a long hike or a ball fetching session and I figured…hey, I could make these myself!  I’ve made a handful of batches and have adapted a few different recipes to make my own.  Lola is completely obsessed with these bones and jumps into the air for them (store bought ones don’t do that)!

DIY dog bones


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup yeast
  • 1/4 cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup sweet potato, shredded
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (natural anti-flea!)

DIY dog bones

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and mix together.  If dough is too sticky, add more dry ingredients (whole wheat flour, cornmeal, wheat germ) until cookie dough consistency.  If the dough is too dry and won’t hold together, add some additional chicken stock.

DIY dog bones

Once the dough is combined, let it rest for an hour and the yeast will do it’s magic.  Do a quick knead on it and then prepare a flat surface for rolling it out.  The kitchen counter is your best bet!  Lightly flour the counter to prevent sticking and start to roll out dough with a rolling pin.  I actually was a bit impatient when making this batch and didn’t roll my dough out thin enough, so I recommend a thickness of 1/4 inch.

DIY dog bones

I probably tried about four different local stores and none of them had cookie cutters (let alone the dog bone cookie cutters I was looking for), so I settled on a small set from Marshalls of butterflies and flowers.  The sound of these aluminum cookie cutters in their tin has such an old-timey sound to it, love that!  I ordered this set of dog bone cookie cutters for my next batch.

Once the dough is rolled out, use cookie cutters to make the bones.  In the past I’ve also used a knife and make little squares or rectangles.  Once they bake they end up looking like doggy Cheez-its!

DIY dog bones

Place the bones on a foil covered cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  At the 10 minute mark, use a basting brush and coat each bone with chicken stock and turn the oven off.  Let the bones continue to dry out in the oven until the oven has completely cooled.  This allows the bones to dry out and get a crunch to them.

DIY dog bonesOnce you’re done and the bones have dried from the oven, let them cool and store in an air tight container like a jar or ziplock bag.  I love packing them into cute jars (hello Target dollar spot find!) and handing them out to my friends’ pups.

I have such a great time making these for Lola and hope you enjoy making them for your pets too!  Have you ever tried making treats for your pets? What was your experience like?


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