Brand Spotlight: Rituals, Amsterdam

I was first introduced to Rituals, a spa brand from The Netherlands, while working in the Marie Claire beauty closet. MC works on tons of international stories, and the best products from around the globe are often spotlighted. While these stories are always fun to read, they’re really tricky to work on. Some brands are impossible […]

Music Video: Michel Teló, ‘Ai Se Eu Te Pego’

I’m back! Where from? Well I recently came back from two weeks in Europe. I was mainly in Germany, so my plan while in the country was to keep my ears out for songs in German. Nothing caught my attention until I heard this song, but one verse into it I realized it was in […]

A Leave-in Conditioner Worth Stalking

Have you ever found a product that works wonders for you, only to find that you can’t find it … anywhere?! For me, it was a L’Oreal Vive leave-in conditioner that I first started using two years ago in Greece. Read on to see how my love of this product sent me on a mad […]

Brand Spotlight: Bubbles at Home, Belgium

How would you like to walk into a small shop in Belgium and have a team of friendly and knowledgeable salespeople custom-pick out gourmet soaps that are perfect for your every skincare need (acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn…)? Sound too luxe to be possible? This is exactly the kind of service you can expect at Bubbles […]

Brand Spotlight: DM Balea, Germany

If you’re on a tight budget, you’ve probably tried your fair share of store brand products and generics. And you’ve probably come to the conclusion that these brands are absolutely hit or miss. Sometimes you’ll get amazing results from products that are 100% comparable to the more expensive brands, but you’ll just as often get […]

Support Local Artists and Score Unique Finds

I always advise travelers — whether you’re going halfway across the world or on a stroll through a nearby town — to support local artists and crafters. The most authentic and memorable souvenirs that you can bring back with you will likely be the handmade, individualized pieces – rarely the mass-produced tourist tchotchkies. I’m the […]

Shimmer to Shine

You know what traveling is great for? Exploring, adventuring, learning … and ruining your skin. Despite my best efforts, I have never been able to come off a airplane looking radiant and glowing. Ever. i just returned from my European adventure on Sunday, and I still haven’t recovered. Two weeks away from my drawers of […]