LA Shopping Scene

This dreary British weather isn't doing anything for me (like seriously, where has Spring gone?) so here's a little throwback from last year's trip to sunny California.

Aside from the gorgeous beaches and endless Instagram-worthy brunch spots, one of the things I miss most about LA is its shopping scene. From luxury brands to up-and-coming labels, you'll find any excuse for some retail therapy.

So if you're planning a trip to the city, here are a few of my favourite LA shopping destinations:

If your summer wardrobe is in need of a refresh, there's Revolve and Reformation on Melrose Ave. to help you achieve that classic California girl look.

Ever wondered where the iconic pink wall that's virtually on every Youtube video/ Insta post is? Directly opposite Reformation is the Paul Smith building AKA every blogger's OOTD backdrop. Browse through the store (maybe get a nice dress shirt for your man?) then snap an outfit pic outside.

You can always count on the high street for a wide selection of trendy garb and affordable basics. I love Urban Outfitters for its casual cool vibe and vintage-inspired clothing. They also stock beauty brands such as Herbivore (their Rose Hibiscus face mist is a God-send!) as well as my go-to Korean company, Tony Moly.

If you're looking to purchase your first designer item or add another piece to your collection, head to Rodeo Drive and spend the day perusing three block's worth of luxury shops from Celine to Chanel. Saks Fifth and Barneys are conveniently situated nearby, just at the top on Wilshire Boulevard, in case you run into inventory issues.

Venice Beach is home to stall upon stall of local merchants selling everything from souvenir gifts to beachwear. You can also find here the American Apparel Outlet Shop, which I hope is still open because they offer great discounts to shoppers. Abbot Kinney is only a short distance from the boardwalk and houses numerous lifestyle concept stores and Indie shops. Drop by AUST for your Aussie label fix; Aēsop and Le Labo for your beauty needs; and Huset for a curated selection of Scandinavian brands.

I also recommend going to Melrose Place for Zimmermann, The Apartment by the Line, Equipment and many other contemporary labels. And if you love vintage, you'll enjoy hunting for bargains at the Rose Bowl Flea Market (which takes place on the second Sunday of every month) and shopping for luxury vintage merchandise at What Goes Around Comes Around's Beverly Hills flagship store.

On to the outfit, I wore this red striped dress from ASOS for a quick visit to the Farmers Market. I especially like the colours and the frayed hems of this natural fibre frock.

I rarely wear accessories especially when I'm out shopping so these tan suede block heels and matching woven bag complemented my look.

Where do you like to shop in LA? What are your fave Cali finds? :)

ASOS Stripe dress, Parfois woven sling bag, Dorothy Perkins block heels

5 Holiday Gift Ideas Under P500

The holidays are in full swing and if you're still not finished with your Christmas shopping yet, here are 5 gift ideas from Tony Moly under P500 perfect for your loved ones. Whether it's for your beauty-obsessed bestie or makeup junkie sister, these presents are sure to be a hit come Christmas Day.

1. A "scentsational" Surprise
My Shea Hand Cream Special Set (P478)

Nothing says "Merry Christmas" than a box of holiday-themed goodies. A million times better than generic holiday hampers, this set contains two types of shea hand creams that are ultra moisturising and have a heavenly scent! Because the packaging is already very festive, you don't even need to wrap it. Just sign your name on a gift tag and it's ready to be put under the tree.

Tony Moly Spoiler Makeup Collection Review

Christmas is right around the corner and if you're still looking for makeup inspiration to go with your holiday looks, check out my thoughts below of my recent beauty haul from Tony Moly.

From their latest makeup collection, Spoiler offers a wide range of products from cushion compacts to strobing sticks and lip pencils.

Spoiler Strobing Sticks in #1 Pink Glow and #2 Gold Glow (P628 each)

If you've always had difficulty perfecting your highlighting skills, then this product is the one for you. A simple swipe using these strobing sticks will help you achieve that beautiful holiday glow without the fuss. 

Discover Your Signature Scent at Rustan's The Beauty Source

They say your perfume is an extension of your style and your choice of fragrance says a lot about you. But with so many options available on the market, finding "the one" can be quite difficult.

If you're still searching for your signature scent, you might want to check out the four fragrances I previously reviewed: CLEAN Original (a fresh citrus,) CLEAN Skin (a fruity floral,) Versace Eros Pour Femme (a floral woody musk) and Moschino TOY (a light citrusy woody musk.) To help you even more, I will be posting my thoughts on this bottle of HISTORIAE Orangerie du Roy, which I recently received from Rustan's.

Renowned for authentic and refined luxury French fragrances, HISTORIAE embodies Parisian culture and tells the History of France through a wide range of products: perfumes, perfumed soaps, scented candles and room sprays.