February Favorites 2019

Happy Tuesday, hope you’re all having a FAB week! I know this is a few days late, but the February flew by. So without further ado, here are this past month’s favorites!

Favorite…

Makeup Product– Since we’re just a couple weeks away from the first day of spring, I’ve been loving fun and bright eyeshadow colors like the Banana Daiquiri Super Shock Shadow from Colourpop. It’s a stunning bright blue that gives the perfect pop to your eyes without being too much. And the best part, it’s only $5!

Skincare Product– I just got the Trader Joe’s Rose Water Face Toner as a gift and I’ve been obsessed with it. It has such a nice spray nozzle and mists really nicely. I love using it throughout the day to refresh my face (even with makeup on) or right before I go to bed after doing my skincare routine. It also smells amazing!

Beauty Product– Since it’s been pretty grey and rainy in LA, I’ve been craving a tan and have been using the St. Moriz Instant Tan in the shade dark to get a little extra sun-kissed glow. It goes on so well, isn’t streaky and gives a nice, even coverage. And it’s only $9 on Amazon and comes with the cutest application mitt.

Hair Care Product– This month I’ve been obsessed with the Garnier Green Apple and Green Tea shampoo. It smells so good and gets my hair feeling so clean while also making it feel healthy and hydrated which is much needed and appreciated during these dryer months.

Clothing Item– Yellow button down dress from Forever 21. I bought this on sale over Christmas knowing it would be perfect for spring/summer and I’m so glad I did. It’s so comfy, cute and flirty and can easy be dressed up with some heals or down with a pair of sneakers.

Brunch Spot– Maybe it’s because it’s almost spring, or maybe LA is just really rubbing off on me, but I’ve been obsessed with Acai/Berry bowls recently. Berry Bowl in Eagle Rock has been my go-to for healthy, quick breakfasts. My two favorites are the Tropical Bowl and the Blue Majik Bowl with bananas, strawberries, blueberries, granola, lots of coconut and agave.

Restaurant– I’m adding this in super last minute, but I just went to a new find called Blair’s in Eagle Rock for dinner last night and had to add it in. It was so good and so reasonable. We ordered the meatballs with polenta and the bruschetta with burrata to start and I had the Gnochetti with pork sausage as my main and it was so good and the coolest atmosphere.

Sweet Treat– DONUTS. I’ve always been such a donut person, but I’ve seriously been craving them so much this month. I’ve always loved Colorado Donut in Eagle Rock, but I also stumbled upon the cutest new store, Leberry Bakery in Pasadena that has the best donuts and the sweetest staff.

Quote– “But the thing is, even if I could go back, I wouldn’t belong there anymore.” -Ccz. This past week was National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and this quote was one that was constantly on my mind. It’s a reminder of the progress I’ve made and the places I’m headed. Even if I could go back and stop the behaviors that developed into an eating disorder, I don’t think I would. I truly think that everything happens for a reason, the good, bad and ugly. And I believe that out of every storm comes a rainbow<3

And on that note, those were all my favorites this month. Hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you all very very soon!

 

*200 Posts* Looking Back

Wow, here we are, 4 years and 200 posts later. I’m going to try not to make this too mushy, but I’m truly amazed, proud, in-awe, and every other positive adjective of myself, this blog and all the places it’s gone. When I first started I was a bored high school student sitting in a class I really didn’t care about. I didn’t know who I was and I was desperately looking for answers. Swimming, school, friends, family, I didn’t know what my true life’s purpose was. And it surely wasn’t to just float through life doing whatever, I needed a purpose. The driving force to get me going. I started writing about things I enjoyed: food, fitness, travel, body image. I wrote for myself. But suddenly I realized the power that I had with my words, the power this platform I created had. People started coming up to me at school, “hey, I read your blog post the other day on body image and it was so inspiring”, “you’re blog post on those Singapore brunch spots was awesome and I tried a bunch out”. I was reaching people, people were reading my blogs. That’s when writing about things I enjoyed or cared about became my passion. It wasn’t about putting on this front that everyone would like, it was about sharing my story, my journey and my experiences while promoting what I cared about, kindness, self love and positivity. No matter what I’m writing about, how old I get or where I am in the world, those three things will always be where I’m rooted, and those three things will always be where SwimEatLove is rooted. I’m beyond grateful everything this blog has given me. It’s connected me to some of the most incredible and inspiring people, allowed me a creative outlet to express myself without any limits, and it’s given me purpose. So while I’ve now hit this milestone of 200 posts, there’s no slowing down. I want to share my story, be open, honest and vulnerable as long as I possibly can.

So to celebrate, I thought my 200th post would be a look back on the last 4 years, the posts I’ve loved, the ones you’ve loved and a bunch of others in between.

It all started with me sharing my love for swimming, the good, the bad and the ugly. Butterfly or Butterdie “When you are floating there in the water desperately trying to grab onto the lane line, is when it hits you. You are gasping for air and using the lane line to keep you above the water, while also trying to rip your super tight goggles and cap(s) off your head.”

I’ve shared photos through Life Through A Lens to give you all a little peak into my life. I’ve shared my love for food through my Food Adventures from around the world and many recipes I’ve come up with myself (some heart healthy, some healthy for your soul).

I began to share my journey to self-love, although a hard one. The ‘Perfect’ Self. “It blows my mind that I can pick up a magazine with the header “The New Plus-Sized Model”, flip it open and see a gorgeous woman wearing size 8 clothes. As a society, we have painted a picture of what the ‘perfect’ woman looks like; long skinny legs, a flat stomach, thin arms, and narrow hips.”

When I traveled, you traveled. You came with me around the world; Thailand, Paris, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Cambodia, California and so many more. My adventures became your adventures and I loved that. I shared my journeys in those places and also what it took to get there. Holiday Travel Tips. “As this post is going up, I’m in an Uber on the way to LAX ready to hop on a plane and head back to see my family for the holidays. Since traveling is something that almost everyone does during the holidays in one way or another, I thought I would share my holiday travel guide/tips for today’s post. I’ve done some other “travel tips” posts in the past (be sure to check those out!), but this one will be my updated one specifically for the holidays. Enjoy and happy traveling! xx”

I found myself becoming interested in new and different things, and I shared that with you. Never thought I’d be a little fashion guru. Natural Glam- “No Makeup” Look. “Good morning lovelies! Now that it’s back to school and work, there’s a lot of 5 minute, easy makeup looks going on. Today I thought I’d share my natural, go-to no-makeup look with you all. I wasn’t always a ‘wear makeup to school’ kind of gal, but lately I’ve found that it helps me feel put together and ready for the day. Having basic makeup done makes me feel like I’ve made an effort for not only people around me, but myself as well. For me, natural looks are all about keeping your skin healthy and glowy while still covering up all the imperfections.”

And along with fashion, I’ve become obsessed with beauty, as well as all things summer and the beach but we already knew that. Summer Beauty. “It’s finally that time of the year where we’re all whipping out our bikinis/suits and headed to spend time at the beach, the lake or even just by the pool, soaking in every ounce of sunlight in hopes to get that perfectly sun-kissed skin. Today’s post is going to be all of my summer beauty tips and go-to’s to get you looking fresh, relaxed and glowing. Under each section I have linked some of the products I have been loving this summer.”

I shared by true and lasting love of my beautiful island of Singapore with you. Mega Guide to Singapore. “Planning on visiting Singapore or always wanting to visit? These are my top 10 things to do in Singapore. It may only be 31 miles wide and 17 miles long, but the beautiful island is PACKED with fun things to do!”

For two years now, I’ve brought you into my life during the holidays. Trying to share my profound love for Christmas and the season, 12 Days of Christmas has allowed me to do so. Christmas Tag. “Red or green – which color occupies your life during Christmas? Red, and red glitter. What’s your favorite Christmas accessory? Gold hoops. Do you buy presents or try DIYs? Buy presents, but I love putting together gift baskets/sets. Chocolate, Strawberry, or Vanilla – what do you prefer the most during Christmas? None of them… everything PEPPERMINT! What is your favorite Christmas slogan? Be naughty, save Santa the trip;)”

And what I’m most proud of is how open I’ve been about the hardest parts of my life. Sharing about my struggle with an eating disorder with you all was the hardest decision, but the best decision I ever made. As scary as it was, the number of people who reached out thanking me for trying to break the stigma was life-changing, and I don’t say that lightly. It was become a big part of my life and will stay with me forever, even way after recovery. That’s what this blog has been about, helping others feel less alone. Mental Health Moments are a way to make sure that this important conversation is being had. If no one else will talk about it, I sure as hell will. To My Eating Disorder… “Today is National Love Your Body Day, and while I try to preach and live by the idea of self-love, I’ve been struggling with this by a battling with an eating disorder. It’s not something a lot of people talk about, and it’s not something a lot of people talk about publicly. But I’m ready to break that mold. The scariest thing about this whole battle has been feeling alone in my fight. But I know I’m not the only one. I’m here telling my story with hopes that it can help others out there feel a little less alone. I’m not posting this looking for pity or attention, I’m posting this because reading other peoples stories was such a big part of the start of my recovery. If this can help even just one person feel a little less alone, then it’s worth it.”

How crazy is that, 200 posts. And guess what, I already see 400 on the horizon.

Much love always, Aime.

 

12 Days of Christmas|Day 11- Winter Favorites |2018

Hi lovelies! Can you believe we’re already at day 11 and that it’s almost Christmas…CRAZY! For the second to last day of 12 Days, I thought I’d put together my winter favorites, everything I’ve been loving this season. These are all things that have gotten me through this crazy (but super fun!!) holiday season. Enjoy!! xx

 

Favorite NEW product- Jade Roller from Sherrie Matthews

Favorite clothing item- Reindeer Ugly Christmas Sweater from Amazon

Favorite store- Cotton On, H&M and Forever 21 have been my go-to’s for all my winter clothes

Favorite nail polish color- Glittery gold!

Favorite accessory- Kate Spade ‘Glitter Is My Favorite Color’ bracelet

Favorite beauty product- Doucce Beauty Luscious Lip Stain in Dark Lust

Favorite haircare product- Marrakesh Oil from Marrakesh

Favorite skincare product- Tarte’s Maracuja Oil has been my skin’s saving grace

Favorite scent- Daisy by Marc Jacobs

Favorite movie- Love Actually

Favorite TV show- Fuller House (season 5!)

Favorite song- ‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’ by Pentatonix

Favorite app- Head Space and Recovery Record

Favorite drink- White peppermint hot chocolate or Matcha latte from Starbucks

Favorite food- Christmas cookies!!

 

See you on Day 12 (how crazy is that…)!!

Tarte Review- NEW PRODUCTS!

Happy Tuesday lovelies, hope you’ve had a great weekend and are ready for a fab week ahead! Today’s post is going to be all about new (some new to Tarte, some new to me) Tarte products! As most of you already known I’ve been Tarte-obsessed for years now and I think my obsession has gone to a whole new level over the past 6 months. I’ve tried a lot of new products recently and am so excited to share my favorite ones with you. They have also just come out with their new Tarte in Paradise collection which I am already in love with and can’t wait to try more of. Enjoy and I’ll leave as many links (and photos) as I can below!

**Addition: On the day I’m posting this they just released even more new products so PLEASE go check those out, they are the epitome of adorable!!**

New to me:

Rainforest of the Sea Volume III Eyeshadow Palette– The second this came out I new I had to get it. It was all the shades I love and the packaging was the most adorable thing I’d ever seen. It has 7 glitter shades and one transitional matte shade so you can do a lot of looks with it. It’s all neutral/gold colors so perfect for a casual or everyday look. I love this palette.

Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist– I have tried so many different setting sprays and mists and couldn’t find one I loved until I tried this. I seriously wish I tried it sooner. It is so refreshing on your face and has a gorgeous subtle scent that I love. The spray nozzle is really good and sprays a fine mist, which I haven’t found in many other sprays. It helps your makeup last so much longer and also works as a little booster in the middle of the day. It’s my new best friends.

Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost– This is another product that I wish I had in my routine a lot earlier. It smells amazing and has a lovely gel-like cooling texture. It’s also one of the most hydrating products I’ve ever used, and a tiny bit goes a long way. I use this every night before I go to bed and it has made my skin SO much healthier looking.

Color Splash Lipstick in Island Life– I was so excited to try this lipstick out and it surpassed my high expectations. The packaging was what caught my eye at first, but the formula is so amazing and hydrating on my lips (I hate lip products that are super drying). And this shade is so beautiful I’ve been wearing it everyday.

Park Ave Princess Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer– I was so jealous watching all the YouTubers try out the Park Ave Princess collection, and I finally got this bronzer a few weeks ago! It is seriously incredible. My favorite bronzer for the last 2 years has been the one in the Pro Glow palette and I have to say I love this one just as much. It has a sparkle in it that doesn’t make it to blinding but adds a nice glow to your skin. It’s one stunner of a bronzer!

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Fanciful– I love the Amazonian Clay Blushes (I have it in about four other shades), but this one is by far my favorite. The packaging makes it look a little darker than it it, but it works so well on tan/dark skin. It leaves a nice little rosy color on your skin but doesn’t overpower. And it goes on so smoothly and is easy to blend out.

Maracuja Oil– Okay, I don’t even know where to start with this one. I’ve heard the most incredible things about this products but have always been so nervous to try it because I have oily skin. But let me tell you, this is a saving grace for your face. I know I’ve talked about this in a lot of previous posts so I’ll try not to ramble on, but if you try one thing from this post please please please try this! You will fall in love, it’s worth every penny.

Better Bod Bronze and Contour– I got a little bronzer set from Tarte not knowing what I was going to think, but I love this product! It goes on so easy and leaves you with a little sun-kissed glow even if you’ve been copped up inside for weeks studying. Game changer!

 

New to Tarte:

Tarte Fragrance in Sweet Tarte– This fragrance is so sophisticated but sweet and flirty at the same time, I’m loving it. I use it everyday on my wrists before I go to class and find myself just casually smelling it throughout the day.

Glide and Go Buttery Lipstick in Pink Palm– Not only is the packaging on this the cutest (gold with palm trees), the color is stunning and the formula is just as the name says, buttery af!

Maneater Mascara– I tried this for the first time a few days ago and I was sitting across the room from one of my friends and she goes “OMG Aime I don’t even have my glasses on and I can see your eyelashes all the way from here”. I think that pretty much sums up how I feel about this mascara, OBSESSED.

Glam on the Go Eyeshadow Palette– This palette is by far the cutest packaging I’ve seen from Tarte. It has a cute holographic picture of flamingos on the front and I am living for it. I’m not sure if they’ve used a new formula for these shadows or not, but they are incredible. The pigment is so strong and the glitter sticks to your lids perfectly without ANY fallout. The Leave Your Mark palette has been my go-to for my everyday look, but I think this palette has overtaken it.

 

Links:

Join Tarte Rewards!!

Rainforest of the Sea Volume III Eyeshadow Palette

Rainforest of the Sea 4-in-1 Setting Mist 

Drink of H2O Hydrating Boost

Color Splash Lipsticks

Park Ave Princess Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer

Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes

Maracuja Oil

Better Bod Bronze and Contour

Tarte Fragrance in Sweet Tarte

Glide and Go Buttery Lipsticks

Maneater Mascara

Jetset in a Jiffy Set

Leave Your Mark Palette

Pro Glow Highlight and Contour Palette

Summer Favorites- 2018

I know I just posted a summer-themed blog post, but I felt the need to do just one more before we’re fully into fall. So today is going to be all of my summer favorites (of literally everything) combined into one post. This is going to be the last summer post of 2018 (*cries*), so soak it all up and enjoy every last minute of this season! *I’ll also try to link everything down below or a similar item*

Podcast:

Almost Famous with Ben Higgins and Ashley Iaconetti (for all my other bachelor franchise fans out there)

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness

YouTube Channel:

Sorted

MoreZoella

Jess and Gabriel

Movie:

Crazy Rich Asians

TV Show:

Queer Eye

Home-cooked Meal:

BBQs at home (with lot’s of meat!!)

Drink:

Tropical cocktails, that’s all I’m gonna say

Restaurant Meal:

Obica Mozzarella Bar in Roppongi Hills

Skincare Product:

Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate (and also FabFitFun because it’s amazing)

Makeup Product:

Urban Decay Heat Palette

Bag:

Kate Spade cross-body bag in a bright purple

Bikini:

SheIn printed bikini top and Victoria’s Secret solid turquoise bottoms

 

Summer Style Lookbook- 2018

Cotton On

Victoria’s Secret

H&M

Forever 21

Summer and Rose

Dainty Hooligan

Kate Spade

Roxy

Summer Beauty

It’s finally that time of the year where we’re all whipping out our bikinis/suits and headed to spend time at the beach, the lake or even just by the pool, soaking in every ounce of sunlight in hopes to get that perfectly sun-kissed skin. Today’s post is going to be all of my summer beauty tips and go-to’s to get you looking fresh, relaxed and glowing. Under each section I have linked some of the products I have been loving this summer. Happy summer!

The Perfect Tan:

  • Prep the canvas- If there’s one thing I love more than anything, it’s having beautifully tanned and glowing skin. It’s taken me a while to figure out how to keep my skin healthy and hydrated while still deepening the color, but I finally figured out what works for me. Before I begin spending time out in the sun I always exfoliate. Using either a scrub or a loofah works, as long as you are getting rid of the dead skin cells. If you go out in the sun with lot’s of dead skin cells, you will likely peel easily. But having freshly polished skin is the perfect canvas for a beautiful tan.
  • Protect, protect, protect!- One thing that took me a long time to learn was that sunscreen actually helps to preserve a tan. I know a lot of you already know that, but I always thought that sunscreen avoided a tan, but it actually just avoids getting burnt and helps create a more even tan. If you’re spending a long time out in the sun, be sure to reapply every 60-90 minutes, and maybe even more frequently if you’re in the water. And don’t forget how dangerous direct UV rays can be; protect yourself while looking gorgeous!
  • Hydrate inside and out- After a day (or even a couple of hours) in the sun, your skin will be dying for moisture. Use a cooling aloe vera gel or a deep moisturizer all over your body and let your skin drink it up. I’ve been using the Celavive skincare line for my face while I have been obsessed with (link to purchase is down below!). Along with hydrating the outside, don’t forget the power of hydration from the inside. Load up on water and you’ll be feeling hydrated all around.
  • Elevate your tan- If you’re looking to get that extra glow, maybe for a night out or brunch with the girls, use a temporary tanning/glow spray. I like to just add a little bit to my arms and legs to elevate my tan and help my skin look extra glowy.

Kate Sommerville ExfoliKate (face)

Lush Cup O’ Coffee scrub (body)

Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Sunscreen

Banana Boat After Sun Aloe Gel

Jergen’s Ultra Healing Moisturizer

Celavive Skincare

Sephora Self-Tanning Body Mist

Hair & Make-Up:

  • Natural with neutrals- During the summer I always keep my make-up super minimal. I tend to gear towards the browns and golds and look for face products that leave me with a dewy look. Some of the products I’ve been using are the Tarte Leave Your Mark palette which has beauty neutrals in a mix of mattes and shimmers, the Fenty Beauty Match Stix in Yacht Lyfe, and the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes. I typically don’t use anything on my skin, but if I do I’ll reach for a light CC cream or a tinted moisturizer over a high coverage foundation.
  • Spritz it up- For my hair, I like to have that messy and care-free (but still cute) look. I do a lot of half-up buns, messy buns and beach waves to keep my hair bouncy and voluminous, but out of my face. The Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe texturizing hair cream and sea salt spray have been my absolute go-to’s over the past few summers. Just spraying a little bit or combing some through damp hair allows your hair to dry with that satisfying feeling of salt water in your hair without drying it out. Put that together with a stunning tan and your look will call beach bum all the way.

Tarte Cosmetics Leave Your Mark eyeshadow palette 

Fenty Beauty Match Stix- Yacht Lyfe 

Tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera, Lashes 

Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Collection

Pamper:

  • Treat yourself- Another thing I love about the summer (other than the sun, the beach, the food and almost everything else) is the care-free attitude that comes along with it. With longer days and less to do, I love spending some time to have a little pamper sesh. Whether it’s getting a cute mani-pedi (pastels are great for summer!), taking a bath with a Lush bath bomb (I love Sex Bomb during the summer), or as simple as putting on a face mask, it’s so important for you to take some time to take care of yourself (and your skin will thank you too!).
  • Take it up a notch- If you can afford the resources, step it up a notch and treat yourself to a summer-friendly spa treatment. Look for a body mask/treatment that is meant to hydrate your skin. Last week when I was in Phuket, I got an Aloe Vera Body Treatment which was meant to re-hydrate skin after being out in the sun and to help retain your summer glow. It worked wonders for me and helped me look radiant for days after (and I didn’t peel!). A summers day at the spa will leave you feeling extra relaxed and oh-so pampered.

Lush Sex Bomb

Boscia Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask

Style & Fashion:

  • Bikini season- I LOVE a cute bikini combo, and I’ve found over the years that the way to find the perfect pair is to mix and match. Mixing solids or mixing solids and prints is an easy way to step up your bikini game so you’re looking cute and fresh at the beach. As well as mixing prints, I like to look at different stores and brands for a bikini pair. I often times find the cutest matched when mixing brands. Don’t be afraid to try something different and bold, a little bit of sunshine and the beach in the back can make anything look adorable.
  • Cover-ups- My wardrobe in the summer typically consists of a few shorts, a couple tank-tops and a TON of cover-ups. They’re super easy to slip on over a bikini before a day at the beach or pool, but they can also be dressed up for a casual summer outfit. I love playing with bright colors since you can typically get away with that during the summer, and also playing with different styles. Whether it’s a low back, a deep V or cut sides, I think cover-ups are the best way to get away with anything.
  • Dress it up- Going out for a night or want to wear something a little nicer? One of my favorite things to do it to grab one of my Dad’s aloha/printed button-up shirts and tie it at the bottom to make it a crop. I’ll pair it with some white jean shorts and it makes for a super cute summer outfit. It’s a little more dressed up but still screaming summer all the way.

Cotton On Body swimwear

Pink swimwear

She In swimwear

Hollister swimwear

Target swimwear

Dainty Hooligan swimwear and cover-ups

 

Live Life Colorfully- Kate Spade Lookbook

With the sad news of Kate Spade coming out, people have been sharing the stories of their “firsts”. Their first Kate Spade wallet, their first Kate Spade purchase that marked the transition from adolescence to adulthood. My very first Kate Spade present was a white and orange wallet. It was bright and shiny, the way all of her designs were. 3 years ago, I made my own first big purchase; a beige and pastel yellow Kate Spade handbag. For years, Kate Spade has brought me true joy through her colorful and lively designs. I will be forever grateful for all of the memories she has allowed me to create and for allowing me to express myself through fashion and beauty. In honor of her beautiful life, I have put together a few of my favorite KS pieces.